Crime and Incident Statistics, Clery Act
In compliance with Title IV regulations, the following crime statistics and safety information is being provided.
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Safety officers have the same arrest powers as a citizen of Georgia, i.e., the power to make arrests for misdemeanors and felonies committed in the presence of the officer or within the officer's immediate knowledge. All personnel are trained to handle emergencies and will coordinate medical and fire services that are requested on all five campuses.
Our mission is to provide safety, parking, and emergency preparedness services to the GHC community in a professional manner which will provide the college a safe environment that is conducive to education for all who study, work and visit GHC.
The department maintains a close working relationship with local police, fire and emergency agencies and their members. They come together through meetings, training, and investigative follow-ups. Information is freely shared between local agencies. The department maintains agreements with the Floyd County Police Department, the Rome Police Department, Dallas Police Department, Douglasville Police Department and the Bartow County Sheriff's Office. The department also cooperates and coordinates with other local, state and national campus safety agencies to remain abreast of trends, concerns and problems affecting college campuses and students.
Officers patrol the campuses via marked patrol units and on foot patrol to deter acts of crime, correct safety and security hazards and to detect and intervene when criminal activity occurs. They respond and follow-up on all reported crimes along with local police officers. In addition to patrol duties, officers investigate traffic accidents, assist in medical emergencies, provide limited motorist assistance, enforce campus parking and traffic regulations and provide safety support for many campus activities and events.
The Floyd Campus Safety office is staffed 24/7 and will dispatch officers to emergencies at any of the campuses, except Marietta where you should contact the SPSU Police Department.
The most recent Campus Crime Reporting Act statistics are published by the Department of Education.
For current statistics, please see : http://ope.ed.gov/security/index.aspx
Tobacco Free and Smoke Free Campus Policy
The President’s Cabinet, with the endorsement of the Student Engagement Council and the College Environmental Health and Safety Committee announces that smoking and the use of tobacco products will be confined to an individual’s automobile. Effective January 2, 2004, Georgia Highlands College and all campus locations will become tobacco-less and smoke-free environments. What this means is that the use of all tobacco products will be prohibited on Georgia Highlands College property.
In 1994, Georgia Highlands College banned all use of tobacco in its buildings in an attempt to eliminate the health hazards of second-hand smoke. Because of our continued concern for the health and safety of the faculty, staff, students, and guests on our campuses, we are modifying the current policy to include the entire campus. With the use of tobacco products on the rise, particularly among our younger populations, we feel this is an opportunity to emphasize our commitment to best health practices and a cleaner and healthier environment. This policy is enforced by Campus Safety officers through warnings and citations.
Approved by Cabinet: October 20, 2003
Endorsed by Student Engagement Council: November,2003