Policies for Reporting Crimes and Preparing Annual Reports
Individuals who are victims of, or witnesses to a crime, or otherwise become aware of a crime, are strongly encouraged to timely report that crime to the police. In fact, under Ohio law, persons who have knowledge of a felony (a victim of or witness to the crime) are required to report the crime to the police and failure to report a crime may itself be a crime. (Ohio Revised Code §2921.22)
Crimes occurring on campus (Akron main campus, Medina campus or Wayne College campus) should be reported to UAPD by calling 9-1-1 or 330-972-2911.
Crimes occurring off campus in Akron should be reported to the City of Akron Police Department by calling 9-1-1 (emergency) or 330-375-2181 (non-emergency).
Crimes occurring off-campus at the Wayne College campus should be reported to the City of Orrville Police Department at 330-684-5025 or dial 9-1-1.
Crimes occurring off-campus at the Medina campus should be reported to Medina County Sheriff's office at 330-336-6650 or dial 9-1-1.
Crimes occurring off-campus at the Brunswick Midpoint Campus Center should be reported to the City of Brunswick Police Department at 330-225-9111 or dial 9-1-1.
Crimes occurring off-campus at the Lakewood location should be reported to the City of Lakewood Police Department at 216-521-6773 or dial 9-1-1.
Crimes occurring off-campus at the Millersburg location should be reported to the Village of Millersburg at 330-674-5931 or dial 9-1-1.
In addition to the police, information on criminal behavior may be reported to:
- Offices within the Division of Student Affairs, including Student Conduct and Community Standards;
- Department of Athletics, Offices of the Athletic Director and athletic coaches;
- Residence Life and Housing staff;
- Advisers to recognized student organizations; and
- Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators.
The University strongly encourages all victims of, or witnesses to crime to report all criminal activity to police in order to insure prompt evaluation for timely warning or emergency notification and for inclusion in the statistics for the annual crime report. The University encourages such reporting when the victim elects to report and also when the victim is unable to do so.
UAPD offers the opportunity for individuals to report crime anonymously.
Confidentiality and Crime Reporting
Crimes reported on-campus to counselors at the University's Counseling Center or to a physician or nurse at Student Health Services are confidential by law. Some off-campus reports also may be legally confidential (for example, to: clergy; physicians; Portage Path Behavioral Health counselors; and Rape Crisis Center counselors). Counselors and physicians are encouraged to report crimes reported to them, consistent with their professional ethics and the limitations imposed by applicable confidentiality laws, to ensure inclusion in the annual collection and disclosure of crime statistics. However, crimes reported to counselors and physicians that are learned within the scope of their professional licenses may not be included in the annual crime statistics report.
UAPD makes every effort, within the limitations of Ohio law, to protect the identity of sexual assault victims. If a sexual assault victim wishes to remain anonymous or not to file a police report, UAPD honors their request while still offering them referrals to medical care and/or counseling, as well as making appropriate referrals to the Title IX Coordinator(s) and SCCS.
Because of the Ohio public records laws and the law requiring individuals having knowledge of a felony to report such crime, The University of Akron is not able to promise confidentiality to persons reporting crimes to non-privileged recipients, including individuals or offices that supply crime statistics for this annual report.
Preparing annual reports
Crimes that are reported to the following individuals or offices are included in the annual crime statistics report. Campus offices also are encouraged to report criminal incidents to UAPD contemporaneous with occurrence to ensure inclusion, and avoid duplication of statistics in the annual report.
- The University of Akron Police Department
- City of Akron Police Department
- City of Brunswick Police Department
- City of Columbus Police Department
- City of Lakewood Police Department
- City of Orrville Police Department
- City of Wadsworth Police Department
- Columbus State Community College
- Medina County Sheriff’s Office
- Village of Millersburg Police Department
- Wayne County Sheriff's Office
- Advisors to Recognized Student Organizations
- Department of Residence Life and Housing
- Department of Athletics, Offices of the Athletic Director and Athletic Coaches’
- Offices of the Division of Student Affairs, including Student Conduct and Community Standards
- Student organizations with off-campus housing
- Title IX Coordinators
The University of Akron's Annual Campus Security Act Report is the result of the efforts of many people on campus. Each year the offices and individuals listed above provide information for inclusion in the annual report. No formal police report is required for a crime to be included in the statistics. Every effort is taken to ensure that all persons required to report do so, and that statistics are as accurate and complete as possible. Information included in the annual report is reviewed for accuracy, completeness and readability. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the statistics and information in this report, please contact UAPD at 330-972-2911