Campus Police

2014 DTS Clery Act Crime Report

Furnished by DTS Campus Police

This report is furnished annually by the Campus Police Department in compliance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.”

Our Goal

Dallas Theological Seminary Police, through cooperation with other departments, strives to create a campus environment in which people are safe from physical harm and property is secure, in a manner that is consistent with federal, state and local laws, as well as seminary regulations. At the same time we strive to ensure a climate conducive to ministry, academic investigation, extracurricular activity and residential living.

Crime Prevention Through Preparation

Campus Police and/or Campus Security officers are on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serving the nearly 2,000 persons who work and study on our urban campus. Dallas Seminary's Campus Police office is located in the Mitchell Ministries Center which is in the 4000 block of Swiss Ave. Campus Police can be contacted any time of the day or night at (214) 887-5590 or by simply dialing 5590 from any campus phone. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to report criminal actions and other emergencies as quickly as possible.

Campus Police staff are full-time and part-time seminary employees some of whom are students or alumni. Personnel are either security officers holding commissions through the Texas Department of Public Safety Private Security Bureau, or police officers holding licenses through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Campus Police responds to all reports of suspicious persons or vehicles on the premises. Escorts are provided around the clock for any reason. The campus is unlocked each weekday morning between 6:00 and 7:00 and promptly secured following evening classes in order to keep out unauthorized persons. Entrance to residential buildings is by key only.

Investigation and Enforcement

The Campus Police Department oversees the reporting and investigation of all criminal incidents on the campus and strongly encourages all victims to make timely reports to Campus Police and to the Dallas Police Department. Dallas Seminary Police officers are authorized by law to arrest anyone committing an offense in their presence or view. Persons committing these criminal violations on campus are taken into custody and prosecuted through the criminal justice system.

In the event of a crime that occurs on or near campus that constitutes an ongoing threat to the campus, a timely warning will be issued to the campus community. One or more of the following methods will be used: e-mails to students, faculty and staff; text messages via the Campus Alert System; postings in the Kerygma; postings on the Campus Police website; or posting notices in campus buildings.

Campus Police is responsible to see that all parking regulations are enforced on campus including the issuing of parking permits for all vehicles. They also facilitate Dallas Seminary's compliance with all local, state, and federal laws which have a direct bearing on campus security.

Networking

Campus Police sends copies of crime reports to a limited number of people, depending upon the circumstances. Those who may receive a copy include the president, vice president for campus operations, vice president for student services, director of housing and others as needed to keep them informed of security incidents. Students who engage in criminal activity off-campus are referred to Student Services. The seminary has no off-campus housing facilities, nor does it recognize any off-campus locations for student organizations.

Unsafe and hazardous conditions are reported to the Facilities and Plant Operations department. That department also works toward the security of the campus by repairing defective lights, doors, locks, gates and widows in a timely manner. Crime prevention literature in Student Services is made available to the campus community and an officer speaks with new students each year in connection with the new student orientation. Safety tips are listed on our website and individuals are reminded that they must be responsible for their own security and the security of others. We are open to suggestions from all persons and are constantly looking for new ways to improve the safety and security of the people associated with Dallas Seminary.

Crime and Statistics

Dallas Seminary Campus Police works closely with the Dallas Police Department, Baylor Hospital Police Department and Criswell College Police Department but has no memorandum of understanding with any of them. These four departments share information about crime and alert each other to crime trends and suspect information. Together they strive to produce a safer community.

In cooperation and compliance with the Campus Security Act of 1990, Dallas Theological Seminary Police furnishes public crime statistics for the three previous years. These statistics include the occurrence of specific types of crime that take place on or near campus and can be viewed below. Statistics are also collected from Student Services, Housing, External Studies, Spiritual Formation and the Dallas Police Department. The seminary does not currently use any voluntary confidential reporting system in the collection of statistics, and the statistics may or may not involve people associated with the seminary.

The seminary will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of any crime of violence (as that term is defined in section 16 of title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the next of kin of the victim will be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph.

Weapons Policy

In accordance with Chapter 46 of the Texas Penal Code, the seminary prohibits the possession and use of firearms and other weapons on its property. This prohibition includes any devices that might reasonably be mistaken for a firearm or weapon. Violations of this policy will be considered a serious offense and will be referred to both internal administrative authorities and external police authorities. Exceptions to this policy must be authorized in advance and in writing by the administration.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Dallas Seminary is a drug-free and alcohol-free campus. The use, possession, consumption, sale, manufacture or delivery of illicit drugs and narcotics, including marijuana and drug paraphernalia, is prohibited by law and seminary regulation. The possession, use (including underage consumption), and sale of alcoholic beverages is also prohibited by seminary regulation. Violations may result in arrest and/or suspension from the seminary.

Counseling services for drug and substance abuse are available through the seminary's Counseling Center. In addition, the Counseling Center offers referral services to off-campus rehabilitation programs or to long-term individual therapy sessions if needed. See Dallas Seminary's pamphlet, Drug & Alcohol Health Risks & Sanctions for further information.

Sexual Assault Policy

In the event of a sexual assault, victims are strongly encouraged to report the incident and preserve any physical evidence as proof of the assault. It is also recommended that victims seek medical treatment as soon as is reasonably possible. The campus offices authorized to deal with sexual offenses are Student Services and Campus Police, and both will assist the victim if requested. When contacting one of these offices, victims will be given specific information that explains how to bring formal charges against the offender. However, victims should be aware that reporting the incident does not mean that they must make an official police report. Victims of a sex crime are encouraged to take advantage of the services of the Counseling Center. Referrals to other community support services will be made when appropriate. The seminary may change a victim’s academic or living situations if changes are requested and are reasonably available. Campus disciplinary procedures may also be taken against accused individuals, but the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding, and both will be informed of the outcome of any such proceeding. Upon a final determination, accused individuals may be suspended or permanently dismissed from the seminary.

Campus Police offers free safety literature in Student Services for women as well as security tips on its website. Officers provide escorts at any time upon request, and the seminary offers a self-defense class for women every two years or so. In addition, certain parking lots are reserved for female students and staff.

Missing Person Policy

The seminary’s Housing Office will provide every campus resident the opportunity to complete a Missing Person Contact form that provides the names and contact information of individuals whom the resident wants the seminary to contact if it is determined that the resident is missing. The Campus Police or the Dallas Police will make the determination and the individuals identified will then be contacted within 24 hours. All information provided on the Missing Person Contact form will be maintained separately from the Resident Information Form and will be used only as part of a missing person investigation. If there are specific people whom the resident does not want the seminary to contact, the resident may provide those names on the same form. If the resident is under the age of 18 and is not emancipated, the resident’s parents or guardian will be contacted. Residents are encouraged to participate in this program for their own safety and those who do not turn in this form give the Campus Police permission to use any and all available contact information.

Violence Against Women Policy

Dallas Seminary does not tolerate violence against women in any form including domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault (click here for definitions). All instances of these crimes should be reported to the Campus Police. The departments of Human Resources and Student Services will then be notified as well and a determination made as to the investigative process. All victims have the right to a prompt, fair and impartial investigation and resolution. If the victim is a student, the Dean of Students will decide if an investigative committee is needed and be responsible for forming the committee. If the victim is an employee, the Director of Human Resources will decide if an investigative committee is needed and be responsible for forming the committee. The investigation(s) may result in criminal charges, internal disciplinary proceedings and/or the termination of employment against the accused.

Both the victim and the accused are entitled to the same opportunity to have others present during any internal disciplinary proceeding, and both will be simultaneously informed in writing of the outcome of any proceeding. Either may appeal the results of the proceeding to the President if they so choose. At any time the seminary may change the victim’s academic or living situations if changes are requested and are reasonably available. The seminary will also protect the confidentiality of the victim and this includes the exclusion of any identifying information about the victim in any publicly available documents to the extent permissible by law.

Victims may seek protective orders, no contact orders and restraining orders. Any victim who obtains such a court order should notify Campus Police and provide a copy of the order so that Campus Police may take steps to enforce the order on campus. Counseling services and other services are also available to victims both on campus and in the community. The seminary will use orientation packets, chapel announcements, safety flip charts and television monitors to educate the campus community and hopefully prevent the occurrence of sexual violence on campus. These items will be administered to all students and employees.

Registered Sex Offenders

To find information on registered sex offenders see the website for the Texas Department of Public Safety at http://records.txdps.state.tx.us/

Crime Statistics

2013 Crime Statistics

  On Campus Residence Facilities Public Property Non-Campus
Murder / Non-Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses – Forcible 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses – Non-forcible 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0
Violence Against Women
Domestic Violence 1 0 0 0
Dating Violence 0 0 0 0
Stalking 0 0 0 0
Hate Crime
Race 0 0 0 0
Gender 0 0 0 0
Religion 0 0 0 0
Sexual Orientation 0 0 0 0
Ethnicity / Nat’l Origin 0 0 0 0
Disability 0 0 0 0
Arrests/Referrals
Weapons 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations 0 0 0 0

2012 Crime Statistics

  On Campus Residence Facilities Public Property Non-Campus
Murder / Non-Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses – Forcible 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses – Non-forcible 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 1 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0
Hate Crime
Race 0 0 0 0
Gender 0 0 0 0
Religion 0 0 0 0
Sexual Orientation 0 0 0 0
Ethnicity 0 0 0 0
National Origin 0 0 0 0
Disability 0 0 0 0
Gender Identity 0 0 0 0
Arrests/Referrals
Weapons 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations 0 0 0 0

2011 Crime Statistics

  On Campus Residence Facilities Public Property Non-Campus
Murder / Non-Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses – Forcible 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses – Non-forcible 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 1 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0
Hate Crime
Race 0 0 0 0
Gender 0 0 0 0
Religion 0 0 0 0
Sexual Orientation 0 0 0 0
Ethnicity / Nat’l Origin 0 0 0 0
Disability 0 0 0 0
Arrests/Referrals
Weapons 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Violations 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations 0 0 0 0

Definitions

On Campus: Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes. This includes our residence facilities.

Residence Facilities: Any residential facilities that are owned or controlled by an institution and are within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area. This category is a special case in that statistics must be reported separately, in addition to being reported in the “On Campus” category.

Public Property: All public property that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. This includes the streets and sidewalks that abut our campus, as well as Exall Park, which is within one mile of the campus.

Non-Campus: Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution. This includes our extension campuses in Atlanta, Austin, Knoxville, San Antonio, Tampa, Washington, Guatemala and Hong Kong. Our Houston extension campus submits its own annual crime report, which can be viewed on this website.

DTS Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan

Dallas Theological Seminary places a high value on the individuals who visit, study, teach, and work on its campus and extension site locations. Therefore, the Administration has authorized the following policy for the protection of those individuals and the property of DTS and those it serves.

Emergency Notification Process:

  1. The DTS Police Department is the primary first responder for all emergencies that occur on the Dallas campus. All employees and students are urged to contact them immediately in any emergency situation at (214) 887-5590. The DTS police are responsible for contacting and coordinating the emergency service providers. The primary responders for an emergency at any extension site are the local emergency providers. All employees and students are urged to contact them immediately in any emergency situation by dialing 911.
  2. An emergency notification system will be provided for all students, faculty, and staff on the campus and extension site locations. This system will be used to contact any employee or student who registers for the service and this service will be tested a minimum of one time each calendar year.

 Emergency Notification Process:

  1. Any staff, student, or faculty member who observes an emergency or potentially dangerous situation, once out of harms way, should immediately contact the emergency responder identified above.
  2. The emergency responder will determine if the threat warrants notification of others. (If the emergency occurs at an extension site, the highest ranking DTS administrator on site will make the determination along with local emergency responders if others should be notified.)
  3. If the decision is made to notify others, then the emergency responders will determine the appropriate segment or segments of the campus community to receive the notification, determine the content of the notification, and initiate the notification of the targeted audience. If the emergency is at an extension site, the DTS administrator at that location will contact the DTS police department at (214) 887-5590.
  4. The emergency responders are responsible to contact the appropriate Administrators either before or after the notification is sent out based on their best judgment.

Emergency Contacts:

DTS Police Department: 214-887-5590
Extension Emergency Responder: 911

Non Emergency Text System Contacts:
Karen Holder: 214-887-5221
Debbie Snider: 214-887-5225
Kay Senter: 214-887-5172

DTS Commitment to Notification of those affected:

Once a decision is made that the communication of an emergency is in the best interest of those who would receive that information, DTS will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the issue of a notification will, in the professional judgment of those responsible, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

DTS Commitment to a Reliable Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan:

  1. DTS will test its Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan at least every calendar year.
  2. DTS will keep a record of each test, including the date and time and whether the test was announced prior to implementation or if it was unannounced.
  3. DTS will publicize its Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan annually by publicizing it on the DTS website, highlighting it at New Student Orientation, and/or annual email communication to all employees.

Contact Us

Dallas Theological Seminary
CAMPUS POLICE
3909 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204
214-887-5590

Fire Safety Report

The seminary also furnishes an annual Fire Safety Report which can be viewed at http://www.dts.edu/departments/campus/campuspolice/dallas/firereport/.