Campus safety programming

Summary of Community Policing/Crime Prevention Program

The following is an overview of safety programs offered by the University and its Police Department. Programs are available throughout the academic year.

The Specific times and places for each of these programs are announced through various campus media as they are offered throughout the year. Programs also can be scheduled individually by contacting UAPD directly  at 972-2911.

In addition, UAPD frequently provides informational tables at campus-wide events and safety fairs, which are staffed by UAPD officers, who are available to answer questions.

Sexual Harassment Policy, which includes a statement prohibiting retaliation. All new University of Akron employees also are required to complete an online training program entitled, “Sexual Harassment & other forms of discrimination.” The University Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office (“EEO/AA”) tracks attendance for all new University employees. The training was developed by the University’s Office of General Counsel (“OGC”). Additionally, the OGC provides in person quarterly sexual harassment training for those current or new employees who wish also to take advantage of “live” training. The EEO/AA Office provides Sexual Harassment & other forms of discrimination pamphlets to all interested students and employees and all employees can print out a copy of the PowerPoint training       presentation. The EEO/AA pamphlets are also handed out at the annual Women’s Wellness Fair.

Upon enrollment, all new students are required to complete online sexual assault and sexual harassment training provided through LawRoom – Campus Clarity. This interactive tool is state law specific and includes tutorials and real life case examples for study and review by students. In addition, the University uses many forms of media to disseminate its policies to students. The Code of Student Conduct (which incorporates the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy) and a description of the Student Conduct process is on the Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards (“SCCS”) Website: www.uakron.edu/studentconduct. Information concerning the Code of Student Conduct and SCCS also is in the New Student Orientation Handbook, the Department of Residence Life and Housing Handbook; and the Undergraduate Bulletin, http://www.uakron.edu/registrar/bulletins/ugrad/?folderPath=/registrar/bulletins/ugrad/2011-2015/. SCCS also offers numerous presentations throughout the year that explain: the Code of Student Conduct, services offered by SCCS; how to report a conduct violation; and an overview of the conduct process.

In addition to the specific programs identified above, the University, as well as its constituent student and employee organizations, offers various safety and sexual assault/sexual harassment training and programming for student and employee audiences throughout the year. Information regarding ongoing prevention and awareness training and programming is communicated to students and employees through informational postings, webpage announcements and electronic newsletters that the University sends to students (through Zipmail) and employees (through the Digest.) Student organizations also may use the Zipmail system to share information with University students.

EventDescription
Alcohol Awareness/ “Beer Goggle” This program discusses the law, culture and consequences of consuming alcohol.  There also are activities to show the effects of alcohol on motor skills and driving with a tricycle and “beer goggles.”
A.L.i.C.E. This program teaches the community about the options and mental mindset they can have during a crisis on campus.  A.L.i.C.E. is an acronym which stands for Alert, Lockdown, inform, Counter, Evacuate. The program lasts 60 to 90 minutes.
Female Self-Defense Course This program is a modified version of the program P.R.O.T.E.C.T: (Personal Response Option and Tactically Effective Counter Techniques).  The program teaches easy to learn techniques for safety and self-defense.
International New Student Orientation This program gives international students information about safety on and off campus.  The program also explains law enforcement and driving responsibilities.  The program also offers a tour of the police department and a two hour female self defense course.
Men’s Awareness Program for Sexual Assault This program is geared to teaching men about issues related to consent and the myths and reality of sexual assaults.
New Employee Orientation UAPD provides an overview of the department, including services provided and personal safety tips.
New Student Orientation This program is given to all freshman and their parents while participating in the orientation process at the University.  UAPD provides an overview of UAPD, safety tips for property and person; tips for protecting property by marking and engraving those items.   We also give students a whistle as a small tool to prevent crime.
Office Safety This program discusses how to arrange your office to allow for safety, including: how to deescalate an agitated person; how to keep valuables safe; and how to describe a suspicious person.
Operation ID During the first weeks of school and throughout the school year, UAPD officers provide identification and engraving services for students to secure their valuables.
“Reducing the Risk” workshop This workshop is hosted by University Health Services. UAPD presents a segment on how to reduce workplace violence risks.
Sexual Assault and Awareness Program This program is included in the alcohol awareness programs.  Issues related to consent and acquaintance rape are discussed.
Sexual Assault Violence Prevention Workshop

