Annual Security Report

SUNY ADIRONDACK

ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT
Year 2013

This report is prepared by the Public Safety Office to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The law mandates that institutions receiving Title IV federal funds disseminate crime statistics for certain serious offenses that occurred on campus and in adjacent areas for the current and previous two calendar years. This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies surrounding our main campus and extension centers, Campus Authorities and Public Safety. The purpose of this report is to provide our current and prospective faculty, staff and students with campus safety information, including crime statistics and procedures to use when reporting a crime. The College will not retaliate or allow any retaliation toward a person(s) who reports alleged violations of this act.

Each year, an e-mail notification is sent to all enrolled student, faculty and staff that provides the web site to access this report. Paper copies of this report may also be obtained in the Facilities office room 007, the Human Resource office room 103 and the Enrollment Management Office room 133 all located in Warren Hall. A copy may also be obtained from the Public Safety Office room 164 of the Residence Life building. All prospective employees may obtain a copy from the Human Resource Office.

General Security & Safety Information

SUNY Adirondack enjoys a full and part-time student population of over 4000 students. The campus employs a workforce of over 350 full and part-time faculty and staff.

The safety of students and college personnel is a top priority on our campus and the College continuously strives to make improvements. Security and safety systems that are in place on the Campus include:

  • Building and room card access systems
  • Security alarms
  • Surveillance systems
  • Peace Officer personnel
  • Emergency telephones in parking lots and building corridors
  • MOU with local Sheriff's Department
  • MOU's with our partner Institutions who share our campus buildings
  • NYAlert Emergency Notification System
  • Fully automatic fire detection systems in all buildings

Fire System Information Specifically for Student Housing

Section 6438 of New York State Education Law requires notification of fire safety standards and measures in all college-owned or college operated housing. To facilitate compliance the following information is provided:

SUNY Adirondack’s Student Housing facility has an automatic sprinkler system of piping and appurtenances designed and installed in accordance with generally accepted standards so that heat from a fire will automatically cause water to be discharged over the fire area to extinguish it or prevent its further spread.

The Student Housing Facility also has a fire safety system which includes automatic fire detection devices (smoke alarms, heat detectors) installed throughout the building and is monitored 24/7 for any activation. Devices that alert one to the presence of a fire such as horns, bells and strobe lights are also installed throughout the building. All systems are installed in accordance with generally accepted practices.

Law Enforcement Authority of Campus Security Personnel

Peace Officers: Typical work of Peace Officer personnel involves enforcing campus policies, regulations and procedures. SUNY Adirondack Peace Officers have the authority to ask persons for identifications and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the College. SUNY Adirondack Peace Officers enforce the Penal and Traffic Laws of New York State in the Colleges geographical area and have arrest powers. Depending on the nature, incidents may be referred to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction on campus.

Campus Public Safety Officers conduct foot and vehicle patrols throughout the campus and residence halls  24 hours a day 365 days a year. The office of Public Safety's objective is to provide a safe learning environment and protect the lives and property of students, employees and visitors pursued within the framework of the College's policies, rules and regulations and all local, state and federal laws.

Please be aware that victims and witnesses can report a crime on a voluntary and confidential basis. Reports are filed for informational purposes only for inclusion in the College's annual crime reporting. Official investigations of criminal offenses are conducted by the proper local authorities.

The investigation of crimes committed on College property falls under the jurisdiction of the Public Safety Office. Public Safety works closely with local law enforcement agencies including the Warren County Sheriff and/or the New York State Police to assist with incidents that occur on or off campus and involve College students or employees. If Public Safety determines that a serious crime or felony has been committed, Public Safety will refer the case to the appropriate local law enforcement agency and assist in its investigation.

If an incident occurs that the College feels may have an affect on the safety and well being of the College community, information concerning the incident will be communicated by one or more of the following communication channels: NY-Alert, paper flyer, student/staff e-mail, bulletin boards and the College's web-site. Students, Faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for NY-Alert in Banner self-serv.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The College and the Warren County Sheriff's Department have an MOU which recognizes the Department has primary law enforcement jurisdiction on all Warren County property owned, leased or under the control of the college and will provide police services on said property. A copy of this MOU is available for review in the Facilities Office during normal business hours.

The New York State Campus Security Act requires all higher education institutions in New York State to have a formal plan that provides for the investigation of missing students and violent felony offenders on campus. This requires written agreements between College authorities and local law enforcement agencies having local jurisdiction in the area(s) the College is located.

Daily Crime/Fire Log

A daily log of incidents that occur on Campus is kept and is available for the public to view in Facilities Office on all business days from 8:00 am-3:00 pm Monday -Friday or by request. The log includes date, time location and disposition of the incident.

Crime Prevention Programs

Crime prevention programs on personal safety and theft prevention are sponsored by Student Services throughout the year. Student Services and Res Life staff facilitate programs for students providing a variety of strategies and tips on how to protect themselves from sexual assault, theft and other crimes. Security and safety related programs are also provided to students through presentations in Freshman Seminar.

The College educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through HRD classes and College programming each fall. Classes and literature on date rape education, risk reduction and college response are available through the Counseling Office.

Reporting a Crime

Victims and witnesses can report a crime on a voluntary and confidential basis. We will maintain confidentiality to the extent allowed by law.

All member of the College community are encouraged to report criminal activities. emergencies and suspicious activity in a timely manner. All reports are classified, logged and responded to appropriately. Crimes in progress and/or any other emergencies on campus can be reported by:

Activating a Blue Phone located on the the College grounds next to sidewalks and in parking lots.

Using A "Red" phone located in all building corridors.

Calling the Public Safety Office at 796-1344, or the Facilities Office at x2246, or by dialing 911.

In any kind of emergency try to have someone stay with you while another person is sent for help. In the event you contact medical or police authorities on your own, at the first opportunity, contact the Public Safety Office located on the first floor of the Residence Life building room 164 to report the incident and fill out an incident report. The report will be kept on file in the Public Safety Office.

When a SUNY Adirondack student is involved in an off campus offense, Public Safety may assist with the investigation in cooperation with local, state or federal law enforcement. Local and state law enforcement agencies routinely work and communicate with Public Safety on any serious incidents occurring on or off campus.SUNY Adirondack operates no off-campus housing or off-campus student organization facilities. SUNY Adirondack Public Safety Officers have direct radio communication with local police, fire and ambulance services to facilitate a rapid response to emergency situations.

Counselors and Confidential Crime Reporting

As a result of the negotiated rulemaking rulemaking process which followed the signing into law, the 1998 amendments to 20 U.S.C. Section 1092(f), clarification was given to those considered to be campus authorities. Campus"Pastoral Counselors" and Campus "Professional Counselors", when acting as such, are not considered to be campus security authorities and are not required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics. As a matter of policy, they are encouraged, if and when the deem appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into annual crime statistics.

The rule making committee defines counselors as:

Pastoral Counselor: An employee of an institution, who is associated with a religious order fo denomination, recognized by the religious order or denomination someone who provides confidential counseling and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.

Professional Counselor: An employee of an institution whose official responsibilities include providing psychological counseling to members of the institutions community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification.

Campus Reporting Agents

These offices allow victims and witnesses to report crime on a voluntary, confidential basis to the extent allowed by law. There is no formal investigation of an incident unless the victim so chooses.

Public Safety (non-emergency (518-796-1344 or ext. 2438

Dean of Student Affairs - Student Activities Office- Student Center (518)743-2251

Counseling Center Warren Hall Room WR 162 (518)743-2247

Residence Life & Housing Office (518)832-7785

Standard Access Policy

During business hours, the College is open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours access to all college facilities is by card access, if authorized, or by admittance via Public Safety. The Residence Halls are secured 24 hours a day and are accessed by ID card only.

Authorized College functions that take place during non business hours are scheduled through the Facilities Office and appropriate access to required facilities will be provided for.

Emergency Response

Crisis Response Team

The College's Leadership and Crisis Response Team are responsible for assessing emergency situations, appropriately responding to said emergencies and initiating necessary communication with those immediately impacted by the event.

The College maintains a Crisis Response Team to respond to campus emergencies. If a medical or criminal emergency arises that needs emergency response please use the following procedures to activate the Crisis Response Team and/or request response from Public Safety and/or the local authorities.

