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Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

2015

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.

In March of 2013 the Violence Against Women Reauthorization act of 2013 (VAWA) (Public Law 113-14) was signed into law. VAWA included changes to the Clery Act. These changes required institutions to disclose statistics, policies and programs related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, among other changes.

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 Chief of University Police in consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs. Any questions regarding this report should be directed to University Police at 607-587-3992.

General Information

In 2015, approximately 3698 undergraduates were enrolled at Alfred State. Approximately 2,372 students resided in 18 residence halls on the campus. Of the undergraduate student population, approximately 711 attended the Wellsville campus during the day, a separate campus for the purposes of this report.

In 2015, the college employed approximately 169 full-time teaching faculty, 355 professional staff, and 55 part-time faculty. Of these, approximately 49 faculty and 18 professional staff were assigned to the Wellsville 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, security and law enforcement issues are coordinated by the University Police Department, which has a sworn police force of New York State certified police officers with full arrest authority. The University Police Department became accredited by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in June, 2012. According to DCJS, this accredited status is enjoyed by approximately 28% of police departments state-wide. As a police department, patrol officers respond to all emergency calls for service. New York State University Police Officers must meet the highest standards in New York for law enforcement officers. Officers have passed the basic course for police certified by DCJS and receive regular in-service training to advance their professional development and form additional specialized areas of expertise. Officers have been trained in emergency medical procedures including, CPR/AED and Naloxone administration. Officers conduct foot, bike, UTV 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, learning, 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 reported occurring on property owned by the college fall under the jurisdiction of the University Police Department.

The University Police Department works closely with the Alfred Village Police Department, the Wellsville Village Police Department, the Allegany County Sheriff's Department, and the New York State Police who assist 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) and routinely utilize it.

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 for inclusion in the Annual Security Report. 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 9-1-1 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 handles sexual assault cases and works with the Title IX office for victims who seek criminal charges. In cooperation with the Title IX office, UPD 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
  • Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs – 607-587-4074 
  • Associate Dean of Judicial Affairs – 607-587-4065
  • Dean, Director od Wellsville Campus – 607-587-3101
  • Health & Wellness Services – 607-587-4200
  • Residential Services – 607-587-4326
  • Athletics Administration – 607-587-4361
  • Title IX Office in cases of sexual violence – 607-587-4076

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

Encouraging Prompt Reporting

Campus policy encourages every member of the campus community to report a crime promptly to UPD and the Alfred Police Department or the NYS Police, if applicable.

Limited Voluntary Confidential Reporting

Please note that victims and witnesses can report any Clery reportable crime or any other 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.

  • Vice President for Student Affairs – 607-587-3911
  • Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs – 607-587-3911
  • Associate Dean of Judicial Affairs – 607-587-4065
  • Dean of Wellsville Campus – 607-587-3101
  • Residential Services – 607-587-4326
  • Director of Athletics – 607-587-4361
  • Coaches of Intercollegiate Sports
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Intramural Coordinator(s)
  • Title IX Coordinator
  • Faculty or staff advisor 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. Professional 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). While the college does not employ Pastoral Counselors, the college's professional, secular 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.

Institutional Response to Reports of VAWA Crimes

The institution has programs to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. When an incident of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking is reported, the college will provide victims with written notice of available options, remedies, and services. If the accused individual is a student, the standard of evidence used in an institutional disciplinary hearing will be preponderance of the evidence.

Education Programs regarding VAWA Crimes

The college has used many all-inclusive education programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Specific programs include: the Alfred State Experience, VAWA Risk Management for Student-Athletes, VAWA and Clery Risk Management Awareness for CSA’s, Sexual Assault Target Hardening for Employees and Students, Safe Bystander Intervention for Greek Life, Social Norming – Saturation Campaign, and continued Sexual Assault Investigation for University Police. These education programs include primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees. These education programs include: a statement that these crimes are prohibited at the college; definitions of consent, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the college’s jurisdiction; safe and positive bystander intervention when there’s a risk of one of those incidents; information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and avoiding potential attacks; and information about the institutional disciplinary procedures.

Sanctions for VAWA Crimes

The institution prohibits the crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. When notified of a possible violation, the college may choose to take immediate action pending a disciplinary hearing. Such protective measure may include interim suspensions, the issuance of no-contact orders, and/or housing reassignment. Students found responsible for a VAWA violation will receive a sanction of disciplinary probation, disciplinary suspension, or disciplinary expulsion. However, the minimum sanction which may be imposed for a student found responsible for nonconsensual sexual intercourse is suspension.

