This report is filed as required by the federal "Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act." (hereafter referred to as the Campus Safety Act) which was last amended in 1998. The purpose of this report is to provide our faculty, staff and students with campus safety information including crime statistics and procedures to follow to report a crime. The report is prepared by the University Police Department, office of student affairs and is electronically available at http://www.fredonia.edu/upd/campussafety.asp. Any questions regarding this report should be directed to room the Office of Student Affairs, Maytum Hall, 673-3271. Policy for the Preparation of Annual Campus Safety Report The crime and referral statistics gathered for this report were based on information obtained from the following offices: University Police, Judicial Affairs, Residence Life, Student Affairs and the Fredonia Police Department. Univeristy Police will act as the "clearing house" in statistical gathering from those with "significant responsibilities for students and campus activities".
|General Security Information
Crime Prevention Programs
University Police Department
SUNY Witness Program
|Campus Crime Statistics
Security in Residence Halls
Sexual Crimes Information
State of Victims' Rights
In 1999-2000, 4,727 undergraduates and 293 graduate students were enrolled at the state university college. More than 2,300 undergraduate students reside in 13 residence halls on campus. The college employs 240 full-time faculty and 161 part-time faculty. The college also employs 461 staff members.
Students, faculty, and employees have access to academic, recreational and administrative facilities on campus during regular hours of operation. Access to the residence halls, however, is limited to students and their guests according to a guest procedure presented in the College Handbook on page 46. Access to the residence halls by college employees is on an "as needed" basis and incorporates access procedures through facilities.
The public can attend cultural and recreational events on campus with their access limited only to the facilities in which these events are held. To report any violations of this policy or to report suspicious persons, dial campus extension 3333 for the University Police.
- General Safety Program - overview of University Police Department, safety tips, alcohol, Operation I.D., harassing telephone calls, Silent Witness and any other general topic of interest to students.
- Rape Awareness - general discussion for all students covering such topics as laws, victim services and survival tips.
- Rape Awareness for Men - discussion of sexual assault issue geared specifically for male students although any student may attend. A genuine and straightforward discussion on roles, sexual language, "working a no out" and other issues about this important topic. In both Rape awareness programs, alcohol issues are also discussed.
- Alcohol and You - a demonstration of an Alco sensor device and information about impaired versus intoxicated. Questions about laws, behavior and what to do if you are stopped by a Police Officer are discussed.
All members of the campus community are urged to report criminal incidents, emergencies and suspicious activity promptly. The campus emergency number is 673-3333 and this should be used for all fire, medical and police emergencies. All reports are classified, logged, and responded to thoroughly.
Crimes in progress, and any other emergencies on campus can be reported directly by any student, faculty member, or employee, to the University Police department by dialing campus extension 3333. The University Police can also be reached using campus blue light emergency phones or the residence hall door phones, which have a "red" campus police emergency button. Upon receipt of the call, University Police officers are dispatched immediately to the site of the complaint. They prepare and submit incident reports which are kept on file.
Members of the campus community can also report criminal incidents to the following offices:
- Vice President of Student Affairs 3271
- Health Center 3131
- Residence Life 3341
- Director of Athletics 3101
- Counseling Center 3424
Please note that these offices allow victims and witnesses to report crime on a voluntary, confidential basis. Reports of this nature are filed with the University Police for information purposes, but there is no formal investigation of the incident. Counselors, at the counseling center, who are informed by persons they are counseling of the commission of a crime, may also inform that person that crimes can be reported to the Office of Student Affairs on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the college’s crime statistics only.
For staff and students living off campus, a listing of major area emergency numbers appears in this report.
In the event of a major emergency, or if there is an event which poses a threat to students, employees, or others, a "Campus Alert Bulletin" will be prepared and distributed to:
* all Residence Halls and Academic Buildings,
* WCVF and WNYF and the campus e-mail service;
* main entrance doors to academic and residence hall buildings.
