Campus Security Information
Belmont College complies with Title II of Public Law 101-542, the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990. You should be aware that under the law if, as a new or current student, you so request, you will be provided with information on the graduation rate at Belmont College. Also, as a prospective or current student or employee, you will be provided with information on campus crime upon request.
Reporting Campus Crime
If you are a witness to or victim of a crime on College property, you should dial 9-1-1 to contact the law enforcement agency for your location and report the incident immediately to a Belmont College administrator. Medical emergencies should also be immediately reported to a College administrator who will contact the rescue squad serving the College, or dial 9-1-1 from any College phone.
Campus Crime Statistics
According to this law, the College is required to collect, prepare, publish, and distribute information on campus crime to current and prospective students and employees.
Belmont College prepares this chart to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies. Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to local law enforcement agencies and College officials.
Each year, an e-mail notification is sent to all employees and enrolled students that provides the web link to access this report. Copies of the report may also be obtained at the office of the Vice President Organizational Effectiveness at Main Campus.
How to Report Criminal Offenses
To report a crime, dial 9-1-1 to contact law enforcement. For non-emergencies, please advise a College official, alert Front Desk personnel at the Academic Technical Center, or contact the Manager of Information Systems and Security. Suspicious activity or person(s) seen on campus should be reported immediately to a College official, Front Desk personnel at the Academic Technical Center, or Manager of Information Systems and Security.
College Incident Reports / Crime Reports
Belmont College encourages anyone who is a victim or witness to any crime or suspicious activity to report this to a College official and/ or law enforcement. Because College incident reports are public records under state law, these reports cannot be held in confidence and are subject to public requests.
Security and Access
During business hours, the College is open for those having business with the College or at a function on campus which has been approved by the College. After 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday, after 5:00pm on Friday, and all-day Saturdays, only the Main Entrance doors are open to allow access into the Academic Technical Center. Emergency egress is maintained at all doors per building and fire code; however, restricted access into the building is maintained for security reasons.
Emergencies may necessitate changes or alteration to any posted schedule. College facilities are regularly assessed and examine security issues such as landscaping, locks, area lighting, line-of-sight, and others. Concerns should be brought to the attention of the Manager of Information Systems and Security.
Campus Security Authority
Belmont College administration has the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Belmont College. College staff monitors and regulates parking on campus. Issues with parking which are deemed a safety or security hazards will result in towing of the vehicle at the expense of the owner.
Belmont College maintains a working relationship with law enforcement agencies serving the various locations of the College. Law enforcement for Belmont College is handled by the Sheriff’s Office.
All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report and complete a college incident report and/or law enforcement report. Prompt reporting will ensure timely notices on campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.
Safety and Security Awareness
Reminders are sent out at the beginning of each term to provide students with safety and security information while they are on campus. Employees receive reminders via e-mail as well as during employee forum days.
When time is of the essence, information will be released to the College community through security alerts via the BeAlert mass notification system, as well as e-mails, postings on MyBelmont, www.belmontcollege.edu, the public address system at the Academic Technical Center, or broadcast over the phone system.
College students and employees are reminded to not leave personal items unattended on campus. Books should be marked in a location within the text with some identifiable information by the owner. Vehicles should be locked, and valuable items should not be left in plain sight within the vehicle. If you observe person(s) suspiciously wondering about the campus or the parking lot, notify a College official.
To enhance your personal safety, especially after evening hours, walk with friends to your vehicle.
Alcohol and Drug Policy
Except for a special event with prior senior administration approval, the possession, sale, consumption, or furnishing of alcohol is strictly prohibited. Persons found in violation will be subject to College disciplinary action as well as criminal prosecution by law enforcement.
The possession, manufacture, sale, distribution, or use of any controlled substance is illegal on College-owned or controlled property. Persons found in violation will be reported to the law enforcement agency servicing that location for investigation and criminal prosecution. The College may also seek disciplinary actions internally for such violations.
Belmont College does not offer student housing. In the event of notification that a student is missing, Belmont College will work with area law enforcement agencies to assist them in their investigation.
Sex Offender Registration
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (CSCPA) is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled or employed at institutions of higher education. The CSCPA is an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act. The federal law requires state law enforcement agencies in Ohio to provide Belmont College with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated that they are either enrolled, employed, or carrying on a vocation at Belmont College.
A list of sex offenders is maintained by the Vice President Organizational Effectiveness and is available for review at his/her office at the Academic Technical Center. In addition, a list of all registered sex offenders in Ohio is available online.
The CSCPA further amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to clarify that nothing in the Act prohibits an educational institution from disclosing information provided to the institution concerning registered sex offenders. This statement is provided in compliance with the campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000.
Preventing and Responding to Sex Offenses
If you are a victim of a sexual assault on college property, your priority should be to get to a place of safety. Report the alleged offense to a College official or call 9-1-1 for law enforcement. You should seek necessary medical treatment, but remember that time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. Sexual assault offenses are covered under the College’s Code of Conduct, as outlined in the College catalog.
If a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the senior administration, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through the College e-mail system to students and employees. Examples of incidents which warrant a “timely warning” would include (but are not limited to) crimes occurring within the region which pose a threat to the College campus, Clery Act crimes in the region, threats to persons or to property.
Depending on the circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the College may also send out a message through the BeAlert mass notification system, as well as may post information on the MyBelmont.
Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
Belmont College will, without delay, and considering the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
Belmont College will attempt to confirm that there is a significant emergency via reports from students or employees as well as observation via our security staff. Belmont College will notify the College community as to what action they need to take (evacuation, shelter in place, etc).
Upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, guests, or employees occurring on or near campus, Belmont College will notify law enforcement for that location as well as notify all campuses via the telephone, the telephone PA system (if applicable), as well as through the mass notification system (BeAlert), and the public address system at the Academic Technical Center.
In the event of evacuation, follow the evacuation plan for the room you are in, which is posted on the wall, usually near the exit. This is handled by the Manager of Information Systems and Security or his/her designee.
Sign Up for College BeAlert Mass Notification System
The BeAlert mass notification system will be used to notify all registered Belmont College students and employees of emergency situations on campus, as well as College delays and cancellations due to weather or other emergency conditions. Delays and cancellations will still be posted on our website, on our phone system, our social media page(s), as well as local television and radio stations. This system will not be used for individual class cancellations. Those will be posted on the MyBelmont. You must re-enroll in the system if you have been off for a semester. Please take the time to check to ensure you are in the system.
To receive the notifications, do the following:
1- Log into your MyBelmont account (http://mybelmont.belmontcollege.edu/ics/)
2- Enter the Campus Life tab near the top of the page
3- In the middle of the page you will see the BeAlert section. Click on the blue Emergency Alert System link. This will take you to the Rave Manage Profile information page. You will need to read and agree to the Terms of Service.
4- Check to ensure it is your name on the data entry page. If it is someone else’s name, log out of the data entry page and the MyBelmont page and log back in through both.
5-Enter data for the sections you want notifications to be sent to you.
Mobile Phone – If you selected the mobile phone option, the notification system will send text alerts to your mobile phone. If you choose to sign up for this alert, you will be sent a “test alert” with a four-digit code. You will be prompted to enter this code to verify your cell phone number. After you confirm your cell phone number, you will receive a second text to validate your enrollment in the notification system. Please note you will be responsible for any costs related to receiving text messages through your phone.
If you do not receive a confirmation text message after following the steps above, your mobile carrier may be enforcing a premium text messaging block on your account. To remedy this, contact your carrier and ask to have text messages from short codes 67283 and 226787 delivered to your mobile device.
Voice Only Line Contacts – This will send you a voice message to a land phone or cell phone. We request only one be used since this is an additional cost for the system.
Email – You can add additional email accounts for notification if you choose. Remember to check your “spam” or “junk” mail folder and allow the message to be delivered to your “inbox.”
This policy establishes the procedures for enforcement against harassment and discrimination as defined by the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The College also further stipulates that it adheres to all civil rights provisions imposed by the State of Ohio to show complete and accurate compliance to the laws of the United States and the State of Ohio.
Belmont College does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, housing, citizenship, veteran status, or genetic information in matters of admissions, employment, or services the College provides. Belmont College also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of discrimination and harassment.
This policy applies to all College students, faculty, staff, members of the College community, contractors, consultants, and vendors doing business or providing services to the College.
If you feel you have been denied equal admission, educational, or employment opportunities because of your race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or other protected classifications, you may file a Complaint of Discrimination with the following person responsible for compliance in the area indicated:
Title IX Coordinator (nondiscrimination on the basis of sex)
Human Resources Coordinator
Title VI Coordinator (nondiscrimination on the basis of race, age, color, or national origin)
Human Resources Coordinator
Section 504 Coordinator (nondiscrimination on the basis of disability)
Dean of Student Services
ADA Compliance Coordinator
Academic Advisor/Access Advisor