Campus Security and Crime

Revised: September 27, 2012
Effective Date: April 4, 2012
Review Date: April 4, 2015
 
  • Table of Contents
  • 100.00 University Police Officers’ Authority and Jurisdiction
  • 200.00 Crime Reporting Procedures
  • 300.00 Response to Reported Crimes
  • 400.00 Campus Facility Security
  • 500.00 Campus Security Information and Education
  • 600.00 Crime Prevention Programs
  • 700.00 Crime Statistics Collection
  • 800.00 Crime Statistics Report
  • 900.00 Crime Reports

100.00 University Police Officers’ Authority and Jurisdiction

The University Police Department provides continuous year round security and law enforcement protection to the Montana State University community. Twenty four hour police services are provided with access to municipal fire and emergency medical services.

The Department's jurisdiction extends one mile beyond the University campus for University related activities. University police officers have full law enforcement authority within this jurisdiction and provide a full range of services to the campus.

The Director of University Police is responsible for the management of the University Police Department and reports directly to the Associate Vice President for University Services. However, all public safety services are closely coordinated with other key university administrators as well as local officials.

University Police Officers are P.O.S.T. certified Peace Officers for the State of Montana and sworn to all of the responsibilities and powers of a Peace Officer in Montana, including the duty to maintain public order and the power to arrest.  Both professional and formal education are stressed for all University officers. Currently, members of this department hold B.A. as well as M.A. degrees, and several officers are working toward degree requirements.

All University Police 911 Dispatchers are trained and certified by the State.

Montana State University police also maintains a Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement with Bozeman City Police.  Under the agreement, University police officers may enforce Bozeman municipal ordinances and laws on University property within the city and may enforce vehicle and traffic laws within the city.  It is also agreed that University Police will assume first jurisdiction on other University-related property and university events within the city, i.e. fraternity and sorority residences, property occupied by registered student organizations and events sponsored by the University, and will provide mutual aid and support to Bozeman Police on request as available.

200.00 Crime Reporting Procedures

Crime is a reality at Montana State University. Preventing crime is everyone's responsibility. Unreported crime is a criminal's greatest ally. If you suspect a criminal act has taken place, contact the University Police Department located at the corner of 7th and Kagy, in the Roy Huffman Building or:

  • For emergencies call 911
  • Non-Emergencies call 994-2121

Suspicion of crime does not require proof. If you suspect a crime has been committed or is being committed, call the University Police Department immediately. Make a difference, call. Only concerned citizens can prevent crime.

If you are a victim or witness of a crime: Report the incident immediately to university police.  If you can, gather pertinent information, such as sex, race, hair color, length and texture, body size, clothing description, scars and other noticeable characteristics, modes of travel, type of vehicle, color and license information.

Suspicious persons: If you see anyone acting suspiciously, call 911. Do not approach the individual yourself. Report the type of suspicious behavior and the location. Relay pertinent information concerning involved person including: age, sex, dress, vehicle and direction of travel.

Bomb threats: If you receive a bomb threat, it is important to obtain as much information as possible from the caller. Things to ask are: (1) location of bomb, (2) time of explosion, and (3) type of bomb. Make mental notes about the caller’s voice, and background noises which you may hear. Call 911 immediately. Do not panic. The University Police will search the area, notify properly trained personnel, and notify emergency services. The University Police, in conjunction with the building supervisor and administration, will determine if evacuation is necessary.

What to Report: When calling the University Police Department to report an incident, please provide the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Location of incident
  3. Type of incident
  4. Description of suspect, vehicles or other pertinent information
  5. Return telephone number

Confidential Reports: If you wish to make a confidential report, MSU offers the Silent Witness Program to anyone who has witnessed, or knows about, a crime committed on campus. You are welcome to send email to switness@montana.edu with information you feel may be useful in keeping your campus safe and secure. You should provide the information as described in above paragraphs.

Emergency telephones: The campus is also equipped with Emergency Telephones (blue phones) spread across campus in parking lots and along heavily used foot paths.  These phones can be used for both emergency and non-emergency purposes such as reporting a crime in progress or requesting an escort anywhere on campus.

300.00 Response to Reported Crimes

The University Police Department will respond to reports of crime against persons and all property owned, controlled, leased or operated by Montana State University which includes Greek residences located within one mile of the campus boundary.  On a 24 hour basis, dispatchers can instantly dispatch the University Police, Bozeman fire and emergency medical services, and, if needed, will request assistance from the Bozeman Police and/or Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

All reports of criminal activity occurring within the jurisdiction of the University Police Department will be investigated and, if the investigation confirms a violation of the state criminal code, the matter will be referred to the Gallatin County Attorney or Bozeman City Attorney for prosecution. Reports of criminal activity received by the University Police occurring outside of its jurisdiction will be referred to the appropriate city or county law enforcement agency. 

MSU will make timely reports to the campus community regarding the occurrence of crime on campus.   A log of daily crime reports and incidents are maintained and available for review by the campus community and the public at large.  This crime log can be found on-line or accessed at the customer service desk of the University Police Department.

400.00 Campus Facility Security

410.00 Security in Academic (non-residence) Campus Buildings
MSU employs a master key system managed by the Facilities Services department on campus and a Cat-Card electronic access system managed by Auxiliary Services to provide access for authorized students, staff and faculty to academic buildings during closed hours as follows:

  1. Key access is provided to faculty, staff, and students with appropriate written supervisory approvals.
  2. Building evacuation is mandatory for all fire alarms.
  3. Exterior building doors are not to be propped open when the doors are locked.
  4. Individual campus buildings (non-residence) are normally open from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM (closing times may vary) Monday through Friday or for scheduled weekend classes and special events and will be locked at all other times.
  5. The University may prohibit, limit or otherwise restrict access to or use of its buildings, facilities or other property as may be necessary to provide for the orderly conduct of the University's educational, research and service programs and the safety and security of the campus property, students, employees, guests and other visitors.

420.00 Security in Residence Halls
The Residence Hall Building Security Policy is found in the Residence Hall Handbook under “Safety and Security”.  It describes the specific security policies for each of the residence halls, including policies pertaining to lock-down, escort requirements and check-in policies. A paper copy of the policy is also available from the Residence Life Office.

430.00 Security in Building Maintenance
MSU’s master key system also controls security for maintenance staff.

All Facilities Services and Auxiliary employees authorized to carry master keys are required to store these keys in a secure/alarmed cabinet during all non-working hours.  Some buildings are part of a security system that requires the use of a staff-assigned Cat Card to gain entrance into the building.

Facilities Services provides a voluntary call-out program to provide maintenance services during after-hour, weekend, and holiday periods.   If an employee is called in to assist with after-hour maintenance issues, the employee checks out master keys at the University Police Station where their name, date and time of key checkout and check in are recorded or uses personally identifiable Cat Card with the supervisor’s permission.   

500.00 Campus Security Information and Education

University Police officers provide safety and security education through numerous presentations to on-campus groups and other presentations upon request.  
Educational programs concerning personal safety, crime prevention, including prevention of sexual assault, date/acquaintance rape and personal safety techniques are offered by a variety of groups and individuals on campus each year, including University Police, the University Counseling Center, Voice Center and others.  Presentations include:

  • Alcohol awareness
  • Drug awareness
  • Crime Prevention covering crimes such as sexual assault, sexual intercourse without consent, relationship violence, privacy in communications, and stalking
  • Active shooter protocol
  • Workplace violence protocols
  • New Employee Orientation
  • Internet Safety and Security
  • Facility Intruder Awareness for Secure Facilities
  • International Student Orientation
  • Property security
  • Personal safety
  • Bicycle safety
  • Stranger Danger
  • Identity theft
  • Adopt-A-Cop program
  • Others upon request

Students living in residence halls are provided with security brochures at check-in. Residence Life staff regularly address residence hall safety and security rules and precautions, and personal safety considerations with all residents at floor and hall meetings.  Safety and security rules and guidance are provided in the Residence Hall Handbook.

600.00 Crime Prevention Programs

The University's crime prevention program stresses community awareness and interaction through the dissemination of materials and presentations are designed to familiarize students, faculty and staff with their responsibility in reducing criminal opportunity.  The university police department also plays an active role in the local crime prevention and crime stoppers program as well as the DUI task force. 

University officers provide presentations throughout the university community ranging from late night discussion sessions in residence halls to classroom presentations. Crime prevention materials and reminders are also distributed to the campus community.  In addition, the University Police website provides crime prevention information for the campus, including a crime prevention handbook, crime alerts, the MSU Sexual or Violent Offender List, and other useful information. 

The University Police Department sponsors a free bicycle registration program for students in an effort to discourage bicycle theft.

Montana State University stresses that preventing crime is a shared responsibility. Everyone in the campus community should play an active role in making the university environment safe and secure from criminal activity.

700.00 Crime Statistics Collection

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Public Safety Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act) of 1998 and the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 and 2008, MSU collects and reports crimes which occur on campus, off-campus, and off-campus sites owned or maintained by MSU and/or recognized University organizations.  MSU prepares a three year statistical report of these incidents and provides this report to MSU students and employees through publication on the MSU website and specific notifications sent annually referring students and employees to the report. 

The current reported crime statistics are found below and can also be accessed by going to the Department of Education’s Security Statistics search site at http://www.ope.ed.gov/security and to the Montana State University Police Department website.

710.00 Campus Security Authorities
MSU has designated the following positions as “Campus Security Authorities” and crimes reported to any persons in the stated positions will be included in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

  • President and All Vice Presidents
  • Director of University Police
    • Assistant Director of University Police
    • Police Officers
    • Dispatchers
  • Dean of Students
    • Associate/Assistant Deans and Fraternity/Sorority Coordinator
  • Director of Auxiliary Services
    • Director of University Housing
      • Associate/Assistant Director of Residence Life
      • Associate/Assistant Director of Family & Graduate Housing
      • Resident Directors
      • Assistant Resident Directors
  • Director of Athletics
    • Associate/Assistant Directors
    • Head Coaches
    • Assistant Coaches (Full Time only)
    • Athletic Trainers
  • Director of the Office of International Programs
    • Associate/Assistant Director
    • Student Advising Staff Members
  • Director of Health Promotion
    • VOICE Center Director
  • Director, Human Resources/Affirmative Action
    • Title IX Coordinator
    • Title IX Deputy Coordinators 
             

720.00 Reports to Campus Security Authorities.  Students, employees and visitors are encouraged to report crimes to the University Police.  However, students may contact any Campus Security Authority for appropriate assistance in reporting  incidents.  Confidentiality of reports made to Campus Security Authorities cannot be promised.  There may be instances where the university needs to act regardless of whether the parties have reached a personal resolution or the complainant requests that no action be taken.  In such cases, MSU will investigate and take appropriate action, taking care to protect the identity of the complainant and any other reporter to the extent permitted by the circumstances surrounding the case and applicable law and regulation.

A Campus Security Authority who has been informed of an alleged incident will follow MSU procedures for making reports for the annual crime statistics report.  In addition, the Campus Security Authority shall report to University Police and such other university officials, as appropriate, such as the campus Human Resources/Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), the Title IX compliance coordinator, the Dean/Assistant Dean of Students, to initiate any applicable investigative or other procedure.

800.00 Crime Statistics Report

Under the Clery Act, Montana State University is required to report annual crime statistics showing reported occurrences of specific types of crime for the benefit of current/prospective students and employees.

Crimes reported under the Silent Witness Program are included in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.  The VOICE Center staff report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics. The Voice Center staff will inform persons they are counseling that they will make these confidential reports.

Statistics pertaining to referrals for disciplinary action reflect those incidents of alcohol, drugs, and weapons violations that were referred to the Dean of Students, Director of Housing, or the Greek Leadership for student disciplinary action.

Statistics for off-campus crime are not collected by the Bozeman Police Department or Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office for Clery reportable offenses or arrests.  The University Police department has requested the information for public property and non-campus buildings or property within the jurisdiction of each agency.  However, the agencies have officially confirmed that they are not able to provide this data.

810.00 Definitions.  The following definitions apply to Clery Act statistics.

Campus is defined as “any building or property owned or controlled by an institution of higher education within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including student halls; and property within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).”

Non-Campus building or property is defined as “any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization recognized by the institution; and any building or property (other than a branch campus) owned or controlled by an institution of higher education that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.”

Public Property is defined as “all public property that is within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution, such as a sidewalk, a street, other thoroughfare, or parking facility, and is adjacent to a facility owned or controlled by the institution if the facility is used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to the institution’s educational purposes.”

Criminal Offenses are defined as outlined by the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI National Incident-Based Reporting System:

  • Murder & Manslaughter: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another
  • Forcible Sex Offense: Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly or against that person’s will. Includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling.
  • Non-Forcible Sex Offenses: Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse. Includes incest and statutory rape.
  • Robbery: The taking, or attempted taking, of anything of value from one person by another, in which the offender uses force or the threat of violence.
  • Aggravated Assault: An attack by one person upon another, in which the offender uses or displays a weapon in a threatening manner or the victim suffers severe injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.
  • Burglary: The unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft.
  • Motor-Vehicle Theft: The theft of a motor vehicle, including automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, and mopeds.
  • Arson: The willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle, or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
  • Liquor-Law Violations: The violation of laws prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages. Does not include driving under the influence or drunkenness violations.
  • Drug-Law Violations: The violation of laws prohibiting the production, distribution, and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment needed to produce or use them.
  • Weapons-Law Violations: The violation of laws prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, knives, explosives, or other deadly weapons.

Hate Crime is defined as a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias.  Bias is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity/national origin.  For Clery Act reporting purposes, hate crimes include any offense in the following list that is motivated by bias:

  • Murder and Non-negligent manslaughter
  • Forcible Sex offenses
  • Non-forcible sex offenses
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson
  • Destruction/Damage/Vandalism to Property
  • Intimidation
  • Larceny/Theft
  • Simple Assault

900.00 Crime Reports

910.00 Campus Crime Log

The MSU Police Department keeps a daily crime log that records crimes by their nature, date, time, general location, and disposition of the complaint.  The crime log is available online or may be accessed at the customer service desk of the University Police Department.  

920.00 Clery Crime Statistics Tables - Total Occurrences On Campus

Criminal Offense

2010

2011

2012

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses - Forcible 3 8 2
Sex offenses - Non-forcible 0 0 0
Robbery 2 0 0
Aggravated assault 1 2 2
Burglary 14 13 18
Motor vehicle theft 0 2 0
Arson 0 2 18

 

Total Occurrences On Campus In Residence Halls

Criminal Offense

2010

2011

2012

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses - Forcible 3 6 1
Sex offenses - Non-forcible 0 0 0
Robbery 1 0 0
Aggravated assault 1 2 2
Burglary 12 10 12
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 2 18

 

Total Occurrences - Noncampus Buildings or Properties

Criminal Offense

2010

2011

2012

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses - Forcible 2 2 1
Sex offenses - Non-forcible 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated assault 0 1 0
Burglary 0 1 0
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 1
Arson 0 0 0

Total Occurrences on Public Property – None reported for 2010, 2011, 2012.

Occurrences of Hate Crimes On Campus –None reported for 2010, 2011, 2012.

Occurrences of Hate Crimes In Residence Halls and Other Residential Facilities – None reported for 2010, 2011, 2012. 

Occurrences of Hate Crimes - Noncampus Buildings or Properties – Received no reports in 2010, 2011, 2012.

Occurrences of Hate Crimes on Public Property – Received no reports in 2010, 2011, 2012

 

Number of Arrests on Campus

Criminal Offense

2010

2011

2012

Illegal weapons possession 2 0 0
Drug law violations 43 56 81
Liquor Law violations 60 69 78

 

Number of Persons Referred for Disciplinary Action on Campus

Criminal Offense

2010

2011

2012

Illegal weapons possession 0 0 1
Drug law violations 51 71 35
Liquor Law violations 380 410 241

 

Number of Arrests in Residence Halls

Criminal Offense

2010

2011

2012

Illegal weapons possession 1 0 0
Drug law violations 13 33 69
Liquor Law violations 6 10 34

 

Number of People Referred for Disciplinary Action in Residence Halls

Criminal Offense

2010

2011

2012

Illegal weapons possession 0 0 1
Drug law violations 19 62 32
Liquor Law violations 318 388 226

 

Number of Arrests Occurring at Noncampus Buildings or Properties

Criminal Offense

2010

2011

2012

Illegal weapons possession 0 0 0
Drug law violations 0 3 0
Liquor Law violations 11 20 19

 

Number of Persons Referred For Disciplinary Action - Noncampus Buildings or Properties

Criminal Offense

2010

2011

2012

Illegal weapons possession 0 0 0
Drug law violations 0 0 0
Liquor Law violations 3 4 30

 

Number of Arrests Occurring on Public Property

Criminal Offense

2010

2011

2012

Illegal weapons possession 0 0 0
Drug law violations 2 8 6
Liquor Law violations 34 46 34

 

Number of Persons Referred for Disciplinary Action - Public Property

Criminal Offense

2010

2011

2012

Illegal weapons possession 0 0 0
Drug law violations 0 4 0
Liquor Law violations 3 3 14