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Campus Safety 2012 Crime Stats Report

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Campus Safety Department
(816) 985-6079

Office & Voicemail: (816) 501-2466

Local Police & Emergencies
9-911 (from a campus extension)
911 (from all other phones)

Medical Emergency - Campus Response
Campus Phone (816) 501-3668
Pager (816) 840-4838


2012 Campus Safety Crime Stats Report

  • Report Criminal Action
    or Emergencies
  • Security &
    Building Access
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    & Drug Policy
  • Sexual Assault Policy
    & Procedures
  • Notify of Safety
    Procedures
  • Statistics
    Chart
  • Top 10
    Safety Tips
  • Fire Safety
    Report
  • Hate Crimes &
    Missing Person
  • Anti-Harrassment /
    Anti-Discrimination

Report Criminal Action or Other Emergencies

Campus Safety Supervisors and/or appropriate campus staff can be reached immediately by calling (816) 985-6079.  The caller will be connected to the Shift Supervisor on Duty or referred immediately to the campus staff member on duty. A voice message may be left for the Campus Safety Office for non-emergencies on their campus office phone at (816) 501-2466.

Avila University is also protected by the Kansas City Police Department and other city and county services.  In case of an emergency requiring immediate service, from a campus phone dial 9-911 (or 911 from any regular phone or cell phone); state name, location and the nature of the emergency.  This information is given directly to police, fire and/or ambulance services.  If the caller is unsure about placing the call, he or she may contact the Campus Safety Supervisor on duty by calling (816) 985-6079. The Officer will help the person place a call to local authorities if so requested. The University does rely on local law enforcement authorities to investigate criminal actions and to assist with emergencies as appropriate.

Avila University strongly encourages individuals to report any crime accurately and promptly. The Campus Safety Department or the Kansas City Police Department can be reached via the numbers listed above. To report a crime, a security incident, or suspicious occurrence, one should notify Campus Safety Department or the local Police Department directly.  Any member of the Avila community can also submit an Avila University Incident Report noting the security concern or any criminal activity. Incident Report forms are available in the Campus Safety Office and with all Residence Life Staff.  Incident Reports can be returned to any one of these offices or staff members who will then, if it involves a criminal matter, forward the report to the Campus Safety Office.  In certain circumstances, police reports need to be filed.  A student can always decide to file a police report with local authorities if deemed appropriate by the student. As always, local police authorities can be reached immediately through use of the 911 system. 

Those filing an Avila University Incident Report will be contacted by a Campus Safety Supervisor and/or a member of the University Staff regarding the report and for appropriate follow-up.  Those filing the incident will be informed of the University’s response, whether disciplinary action is being pursued, and all of the person’s rights under the University’s policies and procedures.  The person filing the report always has the right to contact the local Police or any other law enforcement agency.

Avila University does allow victims or witnesses to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis. A message may be left at (816) 501-2499 and is checked periodically by the Dean of Students office. The University does not have any policies or procedures that encourages pastoral counselors and professional counselors, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform the persons they are counseling of any procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics. 

Avila University does not have any student organizations with off-campus locations. Student housing during the 2011-2012 school year was offered on a limited basis. Therefore, Avila University did record, through local police, any criminal activity, as required by the law.

The cooperation and involvement of all Avila community members concerning campus safety and security programs is absolutely necessary.  In addition to promptly reporting criminal activity, all members of the community should be alert at all times and should report suspicious persons or activity to the Campus Safety Department.


Security and Access to Buildings

Campus facilities are open to students, faculty/staff and guests of the University at various hours for specific buildings and areas.  Check with the Campus Safety Department for specific hours of operation.  Campus Safety Officers make rounds in each building after they have been secured.  Individuals found in buildings after hours will be asked to show identification, and those who are in the buildings without proper authorization will be referred for disciplinary and/or criminal action.  Propping open the doors to any building, especially the residence halls, causes a significant security risk to those inside.  Such action will be viewed as a serious violation of school policy.  Being in an unauthorized section of any building or in any area for which public access is not allowed, including boiler rooms and roofs of buildings, is also strictly prohibited.

