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Annual Security Report

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Sex Offender Registration

The North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry was established in January 1996 due to the General Assembly's enactment of Article 27A of Chapter 14 of the North Carolina General Statutes (NCGS 14-208.5). This law requires a person who is a resident or relocates to North Carolina and who has a reportable conviction to maintain registration with the sheriff of the county where the person resides. The Registry is accessible at the following web address. http://sexoffender.ncdoj.gov/ Information on offenders residing in the College’s immediate service areas of Catawba and Alexander Counties may be obtained through search options available on this website. A written request for a paper copy of the countywide registry may also be made to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office or Alexander County Sheriff’s Office.

Effective December 1, 2008, Article 27A of Chapter 14 of the North Carolina General Statutes was amended to add section 14-208-18 entitled “Sex offender unlawfully on premises.” This amendment is known as the Jessica Lunsford Act. Sex offenders covered under this Act cannot be knowingly “at any place” where any person under the age of 18 years gathers for educational programs or be on the premises of any child care facilities. Sex offenders covered under the Act include those convicted of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense, second-degree sexual offense, sexual battery, statutory rape, or sexual offense of a person who is 13, 14, or 15 years old. Since persons under the age of 18 years regularly attend educational programs at the CVCC Main Campus (including the East Campus facility on the Main Campus), the CVCC Alexander Center for Education, and the CVCC Newton Center, the CVCC Potters' Workshop, the presence of a sex offender covered under this Act at any these CVCC locations represents a possible criminal violation. CVCC officials notify law enforcement of all possible criminal violations.

Article 27A of Chapter 14 - North Carolina General Statutes

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Access to CVCC Facilities
CVCC facilities are generally open during normal operating hours to employees, students, contractors, and visitors as defined in CVCC’s visitors on campus policy. Normal operating hours for CVCC facilities do vary. When a facility is closed, access is by key if issued, or by admittance via the Campus Safety and Security Office. CVCC does not have campus residences. Campus Safety and Security Officers (Catawba County law enforcement officers) regularly patrol the Main Campus and the East Campus and report unsafe conditions and security issues to the Chief Operations Officer. The Director of the Alexander Education Center reports unsafe conditions and security issues to the Chief Operations Officer and/or to appropriate Alexander County Agencies. Employees at the Newton Center, CVCC Potters' Workshop report unsafe conditions and security issues to the Chief Operations Officer. Other members of the CVCC community are encouraged to report unsafe conditions and security issues to the Campus Safety and Security Office.

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Authority and Jurisdiction of Safety and Security Officers
Campus Safety and Security Officers are Catawba County law Enforcement officers vested with full law enforcement authority accorded to law enforcement officers by the State of North Carolina. They have complete law enforcement authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts in Catawba County, including illegal acts on or in areas immediately adjacent to the Main Campus, the East Campus, the CVCC Potters' Workshop and the Newton Center. The CVCC Alexander Center for Education (in Taylorsville) does not have on-site security officers and relies primarily on the Taylorsville Police Department for law enforcement assistance.

If minor offenses involving CVCC policies are committed by a student, Campus Safety and Security Officers may refer the individual to a CVCC disciplinary official.

The Campus Safety and Security Office maintains close working relationships with all local police, state agencies, and other emergency response agencies. It has mutual aid agreements with the Hickory Police Department and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

All CVCC campuses/sites have access to an emergency 911 system.

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Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs
Campus security services and procedures are discussed during new student orientations, which are provided several times a year and are open to all members of the CVCC community and in ACA111 (College Student Success) classes which are offered each semester. Members of the Campus Safety and Security Office conduct crime prevention presentations when requested by various community groups, including students and employees of CVCC. Security awareness programs encourage members of the campus community to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Crime prevention tips and statistics on crime at CVCC are also included. Programs and information offered include general crime prevention forums and programs with discussions on topics such as alcohol abuse, domestic violence, self defense, fire safety, sexual assault prevention, and theft prevention.

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Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education and Prevention

CVCC has developed a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. Program services include the following:

  • Dissemination of informational materials
  • Policies prohibiting the use of alcohol, illegal drugs/controlled substances, and tobacco products on CVCC campuses/sites
  • Disciplinary policies for violation of policies prohibiting the use of alcohol, illegal drugs/controlled substances, and tobacco products on CVCC campuses/sites
  • An employee assistance program
  • Referral services

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