ASR 2017

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2017 Annual Security Report

Career Technical Institute (CTI)
Washington, DC

 

CAMPUS SECURITY

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), requires all schools that participate in federal financial aid programs to record and disclose information about campus crime and to distribute security-related policies and procedures in an Annual Security Report (ASR or Report).

The purpose of the ASR is to provide the CTI community with statistics regarding crimes that occurred on CTI’s campus and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from CTI’s campus during the last three years. The crime statistics contained in this Report represent a count of certain types of crimes specified under the Clery Act that were reported to CTI or to the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. The Report also includes important information regarding campus security and personal safety, crime prevention and awareness programming, disciplinary policies, and emergency notification and response procedures.

The Report is prepared by the Director of Financial Aid. The Director of Education is responsible for documenting any criminal acts that are reported to campus security authorities, as well as reporting crimes to the local authorities as required by law. The statistics are reported to the Director of Financial Aid on a monthly basis.  The Director of Financial Aid reports the information annually to the U.S. Department of Education. Individuals may request a hard copy of the Report at the Financial Aid Office.

Please review this Report carefully.  Maintaining a safe and secure environment requires the cooperation of all members of the CTI community. 

REPORTING CRIMES

CTI encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the local law enforcement agencies and the designated campus personnel listed below. CTI does not have policies or procedures that allow for voluntary, confidential crime reporting. Any information received by the designated employees listed below regarding criminal activity, sexual misconduct, or any other violation of CTI’s code of conduct will be investigated and a record of the incident will be taken along with all relevant information including the names of the alleged victim.

To report a crime to CTI, please contact:

Director of Education, DC Campus, (202) 552-3049, Sharon.Conn@careertechnical.edu

Director of Financial Aid, DC Campus, (202) 552-3044, Sandra.Dankwa@careertechnical.edu

Student Services Manager, DC Campus, (202) 552-3099, Rebekha.Bhagwandin@Careertechnical.edu 

CTI doe snot employ professional or pastoral counselors. Pastoral and professional counselors are employees of an institution whose official responsibilities include providing confidential counseling. Such services may be available in your local communities. Crimes that are being reported only to the victim’s pastor will not be included in CTI’s annual crime statistics and CTI will issue no campus-wide warnings based upon them.

TIMELY WARNING PROCEDURE

CTI will issue Timely Warnings to heighten safety awareness and provide students, faculty, and staff notification regarding crimes that occur on campus property or on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus and that are considered by CTI to present a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.

The Director of Education is responsible for preparing and distributing Timely Warnings. Warnings will be distributed to the campus community by means of postings on bulletin boards, flyers, announcements over the PA system, and use of the “One Call Now” system, where CTI can send automated voice and text messages to the contact information we have for students and staff. The Timely Warning will provide details of the crime, a description of the suspect if known, and information on whom to contact about the incident.

SECURITY PERSONNEL AT CTI

CTI does not employ or contract with any dedicated security personnel. CTI administrators enjoy a good working relationship with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department and share information when necessary, but CTI currently does not have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with local law enforcement.

SECURITY & ACCESS TO FACILITIES

CTI’s campus comprises the entire lower level of the office building located at 1101 Vermont Avenue in Northwest Washington, DC. CTI does not currently have any off-campus student housing or other off-campus facilities used by student organizations.

CTI’s main entrance (located off of L Street) is within eyesight of the receptionist who will admit and direct students and visitors accordingly. The main entrance to CTI, and the exit to and from the lobby is monitored by a closed circuit security camera. The main entrance is open from 8 AM to 7 PM. All students and visitors entering after 7 PM must be buzzed into the building by the receptionist and are required to show proper identification.

The building in which the campus is located has multiple closed-circuit cameras monitoring the entrances and area around the building.  The building entrance located on Vermont Ave, NW, has a building security guard station that is monitored 24/7.

The following security considerations are used in the maintenance of campus facilities:

  • CTI limits access to all campus facilities to authorized personnel, students, and authorized visitors. Unauthorized persons will be considered “trespassers” and will be dealt with accordingly.
  • Adequate lighting is provided at all campus locations, and all exits are covered by the building security camera system.

CRIME AWARENESS & PREVENTION

In complying with the requirements of the Clery Act, CTI distributes an annual notice to all current and prospective students and employees informing them of the availability, location, and contents of the ASR. In addition, CTI conducts biannual workshops (February & November) designed to inform students and employees about the proper campus security procedures and best practices for the prevention of crime.

  • Students and employees are required to follow campus security guidelines for their own personal safety and the security of their property.
  • Students and employees are encouraged to report any suspicious activity.
  • Information on crime awareness and prevention is readily available upon request and will be updated and re-distributed to all existing students and staff on an annual basis.
  • Students performing externship or clinical practice off-campus are expected to practice safety and security procedures as if the site were an extension of the campus.

CRIME PREVENTION

Individuals often inadvertently contribute to crimes of opportunity by needlessly placing themselves or their property at risk.  Prevention efforts can be effective in reducing the opportunities for criminal activity.  The following list is a compilation of crime prevention tips:

  • Do not prop open campus doors.
  • Do not leave personal property unattended.
  • Report suspicious individuals to school officials, building security, or the police.
  • At night, always walk in groups of at least two.
  • Stay on main walkways.
  • Keep your valuables out of plain sight.
  • Engrave your valuables.
  • Always carry your picture ID.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you.

If you assume responsibility for your own safety first and encourage others to do the same, the opportunities for crime may be drastically reduced.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRIES

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires schools to disclose to its students and the campus community where state law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.

Any member of the campus community who would like to obtain further information regarding sexual offenders in the area may refer to the following state-specific sites:

Maryland:  http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/onlineservs/socem/default.shtml

DC:  http://mpdc.dc.gov/service/sex-offender-registry

Virginia:  http://sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor/

SEX OFFENSES

In order to prevent the occurrence of rape, acquaintance rape, and other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, CTI’s policy includes the following:

In conjunction with the campus security biannual emergency preparation program, CTI will address sexual assault awareness and prevention. These in-service programs may be conducted by local law enforcement officials or other qualified individuals twice a year.  Notice of the programs is provided to current employees, and students by posting a notice on electronic bulletin boards and sending notice to students via the One Call Now system.  Our prevention and awareness training program includes:

  • The definitions of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and consent.
  • Safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or to intervene when there is a risk that another individual will experience domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
  • Information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and to avoid potential attacks.
  • Information regarding existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available in the community.

In the event that sexual misconduct, gender‐based violence or the crimes of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence or domestic violence does occur, CTI takes the matter very seriously. Any complaints or inquiries regarding sexual misconduct or harassment should be brought forth to Dr. Sharon Conn, Title IX Coordinator, or other designated employees and all such claims will be investigated promptly and thoroughly. Dr. Conn can be reached at (202) 552-3049 or @ sharon.conn@careertechnical.edu.

It is the policy of CTI to promote awareness to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and other forcible and non‐forcible sex offenses, and to encourage anyone who is the victim or witness to any such offense to promptly report the incident to the local police and, if applicable, to the Title IX Coordinator or designated employee. If you are the victim of sexual misconduct, gender‐based violence, or the crimes of rape, acquaintance rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, or domestic violence, some or all of these safety suggestions may guide you after an incident has occurred:

  1. Go to a safe place and speak with someone you trust. Tell this person what happened. If there is any immediate danger, contact 911.
  2. Consider securing immediate professional support (e.g., counseling, victim advocacy, medical services, etc.) to assist you in the crisis.
  3. For your safety and well‐being, immediate medical attention is encouraged. Further, being examined as soon as possible, ideally within 120 hours, is important in the case of rape or sexual assault. The hospital will arrange for a specific medical examination at no charge or can work with you to arrange state reimbursement.
  • To preserve evidence, it is recommended that you do not bathe, shower, douche, eat, drink, smoke, brush your teeth, urinate, defecate, or change clothes before receiving medical attention. Even if you have already taken any of these actions, you are still encouraged to have prompt medical care, and evidence may still be recoverable.
  • Typically, if police are involved or will be involved, they will obtain evidence from the scene, and it is best to leave things undisturbed until their arrival. They will gather bedding, linens or unlaundered clothing, and any other pertinent articles that may be used for evidence. It is best to allow police to secure items in evidence containers, but if you are involved in transmission of items of evidence, such as to the hospital, secure them in a clean paper bag or clean sheet to avoid contamination.
  • If you have physical injuries, photograph or have them photographed, with a date stamp on the photo.
  • Record the names of any witnesses and their contact information. This information may be helpful as proof of a crime, to obtain an order of protection, or to offer proof of a campus policy violation.
  • Try to memorize details (e.g., physical description, names, license plate number, car description, etc.), or even better, write notes to remind you of details, if you have time and the ability to do so.
  • If you obtain external orders of protection (e.g., restraining orders, injunctions, protection from abuse), please notify to the Title IX Coordinator or designated employee.

To report an incident that occurs at CTI, individuals should dial 911 and seek immediate medical attention. Anyone with knowledge about sexual misconduct, gender‐based violence, or the crimes of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, or domestic violence is encouraged to report it immediately. However, a victim has the right to decline to notify such authorities. If requested, CTI staff will assist the student in notifying the local police and security personnel at the location. A student may also officially report such an incident may do so by contacting the Title IX Coordinator or designated employee.

Protective measures for victims are available whether a victim chooses to report to local law enforcement, and irrespective of whether a victim pursues a formal complaint through the Institution’s resolution process. CTI will use its best efforts to inform crime victims of their rights and support the victim in relation to orders of protection, no contact orders, restraining orders, or similar lawful orders issued by criminal, civil, or tribal courts. CTI students or employees who report that he or she has been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and other forcible and non‐forcible sex offenses at a residency shall be provided with a written explanation of his or her rights and options.

If a sex offense occurs, the victim should immediately contact Director of Education, CTI’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sharon Conn, or local police for assistance.  You may also contact the DC Rape Crisis Center HOTLINE at: 202-333-RAPE.  Preserving evidence in cases of sexual assault is critical.  Any evidence related to the incident should be meticulously preserved for police identification.  To preserve evidence, you should not bathe or change clothes prior to receiving medical assistance.

