Published in The Snapper the week of October 4.
Last year, it seemed like every other day a building was being evacuated due to a the onset of a fire alarm. This is perhaps one of the most prominent safety precautions Millersville takes to ensure its students are safe.
In response to three bouts of non-compliance regarding releasing the fire and safety reports from 2015, Millersville has recently unveiled its comprehensive 38-page annual security and fire safety report for 2015.
This is required under the Jeanne Clery act, which requires universities to publicly announce their potential safety hazards, as well as any events that happen on campus; this is why students will occasionally find an email in their inbox outlining a crime that happened on campus.
Distribution of the report is also deemed mandatory by the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990.
Timely warnings and precautions
As established in the report, University Police are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; they are all trained policeman who have the same power as any other policemen, including the right to arrest, detain and conduct investigations, among other powers.
In the event of an emergency, Millersville University is required to send out a timely email, outlining the cautionary presence and giving students resources related to the incident. Students may voluntarily sign up for the text alerts, which are also used in cases of emergency to relay an important message.
Millersville is the first university in Pennsylvania to adapt the LiveSafe app to its campus, according to the report. Anyone may download this app for free on iOS and Android phones. The app allows students to text tips to the University Police, as well as report anything they’ve seen, among other safety functions.
According to the safety report, there were over 150 text reports sent to the University Police; most were in regard to noise, a light being out or other safety concerns. Over 2,000 students downloaded this app in its first year.
The blue light boxes outside are another precautionary measure for safety; a student standing anywhere on campus should be able to see one or more blue lights, especially during the night.
Assaults of any kind
When a sexual assault, dating violence or domestic violence occur, the report suggests a numerous amount of options and resources for students, including filing a report with the police, a counselor or the Title IX coordinator.
Last year, one count of domestic violence in a residence hall was reported to the Title IX Coordinator and University Police.
On campus, but not in a residence hall, there was one count of domestic violence, one count of dating violence and three instances of stalking, according to the report.
There are no reports of any hate crimes happening within the past three years. There are certain crimes that must be reported, including burglary, rape and theft, among other things. According to the report, there were no crimes that were reported unfounded in 2015.
The Ware Center’s report is consistent with the University’s report, with the exception of the crime statistics. In 2015, there were three instances of public property vandalism reported, and no other reports were made.
Students may receive a copy of this report free of charge by making a request at the University Police office.
Reported Crimes, Crime Category
|On Campus||Residence Halls|
|Destruction/Vandalism of Property||10||0|
There were no reports of burglary, arson, incest, aggravated assault or statutory rape, among other things.
|On Campus||Residence Halls||Public Property|
There were no reports of any violations of weapon laws.
|On Campus||Residence Halls|