Annual Security Report 2018

A safe and secure campus is a high priority at Roanoke College. Community awareness and cooperation, along with the guidance and support of a well-trained, professional Campus Safety Staff, contributes to a positive learning environment. Please read this report which describes important information about Campus Safety and outlines your responsibilities as a member, or potential member, of our community.

Compilation and distribution of this report is mandated for all institutions participating in the financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

The Office of Campus Safety distributes a notice of availability of this Annual Security and Fire Safety Report by October of each year to every member of the College community. Anyone, including prospective students and employees, may obtain a paper copy of this report by contacting the Office of Campus Safety or can access an electronic copy of the report at the following link:

Office of Campus Safety (540-375-2310)

The Office of Campus Safety, located at 9 North College Avenue, Salem, VA provides 24-hour-a-day security, law enforcement and safety services to the campus community. Officers have two-way radio communications and conduct foot, bicycle, and vehicle patrols of the campus grounds, academic and administrative buildings and residence halls. Certain areas of the campus are monitored by use of internet protocol (IP) cameras. Officers are appointed by the Circuit Court as Armed Special Conservators of the Peace with authority to make arrests on Roanoke College property. The College works closely with the City of Salem Police Department, which is located approximately four blocks from campus, and maintains two-way radio communications with the Salem Emergency Services Dispatcher. Campus Safety Officers receive law enforcement training through the Cardinal Criminal Justice Regional Academy and comply with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services training standards. Campus Safety has engaged in Mutual-Aid Agreements with the Salem Police Department and the Virginia State Police to assist or lead in providing patrol and/or investigative services as needed for any situation, including sexual assault cases. Campus Safety also works closely with all Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies. Criminal offenses reported to Campus Safety are reported to the Salem Police via written report. Weekly communications between the command staff of both departments keeps the college aware of any offenses or arrests involving members of the college community. Campus Safety Officers are armed with firearms and comprise of one Director; one Associate Director; eight full-time officers and two part-time officers.

The Roanoke College campus is located in the city of Salem, Virginia, and encompasses approximately 130 acres and the core of the campus is located between East Main Street and Hawthorne Road, from Thompson Memorial Drive and just south of Market Street.  The nearby Elizabeth Campus is located between Lynchburg Turnpike and Idaho Street.

More information about Campus Safety is available at our Web site:

Safety and Security Guidelines

We encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to take an active role in their own safety and security while on campus. By following these guidelines, you can help maintain a safe environment for yourself and others at the College.

  • Walk in well-lighted and well-traveled areas after dark. Walk with a friend,
    or call Campus Safety for an escort.
  • Immediately report all suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities to the Office of Campus Safety.
  • Immediately report all crimes, security problems, or hazardous conditions
    to the Office of Campus Safety.
  • All faculty, staff and students are automatically enrolled in MAROON ALERTS (text message alerts).
  • Keep yourself informed. Check e-mail, campus bulletin boards, Brackety-Ack (the student newspaper),
    and your campus mail for "Campus Safety Notices" that pertain to specific security conditions on campus.
    Take advantage of informational programs sponsored on campus.
  • Keep residence hall room doors locked at all times and do not loan them to unauthorized persons.
  • Keep your Maroon Card and room keys with you at all times.
  • Use the peephole in your door to screen visitors.
  • Do not prop open any locked exterior doors or leave ground-floor windows open.
  • Never study alone in an isolated area of a campus building.
  • Lock your car and secure valuables when using campus parking facilities.
  • Use bicycle racks located on campus, and lock your bicycle with a high-quality lock.
  • Become familiar with the red & blue Emergency Telephone and
    yellow 911 / Courtesy / Access Phone locations on campus.
  • Become familiar with Residence Life Policies and the "Student Conduct Code" of Roanoke College. Abide by them and encourage others to do so.
  • Know the emergency exits and locations of fire alarm pull stations and extinguishers in your building.
  • Lock offices when you are not present.

