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									                       Security Report 2006

Safety Depends On All of Us
At the Department of Safety and Security, we believe community-wide awareness;
communication and involvement are necessary components in assuring a safer place to
live, work and learn. The information in this publication is intended to instill in you a
better understanding of how to be safer and more secure while at Palm Beach Atlantic
University. We strive for continuing improvement in our department’s proficiency and
customer service, but it should be clearly understood that each individual carries the
primary responsibility, and consequences, for their own personal safety and that of their
property. When everyone is aware of the risks and prevention methods and takes an
active role in their personal well-being and that of the community, the quality of life
improves for us all. We offer several ways to assist members of the Palm Beach Atlantic
community take security into their own hands. Among them:

•   Escorts – Escorts, either by foot or in patrol vehicle, are available for any student or
    employee requesting one. Simply call security at 32500 and tell the dispatcher/officer
    where you are and where on campus you would like to go. Depending on workload it
    may take several minutes for the escort to arrive, so please be patient.
•   Emergency Call boxes – There are 22 emergency call boxes throughout the campus.
    Pressing the red or emergency button located on the face of the call box accesses 911
    emergency services. You may also use the call boxes for non-emergency calls to
    security (32500) or other on-campus numbers. We strongly encourage reporting of
    any suspicious activity noticed on or around campus. Having hundreds of pairs of
    eyes watching provides an enormous boost to the overall effectiveness of our security
    force and that of the local police.
•   Operation ID – The department will, at no cost, engrave your license number on
    high-value, easily stolen items. This service is provided at the security office or you
    may coordinate for an officer to visit your residence or office.
•   Education – Self-defense instruction, on-site security surveys and made to order
    presentations on crime prevention are just a few of the services and programs offered
    through the Department of Safety and Security. The department also coordinates
    with the West Palm Beach Police Department’s Crime Prevention Officer for
    additional classes and resources. Just call 32500 for more information.
•   Crime Prevention Tips – Tips are posted to the department’s web site and emailed
    to all students, faculty, and staff to reflect current criminal activity. You can access
    these on the Internet at
•   Here are just a few of the measures you can take to become an active participant in
    the effort to reduce and eliminate crime on campus:

       o Be aware – Know your surroundings and report suspicious behavior
       o Don’t advertise – Secure your valuables properly. Don’t leave items like
         book bags or laptop computers unattended or unprotected.
       o Use good judgment – Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel safe, it
         probably isn’t.
       o Communicate – Always file a report with the Department of Safety and
         Security when a crime has occurred. Also let us know any safety concerns
         you have so we can take appropriate action.

Reporting Crimes…When and How
The Department of Safety and Security is comprised of 15 non-sworn, state-licensed,
security officers operating in 3 shifts to provide 24-hr service to the campus. Two
additional officers whose primary function is access control are available to assist when
needed. The department has fostered a strong cooperative relationship with the West
Palm Beach Police Department and other local and state agencies.

Crimes occurring on campus should be reported to the Department of Safety and
Security. No crime is trivial as it adversely impacts the quality of life for all who live,
work and learn here at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Reporting all crimes in a timely
manner is of critical importance and strongly encouraged. The department is sensitive to
victim and witness concerns and will honor requests for confidentiality whenever

Ways to report crimes:

•   In an emergency, dial 9-911 from any campus phone. This will place you in contact
    with the West Palm Beach 911 operator. The department responds to every 911 call,
    even if the caller hangs up without saying anything (if you accidentally dial 911, stay
    on the line and tell the operator it was an error. This will save the police an
    unnecessary trip.)
•   If you’re outside, use one of the many blue emergency call boxes or call boxes
    located near the main entrance to most resident halls. Call boxes have a direct line to
    the West Palm Beach 911 operator. You may also use the call boxes for non-
    emergency calls to the Department of Safety and Security. Simply activate the phone
    and dial 32500. During normal duty hours the phone will ring through to the
    dispatcher and they will assist you. After normal duty hours the phone will ring
    through to the on-duty supervisor’s portable phone and he will assist you.
•   For routine calls, telephone 803-2500 or simply 32500 from on campus.
•   To report crimes confidentially by computer, use the Silent Witness program
    available through the Department of Safety and Security Web Page (discussed
    elsewhere in this report).
•   To report crimes in person, come to the Department of Safety and Security located at
    the northeast corner of Borbe Hall, overlooking the Sachs Hall parking lot. Normal
    business hours are from 8am to 10pm Monday through Thursday, and 8am to 5pm.
    Officers are always on duty and if out on patrol are more than happy to meet you at
    the office to take a report and assist in any way possible. Simply use the call box
    located outside the security office to contact an officer or call in advance to arrange a
•   Crimes occurring off-campus should be reported to the appropriate local agency. In
    an emergency, dial 911. For routine calls telephone West Palm Beach Police at 653-
    3400 or Palm Beach County Sheriff’s department at 688-3000.

The Department encourages all crime victims, regardless of the severity of the offense, to
file a report and cooperate with the appropriate local agency (West Palm Beach Police or
Palm Beach County Sheriff). Our officers will gladly assist in this task. The Department
routinely reports crimes reportable under the Campus Security Act to the police whether
or not the victim desires to press charges or file a report.

Preparation of Annual Crime Report
Data for inclusion in the annual disclosure of campus crime statistics is obtained from the
departmental database of incidents, the West Palm Beach Police department and the Palm
Beach Sheriff’s department. Incidents are tallied based on date reported, not the date of
occurrence. Results from University disciplinary proceedings, obtained from the office
of the Vice President for Student Development, are included as appropriate. The
department is provided by-case results throughout the year and an annual re-cap of all

Individuals are strongly encouraged to make all reports requiring timely warning and
annual statistical disclosure to the Department of Safety and Security. The department
does, however, include statistics collected from the following offices and individuals
deemed to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities:
    • Student Development
    • Residential Life
    • Student Activities
    • Wellness Center
    • Athletics Department
    • Human Resources
    • Provost Office
   •   Faculty members serving as activity advisors

The University views the annual report as a valuable tool to assist current and prospective
members of our community in assessing the risk of crime and making informed decisions
how to best reduce personal vulnerability to those risks. It is important to note that the
University includes all reported crimes where a good-faith determination indicates a
crime probably occurred regardless of whether an arrest is made or subsequent legal
action fails to yield a conviction. This philosophy extends to confidential and anonymous
reports as well in order to provide a more accurate picture of the environment to the

The department prepares monthly reports in the format required by the “Jeanne Clery
Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.” A year to date
summary is posted monthly to the department web site, in addition to the most recent
complete annual report.

Access Policies
Maintaining building security is always of prime concern for members of the university
community. The Department of Safety and Security has the primary responsibility for
developing and maintaining access control measures in all university facilities. The
university utilizes a combination of access control measures to enhance security. Keyed
locks, electronic locks, door position sensors, networked card locks, and on-line card
locks are integrated to form an overall access control system. The Department employs
two dedicated access control specialists to maintain and ensure integrity of the system.

University instructional and administrative facilities are generally open to the public
during regular business hours all year, but they are locked at other times. Individuals
who need access to locked facilities must call the Department of Safety and Security.
Requests for access without prior authorization from the individual or department
controlling the facility will not be granted. The Department of Safety and Security
maintains listings of individuals having authorized access to facilities and checks
identification against these lists prior to granting access. Telephonic access authorization
is granted on a case-by-case basis and only when security personnel can verify the
identity of the individual providing the authorization (voice recognition or home/office
phone number verification).

The Department of Safety and Security maintains and issues all keys used by
housekeeping staff, internal maintenance personnel and authorized outside contractors.
Housekeeping staff usually works when buildings are closed and check out keys to their
respective buildings each day and re-lock doors upon completion of their tasks.
Maintenance personnel check out assigned keys each day. Keys are controlled and only
issued for completion of verified Plant Services work orders. Outside contractors and
vendors are cleared through security and issued only those keys necessary for completion
of authorized work, along with a validated contractor visitor badge. All keys are returned
and accounted for at the end of each day.
Residence hall exterior entrances are locked at all times except during specific periods of
time during move in each semester. Main entrances to residence halls are accessed
through a networked card lock programmed for current residents and authorized staff (a
back-up lock and key system keyed to resident’s room keys is activated in the event of a
card lock malfunction). This system maintains a record of each authorized access or
attempted access. Individual rooms and other facilities within the building are accessed
through either electronic locks, off-line card locks or key locks, depending on the
particular building configuration.

