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College of Southern Maryland
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8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
301-934-7888

Campus Public Safety Report

WELCOME

Medical emergencies, crimes, fires and other hazards are present in any community and do occur on the campuses of the College of Southern Maryland. However, if you are prepared, you can help protect yourself and others. If precautions are taken, many incidents can be prevented. By using proper procedures, you can get help quickly for yourself and others.

Annual Campus Public Safety Report
The annual Public Safety Report contains college policies regarding facility safety and access, law enforcement, the reporting of criminal activity and emergencies, security awareness and crime prevention programs. The report also contains crime statistics for the college and other useful information regarding security. The report can be accessed on the Internet at www.csmd.edu/about/security.html.

This information is intended to provide you with general information regarding campus safety and security. It is not intended to serve as a contractual agreement between the College of Southern Maryland and the recipient.

The Annual Campus Crime Report is published to comply with the Federal Law formally known as The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, renamed The Clery Act. Notice of this information will be updated and published by the public by October 1 each year. These statistics can be accessed at http://www.csmd.edu/About/crimestatistics.html.

We hope you have a successful and safe year.

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Introduction

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM), formerly Charles County Community College, is a regional community college located in Maryland. The college has campuses in Charles County (La Plata and Waldorf Campuses), St. Mary's County (Leonardtown Campus), and Calvert County (Prince Frederick Campus). CSM is committed to making its campuses safe places to work and learn for its students, faculty, staff, and community.

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How to Report A Crime, Incident Or Emergency

All unusual incidents, crimes and other emergencies should be reported to public safety personnel and the Information Center immediately. Emergencies can be reported from any campus phone by dialing:

  • La Plata Campus - extension 7888 (off campus: 301-934-7888)
  • Leonardtown Campus - extension 5333 (off campus: 240-725-5333)
  • Prince Frederick Campus - extension 6033 (off campus: 443-550-6033)
  • Waldorf Center for Higher Education - extension 2900 (off campus: 301-632-2900)

Also, emergency phones have been provided around the campuses. These emergency phones are located in the following areas:

La Plata Campus

View La Plata Campus buildings map.

Area Phone Locations

AD Building

  • 1st floor - by elevator
  • 2nd floor - by elevator

BI Building

  • Lower level - by elevator
  • 1st floor - by elevator
  • 2nd floor - by elevator
  • West entrance - by lobby
  • Loading dock - exterior

BU Building

  • Main hallway

CC Building

  • 1st floor - by elevator
  • 2nd floor - by elevator

CE Building

  • Main hallway

FA Building

  • West entrance - lobby
  • Room 127 - kitchen
  • By Room 149

HT Building

  • North hallway
  • South hallway
  • Kitchen/lounge

LR Building

  • Outside in black box next to rear door
  • South Entrance - exterior
  • Room 127 - kitchen/lounge
  • By Room 102
  • 2nd floor lobby, by Room 200

MA building

  • Outside by front door

PE Building

  • Pool Area
  • By Gym Entrance

ST Building

  • North wing
  • South wing

Parking Lot #2

  • East end
  • West end

Parking Lot #3

  • East side - center

Parking Lot #4

  • North side - center

Parking Lot #8

  • West end - by handicap ramp

Note: Emergency phones are for on-campus use only with the exception of 9-911 which can be dialed from any phone on campus.

When reporting an emergency, state your name, location, location of emergency and nature of emergency.

If on-campus assistance is not available, or if it is more appropriate to call the police or rescue squad directly, you can contact off-campus assistance by dialing 911 from any campus phone. After contacting 9-911, you should still inform campus public safety and the Information Center of the emergency.

A college incident Report must be filed with the appropriate Public Safety Department Office at the campus of the emergency situation. Contact Public Safety regarding any incident/accident that needs to be reported to ensure proper recording of the incident/accident for college records.

CSM permits victims or witnesses to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics. However, to the extent that the college knows the identity of persons reporting such crimes, the college may be legally required in some circumstances to disclose that information.

Leonardtown, Prince Frederick and Waldorf Center Campuses

All unusual incidents, crimes, and other emergencies should be reported to the main administrative office and/or campus public safety, if available. When reporting an emergency, state your name, location, location of emergency, and nature of emergency.

If on-campus assistance is not available, or if it is more appropriate to call the police or rescue squad directly, you can contact off-campus assistance by dialing 911 from any campus phone. After contacting 911, you should still inform the administrative office or campus public saftey, if available, of the emergency. Emergency phones are located at the following locations.

Leonardtown campus

View campus building map

Area Phone Location

Building A

  • 1st floor
  • 2nd floor
  • 3rd floor
  • Outside sidewalk by parking lot handicap ramp

Building B

  • 1st floor
  • 2nd floor
  • 3rd floor
  • Parking lot
  • Outside sidewalk by parking lot between Building B and Building C handicap ramp

Building C

  • 1st floor
  • 2nd floor
  • 3rd floor
  • Parking lot

Prince Frederick Campus

View campus building map

Area Phone Location

Flagship Building
(PF)

  • Elevator 1st floor
  • Elevator 2nd floor
  • East Stairwell 2nd floor
  • West Breezeway

Parking Lot

  • Traffic Circle

Waldorf Center

In the event of an emergency, a phone can be accessed in the main admistrative office.

A college Incident Report must be filed with the appropriate Public Safety Department Office at the campus of the emergency situation. Contact Public Safety regarding any incident/accident that needs to be reported to ensure proper recording of the incident/accident for college records.

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How The Public Safety Department Responds

After an offense has been reported, the campus Public Safety Department will commence an investigation to identify the offender or hazard, and will make a diligent effort to resolve conflicts, when appropriate. When multiple reports occur during the same time frame, the reports will be handled in the following priority order:

  • reports involving personal violence or injury,
  • property crimes, and
  • requests for service.

The Public Safety Department will assist individuals in making reports, as appropriate, to other law enforcement agencies. If thefts of college property or if unsafe conditions are noted on college property, the Public Safety Department will complete an incident report within the college’s report tracking administrative system.

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Timely Warnings

The “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,” is commonly known as the “Clery Act.”  This federal act requires all institutions of higher learning (public and private) that subscribe to federal student aid programs to declare the occurrences of certain types of crimes affecting their communities. The crimes/statistics required to be reported by the Clery Act include, but are not limited to: assault, sex offenses, robbery, burglary, arson, hate crimes and arrests.  These crimes will be reported in the instance that they occurred or allegedly occurred on a college campus, at a college training site, or even off campus if the crime pertains to the college community.

When the safety of the college community depends on the dissemination of knowledge that a crime has or may have occurred, a timely warning will be issued to college community members.  The warning can be in the form of web announcement, email, text message, signage, or orally. Specific details will only be given if they pertain to the safety of the college community, as in the case of identifying a specific person.  Because the Department of Education has not mandated what "timely reports" must contain, the precise wording and amount of information provided is based on the College’s discretion on a case by case basis.

For more information on the Clery Act visit the following site- http://www.securityoncampus.org/

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Security Department

The College of Southern Maryland is dedicated to the safety and welfare of all persons at all campuses. The college's safety and security program has the following goals:

  1. To protect people and property;
  2. To assist in the enforcement of state, local, and college regulations within the parameters of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances;
  3. To build and maintain a high level of cooperation between the college community and external law enforcement and other governmental agencies;
  4. To provide regulatory, support, and miscellaneous services to improve and enhance the attainment of general college goals; and,
  5. To disseminate practical and useful information relating to matters of safety and welfare.

All College of Southern Maryland public safety personnel are empowered under Article 26 (Education), Maryland Code of Regulations, to enforce school security provisions. Security personnel have received in-house training. The public safety personnel are an unarmed guard force and are not authorized to arrest individuals. The public safety personnel work in cooperation with local law enforcement officials.

La Plata Campus

The La Plata campus has 24-hour security coverage.  When a breach of the peace occurs on campus, the public safety officer will summon the appropriate local, state, or federal agency for enforcement and/or investigation. 

Among the Public Safety Department's duties are crime prevention, incident reporting, preventive patrols, crisis intervention, emergency planning, security surveys, limited alarm system administration, fire prevention, safety inspections, Haz/Mat waste disposal and check-in, labeling and logging all Haz/Mat purchases, first aid kit resupply, provision of EAP supplies, OSHA/MOSH compliance, and mechanical failure reporting.

The Public Safety Department also provides access to alarmed buildings, unlocking/locking doors, campus escorts, initial response to crisis situations, and coordination of local emergency responses.

Information about any of these services is available from the Public Safety Department by dialing x7909 from any campus phone or by calling 301-934-5362.

Leonardtown Campus

The Leonardtown Campus has a part-time public safety force.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Campus closed

When a breach of the peace occurs on campus, the appropriate local, state, or federal agency is summoned for enforcement and/or investigation.

