Community College of Rhode Island

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General Policies

Alcohol and Drugs

The Community College of Rhode Island seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that both respects individual freedom and promotes the health, safety and welfare of all members of its community. In keeping with these objectives, the college has established a policy governing the possession, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the campus and con- forming to the laws of Rhode Island.

Possession or consumption of alcohol is strictly controlled by the college. Rhode Island law states that no alcoholic beverages can be sold, delivered or in any way be given to a person under 21 years of age. Anyone under the age of 21 who knowingly makes false statements as to his or her age in order to purchase or in any way procure alcoholic beverages shall be subject to appropriate prosecution existing under state law.

Consistent with its educational mission, the college sponsors programs that promote awareness of the physical, psychological, social and behavioral effects of alcohol consumption. Assistance is available in finding community resources for those who are experiencing alcohol-related difficulties.

The use of narcotics or dangerous drugs on the college campus violates campus policy and Rhode Island state law. The law prohibits the manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, possession or use of any illegal drug. Educational programs and seminars that provide significant information and literature regarding the implications and consequences of drug use are available.

Any student who violates institutional policy or law as it relates to the use of alcohol and drugs may be subject to disciplinary action taken by the college including suspension or expulsion.

Legal Sanctions for Alcohol and Other Drugs

Rhode Island penalties for driving while impaired are as follows:

  1. Section 3-8-6(d) of the Rhode Island statute states that it is unlawful for a minor (under the age of 21) to purchase, or attempt to purchase, or to make a false statement or misrepresent his or her age through the presentation of a false document in connection with the attempted purchase of alcohol. The sanction is a minimum fine of $100-$500 and the possibility of up to 30 hours of community service and suspension of his or her driver’s license for up to three months for a first offense.
  2. Section 3-8-10 states that possession of alcohol by a minor is illegal. The fine ranges from $150 to $750 for a first offense. In addition, violators may be required to perform community service and shall be subject to a minimum sixty (60) day suspension of his or her driver’s license, and upon a second offense or subsequent offense may be ordered to undergo substance abuse assessment.
  3. In Rhode Island, driving while having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent and above is a crime. Some of the Rhode Island penalties for driving while under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating drugs include fines starting at $100, community service, license suspension, and/or imprisonment.
  4. In Rhode Island, persons at least 18 years old but less than 21 years of age driving with a blood alcohol concentration greater than .02 but less than .10 are considered to be driving while impaired. The sanctions for driving while impaired include a fine of up to $250, up to 30 hours of community restitution, suspension of driver’s license for a minimum of one month up to three months and attendance at an alcohol or drug treatment program.
  5. Persons arrested for the sale of illegal drugs may be subject to being held in jail without bail until a hearing and are subject to forfeiting any money or vehicles associated with the sale of those illegal drugs.

Legal Sanctions for Illegal Drugs

Rhode Island statutes cover a wide range of drug offenses, including the use, possession, sale, distribution, transportation and manufacture of various types of drugs (21-28-4 Rhode Island General Legislation). Among other provisions the state law creates the following mandatory minimum prison sentences for first-time offenders who are not “drug dependent” persons. Actual sentences depend on the severity and the circumstances of the offense, and the character and background of the offender.

  1. Imprisonment of not less than 10 years for possession of enumerated quantities of controlled substances: heroin, coca leaves, cocaine, ecgonine, phencyclidine (PCP), Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and marijuana plus fine.
  2. Possession of larger enumerated quantities results in a minimum prison sentence of not less than 20 years plus fine.
  3. Distribution of a controlled substance to persons under age 18 is penalized by imprisonment for not less than 15 years.
  4. Education and counseling may be required.

Health Risks Associated with Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Many people are unaware of the potential physical and psychological consequences of their drug use. Not everyone who uses drugs becomes addicted. The vast majority of Americans who drink alcohol, for example, do so without any serious problems. However, it is important to remember that alcohol is a powerful drug – and like marijuana, cocaine, or heroin, it can pose certain risks to your health and well being. Alcohol abuse is responsible for an average 200,000 deaths annually in the United States. Half of all accidental deaths, suicides, and homicides in the United States are estimated to be alcohol-related. In addition, alcohol use is implicated in many cases of sexual assault (see Section 2.6e).

