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HEALTH AND SAFETY

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

As a condition for receiving federal funds or any other form of federal financial assistance, all institutions of higher education must implement a drug and alcohol policy that complies with applicable federal, state and local drug and alcohol laws. The law requires institutions to implement a program that will prevent the unlawful manufacturing, dispensing, possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. European Medical School of Massage has programs and policies in place to support a drug-free environment. One may obtain a complete copy of European Medical School of Massage and Alcohol Policy by contacting Student Services.

Any violation of these policies or of local, state or federal laws regarding illicit drugs or alcohol will result in appropriate disciplinary action. In addition to college disciplinary sanctions, students, faculty and staff involved with illegal use, possession or distribution of controlled substances may face criminal penalties, and the college will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies as appropriate. If an employee has concerns about drug or alcohol use – their own or others – they may want to consult with the schools career counselor.

As students of the school, students can expect an atmosphere that supports personal growth and learning. The school requires that its students comply with legal standards applicable to alcohol use. This Alcohol Policy together the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, provide the framework for guiding your decisions around alcohol.

THE LAW (ALCOHOL)

  • The minimum age in Pennsylvania for the purchase, consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is 21 years.
  • It is illegal to furnish or serve alcoholic beverages to any person under the age of 21.
  • The law prohibits carrying or consuming alcoholic beverages in open containers outdoors on public property, regardless of a person’s age.
  • It is illegal to possess or use false identification or to misrepresent one’s age for the purpose of obtaining or consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • No group which is not licensed by the Liquor Control Board (LCB) may sell alcoholic beverages. The use of chits, chips, tickets or other means of exchange in place of cash violates LCB regulations.
  • It is illegal to appear in any public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol to the degree that you may endanger yourself or other persons or property or annoy persons in your vicinity.
  • A person under the age of 21 is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with ANY alcohol in his/ her system.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol (blood alcohol level of 0.08% or greater) is illegal.

Violations of the Alcohol Policy

  • Students who violate the law may be accountable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The specific violations and potential penalties are outlined in the table entitled “Pennsylvania State Sanctions Related to Alcohol and Drug Offenses” set forth below.
  • Students who violate the school’s Alcohol Policy are in violation and will be held accountable.
  • If students under the age of 21 are found to be in a location where alcohol is being consumed, the school will presume that the underage students are in the possession of, and have been consuming, alcohol. It is therefore best for those under the age of 21 not to be in situations that give the appearance of Alcohol Policy violations or violations of Pennsylvania Law.
  • Those students over the age of 21 should know that they bear a special responsibility under the Pennsylvania law to prove that they were not providing alcohol to minors and that persons under the age of 21 were not consuming or possessing alcohol.

The Congress’s Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any Federal program after October 1, 1990, all institutions of higher education must certify that they have adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful manufacturing, dispensing, possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. Likewise, anyone who submits research proposals to federal agencies must certify that they will not engage in any of the aforementioned activities during the period covered by the grant.

Individuals who do not make such certification and those who violate its terms will lose federal funds. As required by Federal regulations, this information was developed and distributed to inform all School members of the seriousness of the use and abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol. It also sets forth standards of conduct regarding such activity.

Standards of Conduct
The unlawful manufacturing, possession, distribution, dispensing or use of illicit drugs or alcohol on school property or as part of any school activity by any member of the school is strictly prohibited. Any violation of school policies and/or local ordinances, State or Federal laws will result in appropriate disciplinary action. In addition to school sanctions, students should know that where appropriate, the school will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies.

When on school owned property or at any school activity (on or off campus), all individuals and groups will be expected to observe and comply with drug and alcohol laws. The host of any event at which alcohol is provided in any way is responsible for complying with public laws, regulations and policies established by the school. The “host” is the person, persons or organization who provides the food, beverages or accommodations in which the activity takes place. The school reserves the right to prohibit or otherwise limit consumption of alcohol at certain events and in certain facilities. For more information, contact the School Office at 610-670-6100.

Illicit Drugs
Illicit Drugs are controlled substances that possess a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in the United States and demonstrates a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. Controlled substances so defined fall under seven headings: marijuana (marijuana, hashish); stimulants (amphetamines, cocaine); depressants (barbiturates, tranquilizers, hypnotics); hallucinogens (LSD, PCP); opiates or narcotics (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine); inhalants (sprays, solvents, glue); and designer drugs (synthetic drugs similar in effect to stimulants, hallucinogens and narcotics). To be used legally and safely, some of the drugs above must be prescribed by a physician. This list is not comprehensive; there may be substances omitted that are also illegal and fall under the designation of controlled substances.

Alcohol
Alcohol, the shortened term for ethyl alcohol, is a depressant that slows the activity of the central nervous system and the brain. Alcohol is a substance regulated by local, state and federal agencies with respect to its purchase, transportation, consumption and possession.

References to legal sanctions are illustrative only and can vary due to technical sentencing guidelines and revisions. Therefore, in any given offense, the penalty will be affected by factors such as any prior record, the quantity of any controlled substance involved and whether or not the offender is a current drug user.

Legal Sanctions
The purchase, consumption, transportation or possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under 21 is punishable by fines of up to $500 and loss of driving privileges in Pennsylvania. Misrepresentation of age to purchase alcohol and altering, selling or manufacturing of false identification is also punishable by minimum fines of $1,000 and loss of driving privileges. The selling or furnishing of alcoholic beverages to those under 21 is punishable by a mandatory fine of $1,000 for the first offense and $2,500 for each subsequent violation. Lying about age to obtain alcohol, making a false ID and furnishing alcohol to individuals under age 21 are misdemeanor offenses.

The legal sanctions for the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs are more diverse than the sanctions governing alcohol. They may vary from fines for first time misdemeanor offenses involving simple possession of certain substances to felony counts and multiple year terms of imprisonment for more serious violations.

The unlawful possession of fewer than 30 grams of marijuana or less than 8 grams of hashish, for example, is a misdemeanor and may carry a maximum jail sentence of 30 days and/or a fine of $500. The manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver heroin and other narcotics is a felony and carries a maximum jail sentence of 15 years and/or $250,000 fine.

A more complete summary of penalties related to alcohol and illicit drugs may be found online at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Individuals seeking legal advice regarding drug or alcohol laws should consult legal counsel.

Reporting Obligations

In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, any employee who is convicted of a criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace or at any off-site activity sponsored by the School, must, within five (5) days after the conviction, notify European Medical School of Massage of such conviction by informing the Director or the President. Appropriate Federal grant agencies will be notified within ten (10) days (as required by law) after we have been informed of such a conviction.

Applicability

All employees of European Medical School of Massage, including faculty, staff and student employees, must comply with this policy as a condition of employment. Persons who are not employees of the School but who perform work at the School for its benefit (such as contractors and their employees, temporary employees provided by agencies, visitors engaged in joint projects, etc.) are required to comply with this policy. Violation of this policy by such persons is likely to result in their being barred from the workplace upon the first offense.

Health Risks

In addition to the detrimental effects on performance, health risks of drug abuse have been well researched and documented:

  • All drugs are toxic or poisonous when abused. Health risks of drug abuse include, but are not limited to, sleep disorders, confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, deep depression, malnutrition, liver and kidney damage, cardiac irregularities, hepatitis, neurological damage, and the transmission of the AIDS virus through infected needles.
  • Alcohol is a depressant. It depresses the central nervous system and can cause serious physical damage. Abuse of alcohol can damage the liver (cirrhosis), cause hypertension, cardiac irregularities, ulcers, pancreatitis, kidney disease, memory loss, tremors, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies and cancer of the esophagus, liver, bladder or lungs.
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects, spontaneous abortion, and stillbirth.
  • Substance abuse often leads to on-the-job accidents and absenteeism.

