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SUNY Plattsburgh Campus Crime Statistics

Campus Safety: It’s Everyone’s Concern

Photo of students walking on campusThe University Police Department at SUNY Plattsburgh submits monthly crime reports to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. This data is then submitted to the United States Department of Justice for the Uniform Crime Report.

The following statistics reflect the number of offenses reported by University Police, college officials, and area law enforcement according to the reporting periods required by The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). The definitions for these offenses can be found in the Uniform Crime Reports, which are printed annually by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice.

University Police prepares this report annually.

Crime stat information can also be obtained from the U.S. Department of Education Website at: http://ope.ed.gov/security/

Crime incident information is forwarded to e-Justice, the NY Integrated Justice Portal, for state and national distribution, when necessary. Crime reports and related statistical information are also entered in the Campus Crime Information System for statistical purposes.

The University Police Department has a close working relationship with the Plattsburgh Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police. University Police patrol officers have radio communications with other local law enforcement and emergency services.

In addition, University Police has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Plattsburgh City Police Department regarding the sharing of criminal information and coordination of law enforcement efforts between the College and the City. It is stipulated in the MOU that information regarding violent crimes and reports of missing students will be shared between departments. The police departments will carry out appropriate investigative procedures; will determine the most efficient manner of continuing the investigation and shall provide mutual assistance when requested.

This report also contains information regarding campus security, personal safety and fire safety. Topics such as: the University Police Department, emergencies/crimes, sexual assault, campus escort service, residence hall security, residence life, personal responsibility, drug/alcohol policies, fire safety policies, fire statistics and how to access registered sex offender information at SUNY Plattsburgh are discussed in the narrative portions of this report.

Campus Crime Statistics and Other Offenses

Offenses (Reported) — Total On-Campus

Offense 2012 2011 2010
Aggravated Assault 0 2 3
Arson 1 0 0
Burglary 6 13 18
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 1
Murder (Non-negligent Manslaughter) 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 6 8 3
Robbery 0 0 1

Offenses (Reported) — Student Residence

Offense 2012 2011 2010
Aggravated Assault 0 1 2
Arson 1 0 0
Burglary 4 9 8
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Thef 0 0 0
Murder (Non-negligent Manslaughter) 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 5 6 2
Robbery 0 0 1

Offenses (reported) — Non-Campus, i.e. Fraternity, Sorority, Remote Facility

Offense 2012 2011 2010
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
Burglary 1 0 1
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Murder (Non-negligent Manslaughter) 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0

Offenses (Reported) — Adjoining Public Property

Offense 2012 2011 2010
Aggravated Assault 1 2 0
Arson 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Murder (Non-negligent Manslaughter) 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Robbery 0 1 0

The information in the preceding columns titled “Adjoining Public Property” and “Non-campus” includes statistics provided to SUNY Plattsburgh by area law enforcement departments (Plattsburgh City Police, New York State Police and Clinton County Sheriff’s Department).

Hate Crime statistics are reported for the following categories: Aggravated Assault, Arson, Burglary, Non-forcible Sex Offenses, Negligent Manslaughter, Motor Vehicle Theft, Murder (Non-negligent Manslaughter), Forcible Sex Offenses, Robbery, other crimes involving bodily injury, Larceny-theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, and Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of property.

There was one hate crime reported in 2012. It was in the category of Intimidation, race (on campus residence hall).

There were two hate crimes reported in 2011. One was in the category of Intimidation, sexual orientation (on campus). One was in the category of Intimidation, national origin (on campus residence hall).

There were eight hate crimes reported in 2010. Three were in the category of Intimidation, sexual orientation (2 on campus residence hall, 1 adjoining public property). One was in the category of Simple Assault, sexual orientation (on campus). One was in the category of Simple Assault, national origin (on campus). One was in the category of Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property, race (on campus residence hall). One was in the category of Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property, national origin (on campus residence hall).

One was in the category of Intimidation, religion (on campus).

The following statistics represent data concerning the number of arrests and judicial referrals for the following crimes occurring on campus, adjoining public property and non-campus i.e. fraternity, sorority, remote facility. These statistics also include area law enforcement information.

 

Number of Arrests — Total On-Campus

Violation 2012 2011 2010
Liquor Law Violations 7 18 8
Drug Law Violations 23 22 35
Weapons Law Violations 1 0 2

Number of Arrests — Student Residence

Violation 2012 2011 2010
Liquor Law Violations 1 9 2
Drug Law Violations 12 11 27
Weapons Law Violations 0 0 1

Number of Arrests — Adjoining Public Property

Violation 2012 2011 2010
Liquor Law Violations 17* *50 *67
Drug Law Violations 3* *6 *10
Weapons Law Violations 0 1 0
***Notes***
Categories marked with an asterisk may include statistical information from the Plattsburgh City Police Department, which is outside of the CLERY reporting jurisdiction. Addresses on some reports were not specific enough to determine the exact location but were included in an effort to ensure underreporting did not occur.

