Campus Crime Policy
It is the goal of the College to involve all members of the College community in a concerted effort to reduce crime. Students and employees have the right to work, study, and learn in an environment free of crime. The prevention of crime is viewed as the collective responsibility of all persons associated with the College. The following procedures are intended to provide tangible evidence of the College commitment to ensure a crime free campus.
Reporting Crimes. Any employee or student of the College must report any criminal activity at the earliest possible opportunity (but never to exceed 24 hours) to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. In addition, persons who are aware of any criminal activity on campus must report that activity to the appropriate law enforcement agency. This policy extends to alleged criminal activity and "as told to" information concerning criminal activity. Criminal activity is defined as any activity in conflict with local, state, or federal law.
The Associate Dean of Student Affairs will also contact the appropriate law enforcement authority to determine that the illegal activity was reported and what action the College should take to cooperate in an investigation. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs will also contact the victim (if applicable) of the crime to determine if the College can provide assistance or information that will assist the victim.
Campus Security. In general, College facilities are available only to College and College-related organizations.
The College does not employ campus police or persons specifically charged with security issues. Security is viewed as the responsibility of the entire College community. The Maintenance Staff at the College has been vested with the authority to enforce all College rules and regulations.
All access to campus facilities is controlled. In addition, the Maintenance Staff has been informed that they shall maintain a program of crime deterrent activities, including a review of all campus entry/exit points, locks, and individual window and door security devices, (including alarm systems). The Maintenance Staff will review campus lighting at regular intervals. Campus security cameras are in place actively recording activities, both indoors and outdoors, and are on at all times.
In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Building, Grounds and Safety Manager or the Human Resources Coordinator, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through the College communications system to students and employees. The particular circumstances of the incident will dictate the measures taken to notify the campus community. In situations that pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the warning will be issued via telephone to key locations, campus e-mail, website posting, and other communication systems as deemed appropriate.
- Building, Grounds and Safety Manager (573) 897-5138 or (573) 619-4578 or email at Staff_Maintenance@statetechmo.edu or in person in the office
- Human Resources Coordinator (573) 897-5108 or email at HR@statetechmo.edu or in person in the office
- Osage County Sheriff’s Department
Local Law Enforcement Monitoring Off-campus Activity. When a student enrolled on any of the campuses is involved in an off-campus offense, the Osage County Sheriff’s Department, Jefferson City Police, or the Mexico Police may assist with the investigation in cooperation with local, state, or federal law enforcement. These law enforcement agencies routinely work with and communicate with campus safety officials on any serious incidents occurring on campus or in the immediate community and business areas surrounding the campuses. The Linn campus, Jefferson City, and Mexico sites operate no off-campus housing or off-campus student organization facilities. However, many students live in off-campus housing in the community surrounding the Linn campus as well as the other campus sites. While the local law enforcement agencies in all of the College campus sites have primary jurisdiction in all areas off campus, College safety officials can and do respond to student-related incidents that occur in close proximity to these campuses. College safety officials have direct communication with the city police, fire departments, and ambulance services to facilitate rapid response in any emergency situation.
Personal Security. Books, bags, and/or tools should never be left unattended. Vehicles should be locked at all times. The College carries no insurance for the loss of personal items such as tools, car stereos, etc.
Crime Prevention Tips:
- Never leave valuables within view in a vehicle.
- Secure a parked vehicle with locked doors and windows closed.
- Don’t leave a parked car running while unoccupied.
- Always let friends or family know where you will be.
- Avoid unknown locations or new situations at night, especially if alone.
- Go in a group and stay with the group; don’t leave friends behind.
- Lock car doors when traveling.
- Don’t give out social security numbers.
- Don’t leave property unattended.
- Never leave drinks unattended at a party/social event.
- Lock doors at home whether you are there or not.
- Don’t answer the door if you don’t know who it is and never let a stranger in to “use the phone”.
- If you must drink, drink responsibly.