The Arizona State University Corruption On Public Safety Issues Continues! This time it’s student housing.

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Just when you thought the corruption on public safety at the Arizona State University reached it’s zenith, here’s another story! 

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Apartment complexes that pay ASU

advertised as ‘Good Neighbors,’ but police

calls paint different picture.

Courtesy of the investigative journalists of the Arizona Republic,

Rob O’Dell and Anne Ryman , The Republic | azcentral.com

On Aug. 3, 2011, Arizona State University wrote to Tempe that it had “serious concerns” about student behavior at the Vue, an off-campus housing complex whose owners were seeking to build another high-rise apartment for students.

Since the Vue opened in 2009, it had been the site of multiple alcohol-related arrests, noise complaints, a raucous pool fight and eggs tossed at police from a seventh-floor balcony.

Yet at the same time ASU sent the letter, the university was accepting thousands of dollars from the Vue so the complex could participate in the school’s Be A Good Neighbor Program.

Off-campus rental properties listed as Good Neighbors receive exclusive access twice a year at campus housing fairs, a spot on the university’s website and direct-mail advertising sent by ASU to students. The more the complexes pay, the more marketing benefits they receive.

ASU’s website promotes to parents and students that rental properties in the Good Neighbor Program are “committed to initiatives that promote safety, security, and sustainability.”

But in practice, the principal requirement to receive the Good Neighbor designation is to pay ASU.

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The university receives about $200,000 annually from 12 to 15 apartment complexes that participate each year. Three complexes paid nearly $100,000 over the past five years to be listed as a Good Neighbor, and 10 others paid more than $30,000.

ASU, in a statement, said the off-campus complexes are private businesses, and the university has no authority over them. ASU points to a disclaimer at the bottom of the website page, saying the university doesn’t endorse the properties. The university also has not checked for safety conditions. The owners are responsible for ensuring a safe environment, ASU said.

“What we are doing is building partnerships with them so that we can work together to solve problems and hopefully influence how they operate,” the statement said.

But critics say the Good Neighbor label is misleading.

Of the 10 top apartment complexes with the highest number of loud-party calls to Tempe police in 2013 and 2014, eight were members of the Good Neighbor Program, according to an analysis by The Arizona Republic.

Additionally, The Republic found that of the 12 apartment complexes with the most police reports in the past two years, eight belonged to the Be A Good Neighbor Program, according to police statistics for more than 80 off-campus student housing sites in Tempe.

Those reports included high numbers of police calls over the past two years for sexual assault, burglary, bicycle theft and drugs and alcohol.

All four apartment complexes with more than one reported sexual assault were Good Neighbors. In addition, eight of the top 12 complexes for reported burglaries were Good Neighbors, 10 of the top 12 complexes for reported bike thefts were Good Neighbors, and 10 of the top 12 complexes for drug and alcohol reports were Good Neighbors during the past two years.

Video of a fight at the swimming pool at the Vue in 2010. The complex is under new ownership and has a different name.

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High-profile incidents at properties listed by ASU as Be A Good Neighbor include:

– ASU freshman Naomi McClendon fell to her death in 2014 at 922 Place, formerly known as the Vue.

– ASU sophomore Brady Roland was severely beaten in an elevator in 2013 at the District on Apache.

– The Tempe Fire Department refused to let its first responders enter University House, previously known as the Hub, without a police escort for part of 2013 after beer cans were thrown at first responders from the high-rise.

– Former NFL player Darren Sharper recently pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault after being accused of drugging and raping two women in 2013 at University House.

There is limited on-campus housing for anyone but freshman students. About 39,000 Tempe students live off campus.

ASU officials say the Good Neighbor Program was developed as a way to educate freshmen who were moving off campus the next year about choosing apartments. The marketing was added as a way to connect students and apartments.

“We don’t vet them,” said Kevin Cook, ASU’s associate vice president and Tempe dean of students.

“Depending on how much access you want to students, you pay a higher rate,” he said.

Cook said ASU assigns a full-time staff member to work with Good Neighbor Program properties on any issues that come up. Student-discipline problems are dealt with in “real time,” Cook said. Tempe and ASU officials have a conference call every Monday to discuss concerns that come up, he said.

ASU declined a Republic request to observe a meeting, citing federal student-privacy laws.

Both ASU and apartment owners noted that these are large complexes, which is why they have a high number of calls. But The Republic found that for some types of reports like motor vehicle thefts and aggravated assault, the larger complexes did not have the most police calls.

The university hasn’t removed a complex from the program, Cook said, because managers comply with ASU requests. For example, the owners of the high-rise University House addressed safety concerns from ASU and Tempe by closing access to all balconies this school year, ASU officials said.

The university has not threatened to remove any complex from the program, either.

“We don’t find threats to be effective means of resolving problems when we are trying to build and maintain relationships,” ASU said in a statement.

Some parents, students and Tempe residents told The Republic they find the Good Neighbor moniker ironic, considering the main requirement to be in the program is paying money to ASU.

“I’m not really sure how it’s a good neighbor,” Tempe City Councilman Kolby Granville said. “If you pay to get on the list and nobody has ever gotten off the list, it sounds like a paid advertisement.”

Raining beer cans

CANS THROWN FROM BALCONIES

University House, across the street from Sun Devil Stadium, had barely opened its doors in September 2013 when police responded after beer cans were thrown off balconies.

Police were called to the complex during the first home football game after it opened. The call asked for help with multiple unwanted guests. A Tempe police officer saw several beer cans hit the sidewalk near where more than 50 people stood, a police report said.

Another police officer wrote this about the interior:

“It should be noted that the entire building was full of garbage, every floor, every hallway, every stairwell, every elevator, the pool area, the common areas; all littered with beer cans, bottles, alcohol bottles, plastic cups, and food containers.

“The entire building was a party disaster and people were running up and down stairs drinking alcohol, passing through the halls, drinking alcohol and dumping drinks left and right at the presence of Police.”

The Tempe Fire Department refused to enter University House, and some other high-rises, for a couple of weeks in 2013 without a Tempe police escort because of the beer-can throwing.

At the time, then-Assistant Tempe Fire Chief John Valenzuela called the behavior “irresponsible and unlawful” and said someone could be killed.

A year later, in September 2014, police were called to the complex again after a half dozen beer and soda cans and a pair of scissors were thrown out of a 16th-floor window. One of the cans landed within 10 yards of a man on the sidewalk below, a police report said. Police broke up a party and made arrests.

ASU junior Ethan Fichtner, who lived at University House in the 2013-14 school year, said beer cans thrown from the high-rise were an ongoing problem, even though management threatened to evict anyone who threw anything. He recalls walking by on the sidewalk one evening when a beer can landed within 20 feet of him.

The 21-year-old said ASU’s Good Neighbor Program could mislead students because they might expect one experience and end up with another.

Because of the beer-can throwing, Tempe now strongly discourages balconies for high-rise student housing along busy streets, Councilman Granville said.

Despite the high-profile incidents at the University House, statistics from Tempe police analyzed by The Republic show the property had fewer reports of loud-party calls and police incidents than other large complexes such as the District and 922 Place.

University House Communities, the parent company, required The Republic to submit questions in writing.

RELATED: Response from University House Communities

Spokeswoman Sharon Goldmacher said by e-mail that the company has “significantly invested in modifications to close balconies and restrict windows” in the 637-bed tower on Veterans Way. The 242-bed second tower under construction will not have balconies, she said.

University House, which has paid $55,000 since the 2012-13 school year to be listed in Be A Good Neighbor, believes ASU’s program is mutually beneficial for complexes and the university, she said.

ASU sophomore Heather Walpert likes University House. The 19-year-old has already re-signed a lease. She recommends the complex because it’s close to campus and the football stadium and because of its lively atmosphere.

“I wouldn’t live anywhere else,” she said.

A money-maker

COMPLEXES PAY $6,500 TO $35,000

None of ASU’s 15 peer schools across the country appear to conduct similar programs to the Be A Good Neighbor Program, The Republic analysis found. The 15 peer schools are public universities that ASU compares itself to.

The cost to join ASU’s program is from $6,500 to $35,000 a year. More than two-thirds of the current Good Neighbor complexes are owned by out-of-state companies.

Some new complexes join the program even before opening their doors.

The highest amount is limited to a single complex that gets premier advertising placement, including a cover ad on the ASU Housing Guide. The 15 complexes that are members this year also are allowed to participate in fall and spring housing fairs on campus.

Some of the packages allow the complexes to have twice-yearly visits from Sparky, the university’s mascot.

Over the past five years, the program has generated $890,000. Yearly revenue has nearly doubled in the past five years to $212,000 this year. That’s not a lot of money considering the university had revenue of $1.8 billion last year. But the program is a source of money that the school can rely on as state funding has been repeatedly cut.

Housing experts say most large, public universities only have referral programs where apartments are listed or linked from a university’s website.

Ohio State University, the nation’s second-largest public university behind ASU, has a referral service and is one of a few with a separate vetting program that inspects private housing.

Apartment units can get from one to five “buckeyes” for safety and security. Complexes were not charged this year, the school said, but will be charged a nominal fee in the future.

In addition, the school’s undergraduate student government publishes a survey of students who live in off-campus complexes. The annual survey rates each complex in more than 40 areas, including how quickly management responds to maintenance concerns and whether students would rent from the landlord again.

“It’s holding these landlords accountable,” said Dilnavaz Cama, department manager of Ohio State’s neighborhood services and collaboration.

The University of Arizona, which is not considered an ASU peer school by the Arizona Board of Regents, has a similar, fee-based program to ASU’s called Featured Lister. But the UA states as part of its “frequently asked questions” that being a featured lister “only means that the property has paid a fee in order to reach UA students.”

