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Security Report

Information about Campus Policies and Procedures

Annual statistics for Calendar Years 2014-2016
Catawba College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of the campus community and guests of the College. The College provides security services 24 hours a day, every day of the year, through the Office of Public Safety, located in the Jann House.

Members of the College community are encouraged to report any accident, crime, or suspicious activity immediately upon discovery to the Office of Public Safety by dialing 4000 from any campus phone, or (704) 637-4000 from an off-campus phone. Emergency telephones, which automatically connect the caller to the Office of Public Safety, are available in the West Campus Parking Lot (behind Woodson Hall), the parking lot behind the library, the parking lot behind the Robertson College Community Center, and outside six of the campus residence halls. A 911 call from campus will be routed by the Rowan County Communications Center to the appropriate local response agency (police, fire, ambulance, or rescue service). If circumstances warrant, crime alerts are prepared and posted either selectively (e.g.: when pertinent only to a particular building or area) or campus-wide. The Director of Public Safety and/or the Dean of Students will decide when a crime alert is warranted. Either of these individuals can order the posting of a crime alert.

Campus facilities other than residence halls are generally accessible to the public during routine business hours with exterior doors unlocked. Public Safety officers patrol academic and administrative areas on a limited basis after routine business hours and secure exterior entrances after the last scheduled activity of the day. Persons working after hours are encouraged to take precautions when entering and exiting their offices, to keep their office doors locked when working after hours, and to notify the Office of Public Safety if they are working late into the evening. Escort service from one's office to the parking areas is available by calling 4000.

There are 13 dormitories on campus staffed with Resident Assistants. The professional Residence Life staff is available throughout normal business hours by dialing (704) 637-4410, and a staff member is always on duty to respond to emergencies involving students. Escort service on campus is provided to all members of the College community upon request. Call 4000 and advise the officer of the location at which you wish to be met, the time, and your destination.

Public Safety officers are on duty at all times. Officers are specifically responsible for patrolling the campus; securing buildings and property; enforcing federal, state, and local laws as well as College regulations; providing escort service; assisting with traffic and crowd control at College-sponsored events; and providing campus-wide crime prevention education. The members of the Public Safety team work closely with the Salisbury Police Department, which routinely patrols the campus.

The Office of Public Safety relies heavily upon each member of the College community to report suspicious activity. Because officers cannot be everywhere and see everything that occurs, your help is needed in reporting suspicious or criminal activities. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to (1) be alert for suspicious and criminal activities and conditions that may represent a hazard to the community, and (2) get involved by becoming more security conscious and by reporting incidents, no matter how insignificant they may seem. Crimes that go unreported cannot be solved, and perpetrators may have the opportunity to commit additional and perhaps more serious crimes. It is important that you report incidents immediately and provide as much information as possible. When you report an incident, provide the following information: (1) the nature and time of the incident; (2) where the incident occurred; (3) persons involved and a description; (4) direction and method of travel; (5) vehicles involved and a description.

The Office of Public Safety subscribes to the philosophy that ensuring a safe environment is the responsibility of all members of the Catawba community. The department supports efforts that encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Programming on safety and security for students is coordinated by the Student Affairs Office and is implemented through various programs, including New Student Orientation and residence hall activities. All students receive the student handbook at the time they first register for classes in an academic year.


Sexual Harassment
In keeping with efforts to maintain an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the College community are respected, Catawba College deems sexual harassment of students or employees unacceptable conduct which will not be tolerated. Such conduct may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College.

Catawba College Crime Statistics

Catawba College is pleased to comply with The Jeanne Clery Act, which mandates that colleges and universities publish statistics for certain categories of substantiated crimes, to help ensure that students, faculty and staff at those institutions are aware of the facts about crime and safety on their campuses. While colleges in general are relatively safe places, national patterns clearly show that there is a need for vigilance by all campus members against crime on campus.

The Office of Public Safety maintains crime statistics in accordance with The Jeanne Clery Act and the FBI's Uniform Crimes Report definitions and publishes them annually in coordination with the Salisbury Police Department.

The following statistics are presented to increase safety awareness campus-wide. Amendments to The Jeanne Clery Act require the office to present the number of on-campus incidents of murder, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson formally reported to the Office of Public Safety and/or the Salisbury Police Department. Statistics concerning liquor laws, drug abuse, and weapons violations indicate the number of arrests and/or referrals for campus disciplinary action for the specified periods of time.

