Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Clery Act and & H.E.O.A. Compliance Information. 

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted the College and University Security Act in 1988 (Clery Act) and the U.S. Congress enacted similar legislation in 1990.  Most recently, the Higher Education Opportunity Act was enacted in 2008. These laws require all institutions of higher education within the Commonwealth to provide students and employees with information pertaining to, but not limited to crime statistics, security measures, fire statistics, fire safety measures, policies relating to missing persons, and penalties for drug use, on an annual basis.  These acts also require that this information be available to prospective students and employees upon request. The entire report is available   on-line at www.brynmawr.edu/safety/act73.htm plus the link is disseminated via e-mail and handout messages.  

The primary purpose of the federal law is to create a national reporting system on crime and safety, as well as fire safety on our nation's colleges and universities. Bryn Mawr College is located in Lower Merion Township, a quiet residential suburb of Philadelphia. Bryn Mawr has a strong crime-prevention and fire safety program that includes the entire community ­ students, staff and faculty.

The College's Campus Safety Department operates continuously to provide a safe environment that is conducive to both academic achievement and social development. We all have a crucial role to play and we thank each of you for doing your part.

Campus Geographic Area and Emergency Phone Locations

ABOUT THE CAMPUS SAFETY DEPARTMENT

The Campus Safety Department is located in the John J. Maloney Building, which is located in the Campus Safety Parking Lot. The office provides twenty-four hour, seven-days-a-week services to the community that include security, fire safety, and parking. The department has a total of 24 staff members.  There are 19 full time staff members:  1 Director, 1 Lieutenant , 3 Sergeants, 2 Corporals; 8 Patrol Officers, 2 Dispatchers, and 1 Office Manager.  The department also has 1 Operations Coordinator who, as part of his responsibilities, oversees Access Control.  There are also 5 on-call and part time officers/dispatchers. 

Campus Safety reports to the Chief Administrative Officer of the College and cooperates with a variety of campus offices and organizations to enhance community safety.   Bryn Mawr College is located in Lower Merion Township and works closely with the Lower Merion Police Department, routinely sharing information that takes place on campus as well as incidents that take place in the surrounding areas.  Campus Safety has a very positive relationship with the Lower Merion Police and fully cooperates with any investigation into criminal matters on College property whenever appropriate.  The campus is bounded by Morris Avenue, New Gulph Road, Roberts Road, Merion Avenue and Yarrow Road, with one off campus site, at the School of Social work.  

While Campus Safety Officers do not generally have the power of arrest, they are empowered to detain individuals whenever deemed appropriate. Campus Safety officers have a broad range of experience, from training under Pennsylvania legislation: Act 120, which is the Municipal Police Officers Training, Act 235, Lethal Weapons Training, which addresses the use of force, and Private Security Officers training, which is based on industry standards for security professionals and First Responder Medical Training.   In addition, Campus Safety Officers have received training on the ICS, Incident Command System, as well as other relevant training that is applicable to the services they provide the community. 

All Patrol personnel are required to complete CPR, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and AED, Automated External Defibrillation training.  Emergency medical assistance and transportation to the Bryn Mawr College Health Center, which is open seven days a week, or to the Bryn Mawr Hospital, which is one half mile away, are available by contacting Campus Safety.

A shuttle service operates during the academic year to provide safe transportation across campus and to the R5 (Paoli/Thorndale Line) Bryn Mawr Train Station, as well as the R100 (Norristown) High Speed line.

The college maintains a proactive approach to crime and its prevention. Campus Safety has instituted a variety of programs to support this philosophy. The programs include Operation Identification, bicycle registration, crime prevention and R.A.D (Rape Aggression Defense) self defense seminars. Campus Safety also assists in grounds and building maintenance by reporting potential safety hazards discovered while patrolling the campus.

The Committee on Campus (Public) Safety, (C.O.P.S.), is a student organization that works closely with Campus Safety. C.O.P.S. representatives are in each residence hall and perform a variety of safety-related services that include: "COPS Quotes" safety reminders and Operation Identification.

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REPORTING CRIMES AND OTHER INCIDENTS

In the event of a crime or medical emergency contact Campus Safety's emergency line by dialing x7911 or  610-526-7911.  Be prepared to stay on the line and provide as much information as possible. 

Campus safety is a shared responsibility.  All are encouraged to report crimes and suspicious activity to Campus Safety immediately.    All incidents reported will be investigated.  

When an incident is reported, the appropriate support is immediately sent to investigate. The community is made aware of incidents that impact the entire community through the appropriate administrator, campus newspaper, or by college-wide posting of safety alerts.

Emergency phones are located in various areas on campus. These phones are painted yellow and do not require dialing. Press the large red button and wait for the Campus Safety dispatcher to answer. The phones are equipped with an enhanced system that identifies your location for the Campus Safety dispatcher.

Lower Merion Township Police, the local police department, has an excellent working relationship with Campus Safety.  Although there is no written memorandum of understanding, both departments share information needed to provide professional service to the community.  

College crime statistics are prepared annually and sent to the Pennsylvania State Police for inclusion in the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Report and in Department of Education, Security Report.  These statistics are also furnished to all members of the community and student applicants annually, and to applicants for employment upon request.

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REPORTING CRIME ON CAMPUS

Although we encourage the reporting of crime directly to Campus Safety, in some instances members of the campus community may choose to file a report with one of the other campus security authorities (CSA). They include any member of Campus Safety, the Deans, the Director or Associate Director of Residential Life, other Directors and Department Heads, and Athletic Coaches. The Campus Security Authorities (CSA) work closely with Campus Safety to ensure the safety of our community.

Allegations of campus crime that you are aware of and that you conclude were made in good faith must be reported to Campus Safety. “In good faith” means that there is a reasonable basis for reporting a crime, as opposed to basing a report on a rumor.

To report a crime or incident, call 610-526-7911. Dispatchers are available at this number 24 hours a day to answer your call. A report will be taken even if the caller refuses to give their name and follow up will be conducted.

