Essential Information

The Campus Safety and Security Report: 34 CFR 668.46(b)(2)(ii)

The Campus Safety and Security Report provides crime and safety information, policies, and procedures to North Central University students, faculty, and staff.  Security provides this information in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or “the Clery Act.”  The history of campus crime statistics and security information reporting started with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, which amended the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 was renamed to “the Clery Act” by the 1998 amendment.

 The Campus Safety and Security Report contains crime statistics taken from the Security Department's records as well as local law enforcement. Other members of the campus community may provide information regarding crimes and those sources of information are also used when preparing the report.

 Every year, Security distributes a direct link to this report via email to all North Central University students, faculty, and staff.  Hard copies are available for no cost at the Security Department in Miller Hall or by calling 612-343-4446.  Prospective employees and students are notified that this report exists and of the reports content.  Individuals may receive information regarding this report by contacting the Human Resources Department at 612-343-4442 or the Admissions Department at 612-343-4460 respectively.

The Security Department would like to see every member of the North Central community work together to make the University a safer place.  The following information will inform you of various policies and procedures, which could affect you.  Training in personal safety awareness is available to every student, staff, and faculty.  The Security Department hopes that everyone takes advantage of this training.

 

The Director of Security, Mike Cappelli, is the Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.  The Security Department is here to serve you.  If you have any questions concerning Security, feel free to call 612-343-4445 or stop by the Security Office located in Miller Hall first floor by the Main Entrance.  

Security Alerts: 34 CFR 668.46(b)(2)(i)

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Director of Security, constitutes an on-going or continuing threat, a campus wide “security update” will be issued by the Security Department.  This “security update” will be distributed from the Security Department to students, staff, and faculty in an email via the campus e-mail system. The email will clearly indicate that it consists of important information regarding the safety of the community and will describe the situation, including the date, time, and location of the incident as well as when the alert was distributed. Security Alerts can also be found on the Security webpage under the title Security Update.

Statement Addressing Voluntary Confidential Crime Reporting: 34 CFR 668.46(b)(2)(iii)

The North Central University Security Department encourages anyone who is a victim or witness to any crime to report the incident promptly to the police.  Additionally, the North Central University Security Department will record the incident in a report.  The security reports are not confidential in the sense that Security reports information to the local police or other federal agencies as required by law.  North Central Security recognizes the sensitivity of personal information and restricts such access to the extent allowed by law.

Procedure for Counselors to Encourage Voluntary Confidential Crime Reporting: 34 CFR 668.46(b)(4)(iii)

Security reviews all reports.  North Central University, at this time, does not have procedures that allow counselors to encourage voluntarily and confidentially reporting of crimes.  However, on a regularly scheduled basis Security inquires of all University officials considered campus security authorities, as well as, all pastoral and professional counselors whether they have any Security and Safety related incidents to report.  Items reported by the pastoral and professional counselors do not include confidential personal information, but only statistical information.  These incidents are included in the yearly campus crime report.

Procedures for Reporting Emergencies or Crime on Campus: 34 CFR 668.46(b)(2)(iii); 668.46(b)(4)(ii)

Report all emergencies involving a crime in process, a medical emergency, and/or fire to 911 in a timely manner.  All phones on campus will dial 911 at no charge.  After calling 911, contact North Central Security at 612-343-4444.  To report non-emergency incidents occurring on campus, contact the Security Department at 612-343-4445.  Any time there is a reason to believe that a security problem has occurred or is in progress, students or university staff should call to report the incident to the Security Department immediately.  Reporting crimes or other public safety incidents in a timely manner helps protects others. The Security Department will assist students with notification of proper authorities as needed.