“We are very transparent,” said Jennifer Hiatt, the UA’s executive director of Residence Life. “We wanted to do that from the very onset.”

Serious incidents

STUDENT FALLS TO HER DEATH

The Vue, now called 922 Place, has been listed as a Good Neighbor for the past five years, paying a total of more than $70,000 to ASU.

But when developers of the Vue proposed building a new complex in 2011, which later became University House, ASU sent a letter to Tempe about student behavior at the Vue.

Steven Nielsen, ASU’s assistant vice president for University Real Estate and Development, wrote:

“We do however; have serious concerns about this developer’s past management and control of their resident population based on the experience with their property on Apache Blvd. We would like to see significant controls put in place to address student behavior and conduct, including the orientation of community amenities inward rather than on balconies adjacent to a public street.”

The Vue and University House are now owned by different companies than the company discussed in the letter.

ASU said the letter demonstrates the university is trying to influence how off-campus housing is designed and operated from the early stages.

“How would students have gained from removing the Vue from the Good Neighbor program? The owners would have found other ways to advertise, and the university would lose part of its relationship with the owners, which is ASU’s only means of influence,” ASU’s statement said.

The highest-profile incident at 922 Place happened in 2014, when 18-year-old Naomi McClendon, who was visiting the complex, fell from a balcony on the 10th floor and died. Tests showed alcohol and drugs were a factor.

There have been other serious incidents there.

Tempe police investigated five sexual-assault reports at 922 Place in 2013, the highest number reported for the more than 80 complexes examined by The Republic. That was more than were reported to Tempe police at any other complex in two years.

American Campus Communities, which has owned 922 Place since September 2012, required The Republic to submit questions in writing. Regional Manager Michael Polzin said in an e-mail that the complex conducts a safety-awareness program with ASU that includes topics such as alcohol abuse, personal safety and sexual assault.

RELATED: E-mail response from American Campus Communities

Management and staff make nightly rounds to address noise and guest violations, he said, adding that calls to Tempe police have decreased by 44 percent since 2012. Data analyzed by The Republic also showed calls to police dropped significantly between 2013 and 2014.

“While we have made significant progress on this front, we always strive to continually improve our customers’ experience so they have the best opportunity for academic success,” he said in an e-mail.

Several ASU students interviewed by The Republic say the conditions at the complex have improved under the new management and they enjoy living there.

But ASU junior Tyler Somers left 922 Place in January before his lease expired. He was sleeping weekend nights on a friend’s sofa at another complex because of the party atmosphere and noise.

One day, the 20-year-old engineering major said he opened a bathroom door after a party and found feces smeared everywhere, including the mirror.

His father, Scott Somers, believes ASU should take a more active role in the facilities where students stay, even though they are off campus.

ASU should “have a say in the management of the facility to ensure it is conducive to learning,” he said.

Police calls to off-campus student housing complexes in Tempe

Click on the locations to see some of the police calls to student housing complexes in Tempe.
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Maroon dots represent complexes in the Be A Good Neighbor Program. Gold dots represent complexes that are not. The numbers represent police calls, they do not indicate that someone was charged or convicted of a crime.

From Tempe to Tucson

SIMILAR ISSUES NEAR UOFA

The high-rises emerged as a way to keep more students from moving into residential neighborhoods in Tempe. Residents often complained about students’ non-stop partying and leaving trash on their lawns.

Many of the high-rises are right across the street from campus.

The same phenomenon is happening at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Three high-rises there, the Hub, Next and Level, were built just off campus a few years ago as a way to counter what Tucson residents call “mini-dorms” that many residents contend are killing the quality of life in neighborhoods around the UA.

“I’m not sure we’ve solved the problem, we’ve just relocated it,” said Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, who represents much of the area around campus.

The biggest challenge is that many of the high-rises in Tucson are owned by large nationwide companies that had not been responsive to incidents, Kozachik said.

In November, bottles and other objects were thrown off the upper-floor balconies of the high-rise complexes, which are next door to the Islamic Center.

Kozachik said the owners became engaged after the issue was publicized in the media and the complexes were informed about potential liability for the incidents in meetings with the Tucson city attorney.

He wants to see existing balconies enclosed and balconies on new buildings face the interior of the complex instead of the street.

“Kids were getting loaded and throwing whiskey bottles and other stuff at the Islamic Center,” Kozachik said. “I don’t want to wait for someone to get killed.”

Scott Stager, vice president of property operations at the company that owns the Hub, said its property had only one instance of a non-resident throwing objects off balconies, adding that the property works well with the UA and Tucson. Stager said he disagreed that the complex has not been responsive to concerns from the city and the university.

The three complexes are situated next to each other and cameras were installed that cover all the balconies of the three buildings. The complexes now work together to identify the perpetrators any time there are reports of objects being thrown off buildings, Kozachik said. The owners of Next and Level declined to comment.


