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Sept. 30, 2022

University of Arizona Police Department issues annual campus safety stats

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona Police Department has released the 2022 campus crime report, detailing reported personal and property crimes on campus and other property controlled by the university during the years 2019-2021. The statistics are part of the annual Campus Safety, Security and Fire Report, released today. The statistics that appear in this report are Clery-reportable crimes and not all crimes that occur on campus.

There were two reports of dating violence on the university's Tucson campus in 2021 and three reports of stalking. Domestic violence reports increased from 17 in 2020 to 21 in 2021.

Overall reports of sexual offenses stayed the same in 2021, with 18 rape reports in both 2021 and 2020, down from 40 in 2019. Reports of fondling increased from seven in 2020 to 11 in 2021. Reports of aggravated assault increased from nine in 2020 to 11 in 2021, with robberies increasing from zero to two. Arson incidents decreased from five in 2020 to three in 2021. Burglary reports decreased by seven (29 in 2020, 22 in 2021), and have decreased sharply since 2019, when 62 burglaries were reported. Motor vehicle thefts decreased by 10, from 29 to 19.

The reports are available at, and also through UAPD website. Copies can be printed from this website or are available upon request by contacting UAPD at 520-621-8273.

The University of Arizona Police Department works to maintain a safe and secure campus community where everyone feels comfortable, said UAPD Chief Paula Balafas.

"Our police department is a full-service police agency utilizing a community-oriented policing model to deliver services to a diverse community of approximately 50,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff," Balafas said. "UAPD patrols the campus by foot, bicycle, motorcycle and vehicle, and we collaborate with our partner agencies to ensure a prompt and coordinated law enforcement response. We are hopeful that the knowledge you glean from this report might be able to help you or someone else."

UAlert is a free service that delivers emergency alerts to registered students, faculty and staff – as well as their friends and family – via their mobile devices and/or email during a campus emergency. UAlert is the most efficient and timely way to receive notifications about critical incidents affecting any of the University of Arizona campuses.

Liquor law disciplinary actions increased from 534 in 2020 to 570 in 2021, but the campus has seen a sharp decrease from the 791 disciplinary actions in 2019. Drug law disciplinary actions decreased by nearly half – from 24 in 2020 to 13 in 2021. That is down from 146 drug law disciplinary actions in 2019.

Liquor, drug and weapon offenses are tracked both through arrest and disciplinary statistics. The Dean of Students Office finds that diverting liquor law arrests to educational interventions is effective in helping students recognize the individual short- and long-term consequences and impact on the university community. Diversion programs are only available for nonviolent misdemeanor offenses. Now in its seventh year, the UAPD's Good Samaritan Protocol encourages students to call for medical help for intoxicated peers without fear of incurring criminal charges.

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education requirements, the University of Arizona main campus, the Phoenix Bioscience Core and the College of Applied Science and Technology in Sierra Vista are split into separate reports. There was one report of burglary for the Phoenix Bioscience Core in 2021 and one report of motor vehicle theft at the College of Applied Science and Technology in Sierra Vista. There were no reports of relationship violence or hate crimes for either campus.

The report is a federal requirement under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, which mandates that all American universities receiving federal funds publicize their policies covering campus law enforcement, means of reporting crimes and statistics for reports of criminal offenses. The data in the report is compiled from several sources and therefore can be duplicative. Data sources include UAPD, the Dean of Students Office, Counseling & Psych Services, Housing & Residential Life and Campus Security Authorities.

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