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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)
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