Procedures

CRIME AWARENESS AND CAMPUS SECURITY ACT OF 1990

This information is provided to you as part of The University of Tennessee at Martin's commitment to a safe and secure campus.

 

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (Public Law 101-542, Nov. 8, 1990) is a legislative effort to address the perceived problem that some colleges and universities have been less than forthright about the crime risks which exist on campuses. The University of Tennessee at Martin has been engaged in providing information to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting ( UCR ) system since 1976.

 

A SAFE CAMPUS
The University of Tennessee at Martin offers a stimulating and challenging educational experience, at an exceptionally beautiful campus. The faculty and staff are committed to the goal of providing a hassle-free stay that is as safe as possible on a campus that offers the opportunity for intellectual growth.

 

You will also be pleased to know that the Martin community has a low crime rate. The citizens of the area realize UT Martin offers expanded educational, cultural, and health facilities. The campus-community relationship is close and contributes to the Martin community and The University of Tennessee at Martin being rated as one of the safest campus communities in the country.

 

A SAFE CAMPUS IS A GROUP EFFORT
The Public Safety policies and procedures are for your welfare. You can significantly help maintain your own safety while at UT Martin by following security policies and by using common safety practices, such as securing valuables, books, and calculators, walking in groups, reporting suspicious activity, and reporting even minor violations.

 

This information is meant to provide you with an overview of safety and security facts that will be helpful to you. It is intended for incoming students but will also be relevant to current students and all employees of UT Martin. Printed copies are available at our office upon request.

 

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A. Reporting Crime/Emergency Call Station Locations

University employees actively encourage students, faculty, staff, and visitors to report crimes as promptly as possible. Incident reports are issued on reports or complaints. Investigations are continued as situations dictate. Serial numbers and other identifying information on stolen items are reported nationwide through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) network.

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIONS OR EMERGENCIES

ALL EMERGENCIES SHOULD BE REPORTED BY CALLING 911. If you observe any suspicious activity or you need to request a police/fire/ambulance response for a non-emergency situation on campus, dial extension 7777 from any campus phone. If you are calling from a cell phone, dial 881-7777.

 

There are also emergency call stations that automatically contact the Department of Public Safety. They are located in the following locations around campus:

 

1. North of University Village south of covered pavilion.
2. South of the Sociology Building
3. South of Gooch Hall
4. Northeast Corner of the EPS Building
5. North Main Entrance of the Administration Building
6. Southwest Corner of Lot 20 (East of Child Care Center)
7. Southwest of Student Life Building
8. East of the Farm Teaching Facility (Graves Stable)
9. West Side of the Running Track (440 track) by the main soccer field.

10. Center of Lot 13 (east of Cooper Hall)

11. Center of Lot 15 (east of the Business Bldg)

12. South end of Lot 22 (North of the Elam Center)

13. North end of Lot 2 (By Tennis Courts)

14. Southeast corner of "G" Unit University Courts

15. West of University Courts Laundry

16. Northwest corner of "C" Unit Grove Apts.

17. Between Lots 7 and 19 (South of Ellington Hall)

18. Between Lots 9 and 10 (South of Univ Village Phase II)

19. South of the Running Track starting point by Lot 2 (near the pond)

20. Southwest corner of Lot 14 (Steam Plant)

21. Northwest corner of Lot 4 (Library)

22. Southwest Corner of the Fitness Trail (by Pathways)
23. Northwest Corner of the Fitness Trail (by the softball field fence)
24. Southwest corner of the Pond


There are also phones located in the lobbies and/or hallways of some Academic/Residential Buildings that can be used for emergency notifications by dialing 911.


There is also a public-access telephone located at the front door of Transportation Services. Uniformed officers make themselves visible during patrol. Resident students should call the Department of Public Safety directly or report any incidents or concerns to their Resident Assistant (RA) or Hall Director. Desk workers or other resident hall employees (wearing Housing or Maintenance uniforms for easy identification) are willing to help. These workers can get to a telephone quickly. Some carry radios that can contact the Department of Public Safety directly or through their department dispatcher.

