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Safety & Security Policies

MISSING STUDENT Policy - Listing a Confidential Contact

Marist College has in place, a procedure for Missing Student Notification. This procedure includes the investigation into the whereabouts of the missing student and the notification of designated individuals as outlined and proscribed by the H.E.O.A. (Higher Education Opportunity Act) 

As required by law, each student has the right to list a Confidential Contact Person whom they entrust with information relative to their whereabouts should they be reported missing. A Confidential Contact Person is a person whom the student has chosen to be a point of contact to release information to Security, College Administrators and/or Law Enforcement Officials. The Confidential Contact does not have to be your parent or guardian. It can be any person you wish to designate to release information regarding your whereabouts. 

If you wish to list a Confidential Contact Person, go to the address on our web site: https://www.marist.edu/security/confidentialcontact.html and follow the prompts. You may change your Confidential Contact Person at any time.

CCTV (Camera) Policy

Marist College deploys a number of CCTV cameras across the campus to assist in enhancing public safety, monitoring and protecting College assets, and investigating criminal activity.   The use of these cameras is consistent with the values of the institution.  Cameras are mounted in, and view, only public areas and in no way infringe on any member of the Marist Community’s right to privacy.  

Camera images are not monitored on a continual basis. Data from the cameras is stored on the college’s network servers and is retrieved and reviewed when necessary to affect the goals and interests of the Security Department.  Only authorized Administrative Staff of the Security Department have access to the camera system data in order to review prior recorded activity.  

The Office of Safety and Security continues to employ technology in the many facets of its operations in order to more effectively serve all members of the Marist Community.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

The College complies with federal, state, and local laws including those which regulate the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. Marist takes a firm stance on the illegal possession, use, or sale of alcohol or drugs. Students who violate federal, state or local laws are subject to College disciplinary action as well as any criminal action which may be taken by law enforcement authorities. The College fully cooperates with the enforcement of these laws.

A statement in the Student Handbook under the title "General Regulations and Policies" addresses the stance taken by Marist concerning drugs and alcohol (Refer to - Student Conduct http://www.marist.edu/studentlife/studentconduct/handbook/handbook.html Re:Alcohol & Drug Policy). It states "The college does not advocate the consuming of alcohol and/or drugs because they are hazardous to health, can be addicting, and lead to the social and biological detriment of the individual. For those individuals who develop identifiable problems as a result of their use/abuse of alcohol and/or other substances, counseling can be an appropriate and necessary course. The Marist College Counseling Center provides a variety of services for students who need help and support."

Only students aged 21 or over are permitted to have alcoholic beverages on campus, and then only under specified circumstances. The Student Handbook addresses the alcohol/drug policy under the titles "State Laws and Ordinances" and "College Regulations."

Dangerous Instruments/Weapons Policy

The use, possession or storage of any dangerous instrument (defined as any instrument, article or substance, including a "vehicle" as that term is defined in the N.Y.S. Vehicle and Traffic Law, which, under circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or physical injury);

Weapons are prohibited on Campus premises, including, but not limited to, replicas, firearms (defined as any gun, from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or physical injury, may be discharged; rifles, pistols, or handguns designated to fire bullets, BBs, pellets, or shots, including paint balls, regardless of propellant used or if no propellant is used as in starter or blank guns/pistols) "Electronic dart or stun guns"; knives (including but not limited to hunting, switchblade, gravity, "Butterfly," sport, daggers, cane swords, decorative, or throwing of any size or any large blade kitchen knife displayed in public areas); bows and arrows, crossbows, sling shots or similar devices; ammunition; noxious materials, such as aerosol mace (CN or CS type), pepper stray, or any unauthorized hazardous materials or chemicals; other weapons, such as batons, Billy clubs, nightsticks, kubatons, blackjacks, slapjacks, slap gloves, brass knuckles, Pilum ballistic knives, "Chuka sticks", "Kung Fu stars", or other martial arts equipment; explosives and fireworks of any sort or any other weapon described in the New York State Penal Law.

Sexual Assault

Marist College condemns sexual assault, rape and other forms of nonconsensual sexual activities: these offenses are in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and New York State law. As a community, we will do our utmost to prevent sexual violence through education and safety precautions and to provide support and appropriate services to any students involved in an incident of sexual assault. Please take note of the following:

Education: all students new to our campus are given a comprehensive orientation session on rape and sexual violence prevention. Follow-up programs are offered throughout the academic year and are open to all members of the college community.

Sanctions: Marist College prohibits sexually aggressive behavior. Students in violation of these standards will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible dismissal from school. In addition, violators may be subject to criminal charges.

If a sex offense occurs, we strongly encourage students to:

  • contact a residence director or security as soon as possible.
  • get medical attention. Not all injuries or exposure to disease are immediately apparent, and evidence needs to be collected in the event criminal charges are pressed.
  • get emotional support. Assistance and counseling are available on campus through the Counseling Center, Student Affairs and the mentors, and off campus through the Dutchess County Mental Health Center.
  • Consider your options in pressing charges:
    Among the choices are the campus disciplinary system, criminal (police) and/or civil systems. Assistance is available from the Counseling Center, the Security office and the Office of Student Affairs.

On-Campus disciplinary action in cases of alleged sexual offense allow that:

  • the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding.
  • both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual offense.
  • changes in academic and living situations (after an alleged assault) may be possible if requested by the victim and if these changes are reasonably available.
  • We hope neither you nor anyone you know is involved in an incident of sexual violence, but if it happens, remember there are people on campus who can help.

* Refer to - Student Conduct http://www.marist.edu/studentlife/studentconduct/handbook/handbook.html Re: Sexual Misconduct & Victim's Rights

Parking Policies

The Office of Safety and Security is responsible for the implementation of the parking and vehicle registration policy and the enforcement of its provisions.

In order to facilitate traffic flow on Marist College property and to ensure unimpeded emergency response to the needs of the college community the following policy has been established.

  • The acceptance by any person of a parking permit, whether temporary or permanent, shall constitute the acceptance of the Parking Rules and Regulations.
  • All parking patrons park their vehicles on-campus at their own risk. The College is not responsible for the theft of any vehicle, its contents, or for damage sustained by a vehicle parked on-campus property.
  • Parking a vehicle on College property is a privilege that may be granted and/or revoked at anytime by the Office of Safety and Security. The College is authorized and reserves the right to regulate the use of any and all of its vehicle parking facilities.
  • Parking Rules and Regulations must be observed at all times including exam periods and inclement weather.
  • Vehicles found in violation of any of the parking policies are subject to ticketing, booting, or towing at any time.
  • Faculty and Staff members are not permitted to give students permission to park in employee parking lots unless prior approval has been obtained from the Security Office.

The "Golden Rule" of Parking is:





Resident Student Parking Information

  1. Resident students with less than 50 earned credits are not permitted to have a vehicle on campus. Exceptions to this policy are very limited and rare. Due to the large number of upperclassmen who bring vehicles to campus we will have no room for freshmen vehicles. DO NOT ASSUME it is permissible to bring a vehicle to campus and then apply for a parking permit after the vehicle is here. Any students bringing a vehicle to campus without prior approval will be denied a permit and the vehicle must be removed immediately. Vehicles not removed will be towed.

  2. As you plan ahead, be advised that in order to be considered for a permit you must have 50 or more credits. Students without 50 credits will not be able to apply for a parking permit and will not be eligible for a parking permit until they reach 50 credits.

  3. Resident students housed at the Residence Inn or Talmadge Court who have less than 50 credits will be issued a permits for the time they reside at  those two housing facilities.
  4. Students eligible to obtain a parking permit are not permitted to register a vehicle for resident students who have not reached the 50 credit minimum or give away their permit to a student with less than 50 credits. A student with 50 or more credits is not permitted to waive their permit privilege and offer it to a student with less than 50 credits. (Example: Friend "A" has 50 credits but does not have a vehicle. Friend "A" tells friend "B" who has less than 50 credits that they can use their "parking space.")
  5. Resident Students who do not have 50 credits and bring a vehicle to campus will be ticketed, booted, and towed. In addition the student will be denied parking privileges for one semester after they reach the 50 credit minimum.
  6. Beginning in the fall semester of 2015 a resident student will need 50 earned credits in order to qualify for a campus parking permit.  This change in our parking policy was necessitated by the reduction of parking spaces to accommodate the construction of our new science building and residence halls and was also required by the Town of Poughkeepsie Planning Department. After a study of other colleges’ policies and a discussion of various options by the senior administration of the college, the decision was made to make the change to 50 credits. In addition to resident student parking we must also accommodate our many commuter students and employees.

    At this time there are only two types of waivers of the 50 credit policy available.  Parking space on campus is very limited and there are no other exceptions, (nor space available) to the 50 credit policy.   

    The first is a Medical Waiver: The medical waiver must be for a serious, non-temporary condition which requires the student to attend regularly scheduled and continuous medical treatment at a location not serviced by public or private transportation available at the College.   A Medical Request Waiver Form must be filed with the College.  The applicant must sign the release of information section on the form and include a Doctor’s note.  Send the form in to the Office of Safety and Security and it will be forwarded to Health Services for their review. All information will be reviewed by the College’s Health Services Department and this may include a consultation with the student’s medical provider(s).   The waiver request must be approved by the Health Services Department and the Office of Safety and Security BEFORE a vehicle is brought to campus.  You will be notified of approval or denial of your request.     

