Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

2012

Annual Security Report

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Action (Public Law 101-542) was signed into law in November 1990 and amended several times in subsequent years. Title II of this act was known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The 1998 amendments renamed this subsection of the Higher Education Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This act requires institutions to disclose information about campus safety policies and procedures and to provide statistics concerning whether certain crimes took place on campus.

During the 1990 New York State legislative session, the legislature passed and the governor signed into law as Chapter 739 of the Laws of 1990 new requirements for post-secondary institutions regarding campus security. This law requires post-secondary institutions to provide specific information to incoming students about sexual assault prevention and the creation of advisory committees on campus security on each campus.

The Higher Education Act (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), specified additional campus safety requirements in the following areas: hate crime reporting, emergency response and evacuation procedures, missing student notification policies, and fire safety issues.

The purpose of this report is to provide our faculty, staff, and students with campus safety information including crime statistics and procedures to follow to report a crime. This report was prepared by the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief of University Police. Any questions regarding this report should be directed to University Police (607) 587-3992.

General Information

In 2012, approximately 3,600 undergraduates were enrolled at Alfred State. Approximately 2,400 students resided in 18 residence halls on the campus. Of the undergraduate student population, approximately 750 attended the Wellsville campus during the day, a separate campus for the purposes of this report.

In 2012, the college employed approximately 150 full-time teaching faculty, 300 professional staff, and 35 part-time faculty. Of these, approximately 47 faculty and 14 professional staff were assigned to Wellsville, a separate campus.

Access Policy

During business hours, the college (excluding housing facilities) will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours, access to college buildings is controlled through key control, keypads, card swipes, or by admittance by University Police, Student Life, Facilities, or ACES staff. In the case of periods of extended closing, the college will admit only those with prior written approval to all facilities.

Access to the residence halls is limited to students and their guests according to a guest procedure presented in the Student Code of Conduct, Section 6. Access to the residence halls by college employees is on an "as needed" basis and incorporates strict key control procedures through the Facilities Department.

The public can attend cultural and recreational events on campus with their access limited only to the facilities in which these events are held. To report any violations of this policy or to report suspicious persons, dial University Police at extension 3999.

Campus Law Enforcement Policies - University Police Department

Campus safety and security issues are coordinated by the University Police Department, which has a sworn police force of New York State certified police officers with full arrest powers. The University Police Department became accredited by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services in June, 2012; this accredited status is enjoyed by fewer than 20% of police departments state-wide. As a police department, patrol members respond to all emergencies. New York State University Police Officers must meet the highest standards in New York State for law enforcement officers. The officers have passed a basic police training program certified by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Officers receive regular in-service training to maintain or upgrade their skillsets and form additional specialized areas of expertise. Officers have been trained in emergency medical procedures and CPR/AED. They conduct foot, bike and vehicular patrols on the campus and residence hall areas 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Other services available through the University Police department include motorist assistance, lost and found, and educational programming on safety/security topics.

The objective of the University Police Department is to provide a safe environment for teaching, research, social endeavors, and to protect the lives and property of the students, employees, and visitors of the college. This objective is pursued within the framework of the State University rules and regulations and all local, state, and federal laws. The investigation of crimes committed on the campus fall under the jurisdiction of the University Police Department.

The University Police Department also works closely with the Alfred Village Police, Allegany County Sheriff's Department, Wellsville Police Department, and the New York State Police to assist them with incidents that may occur off campus but involve campus staff or students. The University Police and the Alfred Police have a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The primary police jurisdiction of the University Police Department includes all of the Alfred campus, the Wellsville campus, and any roadways which abut or adjoin these properties. The jurisdiction extends to any property under ownership or control of the State University of New York.

Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency

All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to report criminal incidents, emergencies, suspicious activity, and public safety related matters to the University Police Department (UPD) in a timely manner. While it is more helpful to report crime personally, the college is committed to using alternate means to learn about crime that may go unreported. One way to do this is by using the anonymous reporting system, Silent Witness. You can learn more about anonymously reporting a crime and complete a Web submission online.

This Annual Security Report will focus on the University Police Department (hereafter UPD) because it is the primary law enforcement agency on both the Alfred and Wellsville campuses. The phone extension to reach UPD from an on-campus phone is 3999. Calling from outside the campus, UPD can be reached by dialing (607) 587-3999. It should be noted that dialing 8-911 from on campus or by calling 911 from any cell phone will result in connection to the Allegany County Sheriff's Dispatch center in Belmont, New York. University Police can also be contacted by using a blue light emergency phone located in several locations across the main campus. The University Police Officer in Wellsville can be reached by calling extension 3100. UPD employs civilian dispatchers that maintain contact with officers on both campuses. All reports are classified, logged, and responded to thoroughly by UPD staff.

Reported crimes are handled by UPD and also forwarded to the Office of Judicial Affairs for potential judicial action. In addition, UPD will also handle sexual assault cases and place survivors in contact with victim advocates who can provide 24-hour assistance. Crimes should be reported to UPD to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community, when appropriate. Members of the campus community can also report criminal incidents to the following offices:

  • Vice President for Student Affairs – (607) 587-3911
  • Associate Dean of Judicial Affairs – (607) 587-4066
  • Dean/ Executive Director of Wellsville Campus - (607) 587-3101
  • Health & Wellness Services - (607) 587-4200
  • Residential Services - (607) 587-4326
  • Director of Athletics - (607) 587-4361

For staff and students living off campus, a listing of major area emergency numbers appears at the end of this report.

Limited Voluntary Confidential Reporting

Please note that victims and witnesses can report crime on a voluntary, confidential basis. Confidential reports can be filed with the other offices or positions listed below as Campus Security Authorities and will be included in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

  • Associate Dean of Judicial Affairs – (607) 587-4066
  • Dean / Executive Director of Wellsville Campus - (607) 587-3101
  • Residential Services - (607) 587-4326
  • Director of Athletics - (607) 587-4361
  • Any coach
  • Faculty or staff adviser to a student organization
  • Other campus official who has significant responsibility for campus activities

Please note that these offices allow victims and witnesses to report crime on a voluntary, confidential basis. Reports of this nature are filed with the University Police Department for information purposes, but there is no formal investigation of the incident unless there is a request to do so. Counselors are not required to report crime for inclusion in the annual crime statistics, based on a 1998 amendment to 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f). The College's Professional Counselors are encouraged, if and when they deem appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Chief of Police, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide "Timely Warning" will be issued after consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs. The warning will be issued through the college email Announce system and/or SUNY Emergency Alert system to students, faculty, staff.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the University Police Department, by phone (607) 587-3999, or in person to the dispatch center located at the Theta Gamma House on Lower College Drive. During the daytime operation of the Wellsville campus, this information can be given at the Wellsville University Police station in the H Building (Student Services) during office hours or by calling extension 3100.

Emergency Response Procedures and Notifications

The college maintains and annually updates a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan (ERP). This ERP includes highly detailed information about command structure using the Incident Command System, procedures and guidelines for an array of potential emergencies, resource lists identifying assets and their locations on campus, confidential contact information for key campus officials, continuity planning strategies, detailed floor-plans of campus structures, risk assessments, and many more sections that ensure Alfred State is prepared for a crisis.

The college uses first responding personnel such as University Police to confirm emergencies, trigger the notification process, create mass notification messages, and implement the notification systems in place. While the college may utilize Public Relations, Student Affairs, or Student Life officials to assist in the notification, the University Police Department is the primary department/organization responsible for responding to emergencies, initiating notification, and triggering implementation of the college’s Emergency Response Plan.

In addition to notifications to the campus community, the college will notify the local police and via radio, the 911 center (sheriff’s office) to enable a larger community notification.

While the college’s full ERP is a confidential document only released to persons involved in the management and oversight of response and recovery activities, general emergency procedures for all campus community members are published on the web.

View the college’s emergency procedures.

Alfred State is committed to training personnel on emergency response. Through an aggressive training program that has included a series of workshops, the college has trained over 95% of the faculty/staff in emergency procedures and has a system in place to maintain this training rate.

In the event of a significant campus emergency or dangerous situation that creates an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees, the college will, without delay, initiate our emergency notification system(s). Taking into account the safety of the community, the college will determine the appropriate response and content of the notification. Unless a campus notification would compromise efforts to mitigate or resolve an emergency, the college will do the following:

Testing

University Police will coordinate a campus test of the emergency response procedures on (at least) an annual basis. The Outdoor Warning Siren and SUNY Emergency Alert system are tested at least annually. On Aug. 31, 2011, on Aug. 31, 2012, and again on August 30, 2013, Alfred State executed campus-wide drills that included both Alfred and Wellsville campuses actively using shelter-in-place procedures, using/testing the siren, and using/testing SUNY Emergency Alert. During all drills (2011, 2012, 2013), University Police utilized a staff member dressed in a padded self-defense suit to simulate a threat and randomly attempt to enter the academic environment to test the community’s understanding of campus procedures.

Missing Student Notification

A student believed to be missing should be reported to University Police Department at (607) 587-3999 or by dialing 911. Although federal law requires action once a student is missing over 24-hours, New York State Law and department policy trigger action immediately (prior to 24-hours) once credible concern is raised about a potential missing student.

Each student living in an on-campus student housing facility has the option of registering a confidential contact person to be notified in case the student is determined to be missing; only authorized campus personnel and law enforcement officials will have access to this information.

For any reported missing student, the University Police Department will also notify the Alfred Police Department and/or other police agencies to coordinate efforts in locating the missing student.

For any missing student under the age of 18 who is not emancipated, the report will also trigger a notification to the parent(s) or guardian(s).

Missing student reports are required to be filed with the University Police Department or local law enforcement agency that shares jurisdiction. It is the policy of the Alfred State University Police to comply with the NYS Campus Safety Act of 1999. In doing so, University Police must conduct a swift and thorough investigation for any report of a missing college student. This investigation must include continued consultation with family members regarding the status of the case.

University Police employs the following procedures any time a student is reported missing:

  • The responding police officer assesses situation based on his or her initial observations and findings.
  • If abduction has occurred, a thorough and aggressive investigation commences immediately. This involves obtaining assistance from several other regional agencies and ensuring that efforts are well coordinated.
  • If abduction is not suspected, officers can take appropriate action to resolve the matter.
  • The initial assessment of a missing student cases includes a host of considerations that are investigated such as the presence of witnesses, whether the student is despondent or mentally/physically disabled, has experienced academic/personal/financial problems, has disappeared before, has a known drug and/or alcohol problem, has received any threats or warnings, has a unique or unusual lifestyle, has a criminal record, has left a note, or whether there have been similar incidents been reported within the area (e.g., attempted abductions, prowlers, suspicious persons).
  • The responding officer, after assessing the initial report details, determines what level of response will be required. If the chance exists that the case is a missing student case (or missing child case), the responding officer will contact a supervisor immediately.
  • University Police will contact college administration to alert them to the case as needed, in accordance with the college emergency management plan, in order to make notification and preparation for appropriate media releases.

Daily Crime Log

The University Police maintain a daily log of crimes and incidents that occur on campus that is available for the public to view. This information is recorded by date, time and general location, and disposition of the complaint. This daily log is available at the University Police Department on the Alfred campus, TG House. Please note that entries or updates are made within two business days after the event occurs. Incidents or situations deemed to pose a threat to the campus community are logged and posted for public review as soon as possible. The crime log on the Alfred campus will maintain information about both campuses (Alfred and Wellsville).

While most events are logged, the office of the Chief of Police may determine that an incident be classified as "confidential" in order not to jeopardize a criminal investigation or the identity of a victim – consistent with reporting guidelines.

Crime Prevention and Security Awareness Activities

Members of the campus community are urged to secure their valuables and be aware of their surroundings. To assist in this endeavor, University Police staff, Residential Life staff, and Health and Wellness Services staff conduct educational programs on both the Alfred and Wellsville campuses. A variety of topics are available. Information on safety and security is provided upon request to students and employees via seminars, videos, crime alerts, posters, brochures and college publications.

During orientation, programs are presented to the students of both campuses which address sexual assault, fire safety, hate/bias related crimes, substance abuse, domestic violence/stalking, and other personal safety topics. Students are also informed of the personal safety services available on campus, such as the Student Safety Service (safety escorts), Alfred State Transport Team (medical transportation), and mental health services.

Policy on Alcohol

College policy permits the use of alcohol in moderation for those of state-mandated legal age, but denounces excessive consumption. Those who drink must remain in control of their behavior; they shall be responsible for their actions and respect the rights of others. Promotions which encourage consumption of alcohol are prohibited.

The use, or non-use, of alcohol should be decided by each individual; the college shall ensure practices and procedures that respect the decisions of those who choose to abstain. The college shall stress the importance of moderation for those who choose to use alcohol, and college regulations shall be structured to provide guidelines and controls designed to prevent consumption.

There are minimum sanctions and special conditions that have identified by the college that must be imposed for first offenses and repeat offenders. In order to maintain consistency, hearing bodies are not permitted to deter from these minimum sanctions. Repeat offenders, regardless of the nature of the incident, are eligible to be suspended from the college.

The full policy is viewable at: https://my.alfredstate.edu/student-affairs/college-policy-on-alcohol-substance-abuse (password required).

Policy on Drugs

The illegal possession and/or use of marijuana, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogenic compounds, narcotics and other controlled substances is in violation of state and federal law. University Police will enforce these statutes aggressively.

The use and possession of marijuana and/or drugs may have disrupting consequences that interfere with the educational mission and general welfare of the college community. Because of the potential danger of un-prescribed drugs, narcotics, inhalants, balloons, marijuana, hallucinogenic substances, "club drugs", or any medication used for purposes other than the manufacturer's intended use, Alfred State prohibits the use, possession, distribution, or sale of: marijuana, inhalants, un-prescribed drugs, hallucinogenic substances, narcotics, "club drugs", or any medication used for purposes other than the manufacturer's intended use. When the college is notified of student misconduct in regard to drug use or sale off-campus, it may also choose to hold the student accountable through the campus disciplinary process.

There are minimum sanctions and special conditions that have identified by the college that must be imposed for first offenses and repeat offenders. In order to maintain consistency, hearing bodies are not permitted to deter from these minimum sanctions. Repeat offenders are eligible for suspension from the college.

Members of the campus community in need of assistance with respect to a question or personal problem regarding alcohol or other drugs should contact Counseling Services, located in the Hunter Student Development Center, extension 4050. Assistance can also be obtained from Health Services, located in Parish Hall, extension 4200. The Wellsville campus Health Center can be reached at (607) 587-3140. The full policy is viewable at: https://my.alfredstate.edu/student-affairs/college-policy-on-alcohol-substance-abuse (password required).

Alcohol and Substance Prevention Programs

The college has developed programs to prevent and educate students about the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. The programs include dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals, and college disciplinary hearings. The following list identifies some of those programs:

  • Signals - the Signals program requires post-incident student assessments regarding substance abuse and as a result of that assessment, assigns the student to the correct level of intervention. There are three levels, the Green level for low to moderate risk students, the Yellow level, for moderate risk students and the Red level for high risk students.
  • Recurring and ongoing programming - events may include educational programming during National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (December), Sexual Responsibility Week (February), National Collegiate Health and Wellness Week, Safe Spring Break (March) that includes education on alcohol safety tips and alcohol responsibility, and observance and programming during April for Alcohol Awareness Month. Other activities include education on alcohol to include speakers brought on campus for alcohol related issues.
  • Alcohol prevention for Alfred State consists of on-going everyday programming such as residence hall educational programs where staff from Health and Wellness Services provide alcohol education to residents. Alfred State’s written Biennial Review contains even more detail about our education efforts.

Weapons on Campus

Firearms, ammunition, knives, and dangerous weapons are not allowed at Alfred State at any time. This regulation is in compliance with NYS Law, covered under Section 265 of the Penal Law and regulations passed by the NYS Legislature. Firearms include, but are not limited to, any pistol, revolver, shotgun, or rifle. Knives and dangerous weapons include, but are not limited to, illegal knives, num-chuks, stun-guns, and billy clubs. No more than two pocket knives, (not exceeding a three inch blade), are permitted; however, these may be confiscated by authorized college officials if deemed necessary.

The college also considers air guns, paintball guns, B-B guns, and sling shots to be dangerous, and they are prohibited. This article is inclusive of all instruments banned under Sections 265 of the NYS Penal Law. Offenders will be subject to campus disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution and liable to civil prosecution.

Health and Safety

The Director of Facilities Services, Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, and Fire & Life Safety Manager along with other Facilities Services Department members maintain the campus buildings and grounds with a concern for safety. Facilities staff inspects campus facilities regularly, promptly makes repairs affecting safety and security, and responds immediately to reports of potential safety and security hazards, such as broken windows and locks. If you have concerns about the physical safety of campus buildings and grounds, call the Facilities Services Department, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at extension 4755. For emergencies that occur during non-business hours, call the University Police Department.

The Alfred State walkways and parking areas are under lighting. This includes lighting on buildings, in parking lot areas, and around areas with landscaping and trees. In addition to telephone availability in each student's room, there are several outdoor blue-light emergency telephones strategically located throughout the main campus that ring directly into the University Police Department.

The college also maintains the Campus Safety Advisory Committee, which reviews safety issues on both the Alfred and Wellsville campuses.

Relationships With Other Police Departments

Alfred State has a close working relationship with area law enforcement agencies that monitor and record criminal activities and incidents at off-campus locations of officially recognized student organizations. The University Police Department, through frequent contact and requests made through the Freedom of Information Act, accesses activity at off-campus facilities occupied by students and responded to by the Alfred Police Department. The New York State Police and Wellsville Police also share information about reports involving Alfred State students. Students involved in off-campus situations involving serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct including alcohol/drug offenses or other criminal activities may be referred to the campus judicial system. The University Police Department has a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Alfred Police Department. The Alfred Police Department provides crime statistics for public property or non-campus buildings to be included in the statistical reporting later in this report. On the Wellsville campus, the Wellsville Police Department and New York State Police are contacted with written requests for crime statistics.

Preparation and Disclosure of Campus Crime Statistics

The University Police Department prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.

This report is compared after data is requested from the University Police Department from offices including judicial affairs, residential life, local police agencies, distant police agencies if Alfred State sponsors a trip of significant length, and those categorized as Campus Security Authorities.

When disclosing the statistics, four categories are used: on campus, in residence halls, non-campus buildings and property, and public property.

Reported offenses listed “on-campus” include all offenses reported on campus property and in campus buildings (and will include those also listed in residence halls).

Reported offenses listed in “residence halls” include all offenses occurring in college-owned or controlled residence halls.

Reported offenses listed as "non-campus buildings or property" include properties owned or controlled by recognized student organizations or the college. Examples include an off campus fraternity house or a classroom used exclusively by Alfred State during certain times at an off campus facility. Also included could be portions of a hotel used by Alfred State for a trip of significant length (even overseas).

Reported offenses listed as "public property" includes property such as thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks immediately adjacent to the campuses. This is essentially a “sidewalk, street, sidewalk” distance from our boundary.

This section on campus crime statistics also includes arrests and disciplinary referrals made to campus authorities for alcohol, drugs, and weapons possession. A disciplinary referral is any instance when a student is formally reported in writing to a university official for possible sanction for a reportable category.

Each year, an email notification is sent to all faculty/staff and students that provides the website link to access this report. A printed copy of this report may also be obtained at the University Police Department, located at the TG House on Lower College Drive or by calling (607) 587-3992. Prospective employees may obtain a copy of this report from the link provided on the Human Resources website or by requesting one from their office.

Hate Crimes

As required by the Campus Safety Act, the 2011 Handbook, and the amendments of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act, Alfred State is required to report hate crimes as part of this summary. For this reporting, a hate crime occurs when a person is victimized intentionally because of his or her actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, gender identity (added 2013), or national origin (added 2013). The hate crimes presented for this report are related to those reportable offenses that appear in the tables (later in the report) or where the victim was bodily injured. In addition, larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and vandalism-destruction of property offenses will be reported if they can be classified as hate crimes. The crimes presented are based on reports filed with the following offices: University Police, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Judicial Affairs, and accounts reported by Campus Security Authorities. Formal requests for hate crime statistics for areas defined as "public property and "non-campus buildings" and property were made with appropriate external police agencies (i.e., Alfred Police Department). The definitions of these offenses, are defined in the "Uniform Crime Report" and the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act."

Security in Residence Halls

The Office of Residential Services and University Police are committed to providing a safe environment in the residence halls. Students are made aware of safety concerns as well as tips on crime prevention through brochures, pamphlets, floor meetings, and presentations. While there are many safeguards in place for residence hall students, each student must do his/her part by adhering to the safety related policies and procedures. A Residence Director (RD) supervises each of the residence halls.

The Residence Director (RD) is a professional staff person who lives and works in the residence hall. On almost every floor, there are also Resident Assistants (RA); an RA is a student who has received extensive training in many different aspects of residence hall living. The Residence Directors and Resident Assistants undergo training in enforcing residence hall safety and security policies as well as being aware of potential safety hazards and concerns. Each residence hall has a Resident Assistant on duty during the night-time hours and one Residence Hall Director serves as rotating Residence Director on Duty (RDOD) for the entire campus.

All residence hall students are issued an outside door key to the main entrance of their residence hall and a key to their room. The college's residence halls are locked at all times. Door guards, when on duty, check students' IDs and register guests and visitors entering the residence hall with their host/hostess. They also report any unusual circumstances or situations in the residence hall. Although the campus is a safe place to live, there is always the potential for crime.

Residence hall students should not be lulled into a false sense of security. They need to be aware of their environment and the possible consequences of their behavior. Alfred State is committed to maintaining an environment in which students, faculty, staff, and guests can work together free from all forms of harassment, exploitation and intimidation. Alfred State will act as needed to discourage, prevent, correct and if necessary discipline behavior that violates this standard of conduct. The University Police Department will promptly investigate allegations of unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, or marital status. Allegations of unlawful discrimination can first be discussed with Counseling Services, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, or the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Alfred State educates the student community (both Alfred and Wellsville campuses) about sexual assaults. University Police personnel and Health and Wellness Services staff offer sexual assault programming on request. Survivors of a sex offense will be informed of their options to notify University Police, Alfred Village Police, and/or New York State Police and will be assisted by college personnel if desired.

If you are the survivor of a sexual assault at Alfred State, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain the necessary medical treatment. The University Police Department strongly advocates that a survivor of a sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. You can call 3999 to speak to University Police staff member 24-hours a day. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. Notifying University Police will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. The college's Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures contain a wealth of information about what will occur when a report of sexual misconduct is received.

An electronic version of the college's Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures can be found at: https://my.alfredstate.edu/student-affairs/sexual-misconduct-policies-and-procedures (password required). Paper copies are also available upon request by visiting the University Police Department or Office of Judicial Affairs.

View information about the college’s Sexual Assault Response Team online.

Allegations of sexual assault or rape occurring off campus should be reported to a police department having jurisdiction where the offense occurred. University Police can assist in determining the police agency that would have jurisdiction and facilitate contact with that agency. Telephone numbers, which include the numbers of Alfred State's Health and Wellness Services along with other regional resources, are listed as part of this report for your convenience. Efforts will be made to ensure the confidentiality of all reports, except as necessary and required to investigate the alleged offenses. College authorities may issue a safety alert to those areas of the college community affected by the crime. The issuance of this alert will depend on the particular circumstances of the crime. Victims can provide information to the University Police Department and choose criminal prosecution and/or a referral to the on-campus discipline system or to report the incident without seeking prosecution. Incidents of sexual assault may also be reported to the college's Health and Wellness Services. Many questions and answers about victims' rights for sexual assault are found in the policy (see link above) and Code of Conduct. Survivors of sex crimes should contact the University Police at extension 3999 or Counseling Services at extension 4050 for additional information.

The college will change a victim’s academic and living arrangements after an alleged violation of the sexual misconduct policy if those changes are requested by the survivor and are reasonably available. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding. Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding that is brought alleging a sex offense. The range of college disciplinary sanctions for violating the college’s sexual misconduct policies includes Disciplinary Probation, Disciplinary Suspension, or Disciplinary Expulsion.

Statement of Victims' Rights
It is the goal of Alfred State to ensure that students alleging sexual misconduct have access to needed resources, services, and information including:

  • The right to be treated with respect by college officials;
  • The right not to be discouraged by the college officials from reporting a sexual misconduct offense;
  • The right to a college "No Contact" condition (for student victims) against another student who has engaged in or threatens to engage in stalking, threatening, harassing or other improper behavior that presents a danger to the welfare of the complaining student or others;
  • The right to have complaints of sexual assault responded to quickly and with sensitivity by University Police.
  • The right to be informed of their options to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police, and the option to be assisted by Advocates (for Alfred State students), if the student so chooses. This also includes their right not to report, if this is the victim's desire;
  • The right to be notified of available medical services, counseling, mental health or student services for victims of sexual assault, both at the college and in the community;
  • The right to notification of and options for, and available assistance in, changing academic and living (campus residential) situations after an alleged sexual assault incident, if so requested by the victim and if such changes are reasonably available (no disciplinary charges or investigation, college or criminal, need occur before this option is available);
  • The right to be accompanied by another member of the college community (defined as a faculty or staff member of the college community) to serve as "adviser." The adviser is permitted to advise the student charged in the organization of their thoughts and presentation of materials and can advise the student directly in the hearing. (Advisers may not address the hearing board or any other individuals providing testimony and may not respond to any questions for the respondent. Advisers may be present at hearings only. Members of the press and attorneys are prohibited from serving as advisers during a sexual misconduct disciplinary hearing);
  • The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted in a college hearing;
  • The right to review all written statements regarding any discussion that will be presented following at an initial conference (and prior to the disciplinary hearing);
  • Ask questions of the hearing board and via the hearing board indirectly request responses from the complainant and any other witnesses present;
  • The right to make an impact statement to the hearing panel at the conclusion of the disciplinary hearing:
  • The right to submit a written victim-impact statement to the hearing panel prior to the panel rendering a final decision;
  • The right to be informed of the outcome and any sanctions imposed from a disciplinary hearing involving sexual misconduct;

The victim does not have a right to appeal the final decision rendered by the disciplinary hearing panel. Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary hearing. The accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding alleging a sex offense.

Sex Offender Community Notification

Consistent with Federal law (Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000) and New York State's amendment (2002) to Megan's Law, "the names and other relevant data related to registered sex offenders who are employed by, enrolled at or attending the college is available through the office of the Alfred State University Police, TG House. The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) provides this information to the college. The information can be viewed by stopping in and requesting such information at the University Police Department.

Offense Definitions

The definitions for murder, robbery, assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, weapon law violations, drug abuse violations and liquor law violations are excerpted from the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook. The definitions of forcible and non-forcible sex offenses are excerpted from the national incident-based reporting edition of the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook.

  • 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 of use of force.
  • Assault - An unlawful attack by one person upon another for inflicting personal injury and cause physical injury. It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.
  • Burglary - The unlawful entry into a structure to commit a felony or theft. For reporting purposes, this definition includes only incidents that included (1) unlawful entry (2) within a structure with (3) intent to commit a felony or theft.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
  • Weapon Law Violations - The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing weapons to others; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. This includes dangerous instruments in the college's reports.
  • Drug Abuse Violations - Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs, controlled substances, marijuana and other chemical or organic substances. The relevant substances include opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroine, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadone); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
  • Liquor Law Violations - The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of any alcoholic beverage; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of alcohol; open containers and drinking of alcoholic beverages in a public place; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. (Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.)
  • Sex Offenses (Forcible)- Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
  1. Forcible Rape - New York State defines rape to be sexual intercourse including any penetration. The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth).
  2. Forcible Sodomy - Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
  3. 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, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable or giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
  4. Forcible Fondling - The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or, not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
  • Sex Offenses (Non-forcible)
    1. Incest - Non forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
    2. Statutory Rape - Non forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

Definitions that were added or changed as of 1999:

  • 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, personal property of another, etc.
  • Manslaughter by Negligence Criminal Homicide - The killing of another person through gross negligence.
  • Criminal Homicide, Murder and Non Negligent Manslaughter - The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

Alfred State Personal Safety Resources
The following listing of campus, community and regional resources is provided for the information of all members of Alfred State.

