Campus Security and Crime Awareness
RCC endeavors to maintain campuses on which everyone is secure and safe. Each campus has trained security staff, “best practices” procedures and planning, convenient emergency call boxes, ample lighting, and surveillance cameras. Additionally, the College maintains a violence prevention committee and threat assessment team of trained administrators, staff, external professional service providers, and law enforcement agencies.
It is each individual’s responsibility to maintain his/her own situational awareness and to be familiar with College emergency procedures. Emergency procedures, instructions, and other emergency, security, and safety information can be found at www.rappahannock.edu/safety. Students can promote their own safety and the safety of others by doing the following:
- walk with others to vehicles at night or request escort by campus security
- report suspicious behavior to campus security or receptionist
- keep possessions with you at all times
- lock vehicles at all times
The College has established a formal and effective process for identifying and addressing violent threats. If you feel yourself or anyone else is threatened by violence it is your obligation to report it to faculty, staff, campus security, a counselor, or directly to the Threat Assessment Team. If there is a clear and present danger of violence, a crime, or an act of violence is occurring, call 911 immediately. Likewise campus security staff can be alerted using a blue light emergency call box at locations around campus or a red emergency telephone in each classroom. Local or state police authorities will be contacted promptly for criminal offenses such as theft, robbery, assault, or other criminal acts.
Purpose of the Threat Assessment Team: As a requirement of Virginia Code Section 23-9.2:10, each public college or university shall have in place policies and procedures for the prevention of violence on campus. RCC is committed to providing a safe campus environment that promotes student learning. As part of this commitment, RCC has established the Threat Assessment Team, a multi-disciplinary group responsible for evaluating and managing risks associated with behaviors that may present a threat to the campus community’s safety. The RCC TAT (TAT), in collaboration with the RCC Violence Prevention Committee, will help develop policies and procedures for violence prevention, including assessment and intervention with individuals whose behavior may pose a threat to campus safety. The RCC TAT members include the vice president of finance and administrative services, Glenns Campus dean, Warsaw Campus dean, dean of student development, human resources manager, counselors and other College constituencies as needed. All members of the TAT are considered to be school officials and will have complete access to student records when necessary to do their job. The TAT is responsible for addressing reported behavioral or mental health incidents involving students, faculty, staff or visitors which occur on a RCC campus or site.
Anyone may make a referral to the TAT, this includes students, faculty, staff, and parents. Behavior that warrants a referral to the TAT includes behaviors that might compromise safety, erratic behavior that disrupts teaching or college activities, self-injurious behaviors, and suicidal ideation. You do not need to make the decision about whether a situation is an issue for TAT or should be handled by another department, when in doubt make a referral. The TAT members will review the information provided in the referral and take the appropriate action. If you feel there is an immediate threat, dial 911 and contact campus security. Glenns 804-758-6765. Warsaw 804-333-6765. Kilmarnock Center and King George site call 911.
To make a report online: www.rappahannock.edu/forms/report-a-threat/
To make a report in person, you may provide a report to one of the following depending on your location: Glenns Campus Dean Room 131, Warsaw Campus Dean Room 141, Dean of Student Development Room 106A Glenns or 105A Warsaw, King George Site Director, Kilmarnock Site Director. Your report will be forwarded to the TAT.