As required by the College and University Security Act of 1988 and the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, revised in October 1999, the University reports annually to its students and employees, both current and prospective, the incidence of crime on campus, the University's security procedures and policies, and the necessary steps to enhance our public safety.
If you believe there has been a violation of one or more of the provisions of the Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act, you may file a complaint with the Public SafetyDepartment. The complaint will be forwarded to the Director of Public Safety, who will respond. If, after receiving a reply to the complaint, you still feel that the violation has been committed, you may appeal to the Vice President for Student Services, who has the ultimate responsibility to receive and resolve such complaints.
Individual category crime rates may be calculated by comparing the individual category statistics to the combined full-time equivalent undergraduate and graduate student population and the full-time equivalent employees, which are 2,500. Divide 100,000 by 2,500 and multiply the quotient by the individual category statistics to produce the crime rate per 100,000 persons in that category.
Annual Fire Safety Report
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires two (2) new safety-related requirements on institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs which follow:
1. Fire Log: Institutions must keep a fire log that states the nature of the fire, date, time, and general location of each fire in on-campus student housing facilities. Holy Family University complies with this rule by including all fire-related incidents in the Daily Crime and Fire Log. To view the most recent seven (7) days of information please visit the Public Safety Department Command Center. Requests for information older than 60 days must be directed to the Director of Public Safety. Information will be made available within two (2) business days of a request for public inspection.
2. Annual Fire Safety Report: Institutions with on-campus student housing facilities must publish annually a fire safety report that provides information on campus fire safety practices and standards. Holy Family University complies with this regulation by including all fire-related incidents at on-campus student housing facilities as part of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report. Information contained in this annual fire safety report includes: number and cause of fires at all on-campus student housing facilities; number of fire-related deaths; related injuries; value of fire-related property damage; information on evacuation procedures; fire safety education and training programs; fire safety systems in each student housing facility; number of regular mandatory supervised fire drills; and policies on portable electrical appliance, smoking and open flames. The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report must include three (3) years of data.*
*Revisions to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) for Fire Safety and reporting were proposed in 2008. Therefore, only one year of data is currently available."
The law requires the release of statistics by category of prejudice concerning the occurrence of hate crimes in the crime classifications listed in the "The Clery Act" and for other crimes involving bodily injury to any person in which the victim is selected because of the actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim.
In August of 2008 HEOA S 488, 20 U.S.C. S 1092 (f) (1) F (iii) modified the above hate crimes to include the following additional crimes under the hate crime category:
Larceny Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession, or constructive possession, of another.
Threats: Intimidation (includes Stalking) To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.
Vandalism: To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.
Simple Assault: An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggrieved bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.
Reporting Missing Persons
Holy Family University Department of Public Safety thoroughly investigates all persons, including students reported as missing whether they reside on or off campus. To report a missing person dial 3333 from a campus telephone, use one of the blue light emergency telephones on campus or call (267) 341-3333 from off-campus/cell phones. You can also report a missing person in person at the Department of Public Safety in the Campus Center building, which is staffed with professional personnel, 24/7. Additionally, you can request assistance from a Public Safety Officer on patrol or call 911.
If the Missing Person is a student, Public Safety will follow these procedures:
The Director of Public Safety, upon confirmation that a student is missing and cannot be located, shall notify the Vice President of Student Services.
If the missing student resides in on-campus housing, the Public Safety Director will notify the Director of Residence Life and the Area Coordinator for the area in which the student is housed. The Director of Residence Life should be directed to contact neighbors and friends in the immediate vicinity of the student's room and report any findings to Public Safety.
If the missing student residing on-campus has been missing for more than 24 hours, Public Safety will notify the student's designated emergency contact which is maintained in the University's Datatel System. The Phila Police will also be notified.
If a student is under 18 years old, Public Safety will immediately notify custodial parent or legal guardian; and the missing student will be reported to the Phila. Police Department.
If a student over 18 years old has not designated an emergency contact, the law enforcement agency where the student's primary residence is located will be notified. All notifications as mentioned in this section will be made by the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee.
The Public Safety Director or the Shift Supervisor will also check hospital admissions and the Phila. Police Department for further information regarding the missing person. Further, the Public Safety Director or Shift Supervisor will contact Counseling and Psychological Services in the event that the student has been receiving counseling, as well as Student Health Services and Out Patient Emergency Rooms in area hospitals.