Many areas of the campus are equipped with passive electronic surveillance equipment for an increased deterrence to crime.  Some of the areas which are equipped with electronic surveillance include the entries to all Residence Halls and the resident student computer lab and student lounge/recreation room.

The use of Avila facilities by students and faculty/staff is encouraged.  Users of University facilities assume full responsibility for the activities and events they sponsor and for regulating the conduct of individuals attending their events.  National, state and local law, along with institutional policies and procedures, must be upheld when using Avila University facilities.  All buildings on campus are opened throughout normal business hours during the workweek and while classes are in session.  Buildings are locked at various times in the evening but no later than midnight unless special circumstances exist.  Community members may check with the Campus Safety Department for a detailed schedule of building access hours.  A “Building Access” schedule is made available to faculty and staff.

Residence Halls

Residence hall access is limited to residents and authorized staff members. All residence halls are equipped with security entrances for the residents' safety.  The security system operates using the student's University Identification Card via electronic door access and the student's room key for his/her individual room.  Main resident hall entrances are recorded by closed circuit television.  Residence life staff makes rounds each evening in the residence halls, and a uniformed Campus Safety Officer regularly patrols the campus to verify that buildings have been secured. 

Under normal circumstances, the exterior doors to the residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, every day. Each student will receive a room key and a University Identification/Access Card.  These keys/cards are issued to residents for their personal use only.  Under no circumstances may the exterior door access card or room key be loaned or given to another person.  Reproduction of a room key is strictly prohibited.  Any time a student moves out of the residence hall or changes room within the residence halls, all keys must be returned to an authorized staff member for collection and verification.  Return of keys is to be noted by the staff person on the Room Inventory form for the rooms being vacated.  Failure to return any key will result in a charge for replacement of all applicable locks.

Keeping Safe in the Halls

The degree of security in the residence halls is dependent upon residents taking responsibility for their own safety.  A safe community is one in which all members of the community are alert and observe basic safety precautions.

 

Alcoholic Beverages and Drug Policy

The misuse of alcohol and other drugs pose major health problems, are potential safety and security problems, can adversely affect academic and job performance, and can generally inhibit the educational development of students. Avila University, therefore, prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol.

This applies to all premises or property or as part of any student activity, more specifically:

