Campus Crime Prevention and Security Awareness Programs

The Miami University Police patrol the Oxford campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, using cars, bikes, and officers on foot. Campus Security (Securitas) patrols the Hamilton and Middletown campuses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, on foot and in vehicles. Campus Security (Securitas) patrols the Voice of America Learning Center Monday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on foot.

Emergency phones have been placed in locations throughout the Oxford, Hamilton, and Middletown campuses. When activated, an emergency phone connects a person to dispatch. Each emergency phone tower on the Oxford campus is capable of broadcasting emergency information to those in hearing distance of the tower. Police encourage all members of the community and visitors to report safety concerns to police.

The University Police Department may distribute throughout the Oxford campus printed materials and electronic notices promoting personal safety and alerting people to specific crimes or problems. The Institutional Response Team distributes safety awareness information online, https://miamioh.edu/emergency, and in printed materials, to students and employees. The Business Services and Student Life offices do the same thing for the Hamilton and Middletown campuses.

The University Police has a team of officers dedicated to community relations and crime prevention that coordinates numerous security awareness programs for the campus community, specifically to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Printed and electronic materials are distributed regularly from the station, through campus mail or email, and at fairs to provide crime prevention tips and information.

The following security awareness and crime prevention programs were provided by Miami University Police during calendar year 2017:

  • Alcohol and Drug Safety/Awareness related programs for students. Eight sessions conducted upon request.
  • New Student Orientation that provided general safety awareness, crime prevention, alcohol rules, and fire safety information to students. Information provided annually during all sessions of orientation.
  • General safety awareness and crime prevention information provided to current students upon request during all sessions.
  • International Student Orientation that provided general safety awareness and crime prevention information to international students. Information provided annually during three sessions of orientation.
  • Self-Defense Training was provided to students and staff. Eighteen sessions conducted upon request.
  • Active Shooter/Threat Awareness Training provided to faculty/staff. Information provided upon request during eight sessions.
  • Sexual Assault Awareness information provided to students, staff, and community members. Four sessions conducted upon request.
  • Campus Safety Day that provided general safety awareness, crime prevention information, and emergency information to current students. This program was conducted once.
  • Fire Safety Fair that provided general fire safety information to students and staff. This program was conducted annually during five sessions.

Additional information regarding emergency preparedness and procedures, including what to do in the event of an active shooter is available at www.miamioh.edu/campus-safety/emergency-procedures. Also, three videos on personal safety are available for check-out from King Library, and the department also loans engravers, provides property logs, and videotapes possessions. All services are provided at no charge. Fire safety policies, procedures, and statistics can be found at http://miamioh.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/fire-safety/index.html and http://miamioh.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/fire-statistics/index.html.

Safety Programs

These tips can help to ensure your safety:

  • Update your registration with the Miami Emergency Notification System (www.miamioh.edu/ens) to receive emergency text notification in situations on campus that pose an immediate danger.
  • Use the BCRTA SafeRide (formerly Nighttime Door-to-Door) service.
      -Oxford campus, (513) 785-5237 or toll-free (855)42-BCRTA (operates from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. M–Sat. and until 1 a.m. Sun)
      -Hamilton campus, 513-785-3222 (campus security)
      -Middletown campus, 513-727-3333 (campus security)
  • Use the free Miami bus system run by BCRTA available at http://miamioh.edu/parking/transportation/index.html  (operates until 1 a.m. Sun-Th and until 3 a.m. F-Sat).

You can also take advantage of the following resources promoting safety and awareness:

  • Miami Police provides presentations to small groups on a variety of safety topics and engraves and videotapes personal property. Call 513-529-2222.
  • Miami Police provide a variety of crime prevention tips (http://miamioh.edu/police/safety-tips-resources/crimeprevention/index.html), ranging from traveling alone to facts concerning Rohypnol.
  • Miami Police offers a 12-hour Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training to women. Cost is $30, which includes the RAD manual, certificates, and supplies. Call 513-529-2222.
  • Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS) addresses rape as a men’s issue. Male students meet in small, all-men’s groups to discuss how men can make a difference. To schedule a session or join the group, please email us at MARS@MiamiOH.edu or visit us on The HUB at https://muhub.campuslabs.com/engage/organizations

Code of Student Conduct

The Office of Community Standards is responsible for administering the Code of Student Conduct (see https://miamioh.edu/policy-library/students/student-code-of-conduct/index.html), which applies to students on all Miami campuses. The Code outlines the rights and responsibilities of students, behaviors prohibited on and off campus, possible sanctions, and the procedural rights of students and student organizations.

This code applies to all undergraduate students, graduate students, fraternities and sororities, and student organizations of Miami University. The Code of Student Conduct primarily prohibits misconduct on University premises (buildings or grounds owned, leased, operated, controlled, or supervised by the University, including the Miami University Dolibois European Center, the Miami University Hamilton campus, the Miami University Middletown campus, the Voice of America Learning Center, the Coldwater campus, the Dublin Coffman campus, the Upper Arlington campus, and the Greentree Health Science Academy), but may address off-campus conduct when the behavior or the presence of the individual, in the University's sole judgment, impairs, obstructs, or interferes with the mission, processes, or functions of Miami University. Students should be aware that Miami University reserves the right to review and take disciplinary action based on conduct occurring off campus or between academic periods.

The standard of evidence used to determine responsibility is a "preponderance" of evidence. A preponderance of the evidence is the evidence that has the most convincing force; the greater weight of credible evidence. We consider all the testimony presented at the hearing (including the incident report, statements from the accused and the victim, if applicable, and statements of witnesses) and then look at each charge individually. A student is found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct if he or she admits to it or if the evidence indicates that the person is responsible. A Student Conduct Hearing is an educational meeting - not a legal proceeding. This standard of evidence essentially asks, "Is it more likely than not that our policy was violated?" If a student breaks a law that also violates the University standards of conduct, that student may be held accountable by both civil authorities and the University. The University may, at its sole discretion, elect to pursue disciplinary action against the student at the same time as criminal proceedings, even if criminal charges involving the same incident are not complete, have been dismissed, or were reduced.

On Jan. 1, 1974, the Ohio Campus Disruption Act, which was originally introduced as House Bill 1219, became part of the Ohio Revised Code. House Bill 1219 contained sections that pertain to "control of campus violence." The initiation of a 1219 proceeding against a student does not prohibit the University from taking University disciplinary action against that same student under the Student Conduct Regulations for the same conduct that gave rise to the 1219 proceeding. A student arrested for any of the 33 enumerated offenses in House Bill 1219 will automatically be subject to disciplinary procedures.

Any person, agency, organization or entity may make a complaint to the Office of Community Standards alleging a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. In addition, criminal acts such as sexual assault, assault, burglary, robbery, murder, and motor vehicle theft may also be reported to the Office of Community Standards, which will contact the University Police.

The Office of Community Standards is located in Room 9 Warfield Hall and can be reached at 513-529-1417.

Release of Disciplinary Information

The Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), permit universities to disclose certain disciplinary information.

In cases of an alleged sex offense, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, in accordance with the Clery Act, both the complainant (and the alleged victim if different from the complainant) and the accused student(s) will be simultaneously notified, in writing, of the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings, the institution’s procedures for appeal and any change to the result. The notification includes whether the accused was found responsible and if so the sanction imposed. Upon request, the alleged victim of an accused student(s) of an alleged crime of violence will be advised of the final results (whether the accused was found responsible and if so the sanction imposed) of the disciplinary proceeding. If the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or sex offense as defined by FERPA, and is found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct, the University may disclose to any person the final results of University disciplinary proceedings (name of the student, section violated of the Code of Student Conduct, and sanction imposed).

The University will notify by email or regular U.S. mail the parents of students under the age of 21 who have been found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct regarding the use or possession of alcohol or drugs.

If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim will be treated as the alleged victim for the purpose of this policy.

Resources and Victims' Assistance Available to Students and Employees

Miami has developed a Title IX Protocol for Students and a Title IX Protocol for Employees. These documents provide information about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and Immigration assistance and other services for victims with Miami and in the community. The Title IX Protocol for Students is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.  Each year, the President sends an email to all employees notifying them of the  Title IX Protocol for Employees.

The Title IX Coordinator (for employees), Ms. Kenya Ash (ashkd@miamioh.edu, 513- 529-7157), the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator (for students), Gabrielle Dralle (titleix@miamioh.edu, 513-529-1870) and the Regional Director of Diversity and Multicultural Services and Deputy Title IX Coordinator (for regional campus students), Ms. Bennyce Hamilton (hamiltbe@miamioh.edu, 513-785-3283) provide victims with written notification regarding available assistance in changing academic, living, transportation and working situations. This information is also included in the written Title IX Protocols for Students and Employees.