Each resident’s identification card is programmed during check-in or subsequent room
changes to operate the main entrance. The Residential Director issues individual room
keys, dresser lock keys, and/or electronic keys to each resident. In suite-style residence
halls, the room key also opens the suite door. Residents are required to keep doors
locked at all times. Propping doors or disabling the locking features is a serious breach
of security endangering the responsible individual and others. Fines and/or disciplinary
action, up to and including removal from the residence hall, will result for violations.
The university is transitioning to off-line card locks for new residence hall construction.
Residents in these facilities will receive additional programming on their identification
card to allow access to their individual suite and/or room. Room locks are changed
when keys are lost to restore security and integrity to the overall access control system.
Lost keys should be reported immediately to the resident assistant. There is a $100 re-
key charge for lost keys. Lost identification cards pose a security threat in that
unauthorized individuals may use them to gain access to facilities and make unauthorized
charges against a student’s account. Report lost identification cards immediately to
Safety and Security where the card will be deactivated in the computer system and a new
card issued.

Only authorized personnel are provided with keys/cards that access multiple residence
hall doors. These include Department of Safety and Security personnel, maintenance
personnel and residence hall staff.

Inoperative locks or other access control systems should be reported immediately to the
Department of Safety and Security at 803-2500.

Off-Campus Criminal Activity
Palm Beach Atlantic University currently has no off-campus student organizations
recognized by the institution. The Department works closely with the Palm Beach
Sheriff and West Palm Beach Police to determine criminal activity and trends in areas
surrounding the campus. Crimes in these areas, as appropriate, are included in our annual
crime report.

Crime Prevention and Security Programming
The Department of Safety and Security informs students and employees of security
procedures and practices in the following ways:
• Parking regulations and annual crime reports are available during check in each
   semester and available on line.
• During new student orientation each semester and as a panel member during parent’s
• At town hall meetings for residence halls each semester.
• New employees are provided parking regulations and the web site location for the
   annual crime report. Hard copy reports are available upon request.
• A self-defense course for females will be incorporated into the schedule for the 2006-
   2007 school year.

Silent Witness
Individuals are encouraged to report actual or suspected criminal activity. The
department understands that some individuals, while wanting to report, may desire to
maintain anonymity. Silent Witness, available on the web at allows anyone to submit an anonymous report to
the department. The server strips all address information before delivery and it cannot be
traced in the system. All Silent Witness reports are investigated and included in the
campus crime statistics if the preponderance of evidence indicates a crime did occur.

Drug & Alcoholic Beverages/Intoxication

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require an institution
of higher education to certify to the U.S. Department of Education that it has adopted and
implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit
drugs and alcohol by employees and students in order to remain eligible for federal
financial assistance of any kind.

Palm Beach Atlantic University acknowledges the problem of substance abuse in our
society and perceives this problem as a serious threat to employees and students. It is the
intent of the University to establish and maintain a drug-free workplace in accordance
with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. It is the University’s further intent to
comply in every respect with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.

Drug/Alcohol Counseling & Rehabilitation Programs
Counseling and/or referrals are available to students and employees. Local agencies
provide appropriate services in our community. The following list of
agencies/institutions is provided for your assistance:

National Institute on Drug Abuse Information ....................................1-800-662-HELP
M-F, 8:30-4:30
The National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth ................... 1-800-554-KIDS
M-F, 8:00-5:00

Just Say No Foundation .........................................................................1-800-258-2766

National Council on Alcoholism 7/days, 24 hours ................................1-800-622-2255

National Drug Abuse Hotline ................................................................1-800-241-9746

Cocaine Helpline................................................................................. 1-800-COCAINE

Reach-Out Hotline .................................................................................1-800-522-9054
(Alcohol, drug crisis intervention, mental health and referral)

Alcoholics Anonymous.............................................................................561-844-8800

Crisis Line.................................................................................................561-967-1000

FL Dept. of Law Enforcement ..................................................................561-640-2840

Narcotics Anonymous Hotline..................................................................561-533-3778

