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REPORTING CAMPUS CRIMES AND EMERGENCIES


The KSU Department of Public Safety is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Someone is always available to answer calls. There are several ways to contact the department for assistance:

  • Telephone. If you are on campus, dial extension 6666. If you are off campus, call (770)423-6666.

  • Through E-mail.For non-emergency questions, comments or concerns, e-mail police@kennesaw.edu.

  • Emergency phones. Emergency phones are located in all parking lots, along several streets, in hallways of buildings, in all elevators, and in all parking decks. These phones provide direct contact with the department.

  • In person. The Department of Public Safety is located in the Public Safety Building, building #20 on your campus map, near the West Parking Deck. The KSU Police Department has a community policing office, the North Precinct, located at the University Village, building 6000 adjacent to the North Parking Deck. The East Precinct is located at the KSU Sports Complex inside the KSU Soccer Stadium.

    Reporting crimes or emergencies is voluntary. All crimes and emergencies should be accurately and promptly reported to the Department of Public Safety at 770-423-6206 and other police agencies as appropriate (Cobb County Police, Kennesaw Police or Bartow County Sheriff's Office.) All crimes should be reported to the KSU DPS for the purpose of making a timely warning report and for annual disclosure in the crime statistics.

    KSU DPS does not have a process for voluntary confidential reporting due to state open records laws. If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the University of Georgia System or within the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making an anonymous report. You may contact the KSU Department of Public Safety Tipster Line at 770-423-6305 to report a crime anonymously. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record 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 campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

    According to the 1998 amendments to the 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), campus "professional counselors," when acting as such, are NOT considered to be a campus security authority and are NOT required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics. But, while in the course of their professional duties as a mental health counselor (i.e., in a counseling session, assessment, crisis intervention session or a consultation situation) any Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) professional mental health staff member (i.e., licensed professional counselor, psychologist, social worker or student intern) who learns from a KSU student that s/he has been a victim of a sexual assault will take the following steps:

    Provide the student with information regarding procedures for reporting the crime to KSU DPS.

  • To report a crime or emergency on campus contact KSU DPS at 770-423-6206 (non-Emergency), Dial 770-423-6666 or 9-1-1 in emergency situations or use an emergency call box located throughout campus in the residential halls, parking lots and in some academic buildings.

  • Anonymous reports of crime may also be made to KSU DPS Tipster Line at 770-423-6305. Counselors are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons they are counseling about the ability to report an incident using the Tipster line for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics. They also educate their clients about the fact that KSU DPS does not allow Voluntary Confidential Reporting because of state open records laws.

  • Disclose to the student that periodically (at minimum of one time annually) CPS counselors may voluntarily report crimes disclosed during confidential counseling sessions to the KSU Public Safety Office. All information reported to KSU DPS will be de-identified and is reported for the purposes maintaining accurate crime statistics for inclusion in the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police & Crime Statistics Act annual report.

    CPS mental health staff will make their best effort to complete the "CPS Sexual and/or Physical Assault Incident Report" form while working with a victim of a crime of a sexual assault or interpersonal violence. There may be instances where the student is unable, unwilling or reluctant to provide information in all categories. Counselor will gain as much information as possible while respecting the boundaries and autonomy of the student.

    Response to Reports of Crimes

    In response to filing a report with KSU DPS, the department forwards incident reports involving students to the Office of the Dean of Student Success for review and potential action by the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. The officers make arrests when appropriate. KSU DPS investigators will investigate a report when it is deemed appropriate. Additional information obtained via the investigation will also be forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. KSU DPS will contact local law enforcement agencies as appropriate if further assistance is required to respond to reported incidents.

    Red Flag Reporting

    A Behavioral Reporting System has been implemented that allows students, faculty, and staff to report observed behavior that warrants concern. Such behaviors are often referred to as "red flags" because we know that harmful acts, either suicidal or towards others, rarely occur without raising concern in others in the individual's life. This anonymous reporting is for non-emergencies only and is not constantly monitored. Go online to submit a report at http://www.kennesaw.edu/sss/triage/triage.html

    Campus Resources for Crime Victims

    Additionally, crime victims have a number of offices at KSU available to them that are here to support the victim and provide information about programs and services available to a victim of a crime. Some of the offices a student crime victim may contact for information and assistance include:

    On Campus Resources

    Dean of Student Success - 770-423-6310
    Director, Human Resources - 770-423-6030
    Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) - 678-797-2904
    Director, Student Conduct & Academic Integrity - 770-499-3403
    KSU Counseling & Psychological Services Center - 770-423-6600
    Coordinator, Women's Resource Center - 678-797-2904
    Director, Department of Residence Life - 770-797-2320
    KSU Health Clinic - 770-427-6644

    Off Campus Resources
    YWCA 24 Hour Crisis Line - 770-427-3390

    VINE
    Victims Offender Custody Information/Cobb County - 1-800-785-8463

         

     
     

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