Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

2019

ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT

Introduction

This report was compiled and completed by the University Police Department and the Chief of Police in consultation with the Vice President of Student Affairs. Any questions regarding this report should be directed to the University Police at 607-587-3992.

Unless otherwise noted, all policies and procedures mentioned in this document apply to the Alfred Campus, Wellsville Campus, and the Northland Campus in Buffalo.

General Information

As of September 2020, approximately 3667 undergraduates were enrolled at Alfred State. Approximately 2295 students resided in 19 residence halls on the campus. Of the undergraduate student population, approximately 637 attend the Wellsville campus during the day, and there are 188 students that attend classes at the Northland Campus in Buffalo NY. Both are separate campuses for the purposes of this report.

In 2019, the College employed approximately 181 full-time teaching faculty, 409 professional staff, and 78 part-time faculty. Of these, approximately 47 faculty and 31 professional staff were assigned to the Wellsville campus.

 

SECTION 1 – The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (Public Law 101-542) was signed into law in November 1990. Title II of this Act was known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, which was amended and renamed in 1998 as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act, then amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), effective July 1, 2015.

This law mandates that institutions receiving Title IV federal funds disseminate crime statistics for certain serious offenses that occurred on campus and in adjacent areas for the current and previous two calendar years. The purpose of this report is to provide current and prospective faculty, staff, and students with campus safety information including crime statistics and procedures to follow to report a crime.

This reporting responsibility goes beyond “official” reports and must include incidents reported to identified staff, even if a victim or student who reports a crime does not want to pursue action and wishes to remain anonymous. All college officials with “significant responsibility for student and campus activities” are required to report crimes. These officials include the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, all University Police personnel, the Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs, the Title IX Coordinator and all Deputy Title IX Coordinators, the Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director, all coaches and athletic trainers, the Coordinator of Campus Recreation, the Coordinator of Student Affairs on the Wellsville Campus, all UUP employees, and all advisors and coaches to student clubs and organizations. The Campus Security Authority Third Party: Crime & Incident Reporting Form (pdf) is available on the University Police website.

 

SECTION 2 – Reporting Locations

This law requires that campus report specific criminal activities that occur on campus property and specific areas around those properties. Note that crimes occur in the community beyond what is required to be reported in this document. Students, employees and community members are advised to exercise caution in ALL locations.

On-campus is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by the institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area identified in this definition that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person and supports institutional purposes. At Alfred, this includes the Alfred Campus property, the president’s home, the College farm, motor sports complex, motorcycle and power technology building, the Veterinary Technology building, the Anderson Home, and the Woodsman practice area, the Wellsville Campus property, Educational Foundation, Inc. properties and the Northland Campus.

Non-campus is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution. The campus owns/operates property in Groveland New York.

Public Property is defined as all public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks and parking facilities, within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

 

SECTION 3 – Related Websites

 

SECTION 4 – Missing Students

If a member of the college community has reason to believe that a student is missing, they should immediately notify the University Police at 607-587-3999. Do not wait if you believe a student is missing. In addition to registering a general emergency contact, students have the option to confidentially identify an individual to be contacted in the event the student is determined to be missing. A student who wishes to identify a confidential contact can do so by completing an emergency card upon move-in and indicating on the document whom they wish to identify. A student’s confidential “Missing Student” contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement in the course of the investigation.

On-campus students: University Police will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation. University Police will notify all local police agencies pursuant to the Memorandums of Understanding. University Police will notify the student’s “Missing Student” emergency contact and the student’s parents/guardian if the student is under 18 years of age (and not considered emancipated) within 24 hours of the University Police determination that the student is officially “missing.”

Off-campus students: The investigation will be referred to the proper local law enforcement agency and the University Police will assist said agency.

 

SECTION 5 – Reporting Crimes

To encourage accurate and prompt reporting, inclusion in the annual crime statistics, and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community, all members of the campus community are urged to report criminal incidents, emergencies, suspicious activity, and public safety related matters. To contact University Police, call 607-587-3999. The off-campus emergency number for each campus is 911. University Police will be dispatched by the Allegany County 911 Center immediately upon receipt of a 911 call and the Buffalo Police will be dispatched to the Northlands campus. These numbers should be used for all fire, medical, and police emergencies.

Crimes in progress and any other emergency on campus can be reported directly by anyone to University Police. University Police can also be reached by using the campus emergency blue light phones. University Police officers are dispatched immediately to the site of the report. All reports are classified, logged and responded to thoroughly and kept on file.

Reported crimes are handled by UPD and forwarded to the Office of Judicial Affairs for potential judicial action.

University Police handles sexual assault cases and works with the Title IX office to assist victims who seek criminal charges. University Police works with the Title IX office to place survivors in contact with victim advocates who can provide 24-hour assistance.

Alfred State has the authority to pursue student conduct action for incidents occurring off campus that violate College policy including federal, state and/or local laws, statutes, and ordinances.

 

SECTION 6 – Unfounded Crimes

A crime can only be unfounded if the report is found to be false or baseless. A crime is not considered unfounded if someone is found not guilty, not arrested, or not charged. Un-founding is an extreme and rare measure to be used when, using a reasonable investigative standard, sworn law enforcement determine that the reported crime did not happen. Only sworn/commissioned law enforcement can "unfound” a crime. This does not include a district attorney.

 

SECTION 7 – Standard Facility Access

During business hours, the College (excluding housing facilities) will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours, access to college buildings is controlled through key control, keypads, card swipes, or by admittance by University Police, Student Life, Facilities, or ACES staff. In the case of periods of extended closing, the college will admit only those with prior written approval to all facilities.

Access to the residence halls is limited to students and their guests according to a guest procedure presented in the Student Code of Conduct, Section 6 and in the Alfred State Housing License (pdf). Access to the residence halls by college employees is on a "as needed" basis and incorporates strict key control procedures through the Facilities Department.

The public can attend cultural and recreational events on campus with their access limited only to the facilities in which these events are held. To report any violations of this policy or to report suspicious persons, dial University Police at extension 3999.

 

SECTION 8 – Safety and Security Responsibilities

University Police

The University Police Department is responsible for coordinating campus safety and all law enforcement activities at Alfred State. University Police is a fully staffed, equipped, and accredited law enforcement agency. University Police Officers are sworn police officers whose authority is specifically listed in the New York State Criminal Procedure Law §1.2, subsection 34(s) and the New York Education Law §355, subsection 2.

All SUNY police officers must meet the highest standards in New York State for law enforcement officers. Officers have successfully completed the basic course for police training program administered by the State University at the New York State Police Academy in Albany, New York, or a local regional academy. Once hired Officers undergo continuous training to upgrade their skills, advance their professional development, and form additional specialized areas of expertise.

University Police Officers respond to all emergency calls for service. Officers have been trained in emergency medical procedures and first aid including CPR/AED and Naloxone administration. Officers conduct foot, bike, UTV and vehicular patrols on the campus and residence hall areas 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. The objective of the University Police Department is to provide a safe environment for teaching, research, learning, social endeavors, and to protect the lives and property of the students, employees, and visitors of the college. This objective is pursued within the framework of the State University rules and regulations and all local, state, and federal laws.

The investigation of crimes committed on campus falls under the jurisdiction of University Police. A daily log of incidents that occur on campus is kept and is available for the public to view from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday or by request by contacting University Police or on the departments’ web page. The log includes the date, time, general location and disposition of the complaint. Entries are available for review unless the Chief of University Police for safety and security reasons deems them confidential. The University Police Department works closely with the Alfred Village Police Department, the Wellsville Village Police Department, the Allegany County Sheriff's Department, and the New York State Police who assist with incidents that may occur off campus but involve campus staff or students. The University Police and the Alfred Police have a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and routinely utilize it.

