Campus Security

Student Life

In compliance with the Campus Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (the Clery Act), Defiance College has compiled this annual report in order to collect and distribute information regarding the College’s security policies and crime statistics. This information is available to all current students and employees through the Defiance College website and is also available to prospective students and prospective employees upon request. Current students and employees are notified annually via an email providing a link to this report.

The crime statistics data for Defiance College from the last four calendar years (2008‐2011) are included at the end of this report. Clery Act guidelines require colleges to submit crime statistics for the campus in the following categories: murder (including negligent manslaughter), sex offenses (forcible or non‐forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and crimes involving bodily injury to a victim because that person was intentionally selected because of their actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability. The guidelines also require reports on the number of arrests and the number of on‐campus disciplinary cases for the following crimes that occur on campus: liquor law violations, drug abuse violations and weapons possession.

Defiance College crime statistics are compiled annually by the Dean of Students in cooperation with various campus offices and with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies. Individuals with questions or concerns about crime statistics reporting and individuals wishing to provide information for crime reporting purposes should contact the Dean of Students in the Student Life Office, Hubbard 128, ext. 2437.

Security Coverage and Jurisdiction
Security for the campus is provided by evening and overnight security personnel and the Defiance Police Department who provide periodic patrols through the campus 24‐hours a day. Defiance College security personnel have the authority to ask individuals for identification and to determine whether they have lawful business at the College. Individuals may be asked to leave campus if they are deemed to be a security threat or a disruption to the campus environment. Security personnel refer criminal matters to the Office of Student Life and local law enforcement as appropriate. The College cooperates fully with local law enforcement in criminal investigations relating to crimes alleged to have occurred on or near the campus.

No student organizations have off‐campus housing arrangements. Students who are approved for commuter status and live off‐campus are under the direct jurisdiction and protection of local law enforcement. Although Defiance College’s jurisdiction generally shall be limited to conduct which occurs at college sponsored events or on campus property, the College can and does respond to off‐campus student‐related incidents that occur in close proximity to the campus and cooperates with local law enforcement in these instances.

Reporting Guidelines for Criminal Activity
All members of the Defiance College community should immediately report incidences of criminal activity. In emergency situations, contact local law enforcement by dialing 9‐1‐1 from any campus extension. For non‐emergency situations, contact the Campus Security Office, McCann 117, ext. 2625. Student Life or Security personnel will assist you in making a formal report. Persons wishing to maintain anonymity may submit a confidential report for the purposes of crime reporting. This information will be used to help prevent crime and to alert members of the college community if warranted. Voluntary confidential reports of crime will be counted in the annual crime statistics for Defiance College.

If there is a serious incident that, in the opinion of the Dean of Students or local law enforcement, represents an ongoing or continuing threat to the campus, a “timely warning” will be issued. This information will be disseminated to the campus through the campus phone message system, campus email, the College website, and when appropriate, through the Emergency Notification System (ENS).

Access to the Campus
During business hours, the College (excluding certain residence halls) will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non‐business hours access to all College facilities is by key and/or access card only, if issued, or by admittance via security personnel or Residence Life staff. The locking and unlocking of campus buildings is handled by security staff following a weekly schedule published by the facilities office. The hours that buildings are open is dictated by events that are scheduled in each individual building.

The living areas of the residence halls are secured 24 hours a day and can only be entered by using keys (Grand Avenue Apartments) or by card access (all other facilities). The lobby areas of McReynolds and Whitney Halls have open access throughout the day and are monitored by security personnel in the evenings. Students are prohibited from loaning their room keys or student ID cards to others and they are encouraged to report lost or stolen keys and IDs. All residential students are informed at the beginning of each academic year on basic safety precautions including keeping their room door locked and not allowing non‐residents to follow them into buildings or other secured areas.

Security staff and physical plant personnel regularly monitor the buildings and grounds of the campus and note safety and/or security concerns for correction.

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention
Residence Life and security personnel offer tips and advice to all residential students at the beginning of each academic year regarding personal safety and broader campus safety precautions and guidelines. Orientation and welcome week programming includes professional presentations by outside agencies and speakers on issues related to sexual assault and sexual violence. Faculty and staff have access to the College’s emergency plan which provides detailed information on several safety and security topics.

Alcohol Policy
In accordance with Ohio law, underage possession or consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited anywhere on campus. Students who are 21 years of age or older may possess or consume alcohol on 2009 Campus Security Report, p. 3 under very narrow and specific circumstances as described in the College’s Alcohol Policy, which is listed in the Student Handbook and is available free of charge from the Office of Student Life, Hubbard 128.

Policy on Illegal Drugs
The use, possession, or distribution of illegal and controlled substances, such as but not limited to marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia containing residue from illegal drugs is strictly prohibited. Students charged with violating the drug policy will be referred to the Student Life Office. Appropriate judicial action will be taken. The college will inform the appropriate law enforcement agencies when necessary.

Equal Opportunity, Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct Policy (PDF)

Sex Offender Registry
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires colleges to issue a statement advising the campus community on how to find law enforcement agency information, which is provided by a state, concerning registered sex offenders. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, volunteers services or is a student.

In the State of Ohio convicted sex offenders must register with the County Sheriff of the county of residence address within seven days.

Members of the Defiance College community are encouraged to access the website of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office (website included below) where they can search the sex offender registry for any Ohio county.

Crime Statistics
In accordance with federal law, Defiance College compiles and reports certain crimes and arrest statistics on an annual basis. The information included below reflects incidents which have been reported to Student Life or local law enforcement in the prior three calendar years. Calendar year data is compiled and reported in the Fall of the year following a specific calendar year (for example, 2011 crime statistics data is reported in the Fall semester of 2012). This data is available to all students and personnel at the College. This data is also made available to prospective students and prospective employees upon request. Annual Campus Security Report (PDF)

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