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Ira C. Darling Center Report

Darling Marine CenterThe Ira C. Darling Marine Center is located near the mouth of the Damariscotta Estuary, off Route 129, in Walpole, Maine. Facilities include modern laboratories, classrooms, conference rooms, a marine library, a flowing seawater laboratory, a dormitory and dining hall, and cottage housing. Several undergraduate and graduate courses are offered at the Darling Center each year, in addition to the Semester-by-the-Sea program. The Director is Kevin Ecklebarger (581-3321 ext 203 or 563-3146 ext 203) and the Safety Officer is Robbie Downs (581-3321 ext 306 or 563-3146 ext 306).

The UMaine Police Department compiles this report in cooperation with the Director of the Darling Center. Information for this report is collected from the UMaine Judicial Affairs Office, the Director of the Darling Center, and appropriate local police agencies. This report is distributed annually by October 1.


A. A statement of current campus policies regarding procedures and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus and policies concerning the institution’s response to such reports.

RESPONSE

The Office of the Director of the Darling Marine Center is responsible for security. They have an excellent working relationship with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, the Maine Marine Patrol, and the Maine State Police. Emergency response is provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and by the Walpole Fire Department, as needed. Telephones are available in every building at the Center, including dormitory rooms. Dialing 9 for an outside line, followed by 9-1-1 will contact the Lincoln County Dispatch Center, which will dispatch police, fire, or ambulance.

Students and employees should report criminal offenses for appropriate security and law enforcement response, for a timely warning and for statistical reporting purposes, to the Office of the Director of the Center at 207-563-3146 ext 203.

When a crime is reported to the Office of the Director, it will be referred to the police. In addition, if the suspect is a student, there may be an inquiry through the Student Conduct Committee of the campus the student is enrolled at. If the suspect is an employee of UMaine, an inquiry may be conducted by the Office of Human Resources and/or other appropriate UMaine officials. It is the policy of the Darling Center to take every report of criminal activity seriously and to take appropriate action, consistent with applicable law, and public and Center safety.

Criminal activity reports are made available to those attending the Darling Center from the Office of the Director on a case-by-case basis. Crime statistics are available from the Office of the Director upon request.

B. A statement of current policies concerning security and access to campus facilities, including campus residences, and security considerations used in the maintenance of campus facilities.

RESPONSE

The Center is accessible to students and staff during scheduled hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays, as required. Individual dormitory rooms are kept locked.

Darling Center Maintenance and staff monitor the outside lighting levels on a continuous basis. Whenever a light fails, it is reported to maintenance for repair the next working day.

C. A statement of current policies concerning campus law enforcement, including -

(i) the enforcement authority of security personnel, including their working relationship with State and local police agencies; and

(ii) policies which encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the campus police and the appropriate police agencies.

RESPONSE

The working relationship between Center staff and local and State law enforcement personnel is excellent. This provides the Center with quick responses to any request for law enforcement action and criminal investigation.

It is Center policy to encourage all victims of crimes to report crimes promptly and accurately to the Office of the Director where such reports are forwarded to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and the State Marine Patrol, as is appropriate, and to put victims in touch with these local law enforcement officials.

D. A description of the type and frequency of programs designed to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices and to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.

RESPONSE

The Safety Officer presents safety programs at the Center for groups of incoming students, generally once per semester. Included in the safety presentation is the charge to be responsible for the safety and security of themselves and those around them. Students who are degree candidates at primary campuses such as UMaine and UMA may also take advantage of such programs at those campuses.

E. A description of programs designed to inform students and employees about the prevention of crimes.

RESPONSE

There are presently no such programs conducted at the Center. Students who are degree candidates at primary campuses such as UMaine and UMA may take advantage of such programs at those campuses.

2012 Statistics*
On Campus Non-Campus Public Property Residence Halls
Murder and Non-Negligent
Manslaughter
0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses Forcible 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses Non-Forcible 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Arrests 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Arrests 0 0 0 0
Weapons Law Arrests 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Referrals 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Referrals 0 0 0 0
Weapons Law Referrals 0 0 0 0
Hate Crimes 0 0 0 0

*No response was received from the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in Walpole for 2012.

2011 Statistics*
On Campus Non-Campus Public Property Residence Halls
Murder and Non-Negligent
Manslaughter
 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter  0  0  0  0
Sex Offenses Forcible 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses Non-Forcible 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Arrests 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Arrests 0 0 0 0
Weapons Law Arrests 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Referrals 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Referrals 0 0 0 0
Weapons Law Referrals 0 0 0 0
Hate Crimes 0 0 0 0
2010 Statistics*
On Campus Non-Campus Public Property Residence Halls
Murder and Non-Negligent
Manslaughter
0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses Forcible 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses Non-Forcible 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Arrests 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Arrests 0 0 0 0
Weapons Law Arrests 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Referrals 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Referrals 0 0 0 0
Weapons Law Referrals 0 0 0 0
Hate Crimes 0 0 0 0

*No response was received from the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in Walpole for 2010.

F. A statement of policy concerning the monitoring and recording through local police agencies of criminal activity at off-campus student organizations which are recognized by the institution and that are engaged in by students attending the institution, including those student organizations with off-campus housing facilities.

RESPONSE

There are no off-campus student organizations recognized by the Darling Center.

G. A statement of policy regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and enforcement of State underage drinking laws and a statement of policy regarding the possession, use, and sale of illegal drugs and enforcement of Federal and State drug laws and a description of any drug or alcohol abuse education programs as required under section 1145g of this title.

RESPONSE

The University of Maine and the Darling Center view the possession, use, and sale of alcohol and substance abuse as a serious problem. Underage drinking laws are clear and violations of these laws are not tolerated. The possession, use, and sale of illegal drugs are also seen as very serious issues. Violations of State and Federal drug laws are not tolerated. In compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act, the University publishes and distributes annually a booklet which informs all students and employees of UMaine’s substance abuse policy, sanctions for violation of the policy, and state and federal alcohol and drug laws, offenses and sanctions. For a copy of the booklet “Information About Alcohol and Drugs, For Students and Employees of the University of Maine System”, please contact Alcohol & Drug Education Programs, 235 Memorial Union, Orono, at 581-1423 or the Office of Human Resources at 581-1581.

H. Each institution of higher education participating in any program under this subchapter and Part C of subchapter 1 of chapter 34 of title 42 shall develop and distribute as part of the report described in paragraph (1) a statement of policy regarding such institution’s campus sexual assault programs, which shall be aimed at prevention of sex offenses; and the procedures followed once a sex offense has occurred. The policy described in subparagraph (A) shall address the following areas: Education programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses.

RESPONSE

The Darling Center relies on the “primary” campuses, such as UMaine and UMA, to provide such programming at their locations in Orono and Augusta. No programs are presently provided at the Center.

I. Possible Sanctions to be imposed following the final determination of an on-campus disciplinary procedure regarding rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses, forcible or non-forcible.

RESPONSE

Any person found to have committed the offense of rape or sexual assault by the University of Maine Conduct Committee and/or the Maine criminal justice system will be subject to severe disciplinary sanctions to include immediate suspension or dismissal.

J. Procedures students should follow if a sex offense occurs, including who should be contacted, the importance of preserving evidence as may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault, and to whom the alleged offense should be reported.

RESPONSE

A victim of rape or sexual assault should immediately contact the Office of the Director of the Center, the Lincoln County sheriff’s Department, or the Maine State Police. All of these offices will immediately respond to assist the victim in obtaining medical attention, and then investigate the crime or assist in the police investigation. At all times, the victim’s rights will be protected and the victim will have input into the course of the investigation. Counseling services will be provided if the victim is receptive to such services. UMaine counselors advise sexual assault victims of their option to report the crime confidentially to the UMaine Police Department.

Victims of sexual assault are made aware of the importance of preserving evidence, which may be necessary to prove sexual assault.

K. Procedures for on-campus disciplinary action in cases of alleged sexual assault, which shall include a clear statement that the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding; and both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual assault.

RESPONSE

The accuser and the accused will have the same rights to have others present at any hearing, including the assistance of an advisor and/or legal counsel. The accuser and the accused will both be informed of the outcome of any such hearings when the charge is a violent act. Such hearings will normally occur on the “primary” campus and not at the Center.

L. Informing students of their options to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police, and the option to be assisted by campus authorities in notifying such authorities, if the student so chooses.

RESPONSE

If a rape or sexual assault is reported to any University Official, the victim will be informed of their option to notify appropriate law enforcement authorities and will be assisted in doing so if they so request.

M. Notification of students of existing counseling, mental health or student services for victims of sexual assault, both on campus and in the community.

RESPONSE

Counseling services are provided on the UMaine campus, free of charge, to any UMaine-registered student victim of a rape or sexual assault who desire this service. Other services are available at the location and telephone numbers listed.

Miles Memorial Hospital, Damariscotta, Maine 563-1234
St. Joseph’s Hospital,
Bangor, Maine
262-5000
Rape Response Services,
Bangor, Maine
1-800-310-0000
UMaine Office of Equal
Opportunity
581-1226
Sexual Assault Crisis and
Support Center, Augusta, ME
626-0660
UMaine Judicial Affairs
Office
581-1406
UMaine Counseling Center 581-1392
Spruce Run Association,
Bangor, Maine
1-800-863-9909

N. Notification of students of options for, and available assistance in, changing academic and living situations after an alleged sexual assault incident, if so requested by the victim and if such changes are reasonably available.

RESPONSE

A victim of rape or sexual assault has the right to request a change in living areas or academic situations. If an immediate threat is felt by a person living in campus housing, they will be reassigned a room on a temporary basis until such time the threat is removed or eliminated. Arrangements have been made through Student Auxiliary Services to have immediate access to such a room on the UMaine campus. Academic changes may include Distance Learning options.