Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act)

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act) requires Manor College to provide students and employees with information on its security policies and procedures and specific statistics for certain criminal incidents, arrests and disciplinary referrals and to make the information and statistics available to prospective students and employees upon request.  It is important to note that the crime classifications for which colleges and universities must provide statistics differ under state and federal law.  Statistics for certain crime classifications might appear to be different.  For example, the federal statistics for motor vehicle theft differ from the state statistics for the same category because the federal classification includes attempted motor vehicle thefts, while state law requires institutions to separately report attempted motor vehicle thefts.

The crime statistics reported under the Jeanne Clery Act include the following:

Criminal homicide Murder, Non negligent manslaughter, Sex offenses, Forcible Rape: Sodomy, Sexual assault with an object, Fondling, Non forcible rape: Incest, Statutory rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft, Arson

Hate Crimes

The law requires the release of statistics by category of prejudice concerning the occurrence of hate crimes in the crime classifications listed in the preceding section and for other crimes involving bodily injury to any person in which the victim is selected because of the actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim.

In august of 2008, HOEA S 488, 20 U.S.C.S 1092 (f) (1) F (ii) modified the above hate crimes to include the following additional crimes under the hate crime category:

Larceny Theft:  The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession, or constructive possession, of another.

Threats:  Intimidation (includes Stalking); To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.

Vandalism:  To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.

Simple Assault:  An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggrieved bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.

College Crime Statistics for Manor College

The law requires statistics for an expanded area beyond the campus and it requires these statistics to be shown in specific geographic categories.  (Note that incidents shown in the Residential Facilities category are also represented in the statistics shown in the On-Campus Property* category.) The following statistics are provided in compliance with the specific time periods, crime classifications, geographic categories and arrest data mandated by federal law.

*The Clery Act defines Campus as “any building or property owned or controlled by an institution of higher education within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and property within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution and is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is used by students, and supports the institutional purposes, such as a food or other retail vendor.”  On-Campus Residential is a sub-category of Campus showing the number of on-campus incidents that occur “in dormitories or other residential facilities for students on campus.”  The law defines Non-Campus Building or Property as “any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization recognized by the institution; and any building or property other than a branch campus, owned or controlled by an institution of higher education that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is used by students, and is not within the same reasonable contiguous geographic are of the institution.”  It defines Public Property as “all public property that is within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution, such as a sidewalk, street, other thoroughfare or parking facility, and is adjacent to a facility owned or controlled by the institution, if the facility is used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to the institution’s educational purposes.”

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act 73, College and University Security and Information Act, and the U.S. Department of Education require the publication and distribution of crime statistics and rates to students and employees, as well as an open crime log that is available for inspection Security Services Office, in St. Josaphat Residence Hall.

Statistics

The following statistics represent the number of crimes reported to the Security Department, and do not reflect the outcome of investigations by Manor College Security or the pertinent police department.

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Missing Student Notification

Any individual on campus who has information that a student may be missing from Manor College must notify Manor’s Security Department as soon as possible. To report a missing person to Manor’s Security Department, dial 292 from a campus telephone, dial  (215) 885-2360  ext. 292 from off-campus/cell phone or you can contact the Abington Police Department at (267)536-1100. You may report a missing student in person to the Security Services Office in St. Josaphat Residence Hall, suite 103. The Security Department will conduct a thorough investigation and obtain all necessary information (including, but not limited to, the person’s description).
The Security Department may also request assistance from Resident Assistants or others to assist in a search for the student.
If the above actions are unsuccessful in locating the student or it is apparent immediately that the student is a missing person, the Assistant Director of Security will contact the appropriate local law enforcement agency to report the student as a missing person and will assist the investigating jurisdiction upon request.
No later than 24 hours after determining that a student is missing, the Assistant Director of Security will notify the emergency contact (for students at least 18 years of age) or the parent/guardian (for students under the age of 18 and who are not emancipated) that the student is believed to be missing.

If a member of the Manor College community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify Campus Security at 215-885-2360 ext.292. Manor Security Department will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation. After investigating the missing person report, should Manor Security Department determine that the student is missing and has been missing for more than 24hours, Manor will notify the Abington Police Department and the student’s emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. (If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual Manor will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after Manor has determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.)

In addition to registering an emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by the Manor Security Department in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such an individual Manor Security Department will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. Resident Students who wish to identify a confidential contact can do so at the Manor College Security Department, Security Information Office.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Timely Warnings
When the Security Department becomes aware of criminal incidents that, in the judgment of the Dean of Students or a designee, constitute an ongoing or continuing threat to the campus community, the Security Department issues a Crime Alert to notify the community.  These Crime Alerts are disseminated via the Assistant Director of Security, and depending on the particular circumstances, may be disseminated by using one or a combination of the following:  e-mail distribution; various campus publications; PA announcement, and/or activation of the Manor College Emergency Alert Text Messaging System, to advise the community of the situation.

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency preparedness at Manor College is managed under the Security Department by the Assistant Director of Security and the Emergency Response Team.  The Campus Emergency Response Team’s responsibilities are to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from any and all emergencies that could affect the Manor College campus.  This means having a comprehensive plan, extending from all levels of emergency personnel, down through the individuals that make up our community, to prevent situations that cause emergencies.  Team responsibilities are to prepare people on the procedures to follow should a crisis occur; develop a well collaborated response approach from College officials, as well as city, state and federal agencies, to effectively mitigate any crisis; and finally it means being ready and able to recover quickly from emergency events to keep Manor College’s mission actively moving forward.

Manor College Emergency Response Plan

EMERGENCY LOCK-DOWN PROCEDURES
In the event that an emergency lock-down alert is issued to the campus community, the following guidelines should be implemented:

         - Evacuation IS NOT recommended,

         - Go to the nearest room/office and lock or block doors,

         - Stay away from windows and doors,

         - Keep down and stay quiet,

         - Set cell phones to vibrate,

         - DO NOT open the door,

         - IF POSSIBLE, CALL 911 and stay on the line until the dispatcher tells you otherwise.

FIRE/EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES
In the event that an emergency evacuation is ordered for either the Mother of Perpetual Help Academic Building or the Basileiad Library the following procedures should be followed:

- When the alarm is sounded, ALL OCCUPANTS OF THE BUILDING MUST EXIT IMMEDIATELY, regardless of the nature of the alarm.

- EVACUATION MUST BE MADE QUICKLY, CALMLY AND ORDERLY.

- When exiting a smoke filled room or building… STAY LOW TO THE GROUND AND MOVE QUICKLY.

- Once outside of the building(s), ALL EVACUEES MUST PROCEED TO THE LEFT OF THE TENNIS COURT.

- DO NOT stand near any buildings, in the parking lots or driveway.

- DO NOT attempt to drive your vehicle.

- RE-ENTRY IS PERMITTED ONLY AFTER THE “ALL CLEAR” SIGNAL HAS BEEN GIVEN by a college official.

SHELTER-IN-PLACE PROCEDURES
In the event that a Shelter-In-Place directive is issued to the campus community, the following guidelines should be QUICKLY implemented:
REMAIN INDOORS, potentially for an extended period of time, because it is safer inside a building or a room than outside. Depending on the threat or hazard you may need to move to rooms that can be sealed (such as in the event of a chemical or biological hazard) or are without windows, or to the lowest level hallway (such as in the event of a tornado).

- DO NOT attempt to leave the building.

- DO NOT attempt to drive your vehicle.

MAINTAIN SHELTER-IN-PLACE POSITION UNTIL THE “ALL CLEAR” SIGNAL HAS BEEN GIVEN by emergency personnel or college official.

Active Shooter

Each person carries a three-fold responsibility.

1.   First: Learn the signs of a potentially volatile situation and ways to prevent an incident by reporting concerns to security or the police.

a)   Warning signs might be that the subject may make verbal and/or written threats to harm the target

b)  Stalking or harassing behavior

c)    Physically aggressive acts toward the targets

d)  Other possible concerning behaviors could include paranoid ideas, delusional statements, changes in personality or performance, disciplinary problems, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, nonspecific threats of violence, increased isolation, “odd” or “bizarre” behavior, and interest in or acquisition of weapons

2.   Second: Learn the best steps for survival when faced with an active shooter situation. RUN-HIDE-FIGHT

a)   Run if it is safe to do so. Run out of the building and move far away until you are in a safe location.

  • Leave personal belongings behind
  • Visualize possible escape routes
  • Avoid elevators
  • Take others with you but do not stay behind because others will not go
  • Call 911 when safe to do so & give your location

b)  Hide If running is not a safe option, hide in as safe a place as possible.

