Campus Security


Policy Statements - Steubenville (See Austria Statement)


Section 1: Reporting a Crime

Reporting a Crime in an Emergency

An emergency is any situation where there is risk to human life and/or personal safety, or when a crime is in progress. In the event of an emergency on campus, emergency services are available by calling dispatch at 9(911). Law enforcement, fire protection and emergency medical services are all dispatched from this location.

In the event of an off-campus emergency simply dial 911 which will ring into the local authorities.

Reporting a Crime in a Non-Emergency

Anyone who has been a victim of a crime or witnessed a crime is strongly encouraged to report the incident to University officials. Campus security will offer assistance in contacting local authorities and will cooperate with any criminal investigation that may result. For non-emergency situations, students and employees should call Campus Security at 283-6333.

Franciscan University's Response to a Report of Crime

University officials will investigate reports of alleged crimes in a timely manner. In some cases, the University may request the assistance of local law enforcement officials in the investigation.

Victims of a crime who do not want to pursue action within the University system or criminal justice system may make a confidential report with the assistant vice president of Student Life.

When the alleged perpetrators of a reported crime are identified as students, the case will be adjudicated internally and the investigation will be the responsibility of the Vice President of Student Life (and/or those appointed by him/her).

Internal judicial or disciplinary measures by the University are not intended to replace or interfere with action in the criminal justice system. Victims of crimes retain the legal right to pursue criminal charges in addition to any internal investigation or proceedings. Criminal investigation by local law enforcement officials, arrest and prosecution can occur independently before, during or after the campus judicial process or employee disciplinary actions. Likewise, the University may pursue its own internal disciplinary measures independent of whether or not criminal charges are filed and/or whether or not they are successfully prosecuted in the criminal justice system

 

1A. Timely Warning Policy

In the event that a Clery Act crime occurs, or another situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Head of General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources or designee, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning normally will be issued through the university e-mail system and/or as a voice message to all University VOIP phones using the Connect ED system. Students, staff, and faculty who register their cell phone number with Enrollment Services will also receive a text message via the Connect ED system. Anyone with information regarding an ongoing or continuing threat should report the circumstances to the dispatch center at 740-283-6911. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) also posts warnings in the form of an emergency banner on the University's website. The campus community is urged to check the website for emergency alerts and updates as additional information is obtained.

1B. Annual Security Report

The annual security report is made available yearly in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crimes Statistics Act.  Students, staff, and faculty are notified via e-mail of the availability of the report. Prospective students may request a copy of the report from Admissions. Prospective employees may request a copy of the report from Human Resources.

This report is prepared annually by Campus Security in cooperation with the Student Life Office and local authorities. Crimes may be reported to Campus Security, any University official, or by submitting an incident report form to the Campus Security Office. These forms are located on the security page of the Web Site.  This process is overseen by the University's Vice President of Legal Counsel.  The purpose of this report is to provide accurate crime statistics to the campus community.  These statistics are collected from crime reports made to any University Official, Student Life, local authorities, and the Security Department.  The University provides each student, faculty, and staff member with the web site to access this report annually.  The web site is http://www.franciscan.edu/Security/SecurityReport/.    

1C. Persons To Whom To Report Crime

Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and safety-related incidents to Campus Security, the Assistant Vice President of Student Life, or any University Official in a timely fashion.  The reporting person is asked to fill out an incident report.  These are available in the Student Life Office and online at www. Franciscan.edu, using the search word "security".

Voluntary Confidential Reporting

Franciscan University reserves the right to investigate any reported crime. The current system does not allow for voluntary confidential reporting of a crime.

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Confidential reports of crimes may be made to the Director of Security for inclusion in the Annual Crime Report.  Franciscan University reserves the right to investigate any crime reported to University personnel.

 

Section 2: Security Policies


2A: Policies

Access to Campus Buildings
Access to campus buildings is restricted to students, faculty, staff and their invited guests and those persons on official business. Other visitors should register with campus officials upon arrival.

Campus buildings have various hours of operation depending upon scheduled classes and activities within the building. Outside doors to campus buildings are locked each night once scheduled activity in the building has ended and they are opened again in the morning in time for the first activity.

Residence Halls are locked 24/7. Any non-resident (of that hall) must use the call-box to gain entrance to the building. Keys are issued only to authorized faculty, staff and students on an "as needed" basis.

All students, employees and visitors are prohibited from propping open doors to any building.

Bridges
For your safety stay off all bridges. It is extremely dangerous and is considered criminal trespassing (fourth degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to $250 fine) to walk on the Veteran's Memorial Bridge or the railroad bridge south of the Veteran's Memorial Bridge. Students who walk on either of these bridges are in violation of University policy and may be subject to suspension from the University. Jumping from the bridges is not permitted. It is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and may result in suspension or dismissal from the University.

For your safety, stay off all bridges. It is extremely dangerous and is considered criminal trespassing (fourth degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to $250 fine) to walk on the Veteran's Memorial Bridge or the railroad bridge south of the Veteran's Memorial Bridge. Students who walk on either of these bridges are in violation of University policy and may be subject to suspension from the University. Jumping from the bridges is not permitted. It is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and may result in suspension or dismissal from the University.

Cliffs
A portion of the University campus borders steep cliffs. This area runs from Trinity Hall and extends northwest to the end of the University's grounds. This area is protected by fencing and caution signage. Under no circumstances should anyone venture beyond this fence.

A portion of the University campus borders steep cliffs. This area runs from Trinity Hall and extends northwest to the end of the University's grounds. This area is protected by fencing and caution signage should anyone venture beyond this fence.

Cooperation with Security Officials
Franciscan University of Steubenville staff, students and visitors are expected to cooperate with University and law enforcement officials in regard to security and safety issues.

Franciscan University of Steubenville staff, students and visitors are expected to cooperate with University and law enforcement officials in regard to security and safety issues.

Escort Service
Students may request a security guard to escort them from a campus parking lot or building to another parking lot or building. Students should contact the Security Office at 283-6333 to request a security escort

Identification
All members of the University community are required to present proper identification upon the request of University officials including uniformed security guards. This policy applies anytime an individual is present on University property or attending a University sponsored event.

All members of the University community are required to present proper identification upon the request of University officials including uniformed security guards. This policy applies anytime an individual is present on University property or attending a University sponsored event.

Pets
Students are not permitted to have pets in the residence halls. Any pet brought to campus must be on a leash at all times. Pets are not permitted on the athletic fields. Stray animals should be reported to security immediately.

