Student Safety and Campus Security

DAWSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
2015
ANNUAL CAMPUS SECURITY AND FIRE REPORT
(CLERY ACT COMPLIANCE)

Dawson Community College
2015 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
Campus Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report

Compiled by the Vice President of Student Affairs
300 College Drive
Glendive, MT 59330
406-377-9416
[email protected]

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is the land-mark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The “Clery Act” is named in memory of 19 year old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery who was raped and murdered while asleep in her residence hall room on April 5, 1986. The law is tied to an institution’s participation in federal student financial aid programs and it ap-plies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. The Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education.

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to:
Publish an Annual Security Report (ASR) by October 1, documenting three calendar years of select campus crime statistics, including security policies and procedures, and information on the basic rights guaranteed to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The law requires that schools make the report available to all current students and employees, and prospective students and employees must be notified of its existence and given a copy upon request. Schools may com-ply with this requirement via the internet if required recipients are notified and provided exact information regarding security department are required to maintain a public crime log documenting the “nature, date, time, and general location of each crime” and its disposition, if known. Incidents must be entered into the log within two business days. The log should be accessible to the public during normal business hours; remain open for sixty (60) days and, subsequently, made available within two business days upon request.
Disclose and provide to the U.S. Department of Education, crime statistics for incidents that occur on campus, in unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus and at certain non- campus facilities, including Greek housing and remote classrooms – The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement and other school officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” The Clery Act requires reporting of crimes in seven major categories, some with significant sub-categories and conditions.

About the Report

How the crime statistics in this report are compiled:
The crime statistics in this report have been compiled by the Vice President of Student Affairs. This report is prepared to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The statistics include all crimes reported to DCC officials. College officials have made a true-faith effort in contacting the local dispatch center for Dawson County, which includes all reports from the Glendive Police Department and Dawson County Sheriff’s Department. The totals reported in this annual security report include crimes reported which have occurred on campus; at non-campus properties owned, controlled, or utilized through written agreement by the College and used for educational purposes; and on public property such as streets and sidewalks immediately adjacent to the Dawson Community College campus at 300 College Drive. Dawson Community College does not have any off-campus student organizations.

The Clery Act requires that the following “Clery crimes” be reported: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and hate crimes.

How the crime report is disseminated:
The Clery Act stipulates that Dawson Community College notifies all current and prospective students, faculty, and staff of the availability of this report no later than October 1, 2015. The report can be retrieved from Dawson Community College’s website at https://www.dawson.edu/students/student-safety-and-campus-security/ . No later than October 1, 2015, an e-mail notification providing the URL address for the report will be sent to all current students, faculty, and staff at Dawson Community College. Printed copies of the report are available upon request from the Vice President of Student Affairs the Student Services Office or by calling 406-377-9416. Prospective students can access the report at https://www.dawson.edu/students/student-safety-and-campus-security/. Prospective employees may contact the Office of Human Resources for a copy of the report at 406-377-9412 or visit Dawson Community College’s website to access the report online.

Disclosure of Reported Crimes and Crime Statistics for Calendar Years 2013, 2014, 2015
Rape and fondling have replaced the two categories of sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible) throughout the crime statistic data below. Rape is defined per the FBI definition as: “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” Incest and statutory rape have become independent categories of their own throughout the crime statistic data.

On Campus reported Criminal Offenses – of the reports occurring on campus, the number occurring in the residence halls is indicated in parenthesis:
2013 2014 2015
1. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
2. Negligent Manslaughter: 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
3. Sex Offenses – Forcible 0(0) 1(1)
4. Sex Offenses – Non-Forcible 0(0) 0(0)
a. Incest 0(0) 0(0)
b. Statutory Rape 0(0) 0(0)
5. Rape 0(0) 1(1)
6. Fondling 0(0) 0(0)
7. Incest 0(0) 0(0)
8. Statutory Rape 0(0) 0(0)
9. Robbery 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
10. Aggravated Assault 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
11. Burglary 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
12. Motor Vehicle Theft (not theft from a motor vehicle) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
13. Arson 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)

Off Campus reported Criminal Offenses – of the reports occurring off campus (in or on non-campus buildings or property), the number occurring in public property indicated in parenthesis:

