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The Campus Safety office is located on the second floor of Atrium, and can be reached from anywhere on campus by calling extension, 7262 or 507-280-3175. For emergencies necessitating an immediate police, fire or EMS response, please call 9-1-1. Visit www.rctc.edu/security to view emergency procedures.
Campus Security is provided by the office of Campus Safety, which maintains a visible security presence and patrols the campus roadways, walkways, parking areas, and buildings. Specific elements of the Campus Safety mission include: accident investigation; crime prevention; vehicle assists; incident investigation; parking and traffic enforcement; emergency response; and disaster coordination.
Campus Security officers are a proprietary security force responsible for maintaining public order on campus. The approach to this responsibility is with professionalism and discretion and with the understanding that service to the campus community is paramount.
To carry out the security patrol mission, Campus Safety operates marked campus security vehicles. In addition college security maintains camera CCTV systems, supervised by Campus Safety that will monitor many interior public areas, labs, and high-risk areas as well as exterior parking lots.
Campus Safety Assistance
Campus Security personnel provide assistance to the campus community in the following areas: emergency response and CPR; information and directions; telephone console operations; escorts to and from parking areas and classrooms; investigation of incidents/crimes occurring on campus; and patrol of campus roadways, walkways, parking areas and buildings.
How To Report Crimes Or Incidents On Campuses
RCTC encourages students and employees to promptly report crimes on campus to Campus Security Officers and local law enforcement agencies on a voluntary basis. Normally, crimes should be reported to Campus Safety or by dialing 9-1-1 from a cellular phone or campus phone to make contact with the Rochester Police Department. You also may report crimes in person by coming to the Security Officers located on the second floor Atrium, or by calling 507-285-7262. You can also use a Code Blue located in the parking lot if you need make immediate contact with a security operator who will notify local first responders and Campus Security if applicable. To report crimes in progress dial 9-1-1.
Furnish all pertinent information when reporting an incident. Campus Safety working in conjunction with the local law enforcement agency will conduct the appropriate investigation and file the necessary report(s). Follow-up pursuits will include efforts to identify responsible parties, recover stolen property, recommend appropriate action, and pursue code of conduct action with the coordinator for code of conduct.
Campus Security maintains an excellent working relationship with the Rochester Police Department and assistance is provided in a prompt and professional manner when requested. Rochester Police Department regularly provides current information and data concerning criminal activity in and around the RCTC campus.
Timely Warnings Policy
Campus Security maintains and reports yearly crime statistics. When appropriate RCTC, will issue timely warnings to the campus community relative to potential criminal activity.
RCTC strives to provide safe and secure campus environments. Occasionally an incident may take place on our campuses or information is received from a local law enforcement agency regarding an incident that occurred in the immediate vicinity of one of the campuses which is considered potentially threatening. If any member of the campus community knows of a crime or other serious incident should report that incident as soon as possible to the Campus Safety office or call 9-1-1 so that a timely warning can be issued. When we are made aware of such information, we will issue timely warnings through the campus newspaper, Star Alert notification system, and email accounts.
Emergency Response and Evacuation
RCTC has implemented a comprehensive emergency notification system that can alert and inform campus community members in the event of an imminent threat to health and safety (e.g. tornado, active shooter, hazardous material spill, etc.).
Upon confirmation from a Campus Safety officer or College official regarding a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of campus community members, emergency notifications will be disseminated without delay to campus community members via text message and email alerts, internal public address system, and an external siren (where applicable). The Campus Safety coordinator, working in conjunction with other College officials will determine the content of the emergency notification, select the most appropriate method(s) for disseminating the information as quickly as possible, and initiate the notification system. The coordinator of Campus Safety, Campus Safety officers and authorized college personnel are responsible for issuing notifications via Star Alert Emergency Notification System.
The text message system, RCTC Emergency Alert (http://www.rctc.edu/security/ems.html) is a free service that students and staff can subscribe to in order to receive information directly to their text enabled mobile phone in the event of an emergency or campus closure. The external siren is capable of producing audible and voice commands to the campus community in the event of an emergency. When you hear the audible alert tone, you will immediately be instructed on what steps to take next to ensure your health and safety which could include seek shelter inside immediately, stay inside until further notice or evacuate the campus immediately.
Additionally, various procedures for responding to emergencies can also be found on the Security’s homepage by visiting www.rctc/security.edu and click on “emergency procedures”. College officials will conduct annual tests and exercises of emergency response and evacuation procedures in order to ensure an orderly response to incidents necessitating such measures and to continuously assess the readiness of our emergency response and recovery capabilities. Tests will be announced in advance via email, and other available methods.
Access to Campus Facilities
For security purposes, campus buildings are secured when classes and activities have finished each day. Facilities are kept secured during periods when college sanctioned functions are not being conducted.
College facilities are generally open from 7am-10pm, Monday through Friday, and from 7am-6pm on weekends, unless otherwise specified by College officials. Persons requesting access to college facilities after hours will be required to show appropriate identification and state the reason for being on campus. On a need basis and with proper authorization, students, faculty and staff may be provided with access to those facilities which are operated with electronic access controls.
Basic Crime Prevention Steps
Effective crime prevention begins with personal involvement and responsibility. By taking a few moments to think before acting, we can all make ourselves less likely to become a victim or a statistic. The following is a list of DOs and DON'Ts to help you in protecting your personal property and yourself. DO lock your car at all times - when parked and when driving; DO use the lighted walkways going to and from the parking lots; DO report all crimes and/or suspicious activities to Campus Safety promptly; DO mark your valuable possessions (books, calculators, recorders, etc.) i.e. with your driver's license number; DO call Campus Safety (507-285-7262) if you desire an escort; DO treat all personal property as you do cash; DO ask a friend to walk with you to the parking lot; DON’T leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle (iPods, GPS devices, books). DON'T leave books, handbags, book bags, wallets, etc. unattended in the library, cafeteria, restrooms, or study areas; DON'T leave your locker unlocked; DON'T leave your purse or other valuables in an unlocked desk or file cabinet; DON'T walk through dark areas without an escort; DON'T leave cash or checks in your unlocked desk or file cabinet. Crime prevention is everyone's job. With some effort and forethought, we can maintain a safe campus environment.
Substance Abuse Policy
RCTC does not condone the possession, use, manufacture or distribution of illegal substances or drug paraphernalia of any kind of any amount. Campus community members in violation of this policy may be jeopardizing their own well-being as well as the well-being of the campus community.
University Center Rochester is committed to providing a drug-free, safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.
Substance Abuse Assistance
If you or someone you know would like help with a substance abuse problem:
Alcoholics Anonymous 507-289-5636
1340 3rd Avenue SE, Rochester
St. Mary’s Emergency Trauma Unit 507-255-5591
1216 2nd Street SW, Rochester
Rochester Police Department (non-emergency) 507-328-6800
101 4th Street SE, Rochester
Olmsted Co. Dept. Social Services 507-328-6400
Government Center, 2116 Campus Dr. SE, Rochester
Zumbro Valley Psychological Services 507-289-2089
Connections and Referral Unit 507-281-6248
343 Woodlake Dr. SE, Rochester
Woman’s Shelter 507-285-1010
Victim’s Shelter 507-328-7270
Sexual Harassment And Assault
Students and staff at RCTC have a right to an environment free of sexual harassment, not only by persons in positions of power, but by any RCTC employee or student. Sexual harassment constitutes a serious threat to the free interaction and exchange necessary for educational and personal development. Sexual harassment is not only a clear violation of College policy; it is a form of discrimination and is illegal. Students are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education amendments.
Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual attention such as staring, leering, ogling, sexual teasing, jokes, gestures, inappropriate touching, pressures for a date or sex, forced sexual relations, or suggestions that sex can be exchanged for grades or a promotion. It can happen to both men and women, but women are more often the victims.
Harassment may occur when a person in a position of control or influence over a person's grades, academic career, or job uses authority and power to gain sexual advantages and threatens or punishes for refusal. Another form of sexual harassment is peer harassment (by other students), and includes any of the above unwanted actions (except suggestions that can be exchanged for grade or promotions). Sexual harassment committed by students is a serious offense which could lead to dismissal from the college.
If an individual is the victim of sexual harassment, they are encouraged to report such incidents promptly to the Campus Safety Office, Human Resources, or college official.
If an individual is the victim of a sexual assault, formal charges alleging sexual assault occurring on any campus may be logged with the Campus Safety office which will make immediate contact with the local law enforcement agency in order to ensure a prompt and thorough investigation of the occurrence. In the case of a criminal sexual assault, it is extremely important that physical evidence be preserved.
What to Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted:
- Find a safe environment away from your attacker and call 9-1-1 immediately! If possible, ask a trusted friend to stay with you. And, remember, it’s not your fault you were attacked.
- Write down everything you can remember about your attacker (physical description, location of the attack, etc.)
- Preserve evidence of the attack. Though you may want to, do not bathe or brush your teeth. Do not wash or get rid of any of the clothing that you were wearing.
- If the incident occurred on any campus, immediately report the assault to Campus Safety or dial 9-1-1. Security officials will assist the victim in notifying the local law enforcement agency.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it’s important to test for STDs and pregnancy. Ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam and, if you think that you have been drugged, collect a urine sample for analysis by a lab.