Security Awareness Guide

Safety at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is everyone’s business. Students, staff and faculty are partners with the college in creating an atmosphere that is safe and encourages learning.

During the school year the CMC community has over 20,000 students, 100 full-time faculty, over 200 part-time faculty and just under 430 employees working together. Even with this diverseness, the college is very much a part of the communities it shares in Western Colorado.

Colorado Mountain College enjoys good relations with the communities it serves, not only as the educational center but often as a cultural and social center for the towns and surrounding counties. There are no barriers between CMC and its neighbors.

No community can be totally risk free in today’s society. CMC strongly believes it has a major role in providing safe learning environment; however, we are realistic enough to recognize that students, staff and faulty must come together in a strong partnership and use common sense precautions to reduce the opportunity for criminal and/or anti-social activities. Crime happens. We have no magic formula to stop it at our locations. Thefts, assaults and other crimes can happen at CMC just as they do at other college campuses or cities.

To reduce the possibility that any student may be exposed to potential hazards, CMC has taken many steps, described in this publication, to reduce whatever risk there may be. All of us can further reduce this risk by thinking about personal safety and taking common sense precautions.

Safety programs at Colorado Mountain College are under the direction of the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs (970-947-8351). We have a proactive approach to campus safety that is best viewed as education, prevention and our ability to respond to questionable events.

Public Safety Report

This report contains information of crimes reported to the college for the  2010-2011 , 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years. If you are interested in individual campus safety reports please select the link above.

Part One: Crime (incidents at any of CMC’s 14 locations)

 Crime
 2010-2011
 2011-2012
 2012-2013
 Criminal Homicide
0
0
0
 Rape
0
0
0
 Other Sexual Offenses
0
0
0
 Robbery
0
0
0
 Aggravated Assault 0
0
0
 Burglary 1 0 0
 Motor Vehicle Theft
0
0
0

Part Two: Crime (disciplinary actions for on-campus activities in the following areas)

 2010-2011
 2011-2012
 2012-2013
 Liquor Law Violation 47 33 35
 Drug Abuse Violations 57 28 23
 Weapons Possessions 0 2 1
 Hate Crimes
0
0
0
October 2013

Education

The key to crime prevention is an awareness gained through education. At CMC, the staff, faculty and students work together and take responsibility for their own safety and are ready to help others in time of need. This is a very potent force.

The vast majority of incidents on college campuses can be avoided if the college population recognizes they are potential victims and take basic precautions, such as using the “buddy system” when walking at night, locking car doors and not leaving valuables unattended. The safety committees at our residential campuses are available to review safety concerns and issues. CMC encourages reporting of all crimes, even minor crimes, and any suspicious activity. We would rather have one hundred unfounded calls of suspicious activities than miss one call when a crime is occurring. We do need to know about crimes that occur. If we go uninformed, we can’t advise the student body and we can’t alter our safety strategies to fit the changing needs of our communities. This handout is updated annually and is available to all students, employees and applicants. Additional information is available from the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at 970-947-8351. Any serious or series of crimes are reported through an electronic mail network to staff and faculty.

Prevention

The college actively supports prevention through a number of programs. These include:

  • Firearms Policy. The possession of a weapon is prohibited in any Colorado Mountain College facility, on any College campus or property, or at any off-campus College class, event, or function, except as specifically authorized by Colorado law in C.R.S. § 18-12-201 et seq. or as otherwise approved by the College. In addition to College policies, regulations, and procedures, all possession and use of firearms and other weapons must also conform to all applicable local, state, and federal laws.
  • Alcohol Policy. Alcohol is only allowed at special events after approval of the President and, when necessary, proof of a Colorado Liquor Commission permit. Violators who are visitors may be removed from campus, referred to administration, and/or detained for local police. Student violators face disciplinary action per the student Code of Conduct Policy.
  • Illegal Drugs Policy. Persons possessing, distributing or using illegal drugs or paraphernalia on campus are subject to dismissal and/or arrest.
  • Sexual/Discriminatory Harassment Policy. The college has a very strict policy against all forms of harassment.  The College policy is listed in the Catalog, Student Handbooks and in the Policy Handbook which is available from the campus Student Affairs Officer.
  • Resident Hall Assistants undergo special training on safety issues for both the halls and the larger campus. They, through their floor education programs, reinforce safety procedures in addition to providing feedback to the Resident Hall Assistants and Coordinator about safety concerns which are forwarded then to the campus Safety Committee.
  • At commuter sites, safety issues and concerns are handled by the Campus CEO; however, if circumstances appear at any time in the future to warrant action, the local Campus CEO will take the necessary steps to address the concerns.

The College actively supports an Alcohol and Other Drug Educational program. An established District Alcohol and Drug Education Committee meets regularly to conduct periodic policy revision, organize educational efforts, and produce material for distribution to students and staff at the various sites.

Disseminated information includes CMC Alcohol and Other Drug Policies and ideas on how to help individuals who have a drug-related problem. Residential sites also have student groups organized for the purpose of conducting on-going programming and education, and advertising information and events relevant to alcohol education. These programs seek to promote health, wellness and responsible decision making.

CMC staff and Student Affairs personnel assist staff and students with concerns and refer individuals to other community agencies when specific services are requested or necessary.