To report a crime:

DepartmentTypePhone Number
Alfred State University PoliceEmergency:911
 Non-emergency:(607) 587-3999
Village of Alfred Police (607) 587-8877
Allegany County Sheriff's Department (585) 268-9201
New York State Police (585) 268-9030

To obtain assistance:

DepartmentHours or
Location
Phone Number
Alfred State Health and Wellness Services (607) 587-4200
Alfred State Student Affairs (607) 587-3911
Alfred State University Police (607) 587-3999
Allegany County Family Violence Task Force (585) 593-5322
Allegany County Crisis Intervention Services (585) 593-5706
Allegany/Cattaraugus County Rape Crisis Services24-hour services:(716) 945-3970
 Wellsville Office:(585) 593-4685
 Salamanca Office:(716) 945-1041
Steuben County Rape Crisis of the Southern Tier (888) 810-0093
Steuben County - The NET-Domestic Violence (800) 286-3407
Steuben County Helpline Information and Referral (800) 346-2211

Campus Crime Statistics - Main Campus
As defined by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, the crime and referral statistics gathered for this report are based on information obtained from the following offices: University Police, Judicial Affairs, those listed as Campus Security Authorities, and local police agencies. For further information on this data collection, please contact the University Police Department at (607) 587-3992.

CategoryVenue201020112012
MurderOn Campus1000
 In residence halls000
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total000
     
ManslaughterOn Campus1000
 In residence halls000
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total000
     
Sex Offenses-On Campus1000
Non-ForcibleIn residence halls000
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total000
     
Sex Offenses-On Campus1262
ForcibleIn residence halls162
 In or on a non-campus building/property011
 On public property000
 Total272
     
RobberyOn Campus1110
 In residence halls100
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total110
     
AssaultOn Campus1676
 In residence halls124
 In or on a non-campus building/property010
 On public property000
 Total686
     
BurglaryOn Campus110147
 In residence halls10127
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total10147
     
ArsonOn Campus1010
 In residence halls000
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total011
     
Motor Vehicle TheftOn Campus1000
 In residence halls000
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total000
     
Liquor Law On Campus1250196222
Violations - ReferralsIn residence halls242192168
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property200
 Total250196222
     
Liquor Law On Campus1568031
Violations - ArrestsIn residence halls91715
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property100
 Total578031
     
Drug Related On Campus1405117
Violations - ReferralsIn residence halls284717
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total405117
     
Drug Related On Campus165126100
Violations - ArrestsIn residence halls389860
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property100
 Total66126100
     
Weapons Possession -On Campus1022
ReferralsIn residence halls021
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total022
     
Weapons Possession -On Campus1120
ArrestsIn residence halls120
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total120
     
Hate Crime -On Campus1000
Larceny/TheftIn residence halls000
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total000
     
Hate Crime -On Campus1100
Vandalism/In residence halls100
DestructionIn or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total100
     
Hate Crime -On Campus1001
Simple AssaultIn residence halls000
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total001
     
Hate Crime -On Campus1000
IntimidationIn residence halls000
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total000
     
Hate Crime -On Campus1000
Other OffensesIn residence halls000
 In or on a non-campus building/property000
 On public property000
 Total000

1 This category includes all on-campus incidents including those listed "In residence halls."

Campus Crime Statistics - Wellsville Campus
Because of the limited number of reportable offenses occurring on the Wellsville Campus, each offense will be listed instead of being displayed in tabular format. As defined by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, the crime and referral statistics gathered for this report are based on information obtained from the following offices: University Police, Student Life (campus judicial), and all those listed as Campus Security Authorities. For further information on this data collection, please contact the University Police Department at (607) 587-3992.

2012

Incident #17781 – Burglary (on campus)
Incident #17818 – Drug Arrest (on campus)
Incident #18265 – Drug Arrest (on campus)

2011

Incident #16973 – Assault (on campus)
Incident #17122 – Motor Vehicle Theft (on campus)

2010

Incident #15981 – Burglary (on campus)
Incident #16602 – Drug Arrest (on campus)

Campus Fire Safety

Alfred State’s “fire log” is maintained and available by contacting University Police. The following chart is a compilation of fires that occurred in campus residence halls during 2010-12. Note that cases of arson would also be reported in the crime section of the Annual Security Report. Also note that a “fire” is classified as “any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.”

2012

There were no reported fires in any residence hall during calendar year 2012.

2011

LocationDateType/CauseNumber of
related
injuries
Related
deaths
Property
damaged
Value of
damaged
property
Report #
Mackenzie West
Exit West Cafe
9/7Grease fire
from cooking
00No$0#17353
Townhouse 1 

Box left on
top of stove

00No$0#17443

2010

LocationDateType/CauseNumber of
related
injuries
Related
deaths
Property
damaged
Value of
damaged
property
Report #
MacKenzie South9/18Grease fire
from cooking
00No$0#16425

For the safety of all residents, use and/or possession of these items will NOT be allowed in any of the student rooms or public areas within the residence halls:

  • Microwaves
  • Air conditioners (either floor or window models)
  • Electric, propane, or kerosene space heaters
  • Foreman Grills® or any open-element cooking appliance
  • Toasters, ovens, toaster ovens, hot plates
  • Incense or plug-in air fresheners
  • Candles and candle warmers
  • Sun lamps or any lamps with plastic shades, i.e., “octopus” lights
  • Decorative lighting including holiday lighting, rope lights
  • Refrigerators exceeding 5 cubic feet
  • Extension cords
  • Potpourri pots
  • Electric coils
  • Lava lamp, halogen, or other high-intensity lamps
  • Electric blankets
  • Electric percolators and drip coffee makers
  • Propane gas, gasoline, charcoal starter
  • Dart boards, blow darts, or similar projectiles
  • Water beds, hammocks, sleeping devices not provided by the college
  • Cargo netting, draperies, flags, or other items that present a fire hazard
  • TV antennas or satellite dishes on the roof or outside of windows
  • Items suspended from the ceiling or ceiling and sidewalls
  • Lines or cables through windows, doors, or conduits
  • Lighted or unlighted holiday trees or wreathes
  • Any item that impedes entrance or egress from a room
  • Firearms (including BB, pellet, and paintball), weapons, ammunition
  • Firecrackers, explosives
  • Combustible fuel, insecticide, solvents, or any other type of flammable liquids

College officials may confiscate any item that presents a danger to staff or residents. Return of seized items is at the discretion of the Residence Director. Items removed due to confiscation that are lost or stolen will not be replaced and items not retrieved by the conclusion of the academic year will be discarded with no liability for loss by the college.

Safe Conditions: No person shall create a safety or fire hazard in any residence hall. Examples of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited to:

  • Positioning items in a way that blocks entrance to or exit from a room, lounge, window, or hallway
  • Excessive accumulation of soiled personal effects, garbage, or filth in rooms, lounges, or public areas
  • Smoking either inside or within 25 feet of the residence halls.
  • Fire code door decoration requirements: no decoration is permitted to be hung if it requires penetrating the door in order to hang the object. Door decorations are limited to 10% of the door surface area.

Residents MAY possess and use:

  • Cool air humidifiers
  • Automatic shut-off coffee makers
  • Hot-air popcorn makers
  • Two refrigerators are permitted in each room (must be UL-approved with three pronged plug)

Fire Safety Systems in Student Housing Facilities

BuildingImmediate
Evacuation
Area
Detection
Type
Sprinkler or
Suppression
Y/N
Fire
Alarm
Sound
Strobe
Lights
Y/N
Pull Stations
Y/N
Type of Alarm System
Braddon HallEast side of CDH- between Burdick & CDHSmoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYSimplex
Burdick HallWest side of CDH, near Gathering PlaceSmoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYSimplex
Getman HallPioneer LoungeSmoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYNotifier
Peet HallParking lot across from EJ BrownSmoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYNotifier
R/C HallPioneer LoungeSmoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYNotifier
Shults HallParking lot across street (from main front doors)Smoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYSimplex
Townhouse 1Pioneer LoungeSmoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYNotifier
Townhouse 2Pioneer LoungeSmoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYNotifier
Townhouse 3Pioneer LoungeSmoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYNotifier
Townhouse 4Pioneer LoungeSmoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYNotifier
Townhouse 5Pioneer LoungeSmoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYNotifier
Townhouse 6Pioneer LoungeSmoke/heatY-sprinklerY- hornYYNotifier
Main Gate APioneer LoungeSmoke/heatN (Y in trash closets)Y- hornYYSimplex
Main Gate BPioneer LoungeSmoke/heatN (Y in trash closets)Y- hornYYSimplex
MacKenzie NorthGrassy hill between West and NorthSmoke/heatNY- hornYYNotifier
MacKenzie SouthAt the blue light near Engineering TechnologySmoke/heatNY- hornYYNotifier
MacKenzie EastAt the blue light near Engineering TechnologySmoke/heatNY- hornYYSimplex
MacKenzie WestOn the lawn near Facilities ServicesSmoke/heatNY- hornYYSimplex

As residence halls are rehabilitated, special attention is given to fire safety systems. During the summer of 2012, Main Gate A added sprinkler systems.

All fires need to be reported to the County 911 Center or University Police (607) 587-3999 (note that dialing 911 from a campus phone will ring into University Police).

Environmental Health & Safety – including the position of Manager of Fire & Life Safety (Facilities Services) is responsible for:

  1. Reviewing and updating the fire safety standards;
  2. Evaluating the standards’ effectiveness;
  3. Providing or coordinating emergency training to the campus community on the topics of both fire safety and building evacuations, including emergency assemble areas (for residence halls, this is done in conjunction with Residential Life);
  4. Providing information about this standard and specific responsibilities to employees;
  5. Responding to or assisting with other campus emergencies.

Supervisors are responsible for:

  1. Assisting with efforts to provide training to employees.

Students are responsible for:

  1. Reporting fires and other emergencies;
  2. Correcting or reporting unsafe conditions;
  3. Observing evacuation procedures and protocol for other campus emergencies.

University Police are responsible for:

  1. Assisting with fire drills and emergency evacuations;
  2. Reporting fires and emergencies to the appropriate agencies;
  3. Responding to or assisting with other campus emergencies.

Visitors are responsible for:

  1. Observing evacuation procedures and protocol for other campus emergencies.

Employees are responsible for:

  1. Reporting fires and other emergencies;
  2. Correcting or reporting unsafe conditions;
  3. Observing evacuation procedures and protocol for other campus emergencies.

In 2012, a total of 66 fire drills were completed.

Evacuation procedures are posted in each building. In all buildings, the general procedure is to get out of the building and move to the designated immediate evacuation area. Procedures are in place for evacuating students with disabilities and are communicated to the students as needed. In the residence halls, students are expected to leave the facility immediately after the fire alarm is activated. They are instructed to not use elevators. Staff members are expected to leave at the time of an alarm and make cursory checks of floors and wings as they progress downward to the main floor of a hall. Staff members report to University Police and the local fire department any special needs or issues they observe while evacuating the facility. Once the facility is deemed safe, staff members check rooms to verify that evacuation protocol has been observed by students. Specific evacuation procedures and staff responses are outlined in the Residence Life and Housing manual.

Fire Safety Education and Training

All faculty, staff, and students are expected to familiarize themselves with the evacuation plan for the buildings in which they occupy including the identified immediate evacuation area. Evacuation routes are posted in the hallways on every floor. In the residence halls, students are instructed at the opening meeting and other floor/wing meetings on evacuation procedures. Programs are also presented in residence halls on various safety issues including fire safety. Students are reminded about fire evacuation procedures during all hall meetings, floor meetings, or after problems occur during fire drills and accidental activations of the alarm.

