| The Department of Public Safety at Vermont Tech serves the college community by helping to maintain a safe environment, protecting life and property, preventing and detecting crime and enforcing college policies. Additionally, the department provides the following services: |
The department of friendly, concerned staff consists of the director, two full time and six part time officers who are there to help with your security concerns. You're suggestions and observations are always welcome! All officers are trained in fire safety, human relations and are certified in first aid, CPR and AED operation.
- Issues student ID cards
- Maintains lost and found
- Assistance with lock outs
- Hospital runs
- Crime prevention education
- Battery jumps
While no campus is immune from crime problems, our small community in a rural environment experiences relatively few of the crimes more common in other areas. The prevention efforts based upon teamwork, awareness and involvement help us to maintain this level of safety. For more information including our Campus Security (Clery) Act statistics, please download the Campus Safety and Security report.
Public Safety personnel are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and may be reached by calling 728-1292.
Missing Students Who Reside on Campus
If a member of the Vermont Tech community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify Public Safety at extension 1292. The Department will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.
After the investigation, if it is determined that the student is missing and has been for more than 24 hours, Public Safety will notify the Vermont State Police and the studentís emergency contact.
If the missing student is under the age of 18 and not an emancipated individual, the College will notify the studentís parents or legal guardian.
The emergency contact number on the Residence Life Personal Data Form is the number the College will use to contact the appropriate person noted on the form. Students are encouraged to make certain that number is current.
The College has three means of emergency notification in the event of an incident that endangers the health and safety of members of the College community.
1. SendWordNow is an automated system which students, faculty or staff can register for at orientation or at any other time by notifying the Dean of the Collegeís office. Multiple means of contact including cell phone, test message, e mail or other phone are available. This system will only be utilized in case of emergency, College closing or for a test each semester.
2. College Wide E-mail which will go to all Vermont Tech users.
3. College web site will scroll an emergency message.
Updates on emergencies will be communicated through these channels as details become available.
The Department of Public Safety, in consultation with the Dean of the College, is responsible for issuing timely warnings in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.
Any individual who notices suspicious or unlawful or dangerous activity or is the victim of such activity should notify Public Safety at ext 1292 or at the office, Admin 122. As soon as possible after the incident report, the Director of Public Safety, Dean of the College, Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of Marketing and Public Relations will meet to determine if and when a timely warning should be issued. The decision to issue a timely warning shall be decided on a case by case basis in compliance with the Clery Act and will consider all facts available at that time. The timing of the notification shall be based upon whether the circumstances present a serious or continuing threat to students or employees and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.
A timely warning will be issued by one or more of the following steps:
Warnings may include, but are not limited to:
- Use of the SendWordNow notification system.
- Distribution of a campus wide email
- Distribution of timely warning flyers around campus
- Posting the warning on the College website and Portal
Warnings may be updated as new information becomes available.
- Type of incident
- Date, time and location of incident
- Suspect information and description