Campus Safety Overview

Campus Safety Mission Statement

Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety Mission Statement

We, the Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety, contribute to the fulfillment of the mission of the seminary by establishing and maintaining a safe environment for all people within our campus. We accomplish this through the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace, order and safety, and oversight of the community’s compliance with all laws, ordinances and seminary policies.

As a member of the Student Life Services team, we assist students and staff in the formation of their Christian character by encouraging their sense of communal and civic responsibilities.

Service to our students is our primary focus. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life by investigating problems and incidents, seeking solutions and fostering a sense of security on our campus. We nurture the trust of our community by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics as set forth in our Community Life Statement and the Employment Standards of the seminary.

Campus Safety Services

Campus Safety Services provided to the Seminary community are as follows:

  • Emergency first aid
  • Processing motor vehicle and bicycle registration
  • Issuance of visitor passes
  • Crime prevention
  • On-campus Personal Safety Escort assistance
  • Seminary Lost & Found
  • Parking and traffic control
  • Making emergency notifications
  • 24-hour service to provide these and other services
  • Assistance with motor vehicle lock-outs (this service is not always available)
  • Assistance with motor vehicle jump-starts
    (Important Note: The jump-start service is not available 24 hours a day. Please call Campus Safety to check on the availability of this service.)

Crime Prevention Programs:

Crime Prevention Programs on personal safety and theft prevention are sponsored by various campus organizations throughout the year. Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety personnel facilitate programs for student, faculty, new student orientations, student and Seminary community organizations.

Programs also are offered to Residence Life Coordinators and residents providing a variety of educational strategies and tips on how to protect themselves from sexual assault, theft, and other crimes.

Periodically during the academic year the Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety in cooperation with other departments, present crime prevention awareness sessions on sexual assault (rape and acquaintance rape), on campus auto rules and regulations, theft, and vandalism, as well as educational sessions on personal safety and residence hall security.

A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.

2019–2020 Campus Safety Community Crime Prevention Seminars:

Date: Seminar: Location
Sept. 23, 2019 Active Threat On-Campus Training (3)
@ 9-11am; 2-4pm; 7-9pm
Alumni Hall
Oct. 23, 2019 Personal Safety and Protecting Yourself Against Sexual Assault
@ 4pm (a seminar for our campus women only)
Kerr 419
Nov. 6, 2019 Domestic Violence Awareness @ 4:15pm Kerr 419
Nov. 20, 2019 Holiday Safety and Fire Prevention @ 4pm Kerr 419
Dec. 4, 2019 Driving in Winter @ 4:15pm Kerr 419
Feb. 5, 2020 Crime Prevention and The Clery Act @ 4:15pm Kerr 419
March 4, 2020 Workplace Violence @ 4:15pm Kerr 419

Training Opportunity Available for Women Students RAD (Rape Aggression Defense), Self Defense

Date: Meeting: Location:
TBA Usually held by Hamilton Police. Contact Sergeant Karen Wallace, HPD. Check back for possible training dates. TBA

All seminars are held from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m, with the exception of Active Shooter/Active Threat Training.

**New students and new employees are strongly encouraged to attend.

Domestic Violence Resources

For a Family Violence Emergency – CALL 911

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic or family violence is the abuse of power and control. It is a pattern of behavior used by one person to control another through force or threats.

Where To Find Help and Information On-Campus:

Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety, Women’s and Survivor Services Unit

Where To Find Help and Information Off-Campus:

Click here for additional information on Domestic Violence.

Important Excise Tax Information

What is the motor vehicle and trailer excise?

An excise is a tax upon an event or privilege. A motor vehicle and trailer excise is in lieu of a tangible personal property tax and is levied for the privilege of registration. M.G.L. Ch. 60A, which is the statutory basis for the excise, uses the motor vehicle itself as a means to measure this privilege. Revenue derived from the excise can be used by cities and towns for any lawful purpose.

What valuation is used for motor vehicle excise bills?

The excise is based on the value of the motor vehicle as determined by the Commissioner of Revenue upon certain percentages of the manufacturer’s list price in the year of manufacture. The excise valuation is not based on the actual purchase price or “book value” of the vehicle. The percentages set forth in the statutory depreciation schedule that are applied to manufacturer’s list price are as follows:

  • In the year preceding the designated year of manufacture 50%
  • In the year of manufacture 90%
  • In the second year 60%
  • In the third year 40%
  • In the fourth year 25%
  • In the fifth and succeeding years 10%

What is the rate of excise and where is it assessed?

An excise in the amount of $25 per thousand is assessed upon the value of the vehicle as determined in accordance with the depreciation schedule. The excise is levied for a full calendar year and is assessed by the community where the motor vehicle is customarily garaged. M.G.L. Ch. 60A Sec. 1 provides that the owner of any motor vehicle registered for less than a full calendar year will be obligated to pay an excise based on the entire month when the vehicle was registered, as well as the remaining months of the year. For example, a vehicle registered on April 9th will be assessed an excise for the months of April through December.

What is the penalty for Non-Payment of excise?

Failure to receive a Notice of Excise Tax does not affect the validity of the excise (MGL Chapter 60A, Section 2). Penalties for Non-Payment include the following:

  • Demand Fee of $5.00
  • Interest Rate of 12%
  • Warrant Fee of $10.00
  • Warrant Notice Fee of $12.00
  • Final Warrant Fee of $17.00
  • Non-Renewal of Registration and Driver’s License Fee $20.00

Where can I find more information regarding excise tax?

(with the following links contained)
Motor Vehicle Excise Information, Citizen Information Service, William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth

Important Nonresident Out-of-State Student Information

The motor vehicle laws of Massachusetts require anyone residing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to register their vehicle in Massachusetts. However, non-resident students (i.e., students who live in another state but are attending school in Massachusetts, commute from another state to attend school, or have a temporary residence in Massachusetts while they attend school here) are exempt from this rule if they complete a non-resident student information form and display a Commonwealth of Massachusetts non-resident decal on their vehicle.

You must complete these forms and obtain a new decal each year. Failure to obtain a decal may result in a $200 fine from the Commonwealth if you fail to comply. Please note that this applies to residential and off-campus students alike. Even students commuting from nearby states must complete these forms.

Decals will not be issued until all forms are submitted. If you are registering a vehicle on campus for less than 30 days (i.e., you obtain a temporary pass) you do not complete this form.

Insurance Coverage

**NOTE: Massachusetts has reciprocal agreements with other states to allow residents of other states to operate in Massachusetts. However, some states do not require insurance for driving within their state. If you live in such as state, you still must have the required level of insurance to operate in Massachusetts.

Boston Campus

Emergency

Emergency Response Information

Campus Safety Mission Statement

Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety Mission Statement

We, the Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety, contribute to the fulfillment of the mission of the seminary by establishing and maintaining a safe environment for all people within our campus. We accomplish this through the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace, order and safety, and oversight of the community’s compliance with all laws, ordinances and seminary policies.

As a member of the Student Life Services team, we assist students and staff in the formation of their Christian character by encouraging their sense of communal and civic responsibilities.

Service to our students is our primary focus. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life by investigating problems and incidents, seeking solutions and fostering a sense of security on our campus. We nurture the trust of our community by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics as set forth in our Community Life Statement and the Employment Standards of the seminary.

Campus Safety at the Boston Campus (CUME) involves common sense on behalf of our students and staff. Please lock your car, remove all electronic devices and bring them into the building with you.

Our premises are monitored 24-7 by a recorded video-surveillance system both inside and outside our building. It is imperative that if a crime occurs to you within the vicinity of the school, it should be reported immediately not only to the Boston Police but also to the administration.

Charlotte Campus

Emergency

Emergency Response Information

Campus Safety Mission Statement

Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety Mission Statement

We, the Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety, contribute to the fulfillment of the mission of the seminary by establishing and maintaining a safe environment for all people within our campus. We accomplish this through the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace, order and safety, and oversight of the community’s compliance with all laws, ordinances and seminary policies.

As a member of the Student Life Services team, we assist students and staff in the formation of their Christian character by encouraging their sense of communal and civic responsibilities.

Service to our students is our primary focus. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life by investigating problems and incidents, seeking solutions and fostering a sense of security on our campus. We nurture the trust of our community by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics as set forth in our Community Life Statement and the Employment Standards of the seminary.

At Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the safety and welfare of all Seminary community members and guests are the highest priority for the Academic Dean’s Office. With the support of many other departments we constantly strive to maintain a safe and secure environment for the Seminary to accomplish its educational mission.

Because no campus is immune from crime, Gordon-Conwell has developed a series of policies and procedures to enhance the safety and security of the Seminary community. However, we must also enlist support of the Gordon-Conwell community if our efforts are to succeed.

The cooperation and active involvement of all students, faculty and staff members is an absolute necessity if any campus safety and security program is to succeed. All members of the Seminary community must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking simple, common sense precautions.

Jacksonville Campus

Emergency

Emergency Response Information

Campus Safety Mission Statement

Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety Mission Statement

We, the Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety, contribute to the fulfillment of the mission of the seminary by establishing and maintaining a safe environment for all people within our campus. We accomplish this through the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace, order and safety, and oversight of the community’s compliance with all laws, ordinances and seminary policies.

As a member of the Student Life Services team, we assist students and staff in the formation of their Christian character by encouraging their sense of communal and civic responsibilities.

Service to our students is our primary focus. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life by investigating problems and incidents, seeking solutions and fostering a sense of security on our campus. We nurture the trust of our community by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics as set forth in our Community Life Statement and the Employment Standards of the seminary.

Campus Safety at the Jacksonville Campus involves common sense on behalf of our students and staff. Please lock your car, remove all electronic devices and bring them into the building with you.

It is imperative that if a crime occurs to you within the vicinity of the school, it should be reported immediately not only to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office but also to the administration.

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