TO: Keiser University Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM: Fred Pfeffer
DATE: August 30, 2013
RE: Annual Campus Safety and Security Report Year End 2012
For your information, a copy of Keiser University’s Annual Campus Safety and Security Survey is attached. This report is distributed in compliance with the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security – Clery Act.” Also included in this report is a copy of information relating to Keiser University’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Programs.
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 Keiser University community.
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 by students, faculty or staff to the local authorities for assistance and /or investigation. The Keiser University Accident/Incident 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 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 Keiser University Accident / Incident Report Form may be requested from the Administration Office.
PREPARING THE ANNUAL DISCLOSURE
The Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Financial Services has the responsibility of gathering the data used to prepare the annual campus crime statistics. The data is obtained from reports made to the local law enforcement. Campus crime data is gathered the same day that it is reported. Data is obtained annually from local law enforcement and compared with the data gathered at the University. The resulting data is used to prepare the annual crime statistics report.
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
Keiser University is essentially a non-residential University, 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. Keiser University does not utilize pastoral or professional counselors for this process.
A STATEMENT OF PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES ON CAMPUS SECURITY, PERSONAL SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION
Keiser University provides information on personal safety and crime prevention.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement – Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators
Information on sexual offenders and Predators can be obtained by contacting The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Sexual Offender & Predator Unit, P. O. Box 1489 Tallahassee, FL 32302 or by phone at (850) 410-8572, toll free at (888) 357-7332 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the FDLE website: http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do;jsessionid=
A STATEMENT OF CURRENT POLICIES CONCERNING THE SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION PROGRAM AND THE PROCEDURES THAT ARE FOLLOWED
Part of Keiser Universities compliance with the new Campus SaVE Act requirements for prevention and awareness programs that address domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, the Student Services Department at each campus received and has available on display in the student services department, several relevant brochures. These brochures are from nationally recognized organizations and include awareness and preventive information. These brochures also include help hotlines related to these specific topics.
TITLE IX COMPLIANCE
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Keiser University not only complies with the letter of Title IX's requirements but also endorses the law's intent and spirit. The University is committed to compliance in all areas addressed by Title IX, including access to higher education, career education, math and science, standardized testing, athletics, education for pregnant and parenting students, learning environment, and technology, as well as sexual harassment.
All University students are responsible to help assure that we avoid any form of sexual discrimination or harassment. If you feel that you have experienced or witnessed harassment, you must notify the Title IX Coordinator designated below. Keiser University forbids retaliation against anyone for reporting harassment, assisting in making a harassment complaint, or cooperating in a harassment investigation, it is also a violation of Federal law. Additional details on this policy can be found at the following link http://www.keiseruniversity.edu/heoa/
Title IX Coordinator:
A STATEMENT OF PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES ON CAMPUS SECURITY PERSONAL SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION
The Student Services 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 PREVENTION PROGRAMS
Keiser University publishes and distributes annually to all current students and employees a copy of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program. Below are the details related to this topic.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
Drug abuse affects all aspects of American life. It threatens the workplace, our homes, our schools and our community. The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions of higher education to implement a drug prevention and awareness program for their students and employees through the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. All students are expected to conduct themselves as mature adults and as members of an academic community. The consumption of alcohol or drugs while attending class is prohibited and may be subject to disciplinary action.
Standards of Conduct
The University community must adhere to a code of conduct that recognizes the unlawful manufacture, sale, delivery, unauthorized possession or use of any illicit drug is prohibited on property owned or otherwise controlled by Keiser University. If an individual associated with the University is apprehended for violating any drug-or alcohol-related law when on University property, or participating in a University activity, the University will fully cooperate with all law enforcement agencies. Underage possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on property owned or controlled by the University and the state laws will be enforced. Intentionally or knowingly selling, or intentionally or knowingly furnishing alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21, or to persons obviously inebriated, is not permitted on property owned or controlled by the University.
Health Risks Associated with the use of Illicit Drugs and the Abuse of Alcohol
Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions and the loss of memory. High doses of alcohol can cause respiratory depression and death. Long-term consumption, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to dependence and permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver. Physical effects of drugs include increased heart rate, bloodshot eyes, dry mouth and throat, and increased appetite. The use of drugs may impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, and reduce the ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination. Motivation and cognition may also be altered making the acquisition of new information difficult. As you can see from the above there are major health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol.
Federal Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Violations
More information about federal penalties and sanctions is located at http://www.justice.gov/dea/agency/penalties.htm
Penalties for Drug Convictions
Possession of Illegal Drugs
Sale of Illegal Drugs
How to Regain Eligibility
In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility. The student is responsible to certify that a rehabilitation program was successfully completed. As with the conviction question on the FAFSA, the University is not required to confirm the reported information unless conflicting information is determined.
Convictions During Enrollment
Drug and Alcohol Counseling
Institutional Sanctions for Alcohol and Drug Violations
EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES- STATEMENT OF POLICY
Keiser University has in place at each campus facility a Campus Response Team (CRT) that utilizes the Operational Protocols. The Office of the Chancellor (OOC) has its crisis response command center consisting of senior management.
If you have any questions or need clarification, do not hesitate to contact me.