Number of Arrests — Non-Campus, i.e. Fraternity, Sorority, Remote Facility

Violation 2012 2011 2010
Liquor Law Violations 1 0 6
Drug Law Violations 0 0 0
Weapons Law Violations 0 0 0

Number of Judicial Referrals — Total On-Campus

Violation 2012 2011 2010
Liquor Law Violations 26 27 28
Drug Law Violations 28 27 24
Weapons Law Violations 0 1 0

Number of Judicial Referrals — On-Campus Student Residence

Violation 2012 2011 2010
Liquor Law Violations 24 26 27
Drug Law Violations 18 19 20
Weapons Law Violations 0 1 0

Number of Judicial Referrals — Adjoining Public Property

Violation 2012 2011 2010
Liquor Law Violations 1 0 1
Drug Law Violations 0 0 1
Weapons Law Violations 0 0 0

Number of Judicial Referrals — Non-Campus, i.e. Fraternity, Sorority, Remote Facility

Violation 2012 2011 2010
Liquor Law Violations 0 0 0
Drug Law Violations 0 0 0
Weapons Law Violations 0 0 0

The SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus located at Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, New York publishes a separate report, as required by law. Go to http://www.plattsburgh.edu/files/295/files/2013-annual-security-report-for-2012.pdf to view the Branch Campus report.

Safety and Security at SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh Environment

Photos of students talking outside on campusSUNY Plattsburgh, a community of about 2,600 residential students with another 3,300 students who reside off campus and 1,060 faculty and staff, is located within the boundaries of Plattsburgh, New York. The City of Plattsburgh, including the college, has a population of nearly 20,000 people. As part of the larger community, SUNY Plattsburgh shares several common societal interests and concerns, including a major national problem: crime.

The safety and well being of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the college is a high priority at Plattsburgh. A safe and secure environment can be achieved only through the cooperation of all members of the campus community. This publication is a part of an effort to ensure that this endeavor is both collaborative and effective. We hope that you read it carefully, retain it as an informational resource, and keep in mind that its purpose is to help foster a safe environment for you and others.

University Police Department

The University Police Department at SUNY Plattsburgh is the law enforcement agency for the campus. It consists of a staff of well-trained and highly motivated individuals who are committed to creating and sustaining a safe environment in which to live, work and learn. Departmental services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Professional Campus Public Safety Officers — licensed New York State security guards — staff the University Police front desk and answer the phone lines 24/7.

Fifteen sworn police personnel are vested with full law enforcement responsibilities identical to the local police in your community. Officers are trained at local police academies and receive specialized training and in-service training including first-aid, defensive tactics, legal updates and other law enforcement topics to name a few.

New York State University Police Officers are appointed by the State University of New York and as defined by section 355 subdivisions 2, par. L of the New York State Education Law and section 1.20 subdivision 34-S of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law.

University Police Officers have statewide jurisdiction, as do all other police officers within New York State. Their primary jurisdiction is State University owned property and roadways that cross or abut the campus. University Police Officers at Plattsburgh carry firearms and have the authority to make arrests, conduct criminal investigations, execute both search and arrest warrants, issue uniform traffic tickets, appearance tickets, and issue summonses for parking as well as enforce any general, special or local law, ordinance, rule, regulation, judgment or order.

The University Police Department prepares this report to comply with federal law, the CLERY Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding our main campus, the campus Judicial Affairs Office and the Division of Student Affairs. We encourage you to promptly and accurately report all crimes to the University Police Department.

Campus crime, arrests and referral statistics include those reported to University Police, reported to designated campus officials listed within the Emergencies and Crimes section of this report as a "Campus Security Authority" and reported to local law enforcement agencies. Individuals reporting crimes at the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services are informed that they may voluntarily report the crime to University Police or if they wish their identity to remain confidential, they may report their crime to the Dean of Students Office or another "Campus Security Authority." The Dean of Students Office collects and forwards all confidential/anonymous crime statistics to University Police for inclusion in this report.

Each year, an e-mail notification is sent to all students, faculty and staff that provides the web address to access this report. In addition, printed copies of the notification are distributed to campus departments where employees do not have individual access to the campus e-mail. A notification is also included in the College Catalogue, prospective and accepted student information materials and in the on-line employment application.

Faculty and staff are informed through the Workplace Violence Policy (see web addresses below) to report all crimes and emergencies to the University Police Department.

http://www.plattsburgh.edu/offices/admin/hr/violenceprevention/policies.php (Violence Prevention Policies)
OR
http://www.plattsburgh.edu/offices/admin/hr/violenceprevention/procedures.php (Violence Prevention Procedures)

Emergencies and Crimes

Emergency calls to report a crime or serious incidents on campus can be made by calling 564-2022, or dialing 911. The "Blue Light" telephones, located throughout the campus, and emergency phones in the vestibules of the academic buildings and residence halls are all linked to the campus communications system. When a call is made from a "Blue Light" phone, police and/or emergency personnel are dispatched immediately to the location where the call originated.

Reports of crime incidents can be made in person at the University Police headquarters, which is located at the north end of the Health Center Building. Criminal offenses occurring on campus are investigated by the University Police Department for future prosecution. It is the policy of SUNY Plattsburgh and the University Police Department to immediately respond to all emergencies, evacuate as necessary, and to alert the campus community of certain crimes and safety/security issues occurring on campus, or in the immediate vicinity of the campus. If the responsible authorities determine the notification would compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency, an emergency notification may not be possible.

The campus community is notified of situations that pose a threat to the safety and well-being of our community through several methods of communication, including: SUNY NY Alert, the campus newspaper at http://www.cardinalpointsonline.com, the campus radio station WQKE, the campus television network PSTV, campus alert posters, campus e-mail, campus voice-mail, campus homepage www.plattsburgh.edu, emergency web page www.plattsburgh.edu/emergency, as well as local and regional news media. These "timely warning notices" are often entitled "Crime Alert” or “Safety Alert". These emergency notification methods, including SUNY NY Alert and emergency evacuation procedures are tested on an annual basis. Building evacuation procedures consist of mandated fire drills in all campus buildings.

During an actual emergency detailed instruction will be provided to the campus community through SUNY NY Alert and other appropriate communication methods. The College’s Office of Emergency Management publicizes the SUNY NY Alert System. Students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in SUNY NY Alert and must go to my.plattsburgh.edu to confirm contact information or opt out.

According to the federal CLERY Act law, this institution is required to report statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to any official of the institution who is defined as a "Campus Security Authority". Those officials include the following:

  • Dean of Students*: (518) 564-3282
  • Vice President for Student Affairs*: (518) 564-2280
  • Assistant Director of Residence Life*: (518) 564-3824
  • Director of Housing: (518) 564-3824
  • Assistant Director of Housing: (518) 564-3824
  • Director of the Angell College Center: (518) 564-4321
  • Director of Student Activities: (518) 564-4830
  • Director of Athletics: (518) 564-3140
  • All Sport Team Coaches
  • All Student Group Advisors
  • All Residence Hall Directors

*These individuals, in addition to University Police and Emergency Management, receive reports for the purpose of “Timely Warnings.”

Please note that these offices allow victims and witnesses to report crime on a voluntary, confidential basis. Counselors and health care providers at the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services, who are informed of reportable crimes by persons they are counseling or giving care to, may also inform that person that crimes can be reported to Dean of Students Office on a voluntary, confidential basis. The individual may also request that the counselor or health care provider make the report to that office on their behalf. Reports of this nature are filed with University Police for informational and statistical purposes only. University Police does not conduct investigations into such reports.

Identifying an Emergency Contact

Students may enter the contact information of a confidential contact in the event that they are reported missing. Students who wish to identify a confidential contact for police to utilize in the event they are reported missing may do so within their web account at https://mycampus.plattsburgh.edu/web/mycampus/home on the home page of their account, "View/Update Emergency Contact". Once the link is followed there is a field labeled "relationship", the special emergency contact type "Missing Person Contact" is located in the drop down box within that field.

All missing student reports must immediately be referred to University Police. University Police will attempt to locate the student to determine his or her state of health and well being. If at any point during the investigation, but no later than 24 hours from the report, information arises that indicates a missing person crime report should be filed the information will be shared with all appropriate law enforcement agencies, including the Plattsburgh City Police Department. Appropriate investigative measures will be coordinated with the involved law enforcement agencies. If the student listed a missing person contact, University Police will contact the listed individual. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation will have access to this information. Parents may be notified as part of the investigative process. If the student reported missing is an off campus student the appropriate law enforcement agency will be contacted. Investigative and crime reporting procedures will be coordinated by that agency or the agency in the jurisdiction where the student was last reported. University Police will assist as appropriate. If any student reported missing is less than 18 years of age and not emancipated their parent or guardian will be notified.

Escort Service

University Police provides a year-round, around-the-clock on-campus escort service. This service is available to any student, employee or visitor to the campus, by calling the University Police Department at 564-2022. Any ordinary telephone or one of the emergency "Blue Light" phones may be used to request a campus escort.

