For the latest reported campus crime and fire statistics, please use the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool or refer to the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
Note: These statistics represent all crimes reported to the Georgia College Department of Public Safety, University Housing, Student Affairs, the Women's Center, local law enforcement agencies and other Campus Security Authorities. This does not necessarily mean these crimes actually occurred. Some of these crimes may eventually be determined to have been unfounded or inaccurately reported.
The Department of Public Safety in conjunction with University Communications is responsible for issuing timely warnings in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092(f). Timely warnings will be issued in response to reported crimes committed either on campus or, in some cases, off campus that, in the judgment of the University, constitute an ongoing or continuing threat to students and employees.
When a determination is made that a timely warning should be issued, the Department of Public Safety in conjunction with University Communications will take appropriate steps to ensure timely notification of the campus community. Timely warning notifications are disseminated via campus-wide emails under the 'emergency_notice' handle.
The warnings will include some or all of the following information: the date, time and location of the reported crime; a summary of the incident; a description of the suspect and/or vehicle, if available; and any other special instructions or incident specific safety tips. All timely warnings will be listed below.
Upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus, additional notification options may include all or some of the following under the GC Alert system: phone voice call, text message, outdoor siren notification system, campus-wide emails, Bobcat Vision television postings, Alertus desktop alert or a posting on the main university site located at www.gcsu.edu.
Annual Crime Report
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act) was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by former President George Bush in 1990. It is named in memory of 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery who was assaulted and murdered while asleep in her residence hall in 1986. This law requires us and all institutional officials with significant responsibility for campus and student affairs to publicly disclose three years of campus crime statistics.
By Oct.1 each year, the GC Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is compiled and prepared by the Georgia College Department of Public Safety in compliance with the Clery Act. It is intended to make you aware of the safety and security policies, which have been instituted, at Georgia College to provide a safe academic environment. It includes crime statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred On Campus; in or on certain Non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by GC; and on Public Property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, fire safety policies/statistics and other matters. Hard copies are available at the Department of Public Safety, Human Resources, and the Office of Admissions. You can have a hard copy mailed to you by calling 478-445-3082.
Note: These statistics represent all crimes reported to the Georgia College Department of Public Safety and surrounding local law enforcement agencies. This does not necessarily mean these crimes actually occurred. Some of these crimes may eventually be determined to have been unfounded or inaccurately reported.
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Missing Student Notification
Students will be informed each academic year that each student, age 18 or above, has the option to identify a person designated as a confidential contact to be contacted by Georgia College no later than twenty-four (24) hours after the time the student is determined to be missing. The confidential contact may be a person designated by the student in addition to the emergency contact listed with the Office of Registrar. Students who are under age eighteen (18) and are not emancipated will be informed each academic year that the institution is required to notify the custodial parent not later than twenty-four (24) hours after the time the student is determined to be missing.
Notification will be given via information provided in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which provides information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
A student may register such confidential contact information during the first two weeks of each semester by filing a form available at the Office of Student Affairs and/or University Housing.
Each student who files a confidential contact registration form is solely responsible for the accuracy of the contact information and the updating of information should the confidential contact person and/or number change. A student may update information by filing a new form with the Office of Student Affairs and/or University Housing.
Students will be informed that Georgia College officials will notify the Georgia College Department of Public Safety no later than 24-hours after the time the student is determined to be missing.
A student is determined to be missing when a report comes to the attention of a Georgia College official and Georgia College Department of Public Safety determines the report to be credible. Circumstances may include, but are not limited to establishing that:
a) a student is out of contact after reasonable efforts to reach that student by phone calls, emails, and/or in-person attempts to establish contact;
b) circumstances indicate an act of criminality involved, even lacking twenty-four (24) hours in time;
c) circumstances indicate that a student may be in danger, even lacking twenty-four (24) hours in time;
d) circumstances become known that medicine dependence may threaten life or health, even lacking twenty-four (24) hours in time
e) existence of a physical / mental disability indicates that the student’s physical safety is in danger, even lacking twenty-four (24) hours in time.
Any official missing persons report relating to such student requires that the Georgia College Department of Public Safety must be notified immediately to investigate and make a determination that a student who is the subject of a missing report has been missing for more than 24 hours and has not returned to campus.
The Executive Director of University Housing (if the incident occurs within University Housing) and the vice president of Student Affairs will be informed by the Georgia College Department of Public Safety after the officer’s initial attempt to contact the student does not successfully establish contact or leads to information that results in actual contact being made with the student. In no circumstances should the notification to the vice president of Student Affairs after an initial report to Georgia College Department of Public Safety exceed 24 hours in time. During business hours, the vice president of Student Affairs may also involve other Georgia College faculty, staff or administrators to assist in establishing contact or avenues to pursue contact. The vice president of Student Affairs will be notified by Georgia College Department of Public Safety as the investigation of the incident progresses.
The emergency contact listed with the Office of the Registrar as well as any confidential contact listed with the Office of Student Affairs will be notified as part of the investigation in attempting to establish contact with the student reported missing. In the case of a student under the age of eighteen (18) and not emancipated, the contact will be with the custodial parent. The contact will be initiated by the Georgia College Department of Public Safety.