Iliff Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Fall 2013
The security and well-being of our community is of great concern to the Iliff School of Theology (Iliff). For this reason, Iliff contracts the University of Denver Department of Campus Safety to patrol the campus. Both Iliff and the University of Denver (D.U.) Department of Campus Safety are dedicated to keeping the campus a great place to live and work. However, this type of environment depends on the cooperation and involvement of individuals in safeguarding themselves and others.
The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 was initiated by Howard and Connie Clery after their daughter, Jeanne, was tragically murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Amendments to this act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery. The Clery Act, as it is now known, has numerous compliance requirements which apply to all public and private post-secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs. Regulatory oversight is provided by the U.S. Department of Education. See http://clerycenter.org/summary-jeanne-clery-act for additional background and detail.
The campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics included in this document are compiled and provided by the University of Denver Department of Campus Safety (Campus Safety). Reports made to Campus Safety, the Denver Police Department, and those designated as the Iliff’s “campus security authorities” (CSA’s) are included in these statistics. Denver Police statistical data is requested annually by Campus Safety and is reviewed and compared with reports to Campus Safety in an effort to minimize double reporting.
This document is prepared and published in accordance with, and required by, The Clery Act. Notification of the existence of this publication is made annually prior to Oct. 1st by way of an email to all Iliff community members. A printed copy of this report may be obtained by writing Iliff School of Theology, Attn: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver CO, 80210 or by requesting a copy in person from the Information Desk personnel at Iliff during the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Most campus buildings and facilities are accessible to members of the campus community during the business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guests and visitors are welcome during these hours but are required to sign in and obtain a visitor’s badge at the Information Desk. Guest and visitor access is confined to areas of the school which are deemed as “public,” such as the Taylor Library, the lobby of Skaggs Hall, and the location of Sacred Time services.
During the academic quarter, Taylor Library, located inside Skaggs Hall, is also open during regular school business hours; Monday-Thursday evenings; and Saturday and Sunday for limited hours of study. These hours are typically Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 2- 6 p.m. For additional information and to verify hours, please call 303-744-1287 or visit the Taylor Library on this site. After hours access should be coordinated with the Director of Facilities Maintenance by calling 303-765-3186.
With the exception of Taylor Hall, all campus buildings are secured externally and internally utilizing standard lock and key mechanisms. Taylor Hall is one of four residential facilities on campus and is equipped with electronic access control on its main entrance. Individual rooms are keyed with standard lock and key mechanisms. Lost keys should be reported immediately to the director of Facilities Maintenance by calling 303-765-3186.
Maintenance, Grounds, and Lighting
The Facilities department conducts regular and routine inspection and maintenance of campus buildings and grounds. These inspections include, but are not limited to, campus landscaping, locks, and lighting. Community members are encouraged to report maintenance and physical security concerns by calling the director of Facilities Maintenance at 303-765-3186.
Safety and Security Services on Campus; Authority of D.U. Campus Safety Officers
Iliff maintains a contractual agreement with Campus Safety, to provide security, patrol, and response services on campus. Campus Safety’s liaison with Iliff in this regard is the director of Facilities Maintenance.
Campus Safety officers routinely patrol campus buildings and parking lots in addition to responding to calls for service. These patrols are done on foot, in marked vehicles, and on bicycle. Campus Safety officers are on duty and available to assist 24 hours a day, seven days as week, 365 days a year. Campus Safety officers are licensed by the City and County of Denver. Officers may detain individuals for disposition by Denver police if they have viewed a criminal act or reasonably believe that an individual has violated a city ordinance, state or federal law.
Campus Safety officers typically serve as the community’s primary liaison with outside law enforcement officials. The Denver Police Department has ultimate law enforcement jurisdiction when responding to campus. When called, Denver police officers make the final determination regarding violations of law, as well as the disposition of detained persons.