Students have the option to report rape or sex offenses to the proper law enforcement authorities.  CTI staff will assist the student in reporting these offenses at the student’s request.

CTI will also assist students with contacting off-campus counseling, mental health services, and other student services for victims of sex offenses upon request by the student.   Information may be obtained from the campus Executive Director.  We also encourage students to contact the DC Rape Crisis Center.

The DC Rape Crisis Center is dedicated to creating a world free of sexual violence. The Center works for social change through community outreach, education, and legal and public policy initiatives. It helps survivors and their families heal from the aftermath of sexual violence through crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

If applicable, disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with the CTI’s Code of Conduct. CTI will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or other non‐forcible sex offence, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the Institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such a crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the information will be provided to the victim’s immediate family, if so requested. In conducting disciplinary proceedings for cases of sexual misconduct, the Institution will use a preponderance of evidence as its evidentiary standard. The type of proceeding used will be determined based upon a number of factors, including the circumstances and seriousness of the allegation.

Following a final determination of disciplinary action relating to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or any other forcible and non‐forcible sex offense, the Institution may impose sanctions up to and including dismissal from the Institution. CTI will institute appropriate measures in order to protect the crime victim relating to the investigative and disciplinary proceedings.

CTI’s process and procedures for institutional disciplinary action in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution and will be conducted by officials who receive annual training on issues related to such offenses, and other forcible and non‐forcible sex offenses, and how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability. All parties to the process are entitled to have a support person/advisor of their choice at any proceeding or related meeting. This support person/advisor may not be an attorney. The Institution InstitutionInstiution will inform the parties to the proceeding of; the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding that arises from an allegation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the procedures for appealing the results of the proceeding, any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final, and when such results become final. The Institution will attempt to have the investigation and disciplinary process completed in a reasonable timeframe, with the goal being to complete the entire process within 60 days. A student found guilty of violating the InstitutionInstitution’s sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in state courts and may be suspended or dismissed from the Institution for the first offense. To the extent possible by law, confidentiality of identifying information regarding victims will be protected. Victims of reported dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking will be offered assistance in changing academic or working situations, if requested by the victim and if reasonably available, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement

DRUG-FREE CAMPUS AND WORKPLACE

As required by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, CTI provides a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP), outlined in detail below.

ALCOHOL & DRUG VIOLATIONS

The campus and all associated campus areas are designated as “Drug-Free.” The possession, or sale or furnishing of alcohol or illegal drugs of any kind on campus or associated campus areas is strictly prohibited.

A student committing this violation is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from school, as well as criminal prosecution, including fines and/or imprisonment. The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws.  Persons under the age of 21 cannot legally purchase or publicly possess alcoholic beverages in the District of Columbia. CTI strictly enforces underage drinking and all other local and federal laws regarding the possession, sale, or use of drugs and alcohol. Students and staff found to be violating any local or federal drug or alcohol law will be reported to local law authorities.

Note:  Additional information is available within the Employee Handbook for campus personnel.

As part of CTI’s biannual DAAPP review, CTI will assess the drug and alcohol prevention program implemented to determine the following:

  • The number of drug and alcohol-related violations and fatalities that occurred on the campus or in connection with any campus activities that were reported to campus officials, and
  • The number and type of sanctions that were imposed by the campus as a result of drug and alcohol-related violations and fatalities on the campus or in connection with any campus activities.

CTI’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP) Policy is published in our Student Orientation Handbook and is available on our website at www.careertechnical.edu/daapp

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE and EVACUATION PROCEDURES

Please contact the Director of Education at the DC Campus at (202) 552-3049, or Sharon.Conn@careertechnical.edu to report information regarding an emergency situation that may impact CTI.

After receiving information regarding a threat, the Director of Education will contact local law enforcement, staff, and any other individuals with pertinent information regarding the threat to assess and confirm whether there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation that could impact CTI.

Upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation that presents an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on the campus, the Executive Director will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of an Emergency Warning notification, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate an emergency. CTI will issue an Emergency Warning by means of postings on bulletin boards, flyers, announcements over the PA system, and use of the “One Call Now” system, whereby the Institution can send automated voice and text messages to the student body and staff.

The Director of Education will determine the content of the notification, the appropriate segment or segments of campus to alert to the emergency, and whether disseminating information to local law enforcement agencies and the larger community is necessary. The Director of Education will alert the larger community by contacting the Washington Metropolitan Police department.

Annually, CTI will conduct an announced emergency response and evacuation procedure training exercise. The exercise will be announced on the Institution’s electronic bulletin boards and an announcement sent via the One Call Now system.  This exercise will simulate an emergency that requires the CTI campus to be evacuated. In conjunction with the exercise, emergency response and evacuation procedures will be distributed to all members of the campus community.  Records of the exercise, including a description of the exercise, the date, and time, will be maintained by the Director of Financial Aid.

 

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