Annual Security Report Information
Annual Security Report of Catawba Valley Community College
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 Sex Offender Registry web address http://sexoffender.ncsib.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, the Manufacturing Solutions Center, the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy, and the CVCC Newton Center. 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.
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 of Staff, Safety, Security and Health. The Director of the Alexander Education Center reports unsafe conditions and security issues to the Chief of Staff, Safety, Security and Health and/or to appropriate Alexander County Agencies. Employees at the Newton Center and the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy report unsafe conditions and security issues to the Chief of Staff, Safety, Security and Health. Other members of the CVCC community are encouraged to report unsafe conditions and security issues to the Campus Safety and Security Office.
These guidelines and procedure define the prohibitions and appropriate use or areas of activity where the titled activity can be performed.They are applicable to all personnel, students or other visitors and are to be enforced on all property owned, leased or under the control of the college.
Skateboards, Scooters, Roller Skating, Roller Blading, Hover Boards - The movement of an individual by equipment commonly identified or known as those items listed above.
Safety Regulations - Those guidelines are to ensure the conformance to campus regulations and specific college concerns.
Damage - The intentional or accidental damage to any property owned, leased or under the control of the college through the act of skateboarding, roller blading, roller skating, the use of hover boards or scooters.
To minimize the risk and personal injury and property damage upon the campus of CVCC.
- All skateboards, scooters, roller skates, hover boards, and roller blades are prohibited within all buildings upon the campus.
- Skateboards, scooters, roller skates, hover boards, and roller blades are not permitted anywhere on campus or at any time unless approved by the Office of Chief of Staff, Safety, Security and Health.
Procedure for Violation
- Any college personnel observing a violation of this policy should immediately contact the Security Office or switchboard. In the event that property damage has occurred, security will investigate the incident. Officers shall identify the parties responsible for the property damage and if necessary, file the appropriate legal charges for such damage. Officers shall confiscate all skateboards, scooters, roller skates, hover boards, and/or roller blades found on the Catawba Valley Community College owned property. Property must be claimed at the Office of Chief of Staff, Security, Safety and Health building and be removed from campus.
- The Security Office shall forward all reports concerning violations of this policy to the appropriate judicial official through the Student Services Office for review and follow-up as appropriate.
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 Catawba Valley Furniture Academy, the Manufacturing Solutions Center, 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.
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.
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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