Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

  1.         Security

Union College is a relatively safe and secure campus and community environment in which to attend classes and/or work. However, crimes do occur and it is necessary to provide you with the following policies, recommendations, and information regarding your personal safety and the security of your possessions while you are on our campus.

Union College employs and trains its own Safety Team Members. Safety Team Members are on duty twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, should you need information regarding your personal safety and/or security, you are encouraged to call Mr. Michael Gray (Coordinator of Campus Safety)  at campus extension 1604. Or, if you prefer, you may contact the Team Member on duty by calling 546-1390 or campus extension 1390.

Campus Safety personnel have the authority to investigate criminal activities on the campus of Union College and detain persons if necessary. Safety personnel work closely with the Barbourville Police Department in regards to criminal activity and in prevention and investigative. 

In general, campus buildings are open for your use Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Many of the buildings and classrooms are not open on Saturdays and Sundays except for special events.

For the safety of our students, residence halls are locked at all times and only students who live in each hall have access. Visitation hours and the policy concerning visitation can be found in your student handbook.

Reporting a Crime

If you observe or are told of a crime of any nature, you are strongly urged to report it at once to the Safety Team Member on duty. You may also use the Campus Safety Web-site to file a report anonymously. Our residential students may also report criminal activity to the housing staff in their area. These individuals will then contact Campus Safety with the information.

If you are a victim of theft or vandalism in your residence hall, report it at once to your Residence Hall Director or Resident Assistant. They will make a concerted effort to help you as much as they are able too. However, you have the main responsibility to safeguard your possessions by keeping them locked up and by locking your room when you are out. It is also helpful to label items and make note of serial numbers for future identification.

Drug, Alcohol, and Weapons Policy

NO student or employee is to bring any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs to the campus.

Possession, use or sale of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will result in immediate dismissal.

Firearms, air/gas guns, and fireworks of any kind are forbidden in the residence halls or on campus. Students should consult the student handbook or contact Campus Safety if they have specific questions concerning the weapons policy. All weapons must be surrendered to the Dean of Students. The College reserves the right to confiscate firearms and fireworks and may levy a fine for release of firearms at the close of a school year. Firearm and fire code violations are viewed as major violations.

Time is devoted in student orientation and in employee interviews explaining the position that Union College takes regarding these policies.

Criminal Statistics

The table below lists crimes that have occurred showing category and the calendar year in which they occurred:

Offenses

2009

2010 

2011

CRIMINAL HOMICIDE:

 

 

                           

Murder

0

0

0

Non-Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

SEX OFFENSES:

 

 

 

Non-forcible Sex Offenses

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offense

1

0

1

BURGLARY

5

9

6

ROBBERY

0

0

0

ASSAULT

8

1

2

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

3

1

0

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT

0

2

0

LIQUOR LAW VIOLATIONS

0

0

0

DRUG LAW VIOLATIONS

0

0

0

ARSON

0

0

0

LARCENY

8

20

15

HATE CRIMES

0

0

0

ILLEGAL WEAPONS POSSESSION

0

0

0

* A log of reported incidents of crimes is maintained in the Office of the Coordinator of Campus Safety.   If you would like to view this log, please stop by the office or call us to set up an appointment (Extension 1604)


Crime Definitions from the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook

Arson - Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or
without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor
vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
Criminal Homicide--Manslaughter by Negligence
The killing of another person through gross negligence.
Criminal Homicide--Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter
The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by
another.
Aggravated Assault
An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting
severe or aggravated bodily injury. The use of a weapon in an attack, even if no
injury results, makes an assault 'aggravated'.
Burglary
The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. Note that for this
offense, the 'structure' does not have to be a dwelling.
Larceny
The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the
possession or constructive possession of another.
Motor Vehicle Theft
The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
Murder
"Murder" is defined as the willing killing of one person by another.
Property Crimes
"Property Crimes" include burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.
Rape
"Rape" is the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.
Robbery
"Robbery" is the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care or
control of another by force or threat of force.
Violent Crimes
"Violent Crimes" include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

In accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, Union College provides crime statistics and information regarding its security program to prospective students, current students, and employees.

Send Questions To:

Mr. Michael Gray, Coordinator of Campus Safety

 

         

 

Release of Information

 

Availability of information

Union College shall make available to the public information concerning criminal    

offenses in the manner prescribed below.

 

The Union College Campus Safety Department maintains a Campus Crime Log, which is available for inspection at any time. All criminal incidents, which occur, are posted in this log within 24 hours of the first report of such incidents. Union College elects to archive crime log information sixty days after the date of the incident. The Union College Campus Safety Department shall respond to any request for this information within (2) business days from the receipt of the original request.

