Robeson Community College

Safety and Security

The Department of Institutional Services is responsible for RCC Campus Safety and Security as well as emergency response at Robeson Community College.

ACCESS TO CAMPUS FACILITIES

All RCC Campus locations are open to faculty, staff, students and visitors during normal operating hours. All persons, while on the premises, are expected and required to obey all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, as well as college procedures governing appropriate conduct. Persons in violation of the above will be subject to any action deemed appropriate by competent authority.

Accessibility During Closed Hours
There will be no access to RCC’s buildings during the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Access during other closed hours will be governed by the following procedures:

  1. Off-campus locations: Prior arrangements must be made and approved by the person responsible for these locations.
  2. Main Campus: Prior arrangements must be made with and approved by the Assistant Vice President, Director or other supervisor in charge of the building or facility. The Facilities Coordinator’s Office must be notified of the arrangements with times noted. The Security Guard or other such personnel on campus should be immediately located and notified upon arrival.
  3. Students desiring access to any academic facility must be accompanied by a staff or faculty member. Two persons must be present at all times when using a facility such as a shop or laboratory where potential for injury exists.

Maintenance of Campus Facilities
In an effort to provide a safe and secure learning environment, Campus Police along with Facility Management regularly conduct hazard/security assessments to improve issues such as unsafe lighting conditions, walking surfaces, physical access to buildings, etc.  
To report an issue email maintenance@robeson.edu.

CAMPUS POLICE

Prompt Reporting
Robeson Community College encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the campus police and the appropriate law enforcement agencies. (1.9)

Authority
The Campus Security department employs duly sworn off duty police officers from the Lumberton Police Department. While on duty at RCC these officers possess all powers of sworn police officers to make arrests for both felonies and misdemeanors and charge for infractions. Officers are on campus during most periods when students and visitors are present.

Jurisdiction
Robeson Community College has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lumberton Police Department for the investigation of alleged criminal offenses.  The LPD has primary law enforcement jurisdiction on all property owned, leased, or under the control of the Robeson Community College located in the corporate city limits of Lumberton NC and will provide police services on said property.

The one Pembroke facility at COMtech is under the jurisdiction of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department.

The EMT facility is not within city limits; and is under the jurisdiction of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department.

Law Enforcement Support Agencies
NC State Bureau of Investigation
NC State Highway Patrol
Lumberton Police Department
Robeson County Sheriff’s Department
Pembroke Police Department

Contact:
RCC Switchboard Operator     (910) 272-3453

Campus Security Office           (910) 272-3505
Campus Security Mobile         (910) 674-6428
Email: CampusSecurity@robeson.edu

EVERFI Training

Robeson Community College has partnered with EVERFI through the OWV Grant to provide Employee and Student Online Prevention and Compliance Training. The Harassment and Discrimination Suite covers the following topics utilizing interactive scenarios, videos, and real cases to help employees combat Harassment and Discrimination in the workplace:

  • Hostile Work Environment
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Inclusive Language
  • Power Dynamics
  • Quid Pro Quo Harassment
  • Microaggressions & Bias
  • Professor Misconduct
  • Responding to Complaints
  • Title IX Reporting Requirements
  • Responding to Student Disclosures

To access your online training CLICK HERE

LOST AND FOUND

All items found by Faculty, Staff, or turned into a department, shall be turned over to the Records and Registration office. These items will be available to claim for (30) thirty days and then discarded. Please be prepared to prove that said items belong to you.

Contact:     
Records and Registration (910) 272-3338

SAFETY DATA SHEETS

Employers are responsible for providing Safety Data Sheets (formally MSDS) for hazardous chemicals utilized in the workplace. They MUST be accessible to EVERYONE and current. To access Robeson Community College’s online SDS Database click the image below:

       

 

 

Visitors on Campus

Visitors are defined as anyone other than RCC personnel, officially enrolled students, members of the Board of Trustees, and
members of the Foundation Board. Visitors are permitted (and welcomed) on RCC property for participation in or attendance at RCC sponsored or approved activities/events and for use of the RCC library facility. Any unauthorized personnel on campus can be requested to leave the College’s premises. Refusal to leave the campus when requested will result in a request to the appropriate law enforcement personnel for removal. Trespassing charges may be filed.

Employer Recruting
Employers wishing to recruit on campus must coordinate their visit with Counseling and Career Services at 910-272-3353 or the Workforce Development Center at 910-272-3600.

Media Representative 
Media representative are encouraged to inquire with the Public Information Officer  at 910-272-3700 prior to interviewing, photographing, or videotaping employees or students on the various RCC campuses.

Vendors/Contractors
Vendors/Contractors working for RCC must physically report to the Maintenance office upon arrival/departure to sign in/out and
receive a visitor’s badge. This guideline applies to all contractors and vendors hired by Facilities who are performing work on the
main campus or any satellite locations.

 

CLERY ACT / VAWA GLOSSARY

The Clery Act requires Robeson Community College to classify crimes based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook (UCR). Classification will be composed based on statistics collected from Local and /or State Law Enforcement Agencies and Campus Security Daily Log Activity Reports.


Types of Criminal Offenses

  1. Criminal Homicide: These offenses are separated into two categories: Murder and Non-negligent manslaughter, and Negligent Manslaughter.** Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter is defined as the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.**Classify as Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter: Any death caused by injuries received in a fight, argument, quarrel, assault or commission of a crime.**Negligent Manslaughter is defined as the killing of another person through gross negligence. Count one offense per victim.**Classify as Negligent Manslaughter: Any death caused by the gross negligence of another.
  2. Sex Offenses: are separated into two categories: forcible and non-forcible.**Forcible sex offenses are defined as any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent. There are four types of forcible sex offenses.**Forcible rape.**Forcible Sodomy.**Sexual assault with an object.**Forcible fondling.**Non-forcible sex offenses are defined as unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse. There are two types of Non-forcible sex offenses.**Incest.**Statutory Rape. 
  3. 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
  4. Aggravated Assault: is an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
  5. Burglary: is the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.
  6. Motor Vehicle Theft: is the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
  7. Arson: is any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, or personal property of another.

Violence Against Women Act Definitions

  1. Dating Violence – means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.  Dating violence includes the use or threat of physical force or restraint carried out with the intent of controlling the victim’s behavior or causing pain or injury.

    Examples of Dating Violence:
    Hitting, punching, pinching, slapping, or choking
    Threats of physical harm
    Taking away a person’s cell phone during an argument so the person cannot call a friend or the police for help.

  2. Domestic Violence -includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person cohabitating with or who has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

    Examples of Domestic Violence:
    Hitting, punching, pinching, slapping, or choking
    Violating a protective order.
    Harming the victim’s animals or children

  3. Stalking – means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (a) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress.

    Examples of Stalking:
    Repeatedly communicating or attempting to communicate with a person who doesn’t wish to be communicated with.
    Persistently following a person or lying in wait for them.
    Sending unwanted gifts

  4. Sexual Assault -is any intentional sexual touching, directly, or over clothing, however slight, with any body part or object,without explicit consent. It is also considered sexual assault if the individual is forced to touch the intimate parts of another individual.

    Sexual touching includes:
    Intentional contact with the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts; any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice.

    Sexual assault includes non-consensual sexual intercourse.

  5. Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (Rape)  is any sexual penetration, however slight, with any body part or object, by one person upon another, without consent and/or by force.

    Non-consensual sexual intercourse is defined as sexual penetration (anal, oral,  or vaginal) of the individual by any part of another individual’s body or other object, without explicit consent. It is also considered non-consensual sexual intercourse if the victim has a reasonable fear that the individual or another will be injured if the individual does not give consent, is incapable of giving consent or is prevented from resisting due to physical or mental incapacity, which may include but is not limited to the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if the individual has a mental or physical disability that would prohibit their ability to provide consent.


Hate Crimes

Hate Crime is a criminal offense that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim.

Although there are many possible categories of bias, under the Clery Act, only the following eight categories are reported:

  1. Race: A preformed negative attitude toward a group of persons who possess common physical characteristics, e.g., color of skin, eyes, and/or hair; facial features, etc., genetically transmitted by descent and heredity which distinguish them as a distinct division of humankind, e.g., Asians, blacks or African Americans, whites.
  2. Religion: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons who share the same religious beliefs regarding the origin and purpose of the universe and the existence or nonexistence of a supreme being, e.g., Catholics, Jews, Protestants, atheists.
  3. Sexual Orientation: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation. Sexual Orientation is the term for a person’s physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction to members of the same and/or opposite sex, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual (straight) individuals.
  4. Gender: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a person or group of persons based on their actual or perceived gender, e.g., male or female. Gender Identity a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a person or group of persons based on their actual or perceived gender identity, e.g., bias against transgender or gender non-conforming individuals.
  5. Gender non-conforming describes a person who does not conform to the gender-based expectations of society, e.g., a woman dressed in traditionally male clothing or a man wearing makeup. A gender non-conforming person may or may not be a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person but may be perceived as such.
  6. Ethnicity: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of people whose members identify with each other, through a common heritage, often consisting of a common language, common culture (often including a shared religion) and/or ideology that stresses common ancestry. The concept of ethnicity differs from the closely related term “race” in that “race” refers to a grouping based mostly upon biological criteria, while “ethnicity” also encompasses additional cultural factors.
  7. National Origin: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of people based on their actual or perceived country of birth. This bias may be against people that have a name or accent associated with a national origin group, participate in certain customs associated with a national origin group, or because they are married to or associate with people of a certain national origin.
  8. Disability: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their physical or mental impairments, whether such disability is temporary or permanent, congenital or acquired by heredity, accident, injury, advanced age or illness

For Clery Act purposes, Hate Crimes include any of the following offenses that are motivated by bias:
Murder and Non-negligent
Manslaughter
Sexual Assault
Robbery
Aggravated Assault
Burglary
Motor Vehicle Theft
Arson
Larceny-Theft
Simple Assault
Intimidation
Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property

CLERY GEOGRAPHY

Crimes occurring on campus: Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area identified in paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).


