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    Champlain College
   
 
  Oct 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate College Catalog

Campus Public Safety


 

The Campus Public Safety Office shares and receives   public safety information of criminal nature with other local higher education institutions, police departments, and law enforcement agencies for creating the safest community possible.  Security Alert bulletins may be used to inform members of the Champlain College community of recently reported crimes on or near the campus. Alerts may appear on bulletin boards in student residence halls. (Each alert describes the nature of the incident, agencies to which information should be reported and prevention advice to students.) The College will also use the Campus Alert Emergency Notification System (RAVE) described below to immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus, unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency or situation.

Champlain College residence halls are staffed with Residential Life personnel from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. every day. Additionally, the Campus Public Safety staff are available by phone 24 hours per day for additional needs as well as emergencies. Campus Public Safety staff can provide walking safety escorts to and from all campus buildings as well as transports to and from the local Emergency Room. Dial (802) 865-6465 from any telephone or 6465 from a College phone.

Residential students are oriented to campus safety procedures and devices during meetings conducted by members of Campus Public Safety and the Residential Life staff. These meetings occur during Freshman Orientation and the first weeks of the fall semester and are designed to familiarize students with residence hall life and one another. Procedures for all types of medical, police and fire emergencies are reviewed. All residential students are made aware that Campus Public Safety may be reached 24/7 by calling (802) 865-6465, or by using any of the emergency call boxes located around campus. Ongoing meetings throughout the year aim to familiarize students with all campus services and include a repetition of the residence hall procedures as well as additional campus safety information. All students are encouraged and reminded to lock both their room doors and the exterior door of the residence hall. Students should never prop open exterior doors in residence halls, as this could allow strangers access to the residence.

Champlain College strives to create a safe and secure environment for its employees and students. To help achieve that goal, the College uses strategically placed closed-circuit video cameras for remote observation. Only overt, as opposed to covert, methods are used. Overt is defined as “in plain sight,” whereas covert is defined as “hidden” or “concealed.”

Our cameras are installed in plain sight in such common areas as, parking lots and building exteriors. It is the policy of Champlain College not to install video cameras in places where employees or students may have a reasonable expectation of privacy, (please note that as to student bedrooms, this policy does not affect the College’s right to conduct entries into and inspection of student rooms by non-video means, as described above).

If Champlain College suspects illegal activity is occurring on property under its control, appropriate local law enforcement and/or legal counsel will be consulted prior to authorization of covert surveillance. The only Champlain College officials with the authority to approve covert surveillance at the College are the President and the Vice President of Administration. Unauthorized covert surveillance conducted at the College will be considered a serious violation of this policy. Anyone engaging in unauthorized covert surveillance shall be the subject of disciplinary action that could include loss of student status or employment.

Campus Alert Emergency Notification System

Like many colleges and universities nationwide, Champlain College has implemented a campus emergency alert mass notification system as a tool to warn students when danger is present on or near the College campus. In cooperation with Rave Mobile Safety, all Champlain College residential and commuter students are now able to receive emergency alert notifications if a situation arises that requires mass notification of a crisis, imminent danger, evacuation or other urgent situation. If an alert is sent, students will be given instructions about the danger and where to go for more information.

Champlain College has partnered with Rave Mobile Safety to provide an emergency alert system capable of delivering messages to your Champlain College and personal email addresses, as well as your landline and cell phone.

Students are enrolled in the program at no additional expense. We encourage you to login to the Rave Mobile Safety site to confirm your contact information and choose your notification preferences.  https://my.champlain.edu/login/rave (Note that your cellular phone provider may charge a per-text message fee for the delivery of emergency notifications to your phone).

To login in go to: https://my.champlain.edu/login/rave

Your username is (your champlain.edu email).

Your initial password is (your Champlain user password).

You may sign in using your current Champlain College email address.  You will then be prompted to complete the registration process.  Once logged in, you can manage your account (for example, you can opt-out of receiving text and/or voice alerts).

Campus Emergency Preparedness

Champlain College takes emergency planning and preparedness seriously and works closely with our local partners in higher education and law enforcement. We are committed to a goal of minimizing the educational and social disruption for our students, faculty and staff. Champlain College has a committee representing all aspects of Champlain College, the members of which work together regularly to enhance the College’s preparedness for a range of emergencies. The College continually plans for and annually practices responding to emergencies of various types. For the most up- to-date emergency information please visit http://www.champlain.edu/Public-Safety. All students are required to complete an emergency contact form located in Webadvisor.

Emergency Call Boxes

Emergency telephones (call boxes) are available at several locations around campus for the immediate reporting of security emergencies. A blue light situated above each telephone identifies the phone location. The height of the phones makes them accessible to students or staff in wheelchairs. These telephones are unable to complete any other campus, local or long distance connections, to ensure that the phones are available when needed. They are strictly for emergency use.

