Confidential Reporting Procedures

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action with the College system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, Security can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identify. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the College can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

SMWC/Sisters of Providence Security Response to a Crime Report

When you report a crime to the SMWC/Sisters of Providence Security Office, an officer will meet with you, listen to what happened, and, if necessary, make a preliminary report. They may also ask that you speak with a member of the Campus Life staff or the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department. They will advise you if there is anything further that you need to do. In the case where charges are pressed with the local police or sheriff, you may be asked to sign an arrest warrant. 

You are encouraged to report any criminal activity even if you don’t want to take legal action in order to help us maintain accurate statistical records. The Office of Student Development is responsible for preparing the College’s Annual Campus Security Report and for obtaining the compiled crime statistics that are included in this report from Campus Security. The information you report may require the College to issue a Crime Alert if it is determined by the vice president for Student Life that the circumstances warrant such action. 

Reporting Off-Campus Crimes and Other Emergencies

Victims or witnesses to criminal activity occurring off campus should contact the agency that has jurisdiction: 

SMWC/Sisters of Providence Security officers can assist in notifying law enforcement agencies.

Daily Crime Logs/Summary of Criminal Incidents

 The SMWC/Sisters of Providence Security Department compiles statistical information from the contents of the daily security report which contains summaries of each day’s events. In addition to the daily security report, individual reports are made for any campus incident. Incident reports include location, type, date, time, officer’s name, and disposition of the complaint. To view a report, please contact the director of Security at 812-535-5253.

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