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

Campus Public Safety Report

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 Leonardtown Public Safety at ext. 5333 or 240-925-8849.

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

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:

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 -
Maryland Emergency Management Agency -
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office -
The Federal Emergency Management Agency -
Calvert County Sheriff’s Office -
The National Crime Prevention Council -


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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:

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