Emergency Call Box Locations:

  • Alumni Auditorium, north entrance
  • Cushing Hall East, east entrance
  • Cushing Hall West, front walkway
  • Foster Hall, front walkway
  • Hauke/CCM Building, north entrance
  • Joyce Hall, northwest entrance
  • Lakeview, Adirondack, Butler & Valcour Halls, courtyard
  • Main Street Suites, garage and north entrance
  • Perry Hall, north entrance
  • S.D. Ireland Center for Global Business & Technology, south entrance
  • Skiff Hall, west walkway
  • Whiting Hall, west end walkway

How to Use Call Boxes:

Depress and release the button on the upper right marked “PUSH.” No dialing is necessary; the call will automatically be connected to Campus Public Safety.

What to Tell Campus Public Safety When Calling:

  1. Your name
  2. Your location
  3. The nature of the emergency

Campus Public Safety will then issue further instructions and respond immediately to the emergency location.

Reporting Campus Emergencies and Crimes

Campus Public Safety personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will respond immediately to any reported emergency. Since prevention of crime is very much dependent upon the reporting of crime, it is to the benefit of the campus community for you to report crimes and other emergencies as you become aware of them. Champlain College Campus Public Safety, Burlington and Winooski Police Departments, as well as the Burlington and Winooski Fire Departments stand ready to serve the Champlain College community by responding immediately to and assisting at all reported emergencies and crime occurrences.

Students looking for information or those who want to discuss crime prevention should contact Campus Public Safety during office hours, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Procedures for emergency situations are outlined above. This office will assist the student in reporting the incident or suspicion to campus officials and to the appropriate community agency or service.

Questions regarding personal safety, loss, theft, or damage of personal property should be addressed to the Campus Public Safety Office, located in Durick Hall at (802) 865-6465. Because the College does not carry insurance on students’ personal property, it cannot assume responsibility for any of your personal possessions that may be lost, stolen or damaged. You are responsible for insuring your personal property, and you may be able to do so under your family’s homeowner’s policy. If you suspect that any of your belongings has been stolen, please notify the Campus Public Safety Office.

The College recommends that all students, faculty and staff familiarize themselves with the following information. This will assist you if any emergencies arise.

Well-Being checks and Missing Persons (Suzanne’s Law)

Campus Public Safety is tasked with ensuring the safety and well-being of the students, faculty, staff and visitors alike.  During the course of the year the College may be contacted by a student’s family or friend to express concern for their well-being.  In hopes of mitigating these concerns Campus Public Safety will immediately conduct a well-being check.  During these checks, the CPS officer will assess if exigent services are needed or if a referral is better suited.  The CPS officer will provide the student with all resources available.    

In instances where a student is reported missing the Campus Public Safety office will adhere to the guidance set forth by Suzanne’s Law and immediately begin efforts to locate the student as well as notify local law enforcement for assistance.  

 Suzanne’s laws is a federal law concerning missing persons signed into law by President Bush as part of the national “Amber Alert”. It provides that there shall be no waiting period before a law enforcement agency initiates an investigation of a missing person under the age of twenty one and reports the missing person to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) of the Department of Justice. To do so, it amends Section 3701 (a) of the Crime Control Act of 1990. It requires local authorities to notify the NCIC immediately if someone between the ages of 18 and 21 goes missing.

Emergencies in Residence Halls

When an emergency of any type occurs in a residence hall, students should notify a Residential Life staff member or Campus Public Safety immediately. Other services will be called upon by Campus Public Safety or Residential Life staff.

 

Fire

911

Medical

911

Emergency

911

Psychological Emergency

911 or Skip Harris (802) 651-5961

Physical Assault

911 or Campus Public Safety (802) 865-6465

Break-in (actual or attempt)

911 or  Campus Public Safety (802) 865-6465

Fight (in progress)

Campus Public Safety  (802) 865-6465

Suspicious person on campus

Campus Public Safety  (802) 865-6465

Theft

Campus Public Safety (802) 865-6465

In all cases of emergency, Campus Public Safety should also be notified if it was not the first agency contacted.

In the event of fire, a Residential Life staff member will see that the residence hall alarm is activated; the building is evacuated and students are counted; and the fire department is called from a neighboring residence hall, office or cell phone. Fire alarm pull boxes in the residence halls are accessible to students with physical disabilities. All the residence halls are directly connected to the fire department via radio fire alarms; when an alarm sounds, the building should be evacuated and a Residential Life staff member will coordinate taking of attendance.

Access to and Security of Campus Facilities

Campus Public Safety staff routinely check campus facilities while on foot patrol. Methods are described below.

Residence Halls: Nonemergency access to and egress from all College residence halls are confined to centralized entrances. Emergency exits are tagged or alarmed to deter unauthorized use. Entrance doors and individual rooms have separate locks, and residents are issued keys or access cards for each. Public Safety officers conduct interior and outer perimeter checks of each residence hall daily and at random times. When doing so, they do the following:

  • Physically check exterior ground floor doors to ensure they are secure.
  • Visually check lounge screens and windows to be sure that they are down and that there are no signs of forced entry.
  • Visually check remaining building exterior for secured fire escape doors and to ensure that forced entry has not been gained via   upper windows.
  • Patrol residence hall parking lots to assist students and deter vehicle vandalism.
  • Physically perform fire safety checks of each residence hall interior with appropriate frequency.

Campus Public Safety Office: The Campus Public Safety Office is located in in Durick Hall 174 South Willard Street.

Campus Policy and Rule Enforcement

Authority of Campus Public Safety: Campus Public Safety personnel are official College representatives. As such, they are available to assist students, faculty and staff with all aspects of campus public safety and are required to report all violations of College regulations through appropriate College channels. Campus Public Safety personnel are not law enforcement officers. However, they can detain an individual until police officers arrive on campus, to the extent permitted by law (such as, for example, to protect students, employees or College property from imminent physical harm). Campus Public Safety maintains a good working relationship with Chittenden County law enforcement, and Campus Public Safety officers do not hesitate to call for assistance should a situation require it. Local police departments routinely share information with Champlain College regarding student violations of local, state and federal laws occurring on or off campus.

Off-Campus Events, Emergencies and Crimes: College regulations apply to all areas owned or leased by the College, as well as to any location where a student is engaged in a College activity. Such occasions include, but are not limited to, travel as a member of an athletic team or student club and any College-sponsored activity held off-campus, such as a field experience, a work-study assignment or a student dance. Off-campus, College-sponsored activities, such as recreational ski trips or dances, require the presence of a member of College faculty or staff. If the rules of leased space require it, a Public Safety officer is hired or assigned for large, off-campus events, such as dances or indoor athletic competitions.

Student Right-to-Know Act and Safety & Security Information, and Other Important Information

The Student Right-to-Know Act was signed into law in 1990. The legislation requires that institutions produce and make readily available persistence and/or graduation rates to current and prospective students.

Specific information on the persistence and/or graduation rates is available through the Registrar’s Office (802-865-6425).

Champlain College strives to create a physical and intellectual environment in which students, faculty and staff can depend upon mutual trust and integrity. Academic settings require free movement and access, and personal safety is therefore paramount.

The following information and references are provided to all members of the Champlain College community to help increase awareness of campus safety efforts and campus crime issues, and to comply with Title II of the Student Right- to-Know and Campus Security Act, the security-related provisions of which are now known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. If you would like to discuss security matters with a staff member, please contact Champlain’s Director of Campus Public Safety at (802) 860-2755.

Further information about the College’s campus security operations and policies is available in the College’s annual security report, which is available through the Campus Security website.

For Clery reportable  crimes occurring on Champlain College’s owned or operated property for the past three years please refer to the College’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which can be found at www.champlain.edu/annualsecurityreport:

Dangerous or Disruptive Behavior

As an institution of higher learning, Champlain College strives to balance concern for the health and safety of individual students with the interests of the broader campus community. The College believes that all students have responsibility for self-welfare, self-guardianship, and self-care. In addition, students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that is not violent or disruptive.

Any behavior that may threaten the well-being of Champlain College students, faculty or staff will be addressed in a sensitive and appropriate manner. The College provides confidential counseling for students through the Counseling Center and Accommodation Services Center, and encourages students to access that service when needed. Champlain College is concerned about the physical, mental and emotional welfare of its students. When a student’s behavior constitutes a serious disruption or danger to the living and learning environment that the College seeks to create, the College may respond in a number of ways, ranging from providing mental health support to separating the student from the institution, if necessary.

The term dangerous or disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Any behavior that points to the potential of imminent, foreseeable or existing danger to self, other students or other members of the College community
  • Destructive, intimidating, violent or other inappropriate behavior
  • Self-inflicted violence
  • Abuse of alcohol or other substances that places the individual or others at risk
  • Public suicide attempts, suicidal gestures or disruptive statements of suicidal ideation
  • Lack of response to multiple attempts at communication to determine student health and safety
  • Failure to comply with prescribed medication orders, resulting in dangerous behavior
  • Bullying Behavior:  Any verbal, physical, written or electronic communication which is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate or interferes with access to educational or other College programs, or reasonably has that effect.

This policy does not apply to non-violent student protest and dissent, or to confidential interactions with a College mental health counselor or medical staff (unless an exception to confidentiality applies). This policy will be administered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and similar Vermont law.

As part of its commitment to maintaining a safe environment, Champlain has established a Threat Assessment Team, which is empowered to assess risk and, in cooperation with other College teams or offices as appropriate, formulate an appropriate response in situations where an individual’s behavior and/or statements generate concern that he or she may present a threat to the health or safety of others. The Threat Assessment Team seeks to mitigate potential risks before they result in harm.

