Campus Safety and Security Information
Campus Police & Security Procedures
Campus safety and security are important issues at Johnston Community College. Our goal is to provide students with a safe environment in which to learn and to keep students, parents, and employees well informed about campus security. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, requires institutions of higher education to provide students and families with the information they need to make informed decisions. The following policies and procedures are established to comply with the Clery Act.
A. Timely Warnings
In the event that a criminal situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the president, his senior administrative staff, and/or Campus Police & Security, is a potential ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through the most effective and efficient means available and may include instant messaging to faculty and staff as well as e-mail notification and text messaging through Jaguar Alerts to faculty, staff, and students. Announcements may also be made over the College's indoor/outdoor intercom system.
Depending on the circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the president or any member of his senior administrative staff may post a notice on the Johnston Community College web site at http://www.johnstoncc.edu. In such instances, a copy of the notice will be posted in common areas throughout the campus.
Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the College switchboard at (919) 934-3051, or dial 0 if on campus, or to Campus Police & Security by phone at (919) 209-2111 or in person at the Campus Police & Security office located in the Student Lounge in Wilson Building, Room C1211E.
B. Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
The annual security report is prepared by the Campus Police & Security Department, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies. Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to JCC's Campus Police & Security Department, campus security authorities (CSAs), and local law enforcement agencies surrounding our main campus and off-campus centers. Notification of the availability of the annual security report is sent each year via email to all current JCC students, faculty, and staff.
Notification of the availability of the annual security report is also part of the orientation for all new students and for all new employees. Printed copies of the report are available to prospective students from the Student Services office in the Wilson Building, Room C1200, or by calling (919) 209-2128. Prospective employees may obtain a copy from Human Resources in the Wilson Building, Room C1023, or by calling (919) 209-2025. An electronic version of the report is also posted on our Future Students and Campus Safety pages of the College's web site.
C. Reporting of Criminal Offenses
Johnston Community College encourages students and employees to accurately and promptly report all crimes on campus to the Campus Police & Security Department and to appropriate law enforcement agencies that share the jurisdiction of the college. In most cases, these external agencies include the Smithfield Police Department and/or the Johnston County Sheriff's Office. If the criminal activity or emergency involves personal injury or damage, Campus Police & Security personnel and the vice president of student services should be notified, immediately. If the emergency and/or criminal action involves injury to property or buildings, the vice president of administrative, financial, and information technology services should be notified, immediately. The vice president of student services and vice president of administrative, financial, and information technology services are responsible for responding to emergencies and criminal actions. In their absence, other college vice presidents are responsible for responding to any emergency in their areas. If there is an immediate threat or emergency, always dial 9-1-1 first.
|Campus Police & Security Office||(919) 209-2111|
|Director of Campus Police & Security||(919) 209-2086|
|College Switchboard||(919) 934-3051 – (dial 0 on campus)|
|Vice President of Student Services||(919) 209-2048|
|Vice President of Administrative, Financial, and Information Technology Services||(919) 209-2051|
|Vice President of Instruction||(919) 209-2066|
All crimes or emergencies should be reported to Campus Police & Security to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warnings to the community when appropriate.
D. Confidential Reporting
The College encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to report the incident as soon as possible. All reports will be investigated. The College does not have procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crime statistics except to the extent that doing so is permitted by law. JCC requires all College employees, with the exception of licensed counselors, to share reported incidents with the College’s police and security personnel or other campus officials. Violations of the law will be referred to the Campus Police & Security office and when appropriate to the vice president of student services and the director of human resources.
E. Access Policy
JCC campuses are generally open to the public. During normal business hours (Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters; summer hours vary), most buildings are open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees; however, there may be restricted areas that are not accessible without permission from a college representative. On evenings and weekends, certain buildings are open for scheduled classes, events, or meetings. Some buildings may stay open all day or have hours that vary at different times of the year. Generally, exterior doors are locked after the last scheduled activity. When a building is closed, only faculty, staff, and students with specific authorization are permitted inside. Emergencies may necessitate changes to any posted schedules.
Specific facilities, such as the library, are open to the community. The community is encouraged to attend and become involved in performing arts and athletic events. During non-business hours, access to all College facilities is by key, if issued, by keyless entry using an authorized photo ID badge, or by admittance via Campus Police & Security or Facility Services staff. Anyone working after-hours is encouraged to notify the Campus Police & Security Department of their presence.
Contractors may be provided temporary access to facilities to perform service or construction work during periods the College is closed. Special arrangements should be made to assure that building security is provided during these periods. Access to the campus by community college or non-community college organizations during periods the College is not in scheduled operation is provided by reserving the facilities through the vice president of administrative, financial, and information technology services or his designee. Procedures for using College facilities are set forth in the Colleges Facilities Usage Policy.
Employees are issued keys and photo ID badges by the facility services and campus police and security departments, as designated by the vice president of administrative, financial, and information technology services, for access to various rooms, buildings, or campuses. An employee who loans any building key or ID badge to another employee is responsible for any misuse or breach of security resulting from the transfer. Keys and ID badges should never be transferred from one employee to another, nor should any building key ever be duplicated without authorization.
