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The Office of Public Safety: Crime & Fire Information

THE CLERY ACT

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (formerly the Campus Security Act of 1990) 20 U.S.C. §1092 and 34 C.F.R. Part 668 requires colleges receiving federal funds to publish annually specific crime-related information in an annual report. 

CRIME STATISTICS

Harris Stowe State University is committed to providing students with a safe and secure environment in which to learn.  The University reports statistics on the following crimes and offenses annually.

Criminal Homicide – murder and non-negligent and negligent manslaughter.

Forcible or Non-forcible Sex Offenses – A forcible sex offense is any sexual act directed against another person, forcible or against that person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent (such as when the victim is intoxicated).  Non-forcible sex offenses are acts of “unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.”  This definition encompasses incest or statutory rape.

Robbery – The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the control, custody, or care of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated Assault – the unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury.  Usually, this offense occurs by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

Burglary – the unlawful entry (breaking and entering) into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft.

Arson – willful or malicious burning or an attempt to burn a dwelling (house), public building, motor vehicle, aircraft, or personal property.

Motor Vehicle Theft – the theft or attempted theft or a motor vehicle.

On-campus Arrest – for Alcohol, Drugs, and Illegal Weapon violations.

Certain Referrals for campus Disciplinary Actions for Alcohol, Drugs, or Illegal Weapon Violations – if these referrals are included in the report as an arrest, the college does not need to report the referral under this category.

Hate Crimes – crimes that fall into the above list, crimes involving bodily injury, or crimes reported to campus security or local police. HSSU must report hate crimes by category of prejudice:  race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability as part of the campus crime statistics.

Click here for the 2013 Crime Stats.


DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT HOUSING FIRE SYSTEMS

HSSU promotes a safe and secure environment for our students. Our residence halls are equipped with automatic sprinkler systems and the primary fire alarm systems are hard-wired to contract monitoring company for continuous monitoring.

Our residence halls are equipped with smoke detectors, signage, and emergency lighting.  Individual smoke detectors are located in most of the students’ rooms.  Smoke detector batteries are checked regularly by the residential housing staff in those residence halls with battery operated detectors. Pull stations are located near exit doors and exit doors are clearly marked.  Smoke detectors, sprinklers, and alarms are designed to provide the highest level of safety for our residents.  Tampering with safety equipment or ignoring an evacuation order is prohibited.  Residential facilities are important buildings to keep safe, and Campus Public Safety and Residential Life work with other departments and local authorities to determine if any alarm or known facilities problem has been sufficiently resolved to allow for reentry.  Fire alarms are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and allow for direct access to St. Louis City Fire Department (SLFD).  Fire drills are conducted in each residential housing facility once a semester in coordination with SLFD.  Evacuation routes are located in each building.  Prior to the commencement of classes in spring and fall, and during fire drills, the audio level of the alarms and the activation of light strobes are also checked.

FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION

During the first week of school, students living in University housing meet with their Residence Hall Assistants and Residential Life staff.  During that initial meeting they are told what actions to take during a fire, where the exits are and where the relocation areas are.
Anytime there is an evacuation emergency, such as a fire, the alarm will sound and strobe lights will activate throughout the building.

FIRE PREVENTION POLICIES

HSSU maintains a safe environment for our students through the initiation of policies and practices that promote fire safety at all levels. All residence halls receive regular fire safety inspections.

Policies and practices have been established throughout the campus that reduces the probability of a fire.  Open burning, smoking, barbecuing outside of a designated area, and use of non-U.L. rated extension cords are prohibited.

The University continually examines preventative measures and policies associated with fire safety and implements changes deemed necessary for the continued safe operation of all University facilities.

HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE

Students are prohibited from keeping or using firearms, fireworks, explosives, weapons (including, but not limited to, knives, pellet guns, air guns, spring loaded or paintball guns), or other dangerous articles or substances in University housing.

Activating a false fire alarm is strictly prohibited.  Students are not to tamper with or remove any fire or safety equipment (including, but not limited to, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, fire extinguisher, etc.) in the residence halls. Items may not be hung from the sprinklers.  Students must vacate the building whenever the fire alarm system is activated.  Open flame or open element devices (including, but not limited to, candles-wick or no wick, incense, George Forman grills, toasters, toaster ovens, barbecue grills, etc.) are not permitted in the residence halls.

DEFINITIONS AND FINDINGS

Fire: Any occurrence of an open flame or other type of burning in any area not intended to contain burning in an uncontrolled manner.

False Alarm: System malfunction or trouble alarm, or the fire alarm was activated intentionally when no smoke or fire danger was present subsequently no injuries, damages or fatalities occurred.

Unwanted Alarm: The fire alarm system activated as it is designed to, however no smoke or fire was present subsequently no injuries, damages or fatalities occurred.

During the period of January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012, HSSU had one residential fire, resulting in minimal damage (less than $200.00).




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