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The College takes the safety and security of its students and employees very seriously.  It works very closely with the local Lancaster police and fire departments.  Students and employees are encouraged to report any on-campus criminal activity or security concerns to the campus security guard on duty.  If a security guard requests identification of a student, the student is expected to cooperate.

When the security staff receives a report of a crime and considers such criminal activity to represent a threat to students and/or employees, the College will post Campus Alert Notices in every public building on campus, and inform the students and employees in chapel and assembly sessions and in residence hall worships.

Please contact the Campus Safety, Security and Compliance office at

Security Manager  978-793-9890   security@auc.edu
Security Officer on Duty    978-793-9889    

Crime Prevention And Education

An integral part of the College’s academic program is crime prevention and education.  Students and employees are urged to be responsible for their own security and safety and for the security and safety of others.  The College covers crime prevention and education in the College Seminar class for freshmen.  The topic of crime prevention and education is also covered annually early in the Fall Semester in an assembly devoted to that purpose, as well as during residence hall orientation, meetings, and in appropriately designated assembly programs. 

Crime prevention and education pamphlets are available from the Director of Safety, Security, and Compliance.

Safety Tips{expander}

  • Always keep residence hall rooms or apartments locked. Keeping them open for even short periods of time could result in theft or vandalism.
  • Keep valuables out of sight. Lock them in a safe place. 
  • Do not walk or jog alone, especially at night and early in the morning when it is dark and few people are around. Use sidewalks whenever possible.  Stay in well-traveled, well-lighted areas and walk with a purpose--this may discourage those looking for “easy victims.”
  • Always let someone know where you are and when you plan to return.
  • For the safety of all residents, all doors to the residence halls, except for the front entrance, are locked electronically throughout the day.

Substance Abuse Policy{expander}

Atlantic Union College provides students, faculty and staff with an alcohol, drug and tobacco free environment.  Based on this commitment, the College adheres to a zero tolerance campus; therefore tobacco, intoxicating substances, and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited from use and/or possession on the campus.  In addition, all registered students must remain alcohol, tobacco and drug free.  Violations of this policy include, but are not limited to:

Tobacco Violation:   The use or possession of tobacco and/or possession of related paraphernalia or decorative items.  Also, if a student is suspected of using tobacco, the student will be subject to testing.

Alcohol Violation:    The use, distribution, and/or possession of alcohol, or possession of paraphernalia or decorative items.  Also, if a student is suspected of using alcohol, the student will be subject to testing.

Drug Violation:        Unlawful use of drugs, possession of drugs, inhaling or ingesting of mind-altering chemical substances, and/or the possession of drug paraphernalia or decorative items.  Also, if a student is suspected of using drugs, the student will be subject to testing.

NOTE:  Any violation of the aforementioned Substance Abuse Policy may result in suspension, dismissal and/or other disciplinary action.

Sex Offenses Policies{expander}

The following policies, stipulations, and instructions regarding rape, sexual assault, and other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses are hereby provided as addenda to the Atlantic Union College Student Handbook and Atlantic Union College Safety and Security Guidelines. These go into effect immediately.

Sexual assault is defined as any sexual activity forced upon one person by another. "No" means "No". If a person won't take "No" for an answer, then sexual assault has occurred. Sexual harassment differs from sexual assault in that it does not involve the use of physical force. It includes inappropriate statements of a sexual nature, the telling of lewd jokes, repeated unwanted romantic advances, and unwanted touching.

Upon report of rape (including acquaintance rape), sexual assault, sexual harassment, or any other forcible or non-forcible sex offense perpetrated by a student, the Citizenship Committee will meet to address the matter. Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the opportunity to be present and have others present, and both will be informed of the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding.

The sanction for rape (including acquaintance rape) is dismissal. The sanction for sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forcible or non-forcible sex offenses ranges from suspension (of varying lengths) to dismissal.

There are things you can do to help prevent sex offenses. Use your common sense, which is perhaps your best protection against any form of crime. Follow these basic rules: Don't walk alone at night, and stick to well-lighted streets. Be aware of your surroundings. If you are being followed, walk fast to a populated area. Don't give your phone number or address to strangers.

To avoid rape or sexual assault by an acquaintance, clearly indicate what you are willing or unwilling to do. Set your limits before going on a date. Be aware of signals you may be sending.

If you find yourself in a situation where there is any form of sexual assault, you can use several tactics to dissuade your attacker: Tell him he is committing sexual assault, a criminal offense. If he persists, scream and draw attention to yourself; yell "NO!" or "STOP!" or even "FIRE!"; run away, if possible; fight back using any means at your disposal.

Protection of Personal Property Policy {expander}

Students are held responsible for their personal property.  Theft of personal items should be reported to the local Police as well as to the Security Office.  Students’ rooms, vehicles, bicycles, and motorcycles should be kept locked at all times.  The College does not accept responsibility for items (including money) which are stolen, damaged, or vandalized.

Weapons – Firearms, Firecrackers, Etc. Policy{expander}

For the safety and protection of the College family, firearms, firecrackers, pellet guns or any items of an explosive nature are not allowed on campus.  Violators of this regulation may be fined up to $100 and may be subject to suspension or dismissal.

Incident Reports{expander}

Report all thefts, vandalism, crimes against persons, vehicular accidents, safety and well-being concerns, harassment, and phone and e-mail abuse to the Director of Safety, Security, and Compliance.  Residence hall students should also report such incidents to the Dean on duty.  Incident Report forms are available in every department on campus.  Incident reports received are recorded in a daily crime log and provide data for the annual crime report.

Everyone is expected to respect the rights of others in the AUC community.  Threats to or crimes against an individual of the community are considered serious offenses and may result in suspension and/or dismissal.

Incident Report Procedure{expander}

Students and employees should report criminal actions and emergencies in a timely manner to at least one of the following:

  • Director of Security at 978-793-9889
  • College's evening security staff on duty at 978-793-9889
  • Dean of Students at ext. 2217
  • Lancaster Police and/or Fire Department at 911 or 978-368-1380
All thefts, vandalism, crimes against persons, vehicular accidents, safety and well-being concerns, harassment, and phone and e-mail abuse should be officially reported to the Director of Safety, Security, and Compliance.  One may also make an informal report to a department chair, advisor, or work supervisor.  All such incidents occurring in a residence hall should be reported to the dean on duty.  Incident report forms are available in every department on campus.
 
The procedure for reporting an incident is as follows:
  1. Get an incident report form from your department.
  2. Inform your department chair or work supervisor of the incident (optional).
  3. Fill out the top section of the form completely.
  4. Describe the incident in as much detail as necessary and appropriate.
  5. Have witness(es) sign, if others saw the incident.
  6. Submit the report to the Director of Security, either directly or through the Student Services Office.
  7. You will be given the white copy to keep for your records, and the Director of Safety, Security, and Compliance will forward the copies to the relevant  personnel. (Please press hard when you are filling out the report, since you are making three copies)

Crime Reporting

Atlantic Union College complies with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990.  An annual report is issued regarding the nature and frequency of crimes committed on the campus and its immediate environs.  Statistics reported include those brought to the attention of the Director of Safety, Security, and Compliance when an on-campus incident report involving criminal activities is filed with that office or with the Student Services office.  Students and employees are urged to be responsible for their own security and safety and that of others, and to use the safety tips provided. 

Protection of personal property is the responsibility of the student.  Theft of personal items should be reported to the Director of Safety, Security, and compliance, and when necessary, the local police as well.  Students' rooms, vehicles, bicycles, and motorcycles should be kept locked at all times.  The College cannot accept responsibility for items (including money), which are stolen, damaged, or vandalized.  Householders' insurance is offered to each student for purchase.  Those choosing not to purchase this insurance will not be reimbursed for lost or stolen items. 

The College takes seriously its obligation to prevent sex offences.  It provides educational programs to promote the awareness of rape (including acquaintance rape) and other forcible and non-forcible sex offences during residence hall orientation in the first month of the school year.  Students and employees are encouraged to report such offenses to the appropriate persons on and off campus.  A student who is a victim of a sex offence may request a change in her academic or living situation.  If a student or employee chooses, College personnel can provide assistance in contacting the security staff or the Lancaster police to notify these authorities of such offenses. 

Students and employees who are victims of rape or attempted rape are encouraged to seek counseling at the Counseling Center on campus and/or the local Rape Crisis Center, in Fitchburg, telephone number 978-343-5683, and/or the Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts which provides a 24-hour hotline at 800-870-5905. 

Upon report of a sexual offense by a student, the Citizenship Committee will hold a hearing.  Any student found to have committed a sex offense, will be disciplined appropriately by the committee. 

Everyone is expected to respect the rights of others in the AUC community.  Threats to or crimes against an individual of the community are considered serious offenses and may result in suspension or dismissal.  Firearms, firecrackers, pellet guns, or any items of an explosive nature are not allowed on campus.  Violators of this regulation may be fined up to $100 and may be subject to suspension or dismissal.  The College has a zero tolerance policy on the possession of, use of, or threat to use any weapons.  Students found guilty of any of these offenses will, on the first offense, be suspended from the College for at least one semester. 

Crime Statistics

As required by the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, the College provides the following statistics regarding criminal offenses reported to local Police agencies or to the College’s security staff during the past three calendar years:

Crimes 2014 2015 2016
Murder / Non-Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses - forcible  0 0 0
Sex offenses - non-forcible  0 0 0
Incest 0 0 0
Statutory rape 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated assault 0 0 0
Burglary 2 0 0
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
 
* None of the above crimes manifested evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity.

 

The College provides the following statistics regarding arrests for the following crimes on campus during the past three calendar years (2012-2015):

Crimes 2014 2015 2016
Liquor-law violations            0 0 0
Drug-abuse violations 0 0 0
Weapons possessions 0 0 0

Location :
Brown House
36 Flagg St
2nd floor, #
Write:
Atlantic Union College
Security
P.O. Box 1000
South Lancaster, MA 01561-1000
Call: 978-793-9889
Fax: 978-368-2013
E-mail:

Security@auc.edu

If the administrators determine that it is necessary to close AUC because of inclement weather, a number of methods will be used to communicate to the campus community their decision. 

In the event of AUC closing

  • a broadcast announcement will be made thru the EBS, and
  • a message will be placed at the Inclement Weather Hotline at 978-368-2040.
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