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The Johnson College Campus Security Report and Fire Safety Report

The Johnson College Campus Security and Fire Safety Policies

The Johnson College Campus Security and Fire Safety Report provides information for students, prospective students, staff and members of the college community about the policies and procedures in place to protect and ensure the safety of all members of the campus community.  The Senior Director of Organizational Development and Director of Student Engagement are responsible for preparing and distributing the Johnson College Campus Security Report and Fire Safety Report.

This report includes statistics regarding campus crime and fire safety for the previous three calendar years. The Senior Director of Organizational Development works cooperatively with the Scranton Police Department and the Scranton Fire Department to obtain the appropriate information. The Senior Director of Organizational Development office is located in Richmond Hall on the Johnson College Campus.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires all colleges and universities in the United States to report their crime statistics, campus security/law enforcement policies, and reporting procedures to the United States Department of Education and the campus community annually. Colleges and universities in Pennsylvania have been reporting this information under a similar act, Pennsylvania Act #73.  This act requires all colleges and universities to report their crime statistics to the Pennsylvania State Police and the campus community.

The Campus Security Act requires colleges and universities to:

  • Publish an annual report every year by October 1 that contains three years of campus crime statistics and certain campus security policy statements.
  • Disclose crime statistics for the campus and public areas immediately adjacent to or running through our campus. The statistics must be gathered from local law enforcement and college officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities”
  • Provide “timely warning” notices of those crimes that have occurred and pose an ongoing “threat to students and employees”
  • Disclose in a public crime log “any crime that occurred on campus or within the patrol jurisdiction of the Operations Department”

This log is available to the public during normal business hours.

Once a year Johnson College will send an e-mail notification to all students, faculty, and staff providing the web site link needed to access the Johnson College Campus Security Report and Fire Safety Report. Copies of this report may also be obtained from Human Resources in Richmond Hall or by calling (570) 702-8920.

Johnson College Campus Security Report:

 Campus Safety and Security Resources:
Johnson College provides multiple resources to assist students and campus community members with campus safety and security.

College staff members involved in campus security include Stephenie Vergnetti, Senior Director of Organizational Development; and Bill Kelly, Facilities Manager.

Johnson College employs a professional security guard agency to provide evening security during designated hours. None of these individuals have arrest authority.

The Student Engagement Department works with the Scranton Police Department and the Lackawanna Emergency Management Office to assist in protection of our students and the campus community. The Scranton Police Department has full arrest authority on campus. Johnson College employees and our contract security company do not have arrest authority.

Emergency Telephone Numbers:
Members of the Campus Community should use the following numbers to call for assistance in the event of an emergency or any situation where there is concern about safety or security.

911– Medical, Police or Fire emergency (Lackawanna Emergency Management Agency)

Extension 8989 or (570) 702-8989 – Campus Emergency (M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

(570) 955-7921 – Krayer Security

  • Sunday, 7am – Monday, 9am
  • Monday, 6pm – Tuesday, 9am
  • Tuesday, 6pm – Wednesday, 9am
  • Wednesday, 6pm – Thursday, 9am
  • Friday, 6pm – Saturday, 9am

How to Report Non-Emergency Crimes or Incidents:
All students, employees, and campus visitors should promptly report non-emergency criminal incidents or accidents to the Johnson College Emergency Response number (570) 702-8989 or Stephenie Vergnetti, Senior Director of Organizational Development. The Senior Director of Organizational Development is located in Richmond Hall. All crimes involving violence, major property loss, or any felony are reported by the Director of Student Engagement to the Scranton Police Department.

Incidents may also be reported to:

Stephenie Vergnetti, Senior Director of Organizational Development
Richmond Hall, (570) 702-8944

Confidential Reporting Procedures:
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the Johnson College administrative system or within the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Coordinator of Student Conduct & Housing can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential but provide the College with useful information to ensure the future safety of you and the campus community. This information also allows the College to keep an accurate record of incidents involving students, analyze if there is a pattern of crime and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the College.