Campus safety and security are coordinated by the University Police department, which has a force of 15 sworn police officers with full arrest powers. As an armed police department, patrol members respond to all emergencies.
State University of New York police officers must meet the highest standards in New York State for law enforcement officers. The officers have passed a basic training program administered by the State University at the New York State Police Academy in Albany, NY or a local regional police academy, and undergo continuous training to upgrade their skills. Officers have been trained in emergency medical procedures and first aid. They conduct foot, bike and vehicular patrols on the campus and residence hall areas 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The objective of the University Police is to provide a safe environment for teaching, research and social endeavors and to protect the lives and property of the students, employees and visitors of the state university college. This objective is pursued within the framework of the State University rules and regulations and all local, state and federal laws. The investigation of crimes committed on the campus fall under the jurisdiction of the University Police department. The University Police also work closely with the Village of Fredonia police, Chautauqua County Sheriffs department, and the New York State Police to assist them with incidents that may occur off campus but involve campus staff or students.
Victims of a sex offense will also be informed of their option to notify either University Police or city police, and will be assisted by college personnel in notifying the police if desired.
The University Police enforce laws regulating underage drinking and the use of controlled substances and weapons.
The illegal possession and/or use of marijuana, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogenic compounds, narcotics and other controlled substances are in violation of state and federal law. The State University of New York permits the use of alcoholic beverages on campus by those who comply with state law and who adhere to the guidelines established by the college. Students living in the college residence halls who are 21 years of age or older shall be allowed to possess and consume alcoholic beverages in their rooms in compliance with state law and consistent with college regulations pertaining to possession and consumption. Members of the campus community in need of assistance with respect to a question or personal problem regarding alcohol or other drugs should contact the Counseling Center in LoGrasso Hall at 673-3424.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Resources
e-CHUG: On-line Alcohol Assessment
The e-CHUG (electronic Check-Up to Go) www.fredonia.edu/echug is an interactive web survey that allows university students to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol. The assessment takes about 6-7 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator.
Fredonia C.A.R.E.S.: Change, Acceptance, Responsibility, Experience, Success
This 6-hour Insight Group facilitated by the Counseling Center is designed to meet the needs of students who engage in alcohol and substance use behavior that might cause concern for their physical or emotional health. This is a group counseling session designed for individuals who have experienced negative consequences as a result of substance use.
Fredonia C.A.R.E.S. is designed to facilitate insight into substance use and abuse as well as its affect on one's life. Some issues to be addressed throughout the sessions include: personal attitudes and beliefs about substance use, developing an understanding of the process of addiction and recognizing denial as a part of the process, gaining an understanding of the impact of addiction on the family, encouraging problem solving techniques, identification and expression of feelings, impact of substance use on self-esteem, identification of high risk situations and behavior, and identification of alternatives to substance use. For more information about Fredonia C.A.R.E.S. please contact the Counseling Center, 673-3424.
Weapons on Campus
Firearms and dangerous weapons of any type are not permitted on campus. Intentional use, possession, or sale of firearms or other dangerous weapons by anyone is strictly forbidden and is a violation of state and federal law as well as a violation of the student code of rights and responsibilities.
The University Police also maintain a daily log of crimes and incidents that occur on campus that is available for the public to view. This information is recorded by date, time and general location, and disposition of the complaint. This daily log is available at the University Police Department, Gregory Hall, Second Floor, or can be viewed at the web site. Please note that entries or updates are generally made within two business days after the event occurs. Incidents or situations deemed to pose a threat to the campus community are logged as soon as possible.
While most events are logged, the office of the chief of University Police may determine that an incident be classified as "confidential" in order not to jeopardize a criminal investigation or the identity of a victim.
Crime Prevention Activities
Members of the campus community are urged to secure their valuable and be aware of their surroundings. To assist in this endeavor, the University Police hold educational programs each semester on a variety of topics including personal safety awareness and security, rape awareness/sexual assertiveness training, operation ID, and anti-theft programs. Information on safety and security is provided on request to students and employees regularly via seminars, videos, and crime alerts, posters, brochures and college and student newspapers.
During orientation, programs are presented which address sexual assault, fire safety, and other personal safety topics. Students and their parents are also informed of many personal safety services available on campus, which include campus escort, rape counseling, mental health services, and emergency medical and operation identification.
Services available through the University Police Department throughout the year include motorist assistance, lost and found, and assistance with class projects.
The physical plant department maintains the campus buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. It inspects campus facilities regularly, promptly makes repairs affecting safety and security, and responds immediately to reports of potential safety and security hazards, such as broken windows and locks. If you have concerns about the physical safety of campus buildings and grounds, call the Facilities office Monday through Friday, 7:00 A. M to 4:30 P. M. at 3452. For emergencies that occur during non business hours, call the University Police Department at 3465.
The college campus is well lighted, and further lighting improvements are being made. These include placing high intensity sodium vapor lights on buildings, in parking lot areas, in areas with heavy landscaping and trees, and along pathways frequently traveled by students. In addition to a telephone in each student’s room, there are outdoors-blue light emergency telephones strategically located throughout the campus, which are connected directly to the University Police. Additional sites are being considered for more outdoor emergency telephones. We also provide indoor emergency telephones in several locations for use when offices are closed.
Relationships with Other Police Departments
Criminal activity at off-campus apartments occupied by students and student clubs is monitored and recorded by the University Police Department in cooperation with the Village police and New York State police. These agencies may also assist the University Police as needed. Students involved in off-campus situations involving alcohol/drug offenses or other criminal activities may be referred to the campus judicial program.
The University Police Department maintains an anonymous Silent Witness website at http://www.fredonia.edu/upd/silent.asp. Any person may report criminal activity to the University Police using this site. Information provided through this site is reviewed and investigated.
In accordance with recent updates to the "Campus Safety Act," the following data are presented to review crime activity both on campus and on streets adjacent to campus property. A map, which defines this area, appears in this report. Reported on-campus offenses include all offenses reported on campus property and in campus buildings. A specific breakdown on offenses occurring in university owned residence halls appears under "residence halls" or "other students residence."
Two other categories are presented in this chart: "non-campus buildings or property" and "public property."
The first category, non-campus buildings or property, includes properties owned by student organizations officially recognized by the institution and those owned by the university outside the campus boundaries that appear on the map.
The second category, public property, includes thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks and parking facilities immediately adjacent to the campus.
This section on campus crime statistics also includes arrests and disciplinary referral made to campus authorities for alcohol, drugs and weapons possession. As defined by the campus safety act, a disciplinary referral is an instance when a student is formally reported in writing to a university officer for possible sanction.
As required by the Campus Safety Act, Fredonia state university college is required to report hate crimes in this report. For this reporting, a hate crime occurs when a person is victimized intentionally because of his or her actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability. The hate crimes presented for this report are only related to those offenses that appear in Chart 1-1 or where the victim was bodily injured. For 1999, there were three offenses that were classified as hate crimes. In these situations, two students were victimized on the basis of their sexual orientation and one based on race.
The crimes presented are based on reports filed with the following offices: chief of University Police, dean of students, director or residence life and director of athletics. Formal requests for crime statistics for areas defined as "public property’ and "non-campus buildings and property" were made with the Village of Fredonia police department and the Chautauqua county sheriffs department. The definitions of these offenses, which are defined in the "Uniform Crime Report" and the "Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act," appear in the appendix section of this report.
The State University residential life department is committed to providing a safe environment in the residence halls. Students are made aware of safety concerns as well as tips on prevention through brochures, pamphlets, floor meetings, and presentations. While there are many safeguards in place for residence hall students, each student must do his/her part to assure a safe and secure environment by adhering to the safety related policies and procedures. A residence hall director supervises each of the residence halls.
The hall director is a professional staff person who lives and works in the residence hall. On almost every floor, there is also a resident assistant. A resident assistant (RA) is an upper class student who has received extensive training in many different aspects of residence hall living. The hall directors and resident assistants undergo training in enforcing residence hall safety and security policies as well as being aware of potential safety hazards and concerns. There is on duty hall director for the campus everyday, and an on duty RA everyday.
Every residence hall students is issued a card access "key" to the main entrance of their residence hall and a key to their room. All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. An on-campus telephone is located at the main entrance of each hall for visitors to contact students for entry. Students are allowed access with their key card to only their residence hall.
Student staff members (night clerks) are on duty from 9:00 P. M. until 7:00 A. M. Night clerks sit at a desk with a telephone at the front entrance of each residence hall to check student ID’s and register guests and visitors entering the residence hall with their host/hostess. They also report any unusual circumstances or situations in the residence hall. Although the campus is a safe place to live, there is always the potential for crime. All outside doors are alarmed and will sound if someone exits at a location, which is not appropriate.
Residence hall students should not be lulled into a false sense of security. We all need to be aware of our environment and the possible consequences of our behavior. State University is committed to maintaining an environment in which students; faculty, staff and guests can work together free from all forms of harassment, exploitation and intimidation. State University will act as needed to discourage, prevent, correct and if necessary discipline behavior that violates this standard of conduct. The University Police Department will promptly investigate allegations of unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability or marital status. Allegations of unlawful discrimination can first be discussed with the counseling center, the multicultural intervention team, or the vice president for student affairs.
Sexual Offenses in New York State
|Crime||Description of Criminal Activity||Punishment*|
|Rape||Sexual Intercourse with another person without consent or by force. (Sexual Intercourse carries the traditional meaning and occurs upon any penetration, however slight.)||Felony 1 - 25 years|
|Sodomy||Engaging in Deviate Sexual Intercourse with another person, regardless of consent. (Deviate Sexual Intercourse is defined as contact between the mouth and the genitalia or between the penis and the anus.)||Felony 1 - 25 years
Misdemeanor: 15 days - 1 year
|Sexual Misconduct||A male engaging in Sexual Intercourse or Deviate Sexual Intercourse with another, without consent, or with an animal or dead body.||Misdemeanor: 15 days - 1 year|
|Sexual Abuse||The touching of the intimate parts of a person by either the offender or the victim, either directly or through clothing, for the purpose of sexual gratification.||Felony 1 - 7 years
Misdemeanor: 15 days - 1 year
|Aggravated Sexual Abuse||Inserting the finger or other object into the vagina, urethra, penis, or rectum of another without consent, causing physical injury.||Felony 1 - 25 years|
|* Punishment: All sentencing is dependent upon a variety of factors, including the sex, age, or mental condition of the victim, the victim's ability to consent, amount of force used, if any, whether any injuries were inflicted, and the age and sex of the offender.|
Rape and sexual assault, such as sexual abuse and sodomy, constitute crimes. Such behavior is prohibited by New York state law (see Section 130 of the New York State Penal Law) and section 12 of the campus student handbook. The college also strongly condemns sexual harassment in any form. Allegations of sexual assault or rape should be reported to the University Police Department at 673-3333. Allegations of sexual harassment should be reported to the affirmative action office, ext. 3358. Victims of a sex crime may choose to report the offense to any office, which appears, on page 1 of this report.
Allegations of sexual assault or rape occurring off campus should be reported to the Village of Fredonia police, Chautauqua county sheriff’s department of the New York State Police. Telephone numbers, which include the number of the Rape Crisis Center, the County Department of Mental Health and Student Affairs are listed on a separate page for your convenience. Efforts will be made to ensure the confidentiality of all reports, except as necessary and required to investigate the alleged offenses. College authorities may issue a safety alert to those areas of the college community affected by the crime. The issuance of this alert will depend on the particular circumstances of the crime. Victims can provide information to the University Police and choose either criminal prosecution and/or referral to the on-campus discipline system, the office of judicial programs.
