Criminal or Suspicious Behavior
DEALING WITH CRIMINAL OR SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIORS
Everyone is asked to assist in making the campus a safe place by
being alert to suspicious situations and promptly reporting
Promptly notify University Police at Ext. 36222 or 410-543-6222
to report the incident, including the following:
If you observe a criminal act, or whenever you observe a
suspicious person on campus:
Immediately notify University Police at Ext. 36222 or
Assist the officers when they arrive by supplying them with
all additional information and ask others to cooperate.
If there is gunfire or an explosion, you should take cover
immediately using all available concealment. After the disturbance, seek
emergency first aid if necessary.
In addition to sexual offenses as defined by Maryland Annotated Code, the
University System of Maryland Board of Regents has adopted the following
Sexual Assault I - by stranger or acquaintance, rape,
forcible sodomy, or forcible sexual penetration, however slight, of another
person's anal or genital opening with any object. These acts must be committed
either by force, threat and intimidation, or through the use of the victim's
mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was aware or should have
Sexual Assault II - by stranger or acquaintance, the touch of an
unwilling person's intimate parts (defined as genitalia, groin, breast or
buttocks, or clothing covering them) or forcing an unwilling person to touch
another's intimate parts. These acts must be committed either by force, threat
and intimidation, or through the use of the victim's mental or physical
helplessness of which the accused was aware or should have been aware.
Sexual Assault Prevention Programs
Information on preventing sexual
assault is presented as a topic in the New Student Experience curriculum, a
course taken by all freshmen and incoming transfer students who have less than
25 credit hours. Outreach programs are also scheduled on request for student
organizations, residence hall groups and classes by Student Counseling Services,
Student Health Services staff and University Police.
Victims of sexual assault should immediately contact the police
in the jurisdiction where the offense occurred. If the assault took place on
campus, the University police should be called at Ext. 36222. It is important
that any evidence of the crime be preserved for the investigating officers. This
includes any physical evidence from the victim and from the area where the
assault occurred. Victims should specifically avoid bathing or washing clothing
or bed linens.
Victim services are available on
campus through the Crisis Management Team, which includes professional staff
from the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Residence Life and Residential
Services, Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services and the
University Police. Similar services can be accessed off campus through the Life
Crisis Center (410-749 HELP or 1 800 422 0009). Victims will be given
information regarding contacting off-campus services.
Services for sexual
assault victims include:
assistance in reporting sexual assault to the proper law
health services and
assistance in changing academic and/or living situations as
requested by the victim if such changes are reasonably available.
Rape Aggression Defense Training (RAD) is available on campus to
faculty, staff and students who desire to participate in a self-defense class. A
University Police officer is a certified RAD instructor and will schedule
periodic classes as requested.
SU THREATS OF VIOLENCE POLICY
Salisbury University is committed to providing a learning and working
environment that provides the highest possible sense of safety and security for
all members of the University community. Conduct, including threats (verbal or
other) to kill or do harm, or comments that can be construed as threatening
constitute a violation of this policy. Prohibited conduct also can include
threats which might have been meant to be humorous or exaggerated by the speaker
but whose intent is not apparent to a reasonable person, or threats not
necessarily directed at a named individual.
Individuals who have
experienced or witnessed incidents of violent acts or threats are encouraged to
report the incident to University Police at Ext. 36222 or their supervisor
immediately. Alleged threats of or acts of violence will be investigated and may
result in criminal charges being filed and the accused being arrested. Victims
of violent acts or threats will be advised of University action and the
University will assist them in filing criminal charges to the extent permitted
If the continued
presence of the accused on campus is dangerous, threatening or disruptive to the
conduct of University business, the University also reserves the right to
temporarily remove the person from the campus pending further action. In
addition, the University reserves the right to require the accused to undergo a
psychological assessment. The results of the assessment will be reviewed by
appropriate University personnel and will constitute part of the record in
subsequent judicial proceedings.
If the accused is a
student, a judicial hearing will be held at the earliest practical time to
establish the facts and to take appropriate disciplinary action, which may
include suspension or expulsion from the University. The rights of the accused
and the victim(s) are outlined in the Judicial System Policies and Procedures
section of the Student Handbook.
If the accused is a
faculty member or staff/administration employee, the matter will be handled
through the appropriate grievance and/or disciplinary processes and may include
suspension and/or termination from the University. The rights of the faculty
member are outlined in the Faculty Handbook and the rights of
staff/administration employees are outlined in the respective grievance and
disciplinary policies for regular, state exempt and non exempt staff.
(Contingent employees should contact their supervisor or HR to discuss any
grievance and/or disciplinary issues.)
WORKPLACE VIOLENCE SUMMARY
Salisbury University is committed to maintaining a work environment that is
as free as possible from acts or threats of violence or intimidation. The safety
and security of staff, faculty, students and visitors are of vital importance.
Violent or threatening behavior will not be tolerated. SU's Threats of Violence
Policy applies to any acts of violence or threats made on SU property, at SU
events, or under other circumstances that may negatively affect SU's ability to
conduct business. Included in this prohibition are such acts or threats of
violence made directly or indirectly, by words, gestures, or symbols that
infringe on the University's right or obligation to provide a safe workplace for
its employees, students and visitors.
If any member of the
University community feels that an incident of this nature has happened or may
happen, they should contact University Police (Ext. 36222 or 410-543-6222) or
their supervisor immediately.