2013 2014 2015
1. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter: 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
2. Negligent Manslaughter: 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
3. Sex Offenses – Forcible 0(0) 0(0) 0/(2)
4. Sex Offenses – Non-Forcible 0(0) 0(0)
a. Incest 0(0) 0(0)
b. Statutory Rape 0(0) 0(0)
5. Rape 0(0)
6. Fondling 0(0)
7. Incest 0(0)
8. Statutory Rape 0(0)
9. Robbery 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
10. Aggravated Assault 0(0) 0(0) 0(1)
11. Burglary 0(0) 0(0) 0(5)
12. Motor Vehicle Theft (not theft from a motor vehicle) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
13. Arson 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)

Hate Crimes:
There were no hate crimes reported to Dawson Community College or the Glendive Police Department in calendar years 2013 or 2014 or 2015.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Offenses – On-Campus – of the reports occurring on campus, the number occurring in the residence halls is indicated in parenthesis (2014 was the first calendar year reporting was required):
2013 2014 2015
1. Domestic Violence 0(0) 0/0
2. Dating Violence 0(0) 0/0
3. Stalking 0(0) 0/0

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Offenses – Off-Campus – of the reports occurring off campus (in or on non-campus buildings or property), the number occurring in public property indicated in parenthesis: (2014 was the first calendar year reporting was required):
2013 2014 2015
1. Domestic Violence 0(0) 0/0
2. Dating Violence 0(0) 0/0
3. Stalking 0(0) 0/0

Arrests – On-Campus – of the reports occurring on campus, the number occurring in the residence halls is indicated in parenthesis:
2013 2014 2015
1. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc. 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
2. Drug Abuse Violations 0(0) 3(2) 0(0)
3. Liquor Law Violations 0(0) 1(1) 0(0)

Arrests – Off-Campus – of the reports occurring off campus (in or on non-campus buildings or property), the number occurring in public property indicated in parenthesis:
2013 2014 2015
1. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc. 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
2. Drug Abuse Violations 0(0) 0(1) 0(0)
3. Liquor Law Violations 0(1) 0(0) 0(5)

Disciplinary Actions – On-Campus – of the reports occurring on campus, the number occurring in the residence halls is indicated in parenthesis:
2013 2014 2015
4. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc. 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
5. Drug Abuse Violations 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
6. Liquor Law Violations 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)

Disciplinary Actions – Off-Campus – of the reports occurring off campus (in or on non-campus buildings or property), the number occurring in public property indicated in parenthesis:

2013 2014 2015
1. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc. 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
2. Drug Abuse Violations 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
3. Liquor Law Violations 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)

Unfounded Crimes:
There were no crimes occurring on campus, in on-campus student housing facilities, on or in non-campus property or buildings, and on public property that were unfounded by law enforcement authorities in 2014. To be counted as an unfounded crime, the reported crime would need to be investigated by law enforcement authorities and found to be false or baseless. Only sworn or commissioned law enforcement personnel may unfound a crime. If Dawson Community College found that a reported crime was unfounded by law enforcement officials, the crime would be removed from the Annual Safety Report.

How to Report Criminal Offenses:
To report that a crime has taken place on or off campus, the Glendive City Police Department should be contacted. The phone number for the Police Dispatch Center is 406- 377-5291. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1. In addition to calling the police department, the following staff at Dawson Community College can also be contacted to report a crime:

Voluntary, confidential crime reporting can be made to the Vice President of Student Service or the Director of Human Resources and Compliance/Title IX Coordinator either in person or via email or phone.

Coordinator and can be initiated either anonymously or not. The confidential report is to comply with a student’s wish to keep the matter confidential while still taking the steps to ensure the safety of the student and others.

Importance of Reporting Criminal Activity:
Dawson Community College does not have its own campus security officers. Therefore students, faculty, staff, and guests are strongly encouraged to report all criminal and suspicious activity to either the County or City Police Department and College officials in a timely manner.

Prompt reporting of criminal activity enables College officials and local law enforcement officials to more effectively protect the safety of the entire community. Reporting criminal activity also ensures inclusion in the annual crime statistics and aids in providing timely warning notices to campus. All reports of criminal activity will be investigated. No matter how insignificant the incident may seem, the information students, faculty, staff, and guests provide can be helpful in an investigation. Voluntary, confidential crime reporting can be made to the Vice President of Student Affairs or the Director of Human Resources and/or Compliance/Title IX Coordinator. The confidential report is to comply with a student’s wish to keep the matter confidential while still taking the steps to ensure the safety of the student and others. When a potentially dangerous threat to the College community arises, timely reports or warnings will be issued through e-mail and the Squawker Emergency System.

