Campus Security Annual Security Report
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and
Campus Crime Statistics Act
Consistent with federal law, LCCC publishes an annual security report on or before October 1 of each year. The report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on any LCCC campus and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campuses. The report also includes information on reporting crimes and other emergencies, security of and access to facilities, campus law enforcement authority, as well as other related matters.
To obtain a hard copy of the report, please contact Keith Brown, in LC 106, at extension 7738 or 440-366-7738.
In an effort to provide the best service for the LCCC campus community, we have provided a link to the Lorain County Sheriff's Department list of convicted sexual predators. To view the site, click here.
Ohio's ESCORN site (http://www.icrimewatch.net/index.php?AgencyID=55149&disc) provides links to databases of sexual offenders for all 88 Ohio counties.
Booklets containing registered Lorain County sex offenders and daily crime-log information for the LCCC campus are available for public viewing in LC 106.
The information and statistics contained in this publication are being presented in compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Lorain County Community College’s Campus Security Office publishes this information to inform members of the campus community and other interested parties of incidents of crime and to educate them in effective crime prevention and safety measures so that they can make informed decisions relative to their safety. The crime statistics reflect incidents that occurred on any LCCC campus or on public property adjacent to the campuses. Lorain County Community College does not provide residential dormitories or facilities for on campus student housing. The Campus Security Office has primary responsibility for categorizing, disseminating and publishing crime statistics collected on campus and includes statistics obtained from various local law enforcement entities including Elyria, Wellington, Lorain and Brunswick Police Departments.
The Campus Security office is located on the first floor of the Library/Community Resource Center, across from the North Branch of the Elyria Public Library and can be reached from anywhere on campus by calling 440-366-4053 or TDD 440-366-4136. For on campus emergencies, dial 4444 from a regular college telephone or 440-366-4444 from a cellular phone. For emergencies necessitating an immediate police, fire or EMS response, please call 9-1-1. Visit www.lorainccc.edu/security to view emergency procedures.
Campus security is provided by the office of Campus Security, which has officers on duty 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Fifteen full-time and part-time officers maintain a visible security presence and patrol the campus roadways, walkways, parking areas and buildings. Specific elements of the Campus Security mission include: accident investigation; crime prevention; vehicle assists; incident investigation; parking and traffic enforcement; emergency response; and disaster coordination.
Campus Security officers are a proprietary security force responsible for maintaining public order on campus. The approach to this responsibility is with professionalism and discretion and with the understanding that service to the campus community is paramount.
Campus Security officers are non-commissioned security personnel who are experienced in: cardiopulmonary resuscitation; accident investigation; patrol procedures; traffic control; report writing; human interaction; and enforcement of the Campus and Student Codes of Conduct. The Campus Security officers do not carry firearms and do not have arrest powers.
Additionally, Campus Security officers are required to have a high school diploma and at least one year of experience in police, security and/or military environment. All officers are encouraged to further their professional development through the tuition-waiver program. Periodic, office-sponsored training sessions are offered, dealing with basic campus safety, domestic violence, sexual assault prevention, unarmed self-defense and other in-service training relating to specific needs.
To carry out the security patrol mission, Campus Security operates marked campus security vehicles. In addition college security maintains a 300 camera CCTV systems, supervised by Campus Security that will monitor many interior public areas, labs, and high-risk areas as well as exterior parking lots.
Campus Security is responsible for ensuring campus buildings are secured after hours and for unlocking facilities at the start of each day as part of the 24-hour-per-day on-campus security presence.
CAMPUS SECURITY ASSISTANCE
Campus Security personnel provide assistance to the campus community in the following areas: vehicle assistance (jump starts, unlocks); emergency response and CPR; information and directions; telephone console operations; escorts to and from parking areas and classrooms; investigation of incidents/crimes occurring on campus; and patrol of campus roadways, walkways, parking areas and buildings. In addition, the department conducts or sponsors informational sessions addressing substance abuse, personal protection, crime prevention and sexual assault awareness and emergency preparedness. In situations requiring assistance from community-based services Campus Security promptly summons help from local first responders.