Residence Hall Security

Residence halls are locked 24 hours a day every day school is in session. Locked hours are adjusted during summer orientation and for special programs/events when school is not in session. Security and access to all twelve campus residence halls are controlled by a computerized keyless entry system which uses proximity card readers at exterior doors. This system, monitored at University Police HQ, gives an instantaneous electronic alarm if a residence hall door is ajar or kept open too long.

Personnel are dispatched to check and secure the alarm zone. Each residence hall also has combination lock hardware on each of the students’ rooms. In addition, a viewer is installed in each student’s dorm room door, thereby augmenting residential safety and security.

The Maintenance and Operations staff maintains buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. Its personnel inspect campus facilities and make repairs on safety or security hazards such as broken windows, doors, and lighting fixtures, or general maintenance. Any safety or security hazard should be reported to the Maintenance Department at (518) 564-5044 or University Police Department at (518) 564-2022.

Residence Life

Photo of a student studying in her dorm roomThe Residence Life staff is composed of individuals whose duties complement those of the University Police Department. Each residence hall has a graduate student director whose training includes counseling, residence hall management and student services. The two freshmen dorms have professional residence hall directors who are full-time college employees.

Directors live in the residence halls and are assisted by a staff of student Resident Assistants (RAs). Resident Assistants are recruited following a very selective review process and are then required to undergo an annual, rigorous training program—which includes training provided by University Police—designed to prepare them for their role.

SUNY Plattsburgh offers many opportunities for campus-wide programming at various times throughout the year that is designed to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices. Programs include lecture series, residence hall meetings, Student Activities/Counseling/Health Services/University Police presentations, and classroom discussions. Topics include: Sexual Assault Prevention, Alcohol and Drug Law, DWI/Intoxication Goggle demonstrations and Self Defense.

Freshmen and transfer student orientation programs operate during the summer to provide information on a wide variety of topics to prospective students, parents and residence hall staff. Part of orientation consists of presentations on crime prevention and personal safety which includes topics such as sexual assault & domestic violence.

Personal Responsibilities

While University Police provides 24-hour vehicle and foot patrol protection (they also patrol on bicycle, weather permitting) to campus properties, students, faculty and staff should report suspicious persons, questionable activities, or unusual incidents they observe to University Police. The cooperation and involvement of all members of the campus community is essential to a successful campus safety program.

Except for residence halls, most campus facilities are open to the public during the day and evening hours when classes are in session. Persons from the greater Plattsburgh community routinely attend cultural and recreational events on campus, but their access is limited only to areas where public events are held. However, at night, and during periods when the campus is officially closed, university buildings are locked. Only faculty, staff and some students with proper identification and authority can be admitted. Campus employees who are granted access to these locked facilities will be issued keys and they are responsible for reporting missing and/or stolen keys to University Police as soon as possible. This helps to ensure that our locked facilities are only being accessed by appropriate individuals.

All persons must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking reasonable precautions. It is important to keep in mind that most thefts on campus are largely crimes of opportunity—leaving belongings unsecured and/or unattended anywhere on campus (e.g., Feinberg library, Angell College Center, academic buildings, residence halls, etc.) exponentially increases your risk of becoming a victim of theft. Residence hall rooms should be locked at night or when unoccupied.

Crime prevention tips in campus news publications and in other college publications as well as flyers/posters distributed throughout the residence halls and department offices contribute to the educational process on safety and security.

Off-Campus Crime

Photo of a direction sign in downtown PlattsburghWhen criminal incidents occur off campus which have a nexus to the safety of our campus community and thereby potentially impede the educational mission of the campus, judicial charges may be filed, in addition to any criminal charges pending with outside law enforcement authorities.

Also, when recognized student groups, organizations or athletic teams are involved in criminal incidents, which occur off campus judicial charges may be filed. If a student group’s violation is severe the college can withdraw their status as a recognized student group. Individuals are urged and encouraged to report all such incidents to the appropriate law enforcement authorities (i.e. Plattsburgh City Police, New York State Police or the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department).

Drug and Alcohol Policies

The Alcohol Policy of SUNY Plattsburgh is in compliance with all State, Federal and local laws, which prohibit the following:

  • Sale of alcohol without a license
  • Sale or giving alcohol to any person under the age of 21
  • Purchase of any alcoholic beverage by any person under the age of 21
  • Possession of alcohol with the intent to consume any alcoholic beverage by any person under the age of 21
  • Possession of an open alcohol container in a public place 

For a complete description of the regulations regarding student consumption of alcohol go to Section 3 of the Student Conduct Manual. http://web.plattsburgh.edu/files/38/files/Student%20Conduct13-14(1).pdf

The State University of New York requires each campus to maintain regulations forbidding the use of narcotic and dangerous drugs. Illegal possession of or using controlled drugs or drug paraphernalia, as defined in the New York State Penal Law, is prohibited. For a complete description of the regulations regarding student possession, sale or use of illegal drugs go to Section 8 of the Student Conduct Manual. (See web address above)

