Security Office

The Queens College Public Safety Department
Clery Act Compliance

 

Queens College CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing N.Y. 11367

Director of Security & Public Safety
Mr Pedro Pineiro
(718) 997-4443

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The Office of Security and Public Safety
Policies for Preparing the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics Preventive Procedures
Publications
College Counseling Services
Students Rights On Campus
College
Policy On Conduct
Crime Codes and Definitations
Reporting Locations
Annual Stats

 

ABOUT THE CAMPUS

Queens College opened in 1937 as a liberal arts college. Its campus consists of 32 owned buildings on 76 acres in Flushing, Queens. Additional space is provided in two off campus rented buildings in Queens and a building in Caumsett State Park, Long Island. The college enrolls approximately 15,000 students (65 percent female and 35 percent male) in day, evening, and weekend classes while its Continuing Education program enrolls over 5,000 students and the diverse number of events it offers in its theatres, concert hall, art museum and lecture halls.

The Office of Campus Police and Department of Public Safety

The primary responsibility of the Office of Campus Police and Public Safety is to maintain an atmosphere in which the faculty, students, and administration of the College can feel free and secure in the pursuit of their academic activities within a safe and respectful environment.

The office is composed of a Director of Campus Police / Public Safety, supported by two Assistant Directors, one Campus Security Specialist, Campus Peace Officers (Sergeants and Patrol Officers), as well as contractual Security Officers.

Campus Peace Officers are sworn Peace Officers and have arrest powers granted to them by the Police Commissioner of the City of New York. Campus Peace Officers are designated as New York City Special Patrolman/Peace Officers in accordance with Section 2.10 subsection 27 of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law. Contractual Security Officers do not have powers of arrest. Security personnel are trained to handle security and safety matters on campus. Several members are trained in CPR and First Aid. All security personnel carry two-way radios and are dressed in police type uniforms.

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Security Policies and Crime Reporting Procedures

It is the policy of the City University of New York and this College that: Students and employees shall report safety hazards, crimes, lost of property, illness or injury. Proper reporting facilitates the apprehension of criminals and assist in making Queens College safe.

Incidents can be reported to any uniformed Public Safety Officer or by calling ext.5912 (for emergencies or visiting the Public Safety office at the Main Gate.

Sex Crimes Prevention Act Statement

The New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services maintains a registry of convicted sex offenders which is available to local law enforcement agencies, including CUNY’s public safety departments.

To obtained information about a registered sex offender you may:

(i) Contact the police department in the jurisdiction in which the offender resides and/or in which the college is located;

(ii) Contact Mr. Pedro Pineiro College Security Director at (718) 997 - 4443; or

(iii) Call the Division’s sex offender registry at (800) 262 - 3257 or visit the sex registry web-site www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/

Policies for Preparing the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

As required by federal law, Queens College’s yearly crime statistics for this report are compiled on a calendar year basis and in accordance with the definitions of crime provided by the FBI for use in the Uniform Reporting (UCR) systems. These statistics include the previous 3 (1998, 1999, and 2000) years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Queens College; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. In addition, these stats are gathered from reported crimes to the public safety office/officers, reported to other campus officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities as well as those crimes reported to the local police precinct. These statistics also include persons referred for campus disciplinary action for categories required under the Clery Act including liquor law violations, drugs law violations and illegal weapons possession. This security report is updated annually and is provided to all students, employees and applicants for admission. Additional information on Public Safety is found in the Queens College Bulletin and Student Handbook.

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Policies for Making Timely Warning Reports

Timely warning reports are made to the members of the campus community regarding when occurrence of crimes listed in the Clery Act. These warnings are disseminated within 24 - 48 hours from time of reported crime whenever an incident occurs that presents on ongoing threat to the campus community. These timely warnings are in the form of flyers, phone, mail, posters, safety messages displayed on electronic message boards, etc. In addition a daily Crime Log that records, by the date the crime was reported, any crime that occurred on campus, on a non-campus building or property, or public property or within the patrol jurisdiction of the campus police or the campus security department and are reported to the police or the campus security department.

In the event that it becomes necessary to alert students and staff to an emergency situation on campus, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and/or by the Vice President for Administration will issue correspondence to the College Community. The College will provide specific information and attempt to answer all questions relating to such matters.

No College Community can be totally risk free. Therefore, Queens College takes many common sense precautions for safety and security and encourages students, faculty and staff to do the same. Crime takes place in our society and the problem does not abate as one enters the confines of a College campus. However, all of us can reduce risk by thinking about personal safety and taking practical measures to limit our vulnerability to becoming crime victims.

Queens College is committed to assisting all members of the College Community in providing in their own safety and security. Information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as crime prevention, public safety peace officer law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, crime statistics for the most recent three years period, and disciplinary procedures is available from the Director of Public Safety. If you would like more information about safety and security at the Queens College Campus, please call the Director of Public Safety at (718) 997-4443. A College official will be glad to discuss your questions and concerns.

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Monthly and annual crime statistics for Queens College are available upon request by contacting:

Director of Public Safety,
Public Safety Department
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367.

Or visit our web site @ www.qc.cuny.edu/PublicSafety

 Preventive Procedures

As a part of its overall responsibilities, the Office conducts a continuous review of the campus facilities and grounds to ensure that all lighting and landscaping hazards are reported for correction or eliminated. Its telephone communication system (blue emergency phones) has been upgraded and improved.

Crime Prevention Tips

Always be aware of what is going on around you. Stay alert to your surroundings.

Walk with confidence. Hold your head up and shoulders straight.

At night, stick to well-lighted, populated areas and walk with another person whenever possible. Avoid walking alone or in isolated areas.

Take special precautions in parking garages, stairwells, elevators, bathrooms and dimly lit areas bordered with shrubbery. Studies show that many assaults may occur in these places.

If you suspect that you are being followed, go quickly to a place where there are other people. If you choose to run, run as fast as you are able to and scream loudly to attract attention or summon help.

Follow your basic instincts. If you sense that you may be at risk or in danger, try to get out of the situation quickly. For example, if you see a suspicious looking person or someone who makes you feel uncomfortable in a parking garage or lot, go with your feelings leave the area. Report your suspicions to the local police or Public Safety authorities immediately.

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Publications

Students, faculty, and staff are informed through a variety of publications, including the College Catalog, the Student Handbook, and general announcements, as to what procedures to follow in case of an emergency or an incident. In additional new students arriving on campus receive specific information through their freshman orientation classes.

Targeted publications regarding sexual harassment, sexual assault prevention, date rape, drug intervention, a daily crime log, among others, have been published for informational purposes.

Access to Facilities

The office of Security and Public Safety is informed of all officially approved activities scheduled to take place on campus. According to this schedule, it secures the academic and administrative buildings and the gymnasium in the evenings and on weekends. Students, faculty, and staff coming to campus for classes or to attend activities must carry their ID cards at all times in case they are asked to show them to a security officer. In case of theatrical presentations or such special events as Open House or Commencement, where large numbers of visitors are expected on campus, the Security Office must be informed well in advance so that appropriate provisions can be made for those events.

Campus Advisory Committee

The Office of Security and Public Safety is under the supervision of the Executive Director of Facilities and Campus Services. The policies and procedures under which it operates in relation to, threatening or emergency, situations on campus are frequently reviewed by the Campus Advisory Committee on Campus Security. This committee is composed of equal representation from the students body, the faculty, and administration. The office of Security in cooperation with this committee seeks to foster a sense of mutual respect and civility among the many persons that comprise the College’s multicultural population.

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College Counseling Services

Students who have personal problems that may be affecting their academic progress are urged to seek the services of the Counseling Center on campus. All counseling is strictly confidential. The Office of Security prefers to resolve potential discipline situations behavioral problems and inter personal conflicts through the professional services of the counselors in this center.

General College and University Policies and Procedures

Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of The City University and Queens College to prohibit sexual harassment of employees and students. It is a violation for any member of the College community to engage in sexual harassment or to take action against an individual for reporting sexual harassment.

The College policy concerning sex discrimination is explained in the Affirmative Action Plan, which is available in the Affirmative Action Office

Students who have a complaint concerning sex discrimination or sexual harassment should contact the Department for Student Affairs. They may also seek the assistance of the Title IX Coordinator or the College Affirmative Action Officer.

Allegations of sexual harassment should be made within 30 days of the alleged occurrence. Any person found responsible for sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action by the College and, if required, by civil authorities.

Education Program.

In an effort to inform the College community about sexual assault prevention, the Office of Security and Public Safety will do the following:

- Security and security personnel will form a crime prevention planning team. The team will determine in what areas and under what conditions students feel unsafe.

- The College will have a security and crime prevention column in the newspaper.

- A foot officer will be available to provide as escort on campus to any students who are concerned about his/her safety and who calls security.

- If a serious incident occurs on campus, the Office of Security and Public Safety will inform the College community in writing to insure a consistent flow of information and prevent the spreading of rumors.

Procedures Students Should Follow in the Case of Rape or Sexual Assault:

The Department for Student Affairs and the Office of Security must be notified of any emergency on campus. If a sex offense occurs, the security office will inform the student of the option of notifying police and obtaining medical assistance and campus counseling.

Students are advised that it is important to preserve evidence and get a medical examination as soon as possible.

Students should inform the doctor of the act committed upon them. Doctors should take semen smears and note any injuries. Before seeing the doctor, the victim should not douche, bathe, shower or change clothes. The victim should inform the police of all details and give police any clothing stained or torn during the attack.

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STUDENTS RIGHTS ON CAMPUS

Disciplinary Action

If disciplinary action is sought on campus, all students involved are informed of their rights. Under Article XV of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York Student Disciplinary Procedures (Section 15.3) “Notice of Hearing and Changes,” each student has the following rights:

- To present his/her side of the story

- To present witnesses and evidence on his/her behalf.

- To be represented by counsel, and be informed of the outcome of the hearing.

- Accused and the accuser must be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense.

If a person is found guilty in a campus disciplinary procedure, possible sanctions for rape and other sex offenses range from suspension to ejection from the College.

COUNSELING PROGRAMS

Counseling, Treatment and Prevention Programs, Sexual Assault and/or Sexual Harassment, Drug and Alcohol, and Domestic Violence

The College provides education and counseling to students and employees through the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, ‘B’ Building.

- Counseling Center – ‘B’ Building (718) 997-5420

- Department of Student Affairs (718) 997-5550

- Security Office Jefferson Hall – 204 (718) 997-4443 / 24 hrs. Operations Main Gate (718) 997-5912/5911

- Affirmative Action Officer Kiely 206 (718) 997-5554

In addition to on-campus help, victims can contact the following:

Sexual Assault / Sexual Harassment

- 24- Hour Rape Report Line (212-) 267-Rape

- New York Woman Against Rape (212) 777-4000

- NYC Domestic Violence Hot Line (800) 621-HOPE

- Queens District Attorney

Domestic Violence Unit (718) 268-6550

Family Court (718) 520-3891

Sex Crimes Unit-112 Precinct (718) 520-9363

Alcohol and Drugs

· Alcoholics Anonymous (212) 473-6200

· Alcohol Council of New York (212) 935-7070

· Pot Smokers Anonymous (212) 254-1777

· Narcotics Anonymous (212) 805-9835

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College Policy on Conduct

1. In accordance with Federal and State Law Queens College prohibits racial and ethnic discrimination and harassment based on race, gender, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or age. Specifically, a student may be disciplined for racist or discriminatory conduct addressed directly to an individual(s) intentionally made to threaten violence or property, harass, intimidate, or incite imminent lawless, action. Vandalism, racism, graffiti, intimidation, harassment, and other forms of organized hatred have no place on campus, will not be tolerated on campus, and violations will be punished.

2. All College personnel, students and non students, are required to carry their College identification (I.D) cards.

3. All persons on campus who are not College personnel are required to show acceptable identification to the security officers.

4. All persons on campus are required to show their College identification card or prove that they registered as a visitors Upon the request of a Public Safety Officer or College official, or any officer of the Queens College Student Association, or student responsible for a student event.

5. Any person(s) who refuses or is unable to show a valid I.D. card, or to prove he or she registered as a visitor, will be evicted from the campus and will be subjected to arrest for trespass.

6. The playing of radios on campus is not allowed.

7. The college expects students to demonstrate proper classroom decorum, which includes appropriate behavior and dress.

At all times the College seeks to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and civility.

Policy of Possession/Use of Alcoholic Beverages

1. The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by students and employees on University/College property or as a part of any University/College activity is prohibited.

2. No student organization is permitted to serve alcoholic beverages on this campus.

3. No alcoholic beverage are to be brought on this campus for any reason unless approved in advance and in writing by the Department for Student Affairs.

4. It is also the policy of the City University of New York and this College that:

Any action or situation, which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation or affiliation with any organization, is prohibited.

The legal age for drinking alcoholic in New York is 21, and state laws deal harshly with underage drinking. It is also against state law in New York State to sell or give away alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.The possession or use of illegal drugs is a crime in the State of New York. Anyone found in possession of or using such drugs on College property will be severely dealt with and may be suspended from the College, in addition to face criminal charges.

Policy on Illegal Possession and Use of Drugs

1. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illegal drugs or other controlled substances by University/College students or employees on University/College premises, or as part of any University/College activity is prohibited.

2. A student apprehended for the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession of marijuana, or use of illegal drugs or other controlled substances will be reported to the Department for Student Affairs and is subjected to civil and criminal law. The Vice President for Student Affairs will decide either to refer the student to counseling or bring a discipline charge. In the latter case, the due process will apply.

3. Any person apprehended on campus for any drug violation who is not a member of this College will be turned over to the police.

4. Since this campus is in no sense a sanctuary, civil and criminal officials may, on their own initiative (after notifying a supplied list of designated College officials) take such action as they deem necessary and appropriate.

5. For the purpose of this policy, the campus is understood to be all facilities in which this College conducts, administers, and is responsible for College business.

Weapons

No one within the University Community excepts peace officers, pursuant to authorization of the college Presidents, shall have in their possession a rifle, shotgun, firearm or any other dangerous instrument or material that can be used to inflict bodily harm on an individual or damage to a building or the grounds of a campus.

To prevent personal injury, Queens College prohibits the possession or use of any potentially dangerous weapon or explosive on College property. Firearms, ammunition, air guns, spring-type weapons, bows and arrows, slingshots, and firecrackers are among those items prohibited. This policy is in full accord with the New York State Penal Law and Education Law. Violators will be subjected to disciplinary as well as civil action.

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Crime Codes and Definitions

In compliance to the federal law in an effort to promote the personal safety of the college community, the following information has been prepared for campus review.

Queens College must produce and distribute an annual report containing crime statistics of security policy. This report focuses on the federal requirements under the “Jeanne Cleary Disclosure Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.”

The following categories of crime for the campus, certain non-campus properties and certain public property areas which have been reported, to the local police (107th pct) and the campus public safety department must for disclosure for the most recent three years.

(I) Homicide

(i) Manslaughter by Negligence-the killing of another person through gross negligence.

(ii) Murder and non-negligence Manslaughter.

The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

(II) Sex Offenses-Forcible

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

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

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

(iii) 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, forcible and/or against that person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of temporary or mental or physical incapacity.

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

Sex Offenses – Non-forcible Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.

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

(ii) Statutory Rape - Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent

(III) Robbery

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

(1V) 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 aggregated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.

(V) 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 felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

(VI) 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 joyriding.)

Arrest and Referral

The law also requires that colleges and universities provide statistics for the following categories of arrest or referrals for campus disciplinary action (if an arrest was not made): Liquor law violation, drug law violation, and illegal weapons possession.

(I) 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

(II) 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, but not limited to: opium or cocaine; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadone); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (Barbiturates, Benzedrine).

(III) Liquor Law Violations

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

Hate crimes must also be reported by category of prejudice bases on the following: Race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability.

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Reporting Locations

For the purpose of reporting the statistic with respect to the crime statistics that must be compiled in accordance under the categories of: On campus, non campus building or property; Public Property; and Dorm/residential.

(I) On-Campus:

(i) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution of higher education within the same reasonably contiguous and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and

(ii) Property within the same reasonable contiguous geographic area of the institution that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).

(II) On-campus building or property:

(i) Any building or property owned or controlled by student organization recognized by the institution; and

(ii) Any building or property (other than a branch campus) owned or controlled by an institution of higher education that is used in direct support of, or in relation, to the institution’s educational purposes, is used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.

(III) Public property:

Means all public property that is within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of institution, such as sidewalk, a street, other thoroughfare, or parking facility and is adjacent to a facility owned or controlled by the institution or the facility is used by institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to the institution’s educational purposes.

Dorm/Residential:

Residential and dormitories on campus.

There are no residential or dormitories premises on the Queens College campus.

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Annual Crime Statistics for Queens College are available upon request by contacting the Director of Security and Public Safety,
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, New York 11367. Or visiting our web site at: http//:www.qc.cuny.edu/PublicSafety

 


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