2015 Campus Security Report

Some of the following information was provided by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department

The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $27,500 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.

The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered by another student, Joseph Henry, in her campus residence hall in 1986. The Clery Act, signed in 1990, was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act.

In accordance with the provisions of the Clery Act, the school director prepares an annual report in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies. Crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to the school director and local law enforcement agencies.Students and employees are informed about campus security and crime statistics before initial attendance or employment. This report is made available on an annual basis. It is posted on the school’s website and updated annually. Individual notices are distributed to all new students and are available in the Student Services Office.

Campus Law Enforcement –Cosmix does not have campus police. School officials enforce only the institution's rules and regulations. Crimes are referred to and investigated by Fort Lauderdale police. There is no written agreement with the local police department to aid in the investigation of alleged criminal offenses.

Crime Prevention Awareness

As individuals, we have an obligation to protect ourselves and our families.   There are times when law enforcement may not be there immediately or that the incident happens so quickly, there is not time to call for assistance. 

Situational awareness is the beginning of any personal safety plan. Questions you should know and have answered include: Is someone following or paying special attention to me? Am I wearing or carrying high value items? Do I know about the area? Are there people around? Is there a safe place for me to go right now? What escape routes are available? Do I look like a victim?Asking yourself these questions gets you thinking of possible dangers that could occur. We encourage students and employees to be aware for their own security and the security of others. When walking around Cosmix, be aware of who and what is around you.

  • In the evening, try not to walk alone.
  • Always lock your car and do not leave packages and valuables visible.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash.
  • Park in well-lit areas. You can then see your vehicle and surroundings.
  • Have your keys ready in your hand when approaching your vehicle.
  • Do not leave supplies, books or personal property unattended.

Emergency Alerts

In the event that an emergency situation arises, either in or around the school, Faculty, Students and Staff should immediately call 911.Students will be notified of emergency situations (approaching severe weather, school closure, dangerous situation, safety instructions or other events) via a text-based messaging system. All faculty and staff members are appropriately trained in emergency procedures. In situations of medical or safety emergencies first responders can arrive at the school in under 5 minutes.

Anyone with information warranting an alert should report the circumstances to the Registrar at the Administrative Offices 3440 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 954-564-4181.

The school is open -Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30am to 5pm- Tuesday & Thursday 8:30am – 10pm. The Student Store is open Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5pm. School officials consistently monitor all school areas for safety and security issues. Students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents accurately and in a timely manner.

Reporting a Crime

Any suspicious activity or person seen loitering in the parking lots, or outside the school building should be reported to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. If you see a crime being committed or you find someone or something suspicious, call the police. Do not shrug it off thinking someone else may call.  Do not be afraid to call the police. Some victims have stated that they felt calling the police would be wasting their time. If you feel unsafe please call the police.Emergency: 911 Non-Emergency: 954-828-5700

Every member of the Cosmix community, including visitors, are encouraged to immediately report incidents and criminal activity of which they are the victim or which they may witness to the School Director at (954-564-4181).Please be prepared to describe the incident, where it occurred, and at what time.  Campus Safety treats all "reporting party" information as sensitive; there is no established anonymous tip line reporting process in place. If there are suspects, describe the individuals' appearance and clothing worn.  Examples include: height and weight, hair type and color, and color of clothing.  The police department strongly discourages individuals from approaching suspects.  It is best to relay the information to the authorities and keep us apprised of any changes in the disposition of the crime.

If you are the victim of a crime and wish to keep it confidential, you may file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity.

Fire Safety Evacuation ProcedureIn situations of significant emergencies or dangerous situations, Cosmix employees default to local officials’ instructions. Upon determination of the situation, students will be notified by the nearest faculty or staff member. All students are to follow given instructions immediately. In situations where the school is evacuated, the school’s evacuation procedure will be followed.Regular fire drills that stress safe evacuation, assembly and accountability are held semi-annually. Should a drill be called while you are on campus, please respond with a serious attitude. Your contribution will help make the training exercise more realistic and meaningful and help your overall preparedness.

Emergency exit maps are posted in every classroom. In case of an emergency, a faculty member will evacuate his or her classroom and ensure all students are out and moving to the nearest exit. The first faculty or staff member to exit the building is
  1. Charged with preventing anyone from re-entering the building.
  2. Once safely out of the building, contacting emergency personnel if the situation requires it, then
  3. Contact the School Director if necessary

If someone comes across a person that is too injured to move, he or she should leave that person behind, evacuate everyone who is able, and contact emergency personnel once safe of the situation. Students will be allowed back into the building once it is safe to return.

Missing Student Notification

Students who are missing from class for three days and have no contact with the school or classmates are contacted by the Administrative Office. Students are given two days to respond; if there is still no contact from the student, contact will be attempted again by administration. If a total of five days have passed with no contact with the student from faculty, administration, or classmates, the student will be considered “missing” and his or her designated emergency contact will be notified. Local officials may also be notified should the administration deem appropriate.

Sexual Assault Prevention, Policy and Procedures

Cosmix is committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational and working environment for students, faculty, administrators, staff, and visitors. This policy prohibits all forms of sexual or gender-based harassment, discrimination or misconduct, including sexual violence, sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence. Misconduct of this nature is contrary to the schools values and prohibited by state and federal law.

Cosmix encourages the prompt reporting of any incident of sexual or gender-based misconduct to the school and to local law enforcement or civil rights enforcement agencies. Upon receipt of a report, the school will take prompt and effective action by: providing interim remedies and support for individuals who make a report or seek assistance under this policy (referred to as the “Complainant”); conducting a review of the conduct under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; addressing the safety of individuals and the campus community; and as warranted, pursuing resolution through informal measures or formal disciplinary action against the accused individual (referred to in this policy as the “Respondent”). The policy provides specific procedures for investigation and resolution based on the role of Respondent (student, staff or faculty).

All members of the Cosmix community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Cosmix will not tolerate sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence. Any individual who is found to have violated this policy may face disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination of employment.

Cosmix expects that all students, staff, and faculty members will take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of sexual misconduct. Taking action may include direct intervention when safe to do so, enlisting the assistance of friends, contacting law enforcement, or seeking assistance from a person in authority.

Should a student be sexually assaulted, it is the student’s responsibility to notify local police. At the student’s request, the Director of Student Services will assist the student in notifying the proper authorities. To report the assault to the local police, call 911. Cosmix does not have on-campus services available. It is recommended that victims call a rape crisis center.

Rape Crisis Centers:

  • Broward County Sexual Assault Treatment Ctr. Ft. Lauderdale 954-761-7273 Broward National Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656-4673 www.rainn.org (24 hour assistance)
  • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence Certified Rape Crisis Centershttp://www.fcasv.org/ HOTLINE 1-888-956-RAPE (7273)

Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. It is important to remember that reporting a rape is not the same as prosecuting a rape. Filing a report with the school official will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to judgmental opinions from school officials.

Sexual Offender Registration

Florida law requires sexual offenders and sexual predators to register their address with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the local sheriff’s office. Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) has developed an online interactive mapping program that allows you to plot the location of registered sexual offenders and predators in Broward County. You can search by an address -- or by proximity to listed schools, child care facilities, parks and libraries. Information such as how to protect yourself and your family, facts about sex offenders and a list of all registered sex offenders in Florida is available online through the Broward Sheriff’s website at: http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov. http://www.sheriff.org/sexualpredators/

Drug-Free and Alcohol-Free Policy

In keeping with section 120(a) through (d) of The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, including the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (Public Law 101-226) and Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 101-690), this policy is provided to all enrolled students, staff and faculty annually.

Drug use and alcohol consumption can significantly impair judgment, coordination, and abstract mental functioning. Continued abuse may lead to dependency, which often causes permanent damage to vital organs and deterioration of a healthy lifestyle.

This school is committed to maintaining a drug-free environment. The distribution or possession or use of drugs, alcohol or other controlled substances at the school is strictly prohibited. As a condition of enrollment and/or employment, students and employees are required to abide by this policy. Those in violation of this policy will face termination, referral for prosecution and/or required completion of a drug or alcohol rehabilitation or similar program.

An employee must provide written notice to the school director of a conviction for a criminal drug offense occurring at the workplace within five calendar days after the drug offense.The school will report all employees convicted of a criminal drug offense occurring in the workplace to the U.S. Department of Education within ten calendar days after receiving the notice of conviction to the: Director of Grants and Services; United States Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Room 3124, GSA Regional Office Building No. 3, Washington, D.C. 20202-5140.

In addition to institutional sanctions, students and employees convicted of the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol could face local, state and federal legal penalties which include the loss of eligibility for federal financial aid, fines, imprisonment and the seizure of drug related assets.Students and employees are encouraged to seek substance abuse treatment. Those students and employees seeking treatment will be referred to a local treatment center.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Ft. Lauderdale Broward County Intergroup One River Plaza Building (Travel Guard Building) 305 South Andrews Avenue - Fort Lauderdale FL 33301 954-462-0265
  • Narcotics Anonymous South Florida Regional Narcotics Anonymous Helpline # (866) 288-6262 P.O. Box 5842 Lighthouse Point, FL 33074-5842
Drug Violation Penalty Notice -At the discretion of the administration, a student’s enrollment may be terminated, for violating the school’s published Rules of Conduct. Violations include, but are not limited to: being under the influence, consuming, selling, or possession of drugs or alcohol on school premises; exhibiting disobedient or disrespectful behavior to another student, administrator or faculty member; violating local, state or federal law; or failure to meet financial obligations. If the student is terminated, Cosmix will calculate a refund. Please refer to the Cancellation and Refund Policy, and, if applicable, the Return of Title IV Funds Policy, for more information.

Eligibility for federal student aid may be affected if the student has a drug-related conviction but can be reinstated at an earlier date with the completion of an acceptable drug rehabilitation program. The Financial Aid Office will provide notification to the student within 30 days of learning of the drug conviction. The notification will include how their aid is affected and what they can do to regain their eligibility.

 

CAMPUS CRIME STATISTICS

This report includes statistics for crimes that occurred on-campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. Cosmix does not recognize any off-campus student organizations that would be covered under this report.

CRIMEON-CAMPUSOFF-CAMPUS
 201520142013201520142013
Murder000000
Manslaughter000000
Sex Offenses000000
Robberies000000
Aggravated Assault000000
Burglary010002
Motor Vehicle Thefts000000
Arson000000
Larceny/Theft010000
Vandalism000000
Drug Abuse Violations000000
Alcohol Law Violations000000
Hate Crimes000000
Cosmix does not have any on-campus or off-campus student housing facilities. If you have any questions about any of the information provided in this report, please contact the School Director, 3440 N. Andrews Avenue, Oakland Park FL 33309 954-564-4181.