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Response to the Clery Act, as amended, 2000

Sampson Community College is committed to providing a secure campus environment for all members of the college community. The College operates as a commuting institution and does not provide dormitories and The following information is intended to summarize the College's response to the requirements of the Clery Act, as amended in 2000, and to define institutional policies and procedures for campus security and crime reporting.

Questions concerning campus security, crime reporting, or any of the following information should be addressed to the Vice President of Administration, North Building Administrative Offices, 910-592-8081 ext. 2004.

Crime Report

In compliance with the requirements of Clery Act, the following crime statistics are provided to inform the campus community about the occurrence of crimes on the campus and within the City of Clinton for the noted three-year period.

Table 1. Crimes Reported on the Campus


Access to Campus Facilities

The College provides access to the campus for students, employees, and visitors during the College's scheduled hours of operation. During the Fall and Spring semesters, these hours are 8:00 a.m. through 10:30 p.m, Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on Fridays during scheduled academic days.

The College's hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Monday through Thursday on non-academic days and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. The College's hours of operation are subject to change during non-academic days. During weekends, the College opens only those buildings housing weekend classes during class hours. Access to buildings after these hours may be requested through the administration.

Security Considerations

The College campus provides designated well-lighted parking areas for students and employees with open walkways between buildings and parking lots. The campus is equipped with emergency call boxes located in the west parking lot and the southeast parking lot adjacent to the Activity Center. These call boxes alert the employees monitoring the College's radio system that emergency assistance is needed. In addition to those carried by campus security officers, the maintenance and housekeeping employees and a number of administrators carry hand-held radios that communicate across the campus. These employees can request 911 service through the switchboard operator or summon assistance from other staff when needed.

When not in use by the College, the plant staff secures all campus buildings. Most buildings are equipped with security alarm systems that report intruders to a monitoring service that then calls both local police and an administrator for response. During hours the College is closed, the CPD drives through the campus as part of their regular monitoring activity.
Campus Law Enforcement

The College employs one full-time officer from the Clinton Police Department (CPD) and other part-time city officers as security personnel. These officers are recognizable on the campus in their CPD uniforms. Their duties include parking and traffic enforcement as well as campus security. While on duty on the campus, these officers serve as representatives of the College and as sworn members of the Clinton Police Department with arrest authority.

The College resides within the City of Clinton. Students, employees, and visitors are subject to the enforcement actions of sworn officers from the Clinton Police Department. These officers have the authority to arrest individuals without approval of College officials for violations of city, state, and federal laws.

The College encourages the accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to campus security personnel, to College officials, or directly to the Clinton Police Department through 911 calls.

Reporting of Crimes

The College encourages anyone that observes a crime or has reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to report this information to a campus security officer or to a member of the administrative staff. The Sampson Community College Campus Emergency Procedures handout provides general instruction to assist in reporting information by phone to 911 or to campus officials.

Campus Security and Crime Prevention Programs

The College provides an overview of campus security procedures and practices as part of its Fall Semester general orientation activities for students. Campus security is also reviewed as part of ACA 111, a required course for first-year degree seeking students. Employee orientations include a review of campus emergency procedures. Additional information is available by request from the administration.

Monitoring and Recording of Criminal Activity

Students are expected to conform to the College's code of conduct when on the campus, at any College sponsored event, or when participating as a representative of a College student organization. Students that are charged with criminal activity at an off-campus event while serving as a representative of the College may be subject to code of conduct sanctions imposed by the College.

Information on Registered Sex Offenders

Consistent with the requirements of Clery Act, students and employees may find information concerning law enforcement agency information provided by the State of North Carolina on registered sex offenders assessing the following website:


Criminal Reporting and Notification

The College's emergency procedures including those concerning the reporting of crimes are described in the Sampson Community College Campus Emergency Procedures. It is the policy of the College to prepare and disclose both campus and community crime statistics to currently enrolled students and employees in a timely manner through one or methods of notification including mail, information handouts, posters, and electronic means. Such disclosure is to be consistent with all applicable requirements of federal law.

Students and employees are encouraged to report all crimes to a campus security officer or to an administrative staff member for the purpose of making timely warning reports and for the purposes of making the annual statistical disclosure. These staff members include the president, vice presidents, dean, evening director or any campus official supervising a College event.

Student Affairs Policy Statements

The College's policies concerning student conduct are described in the 2004-2005 Student Handbook.. These policies include statements addressing alcoholic beverages and sexual harassment along with a complete listing of student responsibilities.

Alcoholic Beverages

Students are subject to disciplinary action including suspension and dismissal when they are found to be knowingly possessing, using, consuming, transmitting, or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverages or intoxicants of any kind on the campus of the College except as provided in the paragraph below. The campus includes the main campus, or any property rented or leased by the College for instructional purposes.

Possessing, using, and transmitting of alcoholic beverages or other intoxicants on the campus for instructional purposes only is permitted, provided possession, use or transmittal is otherwise lawful and is under the supervision of a faculty member.


