Annual Security and Fire Safety Report For Calendar Year 2011
Prepared September 2012, CCBC Department of Public Safety
THE CCBC DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Creating A Safe Learning Environment
As partners in campus safety and security, students, faculty, staff, and visitors have shared responsibilities with the Department of Public Safety. While CCBC works continually to ensure a safe learning environment, no college campus is a haven from crime. It’s important that all members of the campus community be security conscious and report all crimes, emergencies and suspicious persons and conditions to the Department of Public Safety:
CCBC Public Safety - General number for all campuses: 443-840-1111
CCBC Catonsville (HQ) Building W- Room 228
CCBC Dundalk Building L – Room 147
CCBC Essex Building A – Room 110
The Department of Public Safety works to create and maintain a secure campus climate and to protect personal and College assets. All public safety information required by the Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act, including the tabulation of specific crime data required by the Clery Act, is collected annually (by campus and extension center) by the DPS and may be found on the Public Safety website at www.ccbcmd.edu/publicsafety. This information is collected from incident reports generated by the College Department of Public Safety, Baltimore County Police Department, and the College Office of Judicial Affairs.
The College does not operate any off-campus housing or oversee off-campus organizations that require the involvement or oversight of the DPS. Therefore, the College report of crime activity does not include any crime information that occurs off campus, unless the crime occurs on property immediately adjacent to a College campus or extension center. During business hours, the College is open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. Classrooms are generally locked, but may be opened by faculty and staff via issued keys, or through a phone call to DPS at (443) 840-1111. Employees do not have exterior door keys that allow access to buildings outside business hours.
The Department of Public Safety is staffed by full and part-time uniformed Public Safety Officers 24 hours a day. Each full-time Public Safety officer is commissioned by the State of Maryland as a Special Police Officer and has full police powers (including powers of arrest) through the statutory and common law of Maryland. The officers patrol CCBC campuses in marked cars, on bicycles, Segways and on foot. Officers investigate and report all crimes and incidents that come to their attention. CCBC’s Public Safety staff also works closely with the Baltimore County Police Department and will ask for its assistance when needed or when requested by a victim of a crime. The DPS and Baltimore County Police Department work cooperatively under a Memorandum of Understanding that specifies roles and responsibilities for both agencies.
Campus Alert and Emergency Notifications
The college provides timely security alerts to the college community regarding offenses or incidents that are reported to campus Public Safety offices, College administrators or local police, and which may represent a threat to students and employees. The Department of Public Safety uses Campus Alert, an electronic messaging service that broadcasts messages via email, voice mail, and text messaging. Students, faculty, and staff are strongly urged to sign up for Campus Alert at www.ccbcmd.edu/publicsafety. The College also uses a siren and P.A. system on each campus to alert students and employees of critical incidents that are in-progress, as well as the ‘Blaser’ computer-based warning system that sends alert information to every campus-based computer. Though other offices of the College may broadcast a warning through other means, all safety warnings are scripted and authorized by the DPS. The DPS may choose NOT to broadcast a warning if the notification may compromise efforts to contain the emergency.
Public Safety Services
The Department of Public Safety also provides security services at off-campus facilities owned or controlled by the College. A contracted security service provides security services during business hours at the extension centers. An administrative staff of full-time employees assists the Department of Public Safety by providing administrative, clerical, and records-keeping work. The DPS operates a centralized Dispatch Center that includes a single number for all calls for service (443-840-1111). DPS officers routinely inspect campus facilities as part of their patrol duties and report defects to Plant Operations.
Among the many services provided by the Department of Public Safety are:
• 24-hour-a-day staff coverage
• Rapid response to medical emergencies
• Assistance with minor car problems and collisions
• Enforcement of campus parking regulations, as well as tobacco violations
• Lost and found services
• Campus patrol by vehicle, bicycle, Segway, or foot
• Investigation of all crimes and incidents
• Personal escorts on campus (by calling x1111)
Campus crime prevention programs:
• Rape, Aggression, Defense system training (RAD) - Awareness, prevention and risk avoidance with hands-on defensive training.The courses are available on each of the main campuses, each semester. Course announcements are provided through the Campus Directors.
• Bike patrol program
• Published articles in college periodicals and social media
• Discussion/interaction with students and staff in campus forums and town hall meetings
• Emergency call box system in parking lots and other campus areas
Reporting a crime
All crimes or emergencies should be reported directly to the Department of Public Safety by calling (443) 840-1111. Life threatening occurrences, such as a heart attack, stroke, aggravated assault or other serious event may also be reported to the Baltimore County Police by calling 911. Students and others may also report crimes at any of the campus DPS offices, or by contacting an on-duty Public Safety officer.
Victims or witnesses may report a crime on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the Annual Security Report by going to www.ccbcmd.edu/publicsafety and clicking on the Silent Witness link.
The Department of Public Safety will investigate and document all crimes in accordance with College policy.
It is important to report an incident immediately. Any victim of a crime including, but not limited to, sexual assault should report the incident to any of the following:
1. Department of Public Safety: CCBC Public Safety Emergency Line – 443-840-1111 (Connects to all campuses) or:
2. Baltimore County Police Department and EMS: 9113. Any college administrator or faculty member
College Crime Statistics
This report contains categories of crime statistics for each campus and extension center, which have been reported to the Department of Public Safety, Baltimore County Police, and the College Office of Judicial Affairs. The report includes statistics for the past three years and includes combined statistics for on-campus, off-campus, and public property adjacent to each College property. This report is distributed to current students and employees by paper copy (by request at 443-840-1111), viewing on the College web site (www.ccbcmd.edu/publicsafety) and in student and employee media outlets. A Daily Incident Log of crimes and incidents handled by Public Safety is also available at www.ccbcmd.edu/publicsafety.
College Crime Statistics for the past three years are available in Appendix A.
CCBC’s Clinical Counseling services on each campus are available to provide confidential counseling services to students who are victims of crime and who request assistance via a link on the College web site (www.ccbcmd.edu/counseling). When appropriate, professional counselors may inform the persons they are counseling of the College procedure to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
The Board of Trustees of The Community College of Baltimore County is committed to providing an academic learning and working environment that is free from sexual assault and harassment, and shall take preventive measures to help ensure that faculty, staff, students and visitors are appropriately protected from such actions. This safe environment includes all campus locations and all off-campus, college-related activities and sites.
The commission of a sexual assault is a violation of college policy and criminal law. Sexual assault is broadly defined as being any unwanted attempted or actual sexual activity, including forcible and non-forcible sexual offenses. A forcible sexual offense is any sexual act directed against another person, including unwanted touching, that is against that person’s will or which involves the use of force or violence or the threat of force or violence, or a sexual act against a person incapable of giving consent. Forcible sexual offenses include rape, sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and all forms of non-consensual touching, such as fondling. Non-forcible sexual offenses are acts of unlawful sexual activity against persons incapable of giving consent, such as statutory rape. Acts which are commonly expressive of familiar or friendly affection and accepted medical purposes are not included.
Sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination that is prohibited by federal and state law. It is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature, including, but not limited to, the following circumstances:
1. When submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or a part of the educational process; or
2. When submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such an individual; or
3. When such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment. Examples of conduct which violate this policy include, but are not limited to, intentional physical conduct which is sexual in nature; unwanted sexual advances, propositions, or other sexual comments; preferential treatment, or the promise of such, for submitting to sexual conduct; displaying pictures, objects, or materials which are sexually offensive; physical assault of a sexual nature or attempts to commit such an assault; and retaliation for making a sexual harassment complaint or participating in a sexual harassment investigation.
Persons found guilty of sexual assault or sexual harassment will be disciplined in accordance with the College’s disciplinary policies, which may include expulsion from the College or termination of employment. These sanctions will be in addition to criminal or civil penalties imposed by federal or state courts. Any person found guilty of filing a false accusation of sexual harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary and/or criminal action as well.
The College will, upon written request, disclose to the victim of a crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the College against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the victim is deceased as a result of the crime or violence, the College will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.
The Community College of Baltimore County, in a joint endeavor with DPS, Office of Judicial Affairs and the School of Justice, will develop an educational and informational campaign to assist with the prevention of sexual assaults and sexual harassment. Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) training is planned for the fall semester of each school year. Printed information relating to personal safety, crime prevention, sexual assault and counseling services is available in each DPS office and in Student Life offices.
The Department of Public Safety and Baltimore County Police Department will investigate all complaints of sexual assault and sexual harassment, adjudicating them in accordance with the College’s disciplinary and appeal procedures as well as through the criminal court process.
In addition, each campus Department of Public Safety office will routinely assess the safety of the campus environment and will take corrective action to remediate any identified potential problem areas. If a serious crime occurs, the Department of Public safety will issue timely warnings or notification to the College community through Campus Alert, the campus emergency broadcast system and the Blaser computer notification network. Statistics on sexual offenses and other crimes defined by the Clery Act are available to students online and in print under procedures developed in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
What to do if you are sexually assaulted
• Get to a place where you will be safe from further attack.
• For your own protection, call the police immediately at 911, especially if the assailant is still nearby. The police will help you whether or not you choose to prosecute the assailant. Call DPS at 443.840.1111 for immediate assistance.
• Call a friend or family member for support.
• Get medical attention immediately. The primary purpose of a medical examination following a rape is to check for
physical injury, the presence of sexually transmitted diseases, or pregnancy as a result of the rape. The secondary purpose of a medical examination is to aid in the police investigation and legal proceedings.
• It is up to you, but reporting a rape isn’t the same thing as prosecuting a rape. Prosecution can be determined later.
Department of Public Safety personnel are willing and able to assist victims in reporting assaults to the Baltimore
Take proactive steps to preserve valuable evidence:
• Don’t bathe or douche. Bathing or douching might be the first thing you want to do. You might literally be washing away valuable evidence. Wait until you have an examination and meet with a police investigator.
• Save your clothing. It is all right to change clothes, but save what you were wearing. Your clothing could be used as evidence for prosecution. Gently place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag for police.
• If you are a victim of a sexual assault and decide not to notify the police, please secure medical attention and contact any of the victim support resources listed below. The College will also assist you with contacting any of these support agencies.
Emergency Medical Facilities:
Baltimore County Crisis Response System (CRS)
Mental health crisis hotline 410-931-2214
24-hours, 7 days a week community hotline for mental health emergencies and information and referral responses to the entire county. It is staffed by mental health professionals. Provides a telephone triage and intervention, a Mobile Crisis Team, in home intervention for families, face-to-face evaluation of needs, community education, and linkage to community treatment and support.
Franklin Square Hospital Center
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21237-3998
443-777-7000, TTY: 443-777-7950; Emergency Department: 443-777-7046, TTY: 443-777-7994
Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21239
443-444-4000 or 443-444-8000, Emergency Department: 443-444-3830
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)
6701 North Charles Street
Towson, Maryland 21204
443-849-2000; Emergency Room: 443-849-2225
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
410-550-0100, TTY:410-550-0316; Emergency Department: 410-550-0350
Maryland Poison Center
1-800-222-1222, TTY: 410-706-1858
24-hours, 7 days a week provides emergency triage and treatment information by phone for all types of poisoning or overdose cases involving all types of poisoning, including accidental exposures, bites, stings and industrial accidents, ocular, dermal and inhalation exposure. Referral for extended care may be made to any hospital in the area. Emergency calls are handled by pharmacists and registered nurses.
Northwest Hospital Center
5401 Old Court Road
Randallstown, Maryland 21133
410-521-2200, TTY: 410-521-2531
Saint Agnes Hospital
900 Caton Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21229-5299
410-368-6000; Emergency Care: 410-368-2000; TTY: 410-368-2001
Saint Joseph Medical Center
7601 Osler Drive
Towson, Maryland 21204
410-337-1000, TTY: 410-337-1671; Emergency Department: 410-337-1226
Psychiatric consultants provide emergency psychiatric evaluations in the Emergency Department. For information call 410-337-1580.
Sheppard Pratt Health System
6501 North Charles Street
Towson, Maryland 21285-6815
410-938-3800 or 410-938-3000; Therapy Referral Service: 410-938-5000 or 410-938-3800 after hours; TTY: 410-938-3075
An Urgent assessment can be arranged by the Admissions office at 410-938-3800. Therapy Referral Service (TRS) is a free, confidential telephone service that will provide referral information for programs and locations within the Sheppard Pratt System in addition to other community mental health resources. TRS is not a counseling hotline.
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
2401 West Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215-5271
410-601-9000, TTY: 410-601-4900; Emergency Center: 410-601-8800, TTY: 410-601-5247
Patients identified as needing emergency psychiatric evaluation are assessed and referred to the appropriate level of care.
211 Maryland at First Call for Help - United Way of Central Maryland
Dial 211 (available to Verizon landline and wireless customers) or 410-685-0525 (Greater Baltimore area); 1-800-492-0618 toll free throughout Maryland
TTY: 410-685-2159 (Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All other hours dial Maryland Relay 711.)