Available Resources, Education, and Assistance

The school distributes drug and alcohol abuse prevention literature to each student that begins the program and to each employee yearly. The School recognizes drug and alcohol dependency as treatable conditions and offers support programs through a counseling resource list.

Faculty and staff members who are concerned about problems related to substance use, abuse and rehabilitation are encouraged to seek assistance through these resources. You may contact career counseling who will provide other confidential referrals as a constructive way for employees to deal voluntarily with drug and alcohol related problems.

Sanctions

European Medical School of Massage will impose sanctions on individuals and/or organizations who violate this policy. These sanctions will be consistently enforced and penalties will depend on the severity of the offense. Penalties may include termination from employment and referral for prosecution of the most serious violations of law and this policy. For example, an employee found to be selling illegal drugs will be subject to discipline up to and including discharge from employment. Disciplinary action may be invoked entirely apart from any civil or criminal penalties which may apply to the employee or organization.

Vaccinations Policies

European Medical School of Massage requires all incoming Medical Massage Therapy students to be compliant with these requirements each student must have their physician complete a Vaccination and Physical Capacity Form.

 

FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT PROVIDE APPROPRIATE EVIDENCE OF IMMUNITY MAY BE REMOVED FROM CAMPUS DURING A COMMUNICABLE DISEASE OUTBREAK.

Required Immunizations For Incoming Medical Massage Therapy Students.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

To satisfy the requirement, you must have 2 doses of Measles (Rubeola), 2 doses of Mumps and 1 dose of Rubella OR 2 doses of the MMR vaccine OR provide blood test results showing immunity. The first dose must have been given on or after your first birthday. Dose 2 must have been given at least 4 weeks after dose 1.

 

Student Housing Requirement

 

Meningococcal Requirement: Your healthcare provider must complete question #8 on the Immunization Verification Form to fulfill the meningococcal requirement.

 

Strongly Recommended Immunizations

Meningococcal Vaccine (MenB)

Also known as Bexsero or Trumenba. This vaccine is effective against most of the more common meningococcal infections caused by serogroup B. These vaccines are given in a series of either 2 or 3 injections and are not interchangeable. (Note: This vaccine alone does not satisfy the Meningococcal Housing Requirement)

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine are needed for immunity. The doses must be administered at least 28 days apart.

OR a blood test confirming immunity if you have had the chicken pox disease.

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap)

1 dose of Tdap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis, NOT to be confused with DTap or Td) vaccine is needed for immunity.

Td vaccine booster is also needed if >10 years since the Tdap was administered.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is transmitted through body fluids, including blood.

3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine are needed for immunity. Doses 1 and 2 must be administered at least 4 weeks apart. Dose 3 should be at least 6 months after the 1st dose and 8 weeks after dose 2. A blood test may be used to confirm immunity.

Hepatitis A Vaccine (HepA)

2 Dose Series: HepA vaccine is a 2-dose series given 6-18 months apart. In some cases, Hep A and Hep B are given as a combined vaccine, which would necessitate that 3 doses are needed for immunity.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

3 Dose Series: Three different vaccines have been used in the U.S. [Cervarix (bivalent HPV vaccine), Gardasil (Quadrivalent HPV vaccine), Gardasil-9 (9-valent HPV vaccine)]; all three are given in a 3-dose series and are needed for immunity.

Pneumococcal Vaccine

13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PVC13) or 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.

Recommended for students with certain medical risk factors or high risk of pneumococcal disease.

Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. The United States is experiencing re-emergence of these diseases, in part due to factors such as un-immunized and under-immunized persons and global travel. European Medical School of Massage strongly supports the use of vaccines to protect the health of our individual students.

 

Security Report (Including Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures), Timely Warnings, and Crime Log

INTRODUCTION

European Medical School of Massage is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of the campus community. Unfortunately, because there are no risk free environments, crime does occur. To assist in the prevention of crimes and/or serious incidents, resident life staff, faculty, trained security officers, and students share some responsibility for their own safety and security.

European Medical School of Massage understands the role of security and is committed to supporting this endeavor by developing programs that support an open environment, as well as an environment of well-being for the activities of its students and employees.

PREPARATION OF THE ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT

Preparing the Annual Security Report requires a collaborative effort. The Security Department, School administration members work together to prepare, review, and publish the Annual Security Report and Crime Statistics. The Security Department gathers crime statistics from local police departments and policy information is gathered from European Medical School of Massage policy webpages accordingly.

AVAILABILITY AND DISTRIBUTION OF ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT

The report is made available to the School community and public by request, and by informing students and faculty yearly through orientation and email notices regarding policy updates and the availability of the crime statistics. The Annual Security Report can be found online at http://emsom.edu/about/.

THE SECURITY DEPARTMENT

The mission of the Campus Security Department is to provide a safe environment for our employees and students in a courteous, compassionate, and professional manner. The mission is supported by School policies and procedures and continuing education.

Professional Standards and Services European Medical School of Massage maintains a full-time, in-house security department which provides 24/7 around-the clock protection and services through full-time, part-time, and Security Command Center Officers. Foot and vehicular patrols are conducted 24 hours a day throughout the year. The Vice President of the School oversees the security department and the department’s responsibilities. Each shift is staffed with a supervisor who reports directly to the Vice President. Shift supervisors provide supervisory guidance and support for all officers and are responsible for the day to day operation of the security department. Security officers are responsible for enforcing school policies and procedures, but must also be mindful of federal, state and local laws. Officers are required to attend training courses every two years to maintain proficiency in the use of AED, CPR, TACT (verbal de-escalation techniques), pepper spray and handcuffs.

 

Arrest Authority and Relationships with Other Agencies

Although the security officers have no police or arrest powers, the security department maintains a working relationship with Reading Police, Spring Township Police, and Wyomissing Police Departments. The security department has also established liaisons with other law enforcement agencies at all levels: city, county, state, and federal. Whenever it is necessary for officers of these agencies to respond to our facility for official business or emergencies, they will generally contact a supervisor of the security department.

Incident and Reporting Response

The effectiveness of any security system depends upon the cooperation of all concerned. Individuals should notify the security department if they notice suspicious people and/or criminal activity or if they find areas on campus that are of a particular security and safety concern.

  • Emergency situations please dial 911 immediately. Local Police will respond.
  • Report all criminal actions or emergencies immediately to the School Director (610-670-6100)

Follow up to these incidents will be performed by Security in consultation with local police and the School Director. In some cases, Security may issue a Timely Warning Security Alert via email.

  • The Clery Act requires that in addition to campus security, staff designated as Campus Security Authorities (CSA) provide statistics for annual reporting. Crimes can be reported directly to the following campus security authorities who have significant responsibility for student activities, housing, conduct, discipline, and judicial proceedings. CSA include:

Security Officers, Coordinator of Student Services and/ or Resident Assistants, School Director or designee.

