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Campus Security

This campus security report is required of all post secondary educational institutions by the United States Department of Education through Title II of Public Law 101-542, the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, as Amended by Public Law 102-26, the Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1991.

Introduction

Morrison Institute of Technology is concerned about the safety and welfare of all campus members and guests and is committed to providing a safe and secure college environment.  Although we have been fortunate in not experiencing a significant number of serious crimes, it would not be honest to state that some incidents have not occurred.  Because no campus is isolated from crime, Morrison Institute of Technology has developed security procedures that are designed to ensure that measures are taken to protect persons and property on the campus.

To help prevent criminal incidents on campus, the administration, faculty, staff, and students of Morrison Institute of Technology are responsible for following these measures to ensure that individuals and their possessions are adequately protected.

College Security Enforcement and Regulation

The college’s President acts as the college head of security and is directly responsible for the college security procedures and system.  The head of security also provides liaison between the college and the appropriate local law enforcement authorities.  The head of security and other security personnel are not sworn peace officers or law enforcement officers and are not authorized to carry firearms, but are authorized by the college to fully enforce all college rules and regulations.

Morrison Institute of Technology is located within the city limits of Morrison, Illinois, in Whiteside county and is under the jurisdiction of the City of Morrison Police Department, the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department, and the District No. 1 office of the Illinois State Police.  The college has always enjoyed a close and cooperative working relationship with the Morrison Police Department.  The Morrison police officers notify the college head of security whenever they are on campus or in campus buildings on official business.  To aid in the preparation of campus security statistics, the head of security receives copies of incident reports for the Morrison Police Department pertaining to campus calls.

Students and employees are informed about campus security procedures and practices and about crime prevention in general through the periodic distribution of pamphlets and notices, and through informational meetings held for both employees and students.

Alcohol and Drug Use

The possession, use, sale, purchase, or consumption of alcohol, drugs, controlled substances, or cannabis on the Morrison Institute of Technology campus. in any college building, or in the residence hall is strictly prohibited.  Violation of this regulation will lead to appropriate disciplinary action by the college administration.  The proper police authorities will also be notified when a violation of local, state, or federal laws is involved.

A program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees, as required by Public Law 101-226, the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act Amendments of 1989, and by Public Law 100-690, the Drug-Free Workplace Act, has been prepared by Morrison Institute of Technology.  Copies of these drug-free policies were given to all current students and employees at implementation, and copies are given to all new students and new employees during the first week of their attendance or employment.  Additional copies are available through the college business office.

Weapons Possession

The possession, use, sale or purchase of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, major or minor explosives, or any lethal weapon on the Morrison Institute of Technology campus, in any college building, or in the residence hall is strictly prohibited.  Violation of this regulation will lead to appropriate disciplinary action by the college administration.  The proper police authorities will also be notified when a violation of local, state, or federal laws is involved.

Institutional Characteristics

Morrison Institute of Technology is an independent, co-educational, not-for-profit institution of higher learning that is authorized by the State of Illinois, Board of Higher Education, to grant the two-year, Associate in Technology degree.  All classes are day classes offered at the campus in Morrison, Illinois on a semester basis, with semesters starting in January and August of each year.  Classes are normally scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The college is located on 10 acres of land on the south side of Morrison, Illinois, approximately one mile south of the intersection of Illinois Highway #78 and U.S. Highway #30.  The buildings on campus include the A. E. Rambo Center, the Parkinson Tech Center, the Albert Odey Hall, the student recreation center, two college maintenance buildings, and two staff residences.  There is also an on-campus parking lot available for employees, student commuters, dormitory residents, and visitors.

Albert Odey Resident Hall Security Policies

General facts:

The residence hall is a two-story building with a total of 34 housekeeping rooms, 17 on each floor, with from three to five individuals assigned to each room.  All facets of residence hall operation are administered by the dormitory supervisor.  This position is filled by a full-time, non-student college employee.  The supervisor is assisted in the day by day operation of the dormitory by college staff and two student resident assistants.  The resident assistants are appointed for the semester by the supervisor and reside in the dormitory.  The resident assistants’ room has an outside telephone for emergency use.  It is college policy to have at least one resident assistant in the dormitory at all times during the semester.  Students do not normally reside in the dormitory between semesters.

Each registered dormitory resident is issued a key that will provide entrance only to their assigned room.  It is illegal to have this key duplicated.  The key also provides entrance to the front entrance to the building proper.  The main entrance doors are locked from 10:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., allowing nighttime entrance only to individuals possessing a key.  Residents are encouraged to keep their room doors locked at all times.  Keys are recovered when a student no longer occupies a room and the keys and locks in the doors are changed periodically, as deemed necessary.

In addition to the electronic fire and smoke alarm system, there is a closed circuit TV system monitoring activity in dormitory areas outside the individual rooms.  This system consists of ten cameras monitoring the four hallway areas, the main entrance lobby, and the main stairway.  There is also a camera monitoring activity in the outside parking lot.  These cameras are tied into a VCR recorder located in the resident assistants’ room, providing for both live monitoring, recording, and delayed viewing from all cameras.  Additional building cameras are currently being added and all cameras will have activity recorded in a new digital DVR housed in the server room of the Technical Center.

All scheduled maintenance and housekeeping activities in this building, conducted by full-time maintenance personnel, part-time student personnel, or outside contractors, are performed during the regular hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dormitory visitation regulations:

Under no circumstances will solicitation of any kind be allowed within the residence hall.

Only currently registered Morrison Institute of Technology students, possessing a valid college identification card and not under a condition of probation or suspension that restricts their use of the residence hall, are allowed general access to the residence hall during a semester.  The following individuals may also be allowed limited access to the residence hall:

1)   Non-student visitors (both day visitors and overnight visitors) officially registered with either a residence assistant or a college official.

2)   College officials with specific business in the residence hall.

3)   Other individuals receiving prior approval from a college official and with specific business in the residence hall.

The college reserves the right to modify the visitation hours and to restrict the minimum age of visitors when deemed appropriate.  Residence hall residents may have non-student visitors visit in their residence hall rooms during the semester, while school is officially in session, in accordance with the following times and regulations:

1)   5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday for authorized and registered day visitation.

2)   5 p.m. to 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday for authorized and registered day visitation.

3)   5 p.m. to 5 p.m. the following evening for authorized and registered overnight visitation.  Overnight visitation will be authorized for only two consecutive nights.

All day and overnight visitors must first be registered on the proper forms with either a resident assistant or at the college main office before they are allowed to remain anywhere within the residence hall.  Roommates have first priority regarding the use of the room by visitors and must not have their rights violated.  Visitors must observe all college and/or residence hall rules, policies, and regulations.  Visitors are the responsibility of the host student and violations by visitors will be considered a violation by the host student.  The Liability Disclaimer statement found in the college catalog applies to all campus and residence hall visitors.

Reporting criminal actions, emergencies, or college rule violation in the dormitory:

Students and college employees should report criminal activities or rule violations occurring in the dormitory as soon as possible to a resident assistant.  The resident assistant will then investigate and, when necessary, notify the residence hall supervisor who, along with the head of security, will continue the investigation and respond as required.  This response can involve college disciplinary action and notification to the proper local law enforcement authorities.  The resident assistants and/or supervisor are authorized to immediately call in the local law enforcement authorities, when this action is deemed appropriate.

In non-emergency situations, the above report may be made to the head of security or to any college official in the business office or bookstore.  These individuals will immediately forward the report to the supervisor for further action, as stated above.

At any stage of the above reporting process, the Morrison police department can be notified when deemed necessary by any individual involved.

A. E. Rambo Center, Student Parking and General Campus Security Policies

General facts:

The A. E. Rambo Center is a single story building containing the library, regular classrooms, and faculty offices.  This building is normally locked at 5:00 p.m. and unlocked at 7:30 a.m., with student access limited to the 7:30 .a.m. to 5:00 p.m. open hours on those weekdays that classes are scheduled to meet.  This building is closed on weekends and holidays.  An electronic fire, smoke and motion alarm system is activated during all hours that the building is closed to access.