The University is opposed to the use of controlled substances, including, but not limited
to, hallucinogenic drugs, amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine and its derivatives,
narcotics, marijuana, and any others controlled by legal authorities. Possession,
consumption, and/or distribution of alcoholic beverages by students or employees are
prohibited on the PBA campus. This includes areas of public access within the bounds of
the PBA campus (including the sea wall) or on the grounds of any property leased or
controlled by PBA. As well, these same are prohibited at locations of university-
sponsored activities or events sponsored by any university organization, department or
group or by any individual in the name of an organization, department or group (this
would include areas of First Baptist Church and parking lots). Underage drinking, (under
21 years of age) is prohibited. Any student who returns to the campus while intoxicated
shall be subject to full disciplinary action. Intoxication is defined as: A state of being
causing a person to experience a loss of normal use of his/her mental and/or physical
faculties. Intoxication is determined when a person registers a blood alcohol content of
.05 or greater. This includes, but is not limited to, slurred speech, loss of motor
coordination, aggression, loss of memory, abusive behavior or behavior that satisfies the
criteria for intoxication by blood alcohol content. PBA is an alcohol free campus and as
such may use investigation devices to test for alcohol consumption and/or intoxication. If
a student refuses to submit to these tests, the university will assume the student is
admitting responsibility for a violation of the Alcoholic Beverages/Intoxication policy
and will proceed accordingly.
Disciplinary responses for students in violation of the policy range from probation and
growth contract to expulsion and/or referral to local/state authorities for prosecution (see
Navigator for specific responses).

Employees must, as a condition of employment, abide by the terms of this policy and
must report their own conviction under a criminal drug statute for violations occurring
either in the workplace or during the performance of work-related duties with five (5)
days after the conviction, as required by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

The University expects all employees to report to work free of the influence of controlled
substances and, at all times during the performance of their duties, to refrain from use of
controlled substances, and to obey related laws established and enforced by legal
authorities. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including
termination of employment.

Employees who need help in dealing with such problems are encouraged to seek
professional assistance, using their group health plan as appropriate.

External Sanctions

Local, state and federal laws provide for a variety of legal sanctions for the unlawful
possession, manufacture and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions
include, but are not limited to, incarceration and monetary fines.

Federal Sanctions
Federal law provides severe penalties for distributing or dispensing, or possessing with
the intent to distribute or dispense a controlled substance, and less severe penalties for
simple possession of a controlled substance. The type and quantity of the drug, whether
the convicted person has any prior convictions, and whether death or previous injury
resulted from the use of the drug in question (this, however, is not a factor in the case of
simple possession), all affect the sentence. For example, if less than 50 kilograms of
marijuana are involved and it is a first offense (no prior convictions), then an offender is
subject to imprisonment of not more than 5 years, a fine of $250,000, or both. If,
however, 50-100 kilograms of marijuana are involved instead of less than 50 and all other
factors are the same as in the preceding example, he is subject to imprisonment of not
more than 20 years, unless death or serious injury results from the marijuana use, in
which case he is subject to not less than 20 years or life, a fine of $1,000,000, or both.
While the penalties for simple possession are less severe, the first conviction still carries
a sentence of up to a year imprisonment, a fine of at least $1,000 but not more then
$100,000, or both. With regard to simple possession, the number of convictions makes
both the minimum period of imprisonment and fines greater. Under special provisions
for possession of crack, a person may be sentenced to a mandatory term of at least 5 years
in prison and not more than 20 years, a fine of $250,000, or both. The Higher Education
Reauthorization Act of 1998 prohibits students convicted of a federal or state drug sale or
possession law from receiving federal student aid for a minimum of one year.
State Sanctions

State law provides similar penalties with regard to the simple possession, distribution, or
possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Simple
possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor and carries a punishment of up to 1 year in the
county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Possession of marijuana with the intent to
distribute is a felony and carries a punishment of 3 years to life in the penitentiary and a
fine of up to $25,000 for the first conviction. Trafficking cocaine is a felony and carries a
punishment of a minimum of three years to life and a minimum fine of $50,000.
Trafficking in heroin is a felony and carries a punishment of up to a minimum of 25 years
and a minimum fine of $500,000.

In addition, the state of Florida provides that possession of our possession with the intent
to consume beer or other alcoholic beverages by someone less than 21 years of age is a
public place is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine or, as appropriate, community
service. There are also state laws concerning driving under the influence of alcohol and
using a false driver’s license to obtain beer or other alcoholic beverages. Depending
upon the number of previous convictions, or the gravity of the circumstances, one may be
convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for such an offense. It is most likely that a person
will also forfeit his/her driving privileges in the event he/she is convicted of such an

Courts do not excuse individuals from a prison sentence to go to university or work if
they are convicted of these offenses. A conviction for such an offense is a serious
blemish on a person’s record and could prevent him or her from entering many careers or
securing many types of jobs.

