The Norwich University Security and Safety Department provides a 24-hour physical security presence 365 days a year. The Security Office is located in the southwest end of the Hayden Building. (Visit our campus map for the Hayden Building’s location.) From an off-campus phone, security personnel can be contacted by dialing 802.485.2525/2499. On-campus callers can reach Security by dialing ext. 2525 or 2499.
Norwich University Security has only those enforcement powers as designated by the President of Norwich University. Security officers do not have law enforcement powers or arrest authority. An excellent working relationship exists with state and local law enforcement agencies. No Memorandum of Understanding exists between Norwich University and the Northfield Police Department. Reports of crime will be investigated by the Security Department and/or local law enforcement agencies. Information about Violations of Law/Safety Concerns is found in the Student Rules and Regulations, Chapter 3, Section XXIII.
Academic buildings are patrolled by Student Affairs and Security personnel. Residence Halls are patrolled periodically and upon request by the on duty Security officer. In addition, residence halls are patrolled by the Student Affairs Duty Officer. Residence Halls are locked nightly by Norwich University Student Affairs staff.
Students are encouraged to report all violations and criminal activities to the Security Department and/or officials within the Office of Student Affairs. During orientation, students are instructed on the procedures for contacting the Security Department. The Security Department will investigate all complaints and act on them in an appropriate manner.
Annual Report: A comprehensive annual report of crime related statistics is published. This report is available to any member of the campus community. The detailed annual crime statistics report, forwarded to the Department of Education, is available at ope.ed.gov/security. Click here for the current Norwich University Crime Statistics Report.
This report is updated annually and contains the Norwich University crime statistics for the past three years. This report represents crime and good faith reports of crime, reported to Norwich University officials, alleged to have occurred on campus, non-campus and public property. The annual crime statistics report is compiled by the Chief of Security. The Chief of Security receives crime statistics data via Security Crime/Incident reports, Student Affairs, the Equal Opportunity Coordinator, and the Northfield Police Department.
Definitions of Locations:
The building is owned or controlled by Norwich University and is located within the confines of the main campus.
The building is owned by Norwich University, but is controlled by a student organization and located within the confines of the main campus.
A building owned or controlled by Norwich University and located off campus.
Those areas, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that are within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
Timely Warnings/Crime Alerts: Timely Warnings are issued whenever there is an ongoing threat of crime or danger to the Norwich University Community. If circumstances warrant, Timely Warnings/Crime Alerts are prepared and distributed throughout the campus via electronic notices, campus wide emails, and posted notices at residence halls and campus buildings.
Timely Warnings are initiated by Security and/or Student Affairs with the assistance of the Office of Communications.
Residence Hall Safety: Crime and fire prevention presentations are made available to resident coordinators/advisors and Cadet Leadership. Facilities Surveys: Comprehensive surveys of exterior lighting, exterior doors and grounds are conducted by the Facilities Operations Department throughout the year.
Emergency Siren – An emergency siren is located on the roof of Chaplin Hall. When activated, the siren will emit a wailing sound followed by a prerecorded verbal recording for: active shooter, hazardous materials spill, ammonia leak, and terrorist threat. The siren also has a public announcement capability.
Web-Based Notification System –All faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to register their contact information in order to be notified through the web based notification system. Once registered into the system, messages can be transmitted via email, telephone, and SMS (text messaging).
Broadcast Message – Broadcast messaging through the Norwich University voicemail system to all employee campus extensions.
Alert Phones/Blue Lights – When activated (push button), contacts the security officer on duty. There is one push to talk call box at the Lot A exit. Locations for Alert Phones/Blue Lights are as follows:
Alert Phone, Parking Lot C base of stairs to Regional Training Center.
Alert Phone, Between Parking Lots C & D.
Alert Phone, Northwest end of Parking Lot D.
Alert Phone, Top of Parking Lot B by (drive-in) entrance.
Alert Phone, East side of Parking Lot B, top of stairs to South Hall.
Alert Phone, North side of South Hall.
Alert Phone, West side of South Hall.
Alert Phone, East side of South Hall.
Alert Phone, East side of Patterson Hall.
Alert Phone, North side of Jackman Hall.
