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2013 Notice of Annual Security Report Availability

Mt. Sierra College’s annual security report is now available. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security, for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings, or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.

Issuing Timely Warnings

Numerous efforts are made to inform members of the College community in a timely manner about campus crime and crime-related problems. These efforts include Daily Logs and Observation Reports. These logs and reports are distributed by security officers to the Human Resources Department. Copies may be requested from the College’s Human Resources Administrator.

Each year, in compliance with federal law, Mt. Sierra prepares an annual report that discloses campus crime and certain security policies. The crime statistics are compiled using reports made to campus security. A copy of the crime statistics is filed with the U.S. Department of Education and is available at their website at http://ope.ed.gov/security/ and as part of this publication.

To report a crime or an unusual situation during school hours, contact a Campus Safety officer immediately. Security Officers can be easily reached at (626) 484-4436 or call 911.

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Campus Security, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through the college e-mail system to students, faculty, and staff.

A truly safe campus can be achieved only through the cooperation of students, faculty, and staff. It is the responsibility of all members of the Mt. Sierra College community to report any crime, suspicious activity, or other emergency on campus to the campus security.

Preparation of Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires that colleges and universities disclose policy information and crime statistics as part of a campus security report published annually by each institution. Institutions must also issue timely warning notices of crimes and maintain a daily crime log. The Clery Act seeks to ensure that parents, students, and other members of the campus community are adequately informed about crimes on or near the campus, campus security policies and procedures, and what institutions are doing to keep concerned individuals informed.

In cooperation with the Monrovia Police Department, Mt. Sierra has compiled the data necessary to prepare this report to comply with the Clery Act.

Voluntary Confidential Reporting

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action with the local police, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Human Resource Administrator can compile a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, Mt. Sierra can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community of potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.

Limited Voluntary Confidential

The Monrovia Police Department encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police. Because police reports are public record under state law, the Monrovia Police Department cannot hold reports of crime in confidence.

Security and Access

During business hours, Mt. Sierra will be open to enrolled students, faculty and staff, and visitors with legitimate business. Mt. Sierra College reserves the right to limit, revoke or refuse campus access at any time. To insure the safety of the College community, Mt Sierra College maintains video surveillance of the campus, including hallways and classrooms. Mt. Sierra security officers and staff have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Mt. Sierra College.

Controlled Substance Abuse and Treatment Policy
  • Alcohol & Drug Policy

    MSC has a vital interest in maintaining safe, healthful and efficient working conditions for its employees, students and visitors. Being under the influence of alcohol or using intoxicants while on the job poses serious safety and health risks not only to the user but to all those who work or come into contact with the user. The manufacture, possession, sale, or distribution of an intoxicant in the workplace also poses unacceptable safety and health risks. Accordingly, it is the right, obligation, and intent of MSC to protect its employees, students, and visitors, and to safeguard College property, equipment, and operations by establishing and maintaining the following policy with regard to use, possession, or sale of alcohol or other intoxicants in the work place. Employees may be disciplined, up to and including discharge without prior notice or warning, even for a first offense, for any of the following:

    • 1) For reporting to work and/or working with the presence of any intoxicants in their bodies;
    • 2) For possessing or ingesting intoxicants in the workplace during working hours, including meal and rest breaks;
    • 3) For involvement in the manufacture, sale, purchase, transfer, distribution, or dispensation of intoxicants in the workplace and/or during working hours, including lunch and rest breaks; and
    • 4) For providing false or misleading information, or failing to provide information about any of the foregoing with regard to themselves or others.

    As used above, "workplace" includes any premises where an employee may be working on behalf of MSC. "Intoxicants" as used in this policy means any drug listed in 21 U.S.C. §821 and other federal regulations, including, but not limited to, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, PCP and crack, narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines and any other controlled substance other than those taken under the direction and prescription of a licensed physician. Intoxicants also include alcohol and legal drugs not taken under the direction and prescription of a licensed physician to the extent that their ingestion may affect the safety of co-workers or members of the public, the employee's job performance, or the safe or efficient operation of MSC facility.

  • Medical Marijuana

    MSC is headquartered in the State of California. Although California has legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, the College is not required to allow the medicinal use of marijuana in the workplace. Use of or being under the influence of marijuana is strictly prohibited while on work time and may result in discipline, up to and including discharge.

Weapons

Mt. Sierra College prohibits students, employees, and visitors from bringing firearms or other weapons onto College premises. Compliance with this policy will be strictly enforced and sanctions for violations will be imposed, up to and including expulsion from the College or termination of employment.

Preventing and Responding to Sex Offenses
  • Sexual Assault

    Although no sexual assaults have been reported on the Mt. Sierra campus to date, our campus communities are committed to responding quickly and appropriately to all reports of sexual assault or harassment, and to work collaboratively with law enforcement. The majority of sexual assaults that occur on campus communities are committed by people known by their victims, such as casual acquaintances. Often, these types of assaults are not reported to police or campus authorities because people don’t think this unwanted sexual contact constitutes sexual assault because they know the assailant. These individuals are able to continue to exploit people by manipulating that trust. By reporting these incidents, you will significantly decrease the likelihood that this individual can subject another person to this type of victimization.

