Additional Important Information

Campus Crime Statistics

The college compiles annual statistics on crimes occurring on or adjacent to each of our campuses and satellite locations in full compliance with the Clery Act. The college’s annual report can be accessed online from the college’s home page under “Quick Links.” Hard copies of the report may be requested directly from Campus Police.

Closings, Cancellations and Delays

Please note: Parking which prevents snow removal is prohibited.

The following radio and television stations and websites will be broadcasting/publishing up-to-date information concerning class cancellations whenever a weather or general emergency exists. These announcements will pertain to all campuses, including our satellite campuses.

Closings of one or more campuses due to problems specific to each campus also will be announced via the mediums listed below. Announcements also will be placed on the CCRI home page and made through the college’s RAVE emergency notification system. Local media sources where up-to-date storm and emergency closing and delays information will be posted include:

FM Radio: WELH - 88.1, WPRO - 92.3, WHJY - 94.1

Television: WLNE - Channel 6 (ABC), WJAR - Channel 10 (NBC), WPRI - Channel 12 (CBS)

Online: ABC6.com, TurnTo10.com, WPRI.com

Escort Policy

It is the policy of the Campus Police to escort any individual who has concern for his or her personal well-being. After contacting an officer, the student should explain his or her concerns. We do not provide vehicle escorts but will walk you to your on-campus destination. Please be patient if an officer cannot accompany you immediately. You may call the Campus Police at one of the following numbers for assistance.

  • Warwick: 401-825-2109
  • Lincoln: 401-333-7035
  • Providence: 401-455-6050
  • Newport: 401-851-1620
I.D. Cards

All students enrolled in CCRI are required to obtain a student ID card through Student Services. Student IDs are necessary for library, computer lab and field house usage. To receive a student ID, students must present their driver’s license or state ID along with their current CCRI schedule. A detailed schedule can be obtained through MyCCRI bearing the student’s ID number. There is no charge for the first ID card. Reprints for any reason are $5 for students and $25 for faculty and staff.

Lost and Found

Campus Police handles all lost and found property. Students who find any items including textbooks, handbags, clothing, eyeglasses, etc., should bring the items to the Campus Police office on the campus where the item was found so an attempt can be made to locate the owner. Students also are encouraged to go to the Campus Police office to check for their lost items and file a report. Whenever claiming property, students must provide proper identification.

Parking Policy

These regulations have been established for the control of parking on the campuses of the Community College of Rhode Island. These regulations apply to students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus.

1. General Provisions

  • Parking on campus throughout the year, including break periods, is only allowed between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • All vehicles operated and parked on college property by students, faculty and staff must be registered.
  • Faculty and staff must affix parking permits to the lower right of the vehicle’s rear window; they must be clearly visible from the rear of the vehicle.
  • The registration of a vehicle on campus does not guarantee a parking place, but affords the registrant an opportunity to park in authorized parking areas when parking space is available. To take advantage of campus parking, students, faculty and staff agree to park in appropriate, designated areas.
  • Campus Police are responsible for the administration and enforcement of these regulations and may impose traffic control restrictions as required.
  • Conference parking, special events parking and all temporary parking requirements of the college are to be scheduled in writing and approved through Campus Police by the college sponsor or host.
  • All vehicles must display current motor vehicle registration.
  • Infractions of these parking regulations are the responsibility of the owner who registered the vehicle.
  • Faculty and staff with a registered vehicle who need to operate a different vehicle temporarily must secure a temporary permit at no charge from the Campus Police.
  • Replacement of lost faculty or staff ID cards for the faculty/staff parking area at the Knight Campus will cost $25.
  • The college is not responsible for losses due to theft or damage to vehicles while on college-owned property.
  • Students may only park in the designated student lots. They may not park in visitor spaces or in faculty or staff lots.

2. Visitors
Knight Campus

  • One-hour (maximum) parking is provided for anyone needing to access the Student Services area (i.e. Bursar, Enrollment Services, registration, etc.) in the short-term parking located at the north entrance of the building. All other students, faculty and staff are not permitted to use this lot at any time. This lot, however, may be restricted by the Campus Police for officially sanctioned college events with proper notification and reservation with the Campus Police.
  • Visitors will park only in designated areas or the large student lot.

Flanagan Campus

  • Visitors will park in the designated visitor spaces in the faculty/staff lot adjacent to the administrator parking area.

Liston and Newport County campuses

  • Students and visitors will park in the large designated student parking areas.

3. Regulations and Violations
The following constitute parking violations:

  • Parking in fire lanes
  • Parking in handicapped, reserved, loading or visitors’ spaces without a proper permit
  • Parking in a lot without a proper and current permit
  • Parking on the grass, unless authorized by Campus Police
  • Parking in violation of a posted sign
  • Obstructing other vehicles or traffic
  • Taking more than one parking space or failure to park within lines and designated spaces

Students may park only in the designated student lots. Faculty and staff must display a current parking permit properly and park in their designated lots. Campus Police officers enforce all parking and traffic laws as well as all other laws as permitted in the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island.

4. Tow and Parking Penalties
The following are penalties:

  • Parking in fire lanes: $85 plus towing at owner’s expense
  • Parking in handicapped spaces: Penalty for the first offense is $100, which increases with each subsequent violation.
  • Misuse of handicap passes/placards: $125
  • Parking in reserved areas, loading areas or the short-term lot: $85
  • Obstructing other vehicles or traffic: $85 plus towing at owner’s expense
  • Parking in a lot without proper permit: $85
  • Parking on the grass: $85
  • Parking in violation of a posted sign: $85
  • Taking more than one parking space: $85

Fines are payable within 10 calendar days of the offense. Payments should be made as instructed on the parking ticket. Students who fail to remit fines will be issued a summons to appear before the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal. Failure by students, faculty and staff to remit fines or the repeated violation of parking regulations may result in the loss of parking privileges. Failure to remit fines will result in the loss of the vehicle owner’s registration and suspension of driver’s license as mandated in the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island.

Unauthorized vehicles parked on campus, vehicles parked in fire lanes, vehicles illegally parked in handicapped, reserved, loading, short-term parking or visitors’ spaces, vehicles that are immobilized, obstruct traffic or impede the normal functions of the college are subject to towing at the owner’s or operator’s expense.

Students, faculty and staff with two unpaid parking fines who incur a fine for a third parking violation are subject to revocation of their parking privileges, towing or other penalty.

5. Appeals
Tickets for parking violations may be appealed by checking “Not Guilty” on the ticket and mailing the document to the indicated address. The Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal will subsequently issue a summons to appear before the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal, where the individual can plead his or her innocence.

All questions regarding parking regulations should be addressed to the chief of Campus Police.

PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENTS

The college is dedicated to all students’ academic, personal and professional success. We will work with you to find appropriate ways when available to support you to the extent your academics and involvement in other college-sponsored activities and program may be affected by your pregnancy and childbirth.

You may be entitled to adjustments when reasonably available such as:

  • A larger desk, elevator access, or the ability to make frequent trips to the restroom when necessary.
  • Excused absences due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as your doctor says it is necessary.
  • The ability to return to the same academic and extracurricular status as before your pregnancy leave began, which should include the giving you the opportunity to make up any work missed while you were out.
  • The ability to submit work after a deadline you missed because of pregnancy or childbirth.
  • The ability to make up participation or attendance points missed due to being absent because of pregnancy or childbirth.
Helpful Tips for Pregnant and Parenting Students:
  • Ask for help. Speak with a counselor, adviser or the dean of students to understand what supports may be available.
  • Pursuant to the Council on Postsecondary Education Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy, unlawful discrimination based on pregnancy and parenting status is prohibited.

To request an accommodation due to pregnancy related conditions, contact the Disability Services for Students Office on your respective campus. To report concerns or complaints to the college’s Title IX coordinator, Elizabeth Canning, (401)-825-1230, ehcanning@ccri.edu.

Services for Parenting Students

Children on Campus
Children (or any unregistered person) are not allowed in classrooms or labs; however, parenting students may have their minor children with them while conducting business on campus or while attending events or other activities. Minor children must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult at least 18 years or older at all times. Children under 6 years of age who need adult assistance in restrooms or locker rooms should use the restroom that the parent or guardian adult would choose.

Changing Stations
Most restrooms include changing stations for your use. Restrooms with changing stations are indicated on the campus maps.

Babysitting
CCRI does not offer babysitting services on site. A list of local, licensed day care providers can be provided.

Lactation Rooms
Nursing mothers may sign up to use lactation rooms on campus. CCRI has a stand-alone lactation room at the Knight, Flanagan and Newport County campuses. Rules for using the lactation rooms are located on the wall in each room and can be found online at www.ccri.edu/doss/deanstudents/rules.

To sign up to use the lactation rooms, please email genderequity@ccri.edu. You will be placed on an access list or given a temporary card for door access.


