|Campus Security Policies
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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,
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.
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
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
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.