2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
    May 26, 2019  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Annual Security Report


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The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires all postsecondary institutions participating in Title IV student financial aid programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The act was amended in 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2008. The 1998 amendments renamed the law the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act in memory of a student who was slain in her dorm room in 1986.

The Clery Act is intended to provide students and their families, as higher education consumers, with accurate, complete and timely information about safety on campus so that they can make informed decisions.

To learn more about Jeanne Clery and the Clery Act, please visit securityoncampus.org

In compliance with this act, the OTC, Safety and Security department compiles the Annual Security Report, which contains the aforementioned information. In addition to campus crime statistics, this report also is a resource guide for campus safety services and crime prevention strategies.

To view the Annual Security Report and other information about the Safety and Security department please visit otc.edu/security.

The Annual Security Report includes campus security policy disclosures and campus crime statistics for the previous three calendar years. The report is reviewed and updated annually as one cohesive document and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by October 1 of each year.

The Annual Security Report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies surrounding each campus, OTC Safety and Security department records, the Office of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students, who provide updated information on the College’s educational programs and policy disclosures in order to comply with the Clery Act.

An additional purpose of the Annual Security Report is to serve as a mechanism for the Safety and Security department to fulfill its role of informing the campus community of crimes reported to the department, crime prevention tips, victim/witness services, reporting procedures, mass notification procedures, important contact information, and additional information from the department.

The Annual Security Report is available annually through publications, mailings or computer network to all enrolled students, faculty and staff. In addition, each year the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services distributes an e-mail notification, to all enrolled students, faculty and staff, informing them of the appropriate web site address to access the Annual Security Report by October 1st of each year. Copies of the report may also be obtained at any OTC Campus by contacting the Safety and Security department or by calling (417) 447-6911.

All prospective students may obtain a copy of this report from the Office of Admissions. All prospective employees may obtain a copy of this report from Human Resources.

Timely Warnings to the Campus Community

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act also requires institutions to provide a timely warning to the campus community about crimes that are considered to present a continuing threat to students and employees.

The OTC Safety and Security department, in consultation with campus partners such as the Office of Student Affairs, Communications and Marketing department, will issue timely warnings to give students, faculty and staff timely notification of crimes that the department deems serious or a continuing threat to the campus community to aid in the prevention of similar crimes. Timely warnings are considered a preventative and educational measure as they make the campus community aware of potential dangers to themselves or their property. Timely warnings may also request information that could lead to arrest and conviction of an offender.

Timely warning advisories will be sent by OTC staff in the form of electronic mail directly to all students, faculty and staff on the affected OTC campus, or all campuses, using their institution-provided email accounts, emergency text notification system, press releases, posted material, or making reports available to the campus community and media through the OTC website, newspapers and radio and television news stations.

Daily Crime Log

The OTC Safety and Security department maintains a daily crime log of crimes reported to the department. The log records the date the incident was reported, the date the incident occurred, a description of the incident and where the incident occurred; such as on campus, non-campus building or property, on public property, or within the established jurisdiction of the campus and the disposition, if known. The Daily Crime Log may include reports made to law enforcement agencies, if known.

The OTC Safety and Security department prepares this report in a timely manner so it is available to the campus community and public. The daily crime log is open for public inspection at the Safety and Security department office at any OTC campus or center normal business hours.