The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted the College and University Security Act in 1988 (Clery Act) and the U.S. Congress enacted similar legislation in 1990. In 2008, The Higher Education Opportunity Act was enacted. Most recently, The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act or act) was passed in March 2013 as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). The Campus SaVE Act amends the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). These laws require all institutions of higher education within the Commonwealth to provide students and employees with information pertaining to, but not limited to crime statistics, security measures, fire statistics, fire safety measures, policies relating to missing persons, and penalties for drug use, on an annual basis. These acts also require that this information be available to prospective students and employees upon request. The entire report is available on-line at www.brynmawr.edu/safety/act73.htm plus the link is disseminated via e-mail and handout messages to the Bryn Mawr College Community by October 1st every year as required by law.
The primary purpose of the federal law is to create a national reporting system on crime and safety, as well as fire safety for our nation's colleges and universities. Bryn Mawr College is located in Lower Merion Township, a quiet residential suburb of Philadelphia. Bryn Mawr has a strong crime-prevention and fire safety program that includes the entire community students, staff and faculty.
The Bryn Mawr College's Campus Safety Department operates continuously to provide a safe environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors that is conducive to both academic achievement and social development. This report is prepared by the Campus Safety Department which is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the Bryn Mawr community from all hazards, including crime. We all have a crucial role to play and we thank each of you for doing your part.
The Campus Safety Department is located in the John J. Maloney Building, which is located in the Campus Safety Parking Lot also known as the Upper Science lot. The office provides twenty-four hour, seven-days-a-week services to the community that include security, fire safety, and parking. The department has a total of 24 staff members. There are 18 full time staff members: 1 Director, 1 Lieutenant, 3 Sergeants, 3 Corporals; 6 Patrol Officers, 2 Dispatchers, and 1 Office Manager. The department also has 1 Operations Coordinator who, as part of his responsibilities, oversees Access Control. There are also 5 on-call and part time officers/dispatchers.
Campus Safety reports to the Chief Administrative Officer of the College and cooperates with a variety of campus offices and organizations to enhance community safety. Bryn Mawr College is located in Lower Merion Township and works closely with the Lower Merion Police Department, routinely sharing information that takes place on campus as well as incidents that take place in the surrounding areas. Campus Safety has a very positive relationship with the Lower Merion Police and fully cooperates with any investigation into criminal matters on College property whenever appropriate. The campus is bounded by Morris Avenue, New Gulph Road, Roberts Road, Merion Avenue and Yarrow Road, with one off campus site, at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
While Campus Safety Officers do not have the power of arrest, they are empowered to detain individuals whenever deemed appropriate. Campus Safety officers have a broad range of experience, including training under Pennsylvania legislation: Act 120, which is the Municipal Police Officers Training, Act 235, Lethal Weapons Training, which addresses the use of force, and Private Security Officers training, which is based on industry standards for security professionals and First Responder Medical Training. In addition, Campus Safety Officers have received training on the Incident Command System (ICS), as well as other relevant training that is applicable to the services they provide the community.
All Patrol personnel are required to complete Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and, Automated External Defibrillation (AED) training. Emergency medical assistance and transportation to the Bryn Mawr College Health Center, which is open Monday – Friday from 9AM to 7PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9AM to 2PM during the academic year, or to the Bryn Mawr Hospital, which is one half mile away, are available by contacting Campus Safety.
A shuttle service operates during the academic year to provide safe transportation across campus and to the Paoli/Thorndale Line (R5) Bryn Mawr Train Station, as well as the Norristown High Speed line (R100).
The college maintains a proactive approach to crime and its prevention. Campus Safety has instituted a variety of programs to support this philosophy. The programs include bicycle registration, crime prevention and R.A.D (Rape Aggression Defense) self-defense seminars. Campus Safety also assists in grounds and building maintenance by reporting potential safety hazards discovered while patrolling the campus.
The Committee on Campus (Public) Safety, (C.O.P.S.), is a student organization that works closely with Campus Safety. C.O.P.S. representatives are in each residence hall and perform a variety of safety-related services that include: "COPS Quotes" safety reminders and special Safe- Teas.
In the event of a crime or medical emergency, community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and other safety related incidents to the Bryn Mawr College Campus Safety Department in a timely manner by dialing X7911 or 610-526-7911. Be prepared to stay on the line and provide as much information as possible. The request to call Campus Safety first is to better assist the local enforcement departments where the emergency is located. However, if 911 is called first, please call Campus Safety X7911 immediately afterwards.
Campus safety is a shared responsibility. All are encouraged to report crimes and suspicious activity to Campus Safety immediately. All incidents reported will be investigated.
You can report any crime to Campus Safety or any Campus Security Authority (CSA) on campus specifically, your Dean in Guild, Title IX Coordinator (Pensby Center), Athletic coach at Schwartz Gym, Residential Life staff in Guild and any HA located in all the Residence halls.
When an incident is reported, the appropriate support is immediately sent to investigate. The community is made aware of incidents that impact the entire community through the appropriate administrator, campus newspaper, or by college-wide posting of safety alerts.
Emergency phones are located in various areas on campus. These phones are painted yellow and do not require dialing. Press the large red button and wait for the Campus Safety dispatcher to answer. The phones are equipped with an enhanced system that identifies your location for the Campus Safety dispatcher.
Lower Merion Township Police, the local police department, in addition to other law enforcement agencies like the PA State Police, has an excellent working relationship with Campus Safety. Although there is no written memorandum of understanding, including the Bryn Mawr College Campus Safety department not having the powers of arrest, both departments share information needed to provide professional service to the community.
College crime statistics are prepared annually and sent to the Pennsylvania State Police for inclusion in the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Report and in the Department of Education, Security Report. These statistics are also furnished to all members of the community and student applicants annually, and to applicants for employment.
Although we encourage the reporting of crime directly to Campus Safety, in some instances members of the campus community may choose to file a report with one of the other campus security authorities (CSA). They include any member of Campus Safety, the Deans, the Director or Associate Director of Residential Life, other Directors and Department Heads, and Athletic Coaches. The Campus Security Authorities (CSA) work closely with Campus Safety to ensure the safety of our community.
Allegations of campus crime that you are aware of and that you conclude were made in good faith must be reported to Campus Safety. “In good faith” means that there is a reasonable basis for reporting a crime, as opposed to basing a report on a rumor.
To report a crime or incident, call 610-526-7911 or (X7911). Dispatchers are available at this number 24 hours a day to answer your call. A report will be taken even if the caller refuses to give their name and follow up will be conducted.
Bryn Mawr College allows for confidential reporting of crime. Victims who do not want to pursue action within the College or the criminal justice system can make a confidential report on any crime. Bryn Mawr Campus Safety can file a report of the incident without revealing the identity of the victim. The Lower Merion Police Department will be notified as well. The College will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in their decision. Various counseling options are available at the College, and outside resources are available as well.
The purpose of such a report is to comply with the victim’s wishes to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and others. With this information, the College can keep and disseminate accurate records of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the community to potential danger.
Reports filed on any crime, in this manner, are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the College. You can view the Annual Security Report (which includes statistics for the previous three years) as well as institutional policies concerning campus security by contacting Campus Safety 610-526-7911 (X7911) or by accessing the website at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/safety/act73.htm
In an effort to ensure that the community is fully aware of any safety issues or emergency that may take place, the director or his/her liaison from Campus Safety will activate the emergency notification system when deemed appropriate when there is a confirmed serious or ongoing threat to the community. This system has multiple levels, tailored to the situation at hand, that include posting of Campus Safety Bulletins, campus-wide voicemails, and e-mails. We have partnered with Everbridge, which will allow us to send messages if there is a crisis on campus. All students will be automatically uploaded into the system. Faculty, staff and other members of our community are strongly encouraged to register at BMC Emergency Notification.
In addition to these steps, a recorded message may be placed on the Emergency Hot line, extension x7310, and information may also be posted on the college homepage. In the event of an immediate hazard, a serious or ongoing threat to campus safety, a text message would be sent out, via Everbridge and a public alert siren would be sounded. The siren will be followed by instructions. When the crisis has passed, an all-clear will be sounded. For more information please refer to the Bryn Mawr College Emergency Response Guide. http://www.brynmawr.edu/emergency/
Bryn Mawr’s approach to situations that have had a significant impact on an individual member of or the entire campus community has succeeded over the years because of the dedication and conscientiousness of various members of the College community.
As is required, we test our emergency response and evacuation procedures on an annual basis. The Campus Safety director or his/her designee will send an emergency text notification for a variety of safety reasons without delay.
Notification Process Scenario
Although there is no one ‘typical’ response since there is much variety of types of incidents that the Bryn Mawr Emergency Response Team (ERT) will respond to, there is a general template of response to a critical incident. Some examples of the kinds of incidents/events include hostile intruders or other criminal acts, hazardous materials incidents and lab accidents, disasters such as fires, storms, and more slowly unfolding events such as disease outbreaks and prevention measures.
In incidents requiring immediate action, the ERT notification would typically be via a Campus Safety dispatcher who would contact the ERT ‘Command Group’.
Determination of who would respond to the scene of an incident, to the hospital, to a police station, etc. would be made electronically, via the emergency notification system, and the other members of the team would typically proceed to one of the identified Emergency Operations Centers (EOC).
The members of the Bryn Mawr College Emergency Response Team Command Group have been trained in Incident Command System (ICS) and the basics of this nationally standardized management approach will be employed. An Incident Commander will be the responder (not necessarily the ERT team member; police, fire, etc.) who takes control at the scene of an incident as it unfolds. While we recognize that senior administrators are in charge of the campus and will be overseeing management of the impact of the incident on and off campus, the Incident Commander will be in charge of the incident scene itself.
In this way, a clear chain of command will be established, prompt and more efficient communication will take place, and integration of the necessary responders will be more efficient.
In the event of an emergency, or when a serious criminal incident has occurred – especially in situations that could pose an immediate threat to community and individuals - the department will use appropriate channels to notify the Bryn Mawr community and a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued - including printed Safety Alerts posted around campus, E-mail notifications, and web site posting of alerts are listed at http://www.brynmawr.edu/safety/.
Emergency Procedures and Guidelines are in place – and follow the Incident Command System model in the event of a critical incident on campus.
Bryn Mawr College Campus Safety maintains a daily crime log that contains specific information pertaining to any and all crimes that occur within the patrol jurisdiction of Campus Safety and that are reported. The daily crime log may be viewed at the John J. Maloney Building, Bryn Mawr College.
Certain information may be withheld from the crime log under specified circumstances, primarily information that would jeopardize the success of an investigation or the safety of a person in the investigation. The Campus Safety Department makes the crime log for the most recent 60-day period open to public inspection during normal business hours, while crime logs containing material more than 60 days old are retained for seven years for public inspection upon two days’ notice.
Campus Safety has responsibility for locking and unlocking campus buildings based on use, class schedule, and special events. Access to institutional facilities by employees is on an as-needed basis and incorporates strict key and access control procedures. Visitors to the campus seeking access to campus buildings and facilities for special events must do so through an individual host, a sponsoring department, or reservation.
The policy at Bryn Mawr College is to provide easy access to authorized individuals. That access must be consistent with your safety and the security of your property and that of the college. If you have questions or suggestions with any authorized access please reach out to Mike Ramsey, Access Coordinator, x7911.
Facilities and landscaping are maintained in a manner that minimizes hazardous conditions. Bryn Mawr Campus Safety regularly patrols the main campus and the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and reports malfunctioning lights and other unsafe physical conditions to the Facilities Department for repair. Other members of the college community should promptly report equipment problems to the Bryn Mawr College Campus Safety Department at 610-526-7911.
There are ten residence halls on campus. All resident areas are locked 24 hours a day access controlled. The halls that contain classrooms or dining centers and must be open to allow limited access are opened and locked in accordance with those hours.
Access to housing facilities is limited to those with authorization. Resident students have keys to their residence and individual rooms. Guests of a resident must be accompanied by the resident. Special housing reservations may be made for conference guests or for individuals at Wyndham and the Alumnae House.
All unauthorized persons will be investigated by Campus Safety.
For further protection during low-occupancy periods, such as school breaks and vacations, residence hall access is restricted to authorized community members.
Bryn Mawr College complies with federal, state and local laws including those which regulate the possession, use, purchase, and sale of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, and weapons. A person less than 21 years of age commits a summary offense if he or she attempts to purchase, purchases, consumes, possesses or knowingly and intentionally transports any alcoholic beverage. A person who is convicted of violating this section may be subjected to a fine, jail and/or license suspension.
The college observes the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. and Drug Free School and Communities Act of 1990.
The educational materials are included in the College's written policies instituted to comply with this legislation.
The use, possession, purchases and/or sale of illicit drugs on campus is prohibited. Violations will be investigated by Campus Safety and may result in State or Federal criminal prosecution.
As a reminder, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law states that you must be at least twenty-one years of age in order to purchase, sell, possess or consume alcoholic beverages. A person who is convicted of violating this section may be subjected to a fine, jail and/or license suspension. Please refer to the drug/alcohol policy for further information and penalties for violations.
In addition to separate Customs presentations (New Student Orientation) for all new students by Campus Safety, Residential Life, and the Dean’s Office, there are ongoing training/informational sessions which typically include discussions on alcohol and other drugs prevention for all students throughout the year in the form of:
In conjunction with working with the Hall Advisors (HA’s) and the Dorm Leadership Team members (DLT) on many issues, the dorm safety meetings are a great place where students meet Campus Safety Officers and exchange ideas and information. The meetings are requested to discuss safety issues such as alcohol awareness on campus or within the dormitory. Students are strongly encouraged to participate and contribute. Forming a partnership with the students is an essential goal of the department and benefits the entire community.
The Campus (Public) Safety Department works closely with a student group focused on reporting safety matters on campus and specifically within the residence halls. The C.O.P.S. representatives are nominated by dorm and there are two students who are elected as Co-heads to represent the group at Student Government Association (SGA). The Co-heads also have regular meetings with the Director of Campus Safety. The group also collaborates on bringing presenters to campus and identifying topics for general safety discussions.
There are many open forum discussions during the academic year aimed at awareness and providing safety information to students, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, bulling, bystander awareness, alcohol and other drugs awareness and identity theft.
Additional training is provided by the Health Center – Counseling Service. It includes drug prevention activities such as:
Web-based College-Alcohol educational program for all new students and dorm leadership team members.
Written materials distributed to all new students:
The Health Center website contains numerous links to information about alcohol and drug abuse.
A written Statement about Standards of Conduct concerning Drug and Alcohol Education and Counseling Services is also included in the Student Handbook PP. 142 at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/activities/docs/handbook.pdf
In addition, the Student Handbook has extensive information on both the Drug and Alcohol Policies;
Alcohol Policy p. 147
Effects of Alcohol p. 148
Services and Referrals Information p. 149
Drug Policy p. 149
Policy on Drug Free Schools p. 151
Policy on Drug Free Workplace p. 151
Health Risks Associated with Drugs p. 152
Pa. Criminal Statues Drugs and Alcohol p. 153
Federal Statutes on Illegal Drugs p. 156
Drug and Alcohol assessment, counseling and treatment within the scope of Bryn Mawr’s services are provided by the Health Center - Counseling Service. Students needing more intensive treatment are referred off-campus. During Counseling Service staff's participation in orientation week with Dorm Leadership Team (DLT) members and first year student students are encouraged to utilize the counseling services for consultation, education and/or treatment related to drug and alcohol concerns/issues. All students can receive up to six free sessions each academic year.
A "report" is generated of students who have had an alcohol/substance incident that comes to the attention of Campus Safety. The Health Center nurse is sent a copy of the report and calls each student listed to schedule an appointment to see the Drug and Alcohol Counselor. The deans also intervene and refer students listed on the Campus Safety Report to Health Center - Counseling Service to see the Drug and Alcohol Counselor for education, assessment, treatment and possible referral in accordance with our policy.
Additional information regarding these topics is included in the student, faculty and staff handbooks.
Faculty have been issued a copy of Helping Students: A Faculty Guide for Assisting Students in Need. Information on identifying and responding to substance abuse – and/or possible addictive issues can be found on p. 17 at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/deans/documents/FacultyHelpingStudents_final_2014.pdf
The Staff Handbook provides information on and policies pertaining to drugs and alcohol (pages 51-52). The Staff Handbook can be found on the Human Resources website: http://www.brynmawr.edu/humanresources/policies.html. The College offers employees the benefit of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and its services, which include assistance with substance abuse. These benefits are described in the Benefits Overview document of the EAP: http://www.brynmawr.edu/humanresources/benefits.html. Employees are made aware of these polices and benefits in a meeting with Human Resources on their first day of employment and when they attend the mandatory New Employee Orientation. In addition, employees are reminded of these policies and benefits through an email that Campus Safety sends annually that provides the Annual Campus Safety Crime and Fire Report.
A person of 18 years of age or older who is convicted in any court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of a violation of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, shall, if the delivery or possession with the intent to deliver the controlled substance occurred within 1,000 feet of a public, private, or parochial school or a college or university or within 250 feet of the real property on which is located a recreation center or playground or on a school bus shall be sentenced to a minimum sentence of at least two years of total confinement (up to four years).
Drugs: State law prohibits the unauthorized manufacture, sale, delivery and possession of controlled substances. Persons may be subject to 30 days imprisonment and a $500 fine for simple possession of a small amount of marijuana (misdemeanor), a maximum of 15 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine for the manufacture, delivery or possession of a Schedule I or II controlled narcotic drug such as cocaine, PCP and LSD (felony). Sentences can be doubled for second and subsequent convictions. Sentences can also be doubled for distribution of controlled substances to persons under the age of 18. Penalties range from a mandatory minimum sentence of (1) one year and a $5,000 fine for the first conviction to a mandatory minimum sentence of (7) seven years and a $50,000 fine for subsequent convictions for the manufacture, delivery or possession of 100 grams or more of a Schedule I or II controlled narcotic drug.
While the College attempts through its programs and policies to prevent sexual assault from occurring, it recognizes that significant numbers of women throughout the nation are sexually assaulted while they are college students. The college therefore commits itself to assisting any of its students who have experienced sexual assault in making a timely emotional, psychological, and physical recovery and to respecting the choices a student makes about this process. Any student who is sexually assaulted is strongly encouraged to seek help either from resources available through the College or from outside sources.
The College also commits itself to investigating all reported cases of sexual assault; to assisting a student in lodging charges with local police, if she/he so chooses; to holding disciplinary hearings to adjudicate formal accusation and to appropriately punish any student (or guest) found to have violated this policy.
All are encouraged to report sexual assaults to Campus Safety immediately. However, individuals may also report the crime to any Campus Security Authority, such as a Dean, the Director and Associate Director of Residential Life or an Athletic Coach and the Title IX Coordinator. The Campus Security Authorities work closely with Campus Safety to ensure the safety of our community.
