Campus Crime Statistics

The figures listed in the Campus Crime Statistics tables reflect crimes reported to have occurred on Boston University’s Charles River and Medical Campuses as well as the University’s noncampus facilities and other Boston University educational programs located outside of the Boston area.

The crime statistics are prepared by the BUPD Crime Analysis & Statistics Unit. Crimes are recorded in the year in which they were reported to a campus security authority. BUPD requests crime statistics from city, state, and other local law enforcement. The crime statistics include crimes reported to Boston University by the Boston Police Department and any other law enforcement that provides responsive information.

Online training for campus security authorities is available through their Blackboard accounts. Reporting forms for campus security authorities are available here.

Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the University must report any crimes of which it has knowledge—whether through its police department, non-law enforcement University officials, or from other law enforcement agencies—that occur:

    • on campus, with a separate designation for crimes in dormitories.
    • in or on certain noncampus buildings or property.
    • on certain public property.

      The definitions of campus, noncampus building or property, and public property under the Clery Act are as follows:

      The term campus means:

      1. Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution of higher education within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls.
      2. Property within the same reasonably contiguous geographical area of the institution that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).

      The term noncampus building or property means:

      1. Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization recognized by the institution.
      2. Any building or property (other than a branch campus) owned or controlled by an institution of higher education that is used in direct support of, or in a relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.

      The term public property means all public property that is within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution, such as a sidewalk, a street, other thoroughfare, or parking facility, and is adjacent to a facility owned or controlled by the institution if the facility is used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes.

      Both the University’s Charles River and Medical Campuses are located in the City of Boston, which is a diverse urban area. There are a variety of properties in and among both campuses owned and controlled by parties other than the University. As a result, the Boston University Police Department and the BU Medical Campus Public Safety Department patrol areas beyond the specific buildings owned or controlled by the University. In addition, the Boston Police Department, the MBTA Transit Police, the State Police, and other local law enforcement agencies also patrol these areas. The University’s crime logs include all crimes reported to the BU Police or the Medical Campus Public Safety Department.

      If you have questions regarding the patrol area of the BU Police or the Medical Campus Public Safety Department or the collection and reporting of crime statistics, contact the BU Police at 617-353-2110.

      Boston University is proud of its longstanding policy of voluntarily reporting its crime indices to the FBI and to the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety. The Boston University Police Department has been commended by the Governor of Massachusetts for its leadership role in making campus crime information available to the public.

      Boston University is a community of approximately 35,000 students, faculty, staff, apartment dwellers, and commercial tenants. The University’s main campus (Charles River Campus) stretches about one-and-a-half miles along the Charles River, borders the town of Brookline, and is located approximately one-and-a-half miles from downtown Boston. The Boston University Medical Campus is located in Boston’s South End, about two miles from the city center.

      Statistics are accurate as of the date of publication. Any updates may be found at the BUPD website.