All State, Federal and local laws regarding alcohol and other drugs apply to all employees at the College. Employees will be subject to criminal, civil and disciplinary penalties if they distribute, sell, attempt to sell, possess or purchase controlled substances while at the workplace, while performing in a work-related capacity or at any campus activity. Employees are also prohibited from on-the-job use or impairment from alcohol or illicit drugs. Employees are prohibited from personally catering alcohol events. Chartwells has been designated the caterer as well as the caretaker of the College Auxiliary Service (CAS) liquor license on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. The College’s policy on alcohol and dangerous drug use/abuse is described in the Faculty/Staff Handbook and the Human Resource Services Department Web Page. http://plattsburgh.edu/offices/admin/hr/drugpolicy.php

The College provides ongoing drug and alcohol awareness programs. Dissemination of pertinent information will continue to occur for all members of the campus community.

Confidential counseling and referral for treatment for alcohol and drug maladies is available to students and employees through Counseling Services and the Employee Assistance Program.

Weapons on Campus

Firearms and dangerous weapons of any type are not permitted on campus. Use, possession, or sale of firearms or other dangerous weapons by anyone is strictly forbidden and is a violation of state and federal law as well as a violation of Section 13 of the Student Code of Conduct. (See Code of Conduct web address previously listed). The chief administrative officer of the campus may grant exceptions only if such possession is required or permitted for specifically authorized activities such as scientific research or educational programs. If authorization is granted it shall be in writing and is able to be rescinded at the chief administrative officer’s discretion.

Fire Safety

If a fire occurs in your room or office:

  • Report all fires to 911.
  • Get out of the building and stay out.
  • Activate a pull box if the building alarm has not sounded.
  • Do not fight the fire.
  • Close the door to the room after exiting.
  • Exit the building using emergency exits and stairwells.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Once outside, move to a safe area at least 50 feet from the building.
  • Call University Police at 564-2022.
  • Do Not Return to evacuated building unless notified by University Police.
  • If you are unable to evacuate the building, Dial 911 with your location, then remain in the room, close the door to the room, block the bottom of the door with a wet towel if possible to prevent smoke from entering.
  • If possible, identify your location by hanging clothing outside a window.
  • Keep low, where air is less toxic.

Sexual Crimes Information

Rape and sexual assault, such as sexual abuse and sexual misconduct, constitute serious crimes. Such behavior is prohibited by New York State law (see section 130 of the New York State Penal Law) and the Student Code of Conduct. The College also strongly condemns sexual harassment in any form. Individuals are encouraged to report allegations of assault or rape to University Police: (518) 564-2022. Allegations of assault and sexual harassment may also be reported to the Title IX Affirmative Action Officer: (518) 564-3310. The Title IX Coordinator/Affirmative Action Officer will discuss available options for changing academic and living situations.

A campus publication entitled Sexual Assault, Partner Violence, Stalking & Hate Crimes What Every Student Should Know includes information about campus security procedures and practices. It is available for download at this web site. http://web.plattsburgh.edu/files/144/files/2012-13-Sexual-Assault-Stalking-Bias-Crime-Booklet.pdf

Registered Sex Offenders On Campus

If registered sex offenders are employed at the University or enrolled as a student at the University information regarding these sex offenders will be made available to the public, according to the sex offender registry guidelines. The public should contact a University Police supervisor at (518) 564-2022 or in person at the University Police Department located in the Health Center Building to request sex offender information.

Note: The New York State Sex Offenders Registry can be accessed by calling 1 (800) 262-3257 or at http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/

Campus Judicial Process

Where there is probable cause to believe the College’s regulations prohibiting bias/hate, sexual assault, domestic violence and/or stalking have been violated, the College will pursue judicial sanctions. Judicial sanctions may include suspension or dismissal from the College (criminal charges may result in fines and /or incarceration).

During the campus judicial process, the victim’s rights, in cases involving the above-described violations, are:

  • To make a “victim impact statement” and to suggest an appropriate penalty if the accused is found responsible.
  • To remain present during the entire proceeding.
  • If a victim has been sexually assaulted his or her irrelevant past sexual history will not be discussed during the hearing as outlined in Section VI of the Student Conduct Manual.
  • To be informed immediately of the outcome of the hearing.
  • To appeal disciplinary hearing outcomes.

The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding as outlined in Section VI of the Student Conduct Manual.

Victim Information, Safety and Support

If you are a victim or a witness to: bias/hate, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, physical violence and/or stalking:

  • Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
  • In the case of sexual assault, try to preserve all physical evidence; do not bathe, douche, or change your clothes.
  • Contact University Police immediately (call 911, use a Blue Light Phone, call (518) 564-2022, or stop by the University Police Department in the Health Center Building).

