SAFETY AND SECURITY POLICIES
It is important for students, as well as other members of the campus community, to take responsibility for their own safety and well-being. Flashpoint strongly encourages students to take steps to ensure the safety and security of their belongings, themselves, and others. The Campus Safety Department keeps a daily crime log that reports any criminal incidents that occur on the campus. This information is available for review by anyone in the community, with reasonable notice given. Information in the crime log includes the following: the nature of the crime, the date and time the crime occurred, a general location of the crime, and any known disposition of the complaint. Flashpoint reserves the right to keep the confidentiality of both the victim and the accused in any of these situations except as may be required by law.
CAMPUS SAFETY DEPARTMENT
Flashpoint maintains a security team supervised by the SVP of Operations. Additional persons to whom a student or employee may report a crime or emergency include the Director of Student Services, Department Chairs, and the Academic Dean. Campus Safety officers have civil enforcement authority only. They do, however, work closely with the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Sheriff’s Office, when assistance is required. Flashpoint Campus Safety officers have no official arrest powers. City, county, or state law enforcement officers make all arrests. Student and staff may contact the appropriate authorities directly, or Campus Safety officers will make contact on behalf of the institution or individuals involved if the officers consider it necessary or if requested. Flashpoint takes any reported criminal action seriously and responds to it accordingly; subsequently, the institution relies on law enforcement authorities to assist during criminal investigations and appropriate emergencies.
CAMPUS AWARENESS OF SECURITY SERVICES
Flashpoint takes crime prevention seriously and will inform students and staff throughout the year regarding various programs and opportunities to learn about campus security procedures and practices. The annual Orientation for new students includes presentations on such topics as personal safety, sexual assault prevention, home security, domestic violence, workplace violence, and hate crimes, and are offered by a variety of experts in these areas. Faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to attend these programs. Crime prevention information is posted on campus bulletin boards, and safety information is presented during biannual emergency management drills. Further, regular safety updates are sent to faculty, staff and students from the Campus Safety Department. Documentation of educational programming and safety updates are maintained by Campus Safety.
SECURITY OFFICER ON CAMPUS
Campus Safety personnel monitor all campus buildings while the school is open. Campus Safety officers have access to all areas of campus and ensure the safety and security of all areas.
All students, staff, and faculty are required to possess a Flashpoint identification card at all times while on campus. The identification card is to be worn so that it is visible at all times. Identification cards are issued by the Campus Safety Department. Each user is entitled to one replacement ID at no cost. A fee will be charged for any subsequent replacements. Replacement IDs can be requested through the Campus Safety Department.
Flashpoint’s facilities are open to members of the Flashpoint community and their guests. Flashpoint requires that students bringing guests on campus gain prior approval from the Campus Safety Department at least 48 hours before their campus visit. If a student entertains guests anywhere on campus or at an institution-sponsored event, the student is responsible for the behavior of those guests at all times. All guests must wear a guest ID while on campus. It is the responsibility of the student be with the guest at all times and to see that his/her guest follows all rules of the campus.
Guests under the age of sixteen are prohibited from entering campus without prior written approval. Guests who violate the Standards of Conduct as put forth in this academic catalog may be asked to leave the premises and the host student may face disciplinary action.
LOSS AND THEFT
Flashpoint is not responsible for personal belongings that are lost or stolen from campus. Lost and found items may be deposited with the Campus Safety Department. Students are encouraged to ensure their personal items against loss and theft.
Theft of or vandalism to property of the institution or the property of a member of the institution community is a violation of civil law and prohibited by Flashpoint. The institution is not responsible for replacing items lost or stolen from classrooms, the Info Commons, or other public or private areas. Losses should be reported to the Campus Safety Department.
ON-CAMPUS ADVERTISING OR SALES
Campus bulletin boards are available for use by faculty, students, and staff. All materials to be posted (posters, flyers, artwork, signs, advertisements, etc.) by members of the Flashpoint community or outside sources must be approved by the SVP of Operations before posting on campus. Students cannot advertise personal services or sell products on campus. Outside vendors are not permitted on institution property without prior approval of the Campus Safety Department.
No food is permitted in classrooms, labs, music studios or suites, conference rooms, the Info Commons, or the 6th FL student lounge. Food is permitted in the 4th FL student area and the 5th FL vending room (Mustard Rm). Food will be allowed in designated areas within 33 LaSalle and Cinespace. Food is not permitted in the instructional area or in the same area as equipment or electronics at 33 LaSalle and Cinespace.
Water is permitted in classrooms, the 6th FL student lounge, and reserved conference rooms. Acceptable containers are: water bottles and clear or aluminum water containers. Coffee mugs/cups and soda bottles are not permitted in these areas. Coffee and soda are permitted in the 4th FL student area and the 5th FL vending room (Mustard Rm). No form of liquids (water, coffee, soda, etc.) can be brought into any lab, film or broadcast lab or control room, editing suite, music lab (control room, studio, mini suites, post suites or foley lab) or the Experiental Design Lab. At 33 LaSalle and Cinespace, beverages will be allowed in designated areas. Beverages are not permitted in the instructional area or in the same area as equipment or electronics at 33 LaSalle or Cinespace.
Students are required to register their lockers with the Campus Safety Dept. at the beginning of the academic year. Students will be notified via email when lockers are to be vacated at the end of the academic year.
TOBACCO / SMOKING
Flashpoint is a tobacco-free environment. The use of tobacco is prohibited in all offices, hallways, classrooms, labs, editing rooms, conference rooms, lounges, screening room, common areas of the institution, and in front of the main entranceway on North Clark Street.
Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including and not limited to, cigarettes (e.g., cloves, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes and oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff) and nasal tobacco. It also includes any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contain tobacco flavoring or deliver nicotine other than for the purpose of cessation.
Smoking outside Burnham Center is prohibited inside a radius of 15 feet. Students who do not comply will face disciplinary action from the institution or fine from the City of Chicago as dictated under the Smoke Free Illinois Act.
Flashpoint prepares students for professional careers and therefore expects students to dress in appropriate attire while on campus or at any facility being used by the institution. Professional attire is requested by all students when special guests or dignitaries visit campus.
PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING CRIMINAL ACTIONS OR EMERGENCIES
Flashpoint encourages individuals to report any crime accurately and promptly to a Campus Safety Officer. For immediate assistance, please contact Campus Safety. Students may also contact the Chicago Police Department if they are the victim of a crime, if they witness a crime, or if they have information that would aid in solving a crime. Additional persons to whom a student or employee may report a crime or emergency include the Director of Student Services or Senior Campus Safety Officer.
TIMELY REPORTING OF SPECIFIC CRIMES OR OFFENSES
When a known crime risk might endanger students or employees, Campus Safety will notify the campus community in a timely manner through one or more of the following methods, depending upon the nature of the incident:
Immediate notification via telephone to the Director of Student Services
Immediate notification of student body via email or text
The Campus Safety Department may also find it appropriate to contact local police to request information about crimes reported to them that would qualify under the Clery Act.
ANNUAL DISCLOSURE OF CRIME STATISTICS
The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act requires all institutions of higher education to collect and maintain statistics concerning specific crimes and to report these statistics annually to students and employees. Upon request, the information is provided to any applicant for enrollment or employment. It is Flashpoint’s intent to comply fully with the Act, and the statistical information provided in the tables following is intended for this purpose.
Flashpoint, in complying with this Act, gathers statistics concerning the occurrence on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property, and on public property of certain offenses. The statistics are gathered from the Campus Safety Department, and the Chicago Police Department. The information is recorded in the year in which the crime was reported to a security authority.
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