RCC Alert | Report a Threat | Building Evacuation | Shelter-in-Place | Call Boxes
Personal Safety Responsibilities | Fire Safety | Bomb Threat | Medical Emergency
TapShield | Policy on Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking
Rappahannock Community College uses RCC Alert to immediately contact you during a major crisis or emergency. RCC Alert delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and updates to you on all your devices:
Report a problem to the Rappahannock Community College Incident reporting system. If you have reason to believe that a person at a Rappahannock facility may represent a potential threat to others or to themselves, please complete an Incident Report or contact the Police Department.
If the danger is immediate, make sure you place yourself out of harm’s way; then call 911 immediately.
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, 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 Threat Assessment Team 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 Threat Assessment Team are considered to be school officials and will have complete access to student records when necessary to do their job. The Threat Assessment Team is responsible for addressing reported behavioral or mental health incidents involving students, faculty, staff or visitors which occur on a RCC campus or site.
Frequently Asked Questions About TAT Referrals
If you feel there is an immediate threat, dial 911 and contact campus security.
To make a report in person, you may provide a report to one of the following depending on your location, and your report will be forwarded to the TAT.:
During certain emergency situations, particularly chemical, biological or radioactive material releases, or other violent act, you may be advised to “shelter-in-place” rather than evacuate the building. When directed to shelter- in- place:
Call Boxes and Emergency Telephones
Emergency call boxes are marked by a illuminated blue light [A], [C] and [D]. Press the call button to be connected to campus security.
The red phones are in each classroom [B]. In an emergency dial “0” for campus security and declare emergency or dial “911” for local law enforcement, EMT, or fire department.
Steps to follow during an Active Shooter situation — Determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life and call 911, when it is safe to do so.
Run: Evacuate if you can (this is your best chance of survival)
Hide: In an area out of shooter’s view
Fight: As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
Watch the “Surviving an active shooting incident” video:
If you discover a fire inside a building:
If you discover a fire outside a building:
If the fire alarm starts sounding:
If you are trapped in a room, or otherwise unable to leave:
If you are caught in smoke:
Using a fire extinguisher:
Building occupants are not required to fight fires. Individuals who have been trained in the proper use of a fire extinguisher and are confident in their ability to cope with the hazards of a fire may use a portable fire extinguisher to fight small fires (no larger than a waste paper basket).
Fire fighting efforts must be terminated within 15 seconds, or when it becomes obvious that there is risk of harm from smoke, heat or flames, which ever comes first.
The P.A.S.S. method of using fire extinguishers:
If the college receives a bomb threat, it probably will be by telephone or mail. The utmost concern is for the safety of all individuals at the College. If a bomb threat is made by telephone, the individual at the switchboard would normally receive the call. The following actions/observations need to be made:
If a bomb threat is received by letter, note, or package, the following procedures are to be followed:
The college administrators and the safety officer will determine if further action is deemed necessary. The college’s fire alarm will be sounded. All students and staff will be evacuated.
All College personnel are encouraged to learn first aid and CPR.
ALWAYS error on the side of caution… in order to help someone, you must:
REMAIN CALM and CALL FOR HELP
If you are on campus, call 911, then contact College switchboard at “0″ or 86700 Glenns or 36700 Warsaw. If you are off campus, call 911.
ALWAYS stay on the phone until the person answering the call ends the conversation.
If you suspect a head or spinal injury, DO NOT MOVE the victim unless there is an immediate life-threatening emergency. Keep the injured person warm.
To start rescue breathing ( if victim is not breathing, but has a pulse):
To give CPR (if victim is not breathing AND has no pulse) and/or use Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.)
An A.E.D. is located in the main academic building at the reception desk. The A.E.D. is designed to be operated by an untrained layperson. Follow the directions on the device.
To stop bleeding:
RCC users now have a new tool for your smart phone call TapShield, which makes your phone a mobile safety device. It allows you to view incidents that occur on campus, submit crime tips to the college, and summon help through one tap on your phone.
Click on the logos to download TapSheild for your mobile device — free of charge.