Off-Campus Activity:
The student conduct code is in effect on and off campus; therefore, students must display behavior that reflects favorably on them, the College, and the community. Students charged with violations of state law committed off campus shall be subject to College disciplinary proceedings if the action poses a threat to the mission of the College or to the health and safety of its members. This may include an involuntary leave of absence until the case has been resolved. After legal resolution, the College may take further disciplinary action. Johnson College has a cooperative working relationship with the Scranton Police Department and nearby law enforcement jurisdictions including the Pennsylvania State Police.

Immediate Threat Timely Warnings/Notifications:
The Assistant Director of Student Engagement may receive information about a potential emergency situation from campus departments or individuals on campus, the Scranton Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, governmental emergency management agencies or the media. If the Operations Department determines that there is or may be an emergency or situation that provides an immediate threat to the health and safety of the College community, a message will be sent to campus without delay unless issuing a notification will, in the judgment of the first responders (Scranton Police Department or other law enforcement agency) compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to respond to the emergency. Notifications to campus will be sent using one or more of the following systems: college email system, the e2Campus Emergency Notification system, the college website or campus telephone systems. Safety Alerts will be issued either to the entire campus or to a particular building or location if the threat is limited to a particular building or area of campus.

Students who are interested in receiving information about campus emergencies should sign up for the emergency text message system by providing their cell phone number and phone carrier to the Assistant Director of Student Engagement. Faculty and Staff should provide their cell phone number and phone carrier to the Human Resources Coordinator.

On at least an annual basis, Johnson College will conduct a test of its emergency notification system. The individuals responsible for determining whether an emergency notification should be sent to the Johnson College community or to the external community include:

Katie Leonard, Executive Vice President
Stephenie Vergnetti, Senior Director of Organizational Development

Daily Crime Log:
The Operations and Student Engagement Departments maintain a Daily Crime Log that records all crimes and other serious incidents that occur on campus, in a non-campus building or property, or on public property adjacent to our campus.  The Crime Log is available for public inspection at Richmond Hall from Monday through Friday during regular business hours. The Crime Log includes the nature, date, time, and general location of each crime reported to the department, as well as the disposition of the complaint, if this information is known at the time the log is created. Campus Safety posts specific incidents in the Crime Log within two business days of receiving a report of an incident and reserves the right to exclude reports from the log in certain circumstances.

Access to Campus Facilities and Residence Halls:
Access to the Johnson College buildings and campus is a privilege extended to students, faculty, staff, and authorized guests. The college encourages an open environment with limited restrictions. The Facilities Department and our contract Security Guards maintain a schedule of locking and unlocking all campus buildings based on usage, campus events and safety/security concerns. The College utilizes an alarm system in all classrooms, recreational and administrative buildings to detect fire or unauthorized entrance.

Access to individual residence apartments is gained through a locking exterior door. Only residents of each residential suite and authorized college personnel have key access to each residential apartment. The Department of Student Engagement holds periodic group and individual meetings with residential students to describe safety procedures and develop safety awareness.

The Facilities Department maintains all campus buildings and grounds. Facilities Department employees regularly inspect the campus property for any safety issues. The Campus Safety Committee conducts periodic regular inspections of all campus buildings for safety concerns. All students, staff and visitors may report any safety concern to the Facilities Department or the Campus Safety Committee.

Emergency Evacuation Procedure:
Johnson College holds emergency evacuation drills each academic year in all campus buildings. The purpose of these drills is to ensure that students and staff know the locations of the building emergency exits and how to evacuate the buildings in the event of an emergency situation. These drills also provide Johnson College with the opportunity to evaluate our safety procedures, ensure equipment is working properly and correct any deficiencies.

Evacuation drills are monitored by the Assistant Director of Student Engagement and the Facilities Department. These departments observe these drills to learn about potential deficiencies in procedures or equipment.

Notification of Missing Students:
If a Johnson College student or staff member has reason to believe that a student is missing, he or she should immediately notify the Coordinator of Student Conduct & Housing (570) 702-8912. The Student Engagement Department will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation. Should Student Engagement determine that a student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, Johnson College will notify the individuals listed on the student’s emergency contact information, the Scranton Police Department and the appropriate law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the student resides. The Student Engagement Department will assist those agencies, as appropriate, in conducting an investigation.

Campus Community Education:
During student orientation in July and August, the Student Engagement Department provides information to all students regarding campus security, fire, and personal safety.  Information sessions about campus security, fire and personal safety are a component of the Student Success Seminar which is a required class for first year students.  A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.

