Annual Crime Statistics:
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“The Clery Act”) requires the annual publication, by institutions of higher education, of selected crime, arrest, and disciplinary statistics for the previous three calendar years. This page is part of Western’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which we encourage you to read in full.
Collection of Statistics: The Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services and the Office of University Communications coordinate the preparation of the annual security and fire safety report, including the gathering of crime statistics. The annual crime statistics are compiled from data provided by the University Police Department, the Bellingham Police Department, University Residences, University Judicial Services, and designated Campus Security Authorities (WWU officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities). To gather crime statistics for off-campus facilities, the University Police Department requests information from each facility’s staff and from the applicable local authorities. If you have questions regarding the statistics published here, please contact the office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services.
Crime Definitions: The crime definitions used to collate the statistics in this report conform with the requirements of the implementing regulations of the Clery Act (ref. 34 CFR §668.46(c)(7)).
Hate Crimes: The Clery Act requires institutions to report any crime involving bodily injury, intimidation, theft, or damage/destruction/vandalism of property that manifests evidence that the victim was targeted because of his or her actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or disability status.
Note on Statistics: These statistics represent crimes reported to a wide variety of officials, both on and off campus. Officials at WWU take a very proactive approach to the enforcement of university policies and of local, state, and federal laws. Higher reported numbers do not necessarily mean higher occurrences of crime. Higher numbers are often a result of more comprehensive enforcement and reporting.