Much of the information required to be reported under the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, Part 11, Crime Awareness and Campus Security, has been summarized under Section 1: College and University Security Information Act of 1989. Additional information required to be reported includes:
The Department of Public Safety provides a crime prevention program entitled "Be Alert, Be Aware. " Through this program students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to report any criminal or suspicious activity, and are made aware of the need for everyone to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Residence hall staff are required to report any criminal activity. Public Safety formally requests from the Student Counseling Center, Student Affairs Office, Student Life and Leadership Office and the Office of Housing and Residence Life to report the required criminal offences that may have been reported to them and not reported to the Department of Public Safety.
The Johnson City Police Department furnishes the Department of Public Safety information concerning all offenses which occur off campus at fraternity and sorority houses.
The Department of Public Safety provides a crime prevention program entitled "Be Alert, Be Aware" for students, staff and faculty. These programs are periodically presented to staff and faculty through the Office of Human Resources' training program. The programs are presented to students at the beginning of each semester in each residence hall on campus. The programs include handout materials dealing with various aspects of crime prevention. At orientation all incoming students are encouraged to attend this program.
The program "Be Alert, Be Aware" was devised to inform all students, staff and faculty of the most common types of crime on campus. The program encourages students, staff and faculty to keep their valuables secure, to walk in groups during late night hours or to use Public Safety's escort service. Students, staff and faculty are also encouraged to report all crimes and any criminal or suspicious activity. Date rape/acquaintance rape is addressed with open discussion encouraged to help increase student awareness and alleviate misconceptions.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life conducts programs related to crime issues during the year; flyers and posters are distributed periodically; special programs are shown on the Residence Life Channel.
Crime prevention booklets are made available at the Department of Public Safety for anyone interested. The Residence Hall Student Handbook also contains information concerning crime prevention.
The university and local community provide a variety of educational programs and services to respond to the problems associated with alcohol and drug abuse.
The Counseling Center, a student services unit within the Division of Student Affairs, offers limited assistance through personal counseling services for students who are experiencing alcohol and drug abuse problems. Counselors utilize community resources through professional referrals then appropriate. Additionally, administrators and counselors in the Counseling Center offer educational programs about alcohol and drug abuse for university student organizations and residence hall programming. During orientation, students within the medical school receive a session on substance abuse conducted by the Tennessee Impaired Physicians Association. Substance abuse is also integrated into medical student course work. The university counseling center is also available to all students requiring counseling and referral services. The Office of Housing and Residence Life provides campus wide/hall programs regarding drug or alcohol education each year. Residents who are disciplined for alcohol/drug violations are required to attend a drug/alcohol abuse program. The Office of Student Affairs sends a mailout to all students each fall as to the university's alcohol policy.
Eligible employees may participate in the statewide Employee Assistance Program to receive consultation and referral for alcoholism or substance abuse. All university employees are eligible for referral assistance through the ETSU Employee Assistance Program, coordinated by the Office of Human Resources. The Office of Human Resources maintains a list of campus and community agencies which provide referral information, and/or counseling to students and employees.
To appropriately address sexual violence, ETSU has developed OASIS (Outreach & Advocacy: Sexuality Information for Students), a program housed in the Counseling Center. OASIS provides comprehensive services including:
What To Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted
Dealing With The Aftermath: Survivor Assistance
University personnel will assist any student who is the victim of a sex offense in notifying law enforcement, in obtaining medical assistance, and in pursuing counseling. If a student requests a change in her/his academic or on-campus living situation, then the university will accommodate the student's request if those changes are reasonably available.
University Disciplinary Procedures
There are several options available to a student who was assaulted by another student. In addition to bringing charges against the perpetrator in criminal or civil court, the survivor also may seek recourse through the university disciplinary process.
Sexual battery or rape, in addition to being a violation of state law, also is violation of ETSU Student Disciplinary Rules. If a survivor initiates campus disciplinary action, both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the following:
In order to bring charges of sexual battery or rape against another student, a student must initiate the judicial process by contacting the Associate Dean of Students or his designee at 439-6129. (For more information about the university disciplinary process, please refer to the section entitled, Policies and Regulations in the student handbook, the Spectrum).
If the accused student is found guilty of the alleged sex offense, suspension or expulsion from the university may occur.
The Accuser's Rights
During the course of the disciplinary proceeding, accusers have the following rights: