Interpreting the Crime Log

The federal Crime Awareness and Security Act of 1990 requires all post-secondary institutions participating in Title IV student financial assistance programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information.  In compliance with the federal reporting requirement, the daily crime log records all criminal incidents and alleged criminal incidents that are reported to the Department of Police Services. 

Note: Some incidents with a case number involve information received from other University Administrators, who are defined by federal law as campus security authorities”. These administrators share non-identifying information, with the University Police, that is provided by the victim. In these incidents, the victim did not file an official police report and therefore, it is not always possible to provide information regarding the five areas typically covered in the Crime Log, i.e. (Report Number, Offense, Date Reported, Date Occurred, Time, General Location, Synopsis, Disposition). Because an official report was not filed, there will be no disposition. These incidents are reported to the University Police for statistical purposes and are posted to the Crime Log as the information is received by the University Police.

According to Federal Law, an institution may withhold any of the required fields of entry, i.e. the nature, date, time, location and/or disposition if any of the following conditions apply:

  1. The disclosure is prohibited by law 
  2. If disclosure would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim. 
  3. If disclosure would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual 
  4. If disclosure would cause a suspect to flee or evade detection 
  5. If disclosure would result in the destruction of evidence

Crime Log Disposition Definitions

The following is an explanation of the terminology used to complete the Disposition section of the CSUN Department of Police Services Crime Log:

Open: The case is currently being investigated by CSUN PD.

Unfounded: The case is determined through investigation to be false or baseless. No offense occurred nor was attempted.

Closed: No further action is required.

Investigation Suspended – Pending Further Leads: Case currently has no solvability and remains in an inactive status unless new information/leads are discovered.

Cleared by Arrest: The suspect has been arrested.

Referred to District Attorney/ City Attorney: The case has been referred to the local District Attorney or City Attorney for criminal prosecution.

Turned Over to Outside Agency: The case is being turned over to the appropriate jurisdictional law enforcement agency for investigation.

Outside Agency Assist: A CSUNPD officer responded to assist another agency with a crime that was reported and/or occurred in the other agency’s jurisdiction and is not a CSUNPD case or investigation.

Outside Agency Report: For reports of crime received by the CSUNPD from another law enforcement agency and the other law enforcement agency provides the report or information regarding the crime for statistical purposes.

Referred for Discipline: A criminal case that was referred for appropriate discipline within the campus and no arrest was effectuated.

Warning Issued and Released: Individuals were advised of potential criminal actions and released with a warning.