It is my privilege on behalf of the United States Sports Academy to welcome you to our campus. Whether you are a student, faculty, staff or guest to USSA, we strive to make your time on campus a safe and pleasant experience.
We are committed to safety, security, and fair and impartial treatment of all. We know that we cannot meet our mission without the cooperation of everyone on this campus. We are all responsible to ensure that our valuables are secure and that crime and suspicious incidents are reported in a timely manner. It is imperative that we work together to identify and resolve problems that lead to crime or the fear of crime.
We are hopeful that this website provides you with the information which will make your time on our campus productive and pleasant. If I may be of any assistance please call on me.
Crime Statistics (PDF)
In the event that a situation arises on campus that, in the judgment of the Campus Security Authority and Senior Administrators, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “all staff alert” will be issued. The warning will be issued through the Academy e-mail system as well as the all staff paging system to students, faculty, and staff.
Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Campus Security Authority may also post a notice on the campus-wide bulletin boards, providing the Academy community with more immediate notification. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Campus Security Authority, by phone (ext. 7103, cell 251-454-7856) or in person at office number 103.
The All Page Notification system is an emergency notification system that notifies faculty, staff and students of critical information and situations affecting the campus through the use of a telephone paging system. The following telephones have the capability of transmitting an all page:
Fire, Bomb threat, crazed gunman, etc.: One long ring. Evacuate through the nearest exit to the outside.
Tornado Sighting/Severe Weather Conditions: Three short rings. Evacuation to the ground and second floor areas in the Eagle’s Club Fitness Center and/or the racquetball court level.
You may also report suspicious activity or persons to:
Emergency callers should be prepared with the following information:
The United States Sports Academy Campus Security Authority has the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the Academy. The Academy Campus Security Authority has the authority to issue parking tickets, which are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty and staff. The Campus Security Authority does not possess arrest power. Criminal incidents are referred to the Daphne Police Department who have jurisdiction on the campus. The Campus Security Authority Office at the Academy maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Daphne Police Department. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to the Campus Security Authority and the Daphne Police Department. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.
During Orientation in September and January, students are informed of services offered by the Daphne Police Department. Slide presentations outline ways to maintain personal safety and security. Students are told about crime on campus and in surrounding areas. Similar information is presented to new employees.
A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.
In addition to the data given at orientation, information is disseminated to students and employees through the Campus Safety Guide.
When time is of the essence, information is released to the university though security alerts posted prominently on campus, through emails as well as the Academy’s all page system.
The Academy does not currently provide any Crime Prevention Programs on campus.
The Academy educates the residential student community about sexual assaults through mandatory orientation each September and January. Literature on date rape education, risk reduction, and proper reporting is available through the office of Student Services.
If you are a victim of sexual assault at the Academy, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The Academy strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to the Daphne Police Department as well as the Campus Security Authority. Filing a police report will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:
When a sexual assault victim contacts the Daphne Police Department, a report will be made and the victim may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system. Counseling and support services can be obtained and the Daphne Police Department will provide you with a list of available local crisis services.
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (CSCPA) of 2000 is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at, or employed by, institutions of higher education. The CSCPA is an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act. The federal law requires state law enforcement agencies to provide The United States Sports Academy (USSA) with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated that they are either enrolled, employed or carrying on a vocation at USSA.
USSA is required to inform the campus community that an Alabama registration list of sex offenders will be maintained and available at two campus locations: The Office of the Campus Security Authority and the Office of the Dean of Student Services.
In addition, a list of all registered sex offenders in Alabama is available from the Alabama Department of Public Safety at http://community.dps.alabama.gov. Daphne is located in Baldwin County and the zip code is 36526.
The CSCPA further amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to clarify that nothing in the Act can prohibit an educational institution from disclosing information provided to the institution concerning registered sex offenders.
This statement is provided in compliance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 and the Alabama Sex Offender Registration And Community Notification Statutes (as amended by Ala. Act No. 2005-301, effective October 1, 2005).
The Director of Administration prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of this report can be located on our web site at www.ussa.edu. This report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding our main campus and alternate sites, Environmental Health and Safety Committee, and the Campus Security Authority. Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act.
Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to the Campus Security Authority, designated campus officials (including but not limited to directors, deans, and department heads), and local law enforcement agencies. These statistics may also include crimes that have occurred in private residences or businesses and is not required by law.
Copies of the report may be obtained from the Department of Administration in office 228 or by by calling extension 7228.
Administration of procedures with respect to access to the campus buildings will be vested with the Division of Administration and Finance. The Department of Administration will be responsible for authorizing after-hours access rights on the Building Security Cards. The issuance, monitoring of use and collection of Building Security Cards will be done by the Department of Operations.
Each residential student is issued a Building Security Card, which is used for ingress into and egress from the facility. Students must pay a $20.00 refundable deposit fee at the time of issuance. At the conclusion of a given semester, the student must turn in the Building Security Card to the Office of Logistics within three business days following the last day of classes. If a student fails to turn in the Building Security Card within the allotted time, the student will forfeit the $20.00 deposit. Refunds will be issued within 7-10 business days following the semester. If the Building Security Card is lost or stolen, the student will be required to pay an additional $20.00 deposit for the replacement card.
Magnetic locks are installed on the following doors:
If the student does not return the card, access is cancelled through the security system so that he or she may no longer enter the building without signing in at the front desk.
Each employee will be issued an electronic pass. Employees assigned to a private office will be issued a key to that office. Issuance of additional keys to employees requiring access to other areas or access to the building after normal operating hours require the approval of the Director of Administration. Under no circumstances may an employee loan key(s) to another person and no Academy key be duplicated.
Fitness center access is limited to those authorized to park in the garage area.
Employees working after normal operating hours are required to sign-in at the receptionist desk immediately after entering the building and sign-out prior to leaving the building. Before signing-out, an employee must verify no other employees are still in the building. Do not arm the security system if someone is still in the building.
The United States Sports Academy has a strong commitment to provide its employees with a safe and healthy working environment. The Academy realizes that substance abuse could become a threat to its employees. Accordingly, the Academy has established a clear and simple policy on the use of controlled substances in our workplace. Employees are prohibited from manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing or using controlled substances in the workplace.
Drug and alcohol abuse and use at the workplace are subjects of immediate concern in our society. These problems are extremely complex and ones for which there are no easy solutions. From a safety perspective, the users of drugs and or alcohol may impair the well being of all employees and the public at-large, and it may result in damage to the institution’s property. Therefore, it is the policy of this institution that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance or alcohol in the institution’s workplace is prohibited. Any employee violating this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including termination. The specifics of this policy are as follows:
This institution does not differentiate between drug users and drug pushers or sellers. Any employee who gives or in any way transfers a controlled substance to another person or sells or manufactures a controlled substance while on the job or on the institution premises will be subject to discipline up to and including termination.
The term “controlled substance” means any drug listed in 21 U.S.C., Section 812 and other federal regulations. Generally, these are drugs which have a high potential for abuse. Such drugs include, but are not limited to, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, LSD and crack. They also include “legal drugs” which are not prescribed by a licensed physician.
Each employee is required by law to inform the institution within five (5) days after he or she is convicted for any felony federal or state criminal drug- or alcohol-related offenses, where such violation occurred on the institution’s premises or in the course of employment. A conviction means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or the imposition of a sentence by a judge or jury in any federal or state court.
As a condition of further employment on any federal government contract, the law requires all employees to abide by this policy. The Director of Administration & Finance must notify the U.S. government agency with which the contract was made within ten (10) days of receiving notice, either from an employee or otherwise, of any criminal drug- or alcohol-related conviction.
If an employee is convicted of any criminal drug- or alcohol-related offenses while in the workplace, he or she will be subject to discipline up to and including termination. Alternatively, the institution may require the employee to successfully finish a drug or alcohol abuse program sponsored by an approved private or governmental institution.
In an effort to promote the ideas of health and fitness and encourage students and employees to voluntarily stop smoking, the Academy has adopted the following smoke-free policy.
Smoking or the use of all smokeless tobacco, i.e. snuff, chewing tobacco, etc., is not permitted on campus. This includes all buildings, grounds and Academy owned or leased vehicles. The Academy will not knowingly hire or offer employment to those candidates who smoke or use any type of smokeless tobacco.
The United States Sports Academy prohibits the possession or use of firearms or weapons of any type on the Academy premises. The definition of weapons shall include all types of firearms regardless of size, knives (other than small pocket knives with a blade length or 3 inches or less), mace and pyrotechnic devices (e.g., fireworks). Infractions by students, faculty or staff will be considered and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Student infractions will be treated as student disciplinary matters. (See the Student Conduct Section). The Academy reserves the right to deny admission, or continued attendance to a student whose actions are contrary to policies and procedures of the Academy. Punishment for a weapons infraction may include suspension for a semester or immediate expulsion. Infractions by faculty or staff may result in disciplinary action including immediate termination of employment.