Safety

Crime Awareness and Campus Security

Mission Statement
The primary responsibilities of the LTSP Security Office are:

  1. Protection of life and property
  2. Prevention of crime
  3. Providing service to members of the seminary community while concurrently preserving an environment conducive to the pursuit of educational goals and personal growth

It is the endeavor of the security office to fulfill these responsibilities in a courteous, polite manner.  We realize that as members of the seminary security detail, we perform an important public relations function for the seminary and that we must reflect a favorable image of the seminary in our contacts with the community and the general public.  We pledge to maintain a high standard of conduct and proficient performance in our duties through continuing education and in-service training.

Functions of the Security Office
The principal functions of the security office are:

  1. Provide personal safety for members of the seminary community and visitors.
  2. Protection and security of seminary property.
  3. Crime prevention and investigation.
  4. Enforcement of seminary rules and regulations.
  5. Ensure federal and local laws are not violated.
  6. Provide security for designated functions.
  7. Reporting hazardous and unsafe conditions regarding seminary property.
  8. Security and protection of personal property of the members of the community and their guests.
  9. Provide services to the community as outlined by office policy and procedure.

Policy, Procedures, and Reports

The following manual contains a number of important policies and procedures concerning crime prevention. We wish to make you aware of them not only because we are required to do so by Federal law, but also because it is sensible to take precautions regarding your safety and security.

Although violent crimes committed against LTSP students, faculty and staff are very rare, all of us have a common interest in maintaining a safe learning and teaching environment. Take precautions to secure your valuables and those of the school. Unattended rooms should be locked, valuable possessions should not be kept in open view, and strangers in school buildings and residences should be reported. Always lock your car. Use a club or electronic alarm system.

The seminary makes every effort to maintain a safe and secure environment. If you notice areas of our buildings that need repair and maintenance or need lighting replaced, or if you have suggestions that will help us improve the safety of the school, please use the repair request forms located in the facilities office in the basement level of Hagan Hall.

Keep this manual handy for future use. It contains information on how to contact the police department and other important safety information. Thank you for being attentive to your own safety and that of other students and associates.

Contact:
Vincent D. Ferguson
Chief of Safety and Security
vferguson@ltsp.edu
Network extension: 7502
Mobile/emergency: (215) 248-4665

Introduction

LTSP highly values the individual and collective security of its faculty, staff and students. The U.S. Congress has set many requirements for campus crime policies and reporting. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), codified at 20 U.S.C 1092(f) as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), requires that LTSP disclose policy information and crime statistics as part of a campus security report published annually. This information herein serves as the most recent campus security report for the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia for the academic year 2007-2008.

At LTSP, the Office of Safety and Security  has the responsibility for gathering statistics, identifying reportable crimes and providing them to the Department of Education and the public, and for the preparation of this report. The campus security report can be viewed on the LTSP website and copies of it may be obtained from the LTSP security office or the Registrar and Dean.

The information in this report comes from a variety of sources, including the City of Philadelphia Police Department, which reports pertinent incidents to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Explore the site for more details.

Campus Security (Clery Act) Information

LTSP informs students and employees annually about campus security procedures and practices through dissemination of this report. LTSP has a campus safety staff on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This staff, however, has no police or arrest powers.

LTSP urges persons affiliated with the school to make use of the extensive safety resources at the City of Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments. LTSP encourages students and employees to be responsible for their own safety and the security of others. You can do this by informing yourself about safety procedures and crime avoidance tips available from the campus security department.

The campus Security Department provides escorts on campus and to the immediate Germantown Avenue corridor. Should you desire such an escort, contact  the Security office in Wiedemann dormitory, at 215-248-4665 or at campus extension 7502. Notice is helpful in anticipating the need for an escort.

2.1 Access to LTSP Campus and Buildings
Access to all space on the LTSP campus is limited to the official occupant of that space and that occupant’s officers, employees, students, guests and/or invitees. Access to the LTSP student housing buildings is limited to residents and their guests. Keys allowing entry to LTSP buildings and offices are issued by the Security Department. The Security Department maintains a list of persons holding keys. Unauthorized copying of keys, or lending them to unauthorized persons is expressly forbidden. Violations of this policy may result in the loss of access privileges.

2.2 Security of LTSP Campus Buildings
Members of the LTSP community are charged with the responsibility of safeguarding the spaces under their control, maintaining custody of the keys to which they have been entrusted, and reporting promptly the loss of any such keys.

2.3 Procedures to Report Criminal Activity and Emergencies
Members of the LTSP community, or any other person authorized to be present on the LTSP campus, should report any suspected criminal activity or other emergency that poses a threat to life or property.

  • If immediate danger to life or property exists, dial 911.
  • If immediate danger is not present, call the Security Department at 215-248-4665.

In all cases, report the incident to the Security Department. It is the policy of the seminary that all crimes be reported. Incidents that may or may not be crimes may also be reported to Campus Security. Such incidents may also be reported to those facilities persons with responsibility for controlling access to buildings or facilities and officials having significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Licensed counselors and campus clergy are exempt from certain reporting requirements. All matters of strictly pastoral concern are treated with confidentiality. The appropriateness of confidentiality in other instances is assessed on a case-by-case basis. LTSP encourages counselors and clergy, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform those they counsel of procedures for reporting crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the Campus Security Department Report. For clarity on issues of confidentiality, please check either with Dean J. Jayakiran Sebastian or the Rev. Rev. Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath, Coordinator of Student Services.

2.4 Information About Registered Sex Offenders
Information about registered sex offenders under section 17010(j) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S. Code 14071(j), may be obtained from the City of Philadelphia Police Department.

Federal law requires persons who must register as sex offenders to provide notice to the state if they are employed by or a student at an institution of higher education. Sex offenders must register with the City of Philadelphia Police Department. They must notify the police department within five days of enrolling in LTSP, or of being convicted of an offense qualifying them as sex offenders. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not prohibit institutions from disclosing information about registered sex offenders.

No employee of LTSP, within the scope of his or her LTSP employment, has police powers or the authority to arrest individuals. Law enforcement is the province of the Philadelphia Police Department.

It is the responsibility of each member of the LTSP community to be alert to the potential for criminal activity on the campus. All students, faculty, staff, administration, and tenants are expected to participate actively in maintaining the best level of security possible and to be aware of security at all times.

2.5  Possession of firearms or dangerous weapons
No individuals shall possess on LTSP property any firearms or dangerous weapons, with the exception of sworn police officers.  Violation of this policy will lead to disciplinary action up to possible discharge and may result in arrest and prosecution for any criminal acts.

2.6  Prohibited behavior
Students and employees are prohibited from making threats or engaging in threatening or violent activities.  The list below, while not all inclusive, provides examples of prohibited conduct:

  1. Causing injury to another person;
  2. Making threats of any kind;
  3. Aggressive, hostile, or violent behavior, such as intimidation of others, attempts to instill fear in others, or subjecting others to emotional distress;
  4. Intentionally damaging seminary property or the property of another employee, student, or member of the public;
  5. Possession of a weapon while on LTSP property, LTSP business, or at an LTSP sponsored event; and/or
  6. Committing an act motivated by, or related to, sexual harassment or domestic violence.

Individuals are responsible to notify the Security Office or Human Resources of any threats they have witnessed and/or received, or any threatening or violent behavior.  If the Security Office or Human Resources is not immediately available, notify the Philadelphia Police Department at 911.

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