Crime statistics which are provided in this institution's annual report are based upon incidents reported by campus security authorities and local police agencies. This institution shall annually report statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning the occurrence on campus, in or on noncampus buildings or property, and on public property of certain crimes that are reported to local police agencies or to campus security authorities. These individuals are responsible for reporting crimes and are instructed to report this information to the Associate Director of the Department of Public Safety who serves as ETSUs Campus Security Survey Administrator (CSSA). Public Safety will make the determination as to whether a reportable offense has occurred. The CSSA will relay, in writing, to all individuals who fall with the definition of campus security authority their responsibility to make these reports on an annual basis. The CSSA will distribute crime report forms to all individuals who are responsible for reporting crimes. These will be compiled to prepare the annual Campus Crime and Security Survey for submission to the United State Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. This Survey will also be made available to the public by October 1 of each calendar year.
Victims or witnesses of crime on campus are encouraged to voluntarily report criminal activity to the Department of Public Safety as soon as possible. Upon request of the victim or witness such reports will be treated in a confidential manner; the identity of the reporting individual will not be divulged. The Department of Public Safety has also provided an anonymous tip line through their website, www.etsu.edu/dps, called Bucs Report It which sends an email directly to Public Safety Dispatch.
Crimes disclosed to a pastoral or mental health counselor, serving in that capacity at the time of disclosure, are not subject to mandatory reporting. The term "pastoral counselor" is defined as a person who is associated with a religious order or denomination that recognizes him/her as someone who provides confidential counseling. The term "mental health counselor" is defined as a fully qualified and/or licensed professional whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the university's community and is functioning within the scope of his/her license or certification. This exemption does not relieve counselors of the duty to exercise reasonable care to protect a foreseeable victim from danger posed by the person being counseled. When speaking to a victim or witness to a crime, counselors are encouraged to inform the individual of voluntary disclosure procedures.
The Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Johnson City Police is responsible for monitoring and recording criminal activity engaged in by students at off-campus locations owned or operated by student organizations which are officially recognized by the institution. Certain categories of crime which occur in these locations will be included in the annual Campus Crime and Security Survey.
Whenever a report of a violent crime against a person or a major crime against property on campus that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students, faculty, and staff is received, the ETSU Department of Public Safety will issue a campus crime alert. Alerts are dated, and provide details of the crime, a description of the suspect if known, information on whom to contact about the case, and often crime prevention tips.
Campus crime alerts will be widely distributed throughout campus, provided to campus media, posted on the ETSU Public Safety web page, when possible posted off-campus in areas frequented by students, and e-mailed as quickly as possible to all heads of offices and other key personnel.
Whenever the Johnson City Police Department issues an alert about an off-campus crime that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students, faculty, and staff, the University will assist in publicizing the crime on campus.
1. A succinct statement of the incident.
2. Apparent motivation; including the mode of expression, but not the text.
3. Apparent connection to previous incidents, if applicable.
4. Physical description of the suspect, including race.
5. Composite drawing of the suspect, if available.
6. Race of the victim only if there was an apparent bias motive
7. Sex of the victim and student/non-student status.
8. Injury sustained by the victim.
9. Date and time the bulletin was released.