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Van Nuys Campus Emergency Plan

CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY REPORT:

Casa Loma College issues information on campus crime and campus safety to inform the college communities, campus visitors, and the general public of the College’s policies and procedures for campus safety and security. Casa Loma College has made a firm commitment to maintain a safe campus environment in which to live, learn, and work. Though emergencies and incidents of serious crime are relatively few at Casa Loma, it is crucial that all members of the campus community know how to report such situations and have an understanding of our security operation. Casa Loma college’s security programs include safety awareness training for students during program orientation, and during employee orientations for staff and faculty.  The College’s safety program emphasizes open communication with students and employees and has a working relationship with local, county, and state law enforcement agencies.

Casa Loma College prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Act. The annual Casa Loma College Campus Safety and Security Report include statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The information and statistics contained in this report are being presented in compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act which requires postsecondary institutions to disclose the number of instances in which certain specific types of crimes have occurred in any building or on any property owned or controlled by the institution which is used for activities related to the educational purpose of the institution and/or any building or property owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by this institution. Casa Loma College Director of Compliance publishes this information to inform members of the campus community and other interested parties of incidents of crime and to educate them in effective crime prevention and safety measures so that they can make informed decisions relative to their safety. The crime statistics reflect incidents that occurred on any Casa Loma College campus or on public property adjacent to the campuses. Casa Loma College does not provide residential dormitories or facilities for on campus student housing. The Director of Compliance has primary responsibility for categorizing, disseminating and publishing crime statistics collected on campus and includes statistics obtained from various local law enforcement entities including Van Nuys Police Department. The full text of this report can be accessed on the Campus Safety and Security Survey website, http://ope.ed.gov/security/ or can be found on the college’s web site at http://www.casalomacollege.edu/.

By October 1st of each year a notification is disseminated to students and employees of Casa Loma College. The Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics can be found on the College’s  website, http://www.casalomacollege.edu/ and e-campus, http://ecampus.casalomacollege.edu/ that provides a link to access this report. Employees are also notified through email of this information. Students who do not have access to e-campus or the website may request a hard copy of the policy or reports from their campus admissions representative. Employees may request hard copies through Human Resources.

The PDF links below reflects this institution's crime statistics for 2014. Annual updates are completed October of each year.

Van Nuys Crime Data (PDF)

Van Nuys Institutional Information (PDF)

Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications
In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the President of the College, constitutes a significant or continuing threat, a campus wide “emergency notification ” will be issued. The warning will be issued through the college website at http://www.casalomacollege.edu/ and through the online e-campus, http://ecampus.casalomacollege.edu/to students, faculty and staff. The President of the College will notify the MIS Director who will post the emergency notifications.

Some examples of significant threat or dangerous situations are:

  • Outbreak of meningitis, norovirus or other serious illness.
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Earthquake
  • Gas leak
  • Terrorist incident
  • Armed intruder
  • Bomb threat
  • Civil unrest or rioting
  • Explosion

Emergency response and evacuation procedures are published in the college catalog, and notification made through e-campus and the college website, as well as through distribution of the catalog.

In the event of an ongoing safety or security issue that DOES NOT present an immediate threat to the health and safety of the campus community, a “timely warning” will be issued by various means of communication. The tools used to communicate the warning may include, but not be limited to: campus email, campus website, e-campus, and personal contact with faculty, staff and students. Notification of an emergency nature will be issued by the Campus Director.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to their Campus Director, by phone (ANA: 714-484-6995); (VAN: 818-785-2726) or in person at the office of the Campus Director.

Law Enforcement Authority
Casa Loma College does not have a campus police organization; however the college makes every effort to ensure our campuses uphold a safe and secure environment conducive to promoting a safe, respectful and educational atmosphere for all students, faculty, staff and guests of the college community. The Campus Safety Program is supervised by the Director of Compliance with each Campus Director responsible for safety at their respective campuses. Neither the Campus Safety Supervisor nor the Campus Directors are able to execute law enforcement duties. Campus Directors have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the College. Minor offenses involving College policies and regulations committed by a student, are handled by the Campus Director. Campus Directors will use all reasonable means to gather information about crimes, hazards or related incidents that occur on campus properties, after which they will report these incidences, if warranted, to the appropriate agencies.

Questions and concerns regarding Campus Safety may be directed to either the Campus Safety Supervisor at (818) 785-2726 ext. 615, or the Campus Directors (ANA: 714-484-6995 ext. 308); or (VAN: 818-785-2726 ext. 223).

Criminal incidents are referred to the local police who have jurisdiction on the campus. Police have complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on-campus and areas immediately adjacent to the campus. Major offenses such as rape, murder, aggravated assault, robbery, and auto theft are also reported to the local police who work closely with the Campus Director for exchanges of information, as deemed necessary. There is no written memorandum of understanding between Casa Loma College and the campus local police departments.

Criminal Activity Off-Campus
Casa Loma College has no activities off-campus recognized by college authority.

Reporting Criminal Activity
Students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents regardless of how insignificant to the Campus Director in a timely manner. In addition, notification of any crimes or suspicious activity or person seen in the parking lots or loitering around vehicles, or inside buildings should be reported to the Campus Director. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to act quickly when reporting crimes that occur within the jurisdiction of the college. Prompt reporting decreases the chance of losing evidence and provides Campus Directors with an opportunity to take necessary action that will enhance the safety and security of the campus.

