Timely warning notices
To help prevent crimes or serious incidents, the Department of Public Safety issues Campus Safety Alerts in a timely manner to notify community members about crimes in and around our community. Members of the community who know of a crime or other serious incident should report that incident as soon as possible to the Department of Public Safety so that a Campus Safety Alert can be issued, if warranted.
Emergency Notifications - Cougar Call
“Cougar Call” is Camden County College’s emergency notification system providing phone and text messages in the event of an emergency and to broadcast important information including weather related closings to the College community. Every student is automatically subscribed to “Cougar Call” when registering for classes. Any time a student’s contact information changes, the student must update the system through WebAdvisor. The student may opt out at any time. It is recommended that students check their wireless phone provider regarding costs for incoming text or phone messages. The College is not responsible for any extra costs incurred as a result of receiving notifications via phone, e-mail or text. All information provided is completely confidential. For questions about the “Cougar Call” system, please call the Department of Public Safety at (856) 374-5089. If you are not receiving messages send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Daily Crime Log
The Department of Public Safety maintains a daily crime log that records, by the date of the incident was reported to us, all crimes and other serious incidents that occur on campus, in a non-campus building , on public property , or within the department’s patrol jurisdiction. The daily crime log is available for inspection at the department’s headquarters. The daily crime log includes the nature, date, time, and general location of each crime reported to us, as well as the disposition of the complaint, if this information is known to us at the time the log is created.
Campus Escort Program
If you must travel alone, regardless of time of day, the campus escort program provides a safe, reliable way to travel throughout the campus. Should anyone desire to be accompanied by a public safety officer to get to their car or public transportation, simply go to a “red” phone, or a blue light phone, any emergency call box or otherwise call direct to the Communications Center. Upon receipt of the request, an officer will be sent to escort you.
Preventing and responding to sexual assault
Camden County College is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty, and staff can work and study in an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the college community should be aware that the College is strongly opposed to sexual assault and harassment and that such behavior is prohibited both by federal and state law, as well as College policy.
Camden County College will take whatever action may be needed to prevent, correct, and if necessary, discipline and/or prosecute behavior that violates this policy and the law. All forms of sexual assault and all attempts to commit such acts are regarded as serious offenses that are likely to result in suspension, required withdrawal, expulsion, or termination. Prosecution may take place, in accordance with New Jersey criminal law, independent of College action.
Reporting a sexual assault
Reporting a sexual assault may help prevent another assault. Reporting the incident does not mean that the survivor must proceed with a prosecution. Immediately following an attack, the survivor should try to write down everything she or he remembers about the incident, including the physical description of the suspect(s) and any further information about the identity or location of the suspect(s).
There are many organizations that support victims and offer options. Beingincharge.com is a website that discusses important aspects of sexual assault, and viewers can hear the stories of two local victims. They tell of the crimes committed against them, their hospital visit, and the experience working with law enforcement officials. Specially trained nurses give insight as to how they work with victims and what to expect at the hospital. A representative from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office discusses the role of law enforcement in supporting victims and arresting assailants. For more information, visit Beingincharge.com
Sexual assault defined
• Any sexual physical contact that involves the threat or use of force or violence, or any other form of coercion or intimidation;
• Any sexual physical with a person who is unable to consent due to incapacity or impairment (including being asleep or under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
What to do if you or someone you know is sexually assaulted
Go to a place that is safe and seek medical treatment. If sexual assault occurs, safety and medical assistance are the first considerations. On campus and in the local area, 24 hour assistance is available. Whether or not you decide to report the incident, seek medical treatment immediately and get counseling as soon as possible.
Do not douche, bathe, shower, or change clothing before seeking medical attention. Preserving evidence is important in later pursuing a criminal or other judicial case. Do not wash sheets or bed coverings where DNA evidence may be found.
Report the sexual assault to the authorities. The more often sexual assault is reported, the easier it may be to prevent it. Reporting the incident does not mean the survivor must proceed with a prosecution. Regardless of whether the Survivor wants to pursue criminal prosecution, she or he should contact the Department of Public Safety, or the local law enforcement agency.
Filing a report with the Department of Public Safety
If the survivor or witness elects to contact the Department of Public Safety to file a formal report of the assault, an officer trained in investigating sexual assault will work with the individual to gather the pertinent information. The survivor always retains the right to decide whether she/he wants to proceed with a criminal prosecution. The officer will ensure that the survivor gets the counseling and other assistance she/he needs. The safety of the survivor will always remain the top priority of the Department of Public Safety members.
Contacting Other Law Enforcement Agencies
Students may also contact local law enforcement agencies. Members of the Department of Public Safety and other College officials will assist the student in notifying the appropriate agency in the applicable jurisdiction.
Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the college community where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. In New Jersey, this information is accessible at http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/info/reg_sexoffend.html. You may also visit the Gloucester Twp. Camden, or Cherry Hill police departments for information regarding registered sex offenders in the area.
To insure the safety and security of the workplace, Camden County College does not condone any behavior that may be considered potentially violent. Threats and /or threatening behavior, or acts of violence by College employees against staff members, faculty, students, visitors, or other individuals on College property or by College employees in the conduct of College business while off campus, are cause for removal from the workplace and may result in discipline and/or termination of employment.