CAMPUS SAFETY, SECURITY, AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and safety and security and fire safety policies. All public and private institutions of post-secondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to it. The Act includes:
• Publishing an annual report disclosing campus security policies and three years of selected crime and fire statistics
• Making timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose a serious or ongoing threat
• Keeping a public crime log
• Upholding basic rights to victims of sexual assault.
• Making accurate crime statistics available to the U.S. Department of Education, which centrally collects and disseminates campus crime statistics at the national level
• Facing possible fines from the U.S. Department of Education when schools fail to comply with the Clery Act.
The safety and well being of faculty, staff, students and visitors are of the greatest concern for Blackfeet Community College. Creating and maintaining a safe campus requires the cooperation and involvement of everyone. Prompt reporting aids in providing timely warning notices to the campus community when appropriate, may aid in the prevention of similar crimes and may assist in the investigation and the apprehension of the perpetrator(s). Reporting crimes is necessary to ensure inclusion in annual crime statistics.
BCC encourages accurate and prompt crime reporting when the victim of the crime elects to report or when the victim is unable to make a report, to ensure that all crimes are included in the institution’s Clery Act statistics. The security personnel of BCC are the eyes and ears of the college and are not sworn law enforcement. Therefore, any action that requires law enforcement is turned over to Blackfeet Tribal Police Office and Glacier County Sheriff’s Office. BCC Security has a close working relationship with Tribal Law & Order and Glacier County Sheriff’s Office. The College is coordinated with local law enforcement agencies for services relating to crime reports and investigations, campus emergencies, traffic accidents. The enforcement of institutional regulations regarding alcohol consumption, controlled substances, weapons possession and other incidents classified as Clery Act crimes are to be filed with the campus Security Patrol Officer and statistically published in the annual security report.
The annual security report is required to be published October 1st of each year and a crime log is available upon request from the Security Patrol Officer, Title III Programs Director, and Human Resource Office. You may also access a copy online
Contact Security Patrol Officer at 406-845-3294 for further information concerning security on campus. In the case of an emergency dial 911 or 406-338-4000 for local police and ambulance.
The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $35,000 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.
BCC Equipment Usage
All students must refrain from using any and all BCC equipment including but not limited to, offices, copiers, phones, coffee pots, office computers, etc., Unless specifically authorized.
BCC Emergency Closures
In the event of the school closing due to weather or other emergency situations, the closing would be announced on the following radio station(s): KSEN AM 1150 & KZIN FM 96.7, KBWG 107.5, RAVE and posted on BCC Social Media Sites.
Bomb Threat Procedure
Students will be notified immediately of a campus bomb threat. Students are to report immediately to the Southwind Lodge parking lot, at the entrance to the campus and wait for further instructions. Do not take your vehicle unless you are informed that it is safe to do so. Instructors or a Blackfeet Community College employee will make sure the classroom/office is evacuated, close the door upon leaving the room and accompany the students to the safety zone.
Violation of Expressed Prohibitions
Any individual who violates the following expressed prohibitions may be subject to arrest and conviction under applicable tribal, state and federal laws. Students violating these expressed prohibitions may be subject to disciplinary action as set forth by the Blackfeet Community College Student Conduct Code (see Blackfeet Community College Student Handbook), including possible sanction by suspension or dismissal from Blackfeet Community College. The following are specific prohibitions: Campus Parking and Driving Policy • This policy applies to all individuals who operate a motor vehicle on BCC campus. Parking on campus is controlled through the designation of lots and spaces for all those who wish to use the campus parking lots. The speed limit is 15mph. Alcohol, Drugs and Gambling • The BCC recognizes all Federal, State and Local laws and expects students to adhere to them. Any violation can result in probation, suspension or immediate dismissal from BCC. The consumption of alcohol or possession of an open container of alcohol is prohibited on campus, on campus activities and/or other BCC sponsored event. Violations of this policy may result in probation, suspension or dismissal from campus or BCC sponsored event. 14 • No student shall possess, use or sell substances defined by Local, State or Federal Law as illegal on campus or at any BCC Sponsored Functions. • No student shall possess substances defined as controlled, other than personally prescribed medications, by a physician and/or by Federal Law. • No student shall introduce to the campus or possess drug paraphernalia while on BCC property. • No student shall gamble for money or other valuables on BCC property or in any BCC facility or during any BCC activity except as part of an authorized fundraising activity.’ Those seeking rehabilitation for drugs or alcohol should contact Crystal Creek Lodge at 877-338-3784
Smoke Free Building
“Smoke-Free Building” prohibits smoking in all BCC buildings. Students shall comply with this policy and refrain from smoking in accordance with the requirements in any BCC facility. Tribal Ordinance 102-2005, smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of the building.
All students must immediately evacuate during a fire alarm. Students shall not create conditions that cause a fire hazard or impede the safe evacuation of others; such conditions include, but are not limited to:
• Smoking in non-smoking areas;
• Blocking or propping open exit doors;
• Setting off false fire alarms;
• Shooting off fire extinguishers, or damage, tamper with, dismantle, or disconnect fire safety systems or equipment.
Firearms, weapons and/or fireworks of any type are not allowed on the Blackfeet Community College campus at any time.
Sexual Harassment Policy
Blackfeet Community College’s Sexual Harassment Policy forbids sexual harassment of any member of the college community. The complete policy is on file in the Human Resource Office.
Student Complaint Reporting
When a student encounters a problem on campus that he/ she does not know how to resolve, he/she should always try to work the problem out by first discussing it with those involved. Dealing with concerns in the most direct and honest fashion should always be the first step toward resolution. Many problems are resolved when a student makes an appointment with their advisor, counselor, faculty, staff member or division chairpersons and calmly and honestly communicates their complaints and concerns before it continues beyond to the president. If however, an issue or problem still exists refer to the student handbook