CAMPUS SECURITY ACT DISCLOSURE STATEMENT– Clery Act   

 

Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America

15605 Carmenita Rd. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

 

 The Campus Security Act (Public Law 102-26) 34 C.F.R. Section 668.46 (c)(1) requires postsecondary institutions to disclose the number of instances in which certain specific types of crimes have occurred in any building or on any property owned or controlled by this institution which is used for activities related to the educational purpose of the institution and/or any building or property owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by this institution.  In compliance with that law, the following reflects this institution's crime statistics for the period between 01/01/2015 and 12/31/2016.  

This report provides statistics for the previous two years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus. This report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies regarding sexual assault, and alcohol and other drugs.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS INSTITUTION DOES NOT HAVE ON CAMPUS HOUSING, AND THAT THERE NOT POLICE RECORDS THAT PERTAIN DIRECTLY TO THE PROPERTY USED BY THE INSTITUTION, THEREFORE THE STATISTICS BELOW REPORT ONLY THOSE INCIDENTS REPORTED TO THE INSTITUTIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND/OR TO THE LOCAL POLICE. : Report Distribution Date: January 30, 2017

Occurrences REPORTED within the 2015, and 2016 Calendar Years

Crimes Reported 2015 2016

 

Crimes Reported

2015

2016

Location:     C=Campus      N=Non-Campus               P-Public Area

Hate Crime(see note below)

(i) Criminal homicide :

0

0

0

  A) Murder and non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

 

0

  B) Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

(ii) Sex Offenses :

0

0

 

0

  A) Forcible sex offenses

0

0

0

  B) Non-forcible sex offenses

0

0

 

0

(iii) Robbery

0

0

0

(iv) Aggravated assault

0

0

 

0

(v)  Burglary

0

0

0

(vI) Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

 

0

(vii) Arson

0

0

0

(viii) Liquor law violations

0

0

 

0

  A) Arrests for liquor law violations, Drugs law vioilations and illegal weapons law violations.

0

0

0

  B) Persons not included in (viii) (A) who were referred to campus disciplinary

0

0

 

0

Larceny-theft (attempted Larcenies included)

0

1

C

0

Simple Assault

0

0

 

0

Intimidation

0

0

0

Destruction, Damage, or Vandalism of Property

0

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Crimes reported under any of the category listed in this section that show evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability as prescribed by the Hate Crimes Statistical Act.                                                            

 

 

 

 

SAFETY POLICIES

 PTSA is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of the campus community

Our safety policies are as follows:

 

Access to Facilities 

 After a incident with theft, PTSA made a security gate with password system, and keeps changing the own password regularly.

This security gate is the only entrance to the school, without password, no one can enter the school, and before /after school hours, students cannot enter school without extra code number

During non business hours access to all College facilities is by special code. Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules.

All rooms, and equipment are subject to the key control procedure. 

 

Weapons 

Firearms, knives, explosives, or other dangerous objects, including but not limited to any facsimile firearm, knife, or explosive, are prohibited on all campus grounds, except as authorized by law. 

 

Alcohol  

Alcoholic beverages are forbidden on campus, except for use in connection with a course of instruction when the instructor has been authorized to use it by the Office/President.

 

Alcohol and Drug Prohibitions

 

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of alcohol or any controlled substance is prohibited on  campus property, during field trips, activities or workshops, and in any facility

 

 Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America to maintain the seminary environment as a Christian community that provides a place for spiritual growth, work, and study, free of all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. All students, staff, and faculty should be aware that Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America is prepared to take action to prevent such intimidation and exploitation and that individuals who engage in such behavior are subject to discipline.

 

Sexual harassment can vary with particular circumstances, but, generally, it is defined as unwelcome or offensive sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, unwanted or uninvited verbal suggestions or comments of a sexual nature, or objectionable physical contact. None of these reflect a Christian attitude or commitment, and all adversely affect the working or learning environment. Coercive behavior, including suggestions that academic or employment reprisals or rewards will follow the refusal or granting of sexual favors, or conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or study performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work/study environment, constitutes a violation of the seminary’s spiritual and/or educational standards, objectives and goals; such misconduct will not be tolerated.

