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Safety and Security Information

Emergency Response Plan

Campus 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 Cleary Act.

A. Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the president, his senior administrative staff, or Campus 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 and e-mail notification to faculty, staff, and students.

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 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 Security by phone at (919) 631-2433 or in person at the Campus Security Office located in the Student Lounge in Wilson Building, Room C1211B.

B. Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The vice president of student services prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding our campus, our security office, the vice president of administrative services, the vice president of student services, and their designees.

Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to Campus Security, designated campus officials, and local law enforcement agencies. Each year, an e-mail notification that provides the Web site to access this report will be sent to all currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff along with an attached copy of the College’s Campus Crime Report Newsletter. Copies of the report may also be obtained in Student Services in the Wilson Building, Room 1200 or by calling (919) 209-2128. All prospective employees may obtain a copy from Human Resources in the Wilson Building, Room C1023 or by calling (919) 209-2025.

C. Reporting of Criminal Offenses

Johnston Community College encourages all students and employees to report emergencies and/or criminal actions. If the emergency or criminal action involves personal injury or damage, 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 services should be notified immediately. The vice president of student services and vice president of administrative 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.

Security Personnel (919) 631-2433 (cell)
(919) 634-0167 (cell)
(919) 209-2560 (office)
College Switchboard (919) 934-3051 - (dial 0 on campus)
Vice President of Student Services (919) 209-2048
Vice President of Financial & Administration (919) 209-2051
Vice President of Curriculum Instruction (919) 209-2066
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness (919) 209-2106

The administration attempts to provide a safe, secure educational environment for all students and employees. Security guards are on duty during classes and on weekends. The security guards provided by the College have no law enforcement powers and contact the Sheriff’s Department or Smithfield Police Department as needed. Information pertaining to the number and type of criminal actions occurring on campus is collected by the vice president of student services and the vice president of administrative services and compiled annually. It is housed in the Student Services Office and is provided to students and employees through publications, the College Web site, and e-mailed correspondence.

Crimes should be reported to Campus 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. Violations of the law will be referred to the Campus Security Office and when appropriate to the vice president of student services and the director of human resources. When a potentially dangerous threat to the College community arises, timely reports or warnings will be issued through e-mail announcements, the posting of flyers, in-class announcements, or other appropriate means.

E. Access Policy

During normal business hours (Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 10:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm during the fall and spring semesters; summer hours vary), the College will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours, access to all College facilities is by key if issued, or by admittance via Campus Security or plant operations staff.

In addition, 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 services. Procedures for using College facilities are set forth in the Colleges Facilities Utilization Policy.

Employees are issued keys by the vice president of administrative services for access to buildings. An employee who loans any building key to another employee is responsible for any misuse or breach of security resulting from the transfer. Keys should not be transferred from one employee to another nor should any building key be duplicated without authorization. The transfer of keys among employees, the replacement of lost keys, and the distribution of new keys is the responsibility of the vice president of administrative services.

F. Campus Security Authority and Jurisdiction

The administration attempts to provide a safe, secure educational environment for all students and employees. Security guards are on duty during classes and on weekends. The security guards provided by the college have no law enforcement powers and contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department or Smithfield Police Department as needed.

G. Security Awareness Programs

All new registering students participate in a general college success class. During the class, the need and procedure of reporting emergencies and criminal activities, campus security measures and crime prevention is discussed. Similar information is presented to new employees. In addition, information is disseminated to students and employees through tips in the Student Services newsletter and announcements through e-mail or campus bulletins.

H. Criminal Activity Off Campus

Campus 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.

Under North Carolina law, the minimum age to purchase, possess, or consume any alcoholic beverage is 21 years old.

  • Consumption of liquor or fortified wine by anyone 18-years-old or younger is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
  • A 19 or 20-year-old caught possessing beer or wine can be charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor and if found guilty could be fined up to $200 and lose his or her driver's license.
  • For the first offense, a person convicted of selling or providing alcohol to someone under the age of 21 must pay a minimum $250 fine and do 25 hours of community service.
  • For a second offense or subsequent offense within four years, the penalty is no less than a $500 fine and 150 hours of community service.
  • It is illegal for anyone to loan his or her ID to someone else to obtain alcohol. Upon conviction, DMV will revoke the loaner's driver's license.

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:

Day By Day Treatment Center of Johnston County
Substance Abuse Services
1101 River Road
Selma NC 27576
Phone: (919) 965-6550 ext. 231
Hotline: (800) 688-4232

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 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 or security guard. 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)
  • 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 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:

PO Box 1903
Smithfield, NC 27577
Office: (919) 938-3566
Crisis: (919) 631-5478
Fax: (919) 938-4515
Web site:
E-mail: or
Contact: Keri Christensen or Janice Allen

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. These video links are made available for that purpose and will be used primarily as part of the ACA course content.

Shots Fired video screenprint
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