Advising & Counseling Center General Policies
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 conforming 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.
Rhode Island penalties for driving while impaired are as follows:
Rhode Island statutes cover a wide range of drug offenses, including the use, possession, sale, distribution, transportation and manufacture of various types of drugs (Title 21, Chapter 28 of the Rhode Island General Laws). 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.
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.
a. 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” caused by 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.
*Sources: Miller,William R., Alcohol and You. Prepared for Project MATCH by the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA).The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. Also Marlatt, G.A., Baer, J.S.& Larimer, M.E. (1995). Preventing alcohol abuse in college students: A harm reduction approach. In G.M. Boyd, J. Howard, & R.A. Zucker (Eds.), Alcohol problems among adolescents: Current directions in prevention research (pp.147-172). Northvale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates, Inc.
b. Birth defects. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) 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.
c. Acute alcohol poisoning. Certain high-risk practices (e.g., drinking games, drinking grain alcohol punch) involve the quick ingestion of large amounts of alcohol that can shut down breathing and heart functioning. This can be fatal. Chronic alcohol abuse also has 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.
d. Signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning. If someone you know has any of the following
symptoms after drinking alcohol, it is possible that he or 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 911 for
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.
It is a shared responsibility of every community member to report crimes on campus.
What to do:
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 offender including height, weight, color of hair and eyes,
• Vehicle information including make and model, color, license plate and direction of travel.
• Number of persons involved.
• Date and time of incident.
• Details about the crime.
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.
• Do not handle, touch or remove evidence.
• Remove yourself from the crime scene if it’s unsafe.
• Remain calm.
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.
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 of College Police or his or her designee can file a report 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. However, the college’s attempt to investigate and act upon a confidential report are limited by the request for confidentiality. Reports filed in this manner are counted and reported in the annual crime statistics for the institution.
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,
following CCRI officials are considered campus security authorities (CSA) who must report all crimes, but may do so confidentially:
• associate vice president for Student Services
• chief and deputy chief of College Police and all College Police officers and patrol persons
• Student Services deans and associate deans
• Student Services directors and assistant directors
• Student Services advisers, coordinators and other professional staff
• All athletic coaches and trainers
• All student organization advisers
All CSAs are obligated to report all actual, suspected or alleged Clery violations which are reported to them, or of which they become aware, to College Police.
For issues of gender-based harassment, sexual harassment and sexual assault, employees of the college in the following positions are designated as responsible employees as defined in the guidance from the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education.
• All college officials and administrators
• All full- and part-time faculty
• All academic deans, associate and assistant deans, and department chairs
• All student services deans, associate and assistant deans, directors, associate and assistant directors
• All student services advisers, coordinators and other professional staff
• All employees who are responsible supervisors for one or more employees
• All athletic coaches and trainers
• All student organization advisers
• All other individuals designated as “campus security authorities,” as listed in the college’s annual crime statistics and fire safety report (“Clery report”).
All such “responsible employees” are obligated to report all actual, suspected or alleged incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence which are reported to them, or of which they become aware to the Office of Human Resources at 401-825-2311.
The above lists do 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.
Pastoral and professional counselors providing counseling services as part of their duties are exempt from mandated reporting.
These roles are defined as:
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.
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.
I. General Principles
Access to computer systems and networks owned or operated by the Community College of Rhode Island comes with 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. 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 of Title 11). 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.
A. Responsible Use of Information Technology
The Community College of Rhode Island 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.
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.
C. 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.
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 email 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.
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.
A. In making acceptable use of resources, students must:
B. In making acceptable use of resources, students must NOT:
The dean of students will review alleged student violations of acceptable use policies as referred through the student disciplinary system and in accordance with the Student Conduct Code procedures. 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, 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.
Members of the CCRI community who believe they have been a victim of a violation of this policy or believe they have witnessed a student violation of this policy should file a complaint with the dean of students.
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 bargaining unit contracts. Privileges to use CCRI information technology resources may be revoked. Illegal acts also may subject users to prosecution by local, state and/or federal authorities.
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.
* Adapted from Middlesex Community 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 or mature behavior, academic freedom and freedom of expression.
Gender Neutral Facilities
In keeping with the college’s policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity, single occupancy restrooms located on each campus have been designated as gender neutral. These converted units address concerns about gender imbalance and gender identity in the availability of restroom facilities.
Warwick 3140A: third floor, faculty area near Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures
Lincoln 1151: first floor, next to administrative suite
Newport 232A: in faculty area
Providence 1138A: 1st floor leading to new part of the building
At this time, there are no gender-neutral locker room facilities in our recreation centers. For more information, please contact the dean of students at 825-2459.
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.
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:
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.
A. Public areas. CCRI’s sign policy addresses temporary signs and displays within public areas inside campus buildings.
B. Faculty and Administration areas. Faculty and administration offices and department areas are exempt from some of the restrictions in Section A.
C. Approval. Each campus will appoint designees who will approve and stamp organization/individual/department and student sign requests.
D. 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.
E. 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.
F. Center for Workforce and Community Education. Because of the unique nature of CWCE and the courses and classes that it offers, measures have been considered to meet its needs.
G. 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.
H. Directional signs. With events and programs comes the need to direct individuals to these events.
I. Prohibitions. Any postings that are obscene and/or have discriminatory information that violates the college’s nondiscrimination policies 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, stereotypical depiction or similar references in all advertising material.
J. Violations. Violations of this policy may result in referral to the dean of students for discipline.
K. 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.
The Community College does not allow the solicitation of students, faculty, staff or guests in any of its classrooms or offices. Members of the college community may request permission to hold sales or distribute information at tables in public locations at the discretion of the dean of students in the case of students or student groups and from Human Resources in the case of faculty and staff. Groups or individuals from outside the college must seek permission from Facilities Management. Under no circumstances will the distribution of materials by hand to passers-by be permitted and no solicitation that obstructs passage, classroom learning or college functions will be allowed.