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The Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics Policy

The Los Rios Community College District (LRCCD) publishes an annual Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Report (Annual Clery Report) which includes important information about safety and security policies implemented to protect the welfare of the LRCCD community and include specific crime statistics for the main campuses, outreach centers, and other locations. You may request a copy of the report as described below.

We believe that our policies and programs for preventing and reducing crime, and our emergency notices, timely warnings and disclosure of crimes reported, promote a safer, more informed community.

This report is for all LRCCD campuses and outreach centers which includes the following:

  • American River College
    • Ethan Way Center
    • Natomas Center
    • Sacramento Regional Public Safety Training Center
  • Cosumnes River College
    • Elk Grove (Note: New Center-Statistics will be published in the 2015 report)
  • Folsom Lake College
    • El Dorado Center
    • Rancho Cordova Center
  • Sacramento City College
    • Davis Center
    • West Sacramento Center

The Los Rios Police Department (LRPD) is responsible for the gathering and disclosure of crime statistics. The annual security report for the (LRCCD) includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the (LRCCD) and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campuses.

In accordance with mandated reporting requirements, information concerning the monitoring and recording of any criminal activity in which students engaged, at off campus locations and/or within student organizations that are officially recognized by the (LRCCD), are gathered from local police agencies. These agencies include any city, county, state, or federal agencies that may have relevant information. These agencies are sent a letter yearly encouraging the reporting of these crimes or incidents. The letter is sent out at the beginning of each calendar year. The statistics provided are published in the disclosure.

The LRPD is aware that crimes may go unreported to law enforcement and encourages employees of the LRCCD who have significant responsibility for students and student activities to report to the LRPD any crimes that they may have become aware of in their daily contact with students. As a reminder, annually a letter is sent out encouraging the collection and reporting of crimes or incidents. Certain deans, directors or other administrators, faculty advisors, student academic advisors, student activities advisors and coordinators are all included in the yearly notification. These individuals are designated as Campus Security Authorities (CSA’s). Faculty (except for Advisors), physicians, counselors and clerical Staff are examples of employees who are not required to report as CSA’s under the Clery Act (For specific campus titles, see Campus Security Authority heading).

The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. Each year by October 1st, an email notification is made to all enrolled students, faculty, and staff. Hard copies of the report are available at all LRPD Offices. For specific locations and contact information, please view our campus locations.

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Police Authority and Jurisdiction

The LRPD has primary law enforcement jurisdiction for all criminal incidents occurring on campus. This includes incident investigation, follow up and resolution. The LRPD is a full service police agency that is staffed seven days a week, 24 hours a day. We employ peace officers, campus safety officers, campus patrol officers, and student patrol officers. Their specific powers and authority are as follows:

Peace Officers
The peace officers have statewide police authority, full powers of arrest and are vested with law enforcement powers pursuant to California Penal Code Section 830.32. Peace officers enforce local, state and federal laws both on and off campus. Their police authority includes concurrent jurisdiction with municipal and county agencies on adjacent streets and in the surrounding community. Peace officers meet ongoing training requirements as mandated by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), as well as additional training designed to meet the needs of the college community. Law enforcement duties and responsibilities of our peace officers are comparable to local police departments and sheriff departments in adjacent communities.

Campus Safety and Campus Patrol Officers
Campus safety officers and campus patrol officers are agents of the LRCCD. They have authority to issue parking citations. They each have the same powers of arrest as a private citizen.

Student Patrol Officers
Student patrol officers are all agents of the LRCCD. They each have the same powers of arrest as a private citizen.

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Working Relationships with Other Agencies

The LRPD maintains a close working relationship with the agencies surrounding LRCCD facilities and has memorandums of understanding with the Sacramento Police Department (SPD), the West Sacramento Police Department, the Folsom Police Department, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and the University of California, Davis (in-progress). The LRPD also works with other agencies in the greater Sacramento Region, including other law enforcement agencies and local fire and emergency medical services. Meetings are held between the leaders of these agencies on both a formal and informal basis. The LRPD works closely with other agencies when incidents arise that require joint investigative efforts, resources, crime related reports and exchanges of information.

