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Annual Security Report

2014-2015

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This report has been prepared in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Compiling the report is the collaborative responsibility of representatives within the Campus Police and the Division of Student Affairs. The report provides information on services and policies that support a safe and secure environment, highlights programs that encourage members of the campus community to seek intervention and assistance for victimization, provides information on the alcohol and drug policies, outlines procedures for handling reports of sexual assault, and identifies campus representatives for reporting crimes and incidents that have impact on the college community. Numbers reported for the areas designated On Campus Property, Within Residence Halls, and Non-campus Buildings/Property reflect reports from:

  • Campus Police or, through jurisdictional agreement, City of Charleston Police Department;
  • Office of Victim Services;
  • Chief judicial officer, Dean of Students;
  • Staff with significant programming responsibilities within Student Life, Residence Life, Athletics, and Assistant Provost for International Education;
  • Designated campus security authorities listed in the report; 
  • And from the appropriate law enforcement jurisdiction relating to an incident occurring within a non-campus building/property not filed with Campus Police (ex: classrooms at North Area, Patriot’s Point Sports Complex, Grice Marine Lab, Dixie Plantation).

Incidents reported under the Public Property heading are provided by the City of Charleston Police Department reflecting specific guidelines that require crimes to be reported that occurred on streets, sidewalks, and in parking garages inside the campus and immediately adjacent to it. Private residences, private property and private businesses scattered within the framework of the campus are not reportable areas under federal guidelines and, therefore, incidents occurring in these areas are not required information for inclusion in this report.

While counselors as well as pastoral counselors are not required to submit numbers for preparation of this report, they are encouraged to resource an individual to the Office of Victim Services (formerly C.A.R.E.) specialists for assistance. Referrals to the Office of Victim Services (OVS) are anonymously counted by and included in this report if relevant to the locations specific to this report.

Notification of the availability of this report is sent via e-mail to all enrolled students, faculty, and staff providing the web site address to access the full report directly. A printable copy of the report (pdf format)  may be accessed directly from this website. The Annual Security Report is also available in printed form at Campus Police headquarters, 81B St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29424. Prospective students may access this report directly from the Admissions web page. Prospective employees may access the report directly from the Human Resources website. The report is highlighted during Orientation for new students and parents, and during orientation for new employees.

To file a complaint alleging a violation of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, contact the director of the regional office. The address is listed at http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/gen/regions.html#4. The complaint will be handled by the Case Management Team within that regional office. Nothing in the law shall be construed to permit a school to take retaliatory action against anyone with respect to the implementation of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. (Higher Education Opportunity Act Section 488(e) HEA section 485(f)).

 

 

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