Safety and Security
Crime and Fire Statistics
The Great Falls College MSU campus crime statistics are compiled from an in-house database, which tracks the activities of incidents reported to or observed by campus officials
The crime statistics are based on a calendar year (January through December), not an academic year. The statistics are also entered into the Department of Education website. This is a federal requirement and is a means for the government to track compliance with governmental regulations (the Clery Act).
The Clery Act requires that all staff, faculty and students have access to these statistics. The statistics are published and maintained on this website.
In addition to the disclosure of general information required under the consumer information regulations, there are specific disclosure requirements with which schools must comply. Those disclosure requirements include:
Student Right-To-Know and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (CampusSecurity/Clery Act):
- The Clery (Campus Security) Act, Annual Security Report, Institutional Security Policies and Crime Statistics;
- The Student Right-to-Know Act, information on Graduation, Completion, and Transfer-Out Rates; and Report on Graduation, Completion, and Transfer-Out Rates for Student Athletes.
- Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (Report on Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data)
- Schools that participate in the campus-based programs must also comply with disclosure requirements for drug and alcohol abuse
prevention. Although some of these disclosure requirements contain common elements, each disclosure is required separately.
This website contains official policies (and procedures, where applicable) applying to the University community.
Campus Safety Report
This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Great Falls College MSU; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters.
Crisis Management Plan
The procedures outlined in this plan enhance the protection of lives and property through effective use of the resources of the Great Falls College MSU Campus. This plan is designed to assist the Campus community in anticipating needs generated by an emergency situation and to assist with communication of those events and needs.
Employees must ensure their own safety first. You cannot assist others if you become a victim.
SCOPE: The procedures included in the Great Falls College MSU Emergency Response Plan apply to all personnel and buildings of Great Falls College MSU as well as other properties owned, operated or under the College’s supervision.
Jeanne Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act
The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $35,000 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.
The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. The backlash against unreported crimes on numerous campuses across the country led to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act, signed in 1990, was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act.
This public disclosure is intended to inform current and prospective students and employees of the fire safety programs in place at Great Falls College MSU, and the institution’s state of readiness to detect and respond appropriately to fire related emergencies..
Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Violence, and Title IX Reporting Form
This form is available for reporting incidents involving sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, dating violence, discrimination and/or domestic violence, allegations that are in violation of the Great Falls College Non-Discrimination Policies.
GFC Alert is the emergency notification text messaging system for Great Falls College MSU. In the event of an emergency, a text message will be sent to the mobile number and/or email registered with the system. This is a free service provided by Great Falls College MSU; however, normal text message fees may apply.
Emergency Plans and Policies
Emergency Preparedness ensures that Great Falls College Montana State University is prepared for any emergency including earthquake, fire, infectious disease and other disasters. Please refer to the plans, policies, and procedures to make sure you are prepared in the event of an emergency.
Emergency Notification System
Federal law requires colleges and universities to “immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff occurring on the campus, unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency.”
Crimes for which a timely warning may be appropriate include, but are not limited to: murder, manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson, motor vehicle theft, and hate crimes.
Your Right To Know
Regulations promulgated by the United States Department of Education to implement changes made to The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 (HEA98) mandates that Great Falls College MSU annually distribute to all current and prospective students, a notice of the availability of institutional and financial assistance information required to be disclosed under Title IV of the Higher Education Act amendments, and pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which governs access to student educational records maintained by educational institutions and the release of information from those records.