The resident assistant (RA) on duty completes rounds that include checking fire extinguishers (gauges, missing tags), and complete Work Order Requests for any issues. In addition, cleaning staff also check and submit Work Order Requests for extinguishers that need replacement. The Manager of Fire and Life Safety conducts periodic inspections of exit signs, detectors, doors, and pull stations within the residence halls. Work Requests are subsequently submitted to address items that require corrective action. Additionally, student rooms are thoroughly inspected during Thanksgiving, winter, spring breaks, and during the annual state fire inspection conducted by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Incidentals such as misuse of extension cords, candles, and small appliances are scrutinized. Any “illegal” item found during an inspection is confiscated and, in some instances, students may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs.

Employees of Residential Life (Residence Directors and paraprofessional Residential Assistants) receive fire safety / emergency training annually. Employees will also receive training when policy or procedures relating to fire safety change. This training will include: protocol for reporting fires, procedures for evacuating a building, and how to respond to other emergencies. Students will receive this training during the beginning of the fall semester or orientation sessions.

Copies of the Alfred State Fire Safety Report are available through University Police.

Specific policies are cited on the following pages:

College Policies (cited)

Relevant sections from Student Code of Conduct:
  • 7.1 a. Candles: Burning of candles and incense is not permitted in the residence halls. Range of Sanctions: Statement of Concern to Disciplinary Probation
  • 7.1 b. Tampering with fire equipment: Tampering with fire alarms, emergency blue lights, extinguishers, pull stations, smoke/heat sensors, and any other safety devices is prohibited. Range of Sanctions: Disciplinary Probation to Disciplinary Expulsion
  • 7.1 c. Any item hung from doorways and/or windows that impedes an individual’s (i.e., emergency personnel) exit is prohibited. In addition, not more than 10% of any door surface or wall space may be covered by posters, decorations, or any other items. Range of Sanctions: Statement of Concern to Disciplinary Probation
  • 7.1 d. Interfering with emergency operations, such as police, fire, or ambulance personnel in the course of their official duties is prohibited. Range of Sanctions: Disciplinary Warning to Disciplinary Suspension Information: Violation of this regulation is also a violation of the NYS Penal Law and may be criminally charged.
  • 7.1 e. Electrical appliances other than those authorized by Residential Life are prohibited in residence halls (e.g., toaster ovens, microwave ovens, extension cords of any type, any cooking equipment {with exception of hot pots, coffee makers, and hot air popcorn poppers), hot plates, or anything with an open or exposed heating element, amplifiers, or an excessive number of speakers, and air conditioners) Range of Sanctions: Statement of Concern to Disciplinary Probation Information: Cooking is permitted in the Townhouse Complex with exception of the use of any appliance with any open or exposed heating element.
  • 7.1 f. Failure to comply with College requirements regarding evacuation of buildings during an alarm or fire drill is prohibited. Range of Sanctions: Statement of Concern to Disciplinary Probation (i.e., denial of campus residency may be an appropriate special condition depending on the circumstances involved)
  • 7.1 g. The propping of any fire or exterior door (with any object including a fire extinguisher) is prohibited. Range of Sanctions: Statement of Concern to Disciplinary Probation
Relevant sections from License for Residence:

APPLIANCES: The following student-owned electrical appliances are prohibited from use in student rooms or public areas: microwaves, air conditioners, space heaters, Foreman Grills®, or rice cookers, any open-element cooking appliance including toasters, ovens, hot plates, etc. Residents may use coffee makers and hot-air popcorn makers. College officials may confiscate any item that presents a danger to staff or residents, or which according to campus policy is designated as contraband. Return of seized items is at the discretion of the Residence Director. Items removed due to confiscation that are lost or stolen will not be replaced.

SAFE CONDITIONS: No person shall create a safety or health hazard in any residence hall. Examples of prohibited behavior or items include, but are not limited to:

  • No items may be positioned to block entrance to or exit from a room, lounge, window, or hallway
  • Excessive accumulation of soiled personal effects, garbage, or filth in rooms, lounges, or public areas
  • Fires, candles, candle warmers, incense, plug-in air fresheners, or other flammable materials
  • Decorative lighting, holiday lighting, rope lights, lava lamps, halogen, or other high-intensity lamps
  • Propane gas, gasoline, charcoal starter, or any other combustible fuel, insecticide, or other solvents
  • Dart boards, blow darts, or similar projectiles
  • Water beds, hammocks, or other sleeping devices not provided by the college
  • Cargo netting, draperies, flags, or other items that impede access or exit
  • TV antennas or satellite dishes on the roof or outside of windows
  • Items suspended from the ceiling or ceiling and sidewalls
  • Lines or cables through windows, doors, or conduits
  • Objects thrown or pushed from windows
  • Lighted or unlighted holiday trees or wreathes
  • Any item that impedes entrance or egress from a room, including but not limited to, tapestries, furniture, draperies
  • Additional items noted by Residential Life, other Residential Life publications, or the Student Code of Conduct

FIRE SAFETY: No person shall refuse to observe any safety regulations or procedures, nor refuse to evacuate a facility during a real or apparent emergency situation. Fire safety and/or campus personnel may enter rooms during fire alarms to ensure compliance with evacuation procedures. No person shall tamper with or otherwise misuse fire-fighting equipment including, but not limited to, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, pull stations, heat and smoke detectors, alarm bells, and exit signs. Tampering with fire safety equipment could result in campus and civil sanctions. The college allows only surge protector multiple outlet units. Extension cords are not permitted in student rooms. Not more than 10% of any door surface or wall space may be covered by posters, decorations, or any other items.