Phoenix Seminary is committed to providing a safe campus environment for students, faculty and staff. The Administrative staff makes every effort to quickly inform the seminary community of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students, faculty and staff.
Campus Crime Statistics/Clery Act Reporting
Each fall, as required by the Higher Education Amendment of 1990, Phoenix Seminary publishes a Clery Act Report (security policies in Student Handbook) and Campus Crime Statistics (Crime_Data.2012). This updated report is available on the Phoenix Seminary website by clicking the above links, in each Campus Director’s office, and on bulletin boards in student, employee, and public areas of the campus.
Student Right To Know & Campus Security Act
The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act requires colleges and universities receiving federal funds to notify community members as to who is considered a campus security authority. The U.S. Department of Education defines a campus security authority as (1) a campus law enforcement unit; and (2) an individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as the individual or organization that has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, but does not have significant counseling responsibilities. For the purposes of meeting the requirements set forth in the act, Phoenix Seminary campus security authorities include:
- The Dean of Students
- The Associate Dean of Students
- The on-campus security guard
All campus security authorities are required to report criminal occurrences to the Phoenix Police Department who have the only authority to arrest. Campus security authorities will document all crimes reported to them using the Crime Incident Report Form. It is the responsibility of the campus security authorities to investigate reports of criminal activity on campus. Students may make a voluntary confidential report to the Dean of Students or Associate Dean of Students by stating so when making a report.
Timely Warning Policy
A Campus Crime Alert / Timely Warning is issued to heighten safety awareness and to provide students, faculty, and staff with timely notification of crimes that are considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. The alert will provide pertinent information related to the crime and suspect, and will also seek information that may lead to arrest and conviction of offender(s).
The Dean of Students is responsible for preparing and issuing Alerts / Timely Warnings, and will make the decision as to whether to issue an Alert / Timely Warning on a case-by-case basis considering the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Information for Alerts / Timely Warnings may also come from other law enforcement agencies or other officers. Alerts/Timely Warnings are issued to the campus community as soon as pertinent information about the crime is available. Alerts/Timely Warnings are delivered by e-mail and posted on bulletin boards on campus. Campus Crime Alerts/Timely Warnings include:
- A description of the incident and type of crime, including location, date and time of occurrence
- A physical description of the suspect, including gender and race
- Composite drawing of the suspect, if available
- Apparent connection to previous incidents, if applicable
- Race of the victim (only if there was an apparent bias motive)
- Sex of the victim (if relevant)
- Injury sustained by the victim
- Date and time the campus alert was released
- A notice to the campus community to exercise caution