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Campus Safety Information

University Police Authority

The University of North Georgia Police Department is a fully certified, state police agency. All officers employed by the University are equivalent to the police or sheriff deputies employed in your home town. University police officers are authorized to make arrests for violations of state law and city ordinances, obtain and execute search warrants, and enforce the traffic laws.

Jurisdiction

The jurisdiction of the UNG Police as defined by Georgia law is public or private property under control of the Board of Regents plus 500 yards. The officers can still operate beyond the 500 yard limit under the following conditions:

  1. The officers can leave their jurisdiction if they are in pursuit of an individual. 
  2. The University has entered into mutual aid agreements with surrounding counties and municipalities. Under these agreements, University police officers can operate off campus when requested by other agencies to assist them.
  3. University police operate under the authority of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. As employees of the Board of Regents, the officers are authorized by law to serve on any campus under the Regents control and retain their full authority.

The UNG Police Department has a strong working relationship with neighboring jurisdictions. On a regular basis, the departments share information and equipment, assist with investigations, and provide uniform back-up when needed. 

Policies and Programs

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information

Prevention Programs

The University has developed a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The program provides services related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals and college disciplinary actions.

These include:

  • Alcohol and Drug Education: University Health Services, Employee Assistance Program, University Health Class.
  • Counseling Services: Student Development Counselors, Employee Assistance Program.
  • Referral Services: Student Development Counselors, Counseling Services, Employee Assistance Program.
  • College Disciplinary Actions: Dean of Students, Director of Student Development.
  • Local, State & Federal Legal Sanctions
  • Legal Sanctions - Laws Governing Alcohol

Age Requirement

  • The State of Georgia sets 21 as the minimum age to purchase or possess any alcoholic beverage.
  • Specific ordinances regarding violations of alcohol laws, including driving while intoxicated, are available from the Office of Public Safety.

Violations

  • A violation of any law regarding alcohol is also a violation of the University's Student Code of Conduct and will be treated as a separate disciplinary matter by the University.
Alcoholic Beverages

The possession, sale or the furnishing of alcohol on any UNG campus is governed by UNG Code of Conduct and Georgia state law. The enforcement of alcohol laws on-campus is the primary responsibility of the UNG Police Department. The UNG campus has been designated "Drug free" and only under certain circumstances is the consumption of alcohol permitted.

The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the UNG Police Department. Violators are subject to University disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and imprisonment. It is unlawful to sell, furnish or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone less than 21 years of age in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal.

It is also a violation of the UNG Code of Conduct for anyone to consume or possess alcohol in any public or private area of campus without prior University approval. Organizations or groups violating alcohol/substance policies or laws may be subject to sanctions by the University and/or criminal prosecution.

Illegal Drugs
All of the University of North Georgia (UNG) campuses have been designated "Drug Free" and only under certain circumstances is the consumption of alcohol permitted. The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the UNG Police Department. Violators are subject to Univeristy disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and imprisonment.
Campus Access Policy
During business hours, the University will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours, access to all University facilities is by key, if issued, or by admittance via the Department of Public Safety staff after receiving an email requesting admittance. In the case of periods of extended closing, the University will admit only those with prior approval to all facilities.  Some facilities may have individual hours, which may vary at different times of the year.
Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The University Police prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. 

This report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding our main campus and alternate sites, The Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services, the Dean of Students, the Division of Business Affairs, and the Division of Academic Affairs. Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act.

Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to the UNG Police, designated campus officials (including but not limited to directors, deans, department heads, advisors to students/student organizations, athletic coaches), and local law enforcement agencies. These statistics may also include crimes that have occurred in private residences or businesses and may or may not have been reported to law enforcement officials. 

Each year, an email is made to all enrolled students that provides the web site to access this report. Faculty and staff receive similar notification. Copies of the report may also be obtained at the Department of Public Safety office or online.

Reporting a Crime

The UNG Police Department encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police. Because police reports are public records under state law, the UNG Police Department cannot hold reports of crime in confidence. Confidential reports for purposes of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can generally be made to other authorities, as identified below. Confidential reports of crime may also be made on line at the Public Safety website using the anonymous report of a crime link.

Confidential Reporting Procedures

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the University System or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, a campus official can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity.

The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the University can keep accurate records of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.

To Report a Crime:

To report a crime, contact the University Police at 706-864-1500 or dial 911. Also, there are blue light emergency call boxes located around campus.  Any suspicious activity, or person seen in parking lots loitering around vehicles, inside buildings or other areas should be reported to the police department. Dispatchers are available 24 hours a day to answer your call. In addition to the police department, you may report a crime to the following areas:

  • Vice President for Student Development
  • Dean of Students
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Vice President of Business Affairs

For Off Campus crimes you should dial 911. The UNG Department of Public Safety has a long standing relationship with area law enforcement agencies and has mutual aid agreements with surrounding agencies.  Each department augments the other within their jurisdictions cooperating during mutual investigations, arrest, and prosecutions. University police attend local training meetings with local law enforcement to exchange ideas and problems which may be a concern for the university community.  

Security Awareness Programs

During orientation students are informed of services offered by the University of North Georgia (UNG) Department of Public Safety. Public Safety presentations during orientation explain safety features on campus and outline ways to maintain personal safety.

Students are told about crime on-campus and in surrounding neighbor-hoods. Similar information is presented to new employees. Crime Prevention Programs and Sexual Assault Prevention Programs are offered on a continual basis upon request.

Periodically during the academic year the University Police, in cooperation with other college organizations and departments, present crime prevention awareness sessions on sexual assault (rape and acquaintance rape), Rohypnol abuse, theft, and vandalism, identity theft as well as educational sessions on personal safety and personal property security.

A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others. In addition to seminars, information is disseminated

When time is of the essence, information is released to the university community through security alerts posted prominently throughout campus, through computer memos sent over the university's electronic notice board system and the campus alert emergency notice system.

Timely Warnings Policy

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the UNG Chief of Police, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through the university’s mass notification system to students, faculty and staff.

Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Department of Public Safety may also post a notice on the Public Safety web site providing the college community with more detailed notification.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the UNG Police Department at 706-864-1500 or in person to the Public Safety Building.

Counselors

As a result of the negotiated rulemaking process which followed the signing into law, the 1998 amendments to20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), clarification was given to those considered to be campus security authorities. Campus "Pastoral Counselors" and Campus "Professional Counselors", when acting as such, are not considered to be a campus security authority and are not required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics. As a matter of policy, they are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the annual crime statistics.

The rulemaking committee defines counselors as:

Pastoral Counselor

An employee of an institution who is associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor. 

Professional Counselor

An employee of an institution whose official responsibilities include providing psychological counseling to members of the institution's community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification.

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