2018 Annual Security Report / Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) is concerned about the safety and welfare of all campus members and guests. The following information has been prepared to increase your awareness of current programs that exist to protect your safety and well-being.
All student body, faculty and staff are encouraged to take responsibility for maintaining a secure campus environment by participating in the campus security programs and by reporting all suspected criminal actions and emergencies.
The annual security report is prepared by the Administrator by compiling incident reports from each campus along with working with local law enforcement to gather crime statistics for the campus and surrounding area.
The Clery Act (Public Law 101-542 amended by P.L. 102-26) requires CRAS to create campus security policies and distribute crime statistics annually to all current students and employees. When a crime is reported, the situation will be evaluated and the proper authorities will be contacted. All information will remain confidential. The institution will respond administratively if a criminal offense involves a student or employee as an alleged offender.
CRAS campuses are open and facilities are available during working hours to all students and members of the academic community. All members of the community have a responsibility to report any suspicious behavior or incidents to campus management or to the local police. Access to campus facilities is restricted to employees and members of the college community in campus instructional facilities. Campus buildings have alarms and security cameras are in place throughout the campuses and parking lots.
All parking lots and campus facilities have exterior lighting in the evening. Campus staff regularly checks the lighting for any faults or lights that are out throughout the campus on regular rounds. Any burnt bulbs, faulty locks, broken items, or other issues are reported to campus management for the facility operator to address.
Awareness & Prevention
CRAS takes advantage of many opportunities to remind students and employees of campus security issues. Students are informed of CRAS’s campus security policy during orientation. Employees are informed during faculty meetings and during all-staff meetings. In order to protect the health and safety of students and employees, CRAS may have to disclose the identity of the individuals who have been involved in criminal activities on campus. Students involved in criminal activities on campus will be referred to the Director of Education and/or Administrator for disciplinary action. Victims or witnesses’ voluntary or confidential reports will be included in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.
CRAS does not have a written Memorandum of Understanding with local police.
CRAS offers security awareness programs to inform the campus community of the security available on and off campus. Students are given the information upon enrolling; employees are given the information upon hire and again each year through presentations, pamphlets and the annual security report.
CRAS offers crime prevention programs to inform the campus community of possible criminal activity and how to prevent it. The information is given to the students upon enrolling and to employees upon hire and again each year through presentations, pamphlets, and the annual security report.
CRAS is dedicated to providing ongoing crime prevention and awareness for all of its employees and students. Through annual security reports such as this one, guest speakers at each of the campuses, and community involvement, CRAS seeks to identify areas of concern within the campus communities and address potential risks. Through law enforcement and community involvement, the campus community can learn how to better prevent the circumstances that lead to security breaches.
Never leave your keys in an unattended car or attach a tag with your name and address to a key ring. Never leave the title in your vehicle. At night park your vehicle in a well-lit area with pedestrian traffic.
Dating and Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking
CRAS prohibits Dating and Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking. Violations to CRAS’s policy will result in disciplinary action. CRAS defines Dating and Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking as the following:
- Dating Violence: is controlling, abusive or aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship
- Domestic Violence: is violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner
- Sexual Assault: is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient
- Stalking: is the act of pursuing or harassing another person
CRAS offers a number of prevention and awareness programs to it students, faculty and staff each year. These programs are designed to provide information on dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to help prevent it happening to our community. The prevention and awareness programs are designed to reduce risk to students and employees. At the time of enrollment new students are directed to the annual security report to view information, as listed below, on reducing the risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. New employees who begin with CRAS are also directed towards this information. Both campuses have information available on the institution’s programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and reducing the risk to students and employees.
Dating and Domestic Violence
Dating and Domestic Violence is violence between two people who have been in a romantic or closer personal relationship. It is important to remember that violence is a crime and that there is no need to suffer in silence. Help is available for both the victim and the offender. Arizona’s Domestic Violence Law (ARS 133-3601-B3, 1A) applies to household members who are related to one another as:
- Husband/Wife (Ex-husband/Ex-wife)
Offenses covered under this law include assault of any kind, threatening or intimidating behavior, criminal damage, custodial interference, kidnapping or false imprisonment, and trespassing. The law also protects family members against fighting, unreasonable noise, abusive language and reckless use of a weapon or dangerous instrument.
It may be necessary to move away from your abuser for a while. There are a number of family shelters in the Arizona area that can provide safe, supportive, short-term housing for you and your children. Contact the Information and Referral office at 602.263.8856 (in Phoenix) or 800.352.3792 for more information.
A final step to safeguarding you and your family against repeated violence is to ask for an Order of Protection. The police department can assist you. An Order of Protection is an official court document notifying the offender that he or she has been placed under specific restrictions.
If you feel you are a victim of dating or domestic violence, you can contact the Administrator or the Director of Education on campus for help. These Directors are there to help you determine your best course of action up to and including contacting local authorities. If the matter pertains to another member of the CRAS community, the Directors will meet to interview and review the parties involved to determine any disciplinary action and if the matter needs to be further escalated.
Most sexual assaults occur outside, on the street, in a park, playground or school yard. Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you when you’re outside - try these tips:
- Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
- Walk on the side of the street facing traffic.
- Walk close to the curb.
- Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys.
- If you think you are being followed, walk quickly to areas where there are lights and people.
Should a sex offense occur on campus, notify any campus personnel or Director immediately. The staff is trained to follow specific procedures prescribed for this type of crime. Call the police right away, get help from a friend, your doctor, or a hospital emergency room, or contact a rape or other crisis service. The most important thing to remember after an attack is that you should not touch anything, change your clothes, wash or douche until you have contacted the police and have been to a hospital. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) maintains a website that verifies the address of all registered sex offenders. For more information go to http://www.azdps.gov/services/sex_offender/.
Stalking can be:
- Following a person
- Making harassing phone calls
- Constant contact through electronic means (email, text messaging, social media)
- Going to a person’s home, class or work
According to Arizona State Law (ARS 13-2923), a person commits stalking if the person intentionally or knowingly engages in a course of conduct that is directed toward another person and if that conduct either: would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or safety of an immediate family member or would cause a reasonable person to fear death of that person or death of an immediate family member.
If you feel you are a victim of stalking, you can contact the Administrator or other Director on campus for help. The Directors are there to help you determine your best course of action up to and including contacting local authorities. If the matter pertains to another member of the CRAS community, the Directors will meet to interview and review the parties involved to determine any disciplinary action and if the matter needs to be further escalated.
Lack of consent to a sexual contact may be demonstrated in the following ways:
- forcible compulsion including the use of physical force or threat (express or implied) which places the person in fear of physical injury to self or another;
- incapacity to consent on the part of the victim;
- circumstances in which the victim does not expressly or impliedly acquiesce in the actor’s conduct; or
- circumstances in which the victim clearly expressed by words or actions that he or she did not consent to engage in such sexual act and a reasonable person would have understood such person’s words or actions as an expression of lack of consent to such conduct.
