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Campus Safety

Campus Safety2018-10-24T13:02:55+00:00

On behalf of Schreiner University and the Campus Security Department, we are pleased to welcome you into our campus community. The University is committed to providing a safe and secure campus and does its utmost to ensure an environment that is safe for studying, working, or visiting.

Because knowledge is so important, please familiarize yourself with the information in the Campus Crime and Security Report. Here you will learn about campus crime statistics, security policies and procedures.

Schreiner University 24-Hour Security – (830) 739-1111

EMS, Kerrville Police, or Fire Department Dial 911

UNIVERSITY ID CARDS

All students must have a University-issued photo identification card. Cards and make-up photos are issued in the Campus Security Office. Students must provide their University ID card as requested by University officials for identification and services. Replacement cards are provided at a cost of $5.00.

LOST AND FOUND

Individuals may check for lost items or turn in found items at the CCAC Information Desk. All items must be identified before pick-up and will be disposed of at the end of each semester if unclaimed. Items such as cellphones, laptops, thumb drives, and other found items will be accessed in an effort to locate the owner.

BUILDING ACCESS

Schreiner University is a private institution of higher education and as such, the campus is open to the public. However, the University reserves the right to bar or evict individuals who are considered a threat to the well-being of the campus community or have no legitimate purpose for being on campus.

Each building has separate office and building hours. Generally, office hours are from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Evening and weekend access are limited to facilities in which computer labs, library services, or other resources are open to students. Building hours vary by facility, depending on the services provided but most facilities close by 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and 6:00 p.m. on weekends.

University officials and Campus Security have the authority to ask for identification. Students and employees must cooperate and present their photo ID if asked.

Individuals who do not have a legitimate purpose for being on campus can be asked to leave and if they do not cooperate may be issued a criminal trespass citation.

Campus Security locks all entrances after normal building closure hours.

MOUNTAINEER ALERT

Students and employees are strongly encouraged to sign up for Mountaineer Alert. It is an emergency-only text message and e-mail alert system that is free and designed to get you immediate information about campus emergency situations, such as a security issue or weather closure. Sign up for Mountaineer Alert.

MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION

All employees & students must register any motor vehicle (including motorcycles and mopeds) that they will be using on campus. If you have a rental or other temporary vehicle, you must contact the security office and provide your name and vehicle information.

The University reserves the right to revoke or deny renewal of any parking permit to any student, staff or visitor at the University’s discretion.

Your parking permit does not guarantee any specific space or a space directly next to your residence. Spaces are usually available within a reasonable distance from your residence.

Register your vehicle.

TRAFFIC & PARKING VIOLATIONS

Non-Moving violations:
No parking is permitted if it obstructs traffic, such as:

  • Blocking any sidewalk or access ramp
  • Blocking a loading zone
  • Blocking a crosswalk
  • Blocking or partially blocking a road/driveway

No parking is permitted if it does not comply with signs, such as:

  • Parking in a space marked “NO PARKING”
  • Parking in a space/lot that is not designated for your permit
  • Double parking
  • Parking next to a red curb or fire hydrant ($100 fine)
  • Parking/blocking a handicapped space or handicapped unloading zone ($100 fine).
  • No parking is permitted on campus streets or drives except where parking spaces are clearly marked.
  • No parking is permitted on lawns or fields. An exception will be made only if you are directed to do so by a security officer or a member of the administration.

Moving violations:

  • Reckless driving
  • Excessive noise (moving or not)
  • Failure to obey traffic signs
  • Speeding
  • Driving on lawns or fields
  • Exhibition of acceleration
  • Failure to stop for a security officer ($50 fine)

Vehicles that are in violation of these rules may be towed or booted at the owner’s expense!

It will cost $75 to remove the boot from your vehicle, in addition to parking fine(s).

Residential Parking Lots are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Academic Parking Lots are monitored between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

APPEALS:

All appeals must be sent through Paws Portal within 7 business days. Appeals filed more than 7 calendar days after a ticket was received will not be heard. Please follow these steps to submit appeal:

  1. Log into your Schreiner One account
  2. Click on the Campus Life tab
  3. Click on the Paws Portal link
  4. In Paws Portal, click on the Campus Links tab
  5. On the dropdown, select Student Ticket Appeal
  6. Complete form and submit. Your appeal will be assigned to the next available Judicial Board hearing.

You may choose to be present at that hearing or may choose to allow the board to decide the case based on the written appeal. The board meets every Friday at 2:00pm. You will be notified in writing of the board’s decision within three business days of the hearing. All parking appeal decisions of the Judicial Board are considered final.

The abuse of alcohol and drugs by members of the University community is incompatible with the goals of an academic institution. In accordance with Texas State Law, Schreiner University does not permit the purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age. Respect is the foundation upon which the University bases its Alcohol Policy as outlined in the following areas:

Respect for oneself – Those who are of legal age and choose to drink must never do so in a manner that puts them at personal risk.

Respect for others – Intoxication is inappropriate behavior and it does not excuse an individual of personal responsibility. Anyone choosing to drink must not drink to a level that the rights and well- being of others might be endangered.

Respect for property – Research indicates that most campus vandalism and destruction is directly related to alcohol consumption. Each individual will be held responsible for any damage done while under the influence.

ALCOHOL

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increases the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental function, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects described. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence.

OTHER DRUGS

State law, as well as University policies, prohibits the use, possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any narcotics or controlled substances.

ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE AWARENESS & EDUCATION

Schreiner University is deemed a drug-free school. The Drug Free School and Communities Act of 1989 requires institutions of higher education to adopt and implement programs to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. The University Security Department sponsors alcohol and drug abuse education and awareness programs each semester. Other alcohol and drug abuse awareness programs are held in conjunction with student organizations and Residence Life.

Offense Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Manufacture or delivery of controlled substances (drugs) Confinement in a state jail for a term of not more than two years or less than 180 days, and a fine not to exceed $10,000 Confinement in a TDCJ for life or not more than 99 years or less years, and a fine not to exceed $250,000
Possession of controlled substances (drugs) Confinement in jail for a term of not more than 180 days, and a fine not to exceed $2,000 Confinement in TDCJ for life or for a term of not more than 99 years or less than 10 years, and a fine not to exceed $100,000
Delivery of marijuana Confinement in jail for a term of not more than 180 days, and a fine not to exceed $2,000 Confinement in TDCJ for life or for a term of not more than 99 years or less than 10 years, and a fine not to exceed $100,000
Possession of marijuana Confinement in jail for a term of not more than 180 days, and a fine not to exceed $2,000 Confinement in TDCJ for life or for a term of not more than 99 years or less than 5 years, and a fine not to exceed $50,000
Driving while intoxicated (includes intoxication from drugs, alcohol* or both) Confinement in jail for a term of not more than 72 hours, and a fine of not more than $2,000 or less than $100 Confinement in TDCJ for a term of not more than 10 years or less than 2 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000
Public intoxication Class C misdemeanor – maximum fine of $500
Purchase of alcohol by a minor

Consumption of alcohol by a minor

Possession of alcohol by a minor

Misrepresentation of age by a minor

Fine of not less than $25 nor more than $500 Class C misdemeanor – mandatory license suspension, mandatory community service, mandatory alcohol awareness class and/or fine not to exceed $500
Sale of alcohol to a minor Class A misdemeanor – $4,000 fine and/or maximum of one year in jail
Furnishing alcohol to a minor Class B misdemeanor – $0 to $2,000 fine and/or 180 days in jail

* Blood Alcohol Concentration (.08 BAC)

Crime prevention presentations pertaining to personal safety, sexual assault prevention, alcohol and drug awareness, and burglary and theft prevention are conducted as needed for faculty, staff and students. Specialized crime prevention presentations are conducted throughout the academic year.

STAYING SAFE & SECURE AT SU

Schreiner University seeks to provide a safe and enriching experience for students, employees and others who make use of campus facilities. While the University makes efforts to keep the campus safe, individuals should take steps to ensure their own and others’ safety.

TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE – GENERAL SAFETY:

  • Report any suspicious activity or people, safety hazards, unsafe lighting, defective equipment or any other concern to the University Security.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, know where you are and know where you are going.
  • Avoid walking alone. Let someone know where you are going and when to expect you.
  • Plan your walking trips. Choose a well-lighted, populated route.
  • If you are uncomfortable after dark walking alone, walk with a friend or call for an escort from a University Security Officer.

TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE – CAMPUS BUILDINGS:

  • Most crime is committed in response to an opportunity. The best prevention is to eliminate opportunities for a crime to be committed.
  • Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.
  • Avoid stairs in remote sections of buildings.
  • Keep purses and bags locked up in a drawer or cabinet instead of underneath or on top of your desk.
  • Keep money and other valuables locked away.
  • Keep personal belongings in sight or take them with you as you move around the building.
  • Never prop doors open, even for a short time.
  • Be cautious of removing jewelry to wash hands. These items are easily lost or stolen.

TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE – IN RESIDENCE HALLS OR AT HOME:

  • Develop a relationship with your suite mates and neighbors that will encourage checking on one another often.
  • Always lock your door, even if you intend to be gone only a moment or are just going down the hall.
  • Lock all doors and windows when you are sleeping or are alone.
  • Do not allow strangers to enter your living area.
  • Keep emergency numbers stored in your phone.

TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE – FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS:

  • Utilize a bank account rather than keeping money in your room
  • Keep ATM, debit and credit cards in a safe place. Never reveal a PIN number to anyone.
  • Never loan your ATM card or your SU ID to anyone, no matter who they are

SEXUAL ASSULT

Schreiner University has a zero-tolerance policy pertaining to the offenses of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

Sexual Assault is defined by the Texas Penal Code, when a stranger or acquaintance commits sexual assault through forcible sodomy, forcible sexual penetration, however slight, of another person’s mouth, anal or genital opening with any object. These acts must be committed without the victim’s consent either by force, threat of force or violence, intimidation or through the use of the victim’s mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was aware or should have been aware. Sexual assault is non-consensual acts involving psychological manipulation, physical force, or coercion.

It is an act of aggression and violence, and a crime punishable under the laws of the State of Texas by fines and incarceration ranging from two years to life imprisonment.

Schreiner University’s definition of sexual assault also includes any touching of an unwilling person’s intimate parts (defined as genitalia, groin, breast or breasts, or buttocks or clothing covering them) or forcing an unwilling person to touch another’s intimate parts. These acts must be committed either by force, threat, intimidation, or through the use of the victim’s mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was aware or should have been aware. As stated in the Texas Penal Code, a sexual assault is without the consent of the other person if: (1) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by the use of physical force or violence; (2) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by threatening to use force or violence against the other person, and the other person believes that the actor has the present ability to execute the threat; (3) the other person has not consented and the actor knows the other person is unconscious or physically unable to resist; (4) the actor knows that as a result of mental disease or defect the other person is at the time of the sexual assault incapable either of appraising the nature of the act or of resisting it; (5) the other person has not consented and the actor has intentionally impaired the other person’s power to appraise or control the other person’s conduct by administering any substance without the other person’s knowledge; (6) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by threatening to use force or violence against any person, and the other person believes that the actor has the ability to execute the threat; (7) the other person is under the age of 17 and is not the spouse of the actor.

Dating Violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Dating violence does not include acts covered by the definition of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence includes felony and misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse 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, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws, by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from the person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: (1) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (2) suffer substantial emotional distress.

PROTECTIVE MEASURES

At times the University may deem it necessary to take steps before or during an investigation to protect the rights and interests of the Complainant and/or the Accused. Those measures may be designed to reduce or eliminate contact between the Complainant and Accused so that both parties feel safe in their work or educational environment. Protective measures may also guard against further actual or perceived discrimination or retaliation. Protective measures may include but are not limited to temporary changes in working conditions (such as changes in supervisor, shift or job site), changes in class schedule, changes in living arrangements, directives to the Complainant and Accused to avoid personal contact or, in severe cases, interim suspension.

DEFINITIONS

Broadly defined, sexual offenses include any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or without that person’s consent; or where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

CONSENT

The burden of obtaining consent is on the party seeking to initiate a sexual encounter. Affirmative consent is required, either verbally, or by voluntary acts unmistakable in their meaning. This definition also covers incidents in which a victim was incapable of giving legal consent, which is not the same as factual consent as people may be able to give factual consent as a result of the use of alcohol, drugs or rape drugs, but not be legally capable of so doing.

SELF-CARE & SAFETY

After an assault, the survivor may be in a state of shock. Although the first reaction will be to bathe or shower, DO NOT. Instead, the survivor is advised to wrap in something warm, such as a blanket or coat. Staying warm instead of cleaning up right away will accomplish two important things:

  1. It will help in recovering from the shock.
  2. It is less likely that the evidence will be disturbed or destroyed if the survivor decides to prosecute.

It is extremely important that the survivor:

DO

  • get to a safe place
  • call the security and police for help
  • lock doors and windows
  • keep warm
  • get medical attention
  • write down all they can remember
  • take a change of clothing with them to the hospital. If they must change their clothes, put the soiled clothing in a paper bag to give to the Police (plastic destroys evidence).

DO NOT

  • shower or bathe
  • brush or comb hair
  • urinate (if possible)
  • change clothes
  • eat or drink anything
  • brush or rinse teeth or smoke
  • touch things at the crime scene

DO

  • Call Someone: Survivors are advised to call someone for support immediately. Survivors react to sexual assault in different ways: some are upset, some are angry, and some are very calm and controlled. Whatever the reaction, one may make better decisions by talking to a trusted friend or relative, or someone who is professionally trained to deal with sexual assault. In addition, this person can serve as a vital source of emotional support.
  • Seek Medical Attention: It is very important that the survivor seek medical attention as soon as possible after a sexual assault. A medical exam is important for two reasons: (1) it ensures that the survivor receives the appropriate medical treatment, and (2) it is essential in the collection of physical evidence if the survivor decides to prosecute.
  • Call Kerrville Police, 911, or University Security: The Schreiner University Security Department is a committed security department that serves students, faculty, staff, and visitors within its campus. Students are encouraged to report any sexual assault, including acquaintance rape, to the University Security and/or Kerrville Police, taking care to preserve all relevant evidence. The safety and well-being of sexual offense survivors is the primary concern of SU. Normally, the Police will conduct a criminal investigation and report the findings of that investigation to the State’s Attorney. University officials can also assist sexual assault survivors in notifying law enforcement authorities, as appropriate.
  • Under Texas Law the victim of a sexual assault may choose to use a pseudonym (a fictitious name).
  • Under Texas Law the victim of a sexual assault is entitled to the provisions of the Crime
  • Victims Compensation Act.
  • The State of Texas registers convicted sex offenders. Information may be accessed at the following link: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/.

ACCESSING SUPPORT SERVICES

If you are seeking health, spiritual, or psychological support services or want to ask questions without filing a complaint at this time, contact Counseling Services or the Campus Minister.

If you consult a medical or mental health provider in a patient context, your name and information that you share will remain confidential and will not be disclosed to any other University office or the police without your permission, unless there is a risk of danger to yourself or another, child and elder abuse or neglect, or if there is a court-ordered subpoena.

In addition, Counseling Services may provide referral information for:

  • medical attention and off-campus support services
  • filing a report to the police and/or to the Dean of Students Office
  • residence life for housing or academic concerns

FILING A COMPLAINT

To file a complaint or report an alleged act of sexual misconduct, report the incident to Security or the Dean of Students office.

We will invite you to participate in a preliminary conference and provide a written statement describing the incident and the names of any witnesses who can support your statement. The information you provide will help us determine if further action should be pursued.

It is the legal duty of SU to determine what occurred and take appropriate steps to resolve the situation. We will respect your wishes regarding further involvement in our investigation. Please be aware, if you decline to participate, our ability to respond will be limited.

If you discuss an alleged sexual misconduct incident with any university employee other than the counselors at Counseling Services Office or the Campus Minister, the employee is required to report the incident to the SU Title IX Coordinator, which will lead to an investigation.

TITLE IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. For more information about Title IX, Coordinators, Deputy Coordinators/Investigators and full contact information, visit Title IX.

CRIME REPORTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

University students, faculty and staff should report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the University Security Department in a timely manner. Crimes should be reported to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely notices to the University community, when appropriate. To report a crime or emergency on the Schreiner University campus, call the University Security Department at 830-739-1111 or the Kerrville Police Department at emergency number 911, non-emergency number 830-257-8181.

University Security Officers are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your call. Reports involving students are forwarded to the Dean of Students for review and potential judicial action. Incidents will be investigated when deemed appropriate, and any additional information obtained via the investigation may also be forwarded to the Dean of Students. When campus pastoral and professional mental health counselors learn that their client is a victim of crime, their practice is to inform their client of methods of reporting the crime, voluntarily and/or confidentially.

SCHREINER UNIVERSITY CRIME STATISTICS

The Campus Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 requires colleges and universities to distribute to all current students, employees and to requesting applicants for enrollment as well as employment, descriptions of policies related to campus security, and statistics concerning specific types of crimes.

Annual Campus and Fire Safety Report – Fall 2018

ANONYMOUS REPORTING PROCEDURES

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the Schreiner University judicial system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making an anonymous report. With your permission, the Director of Security, the Dean of Students or their designee can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The anonymous report allows the University to maintain compliance with the Department of Education’s Code of Federal Regulations, as well as aid in the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine whether there is a pattern of crime in regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the University community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the institution’s annual crime statistics report.

TIMELY WARNING NOTIFICATION

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, if a situation arises, either on or off campus, the University Security Department along with the Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the University community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the campus alert system, unless issuing a notification will, in the judgment of the emergency responders (including, but not limited to, Schreiner University Security Department, the Kerrville Police Department, and/or the Kerrville Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services), compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

In the event an emergency situation occurs at SU, the university will do its best to notify the campus community in a timely manner of the nature of the emergency and the actions that should be taken.

PROMPT REPORTING OF CRIMES OR EMERGENCIES

The University community is encouraged to report crimes, emergencies and safety concerns to the Schreiner Security Department.

When reporting an emergency, please provide your name, location, and a brief description of the emergency. Call Boxes are strategically placed throughout the campus and can also be used for this purpose.

REPORTING A FIRE

In case of a fire in a campus building or residence hall, contact the Kerrville Fire Department immediately by dialing 911 then call University Security.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE ON CAMPUS

Schreiner University Security Department has the primary responsibility for security and emergency response on campus. The Kerrville Police Department will assist as needed and assume responsibilities when appropriate. University Security can be contacted 24-hours a day, 365 days a year by dialing 830-739-1111.

Contact:

Security – 24 Hour Cell Phone

Security - 24 hour cell phone

Security Officer Desk

Security Officer Desk