The Security Department is located in Miller Hall near the Main Entrance.  Listed below is information for additional officials:

Security Emergency 612.343.4444 
Security Office (non-emergency) 612.343.4445
Dean of Resident Life 612.343.4188
Miller Hall Resident Dean

612.343.4187
Carlson Hall Resident Dean  612.343.4189
Campus Apt./Mensing Hall Resident Dean  612.343.4168
Phillipps Hall Resident Dean  612.343.4177

 

 

 

 

Off-Campus Numbers:

Emergency 911
Police Tele-Service Reporting 311
Minneapolis Police Department Non-Emergency 311
Fire Department Non-Emergency 311

 

Security of the Campus Facilities and Residences: 34 CFR 668.46(b)(3)

North Central University provides security personnel twenty-four hours a day.  They are responsible for documenting and investigating incidents of all types, enforcing parking regulations, and responding to a variety of requests for assistance.  North Central monitors all buildings through a card access system, and the student resident doors have additional locks and key entries.  Additional security measures include a video surveillance system that monitors the majority of the entrances of all residence buildings.  Security lighting around campus provides consistent illumination throughout the campus area.  Security and the Plant Department monitor and maintain the lighting system.

Access to all campus buildings requires an identification card.  Access to the campus offices is available during business hours through the intercom systems located at the East entrance of Miller Hall or at the Administrative offices at the East entrance of the CLC building.  During night-time hours, 1:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., the building card readers will deny access to students, staff, and faculty.  Access to campus is available only by registering with the Security Department located by the Miller Hall East entrance.

The following guidelines and procedures are set forth to help insure a safer campus.

  • After curfew, students may gain access to a Residence Hall by contacting the Security Office in Miller Hall.
  • Students must not prop open the Resident Hall doors or any other building doors.
  • Students should report all maintenance problems online at http://www.northcentral.edu/directory/offices/plantmaintenance?quicktabs_node767=2
  • Immediately report lost or stolen ID/access cards to the Security Office in Miller Hall near the East Entrance.
  • If you do not recognize a person, or suspect suspicious behavior, contact Security.

Campus Law Enforcement Policies: 34 CFR 668.46(b)(4)(i); 668.46(b)(4)(ii)

The North Central University Security Department promotes a positive working relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department as well as State and Civil Authorities.  North Central cooperates with outside agencies in the investigation of any criminal offense.  However, there is no formal investigatory agreement established with these agencies.  We encourage all students, faculty, and staff, to report accurately and immediately all emergency incidents to these authorities.  NCU works in cooperation with the local police as a member of the Security & Police Collaborative.

Security Officers are Not Police. Uniforms and security tools do not mean Security Officers are sworn Police Officers.  Security officers are private citizens; they have no specially conferred powers of arrest, other than those that MN statutes confer on every private citizen (MN Statute 629f).

The focus of North Central Security is prevention and deterrence.  The primary role of a Campus Safety Officer after a crime has been committed is observation and reporting.  North Central Security Officers are professionals, with special knowledge, training, and resources to assist most campus Security issues.  Security Officers are responsible for enforcing the policies of North Central University.  They have the authority to ask for identification and determine whether the individuals have lawful business at North Central University.  Security Officers have the authority to issue parking violation and call towing services for the campus parking lots and ramps.  Security Officers have the authority to detain individuals who are a danger to themselves, the officers, or others as well as those individuals who break State laws according to Minnesota Statute 629.37-9.  The Minneapolis Police Department receives all detentions as referrals from the Security Department per applicable laws.

Off Campus Monitoring and Reporting: 34 CFR 668.46(b)(7)

The North Central University Security Department does not provide security services or reporting services off-campus.  The police monitor criminal activity off-campus.  The Security Department works with the Minneapolis Police Department in the Security Collaborative.  The Security Department assists the activities of the Minneapolis Police Department as needed. Additionally, the institution does not have any officially recognized student organizations with a significant off-campus presence.

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Training: 34 CFR 668.46(b)(5); 668.46(b)(6)

Each semester during the Welcome Week, the Student Life Office and Security Department discuss personal safety tips and crime prevention strategies. When appropriate, during staff meetings safety topics will be discussed. Safety guidelines and tips are included with each Security Alert that is distributed to the community. Additionally, the Security Department will provide personal safety and crime prevention training upon request by any group, whether staff, faculty, or students. The Security Department will provide such instruction free of charge.