Robeson Community College (Main Campus)
5160 Fayetteville Rd. Lumberton, N.C. 28360

Crimes occurring on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus: All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.


Property Adjacent to Main Campus

Crimes occurring on non-campus buildings or property that the college owns or controls: Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.


RCC at ComTech
124 Livermore Dr. Pembroke, N.C. 28372


RCC Fire/Rescue Training Grounds
5825 Hwy 211 East Lumberton, N.C. 28360

 

CAMPUS POLICE AUTHORITY AND JURISDICTION

Prompt Reporting
Robeson Community College encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the campus police and the appropriate law enforcement agencies. (1.9)

Authority
The Campus Security department employs duly sworn off duty police officers from the Lumberton Police Department. While on duty at RCC these officers possess all powers of sworn police officers to make arrests for both felonies and misdemeanors and charge for infractions. Officers are on campus during most periods when students and visitors are present.

Jurisdiction
Robeson Community College has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lumberton Police Department for the investigation of alleged criminal offenses.  The LPD has primary law enforcement jurisdiction on all property owned, leased, or under the control of the Robeson Community College located in the corporate city limits of Lumberton NC and will provide police services on said property.

The one Pembroke facility at COMtech is under the jurisdiction of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department.

The EMT facility is not within city limits; and is under the jurisdiction of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department.

Law Enforcement Support Agencies
NC State Bureau of Investigation
NC State Highway Patrol
Lumberton Police Department
Robeson County Sheriff’s Department
Pembroke Police Department

Contact:
RCC Switchboard Operator     (910) 272-3453

Campus Security Office           (910) 272-3505
Campus Security Mobile         (910) 674-6428
Email: CampusSecurity@robeson.edu

CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY SURVEYS

Clery Report
On October 1st of each year, criminal statistics are made available to all students, employees, and the  public that disclose the following crimes:

(1) Occurring on campus: Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area identified in paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor). 

(2) On public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus: All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

(3) On non-campus buildings or property that the college owns or controls: Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.

Any occurrence of murder, manslaughter, sexual misconduct, including, (forcible and non-forcible) sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, robbery, arson, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft; statistics on arrests for violations of liquor or drug abuse as well as weapons possession violations; disciplinary referrals for liquor, drug and weapons violations; and statistics on Hate Crimes.

This information is compiled from the following sources:
Daily Crime Logs: Summary of all criminal activity reported to the Campus Police Department on a daily basis. This information is accessible on the RCC Website, updated on quarterly basis and/or available upon request.
Campus Security Authorities: Individuals designated to report incidents of crime that pose a significant threat to the health and safety well being of the campus community. Examples include Campus Police, Administration, Title IX Coordinator, Counselors, and Human Resources.
Local Law Enforcement Agencies: Crime statistics requested from local law enforcement in the jurisdictions where the institution is located.

Annual Fire Safety Report and Missing Student Policy
Robeson Community College is a non-residential institution of higher education. Therefore, the college is not required by the Clery Act to maintain a fire report or to have a missing student policy.

This report is prepared by the Director of Security.
Clery Report 2018 (Report Year 2017)  
Clery Report 2019 (Report Year 2018)

 


Daily Activity/Crime Log
Summary of all criminal activity reported to the Campus Police Department on a daily basis. This information is accessible on the RCC Website, updated on a quarterly basis, and/or available upon request.
Daily Crime Log (2016)
Daily Crime Log (2017)
Daily Crime Log (2018)
Daily Crime Log (2019)

 

CAMPUS SECURITY AUTHORITIES

Campus Security Authorities are individuals designated to whom students and employees should report criminals offenses described in the law for the purpose of making timely warning reports and inclusion in the annual security report. 

Victims and witnesses may make these reports on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual security report and be assisted by Campus Authorities in notifying law enforcement authorities if the victim chooses.

When a student or employee reports to the institution that the student or employee has been the victim of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, whether the offense occurred on or off campus, the institution will provide the student or employee a written explanation of the student or employee’s rights and options. 

Robeson Community College has identified the following individuals to serve as Campus Security Authorities:

Sally Carr
Director of Human Resources | Building – 2
Email: scarr@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3537

Ronnie Locklear
AVP Student Services | Building – 13
Email: rlocklear@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3347

Patricia Clark
Director of Security/Title IX | Building – 5

Email: 
pclark@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3505

Ronnie Sampson
Counselor | Building – 13
Email: rsampson@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3345

Tami George
Vice President | Building – 2
Email: 
tgeorge@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3541

Campus Police| Building – 5
Email: campussecurity@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 674-6428

 

 

 

Drugs and Alcohol Policy

The use and abuse of drugs and alcohol are subjects of immediate concerns in our society. These problems are extremely complex and ones for which there are no easy solutions. From a safety perspective, the users and/or abusers of drugs or alcohol may impair the well-being of all employees, students, and the public at large, and may result in property damage to the College. Therefore, in compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace and Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations, it is the policy of Robeson Community College that the unlawful use, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of a controlled substance or alcohol, is prohibited while on College premises, the College workplace, or as part of any College sponsored activity. Any employee or student violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion and referred for prosecution.


Alcohol Policy
Robeson Community College prohibits the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and enforcement of state underage drinking laws on campus and at college-sponsored events off campus.  Alcohol abuse which results in public intoxication, destruction of property, abuse of or personal injury to an individual, litter, or misconduct of any kind, is a violation of the alcohol policy. Being under the influence of alcohol is not a valid reason for inappropriate behavior.

Drugs Policy
Robeson Community College prohibits the possession, use and sale of illegal drugs, stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants, or any other illegal substance and enforcement of federal and state drug laws on campus and at college-sponsored events. The definition of possession of dangerous drugs include the presence of such materials on the individual, among the property owned by the individual, or among such school property being used by the individual.


Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness Prevention Program
Robeson Community College operates a drug abuse awareness prevention program for all students and employees. Counseling, information and referral services are provided by professionally trained counselors. Counselors are available to talk with anyone concerning drug/alcohol use. Counselors may be contacted directly or indirectly. Persons requesting anonymity may telephone the Counseling and Career Center for information without disclosing their names (910-272-3353). Referrals to external agencies may be appropriate in some situations. Counselors are knowledgeable concerning treatment, length of residential stay, costs, etc. of local outside agencies.

Policies on Reporting a Crime or Emergency

Introduction
Robeson Community College encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the campus police and the appropriate law enforcement agencies.  When a student or employee reports to the institution that the student or employee has been the victim of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, whether the offense occurred on or off campus, the institution will provide the student or employee a written explanation of the student or employee’s rights and options. Such reports should be made as follows:


Criminal Offense Reporting
Notify the Campus Police at (910-674-6428)

Any incident that involves a significant threat to the health and safety well-being of the campus community or an individual and is punishable under law. Examples may include but are not limited to murder, burglary, robbery,  or aggravated assault.

Report in person: The Campus Security Department is located in building #5 and is open 8-5pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8-3pm (Fri)

*Any incident occurring after hours, should be reported immediately to local law enforcement by calling 911.

Title IX/VAWA  Reporting
Robeson Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, or other non-relevant factors in its educational programs and/or activities. If you believe that you or someone you know has been discriminated against or are victim(s) of sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual discrimination, the following options are available to assist in making a compliant. If it is an emergency call 911 to report immediately. Then follow up with the appropriate Title IX Coordinator. (1.20)


Criminal Reporting (Students): Complaints alleging sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking committed by a student(s) should be reported to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator by calling, visiting the office, or emailing. 

Ronnie Locklear
Deputy Title IX Coordinator/AVP Student Services                                             
5160 Fayetteville Rd, Lumberton, N.C. 28360
Building #13 (Counseling and Career Services)
rlocklear@robeson.edu   (910) 272-3347


Criminal Reporting (Faculty/Staff/Visitors): Complaints alleging sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking committed by Faculty/Staff/Visitors should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator by calling, visiting the office, or emailing. 

Sally Carr
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator

5160 Fayetteville Rd, Lumberton, N.C. 28360
Administration Building #2, Office #231
scarr@robeson.edu   (910) 272-3537


Initial Evaluation (Complainant)
An initial meeting will be conducted to access the nature and circumstances surrounding the complaint. The complainant and/or third party will receive a Victim Information packet, which contains resources, procedural options, complainant rights, remedial/interim measures, and grievance procedures.

Complainant Rights
Upon reporting a claim, you have the right:

  • To a prompt and equitable response
  • To notify law enforcement and to be assisted by campus authorities or to decline to notify such authorities.
  • To obtain no contact orders or enforce an order already in existence
  • To obtain written notification to students and employees about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid and other services available for victims, both within the institution and the community. 
  • To obtain written notification to victims about options for, available assistance in, and how to request changes to academic, living, transportation, and working situations or provide such protective measures if the victim chooses to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement. 
  • The opportunity to request prompt proceedings conducted by officials trained on sexual assault and other intimate partner violence issues
  • To be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice
  • To be informed in writing of the final results within one business day of such outcome being reached which include: 
       -Findings as to whether the alleged conduct occurred
       -Remedies offered to the victim
       -Sanctions imposed on perpetrator that relate directly to the victim
       -Steps the College is taking to remedy the College environment
  • To Confidentiality
    Maintain as confidential an accommodations or protective measures provided to the victim, to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the availability of the institution to provide the accommodations or protective measures. Also, that honoring this request may limit the College’s ability to respond fully to the incident, including pursuing disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator.
  • Retaliation
    To be protected from acts of retaliation and the college will: -take steps to prevent retaliation -take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs.

Initial Evaluation (Respondent)
An initial meeting will be conducted where the Respondent will receive a copy of the incident report or other evidence against them, have the option to respond to the allegations, and be informed of their options for resolving the complaint. The Respondent will also receive a Respondent Information packet, which contains resources, procedural options, respondent rights, remedial/interim measures, and grievance procedures.

