Clery Act

Statistics provided in compliance with the Clery Act. You may view campus security statistics for over 6,000 colleges and universities in the United States on the OPE Campus Security Statistics Web site.

The Simpson College Campus Security and Safety statistics are compiled from all reported incidents to members/departments of the Student Development office.  These departments include but are not limited to the following:  Vice president of Student Development, Security Department, Residential Life/Housing, and Greek Life.  A formal report is not needed in order for a statistic to be included in the annual crime report.  The report is published by October 1st of the current year and includes statistics for the previous calendar year.  For example, the 2013 report includes statistics from January 1st, 2012 to December 31st, 2012.

The Security Office compiles campus crime statistics for any incident which occurs at any college-owned campus location as well as all fraternity and sorority houses.  The staff, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, keeps a record of these statistics and reports the information to the National Uniform Crime Report Division of the F.B.I.

2013 Security Reports

Indianola Campus

West Des Moines Campus

Ankeny Campus


Definitions of reportable crimes:

Criminal Homicide

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter.
The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

Negligent manslaughter.
The killing of another person through gross negligence.

Sexual Assault-An offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI’s UCR program.

Sex Offenses-Any sexual act directed against another person, without consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.


The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without consent of the victim.


The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.


Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

-Statutory rape

Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

Dating Violence: Violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether there was such a relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.

Domestic Violence: An assault (which is defined in §708.2A of the Iowa Code as an intentional or unauthorized act that is intended to cause pain to another or in result in physical contact that is insulting or offensive, coupled with the apparent ability to do the act or to place the victim in fear of any such act, or the intentional and authorized pointing of a firearm or display of a dangerous weapon in a threating manner) when the assault is between:

  • Family or household members who resided together at the time of the assault;
  • Family or household members living together at the time of the assault;
  • Separated spouses or persons divorced from each other and not residing together at the time of the assault.
  • Persons who are parent of the same minor child, regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time.
  • Persons who have been family or household members residing together within the past year and not residing together at the time of the assault; or
  • Persons who are in an intimate relationship or have been in an intimate relationship and have had contact within the past year of the assault.

Stalking: A person commits stalking when all of the following occur:

  1.   The person purposefully engages in a course of conduct (repeatedly maintaining a visual or physical proximity to a person without legitimate purpose or repeatedly conveying oral or written threat, threats implied by conduct, or a combination thereof) directed at or toward a specific person) that would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury to, or the death of, that specific person or a member of the specific person’s immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling, or any other person who regularly resides in the household of a specific person, or who within the prior six months regularly resided in the household of a specific person); and
  2.  The person has knowledge or should have knowledge that the specific person will be placed in reasonable fear of bodily injury to, or the death of, that specific person or a member of the specific person’s immediate family by the course of conduct; and
  3.  The person’s course of conduct induces fear in the specific person of bodily injury to, or the death of, the specific person or a member of the specific person’s immediate family.

The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated Assault
An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury.  This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by a means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife or other weapon is used that could and possibly would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)

The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.

Motor vehicle theft
The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Other Offenses

Liquor law violations.
The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned activities. (Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.)

Drug abuse violations.
Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs.

Weapon law violations.
The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: the manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; the carrying of deadly weapons, concealed or openly; the furnishing of deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned acts.

Hate Crimes
The Clery Act requires institutions to separately report all Hate Crimes statistics on any of the previously mentioned offenses or any other crime involving bodily injury reported to local police agencies or to a campus security authority, that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias or the perpetrator perceived the person to be in one of the protected group categories-Race, Gender, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Ethnicity, Disability, National Origin, and Gender Identity.
As of August 14, 2008 the Clery Act was amended to include larceny/simple assault, intimidation and destruction/damage/vandalism (except arson) as reportable categories of hate crimes.