Recognition of Student Organizations

Groups of students may come together around a common purpose or activity under the auspices of the community college. These student groups must be recognized by the college in order to operate on campus and use the name Community College of Rhode Island or CCRI. Student groups may be sponsored by Student Government or, if appropriate, chartered with the Dean of Students Office if determined to be a necessary component of campus life. Participation in student groups requires active enrollment status and leadership in a student group also requires a minimum GPA of 2.5. Student groups may establish additional participation requirements; however, they may not establish requirements that violate the college’s nondiscrimination policy.

Recognition is a privilege granted by the college and can be revoked if the group does not conduct themselves according to college policies and the Student Code of Conduct. Recognition confers the following privileges:

  • Use of “Community College of Rhode Island” in the group’s name and materials.
  • The opportunity to request funding from Student Activities Fees.
  • The ability to reserve campus facilities and hold events and activities on campus.

To apply for recognition, a group must:

  • Have a purpose and identity that is not duplicative of other groups on that campus. Groups that wish to establish a presence on a campus that is similar or identical to that of a group on a different campus must work with that group as part of the application process.
  • Secure the commitment of a full-time faculty member or staff member who agrees to serve as the group’s adviser, observe and enforce college policies and procedures and to participate in regular adviser training.
  • Establish the group’s initial leadership, minimally a president and treasurer, who have the minimum student leader required GPA of 2.5 and who are not on academic or disciplinary probation.
  • Compile a roster of at least eight (8) additional students who are committed to being members of the group for a total of ten (10) founding members.
  • Develop a constitution for your group using the templates available from the Office of Student Life and submit for review.
  • Once all of the above is done, petition your campus Student Senate for its support.

If your campus Student Senate supports your recognition, the president of your campus Student Government will present your request for formal recognition as a club to the dean of students after a period of no less than one semester and no greater than two semesters. During this conditional period, the student group is supported by its campus Student Government as it establishes itself, organizes and holds initial events, though it will lack a vote in the campus Student Senate.

Faculty- or staff-driven programs for students that do not qualify for status as a club but believe that they have a compelling purpose that would contribute to the quality of student life may petition the dean of students for recognition as a sponsored program. Athletic and academic organizations that are managed by a department or carry a considerable co-curricular component may not be sponsored by Student Government and must be organized through the Dean of Students Office. This carries most of the privileges of becoming a recognized club, less a reserved seat in the campus Student Senate.

Student Government

The Community College of Rhode Island recognizes the right of students to associate and form an autonomous student government association under the umbrella of the Community College of Rhode Island. To that end, the community college grants the following limited privileges to student government that are subject to, and under the supervision of, the Vice President of Student Affairs and/or her designees.

  • The right and responsibility to negotiate and adhere to a constitution which, upon approval of the vice president of Student Affairs, shall serve as an agreement between the community college and Student Government on how Student Government will operate and that will delineate the boundaries of Student Government’s authority within the community college.
  • The right and responsibility to elect officers on each campus to officially represent the students of the community college.
  • The right and responsibility to appoint students to college committees and boards where students have seats.
  • The right and responsibility to allocate student office and storage space designated as student space by the college within the parameters of the Student Conduct Code in collaboration with Student Affairs.
  • The right and responsibility to prudently manage and allocate appropriated student activities fees for the benefit of all students regardless of class, status, program or any other categorization in accordance with state accounting and purchasing guidelines and in collaboration with Student Affairs.
  • The right and responsibility to advocate on behalf of students for the improvement of the student experience in and out of the classroom.

The rights and responsibilities delegated to the student government association may be revoked by the community college if rights are abused or responsibilities are not met, including the violation of college policies. The community college has established staff positions in the Division of Student Affairs to facilitate the activities and operations of Student Government and other student groups.

Students with Disabilities

CCRI is dedicated to all students’ academic, personal and professional success. The college recognizes disability as a form of diversity that strengthens and enriches the campus communities and is committed to creating an educational environment that is supportive, accepting and accessible to all students. The Community College of Rhode Island will not deny admission to or otherwise unlawfully discriminate against a qualified applicant solely on the basis of disability. In addition, no otherwise qualified student with a disability shall be denied the opportunity to participate in or benefit from an aid, benefit or service offered by the college.

