The Clery Act and Campus Crime Statistics

Georgia Southwestern State University
Department of Public Safety 2007-2013

CRIME STATISTICS SUMMARY

CRIMES REPORTED

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Murder

00

00

00

00

00

00

00

Attempted Suicide

02

00

00

00

00

02

01

Rape

03

01

00

00

00

00

00

Other Sexual Offense

01

01

01

01

01

00

00

Aggravated Assault/Battery

02

01

01

00

02

02

04

Simple Assault/ Battery

01

02

01

01

01

00

03

Larceny/Thefts

34

23

42

45

45

46

25

Entering an Auto

12

00

00

04

02

00

07

Burglary

00

00

04

00

13

12

01

Robbery

00

01

00

00

00

00

00

Arson

00

00

00

00

00

00

00

Motor Vehicle Theft

01

01

01

02

02

02

00

ARRESTS

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Liquor Law Violations

09

21

21

15

22

12

12

Drug Law Violations

01

07

07

05

11

02

08

Weapon Law Violations

00

01

00

00

00

00

01

 

Annual Fire Safety Report for Campus Housing

FIRE SAFETY REPORT AND DAILY LOG

The Department of Public Safety maintains a campus housing daily fire log and reports all statistics on fires and related injuries, death and loss in campus housing in conjunction with the Annual Crime Report.

The Annual Fire Safety Report for Campus Housing includes information on fire statistics and the fire log; fire safety systems; fire drills; procedures for evacuation of campus housing; policies on portable electrical appliances; smoking and open flames in campus housing, fire safety education and training programs, reporting of fire safety information, and any applicable plans for future improvements in fire safety.

ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY REPORT FOR CAMPUS HOUSING

This report contains information related to fire safety in campus housing at Georgia Southwestern State University, in accordance with the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The GSW Department of Public Safety creates this report annually, relying on information provided by collaborative partners, including but not limited to the Physical Plant and the Office of Resident Life. The GSW Department of Public Safety maintains the campus housing fire log and reports fire statistics annually in conjunction with the “Annual Security Report” that provides information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Security Crime Statistics Act.

The GSW Annual Security Report may be obtained from the GSW Department of Public Safety.

FIRE STATISTICS & FIRE LOG

The GSW Department of Public Safety maintains the campus housing fire log and all statistics on fires and related injuries, death and loss in campus housing as defined by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 in section 668.49. The Fire Log may be inspected during normal business hours, which are 8:00AM – 5:00PM Monday through Thursday (8:00AM – 3:00PM Friday).

*As of June 2014, the Fire Log is accurate

Residential Facility

Total # Fires

Fire #

Cause of Fire

# Injuries

# Deaths

Value of Property Damage

Magnolia 1

0

0

n/a

0

0

n/a

Magnolia 2

0

0

n/a

0

0

n/a

Oaks 1

0

0

n/a

0

0

n/a

Oaks 2

0

0

n/a

0

0

n/a

Pines

1

1

Cook top

0

0

Smoke damage

FIRE SAFETY SYSTEMS

All Campus Housing facilities (Oaks 1&2, Magnolia 1&2, and Pines) have a full sprinkler system, smoke detectors, audible alarms and strobes, and fire extinguishers throughout the hallways and in campus apartments. All dorms also contain walls and doors with fire-proof rating. All common use kitchens include automatic fire suppression devices for every range tops.

All systems are fully checked and maintained at least annually, and all systems are tested regularly, typically on an every three months basis. The fire safety systems at the Oaks Residential Buildings 1 &2 (which house all freshmen), are tested monthly.

Fire Drills

Mandatory supervised fire drills are conducted once each semester in the fall and spring semesters, within the first three (3) weeks from the start of classes, and during the hours between 6 PM and 10 PM when the majority of students will be present. Fire drills will be conducted on the following dates:

August 25, 2014                 (Oaks 1 and 2)

August 27, 2014                 (Pines)

September 2, 2014           (Magnolia 1 and 2)

January 19, 2014               (Oaks 1 and 2)

January 21, 2014               (Pines)

January 27, 2014               (Magnolia 1 and 2)

Fire Drills are coordinated by GSW Department of Public Safety. The operations manager coordinates the details of the drill with the Residence Life Coordinator or Hall Director for the designated residential building, the local fire department, and the fire alarm company. Resident Assistants (RAs) assist with orderly and timely evacuation of the building, and directing students to the designated evacuation site. Students failing to vacate are subject to student conduct disciplinary action.

A post drill review is conducted with all staff present to discuss the success of the drill and additional necessary actions that may be required for the future drills.

PROCEDURES FOR EVACUATION OF CAMPUS HOUSING IN CASE OF A FIRE

All students receive an evacuation destination notice with safety tips from GSW Residence Life upon checking in to campus housing. Evacuation routes and destination maps are posted on the back of all unit doors in facilities with interior corridors (Oaks 1&2, Magnolia 1&2, and Pines), which include the location of the nearest stairwell and exits, and instructions not to use the elevators.

Common area evacuation diagrams are posted throughout all campus housing facilities, within compliance of all applicable fire safety codes. All designated evaluation locations are at least 300 feet away from the specific campus housing facility.

Accessible units are noted with a window placard, and building schematics with the locations of all accessible units were provided by GSW Residence Life to the fire department and GSW Public Safety.

SAFETY TIPS

  1. Smoking is prohibited in the residence halls.
  2. Locate fire exits on this floor. (Note: Do NOT use elevators as exits.)
  3. Count the number of doors to the nearest exits, and check for any possible obstructions.
  4. Locate the fire alarm pull stations and fire extinguishers on this floor.
  5. Check any windows to see if they can be opened. If so, determine how they open.
  6. Keep your room key on the table next to your bed.
  7. If you leave your room, keep your door closed and take your key.
  8. Write down the number for the local fire department and keep it next to the phone.
  • THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT NUMBER IS 911.

IN CASE OF FIRE

  1. DO NOT PANIC, remain calm.
  2. Report fire to front desk or fire department as appropriate.
  3. If room is smoky, get on hands and knees (or stomach) and crawl to door.
  4. Feel door knob; if HOT, do NOT open door; if cool, open slowly.
  5. If hallway is smoky, stay next to wall and count the doors as you crawl to exit.
  6. Do NOT use any elevators and do NOT prop open doors to exit staircase.
  7. Hang on to handrail and WALK DOWN exit staircase. Every stairwell has an exit. Proceed to the bottom of the stairwell to reach the nearest exit.
  8. Pull fire alarm as you evacuate.

IF YOU CANNOT LEAVE THIS ROOM

  1. Call the Campus Police at (229-931-2245) and let them know where you are.
  2. Wet sheets, towels or clothing and stuff them in all cracks around doors and vents.
  3. Turn on bathroom fan and fill bathtub and/or sink with cold water for fire fighting.
  4. Check to see if there is smoke OUTSIDE window; if there is NO smoke and if any window can be opened, hang a sheet or light colored material outside.
  5. Using ice bucket or other container, keep doors and walls wet.
  6. If room is smoky, fold a wet towel in a triangle and tie over your nose and mouth, stay low.
  7. Make yourself visible to rescue personnel through any window or balcony; DO NOT JUMP!
  8. Keep fighting fire until help arrives, DO NOT GIVE UP!

FOR YOUR SAFETY, THIS BUILDING HAS THE FOLLOWING:

  • Automatic sprinkler protection in every room and hallway.
  • Smoke detectors in every room and automatic smoke detectors in every hallway.
  • Fire extinguishers on every floor and fire alarm pull stations at every exit.
  • Fire safety staircase with self-closing doors. (NOTE: In case of fire, do NOT prop doors open.)
  • Emergency lighting and exit lights.
  • Apartment entrance is equipped with self-closing doors. Do NOT remove these door closures.

Procedures Students and Employees should follow in Case of a Fire

Faculty and staff are provided education on fire safety and information on how to report a fire, to whom, and procedures to be followed for non-residential buildings on campus when a fire alarm signals. This information is located Student Handbook.

Each Georgia Southwestern State University building has fire evacuation plans posted in common areas. All employees are encouraged to become familiar with the escape routes for all buildings and floors and the locations of fire extinguishers, hoses and alarms. In the event of a fire or evacuation, every employee should follow the fire safety evacuation route and vacate the premises until the officials in charge declare the premises safe to enter. Exits and areas around fire extinguishers must be kept clear at all times. Periodic fire safety inspections and drills are held to test equipment and procedures.

For questions about fire safety, contact the Department of Public Safety at 229-931-2245.

Policies on Portable Electrical Appliances, Smoking, and Open Flames in Campus Housing

All policies must be reviewed and acknowledged by each student upon registering online for campus housing. All university policies related to campus housing are located in the GSW Residence Life Handbook, distributed to each resident upon checking in. The full policies of Department of Resident Life are included in the online housing contract, and excerpts are included in the GSW Residence Life Handbook.

GSW Residential Code of Conduct related policies include

Smoking

Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited inside all residential facilities. Smoking is prohibited on all common area balconies and stairwells.

As of August 1, 2014, Georgia Southwestern State University is a smoke free campus, as GSW has adopted a TOBACCO FREE CAMPUS Regulation.

Fire Safety

  • All residents and guests are to vacate the building when a fire alarm sounds. They must be at least 100 ft away from the building. No one may re-enter the facility until they are given permission.
  • Tampering with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or fire alarms when there is no emergency, is prohibited.
  • Smoking is not permitted in any of the residence halls. Smoking is only permitted 25 feet away from the edge of campus.
  • No candles, incense, or other items that require burning are allowed in the residence halls. This includes all decorative candles and candles with the wicks removed. The University reserves the right to confiscate candles or other questionable flammable materials and the student will face a judicial hearing.
  • There is no cooking allowed in the residence hall rooms other than in the microwave or a coffee maker (Southwestern Pines excluded). Students may store other cooking appliances in their room, but they are only to be used in the kitchen area of the residence hall. If any student is found using an unauthorized appliance in his or her room, the appliance will be confiscated. Confiscated materials may be returned to the student at the end of the semester for the student to take home per approval of the Residence Life Coordinator/Residence Hall Director.
  • Students may have small refrigerators and microwaves in the residence halls. The following appliances are not permitted in the residence halls: any appliance requiring 220 volts or 1500 watts, space heaters, hot plates, air conditioners, or any appliance with an exposed heating element. If any student is found using an unauthorized appliance in his or her room, the appliance will be confiscated and the student will face a judicial hearing. (Note: Confiscated materials may be returned to the student at the end of the semester for the student to take home per approval of the Director of Residence Life.)
  • All surge protectors, power strips, etc must be used appropriately. Microwaves and refrigerator must be plugged directly into the wall outlet.

The RAs sponsor multiple fire safety education programs, particularly focusing on the start of each new term, to help educate the students. Special programs are designed for incoming freshmen each fall semester. Every student is required to attend a mandatory opening meeting held the night of check in to review all policies and procedures, including fire safety and evacuation procedures.