Jeanne Clery Act Campus Security Report 2014
Equal Opportunity Policy
Jarvis Christian College subscribes to a policy of equal opportunity. The College believes that commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all helps create a climate that is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas. The College seeks to reach out as widely as possible in order to attract the ablest individuals as students, faculty, and staff. For these reasons, decisions concerning admission to the College and other programs, as well as employment decisions in all College departments and offices, are made on the basis of an individual’s qualifications to contribute to meeting Jarvis Christian College’s educational objectives and its institutional needs. In applying this policy, the College is committed to the principle of not discriminating against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, genetic information sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran’s status, disability or any status protected by federal, state or local laws.
In addition to the general policy just defined, Jarvis Christian College has specific legal obligations as a recipient of federal financial assistance. These obligations include the development and implementation of a plan to undertake appropriate forms of affirmative action to employ women, people of color, people with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and disabled veterans. Jarvis Christian College’s affirmative action plan is available for review at the College upon request.
The College President and the President’s Executive Cabinet are responsible for overseeing the implementation of this equal opportunity policy and the affirmative action plan. The Executive Assistant to the President is responsible for monitoring College practices and procedures to ensure compliance with all policies related to equal opportunity. Inquiries regarding these matters should be directed to the Executive Assistant to the President, Jarvis Christian College, P.O. Box 1470, Hawkins, Texas 75765 or 903-730-4890 ext. 2601.
In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Jarvis Christian College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, genetic information sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran’s status, disability or any status protected by federal, state or local laws.
The Executive Assistant to the President is the individual designated by the University to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX, Section 504 and other equal opportunity and affirmative action regulations and laws. Questions or concerns regarding Title IX, Section 504 or other aspects of Jarvis Christian College equal opportunity or Affirmative Action programs should be directed to the Executive Assistant to the President, Jarvis Christian College, Highway 80 East/ P. O. Box 1470, Hawkins Texas 75765 or 903-730-4890 ext. 2601.
Campus Emergency Numbers
|Campus Security Department:||903-730-4890 ext. 2775|
|Office of Student Services||903-730-4890 ext. 2250|
The Jeanne Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Act Annual Security Report is a federal requirement which classifies campus crime statistics. This report is designed to provide you with important information about your safety and security on campus. In addition to outlining the details of the various programs the College offers community members, the report also contains statistics about crime on campus.
Safety is a shared responsibility and we rely on every community member to contribute to security on campus by reporting suspicious activities and using common sense when going about their daily activities. The Department of Campus Security is primarily responsible for developing services, programs, and strategies for maintaining a safe campus. We rely on our collaborative relationships with community members to fulfill that responsibility. We are committed to the philosophy of community-oriented public safety.
It is the policy of Jarvis Christian College to provide a safe and wholesome environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors. In this regard, the college will ensure compliance with the requirements of the Jeanne Cleary Act.
We hope you find this report informative and helpful, and that your stay at Jarvis Christian College will be enjoyable and safe. If you have questions or would like further information about safety and security at Jarvis Christian College, please visit us at www.jarvis.edu or contact us at 903-730-4890 ext. 2775.
The Campus Security Act, Legal Requirements
The Campus Security Act requires colleges and universities to:
- Publish an annual report every year by October 1 that contains three years of campus crime statistics and certain campus security policy statements.
- Disclose crime statistics for the campus, public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities and remote classrooms. The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement, and other College officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities.”
- Provide “timely warning” notices of those crimes that have occurred and pose an ongoing “threat to students and employees.”
- Disclose in a public crime log “any crime that occurred on campus. . . or within the patrol jurisdiction of the campus security department and is reported to the campus security department.”
The Jarvis Christian College Office of Student Services is responsible for preparing and distributing this report. We work with many other departments and agencies, such as the Offices of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Executive Assistant to the President, the Vice President for Administration & Finance, Office of Information Technology, the Hawkins Police Department, Champion Emergency Services (EMS), Hawkins Fire Department, Holly Lake Fire Department, East Texas Emergency Coordinator, Texas National Guard, Wood County Sherriff’s Office, and Wood County Emergency Management Coordinator to compile the information.
We encourage members of the Jarvis Christian College community to use this report as a guide for safe practices on and off campus. Each member of the College community will receive a communication that describes the report and provides its web address. For a paper copy, contact the office of Student Services at 903-730-4890 ext. 2250, or e-mail email@example.com with your request.
Located at the main entrance of Jarvis Christian College, Campus Security is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The telephone number for emergency calls is 903-730-4890 ext. 2775 or call 911.
The department of Campus Security consists of professional campus security officers dedicated to providing the best-in-class service to the community.
Officers patrol the campus on foot, and in vehicles. Several officers and a supervisor are on duty 24 hours a day. The Security Information Station is staffed with trained dispatchers who answer calls for service, dispatch officers and other emergency services to incidents, and monitor intrusion detection and fire alarms.
Mission and Values
The mission of Campus Security is to enhance the living, learning, and working experience at Jarvis Christian College by protecting life, maintaining order, and safeguarding property. We fulfill this purpose by providing our community with a full range of services that meet the highest professional standards of campus public safety. We are committed to working with the community to define our priorities and build lasting partnerships. Our core values guide us in this mission.
Integrity We firmly adhere to the values set forth in this document and our professional ethics, as outlined the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics. We expect every member of our department to uphold the highest ethical standards at all times.
Respect We treat all members of the community and each other with courtesy, fairness, and dignity.
Professionalism We will continually develop our knowledge, skills, and abilities to the highest levels possible to enable us to provide the finest public safety services to the Jarvis Christian College community. Our approach is based on a commitment to excellence, innovation, and continuous improvement.
Accountability We value the opportunity to serve the community and will ensure that our conduct always merits trust and support. We will accept full responsibility for our actions and will take appropriate actions to meet community and professional expectations.
Service We are committed to enhancing public safety and increasing the community’s sense of security. We will work in partnership with the community to identify and solve problems that affect the quality of life on campus. We demonstrate our commitment to serve by placing the needs of others ahead of our own.
Mentoring We recognize that individual and team contributions are essential to a high-performing department. By sharing insight and guidance, and creating learning opportunities, we acknowledge that each member of our department makes a valuable contribution to our purpose and vision.
Appreciation We are proud of our profession, our colleagues, our department, and Jarvis Christian College. We recognize the sacrifices our members make to ensure the safety and security of the community. We will do everything possible to ensure all our members feel appreciated and duly rewarded for their contributions.
CAMPUS PATROLLING AND SECURITY POLICIES
Campus Security Officers, Law Enforcement Authority, and Interagency Cooperation
Campus security officers derive their law enforcement authority from Texas statutes, Title 18A, Section 6-4; and the Board of Trustees of Jarvis Christian College. Title 18A, Section 6-4 gives officers “all the powers of policemen and constables in criminal cases and offenses against the law anywhere in the state of Texas,” including the powers of arrest. Campus security officers are recommended to complete a police training course approved and authorized by the State of Texas of Criminal Justice Police Training Commission. Officers also are required to attend mandatory in-service training throughout the year to enable them to perform more efficiently and more safely.
The non-sworn public safety officers are recommended to attend a training program sponsored by the Texas College and University Public Safety Association (CUPSA). This program provides officers with a basic orientation to the theories of campus security. All officers are encouraged to participate in a minimum 240-hour Field Training and Evaluation Program to further orient them to public safety at Jarvis Christian College.
The Department of Campus Security works closely with the Hawkins Police Department, Champion Emergency Services (EMS), Hawkins Fire Department, Holly Lake Fire Department, East Texas Emergency Coordinator, Texas National Guard, Wood County Sherriff’s Office, and Wood County Emergency Management Coordinator as well as with the Texas Department of Public Safety. We rely on these relationships for support on several levels. In addition to sharing critical information, the Department of Campus Security has immediate contact with the Hawkins, Tyler, Big Sandy, and Longview 911 Centers. This arrangement gives us immediate access to mutual aid and support from the neighboring Police Departments. Officers from neighboring municipal agencies also work at events on the Jarvis Christian College campus.
Voluntary and Confidential Reporting of Crime and Other Serious Incidents
Jarvis Christian College has several methods for individuals to report crimes and other serious incidents on a voluntary and confidential basis, such as the Anonymous Report of Sexual Assault and the Anonymous Tip Line (903) 730-4890 extension 2778.
Jarvis Christian College allows victims or witnesses to anonymously report an incident of harassment or misconduct electronically. Access can be found HERE.. This form assists the College in evaluating whether a Campus Safety Alert should be issued, and in collecting valuable information about harassment or misconduct. It is a valuable tool available to any member of the community.
Reporting Criminal Incidents and Other Emergencies
All students, employees, and guests should promptly report criminal incidents, accidents, and other emergencies to Campus Security by dialing 903-730-4890, ext. 2775. Reports can be made anonymously by calling 903-730-4890 x2778.
Individuals also may report incidents in person at the department’s headquarters at the Security Station located at the entrance of the campus.
Working Relationship with State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies
Jarvis Christian College has a strong working relationship with federal, state, and local police. We collaborate with the Hawkins Police Department and Wood County Sheriff’s Department on various law enforcement issues. While the working relationship is strong, we do not have a written agreement between the agencies.
Monitoring and Recording Criminal Activity at Off-campus Locations
The College relies on its close working relationships with local law enforcement agencies to receive information about incidents involving students off campus. Campus Security will actively investigate any crime information it receives concerning or involving a member of the campus community. If the College is notified of a situation in which a campus community member is the victim of a crime, the Campus Security may issue a Campus Safety Alert, detailing the incident and providing tips so that other community members may avoid similar incidents.
Campus Security is notified of crime or other serious incidents occurring at off campus establishments. We will forward for disciplinary action any information regarding student misconduct.
Access to Campus Facilities and Residence Halls
Access to campus buildings and grounds is a privilege extended to students, faculty, staff, and authorized guests. The College encourages an open environment with limited constraints to ensure the reasonable protection of all members of the community. Except for residence halls, most campus facilities are open during weekday business hours. Individuals who wish to access College buildings or property during non-business hours or for special events should contact the appropriate department administrator, or Campus Security.
Special Procedures for Residence Hall Access
Each residence hall is equipped with a lounge area for visitation and socialization. Residents may entertain guests and friends in the lounges in accordance with the following schedule:
Sunday through Wednesday………………………………1:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight
Thursday through Saturday……………………………….1:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
All suspicious persons should be reported to Campus Security immediately. The exterior doors of residence halls should be secured at all times.
Visitation between males and females in the residence hall rooms is strictly prohibited.
Security Considerations in the Maintenance of Campus Facilities
Jarvis Christian College is committed to campus safety and security. Exterior lighting and landscape control is a critical part of that commitment. Representatives from various departments continually conduct security surveys to ensure campus lighting is adequate and that the landscape is appropriately controlled. Security officers conduct routine checks of lighting on campus during regularly assigned patrol duties. If lights are out or dim, officers will initiate an immediate work order, which is acted upon by a representative of the maintenance department, usually within 24 hours or the next business day. We encourage community members to report any deficiency in lighting or concern about physical security to the Facilities Management Customer Service Center at 903-730-4890 ext. 3100.
Campus Security and representatives from the alarm and lock shops work together to identify inoperative locking mechanisms. We encourage community members to promptly report any locking mechanism deficiency to the Facilities Customer Service Center at ext. 3100, or to Campus Security at ext. 2775. Maintenance staff is available to respond to calls for service regarding unsafe facility conditions or for personal safety and property protection. These conditions also may include unsafe steps or handrails, unsafe roadways on campus, and unsecured equipment.
TIMELY WARNING POLICY
The Campus Crime Alert (“Alert”) is provided to give students, faculty, and staff timely notification of crimes that may represent a threat to the campus community and to heighten safety awareness. The Alert also seeks information that may lead to arrest and conviction of the offender when crimes against persons or crimes against property have been reported.
The Dean of Students is responsible for issuing a Campus Crime Alert when a crime is reported to or brought to the attention of the Campus authorities and that crime represents a serious or on-going threat to the safety of members of the campus community. Information for Alerts also comes from other law enforcement agencies.
Every attempt will be made to distribute the Alert promptly; however, the release is subject to the availability of accurate facts concerning the incident. Alerts are created and distributed by the Dean of Students and Campus Security or his/her designee. The President of the College will be notified.
Timely Warning Procedure
The Office of Student Services will prepare a Campus Crime Alert whenever a report is received of a violent crime against a person or a substantial crime against property on campus that represents a serious or on-going threat to the safety of students, faculty, and staff. Alerts are assigned the same number as the corresponding Campus Security report and provide details of the crime, a description of the suspect (if known), information on whom to contact with information, and safety tips.
Campus Crime Alerts will be emailed as quickly as possible to faculty, staff, and students, distributed throughout the campus, provided to campus media, posted on the Jarvis Christian College website, and, if appropriate, posted at off-campus areas frequented by students.
Whenever the Wood County Sherriff’s Department issues a news release about an off-campus crime that represents a serious or on-going threat to the safety of students, faculty, and staff, the College will assist in publicizing the crime on campus.
Campus Crime Alerts typically include the following information:
- A succinct statement of the incident.
- Any connection to previous incidents.
- Physical description and/or composite drawing of the suspect, if appropriate.
- Date and time the Alert was released.
- Other relevant and important information.
- Appropriate safety tips.
Jarvis Emergency Alert System (Emergency Text Messaging System)
Jarvis Christian College provides emergency notification services to the college community via email and cell phone text messages. The Jarvis Emergency Alert System is available to students, faculty, and staff. To receive text message notification, individuals must send an email with name, employee/student ID#, cell phone number, and name of phone service provider to Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org) with Jarvis Emergency Alert System in the subject line.
Messages may be used for situations that pose immediate danger or the closing of the entire campus. Messages about Campus Crime Alerts generally will not be sent unless it is decided there is an imminent threat of danger. This notification service is provided in addition to existing emergency reporting procedures and does not replace or eliminate any emergency notification system.
Campus Safety Alerts
To help prevent crimes or serious incidents, the Dean of Students, in conjunction with other departments on campus, issues Campus Safety Alerts in a timely manner to notify community members about certain crimes in and around our community. Members of the community who know of a crime or other serious incident should report that incident as soon as possible to Campus Security. A Campus Safety Alert will be issued, if warranted.
If community members report crimes or serious incidents to other College administrators, those administrators will notify Campus Security at ext. 2775. Campus Security will notify the Assistant Vice President for Student Services who will issue a Campus Safety Alert, if one is appropriate.
Distribution of Campus Safety Alerts
The Office of Student Services distributes Campus Safety Alerts in various ways. Once the College determines that an alert will be issued, the department e-mails the announcement and requests that the Information Technology Department post it on its Web site (www.jarvis.edu). Student Services will also posts alerts on bulletin boards throughout campus.
Daily Crime Log
Campus Security maintains a Daily Crime Log that records, by the date the incident was reported, all crimes and other serious incidents that occur on campus, in a non-campus building or property, on public property, or within the department’s patrol jurisdiction.
The Daily Crime Log is available for public inspection at the Security Information Center.
The Daily Crime Log includes the nature, date, time, and general location of each crime reported to the department, as well as the disposition of the complaint, if this information is known at the time the log is created.
known at the time the log is created.
Campus Security posts specific incidents in the Daily Crime Log within two business days of receiving a report of an incident and reserves the right to exclude reports from the log in certain circumstances.
Prospective and Current Student Crime Awareness and Prevention Programs
The Office of Student Services presents information to prospective students and their parents about college safety programs and general campus safety tips. Safety literature and displays are available during orientation and at move-in.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES POLICY
Jarvis Christian College is committed to effective emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The Assistant Vice President for Student Services and the essential personnel oversee all issues related to emergency preparedness. In case of an emergency situation affecting the campus community, Jarvis Christian College will employ its emergency notification system to alert and inform campus community members about the nature of the emergency. While we strive for immediate notification, information gathering about the situation may necessitate a delay in notice. As soon as emergency first responders are able to confirm that there is a threat to the community, the emergency notice will be delivered. To ensure you are signed up to receive these messages, please send an email with name, employee/student ID#, cell phone number, and name of phone service provider to Help Desk (email@example.com) with Jarvis Emergency Alert System in the subject line.
To continue to advance our readiness to respond to critical incidents, it is required that all members of the Jarvis community be engaged in exercises of a section of our Emergency Management Plan bi-annually. These exercises may take the form of tabletop exercises or full functional exercises. Members of the campus community may be asked to participate in these exercises. Unless individuals have been informed of a planned drill, they should assume that notices about emergency situations are authentic.
The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for the College’s response to reports of missing students, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
A student will be considered missing, if a roommate, classmate, faculty member, family member, or other campus person has not seen the person in a reasonable amount of time. A reasonable amount of time may vary with the day and information available regarding the missing person’s daily schedule, habits, punctuality, and reliability. Individuals will also be considered missing immediately, if their absence has occurred under circumstances that are suspicious or cause concerns for their safety.
Missing Student Policy and Procedure
At the beginning of each academic year, Jarvis Christian College will inform students residing in on-campus housing that Jarvis will notify either a parent or individuals selected by the student not later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined to be missing. This information will include the following:
- Students age 18 and older and emancipated minors – Students will be given the opportunity during each semester registration process to designate an individual or individuals to be contacted by the College “in case of emergency.” In the event a student is reported missing, college personnel will attempt to contact his/her emergency designee no more than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing in accordance with the procedures set forth below. An emergency contact designee will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student.
- Students under the age of 18 – In the event a student who is not emancipated is determined to be missing pursuant to the procedures set forth below, the College is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing in accordance with the procedures set forth below.
Official notification procedures for missing persons
- Any individual on campus who has information that a residential student may be a missing person must contact a member of the residence hall staff within that student’s residence hall as soon as possible. Residence hall staff will then notify the Campus Security. Note: If a commuter student is believed missing, the reporting person should immediately notify local law enforcement authorities. The campus safety office will assist outside agencies with these investigations as requested.
- Residence life staff and the campus security officer will gather information about the residential student from the reporting person and from the student’s acquaintances (description, clothes last worn, where student might be, who student might be with, vehicle description, information about the physical and mental wellbeing of the student, an up-to-date photograph, class schedule, etc.) Appropriate campus staff will be notified to aid in the search for the student.
- If the above actions are unsuccessful in locating the student within four hours of the report or it is apparent immediately that the student is a missing person (e.g., witnessed abduction), the campus security officer will contact the Hawkins Police Department to report the student as a missing person and the local law enforcement agency will take over the investigation.
- No later than 24 hours after determining that a residential student is missing, the Assistant Vice President for Student Services or their designee will notify the emergency contact (for students 18 and older) or the parent/guardian (for students under the age of 18) that the student is believed to be missing.
Campus communication about missing students
In all cases of a missing student, the law enforcement agency conducting the investigation will provide information to the media. The Public Information Officer or designee will be available to provide consultation regarding communication with the investigating law enforcement agency. Any media requests to the College will be directed to the Public Information Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org 903-730-4890 x3006.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL PREVENTION POLICY
Drug Free Workplace
In order to ensure the College’s commitment to a quality educational and work environment, every faculty member, employee, and student has a right to work and learn in an environment free from the effects of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Therefore, it is the policy of Jarvis Christian College to prohibit the unlawful use, sale, dispensing, transfer, and possession of controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, drugs not medically authorized, or any other substance that may impair an individual’s academic or work performance or pose a hazard to the individual, public, students, or employees of the College on its property or at any of its activities.
It is the responsibility of each faculty member, staff employee and student to adhere to this policy. If a violation of this policy occurs, support programs will be made available where appropriate. Disciplinary action may result in suspension or expulsion from the College and possible criminal prosecution for students, and loss of employment for employees.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG AWARENESS PROGRAMS
The Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program at Jarvis Christian College provides students with multi-level prevention approaches through programs and services which empower them, individually and collectively. Alcohol and drug programs are presented on a regular basis in residence halls and to other student groups in an effort to inform our students of the effects of alcohol and drugs. For additional information, contact Office of Student Services at 903-730-4890 ext. 2250.
HATE CRIME POLICY
POLICY PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND
Jarvis Christian College (JCC) is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to all students, faculty, staff, or campus visitors. JCC will continuously strive to enhance the quality of life on its campus by implementing policies and procedures to protect its environment. Hate crimes will not be tolerated in the college environment.
A person commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified offense and either:
- Intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is committed or intended to be committed in whole or in substantial part because of a bias belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct, or
- Intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense in whole or in substantial part because of a bias belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.
Additional Hate Crimes reporting can include larceny-theft; simple assault; intimidation; and destruction, damage, or vandalism of property. When reporting a Hate Crime, include any of the listed crimes that manifest that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias plus any other crime involving “Bodily Injury”.
The new hate crime descriptor identifies that an institution can be the victim of the crime. An example of the institution as victim occurs when graffiti in an elevator or walls is not directed toward a particular person or group. This incident can only be identified and counted as a Hate Crime if there is evidence that the perpetrator was motivated to commit the crime based on his/her bias.
Other examples, non-exhaustive and non-exclusive, are as follows:
- Graffiti using racial, ethnic, disability, or sexual orientation, or epithets
- Racial or ethnic slurs directed toward an individual or individuals intending to cause harm
- Using racial or ethnic epithets while committing a crime toward an individual or an individual’s property
- Intimidating, threatening, or obscene jokes directed toward an individual or individuals in the educating setting
Hate crimes not only harm individual victims, but send a powerful message of intolerance and discrimination to all members of the group to which the victim belongs.
The reporting and pursuit of disciplinary action and criminal prosecution of hate crimes help to protect faculty, staff, students, or any member of the general public against future occurrences.
JCC is committed to maintaining a positive learning environment which is also safe and secure for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors to its campus. Hate crimes are not consistent with the mission of JCC. Crimes which target individuals because of race, color, religion, age, religious practice, national origin, ancestry, gender, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated. Furthermore, JCC will do whatever it can to ensure that incidents of hate crimes are prosecuted by the appropriate prosecuting authorities.
It is the policy of JCC to promptly investigate all allegations of hate crimes, gather evidence related to the allegation, and review and analyze evidence to identify perpetrators. Incidents involving students will be referred to the Office of Student Services for disciplinary action based upon fair procedure as outlined in the Student Handbook.
Incidents involving allegations against faculty or staff will be referred to the Department of Human Resources for disciplinary action based upon fair procedure as outlined in the Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual.
