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Campus Safety and Security

Campus Security at FIT consists of proprietary security, supervisory personnel, and contract security officers provided by Andrews International Security, Inc. The director and deputy director, both with professional law enforcement backgrounds, administer on-campus security. FIT has been approved as a Security Guard Training School, and security personnel are provided with the required New York State eight-hour annual in-service training, as well as other health and safety training when available. The security staff is equipped with portable two-way radios. The staff works closely and cooperatively with members of the New York City Police Department’s 10th precinct.

The Office of Facilities Management maintains the college buildings and grounds, with a concern for safety and security, through a contractual agreement with American Building Management. The department routinely inspects campus facilities, promptly repairing conditions that could affect safety and security, and responding to reports of potential safety and security hazards, such as broken windows or inadequate lighting. A locksmith assigned to this office responds to reports of defective locks and panic bar hardware to ensure that safety and security hazards are eliminated in a timely manner. All safety and security hazards should be promptly reported to the Office of Facilities Management in Room AC-12, 212 217-4420, during normal business hours, or to Campus Security during non-business hours, 212 217-4999.

Campus Security and Law Enforcement

Campus Security is everyone’s business. All members of the FIT community are encouraged to call or visit the Campus Security Office, room D442, 212 217-4999, to discuss or report any matter concerning safety and security. Campus Security serves the campus 24 hours per day, every day.

ACCESS

The campus is open to students from 7AM-10:30PM when classes are in session. Students may also be granted access to certain classrooms until 2AM by properly completing a Student Room Request form and having it approved by the appropriate office. For student request forms, contact your department office. Failure to comply with the strict requirement of this policy may result in the student(s) losing the privilege of working on campus after normal class hours.

For their own safety, students and staff are strongly advised not to remain in unauthorized locations and to check in with Campus Security in the Marvin Feldman Center lobby when they are on campus after-hours. Campus Security reserves the right to request student and staff IDs and to ascertain that persons are engaging in legitimate college-related activities. Any person causing a disturbance, failing to produce a campus ID card, or remaining in an unauthorized area when the college is not in session may be asked to leave the campus.

The campus also serves the intellectual and cultural life of the community by providing enrichment programs that are handled through the Facilities Rental Office, room C214, and are open to the general public. Campus Security is informed of all such special events and provides assistance when required.

Photo ID/Replacement

Students must present a valid FIT photo ID card to enter campus buildings. ID cards must be clearly displayed at all times by being worn on a neck chain or clipped to an outer garment. All visitors to FIT are required to enter via the Marvin Feldman Center lobby. They will be required to show a government photo ID to campus security personnel in order to receive a visitor’s pass for the day.

Photo ID cards are issued to all students at the beginning of their first semester, identifying them as members of the FIT community. Each subsequent semester, the ID card must be validated with a sticker obtained from Campus Security during registration. A fee, payable to the Office of the Bursar, will be charged for lost ID cards. Broken or damaged cards will be exchanged on presentation. ID card photos are taken in room D404. Days and hours are posted each semester.

Fall, spring, summer, and winter session validation stickers are available at the start of each semester from Campus Security. To obtain a current validation sticker, students must possess an ID card and a valid class schedule. ID cards remain the property of the college and are to be surrendered at the discretion of the college.

Crime Awareness and Prevention

PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING CRIME AND OTHER EMERGENCIES

Emergency calls to report a crime or serious incident may be made by calling Campus Security from any red emergency telephone located throughout the campus, or by calling the Campus Security emergency line at 212 217-7777. The Campus Security office is located in room D442.

Crimes or serious incidents may also be reported to the Dean of Students, room B221, 212 217-3800, or to any senior administrator of the college.

CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM

Personnel from Campus Security and Health Services work together as a team to respond to medical emergencies. Health Services operates as an ambulatory care unit and handles most emergencies occurring on campus. At times, however, a 911 operator may be contacted to request the immediate response of an ambulance to remove an injured person to a local hospital. The President of FIT has also established a President’s Cabinet communications protocol for timely notification to the college community of a serious incident when warranted. Depending on the situation the college will communicate with you through your FIT email address, NY Alert, text messaging, the public address system, postings on the college’s website and the college’s emergency phone line 212 217-7792.

INVESTIGATION

Depending upon the type of response to an incident, Campus Security either conducts its own investigation and follow-up or cooperates with personnel from the New York City Police Department in their investigation.

TIMELY WARNINGS

Should a crime occur on campus which may continue to pose a threat to the campus community, every effort will be made to notify members of the campus community through the distribution of a campus-wide memo, flyers, or by posting a warning on the college’s website and intranet.

Fire Safety

On-site Facilities Management engineers are proficient in working with fire alarm systems and work closely with Campus Security. In the event of fire alarm activation, Campus Security and maintenance personnel quickly respond to the scene. FIT has a fire evacuation plan, as well as evacuation plans for other emergencies. It is the responsibility of all FIT personnel, working together, to get students quickly and safely out of any area where the threat of fire or smoke may exist. The actual fighting of any fire on campus is the responsibility of personnel from the New York City Fire Department.

Lost and Found

Any lost or found items should be brought to Campus Security in room D442. There is no guarantee that a lost article will be held more than 30 business days.

Registered Offenders

In conjunction with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 and Article 6-C of New York’s Sex Offender Registration Act, a list of registered sex offenders is provided at www.criminaljustice.ny.gov as a service to the community.

Campus Crime Statistics

At FIT, the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and visitors are of paramount importance. A safe and secure environment can only be achieved through the cooperation of all members of the college community. FIT accepts the responsibility of providing a campus atmosphere that enhances the educational process. Students and their parents expect the college campus to be a place of safety and everyone shares this responsibility. In addition, FIT upholds the right of students and staff to know of incidents that occur on campus and the measures taken to promote precautions and swift, effective responses to crises.

This section of the manual is part of the college’s effort to ensure that this collaborative endeavor is effective. It is published in compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, which requires all post-secondary institutions receiving federal aid to provide their communities with an annual report about crime statistics and policies. These statistics reflect incidents that were reported, whether or not those reports were ever confirmed. The fact that an incident was reported, and included in statistics, does not mean that the incident actually occurred, or if it occurred that it was a criminal offense. FIT campus and security statistics are available for viewing online at http://www.ope.ed.gov/security.

The categories in which we report these statistics are also required by law. For purposes of these statistics, “on campus” means the FIT buildings and property, including residence halls and storefront classrooms at 236 West 27th Street. “Public property” means the public property immediately adjacent to the campus, or that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from FIT; this includes the public parking lots, sidewalks, and roadbed of West 27th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues; the public parking lots and sidewalks of Seventh and Eighth Avenues and West 28th Street adjacent to FIT; and the public parking lots and roadbeds of Seventh and Eighth Avenues, and West 28th Street, adjacent to those sidewalks. Incidents reported as having occurred in or on one of those public properties are not included in the statistics for incidents reported to have occurred “on campus.” Off-campus incidents are included to the extent that statistics are available from the New York City Police Department’s 10th and 13th precincts.

College Closing and Emergency Numbers

Please note that the college will remain open for business and classes will be held as scheduled unless specifically noted otherwise. In the event of a campus, local, or national emergency, further information will be posted on this page.

USEFUL NUMBERS

Security, 212 217.7777
College Closings, 212 217.7792
Student Affairs, 212 217.3800
Health Service, 212 217.4190
External Relations, 212 217.4700
Employee Assistance Program, 212 217.5600

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