  1. Personal Risk Factors. Frequently, people who drink abusively do not consider themselves to be problem drinkers. Certain factors pose an increased risk for developing a serious alcohol problem. These are: 1) having one or more blood relatives with a history of alcohol or other drug problems; 2) growing up in a family in which alcohol was associated with family dysfunction; 3) drinking to get drunk; 4) being able to “hold your liquor” – seeming to be less affected by alcohol than most people; 5) excessive drinking at a young age and/or having a history of other drug abuse; 6) having one or more memory “blackouts” due to drinking; 7) drinking to relieve bad feelings or to escape from problems; 8) having friends who are heavy drinkers; 9) a history of impulsivity and/ or behavioral problems, such as conduct disorder; 10) using other drugs which, when combined with alcohol, increases the effects and dangers of drinking.
  2. Birth Defects. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is among the three leading causes of birth defects. FAS refers to a pattern of physical and mental defects that may occur in infants whose mothers drink during pregnancy. Currently, one to three per 100,000 live births suffers from FAS. Experts estimate that by the year 2000 there will be more than 4 million cocaine-addicted babies born in this country. The cost of this epidemic is approximately $100 billion. In the past few years, New York City has seen a 200% increase in the incidents of drug addicted babies.
  3. Acute Alcohol Poisoning. Certain high-risk practices – drinking games, drinking grain alcohol punch for example, involve the quick ingestion of large amounts of alcohol that can shut down breathing and heart functioning. This can be fatal. Chronic alcohol abuse has also been linked to liver disease, gastrointestinal disorders, birth defects, depression, impotence and malnutrition. Alcohol and other drug use can impair judgment, reasoning, communication and perception. In addition, it may lead to risky sexual encounters such as unprotected sex and sexual assault. Alcohol may be a contributing factor in cases of acquaintance rape. Alcohol does not cause a person to commit sexual assault. Furthermore, drunkenness does not absolve a guilty party from the act of rape. Drunk or sober, sexual assault is a crime.
  4. Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning. If someone you know has any of the following symptoms after drinking alcohol, it is possible that he/she is suffering from acute alcohol poisoning. Do not leave the person alone. Do not let them “sleep it off.” Turn the person on their side to prevent choking should vomiting occur. Call the police for immediate medical attention if you see any of the following:
    • The person is unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be roused.
    • The person has cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin.
    • The person’s breathing is slow or irregular.
    • The person vomits while passed out and is not waking up after vomiting.

If someone you know has any of these symptoms after drinking alcohol, it is possible that he/she is suffering from acute alcohol poisoning. Do not leave the person alone. Do not let them “sleep it off.” Turn the person on their side to prevent choking should vomiting occur. Call the police for immediate medical attention.

College Police Crime Procedures

Responsibility to Inform

Reporting a Crime

It is a shared responsibility of every community member to report crimes on campus.

What to do:

  • First Contact College Police
    • Warwick: 401-825-2109
    • Lincoln: 401-333-7035
    • Providence: 401-455-6050
    • Newport: 401-851-1620

The individual answering the phone will request the information below. Any information is useful, so do not hesitate to call if you can assist College Police with a particular incident.

  • A good description of the culprit including height, weight, color of hair and eyes, clothes and direction of travel.
  • Vehicle information including make and model, color, and license plate.
  • Number of persons involved.
  • Date and time of incident.
  • Details about the crime. Please remember:
  • Do not handle, touch or remove evidence.
  • Remove yourself from the crime scene if it’s unsafe.
  • Remain calm.

A College Police officer will interview you further to complete the investigation. Some crimes will require the presence and collaboration of the local law enforcement agency.

Any person who is a victim of a crime on campus may request the local law enforcement agency be notified of an incident. This does not mean that the other agency will respond to the scene of the incident.

Confidential Reporting Procedures

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the college system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the chief or a designee of College Police can file a re- port on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the college can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine if there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and reported in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

Mandated Reporters and Exemptions

The Clery Act requires institutions of higher learning to identify individuals on their campuses who are mandated to report crime.

Specifically, the act requires that the school designate individuals who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities but do not have significant counseling responsibilities to report crimes that are made known to them. Based on this criterion, the following CCRI officials should report crime:

  • associate vice president of Student Services
  • chief and deputy chief of College Police and all college
  • College Police officers
  • assistant and associate Student Services deans
  • Student Services directors and assistant directors

The list above does not imply that others should not or cannot report crime on a CCRI campus or that they do not have an ethical or moral responsibility to do so.

Persons Exempt from Mandated Reporting

Pastoral and professional counselors providing counseling services as part of their duties are exempt from mandated reporting. These roles are defined as:

Pastoral counselor

An employee of an institution, who is associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.

Professional counselor

An employee of an institution whose official responsibilities include providing psychological counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification.

Computer Network and Usage Policy

I. General Principles

Access to computer systems and networks owned or operated by the Community College of Rhode Island requires certain responsibilities and obligations and is granted subject to college policies and local, state and federal laws. Acceptable use is always ethical, reflects academic honesty and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, system security mechanisms and individual rights to privacy.

II. Guidelines

  1. In making acceptable use of resources students must:
    1. Access only files and data that are their own, that are publicly available or to which they have authorized access.
    2. Be sensitive to concerns of the taxpayers who support the college. Obscene sites are off limits; college resources may not be used to access them.
    3. Use only legal versions of copyrighted software in compliance with vendor license requirements.
    4. Be considerate in their use of shared resources.

Students must refrain from monopolizing systems, overloading networks with excessive data or wasting computer time, disk space, printer paper, manuals or other resources.

  1. In making acceptable use of resources students must NOT:
    1. Use another person’s system, ID card, password, files or data without permission.
    2. Use computer programs to decode passwords or access controlled information.
    3. Download or display obscene material.
    4. Circumvent or subvert or attempt to circumvent or subvert system or network security measures.
    5. Engage in any activity that might be harmful to systems or to any information stored thereon, such as creating or propagating viruses, disrupting services or damaging files.
    6. Use college systems for commercial or partisan political purposes, such as using electronic mail to circulate advertising for products, for political candidates or for any profit-making company or enterprise.
    7. Make or use illegal copies of copyrighted software, store such copies on college systems or transmit them over college networks.
    8. Download any online software without authorization of the associate vice president for Student Services.
    9. Use the network for purposes that place a heavy load on scarce resources.
    10. Waste computing resources, for example, by intentionally placing a program in an endless loop or by printing excessive amounts of paper.
    11. Use the college’s systems or networks for personal gain such as selling a product or item without receiving authorization from the college.
    12. Use the college’s systems or networks to transmit any material in violation of United States or Rhode Island laws or regulations.
    13. Engage in any other activity that does not comply with the general principles presented above.
    14. Engage in computer harassment. Computer harassment may be defined as:
      1. Intentionally using the computer to annoy, harass, terrify, intimidate, threaten, offend or bother another person by conveying obscene language, pictures or other materials or threats of bodily harm to the recipient or the recipient’s immediate family;
      2. Intentionally using the computer to contact another person repeatedly with the intent to annoy, harass or bother, whether any actual message is communicated, and/or where no purpose of legitimate communication exists and when the recipient has expressed a desire for the communication to cease;
      3. Intentionally using the computer to contact another person repeatedly regarding a matter for which one does not have a legal right to communicate, once the recipient has provided reasonable notice that he or she desires such communication to cease (such as debt collection);
      4. Intentionally using the computer to disrupt or damage the academic research, administrative work or related pursuits of another;
      5. Intentionally using the computer to invade the privacy, academic or otherwise, of another or to threaten to invade the privacy of another.

III. Enforcement

The associate vice president for Student Services will review alleged violations of acceptable use policies on a case-by-case basis. Violations of policy will result in appropriate actions and may include suspension or expulsion from the college. Users who breach this code of practice may, after due process, be refused access to the college’s computer and communications networks and may be subject to further disciplinary action. In an emergency, in order to prevent further possible unauthorized activity, the college may temporarily disconnect that user from the network. If this is deemed necessary by college staff, every effort will be made to inform the user prior to the disconnection and every effort will be made to re-establish the connection as soon as the college determines it is appropriate.

The college considers any violation of acceptable use of principles or guidelines to be a serious offense and reserves the right to copy and examine any files or information resident on college systems allegedly relating to unacceptable use. Offenders also may be prosecuted under all applicable local, state and federal laws.

Policy on Computer Crime

Any persons who directly or indirectly access any computer system for any fraudulent purpose or who alter, damage or destroy any computer or parts of its systems without authorization shall be charged with a felony according to the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island (Chapter 52, section 11-52-2, 11-52-5). This crime also may result in suspension or expulsion from the college.

Theft of a computer or any parts of its systems is a felony. In addition to disciplinary action taken by the college, the individual will be subject to prosecution by the state of Rhode Island.

Responsible Use of Information Technology

The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) is an educational institution that encourages continuous learning, experimentation and the development of the complete person. The college is committed to respecting individual privacy and freedom while expecting each individual to act in a responsible, legal, ethical and efficient manner when using the college’s information technology systems. These systems are designed to encourage high-quality educational, professional, career development and self-discovery activities.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to define responsible and ethical behavior that guides faculty, student and staff use of information technology resources at CCRI. Information technology includes but is not limited to desktop computers, workstations, network servers, mainframe computers, software, digital information and voice, video and data networks. This policy is supplemented by all other college policies and by the policies of those networks to which CCRI is interconnected, including but not limited to Oshean. Applicable local, state and federal laws also apply to information technology users at CCRI.

Audience and Understanding

This policy applies to all students, faculty and staff of the Community College of Rhode Island and to all other users who are authorized to access information technology resources at CCRI. These users are responsible for reading, understanding and complying with this policy.

Policy

CCRI provides access to information technology resources for faculty, staff, students and certain other users to support our mission of access to learning and to conduct business. Every authorized user of information technology resources at CCRI is responsible for utilizing these resources in an efficient, ethical and legal manner and in ways consistent with overall college policy.

The following principles serve to guide the responsible use of information technology for all CCRI users.

  • Respect the rights of others by complying with all college policies regarding sexual, racial and other forms of harassment, and by preserving the privacy of other individuals. For example, you should not send harassing messages via e-mail or transmit or reveal personal or private information about individuals unless you have authorization from those individuals.
  • Use computing facilities, accounts and data only when you have appropriate authorization and use them for approved purposes. For example, you should not use CCRI information technology resources to run a business or to access another individual’s computer account.
  • Respect all pertinent licenses, contractual agreements and copyrights. Use only legal versions of copyrighted software in compliance with vendor license requirements. For example, you should not post another individual’s copyrighted material on your Web page or install software with a single user license on multiple computers.
  • Preserve the integrity of computing systems, electronic data, and communications networks. For example, you should not modify settings on a desktop computer to make it unusable to others or excessively utilize networked resources, such as music videos, that overload CCRI’s network bandwidth.
  • Respect and adhere to all applicable local, state and federal laws. For example, you should not use CCRI’s information technology resources to attack computers on another network by launching viruses, worms or other forms of attack.

Privacy

Electronic resources, including but not limited to programs, files, data and email, belonging to an information technology user at CCRI are private. CCRI reserves the right to have authorized college personnel examine computing resources, communication systems, files, electronic mail and printer listings. Reasons for examination include but are not limited to performing system maintenance, preventing or investigating unauthorized access and system misuse, assuring compliance with software copyright and distribution policies, and complying with legal and regulatory requests for information. Every effort will be made to ensure the privacy of a user’s files. However, if policy violations are discovered, they will be reported accordingly.

Enforcement

Members of the CCRI community who believe they have witnessed or been a victim of a violation of this policy should notify or file a complaint with the appropriate college office as follows. Students should report suspected violations to the associate vice president for Student Services. Faculty members should report suspected violations to the vice president for Academic Affairs. Staff members should report suspected violations to their department head, who may report the problem to the director of Human Resources. Reports of suspected unauthorized use or misuse of CCRI information technology resources will be investigated pursuant to standard college procedures.

Information technology users who are found in violation of this policy will be subject to CCRI disciplinary processes and procedures including, but not limited to, those outlined in this Student Handbook, the CCRI Employee Handbook and any applicable bar- gaining unit contracts. Privileges to use CCRI information technology resources may be revoked. Illegal acts may also subject users to prosecution by local, state and/or federal authorities.

Questions Relating to This Policy

The examples of unauthorized use of CCRI information technology resources given above are not meant to be exhaustive. Questions regarding this policy or the application of this policy to a specific situation should be referred to the director of Information Technology. Whenever you are in doubt regarding an issue of questionable use, it is in your best interest to resolve the issue before pursing any questionable use of information technology resources.*

Non-Discrimination

Harassment of any one member of the college community on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era or citizenship status is prohibited. Sexual harassment is specifically prohibited. Sexual harassment is defined to include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Such conduct is discrimination prohibited by college policy as well as by state and federal law when the behavior is directed to an individual because of his or her gender and (1) when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of instruction, employment, or otherwise full participation in college life; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is considered in evaluating a person’s academic work or job performance; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with a person’s academic or job performance or creating a sexually intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. This definition will be interpreted and applied by the college consistent with reasonable standards or mature behavior, academic freedom, and freedom of expression.