Remember, assaults – sexual or otherwise – are crimes; they are not the victim’s fault. Victims have the right to pursue adjudication of crimes that occur on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus through criminal courts and/or through the campus judicial process. Victims have the right to discuss their options with the campus Title IX officer.

The College will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence1, or a non forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the College against the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of the victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph.

1 “Crime of violence”—defined in section 16 of title 18 in the United States Code—means:

  • an offense that has an element of the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another, or
  • any other offense that is a felony and that, by its nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense.

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Additional Resources

Crisis Intervention/Counseling/Medical
  • 911 (for all emergency calls including ambulance service)
  • Center for Student Health & Psychological Services – On-Campus
    Health Center Building
    Phone: (518) 564-3086
    After hours call (518) 564-2022
  • Sexual Assault Services – Off-Campus
    66 Brinkerhoff Street
    Phone: (518) 825-6277 or 1-877-212-2323 (24-hour hotline)
  • STOP Domestic Violence, Behavioral Health Services North – Off-Campus
    22 US Oval- Suite 218
    Phone: (518) 563-6904 (24-hour hotline and office phone )
  • Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood – Off-Campus
    66 Brinkerhoff Street
    Phone: (518) 561-4430
  • Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) – Off-Campus
    Beekman Street
    Phone: (518) 561-2000
Law Enforcement Assistance
  • 911 (for all emergency calls)
  • University Police– On-Campus
    Health Center Building
    Phone: (518) 564-2022 (24-hour service)
  • City of Plattsburgh Police Department – Off-Campus
    1 Pine Street
    Phone: (518) 563-3411 (24-hour service)
  • New York State Police – Off-Campus
    9 Dunning Way
    Phone: (518) 563-3761 (24-hour service)
  • Clinton County District Attorney – Off-Campus
    Government Center Building
    Phone: (518) 565-4770
  • Clinton County Sheriff’s Department – Off-Campus
    5 McCarthy Drive
    Phone: (518) 565-4300
Other On-Campus Resources
  • Dean of Students/Judicial Affairs
    Kehoe Building, 6th Floor
    Phone: (518) 564-3282
  • Title IX Coordinator/Affirmative Action Officer
    Hawkins Hall, Room 053A
    Phone: (518) 564-3310
  • Hazing Hotline
    Phone: (518) 564-5555
  • Vandalism Hotline
    Phone: (518) 564-2677
Other Off-Campus
  • Clinton County Advocacy Center
    34 Court Street
    Phone: (518) 565–4648
  • New York State Crime Victims Board
    Phone: 1-800-247-8035
  • Poison Control
    Phone: (800) 336-6997
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline
    Phone: (866) 577-3836

Annual Fire Safety Report

2012 Annual Fire Safety Report and Fire Statistics

Residential Facilities Total Fires in Each Building Fire Number Cause of Fire Number of Injuries That Required Treatment at a Medical Facility Number of Deaths Related to a Fire Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire
Adirondack 51 Sanborn Ave. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Banks 39 Sanborn Ave. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
deFredenburgh 83 Rugar St. 1 1 Motor Burnt 0 0 $10000–$9999
Harrington 7 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Hood 79 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Kent 61 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
MacDonough 73 Broad St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Macomb 49 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Mason 73 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Moffitt 87 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Whiteface 64 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Wilson 85 Rugar St. 1 1 Arson 0 0 $1845.99

Reporting Year 2011

2011 Annual Fire Safety Report and Fire Statistics

Residential Facilities Total Fires in Each Building Fire Number Cause of Fire Number of Injuries That Required Treatment at a Medical Facility Number of Deaths Related to a Fire Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire
Adirondack 51 Sanborn Ave. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Banks 39 Sanborn Ave. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
deFredenburgh 83 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Harrington 7 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Hood 79 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Kent 61 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
MacDonough 73 Broad St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Macomb 49 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Mason 73 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Moffitt 87 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Whiteface 64 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Wilson 85 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a

2010 Annual Fire Safety Report and Fire Statistics

Residential Facilities Total Fires in Each Building Fire Number Cause of Fire Number of Injuries That Required Treatment at a Medical Facility Number of Deaths Related to a Fire Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire
Adirondack 51 Sanborn Ave. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Banks 39 Sanborn Ave. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
deFredenburgh 83 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Harrington 7 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Hood 79 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Kent 61 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
MacDonough 73 Broad St. 1 1 Unintentional Oven Fire 0 0 $100-199
Macomb 49 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Mason 73 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Moffitt 87 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Whiteface 64 Rugar St. 1 1 Unintentional Electrical; smoke microwave 0 0 $0-99
Wilson 85 Rugar St. 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a

