The Norwich University Department of Public Safety, provides a 24-hour physical security presence 365 days a year. The Public Safety office is located in the southwest end of the Hayden Building. From an off-campus phone, public safety personnel can be contacted by dialing (802) 485-2525/2499. On-campus callers can reach Public Safety by dialing x. 2525 or 2499.
Norwich University's Department of Public Safety has only those enforcement powers as designated by the President of Norwich University. Department of Public Safety 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 Department of Public Safety and/or local law enforcement agencies. Information about Violations of Law/Safety Concerns is found in the Student Rules and Regulations http://about.norwich.edu/wp-content/uploads/student_rules_regs.pdf, Chapter 3, Section XVIII and reads as follows:
SECTION XVIII – Violation of Law/Safety Concerns
A student who suspects the theft of property (e.g., jewelry, a camera, a computer, money, a bicycle) should call the Department of Public Safety, x2525. The Department of Public Safety will respond to the scene, conduct a preliminary assessment, gather statements, and offer the student the opportunity to have the police contacted and brought to campus.
A student who has safety concerns of any type should call the Department of Public Safety, x2525, as soon as possible. The Department of Public Safety will conduct a preliminary assessment and determine the appropriate response which may include calling for police assistance.
Cadet Guard Room: The cadet guard room, located on the second floor of Jackman Hall, Room 214, is staffed from 4:30 pm to 7:00 am Monday-Friday and 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday during the regular academic semesters. It is staffed from the Sunday night following return from a break until the start of reading day of the exam period. The cadets on duty provide information and assistance as needed by all university faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus. The Guard Room can be reached at ext. 2589.
Students are encouraged to report all violations and criminal activities to the Department of Public Safety and/or officials within the office of Student Affairs. During orientation, students are instructed on the procedures for contacting the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety will investigate all complaints and act on them in an appropriate manner. Norwich University does not have a confi tial reporting process in place for pastoral or professional counselors to report for statistical purposes.
Norwich University does not have any off campus student organizations to monitor for crime reporting purposes.
Annual Security Report: The annual security report and crime related statistics are published electronically and in hard copy. Th s report is available to any member of the campus community. The detailed annual crime statistics, forwarded to the Department of Education, is available at the website: http://about.norwich.edu/offices-services/public- safety/. The current Norwich University Crime Statistics Report is included in this pamphlet. Th s report is updated annually and contains the Norwich University crime statistics for the past three years. Th s 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. Theannual crime statistics report is compiled bythe Chief of Public Safety. The Chief of Public Safety receives crime statistics data via the Department of Public Safety Incident reports, Student Affairs, Equal Opportunity Offi itle IX Coordinator, and the Northfield Police Department. The Chief of Public Safety compiles the reported crimes and cross checks each report to insure the reports are accurate. The annual security report is accessible online: http://about.norwich.edu/offices-services/public-safety/. In addition, hard copies of the annual security report are provided to the Dean of Students and the Admissions office. The Department of Public Safety holds hard copies of the report for distribution when requested. The entire Norwich community is notifi d by electronic notice and individual emails when the most current annual security report is available.
Definitions of locations:
The building is owned or controlled by Norwich University and is located within the confi es of the main campus..
The building is owned by Norwich University, but is controlled by a student organization and located within the confi es 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 but not owned by Norwich University.
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 the Department of Public Safety and/or Student Affairs with the assistance of the Offi of Communications and are released as rapidly as possible, but accuracy of the alert is a priority.
Whenever Norwich University deems that crime prevention information should be passed to the faculty, staff and student population, a “Norwich Notice” is electronically published on my.norwich.edu.
Residence Hall Safety: Crime and fire prevention presentations are made available to resident coordinators/advisors and cadet leadership. Students have been briefed and required to keep their residence hall rooms locked at all times. Entrances and exits are expected to be locked at all times. Norwich University employees are expected to shut all propped doors. Department of Public Safety officers are required, by the Chief of Public Safety, to shut all propped doors and remove/dispose of the propping device.
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, which indicates to shelter in place. At the
conclusion of a test or emergency, a steady tone, from the siren, means all is clear. 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 notifi d through the RAVE web-based notifi ation system. Once registered into the system, messages can be transmitted via email, telephone, and SMS (text messaging). Registration is accomplished by logging into my.norwich.edu, followed by Banner Web. Sign in and click on “Personal Information”. Scroll to and click on “View/Edit Your Emergency Notifi ation System Information."
Broadcast Message: Information Technology has the capability to broadcast a message through the Norwich University voicemail system to all employee campus extensions.
Alert Phones/Blue Lights: When activated (button on unit is pushed), the on-duty security officer is contacted. 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, Southeast corner of Dalrymple Hall.
Alert Phone, West side of Dalrymple Hall. Alert Phone, North side of South Hall.
Alert Phone, West side of South Hall. Alert Phone, East side of South Hall.
Alert Phone, Southeast side of Dodge 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. Alert Phone, West side of Plumley Armory.
Alert Phone, Northwest corner of Chaplin Hall. Alert Phone, East side of Wise Campus Center. Alert Phone, East side of Cabot Hall Annex.
Red Emergency Call box, Northwest side of Parking Lot A.
Emergency Notification Process: The duty Department of Public Safety officer is authorized to start the emergency notifi ation 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: Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Technology (SVPSAT), Chief Financial Offi (CFO), and a staff leader from the Offi of Communications. These offices will determine the content of the notifi ation.
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 notifi ation system test message to the Norwich community is conducted twice per academic 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 notifi ation media.
Evacuation: 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. Fire evacuation drills are conducted at the beginning of the semester.
Incident Command: On October 7, 2016, Norwich University tested the emergency notifi ations systems for an on campus emergency. A siren test and the RAVE web-based notifi ation system. Both systems worked correctly.
Exercises: April 13, 2016, prior to Junior Weekend, a DUI Demonstration & Emergency Response Simulation was conducted on the road/walkway in front of the Wise Campus Center. Th s exercise was coordinated and conducted by the Norwich University Emergency Medical Service and the Northfield Ambulance Service. In addition to the medical first responders, the Northfield Fire and Police Departments participated.
MISSING STUDENT NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES
General: Institutions providing on-campus housing must establish a missing student notifi ation policy and procedures for those who reside on campus. Among other things, the student must be given the option to provide confi tial contact information for a person to be notifi d in the event the student is officially reported as missing. Th s will be accomplished each year at in-processing.
Administrative Actions: If Department of Public Safety/Residence Life/Offi of the Commandant officials 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 identifi d by the student to 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 identifi d a person to be contacted, appropriate law enforcement officials will be notifi d.
Student Actions: The student population has the responsibility to notify Residence Life or Corps Leadership of any suspected missing person. Th s information will immediately be passed up to the Dean of Students or Commandant as appropriate for verifi ation.
Process: Any missing person report must be verifi d internally and then the Dean of Students or Commandant of Cadets (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. Th s subject is also included in the student handbook.
Th Department of Public Safety 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.
Taking measures to ensure that all Department of Public Safety Offi s are CPR certifi d.
Distributing web-based notifi ations for changing parking schemes due to weather, construction etc.
Distributing web-based security/safety notifi ations to the University community.
Department of Public Safety provides Safety/Emergency briefs for new employees and upon request.
SECURITY OF AND ACCESS TO CAMPUS FACILITIES
Norwich University is an open campus. Campus buildings are locked and unlocked by the Department of Public Safety and the student leaders in the Corps of Cadets as required to meet the Norwich University day-to-day operations. Civilian dorms are on a card access system and do not require manual key operation. Maintenance, conducted by Norwich University staff, is conducted throughout the work day throughout all campus buildings. Norwich University maintenance personnel conduct repairs in residence halls throughout the academic year. Outside maintenance personnel are escorted to the residence halls by Norwich facilities operations. Norwich personnel may or may not remain on site with the worker.
Student residence hall keys and room and building security information is located at: http:// about.norwich.edu/wp-content/uploads/student_rules_regs.pdf, Chapter 4, Section V and is printed in its entirety as follows:
SECTION V – Keys and Room and Building Security
Keys: All students are issued a key to their room and to their barracks or residence hall. All students are responsible for the security of their room and for assisting in the security of their residence hall. It is essential that students lock their rooms for personal safety. Lost keys should be reported at once to the Housing Offi or the Director of Residential Life. Students will turn in their keys when they check out of their room. There is a $35.00 fee for each replacement key and for keys that are not returned at check out. To maintain campus security, students are prohibited from duplicating keys. All rooms must be locked when no occupants are present.
Entry Doors: All barracks or residence hall entry doors will be locked at 2300 by the Corps of Cadets Guard Duty. Civilian residence halls are on a card access system and locked 24 hours a day. Corps barracks will be unlocked at 0530 by the Corps of Cadets Guard Duty. Students are prohibited from propping entry doors.
Room Safety and Security: Safety and physical security is of highest priority for all members of the Norwich community. Doors must be locked when the room is unoccupied or if all occupants are asleep. Room occupants each will be fined $10.00 for rooms found unlocked. Occupants have 24 hours after receipt of fine to appeal to the Director of Residential Life or Assistant Commandant. Occupants who do not have their room key must report to the Housing Offi or the Director of Residential Life for a temporary or permanent key issue.
Room Lock Out Policy: Students locked out of their room during business hours, Monday
- Friday, 0800-1630, must report to the Housing Offi for a temporary key. After business hours, students must contact the Department of Public Safety, x. 2525. Department of Public Safety officers will only give students access to their own room and require that students provide ID to verify occupancy. Department of Public Safety officers will not give access to any room except the one to which the student is assigned. NOTE: The student Residence Life staff are not allowed to provide entry to rooms under any circumstances.
Unauthorized Entry: No student will forcibly enter any room or building on University property. No student may enter a barracks or residence hall room except the one they have been assigned unless the occupant is present and has given permission to enter. If a student is asked to leave a room by the assigned occupant, he or she is obligated to depart immediately.
Student Property Insurance: Norwich University is not responsible for missing, stolen, or damaged goods in the barracks and residence halls. Students must lock their rooms and are encouraged to secure private personal property insurance.
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 http://about.norwich. edu/wp-content/uploads/student_rules_regs.pdf, Chapter 3, Section XVI and is printed in its entirety as follows:
SECTION XVI – Weapons and Firearms
Students are prohibited from possessing or using weapons (fighting tools) on University grounds. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following:
Firearms and ammunition (real or facsimile) or components thereof.
Edged weapons with blades longer than three inches.
Bows, crossbows, slingshots, and similar devices that deliver a projectile.
Hatchets, axes, and similar sharpened tools that possess a honed edge.
The only exceptions to this policy are:
Weapons temporarily issued to students under the authority of the SVPSAT, Commandant, or Commanding Offi s of the ROTC units for the purpose of conducting scheduled training.
Paintball equipment in authorized areas for sanctioned events as defi ed by the Director of Student Activities. Paintball equipment is never authorized in student housing areas.
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: http://about.norwich.edu/wp-content/uploads/student_ rules_regs.pdf Chapter 3, Section I. The Norwich University Policy on Controlled Substances can be read in its entirety at http://about.norwich.edu/wp-content/uploads/student_rules_ regs.pdf Chapter 3, Section IV.
Both policies are printed in their entirety and read as follows:
SECTION I – Alcohol Policy
VERMONT STATE LAW: The legal age of consumption is 21 years of age in the State of Vermont. It is therefore against the law to possess or consume alcohol, under the age of 21, on or off campus, anywhere in Vermont. The State of Vermont prohibits those under 21 from misrepresenting their age for the purpose of procuring, possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. The State of Vermont also prohibits a person of any age from selling, giving or causing to be sold or given alcoholic beverages to a person less than 21 years old.
GENERAL: Norwich University requires that students conduct themselves in a lawful, responsible manner at all times whether on or off campus. We expect our students to obey all Federal and State Laws and behave in accordance with the law and Norwich University regulations that pertain to alcohol. A student who decides to consume alcohol assumes full responsibility and consequences from its use or
abuse, and his or her subsequent actions, both on and off campus. The possession or furnishing of alcoholic beverages anywhere on Norwich University grounds is strictly prohibited, while consumption is strictly regulated. Restrictions include:
Unlawful consumption (e.g. underage consumption, Driving Under the Influence
-DUI), disorderly conduct under the influence of alcohol, possession, furnishing alcohol to minors, on or off campus, is unlawful and therefore prohibited. Refusal to submit to sobriety testing is evidence of consumption.
Misrepresentation of age or the actual or attempted use of false identification to obtain alcoholic beverages is considered evidence of a violation of the Honor Code and will be referred to the University Honor Committee.
Operating a motor vehicle, on or off campus, while under the influence of alcohol is unlawful, and, therefore, clearly a violation of state laws and University policy.
The presence of empty beverage containers (e.g. beer cans/bottles, wine bottles, flasks, or any container used to store or consume alcohol anywhere on campus (room, vehicle, etc.) is prima facie evidence of possession.
Disorderly conduct under the influence of alcohol anywhere on campus (regardless of age) is a violation of the Norwich University alcohol policy. No student will be intoxicated and endanger the safety of another person or property, or cause a disturbance.
EXCEPTIONS: Upon approval of the SVPSAT, an approved licensed vendor (i.e., Sodexo) may provide alcohol for consumption at select campus events or locations (e.g. Wise Campus Center Partridge Pub, Regimental Ball, NU “Late Nite” Party, Goal Post Party, etc.). In such cases, students must be of legal age to consume alcohol and those who are of legal age are expected to drink responsibly.
Commemorative items bearing Norwich University logo are permitted (e.g., wine glass, beer mug, etc) provided these items are clean and free of alcohol or beverage residue.
Possession of a poster or unauthorized trophy, or possessing or wearing an item of clothing that depicts or advertises alcoholic beverages is a violation of community standards and not a violation of the alcohol policy.
Students under the Legal Age. Possession or consumption of alcohol by students under the legal age is a violation of state law and this regulation. These actions will result in a University officials reporting violations to local law enforcement. In the instance that local law enforcement is not available or delayed in their response, University officials will proceed in enforcing the University alcohol policy. Any resulting law enforcement action will be a matter between the student and the police. Norwich University officials will obtain information regarding the incident and take appropriate disciplinary action as a violation of the University alcohol policy and/or other related policies. Refusal to consent to and/or comply with law enforcement officers or Norwich officials to take an alcohol breathalyzer test will be treated as prima facie evidence of alcohol consumption.