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Most police calls

STUDENT BEATEN AT THE DISTRICT

The District on Apache in Tempe had been open for only a few weeks in September 2013 when it made the news.

No. 3: The District, 977 E. Apache Blvd. | 113 calls. Good Neighbor member.
(Photo: Photo: Patrick Breen/The Republic)

ASU student Brady Roland wandered into an apartment, thinking it was his unit and refused to leave, witnesses told police.

Video cameras showed him being led into an elevator, where police say he was assaulted. His face was broken in eight places.

The 900-bed complex, one of the largest student housing apartments in Tempe, had the most police reports of any of the more than 80 complexes examined by The Republic. It also had the second-highest number of sexual-assault reports with four reported over two years.

The District had the highest reported number of simple assaults, and its 47 reports of criminal damage over two years was double the next-highest complex.

Memphis-based EdR, which owns the District, took over ownership in September 2014, said Susan Jennings, vice president of corporate communication for EdR.

“Typically it can take a year to bring a community up to our standards,” Jennings said. “We have a deliberate plan.”

Management of the District met with Tempe police in October, she said, and again a few weeks ago to talk about the number of police calls at the District.

ASU student pushed into elevator and assaulted

She said police were receptive to management’s plans. The District has made changes to limit access to the pool, stop those under 21 from drinking at the pool, and require students to come to the lobby after hours to admit guests.

Jennings said there were two weeks this school year when the District had no calls to police, which she described as a “definite step forward.”

The District has paid $44,000 to be part of the Good Neighbor Program for the past three years.

ASU junior Krishna Dasari lives at the District and feels that it’s safe. But in March, she was searching for another place.

“I didn’t like … people being drunk at midnight, breaking walls and throwing up in the hall,” Dasari said.


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More oversight

CALLS FOR MORE STRINGENT REQUIREMENTS

Apartment complexes that are part of the Good Neighbor Program this year set up booths over two days in March along a busy sidewalk on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Iggy Azalea’s song “Fancy” blasted through loudspeakers. Students wandered among the booths. They thumbed through color brochures of the apartment complexes that featured amenities such as free tanning (the Domain), flat-screen TVs (University House) and an outdoor large-screen TV (West Sixth).

Arizona State University held a housing fair last month for its Be A Good Neighbor Program members, which pitched their residences to potential tenants with a variety of swag.
(Photo: John Samora/ The Republic)

Swag filled the tables, many of the goodies related to drinking: bottle openers, plastic cups, sunglasses and can koozies to insulate aluminum cans.

Attractive young men and women promoted the District by handing out black tank tops.

The front of the shirts read, “Get Lucky.” The back said, “Live at the District.”

Tina George-Reyes of Tempe browsed the booths. She was looking for an apartment for her daughter, a senior considering graduate school.

She hadn’t heard of the Good Neighbor Program. But she said a university should vet complexes if they are going to put out such a list.

“If the school backs it, it just seems more legitimate,” George-Reyes said.

Freshman Kristel Sanchez of Mesa also said she had never heard of the Good Neighbor Program.

When told the main requirement to get into the program was paying a fee, Sanchez said, “That doesn’t seem right to me.”

Phil Amorosi lives a few blocks from Apache Boulevard and is chairman of a local neighborhood association. He believes a true Good Neighbor program needs more stringent requirements. He would like to see a certain ratio of staff to students.

ASU chose to put in a limited number of dorms, he said, leaving the responsibility of policing the students to the city.

“If you are going to push them onto the city, they are still your students,” he said. “They should make sure they are good neighbors.”