 

Under the direction of the appropriate administrator, the seminary will fully and effectively investigate any such report and will take whatever corrective action is deemed necessary, including disciplining or discharging any individual who is found to have violated this prohibition against harassment. The reporting student, staff, or faculty will be informed of the action taken. Seminary officials will also take action to protect the reporting student, staff, or faculty, to prevent further harassment or retaliation and, as appropriate, to redress any harm done.

 

It is the policy of Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America not to tolerate sexual harassment, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken whenever such harassment is demonstrated. Individuals engaging in such conduct contrary to seminary policy may be personally liable in any claim brought against them.

 

A student, staff or employee who feels that he or she has been sexually harassed may meet with a person officially designated to receive reports of discrimination, and they will work for resolution in such situations (Please see the PTSA SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY) within the Student Handbook for information. In addition, it is advisable that the student, staff or employee contact the City of Santa Fe Springs Police Department to report the form of sexual harassment:

 

Police Services Center

11576 Telegraph Rd.

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-9928

(562) 409-1850 * FAX 409-1854 * TDD 409-1855

Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday

 

1. PTSA does not employ campus security personnel but encourages both its employees and students to immediately report suspected criminal activity or other emergencies to the nearest available institutional official and/or in the event of emergency to directly contact local law enforcement or other emergency response agencies by dialing 911.

 

2. (i) All students and employees are required to report any crime or emergency to their institutional official promptly.   (ii) Preparation for the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics report is obtained by the institution’s office who contacts the correct police department District for statistics and the institution’s Daily Incident Log, and then records those statistics. (iii) If a student or employee wishes to report a crime on a voluntary or confidential basis, the institutional official will be prepared to record and report the crime, but not the name of the informant.  The student or employee may, in order to maintain confidentiality, submit the information in writing to his/her institutional official without signature.  If the student wishes not to maintain confidentiality, the student will contact his/her teacher or school official who in turn will contact the nearest supervisor to report criminal actions or emergencies to the appropriate agency by calling (911).      

 

3. Only students, employees and other parties having business with this institution should be on institutional property. Visitors must sign in at the entrance and identify their purpose of visit, the person to be visited and register their time in and out of the building. All rear access doors leading to the campus are closed and locked during the school  hours.  When the school closes for the night, the school’s official or supervisor will inspect each floor to see that it is empty and then set the alarms on each floor and then lock down the campus.  Other individuals present on institutional property at any time without the express permission of the appropriate institutional official(s) shall be viewed as trespassing and may as such be subject to a fine and/or arrest.  In addition, students and employees present on institutional property during periods of non-operation without the express permission of the appropriate institutional official(s) shall also be viewed as trespassing and may also be subject to a fine and/or arrest.

 

4. Current policies concerning campus law enforcement are as follows:

 

(i) PTSA’s officials have no powers of arrest other than the Citizens Arrest Law, and are required in the event of a crime or emergency to call the correct agency or dial (911) for the police and emergency services.  The Citizens Arrest Law will be invoked only as a last resort, and after all other possibilities have been explored. (ii) Employees shall contact their immediate or nearest ranking supervisor to report any criminal action or emergency to the appropriate agency by calling (911).  If possible, in the interim, the security guard(s) and or institutional official shall attempt to non-violently deal with the crime or emergency with the appropriate agency on campus.  Individual discretion must be used, as undue risk should not be taken. (iii) The institution currently has no procedures for encouraging or facilitating pastoral or professional counseling (mental health or otherwise), other than the student or employee is encouraged to seek such aid.

 

5. Though PTSA does not offer regularly scheduled crime awareness or prevention programs, students are encouraged to exercise proper care in seeing to their personal safety and the safety of others.  The following is a description of policies, rules and programs designed to inform students and employees about the prevention of crimes on campus.

 

SAFETY TIPS

 

Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Know what is typical and what is not.

• Report all crimes and suspicious activity to Campus Police immediately.

 • Avoid walking alone after dark. Make arrangements to travel with friends along a well-lit route, or request an escort from Campus Police.

 • Most crimes on campus are thefts of unattended property. Do not leave purses, backpacks, books, etc. unattended, even for a minute. 

• Know the location of Emergency Phones and Pay Phones in the areas you frequent.

• Never leave valuables visible from outside your vehicle. Lock all property including books, purses and backpacks in your trunk or take them with you.

 • Lock your office door if working after hours

• Let others know where you are going, especially if you might be there alone.

• If you are uncomfortable, go to where there are other people.