Procedures and possible sanctions related to on-campus discipline are discussed in the Code of Student Conduct. Victims of sex crimes should contact the Office of Student Affairs, ext. 3271 for additional information. Section 18 of the Student Handbook outlines the procedures that can occur if a victim decides to report an incident. It is important to note that the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding. Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary action including the sanction to be imposed. Such sanctions can include suspension and dismissal from the institution.
Sexual Assault Information (Aid to Victims of Violence)
If you are a victim of sexual assault, immediately report the assault to the police. Call 9-911 on campus, or 911 off campus. Police cannot investigate the incident as a crime unless you file a formal report. Reporting a crime to the police or to another campus office does not necessarily obligate you to follow through with criminal prosecution.
* Go to a hospital emergency room as soon as possible if the assault involved a sexual penetration or other physical injuries. (Evidence can be collected several hours after an attack, but its value may be diminished.) Do not wash, change clothing, or otherwise "clean up." Bring a full change of clothing because the clothes you were wearing at the time of the attack may be kept as evidence.
* Your follow-up medical care is crucially important. You may need tests for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
* No matter when or where the assault occurred, support and referral resources are available to help you. Contact at least one of the offices listed under Victims’ Resources and Rights.
Students Teaching Equals Positive Sexuality
The purpose of STEPS is to raise the level of awareness of SUNY Fredonia students about issues like acquaintance rape and AIDS, and to increase students' skills in communicating effectively and maintaining healthy relationships.
Volunteeers conduct workshops, lead discussions, and design programs for various student groups. By involving trained student volunteers in outreach and education, we hope to provide programming that is exciting, effective and in touch with student needs. We also hope to reach a greater number of students than could possibly be reached by professional staff alone. Call the Counseling Center (673-3424) to request a STEPS program or to learn more about becoming part of STEPS.
The New York State requires sex offenders to register with the police in the jurisdiction in which they reside, as well as with campus police departments if they are a student, working or carrying on a vocation on campus. Information on registered sex offenders is available at http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/.
- Victims have the right to choose counseling and medical treatment, and to prosecute and report their case through the university judicial system and/or the off-campus court system. They also have the right to refuse all these options without reproach from any university personnel.
- Victims have the right to be treated with dignity and seriousness by campus personnel.
- Victims of crimes against an individual have the right to be reasonably free from intimidation and harm.
- University personnel are encouraged to inform all victims that:
- victims are not responsible for crimes committed against them;
- victims are not negligent toward their own and thus do not assume the risk of crime;
- victims should always report their crime, despite the possibility of adverse publicity for the university.
- Victims will be made aware of appropriate student services, including counseling.
- Victims are entitled to the same support opportunities available to the accused in a campus disciplinary proceeding.
- If the accused is prohibited from contacting the victim or entering the victim’s residence, the victim will be notified that the ban is in effect.
- Any victim who does not wish to remain in his/her present residence hall or class section may be granted a transfer to other housing or another class section if available.
- The victim has the right to information regarding the status of his/her case.
The definitions for murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, weapon law violations, drug abuse violations an liquor law violations are excerpted from the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook. The definitions of forcible and non forcible sex offenses are excerpted from the national incident-based reporting edition of the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook.
The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
An unlawful attack by one person upon another for inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)
The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes, this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
Motor Vehicle Theft
The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned, including joyriding).
Weapon Law Violations
The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
Drug Abuse Violations
Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroine, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadone); and dangerous non narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
Liquor Law Violations
The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing or intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. (Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.)
Sex Offenses (Forcible)
Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
- Forcible Rape – The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth).
- Forcible Sodomy – Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
- Sexual Assault with an Object – The use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
- Forcible Fondling – The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or, not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
Sex Offenses (Non forcible) – Unlawful, non forcible sexual intercourse.
- Incest – Non forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
- Statutory Rape – Non forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
Definitions That Were Added or Changed as of 1999
- Arson – Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
- Criminal Homicide, Manslaughter by Negligence – The killing of another person through gross negligence.
- Criminal Homicide, Murder and Non Negligent Manslaughter – The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.