  • Policy Statement

    Mt. Sierra College expressly prohibits sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, and all other sexual offenses on any campus owned property, or at institutionally sponsored events or supervised activities. A sex offense in general is:

    Any sexual act directed against another 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.

    If you are a victim of a sexual assault at Mt. Sierra College, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. Mt. Sierra College strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to campus security and the Monrovia Police Department. Filing a report with the security officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:

    • ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim;
    • provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam);
    • assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
  • Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA)

    On March 7th, 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) (Pub. Law 113-4). Among other provisions, this law amended section 485(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), otherwise known as the Clery Act (20 U.S.C. 1092(f)). These statutory changes require institutions to compile statistics for certain crimes that are reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies including incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

    The final regulations to implement these statutory changes to the Clery Act will not be effective until after the Department completes the rulemaking process, potentially in November 2014. Until those regulations are issued, MSC has made a good faith effort to comply with the statutory requirements.

  • Sex Offender Registration

    In California, convicted sex offenders must register with their local law enforcement agencies. Commonly called Megan's Law, this law allows the public to access the registry at local law enforcement offices. It also authorizes local law enforcement to notify the public about high-risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in or frequent the community. Information about the sex offender registry may be accessed online at http:/meganslaw.ca.gov.

2013 Crime Statistics Reporting Table

Mt. Sierra College prepares a report each year in compliance with federal law that discloses campus crime and certain security policies. The crime statistics are compiled using reports made to Campus Safety, the Monrovia Police Department, deans and other College officials. A copy of the crime statistics is filed with the U.S. Department of Education and is available online at http://ope.ed.gov/security.

The Annual Security Report is published annually in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Below is a crime statistics report within a three-year period.

2013 Crime Statistics Reporting Table

OFFENSE
YEAR
ON-CAMPUS PROPERTY
ON-CAMPUS STUDENT HOUSING FACILITIES
NONCAMPUS PROPERTY
PUBLIC PROPERTY
MURDER / NON-NEGLIGENT MANSLAUGHTER
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
NEGLIGENT MANSLAUGHTER
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
SEX OFFENSES, FORCIBLE
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
SEX OFFENSES, NON-FORCIBLE
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
ROBBERY
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
BURGLARY
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
1
n/a
0
0
ARSON
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
ARRESTS: WEAPONS:
CARRYING, POSSESSING, ETC.
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
DISCIPLINARY REFERRALS:
WEAPONS: CARRYING, POSSESSING, ETC.
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
ARRESTS:
DRUG ABUSE VIOLATIONS
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
DISCIPLINARY REFERRALS:
DRUG ABUSE VIOLATIONS
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
ARRESTS:
LIQUOR LAW VIOLATIONS
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
DISCIPLINARY REFERRALS:
LIQUOR LAW VIOLATIONS
2013
0
n/a
0
0
2012
0
n/a
0
0
2011
0
n/a
0
0
Treatment Centers
  • The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Referral Hotline (800) 662-HELP, http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov
  • The Center for Substance Abuse Workplace Hotline (800) 967-5752, http://www.workplace.samhsa.gov/HelpLine/Helpline
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (Los Angeles) (800) 923-8722, http://lacoaa.org
  • Narcotics Anonymous (Los Angeles) (800) 863-2962, http://www.todayna.org
Smoking Policies

As in accordance with State law, no employee is allowed to smoke in any buildings inside Mt. Sierra College premises at anytime. Smoking is allowed outside in designated locations during designated breaks and meal times only. Employees should try when possible to smoke out of view of any students, suppliers, vendors, or visitors to our location.

You should always wash your hands before returning to your duties after smoking cigarettes. Mt. Sierra College and its employees will abide by all state and city ordinances with concern to smoking laws.

NO employee should ever smoke near any working area or any vehicles, chemicals or any combustible items on or near our premises.

Employees should make sure that they dispose of cigarette butts in the trashcans provided for cigarettes. Regular trash cans are not to be used for disposal of cigarette butts or any tobacco product. Employees should also not put butts out on the ground or planters.

Electronic Cigarettes

Unregulated high-tech smoking devices, commonly referred to as electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” closely resemble and purposefully mimic the act of smoking by having users inhale vaporized liquid nicotine created by heat through an electronic ignition system. After testing a number of e-cigarettes from two leading manufacturers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that various samples tested contained not only nicotine but also detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals, including tobacco-specific nitrosamines and diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze. The FDA’s testing also suggested that “quality control processes used to manufacture these products are inconsistent or non-existent.” ([n.a.], "Summary of results: laboratory analysis of electronic cigarettes conducted by FDA," Food and Drug Administration (FDA), July 22, 2009. E-cigarettes produce a vapor of undetermined and potentially harmful substances, which may appear similar to the smoke emitted by traditional tobacco products. Their use in workplaces and public places where smoking of traditional tobacco products is prohibited creates concern and confusion and leads to difficulties in enforcing the smoking prohibitions.

In light of these findings, E-cigarettes will be considered a traditional tobacco product and in accordance with State law, no employee is allowed to smoke in any buildings inside MSC premises at anytime.

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