* Adapted from Middlesex Community College

Posting and Advertising

CCRI Sign Policy

Sign Policy Rationale

The Community College of Rhode Island’s sign policy establishes standards for all interior signs on all campuses. It provides guidance about the placement and location of directional signs, event signs, departmental signs and student signs as well as provisions for their approval and removal. This policy is designed to recognize the needs of the college’s distinct campuses while promoting an uncluttered and more attractive environment.

Scope

This policy applies to temporary signs and other displays on the Community College of Rhode Island campuses. For the most part, such signs will be event-related. It does not apply to college signs produced and installed by the college or college subcontractors and intended for display on a continuing basis, such as:

  • Exterior building names
  • Traffic signs
  • Official college identity signs or banners
  • Building directories or maps
  • Room identifiers
  • Classroom emergency procedure placards/signs
  • No smoking signs
  • Out of order signs

Also, this policy does not apply to non-public areas of the campus, such as individual administration, faculty or student club offices, or to personal effects, such as clothing.

Statement of policy
  1. Public areas. CCRI's sign policy addresses temporary signs and displays within public areas inside campus buildings.
    1. Signs and displays may be posted only on designated bulletin boards. Authorized staff members on each campus first must approve and stamp all signs and displays (see Section C), except where otherwise noted within this policy.
    2. The attachment of signs or similar displays to any interior space not specifically permitted for such use is prohibited. This will prevent damage to public property and unnecessary cleanup or replacement costs, and will help to prevent potential health and safety hazards.
    3. Signs or similar displays may not be attached to:
      • Glass/windows (except when required by law and/or with special permission for critical information, i.e. college closing; also see Section B.)
      • Walls (painted, concrete or otherwise)
      • Doors (except with special permission for critical information, i.e. college closing)
      • Stairways
      • Stairwells
      • Railings
      • Steps
      • Columns or pillars
      • Stainless steel surfaces
      • Elevators (both inside and out)
      • Permanent campus signs
      • Furniture
      • Trash or recycling receptacles
      • Light fixtures
      • Ceilings
      • Floors
    4. The unauthorized painting or defacing of any interior college-maintained surface or structure is prohibited.
    5. Signs and similar displays shall not be installed so as to block the visibility of any existing sign or display. Posting over other materials is not allowed and may be subject to immediate removal.
    6. Signs and similar displays inside campus buildings shall not be larger than 20 inches by 30 inches.
    7. No sign or similar display shall be installed in such a way as to constitute a health or safety hazard or that is in violation of the fire safety code.
    8. One sign per event will be permitted per bulletin board.
    9. Multiple postings in one location are both wasteful and inconsiderate of other organizations and may be subject to immediate removal.
    10. The total allowable number of signs posted for any event is limited only by the total number of bulletin boards on a campus, except for the community bulletin board (see Section E).
    11. All signs except student signs should adhere to the college’s graphic standards. Graphic standards specify the use of a swoop, the correct college logo and fonts that help to create a unified family look. CCRI’s graphic standards are available on the college website at www.ccri.edu/marketing/graphicstandards for the college community to use.
    12. Signs, except student signs, that do not adhere to the college’s graphic standards may be subject to immediate removal.
  2. Faculty and Administration areas. Faculty and administration offices and department areas are exempt from some of the restrictions in Section A.
    1. Signs and displays may be posted on glass and doors in these private areas.
    2. Individual departments are responsible for bulletin boards in their department areas and ensuring the material posted on them conforms to the provisions of this sign policy.
  3. Approval. Each campus will appoint designees who will approve and stamp organization/individual/department and student sign requests.
    1. Stamp approval designees by campus:
      • Flanagan – Mary Baker, Administration
      • Knight – Wendy Parr, Advising and Counseling
      • Liston – Cathy Bio, Administration
      • Newport – Robyn Greene, Administration
    2. Because the Department of Marketing and Communications is the official college source of communications, its postings do not require a stamp.
    3. Official department signs that use the college swoop do not require a stamp.
    4. All student signs require a stamp, except in the case of candidates for student government elections (see Section G).
  4. Timing. Most signs and displays that are posted in public areas will be event-related and, as such, must have a defined start and end date.
    1. Each stamp will include a date that indicates when the sign must be removed.
    2. It is the sole responsibility of the individual/organization/ department posting the signs to remove them by the stated removal date.
    3. Failure to remove signs by the removal date will result in a warning. Those who have repeated violations will risk denial of future sign requests.
  5. Outside organizations. One bulletin board per campus will be provided exclusively for outside/off-campus organizations and will be designated as a community bulletin board.
    1. In accordance with the college Alcohol Policy, no signs or displays posted may promote the sale or consumption of alcohol or drugs.
    2. No signs or displays may promote any organizations associated with adult entertainment.
    3. Signs posted on the community bulletin boards should be of general interest and benefit to the college community.
    4. Any outside organization wishing to post a sign or display in our campuses must receive a stamp of approval. Any signs posted without stamps will be removed.
  6. Center for Workforce and Community Education.
    1. Because of the unique nature of CWCE and the courses and classes that it offers, measures have been considered to meet its needs.
      1. CWCE will be supplied its own, rolling bulletin boards for primary entrances/exits at each campus.
      2. CWCE will be solely responsible for its own posting and removal of signs and displays.
      3. CWCE will be responsible for taking out and putting away the rolling boards each day.
      4. There will be no limit as to the number of signs on each board per event.
      5. CWCE signs do not need to be stamped.
  7. Student organizations. Because students have limited means to communicate with the general student body, certain exceptions will be made in regard to the general sign policy. As indicated in C.3, all student signs except student government election campaign signs require a stamp.
    1. Students are allowed to post signs on glass, doors and walls in student club areas only, as well as one sign per event per bulletin board.
    2. During a period of three (3) weeks prior to student government elections, candidates are not limited by the number of signs they are allowed to post. Candidates may post signs in the following areas:
      • one per bulletin board
      • columns or pillars
      • stairways
      • stairwells
      • stainless steel surfaces
      • elevators (outside only)
    3. Student government candidate signs do not require a stamp.
    4. All candidate signs must be removed within 48 hours of the close of the election.
  8. Directional signs. With events and programs comes the need to direct individuals to these events.
    1. Requests for directional signs should be made to Facilities at the campus where the event is taking place at least one week in advance of the event.
    2. Directional signs should be free-standing, on easels or in sign holders. Bulletin boards also may be used.
    3. Directional signs should not be taped or attached to walls.
    4. The limitations listed in A.2 also apply to directional signs and displays.
  9. Prohibitions. Any postings that have inappropriate and/or derogatory information will not be approved and, if posted without approval, will be removed immediately. The approved posting areas will not be used as personal message boards; they are solely for information that is intended to benefit the campus community as a whole. For the sake of maintaining a sense of community and support for all members, organizations are expected to refrain from using racial, gender or ethnic slurs, stereotypic depiction or similar references in all advertising material.
  10. Note. Due to unique circumstances, the following specific venues are exempt from the Sign Policy: the Library, the Bookstore, conference rooms and any teaching classrooms.

Sexual Assault

Who To Contact in the Event of a Sexual Assault

Reporting a sexual assault to CCRI College Police is procedurally the same as reporting to one of the local or state law enforcement agency in Rhode Island. Victims have the same rights as when reporting to any other local law enforcement agency. Depending on which campus the incident occurs, we will notify local law enforcement to proceed with the case.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The College Police Department strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a College Police officer and/or other college representative. Reporting of this incident:

  • Ensures that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim.
  • Provides the opportunity for collection of evidence that will aid in prosecution, that cannot be obtained later (Ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam.)
  • Gives the victim access to free confidential counseling from counselors trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.

When a sexual assault victim contacts College Police the local municipal law enforcement agency will be notified as well. A representative from Student Services will also be notified. The victim of a sexual assault may choose to have the investigation pursued through the criminal justice system and or the student disciplinary system. A college representative from College Police or Student Services will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision. A sexual assault victim may choose to file a confidential complaint where their identity will remain undisclosed. This will allow for the incident to be counted in campus crime statistics, but this may severely limit the ability to investigate or pursue charges against the perpetrator.

Various on-campus support and counseling services are available for victims of sexual assault:

  • The community college offers counseling services:
    • Warwick: (401) 825-2301
    • Lincoln: (401) 333-7160
    • Providence: (401) 455-6063
    • Newport: (401) 851-1625

The community college has health services at (401) 825-2103 or e-mail nurse@ccri.edu.

Hours of operation for these services vary and this should not be considered an emergency contact. Check the website for current hours of operation.

  • Off-campus services that are available 24 hours/7 days a week include:
    • The Women’s Center (401) 861-2760
    • Day One (401) 421-4100
    • Rape Crisis Center (401) 421-4100

The personnel in these offices can provide advice and counseling, detailed information on health issues and reporting procedures, or referrals to resources off campus. These matters are kept confidential except when either the College Police of the campus or the surrounding community is breached. College Police offices are opened 24 hours/7 days a week. Referrals can be made to off-campus agencies at any time. For referral to any of these counseling and health services, please refer to the following websites or contact the agencies directly.

More information can be found at these websites: www.ccri.edu/advising

Sexual Harassment

CCRI does not tolerate harassment of its students. This type of behavior may result in immediate suspension or expulsion from the college. Harassment of any one member of the college community on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era or citizenship status is prohibited. Sexual harassment is specifically prohibited. Sexual harassment is defined to include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Such conduct is discrimination prohibited by college policy as well as by state and federal law when the behavior is directed to an individual because of his or her gender and...

  1. When submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of instruction, employment, or otherwise full participation in college life
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is considered in evaluating a person’s academic work or job performance; or
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with a person’s academic or job performance or creating a sexually intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. This definition will be interpreted and applied by the college consistent with reasonable standards for mature behavior, academic freedom, and freedom of expression.

If a student feels that he or she is being harassed in the above manner by another student, the student should notify the associate vice president for Student Services immediately. Complaints against a faculty or staff member should be directed to John White, interim director of Affirmative Action. Mr. White also serves as the college’s coordinator under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Mr. White can be reached at 401-500-6435.

Students should not assume that the college is aware of their problem. It is a student’s responsibility to bring his or her complaints and concerns to the college’s attention so that officials can help resolve them. Students’ complaints will be kept as confidential as possible, but an anonymous report may severely limit the ability to investigate or pursue charges against the perpetrator. Students will not be penalized in any way for reporting such conduct.

Sex Offender Registry

The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information is provided by the state concerning registered sex offenders and where it may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders to register with the state and to provide notice, as required under state law, to each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation or is a student.

In Rhode Island, convicted sex offenders must register with the local police department in their municipality AS WELL as the local police department in the town or city in which they take classes. Every person convicted on or after July 1, 1997, including juveniles sentenced as adults of an offense for which registration is required as part of the sentence imposed upon conviction, is to register and re-register with the local police agencies.

In addition, all persons convicted of violations under United States law or any other state law substantially similar to an offense for which registration is required shall provide to the local agency all necessary information within 10 days of establishing a residence and re-registering within ten 10 days of any change.

The Community College of Rhode Island requires that sexual of fenders register as such with College Police before the first day of every semester in which they will be enrolled. Failure to comply with any part of this policy will result in administrative withdrawal from all registered courses and possible disciplinary action. Offenders may be restricted from registering for courses in certain locations or at certain times depending on the type of activities that may occur in said place or at said time.

To obtain information on sex offenders

Any person wanting information on registered sex offenders or related information should contact the local municipal police agency with jurisdiction for the location of our campuses. The State of Rhode Island Parole Board maintains the following website:

www.paroleboard.ri.gov/sexoffender/agree.php

Smoke-Free Campus

The Community College of Rhode Island prohibits smoking in all of its campus facilities as well as at all points of access and egress from its facilities, including all connecting ramps and walkways such as those at the Knight Campus megastructure. Smoking is allowed at or beyond designated enclosures located at each campus or at a distance equal to those enclosures from the building. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action as stipulated by the Associate vice president for Student Services for student infractions, and the appropriate disciplinary process as set forth in collective bargaining agreements or the college policy for faculty and staff.

The prohibition of smoking within all facilities will not apply to the use of tobacco products as part of a pre-approved, limited classroom demonstration or research project.

Students with Disabilities

In accordance with federal and state laws, the Community College of Rhode Island will not deny admission to or otherwise 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. CCRI 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.

In order 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.

Traffic Accidents

All traffic accidents that occur on campus must be reported to the College 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.

Weapons on Campus

The Community College of Rhode Island has maintained a longstanding policy prohibiting weapons on any of its campuses. The introduction of guns, knives or other devices on campus is potentially dangerous to the entire college community and inconsistent with a safe learning environment. Faculty, staff and students are, therefore, advised that the introduction of any weapon is a direct violation of policy and a serious breach of security that will require immediate discipline, up to and including dismissal. Anyone aware of a potential violation of the No Weapons Policy should contact College Police.

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Last Updated: 11/17/14