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2011 Annual Security/Crime Report for University College at Norway/South Paris

 

Background:

Western Maine University and Community College Center (WMUCC) at South Paris is part of the University of Maine System (UMS) delivering UMS programs and courses in the western foothills of Maine. We are an off-campus center, located in a leased building, where we deliver programs/courses for the seven universities in the state. As a provider, we are required to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, enacted in October 1998. The requirements and our responses are summarized below.

Requirements of the Law

(A) A statement of current campus policies regarding procedures and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus and policies concerning the institution’s response to such reports.

Response: Western Maine University and Community College Center at South Paris does not have its own security force. All students and employees should report criminal offenses, for timely warning and statistical reporting purposes, to the following staff personnel:

• The Director -743-9322;

• An Administrative Assistant -743-9322.

• Student workers on duty at our front desk – 743-9322.

The staff will report any crimes to the local police department in the town of S. Paris 743-0549 (911 for emergency). Incident reports will be filled out and provided to University College staff in Augusta. These reports, together with any statistics from the police and policy information, form the basis of the crime report, which is compiled and published on an annual basis by October 1.

We will provide timely notice of crimes to our students to protect their safety and to help prevent similar incidents. This notice will be given by having the Director personally visit classrooms and issue a warning and/or by publishing a special student bulletin made available to each student.

The town of S. Paris provides fire department services and ambulance services through 911.

We do not have any procedures for crimes to be reported on a voluntary, confidential basis.

(B) A statement of current policies concerning security and access to campus facilities, including campus residences, and security considerations used in the maintenance of campus facilities.

Response: The WMUCC building is accessible to students and members of the community during normal operating hours on Monday through Saturday. Those hours are normally 7 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We have no residence halls. We have a key control program to limit unauthorized access.

Our building has outside lighting, at both the main and rear entrances, and in our parking lot. This lighting is checked frequently. Staff who close the building ensure all windows and doors are shut and locked as they leave.

Our local police department makes routine patrols through our parking lots after dark.

(C) A statement of current policies concerning campus law enforcement, including the enforcement authority of security personnel, including their working relationship with State and local police agencies; and policies which encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the campus police and the appropriate police agencies.

Response: Although we have no security personnel, our working relationships with our local police department is excellent. They are simply a phone call away. Paris Police Department – 743-0549.

Since we are a small community, we have a unique and close relationship with students. We encourage them to report crimes promptly. We do this at orientations and through periodic reminders in our newsletters.

(D) A description of the type and frequency of programs designed to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices and to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.

Response: Every semester, we go through lock-up procedures with our student workers to ensure they (especially new employees) are familiar with securing the building. We stress ensuring windows/doors are locked, and outside lighting is on.

(E) A description of programs designed to inform students and employees about the prevention of crimes.

Response: We do not have set programs in place to prevent crimes.

(F) A statement of policy concerning the monitoring and recording through local police agencies of criminal activity at off-campus student organizations which are recognized by the institution and that are engaged in by students attending the institution, including those student organizations with off-campus housing facilities.

Response: We have no off-campus student organizations or housing.

(G) A statement of policy regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and enforcement of State underage drinking laws.

Response: We follow University of Maine System policy, as outlined in the Student Conduct Code, and Maine State Law, regarding alcoholic beverages which prohibit the acquisition, transportation, possession and consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age. We have a policy not to allow the possession or consumption of alcohol on our premises.

(H) A statement of policy regarding the possession, use, and sale of illegal drugs and

enforcement of Federal and State drug laws.

Response: We follow University of Maine System policy, as outlined in the Student Conduct Code, and state and federal law, which prohibit the possession, use or sale of illegal drugs or paraphernalia.

Employee violations of these policies will be reported to our Human Resource Officer, and the Executive Director of University College, for review and action.

Employees are subject to appropriate sanctions that may include but are not limited to: suspension, probation, dismissal, restitution, official censure or reprimand, referral for prosecution, and participation in a rehabilitation program.

Student violations of these policies governing drugs and alcohol are subject to disciplinary action that may include referral to counseling, and/or referral of individuals to the Committee on Student Conduct. Sanctions that may be imposed by the Committee include but are not limited to: verbal warning, letter of censure, exclusion from various campus social and/or ceremonial activities, disciplinary probation, mandatory referral to a counseling program, suspension for a designated period of time, suspension with readmission contingent on proof of counseling or successful completion of a rehabilitation program and/or dismissal from the University in which enrolled, and referral for prosecution.

(I) A description of any drug or alcohol abuse education programs as required under the Higher Education Act.

Response: We have no local programs established at WMUCC, but have viable referral options for both employees and students. Pamphlets regarding university policy on alcohol and drugs for both employees and students are sent to all employees and registered students. Students are referred to our Director for further referrals. Students, if matriculated, are referred to their local campus, either the University of Maine at Augusta, Cornerstone Programs, phone: 621-3390 or the University of Southern Maine, University Health and Counseling Services, phone: 780-4050. Non-matriculated students are referred to local agencies. Employees are referred to our Human Resource officer (Judy Jewell – 621-3409) and to the system Employee Assistance Program, phone 1-877-622-4327.

Students and employees are also referred to the following local resources:

• Alcoholics Anonymous, includes Alanon (Families and friends of alcoholis); ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics); Alateen (Teenage Children of Alcoholics). Phone: 1-800-737-6237.

• Bureau of Liquor Enforcement, phone: 621-8973.

• Catholic Charities Maine Fellowship House (Lewiston), phone: 784-2901.

• Maine Office of Substance Abuse (Augusta), phone: 800-499-0027.

• Narcotics Anonymous, phone: 800-974-0062.

• Cocaine Hotline, phone: 800-cocaine.

(J) A statement of policy regarding the institution’s campus sexual assault programs to prevent sex offenses, and procedures to follow when a sex offense occurs.

Response: We have no specific in-house programs to promote awareness of rape and other sex offenses. We do have information posted throughout the building regarding a local rape counseling hotline. Any student making a complaint of any sexual offense will be referred to the Director who will advise, encourage and assist with reporting the offense to local law enforcement and to the closest campus conduct officer (either UMA or USM) for appropriate action under the UMS Student Conduct Code and that institution’s student guide.

The code/guide make it clear both accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary hearing, and both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual offense.

Victims of sexual assault should be aware of the importance of preserving evidence, which may be necessary to prove sexual assault.

Students involved in misconduct (including violations of University regulations) are subject not only to prosecution by the courts but also to disciplinary action taken by the Code of Conduct Committee. Specific judicial procedures are contained in Student Guides as well as the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code. The Conduct Code booklet is provided separately to all newly matriculated students.

Students may request assistance in changing academic situations after an alleged sexual assault incident if they so desire. Changes will be made if the requested changes are reasonable and if facilities are available.

Sexual Assault Resources:

• Sexual Assault Support Services: 1-800-822-5999

• Families Can! – 721-0484

• Abused Women’s Advocacy Project: 1-800-559-2927

• Family Crisis Shelter: 1-800-522-3304

Location of Sex Offenders Registry

In accordance with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained at:

Paris Police Department, 13 Church St., S. Paris, ME 04281 – 743-0549

(K) A statement of current campus policies regarding immediate emergency response and evacuation procedures, which policies shall include procedures to:

i.) 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 staff occurring on the campus unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency

Response:  Students, staff and visitors in the building which houses University College at Norway/South Paris are notified of the need to evacuate by activation of the building fire alarm.

ii.) publicize emergency response and evacuation procedures on an annual basis in a manner designed to reach students and staff

Response:  All students and staff are notified annually of the location of this Annual Security/Crime report for University College at Norway/South Paris where these procedures are publicized.

iii.) test emergency response and evacuation procedures on an annual basis.

Response:  The evacuation plan is tested annually by activating the building fire alarm.

University College at Norway/South Paris Crime Statistics

Criminal Offense 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Forcible sex offenses
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Nonforcible sex offenses
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Aggravated assault
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Burglary
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Motor vehicle theft
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Arson
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Arrests 2009 2010 2011
Liquor Law Violations
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Drug law violations
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Illegal weapons possessions
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Hate Offenses 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Aggravated assault
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
All forcible sex offenses, including forcible rape
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Arson
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Simple assault
On-Campus 0 0
Public Property 0 0
Disciplinary Actions 2008 2009 2010
Liquor Law Violations
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Drug law violations
On-Campus 0 0 0
Non-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Illegal weapons possessions
On-Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0

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