Policies and Procedures Manual

Chapter 6: College Committees & Advisory Councils

06:42:00   Safe Campus Committee

Purpose

The Safe Campus Committee shall guide Northeast State Community College’s policy and procedures development, awareness campaigns, and constituent expectations concerning safe and respectful environments at all Northeast State teaching sites. The committee is charged with meeting requirements as set forth by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988,the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013 (Campus SaVE Act) and with TCA § 49-7-137 that requires instruction to raise awareness and prevention of hate crimes and sexual offenses.

Scope

Northeast State strives to maintain an environment that is free of intimidation and encourages the development of students and employees to their fullest extent. Policy clearly states that the College will not tolerate acts or threats of acts of sexual assault, physical assault, or any type of violence. Policy prohibits emplyees and students from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensaton, possession, use , or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol on the College campus, at off-campus facilities owned or controlled by the college, or as a part of College-sponsered activities.

The Safe Campus Committee shall be responsible for the following: 

  • reviewing policies and procedures related to primary prevention programs campus safety and Safe Northeast;
  • monitoring compliance with federal and state guidelines;
  • developing training and assessment programs;
  • marketing awareness campaigns related to campus safety and primary prevention programs;
  • managing constituent rights, responsibilities, and expectations related to campus safety and conduct; and
  • establishing community partnerships to encourage safe and healthy environments, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, suicide awareness and prevention, and the reporting and prevention of sexual violence.

Safe Campus Committee determinations shall not replace or supersede any state or federal laws regarding public safety and law enforcement. 

Membership

The Safe Campus Committee shall include the following representatives:

  1. Academic Affairs (1)
  2. Access and Development (1)
  3. Administrative Services (1)
  4. Career Services (1)
  5. Center for Students with Disabilities (1)
  6. Community and Media Relations (1)
  7. Counseling and Testing Services (1)
  8. Economic and Workforce Development (1)
  9. Enrollment Management (1)
  10. Equity and Compliance (1)
  11. Faculty (2): Designated by the Vice President for Academic Affairs
  12. Finance (1)
  13. Financial Aid (1)
  14. Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness (1)
  15. Multi-Campus Programs (1)
  16. Office of the President (1)
  17. Plant Operations and Maintenance (1)
  18. Police Department (1)
  19. Scholarship Programs and Student Needs (1)
  20. Student Development (1)
  21. Student Life (1)
  22. Student Services (1)
  23. Students (2): Designated by the Vice President for Student Affairs
  24. TRiO Student Support Services (1)
  25. Veterans Affairs (1) 
  26. Vice President for Student Affairs, Chair (non-voting)

The committee shall meet quarterly and as additional needs arise.

The Biennial review Subcommittee shall determine the effectiveness of the College's primary prevention programs addressing illicit drugs and alcohol, implement changes , and ensure the disciplinary sanctions are being consistently enforced as mandated by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. ( See NeSCC Policies 05:04:02 and 06:42:00:01)

The  Safe Campus committee may utilize ad hoc subcommittees as needed to facilitate its purpose. 

Data Collection and Information Dissemination

The Safe Campus Committee shall distribute information to students, faculty, and staff during each semester. The information shall include the following: 

  • constituent roles, responsibilities, and standards of conduct.
  • applicable disciplinary offenses and sanctions
  • campus and community contacts for support services
  • mechanisms for reporting behaviors of concern, and
  • crime statistics.

The Safe Campus Committee shall assist the Northeast State Police Department with the publication of the Annual Security Report in accordance with Tennessee's College and University Security Information Act of 1989 and the federal Student Right to Know & Campus Security Act of 1990, amended and renamed the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act in 1998.

Reporting Behaviors of Concern and Stakeholder Outreach

All students, faculty, staff, alumni, volunteers, and the community-at-large are stakeholders. The Safe Campus Committee shall work with the college administration to foster a comprehensive reporting culture. Through the data collection and information dissemination process, the committee shall develop mechanisms that will encourage all stakeholders to identify and report concerning behaviors to the Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (BITA) Committee. Stakeholder outreach shall be subjective and may include direct electronic outreach and interpersonal relationships.

The Safe Campus Committee shall encourage direct reports to the Northeast State Police Department at 423.677.7927 (emergency cell) or by calling 9-1-1 in the event of emergency situations that require immediate intervention.

The committee chair shall post minutes/actions/plans on the Campus Drive, Committees Folder.

 



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