Confidential Reporting

Bryn Mawr College allows for confidential reporting of crime. Victims who do not want to pursue action within the College or the criminal justice system can make a confidential report. Bryn Mawr Campus Safety can file a report of the incident without revealing the identity of the victim. The Lower Merion Police Department will be notified as well. The College will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in their decision. Various counseling options are available at the College, and outside resources are available as well.

The purpose of such a report is to comply with the victim’s wishes to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and others. With this information, the College can keep and disseminate accurate records of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the community to potential danger.

Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the College. You can view the Annual Security Report (which includes statistics for the previous three years) as well as institutional policies concerning campus security by contacting Campus Safety 610-526-7911 (X7911) or by accessing the website at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/safety/act73.htm

Campus Security Authorities - CSA's responsible for reporting criminal activity include:

  • Campus Safety - all
  • Deans - all
  • Title IX Officer
  • Career Development (Director)
  • Civic Engagement Office
  • International Programs
  • Student Life – staff
  • Pensby Center Director (Office of Intercultural Affairs)
  • Director of Admissions
  • Director and Associate Director of Housing
  • Graduate Assistants
  • Director & Assistant Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Student Affairs
  • Director of Conference Services
  • Director & Assistant Directors of Athletics
  • Athletics, Head Trainer & Assistant Trainer
  • Athletics, Head & Assistant Coaches
  • Faculty members with counseling responsibilities
  • Health Services
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • The Hall Advisors (39)

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CAMPUS EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

In an effort to ensure that the community is fully aware of any safety issues or emergency that may take place, Campus Safety will activate the emergency notification system when deemed appropriate. This system has multiple levels, tailored to the situation at hand, that include posting of Campus Safety Bulletins, campus-wide voicemails, and e-mails.  We have partnered with Everbridge, which will allow us to send messages if there is a crisis on campus.  All students will be automatically uploaded into the system.  Faculty, staff and other members of our community are strongly encouraged to register at BMC Emergency Notification

In addition to these steps, a recorded message may be placed on the Emergency Hot line, extension x7310, and information may also be posted on the college homepage.  In the event of an immediate hazard or a serious threat to public safety, a text message would be sent out, via Everbridge and a public alert siren would be sounded. The siren will be followed by instructions. When the crisis has passed, an all-clear will be sounded. For more information please refer to the  Bryn Mawr College Emergency Response Guide.

Bryn Mawr’s Emergency Response Team

Bryn Mawr’s approach to situations that have had a significant impact on an individual member of or the entire campus community has succeeded over the years because of the dedication and conscientiousness of various members of the College community.

Notification Process Scenario

Although there is no one ‘typical’ response since there is much variety of types of incidents that the Bryn Mawr Emergency Response Team will respond to, there is a general template of response to a critical incident. Some examples of the kinds of incidents/events include hostile intruders or other criminal acts, hazardous materials incidents and lab accidents, disasters such as fires, storms, and more slowly unfolding events such as disease outbreaks and prevention measures.

In incidents requiring immediate action, the ERT notification would typically be via a Campus Safety dispatcher who would contact the ERT ‘Command Group’ consisting of Directors (Tom King & Lil Burroughs) and/or the Lieutenant (John Kelley) and/or Operations/Training Officer (Mike Ramsey). The Chief Administrative Officer (Jerry Berenson) and the Safety Officer (Don Abramowitz) would be notified as well.  Once the decision is made to involve other members of the response team, notification/communication could be easily facilitated using subgroups set up in the electronic notification system.

Subgroups in the notification system would include the Bryn Mawr College Emergency Response Team (BERT), the Group 1 and Group 2 notifications.  The dispatching Campus Safety Officer would have access to contact information of other members of the community if it is determined that they need to be notified and/or respond. (The members of the Emergency Response Team would have this contact information as well).

Determination of who might respond to the scene of an incident, to the hospital, to a police station, etc. would be made electronically and the other members of the team would typically proceed to one of the identified Emergency Operations Centers (EOC).

The members of the Bryn Mawr College Emergency Response Team Command Group have been trained in ICS (Incident Command System) and the basics of this nationally standardized management approach will be employed.  An Incident Commander will be the responder (not necessarily the ERT team member; police, fire, etc.) who takes control at the scene of an incident as it unfolds. While we recognize that senior administrators are in charge of the campus and will be overseeing management of the impact of the incident on and off campus, the Incident Commander will be in charge of the incident scene itself.  

In this way, a clear chain of command will be established, prompt and more efficient communication will take place, and integration of the necessary responders will be more efficient.

Response Example

There is a fire on campus. Dispatch is notified and officers respond along with police, fire and rescue personnel. Although damage is not extensive, three students are being transported to the hospital. Initial reports indicate that one student is suffering from smoke inhalation, another with mild burns, and another student is more seriously injured – perhaps critically.

An emergency notification message is simultaneously sent to Tom King, Lil Burroughs, Mike Ramsey, and John Kelley. (via e-mail, text and voice) by the dispatch officer.  The first caller in to Campus Safety will typically instruct the dispatcher to notify the entire ERT (including Jerry Berenson and Don Abramowitz) electronically with an overview message and instruct them to link into a conference call.

While en route to the campus, members of the ERT communicate with each other (via the phone conference capability), and determine who will go to the scene and who might go to the hospital (Deans Office, Res Life).  Others who are contacted typically will plan to meet at the Emergency Operations Center.  An initial emergency notification to all students, staff and faculty is sent out at this point as well (for example “There is a fire at _______; it is currently under control; more information to follow”).

In this scenario, the decision to contact all members of Group 1 (the President, Chief Administrative Officer, the Dean of the College, and the Director of Communications) and many of the members of Group 2 (Health Services Director, the Director of Facilities Management, the Provost, and the Director of Residential Life) would be notified as well. Some of those above would meet in the EOC (currently the Conference Room of the Ward Building). Depending on information received from the scene and the hospital, additional notifications (parents, for example) might need to be made. Decisions about a follow-up/update message to the community would be made at this time as well.      

