Campus Security Report
The Campus Security Act
The Salem Community College Department of Public Safety is responsible for preparing and distributing this report by October 1st annually. Public Safety gathers police reports from other departments and agencies, such as the Salem City and Carneys Point Police Departments. The New Jersey State Police and other records from within the College to compile this information. Salem Community College does not have any non-campus student organizations.
Salem Community College
Campus Safety & Security Report 2013
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We encourage members of the College community to use this report as a guide for safe practices on and off campus. It is available here. For a paper copy, contact Public Safety at 856.351.2911 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety is staffed by non-sworn, unarmed personnel who are available at all times when the College is open. Public Safety Officers are authorized to enforce College regulations including the issuance of tickets for violations of parking and tobacco regulations. Officers are authorized to identify persons on College property and detain violators pending the arrival of law enforcement. There are red emergency phones located in each building on all campuses that are clearly identified and can be used 24 hours a day. The call boxes at all instructional sites except the Carneys Point campus dial directly to 911, as do all elevator emergency phones. The emergency phones on the main campus dial direct to the Public Safety office.
All Public Safety officers attend mandatory in-service training in topics such as incident command, first aid and CPR, bloodborne pathogens as well as College safety and security issues.
The Department of Public Safety works closely with the local police departments, and relies on these relationships for support on several levels. In addition to exchanging critical information, the Department of Public Safety has immediate contact with the Carneys Point and Salem City Police Departments, the New Jersey State Police and the Salem County Communications Center. This arrangement gives us immediate access to support from the local police departments, as well as the fire and EMS agencies in those jurisdictions.
Campus Safety Alerts/Timely Warning Notices
To help prevent crimes or to notify the community of serious incidents, the Department of Public Safety issues Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings to notify community members about emergent issues and criminal activity or safety issues in and around our community. Members of the community who know of a crime or other serious incident should report the incident to Public Safety at 856.351.2911 so that a campus safety alert can be issued, if warranted.
The Department distributes campus safety alerts in various ways. Once the Department of Public safety determines that an alert should be issued, the alert is sent in the form of public address, SMS/text messages, e-mail, RSS feed, Web site postings, social media and, in some cases, voice messaging. The Department also uses bulletin boards and other prominent locations throughout the campus.
The Department of Public Safety and Public Affairs are responsible for notifying the larger community of incidents occurring at the College that may impact surrounding jurisdictions. Public Safety is the liaison to other government agencies. Public Affairs is the point of contact for media outlets and acts as the Public Information Office for any event.
Reporting Criminal Incidents and Other Emergencies
We encourage all students, employees and visitors to promptly report criminal incidents, accidents and other emergencies to Public Safety by dialing 2911 from any extension or 856.351.2911. The College's red emergency phones can immediately connect with our dispatch center or the Salem County Communications Center. The College does not have pastoral or professional counselors on staff.
Emergency Drills, Testing and Evacuation Procedures
Salem Community College annually schedules drills, exercises and appropriate activities designed for assessment and evaluation of emergency plans and capabilities. The College publishes its emergency response and evacuation procedures annually and distributes to students and employees.
Access to Campus Facilities
Access to campus building and grounds is a privilege extended to students, faculty, staff and College invited guests. The College encourages an open environment with limited constraints to ensure adequate protection of all members of the community. Most campus facilities are open during the weekday business hours. Individuals who wish access during non-business hours or for special events should contact the appropriate department administrator or Public Safety at 856.351.2911. Salem Community College does not provide on-campus student housing.
Security Considerations in the Maintenance of Campus Facilities
Salem Community College maintains a strong commitment to campus safety and security. Exterior lighting and landscape control is a critical part of that commitment. Department members conduct routine checks of lighting on campus during regularly assigned patrol duties. If lights are discovered to be out or dim, officers will initiate an immediate work order, which is acted upon by Campus Operations. We encourage community members to report any deficiency in lighting to Public Safety at 856.351.2911.
Monitoring and Recording Criminal Activity
The College relies on its close working relationships with local law enforcement agencies to receive information about incidents that students may be involved in. Public Safety will actively investigate information it receives concerning or involving a member of the campus community who may be involved in criminal activity. If the College is notified of a situation in which a member of the College community is a victim of a crime, the department may issue a Campus Safety Alert, describing the nature of the incident and providing tips so that other community members may avoid similar incidents.