AUTHORITY AND CROSS REFERENCES
The basis for this policy is provided in the following:
- Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241, Section 245, Section 994
- National Reporting System for Adult Education (N.R.S.) 193.1675, 206.125, 207.185
- JCC Student Code of Conduct
- JCC Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Jeanne Clery Act Hate Crime Reporting
- Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), New Requirements, August 2008
KNOWLEDGE OF THIS POLICY
All JCC students, faculty and staff will be informed of this policy.
Hate crimes are defined generally as crimes which in whole or part are motivated by the perpetrator’s bias toward the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, age, gender, ancestry, religious practice, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.
All students, faculty and staff have a responsibility to foster an environment where hate crimes will not be tolerated. All faculty, staff, and students have a responsibility to report all perceived allegations of hate crimes.
Student Services and Campus Security have the responsibility to investigate alleged violations of this policy at the institutional level in accordance with the JCC Code of Conduct. In addition, the Campus Security and the Conduct Investigator have the responsibility to report their findings regarding allegations of hate crimes to the appropriate campus authority (Dean of Students or designee, Human Resources Department, and/or the supervisor or the employee (s) department).
JCC, through the Assistant Vice President for Student Services, has the responsibility to pursue disciplinary action against students who violate this policy.
JCC, through the Human Resources department, has the responsibility to pursue disciplinary action against any employee of JCC who violates this policy.
Contact information or questions about this policy should be directed to the Office of the Student Services (ext. 2250), Campus Security (ext. 2755), or the Human Resources Department (ext. 2901).
PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING ALLEGATIONS OF HATE CRIMES
1. POLICY REFERENCE
The procedures outlined below are associated with the Jarvis Christian College Hate Crimes Policy.
2. PROCEDURE STATEMENT
Faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to demonstrate their opposition to hates crimes by promptly reporting any suspected allegation of the commission of a hate crime. Hate crimes are generally defined as crimes which in whole or part are motivated by the offender’s bias toward the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, age, gender, ancestry, religious practices, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. If faculty, staff, or students suspect that a hate crime has been committed, they should promptly report the incident(s) to Campus Security (ext. 2775), Office of Human Resources (ext. 2901), or Office of Student Services (ext. 2250).
Hate Crime Reporting
Students should notify Campus Security (ext. 2775) or Office of Student Services (ext. 2250) immediately of all incidents of bias-related crime so that protection of all persons in the campus environment can be provided if needed. When the accused is a student, the victim should file a report with Campus Security, or the Assistant Vice President for Student Services. These individuals can provide students an opportunity to explore, in a private, one-on-one discussion, the full range of legal, medical, and counseling options available to them, both on campus and in the Wood County community.
Students may file formal charges with the police. If desired, Campus Security or the Office of Student Services will provide students with information to help them with that decision. Representatives of the College are available to accompany the victim to the police station to file formal charges. The College has no control over criminal investigations and criminal processes. Students may pursue a College judicial hearing by filing formal charges with the College, whether or not they pursue the case via formal charges through the Texas State criminal system.
Enrolled students who believe they have been victims of a hate crime may file formal charges with the JCC Grievance Committee if the alleged perpetrator is an enrolled student.
Availability of counseling and other support services for the victims of hate related crime
If you believe that you have been the victim of a hate related crime, remember that the Office of the Student Services is available to all students free of charge. All consultations are fully confidential, and counseling is available whether or not a decision is made to report an incident of a hate related crime.
Methods the College employs to advise and update students about security procedures
Safety orientations are conducted each year for first-year students during New Student Orientation and for all students at meetings held in the fall semester in each residence hall. Safety orientations are also conducted each year for all employees of Jarvis Christian College during a Faculty/Staff Professional Day Workshop. In addition, numerous educational and awareness programs are sponsored throughout the year by Student Services staff members, as well as student clubs and organizations. The Assistant Vice President for Student Services issues safety alerts when appropriate with information provided in a timely fashion to all members of the College community. These alerts may be transmitted via the College network, phone message system (Jarvis System Alert), and posted flyers.
3. KNOWLEDGE OF THIS PROCEDURE
All JCC faculty, staff, and students should have knowledge of these procedures.
All JCC faculty, staff, and students are responsible for reporting hate crimes. The Office of Student Services is responsible for disciplinary action against students who violate this policy. The Campus Security is responsible for investigating allegations of hate crimes. The Office of Human Resources is responsible for follow-up on employee violations of this policy.
There are no exceptions to these procedures.
6. CONTACT INFORMATION
Questions about this policy should be directed to the Office of Student Services (ext. 2250), the Campus Security (ext. 2775), or the Office of Human Resources (ext. 2901).
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
Jarvis Christian College Sexual Harassment Policy states that employees and students regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, genetic information sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran’s status, disability or any status protected by federal, state or local laws be free from sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is defined as any unsolicited and unwelcomed verbal, or non-verbal expression, and/or physical behavior of a sexual nature, made explicitly or implicitly to an employee or a student.
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Submission to or rejection of behavior by an individual that is used to make academic, employment or other institutional decisions affecting that individual.
- Behavior that substantially interferes with an individual’s work performance, academic activities, student activities, or creates an intimidating, hostile, demeaning, or offensive working and/or educational environment.
- Behavior that suggests disgust or disdain for a different life style or different cultural values.
Disciplinary action will be taken against individuals found by the College to have committed an act of sexual harassment. In other instances, the adjudicating body shall determine whether or not the student or faculty/staff member has violated the Jarvis Christian College Code of Conduct and/or other community standards. If a violation is found, appropriate action will be taken.
CAMPUS SEX CRIMES PREVENTION POLICY
This policy applies equally to all members of the Jarvis Christian College Community: students, faculty, administrators, staff, contract employees and visitors.
The college is committed to providing an institutional environment where all persons may pursue their studies, careers, duties, and activities in an atmosphere free of threat of unwelcome and unwanted sexual actions. It strongly condemns sexual offenses, will not tolerate sexual offenders, and supports those who have been victimized.
The above acts constitute sexual assault when they are committed against a person’s will as evidenced by refusal of consent or through the use of force, threat, manipulation, or intimidation, or against a person who, by virtue of mental incapacity or physical helplessness, is unable to give or withhold consent. This includes, but is not limited to, incapacity or helplessness caused by alcohol or other drugs. Intoxication of the assailant shall not diminish the assailant’s responsibility for the sexual assault.
The college will respond promptly, fairly, and decisively to all reports of sexual assault. Members of the college community accused of sexual assault will be subject to college disciplinary procedures when the alleged incident has occurred on campus or when the incident has occurred off campus and materially affects the learning environment or operations of the college.
Sexual assaults are serious violations of the college’s student judicial code, faculty standards and college employee policies. They are crimes under state law and punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. In addition, these actions are subject to civil suit for damages.
Jarvis Christian college is compliant with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act) as amended in 1998, which requires all post-secondary institutions to publish and distribute certain information regarding campus crimes, including reports of campus sexual assault, sexual assault policies and security programming to all current students, employees and to any applicant who so requests.
Jarvis Christian College shall make 24-hour assistance available to those who have been affected by sexual assault through the East Texas Crisis Center.
For more information on sexual assault or this policy please contact the Office of Student Services at 903-730-4890 ext. 2250.
Reporting a Sexual Assault
Reporting a sexual assault to Campus Security may help to prevent another assault. Reporting the incident does not mean that the survivor must proceed with a prosecution. Immediately following an attack, the survivor should try to write down everything she or he remembers about the incident, including the physical description of the suspect(s) and any further information about the identity or location of the suspect(s).
The East Texas Crisis Center is located at 2401 Old Noonday Rd., Tyler, Texas and is dedicated to providing safety, shelter and education for victims of family violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. A professional counselor trained to deal with sexual assault issues in a confidential way will be available to talk to the victim. The counselor can assist the victim in contacting on- and off-campus resources for medical, legal, or emotional support. They also can assist the victim in changing an academic and/or living situation following an incident of sexual assault. The East Texas Crisis Center can be reached at 903-509-2526 or email@example.com.
The College policy defines sexual assault as committing:
- any sexual physical contact that involves the threat or use of force or violence, or any other form of coercion or intimidation;
- any sexual physical contact with a person who is unable to consent due to incapacity or impairment (including being asleep or under the influence of alcohol or drugs).
“Acquaintance rape is when someone you know forces you to have sex against your will—whether you are passed out, too drunk to refuse, too scared to argue, or for some other reason do not give consent.
It victimizes women and men—whether straight, gay, lesbian, or bisexual.”
Rights, Rules, Responsibilities
Services of the East Texas Crisis Center are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. After hours and weekends, a survivor or witness can contact campus security. The Office of Student Services will arrange for a counselor to meet with the victim. When the victim talks to a counselor, that individual is not making a report or a formal complaint. All discussions are private and confidential and do not commit the victim to further action. Conversations with counselors are not disclosed to anyone without the expressed permission of the victim, unless there is a threat of further physical harm to you or others.
No matter when the assault occurred or what the victim decides to do, consider counseling. Sometimes talking can be the most important step to healing. The victim may contact the counselor office at any time to arrange an appointment. Friends of survivors may seek counseling and support as well.
The Counseling Center can:
- provide information on legal and disciplinary reporting options;
- support a complainant through any private College complaint;
- assist confidentially to manage the impact on academic and living situations following a sexual assault (provided reasonable alternatives are available);
- assist in obtaining on- and off-campus resources for medical, legal, or emotional support.
SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS’ RIGHTS POLICY
If you are the victim of a criminal sexual assault on the property of Jarvis Christian College, notify Campus Security at 903-730-4890 ext. 2775 or anonymously at 903-730-4890 x2278. You may file a criminal charge with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department by calling 911. If you would like assistance in notifying the proper law enforcement and campus authorities, you may call the Office of Student Services at 903-730-4890 ext. 2250, 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. After office hours and weekends call Campus Security 903-730-4890 ext. 2775.
The Wood County Criminal District Attorney’s Office Victim Services Division (903-763-1243 or Fax, 903-763-3126) can also provide assistance. You also have the right to assistance from the State of Texas Sexual Assault Prevention & Crisis Services (800-983-9933 or 512-936-1270) and the Sexual Assault Legal Hotline (888-296-SAFE ).
Upon receipt of a complaint, the College will investigate and respond to your complaint. You may participate in any College disciplinary proceeding concerning your sexual assault complaint. If you wish, you may also have a support person present with you. You have the right to be notified of the outcome of any College disciplinary proceeding concerning your complaint, subject to the limitations of the Texas Government Data Practices Act and any other legal limitations.
The College will follow the direction of law enforcement authorities in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence relating to your sexual assault incident. College authorities will also assist in preserving materials which are relevant to a College disciplinary proceeding.
At your request, the College will assist you as is reasonable and feasible (in cooperation with law enforcement authorities) in shielding you from your alleged assailant. This may include providing you alternative work, academic, or living arrangements if these options are available and feasible.
Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault
Jarvis Christian College is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty, and staff can work and study in an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation.
Every member of the College community should be aware that the College does not tolerate sexual assault and harassment and that such behavior is prohibited both by federal and state law and by College policy.
Jarvis Christian College will take whatever action that may be needed to prevent, correct, and, if necessary, discipline and/or prosecute behavior that violates this policy and the law. All forms of sexual assault and all attempts to commit such acts are regarded as serious College offenses that are likely to result in suspension, required withdrawal, expulsion, or termination. Prosecution may take place, in accordance with the State of Texas criminal law, independent of College actions.
For further information about the College’s stance on sexual assault or sexual harassment, contact the Human Resources office at ext. 2901.
What to Do If You or Someone You Know is Sexually Assaulted
Go to a place that is safe and seek medical treatment. If a sexual assault occurs, safety and medical assistance are the first considerations. On campus and in the local area, 24 -hour assistance is available. Whether or not you decide to report the incident, seek medical treatment immediately and get counseling as soon as possible.
Do not douche, bathe, shower, or change clothes before seeking medical attention. Preserving evidence is important in later pursuing a criminal or other judicial case. Do not wash sheets or other bed coverings where critical DNA evidence may be found.
If you need medical transport to off campus Medical Services, the Department of Campus Security will provide transportation to the medical facility.
Contacting Campus Security
Any member of the College community who wishes to file a complaint should contact Campus Security at 903-730-4890 ext. 2775. The officers’ primary concern will be the safety of the survivor. Reporting the incident to the Department of Campus Security does not mean that a survivor must file criminal charges. The survivor maintains the ultimate decision of whether to go forward with an investigation.
Call Campus Security 903-730-4890 ext. 2775. Calling for transport will not result in an investigation unless the survivor wants to pursue one. Visits to the Medical Health Center for medical treatment and counseling are confidential. A qualified sexual assault counselor will meet with you and provide emotional support and advice on disciplinary and legal options. Conversations with the campus health official and counselors are not disclosed to anyone (unless there is a threat of physical harm to that individual or others) without the expressed permission of the person seeking assistance.
Seek counseling. Even if the victim doesn’t report the sexual assault or press charges he/she should contact the Student Services 903-730-4890 ext. 2250 for assistance. After hours, call Campus Security.
Report the sexual assault to the authorities. The more often sexual assaults are reported, the easier it may be to prevent them. Reporting the incident does not mean that the survivor must proceed with a criminal prosecution. Immediately following an attack, the survivor should write down everything she or he remembers about the incident, including:
- physical description of the suspect(s);
- information about the identity or location of the suspect(s);
- the use of any threats or force.
Regardless of whether the survivor wants to pursue criminal prosecution, she or he should contact Campus Security, or a local law enforcement agency.
Filing a Report with Campus Security
If the survivor or witness elects to contact the Campus Security to file a formal report of the assault, an officer trained in investigating sexual assault will work with the individual to gather the pertinent information. The survivor always retains the right to decide whether she or he wants to proceed with a criminal prosecution.
The officer will ensure that the survivor gets the counseling and other assistance she or he needs. The safety of the survivor will always remain the top priority of Campus Security members.
Contacting Other Law Enforcement Agencies
Students may also contact local law enforcement agencies. Members of the Campus Security and other campus officials will assist the student in notifying the appropriate agency in the applicable jurisdiction.
Filing an Internal Complaint within the College
If the victim has been sexually assaulted, the victim has options for addressing such conduct. You may wish first to discuss the problem privately with a counselor, or another confidential counselor.
The College’s response system is designed to afford a complainant (the person who is bringing a charge) and a respondent (the person who is answering a charge) a fair, prompt, and appropriate resolution process. The process is designed to help persons who need support as they address these incidents, and incorporates both informal resolutions and formal disciplinary procedures.
To resolve a complaint informally, College designated individuals are available to answer questions, provide guidance, discuss options, and refer persons to other appropriate resources. The primary role of the designated individuals is to see that the College responds promptly and fairly to complaints of sexual assault or harassment. The resolution of a formal sexual assault complaint is handled by the appropriate College judicial system. The full text of the protocol for handling informal and formal complaints is available from Human Resources. In determining whether the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment or assault, the full context in which the alleged incident occurred must be considered. Procedures for resolving complaints regarding sexual harassment and assault are detailed in Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities. In any case, both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during any disciplinary proceeding. Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any proceeding.
