2016-2017 Security Report

HUNTINGTON COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT for 2016-2017

INTRODUCTION

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus and Crime Statistics Act – also known as the Clery Act – is to provide the campus community with timely, accurate and complete information about crime and safety of the campus environment so that community members can make informed decisions to keep themselves safe.  The Clery Act is a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics and requires colleges and institutions receiving federal funding to disseminate an Annual Security Reports (ASR) to employees and students every October 1st.  The ASR must include statistics of campus crime for the preceding three (3) calendar years; policy statements regarding crime reporting, campus facility security and access, law enforcement authority, incidence of alcohol and drug use; and, the prevention of/response to sexual assault, domestic or dating violence and stalking.

Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) is a distance learning facility with only administrative staff and no campus or student activity; and is therefore, exempt from the annual reporting required for those institutions operating on a campus environment.   HCHS must, however, provide its staff with timely and accurate information and conduct annual training regarding local crime statistics, alcohol and drug abuse and the prevention of sexual assaults, domestic abuse, etc.

HCHS became eligible for administration of Financial Aid in December 2015 and is submitting their first annual Security and Campus and Crime Statics report as required by the Clery Act.

AVAILABLITY AND DISTRIBUTION OF ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT

This report will be updated annually and will be made available each October 1st to all HCHS students, staff and the public, by request, online.  The HCHS staff and faculty will be informed annually by orientation and are kept current by email notices regarding policy updates and the availability of crime statistics.  The HCHS Annual Security Report can be found online at www.hchs.edu.

SECURITY POLICY

HCHS is committed to preventing workplace violence and to maintaining a safe working environment.  All employees, supervisors and temporary employees will be treated with courtesy and respect at all times.  Conduct that threatens, intimidates, or coerces another employee; a visitor or a member of the public at any time, including off-duty periods, will not be tolerated.  This prohibition includes all acts of harassment, including harassment that is based on an individual’s sex, race, age, or any characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

INCIDENT AND REPORTING

The effectiveness of any security system depends on the cooperation of all concerned.  HCHS staff members should notify the Senior VP of Administration and Academic Affairs and call 911 if they notice suspicious people and/or any criminal activity in and around the building.

HCHS encourages everyone to be aware of their surroundings and be vigilant at all times. 

All threats of (or actual) violence, both direct and indirect, should be reported as soon as possible.  This includes threats by employees, as well as threats by customers, venders, solicitors or other members of the public. Anyone determined to be responsible for threats of (or actual) violence or other conduct that is in violation of these guidelines will be subject to prompt disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and reporting to local law enforcement authorities. 

HCHS CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAM

  • Employees are given information concerning safety and security during new employee orientation and during the annual security training and updates.
  • All guests, including contractors/faculty, will remain in the reception area until a HCHS employee escorts them through the building.  Visitors should remain with the HCHS employee or in the conference room and will be escorted when leaving the building.
  • All employees are encouraged to report anyone loitering on the property or in the parking lot outside the building.
  • Employees working after dark should leave with someone when exiting the building.

REPORTING CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES

All staff and faculty members are encouraged to report any criminal activity that occurs around and outside the HCHS building.  In emergency situations, first dial 911 then report to the Senior Vice President, Administration and Academic Affairs.  The following list of crimes is compiled in accordance with the definitions used in the Uniform Crime Reporting System of the Department of Justice, FBI, as modified by the Hate Crime StatisticAct.

  • Criminal homicide including murder, non-negligent manslaughter and non-negligent manslaughter
  • Forcible and non-forcible sex offenses
  • Robbery
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson
  • Hate crimes
  • Arrests for liquor, drug and weapons law violations
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Stalking

Since HCHS is an online institution, we do not have a campus or any officially recognized student organizations with off-campus locations and student criminal activity is not monitored.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL PREVENTION PROGRAM

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 requires that all Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) adopt and implement an alcohol and drug prevention program to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use of illicit drugs by employees and faculty on institutional premises or as part of any of its activities

As an on-line institution, Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) does not have the ability to track activities listed above and, will therefore, provide statistics from the local area (Knoxville and Knox County, TN) during annual training sessions.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY

HCHS is committed to providing an environment free of alcohol and drugs.  The unlawful possession, use of distribution of drugs or alcohol on the property of HCHS is strictly prohibited.

Staff members, faculty and guests must comply with the federal, state, and local laws concerning underage drinking and illegal drug usage.  HCHS will cooperate fully with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

DRUG CONVICTIONS POLICY

According to federal law, a student who has been convicted of the sale or possession of illegal drugs under any federal or state law during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid (grant, loans, and/or work-study) is not eligible for federal student aid. A conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student's record does not affect federal student aid eligibility, nor does a conviction received when the student was a minor, unless the student was tried as an adult. For more information view the federal government website at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/criminal-convictions#drug-convictions.

SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY

Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) is committed to creating an environment in which staff and faculty can work and be present in an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. 

All forms or attempts of sexual assault are regarded as serious offenses which could result in suspension or expulsion. Victims should seek medical treatment immediately and possibly counseling. If assistance is needed, the victim should contact local Emergency Services by dialing 911. Although the victim may not want to report the assault to the police, they should report to someone so that the incident can be included in statistics and can be used to identify any patterns developing.

DOMESTIC ABUSE PLAN

Any incident of alleged domestic violence, dating violence or stalking incidents should be reported to the local authorities.  In accordance with section 40002(a) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, “Domestic violence" means a "felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner; a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies (under VAWA); or, any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction."

"Dating violence" means "violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and, where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship."

“Stalking” means "engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress."

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

Huntington College of Health Sciences has a policy in place to address emergency situations; i.e., fires, weather, etc. 

Staff or faculty members with questions or issues with this report or any of these HCHS policies should raise their concerns with the Senior Vice President, Administration and Academic Affairs.  

Contact us

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Address:  118 Legacy View Way
Knoxville, TN 37918

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