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Campus Crime Communication

In keeping with the federal law titled The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics (the Clery Act), Maryland Institute College of Art provides information and statistics about crime on and around our campus through the following publications and activities:

Annual Security Report (Campus Safety Guide)

This annual report, published every year by October 1, contains three years of campus crime statistics and security policy statements, as mandated by the Clery Act. Statistics are reported in the guide in a format that is mandated by the law and is followed by othercolleges and universities. Crimes are reported in the following major categories: criminal homicide, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In addition, the crime statistics also report the following types of incidents if they result in either an arrest or disciplinary referral: liquor law violations, drug law violations, illegal weapons possession. These crime statistics include only those crimes which occur in campus buildings, residential facilities, and adjacent public property, as shown on the campus map included in the Campus Safety Guide.

The Campus Safety Guide is available online at www.mica.edu/LIFE/safety. A hard copy version may be obtained by calling the Office of Campus Safety at 410-225-2355, or stopping in the office at 1212 Mount Royal Avenue.

Daily Crime Log

The Clery Act also requires MICA to maintain a public crime log, “for the purpose of recording alleged criminal incidents that are reported to the campus police or security department.” The crime log covers all crimes reported to MICA Campus Safety. This is a broader range of crimes than those reported in the annual crime statistics and a much broader range than those covered by the College’s timely warning system, described below. The crime log is available for review by anyone who requests it during normal business hours at the Campus Safety Administrative Office, 1212 Mount Royal Avenue.

MICA Campus Safety Activity Log (On-Line)

This information is accessible on-line and is a summary of incidents and activity that Campus Safety has been notified of or has been involved in. Security Information Alerts (Timely Warnings) are also posted here. This is not the official Clery Act-mandated Daily Crime Log.

Security Information Alerts (Timely Warnings)

In order to keep the campus community informed about safety and security issues on an ongoing basis, MICA alerts the campus community of certain crimes in a manner that is timely and aids in the prevention of similar crimes. MICA's Policy and Procedures for Timely Warnings about Crime is provided in detail below.

Decision to Issue a Security Advisory Report

MICA provides timely warning to the campus community whenever the College considers a crime to pose a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. The decision to issue a Security Information Alert (Timely Warning) is made by Campus Safety, and often discussed with members of Student Affairs and Communications to assist with message formulation.

The issuing of a Security Information Alert is decided on a case by case basis in light of all the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, and where it occurred (within specific geographic reporting areas such as those that are mandated by the Clery Act or within our voluntary expanded reporting area described below).

A Security Information Alert may not be issued if:

  • A report was not filed with the MICA Department of Campus Safety or Baltimore City Police.
  • The report was made to professional counselors only.
  • The notification occurred in a manner that would not allow a “timely” warning for the community.
  • An arrest is made and there is no ongoing threat to the MICA community.

How Security Information Alerts Are Distributed

Security Information Alerts are posted on the MICA Campus Safety On-Line Activity Log (http://www.mica.edu/life/safety/index.cfm) and are broadcast emailed to all MICA issued email addressees for current undergrads, graduate students and employees. The Division of Continuing Studies also forwards the message to CS students who provide an email address at the time of registration.

Students and employees are responsible for ensuring that their individual MICA email accounts are operational and checked regularly for new communications. Supervisors of employees who do not have regular access to email are responsible for disseminating or posting hard copy versions of Security Information Alerts in a location readily accessible by such employees.

Geographical Area Covered by Security Information Alerts

MICA Security Information Alerts offer timely warning about serious crimes as defined above that occur within specific geographic reporting areas such as those that are mandated by the Clery Act (Campus, Non-Campus, Public Property – see campus map with key for definitions) or within our voluntary expanded reporting area.

In addition, because a large number of students live in Bolton Hill, MICA has expanded its timely warning reporting area and will issue Security Information Alerts for crimes that occur there. Specifically, this encompasses the area bounded by W. Mount Royal Avenue, Eutaw Place, North Avenue and Dolphin Street/Sutton Place Apartments.

MICA Alert

Quick communication can make a real difference when an unfolding emergency situation threatens life or safety on our campus. A subscription-based text messaging system is available to the MICA community that sends brief text messages to cell phones when there is an emergency on campus.

MICA Alert will only be used in an emergency—never for routine messages, even inclement weather announcements. Sign-up is voluntary,* and there is no charge to you for this service except any charges your cell phone provider applies to text messages.

MICA will continue to use existing systems for emergency notifications via bulk email, www.mica.edu, and voicemail to campus telephones—but because a text message to your cell phone will allow us to communicate with you in real time during an emergency, we encourage all members of the MICA community to subscribe to MICA Alert.

You can sign up by logging on to MyMICA and going to the Personal Information area. If you don’t have a MyMICA log-in, you can follow the link at www.mica.edu/micaalert.

You will be able to register up to two phone numbers to receive emergency messages. Each phone that is signed up will receive a validation code by text message. That code must be entered into the validation form on the e2Campus website to confirm and complete the registration for each phone number, so if you plan to sign up a second phone number, please coordinate the registration process with that cell phone’s user.

More information on MICA Alert is available at: www.mica.edu/micaalert.

*NOTE: All MICA cell phone users are required to sign up for MICA Alert. Please see your supervisor if you have questions about this policy.

Safety Tips & Reminders

Periodically throughout the year, MICA disseminates safety tips and information on crime prevention strategies to our entire campus community via bulk email to all student, faculty, and staff MICA-issued email accounts.

Campus Map with Key

  • A) On-Campus means all property, including residential facilities, owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographical area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, institutional educational purposes, including residence halls; and any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by MICA but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).
  • N/A) Non-Campus means any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is being used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequented by students and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
  • B) Residential means property owned or controlled by the institution used to provide housing for the institution’s students.
  • C) Public Property means all public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The Clery Act does not require disclosure of crime statistics for public property that surrounds non-campus buildings or property.

Data used to complete the Criminal Statistical Report was compiled with assistance of Campus Safety, Student Affairs, and Baltimore Police using the Campus Map.