  • Lock the doors
  • Barricade the doors with heavy furniture
  • Close and lock windows, and close blinds or cover windows
  • Turn off lights
  • Silence all electronic devices
  • Remain silent
  • Use strategies to silently communicate with first responders if possible (e.g., in rooms with exterior windows, make signs to silently signal law enforcement to indicate the status of the room’s occupants)
  • Hide along the wall closest to the exit but out of the view from the hallway (allowing for an ambush of the shooter and for possible escape if the shooter enters the room)
  • Remain in place until given an all clear by identifiable law enforcement

c)    Fight If neither running nor hiding is a safe option, as a last resort when confronted by the shooter, adults in immediate danger should consider trying to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter by using aggressive force and items in their environment, such as fire extinguisher, chairs, etc.

3.    Third: Be prepared to work with law enforcement during the response. When 911 arrives: Remain calm & follow instructions, keep your hands visible at all times, avoid pointing or yelling and know that help for the injured is on its way.


Daily Crime and Fire Log
The Security Department maintains a combined Daily Crime and Fire Log of all incidents reported to the Security Department.  This includes all crimes, fire-related incidents and other serious incidents that occur on campus, including areas jointly patrolled by the Abington Police Department, in non-campus buildings or properties, and on public property immediately surrounding the College campus.

The Daily Crime and Fire Log includes the incident type, date incident is reported, date and time of the occurrence, and general location of each reported incident type, as well as the disposition of the incident, if this information is known.  The Security Department posts specific incidents in the Daily Crime and Fire Log.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) mandates two (2) new safety-related requirements on institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs as follows:

1. Fire Log

Institutions must keep a fire log that states the nature of the fire, date, time and general location of each fire in on-campus student housing facilities.  Manor College complies with this rule by including all fire-related incidents in the Daily Crime and Fire Log.  These logs are maintained in the Security Services Office.

2. Annual Fire Safety Report

Institutions with on-campus student housing facilities must publish annually a fire safety report that provides information on campus fire safety practices and standards.  Manor College complies with this regulation by including all fire-related incidents occurring at on-campus student housing facilities as part of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report.  Information contained in this annual report includes:  number and causes of fires at all on-campus housing facilities; number of fire related deaths; related injuries; value of fire-related property damage; information on evacuation procedures; fire safety education and training programs; fire safety systems in each on-campus housing facility; number of mandatory supervised fire drills; and polices on portable electrical appliance, smoking and open flames.  The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report must include (3) years of data.

Fire Safety

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires that all Title IV eligible institutions that participate in any Title IV program and that maintain on-campus student housing facilities publish an annual fire safety report.

The Security Department and Resident Life staff performs routine safety inspections in addition to educating students on emergency procedures including evacuation plans.

All on-campus housing facilities at Manor College are equipped with the following safety apparatus:

- Fire Extinguishers
- Smoke/Heat Detectors
- Pull Stations

There are two (2) mandatory educational Fire Safety and Training programs presented by the Abington Township Fire Marshall’s office to resident students per year.   Resident students not attending these sessions will receive a fine and a minor violation.  One (1) mandatory session is provided to Administration, Faculty and Staff, per year.

ST. JOSAPHAT RESIDENCE HALL FIRE/EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES
Whenever a fire alarm sounds, all members of the campus community are required to adhere to evacuation procedures.  All resident students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the Fire and Emergency Evacuation Procedures and should know the exit routes from their rooms.  Any questions or need for clarification should be directed to staff immediately.

  1. When a fire alarm is sounded, ALL OCCUPANTS (Residents, visitors and employees) MUST EXIT IMMEDIATELY– regardless of the nature of the alarm. 
  2. EVACUATION MUST BE MADE QUICKLY, CALMLY AND ORDERLY TO THE NEAREST EXIT. Refer to the fire exit maps and procedures located in each room.
    1. Refer to fire exit maps and procedures located in each room.
  3.  Once outside the building, ALL OCCUPANTS MUST PROCEED TO THE LEFT OF THE TENNIS COURTS to be accounted for.
  4. OCCUPANTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO:
    1. Remain near or re-enter building(s),
    2. go to any vehicle(s),
    3. leave campus either by foot or vehicle.
  5. Once assembled at the tennis court, ROLL CALL WILL BE TAKEN TO INSURE THAT ALL OCCUPANTS HAVE EVACUATED THE BUILDING.
  6. RE-ENTRY IS NOT PERMITTED UNTIL THE “ALL CLEAR” SIGNAL IS GIVEN by either the Residence Hall Coordinator or a designated college official.
  7. ANY OCCUPANT WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH EVACUATION PROCEDURES IN RESPONSE TO A FIRE ALARM WILL RECEIVE A SANCTION AND FINE.

