On Monday, Sept. 30 the Office of Student Activities sent a campus wide email with the annual Fire Safety and Security Report. Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, institutions of higher education must compile and distribute a report with their campus crime statistics, fire safety statistics and campus policies and procedures.
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The Annual Report can be accessed through Drew’s website. It provides the statistics for the calendar year of 2018 in comparison to two years before, but the full previous reports are not available on the website. “Patterns show that we have been consistently obtaining reports in most areas at similar levels in 2016, 2017 and 2018,” said Vice President of Campus Life and Student Affairs/Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator Frank Merckx. “Some outlier areas were in domestic/dating violence reports (11 in 2016 when compared to 2 in 2017 and 1 in 2018). Drug policy violation referrals also saw a decline from 96 in 2017 down to 66 in 2018.”
This year’s Clery Report was published as Drew’s Department of Public Safety undergoes restructuring. Margolis Healy, the firm conducting the evaluation of Public Safety, reviewed previous installments of the Clery Report and made recommendations which guided the drafting of the 2019 report.
The report does not only provide statistics but also updates on Drew’s security procedures. On the Fire Safety front, for example, new CO detectors at point sources and fire panels were installed in the undergraduate residence halls and all sprinkler heads in Hoyt-Bowne Hall were replaced last year.
Additionally, Dean Merckx stated a team is currently in the process of reviewing different safety apps, which follows the conversations had during the Margolis Healy open forums. “We hope to have [the app] rolled out to the community by the end of this semester,” added Merckx.
Andrew Engemann, interim Director of Public Safety, did not return a request for comment.