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Database search

LOOK UP A COMPLEX

Tempe Police calls to ASU off-campus student housing complexes

Search the database for Tempe Police crime reports at more than 80 student housing complexes in Tempe, obtained through a public records request. The numbers, unless marked otherwise, represent data from 2013 and 2014. The numbers included are Tempe police report calls; they do not mean some was charged or convicted of a crime. Please contact rob.odell@arizonarepublic.com if you want a complex added to this list.
Apartment Name Address Good Neighbor Police CallsDescending Loud Party Calls Sexual Assaults Burglaries Bicycle Thefts Drugs-Alcohol Reports Simple Assaults
The District 977 E APACHE BLVD Yes 168 113 4 8 12 15 28
The Domain at Tempe 1900 E APACHE BLVD Yes 132 113 3 14 4 16 17
Onnix 1440 E BROADWAY RD Yes 131 96 0 17 10 8 23
922 Place 922 E APACHE BLVD Yes 130 145 6 9 7 8 20
Mission Springs 1311 W BASELINE RD 116 40 1 6 7 1 16
Gateway at Tempe 1655 E UNIVERSITY DR Yes 111 43 0 11 28 6 12
Grigio Tempe Town Lake 1001 E PLAYA DEL NORTE DR Yes 106 100 2 14 9 7 8
The Mark 1115 E LEMON ST 100 102 1 17 4 8 15
Regents on University 1949 E UNIVERSITY DR Yes 99 153 1 16 9 4 13
Sevilla Apartment Homes 1145 W BASELINE RD 93 27 0 17 5 6 13
Versante 1330 W BROADWAY RD 91 46 0 8 1 3 26
University House 323 E VETERANS WAY Yes 89 96 1 5 9 15 10
Apache Station 2323 E APACHE BLVD Yes 88 51 1 13 6 9 9
Flagstone 30 W CARTER DR 87 18 0 8 7 8 13
Garden Grove 900 W GROVE PKWY 86 65 1 7 4 0 11
Galleria Palms 1600 W LA JOLLA DR 83 24 0 13 3 4 13
Solara at Mill 3730 S MILL AVE 83 14 0 12 6 3 9
Finisterra 1250 W GROVE PKWY 74 26 0 4 2 1 6
San Palmilla 750 W BASELINE RD 74 20 0 5 5 0 9
Coronado Apartments 1865 E BROADWAY RD 71 62 0 6 2 4 18
College Town Tempe 950 S TERRACE RD Yes 68 100 1 13 11 7 8
Desert Palm Village 1215 E VISTA DEL CERRO DR 67 9 1 2 6 4 9
Rancho Murietta 1717 S DORSEY LN 64 42 0 3 4 1 8
Signature Place Condominiums 600 W GROVE PKWY 60 26 0 10 4 0 3
Tempe Vista 2045 E BROADWAY RD 60 24 0 5 8 1 9
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Records 1-25 of 83
Online Database by Caspio
Source: Tempe Police Credit: Rob O’Dell/The Republic

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ASU Statement on Be A Good Neighbor program

STATEMENT REPRODUCED IN FULL

The program was created as a convenience to students, gathering off-campus housing information for them in one place. It also serves as a tool by which the university can build partnerships with off-campus housing communities.

We have been pleased with the marked improvement in the operations of off-campus housing communities, improvements due in part to ASU’s efforts in close collaboration with the Tempe Police.

Off-campus housing communities are private businesses. ASU has no authority over them. What we are doing is building partnerships with them so that we can work together to solve problems and hopefully influence how they operate.

It is incorrect to suggest that ASU can mandate or pressure these private businesses into doing what we want.

It is incorrect to suggest that the university is providing some form of endorsement, when we do just the opposite, stating very clearly – online, in print and verbally – that ASU does not endorse any off-campus housing unit.

Does The Arizona Republic consider it an endorsement every time it partners with a corporation or other organization?


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How we did the story

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Reporters Rob O’Dell and Anne Ryman decided to look into off-campus housing at ASU after working on a story about ASU police in fall 2014. The reporters filed public-records requests in December for Tempe police records of crime reports and loud-party calls reported at more than 80 student apartment complexes in Tempe. The list of complexes was compiled from the ASU Off-Campus Housing Guide.

The Republic created a database based on police calls to allow readers to look up crime reports at the more than 80 complexes.

Public-records requests were filed with ASU for documents related to the Be A Good Neighbor Program for revenue generated by the program, participating complexes, agreements between the complexes and ASU and other details.

The reporters interviewed dozens of people for the story, including students, parents, ASU officials and Tempe residents. Photographer Patrick Breen spent time photographing the complexes. He previously photographed a police call to one of the complexes while on another assignment.


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35 thoughts on “The Arizona State University Corruption On Public Safety Issues Continues! This time it’s student housing.

  1. ComeOnNow4real says:

    While money, power, pride, and appearances are the prime motivators for the university administration the problem goes deeper than the false advertising and corrupt back door deals.

    The problem is passing nearly the entire bill of public safety over to the citizens of Tempe, while ASU takes the majority of the profit from having such a giant student population within the city limits it doesn’t have to police.

    The university spent years fostering inept police leadership at ASUPD and the consequences will continue to show as time goes on. With the botched promotional processes that favor department pets the problems will only get worse. Michael Crow will continue to lean on Tempe for police solutions to the problem he created. The threats, finger pointing, and intimidation will continue.

    • ThySummons says:

      ComeOnNow4real, you are spot-on.

    • yurhuckleberry says:

      100% correct. That is the strategic plan. The university doesn’t collect a dime for arrests, tickets, and is more than happy to pass off the liability and expense of running an actual police department capable of handling the job. Tempe PD will be on the verge of being overrun by calls once all the new towers go up.

  2. popo39machine says:

    The TIER ONE PARTY RESEARCH SCHOOL story continues. When you have a 80% acceptance rate and a reputation for debauchery isn’t it fitting the university administration and police department command should operate like a mob crime family?

    It’s time to spend more money on public relations and spin doctors to manicure the false image of safety and calm back into being. The crime rate is up, so the criminals must not have access to the public relations material they are getting out. They just smell the blood in the water and see relatively unprotected easy victims.