Safety and Security Awareness Programming

An informed campus community can significantly reduce the occurrence of crime on campus. The Office of Campus Safety provides education on what to do in an emergency. Security procedures, crime prevention, substance use and abuse, fire safety, sexual assault  (Including domestic violence, dating violence and stalking) and active shooter response are topics covered during new student orientation and in a number of programs throughout the academic year. The College Health Services Department sponsors alcohol and drug abuse educational programming. Residence Life Staff and student organizations such as athletic teams and Health Education Awareness Team (HEAT) sponsor programs on related topics. Such programs are offered with the goal of helping members of the College community make responsible decisions concerning their safety and well-being.


Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings

Members of the College community are notified in a timely manner about security situations, crimes or emergencies that are considered to represent a threat to students and employees. There are two types of notifications and the notification systems are tested annually.

Maroon Alerts is a multi-modal emergency notifications system that sends notifications via text message to cellular phones and other electronic devices and mediums. Notifications are sent upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the college community. Weather closing and delays are also sent through the Maroon Alert System. Students, faculty and staff can enroll in the program at The Campus Safety Office, Dean of Student Affairs Office and the Public Relations Office can activate the Maroon Alert System.

Campus Safety Notices are sent through the use of campus wide e-mail for incidents or situations that do not pose an immediate threat but which require a timely notice in compliance with the Clery Act. Notices may also be made by campus mailings, announcements posted on bulletin boards and specially called residence hall meetings. The college Emergency Alerting System is tested annually. The Campus Safety Office also sends out Campus Safety Notices.


Emergency and Courtesy Telephones on Campus

Blue Light Emergency Phones are located at the following locations: One at the north end and one at the south end of the Hawthorne Road parking lot (P-21); one at the west side of New Hall and one on the east side, along the Athletic Quad sidewalk; one in the Lower Olin Hall parking lot (P-11); one in the Cregger parking lot (P-9) near Peery & High Streets; one in the parking lot at the end of Red Lane (P-22); one at the Elizabeth Campus Tennis facility (P-26) and one on the Elizabeth Campus Quad. These phones provide Direct Dial to the Office of Campus Safety, as well as 911.

Red emergency telephones are located throughout campus, inside the following buildings: Alumni Gym, Bast Athletic Complex, Fintel Library, Courthouse, as well as Life Science, Lucas, Miller, Olin, Trexler, and Trout Halls. The red phones provide direct contact with the Campus Switchboard during the day and the Safety Office during the evening. These phones are for emergencies or to request a campus escort.  

Yellow telephone boxes are located outside residence halls, and at the Belk Fitness Center. These phones can be used to call any campus number including the Safety Office. The courtesy phones also have an emergency button that, when pushed, dials 911 (Salem Police, Fire, and Rescue).

How to Get Help, Report an Emergency, Report a Crime, Reporting a Missing Person

All emergencies, criminal acts, missing persons or questionable behavior should be reported immediately to the Office of Campus Safety, either in person or by telephone. Campus Safety can be reached by dialing 375-2310 or 375-2500; by dialing "0" on a College telephone or yellow Courtesy Phone; or by using a red or a blue Emergency Telephone located on campus. The Salem City Police, Fire, and Rescue can be reached by dialing 911.

Campus Security Authority

A Campus Security Authority is an individual who is an official of the institution that has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, examples include but not limited to:

  • Campus Safety Officers
  • Residence Life Staff
  • Student Conduct and Judicial Proceedings Staff
  • Director of Athletics and Team Coaches
  • Faculty Advisor to Student Group
  • Academic Advisor
  • Coordinator of Greek Affairs
  • Health Center Staff
  • Dean of Students
  • Human Resources Staff
  • Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Under Clery a crime is reported when a victim, witness, other third party or even the offender brings to the attention of a CSA or local law enforcement personnel.  It does not matter whether or not the individual(s) involved in the crime or reporting the crime are associated with the institution.  If a CSA receives the crime information and believes it was provided in good faith, he or she should document it as a crime and provide the report to the Office of Campus Safety. In "good faith" means there is a reasonable basis for believing the information is not just hearsay or rumor.  CSAs are not responsible for investigating crimes.  All investigations and crime classifications are the responsibility of sworn law enforcement personnel.

