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Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
The University of Pikeville Public Safety department supports the universities mission of providing a safe environment for students, faculty and staff.
The University of Pikeville seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that respects individual freedoms and promotes the health, safety and welfare of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. These participants are expected to know and follow the applicable laws and all university rules and regulations. Each person is responsible for his/her own behavior.
The University of Pikeville complies with the Drug-Free School Communities Act of 1989. This act requires that the University of Pikeville certify it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees in order to remain eligible for federal financial assistance, as set forth in local, state and federal laws, and the rules and regulations of the university.
The University of Pikeville prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees in buildings, facilities, grounds or other property owned and/or controlled by the university or as part of university activities. Alcohol is not permitted on campus. Students who are convicted of an offense involving the sale or possession of a controlled substance may become ineligible for federal student aid.
For the university’s complete drug and alcohol policy regarding the Drug-Free School and Communities Act, you may submit a request to the Public Safety Department or the Office of Student Services. Student Services and the Public Safety Department conduct drug and alcohol abuse education programs each semester.
The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for the university’s response to reports of missing students, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. This policy applies to students who reside in campus housing.
2 POLICY STATEMENT
A University of Pikeville residential student is “determined to be missing” when a missing person report investigation concludes that the student has been absent from the university for a period of 24 hours or longer without any known reason. The Director of Public Safety, or designee, in conjunction with the Dean of Students, or designee, will make the official determination of whether a student is deemed missing.
3 PROCEDURE FOR DESIGNATION OF CONFIDENTIAL EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
All residential students have the opportunity annually to identify an individual or individuals to be contacted by the Dean of Students not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing in accordance with the procedures set forth below. A designation will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student. This information is maintained confidentially and will be available only to the Director of Public Safety, Dean of Students and Director of Student Life. The administration of the university reserves the right to notify the parents of a student under the age of 21 if they are reported missing.
For those under the age of 18 and not an emancipated individual, the university is required to notify the emergency contact as well as the custodial parent or guardian no more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.
4 PROCEDURE FOR OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION FOR MISSING STUDENTS
a. Any concerned person who has information that a residential student may be a missing student must notify the Department of Public Safety or Director of Student Life as soon as possible so that an official determination may be made about whether or not the student is missing.
b. Department of Public Safety and Student Life staff will gather all essential information about the residential student from the reporting person and from the student’s acquaintances. Appropriate staff will include the Student Life Coordinators on call, the Director of Student Life, the Dean of Students and the Director of Public Safety.
c. If the above actions are unsuccessful in locating the student in a reasonable time, or it is apparent immediately that the student is a missing person (e.g. witnessed abduction) the student will be determined as a missing student.
At this time, the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee will notify the Pikeville Police Department that the university has a missing student. The Dean of Students and/or their designee will notify the emergency contact of the missing student and the appropriate officials in administration at the university. In addition, the university reserves the right to notify the parents of a student under the age of 21 if they have been determined to be missing.
Preparing for emergencies in advance is one of the most effective ways to deal with potential disasters. Review the following precautions and prepare to take the recommended steps.
Steps to follow if you see a fire:
Steps to follow if you are caught in a fire:
Steps to follow for fire prevention:
Crime prevention is defined as the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce that risk. Many campuses around the country investigate and make public the nature and quantity of crimes, as well as how crimes are investigated. The University of Pikeville subscribes to that approach and further believes that the public should know how active the Public Safety Department is in crime prevention and detection. The University of Pikeville has experienced success in reducing and preventing crime.
Some of the notable efforts are:
To schedule a crime prevention visit or presentation, call (606) 218-5940 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to preventing crime, considerable effort is devoted to crime intervention. All reported crimes are investigated immediately. Follow-up investigations occur to identify offenders. Where multiple incidents occur, surveillance techniques may be implemented to help apprehend violators. When caught, offenders are dealt with through the Pike County court system and the University of Pikeville when appropriate. The Public Safety Department encourages the accurate and prompt reporting of criminal incidents, no matter how insignificant or small. Victims are encouraged to insist upon a proper investigation and subsequent filing of charges. Victims are further encouraged to insist on restitution or compensation for losses and demand severe sanctions. Through these measures, the University of Pikeville will become a safer community.
“Operation Identification” is a crime prevention project to protect your possessions from theft.
Note: Computers, VCR’s, CD players, DVD players, cash and jewelry are items particularly susceptible to theft.
At home, in an apartment building or in a residence hall:
While walking or jogging:
Harassing phone calls:
Telephone harassment is both a nuisance and a crime and will not be tolerated on the University of Pikeville campus. If you are a victim of telephone harassment, please follow these steps:
If you see any suspicious activity or person(s) on or near the campus, it is your responsibility to call Public Safety at (606) 218-5940 (office), (606) 477-0262 (cell), or dial 911 for emergencies.
Do not assume what you see is an innocent activity or that another individual has already called Public Safety. Do not worry about being embarrassed; rather, think about what could happen if you do not act.
Suspicious persons may include:
Do not assume the person may be a visitor or college staff that you have not seen before. Call Public Safety immediately.