Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM) highly values the individual and collective security of its staff, faculty and students. This is so not only because it cares about individual safety, but also because Congress has set many requirements for campus crime policies and reporting. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), codified at 20 U.S.C. 1092(f) as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), requires that SKSM disclose policy information and crime statistics as part of a campus security report published annually.
This report serves as the Campus Security Report for Starr King School for the Ministry for the 2020-2021 academic year.
At SKSM, the Director of Operations has the responsibility for gathering statistics, identifying reportable crimes, and providing them to the Department of Education and the public, and for the preparation of this report. The campus security report can be viewed on SKSM website and copies of it may be obtained from Starr King School for the Ministry. The information in this report comes from a variety of sources, including the City of Berkeley Police Department, incidents reported to Starr King School for the Ministry, and the member schools of the consortium.
SKSM informs students and employees annually about campus security procedures and practices through dissemination of this report.
Starr King School for the Ministry relocated from 2441 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709 to the Mills College campus at 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613, effective August 1, 2020. However, due to the COVID pandemic emergency, classes and administrative activities are being conducted remotely and the new space in the campus’s Vera Long building has not been occupied. Virtual instruction and administration functions will continue through the end of the spring 2021 semester. Students and employees will be notified when the building opens for in-person classes and office hours.
Since SKSM does not have its own safety staff, while at its Berkeley location the school urged persons affiliated with the school to make use of the extensive safety resources at the City of Berkeley Police and Fire Departments and the University of California at Berkeley. SKSM encouraged students and employees to be responsible for their own safety and the security of others. Safety procedures and crime avoidance tips were available from the City of Berkeley and the University of California, and could be accessed at the following websites:
City of Berkeley Police Department: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/police/
UC Berkeley Emergency Management: https://oem.berkeley.edu/get-prepared
The University of California operates a night escort service that SKSM students were encouraged to use while at its Berkeley, California location. The service provides escorts who will walk you to your car, a shuttle bus, public transportation, or home for those living nearby.
Access to Starr King Campus and Buildings
Access to all space on the Berkeley SKSM campus was limited to the official occupant of that space and that occupant’s officers, employees, students, guests and/or invitees.
Due to the COVID emergency, the Starr King’s facilities at Mills College have been closed since the school’s move on August 1, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice.
Procedures to Report Criminal Activity and Emergencies
When the SKSM campus reopens at its new location, members of the SKSM community, or any other person authorized to be present on SKSM campus, should report any suspected criminal activity or other emergency that poses a threat to life or property.
- If immediate danger to life or property exists, dial 911.
- In all cases, report the incident to Kelley Gibbs, VP of Finance and Administration (email@example.com) or other senior administrator. You may ask the Director of Operations for a Crime Incident Report}. The form is also available at https://www.sksm.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/SKSM-Crime-Report-Form.pdf
- The Director of Operations will work with the President of the school and Mills College’s Department of Public Safety to ensure that all reports received are investigated and appropriate actions taken.
- Starr King School for the Ministry urges that all crimes be reported.
- Incidents that may or may not be crimes should also be reported using procedures for reporting crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the Campus Security Report.
- SKSM contacts for after-hours emergencies are, in order of contact:
- Building Emergencies: Fred Williamson, Cell phone 510- 417-9971.
- Other Emergencies: Teresa Joye, Director of Operations, Cell phone 925-457-8117.
Information About Registered Sex Offenders
In 1947, California implemented a sex offender registration program to help keep track of persons convicted of certain sex crimes. Later in 1996, California enacted Megan’s Law, which, for the first time, provided the public with photographs and descriptions of convicted sex offenders who have registered their whereabouts with local law enforcement. Pursuant to Section 290 of the California Penal code, convicted sex offenders are required by law to register within 5 days of changing residence locations (every 60 days if they do not have a permanent residence), starting school, employment at a school, or within 5 days of each birthday. The State of California requires sex offenders to register with a Law Enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which they reside, as well as with institutions with sworn campus police departments if they are a student, working or carrying on a vocation on campus. Information on registered sex offenders is available through the Megan’s Law website at http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/ or the Oakland Police Department, 455 7th Street Oakland, CA 94607.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not prohibit institutions from disclosing information about registered sex offenders. Megan’s Law makes available to adults and organizations information on “serious” and “high- risk” sex offenders in their local community. The information on a registered sex offender includes:
- Name and known aliases
- Age and sex
- Physical description, including scars, marks and tattoos
- Photograph, if available
- Crimes resulting in registration
- County of residence
- Zip code (based on last registration)
Viewing this information is free. In December 2004 the State of California created a website that provides detailed information about registered sex offenders that can be viewed by going to http://meganslaw.ca.gov.
As per federal requirements under the Clery Act, Starr King provides statistics for designated crimes, arrests, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) offenses, arrests, unfounded crimes, and disciplinary actions that occur either on campus, or on immediately adjacent public property, which up until July 31, 2020, was defined as the 2400 block of Le Conte Avenue.
Starr King relocated to the Vera Long building in the Mills College campus; however, the new facility has not been occupied due to the COVID pandemic emergency and all academic and administrative activities are taking place virtually.
Crime statistics for 2017, 2018, and 2019 are provided in the PDF file linked here.
Crime Report Form
Please use the Crime Report Form to report information about crimes which have occurred at Starr King School for the Ministry. The form can be accessed here.
COPIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND ON THE WEBSITE. The information collected from these forms is used to prepare a compilation of statistical crime information for the school’s Annual Campus Crime Report.
Victims and witnesses to crimes must be made aware that they have a right to report criminal acts to police, and to report school policy violations to the appropriate office. If a person reporting requests anonymity, this request must be honored to the extent permitted by law. Accordingly, no information should be included on this form that would personally identify the victim without their consent. The legislation requires that records or actions related to crime or incident statistics be retained for seven (7) years.