No person shall sexually assault any member of the student community. Students shall be free to report any sexual assault without fear of retaliation. Retaliation or threats of retaliation against a student brining a charge of sexual assault will be treated as a separate and serious violation of College policy.
For the purpose of this policy, sexual assault is defined as any act in which a member of the student community is forced to engage in sexual activity against their will or without their consent, including situations in which physical sexual acts are perpetrated against a person’s will or when a person is incapable of giving consent due to use of drugs or alcohol, or due to an intellectual or other disability.
Consent must be mutual and unambiguously communicated agreement to participate in sexual activity.
“Sexual assault” as used in this policy includes not only physically assaultive behavior but also extreme verbal threats, physical or verbal intimidation, and/or indecent exposure.
Sex Offenses -
Any sexual act directed against another person without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
The 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.
The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
Statutory Rape –
Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
Any Bryn Mawr College student who believes she/he has been sexually assaulted or that an act of sexual assault has taken place may notify any Campus Security Authority, such as the Dean of the Undergraduate College, a Hall Adviser (HA), a Graduate Assistant (GA) an Associate or Assistant Dean, the Title IX Coordinator, the Director of Campus Safety, or the Director of Institutional Diversity, the Director and Associate Director of Residential Life or and Athletic Coach.
The first concern of any official to whom an assault is reported will be the well-being of the student reporting the assault. In particular, the official will inform the student of both on- and off-campus resources available to her/him and help the student make contact with the resources she/he chooses.
If you are sexually assaulted, you have basic rights and considerations as a crime victim (including but
not limited to):
The second concern of College officials must be the safety of the community. If there is reason to believe that an assailant is at large who poses an immediate threat to other members of the community, the Dean of the Undergraduate College and the Director of Campus Safety will take action to protect the campus. In doing so, they will reveal no information that might allow the student reporting the assault to be identified.
After seeing to the well-being of the student reporting the assault and to the immediate security of the campus, the Dean of the Undergraduate College and the Director of Campus Safety will investigate the charge. Such investigation may involve the examination of physical evidence, the interviewing of persons with relevant information, or other steps which particular circumstances make necessary. In conducting this investigation the confidentiality and privacy of the student bringing the charge will be respected.
The confidentiality and privacy of any persons under suspicion will also be respected. Charges of sexual assault brought by a Bryn Mawr student against a member of the Bi-College student community will be heard by a Dean’s Panel. The Dean’s panel will afford the accuser and the accused the same opportunities to have present during a hearing, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related proceeding or Panel by an advisor of their choice.
Charges of sexual assault brought by a Bryn Mawr student against a member of the faculty or staff will be handled through the College’s procedures concerning sexual harassment and other forms of harassment and discrimination. Both procedures are outlined elsewhere in the student handbook. www.brynmawr.edu/deans/documents/SexualAssaultGuide.pdf
All proceedings will include a prompt, fair, and impartial process from the initial investigation to the final result/outcome. The proceedings, better known as the Dean’s Panel or proceeding will be conducted by officials who receive annual training on issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and annual training on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
An individual accused of sexual assault may be subject to prosecution under Pennsylvania criminal statutes. A victim is free to bring charges through the College system and the criminal system simultaneously; however, the two processes are separate. It is not necessary for a student to pursue the matter in a criminal court in order to initiate a Dean’s Panel proceeding. Also, the College is not obligated to wait until prosecution procedures are initiated or until a judgment is reached in court in order to proceed with its own decision-making process or to impose penalties.
No member of the community may not retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce, or otherwise discriminate against any individual for exercising their rights or responsibilities under any provision in this section.
As mentioned earlier, the College is committed to helping any of its students who have experienced sexual assault. Counselors, health center personnel, residential life staff, campus safety officers, and deans will support a student as he/she goes through the recovery process. The College is also committed to investigating all reported cases of sexual assault; assisting a student in lodging charges with local police, if the student so desires; holding disciplinary hearings to adjudicate formal accusations; and disciplining any student or guest found to have violated the policy concerning sexual assault.
The College also recognizes that most campus sexual assaults involve people who are acquainted with one another. Coercive or violent acts between people who, because of their membership in the College community, must continue to interact with each other are particularly traumatic to the victim and violate the trust that is essential to the College’s mission and sense of community. Therefore, should a sexual assault be reported, the College shall take reasonable action to protect the accusing student from any unnecessary or unwanted contact with the accused.
Options for Students Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted. Any student who is sexually assaulted is strongly encouraged to seek help either from resources available through the College or from outside sources. The following is a short list of options available to students seeking help at Bryn Mawr. More detailed information about each option is provided below.
You are strongly encouraged to receive some type of medical care after an assault.
Because sexual assault can be physically and emotionally traumatic, you may not know whether or not you have been injured. Medical personnel at the Health Center or the hospital can answer questions you may have about health concerns. A follow-up exam is recommended to retest for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and to be sure that no other injuries were sustained during the assault.
