Policy Statements Main Campus

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Campus specific information for Main Campus.

Where to Report Crimes and Emergencies

Report Crimes and Emergencies to EPD by:

  • Dialing (404) 727-6111, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
  • Using emergency "blue light" phones located throughout campus or emergency phones located inside elevators.
  • Using entrance phones at residence halls, which have one-touch emergency buttons to call EPD directly.
  • Visiting EPD’s offices at Suite G-01, North Decatur Bldg., 1784 North Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322, Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • By calling (404) 727-TIPS for providing anonymous information concerning criminal or suspicious activity which may be left on voicemail for EPD.
  • Calling EPD’s business office phone number at (404) 727-6115, and non-emergency service and after hours information can be obtained by calling (404) 727-8005.

Campus Public Safety Notices ("TIMELY WARNINGS")

Emory follows a Timely Warning Protocol, as described below, for providing all of its campus communities (as appropriate) with timely notification of occurrence of the certain “Notice Crimes” (1) covered by the Clery Act. The Timely Warning Protocol applies to all campuses listed below. Timely warnings, known at Emory as “Public Safety Notices,” are provided to heighten safety awareness by giving students, faculty and staff notification of crimes in relevant geographic areas. Upon receipt of information by the EPD from a complainant or from a Campus Security Authority (CSA) (2), the EPD in consultation with the Emory General Counsel’s Office will determine which situations warrant the issuance of a Public Safety Notice. The determination will be made on a case-by-case basis. Factors considered in determining whether a continuing threat exists and a timely warning will be issued generally include, but are not limited to —

  • The nature of the crime or conduct and whether the reported incident represents a crime reportable under the Clery Act;
  • The location of the incident;
  • The time elapsed between the incident and when the incident was reported to the EPD by an individual or a CSA;
  • The nature and duration of any relationship between the individuals involved in a reported incident, and the alleged conduct in the context of their relationship;
  • Whether sufficient and reliable information is available about the reported incident, or meaningful safety education can be provided along with the notice about the incident, so that if disseminated, members of the Emory University community can reasonably use it to protect themselves or prevent a similar crime from occurring.

A Public Safety Notice may be issued even if all of the facts surrounding a reported incident are not yet available and are subject to further development in an investigation.

The Emory Chief of Police (or designee) will draft a Public Safety Notice and provide it to University Communications and the General Counsel (or designee) in advance of its distribution. The EPD Chief notifies the University Communications VP/AVP, the VP for Campus Services, Special Assistant to the Sr. VP and Dean for Campus Life, Health Sciences Communications AVP and the EHC ranking administrator (EHC President/CEO or designee) and provides pertinent information. NOTE: This is for notification purposes only, not consultation. The final Public Safety Notice is distributed via Emory listserv, which includes all Emory and Emory Healthcare email addresses and covers all campuses, by University Communications.

A Public Safety Notice includes information deemed appropriate based on the specific facts and circumstances in each situation, but typically contains the following types of information –

  • A succinct statement of the incident;
  • The date, time and location of the incident, if available;
  • Possible connection to previous incidents, if applicable;
  • Physical description of the suspect, if available;
  • Other relevant and important information about the crime or incident;
  • Date and time the Public Safety Notice was released; and
  • Information on Crime Prevention, personal safety or other community safety resources, as appropriate.

The Emory Police Department may decide not to include some known information in a Public Safety Notice if providing that information could risk compromising law enforcement efforts. Also, Public Safety Notices will withhold the names of victims as confidential.

Public Safety Notices also seek information that may lead to arrest and conviction of the offender when violent crimes against persons or major crimes against property have been reported to the police.

Campus Public Safety Notices at Emory Main Campus
In order to have a Public Safety Notice posted under the Timely Warning Protocol and/or to have a crime included within the statistical section of this Report, the crime report should be made to the following persons/departments: EPD; any Residence Services staff member; any Campus Life staff member; or the Office of the Dean of any School or College of the University.

Any reports not initially made to EPD, shall be reported to EPD in turn. EPD shall contact DeKalb County law enforcement authorities as necessary and appropriate.

Under the Timely Warning Protocol, notice of the crime reported is provided to the campus community via the University's listserv e-mail systems.

The University’s free, weekly student newspaper, The Emory Wheel, publishes a summary of crimes reported to EPD for that week.

(1) Notice Crimes include murder, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and motor vehicle theft that are reported to the EPD.

(2) A Campus Security Authority is:

  • A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution.
  • Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department under paragraph (1) of this definition, such as an individual who is responsible for monitoring entrance into institutional property.
  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
  • An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings. If such an official is a pastoral or professional counselor as defined below, the official is not considered a campus security authority when acting as a pastoral or professional counselor.

Policies Concerning Security of and Access to Campus Facilities

Residence Halls
All residence halls are locked 24 hours per day. Residents who enter or leave by secured security doors are responsible for leaving the doors locked. Propping doors open is a violation of Residence Life policy. Residents are advised to lock their windows and doors at all times when not present. Keys and ID should be carried at all times. Keys are not to be loaned or duplicated. Assigned Facilities Management personnel do carry keys to residential facilities exterior doors to service the buildings and after hours and weekend emergencies; however, they do not carry keys for individual room access. Residents should report suspicious activity, or any lost or stolen items to the EPD.

