Access to Buildings & Grounds

JCC campuses are generally open to the public. During normal business hours (Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters; closed on Fridays during the summer semester), 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 Security or Facility Services staff. Anyone working after-hours is encouraged to notify the Campus 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 ensure 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 Finance and Facility 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 Security Departments, as designated by the Vice President of Finance and Facility 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 currently enrolled students and employed 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.

Security Considerations in the Maintenance of Campus Facilities

The College is committed to campus safety and security and integrates Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and concepts into the design and management of its physical environment. Exterior lighting and landscape control are a critical part of that commitment.

Representatives from various departments (i.e., Groundskeeping, Facility Services, Campus Security, and Environmental Safety) conduct security surveys to ensure campus lighting is adequate and the landscape is appropriately controlled.

Campus Security personnel conduct routine checks of lighting on campus during regularly assigned patrol duties, including night hours, when most college personnel are off duty. If lights are out or dim, officers will document their conditions in a daily activity report, which is submitted to the Security/Telecommunications Officer, who will submit a request for a service through JCC's Consolidated Help Desk.

Any student, faculty, or staff member who has a non-emergency concern about physical security should contact the Campus Security Department at (919) 209-2111. The Campus Security Department, Facility Services, Grounds and Housekeeping Services, IT Department, and Environmental Safety Officer work together to identify inoperative locking mechanisms.

Campus community members are encouraged to promptly report any deficiency in lighting or locking mechanisms to the Consolidated Help Desk or to the Campus Security Department.  Facility Services, Grounds, and Housekeeping staff members are available to respond to calls for service regarding unsafe facility conditions or for personal safety and property protection. These conditions may include unsafe steps or handrails, unsafe roadways on campus, leaks and spills, unsecured equipment, etc.