Safety and Security
Sterling has no security officers. Since there are no local off-campus law enforcement services, there is no direct monitoring of off-campus criminal activity. Members of the Sterling community work hard to take care of themselves and each other. Students monitor their residences and shared spaces for cleanliness, safety, appropriate behavior, and uninvited visitors. Weekly community meetings and House Meetings are two forums for discussing security problems and encouraging students to be responsible for the health and safety of their community.
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the College or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Dean of Students can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the College can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.