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Presentation on theme: "PRESENTED BY: PATRICK W. GAGNON DIRECTOR OF SAFETY & SECURITY Campus Safety 101."— Presentation transcript:


2 Safety & Security Mission The philosophy of the St. Lawrence University Safety & Security department is to provide a safe and secure environment for the entire University community. We ask that all students, staff, and faculty members familiarize themselves with the handbook and all the services provided by this department. The first step in a successful safety and security program is community awareness of our policies and services.

3 Department Overview Our office is located at 76 Park Street – The Diana B. Torrey 82 – Health and Counseling Center

4 Staff Dispatch Center – 4 Emergency Dispatchers staff our dispatch center 24/7/365 Our dispatchers monitor: emergency phone lines fire alarm panels access control alarms blue phone activations and yellow call box activations surveillance video systems. Information is passed by the dispatchers to the Safety & Security Officers in the field by 2 way radio or cellular phone.

5 Staff Safety & Security Officers – We have 10 Safety & Security Officers that provide 24/7/365 patrol and emergency response services. Our officers respond to violations of NYS Penal Law, Student Handbook violations, fire alarms, access control alarms, and intruder alarms. Our officers conduct investigations and work closely with our community partners: Canton Village Police, Canton Fire & Rescue, St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Department, SUNY Canton University Police and the New York State Police.

6 Security Officer Patrol Vehicles

7 Staff Student Safety Team Consists of 12-15 students dedicated to providing safety patrol assistance to the Safety & Security Officers Patrols campus walkways, roadways, and campus buildings Provides Safe Walks as requested Reports incidents to dispatch for officer response, maintenance response, or for documentation purposes Performs non-emergency transports to Canton Potsdam Hospital and various doctors offices

8 Staff First Response Team Consists of 12-15 students dedicated to providing emergency medical services Performs patrols of campus walkways, roadways, and campus buildings Reports incidents to dispatch for officer response, maintenance response, or for documentation purposes

9 Safe Walks Safety & Security provides safe walks from any university affiliated or owned property to another university affiliated or owned property. Safe Walks consist of a personal escort by a Safety & Security Officer or Student Safety Team Member. To request a safe walk at any time of the day or night, simply call 5555 from a campus phone or 315-229-5555 from an outside line or cellular phone.

10 Clery Act Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" (originally the Campus Security Act) Colleges and Universities have a responsibility to provide: Policy disclosure Records collection and retention Information dissemination

11 Policy disclosure Colleges/Universities must provide their campus community and the public with accurate statements of its current policies and practices regarding: Procedures for students, staff, and faculty to report criminal actions or emergencies occurring on campus – CALL 229- 5555 or 5555. Security of and access to campus facilities Campus law enforcement authority At St. Lawrence University – Safety & Security Officers

12 Policies and procedures for students, faculty and staff to report crimes and emergencies occurring on campus; the security of and access to our campus facilities; and campus law enforcement authority can be found: Safety & Security Department Web Page Annual Security Report / Annual Fire Safety Report St. Lawrence University Student Handbook Policy/Services/Reports Locations:

13 Records collection and retention Colleges/Universities are required to keep campus records of reported crimes and to request records from area law enforcement agencies. If a College/University maintains a campus police or security office, they are required to keep a daily crime log that must be open, during business hours, to public inspection upon request.

14 Information Dissemination Colleges/Universities are required to provide campus community members with information necessary to make informed decisions about their safety, and must disseminate information in several ways. Colleges/Universities must: Provide a timely warning of any Clery Act crime that might represent an ongoing threat to the safety of students or employees Provide access to your crime log during normal business hours Publish an annual security report and annual fire safety report. Make both reports available to all current students and employees, and inform prospective students and employees about the content and availability of the report. Inform the campus community where to obtain information about registered sex offenders Submit their institutions crime statistics to Department of Education through a web-based data collection system.

15 To report crimes, fires or emergencies….. CALL Safety & Security: From campus phones, dial 5555 From cell phones, dial 315-229-5555 CALL Canton Village Police From campus phones dial 8 then 386- 4561 or 911 From cell phones, dial 315-386-4561

16 Emergency Notifications Communications If St. Lawrence University experiences a limited emergency related to weather, crime, accident or other cause, these guidelines direct our communication: Those directly involved with an emergency will receive personal, direct information as immediately as possible. The campus community is informed promptly and updated regularly through these methods, depending on the nature of the emergency: Email to campus email addresses Posting on the Universitys main Web page, directed to the Emergency Alert web page for details.

17 Emergency Notifications Communications If St. Lawrence University experiences an emergency that poses danger to the campus-wide community, well activate these communications: Message(s) sent through broadcast text message to cell phones via NY ALERT system. (Title SLUALERT) Posted on our Web site home page, FACEBOOK pages, and SLU Twitter account Message(s) sent through the campus email system Message(s) sent through the campus voice mail system Safety & Security Patrol vehicles public address systems

18 Missing Student Policy In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act and the Clery Act: St. Lawrence University will immediately investigate any report of a missing resident who is enrolled at St. Lawrence University and residing in university-owned housing. A student may be considered to be a missing person if the persons absence is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and/or unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Each resident is required to identify the name and contact number of the individual(s) who are a primary contact to be notified in case of an emergency or in the event that the resident is reported missing. In the event the student is under the age of 18 and is not emancipated, the University is required to have the primary emergency contact be a custodial parent or guardian.

19 Missing Student Policy If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student is missing, the Office of Safety and Security should immediately be notified. Safety & Security and/or Residence Life will make reasonable efforts to locate the student to determine his or her state of health and well-being. The students cell phone or campus phone will be the first contact. Additional efforts may include checking the residents room, access control card history and campus wide account usage, class schedule, on campus vehicle, friends, coaches, and parents. If all the above attempts to locate or establish contact with the missing student are unsuccessful, the University will contact the Village of Canton Police Department immediately and report the student as a missing person. Student residents planning to be absent from the campus for an extended period of time should be sure to notify friends and family with information about their whereabouts. Student residents are also cautioned to regularly check their on-campus mailbox as uncollected mail, in conjunction with other information, may cause concern that a student is missing.

20 Missing Student Policy Safety & Security Web Page: policy policy Student Handbook:

21 Emergency Contact Information Provide Emergency Contact Name and Number Provide Missing Person Contact Name and Number Emergency Contact Information

22 New York State Sex Offender Registry Safety & Security Web Page NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Web Page St. Lawrence County Sheriff Department Web Page

23 Who is responsible to report crimes: Campus police Non-police security staff responsible for monitoring campus property Individuals and offices designated by the campus security policies as those to whom crimes should be reported Officials of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities

24 Campus Security Authorities According to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, our university is required to disclose statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to local law enforcement agencies or any official of the institution who is defined as a Campus Security Authority. The law defines Campus Security Authority as: An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings. An example would be a dean of students who oversees student housing, a student center, or student extra- curricular activities and has significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

25 Annual Security Report, Crime Statistics, and Annual Fire Safety Report Annual Security Report / Annual Fire Safety Report and-fire-safety-report Crime Statistics / Crime Definitions Go to the Safety & Security Web Page:

26 Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Physical Violence, and Stalking Incidents involving Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Physical Violence, or Stalking must be reported to Safety & Security at 5555 or 229- 5555.

27 Once an incident is reported: Our first commitment will be to the survivors safety. Once the safety of the survivor is confirmed, the survivor controls the process. We will provide the survivor with any one or all of the following resources/services: Medical treatment Advocate from our Advocate Program Counselor from our Counseling Center Community Outreach Programs (Renewal House) Law Enforcement Safe room

28 Access Control System St. Lawrence University has installed a card access control system, requiring our community members to pass their access cards to access all residential buildings and several of our academic and administrative buildings. The access control system also detects propped doors or forced entry and an alarm activates at both the door and at the dispatch center.

29 Card Components, Reader, and Yellow Call Box

30 Blue Phones/Yellow Call Boxes

31 Blue Phones/Yellow Call Boxes Map

32 Cross Walk Safety Summary of Rights of Way At signalized intersections, pedestrians crossing with the light have the right of way over vehicles turning across their paths. At other marked crosswalks and at intersections, pedestrians have the right of way. Vehicles in both lanes must slow down or stop to let them cross. Pedestrians crossing at random mid-block locations must yield to all vehicles. USE THE CROSSWALKS!

33 Pedestrians Pedestrians: Must use sidewalks whenever they are safely available. When sidewalks are unavailable, pedestrians must walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Should wear light or bright colors and/or reflectors, or by carrying a flashlight.

34 Vehicle Operators Drivers: Must yield the right of way to any pedestrian on a sidewalk, or one who is crossing the road with a guide dog, or with a white or metallic cane. It is illegal to pass a vehicle that has stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

35 Bicycles Bicycles must follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicles, including stopping at stop signs, signaling turns and stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks.

36 Fire Safety – Fire Alarms – Fire Drills Fire Alarms – YOU MUST EXIT THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY WHEN YOU HEAR FIRE ALARMS! Fire Drills will be conducted twice per semester. Cooperate with Safety & Security, Canton Fire Department and Canton Police Report fires and/or fire safety violations to Safety & Security immediately.

37 Weapons Policy The New York State Legislature adopted the following legislation regarding firearms on campus: Section 265.01(3): Any person who knowingly has in his possession a rifle, shotgun, or firearm in or upon a building or the grounds, used for educational purposes, of any school, college or university without the written authorization of such educational institution, is guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor, and is guilty of a Class D Felony if he has previously been convicted of any crime. Section 265.06: It shall be unlawful for any person age sixteen or older to knowingly possess any air-gun, spring gun, or other instrument or weapon in which the propelling force is a spring, air, piston or CO2 cartridge in or upon a building or grounds, used for educational purposes, of any school, college or university, without the written authorization of such educational institution. In accordance with this law, rifles, shotguns, BB guns, pellet guns, hunting bows, knives, swords, martial arts weapons, sling shots and other weapons, as well as ammunition associated with these weapons, are prohibited on campus. Unusual or special exceptions are made only with the permission of the director of safety and security. Violations result in referral to the Student Judiciary Board or Human Resources, confiscation and possible loss of item in violation, and may be subject to arrest in accordance with Section 265.01(3) or Section 265.06 as described above.

38 Fines for the following Canton Village Ordinances: Open Container 1 st Offense is $250-$500 2 nd Offense is $500-$1000 3 rd Offense is $1000-$1500 Public Urination 1 st Offense is $250-$500 2 nd Offense is $500-$1000 3 rd Offense is $1000-$1500

39 Web Sites and Contact Information Safety & Security dial 5555 or 229-5555 Canton Village Police dial 911 0r 386-4561 Canton Potsdam Hospital dial 265-3300 Canton Rescue Squad dial 911 0r 5555 Advocates Program dial 229-5122 Health and Counseling Center dial 5392 or 229- 5392 services services

40 Contact Information: Director Patrick Gagnon – Office 229-5555/5609 Email:


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