Alert Phone, Northeast side of Webb Lot.
Alert Phone, East side of Doyle Hall entrance.
Alert Phone, South side of Shaw Outdoor Center parking lot.
Notification Process – The duty security officer is authorized to start the emergency notification procedures in case of an emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the Norwich University community. When time permits, the Norwich University Incident Command Team will convene and determine a course of action and communicate to the Norwich University community. The titles of the staff responsible for carrying out this process are: Chief Administrative Officer, Coordinator for the Office of Communications, Chief of Security, Director Facilities Operations, and the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Testing – Norwich University tests the emergency siren twice a year. Once during the summer months to ensure the equipment is operable. The second test is performed at the start of the academic year. The emergency siren sounds and the “test” is announced. A web based notification system test message to the Norwich community is conducted once per year. The test is conducted in conjunction with the test of the siren. To date, these “announced” tests have tested the equipment and familiarized the campus community with the emergency notification media. Norwich University has not implemented a campus wide drill in conjunction with the tests.
Evacuation – In case of a scheduled evacuation, from campus, Norwich University requires all students to have two evacuation addresses, a primary and alternate. In case of building fire or other emergency, the Wise Campus Center is designated as the primary rally site. The alternate site is the White Chapel.
Incident Command – Norwich University conducted a table top exercise four days prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Following the exercise Norwich University responded by:
Emergency generators at the Wise Campus Center, Juckett Hall (Information Technology), South Hall, and the Central Heating Plant were checked, tested and fueled.
All roofs and storm drains were cleaned and cleared of debris.
Weak trees were felled.
Tree, electrical and roofing contractors were contacted and placed on standby.
Scheduling of weekend events were reviewed and alternative plans implemented.
Norwich University identified and published the means for emergency and routine communication.
A storm information sheet was provided to the Norwich University community prior to the hurricane.
As a result of these actions, impacts from the effects of “Irene” were minimal. This created the opportunity for Norwich University to provide manpower and equipment in support of cleanup operations for our neighbors in Northfield Vermont.
Missing Student Notification Procedures
Norwich University provides on-campus housing and therefore must have a missing student notification policy and procedure for those who reside on campus. Among other registration requirements, students are given the option to provide confidential contact information for a person to be notified in the event the student is officially reported as missing. This will be accomplished each year at in processing.
If officials from Campus Security / Residence Life / Office of the Commandant determine that a student, for whom a missing person report has been filed has been missing for more than 24 hours, then within the next 24 hours they must:
Notify the individual identified by the student be contacted in this circumstance;
If the student is under 18 years old, notify a parent or legal guardian; and
In cases where the student is over 18 years old and has not identified a person to be contacted, appropriate law enforcement officials will be notified.
The student population has the responsibility to notify Residence Life or Corps Leadership of any suspected missing person. This information will immediately be passed to the Dean of Students or Commandant (as appropriate) for verification.
Any missing person report must be verified internally and then the Dean of Students or Commandant (as appropriate) will make the phone calls notifying the appropriate contact people/law enforcement, etc.
Security and Safety Awareness Programs
Programs designed to inform students about campus security and safety are initially covered at student orientation. This subject is also included in the student handbook. The Security Department provides support services to the University community. These services include:
Registering student, faculty and staff motor vehicles.
Assisting campus motorists with minor vehicle problems
Maintaining a lost and found department.
Offering after-hours assistance with room lockouts.
Escorting people to cars or from building to building upon request
Ensuring that all Security Officers are CPR certified
Distributing web-based notifications for changing parking schemes due to weather, construction, etc.
Distributing web-based security/safety notifications to the University Community.
The Office of Substance Abuse Education/Prevention provided the following training during 2011:
Substance abuse education provided by substance abuse counselor during “high risk” times. 411 students attended training in October 2011.
Safe Rides is a program to get students back on campus who are experiencing problems in the community. There is no charge to students for this service. Students check at the info desk in the Wise Campus Center to see if this service is available. 495 students used this service during 2011.
Tips for the Wick- Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS) students are trained to recognize signs of intoxication and taught to intervene with their peers to maintain safety and the steps to take if another student is in crisis. Six students were trained in the October 2011 train the trainer workshop. Fifty three students received TIPS training from October – December 2011.
Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll- Orientation programs with Sexual Assault Crisis Team and Title IX to give first year students information about college life in the first six weeks.
3rd Millennium Classrooms for Alcohol/ Marijuana information- Online substance abuse information for students and parents of NU. Sixty eight students took this course.
www.livemoredrinklessvt.com - Web site developed by Partners for Prevention for youth aged 18-25 to gather alcohol information, community events, and an opportunity to Facebook about decreasing the binge drinking culture on college campuses. This website received 135 hits during 2011.
Office of Substance Abuse Education/Prevention- A full-time Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor and trained work study students make themselves available during "office" and evening hours for students experiencing difficulties.
Norwich Alcohol Awareness Program- Alcohol/drug information and personal sessions for the student who violates the campus drug/alcohol policy.
Training provided by the Equal Opportunity Office:
New Employee Orientation Training on Non Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault Policies:
January 20, 2011
February 7, 2011
March 29, 2011
June 21, 2011
September 12, 2011
October 24, 2011
December 20, 2011
108 employees received training in 2011.
New Student Orientation Training on Non-Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault Polices:
January 15, 2011
April 6, 2011
August 22, 2011
August 23, 2011
August 24, 2011
820 students received training in 2011.
The unauthorized possession, use or sale of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, major or minor explosives or any lethal weapon is forbidden and subject to University discipline as well as criminal sanctions. Any instrument that propels a projectile such air soft, BB, paintball guns, slingshots etc., are considered weapons. Weapons Policy is located at Student Rules and Regulations, Chapter 3, Section XX.
Alcohol and Controlled Substances
A statement of policy concerning alcohol and drugs is found in the student and employee handbooks. The unauthorized possession, use or consumption of any controlled substance or related paraphernalia is prohibited on campus. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on University property except in designated areas or at events where the University’s licensed caterer serves alcoholic beverages. The Norwich University Alcohol Policy can be read in its entirety at Student Rules and Regulations, Chapter 3, Section I.
The Norwich University Policy on Controlled Substances can be read in its entirety at Student Rules and Regulations, Chapter 3, Section VII.
Norwich University and the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team have partnered to create a Sexual Assault Response Task Force. Members of the team include, but are not limited to:
Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Dean of Students
Equal Opportunity and Employee Relations Coordinator
Chief of Security
Executive Director, Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team
Norwich University has ten dedicated residence halls and two separate buildings used for overflow housing. All of these buildings are listed in this report with included information on the fire safety systems.
Flint Hall and 429 Central St. (Coaches' House) are the two overflow student housing units. Both Flint Hall and the Coaches' House have wired fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detection. These detectors are located on all floors, in the hallways, and in the bedrooms. When the fire detection system is activated, klaxons and strobe lights activate. The alarms for these two buildings do not transmit to the Norwich University Security office and the on-duty Security officer(s). There are no plans for installing sprinkler systems into Flint Hall or 429 Central Street.
The ten full-time residence halls are hard wired for fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detection. In addition, all 10 residence halls have full sprinkler systems. Sprinkler heads are located on all floors, in all hallways, and in all rooms. When an alarm is activated, klaxons sound and strobe lights are activated. The alarm panel activates at the Norwich University Security office and the alarm is transmitted to the on-duty Security officer through a radio relay system. The on-duty Security officer investigates the alarm and will not “clear” the alarm from the system until positive no fire exists.
If a fire is present, the security officer will call “911” for fire department response. Northfield Fire Department is Norwich University’s first responder for fires. The fire department is a volunteer fire department
All Norwich University residence halls meet the current fire safety codes as required by the State of Vermont.
Norwich University conducts a minimum of one regular mandatory supervised fire drill per year. These drills are conducted at the start of the academic year. Fire drills have been conducted at the start of the spring semester (January), but are dependent on weather conditions.
Policies/rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames (such as candles), are located in the Student Rules and Regulations, Chapter 3, Section VIII (Fire Safety Standards).
Norwich University security provides fire evacuation training to the Resident Coordinators and Advisors annually. This training is also provided to the Corps of Cadets Leadership when requested.
The Fire Safety Matrix lists the residence halls, their fire systems, fires and fire drills.
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