  • Security officers are required to complete incident reports on all rules infractions, and criminal cases reported and report all crimes occurring on campus to the local police agencies that are nearest to the campus or where the crime occurs. Security maintains the crime log and updates the Annual Security Report and Crime Log for Clery Act compliance.
  • Information involving students is forwarded to the School Director for potential action, as appropriate. Safety Awareness and Prevention Programs The Security Department delivers safety awareness and prevention information every year at student orientation and during the school year. The topics covered are:
  • Informational brochure on Annual Security Report, crime statistics, emergency and non-emergency contacts, reporting of sexual misconduct and substance abuse
  • Video on Jeanne Clery Act and Campus Security though Edvance 360 followed by statements of understanding/acknowledgment
  • Sexual assault awareness
  • Domestic violence awareness
  • Use the buddy system and bystander prevention techniques
  • Call Security to accompany them to their car at night
  • Report domestic issues and PFA information to School and Security
  • Security system and cameras
  • Know your fire exits in your building
  • Wearing ID badges, using badges not keys to open a card reader door, reporting lost badges
  • Stay out of unauthorized areas and no tailgating or providing access to unknown persons or non-badge personnel
  • Report lost keys immediately
  • Protect your PIN numbers and Passwords
  • Park in well-lit areas, lock vehicles at all times, and keep valuables out of sight
  • Report suspicious people or activities
  • Zero Tolerance-Weapons Policy
  • Effects of alcohol and drugs
  • De-escalation techniques
  • School-wide active shooter drill
  • School-wide viewing of the Run Hide Fight video
  • Cyber security
  • Gang and drug violence

PHONE CONTACTS FOR THE SECURITY DEPARTMENT

In order for the security department to be effective and to offer prompt assistance, the ability to contact us is very important. The department can be contacted by the following methods:

THE JEANNE CLERY ACT

The Clery Act

Has been developed to provide students and families, as higher education consumers, with information about safety on campus.

The Jeanne Clery Act formerly known as The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 provides guidance regarding campus safety and security. Security is available on campus, twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. Security can be reached by dialing 610-670-6100.  Emergencies should be reported immediately to the local police department by dialing 9-1-1 and the EMSOM Security Department (610-670-6100).

The effectiveness of any security system depends upon the cooperation of all concerned.

  • Students are required to report all criminal actions or other emergencies immediately to school personnel who will contact campus security.
  • Follow up to these incidents will be performed by European Medical School of Massage Security Department.

The attached annual report provides detailed information regarding the Clery Act requirements including campus security, how to report a crime, timely warnings, and crime logs.

The Clery Act requires the distribution of an annual security report containing statistics on the occurrences of specific crimes (see the Clery Act) which have occurred on the European Medical School of Massage campus as reported to campus security or local law enforcement authorities. European Medical School of Massage Security Department can provide copies of the report and access to the daily log during normal business hours.

Additional resources: • Annual Campus Crime report log onto www.emsom.edu/crimereportlog

For more information on the Jeanne Clery Act, log onto http://www.clerycenter.org/summary-jeanne-clery-act

 

VOLUNTARY AND CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING

Occasionally, victims of crime seek out guidance but do not want to provide their name and/or do not want to pursue action through the criminal justice processes. Under the Clery Act, certain individuals are not required to report crimes to the Security Department, School, or police for inclusion in the annual crime statistics.

Pastoral counselor- who is a person associated with religious order or denomination, is recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling within the scope of pastoral counseling.

Professional counselor- who is a person associated with official duties providing mental health counseling who practice within his or her license or certification. It should be noted that pastoral and professional counselors are encouraged to refer persons they are counseling to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis to the campus security authority for inclusion in the annual security report of campus crime statistics.

COMMUNICATING SECURITY INFORMATION TO THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY

It is the desire of the security department to keep everyone informed on campus about potential crime risks, ways to avoid becoming a victim and what to do if victimized. The security department makes every effort to communicate crime statistics and information on criminal activity accurately and in a timely fashion.

These efforts include:

  • Compilation of a Daily Crime Log which can be viewed within 2 business days after request
  • Circulation of the Annual Campus Security Act Report to all current and prospective students (via website at http://emsom.edu/about/ )
  • Use of an open door policy with members of the campus community. If anyone wants statistics or related information, the security department is able to provide it.
  • In the event of a major incident/crisis, whether it is crime related or a manmade or natural disaster, notification via email will be done as quickly as appropriate information can be compiled.
  • Safety Awareness Programs

TIMELY WARNINGS POLICY

If a crime or series of crimes have occurred on campus or close to campus and could be considered a threat to other students, employees, and faculty, Security department and School Director may implement a “Security Timely Warning Alert.” School Director or designee are responsible for making the decision to initiate, prepare, and send out timely warnings. In the event that the School Director in unavailable, the Acting Assistant Director will make the determination to initiate, prepare, and send out timely warnings. The dissemination of information is accomplished through the manual distribution of an authorized “Security Alert”, campus wide e-mail.

Through these e-mail alerts, members of the campus community are provided with prompt notice of incidents that may have a direct impact on their safety and security.

INFORMATION FOR CRIME VICTIMS ABOUT DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

European Medical School of Massage will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of any crime or non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary proceedings conducted against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the information shall be provided, upon written request, to the next of kin or the alleged victim.

MISSING STUDENT POLICY

Students who reside in on-campus housing are encouraged to identify a person to be contacted if it is determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, and to register that person’s emergency contact information, confidentially, with the Admissions Office. If a student is determined to have been missing for 24 hours, the School Administration will, within 24 hours, notify the appropriate law enforcement agency, and, if the missing student is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated individual, the School will also notify a custodial parent or guardian. If a member of the School community believes that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, it should be reported to the President, and/or Admissions Office so that appropriate action can be taken.

 

 

MISSING STUDENT PROCEDURE

Students who are suspected to be missing persons should be reported immediately to European Medical School of Massage Director (610-670-6100). If the Director determines a student who has been reported missing has been missing for 24 hours, they will:

  • Notify the suspected missing person’s emergency contact (MSC);
  • Notify a parent or guardian if the student is under 18 years old; and
  • Notify appropriate law enforcement officials. Note: The School may choose to notify parents, guardians, other emergency contacts, or the local police regardless of the missing student’s age or the length of time missing. (i.e. nothing precludes an institution from notifying a student’s parents, or anyone else they deem necessary, that the student is missing – the FERPA health and safety exception fully permits this.)

Residence Hall Access

Scholars Inn is a non-campus housing facility located at the Inn at Reading. The student resident wing is equipped with an electronic card access reader to assist in controlling building access. Each resident is issued one access card by the Inn at Reading at the time of check-in. In the case of a lost card, it is important for the student to inform the Inn at Reading lobby attendant as quickly as possible. In some cases, both residents occupying the room may need to receive a replacement card. Residents and guests are to abide by the rules and regulations in the Residence Life Student Handbook. (Resident Housing –Delta Apartments–Inn at Reading)

 

EMERGENCY PLAN POLICY

If you need the fire department, police, or ambulance service, ALWAYS call 911 first. Then contact the School Director (610-670-6100) immediately after calling 911.

Immediate Threats:

All Hazards to include but not limited to, Threats of Violence, Terrorists Attack, Natural Disaster, Environmental, Weather, and other. This involves immediate threats to health or safety of students or employees occurring on Campus. Your response in reporting an emergency (calling 911):

  1. Stay on the line until advised to hang up
  2. Stay calm
  3. Provide your name, telephone #
  4. Provide the nature of the emergency
  5. In the event of injuries provide number of injured person, location of injured persons and types of injuries
  6. In the event of an assailant/suspect involved provide race, gender, clothing color and style, physical features (height, weight, facial hair, glasses), details related to backpack and nature or description of any weapons involved.

MANPOWER/RESPONSE

The response to an event will be determined and coordinated by the School Director and may include any/all of the following:

Security Department, facilities management, Decon/Hazmat Team, Spring Township Police, Reading Police, Wyomissing Police, State Police, local Fire departments, local EMS and School staff, faculty, and students.

The Timely Warning Security Alert emails will be issued.

DESIGNATED EVACUATION AREAS

Physical emergencies may warrant evacuation of the School building. A decision to evacuate will be communicated to all individuals. It is vital that Security/School officials can identify whether or not the School has been completely evacuated; therefore, everyone will be expected to go directly to a designated evacuation area. .

Local Evacuation Area (European Medical School of Massage)

  • Exterior: Parking Lot

Local Evacuation Area (European Medical School of Massage auxiliary classroom at Reading Muhlenburg Career & Technology Center)

  • Exterior: Parking Lot

LOCKDOWN SITUATIONS

An emergency lockdown of the School may be necessary in a hostile emergency situation to avoid entry to or departure from the School. Local police departments will notify the School Director if they are aware that an outside source may be a threat to the School. The School Director will make the decision to lockdown the School if needed. If students and staff/faculty are in a secure environment, evacuation may expose them to greater danger, in which case, waiting for rescue may be the safest and most viable option. When in doubt, stay under cover.

EMERGENT THREATS OF VIOLENCE

Any staff, faculty or student, receiving a threat of violence directed toward themselves and/or others should call 911, and then notify the School Director. The School Director is authorized to assist an individual or small group to relocate from an unsafe location to a safer haven.

FIRE SAFETY

Information on fire safety and emergency preparedness are presented annually to all students during the mandatory OSHA* training. (*Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Preparedness for an actual fire is the best policy.

The School and Residence Hall conducts 2 to 3 fire drills during the academic year. All employees must complete mandatory online learning for fire safety and emergency response. The policy on Fire Safety-General Information can be found online at http://emsom.edu/about/

REPORTING CRIMES/CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/SUSPICIOUS PERSONS AND ACTIVITY

All members of the campus community are expected to assist the security department in making our school and student housing a safe place for everyone by reporting emergencies and criminal activity immediately to the School Director. All security office numbers as well as local law enforcement phone numbers (911) are posted throughout the School, and the Schools website.

Calls can be placed to the School Director.

The School Director is available 24/7 to respond to emergency calls. When notifying the School Director, you should be prepared to supply the following information:

  • Nature of incident
  • Location of incident
  • Description of person(s) involved: * perpetrator, suspicious person, assailant * victim
  • Description of property involved (if criminal in nature).
  • Suspected injury or condition (if applicable).
  • Your name and where the responding officer can locate you.

Officers will be dispatched immediately to your location or the location of the incident. You should remain at the scene to assist officers when they arrive by supplying them with any and all information. If medical or other law enforcement assistance is required, tell the School Director at the time of your call so this assistance can be dispatched without unnecessary delay.

HOW CRIMES ARE DEFINED:

In order to classify crimes accurately and correctly, the Clery Act requires institutions to use the definitions taken from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook (UCR). The Clery Act also requires institutions to disclose three general categories of crime statistics:

  1. Types of offenses – Criminal Homicide, which includes Murder, Negligent and Non-negligent manslaughter; Sex offenses including forcible and non-forcible; Robbery; Aggravated Assault; Burglary; Motor Vehicle Theft; and Arson.
  2. Hate Crimes – Disclose whether any of the above-mentioned offenses or any other crimes involving bodily injury were hate crimes.
  3. Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action – for illegal weapons possession and violation of drug and liquor laws.

TYPES OF CRIMES:

Criminal Homicide:

  • Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter – the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another; (e.g., death caused by injuries received in a fight, argument, quarrel, assault or commission of a crime).
  • Negligent Manslaughter – the killing of another person through gross negligence.
  • Robbery: The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control from a person or group of people by force, the threat of force/violence, of putting the victim in fear.
  • Aggravated Assault: Unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury and could hands and feet. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. The UCR considers a weapon to be a commonly known weapon (firearm, knife, club, etc) or any other item which although not usually thought of as a weapon, becomes one in the commission of a crime.
  • Arson: Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
  • Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes, this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned including joyriding).
  • Weapon Law Violations: The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The School follows European Medical School of Massage policy on Abuse, Suspected Victims of Domestic Violence. All suspected victims of domestic violence shall receive appropriate medical treatment and supportive care. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in which an individual establishes and maintains power and control over another with whom she/he has or has had an intimate, romantic, or family relationship. This includes but is not limited to actual or threatened physical or sexual abuse, psychological abuse, social isolation, deprivation, and intimidation.

Indicators (high risk criteria) of Domestic Violence

  • History or incident not consistent with the kind of injury.
  • Delays between the time of injury and time of presentation for treatment.
  • History of previous abuse.
  • Injuries are occurring during pregnancy.
  • History of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Multiple healing injuries of different ages.
  • Overly aggressive partner that refuses to leave them alone
  • Evidence of sexual abuse.

The following hotlines, information and definitions are located on the United States Department of Justice website at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/areas-focus.html

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474 1-866-331-8453 (TTY)

Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior that is used by an intimate partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. http://www.justice.gov/ovw/domestic-violence

Sexual assault can be defined as any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs by force or without consent of the recipient of the unwanted sexual activity. Falling under the definition of sexual assault is sexual activity such as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape. It includes sexual acts against people who are unable to consent either due to age or lack of capacity. http://www.justice.gov/ovw/sexual-assault

Dating violence is defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship the type of relationship the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship http://www.justice.gov/ovw/dating-violence

Stalking can be defined as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. https://www.justice.gov/ovw/stalking

DEFINTION OF SEXUAL CONSENT

Sexual Consent: Sexual activity requires consent, which is defined as clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the participants to engage in specific sexual activity. Consent cannot be inferred from the absence of a “no”; a clear “yes”, verbal or otherwise, is necessary. Although consent does not need to be verbal, verbal communication is the most reliable form of asking for and gauging consent, and individuals are thus urged to seek consent in verbal form. Talking with sexual partners about desires and limits may seem awkward, but serves as the basis for positive sexual experiences shaped by mutual willingness and respect. Consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant throughout any sexual encounter. Consent to some sexual acts does not imply consent to others, nor does past consent to a given act imply ongoing or future consent. Consent can be revoked at any time. For all of these reasons, sexual partners must evaluate consent in an ongoing fashion and should communicate clearly with each other throughout any sexual encounter. Statement on Force, Coercion, Incapacitation, Alcohol and Drugs Consent cannot be obtained by force, coercion, and incapacitation, alcohol or drugs. Agreement given under any of these conditions does not constitute consent.

CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS’ BILL OF RIGHTS

The Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights exists as part of the campus security reporting process according to Clery Act.

  • Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
  • Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.
  • Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceedings.
  • Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
  • Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations. For more information, students can log onto http://www.pcar.org/ – The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.

SEX OFFENSE INFORMATION:

European Medical School of Massage is committed to maintaining an environment supportive of our primary educational mission and free from exploitation, harassment and intimidation. There is a zero tolerance for sexual assault or other forms of nonconsensual sexual activity. The School strictly enforces disciplinary action as well as prosecution through our judicial system. The School recognizes the need for confidentiality and privacy while conducting necessary investigations.

Victims of sex offenses are strongly urged to report the offense as soon as possible after the incident. Persons on campus who are prepared to provide support and information, resources and options for action to the victim are, staff of the School, social services, Director of the School. A student or other campus member may also report a sexual assault to the local police at 911.