 

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TIMELY WARNINGS

In the event of an emergency, or when a serious criminal incident has occurred – especially in situations that could pose an immediate threat to community and individuals - the department will use appropriate channels to notify the Bryn Mawr community and a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued - including printed Safety Alerts posted around campus, E-mail notifications, and web site posting of alerts are listed at http://www.brynmawr.edu/safety/.

Emergency Procedures and Guidelines are in place - and follow the Incident Command System model in the event of a critical incident on campus.

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CRIME LOGS

Bryn Mawr College Campus Safety maintains a daily crime log that contains specific information pertaining to any and all crimes that occur within the patrol jurisdiction of Campus Safety and that are reported.  The daily crime log may be viewed at the Maloney Building, Bryn Mawr College.

Certain information may be withheld from the crime log under specified circumstances, primarily information that would be jeopardize the success of an investigation or the safety of a person in the investigation. The Campus Safety Department makes the crime log for the most recent 60-day period open to public inspection during normal business hours, while crime logs containing material more than 60 days old are retained for seven years for public inspection upon two days' notice.

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BUILDING SECURITY

Campus Safety has responsibility for locking and unlocking campus buildings based on use, class schedule, and special events. Access to institutional facilities by employees is on an as-needed basis and incorporates strict key and access control procedures. Visitors to the campus seeking access to campus buildings and facilities for special events must do so through an individual host, a sponsoring department, or reservation.

There are twelve residence halls on campus. All resident areas are locked 24 hours a day access controlled. The halls that contain classrooms or dining centers and must be open to allow limited access are opened and locked in accordance with those hours.

Access to housing facilities is limited to those with authorization. Resident students have keys to their residence and individual rooms. Guests of a resident must be accompanied by the resident. Special housing reservations may be made for conference guests or for individuals at Wyndham, the Alumnae House.

All unauthorized persons will be investigated by Campus Safety.

For further protection during low-occupancy periods, such as school breaks and vacations, residence hall access is restricted to authorized personnel only.

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ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

Bryn Mawr College complies with federal, state and local laws including those which regulate the possession, use, purchase, and sale of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, and weapons. You must be twenty-one years of age to purchase, sell, consume or possess an alcoholic beverage in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (see alcohol and controlled substances section)

The college observes the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1989 and Drug Free School and Communities Act of 1990. The educational materials are included in the College's written policies instituted to comply with this legislation.

The use, possession, purchase and/or sale of illicit drugs on campus is prohibited. Violations will be investigated by Campus Safety and may result in State or Federal criminal prosecution.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law states that you must be at least twenty-one years of age in order to purchase, sell, possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Please refer to the alcohol policy for further information and penalties of violations.

The Peer Education program sponsors ASAP, (Achieve Substance Abuse Prevention) in residence halls, through wellness and during customs. These programs include alcohol and drug addiction prevention, counseling and referrals.

Training

In addition to separate Customs presentations (New Student Orientation) for all new students by Campus Safety, Residence Life, and the Dean’s Office, there is ongoing training/informational sessions which typically include discussions on alcohol and other drugs prevention for all students throughout the year in the form of;

Dorm Safety Meetings

In conjunction with Operation Identification there are dorm safety meetings where students meet Campus Safety Officers and exchange ideas and information. The meetings are requested to discuss safety issues on campus or within the dormitory. Students are strongly encouraged to participate and contribute. Forming a partnership with the students is an essential goal of the department and benefits the entire community.

C.O.P.S. (Committee on Public Safety)

The Campus (Public) Safety Department works closely with a student group focused on reporting safety matters on campus and specifically within the residence halls.  The C.O.P.S. representatives are nominated by dorm and there are two students who are elected as Co-heads to represent the group at SGA (Student Government Association). The Co-heads also have regular meetings with the Director of Campus Safety.  The group also collaborates on bringing presenters to campus and identifying topics for general safety discussions. 

S.W.A.P.S (Students Working Alongside Public Safety)

The Campus Safety Department in conjunction with the C.O.P.S. group and H.A.'s (Hall Advisors) have initiated an “adopt a dorm” program.  Campus Safety Officers are partnered with the Hall Advisors and C.O.P.S. Rep. for specific residence hall(s) and communicate with them about safety issues or coordinate bringing guest speakers into the residence hall to discuss crime prevention or awareness. 

Safe-Teas

There are six open forum discussions during the academic year aimed at awareness and providing safety information to students, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, alcohol and other drugs awareness and identity theft.

Additional training is provided by the Health Center – Counseling Service.   It includes drug prevention activities such as:
* Counseling Staff provide outreach and programming on prevention and abuse to student groups -   Customs, Hall Advisors, DLT (Dorm Leadership Team) and student affinity groups on campus.
* Drug and substance abuse educational information, including handouts distributed during               freshwomen Wellness course.
* Individual counseling and education for students who are self-referred, referred by the Dean's Office, Residential Life, the Athletics department, faculty, staff and other students.
* Web-based College-Alcohol educational program for all new students and dorm leadership team members.

Written materials distributed to all new students:
* Top Ten Myths About Alcohol
* Disease Concept of Addiction
* Alcohol Impairment Chart Blood Alcohol Levels and Behavior
* How to Help a Friend With a Drinking Problem
* Policy on Prescribing Adderall
* Adderall Precautions

The Health Center website contains numerous links to information about alcohol and drug abuse. http://www.brynmawr.edu/healthcenter/drugsandalcohol/

A written Statement about Standards of Conduct concerning Drug and Alcohol Education and Counseling Services is also included in the Student Handbook PP. 133-134 at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/activities/docs/handbook.pdf

In addition, the Student Handbook has extensive information on both the Drug and Alcohol Policies;

Alcohol Policy                                          p. 138-140
Effects of Alcohol                                     p. 139
Services and Referrals Information            p. 140
Drug Policy                                              p. 141-142
Policy on Drug Free Schools                    p. 142
Policy on Drug Free Workplace               p. 142
Health Risks Associated with Drugs          p. 143-144
Pa. Criminal Statues Drugs and Alcohol    p. 144-146
Federal Statutes on Illegal Drugs               p. 147
http://www.brynmawr.edu/activities/docs/handbook.pdf

Drug and Alcohol assessment, counseling and treatment within the scope of Bryn Mawr’s services are provided by the Health Center - Counseling Service.  Students needing more intensive treatment are referred off-campus.  During Counseling Service staff's participation in orientation week with DLT members and first year student students are encouraged to utilize the counseling services for consultation, education and/or treatment related to drug and alcohol concerns/issues.  All students can receive up to six free sessions each academic year.  

