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/about/safety. Students can promote their own safety and the safety of others by doing the following:
The College has established a formal and effective process for identifying and addressing violent threats. If you feel you 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 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.
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.
Criminal actions should be reported to campus security or the college receptionist. Reports may be made:
Local or state police authorities will be contacted promptly for the following criminal offenses:
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 non-operating 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:
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, 2013 – December 31, 2013:
Murder is “the willful (non-negligent) 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, 2014 – December 31, 2014.