The above referenced examples of penalties and sanctions are based on the applicable
laws at the time of adoption of this policy statement. Such laws are, of course, subject to
revisions or amendments by way of legislative process.
Health Risks

Drug and alcohol abuse represents a serious threat to health and the quality of life. More
than 25,000 people die each year from drug-related accidents or health problems. With
most drugs, it is probable that users will develop psychological and physical dependence.
The general categories of drugs and their effects are as follows:

Alcohol – Short-term effects include behavioral changes, impairment of judgment and
coordination, greater likelihood of aggressive acts, respiratory depression, irreversible
physical and mental abnormalities in newborns (fetal alcohol syndrome), and death.
Long-term effects of alcohol abuse include damage to the liver, heart and brain, ulcers,
gastritis, malnutrition, delirium tremors and cancer. Alcohol combined with other
barbiturates/depressants can be deadly.

Amphetamines/Stimulants (speed, uppers, crank, caffeine, etc.) – These substances
speed up the nervous system, which can cause increased heart and breathing rates, higher
blood pressure, decreased appetite, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, sleepiness,
anxiety, hallucination, paranoia, depression, convulsions, and death due to stroke or heart

Barbiturates/Depressants (downers, Quaaludes, Valium, etc.) – These substances slow
down the central nervous system, which can cause decreased heart and breathing rates,
lower blood pressure, slowed reactions, confusion, distortion of reality, convulsions,
respiratory depression, coma and death. Depressants combined with alcohol can be

Cocaine/Crack – This substance stimulates the central nervous system and is extremely
addictive, both psychologically and physically. Effects include dilated pupils, increased
heart rate, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, hallucinations, paranoia,
seizures, and death due to cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.

Hallucinogens (PCP, angel dust, LSD, etc.) – These substances interrupt the functions of
the part of the brain that controls the intellect and instincts. Use may result in self-
inflicted injuries, impaired coordination, dulled senses, incoherent speech, depression,
anxiety, violent behavior, paranoia, hallucinations, increased heart rate and blood
pressure, convulsions, coma, and heart and lung failure.

Cannabis (marijuana, hashish, hash, etc.) – Such substances impair short-term memory,
comprehension, concentration, coordination, and motivation. They may also cause
paranoia and psychosis. Marijuana smoke contains more cancer-causing agents than
tobacco smoke. The way in which marijuana is smoked deeply; inhaled and held in the
lungs for a long period, enhances the risk of cancer. Combined with alcohol, marijuana
can produce a dangerous multiplied effect.

Narcotics (smack, horse, Demerol, Percodan, etc.) – These substances initially produce
feelings of euphoria often followed by drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. An overdose
may result in convulsions, coma, and death. Tolerance develops rapidly and dependence
is likely. Using contaminated syringes to inject such drugs may result in AIDS.

Tobacco/Nicotine – Some 170,000 people in the United States die each year from
smoke-related coronary heart disease. Some 30% of the 130,000 cancer deaths each year
are linked to smoking. Lung, larynx, esophagus, bladder, pancreas, and kidney cancer
strike smokers at increased rates. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are ten times more
likely among smokers.

Additional information concerning health risks may be found in the Health and Wellness
office. You should also consult your personal physician about the health risks associated
with drug and alcohol abuse.

Timely Warning
When situations arise that pose a potential threat to the community the University will
make timely warning using a variety of methods. Threats include, but are not limited to,
impending natural disasters (hurricanes, tropical storms, etc.), criminal activity, and
known safety threats on or off-campus. Acts of terrorism in the region, state or nation
can be considered. Warnings may originate from a number of administrative departments
and will use one or more of the following dissemination means to ensure the widest
possible audience:

       •   Campus-wide email -- All students, faculty and staff member have an
           established email account. This system allows for rapid dissemination of
           information to those having access to the Internet.
       •   The Department of Safety and Security Web Page – Security alerts are
           posted to the Departmental web page which is located at the following URL:
       •   The Palm Beach Atlantic University Home Page – This page has a link to
           the Department of Safety and Security web page may display other links to
           warning information. The URL for this page is
       •   Campus Voicemail System – The University has the capability to leave a
           message on all phones within the system. All resident students, faculty and
           staff have established voice mailboxes.
       •   Classroom Announcements – Although interference with academic activities
           is avoided when possible, this option is available to achieve rapid
           dissemination of critical information of a time-sensitive nature.
       •   Postings to Campus Bulletin Boards – There are numerous Kiosks and
           bulletin boards throughout the campus under the control of Student
           Development and respective schools where warning posters can be displayed.
       •   The BEACON – The University’s newspaper has wide circulation and is
           published weekly during the school year. This method is used primarily to
           augment and provide greater detail for warnings previously disseminated by
           other means.
       •   WJNO Radio AM-1290, WRMF Radio FM-97.9 and WPTV Channel 5 –
           These information sources are primarily used during hurricanes and other
           serious incidents or activities that pose an immediate threat to the entire PBA

