Campus Safety

Campus Safety

A safe and secure campus environment is a high priority at Ivy Tech Community College. It is a shared responsibility between the students, administration, and the Campus Police. While the College takes actions to help increase security, students and visitors also can contribute to their own safety by following rules, using common sense, avoiding dangerous situations, and reporting suspicious or threatening activities.


Campus Police Contact Information

The Campus Police may be contacted by emergency call boxes in the parking lots, telephone, cell phone, pager, fax and e-mail at the addresses listed below:

Phone: 765-973-8200 until 9pm
Phone: 765-993-3438 after 9pm or for emergencies

E-mail: iuepd@indiana.edu

To report a crime or silent witness report: iue.edu/police/report.php

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OVERVIEW
Safety and Violence Prevention Notice
Ivy Tech Community College is concerned with the safety and security of its students, staff, and faculty, as well as guests and visitors on Ivy Tech campuses. In this age of increased threats in schools and the workplace, people have a heightened sense of concern for their own personal safety and safety of others. It is imperative that if you see or hear a threat that you report it immediately. The intent of this notice is to remind persons of the college’s policies regarding safety and violence and provide guidance for persons who perceive that someone has made a threat. The appropriate college administrators will deal with actions or statements (including notifying local law enforcement officials) that a reasonable person could interpret as leading to an act of possible violence. Comments such as a statement to “get even” with someone, a threat to kill or injure someone, or to “blow up the building” are examples of threatening or intimidating language. The comment does not need to be made directly to the potential victim. Persons who believe that violence is their only alternative to settling a conflict are encouraged to consult with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Executive Director of Human Resources for suggestions of community mental health organizations.

Summary of College Policies
According to the Student Affairs Policies and Procedures Manual (9.1 SAP), "students are entitled to a learning atmosphere free from discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and intimidation." Also, "possession of firearms and other weapons, dangerous chemicals, or any explosive or explosive device is prohibited on College property or at any College sponsored activity held elsewhere." Employees are prohibited from "reporting to work or representing the College while possessing firearms or other dangerous devices" (Employee Personnel Policies and Procedures). In addition, "employees are prohibited from making statements or taking actions that are potentially offensive and embarrassing to other employees, students or visitors of the College "(Employee Personnel Policies and Procedures). Employees who "threaten ongoing college operations, the health and safety of others or themselves," can be accused of gross misconduct (Employee Personnel Policies & Procedures). Violation of these policies can result in a disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College (if a student) or termination of employment (if an employee).


Reporting Procedures
Students who believe that another student, employee, or visitor has made a threatening statement or has brought a weapon to the College must immediately report the incident to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Executive of Human Resources. Likewise, employees who become aware of a threatening situation or potential for violence must contact Human Resources. Persons making a report will be asked to provide as much detail as possible, including names of other witnesses, the name of the person making the threat or possessing the weapon, location, and other pertinent information that would be helpful in conducting a fair and accurate investigation.


Investigation
All reported incidents will be investigated. Information about the allegation will be shared only with those who have a need to know. Complete confidentiality cannot be guaranteed since conducting an effective investigation would not be possible without revealing certain information to the alleged violator and potential witnesses. The Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs will participate in the investigation of incidents involving students and the Human Resources Administrator will participate in the investigation of incidents involving employees.


Determination
After all of the evidence is in, interviews are final, and any credibility issues are resolved, a determination as to whether a violation of campus policy occurred will be made. The parties directly involved will be informed of the determination. If no determination can be made because the evidence is inconclusive, the parties will be informed of this result.


Corrective Action
After the determination is made, the College will undertake prompt and appropriate action, including discipline up to and including dismissal (if a student) from the College or termination (if an employee) whenever it determines that a violation of these policies has occurred. The person(s) reporting the incident as well as the potential victim(s) will be informed of the outcome of the investigation and corrective action (if any).

GENERAL CAMPUS SAFETY GUIDELINES
Emergency Call Boxes
Safety call boxes, easily identified by a bright blue light, are located in the parking lots at Johnson Hall and McDaniel Hall. If you are on campus and have an emergency, push the button on the call box and a message will immediately be sent to Campus Police. Once the call box is activated, Campus Police will know the exact location of the individual who needs assistance. The call boxes are only for emergencies such as crimes in progress, fires, medical emergencies, or threats to personal safety.

Evacuation Emergency Procedures
If it becomes necessary to evacuate a building, It is important that you remain calm, leave the building immediately, and exit in an orderly manner. The evacuation should be conducted immediately upon notification by the paging system, audible alarms, flashing strobe lights, or if directed verbally by an Ivy Tech Community College faculty or staff representative.

When evacuating, remember to:

  • Assist persons with disabilities who may need help.
  • Always use stairwells and not elevators when evacuating a multi-storied building
  • Primary Evacuation Route – see classroom/meeting room plan – follow exit signs.
  • Alternate Evacuation Route – see classroom/meeting room plan – follow exit signs.
  • Designated Gathering Area – at least 200 feet away from the building.
  • Once outside, do not re-enter the building for any reason until you are directed to do so by Ivy Tech personnel or Campus Police.

Ivy Tech Alert
The text message alert system delivers text messages to your cell phone if you carry this service with your cell phone carrier.  To activate this service immediately, please visit the following link and complete the Easy Sign Up! directions.  Please make sure you choose “Richmond/Connersville” as your campus designated as “Optional Group.”

ivytech.edu/alert

Ivy Tech strongly encourages you to sign up for these services to receive information about campus closings and emergencies.

OneCall Now
Keeping our students, faculty and staff safe is a top-priority for Ivy Tech Community College.  That is why the Richmond and Connersville campuses have implemented a voice and text message alert system to keep you informed of campus closings and emergencies. There is no charge for these services, other than any charges you may incur from your cell phone carrier.

Campus closings are also announced on the College’s website and through local television and radio media. 

OneCall Now is used as an additional communication method for information regarding building/campus closings and emergency information. OneCall Now will send a telephone message to the telephone numbers that students have provided to the College as their primary telephone number. The OneCall Now telephone database is updated periodically; therefore, telephone information changes or new telephone contact information may not be in the database when a call is placed.  Additionally, the student telephone database reflects students enrolled for the current academic term.

Students may provide or update their contact telephone number a couple of ways. Visit Campus Connect.

  1. On the Home tab, click on the “Student Information” link below MY IVY TECH.
  2. Select the Personal Information tab.
  3. Select the “View/Update Addresses and Phones” link.
  4. To update your contact telephone number, click on the “Update Addresses and Phones” link.
  5. Click on the “Current:” link and update your contact telephone.
  6. Click Submit.

Or you may complete a Change of Information Form at Student Affairs at Johnson Hall in Richmond or at the Connersville site.

Safety Tips

  • Be alert and aware of surroundings
  • Take time to familiarize yourself with building evacuation plans/routes. Know all exits of the building in case fire or debris block one
  • Know location of fire alarm pull stations
  • Lock your car and conceal valuable items
  • Never leave personal property unattended
  • If you witness or are the victim of a crime, contact Campus Police or 911 immediately
  • If an emergency arises, do not panic. Remain calm.
  • Campus speed limit is 25 mph. Reckless driving will be reported to Campus Police.

Prepare for an emergency
Learn about community warning signals: what they sound like and what you should do when you hear them.

CAPSULE SUMMARY OF EMERGENCY GUIDELINES
Building Evacuation
  • Notification – Audible alarms, flashing strobe lights, intercom announcements, text message alert, personal phone alert, or verbal notification from a responsible party.
  • Actions – Immediately commence an orderly evacuation.
  • Mobile Impaired – If applicable, see the “Evacuation of People Needing Mobility Assistance”.
  • Primary Evacuation Route – see classroom/meeting room plan – follow exit signs.
  • Alternate Evacuation Route – see classroom/meeting room plan – follow exit signs.
  • Designated Gathering Area – at least 200 feet away from the building.
  • Once the evacuation is complete, the Teacher or Group Leader will:
    • Account for all individuals.
    • Identify any missing individuals.
    • Confirm the last known location of any individual who could not safely evacuate.

Emergency Lockdown or Shelter-In-Place

  • Notification – Intercom announcements, text message alert, personal phone alert, or verbal notification from a responsible party.  After the initial alert notification, seek additional information from the Ivy Tech website, Emergency Hotline and other official Ivy Tech sources.
  • Emergency Actions:
    • Tornado – Get down under a sturdy object and cover your face and neck.  If time permits, relocate to interior areas of the building at the lowest floor possible.
    • Hostile Intruder, Violent Student or Violent Employee – Lock and barricade doors, get down and remain out of sight.
    • Earthquake – Get down under a sturdy object and be prepared to move with it, cover your face and neck.  Do not evacuate until the shaking stops; be prepared for aftershocks.
    • Hazardous Release – remain inside, close any open windows and doors, and expect the ventilation system to be turned off.

Shooting Incident 

  • Notification – Intercom announcements, text message alert, personal phone alert, or verbal notification from a responsible party.  After the initial alert notification, seek additional information from the Ivy Tech website, Emergency Hotline and other official Ivy Tech sources.
  • Emergency Actions (personal choice):
    • Get Out – If you determine that you can get out to a safer area, than do so.  Get out fast.
    • Call Out – When you get out, immediately call out (call 911) to let authorities know what’s going on.
    • Hide Out – If you cannot get out, then you must hide out. Find a place that will keep you hidden from the shooter’s view and provide some measure of protection.
    • Keep Out - Lock or barricade door, turn out lights and remain out of sight. Silence cell phones.  If you have the opportunity, call 911.
    • Spread Out – If there are two or more of you in the same place, do not huddle together.  Spread out!
    • Take Out – You may find yourself in the same room as the shooter.  Assume intentions are lethal to you. If a shooter has decided to shoot everyone he comes in contact with, he will probably succeed, unless you stop him.  It’s a personal choice. Any action you take or don’t take, involves risk.

Accident or Medical Emergency discovery
Immediately contact 911, stay with the injured person and keep the victim calm and comfortable.  Do not move any seriously injured person and administer CPR or first aid only if qualified to do so.


Criminal or Violent Activity discovery
Immediately contact 911 and do not approach the intruder or intervene in any ongoing crime. 


Hazardous Substance discovery
Immediately contact 911.  Close off and evacuate any contaminated areas.  Exposed individuals should quarantine themselves at a safe location.


Disruptive Behavior or under the Influence of a Controlled Substance discovery
Immediately contact 911 or Campus Police at 973-8200 or 983-0055 after 9 p.m.  Instructors have the right to request a student to leave the class for disruptive behavior. In this situation, if the student does not leave, the class should be dismissed. Knowingly possessing, using, transmitting, or being under the influence of a controlled substance, unauthorized drug, or alcohol in College buildings, at College functions or on College grounds is prohibited at all times.


Sources of Information
During periods of college closings, everyone is to utilize existing sources of information to remain informed of the closing status.  During extended closings, faculty and staff should remain in contact with their supervisor on a weekly basis. Sources of Information include the Ivy Tech website (www.ivytech.edu), Emergency Hotline (888.IVY.LINE/888.489.5463), local news media, One Call telephone calls, and/or text messages

CAMPUS SECURITY AUTHORITIES

The federal law known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of  Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires “Campus Security Authorities” to report campus crime statistics to the Department of Education on an annual basis.  At Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond, Campus Security gathers and compiles the statistical information from Campus Security Authorities.

“Campus Security Authorities,” as described by the Clery Act, include security and law enforcement officers, deans, coaches, advisors to student clubs or organizations; and other campus officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities,” such as, but not limited to, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings.  Professional and pastoral counselors are exempt from the reporting requirement while working within the scope of a license or certification.

Campus Security Authorities provide STATISTICAL information only to the Ivy Tech Campus Security.  This process ensures that the information provided does not include any personal information. For the purposes of collecting statistical information for the Annual Security Report, the Campus Security Authorities at Ivy Tech-Richmond include the following positions:

  • Co-Chairs of Campus Safety Committee
  • Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Director of Student Life
  • Human Resources
  • Executive Director of Finance/Facilities
  • Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

In compliance with the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 (formerly the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990), the following page contains reported crime statistics for Ivy Tech Community College – Richmond Connersville over the last three calendar years.

Criminal Offenses

   

2008

2009

2010

Criminal Offenses - On-campus

a.

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

b.

Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

c.

Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0

0

d.

Sex offenses - Non-forcible (include only incest and statutory rape)

0

0

0

e.

Robbery

0

0

0

f.

Aggravated assault

0

0

0

g.

Burglary

0

0

0

h.

Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

i.

Arson

0

0

0

         

Criminal Offenses - Non-campus

a.

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

b.

Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

c.

Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0

0

d.

Sex offenses - Non-forcible (include only incest and statutory rape)

0

0

0

e.

Robbery

0

0

0

f.

Aggravated assault

0

0

0

g.

Burglary

0

1

0

h.

Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

i.

Arson

0

0

0

         

Criminal Offenses - Public Property

a.

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

b.

Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

c.

Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0

0

d.

Sex offenses - Non-forcible (include only incest and statutory rape)

0

0

0

e.

Robbery

0

0

0

f.

Aggravated assault

0

0

0

g.

Burglary

0

0

0

h.

Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

i.

Arson

0

0

0

         

Hate Offenses

   

2008

2009

2010

Hate Offenses - On-campus

a.

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

b.

Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

c.

Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0

0

d.

Sex offenses - Non-forcible (include only incest and statutory rape)

0

0

0

e.

Robbery

0

0

0

f.

Aggravated assault

0

0

0

g.

Burglary

0

0

0

h.

Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

i.

Arson

0

0

0

j.

Any other crime involving bodily injury

0

0

0

         

Hate Offenses - Non-campus

a.

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

b.

Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

c.

Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0

0

d.

Sex offenses - Non-forcible (include only incest and statutory rape)

0

0

0

e.

Robbery

0

0

0

f.

Aggravated assult

0

0

0

g.

Burglary

0

0

0

h.

Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

i.

Arson

0

0

0

j.

Any other crime involving bodily injury

0

0

0

         

Hate Offenses - Public Property

a.

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

b.

Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

c.

Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0

0

d.

Sex offenses - Non-forcible (include only incest and statutory rape)

0

0

0

e.

Robbery

0

0

0

f.

Aggravated assult

0

0

0

g.

Burglary

0

0

0

h.

Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

i.

Arson

0

0

0

j.

Any other crime involving bodily injury

0

0

0

         

Arrests

   

2008

2009

2010

Arrests - On-campus

a.

Illegal weapons possessions

0

0

0

b.

Drug law violations

0

0

0

c.

Liquor law violations

0

0

0

         

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals - On-campus

a.

Illegal weapons possessions

0

0

0

b.

Drug law violations

0

0

0

c.

Liquor law violations

0

0

0

         

Arrests - Non-campus

a.

Illegal weapons possessions

0

0

0

b.

Drug law violations

0

0

0

c.

Liquor law violations

0

0

0

         

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals - Non-campus

a.

Illegal weapons possessions

0

0

0

b.

Drug law violations

0

0

0

c.

Liquor law violations

0

0

0

         

Arrests - Public Property

a.

Illegal weapons possessions

0

0

0

b.

Drug law violations

0

0

0

c.

Liquor law violations

0

0

0

         

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals - Public Property

a.

Illegal weapons possessions

0

0

0

b.

Drug law violations

0

0

0

c.

Liquor law violations

0

0

0

IVY TECH SECURITY SERVICES

Ivy Tech Campus Security is a multi-service department providing security, law enforcement, safety, crime prevention, and emergency services on Ivy Tech campuses throughout Richmond 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department employs part-time sworn and full-time non-sworn officers.  Criminal arrest cases occurring on campus property are referred to the Wayne County District Attorney, which possesses the legal authority to commence prosecution. The Campus Security main office is located at IU East, Middlefork Hall, 2325 Chester Boulevard, Richmond. The phone number is 765-973-8200 until 9:00 p.m. After 9:00 p.m. or for emergencies, dial 765-993-3438 or for an emergency dial 911.


Campus Safety Officers (CSO) are non-sworn personnel who perform security, parking enforcement and traffic control functions.


Richmond Police Officers (RPD) are sworn law enforcement officers who are employed by Ivy Tech Community College and IU East as part-time employees.  RPD officers have full law enforcement powers to make arrests, enforce all applicable federal, state, and local laws. 


Citizen Complaint Procedure

Complaints by members of the public regarding Ivy Tech Community College Campus Security personnel may be made at any time, in person, by mail, email or by phone.  Ivy Tech Campus Security will investigate complaints of substandard service or alleged misconduct by Campus Security employees.  Investigations will be conducted in a timely manner with fairness and impartiality.  The Co-Chairs of the Safety Committee will review completed investigations and establish appropriate corrective measures.  Complainants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their complaint.  Questions regarding Citizen Complaint Procedures may be addressed to Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond Safety Committee at 2357 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN 47374 or by calling 765-966-2656 ext 2351 or ext 1237.


Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on, or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Safety Committee co-chairs, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to the community, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued.  The warning may be issued through any means appropriate including: the Ivy Tech “Campus Connect” website, Ivy News, One-Call, text message, email and voicemail. 


Security Escort Service

Ivy Tech Campus Police officers will provide a walking escort to and from your vehicle upon request at any time for your added safety and peace of mind.  Call 765-973-8200 or after 9:00 p.m. 765-993-3488 for additional information.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE PROCEDURES

Students, faculty, staff, and guests should report immediately any emergency medical situations to Campus Police at 765-973-8200 or after 9:00 p.m. 765-993-3488, or call 911.  When calling ensure the campus location is given and the nature of the emergency.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT

Sexual assault is the commission of an unwanted sexual act, whether by an acquaintance or by a stranger, that occurs without indication or consent of both individuals that occurs under threat or coercion. Sexual assault can occur either forcibly and/or against a person’s will, or when a person is incapable of giving consent. A person is legally incapable of giving consent if under 18 years of age; if intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol; is developmentally disabled; or if temporarily mentally or physically unable to do so.  Anyone can be the target of sexual assault of a sexual assault, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual history, or social class.


Harassment Policy

The college will not tolerate harassment based on sex (with or without sexual conduct), race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, and/or opposition to prohibited discrimination or participation in this or any other complaint procedure.  This prohibition covers harassment against any student at an Ivy Tech Community College campus by anyone, including other students, employees or non-employees during any college activity or program.  The policy prohibiting harassment includes adverse treatment of students because they report harassment or provide information related to such complaints. Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Sexual harassment is simply one form of harassment covered by this policy. Sexual harassment encompasses unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where:

  • Submission to the conduct is an explicit or implicit term of student status (which includes academic and non-academic decisions).
  • Submission or rejection of the conduct is the basis for any decision affecting that individual’s student status; or such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic environment. Sexual harassment would include, but not be limited to, actions such as: (1) sex oriented oral or written “kidding” or abuse, (2) photographs, drawings or graffiti of a sexual nature, (3) subtle pressure for sexual activity, (4) physical conduct such as patting, pinching, or constant brushing against another’s body, and (5) explicit demands for sexual favors, whether or not accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment or threats concerning an individual’s student status.  Reporting and Complaint Procedure Students are encouraged to report harassment before it becomes severe or pervasive. A student who thinks that he or she has been a victim of harassment and who desires to file a complaint to that effect should report a complaint as follows:
    • If the complaint is regarding harassment by another student, it may be filed with or reported to the college judicial officer or an academic chairperson with the expectation that the harassing behavior will be a violation of the college’s code of student conduct, either on its own terms or as a violation of another college policy.
    • If the complaint is regarding harassment by a college employee or non-employee, it may be filed with or reported to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, any of the employee’s supervisors, or with the Director of Human Resources or anyone else in a managerial role. All supervisors and members of management to whom a complaint of harassment is brought or who independently observe behavior prohibited by the harassment policy are to report the complaint of harassment or information about harassment promptly to the highest ranking official at the respective facility who is not the alleged harasser, to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, or to the Director of Human Resources. (Ref. Ivy Tech Student Handbook)

Stalking Definition

"Stalk" means a knowing or an intentional course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another person that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or threatened and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or threatened. The term does not include statutorily or constitutionally protected activity. Stalking anyone, at anytime while on campus is strictly prohibited.


If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

If you have been sexually assaulted, your first priority is your immediate safety.  Don’t be afraid to seek medical attention or ask for help. You have options.  You are strongly encouraged to seek professional assistance and guidance.


Male Victims

While most victims of sexual assault are women, some men are also victims. Male victims at Ivy Tech Community College receive the same services as women. Emotional support, counseling about options, information about resources related to legal issues and medical treatment are available to assist all those recovering from sexual assault.


If You Need Medical Attention

For life threatening conditions,

  • Call 911 and/or Campus Security.
  • Go to the nearest hospital or clinic.

Faculty and staff should consult their primary care physicians or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.


Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault

Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond treats allegations of sexual assault seriously and has a system in place to assist survivors in obtaining medical treatment, counseling, and legal assistance. The Safety Committee is committed to treating survivors with care, compassion, and respect. In a campus setting, sexual assault often occurs when one or both parties are intoxicated from alcohol or other drugs or in connection with group activities where unanticipated social pressures may develop. Therefore, it is important to understand that intercourse or other sexual activity with a person unable to give free and full consent (e.g., because of intoxication, substance abuse, or intimidation) may constitute sexual assault or rape. Furthermore, the offender’s use of a mind-altering substance does not in any way diminish his or her responsibility for abusive behavior.

Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond recognizes that sexual assault is never the fault of the survivor and encourages all students to be aware of personal safety in order to reduce the risk of victimization. Please read the information provided herein and in other publications from the Safety Committee and be aware of the effects of alcohol and other drugs and the dynamics of social gatherings.


Actions for Survivors of Sexual Assault

We urge survivors of sexual assault to take the following steps:

  • Get Medical Treatment
  • To get immediate medical treatment, call our campus police at 765-973-8200 or 911.
    • It is important that a person who has been recently assaulted receive prompt medical attention to ensure that he/she is medically well. Because physical injury is not always noticeable at first, it is important to receive a medical examination and treatment as soon as possible. This may include screening and/or treatment for sexually transmitted disease and emergency contraception, if appropriate.
    • The examination may also include the collection of physical evidence for use in prosecution, if the survivor so chooses. Such evidence may increase the chances of successful prosecution, and its collection is therefore strongly encouraged. For this reason, survivors should not bathe or change clothes before seeking medical treatment. Forensic evidence is collected by a medical provider, usually in an emergency room, up to 96 hours following a sexual assault. Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond students can go to any nearby hospital emergency room. The medical exam and collection of forensic evidence are done simultaneously.
  • Report the Sexual Assault
    The safety and well-being of survivors are of paramount importance. Ivy Tech Community College strongly encourages survivors to contact trained professionals for emotional support, medical services, and advocacy with reporting and or the criminal justice system.
  • Contact options include:
    • The Police Department
    • The Safety Committee
    • The Dean’s Office
    • The Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center
    • A medical treatment facility
    • Any trusted friend, adviser, or faculty member as soon as possible
  • Seek Counseling
    The Richmond community offers a variety of counseling resources to survivors of sexual assault. For more information on the full range of supportive services, contact Centerstone at 765-983-8000.

  • File an Internal Complaint within Ivy Tech Community College
    If the individual accused of a violation of the College’s Sexual Assault Policy is an Ivy Tech Community College student, a complaint may be filed with the College. Students interested in initiating the Disciplinary Procedure for Sexual Assault should contact the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

    Any student accused of a violation of the College’s Sexual Assault Policy will receive written notice of the complaint and a copy of the complainant’s written statement, if any, unless the College believes there may be an issue of public safety, in which case a student may be called to a preliminary hearing without advance written notice. The responding student will be advised that he or she is presumed not to have violated the Policy and that he or she is expected to cooperate in the investigation of the complaint. Additionally, both the person bringing the complaint and the responding student will be advised of their rights to a supporter from the College community and of the potential penalties if he or she is found in violation. If the decision of the panel is that a violation of the Policy has occurred, a detailed report of testimony and findings shall be forwarded to both students and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs of the person found in violation, with a recommendation for sanctions. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs shall then inform the student found in violation of the sanctions he or she is imposing and inform the student of his or her appeal rights in writing. An appeal must be submitted within 30 days of the proposed imposition of any penalty to the dean of the school of the student found in violation. If no violation of the Policy is found, a summary report shall be sent to both parties and notice of the decision to the dean of the respondent school (identifying information is not released when there is no violation).
  • Confidential Reporting
    If you are assaulted and do not want to pursue action within the Ivy Tech Community College system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report to the Ivy Tech Safety Committee. With your permission, an Ivy Tech officer can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, Ivy Tech can keep an accurate record about the number of incidents involving students, employees and visitors; determine where there is a pattern of assaults with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger.
  • Consider Changing Living and Academic Situations
    Survivors of sexual assault may seek alternative class arrangements, and the College is required to provide them if they are reasonably available. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will arrange these accommodations. Generally, alternative class arrangements depend on scheduling considerations and the availability of equivalent courses.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY (Student Handbook)

Definitions

  1. Substances referred to under this policy include all illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages and misused legal drugs (both prescription and over-the-counter).
  2. Illegal drugs refer to the illegal manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of controlled substances listed in the Indiana Controlled Substances Act (IC 35-48-1-1, et seq).

    The purpose of the Drug-Free College Policy is to maintain a safe and productive teaching and learning environment and to be in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.

    All students are expected to attend classes, labs, and college activities unhindered by the substances defined above. The college has established a drug-free awareness program for employees and students, and employees and students are expected to work together to maintain a teaching and learning environment free of illegal drugs. 

    The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, and use of illegal drugs present a hazard to students, employees, and property and are not permitted at any property in use by the college, at any official function sponsored by the college, and at any course conducted by the college, except by special written permission of the president of the college. Any student convicted of a criminal drug offense in or on properties controlled by the college, or while conducting college business is required to notify the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs within five days of the conviction. 

    Any student who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action. Such action may include, but is not limited to, dismissal from college classes, programs, and activities. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs is responsible for implementing the Drug-Free College Policy as it relates to students. As part of an effort to create a drug-free campus, Ivy Tech Community College believes that employees and students should be educated about the physical and emotional health risks associated with the misuse of alcohol and drugs, treatment programs available in Indiana, and the possible legal consequences of drug and alcohol use.

    The college encourages employees and students who experience problems with drugs and/or alcohol to seek help before these problems interfere with their performance at Ivy Tech Community College and endangers their health and safety.

JURISDICTION

Since Ivy Tech Community College operates within the jurisdiction of various law enforcement agencies, behavior that is a violation of local, state, or federal laws may have, or had, and adverse impact upon the College community. If students or staff are suspected of violating a local, state, or federal law, the incident(s) may be reported to an appropriate law enforcement agency. Civil or criminal charges may occur concurrently with Ivy Tech Community College student or employee disciplinary actions.

STUDENT ID CARDS, PARKING AND CAMPUS TRAFFIC

Student ID Cards

All students are required to have a picture ID when purchasing books in the bookstore on financial aid and a Student ID card when using the Learning Resource Center. This ID card is very important and students should have it on his/her person while on campus or attending college-sponsored events. Student ID cards are issued in the Registrar’s office during regular business hours.


Parking and Campus Traffic

All students are issued a parking hang tag once per semester.  These hang tags change in design each semester to identify them as a current tag.  Only the current tag should be displayed and only current hang tags are valid.  Visitors are not required to have hang tags.

Hang tags allow the bearer to park on any Ivy Tech Community College – Richmond parking lot as well as on Indiana University East parking lots in non-designated parking areas.  The hang tag does not allow access to park in visitor parking spaces or in handicap or other designated parking areas of either institution.

One hang tag will be mailed to each currently enrolled student in paid status during the third week of the term.  The hang tag for a semester remains valid until the beginning of the fourth week of the next semester, at which time students will have received new hang tags and should be displayed.  For those students who register for off-cycle classes, please visit the Office of Student Affairs to obtain a valid hang tag.

If a student does not receive a hang tag, one can be issued by the Office of Student Affairs if the student is in paid status and currently enrolled.  Student Affairs staff will record the tag number and the student’s name.

If a student reports his or her hang tag as lost or stolen, a replacement hang tag may be issued by the Office of Student Affairs.  The student’s old tag will be recorded as lost or stolen and the information forwarded to Campus Police.

Campus speed limits will be strictly enforced and traffic citations will be issued by Campus Police.  Traffic violation fines may be paid in the Business Office in Johnson Hall.  Failure to pay fines will result in holds being placed on student records and registration.

FIREARMS AND VERBAL THREATS
(Student Handbook / IC 35-47-9-2) IC 10-14-3-33.5; IC 21-7-13-6(b))

According to the Student Affairs Policies and Procedures Manual “students are entitled to a learning atmosphere free from discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and intimidation.” Also, “possession of firearms/ammunition and other weapons, dangerous chemicals, or any explosive or explosive device is prohibited on college property or at any college sponsored activity held elsewhere.” Employees are prohibited from “reporting to work or representing the college while possessing firearms or other dangerous devices” (Personnel Policies and Procedures). In addition, “employees are prohibited from making statements or taking actions that are potentially offensive and embarrassing to other employees, students or visitors of the college”. Employees who “threaten ongoing college operations, the health and safety of others or themselves,” can be accused of gross misconduct. Violation of these policies can result in a disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the college (if a student) or termination of employment (if an employee). As of July 1, 2010, it is illegal to have a gun or ammunition on postsecondary institution property, either in a vehicle or in a person’s possession.


Reporting Procedure

Students who believe that another student, employee, or visitor has made a threatening statement or has brought a weapon to college must immediately report the incident to Campus Police and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Likewise, employees who become aware of a threatening situation or potential for violence must contact Campus Police and the Executive Director of Human Resources. Persons making a report will be asked to provide as much detail as possible, including names of other witnesses, the name of the person making the threat or possessing the weapon, location, and other pertinent information that would be helpful in conducting a fair and accurate investigation.


Investigation

All reported incidents will be investigated. Information about the allegation will be shared only with those who need to know about it. Complete confidentiality cannot be guaranteed since conducting an effective investigation would not be possible without revealing certain information to the alleged violator and potential witnesses. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will participate in the investigation of incidents involving students and the Executive Director of Human Resources will participate in the investigation of incidents involving employees.


Determination

After all of the evidence is collected, interviews are final, and any credibility issues are resolved, a determination as to whether a violation of campus policy occurred will be made and the parties directly involved informed of the determination. If no determination can be made because the evidence is inconclusive, the parties will be informed of this result. The standard of evidence used to determine responsibility is a “preponderance” (more likely than not) of evidence appropriate for determining that a violation has occurred.


Corrective Action

After the determination is made, the college will undertake prompt and appropriate action, including discipline up to and including dismissal from the college or termination whenever it determines that a violation of these policies has occurred. The person(s) reporting the incident as well as the potential victim(s) will be informed of the outcome of the investigation and corrective action (if any).

EMERGENCY REMOVAL

In most cases, disciplinary action is imposed in accordance to the student rights and responsibilities process. However, when a student’s behavior creates the possibility of imminent danger to any person, or threatens to seriously disrupt an educational process, the College Judicial Officer or his/her designee, reserves the right to remove a student from class or the College, pending a hearing. In addition, any faculty or staff member may contact Campus Security to have a student removed immediately from a class or instructional area at the time the incident occurs. Lastly, Campus Security Officers, under the direction of the Director or Chief of Security, may remove immediately from campus any student determined to be a danger to self or others, or who threatens to seriously disrupt the educational process.

REPORTING CRIME OR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

All students, faculty, staff and visitors at Ivy Tech are highly encouraged to report all crimes and security related incidents to Campus Police in a timely manner. 

Anytime you need immediate assistance for security, fire or medical emergencies dial 765-966-2656 ext. 2351 OR 1247; OR 765-973-8200 OR 765-993-3488, OR 911.  In addition, emergency call stations are located throughout parking areas for immediate assistance.  There are currently two emergency call stations at the Richmond campus and two at the Connersville campus.  If there is a crime, fire, or medical emergency, simply push the red button on the front center panel of the phones, and the security command center will be automatically contacted.  All calls, even hang-up calls, are investigated by Campus Security.  An officer will respond to the location as needed. 

Please remember that the Emergency Phones are in place to enhance your safety while on the Ivy Tech campus, and to report emergencies. Intentional misuse, prank calls, or tampering with these phones is a criminal offense.


Confidential Reporting Procedures

All reports will be investigated. Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond does not have procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crime statistics. Violations of the law will be referred to law enforcement agencies and when appropriate, and to the College Disciplinary Committee for review. 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 at local campuses, in-class announcements, or other appropriate means.


Off-Campus Crime

When off campus, members of the Ivy Tech community are encourage to report all crimes and Campus Security related incidents to the local police agency in a timely manner.  In case of an emergency, call 911.

Ivy Tech judicial policy applies year-round to all on-campus activities, and to any acts which threaten the safety and integrity of the College community regardless of where such acts occur.


Solicitors

Solicitation is not allowed by persons not associated with Ivy Tech Community College.  If a solicitor or any suspicious-looking person approaches you on campus, call campus security at 765-966-2656 ext. 2351 or 1247; after 9:00 p.m. call 765-993-3488 or 911 immediately and provide a detailed description.  Do not confront the person.


Voyeurism

If you see or observe a “Peeping Tom”, it is usually best not to yell or try to detain the offender.  He or she may panic and react in an unpredictable manner.  If the offender runs away, note the direction in which he or she traveled. If there is a place from which you can observe safely, watch to see if the offender gets into a car, goes into another building, etc.  Try to get a good description of the person, and immediately report the incident.


Obscene and Annoying Phone Calls

  • Hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call. Do not try to find out who the caller is, even if you think it is a friend playing a joke.
  • Use your answering machine to screen calls. 
  • If calls occur frequently, keep a log of exactly when the call was received and what both parties stated.  Describe the type of voice and note any background noises.
  • Consider changing your phone number, depersonalizing your answering machine message.
  • If the calls continue, contact Ivy Tech security.

Building Security and Access

Most academic and administrative buildings are open from 7 A.M to 10:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.  On occasion, some labs and/or buildings are open after the published hours to accommodate certain events and activities. Campus security officers patrol all buildings daily. If special access is needed, contact the Safety Committee at 765-966-2656 ext. 2351 or 1247.

PERSONAL SAFETY AND SECURITY

Safety & Security Education

The Ivy Tech Safety Committee provides a variety of educational presentations on security awareness and crime prevention programs to all members of the Ivy Tech community upon request.  Available presentations include, but are not limited to: Active Shooter Survival Techniques, Crime Prevention, Detecting Behaviors of Concern, Property Protection, Personal Safety, and Identity theft.  Call 765-966-2656 ext. 1265 for additional information.


Safety is a shared responsibility

In effort to keep Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond safe, the cooperation, involvement, and support of all college members is essential.  The safety and security of all staff, faculty and students is a top priority.  In addition to the following advice, individuals should carefully assess and modify their own behaviors and habits to lessen their vulnerability to unsafe conditions.


Campus Safety Tips

  • Study or work with a friend in buildings at night.
  • Use stairs in well-lit and populated sections of a building.
  • Keep personal belongings in view while in class, the library, or lab.
  • When in an elevator, position yourself next to the controls.
  • Don't be reluctant to report illegal activities and suspicious loitering.

ATM Safety

  • Use indoor ATM machines whenever possible.
  • Bring a friend when using the ATM, especially at night.
  • Be alert and cautious of anyone loitering around the ATM/night deposit box.
  • Complete your transaction quickly and leave immediately.
  • Protect the Personal Identification Number for your ATM by covering the screen while you enter the numbers.

Exercise Safety

  • Always exercise with a friend when outdoors at night.
  • Stay in well-lit and populated areas at all times.
  • Reserve public park use for daylight hours.
  • Carry a personal safety device, such as a sound siren, mace or pepper spray.

On the street

  • Accept rides only from people you know.
  • Take a friend with you for late night excursions.
  • Walk on the part of the sidewalk closest to the street, as far away as possible from shrubs, trees, and doorways.
  • Stay near people.  Whenever possible, appear to be with a group of people.
  • Stay in well lit areas.
  • Avoid short cuts through unpopulated areas.
  • Walk at a steady pace: appear confident and purposeful.
  • Be alert! Listen for footsteps and voices nearby.
  • Remain calm and report suspicious activity.

Workplace Violence

Please report all workplace violence events/actions immediately. The Safety Committee investigates all reports of crimes. In serious cases, referrals are made to the Richmond Police Department. For non-criminal workplace issues, please call Human Resources Richmond Campus: (765) 966-2656 ext. 2351; for information and assistance.


Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner. No one deserves abuse; it is a crime if someone physically hurts, threatens, or stalks you. The criminal justice system can be intimidating and confusing, but do not be afraid to call the police if you have been abused. The goal of the police and the legal system is to provide some measure of safety for victims of violence in relationships along with accountability and counseling for their abusers. If you have just been threatened, hurt or abused, or are being stalked by your current or former intimate partner, call 911. Tell the dispatcher that you are in danger and you need help immediately. The police are required to write an incident report for all domestic violence calls, even if the batterer has already left the scene when they arrive. Although it is best to make the report as soon as possible, you may also call the police hours, days, or months after you have been abused.


Missing Student/Employee Procedures

In some instances, students and/or employees may for some reason not show up for classes, or work.  While this is generally not a serious issue, sometimes events happen out of character or away from the “norm” for the individual.  If you suspect a fellow student or employee has not been attending class, or work and they have not contacted anyone to make necessary arrangements, please contact your instructor/supervisor and the Safety Committee as soon as possible.  Unplanned events do happen, but if no one knows something is out of the ordinary, necessary measures may not be taken in a timely manner.  Always have a plan for emergency contact instructions, provide information to the registrar upon course registration or to Human Resources upon being hired.


Identity Theft Prevention

At Home:

Start by adopting a "need to know" approach to your personal data. Your credit card company may need to know your mother's maiden name, so that it can verify your identity when you call to inquire about your account. Your financial institution should have your pertinent information; therefore, it is unadvisable to share personal data over the phone.  Also, the more information that you have printed on your personal bank checks -- such as your Social Security number or home telephone number -- the more personal data you are routinely handing out to people who may not need that information.

If someone you don't know calls you on the telephone and offers you the chance to receive a "major" credit card, a prize, or other valuable item, but asks you for personal data -- such as your Social Security Number, credit card number or expiration date, or mother's maiden name — ask them to send you a written application form.

Review the application carefully when you receive it and make sure it's going to a company or financial institution that's well-known and reputable.  The Better Business Bureau can give you information about businesses that have been the subject of complaints. 

