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Campus Security at the OSU Center for Health Sciences works to provide a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty and staff.
Campus Security patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Campus Security Officers patrol all buildings during all hours of operation, as well as during non-operational periods. Campus Security respond to alarms and other emergency situations, conduct safety and security audits, maintain control of vehicle traffic onto the campus and enforce parking regulations.
To contact security on campus, please call 918-625-8592.
Statistics reported in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act are available for download. The report contains annual specific campus crime and arrest statistics and campus policies and practices intended to promote crime awareness, campus safety and security. View definitions of criminal offenses.
No timely warning messages are in effect at this time.
To help prevent crimes or serious incidents, Campus Security, in conjunction with other departments on campus, issue Timely Warnings to notify community members about crimes or other serious incidents in and around our community. If a situation arises that, in the judgment of OSU Center for Health Science's administration and other university officials, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide "Crime Alert" will be issued. The "Crime Alerts" are posted by the Campus Security department at the entrance to each campus building and an email is sent to all students, faculty and staff. A notice may also be posted on the website.
With the exception of Human Anatomy and Animal Labs, campus facilities are open to the public during the day and evening hours when classes are in session. When campus is closed, buildings are locked and/or key card accessible. Employees, students, vendors and visitors are asked to wear an official OSU photo identification card while on campus and at other campus-affiliated buildings and clinics. This photo ID should be clearly visible at all times and must be presented upon request of management personnel or other public safety officials.
Vendors and visitors are required to obtain a guest ID card by checking in at one of the reception desks on the ground floor. Visitors and vendors are required to wear their visitor ID badge in a clearly visible manner while conducting business on campus property. Vendors and visitors who do not comply will be escorted off campus.
Campus Security officers will walk you from any building or parking lot to any location on campus. This service is offered 24 hours a day. Call Campus Security to request a security escort.
The Center for Health Sciences is not responsible for lost or stolen articles, and students are urged to mark their books and belongings clearly. Students who find lost articles should bring them to the Campus Security office located in the Founders Hall. To claim a lost article, please describe the article and present adequate identification.
What to know
Stalking is defined as repeated conduct that is carried out over a period of time which causes you to fear for your safety or the safety of someone you know.
Stalking does not have to result in in physical injury in order to make it a crime. The law protects you even if the conduct of the stalker is not done the intent to scare you.
Are you or is someone you know being stalked? Ask yourself:
- Is someone repeatedly following you or someone you know?
- Is someone repeatedly communicating undesirably with you directly or indirectly?
- Is someone persistently watching you, your home or work place?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be a victim of stalking.
What to do if you think you are being stalked
If you are on campus, contact OSU-CHS Security at 918-625-8592 for immediate assistance.
- Contact the police, a community victim advocacy service or a college counselor or talk to a friend, co-worker or family member. For a list of resources, visit 1is2manychs.okstate.edu.
- Maintain detailed notes about the stalking conduct, including dates, times, places, actions or threats. It is easier to explain and remember if it is written down.
- Pay attention to incidents that may seem coincidental. Are you running into the same person more frequently?
- Keep all recorded telephone messages, emails, gifts, letters or notes that have been sent to you.
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers handy. The emergency phone numbers should include the police, immediate family members, friends, co-workers and a victim advocacy group.
Take stalking seriously
Stalking is a crime. If you are being stalked, contact the police. Make safety your first priority when it comes to crime prevention awareness on campus.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact OSU-CHS Security at 918-625-8592. Your safety is our first concern.
Arriving at the Parking Lot
- Have a plan rehearsed in your head of what you will do in the event of an attack.
- When possible wear shoes and clothing that will not hinder an escape. Sneakers are best and shoes with low heels are your second best. Keep a pair in the car if you are going to be out on your way home from work. If you wear high heels and are pursued, kick them off and run barefoot.
- If you are unfamiliar with the parking lot, drive through it and check it first. If you don't feel safe, go elsewhere and wait for someone else to arrive.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for suspicious people or activities.
- Park in highly visible, well lit areas. Avoid parking near shrubbery or the side of vans that has the slide open doors. Back in to the space if possible. (Near the elevator, if possible in a parking garage).
- Always carefully note where you parked so you don't spend unnecessary time walking around a parking lot.
Returning to your vehicle
- Do not present yourself as an easy target. Try not to carry a lot of packages.
- Walk confidently and with a purpose and observe those around you. If you notice someone hanging around your car or acting suspiciously return to the store. Assertive body language can help prevent an attack. Keep your head up.
- Have all of your attention and effort dedicated to your surroundings and walking to your vehicle.
- Turn off your cell phone, have your keys in your hand so you are not searching for them while you walk. Keep vehicle key separate from other keys. Attach a whistle with the vehicle key.
- Walk to your vehicle in pairs or in a group.
- As you approach your car, look under and around it. Before getting in your car look in the back seat and on the floor.
- When you enter your vehicle, lock all the doors and turn on your headlights. This will allow you to see anyone outside in the dark.
- Start the vehicle and drive to another location; that is well lit before making any necessary phone calls. Limit the amount of time you spend idle in the car.
- If you feel that you are being followed, walk or run quickly to a lighted store or where crowds of people can offer help if needed. Know where to go for help-police station, fire house, etc. Do not go home.
- Do anything you can to draw attention. Don't be embarrassed. Scream, yell or blow your whistle. Honk the car horn.
- If you carry a purse, don't dangle it by your side so that a thief can run by you and grab it. Carry your purse close to your body, preferably in front.
- Keep your car in good mechanical condition to prevent car trouble. Keep the tank filled with sufficient gas.
- Avoid carrying large sums of money and unnecessary credit cards. Consider keeping ten or fifteen dollars in your wallet or purse to throw to the ground to initiate an escape.
The following definitions are those used in the Uniform Crime Reporting System of the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation:The following definitions are those used in the Uniform Crime Reporting System of the United States Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation.
An unlawful attack of one person by another for the purpose of
inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used that could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.
Any willful or malicious attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle, or aircraft, personal property of another. Only fires determined to have been willfully or maliciously set are classified as arson.
The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with the intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with the intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
The willful (negligent or non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
Dating violence is committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with another person. The existence of such relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Dating violence includes but is not limited to sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts that meet the definition of domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a:
current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim,
person with whom the victim shares a child in common,
person who is cohabitating with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner,
person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of Oklahoma; or
any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic of family violence laws of Oklahoma.
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.
Drug Law Violations
Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, Methadone); and dangerous nonnarcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
A crime reported to local police agencies or to a campus security authority that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim. For the purposes of this definition, the categories of bias include the victim’s actual or perceived race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national original, and disability.
The unlawful taking, carrying, leading or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another without use of force or violence. It includes shoplifting, picking pockets, purse snatching, thefts from motor vehicles including parts and accessories, bicycle and computer thefts.
Liquor Law Violations
The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.
Motor Vehicle Theft
The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle by someone other than the registered owner.
The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
Any sexual act directed against another person without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
An offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape, defined as follows:
Rape means the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
Fondling means the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
Incest means non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
Statutory Rape means non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent (age 16).
Stalking refers to one who engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.
Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly , indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.
Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim.
Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.
Weapon Law Violations
The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. OSU-CHS policy prohibits deadly weapons on campus with limited exceptions. Firearms on campus must be stored at the OSU-CHS Security Department.
In the event of a campus emergency, OSU Center for Health Sciences may use a variety of tools to communicate to the campus and the public. Depending on the nature of the emergency, OSU Center for Health Sciences may use all or some of the following:
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for Cowboy Alert to receive text and voice notification in the event of an emergency. The system helps alert subscribers about campus emergencies, such as weather-related closings, active shooters or immediate biohazard threats.
To opt in to the Cowboy Alert system, log in to the O-KEY system, click on Campus Alerts and Notifications in the left column and add your contact information. Please allow one business day for your request to be processed.
Other Communication Methods
Siren System – Sirens are tested at approximately noon every Wednesday, weather permitting
PA System – The Center for Health Sciences buildings have PA systems that can alert those in the building of an emergency situation and provide response details
University Group Email – The University may send e-mails to the entire campus providing notification and directions during an emergency
Social Media – OSU-CHS will use Facebook and Twitter to provide updates on campus closures or emergency situations.
Local Media – OSU-CHS Marketing and Communications Services works with local media – radio, television, newspapers -- to help announce and update campus closures or emergency situations
Weather Radios – Various offices across campus have weather radios that provide the latest severe weather information
Calling Trees – Many university departments and organizations have call trees in place to notify their employees and students of an emergency situation
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