 

Problems may also be reported in person at the Department Public Safety in Crisp Hall. Public Safety officers respond to and record complaints. Other officers and patrol employees are on foot. Non-police matters reported to Public Safety, such as mechanical or plumbing failures, will be passed on to the appropriate offices during working hours. Uniformed officers are notified of complaints during non-working hours and direct the dispatchers to call out appropriate staff personnel as needed.

 

As a result of the negotiated rulemaking process which followed the signing into law, the 1998 amendments to 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), clarification was given to those considered to be campus security authorities. Campus "Pastoral Counselors" and Campus "Professional Counselors", when acting as such, are not considered to be a campus security authority and are not required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics. As a matter of policy, they are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the annual crime statistics.


The rulemaking committee defines counselors as:


Pastoral Counselor
An employee of an institution who is associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by the religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.


Professional Counselor

An employee of an institution whose official responsibilities include providing psychological counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification.


To report crimes confidentially (they will be investigated):

text:  utm@tipnow.org

or go to

http://crime.utm.edu/ which is also a tab on the Department of Public Safety Web Site under "Crime Tip Form"

 

B. Access to Facilities

MAINTENANCE PEOPLE AND POLICIES ARE HERE FOR YOUR SAFETY
The University of Tennessee at Martin employs support staff who make it their job to keep your campus safe and easy to live in. On any given day there are heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning persons; custodial persons; carpenters; painters; grounds crew; electricians, plumbers, and locksmiths working to keep areas safe and clean for you. Seasonal student employees are hired during months of rapid plant and lawn growth. These people are busy keeping buildings clean, attractive, and safe. They mow grass and trim shrubs. Building exteriors, sidewalks, and parking areas are well-lit with automatic lighting, Pedestrian crosswalks are well indicated with signs, flashing lights and painted crosswalks.

 

Safety complaints such as lights out, broken sidewalks, or potential safety hazards are called in daily to the maintenance center by the Department of Public Safety, students, faculty, university employees, or guests. If possible, unsafe conditions are corrected immediately. Students living in residence halls may report maintenance problems or potential safety hazards to the Housing Department.

 

HOW THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WORKS FOR YOUR SAFETY
On-campus housing consists of three residence halls and two apartment complexes. All of the facilities use proven safety equipment and procedures to assist in the protection of the residents and property.

 

The Housing staff seeks to make the halls as safe as possible. All primary doors leading directly into residents' rooms are equipped with double locks and telephone jacks are provided in resident areas.

 

Outside entrances to the residence hall (Ellington, Browning, Cooper) are secured from midnight until 6 am and authorized entrance can be made only through the main lobby doors during these hours. A worker is stationed at the lobby desk area 24 hours a day, when the residence hall is opened, and monitors entrance into the halls. Interior end hallway doors in Browning and Ellington Halls are secured 24 hours a day and authorized entrance is provided only to residents of the specific floor. Cooper Hall and University Village have outside suite doors along with individual room doors that can be double-locked.

 

The Housing Staff employs staff and student workers. Resident Halls have a Hall Director and Assistant Hall Director who oversee the operation of the hall and supervise the staff. Often, they are university graduates and have or maybe obtaining a graduate degree and are experienced in resident life issues. The hall also have Resident Assistants assigned to each floor who have proven themselves to be exemplary students and who receive specialized training in conflict resolution, counseling services, emergency response procedures, crime prevention, and other issues

 

University Village has a Community Leader (the same as a Hall Director) over all of the units and a Community Advisor (the same as a Resident Assistant) assigned to each unit. They have the same qualifications and receive the same training as the other Hall Staff.

 

During times when there is low-occupancy rates in the student housing facilities for an extended period (ex: holidays, summer sessions, fall/spring breaks, etc), those residents who remain on campus are normally housed in one dorm that remains staffed with housing personnel. The remainder of the dorms are secured and randomly checked by housing and public safety personnel.

 

Students who have guests to stay overnight in one of the housing facilities need to inform the housing staff. The student is responsible for the conduct of their guests and need to insure they are familiar with and adhere to campus policies. At times, groups may attend specialized training or activities on campus and may be housed in on campus residential facilities. Normally, housing personnel will be assigned to the facility during the occupancy of such groups.