  1. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or the possession of alcohol paraphernalia in the residence halls is prohibited regardless of the age of those involved. This applies to the residents of all halls, all Avila students, and all guests to the campus. However, the following specific Alcohol Policy is written for Thompson Hall:
    1. As per federal, state and local regulations, alcoholic beverages may be responsibly consumed or possessed only within individuals' suites in Thompson Hall where all assigned residents are 21 years of age.
    2. Alcohol may not be consumed in a room or suite where any of the assigned residents are less than 21 years of age, regardless of the age of guests or visitors.
  2. It is unlawful for residents of all halls, all Avila students, and all guests to the campus to have an open container of alcohol in a public place (e.g., hallways, lounges, lobbies, patios, on the street or sidewalk).
  3. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or the possession of alcohol paraphernalia is prohibited anywhere on campus or at campus events unless explicitly allowed by the appropriate vice president, suites in Thompson Hall where all assigned residents are 21 or only for specific special events.
  4. The possession of empty or full kegs, pony kegs, "party balls," or other common source containers of alcohol is strictly prohibited in all University residences. Possession or use of beer bongs is also prohibited.
  5. Possessing, using or distribution of illicit drugs, controlled substances (including marijuana), or drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited.
  6. Disorderly behavior, vandalism, excessive noise, damage to University property, or other behavior related to being under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs is strictly prohibited.
  7. Attending classes or participating in any college activities while under the influence of or impaired by alcohol and/or other illicit drugs is prohibited.
  8. Disciplinary Actions
    1. Students who violate the above regulations are subject to disciplinary sanctions. Possible sanctions range from a Level 1 warning up to and including a Level 5 dismissal from the institution.
    2. In conjunction with the imposition of any of the disciplinary sanctions set forth in the Student Code of Conduct, students may also be referred to appropriate local, state or federal law enforcement agencies for prosecution.
    3. In conjunction with the imposition of any of the disciplinary sanctions set forth above, students may be required to complete an appropriate counseling, rehabilitation or substance abuse program.
    4. All disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with or as provided by the Student Code of Conduct.
  9. Legal Sanctions
    In addition to University rules, there are legal consequences for violating federal, state and local drug and alcohol laws. The severity of the sanctions imposed for drug possession or distribution offenses depends on the type and quantity of drugs, prior conviction, and whether death or serious injury resulted. Sanctions may be increased for offenses which involve distribution to minors or occur on or near University premises. In addition, other federal laws require or permit forfeiture of personal or real property used to illegally possess, facilitate possession, transport, or conceal a controlled substance. A person's right to purchase a firearm or receive federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, or professional or commercial licenses may also be revoked or denied as a result of a drug conviction. Under Missouri law, conviction for possession of illicit drugs results in up to seven years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000, unless the offense involves 35 grams or less of marijuana, which entails up to one year in prison and a fine of $1,000. Under federal law, conviction for possession of illicit drugs results in one to three years imprisonment and a minimum fine of $1,000, unless the offense involves cocaine base (crack) which may carry mandatory imprisonment for five to 20 years. Drug trafficking can result in life sentences under both state and federal law. Under federal law, drug trafficking penalties range from $100,000 to $10 million. State penalties for drug trafficking may be imposed in an amount up to $20,000. Missouri 's Liquor Control Law makes it illegal for a person under the age of 21 years to purchase, attempt to purchase, or possess any intoxicating liquor. Violation of this provision can subject one to a fine between $50 and $1,000 and/or imprisonment for a maximum term of one year. County and municipality ordinances contain similar prohibitions and sanctions. The same penalties apply to persons knowingly furnishing alcohol to minors.
  10. Health Risks Associated with the Abuse of Alcohol or Use of Illicit Drugs
    The use, misuse or abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol can lead to or result in a variety of health risks including, but not limited to: addiction, dependency, physical infirmities, trauma, mental and emotional disorders, and in some cases harm to unborn children. Basic information and literature about these health risks are available in the Avila Wellness Center .
  11. Drug and Alcohol Programs
    Students with alcohol or other drug related problems are encouraged and, in some cases, may be required to utilize the services of private and community agencies to receive appropriate information, treatment, counseling, or referral services. Avila 's Wellness Center offers short-term counseling available to students free of cost. Referrals to outside professionals in the area of alcohol or drug treatment may be appropriate. Students are responsible to pursue these options on their own and at their own expense. A variety of campus organizations and departments are involved in providing programs to all community members as to the risks of substance abuse. These may include workshops, lectures and films. The Athletic Department ensures that athletes are exposed to substance abuse information and are aware of available resources.

 

Sexual Assault Policy & Procedures

Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for employees and under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 for students.  Sexual harassment is also illegal under Missouri State Law and prohibited by Avila University.  Sexual harassment is defines as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to the conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment
  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for an employment decision affecting the harassed employee
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the employee’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment
  • Submission to the conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly, a condition of a student’s participation in a school program or activity or the basis for an educational decision affecting a student
  • Such conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or activity or creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment

Prohibited acts of sexual harassment can take a variety of forms ranging from off-color jokes to subtle pressure for sexual activity to physical assault.  It is not possible to identify each and every act that may constitute sexual harassment.  Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment are:

  • Repeated or unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, propositions, touching, remarks, or requests for sexual favors
  • Repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature
  • Graphic verbal comments about a person’s body
  • Sexually degrading words used to describe a person
  • The display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures
  • Unwelcome questions or comments about private sexual matters
  • Slurs, off-color jokes or degrading comments related to gender
  • Demeaning, discourteous conduct or negative stereotyping
  • A sexual relationship with a subordinate or a student

No Retaliation

It is strictly against University policy to retaliate against anyone who reports or assists in making a complaint of prohibited harassment.  Retaliation is contrary to this policy statement and may result in discipline up to and including termination for employees and dismissal for students.  Anyone who feels that retaliatory action has been taken because of his or her report or assistance in making a complaint of prohibited harassment should immediately bring the matter to the University’s attention as described below.

How to Report Instances of Harassment or Retaliation

The University cannot resolve matters that are not brought to its attention.  Any student or employee, regardless of position, who has a complaint of, or who witnesses harassment, or retaliation at work by anyone including instructors, students, supervisors, managers, employees, or even non-employees has a responsibility to immediately bring the matter to the University’s attention.  If the complaint or observation involves someone in the employee’s direct line of command or if the employee is uncomfortable discussing the matter with his or her direct supervisor, the employee is urged to go to another supervisor, a University vice president, or to the director of human resources.

If the complaint or observation involves a student, the report should go to the vice president for academic affairs or to the dean of students.  Student to student harassment complaints may be referred to the disciplinary system in the school’s Student Code of Conduct for the appropriate investigation and resolution of such complaints.

How the University Will Investigate Complaints

The University will thoroughly and promptly investigate all claims of harassment or retaliation.  A complainant will be given the opportunity to provide a good faith list of person who may have information regarding the subject matter of the complaint, and those persons will be contacted by a representative of the University.  If an investigation confirms that harassment or retaliation has occurred, the University will take prompt, corrective action as is appropriate.  Complaints of harassment and retaliation will be kept as confidential as possible.

Avila’s Commitment to an Effective No Harassment Policy

If you feel that the University has not met its obligations under this policy, you should contact the Office of Human Resources.

SEXUAL ASSAULT

Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to, such acts as rape, sodomy, oral copulation, rape by foreign objects, and sexual battery.  Any such forced or non-forced contact perpetrated against the will of the victim will be deemed sexual assault and will be treated as a serious violation of campus policy.  The word “force” may refer to physical violence, coercion, or the threat of harm to the victim.  If the victim was incapable of giving consent (e.g. intoxicated), then the perpetrator will be found to have committed a sexual assault.

Sexual assaults, and attempted sexual assaults, severely impact the health and safety of the entire community.  A sexual assault committed by a member of the campus community against another person could result in immediate dismissal from the residence halls, campus, or both.  Sexual assaults are in violation of Missouri 's criminal code; therefore criminal and/or civil charges may also exist.

The University encourages all victims to report sexual assaults.  You have the right to file a complaint with the University and have your sexual assault complaint investigated by the University.  The student will also be advised of legal options available, including reporting the assault to local law enforcement agencies.  The University, through its designated personnel, will help you in reporting an assault to the police and/or filing a criminal charge if you wish to do so.  Please contact a Resident Director, the Campus Safety Department, the Associate Dean for Enrollment & Student Development, or the Vice President for Enrollment & Student Development if you are aware of any such incident.  Such an incident may also be pursued through the University Anti-Harassment/Anti-Discrimination Policy available in the Student Handbook.  Reporting the assault ensures that victims receive needed services, enhances their recovery, allows disciplinary and/or criminal action to be taken, and deters assaults from happening to others.

If you, or anyone you know, are sexually assaulted, it is important to seek immediate medical treatment.  The University will also promptly assist you, at the direction of law enforcement authorities, in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence in connection with, and necessary in the proof of, criminal sexual assault. The University will also assist you in preserving any materials relevant to a campus disciplinary proceeding.  The University Clinical Counselor and Director of Health Services are available to provide counseling and referral services for victims of sexual assault.