Other Emory Facilities
Faculty and staff who must enter or remain within a facility after normal business hours must possess valid identification and a key or valid access card to the location. Facilities Management maintains a record of all keys that are issued to departmental representatives located at the various facilities; those representatives may then further issue such keys to appropriate personnel. Students who remain in or enter facilities after normal business hours must possess a valid student identification card. Assigned Facilities Management personnel check exterior lighting as well as emergency lights and exit lights in every residence hall for proper operation. Assigned maintenance staff check and replace batteries for smoke detectors in individual resident rooms on a semi-annual basis or when reported by the resident as needing attention. Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in common areas of residential halls are inspected and or tested every month for proper operation and serviceability. Anything not working is reported and repaired within the week. In addition, Campus Services in collaboration with the Campus Services Student Advisory Board, conduct annual safety walks to identify safety concerns throughout the campus which are then prioritized and programmed for execution accordingly. EPD patrols all areas of campus regularly by car, bicycle and foot patrol.

Crime and Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs

Each fall, the EPD participates in the New Student Orientation Program. Security information is provided in the annual resident housing agreement. Fire safety and escape routes are located on the back of each residence hall door. Campus Life Staff programs are developed to address safety and security and on such topics as alcohol and other drug education; sexual misconduct and harassment; general safety and travel safety. EPD makes every effort to educate faculty, staff and students about the prevention of crime. Emory collaborates with many partners, internally and externally to provide community-wide presentations each year, as well as scheduling individual programs within Academic Divisions, residence halls, fraternities and sororities. The Crime Prevention Unit of EPD sponsors Operation I.D. and Bicycle Registration, which allows for personal items, as well as bicycles, to be engraved, and pertinent information on the items to be recorded and registered with EPD.

All new employees at Emory University Hospital receive a security briefing as a part of their initial orientation on the first day of employment. Specialized crime prevention programs are developed for presentation to various campus constituencies and the general community. The Emory Police Department participates in over 280 community relations programs throughout the year on both the Emory and Oxford campuses consisting of tabletops, discussion-groups, demonstrations, and classroom learning opportunities. These programs include annual safety presentations and safe driving programs for international students; resource table-tops during in-coming freshman student activity fairs; Operation ID and basic crime prevention programs within each residence hall during the Fall semester; Crisis Awareness and Response training for faculty and staff, presented in partnership with the office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) on demand; an annual Safety Fair presented during National Crime Prevention Month (October); “Cookies and Cream” socials for students; Intimate Partner Violence training programs provided for individual department Human Resource Managers; periodic Child Passenger Safety Seat installation checks; “PRIDE” classes (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers; safety presentations for summer conference groups; annual fire safety / fire extinguisher training provided to residential life staff (RA’s, RD’s, etc.), on-demand fire safety and fire extinguisher training provided both in classroom and on-line formats; and, “Coffee with a Cop” programs conducted throughout the year, providing opportunities for one-on-one conversations between police department staff and members of the community.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs

Emory University is committed to the health and well-being of its faculty, staff, and student body. Federal regulations, including the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, mandate that Emory maintain an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Policy and distribute such policy to all students, faculty, and staff. Alcohol and drug misuse and abuse can be detrimental to one’s overall physical and emotional health, academic and/or professional performance, and can adversely impact family, friends and co-workers. Alcohol and other drug misuse on college campuses is a major public health concern. Emory’s policy, along with resources, health risks of alcohol and drug abuse, and consequences of this abuse may be found at http://policies.emory.edu/8.8. All Emory University faculty, staff and students are prohibited by the University from unlawfully using, possessing, manufacturing, dispensing or distributing alcohol, controlled substances or illegal drugs on University-owned property or at University-sponsored activities.

Emory University expects all of its faculty, staff and students to comply with any applicable federal, state or local laws pertaining to the use, possession, manufacture, dispensation or distribution of alcohol, controlled substances, or illegal drugs.

Members of the campus community are responsible for being fully aware of University policy, as well as local, state, and federal laws regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. Alcohol and drug misuse and abuse can be detrimental to one’s overall physical and emotional health, as well as academic and/or professional work performance.

If you or someone you know needs assistance because of alcohol and/or drug use, Emory sponsors several programs that provide information and professional services for faculty, staff, and students. These programs provide education, consultation, assessment, counseling, and referral support in a professional environment that respects individual confidentiality and promotes health education.

For Atlanta-campus students: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (404-727-7450); Office of Health Promotion (404-727-7551)

For Oxford-campus students: Counseling and Career Services  (770-784-8394)

For faculty and staff: Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) (404-727-4328). FSAP has an anonymous, on-line, self-assessment tool for alcohol abuse and other concerns that provides confidential, immediate feedback and recommended treatment information. We encourage you to take advantage of this free, online service at www.MentalHealthScreening.org/screening/EMORY.

Emory University Campus Information
Emory University is committed to alcohol and drug abuse education and prevention, as described in Emory’s Policy 8.8, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy. Education, consultation, screening, counseling and referral services are available to faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students. The Division of Campus Life provides various educational programs for students, including AlcoholEdu for all incoming first years. Emory’s edition of Student Health 101, a monthly online magazine for college students, features contributions from Emory’s Office of Health Promotion including information about harm reduction strategies for students who choose to use alcohol. The “Late Night @ Emory” grant program offers funding and programming support to student organizations or departments for hosting substance-free social activities for all Emory students. Students who commit alcohol or drug-related violations of the Undergraduate Code of Student Conduct and/or undergo the Medical Amnesty protocol for an alcohol or other drug-related medical emergency are connected to substance abuse prevention services. These include sessions with a Licensed Professional Counselor that are informed by Brief Motivational Interviewing and/or the online module e-Check up to Go which is a personalized, evidence-based online prevention program. Environmental management strategies are used for on-campus events with alcohol. Additionally, EPD regularly conducts educational presentations about drug and alcohol-related issues, which include information regarding their possession, use and laws prohibiting driving under the influence.

The Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides alcohol and other drug abuse education, consultation, screening and referral services for university employees, including an anonymous, on-line, self-assessment tool that provides confidential, immediate feedback and recommended treatment information.