Respondent Rights
Upon notification of a claim, you have the right:

  • To be treated with respect by college officials at all times during the Title IX investigation.
  • To a timely written notification of the alleged violations including the nature of the violation and possible sanctions.
  • To obtain contact information for campus and local advocacy, counseling, health, mental health and legal assistance services.
  • Interim Measures: Upon receiving the initial complaint, the College will determine which measures are appropriate to either or both the reporting and responding parties involved on a case-by-case basis.
  • To confidentiality, to the extent possible by law.
  • To a prompt and equitable response
  • The opportunity to request prompt proceedings conducted by officials trained on sexual assault and other intimate partner violence issues
  • To be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice (Note: Advisors will serve in a support role only and may not advocate for either party.)
  • The right to respond to and/or challenge evidence presented and provide supporting evidence and/or witnesses.
  • Retaliation
    To be protected from acts of retaliation and the college will: -take steps to prevent retaliation -take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs.
  • To be informed in writing of the outcome and sanction(s) of the investigation within (60) calendar days from the date the initial compliant was received.
       -Findings as to whether the alleged conduct occurred
       -If applicable, sanction(s) imposed
       -Steps the College is taking to remedy the College environment
  • To initiate an appeal, the student must appeal in writing within three school days after receipt of the Committee’s decision.

    Interim Measures (If Applicable)
    The College will determine which measures are appropriate to either or both the reporting and responding parties involved on a case-by-case basis. Not all measures listed below will be necessary in every case to ensure equal access to educational programs and activities.

    •  Avoid contact with alleged perpetrator
    •  Right to report a crime to campus/local law enforcement and/or Campus Authorities
    •  Disability Services, health and mental health services
    •  Resources: victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling
    •  Academic Conformations
    •  Assistance in arranging for alternative College employment arrangements and/or
        changing work schedules
    •  A “No contact” directive pending the outcome of an investigation.
    •  Parking conformations/ safety escorts to and from parking lots/structures

    Standard of Evidence
    Robeson Community College uses the Preponderance of the Evidence Standard during any institutional disciplinary proceeding for an allegation of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
    Preponderance of the Evidence Standard– the standard used to adjudicate sexual misconduct cases-the proof need only show that the facts are more likely to be than not so.

    Time Frame for Investigation
    Robeson Community College will conduct an investigation that is prompt, fair, objective, and impartial from the initial investigation to the final result.  This investigation will be conducted by officials who, at a minimum, receive annual training on the issue related to dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of the victim and promotes accountability. The college will also provide the accuser and the accused with the same opportunities to have others present during any institutional disciplinary proceeding, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by the advisor of their choice and not limit the choice of advisor or presence for either the accuser of the accused in and meeting or institutional disciplinary proceeding. (1.21e3,4) A notice of outcome and sanction(s) will be emailed to both complainant and respondent within sixty (60) calendar days of the date the complaint was received. (1.21e1)

    Possible Sanctions
    The following tables list the possible sanctions that the institution may impose following the results or any institutional disciplinary proceeding for and allegation of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. (1.21)

     

    Students Employees

    According to our policy, sanctions for students are as follows:

    ·         Disciplinary Reprimand

    ·         Probation

    ·         Suspension

    ·         Expulsion

    There may be additional parts to the sanctions depending on the student and the situation such as:

    • The seriousness, severity, persistence, or pervasiveness of the prohibited conduct;
    • The nature or violence (if applicable) of the prohibited conduct;
    • The impact on the complainant and/or University community;
    • The respondent’s past disciplinary record with the University;
    • Whether the respondent has accepted responsibility for the prohibited conduct;
    • The maintenance of a safe, nondiscriminatory and respectful environment conducive to learning; and/or
    • Any other mitigating, aggravating, or compelling factors that the presiding officer determines to be relevant and admissible.

     

    According to our policy, sanctions for employees are as follows:

    ·         Verbal or written warning

    ·         Performance improvement plan

    ·         Required Counseling

    ·         Required training or education

    ·         Demotion

    ·         Suspend with or without pay

    ·         Termination

    ·         Other consequences deemed appropriate to the specific violation

     

    The explanations of warnings, suspension and dismissal are written in more detail in our Policy 3.3.4. 

    Notice of Outcome
    Written notice of the outcome of disciplinary proceeding will be provided to both reporting and responding parties concurrently and the results of the institutional disciplinary proceeding the arise from an allegation of dating violence domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Also, included will be the institutions procedures for the accused and the victim to appeal the result of the institution disciplinary proceeding and when such results become final and if there are any changes to the result.  The content of the notice may vary depending on the underlying allegations and the age of the students.(1.21e5)

    Notice to Reporting Party
    -Findings as to whether the alleged conduct occurred
    -Remedies offered to the victim
    -Sanctions imposed on perpetrator that relate directly to the victim
    -Steps the College is taking to remedy the College environment
    -To initiate an appeal, the student must appeal in writing within three school days after receipt of the Committee’s decision.

    Notice to Responding Party
    -Findings as to whether the alleged conduct occurred
    -If applicable, sanction(s) imposed
    -Steps the College is taking to remedy the College environment
    -To initiate an appeal, the student must appeal in writing within three school days after receipt of the Committee’s decision.

    Appeals Procedure
    Decisions rendered by the Campus Standards Committee may be appealed to the Vice President of Instruction and Support Services or his/her designee. To initiate an appeal, the student must appeal in writing within three school days after receipt of the Committee’s decision. In an appeal the student should demonstrate that: (1) there is new evidence that could not be obtained previously ; (2) the Assistant Vice President of Student Services, his/her designee, and/or the Campus Standards Committee exhibited prejudice or other unfair treatment to the student; and/or (3) the decision does not relate appropriately to the charges.

    The Vice President shall have the authority to: (1) review the proceedings and findings of the Campus Standards Committee: (2) conduct interviews with the student charged, the Assistant Vice President of Student Services and/or his/her designee, Campus Standards Committee members, and/or witnesses; and (3) approve, modify, or overturn the decision or sanction of the Campus Standards Committee. The Vice-President of the Instruction and Support Services or his/her designee will inform the student in writing of the final decision within five school days of the receipt of the appeal.

    Decisions rendered by the Vice-President of Instruction and Support or his/her designee will be considered final.


    Emergency Reporting   
    (CALL 911 Immediately- then notify the Campus Police)
    Any incident that involves a significant threat to the health and safety well being of the campus community or an individual. Examples may include but are not limited to fire, medical emergencies, car accidents with injuries, fight in progress, and display of a weapon.
    Emergency Callboxes: Emergency Callboxes are located throughout the RCC campus to ensure a direct line of communication for students, faculty, staff, and visitors with Campus Police Officers.  This line of communication can also be utilized for vehicle assistance and escort services. 
    Report in person: The Campus Security Department is located in building #5 and is open 8-5pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8-3pm (Fri)
    *Any incident occurring after hours, should be reported immediately to local law enforcement.
    Call and/or Email: The Campus Security office number is (910) 272-3505 and mobile number is (910) 674-6428 or email: campussecurity@robeson.edu


    Non-Emergency Reporting  
    (Call Campus Police (910) 674-6428)

    Any incident that does not pose a significant threat to the safety of an individual or the campus community; however, intervention is still necessary.  Examples of non-emergency incidents may include but are not limited to verbal assault, harassment, stalking, vandalism, battery assistance, vehicle lockout, car towing.  
    Report in person: The Campus Security Department is located in building #5 and is open 8-5pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8-3pm (Fri)
    *Any incident occurring after hours, should be reported immediately to local law enforcement.
    Call and/or Email: The Campus Security office number is (910) 272-3505 and mobile number is (910) 674-6428 or email: campussecurity@robeson.edu
    Emergency Callboxes: Emergency Callboxes are located throughout the RCC campus to ensure a direct line of communication for students, faculty, staff, and visitors with Campus Police Officers.  This line of communication can also be utilized for vehicle assistance and escort services. 


    Anonymous Reporting / Confidentiality 
    Robeson Community College understands the need in some cases for confidentiality when reporting crimes. Maybe you are the victim or a witness of a crime and are unsure about reporting or simply don’t want to get involved. You have the option to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual security report. All information reported through this format will be maintained in a secure manner. Please note this may limit the College’s ability to respond fully to the incident, including pursuing disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator.

    Report in Person
    The College provides professional counseling through the Counseling Center located in the Fred G. Williams Student Center. Any student can seek professional counseling.  The counselors abide by their professional standards regarding confidentiality.  Counselors are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform the persons they are counseling of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual report. (1.10)

    Report online
    The college has an Anonymous Reporting Form online, to access visit the RCC website www.robeson.edu,
     select Safety and Security> Clery Section> Policies on Reporting a Crime or Emergency, > Anonymous Reporting Form or select the button below. 


     


    Alleged Victim Disclosure
    If the alleged victim still insists on anonymity and does not want to pursue action with the criminal justice system or the college’s disciplinary system, the college will respect their wishes and record the incident on a confidential basis for inclusion in the annual security report. In some cases, the college may have a legal obligation to report information to law enforcement for the safety and security of the campus community.

    The college will upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence (as that term is defined in section 16 of title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by such institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crimes or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purpose of this paragraph. (1.17)

    Counseling  
    The College provides professional counseling through the Counseling Center located in the Fred G. Williams Student Center. Counseling is available to everyone. The counselors abide by their professional standards regarding confidentiality. Counselors are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform the persons they are counseling of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual report. (1.10)

    Off-Campus Criminal Monitoring and Recording
    The College monitors and records through local police agencies, of criminal activity in which students engage at off-campus locations of student organizations officially recognized by the institution. Any such criminal activity will be treated the same as if it happened on campus and reports of such activity should follow the same procedures as for reporting on-campus criminal activity. (1.13)

    Campus Security Awareness and Prevention Programs
    Robeson Community College hosts Campus Security Awareness and Prevention programs designed to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices and to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Listed below is a description of those programs designed to inform students and employees about the prevention of crime. (1.11,1.12)

                  Program

             Target Audience

                     Frequency

    New Student Orientation (NSO)
    During NSO you will interact with faculty, staff and students, attend break-out sessions to learn more about college resources such as Campus Safety/Security Procedures, Title IX, The Learning Center, various Campus Organizations, and register for classes. This day will help prepare you for a successful college experience!

           Incoming Students

      Beginning of each semester

     

     

     

    Everfi –Think about it
    is a one-stop solution to train students, staff, and faculty to confront and prevent serious campus problems. Sexual misconduct is fundamentally related to drugs and alcohol, so our program combines sexual assault and substance abuse prevention in a three-part online training program.

          Students/Employees

       Students-Each semester
    Employees-Upon hire and annually  

     

     

     

    New Employee Safety/Security Orientation

    To promote a safe work environment for all onboarding employees they must attend a safety/security orientation that covers topics such as: Inclement Weather, Active Shooter, Fire Emergency, Medical, Evacuation procedures, etc.  

     

               Onboarding         
                Employees

                  Upon Hire

     

     

     

    Campus Well is an interactive health and wellness program. Students/Employees receive helpful articles all school year long about topics such as Title IX, Campus Safety, Nutrition, Stress and Anxiety, Healthy Relationships, Cyber Bullying, Exercise, the importance of sleep, and much more.

          Students/Employees

                Emailed Weekly

     

     

     

     

    PRIMARY PREVENTION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS

    Primary Prevention and Awareness Campaigns
    All students and employees within our campus community deserve to feel safe and supported. Robeson Community College prohibits the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and works year-round to provide you with education, tools, and resources to recognize concerning or harmful behaviors and strategies for intervening or to help others get the support they need.

    As part of these efforts, Robeson Community college provides primary prevention and awareness campaigns for all incoming students and new employees as well as ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for all Students and employees. These programs are designed to inform students and employees about the prevention of crime. 


    What’s the difference between primary prevention and awareness? 

    Primary Prevention
    Primary prevention programs are those that are intended to stop dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking before they occur through the promotion of positive and healthy behaviors that foster healthy, mutually respectful relationships and sexuality, encourage safe bystander intervention, and seek to change behavior and social norms in healthy and safe directions. In the descriptions of our programs below, you’ll get a sense of what programs focus on these ideas and encourage you and your peers to intervene if appropriate.

    Awareness Programs
    Awareness programs are programs that are community-wide (anyone can access) or audience-specific (targeted towards a certain segment of our community or students or employees specifically) that increase your knowledge and share information and resources to prevent violence, promote safety, and reduce perpetration. Our awareness programs may address primary prevention specifically, but may also raise your own knowledge about these types of crimes and how they can impact a campus community.

    In the descriptions of our programs below, you’ll get a sense of what programs focus on these ideas and encourage you and your peers to intervene if appropriate.


    What is bystander intervention?
    Bystander intervention involves safe and positive options that might be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

     Bystander intervention includes:

    • Recognizing situations of potential harm;
    • Understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence;
    • Overcoming barriers to intervening;
    • Identifying safe and effective intervention options; and
    • Taking action to intervene.

    You’ll learn more about these options in the programs described below, but here are a few strategies for bystander intervention to consider:

    Being a Proactive Bystander

    A Proactive Bystander is someone who recognizes a problem early on and decides to offer assistance. If you know someone who might be in an abusive relationship, you can help.

    • Tell the person that you are concerned.
    • Actively listen and respond positively and sensitively
    • Offer your friendship and support.
    • Encourage the person to seek counseling
    • Let them know that this type of behavior isn’t normal

    Being a Reactive Bystander
    A Reactive Bystander is someone who decides to positively intervene in hopes of deescalating the situation.

    • Get Help! Contact Campus Police or other authorities
    • Create a distraction
    • Offer to take the victim to a safe location
    • Avoid any confrontations with the abuser. This could be dangerous for you and the victim

    These programs are comprehensive, intentional, and integrated programs, initiatives, strategies, and Campaigns intended to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Below is information on the programs we offer. For more information on some of these offerings, visit or call Counseling and Career Services Office or Title IX Office. 

    Program Name/Description Who is it for? When/How can I access it?
    Everfi –Think about it
    is a one-stop solution to train students, staff, and faculty to confront and prevent serious campus problems. Sexual misconduct is fundamentally related to drugs and alcohol, so our program combines sexual assault and substance abuse prevention in a three-part online training program.
    Students/Employees Everfi
     

     

    Circle of 6
    Circle of 6 is for everyone. It’s fast, easy-to-use and private. Originally designed for college students to prevent sexual violence, we also know it’s handy for teenagers, parents, friends, or all communities seeking to foster healthy relationships and safety. Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two taps lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 people you choose. It’s the mobile way to look out for each other on campus or when you’re out for the night. A simple tool to prevent violence before it happens.
    Students/Employees Circle of 6 
    New Student Orientation
    New Employee Orientation
     
    Campus Well is an interactive health and wellness program. Students receive helpful articles all school year long about topics such as Title IX, nutrition, stress and anxiety, healthy relationships, cyber bullying, exercise, the importance of sleep, and much more.   Students/Employees Campus Well
     
    Step Up! (Bystander Intervention)
    Step Up! is a pro social behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others.
      Students ACA Module Classes/New Student Orientation

     

     

    REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION

    Under North Carolina law, certain persons who have been convicted of a sex offense or an offense against a minor are required to establish and maintain registration in compliance with North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Registration Programs. The Registration Programs are governed by Chapter 14, Article 27A of the North Carolina General Statutes. Information concerning these registries are available from the following web links:

    North Carolina Sex Offender Registry

    National Sex Offender Registry

    TIMELY WARNING/EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION

    Timely Warning Policy
    The Campus Crime Alert (Campus Alerts) is provided to give adequate notification of an impending threat and to heighten safety awareness to students, faculty, and staff. Alerts are created and distributed by Campus Security and/or Campus Security Authorities: Vice President of Institutional Services or Program Coordinator of Facility Use/Campus Security that pose a significant threat to the safety and security of an individual(s), school property, or the campus community. Information for Campus Alerts may also come from local law enforcement agencies. Every attempt will be made to distribute these Alerts in a timely manner; however, the release of information is subject to the availably of accurate facts concerning the incident.

    Timely Warning Procedure
    Campus Security and/or Campus Security Authorities will issue a Campus Alert whenever a report is received that poses a significant threat to the safety and security of an individual(s), school property, or the campus community. The College will also assist the Lumberton Police/Robeson County Sheriff’s Departments with publicizing news releases that represent a serious or on-going threat to the safety of students, faculty, and staff.

    The Alerts will contain the following information: Nature of the threat, date and time received, location of the threat, continuing danger to the campus community, a description of the suspect (if known), safety tips, and whom to contact for more information. If applicable, the alert will contain a statement from the RCC Student handbook.

    Campus Alerts will be distributed as quickly as possible to the campus community via: email, text, phone, website, and social media outlets. As soon as the threat passes, Campus Security and/or Campus Security Authorities will issue an “ALL CLEAR” to the campus community via the Emergency Notification System.

    Emergency Notification System
    Robeson Community College provides emergency notification services to the students, faculty, and staff via: phone, email, text, social media, website, call boxes, and a public warning system. The public warning system broadcast emergency messages over electronic sirens which incorporate custom tones, pre-recorded emergency messages, and live voice capabilities. 

    Testing and Record Keeping

    Type of Notification

    Testing Schedule

    Records

    Responsible Employee(s)

    Indoor/Outdoor Warning Siren System

    Unannounced daily audible testing

    System does not generate report

    Campus Police

    Callbox System

    Unannounced daily audible testing

    System does not generate report

    Campus Police

    Simplex Grinnell Fire System Drills

    Semi-Annually
    (1) Announced
        (1) Unannounced

    Report Generated

    Campus Police

    Mass Notification System: Call, Text, Email, Social Media: Facebook/Twitter, RSS Feed

    Unannounced monthly testing

    Report Generated

    Campus Police
    Regroup Committee

    RCC Website Notification

    Normal daily business ensures system functionality

    System does not generate report

    IT Department

     

     

    VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA)

    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark federal legislation’s comprehensive approach to violence against women combined tough new provisions to hold offenders accountable with programs to provide services for the victims of such violence as dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.


    Robeson Community College prohibits the crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking as defined by the Clery Act.

    Violence Against Women Act Definitions

    1. Dating Violence – means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.  Dating violence includes the use or threat of physical force or restraint carried out with the intent of controlling the victim’s behavior or causing pain or injury.

      Examples of Dating Violence:
      Hitting, punching, pinching, slapping, or choking
      Threats of physical harm
      Taking away a person’s cell phone during an argument so the person cannot call a friend or the police for help.

    2. Domestic Violence -includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person cohabitating with or who has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

      Examples of Domestic Violence:
      Hitting, punching, pinching, slapping, or choking
      Violating a protective order.
      Harming the victim’s animals or children

    3. Stalking – means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (a) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress.

      Examples of Stalking:
      Repeatedly communicating or attempting to communicate with a person who doesn’t wish to be communicated with.
      Persistently following a person or lying in wait for them.
      Sending unwanted gifts

    4. Sexual Assault -is any intentional sexual touching, directly, or over clothing, however slight, with any body part or object,without explicit consent. It is also considered sexual assault if the individual is forced to touch the intimate parts of another individual.

      Sexual touching includes:
      Intentional contact with the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts; any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice.

      Sexual assault includes non-consensual sexual intercourse.

    5. Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (Rape)  is any sexual penetration, however slight, with any body part or object, by one person upon another, without consent and/or by force.

      Non-consensual sexual intercourse is defined as sexual penetration (anal, oral,  or vaginal) of the individual by any part of another individual’s body or other object, without explicit consent. It is also considered non-consensual sexual intercourse if the victim has a reasonable fear that the individual or another will be injured if the individual does not give consent, is incapable of giving consent or is prevented from resisting due to physical or mental incapacity, which may include but is not limited to the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if the individual has a mental or physical disability that would prohibit their ability to provide consent.

    6. Consent-Communication of mutually understandable words or actions, freely, actively, and affirmatively given that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activities or actions. Consent is mutually understandable when a reasonable person would consider the words or actions of the parties involved to do the same thing, in the same way, at the same time. Consent cannot be given if the individual has a reasonable fear he or she will be injured if the individual does not give consent, is underage,  is incapable of giving consent or is prevented from resisting due to physical or mental incapacity, which may include but is not limited to the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if the individual has a mental or physical disability that would prohibit their ability to provide consent. In the absence of mutually understandable words or actions, it is the responsibility of the initiator of the sexual activity to make sure they have consent from their partner. Consent can also be withdrawn at any time.

      What Constitutes Lack of Consent?

      Consent cannot be inferred through silence or lack of resistance. Consent to one activity does not constitute consent to other sexual acts. Past sexual activity does not constitute consent for future acts. A minor cannot provide consent under any circumstances. If at any time consent is uncertain, the initiating party should stop and obtain verbal consent. The use of any force, display of force, coercion, or intimidation typically negates consent.

      Individuals who are incapacitated may not legally give consent to sexual activity. Incapacitation includes, but is not limited to, being highly intoxicated, passed out, or asleep. A person who is incapacitated for purposes of this policy is one who is not legally able to give consent because they are mentally or physically helpless. Mentally helpless is when a person has a mental illness or a condition (like being passed out, asleep, or highly impaired) that renders them incapable of understanding the nature of their conduct. Physically helpless means a person has restriction of movement, either temporarily or permanently.

      When incapacitation occurs due to alcohol or drug use, indicators of incapacitation may include the following:

      Slurred speech

      Bloodshot or unfocused eyes

      Unsteady gait; needing assistance to walk/stand

      Vomiting

      Outrageous or unusual behavior

      Concern expressed by others about the individual

      Expressed memory loss or disorientation

      An individual may also be in a state known as a “blackout” where they are incapacitated and will likely have no memory of the sexual activity, but are up, and walking and talking. Therefore, it is of particular importance that any people engaging in sexual activity know the other person’s level of intoxication prior to beginning sexual contact.  For purposes of the University/College’s policy, the standard that shall be applied is whether or not a reasonable person would have known, based on the facts and circumstances presented at the time of the alleged conduct, that the other party was incapacitated and therefore, not capable legally of consenting. For the accused party, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is never a defense to this policy and does not excuse sexual misconduct.

      Examples of Sexual Assault or Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse:

      Having sex with an unconscious or semi-conscious person.

      Having sex with someone who is asleep or passed out.

      Having sex with someone who has said “no.”

      Allowing another person to have sex with your partner without his or her consent.

      Having sex with a person who is vomiting, unable to stand without assistance, or has had to be carried to bed by a partner.

      Telling someone you will “out” them if they don’t engage in sex (disclose their sexual orientation without their consent).

      Telling someone you will fail them or give them a grade different from what they deserve if they don’t agree to have some form of sexual contact.

      Telling a subordinate that you will grade them differently on an evaluation, deny them an employment opportunity (like training, a promotion, etc.), deny leave, or impact their employment in some other negative way of they do not agree to have some form of sexual contact.

      Having sex with someone whose agreement is obtained through threat, blackmail, or some other form of coercion.


    If you believe that you or someone you know are victim(s) of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault the following options are available to assist in making a compliant.

    Non-Criminal Reporting (Students): Complaints alleging sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking committed by a student(s) should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator.

    Ronnie Locklear
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator/AVP Student Services                                                 
    5160 Fayetteville Rd, Lumberton, N.C. 28360
    Building #13, Counseling and Career Services
    rlocklear@robeson.edu (910) 272-3347

    Non-Criminal Reporting (Faculty/Staff/Visitors): Complaints alleging sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking committed by Faculty/Staff/Visitors should be reported to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

    Sally Carr
    Title IX Coordinator/Director of Human Resources
    Building #2 Office #231
    scarr@robeson.edu (910)272-3537

    Victims Rights

    • To a prompt and equitable response
    • To notify law enforcement and to be assisted by campus authorities
    • To obtain no contact orders or enforce an order already in existence
    • To obtain contact information for campus and local advocacy, counseling, health, mental health and legal assistance services
    • To request assistance in changing academic or working situations
    • The opportunity to request prompt proceedings conducted by officials trained on sexual assault and other intimate partner violence issues
    • To be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice
    • To be informed in writing of the final results within one business day of such outcome being reached which include: 
         -Findings as to whether the alleged conduct occurred
         -Remedies offered to the victim
         -Sanctions imposed on perpetrator that relate directly to the victim
         -Steps the College is taking to remedy the College environment
    • To Confidentiality
      Please note…that honoring this request may limit the College’s ability to respond fully to the incident, including pursuing disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator.
    • Retaliation
      To be protected from acts of retaliation and the college will: -take steps to prevent retaliation -take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs.
    • Preserving Evidence
      Sexual Assault- save clothing worn during assault, seek medical attention.

      Stalking- document this behavior by saving/copying texts, social media posts, seek restraining order, etc.
      Domestic/Dating Violence- document this behavior by talking photos of visible bruises, seek restraining order, etc. 
    VEHICLE REGISTRATION

    All faculty, staff and student vehicles shall be registered and display a current RCC parking decal. Hang the decal on the rear view mirror post. The serial number MUST face outward. The decals are issued through the Campus Security Office located in Building #5 and must be renewed annually. A decal must be displayed on all vehicles to be operated on campus. If a decal is lost or stolen, it should be reported immediately to the Campus Security Office in Building #5.

     Vehicle Registration

    1. It is the operator’s responsibility to keep his/her vehicle properly registered with the college at all times. To register a vehicle you must obtain a vehicle registration form from the Campus Security Office located in Building #5. When you return the completed form, show your vehicle registration card, student ID, and your validated RCC Registration Receipt demonstrating that you have paid the Campus Access and Security Fee, to the RCC representative.
    2. One vehicle decal will be issued per vehicle registered. Vehicle registration will be cross-referenced to student enrollment records and employment records. Termination of current enrollment or employment will terminate vehicle registration.
    3. The Campus Security Office will be notified of any change in enrollment
      or employment status by the appropriate office or department

    General Regulations

    1. These regulations constitute the traffic code of Robeson Community College and shall be applicable to all faculty, staff, students and any other persons operating a motor vehicle on RCC owned or controlled property.
    2. Traffic regulations are enforced at all times.
    3. RCC reserves the right to regulate the use of any and all of its vehicle parking facilities to the extent of:
    4. Denying vehicle parking privileges to an individual or group of individuals.
    5. Reserving vehicle parking facilities for the exclusive use of selected and designated individuals and/or groups.
    6. The responsibility for locating legal parking spaces rests with the operator of the motor vehicle.
    7. Non-enforcement of any specific regulation does not negate RCC’s authority to enforce that regulation in the future.
    8. RCC reserves the right to amend these regulations and to add, remove or re-allocate parking spaces as the need arises. These changes, if any, will be effective with the posting of signs and/or markings as appropriate and will be communicated in college publications.
    9. Robeson Community College assumes no responsibility for any vehicle or its contents while it is operated or parked on campus property.

    Driving and Parking Regulations

    1. Areas posted “No Parking” shall be enforced at all times.
    2. The maximum speed limit on campus is fifteen (15) miles per hour unless otherwise posted.
    3. Vehicle movement on campus is not to be obstructed by stopping or standing for any reason except to park.
    4. Driving or parking on lawns or walkways are prohibited.
    5. Pedestrians shall be given the right-of-way.
    6. All accidents involving motor vehicles shall be reported to the Campus Security Office located in Building #5 or by calling the Campus Police mobile number (910) 674-6428.
    7. Vehicles illegally parked or abandoned on campus will be towed away and placed in commercial storage. Towing and storage charges shall be borne by the owner of the vehicle.
    8. Parking on or over white lines used to separate parking spaces is a violation.
    9. Individuals with repeated violations may be prohibited from driving or parking on campus.
    10. The following areas are off limits to general vehicles: loading and unloading areas, walking trails, shop ramps and enclosures, etc. Only maintenance, security, and grounds keeping vehicles may use these areas.

     

    Handicapped Parking

    Special parking facilities are available for individuals with physical disabilities in cars and vans. Spaces are marked appropriately
    throughout campus. All vehicles parked in a designated handicapped parking area must display a Handicapped License Plate or
    Handicapped Parking Placard. Persons parked illegally in designated handicapped parking spaces are in violation of General Statute
    620-37.9 and will be issued an illegal parking ticket by the Lumberton Police Department with fines up to $250.00. 

    PARKING CITATIONS

    These regulations constitute the traffic code of Robeson Community College and shall be applicable to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors operating a motor vehicle on RCC owned or controlled property. Failure to abide by these rules will result in a parking violation.

    Driving and Parking Regulations

    • Areas posted “No Parking” shall be enforced at all times.
    • The maximum speed limit on campus is fifteen (15) miles per hour unless otherwise posted.
    • Vehicle movement on campus is not be obstructed by stopping or standing for any reason except to park.
    • Driving or parking on lawns or walkways are prohibited.
    • Pedestrians shall be given the right-of-way.
    • Vehicles illegally parked or abandoned on campus will be towed at the owner’s expense.
    • Vehicles that are double parked, parked on curb/fire lane, parked over the designated parking lines, blocking a drive way or in anyway disrupting the orderly flow of traffic will be subject to a fine of $5.00 and/or be towed at owner’s expense.
    • Parking in a space designated for handicapped persons is an infraction and carries state and/or local penalties.
    • Failure to register and properly display parking decal will in result in a citation.
    • Loitering in parking lot areas is prohibited.
    • The following areas are off limits to general vehicles: State Vehicle parking, loading and unloading areas, shipping/receiving dock, shop ramps and enclosures, etc.
    • Individuals with repeated violations may be prohibited from driving or parking on campus.

    Fines and Penalties

    • Campus traffic regulations as published by RCC shall be administered under the supervision of the Campus Security office, located in building #5.
    • Campus police will issue citations to violators of most traffic and parking laws. In cases of moving or other major violations, campus police or other legally authorized law enforcement officers may issue citations of summons.
    • In all cases where a summons to civil or criminal court is issued, the fine upon conviction will be set by the court judge.
    • Citations issued by Campus Police will carry a $5.00 fine.
    • All citation fines are payable at the Cashiers Office located in Building #2 within seventy-two (72) hours.
    • Individuals who wish to challenge the citation may do by visiting the Campus Security Office located in Building #5. Upon ruling, the decision is final.
    • Failure to pay will result in the following action: restriction from registering, transcript release, and/or graduation.
    Parking Lot Safety

    From the moment you walk on campus, you should always be alert and aware of your surroundings. 


    • Prevention is being alert and prepared.
    • Wherever you are, stay alert Walk with your head up and don’t daydream.
    • Never leave your personal property unattended even if you’re going to be gone for just a minute.
    • Always lock your car.
    • Familiarize yourself with the campus. Stick to well- lighted and busy areas. After dark, stay on the part of the sidewalk that is farthest away from shrubs, dark doorways and alleys where someone could be lurking or hiding.
    • Trust your instincts. If you’re walking on campus and just have a strange feeling that something’s
      wrong, then something may be wrong. Change directions to a well traveled walkway or toward the Campus Police.
    • Your first defense is noise. Scream “fire” not “help” to attract more attention.
    • Remember to place valuables left in your car under your seat, in your trunk, or somewhere
      else out of sight.
    • All suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Police/Security on campus. Timely reporting of information makes it easier for the police to gather critical evidence and increase the odds of recovering stolen property and successfully
      prosecuting a criminal.
    EMERGENCY VEHICLE SERVICE

    Campus Security will assist vehicle owners with typical problems that may occur. For assistance contact Campus Security at (910) 272-3505 or locate the nearest available callbox.

    Battery Assistance:
    For battery assistance contact Campus Security with a vehicle description, current location, and we ask that you raise the hood of the vehicle so that the officer may quickly identify the situation.

    Accident/Incident:
    If you are involved in an accident or your vehicle has been damaged due to a minor incident contact Campus Security immediately before attempting to move your vehicle from the premises.

    Lock out Service:
    This service is currently unavailable through the Campus Security office however assistance will be provided with contacting a locksmith at the owner’s expense.

    Campus Police Staff (Building #5)
    Patricia B. Clark   (910) 272-3505
    Campus Police      (910) 674-6428

    E-Mail: CampusSecurity@robeson.edu

    Robeson Community College provides emergency notification services to the students, faculty, and staff via: phone, email, text, social media, website, call boxes, and a public warning system. The public warning system broadcast emergency messages over electronic sirens which incorporate custom tones, pre-recorded emergency messages, and live voice capabilities.

    Alert Notification Categories: 
    -Weather Closing
    -Facility Closing
    -Timely Warning of Criminal Activity
    -Students/Employees General Announcements

    *Need to make changes to your contact information?
     Check out the Self-Service Portal link.

    SELF SERVICE PORTAL

    Students and Employees are automatically added to the RCC Mass Notification System at registration and upon new hire. Its the user’s responsibility for regularly checking their e-mail and/or updating their contact information at the SELF Service Portal.

    Bystander Intervention and Risk Reductions

    Bystander Intervention involves safe and positive options that might be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.


    Bystanders Make  a Difference
    Recognize that dating violence, stalking, harassment, sexual  assault, and intimate partner  violence are real problems that are experienced by many college students especially those living  on a campus.
    Recognize warning signs of violence or the signs of someone being taken advantage of.
    Speak up if you see something abusive or offensive … if you see something say something! If you hear degrading jokes, don’t laugh.
    Encourage respect! If you notice something wrong or someone shares their experience, it is crucial to take it seriously and believe them.


    How do you become an active bystander?  
    An active bystander recognizes when there is a  problem,  decides to take action, and knows how to safely do so.  Ask yourself the following questions. Is there a  problem? Does someone need help? Is it safe to  intervene? What are my options? What should I do? Should I call on others to help?

    Always remember that your own safety is your most important consideration, and calling on others such as law enforcement and Campus Security is often the best choice.


    How can a Bystander intervene? 
    Knowing how to intervene safely and comfortably makes  it more  likely that a bystander (you) will take action.  When ever possible, it’s important to check in with the  person  targeted to make sure s/he is comfortable with an  intervention and  that a bystander taking action will not  put the targeted  person in more danger.

    • “I” statements – using “I” statements can improve the chance  that  the person to whom you are  speaking won’t perceive your communication as confrontational or judgmental.
    • There are three parts to an “I” statement.
      1.State your feelings                                                                                   
      2. Name the behavior                                                                                                      
      3.State how you’d like the person to respond

     Ex: “I feel uncomfortable (1) when you talk about  women like that . (2). I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t say those things (3).”

    • Non-verbal communication – a lot of the most important communication we have with each other is  non-verbal, e.g. body  language, a disapproving look can be more powerful than words.
    • Humor can reduce conflict in an intervention and help you relate  to a person. However, be cautious  not to undermine the seriousness of the issue.
    • Strength in numbers – Support from a group makes intervention safer and more effective. This is  especially effective when a  person shows a pattern of inappropriate behavior.

    Bystanders must also be taught when to intervene  and  why.  As a member of the RCC community we all  have  a responsibility to derail and interrupt  violence  and  violence-condoning attitudes in our communities and campus. Participate in workshops offered on  campus  and learn strategies, such as those listed  below.

    The Three D’s of  Bystander Intervention

    Distract:  Create a distraction or redirect the focus   of either party to ensure s/he can get out of the situation. It if is appropriate, use humor or an excuse to divert  the  attention of the  perpetrator; this creates  an  opportunity for the target of the behavior to exit the    situation.  Distraction works well in situations of street harassment or  for example  asking  the  perpetrator for  the time or for  directions.

    Direct:  Confront the harmful behavior directly, so the target of  the  behavior is empowered to leave  the situation or the perpetrator can make  the choice to stop. This can include stepping in to  separate the  individuals and using assertive language. Direct Intervention can  also take the form of  asking the targeted  person, “Are you ok, do you need help?” or challenging  in appropriate jokes and  language  by stating your discomfort or  disapproval.

    Delegate: Ask others to get involved to help take charge of the  situation, for ex: friends, a supervisor, or  police.  However you intervene make sure that you do so safely.


    Risk Reduction
    Being an active bystander does not mean that you should risk your personal safety or  become a hero. There are appropriate responses dependent on you, the situation and who else is involved.  If your immediate safety, or the safety of others, is in danger you should seek outside help – which is still bystander intervention. 

    On Campus Safety

    1. Stay alert and familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Walk with your head up and don’t daydream. Consider asking a friend to accompany you to your destination. 
    2. Trust your instincts. If you’re walking alone on campus and just have a strange feeling that something is wrong, then something maybe wrong. Change directions to a well traveled walkway or to the nearest callbox for help. 
    3. Your first defense is noise. Scream “fire” not “help” to attract more attention. Be aware of everything and everybody around you. 
    4. Before your enter your vehicle, take a look inside. Make sure there’s no one in the vehicle. When you get into the vehicle, immediately lock your doors and turn on the your headlights. This will allow you to see around your vehicle and make it more difficult for someone to see into your vehicle. 
    5. Stranger asking for directions: If someone in a vehicle stops and asks for direction, answer from a distance. Do not approach the vehicle.

    Social Setting/Parties Safety

    1. Gather in groups. There is safety in numbers. 
    2. Share your location with friends and family in case of an emergency. Check-in  frequently. 
    3. Respect each others boundaries. Don’t force someone to participate in activities they are not comfortable with or consented to. 
    4. Be aware of your alcohol consumption. Individuals who are incapacitated may not legally give consent to sexual activity.
    5. You always have the right to say “No” even if you’ve been making out, dated this person before, you’ve been flirting, or you said “Yes” then changed your mind.
    6. Seek medical treatment immediately if you are sexually assaulted. Don’t wash or change clothes.

    Social Media Safety 

    1. Always consider the contents of your post. Don’t overshare your personal information. 
    2. Limit who has access to your posts by adjusting the privacy setting. 
    3. Consider disabling your location setting. Be default, most social media sites utilize geolocation to share your whereabouts. 
    4. Never share your password with anyone. This allows someone to takeover your site and could possibly blocked you from using.
    5. Friend Requests: Only accept friend requests from people that you know. 

      CAMPUS  RESOURCES
      RCC Switchboard Operator …………..910.272.3453
      Campus Security Office ………………910.272.3505  
      Campus Security Mobile………………910.674.6428  
      Call Local Police by dialing 911 if it is an emergency  
      Counseling and Career Services……….910.272.3353

      COMMUNITY AND NATIONAL RESOURCES
      Southeastern Family Violence Center…910.739.8622  
      Rape Crisis Center……………………..910.739.6278 
      National Domestic Violence Hotline…800.799.SAFE(7233)
      National Sexual Assault Hotline.800.656.HOPE(4673)
      LAMBDA GLBT Community Services…..206.350.4283

       

       


       

      Bomb Threat/Suspicious Package

      Purpose
      To educate and provide a plan of action for responding to bomb threats and suspicious packages.


      Notification of a Bomb Threat

      Bomb Threats are tactics used to intimidate, threaten and harass individuals and are usually in the form of a phone call or written message.