In the event a crime occurs on campus and is reported to both DPD and Campus Safety, investigations may be assigned and completed by both agencies. As in all matters, Campus Safety works collaboratively with the DPD to investigate crimes occurring on campus. Assuming no criminal charges have, or may result, Campus Safety will always defer to the Denver Police Department’s authority in an effort to maintain evidentiary integrity and the best possible outcome. In these cases, Campus Safety’s investigation will be coordinated with, or completed immediately subsequent to, the DPD investigation.
Iliff does not have any officially recognized student organizations that have property/locations off campus. If student organizations hold an event off-campus there is no outside monitoring or recording of those events.
Personal Safety and Property Security
Iliff is, and has always been, concerned with the safety of students, employees and visitors as well as the security of their personal property. On behalf of the school, Campus Safety displays their crime prevention literature and information in the Skaggs Hall lobby. Campus Safety employs a full-time crime prevention officer who is available to provide crime awareness, prevention and victim services materials on campus.
Campus Safety gives a crime prevention and safety presentation at New Student Orientation in the fall. A Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Program is presented in the Spring Quarter to interested students and staff. Additionally, Iliff makes training available for employees at various times through the year. Information on these training programs is emailed to staff by the Business Office.
Female Iliff students and employees are encouraged to enroll in a RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) class offered periodically by Campus Safety. RAD is a crime prevention and self-defense class designed specifically for females. In addition to providing preventative information, it is designed to develop and enhance self-defense options so they become viable for women being attacked sexually or otherwise. According to RAD, 90 percent of self-defense is risk awareness and avoidance.
All community members are encouraged to exercise sound judgment and accept personal responsibility for the safety of their persons and the security of their property. For additional information regarding crime prevention and crime prevention tips, visit http://www.du.edu/campussafety/crimeprevention/index.html.
Procedures for Reporting Crimes and Other Emergencies
Due to its contractual agreement with Iliff, Campus Safety provides safety and security services on campus. D.U. Campus Safety’s dispatch center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by trained professionals. However, in life-threatening emergencies, or when you need immediate police, fire, or medical assistance, make the following TWO calls, remembering to dial 9 if using a land-line phone from inside the School:
- When practical, also call D. U. Campus Safety Emergency at 303-871-3000
The 911 operator will assist in directing the necessary response from city emergency services, i.e., police, fire and paramedics. Be prepared to give the operator information about the emergency, including:
- Your name, address, and phone number for verification.
- A description of suspicious person(s) or vehicle(s) involved (if applicable).
- On a first aid call, determine if the victim is conscious and breathing.
For additional 911 system information, visit http://www.denvergov.org/safety/DepartmentofSafety/EmergencyServices/911EmergencyCommunications/tabid/443382/Default.aspx
Community members are strongly encouraged to report all emergencies, criminal incidents, and suspicious activities immediately to Campus Safety. Crimes of a non-emergent nature may be reported by calling 303-871-2334.
Reporting Crime on Campus
Members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to report all criminal activity immediately to Campus Safety. When a crime is reported to Campus Safety, a Campus Safety officer responds, completes a preliminary investigation and, if appropriate and/or requested by the victim, coordinates further action with the Denver Police Department. In all cases, an offense report is completed. Additional investigation may be assigned as necessary. All reports made to Campus Safety involving occurrences on the Iliff campus are forwarded to the Iliff School’s director of Facilities Maintenance for internal review and disposition.
Reports of crime may also be made directly to the Denver Police Department or to any “Campus Security Authority” (CSA) as defined by federal law (The Clery Act). A CSA is defined as “an official of the institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” At Iliff, the following positions have been deemed CSA for this purpose:
- Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty
- Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Fiscal Officer
- Director of Facilities Maintenance
These CSAs have been provided with a reporting form and directions in its use. These reports are forwarded to Alisha Eno, who oversees the school’s Clery Act compliance, for internal review and disposition and to D.U. Campus Safety for statistical tracking and reporting.