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Definitions

  • Murder and non-negligent Manslaughter - As a general rule, any death due to injuries received in a fight, argument, quarrel, assault, or commission of a crime.
  • Negligent Manslaughter - The killing of another person through gross negligence. This offense does not include "Vehicular Manslaughter" which is reportable as "All Other Offenses."
  • Sex Offenses/Forcible - Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or, not forcibly against the person's will, where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
  • Sex Offenses/Non-forcible - Acts of unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse, and includes incest and statutory rape.
  • Robbery - The taking, or attempting to take, anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, custody, or care of another person, or persons, by force or threat of force or violence and/or putting the victim in fear of immediate harm.
  • Aggravated Assault - An unlawful attack by one person upon another wherein the offender uses a weapon or displays it in a threatening manner, or the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration or loss of consciousness.
  • Burglary - The unlawful entry into a building or other structure with intent to commit a felony or theft.
  • Arson - To unlawfully and intentionally damage, or attempt to damage, any real or person property by fire or incendiary device.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft - The taking or attempting to take a motor vehicle. A motor vehicle is a self-propelled vehicle that runs on the surface of land and not on rails.
  • Liquor Law Violations - The unlawful cultivation, manufacture, sale, purchase, use, possession, transportation, importation of alcoholic beverages.
  • Drug Law Violations - The unlawful cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, use, possession, transportation, importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance.
  • Weapon Law Violations - The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices or other deadly weapons.

Definitions of Categories
For purposed of reporting the statistics with the crimes described below, an institution of higher education shall distinguish, by means of separate categories, any criminal offenses that occur:

  • On Campus - (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls; and (2) any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area identified in statement (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by student, and supports institutional purposes (such as food or other retail vendor). On Campus statistics are the total cumulative offenses committed on Campus, in Residence Hall or Other Residential Facilities, in Non-Campus Building or Property and on Public Property.
  • Residence Halls or Other Residential Facilities - Includes only those crimes that were reported to have occurred in residence halls or other residential facilities.
  • Non-Campus Building or Property - (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by a student or organization that is officially recognized by the institution; (2) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation, to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
  • Public Property - All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

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Catawba College's policy regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and enforcement of underage drinking laws is found in the student handbook. Students under the age of 21 may not purchase, possess, or consume any alcoholic beverages. The use, possession, distribution, or sale of any illegal drugs is strictly forbidden on the Catawba College campus. The College policy, including a range of sanctions, is stated in the student handbook, and in the staff handbook. Catawba College conducts drug and alcohol education programming through the Office of Student Affairs, which sponsors sessions in conjunction with First Year Orientation as well as special programs during the year.

Educational programs to promote an awareness of rape and other sexual offenses are conducted throughout the year by the Office of Student Affairs. During First Year Orientation, all new students participate in workshops that cover the topic of sexual assault and highlight the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault. If a student experiences anything which can be interpreted as a sexual offense, the student should report the situation to the Office of Public Safety (4000), Student Affairs (4410), or a Resident Assistant in the dorms. The student also has the option to notify the proper law enforcement authorities or to have campus personnel assist her/him in notifying these authorities upon request.

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted: you should not wash, douche, brush your teeth, change clothes, or comb your hair before a medical exam. Treatment for rape may include testing for sexually transmitted diseases and the collection of evidence which leaves open the option for prosecution. Going to the hospital and/or reporting the assault does not mean you have to prosecute.

Counseling is available on and off campus for victims of sexual offenses. On-campus services are available through the Student Affairs Office, the Chaplain and the nurses at the Health Center. Off-campus services are available at a number of local agencies to which you may be referred by the Student Affairs Office. All cases are handled confidentially. Assistance is also available from the Family Crisis Council of Salisbury-Rowan (636-4718) on an anonymous basis, if the student so chooses.

Catawba College will change a victim's academic and living situation after an alleged sex offense if these changes are requested by the victim and are reasonably available. This assistance should be arranged through the Student Affairs Office. Procedures for on-campus disciplinary action in cases of alleged sexual offenses include the following: (1) the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary hearing; (2) both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceedings brought alleging a sexual offense. Possible sanctions for sexual assault include, but are not limited to, censure, disciplinary probation, visitation restriction, suspension, expulsion, counseling, and any combination of these sanctions.

This information is provided as part of the Catawba College commitment to safety and security on campus and is in compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act.