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Department of Public Safety
2400 Wahnish Way
POM Bldg. A, Suite 128
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
 
 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

Title II of Public Law 101-542, currently cited as Section 485 (f) of the Higher Education Act or 20 U.S.C. 1092(f) was renamed in 1998 by Congressional amendment, to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. It mandates disclosure of campus security policy and crime statistics concerning their occurrence on campus, during the most recent school year, and during the two preceding school years, of various criminal offenses reported to campus police or local police agencies. Students and employees may request a copy of this report, which is also provided to the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information on the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, please visit Campus Safety Online.

Each year, an e-mail notification is made to all enrolled students, faculty and staff that provide the website to access this report. Copies of the report may also be obtained at the FAMU Department of Public Safety (University Police Headquarters) located at 2400 Wahnish Way, Room #128, or by calling (850) 599-3256. Prospective employees may also obtain a copy by accessing the website or calling the Department of Public Safety.

Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
Timely Warnings
Reporting Crime
Confidential Reporting Procedures
Sexual Assaults
Victim Advocacy Program
Sex Offender Registration Information
Crime Prevention Programs
Access Policy during Business Hours
Campus Police Authority and Jurisdiction

 

Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The Department of Public Safety 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 on our website at www.famu.edu/publicsafety; or by connecting to our site via the FAMU homepage at www.famu.edu.

This report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding our main campus and branch campus sites, Housing and Residential Services, the Judicial Affairs Office, the Administration, and the Division of Student Affairs. Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act.

Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to the FAMU Police, designated campus officials (including but not limited to directors, deans, department heads, designated staff, judicial affairs, advisors to students/student organizations, athletic coaches), and local law enforcement agencies. These statistics may also include crimes that have occurred in private residences or businesses and is not required by law. Florida law requires prompt, mandatory reporting to the local law enforcement agency by healthcare practitioners (such as those at Student Health Services) when they provide medical services to a person they know or reasonably suspect is suffering from wounds inflicted by a firearm or is the result of an assault or abusive conduct. Counseling Services staff informs their clients of the procedures to report crime to the University Police on a voluntary or confidential basis, should they feel it is in the best interest of the client. A procedure is in place to anonymously capture crime statistics disclosed confidentially during such a session.

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Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the FAMU Chief of Police, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warnings will be issued through the university’s website as well as the police department’s website at www.famu.edu/publicsafety.

Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the FAMU Department of Public Safety (DPS) may also issue warnings through the University’s e2Campus emergency notification system. This web-based system sends instant alerts to all students, faculty and staff cell phones, e-mail, and/or pagers providing the university community with more immediate notification.

When notification is necessary due to an immediate and serious threat to public safety, the FAMU DPS will alert the campus community utilizing its Emergency Siren System. The system delivers an audible tone followed by a voice message to alert the community of the immediate threat. To alert students and staffs at the FAMU College of Law in Orlando, an intercom system is used.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Department of Public Safety, by phone (850) 599-3256, or in person at police headquarters at 2400 Wahnish Way, room 128. For information affecting students and staff at the FAMU College of Law in Orlando, the DPS Satellite Unit/Security Desk may be contacted at (407) 254-4045.

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Reporting Crime

Contact FAMU Department of Public Safety by dialing “3256” from any campus extension, directly at (850) 599-3256, or use the Emergency Blue Light telephones located throughout the campus to report a crime. Any suspicious activity or person seen in the parking lots or loitering around vehicles, inside buildings or around the residential halls should be reported to the FAMU DPS. In addition, you may report a non-emergency crime to the following areas:

Dean of Students
(850) 599-3098
Student Health Services
(850) 599-3777
Director, Counseling and Assessment Center
(850) 599-3145
Human Resources/Personnel
(850) 599-3611
Director, Equal Opportunity Programs
(850) 599-3076
676 Ardelia Ct
General Counsel
(850) 599-3591
303 Lee Hall
Victim Advocate
(850) 599-3541
Director, Housing and Residential Life
(850) 599-3992

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 911 OR FAMU DPS 850-599-3256.

To report a crime at the FAMU College of Law, contact the satellite unit Public Safety/Security Office by dialing “4045” from any campus extension, or directly to (407) 254-4045. Non-emergency crimes may be reported to the Dean or Associate/Assistant Dean of the College of Law at (407) 254-3204, or to any of the entities listed above.

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Confidential Reporting Procedures

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the university system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Chief or a designee of FAMU DPS can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.

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Sexual Assaults

The Department of Public Safety maintains a policy to ensure sexual assault victims are afforded sensitivity and compassionate consideration. Investigating officers have received specialized training in the investigation of sex offenses. Training topics deal with various subjects such as Florida law, university philosophy and policy, sensitivity to the needs and feelings of the victim, support resources and investigative methods. To this end, the Department will:

  • Ensure a Victim Advocate is available throughout the process to address your and your significant others’ needs, answering questions and explaining the justice process.
  • Ensure a Victim Advocate is available during all interviews with you according to your request.
  • Treat you with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity and understanding.
  • Act thoughtfully without prejudging or placing blame, will consider each case seriously regardless of your gender and will diligently investigate each case.
  • Inform you of services available on and off campus.

Your name and identifying information will be withheld from the public and press in accordance with the Florida Public Records Law.

The department will remember, at all times, that you are a person who has suffered great trauma and will respect that this may affect your actions and emotions.

Most sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows. Stranger assaults do happen, but not nearly as frequently as assault by an acquaintance. If you are the victim of sexual assault and go to the hospital, the local law enforcement agency will be contacted. A victim advocate should also be contacted. In order for police to collect evidence of the assault, it is best if you do not bathe, shower, douche, brush your teeth, urinate, defecate, change or launder clothing or bedding. Clothing and/or bedding may be taken as evidence. You will receive a physical exam and pictures will be taken as evidence.

If you would like assistance in notifying the University Police or other law enforcement agencies, you may contact the Victim Advocate. You may report a sexual assault confidentially to the Victim Advocate and still receive assistance. See sections on Confidential Reporting Procedures and Victim Advocacy Program.

In addition, mental health counseling and health services are available to students through the FAMU Counseling Center at (850) 599-3145, and Student Health Services Department at (850) 599-3777, at no charge. In addition, employees have mental health counseling services available to them through the Employee Assistance Program at (850) 599-3611. In the Orlando area, a Victim Advocate is available at (407) 254-7000.

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Victim Advocacy Program

FAMU Victim Services is intended to assist students with the traumatizing consequences of being a victim of crime, even if the crime occurred off campus. Victim Services may be contacted by phone at (850) 599-3145, or via email, victimservices@famu.edu. Law school students and employees in Orlando may call (407) 254-7000 for a Victim Advocate with the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Additional information is available via their website, www.ocso.com.

Because most people have little contact with the criminal justice system, it can be confusing, intimidating and frustrating. FAMU DPS will provide members of our community, who are criminally victimized, with information and services to lessen the impact of victimization. The victim advocate can:

  • Provide Crisis Intervention
  • Give you information about a victim’s rights according to Florida Statutes
  • Help you evaluate your options
  • Document absences caused by judicial appearances for school or employers
  • Help you create a Safety Plan
  • Assist you in reporting crimes both on and off any campus
  • Accompany you to appointments/interviews at police stations, the State Attorney's Office, courtrooms, Dean of Students, judicial hearings and other places
  • Provide you with referrals to social services such as counseling, legal and medical
  • Coordinate assistance and services to your individual needs
  • Explain how the judicial process works
  • Provide you with information about the progress of your individual case
  • Explain and help you apply for Victim Compensation as designated by Florida Statute
  • Act as your liaison to the Criminal Justice Community

Crime victims frequently experience a myriad of feelings. The Victim Services program offers resources and referrals to assist victims in managing and understanding the emotions and physical reactions. Victims often need help changing from victim to survivor.

Sometimes victims are reluctant to report crimes or are not sure whether what occurred is a crime. You can discuss your situation with an advocate and if you want, report it to the police. YOU DO NOT NEED TO MAKE A POLICE REPORT TO TALK WITH AN ADVOCATE. You can speak to the advocate without revealing your identity. While making an official report is encouraged, it is never required. Victim Services are available even if the crime is not reported.

ALL SERVICES ARE FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL. However, Florida State Statute does require some types of crime information be reported to the appropriate authorities, such as mandatory reporting of child abuse or the abuse of a vulnerable adult. Other victim information is kept CONFIDENTIAL.

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Sex Offender Registration Information

Information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained by visiting http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders database. Sexual offenders are required to register in the state of Florida, and each university is to be provided with notice if an offender is employed or is a student. This link can also be found on the FAMU Department of Public Safety’s website at http://www.famu.edu/publicsafety. Any immediate concerns will be addressed through the timely warning system.

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Crime Prevention Programs

During orientations throughout the year, students and their parents are presented with information on police services, property safety, personal safety and sexual assault prevention by members of the FAMU DPS. Similar information is presented to all new employees. Crime Prevention Programs and Sexual Assault Prevention Programs are offered on a continual basis during the year by law enforcement officials and other on campus groups, such as Resident Life, Student Health Services and student groups. Programs address such topics as theft, personal safety, identity theft, relationship and domestic violence, cyber-stalking and stalking, bias-based crimes, traffic safety, sexual assault and other important crime avoidance topics.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes are taught by personnel of the University Police Department throughout the year and are offered to not only students, staff and faculty but to interested members of the community. RAD students also receive education about the availability of victim services for crimes committed both on and off campus. To register, obtain class schedules or information, contact the FAMU DPS Crime Prevention Unit at (850) 599-3256.

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Access Policy during Business Hours

University property (excluding certain housing facilities and card access buildings) will be open. During non-business hours, access to all University facilities is by key, card access or by admittance via the University Police or Housing and Residential Life staff. In the case of periods of extended closing, the University Police will control access. Some particular buildings, such as the library, gym or cafeteria, will have varied and individual hours and will be secured by the responsible department.

Residence halls are secured 24 hours a day, with admittance by key, card access system or at the discretion of Housing and Residential Life staff or the University Police. Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules and/or may require the closing of the entire campus property. Maintenance of the campuses is the joint responsibility of Facilities Planning and Plant Operations Maintenance.

At the FAMU College of Law in Orlando during non-business hours, DPS police officers monitor and control access into the building.

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Campus Police Authority and Jurisdiction

FAMU Department of Public Safety has complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on campus and areas immediately adjacent to the campus. If minor offenses involving University rules and regulations are committed by a University student, the campus police may also refer the individual to the University Judicial Affairs Office/Dean of Students.

Major offenses may involve joint investigative efforts with other local and state law enforcement agencies. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted at county, state and federal court levels.

University Police personnel work closely with local, state and federal police agencies and have direct radio communication with the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office on the police radio network. The FAMU DPS is also a part of the Leon County 911 Emergency System.

By mutual agreement with state and federal agencies, the University Police maintains a NLETS (National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Network) terminal. Through this system, police personnel can access the NCIC (National Crime Information Computer) system, as well as the FCIC (Florida Crime Information Center). These computer databases are used for accessing criminal history data, nationwide police records, driver/vehicle identification information, as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement information.

At the FAMU College of Law in Orlando, DPS police officers have full authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on campus. Additionally, they have working relationships with area law enforcement, Orange County Sheriff's Office and Orlando Police Department.

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