The Health Center is able to counsel you on your options for medical care after an assault. An examination done at the Health Center is NOT admissible in court as evidence that an assault has taken place. If you think you may wish to press charges at any time, the Health Center personnel will recommend that you go to Bryn Mawr Hospital, where medical evidence can be preserved for the police.
The Health Center is able to check for internal injuries, test for pregnancy and STDs and provide someone with whom you can talk. The Health Center can also provide information and testing for HIV (HIV testing at the Health Center is confidential). The Health Center can provide medication to help prevent STDs. In addition, emergency contraception is available to prevent pregnancy if you go to the Health Center within 72 hours of the assault.
The Health Center will keep all information confidential; the assault will not be reported to the police, Campus Safety, parents or other College personnel without your permission. If it is determined that you or another member of the College community is in danger, necessary information will be released to the appropriate administrators without revealing your identity. The Health Center can assist you in finding any medical or emotional support that you need, including counseling on- or off-campus.
Bryn Mawr Hospital is able to provide medical services that fulfill legal standards of evidence — a “rape-kit” examination. The rape-kit examination preserves medical evidence that can be used in court. Having a rape kit done does not require you to press charges. It merely gathers evidence should you wish to prosecute at some time. It is recommended that you do not shower, bathe, douche or change clothes if you want to preserve evidence. You may want to bring a change of clothes to the hospital in case you are asked to leave your clothes by the police.
Bryn Mawr Hospital will test for pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease (STDs), offer medication to prevent (STDs), and prescribe emergency contraception. The hospital is required to notify the police that a sexual assault may have occurred.
There are numerous off-campus resources in the Bryn Mawr College area that are available to assist students who have been affected by sexual misconduct. This list is by no means comprehensive, but highlights some of the larger organizations with which Bryn Mawr collaborates.
Women Organized Against Rape
WOAR is one of the largest organizations in Philadelphia dedicated to education and support for victims of sexual assault. Information about resources: counseling services, education and training; court and legal information can be found on their comprehensive website.
Victim Services Center of Montgomery County
Sexual violence crisis hotline: has crisis-intervention counselors who are able to explain procedures and answer questions you may have. A 24-hour hot line is available for anyone with questions or concerns about sexual assault, or who would like to speak to a crisis counselor.
The Crime Victims Law Project provides legal assistance for sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking victims in the Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties of Pennsylvania.
Women Against Abuse
Confidential 24 hour Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline:
Women Against Abuse provides support and information for people in abusive relationships. It provides the only emergency shelter for women who have been victims of domestic abuse and their children
Delaware County Women Against Rape
Victims of Sexual Assault
At DCWAR's 24 hour hotline, callers can request information; referrals; counseling; and/or accompaniment to the police station, hospital, or court.
You are not required to report a sexual assault. If you do talk to the police and/or Campus Safety, they may be able to take steps to protect others from experiencing sexual assault. In addition, the police can inform you of your legal rights and options should you decide to prosecute.
The College is strongly committed to providing medical and emotional support to victims/survivors of sexual assault regardless of whether they decide to take legal action. Bryn Mawr College Campus Safety can provide transportation to the Health Center or to Bryn Mawr Hospital. You may wish to notify Campus Safety that a sexual assault has occurred. If you do choose to make a report, the Campus Safety Department and you will then determine whether the assistance and/or intervention of the police is necessary to protect other members of the community and/or to arrest the assailant.
Campus Safety will inform the Dean of the College that an assault has occurred. If it is necessary to alert the community at large that an assault has taken place, both the Campus Safety Department and the Dean’s Office will make every effort to protect your privacy. If it is necessary to disclose confidential information (in cases involving legal requirements, requirements of the College policy on sexual assault, or if personal safety is at issue), the College will inform you that this is taking place.
Lower Merion Township Police can provide transportation to Bryn Mawr Hospital and emergency medical care if necessary. If you do decide to report the assault to the police, the College will make every effort to provide a support person if you would like help through the process. Making a police report concerning the assault does not mean that you must prosecute the assailant.
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) Intimate Partner Violence Policy
Requires expanded reporting for incidents of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking institutions that are reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies.
The Campus SaVE Act (Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act) amends the Clery act to include intimate partner violence. The term “intimate partner violence” is defined to mean “any physical, sexual, or psychological harm against an individual by a current or former partner or spouse of the individual”. It would include sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.
Bryn Mawr College takes a strong stance against dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.
The term “dating violence” means violence committed by a person-
A. who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
B. where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
i. The length of the relationship.
ii. The type of relationship.
iii. The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by-
A. a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim,
B. a person with whom the victim shares a child in common,
C. a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse;
D. a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim:
i.under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies,
ii. or 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.
The term “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
Further Assistance: If you have any questions about the College’s procedures for dealing with a rape, sexual assault, domestic violence or dating violence, or stalking you should consult your Hall Adviser, Dean or any other college official (such as the Dean of the Undergraduate College, the Medical Director of Health Services, the Administrator of Counseling Services, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Director of Campus Safety). If you have any questions or concerns about a particular incident, you should also discuss them with your hall adviser, dean or any of the college officials mentioned above. Such a discussion will be strictly confidential unless you request otherwise.
In short, all proceedings will include a prompt, fair, and impartial process from the initial investigation to the final result/outcome. The proceedings, better known as the Dean’s Panel or proceeding will be conducted by officials who receive annual training on issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and annual training on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
In addition to separate Customs presentations (New Student Orientation) for all new students by Campus Safety, Residence Life, and the Dean’s Office (The Dean of the College conducts separate training on “Staying Safe ” and bystander intervention to all new students and “Sexual Misconduct – Response and Support for Victims” to the DLT’s (Dorm Leadership Team members), there is ongoing training/informational sessions which typically include discussions on sexual assault prevention for all students throughout the year.
Crime statistics for the past three calendar years are shown here.
|Full-Time Employees (Not including p/t faculty and staff)||512||534||533|
Arson by location and year
Liquor Law Arrests by location and year
Liquor Law Violations and Intoxication by location and year
|Referred for Further Action Residential Facilities||10||11||8|
|Referred for Further Action Residential Facilities||1||5||2|
None of the crimes listed above for 2011, 2012 and 2013 manifested evidence of prejudice based on race, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation as outlined by the Hate Crime Statistics Act.
Caveats: (**Sexual Assault Incidents)
** One incident occurred in 2010 but reported in 2012.
** One incident occurred in 2011 but reported in 2012.
Note: Crime offenses on public property that are within the reasonably contiguous area of Bryn Mawr College reported by local law enforcement are included in these statistics.
The Safe Ride Program, in partnership with Rosemont Cab Co. ensures the safe return to campus in the event that a student is stranded off campus. Any BMC student who is stranded off campus simply contacts Campus Safety at 610-526-7911 and requests a transport. The Campus Safety Communications Officer will contact the Rosemont Cab Co. and authorize the transport. When the student is safely back on campus a voucher will be completed and the cost of the cab fare will be charged to the students account.
The Lantern Van runs Monday through Sunday between the hours of 7:00 PM and 1:00 AM, during the academic year, except break periods. To request a ride call the Campus Safety Office at 610-526-7900. Student Drivers will be dispatched to pick-up from campus locations, the R-5 Train Station (Paoli/Thorndale Line) and the R-100 (Norristown High Speed Line) Train Station only. (Transportation Homepage) website here: http://www.brynmawr.edu/transportation/
Campus Safety also offers free bicycle registration for members of the Bryn Mawr College community. Once the form is completed a decal will be placed on the bicycle, which clearly marks the bike and is a deterrent to theft. A copy of the registration form will be on file with Campus Safety and the owner will retain a copy. Bicycle registration is an important prevention tool and in the unfortunate event that the bicycle is stolen the information can be shared with police. We also encourage our students to either register their own bicycles or to join the bike share program. http://bicobikeco.weebly.com/
Campus Safety has several engravers that can be signed out by members of the Bryn Mawr College community. The engravers are used to mark items such as computers, and other valuables. In addition, to using the engravers Campus Safety will also furnish a form so that you can write down important serial numbers and model numbers. Serial numbers and make and model information are crucial to law enforcement agencies, in the event that your property is stolen.
Campus Safety offers self-defense classes to the Bryn Mawr College community. Campus Safety provides certified instructors of the Rape Aggression Defense Systems (R.A.D.), which is an international program specifically designed for women. The program involves a two-fold process combining education and practical self-defense techniques for women only. This system is taught at over 350 colleges and universities. The objective is to: Develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.
Though many of the programs are offered for students, it is encouraged by all members of the community to be responsible for their safety and that of others.
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, which went into effect in October of 2002, requires that colleges and universities issue a statement informing the community where state law enforcement agency information pertaining to registered sex offenders may be found. The act also requires that the sex offenders, already registered in a state, inform each institution in that state, as to where the individual is employed, has a vocation or is a student.
Pennsylvania's Megan's Law requires that the State Police establish and maintain a registry of individuals who have either been convicted of, pled guilty to, or were adjudicated delinquent of certain sex offenses. In addition the PA State Police are required to provide certain information on registered sex offenders to the public through a website.
Information regarding registered sex offenders on the Bryn Mawr College campus may be obtained from the following resources: Family Watchdog http://www.familywatchdog.us/ or at the Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law http://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/
If a member of the College community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, contact Campus Safety immediately 610-526-7911. Campus Safety will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.
After investigating the missing person report, should Campus Safety determine that the student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, Bryn Mawr College (BMC) will notify the Lower Merion Police Department (LMPD) and the student’s emergency contact after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, BMC will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after Campus Safety has determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.
