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2016 DTS-Washington, DC Security Policies and Procedures

This report is furnished jointly with the Campus Police Department of Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX and McLean Bible Church in Manassas, VA, with whom Dallas Seminary has a lease agreement that includes campus security for its Washington, DC extension site. It is furnished annually in compliance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.”

Address
Dallas Theological Seminary
10002 Battleview Parkway
Manassas, VA 20109
DTS Contact
703-770-2976
MBC Security
703-770-3833
 

Procedures and facilities for students to report criminal actions or other emergencies:

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
    (703) 770-2976 Joshua Bleeker
    (703) 770-3833 MBC Security (7am-11pm, 7 days a week)

Policy for preparing this Annual Security Report for the disclosure of campus crime statistics:  DTS publishes this Annual Security Report on or about October 1. Statistics are gathered from the Prince William County Police, and all “campus security authorities” as defined by the Clery Act at DTS-Washington, DC and MBC. DTS-Washington, DC 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 and promptly to the DTS-Washington, DC administrator under terms of the shared space agreement. Reports of crimes and emergencies should also be reported to the MBC Security Office at (703)-770-3833, who will inform the MBC Director of Security.

When the crime or emergency concerns the safety and welfare of the DTS-Washington, DC community, DTS issues a Security Alert via the Campus Alert System. DTS-Washington, DC follows the Emergency Response and Evacuation policy of the DTS-Dallas campus. The MBC Security Office will be informed immediately whenever a security alert is issued.

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:

The MBC Security Department is the primary first responder for all emergencies that occur on the Washington, DC campus. All employees and students are urged to contact them immediately in any emergency situation at (703) 770-3833. The MBC Security is 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. 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:

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.

The emergency responder will determine if the threat warrants notification of others. (If the emergency occurs at an extension site, the highestranking DTS administrator on site will make the determination along with local emergency responders if others should be notified.)

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 DTS-Washington, DC, the DTS administrator at that location will contact the MBC Security at (703) 770-3833 and notify the targeted audience.

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:

  • MBC Security Department: 703-770-3833
  • Extension Emergency Responder: 911

Non Emergency Text System Contacts:

  • Lucius Thompson: 571-535-1934 (MBC)
  • Karen Holder: 214-887-5221 (DTS)

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:

  • DTS will test its Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan at least every calendar year.
  • 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.
  • DTS will publicize its Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan annually by publicizing it on the DTS website, highlighting it at New Student Orientation, or an annual email communication to all employees.

Security Staff: The Security Officers are contracted staff through SECTEK. Their services include all facilities owned by McLean Bible Church, including those occupied by Dallas Theological Seminary. The officers are hired and trained by the company and provide security and parking enforcement services.

Policy regarding confidential reporting of crimes to DTS-Washington, DC: DTS strives to protect the identity of those reporting crimes to the extent that the law allows. DTS does 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-Washington, DC campus is utilized under and operated by McLean Bible Church 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 reserves 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 church. The space 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 McLean Bible Church.

Policy regarding security considerations used in the maintenance of campus facilities: Both security and maintenance of the DTS-Washington, D.C. site are provided under the terms of a shared space agreement. The church’s maintenance department maintains the buildings, grounds and utility systems, and provides custodial services for the DTS-Washington, D.C. extension site. 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-Washington, DC who in turn advise the Director of Buildings and Grounds at (703) 770-2923. If departmental offices are closed, please report any safety issues or emergency conditions to The DTS administrator at (703) 770-2976 (nonemergency information) or 9-1-1 (emergencies only).

The church 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 Seminary community the DTS administrator will determine if class needs to be relocated until the repairs can be made.

Enforcement authority of McLean Bible Church security and their working relationship with state and local agencies: The MBC Director of Security and the MBC Security Department are the primary security authorities for DTS-Washington, DC site but do not have the authority to make arrests. The Prince William County Police Department is responsible for responding to and investigating crimes on the DTS-Washington, DC extension site and where necessary work with other federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies. The MBC Security Department does not currently have a written memorandum of understanding with the Prince William County Police Department.

Policies which encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the local police agencies: The Dallas Theological Seminary and DTS-Washington, DC administration strongly encourage individuals and organizations to promptly report crimes and emergencies occurring on the DTS-Washington, DC extension site to the MBC Security and local law enforcement and then to the DTS-Washington, DC Administrator. Campus security authorities, as defined by the Clery Act, are required to promptly report all crimes affecting the Seminary to local law enforcement.

The DTS-Washington, DC 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 for the purpose of warning the Seminary and church community. Students who engage in criminal activity offcampus are referred to Student Services at the Dallas campus. DTS-Washington, DC does not have or recognize any off-campus locations for student organizations.

Crime Prevention Programs:

DTS may from time to time provide crime prevention programs and/or information to educate students, faculty and staff. DTS also encourages students, faculty and staff to take the necessary precautions such as walking with others on campus at night and taking responsibility for for their own security.

Crime prevention is important to the community and you can help by reporting any crime or suspected crime to the DTS-Washington, DC administration. By doing so, you may be preventing someone else from becoming a victim of a more serious crime. Free safety and crime prevention literature is available to the campus community through Student Services at the Dallas campus.

DTS-Washington, DC 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 nonforcible 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.

2015 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 0 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

2014 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 0 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

Weapons Policy

DTS-Washington, DC 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 MBC Security Department. 

Alcohol and Drug Policy

DTS 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 and trespass from the MBC property.

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 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. DTSWashington, DC 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 through the Dallas campus Student Services. In addition, escorts are available on a case-by-case basis for protective detail, upon request. To find information on registered sex offenders see the website for the Virginia Sex Offender Registry at http://sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov.

Violence Against Women Policy

DTS 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 Police and MBC Security. 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 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Any victim who obtains such a court order should notify McLean Bible Church Security and provide a copy of the order so that MBC 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.