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Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act

Introduction

The Higher Education Amendments now include the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. This legislation requires institutions to annually publish and distribute a security report containing campus security policies and procedures as well as campus crime statistics. Following are policies and procedures regarding campus safety on the Andover Newton campus.

How to Report Criminal Activity on Campus

Procedures to follow in the case of certain emergencies are posted in a prominent position in each building. Please note where these procedures are posted and make a note of the applicable phone numbers.

Security of and Access to Campus Buildings and Residence Halls

Watchpersons appointed by the Department of Buildings and Grounds are responsible for checking buildings at least twice each evening. Office buildings are generally secured shortly after 6:00 p.m. and classrooms are secured around 11:00 p.m. The watchpersons check all residence halls even though it is the responsibility of residents to keep these buildings locked at all times. The watchpersons are resident students and are advised to dial 911, the local police, whenever the need arises. Students must be responsible for their own rooms.

Enforcement Authority of Campus Security Personnel

Campus security personnel consist of (in the order of responsibility) the Director of Buildings and Grounds, the watchpersons, and the Dean of Students. Whenever any student observes theft, vandalism, etc., it is essential that a report be made to the Director of Buildings and Grounds for appropriate follow-up and response.

Programs to Inform Individuals of Campus Security Procedures

Campus security procedures will be dealt with during Fall orientation session. Students will, of course, be reminded that their personal safety is their responsibility and that they must act wisely and responsibly.

An orientation session is held each semester for new dorm residents, at which time the resident representative covers these emergency procedures and explains the proper use of fire extinguishers. The names and phone numbers of each hall's Resident Representative are also given to each hall resident. Meetings are held in every residence hall during each semester for the purpose of aiding in the safety and welfare of all residents.

Updated September 21, 2006