The Clery Act

The "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" (originally known as the "Campus Security Act") was enacted by the United States Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 1990. It is named in memory of 19-year old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery who was assaulted and murdered while asleep in her residence hall in 1986. This law requires us and all institutional officials with significant responsibility for campus and student affairs to publicly disclose three years of campus crime statistics. 

This publication has been developed by the Valdosta State University Police Department in compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Jeanne Clery Act of 1998. It is intended to make you aware of the safety and security policies, which have been instituted, at Valdosta State University to provide a safe academic environment.

The University police does the following in compliance with Clery Act:

1. Compiles and submits statistics to the United States Department of Education

2. Maintains a daily crime log of alleged criminal incidents that is open to public inspection.

3. Issues campus alerts.

4. Issues emergency notifications.

5. Publishes and maintains an Annual Security Report containing safety and security related policy statements and statistics of Clery Act crimes occuring on University property, adjacent property, and non-university property owned or controlled by the University.

6. Maintains and enforces a missing student policy and notification procedure.

7. Compiles and submits fire statistics to the United States Department of Education by year, type, and loacation

Institutional Policy Statement on Reporting Crimes or Other Emergencies and Response to these Reports

All crimes or other emergencies occurring on the Valdosta State University campus are reported to the Valdosta State University Police Department. The Valdosta State University policies and procedures designate the University Police Department as the law enforcement unit for the institution. Members of the community are encouraged to report crimes directly to the University Police Department. However, individuals may also report crimes to other University Officials, who will then report the information received to the University Police Department. Campus personnel are informed of this procedure through new employee/student orientation as well as through the Crime Prevention Unit.

Members of the community may report crimes by visiting the Police Department located on the 2nd floor of the Oak Street Parking Deck or by calling one of the following numbers:

EMERGENCY (229) 259-5555
INFORMATION (229) 333-7816

Other local police agencies can be reached by calling 911.

Emergency blue light phones are available throughout the campus and at the entrances to residence halls. These phones have a direct link to the Police Department. Go to this link for a campus map and location of emergency phones http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/finance-admin/safety/documents/emergency-phone-map.pdf

Closed circuit TV cameras are located throughout the campus. These cameras are recorded at the the University Police Department.

Written reports are made and followed up by the appropriate personnel in the University Police Department. Valdosta State University Police Officers investigate complaints filed by community members and pursue investigations to their reasonable conclusion. Detectives may conduct follow-up investigations, with support from local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies when necessary.

The interests of the victim are always our primary concern. The Valdosta State University Police recognize the importance of confidentiality and of protecting the identity of a victim in the course of a successful investigation. The victim’s preferences greatly influence the way a case is processed.

The University has a number of alternatives at its disposal to adjudicate inappropriate behavior, whether it is of a criminal nature or not. In addition to pursuing cases through the courts, the university uses an internal office of judicial affairs to decide on specific issues unique to university life.

If a member of the Valdosta State University community is alleged to have been involved in criminal conduct, appropriate University Officials will be notified when necessary and where the law permits.

Institutional Policy Statement on Confidential Reporting

Victims and witnesses may report crime on a voluntary, confidential basis when concerns necessitate keeping their identities undisclosed. In these situations anonymous reporting can be made to University Police by use of the https://www.valdosta.edu/administration/finance-admin/police/forms/vsu-police-department-silent-watch-form.php, or through contact with the University Counseling Center.

Victims who report to a counseling professional within the Counseling Center are protected by confidentiality laws and may report without fear of disclosure. It is the internal policy of the Counseling Center to advise victims of their reporting procedures and what options victims or witnesses have in regard to their particular situations.

 

Occasionally, victims of crime wish to report a crime but do not want to give their name and/or do not want to pursue action through the criminal justice or university judicial systems. As allowed by the Clery Act, pastoral and professional counselors who receive confidential reports are not required to report these crimes to the University Police for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics or for the purpose of a timely warning. These positions are defined as follows:

 

Pastoral Counselor

a person who is associated with a religious order or denomination, is recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling, and is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor

Professional Counselor

a person whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification

Pastoral counselors and professional counselors, if and when they deem it appropriate, are encouraged to inform the persons they are counseling, of the procedures to a report crime to the Police Department for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

Certain other university departments may accept confidential reports from a victim. The Clery Act, however, requires these departments to report the crime to the University Police. This reporting allows the university to maintain accurate  records on the number of incidents, determine if there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method or assailant, and alert the campus community of an ongoing threat if needed.  The University Police will investigate crime that is reported to them.


CAMPUS SECURITY AUTHORITY  REPORTING PROCEDURE

 
The University encourages all members  of the campus  community to contact VSU Police Services  when they have been the victim of or have witnessed criminal  actions.  However,  under the Clery Act, certain  individuals designated as Campus  Security  Authorities (CSAs)  are required  to promptly  report Clery qualifying crimes  that occur on or near University property  to VSU Police Services  for inclusion  in the University’s Annual  Report.

The following are some examples of Campsu Security Authorities.

Members of the Valdosta State University Police Department     

Any individual responsible for security who is not a member of the VSU Department of Police Services (for example, individuals responsible for monitoring entrances to buildings or specified areas are responsible for security);

A University official who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings, coaches and coaching staff, advisors to recognized student organizations, human resources, and Office of Social Equity. (Title IX coordinator)

Based on the list compiled by the CSA Coordinators, an annual notice will then be distributed to all CSAs informing them of their responsibilities under the Clery Act and University policy. Additionally, the University strongly encourages all CSAs to complete a training program to familiarize themselves with their legal obligations under the Clery Act on an annual basis. The University Police provide training on an annual basis.

All CSAs are required to report certain (alleged) crimes, including hate crimes, of which they become aware to VSU Police Services for inclusion in the University’s Annual Campus Security Report, in compliance with the Clery Act.

Institutional Policy Statement on Security and Access to Facilities

Campus classrooms, libraries, administrative buildings, stores and dining areas are open to students, employees, and visitors during normal business hours. Exterior doors to residence halls are locked twenty-four hours a day. Only students with card key access and those with legitimate business inside residence halls are allowed entry. All others are considered unauthorized and are subject to criminal trespass warnings from the Police Department. Subjects that violate criminal trespass warnings may be arrested.

Duplicating keys and propping open outside doors are violations of university rules, and violators may be disciplined. University keys are issued only to authorized personnel and must be returned upon termination of employment.

All activities requiring the use of a building, classroom, parking lot, courtyard, or athletic field must be registered and approved through the Facility Use Office at 333-5998. Failure to abide by this procedure will result in termination of the event and subjects will be made to leave the premises. Criminal trespass warnings may be given dependent upon the circumstances involved. Police officers patrol all buildings including residence halls and take appropriate action when unauthorized persons are encountered.

The Police department, in cooperation with Physical Plant and Residence Life, conduct frequent security surveys, lighting surveys, and inspections of electronic security systems in an ongoing effort to examine the need for modification and to elevate campus protection. Channels of internal communications exist to facilitate the repair or improvement of security systems on campus. Physical Plant and Residence Life recognize the importance of responding promptly to requests that involve security issues.

Institutional Policy Statement on Campus Law Enforcement and the Encouragement of Accurate and Prompt Reporting of All Crimes

The Valdosta State University Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency. Police officers have statutory police authority as outlined in Georgia Code 20-3-72 and in accordance with the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. Police officers have police authority on all university property under the direct control of the Board of Regents and property within a radius of 500 yards beyond. The officers are trained at a regional police academy and receive additional in-service training in first aid, firearms, drug identification, legal issues, and other law enforcement topics. Officers are responsible for a full range of police and police services including investigation of all crimes reported, fire and medical emergencies, traffic accidents, the enforcement of laws including drug and liquor law violations, and all other incidents requiring police service.

The University Police enjoy strong professional relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Cooperative programs and information exchanges are ongoing priorities, Through this relationship, the Valdosta State University Police relay information to the University community on crimes that may pose a threat to students or employees. Operational and technical support is mutually provided whenever necessary.

Members of the community are encouraged to report crimes, promptly and accurately, through crime prevention material as well as through new employee/student orientation.

Descriptions of Programs Designed to Inform Students and Employees About Campus Security Procedures and Practices

This is handled by the Crime Prevention Officer. During new semester orientation, students are informed of the various services provided by the University Police Department. These presentations outline ways to maintain personal safety and residence halls security. Students are also told about incidents of crime on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods. Similar information is presented to new employees at orientation.

The Crime Prevention Officer meets with various University officials on a periodic basis to discuss crime prevention topics, campus security procedures and practices, and then designs presentations and flyers to inform the University community. Electronic mail, interoffice memos and the University newspaper are also used to inform the University Community of security procedures and practices.

Awareness and crime prevention programs strongly encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and others.

Programs for Crime Preventions

During new semester orientation, students are given packets concerning University Police and the various programs that the Crime Prevention Unit offers. There is also an officer that makes a presentation during orientation and is available at the end of the session for questions. A similar presentation is done at employee orientation.

Periodically and upon request, the Crime Prevention Officer presents seminars on sexual assault, theft, drug and alcohol abuse, and personal safety. In addition to these seminars, information is disseminated through electronic mail, flyers, displays, videos, and articles in the University and Student newspapers.

The Police Crime Prevention Officer may be contacted at (229) 245-6493.

Statistics Detailing the Occurrence of Murder, Sex Offense (Forcible and Non-Forcible), Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson

The University Police Department keeps statistical information on these crimes as well as any other misdemeanors, felonies and traffic violations in the Records Section. These statistics are sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations by the process of sending appropriate copies of incident reports. Further, the University Police Department complies with sending Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Statistics are available on the University Police Department website. Timely notices are available on the University Police Department website and University website

 

Clery Reportable Crimes

*The Clery Act may define a particular crime differently than that crime is defined under the Georgia law.  For purposes of this Report, the University uses the Clery Act definitions, which have been adopted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook (UCR), the National Incident-Based Reporting System Edition of the UCR for sex offenses, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter

The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. NOTE: deaths caused by negligence, attempts to kill, assaults to kill, suicides, accidental deaths, and justifiable homicides are excluded.

Negligent Manslaughter

The killing of another person through gross negligence.

Aggravated Assault

An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon  or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. Note: It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife or other weapon is used which could or probably would result in a serious potential injury if the crime were successfully completed.

Robbery

The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Burglary

The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or a felony: breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Motor Vehicle Theft

The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access, even though the vehicles are later abandoned, including joy riding.)

Arson

The willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, or personal property of another kind.

Sex Offenses - Forcible

Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

 

Forcible Rape: The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth). This includes the forcible rape of both males and females.

Forcible Sodomy: Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Sexual Assault With An Object: The use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. An object or instrument is anything used by the offender other than the offender's genitalia. 

Forcible Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or, not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.

 

Sex Offenses - Non-Forcible

Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.

Incest: Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Statutory Rape: Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

 

Hate Crimes

In addition to the offenses against persons and offenses against property listed above, where a victim is intentionally selected because of their actual or perceived

race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, or disability, the following crimes shall be reported according to the category of bias evidenced.

Simple Assault: The unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon,  nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.

 

Intimidation: To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon  or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.

Larceny-Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Constructive possession is the condition in which  a person does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.

Destruction/Damage/Vandalism  of Property: The willful or malicious destruction, damage, defacing, or other injury to real or personal property without consent of the owner, or the person having custody or control of it.

 

*Crimes under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act to be collected starting in Calendar Year 2013:

Domestic Violence

Felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common,  by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, or, in accordance with Georgia law by persons who, for any period of time, are living or have lived together, are sharing or have shared occupancy of a dwelling, are engaged in or have engaged in a sexual relationship, or minors or adults who are dating or who have dated ["household members"].

Dating Violence

Violence committed by a person who is, or has been, in a relationship - of a social, romantic, or intimate nature - with a victim. The existence of such a relationship is to be determined by the length and type of relationship and the frequency of interaction.

Stalking

Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.

