Institutional Security Policies and Annual Report on Crime Statistics
Emergencies during normal working hours -- Dial 410-758-7275 (Department of Public Safety) or 0 for college operator
Emergencies during nights, weekends, and holidays
Contact Department of Public Safety -- 410-758-7275
OR dial directly to Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services 911
Additional Information for Non-Emergencies
Queen Anne's County Fire Board 410-758-0223
Maryland State Police (Centreville Barracks) 410-758-1101
Caroline County 410-479-2515
Dorchester County 410-228-4141
Kent County 410-778-2277
Queen Anne's County 410-758-0770
Talbot County 410-822-1020
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 campus and answer calls 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A security escort service to and from parking lots is available upon request.
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 or by dialing 0 for the college operator during normal business hours.
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 and 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 - 911
Maryland State Police Centreville Barrack 410-758-1101
Queen Anne's County Fire Board - 410-758-0223
Caroline County -- 410-479-2515
Dorchester County -- 410-228-4141
Kent County -- 410-778-2277
Queen Anne's County -- 410-758-0770
Talbot County -- 410-822-1020
Maryland Poison Control -- 1-800-492-2414
All emergency incidents are required to be reported as soon as possible to the Department of Public Safety Security Office, 410-827-5889/410-758-7275, 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 educational counselors and advisors are aware of the procedures for reporting crimes and of the importance of encouraging active communication of such information to the appropriate authorities.
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.
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 andAcademic 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 250 to schedule an appointment. Counselors will provide referrals to other agencies and/or professionals as needed. Counselors 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 and Assault
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 harassment in all forms. Statements of College policy with regard to sexual harassment are included in the Student Handbook, Catalog, and Student Code of Conduct. The full text of the sexual harassment policy and grievance procedure is distributed to all employees as part of the Faculty/Staff Manual and is available to students through the Office of Student Services.
The Office of Student Services provides programs designed towards education and prevention of sex offenses and are provided to students annually free-of-charge. College security policies and procedures are developed and carried out in an effort to prevent all forms of criminal activity including sexual assault. Reports of sex offenses are turned over to local law enforcement for further investigation. If a sex offense 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. It is important to preserve any evidence for a proper investigation. Further assistance, such as counseling services, can be provided through the Office of Student Success for students and through the Human Resources Department for employees.
College policies provide for a complete grievance procedure including the investigation of any alleged criminal incident or sexual harassment at the request of any student, employee or guest. By policy, the outcomes of the investigation are made available to the accused and the accuser. Disciplinary action for violation of the College policy includes immediate dismissal for students and immediate discharge of faculty or staff.
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 (Higher Education Act, 1998 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||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|
|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||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Liquor law violations||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Drug law violations||2||0||2||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||0||1||1||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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