Reporting an incident
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Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency
The Moravian University Police Department is staffed 24 hours a day, located at 119 W. Greenwich Street Bethlehem PA, 18018 and can be reached by phoning 610-861-1421. There are 74 emergency phones located throughout the campus on the exterior of buildings and in various parking lots. These phones are connected directly to Campus Police Headquarters that are activated by pushing a button. Elevators on campus are equipped with an emergency call button and audio communication capability that are connected directly to Campus Police. When dialing 911 from an external phone or cellphone the Bethlehem Police 911 Communication Center, Northampton County or the Lehigh County 911 Emergency Centers will be contacted, who will immediately communicate with Moravian University Police Department.
Individuals who wish to anonymously report suspicious activity, hate crime, or incident involving bias and remain anonymous when providing information, can do so by dialing the Anonymous Tip Line at 610-861-1539. This Tip Line is for information gathering purposes only and is not intended for use to report crimes in progress or emergency situations. It is not monitored 24 hours a day.
Reporting Sexual Violence
The ADVOCATES for Survivors of Sexual Violence are available 24/7 during the academic year for immediate support by texting or calling (484) 764-9242. The Advocates are a group of Moravian University employees trained to listen and answer questions, provide information and resources, and even accompany survivors for medical treatment.
Outside of the academic year, support from our local rape crisis center, Crime Victims Council is available by calling (610) 437-6611 (24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline). The Title IX website provides additional information about Survivor Support and Advocacy.
Reports, including anonymous reports, may be submitted online at any time using the Title IX Reporting Form. Reports go directly to the Executive Director for Equity and Compliance (Title IX Coordinator), who works with members of the Moravian Community who report experiencing harassment or discrimination, including sexual violence, to provide support measures and resolution options. More information about Reporting Sexual Violence can be found on Moravian’s Title IX website.
Reports may also be provided in person, my mail, by phone, or by email to:
Leah M. Naso, Executive Director for Equity and Compliance
(Title IX Coordinator)
210 Colonial Hall
1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18106
Emergency situations should be always reported to the Moravian University Police Department by calling (610) 861-1421 or to local law enforcement by calling 911.
Clery Reporting Requirements
In 1990, Congress passed the Campus Awareness and Campus Security Act. This legislation was followed by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act in 1998.
Regulations associated with these acts require institutions such as Moravian University to report specific information about certain on-campus crimes that have been reported to local police agencies or to any official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities (Campus Security Authority).
The law defines “Campus Security Authority” as: “An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings.” An example would be a dean of students who oversees student housing, a student center, or student extra-curricular activities and has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Similarly, a director of athletics, team coach, and faculty advisor to a student group also has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. A single teaching faculty member is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, except when serving as an advisor to a student group. Clerical staff, as well, is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities.
The following University employees and students have a reporting obligation as a Campus Security Authority:
- The President
- All Members of President's Staff
- All Student Life Administrators*
- Title IX Coordinator
- All Campus Police Officers
- All Campus Police Dispatchers
- Contracted Event Security
- The Athletic Director
- All Coaches
- Fitness Center Monitors
- All Faculty/Administration Advisors to Student Organizations
- All Student Members of the Residence Hall Staff
- HUB Desk Managers
*Those associated with the Offices of Counseling, Spirituality & Inclusion, and the Health Center will seek to maintain confidentiality to the extent permitted by law, but are still required to complete the form maintaining the anonymity of the victim.
The following criminal offenses must be reported with incident details and the names of those known or alleged to be involved: murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, liquor law violations, drug abuse violations and weapons: carrying, possessing etc. Note: Sex Offenses may be described in such a way as to protect victims' anonymity (e.g., "Jane or John Doe").
The Campus Police are also required to report statistics for bias-related (hate) crimes for the following offenses: murder/non-negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny-theft, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, vandalism, intimidation, simple assault, and damage/destruction/vandalism of property.
The Campus Police are required to disclose statistics for offenses that occur on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by our school, and public property within or immediately adjacent to our campus.
Members of the University community who do not have a reporting obligation are nonetheless encouraged to provide information to the Campus Police in an effort to make the campus as safe as possible.
There are a several ways to report crimes. The first and simplest means is to call Campus Police directly and immediately. A second option is to click on the following link: CSA Reporting Form and complete the form provided for the above categories of offenses.
Richard W. Blake
Chief of Police
Moravian University Police Department
119 W. Greenwich Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018