Jeanne Clery Campus Security Report and Policy
Annual Campus Security Report:The school’s Campus Security Report Web Page and the associated links constitute the Annual Campus Security Report for Philadelphia Technician Training Institute (PTT). Additionally, a notice of the location of this Report and the direct URL address of this page are published in the School Catalog. Further, an email notice including the direct URL address for this web page is sent to all employees annually. Crime statistics for all schools nationwide are made available to the public by the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Security Statistics Website
Definitions:PTT operates one main campus. For purposes of Campus Security data collection and reporting, the following definitions apply:
- Campus – Buildings or areas of buildings which are leased, owned or controlled by PTT, including any classrooms, administrative offices, faculty offices, along with any hallways, lavatories, storage areas, other area(s) under the control of PTT and used by students and/or employees.
- Non-campus property – PTT campus do not include any areas which would be defined as non-campus property.
- Public Property – All other areas of campus buildings that are not otherwise included in the definition of “campus” (above), including any lobbies, elevators, outdoor areas, parking lots, private roads, and green space areas owned or controlled by the building owners and routinely used by PTT’s students, along with any public thoroughfares, streets, and/or sidewalks that are immediately adjacent to, and accessible from, the campus.
- Incident – A crime or illegal activity, serious accident, injury requiring immediate medical attention, occurrence requiring the response of EMS and/or law enforcement personnel, or any other event for which reporting is mandated under the Clery Act (see “Annual Campus Security Report”, above).
- Campus Security Authority – The school does not maintain a security or police force. The Campus Security Authority for the entire school is the President and is responsible for oversight and enforcement of this policy. This individual is responsible for training and appointing other employees to respond appropriately to emergencies (serve as the Campus Security Authority) in his/her absence, and for assigning that responsibility prior to any such absence.
Creation of the Crime Statistics Data: The data used in the reports is compiled and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education annually by the Administrative Assistant. Data from internal Incident Report Forms is cross-referenced and combined with external public-record data requested from local law enforcement authorities in the creation of the crime statistics.
* Note: Statistics for periods prior to 2014 are incomplete or unavailable since PTT did not participate in Federal Student Aid programs during those years and did not collect data.
Be Aware, Stay Alert! Since crime can occur anywhere and at any time, it is our sincere hope that you will read this policy and follow the included guidelines. If you suspect a crime has been committed, notify the Director of Education (or designee) or a member of the faculty or staff. If you witness a crime or other emergency in-progress, call 911 to alert local law enforcement agencies, and then notify the Director of Education (or designee) or a member of the faculty or staff.
While the school employs electronic security systems, there is no such thing as a fail-safe security system. Even the most elaborate security precautions are not a guarantee against crime. The best safety measures are the ones you perform using common sense. You should always remain alert and aware of your surroundings. Secure your vehicles and do not leave valuables in your car. Do not leave your personal items unattended. Avoid walking alone, particularly at night. Again, be cautious, use good sense, and look after your friends and classmates.
Emergency Response System and Procedures: If a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurs, students and employees will be notified through Philadelphia Technician Training Institute’s text message alert system, by direct communication (senior staff dispatched throughout the building/grounds), and/or other appropriate means to best protect the health and safety of students and employees. The Emergency Response System (ERS) may be used to order an emergency evacuation of the building. All students, instructors, and staff must immediately evacuate the building when instructed to do so. The ERS may also be used to order a “lockdown”. A lockdown order requires all students and employees to quickly enter a classroom, office of other room which can be locked, lock the door and attempt to hide from view of the hallways. Students or employees in large, unsecured areas (such as the shop floor or any of the outdoor areas) should either find a secure area or quickly evacuate and proceed to a safe distance away from the building.
Prior to initiating the ERS, the Campus Security Authority will confirm that a bona fide emergency exists, determine the appropriate method(s) of communication, and determine the message content (if applicable). The school will take these actions without delay, and promptly make an announcement via Philadelphia Technician Training Institute’s text message alert system, unless in the judgment of the Campus Security Authority, such notice would compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
The Emergency Response Procedures will be tested at least once each year. Emergency Response Procedure Tests (other than fire drills) will be announced in advance to prevent the creation of unnecessary anxiety or false 9-1-1 calls.
Timely Notification of Security Issues: In addition to emergency warnings, the school will provide a timely warning to the campus community of any known occurrences of crime in the immediate campus vicinity that are reported to campus officials or local police agencies and are considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. If the school is aware of such a crime or pattern of crimes, the school will make an announcement via Philadelphia Technician Training Institute’s text message alert system and post paper notices in various locations throughout the affected locations, including student and employee bulletin boards. These bulletin board notices will remain in place for ten days, or longer if school management feels a continuing threat remains.
Incident Reporting: Except for planned emergency drills, any employee or student observing or having knowledge of a criminal act or other emergency situation should first contact appropriate local emergency response personnel by calling 9-1-1. Students witnessing any such event should also report it immediately to the Campus Security Authority or any instructor or staff member. For non-emergency events, students may submit an Incident Report Form to The Director of Education (or designee). Blank forms can be obtained from The Director of Education’s office. Students wishing to maintain confidentiality may submit an Incident Report Form anonymously, or may request a private, confidential meeting with the Director of Education (or designee).
Employees of the school are required to report any incident (see definition above) in which they have been involved or which they have witnessed on the campus or on the public areas adjoining the campus. Incidents will be reported on an Incident Report Form and forwarded immediately to the Director of Education (or other available senior official as appropriate).
Copies of all Incident Report Forms will be maintained by the Director of Education (or designee) for use in data compilation for the Annual Campus Security Report. Forms for the previous five calendar years will be archived for audit purposes.
