Clery Act – Campus Security Policies
The Campus Security Act legally requires colleges and universities to:
- publish an annual report every year by October 1 that contains three years of campus crime statistics and certain campus security policy statements.
- disclose crime statistics for the campus, public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities and remote classrooms. The statistics must be gathered from security, local law enforcement, and other University officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities.”
- provide “timely warning” notices of those crimes that have occurred and pose an ongoing “threat to students and employees.”
disclose in a public crime log “any crime that occurred on campus or within the patrol jurisdiction of the campus security department and is reported to the security department.”
- devise an emergency response, notification, and testing policy.
- complete and report fire data to the federal government and publish an annual fire safety report.
- enact policies and procedures to handle reports of missing students.
The Robert Morris University Office of Operations is responsible for preparing and distributing this report. We work with many other departments and agencies, such as the RMU Security Department, Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Human Resources, Local Police Departments, and neighboring universities to compile the information.
We encourage members of the Robert Morris University community to use the annual Campus Security Report as a guide for safe practices on and off campus. Each member of the Robert Morris University community receives an email describing the report and provides its web address which is www.robertmorris.edu/wp-content/uploads/CampusSecurityReport2016.pdf.
All students, employees, and guests should promptly report criminal incidents, accidents, and other emergencies to the local police Department by dialing 911. Individuals may also report incidents to a university official or the security department.
- Student Services/Affairs Department 312.935.2003
- Human Resources Department 312.935.6688
- Security Department 312.935.4559
Timely Warning Notices
To help prevent crimes or serious incidents, the President’s office, in conjunction with other departments on campus, issues Campus Safety Alerts in a timely manner to notify community members about certain crimes in and around our community. Any of the following may be used to issue immediate warnings: mass emergency notification system, prominent postings on the RMU website and/or flyers.
Daily Crime Log
The Office of Operations maintains a Daily Crime Log that records all crimes and other serious incidents that occur on campus. Specific incidents are posted in the Daily Crime Log within two business days of receiving a report of an incident and RMU reserves the right to exclude reports from the log in certain circumstances.
Access to campus buildings and grounds is a privilege extended to students, faculty, staff, and authorized guests. The University encourages an open environment with limited constraints to ensure the reasonable protection of all members of the community. Except for residence halls, most campus facilities are open during weekday business hours. Individuals who wish to access Campus buildings or property during non-business hours or for special events should contact the appropriate department administrator or the Office of Operations.
Special Procedures for Residence Hall Access
All residence halls are equipped with an automated card access control system or security personnel. Unlimited access is available to students and authorized staff via the system. Guests and other visitors may visit residence halls as long as they have been authorized by a member of the community and provide a valid ID.
Security personnel at the Chicago campus have the authority to detain offenders until the local police arrive. RMU security maintains a working relationship with local, county and state police. Incidents will be documented and copies of the reports will be kept on file in the Security Department and the Office of Operations. Incident reports are the property of the University and are not given to students. Incidents at the branch campuses should be reported to the Director of Education/Administration. Reports completed at branch campuses will be kept on file with the Directors of Education/ Administration at the branch campuses, a copy will also be sent and filed to the Office of Operations.
Robert Morris University adheres to the idea that it is more prudent to prevent crimes than to react to them after the fact. The University encourages students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.
RMU offers students the following programs and projects implemented at:
- Rape Awareness, Education and Prevention – In cooperation with the local police departments, rape awareness, education and prevention presentations are made available each year to the campus community.
- Crime Prevention Presentation — Crime prevention presentations accompanied by brochures and other printed materials are made available annually to students.
- College Photo Identification Card – Each Robert Morris University faculty, staff, and student is issued a Robert Morris University photo identification card. This card is to access Robert Morris university facilities and services.
- Classroom Activities – In Freshman English classes, students learn about substance abuse.
Drug and Alcohol Free School and Community Act
- Alcoholics Anonymous: 1-800-371-1475 (24-hour answering service)
- Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Refer Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP
- Focus on Recovery for Alcohol & Substance Abuse, 24-hour action help line: 1- 800-888-9383
This module impacts substance abuse prevention in a number of ways: it makes students aware that substance abuse is a problem in American society in general and it helps students build more solid relationships because the module assists them in communicating to others about substance abuse problems. In these conversations, students can be open about the fact that students with substance abuse problems can seek help for their own substance abuse problem(s) or a family member’s problem(s) with substance abuse.
Instructors can use various methods to engage students in these discussions. After watching a portion of a film that shows the effects of alcohol use and substance abuse, students see the ill effects of substance abuse on relationships within and outside of a family. The students discuss the consequences of a character’s decision to use drugs or alcohol in the film they see in class. They also discuss situations where empathy can be used to combat the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. They read a handout entitled “The Truth about Alcohol” and discuss the impact of drinking on individuals and those people around them.
In the discussion, students learn the truths behind the myths about alcohol and find out how incorrect and misleading information can be harmful to people. During these discussions instructors stress that the University offers free counseling for students who feel they have problems with alcohol/chemical addiction. Counseling forms are readily available from the Directors of Education and Student Advisors.
When students complete this module, they will understand that:
- substance abuse is a concern for students,
- relationships can adversely be affected by substance abuse, and
- help is available for people suffering from substance abuse issues.
The module is designed to impact on substance abuse prevention by:
- making students aware that it is very real problem in society,
- helping students build more solid relationships by communicating to others about substance abuse problems, and in so doing,
- being open to seeking help for their problem or a family member’s problem with substance abuse.
Types of Offenses
- Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter – willful killing of one human being by another.
- Negligent Manslaughter – killing of another person through gross negligence.
- Rape – the carnal knowledge of a person.
- Sodomy – oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person.
- Sexual Assault with an object – the use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person.
- Fondling – the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification.
- Incest – sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
- Statutory Rape – sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
Robbery – the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
- Knife or cutting instrument
- Other dangerous weapon
- Strong arm
- Knife or cutting instrument
- Dangerous weapons
- Hands, fists, feet, etc
- Forcible Entry
- Unlawful Entry – No Force
- Attempted Forcible Entry
- Trucks and Buses
- Other vehicles
- Sexual Orientation
- Ethnicity/ national Origin
- Simple assault
- Destruction, damage, or vandalism of property
Arrests and Referrals Disciplinary Action
- Illegal weapons possession
- Violations of drug laws
- Violations of liquor laws
- Sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
- Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence – is a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed:
- By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
- By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
- By a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
- By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred;
- By any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.
Stalking – is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:
- Fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or
- Suffer substantial emotional distress.
Sexual Assault (Sex Offenses) – Any sexual act directed against another person, without consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent