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The Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act require the annual disclosure of certain crime statistics as well as institutional policies regarding campus security. In addition, disclosure of fire safety information and annual fire statistics for on-campus residence halls is required under the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Iona College, in compliance with these laws, is providing the following information to all enrolled students and current employees. This report also includes links to additional, helpful information.
Iona College places a high priority on maintaining a safe and secure campus for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Members of the College community have the opportunity to learn about campus security procedures and the prevention of crime, and are encouraged to be responsible for their own security and the security of others, through programs presented by various administrative offices and student clubs and organizations.
The Department of Campus Safety and Security at Iona College is staffed by New York State certified security officers with specialized training, provides security awareness and crime prevention programs that stress both good personal safety habits and the importance of community safety.
For additional information regarding these programs, click here.
The Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security is the official reporting authority at Iona College. All crimes and other emergencies are to be reported immediately to the Department of Campus Safety and Security.
The Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security encourages the accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes and accepts voluntary, confidential reports of crimes. All applicable reports will be included in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.
For additional information, please reference the Reporting Crimes Policy.
In the interest of campus safety and security, Iona College will notify the College community of all crimes considered to pose a threat to its members that are perpetrated on the Iona College campus and reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies. As described below, warnings will be disseminated in a manner that is timely, that aids the prevention of similar occurrences, and that protects the privacy of the victims of such incidents. In addition, Iona College has adopted policies and procedures to provide immediate notification to the campus community of campus emergencies.
It shall be the responsibility of the Director for Campus Safety and Security, when a crime on or near the campus is reported, to promptly assess the potential danger or threat it presents to the campus community, or portions thereof. In the event of an immediate threat, the Department of Campus Safety and Security shall follow the emergency notification procedure described below. In other cases, if the Director believes a serious or ongoing danger or threat exists, the Director, working with other University officials as appropriate, shall provide a timely warning on the "Campus Safety and Security web pages. Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, the Director may also use a variety of other means to communicate the timely warning, including the mass notification methods for the dissemination of Emergency Notices described below. If the Director deems it necessary, he or she may require College officials to post notices in campus buildings.
In the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on campus, Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security shall, without delay, make an initial determination as whether the situation presents an immediate threat to the health or safety of students and employees. If they conclude that such a threat exists, Campus Safety and Security shall immediately notify the appropriate segments of the College community, unless issuing an immediate notification would, in the professional judgment of the Director, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
The Director of Campus Safety and Security shall also promptly consult with the Vice Provost for Student Life or other senior college officials regarding any significant emergency or dangerous situation to determine what follow-up information the campus community may need and how best to disseminate follow-up notices.
Content of Emergency Notices
Emergency notices shall describe the emergency or dangerous situation, outline immediate steps to be taken (including, if necessary, shelter and evacuation procedures), and indicate where additional information may be found. Emergency updates and further information will be provided by postings to the listed website, emails to the Iona College community and other methods as needed.
If the situation requires evacuation, the College will provide members of the community with evacuation instructions. In the event that an extended evacuation is necessary, people will be directed to other buildings/areas on campus for support (information, food, shelter, medical attention, etc). Specific details about the sites will be included in the emergency notices.
Iona College maintains an emergency management plan that describes in more detail the College's emergency protocols, including the College's shelter and evacuation procedures.
Dissemination of Emergency Notices
Depending on the incident and nature of the threat, the College will use mass notification methods to provide emergency notifications to the campus community.
These methods include:
To ensure receipt of the College's emergency notices, all members of the College community are encouraged to provide the College with up-to-date contact information, including a cell phone number in Campus Text Notification System.
The Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security will work with the Director of Public Relations to ensure that emergency information is timely shared with local first responders and the local community as appropriate.
The Director of Campus Safety and Security, in conjunction with the Vice Provost for Student Life will oversee regular tests of the College's emergency notification system and evacuation procedures (at least annually). These tests may be announced or unannounced. The Director will publicize the College's emergency response and evacuation procedures in conjunction with at least one test per calendar year. The Director shall document each test, including a description of the exercise, the date and time, and whether the test was announced or unannounced.
Students residing in on-campus housing have the option through the Office of Residential Life to register an individual to be contacted by Iona College in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours ("Confidential Contact"). The student's Confidential Contact will be accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation.
Any member of the College community who has reason to believe a student residing in on-campus housing has been missing for more than 24 hours should immediately contact the Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security. Upon notification, Campus Safety will initiate an investigation. If Campus Safety is unable to locate the student through its normal contact network and determines that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, Campus Safety will immediately notify the Vice Provost for Student Life, who will notify the student's Confidential Contact within 24 hours of the official determination that the student is missing.
Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security must notify the New Rochelle Police Department once it is determined that the student is missing, regardless of whether or not the student has registered a Confidential Contact. If the missing student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the Vice Provost for Student Life will notify a custodial parent or guardian in addition to the student's Confidential Contact.
Security and Access
Iona College residence halls, and certain buildings and facilities throughout campus, are posted with notices that identify them as private property and that include warnings against trespassing and soliciting. The notices are inspected periodically by Iona College campus safety officers and replaced as necessary.
Academic and administrative buildings and facilities are secured within a reasonable period of time after the conclusion of normal operating hours. The propping open of secured exterior doors is prohibited. Buildings are patrolled and exterior doors are checked routinely by Iona College campus safety officers, and all checks are documented.
Residence hall exterior doors are locked 24 hours a day. They operate on an electronic card access system and are equipped with mechanisms that secure the door locks upon entering and exiting the residence halls. The doors are alarmed and wired to the Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security, enabling the detection of and response to any propped doors. Security officers patrol the exterior areas of residence halls and check exterior doors during the nighttime hours. Residence hall student rooms are equipped with door and window locks. Entry into residence halls is restricted to members of the College community and their guests. Guests must be registered with the Residence Hall Director or Resident Assistant. All solicitation is prohibited within the residence halls unless specifically approved by the Director of Residential Life. During periods of low occupancy, such as holidays and vacation periods, a reduced number of residence hall staff remains on site, and the frequency of internal patrols and door checks by Iona College campus safety officers is increased.
Vehicle entry into the main campus area is restricted and is monitored by Iona College campus safety officer.
Members of the College community are responsible for the actions and conduct of their guests, and for ensuring that visitors know, understand, and adhere to College rules and regulations.
Each year, representatives from the, the Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security, Facilities Management, the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life, and the Campus Safety Committee conduct a "safety walk" after dark throughout the campus. The purpose of the walks is to determine those areas in need of additional lighting or emergency "blue light" intercoms, or those that require attention to shrubbery and fencing. The recommendations of this group are compiled in a list of maintenance work projects to be undertaken for the upcoming year.
The Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security periodically conducts an inspection throughout the campus to identify safety and security concerns such as lighting, emergency "blue light" intercoms, and shrubbery in need of repair or attention. The campus safety and security officers document the resulting maintenance requirements, file a work order with Facilities Management, and notify the Vice Provost for Student Life. Emergency situations are addressed immediately; the campus safety and security officers contact the Facilities Management manager on call to resolve such situations.
In addition to the rules and regulations of the College, Iona College students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors are subject to all local, state, and federal laws. In or upon property or structures owned, used, or occupied by the College, the Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security in conjunction with the New Rochelle Police Department are responsible for enforcing those laws and, although they have no formal written memoranda of understanding, they maintain a cooperative working relationship with local, state, and federal police agencies.
The Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security includes approximately 25 registered New York State Certified security officers.
The objectives of the Iona College Campus Sexual Assault Program are to prevent sex offenses and to inform the College community of the procedures to be followed once a sex offense has occurred. For more information on the services and resources provided by Iona College and Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security, please refer to the handbook and the brochure on Acquaintance Rape.
Iona College offers education programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses. The Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security, the Office of Student Development and the Vice Provost for Student Life, the Office of Residential Life, the Counseling Center, Health Services are among the College offices that offer such programs.
Reporting an Offense
The victim of a sex offense that occurs on or off campus is strongly encouraged to notify the Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security or a member of CARE Team. For sex offenses that occur off campus, the Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security will assist the victim in notifying the appropriate local law enforcement agency for the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred.
The following procedures are to be followed once a sex offense has occurred and been reported:
Counseling/Mental Health/Student Services
The victim of a sex offense is informed by the Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security about the counseling, mental health, and student services that are available on campus and in the community. Among the services available are the following:
On-campus disciplinary action is the responsibility of the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life. The procedures for on-campus disciplinary action in cases of an allegation of a sex offense are outlined in the "College Code of Conduct" section of the student handbook. These procedures clearly state that the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have an advisor and witnesses present during a campus disciplinary proceeding, and that both the accuser and the accused are to be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense. This section of the student handbook also lists the possible sanctions that may be imposed following a finding of "responsible" at a disciplinary proceeding related to rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses, forcible or non-forcible, which include suspension and dismissal from the College. Upon the written request of the victim of an alleged crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense, the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life will disclose the final results of any disciplinary proceedings dealing with the offense to the victim.
