Providing Fort Valley State University students, faculty, staff and visitors with a safe and secure environment is the highest priority for the Department of Campus Police and Safety. We will continue in our efforts to provide the level of professionalism that is conducive for a safe campus community.
It is important that the Department of Campus Police and Safety has a philosophy that is consistent with contemporary policing standards and campus expectations. For this reason, the department is committed to providing service throughout the campus in a manner that is responsive to FVSU's campus community concerns.
Our commitment is evident in our department mission statement and values. It is the responsibility of all members of the department to carry out duties and responsibilities in a manner that is consistent with this mission. The department values will incorporate and reflect the expectations, desires and preferences of the campus community. We will continue our crime prevention efforts to ensure that FVSU is a safe place for students and visitors conducting business on campus.
As the Director of Campus Police and Safety for FVSU and on the behalf of the men and women of the department, we look forward to being of service to members of the campus community. We will continually provide a safe and secure environment on a daily basis.
Chief Kenneth Morgan, director of Campus Police and Safety
The mission of the Fort Valley State University Department of Campus Police and Safety is to ensure that the quality of campus life is enhanced by working collectively, cooperatively and effectively with the members of the university and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution. Also, our mission is to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and intimidation. We also strrive to provide a safe environment for all affiliates of the university. The Department of Campus Police and Safety will abide by the rules designed and approved by the Board of Regents, who accredit state schools and universities. We will also adhere to the fundamental principle of a tradition of excellent police service and will remain in a manner that preserves and advance the democratic values of protecting the rights of all members of the university as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
The FVSU Department of Campus Police and Safety is committed to maintaining the highest degree of loyalty, integrity and professionalism in all its operations. We will adhere to impeccable integrity and careful protection of the rights of those we are sworn to serve.
Zero Tolerance For Drugs
The Fort Valley State University System has a ZERO tolerance policy for illegal drug use.
- If you are caught using or selling drugs on campus ...... did you know that you could lose your HOPE Grant capability for life?
- If you are caught using or selling drugs on campus ...... did you know that you could lose your financial aid capability for life?
- If you are caught using or selling drugs on campus ...... did you know that you could be kicked out of school and possibly never be able to attend another college or university for life?
- If you are caught using or selling drugs on campus ..... did you know that you could possibly go to jail or prison for life?
- If you are caught using or selling drugs on campus ..... did you know that you will possibly never be able to vote in an election again?
Effective September 1, 2000, the Fort Valley State University Department of Campus Police and Safety has implemented a two-tier citation system for parking violations and an Aggressive/Consistent Towing Program on campus. The Campus Police Officer will issue the FVSU Parking, Traffic and Code of Conduct Violation, Georgia Uniform Traffic Citation, Summons, Accusation/Warning and have vehicles towed at the owner’s expense.
The FVSU Parking, Traffic and Code of Conduct Violation Citation can be paid at Carnegie Hall, Room 200, within 10 calendar days immediately following the date the citation was issued.
Failure To Pay Fine Will Result In:
- The loss of personal driving and parking privileges
- Revocation of motor vehicle parking permits
- Placement on the habitual violator list
- Impoundment of the vehicle
- Issuance of a Georgia Uniform Citation
- (See Campus Traffic Rules and Regulations Manual, pages 8-9)
The Georgia Uniform Traffic Citation, Summons, Accusation/Warning can be paid at the Peach County Court House in the Probate Court Office within 30 calendar days immediately following the date the citation was issued.
Failure To Pay Fine Will Result In:
- Mandatory appearance in Probate Court
- The risk of other legal action being filed
The Georgia Uniform Traffic Citation will be issued and vehicles will be towed at owner's expense for the following violations:
- Unauthorized parking/blocking in the Disability Parking Spaces
- Parking in fire lane and/or blocking fire hydrants
- Parking in service drives and loading zones
- Parking in gate-controlled area without proper authorization
- Blocking entrance and exit to access gates
- Parking in reserved parking spaces
- Blocking drive ways, building entrance/exit and handicap ramps
- Parking in tow-away zones and/or construction sites
- Parking on the grass in and around the buildings
- Using areas not designated as a parking space
- Three delinquent parking fines/non-payment of fees
- Vehicles placed on the habitual violators list
- The Department of Campus Police and Safety Officers do not have the authority to settle a traffic ticket once it has been written. (Visitors must appeal at the Department of Campus Police and Safety Office.)
- All persons who receive a vehicle violation (ticket) are to make payments within 10 calendar days of the ticket, or institute an appeals procedure in writing to the Parking Appeals Board via the Department of Campus Police and Safety within the same period. Failure to comply with this provision forfeits all rights to appeal and the penalty for failure to respond shall be imposed in addition to the offense penalty.
