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2013 Annual Security Report

The Clery Act requires most colleges and universities including Chipola College to publish an annual report on safety and security issues. This report contains statistics for the previous three years of reported crimes that occurred on college property owned or controlled by Chipola College and on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as the policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. As indicated by the statistics, Chipola College is an exceptionally safe environment for both students and employees. Maintaining this positive trend is a continuing high priority for the College.

Chipola College maintains campus security through an agreement with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. College facilities fall within the jurisdiction of local law enforcement officials and any criminal activity occurring on campus is referred to campus security and/or local law enforcement officials for investigation and prosecution.

CRIME LOGS and STATISTICS

Chipola College maintains a daily crime log that contains specified information about any Clery Act related crimes that were discovered or reported to the Security Department. The college must make the crime log open to public inspection. The daily log is maintained by Security and is available for review. Crime statistics for the past three years are provided at the end of this report. The Vice President of Student Affairs at Chipola College prepares this annual report to ensure that the college community is informed and also to comply with the Jeanne Clery Act requirements. The report is intended to provide disclosure of College security policy and crime statistics for the past three years. This report on crimes committed or reported is prepared in cooperation and with input of local law enforcement departments. All crime reports are given to the head of security at Chipola College who is a member of the local law enforcement; head of security provides these reports to the Executive Vice President and the Vice President of Student Affairs. Campus crime and arrest reports include those reported to the Executive Vice President and the Vice President of Student Affairs as well as to designated campus officials as provided by local law enforcement agencies to Chipola College head of security. Each year notification is given to all enrolled students via student e-mail accounts, the College Catalog, Orientation classes and on-line at http://www.chipola.edu/studentservices/crime%20statistics.htm. Faculty and staff receive similar notification through yearly and monthly faculty/staff meetings as well as E-mail accounts. A copy of this report may also be obtained in the Office of Vice President of Student Affairs and on the Student Affair’s website through Student’s Right to Know.

TIMELY WARNINGS

In the event that a crime or situation occurs either on or off campus that poses a threat to the
college community, a timely warning will be issued by the Chipola College Data Center in conjunction with Security. Warnings and alerts can be activated in a number of ways:

  • The college has a siren system for alerting the main campus and surrounding community of situations requiring mass notification.
  • Alerts and warnings will be posted on the Chipola College website home page when appropriate.
  • Alerts and warnings will be sent via college e-mail system to all students, faculty, and staff when appropriate.
  • Alerts and warnings will be sent to a service of IP Speakers located throughout campus buildings.
  • Alerts and warnings will be sent to all network attached computers on campus using a product called Net Support Notify.
  • Alerts and warnings will be sent via campus-wide voice message which is delivered to all voicemail boxes on campus.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

In the event of a significant threat to the safety or health of the college community, Chipola College will immediately notify the community of the threat and give direction for the response to the threat as noted by the methods listed in the “TIMELY WARNINGS” section above. These emergency notifications will be authorized by the President or the President’s designee.

TO REPORT A CRIME

It is important for Chipola College to provide a safe and secure campus for the benefit of every person using it. The college provides a basic security service; however, security must be every-one’s concern and students and staff are encouraged to support the campus security staff in this effort. Security Officers patrol the campus from 6:00 a.m. through 10:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and most of Saturday, depending on activities. Students and staff are encouraged to report any suspicious behavior on campus to Security, located in the Public Service Building, no matter how minor it may appear. After making a report, Security will advise as to what to do next. Vigilance and prompt reporting helps prevent incidents. The security of the College community’s property is everyone’s business. It may be through direct involvement or by observation only; reporting an incident will have a positive impact on everyone’s safety and security. Of course, if the crime is very serious or resulted in physical harm and the need for law enforcement action is obvious; call 911 or 9-911 from a landline phone on campus. Then, call Security. Chipola College operates no off- campus housing or off-campus student organization facilities.

CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING

The Chipola College Security Department encourages anyone who is the victim of or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police and Security. Because college reports are public records, the College cannot hold reports of crime in confidence.

ACCESS POLICY

Chipola College is an open campus and during business hours, the College will be open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the public. During non-business hours, access to our College facilities is by issued keys. As much as possible, in concern for the safety and security of our students; students are not provided access to classrooms, labs, etc. unless a responsible faculty or staff member is present to take charge. In the case of an emergency closing, the College will only admit those persons who have prior approval. Additionally, Security discourages the occupancy of a single or sole employee for extended periods of time after hours and especially when there is no Security presence on the campus.

CAMPUS LAW ENFORCEMENT

Chipola College Security Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether the individuals have lawful business at Chipola College. Security Officers have the authority to issue parking violations to students, faculty, and staff. Security Officers, who are members of local law enforcement, do possess arrest power. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to campus Security and/or to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

CONFIDENTIAL REPORTS

All reports will be investigated. Chipola College does not have procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crime statistics. Violations of the law will be referred to Campus Security or local law enforcement agencies. When a potentially dangerous threat to the college community arises, timely warnings will be issued by College web page announcement, siren and speaker system, e-mail, in-class announcements, or other appropriate means.

