RobertsBuilding, 1st floor 207-859-5530 Emergency only: 207-859-5911 www.colby.edu/campus_cs/security/The Department of Security is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round. It is staffed by Director of Security Peter Chenevert, Assistant Director Jeff Coombs, six officers, five reserve officers, four dispatchers, and, during the academic year, 45 student members.In an emergency, individuals can contact Security by using the blue emergency phones located throughout campus, including phones at the main door of each residence hall. The emergency phone number is 207-859-5911. This number is to be used for emergency calls only, i.e., fire, medical emergencies, suspicious or criminal activities, etc.
Colby is concerned about the safety and welfare of all campus members and guests, and the College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment. In general, the greaterWatervillearea, and Colby in particular, are relatively safe communities. Realizing, however, that no college campus is free of crime, Colby has developed policies and procedures that are designed to protect persons and property on campus.
Emergency call boxes are located throughout the Colby campus. These call boxes are for EMERGENCY USE ONLY. Once a box is activated a user will be able to speak directly to the dispatcher in the Security Office. A security officer will be dispatched to respond to the call location. False or prank call box activation will result in a $750 fine. A second violation will result in automatic suspension.
Colby has installed and maintains an extensive network of lighting around its buildings, parking lots, roadways, and walkways to keep the campus well lighted. Security officers report any burned out lights or other problems for repairs nightly. Periodically members of the security, dean of students, and physical plant staffs conduct evening tours of the campus to review lighting and other environmental concerns for safety.
Colby Check is a property identification program to help prevent thefts and vandalism of student-owned property.The program allows members of the Colby community to check out engravers from the Security Office to use to mark their valuables. An identification list is filled out detailing the person’s valuables, including value and serial number, and is filed with the Security Office. Should a theft take place, these preventive measures will assist the Department of Security and the local police department in tracking and recovering marked items.
Security officers provide rides on campus when an individual cannot drive himself or herself. Reasons might include sickness, injury, or intoxication.
Escort Service At any time during the day or night students can arrange for a security officer or student patrol to escort them across campus simply by calling 207-859-5530. An officer or student patrol will escort the student either on foot or in a security vehicle.
The Jitney offers free rides downtown and back to Colby community members and
also makes runs to the Concourse, Elm, Hannaford, Shaw’s, and Wal-Mart plazas. The Jitney
operates on a scheduled basis daily from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and on an on-call basis
between the hours of 7:00 pm to midnight on Sunday through Wednesday and 7:00 pm to 2:00
am Thursday through Saturday. A schedule of stops is posted in each residence hall
or may be picked up at the Security Office. The Jitney is a shuttle service for
the Colby campus and does not leave the Waterville city limits (or residential
areas designated nearby). It will only take passengers to or from the campus.
It will not take passengers from one downtown point to another.
Lost and Found
Lost and found services are centralized through the Department of Security.
Lost: Property that is lost should be reported to Security. The report will be cross-checked with property being held at the office. If the item is not being held, a general description of the property will be placed in the Lost and Found logbook. If the property shows up at a later date the student will be notified by Security. It is important that Security be notified if the property is found by someone else.
Found: Property that is found should be turned in to the Department of Security, where a report will be filed and cross-checked with other reports to determine the proper owner. Property turned in as found will be held a minimum of 90 days. After that time the item becomes the property of Colby and will be disposed of as necessary.
Security officers monitor parties to check for problems or disturbances. Officers check periodically throughout the duration of the scheduled event to ensure that all College policies and regulations are being followed. Although security officers are there to do party checks, it is the responsibility of the student host(s) to make sure that the party is run responsibly. Individuals in attendance at the event and/or the party host can be held responsible for any and all violations noted by security officers, other College officials, or other agencies.
R.A.D.S. (Rape Aggression Defense Systems)
Colby offers the R.A.D.S. self-defense program for women through the Department of Security. R.A.D.S. is the fastest growing and largest women’s self-defense program in the country and was developed by a campus law enforcement officer to bridge the gap between the common crime prevention lecture and the basic martial arts class.
R.A.D.S. is a dynamic, 15-hour course that consists of easy-to-learn techniques that have realistic and practical applications. The educational format also includes awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance strategies. The R.A.D.S. objective is “to develop and enhance the options of self-defense so they may become more viable considerations to women who are attacked.” The course provides women with both physical and psychological self-defense options that may be used in a confrontational situation.
There are three certified R.A.D.S. instructors at Colby who conduct the R.A.D.S. course several times each year. There is a nominal $10 fee to cover the cost of the student manual, however, this manual may be used at a later date as an admission ticket to another R.A.D.S. course anywhere in the country.
Emergencysafetyadvisories warning the campus of a potential danger are postedthroughout the campusas soon as possible after a serious incident has occurred. Names and specific locations are not posted on the advisories, but details such as a description of the assailant, the suspect’s vehicle, and last known location are all posted. These advisories are distributed and posted in all residence halls and dining halls, as well as other campus locations.
Safe Ride The Safe Ride program operates the Jitney van seven days a week between2 p.m.and12 a.m.when classes are in session. Safe Ride will take a rider to his or her place of residence only.
During orientation, every student new to Colby receives an emergency whistle and is advised to carry it at all times. These whistles are to be used only in a crisis situation (e.g., assault, medical injury, etc.). Lost whistles may be replaced through a request to the Office of Campus Life.
Upon hearing a whistle, any student, faculty, or staff member should immediately go toward the sound, unless it is unsafe to do so, to render assistance. Assistance may be defined as immediately contacting the Security Office by activating the nearest “blue light” call box or by phoning that office at ext. 5911. Significant fines will be imposed for falsely activating a call box.
Social Events Guidance
The Department of Security can provide guidance in planning social events. The legalities of alcohol use and the protection of facilities are prime concerns that pose no problems if considered in advance. Security officers monitor parties to check for disturbances. When necessary, they will escort troublemakers and intoxicated persons from the party. Officers will arrange for courtesy rides for individuals too intoxicated to drive. They also check on amounts of alcohol and alternative beverages used at all parties and ensure that party-goers adhere to all fire regulations and that the number of attendees does not exceed the room’s stated capacity.
Taxi Vouchers Colby has developed a voucher policy with taxi cab companies ofWaterville. If students need a ride to or from campus, they need to contact the Security Office at 207-859-5530. To use a voucher, Colby students must show their ColbyCard to the driver and must sign the voucher. Vouchers are processed through the campus student billing system and added to the student’s term bill. Students are responsible for all charges to their Colby account.
Timely Warnings In the event a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Office of the Dean of Students or the Director of Security, constitutes a serious or continuing threat to students and employees, a campus wide "Timely Warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through one or both of the following means: the College may post a notice on bulletin boards throughout the campus, or the College may send an e-mail to students, faculty, and staff.
Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Office of the Dean of Students or the Department of Security.