Judicial procedures for a case of sexual assault will follow the regular format as set forth in the Student Handbook and could also include legal action.  Depending on the facts and circumstances of the incident, the institutional levels of responsibility include a warning, probationary status, final warning status, suspension or dismissal from the University.  Within these levels of responsibility are a variety of disciplinary sanctions including written warnings, loss of privileges, the addition of special conditions, fiscal restitution, loss of participation in University activities, community service, behavioral expectations, expulsion from the residence halls, loss of the ability to represent the University, temporary or permanent separation from the University (suspension or dismissal), or any other sanction designed to help the student learn and be held accountable for his/her actions.

The accused and the accuser will be afforded the same due process as explained in the Code of Student Conduct in the Student Handbook.  If you wish, you may have a support person present with you at such proceedings.  The University will notify both you and the alleged assailant as to the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding regarding the sexual assault complaint subject to the limitations of state and federal laws relating to data privacy practices.  The right to participate in any disciplinary proceedings regarding the sexual assault complaint is also yours. Possible changes in academic and living situations may be available if requested by the victim and if such changes are reasonably available.

Programs educating the University community regarding topics such as self-defense, campus safety, and sexual assault prevention are provided free of charge every year.  Such programs promote, for example, the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other sex offenses.  Check the weekly campus calendar or contact the Campus Life Office for details.



 

Notify of Safety Procedures

All Avila students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to contact Campus Safety and/or the Vice President for Enrollment & Student Development regarding their safety concerns.  A notice concerning the availability of this report, the exact electronic address of the report's location on the web, a brief description of the report's contents, and a statement of the availability of a hard copy is distributed to all current students and employees.  Such notice is also made available to any applicant for enrollment or employment, with a hard copy provided upon request.  Hard copies of the report are available in the Campus Safety Office.

Residence hall students are informed by hall staff about safety procedures and security programs that are held periodically in the residence halls.  Faculty and staff are informed via electronic and printed correspondence, along with information conveyed as needed at quarterly faculty/staff meetings.  All campus community members are informed through the campus newspaper, "The Talon," and through fliers and announcements posted throughout campus.  Channel 42 on the University Cable system often contains important safety notices.  Student and personnel handbooks discuss student and employee responsibility for their own security and the security of others, as well as the location of this electronic report.  Various crime prevention programs and programs designed to educate the community about security procedures are held periodically throughout the academic year and are open to the entire campus.  These programs are advertised through a variety of electronic and hard copy means.  Check the weekly campus calendar for details.

The Enrollment & Student Development Office and/or the Campus Safety Department will make timely reports to the campus community on crimes considered to be a threat to other students and employees.  Such reports will be provided to students and employees in a manner that is timely and that will aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.  Such notices will be distributed via the campus electronic bulletin board, campus e-mail, Channel 42, and through a variety of postings throughout campus and/or various other communication methods deemed appropriate.

Law enforcement agency information provided by the State under section 1407(j) of Title 42 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained from the Kansas City Police Department, South Patrol Station.

Interested parties can also utilize publicly accessible, electronic databases to inquire about the location of sex offenders.  One such site is http://www.mapsexoffenders.com/. The Jackson County Missouri Sherriff's website at http://www.jacksongov.org/JCSOR/ maintains a sexual offender registry for Jackson County.



Annual Crime Statistics

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, certain crime statistics must be maintained by the University and reported annually.  Therefore, this brochure is intended to comply with that federal law and the statistics below are compiled in accordance with the guidance offered in that legislation.  The Clery Act requires that campus crime statistics include any crime that is reported to local police agencies or campus security authorities. This information has been gathered by the Campus Safety Manager and is recorded below in the year in which the crime was reported.

