Clery Act Policy, Program and Procedure Disclosures

Clery Act


The college is committed to the safety security of all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. The staff of police and security officers monitor campus activity and our Life Safety system includes 186 state-of-the-art security cameras that continuously monitor the campus interiors, exteriors and parking garage. There are sixty-four blue-light emergency phones within the interior corridors and along its exteriors, including the garage and the Early Learning Center playground. Security escort service is available upon request by phone at 203-285-2246 or by making a request at any of the six security stations. Security personnel are stationed at response-ready stations at all three main and entrances from the parking structure.

(No. 1) Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that is judged by (Security  e.g., Dean of Administration, Director of Public Safety, Director of Facilities, etc.) to constitute an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued.  The warning will be issued through the College e-mail system, bulletin boards, message boards and, if appropriate, the campus’ student newspaper.  Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to Security by telephone 203-285-2246 or in person at Security N-105.

(No. 2)  Procedures for the Reporting of Criminal Offenses

To report a Crime:  Contact Campus Police/Security at 203-285-2246 (non-emergencies), dial 9-1-1 (emergencies only) or by using the Code Blue telephones located in the Halls, Parking Garages or on the exterior of both buildings.  Any suspicious activity or person seen in the parking lots or loitering around vehicles, inside buildings or around buildings on campus should be reported to the Police/Security Department.  In addition, you may report a crime to the following:

Dean of Student Affairs, N-220, 203-285-2212
Director of Human Resources, N-324, 203-285-2537
Police/Security, N-105, 203-285-2246

For off-campus options you may refer to the current Student Handbook.  College Police and the New Haven Police Department have a mutual aid and assistance agreement.  Each department augments the other within their jurisdictions doing mutual investigations, arrests and prosecutions.  College police personnel attend weekly meetings with local law enforcement agencies to exchange ideas and problems which may be of concern for the College community.

Crime Reporting
The College Police/Security and the College Community encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police or security. Because police reports are public records under state law, the College Police Department cannot hold reports of crime in confidence. Confidential reports for purposes of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can generally be made to other College campus security authorities, as identified below. Confidential reports of crime may also be made to Crime Stoppers at 203-285-2246.

Confidential Reporting Procedures
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the College or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report.  With your permission, the Chief/Director of Public Safety or a designee of the campus police/security can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the College can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method or assailant and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the College.

(No. 3) Access Policy

During business hours, the College will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests and invitees. During non business hours access to all College facilities is by key, if issued, or by admittance via the Department of Security staff. In the case of periods of extended closing, the College will admit only those with prior written approval to all facilities. Over extended breaks, the doors of all buildings will be secured around the clock.

Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules. Areas that are revealed as problematic have security surveys conducted of them. Administrators from the Dean of Administration's Office, Physical Plant and other concerned areas review these results. These surveys examine security issues such as landscaping, locks, alarms, lighting and communications. Additionally, during the academic year, the Directors of Facilities Management, Campus Police/Security and Maintenance meet bi-weekly to discuss issues of pressing concern.

(No. 4) Campus Police Authority and Jurisdiction

The College’s Police have complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on-campus and areas immediately adjacent to the campus. If minor offenses involving College rules and regulations are committed by a College student, the Campus Police may also refer the individual to the Dean of Student Affairs or his designee.

Major offenses, such as rape, murder, aggravated assault, robbery and auto theft, are reported to the local police and joint investigative efforts with investigators from the College, State Police and city police are deployed to solve these serious felony crimes. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted at the Superior Court of Connecticut. Campus Police work closely with local, state and federal police agencies and have direct radio communication with the New Haven 911 Emergency System.  By mutual agreement with state and federal agencies, the Gateway Community College Police department has access to an NLETS terminal (National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Network). Through this system police personnel can access the National Crime Information Computer system as well as the Connecticut Information Enforcement System. These computer databases are used for accessing criminal history data, nationwide police records, driver/vehicle identification information as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement information.