 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PHONE NUMBERS

MEDICAL EMERGENCY:

  • Dial "0" for the College switchboard (this activates the Crisis Team)

or

  • Dial 796-1344 04 ext 2438 for Public Safety

or

  • Pick up the Red Phone () located in the building corridors or the Blue Phone () located in the outside walkways and parking areas and WAIT for a response

or

  • If deemed serious, from a Campus phone dial "9-911", or from your cell phone dial "911".
    • Now dial "743-2200" and then "0" for the College switchboard

 

DISRUPTIVE, VIOLENT OR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR:

  • Dial "2438" from a College phone or"796-1344 for the Public Safety.

or

  • If deemed serious, from a Campus office phone dial "9-911", or from your cell phone dial "911". Now dial "2438" or "796-1344 for Public Safety.

or

  • Pick up the Red Phone () located in the building corridors or the Blue Phone () located in the outside walkways and parking areas and WAIT for a response

FIRE:

  • Dial "9-911" from a Campus office phone, or from your cell phone dial "911", now Dial "743-2200" and then "0" for the College switchboard (this activates the Crisis Team)

 

BOMB THREAT or CHEMICAL SPILL:

  • Dial ext. 2240 from a Campus office phone for the Director of Facilities or 743-2240 from your cell phone.

or

  • Dial ext 2438 from a College phone or 796-1344 for Public Safety

EVENINGS and WEEKEND EMERGENCIES:

  • Dial Ext. 2438 from a Campus office phone or 796-1344 from a cell phone for Security

 

Timely Notification

The College’s leadership is trained in assessing emergency situations, responding appropriately to emergencies, and initiating necessary communication with those immediately impacted by the event and the greater campus community.

The Director of Facilities and Public Safety and the Office of Public Safety in consultation with College leadership is responsible for determining the level of an incident. If there were a serious, immediate threat to the health and safety of the campus community, the emergency response protocol would be enacted as appropriate to the incident. This can include activation of the NYAlert alert system and campus email notification. Notification to the greater campus community is coordinated between Public Safety and the Enrollment Management and Marketing Office pursuant to agreements with local law enforcement agencies and media outlets.

Subsequent to the emergency response and for other non-imminent serious incidents, a Timely Notification would be prepared and distributed to campus e-mail, internal CCTV system, building main entrances and bulletin boards. Such notifications shall be prepared and distributed within two hours of said determination. Standard notification procedures may be altered if, in the emergency response authorities determine it would compromise efforts to assist a victim, or compromise efforts to contain, respond to or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

Note that SUNY Adirondack tests its entire emergency notification system once times per year and fire alarms three times per year. Pursuant to its procedures, fire drills are not announced, and testing of the other emergency systems may or may not be announced.

Evacuation

If the immediate evacuation of a building(s) is required, alarm notification (fire alarm system) will be activated. This evacuation procedure is tested three times a year. Communication is provided through Public Safety and Facilities staff who are assigned to each building. Public Safety and Facilities staff are trained on an annual basis in regards to evacuation procedures. Employees and students should familiarize themselves with the emergency evacuation routes posted in the buildings.

First Aid

The college does not have a nurse's office or other on campus medical services office. Medical emergencies are directed to the Glens Falls Hospital for attention. The college does provide first aid supplies and defibrillators located in various areas on campus. First Aid kits can be found in the following locations:

LOCATION OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

FIRST AID KITS

Dearlove Hall   Faculty Secretary's Area (Lower Level)
Eisenhart Hall   Faculty Secretary's Area (Lower Level)
Gym   Equipment Manager's Office (Lower Level)
Residence Life Building   Residence Life Offices
Science Building   Laboratories
    Faculty Secretary's area
Scoville   Library (Main Level)
    Scoville Cafe (Main Level)
    Student Computing (Lower Level)
Security   Vehicle
Student Center   Kitchen (Lower Level)
    Student Center Office (Main Level)
Warren Hall   Facilities Office (Lower Level)
    Upward Bound Office (Lower Level)
    VP for Administrative Services & Treasurer's Office
Washington Hall   Faculty Secretary's Area (Main Level)
    Switchboard/Mail Room (Lower Level)
Wilton Center   Administrator's Office

DEFIBRILLATORS

Dearlove Hall   Main Floor Corridor
Gymnasium   Director of Athletics Office (Lower Level) - Main Floor Lobby
Residence Life Building   Outside Fitness Center 1st Floor
Public Safety   Public Safety Vehicle Vehicle
Student Center   Bookstore (Main Level)
Warren Hall   Corridor Main Floor
Washington Hall   Main Floor Corridor
Regional Higher Ed Center   Corridor
Scoville   Outside Library
Eisenhart Hall   Main Corridor
Science Building   Main Corridor
Wilton Center   Corridor

 

Crime Reporting

All members of the campus community are urged to report criminal incidents and emergencies that occur on campus. The institution does not at this time have any non-campus organizations.

The Director of Facilities and Public Safety is responsible for the collection of crime reports from campus authorities and local police for inclusion in the annual report.

In any kind of emergency, please try to have someone stay with you while another person is sent to get help. In the event you contact medical or police authorities on your own when no one is available to assist you, at the first opportunity please stop by the Public Safety Office located on the 1st floor of the Residence Life building Room 164 to report the incident and to fill out an incident report. The report will be kept on file in the Public Safety Office.

Public Safety   796-1344
Facilities Office   743-2246 or Ext. 2246
Warren County Sheriff's Office   911

Please be aware that the College allows victims and witnesses to report crime on a voluntary and confidential basis. Reports are filed for informational purposes to be used for inclusion in the college's crime reporting. Official investigations of criminal offenses are conducted by the proper local authorities.

CAMPUS CRIME STATISTICS

Campus Locations

Federal law requires that campuses report specific criminal activities that occur on campus property and specific areas around those properties. Crimes occur in the community beyond what is required to be reported in this document. Students are advised to exercise caution in ALL locations.

On Campus: includes all offenses reported on the main campus property and in campus buildings.

Non Campus: includes property owned or leased by the College outside campus boundaries. These properties include the Wilton Center located at 696 State Rt. 9, Wilton N.Y., the Culinary Building located at 640 Bay Rd. Queensbury N.Y. and Crockwell Pond located on East Sanford Street in the City of Glens Falls.

Public Property: includes thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, parking facilities, and public parks or park-like settings immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

Campus Incidents

A daily log of incidents that occur on campus is kept and is available for the public to view in the Facilities Office from 8:00am – 3:30pm Monday thru Friday or by request. This log includes the date, time, general location and disposition of the complaint.
In accordance with the Campus Safety Act, the following reflects reportable crime statistics at SUNY Adirondack for the previous (3) years. Statistics are compiled in the Office of Public Safety.

Crime Location 2011 2012 2013
Murder

On Campus
Non-Campus Property

On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

 

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

0

Manslaughter

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

0

Sex Offenses

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0

0

0

n/a

0

0

0

0

Robbery

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

0

Aggravated Assault

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

0

Burglary

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

0

Arson

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

0

Liquor Law Arrests

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

0

Drug Related Arrests

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

2
0
0

1

Weapons Possession Arrests

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

0

Domestic Violence Violations

On Campus

Non-Campus Property

On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0

0

0

n/a

0

0

0

n/a

0

0

0

0

Dating Violence

On Campus

Non-Campus Property

On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0

0

0

n/a

0

0

0

n/a

0

0

0

0

Stalking

On Campus

Non-Campus Property

On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0

0

0

n/a

0

0

0

n/a

0

0

1

0

         
Referrals Location 2011 2012 2013
Liquor Law Violations

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

14
0
0

13

Drug Related Violations

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

16
0
0

10

Weapons Possession

On Campus
Non-Campus Property
On Public Property

On Campus Student Housing

0
0
0

n/a

0
0
0

n/a

1
0
0

1

Hate Crimes

During the 2010 – 2013 reporting years SUNY Adirondack had no hate crimes reported.

 

DEFINITIONS OF THE ABOVE CRIMINAL ACTIONS

THESE DEFINITIONS ALSO INCLUDE NEW YORK STATE CRIME DEFINITIONS AS REQUIRED BY THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT FOR CONSENT; DATING VIOLENCE; DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; SEXUAL ASSAULT; AND STALKING.

Aggravated Assault - an unlawful attack by one person upon another wherein the offender displays or uses a weapon in a threatening manner, or the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.

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

Burglary - the unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft.

