Department of Campus Safety and Transportation
The Department of Campus Safety and Transportation is responsible for the protection of both persons and property. Officers patrol the buildings and grounds around the clock and are always available to assist students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Department is also responsible for providing crime awareness education programs, issuing ID cards, and administering and enforcing parking regulations.
The department publishes and distributes crime statistics and security policies annually in compliance with the Campus Crime and Security Awareness Act of 1990. Copies of this publication are available at Campus Safety in the St. Peter's Building, in Admissions and in Human Resources. Services provided by Campus Safety include:
The dispatch center in the St. Peter's Campus Safety Building provides a direct link to law enforcement, emergency medical and fire services, and other campus services. The dispatch center is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The dispatcher also operates the main switchboard which connects outside calls to every department and campus community member.
This is a program to deter theft of valuable property or help ensure its return. Students can bring their item(s) to Campus Safety to have the item engraved with an identification code.
Safe Rides and Personal Escorts
Students request a Safe Ride or use the Campus Shuttle during normal operating hours. Campus Safety escorts are available any time a student feels more comfortable having an officer accompany him or her back to a dorm room or vehicle. This service is provided free of charge.
The shuttle is available to transport students around campus and to the local shopping center in town. (We reserve the right to cancel the shuttle due to inclement weather)
Students who operate a vehicle on campus must have it registered with Campus Safety to avoid fines and possible towing. There are several parking areas for students and their use is on a first come, first served basis.
Student who lock themselves out of their room can obtain a key from Residential Life during normal business hours. After hours, students can call Campus Safety to get back into their residence.
Campus Safety provides education to the community through programs that assist students in protecting their environment, property and fellow community members. Examples of seminars that have been conducted include RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) and a Winter Car Care Clinic.
Campus Safety and Transportation can be reached at 603-899-4210.
THE FRANKLIN PIERCE COMMUNITY
The Franklin Pierce University community is dedicated to the free and open examination and exchange of ideas in the pursuit of knowledge. This requires mutual trust among its members and a common respect for the rights, dignity and integrity of each person. This ambition is embraced in the University's Student Code of Conduct and the Honor Code.
Franklin Pierce University is located in the Town of Rindge, a quiet rural community. Because of our rural environment, we are not subject to all of the problems of a city campus, however we are also not insulated from crime. We urge all community members to be aware of the potential for crime and to take steps to prevent it.
The safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and guests is a priority at Franklin Pierce University and the Campus Safety Department provides a variety of programs and services aimed at achieving this. Campus Safety operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is responsible for the protection of life and property, responding to calls for assistance, facilitating the movement of persons and vehicles around campus and documenting activity that violates state and federal laws or campus policies. We commit our efforts and design our operation toward preventing and detecting crime, providing service to students, faculty, staff and guests, ensuring compliance with the policies and regulations of the College, the ordinances of the Town of Rindge and the laws of the State of New Hampshire. No safety program, regardless of its depth or breadth, can anticipate or prevent all crime.
Franklin Pierce University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin. The University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages minorities and women to apply, both in terms of employment and to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to its students. Inquiries concerning discrimination should be referred to the Director of Human Resources, DiGregorio Building at Franklin Pierce University.
REPORTING CRIMES AND EMERGENCIES
All members of the Franklin Pierce University community and guests to the campus are encouraged to report emergencies and suspected criminal activity to the Department of Campus Safety immediately. It is the practice of the Student Affairs Office and Human Resources to contact Campus Safety when crimes or emergencies are reported to those offices.
Campus Safety maintains an EMERGENCY phone number for immediate emergency assistance. Emergency phones, many with the "blue light" are located throughout campus for this purpose. If you witness a crime or wish to report an emergency, call:
All Other Calls 899-4210
Rindge Police 899-5009
or report in person at the St. Peter's Building on University Drive.
When reporting a crime or emergency;
1. Remain calm.
2. Give the location of the incident - building name,
room number, parking lot name.
3. Identify yourself and give a call back telephone number.
Your identity will remain confidential, if you wish, however
it is important we be able to contact you if we need additional
4. State the incident you are reporting i.e. theft, medical
5. Describe the scene - who and how many people are there, if
medical treatment is being given, description of subjects,
6. State the subject's direction of flight, if applicable.
7. Stay on the phone until the dispatcher has recorded all of
When a crime or other serious incident is reported, a Campus Safety Officer will be dispatched to the scene to render assistance and investigate the incident. The Rindge and/or State Police may also be contacted if circumstances dictate. If the responding officer determines the situation presents a significant or imminent danger to the FP Community, s/he will contact the Director of Campus Safety and/or the Director of Residential Life to provide timely warning to the Community.
Response to fire emergencies is provided by the Franklin Pierce University Fire Department, which is housed on campus, and the Rindge Fire Department. The Franklin Pierce University
Fire Department, run by student volunteers, responds to all fires, fire alarms and hazardous materials incidents with the Rindge Fire Department.
The Franklin Pierce University EMT Squad, under the direction of the Director of Health Services, provides response to medical emergencies. Nationally registered student volunteer EMTs are available for emergency medical assistance during hours when the Health Center is closed. Jaffrey-Rindge Rescue provides emergency transportation when needed and is the primary response unit when the EMT Squad is out of service.
Incidents identified as Residence Life or Maintenance related will be referred to the on-call personnel in the specific department needed.
While it is preferable for reports to be made to Campus Safety, we understand that some victims may choose not to speak with an officer. Therefore, victims may report a crime on a confidential basis to one of the following people:
Jim Earle, Vice President of Student Affairs 899-4162
Jules Tetreault, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs 899-4178
Kenneth Ervin, Director of Residential Life 899-4167
Lee Potter, Director of Health Services 899-4132
Robert Koch, Coordinator of Outreach 899-1029
All Experience Directors 899-4176
A confidential "Third Party Report" with information regarding the incident will be completed, however, no names or identifying information will be used without the consent of the victim. The "Third Party Report" will be forwarded to the Director of Campus Safety. No follow-up or investigation will be conducted without the consent of the victim.
Download the Confidential Report Form
Although Outreach personnel are precluded from mandated reporting of criminal incidents, they are encouraged to use the "Third Party Report" with the consent of the victim.
ACCESS TO CAMPUS FACILITIES AND RESIDENCE HALLS
Franklin Pierce University buildings, grounds and parking areas are private property. Community members may use campus facilities for advertised public events or as members of the University's athletic complex. Students' guests must register at Campus Safety as a guest of a currently enrolled student. Persons visiting a specific department or facility should stop at Campus Safety to obtain a visitor pass. All vendors must be registered at Campus Safety with the approval of Student Activities or the host department. Unauthorized persons found on campus will be deemed trespassers and may be subject to criminal prosecution.
Administrative buildings are secured at the earliest possible hour, given their projected use each day. Exterior doors to residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, except those residence halls which also house meeting space or offices, which are unlocked during times the area is in use or the office(s) are open. Exterior residence hall keyways are changed annually. Campus Safety Officers and Residence Life staff periodically patrol campus to check for propped doors, as well as other safety issues.
Some areas on campus, such as computer rooms and studios, are restricted from access without authorization. Authorization must be in writing from the person in charge of the area and must be on file at the Campus Safety Office prior to access being granted. Valid FP identification is necessary to confirm authorization for access. Campus Safety reserves the right to give or deny access to any area in case of emergency.
Faculty, staff and students are required to carry the Franklin Pierce ID card at all times while on campus. The ID is required to check materials from the library, eat in the dining commons (for students on the meal plan) and use athletic facilities. Identification must also be presented to a Campus Safety Officer or other University official, upon his/her request in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Franklin Pierce ID cards are issued and/or validated at registration each semester and replacements can be obtained throughout the year at the Campus Safety Office (fee must be paid to the Office of Student Financial Services).
LOCK-OUTS AND LOST KEYS
Students and employees occasionally get locked out of rooms and offices. Residence Life staff can unlock student rooms during normal duty hours. Campus Safety should be notified for lock-outs at other times.
In the case of a lost key, students should notify the Residential Life Office in the lower level of the New Hampshire residence hall for a lock change and replacement key. Faculty and staff members should notify their supervisor or department head.
CAMPUS SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE ISSUES
Maintenance problems affecting the safety and security of the campus are given high priority. Maintenance personnel are on-call around the clock to rectify problems that present an immediate compromise to safety. Campus Safety Officers and Residence Life staff document and report maintenance needs as part of their regular patrols. The staff in both areas works closely with Maintenance and Environmental Services personnel to maintain a pleasant environment for living, learning and working.
AUTHORITY AND RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER AGENCIES
The Officers of the Franklin Pierce University Department of Campus Safety, acting as agents of the University, are authorized to enforce policies and regulations of the University and to refer those individuals in violation to the Director of Campus Safety and the Director of Judicial Affairs. Officers do not have sworn police powers.
The University maintains a cooperative relationship with the Town of Rindge and Campus Safety Officers work closely with law enforcement officers from the Town. Campus Safety periodically works with state and federal organizations on investigations, programs and training.
PREPARATION OF THE ANNUAL CRIME REPORT
The Director of Campus Safety compiles the information for the Campus Crime Report and is responsible for its publication. Statistics for crimes that occurred on or near campus are gathered from the Department's incident reports and a request is made to the Rindge Police Department to supply information regarding alcohol, weapons and drug arrests in the area surrounding campus. The Directors of Residential Life and Judicial Affairs compile statistics on disciplinary referrals for drug and alcohol violations, which are provided to the Director of Campus Safety for inclusion in the report. It is the practice of the University that all incidents reported to other offices be reported to Campus Safety for documentation and follow-up.
The annual report is prepared at the close of the academic year, however statistics reflect activity that occurred during the previous calendar year.
CRIME AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS
The Department of Campus Safety believes that crime awareness is the key to crime prevention. The following services and programs are provided by Campus Safety and Student Affairs to educate community members:
> Orientation program on crime awareness for incoming Freshmen and Transfer students
This program is conducted at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters for incoming Freshmen and Transfer students. It provides an introduction to the Department of Campus Safety and its services and basic crime prevention information.
> R.A.D.(Rape Aggression Defense) Program for Women
R.A.D. is a 12-hour self-defense program for women only. A nominal fee is charged for class materials.
Crime and Health Awareness Fair
The Department invites local law enforcement, fire service and health agencies to provide information regarding crime awareness and general health and well being. The Fair usually takes place during October, which is national Crime Prevention Month.
> Training for Residence Life staff
Campus Safety personnel participate in and provide training during Resident Assistant orientation and at various times during the year. Training has included crisis management, alcohol and drug awareness and crisis intervention.
> Rape Awareness Programs
Programs on rape awareness and romantic behavior are conducted through the Residential Life Department staff and advise the students what to do should they become a victim. An introduction to the R.A.D. class is included.
> Drug and alcohol awareness programs
Campus Safety personnel are involved in Residence Life programs regarding drug and alcohol awareness and also have a certified TIPS officer.
> Periodic crime and campus alerts
Crime Alerts are issued when a crime or pattern of crimes or other activity has occurred which present an immediate and significant danger to the Community. Crime Alerts are sent out as a "Raven Flash" e-mail, are posted on those areas affected and notification made to Residence Life staff, if applicable.
Campus Alerts are issued to advise the Community of relevant information in other areas of concern, i.e. weather or storm advisories, traffic advisories, potential or real power outages, etc.
> Crime Stoppers
Persons wishing to provide anonymous information regarding an incident may call Crime Stoppers at 899-4100/2795 (CS). Messages are picked up during normal business hours.
POSSESSION, USE AND SALE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
Possession and use of non-prescribed drugs is incompatible with the educational process and inconsistent with the purposes of the University community. The possession of drug paraphernalia prohibited by law, and the sale of drugs will result in the separation from the University and prosecution. Use, possession, or distributions of narcotics or other controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by law (e.g. prescription drugs) are forbidden. Federal and state law regarding narcotics and controlled substances shall be strictly observed and enforced. Drug related devices are forbidden on college premises; in accordance with federal and state law.
Franklin Pierce prohibits alcoholic beverages in all public areas of the campus, including lounges and corridors of residence halls and outdoor areas, unless special permission is received for a particular function. Freshman residence areas are designated as alcohol free.
The University prohibits common sources of alcohol. Common source is defined as a large amount of alcohol present which is in excess, or beyond a reasonable amount for the number of people present who are 21 years of age or older. Common sources include, but are not limited to, kegs, beer balls, and around the world parties. This regulation is due to the irresponsible consumption and associated negative behavior. Further, social gatherings (parties) where money is collected or tickets are sold is prohibited. The use of funnels, taps, kegs etc. are forbidden and will be confiscated. These items will not be returned to students.
As a member of the Franklin Pierce University community, students reside in the State of New Hampshire, and therefore are responsible for knowing and abiding by all state laws. State law forbids the possession of alcoholic beverages as a minor. No sales agent, nor any other person, shall sell or give away or cause or permit or procure to be sold, delivered or given away any liquor or beverages to a person under the age of 21 years, or a person under the influence of liquor (NH RSA 179:5). Students over 21 years of age are subject to prosecution if they sell or give alcoholic beverages to a minor. RSA 265:821 is amended to provide that a driver under the age of 21 years, with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.02 or more may be charged with DWI. For an average person, 0.02 BAC would be less than the equivalent of one beer or light drink. The Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee is assembled periodically to review these and other related regulations. The Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee recommends to the Vice President for Student Affairs the appropriate campus policies and programs.
The University has adopted the following guidelines:
1. The University has the responsibility to exercise prudent control over the use of alcohol on and off campus at University sponsored events.
2. Food and non-alcoholic beverages of sufficient quantity must be available whenever alcoholic beverages are served at events on or off campus.
3. Individuals and/or sponsors of activities, events, or parties where alcohol is served are responsible for clean up and damage.
4. No alcoholic beverages are permitted in or out-of-doors, except in the Raven's Nest and private residence hall rooms (that are not in designated alcohol free residence halls). Special permission must be obtained for special functions in other locations (on or off campus) from the appropriate member of the Senior Staff.
