Annual Campus Crime and Fire Statistics Report (Clery Act)

This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Luther; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.  You can obtain a copy of this report below or by contacting the Student Life Office.

Crime Statistics

Crime Statistics are tabulated in accordance with The Clery (Campus Security) Act.

Please see Notes and Clarifications on Crime Statistics.

2012 On Campus Non-Campus Public Property Residence Halls
Criminal Homicide 0 na 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 na 0 0
Sex Offenses, Forcible 0 na 0 4
Sex Offenses, Nonforcible 0 na 0 0
Robbery 0 na 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 na 0 0
Burglary 0 na 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 na 0 0
Arson 0 na 0 0
Liquor Law Arrests 2 na 0 1
Drug Law Arrests 1 na 0 4
Weapons Law Arrests 0 na 0 0
Liquor Law (Discipline) 15 na 0 193
Drug Law (Discipline) 1 na 0 4
Weapons Law (Discipline) 0 na 0 0

 

2011 On Campus Non-Campus Public Property Residence Halls
Criminal Homicide 0 na 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 na 0 0
Sex Offenses, Forcible 0 na 0 1
Sex Offenses, Nonforcible 0 na 0 0
Robbery 0 na 0 0
Aggravated Assault 1 na 0 0
Burglary 0 na 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 na 0 0
Arson 0 na 0 0
Liquor Law Arrests 2 na 1 2
Drug Law Arrests 0 na 0 5
Weapons Law Arrests 0 na 0 0
Liquor Law (Discipline) 10 na 0 135
Drug Law (Discipline) 6 na 0 8
Weapons Law (Discipline) 0 na 0 0

 

2010 On Campus Non-Campus Public Property Residence Halls
Criminal Homicide 0 na 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 na 0 0
Sex Offenses, Forcible 3 na 0 1
Sex Offenses, Nonforcible 0 na 0 0
Robbery 0 na 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 na 0 0
Burglary 0 na 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 na 0 0
Arson 0 na 0 0
Liquor Law Arrests 0 na 3 0
Drug Law Arrests 0 na 0 3
Weapons Law Arrests 0 na 0 0
Liquor Law (Discipline) 117 na 0 100
Drug Law (Discipline) 8 na 0 8
Weapons Law (Discipline) 0 na 0 0

Notes and Clarifications on Crime Statistics

  • Many crimes go unreported or unnoticed. Crime reports are recorded if official reports are filed and there is reason to believe they are valid. Reports do not suggest conviction, arrests, etc. Classification is based on definitions of UCR (Uniform Crime Statistics) and Iowa IBR (Incident Based Reporting).
  • Readers are cautioned that statistics on this campus and others may be difficult to interpret. For example, burglary statistics may not reflect theft of valuable items unless there is unauthorized entry.
  • Another category, sex offenses, includes reported "acquaintance rapes." A forcible sex offense is "any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.," and includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling. Nonforcible sex offenses are acts of "unlawful, nonforcible sexual intercourse," and include incest and statutory rape.
  • Discipline statistics in the report include numbers of students "referred for campus disciplinary action." This is confusing terminology, but a good faith effort has been made by the college to count the number of students who were likely violators of state law (underage) when they were referred to the discipline system.
  • Hate crime statistics required by this legislation are to include offenses of criminal homicide, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft, arson, and other crime involving bodily injury "that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability." Some people interpret any sex offense as a hate crime; the reader is left to their own interpretation of federal law in this regard.
  • Location definitions:
    • On-campus, non residence hall refers to crimes at campus locations other than residential units
    • Non-campus refers to off-campus properties/student residences (such as fraternity houses) over which the college has some control.
    • Public property refers to public property that may be directly connected or adjacent to campus property and could be considered to part of campus for security/safety purposes
    • Residence halls refers to campus residential units

Fire Safety Report

Fire safety is an important issue on the Luther campus.  The material contained in this report outlines the measures taken on campus to both prevent and respond to fires in our residence halls.  This information is provided in response to the Higher Education Opportunity Act.  The table below illustrates the type of fire safety system in each residential facility at Luther.

Residence
Hall
Fire Alarm Monitoring Done on Site Partial Sprinkler System Full Sprinkler System Smoke Detectors Fire Extinguisher Devices Evacuation Plan Placards Number of Evacuation Plans Each Year
Baker Village x x 2
Brandt x x x x 2
College Apts. x x 2
Dieseth x x x x 2
Farwell x x x x 2
Larsen x x x x 2
Miller x x x x 2
Olson x x x x 2
Norby x x x x 2
Prairie House x x
Prairie House x x
Prairie House x x
Sustainability House x x
Ylvisaker x x x x 2

Fire Safety Information
Policies and procedures related to fire safety are detailed in several documents including  the Luther Code of Conduct, the Safety and Security website, and the Residence Life Handbook as well as City, State and Federal Laws.  To ensure compliance with established fire safety policy and rules, Residence Life staff conducts official room safety inspections of the residence halls during each fall, winter and spring break.  Inspections may be conducted at other times as well.  Any prohibited or unsafe item will be confiscated and appropriate fines levied against those found in violation. For further information on fines and/or sanctions see the Residence Life section in the Student Handbook.

Prohibited Possessions
For health and safety reasons certain items are prohibited in the residence halls and other college-owned housing facilities. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Extension cords, multiple plug adapters, and surge protectors with more than 6 outlets
  • Wireless routers
  • Candles, incense, oil lamps, halogen torchiere lamps, spider lamps and open flames
  • Smoking and illegal drug paraphernalia
  • Flammable substances such as gasoline, lighter fluid, mineral spirits, and cleaning fluids
  • Live Christmas trees and/or live holiday greenery and large decorative bulbs
  • Motorized vehicles such as motorcycles and mopeds
  • Fireworks, explosives, firearms, ammunition or gun powder

Electrical Appliances
Some electrical appliances can create a fire or safety hazard and are not allowed in the residence halls. Prohibited items include:

  • Toasters, toaster ovens, and George Foreman type grills
  • Microwaves
  • Space heaters
  • Air conditioners
  • Desktop burners and other appliances with an open hotplate or heat coil
  • Electric blankets

Residents are allowed one refrigerator in each room if it is less than 3.2 cubic feet.

Fire Evacuation Plan
Residents are required to evacuate the building each time there is a fire alarm in the building. Planned fire drills will take place in each hall twice a year so residents will have an opportunity to practice evacuation procedures.  These drills are conducted by trained hall staff and/or security personnel. Whenever the fire alarm sounds complete evacuation is required. Never treat an alarm as if it is false or a prank. Walk to the nearest identified exit and leave the building. Close doors and windows as you exit if you can do so safely. If the identified stairway exit contains smoke, flames or strong fumes choose an alternative route. Continue evacuation even if the alarm stops sounding. Once you are outside the building move away from the structure to the designated evacuation waiting area. Remain in this area until authorized personnel inform you to return to the building.

If you see smoke and or fire and the alarm has not yet been sounded pull the alarm and follow the above evacuation procedures. Once you are safely out of the building contact Security at 2111 to report the fire. If smoke is present stay low to the ground and check all doors for heat before opening them. If the door is hot to the touch choose an alternative exit. 

Take the time to learn the location of fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers and evacuation routes prior to any emergency,

Fire Safety Education and Training
Residence Life staff, Security and other key campus personnel are trained in the operation of fire extinguishers on an annual basis. They are also trained and practiced in evacuation procedures.  Residence Life staff includes fire safety information and evacuation procedures with residents as part of the orientation process. Written procedures for evacuation are detailed in the Luther Emergency Procedure Guide and on line at https://www.luther.edu/safety/emergency/fire/.

Fire Safety Log
Security maintains a fire log that includes the nature, date, time and general location of each reported fire.  To ensure the accuracy of this log, every fire should be reported to Security and the Residence Life Office.  The logs below illustrate the reported fire incidents for the calendar years 2012, 2011 and 2010.

Fire Incidents - 2012

Residence Hall Date of Incident Time of Incident Cause of Fire Number of Injuries Number of Deaths Value of Property Damaged Total Number of Reported Fires Case Number
Baker Village 0
Brandt 0
College Apts. 0
Dieseth 0
Farwell 0
Larsen 0
Miller 0
Olson 0
Norby 0
Prairie House 0
Prairie House 0
Prairie House 0
Sustainability House 0
Ylvisaker 0

Fire Incidents - 2011

Residence Hall Date of Incident Time of Incident Cause of Fire Number of Injuries Number of Deaths Value of Property Damaged Total Number of Reported Fires Case Number
Baker Village
Brandt 0
College Apts. 0
Dieseth 2/20/11 0200 fireworks 0 0 $400 1 00066-2011
Farwell 0
Larsen 0
Miller 0
Olson 0
Norby 0
Prairie House 0
Prairie House 0
Prairie House 0
Sustainability House 0
Ylvisaker 0

At about 2:00 a.m. on 2/20/11 a student was shooting off fireworks in the hallway of Dieseth Hall.  One of the fireworks set the carpet on fire and set off the fire alarm.  The student stomped the fire out but the building was evacuated. 

Fire Incidents - 2010

Residence Hall Date of Incident Time of Incident Cause of Fire Number of Injuries Number of Deaths Value of Property Damaged Total Number of Reported Fires Case Number
Baker Village 9/30/10 2240 cooking 0 0 0 1 00132-2010
Brandt 0
College Apts. 0
Dieseth 0
Farwell 0
Larsen 0
Miller 0
Olson 0
Norby 0
Prairie House 0
Prairie House 0
Prairie House 0
Sustainability House 0
Ylvisaker 0

On 9/30/10 at about 2240 hours a student was cooking marshmallows in the oven of her Baker Village townhouse.  The marshmallows caught fire inside the oven and the student used a fire extinguisher to put them out.  There was no damage other than clean-up.

Questions may be directed to:

Bob Harri
Director of Campus Safety and Security
Luther College
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: 563-387-2103
Email: harrro01@luther.edu