Security & safety

2014 Norwich University Annual Security Report for 2013

Campus Security

The Norwich University Security and Safety Department provides a 24-hour physical security presence 365 days a year. The Security Office is located in the southwest end of the Hayden Building. From an off-campus phone, security personnel can be contacted by dialing 802.485.2525 or 802.485.2499. On-campus callers can reach Security by dialing ext. 2525 or 2499.

Norwich University Security has only those enforcement powers as designated by the President of Norwich University. Security officers do not have law enforcement powers or arrest authority. An excellent working relationship exists with state and local law enforcement agencies. No Memorandum of Understanding exists between Norwich University and the Northfield Police Department. Reports of crime will be investigated by the Security Department and/or local law enforcement agencies. Information about Violations of Law/Safety Concerns is found in the Student Rules and Regulations (PDF), Chapter 3, Section XX, and reads as follows:

Section XX – Violation of Law/Safety Concerns

A student who suspects the theft of property (e.g., jewelry, a camera, a computer, money, a bicycle) should call Security, x2525. Security will respond to the scene, conduct a preliminary assessment, gather statements, and offer the student the opportunity to have the police contacted and brought to campus.

A student who has personal safety concerns of any type should call Norwich Security, x2525, as soon as possible. Security will conduct a preliminary assessment and determine the appropriate response which may include calling for police assistance.

Academic buildings are patrolled by Student Affairs and Security personnel. Residence Halls are patrolled periodically and upon request by the on duty Security officer. In addition, residence halls are patrolled by the Student Affairs Duty Officer. Residence Halls are locked nightly by Norwich University Student Affairs staff.

Crime Reporting

Students are encouraged to report all violations and criminal activities to the Security Department and/or officials within the office of Student Affairs. During orientation, students are instructed on the procedures for contacting the Security Department. The Security Department will investigate all complaints and act on them in an appropriate manner.

Norwich University does not have policies or procedures in place for confidential reporting. Norwich University does not have a confidential reporting process in place for pastoral or professional counselors to report for statistical purposes. Norwich University does not have any off-campus student organizations to monitor for crime reporting purposes.

Annual Security Report

The annual security report and crime related statistics is published electronically and in hard copy. This report is available to any member of the campus community. The detailed annual crime statistics, forwarded to the Department of Education, is available at the website: ope.ed.gov/security. The current Norwich University Crime Statistics Report is included in this report.

This report is updated annually and contains the Norwich University crime statistics for the past three years. This report represents crime and good faith reports of crime reported to Norwich University officials that is alleged to have occurred on campus, non-campus and public property. The annual crime statistics report is compiled by the Chief of Security. The Chief of Security receives crime statistics data via the Security Crime/Incident reports, Student Affairs, Equal Opportunity Coordinator, and the Northfield Police Department. The Chief of Security compiles the reported crimes and cross checks each report to insure the reports are accurate. The Annual Security Report is accessible online. In addition, hard copies of the Annual Security Report are provided to the Dean of Students and the Admissions office. The Norwich University holds hard copies of the report for distribution when requested. The entire Norwich community is notified by electronic notice and individual emails when the most current annual security report is available.

Definitions of Locations:

On Campus
The building is owned or controlled by Norwich University and is located within the confines of the main campus.
The building is owned by Norwich University, but is controlled by a student organization and located within the confines of the main campus.
Non-campus
A building owned or controlled by Norwich University and located off campus.
Public Property
Those areas, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that are within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

Timely Warnings/Crime Alerts

Timely Warnings are issued whenever there is an ongoing threat of crime or danger to the Norwich University Community. If circumstances warrant, Timely Warnings/Crime Alerts are prepared and distributed throughout the campus via electronic notices, campus wide emails, and posted notices at residence halls and campus buildings.

Timely Warnings are initiated by Security and/or Student Affairs with the assistance of the Office of Communications and are released as rapidly as possible, but accuracy of the alert is a priority.

Whenever Norwich University deems that crime prevention information should be passed to the faculty, staff and student population, a “Norwich Notice” is electronically published on My.Norwich.edu.

Residence Hall Safety

Crime and fire prevention presentations are made available to resident coordinators/advisors and Cadet Leadership. Students have been briefed and required to keep their residence hall rooms locked at all times. Entrances and exits are expected to be locked at all times. Norwich University employees are expected to shut all propped doors. Security officers are required, by the Chief of Security, to shut all propped doors and remove/dispose of the propping device.

Facilities Surveys

Comprehensive surveys of exterior lighting, exterior doors and grounds are conducted by the Facilities Operations Department throughout the year.

