Reporting Criminal Activities and Security Policies
Should a criminal action occur on campus during business hours (8 AM - 5 PM), students or employees should report details to the Office of Student Affairs (419-448-3264 or extension 3264). Should a criminal action occur on campus after business hours, students or employees should report details to the Student Affairs Office the next day, or contact the Dean of Students at 419-448-3582. If the situation is an emergency, contact the Tiffin Police Department at 911 or 447-2323.
CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS
1. During the first several weeks of school, the University provides a wide array of educational activities and programs to inform students of the necessity of making strong personal choices for their overall safety and wellness. These activities include bringing local law enforcement and judicial officers to campus to discuss safety and security issues. During this time, the Residence Life Staff also conducts educational programs and facilitates discussions on a variety of topics ranging from alcohol issues to maintaining personal safety and awareness.
2. Tiffin University, the Tiffin Police Department and the Seneca County Municipal Court work cooperatively to provide an educational environment to students regarding the laws of the State of Ohio and students’ responsibilities regarding those laws. We provide educational programs, such as the Diversion Program for first time underage alcohol violations, as a way to educate students on responsible behavior and the necessity of making wise personal decisions and choices. The Municipal Court Judge and the Chief Probation Officer visit campus approximately twice per semester to meet with students and administrators to address concerns, develop strategies for proactive programs and to ensure that the University and the City of Tiffin are working together on ways to best meet the needs and address the issues of our students.
3. Personal bodily security is promoted by encouraging students to walk in well-lighted areas and to always have an escort with them. Students are expected to report any suspicious persons to the appropriate campus authorities or to the police immediately. This type of information is presented to the students during the first week of each new semester.
4. Other security concerns, (i.e. vandalism, damaged equipment, etc.) are addressed and corrected immediately while steps are taken to ensure security and safety until repairs can be made.
5. Students are expected to assist in promoting security campus wide by reminding others of proper procedures.
Security Policies Regarding Campus Facilities.
Keys that will allow access to the building or floor on which they live and for the room in which they live. Students cannot enter another residence except as a guest of a student in that residence. Keys cannot be duplicated locally.
Students do not have access to keys for other buildings on campus. Front door and individual office keys are provided to employees for their respective buildings. Members of the President’s Staff or directors of large administrative areas will have master keys for buildings under their supervision. Members of the maintenance staff will hold grand master keys to all buildings.
In the absence of a formal Security Department, the Dean of Students remains the primary contact for students and employees regarding campus law enforcement. The Dean of Students maintains an effective relationship with the local law enforcement agencies. The University, through the Dean of Students, or any member of the President’s Staff, is required to report any felony occurring on campus to the Tiffin Police Department.
Security information programs
Students and employees are encouraged to be responsible for their own security and for the security of others. Each year during Freshman Institute, all incoming students are presented with safety and legal information during one of the large group seminars. Resident students meet with Resident Assistants during the first week of classes to review safety and security policies found in the Student Handbook. Speakers from local law enforcement agencies are brought on campus each year to present information to students and employees on security and crime prevention.
INFORMING THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY
When a security problem arises, steps will be taken to inform the campus community through a weekly college newsletter. Information will be disseminated through the Residence Life staff as well as the Student Affairs Office. When necessary, the local authorities will be notified and the university and its students are expected to cooperate fully during any investigation.
The university’s response to criminal actions or emergencies is to evaluate the situations, record
details and statements of all involved, and contact the appropriate agency, if necessary ( police, fire, ambulance service, counselor, etc.). Disciplinary action will be imposed upon any student involved in criminal actions. A timely report, via the weekly college newsletter, will be made regarding any crimes considered to be a threat to students or employees for prevention purposes.