Security of, and Access to, Campus Facilities:Students should only be on the campus (see definition above) during scheduled school hours, or while attending to other legitimate academic or administrative functions at PTT. All visitors are required to sign in with the front desk. Students and visitors are discouraged from socializing, loitering, or gathering in the building, in the non-campus areas, or in the adjacent public areas after the end of their class day. Further, students are prohibited from being on the campus at any time when the school is not open and staff are not present.
Security is an ongoing concern of all staff and instructors. Each staff member and instructor is expected to be security-conscious and vigilant at all times. All security violations, including unauthorized visitors, should immediately be reported to the Director of Education or other senior official (see “Incident Reporting”, above).
Law Enforcement and Security Personnel:PTT does not maintain a law enforcement department. All requests for security assistance are handled by law enforcement agencies. The Director of Education (or designee) is responsible for ensuring that all crimes occurring on campus are reported to the appropriate local law enforcement agency.
Informational Programs:This policy and school security procedures are reviewed during new student orientations. These brief sessions promote awareness of crime and crime prevention, along with promoting awareness of rape, sexual assault, and acquaintance rape. During these orientations, students and employees are also told about good practices in crime prevention (including securing their autos and other personal property) and how to report a crime, emergency, or other incident.
Other Safety Policies and Related Topics: The Philadelphia Technician Training Institute Drug and Alcohol Policyprohibits the possession or use of illegal controlled substances on the school’s premises or at any school-related activity. In that regard, the Drug and Alcohol Policy is considered part of this Campus Security Policy. The Drug and Alcohol Policy is posted to PTT’s website and includes: policies regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs; enforcement of State laws regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs; and a description of available drug- and alcohol-abuse education programs.
Fighting, gambling, or any other behaviors that are illegal and/or interfere with the ability of other students to learn are forbidden on school property or at any school-related activity.
Weapons on Campus: Possession of a handgun, rifle, shotgun, ammunition, long blade knife (blades over 3.5" long), or any other type of weapon is prohibited on school premises or at any other location when participating in a school-sponsored activity or otherwise representing the school as an employee or student. Further, the brandishing of any tool, piece of equipment, automotive part, supply, or any other item as a weapon is considered equivalent to possession of a prohibited weapon under this policy.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness:PTT is concerned about the safety of its students, instructors and staff. With regard to sexual assault, good sense safety practices are your best defense. There are sufficient instructors, staff, and students present in the building at all times during business hours to make a sexual assault on campus unlikely, but not impossible. Remember to remain aware of your surroundings, do not walk alone outdoors (especially at night), do not enter areas of the building to which you are not authorized, and do not feel compelled to enter any secluded location or any situation which makes you uncomfortable.
Whether an assault occurs on- or off-campus, victims are strongly encouraged to report sexual assaults to the appropriate authorities. It is important to preserve evidence whenever possible for the police to use in pursuing a criminal investigation.
In the unlikely event that a sexual assault occurs on campus, students should immediately notify the Campus Security Authority, or any available staff or instructor in whom they are comfortable confiding. Upon being notified, school personnel will notify the Director of Education and will assist the student in contacting the appropriate authorities if the alleged victim chooses to do so. School personnel will, to the best of their ability, attempt to secure any affected area of the campus and to otherwise prevent the compromise of evidence until law enforcement officials arrive. If a sexual assault occurs to a student off-campus, the school will assist an alleged victim with notification to the appropriate law enforcement agency having police jurisdiction where the crime occurred (upon request of the student).
Sexual Assault is a crime under Pennsylvania law. This link will take you to a document with the current text of the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Statute.
PTT does not provide counseling services directly to victims of sexual assault, but will attempt to provide referral to local agencies that provide counseling and other support services. One such agency is Women Organized Against Rape. They can be contacted at:
WOAR – Philadelphia Rape Crisis Center
One Penn Center
1617 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
24 Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 215-985-3333
It is important for persons who have been sexually assaulted to seek prompt medical attention, and to attempt to preserve any evidence on the victim’s body by not bathing or washing before receiving medical attention.
If an alleged victim of sexual assault on-campus elects not to file criminal charges, but still wishes to proceed with formal administrative charges, an investigation will be conducted, and the case referred to the President. Disciplinary actions assessed in a particular case will be dependent upon the nature of the conduct involved, the circumstances and conditions which existed at the time the student engaged in such conduct and the results which followed as a consequence of such conduct. Sanctions, up to and including permanent expulsion from the school/termination or employment, will be carried out by the President.
The following principles apply to any such internal investigation/ disciplinary process:
- Accuser shall be informed of their options to notify law enforcement.
- Accuser shall be notified of available counseling services.
- Both parties will have the same opportunity to have others present at any disciplinary hearing.
- Accuser shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
- Accuser may request a change of academic schedule / circumstances, and the school will attempt to accommodate reasonable requests.
Philadelphia Area Registered Sex Offender Information: The State of Pennsylvania maintains a database of registered sex offenders in the state. The information is available through the Pennsylvania Public Sex Offender Registry website.
Security Regulations/Procedures Which Are Not Applicable at Philadelphia Technician Training Institute:
PTT does not maintain a law enforcement department and thus does not maintain a “Crime Log”. Hence, such a log is not available for public inspection.
PTT does not maintain dormitories or other student housing facilities, and hence does not have a policy regarding the disappearance of students in-residence (missing student notification).
PTT does not recognize any fraternities, sororities or other off-campus student clubs or organizations. Hence the school does not have a policy for monitoring and recording criminal activity at such locations.
PTT does not employ professional counselors, psychologists, or pastoral counselors. School staff may assist students and fellow employees in locating such services in the local community.