Institutional Security Policies and Annual Report on Crime Statistics
Wye Mills Emergencies
Dial 911, or 410-758-7275, Department of Public Safety,
*9 from any college phone, or “0” for college operator
during normal business hours 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
dial 911, or 410-463-4185, Department of Public Safety.
Wye Mills Emergencies during nights, weekends, and holidays -
Contact Department of Public Safety 410-758-7275 OR dial directly to 911.
Additional Information for Non-Emergencies
Queen Anne's County Emergency Services 410-758-4500
Queen Anne's County Fire Board 410-758-0223
Maryland State Police (Centreville Barracks) 410-758-1101
Cambridge City Police 410-228-3333
Caroline County 410-479-2515
Dorchester County 410-228-4141
Kent County 410-778-2277
Queen Anne's County 410-758-0770
Note: if using a college phone, you must dial "9" to get an outside line
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Chesapeake College is a comprehensive, public, two year, regional community college serving the education, economic development and cultural needs of the residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties on Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore. The College's mission is to provide a learner-centered environment where students can maximize their potential for intellectual and personal growth at a reasonable cost.
Chesapeake College is a non-residential facility that welcomes over 2,600 credit students each semester and a host of students in its continuing education and workforce training programs. Additionally, the college serves as a regional center where outside groups frequently hold education, economic development and cultural events. As such, Chesapeake College hosts over 14,000 visitors to its campus annually.
Department of Public Safety
Chesapeake College works to enhance the level of security on campus to provide a safe and a secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Department of Public Safety has primary responsibility for campus security and safety. The Department consists of a Director, uniformed Special Police Officers, and uniformed Security Officers. The Director and uniformed Special Police Officers have powers granted through a special police commission, authorized by the State of Maryland, to make arrests, detain guests, and carry weapons. Uniformed Security Officers have legal authority under Maryland Law to ask persons for identification to determine whether individuals have lawful business on campus and have arrest powers available to the general public to make a citizen's arrest.
Public Safety personnel are trained to respond to campus emergencies and are certified in basic first aid, CPR, and AED. They provide medical assistance if they are the first to arrive at the scene of an injury or accident. Public Safety personnel maintain a close working relationship with the Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services, the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office, and the Maryland State Police. A written memorandum of understanding has been adopted between Chesapeake College and the local emergency service agencies for the investigation of alleged criminal offenses and emergency response situations that occur on campus.
Public Safety personnel provide patrol coverage for the Wye Mills Campus and answer calls and answer calls for service while the campus is open for business. At all other times, it is suggested that personnel contact 911 for any emergency situations. A security escort service to and from parking lots is available upon request. Cambridge Center has coverage while the center is open for business. Easton Memorial Hospital provides security coverage for the Allied health Center.
Reporting Emergencies and/or Criminal Actions
The Chesapeake College Emergency Procedures Guide is printed annually and is available to all employees on the College's Website. It is intended for the use of faculty, staff, and students of Chesapeake College specifically to provide information on how to respond to possible emergency conditions on campus. It covers such areas as bomb threats, chemical spills, crimes, serious injuries or illnesses and fires.
Recipients of this Manual are requested to become familiar with its contents. In the event of an emergency, it serves as a quick reference for effective action. Chesapeake College encourages employees to keep the Manual in an easily accessible location at all times, preferably beside the telephone. New employees are made familiar with it as part of their orientation program.
Additionally, the Chesapeake College Student Handbook and Academic Calendar, provided free-of-charge to all students, includes information on reporting of crimes and emergency contact numbers.
All reports of criminal activity and other emergency situations will result in a response by a member of the Department of Public Safety. The appropriate emergency response agency will also be contacted to respond if deemed necessary for further investigation. The Department of Public Safety can be contacted by dialing 410-758-7275, *9 from any college phone, or by dialing "0" for the college operator during normal business hours. Cambridge Center Department of Public Safety can be called directly at 410-463-4185. To contact security at the Allied Health Center, call 410-822-1000.
