SCI-Arc 2017 Annual Security Report

Prepared and published by the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).

Purposes and Preparation of the Annual Security Report

This report is prepared in compliance with the federal law, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). It is prepared and submitted by the Facilities Department in conjunction with the Title IX Coordinator and Chief Administrative Officer. This Report includes information gathered from the campus community and the appropriate local public agencies. 

Crime statistics for three years are published in the annual security report by October 1 of each year and submitted annually to the U.S. Department of Education. This Annual Security Report is handed out each year at New Student Orientation and is made available on the SCI-Arc website.

The policies summarized in this report are reviewed each year at New Student Orientation and are made available to the students, staff, and faculty in the Student Handbook and Employee Handbook.

Reporting Crimes and Emergencies

Students are instructed to contact Campus Security 24-hour in person at the Security Booth or by phone at 213.356.5325 or 213.220.3084 with any security concerns or questions and to report crimes. They are also informed that they may report crimes and emergencies to the Facilities Coordinator, the Academic Counselor, or to any senior member of SCI-Arc’s administration as well as by calling 911.

The addresses and contact information for the local police station, hospital, and fire station are posted throughout the building.

SCI-Arc encourages students, faculty, or staff, who have concerns regarding sexual misconduct, harassment, or criminal offense who believe they are the victim of an incident, or who believe they have witnessed an incident to bring their concerns to Title IX Coordinator, the Human Resources department, the Academic Coun­selor, a trusted faculty member, or to any senior member of SCI-Arc’s administra­tion.

 

Definitions of Reportable Crimes

Voluntary Confidential Reporting

SCI-Arc will make its best efforts to protect student and employee confidentiality to the extent that it is practical and does not hinder the investigation. No student or employee will suffer any retaliation because he or she has brought such concerns in good faith to the attention of SCI-Arc.

Crime Prevention

The SCI-Arc campus is situated in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles – an urban environment. Though Arts District has one of the lowest crime levels in the city and campus areas are relatively safe, the campus and surrounding community is not immune to crime.

Members of the SCI-Arc community are discouraged from leaving valuable items unattended, even for a brief amount of time.  Students are strongly encouraged to store all items of value securely with locks in structures that are not easily moved.

Members of the SCI-Arc community are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings, especially when working late at night or alone.  They are asked to avoid walking alone late at night, to travel with confidence and purpose, and to travel with a companion or walk in groups. Individuals should also familiarize themselves with who belongs at the school, inform personnel and security of suspicious persons, ask friends or Security to accompany them to their car, and take other reasonable precautions as necessary.  Students are encouraged to work with others when possible and to inform someone of their whereabouts and when they expect to return.

Campus doors should not be propped open or unlocked (especially during evening or weekend hours). All individuals are encouraged to notify Facilities of any security and safety issues such as lights that need replacing, broken door locks or windows, etc.  If the facilities coordinator (Cindy Jollotta) is unavailable, please can contact the security staff (213.356.5325).

Students, staff, and faculty who are working late at the school may request an escort to their vehicle by the security officer.  It is recommended that staff working late keep their doors locked while in their offices.

Security and Access Control

SCI-Arc is equipped with cameras to monitor the interior and exterior of the buildings and employs a guard service to patrol the parking lot and the buildings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  All exterior doors are equipped with locks and card readers for key card access entry.  Students are issued ID cards that also function as access key cards which provide access to the building, shop, computer labs.  SCI-Arc students, staff and faculty are required to present the guards with their SCI-Arc ID card upon request. Failure to provide such proof may result in being escorted off the property.

Campus Enforcement and Jurisdiction

SCI-Arc’s 24-hour security service is unarmed and mandated to observe and report to the Facilities Coordinator, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and to key SCI-Arc staff.  They are not authorized to make arrests.

SCI-Arc provides the LAPD with written trespass arrest authorization annually.

Monitoring and Record of Off Campus Criminal Activity

SCI-Arc does not have off campus student organizations.

Timely Warnings

SCI-Arc will communicate Timely Warning notices to members of the SCI-Arc com­munity about serious crimes against people that occur on campus, where it is determined that the incident may pose an ongoing threat to members of the com­munity. Incidents that would prompt a Timely Warning notice include (but are not limited to) reports such as Homicide, Robbery, Arson, or Motor Vehicle Theft. Timely Warnings may be distributed for other crimes determined necessary by SCI-Arc.

Cases of aggravated assaults and/or sex offenses are considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the facts of the case, when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known.

Timely Warnings of criminal incidents reported to SCI-Arc and which represent a “potential threat” to the SCI-Arc community will be emailed within 5 business days by the Facilities Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Director’s Office.

Emergency Notification

In the event of an emergency that is deemed to be a threat to the health or safety of students and employees, such as an earthquake or active shooter, the Facilities Coordinator will coordinate with the Director’s Office to immediately notify all campus occupants of the nature of the emergency and safety procedures they should follow via email, building-wide monitors, and loud speaker.

Emergency Preparedness

The Facilities Coordinator is responsible for Fire Safety and Emergency Planning and the coordination of all emergency response and recovery plans.   The Facilities Department prepares and schedules training, and conducts drills to better prepare all employees and students.

Earthquake and evacuation drills are conducted during the Fall and Spring terms. Participation in the drills is mandatory for the entire SCI-Arc community.  All trainings and drills are tracked and documented by the Facilities Department. 

The Facilities Department insures certified testing of all fire and life safety systems annually. Panic/duress buttons are tested nightly.

Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

SCI-Arc’s Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all SCI-Arc students, administrators, faculty (including adjunct and visiting faculty), staff, program participants, visi­tors, vendors, independent contractors and any other persons. It also prohibits harassment based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteris­tics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

It is impossible to define every action, all words, or all situations that could be in­terpreted as sexual harassment. The following descriptions are not meant to be a complete list of objectionable behavior, nor do they always constitute sexual harassment.

Examples of such conduct which may violate this policy include, but are not limited to, verbal abuse of a racially derogatory nature; the use of racial or ethnic slurs; racially or ethnically disparaging words used to describe an individual; and racial, ethnic or other derogatory jokes, e-mail, written materials, drawings or cartoons which are racially or otherwise offensive.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physi­cal conduct of a sexual nature are defined as sexual harassment when submis­sion to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for decisions affecting an individual’s education, employment or participation in school activity; when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance; and when such conduct could reasonably be construed as in­timidating, hostile or demeaning.

Sexual harassment can be verbal, non-verbal, or physical. It can be overt or can be implied from the conduct, circumstances and relationships of the individuals involved. It can range from unwelcome sexual flirtations and inappropriate put-downs of individual persons or classes of people, to physical abuses such as sex­ual assault and rape. Examples include, but are not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances; sexually-oriented kidding, teasing, joking or flirting; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; derogatory or demeaning comments which are gender-directed, whether sexual or not; leering, whistling, touching, pinching or brushing against another body; blocking movement; offensive crude language; or displaying objects or pictures which are sexual in nature and would create hostile or offensive work and learning environments.

SCI-Arc prohibits the crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

SCI-Arc encourages students, faculty, or staff, who have concerns regarding sexual misconduct, harassment, or criminal offense who believe they are the victim of an incident, or who believe they have witnessed an incident to bring their concerns to Title IX Coordinator, the Human Resources department, the Academic Counselor, a trusted faculty member, or to any senior member of SCI-Arc’s administration.

All identifying information of victims as well as any accommodations made or protective measures taken will be kept confidential to the extent that it is practical and does not hinder SCI-Arc’s ability to provide such accommodations and measures.

Megan’s Law
In accordance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Reg­istration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, SCI-Arc is required to issue a statement advising the SCI-Arc commu­nity as to where law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires offenders, already required by state law to register in a state, to provide notice to each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation or is a student.

In California, convicted sex offenders must register with their local law enforce­ment agencies. Commonly called Megan’s Law, this law allows the public to access the registry at local law enforcement offices. It also authorizes local law enforce­ment to notify the public about high-risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in or frequent the community. Information about the sex offender registry may be accessed online at meganslaw.ca.gov.

The Violence Against Women Act Additional Categories

Alcohol and Drug Policy

SCI-Arc believes that all students, staff and faculty have an obligation to the SCI-Arc community to deal responsibly with alcoholic beverages and controlled sub­stances and to protect SCI-Arc from inappropriate liability. While SCI-Arc respects the rights of its students and employees to exercise their legal options regarding alcohol consumption, they should make decisions that are respectful of SCI-Arc and those around them, and with an understanding of the potential consequences to themselves. All must also understand that various federal laws provide clear ex­pectations that colleges will act to prevent the illegal use of drugs and alcohol on their campuses and at their events and penalize colleges for their failure to do so.

The following is a summary of SCI-Arc’s policies and programs relating to the use of alcohol and other drugs on campus and at school sponsored events. This in­formation is sent to you annually as a requirement of the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1990, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. Universities that receive federal/state funds in any form are required to comply with the above acts. We must take affirmative steps to prohibit the unlawful possession, use, and/or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.

Should you have any questions, students should consult the Academic Counselor; faculty and staff should consult the Human Resources Director.

Students, faculty and staff will comply with federal, state and local laws governing the use of alcohol and drugs on SCI-Arc property or at any activity or event on and off the campus sponsored by SCI-Arc.

The service/consumption of alcohol on the SCI-Arc campus is limited to events sponsored and run by the SCI-Arc administration only. This may include events such as the annual Graduation ceremony, gallery openings, parents and/or donor receptions, alumni events, and lecture dinners.

No service/consumption of alcohol is allowed at on-campus events hosted by fac­ulty or students. This includes events such as Mid-term/Final reviews, meetings of the Student Union and Faculty Council, or Fridays @ Five.

Alcohol can only be served for a maximum time of two (2) hours at any administra­tion organized event, at which point all alcohol service must conclude. In addition, no more than two (2) alcoholic drinks will be served to any person attending the event. The person designated to serve alcohol at each event shall confirm that each person served is over 21 years of age and shall not serve alcohol to anyone who appears intoxicated. No person attending an event where alcohol is being served shall bring his or her own alcohol to the event.

No student or employee may use the Fabrication Shop or Robot House tools or equipment if he or she has consumed alcohol within the prior twelve (12) hours.

Drugs and/or Alcohol are not to be stored in studios and/or consumed by students in any studio or classroom at SCI-Arc under any circumstances.

Drugs and/or Alcohol can be toxic or poisonous if abused. The use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol can result in death, violence, incarceration, loss of a driver’s license, damaged fetuses, failed relationships, petty property crime, school drop­out, lowered productivity and quality, increased absenteeism and tardiness, serious psychobiological and neurobiological problems, reduced concentration, impaired judgment, loss of short term and long term memory, diminished reasoning skills, strained family relationships, and other serious life altering affects.

While not exclusive, some of the more common health risks associated with spe­cific substances are as follows:

CATEGORY

EXAMPLES

HEALTH RISKS

Inhalants

solvents, aerosols, paint, lighter fluid

liver, nerve and, brain damage; heart failure; cardiac arrest

Depressants/Sedatives

alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates

nausea, anxiety, hallucinations, tremors, delirium, seizures, learning impairment, respiratory depression, amnesia

Stimulants

cocaine, amphetamines, methylphenidates, phenmetrazine, Ritalin

hypertension, cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, pulmonary edema, coma, seizures

Narcotics/Opiates

heroin, morphine, codeine, marijuana

pulmonary edema, seizures, coma, anxiety, hypertension, respiratory depression, tachycardia

Hallucinogens

LSD, PCP, mescaline, psilocybin

paranoia, delusions, psychosis, flashbacks, hallucinations, seizures, tachycardia

Crime Statistics

The Clery Act requires each institution to disclose crime statistics that occur on three types of property: campus property, public property, and non-campus property. SCI-Arc does not possess, control, or utilize any non-campus property.   

“On-Campus” is described as buildings or property owned or controlled by the institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in a manner related to the institution’s educational purpose. It also includes property in that contiguous area owned by the institution but controlled by another person, if the property is used by students and supports institutional purposes. Branch campuses and geographically disconnected administrative divisions or schools would be considered separate campuses for the purpose of reporting.

“Public Property” is described as property owned by a public entity (city, state, or federal government) that is within, borders, or is accessibly from campus.

In this Report, “on-campus” is defined as the following addresses located in Los Angeles, CA 90013: 960 E 3rd Street, 350 Merrick Street, and 255 South Santa Fe Avenue.  SCI-Arc does not have student housing.

 

Criminal Statistics (on-Campus)

2014

2015

2016

CRIMINAL HOMICIDE

      Murder & Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

      Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

SEX OFFENSES

     Forcible

0

0

0

     Non-Forcible

0

0

0

ROBBERY

0

0

0

###p

0

0

0

BURGLARY

0

0

0

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT

0

0

0

ARSON

0

0

0

DISCIPLINARY REFERRALS

     Liquor Law Violations

0

0

0

     Drug Law Violations

0

0

0

     Illegal Weapons Possession

0

0

0

DATING VIOLENCE

0

0

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

0

0

STALKING

0

0

 

Criminal Statistics (Public Property)

2014

2015

2016

CRIMINAL HOMICIDE

     Murder & Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

     Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

SEX OFFENSES

     Forcible

0

0

0

     Non-Forcible

0

0

0

ROBBERY

0

0

0

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

0

0

0

BURGLARY

0

0

0

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT

0

0

0

ARSON

0

0

0

DISCIPLINARY REFERRALS

Liquor Law Violations

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possession

0

0

0

DATING VIOLENCE

0

0

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

0

0

STALKING

0

0

Hate Crimes

As defined by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines, the definition of a Hate Crime is a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against race, religion, disability, sexual orientation/identity, or ethnicity/national origin; also known as a bias crime.  A Bias Crime 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.

Categories of Prejudice

Hate Crime Statistics (on-Campus)

RACE

GENDER

RELIGION

SEXUAL ORIENTATION

ETHNICITY

DISABILITY

2016

Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offenses

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

LARCENY / THEFT

0

0

0

0

0

0

SIMPLE ASSAULT

0

0

0

0

0

0

INTIMIDATION

0

0

0

0

0

0

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/

VALDALISM OF PROPERTY

0

0

0

0

0

0

2015

Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offenses

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

LARCENY / THEFT

0

0

0

0

0

0

SIMPLE ASSAULT

0

0

0

0

0

0

INTIMIDATION

0

0

0

0

0

0

2014

Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offenses

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

LARCENY / THEFT

0

0

0

0

0

0

SIMPLE ASSAULT

0

0

0

0

0

0

INTIMIDATION

0

0

0

0

0

0

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/

VALDALISM OF PROPERTY

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Hate Crime Statistics (Public Property)

RACE

GENDER

RELIGION

SEXUAL ORIENTATION

ETHNICITY

DISABILITY

2016

Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offenses

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

LARCENY / THEFT

0

0

0

0

0

0

SIMPLE ASSAULT

0

0

0

0

0

0

INTIMIDATION

0

0

0

0

0

0

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/

VALDALISM OF PROPERTY

0

0

0

0

0

0

2015

Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offenses

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

LARCENY / THEFT

0

0

0

0

0

0

SIMPLE ASSAULT

0

0

0

0

0

0

INTIMIDATION

0

0

0

0

0

0

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/

VALDALISM OF PROPERTY

0

0

0

0

0

0

2014

Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offenses

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

LARCENY / THEFT

0

0

0

0

0

0

SIMPLE ASSAULT

0

0

0

0

0

0

INTIMIDATION

0

0

0

0

0

0

DESTRUCTION/DAMAGE/

VALDALISM OF PROPERTY

0

0

0

0

0

0

The Daily Crime Log, Annual Security Report, and a record of Timely Notices and Emergency Notifications are maintained and made available to the public in the Facilities Office.  Identifying information is not included in the publically available records.

For any information related to the contents of this report, contact the Facilities Coordinator.