Security Report

The following is a general description of Maranatha Baptist University’s current security policies and procedures. These policies are provided to you in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (as amended through 2000, and codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965).

Reporting Criminal Activity

Criminal activity may be reported anonymously if so desired. Victims of sexual assault should report the offense immediately to the Watertown Police dept. as well following Maranatha’s Reporting of Criminal Activity below.

During the Regular Semester

During the Summer 

Dial 911 for an immediate emergency. Dial 911 for an immediate emergency.
Call Campus Security personnel in the Welcome Center 920-206-2370. If Campus Security is not available:

  • Call the Switchboard: 0 from a campus line or 920-261-9300.
  • Call the Student Life Office at 920-206-2332.
Call Campus Security personnel, Switchboard, or the Student Life Office.

  • You may contact the Director of Security, Dean of Students, Men, or Women at home if needed.

 

Sexual Offense Support and Procedures

  • Follow the normal criminal reporting activity procedure.
  • Preserve all evidence of the assault.
  • Changes in the academic or living situation of a sexual assault victim will be made if requested and if such changes are possible.
  • The Student Life Office is available to counsel victims of sexual assault or will refer them to other counselors.
  • If disciplinary action is to be taken both accuser and accused are entitled to have others present during the disciplinary proceeding and both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of the proceeding.
  • The penalty for committing a sexual offense is expulsion.
  • Information concerning registered sex offenders is available through the Watertown Police Department. Contact the Watertown Police Department at 920-261-6660 and ask to speak to a supervisor. This individual will help you obtain the requested information.

Campus Crime Log and Statistics

  • A log of campus crime is maintained by the Director of Campus Security in the Student Life Office and may be reviewed upon request during normal business hours.
  • The Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics is published in the Student Life Handbook online and is updated at the beginning of each Fall Semester. Hard copies may be printed or are available upon request to the Director of Campus Security.

Timely Warning Policy

The Campus Safety Committee is responsible for issuing timely warnings in response to reported crimes committed either on campus or, in some cases, off campus that, in the judgment of the university, constitute an ongoing or continuing threat to students and employees.
Anyone with information believed to warrant a timely warning should promptly report the circumstances to
  • Student Life Office – 920-206-2332 during business hours
  • Campus Security – 920-206-2370 during the evenings and weekend

The Campus Safety Committee member(s) will consult, as appropriate and necessary, with other college officials regarding whether a timely warning should be issued. The decision to issue a timely warning shall be made on a case-by-case basis after consideration of the available facts, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger or risk to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Timely warnings are considered for the following classifications of reported crimes: criminal homicide, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson. Timely warnings may also be issued for other reported crimes as deemed appropriate under the circumstances. The decision will be made in compliance with the Clery Act and in an effort to prevent similar crimes from occurring.

When a determination is made that a timely warning should be issued, the Campus Safety Committee designee will take appropriate steps to ensure timely notification of the campus community. Options for notification include, but are not necessarily limited to, the university’s mass notification system (phone, text and email), campus-wide e-mails, physical postings on doors and bulletin boards. The warnings will include some or all of the following information: the date, time and location of the reported crime; a summary of the incident; a description of the suspect and/or vehicle, if available; and any other special instructions or incident specific safety tips.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus, the university administration will immediately notify the campus community using the Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedure. This procedure includes all of the following emergency alert notifications: cell phone text and/or voice messages, emails to computers, Facebook update, and indoor notifications using voice messages to campus telephones. The emergency notification procedure addresses a wide range of threats (i.e., tornadoes, contagious viruses, etc.) which may not be addressed by notifying local authorities (911).

Emergency Alert Notification and Evacuation Process

The emergency notification process involves the receipt, verification, and the evaluation of the information which will allow the initiator of the alert to immediately and without delay
  • Determine if the entire campus community, or just an affected portion, will receive the emergency alert notification.
  • Compile the content of the emergency alert message.
  • Designate safe areas based upon the type and location of the emergency which will be part of the alert message.
  • Activate the emergency alert notification.

