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Campus Safety and Security

The Jeanne Clery Act

These policies are published as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and amendments as provided in the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315). All statistics and policies/procedures are updated and distributed as required by the Act. 

Approach to Safety

MiSPP is dedicated to providing a clean, safe and comfortable environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Members of the campus community share in the responsibility for the safety and security of themselves, their neighbors and their belongings. The importance of campus safety is reviewed annually at orientation with students and employees.

MiSPP does not have residence halls or student organizations with off campus locations. Additional instructional space is leased at the Woodland’s Office Building located at 26105 Orchard Lake Road, Ste. 201, Farmington Hills, MI 48334. 

Informing Students and Personnel of Safety and Security Measures

During orientation each fall, students and personnel are informed of the need for awareness of campus security measures and the need to notify school personnel of any suspicious or criminal activity. Students are informed of current crime statistics and informed that they will be notified should any event occur that constitutes an emergency or the need for a “timely warning.” In accordance with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), MiSPP annually offers training to educate students and employees on sexual violence awareness and prevention. MiSPP does not offer ongoing crime prevention programs or seminars.

Access to the Campus

During business and/or instructional hours, MiSPP’s facilities are open to students and visitors. Staff members are present during operating hours to offer assistance and to meet any security needs. During evening hours of operation the school has contracted with a security company to provide an onsite security guard. After operating hours, the building is monitored by a security system and access is restricted to authorized personnel only. Only authorized personnel are issued building keys and/or keycards. Visitors, including children, are not permitted to attend classes or meetings at any time. Children may not be in the library, resource center or left unattended in the building at any time. 

Campus Safety

MiSPP staff is entrusted with security functions at the school and will enforce school security policies. Staff have no arrest powers. In the event of an emergency, they are directed to coordinate with local law enforcement officials as necessary.

MiSPP does not have a campus police force. During evening hours of operation the school has contracted with a security company to provide an onsite security guard. Employees or security personnel may request identification to determine if individuals have business with the school.  Although an onsite security guard is present during evening hours of operation this individual is not a commissioned law enforcement officer. The Farmington Hills Police Department will be contacted in the event of any serious crime on campus and is immediately notified of any threat to the safety of individuals or the school. MiSPP is a private property, however, law enforcement personnel may enter the campus to conduct business as needed. The Farmington Hills Police Department is available to consult on issues of campus safety and security.

Students, faculty or staff shall report any suspicious person entering the building, or on its grounds, immediately to the Director of Information Technology and Building Services or the Vice President. Exterior doors or fire exits may not be propped open. The Director of Information Technology and Building Services monitors exterior and parking lot lighting so that these areas are well lit during evening hours of operation.

In the event of a life threatening situation or an actual crime, all students and personnel are instructed to call 911 for the local police and contact the staff as well. Any accident/incident on School property or at the Woodland’s facility should be reported promptly to staff who will direct any further action. All members of the MiSPP community are encouraged to report all crimes in a timely manner to the Farmington Hills Police Department at 248-871-2700 and notify the Director of Information Technology and Building Services or the Vice President.

Reporting a Crime

If you believe that you have been the victim of a Clery Act crime, report the situation immediately to a staff or faculty member, who will contact  the Director of Information Technology and Building Services or the Vice President. Other “campus security authorities” include the Registrar and Program Director. Staff or faculty members will provide immediate assistance as required. Although the MiSPP staff/faculty member will assist in contacting the local police regarding the incident, you as an individual will be required to file the police report. The staff member will also take information for an internal Incident/Accident report for school records and follow-up.

In situations where warranted, MiSPP will investigate and pursue legal actions, possibly independent of the municipality of Farmington Hills. Students may choose to report crimes confidentially to the Director of Information Technology and Building Services or the Vice President for inclusion in the annual security report.   

Any student who has a Personal Protection Order against a third party must notify the school administration.At the request of an individual or the police, MiSPP will follow-up if action is required. Any pertinent information or assistance requested will be given to the police. Changes in internal procedures may be made if any additional security efforts are warranted.

Sexual Assault Policy and Procedure

MiSPP can offer referrals to educational and prevention program for students who may or may not have been victims of sexual violence which includes domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault.

Domestic violence is a pattern of threatening or violent behaviors combined with other kinds of abuse. This pattern of behavior is used to control another person. The abuser might be married to the person they are abusing, or might live with or be dating the person they are abusing. The abuser might be abusing their ex-spouse or someone they used to live with or date[1].

Domestic violence includes things like physical assaults, threats, stalking, sexual abuse, and verbal, emotional, or financial abuse. You do not have to be physically injured to be harmed by domestic violence.

Dating violence is a pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviors that one person uses against another in order to gain or maintain power in the relationship. The abuser intentionally behaves in ways that cause fear, degradation, and humiliation to control the other person. Forms of abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and psychological. (Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board)

Stalking is defined as “…a ‘willful course of conduct’ involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.” [Michigan Penal Code] (www.michigan.gov/domesticviolence)[2]

Sexual assault is forcing or coercing an individual to engage in any non-consensual sexual contact or sexual penetration. In Michigan, the law regarding sexual assault is called the Criminal Sexual Conduct Act. It is gender neutral and includes marital, stranger, date, acquaintance and child sexual assault[3]. (Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board) In the state of Michigan, consent is not specifically defined.

If you are a victim of a sexual violence at this institution, your first priority is to get to a place of safety and to obtain necessary medical treatment. A victim of sexual violence has several options, including 1) the option to decline notifying law enforcement authorities, 2) reporting the incident, and 3) requesting that MiSPP provide assistance in contacting law enforcement and filing a report. If you choose to report the incident, doing so in a timely manner is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to the Farmington Hills Police Department by calling 911 or 248-871-2700.

  • All sexual assault cases reported will be fully investigated by the school administration with the assistance of the local police department. 
  • All cases reported to MiSPP will be taken seriously without discrimination of age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity or national origin of either the victim or suspect(s). 
  • Designated MiSPP personnel will meet with you privately to file your initial reports at a location mutually agreed upon. 
  • MiSPP will assist you in privately contacting counseling and support services within the community.  
  • MiSPP will not release your name to the public, press, or any other media organization. 
  • MiSPP will not release your name or personal identifying information in public recordkeeping, Clery Act Reporting, or annual security reporting.
  • MiSPP will assist you or answer any questions or explain the processes of reporting and investigation. 
  • MiSPP is obligated to, upon request and if reasonably available, review a victim’s academic situation after an allegation of sexual violence for requested schedule adjustments, regardless of whether the victim has reported the crime to law enforcement. MiSPP will her/him of all student rights under the Code of Student Conduct.

In a Personal Protection Order (PPO), the court orders an individual to stop threats or violence against you. According to the court rules, the proceeding to obtain an order is called a “personal protection action.” Any student who has a Personal Protection Order against a third party must notify the school administration.

MiSPP students who are accused of committing sexual assault are subject to the Code of Student Conduct policy and applicable sanctions. See Sexual Violence/VAWA Section.

The school does not have or provide on or off campus counseling services, however assistance may be found at the following resources:

Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention Resources

http://www.rapeis.org/support.html

http://www.mcadsv.org/

MiSPP’s Title IX Coordinator:  Diane Zalapi, Vice President

Designated Campus Security Authorities:

Dr. Fran Brown, Program Director
Amanda Ming, Register/Director of Student Services
Jeff Cross, Director of Information Technology and Building Services

[1] MCL 400.1501

[2] MCL 750.411h

[3] MCL 750.520(a)-(e)

Issuing Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the administration, constitutes an immediate or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued.  The Director of Information Technology and Building Services or the Vice President will authorize and direct a warning to be issued through the school e-mail system and via the emergency alert system to students, faculty and staff.