If you have been raped, you have to decide whether to report the rape to security and whether or not you are also going to report the rape to the police. These are not mutually exclusive processes. European Medical School of Massage is required by federal law to have a sexual assault policy to deal with rape and sexual assault on campus and is required by law to make this information widely and easily available to the campus community.

The policies on rape and sexual assaults are as follows:

  • Policy for Suspected Rape Victims
  • Domestic Violence Policy
  • Sexual Misconduct

WHAT WILL THE SECURITY DEPARTMENT DO?

All incidents should be reported promptly. Reports of sexual assault will be thoroughly investigated promptly by the school as well as the security department and where necessary, reported to, Spring Township, Wyomissing or Reading Police. All investigations will include the alleged victim, the alleged perpetrator, and available witnesses.

During the Incident:

  • If security is called while the incident is in progress, our first goal will be to secure the safety of the individual or individuals involved.
  • We will assist you in obtaining medical attention if necessary which may involve a sexual assault examination to check for STD’s and injury, as well as to collect evidence of the crime. If you choose to have this type of exam, we ask that you avoid showering or changing clothing prior to the exam. Police will collect these items as evidence.

After the Incident:

  • An investigator will be made available to you in a timely manner. You also have the option of speaking to a female officer/investigator. Security will discuss all of your options with you and support you in whatever decision you decide to make. An alleged victim’s cooperation is paramount as the alleged victim will be asked to share all available information about the incident.
  • If you are comfortable with making a formal complaint, you will be asked to write down everything that has happened

On Campus Options:

There are a number of on as well as off campus options that we can advise you of and assist you with. Some of these may include:

  • Use of safe-rooms
  • Informal resolution through the Directors office
  • Changing of access codes or locks to deny a suspect access to your work space or de-activation of suspects badge entirely
  • on campus disciplinary procedures

Off Campus Options:

  • assist local law enforcement in conducting a full police investigation
  • assist you in obtaining a restraining order (PFA) on the individual in question
  • counseling through Berks Women in Crisis and Berks County Victim Services

Types of Sex Offenses:

  • Non-forcible rape
  • Incest and statutory rape.
  • Statutory Rape -Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the age of consent.
  • Forcible: Rape – Carnal knowledge of a person, forcible and/or against the person’s will, or not forcibly or against the persons will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth).

Friday, January 6, 2012 Attorney General Eric Holder Announces Revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s Definition of Rape

Attorney General Eric Holder announced revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s (UCR) definition of rape, which will lead to a more comprehensive statistical reporting of rape nationwide. The new definition is more inclusive, better reflects state criminal codes and focuses on the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be rape. The new definition of rape is: “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/January/12-ag-018.html

  • Forcible Sodomy – oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against that person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent due to his/her youth, or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
  • Forcible Fondling – Touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will. Not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent due to his/her youth, temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
  • Sexual Assault with an Object – Use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal openings of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will.  Or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth, or temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

PENNSYLVANIA SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 requires sex offenders, when they register with the appropriate law enforcement agency, to indicate whether or when they are enrolled, employed, or volunteering on a college campus. The registering agency must share that information with the relevant colleges/schools, and the colleges/schools must tell students, faculty members, administrators, and staff members where information on registered sex offenders can be obtained. Students and faculty can find this information on the PA State Police otherwise known as the Megan’s Law Website online at http://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us.

HATE CRIMES:

Bias-motivated violence or threats targeting students, staff, or faculty not only impair the educational mission of an institution of higher learning but also deprive young men and women of the chance to live and learn in an atmosphere free of fear and intimidation. No college campus is immune to the risk of hate violence.

As with sexual offenses, European Medical School of Massage will not tolerate prejudice or bias of any kind from students, staff, faculty or employees. The school recognizes hate crimes as an important issue which can be alleviated through educational programming, mandatory training, and hate crime awareness.

Categories of Bias are:

  • Race: A preformed negative attitude toward a group of persons who possess common physical characteristics (e.g. color of skin, eyes, and/or hair; facial features, etc.) genetically transmitted which distinguish them as a distinct division of humankind (e.g., Asians, blacks, whites).
  • Gender: a Negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons because those persons are male or female.
  • Religion: Negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons who share the same religious beliefs regarding the origin and purpose of the universe and the existence or nonexistence of a supreme being (e.g. Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Muslims, atheists, etc.).
  • Sexual Orientation: a Negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their sexual attraction toward, and responsiveness to, members of their sex, (e.g., gays, lesbians, heterosexuals).
  • Ethnicity/National origin: Negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons of the same race or national origin who share common or similar traits, languages, customs and traditions (e.g., Arabs, Hispanics)
  • Disability: Negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their physical or mental impairments/challenges, whether such disability is temporary or permanent, congenital or acquired by heredity, accident, injury, advanced age or illness

New Reportable Hate Crimes:

On August 14, 2008 the Clery Act was amended to include larceny/simple assault, intimidation and Destruction/damage/vandalism (except arson) as reportable categories of hate crimes. These new reporting categories are only reported if motivated by bias as determined by one of the six biases categories, they are not reported under the general Clery Act crime statistics. These new offenses; Larceny- Theft, Pocket Picking, Purse Snatching, Shoplifting, Theft from Building, Theft from Coin Operated Machine or Device, Theft from Motor Vehicle, Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts or Accessories, All other Larceny, Simple Assault, Intimidation, Destruction/ Damage/Vandalism of Property except Arson.

HARRASSMENT:

Harassment is against the law and explicitly prohibited by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Pennsylvania Law. European Medical School of Massage is dedicated to providing an environment free of all forms of harassment or intimidation based on race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation and other areas protected by applicable law. Harassment (also see Hate Crimes) will not be tolerated by European Medical School of Massage. European Medical School of Massage follows a comprehensive Anti-Harassment Policy.

Definition of Harassment:

Unwelcome conduct, comments, touching, teasing, joking, or intimidation constitute harassment when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic achievement.
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual.
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment.

Examples of Harassment:

The kinds of behaviors which may constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:

  • Insults and comments directed toward an individual based on any category protected by law.
  • Repeated unwanted touching, patting, pinching, or repeated inappropriate social invitations.
  • Jokes or stories directed towards a member of a protected class that is considered derogatory.
  • Repeated requests or demands for favors (either sexual or not) accompanied by implicit or explicit promised rewards or threatened punishment.

ANTI- HARASSMENT POLICY

(From now on the “Policy”) is being distributed by European Medical School of Massage, LLC (from now on the “School”).

The School will take all reasonable steps to prevent unlawful harassment from occurring.  In addition to prohibiting other forms of unlawful discrimination, the School maintains a strict policy prohibiting harassment because of gender, gender identity, genetic characteristics or information, sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical or mental disability. The cancer-related medical condition, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  All such harassment is prohibited.  The School’s anti-harassment policy applies to all students involved in the operations of the School and prohibits harassment by any School students.

The School’s anti-harassment policy also protects students from harassment by clients, vendors, or others doing business with the School.  If harassment occurs on the job by someone not employed by the School, the procedures in this policy should be followed as if the harasser were a student of the School.

 

Sexual Harassment

The law defines sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

(1) submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of employment;

(2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as basis for employment decisions affecting the individual; or

(3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an student’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Sexual harassment is unlawful regardless of the genders involved.

 

National Origin, Race, and Other Forms of Harassment

 

Race and other forms of harassment can occur through verbal, physical, or other activity directed at students in protected categories.  It may occur when co-workers and/or supervisors use slurs or epithets referring, for example, to the national origin, race, or sexual orientation of a student.  Or it may occur through other kinds of activity, such as placing graphic images negatively connected to the race of a student on or near the student’s desk, locker, or work location. All such activity is strictly prohibited under the Company’s unlawful harassment policy. If any student is uncertain as to the type of conduct prohibited under this policy, he or she should contact their supervisor immediately.

Preventing Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment

 

The School’s Complaint Procedure

Students who believe they have been harassed with in the school should provide a written or oral complaint to the President of the School as soon as possible.  The complaint should include details of the incident(s), names of individuals involved, and the names of any witnesses.  Supervisors and managers must immediately refer all harassment complaints to the President of the School.

All incidents of sexual or other harassment that are reported must and will be investigated, even if the alleged victim expresses a desire that the School not investigate.  That is the law.  The President of the School will immediately undertake or direct an efficient, thorough, and objective investigation of the harassment allegations.  The investigation shall be completed and a determination regarding the harassment alleged will be made and communicated to the student(s) who complained and to the accused harasser(s).  If the School determines that sexual or other prohibited harassment has occurred, the School will take effective remedial action commensurate with the circumstances.  Appropriate action will also be taken to deter any future harassment.  If a complaint of harassment is substantiated, appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination, will be taken and the School will communicate to the complainant that action has been taken to prevent further harassment.

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD NOTE THAT THE FAILURE TO USE THE SCHOOL’S COMPLAINT PROCEDURE MAY RESULT IN THE DEFEAT OF ANY CLAIM OF SEXUAL OR OTHER HARASSMENT IF LITIGATED.

False Claims of Harassment

 

Any student who makes a false claim of harassment will be disciplined according to School policy.

 

 

Prohibition Against and Duty to Disclose Romantic Relationships

 

In an effort to prevent supervisory problems, favoritism, the possibility of compromising confidential information and/or trade secrets, morale problems, disputes or misunderstandings, and potential sexual harassment claims, supervisors are strongly discouraged from dating or engaging in romantic or sexual relationships with subordinate students.

Student to student romantic relationships and dating are discouraged to minimize morale problems, disputes or misunderstandings, and potential sexual harassment claims.

However, in the event such a relationship is undertaken, the parties are required to disclose to the School that such a relationship exists.  Based on the sole discretion of the School, both sides may be given the opportunity to sign and acknowledge that the relationship is voluntary and consensual.  In that case, both parties will also be required to disclose to the School when the relationship is no longer voluntary and consensual.  In the event that such a relationship exists or existed, and such disclosures have not been made, the relationship will be presumed to have been voluntary and consensual.  Co-workers are also discouraged from dating or pursuing romantic or sexual relationships with each other.

The School, in its sole discretion, will determine whether any romantic or sexual relationship between a manager and a subordinate or between co-workers, interferes with job performance and/or the business interests of the School. And will attempt to resolve the situation, including but not limited to, providing one of the students with a transfer to another position for which he or she is qualified if it is possible and consistent with sound business practices.  However, the School may take whatever steps will protect its business interests, including but not limited to, terminate the students involved.

Anti-Retaliation Policy

 

In accordance with applicable law, the School prohibits retaliation against any student because of the student’s opposition to a practice the student reasonably believes such practice constitutes discrimination or because of the student’s participation in a discrimination investigation, proceeding, or hearing.  Any retaliatory adverse action because of such opposition or participation is unlawful and will not be tolerated.  For purposes of the School’s anti-retaliation policy, all references to “discrimination” should be understood to include “harassment.”

The School’s Complaint Procedures for Retaliation

 

The School’s complaint procedure provides for an immediate, thorough, and objective investigation of any claim of unlawful retaliation because of opposition to alleged discrimination or participation in a proceeding regarding alleged employment discrimination.  If you believe that you have been retaliated against because of your opposition to a practice you reasonably believe to be discriminatory or because of your participation in a hearing or proceeding regarding alleged unlawful discrimination, you should provide a written or oral complaint to the President as soon as possible.  Your complaint should be as detailed as possible, including the names of individuals involved, the names of any witnesses, and any documentary evidence.

All complaints of prohibited retaliation that are reported to management will be investigated.  The School will immediately undertake and direct an efficient, thorough, and objective investigation of the retaliation allegations.  The investigation will be completed, and a determination regarding the alleged retaliation will be made.

If the School determines that an individual has suffered adverse action in retaliation for opposition to alleged employment discrimination or participation in a proceeding related to alleged employment discrimination, the School shall take effective remedial action appropriate to the circumstances.  The School shall also take action to deter any future retaliation.  If a complaint of retaliation is substantiated, appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination, will be taken and the School will communicate to the complainant that action has been taken to prevent further retaliation.

Additional Enforcement Information

In addition to the School’s internal complaint procedures regarding harassment and discrimination, students should be aware that the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also investigates and prosecutes such complaints.

The School will not adopt or enforce any rule, regulation, or policy preventing a student from disclosing information to the School or a governmental. Or law enforcement agency if the student has reasonable cause to believe that the information discloses a violation of state or federal statute, or a violation of or non-compliance with a state or federal rule or regulation.

If any School student wishes to make a report regarding suspected unlawful activity, he or she should report the activity immediately to the President who will initiate a prompt, thorough, and objective investigation.  Reports should be in writing with as much detail as possible.  Oral and anonymous reports will also be accepted and investigated. If a student elects not to report suspected unlawful activity as defined above to the School, he or she may contact the Office of the Attorney General’s whistleblower hotline.  The Attorney General shall refer calls received on the whistleblower hotline to the appropriate governmental authority for review and possible investigation.

 

WEAPONS POLICY

Weapons of any sort are not permitted on School property. European Medical School of Massage Personnel and Procedure Policy “Weapons” will be followed. All patients, visitors, students, employees, and contractors are prohibited from carrying any firearm or weapon with the exception of on-duty law enforcement and correctional officers. If any person in violation of the weapons policy fails to comply with the weapons policy and fails to leave the property, the person could be charged with DEFIANT TRESPASS.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY and AWARENESS:

As a condition for receiving federal funds or any other form of federal financial assistance, all institutions of higher education must implement a drug and alcohol policy that complies with applicable federal, state and local drug and alcohol laws. The law requires institutions to implement a program that will prevent the unlawful manufacturing, dispensing, possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. European Medical School of Massage has programs and policies in place to support a drug-free environment. One may obtain a complete copy of European Medical School of Massage and Alcohol Policy by contacting Student Services.

Any violation of these policies or of local, state or federal laws regarding illicit drugs or alcohol will result in appropriate disciplinary action. In addition to college disciplinary sanctions, students, faculty and staff involved with illegal use, possession or distribution of controlled substances may face criminal penalties, and the college will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies as appropriate. If an employee has concerns about drug or alcohol use – their own or others – they may want to consult with the school’s career counselor.

As students of the school, students can expect an atmosphere that supports personal growth and learning. The school requires that its students comply with legal standards applicable to alcohol use. This Alcohol Policy together the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, provide the framework for guiding your decisions around alcohol.

THE LAW (ALCOHOL)

  • The minimum age in Pennsylvania for the purchase, consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is 21 years.
  • It is illegal to furnish or serve alcoholic beverages to any person under the age of 21.
  • The law prohibits carrying or consuming alcoholic beverages in open containers outdoors on public property, regardless of a person’s age.
  • It is illegal to possess or use false identification or to misrepresent one’s age for the purpose of obtaining or consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • No group which is not licensed by the Liquor Control Board (LCB) may sell alcoholic beverages. The use of chits, chips, tickets or other means of exchange in place of cash violates LCB regulations.
  • It is illegal to appear in any public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol to the degree that you may endanger yourself or other persons or property or annoy persons in your vicinity.
  • A person under the age of 21 is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with ANY alcohol in his/ her system.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol (blood alcohol level of 0.08% or greater) is illegal.

 

Violations of the Alcohol Policy

  • Students who violate the law may be accountable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The specific violations and potential penalties are outlined in the table entitled “Pennsylvania State Sanctions Related to Alcohol and Drug Offenses” set forth below.
  • Students who violate the school’s Alcohol Policy are in violation and will be held accountable.
  • If students under the age of 21 are found to be in a location where alcohol is being consumed, the school will presume that the underage students are in the possession of, and have been drinking alcohol. It is therefore best for those under the age of 21 not to be in situations that give the appearance of Alcohol Policy violations or violations of Pennsylvania Law.
  • Those students over the age of 21 should know that they bear a special responsibility under the Pennsylvania law to prove that they were not providing alcohol to minors and that persons under the age of 21 were not consuming or possessing alcohol.

The Congress’s Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any Federal program after October 1, 1990, all institutions of higher education must certify that they have adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful manufacturing, dispensing, possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. Likewise, anyone who submits research proposals to federal agencies must certify that they will not engage in any of the aforementioned activities during the period covered by the grant.

Individuals who do not make such certification and those who violate its terms will lose federal funds. As required by Federal regulations, this information was developed and distributed to inform all School members of the seriousness of the use and abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol. It also sets forth standards of conduct regarding such activity.

Standards of Conduct
The unlawful manufacturing, possession, distribution, dispensing or use of illicit drugs or alcohol on school property or as part of any school activity by any member of the school is strictly prohibited. Any violation of school policies and/or local ordinances, State or Federal laws will result in appropriate disciplinary action. In addition to school sanctions, students should know that where necessary, the school will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies.

When on school owned property or at any school activity (on or off campus), all individuals and groups will be expected to observe and comply with drug and alcohol laws. The host of any event at which alcohol is provided in any way is responsible for complying with public laws, regulations and policies established by the school. The “host” is the person, persons or organization who provides the food, beverages or accommodations in which the activity takes place. The school reserves the right to prohibit or otherwise limit consumption of alcohol at certain events and in certain facilities. For more information, contact the School Office at 610-670-6100.

Illicit Drugs
Illicit Drugs are controlled substances that possess a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in the United States and demonstrates a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. Controlled substances so defined fall under seven headings: marijuana (marijuana, hashish); stimulants (amphetamines, cocaine); depressants (barbiturates, tranquilizers, hypnotics); hallucinogens (LSD, PCP); opiates or narcotics (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine); inhalants (sprays, solvents, glue); and designer drugs (synthetic drugs similar in effect to stimulants, hallucinogens and narcotics). To be used legally and safely, some of the drugs above must be prescribed by a physician. This list is not comprehensive; there may be substances omitted that are also illegal and fall under the designation of controlled substances.

Alcohol
Alcohol, the shortened term for ethyl alcohol, is a depressant that slows the activity of the central nervous system and the brain. Alcohol is a substance regulated by local, state and federal agencies on its purchase, transportation, consumption, and possession.

References to legal sanctions are illustrative only and can vary due to technical sentencing guidelines and revisions. Therefore, in any given offense, the penalty will be affected by factors such as any prior record, the quantity of any controlled substance involved and whether or not the offender is a current drug user.

Legal Sanctions
The purchase, consumption, transportation or possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under 21 is punishable by fines of up to $500 and loss of driving privileges in Pennsylvania. Misrepresentation of age to purchase alcohol and altering, selling or manufacturing of false identification is also punishable by minimum fines of $1,000 and loss of driving privileges. The selling or furnishing of alcoholic beverages to those under 21 is punishable by a mandatory fine of $1,000 for the first offense and $2,500 for each subsequent violation. Lying about age to obtain alcohol, making a false ID and furnishing alcohol to individuals under age 21 are misdemeanor offenses.

The legal sanctions for the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs are more diverse than the sanctions governing alcohol. They may vary from fines for first-time misdemeanor offenses involving simple possession of certain substances to felony counts and multiple year terms of imprisonment for more serious violations.

The unlawful possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana or less than 8 grams of hashish, for example, is a misdemeanor and may carry a maximum jail sentence of 30 days and/or a fine of $500. The manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver heroin and other narcotics is a felony and carries a maximum jail sentence of 15 years and/or $250,000 fine.

A complete summary of penalties related to alcohol and illicit drugs may be found online at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Individuals seeking legal advice regarding drug or alcohol laws should consult legal counsel.

 

Reporting Obligations

In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, any employee who is convicted of a criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace or at any off-site activity sponsored by the School, must, within five (5) days after the conviction, notify European Medical School of Massage of such conviction by informing the Director or the President. Appropriate Federal grant agencies will be notified within ten (10) days (as required by law) after we have been informed of such a conviction.

Applicability

All employees of European Medical School of Massage, including faculty, staff and student employees, must comply with this policy as a condition of employment. Persons who are not employees of the School but who perform work at the School for its benefit (such as contractors and their employees, temporary employees provided by agencies, visitors engaged in joint projects, etc.) are required to comply with this policy. Violation of this policy by such persons is likely to result in their being barred from the workplace upon the first offense.

Health Risks

In addition to the detrimental effects on performance, health risks of drug abuse have been well researched and documented:

  • All drugs are toxic or poisonous when abused. Health risks of drug abuse include, but are not limited to, sleep disorders, confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, deep depression, malnutrition, liver and kidney damage, cardiac irregularities, hepatitis, neurological damage, and the transmission of the AIDS virus through infected needles.
  • Alcohol is a depressant. It depresses the central nervous system and can cause severe physical harm. Abuse of alcohol can damage the liver (cirrhosis), cause hypertension, cardiac irregularities, ulcers, pancreatitis, kidney disease, memory loss, tremors, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies and cancer of the esophagus, liver, bladder or lungs.
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs during pregnancy increases the risk of congenital disabilities, spontaneous abortion, and stillbirth.
  • Substance abuse often leads to on-the-job accidents and absenteeism.

Available Resources, Education, and Assistance

The school distributes drug and alcohol abuse prevention literature to each student that begins the program and to each employee yearly. The School recognizes drug and alcohol dependency as treatable conditions and offers support programs through a counseling resource list.

Faculty and staff members who are concerned about problems related to substance use, abuse and rehabilitation are encouraged to seek assistance through these resources. You may contact career counseling who will provide other confidential referrals as a constructive way for employees to deal voluntarily with drug and alcohol related problems.

Sanctions

European Medical School of Massage will impose sanctions on individuals and/or organizations who violate this policy. These sanctions will be consistently enforced and penalties will depend on the severity of the offense. Penalties may include termination of employment and referral for prosecution of the most serious violations of law and this policy. For example, an employee found to be selling illegal drugs will be subject to discipline up to and including discharge from employment. Disciplinary action may be invoked entirely apart from any civil or criminal penalties which may apply to the employee or organization.

 

SALE OR USE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS OR ALCOHOL AND ASSOCIATED RISKS:

 

State Law of PA on Alcoholic Beverages:

It shall be unlawful for a person less than twenty-one (21) years of age to attempt to purchase, consume, possess, or transport an alcoholic or malt or brewed beverage within the Commonwealth. The State Liquor Control Board operates under the State Law. It is a misdemeanor to unlawfully transfer a registration card for the purpose of falsifying age to secure malt or alcoholic beverages.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1988, enacted legislation (Act 31) to address the problem of underage drinking. Some of the penalties are as follows:

  • 90-day suspension of driver’s license and $300 fine for any minor who purchased, consumes, transports, or is in possession of alcoholic beverages or who misrepresents his/her age to obtain alcoholic beverages.
  • 90-day suspension of driver’s license and $500 fine for minors carrying or using false I.D. cards.
  • Fines of at least $1,000 in addition to a possible prison term for manufacture or sale of fake I.D. cards, selling or furnishing alcohol to minors.

The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (Act 64) enacted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on April 14, 1972, prohibits the manufacture, sale or delivery, holding, offering for sale, or possession of any controlled substance. Mandatory minimum penalty imposed upon first time offenders convicted of violating this law ranges from one-year imprisonment and $5,000 fine to five years and $50,000 fine, depending on type and amount of controlled substance in question. Legal penalties may be exacted for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs. Penalties for drug violations are as follows:

  • In Pennsylvania, the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, 35 P.S. 780-101 – 780-960.7 prohibits, inter alia, the manufacture, sale or delivery, holding, offering for sale or possession of any controlled substance or other drug, device or cosmetic that is unadulterated or misbranded. Violations of the Controlled Substance Drug, Device and Cosmetics Act are punishable by imprisonment, fine or both.
  • The Federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S. Code 841 et seq, prohibits the knowing or intentional manufacture, distribution, dispensing, or possession with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled or counterfeit substance, violations of which also are punishable by imprisonment, fine, or both. Detailed description of Federal trafficking penalties for substances covered by the Controlled Substances Act can be found at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration web site http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/21cfr/21usc/index.html

 

Effects of Alcohol Consumption:

In addition to disciplinary consequences, there is several safety issues directly related to drug and alcohol consumption. The use of these substances will:

  • cause impaired judgment, which can lead to vulnerability or poor decision making.
  • be a factor in date or acquaintance rape incidents or any other sexual assault. The effects of alcohol will often lead to unsafe consensual or non-consensual sexual relations.
  • impair judgment and coordination required to operate a motor vehicle safely
  • give rise to conduct which causes injury, death or damage to the user/abuser or to the person or property of others.
  • in moderate to high doses lead to marked impairments in mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information.
  • in very high doses cause respiratory depression and death
  • birth defects and mental retardation in user’s children
  • when combined with other drugs, alcohol can intensify or alter the effect of the drug, cause nausea, sweating, severe headaches, convulsions and overdose
  • addiction or chemical dependency
  • health problems (e.g. cirrhosis of the liver)

CAMPUS REPORTED BY CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY

Reported in accordance with Uniform Crime Reporting procedures and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act


Annual Fire Safety Report and
Fire Log 2017 (January 1 through December 31, 2016) 

The Higher Education Opportunity Act enacted on August 14, 2008, requires institutions that maintain on-campus student housing facilities to publish an annual fire safety report that contains information about campus fire safety practices and standards of the institution. The following report details all information required by this act for European Medical School of Massage.

Fire Safety

Student housing have automatic sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems that help to provide for a fire safe living environment. All of the units in student housing are provided with automatic sprinkler systems, smoke detectors and building fire alarm systems to provide early detection and warning of a possible fire emergency. The Facility maintains and tests all fire alarms and automatic fire suppression systems to insure system readiness and proper operation in the event of a fire emergency. Additionally, multiple fire extinguishers are located in the exterior walkways of every floor of student housing. Each fire extinguisher is enclosed in a locked case with a glass cover. In the case of an emergency, residents can access a fire extinguisher by pulling the metal handle on the case. Residents of the student housing shall take due care to prevent fires. Flammable materials shall not be used or stored on the premises. These items include, but are not limited to: candles, incense, fireworks, lighter fluid, propane or other gas cylinders, etc.

All residents are expected to evacuate their dorm and building area immediately during the sounding of a fire alarm or upon the direction of a facility staff member. Residents in buildings evacuate to the parking lot from the nearest exit. Attempting to re-enter a dorm or the building without the permission of Housing Services staff is prohibited.

Referral to Campus Safety for criminal/legal action may also be a consequence for failing to comply with the Evacuation policy.

On-Campus Housing Fire Drills

Student housing have an emergency evacuation plan and conducts one fire drill annually to allow residents to become familiar with and practice their evacuation skills. The drill is conducted by the Housing Services staff in conjunction with the campus-wide evacuation drill. Fire Safety Education and Training Programs for Students, Faculty and Staff of European Medical School of Massage, in coordination with Housing Services, provide training. Topics addressed during this training include:

  • Fire prevention at European Medical School of Massage dorms
  • What to do in the event of a fire
  • How to report a fire or other emergency
  • Fire extinguisher training Other general health and safety information is available to students, faculty and staff on the Environmental Health and Safety web site at:

Fire Incident Reporting for On-Campus Student Housing

Students, faculty and staff are instructed to call 911 to report a fire emergency. Listed below are the non-emergency numbers to call to report fires that have already been extinguished at the EMSOM dorm.

These are fires for which you are unsure whether Campus Safety may already be aware. If you find evidence of such a fire or if you hear about such a fire, please notify one of the following:

Housing Services at 610.670.6100

Campus Safety at 610.670.6100

Plans for Future Improvements in Fire Safety European Medical School of Massage continues to monitor trends related to residence hall fire incidents and alarms to provide a fire safe living environment for all students. New programs and policies are developed as needed to help insure the safety of all students, faculty and staff.

2015-16 Fire Safety Report on Student Housing The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act is an amendment to the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This amendment serves to increase campus fire safety awareness across the nation, providing students and their families with the fire safety records of colleges/universities. Signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 14, 2008, this amendment requires postsecondary institutions to publicly display fire safety information and statistics, much as they already do with other safety statistics, such as campus theft and assault. This information provides prospective and current students of the policies, concerns, and fire safety conditions that are present at the institution in which they have applied or are enrolled.

Dorm Fire Equipment

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The number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year During the 2015-16 year there was a total of 3 fire drills conducted.

  1. September 14, 2015
  2. January 18, 2016
  3. May 16, 2016

Policies regarding fire safety education and training programs provided to students and employees, including the procedures students and employees should report that a fire occurred. Students and Employees are required to complete yearly training for fire safety education and OSHA. Procedures for evacuation in case of a fire Each dorm room is equipped with evacuation route signage. Know the location of the fire extinguisher, fire exits, alarm systems in your area and know how to use them.

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Rescue people in immediate danger

Alarm: Pull nearest wall alarm Contain:

Close windows and doors

Extinguish small fires at the base of the flame

Pull fire alarm when appropriate. When the alarm sounds, walk quickly to the nearest emergency exit and alert the others to do the same. Assist handicapped people in exiting the building. Use a wet towel or blanket to cover yourself and stay low to the floor where the air will be less toxic. Once outside, remain there until you are given approval to return. Never return to an evacuated building!

Person to which students and employees should report that a fire occurred.

  1. Dorel Lacatus President 610-670-6100
  2. LeeAnne Spohn Vice President 610-670-6100

Plans for future improvements in fire safety

  1. Continue yearly fire safety education and routine fire drills.
  2. Continue to communicate and enforce policies and procedure.

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There were no fires in the 2015-16 year.

Information for Crime Victims About Disciplinary Hearings

European Medical School of Massage will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of any crime or non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary proceedings conducted against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the information shall be provided, upon written request, to the next of kin or the alleged victim.

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