The Campus Security Act
The Campus Security Act requires all public and private
postsecondary institutions that participate in federal Title IV
student aid programs to comply with the following.
- Provide a statement of current campus policies regarding
procedures for students and others to report criminal actions or
other emergencies occurring on campus.
- Provide a statement of current policies concerning the security
of, and access to, campus facilities.
- Provide a statement of current policies concerning campus law
enforcement that addresses the enforcement authority of campus
security and working relationship with local police agencies.
- Maintain records of crimes reported to campus security
- Make a reasonable effort to obtain certain crime statistics
from local law enforcement agencies to include in the annual
- Maintain a daily crime log that must be open to public
inspection and can be accessed during normal business hours.
- Provide a "timely warning" of any Clery Act crime that might
represent an ongoing threat to the safety of students or
- Publish an annual security report and distribute it to all
current students and employees, and inform prospective students and
employees about the content and availability of the report.
- Inform the campus community where to obtain information about
registered sex offenders.
- Submit crime statistics to the U.S. Department of
Office of Public Safety
The Office of Public Safety is a service department with a full
time representative available to serve you 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year. Public Safety reports to the Vice President for Student
Affairs/Dean of Students and the Associate Dean of Students. Public
Safety officers are required to enroll and pass the INCLEA
certified campus protection course. Officers participate in
additional professional training programs on a continual basis.
Public Safety officers do not have police powers. They have the
same arrest powers as a private citizen. Enforcement of campus
policies begin and end with the real estate property perimeters of
the main campus or any additional property owned or leased by
Rose-Hulman. Officers perform a wide variety of safety and
protection services for the campus community including crime
investigation, medical emergencies, fire emergencies, and traffic
accidents. Duties include vehicle and foot patrols, monitoring
camera systems, and building access.
Public Safety employs student workers for additional department
staffing. Student dispatchers assist with radio and telephone
communications, special events, escorts, and patrol.
Rose-Hulman and the Public Safety Department have an excellent
relationship with local law enforcement agencies. The main campus
is under the jurisdiction of the Terre Haute Police Department. An
off-campus location like Rose-Hulman Ventures is covered by the
Vigo County Sheriffs' Department. Public Safety staff will call the
proper authorities in the event of a major crime or incident. Local
police are not called by Public Safety for reports such as crimes
against personal property. Authorities require the individual who
has been victimized to file the report. Public Safety highly
recommends the complainant file a report with local law enforcement
and will assist in doing this upon request. Reports containing
investigative or tracking information such as serial numbers will
be forwarded to the local police for insertion into the National
Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.
Local authorities with police powers are contracted by
Rose-Hulman for special events as needed.
Campus community members and guests are encouraged to report any
crime, accident, suspicious activity, or emergency need to the
Department of Public Safety by dialing extension 8590. When calling
from outside the campus phone system dial (812) 877-8590. For
normal business calls Public Safety can be contacted by dialing
extension 8411 or (812) 877-8411. If preferred, incidents can be
reported in person at the Public Safety office located adjacent to
highway US 40 on the east side of campus.
Code blue phones
There are several emergency two-way call boxes (blue light
phones) located throughout the campus for use. Simply push the red
button and the caller will be connected directly to the Public
Safety office. Individuals may use this system in non-emergencies
as well to contact the office. Many of the boxes are located in
parking areas and are a convenient way to request motorist
Daily crime log
The Office of Public Safety maintains a daily crime/incident log
containing a list of reported crimes. Entries are made every two
business days including the date, time, location, and disposition.
The log is available to the public for inspection 24 hours a
Walking alone and feel the need for an escort to a building or
your vehicle? The Public Safety Office will provide a ride or
escort to anywhere on campus for any individual in need. Please
call 877-8590 or 877-8411 for this service.
Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry
The registry is maintained by the Indiana Sheriffs' Association.
The site provides the general public information about the
identity, location, and appearance of sex and violent offenders who
live, work, or study in Indiana. Access the Indiana Sex and
Violent Offender Registry.
