University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
2012 Annual Security Report
and Policy Statement
I. Reports of criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on the campus of UW-La Crosse shall be made to the University Police Department (East Avenue and Farwell Streets, Non-Emergency 789-9000, Emergency 789-9999). Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The central switchboard dispatcher has radio contact with campus police officers that are on duty 24 hours per day, seven days per week. In accordance with §36.11(2), Wisconsin Statutes, UW-La Crosse is staffed by police officers that meet the standards of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board. They have the power to arrest and bring before the proper courts those persons who violate the law on university property. The university’s police officers cooperate with local police authorities in the exercise of their responsibilities. It is the policy of the Department to encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes. The officers respond in accordance with established law enforcement procedures. University Police calls will be published in the campus newspaper and on the University Police website. Incidents which may pose an immediate threat to the campus community will be posted via the University e-mail system and may be considered for timely warning.
II. The Annual Security Report is compiled in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which was enacted by the United States Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 1990. Information for the report is gathered by the Student Life Office from the La Crosse City Police Department, as well as various units on campus, including University Police, Residence Life, Counseling & Testing, and Violence Prevention Office. In order to provide the most accurate statistics, it is requested that victims of and witnesses to the crimes and violations listed in Sections IX and X report them to personnel of the units/agencies above. All personal information will remain confidential for this report.
III. The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act is a federal law enacted on October 28, 2000 that provides for the tracking of convicted, registered sex offenders enrolled as students at institutions of higher education, or working or volunteering on campus. It also amends the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act to require institutions of higher education to issue a statement, in addition to other disclosures required under that Act, advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. To check registered sex offenders in Wisconsin go to: http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/home.jsp. The following zip codes may be helpful in your search of the Department of Correction's website:
- 54601 - UW-La Crosse
- 54601, 54602, or 54603 - City of La Crosse
- 54636 - Holmen
- 54650 - Onalaska
- 54669 - West Salem
Students who are enrolled in UW-L courses which do not take place on the UW-L campus, i.e., Learning Communities, you may wish to search using the appropriate zip code for that area.
IV. General access and use of the facilities of UW-La Crosse is governed by Chapter UWS 21, Wisconsin Administrative Code and Institutional Policies, on file in the office of the Assistant Chancellor for Business Services. Security is provided in the maintenance of the university’s facilities through a number of mechanisms, which includes limited hours of operation, enforced policies on key allocation, restricted access to those bearing proper identification as university staff or students, adequate lighting, and telephone call boxes for emergency assistance. Specific security procedures may vary with the type of university facilities.
Residence hall students may have guests in their rooms. A guest is defined as any person who is not assigned by the Office of Residence Life to live in the room even if that person lives on campus. Roommate approval is required before any visitation can occur. At all times residents and their guests are expected to be sensitive to the needs and wishes of their roommate(s) and other members of the floor community. An agreement must be reached which balances the right to privacy for sleep and study and the privilege of having guests/visitors. In cases where roommates cannot agree, the right of the person not to have overnight guests in the room will take precedence over the privilege of hosting an overnight visitor. The hosting of overnight guests and the terms under which this occurs must be mutually agreed upon by all roommates and in accordance with the guidelines established with regard to overnight guests.
- Overnight visitation is prohibited until after the first Friday of classes have started in the fall semester. Limited visitation (until 2 AM) is in effect until that date.
- Overnight guests will not be permitted until the roommate agreement form has been completed and turned in to the resident assistant. These agreement forms will be kept on file in the hall director’s office and may be re-negotiated whenever one roommate deems it necessary.
- Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests and are responsible for informing their visitor/guest(s) of all residence hall policies. Failure of any guest to adhere to our policies will result in disciplinary action including possible immediate removal from the hall.
- Each room may host a maximum of two overnight guests per night.
- An overnight guest may stay a maximum of two nights in any hall within a seven-day period.
- All visitors/guests must carry a valid picture I.D.
V. In accordance with §36.11(2), Wisconsin Statutes, the University Police Department of UW-La Crosse is staffed by police officers that meet the standards of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board. They have the power to arrest and bring before the proper courts those who violate the law on University property. The University's police officers cooperate with local police authorities in the exercise of their responsibilities. It is the policy of the University Police Department or the appropriate local police authorities.
VI. UW-La Crosse
provides information to students and employees about campus
security procedures and practices, encourages them to be
responsible for their own security and the security of others,
and informs them about the prevention of crimes through the
following programs and literature.
1. University Police Liaison Program
2. Annual Campus Lighting Survey
3. Monthly Campus Lighting Maintenance Report
4. Presentations by University Police and La Crosse Police officers dealing with alcohol and drugs, safety,crime, and sexual harassment/assault
5. Presentations by Violence Prevention Specialist
6. Monitoring of Physical Environment by University Police Officers
1. Employee Handbook
2. UW-La Crosse Student Handbook and Personal Planner
3. Parent Orientation Guide
4. Handouts from Residence Life, Student Life, Admissions, and the La Crosse Police Dept
VII. Wisconsin Statute §36.11(22) requires institutions in the UW-System to disclose the number of sexual assaults that were reported within the calendar year in the following categories: "On Campus," "In Residence Halls," "Public Property," and "Off-Campus." The assaults were reported by students seeking services at various University offices and were not necessarily reported to the police. For a complete description of educational programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses, as well as disciplinary procedures for those incidents, refer to the Eagle Eye (Student Life Office publication) web page.
The Violence Prevention Office (VPO) is a resource that is available to assist with advocacy, information, and support for sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, so that individuals can make informed choices about the options available to them in these situations. Services are free and confidential. The Violence Prevention Office is located at 149 Graff Main Hall. Contact by calling (609)785-8062 or (608)386-1895; or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit: http://www.uwlax.edu/violenceprevention/.
