The Jeane Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act Annual Report
The Lycoming College Department of Safety and Security encourages everyone to be involved in their own safety. A truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of all students, faculty and staff. The potential for crime on campus does exist. We should all assume a personal responsibility by taking precautions to prevent ourselves from being the victim of a crime. The total enrollment at Lycoming College is approximately 1500 students with up to 1180 living in residence facilities. There are approximately 380 non-student personnel employed by the college.
Safety and Security Officers, Supervisors, Assistant Director and the Director are responsible for receiving all reports for the purpose of making timely warnings of dangerous situations to the community and for the annual statistical disclosure. They also respond to all violations of College rules and regulations, emergencies, crimes and refer all serious criminal offenses to local law enforcement officials.
Officers are responsible for regular foot, bicycle and vehicle patrols of campus providing assistance to the campus community, parking enforcement and first response to criminal activity, medical emergencies or fire.
Uniformed officers provide round the clock, seven day-a-week protection throughout the year. Officers are trained professionals with experience in a wide variety of security training including crime reporting, first aid and self-defense; however, are undeputized and unarmed.
Safety and Security officers constitute a private security force, not police. They have the authority to enforce campus regulations and act according to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code as protectors of private property. The Department works closely with the Williamsport Bureau of Police and Lycoming County Detectives on criminal matters. On occasion the Department also works with other agencies such as, but not limited to, the Pennsylvania State Police and the State Police Liquor Enforcement Division.
Reporting Crimes or Emergencies
Members of the campus community must take responsibility for the safety and security of themselves, their belongings and their neighbors. Part of this responsibility is reporting emergencies and crimes that occur on campus to the Department of Safety and Security located in the lower level of Rich Hall.
Students may report emergencies or criminal acts by calling the security office at ext. 4911 or by contacting the Lycoming Communications Center directly by dialing 911. All students are encouraged to join the Lyco 99 campaign by adding the Safety and Security emergency number to 99 on their cell phone speed dial.
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the College Judicial System or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Director or a designee of Lycoming College Safety and Security can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the college can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution. We do request that pastoral and professional counselors encourage persons they are counseling to report crimes to the Department of Safety and Security for inclusion in the crime statistics.
Campus Security Officers respond to every emergency call. The College investigates all incidents that are reported by students and staff either through the campus judicial system or through local or state police departments.
Anyone who becomes a victim of a crime on campus has the right to report it to the local police. The Department of Safety and Security will assist you in doing this when needed.
The procedure for preparing the annual disclosure of crime statistics includes all reports made to the Department of Safety and Security. Also included in the disclosure are statistics from the following sources: Williamsport Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Division and Lycoming County Detectives.
A written request for statistical information is made on a annual basis to Deans, Directors and Department Heads that fall within or supervise someone that falls within the Clery Act's guidelines of a "campus security authority."
All the statistics are gathered, complied and reported to the campus community in the brochure "Some Important information about your Safety " as well as posted below. Notice of the availability of this report is placed in each campus mailbox as well as campus email accounts. The notice includes a brief summary of the contents of the brochure and how to obtain a written copy.
In an effort to provide timely notice to the college community, and in the event of a serious incident which may pose a threat to members of the community, red Public Safety notices are posted in prominent locations around campus. In the event of less serious incidents such as thefts, notices may be posted only in the area effected.
A daily crime log is available for review in the Safety and Security Office, lower level of Rich Hall from 8am-4:00pm weekdays. The crime log is also published in each issue of the Lycourier student newspaper.
The Department of Safety and Security operates a 24-hour communications center responsible for handling all routine calls, monitoring fire and security alarms and providing general information. The communications officers dispatch security personnel to complaints and problems, and coordinate emergency site communications.
Grounds and Parking Areas
Security lighting has been installed throughout the campus and in parking areas. Regular lighting surveys are conducted and suggestions and recommendations for lighting improvements are made. While maintaining an attractive campus, grounds crews prune shrubs and hedges to minimize shadowed areas. Security officers report safety or security problems to the Buildings and Grounds Department, which responds to correct these problems promptly. Students, as well as faculty and staff, may also submit work orders to Buildings and Grounds to report any security or maintenance problems.
Facilities security is provided by members of the Department of Safety and Security who patrol the campus. During the night hours when not in use, these buildings are locked and regularly patrolled by security officers.
Security of the residence halls is provided by members of both the Department of Safety and Security and the Office of Residence Life. Members of the Department of Safety and Security and Office of Residence Life (including resident assistants and student life coordinators) are trained in access control procedures and general security practices. Security officers patrol all residence hall areas and check doors to ensure that they are locked.
Security education and awareness programs are presented in each of the residence halls and each student is provided with security information and enforcement procedures for housing policies. Access to the residence halls is limited to students and their guests. All non-student guests must be registered by the hosting student with the Department of Safety and Security if they are to remain on campus after 12am. Residents are accountable for the actions of their guests at all times and are expected to escort their guests while on campus. Overnight guests (student and non-student) are permitted only with approval of all room/apartment occupants for no longer than three nights in a seven day period. Having overnight guests during the week is discouraged. Cohabitation (an individual not assigned to a room/apartment yet living there beyond guest guidelines) is not permitted.
The residence halls are locked at all times. All residence hall doors are equipped with door prop alarms and are supplemented by posted warnings to students not to prop doors for any reason. Residence hall doors are equipped with proximity locks; students may gain access using their Lycoming College Student ID.
Lycoming College's crime prevention goal is to eliminate or minimize criminal opportunities whenever possible. In order to accomplish this all students and employees must take responsibility for preventing crimes in their community. The Department of Safety and Security offers the following programs and services to assist everyone in becoming more responsible for crime prevention. Crime Prevention programs are conducted on a monthly basis.
From dusk to dawn, walking escorts from and to any on campus locations are provided to the campus community.
Engravers and tamper resistant stickers are available year round for placing identification numbers on personal items.
Several times during the year surveys of vehicles are conducted in an attempt to identify those with valuables displayed that may be attractive to a thief. The owner of the vehicle is notified of its condition.
Emergency telephones are provided in several parking areas on campus and are identified by a blue or green light.
Enhanced Telephone System
All calls received by Safety and Security from emergency telephones or campus extensions are immediately identified by their extension number.
RAD — Rape Aggressive Defense Systems
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD system is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. The RAD system is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.
A crime alert may be posted and/or emailed to the campus community in order to provide timely warning about a situation that could threaten their safety. Alerts are issued by the Dean of Student Affairs or his/her designee. An alert siren may be activated in the event of a campus wide emergency followed by a text message and email notification to those who register their cell numbers.
We focus crime prevention topics at the time of year when problems can most likely occur. Each crime prevention topic may be the focus of printed material, notices in publications and crime prevention seminars for a period of two weeks.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
Lycoming College complies with all federal, state, and local laws including those which regulate the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. On college property, or at college sponsored events, the following are prohibited:
- Distribution, possession or use of an illegal drug or controlled substance
- Providing alcoholic beverages to individuals under twenty-one years of age, or possession of alcoholic beverages by individuals under twenty-one years of age
- Illegal possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage, public intoxication, and driving while intoxicated
- The sale of alcoholic beverages on campus
The Student Handbook details a range of sanctions for students found in violation of these prohibitions.
The Wellness Advisory Committee provides programming designed to inform and educate the college community about the responsible use of alcohol. This organization, in conjunction with the Campus Activities Board, sponsors a variety of alcohol-free social events. They also coordinate programs for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week and the Freshman Seminar Programs.
The Heath and Counseling Center at Lycoming College offers services to the college community, including assessment and assistance to individuals with alcohol or drug problems.
Sexual assault and rape will not be tolerated at Lycoming College. The nature of these types of incidents causes immense difficulty to the individuals directly involved and offends the educational mission of the institution. The college conducts numerous educational programs throughout the academic year to advance the understanding of sexual assault and rape.
Sexual assault victims are encouraged to immediately report all sexual assaults to the Williamsport Bureau of Police. The Department of Safety and Security as well as other campus officials can provide any requested assistance in the notification of the Williamsport Bureau of Police as well as other support services. Quick action is important that all evidence be preserved for law enforcement officials.
If the victim so wishes, on-campus disciplinary action may be initiated. This process entitles both the accused and the accuser the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding, and both shall also be informed of the outcome of any such disciplinary proceeding. Possible sanctions include suspension or expulsion.
Available on campus resources for sexual assault victims include the Health and Counseling Services, Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, United Campus Ministry, Residence Life Office and the Department of Safety and Security. Off-campus resources include the Williamsport Hospital and the YWCA Wise Options.
Assistance in changing academic and housing arrangements is coordinated through the Dean of Student Affairs Office. Detailed information on the sexual assault policy can be found in the student handbook.
Sexual Offender Registration
The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act set the requirements for sexual offender registration and community notification. The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at, or employed by, institutions of higher education. It requires sex offenders, already required to register in a state, to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which that person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. This registration is to be made available to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction where the institutions of higher education are located. Institutions of higher education are required to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information, provided by the state concerning registered sex offenders, may be obtained. This will be a requirement within the institution's annual security report, effective October 1, 2003.
The Act amends The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to clarify that nothing in the Act can prohibit an educational institution from disclosing information provided to the institution concerning registered sex offenders.
Persons seeking to obtain sex offender registration information may contact the Williamsport Bureau of Police at (570) 327-7560 or view the Pennsylvania State Police Megan's Law Website.
Security surveys are conducted of exterior lighting, perimeter security, doors, locks, and grounds.
This area is responsible for issues regarding accident prevention, exposure control, safety committee issues, fire safety and hazardous communication plan. The Department of Safety and Security oversees the coordination of emergency procedures and compliance issues.
Security officers, college personnel and students are not permitted to possess firearms on campus. Firearms and archery equipment and other projectile weapons are prohibited from being stored in student rooms. The Department of Safety and Security no longer stores any weapons on campus for students.
ID Cards/Proximity Lock ID Card System
All Residence Halls are equipped with proximity card lock systems. Only residents and authorized college employees are granted access to these residence halls.
Students are issued a Lycoming College identification card when enrolled. This card is the property of the college and is held by the student only while he/she is enrolled in good standing. Students must have their ID cards in their possession at all times and must present it to any official of the college upon request.
Because the identification card verifies board status, students must not loan ID cards to anyone. To do so constitutes misuse of college property and the card will be confiscated.
Lost ID cards must be reported to the Department of Safety and Security immediately. Lost cards will be replaced at a charge of $20.00, payable at the treasurer's office. ID photos are taken Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Department of Safety and Security. Temporary ID cards are issued for use until a photo ID is processed.
All motor vehicles operated on college property, either regularly or temporarily, must be registered with the Department of Safety and Security. Lycoming College provides parking facilities for students, staff, faculty and visitors. Staff parking unless otherwise designated is open to students from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Lost and Found
Lycoming College's lost and found is centrally located within the Department of Safety and Security. Misplaced items can be turned in or claimed at the Office of Safety and Security.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act mandates the manner in which statistics are to be collected and the format in which the statistics are to be published. Recent amendments to the Clery Act dramatically changed the collection and publication process. Consequently, the new format will be utilized to publish statistics for the calendar years 2006-2008. The old format will be used to publish for additional crime categories not covered by the Clery Act.
Crime Statistics 2011 - 2013
Motor Vehicle Theft
Burglary - Forcible
Burglary - Non Forcible
Sex Offenses, Forcible
Sex Offenses, Non-Forcible
Liquor Law Arrests
Liquor Law Violations Referred For Disciplinary Action
Drug Law Arrests
Drug Law Violations Referred For Disciplinary Action (2)
Illegal Weapons Possession Arrests
Illegal Weapons Possession Violations Referred For Disciplinary Action
Drug / Alcohol Related Fatalities
**Crimes reported in the residential facilities column are included in the on campus category.
- These statistics reflect an institution population of approximately 1500 students and 378 faculty and staff. During special events, as many as 4000 individuals may be on campus.
- All drug law violations are turned over to county detectives for criminal dispositions as well as college disciplinary action.
Incidents/Arrests listed above that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability: NONE.
* State definition differs from Federal definition
Individual category CRIME RATES may be calculated by comparing the individual category statistics to the total number of students and the total number of employees which is 1875. Divide 1000,000 by 1875 and multiply the quotient by the individual category statistics to produce the crime rate per 100,000 persons in the category.