Campus Security

Campus Safety and Security Report

Everyone at The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is concerned about the safety and well being of everyone on campus. Of course, a truly safe campus can only be maintained through the cooperation of the entire College community, which includes not only the students but the faculty and staff as well. Members of the College community must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of personal belongings by taking simple, common sense precautions, some of which are outlined below.

Coordination of Campus Safety and Security

Students and employees of the College are encouraged to be responsible for their security and the security of others. Students may report any campus maintenance or security concerns to the Director of Student Life or to the Dean of Students. The College prepares and holds its own in-house meetings where officials of the College indicate the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse as well as precautions to be taken against violent crime. Special emphasis is placed on the dangers specific to an academic community.

Security Policies and Procedures

Potential or actual criminal activity and other emergencies may be reported directly by any student, faculty member, or employee to the Merrimack Police Department or to appropriate faculty/staff at the contact number listed. The College encourages reporting directly to local authorities in situations where the need is obvious, such as a theft one witnesses taking place or the need for immediate medical attention, etc. In such cases notification of College personnel should take place after the emergency authorities are en route.

Reporting Procedures

To report criminal activity, emergencies, or other incidents you believe require the attention of the College Administration, make an appointment with the Dean of Students. Students may also report any classroom emergency at the main offices of the Administrative building.

Should a potentially dangerous situation arise, the Dean of Students in consultation with the College President will decide what constitutes an immediate threat. If a potentially dangerous situation is determined to exist on or near the campus, an immediate warning to all campus constituencies will be issued.

General Conduct

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts expects students to be mature, honest, and responsible members of the College. Any behavior which infringes upon the rights, safety, property, and privileges of another person or which impedes the mission of the College is unacceptable. Any behavior or activity which violates any local, state, or federal law is unacceptable. Specific rules include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Any activity on the part of any individual or group which causes disruption of or interference with the regular operation of the college is prohibited.

2. Harassment of a student or students, faculty, staff, administrative officers, or the college as an institution is prohibited. Harassment includes any threat, in any way expressed or implied, to any person or property, or any obstruction of any individual’s authorized movement on campus.

3. It is the policy of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts that all individuals associated with the College be able to work and study in an environment that is free of sexual discrimination and sexual assault/harassment, and these actions are therefore prohibited on campus. Sexual harassment is defined as an unwelcome sexual advance(s) or request(s) for sexual favors by a member of the college community when the assailant uses, threatens to use, or implies that submission to or rejection of such conduct will have an impact on employment or academic decisions affecting the victim. It also includes other verbal or physical conduct related to sex when such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering in an individual=s performance at work or study, by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment in which to work or learn. Sexual harassment also includes deliberate conduct of a sexual nature that is offensive and unwelcome. Suspension or dismissal and arrest are possible penalties for violation of this policy. Anyone who is a victim of Sexual Assault/Harassment should report the incident to the Dean of Students and/or local police.

4. Students’ possession and/or consumption of alcohol on campus is prohibited. No degree of intoxication will be tolerated. Possession and /or consumption of controlled drugs (except as prescribed by a doctor) on campus is prohibited. Violation of these rules will result in referral to the Dean of Students and a possible disciplinary board meeting. Suspension or dismissal are possible penalties for violation of this policy.

5. No fire arms of any kind (even, for instance, pellet, hand guns, and rifles), explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks), live ammunition of any kind, obnoxious bombs, or any weapon already designated as illegal by city, county, state and federal ordinance or law may be bought, possessed, or used on campus.

Any violation of these rules of local, state, or federal laws on campus should be reported to the Dean of Students. Violations of the law may be reported to the appropriate local, state or federal authorities.

Disciplinary matters are the responsibility of the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students may take administrative action when it is necessary to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and/or the continuation of the educational process.

ANNUAL CRIME STATISTICS

Category 2007 2008 2009
Murder 0 0 0
Rape 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0

Arrests or person referred for Campus disciplinary action:

Category 2007 2008 2009
Liquor Law Violations 5 5 7
Drug-related violations 0 1 0
Weapons Possession 1 0 0
Arrests 0 0 0

Men’s and women’s dormitories are separate, and intervisitation is not allowed.

In emergencies, students know they should contact the police or fire departments and/or notify the Director of Student Life or the proctors. There have been no emergencies involving crimes on campus.

On the Rome campus, security is provided by the convent at which the students reside. Curfew is 11:00 pm. There have been no violent crimes on the Rome campus.

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

*For all emergencies 911

*Poison Control Center (800) 562-8236

*Merrimack Fire Dept. NON-EMERGENCY 424-3690

*Merrimack Police Dept. NON-EMERGENCY 424-2222

*Thomas More College MAIN OFFICE 880-8308

*Telephone Locations

Stillman House lst floor 889-9710

Stillman House 2nd floor 889-9862

Kopka Hall 1st floor 882-5795

Kopka Hall 2nd floor 882-5671