Security Notifications and Timely Warnings
Members of Campus Safety patrol the campus grounds 24 hours daily and provide various support services for members of the community. Individuals are encouraged to report all criminal activity to Campus Safety or the Mt. Vernon Police Department. A Crime Log (daily log) is maintained by the Campus Safety office and can be reviewed by contacting the Director of Campus Safety during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. All release of information is subject to federal and state restrictions and in accordance with Chapter 22 of the Iowa Code.
In compliance with the U.S. Department of Higher Education and the Jeanne Clery Act, security notices are issued to provide timely warning information about a potentially dangerous situation at or near Cornell College to provide our students and employees with the information necessary to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety. The Campus Safety Department will provide campus-wide messages or RAM alerts to the College community in cases of crimes and other emergency situations that are considered threatening to students, faculty, and staff members. These notices will be posted at various locations on campus and/or will be sent by campus wide email.
Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Campus Safety office, by phone (319) 895-4299.
Risk Reduction Tips
Report suspicious or threatening persons immediately
If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number
Don't prop doors open, let strangers in, or weaken other security measures
Don't allow others to "piggyback" in behind you through card reader access doors
- Lock your room when you will be away
- Avoid dark or isolated areas.
- Know the locations of emergency phones
- Stay alert and TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If you feel uneasy, leave. Go to a safe location and notify Campus Safety or MVPD.
The best way to keep the Cornell campus safe is to stay alert, keep your mind on your surroundings, and report suspicious activity immediately.
Timely Warning Update
Assault: New Hall
April 15, 2013
On Monday night (April 15th, 2013), a New Hall resident reported an altercation with a person who is not affliated with Cornell College. The incident was reported to have taken place inside the building, with the alleged suspect gaining access through a door that was either left open or who was allowed access to the building. Campus Safety and Mount Vernon Police responded and are currently investigating the incident. From what we know at this time the incident was targeted toward a specific individual, with no indications that there is a threat to other residents in New Hall or the campus community.
Julie Houser, Director of Campus Safety, and I will be hosting a community meeting tonight (April 16th) at PM in the New Hall kitchen to address the situation, and discuss safety and security reminders. For those who aren't able to attend, please continue to do your part to maximize your own safety by locking your suite and room doors, ensuring the exterior doors are not propped or left open, not letting people you don't know into the building and immediately contacting either Campus Safety (319-895-4299) or the Mt. Vernon Police Department (319-895-4161 or 911 for emergencies) to report any suspicious activity. Also, don't forget that Campus Safety is available to provide escorts at all times throughout the day and/or evening.