SECURITY AWARENESS AND CRIME PREVENTION

Periodically throughout the academic year, a safety and security awareness presentation coordinated by the College Public Service Department, is given to staff and faculty groups on our campus. In addition, the College has made available to employees and supervisors, courses and training related to nonviolent workplace issues and intervention. This presentation is scheduled through the Public Service Department. A common theme of all Chipola College awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES


In compliance with Board Rule 4.280 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, Chipola College:

  • Prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees;
  • Enforces sanctions, including those applicable under local, state, and federal law, for unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol, including but not limited to suspension, expulsion, termination of employment, and referral for prosecution which may result in arrest, appropriate fines, and imprisonment;
  • Believes that there are many detrimental health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, including but not limited to psychological and physical addiction, insomnia, disorientation, depression, hallucinations, hypertension, increased anxiety and paranoia, damage to unborn babies, convulsions, cancer, psychosis, respiratory failure, brain damage, and death; Reminds students that by registering at Chipola, they assume the responsibility of becoming familiar with and abiding by the regulations and rules of conduct of the college;
  • Encourages anyone with a drug or alcohol problem to seek help at one of the local agencies.

SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE

The District Board does not tolerate any form of sexual harassment by its students, employees,
applicants for admission and employment, and persons doing business with Chipola College (Board Rule 4.420). Complaints of any form of sexual harassment should be reported immediately. Students, employees and third parties are encouraged to promptly report complaints of sexual harassment to the Vice President of Student Affairs or the College Equity Officer/ Associate Vice President of Human Resources at 850-718-2205. College Orientation encourages students to be aware of their surroundings and reviews the currently known date rape drugs.

The District Board strictly maintains that the criminal act of sexual battery, as defined by Florida Statutes 794.011 will not be allowed. For this reason all such incidents on College property or in connection with the college, whether on or off campus, shall be reported to the appropriate person as noted in Board Policy 4.420. Violation, whether by a student or employee, will be subject to disciplinary action by the college under student disciplinary and employee disciplinary rules and procedures with penalties up to and including expulsion or employment termination.

Victims or witnesses of sexual battery shall immediately contact local law enforcement authorities. Immediate reporting is stressed since delays may jeopardize the collecting of evidence. Employees who are either victims or witnesses shall report the incident to the office of the Associate Vice President of Human Resources. Students who are either victims or witnesses shall contact the Vice President of Student Affairs. Any student or employee learning of a sexual battery incident in connection with a college sponsored or college related function, whether on or off campus, shall report the incident to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

SEXUAL PREDATOR OR OFFENDER NOTICE

Federal and State laws require a person designated as a sexual predator or offender to register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). FDLE is then required to provide notification to the local law enforcement agency of where the registrant resides. If the registrant is enrolled, employed, or carrying on a vocation at Chipola College, FDLE must also provide the local law enforcement agency with that information. The Vice President of Student Affairs maintains information on sexual predators or offenders at Chipola College. In addition, information may be obtained through local law enforcement agencies, or by calling the FDLE hotline (1-888-357-7332), or visiting the FDLE website at: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us.

Missing Persons


Upon receipt of a report of a missing person, the Campus Security will conduct a thorough and timely investigation to determine the safety and current location of the person. If the missing person is a student, Campus Security will contact and help coordinate the investigation with the Marianna Police Department within 24 hours after the student is determined missing.

Students must provide an emergency contact at time of admission application. Once it is determined that the student has been missing for a period of no more than 24 hours, the Campus Security will notify the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Vice President of Student Affairs will notify the emergency contact within 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. A student's emergency contact information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement as appropriate.

An individual will be considered missing if a roommate, classmate, faculty member, family member, or other campus person has not seen the person in a reasonable amount of time. A reasonable amount of time may vary with the time of day and information available regarding the missing person's daily schedule, habits, punctuality, and reliability. Individuals will also be considered missing immediately, if their absence has occurred under circumstances that are suspicious or cause concerns for their safety. If the initial report that a person is missing is made to a department other than the Campus Security, the staff member receiving the report will ensure that Campus Security is contacted immediately.

CONCLUSION

This Annual Security Report is a requirement and we take satisfaction in the minimal number of reported crimes; however, we willingly seek the challenge of assuring a safe and secure atmosphere for our students, employees, and persons who may visit our college. We attempt to accomplish this by providing ample security, emergency notification, reporting procedures, and timely response to issues that might arise. Additionally, the planning of new facilities and remodeling always include the aspects of safety and security in design and function. This is obvious by the continuing growth of lighted walkways and parking areas, and the serious nature to which we approach the individual and overall discussion of security topics. As we review the statistical tables for our college we are not satisfied with the significant number of “zeros” found in most of the categories shown; our goal will always be to provide the safest environment possible for our college community and reduce all responses to zero. As we strive to achieve this goal, we feel somewhat confident that our college community is very safe and therefore able to enjoy the experience of being at Chipola College.

The Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of federal legislation that sought to improve the criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the United States. The passage of VAWA in 1994, and its reauthorization in 2000, 2005, and again in 2013 has changed the landscape for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. For more information on The Violence Against Women Act please go to the following web-site:
http://www.chipola.edu/legal/right/Violence%20Against%20Women%20Act.pdf
 

Crime Statistics


The annual campus security report contains campus crime statistics for years 2010, 2011, and 2012. Statistics concern criminal offenses as reported to campus security or local police agencies. Additional information can be found at OPE Campus Security Statistics website (http://ope.ed.gov/security) brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education.



ANNUAL REPORT OF CRIME STATISTICS

Offense

Number of Offenses Reported

2010

2011

2012

Murder/Non-negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Nonforcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Burglary 3 6 4
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
       


 
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