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Reporting of Criminal Offenses Policy

Emergencies and/or calls that require an officer to respond (24 Hours, 7 days a week): Dial (916) 558-2221 (2221 from campus phones) and then press zero or 9-911 (campus phones). You may also use the blue emergency phones on campus. The TTY number is (916) 650-2972.

Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency on Campus or at Outreach Centers

Students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to immediately and accurately report all crimes, emergencies, suspicious activity and any other public safety related incidents to the LRPD Emergency calls to (916) 558-2221 go to the Los Rios Police Communications Center (LRPCC) which is staffed with trained dispatchers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may also dial for community based emergency assistance from a standard on campus phone by dialing 9-911. When calling (916) 558-2221, you will hear the following prompt:

You have reached the Los Rios Police Department. All calls to emergency lines are recorded. If you have an emergency or you need an officer dispatched to your location for assistance, press zero now.

If you press zero, your call will be immediately routed to the LRPCC and a dispatcher will assist you. You do not need to listen to the entire prompt. If you have an emergency, press zero immediately.

There are also many blue light emergency telephones located throughout the campuses which ring directly into the LRPDCC. These autodialing phones may be used to summon police, fire or medical assistance. See campus maps for specific locations.

What is considered an emergency?

  • Medical need
  • Fire
  • Crime in progress
  • Traffic accident
  • Disruptive person/group
  • Or any other reason that would require an emergency response

Why would I need an officer dispatched to my location if it is not an emergency?

  • To take a police report for a crime that has already occurred
  • To request a safety escort
  • To request a funds escort
  • To request jump start or unlock service
  • Or for any other reason that would require an officer to respond to a specific location.

Procedures for Reporting Crimes or Emergencies Off Campus

The LRCCD does not have off campus student housing or student organization facilities. The off campus emergency telephone number is "911". Use this number for community based fire, police and medical services. Refer to local telephone directories for further information.

LRCCD does not have any officially recognized off campus student organization.

Procedures for Requesting Non-Emergency Assistance On Campus or at Outreach Centers

Contact the LRPD at (916) 558-2221 or ext. 2221. Listen to the prompt. If you do not press zero for emergency assistance, the prompt will continue and you will hear:

If you need non-emergency assistance, please listen to the following options:

  • For facilities or access issues during non-business hours (8AM-5PM, M-F), press zero (0)
  • For parking permit or citation information, lost and found inquiries or other general information, for American River College and its centers press (1)
  • For Cosumnes River College press (2)
  • For Folsom Lake College and its centers press (3)
  • For Sacramento City College and its centers press (4)

If you press 1, 2, 3, or 4, your call will go to a clerk or dispatcher at the corresponding campus and he or she will assist you. With the exception of facilities and access issues, non-emergency calls will only be answered during business hours (8AM-5PM M-F).

Blue emergency phones may also be used to request non-emergency assistance like requesting safety escort, unlock, or jump start services. These phones ring straight through to the LRPDCC.Blue emergency phones are located throughout the campuses. See campus maps for specific locations.

What are facilities or access issues?

  • Heating and air conditioning problems in a classroom/office
  • Plumbing or electrical problems
  • Lighting problems
  • Faulty fire/intrusion alarms
  • Safety hazards
  • Classrooms/facilities that need to be locked/unlocked
  • If you are a District employee who will be using a facility after normal campus/center/FM/District operating hours
  • Or any other problem related to facilities and access that would require a technician or maintenance person to respond

Confidential Reporting of Crimes

The LRPD encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police. Because police reports are public records under state law, the LRPD cannot hold reports of crime in confidence. Confidential reports for purposes of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can generally be made to other campus security authorities as identified below.

Confidential reports for the purposes of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can be made to other campus security authorities (see specific information below). The purpose of confidential reporting is to comply with the reporter’s request for confidentiality, and yet allow the LRPD to maintain accurate records to ensure the safety of the community. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

Disclosure of Student Discipline

The LRCCD will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the college against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the LRCCD will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.

