Georgia College Clery Act Information
34 CFR 668.46(b)(2) - Institutional policy statement on reporting crimes or other emergencies and response to these reports
All crimes or other emergencies occurring on the Georgia College campus are reported to the Georgia College Department of Public Safety. Georgia College policy designates the Georgia College Department of Public Safety as the law enforcement unit for the institution. Students are encouraged to report crimes directly to the Department of Public Safety. The university community is informed of this procedure through new employee/student orientation, the annual crime report, as well as through the Crime Prevention Unit. Written reports are made and followed up by the appropriate personnel in the Department of Public Safety (detectives, patrol officers, etc). The Department of Public Safety is responsible for compiling the annual crime report for the institution. The Support Services Lieutenant is primarily responsible for ensuring the overall accuracy of the report. The Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Safety Coordinator is responsible for ensuring timely warnings are decimated to the university community. The university community can report crimes anonymously on our website at http://www.gcsu.edu/publicsafety/silentwitness.htm.
34 CFR 668.46(b)(3) - Institutional policy statement on security and access to facilities and maintenance
The Department of Public Safety has installed around 240 security cameras across the campus. Along with monitoring common areas of campus they monitor the entrances and exits to the residence halls. All residence hall entrances are key card controlled. Campus buildings are maintained by their respective building managers and are unlocked and locked daily by Public Safety patrol officers. Students can access facilities after hours by registering for the after-hours access list. The Department of Public Safety deploys the SNAP unit, Student Night Auxiliary Patrol, during weekday evening hours providing golf cart escorts to students on and around the downtown Milledgeville campus. The program is strongly marked and students are highly encouraged to use the service free of charge if they will be walking in the downtown area. The university also has around 70 emergency call boxes strategically located across the campus that provide a two-way conversation with a public safety dispatcher. These call boxes are located at the entrances of residence halls and in common areas across campus. Panic alarms are installed in every residence hall room and apartments that connect directly to public safety dispatch.
34.CFR 668.46(b)(4) - Institutional policy statement on campus law enforcement and the encouragement of accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes
Georgia College maintains its own law enforcement unit certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training Council, POST. All law enforcement officers are sworn officers and have full arrest powers. The Department of Public Safety works closely with surrounding law enforcement agencies and maintains mutual aide agreements with the agencies. The Georgia College Department of Public Safety has original jurisdiction over all crimes that occur on any Georgia College property. The City of Milledgeville, City of Macon, and Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department have jurisdiction in some areas off campus. The Department of Public Safety encourages the university community to promptly and accurately report crimes in person, by phone, in writing, and anonymously. The department has officers on patrol 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Crime Prevention Unit provides programming for various student organizations or clubs at the request of such programs. The programs highlight safety tips, general crime prevention strategies, and methods of reporting crimes.
34 CFR 668.46(b)(4) – Description of type and frequency of programs designed to inform students and employees about procedures and practices to encourage responsibility for personal and community safety
The Crime Prevention Unit disseminates information about campus safety policies and procedures through regular programming for various student organizations, clubs, etc. Faculty and Staff are informed of these policies and procedures during new employee orientation through the Department of Human Resources. Crime Prevention programs are regularly scheduled throughout the year and are also given as requested.
34 CFR 668.46(b)(5) – Description of programs designed to inform students and employees about crime prevention
The Georgia College Department of Public Safety has programs designed to educate the university community about drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, general crime prevention efforts, pedestrian safety, traffic safety tips, etc.
34 CFR 668.46(b)(7) - Statement regarding monitoring and recording through local police criminal activity in which students engaged at off-campus locations of student organizations officially recognized by the institution, including organizations with off-campus housing
The Georgia College Department of Campus Life is responsible for registered student organizations on and off campus. The Department of Public Safety shares police jurisdiction with the City of Milledgeville over the off-campus residences that these organizations reside. The Georgia College Department of Public Safety patrols these off campus locations and accepts criminal complaints and miscellaneous reports that these organizations have.
34 CFR 668.46(b)(8) - Statement of policy re: the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and enforcement of Federal and State underage drinking laws
Georgia College will comply with all federal, state, and local laws and policies, including the policies of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, on the abuse of alcohol and other drugs by its students. The legal drinking age in the State of Georgia is 21.
Each member of the Georgia College community should be involved in the implementation of and compliance with this Policy. Unless otherwise stated by law, each individual retains responsibility for his or her actions at all times regardless of his or her mental state, even if altered by alcoholic beverages or other drugs. Campus organizations may develop and enforce additional group/individual standards which are more restrictive than those established in this Policy. Georgia College Department of Public Safety has the authority and will enforce all local, state, and federal laws regulating the use of alcoholic beverages. Persons under the age of 21 are strictly prohibited from possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. The Georgia College policy on alcohol use can be found at http://www.gcsu.edu/studentlife/handbook/adminpolicies.htm.
34 CFR 668.46(b)(9) - Statement of policy re: the possession, use, and sale of illegal drugs and enforcement of Federal and State drug laws
Georgia College does not permit or condone the illegal possession and/or use of controlled substances. Controlled substances means any drug, substance, or immediate precursor included in the definition of controlled substance in the Official Code of Georgia Section 16-13-21 (4) or Schedule I through V of Section 202 of the Federal Controlled Substance Act [21 United States Code 812]. “Dangerous drug” is used as defined in the Official Code of Georgia Section 16-13-71. The Georgia College Department of Public Safety has the authority and will enforce all local, state, and federal laws regulating illegal drugs. The Georgia College policy on illegal drug possession can be found at http://www.gcsu.edu/studentlife/handbook/adminpolicies.htm.
34 CFR 668.46(b)(10) - Description of drug or alcohol-abuse education programs as required under 120(a)-(d) of the Higher Education Act
Students with alcohol- or drug-related problems may be referred to or seek assistance from the Division of Student Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs provides trained professional and paraprofessional counselors in the Counseling Center for drug and alcohol abuse prevention, education, and counseling. The Department of Public Safety works with Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Athletics, and Student Affairs to offer a minimum of four free alcohol-abuse awareness programs. Counseling Services conducts a biennial review of Georgia College’s compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act.
34 CFR 668.46(b)(11) - Statement of policy regarding campus sexual assault program to prevent sex offenses, and procedures to follow when a sex offense occurs
Victims of sexual assault are afforded rights that are recognized by Georgia College. These rights include assistance by the university to help the victim. A copy of the policy for victims of sexual assault is available in the counseling center office and in the Department of Public Safety. In the event of a sexual assault, please contact one of these offices so that assistance can be rendered. Counseling for victims is also available in the counseling center. If you believe you have been involved in an incident of sexual misconduct, you have the right to pursue action through the University judicial system and/or the appropriate law enforcement authorities, and/or the courts. Georgia College further encourages anyone who has been involved in such an incident to pursue action through the Department of Public Safety or local law enforcement agency. The University wishes to encourage victims to report incidents of sexual misconduct and therefore reserves the right to waive disciplinary charges against victims for circumstances surrounding the incident. For example, a victim who had been an underage drinker would not typically face charges of violating alcohol policies. All university members are encouraged to attend a self defense course sponsored by the Department of Public Safety on demand.
34 CFR 668.46(b)(12) - Statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained
Information about registered sex offenders living within the State of Georgia can be accessed at www.georgia.gov by looking under the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s website. The national sex offender registry is located at www.nsopr.gov.
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