Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Fire Safety Report - Calendar Year 2012
The Worcester State University Police Department’s main priority is to provide the safest and secure environment possible for the students, faculty, staff and visitors that comprise the institution’s community. We believe that safety is everyone’s responsibility and encourage our students, faculty and staff to engage in community policing and report any suspicious activity to University Police. We are located on the first floor of Wasylean Hall.
Each year, all colleges and universities are required by law to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of the Campus Security Policy, the Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Fire Safety Report. This is a document that provides crime statistics to the WSU community that, over the last three years, have occurred on campus and the immediate adjacent streets that surround the University.
Policing is provided 24-hours a day throughout the calendar year by a fulltime staff of 17 sworn officers, 3 residence hall security officers, a full-time Emergency Coordinator, a full-time dispatcher and a full-time parking clerk. University police officers enforce the rules and regulations of Worcester State University in conjunction with applicable state and federal laws.
Our philosophy and mission is to enhance the “community policing” model to all members of the campus, including students, staff and faculty. With your help we all can minimize the dangers of crimes occurring within our community. The department offers many crime prevention programs.
If you have any questions regarding the compiled statistics from calendar year 2012, please contact the WSU Police Deaprtment on the first floor of Wasylean Hall or at 508-929-8044.
Worcester State University
• Consists of 58 Acres
• Has 16 buildings
• Is located in central Massachusetts
• Approximately 5,000 individuals on campus on any given day.
- Responsibility for University Police Department
- The Worcester State University Police Authority
- Procedures and Facilities to Report Crimes on Campus
- Procedures for Missing Students Residing on Campus
- Policies for Preparing the Annual Disclosures of Campus Crime
- Timely Reporting of Criminal Activity
- Access to Campus and Facilities
- Types and Frequencies of Informational Programs about
Campus Security and Crime Prevention
- Possession, Use and Sale of Alcohol and Drugs
- Weapons Policy
- Sexual Assault Policy Statement
- Sexual Offender Registry Board Requirement
- Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
- Timely Warning Notice Policy
- Hate Crimes Report by Calendar Year
- Crime Statistical Report by Calendar Year
- Definitions of Reportable Crimes
- Fire Safety Report
Responsibility for University Police Department
The Worcester State University Police Department has primary responsibility for policing on the campus. The Department works closely with the entire University community to ensure that programs and services are systematically coordinated to promote and enhance a safe environment.
The Department officers patrol the campus and answer calls on a 24-hour basis throughout the calendar year. Usually there is a minimum of two officers and a supervisor assigned to each shift. The WSU Officers are armed, sworn Special State Police Officers. All officers attend the Special State Police Academy, which consists of 16 weeks of intense training, conducted by the Massachusetts State Police. The University Police Officers, after successfully completing this academy, have full arrest
powers on campus.
As of the date of this publication the University Police Department includes 17 professionally trained police officers. In addition, there is an emergency coordinator/technical service manager on staff, a full-time dispatcher and a full-time parking clerk. Institutional security officers (ISOs) supplement the operational needs of the department. Officers’ training include but are not limited to: sexual assault investigation, CPR, first aid, firearm qualification, crime prevention, incident command systems, R.A.D., LEAPS/NCIC computer crime, domestic violence, and many more safety related topics.
The Worcester State University Police Authority / Interagency Relationships
The Worcester State University Police Department derives its power from the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 22c Section 63, which gives the officers authority to arrest anyone involved in any criminal activity that occurs while on any property owned, rented or leased by Worcester State University. The University Police works closely with the Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester District Attorney’s Office.
Procedures and Facilities to Report Crimes on Campus
As a community of adults, we invite your involvement in creating a safe campus. If you have an idea you believe would enhance safety, please bring it to the attention of the Worcester State University Police Department. The accurate and prompt reporting of campus crime is essential to the safety and security of the entire University community. The following are ways you may report a crime:
- Text a Tip to: 274637 subject line: WSUPD
- Calling directly to extension 8044/8911 or 508-929-8044/8911.
- Utilizing emergency call boxes located throughout campus.
- Direct contact with officers in the field.
- Reporting to University Police Office located in the lobby of Wasylean Hall
- Direct contact with administrators on campus in the Office of Student Affairs, Human Resources Department and/or Office of Diversity/Affirmative Action and Compliance.
- Direct contact with the residents’ assistants.