Students over the Legal Age. Possession or consumption of alcohol by students over the legal age will be adjudicated as an alcohol policy violation and not result in a report to law enforcement unless the situation produces threatening or disruptive behavior or a well-founded fear of danger to persons or property. In those situations, the decision to involve law enforcement authority’s rests with the senior NU professional staff member
on the scene or in consultation with the Student Affairs Duty Officer.
Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor. Students of any age who furnish alcohol to a minor will have their case referred to law enforcement for consideration as a violation of state law. Any resulting law enforcement action will be a matter between the student and the police. University officials will consider the action as a potential violation of the university’s alcohol policy and adjudicate the case regardless of the action taken by law enforcement.
Punishments for Alcohol Policy Violations. Students found guilty of violating the alcohol policy will be subject to disciplinary action as prescribed in Chapter 7 (for civilian residential and commuter students) or Chapter 9 (for cadets). Monies collected as fines for violations of the alcohol policy will be used to provide alcohol awareness education on campus.
Alcohol Use Assessment.
Referral. Student Affairs staff members who adjudicate violations of the alcohol policy may require students who are found guilty of an alcohol violation to participate in an alcohol education program administered by a licensed drug or alcohol abuse counselor. Under normal circumstances, students have 30 calendar days from the date of the referral in which to complete the program and provide written documentation of completion or are considered as refusing to comply with punishment. The cost of the alcohol education program will be borne by the student as a ‘fee for service’ contract with the licensed drug or alcohol abuse counselor. Norwich University will provide the names and contact information for local program providers who meet the licensing requirement, but will not negotiate with the provider on the student’s behalf.
Follow-on Treatment. Once a student has been referred to a licensed counselor and an alcohol education program completed, the counselor will determine the appropriate level of follow-on education, counseling or treatment that is required for that student, if any. The cost of the alcohol education, counseling or treatment program will be borne by the student as a ‘fee for service’ contract with the licensed drug or alcohol abuse counselor, and the student is encouraged to provide written documentation upon completion of the follow-on treatment.
DESIGNATED DRIVERS: Norwich University supports the concept of designated drivers as a safe, responsible option for students. Sober designated drivers will not be sanctioned for providing assistance to any Norwich student. Upperclass cadets are prohibited from using first year cadets as designated drivers.
SAFE RIDES: Norwich will endeavor to provide a Safe Rides Program whereby any NU student within a twenty minute driving radius of the University may request a ride back to campus on Friday, and Saturday nights, during the published hours of operation. Note: This is a service provided free of charge to NU students by Green Cab VT at (802) 864-2424. Student IDs must be shown. Norwich is not under any published or implied obligation to provide this service, which is designed to promote the safety of all students, provide for good decision making, and to aid in preventing a student from driving in an impaired state.
DUTY TO AID THE ENDANGERED: A student who knows that another is exposed to grave physical harm shall give reasonable assistance to the endangered person unless that assistance or care is being provided by others. Reasonable assistance requires the student
to acquire the aid of a trained first responder (call 911, the Department of Public Safety, Northfield ambulance, police). The student requesting assistance should only do so if it does not endanger him or herself and it does not interfere with important duties owed to others. A student who provides reasonable assistance in compliance with this section shall not be sanctioned by the University under the Student Rules and Regulations unless his or her acts constitute gross negligence.
I. DEFINITIONS: Definitions pertaining to the Alcohol Policy are located in the glossary.
SECTION IV – Drugs/ Controlled Substances
GENERAL: Norwich University condemns the use of illegal drugs, the misuse of legal drugs and dietary supplements, and the use of performance-enhancing substances. The possession, use, or consumption of any controlled or illegal substances not prescribed by a physician is prohibited both on and off campus. The controlled or illegal substances are listed or to be listed in the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V are included by whatever official, common, usual, chemical, or trade name designated. A current reference for these schedules can be viewed at: http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/ scheduling.html. The selling, giving, enabling, providing or trafficking of controlled or illegal substances is prohibited.
DRUG PARAPHERNALIA: Drug paraphernalia is also prohibited. The term “drug paraphernalia” means all equipment, products, devices and materials of any kind which are used, or promoted for use or designed for use, in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, inhaling a regulated drug or otherwise introducing a regulated drug into the human body.
PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES: Norwich University prohibits the possession, use, sale, distribution or manufacture of Salvia Divinorum or products containing synthetic cannabinoid compounds (e.g. Spice), as well as any derivative, analogue or variant of them. Norwich University also prohibits the actual or attempted possession, use, sale, distribution or manufacture of bath salts, as well as any derivative, analogue or variant of them not already listed in the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V as a controlled or illegal substance. Students who violate the prohibitions listed above will be disciplined under these regulations for Possession or Use of Prohibited Substances.
The University has the authority to conduct random drug testing for students participating in varsity or club athletics. In addition, any student may be subject to directed testing at any time the SVPSAT determines there is reasonable suspicion the individual is using or has used a controlled substance or a prohibited drug. Such reasonable suspicion shall be based on objective information deemed reliable by the Dean of Students, or the Commandant of Cadets.