*A "report" is generated of students who have had an alcohol/substance incident that comes to the attention of Campus Safety.  The Health Center nurse is sent a copy of the report and calls each student listed to schedule them an appointment to see the Drug and Alcohol Counselor.  The deans also intervene and refer students listed on the Campus Safety Report to Health Center - Counseling Service to see the Drug and Alcohol Counselor for education, assessment, treatment and possible referral in accordance with our policy.

Additional information regarding these topics is included in the student, faculty and staff handbooks.

Faculty have been issued a copy of Helping Students: A Faculty Guide for Assisting Students in Need.  Information on identifying and responding to substance abuse – the student with possible addictive  issues can be found on page 17 at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/deans/documents/FacultyHelpingStudents_2013_Final.pdf

Employees

The Staff Handbook provides information on and policies pertaining to drugs and alcohol (pages 51-52).  The Staff Handbook can be found on the Human Resources website: http://www.brynmawr.edu/humanresources/policies.html. The College offers employees the benefit of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and its services, which include assistance with substance abuse.  These benefits are described in the Benefits Overview document of the EAP: http://www.brynmawr.edu/humanresources/benefits.html. Employees are made aware of these polices and benefits in a meeting with Human Resources on their first day of employment and when they attend the mandatory New Employee Orientation.  In addition, employees are reminded of these policies and benefits through an e-mail that Campus Safety sends annually that provides the Annual Campus Safety Crime and Fire Report.

The Drug-Free Schools Act

A person of 18 years of age or older who is convicted in any court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of a violation of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, shall, if the delivery or possession with the intent to deliver the controlled substance occurred within 1,000 feet of a public, private, or parochial school or a college or university or within 250 feet of the real property on which is located a recreation center or playground or on a school bus shall be sentenced to a minimum sentence of at least two years of total confinement (up to four years). 

Commonwealth Law

Drugs: State law prohibits the unauthorized manufacture, sale, delivery and possession of controlled substances. Persons may be subject to 30 days imprisonment and a $500 fine for simple possession of a small amount of marijuana (misdemeanor), a maximum of 15 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine for the manufacture, delivery or possession of a Schedule I or II controlled narcotic drug such as cocaine, PCP and LSD (felony). Sentences can be doubled for second and subsequent convictions. Sentences can also be doubled for distribution of controlled substances to persons under the age of 18. Penalties range from a mandatory minimum sentence of (1) one year and a $5,000 fine for the first conviction to a mandatory minimum sentence of (7) seven years and a $50,000 fine for subsequent convictions for the manufacture, delivery or possession of 100 grams or more of a Schedule I or II controlled narcotic drug.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT

While the College attempts through its programs and policies to prevent sexual assault from occurring, it recognizes that significant numbers of women throughout the nation are sexually assaulted while they are college students. The college therefore commits itself to assisting any of its students who have experienced sexual assault in making a timely emotional, psychological, and physical recovery and to respecting the choices a student makes about this process.

The college also commits itself to investigating all reported cases of sexual assault; to assisting a student in lodging charges with local police, if she/he so chooses; to holding disciplinary hearings to adjudicate formal accusation and to appropriately punish any student (or guest) found to have violated this policy.

All are encouraged to report sexual assaults to Campus Safety immediately. However, individuals may also report the crime to any Campus Security Authority, such as a Dean, the Director and Associate Director of Residential Life, other Directors and Department Heads, or an Athletic Coach. The Campus Security Authorities work closely with Campus Safety to ensure the safety of our community. 

Definitions:

Sex Offenses - Forcible -Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

Forcible Rape- The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against the person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth).

Forcible Sodomy - Oral or anal sexual intercourse with 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 because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Sexual Assault With an Object The use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Forcible Fondling -The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or, not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.

Sex Offenses – Non-forcible - Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.

Incest - Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Statutory Rape - Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

BRYN MAWR  COLLEGE POLICY CONCERNING SEXUAL ASSAULT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DATING VIOLENCE AND STALKING

No person shall sexually assault any member of the student community. Students shall be free to report any sexual assault without fear of retaliation. Retaliation or threats of retaliation against a student bringing a charge of sexual assault will be treated as a separate and serious violation of College policy. For the purposes of this policy, sexual assault is defined as any act in which a member of the student community is forced to engage in sexual activity against her/his will or without her/his consent. “Sexual assault” as used in this policy includes not only physically assaultive behavior but also extreme verbal threats, physical or verbal intimidation, and/or indecent exposure. Although Pennsylvania criminal law distinguishes between rape and sexual assault (defining rape as involving penetration), the College policy defines as unacceptable any act in which one person forces another or attempts to force another to engage in any sexual act.

Reporting Procedures - Any Bryn Mawr College student who believes she/he has been sexually assaulted or that an act of sexual assault has taken place may notify any Campus Security Authority, such as the Dean of the Undergraduate College, a hall adviser, an associate or assistant dean, the Director of Campus Safety, or the Director of Institutional Diversity, the Director and Associate Director of Residential Life or and Athletic Coach. Any one of these people will notify the Dean of the Undergraduate College as soon as possible that an accusation of sexual assault has been made.

The first concern of any official to whom an assault is reported will be the well-being of the student reporting the assault. In particular, the official will inform the student of both on- and off-campus resources available to her/him and help the student make contact with the resources she/he chooses.

The second concern of College officials must be the safety of the community. If there is reason to believe that an assailant is at large who poses an immediate threat to other members of the community, the Dean of the Undergraduate College and the Director of Campus Safety will take action to protect the campus. In doing so they will reveal no information that might allow the student reporting the assault to be identified.

After seeing to the well-being of the student reporting the assault and to the immediate security of the campus, the Dean of the Undergraduate College and the Director of Campus Safety will investigate the charge. Such investigation may involve the examination of physical evidence, the interviewing of persons with relevant information, or other steps which particular circumstances make necessary. In conducting this investigation the confidentiality and privacy of the student  bringing the charge will be respected.

The confidentiality and privacy of any persons under suspicion will also be respected.   Charges of sexual assault brought by a Bryn Mawr student against a member of the Bi-College student community, or a guest in the community, will be heard by a Dean’s Panel. Charges of sexual assault brought by a Bryn Mawr student against a member of the faculty or staff will be handled through the College’s procedures concerning sexual harassment and other forms of harassment and discrimination. Both procedures are outlined elsewhere in the student handbook.

An individual accused of sexual assault may be subject to prosecution under Pennsylvania criminal statutes. A victim is free to bring charges through the College system and the criminal system simultaneously; however, the two processes are separate. It is not necessary for a student to pursue the matter in a criminal court in order to initiate a Dean’s Panel proceeding. Also, the College is not obligated to wait until prosecution procedures are initiated or until a judgment is reached in court in order to proceed with its own decision-making process or to impose penalties.

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

While the College attempts through its programs and policies to prevent sexual assault from occurring, it recognizes that significant numbers of women throughout the nation are sexually assaulted while they are college students. The College is committed to helping any of its students who have experienced sexual assault. Counselors, health center personnel, residential life staff, campus safety officers, and deans will support a student as she goes through the recovery process. The College is also committed to investigating all reported cases of sexual assault; assisting a student in lodging charges with local police, if she so desires; holding disciplinary hearings to adjudicate formal accusations; and disciplining any student or guest found to have violated the policy concerning sexual assault.

The College also recognizes that most campus sexual assaults involve people who are acquainted with one another. Coercive or violent acts between people who, because of their membership in the College community, must continue to interact with each other are particularly traumatic to the victim and violate the trust that is essential to the College’s mission and sense of community. Therefore, should a sexual assault be reported, the College shall take reasonable action to protect the accusing student from any unnecessary or unwanted contact with the accused.  

Options for Students Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted. Any student who is sexually assaulted is strongly encouraged to seek help either from resources available through the College or from outside sources. The following is a short list of options available to students seeking help at Bryn Mawr. More detailed information about each option is provided below.

• You may contact the Bryn Mawr College Health Center (x7360) to receive medical care, to speak to a counselor, and/or to discuss other options confidentially.

• You may go to Bryn Mawr Hospital to receive a medical examination, which is admissible in court as evidence of an assault.

• You may call Bryn Mawr College Campus Safety (x7911, 911 in emergencies) to arrange for transportation to the Health Center or to Bryn Mawr Hospital, and/or to report that a sexual assault has taken place.

• You may call Lower Merion Township Police (610-642-4200) to arrange transportation to Bryn Mawr Hospital, to report a sexual assault or to request emergency medical assistance. 

Medical Care: You are strongly encouraged to receive some type of medical care after an assault.

Because sexual assault can be physically and emotionally traumatic, you may not know whether or not you have been injured. Medical personnel at the Health Center or the hospital can answer questions you may have about health concerns. A follow-up exam is recommended to retest for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and to be sure that no other injuries were sustained during the assault.

The Health Center is able to counsel you on your options for medical care after an assault.  An examination done at the Health Center is NOT admissible in court as evidence that an assault has taken place. If you think you may wish to press charges at any time, the Health Center personnel will recommend that you go to Bryn Mawr Hospital, where medical evidence can be preserved for the police.

The Health Center is able to check for internal injuries, test for pregnancy and STDs and provide someone with whom you can talk. The Health Center can also provide information and testing for HIV (HIV testing at the Health Center is confidential). The Health Center can provide medication to help prevent STDs. In addition, emergency contraception is available to prevent pregnancy if you go to the Health Center within 72 hours of the assault.

The Health Center will keep all information confidential; the assault will not be reported to the police, Campus Safety, parents or other College personnel without your permission. If it is determined that you or another member of the College community is in danger, necessary information will be released to the appropriate administrators without revealing your identity.  The Health Center can assist you in finding any medical or emotional support that you need, including counseling on- or off-campus.

Bryn Mawr Hospital is able to provide medical services that fulfill legal standards of evidence — a “rape-kit” examination. The rape-kit examination preserves medical evidence that can be used in court. Having a rape kit done does not require you to press charges. It merely gathers evidence should you wish to prosecute at some time. It is recommended that you do not shower, bathe, douche or change clothes if you want to preserve evidence. You may want to bring a change of clothes to the hospital in case you are needed by the police.

Bryn Mawr Hospital will test for pregnancy and STDs, offer medication to prevent STDs, and prescribe emergency contraception. The hospital is required to notify the police that a sexual assault may have occurred. 

     SEXUAL ASSAULT / MISCONDUCT - ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

There are numerous off-campus resources in the Bryn Mawr College area that are available to assist students who have been affected by sexual misconduct. This list is by no means comprehensive, but highlights some of the larger organizations with which Bryn Mawr collaborates.

Woman Organized Against Rape
215-985-3333
WOAR is one of the largest organizations in Philadelphia dedicated to education and support for victims of sexual assault. Information about resources: counseling services, education and training; court and legal information can be found on their comprehensive website.

Victim Services of Montgomery County
610-277-5200
Sexual violence crisis hotline: has crisis-intervention counselors who are able to explain procedures and answer questions you may have. A 24-hour hot line is available for anyone with questions or concerns about sexual assault, or who would like to speak to a crisis counselor.

The Crime Victims Law Project or CVLP provides legal assistance for sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking victims in the Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties of Pennsylvania.

Women Against Abuse
1-866-723-3014
Confidential 24 hour Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline:
Women Against Abuse provides support and information for people in abusive relationships. It provides the only emergency shelter for women who have been victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Delaware County Women Against Rape
610-566-4342
Victims of Sexual Assault
At DCWAR"s 24 hour hotline, callers can request information, referrals, counseling, and/or accompaniment to the police station, hospital, or court.

Legal Aspects: You are not required to report a sexual assault. If you do talk to the police and/or Campus Safety, they may be able to take steps to protect others from experiencing sexual assault. In addition, the police can inform you of your legal rights and options should you decide to prosecute.

The College is strongly committed to providing medical and emotional support to victims/survivors of sexual assault regardless of whether they decide to take legal action.  Bryn Mawr College Campus Safety can provide transportation to the Health Center or to Bryn Mawr Hospital. You may wish to notify Campus Safety that a sexual assault has occurred. If you do choose to make a report, the Department and you will then determine whether the assistance and/or intervention of the police is necessary to protect other members of the community and/or to arrest the assailant.

Campus Safety will inform the Dean of the College that an assault has occurred. If it is necessary to alert the community at large that an assault has taken place, both the Campus Safety Department and the Dean’s Office will make every effort to protect your privacy.  If it is necessary to disclose confidential information (in cases involving legal requirements, requirements of the College policy on sexual assault, or if personal safety is at issue), the College will inform you that this is taking place.

Lower Merion Township Police can provide transportation to Bryn Mawr Hospital and emergency medical care if necessary. If you do decide to report the assault to the police, the College will make every effort to provide a support person if you would like help through the process. Making a police report concerning the assault does not mean that you must prosecute the assailant.

• If you are assaulted or need help in Philadelphia, call Women Organized Against Rape at       215-985- 3333.

• If you are assaulted or need help at Haverford or Swarthmore, call Delaware County Women Against Rape at 610-566-4342.

    VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

Intimate Partner Violence Policy

The Campus SaVE Act (Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act) amends the Clery Act to include intimate partner violence. The term "intimate partner violence" is defined to mean "any physical, sexual, or psychological harm against an individual by a current or former partner or spouse of the individual". It would include sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

Bryn Mawr College takes a strong stance against dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

Dating Violence

The term “dating violence” means violence committed by a person-

A. who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
B. where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

    i. The length of the relationship
    ii. The type of relationship
    iii. The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship

Domestic Violence

The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Stalking

The term “stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to-

    A. fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or
    B. suffers substantial emotional distress

Further Assistance: If you have any questions about the College’s procedures for dealing with a rape or sexual assault, you should consult your hall adviser, dean or any other college official (such as the Dean of the Undergraduate College, the Medical Director of Health Services, the Administrator of Counseling Services, or the Director of Campus Safety). If you have any questions or concerns about a particular incident, you should also discuss them with your hall adviser, dean or any of the college officials mentioned above. Such a discussion will be strictly confidential unless you request otherwise.

Training

In addition to separate Customs presentations (New Student Orientation) for all new students by Campus Safety, Residence Life, and the Dean’s Office (The Dean of the College conducts separate training on “Staying Safe ” and bystander intervention to all new students and “Sexual Misconduct – Response and Support for Victims” to the DLT’s (Dorm Leadership Team members), there is ongoing training/informational sessions which typically include discussions sexual assault prevention for all students throughout the year in the form of;

Dorm Safety Meetings

In conjunction with Operation Identification there are dorm safety meetings where students meet Campus Safety Officers and exchange ideas and information. The meetings are requested to discuss safety issues on campus or within the dormitory. Students are strongly encouraged to participate and contribute. Forming a partnership with the students is an essential goal of the department and benefits the entire community.

C.O.P.S. (Committee on Public Safety)

The Campus (Public) Safety Department works closely with a student group focused on reporting safety matters on campus and specifically within the residence halls.  The C.O.P.S. representatives are nominated by dorm and there are two students who are elected as Co-heads to represent the group at SGA (Student Government Association). The Co-heads also have regular meetings with the Director of Campus Safety.  The group also collaborates on bringing presenters to campus and identifying topics for general safety discussions. 

S.W.A.P.S (Students Working Alongside Public Safety)

The Campus Safety Department in conjunction with the C.O.P.S. group and H.A.'s (Hall Advisors) have initiated an “adopt a dorm” program.  Campus Safety Officers are partnered the Hall Advisors and C.O.P.S. Rep. for specific residence hall(s) and communicate with them about safety issues or coordinate bringing guest speakers into the residence hall to discuss crime prevention or awareness. 

Safe-Teas

There are six open forum discussions during the academic year aimed at awareness and providing safety information to students, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, alcohol and other drugs awareness and identity theft.

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CRIME STATISTICS

Crime statistics for the past three calendar years are shown here.

Individual classifications crime rates may be calculated by dividing the number of recorded incidents by the number of full time students and employees.

Total Students and Employees 2010 2011 2012
Students 1755 1785 1774
Full-Time Employees 750 660 579

Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter

LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 0 0 0
Residential Facilities 0 0 0
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 0 0 0
Residential Facilities 0 0 0
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0
Sex Offenses, Forcible
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus ** 2 2 5**
Residential Facilities 1 1 4
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 2 2 5
Sex Offenses, Non-Forcible
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 0 0 0
Residential Facilities 0 0 0
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0
Robbery
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 0 0 0
Residential Facilities 0 0 0
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 0 1 0
Residential Facilities 0 1 0
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 0 1 0
Theft
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 9 19 23
Residential Facilities 5 10 13
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 9 19 23
Burglary
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 4 2 2
Residential Facilities 2 1 2
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 4 2 2
Motor Vehicle Theft
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 0 0 0
Residential Facilities 0 0 0
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0
Arson
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 0 0 0
Residential Facilities 0 0 0
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0
Liquor Law Arrests
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 4 4 3
Residential Facilities 0 0 3
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 4 0 0
Total 4 4 3
Liquor Law Violations and Intoxication
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 15 14 21
Referred for Further Action
Residential Facilities
13 10 11
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 15 14 21
Drug Law Arrests
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 0 0 0
Residential Facilities 0 0 0
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0
Drug Law Violations 
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 7 3 5
Referred for Further Action
Residential Facilities
7 1 5
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 7 3 5
Illegal Weapons Possession Arrests
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 0 0 0
Residential Facilities 0 0 0
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0
Illegal Weapons Possession
LOCATION 2010 2011 2012
On Campus 0 0 0
Referred for Further Action
Residential Facilities
0 0 0
Non Campus 0 0 0
Public Property 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0

Crimes reported in the Residential Facilities  column are included in the On Campus category

Caveats:  (**Sexual Assault Incidents)

** One incident occurred in 2010 but reported in 2012.
** One incident occurred in 2011 but reported in 2012.

Hate Crimes 

None of the crimes listed above manifested evidence of prejudice based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation as outlined as outlined by the Hate Crime Statistics Act.

