The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

University Police Division of Campus Safety & Security

Campus Safety Report

Security and Fire Safety Reports

A printed version of the Campus Safety Report is available upon request at the UTRGV Police Department.

Jeanne Clery Act Links

The Jeanne Clery Act, a consumer protection law passed in 1990, requires all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety as well as inform the public of crime in or around campus. This information is made publicly accessible through the university's annual security report.

Crime Statistics

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Police Department collects data related to reports of crimes occurring on campus, at off campus university facilities, residence halls and public property immediately adjacent to the campus. In addition to these reported incidents, additional incidents are reported to campus security authorities (Residence Life, Judicial Affairs, Dean's Office, etc.,) and the data is added to the Police Departments data to produce the Campus Crime Statistics.

Federal Crime Definitions

The University Police Department has made available the definitions and terms used in the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports. These terms are also used in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Crime Statistics reported annually. 

NOTE: These are federal definitions of acts and not charges issued against individuals according to the Texas Penal Code.

Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter
The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

Negligent Manslaughter
The killing of another person through gross negligence.

Sex Offenses, Forcible
Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or, not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

Sex Offenses, No Forcible
Unlawful, no forcible sexual intercourse.

Armed Robbery
The taking, or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Arson
Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Assault, Aggravated
An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily injury.

Assault, Non-Aggravated
Assaults and attempted assaults where no weapon is used and that do not result in serious or aggravated injury to the victim.

Burglary (Breaking or Entering)
The unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft. Forced entry is not a required element of the offense; it may be accomplished via an unlocked door or window, so long as the entry is unlawful (constituting a trespass). Included are attempts to commit burglary where forced is employed, or where a perpetrator is frightened off while entering an unlocked door or climbing through an open window.

Larceny
Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possessions of another. Examples of offenses in this classification include pocket-picking and purse snatching (where no more force is employed than that necessary to take the property).

Motor Vehicle Theft
Theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Hate Crimes
Any of the above listed offenses and other crimes involving bodily injury to any person in which the victim is intentionally selected because of the actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability of the victim.

Liquor Law Violations
Violations of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession or use of alcoholic beverages (does not include driving under the influence or drunkenness).

Drug Abuse Violations
Violations of laws prohibiting production, distribution and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment or devices utilized in their preparation and/or use.

Weapons Possessions
Violations of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices, or other deadly weapons.

Disseminating Information On Campus Crime

The University Police Department wants to keep you informed about campus crime. Here are some ways we do it:

  • Emergency Alerts: The UTRGV Emergency Alert system is a mass, urgent notification system, comprised of a variety of methods by which the University can notify students, faculty and staff of an active, major campus emergency:
  • News Releases: The University Police Department prepares news releases on crime for distribution to campus and Rio Grande Valley News Stations.
  • Newspaper: The Rider UTRGV student newspaper publishes stories on serious criminal offenses.
  • Website: Security and safety information is placed online through the University Police Department Crime Alerts page
  • Email: The University Police Department will notify all faculty, staff, and students by email of any potential serious criminal activity occurring on campus from the crimeline@utrgv.edu email address.

NOTE: When a serious crime occurs or a series of thefts showing a pattern develops; University Police will alert the university community via the university newspaper, the campus email system, and the university emergency alert system.