    The second is an Academic Waiver:  An Academic Waiver is for a student taking a course where semester long, off-campus travel to a work site is required. This waiver is not for occasional site visits that some courses may require.  The Academic Waiver Request Form must be signed by the student’s Instructor and the School Dean before it is submitted to the Security Office and must then be approved by the Office of Safety and Security.  Again, do not bring a vehicle to campus BEFORE your waiver request is approved.  The waiver is only valid for the semester in which the course is taken.      
    You will be notified by our office when the waiver is approved.  DO NOT bring your vehicle to campus until your waiver is approved.

    THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT A WAIVER WILL BE ISSUED. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. There are a very limited number of parking spaces available for waivers and once filled, no more permits will be issued.
    Student Affairs is working with SGA to provide transportation to various retail establishments in the area such as grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. to facilitate those who live in apartments with kitchens or those who have special dietary or pharmaceutical needs.

    As we assess the parking situation, moving forward, it may be necessary to close the parking registration process to all resident students (regardless of credits) should the number of vehicles exceed our capacity.

    Return the waiver forms to the Office of Safety and Security either in person or via e-mail to al.abdelrahman@marist.edu or iris.hau@marist.edu.   

    Any student who has a parking waiver and receives a parking ticket will have the waiver revoked.

If you have any questions please call the office of Safety and Security at x 2282, or from off-campus - 845-471-1822

Parking Permits

Parking on campus is limited to those vehicles registered with the Office of Safety and Security and for which a Marist College parking permit has been issued. Vehicles without permits are subject to towing at the owner's expense.

Permits issued are valid for the specified lot only. Vehicles parked in lots other than their specified lot will be treated as vehicles without permits. Resident students are not permitted to use staff lots even on weekends. All student vehicles must be registered for each academic year. Faculty, administrator and staff permits will be issued upon hiring and reissued as required. All permits must be affixed to the driver's side rear seat window.

The following documents must be presented before a parking permit can be issued:

  1. Drivers License
  2. Vehicle Registration
  3. College I.D. Card

Resident Student Permits

At the beginning of the Fall semester, the College makes a reasonable attempt to issue parking permits as close to the student's residence as possible based on the number of credits earned at the time of the parking application due date. Students are sent an email in the summer announcing when the online parking permit application system opens and the email will also state the cut-off date for parking priority. The online registration system date and time stamps the receipt of the application. THE COLLEGE DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT EVERY RESIDENT WILL RECEIVE A PARKING PERMIT IN THE PARKING LOT CLOSEST TO THE INDIVIDUAL'S RESIDENCE. Parking in a lot other than the assigned lot is not permitted and tickets will be issued to violators. Students must park in their assigned lots even after 5:30PM

At the beginning of the Spring semester, parking assignments for resident students are not recalculated based on credits earned during the Fall semester. Parking lot changes are limited to the following: Resident Students who graduate, leave the College, change status to commuter students, or go abroad are expunged from the system and the spaces vacated by these students are reissued to students returning from abroad, transfer students, or students changing from commuter to resident status.

Some resident parking lots are not close to the residence halls and may have to be accessed by walking up or down hills. Students should bring footwear appropriate to the terrain and/or weather conditions.

The Office of Safety and Security does not shovel vehicle out when plowed in by snow plows. It is recommended that students have a snow shovel and a bag of sand or ice melt in their trunks during the winter.

The following lots have been designated as Resident Student lots:

East Campus:

UW Cedar/Fulton Street- Lot #3, Upper West Cedar(T&U Bldg.) Lot #3, Terminal Road - Lot #3, Tennis Court Lot -# 13, Steel Plant Lot Lot # 5, Lower West Cedar - Lot #1, and Beck Place - Lot #11.
Refer to Parking MapPDF

Note:  There are three parking lots available to students who have a #3 parking permit (see above). Students may park in any Lot #3 they prefer. If one Lot #3 is full go the the next Lot #3 or to the Terminal Road - Lot #3 - this lot usually has open spaces (see map). If you park in the Terminal Road Lot during the hours of darkness, call 845-471-1822 for an escort.