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CRIME PREVENTION AND SAFETY AWARENESS PROGRAMS

Safe Ride Program

The Safe Ride Program, in partnership with Rosemont Cab Co. ensures the safe return to campus in the event that a student is stranded off campus.  Any BMC student who is stranded off campus simply contacts Campus Safety at 610-526-7911 and requests a transport.  The Campus Safety Communications Officer will contact the Rosemont Cab Co. and authorize the the transport.  When the student is safely back on campus a voucher will be completed and the cost of the cab fare will be charged to the students account.

Lantern Van Service

The Lantern Van runs Monday through Sunday between the hours of 7:00 PM and 1:00 am, during the academic year, except break periods. To request a ride call the Campus Safety Office at 610-526-7900. Student Drivers will be dispatched to pick-up from campus locations, the R-5 Train Station and the R-100 Train Station only. Transportation Homepage

Dorm Safety Meetings

In conjunction with Operation Identification there are also dorm safety meetings where students meet Campus Safety Officers and exchange ideas and information. The meetings are requested to discuss safety issues on campus or within the dormitory. Students are strongly encouraged to participate and contribute. Forming a partnership with the students is an essential goal of the department and benefits the entire community.

C.O.P.S. (Committee on Public Safety)

The Campus (Public) Safety Department works closely with a student group focused on reporting safety matters on campus and specifically within the residence halls.  The C.O.P.S. are nominated as dorm representatives and there are two students who are elected as Co-heads to represent the group at SGA (Student Government Association). The Co-heads also have regular meetings with the Director of Campus Safety.  The group also collaborates on bringing presenters to campus and identifying topics for general safety discussions.  

S.W.A.P.S (Students Working Alongside Public Safety)

The Campus Safety Department in conjunction with the C.O.P.S. group and H.A.'s (Hall Advisors) have initiated an adopt a dorm program.  Campus Safety Officers are partnered the Hall Advisors and C.O.P.S. Rep. for specific residence hall(s) and communicate with them about safety issues or coordinate bringing guest speakers into the residence hall to discuss crime prevention or awareness. 

Safe-Teas

There are six open forum discussions during the academic year aimed at awareness and providing safety information to students, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, alcohol awareness and identity theft.

Bicycle Registration

Campus Safety also offers free bicycle registration for members of the Bryn Mawr College community. Once the form is completed a decal will be placed on the bicycle, which clearly marks the bike and is a deterrent to theft. A copy of the registration form will be on file with Campus Safety and the owner will retain a copy. Bicycle registration is an important prevention tool and in the unfortunate event that the bicycle is stolen the information can be shared with police.

Operation Identification

Campus Safety has several engravers that can be signed out by members of the Bryn Mawr College community. The engravers are used to mark items such as computers, stereos and other valuables. In addition, to using the engravers Campus Safety will also furnish a form so that you can write down important serial numbers and model numbers. Serial numbers and make and model information are crucial to law enforcement agencies, in the event that your property is stolen.

Self Defense Classes for Women

Campus Safety offers self defense classes to the Bryn Mawr College community. Campus Safety provides certified instructors of the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Systems, which is an international program specifically designed for women. The program involves a two-fold process combining education and practical self defense techniques for women only. This system is taught at over 350 colleges and universities. The Objective is to: "Develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked".

 

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY AND ACCESS TO RELATED INFORMATION

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, which went into effect in October of 2002, requires that colleges and universities issue a statement informing the community where state law enforcement agency information pertaining to registered sex offenders may be found.  The act also requires that the sex offenders, already registered in a state, inform each institution in that state, as to where the individual is employed, has a vocation or is a student.

Pennsylvania's Megan's Law requires the State Police establish and maintain a registry of individuals who have either been convicted of, plead guilty to, or adjudicated delinquent of certain sex offenses.  In addition the PA State Police are required to provide certain information on registered sex offenders to the public through a website.

Information regarding registered sex offenders on the Bryn Mawr College campus may be obtained from the following resources:  Family Watchdog or at the Pennsylvania State Police Megans Law.  

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MISSING STUDENT

If a member of the College community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, contact Campus Safety immediately 610-526-7911. Campus Safety will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.

After investigating the missing person report, should Campus Safety determine that the student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, Bryn Mawr College  (BMC) will notify the Lower Merion Police Department (LMPD) and the student’s emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.  If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual,BMC will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after Campus Safety has determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours. 

In addition to registering an emergency contact, students have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by BMC in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours.  If a student has identified such an individual, BMC will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.  Students who wish to identify a confidential contact can do so through the Biographical Update Form in BIONIC.  

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FIRE SAFETY

Fire and smoke detection equipment is installed in all campus buildings. These alarms are monitored by Campus Safety and, as a fail safe, an independent monitoring company. Sprinkler systems and smoke detectors are checked annually, to ensure proper working order. Fire drills are held a minimum of once a semester, to evaluate evacuation procedures.  

Fire safety is a major concern of the Campus Safety Department and affects all members of the Bryn Mawr community. Each residence hall is equipped with automatic smoke detection systems that report to the Campus Safety Office. Fire Exit Drills are conducted in each residence hall each semester so that students become familiar with proper building evacuation procedures. The Campus Safety Department works with the Residential Life Office, Hall Advisors and Facilities Services to identify and correct any fire, safety, or security hazards.

FIRE ALARMS

It is a violation of the Lower Merion Township Fire Code and College Policy to interfere with the operation of any fire alarm system. This includes covering or otherwise preventing the proper operation of any smoke detector or fire alarm system.

FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

Effective fire prevention occurs only when individuals are aware of the principal causes of fires and take certain simple steps to eliminate them.

For residents’ safety, individual rooms are equipped with individual smoke detectors. All  common areas in residence halls are equipped with smoke detectors and manual-pull stations, both of which set off alarms (horns and strobes) located throughout the building.  Activation of common area smoke detectors or pull stations sends an alert electronically to the dispatcher at Campus Safety.  If the smoke detector in a student’s room activates the building alarms will not sound unless the student uses the pull-station or the smoke from the student’s room activates a smoke detector in a common area, or a sprinkler is activated.

Automatic Sprinkler Systems:   The majority of College buildings, including most dormitories, are equipped with automatic sprinkler systems.  Sprinkler heads are placed throughout the building and are designed to activate individually when exposed to the heat of a fire.  The heads typically activate within minutes of the start of a fire and direct a generous spray of water over an area or room.  In a typical situation, a fire starts in a single location, activates one or two nearby sprinkler heads, and the fire is contained or extinguished where it started.  A series of pipes connects sprinkler heads in all areas to a major water line and is always on.  When water flows through any sprinkler head, the building evacuation alarms are sounded and an alert is automatically sent to Campus Safety.  

Since the sprinkler system is always charged and sprinkler heads are relatively delicate, it is important to never hang objects from sprinkler heads and to protect them from mechanical damage.

FIRE ALARM MISUSE

It is illegal to interfere with the operation of any fire alarm system.  This includes covering or otherwise preventing the proper operation of any smoke detector or fire alarm system.

FIRE PREVENTION

Effective fire prevention occurs when individuals are aware of the principal causes of fires and take reasonable steps to eliminate them. 

Fire can exist wherever there are combustible materials and some means of bringing them to kindling temperature. Frequent causes of fires at colleges fires include candles, careless smoking, over-loaded electrical outlets, cooking in dorm rooms, halogen lamps.

Smoking is prohibited in all College buildings.  The burning of candles, use of halogen lamps, except those with safety guards, the use of cooking or heating appliances , except those provided by the College in pantry kitchens are prohibited in College housing.

The use of hot-plates, large refrigerators (in dorms without kitchens), and other major electrical appliances can easily overload the electrical system. Only safe, low-wattage appliances may be used in College-housing: lamps, radios, televisions, stereos, computers, electric blankets, thermostatically controlled coffee makers and the like.

                                      CAMPUS FIRE SAFETY ACT of 2009

FIRE EVACUATION DRILLS

Fire Evacuation Drills are supervised and conducted by the Campus Safety Officers once per semester. Hall Advisors assist by informing their residents about the procedures, closest evacuation doors and meeting locations when the building is evacuated.  Self-evacuation  by all occupants is mandatory whenever the fire alarm system activates.

FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Fire Safety Education and Training is provided to all first year students as part of their Customs Week orientation. Hall Advisors (students with oversight responsibility in residence halls) receive additional training regarding their responsibilities in fire safety and building evacuation. Faculty and students who work in science laboratories receive training in fire prevention, extinguishing, and evacuation Fire safety is an ongoing agenda item in the Deans Safety Meeting and Residence Counsel, and is included in all presentations to new employees. 

FIRE EVACUATIO INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS  

* If you discover a fire or smoke condition, notify the the Campus Safety Department by telephone (610 - 526-7911) or campus emergency phone from a safe area. Give the Dispatcher your name, location and nature of the fire. If the building fire alarm system is not sounding, activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.  Fire alarm pull stations are located within 5 feet of an exit door.

* Upon activation of a fire alarm all occupants should exit the building at once. 

* Feel the door to your room before opening it.  If the door feels hot or smoke is seeping in, do not open it.  Seal off the cracks in the door with a coat or blankets and open outside windows for ventilation.  Call Campus Safety and explain your situation, giving your name and location. Signal your location by waving a towel or bed sheet out of your window.

* If the door feels cool, open it slowly.  Be prepared to slam the door if the hall is full of smoke or heat.  If the hall is clear, proceed to the nearest stairs and exit the building.  Should you encounter heavy smoke while exiting the building, turn back and find a room that provides a safe area of refuge. Contact Campus Safety immediately. Become familiar with two escape routes from the building.

* If you get caught in smoke or heat, crawl on the floor and take short breaths through your nose until you reach an area of safe refuge.

* Remember to assist any physically challenged persons in your area to safety in the event of an emergency.

* Once you have left the building, do not return for any reason.  Someone from Campus Safety will notify you when it is safe to return to the building.

* Students evacuating the residence halls should meet in their Designated Meeting Area.

IN CASE OF FIRE ALERT THE RESIDENTS / EVACUATE THE BUILDING  CALL (610) 526-7911

FIRE SAFETY SYSTEMS BY BUILDING FOR CAMPUS HOUSING

Location

Monitored Alarm   

  Fire Sprinkler Systems

Fire Alarm and

Smoke Detection

Evacuation Drills

Brecon Hall

Yes

All Areas

Yes

2

Denbigh Hall

Yes

All Areas

Yes

2

Erdman Hall

Yes

All Areas

Yes

2

Haffner Hall

Yes

All Areas

Yes

2

Merion Hall

Yes

All Areas

Yes

2

Pembroke East

Yes

All Areas

Yes

2

Pembroke West

Yes

All Areas

Yes

2

Perry House

Yes

None

Yes

2

Radnor Hall

Yes

All Areas

Yes

2

Rhoads Hall

Yes

All Areas

Yes

2

Rockefeller Hall

Yes

All Areas

Yes

2

Batten House

Yes

None

Yes

2

Campus Fire Log 2009

                       There were no fires in residence halls.

Campus Fire Log 2010

  Location                          Date               Time            Cause/ Nature

Rockefeller Hall            December 7, 2010   7:07 PM     Cigarette in trash can ignited fire.

No injuries – approximately $1,000.00 damage

Campus Fire Log 2011

  There were no fires in residence halls.  

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