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Campus Security & Crime Awareness Information

 

Introduction

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Title II, Public Law 101- 542 and G.S. 74A) and subsequent amendments require all institutions of higher education to collect and distribute information concerning crime on campus and ways of preventing it. The intent of this web page is to provide the campus community with knowledge of the frequency of various serious crimes on our campus and what to do in case you become a victim.

Safety is a basic concern for all of us in society, and those involved in education are not excluded. Indeed, learning is difficult if you fear for your safety. Because we know this, we are committed to having a safe campus. Only on a safe campus will learning truly occur in a meaningful way. We post this information as part of our commitment to making McDowell Technical Community College a safer place for all students and employees.

Security Measures

The college's policies address campus security and substance abuse. Please click on the links below to view individual policies, or refer to the MTCC Employee Procedures Manual located in the MTCC Library and other college areas:

1.2.1 Campus Security: Access to Campus Facilities
1.2.2 Campus Security: Criminal Activity, Off-Campus Student Activity
1.2.3 Campus Security: Criminal Activity Reporting
1.2.4 Campus Security: General
1.2.5 Campus Security: Bomb Threat
1.15 Prohibition of Alcholic Beverages / Substance Abuse
4.4 Drug Free Students

Individual Safety Practices

1. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times! Your safety depends mostly upon your attitude and actions.

2. Carry your handbag, book bag, or briefcase close to your body.

3. Park near the last building you will be in for the day or evening.

4. Remember to lock your vehicle.

5. Note where you parked.

6. When returning to your car, have your keys out and ready.

7. If you commute to school by taxi, or someone drops you off at school, wait for the taxi or your ride inside the lobby of the building your transportation will drive to. If you cannot see approaching vehicles from inside the lobby, tell your ride to pick you up in front of Building 11. In this building, you can wait inside the lobby with the receptionist and easily see when your transportation arrives.

8. Check the back seat and floorboard of your car before getting into it.

9. Avoid walking alone in the dark; avoid shortcuts that go through poorly lighted or confined areas.

10. Walk in groups whenever possible.

11. Walk confidently and look directly at passers-by.

12. Do not leave any belongings (handbags, books, book bags, etc.) unattended.

13. Go to the nearest campus phone and dial 0 to get the receptionist if any of the following occur:

You see a suspicious person.
You see or have contact with someone behaving in a threatening or unusual manner;
You see people fighting;
You see someone, other than a uniformed law enforcement officer, with a weapon;
Your instincts tell you something is wrong.

Crime Statistics

Crime statistics for MTCC are posted annually on the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education's web site. The link below will take you directly to MTCC's crime statistics:

http://ope.ed.gov/SECURITY/instDetail.asp?UNITED=198923

This site gives links to statistics on criminal offences, hate offences, and arrests.
In addition to the above, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000; Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, section 1601 of Public Law: 106-386 (H.R. 3244) which became effective Octover 28, 2002, requires colleges and universities to inform students and employees how to learn the identities of registered sex offenders on campus. Sex offender information is compiled by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The web address where students can find a list of known sex offenders in McDowell County is:

http://sbi.jus.state.nc.us

Other information postsecondary institutions must provide include; a general description of the institution, completion or graduation rates for the general population as well as student athletes, transfer-out rates, and financial assistance programs. These reports may be requested from the office of Student Records. Curriculum student retention and graduation rates are available on the North Carolina Community College System website as Measure I of the Critical Success Factors Report at the following web address:

http://www.ncccs.cc.nc.us/Publications/index.php

 

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