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 academic year 2018-2019.
At SKSM, the Operations Director 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.
Due to extraordinary circumstances, the Dean of Students, Dr. Christopher Schelin (firstname.lastname@example.org) is currently serving as the Acting Campus Safety Officer until a new Director of Operations is appointed. This is a revised campus security and safety report prepared by the Dean of Students and published on 10.4.2018. The updates to the report include a) the above notice about the current safety officer and b) the provision of accurate crime statistics for the Starr King campus and adjacent public property for the period of 2015-2017.
SKSM informs students and employees annually about campus security procedures and practices thru dissemination of this report.
Starr King School for the Ministry does not have a campus law enforcement or safety staff. No employee of SKSM has, within the scope of their SKSM employment, police powers or the authority to arrest individuals.
Since SKSM does not have its own safety staff, SKSM urges 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 encourages students and employees to be responsible for their own safety and the security of others. You can do this by informing yourself about safety procedures and crime avoidance tips available from the City of Berkeley and the University of California. You may access this information 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 are encouraged to use. The service provides escorts who will walk you to your car, a shuttle bus, public transportation, or home if you live nearby. Call 642-WALK from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM. Boundaries for the service are: Cedar (North), Parker (South), Shattuck (West) and Prospect (East).
Access to Starr King Campus and Buildings
Access to all space on SKSM campus is limited to the official occupant of that space and that occupant’s officers, employees, students, guests and/or invitees.
Keys and access codes allowing entry to SKSM building and offices are issued by the Office Manager who maintains a list of persons holding keys and access codes. Unauthorized copying or lending to unauthorized persons, of keys or access codes, is expressly forbidden by SKSM. Violations of this policy may result in the loss of access privileges.
Security of Starr King Information about Registered
Sex Offenders Campus Building
Members of SKSM community are charged with responsibility for safeguarding the spaces under their control, maintaining custody of the keys and access codes to which they have been entrusted, and reporting promptly the loss of any such keys or codes. The Office Manager has responsibility for close control of the activities of persons engaged in any form of maintenance or repair anywhere on the campus.
Procedures to Report Criminal Activity and Emergencies
Members of 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.
- If immediate danger is not present, call the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5900 to report criminal activity.
- In all cases, report the accident to Kelley Gibbs, VP of Finance and Administration (email@example.com) or other senior administrator. You may ask the Operations Director (or, currently, the Dean of Students) for a Crime Incident Report, which is also available at https://www.sksm.edu/resources/student-forms/.
- The Operations Director (currently, the Dean of Students) will work with the President of the school 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.
Information about Registered Sex Offenders
Information about registered sex offenders under section 17010(j) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S. Code 14071(j), may be obtained from the City of Berkeley Police Department. The Berkeley Police Department is located at 2100 Martin Luther King Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 and may be reached by telephone at (510) 981-5900. Federal law requires persons who must register as sex offenders to provide notice to the state if they are employed by or a student at an institution of higher education. Since Starr King School for the Ministry does not have a campus police department, sex offenders must register with the chief of police of the City of Berkeley. They must notify the chief of police within 5 days of enrolling in SKSM, moving to the City of Berkeley, or of being convicted of an offense qualifying them as sex offenders. 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.
You can also find a map of known or registered sex offenders located in the City of Berkeley on the Berkeley website at
You may contact the Oakland Police Department via telephone at (510) 238-2188 or visit their website at http://www.oaklandpolice.com/crimprev/megan.html. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department is also required to make this application available. It may be reached via telephone at (510) 667-3600.
Reporting Criminal Activity and Emergencies
Please report any suspected criminal activity or other emergency that poses a threat to life or property as follows:
If immediate danger to life or property exists, call 911 first and then alert a staff member of SKSM.
If immediate danger is not present, call the Berkeley Police Department non-emergency number, (510) 981-5900, and then alert a staff member of SKSM.
SKSM contacts for after-hours emergencies are, in order of contact:
BUILDING EMERGENCIES: Fred Williamson (510) 417-9971
OTHER EMERGENCIES: Rosemary Bray McNatt (510) 350-8456
Please fill out a crime incident report in the SKSM office as soon as possible after an incident. Additionally, please report all crimes to the Berkeley Police Department and complete a report (or other paperwork, etc.) as required by the Police Department.
Campus Crime and Safety Report
Starr King School for the Ministry highly values the individual and collective security of its staff, faculty and students. At Starr King, the Operations Director (currently, the Dean of Students) has the responsibility for gathering statistics, identifying reportable crimes and providing them to the Department of Education and the public. The information comes from a variety of sources, including the City of Berkeley Police Department, incidents reported to Starr King, and member schools at the GTU.
Starr King informs students and employees annually about campus security procedures and practices. Since Starr King does not have its own safety staff, Starr King urges persons at the school to make use of local police and fire departments. Additionally, student, faculty and staff are responsible for their own safety and security. The campus security data is available on our website.
Crime statistics for 2015-2017 are provided in the PDF file linked below. 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 is defined as the 2400 block of Le Conte Avenue.
Whether you are in high or low residency, we ask you all to take a simple step to strengthen the network of safety here at SKSM and in the other campuses that are part of the Graduate Theological Union. Please sign up for the GTU-Alert emergency warning system. You can opt in to receive a text, email and/or phone call in case of an emergency threatening lives or safety at any of the schools which are part of the GTU. Examples of when the GTU Alert will be activated:
- Someone with a gun is threatening the GTU campus
- There is a bomb threat that the Berkeley Police Department determines is credible enough to take precautions.
- There is an approaching wild fire, or after an earthquake has caused damage to buildings that could threaten life or safety.
It is very simple to sign up. You may learn how at the following link:
SKSM Crime Report & Internal Investigation Form
Please use the Crime Report Form to report information about crimes which have occurred at Starr King School for the Ministry. COPIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE OPERATIONS DIRECTOR (CURRENTLY, DEAN OF STUDENTS), AT THE FRONT DESK OF THE SCHOOL, 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.