There are two classifications of individuals who, although they have significant responsibilities for students and campus activities, are not considered CSAs under Clery.  They are pastoral counselors and professional counselors.  Although pastoral counselors and professional counselors do not have to report crimes that are brought to their attention while serving in an official capacity, they are encouraged to inform their clients/of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary and confidential basis for inclusion in the annual crime statistics.

Silent Witness Program

Community members wishing to remain anonymous and report information about criminal acts or suspicious activities on campus can do so by using the link found on the Campus Safety Web page. An individual using the program supplies information on an electronic form. The confidential information is then routed via e-mail to the campus safety office for follow-up investigation or appropriate action.  This information may be included in the crime statistics.

Students in Emotional Distress

Students who know someone that maybe experiencing emotional distress or may be experiencing it themselves can get help from the College Counseling Center at 375-2302. In situations where immediate help is needed, please contact the Office of Campus Safety at 375-2310 and an officer will respond and assist the person in contacting the college counselors.

Missing Persons

The college's missing student notification policy and procedure is found in  Student Handbook. During each academic registration period students are provided an opportunity to record information in their college file for a "missing person contact" as well as their emergency contact.

A student may be considered to be a "missing person" if the person's absence from campus is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Such circumstances could include, but not limited to, a report or suspicion that the person may be a victim of foul play, has expressed suicidal thoughts, is drug dependent, is in a life threatening situation, has been with persons who may endanger the student's welfare, or is overdue to return to campus and is unheard from after giving a specific return time to friends or family. Any student who may be missing should be reported to the Campus Safety Office immediately at 375-2310.

Escort Service

The Office of Campus Safety provides escort service to students, faculty, staff, and guests who want to be accompanied when walking across campus. This service is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and can be obtained by calling 375-2310 or 375-2500.

Building Security

Campus buildings are patrolled on a regular basis by Campus Safety. Most academic buildings are locked at midnight. Residence Life staff have duty hours in residence halls and routinely check these buildings.

Doors to residence halls are locked 24 hours. Residential students are issued an exterior door key or access card to their building and a room key. Propping open a locked door is a serious violation of the conduct code and should be reported immediately. Visitation hours for various residence halls, as well as other Residence Life policies, can be found in the Student Handbook. Entry to the Bast Center, Belk Fitness Center, Tennis facility, Fintel Library Study Lab and Lucas Language Lab are controlled by electronic card access.

Roanoke College has an automated work order procedure to ensure that repairs and maintenance related to safety and security are completed in a timely fashion. Repairs such as burned-out lights, missing window screens, or broken locks should be reported to a Residence Life or Campus Safety staff member. Work orders for repairs can also be submitted through a form on the Roanoke College Web Page. Physical Plant staff is on call for emergency repairs after normal business hours and can be reached by calling 375-2310 or 375-2500.

Alcoholic Beverage Regulations

Roanoke College does not encourage the use of alcoholic beverages by students nor does it condone violation of applicable State laws or College policies. Students of legal age (21) may consume alcoholic beverages in the privacy of their rooms and at registered social events at which the College has approved alcohol. Individuals who consume alcoholic beverages are responsible for their own behavior. Regardless of a student's age, alcoholic beverages are not permitted in freshman residence halls or in freshmen rooms of mixed class residence halls. Students violating College policies regarding alcohol are subject to campus disciplinary action with sanctions ranging from fines and community restitution to dismissal from the College. In addition to disciplinary action, student violators may be criminally charged. See the Student Handbook, for details.

College employees are expected to follow college alcohol policies consistent with State law. For details, see Section 5.8, "Policy Statement on Substance Abuse," in the Staff Handbook; Section 2.98, "Policy Statement on Substance Abuse," in the Faculty Handbook. Employees violating College policies are subject to disciplinary action.

Drug Policy

Possession, use, manufacturing and/or distribution of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia containing drug residue and other controlled substances are violations of the Student Conduct Code. Any member of the campus community found violating this policy is subject to severe disciplinary action, including dismissal from College. In addition, such individuals are subject to criminal prosecution. In these matters, the College fully cooperates with law enforcement officials including the Salem Police, Virginia State Police and the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office. The names of students involved in illegal drug offenses are reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. For details, see the Illegal Drug and Controlled Substance Policy in the Student Handbook.  A Policy Statement on Substance Abuse, is also available in the Faculty Handbook and in Section 2.98 of the Staff Handbook.

Sexual Misconduct Policy Affairs/Sexual Misconduct Policy.pdf

Roanoke College recognizes the seriousness of sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking in any form, including sexual assault and rape.  Sexual violence includes a range of behaviors in which an act of a sexual nature is taken against another person without his or her consent or when he or she is unable to consent.  Acts of this nature violate College policy.

Consent Defined:  Consent is informed, freely and actively given and mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.  Consent is mutually understandable when a reasonable person would consider the words or actions of the parties to have manifested a mutually understandable agreement between them to engage in certain conduct with each other.  Consent cannot be gained by ignoring or acting in spite of the objection of another.
Consent cannot be inferred from:

  1. Silence, passivity, or lack of resistance alone;
  2. A current or previous dating or sexual relationship alone (or the existence of such a relationship with anyone else);
  3. Attire;
  4. The buying of dinner or the spending of money on a date; or
  5. Consent previously given (i.e., consenting to one sexual act does not imply consent to another sexual act).
    Consent is not effective if it is obtained through the use of physical force, violence, duress, intimidation, coercion or the threat, expressed or implied, of bodily injury. Whether a party used intimidation or coercion to obtain consent will be determined by reference to the perception of a reasonable person found in the same or similar circumstances.

Consent may never be given by:

  1. Minors, even if the other participant did not know the minor's age;
  2. Mentally disabled persons, if their disability was reasonably knowable to a sexual partner who is not mentally disabled; or
  3. Persons who are incapacitated (whether as a result of drugs, alcohol or otherwise), unconscious, asleep or otherwise physically helpless or mentally or physically unable to make informed, rational judgments.  The use of alcohol or drugs does not diminish one's responsibility to obtain consent and does not excuse conduct that constitutes Sexual Misconduct under College policies.

If at any time during a sexual act any confusion or ambiguity is or should be apparent on the issue of consent, it is incumbent upon each individual involved in the activity to stop and clarify the other's willingness to continue and capacity to consent.  Neither party should make assumptions about the other's willingness to continue.

Persons who make a complaint and those who are responding to complaints have the following Rights:

  • The option to notify law enforcement;
  • The option to have another member of the College community present during interviews that are part of a College initiated investigation;
  • To be notified of counseling and support services available;
  • To be notified of options to change academic, living or work assignments
  • Issuance of a "No Contact" order

Support Services:

Roanoke College:

Campus Safety
Counseling Center
Student Health Services
Title IX Coordinator
Chaplain's Office
Residence Life

Salem Police Department




* Sexual Assault Counseling
       & Assistance (SARA)
* Off-campus organization


Reporting Procedures for Sexual Misconduct including Rape, Sexual Assault,
Relationship Violence and Stalking:

Because Sexual Misconduct may in some instances constitute both a violation of College policy and criminal activity, and because the College grievance process is not a substitute for instituting legal action, the College encourages individuals to report alleged Sexual Misconduct promptly to campus officials and to law enforcement authorities, where appropriate. Individuals may, however, choose not to report alleged Sexual Misconduct to such campus officials and/or law enforcement authorities. The College respects and supports the individual's decision with respect to reporting; nevertheless, the College may notify appropriate law enforcement authorities if required or warranted by the nature of the allegations at issue. 