University Police will respond upon receipt of a call for service, according to priority of each call. Appropriate investigation of incidents may result in criminal action, University disciplinary proceeding, activation of medical services, or other referrals to on or off campus agencies.
Procedures for Missing Students Residing on Campus
If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, the Worcester State University Police should be contacted immediately at 508-929-8911. This call will generate an incident report and initiate an investigation to attempt to locate the missing student. WSU has a detailed and specific protocol for conducting missing person investigations, utilizing a wide range of electronic resources as well as making personal contact with friends, classmates, co-workers and relatives.
If WSU determines that a student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, the Worcester City Police Department, the police department of the community where the missing student maintains a home of record, and the person designated as the student’s emergency contact will be notified no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to have been missing. If the missing student is under the age of 21, a missing person notice will be posted on the national police information network. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, Worcester State will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after WSU has determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.
In addition to registering the name of a person as an emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by Worcester State in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such an individual, Worcester State will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to have been missing for 24 hours. Students who wish to identify a confidential contact for this purpose can do so through the Office of Residential Life.
Policies for Preparing the Annual Disclosures of Campus Crime Statistics
Statistics are gathered in various ways, via reports that are received through University Police directly. All members of the community are encouraged to refer persons to voluntarily report crimes that may have occurred on campus so those incidents may be counted in the annual statistics for this report. Worcester Police Department provides data, which consists of crimes that occur on streets and public property bordering the Worcester State University Campus. These statistics are compiled for the calendar year running from January through December and according to this Law shall be disseminated by the first of October each year.
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Timely Reporting of Criminal Activity
In the event of a major incident of violent crime on the campus or in the neighboring community, timely warnings will be posted throughout the community by the University Police Department. These postings should be taken seriously.
In addition to the postings, the Chief of University Police may disseminate information to the community regarding any such incidents via e-mail, University bulletin boards and/or the Emergency Notification System.
A positive relationship with both Worcester Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police helps ensure the exchange of information regarding known criminal activity in the immediate area, which allows for timely notifications when necessary.
Access to Campus and Facilities
Worcester State University maintains an open-campus environment. It should be noted that there is limited reserved parking for resident students and resident students must qualify for parking spaces.
Resident students have access to campus at all times except during defined break periods. Guests of resident students must register with the Institutional Security Officers (ISO) at Wasylean and Dowden Halls. Guests are allowed on campus only if they are accompanied by the sponsoring resident student, unless prior written approval has been obtained.
Resident students are absolutely responsible for the actions of their guests. The WSU Student Handbook supports this policy. A resident may be charged with a violation of Campus Policy for the actions of a guest, and may be required to pay a monetary fine for damage done by the guest. For additional policies regarding overnight guests in the residence hall, please refer to the WSU Student Handbook at http://www.worcester.edu/handbook.
Every effort is made to maximize parking on campus, as well as to monitor the flow of traffic throughout the campus to better insure the safety of the Universities large number of pedestrians.
Lighting surveys are routinely conducted and new lighting is installed as needed. Shrubbery and natural overgrowth are trimmed routinely, especially near walking trails and pathways. The security of doors and windows are reviewed periodically and locks are replaced when needed.
In addition to lighting surveys, the University has installed emergency call boxes throughout the campus. These phones are easily identifiable by the blue light affixed to the top of each one.
Campus community members are encouraged to report any safety hazard on campus such as malfunctioning lights, icy sidewalks, broken windows to either University Police at 508- 929-8044/8911 or Facilities Department at 508-929-8025 or Residence Life at 508-929-8074.
The University Police Department is responsible for maintaining all locks and issuing keys for the academic buildings. Access to keys is restricted to designated individuals. All requests for residence halls’ keys are made through the Office of Residence Life and Housing. All other requests may be made through the University Police Department located in the lobby of Wasylean Hall. In the event that a key is lost or stolen please notify University Police at 508-929-8044/8911or Residence Life and Housing at 508-929-8074 immediately. Tampering with locks and/or theft, duplication, or unauthorized use of any keys belonging to Worcester State University is a serious violation and may be subject to criminal prosecution. Residents will be charged for a lock change in the event of a lost key.
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Types and Frequencies of Informational Programs about Campus Security and Crime Prevention
The University Police Department offers programs to the Worcester State University community on the following topics, sexual assault, rape
aggression defense systems (R.A.D.), domestic violence, workplace violence, online safety, club drugs, binge drinking and the dangers of alcohol and overall social media safety.
Notification on how to obtain this report is provided to all students, faculty and staff via a postcard mailing. Hard copies are also distributed at the following locations: Admissions, University Police, Counseling, Human Resources, Student Activities, Student Affairs and the Student Information Desk. An online version is also available on the University Police website at www.worcester.edu/police.
The University Police and the Office of Residence Life and Housing maintain a strong working relationship and assist in training the Resident Assistants on an annual basis. As part of this training, Residents’ Assistants are familiarized with procedures for reporting crimes and other incidents that occur on campus. Resident Assistants also request University Police’s assistance in crime prevention and educational programs for the resident student population as well as the commuters.
University Police will conduct programs at the request of any group or organization as well as schedule various safety programs throughout each semester. Employees and faculty of the University are encouraged to attend.
Most crime prevention programs consist of lecture, video and interactive methods along with handouts. Each topic has a number of resources on and off campus, readily available to the Worcester State University community. Some resources utilized in the past have been the District Attorney’s office, Worcester Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police.
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Possession, Use and Sale of Alcohol and Drugs
Worcester State University Police Department enforces all State and Federal laws, in addition to all University regulations regarding the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages. University policy further restricts when, where, and how alcohol may be served.
Worcester State University Police Department enforces all State and Federal laws in regards to possession, use, or sale of illegal drugs. Persons apprehended by the University Police Department for possession, use of, or distribution of illegal drugs may be criminally charged. The University Police Department along with other offices such as Residence Life and Housing, and the Office of Judicial Affairs provide educational seminars and brochures on alcohol related issues.
The possession or concealment of any type of firearm or other dangerous weapon, including but not limited to stiletto, dagger, dirk knife, any knife having a double-edged blade or a switch blade, or any knife having an automatic spring release device by which the blade is released from handle, having a blade of over one and one-half inches, or a sling shot, paintball guns, blackjack, metallic buckles or knuckles or any substance which could be put to the same use, is strictly prohibited on the properties owned and Worcester State University. Violators of the above will be subject to legal and/or disciplinary action.
Sexual Assault Policy Statement
Worcester State University is committed to providing a learning, living and working environment that is free from al/forms of coercive, harassing, or abusive conduct. As such, the University will not tolerate sexual assault in any form. The University is committed to: educating members of the campus community about issues related to sexual assault, engaging proactive measures, and providing ongoing support services for accusers of sexual assault.
Sexual assault is illegal, and includes any sexual act directed at another person forcibly, or against the person’s will, or not forcibly where the victim is incapable of giving consent. Examples include forcible rape, forcible sodomy, acquaintance or date rape, forcible fondling and sexual assault with an object. In addition to any criminal or civil penalties, perpetrators are also subject to University disciplinary action and sanctions which include suspension, dismissal, or expulsion from the University.
The Office of Residence Life and Housing is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all its residents. In the event of a sexual assault, the Office of Residence Life and Housing will take appropriate action based on individual circumstances, which could include changing the survivor’s living and academic situation if necessary The University Police Department will also assist accusers in securing any necessary support services either short term or on an on-going basis.
The Counseling Center at Worcester State University will provide on campus confidential counseling to the accuser of a sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Services Coordinator can be reached at extension 8851 or 508-929-8851. If the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator is unavailable, the accuser may contact one of the other counselors at extension 8072 or at 508- 929-8072. Should the accuser choose to receive support services outside the community, the Sexual Assault Coordinator or other counselor will provide appropriate information and referrals.
While the accuser of a rape/sexual assault is not required to file a complaint, it is the policy of the Counseling Center in all cases of sexual assault to suggest to the accuser to meet with a sexual assault investigator assigned to the University Police Department. In the event of a first response situation, the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator will advise the accuser about important medical and legal issues, and procedures related to incidents of rape/sexual assault.
The Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs is responsible for the University judicial system. Both the accuser and the accused have clearly defined rights and responsibilities in the judicial process, including the right to confront one another, present evidence, call witnesses and appeal the results.
The hallmark of the Worcester State University judicial process is its recognition that progressive discipline is appropriate in an educational setting. However, under certain circumstances, the University will impose severe penalties in the first instance. A finding of RESPONSIBLE for a sexual assault would be an example of such a circumstance. A list of potential penalties are available in the Student Handbook.
The University Police Department offers educational programming in sexual assault. This program includes the definition of sexual assault, what to do if you are a survivor of sexual assault. It also contains the facts of the law and how University Police can assist you or anyone you may know who has been a survivor of sexual assault.
