Security and Fire Safety

Annual Security Report

Introduction

This report is provided in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, as amended.  It provides students and employees of the College of the Ozarks with information on: the College’s security arrangements, policies and procedures; programs that provide education on such things as drug and alcohol abuse, awareness and prevention of various kinds of sex offenses, and the prevention of crime generally; and procedures the College will take to notify the campus community in the event of an emergency. Its purpose is to provide students and employees with information that will help them make informed decisions relating to their own safety and the safety of others.

Policy for Preparing the Annual Report

This report is prepared by the Dean of Administration in cooperation with local law enforcement authorities and includes information on crime statistics provided by them as well as by the College’s campus security authorities and various other elements of the College. Each year an e-mail notification is made to all full-time employees, and enrolled students that provide the web site to access this report. Hard copies of the report may also be obtained at no cost by contacting the Dean of Administration Office, located on the first floor of the McDonald Administration Building.

The College of the Ozarks is committed to taking the actions necessary to provide a safe and secure working/learning environment for all students and staff.  As a member of the campus community, you can feel safe and comfortable knowing that security procedures are in place that represent best practices in the field, and are constantly tested and re-evaluated for their effectiveness.

Policies Concerning The Law Enforcement Authority and Jurisdiction of Campus Security Personnel

The College of the Ozarks has a private security department that works under the direction of the Dean of Administration. Its jurisdiction covers all campus property. It consists of six full-time staff officers. The campus is patrolled twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week by use of foot, bicycle and vehicle patrols.  Its authority comes from the College and therefore its personnel do not have arrest authority. However, the Security Department has a close working relationship with local law enforcement agencies, which assist the Security Department when necessary. Although there is no formal memorandum of understanding with the Taney County Sheriff Department, when needed, the College works with that Department to investigate any alleged criminal offenses. To contact the Security Department, call (417) 690-3448 or (417) 334-6411.  The Security Department is located on bottom floor of the Jamison Building.

Other Officials to Whom Crimes May Be Reported

The College also has designated other officials to serve as additional campus security authorities. Reports of criminal activity can also be made to these officials. They in turn will ensure that they are reported to the Security Department for collection as part of the College’s annual report of crime statistics.  These additional campus security authorities are: the Dean of Administration, the Dean of Students, the Dean of Work the Dean of the College, the Business Manager, and all Residence Hall Directors.

Position  Location Phone Number
Dean of Administration First Floor McDonald Administration Building (417) 690-2204
Dean of Students First Floor McDonald Administration Building (417) 690-2224
Dean of Work First Floor McDonald Administration Building (417) 690-2373
Dean of the College First Floor McDonald Administration Building (417) 690-2278
Business Manager First Floor Berger Administration Building (417) 690-2211
Ashcroft Hall Director First Floor Ashcroft Hall (417) 690-2297
Barrett Hall Director Second Floor Barrett Hall (417) 690-3312
Foster Hall Director  First Floor Foster Hall  (417) 690-2201
Kelce Hall Director  First Floor Kelce Hall  (417) 690-3422
Mabee Hall Director Second Floor Mabee Hall (417) 690-2492
Memorial Hall Director  First Floor Memorial Hall (417) 690-2864
Youngman Hall Director First Floor Youngman Hall (417) 690-2424

Policies on Reporting a Crime or Emergency

The College encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all criminal actions, accidents, injuries, or other emergencies occurring on campus to the Security Department and appropriate police agencies even when the victim of a crime elects not to do so or is unable to make such a report. Such reports should be made as follows:

·         Situations that pose imminent danger or while a crime is in progress should be reported to local law enforcement by calling 911 from any campus phone or cell phoneKeep in mind that the individual making the call from a cell phone will need to provide the address where the emergency has occurred. After making the 911 call, also call the College switchboard at (417) 334-6411 to contact one of the campus security authorities identified above.

·         Students, staff, and visitors should report criminal actions, accidents, injuries, or other emergency incidents to one of the campus security authorities identified above. Once reported, the individual making the report will be encouraged to also report it to appropriate police agencies. If requested, a member of the College staff will assist a student in making the report to the police.

·         Anonymous incident reports can also be made.

The College will protect the confidentiality of victims. Only those with a need to know the identity for purposes of investigating the crime, assisting the victim or disciplining the perpetrator will know the victim’s identity. Moreover, the College will withhold the identity of victims in publicly available records, to the extent permitted by law.

Any victim of a crime who does not want to pursue action within the College disciplinary system or the criminal justice system is nevertheless encouraged to make a confidential report to a campus security authority. With the victim’s permission, a report of the details of the incident can be filed without revealing the victim’s identity.  Such a confidential report complies with the victim’s wishes, but still helps the College take appropriate steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and others. With such information, the College can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where a pattern of crime may be developing and alert the community as to any potential danger.  These confidential reports are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the College.

The College provides professional counseling through the Student Counseling Center located in the Gittinger Christian Ministries Building. Any student can seek professional counseling.  The counselors abide by their professional standards regarding confidentiality.  Counselors are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform the persons they are counseling of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual report.

The College monitors and records through local police agencies criminal activity by students at non-campus locations, including any non-campus locations of student organizations officially recognized by the College. Any such criminal activity will be treated the same as if it happened on campus and reports of such activity should follow the same procedures as for reporting on-campus criminal activity.

Additionally, upon written request, the College will disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence (as that term is defined in Section 16 of Title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by this institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such a crime or offense.  If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such a crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph.

Educational Programs Related to Security Awareness and Prevention of Criminal Activity

College of the Ozarks seeks to enhance the security of its campus and the members of the campus community by periodically presenting educational programs to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices, to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others and to inform them about the prevention of crimes. A description of those programs and their frequency of presentation follows:

·         At the beginning of each semester, security and safety procedures are discussed with new students during new student orientation.  Additionally, security and safety procedures are reviewed with students living on campus at the beginning of each term.  This includes encouraging students to be alert to security situations and to assist the school in preventing crimes from occurring through awareness and communication.  Students are highly encouraged to develop and present their own crime prevention programs to other students and staff.

·         When necessary, employees and students are informed about ways to prevent crime.  Usually this includes written communication from school administration, via campus postings, email distribution, or internet posting.  Information regarding crime prevention tips and where to go to report criminal or suspicious activity will be communicated via email or text messaging through the College’s mass notification systems.

Security Considerations in Building Access and Maintenance

Campus buildings are locked and unlocked on a set schedule or by order of a facilities permit. Residence hall staff members work the front desk of each residence hall and do regular walks through the buildings. Buildings also are randomly checked by security officers during each shift. Students living on campus are issued keys for residence hall rooms and may be issued keys based upon the student’s work assignment.  Certain areas may have access cards or access codes for security purposes as well.

Students and employees are asked to be alert and to not circumvent practices and procedures that are meant to preserve their safety and that of others:

·         Do not prop doors open or allow strangers into campus buildings that have been secured.

·         Do not lend keys or access cards to non-students and do not leave them unattended.

·         Do not give access codes to anyone that does not belong to the campus community.

Keys to the offices, laboratories, and classrooms on campus will be issued to employees only as needed and after receiving the proper authorization.  Each department supervisor is responsible for assuring his/her area is secured and locked.

Employees must adhere to policies regarding unauthorized access to school facilities, theft of, or damage to, school property, or other criminal activity. In particular, rendering inoperable or abusing any fire prevention or detection equipment is prohibited. Violation of these policies may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination and the filing of charges with law enforcement authorities.

Employee and student identification cards may be used to verify the identity of persons suspected to be in campus facilities without permission.

 The Security Department works with other departments to identify needs on the campus when maintaining campus facilities.  They do safety checks to identify street or safety lights that are not working, or shrubs or other landscaping that might need trimming. Security also identifies any potential problems that need to be addressed with large events and safety considerations that need to be addressed in the planning of the events.

Timely Warnings

In the event of criminal activity occurring either on campus or off campus that in the judgment of the Dean of Administration constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued. Examples would be a rash of motor vehicle thefts or sexual assaults in the area that merit a warning because they present a continuing threat to the campus community. This warning will be communicated to students and employees by email, text messaging, and Security’s Facebook page. Updates to the warnings will be provided as appropriate.