This workshop, sponsored by several campus organizations, is designed to equip women with some practical tools to help them effectively reduce the risk of sexual assault and to address some of the trauma from being sexually assaulted or experiencing an attempted sexual assault.  It is typically led by a counselor or faculty member interested in gender based violence prevention.

Summit County Sexual Assault Symposium

The Summit County Sexual Assault Coalition and the Greenleaf Family Center hold an annual sexual assault symposium promoting the learning of the latest information in the field of sexual assault services.  Attendees typically include: advocates, teachers, law enforcement, legal professionals, health care workers, clergy, legislators, social service providers and concerned citizens.

UAPD Safety Programs hese programs give participants an overview of UAPD and safety tips for on and off campus living and personal safety tips, including: how to identify a suspicious person, location and use of campus safety phones and the availability of the campus escort.

Upon hire, all University employees receive a copy of Board of Trustees Rule 3359-11-13, the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy, which includes a statement prohibiting retaliation. 

All new University of Akron employees also are required to complete an online training program entitled, “Sexual Harassment & other forms of discrimination.” 

The University Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office (“EEO/AA”) tracks attendance for all new University employees.  The training was developed by the University’s Office of General Counsel (“OGC”). 

Additionally, the OGC provides in person quarterly sexual harassment training for those current or new employees who wish also to take advantage of “live” training.  The EEO/AA Office provides Sexual Harassment & other forms of discrimination pamphlets to all interested students and employees and all employees can print out a copy of the PowerPoint training presentation.  The EEO/AA pamphlets are also handed out at the annual Women’s Wellness Fair.

Upon enrollment, all new students are required to complete online sexual assault and sexual harassment training provided through LawRoom – Campus Clarity.  This interactive tool is state law specific and includes tutorials and real life case examples for study and review by students. 

In addition, the University uses many forms of media to disseminate its policies to students.  The Code of Student Conduct (which incorporates the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy) and a description of the Student Conduct process is on the Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards (“SCCS”) Website: www.uakron.edu/studentconduct.  Information concerning the Code of Student Conduct and SCCS also is in the New Student Orientation Handbook, the Department of Residence Life and Housing Handbook; and the Undergraduate Bulletin, http://www.uakron.edu/registrar/bulletins/ugrad/?folderPath=/registrar/bulletins/ugrad/2011-2015/.  SCCS also offers numerous presentations throughout the year that explain: the Code of Student Conduct, services offered by SCCS; how to report a conduct violation; and an overview of the conduct process.

In addition to the specific programs identified above, the University, as well as its constituent student and employee organizations, offers various safety and sexual assault/sexual harassment training and programming for student and employee audiences throughout the year.  Information regarding ongoing prevention and awareness training and programming is communicated to students and employees through informational postings, webpage announcements and electronic newsletters that the University sends to students (through Zipmail) and employees (through the Digest.)  Student organizations also may use the Zipmail system to share information with University students.


Campus Safety Initiatives and Resources

Crime Prevention Initiatives

In addition to the campus safety programming, The University of Akron employs many additional crime prevention initiatives, including:

•     Community Policing: UAPD utilizes a community policing philosophy with the goals of:

1.  establishing positive contacts with the campus community;
2.  identifying real and/or perceived problems that exist in the campus community; and
3.  developing programs that aid in resolution of identified problems.

To assist in its community policing efforts, UAPD uses various modes of transportation, including bicycles, motorcycles, cars and foot patrol.

•     Emergency phones: 485 emergency phones are located throughout the University campus and 3 additional phones are located off-campus, which provide a direct line of communication to UAPD for individuals in need of emergency assistance. These phones are strategically positioned along pedestrian walkways, inside parking decks and at many building entrances. UAPD responds to all activated emergency phones even if no words are spoken. Look for the blue lights inside buildings, in parking areas and on campus grounds.

•     Student Campus Patrol: Student Campus Patrol operates seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., for the safety of anyone walking alone on campus. By calling 330-972-7263, an escort will come to your location and accompany you to your local destination. Student Campus Patrol members are employed and trained by UAPD. They are easily identified by conspicuously marked shirts or jackets. Teams assist UAPD in patrolling the campus, including parking lots and reporting suspicious behavior.

•     Sexual assault survivor's rights: UAPD has developed and implemented a "Sexual Assault Survivor's Rights" program, which is designed to protect the rights of survivors of sexual assault and is a road map to empower and inform survivors of sexual assault. Copies of these materials are available at UAPD and via download.

•     Prospective and current student crime awareness and prevention programs: UAPD and the Division of Student Affairs present information to prospective students and their parents about University safety programs and general campus safety tips. Safety literature and displays are available during orientation and at move-in. Information is also available at various Web sites such as http://www.uakron.edu/safety/ and http://www.uakron.edu/title-ix/.

Campus Resources:

The following Offices provide resources related to the safety, health and community standards of the University.

•  The Department of Residence Life and Housing: Approximately 3,000 students live in the University's 10 residence halls. Access to the University's residence halls is restricted to student occupants, escorted guests and authorized University personnel. Unescorted persons are prohibited in the residence halls. While all residence halls have 24-hour visitation, buildings remain locked at all times and require a University-issued identification for access.

Residence hall staff members receive special training from UAPD about security and safety procedures and the enforcement of residence hall regulations. Safety inspections every semester help students to maintain a safe environment. Department of Residence Life and Housing professional staff conduct programs with resident students to heighten awareness of safety on campus. Sessions cover topics from common sense precautions, (such as walking with a companion or in groups at night), to more difficult issues (such as acquaintance rape). Student programming offers other sessions such as a nationally recognized program that covers topics including bystander training, safe sex, rape prevention, gay/lesbian issues, and interracial relationships. As a part of crime prevention in the residence halls, UAPD patrols the residence halls during evening hours, Tuesday through Saturday. Officers participate in residence hall programs and respond to all police, fire and safety issues in the residence halls.

•  The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS): SCCS' primary focus is to promote and enforce University community standards through the administration of The University of Akron Code of Student Conduct. The office also serves as an information source on student discipline, judicial hearings, appeals and academic misconduct concerns. The purpose of the University discipline system is to promote student development by addressing behaviors that are inconsistent with community standards and expectations, as defined by the Code. SCCS often coordinates its services with other campus offices in an effort to serve students to the fullest extent. When appropriate, referrals will be made to other University offices to best serve students.

Disciplinary complaints may be heard by either an Administrative Hearing Officer or Disciplinary Boards made up of faculty and students. The hearings are designed to provide a prompt, fair and impartial investigation and resolution of the complaint, and when appropriate, the Office administers proactive and educational sanctions. Although procedural requirements are not as formal as those existing in the courts of law, the student conduct process provides procedural safeguards for accusers and accused alike. Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunity to:

  • access information that will be used at the hearing;
  • present relevant witnesses and other evidence; and,
  • have others present (including legal counsel) to act as an advisor during the hearing and related meetings or proceedings.

Upon written request, the University will disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of the victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for such purpose.

For matters involving alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct that would constitute a Title IX offense or sexual harassment, to ensure fairness, SCCS applies the following procedures:

  • Rights of the accuser:
    • protection under applicable privacy laws (e.g. FERPA).
    • to be informed of the University’s student conduct process.
    • to the presence of an advisor of her/his choice (including legal counsel) during the conduct process as designated in the applicable University Rule. The advisor may advise the accuser but may not participate in the hearing or address the board unless responding to a direct question from the chairperson to the advisor.
    • to be informed of the outcome of the conduct process.
  • Rights of the accused:
    • protection under applicable privacy laws (e.g. FERPA).
    • to be informed of the University’s student conduct process.
    • to the presence of an advisor of her/his choice (including legal counsel) during the conduct process as designated in the applicable University Rule. The advisor may advise the accused but may not participate in the hearing or address the board unless responding to a direct question from the chairperson to the advisor.
    • to be informed of the outcome of the conduct process.

Confidential medical/counseling records and information regarding the victim’s sexual history will not be provided to the accused and is not admissible at any disciplinary proceeding. As a matter of practice, SCCS does not require the accuser and the accused to be in the same room during a hearing involving a Title IX offense. To accommodate concerns regarding safety, confrontation and well-being, SCCS will provide alternate arrangements for participation, including separate facilities and video conferencing.

The hearings are conducted by persons who receive annual training on issues related to Title IX offenses and how to conduct a hearing process that protects the safety of students and promotes accountability. The standard of evidence used to determine responsibility is a “preponderance” of evidence. This determination is based on the greater weight of the evidence and does not require a standard beyond a reasonable doubt. The policies, procedures and sanctions outlined in the Code of Student Conduct apply to all violations of the Code, including student sexual misconduct violations.
 
Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed, students found to be responsible for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct related to a Title IX offense may be subject to university conduct sanctions. Sanctions against a student who has violated the Code of Student Conduct include suspension and dismissal and vary depending on the severity of the violation and the accused’s conduct history. The recommended sanction for non-consensual sexual intercourse will be dismissal. Other sanctions include suspension, expulsion from university owned and operated housing, educational intervention, no–contact orders, and restrictions from participating in extracurricular activities.

In the event that SCCS finds by a preponderance of the evidence that a Title IX offense occurred, the University will take immediate steps to: eliminate any hostile environment that has been created; prevent any further Title IX offense; and, prevent retaliation. Examples of remedial action include:

  • victim counseling;
  • no-contact orders;
  • permitting a student to retake a course;
  • mandated education or training for the accused; and
  • additional education and training for the community regarding Title IX.

Both the accuser and the accused will be simultaneously informed in writing of the outcome of each stage of the conduct proceedings.

Both the Accuser and the Accused may appeal based on the grounds specified in the Code of Student Conduct (3359-41-01(H)(3)) using the appeal process specified in the Code.

(For more information concerning SCCS and Title IX offenses, please see “Reporting Sexual Misconduct/Sexual Assault,” beginning on page  of this document.)

Whenever persons witness what appears to be a violation of University rules under the Code, they are strongly encouraged to report this to the Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards, which may conduct an investigation or contact UAPD if the reported activity appears to be criminal in nature. Individuals are not required to file a police report to pursue a complaint with SCCS.  Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards located at Simmons Hall, Room 302. The Office may be contacted at 330-972-6380. See: Code of Student Conduct.

•  Student Health Services: Student Health Services works to assist students to meet their educational and personal goals by addressing their health concerns during enrollment. Student Health Services' Health Education section provides health education, wellness promotion and risk reduction programming to students, faculty and staff. Student Health Services continues to maintain the University's strategic vision of "shared responsibility" to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion techniques and continue to be a resource for those in need.

Student Health Services is designed to provide medical care for uncomplicated illnesses and injuries that are of recent onset and short duration. Student Health Services also provides confidential assistance in the event of a sexual assault. If you have any questions, please call us before your visit. Student Health Services is located in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center Room 260 and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last appointment at 4:30 p.m.) Student Health Services is closed on weekends and holidays. The office can be reached at 330-972-7808. View Student Health Services' Website.