 

ST. JOSAPHAT RESIDENCE HALL FIRE SAFETY REGULATIONS

Admittance to St. Josaphat Residence Hall

ALL students and visitors MUST RELINQUISH Identification Cards to the Security Officer on duty at the Residence Hall Security Post when entering the building.  This procedure indicates who is present in the building at all times.

Electrical Appliances
All appliances must be UL listed.  All extension cords must be UL listed and surge protected with built-in circuit breakers.  Overloaded extension cords and cords under rugs are prohibited.  With the exception of the installed micro-fridge in each room, cooking is not permitted in any Residence Hall dorm rooms.

         PERMITTED Appliances:

  • Small lamps
  • Heating pads
  • Small fans
  • TV/VCR/DVD
  • Computers
  • Radios
  • Electrical grooming aids
  • Electrical power surge strips
  • Micro-fridge provided by Manor College

         PROHIBITED Appliances:

  • Heating and immersion coils
  • Space heaters
  • Electrical cooking devices (i.e. hot plates, skillets, toasters, toaster ovens, popcorn poppers, Foreman grills)
  • Air conditioners
  • Electric blankets (unless medically necessary – a physician’s note is required)
  • Free-standing halogen torchiere lamps
  • Any appliance with frayed wires.
  • Ironing is not permitted in dorm rooms; any ironing must be done in the service room.

Dangerous Materials

Possession or unauthorized use of flammable liquids or gasses, explosives, acids, fireworks, pepper spray, or any other substances which are hazardous, dangerous or illegal is prohibited on the Manor College campus.

Open flame Devices

All open flame devices are prohibited in St. Josephat Residence Hall, including but not limited to:  candles, incense, potpourri pots, and oil burning lamps.

Holiday Decorations

Prohibited items include natural Christmas trees, wreaths, and decorations that are considered excessive or pose as a potential fire hazard.  All holiday lighting must be UL listed.  Approval of questionable items must be obtained by the Residence Hall Coordinator.

Fire and Safety Violations

Strict disciplinary action will be taken for the following violations:

  • Tampering with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), or other safety equipment
  • Turning off hallway/stairwell lights,
  • Causing a false fire alarm,
  • Arson (setting any kind of material on fire),
  • Smoking in a campus building or in any designated non-smoking areas,
  • Failing to follow fire safety regulations,
  • Failing to follow evacuation procedures.

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Residence Hall Safety and Security

The Manor College Security Department, the Dean of Students (Director of Security), Assistant Director of Security, the Residence Coordinator (RC), Resident Assistants (RA) and the residents themselves share responsibility for the safety and security of the Residence Hall.

The St. Josaphat Residence Hall is equipped with electronic security cameras and monitoring system.  In addition to the security staff, the Resident Coordinator and Resident Assistants are trained to handle a variety of situations.

In addition to patrolling the grounds, the Security Department maintains a base of operation in the Residence Hall, with officers posted at the main entrance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  All residents and visitors are required to enter and exit the building through the main entrance, where they are signed in and signed out. Additionally, all residents are required to relinquish their Manor Identification to the security officer on duty upon entering the building. Visitors are also required to relinquish a photo ID to security. Visitors with no picture ID will only be permitted to be signed in to visit in the social lounge on the first floor. All non-resident Manor students visiting the dorm must leave their Manor College student ID with Security Office upon entering.

Residents are obligated to observe all security measures promulgated by the Security Department and approved by the Residence Hall Coordinator.  In an emergency, the Security Department should be notified immediately by calling ext. 292.

For the safety of all residents, security policies will be strictly enforced.  Specific information regarding policies and procedures for the Residence Hall can be found in the Manor College Student Handbook.

 

Security Policy and Procedure

Manor College expects all members of the campus community to comply with federal, state and local laws.  The College’s policies and procedures are designed to preserve personal responsibility for oneself and one’s actions, as well as respect for the rights of others.

Manor College insures that security officers are on duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week in the Residence Hall. Additional officers are on foot-patrol throughout the entire campus. In addition to its well- lit campus and safe parking, the Abington Police Department also patrols the campus.

Officers are trained in CPR and AED, as well as National Incident Management and Incident Command Systems.  Further, Manor College has established working relationships with local law enforcement as part of our Emergency Response Plan.

Students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report any criminal, unusual, or suspicious activities to the Campus Security Department as soon as possible at ext. 292.