The College of the Ozarks has communicated with local law enforcement departments requesting their cooperation in informing the College about situations reported to them that may warrant issuing a timely warning. Anyone else with information warranting a timely warning should immediately report the circumstances to Campus Security.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Each semester, the College notifies the campus community regarding the methods that would be used in the event of an emergency.  Communication of a campus emergency includes utilizing the College website, campus email, third party mass notification via text and email, and the use of campus sirens. Notification will include the nature of the emergency as well as what actions to take during the emergency. 

The College has an emergency management plan designed to ensure there is a timely and effective response in the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on campus involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of members of the campus community. Such situations include, but are not limited to: tornadoes, bomb threats, chemical spills, disease outbreaks, or armed intruders. The College of the Ozarks has communicated with local police requesting their cooperation in informing the College about situations reported to them that may warrant an emergency response. Students, staff and visitors are encouraged to notify Campus Security of any situation that poses such a threat.

The Dean of Administration will access available sources of information from campus administrative staff and local authorities to confirm the existence of the danger.  The Dean of Administration in collaboration with the President of the College will be responsible for initiating the College’s response and for marshaling the appropriate local emergency response authorities for assistance. Depending on the nature of the emergency, other College departments may be involved in the confirmation process.

Once the emergency is confirmed, the College community, or appropriate segments of it, will be notified. The President in collaboration with other appropriate personnel, will determine who should be notified and will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to or otherwise mitigate the emergency. Depending on the segments of the campus the notification will target, the content of the notification may differ. When appropriate, the content of the notification will be determined in consultation with local authorities. Also as appropriate, the notification will give guidance as to whether its recipients should shelter in place or evacuate their location.

The Dean of Administration will direct the issuance of emergency notifications, which will be accomplished using one or more of the following means, depending on the nature of the threat and the segment of the campus community being threatened:

·         Campus Sirens
·         Email
·         Text Messaging
·         Security Facebook Page

The College will utilize the institution’s website and local media outlets to disseminate emergency information to the larger community; that is those outside of the campus community.

The College tests its emergency response and evacuation procedures at least twice a year. Also, at various times the Emergency Management Team will meet to train and test and evaluate the College’s emergency response plan. The Dean of Administration Office maintains a record of these tests and training exercises, including a description of them, the dates and times they were held and an indication of whether they were announced or unannounced. In connection with at least one such test, the College will distribute to its students and employees information to remind them of the College’s emergency response and evacuation procedures.

Missing Persons Procedures

If a member of the College community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, that information should be reported immediately to the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students Office is located on the first floor of the McDonald Administration Building and the phone number is (417) 690-2224. The College Security Department will be immediately notified and an investigation initiated.

In addition to registering a general emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify confidentially an individual whom the College will contact within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing.  If a student has identified such an individual, the College will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.  A student who wishes to designate a confidential contact may do so by providing the appropriate information to the Dean of Students. A student’s confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement in the course of the investigation.

After investigating a missing person report, the College will notify local law enforcement authorities that a student is missing within 24 hours of making that determination, unless the local law enforcement authority was the entity that made the determination that the student is missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not emancipated, the College will notify that student’s custodial parent or legal guardian within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, in addition to notifying any additional contact person designated by the student.

Policy, Procedures and Programs Related to Various Sex-Related Offenses

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the College of the Ozarks prohibits discrimination based on sex in its educational programs and activities, including sexual harassment and acts of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking.  The College also prohibits any retaliation, intimidation, threats, coercion or any other discrimination against any individuals exercising their rights or responsibilities pursuant to this policy. A full statement of the College’s Title IX policy and the procedures for filing, investigating and resolving complaints for violations of that policy may be found at http://www.cofo.edu/Page/About-C-of-O/Consumer-Information.355.html.

The following discusses the College’s educational programs to promote the awareness of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking; provides information concerning procedures students should follow if they become a victim of one of these offenses and the procedures the College will follow when an offense is reported to it; and advises students of services available in the event they do become a victim.

