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SVCC Catalog/Handbook 2017-2018

8 Southside Virginia

8 Southside Virginia Community College of this policy to maintain a work and academic environment free of unlawful harassment, which includes sexual assault or misconduct. Victims of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct have certain rights under Title IX. For additional information regarding rights and to view the College’s policy in full, please consult the SVCC Title IX website at Obtain a printed copy of the Title IX policy from the offices of the individuals listed below. Title IX Coordinator: Melissa Wood Counselor for Special Populations John H. Daniel Campus, LRC, Room 142 434-736-2070 Deputy Title IX Coordinator Bernadette Battle Director of Counseling John H. Daniel Campus, LRC, Room 135 Christanna Campus, Room B-21 434-949-1063 For a complaint against a Southside Virginia Community College employee or a visitor for sexual harassment, sexual assault, sex discrimination, or other forms of sexual misconduct, please contact: Deputy Title IX Coordinator Dorothea Sizemore Dean of Enrollment Management John H. Daniel Campus, LRC, Room 134 Christanna Campus, Room B-19 434-736-2051 Deputy Title IX Coordinator John Hicks Counselor for Special Populations Christanna Campus, Room B23 434-949-1070 Deputy Title IX Coordinator Shannon Vassar Feinman Interim Vice President of Finance & Administration Daniel Campus LRC, Room 1341 Christanna Campus, Room A23 434-949-1005 SECURITY THREAT ASSESSMENT If there are emergency or immediate safety concerns, call 911 and report the danger to law enforcement. There are emergency call boxes located on the Christanna Campus and the John H. Daniel Campus to assist in reporting emergencies/safety concerns. In case of threatening behavior, a disturbing situation, or a safety concern that is NOT an emergency event, contact any faculty or staff member or submit the in- formation on an online form available on the website at Submit information via email to threat @ Early Intervention Is Essential Preventing violence and supporting the safety and wellbeing of the college community are responsibilities of all members of the SVCC community. Campus safety is enhanced through community members identifying behaviors of concern and reporting the concerns in a caring and timely manner. Early identification of such concerns allows SVCC to intervene more effectively to address behaviors that are threatening or significantly disruptive to the learning, living and working environment of SVCC. The Threat Assessment Team Virginia law requires the institution to have a threat assessment team to identify, assess and intervene with individuals whose behavior poses a threat to the safety of the campus community. The SVCC Threat Assessment Team is staffed by representatives from several college departments. The mission of the Threat Assessment Team is to determine if an individual poses a threat to self, others, or the SVCC community and to intervene to avert the threat and maintain the safety of the situation. The team responds to behaviors exhibited by students, employees, visitors, and non-affiliated persons in an attempt to prevent violence so that SVCC remains a safe and secure working and learning environment. Identifying Concerning Behavior There are many behaviors that may cause concern for the safety and well-being of an individual, or the campus as a whole. The following is not an exhaustive list but provides examples of concerning behaviors or situations: • Unusual or abrupt changes in behaviors or patterns • Extreme reaction to a loss or traumatic event • Preoccupation with weapons, violent events or persons who have engaged in violent acts

• Uncharacteristically poor performance • References to harming others or planning a violent or destructive event • Evidence of depression, hopelessness, or suicidal thoughts/plans • Inappropriate responses such as prolonged irritability, angry outbursts, or intense reactions • Strained interpersonal relations, isolating behaviors, or low self esteem • Significant change in life circumstances such as loss of job or relationship Again, these are just examples of behaviors that may cause concern. If you observe or become aware of situations that cause concern for safety, consult with colleagues, supervisors or college officials and report your concerns. Reporting Concerns: “It May Be Nothing, But…” If you have concerns about a person or situation, even if you think it may be nothing, you are encouraged to share the information. The information you provide, no matter how trivial it may seem by itself, may be critical to understanding a broader range of problematic or threatening behavior. How To Share Your Concern If you are aware of an emergency, or immediate safety concerns, call 911 and report the danger to law enforcement. There are emergency call boxes located on the Christanna Campus and the John H. Daniel Campus to assist in reporting emergencies/safety concerns. If you are concerned about threatening behavior, a disturbing situation, or a safety concern that is NOT an emergency event, contact any faculty or staff member or submit the information on an online form available on the website at You may also submit your information via email to What You Need To Share When providing information, please include the name of the person you are concerned about, the behaviors you observed, and your name. While the Threat Assessment Team does accept anonymous reports, if you don’t identify yourself, the team has fewer options for addressing the situation you are concerned about. What Will Happen To The Information You Share Your identity and the information you share will be treated privately with your safety in mind. The information will be used to address the situation in a respectful and helpful manner. The college’s Threat Assessment Team will gather more information about the situation and implement a plan to enhance the safety of the campus community. Substance Abuse Policy Southside Virginia Community College is committed to providing a drug-free environment on campus. In compliance with this commitment, the possession, selling, usage, manufacture, give away, or other distribution of illegal or controlled substances are prohibited by students or employees. This policy is binding while on campus, attending a college sponsored off-campus class or event, or while serving as a representative of the college at off-campus meetings. In addition to criminal penalties, violation of school policies may result in disciplinary action by the college, including suspension or dismissal. Procedures for disciplinary action are found in the Student Handbook. Those students, employees, and community members who are seeking help with an alcohol or substance abuse problem should seek further assistance at the college’s Counseling Center, the local Health Department, or other community agencies. Smoking/Tobacco Policy Indoor Air Act Under the Code of Virginia, Title 15.2, Chapter 28, “Virginia Clean Indoor Air Act”, Southside Virginia Community College establishes a policy to regulate and control smoking of tobacco products within its facilities and vehicles. This policy is specifically authorized under Code of Virginia 15.2-2800 and 15.2-2801, which sets forth statewide regulation of smoking. SVCC Clean Indoor Air Policy 1. Smoking or other use of tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, pipes, cigars, snuff or chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, electronic vaping devices, personal vaporizer (PV), or electronic nicotine delivery systems, aromatic smoking products are prohibited within all buildings owned or leased by the college, and within vehicles owned or operated by Southside Virginia Community College. This provision shall include any and all off-campus facilities utilized by SVCC, except for the facilities of any business, industry or other organization where the college may offer specific programs at its site. 2. Reasonable smoking areas shall be identified around the exterior of facilities. Designated smoking areas may change from time to time as determined by college management. At least one entrance to each building shall be smoke-free, with any smoking area at such entrance being no closer than 25 feet from the entrance.