Whether your plan is to take classes and transfer to a four-year university or enter one of our career programs designed to get you into the workforce right away, Rock Valley College has what you are looking for. Select from one of our more than 60 transfer areas or more than 30 career programs.
Whether you are new to the college or know your way around, we have a variety of services designed to help you succeed. We're here for you every step of the way.
At Rock Valley College, you're not just a number. Our highly respected faculty have master's degrees, doctorates and real-world experience. You won't be competing for attention in a huge lecture hall. Our average class size is 21, so you'll get a chance to interact, challenge and be challenged by your instructors.
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 11 national championships and we have had more than 130 All-Americans.
Have fun. Try stuff. RVC gives you opportunities to get involved. There are lots of student activities to choose from. We offer more than 20 clubs and organizations. Try your hands at student government. Join the staff of our campus newspaper. What's it going to be?
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
The safest place to be during any storm is inside a secure structure. Most injuries occur as a result of broken glass and flying debris. RVC emergency warning sirens will be sounded after a tornado warning has been issued. RVC video monitors will automatically display a tornado warning screen and broadcast
the national Weather Service message.
A tornado warning means that a funnel cloud or tornado has been spotted.
All buildings at RVC have tornado signs posted, they advise where safe shelters are located on campus.
Follow room instructions and move to a safe place away from windows.
Seek hallways or rooms without windows. If time allows, move to a lower building level.
DO NOT use elevators.
Student will not be dismissed from class during a tornado warning. Wait until the storm passes and the “All Clear” message is issued.
College is a time of meeting new people, exploring relationships and learning how to set healthy boundaries.
Sometimes relationships can become controlling. There are signs/red flags that indicate an unhealthy relationship, and tips for protecting yourself.
Red Flags: Jealousy, Blaming, Quick Attachment, Need to Control, Putting conditions on the Relationship, Humiliation, Belittling, and Intimidation.
Tips to getting out of a controlling relationship: Set Boundaries, Be Clear and Decisive.
If your gut tells you something is wrong it probably is. Get help. Sometimes talking to someone else can help you recognize red flags. At RVC you can contact the B.I.T., (815) 921-4270, RVC Counselor, (815) 921-4091, Title IX Coordinator, (815) 921-4268, or RVC Police, (815) 921-4350 to learn about your options and available resources.
Did you know?
Most campus crimes committed at RVC are crimes of opportunity performed in less than 60 seconds—usually thefts. Protect your valuables!
Don’t leave your laptop unattended while you use the rest room. Keep track of your backpacks and text books and purses. A small percentage of people are just waiting for the opportunity to profit from your carelessness. Don’t let them!
Be aware of your surroundings. There are over 77 Emergency blue phones on campus. Familiarize yourself with their locations. Program the RVC Police
Department emergency number into your cell phone- (815) 654-4357.
If for some reason you feel unsafe walking to and from your vehicle, call the RVC Police at the non emergency number (815) 921-4350 and ask for an officer to
Help the Rock Valley College Police keep our campus safe by doing the following:
Immediately report suspicious activity to RVC police at 815-654-4357.
What to report:
Describe what is going on:
Stay on the phone with the dispatcher until the police arrive. If you believe your life is in danger, attempt to leave the area and find a safe place until help arrives. Do NOT approach or attempt to apprehend the person(s) involved.
If it feels like harassment it probably is, but how do you know for sure and what can you do about it?
At Rock Valley College we are committed to providing an environment free from sexual harassment, sexual violence, and discrimination. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance.
If you, or a peer, are a victim of sexual harassment, sexual violence, or discrimination you are encouraged to seek the assistance of RVC Title IX Coordinator, Lynn Perkins. The Title IX coordinator will:
Any concerning or distressed behaviors that you feel should be brought to the attention of B.I.T. or a RVC staff member.
Who can make a referral?
Anyone in RVC community (students, faculty, staff, self-referral
How and where do I make a referral?
Complete an on-line referral form at www.rockvalleycollege.edu/referralform or call B.I.T. at 815-921-4270.
Have you ever asked yourself what you should do if there was an armed attacker on campus?
Survivability is the objective! Nothing is a 100% guarantee to keep you from being hurt.
Doing something will increase your chance of survival.
Doing nothing may increase your chances of being a victim.
1. Your best option is to evacuate or escape the area if it is safe to do so. Get as much room between you and the attacker as possible.
2. If the attacker is close or blocking the area of escape, the best option may be to lock the door of the room you are in, shut off the lights and pile furniture in front of the door. Move to an area of the room that cannot be seen from the door.
Now, while you are hiding in the room, alone or with others, make a plan. What will you do if the attacker forces their way into the room?
Did you know?
Full-time college students age 18 to 22 are more likely than non-enrolled students to binge or drink heavily (2011).
Among young women in college, binge drinking is a risk factor for sexual assault. 31 percent of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months; self-report survey.
A law effective on January 1, 2012, made possession of any chemical like K2 illegal to sell, purchase, or use in Illinois.
Alcohol: Depressant; Long-term effects—heart disease, cancer, liver, and brain damage, pancreatitis.
Bath Salts: A stimulant; one of the latest designer drugs, illegal in Illinois but legal in most states. Long-term effects— fairly new drug, no long-term effects recorded in humans.
Marijuana: Cannabis, is the most widely available and used illegal drug in the U.S.
K2 Herb: (synthetic cannabis). Long term-effects, still being studied, none recorded in humans.
Nicotine: Long-term effects— lung disease and other health concerns. In Illinois, tobacco use claims 16,600 lives and costs the state $4.1 billion in health care bills each year.
Did you know a drug conviction could impact your student financial aid?
Keep your mind and body clear of alcohol and other drugs so you can make more informed choices.
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