SECURITY REPORT

 

2008-2010 Campus Security Report

Hennepin Technical College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities. 

 

Hennepin Technical College Security

Respectfully publishes this report each year

In honor of

Jeanne Ann Clery

 

Table of Contents

History

Campus Security

Crime Reporting Policies

Policies Concerning Safety of and Access to Campus Facilities

Security Considerations of Campus Facilities

Policies Concerning Law Enforcement

Programs to Educate HTC Community Regarding Security

Programs to Inform HTC Community Regarding Prevention of Crimes

Crime Statistics

Monitoring and Recording Activity at Off-Campus Locations

Policy Regarding Alcoholic Beverages on Campus and the

Enforcement of Federal and State Laws

Policy Regarding Drugs on Campus and

Enforcement of Federal and State Laws

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs

Policy Regarding Sexual Assault Programs and Procedures

Procedure for Campus Disciplinary Action for Sex Offenses 

History

In 1990, Congress enacted the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (Title II of Public Law 101-542), which amended the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). This act required all post-secondary institutions participating in the Title IV student financial aid programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The act was amended in 1992, 1998, and 2000. The 1998 amendments renamed the law the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act in memory of student Jeanne Clery who was slain in her dorm room in 1986.

The Clery Act requires higher education institutions to give timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees, and to make public their campus security policies. The Act also requires that crime data is collected reported and disseminated to the campus community and are also submitted to the Department of Education.

The goal of the Clery Act is to provide students and their families as higher education consumers, with accurate, complete and timely information regarding safety on campus so that they may make informed decisions.

To be in compliance with Clery Act regulations, an institution has several obligations, in three main categories.

  1. Policy disclosure
  2. Records collection and retention
  3. Information dissemination

Campus Security

Hennepin Technical College (HTC) encourages all students and College community members to be fully aware of the safety issues on the campus and to take action to prevent and to report illegal and inappropriate activities. Personal awareness and applying personal safety practices are the foundation of a safe community.

Pursuant to the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act, HTC monitors criminal activity and publishes this report and maintains a three-year statistical history on each campus.

HTC will notify prospective students and employees of its availability, and HTC will provide a copy of the report upon written request.

HTC currently has a variety of policies and procedures relating to campus security, and it expressly reserves the right to modify them or adopt additional policies or procedures at any time without notice. Such changes may appear in successive issues of this report.

Crime Reporting Policies:

Reporting Policies:

1. All criminal reports should be made to the Director of Security and Emergency Preparedness, or a Security Officer. If that person is not available, please report to the Administrator on Duty at the respective campus and that report will be forwarded to the appropriate office. Everyone on campus (including students, faculty, staff, and visitors) are encouraged to report immediately any and all potential criminal activity to the College and/or the Police Department. Individuals reporting to HTC who also wish to file a complaint with the Police Department will be provided with assistance from HTC upon request.

2. HTC requires a written report be completed by the appropriate personnel in order to correctly process the incident and involve the Police Department.

3. HTC will issue an annual report of criminal reports made to Campus Security and other law enforcement agencies for crimes occurring on College property or facilities. The annual report includes reported crimes alleged to have occurred on the campus and facilities owned or rented by HTC and/or recognized student organizations. It includes the following reports of crime:

  1.  Aggravated Assault
  2.  Arson
  3.  Burglary
  4.  Hate Crimes
    •  Aggravated Assault
    •  Forcible Rape
    •  Murder
  5.  Manslaughter
  6.  Motor Vehicle Theft
  7.  Murder
  8.  Robbery
  9.  Sex Offenses (Forcible)
  10.  Forcible rape
  11.  Forcible sodomy
  12.  Sexual assault with object
  13.  Forcible fondling
  14. Sex Offenses (Non-Forcible)
    •  Incest
    •  Statutory rape
  15. The report also includes arrests for the following:
    •  Drug abuse violations
    •  Liquor law violations
    •  Weapons possession

4. The Director Security and Emergency Preparedness serves as the primary liaison for Campus Security with all law enforcement agencies.

5. When reports are made, the administrator on duty (or their designee) will decide if a threat continues to exist to the campus community. If a threat continues to exist, a warning will be sent out informing the campus community.

Reporting Procedures:

1. All criminal activity occurring on campus should be reported immediately to Campus Security and/or to the Police Department. Campus Security will assist the complainant in completing an incident report. In appropriate cases, reports will be shared with the Campus Administration.

2. Every effort should be made to ensure that physical evidence is maintained and protected. Immediate reports will assist in preserving evidence.

3. If you are a victim of a crime or witness a crime:

  •  Call 911 for any emergency including medical assistance, fires, suspicious people or activities, crime reports, traffic accidents, or other illegal activities;
  •  Attempt to obtain a description of the offender(s), including sex, age, race, hair, clothing, and other distinguishable features. Attempt to obtain a description and license number of any vehicle involved. Note the direction taken by offenders or vehicles and report those to Campus Security or the Police;
  •  Preserve the crime scene; do not touch any items involved in the incident. Close off the area of the incident and do not allow anyone in the crime area until Campus Security and/or Police arrive.

4. HTC will accept third-party reports in cases of sexual assault in order to protect the victim's identity.

5. All employees, faculty, or staff that become aware of an allegation of violation of College policy, student code of conduct, or civil or criminal law, must report the allegation to their supervisor and Campus Security. These individuals should not attempt to investigate, but should instead report and allow HTC to initiate an investigation.

6. All persons in the HTC community are encouraged to assist anyone in reporting alleged criminal activity by contacting the Administrator on Duty and/or the Police Department, as well as providing information to complete the incident report.

7. Student Organizations with control of any facility are encouraged to report safety and security concerns to a HTC administrator.

8. Counselors are required to provide statistical information relating to crimes on campus but may continue to honor the confidentiality of victims.

College's Response to Reports:

1. All allegations will be investigated. These investigations may be made in conjunction with Law Enforcement officials.

2. When alleged perpetrators are identified as students, the case will be forwarded to the college Administration for investigation and appropriate action. Criminal investigation, arrest and prosecution can occur independently, before, during or after the campus judicial process.

3. The College will issue a timely warning to members of the campus community in cases of reported murder, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and any hate crimes (manifesting evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity) of murder, forcible rape or aggravated assault, and in cases where there is a continuing threat to the College Community. In such cases, warnings will be published through campus bulletins.

Policies Concerning Safety of and Access to Campus Facilities:

Personal Security Recommendations:

1. Campus security officers are available to assist you in protecting yourself by providing regular foot and/or vehicle patrols, and escort services. However, only you can protect yourself by being aware of your surroundings and taking appropriate steps in preventing crime from happening.

2. Call for an Escort.  Phone numbers for requesting an escort are posted by house phones. The number for BPC security escort is 763-238-5530 and for EPC is 763-238-5533.

3. Protect your property:

  •  Participate in Operation Identification by engraving your Operation Identification number on your valuables.
  •  Personal property (purses, briefcases, calculators, etc.) should never be left unattended. Take such items with you if you are leaving the classroom or any other campus area.
  •  Always lock your car doors.
  •  Protect all valuables in your classrooms. Do not leave valuables in plain view.
  • Park your bike where you can keep an eye on it if possible. Always lock your bike. There are several good antitheft devices available. Case-hardened heavy locks and chains afford the best protection.

4. Protect your automobile:

  •  Always lock your car doors and never leave your keys in the vehicle.
  •  Try to park your car in a well-lit area.
  •  Avoid leaving property where it is visible.

5. Protect yourself at night:

  •  Avoid walking alone at night.
  •  Refrain from taking shortcuts, walk where there is plenty of light and traffic.
  •  Call for an escort.

6. Avoid walking alone at night:

  •  Walk along well-lit routes.
  •  Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed, yell for help, run in a different direction or go  
  • to the other side of the street, or head quickly for a lighted area or a group of people.
  •  Have your keys ready when returning to your vehicle and keep your personal or valuable items concealed and close to your body.

7. Help us protect you:

  1. Watch for suspicious persons in and around College buildings and in parking lots. Do not pursue them.
    •  Suspicious activity:
    •  If you see any suspicious activity or people on or near campus, dial 911 or call Campus Security. Do not assume that what you observe is an innocent activity or that it has already been reported.
    •  Suspicious people may be:
    •  Loitering about at unusual hours and locations; running, especially if something of value is being carried.
    •  Exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms. Person(s) could be under the influence of drugs or otherwise needing medical or psychiatric assistance.
    •  Carrying property that might be suspicious, depending on the circumstances, going from room to room trying door handles.
  2. Report all thefts and property loss immediately.
  3. Be security conscious at all times.

Security Considerations of Campus Facilities:

Building access and maintenance:

1. The HTC campus is for the use of the students, faculty, staff and their escorted guests and those on official business with HTC. All others are subject to being charged with trespassing.

2. Access to campus buildings is limited to normal business hours.

3. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to report needed repairs to the Vice President of Administrative Services for all academic areas.

Policies and procedures for safe access to buildings:

1. Keys are only issued to authorized faculty and staff.

2. Exterior building doors should not be blocked open when the doors are locked.

3. Building evacuation is mandatory for all fire alarms.

4. Individual buildings are normally open from 7 a.m. until after evening classes, and for scheduled weekend classes and special events.

5. Faculty or staff should ask unauthorized people to leave the premises. The building must be secured when the last employee leaves. In buildings that have outside windows, employees should close and lock them before leaving the building.

Policies Concerning Law Enforcement:

1. Any Staff, Faculty, Security Officer, or student, is authorized to make a citizen's arrest. .

2. HTC works with the Police Department, County Sheriff's Department, and State and Federal law enforcement agencies to track and respond to campus criminal activity.

  • Report all crime immediately. All criminal activity on campus should be reported immediately to Administration and/or the Police Department.
  •  HTC will assist the complainant in completing criminal reports.
  •  HTC will accept the third party reports in certain cases, like sex offenses. HTC prefers to receive reports from the    victim as the detail is often more accurate when received directly from the victim.
  •  Maintain all physical evidence. Do not wash off or destroy what may be critical evidence.

4. Report as much detail as possible to ensure accurate reporting. If you are a victim of a crime, your immediate recall of the event is often the best. Write down as much information as you can remember after a crime. If you cannot identify the perpetrator by name, try to recall as many details as possible, including:

  •  Gender
  •  Approximate age
  •  Height/Weight/Build
  •  Description of face including eye color, hair color, hairstyle (short, curly, etc.), jaw, nose, facial hair
  •  Clothing
  •  Glasses
  •  Distinguishing marks, including scars
  •  Distinguishing walk

Programs to Educate the HTC Community Regarding Security:

Educational Programming on Campus:

1. HTC encourages students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. The security procedures are posted on the campus website.

2. HTC provides information to its students regarding security and safety at each of its orientation sessions. These sessions are presented at the start of each semester for new students and at evening orientations for evening students.

3. Information relating to safety and security, sexual abuse and harassment, and unacceptable behavior as defined in the student conduct code is provided in the student handbook and, in part, in the college catalog.

4. The HTC Counseling Departments provide staff to aid students in coping with alcohol and drug abuse.

HTC provides this brochure to students and staff on the HTC Website. It outlines information regarding the safety and security concerns and efforts of the college. Students are also informed through use of orientation sessions and other documents and publications about safety and security. Additionally, information is provided to staff at workshops.

Crime Statistics:

**BP=Brooklyn Park Campus; EP=Eden Prairie Campus

 

2010

2009

2008

 

BPC

EPC

BPC

EPC

BPC

EPC

Reports* of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

b. Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

c. Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

d. Sex offenses - Non-forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

(Include only incest and statutory rape)

 

 

 

 

 

 

e. Robbery

0

0

0

1

0

0

f. Aggravated assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

g. Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

h. Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

i. Arson

0

0

0

0

0

1

Hate Crimes by criminal offense

 

 

 

 

 

 

a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

b. Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

c. Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

d. Sex offenses - Non-forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

(Include only incest and statutory rape)

 

 

 

 

 

 

e. Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

f. Aggravated assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

g. Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

h. Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

i. Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

j. Any other crime involving bodily injury

0

0

0

0

0

0

*The above are reports of alleged criminal activity and do not necessarily constitute an arrest or conviction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrests for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

a. Illegal weapons possession

0

0

0

0

0

0

b. Drug law violations

0

0

0

0

0

1

c. Liquor law violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Disciplinary Actions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

a. Illegal weapons possession

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, the following criminal activity occurred on public property adjacent to the campuses:

 

2008 Brooklyn Park Campus - None. Eden Prairie Campus - None.

2009 Brooklyn Park Campus - None. Eden Prairie Campus - Drug Abuse Violations, 3.

2010 Brooklyn Park Campus - None. Eden Prairie Campus - None.

 

 

Policy Regarding Alcoholic Beverages on Campus and the Enforcement of Federal and State Laws:

1. HTC forbids the use (consumption, possession, manufacture, sale, transportation or furnishing) of alcoholic beverages on campus. HTC also forbids the maintenance of unlawful drinking places on campus. This prohibition of possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus applies regardless of age.

2. HTC enforces the Minnesota drinking laws, including the prohibition of use by persons less than 21 years of age, and College policy. Possession or consumption of alcohol on campus is prohibited by HTC and may result in a student disciplinary complaint.

3. If the accused is not cooperative or is underage, the Police will be called to assist.

Policy Regarding Drugs on Campus and the Enforcement of Federal and State Laws:

1. HTC forbids the possession, use, or sale of illegal drugs (other than by a doctor's prescription) on campus. This includes but is not limited to possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs.

2. HTC enforces both Minnesota and Federal drug laws regarding the use, possession, and sale of illegal drugs.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs:

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the College's policy regarding alcohol and other drug use, including unlawful drug use or abuse in the workplace in accordance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690, Title V, Subtitle D) and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226). A copy of the Drug Free Workplace information is enclosed in the student handbook and may be obtained from the Registrar's Office. Interested individuals may obtain a copy of the handbook as it lists policies and programs.

The College recognizes the reality of chemical dependency and is aware of its occasional presence in the College community. The College encourages and provides reasonable assistance to any student, faculty or staff member who seeks information on chemical dependency or treatment for chemical dependency. The Counseling Department provides information and prevention programs for those seeking help with substance abuse.

Policy Regarding Sexual Assault Programs and Procedures:

Law enforcement information about level 3 sex offenders can be found at the Department of Corrections web site:

http://www.doc.state.mn.us/level3/level3.asp

Information about level 2 offenders may be obtained from your local law enforcement agency.

Policy

1. HTC's policy on sexual abuse and harassment is governed by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System's policy. In support of the system policy, HTC reaffirms the policy that sexual abuse and harassment will not be tolerated. Every effort will be made to assure that all members of the College community are provided an atmosphere free from sexual abuse and harassment. To prevent sexual abuse and harassment, efforts will be undertaken to inform employees and students of their responsibilities regarding such behavior, how to identify and eliminate potential sexual abuse and harassment and what steps can be taken if instances of sexual abuse and harassment are experienced.

2. HTC implements a number of processes and procedures aimed at preventing sexual offenses. These include nightly security patrols of the campus, video surveillance, providing escorts, inspecting the campus for potentially dangerous areas, and inspecting campus lighting.

3. A guiding principle in the reporting of sexual assault is to avoid re-victimizing the sexual assault survivor by forcing the person into any plan of action. Sexual assault survivors may contact community services for assistance.

Emergency Numbers:

Brooklyn Park

  • Campus Security (763) 238-0905
  • Brooklyn Park Police Department 9-911

Eden Prairie

  • Campus Security (763) 238-0905
  • Eden Prairie Police Department 9-911

Procedure:

1. Contact 911 as soon as possible after the offense. Please remember it is most important to preserve evidence. Do not bathe, use the toilet, or change clothing. Note everything about the location. If you have been raped, you should seek medical attention immediately regardless of whether you report the matter to the police.

2. Every attempt is made to maintain the anonymity of the sexual assault survivor. The College will attempt to provide support and for sexual assault survivors. Each report of sexual assault will be investigated in order to provide better protection to the survivor of a sexual assault and all members of the College community. Sexual assault survivors should be aware of the need of the College to release information regarding the fact that an assault has occurred for the protection and safety of others.

3. The Vice President of Administrative Services will be the office of official record for reports of sexual assault, as it is in all reported law violations. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the Vice President's Office to report any information regarding assaults.

4. Sexual assault survivors have the right to have reports made anonymously (third party) to the Police Department. HTC will assist the survivor in making this report if the survivor so wishes. In these situations, the name of the complainant will not be forwarded. Third party reports may prevent the College and the Law Enforcement from actively investigating the criminal activity.

5. Counseling and medical services are available both on and off campus. If you are the victim of a sexual assault, HTC encourages you to contact one or more of the following:

Emergency Numbers:

 Brooklyn Park

  • HTC Counseling Dept. (763) 488-2579
  • First Call for Help (612) 335-5000

Eden Prairie

  • HTC Counseling Dept. (952) 995-1451
  • First Call for Help (612) 335-5000

6. If the College determines that a threat continues to exist for the community, information about the reported sexual assault will be reported to the campus community whether reported by a sexual assault survivor or through a third-party report. As much detail as possible regarding location, date and time of the assault, and any information which might help identify the assailant will be reported. The College will inform the campus community of the reported sexual.

7. Each report will be taken as presented by the complainant. Appropriate criminal classifications will be determined after a review of all facts by Law Enforcement personnel.

8. The College will take appropriate action to safeguard the alleged survivor and, at the same time, protect the rights of the alleged perpetrator.

9. The College will normally not take any disciplinary action against a member of the campus community without a written complaint and the assistance of the complainant in the disciplinary process, unless the College determines there is a clear danger to the College community.

Procedures for Campus Disciplinary Action for Sex Offenses:

1. The College disciplinary process is an option for any person wishing to report a case of student misconduct. In order for HTC to proceed, a written complaint must be filed. If the complaint is criminal in nature, it will also be forwarded to local law enforcement.

2. There are different standards of proof in the College conduct proceeding than in the possible criminal action. HTC encourages students who are the victims of sexual assault to proceed with the College process and the criminal process.

3. Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to have others present (an advocate or advisor) during the disciplinary proceeding.

4. Both the accuser and the accused have the right to call a reasonable number of witnesses during the hearings to testify on their behalf.

5. Both the accuser and the accused have the right to request in advance the names of witnesses and shall have the right to question witnesses during the hearing.

6. Both the accuser and accused shall be informed of the outcome of the College disciplinary proceeding concerning the complaint of sexual offense.

7. Sanctions following a College disciplinary proceeding include, but are not limited to, expulsion or suspension.


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