5. Incident reports from the Department of Campus Safety indicate if the incident is alcohol related and are reported to the Director of Residential Life and Judicial Affairs.
6. In promoting college events, alcoholic beverages may not be mentioned in advertising material.
7. Specific alcohol policies, including the "Three Strikes Policy" can be found in the Student Code of Conduct and at the Franklin Pierce University
Web site: www.franklinpierce.edu .
DRUG-FREE CAMPUS PROGRAM
As a member of the Network of Colleges and Universities Committed to the Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Franklin Pierce University has adopted and implemented a drug abuse program.
This program is directed to all students and employees and includes:
A. Policy. Annual notices of standards of conduct prohibiting unlawful possession, use, and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on university property and at university functions.
B. Enforcement. Sanctions which will be imposed by the University and applicable legal sanctions under the local, state and federal law.
C. Prevention and Education. Programs on the health risks associated with the use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol.
D. Treatment and Referral Services. Programs in alcohol or drug counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation are available through the Center for Outreach Education.
FIREARMS, FIREWORKS & OTHER WEAPONS
Possession or use of any type of firearms, other weapons, or firecrackers/ fireworks on college property is not allowed, and violations would be viewed as a serious offense. (On duty law enforcement officers are exempt from this prohibition.)
Any weapons confiscated by Campus Safety will not be returned and will be turned over to the Rindge Police Department and/or destroyed.
SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY
Sexual Assault describes behavior that includes, but is not limited to, all actions, which constitute sexual abuse. Incidents of "date rape" or "acquaintance rape" are considered physical abuse under the Student Code of Conduct "Article III: Proscribed Conduct" and are treated as a serious offense. "Rape" is defined as sexual penetration without the consent of the victim. "Date Rape" is rape in a situation where the parties know one another. Any form of unwanted touching is also considered sexual abuse, and as defined in this Code, physical abuse. Non-forcible sex offenses include incest and statutory rape only.
Victims of sexual assault should contact Campus Safety, Student Affairs or Human Resources to report an incident. Sexual Assault is also a violation of state law and victims may choose to pursue criminal charges through the Rindge Police Department or Jaffrey District Court, although they are not required to do so. The University will assist the victim if s/he chooses to report the incident to the local police.
Sexual Offender Information
The Rindge, NH, Police Department is responsible for maintaining a current list of sexual offenders required to register in the town of Rindge.
Any interested party may view the list at the Police Department located at:
273 Main Street
Rindge, New Hampshire
The following guidelines are for the immediate care of a person who has been sexually assaulted, abused, or raped. The primary concern of the caregiver is the emotional well being of the assaulted person. Circumstances and survivor needs vary greatly. This format is a guide while keeping in mind the needs of the survivor as the primary focus.
- The victim should notify Campus Safety, Student Affairs (Residence Life) or Human Resources of the alleged assault.
- Immediate medical needs will be assessed. If emergency medical assistance is required, the caregiver may do either of the following;
a. Notify Dispatch at 899-4210 to page the on-duty EMT, or
b. Request transportation to the emergency room.
- The caregiver will notify his/her immediate supervisor of the incident.
- The victim will be informed of his/her right to report the incident to the Rindge Police Department.
- The caregiver will provide the following options to the victim, while respecting his/her right to choose the type and extent of medical and psychological intervention;
a. Encourage the victim to seek treatment at an emergency room for presence of sexually transmitted disease and/or pregnancy; evaluate and treat injuries; and collect evidence,
b. The victim may choose to seek treatment at the Health Center in lieu of the emergency room, however they will not collect evidence,
c. Encourage the victim to contact either the Counseling Center at 899-4134 or the Women's Crisis Center at 352-3782,
d. The victim may wish to have no medical or psychological evaluation.
- If the victim chooses to be treated at the emergency room, s/he;
a. Should be advised not to smoke, eat or drink anything,
b. Should not shower, douche, brush teeth, rinse mouth or wash any other part of the body,
c. Should bring a change of clothes.
- The victim should be advised not to wash clothes or bedding that may contain physical evidence.
- With the victim's consent, Campus Safety and/or the Rindge Police Department will proceed with an investigation of the incident. Information regarding the victim and the incident will be provided on an "as needed" basis only to those persons directly involved in the incident, investigation or judicial process.
- If the victim and the accused live in the same residence hall or share classes, the victim will be given the option to relocate to another facility or class when such option is reasonably available, pending campus judicial action.
- The victim and accused have the same rights during all phases of the campus judicial process.
- Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding involving sexual assault.
Sanctions for sexual assault (physical abuse) can include disciplinary action up to and including suspension and expulsion.