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Annual Law Enforcement and Fire Safety Manual

2011 Law Enforcement and Fire Safety Report  (downloadable pdf)

Numbers to Know On Campus

Department of Public Safety: Emergency 9191
Department of Public Safety: Information 8107
Department of Public Safety: Tip Line 8477
Health Services 8982
Counseling Center 8650
Housing Office 8140
Women's Resource Center 4584
Unity House 9222

Introduction: Department of Public Safety and University Policies

The Department of Public Safety, located in the power plant building directly across from parking lot 6, operates 24 hours a day year-round and is composed of professional police, security, and Public Safety personnel. Sworn Department of Public Safety officers investigate all violations of local and state laws including Massachusetts Chapter 90 governing motor vehicles, and are empowered to carry firearms and make arrests. Our police officers are vested with full law enforcement powers and receive the same initial training as municipal law enforcement officers In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Officers are required to attend the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council Police Recruit Academy and are supplemented by ongoing in-service training each year. Officers frequently attend in-depth training in a wide variety of specialized topics such as crime prevention theory, the investigations of sexual assaults and bias- related incidents and all other incidents requiring police assistance.

The Department of Public Safety maintains a close working relationship with the Dartmouth Police Department, as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies. As a courtesy, we routinely exchange information on arrests and serious crimes with both state and local police adjacent to the University. The serial numbers and identifying description of all stolen motor vehicles, office equipment and other stolen properties from our campus is reported nationwide through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Potential criminal action and emergencies on campus should be reported directly by any student, faculty, staff or visitor.

For an emergency, dial 508-999-9191 (or x9191) for direct contact with the university police dispatcher twenty-four hours a day. Also, an emergency call box system is provided on campus. These emergency call boxes are in strategic locations around campus and are easily identified by their distinctive blue containers as well as by their bright blue light during the nighttime. Follow the directions on the phones to obtain the necessary assistance.

Tip Line The UMass Department of Public Safety has a dedicated phone line to receive anonymous information: 508-999-TIPS (508-999-8477 or x8477). If you wish to provide information on any issue, call the TIP line and leave a message. This line should not be used to report a crime in progress or for any event where immediate police response is needed. In those circumstances, you should dial 508-999-9191 (or x9191) immediately.

For anonymous reporting of a crime online, please use the Tipline/Silent Witness form.

Crime Prevention and Public Safety Services

We feel that most violations committed on campus are preventable. As part of the university‘s educational mission, the Department of Public Safety attempts to teach and educate members of the campus community on how to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of personal or property crime. For this reason, the department has a Crime Prevention Unit with a certified Crime Prevention Officer/Coordinator dedicated full-time to several Crime Prevention Programs.

Emergency Call Boxes There are 39 emergency call boxes located at strategic locations and at the entrances of all Residence Halls. Follow posted directions on phones to obtain the necessary assistance.

Lighting/Brush Surveys These surveys are conducted biannually to evaluate the safety conditions of the university. These recommendations are then forwarded to facilities who take appropriate action to correct any repairs affecting the safety and security of the University. The Facilities and Physical Plant Department maintains all buildings and grounds for the University and inspects campus facilities regularly.

Transportation services are provided to the campus community, with two routes that stop at all main campus locations, the LOOP for off-campus travel to the Star Store, and services for disabled students.

RAD Program (508-999-8770) The Rape Aggression Defense System is a free program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training.

9191 emergency telephone service is available to provide immediate access to emergency personnel. If you are on campus and need emergency assistance dial 9191. There are also red telephones on campus located within the buildings which allow for immediate communication with the dispatcher. These specific telephones automatically dial into the police station, therefore, no dialing is necessary.

Other services and programs include:

Additional safety programs and materials are available to students, faculty, and staff. The Department of Public Safety provides pamphlets and video tapes on various topics regarding crime prevention. Topics include: Public Safety Services, General Crime Prevention, Operation I.D., and Bicycle Safety and Security. Information on safety and security is provided to the University community through videos, crime alert bulletins, posters, brochures, University publications and the student newspaper.

Reporting Crimes: To report a crime or call for help:

  1. Have Department of Public Safety phone number readily accessible:
    Information: 508-999-8107 or ext. 8107
    Emergency: 508-999-9191 or ext. 9191
  2. State the nature of problem.
  3. Location you are calling from.
  4. Remain calm and speak clearly.
  5. Where is the location of the crime or call for help?
  6. Is the crime in progress?
  7. Are there any injuries?
  8. Are there any weapons involved?
  9. Get a description of the involved parties: for example: hair color, weight, height, clothing, auto.

Confidential Reporting Procedures

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the University system or the criminal justice system, you may consider making a confidential report. With your permission, a University police officer can file a report on the details of the incident while not revealing your identity. A confidential report will keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. This information, will allow the department to  keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, employees and visitors. It will also help determine if there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

Community Policing

The UMass Dartmouth Department of Public Safety is committed to building partnerships with the community. Our department’s community policing philosophy is based crime prevention, problem solving, and forming partnerships in the community; police and the university community must work together to identify, prioritize and solve problems with the goal of improving the overall quality of life in the community. The Department will operationalize this concept though increased visibility and face to face interaction with members of the community.