Depending on the particular circumstances of the threat, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the administration may also post a notice on the website providing additional notification.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning, such as a crime that has already occurred but represents an ongoing threat, should report the circumstances to the administration, specifically the Director of Information Technology and Building Services by phone at 248.476.1122, ext. 110, or in his absence the Vice President or President.

Due to MiSPP’s direct boundary with the Orchard Ridge Campus of Oakland Community College, MiSPP is required to report OCC information which may be found at http://www.oaklandcc.edu/PublicSafety/CrimeStatistics.aspx.

Emergency Situations

In the event of an emergency, notify a staff member and call 911. 

If the emergency warrants an evacuation of the facility, students and personnel will be directed by the administration to do so. Such notification may be through the school’s paging system, by verbal directive, or through the fire alarm system.  Individuals evacuated are directed to move away from the building. Procedures are tested annually.

Preparation of Disclosure of Crime Statistics

At MiSPP, the Vice President prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.

Statistics on campus crimes, arrests, and referrals for disciplinary action include those reported to the Vice President, designated campus security authorities, (including but not limited to the Program Director and Registrar) and local law enforcement agencies, if provided.

MiSPP will, upon request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or sexual violence, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the school against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense.  If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, MiSPP will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.

 

Offense Type

2015

2014

2013

Criminal Offenses
 Murder/Non-negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

 Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

 Sex Offenses, Forcible*

0

0

0

 Sex Offenses, Non-forcible*

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

VAWA Offenses
Domestic Violence**

0

0

0

Dating Violence**

0

0

0

Stalking**

0

0

0

 Arrests
Arrests: Weapons, Carrying, Possessing, etc.

0

0

0

Disciplinary Referrals: Weapons, Carrying, Possessing

0

0

0

Arrests: Drug Abuse Violations

0

0

0

Disciplinary Referrals: Drug Abuse Violations

0

0

0

 Arrests: Liquor Law Violations

0

0

0

 Disciplinary Referrals: Liquor Law Violations

0

0

0

 Hate Crimes**

0

0

0

* Sexual Offenses Forcible include meeting the definition of Rape, Fondling. Sex Offenses Non-Forcible include Incest or Statutory Rape

** Denotes new reporting categories beginning with the 2013 calendar year under the Clery Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA)

***Crimes that involve prejudice based on race, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin and/or disability.

 

Sex Offender Registration Information

The Michigan State Police has established a web site as the agency’s official Internet source for Sex Offender Registration information. To obtain this information please refer to The Michigan Public Offenders Registry.

Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs

Unlawful possession, use or distribution of alcoholic beverages, narcotics or dangerous drugs, on school property or as part of any school-related activity as outlined in the Drug and Alcohol Prevention policy is prohibited.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Substance abuse and chemical dependency have significant negative and long term outcomes for an individual’s health and well-being. MiSPP’s drug prevention program and policy addresses the use, distribution, unlawful possession, or sale of illicit drugs and alcohol.

Medical research has documented the debilitating and often deadly consequences of regular or episodic use of mood altering chemicals. Due to factors such as body mass, endocrine function, metabolic biochemistry, genetic history, and overall health, it is not possible to predict who will be susceptible to health risks and what the consequences may be. However, it is known that over time substance abuse and chemical dependency have measurable, deleterious effects on various organs of the body and on physiological and intellectual functioning. Users often feel they are performing at their best when, in fact, actual performance is poor. Memory is also harmfully affected. Emotional problems and mood swings also may result. The risks are known to be greater when there are accompanying or pre-existing organic conditions. Severe insult to the fetus of a pregnant woman who ingests or inhales mind-altering drugs is also a threat.

A description of the applicable legal sanctions for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol and the health risks associated is available on the MiSPP website.  The Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program, consistent with the MiSPP Code of Student Conduct, prohibits the following behaviors.

