Jeanne Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act

The safety and security of all students, faculty, staff and guests on the campus grounds are of primary concern to the St. Vincent’s College Administration. St. Vincent’s Medical Center is responsible for the safety and security of the grounds. St. Vincent’s Medical Center Security is operational on a seven day, twenty-four basis. The Security Department staffing consists of a Director of Safety/Security, a Supervisor of Safety/Security, two off shift Security Coordinators and security officer personnel. Officers monitor alarms, monitor access via access control systems, monitor cameras and perform both foot and vehicle patrols of the College, Medical Center and adjoining property. Security Officers of the Medical Center and College are public safety officers and do not have arrest powers. The Safety & Security Department has a strong working relationship with the City of Bridgeport Police Department and would require their assistance if a criminal issue were to present itself. The Bridgeport Police Department does provide the Safety/Security Department with crime activity data on its surrounding property on a regular basis, so that appropriate safety measures can be initiated as required.

The College has an outstanding safety record due to the support of its faculty, students, and other members of the College community. We ask everyone to follow College and Medical Center policies and procedures regarding safety, security and general rules of conduct. Everyone is asked to report suspicious activities, inappropriate behavior and crimes immediately to the Security Department. The College Safety Committee meets on a quarterly basis to review incidents and safety/security issues of the College. This Committee initiates recommendations and corrective action plans.

The St. Vincent’s Security and Safety Department is responsible for compiling the annual statistical information and policy information included in this document.

View College’s Annual Report on Campus Crime Statistics  or visit the U. S Office of Post Secondary Education website at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/index.html

Statistical information is gathered from security incident reports/complaints that are reported to the St. Vincent’s Security Department. Additional information is provided by crime data reports submitted by the Bridgeport Police Department on public property adjacent to the Medical Center and College.

Students requesting information on these reports may visit the St. Vincent’s Security Department located on Level 1 of the Medical Center (adjacent to the Employee Entrance on Hawley Avenue).

Reporting Criminal Activity and Emergencies

Students, faculty, staff and visitors of St. Vincent’s College should report criminal activity and suspicious events to the Security Department at extension 5543. Emergencies requiring immediate security assistance should be reported internally by immediately dialing ’77’ using internal phones or through the use of security assistance call buttons located throughout the College building. To contact the Security Department by outside phone line, please dial 203-576-5543.

Upon any complaint the Security Department will respond to the scene to meet with the complainant.

Anonymous Reporting of Incidents

St. Vincent’s Security Department accepts voluntary, confidential reports from witnesses to crime activity or issues of inappropriate behavior. Witnesses can contact Security Management directly by dialing 203-576-5666 (external) or extension 5666 (internal).

Timely Notification of Incidents

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that in the judgment of the College Administration or the Executive Director of Safety & Security, constitutes an ongoing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued.  The warning will be issued through the college email system to students, faculty and staff.

Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Department of Safety & Security may issue an alert may through the Blackboard Connect Emergency Notification System as well as post a notice on the College website at http://www.stvincentscollege.edu/current-students/student-safety-security/crime-log/, providing the College community with more immediate notification.  In such instances, a copy of the notice will be posted at the entry doors of both the Hunting Street and Main Street campus buildings.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Safety & Security Department at 203.576.5543 or in person at the Safety Department Office on Level 1 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street.

The cooperation, involvement and support of students, faculty and staff is essential to the timely and safe resolution of safety and security related problems. Each person must assume responsibility for their own personal safety, as well as for the safety of others. Awareness of ones environment and surroundings is important. We ask everyone in the College to observe the following practices:

  • Never prop doors open or leave them unlocked while you exit a secured area.
  • Lock your room or office, even if you are leaving for a short period of time.
  • Always use your student or employee badge to gain access to secured College or Medical Center property.
  • Keep your Identification/Access Badge with you at all times.
  • Ask persons unknown to you to identify themselves before allowing them access to the building, office or room.
  • When using your access badge to enter a secured area, be certain that only appropriate persons enter the area with you.
  • Never loan your keys or access card to anyone.
  • Report lost keys or stolen ID badges to security immediately at extension 5543.
  • Never leave valuables (purses, wallets, PC) unattended or in an unsecured area.
  • Park in appropriate designated College parking garages.
  • Utilize Security Escort Service to your vehicle or exit with group of students.
  • Vehicles should be locked and valuables removed from within. (It is best to not bring valuables with you during your visit to the College).
  • If you park on peripheral streets, please park in a visible, well-lit area.
  • Report suspicious individuals and or activities to the Security Department immediately (extension 5543).

Access to Campus Facilities

The College and Medical Center are accessible to students Monday through Sunday. Please check the Student Handbook for specific hours. Students staying in the College after normal operating hours must notify Security at extension 5543.

Educational Programs

In an ongoing effort to provide a safe and secure environment to all, various safety and security programs are presented throughout the year by the Security Department. Programs include fire safety, parking, personal protection, and rape prevention. The Security Department also offers interested students and employees an educational program on managing aggressive individuals and personal defense training.

Arrest and Prosecution Policy

The College and Medical Center will assist local law enforcement agencies in their investigation and prosecution of a known or suspected crime committed on campus or Medical Center property. The College and Medical Center maintain the right to file charges against anyone who commits a crime or creates a disruption.

Given the serious nature of certain crimes, the College reserves the right to initiate administrative disciplinary measures for certain crimes committed by its students, faculty or staff outside of its campus.

Student Conduct Expectations

Alcoholic Beverages
Students are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages on to the College campus, unless they are part of officially approved College function. The legal drinking age in Connecticut is 21 years of age. Disregard of this policy will result in disciplinary measures including expulsion.

Drug Policy
The abuse of drugs by students directly affects their own career goals. It is in direct conflict with the philosophy of the health profession and the College.

Drug abuse includes misuse of prescription or non-prescription drugs, possession or exchange of illegally obtained or manufactured drugs and/or chemicals, including alcohol. The College adheres to a drug testing policy which includes pre-admission and random testing.

Students are advised that the expected penalty for drug abuse as defined, on or off the Medical Center and College premises, will result in immediate discharge from the College.

Substance Abuse Policy in accordance with Federal Government regulations, the following substance abuse and their consequences are promulgated:

Connecticut General Statutes
The person found to be intoxicated by alcohol or found to be the operator of a motor vehicle while under the influence faces a fine, jail, suspension of motor vehicle license and/or community obligations. To illegally manufacture, distribute, sell, prescribe or disguise a drug or drug paraphernalia can result in a prison sentence from one to twenty years, a fine or both. To illegally possess drugs, or illegally possess drugs within 1000 feet of the property of a school and not be enrolled in the school can result to up to seven years imprisonment, fine or both.

Federal Government Drug Trafficking Penalties
Trafficking in methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, PCP, LSD, Fentanyl, and Fentanyl Analogue carries a range of penalties that is not less than five years or more than life and not less than twenty years if death or serious injury occur, and a fine not to exceed $ 2 million dollars. Any other drugs not mentioned above, the range of penalties is not more than 20 years unless death or serious injury occur, and a fine of more than $ 1 million dollars.

Students should be aware that professions, which require a license to practice, have additional regulations regarding substance abuse.

Assault, Rape, and Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault is defined as the deliberate, unsolicited, and/or unwelcome verbal comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature. These violations are subject to disciplinary measures including expulsion and possible report to Local Authorities. It includes the following:

Sexual Harassment
St. Vincent’s College will not tolerate sexual harassment of any kind. The College policy prohibits unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, with or without accompanying promises or threats. In also prohibits other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission of such conduct is linked either explicitly or implicitly to any type of decision affecting a student; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as a basis for decision regarding a student; (3) such conduct has a purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a student’s performance resulting in an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Any student who has complained of sexual harassment is urged to bring the matter to the attention of the Academic Dean, the Vice President/Dean or the President. The College will investigate all complaints and will endeavor to handle these matters in a manner that protects the privacy of the offended individual. Anyone violating the College Sexual Harassment Policy will be subject to disciplinary measures.

  • Forced Sexual Contact is defined as any coerced, manipulated, or unwanted touching, directly or through clothing of an intimate part of another person that occurs against one’s will, with or without one’s consent, including when one is unconscious, intoxicated, or otherwise unable to give consent.
  • Forced Sexual Intercourse (Rape) is defined as coerced, manipulated, or unwanted penetration that occurs against one’s will or without one’s consent, including when one is unconscious, intoxicated or otherwise unable to give consent.

Forced sexual contact and forced intercourse (rape) constitute sexual assault and are serious crimes under Connecticut Statutes. These crimes are punishable by imprisonment under Connecticut Statutes.

Smoking
St. Vincent’s College maintains a smoke free environment. There is only one designated smoking area, which is located near the Employee Entrance of St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Hawley Avenue. The College encourages students to participation smoking cessation programs.

Weapons
Any weapon, including but not limited to explosives, knives, and firearms are not permitted at St. Vincent’s College. Any student who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action including expulsion.

Classroom Behavior
All students have a right to expect an academic environment that fosters learning. Students are expected to respect the rights of others in the classroom and behave in a manner that does not interfere with the rights of others.

Theft
Theft or removal from premises without authorization of any property of the College or Medical Center, employee, fellow student, patient or visitor is subject to disciplinary action and reporting to local authorities.

Fighting
Fighting, threatening bodily injury or threatening in an abusive language is subject to disciplinary action and possible report to local authorities.

Gambling
Illegal games of chance on campus are subject to disciplinary action.

Inappropriate Behavior
Willfully misusing, destroying or negligently causing serious damage to college or Medical Center property will result in disciplinary action and possible report to local authorities.