Safe Zone Program
A Safe Zone is a friendly and secure location that offers immediate safety and personnel to provide a sanctuary and safe passage through the campus.
Members of the campus community can utilize a Safe Zone office when they:
- feel that their safety is immediately threatened, and/or
- have been on the receiving end of bias of any kind.
The goal of the Safe Zone Program is to facilitate members of the college community finding a sanctuary on every floor of every building on campus if they feel under siege, physically threatened, or even just in need of a kind word.
The personnel providing the sanctuary is a certified Safe Zone Participant who has completed the required Safe Zone training. Becoming a Safe Zone Participant is a voluntary choice, and requires a serious commitment.
You can report a bias incident/hate crime in a Safe Zone office. The occupant of the office will have reporting forms and has been trained to assist people in need.
The Safe Zone Team
The Safe Zone Team addresses campus climate issues related to bias-motivated incidents and crimes and acts as advocates for persons affected by such incidents. The team is comprised of:
- Director of Diversity and Equity
- Member of Counseling staff
- Vice President for Human Resources
- Vice President for Student Services
- Director of Campus Security
- Dean of College Relations Office
- Vice President for Instruction
- Dean of Student Life
Depending on the nature of the incident other departments may be involved (e.g. Disability Support Services and International Student Services)
The Safe Zone Team will meet to review the report and determine the appropriate course of action.
Depending on the nature of the offense and the available evidence, actions may include:
- Disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.
- The college reserves the right to pursue disciplinary action in the case of off-campus incidents, when the alleged offender and behavior involved threatens the health, safety, and/or property of the college, its staff or students.
- Campus authorities will assist victims in notifying proper law enforcement authorities.
Any member of the college community can file a third party report with the BIRT Coordinator detailing a potential bias-motivated incident or hate crime. The college cannot initiate student judicial action or a criminal complaint against the alleged offender based on a third party report. However, the report is still encouraged, as it can provide important and useful information for protecting the community and connecting similar reports while simultaneously protecting the victim's anonymity to the extent permitted by law.