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Campus Safety and Security

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WCC Campus Security Office phone is (336) 838-6274or (336) 838-6275  

Evacuation Area Map  *see Emergency Response Plan in Related Links  


 

Crime Awareness & Campus Security (Clery Act) 

 

Wilkes Community College Annual Security Report 

This report is prepared in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, formerly known as the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990.  

Annual Crime Report  

  • Preparation In August of each year the Safety and Security Manager will begin preparing an Annual Crime Report. In accordance with federal regulations, the Safety and Security Manager will file the report electronically with the U.S. Department of Education. The Safety and Security Manager will also provide copies of the report to the Director of Human Resources and Director of Admissions for distribution to all current students and employees. 
  • Distribution The Director of Admissions and the Director of Human Resources will provide copies of the annual report to any applicant for enrollment or employment upon request. Additionally, they will inform all applicants of the report's availability
    and give them a summary of its contents. The summary will include the content topics
    set forth in the regulations.
     
  • Copies of this report may be obtained at the address below or viewed on the Internet at: http://www.wilkescc.edu/current_students/campus_safety_home.asp 

 

Director of Admissions  Director of Human Resources 
Wilkes Community College  Wilkes Community College 
PO Box 120  PO Box 120 
Wilkesboro, NC 28697-0120  Wilkesboro, NC 28697-0120 

 

Timely Reports to the Campus Community 

The Safety and Security Manager will immediately report murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, and motor vehicle thefts to the President or designee.  If there appears to be a further threat to students or employees, the President or designee will then immediately issue a Crime Alert notifying all students and employees of the potential risk to help prevent similar occurrences.  

Wilkes Community College Crime Statistics 

  Location - Wilkes (main campus)  2012  2011  2010 
I  Crime or Offense       
A.  Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter  None  None  None 
B.  Negligent Manslaughter  None  None  None 
C.  Sex Offense (Forcible)  None  None  None 
D.  Sex Offense (Non-Forcible)  None  None  None 
E.  Robbery  None  None  None 
F.  Aggravated Assault  None  None  None 
G.  Burglary  None   2  None 
H.  Motor Vehicle Theft  None  None  None 
I.  Arson  None  None  None 
         
II  Hate Crimes         
A.  Race  None  None  None 
B.  Gender  None  None  None 
C.  Religion  None  None  None 
D.  Sexual Orientation  None  None  None 
E.  Ethnicity / National Origin  None  None  None 
F.  Disability  None  None  None 
         
III  Arrests or Disciplinary Referrals         
A.  Illegal Weapons Possession  None   1  None 
B.  Drug Law Violations  1   1   1 
C.  Liquor Law Violations   2   2   1 

 

 
  

Location - Ashe Campus

 
2012  2011  2010 
I  Crime or Offense         
A.  Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter  None  None  None 
B.  Negligent Manslaughter  None  None  None 
C.  Sex Offense (Forcible)  None  None  None 
D.  Sex Offense (Non-Forcible)  None  None  None 
E.  Robbery  None  None  None 
F.  Aggravated Assault  None  None  None 
G.  Burglary  None  None  None 
H.  Motor Vehicle Theft  None  None  None 
I.  Arson  None  None  None 
         
II  Hate Crimes         
A.  Race  None  None  None 
B.  Gender  None  None  None 
C.  Religion  None  None  None 
D.  Sexual Orientation  None  None  None 
E.  Ethnicity / National Origin  None  None  None 
F.  Disability  None  None  None 
         
III  Arrests or Disciplinary Referrals         
A.  Illegal Weapons Possession  None  None  None 
B.  Drug Law Violations  None  None  None 
C.  Liquor Law Violations  None  None  None 

     

  

Location - Alleghany Center

 
2012  2011  2010 
I  Crime or Offense         
A.  Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter  None  None  None 
B.  Negligent Manslaughter  None  None  None 
C.  Sex Offense (Forcible)  None  None  None 
D.  Sex Offense (Non-Forcible)  None  None  None 
E.  Robbery  None  None  None 
F.  Aggravated Assault  None  None  None 
G.  Burglary  None  None  None 
H.  Motor Vehicle Theft   1  None  None 
I.  Arson  None  None  None 
         
II  Hate Crimes         
A.  Race  None  None  None 
B.  Gender  None  None  None 
C.  Religion  None  None  None 
D.  Sexual Orientation  None  None  None 
E.  Ethnicity / National Origin  None  None  None 
F.  Disability  None  None  None 
         
III  Arrests or Disciplinary Referrals         
A.  Illegal Weapons Possession  None  None  None 
B.  Drug Law Violations  None  None  None 
C.  Liquor Law Violations  None  None  None 

       

  

Location - Non-campus and Public Property

 
2012  2011  2010 
I  Crime or Offense          
A.  Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter  None  None  None 
B.  Negligent Manslaughter  None  None  None 
C.  Sex Offense (Forcible)  None  None  None 
D.  Sex Offense (Non-Forcible)  None  None  None 
E.  Robbery  None  None  None 
F.  Aggravated Assault  None  None  None 
G.  Burglary  None  None  None 
H.  Motor Vehicle Theft  None  None  None 
I.  Arson  None  None  None 
         
II  Hate Crimes          
A.  Race  None  None  None 
B.  Gender  None  None  None 
C.  Religion  None  None  None 
D.  Sexual Orientation  None  None  None 
E.  Ethnicity / National Origin  None  None  None 
F.  Disability  None  None  None 
         
III  Arrests or Disciplinary Referrals          
A.  Illegal Weapons Possession  None  None  None 
B.  Drug Law Violations  None  1  None 
C.  Liquor Law Violations  None  None  None 

 

NOTE:  Printed copies of this report as well as daily incident reports are available in the Security Office upon request.  

Current Policies for Reporting Crimes and Emergencies 

Timely Reporting of Crimes and Emergencies:  

It is the responsibility of every college employee and student to report crimes whenever they become aware of such activity. All criminal offenses or emergencies that occur on main campus should be reported to the campus security office immediately. The security office is located in the Visitors? Center and officers are on patrol during and after normal business hours. Security may be contacted by telephone at (336) 838-6274 (office) or (336) 838-6275 (mobile).  Dial only the last four digits when calling from an on-campus phone.  The college has emergency free standing call boxes located at strategic locations across the campus. The call boxes allow direct communication with campus security and local police and provide a rapid means for reporting crimes and emergencies. Courtesy telephones located in each classroom building on the main campus also offer immediate access to campus security (dial "6274" or "6275") and local police (dial "9" for an outside line followed by "911").   

Crimes or emergencies at occurring at Ashe Campus, Alleghany Center or other non-campus instructional sites should be reported directly to the campus/center  director or if necessary, local police. Campus directors will report any criminal incident occurring at their location to the Safety and Security Manager for proper documentation and disclosure.  

Campus security officers work closely with local law enforcement agencies to assure that all crimes reported are investigated.  Where suspect(s) can be identified, security officers work with police officers to gather the evidence necessary to prosecute the offender(s) in court.  For students who violate campus rules and regulations, offender(s) are referred to the Vice President of Instructional and Student Services or the Vice President of Continuing Education for disciplinary action. The decision to prosecute in state court does not exclude the possibility that disciplinary action may be initiated by the college.  

 

Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics:  

The Safety and Security Manager will collect the information specified in the Act relating to crimes on campus and other facilities controlled by the college and prepare the annual report.  The Vice President of Instructional and Student Services and Director of Human Resources will publish and distribute the crime report to all current students and employees. The Director of Admissions and the Director of Human Resources will notify applicants for enrollment or employment of the availability of the annual crime report and provide copies to applicants upon request. 

 

Responsibility for Crime Warning Reports: 

The Safety and Security Manager will immediately report crimes to the President or designee if there appears to be a further threat to students or employees. To help prevent similar occurrences, the President or designee will immediately notify all students and employees of the potential risk by issuing a Crime Alert. 

 

Security of and Access to Campus Facilities:  

WCC buildings are open to all employees, students, and authorized visitors during normal operating hours. While in college buildings, all persons are required to obey all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, as well as college approved policies. 

Access to campus buildings during non-operating hours shall be restricted to employees having official college business.  Employees working in college buildings during such times must notify the security officer on duty of their presence. At least two persons must be present when using shop or laboratory equipment where there is a potential for injury. 

When an office or facility is closed, access for anyone other than employees of the college is prohibited unless accompanied by an employee. Students who enter closed facilities will be disciplined. Non-students who enter closed facilities will be treated as trespassers, and local law enforcement officers will be notified. 

Employees are required to wear college-issued ID badges and students are to present college ID's or other form of identification upon the request of a campus security authority. Visitors are permitted in campus buildings as needed to conduct business or visit employees.   

The Safety and Security Manager conducts an inspection of the campus for security risk conditions on a semi-annual basis and reports any conditions that present a potential security risk as well as corrective actions taken or planned to the chief facilities officer.  

 

Enforcement Authority of Campus Security Officers:   

Campus security personnel include sworn and non-sworn officers.  Sworn officers are granted police authority under North Carolina General Statute 74-A, and these officers, while in the performance of the duties of their employment, shall possess all the powers of municipal and county police officers to make arrests for both felonies and misdemeanors and charge for infractions. Non-sworn officers perform in the same manner as sworn officers with the exception of affecting an arrest. An arrest, if necessary, will be referred to a sworn officer.  The Safety and Security Manager works closely with law enforcement agencies to provide support for campus security officers, as required, and for investigative support and traffic enforcement.  

Students, employees, and visitors are expected to cooperate with campus security authorities. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary or legal action, as appropriate.  

 

Safety and Security Programs:  

  • Campus Security Procedures and Practices - Issues relating to crime awareness and prevention are addressed in programs, meetings, and classes held fall and spring semesters for both students and employees. Students are made aware of campus security procedures during college student success classes. The Safety and Security Manager also supplies information for publication in the student newspaper and initiates dissemination of crime alerts and timely warnings. 
  • Crime Prevention - Crime awareness and prevention initiatives described above are the basis for developing a safe and crime free campus. It is the responsibility of every college employee and student to report crimes and suspicious activity whenever they become aware of such an occurrence.  Students and employees are not only responsible for their own safety but are encouraged to help protect the safety of others. In addition to crime awareness and prevention programs, information is provided through pamphlets, articles in the student newspaper, and announcements posted on the website. 

 

Students and employees are encouraged to practice the safety measures listed below:  

  • Avoid walking alone at night, if possible, and stay on lighted routes when you are walking alone at night. Carry a cellular telephone for use during an emergency. 
  • Lock your car. 
  • Do not leave valuables lying out in the open or in unlocked vehicles.
     
  • Record the serial numbers and brand names of all property of value. 
  • Students are encouraged to share information about suspicious activity either directly with campus security or anonymously through Student Services. 

Crime prevention is important to the college community and you can help by reporting any crime or suspicious activity to campus security immediately. By doing so, you may be preventing someone from becoming a victim of a serious crime.  

 

Monitoring of off-campus activities: 

Wilkes Community College prohibits off-campus student organizations.  Officially recognized student organizations typically have few activities held off-campus. Social events held off-campus must be chaperoned by a club or organization advisor. Any club or organization wishing to sponsor a trip to an off-campus activity (conference, workshop, or special event) must register the proposed trip with the Student Activities Office at least 5 working days in advance of the intended travel. A designated advisor (full time college employee) must accompany students on off-campus trips.  Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are not allowed at college events held on or off-campus.  

 

Possession, Sale, and Use of Alcoholic Beverages: 

The possession or use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on college premises or as a part of any of its activities. Violation of this regulation may result in suspension or dismissal.  A complete description of the college's program to prevent use of alcohol and illegal drugs is contained in the student handbook, college web site, and college catalog.  Included in this program are college policies, sanctions for infractions, legal consequences, health risks, and resources for drug/alcohol abuse assistance. 