If assistance is required from the Police Department or the Fire Department, the Campus Director will contact the appropriate unit. If a sexual assault or rape should occur, staff on the scene, will offer the victim the names of the agencies within the jurisdiction f the campus that can provide counseling and treatment.
To report a NON-EMERGENCY crime, contact the Campus Directors at (ANA: 714-484-6995 ext. 308); or (VAN: 818-785-2726 ext. 223). For EMERGENCIES ONLY, dial 9-1-1.

Voluntary Reporting
The Colleges Campus Safety Program encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the Campus Director. If the crime warrants involvement of the local police department and because police reports are public records under state law, the Police Department cannot hold reports of crime in confidence. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.

Counselors and Confidential Crime Reporting
Casa Loma College does not have on staff Pastoral or Professional Counselors. When the Campus Safety Supervisor or Campus Directors are acting in such a capacity, they are not considered to be a campus security authority and are not required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics. As a matter of policy, they are encouraged; if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the annual crime statistics.

Voluntary Confidential Reporting
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the College’s Crime and Safety Program or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Campus Director of Campus Safety Supervisor can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the College can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.

Disclosures to Alleged Victims of Crimes of Violence or Non-forcible Sex Offenses
Casa Loma College will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the college against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, Casa Loma College will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, if so request.

Preventing and Responding to Sex Offenses
Casa Loma College is committed to providing faculty, staff and students with an environment free from implicit and explicit coercive sexual behavior used to control, influence or affect the well being of any member of its community. No member of Casa Loma College may sexually harass another individual. Any form of sexual harassment is grounds for college disciplinary action. Sexual harassment also constitutes a violation of federal and state law. Alleged sexual offense cases are to be reported to College officials, preferably the Campus Director. Sexual assault is a crime and should be reported to Campus Director as well as the local police. Cases of this nature will be handled in a confidential and sensitive manner.

Students who believe they have been the victims of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault on Casa Loma College campuses, its affiliations or during College sponsored events should first ensure that they are in a place that is safe and that they are receiving any necessary medical treatment. Students should report any incident of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault immediately to the local law enforcement authorities so as to preserve evidence for the proof of a criminal offense, and to the Campus Director. The College will make every effort to cooperate with the investigation as well to ensure that it will be handled in the most private and confidential manner. Upon reporting of the formal complaint, an investigation will be conducted. Such investigation may involve the examination of physical evidence, the interviewing of persons with relevant information, or other steps which particular circumstances make necessary. In conducting this investigation, the confidentiality and privacy of all parties will be respected.

Filing a police report will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:
ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim;

  • provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam);
  • assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
  • It is not necessary for a student to pursue the matter in a criminal court in order to initiate a College investigation. College disciplinary proceedings, as well as special guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct, are detailed in the College Catalog. Both the victim and accused will be informed of the outcome of the investigation. A student found guilty of violating the College sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and will be terminated from the College. Various counseling and treatment referral agencies are available from the College.

Sex Offender Registration
In accordance to the "Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act" of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. Casa Loma College is providing a link to the National Sex Offender Database. http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/search_main.aspx?searchtype=zipcode&lang=ENGLISH

It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student.
Registry information provided under this section shall be used for the purposes of the administration of criminal justice, screening of current or prospective employees, volunteers or otherwise for the protection of the public in general and children in particular. Unlawful use of the information for purposes of intimidating or harassing another is prohibited and willful violation shall be punishable as a misdemeanor.

Campus Security and Access
Casa Loma College buildings are open only when classes are in session or during regular business hours. Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to scheduled campus hours. During non-business hours employees must notify the Campus Director of their intention to access the campus. Access to all campuses is by key, or door code, if issued. An authorized individual entering or leaving a locked building must not allow any unauthorized individual to enter that building. Authorized individuals may have guests with them as long as the guest stays near the faculty or staff member who has the assigned key or door code, and the authorized individual assumes full responsibility for their presence. An individual entering or leaving a secured building shall be responsible for checking the door to ensure that it is secured. The theft or loss of assigned keys should be reported immediately to the Campus Director. Do not lend keys or provide door codes, when applicable, to anyone. You are solely responsible for the keys and the door code.

Casa Loma College does not provide residential dormitories or facilities for on campus student housing.

The Facilities Manger regularly examines security issues such as landscaping, locks, alarms, and internal and external lighting. The MIS Director regularly examines and the communication systems.

Security Awareness Programs for Students and Employees
Students are informed of Campus Safety and Crime Reporting procedures during program orientations. Similar information is presented to new employees. Sexual Assault Prevention Programs are provided to College Directors every two years. Crime Prevention Programs on personal safety and theft prevention are not offered by the College. A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others. A high percentage of campus crimes are incidents of opportunity. Often campus community members contribute to situational crimes by needlessly placing themselves or their property at risk. Crime prevention methods can be effective in reducing the number of crimes, and all campus community members play an essential role in the practice of incorporating those preventative methods. A good practice is to maintain constant awareness of surroundings, walk in pairs or groups and protect personal possessions and college property by securing all items prior to leaving any area.