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Security Report 2011

 

 

Ferrum College

Annual Security Report 2012

A safe and secure campus is a high priority at Ferrum College. Community awareness and cooperation, along with the guidance and support of a well-trained, professional Campus Police Department, contributes to a positive learning environment. Please read this report which describes important information about Campus Safety and outlines your responsibilities as a member, or potential member, of our community.
Compilation and distribution of this report is mandated for all institutions participating in the financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Police Department (540 365-4255)
The Campus Safety office, located in the Welcome Center at 10021 Franklin Street, provides 24-hour-a-day security, law enforcement and safety services to the campus community. Officers have two-way radio communications and conduct foot, ATV, and vehicle patrols of the campus grounds, academic and administrative buildings and residence halls. Certain areas of the campus are "electronically patrolled" or monitored by use of internet protocol (IP) cameras. Officers are appointed by the Franklin County Circuit Court, and have arrest powers on the college campus and in the Blue Ridge Magisterial District of Franklin County, with authority to make arrests on Ferrum College property and beyond. The College works closely with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, the Virginia State Police, and other state and state and federal agencies.   Ferrum College Police Officers are fully sworn and receive law enforcement training at the Cardinal Criminal Justice Regional Academy and comply with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services training standards. Criminal offenses reported to Ferrum Officers are reported to the national Incident-Based Reporting System, in accordance with federal mandates. More information about Campus Safety is available at our Web site.
Safety and Security Guidelines
We encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to  take an active role in their own safety and security while on campus. By following these guidelines, you can help maintain a safe environment for yourself and others at the College.
·       Walk in well-lighted and well-traveled areas after dark. Walk with a friend, or call Campus Safety for an escort.
·       Immediately report all suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities to the Police Department..
·       Immediately report all crimes, security problems, or hazardous conditions to the Police Department.
·       Subscribe to E2Campus (link on the Ferrum College website)
·       Keep yourself informed. Check e-mail, campus bulletin boards, the Iron Blade (the student newspaper), and your campus mail for "Campus Safety Notices" that pertain to specific security conditions on campus. Take advantage of informational programs sponsored on campus.
·       Keep residence hall room doors locked at all times and do not loan keys to unauthorized persons.
·       Keep your room keys with you at all times.
·       Use the peephole in your door to screen visitors.
·       Do not prop open any locked exterior doors or leave ground-floor windows open.
·       Never study alone in an isolated area of a campus building.
·       Lock your car and secure valuables when using campus parking facilities.
·       Use bicycle racks located on campus, and lock your bicycle with a high-quality lock.
·       Become familiar with the blue Emergency Telephone and courtesy phones’ locations on campus.
·       Become familiar with the – Emergency Procedures and Safety Information flipchart online and in classrooms and Resident Advisors’ rooms.  
·       Become familiar with Residence Life Policies and the "Student Conduct Code" of Ferrum College. Abide by them and encourage others to do so.
·       Become familiar with emergency exits and locations of fire alarm pull stations and extinguishers in your building.
·       Lock offices when you are not present.
 
Safety and Security Awareness Programming
An informed campus community can significantly reduce the occurrence of crime on campus. Security procedures, crime prevention, substance use and abuse, fire safety and sexual assault are topics covered during new student orientation and in a number of programs throughout the academic year. The Office of Student Affairs sponsors alcohol and drug abuse educational programming. Residence Life Staff and student organizations also sponsor programs on related topics. Such programs are offered with the goal of helping members of the College community make responsible decisions concerning their safety and well- being.
Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings

Members of the College community are notified in a timely manner about security situations, crimes or emergencies that are considered to represent a threat to students and employees. There are two types of notifications.

E2Campus Alerts are a multi-modal emergency notifications system that sends notifications via text message to cellular phones and other electronic devices and mediums. Notifications are sent upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the college community. Ferrum College will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. The college utilizes a chain of command for emergency warnings, which includes the academic counsel, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Campus Safety Department participating in the notification system. 
 Weather closing and delays are also sent through the E2Campus Alert System. Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to  enroll in the program at www.ferrum.eduE2Campus Alerts are tested annually.

Campus Safety Notices are sent through the use of campus wide e-mail for incidents or situations that do not pose an immediate threat but which require a timely notice in compliance with the Clery Act. Notices may also be made by campus mailings, announcements posted on bulletin boards and special residence hall meetings. The college Emergency Alert System is tested annually.
Emergency and Courtesy Telephones on Campus
Blue emergency telephones are located on both sides of the campus, at the tennis courts below Bassett Hall on Wiley Drive and between Riddick and Susannah Wesley dormitories on the Lakeside, as well as at the Campus Safety building.  The blue phones provide direct contact with the Campus Police 24 hours a day.  These phones are for emergencies only.  
Courtesy phones are located outside residence halls. These phones can be used to call any campus number including the Safety Office.
How to Get Help, Report an Emergency, Report a Crime, Reporting a Missing Person
All emergencies, criminal acts, missing persons or questionable behavior should be reported immediately to the Police Department, either in person or by telephone. Campus Officers can be reached by dialing 493-2804 or 365-4444, or 4444  on a College telephone or yellow Courtesy Phone; The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office,  Fire, and Rescue can be reached by dialing 911.
Silent Witness Program
Community members wishing to remain anonymous and report information about criminal acts or suspicious activities on campus can do so by using the " Silent Witness Program " found on the Campus Safety Web page at www.ferrum.edu/campus safety. An individual using the program supplies information on an electronic form. The confidential information is then routed via e-mail to the campus safety office for follow-up investigation or appropriate action.
 
Students in Emotional Distress
Students who know someone that maybe experiencing emotional distress or may be experiencing it themselves can get help from the Tri-area Health Center at 365-4469. In situations where immediate help is needed, please contact the Police Department at 365-4255 and an officer will respond and assist the person in getting in contact with the college counselors or other community resources.
Missing Persons
The college's missing student notification policy and procedure is found in the Student Handbook.  During each academic registration period students are provided an opportunity to record information in their college file for a "missing person contact" as well as their emergency contact.
A student may be considered to be a "missing person" if the person's absence from campus is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Such circumstances could include, but not limited to, a report or suspicion that the person may be a victim of foul play, has expressed suicidal thoughts, is drug dependent, is in a life threatening situation, has been with persons who may endanger the student's welfare, or is overdue to return to campus and is unheard from after giving a specific return time to friends or family. Any student who may be missing should be reported to the Campus Police at 540 365-4444.

Escort Service
The Police Department provides escort service to students, faculty, staff, and guests who want to be accompanied when walking across campus. This complimentary service is available 24 hours a day and can be obtained by calling 365-4255 or 365-4444.

Building Security
Campus buildings are patrolled on a regular basis by Campus Police. Most academic buildings are locked at 10:00 p.m. Residence Life staff have duty hours in residence halls and routinely check these buildings.

Doors to residence halls are locked 24 hours. Residential students are issued an exterior door key or access card to their building and a room key. Propping open a locked door is a serious violation of the conduct code and should be reported immediately. Visitation hours for various residence halls, as well as other Residence Life policies, can be found in the Student Handbook.  
Ferrum College has an automated work order procedure to ensure that repairs and maintenance related to safety and security are completed in a timely fashion. Repairs such as burned-out lights, missing window screens, or broken locks should be reported to a Residence Life or Campus Safety staff member. Wok orders for repairs can also be submitted through an email to the Physical Plant.  Physical Plant staff is on call for emergency repairs after normal business hours and can be reached by calling the Campus Police, who will notify the on-call staff.

Alcoholic Beverage Regulations
Ferrum College does not encourage the use of alcoholic beverages by students nor does it condone violation of applicable State laws or College policies. Students of legal age (21) may consume alcoholic beverages in the privacy of their rooms. Individuals who consume alcoholic beverages are responsible for their own behavior. Regardless of a student's age, alcoholic beverages are not permitted in freshman residence halls or in freshmen rooms of mixed class residence halls. Students violating College policies regarding alcohol are subject to campus disciplinary action with sanctions ranging from fines and community restitution to dismissal from the College. In addition to disciplinary action, student violators may be criminally charged. See “Judicial Education” Community Standards for additional information on the Alcohol Policy for details.
College employees are expected to follow college alcohol policies consistent with State law. For details, see the College Staff handbook, located on the website. Employees violating College policies are subject to disciplinary action.
Drug Policy
Possession, use, manufacturing and/or distribution of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia containing drug residue and other controlled substances will not be tolerated. Any member of the campus community found violating this policy is subject to severe disciplinary action, including dismissal from College. In addition, such individuals are subject to criminal prosecution. In these matters, the College fully cooperates with law enforcement officials including the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as other federal entities.  The names of students involved in illegal drug offenses are reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. For details, see the Faculty and Staff Handbook, located on the College website.
Sexual Misconduct Policy
Ferrum College recognizes the seriousness of inappropriate sexual behavior. Incidents of sexual misconduct, including rape, sexual battery and other similar offenses, whether forcible or non-forcible, are violations of the "Student Conduct Code" of Ferrum College. Educational programs for prevention of sexual assault are conducted on a regular basis for both men and women. Members of Residence Life staff take an active part in educational programming.
Victims of sexual offenses are strongly encouraged to examine all options available to them. These include reporting and filing disciplinary charges through the College as well as reporting and filing criminal and/or civil charges through the llocal judicial system. College personnel will assist a student in notifying authorities if requested. Offenses can be reported to the Police Department, the Student Health Center, a member of the Residence Life staff or the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Victims wishing to confidentially report an offense for inclusion in the annual security report should contact the Student Health Services. It is important that a victim preserve physical evidence of a criminal offense. After an alleged offense has occurred, the victim should not change clothes, clean up or bathe and should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The Tri-Area Health Center at 365-4469 provides on-campus emotional support and counseling to victims. Sexual Assault Response Awareness (SARA) is an off-campus support and counseling organization and can be reached at 345-7273. The local Rape Crisis Hotline is 981-9352.
Upon request, the College will make every effort to change a victim's academic and housing situation after an alleged sexual offense. Should disciplinary action be initiated as a result of an alleged offense, the accuser and the accused are entitled to have other members of the campus community present during a disciplinary hearing. The accuser and accused will be informed of the outcome of any College disciplinary proceeding that results from an alleged sexual offense. College sanctions for a student found responsible of committing a sexual offense can range up to suspension or expulsion from the College.
More detailed policies and procedures concerning sexual misconduct can be found in the Ferrum College Student Handbook.
Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the College community where to obtain law enforcement agency information provided by the State concerning registered sex offenders. Sex offenders that are required to register in a state are mandated to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation or is a student. In Virginia, convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry maintained by the Virginia Department of State Police. Information concerning registered offenders may be disclosed to any person requesting information on a specific individual in accordance with the law. The Virginia State Police Web site has further information, and searches for information on offenders by location or name can be done electronically at: http://sex-offender.vsp.state.va.us/cool-ice/

Criminal Offense Log
In accordance with the provisions of the Clery Act, a campus criminal offense log is maintained by the Police Department. Interested persons can access this information by coming to the office located at the Campus Safety/Welcome Center during regular business hours.
Campus Crime Statistics
The statistical data reported for on-campus offenses and all discipline referrals are compiled from records maintained by the Campus Safety Office and the Residence Life Office. The "Clery Act" defines the location categories used. "Non-Residential" indicates the violation occurred on campus grounds or in buildings not used for student housing. "Residential" indicates it occurred in a College-owned residence hall. "Public Prop." is public property such as streets and sidewalks adjacent to the campus. "Non Campus" refers to any building or property located off campus and owned or controlled by a student organization officially recognized by the College. The criminal offenses are classified using the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting System definitions. The reader should keep in mind that some crime victims may choose not to report offenses to campus or local law enforcement authorities and that violations listed may result in both arrest and disciplinary referral for the same offense. Other types of unacceptable conduct such as thefts and vandalism occur on college campuses. All criminal activity is detrimental to the College community, and strong measures including dismissal are taken against offenders.

 

  

2010 Calendar Year

       

Offense

Non-Residential

Residential

Total on Campus

Non Campus

Public Property

Murder(negligent manslaughter)

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offense

0

0

0

Non-forcible Sex Offense

0

       0         1        1        0

Robbery

0

0

0

      0        0

Aggravated Assault

0

 0

 0

 0

Burglary

0

       8         8       0         0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

       0         0       0         0

Manslaughter

0

       0         0       0         0

Arson

0

       

Liquor Law Violations

         

Arrests

 4

 4

3

Disciplinary Referrals

0

70

 70

1

Drug Law Violations

         

Arrests

0

0

Disciplinary Referrals

0

27

27

0

0

Weapons Possession

         

Arrests

0

0

      0        0

Disciplinary Referrals

 

 

     

Hate Crimes

0

0

0

0

0

Race

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

0

0

0

0

0

 

2011 Calendar Year

       

Offense

Non-Residential

Residential

Total on Campus

Non Campus

Public Property

Murder(negligent manslaughter)

0

0

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offense

0

0

0

0

0

Non-forcible Sex Offense

0

1

1

 0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

  1

1

0

0

Burglary

0

1

1

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

Liquor Law Violations

         

    Arrests

  0

 3

  3

  0

  0

    Disciplinary Referrals

0

  42

  42

0

1

Drug Law Violations

         0        6         8        3        1

    Arrests

2

0

2

0

0

    Disciplinary Referrals

0

27

27

0

1

Weapons Possession

         

    Arrests

0

0

0

0

0

    Disciplinary Referrals

0

0

0

0

0

Hate Crimes

         

    Race

0

0

0

0

0

    Gender

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

0

0

0

0

0

    Sexual Orientation

0

0

0

0

0

    Ethnicity

0

0

0

0

0

    Disability

                 0

           0

               0                     

            0                   

               0

 

2012 Calendar Year

Offense

Non-Residential

Residential

Total on Campus

Non Campus

Public Property

Murder(negligent manslaughter)

0

0

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offense

0

3

3

1

0

Non-forcible Sex Offense

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

2

0

2

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

21

21

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

Liquor Law Violations

 

 

 

 

 

    Arrests

 

 

 

 

 

    Disciplinary Referrals

2

83

85

10

1

Drug Law Violations

 

 

 

 

 

    Arrests

1

1

2

0

0

    Disciplinary Referrals

6

22

28

6

1

Weapons Possession

 

 

 

 

 

    Arrests

0

0

0

0

0

    Disciplinary Referrals

0

0

3

0

1

Hate Crimes

 

 

 

 

 

    Race

0

0

0

0

0

    Gender

0

0

0

0

0

   Religion

 

1

1

0

0

    Sexual Orientation

0

0

0

0

0

    Ethnicity

0

0

0

0

0

    Disability

                 0

           0

               0                     

            0                   

               0

 

   *   A drug law violation arrest (or criminal summons) of a student also results in a disciplinary referral. 
       However reporting requirements mandate statistical counting only once. 

       Note:Intoxication or driving under the influence are not included per the Clery Act reporting requirements.

 

 

Ferrum College Higher Education Opportunity Act

 

 

Campus Fire Safety Annual Compliance Report

 

 

Fall 2011

 

The Higher Education Act became law in August 2008, requiring all United States academic institutions to produce an annual fire safety report outlining fire safety practices, standards, and all fire-related on-campus statistics. The following report details all information required by law as it relates to Ferrum College.

 

At Ferrum College, residence halls East Bassett, Arthur, Moore, Roberts, Clark and Dyer Halls are covered by an automatic sprinkler and fire alarm system, which is monitored 24 hours/day, seven days/week. Chapman, Susannah Wesley, North Bassett and Riddick Halls are covered by a fire alarm system which is monitored 24 hours/day, seven days/week; none of these four buildings have an automatic sprinkler system. All systems are checked two times per year and all detectors are checked on an annual basis. For residence halls without generators, fire alarm systems have a battery back-up. Apartments which house students are equipped with smoke detectors, which are checked on an annual basis. Students housed in college owned apartments are given fire safety information including the 911 address of their respective apartment.

 

All residence hall staff undergo fire safety training prior to the beginning of the Fall semester.   All residence hall students are given fire safety information which is covered by RAs during the first week of classes. This information covers basic fire safety and what appropriate action to take during a fire alarm or fire emergency. Fire evacuation routes are posted in each of the residence halls. Fire drills are conducted twice per year in coordination with Residence Life, Physical Plant, Emergency Services and Campus Police.

 

Fire Safety Policies, as listed in the Student Handbook, discusses tampering with fire equipment; evacuation procedures; use of electrical appliances; open flames; room decorations; room capacity regulations; and wooden constructions, (lofts). These regulations are reviewed and enforced by RAs and other college officials.

 

Local fire departments and public safety officials are invited on campus to maintain an open dialogue in response to campus procedures, response protocol, access and education of campus fire alarm and fire suppression systems, and possible training opportunities on campus.

 

There were no fires, fire related deaths or injuries or fire related property damage at Ferrum College during this reporting period.

 

 

 Campus Safety Services

Campus Safety provides other non-emergency services to the College community and is a source of information about the campus facilities and available services. Please feel free to call the office at any time, day or night. All members of the College community are urged to take responsibility for their own and others' security and to report any offenses to Campus Police Officers.

Important Telephone Numbers

Police Department
365-4255
365-4444
Blue Emergency Telephone
"4444" from a campus telephone

Franklin County Sheriff, Fire and EMS- 911
Student Health Center 365-4469

Office of Student Affairs
Dean of Students 365-4461
Assistant Director of Residence Life 365-4617

Counseling Center 365-4469 ext. 231
Internet Address www.ferrum.edu