Emergency Management

Emergency Siren

An emergency siren is located on the roof of Chaplin Hall. When activated, the siren will emit a wailing sound followed by a prerecorded verbal message stating, “Shelter in place”. At the conclusion of a test or emergency, a steady tone, from the siren, and prerecorded message that follows, announces “All clear”. The siren also has a public announcement capability.

Web-Based Notification System

All faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to register their contact information in order to be notified through the web based notification system. Once registered into the system, messages can be transmitted via email, telephone, and SMS (text messaging). Registration is accomplished by logging into my.norwich.edu, followed by Banner Web. Sign in and update, “Update Addresses and Phones”, and “Update E-mail Addresse””.

Broadcast Message

Broadcast messaging through the Norwich University voicemail system to all employee campus extensions.

Alert Phones/Blue Lights

When activated (push button), contacts the security officer on duty. Locations for Alert Phones/Blue Lights are as follows:

  • Alert Phone, Parking Lot C base of stairs to Regional Training Center
  • Alert Phone, Between Parking Lots C & D
  • Alert Phone, Northwest end of Parking Lot D
  • Alert Phone, Top of Parking Lot B by (drive-in) entrance
  • Alert Phone, Southeast corner of West Hall
  • Alert Phone, West side of West Hall
  • Alert Phone, North side of South Hall
  • Alert Phone, West side of South Hall
  • Alert Phone, East side of South Hall
  • Alert Phone, Southeast side of Dodge Hall
  • Alert Phone, North side of Jackman Hall
  • Alert Phone, Northeast side of Webb Lot
  • Alert Phone, East side of Doyle Hall entrance
  • Alert Phone, South side of Shaw Outdoor Center parking lot
  • Alert Phone, West side of Plumley Armory
  • Call box, Northwest side of Parking Lot A

Emergency Notification Process

The duty security officer is authorized to start the emergency notification procedures in case of an emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the Norwich University community. When time permits, the Norwich University Incident Command Team will convene and determine a course of action and communicate to the Norwich University community. The titles of the staff responsible for carrying out this process are: Chief Administrative Officer, Coordinator for the Office of Communications, Chief of Security, Director Facilities Operations, and the Vice President for Student Affairs. These offices will determine the content of the notification.

Testing

Norwich University tests the emergency siren twice a year. Once during the summer months to ensure the equipment is operable. The second test is performed at the start of the academic year. The emergency siren sounds and the “test” is announced. A web based notification system test message to the Norwich community is conducted once per year. The test is conducted in conjunction with the test of the siren. To date, these “announced” tests have tested the equipment and familiarized the campus community with the emergency notification media. Norwich University has not implemented a campus wide drill in conjunction with the tests.

Evacuation

In case of a scheduled evacuation from campus, Norwich University requires all students to have two evacuation addresses, a primary and alternate. In case of building fire or other emergency, the Wise Campus Center is designated as the primary rally site. The alternate site is the White Chapel.

Incident Command

During December 2013 the Norwich University Incident Command team conducted a table top exercise. The drill was scheduled by the Chief Administrative Officer. The incident command team exercised a FEMA generated scenario for a chemical spill. An after action review was conducted immediately following the scenario. The exercise lasted 2.5 hours.

Missing Student Notification Procedures

General

Institutions providing on-campus housing must establish a missing student notification policy and procedures for those who reside on campus. Among other things, the student must be given the option to provide confidential contact information for a person to be notified in the event the student is officially reported as missing. This will be accomplished each year at in-processing.

Administrative Actions

If officials in Campus Security Office, Residence Life Office or Office of the Commandant determine that a student for whom a missing person report has been filed has been missing for more than 24 hours, then within the next 24 hours they must:

  • Notify the individual identified by the student to be contacted in this circumstance;
  • If the student is under 18 years old, notify a parent or legal guardian;
  • In cases where the student is over 18 years old and has not identified a person to be contacted, appropriate law enforcement officials will be notified.

Student Actions

The student population has the responsibility to notify Residence Life or Corps Leadership of any suspected missing person. This information will immediately be passed up to the Dean of Students or Commandant as appropriate for verification.

Process

Any missing person report must be verified internally and then the Dean of Students or Commandant of Cadets (as appropriate) will make the phone calls notifying the appropriate contact people/law enforcement, etc.

