Campus Crime and Security Report

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The information provided in this report is part of the University of Maine at Machias' commitment to campus safety, crime prevention and awareness.  An informed community is a safety conscious community.  Therefore, the following statistics are provided to complement UMM’s safety awareness and education effort and to comply with the Crime Awareness and Campus Safety Act of 1998.

Explanation of Crime Statistics: These charts include offenses that were reported to UMM Security, local law enforcement agencies and to UMM officials who have responsibilities for student and campus activities.  These offenses are compiled in accordance with the provisions of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of campus Security Policy and campus Crime Statistics Act.  This federal legislation is named in memory of 19 year old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery who was assaulted and murdered while attending Lehigh University.

Reporting of Criminal Actions

Crimes and emergencies are reported to the Residence Hall Staff if the incident occurs in the Residence Halls.  If the incident occurs in any other campus area it is reported to Security and the Office of Student Affairs.  If necessary, crimes and emergencies may be reported by calling 911 or the Machais Police Department at 255-8558.  911 is staffed 24 hours a day.

The University Security Office has two full-time and one part-time security officer, which are supervised by the Director of Physical Plant.

  • Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Physical Plant Office monitors Security calls
  • Monday – Friday 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Security Officer on duty
  • Saturday – Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Security Officer on duty

Campus Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

The University of Maine at Machias Security Office is responsible for campus safety and emergency response on campus.  Emergency response to campus is also provided by fire, rescue and other emergency services from the community as well as county and state emergency response.

Procedures and mechanisms to notify the campus community are in place and include one or more of the following depending on the specific situation:

  1. e2Campus Alert – text message notification.
    Register at  http://www.machias.edu/e2campus.html
  2. Email notification to all UMM campus community members.
  3. UMM Web site http://www.machias.edu/emergency
  4. UMM Emergency (Storm) telephone lines 207-255-1395
  5. Local television, radio and/or electronic media.
  6. Printed and posted notifications.

The members of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) are responsible for determining how to handle an emergency or other dangerous situations on campus including appropriate notification to the UMM Community.  The current members of the (ERT) are the President, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost, Vice President of Administration and Finance, Director of Student Life, Director of Physical Plant, Director of IT, Director of Marketing and Public Relations and the Coordinator of Health Services.

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Campus Response Procedures (PDF)

The University of Maine at Machias does not tolerate sexual assault in any form.  University policy prohibits any unlawful sexual act and/or forced sexual contact.  Violators of the sexual assault policy may be subject to criminal prosecution and disciplinary measure up to and including dismissal.  The complete sexual assault policy and procedures are maintained by the Office of Student Affairs.  Click here to view a copy on the web, or you may call the Office of Student Affairs at 255-1305 to request a hard copy.

The Residence Life staff provides information sessions on the subject of sexual assault and safety.  Resident Assistants also undergo a training session on sexual assault during the annual training session.

In the event of sexual assault or rape, students should seek the support and assistance of another person immediately.  The University provides a number of resource people including the University Counselor, Residential Education Staff, Nurse, Dean of Students, and Security, all of whom are aware of the need for sensitivity and confidentiality.  Students may also use Downeast Sexual Assault Services 1-800-228-2470.

Medical treatment can be accessed at Downeast Community Hospital emergency room.  Such treatment does not initiate legal action; however, it is important that if important to preserve the evidence in case the individual opts to report the crime.
The Student Conduct Officer or the Student Conduct Committee will investigate all charges against students violating this policy.  Student who are found to be in violation of the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code regulations on sexual assault will be sanctioned by the University.  Imposed sanctions can include such action as suspension or expulsion for the University.  Both the accused and the accuser will be notified of the outcome of disciplinary actions in relation to sexual assault.  All reasonable living and academic arrangements will be made to protect hose involved in a sexual assault case.

Official Reporting: All University of Maine at Machias students, employees, or visitors are strongly encouraged to make an official report of any incident of sexual assault to the Office of Student Affairs (255-1305), UMM Security (255-1450 or cell 263-9315) or Machias Police Department (255-8558) whether the incident occurred on or off campus.  Official reporting may initiate a course of action.

Anonymous Reporting: Any University of Maine at Machias students, employees, or visitors may file an anonymous report using the Universal Incident Report form located at http://machias.edu/student-alert. Anonymous reports are not identifiable by the recipient. Such reports may be filed regardless of any legal or University disciplinary action.

Complaints against University faculty or staff will be handled by the Equal Opportunity Officer.

Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Domestic Violence is described as the attempt to cause physical harm or physical or mental abuse to a current or former spouse of the victim, current or former boyfriend or girlfriend, or to a person who shares a child with the victim, or who lives with the victim as a spouse, or any student or roommate who is currently living in the same room or apartment with the abuser, or anyone who is a blood relative. Domestic violence also includes forcing a former or current spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, roommate, or blood relative to engage in a sexual act by threat or duress.

Dating Violence is described as a physical or mental abuse to another who is or was in a social or substantial intimate dating relationship. Dating violence also includes forcing another to engage in a sexual act by threat or duress. This also includes any attempts to cause physical or mental abuse.  Stalking is defined as a series of willful and malicious threatening acts toward another with intent to place the victim in fear
or emotional distress.

The University of Maine at Machias will not tolerate acts of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, and will take appropriate action against those accused of these crimes.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policies

The University of Maine at Machias views alcohol and substance abuse as a serious problem.  In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug Free Workplace Act, the University publishes and distributes annually a booklet which informs all students and employees of the substance abuse policy, sanctions for violation of the policy, and state and federal alcohol and drug laws, offenses and sanctions.  For additional copies of the booklet “Alcohol and Drugs, What Every Employee Should Know about the Use and Abuse of Alcohol and Illegal Drugs,” please contact Human Resources at 255-1220.

The University provides educational and awareness programs on the subject of substance abuse and abuse in a number of ways.  UMM is a member of the Higher Education Alcohol Prevention Program (HEAPP) in Maine.  UMM utilizes “e-chug” which is an on-line program on alcohol awareness.

Missing Person

If a member of the University of Maine at Machias campus community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on campus is missing, he or she should immediately notify the Division of Student Affairs-Residential Education and Commuter Life On-Call Phone (207) 263-4371.  The on-call professional staff will work with work with Security to determine whether or not a student is missing. After investigating the missing person report, should the Division of Student Affairs determine that the student is missing and all available means have been reached; the on-call professional will contact the Dean of Students.  The Dean of Students or designee will contact the Machias Police Department to facilitate the entry of that individual into the National Crime Information Center computer system no later than two (2) hours after the student is determined to be missing.  If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not emancipated, the Dean of Students or designee will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately.  In addition to registering an emergency contact, students residing on campus have the option to list confidentially an individual they wish to be contacted by the Dean of Students or designee  in the event the student is determined to be missing.  If a student has identified such an individual, the Dean of Students or designee will notify that individual no later than 2 hours after the student is determined to be missing.  Students who wish to identify a confidential emergency contact can do so at the Division of Student Affairs, 116 O’Brien Avenue (2nd Floor Powers Hall), Machias, Maine 04654, (207) 255-1305.

Access to Campus Facilities

UMM buildings and facilities (excluding residence halls) are accessible to members of the campus community, guests and visitors during normal operating hours Monday through Friday.  Buildings are also opened on weekends and holidays on an as-needed basis.  Exterior doors on campus buildings are locked and secured after normal operating hours.  Security officers routinely check campus buildings.

Exterior doors to the residence halls lock at 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and are locked 24 hours on the Saturday and Sunday.  Students that live in the residence halls have access to their hall via a swipe card.

Maintenance and Security of Campus Facilities

The University is committed to maintaining a safe environment which extends to maintenance issues such as campus landscaping, lighting and door locks.  Both the campus Physical Plant Department and Security continually checks for maintenance and security deficiencies and strives to maintain a safe environment.  Members of the campus community are encouraged to report any deficiency to the Director of Physical Plant at 255-1315.

Law Enforcement Authority and Interagency Relationship

The University of Maine at Machias Security Office have authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the University.  The University of Maine at Machias security officers have the authority to issue parking tickets, which are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty, and staff.  Security officers do not possess arrest power.   The Security Office at The University of Maine at Machias maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Machias Police Department.  All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report crime to campus Security Office and the Machias Police Department.  Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs

Security awareness and crime prevention programs are part of UMM’s effort to provide a safe environment for students and employees.  The University’s crime prevention efforts are based upon the concepts of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities whenever possible, and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.  The following is a listing of the crime awareness and prevention programs offered by the University of Maine at Machias:

  1. Printed Material: Sexual assault and sexual harassment brochures are mailed to all students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Residence Hall Safety: A variety of programs are offered for students living in the residence halls covering topics on safety awareness, sexual assault and date rape prevention, fire safety, and drug and alcohol awareness programs.  Prevention is stressed but response to these concerns is also an important consideration.

Location of Sex Offenders Registry

In accordance with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained at:

  • Maine State Police, Bureau of Sex Offender Registry http://sor.informe.org/sor/
  • Machias Police Department - Outer Broadway Street, Machias, ME -255-8558
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Department – Court Street, Machias, ME – 1-800-432-7303

Annual Safety and Security Report

The Annual Safety and Security report is compiled and published annually by the Director of Physical Plant.  Campus crimes and security violations are reported to the Director of Physical Plant directly or via Security and the Director of Student Life.  Information and statistics for the report are compiled in the Office of Physical Plant with the help of written reporting mechanisms from campus departments or personnel.

Crime or Offense On Campus Residence Halls Public Property
Adjacent to Campus
Reporting Years 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Criminal Homicide:
Murder/Non-neg. Manslaughter
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Criminal Homicide:
Negligent Manslaughter
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses - Forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses - Non-forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Possession Arrests 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Arrests 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Arrests 4 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Possession Disciplinary Referrals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Disciplinary Referrals 6 3 0 6 3 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Disciplinary Referrals 13 26 10 13 25 10 0 0 0
Hate Crimes (by category
of protected class)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Annual Fire Safety Report

 
2010
2011
2012
Name of Facility Fires Injuries Deaths Fires Injuries Deaths Fires Injuries Deaths
Dorward Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sennett Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Fire Safety

Fire safety is extremely important when living in a community setting and it is everyone's responsibility to ensure they are following the rules when it comes to fire safety.

Candles, Candle-making and Incense

The use of incense sticks, candles and candle making are strictly prohibited.

Ceiling and Light Fixtures

Hanging lights, sheets, flags, paper, decorations and other such materials from ceiling and light fixtures is considered a fire hazard and is prohibited. Ceilings must be free from flammable material and all objects on walls must be at least 3 inches from the ceiling. Tapestries of size greater than 4' by 6' are prohibited under University and State Fire Codes.

Fire Alarms and Fire Safety Equipment

Residential Procedures for Fire Emergencies (PDF)

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