All scheduled maintenance and housekeeping activities in this building, conducted by full-time maintenance personnel, part-time student personnel, or outside contractors, are performed during the regular hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00: p.m.

Designated parking for employees, students, and visitors is located in the main parking lot, immediately adjacent to the main entrance of the A. E. Rambo Center.  This parking area and the walkway between the parking lot, the A. E. Rambo Center, and the dormitory is adequately lighted from dusk to dawn.

Reporting criminal actions, emergencies, or college rule violations in the A. E. Rambo Center, the parking lot, or the general campus:

Students or college employees should report criminal activities or rule violations occurring in the A. E. Rambo Center, parking lot, or general campus as soon as possible to the head of security or to any college official in the business office or bookstore.  These individuals will immediately forward the report to the college head of security, who will respond as required.  This response can involve college disciplinary action and notification to the proper local law enforcement authorities.

At any stage of the above reporting process, the Morrison police department can be notified when deemed necessary by any individual involved.

Technical Center Security Polices

General facts:

The Parkinson Tech Center is a two-floor building containing classrooms, conventional drafting rooms, computer aided drafting rooms, materials testing laboratories, faculty offices, admission offices and administrative offices.  This building is normally locked at 5:00 p.m. and unlocked at 7:30 a.m., with student access limited to the 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. open hours on those weekdays that classes are scheduled to meet.  Student access from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. is limited to the CAD and IT rooms, under the supervision of appointed student supervisors and the head of security.  This building is closed on weekends and holidays.  An electronic fire, smoke and motion alarm system is activated during all hours that the building is closed to access.

All scheduled maintenance and housing activities in this building, conducted by full-time maintenance personnel, part-time student personnel, or outside contractors, are performed during the regular hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reporting criminal actions, emergencies, or college rule violations in the Technical Center:

Students or college employees should report criminal activities or rule violations occurring in the Parkinson Tech Center as soon as possible to the student supervisors or the head of security or any college official in the business office or bookstore.  These individuals will immediately forward the report to the college head of security, who will respond as required.  This response can involve college disciplinary action and notification to the proper local law enforcement authorities.

At any stage of the above reporting process, the Morrison police department can be notified when deemed necessary by any individual involved.

Student Recreation Center Security Policies

General facts:

The Student Recreation Center is a single story building providing a place for students to meet and play pool, ping-pong, and video games.  A 12 station weight exercise room and a laundry facility is also available.  There is also a TV and VCR available, and there are provisions for light snack and soft drink purchases.  All facets of recreation center operation are under the direct supervision of the dormitory supervisor, assisted by part-time student employees.  This building is normally locked at 10:00 p.m. and unlocked at 8:00 a.m., with student access limited to the 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. open hours on those week days that classes are scheduled to meet.  This building is closed on weekends and holidays.  An electronic fire, smoke and motion alarm system is activated during all hours that the building is closed to access.

All scheduled maintenance and housekeeping activities in this building, conducted by full-time maintenance personnel, part-time student personnel, or outside contractors, are performed during the regular hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reporting criminal actions, emergencies, or college rule violations in the Student Recreation Center:

Students or college employees should report criminal activities or rule violations occurring in the Student Recreation Center as soon as possible to the student employees or the head of security or any college official in the business office or bookstore.  These individuals will immediately forward the report to the college head of security, who will respond as required.  This response can involve college disciplinary action and notification to the proper local law enforcement authorities.

At any stage of the above reporting process, the Morrison police department can be notified when deemed necessary by any individual involved.

Frequently Called Phone Numbers

The emergency 911 number for our area can be used to summon any type of immediate emergency aid.

Local law enforcement (non-emergency information……………..772-7659

College dormitory supervisor…………………………………………..772-7218 (Ext 212)

College head of security………………………………………………..772-7218 (Ext 212)

College business office………………………………………………….772-7218

Dormitory resident assistant’s room………………………………….772-4836