Students, employees, faculty, staff, and visitors can report criminal activity or other emergency situations directly to the Department of Public Safety for the purpose of making timely warning reports. Individuals can also contact the Department of Public Safety for annual statistical disclosure. Reports of criminal activity and other emergency situations can also be reported to the following agencies:
Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services - 410-758-4500
Maryland State Police Centreville Barrack - 410-758-1101
Queen Anne's County Fire Board - 410-758-0223
Cambridge Police 410-228-3333
Caroline County -- 410-479-2515
Dorchester County -- 410-228-4141
Kent County -- 410-778-2277
Queen Anne's County -- 410-758-0770
Maryland Poison Control -- 1-800-492-2414
All emergency incidents at Wye Mills are required to be reported as soon as possible to the Department of Public Safety, 410-827-5889/410-758-7275, Cambridge Center call 410-463-4185, Allied Health call 410-822-1000, or by using the College's Incident Report Form. A paper copy of the form also may be obtained from the Security or Administrative Offices. Assistance with completion of the form is also available at these offices. Information regarding persons reporting emergency incidents remains confidential.
Chesapeake College encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all criminal activity to the Department of Public Safety or to the above listed law enforcement agencies. Reports can be made confidentially by victims or witnesses. The Department of Public Safety or administrative staff can assist victims and witnesses with confidential reporting.
Chesapeake College does not have professional counselors on staff.However, all academic advisors are aware of the procedures for reporting crimes and of the importance of encouraging active communication of such information to the appropriate authorities. For information on the availability of mental health organizations offering on-campus support, contact the Director of Advising, 410-827-5856.Academic advisors can also help facilitate student appointments with mental health counselors on an emergency basis.
Reports on crime statistics are prepared annually through the Director of Public Safety and are posted on the College's web site. They are available in print form upon request from the Security Office or Institutional Research Office and are also displayed as a link on the annual security report.
Access to Facilities
All buildings are generally open from 7:00AM to 9:30PM Monday through Thursday and 7:00AM to 4:30PM on Fridays. Certain academic buildings are also are also open for weekend classes and special events. When the College is closed, all buildings are locked and secured by Security Officers as appropriate for scheduled activities. Security Officers responding to requests for access to buildings ensure that such access is appropriate.
Chesapeake College has no residential facilities.
Maintenance of Campus Facilities
In the event of a safety concern dealing with building or grounds maintenance, contact the Facilities Department during normal business hours at 410-827-5872 or contact the College Operator by dialing 0. At all other times, contact the Department of Public Safety, 410-758-7275.
New employees are given brochures at their orientation informing them of the Department of Public Safety duties and responsibilities, and students are given the Chesapeake College Student Handbook and Academic Calendar publication at their orientation, which includes a section describing the Department of Public Safety duties and responsibilities. Safety awareness messages are sent through various notification systems advising the campus community of safety tips and safety awareness issues.
Safety awareness recommendations are stated in college publications and on the college web site under safety and security. The purpose of the recommendations is to advise the campus community of safety tips and safety awareness issues.
Crime prevention tips along with timely notifications are sent to the campus community after reports of criminal activity are received by the Department of Public Safety.
Policy on Alcohol and Drug Use
Chesapeake College does not permit the use, possession, distribution, and/or the sale of controlled substances on its campus. Alcohol is prohibited at student events. Students are notified of this policy through the Student Code of Conduct, which is distributed free-of-charge to all students within the Chesapeake College Student Handbook and Academic Calendar publication. Alcohol and drug laws are strictly enforced by local and state law enforcement authorities. Disciplinary actions for violations include immediate dismissal.
Student counseling assistance for alcohol and drug abuse can be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Success located on the first floor of the Dorchester Administration Building or by contacting 410-822-5400 X 2250 to schedule an appointment. Advisors will provide referrals to other agencies and/or professionals as needed. Advisors follow the confidentiality guidelines suggested by the American Association for Counseling and Development. Employees are encouraged to contact the Human Resources Department for assistance through the Employee Assistance Program.
Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking
In accordance with the Violence against Women's Act, the following definitions have been added to the Annual Security Report:
Domestic Violence: Includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or who has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred, or by any person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred. For the purposes of complying with the requirements of this section and section 668.41, any incident meeting this definition is considered a crime for the purposes of Clery Act reporting.
Dating Violence: The term "dating violence" means violence committed by a person who has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim, and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.For the purposes of complying with this section and section 668.41, any incident meeting this definition is considered a crime for the purposes of Clery Act reporting.
Stalking:The term "stalking" means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.Course of conduct means two or more acts, including but not limited to, acts which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about, a person, or interferes with a person’s property. Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim. For the purposes of complying with the requirements of this section and section 668.41, any incident meeting this definition is considered a crime for the purposes of Clery Act reporting.
Consent:The term "consent" is an act of reason and deliberation. A person who possesses and exercises sufficient mental capacity to make an intelligent decision demonstrates consent by performing an act recommended by another. In the context of rape/sex crimes, submission due to apprehension or terror is not real consent. There must be a choice between resistance and acquiescence. If a woman resists to the point where additional resistance would be futile or until her resistance is forcibly overcome, submission thereafter is not consent.
Chesapeake College is committed to maintaining a working and learning environment in which students and staff can develop intellectually, professionally, personally and socially. Such an environment must be free of intimidation, fear, coercion and reprisal.The College prohibits sexual misconduct, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in all forms.Statements of College policy with regards to these issues are included in the Student Handbook, Catalog, and Student Code of Conduct. The full text of these policies and grievance procedure are distributed to all employees as part of the Faculty/Staff Manual and at the new employee orientation, as well as the new hire employment packet. They are also available to students through the Office of Student Services and for new students as part of the orientation process.
The Office of Student Services and Human Resources Department provides programs designed towards education and prevention of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and are provided to students and employees during orientation sessions and as part of the new hire employment package. College security policies and procedures are developed and carried out in an effort to prevent all forms of criminal activity including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Sexual misconduct complaints can be reported to the Director Human Resources, 410-827-5811, Vice President for Student Success & Enrollment Services, 410-827-5858, Director of Public Safety, 410-827-5889, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, 410-827-5828, or any member of the Public Safety Department, 410-758-7275.Reports can also be made to any Campus Security Authorities (CSA's), which include public safety officers, college administrators, faculty/staff advisors to campus student organizations, Student Life staff, and others whose function involves relationships with students and who has a significant responsibility for student and campus activities.Reports of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are turned over to local law enforcement for further investigation. If any of the above listed crimes occurs, it should be reported as soon as possible to the Department of Public Safety, or it can be reported to a faculty or staff member, who can also assist in making the proper notifications. Victims do have the right to decline law enforcement intervention.Bystanders are encouraged to report any instances of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking immediately to the Department of Public Safety or to local law enforcement.Employees may also contact the Director of Human Resources. Students may contact the Vice President of Student Success & Enrollment Services. Anyone reporting the above crimes can remain anonymous. It is important to preserve any evidence for a proper investigation. Further assistance, such as counseling services, can be facilitated through the Office of Student Success for students and through the Human Resources Department for employees. The following services are available for students and employees: Eastern Shore Operations Center 1-888-407-8018, Life Crisis Center Hot Line 1-800-422-0009, Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE, Youth Hotline 1-800-422-0009, For All Seasons, Inc. 1-800-310-7273, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence 1-800-927-4673, and Corsica River Mental Health Services 410-758-2211.
Once one of the above listed crimes are reported to the Department of Public Safety, local law enforcement will be contacted for further investigation.Local law enforcement will assist the victim with the proper procedures with obtaining a protective order or peace order if applicable. Information concerning protective orders and peace orders can be obtained by visiting the District Court of Maryland’s Web Site at http://www.courts.state.md.us/legalhelp/domesticviolence.html.
If a student or an employee obtains a protective order or peace order, a copy must be provided to the Department of Public Safety.The Public Safety Department will notify the Vice President for Student Success & Enrollment Services and the Director of Human Resources. Violators of protective orders and peace orders will be reported to local law enforcement.
College policies provide for a complete grievance procedure including a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation of any alleged criminal incident or sexual misconduct at the request of any student, employee or guest.This also includes allegations of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. All disciplinary proceedings will be conducted by trained individuals. By policy, the outcomes of the investigation are made available to the accused and the accuser. Disciplinary action for violation of the College policy may result in suspension or immediate dismissal for students and may include a verbal warning, written warning, suspension or termination of faculty or staff. Cases will be adjudicated based upon a preponderance of evidence.The college will assist victims with academic and working situations that are reasonably available, such as adjusting schedules. Chesapeake College cannot assist with living arrangements and transportation, since we not offer student housing or transportation. Use this link for the college's complete Gender-Based Misconduct Policy. For more information on prevention tips click here: Accusations Of Sexual Misconduct - Risk-Reduction Tips | Sexual Violence - Risk-Reduction Tips
Sex Offender Registration
In accordance to the "Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act" of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, The Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, The Campus Security Office is providing a link to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Sex Offender Registry. This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. Registrants must register with a supervising authority on or before the date that the registrant is released, or within seven days of moving into Maryland, or within fourteen days of beginning employment or registering as a student in Maryland.
In addition, Child Sexual Offenders who are Maryland residents must register with the designated local law enforcement unit in the county in which they will reside within seven days of "release" or within seven days of registering with the supervising authority if moving into Maryland. Non-resident Child Sexual Offenders must also register within seven days with the designated law enforcement unit in the county where they will work or attend school.
Follow the link below to access the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services website: http://www.dpscs.state.md.us./onlineservs/sor/
Off-campus Student Activities
Most student activities take place on campus. Off campus student activities are primarily associated with athletic teams. Teams travel together and are supervised by College personnel. College personnel are aware of their responsibility to report any incident of student misconduct through the Office of Student Services. Reports of off-campus misconduct to external agencies and to the Office of Student Affairs, as appropriate, are the responsibility of the college employee.
Chesapeake College Campus Crime Statistics
Federal regulations call for colleges and universities to report crime statistics to students, employees and upon request to applicants for enrollment or employment. These requirements stem from the Federal Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (2013 Amendments). This information is shown below and covers the federally-prescribed crimes and time periods. "Public Property" is defined as the area that is within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the school, or is adjacent to a facility owned or controlled by the school, and the facility is used by the school in a manner related to the institution's educational purpose, and includes streets, sidewalks and parking facilities. These statistics are also available in the student handbook and college catalog.
Definitions for criminal offenses can be located at http://ope.ed.gov/security/glossaryPopup.aspx
|Criminal Offenses||On-campus||Non-campus*||Public Property|
|Forcible sex offenses (including forcible rape)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Non-forcible sex offenses||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Motor vehicle theft||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Hate Crimes||On-campus||Non-campus*||Public Property|
|Forcible Sex offenses||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Non-forcible Sex offenses||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Motor vehicle theft||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Destruction/vandalism of property||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Hate crimes include any of the above listed crimes that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator's bias based upon race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 2014 hate crime was based on a religious bias.
|Liquor law violations||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Drug law violations||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Illegal weapons possessions||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Disciplinary Actions/ Judicial Referrals||On-campus||Non-campus*||Public Property|
|Liquor law violations||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Drug law violations||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Illegal weapons possessions||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Chesapeake College's detailed results are available at the Federal Office of Postsecondary Education's Campus Security Statistics Website.
The College's Emergency Procedure Guide contains more security-related information, including detailed information about specific emergency situations.
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education Regulations, Chesapeake College distributes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to all current students, staff, and faculty.In addition, the report is available to prospective students, staff, and faculty upon request.Contact the Director of Public Safety at 410-827-5889 if you would like to receive a paper copy of this report.
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report provides important information regarding campus crime and security, including information about Chesapeake College's Department of Public safety, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault policies, and crime statistics for the previous three years.
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