Cornish College of the Arts believes in providing a safe and welcoming environment to enhance the well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors, along with the protection of all college assets. Our Office of Campus Safety & Security is committed to working with all members of the campus community to achieve this goal. We are located in a downtown urban environment; therefore every member of our campus community is expected to take reasonable precautions to protect themselves and their property.
Clery Act Annual Report
In compliance with Cornish College of the Arts’s Title IV Program Participation Agreement and specific components of the Clery Act, Cornish has developed a Campus Security Policy.
The components of this policy will accurately reflect how the policies are implemented. A requirement of Clery Act compliance is disclosing Cornish’s policy statements in Cornish’s annual security report. This policy is in effect at all times and is managed by the Director of Campus Safety and Security. This policy is to be reviewed and updated annually by October 1. View the Clery Act Annual Report.
Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
The Director of Campus Safety and Security prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.
This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, Housing & Residence Life, and the Dean of Student Affairs. Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act. View the full text of this report.
Campus crime and referral statistics include those reported to Campus Safety and Security, designated campus officials (including but not limited to Directors, Chairs, Deans, Housing & Residence Life staff, et al) and local law enforcement agencies. These statistics may also include crimes that have occurred in private residences or businesses. Counseling Services shall inform their clients of the procedures to report crime to Campus Safety and Security on a voluntary or confidential basis, should they feel it is in the best interest of the client. A procedure is in place to anonymously capture crime statistics disclosed confidentially during such a session.
Cornish will make a good faith effort to collect crime statistics for all Clery Act crimes committed in applicable geographic locations from all police agencies with jurisdiction for Cornish.
Each year an email notification is made to all enrolled students that provides the website to access this report. Faculty and staff receive similar notification via email. Copies of the report may also be obtained at MCC Security. All prospective employees may obtain a copy from Human Resources, and the website address will be available information on Cornish’s employment applications.
Department of Education Crime Statistics
Missing Student Notification
In compliance with the Missing Student Policy and Procedures (Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008), it is Cornish’s policy to actively investigate any report of a missing student who is enrolled at Cornish as either a full or part-time student.
Most missing person reports in Cornish environment result from students changing their routines without informing roommates and friends of the change. For purposes of this policy, a student will be considered missing if a roommate, classmate, faculty member, friend, family member or other campus person has not seen or heard from the person in a reasonable amount of time.
In general, a reasonable amount of time is 24 hours or more, but may vary with the time of day and information available regarding the missing person’s daily schedule, habits and reliability. Individuals will also be considered missing immediately if their absence has occurred under circumstances that are suspicious or cause concern for their safety.
Investigation & Notification
If a member of Cornish community has reason to believe that a student is missing, that person is responsible for notifying one or all of the following individuals.
- Director of Campus Safety and Security: 206.726.5824
- Dean of Student Affairs: 206.726.5111
Any missing student report must be referred to Campus Safety and Security. All efforts will be made immediately (no waiting period) to locate the student to determine his or her state of health and well-being.
Actions that will be taken by Campus Safety and Security include (but are not limited to):
- Call or text the student’s home/cell phones or other numbers on record
- Email the student
- Contact the student’s roommates and neighbors (residential students only)
- Contact the student’s faculty or academic advisors
- Contact any other on-campus or off-campus friends or contacts that are made known
- Review the student’s network print or email accounts to determine most recent activity
- Review the student’s access and meal card usage
- Check a student’s social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter
If after investigation a student is determined missing for at least 24 hours, the appropriate law enforcement agencies and the student’s emergency contact will be notified within 24 hours.
If a student is under age 18 and not an emancipated individual or has failed to designate an emergency contact, Cornish is required to notify a parent or guardian. If a student is over age 18, Cornish is required to notify the emergency contact the student identified to Cornish.
Designating Emergency Contacts
In order to accurately assess if a student is indeed missing, all students at Cornish are strongly encouraged to register contact information in two ways. The first designee is denoted as the “emergency contact”. The second is denoted as the “missing person contact.” The privacy of this information is protected under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
In the instance of both the emergency and missing person contact, each student is solely responsible for the accuracy of the contact phone number and for update of information should the contact person(s) and/or number(s) change. The emergency contact and missing person contact for all students are maintained by the Registrar.
Registered Sex Offender
This act requires states to ask every registered sex offender if they are enrolled at or employed by a College or university. In addition, pursuant to Washington State law, any such adult or juvenile offender who is admitted to a public or private institution of higher education shall, within ten days of enrolling or by the first business day after arriving at the institution, whichever is earlier, notify the sheriff for the county of the person’s residence of the person’s intent to attend the institution. Students and employees can find out information about registered sex offenders in their area at Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Sexual Offense Policy & Procedures
Conduct constituting a sexual offense, such as rape, acquaintance rape or sexual assault, will not be tolerated. Behavior of this nature is inconsistent with our values, and is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, Cornish policy and state and federal law. Students or employees committing a sexual offense in any form can be prosecuted under the Washington State Criminal Code (Title 9A RCW) and/or disciplined under the Code of Student Conduct.
Prevention Through Education
Cornish is committed to educating students, faculty and staff about sexual assault and about the prevention of sexual assault. Cornish’s goal is to prevent sexual assault through education and deterrence, and through the creation of an atmosphere of improved understanding and communication. Educational opportunities on sexual assault awareness, prevention and safety are presented during new student orientation and throughout the year. Offices and programs providing such information include Campus Safety and Security, Student Affairs, Wellness and Residence Life. The Student Counseling Center offers counseling, referral information and support.
What You Can Do If A Sexual Offense Occurs
A victim of a sexual offense can experience varying degrees of trauma and anxiety. Emotional and physical symptoms such as fear, anxiety, anger, shock, depression, insomnia, headaches and/or nausea are common. Many victims also feel guilt and self blame, especially if the suspect is an acquaintance. Regardless of the symptoms you experience, if you are a victim of a sexual offense:
- Find a safe place. Stay with a friend or someone who can give you emotional support. Call a rape crisis line.
- Go to a hospital for immediate medical care. The medical staff provides medical assistance for injuries, tests for medical evidence, and resources for emotional help. Do not wash or change clothes before calling or going for help as this may destroy important evidence. The collection of medical evidence does not presume that you will press charges against the assailant. If you later choose to press charges, the evidence will be available.
- Report the sexual offense. You are strongly encouraged to immediately report the sexual offense to the Director of Campus Safety and Security or local law enforcement officials. The Director of Campus Safety and Security is prepared to help you understand your options and their consequences, as well as to refer you to other campus and community resources for additional assistance.
- Get professional counseling. A sexual offense is a serious personal violation that renders any of a variety of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms. A counselor will help you deal with these problems and any related issues. Information about counselors and support resources is available through Campus Safety and Security, Housing and Residence Life, the Wellness Coordinator, Counseling Services, Student Affairs and Human Resources.
- Changes to classroom or residence hall assignments. In some circumstances, victims of a sexual offense seek to change their classroom or residence hall assignments. Students wishing to discuss reasonably available options should contact Student Affairs.
Cornish’s commitment is to respect the dignity of the complainant.
- We will meet with you privately, at a time and local place of your choice, to take your report.
- We cannot and will not notify your parents without your consent.
- We will treat you and your particular case with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding and professionalism.
- Our officers will not prejudge you, and you will not be blamed for what occurred
- We will assist you in arranging for any necessary hospital treatment or other medical needs. We will also assist in emergency housing if needed.
- If you would feel more comfortable talking with a friend or advocate of your choice present, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
- We will fully investigate your case and will help you to achieve the best outcome. This may involve the arrest and full prosecution of the suspect responsible. You will be kept up-to-date on the progress of the investigation and/or prosecution.
- We will assist you in privately contacting counseling and other available resources.
- We will continue to be available to answer your questions, to explain the system and process involved (prosecutor, courts, etc.) and to be a listening ear if you wish.
- We will consider your case seriously regardless of your gender or the gender or status of the suspect.
If a victim of a sexual offense wishes to remain anonymous, Campus Safety and Security will take a “third person” report. This report allows a person to provide a detailed report about the offense without the obligation of pursuing an investigation and/or pressing charges. Cornish cannot fully investigate or initiate disciplinary action against the alleged offender based on a third person report. However, reporting is still encouraged as it may provide important information for protecting the community-at-large.
A victim of a sexual offense on campus is strongly encouraged to notify Campus Safety and Security. Once the sexual offense is reported, Campus Safety and Security will notify appropriate Cornish officials or third parties who are identified as having a need to know. The primary role of Campus Safety and Security in a sexual offense incident is to collect information in an unbiased manner and preserve all relevant evidence. Campus Safety and Security notification procedures may vary depending on certain factors such as whether the alleged assailant is a member of Cornish community, whether the incident took place on or off campus, and whether the victim wishes to remain anonymous. Campus Safety and Security will report the incident to the Director of Campus Safety and Security. In addition, if the alleged assailant is a student, the Dean of Student Affairs is notified; if the alleged assailant is a faculty member, the Office of the Provost is notified; if the alleged assailant is a staff member, the Director of Human Resources is notified.
When a sexual offense occurs off campus, the investigative authority of Campus Safety and Security is limited. However, Campus Safety and Security does work in close cooperation with the Seattle Police Department in investigating the complaint. The same reporting and notification procedures as performed in an on campus incident will occur. If the assailant is a Cornish student, faculty or staff member, Cornish may, at its discretion, suspend disciplinary action or related proceedings until the Seattle Police Department investigation and/or court action is complete.
Every possible effort shall be made to ensure the confidentiality of information received as part of Cornish’s reporting procedure. Whenever possible, the name of the victim will be withheld if the victim so desires. Action requiring disclosure of the victim’s identity or identifying the victim in some manner will generally not take place without the victim’s consent, unless it is necessary to protect the health or safety of students or other persons. If so, the victim will be informed.
If the survivor of a sexual assault so desires, Cornish will make alternative campus housing and academic arrangements as may be appropriate and reasonably available. Students may request that reports made to members of the counseling staff be kept confidential.
On Campus Resources
Counseling Services are available on campus.
Off Campus Resources
- Emergency: 911
- King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
- Harborview Hospital
- Seattle Police Department
The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding. The accuser and the accused will both be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding alleging a sexual offense, including the nature of any sanctions imposed. Cornish may impose any one or more sanctions as appropriate, including but not limited to an official reprimand, mandatory counseling, restrictions on participation in campus activities, eviction from campus housing, suspension, expulsion of a student or termination of a faculty or staff member’s employment.
Weapons on Campus
Cornish will not permit the use or possession of the following items on campus whether concealed or not. Firearms, explosives, martial arts weapons, air-powered guns or rifles, or any other dangerous weapons, or replicas of any of the above. Possession of any of these items will be considered a violation of the Conduct Code and dealt with accordingly.
This prohibition, however, does not apply to weapons or replicas of weapons used as part of the academic and artistic activity supervised or assigned by members of the Cornish faculty. Such weapons or replicas of weapons used in academic activities must be approved by the Department Chair and the Provost in advance of their appearance on campus and must be stored in secure, designated spaces. Copies of the official approval of these items should be provided to the Director of Campus Safety and Security. Proper training on the use of such items must be provided and documented by the Department.
Drugs & Alchohol
Cornish is subject to the requirements of the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989. Cornish strongly supports each act.
Cornish expresses its continued commitment:
- to ensure a campus environment in which students, faculty and staff can work, study, and relax in safety;
- to address the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and the academic, social, health, and legal consequences thereof;
- to reach out to campus, community, and state-level groups to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for prevention;
- to ensure that the prevention of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs remains a priority of our campus life and health promotion;
When individuals misuse alcohol or other drugs, their performance, health, personal relationships and safety suffer. These individuals usually find their ability to study or work impaired. Absences from the classroom or workplace increase threefold. They tend toward emotional and financial instability, often making poor decisions in their personal lives and relationships. These behaviors can cause them to lose their jobs, their academic career, their families and friends, even their lives.
The Cornish administration to promote the health and well-being of students and Cornish personnel. Cornish is committed to an ongoing substance abuse prevention, education, and assistance program.
Specific procedures relating to substance abuse prevention education, identification, constructive intervention, information, assistance, and referral shall be developed by Cornish, consistent with existing law and the best interests of all concerned.
These procedures shall be reviewed and published annually and updated when necessary to comply with current law and to reflect current medical knowledge and abuse prevention practices.
The use of alcoholic beverages on campus and at College events sponsored by the Board, alumni, faculty, staff or students is prohibited except as otherwise set forth herein.
Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or expulsion for students.
While at Cornish, students, faculty and staff have the responsibility to engage in their jobs and educational studies, in a safe, conscientious, and effective manner. In order to do this, Cornish students, faculty and staff must be able to study and work in a drug and alcohol free environment and be free from the effects of drugs and alcohol.
- The manufacture, sale, possession, distribution, dispensing or use by a student, faculty member or staff person at Cornish of a controlled substance or drug not medically authorized is strictly prohibited.
- The use by a student, faculty member or staff person of a controlled substance or drug not medically authorized which affects their work or poses a hazard to the safety and welfare of the person, or other students, faculty, or staff is strictly prohibited.
- Being under the influence of alcohol or engaging in the sale, transfer or distribution by any student, faculty member or staff person while on Cornish premises is strictly prohibited except at functions where a legal permit and advance consent has been obtained.
- Violations of the Drug/Alcohol Use Policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or termination as described in the Student Handbook or Staff Handbook or in applicable collective bargaining agreement. Such disciplinary action may include a requirement of successful completion of a licensed drug or alcohol rehabilitation program and suspension until such time as Cornish determines that the person is able to participate in their job or education in a safe and effective manner. In addition, Cornish has the right to refer violations of its Drug/Alcohol Use Policy for criminal prosecution.
- Furthermore, each student, faculty member or staff person who observes or has knowledge of other student, faculty member or staff person in a condition which affects their ability to engage in their job or educational studies or poses a hazard to the safety and welfare of others are encouraged to report such condition to their supervisor, Department Chairperson, Director of Student Affairs or Director of Human Resources. All reports will be investigated. To the extent possible, confidentiality will be protected, except to the extent necessary to investigate the report.
- Cornish takes its commitment to provide a drug and alcohol free environment seriously. All students, faculty members or staff persons who suspect they may have a drug or alcohol abuse problem are encouraged to seek assistance through the Counseling Office or Human Resources Office. To comply with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Human Resource Office and the Counseling Office maintain a list of agencies which provide rehabilitative and counseling services.
- For purposes of this policy the following definitions apply.
- “Drug” means any drug which has not been legally obtained, or is not being used for its intended purpose, or as prescribed, or is defined as a controlled substance by the Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C. & 812 et se q.) or section 2.1 of subpart “B” of Workplace Drug Testing Programs (53 FR 11980 April 11, 1988), which also includes marijuana.
- “Under the Influence of Alcohol” means that the student, faculty member or staff person manifests symptoms which preclude performing their job or educational exercises in a safe and efficient manner or has a level of alcohol in the blood considered to be impaired under applicable state law. Such symptoms may include, but not be limited to, misbehavior, odor of alcohol and/or impairment of physical or mental ability.
Application for Consideration for the Use of Alcoholic Beverages
On very rare occasions under extenuating circumstances, an event may warrant the consideration of allowing alcohol to be served at a Cornish event. In such cases the event and reason must first be recommended for approval by the immediate supervisor. If the supervisor recommends approval, the written application for consideration must then be completed by the appropriate member of the President’s Cabinet and presented for review and approval or denial by the President. The President’s decision is final.
If approved, the serving of alcohol must comply with the following.
- Approval for alcoholic beverages on campus or at a Cornish related event must be requested at least fourteen (14) working days prior to the date of use. Each program event will be limited to beer and wine service provided in conjunction with food.
- The application for use of alcoholic beverages on campus must be completed by an authorized representative of the organization who accepts responsibility for compliance with Cornish and other governmental rules and regulations, where applicable, and agrees to be present at the specific function.
- A banquet permit may be required.
- The approving administrative official or designee must be available at functions where alcoholic beverages are served, and has the authority to make decisions that might arise concerning Cornish policies or procedures.
- The approving administrative official must ensure that an adequate number of administrators are present at the function to effectively monitor the proceedings, to ensure that Cornish policies and procedures are followed, and to prevent guests from driving under the influence. All events where alcoholic beverages are served will be approved in accordance with Washington State Liquor Control Board guidelines which permit the consumption of alcoholic beverages at such events.
- The approving Cornish official shall designate the specific location for the distribution of alcoholic beverages at approved events. A driver’s license with picture or a Washington State identification card will be the only acceptable forms of identification to obtain access to the designated distribution locations.
- A professional bartender will be present at designated events to handle the distribution of alcohol, and will be authorized and required, if necessary, to refuse service.
- Alcoholic beverages will be served and consumed only in a designated area.
- No person will be allowed more than one drink at a time.
- All sales and use of alcoholic beverages will be covered by the Washington State Law, as interpreted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
- Nonalcoholic beverages will be available to persons under legal age at all Cornish events where alcoholic beverages are served.
- Cornish reserves the right to require that security be provided at any function where alcoholic beverages are being served.
No person who is under the influence of alcohol or dangerous substances, or who is disorderly in conduct, shall be allowed to serve, consume, or dispense alcoholic beverages.
Substance Abuse Education
Cornish has developed a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees.
The program provides services related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals and Cornish disciplinary actions.
For further information, contact the Wellness and Educations Programs Coordinator or Dean of Student Affairs.
Local, State & Federal Legal Sanctions
The State of Washington sets 21 as the minimum age to purchase or possess any alcoholic beverage. Specific ordinances regarding violations of alcohol laws, including driving while intoxicated, are available from Campus Safety and Security.
Call 206.726.5038 or 911.