Campus Security and Access:
During business hours, Dawson Community College (excluding the Residence Complex) is open to the public. During non-business hours, access to the College facilities is by key only. The Teopke Center workout facility has separate business hours than the main campus and is locked after business hours. The maintenance staff ensures that the main campus buildings are locked after hours. The maintenance staff also ensures that lighting on campus is working and that pathways are kept clear during the winter.

Campus Security Personnel:
Dawson Community College does not employ campus police. Criminal incidents are referred to the Glendive City Police Department or the Dawson County Sheriff Department. Dawson Community College does not have on official memorandum of understanding written with the Glendive City Police Department or the Dawson County Sheriff Department, however both Departments work very closely with Dawson Community College and respond quickly to all requests made to them. Both Departments do have the authority to issue citations and make arrests on Dawson Community College’s campus for crimes that are committed.

Timely Warning Reports to Campus Community:
Consistent with the requirements of the Clery Act, the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee will “immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff occurring on the campus, unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency”. The warning will be issued through the college’s Squawker Alert service that notifies all subscribers of the situation. Warnings will also be issued through campus e-mail to all students, faculty, and staff. Students, faculty, staff, parents, community members and any other constituents are encouraged to sign up for Squawker Alerts at the following link on DCC’s website:

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention:
Residence Life/Student Life personnel provide sexual assault awareness to students on Dawson Community College’s campus at least once a semester. Safety procedures are addressed with new employees during New Employee Orientation. Students who live on campus are required to attend a mandatory residence hall meeting at the beginning of the school year where rape prevention awareness is addressed as well as information on who to contact in an emergency (residence life staff and/or local Police Departments). Dawson Community College does not have any officially recognized student organizations with off-campus locations that are monitored by the College (such as fraternity or sorority houses). The Montana University System has also entered into a contract with EverFi, which is a company that hosts online training for sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention called Haven. All incoming students at Miles Community College are required to complete Haven beginning Fall 2015.

Primary Prevention and Awareness and Ongoing Prevention and Awareness Efforts:
Campus Security Authorities/Mandatory Reporter Training for Clery and Title IX: All faculty, staff, and Residence Life personnel complete mandatory reporter training in the fall prior to the fall semester beginning. This training is provided by the Compliance/Title IX Coordinator and the campus President. All employees of Dawson Community College are considered Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) and must report any crimes or incidents to either the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Director of Human Resources or the Compliance/Title IX Coordinator. Confidentiality of crime reports made to CSAs cannot be promised. Clery requires statistical reporting, but CSAs are also reporters under the requirements of Title IX and as such may not be able to maintain confidentiality. There may be instances where DCC officials must act regardless of the wishes of the complainant or reporter. Nevertheless, in such cases, DCC officials will take care to protect identities to the extent allowed by the circumstances and law. Counselors contracted with by DCC are not considered mandatory reporters.
Primary Prevention and Awareness Programming for all incoming students and new employees: All new employees attend a New Employee Orientation facilitated by the Director of Human Resources and Compliance/Title IX Coordinator. During the orientation, new employees are exposed to DCC’s Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, Domestic Violence and Retaliation Policy. This policy is also reviewed on the employee’s first day with the College. The week before fall semester begins, the Director of Human Resources and Compliance/Title IX Coordinator holds a mandatory Responsible Parties report for all faculty and staff. All incoming students are provided with EverFi’s Haven web-based product which is a two-part training program focusing on prevention and awareness programming as it relates to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Substance Abuse Prevention: Dawson Community College provides alcohol and substance abuse prevention programming to both students and employees. Within the residence halls, there is a strict policy structure in place to prevent alcohol and substance abuse from taking place. Appropriate counseling services are available for all students and employees who have alcohol and/or substance abuse issues. Students who have concerns about their alcohol or substance use should contact the Residence Education and Housing Director or the Vice President of Student Affairs to receive counseling services. Employees should contact Dawson Community College’s Director of Human Resources for resources. The Montana University System has also entered into a contract with EverFi, which is a company that hosts online training called AlcoholEdu. All new students at Dawson Community College are sent the information for completing AlcoholEdu.

Alcohol:
It is illegal in Montana for anyone under the age of 21 to consume or be in possession of alcohol. It is also illegal for anyone to sell or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. Dawson Community College prohibits the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus, or in any college facility, except as specially authorized by Dawson Community College Board Policy. Students, organizations, or groups violating alcohol policies or laws may be subject to disciplinary actions by Dawson Community College and/or the appropriate Police Department.

