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Crime Awareness & Campus Safety
Security and Fire Safety Annual Information Report
A Message from the Director of Public Safety
Regis College represents a major metropolitan suburban university campus and thereby is an integral part of the surrounding area in which it is located. The students, faculty and staff play a vital role in helping shape the character of the community.
Metropolitan Boston presents unlimited opportunities to experience the advantages of life in a world class metropolitan area; however, each one of us must keep in mind that the potential for crime is ever present. It is because of this potential of criminal activity that all of us must assume a personal responsibility and maintain an ever present vigil of our surroundings, both on and off campus. The taking of those necessary precautions is a direction that all of us must follow to prevent ourselves from becoming a potential victim.
The Regis College Police Department is made up of men and women dedicated to the principles of community policing, as well as to the goal of maintaining the Regis campus as a safe and pleasant place in which to live, and work, both as members of academia and as student athletes. A truly safe campus can be achieved through the mutual cooperation of all students, faculty and staff with the emphasis on those programs that accentuate a positive direction and the role that those programs play in their affirmative guidance towards maintaining a safe and secure Regis community.
The crime reporting information provided in this report is intended to inform, advise and alert the Regis campus community of the current programs, policies and procedures as they relate to crime prevention, and crime awareness, at Regis College.
Francis M. Bielawski
Director of Public Safety
This information is being provided to you as part of Regis College’s commitment to safety and security on campus and is in compliance with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
Reporting Crimes and Emergencies
The Regis College Campus Police provides a comprehensive program of police, security, crime prevention, fire safety, emergency medical, parking and related public safety services to help ensure that the College community remains a safe and pleasant place in which to study, live and work.
Members of the Regis College community are encouraged to report crimes, suspicious activity or other emergencies to the Campus Police immediately. The Campus Police are located in College Hall Room 102 and can be contacted by calling (781) 768-7111. Reporting emergencies of Fire, Police or Medicals, the number is (781) 768-7777. Calls are answered 24 hours a day every day by full-time trained Dispatchers at the Campus Police office. Campus emergency telephones identified by a blue light are located in selected parking lots and buildings on campus. They can be used to report crimes or other types of emergencies. Confidential and anonymous reports will be accepted but may significantly limit the ability of the Police Department to fully investigate and address the alleged crime.
The Regis College Campus Police maintains direct contact with the Weston Police and Fire Departments, ensuring prompt assistance and support from these agencies when needed.
Important Telephone Numbers
|Campus Police Main Number||781-768-7111|
|Campus Police (Emergency Only)||781-768-7777|
|Weston Police Department||781-893-4804|
|Weston Fire Department||781-786-6101|
|Emergency (Police, Fire, Ambulance)||911|
|Al-Anon/Adult Children of Alcoholics||508-366-0556|
|Newton/Wellesley Hospital/Chemical Dependency Program||617-243-6006|
|Boston Area Rape Crisis Center||1-800-841-8371|
|Beth Israel Hospital Rape Crisis Center||617-667-8141|
|RAINN (a 24-hour confidential Rape Hotline)||1-800-656-HOPE|
Access to Campus Facilities
Most campus buildings and facilities, other than student residence halls, are accessible to members of the campus community.
Doors to residence halls remain locked 24 hours a day. Security personal monitor admittance to all residence halls and access is permitted to residents upon presentation of a valid student ID card. Residence are verified by an electronic access control system. Guests and visitors must present a photo ID to the Security Personal and be signed in through the visitor management system.
Residence halls are equipped with intrusion alarms on exterior doors as well as alarms to detect doors which have been propped open. These alarms are monitored at the Regis College Campus Police. Officers are dispatched to investigate each alarm.
Maintenance and Security of Campus Grounds and Facilities
The College maintains a very strong commitment to campus safety and security. Exterior lighting is an important part of this commitment. Parking areas, pedestrian walkways and building exteriors are well illuminated. Surveys of exterior lighting on campus are conducted regularly by the Campus Police and Physical Plant Facilities staff and high priority is given to maintenance of exterior lights. Members of the campus community are encouraged to report any exterior lighting deficiencies to the Campus Police or Physical Plant staff.
The exterior doors of academic buildings are locked following the last class each evening. Door and locking hardware deficiencies are reported to the Facilities Department immediately upon discovery by the Campus Police staff. Shrubbery and trees on campus are trimmed on a regular basis.
Campus parking areas, grounds and buildings are patrolled 24 hours a day every day of the year by College Police Officers. Contract security officers monitor the desk of each resident hall and on certain nights during peak hours provide security at the main gate by checking IDs, providing a visible deterrent to crime and serving as additional “eyes and ears” for the College Police.
Law Enforcement Authority and Interagency Relationships
Regis College Police Officers are commissioned in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 22C Section 63 of the Massachusetts General Laws including Middlesex Sheriff’s Powers and have full law enforcement authority in and upon all property owned, occupied or used by the College.
The Regis College Police maintain a close working relationship with the Weston Police Department, state and federal law enforcement agencies and all appropriate elements of the criminal justice system. Crime-related reports and statistics are routinely exchanged. A formal written agreement outlines the policy and procedures whereby Regis College Police Officers have direct radio access to the Weston Police to ensure effective coordination between departments during emergencies.
The supervisory staff is encouraged to participate actively in professional associations which foster increased proficiency in their areas of responsibility. Members of the staff maintain active membership as well as leadership positions in the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association, the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Greater Boston Campus Police Criminal Information Exchange, the Massachusetts Police Training Officers Association, and the New England Campus Fire Safety Officers Association.
Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs
The Regis College Police believe it is more beneficial to prevent crimes than to react to them after the fact. A primary way for accomplishing this goal is the Campus Police comprehensive crime prevention program. This program is based upon the concepts of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities, whenever possible, and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.
The following is a listing of the crime prevention programs practiced by Regis College:
- Personal Safety Escort Program - provides personal safety escorts for individuals walking from one point on campus to another point whenever personal safety is a concern.
- New Student Orientation - Campus Police staff present crime awareness and prevention information as part of the college formal orientation programs for new students.
- Residence Hall Security - The Campus Police Community Policing Team works closely with the Department of Residential Life to promote safety in the residence halls through training and education of staff and residents.
- Emergency Telephones - are located on campus with a blue light or yellow phone that are affixed to exterior of buildings.
- Crime Prevention Presentations - Specially trained officers present frequent crime awareness and prevention programs in residence halls and elsewhere on campus throughout the year. Programs are tailored to the particular interests of student, faculty, or staff groups.
- New Employee Orientation - New employees are provided with campus safety and security information.
- Rape Awareness, Education and Prevention - Specially trained Campus Police Officers present programs dealing with domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault, and train women in the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) method of self-defense.
- Parking - Officers regularly patrol lots on campus, all of which are augmented by a campus-wide CCTV monitoring system and an emergency phone system. All parking lots are lighted and well maintained.
- Security and Fire Alarm Systems - A sophisticated computer-enhanced alarm system monitors a campus-wide network of intrusion, fire and duress alarms.
- Security Surveys - Comprehensive physical and operational security surveys are frequently conducted by the Campus Police Officers to assist members of the College community to improve the security of their work places and personal belongings.
- Facilities Surveys - A comprehensive program designed to identify and correct deficiencies in exterior lighting, locking hardware and safety of the grounds is conducted by the Police Officers on an ongoing basis.
- Timely Warnings - In cases where the Director of Campus Police or his designee determines that a crime or crime trend represents a serious or continuing threat to students or employees, a Timely Warning will be distributed in order to alert the campus community so they can take precautions to aid in the prevention of further crimes. These warnings may be distributed utilizing email or one or more of the communications systems utilized for imminent campus emergencies as outlined in the Emergency Notification Systems and Procedures section of this report, or other methods deemed appropriate by the Director of Public Safety on a case-by-case basis.
- Community Police Team - Working closely with residential life staff, student leaders and employee groups, College Police Officers address safety and security issues on campus. Special emphasis is given to maintenance of campus lighting and emergency telephones, directed patrols of potential trouble spots, and facilitating the exchange of ideas and information designed to minimize crime and disorder, especially in the residence hall communities.
Numerous efforts are made to advise members of the campus community on a timely basis about campus crime and crime-related problems. These efforts include the following:
- Annual Report - This Safety, Security and Fire Safety Information Report is published annually and distributed throughout the College community and is available to the media and any individual or organization requesting a copy.
- Social Media - Regis College Campus Police maintain active an active Facebook page “Regis College Campus Police” as well as a Twitter account @regiscollegecampuspolice.
Emergency Medical Services
All Campus Police Officers are certified Medical First Responders. Fully-equipped emergency medical supply kits including automatic external defibrillators (AED) are carried in College Police vehicles and additional AEDs are available inside Campus Police and in the Athletic Building.
Drug and Alcohol Policies
On College premises or at college-sponsored activities, the following acts are prohibited:
- Distribution, possession or use of any illegal drug or controlled substances;
- Providing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 years of age, or possession of alcoholic beverages by individuals under 21 years of age; and
- Possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place, public intoxication, driving while intoxicated and drinking alcoholic beverages in an unlicensed public place.
In addition to imposition of disciplinary sanctions under College procedures, including suspension or separation from the College for such acts, students and employees may face prosecution and imprisonment under federal and Massachusetts laws which make such acts criminal offenses.
Regis College works to provide a drug-free workplace for all College employees and students. College Health and Counseling Services provide resources for treatment and referral for students with substance abuse problems. Educational programs for students are available 24 hours a day by contacting the resident life staff for assistance. More information and a complete description of the College drug and alcohol abuse policies, educational programs and sanctions may be found in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.
Sexual Assault Awareness Programs and Policies
Legal Definition of Sexual Assault in Massachusetts
According to Massachusetts law, there are two major categories of sexual assault: rape and indecent assault and battery
Rape is the penetration of any bodily orifice by any part of the body, or by an object, performed against the victim's will, without consent, and with the threat of or actual use of force. Under Massachusetts law, both men and women may be the victims of rape, and both may be the perpetrators of a rape. Rape may occur when the victim is unable to give consent (as is the case when he or she is drunk or unconscious). Rape may occur between people who know each other, and between people who have previously had consensual sexual relations.
Indecent Assault & Battery
Indecent assault and battery is a crime that occurs when the offender, without the victim's consent, intentionally has physical contact of a sexual nature with the victim. This may include, but is not limited to, touching a woman's breasts or the genital area or buttocks. The victim of such an attack is deserving of the same assistance and consideration as the victim of an attack legally defined as rape.
What to do if you are sexually assaulted:
- Get to a safe place as soon as possible
Call someone for help and support – Contact your Resident Assistant, Resident Director or Campus Police A.S.A.P. peer advisor (telephone listings published each year through the College Health Services).
Campus Police 781-768-7111 Campus Police (Emergency Only) 781-768-7777 Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24-hour Hotline 617-492-RAPE Beth Israel Hospital Rape Crisis Intervention Program 617-735-4645 Weston Police 781-893-4803
- Get Medical Attention – All of the above personnel are trained to assist you. They will facilitate your transportation to a hospital or medical doctor for medical treatment. Whether the incident occurred on or off campus, the above campus personnel can assist you in getting the physical and emotional support you need. Even if you think you were not hurt, you may have internal injuries. Early testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and possible pregnancy can avoid further issues. If you are sexually assaulted you should avoid eating, drinking, showering, bathing, douching, or changing your clothes before going to the doctor. These activities might result in destroying evidence. Evidence can be collected shortly after a sexual assault that can be helpful if you decide to prosecute. It is a good idea to have evidence taken even if you are uncertain about pressing charges. Evidence can be stored anonymously for up to six months.
- Seek Counseling – Regardless of whether you report the assault, it is often helpful to seek counseling for the traumatic experience you have survived. The crisis intervention and counseling services provided by Regis College are available to all members of the College community regardless of where the assault may have happened. The Regis College Campus Counseling Services are located in the lower level of Maria Hall Health Services and can be reached at (781) 768-7290.
Whether to Report the Crime
Reporting a sexual assault to the police does not commit you to further legal action. The earlier you report an assault, the easier it will be for the police to investigate the crime, and to prosecute the case successfully if that is your choice. It helps to preserve your options for the future.
In the initial meeting with police, you will be asked to tell them what happened, where it happened, and what your attacker looked like. If you wish to have the assailant prosecuted, the police and district attorney's office will handle the legal proceedings without expense to you. You do not need to hire an attorney.
If you decide to report the crime to the police, you can be assured your name will not be made public. Massachusetts law requires that the identity of a sexual assault victim be kept confidential.
The following individuals must be informed that a sexual assault has occurred on campus: Dean of Students, Director of Residence Life, and Campus Police. Only information concerning the fact that the assault occurred will be given. Your name, address, or any other identifying information will not be included unless your expressed consent is obtained. Also, Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 225, states that all incidents of sexual assault must be reported to law enforcement personnel. The purpose of this act is to report the general location of the sexual assault for cases that are not being officially reported by the victim. Again, your name, address, or any other identifying information will not be included in this report.
Emergency Notification Systems and Procedures
In the event of a serious incident which poses an immediate threat to members of the Regis College community, the College has various systems in place for communicating information quickly to those individuals. Upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the students or employees occurring on campus, some or all of these methods of communication may be activated. These methods of communications may include activating Regis Alert, an emergency notification system utilizing email, text messaging and telephone voice messaging; messages displayed on electronic message boards on campus; or messages on the home page of the Regis website. Those emergency contact persons who have been listed by the students, staff and/or faculty with the Regis College Registrar’s office will have their phone numbers and email addresses included in the Regis Alert system so that they may receive emergency notification messages from Regis College. The College will also post updates during a critical incident on the Regis College home page. Serious threats of this nature may involve weather, health or personal safety situations. Based on the nature of the emergency the responsibility for assessing the severity of the threat begins with the First Responders to the situation. They will immediately inform the College Crisis Management Team, who will generally have the responsibility for preparing and disseminating emergency messages and updates. In the event of confirmation of a threat involving imminent risk to personal safety, the Director of Public Safety or his designee may activate Regis Alert immediately, prior to notifying the College Crisis Management Team.
Many factors are considered when assessing a situation to determine whether to activate one or more of the emergency communications systems and if so, the content of the message and whether to send the emergency message to all or some of the campus community. Among the factors to be considered is the nature and anticipated duration of the emergency situation and whether the emergency applies to a particular building or segment of the population or to the entire community. The Crisis Management Team or Director of Public Safety will make a decision without delay, taking into account the safety of the community, to determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
The College Crisis Management Team plans, publicizes and conducts a test of the emergency response and notification system at least annually and maintains a record documenting each test, including a description of the exercise, the date, time and whether it was announced or unannounced.
Procedures for Missing Students Residing on Campus
If a member of the College community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, the Regis College Police should be contacted immediately at (781) 768-7777. An incident report will be generated and an investigation will be initiated in order to attempt to locate the missing student. The Regis College Police Department has a detailed and specific protocol for conducting missing persons investigations, utilizing a wide range of electronic resources as well as making personal contact with friends, classmates, co-workers and relatives.
If the Regis College Police Department determines that a student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours the Weston Police Department, the police department of the community where the missing student maintains a home of record, and the person designated as the student's emergency contact will be notified no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to have been missing for 24 hours, and if the missing student is under the age of 21 a missing person notice will be posted on the national police information network. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, Regis will notify the student's parent or legal guardian immediately after the Regis College Police Department has determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.
When registering the name of a person as an emergency contact, students also have the option to confidentially identify an individual to be contacted by Regis in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If the student has identified such an individual, Regis will notify that person no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to have been missing for 24 hours.
Fire Safety in On-Campus Residence Halls
The Regis College Police Fire Safety Officer administers an aggressive program of regular inspection, testing and maintenance of College premises, especially residence facilities, to ensure compliance with applicable fire and life safety codes and standards, conducting regular egress drills and providing a variety of educational and training programs for students, faculty and staff.
Fire Alarm and Suppression Systems:
All on-campus residence halls are equipped with both automatic and manually-operated fire alarm notification devices which meet local building and fire safety codes. The fire alarm systems in all on-campus residence facilities consist of horns and strobe lights alerting residents to an alarm and are also remotely monitored by the College’s computerized campus-wide alarm monitoring system at the Campus Police Office. All fire alarm systems contain emergency batteries to ensure operation during a power outage, and most facilities also have emergency generators designed to automatically activate whenever there is a power outage. These back-up batteries and generators will operate life safety systems, including fire safety equipment and emergency exit lighting. On-campus residence halls are also equipped with fire-rated smoke/fire doors designed to impede the spread of smoke and fire. Regular and frequent inspections are conducted by Campus Police, Residential Life and Facilities staff who report fire hazards in residence halls and facilitate prompt resolution. Upon receipt of a fire alarm, Regis Campus Police staff is immediately dispatched and the Weston Fire Department is notified. Fire safety equipment is reviewed regularly to identify locations where enhancements such as additional sprinkler and smoke detection systems beyond those required by building codes are appropriate and plans for such enhancements are integrated into the college’s annual facilities maintenance project plan. For a detailed explanation of the specific fire alarm and suppression systems in any of Regis’ on-campus residence facilities, contact the College Fire Safety Officer at (781) 768-7777.
Policies on Rules for Electrical Appliances, Smoking and Open Flames:
Only a limited number of appliances approved by Regis College are permitted within the Residential Life system, and smoking is not permitted inside any campus building. Prohibited personal items include: plastic milk crates and stackable storage containers that are not fire resistant, non-metal waste baskets, candles, incense, halogen lamps, sun lamps, immersion heaters, and space heaters. Certain additional cooking appliances are prohibited in traditional dormitory-style rooms but may be permitted in the apartment style facilities. Residents are reminded to use extension cords only if they bear the UL label. Never run cords under rugs or across doorways and use cords appropriately designed for the electrical load. For a detailed list of approved appliances for each facility and policy statements, please contact the Resident Life office at (781) 768-7050.
Campus Police Education and Specialty Training
All newly appointed College Police Officers are graduates of a police academy conducted or sanctioned by the Massachusetts State Police or Massachusetts Police Training Committee. Recruit training academics consist of several months of full-time, in-depth training in all aspects of police operations and are followed by several weeks of field training under the close supervision of a Field Training Officer. Annual in-service refresher training is provided to all officers, and officers are also frequently assigned to attend in-depth training in a wide variety of specialized topics such as crime prevention and the investigation of sexual assaults and bias-motivated crime, as well as other subjects which enhance the ability of the Campus Police to provide comprehensive safety services.