Student Life: Prospective Students
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
The requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act mandates that all institutions receiving federal funds (e.g., financial aid) report and publish certain crime statistics and policies. This SIT website has therefore been designed to make this information readily available to current and prospective students, faculty, and staff.
The responsibility of crime prevention and campus safety is shared jointly by all at SIT. In fact, community awareness and involvement are the most important factors in crime prevention. Successful prevention depends largely on each person following sound security practices, and on people recognizing and immediately reporting suspicious or criminal activity.
The SIT Vermont campus is located in a sparsely populated area on the northern edge of the town of Brattleboro, a community of 12,500 residents. Historically, crime has been either exceedingly low or, for some crimes, nonexistent. Approximately 45 percent of SIT graduate students live off campus, either in Brattleboro or other surrounding communities. SIT does not oversee or manage any off-campus housing not owned by the college.
SIT's eight residence halls on campus keep their common area access doors locked between the hours of 9:00/10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. These buildings are Bolton, Ellsworth, Gamble, Janeway, Dickinson, Black Mountain, Winner, and the residential areas of the International Center. All students are issued a key to their room, and they are strongly encouraged to keep the door and windows locked when their room is unoccupied.
Five non-residential buildings on campus have significant student traffic and thus are accessible 24/7: the Rotch Learning Center, the Student Center, the Undergraduate Building, the Graduate Building, and the Campus Laundry. The Whitney Spiritual Center is also available at all times. Within the Rotch Center, the Donald B. Watt Library and the Professional Development Resource Center have formal hours. All other non-residential buildings are locked between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Faculty and staff are responsible for locking their offices when not in use.
In sum, guaranteeing safety and security at SIT requires the personal awareness and active prevention of all students, program participants, faculty, and staff.
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Brattleboro, VT 05302 USA