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Security Awareness Programs/Personal Safety on Campus

During orientation students are informed of services offered by the Community Campus Police Department through a brochure and presentations which outline ways to maintain personal safety. Students are advised to visit the Campus Police website to learn about crime on-campus and in surrounding neighborhoods The website also displays informational videos such as ‘Run, Hide, Fight’, designed by Homeland Security in response to Active Shooter situations. Similar information is presented to new employees and annually during professional development trainings. Crime Prevention notices are posted periodically and when necessary we provide information to the College community regarding the protection of personal property and how to maintain personal safety on campus.

Periodically during the academic year, the CCRI Police, in cooperation with other College organizations and departments, present notices or awareness on the community’s safety.

A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.

In addition to information being disseminated to students and employees through crime notices, we provide security alert posters, displays, and articles and advertisements in college and student publications. When an alert need to be posted promptly, information is released to the College community through security alerts throughout the campus and disseminated through the College's electronic mail system or instant messaging system.


Throughout the year the police department prepares and distributes through the appropriate media crime prevention and personal safety hints. These publications are available to all members of the college community. To assist police in keeping the campus crime-free we recommend the following to all members of the college community.

  • Look alert, assertive, self-confident, and in control. Those who look lost, confused, passive, or in a fog are more vulnerable.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings.
  • Stick to well-lit and well-traveled areas.
  • Walk or jog with a companion at night.
  • Have your keys in your hand as you approach your car or building.
  • Request an escort if you feel uneasy or concerned for your safety.
  • If approached by a would-be attacker don’t panic. If you panic, you won’t be able to out think or out maneuver the attacker. If threatened, the first order of business is getting away. Drop anything that might slow you down.
  • Don’t accept a drink from anyone you don’t know and trust.
  • Don’t get into an elevator with someone who looks out of place or behaves in a strange or threatening way.
  • Be careful when using bathrooms that are isolated.
  • Report all harassing phone calls, emails, etc. to the Campus Police.
  • Report all suspicious persons or activity to the Campus Police.


  • Lock personal items in your vehicle’s trunk. A thief only needs seconds to take items from a vehicle when left in plain sight.
  • Never leave your wallet, handbag, briefcase laptop, cell phone etc. in a common area or out in the open.
  • Lock personal valuables and cash in your desk and out of sight.
  • Never carry large sums of money. If you must, do not advertise.
  • Don’t attach your identification card to your key ring. This practice could help a thief find your home or vehicle easily.
  • Engrave an identifying number and take down all serial numbers in case your property is stolen.
  • Report a lost college key immediately to the Campus Police.
  • Do not hide extra sets of keys in your office or vehicle.
  • Always carry your purse tightly clutched in your hand or under your arm.
  • Use a lock down device for your laptop.
  • Never leave your vehicle or office unsecured.
  • Report all suspicious persons or activity to the Campus Police.

For additional crime prevention issues please contact your local Campus Police Office.

CCRI DOES NOT assume liability for vehicles or their contents parked on its premises.



It is the policy of the Board of Governors and the Community College to maintain a healthy environment for all students and employees. Therefore, smoking is prohibited from any entrance to the building or in any building on the campus. The Smoking Policy states that smoking must be at least 50 feet from any state building. If you do smoke on campus, please use one of the designated areas.

Students are subject to the process and procedures as outlined by the Office of the Dean of Students through the Student Handbook.

This prohibition does not apply to the use of tobacco products as part of a pre-approved, limited classroom demonstration or research project.


The police department does not provide emergency road service. In the event you are unable to start your vehicle because of battery trouble or other mechanical problems we will allow you to use a telephone to call for assistance.