Below are a list of crimes and definitions of those crimes. The definition of the crime is accordance to the Unified Crime Reporting provided by the Department of Justice. If you have any questions about a crime or if you are unsure if a crime has occurred, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Department of Campus Safety at Alderson Broaddus University by telephone at 304-709-2696 or by emailing

  1. Alcohol: any use or passion of alcohol of a person under the age of 21. This includes the selling or providing alcohol to a person or people under the age of 21.
  2. Arson: any willing 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.
  3. Assault: an unlawful attack by one person upon another.
  4. Burglary: the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.
  5. Child Abuse: any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.
  6. Dating Violence and Domestic Violence: a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.  Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
  7. Drugs: (This is the definition of drugs according to the University Student Handbook) illegal use or possession of any controlled substances or of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. For more information regarding illegal drugs please visit the government site about controlled substances.
  8. Hate Crime: There are six types of bias categories for hate crimes, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and disability.
    • Hate Crime, Race: negative attitude toward a group of persons who possess common physical characteristics such as color of skin, eyes, and/or hair, facial features genetically transmitted which distinguish them as a distinct division of humankind.
    • Hate Crime, Gender: negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons because those persons are either male or female.
    • Hate Crime, Religion: negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons who share the same religious beliefs regarding the origin and purpose of the universe and existence or nonexistence of a supreme being.
    • Hate Crime, Sexual Orientation: negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their sexual attraction toward, and responsiveness to, members of their own sex or members of the opposite sex.
    • Hate Crime, Ethnicity/National Origin: negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons of the same race or national origin who share common or similar traits, languages, customs and traditions.
    • Hate Crime, Disability: negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their physical or mental impairment/challenges whether such disability is temporary or permanent, congenital or acquired by heredity, accident, injury advanced age or illness.

*Please note that for a hate crime to occur a crime must have occurred that was motivated by the person’s personal beliefs against a defined group. Please refer to our Notice of Nondiscrimination for information regarding discrimination.

  1. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
  2. Sex Offense Forcible: any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly and/or against that person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
  3. Sex Offense Non-forcible: unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse. (the age of consent in West Virginia is 16)
  4. Robbery: taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody or control of a person or persons by force or threat of violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
  5. Theft/Larceny: as the unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Examples are thefts of bicycles, motor vehicle parts and accessories, shoplifting, pocket-picking, or the stealing of any property or article that is not taken by force and violence or by fraud.
  6. Stalking: places another person in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury to him- or herself, his or her immediate family member, or spouse or intimate partner.