In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center is required to report and publish crime statistics to current and prospective students, employees, and to the Department of Education. Each Health Science Center location secures its data in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies surrounding our various campuses across the State of Texas.
To ensure accurate data is captured, the Health Science Center strongly encourages all staff, students, visitors and community members to report any crime you may be witness to. The following document describes safety and security measures of the Health Science Center and is made available to you in our commitment to provide the safest learning environment possible.
To limit the impact of crime events that constitute an ongoing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. These warnings will be communicated through the HSC Alert Notification System, emails and/or websites to students, faculty, and staff. When a serious crime occurs on campus that represents an immediate threat to the campus, Security will publicize a warning.
Timely Warnings will be distributed via e-mail, and the Security website using RSS feeds and Twitter. Circumstances for which a Timely Warning will be issued include, but are not limited to, the receipt of a good faith report to the Security Office of other campus security authorities of a crime reportable under the Clery Act that poses continuing threat to the campus community.
The Director, Security Administration, or designee is responsible for determining if a Timely Warning will be issued. The determination will be made on a case by case basis after due consideration of all available facts of the crime, such as the nature of the crime and whether or not a continuing danger to the campus community exists.
Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guest are encouraged to report all emergency crimes to 911 immediately. After reporting the crime to 911, please notify a designated campus official, including but not limited to directors, deans, department heads, human resource liaisons, judicial affairs, advisors to students, safety officers, risk managers, security personnel or university police department. If necessary, the designated campus official will assist local law enforcement agencies by initiating the Texas A&M Health Science Center Crisis Management Plan.
To effectively manage on-campus non emergency crimes, appropriate campus officials must be notified immediately. Therefore, community members, students, faculty, staff, and guest should are encouraged to report all non-emergency crimes and public safety related incidents to a designated campus official including but not limited to directors, deans, department heads, human resource liaisons, judicial affairs, advisors to students, safety officers, risk managers, security personnel or university police department. All inappropriate activity and crimes reported to the Health Science Center will be brought to the attention of the appropriate administrative or law enforcement agency. After review by the Health Science Center's Component and Health Science Center Administration, the appropriate A&M System Office and law enforcement agencies will be apprised of the incident.
All major offenses such as rape, murder, aggravated assault, robbery, and auto theft are reported to the Component's Police Department of jurisdiction. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted by the appropriate prosecuting attorney offices.
The Health Science Center and its components will notify faculty, staff, and students through emails and bulletin boards of coming security awareness programs and information.
The Health Science Center prohibits the illicit use, sale, attempted sale, conveyance, distribution, manufacture, cultivation, dispensation, purchase, attempted purchase, and possession of illegal drugs, intoxicants, or controlled substances, at any time and in any amount or in any manner. Illicit drugs include all drugs for which possession is illegal under federal or state law, including prescription drugs for which the individual does not have a valid prescription.
The purchase, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in facilities under the control of the HSC shall in all respects comply with state laws and with guidelines as defined in System Policy 34.03 and System Regulation 34.02.01.