TO: Southeastern Institute Faculty, Staff and Students
FROM: Fred Pfeffer
Associate Vice Chancellor
Student Financial Services
DATE: August 29, 2011
RE: Annual Campus Safety and Security Report
For your information, a copy of Southeastern Institute Annual Campus Safety and Security Survey is attached. This report is distributed in compliance with the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security – Cleary Act.”
Southeastern Institute commitment to safety and security includes:
- Providing a secure and crime free workplace for employees and a secure and crime free environment for faculty and students.
- Performing regular evaluation of security programs
- Monitoring and following up on each crime reported at a Southeastern Institute location.
We believe Students, faculty and staff behavior which promotes security awareness is important in all aspects of our lives, and we encourage all students, faculty and staff to accept responsibility for their own security as well as the security of other members of the Southeastern Institute community.
As you read the following report, comments, questions or concerns may be addressed to:
Attn: Fred Pfeffer
1900 W Commercial Blvd, Suite 175
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309
STATEMENT OF CURRENT POLICIES REGARDING PROCEDURES AND
FACILITIES FOR STUDENTS AND OTHERS TO REPORT CRIMINAL ACTIONS
AND POLICES CONCERNING THE INSTITUTION’S RESPONSE TO SUCH REPORTS
Students, Faculty or staff who wish to report criminal actions, should immediately contact the academic administrator or other responsible supervisory personnel. The criminal action should then be immediately reported to the local authorities for assistance and /or investigation. The Southeastern Institute Accident/Incident Investigation Report Form is completed with the assistance of the person reporting the criminal action. The report should be filed as soon as possible with the President/Vice President who will either follow-up on the report personally or assign responsibility to another appropriate administrator to follow-up and report on the outcome as well as any preventative or other actions taken to insure the safety and security of all staff, faculty and students.
Additional copies of the Southeastern Institute Accident / Incident Report Form may be requested from the Administration Office.
A STATEMENT OF CURRENT POLICIES CONCERNING CAMPUS LAW ENFORCEMENT,
INCLUDING THE ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY OF INSTITUTIONAL SECURITY PERSONNEL
AND POLICIES THAT ENCOURAGE PROMPT REPORTING OF ALL CAMPUS CRIME TO THE CAMPUS POLICE AND LOCAL POLICE
Southeastern Institute is essentially a non-residential Institute, and does not have a campus police force. Therefore, all crimes are reported to local authorities as described in the first section regarding policies and procedures to report crimes.
A STATEMENT OF CURRENT POLICIES CONCERNING
THE SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION PROGRAM AND THE
PROCEDURES THAT ARE FOLLOWED
Southeastern Institute has a sexual assault prevention program that includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Use a “Buddy System” when walking to parked cars at night
- Leave the Building in a group when classes are dismissed
- If an assault occurs, notify the Campus Vice President immediately
- Do not disturb the crime scene
- Notify local law enforcement officials
- Secure counseling for the victim
- Change the academic schedule if victim requests
- Disciplinary actions include dismissal from the school
A STATEMENT OF PROGRAMS AVAILABLE
TO STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES ON CAMPUS SECURITY,
PERSONAL SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION
Southeastern Institute provides in each campus library a display of literature on personal safety and crime prevention. The librarians distribute literature covering these subjects and make available to all a copy of the campus security report.
The Student Service office has a directory of services that are available, within the community, to assist those who have suffered from a criminal act. These services are usually free and are provided by the community.
During the orientation of students, Faculty and staff, procedures are outlined to cover the reporting of all criminal acts.
A DESCRIPTION OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Southeastern Institute publishes and distributes annually to all current students and employees a copy of the Institute Program on Illicit use of Drugs and Abuse of Alcohol. A copy of this policy is distributed annually to all students, faculty and staff. Each new employee, student and faculty also receive a copy.
The South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement – Sexual Offenders and Predators
Information on sexual offenders and Predators can be obtained by contacting The South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement, Sexual Offender & Predator Unit, P. O. Box 21398, Columbia, S.C. 29221 and on the web at http://services.sled.sc.gov/sor
The North Carolina Department of justice- Sexual Offender registry
Information on Sexual offenders and predators can be obtained by contacting the North Carolina department of justice, law enforcement liaison PO Box 629 Raleigh NC, zip 27602- 0629 and on the web at http://sexoffender.ncdoj.gov/search.aspx
The Tennessee sexual offender registry
Information on Sexual offenders and predators can be obtained by contacting the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry Hotline 1-888-837-4170 and on the web at http://www.tbi.tn.gov/sex_ofender_reg/sex_ofender_reg.shtml
Information is also available in the United States Department of Justice national sex offender registry - http://www.nsopw.gov/Core/Portal.aspx
EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES- STATEMENT OF POLICY
Southeastern Institute has in place at each campus facility a Campus Response Team (CRT) that utilizes the CRT Operational Protocols. The Office of the President (OOP) has its crisis response command center consisting of senior management.
In an emergency or a dangerous situation, upon confirmation with the CRT of the need for mass notification, the OOP Command center will, without delay, 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 the responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
The CRT will simultaneously use the local means in its disposal to notify the campus students, staff and faculty of the situation.
Members of the OOP command center will disseminate information to the relevant public entities. In addition, members of the OOP command center will post relevant information on the appropriate school website and on the automated “1-800” emergency hot line.
Training, exercises and tests will be conducted annually by the CRT on the campus level and by the individuals relevant to mass notification at the OOP command center level. The OOP crisis management department will document each test conducted by all relevant entities.