Investigation of Violent Felony Offenses

Violent felony offenses are defined in Subdivision 1 of Section 70.02 of the New York State Penal Law to include, but are not limited to, degrees/classes of: murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, rape, sodomy, aggravated sexual abuse, assault, burglary, robbery, arson, criminal possession of a dangerous weapon, etc. All members of the JTS community are expected immediately to report to security all suspected or actual violent felony offenses occurring at or on JTS grounds, including any offenses occurring at Mathilde Schechter or Goldsmith Hall.

Procedure

  1. In the event a violent felony offense, as that term is defined above, has been committed, a responsible official of JTS (which will include for purposes of this plan, the security guard on duty at the time), will report to the scene of the offense, and will conduct an initial investigation to determine if it appears a violent crime has been committed at or on the grounds of JTS. Upon confirming such a crime has been committed, he or she will immediately notify the New York City Police Department. All appropriate members of the JTS community will be informed of the crime by the individual conducting the investigation. Those appropriate members are to include, but are not limited to, counsel, the vice chancellor/chief operating officer, the dean of student life and the head of security.
  2. When the New York City Police department arrives on campus, the security department and other departments will cooperate fully with the investigation, including identifying parties needed for questioning.
  3. If it is determined that an ongoing threat exists for the campus community, or on request of counsel, the Office of Student Life will post notices at appropriate locations around the campus or by email. The appropriate members noted above will be fully informed regarding the nature and status of the investigation and will use the audix and email systems to inform the campus community, as appropriate.
  4. The local precinct commanders of the New York City Police Department will thereafter conduct an investigation pursuant to the New York City Police Department Patrol Guide.