 

The Housing Staff also has maintenance workers who tend to the upkeep of the facilities and they also perform a vital role in the safety and security of the residence. They are vigilant for suspicious activity and/or safety violations and take corrective actions when necessary.

 

The Housing Staff Members are available to assist residents with safety and security issues, but the primary responsibility lies with each individual resident. Locking doors, exercising control over personal property, and remaining aware of surroundings are still the main contributors to safe and secure environment.

 

C. Campus/Local/State/Federal Law Enforcement

The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Public Safety is staffed by police officers who have full police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on UT Martin campus and within the limits of The City of Martin. They hold both state and local police commissions.

 

Public Chapter 78 of the Tennessee Public Acts of 1987 granted commissions to UT police officers and gives them police powers necessary to enforce state laws, as well as rules and regulations of the UT Board of Trustees. The authority extends to all facilities or property owned, leased or operated by the Board of Trustees, including any public roads or rights of way which are contiguous to or within the perimeter of such facilities or property.

 

The City of Martin has also issued police commissions to the officers of the Department of Public Safety. The Martin Police are responsible for the city areas, and the University Police for the campus areas. Assistance in either area is given when deemed necessary. There is a memorandum of understanding between the Campus and City Police departments that in most cases establishes that the primary investigative agency for most crimes will be the agency that has primary jurisdiction over the area where the crime, or most serious aspect of the crime, occurred.

 

STATE AND LOCAL POLICE
University police officers work closely with local police agencies to uphold federal, state, local laws and university policy. By agreement, and unless unusual circumstances exist, police agencies conducting investigations or holding warrants work through the Department of Public Safety. Campus dispatchers have direct contact with area police and emergency agencies, including fire and ambulance services.

 

Felony arrests and some misdemeanor charges are processed through the General Sessions Court. Offenders are housed at the Weakley County jail if needed. Bond is required before an offender is released. Other charges are processed through Martin City Court. Martin City Court usually allows students to sign their own bond.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY: A VARIETY OF PEOPLE
The Department of Public Safety has primary responsibility for student safety on campus. Other departments, such as Housing, Grounds, Maintenance, Student Health, and Student Affairs, have auxiliary duties that contribute to that level of safety.

 

The Department of Public Safety consists of commissioned police officers, dispatchers, safety officer, lock-up workers, secretaries, night supervisor coordinator, night supervisors and dorm patrol personnel. Upper-level personnel consist of a detective lieutenant, an operations lieutenant, a captain and a director.

 

Over half of the officers have a bachelor's degree and others are currently seeking a bachelor's degree. Some officers have master's degrees.

 

Uniformed officers are on duty twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year. All officers are armed when on duty.

 

Uniformed officers receive over 80 hours of training and must qualify with their duty firearms before starting patrol. All officers must attend and graduate from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy before the end of six months of employment. New officers are sent to the academy at the first opening available. In addition to the academy, all officers attend a minimum of forty hours of state certified in-service training annually. The Department of Public Safety conducts additional on-campus training sessions throughout the year on topics specifically relevant to campus security.

 

Upper-level supervisory personnel have extensive post-academy training. The director and captain are graduates of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

 

The Safety Officer is responsible for keeping the campus buildings and environment up to safety standards set by federal, state, and local statute. This officer investigates employee or student accidents to make sure the accident was not a result of unsafe conditions and makes sure that corrections are completed if necessary. Checks and records are kept of safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, air packs, sprinkler systems, etc. Monthly safety bulletins are written for campus distribution.

 

The Safety Officer coordinates training on the Campus Disaster Plan with the Emergency Preparedness Team Leaders of each academic building. This plan includes such topics as fire safety, evacuation of buildings, tornado preparedness, and other related topics. Working closely with University departments, the Safety Officer helps schedule informative meetings concerning the Right-To-Know Law, the Chemical Hygiene Plan, and job safety information. As needed, the Safety Officer demonstrates proper fire extinguisher usage for maintenance personnel, custodians, the housing staff and other interested groups.

 

Night Supervisors are in charge of the main desks in the residence halls from midnight until 8 a.m. every day that the residence hall is open. The Night Supervisors make periodic unscheduled checks of locked entrances, basements, and laundry room areas. In order to make the checks they are relieved by the Night Supervisor Coordinator or the Dorm Patrol so the main desk is not unattended. All Night Supervisors carry radios and are in contact with uniformed police officers and Department of Public Safety headquarters.

 

Dorm Patrol consists of non-uniformed workers who observe the outer areas of the residence halls. They are also in radio contact with patrolling uniformed officers, informing them of suspicious situations around the residence halls and parking areas.

 

Lock-up personnel and uniformed police officers have the responsibility of going through academic buildings late in the evening to check offices and classrooms and lock appropriate doors. They wear an identifiable name tag so they can easily be identified by faculty and staff working late in academic buildings. Offices, labs, and classrooms with valuable equipment are locked after a security check is made. Department safes are hand checked and reported if not properly locked. Persons in the building must produce proper identification if not known to the worker. Only students on access lists are allowed to remain in the building. All persons left in the building are reported to headquarters and listed on the daily log and/or building lock-up log. 

 

The Kathleen and Tom Elam Center, which is open to the general public, is patrolled by employees of Campus Recreation. These staff and student workers are trained to work with the University Police in reporting suspicious situations and persons. In case of any accident or other situation, uniformed officers respond upon request. Cameras monitor areas of high security risk, such as entrances to women's dressing areas, and are monitored by Campus Recreation.

 

Many events that are hosted by UT Martin are open to the general public. Departments inform Public Safety of scheduled events and make written requests for additional uniformed officers to work these events. The Department of Public Safety does not hire untrained outside help for any events. Upon request, local police cooperate in working traffic or patrolling areas to assist in crowd control. In turn, Public Safety officers often assist with local parades or events, as well as provide back-up for Martin Police officers when requested.

 

D. The University of Tennessee at Martin Community Population

(as of Fall 2009)
6994 FTE Undergraduate Students
374 FTE Graduate Students

535 Staff Personnel
292 Faculty Personnel

16 Full Time Police Department Employees
12 Police Personnel (Commissioned)

8207 Total Campus Population

 

E. Public Safety: Educational Programs

Department of Public Safety police officers are very active in the continual education of members of the University community. Designated officers receive specialized training that allows them to conduct classes in various topics on campus and in nearby schools; nursery schools, elementary schools, junior high and senior high schools, civic groups, church groups, sororities and fraternities, residence halls, orientations, and others. Faculty members often ask experienced Public Safety officers and supervisors to give guest lectures during academic classes. Some of the University Police programs offered are:

 

Against The Will Is Against The Law - This program focuses on the problems of rape and abuse in the collegiate setting. Acquaintance rape and violence in dating is targeted. Audiences of single sex are preferred. Programs are presented upon request. (60 minutes)

 

Freshman Orientation - Each school year all freshmen participate in the program put on by members of the UTM Department of Public Safety. Some of the topics discussed are:

 

1. Incidents and offenses that often lead to disciplinary actions and/or arrest:

  • assaults and physical violence
  • theft and vandalism
  • weapons
  • trespassing and open house violations
  • guest policy in the residence halls

2. Against The Will Is Against The Law:

  • discuss the problems of rape and abuse
  • acquaintance rape
  • violence in dating

3. You and The Law:

  • police powers; who has the power of arrest
  • arrest and booking
  • illegal possession or fraudulent use of credit or debit cards
  • theft of services

4. Drugs and Alcohol:

  • sale and possession
  • 18-21 year age law
  • DUI
  • Know Your Limits
  • University policies

You and The Law - The Department of Public Safety and the Office of Student Affairs have prepared this program as another way to inform members of the University community of selected University rules, city ordinances and state laws. Topics discussed are:

1. Police powers; who has the power of arrest
2. Arrest and booking
3. Alcohol (legal drinking age and DUI laws)
4. Illegal possession or fraudulent use of credit or debit cards
5. Theft of services
6. Theft of property
7. Fires and bomb threats
8. Weapons on University property
9. Trespassing on University property

 

After each topic is covered questions are taken and answered. It is our hope that a better knowledge of the laws will result in fewer infractions.

 

Children, Safety, and The Police - These programs are tailored for children of all ages, preschool through high school. Some of the program topics are: (1) Safety at Home and School, (2) Know Your Police Friends, and (3) Holiday Safety. These programs are given upon request. (30 minutes)

 

HOW YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Most freshmen attend the summer Freshmen First Year Initiative during which they meet many of the Public Safety personnel and are given written and verbal information concerning safety/security procedures, legal issues, and vehicle/parking information. One session with the freshmen groups is devoted to information concerning personal safety with emphasis on interpersonal violence and sexual assault prevention. 

 

Against The Will Is Against the Law - This program is offered for the entering freshman class. Topics discussed are acquaintance rape, date rape, group rape, stranger rape, other forms of sexual exploitation, and suggested precautions and preventions. It is stressed to the students that there can be no guarantee of complete safety. A few practices can serve to enhance their personal safety and protection. A question and answer session is included in this program.

 

Parent Student Orientations - This program is presented two or three times each year to prospective students and parents who spend the day on the UT Martin campus. Subjects cover responsibilities, authority, and services of the University Police: unlocking and starting cars, transporting injured, enforcing all laws and UT Martin policies, etc. Time is allotted to answer questions. (20 minutes)

 

F. Crime Prevention

Throughout the year the campus Safety Officer and Housing staff make students and employees aware of safety hazards and give tips on personal and environmental safety with printed bulletins, posters, and special programs. Some of these programs have been described elsewhere in this brochure. Programming is done on a continual basis.

 

Campus Safety Awareness - An informative program which discusses security of persons and personal property in the dorms and around campus. Preventive measures and procedures are outlined. Assistance from law enforcement, medical and counseling agencies in the community are described. Programs are given upon request. (60 minutes)

 

G. Timely Warning Policy

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures concerning the Timely

Notifications/Crime Alerts issued by the UT Martin Department of Public Safety. 

 

DETERMINATION:

The Department of Public Safety Director or a designee will develop timely warning notices for the University Community to notify members of the community about serious crimes against people that occur on or close to campus, where it is determined that the incident may pose an ongoing threat to members of the University community.

 

Timely Warning Notices are usually distributed for the following Uniformed Crime ReportingProgram (UCR)/National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) classifications: arson, criminal homicide, and robbery. Cases of aggravated assault and sex offenses are considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the facts of the case and the information known by the Campus PD. For example, if an assault occurs between two students who have a disagreement, there may be no on-going threat to other University community members, therefore; a Timely Warning Notice would not be distributed.

 

Sexual Assaults are considered on a case by case basis depending on the facts of the case, when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by the Campus Police Department. Timely Warning Notices may be distributed for other crimes as determined necessary by the Director or his or her designee in his or her absence.

 

The Director or a designee will develop timely warning notices for the University Community to notify members of the community about serious crimes against people that occur on or close to campus, where it is determined that the incident may pose an ongoing threat to members of the University community. These notices will be desimminated through Unversity Relations for release to local media as dictated.

 

This policy will remain in compliance with the applicable features of the Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act as mandated by the Department of Education.

 

PROCEDURES:

Crime Alerts/Timely Warnings will be disseminated without delay through all or part of: campus-wide e-mail (either normal channels or on the "emergency notification" channel-dependant on the level of threat posed) and/or through all, or part of, the University Emergency Alert System which includes: emergency text messaging system, the auto-dialer system, the UT Martin Home Page, contact with Building Managers, the tornado siren, and "word of mouth." 

 

The alert will include, or provide information where to obtain, the time, date, location, and details of the offense and any weapons or suspect/vehicle descriptions if available. The information provided in the alert will of course be limited by the amount of space authorized by the venue utilized. Additional information and where to obtain it will be posted as soon as practical.

 

Status updates as to the disposition or additional pertinent information in relation to the crime alert will be issued as dictated. 

 

Copies of the Crime Alert will be maintained with the master case file for the specific case or in the Cleary Report files as required.

 

H. Weapons Policy

All Public Safety uniformed officers and supervisors carry loaded weapons while on duty. These weapons may be used only when there is a serious, imminent, and identifiable threat to life or a threat of bodily harm.

 

Students who possess weapons for classroom purposes or for recreation must register/store these weapons at the Public Safety office, where they will be tagged and secured. Weapons may be checked in/out 24 hours a day from the Department of Public Safety.

 

There are specific laws that cover the carrying and possession, whether openly or concealed, of weapons of all descriptions, on any school property. Penalties range from Class B misdemeanors to Class E felonies.

 

I. Previous Criminal Conviction Policy

Students applying to The University of Tennessee at Martin are asked if they have ever been convicted for a crime other than a minor traffic violation. If a "yes" response is received from a prospective student, this information may be used in the assignment of University housing. Prospective employees are asked if they have ever been convicted of any criminal offense. UT Martin will not hire a candidate for a position if a prior offense indicates that the hiring would create a significant threat to the University community or to the public. Persons with previous felony convictions cannot be Public Safety officers.

 

UT Martin officials from Student Affairs, Continuing Education, Public Safety, Housing and the Chancellor's Staff, in consultation with The University of Tennessee Legal Counsel, established the following guidelines for University housing for persons arrested for commission of a serious crime:

 

(a) Any sentence imposed must be served or parole granted before a determination is made regarding housing.

 

(b) Each person's individual records will be examined to make a determination as to whether University housing should be provided.

 

(c) If University housing is provided, certain conditions may be imposed (for example, assignments of roommates, registration with Public Safety, etc.).

 

J. Crime Statistics and Crime Rates

Reference crime stats link on the UT Martin Dept. of Public Safety web site for the crime statistics for the UT Martin Campus and Satellite Campuses. The statistics, provided in compliance with Tennessee's College and University Security Information Act, as well as the Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, are for your information as part of UT Martin's overall safety program.

 

K. Off-Campus Student Organization Criminal Activity

An agreement is established with the Martin Police Department to provide the Department of Public Safety with the information needed to record incidents that occur at off-campus University recognized student organizations.

 

L. Alcohol Regulations

The University of Tennessee at Martin enforces state and local laws regarding the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages, It is against university policy and Tennessee law to sell, possess, and drink alcoholic beverages on the campus of UT Martin. Any person found using alcohol or under the influence of alcohol should be reported to the University Police for processing through the University or public judicial system.

 

Individual students identified by police officers, faculty, or staff as appearing to have a drug or alcohol problem are referred to Student Affairs and the Student Health and Counseling Services for evaluation and/or treatment. The following programs have been developed to help eliminate alcohol abuse:

 

Alcohol Education - A DUI information program consisting of slides and verbal descriptions of alcohol related accidents involving UT Martin students. Precautionary measures and current Tennessee alcohol laws, including the new 18-20 year old Alcoholic Beverage Violations laws, are also explained. This program is presented at Freshman Studies and upon request. (45 minutes)

 

Alcohol Abuse - A program which discusses the laws pertaining to alcohol, symptoms of alcohol abuse, precautionary measures, and area services available for counseling alcohol problems. This program is presented upon request. (60 minutes)

 

Know Your Limits - This is a different type of educational program that demonstrates levels of intoxication. The officers demonstrate a hand-held INTOXIMETER . The officers also explain the aspects of laws on alcohol possession and consumption. The interaction and sharing of information make this a very positive program.

 

M. Illegal Drug Enforcement

The University of Tennessee at Martin enforces state and federal laws concerning illegal drugs. Anyone who is reported to, or detained by, Department of Public Safety officers for being in possession of, using, selling, or manufacturing illegal drugs may be arrested and prosecuted. It should be noted that breaking drug laws on school grounds carries a mandatory added penalty upon conviction.

 

Drug Education - A program to educate students on the types and effects of drug usage. The emphasis is on preventive measures. Drug laws are thoroughly discussed.

 

N. Campus Sexual Assault Programs

Rape, acquaintance rape, and other forcible or non-forcible sex offenses are crimes that have a devastating impact on the victim and those close to the victim. The University of Tennessee at Martin realizes that any person associated with UT Martin or in the surrounding community is not immune to these crimes. Because there is no guarantee of complete safety, every effort is made to keep you aware of pertinent information. Through written materials and programming on sexual exploitation, The University of Tennessee at Martin is taking an active role in education, reporting, and prosecution of forcible and non-forcible sex offenses.

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Against The Will Is Against The Law is a program that focuses on the problems of rape, abuse, harassment, and interpersonal violence in the University setting. The written materials inform the students of the types of acts that constitute criminal or University offenses. (See Section 1--Security Policies and Procedures: D. Educational Problems: How You Can Learn About the University Police for additional descriptions of this program.)

 

O. If You Become A Victim

IF YOU BECOME A VICTIM consider the following actions. Remain as calm as possible and do NOT change clothes, shower, or douche. Notify a Law Enforcement Agency immediately Call 911 or the Department of Public Safety, 881-7777. Other available resources are the Student Health and Counseling Services (7750), Student Affairs (7700), or the area Crisis Line. (1-800-372-0693). Also available are the PSEPP Program on campus at 731-881-3869 and and the Women's Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP) at 1-800-273-8712. Officers are specially trained to be sensitive and responsive to the need of a victim. The officer will make sure you get proper medical attention and that tests are made to provide important medical evidence for purposes of prosecution. You do not have to make a prosecution decision at that time but may decide to do so at a later time. The officer will stay with you until you are at a safe place. If you do not want to return to your residence the Housing Department will provide alternative housing. People who can give you emotional support will be made available to you. The officer will also put you in touch with counseling or crisis professionals.

 

P. Who To Notify

You should call the Martin Police Department, 587-5355, if the crime occurred off campus. Offenses occurring outside of the Martin city limits should be reported to the Weakley County Sheriff's Department, 364-5454.

If you do not want to call the police, call a friend. If the friend thinks you should report the offense but you cannot bring yourself to do it, let the friend report and give the information to the authorities.

 

Q. Counseling

At The University of Tennessee at Martin students can receive free counseling services at Student Health and Counseling Services. . The telephone number is 881-7750. A Crisis Line is available through Pathways Counseling Center at 457 Hannings Lane in Martin. Pathways' telephone number is 587-3854. The Crisis Line number is 1-800-372-0693.

 

R. Change In Housing

The Housing Department, upon recommendation of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs or his designee, will accommodate a request for the change of a victim's academic and living situations after an alleged sex offense, if accommodations are reasonably available.

 

S. Disciplinary Action

The University policies and procedures regarding Standards of Conduct and the Judicial System at UT Martin are printed in the Student Handbook. Specific items listed below apply to alleged sex offenses:

 

1. Students alleged to have committed a sex offense will be charged with violation of Standards of Conduct numbers 4 and 13.

 

2. Cases will be referred to the University Council when a hearing is needed.

 

3. The accuser and the accused have been, and will continue to be, entitled to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding.

 

4. Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense.

 

5. Sanctions for violating any standard of conduct range from a warning, to probation, to suspension, to permanent dismissal. For sex offenses, suspension will be the least sanction to be recommended.

 

T. Phones with Photographic Capabilities

Cellular phones, pagers and other electronic devices shall not be used in a manner that causes disruption in the classroom, library or within University-owned or University-operated facilities, nor will these devices be used in an inappropriate manner. Utilizing these devices for purposes of photographing test question, other forms of academic misconduct, or illegal activity, such as photographing individuals in secure areas such as lavatories, dorm rooms, or locker rooms when a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, is prohibited.

Parking Information

All motor vehicles operated (utilized) by faculty, staff and students in connection with their employment or attendance at UT Martin must be registered at the UT Martin Department of Public Safety in Crisp Hall.

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Personal Property Inventory

The UT Martin Dept. of Public Safety would like to remind everyone maintaining an inventory of their personal property can help the appropriate authorities recover the property if it is lost or stolen.

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