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2014 DTS Houston Campus Clery Act Crime Report

This report is furnished jointly with the Campus Police Department of Dallas Theological Seminary, located on the Dallas campus, and the College of Biblical Studies, located in Houston with whom Dallas Theological Seminary has a lease agreement that includes campus security for its Houston Extension.

This report is furnished annually in compliance with the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" and is also included in the Clery Crime Reports published by DTS and the College of Biblical Studies.

This report is prepared to communicate campus security statistics and policies, and is also in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Dallas Theological Seminary strives to create a campus environment in which people are free from physical harm and property is secure, in a manner that is consistent with federal, state and local laws, as well as DTS regulations.

Campus crime and arrest and referral statistics include those reported to CBS Campus Security and the Houston Police Department. This report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes and other matters. The report is available on the CBS website at cbshouston.edu/clery-act and on the DTS website at www.dts.edu/crimereport.

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Dallas Theological Seminary
6000 Dale Carnegie Lane
Houston, 77036
Phone
713-789-7771
Toll Free
1-866-387-5595
 

2013 Crime Statistics

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

2012 Crime Statistics

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

2011 Crime Statistics

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

DTS - Houston and CBS – Houston Security Policies and Procedures:

Procedures and facilities for students to report criminal actions or other emergencies: Requests for security assistance or reports of suspected criminal activities and emergencies for on-campus matters may be made as follows:

By telephone:

  • FOR EMERGENCIES 24-HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK, DIAL 9-1-1.
  • FOR NON-EMERGENCIES DURING NORMAL CAMPUS OPERATIONS DIAL (713) 545-8602 or 222 from a campus phone to contact Campus Security

Policy for preparing this Annual Security Report for the disclosure of campus crime statistics: DTS and CBS compile and publish this Annual Security Report on or about October 1. Statistics are gathered from the Houston Police, CBS Security and all “campus security authorities” as defined by the Clery Act for inclusion in this report. DTS-Houston does not currently use any voluntary confidential reporting system in the collection of statistics.

Policy regarding persons and organizations to whom reports of crimes and emergencies should be made for the purpose of making timely warnings and for inclusion in the Annual Security Report: For the purpose of making timely warnings to the community, reports of crimes and emergencies should be made directly to the CBS Security Department under terms of the lease agreement.

When the crime or emergency concerns the safety and welfare of the DTS – Houston community and the CBS community, CBS issues a Security Alert through the email system and the posting of notices in the campus facilities. DTS issues a Security Alert  through emails and messages on the Campus Alert System. DTS – Houston follows the Emergency Response and Evacuation policy of the DTS – Dallas campus.

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 the 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 annual email communication to all employees.

Security Staff: The Security Officers are contracted staff through Professional Guard and Patrol. Inc. Their services include all facilities owned by CBS, specifically those leased by Dallas Theological Seminary. The officers are hired and trained by the company and provide security and parking enforcement services in coordination with the CBS Facilities Operations Department, including facilities leased by DTS.

Policy regarding confidential reporting of crimes to the College of Biblical Studies  Houston and Dallas Theological Seminary  Houston: CBS and DTS strive to protect the identity of those reporting crimes to the extent that the law allows. CBS and DTS do not usually accept anonymous reports unless the information can be substantiated by means other than the caller’s veracity.

Policies concerning the safety of and access to campus facilities: The DTS  Houston campus is leased from and operated by the College of Biblical Studies – Houston and it is unlawful for any person to trespass on the grounds or to damage or deface any of the buildings, statues, monuments, memorials, trees, shrubs, grasses, or flowers on the grounds of the campus. DTS and CBS reserve the right to refuse to allow persons having no legitimate business to enter on property under its control, and may eject any person from the property on his or her refusal to leave peaceably on request. All visitors to the campus are subject to the rules and regulations of the Seminary and the College. The DTS building is open to students, faculty, staff and visitors during prescribed hours in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Seminary and the policies of CBS.

Policy regarding security considerations used in the maintenance of campus facilities: Both security and maintenance of the DTS – Houston campus are provided under the terms of a lease agreement. The Facilities Department of CBS is a support organization providing support for CBS – Houston and the DTS – Houston campus. The department maintains the buildings, grounds and utility systems, and provides custodial services for the DTS - Houston campus. Students are encouraged to report maintenance problems such as missing lights, plumbing problems or elevators that are not in service to the administrative staff of DTS – Houston who in turn advise CBS Facilities (713-545-4906). Departmental staff will forward the reports to the appropriate unit in the Facilities Department. If departmental offices are closed, please report any safety issues or emergency conditions to CBS Security at 713-545-8602 (non-emergency information) or 9-1-1 (emergencies only).

CBS surveys campus lighting nightly and monitors those areas having defects until the defect is corrected. When maintenance is needed that affects the immediate safety and security of the College and Seminary community CBS personnel remains on site until the problem is corrected if needed.

Enforcement authority of CBS Security Officers and their working relationship with state and local agencies: The Security Officers are the primary security authority for the College of Biblical Studies – Houston and for Dallas Theological Seminary - Houston. The Security Officers do not have arresting authority, however, they will work closely with the City of Houston Police Department to facilitate the arrest of any person where so warranted, but CBS Security does not have a memorandum of understanding with the Houston Police.

CBS Security is responsible for responding to and investigating crimes on the Dallas Theological Seminary – Houston campus as well as the College of Biblical Studies – Houston campus and will work primarily with City of Houston Police Department and where necessary with other federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies.

Policies which encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to CBS Security and other appropriate police agencies: The Dallas Theological Seminary – Houston administration strongly encourages individuals and organizations to promptly report crimes and emergencies occurring on the DTS – Houston campus to CBS Security. Campus security authorities, as defined by the Clery Act, are required to promptly report all crimes affecting the Seminary and College community to CBS Security.

The Dallas Theological Seminary – Houston administration also strongly encourages individuals and organizations to promptly report crimes that occur off-campus that effect the Seminary community to the appropriate police agency for that jurisdiction as well as the CBS Security for the purpose of warning the Seminary and College community and for inclusion in the Annual Security Report.

Crime Prevention Programs:

DTS and CBS may from time to time provide crime prevention programs and/or information to educate students, faculty and staff. DTS and CBS also encourage students, faculty and staff to take the necessary precautions such as

  • walking with others on campus at night
  • having the security office contact information readily available
  • contacting security for escort assistance
  • being responsible for their own security

Crime prevention is important to the campus community and you can help by reporting any crime or suspected crime to CBS Security and/or the DTS – Houston administration. By doing so, you may be preventing someone else from becoming a victim of a more serious crime. Free safety literature is available to the campus community.

DTS  Houston will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a 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 by the institution 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 premises. 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.

Alcohol and Drug 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

In the event of a sexual assault victims are strongly encouraged to report the incident immediately to police at 911 and preserve any physical evidence as proof of the assault. It is critical for the police agency to be informed as soon as possible after the incident so that appropriate steps, such as gathering crucial evidence and information, can be taken. It is also prudent for the protection of other students and for prevention of additional acts. It is recommended that victims seek medical treatment as soon as is reasonably possible.

Campus authorities, including security, administrative staff, and student services are available to assist the victim if the victim requests assistance. When contacting one of these offices, victims will be given 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. 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. DTS – Houston will change a victim’s academic situation after an alleged sex offense if those changes are requested by the victim and are reasonably available.

Free safety literature for women is available to the campus community. Preventive measures and definitions are also listed in the CBS Security Crime Report. In addition, escorts are available at any time upon request.

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

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 situation 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 CBS Security and provide a copy of the order so that CBS Security 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.

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