Academic Year

2010

2011

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location Breakdown for 2012 stats

 

Total

Total

Total

Total
On Campus

Residence
Halls

Non-Campus
Bldg/property

Public
Property

Murder

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Offenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Forcible

1

2

3

3

3

0

0

   Non-forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

10

9

10

10

5

-

-

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hate Crimes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arrests For:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Liquor Law Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   Drug-related Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   Weapons Possession

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Disciplinary Referrals for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Liquor Law Violations

12

42

31

31

31

0

0

   Drug-related Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   Weapons Possession

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

Avila University did not receive any reports of any crimes listed above or any other crime involving bodily injury that manifested evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability.

This information was prepared by the Campus Safety Office.  Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Campus Safety Manager at (816) 501-2466.

Top 10 Safety Tips

  1. ALWAYS lock your door!
  2. Report all suspicious activity or persons to your hall staff or the Campus Safety Department.
  3. Use the buddy system when going out at night.
  4. Tell somebody where you are going and call when you arrive at your destination.
  5. NEVER prop open exterior building doors.
  6. NEVER let a stranger into the building. If they are really here to see somebody, that person will meet them and let them in.
  7. Report any missing items to your hall staff immediately.
  8. Your RA can help with security questions.
  9. In case of an emergency, call the Campus Safety Department at (816) 985-6079 or call local police at 911.
  10. ALWAYS think about how your actions might impact the community.

 

ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY REPORT

Fire Statistics
Fire Incident Date
Cause
Deaths
Injuries
Value of Property Damage
No fires were reported to Campus Safety for the 2008 school year in Ridgway, Carondelet, or Thompson Residence Halls

Fire Safety Systems
Carondelet, Ridgway, and Thompson Hall fire systems include a monitored fire alarms system with automatic dialing to the Kansas City Fire Department. Fire extinguishers are placed through the buildings and are tested annually. Thompson Hall also has a Sprinkler System which is also inspected annually. Fire drills are held during each semester, and table top discussions concerning fire evacuation procedures take place between the Resident Assistants (RA’s) and Campus Safety in August.

Fire Policies
FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT - Tampering with fire equipment, elevator alarm bells, and fire exit doors and signs places everyone at risk and will result in serious disciplinary action for any party found engaging in such actions. In addition, pulling a false fire alarm is a violation of state and federal law and will be treated as such. Anyone found to be responsible for a false alarm will be subject to University disciplinary action and referral to local authorities.

FIREWORKS / EXPLOSIVES - Possession or use of fireworks and/or other ex-plosives on University property is strictly prohibited.

TOBACCO POLICY - Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products is prohibited in all buildings on campus including the residence halls. Members of the Avila community and their guests must exercise courtesy at all times in the use of smoking and smokeless tobacco products outside the buildings.  Smoking may occur within the University parking areas. There are outdoor areas designated as non-smoking including the Olofson Plaza and the main library entrance. Non- smoking areas are identified through signage posted in the designated areas.

COOKING APPLIANCES - Due to concerns for fire and safety standards, only microwaves, automatic coffee makers, and "dorm-size" refrigerators (5.5 cubic feet or less) may be used in resident rooms. Some of the building are equipped with a full kitchen complete with a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and sink. To prevent fires, cooking appliances must always be attended while in use.

FIRE HAZARDS - Due to the potential for fire, use of incense, candles, explosives, fireworks, gasoline, potpourri burners, and incendiary devices of any kind are not permitted in the residence halls. Grills (including George Foreman style electric indoor grills) and hibachis are not permitted inside the residence halls.

SMOKE DETECTORS - Residents are required to test the smoke detectors in their room on a monthly basis. Replacement batteries may be obtained from the hall staff. Students are not to alter the smoke detector function in any way. As the malfunction of a smoke detector places all residents at risk, students may be required to submit written verification of their monthly detector tests.

Student Housing Evacuation

If you discover a fire:
> Pull the nearest alarm pull station.
> Notify residence hall staff immediately of the fire location.