Reporting to Local Law Enforcement:  

Individuals may file a complaint directly with local law enforcement agencies (e.g., the Salem Police Department) by dialing 911. Individuals may contact any of the following for assistance in filing a complaint with local law enforcement:  

The College's Campus Safety Department, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (available by phone at 540-375-2310 and located 9 N. College Avenue),     

The College's Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Brian Chisom, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (available by phone at 540-375-2592 or by email at and in Room 102 of Alumni Gymnasium).  

Individuals may inform law enforcement authorities about Sexual Misconduct and discuss the matter with a law enforcement officer without making a formal criminal complaint (or a College Complaint). Individuals who make a criminal complaint may also choose to pursue a College Complaint simultaneously.  

A criminal investigation into the matter does not exempt the College from conducting its own investigation. However, the College's investigation may be delayed temporarily while the criminal investigators are gathering evidence. In the event of such a delay, the College may take interim measures when necessary to protect the alleged victim and/or the College community.  

Neither the results of a criminal investigation nor the decision of law enforcement to investigate or decline to investigate the matter is determinative of whether Actionable Sexual Misconduct, for the purposes of this Policy, has occurred. 

Reporting to College Administration:  

Individuals may choose not to report alleged Sexual Misconduct to campus officials. The College respects and supports the individual's decision with respect to reporting; however, if information about Sexual Misconduct comes to the attention of the College, the College may (1) start an investigation even in the absence of a filed Complaint and/or (2) notify appropriate law enforcement authorities if required or warranted by the nature of the information of which it becomes aware.  

Anyone wishing to make a Complaint under this Policy should contact one of the following individuals or offices:  

Title IX Coordinator. The College's Title IX Coordinator is Dr. Brian Chisom, whose office is in Room 102 Alumni Gymnasium. Dr. Chisom may be contacted during business hours (8:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) by phone at 540-375-2592 or by email at In addition to overseeing the prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution of all Complaints filed with the College, Dr. Chisom generally will serve as the Assigned Title IX Coordinator for allegations that students have engaged in Sexual Misconduct.   

Deputy Title IX Coordinators. The College's Deputy Title IX Coordinators are Dr. Jennifer Berenson and Kathy Martin. Dr. Berenson is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for faculty Sexual Misconduct, meaning that she generally will serve as the Assigned Title IX Coordinator for allegations that faculty have engaged in Sexual Misconduct. Her office is in Suite 110 of the College's Administration Building, and she may be contacted during business hours by phone at 540-375-2204 or by e-mail at Kathy Martin is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for staff Sexual Misconduct, meaning that she generally will serve as the Assigned Title IX Coordinator for allegations that staff have engaged in Sexual Misconduct. Her office is in Room 210 of College Hall, and she may be contacted during business hours by phone at 540-375-2262 or by e-mail at  

Roanoke College's Campus Safety Department. The College's Campus Safety Department is located at 9 North College Avenue. The Campus Safety Department is also available by phone at 540-375-2310. The Campus Safety Department is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

If any of the parties designated above is the Respondent or is otherwise at issue in a Complaint, or if an individual is otherwise uncomfortable making a complaint to one or more of the parties listed above, he or she may report alleged Sexual Misconduct to any other party or office listed above.  

If an employee of the College's Campus Safety Department receives a report of alleged Sexual Misconduct, that employee must notify the College's Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  

Anonymous reports of sexual misconduct can be submitted in writing to any of the Title IX Coordinators listed above or through the Campus Safety Website's Anonymous Silent Witness Form ( The level of detail or identifying information regarding the alleged misconduct will determine the College's ability to thoroughly investigate and respond to the report.  

An individual may report alleged Sexual Misconduct to a faculty or staff member other than those referenced above. No member of the College community may discourage an individual from reporting alleged incidents of Sexual Misconduct.  