  • Procedures for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking: empowering victims to re-gain control of their lives; offering victims choices of on-campus resources, off-campus resources, or some combination thereof; offering follow-up services such as safety planning, target hardening, and escorts.

Survivors/victims of these crimes will be provided written information about evidence preservation, how and to whom to report these crimes, options about involvement of law enforcement and campus authorities, and assistance in notifying law enforcement if the victim chooses, as well as the option to decline to notify law enforcement. Victims will also be provided information in writing about rights and institutional responsibilities regarding no contact orders, orders of protection, or other available applicable options.

Evidence preservation: In order to best preserve evidence, victims should avoid showering, washing, changing clothes, combing hair, drinking, eating, or doing anything to alter physical appearance until after a physical exam has been completed.

Reporting: Victims should report to the Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 409A Student Leadership Center, Alfred State, Alfred, NY 14802, phone: 607-587-4076, email: hockennr@alfredstate.edu.

Notifying Law Enforcement: Victims have the right to notify law enforcement, and the campus can assist in notifying law enforcement if victims choose. Victims may also choose to decline to notify authorities.

Procedures for institutional disciplinary procedures in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking

The institutional disciplinary procedures will provide a fair, prompt, and impartial process from investigation to final result. The investigation and any hearing will be conducted by those who receive annual training on issues related to VAWA crimes, how to conduct an investigation, and a hearing process that protects victim safety and promotes accountability. Parties are entitled to the same opportunities to have an advisor of their choice present at any hearing and related meetings. There is no limit to the choice of an advisor; however, the parties are responsible for presenting evidence on their own behalf. Advisors may speak privately to their advisee during the proceeding, and cannot present evidence or cross-question witnesses. Parties will be informed simultaneously in writing of the outcome of the process, the availability of any appeal procedures, and when the results become final after any appeals.

The avenues of redress available for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are: disciplinary warning; order of no-contact; disciplinary probation; extended probation; interim suspension; and expulsion. The preceding processes comprising campus student conduct disciplinary procedures include: a report is taken; an investigation is completed; charges are issued; an initial meeting is held; the hearing is held, and finally an appeal is available. A good faith effort will be made to conclude administrative investigations in 60 days or less. Redress may occur simultaneously through Judicial Affairs, the Title IX Coordinator, and the criminal justice system. This does not violate the Double Jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment. The standard of evidence in administrative cases is preponderance of evidence, while the standard of proof in criminal cases is beyond a reasonable doubt. Allegations of this nature against employees will be administratively adjudicated through the Office of Human Resources. The timeline of adjudication will be according to the conditions set forth in the college’s policy, and if applicable, the respective employee’s collective bargaining agreement. Employees may also face simultaneous redress through the criminal justice system. Following an allegation or report of one of these crimes, the college may offer available protective measures such as a no-contact order; alteration of living, academic, and work situations; safety planning or target hardening assistance; and police escorts. The institution may also facilitate follow-up services designed to empower victims to re-gain control of their lives: emergency contraception medications; HIV prevention medications; and STD prevention medications.

Confidentiality

Alfred State will protect a victims confidentiality while also recognizing that in some cases, the college may need to disclose some information about a victim to a third party to provide necessary accommodations or protective measures. Personally identifiable information about victims will not be included in any publicly available record-keeping, including the reporting and disclosure of crime statistics.

Written Notifications to Students, Employees & Victims of VAWA Crimes

For Students and Employees:

The college will provide written notification to students and employees about existing and available counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, and other services available in the community and on-campus to victims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

For Survivors/Victims:

The college will provide written notification to victims regarding rights and options, including: available and existing on and off-campus services such as victim advocacy, counseling, health, mental health, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance; available and applicable institutional disciplinary procedures, and an explanation of those procedures; confidentiality in protective measures and Clery reporting and disclosure; and reasonable and available options and assistance with changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to law enforcement.

The college will also provide information about these services in writing to victims of domestic violence and dating violence.

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 by University Police after consultation with the Vice President of Student Affairs. The warning will be issued through the college email Announce system and/or RAVE Emergency Alert system to students, faculty, and 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 during office hours or by calling extension 3100.

Emergency Notifications & Evacuation

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 the Allegany County 9-1-1 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 approximately 98% 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:

  • Activate the Outdoor Warning Siren(s) to prompt a shelter-in-place condition. Learn more about the outdoor warning siren system and hear an audio sample of the siren. and/or;
  • Activate the RAVE Emergency Alert system that allows the college to send subscribers a text message, a phone call, an e-mail, or fax that includes notification and instructions. The RAVE Emergency Alert is installed on all college owned computers so emergency messages will be broadcast on those computers.  The college makes available to all faculty, staff and students the program to download on their personal computers free of charge. All members of the campus community are encouraged to register through announcements sent electronically that contain the registration link. Learn more about RAVE Emergency Alert, including benefits and instructions on how to register. and/or;
  • Use the campus e-mail Announcement service (Special Announce) and/or;
  • Place the emergency information on the college’s homepage (website) under a special “Alert” icon/banner

Testing

University Police will coordinate a campus wide test of the emergency response procedures at a minimum of once annually. Alfred State executed campus-wide drills actively using shelter-in-place procedures, using/testing the siren, and using/testing RAVE Emergency Alert twice during this reporting period.  The dates of our drills were January 30th and September 3rd of 2015. University Police utilized a staff member dressed in a padded self-defense suit to simulate a threat and randomly attempt to enter the academic and/or an administrative environment to test the community’s understanding of campus procedures.

Missing Student Notification

A student believed to be missing should be reported to the 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. If a student has registered a confidential contact, that confidential contact will be notified within 24 hours of the fact their student has been reported missing.

The Clery Act only requires a missing student response for students living on campus, however, the University Police will respond to all missing student reports and notify the Alfred Police Department and/or other police agencies of the report of a missing student and 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) within 24 hours of the fact their student has been reported missing.

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 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 the 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 case 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

University Police maintains a daily crime log of crimes and incidents that occur on both the Alfred and Wellsville campuses that is available for the public to view. This information is recorded by date the crime was reported, the date and time the crime occurred, the nature of the crime, the general location of the crime, and disposition of the complaint. This daily crime log is available at the University Police Department located in the Theta Gamma House on the Alfred campus and in the "H" Building on the Wellsville Campus.

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. 

While most events are logged, 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 the staff at University Police, Residential Life, and Health and Wellness Services 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 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 does not condone enounces 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.

University Police have the authority to enforce all state and local laws that pertain to the underage possession, use, and sale of alcohol. There are minimum sanctions and special conditions that have been 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 any 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 diverge 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 Health and Wellness 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:

  • The Healthy Choices Program -– Health and Wellness Services provide an education-based program that teaches students how to make responsible decisions about alcohol and drug use. Using the SASSI (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory) Assessment and online educational programs by Third Millennium Classroom, students learn more about their likelihood of having a substance use disorder. Participants meet with a counselor from Health and Wellness Services for further discussion regarding their substance use and decision making. Though most students enter Healthy Choices when they receive disciplinary action for their drug and/or alcohol use, it is also an optional program that students can enter if they feel they would benefit from the program.
  • Recurring / Ongoing Programs -– events may include educational programs during National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (December), Sexual Responsibility Week (February), National Collegiate Health and Wellness Week, Safe Spring Break (March) that include education on alcohol safety tips and responsibility, and observance and programs during April for Alcohol Awareness Month.  Other activities 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.

Students may apply at University Police for a permit to possess archery tackle on campus. However, arrows are prohibited in all college facilities except for specially designated areas (i.e. archery ranges).

Health and Safety

The Director of Facilities Services, Environmental Health and Safety Officer, and Fire & Life Safety Coordinator 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 4750. For emergencies that occur during non-business hours, call the University Police Department who will make the appropriate notifications.

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.

Relationships With Other Police Departments

Alfred State has a close working relationship with other 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 Law, accesses activity at off-campus facilities occupied by students and responded to by the Alfred and Wellsville Police Departments and the New York State Police. All agencies 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 completed after data is requested by 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 (1) Any Building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls; and (2) Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to (paragraph 1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes.

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(1) Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (2) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution. 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" include all public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that are within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. 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 e-mail 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 Theta Gamma 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 2014 Violence Against Women Act, Alfred State is required to report hate crimes as part of this summary. For this reporting, a hate crime is defined as being a criminal offense that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator's bias against the victim. A hate crime occurs when a person is victimized intentionally because of his or her actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, or disability. 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. Throughout the year 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. Students and employees need to do their part to be responsible for their own safety and security as well as for the safety and security of others. Each residence hall is staffed by a Residence Director (RD) who 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. Resident Assistants, 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 Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion, or the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Alfred State educates the student community both on the Alfred and Wellsville campuses about sexual assaults. University Police personnel, the Title IX Office and Health & Wellness Services staff continually participate in sexual assault awareness, prevention, and response educational programming. These programs include: the Alfred State Experience, VAWA Risk Management for Student-Athletes, VAWA and Clery Risk Management Awareness for CSAs, Sexual Assault Target Hardening for Employees and Students, Safe Bystander Intervention for Greek Life, Social Norming, Saturation Campaign, and continuing Sexual Assault Investigation training for University Police.

These education programs include primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees. These education programs include: a statement that these crimes are prohibited at the college; definitions of consent, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the college’s jurisdiction; safe and positive bystander intervention when there’s a risk of one of those incidents; information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and avoiding potential attacks; and information about the institutional disciplinary procedures.

Survivors of a sex offense will be informed of their options to notify law enforcement such as the University Police, Alfred Village Police, and/or New York State Police and will be assisted by college personnel if desired.

Survivors of sexual assault should prioritize getting to a safe location. Survivors 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.

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 for the Title IX Office, 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. Survivors 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 Title IX Office and the 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 survivor'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.

Sexual Violence Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights

The State University of New York and Alfred State are committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in college/university-wide and campus programs, activities, and employment. All victims/survivors of these crimes and violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad:

  • The Right to:
  • Have disclosures of sexual violence treated seriously;
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or incident and participate in the conduct or criminal justice process free from outside pressures from college officials;
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from college officials courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services;
  • Be free from any suggestion that the victim/survivor is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such a crime;
  • Describe the incident to as few individuals as practicable and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
  • Be free from retaliation by the college, the accused, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances;
  • Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or conduct process of the college;

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 University Police, Theta Gamma 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 sex offenses are 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.
  • Assault – An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.
  • 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 laws prohibiting the production, distribution and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment or devices utilized in their preparation and/or use.  The unlawful cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, use, possession, transportation or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance. Arrests for violations of state and local laws, specifically those relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include:  Opium or Cocaine and their derivatives (Morphine, Heroine, Codeine); Marijuana; synthetic narcotics - manufactured narcotics which can cause true addiction (Demerol, Methadone); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (Barbiturates, Benzedrine).
  • Liquor Law Violations – The violation of state and local laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages, not including driving under the influence and drunkenness. Included in this classification:  the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing, etc., of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; underage possession; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and attempts to commit any of the above.
  • Sex Offenses – 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. Rape – the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
  2. 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.
  3. Incest – sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
  4. Statutory Rape – non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent. Note: The Proposed Regulations will use the age of consent of the jurisdiction. In New York State, the age of consent is seventeen.
  • 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.

New York State Crime Definitions (added 2014)

The Violence Against Women Act and its proposed regulations require the inclusion of certain New York State definitions in a campus’ Annual Security Report and also require that those definitions be provided in campaigns, orientations, programs and trainings for employees and students. Definitions required include: consent; dating violence; domestic violence; sexual assault; and stalking.

  • Consent: Lack of consent results from: forcible compulsion; or incapacity to consent; or where the offense charged is sexual abuse or forcible touching, any circumstances, in addition to forcible compulsion or incapacity to consent, in which the victim does not expressly or impliedly acquiesce in the actor’s conduct. Where the offense charged is rape in the third degree, criminal sexual act in the third degree, or forcible compulsion in circumstances under which, at the time of the act of intercourse, oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct, the victim clearly expressed that he or she did not consent to engage in such act, and a reasonable person in the actor’s situation would have understood such person’s words and acts as an expression of lack of consent to such act under all the circumstances. A person is incapable of consent when he or she is: less than 17 years old; or mentally disabled; or mentally incapacitated; or physically helpless; or committed to the care and custody of the state department of correctional services, a hospital, the office of children and family services and is in residential care, or the other person is a resident or inpatient of a residential facility operated by the office of mental health, the office for people with development disabilities, or the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, and the actor is an employee, not married to such person, who knows or reasonably should know that such person is committed to the care and custody of such department or hospital.
  • Consent, abbreviated: Clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the participating to engage in specific sexual activity.
  • Dating violence: New York State does not specifically define “dating violence.” However, under New York Law, intimate relationships are covered by the definition of domestic violence when the act constitutes a crime listed elsewhere in this document and is committed by a person in an “intimate relationship” with the victim. See “Family or Household Member” for definition of “intimate relationship.”
  • Domestic violence: an act which would constitute a violation of the penal law, including, but not limited to acts constituting disorderly conduct, harassment, aggravated harassment, sexual misconduct, forcible touching, sexual abuse, stalking, criminal mischief, menacing, reckless endangerment, kidnapping, assault, attempted murder, criminal obstruction or breaching or blood circulation, or strangulation; and such acts have created a substantial risk of physical or emotional harm to a person or a person’s child. Such acts are alleged to have been committed by a family member. The victim can be anyone over the age of sixteen, any married person or any parent accompanied by his or her minor child or children in situations in which such person or such person’s child is a victim of the act.
  • Family or household member: person’s related by consanguinity or affinity; Persons legally married to one another; Persons formerly married to one another regardless of whether they still reside in the same household; Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether such persons are married or have lived together at any time; Unrelated persons who are continually or at regular intervals living in the same household or who have in the past continually or at regular intervals lived in the same household; Persons who are not related by consanguinity or affinity and who are or have been in an intimate relationship regardless of whether such persons have lived together at any time. Factors that may be considered in determining whether a relationship is an “intimate relationship” include, but are not limited to: the nature or type of relationship regardless of whether the relationship is sexual in nature; the frequency of interaction between the persons; and the duration of the relationship. Neither a casual acquaintance nor ordinary fraternization between two individuals in business or social contexts shall be deemed to constitute an “intimate relationship”; any other category of individuals deemed to be a victim of domestic violence as defined by the office of children and family services in regulation. Intimate relationship status shall be applied to teens, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, and elderly individuals, current and formerly married and/or dating heterosexual individuals who were, or are in an intimate relationship.
  • Parent: means natural or adoptive parent or any individual lawfully charged with a minor child’s care or custody.
  • Sexual assault: New York State does not specifically define sexual assault. However, according to the Federal Regulations, sexual assault includes offenses that meet the definitions of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI’s UCR program.
  • Sex offenses, lack of consent: whether or not specifically stated, it is an element of every offense defined in this article that the sexual act was committed without consent of the victim.
  • Sexual misconduct: when a person (1) engages in sexual intercourse with another person without such person’s consent; or (2) engages in oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct without such person’s consent; or (3) engages in sexual conduct with an animal or a dead human body.
  • Rape in the third degree: when a person (1) engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; (2) Being 21 years old or more, engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than 17 years old; or (3) engages in sexual intercourse with another person without such person's consent where such lack of consent is by reason of some factor other than incapacity to consent.
  • Rape in the second degree: when a person (1) being 18 years old or more, engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than 15 years old; or (2) engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated. It is an affirmative defense to the crime of rape in the second degree the defendant was less than four years older than the victim at the time of the act.
  • Rape in the first degree: when a person engages in sexual intercourse with another person (1) by forcible compulsion; or (2) who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) who is less than 11 years old; or (4) who is less than 13 years old and the actor is 18 years old or more.
  • Criminal sexual act in the third degree: when a person engages in oral or anal sexual conduct (1) with a person who is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; (2) being 21 years old or more, with a person less than 17 years old; (3) with another person without such persons consent where such lack of consent is by reason of some factor other than incapacity to consent.
  • Criminal sexual act in the second degree: when a person engages in oral or anal sexual conduct with another person (1) and is 18 years or more and the other person is less than 15 years old; or (2) who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated. It is an affirmative defense that the defendant was less than four years older than the victim at the time of the act.
  • Criminal sexual act in the first degree: when a person engages in oral or anal sexual conduct with another person (1) by forcible compulsion; (2) who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; (3) who is less than 11 years old; or (4) who is less than 13 years old and the actor is 18 years old or more.
  • Forcible touching: when a person intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touches the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person; or for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire. It includes squeezing, grabbing, or pinching.
  • Persistent sexual abuse: when a person commits a crime of forcible touching, or second or third degree sexual abuse within the previous ten year period, has been convicted two or more times, in separate criminal transactions for which a sentence was imposed on separate occasions of one of one of the above mentioned crimes or any offense defined in this article, of which the commission or attempted commissions thereof is a felony.
  • Sexual abuse in the third degree: when a person subjects another person to sexual contact without the latter’s consent. For any prosecution under this section, it is an affirmative defense that (1) such other person’s lack of consent was due solely to incapacity to consent by reason of being less than 17 years old; and (2) such other person was more than 14 years old and (3) the defendant was less than five years older than such other person.
  • Sexual abuse in the second degree: when a person subjects another person to sexual contact and when such other person is (1) incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; or (2) less than 14 years old.
