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2018 DTS Houston Annual Security Report

This report is furnished jointly with the Campus Police Department of Dallas Theological Seminary, located on the Dallas campus, and Campus Security at its Houston Extension. The Houston Extension follows most of the policies and procedures of the Dallas campus and their annual security report may be referenced as well.

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.

This report is prepared to communicate campus security statistics and policies. 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 Houston 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.

Contact Information
Phone
713-917-3900
Location
7100 Regency Square Blvd. Suite 100 Houston, TX 77036

DTS – 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, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, DIAL 9-1-1.
* FOR NON-EMERGENCIES DURING NORMAL CAMPUS OPERATIONS DIAL (713) 917-3991, or 3991 from a campus phone to contact Campus Security

Policy for preparing this Annual Security Report for the disclosure of campus crime statistics: DTS compiles and publishes this Annual Security Report by October 1. Statistics are gathered from the Houston Police, Houston Campus 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 and does not recognize any off-campus locations for student organizations.

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 campus community, reports of crimes and emergencies should be made directly to DTS – Houston Campus Security. When the crime or emergency constitutes an ongoing threat to the safety and welfare of the DTS – Houston community in the judgment of the administration, DTS will issue a timely warning through the Campus Alert System and may post the notice in the campus facilities. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the administration.

Security Staff: The Houston Security Officers are contracted staff through Professional Guard and Patrol. Inc. The officers are hired and trained by the company and provide security and parking enforcement services. The Security Officers are the primary security authority 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 DTS – Houston Security does not have a memorandum of understanding with the Houston Police.

Policy regarding confidential reporting of crimes to Dallas Theological Seminary – Houston: 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 which encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to DTS – Houston 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 Campus Security. Campus security authorities, as defined by the Clery Act, are required to promptly report all crimes affecting the DTS community to DTS Security.

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

Crime and Statistics
In cooperation and compliance with the Campus Security Act of 1990, we furnish 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. Attempted crimes are counted as actual crimes. Reported crimes that are investigated and found to be false or baseless are listed as unfounded crimes. Statistics are collected from identified Campus Security Authorities and the Houston 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. Students who may engage in criminal activity off-campus are referred to Student Life. A daily crime log is kept and may be viewed upon request.

DTS-Houston 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.

2017 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
Unfounded Crimes: 0

2016 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 1
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
Unfounded Crimes: 0

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 1 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

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.

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.

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.

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

-walk with others at night
-keep the security officer contact information readily available
-contact the security officer for escort assistance
-be responsible for your own security

Crime prevention is important to the campus community and you can help by reporting any crime or suspected crime to Campus Security. By doing so, you may prevent someone else from becoming a victim of a more serious crime. Free safety literature is available to the campus community through the Dallas campus.

Safety tips are listed on the DTS website under the Dallas campus 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 our campus.

Policies concerning the safety of and access to campus facilities: The DTS – Houston campus is leased from the College of Biblical Studies – Houston and managed by Boxer
Property Management. Entrance to the campus is by key only. 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, CBS and Boxer 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. The DTS-Houston facilities are open to students, faculty and staff during prescribed hours in accordance with the rules and regulations of DTS, CBS and Boxer. The campus has no resident housing.

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. Boxer Property Management 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 facilities staff of DTS – Houston who in turn advise Boxer.

DTS-Houston security officers survey campus lighting and monitor those areas having defects until the defect is corrected. When maintenance is needed that affects the immediate safety and security of the DTS-Houston community a security officer or CBS personnel remains on site until the problem is corrected if needed. Please report any safety issues or non-emergency conditions to DTS Houston Campus Security at 713-917- 3991. Please call 9-1-1 for emergencies.

Weapons Policy

Dallas Theological Seminary prohibits the possession and use of firearms and other similar weapons on or in its property. This prohibition includes any devices that might reasonably be mistaken for a firearm or similar weapon and applies to the Dallas, Houston, and Washington, DC locations and all DTS-owned or leased classrooms, offices, and/or library spaces used by DTS for educational purposes.

Some states, including the state of Texas, allow a license holder to carry a concealed handgun on property or into buildings owned or leased by an institution of higher education. However, as a private institution, the Seminary is allowed to, and has opted out of this provision. Firearms are prohibited in any DTS-owned building or site where DTS classes are held or services provided, and are prohibited in DTS vehicles only. In states where it is legal, license holders may keep firearms in their vehicles while parked on campus or at an extension site. Exceptions to this policy must be authorized in advance and in writing by the administration. A confidential request for exception is available by sending an email to the DTS Chief of Police at jbloom@dts.edu.

DTS also strictly prohibits the declaration, display, or inadvertent disclosure of a firearm by a license holder. The open carry of a firearm on the premises, on any public or private driveway, street, walkway or parking area of any institution of higher education is prohibited by Texas and other states’ laws. Violations of the DTS Weapons Policy is a
serious offense and will be referred to both internal administrative and external police authorities.

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 Life and Campus Police at the Dallas campus, 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. DTS- Houston may change a victim’s academic situation 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. Compliance with this paragraph does not constitute a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Upon a final determination, accused individuals may be suspended or permanently dismissed from the seminary.

The Campus Police at the Dallas campus offers free safety literature for women upon request as well as security tips on its website.

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 at the Dallas campus. The departments of Human Resources and Student Life at the Dallas campus 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. A preponderance of evidence standard will be used, and either may appeal the results of the proceeding to the President if they so choose. At any time DTS-Houston 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. Compliance with this paragraph does not constitute a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Victims may seek protective orders, no contact orders and restraining orders. Any victim who obtains such a court order should notify campus authorities and provide a copy of the order so that steps can be taken 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 requires all students and staff to complete an online training program to educate the campus community and hopefully prevent the occurrence of sexual violence on campus. See also the seminary’s Abuse and Discrimination Policy (Title IX).

Registered Sex Offenders

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

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. DTS-Houston follows the Emergency Response and Evacuation policy of the DTS-Dallas campus.

Emergency Notification Process:
A. 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.
B. 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 primary first responder identified above.
2. The primary first 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 primary first responder 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 @ (214) 887-5590.
4. The entire campus community will be notified via a text alert and/or a telephone system voice alert when there is at least the potential that a very large segment of the community will be affected. There will also be a continuing assessment of the situation and additional segments of the campus community may be notified if such action is warranted. In the event of something like a gas leak, only those people in the affected building will be notified.
5. The primary first responder is 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 (Dallas)     214) 887-5590
Extension Emergency Responder  911 
Non Emergency Text System Contacts:
Adrianna Barber (Houston)             713) 917-3991

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 the campus community.

Contact Us

DTS Houston
7100 Regency Square Blvd.
Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77036
(713) 917-3900 or 1-866-387-5595