Student's Right to Know
This report, for the calendar year 2013, has been prepared by the Office of Safety & Security as part of Marist’s commitment to campus security and safety. In addition to general campus safety information, it includes crime statistics for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013. It is in compliance with the “Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990,” as amended in November, 1998 and re-named “The Clery Act.” This law requires colleges and universities to prepare, publish, and distribute to all students and employees an annual report pertaining to the college’s security policies, procedures and programs. It also contains, as required by law, information pertaining to specific types of crimes which occurred on campus and were reported to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department or designated campus security authorities (including but not limited to directors, deans, department heads, residential life staff, student affairs staff, advisors to official student organizations, and athletic coaches.) In addition, these crime statistics also include persons referred for campus disciplinary action for categories required under the Clery Act, including liquor and drug law violations and illegal weapons possession.
Statistical information for on campus, non-campus locations or property owned or controlled by Marist College, as well as public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus, is requested from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department. For statistical purposes, crimes reported to any of these sources are recorded in the calendar year in which the crime was reported. The report also includes reporting requirements mandated by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008. Collectively, the laws require that Marist College prepare and publish annual security and fire safety reports. Marist incorporates both reports into one main report called “Campus Safety.” The laws are designed to provide individuals with a better understanding of campus security and safety issues so that they may make informed decisions. Marist has taken a pro-active approach to campus security and safety, is in full compliance with all laws applicable to campus safety, and is pleased to prepare, publish and distribute this report to all current students and employees. This report is also available, upon request, to any applicant for enrollment or employment at Marist College. Anyone with questions pertaining to this report or any security-related issue or concern is encouraged to contact the Director of Safety & Security at (845) 471-1822.
Marist College supports the rights of students, staff and faculty to be timely informed of incidents which may pose a threat to one’s well-being, and of those measures taken to provide precaution, reduce vulnerability, and promote a swift and effective response to such incidents. To insure accurate and prompt reporting and notification, as well as to comply with crime statistic legal disclosure requirements, the Office of Safety & Security regularly confers with student, staff, faculty and administrative groups to discuss security-related concerns and incidence of crime. The Office of Safety & Security also maintains regular communication with both the City and Town of Poughkeepsie Police Departments to exchange information regarding the occurrence of crime on campus as well as in areas surrounding the campus. Likewise, the college maintains regular communication with the Fairview Fire Department regarding fire safety issues.