A person is deemed incapable of giving consent if she/he is:
- under the age of 17
- mentally incapacitated (which may include incapacity due to the victim’s ingestion of alcohol or drugs)
- physically disabled or
- physically helpless (asleep, unconscious or for any other reason physically unable to communicate unwillingness to act, which may also include incapacity due to the victim’s ingestion of alcohol or drugs).
CRAS encourages all community members, including faculty, students and visitors to take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent and stop an act of sexual harassment, gender based harassment, or sexual violence that she/he may witness. Although these actions will depend on circumstances, they may include direct intervention, calling law enforcement, or seeking assistance from a person in authority. In addition, CRAS encourages all community members to report an incident of sexual harassment, gender based harassment, or sexual violence that they observe or become aware of to the Administrator or another Director. Community members who choose to exercise this positive option will be supported by the College and protected from retaliation.
The security authorities at each of the campuses are the following: Administrator, Director of Education, Director of Admissions, Director of Student Finance, Director of IT, and Director of Projects. The Administrator, who oversees everything, takes action to ensure that timely notification is provided to students, faculty and the police department to prevent similar crimes from occurring. CRAS does not have any off-campus facilities or non-campus locations that are officially recognized by the institution.
In the event that a victim feels uncomfortable with the current academic, living, transportation, or working situation, regardless of whether or not he or she wishes to report the incidence of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, CRAS will provide written notification of the availability of protective measures to make accommodations for the victim and notify the victim of the options available for assistance and how to request changes to living situations, academic situations, working situations, or transportation.
Through the use of local authorities, campus, and community resources, CRAS will provide protective measures for any victim who is in need. This can be done by allowing the victim to complete a class without being in the same classroom as the accused, allowing the victim to switch classes to another time or location, or any other reasonable request by a victim to make a change in the academic situation. The victim can also potentially be allowed to make a change in the work location, find another work opportunity in the college, be helped in finding alternative transportation, gain assistance in finding an alternative living situation, or any other reasonable request. Any requests for protective measures should be directed to the Administrator or Director of Education.
In an emergency situation in which the response of the police department, the fire department or medical assistance is required first dial 911, then notify the appropriate security authority below as soon as the crime had been committed or discovered.
To report non-emergency criminal offenses occurring on campus, please notify one of the following individuals or your instructor as soon as a crime is committed or discovered.
Accurate, Prompt and Confidential Reporting
To report any crime activity, you can contact the Administrator or other Director on campus for help. The Directors are there to help you determine your best course of action up to and including contacting local authorities. If the matter pertains to another member of the CRAS community, the Directors will meet to interview and review the parties involved to determine any disciplinary action and if the matter needs to be further escalated. All reporting will remain confidential throughout the process, except in cases where information needs to be further escalated to local authorities outside of CRAS. The reporting will protect the confidentiality of victims and other necessary parties by not including any personally identifiable information with the consent of the individual.
Warnings will be issued to the individuals involved regarding the ongoing investigation. They will be issued in written format by the Administrator as soon as the information becomes available. The warnings will include the consequences of disciplinary action from suspension up to and including termination from the school.
Disciplinary Procedures and Written Notification
CRAS has the following disciplinary procedures in place for any crime and security issue that occurs on campus. A review of the reported incident will be completed by the disciplinary committee that is comprised of the Directors. The Directors will review the information reported and conduct interviews of those involved. The initial review will be completed within a week of the reported incident. If the Directors feel the incident needs to be reported to the local authorities, they will discuss with the person who brought about the complaint and pass along the necessary information. All reviews will be prompt, fair and impartial, and conducted by the Directors who have received annual training on such issues. The accuser and the accused will be afforded the same opportunities throughout the review process and confidentiality in any accommodations or protective measures provided to the victim or accused will be maintained throughout the process. A preponderance of evidence standard will apply to all proceedings. The accuser and the accused will have the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by the advisor of their choice. There will be no limit to the choice of advisor or presence for either the accuser or the accused in any meeting or disciplinary proceeding. Once the review process has been completed, written notification will be sent to all parties involved at the same time with the results, disciplinary action and procedures for an appeal. The proceedings require simultaneous notification, in writing, to both the accuser and the accused, of any changes to the result and when such results will become final. If requested reasonable accommodations, such as academic changes, will be granted to those involved for a safer CRAS environment.
Dating Violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking are criminal acts which carry criminal and civil penalties under state and federal law. Any evidence of these actions will be reported and turned over to law enforcement authorities. These actions are also violations of the CRAS code of conduct policy for employees and can lead to disciplinary action or sanctions by the college including suspension, demotion, or termination as deemed appropriate by the executive team. Students of CRAS that are responsible for committing these crimes can also be subject to expulsion or suspension as deemed appropriate by the disciplinary committee.
Should one of the parties involved received an unfavorable result and would like to appeal; they can do so by contacting the Administrator to file a formal appeal. The appeal will be reviewed by CRAS Executive Team.
CRAS does not have pastoral or professional counselors on staff but can provide outside professional counseling services as needed as a result of event occurring on campus or involving campus staff or a student.
As part of the final result, written notification regarding counseling resources will be provided to help those involved in the incident.
CRAS will provide written notification to students and employees about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services available for victims, both within the institution and in the community.
CRAS will also provide written notification to victims about options for, available assistance in, and how to request changes to academic, living, transportation, and working situations or protective measure. Upon request, such accommodations or protective measures shall be provided to any victim regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement.
When a student or employee reports to the institution that the student or employee has been a victim of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, whether the offense occurred on or off campus, the institution will provide the student or employee a written explanation of the student’s or employee’s rights and options.
Emergency Action Plan
Emergency Notification Policy
In the case of an emergency, it is the Administrators, (or designee) decision to determine the severity of the situation and determine if outside authorities or the community is required to be notified. Once the Administrator determines who needs to be notified, how quickly they need to be notified and in what form action will be taken, notification can be written or verbal. The Administrator can enlist the help of other Directors to help disseminate the emergency information.
Communication During Emergency / Crisis Situations
In the event of an emergency, Directors, and other designated individuals will attempt to contact and notify all those that might be immediately impacted by the situation. Instructions/suggestions will be provided as clearly and expeditiously as possible, given the uniqueness of each individual situation communication modes may include:
- Announcements over intercom system;
- Telephone calls to individual classrooms and offices;
- Word of mouth;
- Going room to room to pass along information;
- Posting to CRAS Connect system;
- Any other means of communication deemed appropriate and feasible given the uniqueness of each situation.
Emergency Drills, Testing and Evacuation
CRAS has a policy to test the emergency response plan and evacuation procedures at the minimum of once per calendar year. This test may be announced or unannounced. Results of the emergency test will be maintained at each campus location and available upon request.
CRAS is dedicated to a safe and orderly learning environment. This EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN is intended to be a guideline for faculty and staff to possibly prevent and resolve unexpected or unplanned events that physically or emotionally threaten staff and/or students. The best preparation for an actual emergency, however, is awareness in advance, and proper preventive measures all staff members are expected to review and know the information presented in this EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN.
This Emergency Action Plan takes into account the following:
- An emergency may occur at any time with little or no warning.
- Emergencies occurring at CRAS will be responded to by Authorized CRAS Security Personnel, who will assess the situation, determine the classification of emergency, and when the applicable, begin the process of calling for needed responders. Responders may include Police, Fire, EMS, or other organizations based on the nature of the incident. When outside emergency responders are called to the school they will be given precedence and CRAS personnel will provide a support role.
- All CRAS faculty, staff, and students have a personal responsibility to be familiar with this plan and to know what to do in an emergency. Knowing what to do provides the best chances for personal safety.
- Emergency evacuation drills will be conducted a minimum of once per calendar year.
Familiarization and practical exercises are the keys to preparedness in an emergency situation. Directors should share appropriate drill and safety information with all students with whom they work.
All employees will receive an electronic copy of this plan. Directors should ensure that the location of the Plan is available for all designated adjunct faculty and other visiting faculty members. All training for the Emergency Action Plan will be governed by the Administrator or designated Director whenever an unusual event, emergency or crisis arises. During day time operations, several administrators will be available; during evening hours, the night school administrators should be advised of any unusual events.
Notification of Emergency or Threat
All emergencies are initially responded to by CRAS Security Personnel. It is the responsibility of Security to determine the emergency level and proceeding actions. Once it has been determined that there is no immediate threat to safety, all level 1 and level 2 emergencies will be reported to the Director of Security. Any authorized security personnel that responds to a level 3 or level 4 emergency is responsible for notifying Police, EMS, or Fire Department (when applicable) followed by the Director of Security immediately.
In the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation, the Conservatory will initiate a school wide notification system. At the time of an emergency the appropriate school officials will notify students and faculty by sending a message over the alarm system intercom.
Follow-up messages may be sent to students through CRAS’ online education site, Cras Connect, or via the internal Education server. These messages may be posted to all students, or to select groups, situation dependent.
Emergency notifications may include, but are not limited to:
- “Fire” (accompanied by fire alarm)
- “Evacuate Immediately”
- “Lockdown” (shelter in place)
When notified of an evacuation, students should:
- Remain calm and proceed to your designated exit in an orderly fashion.
- Listen for any additional instructions from your instructor.
- Once you exit, move a safe distance away from the building and gather at your designated assembly point.
- Do not re-enter the building for any reason until CRAS security personnel have advised that is it safe to do so.
Shelter in Place Procedure
In some emergency situations, Faculty, Staff, and Students may be instructed to shelter in place. This decision will be made by CRAS Security Personnel when evacuation is considered to be unsafe. Examples of shelter in place situations may include, (but are not limited to):
- Severe weather (tornado warnings, monsoon warnings)
- Natural disasters (earthquakes, floods)
- Unsecured threat (suspicious persons or paraphernalia on premises)
The CRAS Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan identifies emergencies by the following classification.
- Level 1 – Minor incidents in which CRAS personnel assess the situation and determine that there is no hazard to persons or property. Examples of such incidents may include minor injuries that do not require medical care, short power outages, and minor equipment or facility problems.
- Level 2 – An incident that could pose a minimal hazard to person or property. Examples of such incidents may include fire alarms, longer power outages, loss of HVAC during extreme weather.
- Level 3 - Any incident that poses a potential widespread impact to public safety. Examples of such incidents may include major fire, structural damage to the occupied building, bomb threats, and prolonged power outages.
- Level 4 - Any incident or threat that poses significant danger to persons or property requiring assistance from one or more outside resources and/or authorities. Examples of such incidents may include explosions, structural collapse, natural disasters, hostile individuals, or any incident where the resolution is determined to be outside the ability of CRAS Security Personnel.
All Conservatory employees must be familiar with the following Emergency Procedures. The details of all of these procedures are found in the Employee Handbook.
- Know the evacuation route for each classroom.
- Understand evacuation procedures as outlined in the employee handbook.
- Review the evacuation chart with each new class of students.
- Lead students to their designated assembly point and check that all students are accounted for.
- Understand all “Shelter in Place” procedures.
- Direct any media to an authorized Security Personnel.
Authorized Security Personnel at the Tempe location include:
- Director of Education
- Director of Projects
- Director of IT
Authorized Security Personnel at the Gilbert location include:
- Director of Education
- Director of Projects
- Director of IT
- Director of Student Financial Services
At CRAS each student is expected to be familiar with the emergency procedures outlined in this document. Students are urged to be alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. On campus, students should:
- Know the evacuation chart for their classroom/studio each day. (Charts are clearly posted by the door of each room).
- Report any suspicious or questionable activity to an Instructor or Security Personnel immediately. Such activity may include (but is not limited to):
- Unattended bags or backpacks.
- Unfamiliar persons on campus.
- Erratic or unnatural behavior by any person(s).
- Any discussion of activity that may be harmful to persons or property.
- In the event of an evacuation, do not re-enter the building until CRAS Security Personnel have advised that it is safe to do so.
Requesting Emergency Assistance
Whenever contacting a governmental or other emergency response unit, those making such contact should be certain to provide the requested service with the following information:
- Caller name: Provide YOUR NAME
- Location of Road: Major cross streets
- College Phone Number: Give Main Line
- Emergency Cellular Number: Provide a Cell Number if possible
- Nature of Emergency: Fire, Earthquake, Bomb Threat, etc.
- Where to report: Main Entrance - meet Director
Assistance to Disabled Persons
Faculty and staff members are required to assist people with disabilities during evacuations and/or emergency situations. The school maintains that all students are encouraged and should assist individuals with disabilities whenever evacuation of an area is required; as some disabled individuals may require physical assistance, others may not. Assistance may be especially important in the event someone is on the second floor. Individuals with disabilities include people who use wheelchairs, have hearing, visual or mental impairments, and utilize crutches or walkers or others whose mobility is restricted or impaired in some manner.
Accidents Resulting in Physical Injury
CRAS requires all employees to perform their job functions as safely as possible. If safety training and/or protective equipment is deemed necessary by an employee, they should immediately contact their immediate supervisor to have the need met. When an accident occurs that involves physical injury, such must be reported immediately to a Director or designee, and the incident/injury report form must be completed and forwarded to the Administrator. Follow the steps below to ensure proper handling of an injury:
- All accidents resulting in physical injury are to be reported to the Directors.
- Ensure that faculty/staff, students, and guests are moved away from any dangers posed at an accident scene.
- Do not approach an accident scene unless it is safe to do so. If the scene area is unsafe, keep everyone away and wait for the Director, and or Police/Fire Department/Ambulance to arrive.
- Law prohibits dispensing medication or the treatment of injuries by anyone except a licensed or certified medical person. Faculty and staff members may administer basic First Aid, if trained to do so, when obviously needed.
- The decision to call Paramedics and/or the students' family should be made by the Administrator or designee.
- Any Accident or Personal Injury to a student, employee, or faculty members will be reported to the Administrator within 24 hours.
Fire Alarm Procedures
At any time the fire alarm is activated, all non-administrative faculty and staff should promptly proceed to the nearest exit while assisting and directing all other faculty/staff, students and guests out of the building in accordance with the Campus Evacuation plan. Once outside, faculty and staff should work to quickly and efficiently move all individuals to a safe distance away from the building. Care should be taken to not allow people to stand in driveways, lanes, or other areas of ingress or egress to allow all people to evacuate the building and to allow emergency services vehicles and staff adequate and unobstructed access to the building(s). All faculty and staff should, prior to exiting the building if it is safe to do so:
- Close all windows and doors (leave doors unlocked)
- Lead the class and follow the evacuation route for the specific room or area
- Discourage talking so that emergency commands may be given
- Exit immediately
- Do not permit re-entry into the building until the all clear has been given by a fire department official, administrator or other Director.
In the event of a fire alarm after 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, Senior Faculty member will oversee evacuation for any emergency situation.
Guns and Weapons
In the event someone is known to have a firearm or other deadly weapon, contact a Director immediately. Do not confront the individual yourself. If a firearm or other deadly weapon is pulled, remain calm, without endangering yourself, do what you can to notify the Administrator or other employee. Talk in a controlled manner with the individual.
In the event of an active shooter situation, all individuals should evacuate the building/area immediately to an area of safety and immediately call 911.
There are five additional suggestions offered in the event of an active shooter:
- If you are in a room without a safe exit, shut the door, lock it and barricade it if possible. Once the door is secure, move away from it and lie on the floor. If the gunman begins shooting through the door, lying on the floor will minimize your chances of being struck by a projectile.
- If you cannot get to a room with a lockable door, find concealment - that is, hide and lie as flat on the floor as possible to avoid being struck by random bullets that may be sprayed by a shooter.
- If you cannot find a lockable room and/or concealment and the shooter is immediately present, play dead.
- If all else fails, give in to whatever demands are made by the shooter.
- Also know that the school affirms your right to defend yourself against imminent danger. While such is not generally recommended in an armed encounter, if you are certain you will be harmed, fighting an attacker may be required and the right to self-defense is affirmed.
Hazardous Chemical / Biological Warfare Exposure
All members of the CRAS community are reminded to always be aware of the potential for exposure to hazardous chemicals and/or biological agents. Individuals who have responsibility for handling hazardous chemicals should insist upon proper training prior to working with hazardous chemicals. Likewise, supervisors are required to provide proper training to their employees prior to assigning them to a job duty that requires handling hazardous chemicals. The Directors maintain information on chemicals known to be stored and utilized on campus.
Individuals should also be aware of the potential for exposure to chemical warfare that may include biological agents should CRAS be targeted for a chemical or biological attack. Individuals should follow the steps listed below to help minimize exposure and release of chemical or biological agents. Chemicals and hazardous materials should be labeled.
- Do not open any container, envelope or package with unknown, suspicious or no return address. Do not attempt to investigate containers or packages that are leaking oil or powder residues.
- If in doubt about an envelope or package, contact the Administrator or other Director. Leave the package untouched and undisturbed. Shut off all fans and/or ventilation that may be in the area.
- If such an item is opened and it is reasonably believed to be biologically or chemically contaminated, shut off all fans and/or ventilation that may be in the area and contact a Director who will notify public authorities. A building evacuation may be instituted using the same instructions as written in the fire alarm policy.
- Secure the hazardous area and wait for further instructions from public authorities.
- Students and other staff in the building need to remain in an area away from the building until released by medical personnel.
- Remain calm and follow all instructions.
In the event of a hostage situation, if you are not involved, quietly remove yourself from the area and notify a Director immediately. Employees should stay away from the scene but attempt to establish a wide perimeter to prevent others from wandering into the situation. If you are part of the situation, remain calm, avoid quick movements and cooperate with the hostage-taker. If a hostage situation occurs in your classroom or area of supervision:
- Remain calm and controlled. Help your students stay calm. Avoid quick movements. Do not panic.
- Follow the directions of the hostage-taker. Tell your students to do the same. Do not try to attack or disarm the hostage-taker.
- Do not bargain or negotiate with the hostage-taker. If you wish to talk to the hostage taker, ask for permission to speak. Face the hostage taker when speaking and do not crowd his/her space. Be respectful, never critical. Do not argue.
- Try to make a mental list of what happens during the incident.
- Trust the police negotiators. Follow their instructions completely.
- Stay alert. Evacuate students, staff, and employees as quickly as you can, and attempt escape ONLY if the hostage taker falls asleep from exhaustion.
Odd / Suspicious / Concerning Behavior
As a professional who has chosen to work within the field of higher education, you may occasionally encounter a student or colleague who displays behavior that may be considered odd, suspicious or frightening. Such behavior may include a sudden change in appearance and/or hygiene, threatening or inappropriate comments, disturbing or frightening ideas or thoughts expressed in writings and class assignments and rumors or gossip about a particular student or group of students. If you feel the student may be a danger to himself/herself or others, you should report the information to a Director. Any supporting information and/or documentation should be provided at the time of the report to help in the evaluation of the situation.
The Director will evaluate the situation, and make a determination as to how to proceed. While there are no sure and certain predictors of violence, there may be certain indicators that are observed to help guide the administrator in his/her decision making process. Warning signs of impending violence may include but are not limited to:
- A known past history of violent behavior;
- Displays of violence in writing or art. Sometimes, violent or bizarre depictions can be products of a psychotic mind;
- Loneliness and social isolation which suggests few may be in a position to identify and report violent tendencies or extreme behavior;
- Stalking and other antisocial or extreme behavior;
- Hallmark behaviors of paranoia which may suggest mental illness. Paranoid behaviors may include whispering to oneself; taking an inordinately long time to answer a question, expressed suspicion that one is being followed, their conversations recorded or that people are watching them;
- Sometimes evident is a bizarre and inappropriate facial affect.
Certainly, not all individuals that exhibit odd behavior are psychotic or violent. However, professionals should "trust their gut" and report behavior and situations that do not seem "right". Administrative and other professionals must deal carefully with situations involving behavior as described above. Oftentimes, disabilities that manifest themselves in the form of odd behavior may simply be a byproduct of a disability and such may need to be accepted and accommodated in the normal course of the educational process. Administrators and staff must also understand the unique position in which they are in and the protections afforded disabled persons. Disabilities cannot usually be disclosed to members of the school community even to satisfy concerns over odd behavior. These situations require delicate and sensitive handling and due regard for not only the safety of the community, but for the privacy and wellbeing of the student who is the subject of the report. For these reasons as well as others, Directors and administrative staff should take every report seriously and consider how best to deal with each situation. When dealing with a report of odd behavior, over-reactions and under-reactions must be guarded against.
For faculty and staff who report concerning behavior to members of the administration, remember, information cannot always be returned or provided to the reporting individual about a student's known situation. Privacy laws usually shield students' mental illness from disclosure to most individuals. Even if a student is believed, by institutional officials, to be a threat to himself or others and is required to undergo a psychological evaluation, the written opinion of a licensed physician/psychiatrist is usually the deciding factor as to whether or not a student is committed for medical treatment and/or whether or not they will be allowed to continue in school.
In the event of a power failure that is not related to any other type of emergency/crisis situation, instructors should, during the day and if their classroom is equipped with windows, open the blinds and continue with their lecture/class discussion with as little interruption as possible. Normally, power is restored to campus buildings within a fairly short amount of time and a disengagement of the learning process is normally not warranted for a non-weather related power outage.
A flashlight or other battery lighting devices should be kept at the front desk at all times.
The decision regarding whether or not classes will be canceled will be made by the Administrator of other Director. Once power is restored, all operations should return to normal as quickly as possible, report any problems, concerns or issues that arise during a power outage to the Administrator.
Threats / Threatening Phone Calls
In the event of a threatening phone call, DO NOT HANG UP ON THE CALLER. Try to get as much information as possible Be certain to write down the following:
- Phone number received from if known
- Name of caller if provided or known
- What type of threat (Bomb Threat, Death Threat, Biological Attack, etc)
- If a bomb or gun threat, where is the bomb or gun located?
- If it is a bomb, when will the timer start or when will it explode?
- Listen to surrounding noise (Music, traffic, background noise) to see if anything sounds familiar to help narrow down where the caller is calling from.
- Ask why he or she is doing this. Carefully document the answer.
If the threat is made in writing, do not handle the document more than necessary and do not allow multiple people to touch the note. The Administrator and/or Director will determine if a building or the campus is to be evacuated. The Administrator of designee will make all decisions regarding the cancellation of classes.
No one other than the Administrator and/or other Directors should be notified about the threat until an initial evaluation of the situation is complete and local authorities and emergency responders notified If evacuation of a building and/or the campus is deemed necessary, various methods may be used to avoid panic and to minimize danger to the CRAS community.
In the event one demands the surrender of cash or other valuable goods with the use of or threat of physical violence, the cash and/or goods being demanded should be surrendered immediately, particularly when the perpetrator is armed with a gun, knife or other deadly weapon. After a robbery has taken place, the victim and/or any other employee involved in or witness to the robbery should immediately contact 911. Inform the Administrator or designee of this matter. If possible, take note of the individual's height, approximate weight, hair color and length, eye color, facial hair, approximate age, any tattoos, scars or marks and any distinguishing speech pattern such as a lisp, stutter or repeated use of a word or phrase. Also make a mental note of the individual's clothing, the color and general condition of any clothes and shoes being worn.
In the event of an earthquake, seek shelter under a hard surface such as a sturdy desk, counter, table, or stand in a doorway or corner of a room. If you are outside, move to an open area away from buildings, trees, light poles and power lines. After a quake, gather your valuables and leave the building quickly. If necessary, assist those with mobility impairments or disabilities. Assist those with injuries but do not move seriously injured people unless remaining in the building poses a greater risk than their apparent injuries. Following a quake, aftershocks will likely follow and while aftershocks are usually less powerful than the original quake, they may still be strong enough to bring down weakened structures. For this reason, evacuation to a safe zone away from buildings, power lines, trees, etc.., is indicated – this could be the same location as designated for a fire emergency.
In the event of an approaching tornado personnel should take cover immediately in an interior area away from windows. Individuals should assume a protective posture against a wall or locate cover under a hard surface such as a sturdy desk, counter or table. A protective posture includes:
- Sitting with one's back to a wall
- Knees should be tightly drawn up to one's chest
- Face should be positioned between the knees
- Hands or books should cover the head if one is unable to take cover beneath a desk, table or counter
- Staff and faculty should try to keep everyone as quiet as possible so instructions may be given
Following a tornado, avoid downed power lines and provide first aid to injured individuals if indicated.
Death of a Student
If a student passes away on campus or during a school sponsored and/or controlled event, the Administrator will make the determination, at that time, as to who will contact the student's next of kin. Faculty and staff members are prohibited from releasing information of a student's death, when known, until proper notification is made to the next of kin. When a student death occurs, the scope of the response will depend on the situation and the circumstances surrounding the death. Each situation will be different and the institutional response will be in a manner subjectively deemed appropriate by relevant members of the administration. Efforts will be made to provide wellness sessions and, possibly, counseling sessions with licensed therapists if such need is apparent. Faculty and staff members are reminded that FERPA, HIPAA and other privacy laws continue to protect a student's privacy, even after their death, and, therefore, disclosure of information about a student's grades, attendance, health, etc., remain protected by relevant legislation. The release of personal data and/or information following the death of a student may violate applicable privacy laws and CRAS employees are cautioned to continue to follow institutional policies and privacy laws from the local, state and federal levels.
Emergency / Crisis Situation Aftermath
Once a crisis has concluded, everyone should work together to make every effort to return to normal operations as quickly as possible. Students will need the routine of normal procedures to provide the positive environment in which they are accustomed to learning. If deemed necessary and appropriate, the school will provide wellness advising services and counseling services may be arranged if it is believed the situation warrants such. The administration's response will be based on subjective professional judgment. These subjective judgments will determine the extent to which this procedure will be implemented and the length of time after the crisis that advising and/or counseling will be available. All faculty and staff members should continue to monitor the school community for any problems or situations that may occur during a period of aftermath. Problems/situations that do emerge should be immediately reported.
CRAS will strive to operate the safest institution possible by planning for and taking preventative measures against emergency/crisis situations. To plan for each and every emergency or crisis situation would be practically impossible and the scope of this plan is not intended to address every possibility. This plan does seek, however, to provide CRAS students, faculty and staff members a framework of actions and responses that may help mitigate the damage and trauma that may be associated with a given event.
Program Policy Statements
The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) has the following policies in place.
CRAS offers security awareness programs to inform the campus community of the security available on and off campus. Students are given the information upon enrolling; employees are given the information upon hire and again each year through presentations, pamphlets and the Annual Security Report.
CRAS offers crime prevention programs to inform the campus community of possible criminal activity and how to prevent it. The information is given to the students upon enrolling and to employees upon hire and again each year through presentations, pamphlets and the Annual Security Report.
Alcohol and Drug Policy Statements
CRAS supports the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-225). For a full description of our drug free policy, please refer to our Drug Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Program on our website.
Laws Regarding Alcohol and Drugs
Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance
21 U.S.C. 844(a)
1st conviction: Up to 1 year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000, or both.
After 1 prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2 years and fined at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000, or both.
After 2 or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and fined at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000, or both.
21 U.S.C.853 (a)(2) and 881(a)(7)
Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than 1-year imprisonment. (See special sentencing provisions re: crack.
21 U.S.C. 881(a)(4)
Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance.
21 U.S.C. 844a Civil fine of up to $10,000 (pending adoption of final regulations.)
18 U.S.C. 922(g)
Ineligible to receive or purchase a firearm.
Miscellaneous Revocation of certain federal licenses and benefits, e.g., pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, etc, are vested within the authorities of individual Federal agencies.
State of Arizona Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance
Possession, use, production, sale or transportation of marijuana; classification
- A person shall not knowingly:
- Possess or use marijuana.
- Possess marijuana for sale.
- Produce marijuana.
- Transport for sale, import into this state or offer to transport for sale or import into this state, sell, transfer or offer to sell or transfer marijuana.
- A person who violates:
- Subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section involving an amount of marijuana not possessed for sale having a weight of less than two pounds is guilty of a class 6 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section involving an amount of marijuana not possessed for sale having a weight of at least two pounds but less than four pounds is guilty of a class 5 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section involving an amount of marijuana not possessed for sale having a weight of four pounds or more is guilty of a class 4 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section involving an amount of marijuana having a weight of less than two pounds is guilty of a class 4 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section involving an amount of marijuana having a weight of at least two pounds but not more than four pounds is guilty of a class 3 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section involving an amount of marijuana having a weight of more than four pounds is guilty of a class 2 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 3 of this section involving an amount of marijuana having a weight of less than two pounds is guilty of a class 5 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 3 of this section involving an amount of marijuana having a weight of at least two pounds but not more than four pounds is guilty of a class 4 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 3 of this section involving an amount of marijuana having a weight of more than four pounds is guilty of a class 3 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 4 of this section involving an amount of marijuana having a weight of less than two pounds is guilty of a class 3 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 4 of this section involving an amount of marijuana having a weight of two pounds or more is guilty of a class 2 felony.
- If the aggregate amount of marijuana involved in one offense or all of the offenses that are consolidated for trial equals or exceeds the statutory threshold amount, a person who is sentenced pursuant to subsection B, paragraph 5, 6, 8, 9 or 11 of this section is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from confinement on any basis until the person has served the sentence imposed by the court, the person is eligible for release pursuant to section 41-1604.07 or the sentence is commuted.
- In addition to any other penalty prescribed by this title, the court shall order a person who is convicted of a violation of any provision of this section to pay a fine of not less than seven hundred fifty dollars or three times the value as determined by the court of the marijuana involved in or giving rise to the charge, whichever is greater, and not more than the maximum authorized by chapter 8 of this title. A judge shall not suspend any part or all of the imposition of any fine required by this subsection.
- A person who is convicted of a felony violation of any provision of this section for which probation or release before the expiration of the sentence imposed by the court is authorized is prohibited from using any marijuana, dangerous drug or narcotic drug except as lawfully administered by a practitioner and as a condition of any probation or release shall be required to submit to drug testing administered under the supervision of the probation department of the county or the state department of corrections as appropriate during the duration of the term of probation or before the expiration of the sentence imposed.
- If the aggregate amount of marijuana involved in one offense or all of the offenses that are consolidated for trial is less than the statutory threshold amount, a person who is sentenced pursuant to subsection B, paragraph 4, 7 or 10 and who is granted probation by the court shall be ordered by the court that as a condition of probation the person perform not less than two hundred forty hours of community restitution with an agency or organization providing counseling, rehabilitation or treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, an agency or organization that provides medical treatment to persons who abuse controlled substances, an agency or organization that serves persons who are victims of crime or any other appropriate agency or organization.
- If a person who is sentenced pursuant to subsection B, paragraph 1, 2 or 3 of this section is granted probation for a felony violation of this section, the court shall order that as a condition of probation the person perform not less than twenty-four hours of community restitution with an agency or organization providing counseling, rehabilitation or treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, an agency or organization that provides medical treatment to persons who abuse controlled substances, an agency or organization that serves persons who are victims of crime or any other appropriate agency or organization.
- If a person is granted probation for a misdemeanor violation of this section, the court shall order as a condition of probation that the person attend eight hours of instruction on the nature and harmful effects of narcotic drugs, marijuana and other dangerous drugs on the human system, and on the laws related to the control of these substances, or perform twenty-four hours of community restitution.
Possession, use, administration, acquisition, sale, manufacture or transportation of narcotic drugs; classification
- A person shall not knowingly:
- Possess or use a narcotic drug.
- Possess a narcotic drug for sale.
- Possess equipment or chemicals, or both, for the purpose of manufacturing a narcotic drug.
- Manufacture a narcotic drug.
- Administer a narcotic drug to another person.
- Obtain or procure the administration of a narcotic drug by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or subterfuge.
- Transport for sale, import into this state, offer to transport for sale or import into this state, sell, transfer or offer to sell or transfer a narcotic drug.
- A person who violates:
- Subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section is guilty of a class 4 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section is guilty of a class 2 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 3 of this section is guilty of a class 3 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 4 of this section is guilty of a class 2 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 5 of this section is guilty of a class 2 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 6 of this section is guilty of a class 3 felony.
- Subsection A, paragraph 7 of this section is guilty of a class 2 felony.
- A person who is convicted of a violation of subsection A, paragraph 1, 3 or 6 of this section and who has not previously been convicted of any felony or who has not been sentenced pursuant to section 13-703, section 13-704, subsection A, B, C, D or E, section 13-706, subsection A, section 13-708, subsection D or any other provision of law making the convicted person ineligible for probation is eligible for probation.
- If the aggregate amount of narcotic drugs involved in one offense or all of the offenses that are consolidated for trial equals or exceeds the statutory threshold amount, a person who is convicted of a violation of subsection A, paragraph 2, 5 or 7 of this section is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from confinement on any basis until the person has served the sentence imposed by the court, the person is eligible for release pursuant to section 41-1604.07 or the sentence is commuted.
- A person who is convicted of a violation of subsection A, paragraph 4 of this section is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from confinement on any basis until the person has served the sentence imposed by the court, the person is eligible for release pursuant to section 41-1604.07 or the sentence is commuted.
- In addition to any other penalty prescribed by this title, the court shall order a person who is convicted of a violation of this section to pay a fine of not less than two thousand dollars or three times the value as determined by the court of the narcotic drugs involved in or giving rise to the charge, whichever is greater, and not more than the maximum authorized by chapter 8 of this title. A judge shall not suspend any part or all of the imposition of any fine required by this subsection.
- A person who is convicted of a violation of this section for which probation or release before the expiration of the sentence imposed by the court is authorized is prohibited from using any marijuana, dangerous drug, narcotic drug or prescription-only drug except as lawfully administered by a health care practitioner and as a condition of any probation or release shall be required to submit to drug testing administered under the supervision of the probation department of the county or the state department of corrections, as appropriate, during the duration of the term of probation or before the expiration of the sentence imposed.
- If a person who is convicted of a violation of this section is granted probation, the court shall order that as a condition of probation the person perform not less than three hundred sixty hours of community restitution with an agency or organization that provides counseling, rehabilitation or treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, an agency or organization that provides medical treatment to persons who abuse controlled substances, an agency or organization that serves persons who are victims of crime or any other appropriate agency or organization.
Possession, manufacture, delivery and advertisement of drug paraphernalia; definitions; violation; classification; civil forfeiture; factors
- It is unlawful for any person to use, or to possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a drug in violation of this chapter. Any person who violates this subsection is guilty of a class 6 felony.
- It is unlawful for any person to deliver, possess with intent to deliver or manufacture with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia knowing, or under circumstances where one reasonably should know, that it will be used to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a drug in violation of this chapter. Any person who violates this subsection is guilty of a class 6 felony.
- It is unlawful for a person to place in a newspaper, magazine, handbill or other publication any advertisement knowing, or under circumstances where one reasonably should know, that the purpose of the advertisement, in whole or in part, is to promote the sale of objects designed or intended for use as drug paraphernalia. Any person who violates this subsection is guilty of a class 6 felony.
- All drug paraphernalia is subject to forfeiture pursuant to chapter 39 of this title. The failure to charge or acquittal of an owner or anyone in control of drug paraphernalia in violation of this chapter does not prevent a finding that the object is intended for use or designed for use as drug paraphernalia.
- In determining whether an object is drug paraphernalia, a court or other authority shall consider, in addition to all other logically relevant factors, the following:
- Statements by an owner or by anyone in control of the object concerning its use.
- Prior convictions, if any, of an owner, or of anyone in control of the object, under any state or federal law relating to any drug.
- The proximity of the object, in time and space, to a direct violation of this chapter.
- The proximity of the object to drugs.
- The existence of any residue of drugs on the object.
- Direct or circumstantial evidence of the intent of an owner, or of anyone in control of the object, to deliver it to persons whom he knows, or should reasonably know, intend to use the object to facilitate a violation of this chapter.
- Instructions, oral or written, provided with the object concerning its use.
- Descriptive materials accompanying the object which explain or depict its use.
- National and local advertising concerning its use.
- The manner in which the object is displayed for sale.
- Whether the owner, or anyone in control of the object, is a legitimate supplier of like or related items to the community, such as a licensed distributor or dealer of tobacco products.
- Direct or circumstantial evidence of the ratio of sales of the object to the total sales of the business enterprise.
- The existence and scope of legitimate uses for the object in the community.
- Expert testimony concerning its use.
- In this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
- "Drug" means any narcotic drug, dangerous drug, marijuana or peyote.
- "Drug paraphernalia" means all equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a drug in violation of this chapter. It includes:
- Kits used, intended for use or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing or harvesting any species of plant which is a drug or from which a drug can be derived.
- Kits used, intended for use or designed for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing or preparing drugs.
- Isomerization devices used, intended for use or designed for use in increasing the potency of any species of plant which is a drug.
- Testing equipment used, intended for use or designed for use in identifying or analyzing the strength, effectiveness or purity of drugs.
- Scales and balances used, intended for use or designed for use in weighing or measuring drugs.
- Diluents and adulterants, such as quinine hydrochloride, mannitol, mannite, dextrose and lactose, used, intended for use or designed for use in cutting drugs.
- Separation gins and sifters used, intended for use or designed for use in removing twigs and seeds from, or in otherwise cleaning or refining, marijuana.
- Blenders, bowls, containers, spoons and mixing devices used, intended for use or designed for use in compounding drugs.
- Capsules, balloons, envelopes and other containers used, intended for use or designed for use in packaging small quantities of drugs.
- Containers and other objects used, intended for use or designed for use in storing or concealing drugs.
- Hypodermic syringes, needles and other objects used, intended for use or designed for use in parenterally injecting drugs into the human body.
- Objects used, intended for use or designed for use in ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing marijuana, a narcotic drug, a dangerous drug, hashish or hashish oil into the human body, such as:
- Metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic pipes with or without screens, permanent screens, hashish heads or punctured metal bowls.
- Water pipes.
- Carburetion tubes and devices.
- Smoking and carburetion masks.
- Roach clips, meaning objects used to hold burning material, such as a marijuana cigarette, that has become too small or too short to be held in the hand.
- Miniature cocaine spoons and cocaine vials.
- Chamber pipes.
- Carburetor pipes.
- Electric pipes.
- Air-driven pipes.
- Ice pipes or chillers.
It is unlawful for a licensee or other person to sell, furnish, dispose of or give, or cause to be sold, furnished, disposed of or given, to a person under the legal drinking age or for a person under the legal drinking age to buy, receive, have in the person's possession or consume spirituous liquor. This paragraph shall not prohibit the employment by an off-sale retailer of persons who are at least sixteen years of age to check out, if supervised by a person on the premises who is at least nineteen years of age, package or carry merchandise, including spirituous liquor, in unbroken packages, for the convenience of the customer of the employer, if the employer sells primarily merchandise other than spirituous liquor.
- A person violating any provision of this title is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor unless another classification is prescribed.
- A person violating section 4-244, paragraph 9, 14, 34, 42 or 44 is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.
- A person violating sections 4-229, subsection B or 4-244, paragraph 31 is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor.
- In addition to any other penalty prescribed by law, the court may suspend the privilege to drive of a person under eighteen years of age for a period of up to one hundred eighty days on receiving the record of the person's first conviction for a violation of section 4-244, paragraph 9.
- In addition to any other penalty prescribed by law, a person who is convicted of a violation of section 4-244, paragraph 42 shall pay a fine of not less than five hundred dollars.
- In addition to any other penalty prescribed by law, a person who is convicted of a violation of section 4-241, subsection L, M or N shall pay a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars. Federal law holds that any person, who distributes, possesses with intent to distribute, or manufactures a controlled substance in, or within one thousand feet of an educational facility, is subject to a doubling of the applicable maximum punishments and fines. A similar state law carries sanctions of up to five years of imprisonment and up to $100,000 fine for similar violations.
Federal Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance for conduct that occurred during a period of enrollment in which federal student aid was received shall not be eligible to receive federal student aid (including any grant, loan, or work assistance) during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:
If convicted of an offense involving,
- The possession of a controlled substance:
Ineligibility period is:
First offense - 1 year
Second offense - 2 years
Third offense - Indefinite
- The sale of a controlled substance:
Ineligibility period is:
First offense - 2 years
Second offense - Indefinite
Rehabilitation - A student whose eligibility has been suspended may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period if the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that is approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
Additional Resources Available
Phoenix / Tempe
- Al-Anon Family Information 602-249-1257
- Alcoholics Anonymous 602-264-1341
- CASA Rape & Assault 602-254-9000
- Child Abuse Hotline 888-767-2445
- Community Information and Referral 602-263-8856
- Interfaith Counseling 602-248-9247
- Jewish Family & Children Service 602-279-7655
- LDS Family Services 480-968-2995
- Lifeline (Emergency Medical) 602-263-8845
- Salvation Army Family Services 602-267-4122
- Sojourner Center 602-244-0089
- TERROS Drug Abuse 602-685-6000
In compliance with Public Law 102-26, the following information on campus crimes is reported for your review. The criminal offenses listed here were reported to the Administrator or local police agencies as having occurred on campus or in or on non- campus property.
- The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
- These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a non-campus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution. or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Notice of Rights Under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to an appeal regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the appeal procedures are provided in the CRAS Catalog.
- The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent (i.e., directory information). The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by CRAS in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the school has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using school employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the school.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901
Directory Information is information on a student that the school my release to third parties without the consent of the student. CRAS has defined directory information as the student’s name, address(es), telephone number(s), email address, birth date and place, program undertaking, dates of attendance, honors and awards, and credential awarded. If a student does not want some or all of his or her directory information to be released to third parties without the students consent, the student must present such a request in writing to the Administrator within 10 days after the date of the student’s initial enrollment or by such later as the institution may specify. The only exception to this FERPA policy is that CRAS will disclose personally identifiable information from a student’s education record to necessary or appropriate parties if it is in connection with an emergency where knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or any other individual. This is a required health and safety exemption.Any questions regarding aforementioned notice should be directed to the Administrator or Director of Education.
Information & Security Program
The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) carefully protects all nonpublic personal information in our possession regarding students and their families. The school will not release nonpublic, private, personal, or financial information about our students or applicants to any third party, except as specifically provided in this policy. The school will release certain nonpublic personal information to federal and state agencies, government contractors, student loan providers/servicers, and other parties as necessary for the administration of the federal student aid programs, for enforcement purposes, for litigation, and for use in connection with audits or other investigations. Disclosure is permitted to law enforcement or emergency services agencies in the performance of their duties or when student safety or health may be in jeopardy. The school will not sell or otherwise make available personal information for marketing purposes to any third party at any time.
Protection of Personally Identifiable Information: The school employs office procedures and password-protected computer systems to ensure the security of paper and electronic records. The school does not disclose specifics of its internal security procedures to students or the general public to protect the effectiveness of those procedures.
Access to social security numbers and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is strictly limited to those school officials with a need-to-know. Each department director is responsible for enforcement of this policy with regard to the information within his/her office. CRAS will be responsible for overall control of information release and will resolve any disagreements and make final decisions as necessary in accordance with this policy.
CRAS’s information is an important asset that is critical to providing an effective and comprehensive learning environment, openly communicating ideas, providing outstanding community service, and supporting the school’s operations. This information includes sensitive and personal student, faculty, and staff data as well as the school’s operational data. To maintain effectiveness and protect individuals, the school’s information assets must be protected from misuse, unavailability, destruction, and unauthorized disclosure or modification.
The executive leadership of CRAS is committed to protecting the value of the axhool’s information assets. The IT Department is charged with establishing and maintaining a program that preserves the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and information systems. This responsibility is addressed by:
- Continually assessing risks and defining appropriate protection strategies
- Complying with applicable legal and regulatory requirements
- Protecting the reputation, image and competitive advantage of the school
- Supporting CRAS’s strategic mission and goals
- Maintaining partnership with administrative units, faculty, and staff to ensure a collaborative approach to information security
The IT Department deals with numerous threats and challenges including data loss or theft, malicious software (e.g., viruses, worms, and Trojan horses), identity theft, social engineering, phishing scams, and risks associated with new technologies. Security measures also must be implemented to comply with several laws and regulations that address student information (FERPA), financial information, individuals’ privacy data and individuals’ health information.
The IT Department offers a wide range of products and services to address information security risks and requirements. These offerings are designed to balance strategic, tactical, and operational needs, and they include the following specific products and services:
- Security policies, procedures, standards, and methodologies
- Password change and enforcement policies
- Security awareness and training
- Legal and regulatory compliance
- Security strategy, architecture, and technologies (including technologies to protect against malicious software)
- Technical system configurations and vulnerability management
- Response to information security incidents or breaches
- Security requirements for software development and acquisition
- Disaster recovery, offsite backups, and continuity planning
- Firewalls with anti-virus protection and strict limited remote access
Policies and procedures provide the foundation of an effective information security program and define minimum requirements for protection of information. The IT Department of CRAS has developed and implemented policies that specify appropriate controls and conduct. These policies have been approved by the school’s executive team, are applicable to all faculty, staff, and students, and they are required to be followed. Any suspected information security breach or issue should be reported immediately to the IT Department.
The following is a statement from the CRAS Audio Business Department:
Acquired music should always be purchased. There are three main reasons for this:
- It’s the right thing to do.
- It helps support deserving artists and songwriters.
- There are severe penalties for not paying.
The Effects of Copyright Law
This is a simplified explanation of Copyright Law: Only the copyright owner of a work can make copies of it in any form. Period. Anyone else who wants to copy any part of this work must get a license, negotiate and agreement, or get permission in some form.
Copyright means ownership of rights; of songs, musical compositions, movies, videos, video games and other types of creations. The original copyright owners of such creations often sign their rights over to a company – a record label or a publisher or a video game company, etc., and then they became the copyright owner.
Copyright laws should be taken very seriously. If not obeyed, offenders of these laws could face high fines and possibly even prison time.
Legally, consumers must pay for what they acquire. If not, they are infringing upon the rights of the copyright owner. Some examples of infringement would be:
- Downloading songs, albums or videos without paying for them
- Uploading songs, albums or videos to a file sharing site
- Making a copy of a song, CD or video for a friend (or many friends)
- Making a copy of software for others (or accepting a copy from someone else)
- Making more than one copy of something one has legally acquired…even for their own use
- Sampling without permission of the copyright owners of the recording and the song
- Recording a released song without obtaining a Compulsory (Mechanical) License
- Any other form of acquiring copyrighted material without paying for it More information on copyright law and penalties can be found on these websites:
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.
For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ's at www.copyright.gov/help/faq