Prince Frederick Campus

The Prince Frederick Campus has a part-time public safety force.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: closed
 

When a breach of the peace occurs on campus, the appropriate local, state, or federal agency is summoned for enforcement and/or investigation.

Waldorf Center for Higher Education

The Waldorf Center for Higher Education has a part-time public safety force.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 6 p.m.-10p.m.

When a breach of the peace occurs on campus, the appropriate local, state, or federal agency is summoned for enforcement and/or investigation.

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Incident Report

An incident report is to be completed in the event anyone witnesses or receives the first report of a crime or an incident which interrupts the normal activities of the college. (Examples of such incidents are theft of college or personal items, power outages, vandalism, or fire).

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Accident/Injury Report

An accident/injury report is to be completed in the event anyone is injured, or witnesses, or receives the first report of an accident or incident which caused or may have caused injury.

All Incidents/Accidents should be reported to Public Safety for documentation. Individual office or department reports should not be used.

To report an incident or accident please contact Public Safety at:

  • La Plata Campus - 301-934-7909 
  • Leonardtown Campus - 240-725-5333
  • Prince Frederick - 443-550-6033

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Campus Facility And Security Policies

La Plata Campus

The campus is patrolled on foot or in vehicle by at least one public safety person 24 hours a day, year round. Security personnel are equipped with a two-way radio which has a telephone patch.  With this capability, public safety personnel can be reached at anytime. Personnel are uniformed for easy identification.

Access to the campus by authorized personnel is limited to 5:00 a.m. - Midnight., Sunday - Saturday, excluding holidays. All other access to campus is according college policies and procedures. Access by authorized personnel to a locked building when the campus is open can be obtained through public safety personnel.

Access to classes and labs by students is limited to scheduled class and lab hours or during special events. Students are generally not allowed into any laboratory without an employee present to act as a monitor. Other buildings (the Learning Resource Center, PE, etc.) are available during posted hours.

To inquire about accessing a locked building, contact the Public Safety Department by dialing x7909 on campus or 301-934-5362 off campus.

Leonardtown Campus

College access is limited to 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Saturday access is 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Access to classes and labs by student is limited to scheduled class and lab hours or during special events. Students are generally not allowed into any laboratory without an employee present to act as a monitor.

To inquire about accessing a locked building, contact the Dean's office at 301-475-6707.

Prince Frederick Campus

College access is limited to 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday access is 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The campus is closed on Sunday.

Access to classes and labs by student is limited to scheduled class and lab hours or during special events.  Students are generally not allowed into any laboratory without an employee present to act as a monitor.

To inquire about accessing a locked building, contact the Dean's office at 410-586-3056.

Waldorf Center for Higher Education

College access is limited to 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday access is 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Sunday is 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Security Awareness And Crime Prevention Programs

CSM encourages students, employees, and the campus community to be responsible for their own security and to be mindful of the security of others. To inform students and employees about campus security and to help to deter crime, the college intermittently provides security awareness information.

The following are resources the college provides to encourage campus security:

CSM.TXT: This service enables users to receive emergency notifications and other campus news to their email and/or cell phone. For more information or to sign up for CSM.TXT click here or visit http://www.csmd.edu/CSM.TXT/

The Friday Report: Faculty and Staff News Letter: The Public Safety Department has a short column containing relevant security and safety tips for the college community in each weekly edition of the Friday Report. Only faculty and staff can access this newsletter through CSM’s intranet site.

The CSM Student News Letter:  Hawk Talk: The Public Safety Department has a short column containing relevant security and safety tips for the college community in each edition of the Hawk Talk Newsletter. Click here to access this newsletter or visit: http://www.csmd.edu/StudentServices/HawkTalk/

Brochures and Handouts: The Public Safety Department distributes paper brochures and handouts at all three campuses in public areas.

Public Safety Department’s Internet Page: The Public Safety Department has two internet pages devoted to providing Crime Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Tips.  These pages can also be accessed from the table of contents.

Additional websites the Public Safety Department recommends for additional information:

Crime Prevention Websites

Emergency Prepardness Websites

Charles County Sheriff's Office -
http://www.ccso.us/index.php
Maryland Emergency Management Agency -
http://www.mema.state.md.us/MEMA2/index.html
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office -
http://www.firstsheriff.com/
The Federal Emergency Management Agency -
http://www.fema.gov/
Calvert County Sheriff’s Office -
http://www.co.cal.md.us/residents/safety/law/sheriff/
The National Crime Prevention Council -
http://www.ncpc.org/

 

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Alcohol And Drug Policies

The college strives to maintain a drug-free, healthful, safe, and secure environment for its students and employees.  In accordance with these goals, the college has established policies which prohibit the illegal use, manufacture, distribution, or possession of controlled substances and the illegal use, possession, or dissemination of alcohol on college premises. Violation of these policies will result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or termination (see "Drug-Free Workplace and Campus Handbook" of a complete description of drug and alcohol polices and programs).  Alcohol is not permitted on any college campus, except for certain approved events in the Center for Business and Industry at the La Plata Campus or as approved by the Board of Trustees.