To receive support services, students with disabilities must self-identify with the Disability Services for Students (DSS) Office on the CCRI campus they attend and provide the DSS office with current and appropriate documentation of the disability that supports the need for the accommodations requested. CCRI will make modifications to academic requirements where appropriate and provide the necessary reasonable accommodations to ensure accessibility. The institution cannot, however, make modifications that would substantially change the essential elements of a curriculum. While striving to meet the individual needs of all students, CCRI reserves the right to set and maintain standards for academic performance and personal conduct.

CCRI prohibits unlawful discrimination based on disability. Any individual who believes that he or she has been discriminated against based on disability by a student should report the matter to Dean of Students Michael Cunningham, 401-825-2173, deanofstudents@ccri.edu. Those who believe that they have been discriminated against based on disability by a faculty or staff member should report the matter to the Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator Elizabeth Canning, 401-825-1230, ehcanning@ccri.edu.

Textbooks

To assist Campus Police in returning lost textbooks, students should record some identification or contact information or in the book. Please note: Students should confirm they have purchased the correct textbooks before recording any information in the book.

Traffic Accidents

All traffic accidents that occur on campus must be reported to the Campus Police as soon as possible. Police officers patrol the campus on foot and with patrol vehicles and should be summoned to the scene of any accident. A report to police will allow the officers to call for the assistance of rescue, fire and additional police personnel. Any person who leaves the scene and fails to report an accident will be subject to the same penalties under Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Laws and will be referred to the Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Services.

Veteran Services Office

The Community College of Rhode Island prides itself on its commitment to veterans who aspire to attain a higher education. CCRI recognizes the challenges veterans may face while applying for educational benefits and transitioning from the role of service member to student.

In collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs, a Veteran Services Office (VSO) has been established at all four main campuses. The VSO is staffed by veterans utilizing VA educational benefits and are available to assist service members, veterans, and their families. The Veteran Services Coordinator is Patrick Elkins, 401-825-2281, Room 0034, Knight Campus. The certifying official is Deborah Holmes, 401-825-2003, Room 0036, Knight Campus. A Veterans Affairs Vet Success counselor is also available at the Liston and Knight campuses for appointments.

Veteran Services Office numbers:

  • Warwick 401-825-2281
  • Providence 401-455-6056
  • Lincoln 401-333-7349
  • Newport 401-851-1726

In accordance with federal law, the CCRI financial aid office complies with the Civil Service Relief Act (CSRA) to service members on active duty to ease financial burden in regards to loans and repayment.

Rhode Island Army and Air National Guardsmen are eligible for Rhode Island’s State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP), a tuition fee waiver for up to five classes per semester at Rhode Island state institutions (CCRI, URI and RIC). Books and non-tuition fees are the responsibility of the service member. At CCRI classes must be toward a certificate or associate degree. A state tuition exemption waiver or (STEP) falls under the same guidelines as the STAP but is intended for summer courses. These waivers must be obtained and signed at your National Guard educational office and submitted to the Bursar’s Office. The STAP and STEP waivers can be used in conjunction with VA educational benefits.

Rhode Island Army National Guard Education Office
Command Readiness Center
645 New London Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920

Rhode Island Air National Guard Education Office
RI Air National Guard
1 Hercules Drive
North Kingstown, RI 02852

Because a veteran is utilizing his or her educational benefits does not mean that he or she is exempt from utilizing the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA). Veterans and service members in need of financial assistance are encouraged to file for financial aid. The Pell Grant and Stafford loans offered can be used in conjunction with all other veteran benefits.

A Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Waiver is available to veterans with a minimum 10 percent service-connected rating who reside in the state of Rhode Island. The DAV waiver is intended to waive tuition with recently dated evidence of the disability. Evidence of the disability and printed conformation of FAFSA is to be submitted to the Bursar’s Office.

In accordance with R.I. General Laws, combat veterans who received an honorable discharge are eligible for priority registration. Priority registration allows those eligible to select their courses two weeks prior to the general student population. Proof of combat status is required in the form of a DD214 and is to be submitted to the veteran certifying official at enrollment services four weeks prior to the normal registration date. Service members currently serving who do not have a DD214 must present award citation and copy of deployment orders that demonstrate service in combat.

At the time of its printing, the information contained in this handbook was accurate and complete to the best of the knowledge of CCRI faculty and staff. Please be advised, however, that the college reserves the right to make changes it deems necessary at any time to the policies included herein, without notice or obligation. Students should check the official CCRI website, www.ccri.edu/advising/new_students/student_handbook for the most up-to-date, accurate information on any matters described in this handbook.


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Last Updated: 10/1/18