If you have been the victim of a crime, our first concern is for your safety. Make sure that you go to a safe place and then consider your reporting options.
If you have information about an incident or crime and would like to submit it anonymously, please visit the Silent Witness Form Web page. You can also report information by emailing Silentwitness@ut.edu. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
Why Report a Crime?
We encourage all students who have been the victim of a crime to file a report for a variety of reasons. The first is to activate a security investigation to determine what follow-up should be taken. Another is to determine whether it is necessary to issue a timely warning bulletin to the campus community to warn them of a potential threat. Crime reports help to establish patterns which can aid officers in finding the perpetrator. Insurance or medical claims that may be made as a result of the incident often require a crime report. And finally, the University can assist you in reporting these incidents to local law enforcement agencies.
To Whom Should I Report a Crime?
Although most commonly reported to the Department of Campus Safety, crimes may be reported to a variety of University community members. Those members have been identified as:
- Vice President for Enrollment;
- Vice President for Operations and Planning;
- Vice President for Institutional Development and University Relations;
- Dean of Students;
- Director of Human Resources;
- Athletic Director; and
- Student Affairs staff members (this includes staff in the Health Center, Judicial Affairs, Residence Life, Student Activities, Career Center and the Academic Center for Excellence.)
- Staff members who receive crime reports from students or employees will fill out a Crime Reporting Form which is forwarded to the Campus Safety.
Crimes may also be reported to local law-enforcement agencies. The non-emergency number for Tampa Police Department is (813) 231-6130. For crimes occurring outside the city limits in Hillsborough County, you may use the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number (813) 247-8200.
Responding to Reports
Campus Safety documents in-house reports on all criminal offenses reported on campus. The Tampa Police department is also contacted to originate the official Criminal Offense Report.
CRIMES OCCURRING AT OFF-CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS
At this time, The University of Tampa only maintains one off-campus facility. A downtown Tampa hotel, the Howard Johnson, is currently being used as a residence hall and all crimes reported at that facility will be recorded in the University's campus crime statistics.
Confidential Crime Reporting
Current policies: Confidential crime reports are accepted by the Campus Safety directly or from other designated crime reporters (see Reporting Crime). Confidential crime reports will not be included as an official campus crime until the event is corroborated by an identified source.
Policy Regarding Counselors and Pastoral Agents
The University does encourage counselors and/or pastoral agents, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform the persons they are counseling of any procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.
In case of a medical or police emergency of any type, immediately notify Campus Safety at ext. 7777 from any campus telephone. If life-threatening, call 911 if you cannot reach the Campus Safety immediately. If you are calling from off campus or a cell phone, the number is (813) 257-7777. Campus Safety officers are trained and equipped to handle any emergency and can assure you a rapid medical transportation response time if the situation warrants.
Communication with Campus Community
Numerous avenues are used to advise members of the campus community about campus crime and crime-related problems. Through campus publications, Campus Safety and Security publicizes those activities requiring security responses. On a weekly basis, this information is provided to The Minaret, the student newspaper. In addition, Campus Safety periodically uses safety alerts on safety matters that are of concern.