Note: The authorized initiator will take into account the safety of the community and determine to initiate the alert without delay, unless the notification will in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

The following individuals, at a minimum, will routinely be involved in making these determinations/decisions:
  • Director of Campus Security
  • Campus Security Supervisor
  • Facilities Manager
  • Campus Safety Chair
  • Dean of Students
  • College Administrator
  • Other persons authorized by the university administration

The university will disseminate the emergency information using the Regroup communication system which uses text messaging, phone, and email communications.

People with Disabilities

The university faculty and Registrar’s Office have the ability to rearrange classroom locations so as to accommodate people with disabilities so that they would have access to the classroom as well as an exit from which to evacuate the building. Faculty, Staff, and Dorm Leadership are reminded to be sensitive to the needs of disabled persons especially in the event of an evacuation.

Testing

The university administration will test the Rave emergency alert annually (typically, more frequently) to ensure that it is working properly and will at least once per calendar year will conduct a full alert test. The Campus Safety Committee designee will keep documentation of the description, date, time, and whether the exercise was announced or unannounced.

Missing Persons

On-campus students have the option to confidentially identify an individual to be contacted other than the student’s parents in the event that the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. The Student Life Office will contact the individual identified by the student or the custodial parent or legal guardian if the student is under the age of 18 and not emancipated no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. Students who wish to identify a confidential contact can do so by contacting the Student Life Office. The contact information is available to the Student Life Office personnel and authorized campus authorities that would be needed in the event of a missing student.

In the event that a member of the university community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she shall immediately notify one of the following:

  • Student Life Office – 920-206-2332 (during the regular office hours)
  • On-Call Supervisor – 920-285-9316 (after hours)
  • Campus Security – 920-206-2370
When an on-campus student is reported missing
  1. The following information will be obtained as best as possible:
    • Physical description
    • Clothes
    • Who they may be with
    • Where they may be
    • Vehicle description
    • Physical and mental well being of the individual
  2. The student’s Residence Supervisor and the Student Health Center will be contacted.
  3. The student’s cell phone (if the number is available) will be contacted.
  4. The Dean of Students will be notified. If he cannot be reached then the Dean of Men or Dean of Women will be notified.
  5. A quick, but thorough search of the campus buildings and parking lots will be conducted to search for the student. (Student leadership or others may be asked to assist in a search on campus).
  6. If it has been determined that the student is missing and cannot be found, the Dean of Students will contact in 24 hours or less the student contact person or the custodial parent or legal guardian if the student is under the age of 18 and not emancipated.
  7. The Dean of Students will notify the university president.
  8. The Dean of Students will contact the local law enforcement agency if the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.

Note: This policy does not preclude implementing these procedures in less than 24 hours if circumstances warrant a faster implementation.

Security Authority, Jurisdiction, Programs

Campus security personnel do not have formal police training or special powers of arrest or search and seizure. Their working relationship with state and local police is in the capacity of private citizens and as representatives of the Administration of Maranatha.

Due to the nature of our institution and the nature of the city in which Maranatha is located, serious crime and sexual offenses on campus are extremely rare. Consequently, formal policies to encourage accurate and prompt reporting of campus crimes and sexual offenses have not been necessary, nor have formal programs been implemented to inform students about security procedures and programs or about crime prevention. However, students are reminded periodically in chapel sessions or residence hall meetings about actions they can take to enhance their own safety and security.

Facilities Security

  • Main campus buildings including: Old Main, Library, Dining Complex, Gymnasium, Science Buildings are generally accessible to the public during normal business hours.
    • After posted hours, these buildings may only be entered by use of key given to employees of Maranatha.
  • Residence halls are secured all day and are accessed by the student’s ID card.
  • Because Maranatha does not have off-campus student organizations, policies for monitoring or recording criminal activities at off-campus organizations are not necessary.

Campus Safety Concerns

Campus safety concerns may be submitted to the Director of Campus Safety or to the Facilities Manager by email or note. Safety concerns may be evaluated by the Campus Safety Committee. The maintenance and security department personnel actively evaluate campus facilities and grounds for safety concerns.

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