- Appeals may be made only by those students, faculty and staff who have properly registered for parking privileges and have paid all appropriate fees. (Visitors may appeal at Carnegie Hall.)
- Appeals will be considered and decisions rendered by the Parking Appeals Board. As a matter of policy, the board does not accept the following as grounds for appeals:
- Lack of knowledge of these regulations
- Appointment conflicts or lateness for class
- Inability to locate an authorized parking space
- The Department of Campus Police and Safety will, upon notice of appeal, take no further action to collect the fine, increase the fine for failure to pay, or any other action in regard to the case until notified of the decision on the appeal.
Parking Appeals Board
The Parking Appeals Board, appointed by the President, is comprised of seven members (three faculty, two staff and two students). Student members will be recommended by the Student Government Association through the Vice President of Student Affairs. Committee members are appointed for one-year terms. The Director of Campus Police and Safety shall serve as the designated chairperson. The Board shall meet monthly (during the first and third week of each month) on a regular basis to hear and/or receive appeals submitted by faculty, staff members or students. Each appeal will be decided by majority actions. The Parking Appeals Committee members should remove themselves from any ruling that may violate the Board of Regents’ Ethics policy.
The Parking Appeals Committee is only empowered to dismiss any written citation/ticket issued to a FVSU employee and/or student. The decision of the Committee can only be over turned by the Vice President for Business & Finance or the Associate Vice President For Business & Finance in his absence.
- Person(s) desiring to appeal a traffic ticket MUST obtain an appeal form from the Department of Campus Police and Safety. The form must be completed by the appellant and returned to the Department of Campus Police and Safety for submission to the Traffic Appeals Board.
- The appeal form must be submitted to the chairperson of the board within 10 days of receipt of the traffic ticket.
- The Department of Campus Police and Safety will date and make record of each completed appeal form as received and will immediately submit all forms directly to the chairperson of the appeals board.
- The appellant will be notified by the chairperson of the appeals committee as to the date the appeal will be considered.
- The appellant MUST appear in person to plead his/her case orally before the board.
- The appellant and the Department of Campus Police and Safety will be notified in writing within 10-calendar days of the decision of the board by the chairperson.
- If the ruling is against the defendant, all fines plus late fee must be paid.
- If the ruling is for the defendant, all charges against the appellant will be dropped by the Department of Campus Police and Safety.
- The board shall be empowered to render either of the following rulings on all appeals:
- The citation is valid and the appeal is denied.
- The citation is invalid and the appeal is approved.
The FVSU Parking, Traffic and Code of Conduct Violation Citation can be paid at Carnegie Hall, Room 200 within 10 calendar days immediately following the date citation was issued.
Zero Tolerance Sexual Assault Policy
The university is committed to combating crimes of sexual assault both on and off campus. Our concentration in this matter is focused on prevention targeted at every member of the Fort Valley State University community. There are programs established which include seminars, workshops, group and individualized counseling services. Additionally, there is a wide distribution of materials which focus on information about rape, acquaintance rape, incest and sexual harassment.
The Academic Success Center, the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Campus Police and Safety are all charged with providing services related to sexual assault prevention and reporting. Information can be obtained by contacting any of the three offices. Remember: if it feels wrong, looks wrong or seems to be wrong, then it probably is wrong.
In the event a member of the university community is the victim of a sexual assault on or off campus, it is the policy of the university to:
- encourage prompt reporting to both campus authorities and local police,
- refer victims for appropriate medical treatment,
- provide initial post-incident counseling services and,
- make referrals to community-based victim witness assistance services.
In the event of alleged on-campus sexual assault either forcible or non-forcible, all members of the university community are directed to immediately notify campus police and file an official report.
More information regarding Sexual Assault can be obtained in the CRIME AWARENESS AND CAMPUS SECURITY ACT INFORMATION BROCHURE, which is located at the Department of Campus Police and Safety in Carnegie Hall.
Admin:Chief Kenneth B. Morgan Sr.,
Director of Campus Police and Safety
478-825-6280Captain Parrish Strickland,
Patrol Commander-Emergency Ops. Coordinator
478-825-6304Sergeant W. Gene Bryant,
Fire Safety Officer-Special Events Coordinator
478-825-6211Administrative Secretary Andrea Howard
478-825-6280Records and Citations Custodian Reba Platt
478-825-6491Terminal Agency Coordinator Jennifer Lester
Patrol:Day Shift A Commander- Sgt. Jessica Escobedo
478-825-6211Night Shift A Commander – Corp. Charles Pines
478-825-6211Day Shift B Commander – Corp. HaBert Chapple
478-825-6211Night Shift B Commander – Corp. Derrick Dunson
Investigations:Sergeant Tatotshia Grier,