During any sexual assault complaint proceeding, the College has a wide range of latitude when determining sanctions. Those sanctions may range from probation to expulsion from the College.
Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. In Texas, this information is accessible at https://records.txdps.state.tx.us. You also may visit the Hawkins, Big Sandy, Longview, and Tyler police departments for information regarding registered sex offenders in the area.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT/ASSAULT RESPONSE TEAM (S.M.A.R.T.)
Professional staff members who serve on this team are Campus Resource Advocates. There are Campus Resource Advocates within the Division of Academic Affairs and Student Services, as well as within the area of Athletics.
Jarvis Christian College expects that all members of the College community – students, faculty, staff, and friends – should be able to pursue their work and education in a safe environment, free from sexual coercion, violence, and intimidation of any kind. While sexual assault can occur at any time of the day or night to any individual of any age, national studies indicate that students aged 24 and under are particularly vulnerable to being assaulted (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2013). The College views this fact with great concern, and is committed to meeting its ethical and moral obligation to try to prevent sexual assault; to provide support for assault survivors; and to educate the campus community about sexual assault and rape.
The College is committed to providing sexual violence prevention education to its campus community each year. To this end, Orientation Programs, in partnership with the Division of Student Services provides mandatory sexual violence prevention education for all undergraduate students who attend new student orientation. Additionally, the Division of Student Services provides programming on request for the prevention of not only sexual assault, but also domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment.
The nature of sexual assault when perpetrated by an acquaintance, date, or partner, makes it difficult for many survivors to report their experience. For this reason, the Office of Student Services, Health Services, and Counseling Services have been designated as a place where individuals may seek assistance confidentially.
Other College offices have differing obligations, however, with regard to reporting requirements. While the University recognizes that a survivor may wish to preserve his or her privacy after a traumatic experience, it should also be understood that the College has a responsibility to maintain the integrity and safety of the campus as a whole. Where circumstances exist that are deemed a danger to the College community at large, pertinent details about a sexual assault will immediately be publicly released. Further, the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (the Clery Act) of 1990 mandates the annual disclosure of statistics of sexual assaults known to have occurred within the College’s jurisdiction. Incidents reported only to the Office of Student Services (Extension 2250), Health Services (Extension 2259) and Counseling Services (Extension 2176) are included in these statistics, along with statistics from Wood County Sheriff’s Department and Campus Security. The survivor’s identity is not disclosed in any such statistical reporting.
Other inappropriate conduct may also be reported confidentially to the Office of Student Services, Health Services and Counseling Services or reported formally without confidentiality to the Campus Security (Extension 2775) and/or the Wood County Sheriff’s Department (903-763-2201). Other such inappropriate conduct may include: repeated unwanted telephone, social media, and/or email contacts of a lewd or obscene nature, personal threats, stalking, domestic violence and sexual harassment.
What to do if you are sexually assaulted (on or off campus):
• Go to a safe location.
• To report the crime or request services, notify the Campus Security at extension 2775 (24 hours).
• If the perpetrator is affiliated with JCC, you can file a formal report with Campus Security.
• If the perpetrator is not affiliated with JCC, Campus Security will assist with filing a report with the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
• Preserve all physical evidence of the assault, even if you are unsure whether you want to report the crime. Do not shower, bathe, douche, eat, drink, wash your hands or brush your teeth until after you have had a medical examination. Save all the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault and bring them and any other potential evidence to the medical exam. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag (do not use plastic bags). Do not clean or disturb the area where the assault occurred.
• Call a trusted friend, family member, or someone who can provide support.
• Get medical care as soon as possible. Go to a hospital, emergency room or a specialized forensic clinic that works with sexual assault survivors. Another option includes the East Texas Crisis Center, (903) 342-6111. You may also request medications for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and emergency contraception. If more than one week has passed since the assault, or if you are certain that you do not want the collection of forensic evidence.
• If you think you may have been given a rape drug, request that the hospital or clinic take a urine and blood sample.
• Talk to a counselor for emotional support and advocacy. You can speak with a Campus Resource Advocate on campus confidentially at the Office of Student Services, Health Services or Counseling Services.
Students who have been sexually assaulted or are survivors of other gender-based abuse or harm should be reminded that they may receive confidential assistance from the Office of Student Services, Health Services or Counseling Services . All other College personnel who have been deemed Campus Resource Advocates are required to notify Campus Security upon receiving a report of sexual assault.
To report a crime or request services, notify Campus Security at (903) 730-4890 extension 2775 (24 hours).
ADMINISTRATION OF STUDENT CONDUCT
The Dean of Students reports to the President of the College and is the senior College Administrator responsible for the management and enforcement of the Student Code of Conduct. The Assistant Vice President for Student Services may take immediate interim action when he/she believes the presence of a student on campus poses a continuing danger to persons or property or presents a threat of disrupting the College environment.
Authority is delegated to the Student Conduct Investigator, who reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Services, to investigate, consistent with the rules and regulations, violations of the Student Code of Conduct and after thorough review, render decisions that are consistent with approved disciplinary actions.
Rules and regulations at the College are set forth in writing to give students notice of prohibited conduct. They should be read and are not designed to define prohibited conduct in exhaustive terms. Regulations may also be found in other College publications such as the catalog and residential life policies. When changes are necessary, they will be written, approved and the updated documents will be posted on the Student Services website.
Violations of any city ordinance, law of the state of Texas or law of the United States may result in disciplinary actions. Any disciplinary action imposed by the College may precede and may be in addition to any penalty that is imposed by any off-campus authority.
Procedures and rights in student conduct proceeding are conducted with fairness to all, but do not include the same protections of due process afforded by the courts. Due process, within these procedures, assures:
- Written notice;
- A hearing before an objective decision maker;
- A finding that the JCC Student Code of Conduct was violated will not be made without information showing that it is more likely than not that a policy violation occurred; and
- Sanctions will be proportionate to the severity of the violation.
Awareness of Policies
Every student, including those who are participating in any program that is College-sponsored, on or off-campus, must abide by the rules and regulations governing student conduct. The rules and regulations listed here are available on the Student Services webpage or by contacting the Office of Student Services.
Jurisdiction of the Student Code of Conduct
The JCC Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on the College premises, at JCC-sponsored activities, and off-campus conduct that adversely affects the College community or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment. The Student Code of Conduct shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. The Student Conduct Investigator shall determine whether the Student Code of Conduct shall be applied to conduct occurring off-campus, on a case by case basis.
Notification of Outcomes:
The outcome of a hearing is part of the educational record of the accused student, and is protected from release under federal law, FERPA. However, Jarvis Christian College observes the legal exceptions as follows:
- Complainants in non-consensual sexual contact/intercourse incidents have an absolute right to be informed of the outcome and sanctions of the hearing and any subsequent appeals, in writing, without condition or limitation.
- Complainants in sexual exploitation/sexual harassment complaints have a right to be informed of information regarding sanctions that personally identifies and is directly pertinent to them, such as the imposition of a restriction on physical contact between the complainant and the accused student. Otherwise, information on the outcome and sanction cannot be shared.
- Jarvis Christian College may release publicly the name, nature of the violation and the sanction for any student who is found in violation of a JCC policy that is non-forcible sex offense or a “crime of violence,” including: arson, burglary, robbery, criminal homicide, sex offenses, assault, destruction/damage/vandalism of property and kidnapping/abduction. JCC may release this information to the complainant in any of these offenses regardless of the outcome, but complainants are cautioned that FERPA des not permit them to re-release this information to others.
- The College may, in its discretion, send notice or copies of disciplinary documents to the parents or legal guardians of students involved in disciplinary matters. The College may also contact parents or legal guardians of students involved in alcohol or drug violations if the student is under 21 at the time of the violation.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT PROCEDURES
Sanctions may be recommended by the Residential Life Peer Committee, Pan-Hellenic Council, All Campus Disciplinary Hearing Committee or imposed by the Assistant Vice President for Student Services and the President of the College. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary sanctions placed upon the students who are found to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. These sanctions for violations of disciplinary rules and regulations may consist of, but are not limited to the following:
- EXPULSION: Permanent involuntary separation from the College which prohibits a student from future enrollment in the College, and prohibits a student from being present of the campus without permission.
- SUSPENSION: Involuntary separation and withdrawal from the College which prohibits the student from being on the College campus without written permission. Suspension also involves the loss of the privilege of registration. A suspended student must petition the Assistant Vice President for Student Services for readmission; however, the petition does not necessarily mean that the student will be readmitted. Such a decision strictly lies with the Assistant Vice President for Student Services and the College President. In the event that the student is allowed re-admittance, the student must remain on a probationary status for one semester. Following readmission, the student is required to adhere to all rules, regulations and policies adopted by the College and the Student Code of Conduct. Any violation of such rules, regulations, codes or policies may result in the immediate suspension and/or expulsion of the student.
- TEMPORARY SUSPENSION: When there is evidence that the continued presence of a student at JCC poses a substantial and immediate threat to him/herself or to others, or to the stability and continuance of normal College function, the Assistant Vice President for Student Services or the College President may impose such temporary sanctions as necessary, including exclusion from campus property. The temporary sanction shall become effective immediately without prior notice. Upon taking such action, The Assistant Vice President for Student Services shall immediately notify the All Campus Disciplinary Committee of the sanction.
- DISCIPLINARY PROBATION: Conditions imposed for a definite or indefinite period of time with or without loss of privilege(s). All sanctions requiring disciplinary probation are final and cannot be appealed. During this time the student’s behavior is monitored and critically examined. Any misconduct while on disciplinary probation may result in a more serious sanctions, suspension, or expulsion. Loss of Privilege(s) may include, but is not limited to, the following restrictions and/or removal:
- Restriction from membership, participation or holding office in student organizations or elective office during the probationary period
- Assignment of penalty work
- Assignment of a special project which may be, but is not limited to, writing an essay, attending a special class or lecture, attending counseling sessions, or performing penalty work service. The special project may be imposed only for a definite period of time
- Restitution whether monetary in the form of fines or by specific duties or reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of College, student or employee property
- Counseling referral
- Denial of College representation in sports, organizations or intramural recreation
- Restriction to the campus, College sponsored events, activities, other extracurricular activities, resident halls or living facilities, residential activities or athletics.
- Expulsion/suspension from residential living facilities or disciplinary room charge
- Expulsion/suspension from dining facilities.
- Revocation of the right to represent Jarvis Christian College in any honorary position that includes but is not limited to the following: “ Mr. or Miss Jarvis,” Student Government Association officers, etc.
- Restriction from using or driving an automobile on the campus for a designated period of time
- Restriction from voting, campaigning for another student, or attending organization meetings during the probationary period.
- Ineligibility for election to student office for a specified period of time;
- Removal from student or organizational office for a specified period of time and/or prohibition from representing the College;
- DISCIPLINARY WARNING: An official written notice of unacceptable behavior, emphasizing the fact that further misconduct will result in the more serious disciplinary sanction or probation, suspension, or expulsion.
- DISCIPLINARY REPRIMAND: An official written criticism for the first violate of the Student Code of Conduct when misconduct is less serious.
- PENALTY WORK: The requirement of the student who has committed a disciplinary violation to complete a specified number of hours by working without wages within a specific area/department of the campus or community.
- COUNSELING: Any enforcement of required counseling to a student as a result of the student’s violation(s) or misconduct according to the Student Code of Conduct. Lack of, failure to report for counseling, or the failure to complete the required counseling will result in more serious disciplinary sanctions which include, but are not limited to, probation, suspension, or expulsion.
- LOSS OF DINING PRIVILEGES: Revocation of campus dining privileges as a result of disciplinary violation.
- LOSS OF CAMPUS PARKING PRIVILEGES: Revocation of campus vehicle registration and forfeiture of a permit as a result of disciplinary violation.
- LOSS OF CAMPUS HOUSING PRIVILEGE: Removal from College housing for disciplinary reasons.
- OTHER SANCTIONS: Any enforcement needed to administer a fair standard of discipline to a student as a result of student’s violation(s) or misconduct, according to the Student Code of Conduct.
All disciplinary sanctions imposed upon students are cumulative in nature and will be recorded in the student’s disciplinary record.
To ensure the safety and security of the workplace, Jarvis Christian College has implemented the following policy. Threats and/or threatening behavior, or acts of violence by College employees against staff members, faculty, students, visitors, or other individuals on College property or by College employees while in the conduct of College business off campus, are cause for removal from the workplace and may result in discipline and/or termination of employment. As outlined in Rights, Rules, Responsibilities, threatening behavior may include—but is not limited to: hitting, shoving, sexual assault, attacks, stalking, verbal or nonverbal threats, vandalism, arson, and carrying a weapon of any type (regardless of whether the owner is licensed to carry it or not) or explosives. In addition, damage or destruction to College property by any employee will result in termination of employment.
An employee who exhibits inappropriate or disruptive workplace behavior that can be deemed threatening or potentially threatening may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. The employee may be required to attend an employee-assistance program for assessment and counseling as a condition of continued employment. Failure to attend counseling may result in further disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
All staff members have a responsibility to report threatening or violent behavior, whether that behavior is exhibited by a member of the Jarvis Christian College community or visitors to the campus.
A report of threatening and/or violent behavior is disclosed only to those accepting the report in order to protect the reporting individual(s) from possible retaliation as well as the alleged offender. Information regarding such reports is only provided to individuals with a need to know and as required by courts and law enforcement agencies.
Any employee who becomes aware of, or believes that he or she has witnessed an incident of violent or threatening behavior, or who is the recipient of threatening and/or violent behavior, should immediately report such incident(s) to the employee’s supervisor, the supervisor’s manager, or Human Resources. If the employee believes that someone may be in imminent danger or if the incident in question has resulted in anyone being physically harmed, the employee must immediately contact Campus Security at 903-730-4890 ext. 2775.
Campus Security maintains a close relationship with the Hawkins Police Department and neighboring police departments to ensure that it is notified of any crime report that is made directly to them. Campus Security will disclose any crime report made directly to any local law enforcement agency by a member of the campus community.
Definitions of Reportable Crimes
- Murder and non-negligent manslaughter.
The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
- Negligent manslaughter. The killing of another person through gross negligence.
Forcible Sex Offenses
- Forcible rape. The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will, where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his or her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his or her youth).
- Forcible sodomy. Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly against the person’s will, where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his or her youth or because of his or her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
- Sexual assault with an object. The use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will, where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his or her youth or because of his or her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
- Forcible fondling. The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or, not forcibly or against the person’s will, where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his or her youth or because of his or her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
Non-forcible Sex Offenses
- Incest. Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
- Statutory rape. Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by a means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used that could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)
For reporting purposes, this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or a felony, breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny, housebreaking, safecracking, and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned acts.
How Do We Compile These Statistics?
Campus Security collects the crime statistics disclosed in the charts through a number of methods.
Campus security officers enter all reports of crime incidents made directly to the department. After an officer enters the report in the Crime Log, a department administrator reviews the report to ensure it is appropriately classified in the correct crime category. The department periodically examines the data to ensure that all reported crimes are recorded in accordance with the crime definitions outlined in theFBI Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook and the FBI National Incident-Based Reporting System Handbook (sex offenses only).
Motor Vehicle Theft
The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle is classified as any case where an automobile is taken by a person not having lawful access, even if the vehicle is later abandoned, including joy riding.
Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
- Liquor law violations. The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned activities. (Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.)
- Drug abuse violations. Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadone); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
- Weapon law violations. The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: the manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; the carrying of deadly weapons, concealed or openly; the furnishing of deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned acts.
ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY REPORT
DISCLOSURE OF FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS, MEASURES, AND REPORTING POLICY
Fire Safety Standards and Measures
Jarvis Christian College shall on an annual basis, publish an Annual Fire Safety Report which shall contain information with respect to the campus fire safety practices and on-campus student housing, including statistics on:
- Number of fires and cause;
- Number of injuries that result in treatment at a medical facility;
- Number of deaths related to a fire; and,
- Value of property damaged by a fire
- Description of on-campus student housing facility fire safety system;
- Number of mandatory supervised fire drills;
- Policies or rules on electrical devices, smoking, etc. & fire safety education programs;
Current Information to Campus Community
Fire Safety Log
Campus Security must maintain a fire log that records any fire that occurred on campus. The fire safety log must contain the following:
- All fires in on-campus student housing, including nature, date, time, and general location; and an
- Annual report to the community on such fires
Campus Security (903-730-4890 ext. 2775) must maintain a fire log that records any fire that occurred in an on-campus student housing facility. The fire log must contain the following:
- By date the fire was reported
- Written and easily understood
- Includes the nature, date, time, and general location of each fire
An entry, or an addition to an entry, must be made within two business days of the receipt of information. The fire log for the most recent 60-day period must be open to public inspection during normal business hours.
Any portion of the log older than 60 days must be available within two business days of a request for public inspection.
Annual Fire Safety Reporting
Annual fire safety reporting will include the following:
- On-Campus Housing Facility – tentatively being defined as in the Clery Act as:
“Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and
Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor.) The Handbook for Campus Crime Reporting, U.S. Department of Education Office Of Postsecondary Education, 2005, pp.12, 13; (Jeanne Clery Act Compliance: A Collaborative Team Approach, Security On Campus Manual, 2008, “Collecting, Classifying, and Counting Crime Data”, pp. 7, 8;
- On-campus housing includes:
- Housing built by foundation, and
- Third parties, such as private developers
- A description of each on-campus campus student housing facility fire safety system
- The number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year
- Policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in the student housing evacuation plan in case of a fire
- Policies or rules regarding fire safety education and training programs provided to students, faculty, and staff
- Must describe the procedures that students and employees should follow in the case of a fire (Please see JCC-Safety and Emergency Management System)
- For purposes of including a fire in the statistics in the annual fire safety report, a list of the titles of each person or organization to which students and employees should report that a fire occurred
- Plans for future improvements in fire safety, if determined necessary by the institution
Fire: Any instance of open flame or other burning in place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.
Fire drill: A supervised practice of a mandatory evacuation of a building for a fire.
Fire-related injury: Any instance in which a person is injured as a result of a fire, including an injury sustained from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of the fire. The term person may include students, faculty, staff, visitors, firefighters, or any other individuals.
Fire-related death: Any instance in which a person is killed as a result of a fire, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of a fire. A person who dies within 1 year of injuries sustained as a result of the fire.
Fire safety system: Any mechanism or system related to the detection of a fire, the warning resulting from a fire, or the control of a fire including:
- Sprinkler of other fire extinguishing systems
- Fire detection devices
- Stand-alone smoke alarms
- Devices that alert one to the presence of a fire, such as horns, bells, or strobe lights
- Smoke-control and reduction mechanisms
- Fire doors and walls that reduce the spread of a fire
For additional information on policies, rules, procedures regarding fire safety on the campus of Jarvis Christian College, please refer to the JCC-Safety and Emergency Management System Jeanne Clery Report; The Student Handbook.
ARSON AND FIRE SAFETY POLICY
Jarvis Christian College considers fire safety extremely important, and students have an obligation to adhere to College regulations as well as city and state statutes. The following are Jarvis Christian College policies and procedures for matters involving fire safety.
Fire Alarm Evacuation
- Whenever a fire alarm sounds, normal evacuation procedures must be followed. All occupants must leave the building and may not return unless told to do so. Members of the Residence Life staff will notify students when they may reenter the residence halls; campus security or fire officials will notify occupants when they may return to other campus buildings.
- A complete floor-by-floor, room-by-room check will be made of the building by campus security and/or fire officials whenever possible. Occupants must remain outside the building during this check.
- Any individual who fails to evacuate a building after a fire alarm has sounded will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action and may be charged a fine of up to $100.
False Fire Alarm Sanctions
- Every effort will be made to identify the individual(s) who causes a false alarm. When such persons are identified, they will be referred to the Assistant Vice President for Student Services for disciplinary action.
- In addition to appropriate disciplinary action, an assessment of $500 for the false fire alarm and/or damaged fire safety equipment may be charged to the individual involved.
MISUSE OF FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT (OTHER THAN FIRE ALARMS)
Any individual who misuses or tampers with any fire safety equipment (other than fire alarms) will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action and may be charged a fine of up to $500 plus the cost of repair or replacement of misused or damaged equipment, cleaning of the facility, and damage to other property.
SETTING A FIRE (ARSON)
Any individual who sets a fire (commits arson) in or near a College building is subject to immediate suspension from Jarvis Christian College, will be subject to disciplinary action, may be charged a fine of up to $500, and may be charged for repairing any damage caused by the fire. In addition to being subject to College penalties, any student who starts a fire, damages or tampers with the evacuation alarm, or misuses fire safety equipment also may be subject to criminal prosecution.
Fire Safety Responsibilities
Requirements for All Members of the Campus Community:
- Participate in all fire drills and promptly leave a building when the fire alarm sounds. Follow any instructions of public safety or fire officials during a drill or an actual alarm.
- Report any condition that creates a fire hazard (trash in the corridors or stairwells, missing fire extinguishers, blocked floor exits or stairwells, etc.) to public safety.
- Report any active or past fires to public safety immediately.
- Know where the fire extinguishers are located. Learn how to operate them. If you need training, contact Campus Security (903-730-4890 ext. 2775).
- Know the location of the fire alarms and how to activate them.
- Know where the nearest exits are and be prepared to use an alternative exit, if necessary. Plan how you would escape through each of these exits in case of a fire.
- Know the location of the fire stairwells.
- Never use an elevator to evacuate a building.
- If you become trapped, dial 1-911 from a campus phone or 911 from a cell phone and alert the dispatcher to your location.
What should I do if I discover a fire?
Any person who discovers a fire, smoke, or an unusual amount of heat should do the following:
- Pull the nearest fire alarm.
- Exit the building immediately; notify those in the immediate area of the danger.
- Assist in removing any person needing assistance from the immediate area and to the stairwells to wait for fire department personnel (or to the outside if that can be done safely). However, never place yourself in danger.
- Assemble outside your building at the predetermined location.
- Follow the instructions given by the public safety officers and the Fire Department personnel.
Important Telephone Numbers and E-mail Addresses
24-Hour Communications Center 903-730-4890 x2775
Dr. Glenell Pruitt
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ms. Cynthia Hollman-Stancil
Executive Assistant to the President
Mrs. Dorothy Langley
Director of Human Resources
Dr. Marcus Chanay
Vice President for Student Services