When the Fire Alarm Sounds:
> Leave the building immediately if it is more safe to do so.
> Close all doors behind you as you exit.
> Walk, DO NOT RUN as you exit the building.
> Stand clear of the building after evacuating.
> Do not re-enter the building until you are instructed to do so by residence hall staff or fire safety professionals.

Fire Safety Tips:
> Do not open the door if the doorknob is hot.
> If you cannot leave the room, go to the window and signal for help.
> If there is smoke, keep low to the floor.
> DO NOT attempt to fight the fire when the alarm has sounded, evacuate the building.

Failure to evacuate when the alarm sounds will result in disciplinary action.

Fire Safety Education and Training

There are no specific policies for fire safety education and training programs for students and staff. However, Avila is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and utilizes their many resources for all of the University community. The S.A.F.E. website contains valuable information on fire safety. Fire Safety Education is done in August with the new students that live in the residence halls. Students studying in the sciences are exposed to fire safety training and information. The Campus Emergency Response Plan is the best resource for information and procedures on fires.

Reporting

All fires, small or large, must be reported to Campus Safety for inclusion in this annual report. Contact the Manager of Campus Safety for more information.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, certain crime statistics must be maintained by the University and reported annually.  Therefore, this brochure is intended to comply with that federal law and the statistics below are compiled in accordance with the guidance offered in that legislation.  The Clery Act requires that campus crime statistics include any crime that is reported to local police agencies or campus security authorities.  This information has been gathered by the Manager of Campus Safety and is recorded below in the year which the crime was reported.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-135), otherwise known as HEOA, specifies new campus safety requirements in the following areas:  hate crime reporting, emergency response and evacuation procedures, missing student notifications, and fire safety issues.  These disclosures will be reported to the Department of Education.

Hate Crime Reporting
Current regulations require institutions to report as hate crimes any occurrence of criminal homicide, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor ve-hicle theft, arson, and any other crime involving bodily injury reported to local law enforcement agencies or a campus security authority that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias. The revised regulation adds the crimes of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction/damage/vandalism of property to the list of crimes that must be reported in hate crime statistics. Avila University utilizes the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime Collection Guidelines as the source of definitions. All Statistics will continue to be reported by Clery geographic area and category of bias.

Avila University received zero reports of crimes listed above or another crime involving bodily injury that manifested evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability.



Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation that involves an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees, immediate notification of the threat or dangerous situation is announced. This announcement may occur using the following methods that are most appropriate at that time; mass e-mail to students and staff, broadcast text message, inclusion on Channel 42 of the campus cable system, flyers, and public announcement in the residence halls among others that may present at that time.

The University, without delay, will make an announcement of a significant emergency or dangerous situation unless local, state, or national authorities advise that the notification would compromise efforts to assist victims, or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

Upon discovery of a significant emergency or dangerous situation, the Campus Safety Officer on duty will first initiate a call to Kansas City Emergency Services by calling 911. The senior Campus Safety Officer on duty will then initiate contact to the appropriate individuals to form the Emergency Response Team.

Members of the team will be designated to initiate the proper and available notification systems to inform the greatest number of people affected. A Supervisor is also named who will contact the appropriate member of the executive committee and also be made available should further on-going notifications be necessary.

The Office of Marketing and Communication, or their designee, is responsible for disseminating emergency information to the larger community through print, voice, and internet media.

Campus Safety is responsible for testing the emergency response and evacuation procedures on an annual basis. Campus Safety maintains the Emergency Response Guide which is available in every campus building as is available at www.avila.edu/safe

The Avila Care Team is charged with disseminating adequate follow-up information to the community after the emergency or dangerous situation has been mitigated.



Missing Student Notification

Current residents of campus housing have the option to identify an individual to be contacted by the institution after it is determined that the student is missing according to procedures identified below.

