3. REPORTING CRIMES AND OTHER EMERGENCIES

c. Statement Encouraging Accurate and Prompt Crime Reporting
Colorado Revised Statutes, 18-8-115, "Duty to Report a Crime" requires all persons who
believe a crime has been committed to report promptly the suspected crime to law
enforcement authorities.

To report a crime contact University Police at (719) 255-3111, or 3111 (from a campus
phone), or use the emergency call boxes located in parking lots and some buildings, or report
in person to the police located in the UCCS Public Safety building, attached to the parking
garage.

UCCS encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to accurately and promptly
report the incident to University Police to provide accurate and complete statistical reports and
to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community, when appropriate. Faculty, staff,
and students who are considered to be Campus Security Authorities are required to forward
any report of a crime on campus to the University Police for further investigation. Incidents
reported to University Police that fall into one of the required reporting classifications will be
disclosed as a statistic in this annual publication. All student organizations leasing or are in
control of off-campus space must report to the university sponsor any criminal activity that
occurs off campus. A copy of those reports involving criminal activity must be filed with the
University Police for inclusion in the Annual Safety and Security Report.

Timely reports allow for timely response and eventually a safer campus. DO YOUR PART,
REPORT!

d. Discussing an Incident with a University Counselor

Occasionally, victims of crime wish to discuss a crime or other incident but do not want to give
their name and/or do not want to pursue action through the criminal justice or university
judicial systems. A victim can confidentially discuss a crime or incident with a mental health clinician
on campus. Mental health clinicians who receive confidential information are not
required to report these crimes or incidents to the University Police for inclusion into the
annual disclosure of crime statistics or for the purpose of a timely warning. A Mental health
clinician is a person whose official responsibilities include providing mental health
counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope
of his or her license or certification. At this time, UCCS does not employ pastoral counselors.

Mental health clinicians, if and when they deem it appropriate, are encouraged by UCCS PD
to inform the persons they are counseling of the procedures to report a crime to the University
Police. However, it is made clear to the student that the final decision to report or not report is
left up to the student.

A summary of the student issues that the University Counseling Center works with each year
is recorded in a Counseling Center annual report. This data is summarized by diagnoses and
no names are attached to the data. The Counseling Center report does not distinguish events
that occurred in the past year from events that occurred at any time in the student’s past, and
it does not distinguish reported events from non-reported events.

e. Statement Addressing Disclosures to Alleged Victims of Crimes of Violence or
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses

Since January of 1993, victims of "crimes against persons" in Colorado are afforded specific
rights pursuant to the Victim Rights Act (VRA). The VRA provides victims with a more active
role in the criminal justice process in an attempt to balance the historically inequitable scales
of justice. Below is the list of crimes covered by the Victim Rights Act.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of the following types of crimes in the State of
Colorado, your right to be informed and to participate in critical stages of the criminal justice
process related to the crime is guaranteed by the Colorado Constitution. This page will assist
you if you are a victim of a crime in the City of Colorado Springs and the State of Colorado, by
providing you with some information that may be helpful to you during your time of need.

Crimes Covered Under the Victims' Rights Act

  • Murder, Manslaughter
  • Criminally negligent homicide and vehicular homicide
  • Assault - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Robbery - aggravated, aggravated of a controlled substance
  • Menacing
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual Assault - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, on a child, on a child by one in position of trust, on a client by a psychotherapist
  • Incest
  • Child abuse
  • Sexual exploitation of children
  • Crimes (VRA) against at-risk adults or at-risk juveniles
  • Crimes for which the underlying foundation has been determined to be domestic violence
  • Careless driving resulting in death
  • Failure to stop at the scene of an accident involving a death
  • Harassment by stalking
  • Ethnic intimidation
  • Any criminal attempt, conspiracy, criminal solicitation, or accessory involving any of the crimes stated above
  • Violation of a protection order against a person charged with committing sexual assault
  • Indecent exposure
  • Intimidating a victim or a witness
  • Tampering with a witness or victim

UCCS provides support for victims of crime. Therefore, do not hesitate to report a crime
including incidents of sexual assault and ethnic, racial, or sexual harassment. As a crime
victim, you can obtain assistance on campus as well as within the Colorado Springs
community. See the Campus and Community Resource Directory in the back of this booklet
for other organizations that provide services to victims of crime.

UCCS will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence (as that
term is defined in section 16 of title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the
report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the University against the
student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is
deceased as a result of such crime or offense, UCCS will provide the results of the disciplinary
proceeding to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.