West Campus:

Hoop (Upper & Lower combined) Lot #18, St Ann's - Lot #22, River View/Lower Town House (combined) - Lot #12.
Refer to Parking MapPDF

Freshman resident students are not permitted to have vehicles on campus. Rare exceptions to this restriction must be approved by the Director of Safety and Security. Parking will be permitted only in the assigned lots. Any violation of the parking regulations will result in revocation of the freshman-parking permit. This policy will be strictly enforced and is not subject to review or appeal. Any resident freshman who brings an unauthorized vehicle to campus will not receive a parking permit for one semester after they reach 50 credits.

Resident students who need to drop off items to their residence halls should call the Security Office (x2282 or 845-471-1822 and request permission to park for loading /unloading. Loading Parking is limited to 15 Minutes. When calling ask the Security Office for a Blotter Number. If you receive a ticket during the loading time it will be voided as long as you have obtained a Blotter Number.

Resident Students who find their assigned lot full should also call the Security Office. You will be assigned in alternate lot for 12 hours. Ask for a Blotter Number in case you receive a ticket.

Commuter Student Parking

Commuter students will be assigned each academic year to the College designated commuters parking areas, Beck Place (West)/Fulton - Lot #11, Steel Plant - Lot #5, and McCann/Sheahan Lot #2. Other lots may be designated for commuter parking based on need. Commuters may park in staff lots (Monday thru Friday) after 5:30pm and all day weekends (excluding lot #6 and #8). Vehicles must be moved by 10 pm.
Refer to Parking MapPDF

Faculty, Administrator and Staff Parking

Faculty, administrators and staff will be assigned, upon hiring or change of work location, to designated parking facilities as near as possible to the location of their work assignment. Parking in any unauthorized lot at any time is not permitted. The following lots have been designated as Employee parking lots:

McCann, Sheahan – Lot #2, Donnelly – Lot #4, Steel Plant – Lot #5, Byrne - Lot #6, Gatehouse - Lot #8, Science Bldg. - Lot #9, Mid Rise- Lot #10, Beck Place - Lot #11, Riverview - Lot #12, Dyson/Foy/Fontaine – Lot #14

Refer to Parking MapPDF

Faculty, administrators and staff who need permits for more than one vehicle should contact the Office of Safety and Security.

Handicapped Parking

Marist College provides designated handicap parking spaces in all lots across the campus. Only vehicles exhibiting official state issued handicap plates or official local government issued handicap permits will be permitted to park in designated handicap parking spaces. These permits can be obtained, with appropriate medical documentation, through local law enforcement agencies. The official plates or local permits will be recognized only when the driver of the vehicle or the passenger present is the individual to whom the plates/permit are issued. MARIST COLLEGE DOES NOT ISSUE HANDICAP PARKING PERMITS. Vehicles parked in a designated handicap space without the proper permit will be ticketed, "booted" (immobilized) or towed. It should be noted that handicap parking rules are enforced on campus by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department as well as Marist College Security. Staff and student vehicles with handicapped permits must have their cars registered with the Office of Safety and Security.

Vehicle operators may be requested to verify that the handicapped permit is issued for their use. Fraudulent use of a handicapped permit may result in revocation of all campus parking privileges.

Visitor Parking

Vehicles displaying a Marist College parking permit found parked in a designated visitor space will be ticketed, "booted" (immobilized) or towed. Visitor Parking is reserved for the use of off campus visitors only.

Vehicle Use and Parking Regulations

The following regulations are applicable to all vehicles except as modified by other sections of the policy statement.

  1. The maximum speed limit on all campus roadways and in all campus parking lots is 20 miles per hour.
  2. No motor vehicle may be parked at any time in or on:
    • Any campus roadway or shoulder of a road or on grass.
    • Fire lanes; within 20 feet of a fire hydrant; an emergency zone or any other area restricted by the college.
    • Service vehicle areas; loading dock areas; sidewalks or other pedestrian walkways, including cross walks.
    • Any parking lot other than the one to which the vehicle is assigned and for which a parking pass has been issued.
    • Any part of an assigned lot other than a space designated by striping.
    • Any designated handicap spot unless a handicap permit is visible.
    • Any space designated for visitors or otherwise reserved or restricted.
    • Any parking lot access road or through lane, end zone, etc.
    • Any location that obstructs roadway or parking lot traffic flow or blocks building access or blocks another vehicle.
  3. Snow Removal and Temporary closure of Parking Lots and Roadways:
    • The college reserves the right to close or temporarily close parking lots and roadways to conduct snow removal operations, to make necessary repairs, or for special events. Registered vehicle owners are expected to comply fully with all related snow removal/closure restrictions and to remove parked vehicles from parking lot in a timely matter to facilitate snow removal efforts.
  4. Traffic Control:
    • Vehicles shall be operated on campus at all times so as not to endanger life or property. No person shall drive a vehicle on College roadways or in College parking areas at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent under the existing conditions, but in no event at a speed greater than 20 miles per hour.
    • Vehicle operators shall follow the directions on posted traffic signs throughout the campus at all times.
    • Vehicle operators shall at all times yield to pedestrians in designated crosswalks and at intersections everywhere on campus.
  5. Other:
    • Abandoned motor vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.
    • Vehicles booted must pay fines and remove vehicle within 48 hours or vehicle will be towed.
    • No trading permits and/or allowing others to use your permit w/out permission from security office.
    • Permits must be affixed to outside of vehicle.
    • Motorcycles also require a permit.


Penalties for Violation of Vehicle Use and Parking Regulations

The following fines will be assessed for violators of College vehicle and parking policies. In addition, repeat offenders' vehicles will be "booted" (immobilized) or towed at the owners expense and may have their on campus parking privileges revoked. An individual will be considered a "repeat" offender even if all previous fines have been paid.

Failure to register vehicle $30.00
Failure to display parking permit $10.00
Parking in restricted area $25.00
Obstructing traffic $25.00
Failure to park in marked space $25.00
Parking in NO parking area $25.00
Parking on road $25.00
Parking in Fire/Loading Zone $50.00
Blocking doors and exits $50.00
Driving on walkway or grass $25.00 + DAMAGES
Passing Stop sign $25.00
Excessive Speed $25.00
Hindering snow removal $25.00
Parking in Handicap Space/Ramp $50.00
Parking in Cross Walk $25.00
Display of unauthorized/altered decal/pass $75.00 + LOSS OF CAMPUS PARKING
Blocking vehicle $25.00
Boot removal $35.00
Forged Permit $50.00 + LOSS OF CAMPUS PARKING

A fine is a financial obligation to the college which must be paid. Students who receive tickets must pay their fines at the Student Financial Services Office within ten (10) days of issuance or their account will be charged. All others must pay their fines at the Business Office.

Parking Ticket Appeals

Parking Ticket Appeals may be done with Student Government Association (Student Center 348). Student Government handles all appeals. All appeals are final.

Escort Policies

Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP)

The Office of Safety and Security provides an escort program, Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol, (SNAP) for all students and employees.

SNAP was designed to provide the Marist Community with a safe means to travel around the campus at night. The SNAP employees who complete the escorts are students employed by the Office of Safety and Security.

These students are held to the highest of Marist standards and are equipped with radios, flashlights, and safety jackets in addition to having specialized training. These individuals are not policy enforcers but can act as an additional set of eyes and ears for the security force at Marist College. SNAP Safewalkers can report dangerous situations on the campus by radio to the Office of Safety and Security while at the same time helping to bridge the gap between the Marist Community and Security. However, the main and single most important responsibility of the SNAP Safewalkers is to provide walking escorts to the Marist Community in a safe and respectful manner.

What is the Purpose of the Escort Service?
The Marist College SNAP Program was established with the purpose of increasing the safety felt within our community during the nighttime hours.
Who is eligible for the escort services?
SNAP is a free service and is available to all students, staff, and faculty members.
When are the escorts available?
Escorts are available five nights a week, beginning Sunday night and going into Friday morning.
September to April
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 7:00 pm to 2:00 am
April and May
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 7:00 pm to 3:00 am
Escorts that are needed on Friday and Saturday nights will be handled through the assistance of the Security Office.
How does the SNAP Program Work?
All escorts will be walking, with the exception of escorts to Talmadge Court. Students on the west side of campus will receive a walking escort to Donnelly Hall and a ride to Talmadge. Students on the east side of campus will be picked up and taken to Talmadge.
Can I have an escort from a parking lot?
If an escort is needed from a parking lot please call Security, stop by on your way to the lot, use a blue phone in the lot, or call from your cell phone. Once in the parking lot, please remain in your vehicle with your doors locked and your headlights on.
How do I arrange an escort?
Please call x SNAP (7627) for an escort 10 to 15 minutes ahead of time. You will need to provide your name, location, destination, and number of people that need an escort. However, escorts will be provided in the order requests were placed. Please wait for the SNAP Safewalkers at the agreed upon location.
What should I do if I have a problem with one of the SNAP Safewalkers?
All complaints should be made to the Coordinator of the SNAP program. If there is an immediate complaint regarding a Safewalker's behavior, please call the Office of Safety and Security at x2282 immediately and ask to speak with the Charge of Shift (Security Supervisor).
Do you need a job?
Stop by Security for an application or call x2282 (471-1822 when off-campus). We can only hire students who are eligible for work study.

DO NOT accept any escort from an individual not wearing a Marist College SNAP Jacket and SNAP ID Card.