Clery Act - Campus Security Policies
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The Campus Security Act, legal requirements
The Campus Security Act requires colleges and universities to:
- publish an annual report every year by October 1 that contains three years of campus crime statistics and certain campus security policy statements.
- disclose crime statistics for the campus, public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities and remote classrooms. The statistics must be gathered from security, local law enforcement, and other University officials who have "significant responsibility for student and campus activities."
- provide "timely warning" notices of those crimes that have occurred and pose an ongoing "threat to students and employees."
- disclose in a public crime log "any crime that occurred on campus or within the patrol jurisdiction of the campus security department and is reported to the security department."
- Devise an emergency response, notification, and testing policy.
- Complete and report fire data to the federal government and publish an annual fire safety report.
- Enact policies and procedures to handle reports of missing students.
The Robert Morris University Office of Operations is responsible for preparing and distributing this report. We work with many other departments and agencies, such as the RMU Security Department, Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Human Resources, Local Police Departments, and neighboring universities to compile the information.
We encourage members of the Robert Morris University community to use this report as a guide for safe practices on and off campus. It is available on the Web at www.robertmorris.edu/about/safetysecurity/annualreport.pdf. Each member of the Robert Morris University community receives an email describing the report and provides its web address.
Reporting Crimes and Other Emergencies
All students, employees, and guests should promptly report criminal incidents, accidents, and other emergencies to the local police Department by dialing 911. Individuals may also report incidents to a university official or the security department.
- Student Services/Affairs Department 312-935-2003
- Human Resources Department 312-935-6688
- Security Department 312-935-4559
Confidential Reporting Procedures
If you are a victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the University or the criminal justice system. With your permission, a detailed report will be filed without revealing your identity. With such information, the University can keep accurate record of the number of incidents involving students; determine the pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, assailant and other critical information and also alert the campus of potential danger. Crimes of a sexual nature should be reported directly to the Police by dialing 911. *See Sexual Assault Policy for detailed instructions. All reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the Annual Crime Statistics for the institution.
Timely Warning Notices
To help prevent crimes or serious incidents, the President's office, in conjunction with other departments on campus, issues Campus Safety Alerts in a timely manner to notify community members about certain crimes in and around our community. Any of the following may be used to issue immediate warnings: mass emergency notification system, prominent postings on the RMU website and/or flyers.
Daily Crime Log
The Office of Operations maintains a Daily Crime Log that records all crimes and other serious incidents that occur on campus. Specific incidents are posted in the Daily Crime Log within two business days of receiving a report of an incident and RMU reserves the right to exclude reports from the log in certain circumstances.
Security of and Access to Campus Facilities
Access to campus buildings and grounds is a privilege extended to students, faculty, staff, and authorized guests. The University encourages an open environment with limited constraints to ensure the reasonable protection of all members of the community. Except for residence halls, most campus facilities are open during weekday business hours. Individuals who wish to access Campus buildings or property during non-business hours or for special events should contact the appropriate department administrator or the Office of Operations.
Special Procedures for Residence Hall Access
All residence halls are equipped with an automated card access control system or security personnel. Unlimited access is available to students and authorized staff via the system. Guests and other visitors may visit residence halls as long as they have been authorized by a member of the community and provide a valid ID.
Campus Law Enforcement Policy
Security personnel at the Chicago campus have the authority to detain offenders until the local police arrive. RMU security maintains a working relationship with local, county and state police. Incidents will be documented and copies of the reports will be kept on file in the Security Department and the Office of Operations. Incident reports are the property of the University and are not given to students. Incidents at the branch campuses should be reported to the Director of Education/Administration. Reports completed at branch campuses will be kept on file with the Directors of Education/ Administration at the branch campuses, a copy will also be sent and filed to the Office of Operations.
Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs
Robert Morris University adheres to the idea that it is more prudent to prevent crimes than to react to them after the fact. The University encourages students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.
RMU offers students the following programs and projects implemented at:
- Rape Awareness, Education and Prevention - In cooperation with the local police departments, rape awareness, education and prevention presentations are made available each year to the campus community.
- Crime Prevention Presentation -- Crime prevention presentations accompanied by brochures and other printed materials are made available annually to students.
- College Photo Identification Card - Each Robert Morris University faculty, staff and student is issued a Robert Morris University photo identification card. This card is to access Robert Morris university facilities and services.
- Classroom Activities - In Freshman English classes, students learn about substance abuse.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
Drug and Alcohol Free School and Community Act
Robert Morris complies with the requirements of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. The University shall review this policy on a biennial basis to determine its effectiveness and to ensure that the standards of conduct and disciplinary sanctions have been consistently enforced.
Standard of Conduct
The unlawful possession, use, distribution, sale or manufacture of controlled substances is prohibited on any premises owned or controlled by Robert Morris University. Under no circumstance will the University tolerate the use of illicit drugs or alcohol on campus or at college-sponsored activities.
Students who violate the prohibition against the illegal use of controlled substances and alcohol will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
Programs for Students Requiring Assistance
Any Robert Morris University student who has a drug or alcohol problem may call upon the University for assistance. Anyone needing help should contact the Director of Student Services/Special Programs in Chicago and the Director of Education at the branches. Robert Morris University can provide a confidential referral to a drug or alcohol treatment program.
The use of drugs and alcohol can have a substantial and detrimental effect on health. These effects are often permanent and can lead to severe physical and psychological impairment, disability and premature death. Robert Morris University encourages students to lead drug-free lives.
The following agencies provide information on substance abuse:
- Alcoholics Anonymous: 1-800-371-1475 (24-hour answering service)
- Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Refer Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP
- Focus on Recovery for Alcohol & Substance Abuse, 24-hour action help line: 1- 800-888-9383
Use of illicit drugs by any person is illegal under both the state and federal statutes. Use of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age are illegal under state law. Penalties for conviction under state and federal law include incarceration and fines varying between $100 and $100,000 depending on the offense. Property used in connection with illegal drugs may be confiscated. All Federal and State student loans and grants may be denied to those convicted for a violation of a criminal drug statue.
In the Classroom
All students at Robert Morris University who enroll in COM 101, Introduction is committed to Communication, complete providing and maintaining a module called LEAP, which informs them about the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. healthy learning and working environment for all students, staff and faculty members. Students enroll in this course during their first few quarters at the University. After having completed this module, students understand that substance abuse is a concern for many students, that the relationships they have with others can be adversely affected by substance abuse, and if they are abusing alcohol or using drugs, the University provides them with access to professional help with these issues.
This module impacts substance abuse prevention in a number of ways: it makes students aware that substance abuse is a problem in American society in general and it helps students build more solid relationships because the module assists them in communicating to others about substance abuse problems. In these conversations, students can be open about the fact that students with substance abuse problems can seek help for their own substance abuse problem(s) or a family member's problem(s) with substance abuse.
Instructors can use various methods to engage students in these discussions. After watching a portion of a film that shows the effects of alcohol use and substance abuse, students see the ill effects of substance abuse on relationships within and outside of a family. The students discuss the consequences of a character's decision to use drugs or alcohol in the film they see in class. They also discuss situations where empathy can be used to combat the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. They read a handout entitled "The Truth about Alcohol" and discuss the impact of drinking on individuals and those people around them.
In the discussion, students learn the truths behind the myths about alcohol and find out how incorrect and misleading information can be harmful to people. During these discussions instructors stress that the University offers free counseling for students who feel they have problems with alcohol/chemical addiction. Counseling forms are readily available from the Directors of Education and Student Advisors.
When students complete this module, they will understand that:
- substance abuse is a concern for students,
- relationships can adversely be affected by substance abuse, and
- help is available for people suffering from substance abuse issues.
The module is designed to impact on substance abuse prevention by:
- making students aware that it is very real problem in society,
- helping students build more solid relationships by communicating to others about substance abuse problems, and in so doing,
- being open to seeking help for their problem or a family member's problem with substance abuse.
Presentation / Workshops
Over the past three years RMU has partnered with IHEC (Illinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol, other Drug & Violence Prevention Program) and the Chicago Area Alcohol Anonymous group. Both groups provide on campus workshops twice a year which includes presentations on the abuse of drugs and alcohol.
All students who live in RMU housing have an alcohol/drug prevention workshop twice per year. In addition, alcohol/drug prevention materials are located in common areas on each campus.
Campus Interactive "GOGGLE" Activity
During the month of April students at all campuses participate in an interactive alcohol awareness program. Students are able to experience three different intoxication levels using the Fatal Vision goggles. While wearing the Fatal Vision goggles, students engaged in multiple activities that allow them to experience intoxication at three different levels (.07 thru .20).
At each station students are given hand-outs on blood and alcohol concentration levels to show the direct correlation between weight and the number of alcoholic beverages consumed. Posters are also displayed explaining the dangers of alcohol at each intoxication level along with statistics and graphs. Students also looked at a video titled "Which Brain Do You Want" the video allows students to see what happens to their brain when using drugs or alcohol.
Policies and Procedures
The Student Handbook contains the following information about the Drug-Free Schools Act: Standard of Conduct, Disciplinary Sanctions, Programs for Students Requiring Assistance, Health Risks, and Legal Sanctions. Also in the Student Code of Conduct, possession of and/or use of drugs and/or alcohol on the University property or at any University function may result in social probation or dismissal. Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines that govern student professional conduct.
If a student approaches any employee about an alcohol/drug issue, employees are trained to take the student to the Office of Student Affairs in Chicago or the Director of Education at the branches. The student is offered several counseling options. The Human Resources personnel provide management training to all new supervisors. During training, the supervisors review the Drug-Free Workplace Policy and are instructed to consult the Human Resources Department immediately if they suspect an employee is in violation of the Drug-Free Workplace Policy.
During orientation, all new employees are told about the Drug-Free Workplace Policy and are given a copy of the entire Human Resources Policy Guide. The Human Resources Department updates the Policy Guide annually on July 1. All policy changes are highlighted and all employees are required to sign an acknowledgement form indicating that they have read, understand, and will comply with the provisions of the Policy Guide.
Sex Offense Policy
Sexual Offense Policy and Procedures
Robert Morris University is committed to providing and maintaining a healthy learning and working environment for all students, staff and faculty members. It is important that all students are aware of and protect their rights in the Campus community.
Robert Morris University, through the Campus Awareness Security Act of 1990, will uniformly and consistently report all criminal sexual offenses occurring on campus and reported to Robert Morris University to the proper local police department.
Robert Morris University will not tolerate assault and/or intimidating behavior of any kind against any person or group of individuals based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, religion, marital status, or disability. The following definitions apply to this.
A sex offense is defined by the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting System as either:
- Forcible Sex Offenses: Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will, or not forcibly or against that person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent. Includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling.
- Non-forcible Sex Offenses: Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse. Include incest and statutory rape.
- Sexual assault is any unwanted physical contact of sexual nature, whether by an acquaintance or by a stranger, that occur without indication of consent of both individuals, or that occurs under threat or coercion. Sexual assault can occur either forcibly and/or against a person's will, or when a person is incapable of giving consent if under 18 years of age; if intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol; if developmentally disabled; or if temporarily or permanently mentally or physically unable to do so. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to, rape, forcible sodomy, forcible oral copulation, sexual assault with an object, sexual battery, forcible fondling (e.g., unwanted touching or kissing for purposes of sexual gratification), or threat of sexual assault.
If you are a person who experienced or thinks they have experienced a sexual offense, Robert Morris University is committed to offering a secure and supportive environment in which to consider all the options that are available to you including (but not limited to), medical attention and evaluation, obtaining information, support and counseling, and/or reporting. It should be noted that some of these options offer confidentiality while other services are required by law to report the sexual offense. A person, who has experienced a sexual offense, whether rape or another unwanted contact, is urged follow the procedure below.
Procedures to Follow if Sexual Assault Occurs -
- The victim should get to safety and call Robert Morris University Security and/or the local Police Department. Robert Morris University personnel can also assist in notifying the proper authorities.
- Evidence should not be destroyed. The victim should refrain from taking a shower, washing hands, or changing clothing. The location where the assault occurred should not be disturbed.
- The victim should get immediate medical assistance.
- The victim is encouraged to seek support, information, and counseling.
Rape: Rape is considered a crime of violence and aggression, not a sexual act. Victims are generally chosen because they appear vulnerable or defenseless.
You can help minimize your risk if you practice the following:
- Never walk alone and be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert and show confidence.
- Avoid poorly lit doorways or alleys.
- Keep all doors locked while alone in a house or automobile.
- Do not allow strangers into your home or room.
Acquaintance or date rape is an increasing concern on college campuses across the nation.
You can help prevent date rape by practicing the following:
- Know your date--do not go out with strangers.
- Know in advance where you are going.
- Make your feelings known.
- Trust your feelings.
- Do not become intoxicated.
Independent from any criminal or civil legal proceedings that may be pending and/or have been determined, any staff member, faculty, or student who is found to have committed a sexual offense is subject to immediate disciplinary action including suspension for various length of time or dismissal.
Counseling and referral services are available for all victims of sexual assault.
Information regarding sex offenders who reside in the State of Illinois can be found on the following website: http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm
. This information contained in the Statewide Sex Offender Registry is made available pursuant to the requirements of Public Act 91-224 (730ILCS 152/115 (b). Efforts have been made to ensure the information is as accurate as possible, however, no guarantee is made or implied. Additional information and verification can be obtained from the local law enforcement agency where the sex offender resides.
Sex Offender Registration Policy
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (section 1601 of Public Law 106-386
) requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community how to access information concerning registered sex offenders. In Illinois, the Illinois State Police maintain the database of registered sex offenders which is available at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm
. You can search this database by name, city, county, or zip code. You may also visit your local police department for information regarding registered sex offenders in the area.
It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice, to the appropriate state agency, as required under State law, of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student.
Definitions of Clery Act Crimes
Types of Offenses
- Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter - willful killing of one human being by another.
- Negligent Manslaughter - killing of another person through gross negligence.
Forcible Sex Offenses -any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will, or not forcibly or against that person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
- Rape - the carnal knowledge of a person.
- Sodomy - oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person.
- Sexual Assault with an object - the use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person.
- Fondling - the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification.
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses - are unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.
- Incest - sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
- Statutory Rape - sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
Robbery - the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
- Knife or cutting instrument
- Other dangerous weapon
- Strong arm
Aggravated Assault - An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury.
- Knife or cutting instrument
- Dangerous weapons
- Hands, fists, feet, etc
Burglary - The unlawful entry into of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.
- Forcible Entry
- Unlawful Entry - No Force
- Attempted Forcible Entry
Motor Vehicle Theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
- Trucks and Buses
- Other vehicles
Arson - Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft or personal property of another.
Include any of the above crimes that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator-bias.
- Sexual Orientation
- Ethnicity/ national Origin
- Simple assault
- Destruction, damage, or vandalism of property
Arrests and Referrals Disciplinary Action
- Illegal weapons possession
- Violations of drug laws
- Violations of liquor laws