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Police Release 2001 Report On Crime Incidents at MIT

By Nathan Collins


The number of serious crimes at MIT changed little in 2001 compared with previous years, the MIT Police disclosed in their annual survey of campus crime. MIT’s level of reported crimes was again dramatically lower than that of Harvard University.

The 2001 MIT report lists 30 occurrences of “serious crime,” including rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults. Similar numbers were reported in previous years, with 27 serious crimes in 1998, 33 in 1999, and 30 in 2000.

Harvard University reports less-comprehensive statistics than MIT does, but reported 27 robberies, 29 aggravated assaults, and 32 sex offenses, for a total of at least 88 “serious crimes” under the MIT classification. The University of California at Berkeley reported about 20 “serious crimes.”

MIT reports four sex offenses

The police report disclosed a total of four reported “forcible sex offenses” during 2001, down from six incidents the previous year. Harvard reported 32 forcible sex offenses in 2001, while U.C. Berkeley had seven.

Harvard has about 20,000 students, including professional students, while Berkeley has about 30,000 and MIT has about 10,000.

MIT reports few alcohol incidents

The police report subdivided drug and alcohol violations into referrals and arrests. MIT made five alcohol referrals, one alcohol arrest, two drug referrals, and seven drug arrests. Five of the drug arrests were on campus.

Harvard reported 62 liquor violations and 10 drug violations in 2001. Berkeley reported several hundred drug and alcohol violations.

MIT reported that it responded to 20 “crises,” including nine psychiatric events, nine alcohol or drug related events, and two suicide attempts.

The MIT Police transported 566 students in 2001. Of these, 66 were involved in emergencies, including sudden illness and athletic injuries; 196 were transports from one medical facility to another; and 304 were medical shuttles to or from MIT Medical.

Police dept. commends officers

In addition to crime statistics, the police report discussed two sets of commendations for MIT Police officers.

On Nov. 24, 2001, MIT Police officers John W. Carr, Jamie G. DiGregorio, Theresa L. Gomes, Kevin P. Kirchdorfer, Robert J. Molino, Orlando Tirella, and Joseph S. West received commendations “for an emergency response and life saving assistance to an attempted suicide victim,” the report said. An MIT Police supervisor said she was not immediately able to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

On Dec. 8, 2001, officers DiGregorio, Danielle J. Green, Sean C. Munnelly, Tirella, and Richard Ward received commendations “for an emergency response and life saving treatment of a heart attack victim,” the report said.

MIT police had become certified to use semi-automatic external defibrillators in April 2001, and on Dec. 1, DiGregorio was the first MIT officer to use the device on a victim in Walker Memorial.

MIT’s campus crime reports are required by the federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.

The complete 2001 MIT Police report can be read online at <>.