Definitions for Criminal and Non-criminal Incidents

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Descriptions of what constitutes various types of criminal cases is quite complex. The following list presents definitions for case types and helps to provide an understanding of the type of cases that are listed on the Daily Crime Log.

Case Classifications

Criminal and Non Criminal Categories that are to be utilized for all Incident Reports generated by University of Hawaii Hilo Security:

(Print copy of Case Classifications listed below)


ASSAULT (criminal) – The intentional striking or hitting of another person with the intent to hurt or injure.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (criminal/Clery) – An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury (This type of assault usually involves the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm).

ABUSE OF HOUSEHOLD MEMBER (criminal) – A domestic situation where one or more of the parties displays some sort of injury.  This is an automatic arrest situation by the PD.

ARSON (criminal/Clery) -  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.

AUTO THEFT (criminal/Clery) – The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Any self-propelled vehicle I.e. automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds, all terrain vehicles and snowmobiles).

BURGLARY (criminal/Clery) – The unlawful entry of a structure/dwelling to commit a felony and/or theft therein  (tents, storage sheds, trailers, motor homes, house trailers or other mobile units used for recreational purposes are not considered structures).

CAR TROUBLE ASSISTS (non criminal) Assistance provided to start, open or otherwise provide assistance to a motorist documented as a Misc. Assist Case.

CRIMINAL PROPERTY DAMAGE (criminal) – The intentional, malicious and deliberate damage of another’s property or things.

DISORDERLY (criminal) - Behavior that is loud, disruptive, repetitive and aggressive and that will cause concern or alarm for another person or individual.

DOMESTIC (non criminal) – Argument between related parties where no intervention is required or injury has occurred.

DRUG PARAPHENALIA (criminal) – Possession of these items is treated as contraband and the case referred to PD.  Non-Possession (non criminal) would be classified as Misc. Public and items either turned over to the PD for disposal and if they don’t accept then destruction is required and to be noted.

FIRE (non criminal/Clery) – Any incident that results in the damage to a building or things and not arson related.

FIRE ALARM (non criminal) – The activation of any smoke or sprinkler device where notification has been made to the fire alarm panel.

FORGERY/COUNTERFEITING (criminal) - The unauthorized use of someone’s signature to receive money or goods/the duplication of US Currency or other negotiable item used to obtain goods or services.

FOUND PROPERTY (non criminal) – Items that are located and found by or turned in to security for safekeeping.

HARASSMENT (criminal) – Behavior that involves an intent to annoy, harass, or alarm another in-person, by telephone, computer, other communication device or touches another person in an offensive manner.

HATE (criminal & non criminal/Clery) – Any behavior motivated by hate based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin and/or disability.  Depending on the nature of the actions the case can be either criminal or non criminal but in each case must be reported as a Clery Category Offense.

INDECENT EXPOSURE (criminal) – The intentional and wanton display of one’s genitals to another person or persons.

INTOXICATED PERSON (non criminal) - If behavior has not resulted int he commission of some other criminal offense this should be classified as a Misc. Public Case.

LOST PROPERTY (non criminal) – Undermined location where the item was lost or misplaced and the case will be classified as a Misc. Public Case.

MEDICAL CASES (Injured and Sick) (non criminal) – Cases where a person is either sick and/or injured and where security and medical assistance has been requested.  This will also be classified as a Misc. Asst. Case.

MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC (non criminal) – Cases that are basically non criminal in nature where security services or assistance was provided.  A sub-heading of the case or type of assistance provided shall be included.

MISSING STUDENTS (non criminal) – Cases where students are reported missing for an extended period of time (usually more than 24 hours) and either security or the PD has been notified.  This is also a Misc. Public Case.

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT – (non criminal) – Incidents involving motor vehicles or other motorized devices where damages or injuries are caused to the vehicles or other property.

MURDER (criminal/Clery) - The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another (does not Include suicides, fetal deaths, traffic fatalities, accidental deaths, assaults to murder and attempts to murder)

NEGLIGENT MANSLAUGHTER (criminal/Clery)– The killing of another person through gross negligence.

PROPERTY DAMAGE (non criminal) – Any damage caused to property or things of an unintentional or non-malicious nature.  Acts of God would be included and the case reported as a Misc. Public. Case.

RAPE (criminal/Clery) - The carnal knowledge of a person forcibly and/or against the person’s will or where the victim is incapable of giving consent

SEX ASSAULT (criminal/Clery) - Any sexual act directed against another person, forcible and/or against that person’s will or against someone incapable of giving consent

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE (non criminal/Clery) – Any student behavior or activity that is expressly prohibited by the UHH.  Although non-criminal, the activity will be documented as a Misc. Pub. Case and reported in Clery Stats, if disciplinary action is taken.

(Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action - Any case involving illegal weapons possession and violation of drug and liquor laws. (A referral or arrest must take place and a disciplinary action must be initiated and a record kept of the action taken and disclosed by location).

STUDENT HOUSING VIOLATION (non criminal) – Any student behavior or activity that is contrary to UHH student housing policies or procedures. These cases will be reported as Misc. Pub. Cases.

ATTEMPTED THEFT (criminal) – Any attempt to take or possess the property of another without that person’s consent.

THEFT (criminal) – The taking and or use of another’s property without that person’s permission or consent.

TRESPASS (criminal) – The illegal occupying or presence in or on the premises of a location from which a person or individual has been specifically warned to stay away from and where an arrest is made.

TRESPASS WARNING (non criminal) – This is the initial phase of the trespass process where the person is put on notice that their behavior has necessitated that they no longer will occupy or be present at a specific location or locations for a period of one yea

If there are any questions regarding the proper classification of a case, a specific inquiry is to be made with the Campus Security Director’s Office for advice and or clarification. Call 932-7644.