  3. Getitright says:

    The University labeling of some complexes as “Good Neighbors” is a dual publicity PR venture where both the private apartment complexes and the university profit. The university throws money around like the billionaire enterprise it is, so 800K is nothing. However, the illusion of public safety is everything to keep the numbers and money coming in.

    The Republic found that of the 12 apartment complexes with the most police reports in the past two years, eight belonged to the Be A Good Neighbor Program, according to police statistics for more than 80 off-campus student housing sites in Tempe.

    The top 12 crime infested apartments out of 80 apartments had 8 spots on the “Be A Good Neighbor Program”. A misleading is an understatement I would say!

    Those reports included high numbers of police calls over the past two years for sexual assault, burglary, bicycle theft and drugs and alcohol.

    How many of the high numbers of police calls involved the Arizona State University Police Department? None. With revenue exceeding a billion dollars at ASU we spend pathetically little on public safety at the university and performance objectives for the department are non-existent.

    When you have a group of integrity zero, third rate, under educated, and inexperienced hacks running ASUPD it’s no wonder the university shifted housing and the policing responsibility off campus to private entities.

    The department can’t even keep bike thefts down. Crime prevention? Chuckles… That’s almost as funny as our “bomb dog” fiasco on wheels. Is homeland security asking for the money back yet?

    • WheresMy907 says:

      I bet the command over at Tempe PD are nervous about meeting all the increased policing responsibilies of the university.

    • DontLOLmeJP says:

      How many police departments give a shit about bike thefts and after making it such a high priority, fail miserably at it? There’s a reason the largest national university and party school doesn’t have a single fucking drug dog. It would have a heart attack here.

  4. Tweedy Browne says:

    Thank you Anne Ryman and Rob O’Dell for your well-researched, well-written and fact-based article.

  5. Embudo says:

    Great article, Rob O’Dell and Anne Ryman! Thank you for your in-depth research on a very important subject matter to many in the Arizona State University community and general public.

    We look forward to reading many more of your insightful and transparent future articles regarding Arizona State University.

    • yurhuckleberry says:

      Anne Ryman and Rob O’Dell hold the liars accountable and did more for public safety than most of the people on the third floor in uniform who spent careers in an office shuffling paper on non-emergency issues.

  6. smokey261 says:

    What ASU fails to tell parents is their children are much more likely to encounter drugs, be robbed, assaulted, raped or die at the private dorms paying large sums of money to be advertised by the ASU as part of the “Be a good neighbor program”. This news story will prompt a call from Crow to the chief of police in Tempe asking for more police work.

  7. twocents says:

    Creating a false impression of safety that doesn’t exist? Where have we seen this before?

    • yurhuckleberry says:

      The address is 325 E Apache Ave Tempe AZ 85281. Look for a big building on the south-east side, just don’t tell anyone how empty it is.

    • WheresMy907 says:

      Sad but true Yurhuckleberry. Only a government business can be managed so poorly and stay in business. I would like to see the budget again, it was full of waste.

  8. HI DPS says:

    ASU keeps getting exposed for the money-hungry scumbags they really are. The school is nothing more than a diploma mill, folks. Crow and friends make $$ by churning out degrees, and constantly raising tuition, while giving themselves pay raises year after year. ASU’s “Good neighbor” scam is nothing more than another ploy to indirectly bilk money from students. Crow should be ashamed of himself for being a money grubbing whore.

  9. yurhuckleberry says:

    The largest university in the United States should conform to recognizable standards of ethics common in the business, but once again the Arizona State University administration under Crow fails the integrity test. Ethical standards are ignored when dealing with employees, students, and the families that trust them with their safety.

    Human beings are supposed to have a conscience and empathy, so are institutions of higher learning. While it is without question the Arizona State University Police Department command has a legacy of unethical conduct and mismanagement, in this case it’s their bosses coming under fire for operating the same way.

    The very title of the university program “Good Neighbor Program”, implies good, safe living that is organized and vetted. When you look at the statistics and the fact apartment complexes are buying the title before they are even built, the deception is gone. The deception is an old one we are all too familiar with. The police department is an important part of this illusion with its highest priority being public relations.

    A functioning police department does proactive patrol and crime stats increase to what they reasonably can be. If you look at the many years ASUPD has been deceiving the public on Clery reporting, despite federal mandates, you see this deception fall apart to. How can the largest university in the nation report the same exact numbers for years in a row and thing nobody would notice?!? Maybe commander, acting chief, Commander Michelle Rourke can answer that question for those years, we already know the answer.

    ASU has been deceiving the public for years on the issue of public safety. With an intentionally hamstrung police department, lame duck unqualified leadership, the Arizona State University Police Department has never kept pace with expansion and crime on campus. Before the department Facebook page went down, it appeared the only care and concern were bike thefts.

    The department is always understaffed, undertrained, underfunded, mostly unqualified, and to say it’s continuing along the path of former chief John Pickens might even be an insult to JP, that corrupt piece of shit.

    Thompson can’t seem to improve on the already low standards of his former boss. Pickens gave lip service for over a decade, how long will Thompson hang in? Smiling like a promotional bobblehead and reassuring the Crow team will only get a guy so far. The last series of promotional appointments heralds a plummet of morale for an agency that struggled with that issue for as long as anyone there can remember. The elusive mystery of retention is regarded as a far flung theory.

    The problems at ASUPD begin at the Crow’s nest and trickle down. A good leader can identify poor leadership. The fact former chief John Pickens kept his post so long under Crow is telling. Crow’s fear based leadership model lacks the inspiration and charisma commonly associated with good leadership. The command at ASUPD is no better.

    The fear model of leadership simply inspires loathing and nothing more at a police department. Anyone fearful of them wouldn’t be worth anything in an actual public safety emergency. I hold the university administration and the ASUPD administration responsible for the content of this blog because they spent years fostering contempt, hate, disrespect, and disgust by conducting themselves like criminals in a profession meant to catch criminals; ironic and unfortunate for the ASU community.

    I have talked with fellow police officers throughout the state and word travels far and wide. The reputation of the Arizona State Police Department and its management is well known, and it’s not a good reputation. How the Ore/Ferrin issue was handled only strengthened a reputation that was already cemented in place. The leadership of the university has done nothing but prop up false idols to fix the absentee leadership problem of its police department. There are some things public relation firms just can’t fix and it’s about time the university administration learned that before more students fall victim to the job not done.

    When the university leadership can’t be honest and impartial on the safety of available student housing what can they be honest about? They are on record for not telling the truth about anything less than flattering. They can’t even follow the law on releasing public documents without redacting embarrassing information. When the government refuses to tell the truth its citizens should take notice and correct the problem. Concerned parents who are looking for answers about public safety need to do their own research because once again government politicians running the Arizona State University lie.

    Our modern “New American” education system appears to be more concerned about producing docile citizens who keep their head down than producing citizens informed of their rights and unafraid to use them. I’m still waiting to get called in by your Arizona Department of Public Safety henchmen detectives Mike Thompson.

    Your war on American values says quite a bit about your character and the character of your bosses. Maybe you should have spent more time in the law library before calling it quits. You would have found all the case law defending the very thing you are targeting. God bless old America. May it not be forsaken by a citizenry too unaware of its promise and too afraid of its enemies both foreign and domestic. I’m not afraid, not a chance, not a bit.

    • Semper Fidelis says:

      Wow! Brilliant and accurate comment that encapsulates the essence of what is so terribly wrong with the university and ASUPD leadership.

    • WheresMy907 says:

      If a government entity is going to imply a standard there should be one to meet the intended expectations.

      The absence of one results in parents paying a premium to put their children in unsafe environments that were advertised as more safe than usual. How is this an ethical practice for the university to engage in? It’s not.

    • DontLOLmeJP says:

      I don’t understand. If the university is so damn image cautious then why does it consistently do things that draw attention to itself? This is a perfect example and it doesn’t make any sense. If you can’t stand the attention, stop inviting it.

      It’s like a girl walking around with no clothes in public and offended that guys are staring at her. This is the management mindset here.

      They are willing to hand pick employees and brow beat them over and over for whatever, but they never considered the 100’s of angry employees who left. More abuse will get more complaints. Fucking geniuses.

    • fixmycorruptpd says:

      They can deny it all they want, but it’s all true. Analysis like this gets a simple, “No comment.” response or a generic empty positive statement, “The highest priority of the Arizona State University is your safety.”

  10. fixmycorruptpd says:

    The standards of this program are nothing more than “Pay us a lump sum of money to say good things about your business that are untrue, misleading, or in the cases of communities not yet built; completely unverified. ”

    These low standards are coming from a renegade arm of state government, the Arizona State University Michael Crow administration.

    This administration’s failure and refusal to fix its corrupt university police department will bring about an endless amount of inquiries into how it conducts business. It serves them right because as public servants they serve themselves.

    • guerriero says:

      The complete lack of any moral compass when it comes to boldly presenting lies as fact should be alarming to the public who entrust the representatives of government, Michael Crow, to tell the truth. His nose grew 2 inches when this article was published.

  11. Concerned Citizen says:

    President Crow should be ashamed of how he is running the university by allowing deceptive practices to occur. More troubling would be if he himself is complicit in the deceptive practices occurring with student housing.

    Based on the facts uncovered by The Arizona Republic, none of our family members will be attending ASU. And we will encourage other friends to vet ASU carefully before sending their family members to ASU.

    The University of Arizona or Northern Arizona University will probably be one of our choices for continuing our family’s educational needs.

    • ImJohnDoe says:

      Pres. Crow is not “allowing” deceptive practices to occur; He is the mastermind. He smiles, waves, and kisses babies when people are watching but behind closed doors it is a whole other story.

      My kids wont be attending ASU either!

    • guerriero says:

      I talked with someone who works alongside Dr. Crow and what they said was quite revealing.

      They referred to Michael Crow as a control freak, stating he frequently assumes control of issues far below his pay grade to the point where he will make minute decisions about things of little bearing.

      Believe me, this man knew what was going on with this program, the deception, and it received his tacit approval along with what’s going on at the police department.

      They also reaffirmed that it was Michael Crow who told Chief Thompson to fire Officer Stuart Ferrin despite every official inquiry siding in his favor.

    • ThySummons says:

      Never officially met Dr. Michael Crow, but he probably suffers from extreme OCD and is a megalomaniac.*

      We also suspect Dr. Crow is the driving force behind the ongoing AZDPS witch hunt to find out who the Integrity Report blog administrator is and the commenters on the blog.

      *1. greed for power: an excessive enjoyment in having power over other people and a craving for more of it. 2. psychiatric disorder with delusions of power: a psychiatric disorder in which the patient experiences delusions of great power and importance.

    • Farewell says:

      We can visualize a future cover of Business Week: Dr. Michael Crow, once a visionary leader at the nation’s largest educational institution falls from grace after revelations of …

      The end of an icon at the New American University? Unlikely, due to the revenue-profit-driven educational institution’s insatiable pursuit of the almighty dollar.

    • ImJohnDoe says:

      Yeah, that headline will never happen. Too many power brokers love him and everyone else is either afraid of him or don’t care.

  12. OneFlewOverTheCuckoo'sPD says:

    It’s most apropos to finally see the truth come out on so many fronts on how really deceptive the university’s leadership and the ASU PD command staff are. Their lack of integrity and ethics is most appalling and should not go unchallenged by the ASU community and the taxpaying citizens of Arizona.

    When you have legitimate media outlets corroborating many of the complaints and concerns on the Integrity Report blog, that in itself adds legitimacy and credibility to the countless posts and comments since the inception of the blog.

    • guerriero says:

      That’s a good assessment of the situation. Dr Crow and his minions must have skipped out on their ethics classes knowing it would have no business in how they conducted their careers.

      This program is an engineered deception of the public by the university administration about public safety concerns and people are literally dying over it.

      Threats and intimidation, turning a blind eye to abuse, and deceiving the public while you waste their public safety dollars are no way to run a puplic university.

      Crow’s head is so fat it can’t fit through the door. That explains his support of command staff at ASUPD. The more he supports them the more the public will have to lean on the overextended Tempe police department for help.

    • indeedYOUsay says:

      The legitimacy of the arguments made by the writers of the Integrity Report are what troubles them the most. If this blog was filled with lies it would be ignored like so many other online publications. Instead this insider view represents the curtain being pulled away from the wizard of OZ. Public safety at the university is all about appearances.

    • RUkiddingMe says:

      They can’t hide from the truth. The hounds are on the trail and it doesn’t take a hound to track the kind of stink rolling off their hides.

      When I heard about them randomly selecting employees to be interrogated by DPS based on the selection whims of ASUPD command I was disgusted. Are we seriously paying for an assault on the 1st amendment as tax payers?!? What the hell is going on over there?

      How long will these idiots at ASU be allowed to act out on a whim to hurt people for what exactly? Maybe they need to be honest with DPS about how many disgruntled employees exist on the outside of that hell hole of a work place.

      Ethics have no real place in ASUPD other than to act as obstacles to upset the command there who, more often than not, navigate around them.

  13. indeedYOUsay says:

    Michael Crow cares about appearances and money. How is it that much smaller universities have programs that screen living communities for the safety of their student populations, but the largest university in the country can’t be bothered?

    Michael Crow has been aware of the failures of his police department for some time and hasn’t done a thing to fix it. He rewards the poor leadership, ignored years of critically low staffing, and keeps his head in the sand hoping the public safety issues will just go away. It doesn’t appear to be working.

  14. RUkiddingMe says:

    They were caught promoting the highest bidder as a safe and recommended place for students to live regardless of factual information. Souls for cash, the devil must be proud. More proof that legitimizes the contents of “the blog”! Stay in the fight!

    This is another knock out dose of reality from the Arizona Republic about the ethical void at the university and the sad state of public safety affecting thousands of students, faculty, and staff who go to the Arizona State University.

    With a student population approaching 100,000 get ready for more unheeded warning signs ending in tragedy for parents who trusted their kids to the fat cat liar ,Michael Crow.

    Michael Crow acts like a DUI Steamboat Willy going down the river ignoring all the tell tail signs that there is something seriously wrong with public safety at the Arizona State University and it’s overwhelmed police department.

    The complete lack of ethics by the Crow leadership is nothing new, the police department is full of the same thing.

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