Changes to Academic and Living Situations
Following an alleged sex offense, if so requested by the victim and if such changes are reasonably available, assistance in changing academic situations is provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life in conjunction with the appropriate academic dean, and assistance in changing living situations is provided by the Assistant Vice Provost for Residential Life.
The following Crime Statistics are provided in accordance with the Clery Act:
Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics - The Director of the Iona College Department of Campus Safety and Security compiles the annual crime statistics from the Iona College security logs, reports of Campus Safety and Security, responses from the New Rochelle police department, and the database of the Offices of the Vice Provost for Student Life and Residential Life. For more information on the College's preparation of the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics, please refer to the Campus Safety and Security Disclosures Policy - Required Disclosures and Reports.
Iona College makes available, upon request, to an applicant, student, or employee of the institution, a uniform crime report consistent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report; such individuals may obtain a copy of the report from the Iona College Campus Safety and Security Office.
Iona College prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on College premises or property or as part of its activities. Iona College expects its students and employees to comply with local, state, and federal laws relating to the possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol when they are on College property, taking part in College activities or anytime off campus.
Please reference the DRUG-FREE CAMPUS AND WORKPLACE PROGRAM for a more detailed description of Iona College's drug and alcohol policies and a description of Iona College's drug and alcohol abuse education programs.
In accordance with the Federal "Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act" of 2000, Iona College informs you that law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders, provided by the State of New York, may be obtained from the New Rochelle Police Department, Records Unit, 475 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801, 914-654-2300.
Requests for information must be made in person and a request form completed. For questions and further information, please contact the Iona College Campus Safety and Security.
Iona College maintains a public log of fires reported in on-campus housing facilities. The log includes information regarding the nature, date, time and general location of each reported fire. The most recent 60-day period of this log is open for public inspection in the Iona College Campus Safety and Security Office located in the LaPenta Student Union during normal business hours.
The College maintains a variety of fire safety systems (such as alarm systems, fire and smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems) in its on-campus housing facilities, in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. For the specific systems for each housing facility, click here.
The Office of Campus Safety and Security works with the Offices of Residential Life, Facilities Management and the New Rochelle fire department to conduct at least two fire drills during each year in each of the residence halls. Fire drills are also conducted on a quarterly basis at all campus buildings.
The College's Residential Life Agreement includes a number of rules and restrictions designed to enhance fire safety in student housing facilities, including rules governing portable electrical appliances, smoking and open flames. While the rules vary slightly for each residence, any source of open flame (e.g., candles and incense), as well as smoking in, and within 20 feet of, any residence hall is strictly prohibited.
The College also prohibits the use of certain portable electrical appliances, including: certain kinds of lights and lamps; non-UL approved power strips; extension cords without surge protection; grills; and space heaters and heating blankets. The Offices of Facilities Management and Residential Life continually monitors the use of portable electrical appliances and reserves the right to restrict the use of any additional appliances that may pose an unnecessary safety risk. A complete list of non-approved items can be found here. The College conducts random health and safety inspections each semester to enforce these fire safety rules. Any violation will be recorded and students in violation may be subject to disciplinary action.
During freshman orientation, incoming students are informed generally about the College's evacuation procedures and how to obtain a copy of an Emergency and Disaster Plan.
Iona College hosts several fire safety training opportunities for students, staff and faculty each year. All incoming students planning to reside on-campus are required to attend a fire safety training program during freshman orientation sponsored by the Office of Residential Life and New York State Office of Fire Prevention. This training program includes information on College evacuation procedures. The College also sponsors several optional educational programs throughout the academic year, including Fire Safety Awareness Week, which includes, among other efforts, an information campaign.
In the event of a fire or fire alarm, all employees and students are instructed to promptly evacuate in accordance with the plans for the building in which the fire occurs, using stairs instead of elevators, and to follow the instructions of the designated building safety contact, resident assistant, and police and fire department, as applicable.
The Director of Campus Safety and Security reviews the College's fire safety programs at least once annually to determine if any changes or improvements are warranted.
Iona College has an active Fire Safety program that includes training and outreach; however, there is always room for improvement.
Please see the Annual Fire Statistics for statistics on reported incidents of fire occurring in on-campus housing facilities during the most recent calendar year.
To request a paper copy of this document, please call the Office of Campus Safety and Security at (914) 633-2245, or send your request in writing to:
Office of Office of Campus Safety and Security
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801