Security Awareness Programs
Crime prevention plays an important role at Salem Community College. The Department of Public Safety operates as a component of the educational process for students, faculty and staff within the campus community. The program relies on a teamwork approach, with the responsibility for the reduction of crime shared by the Department of Public Safety, the individual student, staff or faculty member, and the campus community. The following is a listing of the crime prevention programs and projects utilized by the Department:
- New Student Orientation: Crime prevention presentation accompanied by SCC Emergency Pocket Guides and Student Handbook is presented as a formal part of new student orientation at the start of each semester.
- New Employee Orientation: New employees are provided with campus safety and security information.
- Faculty and Staff Training: Faculty and staff are provided with crime prevention training annually at the College’s Opening Session or In-Service Training.
- Personal Safety Escort Program: If you must travel alone, regardless of time of day, the campus escort program provides a safe, reliable way to travel throughout the campus. Should anyone desire to be accompanied by a Public Safety officer to get to their vehicle or public transportation, simply go to a “red” phone, emergency call box or, call the Communications Center at 856.351.2911. An officer will then be sent to you.
- Department Website: The department’s website is available to all students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors. The website provides up-to-date crime prevention programs, tips, and general information.
- Security Alarm Systems: Alarm systems monitor a campus-wide network of intrusion and duress alarms.
- Surveillance Camera System: The College has a closed circuit television system located throughout the College which monitors activity as a deterrent to crime.
- Special Event Security: The Department works with event organizers to insure that the event being held is safe for all participants.
Drugs and Alcohol
The use, possession, distribution, and/or sale of controlled substances, including alcohol, is against state law and College Policy and is strictly prohibited on College property.
Salem Community College is an educational institution committed to maintaining an environment which allows students to enjoy the full benefits of their learning experience and to understand the negative consequences of the illicit use of alcohol and drugs on their lives. In accordance with the College Policy and in accordance with P.L. 101-226, the College declares that it will make every effort to provide its students with an environment that is free of the problems associated with the unauthorized use and abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs.
The College is committed to promoting the wellness and positive self-development of to its students and employees. Any violations of state law or College Policy will be enforced. Offenders may be prosecuted criminally or through the College’s disciplinary code. Sanctions for violations of this policy can range from suspension to expulsion from the College. Criminal sanctions can include fines, imprisonment, or both.
Every drug has multiple effects that depend on the properties of the drug and the dosage taken. When two or more drugs are taken together, or in sequence, their effects may be stronger than their additive sum.
The effects of drug use are highly individualized. Drug use or abuse can affect a person’s physical, emotional and social health. It can cause accidents, illnesses, drug dependence, overdose and even death. It can cause legal problems, economic problems, school or work problems, and relationship problems. Drug use and abuse can cause serious harm.
The following is a partial list of the common health effects of alcohol and drug use and abuse:
- Cirrhosis of liver
- Mouth, throat and liver cancer
- Heart disease
- In pregnant women, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (birth defect)
- Confusion and distortion of time perception
- Increased heart rate
- Short term memory loss
- Loss of motivation
- Damaged lung tissue
- Tolerance and psychological dependence
- Elevated blood pressure
- Nervousness, panic states
- Acute psychoses
- Painful nosebleeds and nasal erosion
- “Coke blues,” and intense depression after the high
- Psychological dependence
- Heart attack
- Seizures, coma and death
- In pregnant women, miscarriage or stillbirth
- Loss of coordination
- Psychological and physical dependence
- Seriously-impaired driving skills
- Especially dangerous when taken in combination with other drugs
- Loss of judgment and self-control
- Diminished sex drive and sexual performance
- Physical and psychological dependence
- Infections, including hepatitis
- Overdose can cause convulsions, coma and death
- Panic attacks
- Violent behavior, especially with PCP
- Birth defects in user’s children
- High dosage can cause convulsions, coma and death
Salem Community College does not have in-house pastoral or professional counseling, drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs available to students or employees on our campus or instructional sites. Students requesting these services will be referred to:
500 Pennsville-Auburn Road
Carneys Point, NJ 08069
Employees requesting these services will be referred to SCC’s Employee Assistance Program.
Other Local Resources
(856) 848-5744 Woodbury, N.J.
(866) 920-1212 Cherry Hill, N.J.
Addiction Recovery Programs
Salem County Health Department
(856) 935-7510, Ext. 485
Camden County Health Department
(856) 374-6000 or (800) 999-9045
Gloucester County Health Department
Cumberland County Health Department
Title IV Drug Violations
Under the Higher Education Act,( Title IV Section 485(k) students become ineligible for Federal student aid programs upon a conviction under state or federal statutes during any period of enrollment of any offense involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs. These programs include Federal Pell Grants, Direct Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, ACG Grants, SMART Grants, TEACH Grants, Work Study, and Perkins Loans. All convictions occurring after submission of the FAFSA require immediate notification of the financial aid administration, forfeiture of future eligibility and repayment of all federal financial aid received after the conviction.