Consent - Lack of consent results from: forcible compulsion; or incapacity to consent; or where the offense charged is sexual abuse or forcible touching, any circumstances, in addition to forcible compulsion or incapacity to consent, in which the victim does not expressly or impliedly acquiesce in the actor’s conduct. Where the offense charged is rape in the third degree, a criminal sexual act in the third degree, or forcible compulsion in circumstances under which, at the time of the act of intercourse, oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct, the victim clearly expressed that he or she did not consent to engage in such act, and a reasonable person in the actor’s situation would have understood such person’s words and acts as an expression of lack of consent to such act under all the circumstances. A person is incapable of consent when he or she is: less than 17 years old; or mentally disabled; or mentally incapacitated; or physically helpless; or committed to the care and custody of the state department of correctional services, a hospital, the office of children and family services and is in residential care, or the other person is a resident or inpatient of a residential facility operated by the office of mental health, the office for people with development disabilities, or the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services,  and the actor is an employee, not married to such person, who knows or reasonably should know that such person is committed to the care and custody of such department or hospital.

Consent, Abbreviated - Clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the participating to engage in specific sexual activity.

Dating Violence - New York State does not specifically define dating violence. However, dating violence would include the crimes listed elsewhere in this document when committed by a person in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or threat of abuse. It does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence - An act which would constitute a violation of the penal law, including, but not limited to acts constituting disorderly conduct, harassment, aggravated harassment, sexual misconduct, forcible touching, sexual abuse, stalking, criminal mischief, menacing, reckless endangerment, kidnapping, assault, attempted murder, criminal obstruction or breaching or blood circulation, or strangulation; and such acts have created a substantial risk of physical or emotional harm  to a person or a person’s child. Such acts are alleged to have been committed by a family member. The victim can be anyone over the age of sixteen, any married person or any parent accompanied by his or her minor child or children in situations in which such person or such person’s child is a victim of the act.

Family or Household Member - Person’s related by consanguinity or affinity; Persons legally married to one another; Person formerly married to one another regardless of whether they still reside in the same household; Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether such persons are married or have lived together at any time; Unrelated persons who are continually or at regular intervals living in the same household or who have in the past continually or at regular intervals lived in the same household; Persons who are not related by consanguinity or affinity and who are or have been in an intimate relationship regardless of whether such persons have lived together at any time. Factors that may be considered in determining whether a relationship is an “intimate relationship” include, but are not limited to: the nature or type of relationship regardless of whether the relationship is sexual in nature; the frequency of interaction between the persons; and the duration of the relationship. Neither a casual acquaintance nor ordinary fraternization between two individuals in business or social contexts shall be deemed to constitute an “intimate relationship”; any other category of individuals deemed to be a victim of domestic violence as defined by the office of children and family services in regulation.

Parent - means natural or adoptive parent or any individual lawfully charged with a minor child’s care or custody.

Drug Abuse Violations - violations of laws prohibiting the production, distribution, and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment or devices utilized in their preparation and/or use.

Fondling - The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.

Hate Crime - when a person is victimized intentionally because of her/his actual or perceived race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, gender identify or national origin.

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

Liquor Law Violations - violations of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession or use of alcoholic beverages.

Motor Vehicle Theft - the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Murder - the willful killing of one human being by another.

Rape- The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

Robbery - the taking, or attempting to take, anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, custody, or care of another person or persons by force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear of immediate harm.

Sex Offenses - Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

Sexual Assault -  New York State does not specifically define sexual assault. However, according to the Federal Regulations, sexual assault includes offenses that meet the definitions of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI’s UCR program.

Sex Offenses: Lack of Consent - Whether or not specifically stated, it is an element of every offense defined in this article that the sexual act was committed without consent of the victim.

Sexual Misconduct - When a person (1) engages in sexual intercourse with another person without such person’s consent; or (2) engages in oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct without such person’s consent; or (3) engages in sexual conduct with an animal or a dead human body.

Rape In The Third Degree - When a person (1) engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; (2) Being 21 years old or more, engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than 17 years old; or (3) engages in sexual intercourse with another person without such person's consent where such lack of consent is by reason of some factor other than incapacity to consent.

Rape In The Second Degree - When a person (1) being 18 years old or more, engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than 15 years old; or (2) engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated. It is an affirmative defense to the crime of rape in the second degree the defendant was less than four years older than the victim at the time of the act.

Rape In the First Degree - When a person engages in sexual intercourse with another person (1) by forcible compulsion; or (2) Who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) who is less than 11 years old; or (4) who is less than 13 years old and the actor is 18 years old or more.

Criminal Sexual Act In The Third Degree - When a person engages in oral or anal sexual conduct (1) with a person who is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; (2) being 21 years old or more, with a person less than 17 years old; (3) with another person without such persons consent where such lack of consent is by reason of some factor other than incapacity to consent.

Criminal Sexual Act In The Second Degree - When a person engages in oral or anal sexual conduct with another person (1) and is 18 years or more and the other person is less than 15 years old; or (2) who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated. It is an affirmative defense that the defendant was less than four years older than the victim at the time of the act.

Criminal Sexual Act In The First Degree - When a person engages in oral or anal sexual conduct with another person (1) by forcible compulsion; (2) who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; (3) who is less than 11 years old; or (4) who is less than 13 years old and the actor is 18 years old or more.

Forcible Touching - When a person intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touches the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person; or for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire. It includes squeezing, grabbing, or pinching.

Persistent Sexual Abuse - When a person commits a crime of forcible touching, or second or third degree sexual abuse within the previous ten year period, has been convicted two or more times, in separate criminal transactions for which a sentence was imposed on separate occasions of one of one of the above mentioned crimes or any offense defined in this article, of which the commission or attempted commissions thereof is a felony.

Sexual Abuse In The Third Degree - When a person subjects another person to sexual contact without the latter’s consent. For any prosecution under this section, it is an affirmative defense that (1) such other person’s lack of consent was due solely to incapacity to consent by reason of being less than 17 years old; and (2) such other person was more than 14 years old and (3) the defendant was less than five years older than such other person.

Sexual Abuse In The Second Degree - When a person subjects another person to sexual contact and when such other person is (1) incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; or (2) less than 14 years old.

Sexual Abuse In The First Degree - When a person subjects another person to sexual contact (1) by forcible compulsion; (2) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) when the other person is less than 11 years old; or (4) when the other person is less than 13 years old.

Aggregated Sexual Abuse - For the purposes of this section, conduct performed for a valid medical purpose does not violate the provisions of this section.

Aggravated Sexual Abuse In The Forth Degree - When a person inserts a (1) foreign object in the vagina, urethra, penis or rectum of another person and the other person is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; or (2) finger in the vagina, urethra, penis, rectum or anus of another person causing physical injury to such person and such person is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old.

Aggrevated Sexual Abuse In The Third Degree - When a person inserts a foreign object in the vagina, urethra, penis, rectum or anus of another person (1)(a) by forcible compulsion; (b) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (c) when the other person is less than 11 years old; or (2) causing physical injury to such person and such person is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated.

Aggravated Sexual Abuse In The Second Degree - When a person inserts a finger in the vagina, urethra, penis, rectum or anus of another person causing physical injury to such person by (1) forcible compulsion; or (2) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) when the other person is less than 11 years old.

Aggrevated Sexual Abuse In The First Degree - When a person subjects another person to sexual contact: (1) By forcible compulsion; or (2) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) when the other person is less than eleven years old; or (4) when the other person is less than thirteen years old and the actor is twenty-one years old or older.

Course Of Sexual Conduct Against A Child In The Second Degree - When over a period of time, not less than three months, a person: (1) Engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child less than 11 years old; or (2) being 18 years old or more engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child less than 13 years old. A person may not be subsequently prosecuted for any other sexual offense involving the same victim unless the other charges offense occurred outside of the time period charged under this section.

Course Of Sexual Conduct Against A Child In The First Degree -  When a person over a period of time, not less than three months in duration, a person: (1) Engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct, or aggravated sexual contact with a child less than 11 years old; or (2) being 18 years old or more engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct which includes at least one act of sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct, anal sexual conduct, or aggravated sexual contact with a child less than 13 years old.

Facilitating A Sex Offense With A Controlled Substance -  A person is guilty of facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance when he or she: (1) knowingly and unlawfully possesses a controlled substance or any preparation, compound, mixture or substance that requires a prescription to obtain and administers such substance or preparation, compound, mixture or substance that requires a prescription to obtain to another person without such person’s consent and with intent to commit against such person conduct constituting a felony defined in this article; and (2) commits or attempts to commit such conduct constituting a felony defined in this article. 

Incest In The Third Degree -  A person is guilty of incest in the third degree when he or she marries or engages in sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct with a person whom he or she knows to be related to him or her, whether through marriage or not, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either the whole or the half blood, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.

Incest In The Second Degree - A person is guilty of incest in the second degree when he or she commits the crime of rape in the second degree, or criminal sexual act in the second degree, against a person whom he or she knows to be related to him or her, whether through marriage or not, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either the whole or the half blood, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.

Incest In The First Degree - A person is guilty of incest in the first degree when he or she commits the crime of rape in the first degree, or criminal sexual act in the first degree, against a person whom he or she knows to be related to him or her, whether through marriage or not, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either the whole or half blood, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.

Stalking In The Fourth Degree - When a person intentionally, and for not legitimate purpose, engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person, and knows or reasonably should know that such conduct (1) is likely to cause reasonable fear of material harm to the physical health, safety or property of such person, a member of such person’s immediate family or a third party with whom such person is acquainted; or (2) causes material harm to the mental or emotional health of such person, where such conduct consists of following, telephoning or initiating communication or contact with such person, a member of such person’s immediate family or a third party with whom such person is acquainted, and the actor was previously clearly informed to cease that conduct; or (3) is likely to cause such person to reasonably fear that his or her employment, business or career is threatened, where such conduct consists of appearing, telephoning or initiating communication or contact at such person’s place of employment or business, and the actor was previously clearly informed to cease that conduct.

Stalking In The Third Degree - When a person (1) Commits the crime of stalking in the fourth degree against any person in three or more separate transactions, for which the actor has not been previously convicted; or (2) commits the crime of stalking in the fourth degree against any person, and has previously been convicted, within the preceding ten years of a specified predicate crime and the victim of such specified predicate crime is the victim, or an immediate family member of the victim, of the present offense; or (3) with an intent to harass, annoy or alarm a specific person, intentionally engages in a course of conduct directed at such person which is likely to cause such person to reasonably fear physical injury or serious physical injury, the commission of a sex offense against, or the kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment or death of such person or a member of such person’s immediate family; or (4) commits the crime or stalking in the fourth degree and has previously been convicted within the preceding ten years of stalking in the fourth degree.

Stalking In The Second Degree - When a person: (1) Commits the crime of stalking in the third degree and in the course of and furtherance of the commission of such offense: (a) displays, or possesses and threatens the use of, a firearm, pistol, revolver, rifle, sword, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, plastic knuckles, metal knuckles, chuka stick, sand bag, sandclub, sligshot, slungshot, shirken, “Kung Fu Star,” dagger, dangerous knife, dirk, razor, stiletto, imitation pistol, dangerous instrument, deadly instrument or deadly weapons; or (b) displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm; or (2) commits the crime of stalking in the third against any person, and has previously been convicted, within the preceding five years, of a specified  predicate crime, and the victim of such specified predicate crime is the victim, or an immediate family member of the victim, of the present offense; or (3) commits the crime of stalking in the fourth degree and has previously been convicted of stalking in the third degree; or (4) being 21 years of age or older, repeatedly follows a person under the age of fourteen or engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts over a period of time intentionally placing or attempting to place such person who is under the age of fourteen in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death; or (5) commits the crime of stalking in the third degree, against ten or more persons, in ten or more separate transactions, for which the actor has not been previously convicted.  

Stalking In The First Degree - When a commits the crime of stalking in the third degree or stalking in the second degree and, in the course and furtherance thereof, he or she intentionally or recklessly causes physical injury to the victim of such crime

Statutory Rape – Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.  The statutory age of consent in New York is seventeen (17).

Weapons Possessions - violations of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices, or other deadly weapons.

 

Crime Prevention Programs

Crime Prevention programs on personal safety and theft prevention are sponsored by Student Services throughout the year. Student Services staff facilitate programs for students providing a variety of strategies and tips on how to protect themselves from sexual assault, theft and other crimes. Security and safety related programs are also provided to students through presentations in Freshman Seminar classes.

 

Missing Persons Policy

SUNY Adirondack provides on-campus residential students with the opportunity to register a confidential missing person contact through the office of Residence Life during the move in/resident orientation process.  Contact information is kept confidential only to be accessed by authorized campus officials and not disclosed except to law enforcement in cases of missing person reports.

If a faculty/staff member, student or parent believes a student is missing they should contact one of these offices:

  • Campus Safety (518) 796-1344
  • Residence Life (518) 832-7785
  • Dean for Student Affairs (518) 832-7708

Please be prepared to provide a description of the person, if possible, a photo, their local address, length of time missing and any other pertinent information

SUNY Adirondack will, within 24 hours of receiving a report of any missing student, take certain steps to locate students reported missing for 24 hours.  These steps include, but are not limited to:

  • Attempting to reach student via phone, twitter, facebook, social media or other means of electronic communication
  • Contact friends, teachers and acquaintances for any additional information that might help located missing person
  • Conduct a search, coordinated by Campus Safety on campus
  • If search is unsuccessful the college may, on a case by case basis, determine to prepare a statement to be distributed to the local media

Reports of students determined to be missing will immediately be shared with Campus Safety and then, within 24 hours, contact the local law enforcement.

SUNY Adirondack will contact the confidential contact person designated by residential students within 24 hours of the student being reported missing if student is not found.  If a student is under the age of 18 the College will contact the parent or guardian, as well as the confidential contact, if the student reported missing is not found within 24 hours.

 

POLICY ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

SUNY Adirondack strictly prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex discrimination

SUNY Adirondack encourages the reporting of sexual misconduct that is prompt and accurate.  This allows the college/university community to quickly respond to allegations and offer immediate support to the victim.  SUNY Adirondack is committed to protecting the confidentiality of victims to the fullest extent allowable by law, and will work closely with students who wish to obtain confidential assistance regarding an incident of sexual misconduct.  All allegations will be investigated promptly and thoroughly, and both the victim and the accused will be afforded equitable rights during the investigative process.

It is the collective responsibility of all members of the SUNY Adirondack community to foster a safe and secure campus environment.  In an effort to promote this environment and prevent acts of sexual misconduct from occurring, the college/university engages in ongoing prevention and awareness education programs.  All incoming students [and employees] are required to participate in these programs, and all members of the college/university community are encouraged to participate throughout the year in ongoing campaigns and trainings focused on the prevention of sexual misconduct on campus.

SCOPE

Who:  This policy applies to all members of the SUNY Adirondack community, including students, faculty, staff, visitors, independent contractors, and other third parties who are on campus and involved in an incident of sexual misconduct

What:  This policy prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct.  This broad term includes, but is not limited to, acts of sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual coercion, sexual threats or intimidation, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and cyber-stalking.

Academic Accommodations: The College is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the victim.  A student who has been a victim of sexual misconduct may request an academic accommodation or change in residence after a report of sexual misconduct.  Any individual who makes a request will receive appropriate and reasonable accommodation.  Possible requests include the ability to change academic schedules or work schedules, withdraw from or retake a class without penalty, access academic support such as tutoring services, and change residence hall assignments.

Interim Measures: In situations where it is necessary, the college will take immediate steps to protect victims pending the final outcome of an investigation.  These steps include the accommodations listed above in addition to issuing no contact orders.  Pending resolution of the complaint, the accused may be prohibited from contacting the victim and may be placed on suspension or denied access to campus.  Also, the college/university may change the course schedule or residence assignment of the accused.  Please refer to the Code of Conduct for disciplinary procedures related to acts of sexual misconduct.

Confidentiality: The College is committed to maintaining the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual misconduct.  While the college/university encourages victims to report an incident of sexual misconduct, there are options available for students to speak with someone about what happened while maintaining confidentiality.  Please see the Handbook sections on Victims of Assault and Sexual Violence for more information.

Education: The College has education programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  These education programs include primary prevention and awareness programs offered to all incoming students and new employees.  These education programs will include: a statement that these crimes are prohibited at the College; definitions of consent, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the College’s jurisdiction; safe and positive bystander intervention when there’s a risk of one of those incidents; information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and avoiding potential attacks; and information about the institutional disciplinary procedures.  For more information on the various programs and trainings offered by the college please contact the Counseling Department at (518) 743-2278.

 

VICTIMS OF ASSAULT AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE: IMMEDIATE NEEDS

If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. A medical exam is also an important way for a health provider to properly collect and preserve evidence.  The Public Safety Office strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation.

Resources Available for Support

After an allegation that an act of sexual violence has occurred, including any act of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the college offers students a range of protective measures.

The following offices will assist students in notifying the proper authorities:

  • Public Safety (518) 796-1344      (For Immediate Assistance)
  • Residence Life (518) 832-7785
  • Dean for Student Affairs (518) 743-2200 ext. 2277
  • Counseling Office  (518) 743-2200 ext. 2278  (For Ongoing Assistance)
  • College Title IX Coordinator (518) 743-2319
  • Warren County Rape Crisis Center 24 hour Hotline 1-888-307-4086
  • Warren County Sheriff’s Office   911.

Filing an incident report with a Public Safety officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from others.

Filing an incident report will:

  • ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests;
  • provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam);
  • assure the victim has access to confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.

When a sexual assault victim contacts the Public Safety Office, the Warren County Sheriff's Office may be notified. The Title IX Coordinator will also be notified. The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the College Judicial system, or only the latter.

The Title IX Coordinator will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision and with various counseling options.

Both the victim and accused will be informed of the outcome of the hearing in writing. A student found guilty of violating College sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the College for  a first offense.

Where to Report All Acts of Sexual Misconduct/Violence

Filing an incident report with a Public Safety officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers.

Filing an incident report will:

            › ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests;

provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam);

assure the victim has access to confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.

When a sexual assault victim contacts the Public Safety Office, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office may be notified. A Title IX officer from the Counseling Office will also be notified. The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the College Judicial system, or only the latter.

A Title IX officer will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision and with various counseling options.

Both the victim and accused will be informed of the outcome of the hearing. A student found guilty of violating the College sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the College for the first offense.

Where to Report All Acts of Sexual Misconduct/Violence

A. Filing a Complaint with the College:

A student may report sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and cyber-stalking to the following offices:

1. Criminal complaint

                          Public Safety (518) 796-1344

                  2. Institutional complaint    

                      a. Title IX Coordinator (518) 743-2319

                       b. Dean for Student Affairs (518) 743-2277

                       c. Employee Discipline

    Office of Human Resources (518) 743-2257

A student may file a complaint with one or more Offices, and each Office is prepared to assist the student with deciding on where complaints may be filed, if any, and the processes associated with each Office’s complaint procedures.  In addition, each Office is able to refer a student for academic accommodations, housing accommodations, and health care services.

        B. Filing a Complaint with a State and/or Federal Agency:

A student who is not satisfied with the College’s handling of a complaint, may also file a complaint with federal and state agencies.  To file a complaint with the local authorities please call 911.

        C. Dual Filing a Complaint with the College and a State and/or Federal Agency:

In addition, the Complainant may file a complaint with the appropriate State or Federal agency at any point during the process.

        D. Confidentiality and Reporting Protocol

If a crime of sexual misconduct has occurred, including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the college encourages accurate and prompt reporting of these crimes to public safety or State and local police agencies.  However, it can be difficult for a victim to come forward after such an event, and there are several options available for students who wish to maintain confidentiality while getting the support they need.  Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a victim’s confidentiality:  For the highest level of confidentiality we recommend speaking to a Licensed or Pastoral Counselor.

VICTIM’S RIGHTS        

When a member of the SUNY Adirondack community has been the victim of an alleged act of misconduct that violates the physical and/or mental welfare of    an individual, the victim should expect that the student conduct system shall respond in a caring, sensitive manner that allows the victim to utilize the student conduct process unimpeded, while still maintaining the rights of the accused student. In cases including but not limited to sexual assault, physical assault, hazing, and harassment, the Dean of Student Affairs will review each case for alleged victims and will inform individuals when victim status has been assigned.

 

The following rights shall be provided to victims of alleged offenses:

  1. A victim has the right to be treated with dignity and compassion by the Office of Student Activities, and by all persons involved in the disciplinary process.
  2. A victim has the right to information pertaining to the campus student conduct process and appropriate referrals for information on the criminal process.
  3. A victim has the right to information pertaining to counseling assistance available to her/him on and off campus.
  4. A victim has the right to assistance throughout the student conduct process, including the right to have an advisor/support person present at all proceedings.
  5. A victim has the right to due process protections, including the right to written notification of a hearing, the right to hear all information presented, the right to present information and witnesses, and the right to notification of the final results of a hearing.
  6. A victim has the right to testify from another location as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of the accused student to have a fair hearing.
  7. A victim has the right to have any unrelated past behavior excluded from the hearing process. The Office of Student Activities shall determine what constitutes unrelated behavior.
  8. A victim has the right to submit a written impact statement to the Dean of Student Affairs, which will be considered only in sanctioning, should there be a finding of violation against the accused student. The victim impact statement will remain a part of the record through all levels of appeal.
  9. A victim has the right to not have her/his identity released by the College throughout the student conduct process in relation to campus and other media, and from all other uninvolved parties.
  10. A victim has the right to expect to be free from intimidation and harassment throughout the student conduct process.
  11. A victim has the right to request that campus personnel take the necessary steps reasonably available to prevent unwanted contact or proximity with the alleged assailant(s). This could include modification of living arrangements and/or class schedule.
  12. In cases where the victim is a victim of sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape and/or sexual violence only, the victim has the right to appeal the finding or sanction as described in the Right of Appeal section.

CAMPUS DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDING INVOLVING SEXUAL ASSAULT

In cases of sexual assault, both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of any institutional disciplinary proceeding alleging a sex offense. Both the accused and the accuser will be provided with the outcome of any disciplinary action taken.

BURDEN OF PROOF

The burden of proof in all alleged violations of the code of conduct is “the preponderance of the evidence” – whether it is “more likely than not” that the violation occurred.  If the evidence presented meets this standard, then the respondent will be found responsible. 

PROCEDURES FOR CASES OF ALLEGED DATING VIOLENCE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND STALKING CASES

In addition to the policies listed above the following procedures for disciplinary action apply directly to cases involving alleged dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking cases.

Time Frames for the Review Process:

  1. The College will conduct a timely review of all complaints of domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking.  Absent extenuating circumstances, review and resolution is expected to take place within sixty (60) calendar days of receipt of the complaint
  2. The preliminary review of all complaints, including any necessary interviews to be conducted and any necessary interim measure to be put in place will usually be completed within thirty (30) of receipt of the complaint
  3. The subsequent, comprehensive review and investigation of the complaint, including interviews with all involved parties and gathering of evidence, is usually completed within thirty (30) days of receipt of the complaint
  4. Results of the complaint are typically issued within five (5) days after a formal hearing
  5. An appeal of the results must be submitted within seven (7) days of receipt of the written results.  Absent extenuating circumstances, decision on appels are typically issued within ten (10) days after a formal hearing

 

Evidence

Evidence to be presented by complaint(s) and respondent(s) during any hearing on the charges related to dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking cases must be shared with the opposing party at least two (2) business days in advance of the scheduled hearing. 

 

Parties Right to Advisors

The respondent and complainant may be assisted during disciplinary hearings and related meetings (on charges related to dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking cases) by an advisor of their choice.  Advisors may speak privately to their advisee during the proceeding, but may not speak to anyone else in the room.  Advisors for the respondent and complaint may not present evidence, question witnesses or speak to any hearing officers.  Either party may request a brief recess to consult with their advisor which will be granted at the discretion of the Dean for Student Affairs. 

Notification of Findings

In the case of sexual misconduct and violations involving dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, both the complainant and respondent shall receive simultaneous notice of results and sanctions imposed (and the rational for the results and sanctions), as well as notice of the appeal procedures available, any possible changes to the result that may occur before it becomes final, and when the results becomes final.

Sanctions

The College considers dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking as extremely serious violations and subject to SUSPENSION and/or DISMISSAL from the College.  In such cases, a Temporary Suspension by the Dean for Student Affairs also may be invoked until the review process is concluded.

Retaliation

No member of the College community shall retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce or otherwise discriminate against a person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in a code of conduct proceeding in any manner.  Participates who experience retaliation should report the incident to Public Safety office.

 

Sexual Assault and Stalking

Most sexual assaults are not committed by sociopathic strangers hiding in the shadows. College students are actually in far greater danger of being sexually assaulted by a friend or a fellow student than by a stranger. With its high number of dating and social activities, the campus setting can offer opportunities for date rape to occur.

When a victim's relationship with the offender or the circumstances that are involved make a victim hesitant to report a sexual crime, the term "date rape" or "acquaintance rape" is frequently used. Sometimes the offender is a date or a friend. Sometimes alcohol or drug consumption or sexual play past a mutually agreed upon point is forced upon a partner.

Just as victims have been mistaken about feeling responsible for being attacked, perpetrators have tended to deny their guilt and responsibility. An otherwise reasonable person may suggest that it is all right to pressure or force someone to have sex if:

  • He/she paid for a dinner or a night out, especially if the evening was expensive.
  • The victim changed his/her mind.
  • They have had sex before.
  • There was flirtatious behavior.
  • The situation was a result of a bar pick-up or other pick-up situation.

These, however, never excuse inappropriate behavior. There is one single principle to remember: when any form of sex is against a person's will, it is against the law. If you have any doubts about what your partner wants, stop and ask.

  • It is never okay to force yourself on another person.
  • Sex is never owed or due to someone.
  • If you have any doubts about what your partner wants, stop and ask.

AVOIDING SEXUAL ASSAULT & STALKING

There are a number of precautions that anyone can take to reduce the risk of being victimized:

  • Travel with friends whenever possible.
  • Walk directly and with purpose.
  • Plan your route in advance. Use only well-lit areas.
  • When leaving school or working late, leave with a group. Never be the last one out alone.
  • Travel in comfortable walking shoes and clothing.
  • Carry a pocketbook only if absolutely necessary, but protect valuables.
  • Do not respond to advances from strangers or communicate with them in any way.
  • If being followed, do not go home. Go to a police station or nearest public place.
  • Service your car regularly to avoid breakdowns.
  • Keep your car locked while riding or parked.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • When approaching your car, begin checking from a distance under the car, nearby hiding places, etc.
  • Have your keys ready.
  • Check the backseat.
  • Report suspicious activity to the school and/or police.
  • Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself. An immediate reaction of yelling, hitting, or biting may give you a chance to escape, but it may also lead to further harm.
  • If your life is in danger, passive resistance (vomiting, urinating, telling the attacker you're diseased or menstruating) may be your best defense.

 

HOW TO HELP AS A BYSTANDER

The college expects all members of the campus community to take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of sexual misconduct.  Educating and engaging bystanders are effective ways to help prevent acts of sexual misconduct.  Bystanders can help in several different ways, including direct invention, seeking assistance from an authority figure, notifying campus security, or calling State or local law enforcement.

If you see an act of sexual misconduct:  It is important to understand that no individual has the right to be violent, even if two people are in a relationship.  Recognizing when acts of sexual misconduct are occurring is the first step to intervening.  Required campus education and training programs give a full synopsis on recognizing when sexual misconduct is taking place.  If you make the decision to intervene, do so safely—violence does not stop violence, and, if you cannot stop the act with your words, call law enforcement.  Do not be afraid to ask an RA, RD, or other students for help.

If a victim confides in you:  It is important to let the victim tell their story.  Listen respectfully, and help them explain and identify what has happened to them.  Help the victim identify others in their network who they can confide in.  Ask the victim what they need to feel safe, encourage them to seek medical attention and counseling, and encourage them to report the act if they feel comfortable doing so.

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INFORMATION

Partner violence happens everywhere to women and men of all ages, income levels, and backgrounds. Research has found that:

  • Partner violence is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15-44 in the United States.
  • Most abusers are male, and most victims of partner violence are female. However, partner violence also occurs in same-sex relationships, and women can be abusers too.
  • Women ages 16-24 are the most likely to experience partner violence.

What to Do If You Are Experiencing Partner Violence

If you are experiencing partner violence, the following actions can help make you safer:

  • If you are in immediate danger and are able, call 911.
  • Consider leaving the relationship. Abuse usually gets worse, and you deserve to be safe.
  • Talk to someone you trust such as clergy, other family members, social workers, your doctor or good friends about what is going on. Campus Safety can help too.
  • Keep a crisis line phone number on hand in the event you have to leave in a hurry. Keep a fully charged cell phone on you at all times so you'll be able to make emergency calls.
  • Establish a secret emergency phrase or word that will tell friends and family to call the police
  • Leave an "emergency kit" with someone you trust such as a friend or another family member. The kit should include money, important telephone numbers, important papers, and other items you would need in the event you would have to leave in a hurry.

 

Partner Violence Red Flags

While these can be useful, each situation is different and there is no foolproof way to predict or recognize abuse. Trust your instincts.

  • Quick Involvement - Abusive relationships are often intense and quick to form.
  • Jealousy and Isolation - Abusive partners often begin the cycle of abuse by isolating their partner from friends, family, and anyone else who might challenge their abusive behavior.
  • Anger and Violence - Abusive partners often show explosive anger or violent behavior before directing it at their partner.
  • Unpredictable Behavior - Abusive partners may switch moods quickly. This is one way to establish control over a fearful partner.
  • Belief in Personal Superiority/Sexist Thinking - For example, many abusive men in heterosexual relationships believe that men should control women, that women should be kept “in their place,” etc.
  • Abusive Behavior - Once a relationship has been established, abusers gradually introduce a range of abusive actions, such as hitting, kicking, slapping, pushing, embarrassing their partner, intimidating their partner and forcing their partner to do things they don’t want to. These behaviors can escalate into threatening to harm family/friends/pets, isolating their partner and blaming their partner for the abuse. Abuse tends to become more extreme and violent over time.

Remember: No one deserves to be abused! Perpetrators are responsible for their own actions. Survivors are never to blame.

Helping A Friend

Someone in an abusive relationship may have a very tough time leaving. By being a good friend and offering your support, you can make it a little easier.

  • Help your friend recognize the abuse. Tell your friend you are worried about them.
  • Help them find counseling and other resources. Contact the Counseling Center at 743-2278 for appropriate resources.
  • Don’t threaten to break off your friendship. This will only isolate your friend further, and make it harder for them to leave.

Get professional help. Ask a counselor for the best ways to help your friend.

REMEMBER: Every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which course of action is appropriate.

Sex Offender Registration

In Accordance with the "campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act" of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, The Jeanne Clery Act and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Campus Safety Department of SUNY Adirondack is providing a Link to the New York State Sex Offender Registry. This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice to each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In the State of New York, convicted sex offenders must register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services.

The Sex Offender Registry is available via Internet. Registry information is provided is to be used for the purposes of the administration of criminal justice, screening of current or prospective employees, volunteers or otherwise for the protection of the public in general and children in particular. Unlawful use of information for purposes of intimidating or harassing another is prohibited and willful violation shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Follow the link below to access the Registry web site.

http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/

 

BIAS CRIMES PREVENTION

Hate Crimes and the Law

It is a SUNY Adirondack mandate to protect all members of the campus community by preventing and prosecuting bias or hate crimes that occur within the campus’ jurisdiction.

Hate crimes, also called bias crimes or bias-related crimes, are criminal activity motivated by the perpetrator’s bias or attitude against an individual victim or group based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.  Hate/bias crimes have received renewed attention in recent years, particularly since the passage of the federal Hate/Bias Crime Reporting Act of 1990 and the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000 (Penal Law Article 485).  Copies of the New York law are available from the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs. 

Penalties for bias-related crimes are very serious and range from fines to imprisonment for lengthy periods, depending on the nature of the underlying criminal offense, the use of violence, or previous convictions of the offender.  Perpetrators who are students will also be subject to campus disciplinary procedures where sanctions including dismissal are possible.

In addition to preventing and prosecuting hate/bias crimes, SUNY Adirondack also assists in addressing bias-related activities that do not rise to the level of a crime.  These activities, referred to as bias incidents and defined by SUNY Adirondack as acts of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation directed at a member or group within the SUNY Adirondack community based on national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color, creed, or marital status, may be addressed through the State University’s Discrimination Complaint Procedure or the campus Code of Conduct.  Bias incidents can be reported to the Dean for Student Affairs or the Director of Human Resources. 

If you are a victim of, or witness to a hate/bias crime on campus report it to Campus Security personnel by calling 796-1344 or using a Blue Light phone.  You can also contact the Dean for Student Affairs.  Designated college personnel will investigate and follow the appropriate adjudication procedures. 

Victims of bias crime or bias incidents can avail themselves of counseling and support services from the campus by contacting the Counseling Office at 743-2278, or stopping by the Office, located in Warren Hall. 

For general information on SUNY Adirondack security procedures contact the Office of Facilities at 743-2246.  Further information about bias-related and bias crimes, including up-to-date statistics on bias crimes is available from Office of the Dean for Student Affairs at 832-7708.

DRUG-FREE CAMPUS POLICY
(Alcohol and Controlled Substances)

Statement of Purpose

SUNY Adirondack has a vital interest in insuring safe, healthful, and efficient conditions for all students, faculty, and staff and in helping each to become optimally contributing members of society. In addition, as a federal contractor (or grantee), it has a duty to safely and efficiently provide the public with quality education. The unlawful presence of controlled substances on the campus conflicts with these vital interests and constitutes a violation of the public trust. For these reasons, the College has established, as a condition of one's enrollment and continued enrollment, the following drug-free campus policy.

Prohibition against Unlawful Presence of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol On-Campus

The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the SUNY Adirondack Office of Public Safety. Violators are subject to College disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and imprisonment. It is unlawful to sell, furnish or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone less than 21 years of age in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal. It is also a violation of the SUNY Adirondack Alcohol Policy for anyone to consume, possess, or be in the presence of alcohol in any public or private area of campus without prior College approval.  Individuals, organizations or groups violating alcohol/substance policies or laws may be subject to sanctions

B. College Sanctions for Violation of Drug-Free Campus Policy
Any student who violates the foregoing drug-free campus policy shall, subject to provisions of the College's Code of Conduct found in the Student Handbook, be subject to disciplinary procedures consistent with applicable laws, rules and regulations. These sanctions may include expulsion, termination of on-campus employment, referral for prosecution, or participation in an approved drug or alcohol assistance program.

C. College's Code of Conduct
A student enrolling at SUNY Adirondack assumes an obligation to conduct oneself in a manner compatible with the functions of the College as an educational institution. All conduct which adversely affects the student's suitability as a member of the academic community shall result in appropriate disciplinary action. (See Code of Conduct)

D. Statement on Public Order
The College is a public institution operated for the purpose of providing educational opportunities to students and to support cultural and intellectual aspects of the area. College students, faculty, staff, employees and visitors to the campus are required to conduct themselves in accordance with the law and with College rules and regulations at all times.

The College rules and regulations prohibit, among other things, any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of alcohol or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization. Such rules and regulations shall be deemed to be part of the by-laws of all organizations operated on campus which shall review annually such by-laws with individuals affiliated with such organizations. In addition to the penalties outlined below for individuals, an organization which authorizes such conduct will be subject to the revision of permission for the organization to operate on campus property and to continue as a sanctioned organization.

E. Statement on College's Cooperation with Law Enforcement Officials
The College will cooperate fully and completely with local or state authorities on any case of suspected use, possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. In the event that any student is apprehended by local, state or federal authorities for the offense of use, possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol, that student will not be in any way protected by the College. A student convicted of violating civil law may be subject to separation from the College.

III. Health Risks Associated with Illicit Drug and Alcohol

In order to be informed citizens, we all need to be aware of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse. The following is a brief summary of some of the health hazards caused by the use of:

Alcohol

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses can significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spousal and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person's ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.

Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver. Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.

Studies show that alcohol is involved in:

            95% of all campus violent crime

            90% of rapes, where alcohol was used by the assailant, victim or both

Controlled Substances

There is overwhelming evidence that illegal drug use leads to academic failure, failure to get a job, failure to keep a job and maintenance of good health, as well as creating other problems.

While alcohol remains the primary drug of choice among college students. Some of the more common date rape drugs are Special K (the street name for ketamine hydrochloride); Rohyponol (roofies, roopies, circles, the forget pills); and GHB (Grievous Bodily Harm), Liquid X, Liquid E, Liquid Ecstasy, Easy Lay, G, Vita G, G-juice, Georgia Home boy, Great Hormones, Somatomax, Bedtime Scoop, Soap, Gook Gamma 10, and Energy Drink). Molly is slang for “molecular” and refers to the pure crystalline powder form of MDMA also known as ecstasy.

IV. Legal Sanctions Imposed for Illicit Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The sale, use, possession or distribution of prohibited drugs or other controlled substances, or loitering with the intent of engaging in any of these activities, is prohibited on any College or College-related property. The term “drug” includes all controlled substances defined in section 220.00 of the New York State Penal Law and Marijuana Reform Act of 1977. The College will cooperate fully and completely with Local or State authorities on any case of suspected illegal use, possession or redistribution of State controlled drugs or marijuana.

Students and employees are prohibited from possessing or using alcohol or illegal drugs on campus or during any college activity.  Any student or employee who is apprehended for the same will in no way be protected by the College. The offender may also face separate disciplinary action by the College. 

An exception to the alcohol possession and use rule may be made by direction of the president or his designee in specific circumstances and designated campus areas.

Preventing the spread of unlawful possession, use and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol is everyone's responsibility. If you wish to report illegal drug activity, you can make a toll-free call to: 1-800-GIVE-TIP. Calls will be received in complete confidence and will be referred to the appropriate Federal, State, or local authority. Considerations regarding a few of the state legal sanctions follow:

Articles 220 and 221 of the Penal Law are directly aimed at unlawful traffic in mind-affecting drugs. They are compatible with the Public Health Law and the provisions of the latter are often cross-referenced in the Penal Law sections that deal with the different drugs. Articles 220 and 221 set criminal penalties for possession or sale of drugs considered harmful or subject to abuse. The seriousness of the offense and penalty imposed upon conviction depend upon the individual drug and amount held or sold. Marijuana has been placed in Article 221 and separately dealt with in the Penal Law, as a result of the Marijuana Reform Act of 1977. That statute made the penalties upon conviction of use of small amounts of marijuana less severe than formerly. Specific sections of interest in Article 220 not included in the table follow:

Section 220.44 makes a sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, to a person less than 19 years of age, Class B felony. 220.45 makes criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument a Class A misdemeanor. 220.46 makes criminal injection of another person with a narcotic drug, with consent of that person, a Class E felony. 220.50 bans possession or sale of drug paraphernalia; deals with things that dilute drugs, like dextrose or mannite; and gelatin capsules, plastic envelopes, etc., considered commercial preparation materials (Class E felony). 220.60 makes criminal possession of certain "precursors" of controlled substances used in their preparation or manufacture but not the drugs themselves, a Class E felony (for example, ergot or diethylamide).

It is important to be aware, that under the Penal Law, a gift of drugs, including marijuana, is treated as a sale. New York State Penal Law defines a misdemeanor as a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than 15 days but not more than one year. A felony is a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.

V. Assistance in Matters Related to Drug and Alcohol Abuse

SUNY Adirondack has a commitment to help students succeed academically, vocationally and socially. We can assist you with drug or alcohol related problems or can refer you to someone who can. Please see your advisor, a counselor or the Dean for Student Affairs if you wish to discuss a problem with drugs or alcohol. We can help you find assistance off-campus through individuals or agencies. Also, to help in maintaining an environment that does not permit the possession or use of illicit drugs and alcohol, SUNY Adirondack has established an awareness program to provide education for students, faculty and staff regarding the following aspects of the use of illicit drugs and alcohol: standards of conduct, disciplinary sanctions by the College, health risks, legal sanctions by local, state and federal laws and rehabilitation, counseling and re-entry. Such education may include (1) inclusion of this statement in the Student Handbook; (2) video tape and print materials made available to students in class, the Student Center and the Counseling Offices; (3) the distribution of lists of those agencies and individuals who can assist students in coping with drug and alcohol abuse problems.

This policy and program will be reviewed at least biennially by a representative committee of students and staff selected and chaired by the Dean for Student Affairs. The committee's purpose will be to determine the program's effectiveness and ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.

POLICY ON RETURNING TO CAMPUS AFTER MEDICAL CARE

Any student who has needed emergency medical evaluation and/or treatment, or who has been transported from the campus by emergency medical personnel, must follow specific procedures to return to campus. The College will determine the student’s appropriateness to return to the academic and/or residential environments, including planning for needed follow-up care, arranging for the completion of missed academic work, and assuring the safety and well-being of the whole campus community.

  1. Psychological/psychiatric incident, including alcohol or other drug-related incident:
  1. Before noon of the first business day following the student’s wish to return to campus, he/she must contact the following two offices to arrange immediate appointments:
    1. The Counseling Office at (518) 743-2278 (information will also be required from the attending physician in the emergency room/hospital)               
    2. The Office of Residential Life at (518) 832-7785 if the student lives on campus
  2. Traumatic injury, accident, or illness:
  3. Before noon of the first business day following the student’s wish to return to campus, he/she must contact the Counseling Office at (518) 743-2278 to arrange an immediate appointment for follow-up care and/or referrals (information will also be required from the attending physician in the emergency room/hospital)

On the basis of all of the above information, an administrative determination will be made about the student’s ability to remain in school, any special conditions on his/her continued attendance (i.e., part-time study only, residential status), and any disciplinary action that the College may pursue.  This decision will be made by a committee comprised of the Dean for Student Affairs, a Counselor, a Campus Safety Officer and (if the student lives on campus) the Director of Residence Life. Following the completion of the reentry assessment, he/she will be contracted by the Office of Student Affairs to inform him/her of the administrative determination and any special conditions to be set forth in a behavioral contract.

 

ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY REPORT
Year 2013

Fire Safety Log

*No student Housing in 2011-2012

FIRE LOG 2013

Date/Time

Location

Nature of Fire

Number of Fire Related Injuries Treated at Medical Facilities

Related Deaths

Property Damaged

Value of Damaged Property

Public Safety Incident Number

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

Note: The Federal Register, page 55912 states: “To clarify, any student housing facility that is owned or controlled by the institution, or is located on property that is owned or controlled by the institution, and is within the reasonably contiguous geographic area that makes up the campus is considered an on-campus student housing facility.”

The Office of Public Safety works closely with the Facilities and Residence Life staffs at SUNY Adirondack to develop and submit an annual fire safety report. This data is shared with the New York State Office of Fire Protection and Control (OFPC) for their review and comments.

The information in the Annual Fire Safety Report describes the overall organization and management of the fire safety activities in the one Residence Hall on campus.

 

 

FIRE SAFETY SYSTEMS (Student Housing Facilities) 2013

   

BUILDING

ASSEMBLY SPACE

DETECTION TYPE

FIRE SPRINKLERS (FULLY, * PARTIAL, OR NOT SPRINKLERED)

FIRE ALARM SOUND (HORN OR VOICE)

HORN/STROBE (YES OR NO)

NUMBER OF FIRE DRILLS  (DOES NOT INCLUDE SUMMER SESSION)

Residence Life Building, 28 Campus Drive

South and East parking Lots

Heat/Smoke

Full

Horn

Yes

3

 

Fire Drills

State Law requires fire evacuation drills be held periodically in the residence halls. All residents must evacuate the halls as per instruction provided by the residence hall staff. Failure to evacuate will result in disciplinary action.

3 Drills Annually

1-Hours of Darkness

1-between 1/1 and 5/1

1 between 9/1 and 12/1

The number of residence hall fire drills held in calendar year 2013: 3

To Report a Fire:

 

Numbers 24-Hour   Emergency

(Police, Fire, EMS)                            

 

911

Office of Public Safety

(518)  796-1344

(518) 743-2200 ext. 2438 

Main Switchboard

(518) 743-2200 ext. 0

Fire Safety Inspections

Fire safety inspections will occur at sporadic times throughout the semester by the Residence Life staff. The purpose is to educate students about how the condition of the suite could be a threat to the safety of themselves and others. Corrections will be mandated, with failure to make corrections considered a violation of the housing license.

Fire Safety safety inspections are also conducted on a yearly basis by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

The following are prohibited in and around the college operated residence halls:

  • The use of multi-outlet plugs is prohibited, except for those with built-in surge protectors.
  • Disconnecting or covering smoke/heat detectors in the rooms.
  • Burning of candles or incense, any flame emitting article. Candles may be used as decoration only if the wick has never been lit.
  • Microwave ovens larger than 900 watts.
  • Hot pots.
  • Space heaters.
  • Air conditioning equipment.
  • Multi-arm floor lamps
  • Refrigerators (except those validated by the residence hall staff).
  • Smoking -Smoking is prohibited on the Campus of SUNY Adirondack.  Our smoking policy is in accordance with all SUNY guidelines. Breaches of College Smoking Policy will be dealt with as appropriate and if necessary through the formal disciplinary process.

Coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens and other cooking devices are to be used in the kitchenette are only. Appliances may not be left unattended while in use.

Residence Life is fined for repeated fire code violations. These fines will be charged to students who are notified of such violations and do not remove them immediately.

False Reporting of a Fire

False reporting of a fire by pulling a fire alarm, tampering with fire equipment, or otherwise causing the system to go into alarm is a crime. Any person caught causing an alarm in this manner will be removed from the residence hall and will be arrested and face prosecution.

Evacuating Student Housing Residents

Campus building evacuations are initiated when it is no longer safe for occupants to remain within the building. The campus fire alarm systems are a very important and effective means of alerting people to safely evacuate Residence Halls during an emergency.

After fire alarms are activated, all residents must evacuate.  Failure to evacuate will result in disciplinary action.  Exit the building using the stairs, elevators should not be used. Residents should move to one of the two designated assembly points (south parking lot or east parking lot) and remain at a safe distance, at least 100 feet from the building until a signal to reenter has been given by Public Safety or Resident Assistants/Resident Directors.

Resident Assistants that are on duty, should, if possible, remember to take the Duty Keys with them when existing the building. Resident Assistants are expected to respond to any requests from Public Safety and Queensbury Central Fire Department. Resident Assistants are not expected to fight the fire or linger in the building. They are to evacuate the building immediately.

Once outside, Resident Assistants are required to check to see if building occupants evacuated and are to assess how many students are present in case Public Safety or the fire department requests that information.

Based on the number of Resident Assistants available, they should walk the perimeter of the building and notify Public Safety or the fire department of any students that are in the building.

 

Faculty/Staff/Visitors

When a fire alarm sounds, building occupants must quickly proceed to the nearest exit

designated by an exit sign. If possible, faculty/staff should close doors and windows and turn off lights as the last person leaves a room or area.

If exits/stairwells are not clear or safe, occupants must go to the next closest exit/stairway. Stairwells are an important means of exiting multistory buildings; therefore, fire doors should be kept closed.  Elevators should not be used. Many elevators are programmed to shut down during a fire alarm. People who walk slowly or need assistance should walk to the right side of stairwells to prevent impeding other people from exiting a building.

Once outside, gather at a predetermined assembly area at least 100 feet away (south and east parking lots), so Emergency Personnel have clear access to the building. The designated areas should be communicated by the faculty instructor, staff member, and/or building contacts. Try to account for the people in your work/class areas to ensure all occupants have left the building. Never reenter a building without instructions from Public Safety or Residence Life staff.

 

Fire Safety Education and Training

Residence Hall staff and students are expected to familiarize themselves with the evacuation plan for the buildings they occupy including the identified assembly places. In the residence hall, students are instructed at the opening and floor/wing meetings on evacuation procedures. Programs are also presented in residence halls on various safety issues including fire safety.

Students are reminded about fire evacuation procedures during hall meetings or after problems occur during fire drills and accidental activations of the alarm.

Work requests are submitted to address items that require corrective action. Student rooms are inspected during Thanksgiving, winter and spring break.  Unannounced room inspections occur throughout the year.

Incidentals such as misuse of extension cords, candles, and small appliances without automatic shut-off devices are scrutinized. Any prohibited item found during an inspection is confiscated and-in some instances students shall be referred to the judicial process.

SUNY Adirondack staff and Queensbury Central Fire department personnel perform annual fire safety training in the building.

Non-Emergency Reporting

In accordance with federal law, SUNY Adirondack is required to annually disclose statistical data on all fires that occur in on-campus student housing facilities. Listed below are the non-emergency numbers to call to report fires that have already been extinguished in on-campus student housing. These are fires for which you are unsure whether the Public Safety Office may already be aware. If you find evidence of such a fire or if you hear about such a fire, please contact one of the following:

SUNY Adirondack Public Safety (518) 743-1344

SUNY Adirondack Residence Life Office (518) 832-7785

Facilities Office (518) 743-2200 ext. 2240

When calling, please provide as much information as possible about the location, date, time and cause of the fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Source URL: http://www.sunyacc.edu/compliance/annualsecurityreport

Links:
[1] http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/