UAPD Tips to enhance personal safety

Whether on campus or any public place, here are some general safety tips to keep in mind.

•     Travel in groups. Often, there is safety in numbers. If you are going to separate from your group, tell someone when you will return. Take a cell phone.
•     Park in well-lit areas.
•     If you feel threatened, cross the street or enter a store or business.
•     Have your keys in hand as you approach your car. Check under the car and the back seat before you enter.
•     Alcohol and other drugs can impair your perceptions and decision-making. Do not place yourself in a vulnerable position by being intoxicated or under the influence of other drugs.
•     If you do drink, set a limit and stick to it. Don't drink on an empty stomach. Also: Don't leave a drink unattended. If you are away from your drink any amount of time, toss it. It's not worth the risk.

Out and about

•     Use the campus escort service. Patrol members will escort students between campus locations from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly on school nights. Call 330-972-7263 to request the service.
•     If you feel threatened or if you want to report something suspicious, use one of 485 emergency phones on campus. The phones, distinguished by their blue lights, connect directly to the UA police dispatcher at all hours.
•     Program the University's emergency line into your cell phone: 330-972-2911. Or call 9-1-1.
•     Notify the UAPD if you notice anything suspicious or unusual. Call the department at 330-972-2911 (or 9-1-1 in an emergency) at any hour. "It's amazing how often small tips from everyday people add up to something we can use," said University Police Chief Paul Callahan. "Students should not be shy about calling. We value every call."
•     Going downtown on a weekend night? Use UA's free shuttle service.

In the residence halls

•     Always lock your door; even when you’re sleeping or just going down the hall.
•     Do not allow strangers to enter your room or your complex. Do not open your door unless you can identify the person seeking entry.
•     Do not prop any exterior doors open to allow unescorted visitors into the residence hall.
•     Report lost or stolen residence hall keys or Zip Cards immediately to your residence hall staff.
•     Report any malfunctioning locks, doors or windows to your residence life staff.
•     Do not leave your keys or Zip Card lying around in your room when you are not in the room.
•     Do not leave messages on your door about when you will be returning to your room.

Living off campus

If you live in off-campus housing:

•     Call the UA Police Department and request a free security audit of your rental. Our officers will:
o    test the adequacy of your locking system;
o    study all entry points and offer suggestions to improve their security; and
o    offer tips about exterior lighting and other tactics to deter would-be criminals.
•     To arrange for an audit, call the UAPD at 330-972-5914 (if no answer, please leave a message).
•     Don't answer the door in the middle of the night unless you are expecting someone. Ask your landlord to install a peephole in your front door. If you see someone unexpected at your door during the overnight hours, call Akron PD at 911 or UAPD at 330-972-2911.
•     If you leave home, leave on a light, radio or TV to make it appear as if someone is home.
•     Lock doors and windows. UA's police chief says many times thieves enter through unlocked doors and windows. Ask your landlord to install a deadbolt, if one is not present.
•     Let the police department know if a streetlight is out.
•     Have a problem? Take advantage of the free services and advice offered by UA's Office of Off- Campus Student Services: http://www.uakron.edu/offcampus/.

Sources: The University of Akron Police Department and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement
Administrators


Building Security and Access

The University of Akron implements numerous safety precautions on its campus.  Extensive lighting is found throughout the campus, and the University continues to implement additional lighting improvement projects and to consider public safety in maintaining its buildings and grounds. In addition, construction and renovation plans for University facilities are reviewed for principles associated with crime prevention through environmental design, both in the facility itself, and if practicable, in the adjacent area.

Access to campus buildings is restricted after normal business hours, and current University identification must be shown to gain admittance to many academic and administrative facilities during normal business hours. Access to the University's residence halls is restricted to student occupants, escorted guests and authorized University personnel. Unescorted persons are prohibited in the residence halls. While all residence halls have 24-hour visitation, buildings remain locked at all times and require a University-issued identification for access.