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INTRODUCTION

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its students, employees, and visitors, and to enforce fully all State and Federal laws and institutional policies and regulations to help ensure such an environment. This commitment is reflected in SIUE's Statement of University Values: "A humane, safe, and supportive environment is essential to the welfare, growth, and advancement of all members of a university community."

For reporting purposes of the Jeanne Clery Act, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is separated into two campuses:

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), hereafter referred to as the Edwardsville Campus consists of all SIUE buildings and grounds located on the main campus in Edwardsville, Illinois. Also included as part of the Edwardsville Campus and listed under the "non-campus" category is the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, Building D, located in East St. Louis, Illinois; and the SIUE School of Nursing Building, located on the campus of SIU (Carbondale) Medical School, in Springfield, Illinois.

Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM), hereafter referred to as the Alton Campus consists of all buildings and grounds associated with the SIU School of Dental Medicine and is located in Alton, Illinois.

The following statements and policies should be interpreted as pertaining to both campuses. Where a difference in policy applies between the two campuses, it will be so noted.

All members of the University are required to abide by applicable State and Federal laws and University policies and regulations as set forth by the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University.

The Annual Security Report for SIUE and SIU SDM is published each year in October by the SIUE Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and is available on-line to the general public, prospective students, prospective employees, and all current SIUE students, faculty and staff at this site: http://www.siue.edu/securityreport.

• For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained upon request (24-hour notice) to: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Rendleman Hall, Room 2228, Campus Box 1158, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1158. Phone: 618/650-2536.

• A hard copy of the report is available for viewing at the Circulation Desk of the Lovejoy Library on the Edwardsville Campus, the Circulation Desk of the Biomedical Library at the Alton Campus, the SIUE Satellite Police Station at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, and the Circulation Desk of the SIU Medical Library at the SIUE Springfield School of Nursing.

General questions about the Clery Act or the University's publication may be directed to the Editor at 618/650-3324.

Important Considerations When Interpreting Crime Statistics

Many people believe the amount of crime in their communities is due solely to how well police are doing their jobs. According to this view, an effective police agency would necessarily ensure a low crime rate. But research has shown that social and economic factors have an enormous influence on the nature and levels of crime in a particular community. In fact, the strength and policies of law enforcement agencies are only 2 of 13 factors that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recognizes as having a major influence on crime. (*) The other eleven are the following:

• Population density and degree of urbanization with size of locality and its surrounding area.

• Variations in composition of the population, particularly youth concentration.

• Stability of population with respect to resident's mobility, commuting patterns, and transient factors.

• Modes of transportation and highway systems.

• Economic conditions, including median income, destitution, and job availability.

• Cultural conditions, such as educational, recreational, and religious characteristics.

• Climate.

• Policies of other components of the criminal justice system; (i.e., prosecutorial, judicial, correctional, and probational.)

• Attitudes of citizenry toward crime.

• Crime reporting practices of citizenry.

For these reasons, caution should be used when comparing statistics of one university with another or in comparing the Edwardsville Campus with the Alton Campus.

(*) Trends & Issues 1989, Criminal & Juvenile Justice in Illinois