Community College of Vermont is committed to providing a safe environment for its students, faculty, and staff and has policies that address safety and security, drug and alcohol use, sexual assault, harassment, disruptive persons, and the crime awareness act.
How to Be Safe
Regardless of where you live, work, or learn, there are measures you can take to avoid personal danger. You may not be able to anticipate every emergency before it occurs, but it is helpful to think about your own and others’ safety well before a situation happens.
- Most important of all is to stay alert to your surroundings, whether that involves icy roads or an unfamiliar parking lot.
- Try to stay calm, also, as this will help you to keep a clear mind when solving problems.
- Do not carry weapons or items that you intend to use as weapons. These may be taken and used against you. As stated in the weapons policy, do not bring weapons to CCV. Using a whistle or cell phone to call for help is a safer alternative.
CCV’s Emergency Reference Guide, which was designed as a tool to assist faculty and staff in case of an emergency such as medical, fire, bomb threat, evacuation or property damage.
Recommendations for Staying Safe When Traveling to and from Class
- Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and you have plenty of gas, particularly in winter.
- Follow safe driving techniques for the weather conditions you might experience.
- If you have a cell phone, be sure it is charged and ready in case you need to call for help.
- Create a first aid and/or safety kit and keep it in your vehicle.
- If you are comfortable, carpool with others.
- Use the safest route to your destination.
- Park in a public place that has adequate lighting.
- Lock your car and keep valuables out of sight.
- Be sure you have your car keys in hand before leaving a CCV building.
- When walking at night or in an unfamiliar area, travel with others whenever possible.
- Trust your intuition. If something feels “off” to you, get to a safe place immediately and contact someone you trust.
- Let friends or family know where you’re going to be and when to expect you.
If You Are a Victim of a Crime
- The most important thing is to get yourself to a safe place as soon as possible and contact a trusted person for support.
- Depending on the situation, you may want to report the incident to the local law enforcement authority for investigation and/or to a CCV administrator.
If you are subject to or observe any discriminating, unprofessional or harassing behavior, it is vitally important for you to bring it to the attention of a CCV staff member. Each academic center has identified Sexual Harassment contact people who would be a safe place to start with any complaint.
Recommendations for Victims of Sexual Misconduct
Sexual activity or sexual touching without consent of the other person is prohibited at CCV. Acts of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, often create difficult emotional issues for victims. If you are a victim, consider these important steps:
- Get to a safe place as soon as possible.
- Contact a trusted person for support. This could include a family member, friend, the local rape crisis line or the sexual violence statewide hotline at 1-800-489-7273 or consult this list of resources in your area.
- Avoid washing, going to the bathroom, and changing clothes if possible. This will help to preserve physical evidence should you decide to take legal action. If you must change clothing, all the clothing worn at the time of the assault should be placed in a paper bag (not a plastic one).
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Decide what actions you want to take (see the sexual misconduct and assault policy for more information).
CCV’s Drug-Free Campus & Workplace
As part of its continuing efforts to support a healthy, drug-free campus and workplace, the College regularly surveys students about their alcohol and drug usage, attitudes, and perceptions.
For a list of the key findings from the 2010 survey, community resources, college expectations, and health risks associated with substance use and abuse, see A Guide for a Drug-Free Campus & Workplace.
CCV’s Crime Report
In 1990, Congress passed the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, requiring colleges and universities to report the occurrence of criminal offenses and the number of arrests for specific crimes for the preceding calendar years.
In the past three years, none of the following crimes were reported at Community College of Vermont; sex offense, murder, aggravated assault, manslaughter or crimes of prejudice.
Reported from CCV’s 12 academic centers and by local police departments, there was one robbery in 2012, one burglary each in 2013 and 2011 and one motor vehicle theft in 2013. On public property, in close proximity to CCV academic centers, there was one drug abuse violation arrest in 2013. In 2012, on public property in close proximity to CCV, there were 5 drug abuse arrests, one arson and one liquor law arrest. In 2011, on public property in close proximity to CCV academic centers, there were four liquor law violation arrests, six drug abuse violation arrests and two illegal weapons possession arrests. None of the reported crimes manifested evidence of prejudice based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or disability.
Community College of Vermont is committed to providing a safe environment for its students, faculty, and staff and has policies that address the crime awareness act, site safety and security, drug and alcohol use and abuse, sexual harassment, and disruptive persons. Additionally, the Vermont State Colleges has policies that address Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking. These can be viewed at http://www.vsc.edu/pages/ccv_policies.aspx or obtained by contacting Barbara Martin, Dean of Administration, 802-828-2800.
Whistleblower Hotline: The VSC is dedicated to providing employees a safe and productive workplace. It is the policy of the VSC that its officers, faculty, staff and others acting on its behalf have the obligation to avoid any activities or behavior that is ethically, legally, financially or otherwise questionable.