Crime Definitions

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program — Crime Definitions

Occurrences of the following crimes on university property and adjacent public property are reportable under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Aggravated Assault

An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury (i.e., apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness). This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.


Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.


The unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft. There are two types of burglary: burglary with forcible entry and burglary with unlawful entry/no force.

Destruction, Damage, or Vandalism of Property (Hate Crimes only)

To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.

Intimidation (Hate Crimes only)

To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.

Larceny-Theft (Hate Crimes only)

The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away or property from the possession, or constructive possession, of another person.


The killing of another person through gross negligence.

Motor Vehicle Theft

The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle (defined as any “self-propelled vehicle that runs on land surfaces” – e.g., car, motorcycle, scooter, ATV, etc).


The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.


The taking, or attempting to take, anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, custody, or care of another person by force, threat of force or violence, and/or by putting the victim in fear of immediate harm.

Simple Assault (Hate Crimes only)

An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury.

Sex Offense - Forcible

Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent. There are four types of forcible sex offenses: forcible rape; forcible sodomy (oral or anal); sexual assault with an object; and forcible fondling.

Sex Offense – Non-forcible

Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse. There are two types of non-forcible sex offenses: incest and statutory rape.

Hate Crime

Any crime listed above, 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.

Page Updated 11.27.2017