Students are subject to disciplinary action including suspension and dismissal when they are found to be knowingly possessing, using, transmitting, or being under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, or any controlled substance of any kind on the College campus or at a College-sponsored event, unless such possession, use or transmittal is lawful (e.g. drugs prescribed by a qualified physician.) It is the policy of the College to cooperate fully with law enforcement officers seeking information or arrest for violations of any applicable state or federal drug law.

Sexual Harassment

The College's policies concerning sexual harassment are provided in the Student Handbook and are distributed in a special pamphlet distributed to students and staff each semester.

Policy. All members of the College community are expected and instructed to conduct themselves in such a way as to contribute to an atmosphere free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment of any student or employee by any other student or employee is a violation of College policy and will not be tolerated. All such persons violating the policy will be disciplined in accordance with the procedures outlined below.

Definition. Requests or demands for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by any student or employee constitutes sexual harassment when:

submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic standing, or

submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting that individual, or

such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment and is not protected by free speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Sexual harassment refers to behavior that is not welcome, that is personally offensive, that fails to respect the rights of others and that, therefore, interferes with the individual's work/learning effectiveness. Sexual harassment may take different forms. One specific form is the demand for sexual favors. Other forms of harassment include, but are not limited to:

Verbal - Comments of a sexual nature, including innuendoes, suggestive comments, jokes, propositions, threats, and degrading/discriminating/stereotypical words, comments directed primarily at one's gender.

Nonverbal - Sexually suggestive-objects or pictures, graphic commentaries, suggestive or insulting sounds, leering, whistling, obscene gestures.

Physical - Unwanted physical contact, including touching, pinching, brushing the body, pushing.

Sexual harassment can apply to people of the same gender, not must male/female interactions. Whatever form it takes, sexual harassment is insulting and demeaning to the recipient, and will not be tolerated at the College. All employees - administrators, faculty and staff alike - are responsible for maintaining an environment that is free from sexual harassment. Students, as well, are expected to comply with this policy and to take appropriate measures to ensure that such conduct does not occur. Employees or students who violate this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion.

Application of the Grievance Procedures

Any employee who believes that he or she has been sexually harassed by a supervisor, a co-worker, or by anyone else associated with the College, or who believes that another employee is being subjected to sexual harassment, should report the matter immediately to either of the grievance officers so that appropriate corrective action may be taken.

Any student who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual harassment or who believes that another student is being sexually harassed should report the situation immediately to either of the grievance officers so that appropriate corrective action may be taken.

Following a complaint of sexual harassment, an investigation will be undertaken by the College. The College will, to the maximum extent feasible, maintain the confidentiality of all complaints on a need-to-know basis. However, an adequate investigation of such complaints generally will require disclosure to the accused party and other witnesses in order to gather pertinent facts.

No retaliatory measures will be taken against any student or any employee for complaining of sexual harassment. Likewise, no retaliatory measures will be taken against any individual for assisting or cooperating with the College in its investigation of sexual harassment complaints.

Any employee, student or member of the College community who feels he or she has been or may have been subjected to sexual harassment is strongly encouraged to seek assistance from one of the grievance officers.

Any employee or student who has reported a violation but does not feel that appropriate corrective action has been taken may appeal the College's action to the College's Board of Trustees as set forth in Chapter VIII of the Operating Manual of the Board of Trustees. Also, the person or persons against whom the complaint was made may appeal to the Board of Trustees as set forth in Chapter VIII. The Board Manual may be found in the College library.

Sexual Harassment Grievance Officers

  • Dean of Student Services
  • Division Chair - Business and Public Service Programs
  • Student Services Counselor

If none of these grievance officers are available employees should report such incidents through the chain of command or to the College President. Students should report such incidents to their instructor or any member of the College's administration.

Sexual Assault

The College provides programs to enhance sexual assault awareness and prevention throughout the year. Selected staff members and community experts give presentations and provide resources on request.

When a sexual assault occurs, it should be reported immediately to campus security and the sexual harassment officer in order to preserve any evidence. The victim can contact campus security and/or the sexual harassment officer through the college switchboard. Upon notification, campus security and/or the sexual harassment officer will assist the victim in following the Sexual Harassment Grievance Policy as described in the Student Handbook. The victim will/may report the assault to the appropriate law enforcement agency for further legal action with the assistance of campus security, the sexual harassment officer, or any student services staff member.

Possible sanctions for students found guilty of sexual offenses include restricted access to specified buildings, events or areas of the campus, suspension or dismissal from the college. If charges of a sexual offense are prosecuted, criminal penalties can result in addition to sanctions imposed by the college.

All crimes and incidents are reported to the Vice President of Administration who records the data for reporting purposes.

Distribution and Disclosure of the Report

By October 1 of each year, the College will distribute to each student and each employee a written notice that a College security report, meeting the requirements of the Clery Act, is available for all current students and employees. The notice will include the electronic address at which the report is posted, a brief description of the report's contents, and a statement that the College will provide a paper copy of the report upon request. Employees will receive written notice through campus distribution. Curriculum students will receive notice through a general class distribution.

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