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, even when the victim of a crime elects not to or is unable to make such a report. Reporting a crime provides accurate and complete statistical reports and aids 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. Reporting an incident to a campus CSA also assists campus Police in capturing statistics when the victim of a crime elects or is unable to make a report. 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. University "mental health clinicians", when acting as such, are not considered to be a campus security authority and are not required to report these crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics. A Professional Counselor 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
The Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights
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.
The UCCS campus community has the right to live without fear of becoming a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault. In accordance with this principle, UCCS prohibits any act of interpersonal violence or sexual misconduct.