Reporting Crimes

Individuals who become victims of crime are encouraged to immediately report to Public Safety at (540) 458-8999. Public Safety officers are on duty 24 hours per day, seven days per week. In addition to the 24-hour patrol coverage, the Public Safety Office, in the Heating/Cooling Plant, is staffed 24 hours daily. Any Public Safety Officer will take a report of crime. The Director of Public Safety or the Associate Director of Public Safety can also be reached for this purpose by calling (540) 458-8400. The Public Safety Department will investigate any criminal activity reported. Reports may also be made to the Lexington Police Department by calling 911 or (540) 463-9177, the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office by calling (540) 463-7328, or the Virginia State Police by calling (804) 674-2000.

Students and employees who do not wish to contact Public Safety are encouraged to report criminal offenses to any of the following University administrators: Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dean of Student Life, Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement, Associate Dean of Students and Dean for First-Year Experience, Assistant Dean of Sophomores, Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Juniors, Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Seniors, Director of Residence Life, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Disability Resources, Director of Student Activities, Director of Outdoor Education and Recreation, Director of Athletics, Associate Dean of Law Student Affairs, Associate Director of International Education, and Executive Director of Human Resources. Criminal offenses reported to the Public Safety Department or to one of the designated administrators will be investigated and those that fall into one of the required reporting classifications will be disclosed as a statistic in the University's annual compliance information.

If you are a victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the University conduct system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. Confidential reports of crimes that will not reveal your identity may be made by using the anonymous crime reporting form. Reports filed in this manner will be counted in the annual crime statistics information, but will only be further investigated if the information provided leads Public Safety to believe that someone may be in imminent danger and where the information provided is sufficient to allow for follow up investigation.