Timely warning notice
When a crime is considered an immediate or ongoing threat to the
campus community a "timely warning" e-mail will be sent by the
Office of Student Affairs to all students, faculty, and staff. In
the event of power outages other means such as battery powered
megaphones and door to door communication will be used. Crimes of a
repetitive nature but not considered threatening can be reported by
mass mailings, bulletin boards, or campus media.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has a clear institutional
policy against rape and other forms of sexual assault. It is
important for all campus citizens to understand these crimes will
not be tolerated under any circumstances. Sexual violence on campus
is repugnant, it's an extreme violation of individual rights, and
it's contrary to the mission of this college.
It is extremely important that all students, faculty, and staff
understand the policy in detail. Compliance with this policy is a
condition of enrollment or employment at Rose-Hulman. The policy is
found in the student handbook, faculty handbook, and staff
If you are the victim of a sex offense, it's important to report
the assault immediately to the Terre Haute City Police, Vigo County
Sheriffs Department, or Rose-Hulman Public Safety. Some campus
offices such as the Dean of Students and Student Health Services
will need to be notified to help the victim and ensure the safety
What to do if you have been sexually assaulted
- Go to a safe place if needed.
- If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately.
- Report the assault to the police at 911 or Public Safety
- Do not shower, bathe, or douche. Do not change clothes or
disturb anything in the area where the assault took place. Preserve
the physical evidence.
- Call a friend or family member to be with you.
Other helpful resources
|Your Resident Assistant or Sophomore Adviser
|Director of Residence Life
extension 8230 or 8439 OR 812-236-0157 OR 812-236-0157
|Office of Student Affairs
||extension 8210 or 8257
|Student Health Services
||extension 8167 or 8367
|Student Counseling Services
Disciplinary hearings, criminal process, and actions
Where there is probable cause to believe that policies
prohibiting sexual assault have been violated; Rose-Hulman will
pursue strong disciplinary action through its own channels. This
discipline includes the possibility of suspension.
It is important for all constituents to understand that they can
be both prosecuted under the State of Indiana criminal statutes and
disciplined by Rose-Hulman. It should also be understood that
Rose-Hulman can pursue disciplinary action even if the criminal
justice authorities do not prosecute.
The procedures for disciplinary hearings in student sexual
assault cases will be as described under "Institute of Policies,
Rules, and Regulations", Non-Academic Misconduct in the student
handbook. The Institute Rules and Discipline Committee, consisting
of faculty, staff and student members, will be the hearing body in
If found guilty by the hearing body, other possible penalties
include suspension for a specified time, exclusion from certain
areas of the campus, and/or mandatory counseling. Various sanctions
can also be invoked against entire organizations whose members
maybe found guilty of sexual assault, including disbanding the
organization, restricting female guests, or requesting action by
the national office if it is an affiliated organization.
Rights of victims
Rose-Hulman will do everything it can to assist the victim with
appropriate counseling and support. Victims of sexual assault shall
be afforded the opportunity to be present at hearings and to have
counsel present. That person can be a member of the faculty or
counseling staff of Rose-Hulman, a friend, or anyone else at the
college that the victim feels can provide either valuable insight
or reassurance throughout the process. The willingness of the
victim to "confront" the assailant(s) is important to the community
as well as the victim's psychological well-being. A victim may
request a change in academic and housing situations through the
Dean of Students.
Alcohol and drugs
The Rose-Hulman student handbook distributed by the Office of
Student Affairs outlines institute policy concerning alcohol and
drugs. Simply stated, Rose-Hulman does not condone behavior that
has an adverse effect on the academic environment, health, safety,
and welfare of the community. Violators of such policy are subject
to disciplinary action or arrest. Review the Student Handbook.
Residence hall life and crime prevention
Residence hall staff report to the Director of Residence Life.
Along with the director, three full time assistant employees live
|Director, Erik Hayes
||Speed Hall Apartment
|Assistant, Kyle Rhodes
|Assistant, Kate Pippins
||Deming Hall 101
|Assistant, Darcie Thomas
||Scharpenberg Apartment 106
This team is supported by Resident Assistants and Sophomore
Advisers who receive training in safety and fire emergency
practices. Safety violations and unsafe conditions are reported to
Residence Life administration.
Exterior doors to the residence halls are locked by Public
Safety after visitation hours. During lock down times the Office of
Student Affairs provides the Night Host Program. Staffs of student
employees who monitor residence hall entrances, make foot patrols,
and can make immediate contact with the Office of Public
During campus breaks exterior door locks are changed. Building
access is limited to only specific building personnel and approved
students. Students who need to stay over breaks must contact the
Office of Student Affairs for pre-approval.
