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Annual Crime Awareness and Campus Security Reports
In fulfillment of the U. S. Department of Education’s regulations under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics relating to the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (Public Law 101-542, ammended by Public Law 102-26), [formerly the Campus Security Act].
Memphis Theological Seminary provides its students, faculty and staff with the following information. Each year the U.S. Department of Education collects crime statistics and publishes data for colleges and universities at its web site: http://ope.ed.gov/security/search.asp
This policy sets forth the provisions of compliance of this act in order to provide necessary information about college crime. Reportable crimes included in this act are murder, non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, forcible/non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson.
The Administration is concerned with the well being and safety of all students and will strictly enforce regulations necessary for the protection of all. All incidences of unlawful acts should be reported to the Director of Facilities and Safety.
The Public Safety Office, with the assistance from other departments within the Seminary, prepares the annual report in compliance with federal and state law. Statistics are compiled from reports made directly to the Public Safety Office or other Campus Safety Authorities. Information regarding campus disciplinary referrals is obtained from Student Affairs, Information about crimes occurring at off-campus property owned, leased, or controlled by Memphis Theological Seminary is solicited from the respective agencies. Data received from these sources is compiled with and included in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.
Disclosure of Crime Statistics
The Safety Department prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of this report can be located at https://surveys.ope.ed.gov/security. The Crime Statistic for the last three calendar years is also available at this link. This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies surrounding our main campus and alternate sites.
Crime Statistics information is compiled thru using a daily crime – incident reporting system for the Seminary Campus and public information resources from the Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Sheriffs Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations for crime in the campuses Clery geographic area.
These statistics may also include crimes that have occurred in private residences or businesses and is not required by law. Tennessee Penal Code requires prompt, mandatory reporting to the local law enforcement agency by when medical services are provided to a person they know or reasonably suspect is suffering from a wound inflicted by a firearm or is a result of assault or abusive conduct.
It is the responsibility of the Director of Student Services and/or the Director of Facilities and Safety to inform students of the procedure to report crime to the Memphis Police Department on a voluntary or confidential basis, should they feel it is in the best interest of the student. A procedure is in place to anonymously capture crime statistics disclosed confidentially.
Each year, an e-mail notification is made to all enrolled students that provide the web site to access the report. Faculty and staff receive similar notifications. Copies of the report may also be obtained in the Office of the Director of Facilities and Safety located at 2385 Union Ave. or by calling (901) 334-5834. Prospective employees may obtain a copy from the Human Resources office located in Founders Hall outside the Presidents Office or by calling (901 334-5809. The web site address will be attached to the Memphis Theological Seminary employment application.
In the event that a situation arises, either on or off Campus, that, in the judgment of the President, Vice President of Operations, and or the Director of Facilities and Safety constitutes an ongoing threat , a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through the seminary e-mail system to students, faculty, staff and the campus housing.
Depending on the particular circumstance of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Safety Department may also post a notice on the Seminary website and or bulletin boards located thru out the campus. Notices will also be posted on the bulletin boards within commuter housing. Notices are also posted thru out the neighborhoods to promote awareness of crime within our campus geography. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances immediately to the Director of Facilities and Safety by phone (901-334-5834) or to the Security Personnel on duty (901-463-3947). The Director of Facilities and Safety Office is located at 2385 Union Ave. directly behind Founders Hall.
Addressing Security and Access
During business hours, the Seminary (excluding certain housing facilities) will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours access to all Seminary facilities is by key, if issued, or by admittance via the Department of Facilities and Safety or the Security staff.
In the case of periods of extended closing, the Seminary will admit only those with prior written approval to all facilities.
Residence commuter housing are secured 24 hours a day. Over extended breaks, the doors of all buildings will be secured around the clock. Some facilities may have individual hours, which may vary at different times of the year. Examples are the Library or Brown Shannon Student Center. In these cases, the facilities will be secured according to schedules developed by the department responsible for the facility.
Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules. Areas that are revealed as problematic may have security surveys conducted of them.
Administrators from the Presidents Office, CFO Vice President of Operations, Dean’s Office, and the Director of Facilities and Safety and other concerned areas review these results. These surveys examine security issues such as landscaping, locks, alarms, lighting, and communications.
Additionally, during the academic year, the Director of Facilities and Safety and the C.F.O. Vice President of Operations meet weekly to discuss issues of pressing concern.
Campus Law Enforcement Authority
Memphis Theological Seminary Safety and Security offices have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Memphis Theological Seminary. Security officers have the authority to issue parking tickets, which are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty, and staff. Safety and Security officers do not possess arrest power.
Criminal incidents are referred to the Memphis Police Department who have jurisdiction on the campus. The Safety and Security Office at Memphis Theological Seminary maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Memphis Police Department.
All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to campus Safety and Security Office and the Memphis Police Department. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.
Addressing Security Awareness Programs for Students and Employees
During orientation in August and January students are informed of services offered by the department of Facilities and Safety. Verbal and written presentations outline ways to maintain personal safety and residence security. Students are told about crime on-campus and in surrounding neighbor-hoods. Similar information is presented to new employees.
A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.
In addition to information disseminated to students and employees through crime prevention awareness packets, security alert posters, displays, and articles and advertisements on the Seminary website.
When time is of the essence, information is released to the Seminary community through security alerts posted prominently throughout campus, through computer memos sent over the Seminaries electronic mail system and physical notification of students within the classroom setting.
Crime Prevention Literature on personal safety and theft prevention are issued by the Department of Facilities and Safety throughout the year. The Director of Facilities and Safety and personnel facilitate programs for student, staff, and faculty, and new employee orientations, in addition to quarterly programs for Housing Resident Managers and residents providing a variety of educational strategies and tips on how to protect themselves from sexual assault, theft and other crimes.
Suggestion: To enhance personal safety, and especially after an evening class, walk with friends or someone from class that you know well, or call the Security Officer on Duty at 901-463-3947 for a security escort. The security officer on duty is here for your protection do not hesitate to utilize this service.
The Director of Facilities and Safety in Conjunction with the Human Resource Department is responsible for overseeing the Seminaries compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act regulations and the biennial review.