HOW TO REPORT CRIMES OR INCIDENTS ON CAMPUSES
LCCC encourages students and employees to promptly report crimes on campus to Campus Security officers and local law enforcement agencies on a voluntary basis. Normally, crimes should be reported to Campus Security or by dialing 9-1-1 from a cellular phone or campus phone to make contact with the local law enforcement authority having jurisdiction. Elyria Police (9-1-1) which has primary jurisdiction for investigation of crimes at the Elyria campuses while Lorain Police (St. Joe’s), North Ridgeville Police (University Center Ridge Campus), Wellington Police (Wellington), and Brunswick Police (Midpoint) maintain jurisdiction at the other campuses. Report crimes in person by coming to the first floor of the Library/Community Resource Center, LC 106, by calling extension 4444 or 4053 from a campus phone, or 366-4444/366-4053 via cell phone or use one of the emergency phones located in building hallways to make immediate contact with a Lorain County 911 operator who will notify local first responders and Campus Security if applicable. To report crimes in progress at the other campuses, simply dial 9-1-1.
Furnish all pertinent information when reporting an incident. Campus Security working in conjunction with the local law enforcement agency will conduct the appropriate investigation and file the necessary report(s). Follow-up pursuits will include efforts to identify responsible parties, recover stolen property, recommend appropriate legal action, pursue code of conduct action with the coordinator for code of conduct and encourage restitution when feasible.
Campus Security maintains an excellent working relationship with the Elyria, Lorain, Wellington, North Ridgeville and Brunswick Police Departments and assistance is provided in a prompt and professional manner when requested. The Police Departments regularly provide current information and data concerning criminal activity in and around the LCCC campuses and any LCCC off campus event.
Crimes may also be reported to any Campus Security Authority - defined as any official of the College who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Campus Security Authorities include Stephanie Sutton, Dean of Enrollment & Financial Services (440-366-7622), Selina Gaddis, Manager, Student Life (440-366-7648), Jody Haserodt, Learning Specialist, Disability Services (440-366-7283), Cathy Shaw, Information Support Specialist, Women’s Link (440-366-7634), all athletic team coaches and advisors to student clubs and organizations. The law requires that all crimes reported to any Campus Security Authority be included in the College's statistics and evaluated relative to its timely warning policy. Professional mental health counselors are excluded from this requirement, however, the College encourages such mental health professionals to, when they believe it appropriate, inform the person being counseled of procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual report.
TIMELY WARNINGS POLICY
Campus Security maintains and reports yearly crime statistics available at www.lorainccc.edu/crimestats and, when appropriate, will issue timely warnings to the campus community relative to potential criminal activity.
LCCC strives to provide safe and secure campus environments. Occasionally an incident may take place on our campuses or information is received from a local law enforcement agency regarding an incident that occurred in the immediate vicinity of one of the campuses which is considered potentially threatening. If any member of the campus community knows of a crime or other serious incident should report that incident as soon as possible to the Campus Security office or call 9-1-1 so that a timely warning can be issued. When we are made aware of such information, we will issue timely warnings through the campus newspaper, FYI…this week, with announcements posted on campus bulletin boards and notices sent via e-mail and placed on the College’s website– www.lorainccc.edu. The Campus Security office also maintains a daily crime log which is made available for public viewing during regular business hours (8:30am-10:00pm) in LC 106.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND EVACUATION
LCCC has implemented a comprehensive Emergency Notification System that can alert and inform campus community members in the event of an imminent threat to health and safety (e.g. tornado, active shooter, hazardous material spill, etc.).
Upon confirmation from a Campus Security officer or College official regarding a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of campus community members, emergency notifications will be disseminated without delay to campus community members via text message and email alerts, internal public address system and an external siren (where applicable). The director of campus security, working in conjunction with other College officials will determine the content of the emergency notification, select the most appropriate method(s) for disseminating the information as quickly as possible, and initiate the notification system. The director of campus security, campus security officers and authorized College personnel have responsibility for issuing notifications via the College’s Emergency Notification System. The text message system LCCC Alerts (www.lorainccc.edu/alerts) is a free service that students and staff can subscribe to in order to receive information directly to their text enabled mobile phone in the event of an emergency or campus closure. The external siren is capable of producing audible and voice commands to the campus community in the event of an emergency. When you hear the audible alert tone, you will immediately be instructed on what steps to take next to ensure your health and safety which could include seek shelter inside immediately, stay inside until further notice or evacuate the campus immediately. Other emergency notification methods the College employs can include fliers posted at entryways, the College’s homepage (www.lorainccc.edu), digital displays, electronic marquis and broadcast television alerts. A special emergency hotline, 440-366-4911, has been established to furnish emergency information to the larger community. Additional information can also be found on the College’s web site as well as local radio and television stations.
Emergency evacuation routes are conspicuously posted in each classroom on our campuses. Additionally, various procedures for responding to emergencies can also be found on the College’s homepage by visiting www.lorainccc.edu and click on “emergency procedures”. College officials will conduct annual tests and exercises of emergency response and evacuation procedures in order to ensure an orderly response to incidents necessitating such measures and to continuously assess the readiness of our emergency response and recovery capabilities. Tests will be announced in advance via email, the College’s homepage, and other available methods.
ACCESS TO CAMPUS FACILITIES
For security purposes, campus buildings are secured when classes and activities have finished each day. Facilities are kept secured during periods when college sanctioned functions are not being conducted. All persons required to be on campus when facilities are closed are requested to contact Campus Security in the Library/Community Resource Center, room LC 106, (ext. 4053) or 366-4053 or contact the appropriate coordinator at our other campus sites.
College facilities are generally open from 7am-10:30pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 7am-8pm on weekends, unless otherwise specified by College officials. Persons requesting access to college facilities after hours will be required to show appropriate identification and state the reason for being on campus. On a need basis, and with proper authorization, students, faculty and staff may be provided with access codes to those facilities which are operated with electronic access controls.
Students desiring to be on campus after hours are to be in the company of a faculty or staff member, or provide written permission from an appropriate College official.
CRIME PREVENTION EDUCATION
Campus Security provides 24 hour-a-day security presence. As a regular part of their routine mobile and foot patrols, officers are alert for any deficiencies including broken door locks; inoperative lights; overgrown shrubs and trees; and broken sidewalks, steps and handrails and other conditions which might detract from the safety and security of the campus environment. Anyone encountering a condition affecting campus safety and security should report it promptly to the Campus Security Office or to Physical Plant Services. Each semester, the Campus Security office, working in conjunction with the Student Life and the Student Senate, sponsors a Campus Security Crime Prevention and Emergency Preparedness informational session. For more information, contact the director of campus security at 440-366-7738.
BASIC CRIME PREVENTION STEPS
Effective crime prevention begins with personal involvement and responsibility. By taking a few moments to think before acting, we can all make ourselves less likely to become a victim or a statistic. The following is a list of DOs and DON'Ts to help you in protecting your personal property and yourself. DO lock your car at all times - when parked and when driving; DO use the lighted walkways going to and from the parking lots; DO report all crimes and/or suspicious activities to Campus Security promptly; DO mark your valuable possessions (books, calculators, recorders, etc.) i.e. with your driver's license number; DO call Campus Security (440-366-4053) if you desire an escort; DO treat all personal property as you do cash; DO ask a friend to walk with you to the parking lot; DON’T leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle (iPods, GPS devices, books). DON'T leave books, handbags, book bags, wallets, etc. unattended in the library, cafeteria, restrooms or study areas; DON'T leave your locker unlocked; DON'T leave your purse or other valuables in an unlocked desk or file cabinet; DON'T walk through dark areas without an escort; DON'T leave cash or checks in your unlocked desk or file cabinet. Crime prevention is everyone's job. With some effort and forethought we can maintain a safe campus environment.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY
Lorain County Community College does not condone the possession, use, manufacture or distribution of illegal substances or drug paraphernalia of any kind in any amount. Campus Community members in violation of this policy may be jeopardizing their own well-being as well as the well-being of the campus community.
Lorain County Community College is committed to providing a drug-free, safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. Toward this end, LCCC maintains "dry" campuses with the use of alcohol restricted. LCCC clearly states it is unlawful for individuals to manufacture, possess, use and/or distribute illicit drugs and alcohol on any of our campuses. Individuals who violate LCCC regulations and local, state and federal laws will be subject to disciplinary action, dismissal from LCCC and/or prosecution under applicable federal, state and/or local statutes.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSISTANCE
If you or someone you know would like help with a substance abuse problem, you can call Campus Security at ext. 4053 (440-366-4053) or stop in the Campus Security office on the first floor of the Library/Community Resource Center (room LC 106), or call Women's Link at ext. 4035 or stop in the Women's Link office on the second floor of the College Center room 230. Each semester, the Campus Security office, working in conjunction with the Human Resources office and the Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Inc. (LCADA), sponsors a Drug & Alcohol Abuse Awareness informational session for the campus community. In addition, substance abuse assistance can be sought by contacting the following LCCADA offices:
- Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Inc.
- 374 Broad St., Elyria (440-323-0860)
- 2115 W. Park Place Lorain (440-282-4777)
- 1882 E. 32nd St. Lorain (440-277-8194)
- 1440 Lexingon Ave. Lorain (440-246-0109)
- LCCC Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - The College strongly urges employees with substance abuse problems to use this program for confidential help by calling 330-668-6267 or 866-340-6267.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT
Students and staff at Lorain County Community College have a right to an environment free of sexual harassment, not only by persons in positions of power, but by any LCCC employee or student. Sexual harassment constitutes a serious threat to the free interaction and exchange necessary for educational and personal development. Sexual harassment is not only a clear violation of College policy; it is a form of discrimination and is illegal. Students are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education amendments.
Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual attention such as staring, leering, ogling, sexual teasing, jokes, gestures, inappropriate touching, pressures for a date or sex, forced sexual relations or suggestions that sex can be exchanged for grades or a promotion. It can happen to both men and women, but women are more often the victims.
Harassment may occur when a person in a position of control or influence over a person's grades, academic career, or job uses authority and power to gain sexual advantages and threatens or punishes for refusal. Another form of sexual harassment is peer harassment (by other students), and includes any of the above unwanted actions (except suggestions that can be exchanged for grade or promotions). Sexual harassment committed by students is a serious offense which could lead to dismissal from the college. \
If an individual is the victim of sexual harassment they are encouraged to report such incidents promptly to the Title IX Coordinator, Keith Brown (email@example.com), located in the Library/Community Resource Center (room LC 106), ext. 7738 (440-366-7738), Mona Atley (firstname.lastname@example.org), located in the College Center (room CC 209) ext. 4886 (440-366-4886) or Women's Link, in the College Center (room CC 230), ext. 4035 (440-366-4035). College officials will help individuals obtain counseling and file formal reports with the Title IX Coordinator.
If an individual is the victim of a sexual assault, formal charges alleging sexual assault occurring on any campus may be lodged with the Campus Security office which will make immediate contact with the local law enforcement agency in order to ensure a prompt and thorough investigation of the occurrence. In the case of a criminal sexual assault, it is extremely important that physical evidence be preserved.
What to Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted:
- Find a safe environment away from your attacker and call 9-1-1 immediately! If possible, ask a trusted friend to stay with you. And, remember, it’s not your fault you were attacked.
- Write down everything you can remember about your attacker (physical description, location of the attack, etc.)
- Preserve evidence of the attack. Though you may want to, do not bathe or brush your teeth. Do not wash or get rid of any of the clothing that you were wearing.
- If the incident occurred on any campus, immediately report the assault to Campus Security or dial 9-1-1. College officials will assist the victim in notifying the local law enforcement agency.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it’s important to test for STDs and pregnancy. Ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam and, if you think that you have been drugged, collect a urine sample for analysis by a lab.
Sexual Assault Disciplinary Procedure Guarantees:
- The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding
- Both the accuser and accused shall be informed of the outcome or any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual assault
- The accuser and the accused will be treated with dignity, courtesy and professionalism
Students found guilty of such violations under the College’s Code of Conduct and Ohio law are subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including suspensions, expulsions and prosecution. College officials will assist victims of sexual assault/harassment with any class schedule adjustment(s). Each semester, the Campus Security office, working in conjunction with Student Life, Student Senate, Genesis House and Lorain County Rape Crisis sponsors a Sexual Assault Awareness informational session. For additional information on Sexual Assault or Rape call The Nord Center – Lorain County Rape Crisis Service, 440-233-7232, for crisis 440-233-5747 or 800-888-6161. To reach your local rape crisis center, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE(4673).
Please contact one of the following campus departments for any emergency situations that might arise. For police, fire or EMS, dial 9-1-1.
- Campus Security
Keith Brown, Director Campus Security
Library/Community Resource Center LC 106
Department extension 4053 (440-366-4053)
Emergency extension 4444 (440-366-4444)
www.lorainccc.edu/report (to file an incident report)
Library/Community Resource Center LC First Floor
Department Extension 4033 (440-366-4033)
- Women’s Link
College Center CC 230
Department extension 4035 (440-366-4035)
- Disability Services
College Center CC 238
Department extension 4058 (440-366-4058)
- Student Life
College Center CC 206
Department extension 4036 (440-366-4036)
Information contained in this publication is provided in accordance with the provisions of the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 as amended.