Educational Programs to Promote Awareness and Prevention of These Offenses:

The College of the Ozarks prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. In that regard, the following definitions apply within the state of Missouri:

·         Consent: Consent or lack of consent may be expressed or implied.  Assent does not constitute consent if:

(a) It is given by a person who lacks the mental capacity to authorize the conduct charged to constitute the offense and such mental incapacity is manifest or known to the actor; or

(b) It is given by a person who by reason of youth, mental disease or defect, intoxication, a drug-induced state, or any other reason is manifestly unable or known by the actor to be unable to make a reasonable judgment as to the nature or harmfulness of the conduct charged to constitute the offense; or

(c) It is induced by force, duress or deception.

                        See Section 556.061(5), RSMo.

·         Domestic Assault: This offense can be committed in degrees (1st, 2nd or 3rd) depending on the seriousness of the injury inflicted or attempted to be inflicted. It occurs when a person attempts to cause or knowingly causes the injury to a family or household member, including any child who is a member of the family or household. “Family or household member” means spouses, former spouses, any person related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together or have resided together in the past, any person who is or has been in a continuing social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and anyone who has a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have resided together at any time. See Sections 455.010(7), 565.072, 565.073, and 565.074.

·         Stalking: Depending on the circumstances of the offense, stalking can be either a Class A misdemeanor or a Class D felony.

1. As used in this definition, the following terms shall mean:

      (1) "Course of conduct", a pattern of conduct composed of two or more acts, which may include communication by any means, over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of course of conduct. Such constitutionally protected activity includes picketing or other organized protests;

            (2) "Credible threat", a threat communicated with the intent to cause the person who is the target of the threat to reasonably fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her family, or household members or domestic animals or livestock as defined in section 276.606 kept at such person's residence or on such person's property. The threat must be against the life of, or a threat to cause physical injury to, or the kidnapping of, the person, the person's family, or the person's household members or domestic animals or livestock as defined in section 276.606 kept at such person's residence or on such person's property;

            (3) "Harasses", to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that serves no legitimate purpose, that would cause a reasonable person under the circumstances to be frightened, intimidated, or emotionally distressed.

2. A person commits the crime of stalking if he or she purposely, through his or her course of conduct, harasses or follows with the intent of harassing another person.

3. A person commits the crime of aggravated stalking if he or she purposely, through his or her course of conduct, harasses or follows with the intent of harassing another person, and:

(1) Makes a credible threat; or

(2) At least one of the acts constituting the course of conduct is in violation of an order of protection and the person has received actual notice of such order; or

(3) At least one of the actions constituting the course of conduct is in violation of a condition of probation, parole, pretrial release, or release on bond pending appeal; or

(4) At any time during the course of conduct, the other person is seventeen years of age or younger and the person harassing the other person is twenty-one years of age or older; or

(5) He or she has previously pleaded guilty to or been found guilty of domestic assault, violation of an order of protection, or any other crime where the other person was the victim.

                        See Section 565.225, RSMo.

·         Dating Violence:  The Missouri criminal code does not list this as a separate offense. Note, however, that the definition of “domestic violence” above includes within it “any person who is or has been in a continuing social relationship of a romantic nature with the victim.” In accordance with Federal law the College collects statistics for these offenses using the definition contained in the Violence Against Women Act. That definition is listed later in this report under the section entitled “Crime Statistics.”

The majority of sexual offenses that occur on campus communities are committed by people known by their victims.  Often, these types of assaults are not reported to police or campus authorities because people do not think this unwanted sexual contact constitutes sexual assault since they know the assailant.  These assailants, however, are able to continue to exploit people by manipulating that trust.  By reporting these incidents, you will significantly decrease the likelihood that this individual can subject another person to this type of victimization.

The following are warning signs of abusive behavior, the recognition of which will help mitigate the likelihood of perpetration, victimization or bystander inaction:

·         Explosive temper

·         Mood swings

·         Extreme jealous or insecurity

·         Making false accusations

·         Possessiveness

Individuals are encouraged to take safe and positive steps to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking against another person. This includes reporting such incidents to appropriate authorities. Other steps that can be taken include:

·         Believe someone who discloses a sexual assault, abusive relationship, or experience with stalking or cyber stalking.

·         Be respectful of yourself and others.

·         Watch out for your friends and others.

·         Speak up- If someone says something offensive, derogatory, or abusive, let them know the behavior is wrong.