Sexual Offender/Predator Registration in Florida
The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires colleges and universities to
issue a statement advising the campus community where state law enforcement agency
information concerning registered sex offender may be obtained. The act also requires
registered sex offenders/predators to provide to appropriate state officials notice of each
institution of higher education in that state at which the offender/predator is employed,
carries on a vocation, or is a student.

Any member of the Palm Beach Atlantic University community who wishes to obtain
further information regarding sexual offender/predators in our area may refer to the
FDLE website at: or call 1-888-FL-
PREDATOR / 1-888-357-7332). The FDLE searchable database may be used to find all
registered sex offenders in any city, county, or zip code in the state. In accordance with
Florida State Statute 775.21 ("The Florida Sexual Predators Act") convicted sex
offenders in Florida must register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement ("the
FDLE") within 48 hours of establishing permanent or temporary residence. It is then the
responsibility of the agency to make required notification to all community members of
the presence of predators (only) in any manner deemed appropriate by the agency.

Upon notification of the presence of an offender/predator, it is the responsibility of the
law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the offender/predator's address to inform
the Palm Beach Atlantic University Safety and Security Department that the
offender/predator has stated that he/she is currently enrolled at, living on campus, or
employed by the university. The Department of Safety and Security can then make all
prudent notifications to members of the campus community.

‘No’ means ‘No’. Period… Sexual Assault is a Crime
What to do if assaulted:

If a student requires emergency medical or law enforcement services she/he should call
911and then Safety and Security at 803-2500 or ext. 32500 on campus. Then she/he
should contact the Student Development Office and/or the Director of Safety and
University and Community Crisis Response:

   If, at the time of the assault, the victim is involved in activity which violates the
   Community Values System (i.e. intoxication) a report of the assault to Student
   Development personnel will be considered a request for Amnesty. The student will
   receive counseling and assistance without going through the disciplinary process.

   Once notified, Safety and Security will act as the student’s liaison with police and
   other emergency services. Safety and Security will also follow up on any non-student
   accused of assault. The Student Development Office will follow up on any incident
   involving students.

   If Safety and Security is not immediately contacted by the victim at the time of an
   assault, the department will be notified by the Student Development Office of the
   incident in order to include it in the University’s crime statistics.

   University officials (Student Development Staff, faculty, Safety and Security
   personnel) will encourage the student to attempt to preserve the physical evidence of
   the attack. Students will be asked not to bath, shower, change clothes, or douche.

   If the student is a legal adult, the decision to report the incident is hers/his. However,
   if the student is underage, the University is required by law to report the incident to
   the proper city, state, or county authorities.

   In the event of a reported assault, PBA will keep all identifying information of the
   victim confidential. The Residential Life Office will consider changing living
   accommodations if the student desires. PBA will also encourage the student to write
   and sign of her/his testimony of the assault. This document may be used as the
   formal complaint in the PBA discipline process.

   If a student chooses to press formal charges, Safety and Security will be notified.
   Safety and Security will inform the proper authorities on the student’s behalf.

   Students who experience sexual assault are free to retain an attorney at their own
   expense to pursue civil and/or criminal litigation. The state of Florida also provides
   students with victim assistance counselors.

   Where there is an allegation that a sexual assault has occurred, the University will
   pursue an investigation independent of any city, county, or state investigations.

Sexual Assault in the Disciplinary Process
If the alleged attacker is a student, the University will pursue possible disciplinary action
against him/her through our own Community Values System. The University’s
disciplinary proceedings are not dependent upon the criminal or civil proceedings of any
government agency.
   Sexual assault is defined as sexual misconduct in The Navigator and the minimum
   disciplinary response is immediate suspension for one semester.

   PBA reserves the right to dismiss students whom administrators perceive as threats to
   the well being of the University community before the disciplinary process is

A formal complaint made by a student should be submitted to the Office of Student
Development. The student may generate the formal complaint herself/himself or may
provide testimony of the incident(s) to the Coordinator for Student Development in order
that she/he may generate the complaint on the student's behalf.

