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MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report 2015 MIT Police Massachusetts Institute of Technology Contents Phone numbers MIT Police Non-emergency Special Services Division Crime Prevention (streetwise and safe) Investigations Unit Sensitive Crimes Unit (rape awareness, abuse, or domestic violence) Anonymous Crime Tips A Message from the Chief of Police 4 The Clery Act 4 Collection of Crime Statistics 5 About the MIT Police 6 Reporting Criminal Activities and Other Emergencies 8 Crime Prevention Information 14 Fire Safety 20 Access to Institute Facilities 21 Policies Regarding the Use of Alcohol 23 Programs, Procedures, and Awareness for the Prevention and Handling of Sexual Assaults, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking 33 Housing 36 Transportation / Shuttle Service 37 MIT Crime Report 38 Appendix A - Clery Act Crime Definitions 40 Appendix B - Relevant Definitions of Crimes Under Massachusetts Law 42 Campus Map of Emergency Phones Saferide Shuttle Emergency phone numbers Lost and Found TTY (hearing impairments) Student Center Detail Office Building W20-020C Emergency From an MIT phone Dial 100 Fastest, closest response (police, fire, and ambulance) From cell phones Dial (police, fire, and medical) From off campus Dial 911 (police, fire, and medical) MIT Police Massachusetts Institute of Technology Building W Vassar Street Cambridge, MA Non-emergency phone MIT Police website 2 MIT Police Cover photo of the Sean Collier Memorial by Dominick Reuter . A Message from the Chief of Police The primary mission of the MIT Police is to provide for the safety and security of all members of the MIT community the students, faculty, staff, and guests of our great Institute. Policing is as much about education as it is enforcement. To this end, we are dedicated to working closely with our community as a clear statement of learning and growth. The MIT campus is a densely populated urban area that extends more than a mile along the Cambridge side of the Charles River Basin facing historic Beacon Hill and the central sections of Boston. Although many pleasures are associated with urban living, MIT like most universities today has its share of crime problems. The information in this booklet could prevent you from becoming a future victim of on- or off-campus crime. It is designed to update you on the MIT Police support services as well as the safety-related educational programs, seminars, and activities that are available to you at MIT. I encourage you to open the lines of communication with us by sharing your thoughts and insights on campus safety, crime prevention, and law enforcement. This year, I look forward to working with you to make MIT a safer campus for our community. John DiFava Director, Campus Services and Chief of Police Guide to the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report This report is intended to provide valuable information regarding procedures the Institute has developed in partnership with members of the community to maintain a safe campus environment. Sidebars contain contact information for the MIT Police Department, Security and Emergency Management Office (SEMO), and crime and fire prevention tips. To find out more about any information in this document or about the Department, please call us or visit the MIT Police website at: Photography: Dominick Reuter and Landon Carter 17. Design Production: MIT Copytech The paper used in the printing of this report contains 100% post-consumer waste and is FSC certified Security Report 3 The Clery Act The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, more commonly known as the Clery Act, requires colleges and universities to: Publish an annual report every year by October 1 that contains three years of campus crime and fire safety statistics and certain campus security policy statements; Disclose crime statistics for the campus, public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, including on-campus student housing facilities and certain noncampus facilities and remote classrooms. The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement, and other MIT officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities ; Provide timely warning notices of those crimes that have occurred and pose an ongoing threat to students and employees ; Implement emergency notification procedures if there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on campus; Disclose in a public crime log any crime that occurred on campus, on a campus building or property, on public property, or within the patrol jurisdiction of the campus police or campus security department and is reported to the campus police or the campus security department ; and Maintain in a public fire log a record of any fire that occurred in an on-campus student housing facility. No officer, employee or agent of MIT shall retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce, or otherwise discriminate against any individual for exercising their rights or responsibilities under the Clery Act. Collection of Crime Statistics In preparing its annual disclosure of crime statistics, it is the MIT Police s policy to collect information reported directly to the MIT Police and also to solicit information about crimes from other campus officials with responsibility for student and campus activities, including representatives from the Office of the Dean for Student Life, the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, Student Support Services, Residential Life (including the FSILG Office), MIT Medical, the Title IX Office, the Office of Student Citizenship, the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education, the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, and the Human Resources Department. MIT POLICE LOG The MIT Police maintains a daily crime log that describes incidents reported to the MIT Police and often carries safety awareness tips. The crime log is on the MIT Police website or available at MIT Police for inspection during normal business hours. Logs contain the time, date, and general location of all reported criminal incidents. Information from crime reports is analyzed to spot crime trends and allocate resources more efficiently. 