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Silent Witness Program (anonymous on-line crime reporting), Responsible Employees, Confidential Advisors & Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

Silent Witness Program (anonymous on-line crime reporting), Responsible Employees, Confidential Advisors & Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

1. Silent Witness Program (anonymous crime reporting).
2. Contacting Responsible Employees.
3. Contacting Confidential Advisors.
4. Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).

SILENT WITNESS PROGRAM - NOT FOR REPORTING IN-PROGRESS CRIMES
Perhaps you've witnessed a crime on campus, or you have some pertinent information about a crime or incident that could be helpful to the University Police, or another law enforcement agency.  We understand the apprehension about reporting crimes or incidents face-to-face with police, so we have instituted the Silent Witness Program at McNeese State University. We all know the tragic history of Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois and other universities. The lessons learned from these tragic events is that members of those campus communities later realized that observations had gone unreported. Our goal is to provide the method for observations to be reported, investigated and assistance given to help prevent violence on campus.  The Silent Witness Program is established to bring information of concern to the attention of university officials for analysis, which serves to heighten “situational awareness” and our ability to gain knowledge in a timely manner regarding security or safety matters that could impact our campus community.

The SIlent Witness site is not monitored 24 hours-a-day and is routinely reviewed by police staff. There will be a delay in the police reacting to submissions. If you need immediate police assistance or are reporting an in-progress crime or need an police officer to immediately respond then call the University Police at 337-475-5711, dial 9-1-1 from any University phone extension, or call 9-1-1 from your cell phone and tell the call taker that you need the McNeese State University Police.


The McNeese State University Police Department Silent Witness Program provides a means of anonymous communication to provide us with information on unsolved crimes, criminal behavior, susicipious behavior, wanted fugitives, or any possible threat to the safety of our university community. The SIlent Witness Program also allows you to report matters of improper conduct and behavioral anti-social acts too.


No personal information is collected with the Silent Witness Program information unless it is voluntarily provided by the reporting party. If you would like follow-up contact by the University Police you may include your name, address, phone/cell information and/or email address, but this information is not required. Crimes reported through this program are reviewed and investigated by the University Police Officers and Investigators. All information submitted through this program is confidential, as outlined in state law and/or university policy.


HOW TO CONTACT A RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYEE
Responsible employees have been defined by Louisiana Revised Statute (LRS) Title 17, Section 3399.12 as an employee of McNeese who has the authority to take action to redress a sexually-oriented criminal offense or has the duty to report a sexually-oriented criminal offense or any other misconduct by students or employees to appropriate school officials. These employees receive additional training and are responsible to assist the Title IX Coordinator, Dr Michael Snowden or his designee with providing a student or employee who reports that the student has been a victim of a sexually-oriented criminal offense, whether the offense occurred on or off campus, with a written explanation of the students rights and options.


HOW TO CONTACT A CONFIDENTIAL ADVISOR.
Cofidential employees have been designated by the President who shall serve as confidential advisors. Such a designation does not prevent McNeese from partnering with national, state, or local victim services organizations to serve as confidential advisors or to serve in other confidential roles. These advisors receive additional training to discharge their statutory duties.


BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION TEAM (BIT)
To facilitate this program the University has also established a Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) to conduct threat assessments, to review, investigate and respond to all information received under program confidentiality procedures. McNeese State University expects and encourages students to demonstrate a reasonable concern for their own welfare. This is particularly true in the areas of self-harm and harm to others. Reports that are submitted regarding student or staff behavior or other concerns will be reviewed by a panel of interdisciplinary campus professionals. The panel will make assessments and determine appropriate actions depending on the scope of the information or nature of an incident.


This program is not designed to report emergencies, or a crime in-progress. You may report your information online anonymously by clicking the link below:
Please call 9-1-1 if you need emergency assistance or call University Police DIspatch at 337-475-5711.

Silent Witness Form


MSUPD 2015.04.09 Silent Witness Training Program.pdf