Security and Safety Awareness Programs

Programs designed to inform students about campus security and safety are initially covered at student orientation. This subject is also included in the student handbook. The Security Department provides support services to the University community. These services include:

  1. Registering student, faculty and staff motor vehicles.
  2. Assisting campus motorists with minor vehicle problems
  3. Maintaining a lost and found department.
  4. Offering after-hours assistance with room lockouts.
  5. Escorting people to cars or from building to building upon request
  6. Ensuring that all Security Officers are CPR certified
  7. Distributing web-based notifications for changing parking schemes due to weather, construction, etc.
  8. Distributing web-based security/safety notifications to the University Community.

The Office of Health and Wellness provided the following training in the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • Substance abuse education and counseling was provided by a substance abuse counselor during “high risk” times (Junior Ring, Regimental Ball, etc.).
  • Safe Rides is a program to transport students back to campus that are experiencing problems in the community. There is no charge for this service.
  • Tips for the Wick: Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) Students are trained to recognize signs of intoxication and taught to intervene with their peers to maintain safety and take the steps necessary to help another student in crisis.
  • 3rd Millennium Classrooms for Alcohol/Marijuana information: Online substance abuse information for students and parents of NU.
  • LiveMoreDrinkLessVT.com website developed by Partners for Prevention for youth aged 18 to 25 to gather information about alcohol use and abuse, and anonymously evaluate their personal drinking patterns as well as an opportunity to Facebook about decreasing the binge drinking culture on college campuses.

Security of and Access to Campus Facilities

Norwich University is an open campus. Campus buildings are locked and unlocked by campus security as required to meet the Norwich University day-to-day operations. Maintenance, conducted by Norwich University staff, is conducted throughout the work day throughout all campus buildings. Norwich University maintenance personnel conduct repairs in residence halls throughout the academic year. Outside maintenance personnel are escorted to the residence halls by Norwich facilities operations. Norwich personnel may or may not remain on site with the worker.

The policy on student residence hall keys and room and building security is in the Norwich University Student Rules and Regulations (PDF), Chapter 4, Section V and reads as follows:

SECTION V. Keys, Room and Building Security

A. KEYS. All students are issued a key to their room and to their barracks or residence hall. All students are responsible for the security of their room and for assisting in the security of their residence hall. It is essential that students lock their rooms for personal safety. Lost keys should be reported at once to the Housing Office or the Director of Residential Life. Students will turn in their keys when they check out of their room. There is a $35.00 fee for each replacement key and for keys that are not returned at check out. To maintain campus security, students are prohibited from duplicating keys. All rooms must be locked when no occupants are present.

B. ENTRY DOORS. All barracks or residence hall entry doors will be locked at 2300. Civilian residence halls will be unlocked at 0700 Corps barracks will be unlocked at 0530. Students are prohibited from propping entry doors.

C. ROOM SAFETY AND SECURITY. Safety and physical security is of highest priority for all members of the Norwich community. Doors must be locked when the room is unoccupied or if all occupants are asleep. Room occupants each will be fined $10.00 for rooms found unlocked. Occupants have 24 hours after receipt of fine to appeal to the Director of Residential Life or Assistant Commandant. Occupants who do not have their room key must report to the Housing Office or the Director of Residential Life for a temporary or permanent key issue.

D. ROOM LOCK OUT POLICY. Students locked out of their room during business hours, Monday – Friday, 0800-1630, must report to the Housing Office for a temporary key. After business hours, students must contact NU Security, x2525. NU Security officers will only give students access to their own room and require that students provide ID to verify occupancy. Security officers will not give access to any room except the one to which the student is assigned. NOTE: The student Residence Life Staff are not allowed to provide entry to rooms under any circumstances.

E. UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY. No student will forcibly enter any room or building on University property. No student may enter a barracks or residence hall room except the one they have been assigned unless the occupant is present and has given permission to enter. If a student is asked to leave a room by the assigned occupant, he or she is obligated to depart immediately.

F. STUDENT PROPERTY INSURANCE. Norwich University is not responsible for missing, stolen, or damaged goods in the barracks and residence halls. Students must lock their rooms and are encouraged to secure private personal property insurance.

Weapons Possession

The unauthorized possession, use or sale of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, major or minor explosives or any lethal weapon is forbidden and subject to University discipline as well as criminal sanctions. Any instrument that propels a projectile such air soft, BB, paintball guns, slingshots etc., are considered weapons. Weapons Policy is located at Student Rules and Regulations (PDF), Chapter 3, Section XX, and reads as follows:

SECTION XVIII. Weapons and Firearms

Students are prohibited from possessing or using weapons (fighting tools) on University grounds. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Firearms and ammunition (real or facsimile) or components thereof.
2. Edged weapons with blades longer than 3 inches.
3. Bows, crossbows, slingshots, and similar devices that deliver a projectile.
4. Hatchets, axes, and similar sharpened tools that possess a honed edge.

The only exceptions to this policy are:
1. Weapons temporarily issued to students under the authority of the VPEMSA, Commandant, or Commanding Officers of the ROTC units for the purpose of conducting scheduled training.
2. Paintball equipment in authorized areas for sanctioned events as defined by the Director of Student Activities. Paintball equipment is never authorized in student housing areas.

Alcohol and Controlled Substances

A statement of policy concerning alcohol and drugs is found in the student and employee handbooks. The unauthorized possession, use or consumption of any controlled substance or related paraphernalia is prohibited on campus. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on University property except in designated areas or at events where the University’s licensed caterer serves alcoholic beverages.

The Norwich University Alcohol Policy can be read in its entirety at: Student Rules and Regulations (PDF), Chapter 3, Section I.

The Norwich University Policy on Controlled Substances can be read in its entirety at Student Rules and Regulations (PDF), Chapter 3, Section VII.

The two policies read as follows:

SECTION I. Alcohol Policy

A. VERMONT STATE LAW. The legal age of consumption is 21 years of age in the State of Vermont. It is therefore against the law to possess or consume alcohol, under the age of 21, on or off campus, anywhere in Vermont. The State of Vermont prohibits those under 21 from misrepresenting their age for the purpose of procuring, possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. The State of Vermont also prohibits a person of any age from selling, giving or causing to be sold or given alcoholic beverages to a person less than 21 years old.

B. GENERAL. Norwich University requires that students conduct themselves in a lawful, responsible manner at all times whether on or off campus. We expect our students to obey all Federal and State Laws and behave in accordance with the law and Norwich University regulations that pertain to alcohol. A student who decides to consume alcohol assumes full responsibility and consequences from its use or abuse, and his or her subsequent actions, both on and off campus. The possession, enabling, or trafficking of alcoholic beverages anywhere on Norwich University grounds are strictly prohibited, while consumption is strictly regulated. Restrictions include:

1. Unlawful consumption (e.g. underage consumption, Driving Under the Influence -DUI), disorderly conduct under the influence of alcohol, possession, enabling or trafficking of alcoholic beverages on or off campus is unlawful and therefore prohibited. Refusal to submit to sobriety testing is evidence of consumption.

2. Misrepresentation of age or the actual or attempted use of false identification to obtain alcoholic beverages is considered evidence of a violation of the Honor Code and will be referred to the University Honor Committee.

3. Operating a motor vehicle, on or off campus, while under the influence of alcohol is unlawful, and, therefore, clearly a violation of state laws and University policy.

4. The presence of empty beverage containers (e.g. beer cans/bottles, wine bottles, flasks, or any container used to store or consume alcohol anywhere on campus (room, vehicle, etc.) is prima facie evidence of possession.

5. Disorderly conduct under the influence of alcohol anywhere on campus (regardless of age) is a violation of the Norwich University alcohol policy. No student will be intoxicated and endanger the safety of another person or property, or cause a disturbance.

C. EXCEPTIONS. Upon approval of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, an approved licensed vendor (i.e., Sodexo) may provide alcohol for consumption at select campus events or locations (e.g. Wise Campus Center Partridge Pub, Regimental Ball, NU “Late Nite” Party, Goal Post Party, etc.). In such cases, students must be of legal age to consume alcohol and those who are of legal age are expected to drink responsibly.

1. Commemorative items bearing Norwich University logo are permitted (e.g., wine glass, beer mug, etc.) provided these items are clean and free of alcohol or beverage residue.

2. Possession of a poster or unauthorized trophy, or possessing or wearing an item of clothing that depicts or advertises alcoholic beverages is a violation of community standards and not a violation of the alcohol policy.

D. CONSEQUENCES.

1. All students found guilty of violating the alcohol policy will be subject to disciplinary action. (See the tables in Chapters 7 and 9.)

2. Cadets found guilty of a first offense, Violation of the Alcohol Policy, will receive appropriate sanctions as determined by the adjudicating official. In addition the cadet will receive the standard sanctions of: Loss of Leadership Position for the period of CMC; no co-curricular representation [NCCR] for the period of CMC, and must complete court or diversion ordered sanctions.

3. Civilian students found guilty of a first violation of the alcohol policy will receive the sanctions of: 30 Disciplinary Work Hours, Loss of Leadership Position for a minimum of 30 days, non-representation for a period of 10 days and must complete court or diversion ordered sanctions.

4. Students may be required to complete some form of restorative justice to make amends to the residential community where they live or cause damages.

5. All students will lose their privilege of representing Norwich University (on or off campus) in events such as athletic competitions, drill competitions, club events and optional academic events for a specified period of time (a minimum of 10 days). (See above and Chapters 7 & 9)

6. Students found guilty of a first aggravated alcohol violation (e.g., providing to minors) are subject to suspension; all second alcohol-related violation are subject to suspension or dismissal.

7. Students who are suspended as a result of a repeat alcohol violation will be required to submit verification of participation in an accred¬ited alcohol abuse treatment program as a condition of readmission. The Commandant or Dean of Students will notify the parents or legal guardians if their son or daughter violates any Federal, State, local law or any rule or policy of the University governing the use of alcohol. Parental notification will take place when a student, who is under the age of 21, is found guilty of any offense that violates the published alcohol policy. Students over the age of 21 and in dependent status are encouraged to notify their parents of these violations.

E. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS AND PROCEDURES.
Violations of the alcohol policy will not result in the police being called unless the situation is aggravated by belligerent or incoherent behavior, assault, etc. The decision to call the police is reserved for the senior NU professional staff member on the scene or in consultation on the telephone.

F. DESIGNATED DRIVERS. Norwich University supports the concept of designated drivers as a safe, responsible option for students. Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol either on or off campus is a violation of Vermont law and the University alcohol policy. Sober designated drivers will not be sanctioned for providing assistance to any Norwich student.

G. SAFE RIDES. Norwich will endeavor to provide a Safe Rides Program whereby any NU student within a twenty minute driving radius of the University may request a ride back to campus by calling the Safe Rides Office (485.2905) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, during the published hours of operation. Note: This is a service provided free of charge to NU students by student volunteers, work study and non-work study students, and University Community volunteers. Norwich is not under any published or implied obligation to provide this service, which is designed to promote the safety of all students, provide for good decision making, and to aid in preventing a student from driving in an impaired state.

H. MEDICAL AMNESTY. Norwich University supports students who come to the aid of others who are impaired or intoxicated. A student who comes to the aid of another or requests assistance due to a medical emergency will not be sanctioned for providing assistance to the individual in need.

I. DEFINITIONS. Definitions pertaining to the Alcohol Policy are located in the glossary.

SECTION II. Norwich University Alcohol Safety Program

A. GENERAL. Norwich University acknowledges that a comprehensive alcohol program includes Prevention/Education, Assessment and Referral, Intervention and Counseling, and Aftercare. Norwich is first and foremost an educational institution and not a treatment center. In that light, our priority effort is to educate our students as to the legal, medical, and social implications of alcohol consumption and abuse.

B. INTERIM POLICY. Section II, Norwich University Alcohol Safety Program, is in the process of being restructured by the Dean of Students’ Office. An interim policy will be produced by the Dean of Students’ office, approved by the University President, and made available prior to the first day of classes for the fall 2014 semester.

SECTION VI Drugs/ Controlled Substances

A. GENERAL. Norwich University condemns the use of illegal drugs, the misuse of legal drugs and dietary supplements, and the use of performance-enhancing substances. The possession, use, or consumption of any controlled or illegal substances not prescribed by a physician is prohibited both on and off campus. The controlled or illegal substances are listed or to be listed in the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V are included by whatever official, common, usual, chemical, or trade name designated. A current reference for these schedules can be viewed at: http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/scheduling.html. The selling, giving, enabling, providing or trafficking of controlled or illegal substances is prohibited.

B. DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. Drug paraphernalia is also prohibited. The term “drug paraphernalia” means all equipment, products, devices and materials of any kind which are used, or promoted for use or designed for use, in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, inhaling a regulated drug or otherwise introducing a regulated drug into the human body.

C. PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES. Norwich University prohibits the actual or attempted possession, use, sale, distribution or manufacture of Salvia Divinorum or products containing synthetic cannabinoid compounds (e.g. Spice), as well as any derivative, analogue or variant of them. Norwich University also prohibits the actual or attempted possession, use, sale, distribution or manufacture of bath salts, as well as any derivative, analogue or variant of them not already listed in the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V as a controlled or illegal substance. Cadets who violate the prohibitions listed above will be disciplined under these regulations for Disobedience of Orders as appropriate. Civilian Students who violate the prohibitions listed above will be disciplined under these regulations for Possession or Use of Prohibited Substances.

D. DRUG TESTING.

1. The University has the authority to conduct random drug testing for students participating in varsity or club athletics. In addition, any student may be subject to directed testing at any time the VPEMSA determines there is reasonable suspicion the individual is using or has used a controlled substance or a prohibited drug. Such reasonable suspicion shall be based on objective information deemed reliable by the Dean of Students, or the Commandant of Cadets.

2. Enrollment at Norwich University is a privilege not a right. As a condition of being permitted to enroll or continue enrollment at Norwich, all students must comply with this policy. Failure to consent to and/or comply with the requirements of this policy and its procedures will not be tolerated. Refusing to provide a urine sample for testing may be treated as prima facie evidence of guilt and may result in immediate suspension. Urine samples will be collected at the infirmary by the medical staff. Urine samples will be sent to a lab for analysis. If the laboratory reports a specimen as diluted, substituted, manipulated, or adulterated, the student will be deemed to have refused to submit to testing and this action may be treated as prima facie evidence of guilt. A student who is readmitted to the University following a drug related separation may be required to submit to directed drug testing (at the student’s expense) as a condition of continued enrollment.

E. SANCTIONS. Students are cautioned that they are subject to Vermont state laws pertaining to possession, sale and consumption of controlled substances and related paraphernalia. Violators of the University Drug/Controlled Substances Policy are subject to suspension or dismissal. Students found guilty of selling or distributing controlled substances will be dismissed. Violation of the law will result in the student being turned over or reported to the proper authorities. In addition to University imposed sanctions, a student found guilty of violating any drug or controlled substance regulation on campus will be reported to local law enforcement authorities.

F. PREVENTION. Norwich University supports programs for the prevention of substance abuse. If you are having a problem with alcohol and/or another substance, contact the Substance Abuse Education Program Coordinator, Counseling Center, the Office of the Dean of Students or the Office of the Commandant.

G. PARENTAL NOTIFICATION. The Commandant of Cadets or Dean of Students may notify the parents or legal guardians (provided a valid FERPA release is on record) if their son or daughter violates any federal, state, local law or any rule or policy of the University governing the use of a controlled substance.

Sexual Assault

Norwich University and the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team have partnered to create a Sexual Assault Response Task Force. Members of the team include, but are not limited to:

  • Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
  • Dean of Students
  • Equal Opportunity and Employee Relations Coordinator
  • Chief of Security
  • Executive Director, Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team

The missions of this task force is to educate, prevent and respond to sexual violence affecting the Norwich Community. The Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct Policy can be read in its entirety. This policy contains language that provides specific guidance regarding steps to be taken following a sex offense including:

  • Who should be contacted.
  • The importance of preserving evidence for the proof of a criminal offense.
  • Who the alleged offense should be reported to.

The policy also informs the campus of the option to notify appropriate law enforcement authorities. Norwich University will assist the victim in notifying these authorities, if requested. This includes local law enforcement.

The policy also contains the contact information for existing on-campus and off-campus support services for victims of sex offenses including counseling and other mental health centers, rape/sexual assault crisis centers, and on-campus advocacy centers.

Norwich University Resources and Information (PDF) to Address Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Sexual Harassment, Stalking, and Date Rape Drugs can be read in its entirety (PDF).

Training provided by the Equal Opportunity Office:
New Employee Orientation Training on Non Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault Policies:

When Who Approx. Number
of Attendees
January 21, 2013 New Employees 7
March 4, 2013 New Employees 5
April 15, 2013 New Employees 4
May 30, 2013 Facilities Staff 80
May 31, 2013 New Employees 9
June 21, 2013 Student Staff Members (FLC) 20
June 28, 2013 Student Staff Members (FLC) 3
July 30, 2013 Employee Lunch & Learn Session 7
August 8, 2013 Student Activity Leaders 5
August 19-22, 2013 All incoming freshmen 700
September 10, 2013 New Employees 6
September 10, 2013 Coaches 40
September 24, 2013 Women’s Volleyball 15
October 22, 2013 New Employees 4
December 10, 2013 New Employees 6
December 15, 2013 All Current Employees 720

Norwich University takes every report of actual or threatened sexual assault seriously, and we respond to each one. Our investigation process is articulated here. It includes this explanation of our response to a report:

Immediate Responses to Sexual Assault and/or Misconduct

The University recognizes that any decision to report a sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct to the police is the right of the victim/complainant. However, once an incident or complaint of sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct is reported to the Equal Opportunity Officer (the Officer) he or she will inform the victim/complainant of the options of criminal prosecution, medical assistance, and use of this policy to file a complaint or report a sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct. The Officer will assist the victim/complainant with these contacts if requested. In addition, confidential counseling, support services, academic assistance, future security and alternative housing (for students) can be coordinated as appropriate through the Officer.

We also offer this a comprehensive manual of resources online: Resources and Information to Address Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Sexual Harassment, Stalking, and Date Rape Drugs (PDF).