  • Sexual abuse in the first degree: when a person subjects another person to sexual contact (1) by forcible compulsion; (2) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) when the other person is less than 11 years old; or (4) when the other person is less than 13 years old.
  • Aggravated sexual abuse: for the purposes of this section, conduct performed for a valid medical purpose does not violate the provisions of this section.
  • Aggravated sexual abuse in the fourth degree: when a person inserts a (1) foreign object in the vagina, urethra, penis or rectum of another person and the other person is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; or (2) finger in the vagina, urethra, penis, rectum or anus of another person causing physical injury to such person and such person is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old.
  • Aggravated sexual abuse in the third degree: when a person inserts a foreign object in the vagina, urethra, penis, or rectum of another person (1)(a) by forcible compulsion; (b) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (c) when the other person is less than 11 years old; or (2) causing physical injury to such person and such person is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated.
  • Aggravated sexual abuse in the second degree: when a person inserts a finger in the vagina, urethra, penis, or rectum of another person causing physical injury to such person by (1) forcible compulsion; or (2) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) when the other person is less than 11 years old.
  • Aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree: when a person subjects another person to sexual contact: (1) by forcible compulsion; or (2) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) when the other person is less than 11 years old; or (4) when the other person is less than 13 years old and the actor is 21 years old or older.
  • Course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree: When over a period of time, not less than three months, a person: (1) engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child less than 11 years old; or (2) being 18 years old or more engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child less than 13 years old. A person may not be subsequently prosecuted for any other sexual offense involving the same victim unless the other charges offense occurred outside of the time period charged under this section.
  • Course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree: when a person over a period of time, not less than three months in duration, a person: (1) engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct, or aggravated sexual contact with a child less than 11 years old; or (2) being 18 years old or more engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct which includes at least one act of sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct, anal sexual conduct, or aggravated sexual contact with a child less than 13 years old.
  • Facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance: a person is guilty of facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance when he or she: (1) knowingly and unlawfully possesses a controlled substance or any preparation, compound, mixture or substance that requires a prescription to obtain and administers such substance or preparation, compound, mixture or substance that requires a prescription to obtain to another person without such person’s consent and with intent to commit against such person conduct constituting a felony defined in this article; and (2) commits or attempts to commit such conduct constituting a felony defined in this article.
  • Incest in the third degree: a person is guilty of incest in the third degree when he or she marries or engages in sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct with a person whom he or she knows to be related to him or her, whether through marriage or not, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either the whole or the half blood, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.
  • Incest in the second degree: a person is guilty of incest in the second degree when he or she commits the crime of rape in the second degree, or criminal sexual act in the second degree, against a person whom he or she knows to be related to him or her, whether through marriage or not, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either the whole or the half blood, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.
  • Incest in the first degree: A person is guilty of incest in the first degree when he or she commits the crime of rape in the first degree, or criminal sexual act in the first degree, against a person whom he or she knows to be related to him or her, whether through marriage or not, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either the whole or half blood, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.
  • Stalking in the fourth degree: When a person intentionally, and for not legitimate purpose, engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person, and knows or reasonably should know that such conduct (1) is likely to cause reasonable fear of material harm to the physical health, safety or property of such person, a member of such person’s immediate family or a third party with whom such person is acquainted; or (2) causes material harm to the mental or emotional health of such person, where such conduct consists of following, telephoning or initiating communication or contact with such person, a member of such person’s immediate family or a third party with whom such person is acquainted, and the actor was previously clearly informed to cease that conduct; or (3) is likely to cause such person to reasonably fear that his or her employment, business or career is threatened, where such conduct consists of appearing, telephoning or initiating communication or contact at such person’s place of employment or business, and the actor was previously clearly informed to cease that conduct.
  • Stalking in the third degree: when a person (1) commits the crime of stalking in the fourth degree against any person in three or more separate transactions, for which the actor has not been previously convicted; or (2) commits the crime of stalking in the fourth degree against any person, and has previously been convicted, within the preceding ten years of a specified predicate crime and the victim of such specified predicate crime is the victim, or an immediate family member of the victim, of the present offense; or (3) with an intent to harass, annoy or alarm a specific person, intentionally engages in a course of conduct directed at such person which is likely to cause such person to reasonably fear physical injury or serious physical injury, the commission of a sex offense against, or the kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment or death of such person or a member of such person’s immediate family; or (4) commits the crime or stalking in the fourth degree and has previously been convicted within the preceding ten years of stalking in the fourth degree.
  • Stalking in the second degree: when a person: (1) commits the crime of stalking in the third degree and in the course of and furtherance of the commission of such offense: (a) displays, or possesses and threatens the use of, a firearm, pistol, revolver, rifle, sword, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, plastic knuckles, metal knuckles, chuka stick, sand bag, sand-club, slingshot, shirken, “Kung Fu Star,” dagger, dangerous knife, dirk, razor, stiletto, imitation pistol, dangerous instrument, deadly instrument or deadly weapons; or (b) displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm; or (2) commits the crime of stalking in the third against any person, and has previously been convicted, within the preceding five years, of a specified predicate crime, and the victim of such specified predicate crime is the victim, or an immediate family member of the victim, of the present offense; or (3) commits the crime of stalking in the fourth degree and has previously been convicted of stalking in the third degree; or (4) being 21 years of age or older, repeatedly follows a person under the age of fourteen or engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts over a period of time intentionally placing or attempting to place such person who is under the age of fourteen in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death; or (5) commits the crime of stalking in the third degree, against ten or more persons, in ten or more separate transactions, for which the actor has not been previously convicted.
  • Stalking in the first degree: when a person commits the crime of stalking in the third degree or stalking in the second degree and, in the course and furtherance thereof, he or she intentionally or recklessly causes physical injury to the victim of such crime.

