Meridian University has prepared the following annual security report regarding campus crime and fire safety, in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding its campus, to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, the Crime Statistics Act, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). This annual report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for Meridian University. The policy statements address Meridian’s policies and procedures concerning safety and security, including guidelines for responding to emergencies and sexual offenses.
Campus crime statistics include crimes that were reported to Meridian University’s Administrative Offices, other campus officials, and those reported by local law enforcement agencies as a result of Meridian’s request for pertinent data.
These crimes are reported to have occurred on campus, in off-campus buildings, or on property owned or controlled by the school, as well as on public areas or property within or immediately adjacent to the campus, not owned by Meridian University but utilized by students, faculty and staff.
This report is made readily available to all current and prospective students, faculty, and staff, and can be requested from the Administrative Office at (707) 765-1836 or found online at www.meridianuniversity.edu.
|Offense||Year||On Campus Property||Non-Campus Property||Public Property|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||2019||0||0||0|
There were no reported hate crimes for the years 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Please refer to the contact list below to report a matter of security:
|Rob Gall, Administrative Director||(707) 765-1836|
|Petaluma Valley Hospital||(707) 778-1111|
|Petalume Health Center||(707) 559-7500|
|Petaluma Police Department Non-Emergency||(707) 778-4372|
|Petaluma Fire Department Non-Emergency||(707) 778-4390|
|Sonoma County Ambulance Non-Emergency||(707) 568-5992|
|Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)||(800) 232-4636|
|Poison Control||(800) 222-1222|
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, the Crime Statistics Act, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) require that Meridian University report crimes on campus, campus buildings, or properties that meet all the following criteria:
We have adopted the reporting geography of all property, streets, parking lots, and sidewalks surrounding/bordering our campus located within the confines of the city of Petaluma located at 47 Sixth Street in Petaluma, California.
To report a crime or suspected crime, an individual may contact the Petaluma Police Department by calling 911 in case of emergency, (707) 778-4372 for a non-emergency, or the Meridian University Administrative Office at (707) 765-1836. Any suspicious activity or person seen in the parking lots loitering around vehicles, inside buildings or around the classrooms, spa or clinic areas should be reported.
If you are a victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action with the Meridian University system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Campus Director/Designee can file a report detailing the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your desire to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, Meridian University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, faculty, and staff, determine where there is a pattern of crime regarding a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the Meridian University community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for Meridian University.
Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the Meridian University Administrative Office and/or to the local Police Department in a timely fashion. Only by the prompt reporting of the crime and the subsequent action taken by appropriate authorities will issues be quickly investigated and resolutions affected. The process of making accurate and prompt reports helps ensure increased safety for all students, faculty, staff, guests, and the community.
To report a crime or an emergency on the Meridian University campus, call the Administrative Director at (707) 765-1836. To report a non-emergency security or public safety related matter, call the Administrative Director at (707) 765-1836.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, the Crime Statistics Act, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) require reporting of specific criminal act reports—not necessarily convictions. Because a criminal act or suspicion of an act was reported, does not necessarily indicate that such an act actually occurred or that specific individuals were convicted of such an act. The Clery requirements are for disclosure of reports of criminal activity or suspected criminal activity and classify crimes based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook (UCR).
Crimes reported in the Crime Statistics Reporting Table are indicated by type and for the most recent three (3) year period. Meridian University does not have on-campus housing, so no Fire Statistics report is made nor is there an entry in the on-campus housing facilities column of the Table. This Crime Statistics Reporting Table is located further down in this report.
A second crime report for the most recent three (3) year period is also made in the narrative form for reported Hate Crimes. Hate Crimes are those acts designated by the FBI in their publications entitled "Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines" and "Training Guide for Hate Crime Data Collection". For sex offenses only, Meridian University uses definitions from the FBI's National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) edition of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Reported Hate Crimes are shown in Appendix C.
For any Clery Act crime, either on or off campus that, in the judgment of Meridian University, represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students or employees; a campus-wide "timely warning" will be issued by the Administrative Director of Meridian University. The warning will be issued through all available means of mass communication including public address announcements, personal notification, campus texts, personal email, texts, and/or Meridian University computer program notifications. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Meridian University Administrative Director, by phone (707) 765-1836, or in person at the Administrative Office.
Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, Meridian University may also issue an emergency notification. The notification will be announced by the Meridian University Administrative Director and will inform the campus community that as soon as they have confirmed that a significant emergency or dangerous situation exists, will:
Meridian University will not immediately issue a notification for a confirmed emergency or dangerous situation if doing so will compromise efforts to:
As directed by the Clery regulations, emergency notification methods are tested drills, exercises, and appropriate follow-through activities, for the purpose of assessment and evaluation of emergency plans and capabilities. These tests are conducted once a year when the tests are announced and once when it is not announced. To comply with the Clery requirement the tests must:
An evacuation drill is coordinated by Meridian University's staff for our campus. The emergency response and evacuation procedures are tested once a year at a minimum. Students learn the locations of the emergency exits in the buildings and are provided guidance about the direction they should travel when exiting each facility for a short-term term building evacuation. The staff does not tell students in advance about the designated locations for long-term evacuations as those determinations are affected by the time of day, the availability of the various designated emergency gathering locations on campus, and other factors such as the location and nature of the threat. Meridian University staff on the scene will communicate information to students regarding the developing situation or any evacuation status changes.
The Meridian University campus has been designated "Drug Free" and under no certain circumstances is the consummation of alcohol permitted. The possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the Petaluma Police Department. Violators are subject to Meridian University’s disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine, and imprisonment. It is unlawful to sell, furnish or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age in a public place or place open to the public is illegal. It is also a violation of the Meridian University Alcohol Policy for anyone to consume or possess alcohol in any public or private areas of campus.
The Meridian University campus has been designated "Drug Free." The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of any drugs on the Meridian University campus or in connection with any Meridian University activities is prohibited. The possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the Petaluma Police Department. Violators are subject to Meridian University’s disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fines, and imprisonment.
In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education Drug Prevention Programs of the Higher Education Act, Publication 101-226-20 U.S.C. Section 1145g, the following Drug Abuse Prevention Program is incorporated into the policy of Meridian University in recognition of drug and alcohol abuse.
Please be aware that partaking of any of the following may result in health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs.
Students who need help can contact:
For individual counseling, please contact the Administrative Office for a referral.
Upon written request, Meridian University will disclose to the victim of an alleged crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by Meridian University against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, Meridian University will provide the result of the disciplinary hearing to the victim's next of kin, if so requested.
Meridian University provides information from the Petaluma Police Department and Sexual Assault Response Center (SARC) about sexual assault education and information programs to students and employees upon request. Literature on date rape education, risk reduction, and Meridian University’s response is available through the Administrative Office.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault at Meridian University, your first priority should be getting to a safe place. You should then obtain the necessary medical treatment. The Petaluma Police Department strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault reports the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to Meridian University's Administrative Director. Filing a police report with the police department will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgment opinions from officers. Filing a police report will
When a sexual assault victim contacts a police department, the Sex Crimes Unit will be notified as well. The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and Meridian University, or only the latter. A representative from the police department or the Meridian University Administrative Office will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision. Counseling and support services outside Meridian University can be obtained through the Sexual Assault Response Center (SARC).
Both the victim and accused will be informed of the outcome of the hearing. A student found guilty of violating the Meridian University sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from Meridian University for the first offense. Student victims have the option to change their academic schedule after an alleged sexual assault if such changes are reasonably available.
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Cleary Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In accordance with this act, Meridian University has provided a link to the California State Sex Offender Registry here: https://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/. The California State Police is responsible for maintaining this registry.
Chain of Command
Meridian University prioritizes the safety and health of its employees and students. To make every effort to comply with all federal and state workplace safety requirements, Meridian’s workplace safety rules and regulations are as follows:
In order to protect employees, students and guests, Meridian University workplace procedures, security rules and regulations are as follows:
After taking the appropriate action as outlined above, the supervisor must fill out an incident report and have witnesses verify the situation.
In the case of fire or an impending danger:
If a power outage occurs, staff and instructors will ensure that all windows and doors are closed to prevent heat loss in extreme cold weather and that all doors and windows are open to allow for ventilation in extremely hot weather.
If the indoor temperature drops below 60 degrees F or goes above 88 degrees F, notify the Administrative Director at (707) 765-1836.
In the case of a violent act by a group or individual, the most senior person closest to the scene will notify the Meridian University Administrative Director or supervisor on duty. The supervisor on duty is to direct bystanders away from the immediate area and call the police 911.
In the case of a Bomb Threat: