Safety and Security
Policies and Procedures
It is Nyack College’s policy that reports of all incidents of actual or attempted criminal behavior, violence, vandalism, threatening or suspicious circumstances should be reported to Residence Life Staff, the Dean of Students and the Director of Facilities. All departments under Student Development (Career Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, Spiritual Formation, Student Activities, and Residence Life) are mandated to follow the same protocol in reporting any incidents or concerns in writing and submitted to the appropriate offices. Training in regards to the proper procedure of filing of an incident report is offered to all para-professional staff throughout the academic year as well as during orientation. The procedures for reporting a crime are also part of this training. The College provides a yearly mandatory training.
Campus Law Enforcement Policy
Nyack College utilizes Campus Safety Officers provided by SCC, Inc. as its law enforcement authority. SSC is committed to meeting the unique security needs of learning institutions, educators and administrators. An educational institution's security posture is a critical resource that supports education, research, administrative services, and campus life. SSC security experts utilize best practices and emerging trends in educational institution security to assist Nyack College in providing an atmosphere that is both welcoming and secure.
Campus Safety Officers do not possess arrest power, but have the authority to execute emergency protocol by dialing 911. In non-emergency incidents, Campus Safety Officers report student-related instances to the Dean of Students and faculty/staff instances to the Director of Facilities. Criminal incidents are referred to the local police who have jurisdiction on campus. Critical/Non-Critical Incident Reports are completed for each incident on campus. Campus Safety Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Nyack College. Security Officers have the authority to issue parking tickets.
Nyack College is located in the town of Nyack, New York. The Campus Safety Department maintains a working relationship with the South Nyack Police Department which is located in close vicinity to the College. The Campus Safety Department also works with the New York State Police when necessary. Nyack College encourages the accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to campus security and the appropriate law enforcement agency. The College cooperates fully with all law enforcement agencies. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report crime to Campus Safety and the appropriate police agency. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.
Security and Access
Access to campus buildings and grounds is a privilege extended to students, faculty, staff, and authorized guests. Nyack College encourages an open environment with limited constraints while still ensuring the reasonable protection of all members of the community.
The public can attend cultural and recreational events on campus with access limited to the facilities in which these events are held. To report any violations of this policy or to report suspicious persons, contact Campus Safety at (845) 222-8812 or x7191 from an on-campus phone.
Students, faculty and employees have access to academic, recreational and administrative facilities on campus during regular hours of operation. All students and employees must obtain a Nyack College ID Card. ID cards must be carried at all times while on College property and presented when requested by College authority. During non-business hours access to the College facilities is by key, if issued.
All maintenance vendors are required to report to the Facilities office and log in. At that time they are escorted to their work site and monitored at their work site by Campus Safety or Facilities personnel. At the conclusion of their work day on site, the maintenance vendors are required to report back to the Facilities office and log out for the day.
Residence Halls are staffed from 7:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m. by Residence Life Staff and/or desk proctors. All guests and visitors, including parents and family members, must provide photo ID. All guests in the building after 7:00 p.m. must be registered with the RA or desk proctor. Any non-resident who is in the building prior to 7:00 p.m. must register at 7:00 p.m. when the front desk begins operations. Residents assume responsibility for their guests’ behavior and actions during their visit.
All students, regardless of the number of credits they have completed, are required to check in at the front desk of their residence halls after the front doors are locked at 12:00 a.m. Failure to provide appropriate ID and sign in at the front desk may result in disciplinary action by the RD. All residents/ guests are requested to show proper ID to the Desk Proctor. When a guest is leaving between 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. the guest needs to be accompanied by a student.
Note: Information submitted to desk proctor should be accurate and consistent with room assignment by identifying resident with their student ID card.
Possession, Use, and Sale of Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs
Nyack College’s Drug and Alcohol Policy can be found in the Student Handbook