 

Withholding Information

Union College strives to provide information concerning the safety and security of its    

campus in a very open and timely manner. However, it may be necessary to withhold

certain information at times. This shall be done in accordance with all applicable

Federal and State Laws. The policy for such withholdings is as follows.

 

Information concerning criminal events shall be withheld if: there is clear and  

convincing evidence that the release of the information would cause the suspect to flee

or avoid detection, would allow for the destruction of evidence. Also if the release of

the information would be a violation of law the information would be withheld. The

information will be withheld until the above stated damage is no longer likely to occur.

Only that information which absolutely must be withheld shall be. The crime shall still

be reported and made available for public inspection.

 

Missing Student Notification

 

Union College seeks to insure the safety of our students. To that end Union College has established the following policy.

 

  • In the event that an individual has reason to believe that a student is missing, it should be reported to the safety officer on duty, the Coordinator of Campus Safety, The Residence Life Coordinator, or the Dean of Students.  
  • Each Student Living on campus may register a confidential contact person to be notified in the event that they may become missing.
  • Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers involved in the

investigation may have access to this information.

  • Local law enforcement will be notified of a missing student even if that student has not registered a contact person
  • Parents of all students who are less than 18 years old and not emancipated will be notified immediately.
  • All reports of missing students will be referred immediately to the Barbourville Police Department.
  • Should the situation warrant a faster response, these actions may be taken earlier than twenty four hours after a student was last seen.

 

Emergency Response and Evacuation

 

In the event of a substantial emergency which requires Union College to alter its normal operations, the college will, without delay, issue a notification to the campus community. This noticed will be issued while taking into account the overall safety of the community, and will only be delayed if, in the judgment of the Emergency Management Team, its release would hamper efforts to assist victims, or to contain, respond to or mitigate the emergency. 

  •  In the event of an emergency the campus safety office will determine the extent of the emergency and in consultation with the Emergency Management Team  and local emergency first responder agencies will determine the appropriate action to be taken.
  •  Notice of the action will be transmitted to the campus community utilizing 
  1. The emergency text messaging system
  2. The campus alert screens located throughout campus
  3. The emergency  public address system located throughout the campus
  4. Should the emergency require an evacuation of the campus and time  

               permitting, this information and instructions will also be shared at hall    

               meetings within each residence hall.   

  •  Information concerning the emergency and the actions taken to respond to it will be disseminated by the Office of Public Relations and other members of the college administration as may be required.
  • Union College will work with local first responder and mutual aid agencies to test and evaluate its response and evacuation procedures on a yearly basis. This includes documenting a description of the exercise, as well as the date and time it occurred and the results of the exercise.

 

 2. Fire Safety


The administration of Union College believes that fire safety is of the utmost importance and we continually strive to be proactive in our approach to this issue.  The following are common fire safety policies for residential students as well as the campus at large.

  •  Union College residence life staff and the Campus Safety Department hold twice yearly meetings with residential students to discuss and inform them of the policies of the college. The residence life staff hold yearly staff development training which includes fire safety and use a extinguishers
  •  Union College is a tobacco free campus. Smoking is forbidden in all areas of the campus. No appliances with   exposed heating surfaces are allowed in the residential facilities of Union College, this includes electrical grills.
  •  No fireworks or open flames are allowed on campus, accept as part of a sanctioned campus event.  
  •  All residential facilities are equipped with audible and visual alarm systems, which can be triggered by both heat and smoke or by a pull station.

 

Pfeiffer Hall- Central alarm system covering all common areas and smoke detectors in each individual residential room.

Lakeside Hall- Central alarm system covering all common areas and smoke detectors in each individual residential room.

Stevenson Hall- Central alarm system covering all common areas and smoke detectors in each individual room

Stewart Apartments- Central alarm system covering all common areas and smoke detector in each individual room

Union Courts- Smoke detectors in all individual rooms tied to a central system which is monitored at all times

College Courts- Each individual apartment is equipped with smoke detectors

  • Union College plans to have all residential living area alarms centrally monitored in the next few months.
  • Fire drills were held in all residential facilities twice last year. These drills were unannounced and timed.
  • If a fire alarm system is activated, all residents are required to leave the building. The campus safety department and residence life staff will work together to insure that all residents have left the area. Residents will be moved to a safe area where residence life staff will do a head count.
  • All fires will be reported to the Coordinator of Campus Safety, Dean of Students, and the Director of Residence Life. The campus safety department will insure that the Kentucky State Fire Marshall is notified of the fire.

 

Fires Statistics

 

 

  2009

     2010

            2011

Number of Fires Reported

 

       0

 

        0  

 

               0

Number f Deaths which occurred

 

      0

 

        0

             

               0

# of Injuries (Requiring Medical Treatment

 

 

      0

 

       

         0

 

 

                0

Value of property Damage

 

      0

 

        0

 

               0

   

 

 

 

 

 

 


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