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This information is being provided as part of Rock Valley College's commitment to safety and security on campus. At RVC the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff is important. A truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of everyone at Rock Valley College. We hope that this information will be read carefully to help foster a safe environment for everyone at RVC.
The RVC campus
RVC is situated on 217 acres in the city of Rockford and had 8,628 students during the fall 2012 semester. RVC also maintains seven off-campus facilities: the Bell School Road Center located at 3350 Bell School Road, the Stenstrom Center for Career Education (SCCE) located at 4151 Samuelson Road, the Falcon Road Center (FRC) located at 6349 Falcon Road, the Essex Building – Truck Driver Training (TDT) located at 2816 North Main Street, the EIGERlab located at 605 Fulton Avenue, Work Force Connections located at 303 North Main Street and the Learning and Opportunity Center (LOC) located at 308 West State Street. RVC also offers various classes at multiple locations owned by other companies throughout and beyond the RVC district. RVC does not have dormitories on any of the campuses. All students live off campus.
Reporting of criminal activities or emergencies
The Rock Valley College Police Department is responsible for law enforcement, security, and emergency response at RVC. The office is located in the Support Services Building (SSB) of the Main Campus and can be contacted by dialing (815) 654-4357 (H.E.L.P.) in emergency situations or 921-4350 for non-emergency situations. There is also a RVC Police Department office at the Stenstrom Center for Career Education. All crimes occurring on campus should immediately be reported to the Rock Valley College Police Department. All full-time RVC Police Department officers are certified police officers with training through the University of Illinois Police Training Institute or Illinois State Police Academy. The Rock Valley College Police Department enforces all the laws of the state of Illinois, city of Rockford, and regulations of the College. Officers are responsible for a full range of public safety services, including all criminal reports, investigations, medical emergencies, fire emergencies, traffic accidents, enforcement of laws regulating alcohol use on campus, the use of controlled substances, weapons and all other incidents requiring police assistance. The RVC Police Department officers provide 24-hours-a-day patrol protection to the Main Campus and Bell School Road Center. The Rock Valley College Police Department makes daily patrols of the Stenstrom Center for Career Education and Falcon Road Center. The SCCE and FRC are also patrolled by the Rockford Police Department. The Truck Driver Training Facility, Learning and Opportunity Center, EIGERlab, and Work Force Connections are patrolled by the Rockford Police Department. A strong working relationship is maintained with the Rockford Police Department, Loves Park Police Department, Winnebago County Sheriffs Department, and other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Rock Valley College Police Department maintains a mutual aid agreement and assists other local law enforcement agencies as needed. Pay telephones are located throughout the campus both inside and outside of the buildings. These pay phones can be used to report criminal activity, fire, or other emergencies by dialing 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 dispatcher will notify the Rock Valley College Police Department of the incident reported. RVC also has numerous emergency call boxes in place on the Main Campus and off-campus facilities. These call boxes can be used to contact the Rock Valley College Police Department in emergencies or whenever assistance is needed. Call boxes are also available at the Bell School Road Center, Stenstrom Center for Career Education, and Falcon Road Center. The Rock Valley College Police Department maintains a daily crime log. The log is a listing of all crimes reported to campus police and is available for viewing at the RVC Police Department Office.
Maintenance and security of campus facilities
Facilities, Plant Operations and Maintenance (FPOM) maintains the campus buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. The Rock Valley College Police Department inspects campus facilities regularly and reports all potential security and safety hazards to FPOM for repairs. Students, faculty, and staff may also call FPOM at (815) 921-4300 to report any security or safety hazards.
Access to campus facilities
Campus buildings and facilities are accessible during normal hours of operation: 6:30 am – 11:00 pm daily. Please contact the switchboard (815) 921-7821 or the Rock Valley College Police Department (815) 921-4350 for weekend and holiday hours. The campus is closed to the public from 11:00 pm until 6:30 am.
There is an ongoing effort at RVC to prevent crimes from occurring rather than react to them after the fact. A primary vehicle for accomplishing this goal is the College's crime prevention program. The College's crime prevention program is based upon the elimination of criminal opportunities and the encouragement of students, faculty, and staff to be responsible for the security and safety of all members of the campus community. The following is a listing of the crime prevention programs and projects employed by RVC.
1. Safe Walk Program: Provides an escort service, particularly during hours of darkness, for persons walking on campus. Call (815) 921-4350 or use a call box to request an escort.
2. New Student Orientation: Crime prevention material is made available to new and returning students during the fall. Crime prevention material is also available throughout the year at several brochure kiosks located in buildings on campus.
3. 360 Stay Safe™: This educational program, developed for students, is offered at various times during the school year. It is a comprehensive source of personal safety information to help students protect their possessions, their identity and their person. It also provides a one-stop source for understanding how crimes are perpetrated, coupled with crime prevention and avoidance techniques.
4. Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) and Threat Assessment: An anonymous referral regarding concerning behavior can be made at the BIT section of the college's website. The BIT process coordinates a response to a student behavior(s) of concern. When referrals of concerning behavior are made by students, staff or faculty, to the Behavioral Intervention Team, the team will follow up on the referral of concern and respond appropriately. BIT referrals should only be made for non-emergency situations. Emergencies and behavior that is life threatening should immediately be reported to the RVC Police Department.
5. Emergency Call Boxes: An emergency call box phone system is in place on campus. Located inside and outside of buildings, these call boxes can be used 24 hours a day to contact the College police
6. Emergency Telephones: Both interior and exterior pay phones can be used to dial 9-1-1 free of charge, in the event of an emergency situation. Campus NBX phones have an emergency speed dial button that connects to the campus police office.
7. Electronic Monitoring Systems: A sophisticated electronic alarm system monitors a network of intrusion and duress alarm systems in campus facilities. A series of closed-circuit security cameras are also utilized.
8. Facilities Surveys: Comprehensive surveys of exterior lighting, exterior doors and grounds are conducted by the Rock Valley College Police Department each year.
9. Timely Warnings: In the event that a situation arises, either on- or off-campus, that, in the judgment of the Chief of the Rock Valley College Police Department, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through the college e-mail systems to students, faculty, and staff. The College may also post the warning on the college website and, in such instances, a copy of the warning will be posted at the entrance door of each on-campus building. Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Rock Valley College Police Department, in conjunction with the Rock Valley College Public Relations department shall without any delay, notify students and staff through the use of the "RVC Alerts" emergency text message and voice message system. The "RVC Alerts" system, which provides more immediate notification, is a voluntary program that students and staff can enroll in to receive alerts concerning emergencies on campus via their cellular phone, e-mail address, or landline telephone. Students and staff can sign up at RockValleyCollege.edu by clicking on the "RVC Alerts" icon or by going to rockvalleycollege.edu/alert. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Rock Valley College Police Department, by phone (815) 654-4357 or in person at the dispatch center within the Support Services Building on the Main Campus near Parking Lot #4.
Emergency Procedure Testing
The College publishes emergency response and evacuation procedures on an annual basis and provide these in a manner that reaches students and staff. Emergency response and evacuation procedures are tested annually.
Drug, alcohol and weapons policies
10. Alcoholic beverages: No person shall possess, consume, distribute or manufacture any alcoholic beverages on the campus of RVC or any property that the College may lease.
The Rock Valley College Police Department enforces Illinois underage drinking laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the RVC Police Department. Violators are subject to campus disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and imprisonment.
The RVC campus has been designated, "Drug free,"and only under certain circumstances is the consumption of alcohol permitted.
11. Controlled Substances: No person shall possess, consume, distribute, purchase or manufacture any controlled or illegal substance on the campus of RVC or any property that the College may lease.The RVC Police Department enforces federal and state drug laws
12. Weapons: No person shall wear, transport, store, or possess any firearms or other weapons while on any property the College may own or lease (including College-owned vehicles) (720 ILCS 5/21-6). Possession of "weapons" shall include, but is not limited to, firearms (including any gun, rifle, shotgun, pistol, BB or pellet gun, or any firearm or device from which a projectile may be fired by explosive or gas/compressed air), knives, explosives, chemical or biological weapons, slingshot, metal knuckles, blackjack, or any other object which by use, design, or definition may be used or threatened to inflict injury upon another."Weapons" does not include mace or pepper spray. This policy does not apply to certified law enforcement personnel (police officers, sheriff's deputies, parole agents) who are authorized by their agency. Activities requiring use of prohibited items may be conducted only with the prior written approval of the RVC Chief of Police.
RVC provides a complete listing of personal counseling and treatment programs available in the Winnebago/Boone counties area. This listing is available in the Personal Success Counseling Center, the Library, Financial Aid and Placement offices, the Bell School Road Center, Stenstrom Center for Career Education, the Falcon Road Center, and at the office of the Dean of Students. In addition, students and employees may seek assistance from the counselor designated to assist with drug education on the campus who is located at the RVC Personal Success Counseling Center in the Student Center. If you are aware of problems with friends or family members, we encourage you to act responsibly by consulting with the Personal Success Counseling Center. Remaining silent or waiting until a situation has escalated is neither respectful nor responsible. The College supports the notion of students helping one another to cooperatively solve alcohol and substance abuse problems as they occur.
Sexual assault program
The College educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through presentations given by Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling (RSAC), Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) systems training, and the Campus 360 Stay Safe™ Program. The RVC Police Department offers sexual assault education and information during Welcome Week events, but will supply information at other times by request. Literature on date rape education, risk reduction, and College's response is available through the Title IX Coordinator and the RVC Police Department. If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The RVC Police Department strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a campus police officer and/or to the Title IX Coordinator. Filing a police report with a campus police officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:
> ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim;
> provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam);
> assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
When a sexual assault victim contacts the Police Department, the Title IX Coordinator will be notified as well. The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the college conduct process, or only the latter. The RVC Police Department or the Title IX Coordinator will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision. Various counseling options are available from the RVC Personal Success Counseling Center. Personal counseling and support services outside the college can be obtained through Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling (RSAC) and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) at icasa.org. RSAC's services are confidential and free, 24 hours a day/7 days a week at (815) 636-9811.
College disciplinary proceedings, as well as special guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct, are available through the Title IX Coordinator, Dean of Students office, and the college website. The accused and the victim will each be allowed to choose one person who has had no formal legal training to accompany them throughout the hearing process. Both the victim and accused will be informed of the outcome of the hearing. A student found responsible for violating the college sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the college for the first offense. The Title IX Coordinator will remedy changes to class schedules as needed.
Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
On Monday, October 28, 2002, the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act became effective. This is in conjunction with the federal law enacted on October 28, 2000 that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education.
The act amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children Act and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act to require sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. Sex offenders who fail to register their status as a student or employee at an institution of higher education are in violation of the registration act and face arrest.
This act also amends the Jeanne Clery Act to require institutions of higher education to issue a statement, in addition to other disclosures required under that act, advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.
The Illinois State Police provides a listing of sex offenders required to register in the state of Illinois. The database is updated daily and can be found at the following website: isp.state.il.us/sor/.
The RVC Police Department also maintains a sex offender list that lists all known sex offenders that are students and employees at Rock Valley College. This sex offender list is available for viewing at the RVC Police Department on the Main Campus, the Information Center in the Student Center, the RVC Police Department office at the Stenstrom Center for Career Education, and the Learning and Opportunity Center. You may call (815) 921-4350 for more information.
In addition, registered sex offenders are required to meet with the Dean of Students, prior to the beginning of each semester enrolled.
Lastly, the act amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to clarify that nothing in the act may be construed to prohibit an educational institution from disclosing information provided to the institution concerning registered sex offenders; and requires the Secretary of Education to take appropriate steps to notify educational institutions that disclosure of this information is permitted.
Accumulation of crime statistics
Crime statistics are gathered throughout the year utilizing campus police dispatch and report records. The Rock Valley College Police Department also contacts several college departments and determines where RVC is holding off-campus classes and activities. The police agencies who have jurisdiction over the off-campus locations are then contacted and any crime statistics concerning crimes committed during RVC classes or activities at these off-campus locations are requested. All crimes occurring at off-campus RVC classes or activities which the Jeanne Clery Act requires in the Annual Security Report are included in our annual report. Campus security authorities as defined by the Clery Act(i.e., Dean of Students, coaches, club advisors, etc.) are also contacted during the year to report crimes that may have been reported to them but not to campus police. Campus security authorities are defined as campus employees who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. If the incident is believed to be founded, it is included in the Annual Security Report.
Rock Valley College has an electronic reporting system that can be used to anonymously report crimes or incidents requiring behavioral intervention. The reporting system is available at http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/StudentServices/JudicialAffairs/BIT.cfm.