Campus Security Report

Section 1: College and University Security Information Act of 1989

1. The number of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled:

There are 14,382 undergraduate and graduate, full and part-time students enrolled at ETSU (12,175 enrolled as undergraduate students, 2,207 are enrolled as graduate students). There are also 258 medical students; 282 medical residents; 312 pharmacy students; and 505 students attending University High School.

2. The number of undergraduate and graduate students living in student housing:

There are approximately 2,894 students living in on-campus residence halls and apartments, including graduate and family housing.

3. The total number of non-student employees working on the campus:

There are 2,337 regular full-time and part-time non-student employees working on the campus.

4. The administrative office responsible for security on the campus:

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for campus security. The Public Safety Office is located at the main entrance of the campus on University Parkway.

5. A description of the type and number of security personnel utilized by the institution, including a description of their training:

There are 21 commissioned Public Safety Officers employed by the Department of Public Safety. Their training ( pursuant to Tennessee Board of Regents Guideline No. P-100) meets the requirements of the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission. The Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training commission Rules mandate a Basic Police Course (Chapter 1110-2-.03, Candidate Certification Requirements) and an approved 40 hour in-service training session (Chapter 1110-4, In service Training Requirement) each calendar year. ETSU Public Safety Officers are also certified as firemen by the State Fire Academy, and must complete an 80 hour training course followed by yearly in-service training sessions. ETSU Public Safety has an officer dedicated to bike patrol during the daytime hours Monday through Friday due to the adoption of the Community Policing Program. The ETSU Public Safety Department and University School have formed a partnership to obtain a grant for a School Resource Officer through a COPS grant. This officer is placed in the school to work with grades K-12. The department of Housing has partnered with the Department of Public Safety to provide a full-time Housing Officer dedicated to Buc Ridge apartments. This officer works nights with an alternating schedule.

The Department employs six full-time dispatchers and one part-time dispatchers. All dispatchers receive on the job training. One secretarial position supports the Department.

In conjunction with the patrol division, two temporary Night Patrol Officers add additional support for patrol in and around residence halls. Two temporary security guards patrol the athletic facility during evenings and weekends. One Security Guard works at the ETSU at Kingsport during the evening to provide security (4:15 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday). One security guard provides security on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m., at the Buc Ridge apartment complex. The Department of Public Safety has a total of 32 regular full-time and part-time personnel.

6. The enforcement authority of security personnel, including their working relationship with state and local law enforcement agencies:

Public Safety Officers are commissioned pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, 49-7-118, and to Tennessee Board of Regents Policy No. 5:01:07:00. Commissioned Public Safety Officers, pursuant to Tennessee Board of Regents Policy, have all of the police powers necessary to enforce all state laws as well as rules and regulations of the Tennessee Board of Regents and East Tennessee State University. Public Safety Officers may exercise their authority on all property or facilities owned, leased or operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the university including any public roads or rights of way which are contiguous to or within the perimeter of such facilities or property.

Public Safety Officers have a close working relationship with the Johnson City Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the Kingsport Police Department, the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, the Erwin Police Department, the Unicoi County Police Department, the Elizabethton Police Department, the Carter County Sheriff's Department, the Bristol Police Department, the Mountain City Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department, the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department, the Veteran's Administration Mountain Home, federal agencies and the 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force.

7. Policy on reporting criminal incidents to state and local enforcement agencies:

When criminal incidents occur that require multi-jurisdictional investigation, all applicable agencies are notified. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Bureau of investigation receive monthly statistics from the Department of Public Safety concerning crimes on campus.

8. Policy regarding access to institutional facilities and programs by students, employees, guests and other individuals:

The campus and facilities of East Tennessee State University are governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (Policy No. 3:02:02:00), and are restricted to students, faculty, staff, guests and invitees of the university, except when part or all of the campus, its buildings or facilities, are open to the general public for a designated time and purpose.

All persons on campus including faculty, staff, guests and invitees, shall be subject to all rules and regulations of the university and the Tennessee Board of Regents which are applicable to the conduct of students on campus, and to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. In addition, all persons who operate motor vehicles on campus agree by such operation to be subject to university and Tennessee Board of Regents rules, regulations, policies and procedures on traffic and parking.

All persons on campus shall provide adequate identification upon request to appropriate officials and security personnel of the university. Personnel and students of the university who refuse to provide such identification may be subject to disciplinary action, and other persons who refuse to provide such identification shall be requested to leave the campus, and if they refuse, may be subject to lawful removal and prosecution.

9. Procedures and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus and policies concerning the institutions response to such reports:

The Department of Public Safety is open 365 days per year and utilizes Public Safety Officers to patrol the campus by automobile, bike and on foot 24 hours per day. A 24-hour emergency dispatch service is also maintained.

Criminal actions, police emergencies, fire emergencies, and requests for ambulance service can be reported by telephoning 911; or by using the direct emergency telephones placed across campus; or in person by stopping by the Public Safety Office. Police non-emergencies can be reported by telephoning 439-4480.

When a person applies for assistance or files a complaint, all pertinent information is obtained and is officially documented in an Incident Report. All Incident Reports are maintained on file in the Public Safety Office. Reports are acted upon in a judicious manner consistent with departmental procedure.

10. A statement of policy regarding the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages:

The use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages on university owned or controlled property is prohibited ( Tennessee Board of Regents Policy No. 3:05:01:01).

ETSU's Residence Hall Student Handbook, the Buccaneer Village, Buccaneer Ridge Lease Agreement’s and the student handbook, Spectrum, outline the policy which prohibits the use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages on university owned or controlled property (Institutional Student Disciplinary Rules, Chapter 0240-3-2). The James H. Quillen College of Medicine Student Handbook refers students to the student handbook, Spectrum, for a complete statement on the institutional student disciplinary rules and procedures, and requires all students to abide by the rules and regulations which have been developed by ETSU to govern student conduct.

11. A statement of policy regarding the possession, use and sale of illegal drugs:

ETSU strives to maintain a workplace environment for all employees which is safe and free of illegal drugs. Therefore, pursuant to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, ETSU's Policy statement on Drug-Free Campus prohibits the unlawful manufacturing, distribution, dispensation, possession, use of alcohol and illicit drugs on the ETSU campus in the workplace (on or off campus), on property owned or controlled by ETSU, or as part of any activity of ETSU is strictly prohibited. ETSU's Policy statement on Drug-Free Campus has been distributed to all employees and is available to all new employees from the Office of Human Resources.

ETSU's Residence Hall Student Handbook, the Buccaneer Village, Buccaneer Ridge Lease Agreement’s and the student handbook, Spectrum, outline the policy which prohibits the unlawful possession or use of any drug or controlled substance (including any stimulant, depressant, narcotic, or hallucinogenic drug or substance, or marijuana), or sale or distribution of any such drug or controlled substance ( Institutional Student Disciplinary Rules, Chapter 0240-3-2). The James H. Quillen College of Medicine Student Handbook refers students to the student handbook, Spectrum, for a complete statement on the institutional student disciplinary rules and procedures, and requires all students to abide by the rules and regulations that have been developed by ETSU to govern student conduct.

12. A statement of policy regarding the possession and use of weapons by security personnel and any other person:

Public Safety Officers are authorized to carry firearms, pursuant to Section C, Tennessee Code Annotated 49-7-118. The Department of Public Safety's Firearms Policy:

Firearms Policy

Newly hired Public Safety Officers are issued their assigned firearm after being duly commissioned by the President of ETSU, and trained and qualified by a certified firearms instructor. Use of deadly force by members of the ETSU Department of Public Safety is prohibited except:
  • A. The use of deadly force may only be applied when an officer reasonably believes that he is in imminent danger of death or serious physical injury or the officer reasonably believes that another person is in imminent danger of death or serious physical injury.
  • B. When disposing of a seriously injured or dangerous animal and only when the animal has been removed to a safe firing location. Warning shots are strictly prohibited.
  • C. Firing at moving vehicles is not allowed under any circumstances.
  • D. Members of the Department must carry a Glock 40 Caliber Handgun. Department issued leather will be utilized.
  • E. Other firearms may be authorized in writing by the Director of the Department of Public safety for individual Officers. Only departmental issue ammunition will be utilized.
  • F. Officers are discouraged from carrying weapons off duty. If they elect to do so, they will carry only their service weapon and do so in a concealed manner. (Written consent from the Director of Public Safety is required.)
  • G. Officers shall not remove a firearm from the holster, or display one on university property except:
    1. In the performance of their duties.
    2. For inspection/repair purposes.
    3. For safekeeping when carrying is prohibited.
    4. When the weapon is not needed.

When removed from the holster for inspection/repair or safekeeping purposes, the weapon will be unloaded immediately and will not be reloaded until immediately prior to reholstering. All personnel are required to attend firearms training as scheduled and to qualify with their service weapon on a quarterly basis. Failure to qualify may lead to removal of the weapon until a qualification is achieved.

The possession and use of firearms by anyone other than Public Safety personnel is prohibited except for those exceptions specified by the TCA 39-6-1718. All instances of use of a police firearm (including violation of policy, accidental discharge, as well as any authorized discharge) shall be reported immediately to the Director of the Department of Public Safety. All instances of firearm use will be investigated by the Director and one other designated individual within or without the Department, or other personnel designated by the Director of the Department of Public Safety. Reports of firearm discharge will be routed through channel as required.

ETSU's Residence Hall Student Handbook, the Buccaneer Village, Buccaneer Ridge Lease Agreement’s and the student handbook, Spectrum, outline the policy which prohibits the possession of or use of firearms or dangerous weapons of any kind ( Institutional Student Disciplinary Rules, Chapter 0240-3-2). The James H. Quillen College of Medicine Student Handbook refers students to the student handbook, Spectrum, for a complete statement on the institutional student disciplinary rules and procedures, and requires all students to abide by the rules and regulations that have been developed by ETSU to govern student conduct.

13. Policy regarding students or employees with criminal records:

A student who indicates a conviction to a felony offense on an undergraduate application for admission to the university, is referred to the Office of Student Affairs for review prior to an admission decision.

A student who indicates a conviction to a felony offense on a graduate school application is reviewed by the Dean of the Graduate School prior to admission.

Current university students convicted of a violation of a law or ordinance off-campus, whose violation also adversely affects the university's pursuit of its educational objectives, will become subject to judicial review by the Office Student Affairs. Students convicted of a crime on-campus are subject to arrest and prosecution, and are subject to judicial review by the Office of Student Affairs.

A student who indicates on an admission application to the College of Medicine a felony conviction, will be reviewed to evaluate the nature and severity of the offense. The evaluation will include the applicant's fitness for inclusion in the university and medical community, including any stipulations from the felony conviction which would prohibit an individual from dispensing regulated drugs.

Current College of Medicine students who are convicted of a felony would also be subjected to a similar review. Any person being considered for hire who indicated on an employment application a conviction for a felony offense, will be reviewed by the Office of Human Resources and the General Counsel's Office, Tennessee Board of Regents, prior to an employment decision.

Employment decisions are based upon the overall records of the applicant, and the criminal record, if relevant to the job in question. Current employees convicted of a felony (on or off campus) will be reviewed by the Office of Human Resources and the Tennessee Board of Regents, General Counsel's Office, as to the relevancy of the criminal record to the employee's position. The university's Policy Statement on Drug-Free Campus will be invoked in situations where a current employee is convicted of a drug related crime.

14. Security considerations used in the maintenance of campus facilities, including landscaping, grounds keeping and outdoor lighting:

The Department of Public Safety, Housing and Residence Life, Safety Committee, and RHA conducts a survey of outdoor lighting several times a year and reports any problems directly to the Physical Plant. In the months of July and December buildings on the main campus and university buildings located on Veterans Administration property are surveyed for hazardous conditions, with problems reported to the Physical Plant. Monthly fire extinguisher inspections are performed in all buildings owned or leased by the university. In addition, Public Safety Officers routinely report all hazardous, unsafe and potentially unsafe conditions found to exist on campus.

15. A description of the communication mediums used to inform the campus community about security matters as well as the frequency with which the information is usually provided:

Copies of all Public Safety Officer Incident Reports are sent daily to the Dean of Students, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. If a report concerns an university department, a copy of that Incident Report is sent to that department. Building Coordinators are also provided with copies of Incident Reports concerning security problems in their assigned buildings. Trends of crime patterns and other information pertaining to campus crimes and security are placed in the student campus paper as needed. Monthly summary reports of crimes on campus are sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The Department of Public Safety provides a variety of crime prevention programs. These programs are periodically presented to students, staff and faculty. All individuals associated with campus are encouraged to attend as many prevention programs as possible. Programs are also facilitated upon request of residence halls and departments throughout the semester. Crime prevention brochures are given out during programs, however, there is access to these items through public safety's webpage www.etsu.edu/dps. These items may be printed.

The Residence Hall Student Handbook also contains information concerning crime prevention. The Office of Housing and Residence Life periodically distributes flyers, posters to all residents. Programs are presented throughout the year that relate to security/safety issues in each hall and campus wide and through the Residence Life Channel.

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ETSU Main Campus:
Call 439-4480 to report
police nonemergencies.

Call 911 for emergencies


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VA Police: (423) 979 3506

Emergencies: Dial 911