      All communications of a bomb threat are to be taken seriously.  To the fullest extent, the college will take every precaution to protect the health and safety of all persons on campus.

      If a bomb threat is received, utilize the Bomb Threat Procedure Form. Record as much information as possible such as the date, time, phone number, where the bomb could possibly be located, and time caller hung up.

      Contact Campus Police at 910-674-6428 using a land line phone. Do not use a mobile device or two-way radio as this may detonate the device. The Campus Police will investigate and notify local law enforcement for assistance.


      If Suspicious Package is Found

      Signs of a suspicious package include: no return address, strange sounds, excessive postage, stains, strange odor, unexpected delivery, poorly handwritten, misspelled words, incorrect titles, foreign postage and restrictive notes.

      If a suspicious package is discovered, do not attempt to touch or move the object instead secure the area and contact Campus Police at 910-674-6428 using a land line phone. Do not use a mobile device or two-way radio as this may detonate the device.

      The Campus Police will investigate and notify local law enforcement for assistance.


      Evacuate

      If the evacuation plan is initiated, Evacuate the affected building by the nearest safe exit; Do not use elevators. If persons with disabilities cannot safety evacuate the building, assist them to the nearest safe stairwell and alert emergency personnel of their location. Evacuation Chairs are located in all two-story buildings nearest the second-floor stairwell and/or elevator entrance. 


      Post Evacuation
      After an evacuation, stay in the designated safety area and report to the Safety Coordinator(s) who will collect an accurate headcount. Stay clear of the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. Do not return to or enter an evacuated building unless authorized by a uniformed Public Safety Officer.

      EMERGENCY CALLBOX

      Emergency Callboxes are located throughout the RCC campus to ensure a direct line of communication for students, faculty, staff, and visitors with Campus Police Officers.  This line of communication can also be utilized for vehicle assistance and escort services.  When activated the blue strobe light will flash.   

      To activate the Callbox:

      1. Push the red button for help
      2. When the call is received
      3. Push and hold to talk
      4. Release the button to listen

      View Callbox Locations

      [Campus Map]

       

      Elevator Entrapment

      Purpose
      To provide a clear plan of action for aiding and/or removal of passengers who become entrapped in an elevator that has malfunctioned.


      Procedures

      If you discover someone is trapped in an elevator:
      If you are outside an elevator and have knowledge that someone is trapped inside the elevator, contact    
      Campus Police at (910) 674-6428 and provide the following information:
            1.) Callers Name,
            2.) Location (e.g., Building/floor),
            3.) Issue (e.g., Stalled, Stuck between two floors, People Trapped)
            4.) Number of people trapped on the elevator and if there are any injuries
            5.) Do not attempt to rescue or open elevator doors
            6.) Inform the passengers that help is on the way and try to keep them calm


      If you become trapped in an elevator:
       Use the emergency phone and/or call button located in the elevator and call for help.
       Provide the following information to the operator:
                 1.) Callers Name,
                 2.) Location (e.g., Building/floor),
                 3.) Issue (e.g., Stalled, stuck between two floors, People Trapped)
                 4.) Number of people trapped on the elevator and if there are any injuries
                 5.) Remain clam! Do not attempt to open the elevator doors
                 6.) Wait for help to arrive.


      Contact:
      To report elevator issues that don’t pose an immediate risk, contact the Maintenance Department at (910) 272-3508 or email: maintenance@robeson.edu.

      Emergency Evacuation

      Purpose
      To provide a plan of action  for immediate exit of a facility/area ensuring everyone’s safety during an emergency.  


      What is an evacuation?
      An evacuation is the movement of people from an immediate threat area to one of safety.

      Circumstances requiring an Evacuation
      The following emergencies could require an immediate evacuation: Fire in a building, Bomb Threat, Power Outage, Explosion, or Workplace Violence, etc. Not all emergencies will require you to evacuate the area/building. Dependent upon the situation, you may be instructed to Shelter in Place due to severe weather or an active shooter verses an evacuation.

      Evacuation Drills
      Evacuation drills are conducted on a semiannual basis to prepare students, faculty, and staff how to safety and in an orderly manner evacuate from an immediate threat area to one of safety. Evacuation maps are located in each building and indicate the following: Location of the nearest exit, primary and secondary exit routes, location of fire/AED devices, pull station locations, and designated assembly points.

      Safety Building Coordinators Safety Building Coordinators are designated employees trained to assist the Director of Security with planning, scheduling, conducting, and evaluation of fire/severe weather drills and/or emergency evacuations in their assigned buildings/areas.

      How will I know there is an emergency? Upon confirmation that a credible threat exists, campus police will activate the mass notification system. This system will send emergency message information via: Call, Text, Email, Social Media: Facebook/Twitter, RSS Feed, Campus Sirens, and also post to the RCC Website. This Emergency Notification system is available to students, faculty, and staff. To participate in this service and/or update your information, sign up at www.robeson.edu, click on the RCC Alert link. Students/Employees should take responsibility for updating their contact information.

      Staff
      Staff personnel are usually responsible for themselves and should take the following measures before a drill or emergency:
      1. Review the evacuation plans posted in their building.
      2. Identify the quickest emergency escape route.
      3. Identify a secondary route in case the primary one is inaccessible.
      4. Identify a safe meeting location outside and away from the building. Make sure that all staff members are accounted for.

      When the safety drill sounds, staff personnel should:
      1. Immediately leave the building.
      2. Leave personal property behind
      3. Do not use elevators, stairs only
      4. Assemble in the predetermined location.
      5. Notify supervisor/department head.
      6. Supervisor will conduct a head count to ensure that no one is left in the building.
      7. Notify Senior/Alternate Building Coordinators of personnel status.
      8. Do not re-enter the building until “ALL CLEAR” has been given by Safety personnel.

      Faculty/Students
      Faculty is responsible for the safety of students in their class and should take the following measures before a drill or emergency.
      1. Review the evacuation plans posted in their building.
      2. Identify the quickest emergency escape route.
      3. Identify a secondary route in case the primary one is inaccessible.
      4. Identify a safe meeting location outside and away from the building. Make sure that all students are accounted for.
      5. Review this information with the class.

      When the safety drill sounds, faculty should:
      1. Immediately guide student’s safely out of the building.
      2. Leave personal property behind
      3. Do not use elevators, stairs only
      4. Assemble the students at the predetermined accountability site.
      5. Account for students using the class roster.
      6. Report student’s status to Senior/Alternate Building Coordinators.
      7. Do not re-enter the building until “ALL CLEAR” has been given by Safety personnel.

      Fire Drills

      Purpose
      To prepare students and employees to respond quickly, calmly, and safely in the event of an actual fire emergency and to become familiarized with fire safety equipment, evacuation routes, and the location of emergency assembly points.

      Frequency
      Fire Drills are conducted twice a year. We have one announced and one unannounced fire drill.

      Evaluation
      After each fire drill, Safety Coordinators will evaluate the effectiveness of the drill and report any deficiencies to the Director of Security.


      Notification
      Upon notification of a fire drill, you will hear tones following by the following message:
      Attention: This is a fire drill. Please move quickly through the nearest exit to a location 50 yards from any building. Stay until further notice.

      Evacuation
      Proceed quickly and safely to the nearest emergency exit. Do not use elevators. If persons with disabilities cannot safety evacuate the building, assist them to the nearest safe stairwell and alert emergency personnel of their location. Evacuation Chairs are located in all two-story buildings nearest the second-floor stairwell and/or elevator entrance. 

      Post Evacuation
      After an evacuation, stay in the designated safety area and report to the Safety Coordinator(s) who will collect an accurate headcount. Do not return to or enter an evacuated building unless authorized by a uniformed Public Safety Officer or the “All Clear” is announced. The mass notification system will announce: Attention: All Clear, All Clear, Robeson Community College Campus Police has issued an All CLEAR. Resume regular activities. At this time re-entry into the building is permitted. 

      Fire Emergency

      Purpose
      To provide a clear plan of action upon discovery of a fire that details when to activate the fire alarm, how to properly use a fire extinguisher, and pre and post evacuation instructions. 


      Activate the Fire Alarm
      If a fire emergency exists, REMAIN CLAM and immediately activate the building fire alarm.


      Using the Fire Extinguisher

      Do not risk your life or safety! Take appropriate precautions to assure your personal safety. If a minor fire appears controllable and your safety is not at risk, locate the nearest fire extinguisher and discharge using the P.A.S.S. technique.
      (P) Pull the pin
      (A) Aim at the base of the fire
      (S) Squeeze the lever
      (S) Sweep side to side


      Trapped in the Building during a Fire Emergency

      Should you become trapped inside the building elevator during a fire, use the emergency phone located in the elevator or personal phone to call 911, state your exact location, and stay low to the floor.

      If trapped in a classroom/office area and a window is available try to open and place an article of clothing outside the window as a marker to alert emergency crews of your location. If no window is available, stay low to the floor where the air will be less toxic. Continue shouting at regular intervals to alert emergency crews to your location.


      Evacuate

      Evacuate the affected building by the nearest safe exit; Do not use elevators. If persons with disabilities cannot safety evacuate the building, assist them to the nearest safe stairwell and alert emergency personnel of their location. Evacuation Chairs are located in all two-story buildings nearest the second-floor stairwell and/or elevator entrance. 

      When you are in a safe area, away from the fire, call 911 and report a fire emergency at Robeson Community College. Next call the switchboard at 910-272-3700, press “0” and state the location of the fire or activate the nearest Callbox.


      Post Evacuation

      After an evacuation, stay in the designated safety area and report to the Safety Coordinator(s) who will collect an accurate headcount. Stay clear of the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. Do not return to or enter an evacuated building unless authorized by a uniformed Public Safety Officer.


      Contact:
      To report fire safety issues/equipment that don’t pose an immediate risk, contact the Campus Police at (910) 272-3505 or email: pclark@robeson.edu.