Enrollment at Norwich University is a privilege not a right. As a condition of being permitted to enroll or continue enrollment at Norwich, all students must comply with this policy. Failure to consent to and/or comply with the requirements of this policy and its procedures will not be tolerated. Refusing to provide a urine sample for testing
may be treated as prima facie evidence of guilt and may result in immediate suspension. Urine samples will be collected at the infirmary by the medical staff. Urine samples will be sent to a lab for analysis. If the laboratory reports a specimen as diluted, substituted, manipulated, or adulterated, the student will be deemed to have refused to submit to testing and this action may be treated as prima facie evidence of guilt. A student who is readmitted to the University following a drug related separation may be required to submit to directed drug testing (at the student’s expense) as a condition of continued enrollment.
SANCTIONS: Students are cautioned that they are subject to Vermont state laws pertaining to possession, sale and consumption of controlled substances and related paraphernalia. Violators of the University Drug/Controlled Substances Policy are subject to suspension or dismissal. Students found guilty of selling or distributing controlled substances will be dismissed. Violation of the law will result in the student being turned over or reported to the proper authorities. In addition to University imposed sanctions, a student found guilty of violating any drug or controlled substance regulation on campus will be reported to local law enforcement authorities.
PREVENTION: Norwich University supports programs for the prevention of substance abuse. If you are having a problem with alcohol and/or another substance, contact the counseling center, the Office of the Dean of Students or the Office of the Commandant.
PARENTAL NOTIFICATION: The Commandant of Cadets or Dean of Students may notify the parents or legal guardians (provided a valid FERPA release is on record) if their son or daughter violates any federal, state, local law or any rule or policy of the University governing the use of a controlled substance.
Norwich University and the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team (SACT) have partnered in order to train, promote prevention, and respond to campus sexual assault and harassment. SACT has been provided two offices in Marsilius Hall, located on Crescent Avenue, for the SACT Executive Director and the Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator. The executive director of SACT will conduct consultations and case review. The Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator, who is also a member of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) committee, will conduct campus training and assist with policy review. The Norwich University Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence & Stalking Policy can be read in its entirety at: http://about.norwich.edu/policy/sexual-misconduct- relationship-violence-and-stalking/. Th s policy contains language that provides specifi guidance regarding steps to be taken following a sex offense including:
Who should be contacted.
The importance of preserving evidence for the proof of a criminal offense.
To whom the alleged offense should be reported.
The policy also informs the campus of the option to notify appropriate law enforcement authorities. Norwich University will assist the victim in notifying these authorities, if requested. Th s includes local law enforcement.
The policy also contains the contact information for existing on-campus and off-campus support services for victims of sex offenses including: counseling and other mental health centers, rape/sexual assault crisis centers, and on-campus advocacy centers.
Training provided by the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Office on Non-Discrimination, Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking Policies:
All new Faculty members are trained in August during New Faculty Orientation. Ongoing training is provided by the Equal Opportunity Offi itle IX Coordinator throughout the year for all members of Faculty and Staff by visiting each department and reviewing policy and procedures.
In-person training is provided by the Equal Opportunity Offi itle IX Coordinator for all new employees at time of hire. Th s is ongoing training which occurs throughout the year. In addition, training is provided by the Equal Opportunity Offi itle IX Coordinator throughout the year for all members of Faculty and Staff by visiting each department and reviewing policy and procedures.
First Year Students, Student Leaders
All first year students and student leaders (Corps of Cadets and Civilian) attend in- person training provided by the Equal Opportunity Offi itle IX Coordinator in tandem with the Sexual Assault Crisis Team and Army ROTC SHARP Director. These training sessions are held in August prior to the start of classes.
Upperclassmen are provided in-person training by the Equal Opportunity Offi
Title IX Coordinator in tandem with the Sexual Assault Crisis Team and Army ROTC SHARP Director.
In addition, training and programming is provided throughout the year by the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Offi along with Student Affairs.
Norwich University takes every report of actual or threatened sexual assault seriously, and we respond to each one. Our investigation process is articulated here. It includes this explanation of our response to a report:
Immediate Responses to Sexual Assault and/or Misconduct:
The University recognizes that any decision to report a sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct to the police is the right of the victim/complainant. However, once an incident or complaint of sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct is reported to the Equal Opportunity Offi itle IX Coordinator (the Offi he or she will inform the victim/complainant of the options of criminal prosecution, medical assistance, and use of this policy to file a complaint or report a sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct. The Offi will assist the victim/complainant with these contacts if requested. In addition, confi tial counseling, support services, academic assistance, future security and alternative housing (for students) can be coordinated as appropriate through the Offi .
We also offer a comprehensive manual of resources and information to address sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and date rape drugs at: http://about.norwich.edu/policy/sexual-misconduct-relationship-violence-and-stalking/.
Norwich University has established a strategic partnership with the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Team of Washington County who is on campus weekly and serves as a confi tial advocate for anyone who needs it.
In response to questions from Vermont’s Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force, Norwich has responded:
Question 1: Does Norwich University address dating and/or sexual violence in a freshman orientation program? Please describe:
Yes, Norwich requires that all freshman be trained in sexual assault, sexual harassment, and non-discrimination policies during orientation. The lectures are given jointly by Norwich’s Equal Opportunity Offi and the Executive Director of the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team. During these lectures, Norwich’s Equal Opportunity Offi trains the students on Norwich’s Policies on Non-Discrimination and Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. The Executive Director of the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team talks to the students about her role at Norwich as a Confi tial Advocate who is available on campus once a week to talk to students. She also lets students know that she will meet with any student who needs to go to the hospital as a result of sexual assault. In addition, her organization has a 24 hour hotline that is always available to students.
Norwich University is a unique campus. We have both civilian and military style students in residence (about 2:1), and because of the nature of the military chain of command that governs the Corps of Cadets freshman orientation for Rooks (freshmen in the Corps) is (practically) 100% attended.
Additionally, all Corps leaders (cadre) and Rooks receive mandatory training in Norwich’s hazing policy. Also at the beginning of the academic year all incoming students receive a letter admonishing the act of or passive support of hazing. Students sign a copy of the letter thereby acknowledging individual responsibility for the policy; that copy of the letter is stored in each student’s file.
Approximately 50 percent of Norwich athletes are civilian students. Every year the Director of Athletics meets with each sports team prior to the start of its season to, among other things, discuss the University sexual assault and hazing policies, both of which are included in the student-athlete handbook.
Question 2: Please describe any ongoing violence prevention or awareness activities on your campus.
Norwich University offers additional programming throughout the academic year. Typically an outside speaker will come in to talk to our students, faculty and staff. Violence Intervention Peer Advocate (VIPA) Club and the Sexual Harassment Assault Response Prevention (SHARP) Committee assist with Sexual Assault Awareness Week events in April.
Question 3: Does Norwich University have a relationship with the local domestic and sexual violence crisis service provider? Please describe:
Yes, Norwich has an excellent relationship with the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team. The Executive Director of the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team has an office on campus that she uses to be available for students. She is a confi tial advocate with over 30 years of experience in this area of expertise. Our partnership with the Executive Director and the fact that she has her own office on campus with regular office hours, creating over time a consistent presence on campus, means that there is the opportunity for students to confi in a community member who is a known expert on sexual assaults without the fear of automatic reporting to the University and/or law enforcement. Th s relationship is unique to the Norwich campus.
The Executive Director of the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team is also an appointed official of the Vermont Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Assault, which further strengthens our institutional connection to top leadership on this issue.
The Executive Director and her organization are available to help Norwich students through a 24-hour hotline. In addition, she is a member of Norwich’s SHARP Committee which includes senior Norwich administrators, mental health providers, and Department of Public Safety personnel. She also partners with the Norwich Equal Opportunity Offi to train freshman students during their orientation week.
Furthermore, the Director, and the Norwich Equal Opportunity Offi partner to provide informational activities to students throughout the academic year.
Trainings conducted by the Sexual Assault Crisis Team from August 2016 through June 2017 were:
Sexual Harassment /Assault and Response & Prevention (SHARP) Training
Listed on the following pages are descriptions of trainings available to Norwich University students and provided by the Sexual Assault Crisis Team of Washington County, Vermont.
Orientation: An introduction to the services offered by SACT to all incoming students. We do an overview of safety because the first few weeks of college are statistically the most dangerous. We recognize that students are inundated with new information at this time of the year, so we do not go in-depth into much of the subject matter, and instead just do an overview. Talking points include but are not limited to: safety plans, leadership and taking action, anonymous reporting forms, mandated and non-mandated reporting, confi tial advocacy, hospital medical or forensic exam and police legal systems advocacy, office location, becoming a witness in a case, other services, not reporting for others, the rights of victims according to age, advocacy with Title IX, consent and the law.
Audience: Incoming freshman and commuter students (Civilian and Corps); 45 minutes
Student Leadership: Norwich University builds leaders by giving opportunities to students to be responsible and take charge by filling positions within the Cadre staff in the Corps and as RAs in the dorms. These student leaders will often be the first contact for students who have experienced sexual violence and want guidance in what their options are and what to do next. SACT is available to train these students in appropriate responses and inform them on a more in-depth level of what student options are and what their responsibilities as agents of the University are. Talking points include but are not limited to: mandated reporting and consent, anonymous reporting forms, becoming a witness in a case, how to respond to a report, confi tiality, safety planning, dating violence, bystander engagement, and understanding the privilege of your position.