Information Regarding Sex Offender Registration: 34 CFR 668.46(b)(12)

In accordance with the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes against children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the North Central University Security Department provides a link to the Minnesota Department of Corrections Level 3 Sex Offender information website.  This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where to obtain law enforcement information provided by the State concerning registered sex offenders.  The “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” also requires sex offenders to register and to provide notice to each institution if they are employed, have a vocation or are a student at a place of higher education.

Follow the link provided to access the Minnesota Department of Corrections Level 3 Sex Offender information website:

  http://www.doc.state.mn.us/level3/search.asp

The Minnesota Department of Corrections is responsible for maintaining this website.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures: 20 U.S.C.§1092(f)(J)(i)(ii)(iii)

Upon detecting an emergency situation, the Security Department adheres to the emergency responses as outlined in the Security Officer Emergency Response Plan. Upon confirmation of an emergency or dangerous situation the on duty Security Officers are authorized to use emergency communication methods to notify the campus community of an emergency situation that would jeopardize their health and safety. Generic notification messages requiring only incident specifics have been prepared in advance to facilitate faster emergency response. 

 The Security Department is responsible for the Emergency determination and notification process. Currently, the confirmation of a significant emergency is decided by the Director of Security or a Security Representative in collaboration with a Vice President. Determination of who to notify is indicated by the Emergency Response Plan. In a time critical situation, On-Duty Security Staff have the authority to initiate the notification system. In the event of an emergency, On-Duty Security Staff will, without delay, take into account the safety of the community by determining the necessary information to provide to the community about the situation. Using the generic prepared messages as a guide, a relevant and situation specific message can be created to advise the campus community.

 In the event of the Emergency Notification System activation, the entire community will be notified – depending on the time of year. During summer break only those residing on campus are a part of the notification system.

 Students and Employees may sign up for North Central University’s Emergency Notification System at http://portal.campusannouncement.com/student/Login.aspx.  The notification system is an opt-out system. Data is gathered from the students at the beginning of the school year while registering with the Mail Center.  Emergency Notifications are sent out by the Security Department in specific incidents where Student and Employee emergency action is necessary.  The system is tested minimally on a bi-annual basis.  Communication methods currently available include: text messages, email messages, voice messages. Community members are automatically enrolled in the voice message portion, additional communication methods require community members to register with the vendor and manage their account.

 Emergency Procedures have been established for Students and Employees to follow. Emergency response and evacuation procedure information is posted in every residence room, provided to all offices and included in every classroom. Extra copies are available to community members upon request at no charge. Residence Life monitors the dorm rooms; the Security Department monitors the offices and classrooms.

 The institution will test the emergency response and evacuation procedures on at least an annual basis. Fire drills and building evacuations are tested along with community accountability processes. Residents are coached on evacuation procedures and become familiar with the evacuation routes from their Residence Halls. The Security Department tests their response procedures during the drills and use it as a form of hands on training for new employees.  The Emergency Preparedness Committee will review the process to determine program enhancements and standard accountability. Progress will be used as a stepping stone to future Emergency Program Tests. The Security Department will have each officer practice sending test Emergency Notification messages to a test list at least three times a year via the proscribed process.

 

Missing Student Notifications

If a person has a concern that a student may be missing, contact the Security Department or the RD On-Duty.

In the event that a resident student is deemed missing the following actions will be taken:

  • If a student is determined missing, North Central University will notify the Minneapolis Police Department within 24 hours from the time the determination has been made.
  • Within 24 hours of police notification, North Central University will contact the indicated emergency contact specified by the student.
  • If a student under the age of 18 is determined to be missing and if the student is not an emancipated individual, North Central University is required to notify the custodial parent or guardian within 24 hours after the student is determined missing.
  • All official missing student reports must be referred immediately to the Security Department (612) 343-4445.

Students have the option to designate an emergency contact person on the address form through the Mail Center at registration.  This person will be contacted by the appropriate parties in the event of an emergency concerning the student.