Walking Path
The walking path on the former golf course may only be used as posted: Daytime use only. Only walking or running on the path is permitted. No other use of the property is permitted including, but not limited to, camping, bonfires, ATVs, etc.

Weapons
The possession of all firearms, pellet or BB guns, and knives having over three-inch blades is not permitted on campus. Any student found in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal and may be in violation of state and federal law.

The possession of all firearms, pellet or BB guns, and knives having over three-inch blades is not permitted on campus. Any student found in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal and may be in violation of state and federal law.

2B. Security Considerations used in Maintaining Campus Facilities

The Physical Plant Services department has employees that work throughout every area of the campus. It is our policy and practices that as they perform their duties; attention is always to be given to anything that seems unusual, in a disturbed condition or out of place. This also takes into consideration, observations of personnel that they encounter or observe throughout campus.  If any of these conditions are observed, the employee is to first determine if there is an apparent reason for the condition. If not, the condition is reported to their direct supervisor for follow-up. The follow-up may include a contact to be made to Campus Security for informational purposes or action as deemed appropriate.

Section 3: Authority


3A. Campus Security Authority

Franciscan University of Steubenville contracts with Jefferson Security Services, Inc., a private security firm, to provide security officers on upper and lower campuses. Uniformed security officers are present and patrol the campus 24 hours/7days a week, monitoring campus safety, locking buildings and doors and securing parking lots. These officers, while trained, are not sworn peace officers. Criminal offenses are reported to the local police depending on the nature and seriousness of the offense, and joint investigative efforts are deployed to handle these incidents. The University requires that all students, faculty and staff and visitors cooperate with the security officers and be prepared to present student ID or proper identification upon request. The office of Campus Security is located in the community building in Assisi Heights.

Mr. R. Michael Conn, Director
(740) 283-6319
mconn@franciscan.edu

3B. Working Relationship between Local Authorities and Campus Security

Campus Security at Franciscan University maintains a close working relationship with the Steubenville Police Department. There is no written memorandum of understanding between Campus Security and the Steubenville Police Department. The jurisdiction of Campus Security is limited to the University’s owned property. However, the University falls under the jurisdiction of the Steubenville Police Department. When situations warrant the response of Steubenville Police, they are contacted and respond to various needs. SPD also randomly patrols the campus from time to time.

3C. Accurate and Prompt Reporting of Crime

Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and safety-related incidents to Campus Security, the assistant vice president of Student Life, or any University official in a timely fashion. The reporting person is asked to fill out an incident report. These are available in the Student Life Office and online at www.franciscan.edu, using the search word "security." An emergency is any situation where there is risk to human life and/or personal safety, or when a crime is in progress. In the event of an emergency on or off campus, emergency services are available by calling 911. If using a University telephone, you must first dial 9, then 911 (9-911)

3D. Counselors and Confidential Crime Reporting

All reports will be investigated. Franciscan University does not have procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crime statistics. Violations of the law will be referred to law enforcement agencies and when appropriate, to the University Disciplinary Committee for review. When a potential threat to the campus community occurs, timely warnings will be issued through the campus email system, notifications on the University’s website, or other appropriate means.

Section 4: Security Awareness Programs

Security procedures and practices are published annually in the student handbook and distributed to all students, staff, and faculty. The handbook is also available online.

Every student receives two brochures upon checking into the Residence Halls: one on sexual assault awareness and another on campus safety and security. Commuter and off campus students may obtain a copy of these materials at the information desk at the student center in the J. C. Williams Center or at the Security office in Assisi Heights. Residence Directors and Resident Assistants receive annual training on campus safety and security policies which they convey to resident students during hall meetings at the beginning of each semester. Students and employees are encouraged to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.

Section 5: Crime Prevention Programs

Residence life sponsors various programs throughout the year on personal safety and theft prevention. Students who are moving off-campus are invited to attend a safety seminar before moving

Section 6: Criminal Activity Off-Campus

Franciscan University has no officially recognized off-campus organizations or houses. A number of graduate and undergraduate students live off campus and fall under the jurisdiction of local law enforcement authorities. Franciscan University does not monitor off-campus activity, but does respond to complaints from residents and local law enforcement authorities.

Section 7: Alcohol Policy

It is illegal in the state of Ohio and against University policy for any student under 21 years of age, to consume, possess, sell, or to provide to another person under 21 any alcoholic beverage. In limited circumstances, persons 21 years of age and older may consume alcohol on University property, but in no circumstances may any person furnish alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age. Any violation of this Policy on Alcohol is subject to sanctions as described in the Code of Student Conduct. Violators of this policy may also be subject to prosecution under local and state laws. Guests and visitors may not consume or possess alcohol in the residence halls if their host (resident) is under the age of 21. As a general rule, alcohol may not be consumed outdoors on University property or in any indoor locations other than The Pub/Jazzman’s dining area (J.C. Williams Center) and residence hall rooms. Exceptions may be granted by the Assistant Vice President of Student Life for consumption of alcohol in other locations for special, one-time events. Open containers of alcohol may never be transported from the facility in which they were served.

Residence Hall Alcohol Policy
Residence Hall policies concerning the consumption of alcohol comply with the Ohio State Liquor Law. This law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from consuming, possessing, or providing to another person any alcoholic beverage. Residents and guests who are age 21 and older are permitted to consume alcohol in the privacy of their rooms with the door closed, provided they observe the following policies:

  • Students 21 years of age and older may not serve, provide, or purchase alcohol for residents or guests who are under the age of 21.
  • Open containers of alcohol are not permitted in any public areas of the residence halls. (The RD may give permission upon request for the consumption of alcohol in the kitchen and lounges of the residence hall.)
  • If a room is shared by those over and under 21 years old, it must be clear that the alcohol is being consumed by those 21 years of age or older.
  • Students 21 years old or older may not have alcohol present at events in their room when residents or guests who are under the age of 21 (with the exception of the roommate) are present.
  • Multi-quart containers, multiple cases, kegs, multiple bottles of wine or liquor, beer balls, and alcohol-related paraphernalia are not allowed in the residence halls.

Alcohol at Events
Any event sponsored by a student club, household, athletic team, other organization, or any group of students must receive prior approval from the Assistant Vice President of Student Life to serve alcohol. The sponsoring organization must complete an Alcohol at Event Form, which can be obtained at the J. C. Williams Center Information Center or in the Student Life Office. As a general rule, alcohol may not be served at any fundraising event that is conducted off-campus. For all on-campus events, alcohol must be purchased through and served by Sodexo Campus Services.

The University requires the presence of a full-time faculty/staff member at any student event where alcohol is available. The faculty/staff member must be present during the entire event and will assist the event sponsors in monitoring the event and reporting any disciplinary issues. The sponsoring organization must submit the name of the faculty/staff member to the Assistant Vice President of Student Life no later than one week before the event. A part-time faculty/staff member may be considered in certain circumstances.

The sponsoring organization must appoint a student supervisor for an event that includes alcohol. The Supervisor must be 21 years of age or older and currently enrolled at Franciscan University in good academic and disciplinary standing. The president/coordinator of the sponsoring organization may, but is not required to, serve as the supervisor.

The supervisor is responsible to:

  • Manage all advertising for the event in compliance with this policy (see Advertising for Events in the student handbook).
  • Arrange for non-alcoholic beverages to be prominently displayed and served.
  • Arrange for snacks to be available during the event.
  • Be present at all times during the event.
  • Refrain from consuming any alcohol at the event.
  • Take adequate measures to confirm the identification and age of those wishing to drink, including the use of information provided by the University to confirm the dates of birth.
  • Take responsible steps so that no person who is intoxicated is served or consumes alcohol.

The supervisor and the president/coordinator are responsible to fulfill the above responsibilities even if the event is taking place at an off-campus facility where non-University personnel are serving the alcohol.

Ohio Law has conditions under which organizations and bartenders can be held liable for failing to limit alcoholic consumption to minors or to individuals who are ultimately the cause of traffic accidents or injury.

For off-campus events, arrangements for the purchase and serving of alcohol must be approved by the Assistant Vice President of Student Life.

Advertising for Events or Establishments Where Alcohol Will Be Served

  • Advertisements for events or establishments where alcohol will be served may not focus primarily on the consumption or sale of alcoholic beverages.
  • Postings that advertise establishments or events where alcohol may be purchased or served must contain the following disclaimer: "Must be 21 years or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages."
  • All advertisements for events or establishments where alcohol will be served must be approved be the Assistant Vice President of Student Life prior to posting.

Violation of the above guidelines will result in disciplinary sanctions for the individual(s) involved, the supervisor, the officers of the organization, and the organization itself.

Section 8. Illegal Drug Policy

Franciscan University strictly adheres to the federal, state and local laws which govern the possession, distribution, sell, or consumption of drugs or other controlled substances. Students illegally possessing, distributing or using such drugs or controlled substances may be subject to criminal prosecution as well as to University disciplinary sanctions.

Section 9: Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs

Franciscan University offers the following resources to students struggling with Drug and/or Alcohol Abuse

  • Counseling Services: Franciscan University Health Center
  • CD Rom: Alcohol 101
  • Program: Veritas: The Truth about Alcohol and Drugs
  • Alcohol Education Course administered through the Franciscan University Health Center
  • Referral Services: offered through Franciscan University Health Center
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Referral
  • University Disciplinary Actions: Student Life Staff, Judicial Review Board

Section 10: Disclosures to Victims of Crimes of Violence or Non-forcible Sex Offenses

Franciscan University will disclose, upon written request, the results of any disciplinary hearing involving crimes of violence on non-forcible sex offenses to the alleged victim. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, Franciscan University will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, upon written request

Section 11: Emergency Response and Evacuation Policy

In the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus it is the responsibility of the President of the University or his designee to confirm the scope of the emergency or dangerous situation and the response to the emergency. These emergencies include a wide range of threats (i.e. chemical spills, weather emergencies, civil disturbance, etc). All emergency operations shall be coordinated by the Emergency Coordinator (EVP) or his designee. Together with the Emergency Response Team (ERT), he will determine the segments of campus to be notified determine the content of the notification and will utilize the University’s emergency notification system to immediately notify the campus community. This notification will, without delay, be sent to all campus phones, campus email addresses, and registered cell phones or home phones. Notification will be sent unless it is determined by the responsible campus authorities that such a notice will compromise efforts to deal with the emergency or rescue a victim. Members of the Emergency Response Team will notify the community at large as it is deemed appropriate. The Emergency Response Team will maintain a banner on the University website to provide updated information as it becomes available.

The University tests the emergency response and evacuation procedures annually by scheduling a table top and/or initiating an announced or unannounced functional or full scale exercise. Notification of the Emergency Responses and Evacuation procedures will be emailed to the campus community prior to the annual test. Testing of the annual plan will be documented with a description of the exercise, the date the test was held, the starting and ending time, and if the test was announced or unannounced.

When instructed by the Emergency Coordinator (EVP) or his designate to initiate a "Lockdown" or "Evacuation" of the campus or specific building(s), the following procedures are to be implemented.

Definitions

A "Lockdown" is the temporary sheltering technique, e.g. 30 minutes to several hours, utilized to limit FUS’s occupant’s exposure in an emergency situation. This course of action may need to be taken during a tornado, earthquake, a release of hazardous materials in the outside air, a civil disturbance or an "Active Shooter" or similar incident. When alerted occupants of the building will lock all doors and windows not allowing entry or exit to anyone until the all clear have been sounded. This procedure converts any building into a large "Safe Room". In the event a "Lockdown" is ordered for a weather related emergency the doors to the building are not to be locked unless that is the condition they are in when a weather related "Lockdown" is ordered.

An "Evacuation" is a total building or partial building evacuation due to conditions making it no longer safe to remain inside a building or a specific area in a building. All occupants must leave a building if an evacuation is ordered or a fire alarm is sounded. An evacuation requires occupants to move out and away from a building or out and away from a specific area inside a building.

Initiation of Evacuation Procedure

When the Emergency Coordinator or his designate determines the need to evacuate a given building or buildings for the safety of the campus community, notification that an "Evacuation" has been ordered will be communicated thru the Emergency Notification System and by other appropriate means.

Evacuation Procedure
Once the notice to "Evacuate" has been issued take the following action:

  • Activate the fire alarm;
  • Immediately obey evacuation alarms and orders. Tell others to evacuate. Communicate using a bullhorn for maximum effectiveness.
  • Classes in session must evacuate. No one may remain inside a building when an evacuation is in progress.
  • If involved with hazardous research or doing a dangerous procedure, immediately shut down operations that could create additional hazards if left unattended. Evacuate as soon as possible.
  • When you evacuate, take keys, coat, purse and any other critical personal items with you to the emergency assembly area (EAA).
  • Close doors as rooms are vacated.
  • Assist those who need help, but do not put yourself at risk attempting to rescue trapped or injured victims. Note the location of trapped and injured victims and notify emergency responders.
  • Walk calmly but quickly to the nearest emergency exit.
  • Use stairways only. Do not use elevators.
  • Keep to the right side of corridors and stairwells as you exit.
  • Exit the building and proceed directly to your buildings designated emergency assembly area (EAA). Stay away from the immediate area near the building you evacuated. Do not congregate at the entrance of the building.
  • Remain in emergency assembly area (EAA) until roll is taken and instructions are given. Relocate to alternate sheltering site(s) if necessary due to weather or the amount of time the building must remain vacant.
  • Do not reenter the building until authorized Fire, Police or Security Department personnel give the "All Clear" instruction.

