Emergency phones have been placed in locations throughout the campuses. Police encourage all members of the community and visitors to report safety concerns to police.
The University Police distribute throughout the Oxford campus flyers promoting personal safety and alerting people to specific crimes or problems. The Institutional Response Team distributes safety awareness information online, miamioh.edu/emergency, and in printed materials, to students and employees. The Business Services and Student Affairs 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. Paper information, such as flyers and pamphlets, are distributed regularly from the station, through campus mail, 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 2012:
Additional information regarding emergency preparedness and procedures, including what to do in the event of an active shooter is available at www.miamioh.edu/police/emergency-numbers-procedures-and-resources. 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 are detailed in the annual Fire Safety Report (60KB).
These tips can help to ensure your safety:
You can also take advantage of the following resources promoting safety and awareness:
The Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution is responsible for administering the Code of Student Conduct (see The Student Handbook), 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, 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 Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution 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 Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution, which will contact the University Police.
The Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution is located in Room 9 Warfield Hall and can be reached at 513-529-1417.
Both the accuser and the accused will be simultaneously informed, in writing, of the outcome of any institutional proceeding that arises from an allegation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking. The accuser and the accused will also be informed of the procedures to appeal the results of the disciplinary proceeding; of any changes to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final; and when such results become final.
Upon request, the victim of an alleged perpetrator 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 accused student: 1) is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense; and 2) has been found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct, the University may release the following information to anyone:
THE UNIVERSITY WILL NOT RELEASE THE NAME OF THE VICTIM OR THE NAME OF ANY OTHER STUDENT-WITNESS IN A STUDENT CONDUCT HEARING WITHOUT THE PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT OF THAT STUDENT OR AS OTHERWISE PERMITTED BY LAW.
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.