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Police Chief Norman Smith

CAMPUS SECURITY POLICY

Timely Warning to Campus Community
In the event that a situation arises either on campus or in the immediate area of campus, that in the judgment of the Chief of Police and the President, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through SchoolCast and the college email system to students, faculty, and staff. The warning will provide information as to the status of the College and actions, if any, that need to be taken by students, faculty and staff for safety purposes.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Campus Police by calling college extension 2249 or 2342 or cell phone 256-609-1060. If Campus Police are unavailable, incidents should be reported to one of the following offices:

     Admissions Office, ext. 2325
     Business Office, ext. 2201 or 2313 or 0
     President’s Office, ext. 2243 or 2258

Crime Statistics Reporting
The Campus Police reports crime statistics to comply with the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. This report is prepared annually by the Campus Police Chief for the main campus and alternate sites from the crime stats log that he keeps in his office. A copy of the Crime Statistics Report is available on the College’s web site at www.nacc.edu and is published in the Student Handbook in the NACC Catalog. The report is also available in the Campus Police office located in the Student Center.

General Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency
Community members, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the NACC Campus Police in a timely manner.

  • To report a crime or an emergency, call extension 2249 or 2253 or 0 (operator).

  • To report a non-emergency security or public safety related matter, call 2249 or 2253 or 0 (operator).

  • If no one answers, call the Campus Police Officer at 256-609-1060.

Crimes should be reported to the Campus Police Department in the Student Center to ensure inclusion in the annual crime report and to aid in providing timely warning notice to campus staff, faculty, and students.
Criminal incidents should be reported in this order to the following:
     Campus Chief of Police Office: 101 Student Center Phone extension: 2249 or 2253
         Or
     Dean of Student Services Office: 115-A Student Center Phone extension: 2325
         Or
     Dean of Extended Day Office: 111 Pendley Administration Phone extension: 0

Emergency Response/Evacuation
Once an emergency has been confirmed by Campus Police, the emergency coordinator will be notified. The following persons will be notified:

1. The President
2. Dean of Administrative Services
3. Director of Physical Plant
4. Vice President/Dean of Instruction
5. Dean of Extended Day
6. Director of Workforce Development
7. Administrative Assistant to the President (Public info)

It will be determined what areas of campus must be evacuated. The content of the notification to the college community will be determined. The notification systems, SchoolCast and the intercom system, will be activated. Students will be directed to the safe areas by building coordinators. Safe areas can be found for each building in the Crisis Management Plan.

Confidential Reporting Procedures
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action through the college or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Campus Police Chief or a designee of the NACC Police Department can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, NACC can keep accurate records of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution but individual names will be held in confidence by the college.

Limited Voluntary Confidential Reporting
The NACC Police Department encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police. Because police reports are public records under state law, the NACC Police Department cannot hold reports of crime in confidence.

Should students have questions or concerns about the reporting of crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis they can seek the advice and counsel of the Dean of Student Services.

Access Policy
During business hours the Campus will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours access to campus is open only for special events and weekend classes.

Campus Police Authority and Jurisdiction
NACC Campus Police have complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on campus and areas immediately adjacent to the campus. If minor offenses involving NACC rules and regulations are committed by a student the campus police may also refer the individual to the Dean of Student Services, 115 Student Center. Major offenses such as are reported to the local police and joint investigative efforts with investigators from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the city police are deployed to solve these serious felony crimes. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted at the Circuit Court of Jackson County. Campus Police work closely with local, state, and federal police agencies and have direct radio communication with the surrounding police departments and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. By mutual agreement with state and federal agencies, the Campus Police Department maintains a National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Network terminal (NLETS). Through this system police personnel can access the National Crime Information Computer system as well as the Alabama Information Enforcement System. These computer databases are used for accessing criminal history data, nationwide police records, driver/vehicle identification information, as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement information.

Students accused of crimes on campus will be subject to the student disciplinary proceedings at the discretion of the Dean of Student Services. The disciplinary process is outlined in the Student Handbook section of the college catalog. Sanctions may range up to permanent suspension from the college.

Security Awareness/Crime Prevention Programs
At the start of each semester during new student orientation, the NACC Campus Police informs students about campus security procedures and practices and encourages students to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. The presentation outlines ways to maintain personal safety and crime prevention programs are explained for students.

At the annual in-service program for faculty and staff, campus security procedures and practices are explained to college personnel.

When time is of the essence, information is released to the college community through security alerts posted on message boards; through the college email system that goes to all students, faculty and staff; and Schoolcast, which sends messages via voicemail, text messaging, and phone calls.

Drug and Alcohol Policy
NACC is a public education institution of the State of Alabama and, as such, shall not permit on its premises, or at any activity which it sponsors, the possession, use, or distribution of any alcoholic beverage or any illicit drug by any student, employee, or visitor. In the event of the confirmation of such prohibited possession, use, or distribution by a student or employee, the college shall, within the scope of applicable Federal and State due process requirements, take such administrative or disciplinary action as is appropriate. For a student, the disciplinary action may include, but shall not be limited to, suspension or expulsion. For an employee, such administrative or disciplinary action include, but shall not be limited to, reprimand, or suspension, or termination of employment, or requirement that the employee participate in and/or successfully complete an appropriate rehabilitation program. Any visitor engaging in any act prohibited by this policy shall be called upon to immediately desist from such behavior. If any employee, student, or visitor shall engage in any behavior prohibited by this policy which is a violation of Federal, State, or local law or ordinance, that employee, student, or visitor shall be subject to referral to law enforcement officials for arrest and prosecution.

NACC publishes information detailing drug and alcohol abuse. It outlines the policy regarding the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and enforcement of state underage drinking laws. NACC complies with the requirements of section 120(a) through (d) of the HEA. The complete information is published on the NACC website and emailed to students and employees.

Violations of the college Drug and Alcohol Policy will be subject to the usual college disciplinary proceedings at the discretion of college administrators. These proceedings are detailed in the Student Handbook section of the college catalog.

Programs to Promote the Awareness of All Sex Offenses
The college presents a short program on date rape and other sex offenses during freshmen orientation. Posters are placed on bulletin boards on campus designed to raise awareness of these types of offenses. Policies regarding these offenses are published on the NACC website and in the college catalog. Recently the college sponsored a public health lecture on “Domestic and Sexual Violence.” The lecture was presented by professionals from Crisis Services of North Alabama (CSNA): Janet Sage, Jackson County Victim Services Coordinator; Lisa Frazier, Prevention Educator; and Tracy Bynum, Rape Response Coordinator. Topics included domestic violence, sexual assault, and primary prevention.

Report to the Police
Individuals are strongly urged to first contact the NACC Police (if assaulted on campus) or local police authorities (if assaulted off campus) or the Dean of Student Services located in 115 Student Center or phone extension 2325. The NACC Police office is located in 101 Student Center and may be called at extension 2249 or the Campus Police Officer at 256-609-1060. Area law enforcement agencies may be reached by calling 911. NACC police officers can assist in notifying local police authorities. If you do not wish to report the incident, you may contact the Dean of Student Services at extension 2325 for advice and counsel on how to proceed to get help.

Medical Care
It is important for victims of sexual assault to obtain immediate medical care following a sexual assault. Whether or not the sexual assault is reported, medical care will ensure the person’s well-being and the documentation, collection, and proper preservation of physical evidence in the assault. In addition to care of obvious injuries, medical attention is needed to protect the victim from sexually transmitted diseases or the possibility of pregnancy. If you have been raped and might consider taking legal action against the rapist, you need to receive medical care at one of the local hospital emergency rooms. Emergency room doctors are the physicians who give medical exams in which evidence of rape can be obtained and preserved for legal action. Without this evidence, the chances for successful prosecution are minimized. You should have the exam as soon as possible. You will need a change of clothes; the clothes worn during the assault will be kept as evidence. If you have already changed clothes, bring along any articles that may have blood or semen on them. In order to preserve physical evidence of the assault, victims should not change clothes, bathe, douche, or use the bathroom before seeking medical care.

Other assistance
Rearrangement of academic class schedules for the victim and the accused may be provided if requested and if reasonably available. The Dean of Student Services can also assist the victim in dealing with academic difficulties which may arise because of the victimization and its impact. For example, notifying instructors of class absences, obtaining missed assignments, and arranging for tutoring and assistance may be provided upon request.

Campus disciplinary action
Students who may be accused of sex offenses will held accountable and, at the discretion of the Dean of Student Services, be subjected to the regular published student disciplinary proceedings. The disciplinary process is detailed in the Student Handbook section of the college Catalog. In cases of an alleged sex offense, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding; and both the accuser and accused must be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding that is brought alleging a sex offense. Sanctions for rape, acquaintance rape and other forcible or non-forcible sex offenses include permanent suspension from NACC.

 

STUDENT RIGHT-TO-KNOW CAMPUS SECURITY REPORT

In compliance with the Campus Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Title II of Public Law 101-542) and The Higher Education Amendments of 1992 that expanded the security-related requirements of the Act, Northeast has established policies related to campus security and publishes reports regarding campus security.

All acts of crime, violence, vandalism, and burglary are to be reported immediately to security personnel in the Student Center, telephone extension 2249 or 2342. If security is not immediately available, the situation is reported to the administrator on duty (Dean of  Student Services, 2325; Dean of Instruction, 2320; Dean of Extended Day, 2253; or the Dean of Administrative Services, 2313). Powell is the local municipal police department and may be reached at 638-4283.

When such breaches of security occur, the appropriate security personnel will take reasonable action to minimize harm or threat of harm to college students, employees, and visitors. Acts of a criminal nature that may require investigation and prosecution will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement authority. College security personnel have the authority to arrest offenders. Communication equipment is available for contact with local municipal law enforcement.

Orientation sessions are conducted for new students during the summer for each Fall term. Each session addresses campus security procedures and encourages students to be responsible for their own and others' safety and security.

Students are encouraged to read the "Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program" published by the college. Copies are mailed to all new applicants with the acceptance letter. The booklet includes information about the school's policy regarding alcohol and drug-related violations, including use, sale, possession, and underage drinking.

Crime and Arrest Statistics

Crime statistics for 2012-2013 (March 1, 2012 through March 1, 2013): Murder-0; Sex Offenses, Forcible and Nonforcible-0; Robbery-0; Aggravated Assault-0; Burglary-0; Motor Vehicle Theft-0.

Crime statistics for 2011-2012 (March 1, 2011 through March 1, 2012): Murder-0; Sex Offenses-0; Robbery-0; Aggravated Assault-0; Burglary-0; Motor Vehicle Theft-0.

Crime statistics for 2010-2011 (March 1, 2010 through March 1, 2011): Murder-0; Sex Offenses-0; Robbery-0; Aggravated Assault -0; Burglary-0; Motor Vehicle Theft-0.

Arrest statistics for 2012-2013 (March 1, 2012 through March 1, 2013): Liquor Law Violations-0; Drug Abuse Violations-0;Weapons Violations-0.

Arrest statistics for 2011-2012 (March 1, 2011 through March 1, 2012): Liquor Law Violations-0; Drug Abuse Violations-0;Weapons Violations-0.

Arrest statistics for 2010-2011 (March 1, 2010 through March 1, 2011): Liquor Law Violations-0; Drug Abuse Violations-0;Weapons Violations-0.

Sex offenses, forcible and nonforcible, shall be reported in the same manner as all other acts of crime, violence, vandalism, and burglary.

In case of student or employee acts of crime, violence, vandalism, burglary, and sexual offenses, Northeast shall, within the scope of applicable federal and state due process requirements, take such administrative or disciplinary actions as appropriate. For a student, the disciplinary action may include, but shall not be limited to, reprimand or suspension. For an employee, the disciplinary action may include, but will not be limited to, reprimand, suspension or termination of employment, or requirement that the employee participate in and/or successfully complete an appropriate rehabilitation program (i.e. drug abuse violations). Any visitor engaging in any act prohibited by this policy shall be called upon to immediately halt such behavior.

NACC Police cruiserIf any employee, student or visitor engages in any behavior prohibited by this policy which is also a violation of federal, state, or local law or ordinance, that employee, student, or visitor shall be subject to referral to law enforcement officials for arrest and prosecution.

Full policies of Northeast Alabama Community College are published in the Faculty and Staff Handbook (employment policies), or the Catalog (academic and student policies), or can be obtained from the Office of the President. While this website attempts to present information accurately, it does not constitute the complete statement of policies of Northeast Alabama Community College. Contents are subject to change without notice.