Johnson College Campus Crime Statistics:
Below is the Johnson College Campus Crime Statistics Report which Johnson College provides to students, prospective students, employees and the community.  This report includes data for calendar years 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.  The report utilizes specific terminology as required by federal law.  Below are definitions which may be used to understand the report fully.

Campus: Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls.  For calendar years 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, this includes the main Johnson College campus.

Residence Halls: In campus residence halls or other residential facilities for students. At Johnson College, this refers to Housing Unit 15.

Non-campus: Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution. (Johnson College does not have any such properties meeting this definition.)

Public Property: All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks and parking facilities, that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

As required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act, a complete listing of the past year’s campus crime statistics can be found at Campus Safety and Security Report

Johnson College Annual Fire Safety Report

Johnson College publishes a fire safety report as part of its annual Clery Compliance program.  This report is combined with its Campus Security Report and is entitled the Johnson College Campus Security and Fire Safety Report.  The report contains information with respect to Johnson College’s fire safety programs and practices.  The report provides statistical information about the number and cause of any fires on campus as well as information about the number of any injuries or deaths that result from fire.  It also includes information about the value of any property damage caused by a fire.  The Johnson College annual Fire Safety Report can be found using the link below.  A paper copy of the Fire Safety Report can be obtained upon request to Human Resources.

Emergency Notification Procedures:
If a fire occurs anywhere on campus, students or staff should immediately dial 911 and notify the Facilities Manager.

Any staff member or student that knows of any fire that has occurred (even if it has been extinguished) should notify the Facilities Manager to investigate the cause and document the situation.

There are fire alarms in all classroom and administrative buildings. All student and staff members are required to evacuate the building immediately after hearing a fire alarm. All students and staff should take note to the fire exits in every building they enter.

In the event of a fire in a residential housing unit, fire alarms will sound.  All residential housing students and their visitors should immediately exit their apartment and assemble at the Moffat Building. The Coordinator of Student Conduct & Housing will take attendance of each residential student and take proactive steps to determine if any student is unaccounted for.  Students and visitors should stay at the meeting location until they receive further instruction or permission to re-enter their apartment.

Fire Safety Programs:
As part of each year’s orientation program for residential housing students, the Student Engagement Department will provide instruction to residential housing students about fire safety.   This training includes information about fire/safety emergency notification procedures, fire safety prevention instruction and information about the location and utilization of fire extinguishers.

Residential students will also be provided with a Resource Book that lists emergency notification information, fire safety procedures and campus safety information.

Johnson College’s policy is hold fire drills in the residential housing facility at least once a year.

Residential Housing Fire Safety Policies:
In order to support fire safety in our residential housing apartments, the following policies are in effect:

  • Students or visitors are not permitted to smoke inside the residential apartments or the residential apartment community room.
  • Students or visitors who smoke in the vicinity of the residential apartments are required to smoke only in designated areas and to utilize the disposal units provided for cigarettes, etc.
  • Students or visitors may not have or operate any open flames or lighted object within the housing units.  This includes candles, incense, BBQ grills, butane lighters, matches, fireworks, etc.
  • Students or visitors may not operate BBQ grills (or similar device), any object with an open flame or any object that requires ignition or burning directly adjacent to the residential buildings. These items may only be used in areas designated by the College.
  • Students or visitors may not use or install any large appliances in addition to those supplied by the College. Microwaves and coffee makers are permissible.
  • Students or visitors may not adjust, tamper with or alter any electrical, cable TV or telephone equipment that has been furnished by the College.

Fire Protection Equipment/Systems:
All Johnson College buildings including the residential apartments are equipped with fire alarm systems, smoke/heat detectors, and fire extinguishers. In addition, both residence halls (Housing Unit 15) are equipped with emergency strobe lights that activate in the event of a fire alarm. All Johnson College buildings are inspected annually by the Scranton Fire Department for compliance with all local and national fire codes. Any deficiencies noted by the Scranton Fire Department during their inspection are promptly addressed. Fire extinguishers located in the residential apartments are tested annually.

As required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act, a complete listing of the past year’s campus fire statistics can be found at Fire Safety Report.


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