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/about/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
  • sign up for RCC Alert to receive safety and inclement weather messages

THREAT ASSESSMENT
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 Threat Assessment Team (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, law enforcement, and legal counsel. 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.

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. 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

You may report a threat online at www.rappahannock.edu/about/safety.  With online reporting you may remain anonymous or self-identify and request follow up communication.

Threat Assessment Team (TAT) 
The Code of Virginia Section 23-9.2 defines the makeup of the threat assessment teams for institutions of higher education. At a minimum, the team must include members from law enforcement, mental health professionals, representatives of student affairs and human resources, and, if available, college or University counsel.

The mission of the RCC Threat Assessment Team is to determine if an individual or individuals poses, or may pose, a threat of danger or violence to self, other individuals, or the RCC community; and to conduct timely evaluations and deliver intervention strategies to avert the threat and maintain campus safety.

RCC Threat Assessment Team is coordinated by the Vice Presidents of Administration and Finance and the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development. The team is comprised of faculty, staff, a law enforcement professional, and a mental health professional who come together to address referrals for assessment and intervention with individuals whose behavior may pose a threat to the safety of an individual, group and/or the campus community.

The Threat Assessment Team (TAT) shall serve as the college resource to receive all matters that involve a threat of violence. If there is any doubt regarding whether a case should be referred to the RCC-TAT, the case shall be referred and the TAT will determine what action, if any is appropriate.

Each case referred to the Threat Assessment Team (TAT) is managed with confidentiality and by professionals trained in the process of evaluating potential concerns/threats and obtaining necessary services and/or taking other appropriate actions. The team’s objective is to evaluate, manage and develop intervention and prevention strategies for potentially dangerous or threatening individuals or situations.

The RCC Threat Assessment Team utilizes a standard protocol and the following steps may be initiated or be included in an evaluation:

Identify the specifics of the alleged threat, evaluate the seriousness of the threat, if necessary, intervene to reduce the risk of violence and follow-up to monitor and re-evaluate effectiveness of the safety plan. RCC-TAT consists of the following team members:

  • Law Enforcement Professional
  • VP, Administration and Finance
  • Dean of Student Development
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Teaching Faculty
  • Academic Dean(s) and/or others as requested
  • CSB Mental Health Professional
  • VCCS Legal Counsel will be consulted as deemed appropriate

Call 911 immediate if a dangerous or threatening situation exists at the college.

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:

  • murder
  • rape
  • robbery
  • aggravated assault
  • burglary
  • motor vehicle theft
  • liquor law violations
  • drug abuse violations
  • weapons possession

The vice president of finance and administrative services 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.

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..

CRIME DEFINITIONS
Following are the Uniform Crime Reporting Program definitions of reportable crimes:

  • 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 cohabitated 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 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.”

 


Last modified on 05-03-2017