• Headphones can eliminate your ability to be aware of your surroundings.

• Move confidently at a steady pace and make eye contact with people

. • Keep keys in hand when moving to a vehicle.

• Keep windows and doors locked. • Check the interior of a vehicle before getting in.

• Go to the nearest open business or police station if you are being followed. 

 

6. The institution does not offer regularly scheduled crime awareness or prevention programs other than orientation where all the institution’s policies and regulations are properly disclosed to prospective students.

 

7. All incidents shall be recorded in the Daily Incident Log at the institutional official’s station.  The log includes the date, time, location, incident reported, and disposition of incident and the name of the person who took the report.  The report must be entered in the log within two (2) business days after it is reported to the school’s official, unless that disclosure is prohibited by law or would endanger the confidentiality of the victim.

 

8. This institution does not permit the sale, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on school property and adheres to and enforces all state underage-drinking laws.

 

9. The institution does not permit the possession, use or sale of illegal drugs by its employees and students and adheres to and enforces all state and Federal drug laws.  The violation of these policies by students or employees may result in expulsion, termination and/or arrest.

 

10.  Information concerning drug and alcohol abuse education programs is posted at the campus and is distributed annually to students and staff.  (Institutions are advised to make available to students and staff members information on an agency that provides counseling and help on drug and alcohol abuse education).

 

11. It is the policy of this institution to have any sexual assaults (criminal offenses) on campus to be reported immediately to the institution’s official, who will report it to (911) emergency and police units.  The institution during the orientation of given to newly  admitted students emphasizes the prevention of sexual crimes by insisting students to work, study and walk outside of the premises in as much as possible, accompanied by other students or in view of other persons, generally,  avoiding as much as possible to be alone by themselves at any time.  During the daily functioning of the school operations, staff and administrators focus in observing that students are not in any circumstance by themselves.

 

(i)                  The institutional program to prevent sexual crimes consists in maintaining a continuous lookout for each other to protect and prevent any sexual assaults.  The entire staff takes part of this program to protect the students and the staff among themselves. (ii) A person who was victimized will be encouraged to seek counseling at a rape crisis center and to maintain all physical evidence until such a time when that person can be properly transported to a hospital or rape crisis center for proper treatment. (iii) A victim of a sexual crime has the option of reporting this crime to the institutional authorities or to report it directly to (911) and search for professional assistance from the emergency agencies.  If requested, the institutional personnel will be prepared to request assistance calling (911). (iv) The institution does not have accessibility to professional counseling, mental health or otherwise, students and employees are encouraged to seek such professional assistance at the nearest hospital or health care servicer. (v) The institution will offer the victim of a sexual crime, any available options to change the academic schedule in as much as possible to the benefit of the victimized person. (vi) The institutional disciplinary actions in reference to an alleged sex offence are as follows: (A) The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceedings: and (B) Both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the outcome of any institutional proceeding brought alleging a sex offense (vii) This institution has zero tolerance of violation of this policy.  Once the offense is confirmed the institutional disciplinary action against students or employees may result in expulsion from school, or termination of employment and in accordance to local laws, to an arrest of the offender by the authorities.

 

 

12. The institution provides the following website to obtain information concerning the registration of sex offenders  arrest.

http://www.city-data.com/

 

13 Revised Crime Classification:  Burglary vs. Larceny:  An incident must meet three conditions to be classified as a Burglary.    There must be evidence of unlawful entry (trespass).  Both forcible entry and unlawful entry – no force are counted.  The unlawful entry must occur within a structure, which is defined as having four walls, a roof, and a door.

The unlawful entry into a structure must show evidence that the entry was made in order to commit a felony or theft.  If the intent was not to commit a felony or theft, or if the intent cannot be determined, the proper classification is Larceny.

 

 

Students and faculty/staff are encouraged to report to security any suspicious activity.

Please note that any emergency that requires immediate attention should not wait to report to the school’s officer but rather should contact the appropriate agency by calling (911). The institution does not maintain any special relationship with State and local police and does not have an agreement with those police agencies (such as written memoranda of understanding) to investigate alleged crimes.

 

Voter Registration

 

You may register to vote by completing the online voter registration form at www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/ and then mailing it to the pre-printed address on the form. You may also register to vote whenever you apply for or renew your driver’s licenses or state-issued ID card. For more information, please visit the California Secretary of State website at: www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm.