On Dec. 29, 2020, The University of Texas at Tyler released its 2020 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report, detailing the policies and procedures UT Tyler administers to keep students, faculty and staff safe. The report is over 60 pages long, and features explanations of safety protocol, and charts detailing in broad strokes the criminal statistics for campus. It also includes the contact information of departments and contacts to report and discuss crime on campus, like judicial affairs, Title IX, etc.
The report’s sections are broken into Crime Reports, Reports Unfounded, Violence Against Women, Arrests for Liquor Law, Drug and Weapons (separating arrests and judicial referrals) and Fire Statistics.
The chart shows an overall increase in crime in most categories on the UT Tyler Main Campus since 2017. This especially includes what the chart describes as Forcible Sex Offenses, which appear to be slightly increasing, if the Report is indicative of a trend. There were three rapes at the UT Tyler Main Campus in on-campus housing in 2019. The report does not name the housing complexes.
According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), only 230 out of 1000 sexual assaults, or Forcible Sexual Offenses, go reported. Considering the 3 that were reported in 2019, the number was likely higher. Given this rate, it’s likely closer to 13.
In a subsection of data identified as complying with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, there were six instances of Stalking on the UT Tyler Main Campus in 2019. This statistic is up from one in 2017 and five in 2018.
In other UT Tyler campuses, namely Longview, an instance of stalking was recorded. A crime, before this, had not been recorded at the Longview campus since at least 2017. At the Houston campus, an instance of fondling (a Forcible Sex Offense) occurred, as well as an instance of stalking. It is unclear if the incidences are related.
“However, the enforcement of alcohol laws on-campus is the primary responsibility of the University Police Department,” reads a line on page 26 of the ASFSR.
The largest statistics by far are in the Liquor Law, Drug and Weapons section. It should be noted that the weapons violations stopped in 2017, likely due to UT Tyler embracing campus carry. Arrests for Liquor and Drug Violations, according to the ASFSR, were much higher in 2019 than they have been.
For alcohol violations, UT Tyler’s Main Campus reported 83 alcohol-related arrests and 45 judicial referrals, totaling 128 alcohol-related incidents in 2018. That’s up from 26 arrests in 2018. Drug offenses at the school have significantly increased, as well, with 0 drug arrests in 2016 (according to the 2019 ASFSR), 26 in 2017, 49 in 2018 and 53 in 2019.
The fire report listed almost all fires reported since 2017 as cooking accidents (one was listed as a grease fire), with a disproportionately high number of fires originating in Patriot Village in 2017. Since Patriot Village’s 12 fires in 2017 and 8 in 2018, the number of fires on campus have decreased drastically. In 2017, there were 15 fires. In 2019, there were 2.
One accidental cooking fire at Ornelas Hall apparently caused $0 in damage. The other fire, however, a kitchen grease fire at Victory Village, caused $1,200 in property damage, according to the report.
For more information on the ASFSR, download it at the top of this story, check your Patriots email for a PDF of the report from Police Chief Mike Medders, or go to www.uttyler.edu/police/files/utt2020asfrx.pdf.