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Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act

Rappahannock Community College intends to provide a safe environment for all students and employees, and be in compliance with the Campus Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. Procedures are in place to aid students and employees in reporting criminal actions or obtaining information on criminal statistics.

How to Report Criminal Actions

Criminal actions should be reported to campus security or the college receptionist. Reports may be made:

  • by personal contact
  • by dialing -0- on any office phone
  • by depressing button on emergency call boxes located in the buildings

Local or state police authorities will be contacted promptly for the following criminal offenses:

  1. murder
  2. rape
  3. robbery
  4. aggravated assault
  5. burglary
  6. motor vehicle theft
  7. liquor law violations
  8. drug abuse violations
  9. weapons possession

The vice president of administration and finance will determine if local or state police authorities are to be contacted for other crimes.

Timely Warning Policy

It is the policy of Rappahannock Community College to issue a timely warning to the college community for any Clery Act crime that occurs on RCC’s Clery geography.  Timely warnings are issued for crimes that have been  reported to campus security or local police agencies and that are considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.  Timely warnings may be issued for threats to persons or to property.   Timely warnings may be issued for non-Clery crimes as the individual situation warrants, if such crimes pose a serious or continuing threat to the campus community.   Issuance of a timely warning will be made on a case by case basis to be determined by the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, and other factors that may be pertinent to the particular situation.  Timely warnings will be issued to the campus community as soon as pertinent information regarding the crime is available.  It is not the intent of the college to compromise law enforcement efforts in issuing a timely warning to the college community.  

Security of and Access to Facilities

Facilities will be locked during nonoperating hours. Access to the facilities will be during normal operating hours; i.e. 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. Campus security will provide access on Saturdays if classes or events are scheduled.

Importance of Reporting Criminal Actions

It is important to report all crimes, no matter how minor they may seem. Most importantly crimes or suspicious activity should be reported immediately, so action can be taken right away.

Reporting of Criminal Actions

Criminal actions consisting of those listed as (1) through (9) above will be reported in a timely fashion through the employee’s newsletter and through public notices posted on bulletin boards.

Responsibility for Your Own Security and the Security of Others

Following are things you can do to promote your own safety and the safety of others:

  • 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

Drug or Alcohol Abuse

Rappahannock Community College prohibits the illegal possession, use, and sale of illegal drugs and alcohol. The college adheres to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs. Copies of these policies are available in the personnel office.


Following are the Uniform Crime Reporting Program definitions of reportable crimes and the number of occurrences at Rappahannock Community College for the period January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012:

Crime Definitions

Murder is “the willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another.”*

Rape is “carnal knowledge of a female against her will through the use of force or the threat of force.”*

Dating Violence is violence committed by a person: (A) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the length and type of relationship and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
Domestic violence are crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child, by a person who is cohabitating or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under Virginia’s domestic or family violence laws, or by any other person against against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under Virginia’s domestic or family violence laws.
Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his/her safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Robbery is “the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.”*

Aggravated Assault is “an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury.”*

Burglary is “the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft.”*

Motor Vehicle Theft is “the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.”*

*Uniform Crime Reporting Program definition

Following are statistics concerning the number of arrests for the following crimes occurring on campus for the period January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012.

Crimes Occurrences

Murder 0
Rape 0
Robbery 0
Aggravated Assault 0
Burglary 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0
Liquor law violations 0
Drug abuse violations 0
Weapons possession 0

This page was reviewed on June 11, 2013, updated on February 7, 2014. If you are looking for previous catalog information, please reference the 2008-2010 Catalog, 2010-2012 Catalog, or 2013-2014 Catalog.

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