Campus Safety Policies

Campus Safety Policies

The Role of Campus Safety

The Campus Safety Office is structured within Rhodes’ Division of Student Life, putting Campus Safety in close contact with all aspects of student life.

The primary mission of the Campus Safety Department is to preserve the safety and security of the campus community to enable the mission of the College to go forward. This mission includes comprehensive efforts aimed at protecting our community from threats to both person and property. Although the Campus Safety staff is considered a private security and safety force, they are responsible for enforcement of all state and local laws, College policies and procedures, security, safety, and emergency responses. As a “first responder”, Campus Safety stands ready and well-trained to provide support services to meet the many and varied needs of the Rhodes Community.

Due to the importance of Campus Safety, students are advised that it is a specific offense of the student code of conduct to fail to comply with the directions of a College official including those with Campus Safety or to fail to identify oneself to a College official including those officers in Campus Safety.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

The Role of Campus Safety

The Role of Campus Safety

The Campus Safety Office is structured within Rhodes’ Division of Student Affairs, putting Campus Safety in close contact with all aspects of student life.

The primary mission of the Campus Safety Department is to preserve the safety and security of the campus community to enable the mission of the College to go forward. This mission includes comprehensive efforts aimed at protecting our community from threats to both person and property. Although the Campus Safety staff is considered a private security and safety force, they are responsible for enforcement of all state and local laws, College policies and procedures, security, safety, and emergency responses. As a “first responder”, Campus Safety stands ready and well-trained to provide support services to meet the many and varied needs of the Rhodes Community.

Due to the importance of Campus Safety, students are advised that it is a specific offense of the student code of conduct to fail to comply with the directions of a College official including those with Campus Safety or to fail to identify oneself to a College official including those officers in Campus Safety.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Hoverboards

Hoverboards

Hoverboards, including self-balancing scooters, battery operated scooters, and hands-free segways, are prohibited on campus.

Anonymous (not verified) July 12, 2016

Scooters

Scooters

No electric scooters are allowed on campus inside the gates.  For safety purposes, there is a designated parking area for electric scooters outside the gates along the curb of University Street located just south of the Tutwiler crosswalk and near the Bellingrath pedestrian gate.  This is the only approved parking location for electric scooters.

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Building Access Control

Building Access Control

 

Students may need access to certain academic and administrative buildings in pursuit of their studies after these buildings have been locked at the end of the day and on weekends. At the same time, the College has the responsibility to ensure that students utilizing these facilities work and study in a safe secure environment.

    Accordingly, students will use the following building access control systems:

  1. When students need to have access to a certain academic office or administrative space, they must ask the appropriate departmental representative to certify that they are authorized to enter the room during a specified time. This authorization must be sent to Campus Safety where it will be retained on file. 
  2. Most academic and administrative buildings, including classrooms, are accessible to students after hours by FOB. Individual offices and restricted spaces are secured and should not be entered unless previous authorization has been obtained as outlined above.
  3. Access to students’ rooms for anyone other than the registered occupant must always have the authorization of the Residence Life or Student LifeAdministrative Staff. This includes parents, family members, and friends of the registered occupant.
  4. Replacement of keys and FOBs that are either lost or damaged is done by accessing the work order system on express.rhodes.edu and completing the order form. 
Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Campus Alert Policy - Crime

Campus Alert Policy - Crime

 

When a crime occurs that poses a threat to the campus community, a timely warning will be issued.  There are two types of threats; those that pose an imminent danger to our college and require immediate action, and those that allow for community members to make informed choices in their day-to-day activities. 

1. Imminent Threats

When the college experiences an immediate threat to life or a significant safety hazard, the Director of Campus Safety or his/her designee will alert faculty, staff and students as soon as possible, by the most appropriate meansavailable. This notice will most likely contain a short mandate depending upon the situation and information available, and should include a reason for the mandate.   

The Director or his/her designee should continue to communicate updates in this fashion until such time that the imminent threat no longer exists, has been minimized or communications responsibilities have been transferred to law enforcement or another authority.  

2. Informative Safety Alerts

When information becomes available that does not rise to the level of an imminent threat, but it is an on-going crime problem or may pose a threat to Rhodes College or our community, the following steps should be taken:

The Director of Campus Safety consults with the Associate Dean or Dean of Students to determine if a report represents such a threat.  If it is determined that an alert should be sent the Director of Campus Safety will draft the message, if needed utilizing the assistance of the Director of Communications and/or the Title IX Coordinator. 

The alert typically contains the following information about the event: date, time, location, and criminal activity.  This information will generally be distributed by email. It should be verifiable information that has value in regards to content and timing.

Clery Act

The Clery Act, enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, requires all institutions of higher education to make timely warning reports to the campus community on certain crimes that represent a continuing threat to students and employees and that were reported to officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities, campus police or local police.  These reports, according to the legislation, will be disseminated in a manner that will aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.

Rhodes College is equipped with several tools to communicate emergency situations. These include, but are not limited to email, RhodesAlert (mass texting & calling) and an addressable outdoor warning system.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Rhodes Alert & Outdoor Warning Siren

Rhodes Alert & Outdoor Warning Siren

In the event of an emergency, students will be notified in the most expeditious manner possible. This may be with the outdoor warning siren and/or with the Rhodes Alert System.  The alert system will email, text message and call telephone numbers previously supplied by the student. Students should take these warnings seriously and follow all instructions provided. Inclement weather delays and closing will be communicated via Rhodes Alert.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Guests and Visitors

Guests and Visitors

Rhodes has always welcomed guests and visitors to the campus; however, we also recognize that there are certain identification, safety, and security problems attendant with this practice. Therefore, it is essential that guidelines be established to insure the wellbeing of the College community. While it is impossible to cover every variable, the following general policies apply with respect to visitors to the campus.    

Visitors to the campus are generally prospective students and parents, alumni, and those who have business with academic or administrative departments. Once the identity and purpose of these persons are confirmed, they should always be made to feel welcome and accorded the same amenities that faculty, staff and students are allowed.    

Guests of students are welcome on campus. Guests staying with a student overnight along with their host-student must register with Campus Safety. Guests are expected to remain under the auspices of the host student.  The host student bears the responsibility for the guest's behavior and compliance with campus policy. Rhodes access keys should never be loaned to guests. Guests are not allowed on-campus during exams. When it appears that guests have been completely abandoned by a host, they will be asked to leave  campus. Host responsibilities for a guest should not be transferred from one student to another.

Visitors arriving at a Gatehouse to see a student, faculty member or staff person will be detained there until the officer can phone and locate the host.  If the host cannot be located, the visit will not be allowed. If the host is located, he/she must authorize the visit before entry is allowed. Students expecting a visitor, who is not staying overnight, may call Campus Safety and advise the staff on duty whom to expect, the time of arrival, and the name of the host. If this is done, the visit is allowed regardless of phone confirmation of visit. 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

All items found on campus should be turned in to Campus Safety located in Spann Place #5. Campus Safety will donate all items not claimed during the semester at the beginning of each new semester - August 15, January 15 and May 15. Lost and found is in the Campus Safety office in Spann Place #5 and on the Campus Safety website.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Parking Regulations

Parking Regulations

The College strives to have a parking system that is based upon compliance, safety, and convenience for all. Written regulations and appropriate signage are established to facilitate traffic flow, control parking, and protect fire lanes and unloading areas as designated. In consultation with The Rhodes Student Government and The Social Regulations Council, The Director of Campus Safety or his/her designee manages the parking program.  Parking information is available on the Campus Safety website, all parking maps, and in both the Student Handbook and College Handbook. If you have any questions, please contact the Campus Safety office at 901-843-3880.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Registration of Motor Vehicles.

Registration of Motor Vehicles.

All members of the Rhodes community who park on campus are required to register their vehicles with Campus Safety and display a parking decal.  If a member of the Rhodes community drives a vehicle on campus, it must be registered with either a permanent or temporary parking decal. Faculty and staff must register their vehicles online via Campus Safety on Express.rhodes.edu or  https://express.rhodes.edu/. Persons choosing not to register their vehicles for campus parking must still abide by all "off campus" parking regulations as listed below.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Parking Decals

Parking Decals

All students, faculty, and staff cars, bikes and motorcycles must have a parking decal.  Applications can be completed online from the parking section of Express Rhodes  https://express.rhodes.edu/. Notification will be sent by email when the decal is ready for pickup from Rhodes Express.

Decals contain graduation year to indicate registration information and specified parking areas. They must be properly affixed to the lower left, inside driver's side front windshield.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Bicycles

Bicycles

All bicycles should be registered with the Campus Safety Office. Bicycles may be stored: 1) in the student's own residence hall room, 2) in the bicycle storage rooms assigned, or 3) in the outside bike racks. Bicycles may not be stored in hallways, social rooms, alcoves, under stairways, or other places. Campus Safety or Residence Life staff will remove bicycles found in unauthorized locations.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Handicap Parking (to include temporary handicap).

Handicap Parking (to include temporary handicap).

Vehicles parked in handicap spaces must display proper handicap placard or license information. If a "temporary" handicap need arises for students, please contact the Director of Disability Services or Campus Safety.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Pedestrian Gates

Pedestrian Gates

Campus pedestrian gates are equipped with locking devices and springs to insure proper perimeter safety and security. Electronic key FOBs, issued to students, will access these gates. If a gate is left unsecured, please close it. Notify Campus Safety if it is malfunctioning.

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015

Vehicle Use on Campus

Vehicle Use on Campus

1. Entering Campus

When a Campus Safety officer is on duty at any entrance onto the campus, drivers must stop or slow down enough to be acknowledged and identified before entering.

2. Moving Vehicle Regulations

The maximum posted speed limit on Main Campus and West Campus is 15 mph. Vehicle operators must have their vehicles under control at all times regardless of their speed to avoid collision or endangering others’ wellbeing. Vehicle operators who fail to control their vehicle, who endanger others’ wellbeing, or who have the potential to endanger others while operating a vehicle are subject to being held accountable for reckless driving.

Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol on campus is strictly prohibited.   

Driving is permitted only on designated surfaced drives. No vehicles are allowed on grass, lawns, or fields without special permission.

3. No Parking Areas

Off ramps, such as those behind Clough Hall and Rhodes Physics Tower provide access to buildings for fire-fighting equipment and must remain open. Additionally, off ramps provide routes of egress to open areas from many of the campus buildings in case of fire and must be kept free of parked vehicles. If a space is not lined or marked as a parking space, it is considered a violation to park in the space and will be cited as such.

4. Fire Lanes

Fire lanes are currently designated on all roads throughout the campus. Persons who park in these areas are not only in violation of Rhodes parking regulations, but of the City of Memphis Ordinances as well. Rhodes Campus Safety will cite vehicles found parked in fire lanes.

5. Illegal Parking

All legal parking areas within the college complex are clearly indicated both on site and in publications. Parking in areas other than those properly lined as parking spaces is a violation and will be cited. Parking along curbs, unless clearly marked as a parking space or unless otherwise authorized is strictly prohibited.    

Visitor parking is considered "reserved" twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week. Areas designated as visitor parking are strictly reserved for visitors to the campus only. Unauthorized parking will be cited.

6. Off Campus Parking

While parking on campus is recommended, those who choose to park on streets near Rhodes should be aware of restrictions imposed by both the City of Memphis and also those regulations held by Rhodes College. All persons are expected to comply with the below "off campus" parking regulations.

City of Memphis parking restrictions are so marked.

Rhodes College restricts parking in the following areas where Rhodes community members are allowed to park:

1) North side of Snowden west of University St.; both north and south sides of Lyndale Ave; and Mignon Ave west of University St.

2) South side of Snowden, west of the alley behind Stewart Hall,

3) North side of Tutwiler, west of the entrance to Spann/Stewart Parking lot.

4) West side of University St., north of Snowden Ave. to Jackson Ave.

7. Use of Emergency Flashers

Use of flashers does not legitimize a violation of parking regulations and is not an appropriate cause for appeal. Time elapsed is not an element of a violation. Violating a parking regulation "for only two minutes to run inside" is not a defense for the violation.

8. Penalties

Fines assessed for traffic and parking violations are indicated on the citation. All payments should be made at Rhodes Express. 

9. Appeal of Citations

If students or employees of the college believe they have received a citation in error, they may ask for an appeal of the charges through the Traffic Appeals Board. This board is made up of representatives from the faculty, staff and student populations.

To file an appeal, the student or employee must do so within ten (10) calendar days of the offense. Otherwise the right to appeal is forfeited. 

Appeals should be filed on-line via Express Rhodes fromhttp://express.rhodes.edu/documents-forms/miscellaneous/parking-citation-appeal.   [14]

All of the pertinent details such as the citation number, time and date issued, location, name and R number of the citation recipient must be included. 

Appeals are heard several times each semester and outcomes are emailed.

10. Accidents

Please remember that accidents do happen. Should you bump another vehicle or become involved in an accident on campus, call Campus Safety immediately. Hit and run offenses are taken very seriously and can result in serious consequences.

11. Visitors/Guests and Parking

Visitors are always welcome at Rhodes and visitor parking is available on campus. All visitor (non-decaled vehicles) must stop and their vehicle information/name/destination registered at the entry gate.

If you have a bus drop-off, special parking needs or questions about where to park, please call Campus Safety at  843-3880.

12. Deliveries and Transportation

Deliveries such as flowers, gifts and mail should be directed to the mail room Monday- Friday 8am-4pm.

After hours and weekend mail, flowers and gifts will be accepted at the Campus Safety Office at #5 Spann. All deliveries will be taken to the mailroom first thing Monday morning.

When having food delivered, be prepared to meet the driver at the main gate, Bailey Gate.

For cabs, Uber, Lyft, and other transportation, go to Bailey Gate, and meet them in the cut out across from West Village. These services will not be allowed unlimited access to campus.

 

 

Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015