Campus Facilities

On-Campus Student Housing

There are ten Residence Halls on campus. All Residence Halls entrances are locked twenty-four hours a day and all traffic entering and exiting the buildings is restricted to the main doorways, except in an emergency situation. Each building has a desk staffed by an attendant during evening hours. Apartment doors for each student are locked at all times. Access to each apartment is regulated by the residents. There is limited CCTV surveillance for the main entrances of each residence hall. In addition, all academic buildings are secured at approximately 10:30pm each night by security personnel.

Off-Campus Student Housing

Although the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has no off-campus sororities or fraternities, many students live in privately owned housing close to campus. Crime Prevention programs emphasizing what off-campus students can do to help themselves and various other crime prevention programs are provided.

Non-Campus Properties

Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) Centers

*PCE Fall River, located at 139 South Main Street, Fall River, serves both graduate and undergraduate UMass students, and also provides classrooms for Bristol Community College, Bridgewater State College and Boston University.

*PCE New Bedford, located at 800 Purchase Street, New Bedford, houses academic and administrative facilities as well as the Neighborhood College.

The Star Store is the center for the College of Visual and Performing Arts which provides both academic and administrative facilities. The Star Store is located at 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

The School of Marine and Science and Technology which works in conjunction with UMass School of Marine Sciences.  SMAST is situated between Rodney French Boulevard and the Battery Milliken on Clark’s Cove, New Bedford. Access to the building after 6 pm requires proper card access.

The Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center is located at 151 Martine Street, Fall River. This building is used for research and light manufacturing, as well as housing numerous administrative offices. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The School of Law  is a dedicated 75,000 square foot, two story, facility situated on 8.5 acres and located 2.8 miles from the UMass Dartmouth Main Campus.  Shuttle services are provided between the main campus and the law school.

Center for University, School & Community Partnerships (CUSP) is located at 200 Mill St., Fairhaven.  CUSP offers professional development and alternative licensing programs for teachers and administrators.

Hetland Arena is located at 310 Hathaway Boulevard in New Bedford and is the location of hockey practice and home games.

Maintenance of Campus Facilities

Facilities and landscaping are maintained in a manner that minimizes hazardous conditions and endeavors to provide necessary levels of safety to the campus. University police and security officers patrol the campus and report malfunctioning lights, roadway depressions and other unsafe physical conditions to Facilities Management for correction through use of a computerized work order system. DPS encourages members of the University community to report safety and equipment problems to Facilities.

Violence in the Workplace

It is the intent of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to provide a safe and secure environment for the entire university community by implementing preventative measures, holding violators accountable, and to provide assistance and support to victims. Violence in the workplace can be defined as the acts of threats or violence that arise out of either disputes or antagonistic interpersonal relationships between employees, visitors, customers, and/or their employees in and around the place of employment. Workplace violence can be categorized into three areas: stranger violence, client violence, and employee violence. Personal harassment (including stalking), abusive behavior, and violence are not tolerated in the workplace and may be subject to criminal prosecution under MGL Chapter 265, Section 43a and other relevant statutes. Call Public Safety with any questions or concerns at ext. 8107.

Sex Offense Policies and Procedures

Sexual Assault

The possible sanctions for rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses (forcible or non-forcible) are addressed by the UMass Dartmouth Student Judicial Code and the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy: www.umassd.edu/studentaffairs/judicialaffairs

The priority of any sexual assault victim shall be to get to a safe place and obtain medical treatment. The Department of Public Safety encourages all victims to report the incident in a timely manner. Filing a report will not necessitate criminal prosecution nor will this subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental actions by the police; reporting allows for medical treatment, collection of physical evidence, and accessing counseling services from persons specially trained in the area of sexual assault intervention. If the incident takes place in the residence halls, the resident assistant will contact the university police. In order to preserve evidence, clothes should not be laundered and a shower should not be taken.

Local and state police can be notified as needed; also, the counseling office, health office and women’s center will assist students. The campus judicial code provides that the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities in which to have others present during campus disciplinary proceedings, and that both the accuser and the accused shall be informed as to the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding. The Women’s Resource Center, the Counseling Center, the Health Office, the Housing Office, the Student Life Office, and the University Chaplains are the identified campus resources available to help students. All offices, faculty and staff have been made aware of the seriousness of sexual offenses and would make appropriate referrals.

The Women’s Center at STARR in Fall River, the New Bedford Women’s Center, St. Luke’s Hospital (New Bedford) and Charlton Memorial Hospital (Fall River) are possible community referrals for treatment and/or counseling.

The Office of Residence Life may provide reasonable options for changing living arrangements and various Deans and the Registrar offer reasonable options for changing academic classes when necessary.

Educational programs that promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other sex offenses are presented by several campus groups:

    • Women's Resource Center (508.999.4584) The WRC director counsels, advocates, and refers victims of sexual assault to appropriate agencies within the community or on campus for counseling, information or judicial and court proceedings. Also, the Women's Resource Center provides periodic educational programs regarding sex offenses for the university community.
    • Women's Studies Program (508.999.4586) Violence against women and its ramifications are studied in the classroom in many of the courses offered in the Women's Studies Program.
    • Resident Assistant Training (508.999.8140) Each year, several training sessions are devoted to defining sexual offenses, training R.A.s to do crisis intervention, referral and follow-up.
    • Counseling Center (508.999.8650) Programs, brochures, individual and group counseling educate clients about sex offenses. Orientation requires freshmen to receive training in sexual assault prevention.
    • Health Services (508.999.8982) Initial assessment, referral and follow-up to sex offenses incidences as well as educational programs are provided by this office.
    • Chaplain's Office (508.999.8872) This office provides educational information as well as counseling and referrals.
    • RAD Program (508.999.8770) The Rape Aggression Defense System is a free program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands on defense training.

Crime Statistic Form - Sexual Assault for the anonymous and confidential reporting of rape and sexual assault

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment has been defined as the unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. These constitute sexual harassment when: 1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment; 2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting that individual; or 3. such conduct has the purpose of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. Although this definition focuses on employment, the same types of unwelcome conduct in the classroom constitute sexual harassment and are prohibited. Sexual harassment can occur in a situation where one person has power over another, but it can also occur between equals. Both men and women can be sexually harassed, although women are more often victimized. Harassment under the third part of the definition often consists of callous insensitivity to the experience of women. Any member of the UMass Dartmouth community found to have violated the university’s sexual harassment policy will be subject to a range of disciplinary action up to and including possible termination or dismissal. Retaliation against individuals who file complaints or participate in the investigation of a sexual harassment complaint is unlawful and will not be tolerated.

UMass Dartmouth has a Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure which provides for investigation and informal and formal resolution processes. All complaints will be investigated in a fair and expeditious manner. Every effort will be made to investigate each complaint in a manner respecting the privacy of those involved.

Assistant Chancellor for Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Outreach (x8008)

Between the hours of 5pm and 8am on weekdays and on weekends, individuals wishing to report a concern, issue or sexual harassment complaint should call x6452, the University’s dedicated line for such matters, and leave a message.

University Policies

Student Conduct

The University respects the laws and ordinances of the civil jurisdiction within which it lies. The University does not stand in loco parentis for its students, nor is the campus considered a sanctuary from civil law. Serious acts of felony committed by students on the campus of the University, in its buildings, or at University-sponsored events will be reported to the proper law enforcement agency as is required by law.


The University is required by state law to issue to each student the following sections of the law pertaining to hazing.

269:17 Hazing; organizing or participating; hazing defined.

Section 17. Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing, as defined herein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment. The term "hazing" as used in this section and in sections eighteen and nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subject such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.

269.18. Failure to report hazing.

Section 18. Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in section seventeen and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.

269.19 Copy of secs. 17-19; issuance to students and student groups, teams and organizations.

Section 19. Each institution of secondary education and each public and private institution of post secondary education shall issue to every student group, student team or student organization which is part of such institution or is recognized by the institution or permitted by the institution to use its name or facilities or is known by the institution to exist as an un-affiliated student group, student team or student organization, a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen; provided, however, that an institution’s compliance with this section’s requirements that an institution issue copies of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to un-affiliated student groups, teams or organizations shall not constitute evidence of the institution’s recognition or endorsement of said un-affiliated student groups, teams or organizations. Each such group, team or organization shall distribute a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to each of its members, plebes, pledges or applicants for membership. It shall be the duty of each such group, team or organization, acting through its designated officer, to deliver annually, to the institution an attested acknowledgment stating that such group, team or organization has received a copy of this section and said sections seventeen and eighteen, that each of its members, plebes, pledges, or applicants has received a copy of sections seventeen and eighteen, and that such group, team or organization understands and agrees to comply with the provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.

Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post secondary education shall, at least annually, before or at the start of enrollment, deliver to each person who enrolls as full time student in such institution a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.

Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post secondary education shall file, at least annually, a report with the regents of higher education and in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education, certifying that such institution has complied with its responsibility to inform student groups, teams or organizations and to notify each full time student enrolled by it of the provisions of the sections seventeen and eighteen and also certifying that said institution has adopted a disciplinary policy with regard to the organizers and participants of hazing, and that such policy has been set forth with appropriate emphasis in the student handbook or similar means of communicating the institution’s policies to its students. The board of regents and, in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such reports, and shall forthwith report to the attorney general any such institution which fails to make such report.

Firearms and Weapons

Firearms of any type, assembled or disassembled, ammunition, knives, machetes, javelins, martial arts devices, clubs, or any device which can be considered hazardous to the welfare of members of the university community are strictly prohibited on campus. Any violation of state laws or town ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices, or other deadly weapons will result in prosecution and will be subject to severe disciplinary action, up to, and including, dismissal from the university.

Drugs and Alcohol

The University seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that both respects individual freedom and promotes the health, safety and welfare of all members of its community. In keeping with these objectives, the University has established a policy along with guidelines governing the possession, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the University campus while conforming to the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The sale of alcoholic beverages is allowed only in licensed areas and only under strict guidelines in accordance with the rules and regulations of the University.

The University does not condone possession, use of, or distribution of marijuana, L.S.D. or other hallucinogens and narcotics by anyone in any University facility. Any individual known possessing, using or distributing such drugs is subject to disciplinary action and possible arrest, imprisonment or fine according to Massachusetts General Law.

Massachusetts law forbids the sale or serving of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age. The law also forbids falsifying identity cards and misrepresenting age in order to obtain alcohol. The University enforces the laws regarding illegal use of alcohol and drugs. The specific legislation regarding the local, state or federal sanctions for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol are on file with the Department of Public Safety, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and the Dean of Students.

