- On-campus: Buildings or property the university owns and controls and uses to support its educational goals (classrooms, laboratories, libraries, etc.). Also, property the university owns but someone else controls on campus or within the geographical area, such as fast food restaurants or stores that students frequently use. The statistics in the "On-campus total" column is the total of crimes that occurred on campus, which include statistics from the "Residence hall" column.
- Non-campus: Buildings or property owned or controlled by an officially recognized student organization and buildings or property owned or any building not within the same reasonable contiguous geographical area of the main institution that the institution owns and operates in support of its educational goals that is frequently used by students (e.g. fraternities, sororities, Les Aspin Center).
- Public property: All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks and parking facilities, that is within campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus.
The university, through the Department of Public Safety, monitors and records criminal activity reported directly to the Department of Public Safety as well as major crimes reported to the Milwaukee Police Department regarding off-campus student organizations and/or students attending the university, including those officially recognized student organizations with off-campus housing facilities.
These statistics were compiled from information maintained by the Department of Public Safety, the Office of Student Development and the Office of Residence Life. For an incident to be included in these statistics, the incident must have been reported to a representative of one of those offices. Incidents reported confidentially to those offices are included in the reported statistics.