Loyola University Maryland

Public Safety

Reporting Procedures

Community members, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and University guests are encouraged to report all crimes, emergencies, and public safety-related incidents to Loyola’s Department of Public Safety. Community members, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and University guests are encouraged to report gender-based violence to the University’s Title IX coordinator as soon as possible. Incidents, suspicious activity, or any other police-related information can be reported to a DPS officer on patrol or by calling 410-617-5911.

LiveSafe is an app that gives students, staff, and faculty on campus an effective way to communicate with the Department of Public Safety. With LiveSafe, you can use your smartphone as a personal security device to provide DPS with accurate information about yourself and your GPS location. Your location and information are only shared with DPS when using the Emergency Options button or Report Tips button within the app. With Emergency Options, your location will be actively monitored until you tap “stop sharing location.” With Report Tips, a one-time location ping will be attached to any tip you submit, but your location will not be monitored. SafeWalk allows you to share your location with friends and family. It is by invite only and can be shared for as long or as short a time as you choose.

It is the Department of Public Safety policy to respond to all requests for police services, write an incident report, and to conduct follow-up investigations when necessary. The director or designee conducts or coordinates any incidents needing internal or external investigations with local police. All student involved incident reports written by DPS are forwarded to the Office of Student Development for adjudication and to provide any follow-up as may be needed.

Timely crime reporting can be crucial for the prevention or detection of criminal activity. The Loyola community is encouraged to report offenses promptly and accurately to DPS or local police when the victim of a crime elects to or is unable to make such a report. Crimes should be reported to DPS in case timely warnings or emergency notifications are needed and for the collection of statistical data concerning criminal offenses to be included in this annual security report. 

DPS issues periodic informational alerts of suspicious or criminal activity occurring on or around the campus with suggestions of ways to avoid similar incidents. These alerts are sent to the Loyola community via the University’s email system.  All Loyola community members are urged to read these notices carefully and be guided by the information presented. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning or emergency notification should immediately report the circumstances to the Department of Public Safety by telephone (410) 617-5911.

For inclusion in the annual disclosure of crimes and to ensure timely crime warnings, crimes or suspicious activity should be reported to:

Department of Public Safety Dispatch: (410) 617-5911
Any member of Public Safety

Gender-based violence should be reported to: (410) 617-5171
Director Title IX Compliance and Assessment

Incidents involving students should be reported to: (410) 617-5171
Dean of Students

Upon written request, Loyola University Maryland will disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased due to such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph. 

Confidential Reporting

Suppose you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the University system or the criminal justice system. In that case, you may want to consider making a confidential report. A DPS officer can file a report about the incident's details without revealing the victim's identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to maintain confidentiality, while taking steps to ensure yourself and others’ future safety. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, employees, and visitors; determine where there is a crime pattern concerning a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential dangers. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the crime statistics of the institution's annual security report. When reports involve allegations of sexual harassment (including sexual violence), they are made available to the University's Title IX Coordinator. You can call Loyola University DPS and ask that information remain confidential.  

If you have been the victim of sexual misconduct but do not want to report the incident for investigation, you may seek a counselor or psychologist in the Counseling Center. Reports made to a licensed counselor or health care provider are confidential and will not be reported for investigation without your permission unless an imminent threat exists. University pastoral and professional counselors are encouraged to inform students seeking counseling who report being victims to report the incidents voluntarily. The incidents can be reported to DPS, local police, or Loyola's Title IX coordinator, either confidentially or anonymously, so they can be included in Loyola's crime statistics.  

Confidential resources are available for support and advice on campus. Students may access the Student Wellness and Promotions Office at 410-617-2928, health services providers in the Student Health Center at 410-617- 5055, clergy offering pastoral care at 410-617-5881, and the Sexual Violence Coordinator in the Women’s Center at 410-617-5844. These resources are not required to report anything that can identify you. Still, they must report the incident for statistical disclosure in our annual security report and keep personal identifying information confidential. Employees can call the Employee Assistance Program 24/7 at 1-800-765-0770. Additional resources for counseling and assistance, both on and off-campus, are listed in this document.

Anonymous Reporting

Suppose you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the University’s judicial system or the criminal justice system. In that case, you may want to consider making an anonymous report. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in Loyola’s annual security and fire safety report. As noted, confidential and anonymous reports are extremely valuable to prevent further victimization and obtain a more accurate campus crime portrait. In certain instances, a victim of a crime may be reluctant to file a report fearing the process and loss of anonymity. In such circumstances, crime victims are encouraged to consider making an anonymous report. Anonymous reports can be filed by using Public Safety’s anonymous reporting system or the LiveSafe mobile app, which is used for investigative and statistical purposes. Anonymous reporting is available 24/7 on the DPS website.

Another anonymous reporting option for all Loyola community members is EthicsPoint. Loyola community members are encouraged to report any behavior that violates the law or University policy. EthicsPoint is available 24/7 and can be accessed through the Human Resources website: https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/18799/index.html