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College Catalog: Safety and Security

Campus Safety and Security Force

The campus security forces are not sworn law enforcement officers and do not have arrest authorities beyond those of a private citizen. The local police forces provide emergency services as does the local fire and Emergency Medical Departments. Dial 9-911 from a college telephone or 911 from a personal device to contact local emergency services directly. The campus security force will assist with non-life threatening and safety situations and enforce college rules of conduct. Campus security telephone numbers are 757-569-6721 for Franklin and Smithfield and 757-925- 6319 at Suffolk.


Security Cameras

PDCCC has installed security cameras for the protection of the college community on all campuses. These cameras are monitored by the Campus Security Force. Questions concerning policies and uses should be addressed to the College Safety and Security Officer.


Access to Campus Facilities

Campus buildings are accessible to the college community 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. when classes or events are scheduled. Anyone requiring access to the facility after the times identified must arrange the access through Campus Security.


Campus Crime Data

The College prepares an annual report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding the campuses. The full text of this report and each campuses’ crime statistics are available on the College’s Safety and Security Web Page.


Criminal Incident Information Log (60 days)

This document is maintained in compliance with code of Virginia, 1950 as amended 23-232.2 and Federal law and contains information about all crimes against persons or property, which are reported to the college security force. The report may be viewed on the college web site or may be requested in printed form the college security officer. The security officer will process these requests within 48 hours.


Bulletin Boards

Information regarding administrative policies, rules and regulations, and notices of student activities are posted on several bulletin boards. Personal items — lost and found, wanted, for sale, etc., may be posted when authorized by a dean.


Alcohol and Other Drugs

The College will enforce in cooperation with local police authorities applicable laws dealing with the sale, distribution or use of illegal drugs and alcohol. The laws against the purchase of alcohol for underage students by older students, staff or faculty will be strictly enforced. The College as a matter of policy will prohibit the advertising of alcoholic beverages on college property, decline sponsorship of any college event or program by organizations directly linked to the sale of alcoholic beverages. Violations of alcohol and controlled substance laws will be, as a matter of policy, referred to local law enforcement authorities for action. Students may also be subject to college disciplinary actions that may include dismissal.


Smoking Areas

The College is a non-smoking facility. There is no smoking inside any college-owned or operated building and within 25 feet of any entrance or exit. Smoking areas are clearly marked and equipped with appropriate receptacles. Each smoking area has been selected to ensure that no one entering or exiting a non-smoking building will have to transit a smoking area. The college has designated the following smoking areas on each campus to accommodate students, faculty, staff, and visitors who smoke:

Franklin Campus Smoking Areas
Picnic area right front of main parking lot
Parking lots
Patio area outside door 100

Workforce Development Center
Door 2 exit (between the building and baseball field)
Door 5 exit (near the warming kitchen)

Hobbs Campus Suffolk Smoking Areas
Parking lots
Patio area outside the student lounge

PDCCC at Smithfield Smoking Area
Parking lot


Criminal Misconduct
Crimes against persons take many forms including gender violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking. They all have one thing in common. All are crimes and punishable as either criminal or civil matters. Additionally they are all violations of the Title IX if they involve a member of the college community and punishments under this code can be in addition to any criminal or civil prosecution. The college strongly encourages victims and witnesses to report and prosecute alleged perpetrators to the fullest extent of the laws. There are several venues for assistance if a person is a victim.

Paul D. Camp Community College has access to trained professional counseling staff available to assist victims. The Commonwealth’s Attorneys Office of the cities of Franklin, Suffolk and Isle of Wight victim/witness assistance program is also available to assist victims in any way possible. Referral information is available at all times from the Campus Security Force. Security personnel can assist you in obtaining the necessary information for counseling, medical care or financial assistance. Responsiveness to the victim is a top priority of the college and the Campus Security Force.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault, even if you do not choose to prosecute, it is important that you have a physical examination after the attack. Besides bruises or other physical injuries, you may have been exposed to sexually transmitted diseases that require treatment. An HIV/AIDS test may also help ease your mind, but times for accurate testing vary from 10-90 days and according to the CDC, “No HIV test can detect HIV immediately after infection. If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, talk to your health care provider about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), right away”. Thecollege most strongly recommends counseling, either private or through excellent public resources, and can put you in touch with these resources. All of these services are confidential. A copy of the college’s policy on sexual misconduct can be found on the Safety and Security link on the college web site.