A faculty or staff member with any knowledge (including firsthand observation) about a known or suspected incident of Sexual Misconduct must, as soon as reasonably possible, report the incident to the College's Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators. (Excluded from this requirement are the College's Strictly Confidential Resources. Also excluded from this requirement are College students who are also employees of the College, except for Resident Advisors.) No employee is authorized to investigate or resolve Complaints without the involvement of the College's Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  

It is important to preserve evidence in these cases and victims are asked to contact assistance as soon as possible from a safe location, do not change clothes or bath after incident and seek medical attention.

Any Roanoke College investigation will consider the rights of all involved in the incident.  Matters resulting in a Roanoke College Title IX investigation and subsequent hearing will be provided information on process.  A Conduct Hearing Panel will use the "preponderance of the evidence rule" in determining the outcome of the case.

Sanctions resulting from a Roanoke College Title IX investigation may include, without limitation, withholding a promotion or pay increase, resigning employment, terminating employment, temporary suspension without pay, compensation adjustments, expulsion or suspension from the College, disciplinary probation, expulsion from campus housing, mandated counseling, and/or educational sanctions deemed appropriate by the hearing panel. 

Roanoke College provides education and training to all students, faculty and staff regarding sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, Title IX and Campus Security Authorities on an ongoing basis.  These programs highlight Roanoke College's commitment to prohibiting these types of offenses. The following are examples of such training:

  • All First-Year students take an online courses, and Haven: Sexual Assault Prevention Educational programs prior to matriculation
  • Bystander Training conducted by S.A.R.A. Roanoke (Sexual Assault Response and Awareness) for resident assistants.
  • Take A Stand, is a program to promote responsible decision making among peers with a goal to mitigate behaviors that contribute to high risk drinking, sexual misconduct, bullying and hazing. All First-Year students are required to attend.
  • Take Back the Night,
  • The Clothesline Project,
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,
  • Campus Safety Self-Defense for Women
  • Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD)
  • Title IX response
  • Various speakers and programs presented throughout year for all students.

New laws enacted in Virginia during 2015 make it a requirement that campus police and campus security departments maintain a mutual aid agreement with a local police agency and agree to notify the local attorney for the Commonwealth within 48 hours of beginning any investigation involving felony criminal sexual assault occurring on campus property related to the institution of higher education.

Also signed into law is a requirement for any responsible employee of a public or private nonprofit institution of higher education who in the course of his employment obtains information that an act of sexual violence has been committed against a student on campus property or other property related to the institution to report such information to the Title IX coordinator for the institution as soon as practicable.  The law requires the Title IX coordinator to report such information to a review committee, which shall meet within 72 hours of receipt of information of an alleged act of sexual violence and which shall include the Title IX coordinator, a representative of law enforcement, and a student affairs representative.  If the review committee determines that disclosure of the information regarding the alleged act of sexual violence is necessary to protect the health and safety of the victim or other individuals, the representative of law enforcement on the review committee shall disclose the information, including personally identifiable information, to the law enforcement agency responsible for investigating the alleged act.  In cases involving felony sexual assault, the representative of law enforcement on the review committee, or in certain situations, another committee member, shall consult with the local attorney for the Commonwealth or other prosecutor responsible for prosecuting the alleged act of sexual violence.

The law also requires each public or private nonprofit institution of higher education to establish a memorandum of understanding with a local sexual assault crisis center or other victim support service and to adopt policies to provide victims with information on contacting such center or service.

Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the College community where to obtain law enforcement agency information provided by the State concerning registered sex offenders. Sex offenders that are required to register in a state are mandated to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation or is a student. In Virginia, convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry maintained by the Virginia Department of State Police. Information concerning registered offenders may be disclosed to any person requesting information on a specific individual in accordance with the law. The Virginia State Police Web site has further information, and searches for information on offenders by location or name can be done electronically at:

Criminal Offense Log

In accordance with the provisions of the Clery Act, a campus criminal offense log is maintained by the Office of Campus Safety. Interested persons can access this information at our Web page ( or by coming to the office located at 9 North College Avenue during regular business hours.

