Crime and Safety Information

Overview

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.

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.