They include:

  1. Chapter 94C, Controlled substances, which include "marijuana, cocaine, morphine, opium, heroin, etc." and also lists criminal penalties or any prohibited misuse of the substances. These include forfeiture of property as well as imprisonment and other criminal penalties.
  2. Chapter 138, Alcoholic Liquors, regulates sale of liquors to minor, use of false identification card to obtain liquor, making false statements as to age to obtain liquor and operation of motor vehicles containing alcoholic beverages. Laws regarding driving while under the influence of liquor also apply.
  3. The ordinance of the Town of Dartmouth prohibit public consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Although the Department of Public Safety has no statutory authority over off-campus residents, local police along with the Massachusetts State Police Department share concurrent jurisdiction. Together these police agencies share an excellent mutual working relationship with the Department of Public Safety and as required, mutual aid is rendered among the agencies.

Consuming and Transporting Alcohol

Any person consuming alcoholic beverages outside of a licensed and/or sanctioned area shall be ordered to dispose of said beverage. The violation will result in the individual(s) being reported to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee for possible disciplinary action and subject to criminal prosecution.

Any person possibly under 21 years of age who is observed transporting alcoholic beverages, shall be required by a police officer to provide proof of age. If the person in fact is under 21 years of age, the police officer shall determine if they are currently a university student. If so, they shall be informed by the police officer that the violation shall result in action taken by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee and subject to criminal prosecution.

In any event, the police officer shall confiscate the alcoholic beverages and dispose of them. The legally under-aged individual caught with alcohol may be charged with a violation of Massachusetts General Law, i.e., minor in possession of alcoholic beverages.

Student Sanctions 

Drug and Alcohol Education and Referral

The intention of the University is to support students and staff in demonstrating responsible conduct in the best interest of their personal health and well being, the community’s well being and the rights of others.

The University promotes attitudes and behavior that create a university atmosphere of civility and discourage any behavior that is abusive to oneself or others.

The University provides alcohol and drug education counseling, intervention and referral services to students, faculty, staff and administrators. The Program consists of three areas: Education, counseling, and referral.

The University provides orientation for incoming students about alcohol and drug-related issues and university policy. It also offers workshops for residence halls staff regarding assessment of alcohol troubled students.

The Counseling Center provides individual and group counseling sessions, and regularly scheduled meetings for Adult Children of Alcoholics and Alcoholics Anonymous. The referral program provides liaison with local alcohol and drug treatment programs and utilization of other university counseling, health and academic resources.

Referrals are made to local treatment programs involving alcohol and drug abuse. The program also provides for further utilization of other University counseling such as health and academic resources.

Keeping yourself informed is an important step in developing a healthy lifestyle and in knowing how to cope with problems as they arise. The University provides useful and informative prevention education programs throughout the year. A variety of departments sponsor workshops and lectures on alcohol and drug related issues to support and encourage a healthy productive lifestyle. These programs are made available through the following departments:

Decisions regarding your use of alcohol can increase your risk of failing courses, making irresponsible choices about sexual behavior, and being involved in fights and accidents. Information regarding other drugs is available through Health Services, x8993. If you wonder whether you or someone you know may have a problem with alcohol or other drugs, these resources may be able to help:

Health insurance carriers also provide some coverage of services providing treatment for alcohol and drug problems. When a student violates a university policy or procedure and has been referred to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee, a brief history of the circumstances is reviewed. Part of this review will include alcohol and/or drug usage at the time of the violation. Students who admit to having used alcohol and/or drugs during or prior to manifesting the inappropriate behavior may be required to participate in an alcohol evaluation. In some instances, alcohol/ drug education and/or counseling will be recommended. This information can be used as part of the criteria for making a decision about the student's status at the university. Students who continue to manifest inappropriate behavior and violate university policies and procedures while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be referred again for further consultation. In any event, disciplinary action may result which may include completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, suspension/dismissal and referral for prosecution.

The Jeanne Clery Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act 1998

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 as amended requires that colleges and universities publicize campus crime statistics and interim reports of serious crime incidents. These publicized statistics are meant to warn students, employees, and applicants of the prevalence of campus crime. Employees and students must be given interim crime reports which include statistics on murder, forcible sex offenses, non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny (theft), and motor vehicle theft. The annual report must also describe how to report crimes and emergencies on campus.

Note: The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 enacted during the 105th Congress on October 7, 1998 include revisions. The campus security section of the federal Higher Education Act is formally named in memory of Jeanne Clery.

Note: Public Property includes all thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities which are within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. Judicial referral is the referral of any student to the Office of the Judicial Affairs regarding any instances where a drug, liquor, or weapons violation has occurred. These referrals do not include incidents when an arrest was made.

Crime Statistics

Daily Logs of Reported Crimes/Clery Crimes/Fire Reports: Logs reporting daily activity are available in hard copy for observation at the Office of the Chief of Police and in electronic format on the DPS website.

Sources for Reporting Crimes

The annual disclosure of crime statistics include reporting statistics to the University community obtained from the following sources: The UMass Dartmouth Department of Public Safety, Dartmouth Police Department, Fall River Police Department, Fairhaven Police Department, and the New Bedford Police Department

Crimes reported to any of these sources that are within the reporting areas for the University above are recorded in the calendar year the report.  The process for statistical data reflected in all crimes reported by University police according to the methodology specified by the Clery Act.

In addition to statistical data from outside law enforcement agencies, a written request for reported requirements information is made to all Campus Security Authorities (as defined by federal law) and to all University Deans, Directors, and Department Heads. All of the statistics are reported to the University community in this brochure and on the University website, entitled, The Law Enforcement and Fire Safety Annual Report, and to the U.S. Department of Education. 

Notification of the availability of this statistical data is reported to the University community via mass email notification and by mailing of a postcard to the home address of each employee and all registered students. In addition, all prospective employees and prospective students are notified of the availability of these statistics online.

Classifying Crime Statistics

These statistics are published in accordance with the standards and guidelines provided by the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook and the relevant federal law (the Clery Act).

The number of victims involved in a particular incident is reflected in the statistics column for the following crime classifications: Murder/ Non-Negligent Manslaughter, Negligent Manslaughter, Forcible and Non-Forcible Sex Offenses, and Aggravated Assault.

The number reflected in the statistics for the following crime categories includes one offense per distinct operation: Robbery, Burglary, Larceny, Vandalism, and Arson.

In cases involving Liquor Law, Drug Law, and Illegal Weapons violations, each person who was arrested is indicated in the arrest statistics.

The statistics captured under the "Referred for Disciplinary Action" section for Liquor Law, Drug Law, and Illegal Weapons violations indicates the number of people Judicial Affairs representative referred to that office for disciplinary action/sanctions action for violation. Students who are  found responsible for a violation includes a referral that resulted in a student being charged by Student Judicial Services and a record of the action being kept on file.

Statistical Data reflected in the Hate Crime charts are separated by the nature of the bias. A hate crime occurs where there is an incident involving Intimidation, Vandalism, Larceny, Simple Assault or other bodily injury whereby the commission of a criminal offense which was motivated by the offender’s bias against the victim’s perceived race, sexual orientation, etc.  

Sex Offender Registry

The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires 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, volunteers services or is a student. In the spirit of complying with this Act, the Department of Public Safety wishes state that sex offenders under M.G.L, Chapter 6, section 178c-178p are required to register with the Sex Offender Registry Board. Individuals classified as a Level 3 Offender have been determined to have a high risk of reoffending and in the interest of public safety is served by active community notification These publicized statistics are meant to warn students, employees, and applicants of the prevalence of campus crime. Employees and students must be given interim crime reports which include statistics on murder, forcible sex offenses, non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny (theft), and motor vehicle theft. The annual report must also describe how to report crimes and emergencies on campus.

NOTE: The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 enacted during the 105th Congress on October 7, 1998 include revisions. The campus security section of the federal Higher Education Act is formally named in memory of Jeanne Clery.

NOTE: Public Property includes all thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities which are within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. Judicial referral is the referral of any student to the Office of the Judicial Affairs regarding any instances where a drug, liquor, or weapons violation has occurred. These referrals do not include incidents when an arrest was made.

Report of Campus Crime Statistics

Missing Persons

The policy of the University of Massachusetts Department of Public Safety is fully investigate all reports of missing persons and to record all factual circumstances surrounding the disappearance . Department personnel shall exercise particular care in instances involving missing children and those who may be unable to take care of themselves. Upon receiving a report of a missing person, an investigation will commence immediately.

Reporting Missing Persons
The University of Massachusetts Department of Public Safety thoroughly investigates all persons including students reported as missing and works collaboratively with adjoining  jurisdictions To report a missing person dial X9191 from a campus telephone, use one of  blue light emergency telephones on campus or dial (508) 999-9191 from off-campus/cell phones. You also can report a missing person in person at the UMass Dartmouth Department of Public Safety which is staffed with professional personnel, 24/7.

If the Missing Person is a student, Public Safety will follow these procedures:

  • If the missing student resides in on-campus housing, the DPS Police Supervisor will notify the Resident Advisor (RA) or the Resident Director (RD) for the area in which the student is housed. The RA should be directed to contact neighbors and friends in the immediate vicinity of the student’s room and report any findings to DPS.
  • There is no waiting period to report a missing person.
  • If the missing student residing on-campus has been reported missing, DPS will notify the student’s designated emergency contact which is maintained in COIN and Housing databases. Students are reminded to update their emergency contact information in both databases as needed.
  • The DPS Supervisor, upon confirmation that a student is missing and cannot be located, shall notify the Office of Student Affairs Administrator on call and ensure the missing student entered into NCIC.
  • If the student is under 18 years old, the Student Affairs Administrator on call will immediately notify a custodial parent or legal guardian; and the missing student will be entered into NCIC by DPS.

If a student over 18 years old has not designated an emergency contact, the law enforcement agency where the student’s primary residence is located will be notified by DPS.

For international students, the DPS Supervisor will contact the Office of International Student Programs for assistance.

The DPS Supervisor will also check hospital admissions and the adjoining police agencies for further information regarding the missing person. Further, DPS will also contact Counseling Center in the event that the student has been receiving counseling, as well as Student Health Services and Out Patient Emergency Rooms in area hospitals.