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:

Department Type Phone Number
University Police Emergency: 911
  Non-emergency: 607-587-3999
Village of Alfred Police   607-587-8877
Allegany County Sheriff's Department   585-268-9600
New York State Police   585-268-9030

To obtain assistance:

Department                                      Location or Hours
 
 Telephone
Alfred State Health and Wellness Services TA Parish Hall 607-587-4200
Alfred State Student Affairs Student Leadership Center 607-587-3911
University Police Theta Gamma House 607-587-3999
Allegany County Family Violence Task Force Belmont Office 585-268-7605
Allegany/Cattaraugus County Rape Crisis Services 24-Hour Services: 716-945-3970
  Wellsville Office: 585-593-4685
  Salamanca Office: 716-945-1041
Sexual Assault Resource Center 24 Hours 888-810-0093
Steuben County - The NET-Domestic Violence   800-286-3407
Steuben County Helpline Information and Referral   800-346-2211

Campus Crime Statistics - Alfred 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.

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

Category Venue 2013 2014 2015

Murder / Non- Negligent Manslaughter

On campus* 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Negligent Manslaughter On campus* 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Sex Offenses  On campus* 0 N/A N/A
(Non-Forcible) In residence halls 0 N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 N/A N/A
  On public property 0 N/A N/A
  Total 0 N/A N/A
         
Sex Offenses  On campus* 4 N/A N/A
(Forcible) In residence halls 3 N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 1 N/A N/A
  On public property 0 N/A N/A
  Total 4 N/A N/A
         
Rape On campus* N/A 2 3
  In residence halls N/A 2 3
  In or on a non-campus building/property N/A 0 0
  On public property N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 2 3
         
Fondling On campus* N/A 2 1
  In residence halls N/A 0 1
  In or on non-campus building/property N/A 0 0
  On public property N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 2 1
         
Incest On campus* 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Statutory Rape On campus* 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Robbery On Campus* 1 1 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 1 1 0
         
Aggravated Assault On campus* 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Burglary On campus* 5 1 8
  In residence halls 4 0 8
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 5 1 8
         
Arson On campus* 1 1 0
  In residence halls 1 1 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 1 1 0
         
Motor Vehicle Theft On campus* 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Liquor Law On campus* 157 180 265
Violations (Referrals) In residence halls 149 179 257
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 157 180 265
         
Liquor Law On campus* 95 33 34
Violations (Arrests) In residence halls 35 9 4
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 95 33 34
         
Drug Related On campus* 44 80 95
Violations (Referrals) In residence halls 36 65 76
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 44 80 95
         
Drug Related On campus* 54 42 64
Violations (Arrests) In residence halls 40 20 34
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 54 42 64
         
Weapons Possession  On campus* 1 2 6
(Referrals) In residence halls 1 2 3
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 1 2 6
         
Weapons Possession  On campus* 0 0 1
(Arrests) In residence halls 0 0 1
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 1
         
Hate Crime  On campus* 0 0 0
(Larceny/Theft) In residence halls 0 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime  On campus* 0 0 0
(Vandalism/ In residence halls 0 0 0
Destruction) In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime  On campus 0 0 0
(Simple Assault) In residence halls 0 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime  On campus* 1 0 1
(Intimidation) In residence halls 1 0 1
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 1 0 1
         
Hate Crime  On campus* 0 0 0
(Other Offenses) In residence halls 0 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Domestic Violence On campus* N/A 2 1
  In residence halls N/A 2 1
  In or on a non-campus building/property N/A 0 1
  On public property N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 2 1
         
Dating On campus* N/A 0 0
Violence In residence halls N/A 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property N/A 0 0
  On public property N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 0 0
         
Stalking On campus N/A 0 1
  In residence halls N/A 0 0
  In or on a non-campus building/property N/A 0 0
  On public property N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 0 1

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

Campus Crime Statistics – Wellsville 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 and 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.

Category Venue 2013 2014 2015
Murder/ Non-Negligent Manslaughter On campus   0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Negligent Manslaughter On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Sex Offenses          (Non-Forcible) On campus 0 N/A N/A
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 N/A N/A
  On public property 0 N/A N/A
  Total 0 N/A N/A
         
Sex Offenses (Forcible)  On campus 0 N/A N/A
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 N/A N/A
  On public property 0 N/A N/A
  Total 0 N/A N/A
         
Rape On campus** N/A 0 1
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property N/A 0 0
  On public property N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 0 1
         
Fondling On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property N/A 0 0
  On public property N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 0 0
         
Incest On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property N/A 0 0
  On public property N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 0 0
         
Statutory Rape On Campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property N/A 0 0
  On public property  N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 0 0
         
Robbery On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Aggravated Assault On campus 2 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 2 0 0
         
Burglary On campus 0 1 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 1 0
         
Arson On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Motor Vehicle Theft On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Liquor Law Violations (Referrals) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Drug Related Violations (Arrests) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Weapons Possession (Referrals) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Weapons Possession (Arrests) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime (Larcency/Theft) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime (Vandalism/Destruction) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         

Hate Crime (Simple Assault)  

On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime (Intimidation) On campus 1 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  Total 1 0 0
         
Hate Crime (Other Offenses) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Domestic Violence On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property N/A 0 0
  On public property N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 0 0
         
Dating Violence On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property N/A 0 0
  On public property N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 0 0
         
Stalking On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In or on a non-campus building/property N/A 0 0
  On public property N/A 0 0
  Total N/A 0 0

The Wellsville campus does not have residence halls. All residence halls are located on the Alfred campus only.

** This incident involved two individuals not affiliated with Alfred State during off hours.

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 the period noted below. 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.”

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

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
  • Vaporizers or E-Cigarettes
  • Hover boards and chargers

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

Building Immediate
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 Hall East side of CDH- between Burdick & CDH Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Burdick Hall West side of CDH, near Gathering Place Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Getman Hall Pioneer Lounge Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Peet Hall Parking lot across from EJ Brown Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
R/C Hall Pioneer Lounge Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Shults Hall Parking lot across street (from main front doors) Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Townhouse 1 Pioneer Lounge Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Townhouse 2 Pioneer Lounge Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Townhouse 3 Pioneer Lounge Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Townhouse 4 Pioneer Lounge Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Townhouse 5 Pioneer Lounge Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Townhouse 6 Pioneer Lounge Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Main Gate A Pioneer Lounge Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
Main Gate B Pioneer Lounge Smoke/heat Y-sprinkler Y- horn Y Y Simplex
MacKenzie North Grassy hill between West and North Smoke/heat N Y- horn Y Y Notifier
MacKenzie South At the blue light near Engineering Technology Smoke/heat N Y- horn Y Y Notifier
MacKenzie East At the blue light near Engineering Technology Smoke/heat N Y- horn Y Y Simplex
MacKenzie West On the lawn near Facilities Services Smoke/heat N Y- horn Y Y Simplex

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 Fire & Life Safety Coordinator (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 2015, a total of 214 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 paraprofessional student staff members on duty perform periodic rounds and complete work order requests for any issues that are observed within the residence halls. The Fire and Life Safety Coordinator conducts periodic inspections of exit signs, emergency lights, fire extinguishers, 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 breaks for Thanksgiving, winter, spring 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 student staff) 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:  Disciplinary Warning to Disciplinary Probation Information:  a burnt wick maybe viewed as evidence that a candle was burned in violation of this regulation.
  • 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: Disciplinary Warning 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 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:  Disciplinary Warning 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:  Disciplinary Warning 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: Disciplinary Warning 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®, 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
  • Hover boards are temporarily banned from use, charging or storage
  • 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.