2011 Sexual Assaults as reported to UW-System
|On-Campus (in residence halls)||
|Perpetrator Known by Victim||14*|
|*In 1 of the incidents, it was unknown whether the perpetrator was known by the victim|
VIII. HATE CRIMES: Offenses for criminal homicide (murder and non-negligent manslaughter), sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson and any other crime involving bodily injury that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability are classified as "hate crimes." None of the crimes listed below were charged with the hate crime enhancement.
|UW-L Res Halls||UW-L campus
(not Res Halls)
|Murder & Nonnegligent Manslaughter||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Forcible Sex Offenses||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||2||1|
|Nonforcible Sex Offenses||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
X. The following violations on the UW-La Crosse campus were reported to the University Police during the years indicated.
|UW-L Res Halls||UW-L campus
(not Res Halls)
XI. The following are incidents that occurred in the residence halls where the person(s) involved were referred for campus disciplinary action. These numbers are not included in the above statistics.
XII. The following offenses were reported by non-police officials, including student organization advisors, faculty, hall directors, etc. (Please note that numbers for categories Forcible Sex Offenses Sex Offenses for 2010 are also reported in Section VII.)
|Murder & Nonnegligent Manslaughter||0||0||0|
|Forcible Sex Offenses||14||19||17|
|Nonforcible Sex Offenses||0||0||0|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||0||0||0|
|Murder & Nonnegligent Manslaughter||0||2||0|
|Forcible Sex Offenses||39||56||61|
|Nonforcible Sex Offenses||NA||NA||NA|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||77||81||70|
XIV. The possession, use, and sale of alcohol and illegal drugs are regulated at UW-La Crosse in accordance with: (1) the Drug-free Schools Act, (2) the Drug-free Workplace Act, (3) applicable provisions of state and federal law, and (4) Chapter UWS 18 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. The UW-La Crosse Protective Services Department enforces violations of underage drinking laws and other violations of state and federal laws regulating the possession, use, and sale of alcohol and other drug abuse:
A. Alcohol Policy - Residence Hall
The legal drinking age is 21 years or older and applies to everyone. Consumption of alcohol is restricted to individuals who are 21 years of age or older. Students who are 21 can have alcohol in their room or the room of another person who is 21 years old. Only one open container with alcohol is allowed to be open per individual who is 21 or older. Residence hall disciplinary action and/or state legal action will result when violations of alcohol policies/laws occur.
Possession of alcohol and/or containers meant to hold alcohol by students under 21 is not permitted. Barrels of beer, party balls, and wappituli parties are not allowed in residence halls and failure to comply with these policies is likely to result in removal from on-campus housing. University Police or the La Crosse City Police may be contacted in situations involving underage drinking or disruptive behavior.
Drug Abuse Resources and Services - Counseling and Testing
· Alcohol and other drug consultations
· Alcohol education and prevention
· Awake and Alive GET SMART
· Outreach to campus and community
· AODA assessments
· Individual counseling
· Referral services
· Coordination of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
· Freshman registration, classroom presentations, and general campus programming
· Strategic planning for AODA prevention efforts
|XV. Common Campus Violations (other than Underage Drinking) and Subsequent Fines per state statutes:|
|False Identification||$515.50||Disorderly Conduct||$295.00|
|Purchasing Intoxicants (17-20 yrs)*||375.00||Vandalism||263.50|
|2nd offense||438.00||False Fire Alarm||389.50|
|3rd offense||501.00||Tampering with Detector||326.50|
|Underage Alcohol Violation*||263.50||Littering||200.50|
|2nd offense||389.50||Petty Theft under $100||295.00|
|3rd offense||515.50||Improper Use of UW-L I.D.||200.50|
|4th offense||767.50||Weapon Possession||515.50|
|Driving under the Influence*||817.50|
|Failure to obey a Police Officer||452.50|
|Giving False Information to an Officer||452.50|
|Obstructing Police Officer||452.50|
|Possession Drug Paraphernalia and 1st Offense Marijuana are mandatory court appearance*|
In addition, students who are cited for the following violations by the La Crosse Police Department off-campus are subject to city ordinance fines:
|Underage Alcohol Violation *||$240.00||Marijuana & K2 Offense||$328.20|
|2nd offense||397.50||Excessive Noise (residence)||114.00|
|3rd offense||555.00||2nd offense (per residence)||177.00|
|4th offense||681.00||3rd offense (per residence)||429.00|
|5th offense||807.00||Neighborhood Quiet Zone||114.00|
|Furnishing to Minors (per offense)||303.00||Disorderly Conduct||177.00|
|Selling alcohol without a license||1626.00||Public Consumption||114.00|
|Keg Registration Violation||1311.00|
|*Violations include drinking, possession, false I.D., being in a bar, procuring or attempting to procure alcohol. Please note that any of these may be counted as the 2nd, 3rd, etc. offense. The court has the authority to suspend a person's driving privileges in Wisconsin for the "Underage Alcohol" offenses|
XVI. Students are encouraged to report crimes
to the UW-La Crosse Protective Services Department at 789-9000.
The Eagle Eye also contains information on policies, regulations, and procedures in the following areas: Equal Opportunities, Choices about Alcohol and Other Drugs, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Campus and Community Resources, UW-L Standards and Legal Sanctions, Intercollegiate Athletics, Disability Resource Services, Resources for Veterans, Student Grievance, Grade, and Anti-Hazing Policies, Discrimination, Student Organizations, Health Risks, Licensing, FERPA, Academic and Non-Academic Discipline, and Conduct on University Land. Paper copies of the above information are available upon request.
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Last updated 9/29/11