 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

It is critical that you seek medical attention  as soon as possible  following  an incident of domestic  violence, dating violence, and/or sexual assault – do not bathe or change clothes or you may inadvertently eliminate criminal  evidence. 


 

Please remember, as a victim of sexual misconduct, just because you file a report and it is investigated does not mean that you will have to testify in a criminal proceeding or participate in a University disciplinary process. Those decisions are yours to make. The length of time between an incident and making a report of sexual misconduct will not affect the willingness of the University to investigate the allegations or to provide support and other services to the person reporting sexual misconduct. However, a prompt report will significantly impact the ability of University officials to conduct a full investigation and enhance the effectiveness of any criminal and/or University process that may result. Individuals are therefore strongly encouraged to report to University Police Services incidents of sexual misconduct immediately following the occurrence. VSU police has specially trained officers who can respond as "first responders." These officers’ primary role is to assure the safety and wellbeing of the victim as well as provide immediate support. Additionally, as noted above, the University’s Counseling Service is available for support to a victim throughout the investigatory process.

 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

 

Serious health and personal risks are associated with the use of illegal drugs and abuse of alcohol. They include temporary or permanent physical or mental impairment, and injury or death. Use and abuse of such substances may lead to conduct which causes injury, death or damage to the user/abuser or to the person or property of others. Abuse and misuse of drugs and alcohol can have serious negative consequences.

The  Counseling  Services provides overall coordination of the Drug-Free School Program, which provides services related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, and referrals.

 

Alcohol and Drug Services

(229) 259-5111

Counseling  Services

(229) 333-5940

Human Resources

(229) 333-5709

 

REQUESTING  ACCOMMODATIONS

As part of the University’s provision of victim and bystander support, the University will change a victim's academic, living, transportation, and working situations after an alleged sex offense or other crime if requested by the victim and if reasonably available.  Such interim measures or accommodations may also be provided for a person accused of criminal conduct. Please contact the Director of Residential Life or the Dean of Student’s Office for more information about policies and procedures for such accommodations, which are also provided in writing to victims once an incident has been reported to a University official. 

A VSU community member who has obtained a relief from domestic abuse order, is a complaining witness in domestic abuse proceedings or related criminal investigation or prosecution, or who otherwise has a basis for concern about his or her personal safety on campus as a result of such proceedings, or due to threats or incidents of domestic abuse or violence, is urged to contact VSU Police Services promptly regarding such concerns for law enforcement or public safety assistance.

Additionally, when a person’s or group’s actions violate civil or criminal laws or University policy or pose a threat to the health, safety, welfare, or academic experience of members of the University community, that person or group may be denied access to all or part of campus through oral notice or issuance of a written No-Trespass Order.

 

Institutional Policy Statement on the Monitoring of Crimes at Off-Campus Student Organizations

Any monitoring of crime off-campus is done by the agency of jurisdiction where the crime took place; however, we are usually advised by the local agencies in question of the crime and offer any assistance available. Further, the University Police Department is in daily contact with the Valdosta City Police via radio, and daily bulletins of crimes within their jurisdiction.

Statistics on Arrests for Violations of Liquor or Drug Abuse as well as Weapons Violations

The University Police Department keeps statistical information on these crimes in the Records Section. They are published in the University newspapers, and the Police Web site.

 

WEAPONS OFFENSE

The possession of firearms,  fireworks, explosives, or weapons  of any kind and replicas  or facsimiles thereof  is prohibited on VSU property  and facilities-  including  residence  halls, grounds, and  leased spaces, as they pose a substantial danger  to the safety of all residents. Possesion of a firearm in a vehicle is permissable under Georgia law with a permit.

 

Exceptions may be made with permission from the Chief of Police or designee for academic or other legitimate purposes.  VSU will impose disciplinary sanctions upon students and employees, who possess weapons in violation of University policy. Any person found responsible for a weapons offense will be subject to University disciplinary sanctions up to, and including, immediate suspension or dismissal and referral to federal and/or state law enforcement officials for criminal prosecution.

Institutional Policy Statement on the Monitoring of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Valdosta State University seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that both respects individual freedom and promotes the health, safety and welfare of all members of the community. In keeping with these objectives, the University has established policy and guidelines governing the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the University campus, which conform to the laws of Georgia. Underage possession of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on property owned or controlled by the University. No person will be in an intoxicated state, or conduct themselves in a boisterous, rowdy or indecent manner, or use vulgar, profane, lewd or unbecoming language. The conspicuous or flagrant possession of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited. Valdosta State University also encourages a drug-free campus community and complies with the Drug Free Work Place Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989. All violations of state and federal laws are subject to criminal prosecution and/or student judicial proceedings.

Description of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education Programs

The Police Department Crime Prevention Unit offers several programs on alcohol and drug abuse on an annual basis and any time it is requested. They may be contacted at (229) 333-7816.

The University has an exclusive coordinator for alcohol and other drug education programs and is available during regular business hours. They may be contacted at (229) 259-5111 .

The Counseling Center also offers various programs on alcohol and drug abuse. These programs are provided on an annual basis and any time they are requested. They may be contacted (229) 333-5940.

The departments of Police, Counseling Center, Judicial Affairs Office, and Alcohol and Other Drug Education work closely together to assist members of the University community in continuous educational programs on alcohol and drug abuse.

Institutional Policy Statement on Campus Sexual Assault Programs Aimed at Prevention of Sexual Offenses and on Procedures Followed Once a Sexual Offense has Occurred

Members of the University community wishing information on campus sexual assault may contact the Crime Prevention Officer for material. The Crime Prevention Office offers courses on personal safety, date rape, and Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training. These programs are offered free of charge. Police also provides a 24-hour a day escort service for all university members.

Valdosta State University encourages any victim of sexual assault to report to the University Police. The police will assist in obtaining emergency medical care and crisis counseling, and in securing important evidence of the assault. The University Police are available for consultation regarding these procedures whether or not a victim wishes to proceed with any type of adjudication.

Victims who may be reluctant to report to the University Police are strongly encouraged to report the incident to the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center can answer questions about university resources and procedures available to the victims. A report, whether informally to the Counseling Center or formally to the University Police, does not commit the victim to a specific course of action or any course of action.

The Counseling Center will inform victims of their options both within the University System, and in the criminal court system of the State of Georgia. The Counseling Center will also assist the victim in notifying the proper law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police; assist in obtaining counseling services, both on and off campus, assist in medical services, both on and off campus; and advise students of options available in changing academic and living situations.

Should a student victim choose to utilize the University’s Student Disciplinary System or another university process in cases involving complaints against another student, the options may include, but are not limited to, the following: a consequence imposed by the Student Affairs Office following an admission by the accused of wrongdoing; a resolution negotiated between the complainant and the accused; or a judicial disciplinary hearing.

The standard of evidence used in these hearings on cases of sexual assault; is the "preponderance of evidence" and not "clear and convincing".

Hearings are heard by an ad hoc disciplinary panel convened by the Student Affairs Office. The complainant and the accused student will have the procedural guarantees available under the university’s guidelines, including the opportunity to have others present and to be informed of the outcome of the hearing. Possible sanctions for sexual assault include suspension or expulsion from the University. A pamphlet explaining the complete disciplinary procedural guidelines is available in the Student Affairs Office in the Student Union Building.

Sex Offender Registration and Registry

Any person who is required under the laws of the State of Georgia to register as a sex offender is also required to provide written notice to the Valdosta State University Police Department that they are enrolled as a student, carry on a vocation, or employed by Valdosta State University. Furthermore, the student or employee is required to provide written notice of each change in enrollment or employment to theValdosta State University Police Department. The Sex Offender Registry for the State of Georgia is located on the Georgia Bureau of Investigations website.

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Department also furnishes the Valdosta State University Police Department with a hard copy of registered sex offenders in Lowndes County. The copy of this list is available 24 hours a day for public viewing at the Universiy Police Department.

Missing Student from Housing Policy

Please follow this link to the missing student who reside in housing.  housing policy.

 

VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY MISSING STUDENT NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE FOR STUDENTS WHO RESIDE IN CAMPUS HOUSING


This procedure contains the official notification procedures of Valdosta State University for missing students who reside in campus housing, in accordance with the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Section 485 (j).

Students residing in campus housing will be informed annually via the application process that each student has the option to identify a person designated as a confidential contact to be notified by Valdosta State University no later than twenty-four (24) hours after the time the student is determined to be missing by the designated officials authorized to make that determination, specifically the VSU Police. The confidential contact may be a person designated by the student in addition to the declared emergency contact. Should the student not formally declare a separate missing person contact, the emergency contact on record will be notified. All information submitted during the housing application process will remain on file and be considered accurate until the student voluntarily provides different information.

For persons under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the institution will still allow a separate person to be designated for missing person notification; however, a legal parent or guardian will also be notified, in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

Notification of this procedure will be made directly to all students residing in campus housing annually, and be available in conjunction with the "Annual Crime Report" that provides information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Security Crime Statistics Act.

Students have the opportunity to submit revised missing person contact information at any time by notifying the VSU Registrar’s Office in writing. Each student who voluntarily chooses to file a separate missing person contact is solely responsible for the continued accuracy of the information.

Once a request is made to the VSU Police Department, the Housing and Residence Life Director (if the incident occurs within University Housing) and the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students will be informed by the VSU Police Dep

artment after the officer’s initial attempt to contact the student does not successfully establish contact or lead to information that results in actual contact being made with the student. In no circumstance should the notification to the on call system after initial report to VSU Police Department exceed twenty- four (24) hours in time. During business hours, the VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students may also involve other VSU faculty, staff or administrators to assist in establishing contact or avenues to pursue contact.

 

The VP of Student Affairs/Dean of Students will be notified by the University Police as the investigation of the incident progresses.

The emergency contact listed with the Banner system as well as any confidential contact will be notified as part of the investigation in attempting to establish contact with the student reported missing. In the case of a student under the age of eighteen (18) and not emancipated, the contact will be with the custodial parent. The contact will be initiated by the VSU Police Department.

Timely Warning Reports to the Campus Community on Crimes Considered to be a Threat to Other Students

VSU's Emergency Notification System 

Valdosta State University has established an Emergency Notification System that will be used to distribute emergency information to the campus community. This is an “opt in” service, which means that you must sign up for the service to receive messages. In the event of an emergency, participants in this service will receive voice, email or text messages containing official instructions from the university administration. This system is tested twice yearly and information requiring Campus Alert system is consistently made available to everyone in the campus community.

If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member and would like to opt into this service, please provide the information requested on the registration.

PLEASE NOTE: if you choose not to opt into VSU’S Emergency Notification System, you will not receive emergency messages through the system. If you do opt into this service, messages will be sent to the devices and provider you supply. If you change your number or service provider and wish to continue receiving emergency messages, please remember to update your information at. By opting in, you are providing us with your permission to send information, which may include information protected under confidentiality rules, to the telephone number you provide. You may opt out of the Emergency Notification System at any time.

Opt into the Campus Alert.

A Police bulletin is posted as soon as possible. The bulletins are sent to employees and students via E-mail and bulletins are posted on bulletin boards throughout the campus and in residence halls. The incident is also reported in the University newspapers and on the Police Web page.  Notices are also sent through University wide Rave, campus alert system

DAILY LOGS

Daily logs must be open to public inspection within two business days of report except where prohibited by law or disclosure jeopardizes victim’s confidentiality. Logs may be requested at the Valdosta State University Department of Police.

 

VSU Crime Statistics

Crime Statistics Disclosed in an Annual Report

It is important to note that some victims prefer not to report incidents of crime to the Police, but to confide in various confidential sources. Reasonable attempts have been made to identify all reported crimes and to present the statistics in this report as well as offenses known by or reported to the Valdosta State University Police Department.

Information is disseminated in the form of a crime report, which is available on the University Police Department website.

The Valdosta City Police Department furnishes the Valdosta State University Police Department with their annual statistics for the entire city on an annual basis. This report is published in an annual crime report for the university community and is also available on the Valdosta State University Police Web page.

Location of Occurance

The location of occurrence for reported crimes are briefly defined as follows:

On Campus: any building or property owned or controlled by an institution of higher education within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes. Including residence halls; and property within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution that is owned by the institution but are controlled by another person, is frequently used by students and supports institutional purposes.

Student Residences: a subset of "on campus" crimes, which includes only those crimes that were reported to have occurred in residence halls or other residential facilities, for students, on campus.

Map of Valdosta State University Police Jurisdiction

On Campus Property

Any building or property owned or controlled by an istitution within the same reasonably contigious geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes including residence halls; and any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to such buildings or property that is owned by the institution but controlledher person and is frequently used by students and supports institutional purposes.

 

Residential Facility

Any building used to house students on campus. Sometimes called a dormitory or residence hall.

Public Property

All thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities that are within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

 

Non-Campus Property

Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.

VSU Police Public Property Jurisdiction Map - http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/finance-admin/police/vsu-police-jurisdiction-map.php

Campus Map - http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/finance-admin/safety/documents/emergency-phone-map.pdf

*NOTE: Current year statistics are reported on an availability basis.  The Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking categories were not included in the crime report until 2013. Therefore, the data for these categories before 2013 is not available.

Campus Crime Report

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

1

1

0

0

2013

 0

 0

 0

Negligent Manslaughter

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

 0

 0

 0

 0

Forcible Sex Offenses

2011

2

2

0

0

2012

3

2

0

0

2013

 3

 1

 0

Non forcible Sex Offenses

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

 0

 0

 0

Domestic Violence

2011*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

 0

 0

 0

Dating Violence

2011*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

 1

 0

 0

 0

Stalking

2011*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

 1

 0

 0

Robbery

2011

1

0

0

0

2012

2

1

0

0

2013

 5

Aggravated Assault

2011

1

0

0

0

2012

1

1

0

0

2013

 2

 1

 0

 0

Burglary

2011

65

40

0

0

2012

29

14

0

0

2013

 17

 10

 0

0Motor Vehicle Theft

2011

3

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

 0

 0

 0

 0

Arson

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

2013

 0

 0

 0

ARRESTS

JUDICIAL REFERRAL

Year

On-Campus

Resid. Facilities

Non-Camp. Buildings

Public Property

On-Campus

Resid. Facilities

Non-Camp. Buildings

Public Property

Liquor Law Violations

2011

20

16

0

0

56

42

0

3

2012

17

14

0

2

16

12

0

3

2013

 3

 4

 8

 0

 3

Drug Violations

2011

7

6

0

0

59

52

0

3

2012

16

13

0

1

21

20

0

2

2013

 29

17 

 0

 2

 22

 15

Weapons Violations

2011

4

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

2012

3

2

0

0

1

1

0

0

2013

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

 0

*NOTE: Current year statistics are reported on an availability basis.  The Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking categories were not included in the crime report before 2013.  Therefore, the data for these categories before 2013 is not available.   

The following tables represent offenses that have been identified as having been motivated by hate or bias based on specific categories:

                                                                                                                                                                                         

MURDER & NONNEGLIGENT MANSLAUGHTER

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

  

NEGLIGENT MANSLAUGHTER

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

                                                                                                                                                                                                

FORCIBLE SEX OFFENSES

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

    

NONFORCIBLE SEX OFFENSES

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

 

DATING VIOLENCE

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

STALKING

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2013

0

0

0

0

0

ROBBERY

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

   

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

   

BURGLARY

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

   

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

  

ARSON

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

THEFT

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

SIMPLE ASSAULT

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY

Year

On-Campus

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Buildings & Property

Public Property

TOTAL

Race

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Ethnicity

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

National Origin

2011

0

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

0

0

In compliance with the definition of "Campus Security Authority" [34 CFR 668.47(f)] and for purposes of statistical crime reporting, campus staff with significant counseling and/or security responsibilities are polled to determine if crimes may have been reported to them and not to the Campus Police Department. The results of these surveys are included in this report.

Scott Doner, sdoner@valdosta.edu VSU Police Department Director

Valdosta City Crime Statistics

Crime statistics provided by the Valdosta Police Department

Number of Part I Criminal Offenses Reported

OFFENSE

2011

2012

2013

Homicide

6

3

6

Rape

29

29

15

Robbery

111

72

70

Aggravated Assault

156

136

89

Burglary

855

611

709

Larceny

N/A

N/A

N/A

Motor Vehicle Theft

123

87

85

Arson

10

N/A

N/A

The following attempted sexual assaults, sexual assaults, and rapes were reported to on campus sources or off campus sources with no report made to the University Police.  Crimes which occurred off campus may have been reported to other police jurisdictions or were kept confidential at the request of the victim.  These statistics are listed because the victim was/is a student.  They are listed for informational purposes only.  These were reported during the calendar year. *Will be updated upon information received.

OFFENSE

2011

2012

2013

Attempted Sexual Assault

0

3

6

Sexual Assault

2

1

1

Rape

12

13

7

*Will be updated upon information received.

Fire Logs and Annual Fire Safety Report

Valdosta State University

Annual Fire Safety Report

Overview:

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) became law in August 2008, requiring all United States academic institutions to produce an annual fire safety report outlining fire safety practices, standards, and all fire-related campus statistics.  The following public disclosure report details all information required by this law as it relates to Valdosta State University.

General Statement of College Owned/Controlled Student Housing:

At Valdosta State University, fire safety is of paramount importance.  The Environmental and Occupational Safety Department manages the campus fire safety program. Fire alarm systems report to Plant Operation and the University Police Communications Center and are monitored on a 24 hour per day, seven day per week basis. Any fire, smoke or suspicious odor condition should be immediately reported by calling 229-259-5555.  Never hesitate to report these conditions, even if you are not sure there is a fire. If a fire condition existed but was extinguished, you must still notify University Police.  If the emergency number 911 is called directly, make a follow-up call to University Police so they can meet and facilitate the Valdosta Fire Department response.

A fire log for residence hall facilities is maintained in the Environmental and Occupational Safety office located at 1504 N. Oak Street. This log can be viewed anytime during normal business hours, from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am – 3:00 pm on Friday. The log records information concerning fires occurring inside a campus residence hall.

Residence Halls are all equipped with fire safety systems.

Please refer to the chart below for information on each residence hall and other campus facilities.

 

Valdosta State University Campus Fire Alarm System Overview

Updated 09/30/2013

Residence Hall

Building Number

Fire Alarm

Addressable?

Smoke

Detec- tors

Fire Alarm Pull Stations

Sprinkler system

Fire Pumps

Reports to University Police

Building Name

Zone

Addressable?

Point

Addressable?

Battery Powered

Hard Wired

Comments

Model

Year

Installed

Patterson Hall

Y

X

X

1

Wet

Yes

Yes

EST-3

2012

Brown Hall

Y

X

X

12

None

No

Yes

EST-3

2012

Lowndes Hall

Y

X

X

1

Wet/Dry

No

Yes

Attic Sprinkler = dry system

IRC

2012

Centennial Hall

East and West

Y

X

X

X

10

Wet

No

Yes

Battery powered smoke

detectors in the rooms, hardwired in the hallways

Notifier

2008

Hopper Hall

Y

X

X

X

41

Wet

No

Yes

Battery powered smoke

detectors in the rooms, hardwired in the hallways

Notifier

2008

Converse Hall

Y

X

X

4

None

No

Yes

Johnson

1980

Reade Hall

Y

X

X

7

Wet/dry

No

Yes

Attic Sprinkler = dry system

EST-3

2009

Langdale Hall

Y

X

X

25

Wet

No

Yes

EST-3

2009

Georgia Hall

Y

X

X

X

30

Wet/Dry

Yes

Yes

Battery powered smoke

detectors in the rooms, hardwired in the hallways

Attic Sprinkler = dry system

Notifier

2009

West Hall

X

X

11

None

No

Yes

EST-3

2002

Odum Library New

X

X

25

Wet

Yes

Yes

EST-3

2003

Odum Library Old

X

X

Wet

No

Yes

EST-3

Fine Arts

X

X

6

None

No

Yes

EST-3

2012

Speech

X

X

7

Wet

No

Yes

EST-3

2009

Bookstore

X

X

4

Wet

No

Yes

EST-3

2010

Updated 09/30/2013

Residence Hall

Building Number

Fire Alarm

Addressable?

Smoke

Detec- tors

Fire Alarm Pull Stations

Sprinkler system

Fire Pumps

Reports to University Police

Building Name

Zone

Addressable?

Point

Addressable?

Battery Powered

Hard Wired

Comments

ERC=

Notifier

IRC= Edwards

Year

Installed

Martin Hall

X

4

None

No

Yes

Notifier

1976

Bursary

X

X

2

None

No

No

Notifier

1974

University Ctr.

#1,2,3

X

X

16

Wet

No

Yes

EST-3

2004

Continuing Ed

None

No

No

Edwards

cam sys.

2011

Marriage and Family

Therapy

None

No

No

EST-3

2011

Athletic Building

X

X

18

Wet

No

Yes

EST

2012

PE Complex

X

X

13

Wet

No

Yes

EST

2002

Rec Center

X

X

9

Wet

Yes

Yes

EST

2002

Sustella Parking

X

X

5

Wet

No

Yes

EST

2012

Ed Center

X

X

8

Wet

No

Yes

EST

2012

Pine Hall

X

5

None

No

Yes

Social Work only

Notifier

1999

Student Union

X

X

19

Wet

Yes

Yes

EST

2009

Psychology Building

X

X

14

Wet

No

Yes

EST-3

2011

Ashley Hall

X

X

4

Wet

No

Yes

EST-3

2012

Palms Dining

X

X

14

Wet

No

Yes

Notifier

2008

Farber

X

X

4

None

No

Yes

EST

2002

Powell Hall

X

X

13

Wet

No

Yes

EST

2009

Bailey Science Center

X

X

30

Wet

Yes

Yes

EST

2012

Nevins Hall

X

X

20

Wet

Yes

Yes

EST

2005

Student Health Ctr.

X

X

9

Wet

No

Yes

Notifier

2008

Updated 09/30/2013

Residence Hall

Building Number

Fire Alarm

Addressable?

Smoke

Detec- tors

Fire Alarm Pull Stations

Sprinkler system

Fire Pumps

Reports to University Police

Building Name

Zone

Addressable?

Point

Addressable?

Battery Powered

Hard Wired

Comments

ERC=

Notifier

IRC= Edwards

Year

Installed

Pound Hall

X

X

8

Wet

Yes

Yes

Attic Only

EST

2002

Thaxton Hall

X

9

None

No

Yes

EST

2012

Barrow Hall

N/A

None

No

No

Physical Plant

N/A

Wet

No

No

University Ctr. #4

X

X

11

Wet

Yes

Yes

EST

2004

Oak St. Parking

X

X

5

Wet/Dry

No

Yes

Wet in office area, dry in

parking area.

EST

2012

Cont. Ed. Classrooms

X

1

None

No

No

Notifier

1998

 

Fire protection systems are tested annually under the supervision of Plant Operations.  Improvements, upgrades or repairs to fire safety systems are made when tests or evaluations indicate a problem exists. Fire extinguishers are checked monthly and inspected annually by a contractor.

When a fire alarm is activated, the alarm simultaneously sounds at the location of origin and at the University Police Dispatch office, which is staffed 24/7. Officers respond immediately on such an alarm to determine the cause and notify the fire department.

Supervised Fire Drills

Mandatory, supervised, announced and unannounced fire drills are conducted for each residence hall at the beginning of each semester by campus safety officers.  Because a fire can happen at any time, drills are conducted at various times, night and day.

Evacuation Policy and Procedures

The Emergency Response Plan and the Community Living Guide Book are available online. They provide instruction in the case of an evacuation or emergency:

Know the location of the nearest exits and fire alarm pull stations so that an alarm can be initiated. To activate the alarm, pull the handle until you hear the alarm sound. It may be necessary to break a pane of glass to reach the handle. Get out when the fire alarm sounds.

Know what to do if you are trapped. If the exits are blocked by heavy smoke or fire, retreat as far as you can, closing (but not locking) as many doors as you can between you and the fire. If possible, call the VSU police department (5555 from a campus phone) and give them your exact location. If smoke starts coming in, try to seal the door as best as you can. If you can open an exterior window, try to signal the fire department and be ready to close the window if smoke is drawn into your refuge.


 

If there is smoke, stay low; it will be easier to breathe.

Do not create a trap; keep your office safe; do not increase your risk by clogging your office with papers or other items. Simple good housekeeping is an important part of fire safety.

Evacuation Procedure for Disabled Persons

Persons whose mobility or who are impaired are individually responsible for informing their supervisors, residence life staff and University Police (229-333-7816) of their name, location and the nature of their disability.  This information will be given to emergency responders during an emergency situation.  The rescue of disabled persons who are unable to evacuate themselves will be an initial priority for responding fire units. Co-workers may assist in evacuating disabled persons only if this places them in no personal danger.  Always ask someone with a disability how you can help before attempting any rescue technique.  Ask the individual if there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.  Mobility- impaired persons in wheelchairs on non-ground-level floors should proceed to the nearest enclosed stairwells and wait for responders to arrive. Someone should stay with the disabled person if it does not place them in additional danger, and someone should meet responding fire fighters to report the location of disabled persons.  Visually impaired persons should have a sighted individual guide them to safety.  Inform hearing- impaired persons of the nature of the emergency.  Do not assume they know what is happening by watching others.

Fire Safety Violations and Prohibitions

Fire safety violations will result in fines, sanctions and possible revocation of the privilege of living in campus housing.  Repeat or egregious offenses will result in heavier fines or sanctions and possible suspension or expulsion from the College.

Covering or tampering with smoke detectors and/or sprinkler heads creates life safety hazards and is strictly prohibited.

Residents may not have or use candles, incense, sterno, potpourri burners, hookahs or other items that function by burning.  Candles may not be present in the room, even for decorative purposes.

No flammable liquids such as lighter fluid, kerosene, gasoline, etc., may be stored in rooms.

Flammable items such as sheets, cloth, fish net, etc., may not be hung or draped from the walls or ceiling.  Light fixtures may not be covered with flammable items such as cloth, paper or cellophane.

No live Christmas trees or live greenery may be used in any building.  All decorating materials used on floors where students live must be fireproof.

Residents and their guests and visitors shall not tamper with the fire alarm system, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, fire doors, residence hall room door closures, red phones, smoke detectors or other fire equipment.

 

Residents and their guests and visitors must evacuate the building immediately when a fire alarm sounds.  Residents should always take a fire alarm seriously, never assuming that an alarm merely signifies a drill.

Stairway and hallway fire doors shall be kept closed at all times. Mandated by the state fire marshal, these closed doors can contain a fire long enough to allow the occupants to escape.

Residents may not leave items in the hallways.

Residents shall not use the elevator in the event of a fire or fire drill.

Residents may not leave an outside door propped open and unattended at any time; this endangers the safety and security of every resident of the building. Under no circumstances may fireplaces be used.

Smoking

Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus

Effective October 1, 2014, the use of all forms of tobacco products on property owned, leased, rented, in the possession of, or in any way used by the USG or its affiliates is expressly prohibited.  "Tobacco Products" is defined as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes, and any other smoking devices that use tobacco such as hookahs or simulate the use of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes.

Fire Safety Education and Training Programs

All residence life staff receives fire safety training and are responsible for providing fire safety guidance to students. Prior to the first fire drill of the year, residence life staff conduct a mandatory house meeting for students during which evacuation procedures and fire safety rules are reviewed with new and returning residents.

Incident Report

All fire alarms, fires, fire drills and related incidents are documented on Incident Reports. Copies are maintained in our fire safety log book for easy public access and inspection.

FIRE STATISTICS LOG 2011
Valdosta State Residential Facilities
Total Fires in Each Building
Date
Time
Cause of Fire
Number of Injuries that Required Treatment at a Medical Facility
Number of Deaths Related to Fire
Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire
Fire Drills
Georgia Hall
0
0
0
$0.00
2
Reade Hall
0
0
0
$0.00
2
Langdale Hall
0
0
0
$0.00
2
Hopper Hall
0
0
0
$0.00
2
Converse Hall
0
0
0
$0.00
2
Brown Hall2
0
0
0
$0.00
2
Patterson Hall
0
0
0
$0.00
2
Centennial Hall
0
0
0
$0.00
2

FIRE STATISTICS LOG 2012
Valdosta State Residential Facilities Total Fires in each Building Date Times Cause of Fire Number of Injuries that Required Treatment at a Medical Facility Number of Deaths Related to Fire Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire Fire Drills
Georgia Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Reade Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Langdale Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Hopper Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Converse Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Brown Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Patterson Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Centennial Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2


FIRE STATISTICS LOG 2013
Valdosta State Residential Facilities Total Fires in each Building Date Times Cause of Fire Number of Injuries that Required Treatment at a Medical Facility Number of Deaths Related to Fire Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire Fire Drills
Georgia Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Reade Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Langdale Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Hopper Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Converse Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Brown Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Patterson Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2
Centennial Hall 0 0 0 $0.00 2



 

Fire Alarm Activity Log Sheet

Date

Time

Description and General Location

Name (Please print)

 

Sprinkler Activity Log Sheet

Date

Time

Description and General Location

Name (Please print)

 

Fire Safety Inspections and Improvements:

Fire protection systems are tested annually under the supervision of Plant Operations.  Improvements, upgrades or repairs to fire safety systems are made when tests or evaluations indicate a problem exists. Notify Environmental and Occupational Safety whenever you notice damage or a possible problem with fire protection equipment. Each month, Environmental and Occupational Safety staff performs monthly general building fire safety inspections.  In addition, Residence Life staff performs resident room inspections twice per semester and once over the summer.  Any fire safety violations will be cited and referred for immediate correction. Violators may be judicially referred.

