7C Clery Reports Provide Public Crime Statistics

Campus Safety released the Annual Fire Safety and Security Reports for the Claremont Colleges Oct. 1, in compliance with the Clery Act. 

 The federal statute requires all colleges receiving federal aid to publish an annual report covering crime statistics over the past three years.

“I think the spirit of the report is really important, because what it says is colleges should be transparent about what is happening on their campus,” said Miriam Feldblum, the Vice President, Dean of Students and Clery Officer at Pomona College. 

Brian Carlisle, vice president for student affairs at Pitzer College, said that he saw little difference in statistics this year from statistics reported in previous years. However, Carlisle pointed out that some statistics such as sexual assault, liquor law violation and drug abuse violations are typically underreported at a college campus. 

Feldblum agreed, but said that Pomona has seen an increase in reporting of sexual assault.

“There are certain categories, like sex offenses, that had been nationally underreported, and that’s also true at Pomona," Feldblum said. "We are spending a lot of time, energy and commitment to address the issue...and to facilitate reporting. So it’s not that I want to see the numbers go up, but that is reflective that the issue is more visible."

Feldblum also noted that the statistics should be interpreted in light of the highly residential nature of the Claremont Colleges.

“For some colleges that have large commuter populations, that have many students living off-campus, it may not be reflective about what it actually means to live and work at that college or university," she said. "I think for Pomona, it’s more reflective about what’s happening at the college.”

Joanna Ho HM ’17, the social committee chair at Harvey Mudd College, wrote in an e-mail to TSL that she appreciates the Clery Act Report as a resource for students.

“I noticed that there was a large amount of sexual assault and harassment information and resources, which I appreciated, especially given the rising number of those cases according to the statistics,” Ho wrote. "From my experience, many people at Mudd don't realize that it's a problem here on campus because they don't interact with it directly, but I think it's important that the report focuses on these issues."