Reporting a Crime or Serious Incident
The College encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all criminal actions, accidents, injuries, suspicious activities, or other emergencies occurring on campus to the Department of Safety and Security and appropriate police agencies even when the victim of a crime elects not to do so or is unable to make such a report. Such reports should be made as follows:
Report the incident to the Safety and Security Department by calling 513-585-2222. It is important that the person reporting the emergency or unusual activity be able to supply as much of the following information as possible:
- What is the nature of the emergency or unusual activity? (i.e. fire, assault, auto accident, apparent heart attack, bomb threat, personal attack, theft in progress, suspicious person or vehicle, power outage, natural gas leak, burst pipe, water damage, etc.)
- Are there personal injuries? How many people are hurt?
- What is the exact location of the emergency or suspicious activity?
- Name, telephone number and position (student, employee) of the person making the report?
The College has no officially recognized student organizations with off-campus locations. However, if criminal activity occurs while students are attending school sponsored events or training off campus, the reporting procedures are the same as those stated above.
Students are expected to comply and are held accountable to all nursing and student handbook policies. Please review both handbooks for these policies.
Students who report sexual/physical assault crimes to the Confidential Reporters at IMPACT Student Life Assistance will be notified that IMPACT does not disclose their identity to the College, but that IMPACT will notify the College that the incident occurred. This process will help to identify problems and take steps to protect the College community. If the student wishes for the incident to be reported to the College, IMPACT will then provide the College with a Contact Name, Phone Number, and copy of the incident report for additional details.
Following an intake call or disclosure of such an incident later in the counseling process, IMPACT staff will complete a “Non-Identifying Incident Report” and fax it to the Associate Dean, Compliance.
Other Officials to Whom Crimes May Be Reported
The College also has designated other officials to serve as additional campus security authorities. Reports of criminal activity can also be made to these officials. They in turn will ensure that they are reported to the Department of Safety and Security for collection as part of the College’s annual report of crime statistics. These additional campus security authorities are:
Maureen Schwab, Associate Dean, Compliance
513-585-2055 or Maureen.Schwab@thechristcollege.edu
Peggy Nicholas, Secretary, Administrative,
513-585-2433 or Peggy.Nicholas@thechristcollege.edu
Meghan Hollowell, Dean of College Support Services,
513-585-4841 or Meghan.Hollowell@thechristcollege.edu
LeeAnn Ballard, Secretary, Administrative,
513-585-2433 or Leeann.Ballard@TheChristCollege.edu
Bradley Jackson, Dean of Enrollment Management,
513-585-0116 or Bradley.Jackson@thechristcollege.edu
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse or Neglect
The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences is committed to the safety of all individuals within its community, including employees, students, visitors, and particularly minors who come to campus or attend College activities. Minors come to The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences (“College”) campus for a variety of reasons. They may visit as prospective students or for other occasions. Whatever the reason for their presence, the College’s employees are to be particularly vigilant regarding their safety and security.
Definitions: A “minor” or “child” is defined as any person under the age of eighteen years old and any person with a physical or mental disability under the age of 21. Minor and child are used interchangeably in this policy. For purposes of this policy, the term “employee” also includes students who are working with minors in a clinical environment or other similar situations.
Consistent with Ohio law, it is the College’s policy that any employee who knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a minor has been subjected to abuse or neglect, may be subjected to abuse or neglect, or faces a threat of abuse or neglect shall immediately make a report. “Reasonable cause” does not require that the individual making the observation conduct an investigation prior to making the report of his or her suspicion that a child has been abused or neglected or is at risk of it.
The College will make every reasonable effort to conduct its investigation of reported child abuse or neglect in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the person making the report. However, it may be necessary to disclose details in the course of an investigation or when required by law.
Nothing in this policy is intended to prevent non-employees, such as students and visitors, from making a report if they have reasonable cause to suspect that child abuse or neglect has occurred or may occur. Employees and students in clinical must follow the policy of the clinical site.
- For immediate danger, call local law enforcement.
- Reports are to be made to one of the following:
Hamilton County Children Services Agency
Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: 513-241-KIDS (513-241-5437)
In person report: 222 East Central Parkway Hours: 7:30-4:30, Mon-Fri
Cincinnati Police Department
Non-emergency: 513-765-1212 In the state of Ohio
Ohio’s Child Abuse Reporting Hotline
1-855-OH-CHILD (1-855-642-4453) For reporting to agencies outside the state of Ohio
- Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-4-A-CHILD In the state of Indiana
800-800-5556 In the state of Kentucky
To the extent possible, the report should include the following information:
- The names and addresses of the child and the child’s parents or the person or persons having custody of the child.
- The child’s age.
- The nature and extent of the child’s injuries, abuse, or neglect (or the threat thereof) that is known or reasonably suspected or believed to have occurred, including any evidence of previous injuries, abuse, or neglect.
- Any other information that might be helpful in establishing the cause of the injury, abuse, or neglect (or the threat thereof) that is known or reasonably suspected or believed to have occurred.
- After the report has been made pursuant to Section I, the reporter should promptly provide relevant information to the following college official:
Maureen Schwab, Compliance Officer
513-585-2055 or Maureen.Schwab@thechristcollege.edu.
All crimes occurring on TCH grounds should be reported immediately to Safety and Security.
After being notified of an emergency or suspicious condition on campus, the Safety and Security Department will prepare an offense report on the incident and dispatch officers to the scene. If the matter warrants or requires further police intervention, the Cincinnati Police Department will be notified and summoned to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Students, staff, and visitors should report criminal actions, accidents, injuries, or other emergency incidents to one of the campus security authorities identified above. Once reported, the individual making the report will be encouraged to also report it to appropriate police agencies. If requested, a member of the College staff will assist a student in making the report to the police. Anonymous incident reports can also be made.
The College will protect the confidentiality of victims. Only those with a need to know the identity for purposes of investigating the crime, assisting the victim or disciplining the perpetrator will know the victim’s identity. Moreover, the College will withhold the identity of victims in publicly available records, to the extent permitted by law.
Any victim of a crime who does not want to pursue action within the College disciplinary system or the criminal justice system is nevertheless encouraged to make a confidential report to a campus security authority. With the victim’s permission, a report of the details of the incident can be filed without revealing the victim’s identity. Such a confidential report complies with the victim’s wishes, but still helps the College take appropriate steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and others. With such information, the College can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where a pattern of crime may be developing and alert the community as to any potential danger. These confidential reports are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the College. There are no formal procedures in place that encourage pastoral and professional counselors to inform the persons they are counseling of any procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual report.
Additionally, upon written request, the College will disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence (as that term is defined in Section 16 of Title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by this institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such a crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such a crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph.