|Reviewed||May 7, 2021|
- To promote safety and security at the College, and in compliance with the Clery Act, the College shall:
- Submit crime statistics to the United States Department of Education;
- Maintain a daily crime log (open to public inspection);
- Issue campus alerts to timely warn the College community when there is information that a Clery Act Crime has occurred that represents a serious or ongoing threat to campus safety;
- Issue emergency notifications upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus. The College tests the emergency notification procedure bi-annually.
- Publishes and maintains an Annual Security Report containing safety and security related policy statements and statistics of Clery Act Crimes occurring on College Property. To prepare the Annual Security Report, the College collects, classifies and counts crime reports and crime statistics. The Annual Security Report is available on the College’s website and hard copies are available through the Office of Student Services for inspection.
- Campus Security Authority (“CSA”) is a Clery-specific term that encompasses four groups of individuals and organizations associated with an educational institution:
- A member of the educational institution’s police department or campus security department;
- Any individual(s) who has responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department (e.g., an individual who is responsible for monitoring the entrance into the College’s property);
- Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses. For purposes of this College, these people include: a Vice President, the Human Resources Director, the Director of Public Safety or any individual identified by the College as a Campus Security Authority.
- An official who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to: student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. An official is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on the College’s behalf.
- Campus Security Authority Reporting: Campus Security Authorities (CSA) have a legal obligation to file a report of suspected criminal activity with law enforcement and with the Office of Student Services to ensure statistical inclusion of all Clery Act Crimes in the College’s Annual Security Report, when those crimes occur on or near College Property. Any individual identified by the College as a CSA shall receive notification of that designation and the requirement that the individual report information about Clery Act Crimes. Training will also be provided to all designated CSA’s. While CSAs must report any Clery Act Crime that comes to their attention, at the request of the victim, the victim’s identity may remain anonymous.
- Clery Act Crimes are the following crimes that must be reported by Campus Security Authorities to law enforcement and crimes that are listed in the College’s Annual Security Report:
- Murder and non-negligent manslaughter; negligent manslaughter; sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible, including rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape); robbery; aggravated assault; burglary; motor vehicle theft; arson; dating violence; domestic violence; sexual assault and stalking.
- Hate Crimes: any of the above-mentioned offenses, and any incidents of larceny/theft; simple assault; intimidation; or destruction/ vandalism of property that were motivated by bias on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, veteran’s status, or other protected class in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws; and
- Arrests and referrals for disciplinary action for weapons (carrying, possessing, etc); drug abuse violations and liquor law violations.
- College Property is all the following property:
Campus Grounds, Buildings and Structures – Any building or property owned by or controlled by the College within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the College in direct support or, or in a manner related to, the College’s educational purposes; and any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to such buildings or property that is owned by the College but controlled by another person and is frequently used by students and supports College purposes.
- Off-Campus and Affiliated Property – Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the College; or any building or property owned or controlled by the College that is used in direct support or, or in relation to, the College’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the College.
Public Property – All thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities that are within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
- Annual Security Report - The Blue Ridge Community College Police and Public Safety Department will prepare and publish an Annual Security Report by October 1 of each year. This report will provide readers with important information about safety, security, and statistics regarding crime on campus. Campus crime, arrests, and referral statistics, including those reported to Blue Ridge Community College Police and Campus Security Authorities will be highlighted in the Annual Security Report. Blue Ridge Community College also requests statistics for crimes on or near our campuses and non-campus properties that are reported directly to other law enforcement agencies. The Annual Security Report will be published and distributed no later than October 1 of each year in order to be compliant with the Clery Act. The report will be made available to students and employees through the College website. A paper copy of the report will also be available upon request, through the Blue Ridge Community College Police Department.