Formal Complaints should be submitted in writing and should include the following:
   date(s) of the alleged incident(s)
   time(s) of the alleged incident(s)
   location(s) and people involved in the alleged incident(s)
   specific details of the incident(s) and the effects it/they had upon the complainant
   any action that was taken as a result of the incident(s)

After the receipt of the formal complaint, the Student Development Office may write a
AIR (Accountability Incident Report) for the alleged attacker under The Navigator's

The discipline committee will meet promptly after the receipt of the student’s formal
complaint in order to begin discussing the alleged incident. The AIR will immediately
be forwarded to the accused containing the information from the complaint in abbreviated
form. The accused will be given the opportunity to make a written response to the
committee, addressing the allegations. Upon the receipt of the accused’s response or
notification that the accused refuses to make such response, the committee will meet with
the accused as soon as possible.

The discipline committee will investigate the complaint and recommend that one of the
following actions be taken:

   1. Dismiss the complaint as being without merit.
   2. With the written consent of the complainant and the accused, arrange a meeting of
      the parties involved in order to resolve their differences. Terms of an agreed
      resolution will be put into writing and signed by all people involved in the
      meeting. Violation of the agreement will result in disciplinary action agreed upon
      by the discipline committee.
   3. Conclude that the accused did act in violation of the sexual assault policy and
      recommend disciplinary action. The student will be found responsible for sexual
      assault; he/she will be suspended for at least two (fall and spring) semesters.
      He/she will also be required to undergo counseling before or during his/her
      semester of return to PBA, if he/she is allowed to return at all. An Administrative
      Council meeting may be held to determine whether it is in the best interests of the
      University community for the student to be allowed to re-enroll at PBA.
   4. Conclude that the positions of the parties are unlikely to be resolved due to
      differing perspectives. The committee will determine an appropriate response to
      both parties.

Rights and Responsibilities of Involved Parties:

   1. The complainant has the right to request to review the accused’s response, the
      right to be interviewed by the discipline committee, a right to concur or disagree
      in writing with the University’s decision or actions, and a right to know what
      records are being kept in what office and for what duration.
   2. The accused has a right to receive a copy of the original complaint, an opportunity
      to respond to it in writing, a right to be interviewed by the discipline committee, a
      right to concur or disagree with the University’s decision or actions, and a right to
      know what records are being kept where for what duration.
   3. The complainant and the accused have the right to have a member of the
      University community serve as an advocate for them during all meetings.
   4. Both the complainant and the accused have the right to have any member of the
      University community bear witness for them before the committee.
   5. The University has the right to change the policy for a subsequent contract year
      but special efforts will be made to inform students, staff, and faculty of the new
   6. Neither the complainant, accused, nor the University have the right to have
      professional legal counsel present during discipline committee meetings.
   7. The complainant has the right to request mediation through the Office of Student
   8. The complainant has the right to request alternative housing arrangements through
      the Office of Residential Life
   9. The complainant has the right to obtain assistance with academic issues from the
      Provost’s Office.

Persons reporting incidents of sexual assault will be treated with care, concern and
confidentiality. Support, assistance, and counseling are available. Those who experience
incidents of sexual assault are encouraged to immediately seek the assistance of the
Residential Life staff, the Health and Wellness Center, Safety and Security, or Student
Development personnel.

Otherwise known as “date-rape” drugs, Rohypnot and GHB (gamma-hydroxybuyrate) are
potentially devastating substances that everyone should be aware of and on guard against.

Rohypnol is a sedative that has been used to intoxicate people to the point of
incapacitation. GHB is a synthesized chemical that causes similar reactions to those of
These drugs are most commonly added to an alcoholic beverage. Victims unknowingly
consume the beverage and find themselves helpless and unable to offer resistance or
defend themselves. These drugs also affect memory and often times a victim is unable to
remember what has happened to them.

The federal government has strictly prohibited the use of Rohypnol. Dispensing the drug,
including putting into someone’s drink or food without that person’s knowledge, is a
federal crime, punishable by 20 years in prison. Simply possession of the drug is
punishable by up to three years in prison.

Individuals using GHB to victimize others may also be charged with a felony. Death and
other serious injury has been linked to consumption of GHB.