In addition to registering an emergency contact, students have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by BMC in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such an individual, BMC will notify that individual after the student is determined to be missing. Students who wish to identify a confidential contact can do so through the Biographical Update Form in BIONIC.
Fire and smoke detection equipment is installed in all campus buildings. These alarms are monitored by Campus Safety and, as a fail-safe, an independent monitoring company. Sprinkler systems and smoke detectors are checked annually, to ensure proper working order. Fire drills are held a minimum of once a semester, to evaluate evacuation procedures.
Fire safety is a major concern of the Campus Safety Department and affects all members of the Bryn Mawr community. Each residence hall is equipped with automatic smoke detection systems that report to the Campus Safety Office. Fire Exit Drills are conducted in each residence hall each semester so that students become familiar with proper building evacuation procedures. The Campus Safety Department works with the Residential Life Office, Hall Advisors and Facilities Services to identify and correct any fire, safety, or security hazards.
It is a violation of the Lower Merion Township Fire Code and College Policy to interfere with the operation of any fire alarm system. This includes covering or otherwise preventing the proper operation of any smoke detector or fire alarm system.
Effective fire prevention occurs only when individuals are aware of the principal causes of fires and take certain simple steps to eliminate them.
For residents’ safety, individual rooms are equipped with individual smoke detectors. All common areas in residence halls are equipped with smoke detectors and manual-pull stations, both of which set off alarms (horns and strobes) located throughout the building. Activation of common area smoke detectors or pull stations sends an alert electronically to the dispatcher at Campus Safety. If the smoke detector in a student’s room activates the building alarms will not sound unless the student uses the pull-station or the smoke from the student’s room activates a smoke detector in a common area, or a sprinkler is activated.
Automatic Sprinkler Systems: The majority of College buildings, including most dormitories, are equipped with automatic sprinkler systems. Sprinkler heads are placed throughout the building and are designed to activate individually when exposed to the heat of a fire. The heads typically activate within minutes of the start of a fire and direct a generous spray of water over an area or room. In a typical situation, a fire starts in a single location, activates one or two nearby sprinkler heads, and the fire is contained or extinguished where it started. A series of pipes connects sprinkler heads in all areas to a major water line and is always on. When water flows through any sprinkler head, the building evacuation alarms are sounded and an alert is automatically sent to Campus Safety.
Since the sprinkler system is always charged and sprinkler heads are relatively delicate, it is important to never hang objects from sprinkler heads and to protect them from mechanical damage.
It is illegal to interfere with the operation of any fire alarm system. This includes covering or otherwise preventing the proper operation of any smoke detector or fire alarm system.
Effective fire prevention occurs when individuals are aware of the principal causes of fires and take reasonable steps to eliminate them.
Fire can exist wherever there are combustible materials and some means of bringing them to kindling temperature. Frequent causes of fires at colleges include candles, careless smoking, over-loaded electrical outlets, cooking in dorm rooms, halogen lamps.
Smoking is prohibited in all College buildings. The burning of candles, use of halogen lamps, except those with safety guards, the use of cooking or heating appliances, except those provided by the College in pantry kitchens are prohibited in College housing.
The use of hot-plates, large refrigerators (in dorms without kitchens), and other major electrical appliances can easily overload the electrical system. Only safe, low-wattage appliances may be used in College-housing: lamps, radios, televisions, stereos, computers, electric blankets, thermostatically controlled coffee makers and the like.
Fire Evacuation Drills are supervised and conducted by the Campus Safety Officers once per semester. Hall Advisors assist by informing their residents about the procedures, closest evacuation doors and meeting locations when the building is evacuated. Self-evacuation by all occupants is mandatory whenever the fire alarm system activates.
Fire Safety Education and Training is provided to all first year students as part of their Customs Week orientation. Hall Advisors (students with oversight responsibility in residence halls) receive additional training regarding their responsibilities in fire safety and building evacuation. Faculty and students who work in science laboratories receive training in fire prevention, extinguishing, and evacuation Fire safety is an ongoing agenda item in the Deans Safety Meeting and Residence Counsel, and is included in all presentations to new employees.
|Monitored Alarm||Fire Sprinkler Systems||Fire Alarm and Smoke Detection||Evacuation Drills|
|Brecon Hall||Yes||All Areas||Yes||2|
|Denbigh Hall||Yes||All Areas||Yes||2|
|Erdman Hall||Yes||All Areas||Yes||2|
|Haffner Hall||Yes||Under Construction|
|Merion Hall||Yes||All Areas||Yes||2|
|Pembroke East||Yes||All Areas||Yes||2|
|Pembroke West||Yes||All Areas||Yes||2|
|Radnor Hall||Yes||All Areas||Yes||2|
|Rhoads Hall||Yes||All Areas||Yes||2|
|Rockefeller Hall||Yes||All Areas||Yes||2|
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