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Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990

The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 requires Darton College, as all other institutions participating in Federal student aid programs, to publish and distribute to all current students and employees an annual report of security policies and crime statistics. An applicant for enrollment or employment may also request a copy of the report.

The “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (originally known as the “Campus Security Act”) was enacted by the United States Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 1990. It is named in memory of 19-year old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery who was assaulted and murdered while asleep in her residence hall in 1986. This law requires us and all institutional officials with significant responsibility for campus and student affairs to publicly disclose 3 years of campus crime statistics.

The report will be distributed each year. Distribution will be made through appropriate publications or mailings.

Programs For Crime Prevention:

During orientation, students are given the opportunity to attend an information session where information is given to them relating to campus safety, personal safety, dorm security and theft prevention. Also, students and parents are advised of various programs Public Safety offers.

Periodically and upon request, Public Safety presents seminars on sexual assault, theft, drug and alcohol abuse and personal safety. In addition to these seminars, information is disseminated through electronic mail, the Public Safety web site and articles in the Student newspapers.

Programs Designed to Inform Students & Employees About Campus Security Procedures & Practices:

During new semester orientation, students are informed of the various services provided by the Public Safety. These presentations outline ways to maintain personal safety and residence halls security. Students are also told about incidents of crime on campus. Personal security when away from Campus is stressed.

Public Safety consults with Student Affairs and with various College officials on a periodic basis to discuss crime prevention topics, campus security procedures and practices, and then designs presentations, flyers and brochures to inform the campus community.

Electronic mail, interoffice memos and the College newspaper are also used to inform the College Community of security procedures and practices.

Maps with the locations of the thirty (30) emergency call boxes are also distributed. The emergency call boxes, when activated, notify Darton Police immediately, via the police radio. Safety and security tips are also posted on the Public Safety website.

Crime awareness and crime prevention programs strongly encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and others.

Fire Safety Reporting:

Darton Police will maintain a daily log of actual fires and false fire alarms in on-campus housing facilities where there is property damage or death or injury to people. This report will be made available annually.

Georgia Sex Offender Registry:

Missing Person Protocol

In the event that a member of the campus community has reason to believe that a student who resides in an on-campus housing facility is missing, he/she should immediately notify the Darton College Department of Public Safety (DPS). The DPS will then notify the University’s Vice President of Student Affairs or his designee, prepare a missing persons report, and initiate an investigation.

Per HEOA requirement, each student has the option to identify a confidential contact to be notified within 24 hours of the determination by the DPS or other law enforcement agency that the student is missing. If a student elects to identify a confidential contact, that information will be maintained by the Vice President of Student Affairs Office, and is accessible only to authorized campus officials. The information may not be disclosed, except to law enforcement officials in furtherance of a missing persons investigation. If a separate missing persons contact is not identified by the student, an investigation will still be initiated and the emergency contact on record will be notified.

If the missing student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, he/she can still designate a confidential contact. However, in compliance with the HEOA, a legal parent or guardian will also be notified.

All students who register for on-campus housing will be advised of this policy at the time of registration and/or upon housing check-in. During the registration process, specific emergency contact information will be captured. At that time, students will have the opportunity to provide separate missing person contact information as well, if they choose to do so.

The following procedures will be followed in a missing person case:

The procedures are enacted as soon as a student is reported missing.

Alert Darton Police, Student Services, and Resident Assistants
of the situation. A picture should be published and given to the staff.

The following resources or persons should be contacted immediately to try and determine any points of contact with the College:

If, after an investigation by Darton Police and the Student Services Staff, the resident is determined to be missing, the Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee) will contact the student’s parent or designated emergency contact person.

A description and picture along with any other information will be provided to each local law enforcement agency. Darton Police will continue to investigate utilizing established police investigative procedures. Darton Police will also coordinate its efforts with outside law enforcement agencies in full compliance with legal obligations and established police procedures.

A school-wide e-mail alert will be sent to faculty, staff and students with the missing student’s picture attached.

Notify the Public Relations Office and refer any outside inquires to the Public Relations Office.

Responsible Department: Public Safety
Content Contact: Kathleen Schlarb (web representative)
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