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Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (the Clery Act)

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

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October 1, 2011

Medical emergencies, crimes, fires and other hazards are present in any community and do occur on the campus of Lake Superior State University. However, if you are prepared, you can help protect yourself and others.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contain information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, university public safety authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. They also contain information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by LSSU; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

To compare universities/colleges, the report may be accessed at http://ope.ed.gov/security.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the Public Safety Department located in the Administration Building or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling: 906-635-2100.

This information is intended to provide you with general information regarding campus safety and security. It is not intended to serve as a contractual agreement between LSSU and the recipient.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is published to comply with the federal law formerly known as The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, renamed The Clery Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) also requires two safety-related requirements on institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs.

  1. Fire Log: Institutions must keep a fire log (open to the public) that states the nature of the fire, date, time, and general location of each fire in campus student housing facilities.
  2. Annual Fire Safety Report: Institutions with on-campus student housing facilities must publish annually a fire safety report that provides information on campus fire safety practices and standards, as well as fire statistics associated with each on-campus student housing facility, including number of fires, cause, injuries, deaths and property damage.

Notice of this information will be sent to all students and employees, through an email notice, by Oct. 1 each year; the information is also available to any applicant for enrollment or employment.

Finally LSSU must submit specific crime and fire statistics to the Department of ED each fall in the Web-based data collection.

We hope you have a successful and safe year.

Priscilla Stevens, Director
LSSU Public Safety

 


The Reporting of Criminal Actions or Emergencies

The Lake Superior State University Public Safety Department is responsible for security and enforcement of Michigan State Statutes at the University. The Public Safety Department is located in the Administration Building, main level. Twenty-four hour a day phone service to the department is available by dialing 906-635-2100 from off campus and 2100 from on campus. The department is staffed by the Director, four full-time Public Safety Officers, and three part-time Public Safety Officer and 25 student auxiliary officers and dispatchers. The Sault Sainte Marie Police Department provides law enforcement services to the campus, and is supported by the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department for criminal activity. To report a crime or if assistance is needed, members of the campus community should call the Public Safety Department at 635-2100 (2100 from on campus) or 911 (9-911 from on campus) if immediate threat is present (severely hurt, sick or in danger).

It is important not to hang up the phone until the Dispatcher or 911 operator tells you to do so. Free on-campus public telephones are located in the lobbies or public areas of all campus buildings. Using these easily accessible telephones, the Public Safety Department can also be reached by dialing 2100.

The Public Safety Department maintains direct telephone and two-way radio contact with the Sault Sainte Marie Police Department, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, and Sault Sainte Marie Fire and Ambulance Services. The Public Safety Department telephone number is prominently displayed on all public phones and in the campus telephone directory. It is included on all of the department’s printed publications, brochures, pamphlets, and correspondence.

A college Incident Report Form or Accident/Injury Report must be filled out following any emergency situation. All reports must be taken by a member of the Public Safety Department.

LSSU permits victims or witnesses to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics. However, to the extent that the university knows the identity of persons reporting such crimes, the university may be legally required in some circumstances to disclose that information.

Access to Campus Facilities

Academic and administrative buildings are accessible to members of the campus community and general public during normal business hours, Monday through Friday (excluding most holidays), Saturday and Sunday access is limited.

Student residents can access their hall with the use of their key at any time. Current residential hall students can access any residence hall between 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday any from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday. During the hours between those times, residents can only access the hall they currently reside in. During break, student residents cannot access their hall. During move in and move out doors will be unlocked for a limited time. Guests from outside the building are to be escorted by their hosts in compliance with the Residence Hall contract.

Maintenance and Security of Campus Facilities

The University maintains a very strong commitment to campus safety and security. Exterior lighting is an important part of this commitment. Motor vehicle parking lots, pedestrian walkways, and building exteriors are well lighted. Public Safety Officers conduct surveys of exterior lighting on campus, and reports of outages are documented and acted upon by the Physical Plant Department. A comprehensive survey of all exterior lighting is conducted annually, and recommendations for improvements or adjustments are forwarded to the Physical Plant Department. Members of the campus community are encouraged to report any exterior lighting deficiencies to the Public Safety Department by calling 906-635-2100.

Exterior doors to academic buildings are locked and secured each evening by Public Safety Officers. In addition, door and security hardware operation deficiencies are noted and reported to the Physical Plant Department. Public Safety Officers patrol parking lots and other public areas on campus by vehicle and on foot. As they patrol the campus they are alert for areas where the landscaping has become overgrown, and report those areas to the Physical Plant Department so it can be corrected.

Law Enforcement Authority and Inter-Agency Relations

Public Safety Officers at Lake Superior State University are security officers and therefore do not have arrest authority. The Sault Sainte Marie Police Department or the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department provides these services. The LSSU Public Safety Department maintains a close working relationship with law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level.

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs

It is the philosophy at LSSU to prevent crimes from occurring whenever possible. A primary vehicle for accomplishing this goal is the creation of a University crime prevention program. The University crime prevention programs are based upon the concept of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities, whenever possible, and encouraging students and employees to be partners in crime prevention efforts.

Crime prevention promotions, flyers, and other advertisements

The department publishes a general crime prevention brochure that outlines the many crime prevention programs and strategies available in the community.

New Student Orientation

The Public Safety Department participates in new student orientations held each summer; meeting new students and their parents and making available to them information regarding campus safety.

Emergency blue light phones

These two-way call boxes are located in Norris Center, “H” lot, “O” lot, “C” lot, Child Care Center and Townhouses. They allow an individual in need of assistance to speak directly with a member of the department. The officer or dispatcher will contact the appropriate emergency response team to the caller.

Campus Escort Program

If you must travel alone at night, the campus escort program provides a reliable way to travel throughout the campus. Public Safety Officers will either walk with you or offer a ride in the Public Safety vehicle. Dial ext 2100 or 635-2100 to request an escort.

Security surveys

These surveys are conducted on a regular basis with other members of the University community. The primary goal of these surveys is to identify areas of the campus that may present vulnerabilities to one’s safety. The department works with the appropriate facilities office to address concerns noted in the surveys.

On Campus Student Housing Facility Fire Prevention Information

Smoke detectors and sprinkler systems. All On Campus Student Housing Facilities have smoke detectors and a Fire Alarm Control Panel. There are smoke detectors in each student room as well as in common areas. The common area detectors are connected to the central alarm system, which, in turn, is connected to the Public Safety Department, also monitored at the Physical Plant during normal business hours and the Central Heating Plant 24 hours a day.

Fire drills. Public Safety in conjunction with the housing department conducts eight fire drills (evacuations) from each on campus student housing facility during the academic year. The University requires complete evacuation of buildings during a fire alarm. Individuals who ignore fire alarms and required evacuations may face disciplinary action. Since false alarms may lower the evacuation response from students, the University will analyze the cause or causes of false alarms and work to reduce their occurrence. By reducing the number of false alarms, we hope to maintain students’ diligence in responding. *Fire Statistics and other information listed at end of this report.

Campus Recording

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.

  1. Annual Report. A comprehensive annual report of crime related information is compiled, published, and distributed. This annual report is available to any interested party.
  2. Crime Alert. When special circumstances warrant it, special printed "Crime Alerts" can be prepared and distributed, either selectively or throughout the campus, notifying employees and students of important crime related information.
  3. Student Newspaper. The student newspaper, The Compass, publishes a summary of criminal incidents that have been reported to the Public Safety Department and the Sault Sainte Marie Police Department. This summary is prepared by members of the Public Safety staff and includes most reported activity.
  4. Crime Log. This crime log is available at the Public Safety Department, Administration Building during normal business hours, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except holidays. Log entries for the previous day are updated each morning by 10 a.m. In order to protect an ongoing criminal investigation or the identity of a victim, the Director of Public Safety or designee may classify information as "confidential" and prohibit its release.
  5. Fire log. A daily fire log is available for review at the LSSU Public Safety Department in the Administrative Building 1st floor, from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The information in the fire log typically includes information about fires that occur in residential facilities, including the nature, date, time, and general location.

TIMELY WARNINGS

If LSSU Public Safety, or appropriate administrative office, is notified that a reportable crime (see crime statistics) has occurred which presents a continued threat to the campus community, notices and/or instructions will be communicated to students, employees, and the campus community in an effort to prevent similar crimes. Warnings may be distributed in several different ways including posting on the LSSU website, by e-mail, orally, through signage, or other appropriate means. The exact means of timely warnings may vary due to the situation.

Emergency Response

The University conducts emergency response exercises each year, such as table top exercises, field exercises, and tests of the emergency notification systems on campus. These tests are designed to assess and evaluate the emergency plans and capabilities of the institution. LSSU public safety staff has received training in Incident Command and Responding to Critical Incidents on Campus. When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, the first responders to the scene are usually LSSU PSD, Soo PD, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, and they typically respond and work together to manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the incident, other LSSU departments and other local or federal agencies could also be involved in responding to the incident. General information about the emergency response and evacuation procedures for LSSU are publicized each year as part of the institution’s Clery Act compliance efforts, and that information is available on the LSSU PSD website http://www.lssu.edu/publicsafety/.

Notification to the LSSU Community about an Immediate Threat

The Public Safety Department receives information from various offices/departments on campus. If the PSD confirms that there is an emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all members of the LSSU community, Public Safety will collaborate to determine the content of the message and will use some or all of the systems described below to communicate the threat to the LSSU community or to the appropriate segment of the community, if the threat is limited to a particular building or segment of the population. PSD and Public Relations will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the judgment of the first responders (including, but not limited to: LSSU PSD, Soo PD, and/or the Soo Fire and Emergency Medical or Services), compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

In the event of a serious incident that poses an immediate threat to members of the LSSU community, the University has various systems in place for communicating information quickly. Some or all of these methods of communication may be activated in the event of an immediate threat to the LSSU campus community. These methods of communication include posting on the LSSU website, orally, through signage, network emails, emergency text messages that can be sent to a phone or PDA (individuals can sign up for this service on the LSSU website http://www.lssu.edu/alerts/).

The University will post updates during a critical incident on the LSSU website. Individuals can call LSSU’s recorded information telephone line for updates by calling 2858 from on campus or 906-635-2858 from off campus.  Members of the larger community who are interested in receiving information about emergencies on campus should sign up for the emergency text message system and should use the Campus website LSSU community members are encouraged to notify LSSU Public Safety of any situation or incident on campus that involves a significant emergency or dangerous situation that may involve an immediate or ongoing threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus. LSSU PSD has the responsibility of responding to, and summoning the necessary resources, to mitigate, investigate, and document any situation that may cause a significant emergency or dangerous situation. In addition, LSSU PSD has a responsibility to respond to such incidents to determine if the situation does in fact, pose a threat to the community. If so, Federal Law requires that the institution notify the campus community or the appropriate segments of the community that may be affected by the situation.

Emergency Notification

The Public Safety Staff Officers in conjunction with the Director of Public Safety and the Director of Public Relations has autonomous authority on activation upon confirmation, message content and messaging on the multiple mass-communication emergency alert and notification systems and take into account the safety of the community while determining the content of the notification before initiating the notification system.

The position titles of those persons given such autonomous authority include the Director of Public Safety or designee, or Staff Officer in the absence of either the Director or designee. Concurrently or contemporaneously, the official initiating the Emergency Notification will inform the Vice President of Student Affairs of the Emergency at hand and the justification for the broadcast of the related Notification. The university authorities regularly schedule drills, exercises, and appropriate follow-through activities, designed for assessment and evaluation of emergency plans and capabilities.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

An evacuation drill is coordinated by LSSU PSD once a month (weather permitting) during the academic year for all residential facilities. Thus, the emergency response and evacuation procedures are tested at least eight times each year for residential facilities. Academic buildings are tested at least once per semester. Students learn the locations of the emergency exits in the buildings and are provided guidance about the direction they should travel when exiting each facility for a short-term building evacuation. LSSU PSD does not tell residents in advance about the designated locations for long-term evacuations because those decisions are affected by time of day, location of the building being evacuated, the availability of the various designated emergency gathering locations on campus, and other factors such as the location and nature of the threat. In both cases, LSSU PSD and Residential Life staff on the scene will communicate information to students regarding the developing situation or any evacuation status changes.
The purpose of evacuation drills is to prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation in case of a fire or other emergency. At LSSU, evacuation drills are used as a way to educate and train occupants on fire safety issues specific to their building. During the drill, occupants ‘practice’ drill procedures and familiarize themselves with the location of exits and the sound of the fire alarm. Pocket cards with educational information are distributed to residents re-entering a facility immediately after an evacuation drill. In addition to educating the occupants of each building about the evacuation procedures during the drills, the process also provides the University an opportunity to test the operation of fire alarm system components.

Evacuation drills are monitored by LSSU PSD, and Residential Life (for residential facilities) to evaluate egress and behavioral patterns. Reports are prepared by participating departments that identify deficient equipment so that repairs can be made immediately. Recommendations for improvements are also submitted to the appropriate departments for consideration.

Students receive information about evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures during floor meetings and during other educational sessions that they can participate in throughout the year. The Residential Life Staff members are trained in these procedures as well and act as an on-going resource for the students living in residential facilities. Public Safety conducts numerous announced and unannounced drills and exercises each year and conducts follow-through activities designed for assessment and evaluation of emergency plans and capabilities. LSSU PSD coordinates announced and unannounced evacuation drills each semester, as described above, to test the emergency response and evacuation procedures, and to assess and evaluate the emergency evacuation plans and capabilities. LSSU will publish a summary of its emergency response and evacuation procedures in conjunction with at least one drill or exercise each calendar year.

Shelter-in-Place Procedures – What it Means to “Shelter-in-Place”

If an incident occurs and the buildings or areas around you become unstable, or if the air outdoors becomes dangerous due to toxic or irritating substances, it is usually safer to stay indoors, because leaving the area may expose you to that danger. Thus, to “shelter-in-place” means to make a shelter of the building that you are in, and with a few adjustments this location can be made even safer and more comfortable until it is safe to go outside.

Basic “Shelter-in-Place” Guidance

If an incident occurs and the building you are in is not damaged, stay inside in an interior room until you are told it is safe to come out. If your building is damaged, take your personal belongings (purse, wallet, LSSU ID card, etc.) and follow the evacuation procedures for your building (close your door, proceed to the nearest exit, and use the stairs instead of the elevators). Once you have evacuated, seek shelter at the nearest University building quickly. If police or fire department personnel are on the scene, follow their directions.

How You Will Know to “Shelter-in-Place”

A shelter-in-place notification may come from several sources, including LSSU PSD, Residential Staff members, other University employees, the federal or local government, SooPD, or other authorities utilizing the University’s emergency communications tools.

How to “Shelter–in-Place”

No matter where you are, the basic steps of shelter-in-place will generally remain the same. Should the need ever arise; follow these steps, unless instructed otherwise by local emergency personnel:

  1. If you are inside, stay where you are. Collect any emergency shelter-in-place supplies and a telephone to be used in case of emergency. If you are outdoors, proceed into the closest building quickly or follow instructions from emergency personnel on the scene.
  2. Locate a room to shelter inside. It should be:
    1. An interior room;
    2. Above ground level; and
    3. Without windows or with the least number of windows. If there is a large group of people inside a particular building, several rooms maybe necessary.
  3. Shut and lock all windows (tighter seal) and close exterior doors.
  4. Turn off air conditioners, heaters, and fans.
  5. Close vents to ventilation systems as you are able. (University staff will turn off the ventilation as quickly as possible.)
  6. Make a list of the people with you and ask someone (House Staff, faculty, or other staff) to call the list in to LSSU PSD so they know where you are sheltering. If only students are present, one of the students should call in the list.
  7. Turn on a radio or TV and listen for further instructions.
  8. Make yourself comfortable.

Annual Fire Safety Report

If a fire occurs in a LSSU building, community members should immediately notify 9-911 or LSSU PSD at (906) 635-2100. LSSU PSD will initiate a response, as the department has direct communication with Central Dispatch who then can summon the fire department quickly through this communication link. If a member of the LSSU community finds evidence of a fire that has been extinguished, and the person is not sure whether LSSU PSD has already responded, the community member should immediately notify LSSU PSD to investigate and document the incident.

The fire alarms alert community members of potential hazards and community members are required to heed their warning and evacuate buildings immediately upon hearing a fire alarm in a facility. Use the nearest stairwell and/or exit to leave the building immediately. Community members should familiarize themselves with the exits in each building. The Fire Department can levy fines and penalties to individuals who fail to evacuate a building promptly – but a more important reason for evacuating is for safety reasons!

When a fire alarm is activated, the elevators in most buildings will stop automatically. Occupants should use the stairs to evacuate the building. If you are caught in the elevator, push the emergency phone button. The emergency phones in elevators on campus typically ring to the LSSU PSD.

After a false alarm in a residential facility, a message may be distributed to building residents, typically the next business day, informing them of the cause of the activation and the reason for the evacuation. The purpose of providing follow-up information is to use those instances as a teaching moment to point out the reason for the alarm activation, the evacuation routes, and instructions and guidelines for evacuations.

LSSU PSD publishes this fire safety report as part of its annual Clery Act Compliance document, via this brochure, which contains information with respect to the fire safety practices and standards for LSSU. This report includes statistics concerning the number of fires, the cause of each fire, the number of injuries and deaths related to a fire, and the value of the property damage caused by a fire (see chart at end of this report). The compliance document is available for review 24 hours a day on the LSSU PSD website at http://www.lssu.edu/publicsafety/.

Fire Protection Equipment/Systems

A majority of University buildings are equipped with automatic fire detection and alarm systems that are monitored by staff at LSSU PSD and the Heating Plant. Refer to end of this report to review information about fire detection, notification, and suppression systems in each residential facility.

Health and Safety Inspections

The Residential Life Staff and/or Public Safety conduct Inspections three times a year, once in the Fall and in the Spring and once in the Summer. Inspections will be announced only during the first round of the fall semester.

All other inspections are unannounced. The inspections are primarily designed to find and eliminate safety violations. Students are asked to read and comply with the Residential Fire Safety Handbook www.lssu.edu/housing/pdf/firesafetybook.pdf, which include the H&S inspections and all other rules and regulations for residential buildings. The inspections include, but are not limited to, a visual examination of electrical cords, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and other life safety systems.

In addition, each room will be examined for the presence of prohibited items (e.g., sources of open flames, such as candles; non-surge protected extension cords; halogen lamps; portable cooking appliances in non-kitchen areas; etc.) or prohibited activity (e.g., smoking in the room; tampering with life safety equipment; possession of pets; etc.). This inspection will also include a general assessment of waste storage and cleanliness of the room. Prohibited items are documented and may be immediately confiscated. A follow up meeting with the resident will be scheduled.

Fire Safety Tips

Buildings are equipped with a variety of features that are designed to detect, stop and/or suppress the spread of a fire.

  • A door can be the first line of defense against the spread of smoke or fire from one area to another. Some doors, such as fire doors in corridors or stairwells of residence halls, are designed to stand up to fire longer than those of an individual room. It is important that these doors are CLOSED for them to work. Additionally, if a door has a device that automatically closes the door, it should NOT be propped open.
  • Sprinklers are generally effective in preventing the spread of fire when operating properly. DO NOT obstruct the sprinkler heads with materials like clothing hanging from the piping.
  • Smoke detectors cannot do their job if they are disabled or covered by the occupant, which is a violation of University Policy.
  • Some fires that are caused by smoking material are the result of a cigarette being abandoned or disposed of carelessly. Smoking is NOT PERMITTED in any LSSU building.

Notification of Missing Students

If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify Public Safety at (906) 635-2100. Public Safety will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.

After investigating the missing person report, should Public Safety determine that the student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, LSSU will notify Soo PD and the student’s emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, LSSU will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after Public Safety has determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.

In addition to registering an emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify, confidentially, an individual to be contacted by LSSU in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such an individual, LSSU will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.
A student who wishes to identify a confidential contact can do so through the LSSU Housing website. A student’s confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement as appropriate.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICIES

Lake Superior State University complies with all federal, state and local laws governing the consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages. Consumption and/or possession of alcohol by those under age 21 is not permitted on any University-owned property. Alcohol in an unsealed or broken container is prohibited in any area not designated by the University. The unlicensed sale of alcohol is prohibited by both the State of Michigan and the University. Full guidelines and statutes are listed in the University Alcohol Policy pamphlet.

The University Counseling Center, located in the lower level of the Kenneth J. Shouldice Library, and the LSSU Health CARE Center provide assistance to students who are experiencing problems due to alcohol and controlled substances. Educational programs are sponsored throughout the year by the Student Life Office, Health CARE Center, Public Safety Department and other University organizations.

Firearms and Weapons Policies

Weapons are permitted on campus but must be registered and stored in the Campus Public Safety Department upon arrival on campus. This includes all firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, knives and any other dangerous weapons.
These weapons are to be stored in an area designated by the Public Safety Department and may not be stored anywhere else on campus (including vehicles). Access to your weapon is available 24 hours a day and proper identification will be required to check it out.
Any student who keeps prohibited weapons in any place other than the designated area will face disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the University. http://www.lssu.edu/publicsafety/weapons.php

Sexual Assault

LSSU promotes an environment to minimize sexual assault. The University recognizes the problems of sexual assault and has developed programs and information to educate the students, faculty and staff of sexual assault. The University provides care and assistance to victims of sexual assault and encourages all who feel they have been sexually assaulted to contact Campus Security, the Health CARE Center and the Counseling Center for help and assistance.

The Counseling Center, Resident Assistants, Health CARE Center, Student Services, Office of Human Resources and Campus Public Safety all play a role in providing the campus community with information on sexual assault awareness and help. Programs, brochures, counseling and medical assistance are provided to the campus community.

If a sexual assault occurs, the victim will be given the opportunity for medical help, counseling and proper security. The case is turned over to the local police, Director of Campus Life, the Counseling Center and the Health CARE Center. Any additional assistance available will be given by the University to help the victims of sexual assault.

The university is committed to taking reasonable measures to safeguard the campus community against sexual assault. Sexual assault includes both "forcible" and "non-forcible" sexual offenses. A forcible sex offense 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", and includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling. Non-forcible sex offenses are acts of "unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse," and include incest and statutory rape (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook).

What to do if you have been sexually assaulted:

  • Go to a safe place.
  • Seek help. Contact friends, family or others that can offer support.
  • Retain the evidence.
  • Do not shower.
  • Do not change clothes.
  • Do not alter any physical evidence if at all possible.
  • Go to the hospital. Get medical attention immediately. You should be evaluated for injury and sexually transmitted diseases. You do not have to report the rape at this time; however, the medical staff can collect evidence in case you decide to press charges later. Take an extra set of clothing for after the exam. Your clothing could contain evidence.
  • Call the police to report the assault. The choice to notify campus and local law enforcement is yours. Lake Superior State University encourages you to do so and will assist you in any way possible in reporting the offense to the proper authorities. The University will further assist the victim by changing academic and residence hall situations if the victim so requests and the changes are reasonably available.

STATE SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRY

Michigan State Police (MSP) Public Sex Offender Registry (PSOR). This registry is made available through the Internet with the intent to better assist the public in preventing and protecting against the commission of future criminal sexual acts by convicted sex offenders.

The Sex Offenders Registration Act, MCL 28.721et seq., directs the Michigan State Police to develop and maintain a public registry and provides guidelines on the type of offender information available to the public. The registration requirements of the Sex Offenders Registration Act are intended to provide the people of this state with an appropriate, comprehensive, and effective means to monitor those persons who pose such a potential danger. This link reflects the current statute and due to continuous legislative changes, may not be indicative of the statute at the time the offender was convicted.

You can find the registry at: www.mipsor.state.mi.us/

CLERY ACT INFORMATION

The Clery Act requires institutions to disclose three general categories of crime statistics:

  • Types of Offenses—Criminal Homicide, including: a) Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter; and b) Negligent Manslaughter; Sex Offenses including: a) forcible, and b) non-forcible; Robbery; Aggravated Assault; Burglary; Motor Vehicle Theft; and Arson.
  • Hate Crimes—Disclose whether any of the above mentioned offenses, new for 2009 to include the crimes of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, destruction of property, or any other crimes involving bodily injury, were hate crimes; and
  • Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action for illegal weapons possession and violation of drug and liquor laws.

Sex Offenses Definitions

As per the National Incident-Based Reporting System Edition of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program

SEX OFFENSES—FORCIBLE

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

Forcible Rape

The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against the person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth).

Forcible Sodomy

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

Sexual Assault with an Object

The use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Forcible Fondling

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

SEX OFFENSES—NON-FORCIBLE

Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.

Incest

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

Statutory Rape

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

As Per the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook

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

Arson: Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling, house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property, etc.

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

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

Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

Manslaughter by Negligence: The killing of another person through gross negligence.

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

Larceny: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another.

Vandalism: To willfully or maliciously destroy, injure, disfigure, or deface any public or private property, real or personal, without the consent of the owner or person having custody or control by cutting, tearing, breaking, marking, painting, drawing, covering with filth, or any other such means as may be specified by local law.

Weapon Law Violations: The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Drug Abuse Violations: Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (demerol, methadones); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, benzedrine).

Liquor Law Violations: The violation of laws or ordinance prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. (Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.)

Offense Definitions relating to Hate/Bias Related Crime Statistics as per the UCR Hate Crime Reporting Guidelines

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

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

Crime Statistics

The University believes that an informed public is a safety conscious public. The following crime statistics, provided in compliance with the Clery Act, are for your information.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Safety Department at 906-635-2100.

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

ON CAMPUS

ON CAMPUS
Student Housing Facility

2008

2009

2010

2008

2009

2010

Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offenses (including forcible rape)

0

0

0

2

1

0

Non-forcible Sex Offenses

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

1

1

0

0

2

3

Burglary (Larceny/Theft)

0

0

0

2

2

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

1

0

1

0

0

Simple Assault*

n/a

1

1

n/a

0

0

Larceny*

n/a

42

3

n/a

5

1

*new category 2009

CRIMINAL OFFENSES – PUBLIC PROPERTY REPORTED TO LOCAL POLICE

Crimes that occur on public property immediately adjacent to the campus in the City of Sault Sainte Marie. Local statistics may include On Campus or Residence Hall violations for 2007 (were not able to separate) but not 2008.

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

2008

2009

2010

Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offenses (including forcible rape)

0

0

0

Non-forcible Sex Offenses

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

Simple Assault*

n/a

0

0

Larceny*

n/a

4

0

* new category for 2009

HATE OFFENSES – CAMPUS

For the criminal offenses listed below, the number of reported occurrences that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or ethnicity (“hate crimes”) that took place On-campus, as prescribed by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act (28U.S.C 534). This data is collected as the summary of these six types of prejudice. Forcible rape is a subset of all forcible sex offenses.

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

2008

2009

2010

Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offenses (including forcible rape)

0

0

0

Non-forcible Sex Offenses

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

Burglary (Larceny/Theft)

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

Any Other Crime Involving Bodily Injury

0

0

0

Simple Assault*

0

0

0

Larceny*

0

0

0

Vandalism*

0

0

0

Intimidation*

0

0

0

*new category for 2009

HATE OFFENSES – ON-CAMPUS STUDENT HOUSING FACILITY

For the criminal offenses listed below, the number of reported occurrences that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or ethnicity (“hate crimes”) that took place On-campus-Student Housing Facility , as prescribed by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act (28U.S.C 534). This data is collected as the summary of these six types of prejudice. Forcible rape is a subset of all forcible sex offenses.

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

2008

2009

2010

Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offenses (including forcible rape

0

0

0

Non-forcible Sex Offenses

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

Burglary (Larceny/Theft)

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

Any Other Crime Involving Bodily Injury

0

0

0

Simple Assault*

0

0

0

Larceny*

0

0

0

Vandalism*

0

0

0

Intimidation*

0

0

0

*new category for 2009

HATE OFFENSES – NON-CAMPUS

For the criminal offenses listed below, the number of reported occurrences that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or ethnicity (“hate crimes”) that took place at Non-campus buildings, as prescribed by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act (28U.S.C 534). This data is collected as the summary of these six types of prejudice. Forcible rape is a subset of all forcible sex offenses. These CRIMINAL OFFENSES occurred on public property immediately adjacent to the campus.

CRIMINAL OFFENSES 2008 2009 2010
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses (including forcible rape) 0 0 0
Non-forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Burglary (Larceny/Theft) 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
Any Other Crime Involving Bodily Injury 0 0 0
Simple Assault* 0 0 0
Larceny* 0 0 0

*new category for 2009

HATE OFFENSES – PUBLIC PROPERTY

For the criminal offenses listed below, the number of reported occurrences that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or ethnicity (“hate crimes”) that took place at Public Property Non-campus buildings, as prescribed by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act (28U.S.C 534). This data is collected as the summary of these six types of prejudice. Forcible rape is a subset of all forcible sex offenses. These CRIMINAL OFFENSES occurred on public property immediately adjacent to the campus.

CRIMINAL OFFENSES 2008 2009 2010
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses (including forcible rape) 0 0 0
Non-forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Burglary (Larceny/Theft) 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
Any Other Crime Involving Bodily Injury 0 0 0
Simple Assault* 0 0 0
Larceny* 0 0 0

*new category 2009

CRIMES AT NON-CAMPUS BUILDINGS

The following crimes were reported as having occurred at non-campus buildings, which includes buildings owned by student organizations. LSSU has only 1 such buildings. The building and location is as follows:

Aquatic Research Lab
Cloverland Electric Building
725 E. Portage
Sault Sainte Marie MI 49783

CRIMINAL OFFENSES Non-Campus
2008 2009 2010
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses (including forcible rape) 0 0 0
Non-forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 1
Burglary (Larceny/Theft) 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
Simple Assault* 0 0 0
Larceny* 0 0 0

*new category 2009

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS

Following are arrest statistics for three additional offense categories--Liquor Law Violations, Drug Law Violations, and Illegal Weapons Possessions.

ARREST ON CAMPUS RESIDENTIAL
FACILITY
NON-CAMPUS
BUILDING OR
FACILITY
PUBLIC PROPERTY
2008 2009 2010 2008 2009 2010 2008 2009 2010 2008 2009 2010
Liquor Law Violations 0 2 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Drug Abuse Violations 1 0 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illegal
Weapons
Possession
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

DISCIPLINARY REFERRALS

Statistics as provided by Residential Life and as reported to Public Safety, for individuals referred for disciplinary action.

JUDICIAL
REFERRAL
ON CAMPUS
(Including Housing Facility)
NON-CAMPUS
BUILDING OR
FACILITY
PUBLIC PROPERTY
2008 2009 2010 2008 2009 2010 2008 2009 2010
Liquor LawViolations 132 113 89 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations 17 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illegal
Weapons
Possession
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), which requires two new safety‐related requirements on institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs which follow:

  1. Fire Log: Institutions must keep a fire log that states the nature of the fire, date, time, and general location of each fire in on‐campus student housing facilities.
  2. Annual Fire Safety Report: Institutions with on‐campus student housing facilities must publish annually a fire safety report that provides information on campus fire safety practices and standards.

Definitions for Fire Safety Report

Fire: Rapid oxidation of combustible material accompanied by heat, light and smoke of combustible material, which is found outside of its normal appliance, whether or not it is extinguished prior to arrival of emergency; any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.

Fire related Deaths: Number of persons who were fatalities because of a fire incident, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting a rescue, or persons escaping from the fire scene (an individual who dies within one (1) year of injuries sustained as a result of a fire).

Fire-related injury: Number of persons receiving injuries from fire-related incidents, including an injury from a natural or accidental cause who received medical treatment at a local medical facility. This includes first responders attempting to control the fire, attempting a rescue, or persons escaping from the fire scene. Persons may include students, faculty, staff, visitors, firefighters, or any other individual.

Fire drill: A supervised practice of a mandatory evacuation of a building for a fire

Cause of fire: The factor or factors that give rise to a fire. The causal factor may be, but is not limited to, the result of an intentional or unintentional action, mechanical failure, or act of nature.

Value of property damage: The estimated value of the loss of the structure and contents, in terms of the cost of replacement in like kind and quantity. This estimate should include contents damaged by fire, and related damages caused by smoke, water, and overhaul; however, it does not include indirect loss, such as business interruption.

Fire safety system: Any mechanism or system related to the detection of a fire, the warning resulting from a fire, or the control of a fire. This may include sprinkler systems or other fire extinguishing systems, fire detection devices, stand-alone smoke alarms, devices that alert one to the presence of a fire, such as horns, bells, or strobe lights; smoke-control and reduction mechanisms; and fire doors and walls that reduce the spread of a fire.

Fire Statistics for each on campus student housing facility 2010

LSSU On Campus Student Housing Facility

Number of Fires

Cause of Fire

Number of
Injuries that
Required
Treatment at
Medical Facility

Number of Deaths related to fire

Value of property damage

Brady Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Chippewa House

0

-

0

0

0

Easterday House

0

-

0

0

0

Erie Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Hillside House

0

-

0

0

0

Laker House

0

-

0

0

0

Moloney Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Neveu Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Ontario Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Osborn Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Ryan House

0

-

0

0

0

Student Village

0

-

0

0

0

Townhouses

0

-

0

0

0

Fire Statistics for each on campus student housing facility 2009

LSSU On Campus Student Housing Facility

Number of Fires

Cause of Fire

Number of
Injuries that
Required
Treatment at
Medical Facility

Number of Deaths related to fire

Value of property damage

Brady Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Chippewa House

0

-

0

0

0

Easterday House

0

-

0

0

0

Erie Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Hillside House

0

-

0

0

0

Laker House

0

-

0

0

0

Moloney Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Neveu Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Ontario Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Osborn Hall

0

-

0

0

0

Ryan House

0

-

0

0

0

Student Village

0

-

0

0

0

Townhouses

1

Kitchen/ Cooking

0

0

0

  • 2007 there was one Arsons reported, a dumpster fire at the Townhouses location. There were 3 accidental fires, smoking cigarette dispensers.
  • 2008 no Arsons reported. There were 12 accidental fires, smoking cigarette dispensers.

Appendix 1:

Appendix 1-A

Appendix 1-B

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