If the student lives off-campus, the DPS Supervisor will contact the Administrator on call in Student Affairs who will attempt contact the landlord of the property to obtain the names of neighbors or fellow residents, assuming this information is not already known. The landlord shall be asked to accompany police officers to the apartment of the missing student.

In all cases of reported missing persons, DPS will enlist support of neighboring police departments.

Hate Crimes

The law requires the release of statistics by category of prejudice concerning the occurrence of hate crimes in the crime classifications listed in the preceding section and for other crimes involving bodily injury to any person in which the victim is selected because of the actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim.

In August of 2008 HEOA S 488, 20 U.S.C. S 1092 (f) (1) F (ii) modified the above hate crimes to include the following additional crimes under the hate crime category:

Larceny Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession, or constructive possession, of another.

Threats: Intimidation (Includes Stalking) to unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.

Vandalism: To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.

Simple Assault: An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggrieved bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.

Emergency Notification Procedures

The purpose of this policy is to comply with the Department of Education requirements regarding timely notice of certain events as described 20 U.S.C. s. 1092(f), known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, along with the Campus Crimes Statistics Act (1998). These acts along with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act (2008) require any acts which have occurred on or near campus, require campus police officers to keep the institution informed on a timely basis of crimes and other imminent threats that may require timely warning.

It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Department of Public Safety to fully comply with the provisions and intent of the “Clery Act”, in regards to the timely notification of our campus community, of any continuing threats to their safety, in order to aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.

The decision to issue an alert shall be decided on a case by case basis in light of all the facts surrounding an incident or crime, including factors such as the nature of the incident/crime, the continuing threat to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

Procedural Terms: Alert Types

There are two alert types covered by this policy, which are used to notify the campus community. 

  • Campus Alerts are issued to notify the campus community of imminent or ongoing threats to safety, security or health. They are disseminated with the goal of notifying as many people as possible, as rapidly as possible (i.e., active shooter, bomb threat, dangerous chemical release, etc.).

  • Crime Alerts provide "timely warnings," in compliance with the Clery Act. They are issued whenever a crime or series of crimes, on campus or in the surrounding communities, is considered to pose a continuing risk to students and employees (i.e., robberies, burglary, assault, hate crime, etc., as listed in section 5. A.).

Delivery Methods

The safety of the students, faculty and staff is a constant priority at the University of Massachusetts Department of Public Safety. The ability to quickly provide notice, accurate information and an instruction with minimum delay during an emergency is crucial. To accomplish this task, university has selected DCC/MyAlert, a multi-contact communication service which allows University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth campus leaders and security personnel to deliver time sensitive notifications to students, faculty and staff during unforeseen events or emergencies. This system complements the existing campus emergency response plans which are continuously updated to be responsive to both man-made and natural disasters. University and campus leaders have integrated computer information systems with the DCC/MyAlertSystem.

Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Chief of Police, constitutes an ongoing or continuous threat, a campus wide “Timely Warning” will be issued.  The timely warning will be issued through the University email system to students, faculty, and staff.  The Chief of Police will determine a warranted Timely Warning on a case by case basis.

Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Department of Public Safety will provide the University Community with more immediate notification using  an exterior public address/emergency notification system and /or the emergency personal notification system, MyAlert.

Anyone with Information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Department of Public Safety by phone at X9191 (on campus) or 508-999-9191 (off campus) or in person at the Dispatch Center within the Public Safety building.

The DCC- MyAlert system will be used when it is determined that there is a significant emergency or dangerous situations involving immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff occurring on or immediately adjacent to the campus.

  • SMS text messages.
  • Emergency Broadcast Emails.
  • Outdoor Warning Systems.

Annual Fire Safety Report

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires two (2) new safety-related requirements on institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs which follow:

1. Fire Log: Institutions must keep a fire log that states the nature of the fire, date, time, and general location of each fire in on-campus student housing facilities. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth complies with this rule by including all fire-related incidents in the Daily Crime and Fire Log. To view the most recent seven (7) days of information please visit the DPS website for daily crime and fire-related incidents.

Requests for information older than 60 days must be directed to the Chief of Public Safety. Information will be made available within two (2) business days of a request for public inspection.

2. 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. The University of Massachusetts complies with this regulation by including all fire-related incidents at on-campus student housing facilities as part of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Information contained in this annual fire safety 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 appliance, smoking and open flames. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report must include three (3) years of data.

Fire Definitions

Fire: Rapid oxidation of combustible material accompanied by heat, light and smoke of combustible material, which is found outside of its normal appliance, whether or not it is extinguished prior to arrival of emergency.

Fire-related Deaths: Number of persons who were fatalities because of a fire incident, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting a rescue, or persons escaping from the fire scene (an individual who dies within one (1) year of injuries sustained as a result of a fire).

Fire-related Injuries: Number of persons receiving injuries from fire-related incidents, including an injury from a natural or accidental cause who received medical treatment at a local medical facility. This includes first responders attempting to control the fire, attempting a rescue, or persons escaping from the fire scene. Persons may include students, faculty, staff, visitors, firefighters, or any other individuals.

Estimated U.S. Dollar Loss Related to Fire Incidents: Estimated total U.S. dollar loss of both contents and structure or property destroyed because of a fire incident, not loss of business.

Evacuation Procedures Posted: When a fire alarm is activated, evacuation is mandatory. DO NOT use elevators; evacuate the building using the nearest available exit.

Fire Policies for On-Campus Student Housing

Decorations, Displays, and Hazardous Substances
Highly combustible materials used for decorations present a serious fire hazard. In order to prevent fires, the following safety standards are applicable:

  • Flammable devices such as candles and incense burners are not allowed in student rooms.
  • Wall surfaces and doors must be kept at least 25% clear of posters and decorations.
  • Window surfaces should be kept 25% clear of all opaque material such as aluminum foil, posters, signs, etc.
  • Hallway and exit lights must be on at all times.
  • Materials may not be placed over exit signs, fire doors, or any electric light fixtures.
  • Decorative Lights (ex: Christmas Lights) are prohibited in all inside and outside areas of residence halls/apartments.
  • Displays and/or decorations of paper, dried vegetation, corrugated cardboard or light plastics, which cannot be effectively flame proofed, must be limited to outdoor use and must not be within 25 feet of a building.
  • All electrical wiring used in setting up displays must have an insulated, heavy-duty, UL approved cord. No bare conductors may be used. All wiring should be properly supported with insulated tacks or other approved hangers.
  • Decorations or displays that block or obstruct an exit, hallway, circuit breaker panel, fire hose cabinet, fire extinguisher, or fire alert box are prohibited.
  • Flammable liquids may not be stored or used in student rooms or residential areas. Devices that produce smoke, fog, or similar substances are prohibited.
  • No cloth, tapestry, papers, or other decorations may be placed to cover the ceiling or act as a canopy over any section of a room. Nothing may cover the ceiling, fire detector or lights. Cloth decorations and/or banners must meet fire resistance standards.
  • Ovens, toasters and other sources of ignition should not be placed near curtains, posters, or other flammable materials.
  • Firearms, ammunition, chemical explosives, fireworks and other lethal weapons are prohibited.
  • No natural trees or boughs, hay, straw, and other flammable decorations may be brought into any University building. Artificial trees that are flame proofed may be used.
  • Bathrooms must be clear of all decorations at all times. Personal items should not be stored in community bathrooms; as such items hinder personal safety and the thorough cleaning of bathrooms by custodial staff.
  • Hallways must be kept clear and unobstructed at all times to facilitate quick exit from student rooms.
  • Due to potential fire from overheating, ultraviolet (black) lights may not be used in University lighting fixtures.

Electrical Appliances

Electrical appliances which are (1) UL listed; (2) equipped with thermostatic controls, and (3) rated at 1200 watts or less are permitted in the residence halls. It is necessary to limit the wattage and usage of certain appliances in student rooms because of the potential fire hazard, as the residence halls circuits are limited to 15 amperes. Whenever the total amperage on one circuit exceeds that figure, the fuse or circuit breaker is likely to turn off. Continuous overloading creates excessive heat in the wiring, causing its insulation to deteriorate and increasing the possibility of fire. All electrical appliances and equipment should be unplugged before leaving your room for any vacation period. Restricted Appliances

University fire safety and sanitation regulations prohibit the use of some types of appliances in student rooms even though they may be commonly found at home. Among the items not allowed for either storage or use are: open coil heaters, immersion coils for heating liquids, pottery warmers, deep-fat and French fryers, rotisseries, electric grills, ovens, hot plates, stoves, any type of exposed burner, large power tools, camping stoves, and charcoal grills. Students may store the following items in their rooms, providing that such equipment is used only in designated areas (laundry rooms/kitchenette areas) of the residence hall: irons, fry pans, electric skillets, small toaster type ovens and toasters. It is impossible to list all electrical appliances that are hazardous for use in the residence halls as a general guideline any appliance is prohibited if it is rated over 1200 watts or if it has an exposed heating element. Under all circumstances the user should exercise reasonable precautions and be present at all times during use. Appliances should be used in a manner prescribed by the manufacturer. Damage or injury resulting from the use of any appliance or equipment in the residence halls is the responsibility of the user.

Microwave Ovens

Small microwave ovens that carry the “UL” seal of approval are permitted in common areas and student rooms.

Electric Blankets

Electric blankets are permitted for use in student rooms provided they are used according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Blankets should be unplugged when not in use.

Halogen Light Bulbs and Lamps

Halogen light bulbs and lamps are not permitted in any on-campus residence.

Safety precautions, as well as State Law, prohibit the use or possession of fireworks, explosives, or any other substances that may injure, discomfort or disturb other individuals. Anyone caught in possession of/or using such materials is subject to dismissal from on-campus housing and/or the University. UMass Dartmouth reserves the right to turn such cases over to the civil authorities for prosecution.

Firearms/Weapons/Dangerous Items

Firearms of any type (assembled or disassembled), ammunition, knives, machetes, javelins, martial arts devices, paintball guns, clubs, or any device which may be considered hazardous to the welfare of members of the residential community are strictly prohibited in residence areas. Residents in possession of or using such items are subject to severe disciplinary action up to and including eviction from housing and/or dismissal from the University. The University also reserves the right to refer such cases to the civil authorities for criminal prosecution. Students enrolled in academic programs that require the use of artist’s tools are expected to store such items in an academic building or studio. In addition, students who belong to any on-campus clubs or organizations may not store related items considered firearms/weapons/dangerous items in any Residence Hall room or building, common spaces and areas surrounding the building.


Barbecue grills of any type are “(excepting Sodexho units); are prohibited throughout the first year, Oak Glen, Pine Dale and Woodland apartment areas. Grills provided by the University in the Cedar Dell Communities are the only grills approved for residential use on campus. In front of each Cedar Dell Community Center, there are three stand alone grills for this purpose. Residents are responsible for the cleaning of the grills after each use including disposing of the charcoal (after it has cooled down) and any other materials associated with the cookout.

Prohibited Room or Apartment Furnishings and Items

Students should seek guidance from their RD regarding questions about furniture PRIOR to moving it in so that UMass Dartmouth can be sure it meets our fire safety standards.  If approved, an official note will be placed in the student’s file. Failure to comply with these safety regulations will result in immediate confiscation and judicial consequences. Listed below are a few items considered prohibited in all residential facilities. The Office of Housing and Residential Life reserves the right to identify other items deemed unsafe or inappropriate at any time during the year to maintain the safety and security of the community, and required that students remove the items from the residential facilities.

  • Air conditioners
  • Candles (with or without a wick)
  • Fish tanks with more than a 10 gallon capacity
  • Fog machines
  • Futons Grills of any kind (electric, charcoal, gas, propane, hibachi, etc)
  • Guns (including water guns, paintball guns, bb guns, plastic guns, etc)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates
  • Hunting devices
  • Incense and burners
  • Knives (other than those used for food preparation/consumption or academic classes)
  • Liquid fuel of any kind
  • Neon lights
  • Open coil heating devices of any sort
  • Personal mattresses
  • String, rope of other types of decorative lighting
  • Tapestries, flags or any material used as a canopy
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Water beds

Residential Fire Safety & Evacuation

  • Each area of on-campus living meets Town of Dartmouth Code, as inspected by the Town of Dartmouth Fire Chief, University Officers, and State Building Inspector. It is a criminal offense to falsely sound an alarm. Students apprehended sounding a false fire alarm or tampering with firefighting/ fire alert equipment are subject to dismissal from the residence halls, University, and/or prosecution from civil authorities. Residence hall students have ready access to fire extinguishers in hallways.
  • Fire drills are conducted twice a year, once at the beginning of each semester, and evaluated by the office of Residential Life and also by the UMass Dartmouth Department of Public Safety.
  • All fire alarms should be considered as an actual “real” fire, and the building must be evacuated immediately. Individuals are responsible for evacuating themselves from the building and should leave by the nearest and/or safest exit. Students should familiarize themselves with emergency exits. If the situation permits, building staff will assist in the evacuation process and locking room doors as they leave. In case of fire, students should pull the nearest fire alarm and then call 508.999.9191 (Public Safety) when they have safely exited the building. Evacuate the building by the safest and nearest exit. If possible, be prepared to direct emergency personnel to the suspected cause. At no time should you put your safety in jeopardy.
  • Any tampering of a fire alarm (fire box, pull station) or tampering with smoke detector (covering detector) is a violation of state law, and violators will be prosecuted.

The following procedures should be followed:

  • Close and lock your room door. Bring room keys with you.
  • Leave the building in an orderly manner, through the safest and most immediate exit.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Wear or carry clothing suitable for the weather and carry a towel for protection against smoke
  • Take a flashlight.
  • Remain outside and at least fifty (50) feet away from the building until the signal to return is given

The return signal will be three (3) short blasts of the fire alert horns. A damage assessment may be levied against students for a fire occurring within an on-campus living area.

Building Evacuation Procedures

Fire Drill and Emergency Evacuation Rules

In the event of a fire or any other emergency that would warrant the complete evacuation of a building, all students and faculty of the building must participate with no exceptions.

  • During a building evacuation or fire drill in the building, each student and faculty is responsible for any valuables, and the locking of all doors to and from their room/office, as soon as the last person has left the area, if possible.
  • Before opening any door of your room/office, which leads to the main hallway, feel the door to see if it is hot.
  • If the door is not hot, open it slowly; and if conditions allow, proceed to the assigned stairway and follow the evacuation plan.
  • If the smoke is too heavy, do not enter the stairway, close the door, place any cloth item along the bottom edge of the door, open your windows for fresh air, hang any long cloth item available out the window to let the fire department know you are still in the room/office.
  • If the door to your room/office is hot, do not open it. Follow the same procedure as outlined above.
  • If, for any reason you must remain in your room/office during any fire or other emergencies, remain calm and wait for the fire department to assist you.
  • Hats, coats or other wearing apparel must be disregarded in the event of an actual fire. Time is very important and the evacuation of each room/office must be completed as soon as possible.

Disruption of Electrical Service

  • Do not use elevators to exit the building. Anyone trapped in a disabled elevator is requested to remain calm, as his or her rescue will be affected as soon as possible.
  • Special attention should be given to the elderly and handicapped.
  • If complete evacuation or any partial evacuation is required, do not remain in the lobby. Proceed outdoors and away from the building and avoid interfering with Fire Department operations.
  • In all cases, where the building is completely evacuated, the management will make every effort to get the students and faculty back into their rooms/offices as soon as possible.

Description of On-Campus Student Housing Fire Safety Systems (PDF)