Experienced staff members help callers explore their problems and connects them of the public, nonprofit and private community resources that can help with their situation. This service is free and confidential. Callers may remain anonymous. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days-a-week.
24-hours, 7 days a week answering service for those seeking help with a drinking problem.
American Red Cross of Central Maryland
Disaster Relief or Emergency Assistance: 410-624-2040; Office: 410-624-2000
Emergency communication and assistance to military families, 1-888-737-4306
24-hours, 7 days a week free emergency assistance to victims of fires, storms, and other disasters. Provides emergency communications and assistance to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
Baltimore Area Al-Anon Information Service
24-hours, 7 days a week answering service to help the family and friends of the problem drinker.
Baltimore County/Carroll County Sexual Assault/ Domestic Violence Hotline
24-hours, 7 days a week hotline for sexual assault, rape and domestic violence victims who need information and referrals for services offered in the Baltimore and Carroll County areas. Trained counselors offer crisis counseling and safety planning. Assists domestic violence victims seeking shelter, victim advocate and legal options. Assists rape and sexual assault victims requesting companion to accompany them to the emergency room.
Baltimore County Department of Social Services
24-hours, 7 days a week referral line to connect you to a wide range of services and people who can best help you. Administers public social services for County residents. Administers public assistance to Baltimore County residents. Administers the Fuel Assistance Program for Baltimore County. Services include foster care for adults and children, adoption, services to pregnant and parenting teens, homeless services, and more. All reports of suspected child or adult abuse and neglect, as well as all requests for services to families, adults or adolescents are handled by this unit.
Childhelp - National Child Abuse Hotline
A nationwide service that provides confidential, assistance 24-hours, 7 days a week to children who are being abused and want help, to frustrated parents who are about to lose control and need help, to adults and children needing a local telephone number to report cases of abuse and to adult survivors of child abuse who are feeling unsafe or suicidal.
Family StressLine - The Family Tree
1-800-243-7337; Main Office 410-889-2300
24-hours crisis, 7 days a week hotline staffed by trained volunteers which provides support, crisis intervention and resource information about stress management and child behavior management for family members during times of crisis and stress. The Family StressLine serves the entire state of Maryland. This is a service of The Family Tree, which is dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect through education and support.
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Inc.
410-531-6677, 1-800-422-0009 (Maryland Crisis Hotline)
Local crisis intervention services, including suicide, are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Professional counseling staff will listen, provide support and make referrals. Crisis intervention counseling is available by phone or in person for anyone in need of immediate assistance with a personal, situational, or mental health crisis. Services are free of charge and confidential. Additional services include in-house and cold weather shelter.
Maryland Center for Missing and Unidentified Persons
If a child goes missing, immediately call 911. Then call 1-800-MDS-KIDS (637-5437), an answering machine is available after hours or in an emergency situation call the Maryland State Police Headquarters at 410-653-4200
The Center provides assistance and supports the State Police and all law enforcement agencies nationwide in locating a missing child. The Center produces posters of the missing child for immediate dissemination and coordinates a nationwide response by working closely with other Missing Children Clearing Houses nationwide.
Maryland Crisis Hotline
A confidential 24-hours, 7 days a week, toll free hotline designed to meet the needs of individuals in crisis. The Hotline works from anywhere in Maryland, providing immediate assistance from trained local crisis intervention counselors who are familiar with the available resources in the county in which the person resides. Provides help for problems such as suicide intervention, drug and alcohol abuse, physical and sexual abuse, depression, loneliness, relationship difficulties and many other issues.
24-hours, 7 days a week service for those individuals for whom drugs had become a major problem.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
1-800-THE- LOST or 1-800-843-5678
Operates 24-hours toll free hotline for reporting leads on missing children. Provides assistance to families and law enforcement for missing child cases; provides online location for reporting Internet child sexual exploitation.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233), TTY 1-800-787-3224.
24 hours, 7 days a week hotline available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 140 languages through interpreter services.
National Hopeline Network
Trained crisis line workers answer calls from people who are depressed or suicidal, or those who are concerned about someone else. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
National Runaway Switchboard
Confidential and free 24 hours, 7 days a week telephone service for youth 21 years and under and their parents, that does not tell you what to do or give out advice. The aim is to help you work through problems and find a plan of action. They can help you get a message to your parents even while you're on the run. Assists with food, shelter, counseling, medical or legal help, or a ticket home. Provides crisis intervention, information & referral, and conferencing services to youth and their families through national and local telephone switchboards.
• Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center (SADVC): 410-828-6390
• Eastern Family Resource Center: 410-887-0400
• Turn Around, 410-377-8111
• Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 1-800-983-7273
The College will assist the victim, at his or her request, in contacting the appropriate law enforcement authorities to file criminal charges. The College will also provide assistance in assessing the appropriate medical needs of the victim, including transportation to a hospital equipped with a Maryland State Police sexual assault evidence collection kit (Franklin Square Hospital or Greater Baltimore Medical Center).
The College WILL work with victims of alleged sexual assault to change the victim’s academic schedule after a reported sex offense, if requested by the victim and reasonably available.
The College may also investigate sexual assault complaints and adjudicate them in accordance with College disciplinary procedures. Both the victim and the accused will be allowed to have witnesses present during the hearing process and will be notified of the outcome of the College’s disciplinary process, and both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding that is brought alleging a sexual offense. The College is committed to the confidentiality of victim information, protection against reprisal, and providing due process to those accused of violations. The College will provide other services as appropriate or feasible, including alternative class scheduling and psychological support.
An educational and informational campaign to assist with the prevention of sexual assaults will be readily available to students, faculty, and staff. The educational programs are provided through various formats (films, lectures, workshops, etc.), which address the issues germane to sexual assault and its prevention, including acquaintance rape, rape, spousal and co-habitant abuse and self-defense. In addition, there are free pamphlets available on acquaintance rape, rape, sexual assault, and spousal abuse in the Student Life and Counseling areas of the college.
Registered Sex Offenders
The Maryland Sex Offender Registry is available online at www.dpscs.state.md.us/sorSearch. A search may be conducted by name, zip code, or by employment or enrollment at Maryland institutions of higher learning. This policy complies with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000.
Drug and alcohol policy
The College subscribes to and enforces both the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free School and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. The possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. A copy of the College policy statement is available from the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services, the Office of College Life or the Department of Public Safety. Irresponsible or illegal use or distribution of alcohol will be subject to penalties as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. It is unlawful to sell, furnish, or provide alcohol to a person under 21 years of age. The possession of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age is illegal.
The College works very closely with the Baltimore County Government to provide counseling and prevention programs. Since some programs are affiliated with but not sponsored by the County government, and operate independently, the most current and up-to-date list of agencies and contact information is available at www.ccbcmd.edu/counseling.
Effective July 1, 2012, CCBC is a tobacco-free college. The use of any tobacco product is prohibited in the core campus of CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Dundalk and CCBC Essex. The use of tobacco is permitted in designated tobacco-use shelters on the three main campuses, and in private vehicles parked outside the perimeter roadway. Tobacco use is permitted more than 25’ away from the buildings or on the parking lot at the three extension centers. Tobacco use is prohibited on all athletic fields, and in theaters and arenas. Effective January 1, 2013, tobacco violations are punishable by a $35 citation, and may include discipline for students or employee violators. Cessation classes are available without charge on the three main campuses and numerous locations around Baltimore County. Full details are available on-line at www.ccbcmd.edu/tobaccofree.
Emergency Response Manual
Download the complete CCBC Emergency Response Manual at:http://www.ccbcmd.edu/media/publicsafety/emergency_manual.pdf.
CCBC’ s Emergency Response Manual has been designed by emergency response personnel who have been trained to respond to a variety of emergency situations. All students, faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the manual’s helpful safety guidelines, procedures, and tips.
Access to college facilities
CCBC is an open college that welcomes faculty, staff, students and citizens to use the facilities available on campus. Faculty, staff and students are issued identification cards through the campus Registrar’s office. Anyone present on campus is required to show proper identification when requested by a Public Safety Officer or by authorized personnel of the campus.
Visitors are welcome on campus when conducting business or using the facilities in accordance with college policy.
All buildings are locked and secured by Public Safety Officers in accordance with scheduled activities in the buildings. No unauthorized persons are permitted in the buildings during non-operational hours. Public Safety Officers vigorously enforces trespass laws.
Maintenance and Public Safety
CCBC Plant Operations maintains campus buildings and grounds with concern for safety and security. Routine inspections are conducted to identify any changes or necessary improvements in exterior lighting conditions.
Regular meetings between the Grounds department and the Department of Public Safety are held to establish cutting and pruning procedures for trees and shrubbery as well as other relevant safety issues.