(No. 4) Campus Security

College Safety and Security officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the College. College security officers have the authority to issue parking tickets, which are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty and staff. Safety and Security officers do not possess arrest power. Criminal incidents are referred to the Gateway College Police department and local police who have jurisdiction on the campus. The Safety and Security Office at the College maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Connecticut State Police Department, the City of New Haven Police and Southern Connecticut State University Police Department . All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to the College’s Safety and Security Office and the appropriate police agency. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

(No. 5) General Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency

Community members, students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the College Police/Security Department in a timely manner. This publication focuses on the College Police/Security Department because it patrols the campus.

To report a crime or an emergency on the campus, call campus police/security at 5-2246 or from outside the College telephone system at 203-285-2246. To report a non-emergency security or public safety related matter, call campus police/security at 5-2246 or from outside the College telephone system, 203-285-2246.

Dispatchers are available at these respective telephone numbers. In response to a call, campus police/security will take the required action, dispatching an officer or asking the victim to report to a campus police/security location to file an incident report.

All campus police incident reports are forwarded to the Dean of Student Affairs’ office or his designee for review and potential action.  Campus police investigators will investigate a report when it is deemed appropriate. Additional information obtained via the investigation will also be forwarded to the Dean of Student Affairs or his designee.

If assistance is required from the Connecticut State Police Department or the New Haven Fire Department, campus police/security will contact the appropriate unit. If a sexual assault or rape should occur, staff on the scene, including campus police/security, will offer the victim a wide variety of services. The College does not have a Sexual Assault Crisis Consultation Team.

This website contains information about on-campus and off campus resources. That information is made available to provide College community members with specific information about the resources that are available in the event that they become the victim of a crime. The information about “resources” is not provided to infer that those resources are “reporting entities" for the College.

Crimes should be reported to the College Police/Security/(other) Department to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community, when appropriate. For example, a crime that was reported only to the Women & Families Center-Sexual Assault Crisis Services or other agencies within New Haven County would not be included in the College’s crime statistics.

(No. 7) Security Awareness Programs

During orientation, students are informed of services offered by the Campus Police. An oral presentation outline ways to maintain personal safety and security. Students are told about crime on-campus and in surrounding neighbor-hoods. Similar information is presented to new employee through the Employee Manual. Crime Prevention Programs and Sexual Assault Prevention Programs are offered on a continual basis. Periodically during the academic year the City of New Haven Police, in cooperation with other College organizations and departments, present crime prevention awareness sessions on sexual assault (rape and acquaintance rape), Rohypnol abuse, theft and vandalism as well as educational sessions on personal safety and security.

A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others. In addition to seminars, information is disseminated to students and employees through crime prevention awareness packets, security alert posters, displays, videos and articles and advertisements in College and student newspapers.

When time is of the essence, information is released to the College community
through security alerts posted prominently throughout campus, through computer
Memos sent over the College's electronic mail system and a voice mail/broadcasting system.

Crime Prevention Programs
Crime Prevention Programs on personal safety and theft prevention are sponsored by various campus organizations throughout the year. College Police/Security/other personnel facilitate programs for student, parent, faculty and new employee orientations, student organizations, community organizations, in addition to programs providing a variety of educational strategies and tips on how to protect themselves from sexual assault, theft and other crimes.

(No. 6) Policy Statement Addressing Counselors and Voluntary Confidential Reporting of Crime Statistics

The College does not employ pastoral or professional counselors to provide therapeutic services. However, the College has limited procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crime statistics.  Victims or witnesses to a crime are encouraged to report what they know about a crime to the Police.  The College Police/Security welcome such information and, under some circumstances, will guarantee confidentiality.  However, the College can not guarantee confidentiality in all instances, particularly when the information pertains to an offense or an alleged offender that may affect the safety of others on campus or mandated to be reported.  When a potentially dangerous threat to the College community arises, timely reports or warnings will be issued through  (coordinate with timely warning policy language), e-mail announcements, the posting of flyers at local campuses, in-class announcements or other appropriate means.


(No. 8) Policy Statement Addressing Criminal Activity Off Campus

The College does not recognize any student organization located off campus.  The College’s Police/Security members do not provide law enforcement service off-campus.  Criminal activity off campus is monitored and recorded by the Gateway Community College Police and the City of New Haven Police Department.  Student Affairs and College Police/Security members have a close working relationship with the Connecticut State Police, Southern Connecticut State University Police Department and the City of New Haven Police Department when violations of federal, state or local laws are reported. This cooperative team approach addresses situations as they arise as well as future concerns.

(No. 9) 4.15 Policy on Drugs and Alcohol in the Community Colleges

Drugs and Alcohol in the Community Colleges
The Board of Regents endorses the statement of the network of colleges and universities committed to the elimination of drug and alcohol abuse, which is based on the following premise:

American society is harmed in many ways by the abuse of alcohol and other drugs -- decreased productivity, serious health problems, breakdown of the family structure, and strained social resources. Problems of illicit use and abuse of substances have a pervasive effect upon many segments of society -- all socio-economic groups, all age levels and even the unborn.   Education and learning are especially impaired by alcohol abuse and illicit drug use.  (Statement of the Network of Colleges and Universities Committed to the Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse)

The Board recognizes that education regarding alcohol and substance abuse is an appropriate and even necessary part of contemporary college life. Since the
unauthorized use of controlled substances, in addition to the potential harmful effect it may have on students and employees, is contrary to state and federal law and regulation, it must be prohibited in any college activity, on or off the college campus.

Although the conditions of alcohol and drug dependency may be considered
disabilities or handicaps under state and federal law and regulation and Board of
Trustees’ policy, and employees and students will not be discriminated against
because they have these disabilities, all students and employees are considered to be responsible for their actions and their conduct.

These provisions shall apply to all colleges under the jurisdiction of the Board:

1. No student or employee shall knowingly possess, use, distribute, transmit, sell or be under the influence of any controlled substance on the college campus or off the college campus at a college-sponsored activity, function, or event. Use or
possession of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered
physician shall not be a violation of this provision.

2. All colleges shall develop and enforce policies regarding the sale, distribution,
possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus, subject to state
and federal law. Consistent with previous Board policy, the consumption of
alcoholic beverages on campus may be authorized by the President subject to the following conditions, as appropriate:

a. when a temporary permit for the sale of alcoholic beverages has been
    obtained and dram shop act insurance has been purchased;
b. when a college permit has been obtained;
c. when students bring their own beverages;
d. when alcoholic beverages are provided by a student organization and no fee
    is charged for attendance or for said beverages.


ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY

The Board of Regents for Higher Education in Connecticut endorses the statement of the network of colleges and universities committed to the elimination of drug and alcohol abuse, which is based on the following premise:American society is harmed in many ways by the abuse of alcohol and other drugs — decreased productivity, serious health problems, breakdown of the family structure, and strained social resources. Problems of illicit use and abuse of substances have a pervasive effect upon many segments of society — all socioeconomic groups, all age levels, and even the unborn, Education and learning are especially impaired by alcohol abuse and illicit drug use.* The Board recognizes that education regarding alcohol and substance abuse is an appropriate and even necessary part of contemporary college life. Since the unauthorized use of controlled substances, in addition to the potential harmful effect it may have on students and employees, is contrary to state and federal law and regulation, it must be prohibited in any college activity, on or off the college campus. Although the conditions of alcohol and drug dependency may be considered disabilities or handicaps under state and federal law and regulation and Board of Regents policy, and employees and students will not be discriminated against because they have these disabilities, all students and employees are considered to be responsible for their actions and their conduct. • Statement of the Network of Colleges and Universities Committed to the Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
These provisions shall apply to all colleges under the jurisdiction of the board:

  1. No student or employee shall knowingly possess, use, distribute, transmit, sell, or be under the influence of any controlled substance on the college campus or off the college campus at a college-sponsored activity, function, or event. Use or possession of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be a violation of this provision.
  2. All colleges shall develop and enforce policies regarding the sale, distribution, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus, subject to state and federal law. Consistent with previous board policy, the consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus may be authorized by the president subject to the following conditions, as appropriate: a. when a temporary permit for the sale of alcoholic beverages has been obtained and dram shop act insurance has been purchased; b. when a college permit has been obtained; c. when students bring their own beverages; d. when alcoholic beverages are provided by a student organization and no fee is charged for attendance or for said beverages.
  3. All colleges shall provide educational programs on the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and referral for assistance for students and employees who seek it. Colleges are encouraged to establish campus-wide committees to assist in development of these programs in response to particular campus needs and identification of referral resources in their respective service planning regions.
  4. This policy shall be published in all college catalogs, faculty and staff manuals, and other appropriate literature.
  5. Failure to comply with this policy will result in invocation of the appropriate disciplinary procedure and may result in separation from the college and referral to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.

(No. 10)  Policies Regarding Sex Offenses

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

The College educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through educational programs and information throughout the academic year. The Police/Security and the Counseling and Student Success Center Department offers sexual assault education and information programs to College students and employees upon request. Literature on date rape education, risk reduction and College response is available through the Counseling and Student Success Center.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this College, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The College strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a College Police/Security officer.  Filing a report with a College Police/Security officers will not obligate the victim to prosecute nor will it subject the reported victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will ensure that a person who reports being a victim of a sexual assault:

  • receives the necessary medical treatment and tests without expense to them;
  • provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which   
  • cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash,
  • douche, use the toilet or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam)
  • assure the reported victim has access to free confidential counseling from
  • counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.

When a person who contacts the Security Department and reports they have been the victim of a sexual assault, the Gateway Police Department, City of New Haven Police Department and the Dean of Student Affairs Office will be notified as well.  The reported victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the College’s student conduct system or one or the other. A representative from the Police/Security Department or the Dean of Student Affairs or his designee will guide the reported victim through the available options and support the reported victim in his or her decision. Various counseling options and support services are available in the community and the Sexual Assault Victim’s Unit of the New Haven Police Department.

College student conduct proceedings, as well as special guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct, are detailed in the Student Handbook. The Handbook provides, in part, that the accused student and the reported victim will each be allowed to choose one (1) person who has had no formal legal training to accompany them throughout the hearing.  Both the reported victim and accused student will be informed of the outcome of the hearing. A student found to have violated Board of Regents and College Policy regarding sexual misconduct may be suspended or expelled from the College for the first offense – include this statement or substitute with a mandated statement of sanctions that may be imposed upon a determination that a student ahs committed a sex offense – must be more than a statement that ’sanctions will be imposed.) in addition to be criminally prosecuted in the courts. Those students who report they are a victim of a sexual assault have the option to request a change in their academic situations after a reported sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available.


(No. 11) Policy Statement Addressing Sex Offender Registration

In accordance with the "Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act" of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the College Police/Security Department is provides a link to the Connecticut State Police Sex Offender Registry.

This Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation or is a student.

In the State of Connecticut, convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender Registry maintained by the Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police, Sex Offender Registry Unit, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 54-250. The Sex Offender Registry information provided under this law shall be used for the purposes of the administration of criminal justice, screening of current or prospective employees and volunteers or otherwise for the protection of the public in general and children in particular. Unlawful use of the information for purposes of intimidating or harassing another is prohibited and a willful violation shall be punishable as provided by law.

The Connecticut State Police is responsible for maintaining this registry. Follow the link below to access the Connecticut State Police website: www.ct.gov/dps/site/default.asp







 

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