In the event that an accuser would rather be assisted by an off-campus agency, the University Police has a list of referral numbers to several agencies including Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, Worcester Rape Crisis Center.
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Sexual Offender Registry Board Requirement
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000 went into effect October 28, 2002. The law requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where information provided by the State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.
Please contact the Sexual Offender Registry Board at 978-740-6400 or at www.mass.gov/sorb. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice, as required under State law, to each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student
The University Police Department maintains a daily log. The purpose of the daily crime log is to record criminal incidents and alleged criminal incidents that are reported to University Police.
Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
Many factors are considered when assessing a situation to determine whether to activate one or more of the emergency communications systems and if so, the content of the message and whether to send the emergency message to all or some of the campus community. Among the factors to be considered is the nature and anticipated duration of the emergency situation and whether the emergency applies to a particular building or segment of the population or to the entire campus. The Incident Management Team or Chief of Police/Designee will make a decision without delay, taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
Upon confirmation of an immediate emergency or dangerous situation involving a threat to the health or safety of the University community the following communication resources and procedures will be activated. Some or all of these methods of communication may be activated. These methods of communications may include activating WSU Emergency Notification System utilizing email, text messaging and; messages displayed on electronic message boards on campus; or messages on the home page of WSU website. The WSU Emergency Notification System is operated by the University Police and Information Technologies, along with Public Relations and Marketing. This system may be used to immediately send messages to the University community utilizing the following electronic communication resources:
• Mass WSU Email
• Text Messaging
Once enrolled or employed at WSU, your University email will automatically be set to receive these messages. To receive text messages on a personal mobile phone, you must register your information at http://www.worcester.edu/ emergency;
• Click on ‘Emergency Notification’ Banner
• Login using your WSU username and password
• To add cell phone, click image under ‘Cell / Text Message’
• Enter phone number
• Check of ‘Receive Text Message’
Evacuation and/or shelter in place instructions may be sent via the Emergency Notification System (ENS) if time permits. Other methods of communicating emergencies may include:
• University website (www.worcester.edu)
• Loudspeaker system located at Coughlin Field
• University police vehicle sirens and speakers
• Megaphones (located in the University Police Department)
• Campus wide broadcast voicemail
• University’s main switchboard (508-929-8000)
• Media outlets, i.e. television and radio broadcasts
When the incident is resolved, an All Clear message will be sent to the community to notify the incident is resolved. The methods listed above may be utilized when notification to the surrounding, non-campus areas is deemed appropriate by University Police and/or the Office of Public Relations and Marketing. WSU will conduct emergency response and evacuation tests, exercises on an annual basis. These exercises may include table top, functional and/or field exercises. The outcome will be documented including date, time, and whether it was announced or unannounced. Test of the emergency notification system is done on a weekly basis, at minimum. These tests are designed to assess and evaluate the emergency response plans and capabilities of the institution.
Timely Warning Notice Policy
The campus crime alerts or ‘timely warnings’ are provided to heighten safety awareness and to provide students, faculty and staff timely notification of crimes that may be considered an ongoing threat to the campus community. The alert will provide pertinent information related to the crime and suspect and will also seek information that may lead to arrest and conviction of the offender(s).
University Police personnel will make the decision of whether to issue a timely warning on a case-by-case basis considering the facts surrounding an incident, including factors such as the nature of the incident, the continuing danger to the University community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Alerts/Timely Warnings will be issued to the University community as soon as pertinent information about the incident is available. Alerts/Timely Warnings may be placed on message boards throughout the campus, delivered by email and/or noted on the University’s website.
Whenever city or state authorities make the University Police Department aware of an of-campus incident that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students, faculty and staff, the University will issue a campus alert/timely warning.
Information included in campus alerts/warnings will include, at minimum:
• A succinct description of the incident and type of crime, including location, date and time of occurrence
• A physical description of the suspect, including gender and race
• Composite drawing of the suspect, if available
• Date and time the campus alert was released
• A notice to the campus community to exercise caution
• Contact information for further information
Sexual harassment in education includes any unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior that significantly interferes with a student’s access to educational opportunities. The Supreme Court has confirmed that schools have an obligation under Title IX to prevent and address harassment against students, whether perpetrated by peers or by employees of the school system. At Worcester State University, the director of diversity/inclusion and equal opportunity is required to make certain that all Title IX obligations are followed. The office is located on the third floor of the Administration building.
Definitions of Reportable Crimes
Murder (non-negligent manslaughter): the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another
Forcible Sex Offenses: any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against the person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent, and includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcibly fondling.
Non-forcible Sex Offenses: acts of unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse, and include incest and statutory rape. Depending on the circumstances, acquaintance rape could be either category.
Robbery: the taking, or attempting to take, of anything valued from care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat and/or by putting the victim in fear.
Aggravated Assault: an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury results from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were unsuccessfully completed.)
Burglary: the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony: breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny, housebreaking, safecracking, and all attempts to commit any of the
Motor Vehicle Theft: the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (This includes motor vehicles taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned—including joyriding.)
Arson: to unlawfully and intentionally damage, or attempt to damage, any real or personal property by fire or incendiary device (only fires determined through investigation to have been willfully or maliciously set are classified as arsons, fires of suspicious or unknown origins are excluded).
Weapons Violations: the violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapons offenses, regulatory in nature, such as manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly
Liquor Law Violations: violations of laws and ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation and possession of alcoholic beverages.
Drug Law Violations: violations of State and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of drugs. The relevant substances include, but are not limited to: opium or cocaine; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadone); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
Fire Safety Report
Fire Alarm and Suppression Systems
All on campus residence halls are equipped with fire alarm and sprinkler systems which meet state and local fire safety codes. The fire systems in all on-campus residence facilities consist of horns and strobe lights that alert residents to an alarm and which are remotely monitored at the University Police Department operation center. On campus residence halls are also equipped with fire rated smoke/fire doors designed to impede the spread of smoke and/or fire. Regular and frequent inspections are conducted by University Police, Residence Life and Facilities who report fire hazards in the residence halls and facilitate prompt resolutions. Upon receipt of a fire alarm, University Police are immediately dispatched and the Worcester Fire Department is notified. Worcester State University’s on-campus housing consists of a variety of configurations, including traditional dormitory style buildings, chalet style houses and suite style facilities. Fire safety equipment is reviewed and tested annually to identify areas of concern or where additional equipment may be necessary.
Policies on Rules for Electrical Appliances, Smoking and Open Flames
All electrical appliances must be UL approved. Cooking appliances such a hot pots, hot plates, coil water heaters and any other appliances with open heating elements that may be fire hazards are prohibited. Residence Life has approved microwave ovens for use in student rooms. Fire codes prohibit students from bringing their own furnishings unless it has a CAL 133 rating, furnishings such as beds, desks, etc, are provided. Flammable items and decorations such as fishnets, tapestries, etc, hung from the ceilings, walls, etc. are prohibited. Open-air fires are prohibited in the residence halls and surrounding areas. This includes but is not limited to candles, incense and space heaters. For a detailed list of approved appliances, etc. and policy statements please refer to the Residence Hall Handbook. The only exception to this rule is barbeque grills (charcoal only) placed in several areas of Chandler Village. Gas grills, wood fires, etc are prohibited. Chapter 143 of the Massachusetts General Laws prohibits smoking in schools, universities, public buildings and institutions. Smoking is not allowed in any public buildings on campus.
Fire Safety Training and Evacuation Plans for Residence Hall Staff and Residents
The Office of Residence Life in conjunction with the University’s Safety Officer regularly reviews evacuation plans for all on-campus residence halls. Equipment vendors/manufacturers complete annual testing of smoke detectors and other individual system components to insure their proper operation and communication with the fire alarm reporting systems. Fire evacuation drills are completed each semester with the cooperation of the Worcester Fire Department, University Police, facilities and residence life personnel to evaluate all aspects of the evacuation process and to review/implement changes as necessary. Freshman resident students are provided the Residence Hall Handbook at the beginning of each year which provides additional information related to evacuation routes, assembly areas, etc. All other resident students are referred to the handbook location on the “Residence Life Department Website”.
Fires in On-Campus Residential Facilities
Receipt of fire alarms by the University’s automatic alarm system or by persons who report the presence of smoke, result in an immediate response by University Police to investigate the cause of the alarm. In the case of an actual fire an incident report is generated and a detailed record of the fire is maintained. A record of all fires in on-campus residence hall facilities is also included in the public log and crimes and other incidents maintained by the University Police, which is available for public viewing during normal business hours. Federal law requires that staff who discover evidence of a past fire which was extinguished before a fire alarm was activated must report their observations to the University Police. Such reports also result in an investigation and an entry being made in the public log.