Illegal Drugs:
The use, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited at Dawson Community College. The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal in Montana with the exception of the Montana-issued medical marijuana card. Dawson Community College prohibits the use of marijuana on campus regardless of the presence of a state-issued medical marijuana card. Violators of illegal drug use, possession, or distribution will be turned over to the appropriate Police authority and are subject to Dawson Community College’s disciplinary actions.

Missing Person:
The Residence Education/Life Staff, upon notification of a missing student, shall conduct a thorough investigation and obtain all necessary information. The person’s description, clothes, who he or she may be with, where he or she may be, vehicle description, and the physical and mental well-being of the individual shall be obtained.
The Residence Education/Life Staff shall:
o Call the missing student’s cell phone and send a text message.
o Conduct a quick but thorough search of the campus buildings and parking lots using the student’s class schedule.
o Interview roommates and known friends.
o Check any surveillance video to determine the last time the student may have been seen.
o Look at social networking sites such as Facebook for any activity.
o Issue an I.D. card photograph to assist in the identification of the missing student.
o Check with faculty members to see when the student was in class or if they have had contact with the missing student.
o Check the Jolly Roger to see when the last time the student’s I.D. card was scanned.
o Attempt to locate the student’s vehicle on campus.

After the Residence/Education Life Staff has conducted the search with negative results, they shall notify the Vice President of Student Affairs, who shall then notify the local law enforcement agency.
Dawson Community College shall implement the following notification procedure for a missing student who resides in the residence halls:
Any reports of missing students shall be referred immediately to the Residence Education/Life Staff, who shall conduct an investigation as outlined. After the Residence Education/Life Staff determines that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, the Vice President of Student Affairs shall contact the individual identified by the student, or the custodial parent or legal guardian if the student is under the age of 18 and not emancipated.
The Vice President of Student Affairs shall inform the College President and local authorities as deemed appropriate.
A school-wide email alert and Squawker announcement shall be sent to faculty, staff, and students with the missing student’s picture attached.

In all cases of a missing student, local law enforcement agencies shall provide information to the media to solicit public assistance in the search for any missing student. The local law enforcement agencies shall consult with the Vice President of Student Affairs. Any media requests to the College shall be directed to the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Sexual Assault:
If an assault occurs, students should report the incident to the, and the Vice President of Student Affairs as soon as possible. Reports can be made in-person or through other available means. The Director Human Resources, and Compliance/Title IX Coordinator and Vice President of Student Affairs will assist the student in notifying appropriate law enforcement authorities if the student requests the assistance of these personnel. Victims should not disturb any physically evidence. Victims should not wash, clean up or use the restroom, which can destroy powerful evidence. Information shared will remain confidential and will not require the individual to file a police report unless so desired.

Dawson Community College works with area counselors who, upon the request of assault victims, can receive necessary counseling services. The Vice President of Student Affairs can authorize counseling visits.

Dawson Community College will make reasonable accommodations to the accused and/or the accuser’s academic schedules or to the residence hall living accommodations so that the individuals can avoid on-going contact with the person(s) who have been implicated in the assault.
If the accused is a student, employee, or otherwise officially affiliated with the College, the victim will be advised of their right to pursue disciplinary action against the assailant. The student may pursue disciplinary action whether or not the student chooses to file a criminal complaint. Both the accuser and accused will be informed by the Vice President of Student Affairs of any disciplinary action imposed.

In sexual assault investigations, the preponderance of evidence will be the standard used to determine whether or not there has been a violation of policy.

All reports and complaints of violations of DCC’s Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Policy are considered in accordance with DCC’s Discrimination Grievance Procedure. The procedures include the following:
A prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution adhering to the principles of due process of such reports and complaints;
A process conducted by officials who receive annual training on the issues related to sexual misconduct, domestic violence, and stalking, including how to conduct investigations and hearings which protect the safety of victims and promotes accountability;

A process in which the accusing party and the accused have the same opportunities to participate in the process, including the right to be accompanied by an adviser and the right to any appeal.

Policy violations are established with the evidence shows that it is more likely than not the proscribed conduct occurred (referred to as a “preponderance of the evidence standard”). The outcome of the process, including the determination of whether a policy violation occurred and the sanction imposed, will be disclosed to both the accusing party and the accused. A written statement will be provided to any student or employee victim of sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking providing an explanation of their rights under the Discrimination Grievance Procedure.

Description of Safe and Positive Options for Bystander Intervention:
DCC stresses that preventing crime is a shared responsibility. Everyone in the campus community should play an active role in making the college environment safe and secure from criminal activity. Bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. DCC wants to promote a culture of community accountability where bystanders are actively engaged in the prevention of violence without causing further harm. Bystanders might not always know what to do if they want to help. Below is a list of some ways to be an active bystander. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, dial 911.
What out for your friends and fellow students/employees. If you see someone who looks like they could be in trouble or need help, ask if they are ok.
Confront people who seclude, hit on, try to make out with, or have sex with people who are incapacitated.
Speak up when someone discusses plans to take sexual advantage of another person.
Believe someone who discloses sexual assault, abusive behavior, or experience with stalking.
Refer people to on or off campus resources.

Risk Reduction:
The following risk reduction strategies have been included from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) website located at https://rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-prevention. These are some of the ways students can utilize tactics to reduce their risk of sexual assault.
Walk with purpose: Even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.
Be secure: Lock your door and windows when you’re asleep and when you leave the room. If people constantly prop open the main door to the residence hall, report this to a member of the residence life staff.
Stay alert: when you’re moving around on campus or in the surrounding neighborhood, be aware of your surroundings. If you’re alone, only use headphones in one ear to stay aware of your surroundings.
Avoid isolated areas: It’s more difficult to get help if no one is around.
Prevent isolation: Don’t allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.
Be careful about posting your location: Many social media sites, like Facebook, use geolocation to publicly share your location.
Keep an eye on your friends: If you are going out in a group, plan to arrive together and leave together. If you decide to leave early, let your friends know. If you’re at a party, check in with them during the night to see how they’re doing. If something doesn’t look right, step in. Don’t be afraid to let a friend know if something is making you uncomfortable or if you are worried about their safety.
Have a backup plan: Sometimes plans change quickly. You might realize it’s not safe for you to drive home, or the group you arrived with might decide to go somewhere you don’t feel comfortable. Keep the number for a reliable cab company saved in your phone and cash on hand in case you decide to leave.
Know what you’re drinking: Don’t recognize an ingredient? Use your phone to look it up. Consider avoiding large-batch drinks like punches or “jungle juice” that may have a deceptively high alcohol content. There is no way to know exactly what was used to create these drinks.
Trust your instincts: If you feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or worried for any reason, don’t ignore these feelings. Go with your gut. Get somewhere safe and find someone you trust or call law enforcement.
Don’t leave a drink unattended: That includes when you use the bathroom, go dancing, or leave to make a phone call. Either take the drink with you or throw it out. Avoid using the same cup to refill your drink.
Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know or trust: If you choose to accept a drink from someone you’ve just met, try to go with the person to the bar to order it, what it being poured, and carry it yourself.
Check in with yourself: Whether you drink regularly or not, check in with yourself periodically to register how you feel.
It’s okay to lie: If you want to exit a situation immediately and are concerned about frightening or upsetting someone, it’s okay to lie. You are never obligated to remain in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, pressured, or threatened. You can also lie to help a friend leave a situation that you think may be dangerous. Some excuses you could use are needing to take care of another friend or family member, an urgent phone call, not feeling well, and having to be somewhere else by a certain time.
Be true to yourself: Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to do. “I don’t want to” is always a good enough reason. Do what feels right to you.
Have a code word: Having a code word with friends and family enables you to not feel uncomfortable and allows you to call them and communicate your discomfort without the person you are with knowing what you are communicating. Your friends or family can then come and get you or make up an excuse for you to leave.

Sex Offenders:
Montana’s registry for sexual offenders can be found at the following web address:
https://doj.mt.gov/svor/.

Please see below for Dawson Community College’s policy regarding discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, and stalking.

BP 2-7: Harassment and Sexual Harassment

CP 2-7: Harassment and Sexual Harassment

BP 3-5: Student Conduct Code

Student Handbook

BP 3-7: Sexual Misconduct

CP 3-7: Sexual Misconduct

Fire Safety Report
Dawson Community College maintains an on-campus student housing facility and must collect fire statistics and keep a fire log which is housed in the office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and the records of the Residence Education and Housing Director. For each housing facility on-campus, the following must be reported:
 The number of fires and the cause of each fire.
 The number of deaths related to the fire.
 The number of injuries related to the fire that resulted in treatment at a medical facility.
 The value of property damage related to the fire.
There were no fires reported for the 2015 reporting period.