Audience: Student Leadership (Civilian and Corps); 90 minutes
Faculty/Staff SACT 101 Training: SACT recognizes that students often develop trust and form bonds with their professors or other NU staff, and will often see them as a trusted adult to go to during a time of crisis. Th s training will help guide faculty and staff on what appropriate responses are, as well as what options the student has so that you as a faculty or staff member can help them make the most well-informed decision possible regarding next steps. Talking points include but are not limited to: your role as a mandated reporter, what to do if a student discloses, what happens at each avenue (security, Title IX, SACT, police), anonymous reporting, how to listen to/support a student and still let them know you’re mandated to report, highlighting confi tial resources, bystander engagement, SACT services (available to students, faculty, and staff).
Audience: Faculty and Staff; 60-90 minutes
Student Nurse Classroom Training: Th s is a more intensive training about our victims services, and helps to inform students who are going into the medical field about what’s involved in the care of victims of sexual violence. Th s could also be considered an introduction for those who wish to volunteer for SACT as a trained advocate. Talking points include but are not limited to: survivor support (hotline, medical exams, what to know before going to hospital, relationship with SANE nurse), confi tiality.
Audience: Student nurses (also good for Infirmary training); 30-45 minutes
Bystander Training: Rather than focusing strictly on the roles of perpetrator and victim, the highly interactive, researched and evaluated Bringing in the Bystander In-Person Prevention Program curriculum uses a community of responsibility approach. It teaches bystanders how to safely intervene in instances where an incident may be occurring or where there may be risk. Audience: All students, student clubs, faculty, and staff; The program is designed to be presented both as a 60-minute program or in a more comprehensive two session program totaling 4.5 hours.
Classroom Training: SACT is happy to come to your class to talk to students about a wide range of subjects. Th s could be customized to your lesson plan, but common subjects include: SACT services available to students, safety planning, reporting options, and bystander engagement. Audience: Students in classroom setting; can range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes (Bystander engagement has a 50-60 minute minimum)
Athletic Team Training: At Norwich University, student athletes are everywhere, and are considered role models for the rest of the student population. They represent NU on and off the field, and are held to a certain standard of behavior. SACT relies on student athletes to be responsible and keep other students safe at off-campus events, and this training addresses some of the common concerns facing student athletes today. Talking points include but are not limited to: safety planning, bystander engagement.
Audience: Student athletes and their coaches; can range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes (Bystander engagement has a 50-60 minute minimum)
First Responders: Th s training is specifi ally for students who are working directly with SACT as student volunteers on the NU campus. Talking points include but are not limited to: safety plans, leadership and taking action, anonymous reporting forms, mandated and non- mandated reporting, confi tial advocacy, hospital medical or forensic exam and police legal systems advocacy, office location, becoming a witness in a case, other services, not reporting for others, according to age the rights of victims, advocacy with Title IX, consent and the law. Audience: Specific Corps students assigned by Col. Holden. Prerequisite: 20 hour advocacy training
20 Hour Advocacy Training: Th s training is intended for those who wish to volunteer as trained advocates with SACT. 20 hours is required to become certifi d as a confi tial advocate. It is a very in-depth training and covers topics including but not limited to: confi tiality, victims’ rights, bystander engagement, rape culture on campus, hospital exams, legal advocacy, police perspective, Title IX, and consent.
Audience: All who want to volunteer as a victims advocate with SACT; two-day training (usually a full weekend)
SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRY/LOCATOR
The State of Vermont Sexual Offender Registry is available online at the following website:
Additional information about public safety can be obtained by calling the Chief of Public Safety at (802) 485-2498.
FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS
Department of Public Safety Emergencies .................................................... (802) 485-2525/2499
Facilities Operations.................................................................................................... (802) 485-2148
Maintenance Requests ................................................................................................ (802) 485-2149
Commandant of Cadets.............................................................................................. (802) 485-2135
Cadet Guardroom (1630–0700)................................................................................ (802) 485-2589
Office of Martha Mathis, Dean of Students Jackman Hall 227 • (802) 485-2640
Students—regardless of lifestyle—parents, families and others may call or come in for information at any time with or without an appointment.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
(802) 223-0954 • www.integrativeaom.com
Affiliated with Central Vermont Medical Center.
Licensed acupuncturists help with:
Available through the Infirmary.
$10 fee, no appointment.
Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) (802) 371-4100
Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services (802) 223-4156
Jeremy Bolio is a military Veteran, licensed clinician, men’s group and substance abuse counselor.
Alcohol screenings/substance abuse.
$150 fee (not covered by insurance).
Treatments on/off campus as needed, insurance eligible.
Education and community outreach.
Healthy Youth Program (HYP) (802) 229-9151
Washington County Youth Services Bureau program.
Appointments available at Gray Building in Northfield.
Assessment, education, and treatment for substance abuse.
Northfield Police Department (802) 485-9181
Bill Jennings, Chief of Police
Shaw Outdoor Center • (802) 485-4032
Hike, bike, ski, sled, snowshoe, run.
Hours of operation:
Tues – Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.
Sodexo Food Services
Wise Campus Center • (802) 485-2297
Nutrition information and healthy choices.
