Chapter 6: College Committees & Advisory Councils06:42:00 Safe Campus Committee
Related Policies and Guidelines
NeSCC Policy 05:04:02 Drug-Free Campus/Workplace Policy
The Safe Campus Committee shall guide Northeast State Community College’s policy and procedures development, awareness campaigns, and constituent expectations concerning safe and respectful environments at all Northeast State teaching sites. The committee is charged with meeting requirements as set forth by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013 (Campus SaVE Act) and with TCA § 49-7-137 that requires instruction to raise awareness and prevention of hate crimes and sexual offenses.
Northeast State strives to maintain an environment that is free of intimidation and encourages the development of students and employees to their fullest extent. Policy clearly states that the College will not tolerate acts or threats of acts of sexual assault, physical assault, or any type of violence. Policy prohibits employees and students from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use, or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol on the College campus, at off-campus facilities owned or controlled by the college, or as a part of College-sponsored activities.
The Safe Campus Committee shall be responsible for the following:
- reviewing policies and procedures related to primary prevention programs campus safety and Safe Northeast;
- monitoring compliance with federal and state guidelines;
- developing training and assessment programs;
- marketing awareness campaigns related to campus safety and primary prevention programs;
- managing constituent rights, responsibilities, and expectations related to campus safety and conduct; and
- establishing community partnerships to encourage safe and healthy environments, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, suicide awareness and prevention, and the reporting and prevention of sexual violence.
Safe Campus Committee determinations shall not replace or supersede any state or federal laws regarding public safety and law enforcement.
The Safe Campus Committee shall include the following representatives:
- Assistant Director for Equity and Compliance, Chair, Non-Voting
- Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students
- Chief of Police
- Dean of Student Services
- Director of Community Relations
- Faculty (2): appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Special Assistant to the President for Safety, Security, and Plant Operations
- Students (2): appointed by the Vice President for Institutional Excellence and Student Success
- Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Vice President for Institutional Excellence and Student Success
Vice President for Institutional Excellence and Student Success
The committee shall meet at least semi-annually or more often as needs arise.
This Committee shall determine the effectiveness of the College's primary prevention programs addressing illicit drugs and alcohol, implement changes, and ensure the disciplinary sanctions are being consistently enforced as mandated by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. (See NeSCC Policy 05:04:02)
The Safe Campus committee may utilize ad hoc subcommittees as needed to facilitate its purpose.
Data Collection and Information Dissemination
The Assistant Director of Equity and Compliance shall distribute information to students, faculty, and staff during each semester. The information shall include the following:
- constituent roles, responsibilities, and standards of conduct;
- applicable disciplinary offenses and sanctions;
- campus and community contacts for support services;
- mechanisms for reporting behaviors of concern; and
- crime statistics.
Reporting Behaviors of Concern and Stakeholder Outreach
All students, faculty, staff, alumni, volunteers, and the community-at-large are stakeholders. The Safe Campus Committee shall work with the college administration to foster a comprehensive reporting culture. Through the data collection and information dissemination process, the committee shall develop mechanisms that will encourage all stakeholders to identify and report concerning behaviors to the Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (BITA) Committee. Stakeholder outreach shall be subjective and may include direct electronic outreach and interpersonal relationships.
The Safe Campus Committee shall encourage direct reports to the Northeast State Police Department at 423.677.7927 (emergency cell) or by calling 9-1-1 in the event of emergency situations that require immediate intervention.
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