The access granted to an individual depends on the intended space usage, current status of enrollment or employment, community safety, and state and federal regulations. Use of facilities is generally restricted to current students, faculty, and staff. In order to maintain the safety of the campus community, the College has the ability to restrict, withhold, or remove a person's access to or presence on College property due to safety considerations relating to the campus community.
F. Campus Security Authority and Jurisdiction
The College administration attempts to provide a safe, secure educational environment for all students and employees. Police and security officers are on duty during classes and on weekends. Since July 2010, Johnston Community College and the Town of Smithfield have maintained a written agreement, assigning sworn law enforcement officers to JCC's main campus. These uniformed officers are armed and have full powers of arrest. Their role is to help create a peaceful campus environment by carrying out the responsibilities of certified law enforcement officers, to include, but not be limited to, the investigation of alleged criminal offenses, deterrence of criminal behavior, and furnishing guidance to faculty, staff, and students on law-related issues and ethical concepts.
JCC also maintains a contract with Martin Edwards & Associates, Inc. to provide uniformed security officers on the main campus and off-campus centers, including the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, Cleveland Center, and Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, as-needed. These officers have been trained and authorized by the North Carolina Private Protective Services Bureau to provide unarmed security services for JCC. Their duties include, but are not limited to, routine foot and vehicle patrol, securement of campus buildings, parking enforcement, and security coverage at special events, on and off campus. Depending on the nature and location of a special event, the College may also employ off-duty law enforcement coverage by the Smithfield Police Department and/or Johnston County Sheriff's Office.
These police and security officers make up JCC's Campus Police & Security Department, which also includes our Security/Telecommunications Officer and Director of Campus Police & Security. Members of the Campus Police & Security Department routinely work with local and state law enforcement agencies. The department reports directly to the vice president of administrative, financial, and information technology services.
G. Security Awareness Programs
JCC is committed to increasing awareness and prevention of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct through educational programming. Workshops throughout the year and new student and employee orientations are provided to address these issues. Furthermore, all new students and employees receive access to an online training module that is sent to their campus email that addresses Title IX and Campus SaVE Act requirements, which addresses the issues of sex discrimination and sexual violence, and outlines JCC's policies regarding these issues.
H. Criminal Activity Off Campus
Campus Police & Security does not provide law enforcement services to off-campus activities on behalf of the College.
I. Alcoholic Beverages or Controlled Substances
It is the policy of Johnston Community College that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or alcohol is prohibited while in the workplace, on College premises, or as part of any College sponsored activities. Any employee or student violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion and referral for prosecution. The specifics of this policy can found on the Drug and Alcohol Policy page or in the College Catalog.
J. Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education
The College has developed a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by student and employees. The program provides services related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of information materials, programs sponsored by the Student Government Association, referrals, and College disciplinary actions.
A violation of any law regarding alcohol is also a violation of the College's Student Code of Conduct and will be treated as a separate disciplinary matter by the College.
Local mental health and substance abuse services are available at:
Johnston County Mental Health
521 N. Brightleaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: (919) 989-5000
Hotline: (800) 510-9132
Additional information about drug and alcohol abuse, health risks, addiction and prevention can be accessed at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as well as the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
K. Sexual Assault Prevention and Responses
The Student Services Division offers sexual assault education and information programs to College students upon request. Literature on date rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment is available through the Student Services Division.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault at the College, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should obtain necessary medical treatment. The Campus Police & Security office strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a College official, police, or security officer. Filing a report with a College official will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam) and assure the victim has a referral to confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault.
When a sexual assault victim contacts Campus Police & Security or a College official, the Smithfield Police Department or Johnston County Sheriff's Department will be notified as well. The victim of the sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the College's disciplinary procedures. A College representative will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision. Personal counseling through Student Services will be limited to initial crisis assessment and referral. Rape crisis and counseling options are available through a number of county agencies including:
Johnston County Mental Health Center
521 N. Brightleaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: (919) 989-5500
College disciplinary proceedings and due process procedures are detailed in the College Catalog. In cases involving sexual misconduct, the accused and the victim will each be allowed to have one person with no formal legal training to accompany them throughout the disciplinary proceedings. Both the victim and accused will be informed of the outcome of the College disciplinary proceeding. A student or employee found guilty of sexual misconduct could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the College or have their employment terminated. Student victims have the option to change their academic situations after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available.
L. Sexual Offender Registration
In accordance to the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, the Jeanne Clery Act, and the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the College is providing a link to the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry. This NC registry was established in January 1996 due to the General Assembly's enactment of Article 27A of Chapter 14 of the NC General Statutes (NC14-208.5) The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to provide a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders can be obtained.
Shots Fired on Campus Training Video
The Shots Fired on Campus video has been licensed to Johnston Community College for use by our faculty, staff, and students as preparation for the potential need to respond to a situation of a shooter on campus. The video link is made available for that purpose and will be used primarily as part of the ACA course content.