The New York State Campus Security Act requires all public, private, community colleges and universities in New York to have a formal plan that provides for the investigation of missing students and violent felony offenses on campus. This involves written agreements between university and college authorities and the municipal law enforcement agencies having concurrent jurisdiction.

Alfred State’s University Police have a local Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Alfred Police Department in the event a violent felony or a missing student is reported to campus authorities. Should such a report be received, University Police may request assistance from the Alfred Police Department as well as the New York State Police, or the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office as appropriate to conduct a complete investigation.

Campus Safety Advisory Committee

This committee’s responsibilities are:

  • Advise the Vice President of Student Affairs and the President on matters of campus security, public safety and personal safety;
  • Review and suggest improvement in safety and education programs;
  • Conduct ongoing assessment of the quality of campus personal safety policies, practices, procedures, and programs;
  • Conform to the 1990 Amendment to Section 6450 of the Education Law by providing information to incoming students about sexual assault prevention measures, penalties and related security procedures;
  • Ensure that Alfred State is in full compliance with New York Education Law 129A;
  • Ensure an Annual report is provided to the President for filing with the commissioner of education by July 1st.

Behavioral Intervention Team

This team formalizes a process for reporting and addressing specific, alarming behaviors that do not fall within existing reporting procedures such as those established by Counseling and Wellness Services, University Police, Residential Services, and the Office of Judicial Affairs. Specifically, this team will create a care management system to intervene early with students who are at risk. They will:

Receive information, both oral and written, from faculty and staff about behavior that may be threatening;
Stay attuned to escalating behavior or potential physical violence; and
Develop a plan of action for the student such as contacting parents, referrals to various campus resources, disciplinary action, etc.
Facilities Services

Facilities Services maintains the campus buildings and grounds with a priority of safety and security. Staff inspect campus facilities regularly, promptly make repairs affecting safety and security, and respond immediately to reports of potential safety and security hazards such as broken windows and locks.

For concerns about the physical safety of campus buildings and grounds, call Facilities Services at 607-587-4755 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Emergencies outside of these hours should be reported to University Police at 607-587-3999.

The campus is well lighted, and improvements on lighting are a constant consideration. Alfred State has installed high-intensity lights on buildings, along the loop road, in parking lot areas, in areas with heavy landscaping and trees, and along pathways frequently traveled by students. Outdoor emergency blue light phones are connected directly to University Police. In addition, security cameras are used across campus and continue to be added as facilities are renovated and improved.

Residence Life and College Housing

Staff are committed to providing a safe environment for students within the residence halls. Students are made aware of safety concerns as well as prevention tactics and personal responsibility through a variety of in-hall mediums. Each residence hall is supervised by a residence hall director who is a professional staff member residing within the hall. Each building is also staffed with several trained resident assistants (RAs).

There is a designated residence hall director on duty 24 hours a day. Each residence hall has an RA on duty from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Residence hall students are issued a key to their room and use their Alfred State ID card for access to their own residence hall main entrance. Hall entrances are locked 24 hours a day.

Residence hall guest policies along with other policies and procedures are listed in the Housing License. Residence Hall policies can be found online.

 

SECTION 9 – Emergency Response

The College’s leadership is trained in assessing emergencies, appropriately responding to emergencies, and initiating necessary communication with those immediately impacted by the event and the greater campus community.

The Chief of University Police, in consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs, is responsible for determining the level of an incident. In the absence of the chief, a Lieutenant, or the officer in charge, respectively, will make appropriate consults and level determination. If there were a serious, immediate threat to the health and safety of the campus community, the emergency response protocol would be enacted as appropriate to the situation. This can include activation of an outdoor warning siren and activation of RAVE, the emergency notification system used by Alfred State. RAVE has the ability to send emergency specific messages to the community through a variety of methods including: email, text message, phone calls, network connected computer takeover, campus signage, Twitter, and the College website. Notification to the greater campus community is coordinated between University Police and Marketing and Communications

Employees and students should familiarize themselves with the emergency evacuation procedures posted in their buildings. Special attention should be given to the evaluation procedures for persons with disabilities.

Alfred State announces and tests its emergency notification system two times per year. Fire drills are conducted three times per year and pursuant to its procedures, fire drills are not announced. Learn more about the emergency notification system.

Timely Warnings shall be issued whenever a Clery crime that is considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees is reported to University Police or a local police agency and has occurred within Alfred States Clery geography. Whenever a timely warning is sent, it shall be sent to the entire community.

Emergency Notifications shall be issued when a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurs on the campus. As appropriate, emergency notifications may be targeted at only a segment or segments of the campus community that is at risk. Emergency notifications will be issued without delay unless doing so would compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

 

SECTION 10 – Alcohol and Other Drugs

Illegal possession and/or use of controlled substances are violations of state and federal law and College policy. Alfred State permits the use of alcoholic beverages on campus by those who comply with state law and who adhere to the guidelines established by the College. Students living in residence halls are allowed to possess and consume alcohol in their rooms in compliance with College regulations. Students and employees should be aware that the campus strictly enforces its policies with regard to alcohol and other drug violations, and policy and law violations will be subject to appropriate legal/conduct proceedings. The College’s alcohol and other drug policies can be found in the Student Code of Conduct (pdf). 

Members of the campus community in need of assistance with a question or personal problem related to alcohol or other drugs should contact Health and Wellness located in T.A. Parish Hall. This office provides leadership in helping students understand the connection between substance abuse and future success, to identify their individual risk factors for chemical dependency, and examine the choices they have made regarding alcohol and other drug use. Toward this goal, they provide services that include a 3rd Millennium online course and individual motivational interviewing session to help students who have violated alcohol or drug policies make safer, healthier choices, as well as alcohol-free environments and events and referrals to off campus counseling resources.

 

SECTION 11 – Crime Definitions (Federal)

The Campus Security Act also delineates what violations need to be reported. The offense definitions are excerpted from the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook. The definitions of sex offenses are excerpted from the national incident-based reporting edition of the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)/National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) definitions).

Robbery: Taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person(s) by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated Assault: An unlawful attack by one person upon another to inflict severe or aggravated bodily injury. This is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce great bodily harm or death, although it is not necessary that injury result when a weapon is used.

Liquor Law Violations: Violations and attempted violations of laws or ordinances prohibiting manufacturing, selling, transporting, furnishing, or possessing intoxicating liquor including, but not limited to, maintaining unlawful drinking places; furnishing liquor to minor or intoxicated person; and drinking on a common carrier.

Arson: Willful or malicious burning or attempting to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling, house, public building, motor vehicle, personal property of another, etc.

Criminal Homicide, Manslaughter by Negligence: The killing of another person through gross negligence.

Criminal Homicide, Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter: The willful killing of one human being by another.

Burglary: Unlawful entry of a structure to commit a crime including, but not limited to, larceny, arson, sexual assault, criminal mischief, and all attempts to do so.

Motor Vehicle Theft: The taking (or attempt) or use of a motor vehicle by persons not having full access

Drug Abuse Violations: Violations of state and local laws related to possession, sale, use, growing or manufacturing of narcotic drugs, marijuana, or other controlled substance.

Weapon Law Violations: Violations of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as manufacture, sale or possession of deadly weapons and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Rape: The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person without the consent of the victim.

Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age (age of consent in New York state is 17) or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.

Incest: Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Statutory Rape: Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent (age of consent in NYS is 17).

Hate Crimes: The Campus Security Act also requires crimes to be identified as hate crimes when a person is victimized intentionally because of their actual or perceived race, religion, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity or disability. Alfred State’s community does not tolerate bias-related activities. Find an online discrimination complaint form online.

 

SECTION 12 – Weapons Policy

Firearms and dangerous weapons of any type are not permitted on campus. Intentional use, possession or sale of firearms or other dangerous weapons by anyone is a violation of state law and College policy.

 

SECTION 13 – Sex Offender Registration Act

This act requires the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJS) to maintain a Sex Offender Registry that provides New Yorkers information about sex offenders living in their communities. Sex offenders in New York are required to notify the registry of any institution of higher education at which they are, or expect to be, whether for compensation or not, enrolled, attending or employed and whether such offender resides or expects to reside in a facility operated by the institution. Changes in status at the institution of higher education must also be reported to the registry no later than 10 days after such change.

 

SECTION 14 – Student Rights

Definitions

Complainant: Any person or persons who have filed Student Conduct charges against a student.

Accused Student: Any student who has been initially identified as a person who has allegedly violated the Code of Student Conduct.

Reporting Individual: Encompasses the term victim/survivor related to cases of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Respondent: An accused student once the conduct process is engaged and charges have been filed.

Proceeding: For the purposes herein, the Code of Student Conduct processes for adjudicating student policy violations

Student Bill of Rights

The State University of New York and Alfred State are committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in college-wide and campus programs, activities, and employment. All victims/survivors of these crimes and violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following rights regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad. All students have the right to:

  1. Make a report to local law enforcement (includes University Police) or state police
  2. Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault treated seriously
  3. Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressures from the institution
  4. Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard
  5. Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services where available
  6. Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations
  7. Describe the incident to as few institutional representatives as practicable and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident
  8. Be free from retaliation by the institution, the accused, and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution
  9. Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination which shall be considered by a panel, not a single person
  10. Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process
  11. Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial conduct process of the College.

Options in Brief

Victims/survivors have many options that can be pursued simultaneously, including one or more of the following:

  1. Receive resources, such as counseling and medical attention;
  2. Confidentially or anonymously disclose a crime or violation (see detailed information on confidentiality and privacy)
  3. Make a report to:
  • An employee with the authority to address complaints, including the Title IX Coordinator, a Student Conduct employee, or a Human Resources employee;
  • University Police;
  • Local law enforcement; and/or
  • Family Court or Civil Court.

Copies of this Bill of Rights shall be distributed annually to students, made available on every college’s website, and posted in each campus residence hall, dining hall, and student union or campus center and shall include links or information to access the Sexual Violence Response Policy and the Options for Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence.

Protections and accommodations following an incident of sexual or interpersonal violence:

  • When the accused is a student, to have the college issue a “No Contact Order,” meaning that continuing to contact the protected individual is a violation of college policy subject to additional conduct charges; if the accused and a protected person observe each other in a public place, it is the responsibility of the accused to leave the area immediately and without directly contacting the protected person.
  • To have assistance from University Police or other college officials in obtaining an Order of Protection or, if outside of New York State, an equivalent protective or restraining order.
  • To receive a copy of the Order of Protection or equivalent and have an opportunity to meet or speak with a college official who can explain the order and answer questions about it, including information from the Order about the accused’s responsibility to stay away from the protected person(s); that burden does not rest on the protected person(s).
  • To an explanation of the consequences for violating these orders, including but not limited to arrest, additional conduct charges, and interim suspension.
  • To have assistance from University Police in effecting an arrest when an individual violates an Order of Protection or, if outside of New York State, an equivalent protective or restraining order within the jurisdiction of University Police or, if outside of the jurisdiction or to call on and assist local law enforcement in effecting an arrest for violating such an order.
  • When the accused is a student and presents a continuing threat to the health and safety of the community, to have the accused subject to interim suspension pending the outcome of a conduct process.
  • When the accused is not a member of the college community, to have assistance from University Police or other college officials in obtaining a persona non grata letter, subject to legal requirements and college policy.
  • To obtain reasonable and available interim measures and accommodations that effect a change in academic, housing, employment, transportation, or other applicable arrangements in order to ensure safety, prevent retaliation, and avoid an ongoing hostile environment. While victims/survivors may request accommodations through any of the offices referenced in this policy, the Office of Equity, Inclusion & Title IX can serve as a point to assist with these measures.

Compliance with the provisions herein and in the Code of Student Conduct in no way violates the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) (Section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. 1232g)).

Due Process Rights – Student Code of Conduct

For student conduct proceedings, students should expect that disciplinary proceedings will be handled fairly. All Alfred State students accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct shall be granted the following due process rights:

  • Receive a written statement of initial charges. If requested, students will be allowed to examine any written statements of evidence that the College plans to submit to the hearing body (written statements are normally reviewed at the initial conference).
  • Reasonable time to prepare for the hearing.
  • Be present at the hearing during the presentation of any matters on which a decision may be based.
  • Present an explanation of their situation/circumstances at the hearing and ask individuals to present information on their behalf. However, should students fail to appear at the scheduled time and place; the hearing will be held in their absence.
  • Be accompanied by another member (defined as a registered student, faculty, or staff member) of the campus community to serve as “hearing adviser.” A hearing adviser is permitted to advise the student charged in the organization of their thoughts and presentation of materials and can advise the student directly in the hearing. Hearing advisers may not respond to any questions for the accused. Hearing advisers may be present at hearings only.
  • Ask questions of the hearing board/officer and of any witnesses.
  • Present a summary statement at the close of the hearing. Administration of the Conduct Code 29
  • A decision of the accuracy of charges by the Student Conduct Committee’s hearing board or the administrative hearing officer is based solely upon the evidence and testimony presented at the hearing. If the charges are found to be true, a decision on a sanction can be based upon the hearing and other matters of record.
  • An expeditious hearing of the student’s case.
  • A written report of the results and findings of the hearing within four (4) business days of the hearing.
  • Appeal the decision of the hearing board or administrative hearing officer
  • Rights of the Reporting Individual

Alfred State also provides the following rights to reporting individual related to our conduct process. A reporting individual has the right:

  1. To request that student conduct charges be filed against the accused. Conduct proceedings are governed by the procedures set forth in the Alfred State Student Code of Conduct as well as federal and New York State law, including the due process provisions of the United States and New York State Constitutions.
  2. Throughout conduct proceedings, the respondent and the reporting individual will have:The same opportunity to be accompanied by an advisor of their choice who may assist and advise parties throughout the conduct process and any related hearings or meetings. Participation of the advisor in any proceeding is governed by federal law and the Student Code of Conduct;
  • The right to a prompt response to any complaint and to have their complaint investigated and adjudicated in an impartial, timely, and thorough manner by individuals who receive annual training in conducting investigations of sexual violence, the effects of trauma, impartiality, the rights of the respondent, including the right to a presumption that the respondent is "not responsible" until a finding of responsibility is made, and other issues related to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
  • The right to an investigation and process conducted in a manner that recognizes the legal and policy requirements of due process (including fairness, impartiality, and a meaningful opportunity to be heard) and is not conducted by individuals with a conflict of interest;
  • The right to receive advance written or electronic notice of the date, time, and location of any meeting or hearing they are required to or are eligible to attend. Accused individuals will also be told the factual allegations concerning the violation, a reference to the specific code of conduct provisions alleged to have been violated, and possible sanctions;
  • The right to have a conduct process run concurrently with a criminal justice investigation and proceeding, except for temporary delays as requested by external municipal entities while law enforcement gathers evidence. Temporary delays should not last more than 10 days except when law enforcement specifically requests and justifies a longer delay;
  • The right to offer evidence during an investigation and to review available relevant evidence in the case file (or otherwise held by the College);
  • The right to present evidence and testimony at a hearing, where appropriate;
  • The right to a range of options for providing testimony via alternative arrangements, including telephone/videoconferencing or testifying with a room partition;
  • The right to exclude prior sexual history with persons other than the other party in the conduct process or their own past mental health diagnosis or treatment from admittance in college disciplinary stage that determines responsibility. Past sexual violence findings may be admissible in the disciplinary stage that determines sanction;
  • The right to ask questions of the decision maker and via the decision maker indirectly request responses from other parties and any other witnesses present;
  • The right to make an impact statement during the point of the proceeding where the decision maker is deliberating on appropriate sanctions;
  • The right to simultaneous (among the parties) written or electronic notification of the outcome of a conduct proceeding, including the decision, any sanction, and the rationale for the decision and any sanctions;
  • The right to written or electronic notice about the sanction(s) that may be imposed on the accused based upon the outcome of the conduct proceeding. For students found responsible for sexual assault, the available sanctions are suspension with additional requirements and expulsion/dismissal;
  • Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination before a panel, which may include one or more students, that is fair and impartial and does not include individuals with a conflict of interest;
  • The right to have access to a full and fair record of a student conduct hearing, which shall be preserved and maintained for at least five years by the Office of Judicial;
  • The right to choose whether to disclose or discuss the outcome of a conduct hearing;
  • The right to have all information obtained during the course of the conduct or judicial process be protected from public release until the appeals panel makes a final determination unless otherwise required by law

When a member of the Alfred State community has been the victim of an alleged act of misconduct that violates the physical and/or mental welfare of an individual, they should expect that the student conduct system shall respond in a caring, sensitive manner that allows them to utilize the student conduct process unimpeded while still maintaining the rights of the accused student. In cases including, but not limited to, sexual assault, physical assault, hazing and harassment, the Student should expect:

  1. To be treated with dignity and compassion by the student conduct body, and by all persons involved in the disciplinary process;
  2. To receive information pertaining to the campus student conduct process and appropriate referrals for information on the criminal process;
  3. To receive information pertaining to available counseling assistance;
  4. To be free from intimidation and harassment throughout the student conduct process;
  5. To request that campus personnel take the necessary steps reasonably available to prevent unwanted contact or proximity with the alleged assailant(s). This could include modification of living arrangements and/or class schedule.

Students and employees have the right to assistance from the University Police or other college officials in initiating legal proceedings in family court, civil court, or criminal court, including, but not limited to, obtaining and Order of Protection or, if outside of New York State, and equivalent protective or restraining order. Once obtained, Orders of Protection are kept on file in University Police.

 

SECTION 15 – Proceeding for Alleged Sexual Harassment, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual  Assaults, or Stalking

Alfred State employees who handle the intake of reports from students, employees, or others who report being victims of sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, provide the reporting individuals with written resources including their rights and options regardless of whether the offense occurred on campus. The written resources include information on counseling, health/medical, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services as needed for both victims within the institution and in the community. These resources are available on the Title IX website (pdf). Also provided through the intake process is verbal and written information on protections and accommodations such as the availability of changes to academic, living, transportation and work situations, regardless of whether the individual chooses to report to law enforcement. Additionally, the Title IX website contains detailed information on resources, protections and accommodations.

Employees

The Domestic Violence in the Workplace Policy and Procedure is available through the Office of Human Resources. Through Human Resources, “The College, to the fullest extent possible without violating any existing rules, regulations, statutory requirements, contractual obligation or collective bargaining agreements, will take all appropriate actions to promote safety in the workplace and respond effectively to the needs of victims of domestic violence.” This policy is posted annually and all personnel designated to provide support for those in need of assistance shall complete SUNY System Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence’s (OPDV) training.

Students

Alleged incidents of sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking may be reported to a number of offices on campus including the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Office of Judicial Affairs. Reports to the Office of Judicial Affairs will be processed in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct. If the accused is a student, cases will be adjudicated through the student conduct process. Specifically, depending upon the nature of the violation, the charges will be heard by an administrative hearing officer or a student conduct committee panel as appropriate. State’s student conduct process uses a "preponderance of evidence" standard for in-violation finding meaning it is more likely that not the student violated the student Code

Sanctions & Special Conditions

In accordance with New York State Education Law Article 129-B, all possible sanctions which may be imposed for acts of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault must be specified. The following list indicates the minimum and maximum duration that the sanctions listed above may be imposed:

  • Disciplinary Probation – Will minimally be imposed for the remainder of the current semester and in one-semester increments thereafter up to a maximum period of 8 semesters.
  • Deferred Suspension – Will minimally be imposed for the remainder of the current semester and in one-semester increments thereafter up to a maximum period of 8 semesters.
  • Suspension – Will minimally be imposed for the remainder of the current semester and in one-semester increments thereafter up to a maximum period of 8 semesters.
  • Expulsion – Expulsion is a permanent status.

In addition to receiving a sanction, students found responsible for acts of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault may also be assigned special conditions. Special conditions which may be imposed include: no contact orders, banning from residence halls, banning from the entire campus (i.e. persona non grata), completion of a reflective essay, completion of a drug/alcohol program, completion of an anger management program, housing restrictions, housing relocation, parent/guardian notification, completion of an educational project, counseling assessment, restitution, loss of visitation privileges, and remaining on a Disciplinary Probation status for 1 year after returning from suspension.

Interim Sanctions

In certain circumstances, the Vice President for Student Affairs and/or their designee may impose an interim suspension or other restrictions prior to the hearing: to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the community or preservation of College property; to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or if the student poses a definite threat of disruption or interference with the normal operations of the College. Both the accused or respondent and the reporting individual shall, upon request, be afforded a prompt review, reasonable under the circumstances, of the need for and terms of an interim sanction, including potential modification, and shall be allowed to submit evidence in support of their request.

Holds and Transcript Notations

When a student is dismissed for behavioral reasons, the notation “dismissed after a finding of responsibility for a Code of Conduct violation” will automatically be placed on the student’s academic transcript and remain there indefinitely. Likewise, when a student has been suspended, the notation “suspended after a finding of responsibility for a Code of Conduct violation” will be placed on their transcript. This notation is permanent for crimes of violence, hazing or other serious violations. For others, a request for the notation to be removed may be made after the period of suspension plus one year.

For students who withdraw or leave Alfred State prior to disposition of alleged policy violations, a Banner Hold (student record hold) can be implemented and annotation of “withdrew with conduct charges pending” will appear on the transcript.

 

SECTION 16 – Preserving Personal Safety and Awareness

Alfred State is committed to raising awareness and knowledge about personal safety and responsibility on campus and, to that end, takes a multifaceted approach to educating and empowering its community. We offer awareness programs to raise the level of understanding of related topics, we provide ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns — a series of initiatives educating on those topics, primary prevention programs aimed at helping avert personal injury before it occurs, and risk reduction efforts to help identify and reduce at-risk behavior and scenarios that put one in harm’s way. We also offer bystander intervention education and training to empower people to get involved in preventing an at-risk or harmful situation from happening to someone else.

Bystander Intervention

A bystander is someone other than the victim who is present when an act of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault is occurring or when a situation is occurring in which a reasonable person feels as though some protective action is required to prevent sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking. Bystanders, if active, can prevent harm or intervene with safe and positive options before a situation gets worse.

Examples of active bystander intervention include: not leaving an overly intoxicated person in a bar/party alone; walking a classmate to their car after class; calling police when a potentially violent situation is unfolding; not leaving an unconscious person alone (alerting an RA, EMS, University Police, etc.); or intervening when someone is being belittled, degraded or emotionally abused (walking victim away from abuser, contacting others for help, e.g., counseling center, RA).

Crime Prevention/Risk Reduction

Alfred State uses a multitude of education programs designed to make students aware there are ways they can prevent crimes and reduce the likelihood of falling victim to crime. Alfred State is proactive in introducing new staff and students to available crime prevention information and programs. These education programs include: a statement that these crimes are prohibited at the college; definitions of consent, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the college’s jurisdiction; safe and positive bystander intervention when there’s a risk of one of those incidents; information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and avoiding potential attacks; and information about the institutional disciplinary procedures.

To help prevent crimes, it is important to secure valuable belongings and be aware of one’s surroundings.

To emphasize crime prevention awareness, the College utilizes a number of educational methods including, but not limited to: campus educational programs, seminars, videos, posters, brochures, student newspaper articles, messages from administration, etc., address personal safety including rape/sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, substance use/abuse, importance of locking doors and windows, the “buddy system”, and fire and property safety. Not every method listed may be employed each academic year.

This information also includes counseling, mental health services, medical resources, and emergency services. Sexual Assault-facilitating drugs can be difficult or impossible to detect. Do not drink what you do not open yourself and do not share drinks. Bring your own, get your own drink or go with someone who is getting it for you. Do not leave your drink unattended, and do not drink anything that has an unusual taste or appearance (e.g., salty taste, excessive foam, unexplained residue). Do not mix alcohol with other drugs and watch out for friends!

The College provides information regarding sexual assault awareness, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence to all incoming, first-year and transfer students during Orientation. The College also provides these awareness programs open to the entire campus community. Awareness programs discuss the definition of affirmative consent, prohibited behaviors, options and resources for reporting individuals, amnesty policy, the Students’ Bill of Rights, grievance procedures and bystander intervention. In addition, Human Resources provides a policy statement and list of Resources for Domestic Violence in the Workplace to all employees. The College, to the fullest extent possible without violating any existing rules, regulations, statutory requirements, contractual obligations or collective bargaining agreements, will take all appropriate actions to promote safety in the workplace and respond effectively to the needs of victims of domestic violence. Visit the Human Resources Policies and Procedures page to learn more. In accordance with the New York state Governor’s Executive Order 19, SUNY Alfred State employees are required to complete “Preventing Sexual Misconduct” training

Some Specific Examples of What We Do:

  • Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy and Procedures – This document can be found on the Human Resources webpage. Topics are covered during Workplace Violence portion of new employee orientation.
  • Alfred State Experience – A program designed to offer high school seniors, who have been accepted, the opportunity to visit and witness first-hand the Alfred State community.
  • VAWA Risk Management for Athletes – Athletic teams receive specific training before their first competition in the fall, winter and spring around consent, reporting, and bystander intervention.
  • VAWA and CSA Training for Student Staff – University Police provide bi-annual training to all student staff members. These trainings are conducted both in person and in online format.
  • Domestic Violence Education Programs – Have included workshops by community partner domestic violence professionals and One Love Foundation Escalation Workshops
  • One Love Foundation Escalation Workshops – Are provided for staff and students to learn recognize the signs of and prevent abusive personal relationships.
  • Silent Witness Program – A place on the University Police web site where people can anonymously report a crime.
  • Operation Lockout – An anti-theft program in the residence halls that shows students how easy it is to become a victim of crime and simple steps to help preserve safety.
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) – teaches realistic defense tactics and techniques taught by nationally certified RAD instructors.
  • Take Back the Night March – This march heightens awareness to help prevent sexual assault and features a “speak out” against sexual assault.
  • Off-Campus Jurisdiction – Alfred State’s policy allows for pursuing student conduct action against students who are involved in off-campus incidents that also violate College policy and/or federal, state, and/or local laws, statutes, or ordinances. Typically, the campus reserves this prerogative for more serious or repeated misconduct.
  • Suspension/Dismissal – Students who are suspended or dismissed are not allowed to be on campus or at campus-sponsored events for any reason unless the Office of Judicial Affairs gives prior permission.
  • Persona Non Grata (PNG) – An order of exclusion from campus to non-students who have demonstrated that their presence on campus would be a threat to the campus and/or campus members. Violators can be arrested for criminal trespass.
  • Green Dot – A bystander intervention program provided for students and staff to learn how to help prevent incidents of sexual assault, relationship or domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Residence hall programs, campus-wide pledge campaign, and campus-wide programming such as Take Back the Night March focus on sexual violence education.
  • New Student Orientation – Includes presentations and programs on dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and personal safety. It is an expectation that all new students attend a summer or fall new student orientation program.
  • Blue Light Phone System – These emergency blue light telephones are communication devices attached to a light pole or building across campus. They place a person in direct contact with University Police by the simple touch of a button and are only to be used in emergency situations.
  • Campus Safety Advisory Committee – Charged with advising the Vice President of Student Affairs and the President on to advise the Vice President of Student Affairs and the President to review and suggest improvement in safety and education programs; conduct ongoing assessment of the quality of campus personal safety policies, practices, procedures, and programs; to conform to the 1990 Amendment to Section 6450 of the Education Law by providing information to incoming students about sexual assault prevention measures, penalties and related security procedures; and to ensure that Alfred State is in full compliance with New York Education Law 129A.
  • Third Millennium – An interactive online program providing students with insightful information regarding the use, misuse and abuse of alcohol and drugs. This training provides education on myths and misperceptions, alcohol volume, blood alcohol concentration, key strategies for drinkers and non- drinkers, alcohol and drug related laws and policies, and bystander intervention skills. The course also provides students with an opportunity to reflect on and consider changing their drinking habits.
  • New Student Information – Provided during Orientation and includes information on Title IX (including information on prohibited behaviors and referral to the comprehensive Title IX website), Student Conduct, Counseling, University Police, and more.
  • Title IX Coordinator – The Title IX Coordinator offers training to faculty, staff and student groups, provides a campus-wide handout, and maintains the Title IX website, including a link to many campus and community resources including SUNY’s Sexual Assault and Violence Resources (SAVR) web-based tools designed to support college students and all New Yorkers looking for help. The College president distributed Title IX information to all students, faculty, and staff through campus-wide email distribution. In 2016, all employees were mandated to complete an online Title IX/Title VII education module.
  • Message from the Vice President – A letter and informational handout mailed to parents/guardians of all new students regarding alcohol use and its potential impact on their student’s success and how parents/guardians can support their student making healthy choices.
  • Residence Hall Resident Assistant Training – Topics include Campus Security Authority training, conflict mediation, fire safety and evacuation protocol, sexual assault, domestic violence, sexual harassment, stalking response and reporting, active shooter protocol, alcohol/other drugs safety and emergency protocol, mental health crisis protocols, Title IX, Violence Against Women Act, Title II, and FERPA.
  • Civilian Ride Along Program – Accompany a University Police Officer on routine patrol to gain first-hand knowledge of police procedures and operations.
  • Fatal Vision Program – Demonstrates how quickly impairment can turn into potentially devastating consequences for anyone who drives while impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
  • Adopt an Officer – Each Residence Hall is assigned its own Police Officer. University Police personnel are available to come into any residence hall to do programming and discuss anything related to safety and security of the residents. It is a setting that allows the Officer to interact with the students in their comfort zone and highlights the professional role University Police Officers play on campus.
  • Crime Alerts (Timely Notification) – issued when there has been a crime on campus or in other areas of the community impacting students.

Additional programs and information are available through Health and Wellness, Title IX Office, Residential Services, or University Police.

 

SECTION 17 – Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Crimes

  • Dating Violence – Violence committed by a person who is or who has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. For the purposes of this definition, dating violence includes, but is not limited to sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.
  • Domestic Violence – A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed: by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred; by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.
  • Stalking – Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress. For the purposes of this definition, “course of conduct” means two or more acts, including but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property. “Reasonable person” means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim. “Substantial emotional distress” means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.
  • Sexual Assault – Is included in the federal crime definitions (see Rape, Fondling, Incest, and Statutory Rape).

 

SECTION 18 – Crime Definitions – New York State

  • Dating Violence: New York State does not specifically define “dating violence.” However, under New York Law, intimate relationships are covered by the definition of domestic violence when the act constitutes a crime listed elsewhere in this document and is committed by a person in an “intimate relationship” which the victim. See “Family or Household Member” for definition of intimate relationship.
  • Domestic Violence: An act which would constitute a violation of the penal law, including, but not limited to acts constituting disorderly conduct, harassment, aggravated harassment, sexual misconduct, forcible touching, sexual abuse, stalking, criminal mischief, menacing, reckless endangerment, kidnapping, assault, attempted murder, criminal obstruction or breaching or blood circulation, or strangulation; and such acts have created a substantial risk of physical or emotional harm to a person or a person’s child. Such acts are alleged to have been committed by a family member. The victim can be anyone over the age of 16, any married person or any parent accompanied by his or her minor child or children in situations in which such person or such person’s child is a victim of the act.
  • Family or Household Member: Persons related by consanguinity or affinity; persons legally married to one another; person formerly married to one another regardless of whether they still reside in the same household; persons who have a child in common regardless of whether such persons are married or have lived together at any time; Unrelated persons who are continually or at regular intervals living in the same household or who have in the past continually or at regular intervals lived in the same household; persons who are not related by consanguinity or affinity and who are or have been in an intimate relationship regardless of whether such persons have lived together at any time. Factors that may be considered in determining whether a relationship is an “intimate relationship” include, but are not limited to: the nature or type of relationship regardless of whether the relationship is sexual in nature; the frequency of interaction between the persons; and the duration of the relationship. Neither a casual acquaintance nor ordinary fraternization between two individuals in business or social contexts shall be deemed to constitute an “intimate relationship”; any other category of individuals deemed to be a victim of domestic violence as defined by the office of children and family services in regulation. Intimate relationship status shall be applied to teens, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, and elderly individuals, current and formerly married and/or dating heterosexual individuals who were, or are in an intimate relationship.
  • Parent: Natural or adoptive parent or any individual lawfully charged with a minor child’s care or custody.
  • Sexual Assault: New York State does not specifically define sexual assault. However, according to the Federal Regulations, sexual assault includes offenses that meet the definitions of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI’s UCR program.
  • Sexual Misconduct: When a person (1) engages in sexual intercourse with another person without such person’s consent; or (2) engages in oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct without such person’s consent; or (3) engages in sexual conduct with an animal or a dead human body.
  • Rape in the Third Degree: When a person (1) engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; (2) Being 21 years old or more, engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than 17 years old; or (3) engages in sexual intercourse with another person without such person's consent where such lack of consent is by reason of some factor other than incapacity to consent.
  • Rape in the Second Degree: When a person (1) being 18 years old or more, engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than 15 years old; or (2) engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated. It is an affirmative defense to the crime of rape in the second degree the defendant was less than four years older than the victim at the time of the act.
  • Rape in the First Degree: When a person engages in sexual intercourse with another person (1) by forcible compulsion; or (2) Who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) who is less than 11 years old; or (4) who is less than 13 years old and the actor is 18 years old or more.
  • Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree: When a person engages in oral or anal sexual conduct (1) with a person who is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; (2) being 21 years old or more, with a person less than 17 years old; (3) with another person without such persons consent where such lack of consent is by reason of some factor other than incapacity to consent.
  • Criminal Sexual Act in the Second Degree: When a person engages in oral or anal sexual conduct with another person (1) and is 18 years or more and the other person is less than 15 years old; or (2) who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated. It is an affirmative defense that the defendant was less than four years older than the victim at the time of the act.
  • Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree: When a person engages in oral or anal sexual conduct with another person (1) by forcible compulsion; (2) who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; (3) who is less than 11 years old; or (4) who is less than 13 years old and the actor is 18 years old or more.
  • Forcible Touching: When a person intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touches the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person; or for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire. It includes squeezing, grabbing, or pinching.
  • Persistent Sexual Abuse: When a person commits a crime of forcible touching, or second or third degree sexual abuse within the previous ten-year period, has been convicted two or more times, in separate criminal transactions for which a sentence was imposed on separate occasions of one of one of the above mentioned crimes or any offense defined in this article, of which the commission or attempted commissions thereof is a felony.
  • Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree: When a person subjects another person to sexual contact without the latter’s consent. For any prosecution under this section, it is an affirmative defense that (1) such other person’s lack of consent was due solely to incapacity to consent by reason of being less than 17 years old; and (2) such other person was more than 14 years old and (3) the defendant was less than five years older than such other person.
  • Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree: When a person subjects another person to sexual contact and when such other person is (1) incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; or (2) less than 14 years old.
  • Sexual Abuse in the First Degree: When a person subjects another person to sexual contact (1) by forcible compulsion; (2) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) when the other person is less than 11 years old; or (4) when the other person is less than 13 years old.
  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse: For the purpose of this next section, conduct performed for a medical purpose does not violate the provisions of this section.
  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the Fourth Degree: When a person inserts a (1) foreign object in the vagina, urethra, penis or rectum of another person and the other person is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old; or (2) finger in the vagina, urethra, penis, rectum or anus of another person causing physical injury to such person and such person is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 17 years old.
  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree: When a person inserts a foreign object in the vagina, urethra, penis, rectum or anus of another person (1) (a) by forcible compulsion; (b) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (c) when the other person is less than 11 years old; or (2) causing physical injury to such person and such person is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated.
  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree: When a person inserts a finger in the vagina, urethra, penis, rectum or anus of another person causing physical injury to such person by (1) forcible compulsion; or (2) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) when the other person is less than 11 years old.
  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the First Degree: When a person subjects another person to sexual contact: (1) By forcible compulsion; or (2) when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or (3) when the other person is less than eleven years old; or (4) when the other person is less than thirteen years old and the actor is twenty-one years old or older.
  • Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the Second Degree: When over a period of time, not less than three months, a person: (1) Engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child less than 11 years old; or (2) being 18 years old or more engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child less than 13 years old. A person may not be subsequently prosecuted for any other sexual offense involving the same victim unless the other charges offense occurred outside of the time period charged under this section.
  • Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree: When a person over a period of time, not less than three months in duration, a person (1) Engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct, or aggravated sexual contact with a child less than 11 years old; or (2) being 18 years old or more engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct which includes at least one act of sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct, anal sexual conduct, or aggravated sexual contact with a child less than 13 years old.
  • Incest in the Third Degree: A person is guilty of incest in the third degree when he or she marries or engages in sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct with a person whom he or she knows to be related to him or her, whether through marriage or not, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either the whole or the half blood, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.
  • Incest in the Second Degree: A person is guilty of incest in the second degree when he or she commits the crime of rape in the second degree, or criminal sexual act in the second degree, against a person whom he or she knows to be related to him or her, whether through marriage or not, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either the whole or the half blood, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.
  • Incest in the First Degree: A person is guilty of incest in the first degree when he or she commits the crime of rape in the first degree, or criminal sexual act in the first degree, against a person whom he or she knows to be related to him or her, whether through marriage or not, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either the whole or half blood, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.
  • Facilitating a Sex Offense with a Controlled Substance: A person is guilty of facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance when he or she (1) knowingly and unlawfully possesses a controlled substance or any preparation, compound, mixture or substance that requires a prescription to obtain and administers such substance or preparation, compound, mixture or substance that requires a prescription to obtain to another person without such person’s consent and with intent to commit against such person conduct constituting a felony defined in this article; and (2) commits or attempts to commit such conduct constituting a felony defined in this article.
  • Stalking in the Fourth Degree: When a person intentionally, and for not legitimate purpose, engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person, and knows or reasonably should know that such conduct (1) is likely to cause reasonable fear of material harm to the physical health, safety or property of such person, a member of such person’s immediate family or a third party with whom such person is acquainted; or (2) causes material harm to the mental or emotional health of such person, where such conduct consists of following, telephoning or initiating communication or contact with such person, a member of such person’s immediate family or a third party with whom such person is acquainted, and the actor was previously clearly informed to cease that conduct; or (3) is likely to cause such person to reasonably fear that his or her employment, business or career is threatened, where such conduct consists of appearing, telephoning or initiating communication or contact at such person’s place of employment
  • or business, and the actor was previously clearly informed to cease that conduct.
  • Stalking in the Third Degree: When a person (1) Commits the crime of stalking in the fourth degree against any person in three or more separate transactions, for which the actor has not been previously convicted; or (2) commits the crime of stalking in the fourth degree against any person, and has previously been convicted, within the preceding ten years of a specified predicate crime and the victim of such specified predicate crime is the victim, or an immediate family member of the victim, of the present offense; or (3) with an intent to harass, annoy or alarm a specific person, intentionally engages in a course of conduct directed at such person which is likely to cause such person to reasonably fear physical injury or serious physical injury, the commission of a sex offense against, or the kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment or death of such person or a member of such person’s immediate family; or (4) commits the crime or stalking in the fourth degree and has previously been convicted within the preceding ten years of stalking in the fourth degree.
  • Stalking in the Second Degree: When a person (1) Commits the crime of stalking in the third degree and in the course of and furtherance of the commission of such offense: (a) displays, or possesses and threatens the use of, a firearm, pistol, revolver, rifle, sword, billy club, blackjack, bludgeon, plastic knuckles, metal knuckles, chuka stick, sand bag, sand club, slingshot, slingshot, shuriken, “Kung Fu Star,” dagger, dangerous knife, dirk, razor, stiletto, imitation pistol, dangerous instrument, deadly instrument or deadly weapons; or (b) displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm; or (2) commits the crime of stalking in the third against any person, and has previously been convicted, within the preceding five years, of a specified predicate crime, and the victim of such specified predicate crime is the victim, or an immediate family member of the victim, of the present offense; or (3) commits the crime of stalking in the fourth degree and has previously been convicted of stalking in the third degree; or (4) being 21 years of age or older, repeatedly follows a person under the age of fourteen or engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts over a period of time intentionally placing or attempting to place such person who is under the age of fourteen in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death; or (5) commits the crime of stalking in the third degree, against ten or more persons, in ten or more separate transactions, for which the actor has not been previously convicted.
  • Stalking in the First Degree: When a person commits the crime of stalking in the third degree or stalking in the second degree and, in the course and furtherance thereof, he or she intentionally or recklessly causes physical injury to the victim of such crime.

 

SECTION 19 – Crime Statistics

Campus Crime Statistics – Alfred Campus

As defined by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, the crime and referral statistics gathered for this report are based on information obtained from the following offices: University Police, Judicial Affairs, those listed as Campus Security Authorities, and local police agencies. For further information on this data collection, please contact the University Police Department at 607-587-3999.

This category includes all on-campus incidents including those listed "In residence halls."

Category Venue 2017 2018 2019

Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter

On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Negligent Manslaughter On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Rape On campus 0 2 1
  In residence halls 0 2 1
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 2 1
         
Fondling On campus 1 0 1
  In residence halls 1 0 1
  In/on non-campus building/property 4 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 5 0 1
         
Incest On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Statutory Rape On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Robbery On campus 1 0 0
  In residence halls 1 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 1 0
  Total 1 1 0
         
Aggravated Assault On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Burglary On campus 6 3 3
  In residence halls 5 3 3
  In/on non-campus building/property 1 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 7 3 3
         
Arson On campus 3 0 0
  In residence halls 3 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 3 0 0
         
Motor Vehicle Theft On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Liquor Law Violations On campus 208 230 153
(Referrals) In residence halls 199 217 142
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 208 230 153
         
Liquor Law Violations On campus 5 6 1
(Arrests) In residence halls 0 1 1
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 3 0
  Total 5 9 1
         
Drug Related Violations On campus 241 145 123
(Referrals) In residence halls 204 134 105
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 1 0
  Total 241 146 123
         
Drug Related Violations On campus 31 41 12
(Arrests) In residence halls 16 18 2
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 1 0
  On public property 0 4 0
  Total 31 46 12
         
Weapons Possession On campus 7 7 3
(Referrals) In residence halls 7 5 3
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 7 7 3
         
Weapons Possession On campus 1 2 3
(Arrests) In residence halls 1 0 3
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 1 2 3
         
Hate Crime On campus 0 0 0
(Larceny/Theft) In residence halls 0 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime On campus 2 2 0
(Vandalism/Destruction) In residence halls 1 1 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 2 2 0
         
Hate Crime On campus 0 0 0
(Simple Assault) In residence halls 0 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime On campus 2 1 0
(Intimidation) In residence halls 1 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 2 1 0
         
Hate Crime On campus 0 0 0
(Other Offenses) In residence halls 0 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Domestic Violence On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Dating Violence On campus 3 6 10
  In residence halls 3 6 8
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 3 6 10
         
Stalking On campus 0 1 1
  In residence halls 0 0 0
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 1 1

Campus Crime Statistics – Wellsville Campus

As defined by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, the crime and referral statistics gathered for this report are based on information obtained from the following offices: University Police, Judicial Affairs, those listed as Campus Security Authorities, and local police agencies. For further information on this data collection, please contact the University Police Department at 607-587-3999.

Category Venue 2017 2018 2019
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Negligent Manslaughter On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Rape On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Fondling On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Incest On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Statutory Rape On Campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Robbery On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Aggravated Assault On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Burglary On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Arson On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Motor Vehicle Theft On campus 0 0 1
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 1
         
Liquor Law Violations (Referrals) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Liquor Law Violations (Arrests) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Drug Related Violations (Referrals) On campus 1 4 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 1 4 0
         
Drug Related Violations (Arrests) On campus 1 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 1 0 0
         
Weapons Possession (Referrals) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Weapons Possession (Arrests) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime (Larceny/Theft) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime (Vandalism/Destruction) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         

Hate Crime (Simple Assault)

On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime (Intimidation) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime (Other Offenses) On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Domestic Violence On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Dating Violence On campus 0 1 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 1 0
         
Stalking On campus 0 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0

Campus Crime Statistics – Northland Campus

As defined by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, the crime and referral statistics gathered for this report are based on information obtained from the following offices: University Police, Judicial Affairs, those listed as Campus Security Authorities, and local police agencies. For further information on this data collection, please contact the University Police Department at 607-587-3999.

As of September 10, 2018, Alfred State began to operate a campus at the Northland Workforce Development site in Buffalo, New York.

Category Venue 2017 2018 2019
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Negligent Manslaughter On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Rape On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Fondling On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Incest On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Statutory Rape On Campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Robbery On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Aggravated Assault On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Burglary On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Arson On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Motor Vehicle Theft On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Liquor Law Violations (Referrals) On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Liquor Law Violations (Arrests) On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Drug Related Violations (Referrals) On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Drug Related Violations (Arrests) On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Weapons Possession (Referrals) On campus N/A 0 1
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 1
         
Weapons Possession (Arrests) On campus N/A 0 1
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 1
         
Hate Crime (Larceny/Theft) On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime (Vandalism/Destruction) On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         

Hate Crime (Simple Assault)

On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime (Intimidation) On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Hate Crime (Other Offenses) On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Domestic Violence On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Dating Violence On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0
         
Stalking On campus N/A 0 0
  In residence halls* N/A N/A N/A
  In/on non-campus building/property 0 0 0
  On public property 0 0 0
  Total 0 0 0

*The Wellsville and Northland campuses do not have residence halls. All residence halls are located on the Alfred campus only.

** This incident involved two individuals not affiliated with Alfred State during off hours.

 

SECTION 20 – FIRE SAFETY

Alfred State’s “fire log” is maintained and available by contacting University Police. The following chart is a compilation of fires that occurred in campus residence halls during the period noted below. Note that cases of arson would also be reported in the crime section of the Annual Security Report. Also, note that a “fire” is classified as “any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.”

2019

There was one reported fire in a residence hall during the calendar year

2018

There was one reported fire in the residence halls during the calendar year

2017

There were three reported fires in the residence halls during the calendar year.

For the safety of all residents, use and/or possession of these items will NOT be allowed in any of the student rooms or public areas within the residence halls:

  • Microwaves (unless provided by the College)
  • Air conditioners (either floor or window models)
  • Electric, propane, or kerosene space heaters
  • Foreman Grills® or any open-element cooking appliance
  • Toasters, ovens, toaster ovens, hot plates
  • Incense or plug-in air fresheners
  • Candles and candle warmers
  • Sun lamps or any lamps with plastic shades, i.e., “octopus” lights
  • Decorative lighting including holiday lighting, rope lights
  • Refrigerators exceeding 5 cubic feet
  • Extension cords
  • Potpourri pots
  • Electric coils
  • Lava lamp, halogen, or other high-intensity lamps
  • Electric blankets
  • Electric percolators and drip coffee makers
  • Propane gas, gasoline, charcoal starter
  • Dart boards, blow darts, or similar projectiles
  • Water beds, hammocks, sleeping devices not provided by the college
  • Cargo netting, draperies, flags, or other items that present a fire hazard
  • TV antennas or satellite dishes on the roof or outside of windows
  • Items suspended from the ceiling or ceiling and sidewalls
  • Lines or cables through windows, doors, or conduits
  • Lighted or unlighted holiday trees or wreathes
  • Any item that impedes entrance or egress from a room
  • Firearms (including BB, pellet, and paintball), weapons, ammunition
  • Firecrackers, explosives
  • Combustible fuel, insecticide, solvents, or any other type of flammable liquids
  • Vaporizers or E-Cigarettes
  • Hover boards and chargers
  • College officials may confiscate any item that presents a danger to staff or residents. Return of seized items is at the discretion of the Residence Director. Items removed due to confiscation that are lost or stolen will not be replaced and items not retrieved by the conclusion of the academic year will be discarded with no liability for loss by the College.

Safe Conditions: No person shall create a safety or fire hazard in any residence hall. Examples of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited to:

  • Positioning items in a way that blocks entrance to or exit from a room, lounge, window, or hallway.
  • Excessive accumulation of soiled personal effects, garbage, or filth in rooms, lounges, or public areas.
  • Smoking either inside or within 25 feet of the residence halls.
  • Fire code door decoration requirements: no decorations shall be hung if it requires penetrating the door in order to hang the object. Door decorations are limited to 10% of the door surface area.

Residents MAY possess and use:

  • Cool air humidifiers
  • Automatic shut-off coffee makers
  • Hot-air popcorn makers
  • Two refrigerators are permitted in each room (must be UL-approved with three-pronged plug)

Responsibilities:

The Environmental Health and Safety Office and/or the Director of facilities Services have the following responsibilities under our Emergency Response Plans: 1) reviewing and updating the safety standard; 2) evaluating the standard’s effectiveness; 3) providing or coordinating Emergency Action Plan training; 4) reporting fires, emergencies and related issues to the appropriate agencies; 5) providing information about this standard and specific responsibilities to employees; and 6) responding to or assisting with other campus emergencies.

Supervisors will assist with efforts to provide Emergency Response Plan training to employees.

Students have responsibility for reporting fires and other emergencies, correcting or reporting unsafe conditions and observing evacuation procedures and protocol for other campus emergencies. University Police has responsibility for assisting with emergency evacuations, reporting fires and emergencies to appropriate agencies, and responding or assisting with other campus emergencies.

Employees have responsibility for reporting fires and other emergencies, correcting or reporting unsafe conditions, and observing evacuation procedures and protocol for other campus emergencies.

Visitors have the responsibility for observing evacuation procedures and protocol for other campus emergencies.

Fire Safety Education and Training:

All faculty, staff and students are expected to familiarize themselves with the evacuation plan for the buildings that they occupy including the identified assembly places. Evacuation routes are posted in the hallways on every floor. In the residence halls, students are instructed at the opening meeting and other floor/wing meetings on evacuation procedures. Programs are also presented in the residence halls on various safety issues including fire safety. Students are reminded about fire evacuation procedures during hall meetings, floor meetings, or after problems occur during fire drills and accidental activations of the alarm. In addition, all first-year students receive a fire safety presentation component as part of their orientation. (RA) on duty is required to be observant for fire hazards and report them for repair. (RA’s) should pay attention to fire extinguishers, exit signs, detectors, doors, pull stations, and emergency lights within their residence halls. Work orders are subsequently submitted to address items that require corrective action. In addition, student rooms are thoroughly inspected during Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks as well as during health and safety inspections in September and March. State fire also completes a residence hall inspection in late September/early October. Incidentals such as misuse of extension cords, candles, and small appliances with automatic shut- off devices are scrutinized. Any “illegal” item found during an inspection is confiscated and, in some instances, students may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs. Employees receive Emergency Response Plan training when they are initially assigned to a position and annually thereafter. Employees also receive training when certain responsibilities and aspects of this plan change. This training will include protocol for reporting fires, procedures for evacuating a building, use of fire extinguishers, and how to respond to other emergencies. Students receive this training during the beginning of the fall semester or orientation sessions. Copies of the Emergency Action Plan and the SUNY Fire Safety Report are available through the EH&S Officer.