Any incident regarding safety or security on the Sussex County Community College Campus should be reported on an Incident Report Form. These forms are available in the Student Services Office, D110b, in the Student Center and/or from the receptionist in the main lobby. For emergencies or criminal activities, please dial (973) 300-2104. Campus security will respond to all complaints. All reports of crime will be fully recorded, investigated and reported in accordance with the definitions used in the Uniform Crime Reporting Systems of the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Uniformed security personnel are on duty while classes are in session and make themselves visible around campus. They foot patrol the buildings and provide assistance in traffic safety and parking conditions. They are unarmed and do not have police powers, but they are available in case of need and will contact the related municipal departments for any problems that require police or safety action. These security officers report to the Executive Director of Facilities, who may be reached at (973) 300-2350.
The SCCC campus is closed from 10 pm to 6 am. Building accessibility is permitted only during normal business hours unless otherwise approved by a College Administrator. Excessive lingering in hallways or loitering on campus is prohibited and repetitive violators may be evicted from the campus and subject to disciplinary action.
Campus security precautions are published in the Student Handbook. Campus crime statistics are reported in both the Student Handbook.
In compliance with the federal 1990 Students Right to Know Act, this report is made available to prospective students and employees, as well as current students and employees of SCCC.
Crime Statistics Report
Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs
Sussex County Community College is an educational institution committed to maintaining an environment which allows students to enjoy the full benefits of their learning experience and to understand the negative consequences of the illicit use of alcohol and drugs on their lives. The College is committed to the premise that its students and employees shall learn and work in a drug and alcohol free environment. Sussex County Community College in no way will condone the illicit use of alcohol and drugs by either its employees or its students and will not foster or promote any such activity. In accordance with the policy approved by the Board of Trustees of Sussex County Community College (initially adopted: February 20, 1990, revised: August 28, 1990) and in accordance with public Law 101-226, the College declares that it will make every effort to provide its students and employees with an environment that is free of the problems associated with the unauthorized use and abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs. The College is committed to promoting the wellness and positive self-development of its students and employees. The unauthorized use and abuse of alcohol and the illegal use and abuse of drugs inhibit students and employees from attaining the benefit of their learning and/or work experience, expose them to serious illness and health risks and therefore, are prohibited. The College will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees that may include expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution for violations of the standard of conduct. Such disciplinary sanctions may include the completion of a rehabilitation program. More detailed information and College policies can be found at the end of this handbook under “Employee and Student Program to Prevent Illicit Use of Drugs and Abuse of Alcohol.”
Registered Sex Offender Information
Information on registered sex offenders may be obtained from the Sussex County Prosecutors Office, Megan’s Law Unit at (973) 383-1570 or at www.NJSP.org.
Sussex County Community College will not tolerate sexual assault in any form. Where there is probable cause to believe that college regulations prohibiting sexual assault have been violated, the College will pursue strong disciplinary action through its student conduct and due process procedures. This discipline includes the possibility of suspension or dismissal from the College. An individual charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under New Jersey criminal statutes and disciplined under Sussex County Community College’s institutional policies. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the College can pursue disciplinary action.
Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights Introduction: A college or university in a free society must be devoted to the pursuit of truth and knowledge through reason and open communication among its members. Academic communities acknowledge the necessity of being intellectually stimulating where the diversity of ideas is valued. Its rules must be conceived for the purpose of furthering and protecting the rights of all members of the university community in achieving these ends.
The boundaries of personal freedom are limited by applicable state and federal laws and institutional rules and regulations governing interpersonal behavior. In creating a community free from violence, sexual assault and non-consensual sexual contact, respect for the individual and human dignity are of paramount importance.
The State of New Jersey recognizes that the impact of violence on its victims and the surrounding community can be severe and long lasting. Thus, it has established this Bill of Rights to articulate requirements for policies, procedures and services designed to insure that the needs of victims are met and that the colleges and universities in New Jersey create and maintain communities that support human dignity.
Bill of Rights
The following Rights shall be accorded to victims of sexual assault that occur:
- on the campus of any public or independent institution of higher education in the state of New Jersey and
- where the victim or alleged perpetrator is a student at that institution and/or
- when the victim is a student involved in an off-campus sexual assault.
Human Dignity Rights
- to be free from any suggestion that victims must report the crimes,
- to be assured of any other right guaranteed under this policy,
- to have any allegations of sexual assault treated seriously; the right to be treated with dignity.
- to be free from any suggestion that victims are responsible for the commission of crimes against them,
- to be free from any pressure from campus personnel to
- report crimes if the victim does not wish to do so,
- report crimes as lesser offenses than the victim perceives the crime to be,
- refrain from reporting crimes,
- refrain from reporting crimes to avoid unwanted personal publicity.
Rights to Resources On and Off Campus
- to be notified of existing campus and community based medical, counseling, mental health and student services for victims of sexual assault whether or not the crime is formally reported to campus or civil authorities.
- to have access to campus counseling under the same terms and conditions as apply to other students in their institution seeking such counseling,
- to be informed of and assisted in exercising:
- any rights to confidential or anonymous testing for sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus and/or pregnancy.
- any rights that may be provided by law to compel and disclose the results of testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases.
Campus Judicial Rights
- to be afforded the same access to legal assistance as the accused.
- to be afforded the same opportunity to have others present during any campus disciplinary proceeding that is allowed the accused.
- to be notified of the outcome of the sexual assault disciplinary proceedingagainst the accused.
- to have any allegation of sexual assault investigated and adjudicated by the appropriate criminal and civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the sexual assault is reported,
- to receive full and prompt cooperation and assistance of campus personnel in notifying the proper authorities,
- to full, prompt and victim-sensitive cooperation of campus personnel with regard to obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence, including a medical examination when it is necessary to preserve evidence of the assault.
Campus Intervention Rights
- to require campus personnel to take reasonable and necessary actions to prevent further unwanted contact of victims by their alleged assailant,
- to be notified of the options for and provided assistance in changing academic and living situations if such changes are reasonably available.
Sexual Assault Awareness Program
Annually the College Counseling and Advising Center will provide educational programs related to sexual assault.
What is sexual assault?
The Federal Government defines “sexual assault” to mean any kind of non-consensual sexual violence including but not limited to rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Rape and acquaintance rape are defined as acts of non-consensual sexual penetration. The other acts are defined as follows:
- “Dating violence” means violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether there was such relationship will be gauged by its length, type and frequency of interaction.
- “Domestic violence” means asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim’s current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.
- “Stalking” means a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his or others’ safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.
The following resources exist on-campus and in the community for reporting allegations of sexual assault and obtaining appropriate medical treatment and counseling support services:
The Counseling and Advising Center, B207, 973-300-2207
Dean of Student Affairs, D110, 973-300-2200
SCCC Campus Security, B Bldg Main Lobby, 973-300-2103
Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Intervention Services (DASI) – 24-hr Hotline 973-875-1211
Sussex County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) – 24-hr Hotline 973-875-1211
Warren County Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center – 908-453-4121
Morris County Morris CARES – 24-hr Hotline 973-829-0587
Pike County, PA Safe Haven Inc. – 24-hr Hotline 570-296-4357
Monroe County, PA Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Inc – Hotline 570-421-4200
Orange County, NY Crisis Center – 24-hr Hotline Toll-Free 1-800-832-1200
Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes Unit – 973-300-1570
NJ Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-572-SAFE
NJ Statewide Sexual Violence Hotline – 1-800-601-7200
J Statewide Human Trafficking Hotline – 1-877-986-7543
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network www.RAINN.org – 1-800-656-4673