Specific Fire Safety Procedures:

*      Be aware of the exit locations in your building.

*      If a fire alarm is activated, immediately leave the building.  Get others to do the same as you leave.

*      Use the stairs, not the elevators, when evacuating the building.

*      Move to your assembly point a safe distance away from the building, and do not congregate in roadways or service drives.

*      If a person is disabled or in need of assistance, tell responding emergency services personnel.  Use stairwells as a place of refuge until emergency personnel arrive to safely move the person from the building.

*      Close all doors and windows.  This will help contain any possible fire, smoke or poisonous gases.

*      Use fire extinguishers only on small fires or only if it appears safe to do so.

*      Do not put your own safety in danger.

*      Never hesitate to activate a fire alarm system if you suspect fire, smoke or unusual heat.

*      Provide emergency responders with any information you may have about the fire alarm condition or persons injured or needing assistance.

*      Don’t re-enter the building until the alarm stops and emergency personnel provide an "all-clear" message.

Definitions:

Fire

– Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.

Fire drill

– Is a supervised practice of an evacuation of a building for a fire.

Fire-related injury

– Any instance in which a person is injured as a result of a fire, including an injury sustained from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of the fire. The term person may include students, faculty, staff, visitors, firefighters, or any other individuals.

Fire-related death

– Any instance in which a person is killed as a result of a fire; including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while 

involved in fire control; attempting rescue; or escaping from the dangers of a fire; or deaths that occur within 1 year of injuries sustained as a result of the fire.

Fire safety system

– Any mechanism or system related to the detection of a fire, the warning resulting from a fire, or the control of a fire including: Sprinkler or other fire extinguishing systems, Fire detection devices, standalone smoke alarms, devices that alert one to the presence of a fire, such as horns, bells, or strobe lights, smoke-control and reduction mechanisms, and Fire doors and walls that reduce the spread of a fire.

Value of Property Damage

– The estimated value of the loss of the structure and contents, in terms of the cost of replacement in like kind and quantity, including: contents damaged by fire, related damages caused by smoke, water, and overhaul, however it does not include indirect loss, such as business interruption

Emergency Quick Reference Guides

The following are emergency quick reference guides. Please use these for information on safety and evacuations.

 

Building Evacuations

a.  Any Valdosta State University staff or

faculty member may issue an evacuation notification of a classroom or office area. The purpose is to move people away from any potentially threatening situation.

b.  Before a classroom or office can properly evacuate, a safe designated location (assembly area) must be communicated to all students, faculty, and staff.

c. Direct persons to go immediately, in a calm and orderly manner, to the assembly area.

d. Consider persons with disabilities that may need assistance evacuating.

e. Individuals with disabilities should exit to the next building or outside by horizontal exit (when available) or otherwise to stairway landing (considered an area of

refuge). University Police will conduct the rescue.

f.  Do not take personal items.

g. The last person should close and lock doors behind them while exiting.

h. You may walk briskly, but do not run.

i.  Do not go to restrooms.

j.   Use stairway or horizontal exit to evacuate.

k.  DO NOT USE ELEVATORS!

l.  Do not return to your area for personal belongings.

m. If smoke is present, stay low. The

best quality air is near the floor.

 

Evacuation

Situations that Require Full Building

Evacuation

• An evacuation of a building is used  to move persons out of a building by a pre-designated route (if usable), to avoid a potentially threatening situation and determines the entire building as unusable until further notice.

• Generally, University Police will announce building evacuation instructions.

• Exit the building and go to your predetremined assembly area at least 100 feet away from the building.

• Report any missing person to University Police and location where last seen.

• Do not return to the building from your designated area until told do so by University Police.

 

Assembly Areas

Assembly areas for each building must be 100 feet from the building and must not obstruct emergency access to buildings. Work or class groups should remain together to allow for head counts.

Campus Evacuation

Those students who do not have the means to evacuate or cannot safely evacuate will be directed to community shelters. If a total campus evacuation is needed, assistance will be provided under the Memorandums

of Understanding with Lowndes County and the City of Valdosta.

Evacuees From Other Locations

Evacuees from other locations may be provided with shelter at the President’s discretion.

Fire or Explosion

If You Discover Fire or Smoke

Remember: R.A.C.E.

Remove/Rescue anyone from immediate danger.

Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.

Close all doors to confine smoke and fire.

Extinguish/Evacuate:

If the fire is small and you have been trained in fire extinguisher use, you can attempt to extinguish a fire.  Otherwise follow yur Evacuation Plan and proceed to the nearest exit and designated area outside the building.

If You Catch Fire, Do Not Run!

a. Stop where you are, and

b. Drop to the ground, and

c. Roll over and over to smother flames.

Response to Fire Alarms or

Explosion

a. Remain calm.

b. Evacuate and stay with your class or office group.

c. Notify University Police.

d. Remember to take your class roster with you to the designated area.

e. Once you have reached the designated area, report any missing person to University Police.


f.  Only return to the building when directed by University Police.

Fire or Explosion

Evacuation Reminders

• If leaving a room, feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it.

• Do not return to your area for personal belongings.

• If smoke  is present, stay low. The best  quality air is near the floor.

• Use the stairway or horizontal exit to evacuate.

• DO NOT USE ELEVATORS!

• Consider  individuals with disabilities who may need assistance evacuating.

• Individuals with disabilities should exit to the next building or outside by horizontal egress (when available) or otherwise to stairway landing (considered an area of refuge)

• Notify University Police of any missing person and where they were last seen.

• Never allow the fire to come  between you and the exit.

• University Police monitor all fire alarm signals and will respond.

If You are Trapped In Your

Office or Classroom

a. Wedge wet towels or cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.

b. Try to close as many doors between

you and the fire as possible.

c.  Use the telephone to notify 9-1-1 and University Police of your problem and location.

d. Be prepared to signal your location through the window.

e.  Do not open or break windows unless necessary to alert emergency personnel to your location or to escape.

 

PRINTED COPIES OF THIS REPORT ARE AVAILABLE AT THE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

EMERGENCY 229-259-5555

INFORMATION 229-333-7816