Reporting Potential Threats  

All students, faculty and staff should be committed to ensuring the safety and security of the campus and workplace environment. As such, anyone who believes that an individual (student, faculty or staff member) has committed or may commit an act of violence, is engaging in behavior or making statements that generate concern about the potential for violence, or otherwise may pose an imminent threat to the health or safety of any member of the College community (such as, for example, incidents of violence, threatening behavior or statements, unwanted pursuit, stalking, and personal harassment) should call the Office of Public Safety and Security immediately at (802) 865-6465. Other individuals who may be contacted are identified below. In case of an emergency please also call 911.

Office of Counseling

Skip Harris

(802) 651-5961

Office of Residential Life

Danelle Berube

(802) 860-2702

Office of Student Life

Danelle Berube

(802) 860-2702

 Campus Public Safety

Bruce Bovat

(802) 860-2755

 Office of Student Conduct

Donna Swartwout

(802) 865-6428

Where behavior or statements of concern do not appear to present an imminent threat, individuals may also contact one of the following individuals: 

Office of Residential Life

Danelle Berube

(802) 860-2702

Office of Counseling

Skip Harris

(802) 651-5961

Office of Academic Affairs

Laurie Quinn

(802) 860-2729

Campus Public Safety

Bruce Bovat

(802) 860-2755

People Center (formerly known as Human Resources and Organizational Development)

Mary Margaret Lee

(802) 651-5807

Reports will be evaluated to determine the appropriate response; the response may include, but not be limited to, referral to a mental health counselor or a conduct officer.  In situations where an individual has concerns about someone’s behavior but is unsure whether such behavior may pose a “threat” to self or others, the individual should report the information to the Department of Campus Public Safety or one of the individuals listed above, as appropriate, to allow the College the opportunity to assess the situation and respond as necessary.

Retaliation

Champlain College is sensitive to concerns related to retaliation against individuals who in good faith report acts of violence, concerning behavior or statements, or potential threats, or who participate in an investigation under this policy. Retaliating against a person who has made a report under this policy or who has participated in an investigation is prohibited. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, threatening or ostracizing the person, pressuring the person to drop the report or not participate in the investigation, or taking other adverse action against the person. An individual who engages in retaliation under this policy will be subject to discipline in accordance with the College’s Handbook or Student Life policies, as applicable.

In addition, Champlain College affiliates should be aware that federal civil rights laws make it unlawful for the school to retaliate against an individual for bringing possible civil rights violations to their attention. This includes intimidating, threatening, coercing, or in any way discriminating against an individual because he/she complained or participated in an investigation.

Run, Hide, Fight

Champlain College is very aware of the history of active shooters in our nation’s schools and Colleges and we continue to improve our abilities to respond to and address such an emergency.

Because active‐shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be mentally and physically prepared to survive. (In 2014 Champlain College began training students, faculty, and staff in the “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol described below.)

If you are involved in a situation where someone has entered the area, the following is a list of actions that are recommended. These kinds of incidents are unpredictable. The guidelines provided are based on past experiences. Other actions may be necessary. If the individual poses an immediate threat to you, you may need to act using your best judgment.

Run, Hide, Fight*

If you can safely leave the area:

  • Exit the building immediately (“Run”). Tell anyone you may encounter to exit the building also.
  • Leave the campus if you can safely do so. Attempt to let a supervisor or fellow worker know that you are leaving so that everyone can be accounted for.
  • Call 911 and the Campus Public Safety at 802-865-6465.
  • Give the dispatcher the following information:
    • Your name
    • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
    • Number of armed people involved (if known)
    • Identification or description of armed persons
    • Number of persons who may be at risk
    • Your contact information and location

If you are at immediate risk and exiting the building is not possible:

  • Go to the nearest room or office (“Hide”).
  • Close and lock the door.
  • Cover the door windows.
  • Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.
  • DO NOT answer the door until notified by Law Enforcement personnel or Campus Public Safety.
  • Be aware that a fire alarm might have been pulled by an intruder.
  • Identify/obtain an object in the room that can be used to incapacitate the armed person if she/he enters the room.
  • If possible, call (or text, but only if you cannot speak safely) 911 and call the Campus Public Safety, 802-865-6465.
  • Give the dispatcher the following information:
    • Your name
    • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
    • Number of armed people (if known)
    • Identification or description of armed people
    • Number of persons who may be at risk
    • Your contact information and location
    • Wait for local police or Campus Public Safety to assist you out of the building.

If an armed intruder enters the room and you are in immediate danger:

  • Commit mentally to incapacitating the intruder (“Fight”).
  • Strike the intruder with an object and continue to strike until the intruder is incapacitated.
  • Yell as you fight.
  • Call 911 when possible.