The College provides primary prevention and awareness programs for new students and employees. The following is a description of them:

·         Each semester, all new students will participate in awareness and prevention programs offered through the new student orientation.

·         Residence hall programs occur each year focusing on healthy relationships.

·         The residence halls will provide prevention and awareness information at the beginning of the semester mandatory meetings.

The College also provides ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for all students and employees. The following is a description of them:

·         Programs on healthy relationships offered through Christian Ministries.

·         Individual and group counseling available through licensed counselors in the Student Counselling Center.

·         Every two years, all employees will participate in awareness and prevention programs offered through the College’s annual all-employee meeting.

Restraining Orders

Any student or employee who has a restraining order, order of protection, no contact order or any other such order issued by any court or the College against another individual (whether or not that individual is also a student or employee of the College) is highly encouraged to notify a campus security authority of the threat and to provide a copy of the restraining order so that it can be kept on file with the Security Department and can be enforced, if necessary.

Procedures to Follow if You are a Victim of a Sex Offense:

If you are a victim of a sexual assault, go to a safe place and call 911 or Campus Security at 417/690-3000.  You should also contact the College’s Title IX Coordinator Rick Hughes at 417/690-2211.  Victims will be notified in writing of the procedures they are to follow, including:

·         The importance of preserving evidence that may be necessary to prove the offense in a criminal proceeding or disciplinary action or may be helpful in obtaining a protection order.  Therefore, victims should follow these guidelines:

·         Do not remove clothing items worn during or following an assault, as they frequently contain valuable fiber, hair, and fluid evidence.

·         Don’t bathe or wash, or otherwise clean the environment in which the assault occurred.

·         Save any electronic communications from the perpetrator of the offense.

Options for pressing charges can be deferred, if you will go to the local hospital emergency room and ask for an exam and for evidence of the sexual assault to be collected and sealed.

·         To whom and how the alleged offense should be reported.

·         The following options regarding notification to law enforcement:

o   To notify either on-campus Security personnel or local law enforcement;

o   To be assisted  by a campus security authority in notifying law enforcement if the victim so chooses; or

o   To decline to notify such authorities.

Available Victim Services:

Victims will be provided written notification about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration, and other services available to them, both within the College and in the surrounding community.  On-campus services include: medical services through the McDonald Health Clinic at 417/690-3399, and counseling through Student Counseling Center at (417) 690-3441.  Off-campus resources are available through the Cox Medical Center-Branson, and through the Victim Advocate program with the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The College will provide written notification to victims about options for, and available assistance in, changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations. If victims request these accommodations and they are reasonably available they will be provided, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to campus security or local law enforcement. The College will keep information about these accommodations and any similar protective measures confidential to the extent that maintaining confidentiality would not impair the College’s ability to provide them.

Procedures for Disciplinary Action:

Allegations of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking will be processed through the appropriate College disciplinary system. The Dean of Students will conduct an investigation regarding any allegations of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or staking when students are involved. Hearings and investigations regarding the allegations will begin no later than three business days of the original allegations. Depending upon the findings, the Dean of Students will work with the Title IX Coordinator to determine any sanctions and additional reporting that is required.  Any allegations involving employees will involve the Business Manager and the Dean of the College (if faculty are involved.) The Business Manager will conduct the hearings and investigation into the allegations starting within three business days of the original allegations. Depending upon the findings, the Business Manager and/or Dean of the College will work with the Title IX Coordinator to determine any sanctions and additional reporting that is required. 

Both the victim and the individual accused of the offense are entitled to:

·         A prompt, fair and impartial investigation and resolution, with any extension of time frames being only for good cause and upon written notice to both parties of the delay and the reason for it.

·         A hearing conducted by officials who do not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against either party and who at a minimum receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.

·         Timely notice of meetings at which one or the other or both may be present and timely access to information that will be used after the fact-finding investigation but during any informal or formal disciplinary meeting or hearing.

·         The same opportunities to have others present during any disciplinary hearing, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by the advisor of their choice. The College may not limit the choice of advisor, but may establish limits regarding the extent to which that advisor may participate in the proceeding, as long as those limits apply equally to both parties.

·         Have the outcome determined by a majority vote of an impartial panel using a preponderance-of-the-evidence standard based on the totality of the evidence presented.

·         Simultaneous, written notification of the outcome of the proceeding, any procedures for either party to appeal the result, any change to the result and when the result becomes final.

Possible Sanctions and Protective Measures for Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking Offenses:

Following a final determination in the College’s disciplinary proceeding that one of the above offenses has been committed, the College may impose a range of penalties depending on the mitigating and aggravating circumstances involved. They include, but are not limited to assessment of financial penalties, suspension, probation or termination/expulsion.

            Victims to Receive Written Notification of Rights:

When a student or employee reports to the College that he or she has been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, whether the offense occurred on or off campus, the College will provide the student or employee a written explanation of his or her rights and options as described in the paragraphs above. 

Sex Offender Registration Program

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 requires institutions of higher education to advise members of the campus community where they can obtain information provided by the state concerning registered sex offenders.  It also requires sex offenders to notify the state of each institution of higher education in the state at which they are employed or enrolled or carrying on a vocation. The state is then required to notify the College of any such information it receives. Anyone interested in determining whether such persons are on this campus may do so by contacting Dean of Administration at (417) 690-2204. The Missouri Highway Patrol maintains a general registry of sex offender information, which may be accessed at the following link: http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/CRID/SOR/SORPage.html.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

College of the Ozarks, in order to promote its fundamental mission, has adopted a zero tolerance policy for the use, possession, distribution or manufacture of illicit or illegal drugs or the consumption or possession of alcohol. Therefore, it enforces state and federal drug laws and state underage drinking laws. The College will not tolerate any use, possession, distribution or manufacture of illicit or illegal drugs, or the improper use of all legal or prescription drugs by any student or employee on campus, off campus, or while attending any school sponsored or sanctioned event. Such actions will result in suspension or expulsion of the student; an employee will be subject to discharge. The consumption or possession of alcohol on school property or while attending any school sponsored or sanctioned event is strictly prohibited and will result in suspension, expulsion or the employee will be subject to discharge. For the student, the consumption or possession of alcohol off campus may result in probation, suspension or expulsion. Included in the student handbook are standards of student conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students. The handbook section entitled “Disciplinary Policies and Procedures” defines “possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs as cause for dismissal from the college.” Employees involved with illegal drugs or controlled substances on their own time will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. In addition to any punishment imposed by the College, any student or employee suspected of violating any federal, state, or local law proscribing the use, possession, distribution or manufacture of illicit or illegal drugs, or the unlawful consumption or possession of alcohol will be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

The College reserves the right to require a drug test from a student or employee where there is a reasonable suspicion that the College’s drug-free policy has been violated. Failure to submit to a drug test is a major violation of the disciplinary rules and will result in suspension or expulsion.

Detailed information about the physical effects of alcohol and drugs, penalties for convictions, and substance abuse prevention education programs and resources is available at the following link: www.cofo.edu/Page/About-C-of-O/Consumer-Information/Drug-Free-College.335.html#legalsanctions

Crime Statistics

The Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to disclose crime statistics covering the previous three years on four general categories of crimes: (1) primary crimes (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, forcible sex offenses, non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson); (2) hate crimes (any of the previous offenses and any incidents of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation or destruction/damage/vandalism of property that were motivated by certain biases); (3) arrests or referrals for disciplinary action for weapons, drug and liquor law violations; and (4) crimes of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

The definitions of these offenses follow FBI guidelines and definitions contained in the Clery Act and are as follows:

Murder and non-negligent homicide: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

Negligent manslaughter: The killing of another person through gross negligence.

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 (i.e. rape, sodomy, sexual assault with an object, fondling).

Sex offenses—non-forcible: unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse (i.e. incest or statutory rape).

Robbery: The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated assault: An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury, usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by a means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.

Motor vehicle theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Arson: Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Domestic violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed: (i) by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; (ii) by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; (iii) by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; (iv) by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime or violence occurred; or (v) 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 in which the crime of violence occurred.

Dating violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether there was such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement with consideration of the length and type of relationship and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Stalking: A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his or others’ safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress. For purpose of this definition, “course of conduct” means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means follows, monitors, observes, surveys, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property. “Substantial emotional distress” means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily require medical or other professional treatment or counseling. “Reasonable person” means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with a similar identity to the victim.

Hate crimes involve those crimes motivated by the following biases: race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, national origin, and gender identity. As noted, hate crimes include those defined above that were motivated by one or more of these biases. They also include a second category as follows:

Larceny-theft; The unlawful taking, carrying, leading or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Constructive possession is the condition in which a person does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.

Simple assault: An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where the offender neither displays a weapon nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury, such as apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration or loss of consciousness.

Intimidation: Unlawfully placing another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.

Destruction/damage/vandalism of property: Willfully or maliciously destroying, damaging, defacing, or otherwise injuring real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.

The third category of crime statistics disclosed related to arrests and referrals for disciplinary action for violations of law relating to weapons, drugs or liquor. For this purpose, the following definitions apply:

Arrest: A person processed by arrest, citation or summons.

Referral for disciplinary action: The referral of any person to any official who initiates a disciplinary action of which a record is kept and which may result in the imposition of a sanction.

The statistical summary of the above crimes for this campus over the past three calendar years follows:

Offense

Year

On Campus Property

On Campus Student Housing Facilities

Non-campus Property

Public Property

Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Sex Offenses, Forcible

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Sex Offenses, Non-Forcible

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Robbery

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Burglary

2011

3

3

0

0

2012

2

0

0

0

2013

0

0

1

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Arson

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Arrests:  Weapons:  Carrying, Possessing, ETC.

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Disciplinary Referrals:  Weapons:  Carrying, Possessing, ETC

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Arrests:  Drug Abuse Violations

2011

1

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Disciplinary Referrals:  Drug Abuse Violations

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Arrests:  Liquor Law Violations

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Disciplinary Referrals:  Liquor Law Violations

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

Dating Violence

2013

0

0

0

0

Domestic Violence

2013

0

0

0

0

Stalking

2013

1

0

0

0

There were no reported hate crimes for the years 2010, 2011, or 2012.

ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY REPORT

Housing Facilities and Fire Safety Systems

The College of the Ozarks maintains on-campus housing for its students. These facilities were built at different times and have a variety of fire safety systems installed within them.  Twice each year the College also conducts fire drills for each building. The following chart lists each housing facility, the fire safety system or systems within it and the number of fire drills conducted during the previous calendar year.

Fire Safety Systems in College of the Ozarks Residential Facilities

Facility

Fire Alarm Monitoring Done On Site by PLFD

Partial Sprinkler System *1

Full Sprinkler System *2

Smoke Detection

Fire Extinguisher Devices

Evacuation Plans and Placards

Number of evacuation (fire) drills each calendar year

Ashcroft Hall

X

 

 

X

X

X

2

Firehouse

 

 

 

X

X

X

2

Foster Hall

X

 

 

X

X

X

2

Kelce Hall

X

 

 

X

X

X

2

Mabee Hall

X

 

 

X

X

X

2

McDonald Hall

X

 

 

X

X

X

2

Smith Memorial Hall

X

 

 

X

X

X

2

Youngman Hall

X

 

 

X

X

X

2

*1 Partial Sprinkler System is defined as having sprinklers in the common areas only.

*2 Full Sprinkler System is defined as having sprinklers in both the common areas and individual rooms.

Policies on Portable Appliances, Smoking and Open Flames

The use of open flames, such as candles, and the burning of such things as incense, and smoking are prohibited in campus housing. Only surge-protected extension cords are permitted. Only the following portable cooking appliances are permitted to be used in campus housing: Microwaves, and other non-exposed heating element type of cooking appliances.  Also, tampering with fire safety systems is prohibited and any such tampering may lead to appropriate disciplinary action.

The College reserves the right to make periodic inspections of campus housing to ensure fire safety systems are operational and that the policy on prohibited items is being complied with. Prohibited items will be confiscated and donated or discarded if found without reimbursement.

Fire Evacuation Procedures

In the event of a fire, the College expects that all campus community members will evacuate by the nearest exit, closing doors and activating the fire alarm system (if one is nearby) as they leave. If circumstances permit at the time of the evacuation, additional instructions will be given regarding where personnel are to relocate.

Fire Education and Training Programs

Fire safety education programs for all residents of on-campus student housing and all employees with responsibilities related to that housing are held at the beginning of each semester. Their purpose is to: familiarize everyone with the fire safety system in each facility, train them on procedures to follow if there is a fire and inform them of the College’s fire safety policies. Information distributed includes maps of each facility’s evacuation route and any fire alarms and fire suppression equipment available in the facility. Attendees are advised that participation in fire drills is mandatory and any student with a disability is given the option of having a “buddy” assigned to assist him or her.

Reporting Fires

The College is required to disclose each year statistical data on all fires that occurred in on-campus student housing facilities. When a fire alarm is pulled and/or the fire department responds to a fire, these incidents are captured. However, there may be instances when a fire is extinguished quickly and an alarm is not pulled or a response by the fire department was not necessary.  It is important that these incidents be recorded as well. Therefore, if you are aware of such a fire, see evidence of one or hear about one, you should contact the Point Lookout Fire Department at (417) 690-3333 so they can investigate and do a report.  When notifying them provide as much information as possible about the location, date, time and cause of the fire should be provided.

Plans for Future Improvements

As residence halls are constructed, the buildings are built to the standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for the time in which the building is built.  This includes central fire alarm systems, fire notification, and fire suppression systems. As buildings are renovated, they are brought up to code for the type of structure and purpose for which they were designed. At this time, there are no plans for any future improvements in fire safety.

Fire Statistics

Statistics and Related Information Regarding Fires in Residential Facilities 2011

 

 

 

 

Residential Facilities

 

Total Fires in Each Building

 

 

 

Fire Number

 

 

 

 

Cause of Fire

Number of Injuries That Required Treatment at a Medical Facilities

Number of Deaths Related to a Fire

Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire

Ashcroft Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Firehouse

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Foster Hall

1

1

Unintentional/Stove Fire/Burned Oven Mitt

0

0

$0-99

Kelce Hall

1

1

Unintentional/Stove Fire/Grease Fire from unattended cooking

0

0

$0-99

Mabee Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

McDonald Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Smith Memorial Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Youngman Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Statistics and Related Information Regarding Fires in Residential Facilities 2012

 

 

 

 

Residential Facilities

 

Total Fires in Each Building

 

 

 

Fire Number

 

 

 

 

Cause of Fire

Number of Injuries That Required Treatment at a Medical Facilities

Number of Deaths Related to a Fire

Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire

Ashcroft Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Firehouse

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Foster Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Kelce Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Mabee Hall

1

1

Unintentional/Mechanical/ Elevator Hydraulic Oil Overheated

0

0

$4,200

McDonald Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Smith Memorial Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Youngman Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Statistics and Related Information Regarding Fires in Residential Facilities 2013

 

 

 

 

Residential Facilities

 

Total Fires in Each Building

 

 

 

Fire Number

 

 

 

 

Cause of Fire

Number of Injuries That Required Treatment at a Medical Facilities

Number of Deaths Related to a Fire

Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire

Ashcroft Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Barrett Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Firehouse

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Foster Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Kelce Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Mabee Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

McDonald Hall

2

1

2

Cooking

Cooking

0

0

0

0

$0-99

$0-99

Smith Memorial Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Youngman Hall

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

Campus Crime

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. The Department of Education has provided a web site http://ope.ed.gov/security/. This site provides data from thousands of colleges and universities in a convenient searchable form.

The link directly to the College of the Ozarks information follows: http://ope.ed.gov/security/Search.asp. Type in College of the Ozarks under Name of Institution and click on SEARCH.

Sexual Predators

The College is required to provide information about sexual predators in the surrounding area. Below is a link to the Missouri Sex Offender Registry. This web site provides a list of Sex Offenders by name, county, or zip code. http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/CRID/SOR/SORPage.html

Crime Reporting

Any individual on the College of the Ozarks campus who is a victim of or observes any criminal activity should report the incident immediately. Call the campus switchboard (dial 0) and ask the operator to send a Security Officer to the location.  Be sure to tell the operator the nature of the problem, the location and any other information that would help the officers.  It is also a good idea to give the operator a call back number.  The operator will then dispatch an officer and the situation will be taken care of.  The officer will most likely do a written report and will need more information at the scene.


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