Travel:

If you're traveling, have your mail held at your local post office, or ask someone you know well and trust ¬ another family member, a friend, or a neighbor ¬ to collect and hold your mail while you're away. If you have a telephone conversation while you are traveling, and need to pass along personal financial information don't do it at an open telephone booth where someone can listen to what you are saying.

If your identity is stolen
Protecting yourself from identity theft is no sure thing.  But there is plenty you can do if you realize your identity has been taken:

  • Contact the local fraud department of each of three major credit bureaus.  Tell them that you’re an identity theft victim.  Request that a “fraud alert” be placed in your file, along with a victim’s statement asking that creditors call you before opening any new accounts or changing your existing accounts.
    • Equifax to report fraud: 1-800-525-6285
    • Experian to report fraud: 1-800-397-3742
    • TransUnion to report fraud: 1-800-680-7289
  • Contact the creditors for any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Speak with someone in the security/fraud department of each creditor, and follow-up with a letter.
  • If your social security number has been used illegally, contact the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.
  • File a report with the local police department.
  • Keep records of everything involved in your efforts to clear up fraud, including copies of written correspondence and records of telephone calls.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Emergency Response and Evacuation Policy

Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond will initiate, without delay and taking into account the safety of the college community, the usage of the Ivy Tech Alert emergency notification system in the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation on campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, staff, faculty and visitors.

The notification will go out to everyone on the Ivy Tech Alert system upon confirmation of the significant emergency or dangerous situation unless issuing the a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. The content of the message will vary depending on the situation. The officials who can initiate an Ivy Tech Alert message include the Chancellor and the Emergency Management Committee.

Regularly scheduled drills, exercises, and appropriate follow-through activities, designed for assessment will be conducted each semester.  Emergency Evacuation Plans are posted in every building/hallway on campus.  Emergency Action Guide flipcharts are posted in every classroom area on each campus.  Personal Emergency Action Guide booklets are given to all full-time employees and faculty members.

The evacuation plan provides a floor plan of each campus location, identifying the locations of all exits, fire alarm pull stations and fire extinguishers. The evacuation plans list instructions for response to a fire and tornados. Timely Warning information can be found on page 5.


Emergency Communications

After an emergency such as a tornado, local phone lines may have reduced capacity. Do not make calls immediately after an emergency unless it is a life safety situation – leave the lines available for emergency services. One way to keep in touch with your relatives after an emergency is to call an out-of-area phone contact. Ask the out-of-area contact to call all of your other relatives and friends for you to tell them that you are ok. Emergency notification on campus will be in the form of emergency text message, email, public address system, word of mouth, or any combination of the mentioned actions.


Building Evacuations

Before an Evacuation:

  • Familiarize yourself with evacuation procedures for the building; locate the nearest exit and fire extinguishers.
  • Find the Emergency Assembly Point (EAP) for your building.

During an Evacuation:

  • Evacuate when you hear the sound of an alarm in a campus building. (Drills are no exception.)
  • Exit the building quickly and safely, closing the exit door behind you.
  • Wear shoes.
  • Never use elevators – always use the stairs.
  • Help others to evacuate – knock on doors, check bathrooms as you leave the building. Help those with a physical disability evacuate the building if they need help.
  • An alarm may be part of a crime in progress – be alert for suspicious persons or activity.
  • If the alarm in a building has been set off by accident, call 9-911/911 immediately and explain the situation.
  • Report any vandalism or tampering with the alarm immediately.

Annual Campus Fire Reporting

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond does not own, operate or rent student housing on any of its campuses. However, we have included fire precaution information and statistical information in our Annual Security Report. Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond does conduct drills each semester including FIRE, TORNADO and LOCKDOWN drills. Everyone should always alert and aware of their surroundings at all times.  Drills help to keep building occupants aware of their surroundings, as well as, up to date on proper procedures. 


Fire Safety Precautions

What to Do in Case of Fire

If you discover a fire in a campus building:

Immediately pull the nearest fire alarm as you exit the building. When evacuating the building, remember to feel doors before opening them to be sure that there is no fire danger on the other side. If you must enter a smoke-filled room or hallway, stay low, keeping one hand on the wall to avoid disorientation and crawl to the nearest exit, keeping your head near the floor. Once you are safely away from danger, call the emergency number for your campus to report the fire. If you are off campus, dial 911. Leave the building at once, but stand-by to direct emergency teams to the location of the fire.


Fire Response Dos and Don’ts

  • DO treat every alarm as an emergency. If an alarm sounds, exit the building immediately. DON’T assume that a fire alarm is a drill or test. All building alarm systems are tested as required by law, but these tests are announced in advance.
  • DO remain in your room if you cannot get out of the building because of heat or smoke.
  • Call Public Safety right away. Keep the door closed and await assistance from the Fire Department.
  • If smoke is entering around the door, stuff the crack under the door with clothing or other material to block the smoke from entering.

Building Fire Equipment/Doorways

  • Buildings are equipped with a variety of features that are designed to detect, stop and/or suppress the spread of a fire.
  • A door can be the first line of defense against the spread of smoke or fire from one area to another. Some doors, such as fire doors in corridors or stairwells are designed to stand up to fire longer than those of an individual room. It is important that these doors are CLOSED for them to work.
  • Additionally, if a door has a device that automatically closes the door, it should NOT be propped open.
  • Sprinklers are 98% effective in preventing the spread of fire when operating properly. DO NOT obstruct the sprinkler heads with stacked boxes or other equipment or objects.
  • Smoke detectors cannot do their job if they are disabled or covered by the occupant, which is a violation of University Policy.
  • Almost 3/4 of all fires that are caused by smoking material are the result of a cigarette being abandoned or disposed of carelessly.
  • Smoking is NOT PERMITTED in any Ivy Tech building.