  1. Alcohol abuse and related behavior, including:
    1. Possession, use or sale of alcohol onsite or at school-sponsored activities;
    2. intoxication made manifest by boisterousness, rowdiness, lewd, obscene, or indecent appearance, conduct or expression;
    3. language which is profane, lewd, or in general unbecoming a graduate student or MiSPP employee.
  2. Drug abuse and related behavior, including:
    1. use or possession of drugs without valid medical prescriptions; or manufacture, sale, or distribution of any controlled substance or mood altering chemical;
    2. altered behavior made manifest through rowdiness, obscene or disorderly conduct, indecent appearance, conduct, expression, or otherwise impaired functioning;
    3. language which is profane, lewd, or in general unbecoming of a graduate student or employee.

Any allegation of a violation of this policy will result in a student or employee being referred to the Vice President for investigation and action. Law enforcement will be contacted in any circumstance involving criminal activity/violation of federal and state drug laws or any state law related to underage drinking. Sanctions will result in one or more of the following: written reprimand, probation, suspension, dismissal, termination (employee), or referral to inpatient or outpatient therapy appropriate to the issue involved. Participation in drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs may also be required.

Note:  Per HEA, Sec 484, 485, 488 a conviction of any offense for possession/sale of illegal drugs will result in loss of eligibility for any Title IV loan aid.

Sexual Violence

As an extension of MiSPP’s policy prohibiting Sexual Harassment/Misconduct (see Academic Catalog), the school prohibits and will take prompt and effective action in response to any allegation of sexual violence to include sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking as they are defined for purposes of the Clery Act.  This policy applies to all students and school employees.  In the event of any act of sexual violence, the individual, or witness, has the right and is encouraged to file a criminal complaint. The individual has the right to decline to report to law enforcement. Any criminal complaint will not impede MiSPP’s investigation of and response to the complaint of sexual violence. A complaint may be filed with a Campus Security Authority (the Program Director, the Registrar, or the Director of Building Services) or the Vice President. Written procedures will be provided and are available at the Student Resources site. In the event of a need for immediate assistance or response to a sexual assault, school personnel will coordinate the response with local law enforcement.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA)

In the event of an incident:

  • Following any reported incident, a formal investigation will begin within seven (7) days of advisement and will be conducted by the Vice President.
  • All claims will be treated seriously and information and facts will be communicated only on a “need to know” basis.
  • Witnesses and all individuals interviewed will be instructed to maintain discussions in the strictest confidence. The number of persons who have access to the information will be limited.
  • During the investigation, both parties will have an opportunity to have others present including an advisor of choice with advance notice to the Vice President.
  • The preponderance-of-the-evidence standard (more likely than not) will be used in the investigation.
  • Regardless of criminal complaint, in the event of a complaint/report filed by a student against a member of the MiSPP community (fellow students or employee), accommodations will be provided pending the final outcomes of the investigations, which may include the ability to change class, clinical training sites, or work schedules, withdraw from or retake a course without penalty.
  • Each allegation will be treated as a separate incident.
  • After completion of the investigation, the Vice President will provide written notification of the outcome the complaint and any appeal, to both parties at the same time.
  • If it is determined that a faculty, staff, supervisor or administrator has engaged in sexual violence or misconduct, immediate and appropriate action will be taken, to include written warnings, suspension with or without pay, or termination of employment.
  • If it is determined that a student has engaged in sexual violence or misconduct of any kind, immediate and appropriate action will be taken. This may include a written warning, probation or dismissal. The process for appeal is outlined in the Academic Catalog under the Student Grievance/Appeal Procedure. This procedure will be in the written notification of investigation outcome and sanctions.
  • Retaliation against the complainant or anyone involved is prohibited. If it occurs, further disciplinary action will be taken.
  • As required under the Clery Act any incident of sexual violence will be reflected in the annual safety and security report.
  • Any student who has a Personal Protection Order against a third party must notify the school administration – please see Reporting a Crime.

Annually, sexual violence awareness and prevention programming is offered to all students and employees.

Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention Resources

http://www.rapeis.org/support.html

http://www.mcadsv.org/

https://www.notalone.gov/

Note: The public website for higher education consumers is located at http://ope.ed.gov/security/

 

Updated: September 2016