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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 Gwynedd Mercy University 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 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 HEOA 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.

Campus Crime Statistics for Gwynedd Mercy University
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 On-Campus Residential category are also included in the statistics shown in the Campus* 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 area 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, a 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 the following information, as well as the keeping of an open crime log that is available for inspection at the security desk in St. Brigid Hall.

Statistics
The following statistics listed are the number of crimes reported to Security. They do not reflect the outcome of investigations by Gwynedd Mercy University Security or the pertinent police department.

Clery Data Reported to University Public Safety MAIN CAMPUS (pdf-101kb)
Clery Data Reported to University Public Safety East Norriton. (pdf-99kb)
Clery Data Reported to University Public Safety- GPS Public Ledger (pdf-99kb)
Clery Data Reported to University Public Safety GPS Bensalem (pdf-99kb)

Definitions of terms found within the Clery Act

Campus - Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution of higher education within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls or any property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the institution and owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as food or other retail vendor).

Non-campus Building or Property - Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization recognized by the University or University 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 purpose, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably continuous geographic area of the institution. Gwynedd Mercy University does not have any Non-campus Buildings or Property as defined.

Public Property - All public property that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to and assessable from the campus, such as a sidewalk, a street, other thoroughfare, or parking facility.

Pennsylvania College & University Information Act Crime Rates
The Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act requires the release of crime statistics and rates to students and employees. The rate is based on the actual number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) students and employees which is calculated according to the following state mandated formula. The formula is the number of FTE students (2176) for fall 2013 plus the number of FTE employees (which is the sum of full time employees plus one half the number of part time employees or (342). The FTE is therefore 2518. The rate is obtained by dividing this figure into 100,000 and multiplying the quotient by the individual statistics to produce the crime rate per 100,000 persons in each category.

Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Report Act- Main Campus (pdf-119kb)
Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Report Act- GPS East Norriton (pdf-125kb)
Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Report Act- GPS Public Ledger (pdf-116kb)
Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Report Act- GPS Bensalem (pdf-116kb)

Note: All other offenses include harassment, harassment by communication, threats, unlawful restraint, loitering, prowling and trespass

Missing Student Notification

In the event that a student is reported as missing Gwynedd Mercy University follows specific steps described below to investigate that person’s location.

Gwynedd Mercy University strongly recommends all students to register confidential contact information in the event that a student over the age of 18 years is determined missing for a period of more than 24 hours

Reporting Missing Persons

Gwynedd Mercy University thoroughly investigates all community people reported as missing whether they reside on or off-campus. To report a missing person dial 1-1-1 from a campus telephone, use one of the blue light emergency telephones on campus or dial 215-641-5522 from off-campus/cell phones.You may report a missing person in person to the Depertment of Public Safety located in St. Brigid resident hall or to the Lower Gwynedd Police Department at 215-646-5300.

If the Missing Person is a student, Public Safety will follow these procedures:

A Gwynedd-Mercy Security Officer, upon confirmation that a student is missing and cannot be located, shall notify the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.

If the missing student resides in on-campus housing, the Gwynedd-Mercy Security Officer will notify the Resident Life Director or Staff Supervisor on duty. Public Safety and Residence Life will contact neighbors and friends in the immediate vicinity of the student’s room and report any findings to the Vice President of Student Services.

  • If the missing student residing on-campus has been missing for more than 24 hours, the Vice President of Student services or designee will notify the student’s designated emergency contact which is maintained in the Student Life database.
  • If the student is under 18 years old, the Vice President of Student Services or designee will immediately notify a custodial parent or legal guardian; and the missing student will be entered into the National Crime Information Center by the Lower Gwynedd Police Department.
  • If a student over 18 years old has not designated an emergency contact, the law enforcement agency where the student’s primary residence is located will be notified. All notifications as mentioned in this section will be made by the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee.

If the missing person is a commuter student, faculty or staff the University will assist the investigating jurisdiction upon request.

If the student has not been located within a reasonable amount of time, the Office of the Vice President for Student Services may contact the student’s parents or others for additional assistanc e.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
Timely Warnings
When the Department of Public Safety becomes aware of criminal incidents that, in the judgment of the University’s Director of Public Safety or designee and the Vice President of Student Services, constitute an ongoing or continuing threat to the campus community, the Division of Public Safety issues a Crime Alert to notify the community. These Crime Alerts are disseminated via the Division of Public Safety. Depending on the particular circumstances, a timely warning will be issued by the Division of Public Safety and the information may be disseminated by using one or a combination of the following: e-mail distribution; various campus publications; and/or activation of the e2campus alert system to advise the community of the situation.

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency preparedness at Gwynedd Mercy University is managed under the Department of Public Safety and the Campus Emergency Response Team. The Campus Emergency Response Team responsibilities are to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from any and all emergencies that could affect the Gwynedd Mercy University 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 Gwynedd Mercy University’s mission actively moving forward.

Gwynedd Mercy University Emergency Response plans are published on the Public Safety web page and on the Faculty Staff Intranet. These plans document the readiness of the Gwynedd-Mercy’s College community’s response in an all-hazards approach to emergency management and provide information for emergency responders to manage a crisis event as it unfolds.

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

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

Annual Fire Safety Report
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) mandates two (2) new safety-related requirements on institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs which follow:

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. Gwynedd Mercy University complies with this rule by including all fire-related incidents in the Daily Crime and Fire Log. These logs are maintained at the St. Brigid Resident Hall Security desk.
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. Gwynedd Mercy University complies with this regulation by including all fire-related incidents at on-campus student housing facilities as part of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report . Information contained in this annual fire safety report includes: number and cause of fires at all on-campus student 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 student housing facility; number of regular mandatory supervised fire drills; and policies on portable electrical appliance, smoking and open flames. The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report must include three (3) years of data.*

*Revisions to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) for Fire Safety and reporting were proposed in 2008. Therefore, only one year of data is currently available.

Fire Safety
Fires result in serious injuries, deaths and property loss? Residents must take precautions at all times to prevent a tragedy due to fire and smoke. Fire alarms, fire equipment and fire drill procedures protect lives and property. Whenever a fire alarm sounds, the residence hall complex is to be evacuated immediately. All residents should know the exit routes from their rooms? Please see staff with questions!

Please be familiar with the following Gwynedd Mercy University fire evacuation procedures:

Before a fire: Know at least two ways out of the building from your room.
If you discover a fire or smell smoke: Sound the building fire alarm. Know the location of the alarm pull stations and how they operate.
When the fire alarm sounds leave at once: Close all doors behind you. Proceed to the primary fire exit nearest to your location. Upon leaving the building, do not reenter until you are told you can do so by security personnel.
Do not use the elevator: Elevator shaft ways are like chimneys? smoke and heat enter the elevator shaft thereby asphyxiating the occupants of the elevator.
Feel the door that leads from your room: If it is hot or smoke is seeping in, do not open it. If you become trapped and cannot reach the fire exit keep the door closed and seal off any cracks. If you have a telephone in your room use it to call Campus Security, ext. 111 or 522, and give the name and location of the building, the floor you are on and the room number. If you do not have a phone, go to the window and signal for help.
Do Not Jump: The Fire Department will be in the building within minutes to assist you.
If the door feels cool: Open it cautiously. Be prepared to slam it shut if the hall is full of smoke or if you feel heat or pressure against the door. If the hall is clear, proceed to the nearest fire exit and move away from the building.
If caught in smoke or heat: Stay low where the air is better, take short breaths, (through your nose) until you reach the fire exit.
Know the numbers of doors from your room to the fire exit: If caught in heavy smoke, you can feel your way along the hall counting the number of doors to the exit as you go. This will prevent you from passing the fire exit.
When the fire department personnel have arrived, resident students are expected to comply with any directions from the fire department and maintain a clear area to allow them to complete their work: Public Safety and Security and Resident Life staff will give residents permission to return to the building when it is safe to do so? Returning prior to this time is prohibited.
Important: Be sure fire exit doors and hallway doors are kept closed at all times. These doors prevent the spread of noxious smoke and heat should a fire occur. If you observe these doors propped or tied open, please close them and report the occurrence to Security or Resident Life.

Regulations established by the University and Pennsylvania State law will be strictly enforced. Fire drills, usually unannounced, are conducted periodically.

Fire Safety Regulations
The following are considered serious violations of College policy and are subject to disciplinary action:
a. Failing to evacuate the residence hall during the sound of an alarm or reentering without permission
b. Tampering with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinklers or other safety equipment
c. Pulling a fire alarm or activating a smoke detector with no evidence of fire
d. Starting a fire or causing an explosion in or around the residence hall complex
e. Interfering with civil or College authorities as they respond to a fire or other type of emergency
f. Smoking in the residence hall complex and any areas other than those designated
g. Possession or use of the following items in areas others kitchens is prohibited, and will result in confiscation and disciplinary action:
High wattage appliances, particularly those with open or closed hearing elements (i.e. toasters, grills, microwaves, coffee makers, etc.), halogen lamps, fireworks or chemicals that re explosive or flammable in nature, candles or incense, extension cords or power strips not regulated by a circuit breaking device
h. Leaving cooking items unattended in kitchen while in use

2013 and 2012 FIRE STATISTICS

 

Resident Hall
Fire
Cause
Injuries/Death
Cost
Drills
Loyola
0
0
0
0
2
St. Brigid
0
0
0
0
2
Siena
0
0
0
0
2
Alexandria
0
0
0
0
2
Treweryn
0
0
0
0
2

 

All campus resident halls are equipped with automatic fire detection, alarm and sprinkler systems which are monitored by the Department of Public Safety, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.