4 MIT Police About the MIT Police The MIT Police Department reports to the Executive Vice President of MIT. The staff of sworn patrol officers and supervisors provide police and emergency medical services to the MIT community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to the police officers, the department employs three civilian personnel who provide administrative support services. All MIT police officers are warranted under Chapter 22C, Section 63 of the Massachusetts General Laws. They have full arrest powers as special state police with regard to crimes occurring on MIT property. In addition, officers are also sworn in as deputy sheriffs in Middlesex and Suffolk counties. MIT police officers are armed and carry pepper spray. They undergo annual firearms training and qualifications based on state standards. The department has a written Use of Force policy, whichis reviewed with officers on an annual basis. The department requires prospective employment candidates to have prior police experience. Candidates must have the necessary training to fulfill the standards required to be warranted as a special state police officer. Finalists for all police positions undergo mandatory background checks, physical and psychological screening prior to being hiring. Officers attend annual in-service training, which is conducted by the MIT, Cambridge, and Harvard University Police Departments. Specialized training is required prior to joining one of the departments specialized patrol units. These units consist of the bicycle unit and the motorcycle unit. Prior to becoming a department instructor in specialized discipline, officers must attend department approved training. PATROL OPERATIONS AND THE SPECIAL SERVICES DIVISION Patrol Operations encompasses the three operating shifts that perform the day-to-day police, emergency and service tasks to the MIT community 24 hours a day. These services are provided by sergeants and officers who patrol the campus in cruisers, on foot, and while riding bicycles and motorcycles. Emergency medical services are often initiated through the MIT Police dispatcher and by the officers in the Patrol Division. The Special Services Division encompasses two units: investigations and crime prevention. The Investigation Unit conducts preliminary and follow-up investigations. The detectives assigned to the division also coordinate and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in the course of their daily activities. The Special Services Division provides MIT community members with procedural assistance with the court system. The Investigative Unit is also responsible for investigating sensitive crimes, including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. The Crime Prevention Unit helps educate MIT community members on preventing crime. At the beginning of each school year, the unit distributes crime prevention information to incoming freshman. The unit also conducts security surveys for dorms, laboratories and offices. Seminars are also given for students and employees on topics that include safety issues, identifying and avoiding potentially dangerous situations and being streetwise and safe. Informational crime bulletins to inform the community of incidents on or near the campus are distributed campus-wide via when warranted. Members of the community may also take a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course offered by the crime prevention unit Security Report 5 The Training Unit responsibilities are managed by the administrative captain, who coordinates with the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council and local police academies. This training includes basic police academy and specialized courses. The Training Division also is responsible for in-house training, i.e., implementing emergency procedures and responding to environmental medical situations. Reporting Criminal Activities and Other Emergencies SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING It is MIT s policy to protect the rights of all individuals and to safeguard the welfare of everyone in the MIT community. All members of the MIT community are expected to conduct themselves with proper respect for one another and for each other s property. Each member of the MIT community has the right to be free from acts of violence and threats of violence. Members of the community are expected and required to comply with all city, state, and federal laws. MIT encourages the accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to MIT Police when the victim of a crime elects to do so. Any member of the community who observes or has knowledge of a crime or other emergency is also encouraged to immediately and accurately report such action to MIT Police if the victim is unable to make such a report. Violations of the law can result in charges by the MIT Police or another law enforcement agency and/or a referral to the Committee on Discipline, Human Resources Department, or a referral to the Office of Student Citizenship. Blue light emergency telephones are located across campus, parking garages, and some basement corridor locations. See something, say something, by utilizing one of the blue light emergency telephones. Use them to report criminal or medical emergencies. All calls will be answered by the MIT Police. A map of blue light emergency phone locations is in the back section of this book. Criminal activity or emergencies can also be reported by calling or by going to MIT Police headquarters at 301 Vassar Street, W89. MIT Police also offers an anonymous tip line ( ) where victims or witnesses can report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis. As soon as a fresh incident is reported, the MIT Police are dispatched to the site of the complaint and have the authority to make arrests if necessary. Officers prepare and submit case reports on all incidents. Investigative and follow-up reports are provided when necessary. LOCAL AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES Although there are no formal written agreements or memoranda of understanding, the MIT Police maintain a cooperative relationship with the Cambridge and Boston Police departments and other law enforcement jurisdictions, including the Massachusetts State Police. This cooperation includes participation in a police radio and computer network, training programs, special events coordination, assistance with imminent or active threats to the community, patrolling areas and responding to incidents involving MIT-approved off-campus living groups and investigation of serious crimes. 6 MIT Police MISSING STUDENT NOTIFICATION POLICY MIT has adopted a missing student notification policy for students who reside in on-campus housing, including approved FSILG housing. In accordance with this policy, each student who resides in on-campus housing has the option to identify an individual to be contacted by MIT after such student is determined to be missing in accordance with procedures that have been established by the Office of the Dean for Student Life in consultation with the MIT Police. Students can identify an individual to be notified by providing Personal Emergency Contact information to the Registrar s Office through WebSIS . Students who have not already provided Personal Emergency Contact information including those students who live off campus are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Except as otherwise permitted or required by law, Personal Emergency Contact information will be kept confidential, will be accessible only to authorized campus officials, and will not be disclosed to non-campus officials other than law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation. In the event that a student is determined to be missing, MIT will notify the emergency contact(s) identified by a student. In addition, MIT must also notify a custodial parent or guardian of a missing student who is under 18 years of age and is not an emancipated individual. MIT is also required to notify the appropriate law enforcement agency (or agencies) if any student, regardless of age, is determined to be missing. These notifications are required to be made within 24 hours of the determination that a student is missing. MIT reserves the right to notify additional individuals or authorities in its discretion including the parents or guardians of students over 18 years of age if a student is determined to be missing. If you are concerned that a fellow student might be missing or otherwise in danger, you should immediately notify the MIT Police by dialing (617) (or 100 from an on-campus telephone). You may also speak with the Dean on Call by dialing that number. Any report of a missing student received by any other MIT office should be immediately referred to MIT Police Security Report 7 Crime Prevention Information PROGRAMS TO ENHANCE PERSONAL SAFETY The MIT Police Crime Prevention Unit coordinates several programs to enhance personal safety and safeguard property through education and awareness. These interactive presentations are provided during student orientations and are also available to any group upon request. They provide vital information on how to reduce the likelihood of being a crime victim. SOLICITING For the protection of the community, door-to-door soliciting is prohibited, since this practice on occasion has directly led to larceny, and other similar problems. When you become aware of such activity, note what the individuals are attempting to sell or promote, along with a description of the individuals, and immediately notify the MIT Police by dialing 100 from a campus phone or from a cellphone. Report intruders Do not forcefully confront intruders or pursue them when they flee. Notify MIT Police: dial or 100 from any campus phone. YOUR MIT IDENTIFICATION Under demanding circumstances, such as suspicious activity, the MIT Police are required to request proper identification from an individual. Sometimes this request is made as the result of a complaint from a member of the community; at other times, it may result from the personal observation of suspicious activity by a police officer on patrol or through special security checks. Requests by members of the MIT Police to check Institute identification are not frequent, but are necessary for the protection of everyone. Remember to carry your MIT identification card with you at all times and cooperate if an officer asks to see it. REPORTING INTRUDERS OR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY At times, people return to their rooms or offices and find a stranger inside. The stranger usually has a cover story, such as looking for employment or trying to find some person. Regardless of the story provided, take close notice of the intruder s appearance, age, height, weight, and clothing, and notify the MIT Police as soon as safety allows. DO NOT FORCEFULLY CONFRONT INTRUDERS OR PURSUE THEM WHEN THEY FLEE. Such action involves a high degree of risk, and has in the past resulted in assaults upon members of the community. It is far more advisable to be able to provide a good description of an intruder and the direction of flight then immediately notify the MIT Police by dialing 100 from a campus phone or from a cellphone. SECURITY OFFICE AND CARD SERVICES Security Office and Card Services oversees card access and alarm issues. They work closely with many MIT departments to assist with the necessary design, enhancement, and implementation of security systems as required for renovation and new construction projects and new security initiatives. You may reach them at: STUDENTS INSURING YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY In addition to securing your valuables, you may wish to consider purchasing insurance for valuable, portable items such as electronics. If you are an undergraduate, these items might be covered with an appropriate rider on your parents homeowner s 8 MIT Police policy. All MIT residents are encouraged to procure renter s insurance coverage for personal property that they bring to the MIT campus. Insurance agents can assist you with the types and limits of insurance available to match your needs and budget. Please notify MIT Police of all thefts in order for MIT Police to monitor criminal activity and focus investigative efforts and police patrol coverage. MIT does not endorse any of these insurance companies or vendors of computer security devices. They are provided as reference only. Renter s and Computer Insurance Liberty Mutual ( Safeware LoJack for Laptops LAPTOP THEFT PREVENTION TIPS Stop Theft Tags. These tags possess a unique ID number that is entered into the STOPTHEFT database. This allows lost or stolen property to be reunited with its owner . The MIT Police Crime Prevention unit offers these registration programs at various times throughout the year. Do not leave your laptop, ipad, iphone, ereader or backpack unattended. It takes less than 60 seconds to steal it. Utilize icloud/ilocate for Apple products. Crime Prevention Unit Dial or to request safety programs. WRITTEN INFORMATION SECURITY PROGRAM (WISP) Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 93H&I, if your lost or stolen computer, flash drive, etc., contains someone else s personal information (e.g., Name with Social Security number, credit card, or driver s license), MIT may be required to initiate formal data breach notification. If there is ANY chance that sensitive information is on the device, The first step in the process is to determine the actual risk that personal information was exposed. For more information about this law, see . MIT-OWNED PROPERTY MIT-owned equipment is covered by Institute insurance. Personally-owned property is not covered by MIT. Governmen
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