Norwich University has established a strategic partnership with the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Team of Washington County who is on campus weekly and serves as a confidential advocate for anyone who needs it.

In response to questions from Vermont’s Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force, Norwich has responded:

Question 1: Does Norwich University address dating and/or sexual violence in a freshman orientation program? Please describe:

Yes, Norwich requires that all freshman be trained in sexual assault, sexual harassment, and non- discrimination policies during orientation. The lectures are given jointly by Norwich’s Equal Opportunity Officer and the Executive Director of the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team. During these lectures, Norwich’s Equal Opportunity Officer trains the students on Norwich’s Policies on Non-Discrimination and Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. The Executive Director of the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team talks to the students about her role at Norwich as a Confidential Advocate who is available on campus once a week to talk to students. She also lets students know that she will meet with any student who needs to go to the hospital as a result of sexual assault. In addition, her organization has a 24 hour hotline that is always available to students.

Norwich University is a unique campus. We have both civilian and military style students in residence (about 2:1), and because of the nature of the military chain of command that governs the Corps of Cadets freshman orientation for Rooks (freshmen in the Corps) is (practically) 100% attended.

Additionally, all Corps leaders (cadre) and Rooks receive mandatory training in Norwich’s hazing policy. Also at the beginning of the academic year all incoming students receive a letter admonishing the act of or passive support of hazing. Students sign a copy of the letter thereby acknowledging individual responsibility for the policy; that copy of the letter is stored in each student’s file.

Approximately 50 percent of Norwich athletes are civilian students. Every year the Director of Athletics meets with each sports team prior to the start of its season to, among other things, discuss the University sexual assault and hazing policies, both of which are included in the student-athlete handbook.

The Athletic Director discusses the fact that sexual assault can happen to both male and female students and the importance of reporting an incident. He also gives examples of behavior that is considered hazing under Norwich’s policy.

Question 2: Please describe any ongoing violence prevention or awareness activities on your campus.

Throughout the academic year, Norwich University holds interactive theatre groups called Gorilla Theatre in which students perform skits that highlight substance abuse and sexual assault awareness. In addition, Norwich’s Equal Opportunity Office, Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team, partner to host informational evenings for students three times per year in advance of major student events. Students are provided with information on substance abuse and sexual assault prevention. They are provided with free food during these events as well as an opportunity to win prizes if they fill out surveys and/or take mini quizzes regarding substance abuse and sexual assault prevention. These events are well attended with an average of 400-450 students attending each event.

Question 3: Does Norwich University have a relationship with the local domestic and sexual violence crisis service provider? Please describe:

Yes, Norwich has an excellent relationship with the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team. The Executive Director of the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team, has an office on campus that she uses once a week to be available for students. She is a confidential advocate with over 30 years of experience in this area of expertise. Our partnership with the Executive Director and the fact that she has her own office on campus with regular office hours, creating over time a consistent presence on campus, means that there is the opportunity for students to confide in a community member who is a known expert on sexual assaults without the fear of automatic reporting to the University and/or law enforcement. This relationship is unique to the Norwich campus.

The Executive Director of the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team is also an appointed official of the Vermont Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Assault, which further strengthens our institutional connection to top leadership on this issue.

The Executive Director and her organization are available to help Norwich students through a 24-hour hotline. In addition, she is a member of Norwich’s Sexual Assault Task Force which includes senior Norwich administrators, mental health providers, and security personnel. She also partners with the Norwich Equal Opportunity Officer to train freshman students during their orientation week.

Furthermore, the Director, and the Norwich Equal Opportunity Officer partner to provide informational activities to students throughout the Academic year.

Sexual Offender Registry/Locator

The Sexual Offender Registry is available online at http://www.communitynotification.com/cap_office_disclaimer.php?office=55275.

Additional Information

Additional information about campus Security can be obtained by calling the Chief of Security at 802.485.2498.

Frequently Called Numbers

Security Emergencies 802.485.2525
Security/Safety (Normal Business) 802.485.2499
Facilities Operations 802.485.2148
Commandant of Cadets 802.485.2135
Dean of Students 802.485.2640
Cadet Guardroom (1630 – 0700) 802.485.2589
Student Health Center (Infirmary) 802.485.2552
Student Counseling Center 802.485.2134
University Chaplain 802.485.2128
Northfield Police Dispatch 802.485.9181

2014 Norwich University Annual Fire Report for 2013

Norwich University has ten dedicated residence halls and two separate buildings used for overflow housing. All of these buildings are listed in this report with included information on the fire safety systems.