Students are encouraged to attend meetings held throughout the
school year pertaining to alcohol, drugs, safety, and assault
programs. Student Affairs, Student Services, and Student Activities
fund projects or sponsor special guests who provide these important
During normal business hours, University property is open to
students, employees, and approved guests. After business hours
access to labs and classrooms are prohibited unless prior approval
has been made. Only individuals recognized as an authority to that
specific area can issue after hour passes. Users are expected to
follow all guidelines and safety procedures.
Emergency response and evacuation procedures
Rose-Hulman has an
emergency response and evacuation plan managed by the Office of
Environmental Health and Safety. This plan in collaboration with
the Office of Public Safety is designed to deal with readiness,
immediate response, and recovery in the event of any natural or
man-made emergency incident.
The plan details
- Procedures to notify the campus community upon the confirmation
of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an
immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees
occurring on the campus.
- Procedures to confirm that there is a significant emergency,
who to notify, determine the content to the notification, and
initiate the notification system.
- A list of the titles or persons responsible for carrying out
- Procedures to test the emergency response and evacuation
procedures on at least an annual basis, and the documentation of
the exercise whether it was announced or unannounced.
The involvement of everyone in campus safety is necessary. When
leaving your room or office take your key with you. Unoccupied
rooms should be locked. Report suspicious looking individuals who
you feel do not belong in a hall or on campus. Lock your car and
keep valuables out of sight. Use the escort service when returning
to your hall late at night. Simple commonsense precautions really
make a difference.
As required by the Campus Right to Know "Clery Act" crime
statistics are updated each year and made available to all
students, faculty, and staff by going on-line to the main
Rose-Hulman web site. Any prospective student, employee, or member
of the general public may receive a written copy upon request.
The report is based on incidents reported to the Office of
Public Safety, Dean and Associate Dean of Students, Director of
Residence Life, Director of Athletics, Director of International
Student Services, and the Facility Manager of Rose-Hulman Ventures.
In cooperation with the Terre Haute City Police and Vigo County
Sheriffs' Department a good faith effort has been made to include
all off-campus properties affiliated with Rose-Hulman.
Management authority for the convenient mart (public
property) is contacted and surveyed. Professional mental health and
religious counselors are exempt from reporting obligations.
Rose-Hulman does not have a voluntary crime reporting system in
place. The report is prepared by the Rose-Hulman Office of Public
Safety. Each year, an e-mail notification is made to all campus
members of its existence and the web site to access the report.
Arrests or disciplinary referrals for illegal weapons
possession and substance law violations
The Clery Act requires institutions to disclose both the number
of arrests and the number of persons referred for disciplinary
action for illegal weapons possession, drug law violations, and
liquor law violations.
Illegal Weapons Possession: The violation of laws or ordinances
prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation,
possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments,
explosives, incendiary devices or other deadly weapons. This
classification encompasses weapons offenses that are regulatory in
Drug Law Violations: The violation of laws prohibiting the
production, distribution and/or use of certain controlled
substances and the equipment or devices utilized in their
preparation and/or use.
Liquor Law Violations: The violation of state or local laws or
ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase,
transportation, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages, not
including driving under the influence and drunkenness.
Annual fire safety report, procedures and statistics
The Higher Education Act as amended by the Higher Education
Opportunity Act specifies any institution that maintains and
on-campus student housing facility must collect fire statistics,
publish an Annual fire Safety Report, and keep a "fire log."
For the purposes of fire safety reporting, a fire is, "Any
instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to
contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.
Residence hall fire safety
The on-campus residence hall facilities at Rose-Hulman Institute
of Technology are: Blumberg, BSB, Deming, Scharpenberg, Mees,
Speeed, Apartment Style - East, Apartment Style - West, Percopo,
and Skinner. All campus residence halls are equipped with sprinkler
systems and smoke detectors. Each hall has a fire alarm control
panel that emits an audible alarm and visual strobe to alert
students. Each fire alarm is connected to a central system that
will automatically dial the Public Safety Office in case of an
emergency 24 hours a day. All floors of the residential buildings
have wall mounted fire extinguishers.
To date, there are no immediate future plans to make changes to
the fire alarm systems or fire sprinkler systems.
Fire safety training
All Resident Assistants and Sophomore Advisors receive basic
training in the use of fire extinguishers, the location and
function of alarm pull stations, and evacuation procedures. Public
Safety staff participate in fire safety training and continuing
Campus fire safety procedures are discussed during student
orientation. The Office of Student Affairs, the Office of
Environmental Health and Safety, and Residence Life participate in
forums, town hall meetings, and programs to address residential
Fire drills are conducted by the Director of Residence Life and
staff during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Evacuation
times are recorded and an evaluation of overall effectiveness
noted. During 2009 the Director of Residence Life conducted three
supervised fire drills in all residential buildings.
Residence hall fire safety policies
- Smoking is prohibited in all residence halls, and the area
directly outside the external doorways.
- Radios, televisions, and stereos are permitted in the rooms,
Exterior antennas of any sort are not permitted since they violate
the insurance policy of the Institute.
- Open heating elements and open flames are not permitted. Closed
heating elements with a thermostatic control will be permitted -
e.g., electric blankets, coffee pots, and popcorn poppers. Because
of the danger of fire, halogen lights are not permitted.
- Irons may be used in the laundry room only.
Greek fire safety
For the purposes of the Clery Act regulations, a building
located on campus on land owned or controlled by the institution
that is used for student housing must be counted as an on-campus
student housing facility, even if the building itself is owned or
controlled by a third party. The on-campus Greek facilities at
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology are: Alpha Tau Omega, Chi
Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Nu, and
A fire/safety inspection is conducted in each fraternity and
sorority house at least once each year. The inspection is conducted
by a member of the Terre Haute Fire Department, the Office of
Environmental Health and Safety, the Dean of Student Affairs, and
the Office of Public Safety. The inspectors evaluate all areas of
the house, including living quarters, kitchens, and Chapter
It is the intent of the routine fire/safety inspection to locate
any fire hazards or code violations and bring them to the attention
of the house managers so that corrective action may be
Each fraternity or sorority house determine their own polices
and rules for fire safety in the house. This includes whether the
house will conduct fire drills, fire safety training, and rules
allowing the use of portable electrical appliances, smoking, and
Fraternity and sorority leadership such as Risk Management and
House Managers are encouraged by Student Affairs to conduct
Emergency evacuation procedure
When an alarm sounds on your floor or area, begin immediate
evacuation. Feel the door!! If it is not hot, slowly open the door.
If you see no smoke quickly exit and close doors behind you.
If you discover a fire, activate the nearest pull station and
call 911 and Public Safety at x8590. Then you may attempt to
extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher (use the acronym PASS
- Pull the Pin - Aim the Nozzle - Squeeze the trigger - and Sweep
the flames). If the fire is too large or you are uncomfortable or
unfamiliar with the proper use of a fire extinguisher, after
sounding the alarm simply close the door and evacuate.
Evacuate via the nearest stairwell or grade level exit. Do not
block/wedge exit doors in an open position. The stairwell doors
must remain closed to keep smoke out and keep them safe for
evacuation and fire personnel. Leaving doors open makes the
stairwell dangerous and unusable. Do not use elevators.
Go to your pre-determined Evacuation Assembly Point (EAP). At
the EAP, account for personnel and report to any individual noted
on the Fire Reporting list if any occupants are unaccounted.
If an individual is trapped by smoke, stay low, cover your mouth
with a wet cloth, stay near a window, open it but do not break it,
hang something out the window to let fire personnel know you are
there and put something in cracks around the door, phone Public
Safety at x8590 if possible.
Any active fire should be reported immediately to 911. Any
student or employee should also report that a fire occurred to the
following campus authorities:
|Environmental Health and Safety
The Office of Public Safety maintains a hard copy fire log. The
fire log for the most recent 60 day period is open to public
inspections, upon request, during normal business hours. Any
portion of the log older than 60 days will be made available within
two business days of a request for public inspection.
The log includes the following information for each fire:
- The nature of the fire,
- The date the fire occurred,
- The time of day the fire occurred,
- The general location of the fire.