Crime Statistics

Clery Act

(Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990)

The Student Right-to-Know and Clery (Campus Security) Act of 1990. It contains an abridged statement of the requirements and addresses our compliance.

A. Institutional policy statement on reporting crimes or other emergencies and response to these reports. All crimes or other emergencies occurring on the campus of Savannah State University are reported to the Savannah State University Police Department . The Police Department is located in Hubert Tech Science -building C. The Universities policies and procedures designates the Police as the law enforcement unit for the institution. Employees and students are encouraged to report crimes directly to Savannah State Police Department. However, students may also report crimes to the Vice President of Student Affairs, and the Students Ethics Officer, who will then report the information received to the Police Department. Campus personnel are informed of this procedure through student orientation. Written reports are made and followed up by the appropriate personnel in the Department.

B. Institutional policy statement on security and access to facilities and maintenance of security. As a public institution of higher learning, Savannah State University Police Department welcomes anyone interested in utilizing the wide range of educational facilities on campus. For security reasons, however, not all Savannah State University buildings are open to the public. Savannah State University student housing facilities are private residences, and a person must be a guest of a resident in order to enter any area of student housing during designated times. Furthermore, most buildings open to the public are closed and locked after regular business hours. The Savannah State University Police Department has a printed, internal policy on the security of buildings on campus as well as parking lots. Other designated groups may have separate policies in conjunction with Savannah State University Police Department, for example, Student Housing.

The Savannah State University Police Department provides an escort service to students, staff, and campus visitors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There are 30 emergency telephones located at or near campus buildings and parking areas that dial directly to the Savannah State University Police dispatcher. When an emergency phone or a call box is picked up or activated, the appropriate dispatcher is immediately notified of the location of the caller.

C. Institutional policy statement on campus law enforcement and the encouragement of accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes. Savannah State University has its own Police Department, comprised of sworn Police Officers with full arrest powers, certified by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, whose sole duties are campus law enforcement and safety. The department also employees Security Officers and Dispatchers to assist with security services and responsibilities on campus. The Savannah State University Police Department has original jurisdiction on campus, with an additional 1000 ft. boundry, which extends outside of campus. The reporting of crimes, promptly and accurately, is encouraged through distributed crime prevention material as well as through new student orientation.

D. Descriptions of programs designed to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices: The Savannah State University Police Department provides updates during new student orientations, Presidential Forms, Department issued brochures, and the Savannah Sate University Info e-mail system, as needed to alert the campus in a timely manner to specific crimes and crime trends. Members of the Savannah State University Police Department meet with Student Affairs representatives, and the Resident Assistants on a periodic basis to discuss crime prevention issues. Members of the Savannah State University Police department also meet with students of each residence hall on a quarterly basis.

E. Program for the instruction about the prevention of crime: The Chief and his designee handles this function. Tasks include radio interviews, Presidential form, and student orientation. Furthermore, Flyers are available throughout the campus.

F. Statistics detailing the on-campus, non-campus, public property, occurrence of murder, manslaughter, sexual assault (forcible and non forcible), robbery, arson, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft for the most current year as well as statistics for the three preceding years. The Savannah State Police Department keeps statistical information on these crimes as well as any other misdemeanors and felonies to include traffic violations in the Records Section of the department. These statistics are forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation via the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. Statistics are distributed to the campus in the form of a "Crime Report" which is printed quarterly with an annual overview. Annual Crime Statistics are published as well. Quarterly statistical reports are published on the Savannah State University web site, Crime Stats

G. Institutional policy statement on the monitoring of crimes at off-campus student organizations: Any monitoring of crime off-campus is done by the agency of jurisdiction where the crime took place; however, we are usually advised by the agency in question or the victim (if a student) of the crime and offer any assistance especially if the crime is of a nature stated in "F." Further, the Savannah State University Police Department, during normal business hours, reviews all crimes listed in "F" that occur on public property within or directly adjacent to and accessible from the campus that are reported to the Savannah State Police Department.

H. Statistics on arrests for violations of liquor or drug abuse as well as weapons possession violations: The Savannah State Police Department maintains statistical information on these crimes in the Records Section. They are published in the "Crime Report."

I. Institutional policy statement on the monitoring of alcohol and drug abuse: Alcohol is not allowed for sale on Savannah State University property. Any other abuse of alcohol or drugs is subject to enforcement by Savannah State Police through Federal and State laws pertaining to such violations. Students living on campus are NOT allowed to have alcohol in their dormitory at any time.

J. Timely reports to the campus community on crimes considered to be a threat to other students, faculty and staff: This function is handled by the Communications Division. The "Update" is issued usually the same day of the incident or as soon as possible thereafter. The updates are sent to employees and students via E-mail.

K. Description of drug or alcohol abuse education programs: Employees wishing information on drug or alcohol abuse education programs may contact Employee/Faculty Assistance Program with Human Resources, and students wishing the same information may contact Student Health.

L. Institutional policy statement on campus sexual assault programs aimed at prevention of sexual offenses and on procedures followed once a sexual offense has occurred: Students and employees wishing information on campus sexual assault may contact Counseling Center for material. The counseling center offers training and counseling pertaining to sexual abuse. The Savannah State Police Department provides a 24-hour a day escort service for all Savannah State University students and campus staff. Further, the campus sexual assault policy is found in the Student Handbook and Savannah State University Police publishes statistics on sexual assaults. If a sexual assault occurs, the victim's academic and living situations will be changed upon request, if reasonably available. The accuser and accused have the same rights (if any) to have others present during the disciplinary hearing. The accuser and accused shall be notified of the outcome of a campus disciplinary proceeding.

M. Crime Log: A crime log listing the crimes reported to the Savannah State University Police within the last 60 day period are open to public inspection. Crime logs older than 60 days are open to inspection within two (2) business days of the request. All crimes reported to the Savannah State University Police Department are posted to the crime log within two business days of the report unless the disclosure is prohibited by law or would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim. The Savannah State University Police may also withhold information from the crime log when there is clear and convincing evidence that the release of the information would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual; cause a suspect to flee or evade detection; or result in the destruction of evidence. In cases where there is clear and convincing evidence to withhold information, the information will be disclosed when the adverse effect no longer exists.