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Office Location - Fitton Student Union, Room 126
The Director and with the assistance of the Assistant Director oversee this department. Campus Safety employs duty officers and gatehouse officers. All officers are trained in first aid and CPR. They patrol the campus on foot and by vehicle on a 24 hour basis. They are present to prevent illegal activity, enforce college regulations, check suspicious persons, and provide assistance and information to the campus community. Members of the department maintain a close working relationship with local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities and other emergency service organizations on matters related to campus security.
The gatehouse controls and monitors vehicular access to the campus. The hours of operation are from 7pm-7am, weeknights and 24 hours weekends and holidays. Permissible vehicles include those with proper decals as well as those with proper identification, persons attending a scheduled public event, and an expected guest of the campus community.
If you are a resident and have a guest visiting campus, please notify the gatehouse at 706-295-5334 prior to the guest's arrival.
PARKING AND TRAFFIC REGULATIONS
All returning and new students are required to register their vehicles. Students pay the registration fee in the Business Office, bring the receipt to Campus Safety, and fill out a brief form that includes information about make and model of vehicle, and personal information. An appropriate decal will be issued. Any decal purchased after August 27 for fall semester will cost $100. More information may be found in The Pinnacle, the student handbook.
Residence hall staff members hold mandatory meetings at the beginning of the year (and with new students each semester) to explain regulations, fire and safety procedures, and the responsibilities of each student for his/her own security and that of others. These meetings, as well as other programs held throughout the year, include information on fire and crime prevention, alcohol and drug abuse, date rape, etc.
The Campus Safety Director submits a regular activity report to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Rome Police Department reports are published weekly in the local newspaper and are monitored on campus.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges nd universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
If you are being threatened with physical harm, call 706-233-7911.
Contact the Office of Campus Safety for programs on the following topics:
As a recipient of federal grants, Shorter University adheres to the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (as amended) and any applicable regulations issued pursuant thereto. This policy is reviewed biennially.
The use of alcohol, illegal drugs, and marijuana are prohibited at Shorter University, including all sites for the College of Adult and Professional Programs and any University sponsored event on or off campus , and are incompatible with the goals of the institution. The use of alcohol and /or illegal drugs is potentially harmful, physically and mentally, and often interferes with the user’s ability to function adequately in his or her academic and social life. It also often impinges upon the social and academic rights of others. Special efforts are made to keep alcohol and drugs off campus and to prevent distribution on campus. Several opportunities are offered throughout the year to learn about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as the danger of tobacco.
Georgia law prohibits the purchase or possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 or the furnishing of alcohol to such a person. Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is also illegal. It is against Georgia law to, under certain circumstances, walk or be upon the roadway while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The punishment for these offenses may include mandatory treatment and education programs, community service, payment of a fine, imprisonment, and loss of one’s driver’s license. Students facing legal action off campus may be held accountable through the Shorter University judicial system. Under Georgia and federal law, it is a crime to possess, manufacture, sell or distribute illegal drugs. Shorter University expects all members of the community to comply with the state and federal laws pertaining to drugs. The sale, purchase, manufacture, distribution, and use of drug paraphernalia are prohibited. This does not apply to the possession and use of controlled substances as part of the care and treatment of disease or injury.
The use of any form of tobacco is prohibited at Shorter University. The use of tobacco products is potentially harmful and often interferes with the user’s ability to function adequately in his or her academic and social life. It often impinges upon the social and academic rights of others, especially with consideration to second-hand smoke.Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs
Alcohol and Other Drug Education is provided through the Office of Health Services. Social and educational programs are offered to encourage students to make low-risk decisions regarding alcohol and other drug use. All freshmen are required to participate in an online drug and alcohol educational program, which is followed up in their freshman seminar course. Residence Life also provides opportunities for students to participate in drug and alcohol education programs.
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Fire drills are conducted at various times throughout the year in accordance with local and state regulations. Residents are to cooperate with persons directing the drill and are to remain outside the building until the drill has been completed. When the fire alarm sounds, all students and guests must evacuate the building immediately. Please find the nearest exit and do not linger around the outside exit. Do not return to the building until proper authorization is given by the Residence Life Staff or Campus Safety. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.
Tornado drills are conducted at various times throughout the year in accordance with local and state regulations. Students are expected to seek the lowest level of shelter in the building in which they are present. They should also stay clear of windows, doors, or other items which may become broken or airborne during a tornado. When the emergency siren sounds all students and guests must go to the basement/lowest floor of the building. Do not return to your room or daily activities until given proper authorization either from Residence Life Staff or Campus Safety. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.
Note: Tampering with or removing fire alarms, fire extinguishers, exit signs, or other safety equipment is against the law. Likewise, giving false alarms is also against the law. Minimum sanctions for the first offense violation of tampering with fire and safety equipment is subject to penalties as set forth by State Law.
Personal Emergency Notifcation System
Shorter University has adopted a new emergency notification system, Shorter2U, to provide instant alerts regarding emergency situations, severe weather advisories, and school closings. Alerts can be received on your cell phone (via text message), email, or pager. While Shorter2U is offered free of charge to faculty, staff and students, it does require enrollment. After enrolling, log into your account, where you may provide up to two cell phone numbers and two email addresses.
Please go to https://scholar.shorter.edu and then the Campus Life Tab to register.
The Shorter2U system is powered by e2Campus, a leading mass-notification system for colleges and universities. Depending on your personal cell phone plan, there may be a nominal fee from your carrier to receive text messages, but there is no charge from the school to use this sevice.
Campus Community Notification
Shorter University has a siren on campus that can be used for several emergency situations. The most common use is severe weather. Please adhere to the evacuation plans for each building and wait until you hear the "All Clear" before returing to your normal activities.
Inclement Weather Policy
If a decision is made to cancel classes due to inclement weather, stations in the area will be notified by 6:00 a.m. if possible. The following is a list of radio and television stations that will broadcast cancellations or delay schedules for Shorter.
Channels 4 and 10
Channels 2, 5 and 11TORNADO EMERGENCY INFORMATION
The campus community will be notified by siren and a text message when the weather bureau issues a tornado warning. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted in the area or weather radar has picked up rotation that could be a tornado. When the siren is sounded, all persons should go to an interior room on the lowest floor away from windows. Stay in the safe area until the all clear is issued.MEDICAL EMERGENCY
The following procedures should be followed:
Call 911 - give your name, your exact location, and nature of the emergency.
Then notify Campus Safety at 706-233-7911. The Campus Safety Officer will begin notification procedures as soon as the patient is under EMS care.MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY
During business hours, contact the Office Student Support Services at 706-233-7323. After hours call Campus Safety.
Resident students are required on an annual basis to give Campus Safety a name and contact phone number for a person whom they wish the College would contact if they are missing. This information is maintained in the Campus Safety Office.
In the event that Campus Safety receives a report of a student that is considered missing, the Director or Assistant Director of Campus Safety shall be notified as soon as possible. If, after a brief investigation, it is determined that the student is in fact missing, the Vice President for Student Affairs will be notified along with Rome Police Department. If the student is under 18 years old, the parent or guardian will be notified. If a student is over 18 years old, the person designated as a contact will be notified. Campus Safety will cooperate with the police department by providing any information they may need to launch a missing person report and investigation.
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