Menu diversification using student input.
Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team
Marsilius Hall • (802) 485-2904
24-hr Hotline: (802) 479-5577
Support for female and male victims of sexual violence.
Free legal advocacy and attorney services to victims.
24 hour emergency shelter for female and male victims.
Norwich University Equal Opportunity/ Title IX Office
Jackman Hall, 321 B • (802) 485-2144
To report incidents of interpersonal violence/seek judicial action, including:
Norwich University Chaplain Services (802) 485-2128 • Rev Wick
Protestant, Catholic and other religious services.
Norwich University Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling, psychological and learning disability assessments.
Norwich University Safe Rides/Green Cab VT (802) 864-2424
Friday and Saturday evenings 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Norwich University Public Safety (802) 485-2525
Norwich University Health Services at Green Mountain Family Practice:
Infirmary/Health Practices (802) 485-2552
Suicide Hotline • (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Vermont Alcoholics Anonymous
(800) 839-1686 • alcoholicsanonymous.com
Green Mountain Area Narcotics Anonymous (802) 773-5575 (24 hr.) • www.gmana.org
FIRE SAFETY REPORT FOR 2016
Norwich University has eleven residence halls. All of these buildings are listed in this report with included information on the fire safety systems.
These eleven full-time residence halls are hard wired for fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detection. In addition, all 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 at all student residence halls. These drills are conducted at the start of the academic year. Fire drills were conducted from October 20, 2016 and completed by October 30, 2016. All student residence halls were drilled.
Norwich University Fire and Safety Standards are located in the Student Rules and Regulations,
http://about.norwich.edu/wp-content/uploads/student_rules_regs.pdf, Chapter 3, Section
V. Fire and Safety Standards follows in its entirety at the end of this section.
Norwich University provides fire evacuation training to the Resident Coordinators, Advisors and selected student leaders within the Corps of Cadets Leadership.
The matrix on the following page lists the residence halls, their fire systems, fires and fire drills.
SECTION V – Fire and Safety Standards
FIRE REGULATIONS: University fire policy requires all students to vacate the building each time a fire alarm sounds. Students who fail to quickly leave a building during a fire alarm may receive disciplinary action and a $50.00 fine.
Note: Fire equipment is located in designated areas on each floor in University buildings.
Any student found tampering with, removing, disconnecting, covering, inhibiting, damaging, or falsely setting off fire equipment, alarms, smoke or heat sensors, or igniting a fire on University grounds will be subject to dismissal or suspension along with a minimum fine of $100 up to $1000 and restitution of the cost of damages. In addition, the police may be notified and the student may be disciplined in accordance with these regulations.
Problems with smoke or heat detectors must be reported to Public Safety or Facilities Operations as soon as possible.
Fireworks, explosives, Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) heaters, or fabricated explosive devices, are prohibited in all University buildings and on University property.
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Students found with fireworks or explosives are subject to suspension or dismissal from the University. NOTE: MRE bombs are considered a form of explosives that can cause injury.
Flammable liquids, gases or solids such as gasoline or oil and heat tabs may not be stored in University buildings.
Halogen lamps or lights are not authorized for use in barracks or residence hall rooms or University buildings.
All surge suppressors, power strips and extension cords used in University buildings must be the three prong, grounded, UL-approved type.
Natural cut Christmas trees, boughs or wreaths are prohibited from University buildings.
Students are prohibited from cutting down, digging up or in any way damaging trees and shrubs on campus.
Unauthorized fires are prohibited on University property. No student, organization, person, or function is authorized to have a fire, including any type of fire for the purpose of conducting a cookout, without advance, written permission from the SVPSAT. The only exception to this is in the vicinity of locations where the university has installed barbeque grills (e.g., Disney Field near the volleyball courts).
BARRACKS AND RESIDENCE HALLS:
Room decorations may not hang from the ceiling or window panes and may not cover more than 50% of any given wall space in any room. Other decorations may be prohibited if a fire hazard is created.
Ceilings may not be covered with tapestries or draped, or have decorations hanging from them. Nothing may be hung from the sprinkler apparatus.
Bed curtains or drapes are not allowed.
The room entry and exit must be clear.
All furnishings must be a minimum of six inches from the room radiator.
Nothing may be built or placed over or around a room radiator that will interfere with the free flow of air around the radiator or with easy access to service it. Nothing will be placed over or around a safety sensor.
Candles and incense are not permitted in the barracks or residence halls.
No student is allowed to remove outlet covers or permanently attach anything to the outlets provided in the room.
String lights and “fire lights” are not authorized in the barracks and residence halls.
EMERGENCY BLUE LIGHT CALL BOXES: Emergency Blue Light Call Boxes are located throughout the campus in the event of an emergency. Any student found tampering with, damaging, or falsely setting off a call box will be subject to a Class I
disciplinary action and a minimum fine of $100 up to $500 and restitution for the cost of any damages.
You may also download the 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety (Report for 2016) in PDF format (512 KB):