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Sexual Assault Policies

The college is committed to taking reasonable measures to safeguard the campus community against sexual assault. Sexual assault includes both "forcible" and "non-forcible" sexual offenses. A forcible sex offense is "any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent", and includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling. Non-forcible sex offenses are acts of "unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse," and include incest and statutory rape (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook).

In accordance with this goal, the college offers educational programs to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other sex offenses. In addition, information about community counseling, mental health, or student services for victims of sexual assault is available from the Wellness Center and the Women's Center.

All alleged incidents of sexual assault should be reported to the campus Security Office (La Plata Campus) or the main administrative office (Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses and the Waldorf Center) and/or the local police. The campus Public Safety Department or dean will assist in notification of law enforcement authorities, instruct the victim about the importance of preserving evidence as may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault, and assist with medical needs. The campus Public Safety Officer or dean will also inform the victim of appropriate procedures to file a student judicial complaint or grievance (see Student Handbook and Administrative Manual). The dean of Student and Instructional Support Services (La Plata Campus) or dean (Leonardtown and Prince Frederick Campuses) will attempt to accommodate any request to change academic arrangements precipitated by the offense.

Persons other than judicial committee members, or executive officers of the college or the accused may not be present during a hearing unless they are called for at a specific time during the hearing. Following a judicial hearing regarding a sexual offense, a written copy of the decision shall be promptly sent to the accused and the accuser and must include a statement of the student's right to appeal (See Student Handbook-Section 60.16 and 60.19).

Possible sanctions for rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses may range from suspension to expulsion for students, and suspension to discharge for employees.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Crime statistics within this report reflect incidents which relate to CSM campuses. For purposes of this report, the following are definitions of each campus location:

Definitions of crimes reported- excerpted from the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook

La Plata Campus

The La Plata Campus is located at 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Maryland. The campus fronts to the east on Mitchell Road. The north edge of the property is bounded by property owned by the Walter J. Mitchell estate. It extends to the west to an irregular line just beyond the Port Tobacco Run and is bounded on the south by a residential development.

The College of Southern Maryland's Industrial Training Center is located at 5825 Radio Station Road, La Plata, Maryland. The property is a flag plot lying to the west side of Radio Station Road, completely surrounded by property owned by Charles County. Crime statistics for the Industrial Training Center are included in non-campus buildings or property sections of the La Plata Campus chart.

Click here to access La Plata campus crime statistics

Leonardtown Campus

The Leonardtown Campus is located at 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Maryland. The property faces south and fronts on MD Route 5. It is bounded on the west by MD Route 245. It is bounded on the north by the land of Ruth Profit and on the east by the property of John M. and Linda L. McCaffrey.

Click here to access Leonardtown campus crime statistics

Prince Frederick Campus

The Prince Frederick Campus is located at 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick, Maryland.

Click here to access Prince Frederick campus crime statistics

Waldorf Center

The Waldorf Center is located in the Hamilton Center II building located at 3261 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, Maryland. The property fronts to the southeast along MD Route 925. It adjoins property on the southwest owned by Southern Maryland Novelty Company and 925 Associates. On the northwest it is bounded by Waldorf Shoppers World and C.R. Hamilton property. On the northeast it is bounded by the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department. The Waldorf Center is operated in partnership with University of Maryland, University College.

Click here to access Waldorf center crime statistics

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How Crime Statistics Are Complied

The Public Safety Officer produces the annual disclosure of crime statistics. Information is compiled from the contents of the CSM daily crime log, incident, and accident/injury reports, and through consultation with the various county sheriffs' offices, and the Dean of Student and Instructional Support Services.

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State Sexual Offender Registry

Maryland's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) maintains a web site that lists all sexual offenders that have registered with the appropriate Maryland law enforcement agency. Registrants include persons who live in Maryland as well as persons who live in other states but work or attend school in Maryland. The DPSCS provides the on-line registry as part of its protection efforts. You can find the registry at: http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/onlineservs/sor/

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