Evacuation Guidelines for People with Disabilities

  • Check on people with special needs during an evacuation. A "buddy system," where people with disabilities arrange for volunteers (co-workers) to alert and assist them in an emergency is recommended.
  • Only attempt an emergency evacuation if you have had emergency assistance training or the person is in immediate danger and cannot wait for emergency services personnel.
  • Always ask someone with a disability how you can help before attempting any emergency evacuation assistance. Ask how he or she can best be assisted or moved, and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.
  • Faculty and staff who are mobility impaired should let the Building Owner or designated building representative know the location of their usual work area and special needs.

Section 12: Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedure

Emergency Contact Information
All resident students have the opportunity to identify a person to be contacted if the student is determined to be missing for 24 hours. This emergency contact information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement.

Investigation
If a student has been missing for 24 or more hours, any person should report that information to:

  • Any residence director or;
  • Director of Campus Safety and Security (campus extension 6911).

In the event of a missing student report, the director of Campus Safety and Security will:

  1. Notify the assistant vice president of Student Life and the vice president of Student Life immediately.
  2.  
  3. Investigate the report and collaborate with Student Life and other University personnel to contact the missing student.
  4. Determine if the student is in fact missing.

Notification
Once it has been determined that a student is missing:

  1. The director of Campus Safety and Security will:
    1.  
    2. Notify the assistant vice president of Student Life.
    3. Notify Steubenville City Police within 24 hours after determining that the student is missing.
     
  2. The assistant vice president of Student Life will:
    1. Within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, notify the individual(s) identified by the missing student as the emergency contact(s).
    2. If the missing student is under the age of 18, notify the student’s parent or guardian as contained in the records of the University within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing.
     

This policy is implemented in compliance with the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

Sex Offense Policy Statements


Policies and Procedures Regarding Sexual Assault

Franciscan University of Steubenville, as a Catholic University, promotes respect for persons and the virtues of chastity and self-control in dress, speech, and conduct. All members of the University community are expected to act toward one another in a manner consistent with our values and mission. While the University does not condone any form of immoral or illegal sexual conduct, no one at the University should presume that the threat of sexual assault does not exist.

Sexual Assault Awareness

Generally, sexual assault is 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. It is an extreme form of sexual harassment and abuse, and will be considered a serious offense by the University. Sexual assault is proscribed behavior as per the Code of Student Conduct Section 3.24.

The Student Life Office distributes information regarding sexual assault to students at the beginning of each academic year, and the University has specific guidelines in place to deal with victims of sexual assault.

Procedures to Follow in the Event of Sexual Assault

The University strongly encourages any student who has been sexually assaulted either on or off campus to contact Catherine Heck, the Asst. Vice President of Student Life; Mary Jo Yanda, Counselor; Campus Security; or any Student Life professional staff member. If an individual becomes the victim of sexual assault, it is important to preserve evidence that may be needed for proof of criminal offense. The victim also has the option to notify local law enforcement officials, and University personnel will assist the victim with this process upon request.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Student Life – 283-6441
  • Campus Counseling - 284-7217
  • Student Health Center - 284-7223
  • Campus Security - 283-6319
  • Campus Emergency - 9(911)

Victim Services and Accommodations

Campus Counseling Services provides confidential counseling services to students who are victims of sexual assault. In addition, Campus Counseling Services can provide information regarding other off-campus resources for sexual assault victims.

The University will change a victim’s academic and living situations upon request, provided such options are reasonably available.

Campus Disciplinary Procedures

Should a victim choose to pursue on-campus disciplinary procedures, the Dean of Students or a designate shall speak with both the accused and the accuser separately, and if appropriate will refer the matter to the Discipline Board for a hearing as per the Code of Student Conduct. Sanctions up to and including dismissal from the University may be imposed. Both the accused and the accuser are entitled to the same opportunities to have others speak at the disciplinary proceeding. Furthermore, both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding.

Registered Sex Offenders

The campus community may obtain law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders at www.jeffersoncountysheriff.com.




Austria Report


Compliance with the Clery Act:

Franciscan University of Steubenville hosts a sizable group of Americans in Gaming, Austria for a Study Abroad Program. This document serves to establish the appropriate policies and procedures of the Austrian Program to be in compliance with all directives set forth by the Clery Act.

Information Data Base:

All students who apply and are accepted into the Study Abroad Program undergo mandatory meetings whereby personal information is collected and information is given to prepare every student for a semester abroad experience.


Section 1: Austria - Reporting a Crime

Reporting a Crime in an Emergency

An emergency is any situation where there is risk to human life and/or personal safety, or when a crime is in progress. In the event of an emergency, one can contact any University or Hotel staff member or to the local police at (133); fire house (122); and/or red cross (144).

Reporting a Crime in a Non-Emergency

Anyone who has been a victim of a crime or witnessed a crime is strongly encouraged to report the incident to any University staff member. The Director of the Austrian Program will then coordinate with the necessary local authorities and cooperate with any investigation that may result.

Franciscan University's Response to a Report of a Crime

University officials will investigate reports of alleged crimes in a timely manner. In some cases, the University may request the assistance of local law enforcement officials in the investigation.

Victims of a crime who do not want to pursue action within the University system or criminal justice system may make a confidential report with the Director of the Austrian Program who will contact the Vice President of Student Life.

When the alleged perpetrators of a reported crime are identified as students, the case will be adjudicated internally and the investigation will be the responsibility of the Vice President of Student Life (and/or those appointed by him/her).

Internal judicial or disciplinary measures by the University are not intended to replace or interfere with action in the criminal justice system. Victims of crimes retain the legal right to pursue criminal charges in addition to any internal investigation or proceedings. Criminal investigation by local law enforcement officials, arrest and prosecution can occur independently before, during or after the campus judicial process or employee disciplinary actions. Likewise, the University may pursue its own internal disciplinary measures independent of whether or not criminal charges are filed and/or whether or not they are successfully prosecuted in the criminal justice system.

1A. Timely Warning Policy

A "timely-warning announcement" will be made in the event a situation arises, either on or off campus, based upon the judgment of the Director of the Austrian in consultation with the Executive Vice President and the Vice President of Legal Counsel. The warning will normally be issued through the university e-mail system in conjunction with a mandatory meeting. If students are travelling during this period of notification, phone calls will be placed to their cell-phones. In the case that notification to parents is deemed warranted, the Director of Austria Enrollment will be called to assist in this endeavor.

1B. Annual Security Report

To ensure full compliance with the Clery Act, the Director of the Austrian Program will work closely with the Vice President of Legal Counsel and the Director of Campus Security (Main Campus). Monthly, Semester, and Annual reports will be provided from the Director of the Austrian Program or his designee to the Director of Campus Security. These reports will include Clery related incidences and completed fire drills.

The Austrian Program annual security report is included in the overall university report made available yearly in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crimes Statistics Act. Students, staff, and faculty are notified via e-mail of the availability of the report. Prospective students may request a copy of the report from Admissions. Prospective employees may request a copy of the report from Human Resources.

This report is prepared annually by the Main Campus Security. Crimes may be reported to Campus Security, any University official, or by submitting an incident report form to the Campus Security Office. These forms are located on the security page of the Web Site. This process is overseen by the University's Vice President of Legal Counsel. The purpose of this report is to provide accurate crime statistics to the campus community. These statistics are collected from crime reports made to any University Official, Student Life, local authorities, and the Security Department. The University provides each student, faculty, and staff member with the web site to access this report annually. The web site is http://www.franciscan.edu/Security/SecurityReport/.

1C. Persons to Whom to Report a Crime

The Austrian program has no internal security department or campus police. Community members, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety violations and incidents to any Gaming staff member in a timely manner or to the local police. To report a crime or an emergency one can reach a member of the Gaming staff by phone, email, or in person. An incident report will be created upon notification. To reach the local police dial (133).

Voluntary Confidential Reporting:

Franciscan University reserves the right to investigate any reported crime. The current system does not allow for voluntary confidential reporting of a crime.

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Confidential reports of crimes may be made to the Director of Austrian Program who will contact the Vice President of Legal Counsel and the Director of Security for inclusion in the Annual Crime Report. Franciscan University reserves the right to investigate any crime reported to University personnel.

Section 2: Austria - Campus Security

Location:

The Study Abroad Program is located in Gaming, Austria which is situated in a secluded area with a population of 3,000 inhabitants.

2A. Policies - Physical Property:

The Austrian Program rents all of its space (i.e. dorm rooms, classrooms, mensa, etc.) from the Foundation of Maria Thron. Overseeing the property, the appointed representative by the Foundation of Maria Thron’s is responsible for the day to day safety and maintenance of its spaces. The Gaming staff (Director of Austrian Program, Student Life Staff, and Physical Plant Manager) assists in this matter by routinely walking through the spaces noting any discrepancies in addition to conducting semi-annual inspections. Any safety related concerns are reported to the Foundation of Maria Thron’s representative.

Access to Campus Buildings

The Study Abroad Program operates out of a renovated 14th century monastery complex alongside a hotel and restaurant. Only university personnel, their guests, and officials from the Maria Thron Foundation have immediate access to the spaces used by the Study Abroad Program. On occasion, the hotel associated with the Maria Thron Foundation will hold day-time conferences that share access corridors with university spaces, but these events are always announced beforehand and signs are posted to warn Austrians of no further access. With the monastery complex protected by the historical heritage foundation, public access is permitted to designated public areas.

Weapons

Unless authorized by the Director of Student Life, fires, and all explosives, flammables (excluding lighters and matches), firearms or other weapons of any kind are not allowed.

2B. Security Considerations

Due to the public nature of the monastery complex, it is a common practice that all university personnel and officials from the Maria Thron Foundation report any unusual occurrences or disturbances to the primary representative of the Maria Thron Foundation. It is the responsibility of the Maria Thron Foundation representative to take the necessary actions and precautions as necessary.

Section 3: Austria - Authority

 

3A. Campus Security Authority:

Due to the size and nature of the program, there is no internal security or police department. Campus security authority rests with the Director of the Austrian Program, Director of Student Life, Resident Directors, and Resident Assistants responsible for upholding University policies and Austrian laws. Criminal Activity consists of all actions in violation of Austrian law.

3B. Working Relationship between Local Authorities and Campus Security:

The Director of the Austrian Program meets with the Chief of Police on an annual basis unless otherwise required by necessity. Most contact is made via the phone through the Study Abroard Program’s office manager. The Study Abroad Program's maintains an excellent relationship with the local police force and every night the University is in session, the police on duty will patrol the monastery grounds.

3C. Accurate and Prompt Reporting of Crime:

Community members, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety violations and incidents to any Gaming staff member in a timely manner or to the local police. When notification has been received, the Director of Student Life will ensure an incident report is processed. In cases that involve criminal activity, the Director of the Austria Program will contact local authorities. Notification to the Executive Vice President, Vice President of Legal Counsel, and the Vice President of Student Life will be made by the Director of the Austrian Program on a timely basis (normally the same or following day).

3D. Counselors and Confidential Crime Reporting:

All reports will be investigated. Franciscan University does not have procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crime statistics. Violations of the law will be referred to law enforcement agencies and when appropriate, to the University Disciplinary Committee for review. When a potential threat to the campus community occurs, timely warnings will be issued.

Section 4: Austria - Security Awareness Programs

Security procedures and practices are published in the student handbook and distributed to all students, staff, and faculty. Security procedures and practices are covered during orientation meetings and an interactive house tour of the monastery complex at the start of each semester. Further notices to students are provided by announcements and email notification when warranted.

Security of Campus:

All student dorm rooms in the St. Francis House are secured through a magnetic keycard system. Tract IV rooms are secured with lock and key.

Residence Assistance Duty Hours:

To help promote good order and conduct of the Kartause spaces, the Resident Assistance staff are “on-duty” after working hours from 9:00p.m.until 1:00a.m during the weekdays and 9:00p.m. until 2:00a.m. during the weekends. The RA on-duty conducts frequent tours and will most likely be the first person on the scene of an emergency. The RA will notify the Resident Directors and/or the Director of Student Life in a situation that requires additional assistance. In any case of a criminal activity (particularly those involving Clery reportable actions), the RA on duty will immediately contact the Director of Student Life and the Director of the Austrian Program. A report will be made and submitted.

Visitors:

Any student wishing to host a visitor must first make sleeping and eating arrangements with the Residence Directors at least 48 hours in advance of the visitor's arrival. In general, such permission will be granted only to family members and friends of the university. The student who hosts the visitor is responsible for instructing the visitor on the unique living situation of the Kartause and explaining the house rules.

Local guests from Gaming or the surrounding area are permitted in the common space areas of the Kartause (not student rooms). These guests must be supervised by at least one Franciscan University student and must leave the dormitory by 12:00 a.m. (midnight)

Section 5: Austria - Crime Prevention Programs

The Student Life staff sponsors various programs throughout the year on personal safety and theft prevention. Before each organized University trip, a crime and personal safety brief is given to all of the students.

Section 6: Austria- Criminal Activity Off-Campus

All student activities are conducted on the Kartause grounds. There are no “off-campus” sites in which official student activities take place. The local Gaming police notifies the Director of the Austrian Program concerning any safety concerns in town with our students. This information is then passed on to the students via the newsletter, email, announcements, or fliers.

Section 7: Austria- Alcohol Policy

All students above age 16 are allowed to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages in Europe with the following understanding:

  1. All use of alcoholic beverages must be responsible. Misuse or abusive use of alcohol will be dealt with according to University policy.
  2. Large amounts of alcohol, such as kegs and mini kegs are not allowed in the dormitory spaces.
  3. Parties/Socials are to be held in common areas only. Tea kitchens and the St. Francis common room may be reserved for socials with alcohol.
  4. Consumption of alcohol is restricted from public areas such as the hallways, the foyer, the front porch and the general outdoor area around the monastery complex.

Intoxication vs. Severe Intoxication:

Intoxication by any student is prohibited. If the consumption of alcohol impairs one’s ability to be present and attentive to other people, and causes one to lose their faculty of reason, it is considered an abuse as it no longer reaches the end for which alcohol is intended. Symptoms of intoxication include slurred speech, impaired motor coordination and balance, loss of good judgment, or nausea/vomiting.

Symptoms of Severe Intoxication

Symptoms include the inability to walk or stand, loss of consciousness, or vomiting. A student’s first incident of intoxication shall be addressed by the Residence Director if the behavior does not fall within the definition of severe intoxication.

Abusive drinking of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

The following behaviors are among those that will be considered violations of this regulation [This list is not exhaustive]:

  1. Participating in drinking games, consuming shots of alcohol, drinking to the point of physical illness, “shotgunning” beers, or the possession or use of any instrument of alcohol abuse (e.g. “beer bongs”).
  2. Possession or consumption of hard punch, gelatin shots or grain alcohol (Such as Spirit of Austria or Absinthe and others.)
  3. Consumption of alcohol directly from containers intended for multiple servings (e.g., quart bottles, 40 oz. bottles, 750 ml wine bottles, etc.).

Violation to Alcohol Policy

When violations to the alcohol policy are made, the following procedures will be initiated.

  1. A report will be made by the Student Life staff of the person involved with an alcohol violation and kept on file in the Student Life Department.
  2. Residence Directors will conduct an investigation and impose a fine according to University policy if warranted.
  3. Second and subsequent incidents of intoxication throughout a student’s time in Gaming, shall be referred to the Director of Student Life. A fine will be set at a level appropriate to the offense. Repeated incidents of intoxication may result in disciplinary probation or permanent dismissal from the Austrian Program.
  4. All instances of severe intoxication shall be referred to the Director of Student Life. A single incident of a serious nature may result in disciplinary probation or permanent dismissal from the Austrian Program.
  5. All students in the room where an alcohol infraction occurs are held liable and subject to disciplinary action (including fines).
  6. Drunkenness aggravates an offense. Violating the policies of the Austrian Program while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be considered an aggravating factor.

Section 8: Austria - Illegal Drug Policy

Possession, use or misuse of any controlled substance, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines and depressants, is a serious violation. Students who possess, use or misuse such substances shall be referred to the Vice President of Student Life. Likewise, possession of drug paraphernalia is a serious violation of University policy.

Violation to Drug Policy:

Franciscan University of Steubenville maintains a “drug free” campus environment. Any violation of the drug policy will automatically be reported to the Vice President of Student Life for disciplinary action. Sanctions, up to and including dismissal from the University, may be imposed.

Over the Counter Medication Policy:

Other than simple first aid supplies (bandages, etc.) available in the residence hall, residence directors and other Student Life staff will not dispense any OTC medications (Tylenol, Advil, cough syrup, etc.) due to the liability involved in the event of adverse reactions to such medications. As a general rule, students who are sick are referred to the local doctor for assessment and treatment. The resident life staff maintains a translation and substitutes of American products that can be found in the local pharmacy.

Drug and Alcohol Notification Procedures:

Upon the report of an alcohol or drug violation, the student life staff will complete an infraction report are send them on a timely basis to the Student Life Department on main campus. Any serious alcohol related incident will be addressed to the Director of the Austrian Program. If the violation meets the Clery Act level, the Director of the Austrian Program will notify the Vice President of Legal Counsel, the Vice President of Student Life, and the Director of Security in Steubenville. The incident will be annotated on the monthly report for tracking purposes. A copy of the violation will also be sent to the Director of Security for filing.

Section 9: Austria - Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs

The Study Abroad Program has no internal professional resources to assist students who are struggling with drugs and/or alcohol abuse. In such cases, a referral will be made to the Wellness Center on main campus. Upon assessment, students will either undergo continued counseling throughout their stay in Austria, or if deemed necessary, return back to the United States.

Section 10: Austria - Disclosures to Victims of Crimes of Violence or Non-forcible Sex Offenses

Disclosures to Victims of Crimes of Violence or Non-forcible Sex Offenses:

Both the accused and the accuser are entitled to the same opportunities to have others speak at the disciplinary proceeding. Furthermore, both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding.

Registered Sex Offenders:

According to Austrian data privacy laws, prior to an alleged forcible or non-forcible sex offense, the campus community cannot obtain law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders.

Section 11: Austria- Emergency Response and Evacuation Policy

Preparation:

Students participating in the Austrian Program are required to attend pre-departure orientation sessions designed to prepare them for their semester abroad. Key points covered in these briefs include topics on safety, awareness of surroundings, maintaining a low profile, and how to respond to emergency situations. All materials discussed in these resources are available in the Study Abroad Office.

Registration:

Each semester, every student registers on-line their study/travel abroad with the U.S. Embassy. If one of our students is in need of assistance in another country, the Embassy has the ability to communicate with another embassy and help American citizens.

Note: The provisions of the Privacy Act are designed to protect the privacy and rights of Americans, but occasionally they complicate efforts to assist citizens abroad. As a rule, consular officers may not reveal information regarding an individual Americans location, welfare, intentions, or problems to anyone, including family members and Congressional representatives, without the expressed consent of that individual. Although sympathetic to the distress this can cause concerned families, consular officers must comply with the provisions of the Privacy Act.

To better enable the government to assist in an emergency, it is suggested that students sign the privacy release form (during orientation week) when registering with the US embassy online.

Notification:

If, while students are away from the Kartause, there is a serious incident in a city where our students are visiting, the Gaming staff will make an effort to contact students who might be in the area by phone or email in order to make certain of their safety. We also ask that the student contacts the Gaming staff as soon as it is possible when crisis situations occur. This can be done through email, text messages as well as phone contact.

Upon confirmation of a student caught in a crisis situation, the Director of the Austrian Program will contact the Executive Vice President and the Vice President of Student Life. Further updates will be given on a need basis.

Students are also asked to contact their legal guardians. Oftentimes parents are able to be of more assistance than the Gaming staff. However, the Gaming staff will provide reasonable assistance in these situations.

If contact has not been successfully made and a student has not returned for his or her first class, the missing person procedures will be initiated.

Scenarios:

There are two predominate scenarios involved with our students. The first involves a whole scale evacuation of all personnel from the Gaming campus while the other involves a disaster in another European city that one (or a group) of our students is visiting.

  1. Mass Evacuation of Gaming: The chance of a mass evacuation of all personnel from Gaming is very unlikely. A member of the staff at the US Consulate stated, “Gaming is probably one of the safest places to be.” However, if an evacuation is needed, the following procedures will be followed:
    1. Authority: Authority to evacuate all personnel from the Gaming campus resides with the Executive Vice President of Franciscan University of Steubenville or when mandated by the U.S. State Department in Vienna.

      The Director of the Gaming Program will be registered with the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria and will act as the representative in Gaming for the U.S. State Department. In the case of a major crisis, the Gaming Director will be in direct communication with the Embassy in Vienna. The Embassy in Vienna has a staff that is trained and dedicated to caring for American citizens in the case of crisis and emergency. In the midst of a crisis, communication with the U.S. Embassy in Vienna will be essential in deciding what course of action to follow. The actions of the Gaming community will be largely in response to directives by the State Department.

      Note: Embassies or Consulates will use an “Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens” to inform U.S. citizens about events or threats that can affect their personal security. This includes demonstrations, civil disturbances, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other breaking events. Whenever the Department revises the Worldwide Caution or issues a Travel Alert or Travel Warning for a country or region, posts (Embassies or Consulates) will also disseminate it with an Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens.

    2. Communication: The following procedures will be executed when the decision to evacuate the Gaming campus has been made:
      1. Communication of evacuation to all personnel in Gaming will be promulgated by the Director of the Austrian Program through the means of mandatory meetings, phone calls, emails, and fliers.

        Note: Both the Staff in Gaming and the Director of Study Abroad Program has access to a database of every student. This information will contain the email addresses and cell phone numbers of every student participating in the Gaming Program. The database will also contain the contact information for the student’s legal guardians.

      2. Communication of evacuation to the parents of students attending the Austrian Program will be made by the Director of Austria Enrollment through the means of phone or email. Further notices will be posted by public relations under the Austrian Program’s homepage located at http://www.franciscan.edu/Austria. Content of the given message will be based on the most recent developments/statements from the U.S. State Department and approved by the Executive Vice President.
    3. Transportation: The primary means of emergency transportation is through air-travel from Vienna’s International Airport located approximately 2 hours away from Gaming. The staff in Austria would work with the Director of Austria Enrollment to change the departure dates of the unused portion of the students airline ticket. Unless special arrangements were made by the U.S. Embassy, it may take up to one week to evacuate all students out of the country.

      If Vienna International Airport is not possible, alternative airports close to Gaming are Linz (1 hour), Salzburg (2.5 hours), or Munich International Airport (3.5 hours). In cases of mandated evacuations issued by the U.S. State Department, military flights for civilians are also made available. The U.S. Military base nearest to Gaming is Chiemsee, Germany, between Salzburg and Munich.

      Transportation to the airport will primarily be through the local bus company, Kerschner. Alternative transportation means include train or by the Gaming Fire Brigade who already possess evacuation plans.

  2. Emergency Situations in other European cities: In a given semester it is possible for our students to travel throughout Europe for approximately half of their time in the Study Abroad Program. Therefore, the chances are much higher that an emergency situation can arise in another European city where a small group of our students are visiting.
    1. Awareness: The Austrian Program staff maintains an up-to-date information travel board accessible to all students on travel warnings issued by the U.S. State Department, current news articles, and cautionary statements promulgated by University administration.
    2. Travel Policy: Franciscan University has adopted certain policies and procedures in the effort to ensure the safety and well being of study abroad participants. While acknowledging that no single plan can address all contingencies, the following guidelines are communicated to the students and included in their handbook:
      1. Students assume all risks and responsibilities while traveling on their free weekends. All notices issued by the U.S. State Department will be posted on the travel bulletin board in the lobby of the St. Francis Dorm.
      2. The University requires parental notification before departure to any country outside of the EU -or- for anyone desiring to travel alone.

        NOTE: Your student visa is valid for EU/Schengen countries only. If you travel outside of the territorial boundary of the EU countries, there is a possibility of having some difficulties when you re-enter the EU countries.

        EU/Schengen countries are Ireland, United Kingdom, Romania, Bulgaria, and Cyprus, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweeden, and Switzerland.

      3. It is mandatory for every student to have or rent a mobile phone while they are participating in the Austrian Program. The purpose is to ensure that students have means of contacting the university during their travels in case of emergencies. All students will be provided a credit card size “Safety Card” which will have Franciscan University contact information as well as information for obtaining U.S. Embassy and other emergency phone numbers.
      4. A travel log is located in the lobby of St. Francis dorm and every student is required to sign the log listing your planned destinations each weekend before departure. This information will aid the Gaming staff to retrace your steps in case of an unforeseen emergency.
      5. While you are abroad, you are expected to exercise safety precautions. Use common sense, avoid confrontations, familiarize yourself with the area and PLEASE do not place yourself in any unnecessarily dangerous situations.
  3. Communication: Upon learning of a crisis situation, the Gaming staff will review the travel log and identify all students who planned to be traveling in that specific area undergoing a critical situation. The Gaming staff will then attempt to reach these students via their cell phones. A general email to all students will be released to inform them of the situation and to keep clear of the area.

Section 12: Austria- Missing Person Notification Policy and Procedure

Each weekend, students are permitted to depart Gaming after their last obligation of the week and return before their first class typically held on Monday mornings. Per academic guidelines, all students are required to attend University classes.

All resident students have the opportunity to identify a person to be contacted if the student is determined to be missing for 24 hours. This emergency contact information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement.

A. Ways of Identifying Missing Person

  1. The most frequent means of discovering that a student has not returned is through his/her roommate. All students are briefed during orientation to maintain a buddy system and report to the student life staff when an abnormal situation arises.
  2. A secondary means of identifying missing students is through the attendance sheets of each academic class. Professors are asked to report missing students to the administrative office on the first day of the week.
  3. Any faculty or staff member of the Study Abroad Program serve as a primary means to notify that a student is missing. All faculty and staff members have been briefed to report this notification immediately to the Director of the Austrian Program.

B. In the event of a missing student:

  1. Normally, the Gaming staff has awareness of any missing students within the first twelve hours on the first day. Upon learning that a student has not made it back to the Kartause, the Student Life staff will contact that person through his/her cell phone and begin an investigation if they are unable to reach the missing person.
  2. In the case that a student has not been seen or heard from within the first 24 hours, the notification of a missing student will be initiated.

C. Notification of Missing Student

  1. Upon 24 hours of a missing student, the Director of Austrian Program will:
    1. Notify the Executive Vice President and the Vice President of Student Life.
    2. Notify the local city police.
    3. Notify the U.S. Consulate in Vienna, Austria.
  2. The Director of the Gaming Program or his delegate will:
    1. Notify the individual(s) listed on the emergency contact roster.
    2. If the missing student is under the age of 18, notify the student's parent or guardian as contained in the records of the University within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing.

This policy is implemented in compliance with the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

Points of Contact Information

  1. Thomas M. Wolter
    Director of Austrian Program
    twolter@franciscan.edu
    +43-7485-98678-10 (Office)
    +43-676-719-6141 (Cell)
    (740) 284-5231 (U.S. phone number)
  2. David Pipp
    Director of Student Life, Austrian Program
    dpipp@franciscan.edu
    +43-7485-98678-15 (Office)
    +43-676-471-1106 (Cell)
    (740) 284-5362 (U.S. phone number)
  3. Mark Hanrahan
    Director of Austria Enrollment
    mhanrahan@franciscan.edu
    740-284-5371 (Office)
  4. US Consulate Vienna:
    KONSULARABTEILUNG (CONSULAR SECTION)
    Parkring 12
    A-1010 Wien
    Fax: (+43-1) 512 58 35
    E-mail: ConsulateVienna@state.gov
  5. TUS Embassy Vienna:
    BOTSCHAFT DER VEREINIGTEN STAATEN
    Boltzmanngasse 16
    A-1090 Wien
    Tel.: (+43-1) 31339-0
    Fax: (+43-1) 310 06 82
    E-mail: embassy@usembassy.at

Section 13: Austria- Sex Offense Policy Statements

Definition:

Sexual assault is 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. Sexual assault is an extreme form of sexual harassment and abuse and will be considered a serious offense by the University. Sexual assault is proscribed behavior as per the Code of Student Conduct Section 3.24.

Awareness:

The Student Life Office in Steubenville distributes information regarding sexual assault, rape, and acquaintance rape to students at the beginning of each academic year, and the University has specific guidelines in place to aid victims of sexual assault.

The Austrian Program continues to raise awareness by holding a mandatory Alcohol Presentation by the Student Life and Chapel Ministry team in which the dangers of rape, acquaintance rape, and other non-forcible sex offenses are addressed, especially in the context of alcohol and drugs

Additionally, the Open House Policy for the Austrian Program is designed to mitigate situations that could lend to an accusation or offense.

In the Event of Sexual Assault:

While participating in the Franciscan University Austrian Program, the University strongly encourages any student who has been sexually assaulted either on or off campus to report in person the alleged event to any/and or all of the following personnel:

  1. Director of the Austrian Program
  2. Director of Student Life, Residence Directors, or Residence Assistants
  3. Main campus counseling department
  4. Any professional or religious staff member

If an individual becomes the victim of sexual assault, it is important to preserve evidence that may be needed for proof of criminal offense. The victim also has the option to notify local law enforcement officials, and University personnel will assist the victim with this process upon request.

Victim Services and Accommodations:

Campus Counseling Services in Steubenville provide confidential counseling to students who are vic¬tims of sexual assault. These remote resources are made available to Austrian Program students via video conference, Skype, or through regular phone connections. In addition, Campus Counseling Services and Student Life staff can provide informa¬tion regarding other off-campus resources for sexual assault victims.

The University will change a victim’s academic and living situations upon request, provided such options are reasonably available.

Campus Disciplinary Procedures:

Should a victim of rape, acquaintance rape or other non-forcible sex offense choose to pursue on-campus disciplinary procedures, the Vice President of Student Life or a designee shall speak with both the accused and the accuser separately, and if appropriate, will refer the matter to the Discipline Board for a hearing as per the Code of Student Conduct. Sanctions, up to and including dismissal from the University, may be imposed. Both the accused and the accuser are entitled to the same opportunities to have others speak at the disciplinary proceeding. Furthermore, both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding.

Victim of a Crime:

If one becomes a victim of a crime the following procedures are recommended:

  1. Report the incident at the local police station as soon as possible. Even if you don't have much recollection of what happened, it could still mean the perpetrators are brought to justice before anyone else is forced to go through the same traumatic experience as you. This is vital for the possibility of reimbursement for your Eurail passes and credit cards.
  2. If you are injured, get medical attention as soon as you can. Treat yourself very well as you may be in shock.
  3. Call home and ask them to cancel any stolen bank or credit cards as soon as possible. Doing this quickly will prevent the crooks from running up bills in your name.
  4. Call your RDs or other Gaming staff personnel and keep them posted on the progress of your situation.

Campus Disciplinary Procedures:

Should a student be involved with criminal activity, the Vice President of Student Life or a designee shall speak with student and refer the matter to the Discipline Board for a hearing as per the Code of Student Conduct. Sanctions, up to and including dismissal from the Austrian Program and/or University, may be imposed.

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