Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing

Campus Safety

Rick Johnson, Campus Safety Coordinator, ext. 4463 Annual Campus Crime Statistics

The information contained in these web pages is intended to assist the Mount Vernon Nazarene Campus Safety Department with compliance to the requirements established in the Campus Crime Reporting Act, also referred to as the Clery Act.

The document contains crime statistics reported to have occurred on campus, in specific buildings owned or leased by the University and on public property immediately adjacent to campus. The report also includes institutional polices relating to campus security, policies such as the reporting of crimes. The campus crime statistics are cataloged by calendar year and are added to the annual crime report by October of the following year. The report is presented on a three-year calender format. For example, the 2001 crime report will include statistics from 1998, 1999, and 2000. Department incidents and records are maintained for a seven-year time period.

Any person may obtain a copy of the report by contacting the Campus Safety office by telephone at (740) 392-6868 ext. 4460 or by U.S. mail at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Campus Safety Department, 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

Campus Safety Policy Statements

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR REPORTING A CRIME, EMERGENCY OR SAFETY RELATED INCIDENT OCCURRING ON CAMPUS

TIMELY WARNINGS -- In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that in the judgment of the office the MVNU Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the Vice President for Student Life, or the Director of Campus Safety, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through the university emergency alert notification system to students, faculty and staff. The emergency alert notification system includes text message, or campus-wide email, or automated phone calls.

Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community or individuals, the Office of Student Development or the Campus Safety Department may also send a notice on the campus-wide email system, providing the community with more immediate notification. In such instances, a copy of the notice may be posted in each residence hall. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to Campus Safety, by phone at campus extension 8686, or 740-399-8686, or in person at the campus safety office.

PREPARATION OF DISCLOSURE OF CRIME STATISTICS -- The MVNU Campus Safety Departmernt 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 web site at:  hhttp://www.mvnu.edu/services/safety/safety.asp. This report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding our main campus and off-campus locations, and the office of Student Development. 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 Office of Campus Safety, designated campus officials (including but not limited to directors, deans, department heads, designated HRLO 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. Department of Counseling and Psychological Services staff inform their clients of the procedures to report crime to campus safety 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.

Each year, an e-mail notification is made to all enrolled students and MVNU employees that provides the web site to access this report. All prospective employees may obtain a copy from the website. Copies of the report may be obtained from the Campus Safety Department.

ENCOURAGMENT OF ACCURATE AND PROMPT CRIME REPORTING -- MVNU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to report all crimes and safety related incidents to MVNU Campus Safety at 740 399-8686 or campus extension 8686, and/or the Mount Vernon Police Department at 911 or 740 397-2222. Timely and accurate reporting is crucial to ensuring a safe environment for the MVNU community.

LIMITED VOLUNTARY CRIME REPORTING -- The Mount Vernon Police Department 740 397-2222 encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police. Because police reports are public records under state law, the Mount Vernon Police Department cannot hold reports of crime in confidence. Confidential reports for purposes of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can generally be made to campus safety officers at 740 399-8686, MVNU extension 8686 other MVNU campus security authorities as listed below.

HOW TO REPORT A CRIMINAL OFFENSE -- For non-emergency crimes, contact the Campus Safety Department at campus extension 8686 or off-campus phone 740 399-8686. For emergencies only, dial 9-1-1. Campus emergency phones are located at the main entrances to Pioneer dormitory, Oakwood dormitory, Galloway dormitory, Redwood dormitory, University main entrance welcome booth, and on the pathway leading to the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene. 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 Camus Safety. In addition you may report a crime or suspicious activity to the following individuals:

  • Lanette Sessink, Vice President for Student Life; Extension 4601
  • Rick Engstrom, Director of Residence Life; Extension 4605
  • Rick Johnson, Campus Safety Coordinator, ext. 4463
  • Travis Keller, Director of Student Involvement and Accountability; Extension 4604
  • Mount Vernon Police Department 740 397-2222
CAMPUS LAW ENFORCEMENT -- Mount Vernon Nazarene University Campus Safety Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at MVNU. Mount Vernon Nazarene University Campus Safety Officers have the authority to issue parking citations, which are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty and staff. Safety Officers do not possess arrest authority. Criminal incidents are referred to the local police who have jurisdiction on the campus. The MVNU Campus Safety Department maintains a professional working relationship with the Mount Vernon Police Department. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to the MVNU Campus Safety Department at 740 399-8686 or campus extension 8686 and/or the Mount Vernon Police Department at 740 397-2222. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING -- The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Campus Safety Department maintains a close working relationship with the Mount Vernon Police Department for on campus incidents. The MVNU Campus Safety Staff works with other agencies in the Mount Vernon area including the Mount Vernon Fire Department, the Knox County Sheriff Department, and the Kenyon College office of Campus Safety. Meetings are held with representatives of these other agencies on a formal and informal basis. The MVNU Campus Safety Officers and the Mount Vernon Police Departments communicate regularly on the scene of incidents that occur in and around the main campus area. The MVNU Campus Safety Officers work closely with the investigative staff of the Mount Vernon Police Department when incidents arise that require joint investigative efforts, resources, crime related reports and exchange of information, as deemed necessary. There is no written memorandum of understanding between Mount Vernon Nazarene University, the Mount Vernon Police Department or other police agencies around off-campus locations.

CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OFF CAMPUS -- Local criminal activity off campus is monitored by the Mount Vernon Police Department, Knox County Sheriff's Office, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Mount Vernon Nazarene University enjoys a close working relationship with these three agencies and a cooperative team approach addresses situations as they arise.

MISSING STUDENT NOTIFICATION -- If a faculty, staff or student member of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify MVNU Campus Safety at ext 8686, or the Vice President for Student Life at ext 4602, or a Student Life Resident Director, or Resident Assistant. Any of these contacts will generate a missing student report and initiate an investigation.

After investigating a missing person report, should Mount Vernon Nazarene University officials determine that the student has been missing for 24 hours, MVNU will notify the Mount Vernon City Police department and the student's emergency contact. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, MVNU will notify the student's parent or legal guardian immediately after MVNU has determined the student has been missing for 24 hours.

The 24 hour regulation does not preclude MVNU from contacting the student's contact person or their custodial parent or guardian immediately upon determination that the student is missing.

MVNU SECURITY AND ACCESS -- With certain exceptions, Mount Vernon Nazarene University academic and administrative buildings are open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees during regular business hours, Monday -- Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedule.

Oakwood, Pioneer, Galloway residential halls are secured 24 hours a day with access via a door access control (card reader) system. Only students residing in these dormitories have access 24 hours a day, while other students have limited access during the day. Issuance of identification cards for door access is controlled by MVNU Campus Safety. Other residential apartments are locked by keys issued to students residing in the apartments.

Some MVNU facilities may have individual hours which may vary at different times of the year. In these cases, the facilities are secured according to the schedule developed by the department responsible for the facility.

MVNU Campus Safety conducts nightly checks of each non-residence facility to ensure the building is secured. Maintenance concerns noted by Campus Safety officers are reported to MVNU Facility Services. The officers walk and patrol residential and non-residential areas on a regular basis.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- The possession, sale, use, or furnishing of alcohol on the Mount Vernon Nazarene Campuses is governed by the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Alcohol Policy and the State of Ohio. Laws regarding the possession, sale, consumption, or furnishing of alcohol is controlled by the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control and other federal laws. The enforcement of alcohol policies on the MVNU campuses is the responsibility of MVNU Student Development, Campus Safety and administration. MVNU campuses have been designated "Drug Free." The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are enforced by MVNU policy. Violators are subject to Mount Vernon Nazarene University disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine, and imprisonment. It is unlawful to sell, furnish or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. It is contrary to MVNU policy to consume, sell, furnish or provide alcohol to anyone.

ILLEGAL DRUG POSSESSION/USE -- Mount Vernon Nazarene University campuses have been declared "Drug Free." The possession, sale, manufacture, use or distribution of any controlled substance is prohibited under MVNU policy and is illegal under both state and federal law. The enforcement of alcohol policies on the MVNU campuses is the responsibility of MVNU Student Development, Campus Safety and administration. . Violators are subject to Mount Vernon Nazarene University disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine, and imprisonment.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION -- In accordance with the "Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act" of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Campus Safety Department is providing a link to the Ohio Attorney General Sexual Offender registry, This act requires institution of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by the state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student.

The State of Ohio Sex Offender registry is located at: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/ At the bottom of the page, under the "Enforcement" section, click on the Sex offender search tab. Unlawful use of the information for purposes of intimidating or harassing another is prohibited and willful violation shall be punishable under Ohio law.

Personal Safety
Personal safety tips are made available to the Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus community using the acronym PREVENT.

Prevention is the most effective means of fighting crime. Walk with friends or an escort, lock your doors and engrave your valuables.

Report in as much detail as possible any suspicious persons or incidents. Do not try to question or detain anyone yourself. Contact Campus Safety immediately at ext. 8686 on any University telephone, or on any of the yellow colored emergency phones located on campus.

Escape is your primary objective if you become involved in a dangerous situation. Do not attempt a physical confrontation if escape is possible.

Value your safety and the safety of others. Do not let apparent convenience outweigh security and safety considerations. Make a habit of being safety conscious.

Exercise common sense and awareness in your day-to-day activities. There is no need to be fearful, however, use reasonable caution.

Notify authorities when you observe potential criminal or suspicious activity.

Telephone numbers for emergencies:
Campus Safety 8686
Campus Operator 0
Fire Rescue 9-911
Medical and local law enforcement 9-911

Conceal Carry and Weapons on Campus - The state of Ohio allows qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons, but only if certain strict conditions are met. The Concealed Carry Law does not allow concealed weapons to be anywhere on the premises of a University (Forbidden Carry Zone) unless the weapon is locked in an automobile or in the process of being locked in the automobile. It is against MVNU policy to carry a firearm, deadly weapon, or dangerous ordinance onto any Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus or into any Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus facility.

Missing Property Report
If you think you have been a victim of a theft, please contact Campus Safety. A new online reporting form is being created.

Motor Vehicle Registration
Students need to register their vehicles every year (one vehicle per student, including motorcycles) through the Vehicle Registration Form. You must be confirmed to register. You will receive your parking decal in your campus mailbox at the MVNU Post Office window. If siblings share a vehicle, please let Campus Safety know so that two parking permits may be issued.

Traffic Citation Appeal
Please use this form to appeal an on-campus traffic citation.

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