Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
3.11.2 The institution takes reasonable steps to provide a healthy, safe, and secure environment for all members of the campus community. (Institutional environment)
 
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Narrative:  

Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

Troy University is committed to the safety, security and health of the members of all its campus communities at each of its Alabama campuses and at its various sites throughout the United States and around the world. Maintaining safe, secure and healthy environments for the various Troy University campus communities is provided through a collaboration of senior University officials and their respective representatives at the University’s campuses and sites. The issues of the safety, security and health of Troy University students are under the general responsibility of the Senior Vice Chancellor of Student Services and Administration. Through his office, campus individuals such as the deans of students, health counselors, and safety officers are charged with specific campus location responsibilities for student safety, security and health. Employee safety, security and health are the responsibility of the campus safety officials as well as the Human Resource officials on each campus.

The Director of Human Resources and his officials on each of the Alabama campuses reside in the reporting line of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Financial and Business Affairs. Campus vice chancellors at the Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City campuses are also charged with responsibility for ensuring a safe and secure campus environment for the students, faculty and staff at these locations. The campus vice chancellors report to the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost. The safety and security of the Troy University teaching sites in Global Campus are the overall responsibility of the Vice Chancellor for Global Campus and the specific responsibility of the Global Campus regional and site directors. The specific needs and range of responsibilities for safety, security and health vary on the Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City campuses as well as the Global Campus sites. This range of needs results, in large part, to the non-residential nature of these campuses where the students are typically non-traditional adult learners.

Troy University’s standing Safety Security and Environmental Committee is devoted to the discussion, review and revision of safety and security policies and issues as these affect its various locations. Minutes of this committee are published on the University’s Web site.

Troy University also promotes the safety and security of its students, faculty and staff at the four Alabama campuses through its emergency SOS notification system. This system allows members of the University community to subscribe, at no cost, to a notification system for real-time alerts at each of the four Alabama campuses. The system also allows University subscribers to designate an additional recipient of these alerts; in the case of the students, this is most often their parents. This system was tested in the fall of 2007, as part of a safety drills held on each of the four Alabama campuses (Troy, Dothan, Montgomery, and Phenix City), featuring a mock disaster and involving coordination among the campus officials as well as local officials in emergency management and law and fire enforcement. Safety drills are scheduled to be repeated at each of the four Alabama campuses in the fall of 2008.

Each of the four Alabama campuses has safety policies and procedures in place for the respective campuses which reflect the University’s overall safety policies as well as the particular needs of the individual campus. Copies of the safety manuals for each campus are provided:

Troy University officials, including the Senior Vice Chancellor of Student Services and Administration, as well as other senior officials, the associate provosts, the deans of students, and University Relations personnel collaborate to monitor weather conditions and post weather-related warnings on the University Web page for each campus.

Each of the Alabama campuses also maintains a regular schedule of safety inspections for its grounds and buildings. These inspections are also coordinated with local law enforcement and fire department officials to further promote campus security and safety. The Phenix City campus, for example, regularly schedules “student safety walks” on its campus to assess potential safety issues and address them in advance of problems. The Montgomery and Dothan campuses also are actively engaged in regular safety assessment for their locations. Each of the four campuses also maintains a presence of University police officials or contracted security officials to help guarantee the safety and security of its faculty, staff and students. Only the Troy campus offers significant full-service dining for students; the other Alabama campuses provide small scale, canteen-style services ranging from snacks and drinks to limited light meals. Troy University outsources its food services to Sodexho/Marriott at each of its four Alabama campus locations.

The Troy University Global Campus addresses safety and security concerns at the regional level through its regional directors and their staffs. Virtually all of the Global Campus physical space is leased, either in corporate facilities or on military installations. Security at these locations is provided by the leasing agents and Troy University coordinates its safety and security procedures through these external agents. Specific information regarding the safety procedures in Global Campus are provided. Global Campus also uses an incident notification process to report concerns. Site location emergency plans appear on each Global Campus site Web site at a password protected link. The University’s eCampus facilities are located in Troy but off-site from the actual Troy Campus at the Extended Learning Center (ELC). The ELC safety plan includes specific evacuation procedures.

Safety and Security of the Troy Campus Community

Because the Troy campus is the only residential campus with traditional students of Troy University, the information regarding its safety, security, and health issues is presented in greater detail below. Specific information about the safety and security of the Troy campus, including statistical data can be found on the Troy campus Web page. Like the other Alabama campuses, the Troy campus conducted a campus-wide mock emergency safety drill in the fall of 2007, linking the activities of senior officials, campus faculty and staff and students with local law enforcement and fire department officials. The Troy campus provides around the clock police coverage under the direction of its Chief of Police. In addition to offering safety services to University faculty, staff and students, the Troy campus partners with the city of Troy, the state of Alabama, and the Federal Government to provide services during times of crisis. Sartain Hall, the Trojan Basketball Arena, is designated as a medical needs center for the city and region as well as an evacuation center and a distribution center for medical procedures in the case of a large-scale biological/chemical emergency. The Troy campus maintains active communication links with the Alabama Department of Public Health and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for possible campus services during significant crises.

A Healthy Environment for the Troy Campus Community

On the Troy campus, Student Health Services responds to health problems, educates students to develop healthy lifestyles, promotes optimal wellness and prepares students to be well-informed decision makers as consumers of health care services. Services are available for currently enrolled students at all Troy University campuses. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. During the weekend, services are provided by local city medical care facilities. The Troy campus provides support for a healthy campus environment with a staff of one registered nurse, one licensed practical nurse, one nurse practitioner and two consulting physicians.

General assessments are provided on a walk-in basis by a registered nurse. All students are required to complete a medical history form and include verified immunization dates and an updated medical history. Assessments of medical problems, physical exams and prescriptions are handled by a certified nurse practitioner and Troy University consulting physician. The nurse practitioner collaborates with the physician and makes referrals as needed. The Troy University consulting physician makes daily visits to campus.

All students are urged to maintain adequate health insurance coverage. The Student Health Center accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance and will file other insurances as a courtesy to the student. A basic insurance plan is offered through Student Health Services and brochures are available at all campuses. If a student does not have health insurance, charges can be paid at the time of service or billed to the students account. All charges are based on evaluation and management of the patient and are kept as minimal as possible.

Clinics and other services on the Troy Campus

To serve the needs of the Troy students, the Student Health Services offers several numerous services that impact the current and potential health outlook of the student body. These services include:

  • Daily clinics and educational opportunities for students. The immunization clinic offered include: MMR, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Menomune Tuberculosis, Gardasil.
  • Education opportunities for students at each individual visit. Peer education programs are available to address current health issues such as sexually transmitted diseases, gardasil, flu/pandemic, healthy eating, and tuberculosis screening. Brochures and pamphlets are also offered by Student Health Services on a wide variety of topics pertinent to college life
  • In-house testing is offered such as strep, mono, flu, UIA, and Accu-Chek. Other tests are contracted out to LabCorp Incorporated.
  • Referral information to any local agency for dental, eye, or specialty care. Some referrals for special needs may be referred out of the Troy area.

Student counseling and wellness on the Troy Campus

The Personal Counseling Office provides confidential, professional services to registered Troy campus students experiencing psychological difficulties which interfere with their academic progress and general functioning. Crisis intervention, medication management, individual group therapy, assessment, and referral to outside providers for long-term treatment are provided by qualified counselors. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm. Issues can include past or present sexual assault, violence, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; incest; molestation; stranger rape; date rape; domestic violence and relationship abuse. Counseling services are free and students can request free educational presentations. Also, students can attend free professional Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training classes.

Other Wellness Initiatives offered on the Troy campus include:

  • National Eating Disorder Awareness Week—Healthy Eating Screenings are offered to “Test Your Eating IQ.” The screening assesses for anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive over-eating. Letters to all resident life staff offering educational programs about healthy body image, healthy nutrition, eating disorders, etc.
  • Alcohol Screenings are offered to screen for alcohol abuse.
  • National Sexual Assault Awareness Month to promote awareness on campus about sexual assault.
  • Mental Health Awareness Week—Screenings are offered to screen for mental health disorders.
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign—“These Hands Don’t Hurt” campaign is used to promote awareness campus wide regarding domestic violence. Students are encouraged to place their handprint on a large display board to take a stand against domestic violence.
  • Offered year-round:
     
    • Peer Educator/Personal Counseling staff present to classes, residents, and college organizations regarding available counseling services, stress management, sexual assault, domestic violence, and various mental health related issues. Mailings are sent to all resident life staff regarding available program opportunities.
    • Mental Health assessments, counseling and referrals provided by masters level and licensed counselors. Free for registered Troy campus students.
    • Online mental health screenings available on Troy University’s Web site. Emails to all students promoting online screenings and counseling services sent each semester during mid-terms and finals.

For National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week the University hung posters and banners around the campus promoting safe alcohol tips. The University also brought in external speakers to comment about alcohol awareness. The University’s GAMMA chapter (Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol) also had a table set up in the Trojan Center with information about alcohol safety and student pledges, including cups with alcohol tips printed on them. These cups were also handed out in the University’s main dining hall (Stewart Dining Hall).

The Office of Personal Counseling/SAVE Project partnered with the Criminal Justice Department for a two-day "Safe Spring Break" campaign on the University’s main Quad. Beer goggles (showing the effects of drinking) were available for students to try and information regarding safety and alcohol abuse were distributed. This two-day event occurred just prior to the Troy Campus’s annual spring break.

Additional information about the University’s educational programs with regard to alcohol and substance abuse is provided.

Additional services provided by the Division of Student Services and Administration include a speaker’s bureau offerings on a variety of health, wellness and safety issues.

Adaptive Needs

The Adaptive Needs program provides assistance and accommodations to students with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities that may impede their academic progress. Services include notifying instructors about the students disabling condition and specific accommodations to which the student is entitled. Student tutors assist in administering oral and extended time testing to students who qualify to test in the Adaptive Needs office. Tutors also assist students by proofreading papers, studying and reviewing notes for tests, providing reader and scribe services when necessary, and by enlarging printed texts and class notes. Reasonable accommodations are provided based upon individual need. Each student must provide recent documentation of his or her disability in order to participate in the Adaptive Needs Program.

University health and wellness committee

A Troy University Health and Wellness Committee was created in the fall of 2007 to create and build an integrated program aimed at first year students on the Troy Campus. The program “Mind and Body—It’s a Lifestyle”, encourages first year students to make healthy eating choices in conjunction with routine fitness programs. During the spring semester 2008, students in the TROY 1101 University Orientation classes were required to attend five health and wellness activities (which were generated by the committee). This participation was five per cent of the course grade. Students were given an engagement passport to have stamped/signed at the event they attended.

Troy Campus Dining Services

The Troy Campus Dining Services have four flexible meal plans. Dining Services offers a wide variety of fresh foods that are nutritionally balanced and taste great. They also accommodate special dietary requirements and sick trays are also available.
Students can visit the Balance Mind, Body and Soul Web site for nutritional information. They can find recipes, nutritional and wellness information as well as have the opportunity to “Ask the Dietitian.” This web site provides reliable nutrition and health information that can be accessed any time of the day. Other topics provided are eating healthy while away at school, vegetarian nutrition, and eating for fitness.

Troy Campus IMPACT Sessions

The Troy Campus IMPACT sessions offers new students an orientation program during the summer prior to their initial enrollment. First year and transfer students are advised on Troy University policies, academic matters, co-curricular activities, and all campus services including the following:

  • Student Health Services
  • Counseling/SAVE Project
  • Housing—Healthy Living
  • Dining Services
  • Safety and Security
  • Adaptive Needs
  • First Year Student Center
  • Fitness & Exercise Programs

Troy University is committed to the safety, security and health of its faculty, staff and students at its various campus and site locations. Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

 

Supporting Documentation Location
Adaptive Needs, Troy Campus http://troy.troy.edu/studentdevelopment/adaptiveneeds.html
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information, SAVE Project, Troy Campus http://troy.troy.edu/save/links.html
Balance Mind, Body and Soul http://www.balancemindbodysoul.com/
Counseling, Troy Campus http://troy.troy.edu/save/counseling.html
Dothan Campus Response to Safety and Security Questions http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-11-02/Dothan-Campus-Response-to-Safety-and-Security-Questions.pdf
Dothan Campus Safety Manual http://dothan.troy.edu/security/
Emergency Operations Manual for Extended Learning Center http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-11-02/Emergency-Operations-Manual-for-ELC.pdf
Global Campus Incident Notification Process http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-11-02/Incident-Notification.pdf
Health and Wellness Committee http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-11-02/Health-and-Wellness-Committee.pdf
Montgomery Campus Safety Manual http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-11-02/Montgomery-Safety-Manual.pdf
Montgomery Campus Safety Procedures http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-11-02/Montgomery-Campus-Safety-Procedures.pdf
Phenix City Campus Safety Manual http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-11-02/Phenix-City-Safety-Manual.pdf
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Training Classes http://troy.troy.edu/save/outreach.html
Safety and Security for SACS Compliance for Global Campus Locations http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-11-02/Safety-and-Security-for-SACS-Compliance-for-Global-Campus-Locations.pdf
Safety Security and Environmental Committee http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/ssec.html
SOS / Emergency Information http://sos.troy.edu/
Student Health Services, Troy Campus http://troy.troy.edu/healthservices/
Student Services, Troy Campus http://troy.troy.edu/studentservices/
Troy Campus Emergency Safety Drill http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-11-02/TroyCampusEmergencyDrill07.pdf
Troy Campus Safety Manual http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-11-02/Troy-Safety-Manual.pdf
University Police, Troy Campus http://troy.troy.edu/universitypolice/
Weather Alerts http://www.troy.edu/weather/

 

Last Updated: 09/08/2008