Crime on Campus

  1. Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
  2. Reporting a Crime, Emergency, Student Conduct Violation or Behavior of Concern
  3. Limited Voluntary Confidential Reporting
  4. University Facilities/Access Policy
  5. MGA Police Officers - Authority and Jurisdiction
  6. Off Campus Criminal Activity
  7. Parking Lot Safety
  8. Availability of Counseling / Medical Services
  9. Campus Safety Seminars
  10. Daily Crime and Fire Logs

Police for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The full text of this report can be located on our web site at http://ope.ed.gov/security/. This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies surrounding the MGA Campuses. Information is also gathered from the Office of Student Affairs regarding disciplinary actions.

This information is posted to the Middle Georgia State University website. All former, current or prospective students, faculty and staff, and members of the general public have access to this information.

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General Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency

Community members, students, faculty, staff and guests have the right and responsibility to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to University Police in a timely manner. All reports will be investigated.

To report a crime or an emergency, follow the Emergency Procedures.

To report a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, contact the Office of Student Affairs. The Student Code of Conduct is available at http://www.mga.edu/student-affairs/docs/MGA_Student_Handbook.pdf.

To report a behavior of concern, contact any member of the Assessment and Care Team or the Office of Student Affairs.

All reports of criminal incidents will be reported to Middle Georgia State University's Police Department, who will have jurisdiction over any reported criminal activity at all MGA campuses. Crimes that qualify will be reported annual in the Middle Georgia State University crime statistics report.

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Limited Voluntary Confidential Reporting

Middle Georgia State University encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the Police Department or to local law enforcement. Because police reports are public records under state law, Middle Georgia State cannot hold reports of crime in confidence.

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University Facilities / Access Policy

During business hours, the campuses will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests and invitees. During non-business hours access for authorized personnel to all University facilities is by key or key or by admittance via the Police Department. Any organized use of the campus by external parties must be approved by the University.

Some facilities may have individual hours, which may vary at different times of the year. Examples are the Health Clinic, Library, SSC and Wellness Center. In these cases, the facilities will be secured according to their individual schedules.

Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules. Maintenance staff on both campuses routinely assess facilities for potential hazards

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Middle Georgia State University Police Officers - Authority and Jurisdiction

The police and communications are proud to serve the Middle Georgia State University campus community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Middle Georgia State University Police Department employs sworn police officers who are certified by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. Middle Georgia State Police Officers have full arrest powers and are authorized to enforce all laws and administrative regulations within their respective jurisdiction. Other duties of police officers include traffic and parking enforcement, uniform patrol, service assists, and criminal investigations. In addition to police officers the Police Department staffs civilian personnel which include communication and security officers. Communications staff assist the public with parking needs, campus safety issues and public information requests. Middle Georgia State Police Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Middle Georgia State University. Criminal incidents are referred to the university police.

Crime reports may be made at any time, either in person, online or by telephone at 478.934.3002 or 478.471.2414. Crimes committed off campus should be reported to the respective local police department or Sheriff's department. When using a telephone all emergencies should be reported by dialing 911 or (9)911 if dialing from a campus phone. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report crimes to the Middle Georgia State University Police or to the appropriate police agency. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

The Middle Georgia State University Police Department is a member of the Georgia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Please feel free to visit the MGA Police Department to learn more about the Police Department operation and programs offered. Questions can also be answered by dialing 478.471.2414 to reach a member of the Police Department staff.

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Off Campus Criminal Activity

Middle Georgia State University Police Officers do not provide services to off-campus locations. Please contact the appropriate local agency.

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Parking Lot Safety

For the safety of all on the Middle Georgia State University campus, emergency call boxes have been placed at strategic locations in parking lots on the campuses, easily noted at night by a blue light on top of the pole. In case of an emergency, press the button to speak directly with the Police Department.

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Availability of Counseling/Medical Services

Counseling Services Informed Consent Policy Georgia's law requires that psychotherapists, during an initial session with a client, inform the client about confidentiality and exceptions to confidentiality contained in state statutes. All new clients are asked to review and sign a form entitled Counseling Services Client Intake Form that explains services offered, confidentiality and limits to confidentiality, and staff consultation. Occasionally a client will decline to sign the form. If the client verbally indicates an understanding of the material contained in the form and a desire to receive services, the counselor should document this in the progress notes along with the client's concerns about signing the form. The counselor may then proceed to work with the student, providing counseling and/or assessment and referral.

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Campus Safety Seminars

In addition to the printed information distributed each year, the Office of Student Life schedules various seminars relating to personal safety and the security of property for members of the university community. These seminars deal with sexual assault, self-defense, crime prevention, and other related topics. Notices announcing these seminars and encouraging student and employee participation will be posted throughout the campus prior to the event. Any campus organizations or group interested in a special presentation should contact the Office of Student Affairs at 478.757.7383.

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Daily Crime and Fire Logs

The Middle Georgia State University (MGA) Police Department maintains daily crime and fire logs to record criminal incidents and alleged criminal incidents that are reported to the Department as well as fire information that may involve on-campus student housing facilities. Crime log entries include all crimes reported to the campus police for the required geographical locations of MGA and not just Clery Act crimes. Daily Crime and Fire Log Reports include the date the crime was reported, the date and time the crime occurred, the nature of the crime, the general location of the crime, and the disposition of the complaint if known. Crime and Fire Log Reports are available on-site at any MGA Police Department precinct and can be requested in person or by fax, e-mail, or telephone. No written request is required. The reports can be provided in hard copy or electronic format. The MGA Police Department strives to provide current, accurate, and relevant information to the campus community and those that desire to better educate themselves about data stored and maintained by the Department. Inquiries and requests for assistance are welcomed and will be accommodated with the utmost courtesy and professionalism.

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