Clery Act - Protect VU
Overview of the Clery Act
Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University freshman, was assaulted and murdered in her dorm room in April of 1986. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, hereafter referred to as the Clery Act, was enacted in the hope that awareness of criminal activity can help to reduce the likelihood of victimization. The Clery Act requirement holds that colleges and universities receiving federal funding must prepare, publish, and distribute campus security policies and crime statistics.
The crime statistics reported in compliance with the Clery Act are obtained from reports to the Vincennes University Police Department, local law enforcement agencies, and "Campus Security Authorities." Reports made to Campus Security Authorities may also provide the basis for the issuance of Timely Warnings or VU-E alert emergency notifications.
Drugs and Alcohol Policy
Drugs and Alcohol Policy
As set forth in local, state, and federal laws, and the rules and regulations of the University, Vincennes University prohibits the manufacture, use, unlawful possession, and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students, employees and visitors in buildings, facilities, grounds or other property owned and/or controlled by the University. This applies to all individuals participating in any University-sponsored activities.
The University will enforce all state and federal laws regarding the possession and use of alcohol and the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of any controlled substance.
Drug and alcohol laws are vigorously enforced on the VU campus. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution in the courts of Knox County. The enforcement techniques can range from plain view violation to long-term undercover investigations by local, state, or federal agents and agencies.
The inappropriate use of a controlled substance is detrimental to Vincennes University's faculty, staff, students, and the public served. The University will attempt to assist a student or employee involved with the inappropriate use of alcohol or a controlled substance in obtaining rehabilitation. However, the ultimate responsibility for overcoming a dependency or inappropriate use of alcohol or of a controlled substance is that of the individual.
Details of the policy are printed and distributed annually in the Student Handbook. Vincennes University has an alcohol abuse program emphasizing education and intervention and meets the requirements of the present drug and alcohol requirement including the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989.
The possession or use of any type of weapon on University property or in University facilities by students, faculty, staff and/or visitors is strictly forbidden. Only those individuals authorized by the University are permitted to carry weapons.
Operating Procedures for Gathering and Reporting Crime
Crime Report Procedures
All members of the college community are encouraged to report actual and suspected criminal behavior or other emergencies that occur on campus to the Vincennes University Police Department. On campus, telephone number 5555; dialing from off campus, 812-888-5555. The report will be fully investigated by the Department.
Vincennes University has always advocated prompt and accurate reporting of all crimes that occur on campus. Every report of a criminal incident is recorded on a University Police Incident Report and assigned a sequential number for that reporting period.
In all cases of criminal activity, the complainant is encouraged and assisted by the University Police Department to report the incident to the proper law enforcement authorities.
Reporting a Suspicious Person on Campus
If you see a suspicious person on campus or believe that a crime has been committed, notify the Vincennes University Police Department immediately. Give full details, such as physical description, clothing, car make, model, license plate number, etc. Your cooperation is essential in a successful investigation, apprehension and recovering of property.
Most of us have been in a situation where we could have intervened in a problematic situation but didn't, then later had regrets and thought "If only I had done something, said something, somehow taken some action." You can take steps to prevent yourself from having those regrets if you follow the Bystander Intervention tips and advice.
It is an unfortunate fact that criminal incidents of all types occur on college campuses. Many campuses around the country investigate and make public the nature of crimes, the quantity of crimes and how they are investigated. Vincennes University subscribes to that approach and further believes that the public should know how active the University Police are in crime prevention and detection.