       

      INCLEMENT WEATHER

      Purpose
      To provide a plan of action that details how the campus will be notified of Inclement Weather and the proper procedures to follow that will mitigate the risk associated with those conditions.


      Inclement Weather consists of severe or threatening weather conditions that may disrupt the normal operation of campus activities. This includes conditions such as Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Snow/Sleet, and Severe Thunderstorms. The RCC Administration will monitor these conditions and notify Campus Security when an issue arises. Students, faculty, and staff will be notified of campus closings or delays via the RCC Alert System.


      Tornado
      Tornado is a mass of rotating air that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground that is capable of producing wide spread destruction in its path. A Tornado watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado therefore remain alert for approaching storms and stay tuned to your local TV or radio station. A Tornado warning means that severe weather is imminent therefore seek shelter in rooms and corridors in the innermost part of a building at the lowest level. If you are in a vehicle get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter.


      Hurricanes
      Hurricanes are storms that form over tropical or subtropical waters and can produce severe thunderstorms, hail, tornado’s, and flooding.  The Atlantic Hurricane season begins June 1st through November 30th.


      Upon Notification that Severe Weather is imminent:
      The following message will disseminate over the Mass Notification System:

      Attention: LIFE THREATENING SITUATION
      Severe weather warning, seek shelter inside or take cover immediately. Stay away from windows and doors. Stay until further notice.

      During the Procedure
      Employees/ students should evacuate as quickly as possible to the nearest safe place.  Use stairs to reach the lowest level of a building; avoid using elevators. If persons with disabilities cannot safety move to the lowest level of the building, assist them to the nearest safe stairwell and alert emergency personnel of their location. Evacuation Chairs are located in all two-story buildings nearest the second-floor stairwell and/or elevator entrance. Next, get as low as possible to the floor using the crouch position to cover your head.

      Procedure Completion
      Employees/Students are not to leave the shelter or return to their regular duties until the all clear is given. The Director of Security or their designee will determine when it is safe for everyone to leave their severe weather shelter and return to normal activity. They are to remain in place until the “All CLEAR” message is received,

      If there is structural damage, Campus Police will keep everyone assembled in an orderly manner, in a safe area/shelter away from debris which could include: broken glass and other sharp objects, down power lines, leaking gas lines, and emergency traffic areas.

      If anyone is injured or contaminated, Campus Police will activate rescue and first aid actions.

       

      MEDICAL EMERGENCY
      • For any situation requiring medical attention call 911 immediately. If the individual is conscious and oriented they have the right to refuse medical treatment. This should be noted on the Incident Report and signed by the individual. 
      • Next contact Campus Police at 910-674-6428 and they will direct emergency responders to the location of the individual.
      • Do not move a seriously injured person.
      • Administer First Aid as appropriate.
      • Try to keep the individual calm until the emergency responders arrives.
      • After emergency responders have control of the scene, complete an Incident Report.
      • Incident Reports are available in the Campus Security Office.
      SHELTER IN PLACE/LOCKDOWN

      Purpose
      In the event of an emergency, e.g. “Active Shooter”, it may become necessary to “Lockdown” a building or buildings on campus to protect occupants and minimize the overall exposure to danger.


      Definition
      A “Lockdown” is the temporary sheltering technique, e.g. 30 minutes to several hours, utilized to limit civilian exposure to an “Active Shooter” or similar incident. When alerted occupants of any building within the subject area will lock all doors and windows not allowing entry or exit to anyone until the “All Clear” have been sounded. This procedure converts any building into a large “Safe Room”.


      Procedures

      Upon notification that a credible threat exists, Administration or Campus Police initiates the Lockdown/Shelter-in-Place procedure.


      1. Secure doors and windows if possible. If there is no lock on the door – move heaviest object in front if possible.
      2. Keep away from exposed windows and doors. 
      3. Do not open exterior doors for any reason until an “all clear” is received over the mass notification system.
      4. Silence all cell phones. Do not call friends or family members and possibly endanger them until an “all clear” message is received.
      5. Care for the students/employees in your supervision.
      6. If possible, account for all persons in your designated area.
      7. Use supplies in emergency kit as needed or necessary.
      1.  Instructions will be communicated through the RCC Alert System.
      2. All persons are to remain in the secured area until “ALL CLEAR” is declared by emergency personnel.
      Wildlife on Campus

      Purpose
      To provide a clear plan of action for mitigating the risk associated with Canadian Geese on our campus.


      Canadian Geese are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act which makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit issued pursuant to Federal regulations.

      On the RCC Campus, you can usually find them congregated near the retention ponds and the track area. Please proceed with caution while commuting to class and around the campus.

      During the Spring, they began nesting and will demonstrate aggressive behavior towards anyone they consider a threat, which involves: head pumping, bill opened with tongue raised, hissing, honking, and vibrating neck feathers.

      Observe but do not feed
      Feeding the Geese, contributes to a number of problems for our campus to include:

      • The spread of disease-droppings that creates fowl smelling/unpleasant hazards on our sidewalks/lawn areas.
      • Destruction of vegetation
      • Over population
      • If you feed them, they will stay!

      Safety Procedures

      • Should you encounter a nesting area or group of geese, try to walk around without engaging them.
      • Next, contact a member of Campus Police (910)674-6428 or Maintenance (910) 272-3508 and report the exact location of the nest.
      • If you are attacked, please seek medical attention immediately and contact your instructor, supervisor, etc. to report the incident. Next, complete an Incident/Accident form and turn into the Safety Office within 48 hours of the incident. Forms are available in the Campus Security office, building #5.
      Utility Failure

      Purpose
      To mitigate the risk associated with Utility Failures on campus such as power outages, elevator failures, gas leaks and water/flooding events.


      Power Outage

      • Call the maintenance department to report a power outage at 910-272-3508 or the Campus Police at 910-674-6428.
      • Only trained personnel should attempt to restore power to the affected areas and/or campus.
      • In most cases, power will be restored shortly; however, if power is not restored it maybe necessary to evacuate the building.
      • Evacuate the affected building by the nearest safe exit; Do not use elevators. If persons with disabilities cannot safety evacuate the building, assist them to the nearest safe stairwell and alert emergency personnel of their location. Evacuation Chairs are located in all two-story buildings nearest the second-floor stairwell and/or elevator entrance.
      • After an evacuation, stay in the designated safety area and report to the Safety Coordinator(s) who will collect an accurate headcount. Stay clear of the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. Do not return to or enter an evacuated building unless authorized by a uniformed Public Safety Officer.

      Elevator Failure

      • Use the emergency phone and/or call button located in the elevator and call for help.
        Provide the following information to the operator:
                   1.) Callers Name,
                   2.) Location (e.g., Building/floor),
                   3.) Issue (e.g., Power Outage, Stalled, stuck between two floors, People Trapped)
                   4.) Number of people trapped on the elevator and if there are any injuries
                   5.) Remain clam! Do not attempt to open the elevator doors
                   6.) Wait for help to arrive.

      Gas Leak

      • Natural gas has a very distinctive odor of rotten eggs or a garlic like smell. If you notice this particular smell, or hear the hissing sound of gas escaping, evacuate the area immediately.
      • Evacuate the affected building by the nearest safe exit; Do not use elevators. If persons with disabilities cannot safety evacuate the building, assist them to the nearest safe stairwell and alert emergency personnel of their location. Evacuation Chairs are located in all two-story buildings nearest the second-floor stairwell and/or elevator entrance.
      • When you are in a safe area, call the Campus Police at 910-674-6428 and report a suspected gas leak emergency. Next call the switchboard at 910-272-3700, press “0” and state the location of the suspected gas leak or activate the nearest Callbox.

      Water Leak/Flooding

      • Call the maintenance department to report the water leak/flooding at 910-272-3508 or the Campus Police at 910-674-6428.
      • If there is a significant amount of water/flooding, stop whatever you’re doing and evacuate the area. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity and there is potential for electrical arcing.
      • Evacuate the affected building by the nearest safe exit; Do not use elevators. If persons with disabilities cannot safety evacuate the building, assist them to the nearest safe stairwell and alert emergency personnel of their location. Evacuation Chairs are located in all two-story buildings nearest the second-floor stairwell and/or elevator entrance.
      • After an evacuation, stay in the designated safety area and report to the Safety Coordinator(s) who will collect an accurate headcount. Stay clear of the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. Do not return to or enter an evacuated building unless authorized by a uniformed Public Safety Officer.

       

      WEAPONS PROHIBITION ON CAMPUS

      Possession or use of any firearms, knives, incendiary devices, or explosives are prohibited on college property. Prior permission must be obtained where weapons are authorized for possession/use in college-affiliated activities or events except handguns as allowed by NCGS §14-269.4.


      Handguns are permitted under these circumstances:
      -The person has a concealed handgun permit that is lawfully issued.
      -The handgun is in a closed compartment or container within the person’s locked vehicle.
      -The handgun is in a locked container securely affixed to the person’s vehicle.
      -A person may unlock the vehicle to enter or exit the vehicle provided the handgun   remains in the closed compartment at all times.
      -The vehicle is locked immediately following the entrance or exit.

      *Law enforcement officers are exempt from this prohibition. This includes facsimiles of
          weapons.


      Report any suspicious or dangerous situations immediately:

       Emergency Reporting:   (CALL 911 Immediately- then notify the Campus Police)
      Any incident that involves a significant threat to the health and safety well being of the campus community or an individual.


      Report in person: The Campus Security Department is located in building #5 and is open 8-5pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8-3pm (Fri)
      *Any incident occurring after hours, should be reported immediately to local law enforcement.


      Emergency Callboxes: Emergency Callboxes are located throughout the RCC campus to ensure a direct line of communication for students, faculty, staff, and visitors with Campus Police Officers.  This line of communication can also be utilized for vehicle assistance and escort services. 


      Call and/or Email: The Campus Security office number is (910) 272-3505 and mobile number is (910) 674-6428 or email: campussecurity@robeson.edu