Campus Security Report
The College maintains records of criminal activity in accordance with definitions
used in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting system (UCR). Statistics (available at the
Ferrum College Police Department Office) represent on campus, in or on non-campus
building/property, on public property frequently used, dorms or residential facilities
for students, and incidents where activities were recognized by Ferrum College. The
Campus Police Department monitors and records data from its campus logs, Franklin
County Sheriff's office, Federal agencies, state agencies, other jurisdictions, and
data from other campus and community security authorities (logs available at the Ferrum
College Police Department Office.)
Students do not have to make a formal police report/investigation to have an incident
counted as a statistic. Victims/witnesses can report crime on a voluntary, confidential
basis. Some crime victims choose not to report offenses to College law enforcement
personnel but, choose to report to other officials. However, all criminal activity
should be reported in a timely manner so that strong measures, including dismissal
from the college, are taken. This includes vandalism and all theft.
Pastoral or professional counselors, employed by the institution, may inform the
person being counseled of the procedures on reporting crimes on a voluntary, confidential
basis for inclusion in the Annual Security Report.
Federal Sex Crimes Prevention Act: Sex Offender Registry
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, went into effect October 28, 2002. The law requires
institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community
where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered
sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to
register in a State to provide notice, as required under State law, of each institution
of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation,
volunteers services or is a student.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. The Registry was established pursuant to §19.2-390.1 of the Commonwealth's Crimes Code. Every person convicted on or after July 1, 1997,
including juveniles tried and convicted in the circuit courts pursuant to §16.1-269.1, whether sentenced as adults or juveniles, of an offense for which registration is
required shall be required as a part of the sentence imposed upon conviction to register
and reregister with the Commonwealth's Department of State Police as provided in this
In addition, all persons convicted of violations under the laws of the United States
or any other state substantially similar to an offense for which registration is required
shall provide to the local agency all necessary information for inclusion in the State
Police Registry within ten days of establishing a residence within the Commonwealth.
Any person required to register shall also be required to reregister within ten days
following any change of residence, whether within or without the Commonwealth.
Nonresident offenders entering the Commonwealth for employment, to carry on a vocation,
volunteer services or as a student attending school who are required to register in
their state of residence or who would be required to register under this section if
a resident of the Commonwealth shall, within ten days of accepting employment or enrolling
in school in the Commonwealth, be required to register and reregister pursuant to
this section. For purposes of this section "student" means a person who is enrolled
on a full-time or part- time basis, in any public or private educational institution,
including any secondary school, trade or professional institution, or institution
of higher education.
Information concerning offenders registered with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry may be disclosed to any person requesting information on a specific individual in
accordance with the law. Information regarding a specific person requested pursuant
to the law shall be disseminated upon receipt of an official request form that may
be submitted directly to the Commonwealth's Department of State Police or to the State
Police through a local law-enforcement agency. The Department of State Police shall
make Registry information available, upon request, to criminal justice agencies including
local law-enforcement agencies through the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN).
Registry information provided under this section shall be used for the purposes of
the administration of criminal justice, for the screening of current or prospective
employees or volunteers or otherwise for the protection of the public in general and
children in particular. Use of the information for purposes not authorized by this section is prohibited and
a willful violation of this section with the intent to harass or intimidate another
shall be punished as a Class 1 misdemeanor.
The Commonwealth's State Police maintains a system for making certain Registry information
on violent sex offenders publicly available by means of the Internet. The information
made available includes the offender's name; all aliases which he has used or under
which he may have been known; the date and locality of the conviction and a brief
description of the offense; his date of birth, current address and photograph; and
such other information as the State Police may from time to time determine is necessary
to preserve public safety. The system is secure and is not capable of being altered
except by or through the State Police. The system is updated each business day with
newly received registrations and re-registrations.
A more detailed explanation and access to registry can be found at the links below:
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