A previous conviction does not automatically result in ineligibility for federal student aid. Previous convictions do not include those that have been removed from your record or those which occurred before you turned 18, unless you were tried as an adult. Count only federal or state convictions for the possession or sale of illegal drugs if the offense occurred during a period of enrollment for which you were receiving federal student aid (grants, loans, and/or work-study). Contact the U.S. Department of Education for more information on question 23 of the FAFSA form which addresses convictions related to drug offenses.
Any conviction for any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance while enrolled at Salem Community College and receiving federal student aid, shall result in your not being eligible to receive federal student aid beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified below:
Ineligibility resulting from illegal possession of a controlled substance:
1st Offense: 1 year from the date of conviction.
2nd Offense: 2 years from the date of conviction.
3rd Offense: Indefinite. (See Rehabilitation below)
Ineligibility resulting from sale of a controlled substance:
1st Offense: 2 years from the date of conviction.
2nd Offense: Indefinite. (See Rehabilitation below)
Rehabilitation and Reinstated Eligibility: Eligibility may be reinstated prior to the end of the penalty period by completing a drug rehabilitation program that is approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education, including passing at least 2 unannounced drug tests.
Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
Salem Community College is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty and staff can work and study in an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the College community should be aware that the College is strongly opposed to sexual assault and harassment and that such behavior is prohibited both by federal and state law, as well as College policy.
Salem Community College will take whatever action may be needed to prevent, correct, and if necessary, discipline and/or prosecute behavior that violates this policy and the law. All forms of sexual assault and all attempts to commit such acts are regarded as serious offenses that are likely to result in suspension, required withdrawal, expulsion, or termination. Prosecution may take place, in accordance with New Jersey criminal law, independent of College action.
Reporting a Sexual Assault
Reporting a sexual assault may help prevent another assault. Reporting the incident does not mean that the survivor must proceed with a prosecution. Immediately following an attack, the survivor should try to write down everything she or he remembers about the incident, including the physical description of the suspect(s) and any further information about the identity or location of the suspect(s).
There are many organizations that support victims and offer options.
Sexual Crimes Defined
- Any sexual physical contact that involves the threat or use of force or violence, or any other form of coercion or intimidation;
- Any sexual physical contact with a person who is unable to consent due to incapacity or impairment (including being asleep or under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
Rights of the Accuser and the Accused
- Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to have others present throughout the disciplinary hearing.
- The accuser and the accused will be immediately informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding dealing with charges of sexual assault.
- The accuser will have the right to attend the entire disciplinary hearing if he or she so chooses.
- The accuser’s irrelevant past sexual history will not be discussed during the hearing.
- The accuser will have right to make a “victim impact statement” during the preceding and suggest punitive action to be taken by the college.
Salem Community College does not have in-house counseling programs available to students who are victims of sex offenses. Students requesting these services will be referred to:
500 Pennsville-Auburn Road
Carneys Point, NJ 08069
In an effort to provide further assistance to a victim of a sexual assault, Salem Community College will, at the request of the victim, make adjustments in the academic schedule if the victim and accused have classes scheduled together.This is provided an alternative class selection is available. In all likelihood, the accused will be moved for the safety and security of all involved.
Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the College community where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.
In New Jersey, this information is accessible at: http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/info/reg_sexoffend.html.
You may also visit the Salem City or Carneys Point police departments or the New Jersey State Police for information regarding registered sex offenders in the area.
Daily Crime Log
Public Safety maintains a daily crime log that records chronologically, all crimes and other serious incidents that occur on campus, in a non-campus building, on contiguous public property, or within the department’s patrol jurisdiction. The daily crime log is available for inspection at the Department’s headquarters in Tillis Hall, Room 117. The daily crime log includes the nature, date, time, and general location of each crime reported to us, as well as the disposition of the complaint, if this information is known to us at the time the log is created.
To ensure the safety and security of the workplace, Salem Community College does not condone any behavior that may be considered potentially violent. Threats and/or threatening behavior, or acts of violence by students, College employees, or others against staff members, faculty, students, visitors, or other individuals on College property or by College employees in the conduct of College business while off campus, are cause for removal from the workplace and may result in discipline and/or termination of employment.