Campus Crime Statistics

In accordance with the provisions of the Clery Act, a campus criminal offense log is maintained by the Office of Campus Safety. Interested persons can access this information at our Web page ( or by coming to the office located at 9 North College Avenue during regular business hours.

The statistical data reported for on-campus offenses and all discipline referrals are compiled from records maintained by the Campus Safety Office and the Student Life Office. Data for public property offenses is obtained from the Salem Police Department. The "Clery Act" defines the location categories used. "Non-Residential" indicates the violation occurred on campus grounds or in buildings not used for student housing. "Residential" indicates it occurred in a College-owned residence hall. "Public Prop." is public property such as streets and sidewalks adjacent to the campus. "Non-Campus" refers to any building or property located off campus and owned or controlled by a student organization officially recognized by the College. The criminal offenses are classified using the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting System definitions. The reader should keep in mind that some crime victims may choose not to report offenses to campus or local law enforcement authorities and that violations listed may result in both arrest and disciplinary referral for the same offense. Other types of unacceptable conduct such as thefts and vandalism occur on college campuses. All criminal activity is detrimental to the College community, and strong measures including dismissal are taken against offenders.


  • Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter is the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

  • Negligent Manslaughter is the killing of another person through gross negligence.

  • A forcible sex offense is defined as any sexual act directed against another person without consent of the victim including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent. 

  • Rape Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

  • Domestic Violence (1) A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed: (i) by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; (ii) by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; (iii) by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; (iv) by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred: or (v) by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.   
  • Dating Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: 
    • Length of relationship
    • Type of relationship
    • Frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

  • Stalking means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: 
              (a) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or
              (b) suffer substantial emotional distress.

  • Robbery is defined as the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, and control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

  • Aggravated assaults are defined as an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose in inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury.  This type of assault usually involves a weapon or means likely to cause death or great bodily harm.

  • Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into a structure to commit a felony or theft and all attempts to commit the above mentioned.  

  • Arson is maliciously burning or causing to be destroyed by burning any public or private property. 

  • The next category that the law required reporting in is that of motor vehicle theft, which is defined as the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

  • Hate crimes are defined for this report as crimes committed against a person that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  For this report, the hate crime must have been for one of the criminal offenses listed in the report, larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, or destruction/damage/vandalism of property or any other crime involving bodily injury where the victim was intentionally selected because one of the above listed biases motivated the perpetrator. 

  • The Act requires that arrests and referrals for liquor law, drug abuse and weapon violations be reported.  

    • Liquor law violations are defined as violations of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, possession, transporting, or furnishing of intoxicating liquors or alcoholic beverages and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.  (Public drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included).

    • Drug abuse violations are defined as violations of State and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing or manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs.

    • Weapons possession violations are defined as violations of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons, carrying of deadly weapons, concealed or openly, furnishing deadly weapons to minors, aliens possessing deadly weapons and all attempts to commit any of the above. 

  • There are very limited circumstances in which a report of a crime is investigated and determined to be unfounded or believed not to have occurred by law enforcement.  These types of reports are withheld from the crime statistics.


   Note:   Intoxication or driving under the influence are not included
                per the Clery Act reporting requirements.

  *   A drug law violation arrest (or criminal summons) of a student also results
       in a disciplinary referral.
However reporting requirements mandate statistical
       counting only once.

Campus Safety Services

Campus Safety provides other non-emergency services to the College community and is a source of information about the campus facilities and available services. Please feel free to call the office at any time, day or night. All members of the College community are urged to take responsibility for their own and others' security and to report any offenses to Campus Safety personnel.

Important Telephone Numbers

Office of Campus Safety
Red Emergency Telephone
     "0" from a campus telephone

Salem Police, Fire, and Rescue     911
Student Health Center                 540-375-2286

Office of Student Affairs
VP & Dean of Students                540-375-2592
Associate Dean of Students         540-375-2592
Director of Residence Life            540-375-2308
Counseling Center                      540-375-2302
Internet Address



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