Sexual assault victims may coordinate through the Wellness Center to obtain a urine test
if they suspect involvement of either Rohypnol or GHB. Others, not assaulted, but
suspecting that they were administered one of these drugs may also coordinated for
testing through the Wellness Center. There is a charge for the testing unless done as part
of a police report. Rohypnol can be detected in the urine for up to 72 hours after
ingestion while GHB remains detectable for only 18 hours.

Rohypnol and GHB increase your vulnerability to robbery, sexual assault and other
crimes. Points to remember:

•   Never accept drinks from someone you don’t know and can trust.
•   Never leave your glass/bottle unattended for any reason. If you do, don’t drink
    from it.
•   Open your OWN drink and keep it under your control.
•   Stay with a group of friends when out.
                  Palm Beach Atlantic University 2005
                          Clery Act Crime Statistics Reporting

        CAMPUS CRIMES STATISTICS ACT (formerly the Campus Security Act)

CATEGORY        VENUE                                            2003   2004   2005
HOMICIDE:          •   On Campus***                               0      0      0
Murder and         •   In dormitories or other residential        0      0      0
Non-Negligent          facilities
Manslaughter       •   In or on a noncampus building or           0      0      0
                   •   On public property                         0      0      0
Negligent                                                                0      0
Manslaughter       •   On Campus***                               0      0      0
                   •   In dormitories or other residential        0      0      0
                   •   In or on a noncampus building or           0      0      0
                   •   On public property                         0      0      0
OFFENSES:          •   On Campus***                               1      0      0
Forcible           •   In dormitories or other residential        0      0      0
                   •   In or on a noncampus building or           0      0      0
                   •   On public property                         0      0      0
Nonforcible        •   On Campus***                               0      0      0
                   •   In dormitories or other residential        0      0      0
                   •   In or on a noncampus building or           0      0      0
                   •   On public property                         0      0      0
                   •   On Campus***                               0      0      0
                   •   In dormitories or other residential        0      0      0
                   •   In or on a noncampus building or           0      0      0
                   •   On public property                         1      0      0

ASSAULT        •   On Campus***                          0   1   1
               •   In dormitories or other residential   0   0   0
               •   In or on a noncampus building or      0   0   0
               •   On public property                    0   0   0
               •   On Campus***                          1   2   5
               •   In dormitories or other residential   1   2   0
               •   In or on a noncampus building or      0   0   0
               •   On public property                    0   0   0
               •   On Campus***                          0   0   0
               •   In dormitories or other residential   0   0   0
               •   In or on a noncampus building or      0   0   0
               •   On public property                    0   0   0
VEHICLE        •   On Campus***                          2   2   0
THEFT          •   In dormitories or other residential   0   0   0
               •   In or on a noncampus building or      0   0   0
               •   On public property                    1   0   0
Liquor law     •   On Campus***                          0   0   0
violations     •   In dormitories or other residential   0   0   0
               •   In or on a noncampus building or      0   0   0
               •   On public property                    0   0   1
Drug-related   •   On Campus***                          0   0   0
violations     •   In dormitories or other residential   0   0   0
               •   In or on a noncampus building or      0   0   0
               •   On public property                    0   0   0

Weapons        •   On Campus***                          0   0   0
possession                   •   In dormitories or other residential                     0          0            0
                             •   In or on a noncampus building or                        0          0            0
                             •   On public property                                      0          0            0
REFERRALS:                   •   On Campus***                                           25          25          14
Liquor Law                   •   In dormitories or other residential                    25          22          14
violations                       facilities
                             •   In or on a noncampus building or                        0          0            0
                             •   On public property                                      0          3            0
Drug-related                 •   On Campus***                                            3          2            0
violations                   •   In dormitories or other residential                     3          2            0
                             •   In or on a noncampus building or                        0          0            2
                             •   On public property                                      1          0            0
Weapons                      •   On Campus***                                            1          0            3
possession                   •   In dormitories or other residential                     1          0            3
                             •   In or on a noncampus building or                        0          0            0
                             •   On public property                                      0          0            0

   ***    This category includes all on-campus incidents, including those listed in the
   category below, "In dormitories or other residential facilities." Therefore, the two
   categories are not cumulative, but duplicative.

   Type of Bias or Prejudice
   Race = ra
   Gender = g
   Religion = re
   Sexual Orientation = s
   Ethnicity = e
   Disability = d
   NOTE: No hate crimes reported in fiscal years 1997 through 2005.

   Report template developed by The National Center For Higher Education Risk Management and used with permission.

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