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Crime and Safety Information

Crime and Safety Information

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

An AED is a lightweight, battery-operated, portable device that checks the heart’s rhythm and sends a shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm. The device is used to help people having sudden cardiac arrest. Defibrillators are located in every campus building except for the North Classroom. If use is initiated, 9-1-1 should also be called.

Campus Emergency Alert System

Clery Report

Crime Definitions

Daily Crime Log

Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Fire Alarm Systems

As you walk in the hallways on your way to an exit – and usually near the stairwell door – you should find at least one fire alarm pull box. In case of fire or smoke, always pull the alarm box first, regardless of the size of the fire. Upon pulling this box, an alarm should sound and verbal instructions might follow. The alarm system also should be activated automatically when a heat or smoke detector detects a fire or smoke condition, protecting both people and property even when the fire is not noticed by an individual.
Once the alarm is activated, notification goes to the local fire department through the Department of Public Safety. Your awareness and prompt use of the fire alarm system can minimize the loss of life and property because of fire.
To ensure that the system will protect you, you must:

  • Evacuate during all fire alarms.
  • Respond to all alarms equally. Never assume that it is a test or a drill or a false alarm.
  • Become familiar with your building’s fire alarm system and alarm notification procedures.
  • Know at least two pull box locations in your area.
  • Know how to activate the fire alarm.
  • Maintain pull boxes free of obstructions and clearly visible at all times.
  • Report promptly to the Department of Public Safety, if the alarm is not heard properly in your area.
  • Some pull boxes have plexiglas covers that, when lifted, produce a local warning sound. Note that this is not a fire alarm sound. To activate the fire alarm throughout the building, you must pull the inner pull box.

Fire Log

Fire Safety Compliance

Sexual Assault

Various organizations sponsor programs relating to rape and rape prevention, drug use and discrimination. Notices will be posted by campus security and other campus offices regarding crime awareness and prevention. Student Support Services and personal counselors are always available to lend a supportive ear whenever you need someone to talk with.

The OASIS Program provides pamphlets and information regarding rape education, safety tips and personal security. During each semester, open forums are scheduled for the above items to make all students aware of their availability. In addition, each subject matter will be submitted to: This Week in Student Life, the campus online publication.
If you are sexually assaulted, consider the following:

  • Contact the police, Public Safety on campus or the Office of Student Life. Campus personnel will help you communicate with the police.
  • Contact a 24-hour assistance hotline in Newark, 800.544.1601 or 740.345.4357; Coshocton and Zanesville areas, 800.656.HOPE; Mount Vernon, 330.392.2828; and in Columbus, 614.267.7020.
  • Get medical attention. Note: Do not shower or douche. Bring in clothes to the examination. This will help assure that evidence needed for prosecution is not destroyed.
  • Contact a support person (friend, family member, faculty or staff member) to help with emotional support and transportation.
  • Emotional help is available through the Counseling Services at 740.364.9578 and Family Health Center in Newark at 800.544.1601. Additional agencies are listed in a brochure available at the Office of Student Life.
  • Finally, upon request of the victim of an alleged sex offense, classes and/or campus living situations may be changed if campus officials can reasonably accommodate them.

The bottom line is, if you are not sure whether or not to report a sexual offense or a crime has been committed, contact the Director of Student Life, Chief Safety Officer, a Campus Security Officer or Site Coordinators for Knox and Coshocton campuses. They will help you find out if you should report the incident. They can contact the proper authorities and provide options to you. Just remember, unwanted touching, unprovoked verbal or non-verbal gestures regarding sex, race, ethnic origin, etc., will not be tolerated and are subject to the student judicial system, employee disciplinary procedures, or the criminal laws of Ohio.

For reporting on-campus incidents:
For students: Holly Mason, Dean of Students at Central Ohio Technical College
Director of Student Life at The Ohio State University at Newark
740.364.9578; mason.536@mail.cotc.edu

For faculty/staff:  John Ralston, Director of Human Resources
740.366.9360; ralston.87@mail.cotc.edu

Sexual Offenders are required to notify the sheriff of the county in which they will reside in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, Section 2950.04.
For a complete listing of offenders in Licking County please click here.

For your convenience, we have provided links to the sex offender pages of sheriff's departments in neighboring counties.

Franklin County
Knox County
Coshocton County
Fairfield County
Muskingum County
Delaware County


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Crime Bulletins and Reports

*THERE ARE NO CRIME OR HEALTH ALERT BULLETINS AT THIS TIME.*

Crime has no respect for individuals. It flourishes in communities that are inattentive or apathetic in their approach to crime. Every member of the university community has a responsibility to contribute to the well-being of the community. No single group or organization can possibly prevent crime on behalf of all. Therefore, it is incumbent on each of us to participate in crime prevention efforts. This can be accomplished by being aware of our surroundings, by reporting criminal or suspicious activity and getting involved in campus sponsored crime prevention programs.

Crime prevention, to be fully effective, requires active participation, cooperation and the development of partnerships within the campus community. Crime prevention begins with you. By working together, we can help to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Report any suspicious activity or crime by calling Public Safety at 740.366.9237 or Newark Police @ 9-1-1.

Guidelines for reporting crime or other serious incidents to Public Safety

  • When describing suspects, notice age, race, sex, height, weight and clothing.
  • Compare your own weight and height to that of the suspect.
  • Notice unique characteristics — scars, eyes, jewelry, walk, speech or anything else that would help identify the suspect.
  • When describing a suspicious vehicle, try to notice the license plate numbers, make, model, color, noticeable damage, decals, and the direction of travel.
The Public Safety staff is accessible 24 hours a day to receive information or provide officer assistance. The department is located in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, room 105.

Criminal activity or emergencies (fire or medical) may be reported by dialing 9-1-1 from any campus phone. There are currently 13 public phones located throughout campus that can be used to report fires, medical, criminal or suspicious incidents. These phones are located on each level of Founders Hall near the elevator, in the Hopewell Hall Gateway, Hopewell South, LeFevre Hall, John Gilbert Reese Center and Adena Hall.

Any criminal activity-taking place off campus in the city of Newark can be reported 24 hours each day to the Newark Police Department. Dialing 9-1-1 from any off-campus phone will put you in contact with a dispatcher. Incidents that occur outside of Newark city limits in Licking County can be reported to the Licking County Sheriff’s Office at 740.670.6555.

The Department of Public Safety seeks and shares information with local law enforcement agencies on a regular basis. This cooperative working relationship makes it easier for us to monitor and record information concerning criminal activity occurring off campus involving students and student organizations affiliated with the University.

Instances of harassment are normally handled by either the Director of Student Life when a student is alleged to be responsible or by the Director of Human Resources (working with a supervisor) if a staff or faculty member is alleged to be responsible.
  • It is important that people who believe they have been harassed, or a victim of discrimination, or a crime, feel free to discuss it with an advisor, counselor, Support Services staff member or ombudsperson.
These people can help give a student support and explore options for reporting and getting personal help.

Disseminating Information on Dangerous Crime

We encourage everyone to take responsibility for the safety and security of themselves and others. We promote the crime prevention message through campus programs and literature distribution. We believe that publicizing crime and campus safety information helps make this campus safer. We make timely warning reports to the campus community of health issues or serious crimes, such as murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and rape. These serious crimes are reported to the campus community using “Health Alert” and “Crime Alert” posters, our webpage, the campus newsletter, local news media and/or other mailings. “Crime Alert” posters can be found posted on bulletin boards and entryways to campus buildings.


Policies for Reporting Crimes/Preparing Annual Reports/ Confidential Reporting

All persons are strongly encouraged to report crime to the police. Crimes occurring on campus should be reported to the Department of Public Safety at (emergency) 740.366.9300 or (non-emergency) 740.366.9237. Crimes occurring off campus in Newark should be reported to the City of Newark Police at (emergency) 9-1-1 or (non-emergency) 740.349.6709.

Under Ohio law, persons who have knowledge of a felony (a victim of or witness to the crime ) are required to report the crime to the police (Ohio Revised Code 2921.22). Failure to report a crime may itself be a crime. You can also report incidences or crime to our public safety officers.


Confidentiality

Ohio’s public records law (Ohio Revised Code 149.43) does not permit the college or university to promise confidentiality to those who report crimes to anyone except counselors at student life counseling services or, under certain circumstances, to a physician or nurse. Some off-campus reports may also be legally confidential - e.g. reports to clergy or health care professionals.

Reports that are confidential by law will not be reported for inclusion in the annual crime statistics report. Because of the requirements of public record laws, and counselor, medical professional and clerical confidentiality, Central Ohio Technical College does not have a policy that permits confidential reporting of crimes to these individuals for inclusion in the annual crime statistics report.