Crimes that should be reported are:
- Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
- Negligent manslaughter
- Forcible sex offenses
- Non-forcible sex offenses
- Aggravated assault
- Motor vehicle theft
- Hate Crimes
- All liquor, drug or weapons law violations resulting in an arrest
Definitions of these crimes may be found at http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/offenses.cfm.
Clery Act crimes reported directly to the Denver Police Department that occur in Iliff’s reporting area will be included in the annual statistics the DPD includes in it’s annual report to Campus Safety. Therefore, these crimes will be included in Iliff’s annual crime statistics.
Community members are strongly encouraged to report all criminal activity immediately to Campus Safety and/or the Denver Police Department. Formal reports of this nature are documented and investigated.
However, Iliff recognizes that in certain situations, individuals who are victims of crime may not wish to disclose certain details of crimes or their identities. Although no formal confidential reporting process currently exists, instances of crime can be reported to a CSA and at the same time, individuals can request that their name be omitted from the reporting form. Reports made only to a listed CSA will typically not be investigated by D.U. Campus Safety or the Denver Police Department.
The Clery Act specifically exempts “Pastoral Counselors” and “Professional Counselors” from the requirements of a CSA. However, people serving in these capacities are encouraged to inform clients of voluntary confidential reporting procedures.
Timely Warning/Crime Alert Policy
Crimes requiring or generating a “timely warning” include crimes against persons in addition to serious property crime such as forcible burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson. Timely warnings on the Iliff campus are issued one of two ways:
1) The University of Denver, Department of Campus Safety has agreed to provide the Iliff community with “timely warnings” of crimes that are “considered by their institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.” These “timely warnings” are issued at the discretion of the director of the University of Denver, Department of Campus Safety in the form of a “D.U. Campus Safety Crime Alert.” Depending on the circumstances of the crime, these “timely warnings” will be sent via email by Campus Safety to Iliff’s director of Facilities Maintenance and/or the vice president for Business Affairs. See http://www.du.edu/campussafety/index.html for additional information and currently posted D.U. Campus Safety Crime Alerts. Reports of this nature made directly to the Denver Police are forwarded to D.U. Campus Safety for evaluation and disposition.
2) Timely warnings may also be issued to the Iliff community based on the discretion of the school’s vice president for Business Affairs and the director of Facilities Maintenance based on information received through D.U. Campus Safety’s Daily Incident Report or Denver Police Department Crime Alerts.
In either instance, depending on the circumstances of the crimes, the pertinent content of the warning may be distributed to all Iliff community members who have an active Iliff email address. These warnings may also be posted on my.iliff, and, if deemed appropriate, paper copies of these warnings may also be posted in prominent locations throughout campus.
Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
Iliff’s Critical Incident Management Plan includes information about Critical Incident Management Teams, incident levels, shelter-in-place, and evacuation guidelines. The school conducts at least one drill per calendar year in the main Iliff/Skaggs Hall building and two drills per year in each of the residential apartment buildings. These drills are designed to assess and evaluate the emergency procedures of the institution.
Iliff contracts with the University of Denver Department of Campus Safety to provide security services. Campus Safety officers have been trained in procedures necessary for responding to Critical Incidents on campus. When a serious incident occurs on campus, staff and students are directed to call 911 first and then, if possible, to call Campus Safety. First responders to the scene are usually Denver Police Department, Denver Fire Department, and Campus Safety. These entities will typically respond and work together as a team to manage the incident. Depending on the incident, departments within the school and other local or federal agencies could also be involved in responding to the incident.
General information about the emergency response and evacuation procedures for the school are publicized in a blast email each year as part of the institution’s Clery Act compliance.
All community members are strongly encouraged to report any situation or incident on campus that involves a significant emergency or dangerous situation that may involve an immediate or ongoing threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus. Iliff has the responsibility of responding to, and summoning the necessary significant emergency or dangerous situation. The Denver Police Department and/or Campus Safety have a responsibility to respond to such incidents to determine if the situation does in fact, pose a threat to the community. If that is the case, Federal Law requires that the institution immediately notify the campus community that may be affected by the situation.
Notification to the Iliff community about an Immediate Threat
If Campus Safety or the Denver Police Department confirm an immediate threat to the health or safety of the members of the Iliff community, the Critical Incident Management Team will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the judgment of first responders (including, but not limited to: DPD, DFD, Campus Safety), compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
In the event of a serious incident that poses an immediate threat to members of the Iliff community, the school has various systems in pace for communicating information quickly. Some or all of these methods of communication may be activated in the event of an immediate threat to the Iliff community. These methods of communication include network emails, emergency text messages that can be sent to a phone or PDA (individuals can sign up for this service on Canvas by following a link located on the Tech Docs page), social media, announcements sent through the intercom system, and/or the main Iliff telephone number.
The school will provide updates as needed to stakeholders via the School’s main website, phone number, and where appropriate, local media and social media.
Daily Crime Log
Pursuant to the Clery Act, a “daily crime log” is maintained by Campus Safety. This daily crime log is referred to as the Daily Incident Report and is a record of crimes reported to Campus Safety on a daily basis. A copy of this report is sent to Iliff administrators on a daily basis. It is provided in an effort to give the University Park Campus community (including Iliff) general information as it relates to crime reported on and about Iliff and University of Denver campuses. Reports of crime made to Campus Safety that originate from the Iliff campus will be included in this Daily Incident Report. A monthly crime log is also maintained by Campus Safety. It is referred to as the “Current Crime Log.”
Finally, the Clery Act allows an institution to withhold Crime Log information i.e., the nature, date, time, location and/or disposition of a report if any of the following conditions apply:
- The disclosure was prohibited by law.
- The disclosure would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim.
- The disclosure would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual.
- The disclosure would cause a suspect to flee or evade detection.
- The disclosure would result in destruction of evidence.
The current copy of the Crime Log can be found at http://www.du.edu/campussafety/reports/index.html A har.d copy is also maintained at the Information Desk inside the main entrance of Iliff.
Questions and comments regarding the Crime Log or other campus safety and security concerns may be directed to Campus Safety by calling 303-871-2000 or by visiting http://www.du.edu/campussafety/contact-us/index.html.
Monitoring and Recording Criminal Activity
Campus Safety tracks and records index crimes occurring on the DU campus and in those areas immediately contiguous to the main campus, including Iliff, where many students live and frequently access. These crimes are categorized as:
On Campus: (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by any institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and (2) Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area identified in section (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes.
Non-Campus Building or Property: (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (2) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Public Property: All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
On-Campus Residential: Dormitories or other residential facilities for students on campus.
Hate Crimes: Per federal requirement, “institutions must include by geographic location and by category of prejudice, any of the (above reported) offenses, and any other crime involving bodily injury reported to local police agencies or to a “campus security authority” that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias.” The categories of bias include: Race, Gender, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Ethnicity/National origin, and Disability. No hate crimes were reported in 2009. One hate crime was reported in 2010. No hate crimes were reported in 2011. For additional details, please see crime statistics.
Alcohol, Drugs, and Controlled Substances Policy
This policy applies to all students and to all employees regardless of classification or position.
Maintaining a safe and healthy working and learning environment is a vital concern to Iliff and the school is committed to taking action necessary to create such an environment. In recognition of this commitment, and through federal, state, and local mandates, the manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, possession, or use of a controlled substance, whether alcohol, illegal drugs, or legal drugs used illegally, is prohibited on school property except under certain circumstances, which are detailed in the paragraph below. Alcoholic beverages may not be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person under 21 years of age. Reporting for either class or work while under the influence of controlled substances is also prohibited.
The consumption of alcohol at events hosted on school property by Iliff’s president is allowed under the school’s current alcohol policy that requires express written permission from the president, the presence of the president at the scheduled event for the duration of the gathering, and the use of an approved caterer who adheres to Colorado’s bartending education/training requirements. The school’s governance structure permits the senior vice-president/academic dean to provide permission and supervision at such events in the absence of the president.
Employees who must use an over-the counter or prescription drug that causes adverse side effects should determine through consultation with their physician, or other medical expert, if the adverse side effects are such that they may affect their ability to perform their specific job duties in a safe and productive manner. If there is a concern, the employee should notify their supervisor prior to starting work. The employee’s supervisor, along with appropriate Iliff management, after appropriate inquiry, will decide if the employee should remain at work and what work restrictions, if any, are necessary.
Possible sanctions for students and employees found to be in violation of the school’s Alcohol, Drug, and Controlled Substances Policy include:
- Face-to-face meeting with the academic vice-president/dean or the dean’s designee or, in the case of an employee, direct supervisor; oral or written warnings; and/or referral to appropriate drug/alcohol education and treatment programs. Repeated violations may result in probation, suspension, or dismissal.
- In addition, the following minimal sanctions will be imposed if an employee or a student is convicted under local, state or federal statues of a drug-related offense occurring on Iliff property: a) The first conviction will result in the required completion of a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the school as a condition of continued enrollment; b) The second conviction will result in the immediate dismissal of a student.
- As a condition of continuation of enrollment, the student must report all convictions of drug offenses occurring on campus within five days of such conviction.
- Student drug/alcohol treatment programs will be administered by Centus Counseling. Employees will be referred to the Iliff’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
See Appendix 1 for legal penalties associated with drug and alcohol use.
See Appendix 2 for health effects of drug and alcohol use.
Sexual Assault Policy, Procedures and Programs
Iliff is a community of trust whose very existence depends on adherence to standards of conduct. Sexual misconduct of any form is not tolerated.
Sexual assault is described as the threat or commission of behavior used to obtain sexual gratification against another’s will or at the expense of another, such as, inducing fear, shame, or mental suffering. Sexual assault includes unwanted sexual acts or actions, whether by an acquaintance, a person in the position of authority, or a stranger, that occurs without indication of consent of both individuals or under threat or coercion. Sexual assault can occur either forcibly and/or against a person’s will, or when a person is incapable of giving consent, such as when they are incapacitated by alcohol or drugs. Silence does not, in and of itself, constitute consent.
Sexual assault may include, but is not limited to, rape; forcible sodomy; forcible oral copulation; sexual assault with an object; sexual battery; forcible fondling; and threat of sexual assault. Even when someone known to the victim perpetrates the assault, it is a crime.
Being assaulted is never a victim’s fault. Nothing a victim does, says, or wears, gives anyone the right to assault him or her sexually, or otherwise.
Iliff offers it’s students and employees a voluntary Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention program each school year facilitated by The University of Denver’s Department of Campus Safety. Educational literature is available at this time and from the Information Desk year round.
- You have the right to set limits. Be aware of gender stereotypes such as “being assertive is not feminine” or it’s “macho to score.” These attitudes get in the way of honest relationships.
- Communicate your limits clearly and verbally.
- Trust your instincts. If a situation doesn’t feel right, get away from it.
- Listen to what your partner is saying. Don’t make assumptions.
- Speak up when others joke or talk about their sexual conquests. Let others know where you stand.
- Remember, drugs and alcohol decrease your ability to take care of yourself and make good decisions.
- First date or blind date? Check your date out with friends. Go to public places and go with friends.
- Don’t leave a party, concert, or bar with someone you just met or don’t know well.
- Be wary of behavior that makes you feel uncomfortable. If it persists, leave.
- Stand up for yourself. If someone is pressuring you, make it clear that you don’t like it.
Suggestions for individuals working to end sexual violence include:
- Remember that sexual assault is not just a women’s issue. All genders are responsible for preventing sexual assault and rape.
- Understand what your partner wants. “No” means no—never assume what your partner wants sexually.
- Don’t engage in sexual relations with someone who is too drunk to make responsible decisions, has passed out, is asleep, or is unconscious. Legally, this is sexual assault.
- Realize that what you say can have an impact. Casual conversation is the best way to influence your peers to prevent an incident that could hurt others. Silence can be mistaken by your friends as approval of sexist or violent behaviors.
- Report an incident as soon as possible. If you see someone in trouble at a party, don’t be afraid to intervene. It’s easy to use your cell phone to notify campus authorities, the police or someone you know who could stop it.
What to Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted
The most important thing a rape victim can do is to let someone know what happened. Tell a DU Campus Safety officer, the academic vice-president/dean, the police, a friend, a rape crisis center, a hospital, or someone else that you trust. Don’t isolate yourself, don’t feel guilty, and don’t try to ignore it. Whether committed by a stranger or someone you know, sexual assault is a violation of your body and your trust. It is never your fault and there are people who can help!
If you are assaulted:
- Your first priority should be to get to a place of safety.
- Iliff strongly advocates that you call 911 or contact DU Campus Safety at 303-871-3000 in a timely manner and that you file a formal report with the police. Campus Safety can provide immediate assistance and, if necessary, contact resources such as the Denver Police Department, a rape crisis center, and victim assistance to help you.
- Don’t shower, wash douche, or change your clothes, even though this may be your immediate reaction. If you choose to pursue criminal charges, evidence may still exist if you don’t wash.
- Seek medical attention. You may have internal injuries, and you shouldn’t live in fear of STD’s, AIDS, or an unwanted pregnancy.
- Trained medical staff may also assist you in contacting experienced sexual response assault team members who can help you file a police report, collect and preserve evidence, and provide victim assistance and rape crisis advocacy services.
- If you have been a victim of sexual assault at this institution, or perpetrated by a student or staff member, make a formal report to the academic vice-president/dean. She can be reached through 303-765-3183.
- Get counseling to help you deal with your feelings.
If someone you know is assaulted:
- Don’t judge. Listen.
- Give comfort. Let your friend know that they are not to blame. Realized they may be dealing with fear, embarrassment, humiliation, and guilt.
- Encourage action. Offer support for their decision to call Campus Safety, the police, a sexual assault hotline, or go to the hospital.
- Encourage your friend to take control as soon as they are able.
- Don’t let your own feelings get in the way of helping your friend.
Grievance Policy procedures are detailed online at my.iliff, as well as in the Staff and Student Handbooks.
Sexual assault is a violation of the standards of community conduct. Allegations of sexual assault should be brought to the attention of the academic vice-president/dean who may be reached at 303-765-3183.
Investigation of the complaint will be conducted by the president or the academic vice-president/dean and will be undertaken in an expeditious manner, assuring maximum confidentiality, and using the preponderance of evidence rule.
Specific guidelines for disciplinary procedures for cases involving sexual assault are detailed in the Master’s Student Handbook.
The Master’s Student Handbook (pdf) provides, in part, that the accused and the victim will each be allowed to choose from one person who has had no formal legal training to accompany them throughout the hearing. Both the victim and the accused will be notified, in writing, regarding the outcome of the hearing. Violations of the School’s Sexual Assault Policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and the perpetrator may be expelled, suspended, removed from campus, and/or terminated. Student victims have the option to change their academic and/or on-campus living situations after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available.
Resources that can help or provide information
- Emergency: 911
- DU Campus Safety emergency: 303-871-3000
- DU Campus Safety non-emergency: 303-871-2334
- Denver Police Department Victim Assistance Unit: 720-913-6035
- RAAP.org: 303-322-7273 or http://www.raap.org
- Denver Sexual Assault Interagency Council: http://www.denversaic.org/
Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act mandates that convicted sex offenders required to register under state law must also disclose their association with institutions of higher education when applicable. Specifically affected are those registered sex offenders who attend, are employed by/at, or volunteer at, institutions of post-secondary education.
Inquiries regarding registered sex offenders who reside in the neighborhood or who have disclosed an association with the University of Denver or Iliff, as noted above, should be directed to Denver Police Headquarters, 1331 Cherokee St., Denver, Colo. These requests must be made in person between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Additional information is available by calling 720-913-6050. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s convicted sex offender website can be found at http://sor.state.co.us.
Members of the Iliff community who believe that a student residing in on-campus housing is missing should immediately contact D.U. Campus Safety at 303-871-2334. They may also wish to contact the Director of Facilities Maintenance at 303-765-3186. Once notified of a potentially missing student, Campus Safety will initiate an investigation to determine the student’s status. Methods employed by Campus Safety to determine if a student is missing may include, but are not limited to: attempting to contact the missing student utilizing phone and email contact information they have provided to Iliff, retrieving their ID photo from the Admissions Office, checking their class schedule and attempting to contact them in class, contacting their family, their roommates (if applicable), and friends, etc.
Should Campus Safety’s investigation determine that the student is in fact missing, and has been missing for more than 24 hours, the Denver Police Department and the student’s designated missing person emergency contact will be notified.
Students living in on-campus housing are directed to designate a missing person contact on their Admissions forms. This contact person is separate from the emergency contact person also designated on the form and shall be kept confidential. Only law enforcement, in furtherance of a missing person investigation, will have access to the missing person contact information. In the event the student is suspected to be missing, their missing person contact will be contacted and not their emergency contact. Students may opt to have their missing person contact be the same as their emergency contact person.
Fire Safety Statement
To help ensure the safety of those residents in on-campus housing, the Denver Fire Department performs routine inspections of critical mechanical systems and emergency exits. Inspections of all fire extinguishers on campus occur once a year. Emergency evacuation and relocation drills are conducted two times per academic year in all residential facilities and one time per calendar year in the Skaggs Hall/Iliff Hall buildings.
To ensure that residents living in on-campus housing facilities are properly prepared to evacuate the building in the event of an emergency, the Facilities Department conducts 2 fire drills in each residential housing unit annually. These drills will be announced. All residents are expected to participate in drills, provided they are in their apartments when the drills occur.
Practice drills in Skaggs/Iliff Hall will be held at least one time per year. Individuals in the building during the drills will be required to participate.
Fire Safety Education
Fire safety education is accomplished through printed instructions to the community, which is comprised of residents; employees; and students; and through the completion of drills held throughout the year.
If you discover or suspect a fire in Taylor Hall, do the following:
- Exit your apartment, closing the door behind you.
- Locate the nearest fire pull and pull it.
- Exit the building and call 911, provide as much information as possible about the fire. If possible, call D.U. Campus Safety at 303-871-3000 to inform them of the fire.
- Evacuate to the patio area outside the main entrance of Iliff.
If you discover or suspect a fire in Schlessman, do the following:
- Exit your apartment, closing the door behind you.
- Knock on doors and verbally alert other residents on your way out and down the stairs.
- Call 911 and provide as much information as possible about the fire. If possible, call D.U. Campus Safety at 303-871-3000 to inform them of the fire.
- Evacuate to the patio area outside the main entrance of Iliff.
If you discover or suspect a fire in either University House or Doenges, do the following:
- Exit your apartment, closing the door behind you.
- Knock on doors and verbally alert other residents on your way out and down the stairs.
- Call 911 and provide as much information as possible about the fire. If possible, call D.U. Campus Safety at 303-871-3000 to inform them of the fire.
- Evacuate to the parking area between the two buildings.
For safety and statistical purposes all fires, whether active or extinguished, should be reported to the Facilities Department immediately.
If you discover or suspect a fire in Skaggs/Iliff Hall, do the following:
- Locate and pull the nearest fire alarm. If the alarm fails to operate, warn other occupants to evacuate the building by shouting the warning.
- Evacuate the building. Evacuation points have been designated as:
- The flagpole located next to the sidewalk, south of the main entrance and along E Iliff Ave.
- The flagpole at Mary Reed on DU’s campus.
- Call 911 and provide as much information as possible about the fire. Secondarily, call D.U. Campus Safety at 303-871-3000.
Please choose the evacuation point nearest to your location at the time the alarm sounds. Please remain at your evacuation point until given the all-clear by a member of the Facilities staff, DU Campus Safety, or a member the Denver Fire Department.
If you are alerted to the presence of smoke or fire, via alarm or other methods, immediately vacate the building via the nearest exit and proceed to your designated evacuation point (see above) until given the all-clear by an official of the Denver Fire Department, Denver Police Department, D.U. Campus Safety, or Iliff. Full cooperation in any evacuation is required.
Portable Electronic Devices, Smoking and Open Flame Policies
Iliff is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings, including residences, and on the grounds. Smoking is allowed on sidewalks adjacent to public streets.
Due to fire hazards, the following are prohibited in residential housing facilities:
- Space heaters
- Halogen lamps (as of January 1, 2011)
- High-wattage appliances
Fire Statistics 2010-2012 (download pdf)
General Crime Prevention Tips
- Avoid walking alone, especially after dark. If walking alone is unavoidable, be aware of your surroundings and let someone know when to expect you.
- Avoid shortcuts. The shortest route is not always the safest route. Walk along the mid-point
between curbs and buildings and away from alleys and bushes.
- Dress for mobility, particularly after dark.
- Avoid deserted areas, poorly lit streets, alleys, and pathways.
- Never jog alone.
- When walking or jogging, go against the flow of traffic; that makes it harder for motorists to bother you. (If harassed from a car, walk or run in the opposite direction. Scream if you are truly frightened.)
- Do not jog while wearing stereo headphones. It’s important to be alert to what’s happening
- Carry your personal belongings in a backpack or similar container that will enable your arms and hands to be free at all times.
- Avoid approaching your car with bundles that restrict use of your arms. If you’ve been shopping, ask the store for assistance.
- Always have your keys ready to unlock the door to your car or residence and enter without delay. Lock the doors after you get inside.
- Before entering your car, look in the back seat and on the floorboard.
- Always lock car doors and windows when you leave or enter your car.
- Never leave belongings in plain view in your car. Lock them in the trunk. Small electronics are common targets of theft. Take them with you!
- If someone in a vehicle attempts to stop you – even to ask for directions – do not get close to the
- Register, engrave, mark, and/or photograph all your valuables including bicycles, stereos, jewelry, vehicles, computers, etc.
- Never get on an elevator with someone who looks suspicious. If someone who looks suspicious gets on, get off immediately.
- Avoid using ATMs in dark, isolated areas; it’s best to use machines that are highly visible in public areas such as supermarkets.
- Never flash your cash.
- If you do not carry a cell phone, always have “emergency” change for a phone call.
- Be responsible with alcohol. If you are intoxicated, you are less alert and an easier target for
robbers and attackers.
- Program 911 and D.U. Campus Safety phone numbers into your cell phone.
Security in Residential Housing
- Never leave your door open, even if you will be gone for only a few minutes; especially, never prop any door open. Always lock doors, screens, and windows to prevent uninvited access to your residence.
- Don’t mark your key or key chain with your name, address, or telephone number.
- Do not give anyone a key to your residence .
- Do not leave valuables in plain sight.
- Never let strangers into your residence. This puts you at risk.
- Be aware of suspicious persons and activities. If you observe someone or something suspicious, notify DU Campus Safety at (303) 871-3000.
Helpful Telephone Numbers (must dial 9 from land line phones inside of Iliff)
Police/Fire/Ambulance Emergency -911
DU Campus Safety (emergency) 303-871-3000
DU Campus Safety (non-emergency) 303-871-2334
Denver Police Department Victim Assistance Unit 720-913-6035
RAAP.org, Rape Crisis Hotline 303-322-7273
Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center 303-739-1123