Flint Hall and 429 Central St. are the two overflow student housing units. Both Flint Hall and 429 Central St. have wired fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detection. These detectors are located on all floors, in the hallways, and in the bedrooms. When the fire detection system is activated, klaxons and strobe lights activate. The alarms for these two buildings do not transmit to the Norwich University Security office and the duty Security officer(s). There are no plans for installing sprinkler systems into Flint Hall or 429 Central St.

The ten full-time residence halls are hard wired for fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detection. In addition, all ten residence halls have full sprinkler systems. Sprinkler heads are located on all floors, in all hallways, and in all rooms. When an alarm is activated, klaxons sound and strobe lights are activated. The alarm panel activates at the Norwich University Security office and the alarm is transmitted to the on-duty Security officer through a radio relay system. The on-duty Security officer investigates the alarm and will not “clear” the alarm from the system until positive no fire exists.

If a fire is present, the Security officer will call “911″ for fire department response. Northfield Fire Department is Norwich University’s first responder for fires. The fire department is a volunteer fire department.

All Norwich University residence halls meet the current fire safety codes as required by the State of Vermont.

Norwich University conducts a minimum of one regular mandatory supervised fire drill per year at all student residence halls. These drills are conducted at the start of the academic year. Fire drills have been conducted at the start of the spring semester (January), but are dependent on weather conditions. Fire drills were conducted from September 17, 2012 and completed on October 17, 2012. All student residence halls were drilled.

Norwich University Fire and Safety Standards are located in the Student Rules and Regulations (PDF), Chapter 3, Section VII. The text of the Fire Safety Standards follows in its entirety at the end of this section.

Norwich University provides fire evacuation training to the Resident Coordinators, Advisors and selected student leaders within the Corps of Cadets Leadership.

The Fire Safety Matrix (PDF) lists the residence halls, their fire systems, fires and fire drills.

SECTION VII Fire Safety Standards

A. FIRE REGULATIONS. University fire policy requires all students to vacate the building each time a fire alarm sounds. Students who fail to quickly leave a building during a fire alarm may receive disciplinary action and a $50.00 fine. Fire equipment is located in designated areas on each floor in University buildings.

1. Any student found tampering with, removing, disconnecting, covering, inhibiting, damaging, or falsely setting off fire equipment, alarms, sensors, or igniting a fire on University grounds will be subject to dismissal or suspension along with a fine of up to $1000 and restitution of the cost of damages. In addition, the police may be notified and the student may be disciplined in accordance with these regulations.

3. Smoke or heat sensors may not be covered or tampered with at any time. Problems with smoke detectors must be reported to Security or Facilities Operations as soon as possible.

4. Fireworks, explosives, Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) heaters, or fabricated explosive devices, are prohibited in all University buildings and on University property.

5. Students found with fireworks or explosives are subject to suspension or dismissal from the University. NOTE: MRE bombs are considered a form of explosives that can cause injury.

6. Flammable liquids, gases or solids such as gasoline or oil and heat tabs may not be stored in University buildings.

7. Halogen lamps or lights are not authorized for use barracks or residence hall rooms or University buildings.

8. All surge suppressors, power strips and extension cords used in University buildings must be the 3-prong, grounded, UL approved type.

9. Natural cut Christmas trees, boughs or wreaths are prohibited from University buildings.

10. Students are prohibited from cutting down, digging up or in any way damaging trees and shrubs on campus.

11. Unauthorized fires are prohibited on campus. No student, organization, person, or function is authorized to have a fire, including any type of fire for the purpose of conducting a cookout, without advance, written permission from the Vice President for Student Affairs. The only exception to this is in the vicinity of locations where the university has installed barbeque grills (e.g., Disney Field near the volleyball courts).

B. BARRACKS AND RESIDENCE HALLS

1. Room decorations may not hang from the ceiling or windowpanes and may not cover more than 50% of any given wall space in any room. Other decorations may be prohibited if a fire hazard is created.

2. Ceilings may not be covered with tapestries or draped, or have decorations hanging from them. Nothing may be hung from the sprinkler apparatus.

3. Bed curtains or drapes are not allowed.

4. The room entry and exit must be clear.

5. All furnishings must be a minimum of 6 inches from the room radiator.

6. Nothing may be built or placed over or around a room radiator that will interfere with the free flow of air around the radiator or with easy access to service it. Nothing will be placed over or around a safety sensor.

7. Candles and incense may not be burned in the barracks or residence halls.

8. No student is allowed to remove outlet covers or permanently attach anything to the outlets provided in the room.

9. String lights and “fire lights” are not authorized in the barracks and residence halls.

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