Each student should register emergency contact information with the Campus Life Office.  A place for this information will be provided on the student’s residence hall contract and can be changed upon request with the Campus Life Office.

If upon consultation with law enforcement, it is determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours and has not returned to campus, the Dean of Students office will initiate the emergency contact procedures in accordance with the student’s designation. Any dependent student under the age of 18 and living in a campus housing facility is advised that the institution will notify the appropriate custodial parent or guardian not later than 24 hours after it is determined that the student is missing.

An appropriate law enforcement agency will be notified not later than 24 hours after the time it is determined that the resident student under the age of 18 is missing.

OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES

Official notification of a missing student will originate from the Campus Safety Office in conjunction with the Office of Marketing and Communication and the Dean of Student’s Office.
Any report relating any missing student or any such student determined to be missing must be referred immediately to the Campus Safety Office.

  1. Official receiving a complaint of a missing student will immediately contact the Campus Safety Officer on duty.
  2. The responding Officer will gather all information regarding the person.  General descriptions, clothes last worn, where subject might be, who they might be with, vehicle description, for example, are items to share.
  3. The Officer obtains information from the card access information, dining services, and residence life to ascertain more information.  Residence Life will conduct a room search in accordance with their procedures.
  4. The Supervisor will also contact the coordinator of the Care Team to gather information regarding the missing person’s well being and physical state.
  5. Appropriate campus personnel will be enlisted to aid in the search for the missing person.
  6. Class schedules will be obtained and a search of the classrooms will be conducted at that time and at the time of the classes.
  7. Information ascertained from the above will be referred to the Dean of Student’s Office for consultation with other offices including the Office of Marketing and Communication.

If the above are unsuccessful in locating the person or it is apparent from the beginning that the person is actually missing, the investigation will be turned over to the appropriate local law enforcement agency.  At this time, they become the authority in charge and the Campus Safety Department will assist them in any way necessary.

The Dean of Students or their designee will be responsible for the continuing communicating with the family or guardian of the missing person until the missing person is found or when law enforcement officials end their search.

MISSING PERSON (NON-RESIDENT) POLICY

Any report relating any person who is not a resident student and determined to be missing must be referred immediately to the Campus Safety Office.

  1. Official receiving a complaint of a missing person will immediately contact the Campus Safety Officer on duty, or notify emergency services at 9-911 from any campus phone, or 911 from any cellular phone.
  2. Campus Safety Officer will contact emergency services and inform of the situation.  Campus Safety follows all directions from emergency services, and will assist emergency services in any way necessary.
  3. Campus Safety may gather information similar to the procedure used as outlined for Resident Students to aid in a missing person’s search.

Avila University’s policy is to maintain an environment for all of our employees and students that is free of unlawful harassment, illegal discrimination, and unprofessional conduct.  It is never justifiable to harass one of our employees or students because of their race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation.  Unlawful harassment is counterproductive and does not serve the principles on which Avila University operates.  We respect the dignity and worth of each employee and student.  We believe that each employee and student should be free to develop fully his or her potential, neither hindered by artificial barriers nor aided by factors that are not related to merit.  Avila University also prohibits unprofessional conduct and comments that may not amount to unlawful harassment.  All employees and students are expected to use good judgment and to avoid even the appearance of impropriety in all of their dealings with other employees and students.  Supervisory employees especially must exhibit the highest degree of personal integrity at all times, refraining from any behavior that might be harmful to their subordinates, students or to the University.

Racial, religious, sexual orientation, and national origin harassment is expressly prohibited.  Racial, religious, sexual orientation, and national origin harassment includes any oral statement, written statement, or physical act in which race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin is used or implied in a manner that make another person uncomfortable in the work or educational environment or that would interfere with another person’s ability to perform his or her job.  Examples of racial, religious, sexual orientation, or national origin harassment jokes that include reference to race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin.  The display or use of objects or pictures that adversely reflect on a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin, or use of language that is offensive due to a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin.