The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, formerly the Campus Security Act of 1990, requires Athens Technical College to disclose to the public specific crime-related information on an annual basis. In compliance with this legislation, the college must report campus crime statistics, campus offenses, and security measures to all students and employees by October 1 of each year.
Prospective students and employees shall receive either a copy of the report or a notice of its availability and a brief summary of its contents. The college may publish the report electronically, but the college must give students, employees, and potential students or employees a paper copy upon request and individually inform them of the availability of the report in electronic format. The college sends official annual notifications of the availability of the new report to all currently enrolled students via their @student.athenstech.edu address and to all faculty and staff via their official college email address.
The college posts the annual reports on the website no later than October 1. Current students, faculty, and staff, as well as prospective students and employees, may contact campus security at (706) 355-5116 for clarification or additional information.
Athens Technical College reports statistics on the following crimes and offenses annually:
- Criminal Homicide — murder and non-negligent and negligent manslaughter.
- Forcible or Non-forcible Sex Offenses — any sexual act directed against another person, forcible and/or against that person's will or not forcible or against that person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent (such as when the victim is intoxicated). This category also includes non-forcible sex offenses, which are acts of "unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse." This definition encompasses incest or statutory rape.
- Robbery — the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the control, custody, or care of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
- Aggravated Assault — an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. Usually, this offense occurs by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
- Burglary — the unlawful entry (breaking and entering) into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft.
- Arson — willful or malicious burning or an attempt to burn a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, or personal property.
- Motor Vehicle Theft — the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
- On-campus arrests for alcohol, drug, and illegal weapon violations.
- Certain referrals for campus disciplinary actions for alcohol, drug, or illegal weapon violations. If these referrals are included in the report as an arrest, the college does not need to report the referral under this category.
- Hate Crimes — crimes that fall into the above list, crimes involving bodily injury, or crimes reported to campus security or local police. Athens Technical College must report hate crimes by category of prejudice — race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability — as part of the campus crime statistics.
- Domestic Violence — The term "domestic violence" includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimated partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.
- Dating Violence — The term "dating violence" means violence committed by a person
- Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
- Where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
- The length of the relationship
- The type of relationship
- The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship
- Sexual Assault — means any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by federal, tribal, or state law. Including when the victim lacks capacity to consent.
- Stalking — The term "stalking" means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:
- Fear for his or her safety of others; or
- Suffers substantial emotional distress
Furthermore, Athens Technical College must provide the following geographic breakdown of the crime statistics:
- On campus
- In a non-campus building or on non-campus property
- On non-campus public property including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, or parking facilities that are within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus
Personal Safety and Crime Prevention
All members of the campus community share responsibility for ensuring their personal safety and securing their personal property. Athens Technical College places a priority on safety and security through its commitment to providing a safe and secure environment. The majority of crimes occurring on college campuses across the United States are preventable crimes of opportunity.
Following these safety tips helps reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime:
- Avoid dark, secluded places when alone.
- Walk with others, making sure to stay in well-lit areas.
- Lock car doors while on campus and keep valuables locked in the automobile trunks and/or out of sight.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you can be expected to return.
- Vary your route and schedule if you exercise outdoors on a regular basis.
- Do not overload yourself with books or other items; keep your hands free.
- Carry a purse close to your body, preferably in front, and be prepared to let it go if snatched.
- Give thieves what they want if you are confronted by thieves; do not pursue the thieves.
- Get a detailed description and call campus security at (706) 621-9860 or (706) 621-9817 on the Athens Campus or (706) 213-2100 on the Elbert County Campus or the police immediately. If the incident occurs at the Greene (706-453-7435) or Walton (770-207-3130) campuses, please notify the respective director or local police immediately.
- Never leave laptop computers, textbooks, cellular telephones, book bags, purses, or other valuables unattended in classrooms, the library, common study areas, or outdoor spaces.
- Head to an area with other people present if a stranger approaches you and you feel concerned or uncomfortable.
Students and employees should participate in safety seminars offered throughout the academic year. The director of student activities posts notices announcing these seminars on bulletin boards around campus, the electronic message boards, and the college website.