Consider your judicial options. Although there are statutes of limitations on criminal cases, they are often longer than you think. You also have the option of civil charges or campus disciplinary actions. If the assault and the aftermath are interfering with your ability to complete your academic work, talk with the VP of Academic and Student Development about academic relief.
Remember, it is never too late to deal with a crime against persons and the college will assist you in every way possible.


AIDS Policy

Current knowledge indicates that students or employees with AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), ARC (AIDS-Related Complex), or a positive HIV antibody test normally do not pose a health risk to other students or employees in an academic setting. Therefore, students or employees who have AIDS, ARC, or a positive HIV antibody test are allowed regular classroom attendance and use of all institutional facilities. The following program to inform those at PDCCC about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome will be followed:

  • A unit on AIDS will be incorporated into student development classes (SDV), including the Facts versus Misconceptions List.
  • Lists of agencies for counseling and treatment are available in the Counseling Center and the Library.
  • PDCCC will develop specialized programs about AIDS prevention in the designated week in March.
  • The College will conduct a biennial review of its policy on AIDS to (a) determine its effectiveness and implement changes if they are needed and (b) ensure that non-discrimination policy is consistently enforced.
  • College personnel will continue to work with area agencies to share information to keep the PDCCC community informed.

Lost and Found Items

Items found on College grounds or in College Facilities should be turned into the respective security or admissions office on the Franklin, Hobbs or Smithfield Center facility. Items found on the Franklin or Regional Workforce Development Center grounds should be turned into College security in room 130D, 757-569-6721, of the main campus building. Items found on the Hobbs Campus should be turned into college security in room 107C, 757-925-6319. Items found on the Center at Smithfield should be turned into the admissions office, 757- 925-6340.

Individuals missing items may call the respective security/admissions office to determine if their missing article has been “turned-in.” College personnel will release missing items after a suitable description of the lost item is provided.

In the case of cash turned into lost and found, a receipt will be issued to the individual turning in the money. After 30 days, money if not returned to rightful owner will be returned to the individual turning in the funds.

The college accepts no responsibility for locating owners of lost property except where there is sufficient identification in or on the lost item to identify the owner. Owners will be notified by college email of found property. Unclaimed articles will be held for 90 days and if unclaimed after that point discarded or donated to a local charity.


Children on Campus
PDCCC is not equipped to provide support to children. Children are not allowed in classrooms, laboratories, or computer labs. Children may accompany adults into the library but their escort is responsible for their behavior. Unattended children to include those left in automobiles are not permitted on any campus. If an unattended child is found on campus, campus security officers will make an attempt to reunite parent and child. However, if campus security officer is unable to reunite the parent and child, they are required by law to contact local police. Local police will follow Virginia law regarding unattended children.


Pets and Other Animals

No pets or other animals (e.g., farm animals) are permitted on campus, except for:

  1. animals identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act as service animals, or
  2. emotional support animals approved, in advance, by the Dean of Student Services. The college will respond to requests for reasonable accommodations. Requests for accommodations should be made, in writing, to the Dean of Student Services.

Animals are not to be left unattended on campus or placed in parked vehicles. Local animal control authorities will be notified and have jurisdiction regarding disposition.


Parking

The College provides free parking at all campuses on a first-come, first-served basis. PDCCC accepts no responsibility of loss or damage to private or commercial vehicles using campus parking lots. Handicapped parking spots and fire lanes are clearly marked, and the college will have illegally parked vehicles towed at owner’s expense. Vehicle maintenance on college property is prohibited. Abandoned or inoperative vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense after 48 hours.