The Mission of the Monroe College Department of Public Safety is to enhance the quality of life for the entire Monroe community by maintaining a secure and open environment where the safety of all is balanced with the rights of the individual. The Department strives to accomplish its mission while adhering to its core values of Pride, Professionalism, and Service.
The success of this mission depends upon an effective working relationship between Public Safety personnel and the diverse elements of the Monroe community, including students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Critical to this relationship is mutual respect. Therefore, we pledge to respect the diverse needs and interests of the community we serve. We pledge to be diligent and relentless in the protection of both persons and property.
In return, we ask that our partners in the community assume their individual and collective responsibilities to make Monroe College a place that is free of crime, fear, and disorder, and to provide a civil and open environment that fosters learning.
The Department of Public Safety under the direction of the Vice President of Administration coordinates the College’s Emergency Management Team. This group is comprised of Public Safety command staff and senior managers from various departments within Monroe College, who meet regularly to develop and practice the implementation of emergency plans, including disaster response and evacuation. This multidisciplinary approach is an important part of the College’s emergency response and business continuity plans.
Timely Warning Notices: Campus Safety Alerts and Crime Alerts
The Department of Public Safety will issue a crime alert for any serious incident when the safety of the community is threatened and there are enough details known about the crime to provide useful information to the community. Alerts are routinely posted in the lobbies of academic buildings, College residence halls, and other housing locations. They are also e-mailed to appropriate groups based upon the nature of the alert.
Emergency Text Messaging and Telephone Calls
In the event of an emergency involving an imminent threat on campus, Public Safety will confirm that there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation; in conjunction with senior administrative staff, they will determine the appropriate segment or segments of the campus community to receive a notification; determine the content of the notification; and utilize the College’s mass notification (text messaging and telephone) system to notify the campus community. Students and staff can register to receive real-time notifications of these emergency events. These messages are transmitted only during emergencies and are an additional real-time avenue of communication. The text messaging system is tested campus wide at least once each year.
Missing Student Reporting
Reporting a Missing Student
The term “missing student” is defined as any Monroe College student residing in an on-campus student housing facility who is reported missing from their residence. Reports of missing students should be made to representatives of any of the following: the Department of Public Safety (call 914.740 6854) or the Office of Residential Life, including RA's and RD’s (call 914.740.6455 for the administrative office).
Whenever a Monroe College student is believed missing, the College will initiate steps to locate them or to determine why the student has not been seen. Students are under no obligation to notify the College of plans to spend time away from their residences; however, if circumstances indicate that an investigation is warranted, concerned parties should contact the Department of Public Safety. Upon notification, the Department of Public Safety will make inquiries within the College and beyond.
If the College determines that the circumstances of the missing student require a police investigation, the Department of Public Safety will notify the local police precinct. If the police determine that the student should be classified as a missing person, they will initiate their own investigation. The College will support their investigation by providing whatever technical support is appropriate, including notices, photos, schedules, and any other information relevant to the search for the missing student.
Missing Student Contact Procedures
All students residing in on-campus student housing facilities have the option of identifying a contact person or persons whom the College will notify if the student is determined to be missing by the Department of Public Safety or the local law enforcement agency. The contact information will be confidential, accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement, and may not be disclosed except in a missing person investigation. When a student who resides in an on-campus student housing facility is determined to have been missing for 24 hours, the University will:
- Notify the contact person if the student has designated one, within 24 hours;
- Notify the student’s custodial parent or guardian and/or any other designated contact person within 24 hours if the student is under 18 years of age and is not emancipated; and
- Inform the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction in the area that the student is missing within 24 hours.
The Campus Crime Statistics Report (The Clery Act) requires U.S. colleges and universities receiving federal student financial aid to disclose timely and annual information about crime on and around their campuses. Recent amendments to the law have added a requirement that schools afford the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights and have expanded reporting requirements.
The law was amended in 2000 to require schools to notify the campus community where public “Megan’s Law” information about registered sex offenders on campus could be obtained. Our reports have also included statistics on categories for crimes that have occurred in locales adjacent to Monroe’s campuses. These are crimes committed in public areas such as sidewalks and streets immediately surrounding the campuses, non-campus buildings, and other off-campus property used by the College in direct support of its educational mission. These additional areas are reported separately from reports of crime on campus. Information about the specific location of public property included in these statistics can be obtained from the Department of Public Safety. The crimes reported are not necessarily committed against a member of the Monroe College community.
The federal Department of Education maintains a database of crime statistics as reported by colleges and universities. Access can be found here.
Annual Fire Safety Report
Monroe College's annual (2019) Security and Fire Safety report can be found here.
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, Monroe College is required to provide two fire safety-related sources of information:
- Annual Fire Safety Report: Institutions with on-campus student housing facilities must publish annually a fire safety report that provides information on campus fire safety practices and standards. Monroe College complies with this HEOA regulation by issuing each year the Monroe College Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Information contained in this annual report includes: number and cause of fires at all on-campus student housing facilities; number of fire-related deaths; related injuries; value of fire-related property damage; information on evacuation procedures; fire safety education and training programs; fire safety systems in each student housing facility; number of regular mandatory supervised fire drills; and policies on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames.
- Fire Log: Monroe College keeps a fire log that states the nature, date, time, and general location of each fire occurring in on-campus student housing facilities. Monroe College complies with this HEOA rule by including all fire-related incidents in the daily crime and fire log. Please note that information regarding all residence hall fires and fire alarms are maintained in a database within the Department of Public Safety.
Reporting Sex Offenses
To report a sexual offense, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking to Monroe College, please contact the Title IX Coordinator: (Jeannette Makodila/Bronx Campus: 646.393.8547, Paula Green/New Rochelle Campus: 914.740.6612), the Department of Safety, or any administrator.
For more information, please see Monroe College Code of Conduct – Sexual Assault.
Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (section 1601 of Public Law 106-386) is a federal law enacted on October 28, 2000, that provides for the tracking of convicted, registered sex offenders enrolled as students at institutions of higher education, or working or volunteering on campus. The Act amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act to require sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. It also mandates that state procedures ensure that this registration information is promptly made available to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction where the institutions of higher education are located and that it is entered into appropriate state records or data systems.
A listing of all registered sex offenders in New York State is maintained by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. This information is available online here.
Registered Sex Offenders, New Rochelle
In accordance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, information concerning registered sex offenders in New Rochelle may be obtained from the Criminal Investigation Unit of the New Rochelle Police Department. The New Rochelle Police Department is located at 475 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York. A representative from the records department will be able to assist you between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For more information please call 914.654.2230.
Registered Sex Offenders, Bronx
In accordance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, information concerning registered sex offenders in the Bronx may be obtained from the local precinct. A representative from the records department will be able to assist you between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For more information please call the police agencies having jurisdiction on our campus. They are the 52 Precinct, 3016 Webster Avenue, 718.220.5811, and the 46 Precinct, 2120 Ryer Avenue, 718.220.5211.