Below is a description of the fire safety system for each on-campus student housing facility:

Building Name Fire Alarm Fire Detection Detector Types Sprinklers Sprinkler Type Remarks
Adirondack Hall Full Full Smoke and Heat Partial Wet Onan Emergency Generator, 30 KW
Banks Hall Full Full Smoke and Heat Partial Wet Onan 17.5 KW Emergency Generator
deFredenburgh Full Full Smoke and Heat Partial Wet Kohler 900DSEC Emer. Gen.
Harrington Hall Full Full Smoke and Heat Full Wet  
Hood Hall Full Full Smoke and Heat Full Wet Kohler 900DSEC
Kent Hall Full Full Smoke and Heat Partial Wet  
Macdonough Full Full Smoke and Heat Full Dry/Wet  
Macomb Hall Full Full Smoke and Heat Partial Wet  
Mason Hall Full Full Smoke and Heat None -----  
Moffitt Hall Full Full Smoke and Heat Partial Wet Kohler 900DSEC
Whiteface Hall Full Full Smoke and Heat Partial Wet Onan 17.5 KW Emergency Generator
Wilson Hall Full Full Smoke and Heat Partial Wet Kohler 900DSEC

SUNY Plattsburgh Residence Hall Fire Safety System Status Report

  • The campus upgraded residence hall fire alarm systems to meet SUNY mandates over a four year period starting in Summer 2002 and completed the project in Summer 2005.
  • Installing full sprinkler coverage in the remaining residence halls is included in the campus’ Residence Hall Master Plan.
  • The campus installed full sprinkler coverage in Macdonough Hall, Hood Hall and Harrington Hall during renovation projects. The next building scheduled to have full sprinklers installed will be deFredenburgh Hall when it is taken off-line during the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Fire alarm systems are fully operational during a power outage due to generator support.

8/30/2012

List of Dormitory Fire Evacuation Drills 2012

Building Drill #1 Drill #2 Drill #3 Drill #4 Drill #5 Drill #6 Drill #7
Legend
4 Annually
1-Hours of Darkness
1-in 1st week of Summer Session
1 between 9/1 and 12/1
Adirondack Hall 3/27/2012 5/3/2012 8/30/2012 10/18/2012 10/18/2012    
Banks Hall 3/27/2012 5/3/2012 8/30/2012 10/18/2012 10/18/2012    
deFredenburgh Hall 3/27/2012 5/2/2012 8/29/2012 10/17/2012      
Harrington Hall 3/27/2012 5/3/2012 NA NA      
Hood Hall NA NA 8/29/2012 10/17/2012      
Kent Hall 3/27/2012 5/2/2012 8/29/2012 10/17/2012      
Macomb Hall 3/27/2012 5/3/2012 7/12/2012 8/30/2012 10/18/2012    
MacDonough Hall 3/27/2012 5/3/2012 5/31/2012 6/13/2012 7/18/2012 8/30/2012 10/18/2012
Mason 3/27/2012 5/2/2012 7/1/2012 7/23/2012 8/2/2012 8/29/2012 10/17/2012
Moffitt Hall 3/27/2012 5/2/2012 8/29/2012 10/17/2012      
Whiteface Hall 3/27/2012 5/3/2012 8/30/2012 10/18/2012 10/18/2012    
Wilson Hall 3/27/2012 5/2/2012 8/29/2012 10/17/2012      

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  • The number of residence hall fire drills held the previous calendar year (2012): 48

The following are prohibited in and around University operated residence halls:

  • Burning of candles or incense, any flame-emitting article. Candles may be used as decoration only if the wick has never been lit.
  • Any fire hazard as determined by the Fire Department or Fire Inspectors during routine visits and/or mandatory inspections. This includes, but is not limited to, holiday lights especially when added to fabric or paper decorations, “piggy-backed” extension cords (one plugged into another) and excessive flammable decorations (over 20% of wall space).
  • The use of devices which produce heat (e.g., hot pots, hot plates, etc.) is prohibited in residence hall rooms. Students in possession of these devices may use them only in designated areas (i.e., bathroom or the kitchenette unit only). Exceptions are heating pads, electric blankets and hair dryers.
  • Microwave ovens.
  • Halogen lights.
  • Air conditioning equipment.
  • Refrigerators (except those validated by the residence hall staff).
  • Ironing and washing, other than in designated areas of the residence hall.
  • Smoking - Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of and inside all buildings and enclosed spaces on the Campus of SUNY Plattsburgh including the main campus and Field House complex (effective 7/1/2007). Our smoking policy is in accordance with all SUNY guidelines. Breaches of College Smoking Policy will be dealt with as appropriate and if necessary through the formal disciplinary process.

Procedures for Evacuating During a Fire Alarm

Campus building evacuations are initiated when it is no longer safe for occupants to remain within the building. The campus fire alarm systems are a very important and effective means of alerting people to safely evacuate Residence Halls, Administrative and Academic Buildings during an emergency. After fire alarms are activated, it is essential for all building occupants to evacuate the building using the stairs (elevators should NOT be used) and remain at a safe assembly point at least 50 feet from the building until a signal to re-enter has been given by University Police, designated building contacts (administrative and academic buildings) or Resident Assistants/Resident Directors (residential buildings).

Activation of Fire Alarm in a Residential Building

When a residential fire alarm is activated, building occupants must evacuate the building according to the procedures described above. Once outside, contact should be made to University Police at 564-2022 or dial 911. The reporting individual should identify themselves, and inform University Police or 911 if they see smoke and/or fire and its location.

Resident Assistants that are on duty, should, if possible, remember to take the Duty Keys with them when exiting the building. Resident Assistants are expected to respond to any requests from University Police and Plattsburgh Fire Department. Resident Assistants are not expected to fight the fire or linger in the building. They are to evacuate the building immediately.

Once outside in the predetermined assembly area, Resident Assistants are required to check to see if building occupants evacuated and are to assess how many students are present in case University Police or the fire department requests that information.

Based on the number of Resident Assistants available, they should walk the perimeter of the building and notify University Police or the fire department of any students that are in the building.

A Note to Faculty/Staff Members

When a fire alarm sounds, building occupants must quickly proceed to the nearest exit designated by an exit sign without panicking or running. If possible, occupants should close doors and windows and turn off lights as the last person leaves a room or area.

If exits/stairwells are not clear or safe, occupants must go to the next closest exit/stairway. Stairwells are an important means of exiting multi-story buildings therefore, their fire doors should be kept closed. Elevators should not be used. Many elevators are programmed to shut down during a fire alarm. People who walk slowly or need assistance should walk to the right side of stairwells to prevent impeding other people from exiting a building.

Once outside, gather at a predetermined assembly area at least 50 feet away so emergency personnel have clear access to the building. The designated areas should be communicated by the faculty instructor, staff member, and/or building contacts. Try to account for the people in your work/class areas to ensure all occupants have left the building. Never re-enter a building without instructions from University Police or a designated building contact.

Policies for Fire Safety Education and Training Programs for Students, Faculty and Staff

SUNY Plattsburgh conducts emergency preparedness training for our administration and those that would be assisting and/or responding to an incident. The Office of Environmental Health & Safety’s educational efforts include distribution of a fire safety brochure entitled “Faculty & Staff Fire Safety Information” and posting of the “Campus Fire Safety Bulletin” on bulletin boards. Locked glass cabinets in the residence hall laundry rooms have fire safety posters which are periodically updated. R.A.’s and R.D.’s receive fire safety training during their annual training week prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Rules and regulations regarding fire safety are discussed with students at mandatory floor meetings the first week of each semester. Fire Safety programs are held for the entire campus community intermittently. In the event of a fire you can contact 911 or University Police at 564-2022.

Emergency Response Policy, Notification and Testing

SUNY Plattsburgh has implemented a National Incident Management System (NIMS) training and developed a level of certification based on an individual’s role and responsibility during an incident. Individuals are encouraged to take the NIMS training on-line whenever possible. Tabletop drills are also conducted involving members of the campus Emergency Response Resource Group, building contacts, upper administration, local law enforcement and emergency responders as well.

Campus emergency notification tests are conducted regularly to maintain familiarity among those individuals that are authorized to initiate a notification and to make sure the system is operational. Silent tests are completed on a bi-monthly basis to the notification group and public tests are conducted each semester to the entire campus.
To report that a fire has occurred after the fire department has been notified you may contact the following individuals:

University Residence Halls & Apartments
James Sherman Assistant Director of Residence Life (518) 564-3824
Cathy Moulton Director of Housing (518) 564-3824
Trisha Hanson Assistant Director of Housing (518) 564-3824
Cathleen Eldridge Associate Director of Environmental Health (518) 564-5051
University Police
Arlene Sabo Chief (518) 564-2022
Jerry Lottie Assistant Chief (518) 564-2022
University Police Officer on Duty (518) 564-2022

SUNY Plattsburgh provides equal opportunity in education and employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, status as a Vietnam-Era Veteran or qualified veteran with a disability, except where age or sex are bona fide occupational qualifications or disability is a bona fide disqualification.

Contact Information

Plattsburgh State University Police
Phone: (518) 564-2022
Fax: (518) 564-4025
Hazing Hotline(518) 564-5555
Vandalism Hotline: (518) 564-2677

Email the Parking Office: parking@plattsburgh.edu

In case of an EMERGENCY dial 911

Mailing Address:

University Police Department
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901