 

Possession, Sale, and Use of Illegal Drugs: The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, and/or possession, or use of drugs, and/or controlled and/or illegal substances is prohibited on college premises or as a part of any of its activities.  Violation of this regulation may result in suspension or dismissal.  The college's program to prevent illegal drug use and abuse is contained in detail in the student handbook, college web site, and college catalog as described above. 

 

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs:  

Counseling services within Student Services coordinates drug and alcohol abuse education programs for college students, faculty and staff.  The main emphasis is during WCC Alcohol Awareness week held each fall. Activities include demonstrations (e.g., DWI simulator), presentations, handouts, brochures, guest speakers, and activities that show that fun is possible without alcohol or drugs. A Wellness Fair, held each spring, focuses upon activities designed to promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle.  The Wellness Fair includes education about detrimental effects of alcohol and drugs. In addition to these concentrated efforts, students may call or walk-in Student Services for confidential assessment of alcohol and drug issues. Counselors are available for crisis situations and will assist with referral to community treatment, if necessary. Also, classroom educational activities are available throughout the year--any instructor may request a classroom presentation concerning drug and alcohol education by a Student Services Counselor.  

Drug and alcohol information is disseminated to all students enrolled fall semester, and to newly registered students for spring and summer terms.  Student information on drugs and alcohol is disseminated via CampusCruiser? e-mail accounts and in orientation materials for new students. In addition, information is in the college catalog and student handbook. Each issue of the college tabloid (course schedule) also provides a list of sources for this information.  

Drug and Alcohol information is disseminated via e-mail to all employees annually each May. All new employees receive drug and alcohol information from the Human Resources office during new employee orientation.  

 

Sexual Assault Prevention:  

  • Educational Programs to Promote Awareness: WCC provides educational programs as part of the student success classes.  These programs focus on relationship violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Information is provided on campus and community resources to assist victims of these crimes.  Educational programs on these and other safety topics are offered throughout the semester as part of the lunch and learn workshop series. All programs include printed material with tips and resource information listed. Safety and campus resource information is included in the WCC new student orientation program. 
  • Procedures: Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to seek immediate assistance. Campus Security is located in the Visitors' Center or may be reached by calling 838-6274 (office) or 838-6275 (mobile). Student Services counselors are available to provide counseling support for victims, if a student would like to receive services. 
  • Notification: Campus Security is obligated to notify Wilkesboro Police Department of crimes that occur on campus.  This means that a police officer will interview the victim. If the student requests medical attention, Campus Security will arrange transportation to the local hospital. Our local hospital has a policy in place to notify a victim's advocate if a victim comes to the emergency room. 
  • Counseling: Student Services offers counseling for victims.  Victims will be made aware of counseling services, the confidential nature of the counseling services, and resources available within the community and on campus. 
  • Resources
    Emergency 911
    Campus Security - 838-6274(Office) - or - 838-6275 (Radio)
    Student Services and Counseling - 838-6135
    SAFE - 667-7656
    New River Behavioral Healthcare - 667-5151
    Wilkesboro Police Department - 667-7277
    Wilkes County Sheriff's Department - 903-7600
    Wilkes Regional Medical Center - 651-8100
     Victims Witness Assistant - 667-0109
     
  • Assistance: WCC will work with a student victim to increase the student's sense of safety. This includes informing the student of the option to make reasonable efforts to change the student's class schedule if the victim is in a class with the alleged assailant. 
  • Discipline: Discipline is handled by the chief student services officer for curriculum students and by the chief continuing education officer for continuing education students.  A student may choose to pursue disciplinary proceedings against another student instead of or in addition to legal proceedings. Both the student filing the complaint and the accused student shall have the same opportunity to have others present statements or information on their behalf during a disciplinary proceeding and both will be informed of the outcome. 
  • Sanctions: Possible sanctions include probation, suspension, and expulsion as well as legal action.  

 

Registered Sex Offenders:  

All convicted sex offenders coming to or in North Carolina, including students, are required to register with the local county sheriff's department for inclusion in the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry. This information may be obtained by calling the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office at 336-903-7639, the Alleghany County Sheriff's Office at 336-372-4455, or the Ashe County Sheriff's Office at 336-246-9746 or on the Internet at http://ncfindoffender.com/