The University of Maine at Fort Kent community consists of more than 1100 full-time and part-time undergraduate students and is a fourteen building campus on Pleasant Street in the heart of Fort Kent. Three residence halls, Crocker Hall, Powell Hall and The Lodge, have the capacity to house approximately 230 students. While the University has been fortunate to have no history of violent crimes, it nevertheless takes necessary steps to report any that might occur. The information provided in this report is part of UMFK's commitment to campus safety, crime prevention and awareness. It is the compliance document for the Crime Awareness and Security Act (revised 2010). Please read this information, learn how to prevent crimes, report crimes, and practice safe behavior. Each student, faculty, and staff member is encouraged to participate as we work together to keep UMFK safe!
Crimes and emergencies are reported to the Residence Hall Staff if the incident occurs in the Residence Halls and to the Dean of Students if the incident occurs in any other campus area. If necessary, crimes and emergencies may be reported by calling 911 or the Fort Kent Town Police at 834-5678. These numbers are staffed 24 hours a day. Annually, the campus community is reminded, via an email announcement of campus crime reporting procedures. Such procedures are also printed in the UMFK Student Handbook. On campus crimes are to be reported using a standard Crime Reporting Form found online here.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent, because of its size, does not have its own police department, but criminal activity on campus is investigated in collaboration with the Fort Kent Police Department. The FKPD maintains regular contact with the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Facilities Management in regards to criminal activity.
In addition, a UMFK security guard is on duty seven nights a week between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. during the academic year. The guard has direct radio contact with the Fort Kent Police Department. The UMFK Facilities Management Department also has direct radio contact with the Fort Kent Police Department during the day.
Law enforcement agency information provided by the State of Maine under section 170101(j) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14071(j)), concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained from the Fort Kent Police Department; the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for the UMFK campus.
The Annual Safety and Security report is compiled and published annually by the Dean of Students. Known campus crimes and security violations are reported to the Dean of Students. Information and statistics for the report are compiled in the Office of Student Affairs with the help of written reporting mechanisms from campus departments & personnel.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent will not tolerate any form of rape or sexual assault. Any unwanted physical contact or threat of such contact constitutes sexual assault. Alcohol, drugs, peer group pressure, consent on a previous occasion, or ignorance of University policy will not serve as justification for such actions.
The Residence Life staff provides information sessions open to all students on the subject of sexual assault and safety. These presentations are provided in conjunction with local health care agencies and social service organizations. As well, community mentors (resident assistants) undergo a training session on sexual assault during the annual Resident Assistant training program.
In the event of sexual assault or rape, students should seek the support and assistance of another person immediately. The University provides a number of resource people including the Student Support Services Counselors, the Residence Life Staff, and Dean of Students, all of whom are aware of the need for sensitivity and confidentiality. Students may also use the Sexual Assault Helpline by calling 1-800-432-7805.
Victims of rape should seek treatment at the Northern Maine Medical Center emergency room. Such treatment does not initiate legal action; however, it is important should the victim choose to report the crime. University support personnel will accompany rape victims to the hospital and/or the police station on request.
The Student Conduct Officer or the Student Conduct Committee will investigate all charges against students violating this policy. Students who are found to be in violation of the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code regulations on sexual assault will be sanctioned by the University. Imposed sanctions can include such action as suspension or expulsion from the University. Both the accused and the accuser will be notified of the outcome of disciplinary actions in relation to sexual assault. All reasonable living and academic arrangements will be made to protect those involved in a sexual assault case.
Complaints against University faculty or staff will be handled by the Equal Opportunity Officer.
UMFK buildings and facilities are accessible to members of the campus community, guests and visitors during normal operating hours Monday through Friday. Buildings are also opened on weekends and holidays on an as-needed basis.
Exterior doors on campus buildings are locked and secured after normal operating hours. All doors to the residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Residents may enter with their own key. Guests must be admitted by residents or residence hall staff.
The University is committed to maintaining a safe environment which extends to maintenance issues such as campus landscaping, lighting and door locks. The campus Facilities Management Department continually checks for maintenance and security deficiencies and strives to maintain a safe environment. Members of the campus community are encouraged to report any deficiency to the Director of Facilities Management at 834-7671.
Public areas of the residence halls, the UMFK Bookstore, and the UMFK Sportcenter are monitored by closed-circuit security cameras.
The University does not recognize any off-campus student organizations. Therefore, any violations by any such organization will be handled by the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Security awareness and crime prevention programs are a critical part of UMFK's effort to provide a safe campus environment for students and employees. The University's crime prevention efforts are based upon the concepts of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities whenever possible, and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. The following is a listing of the crime awareness and prevention programs offered by the University of Maine at Fort Kent:
An informed community is a safety conscious community. Therefore, the following statistics of reported on-campus crimes are provided to complement UMFK's safety awareness and education effort and to comply with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (revised 2010).
|Crime Or Offense||On Campus||Residence Halls||Public Property|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Liquor Law Arrests||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Drug Law Arrests||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Weapons Possession Arrests||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Liquor Law Disciplinary Referrals||34||12||7||34||12||7||0||0||0|
|Drug Law Disciplinary Referrals||0||0||5||0||0||5||0||0||0|
|Weapons Possession Disciplinary Referrals||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Hate Crimes (by category of protected class)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
The University of Maine at Fort Kent views alcohol and substance abuse as a serious problem. In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug Free Workplace Act, the University publishes and mails annually a booklet which informs all students and employees of the substance abuse policy, sanctions for violation of the policy, and state and federal alcohol and drug laws, offenses and sanctions.
The University provides educational and awareness programs on the subject of substance use and abuse in a number of venues. A component of UMFK's First Year Experience course (HUM 100) is focused on substance abuse. UMFK is also a member of the Higher Education Alcohol Prevention Program (HEAPP) in Maine. UMFK utilizes "Under the Influence" an on-line program administered to evaluate alcohol usage patterns and alcohol awareness and a program called "BASICS", a screening and intervention program for repeat alcohol offenders.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent utilizes an emergency siren system to alert the campus and the nearby community of emergencies and threats to life and safety. The siren is sounded only during major emergencies. When a UMFK community member hears the siren (3 blasts), he/she should listen to the message and follow instructions, seek information from a variety of sources, and wait for an "all clear" (1 blast) siren or message. The siren system serves the purpose of notifying the UMFK community instantly if a major emergency is occurring on campus.
When the siren sounds (3 blasts), university officials post information about the emergency as soon as possible. This information is posted via email, land-line and cell phone messages, and text messages. These messages are broadcasted using ConnectEd technology.
The siren is activated by a member of the campus emergency management team. The siren is only activated in major emergencies affecting the campus that require UMFK community members to take some form of action for their safety. Example incidents in which the siren could be activated include (but are not limited to) bomb threat, shooter on campus, extreme weather, and chemical spills.
In order to maintain the siren and ensure it is in working order, it must be tested on a regular basis. The UMFK siren system is fully tested annually on a pre-announced date. These tests are publicized in advance to both the UMFK community and to surrounding neighbors.
Additionally, the siren undergoes a monthly "growl test". During a "growl test," the siren is sounded at a very low volume to ensure it is in working order.
If a student residing in the residence halls goes missing for an unusual length (24 hours is a good rule of thumb, but may not applicable in all cases), the person(s) noticing that absence must report that concern to the Director of Residence Life who will in turn, contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students will then contact appropriate parties parents, emergency contacts, and local law enforcement. Students who live in the residence halls provide emergency contact information at the beginning of each academic semester via a form filed in the office of the Director of Residence Life.