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Campus Security Authorities

Campus Security Authorities are individuals who have significant responsibility for students and student activities and who are required to report Clery Act crimes they may have become aware of in their daily contact with students to the LRPD. Any Clery Act crimes reported to these individuals are included in the annual disclosure of statistics. While crimes may be reported to these individuals, the LRCCD encourages students, staff and faculty to promptly report all crimes to the LRPD.

Campus Security Authorities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Most Vice Presidents
  • Most Deans
  • Some Supervisors
  • Outreach Manager/Coordinator
  • Campus/Student Life Coordinator
  • Disciplinary Authority
  • Athletic Director
  • Coaches/Assistant Coaches
  • All employees of the Los Rios Police Department

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Sexual, Domestic, or Dating Violence and Stalking

LRCCD does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, and sexual harassment and sexual violence are types of sex discrimination. Other acts can also be forms of sex based discrimination and are also prohibited, whether sexually based or not, and include dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. As a result, LRCCD issues this statement of policy to inform the community of our comprehensive plan addressing sexual misconduct, educational programs, and procedures that address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, whether the incident occurs on or off campus and when it is reported to a district official. In this context, LRCCD prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and reaffirms its commitment to maintain a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the LRCCD community.

Definitions

Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is conduct that explicitly or implicitly affects a person’s employment or education or interferes with a person’s work or educational performance or creates an environment such that a reasonable person would find the conduct intimidating, hostile, or offensive. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence (see definition below). The LRCCD will respond to reports of any such conduct in accordance with District Policy.

Sexual harassment may include incidents between any members of the LRCCD community, including faculty and other academic appointees, staff, student employees, students, coaches, interns, and non-student or non-employee participants in LRCCD programs (e.g., vendors, contractors, visitors). Sexual harassment may occur in hierarchical relationships, between peers, or between individuals of the same sex or opposite sex. To determine whether the reported conduct constitutes sexual harassment, consideration shall be given to the record of the conduct as a whole and to the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the conduct occurred.

Harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is so severe and/or pervasive, and objectively offensive, and that so substantially impairs a person’s access to LRCCD programs or activities that the person is effectively denied equal access to the LRCCD’s resources and opportunities.

Sexual Violence is defined as physical sexual acts engaged in without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity. Sexual violence includes sexual assault, rape, battery, and sexual coercion; domestic violence; dating violence; and stalking.

Domestic Violence is defined as abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse or former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant, or someone with whom the abuser has a child, has an existing dating or engagement relationship, or has had a former dating or engagement relationship.

Dating Violence is defined as abuse committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

Sexual Assault occurs when physical sexual activity is engaged in without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity. The activity or conduct may include physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person’s intoxication or incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol, or taking advantage of the other person’s incapacitation (including voluntary intoxication).

Consent is informed occurs when physical sexual activity is engaged in without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity. The activity or conduct may include physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person’s intoxication or incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol, or taking advantage of the other person’s incapacitation (including voluntary intoxication).

Consent is voluntary. It must be given without coercion, force, threats, or intimidation. Consent means positive cooperation in the act or expression of intent to engage in the act pursuant to an exercise of free will.

Consent is revocable. Consent to some form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. Consent to sexual activity on one occasion is not consent to engage in sexual activity on another occasion. A current or previous dating or sexual relationship, by itself, is not sufficient to constitute consent. Even in the context of a relationship, there must be mutual consent to engage in sexual activity. Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked at any time. Once consent is withdrawn, the sexual activity must stop immediately.

Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated. A person cannot consent if s/he is unconscious or coming in and out of consciousness. A person cannot consent if s/he is under the threat of violence, bodily injury or other forms of coercion. A person cannot consent if his/her understanding of the act is affected by a physical or mental impairment.

For purposes of District Policy, the age of consent is consistent with California Penal Code Section 261.5.

Incapacitation is defined as the physical and/or mental inability to make informed, rational judgments. States of incapacitation include, but are not limited to, unconsciousness, sleep, and blackouts. Where alcohol or drugs are involved, incapacitation is defined with respect to how the alcohol or other drugs consumed affects a person’s decision-making capacity, awareness of consequences, and ability to make fully informed judgments. Being intoxicated by drugs or alcohol does not diminish one’s responsibility to obtain consent. The factors to be considered when determining whether consent was given include whether the accused knew, or whether a reasonable person should have known, that the complainant was incapacitated.

Stalking is behavior in which a person repeatedly engages in conduct directed at a specific person that places that person in reasonable fear of his or her safety or the safety of others.

Education and Prevention Programs

The LRCCD will engage in comprehensive, intentional, and integrated programming, initiatives, strategies, and campaigns intended to end dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking that will be culturally relevant, inclusive of diverse communities and identities, sustainable, responsive to community needs, and informed by research, or assessed for value, effectiveness, or outcome.

Educational campaigns will consist of primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and staff and ongoing awareness and prevention that:

  • Identifies domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as prohibited conduct;
  • Defines using definitions provided both by the Department of Education as well as state law what behavior constitutes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
  • Defines what behavior and actions constitute consent to sexual activity using the definition of consent found above;
  • Provides a description of safe and positive options for bystander intervention. Bystander intervention means safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene; Examples of active bystander intervention include: not leaving an overly intoxicated person in a bar/party alone, walking a classmate to his/her car after class, calling police when a potentially violent situation is unfolding, not leaving an unconscious person alone (alerting EMS, campus police, etc.), or intervening when someone is being belittled, degraded or emotionally abused (walking victim away from abuser, contacting others for help;
  • Information on risk reduction. Risk reduction means options designed to decrease perpetration and bystander inaction and to increase empowerment for victims in order to promote safety and to help individuals and communities address conditions that facilitate violence.
  • The District will provide annual training to investigators and hearing officers.

Procedures for Reporting a Complaint

The LRCCD has procedures in place to support those who report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including informing individuals about their right to file criminal charges as well as written notification concerning the availability of resources such as counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance and other services on and/or off campus. Remedies to prevent contact between a complainant and an accused party (such as academic and work accommodations) may be requested and will be offered, if reasonably available. The LRCCD will make such accommodations if the victim requests them and if they are reasonably available, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the incident to the LRPD or local law enforcement.

Each main campus has a Title IX Officer who is responsible for the coordination and administration of LRCCD’s nondiscrimination and harassment policies. In this role, they are responsible for overseeing the LRCCD’s Title IX compliance efforts and its complaint resolution procedures.

After an incident of sexual assault and/or domestic violence or dating violence, the victim should consider seeking medical attention. Evidence may be collected even if the victim chooses not to make a report to law enforcement. It is important that victims of sexual assault not bathe, douche, smoke, change clothing or clean the bed/linen/area where they were assaulted if the offense occurred within the past 72 hours so that evidence may be preserved that may assist in the investigation or may be helpful in obtaining a protection order. In circumstances of sexual assault, if victims do not opt for forensic evidence collection, health care providers can still treat injuries and take steps to address concerns of pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted disease. Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence are encouraged to also preserve evidence by saving text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, other communications, and keeping pictures, logs or other copies of documents that would be useful to law enforcement and/or LRCCD hearing boards/investigators. Although the LRCCD strongly encourages all members of its community to report incidents of these crimes to law enforcement, it is the victim’s choice whether or not to make such a report and victims have the right to decline involvement with the police. The LRCCD will assist any victim with notifying police if they so desire. The LRPD may also be reached directly by calling (916) 558-2221.

The LRCCD will provide resources on campus, off campus or both, to include medical and mental health support, to persons who have been victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, and will apply appropriate disciplinary procedures to those who commit these offenses. The procedures set forth below are intended to afford a prompt response to charges of sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, and stalking, to maintain confidentiality and fairness consistent with applicable legal requirements, and to impose appropriate sanctions on violators of this policy.

As time passes, evidence may dissipate or become lost or unavailable, thereby making investigation, possible prosecution, disciplinary proceedings, or obtaining protection from abuse orders related to the incident more difficult. If a victim chooses not to make a complaint regarding an incident, he or she nevertheless should consider speaking with the LRCCD Police Department or other law enforcement to preserve evidence in the event that the victim changes her/his mind at a later date.

If a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking is reported to the LRCCD, the below are the procedures that the LRCCD will follow as well as a statement of the standard of evidence that will be used during any disciplinary hearing on campus arising from such a report.

The LRCCD will use a standard of Preponderance of the Evidence when receiving and investigating complaints of sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence. The LRCCD will take the following actions upon receiving these:

  • Depending on when and where reported, LRCCD will provide complainant with access to medical care.
  • The LRCCD will assess immediate safety needs of complainant.
  • The LRCCD will assist complainant in contacting the LRPD or local police if complainant requests AND provide contact information for police.
  • The LRCCD will provide complainant with referrals to on and off campus mental health providers.
  • The LRCCD will assess the need to implement interim or long-term protective measures, such as, changes in class schedule, “No Contact” directive between both parties.
  • The LRCCD will provide a “No trespass” directive to accused party, if deemed appropriate.
  • The LRCCD will provide resources for victims to apply for a Protective Order.
  • The LRCCD will provide a copy of the discrimination complaint regulation to complainant and inform the complainant regarding timeframes for inquiry, investigation and resolution.
  • The LRCCD will inform the complainant of the outcome of the investigation, whether or not the accused will be administratively charged and what the outcome of the hearing is.
  • The LRCCD will enforce anti-retaliation protocols and take immediate and separate action against parties that retaliate against a person for complaining of sex-based discrimination or for assisting in the investigation.

Adjudication of Violations

Whether or not criminal charges are filed, a person may file a complaint with the LRCCD. If the perpetrator is a student, the complaint will be adjudicated in accordance with District Policy. If the perpetrator is any other LRCCD-affiliated individual, the complaint will be adjudicated under the LRCCD’s Harassment & Discrimination Policy. Reports of all domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking made to the LRPD will automatically be referred to the Title IX Coordinator for investigation regardless of whether the complainant chooses to pursue criminal charges.

The LRCCD disciplinary process is consistent with the institution’s policy and will include a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution process transparent to the accuser and the accused. Usually, the resolutions of complaints of sexual misconduct are generally completed within 90 days of the report; however, the timeframe of the proceedings allows for extensions for good cause with notice to the accuser and the accused of the delay and the reason for the delay. Investigators and hearing board members are trained annually on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and taught how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of the victim and promotes accountability. The policy provides that:

  • The accuser and the accused student each have the opportunity to attend a hearing before a properly trained hearing board that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability;
  • The accuser and the accused will have timely notice for meetings at which the accuser or accused, or both, may be present.
  • The institution will allow for timely access to the accuser, the accused and appropriate officials any information that will be used after the fact-finding investigation but during formal and informal disciplinary meetings and hearings.
  • The institutional disciplinary procedures will not be conducted by officials who have a conflict of interest or bias for or against the accuser or the accused.
  • The institution provides the accuser and accused the same opportunities to have others present during an institutional disciplinary proceeding. The accuser and the accused student each have the opportunity to be advised by a personal advisor of their choice, at their expense, at any stage of the process and to be accompanied by that advisor at any meeting or proceeding. The advisor’s role in any meeting or hearing is limited to quietly conferring with the complainant or respondent through written correspondence or whisper, and the advisor may not address any other participant or the hearing panel.
  • A decision is based on the preponderance of evidence standard. In other words, the conduct process asks: "is it more likely than not that the accused violated the LRCCD’s policy?"
  • The accuser and the accused will be notified simultaneously in writing of the result of any disciplinary proceeding, as well as any changes to those results or disciplinary actions prior to the time that such results become final.
  • The accuser and the accused each have the right to appeal the outcome of the hearing.

A person alleging sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking may use the complaint and investigatory procedures set forth in the LRCCD’s policy against Harassment and/or Workplace Violence in order to remedy any hostile environment. All conduct proceedings against students, however, will be resolved in accordance with District policy.

When a complainant does not consent to the disclosure of his or her name or other identifiable information to the alleged perpetrator, the LRCCD’s ability to respond to the complaint may be limited.

Confidentiality

The LRCCD will protect the identity of persons who report having been victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to the fullest extent of the law and as previously mentioned in this document.

Sanctions and Protective Measures

In all cases, investigations that result in a finding of more likely than not that a violation of policy occurred will lead to the initiation of disciplinary procedures against the accused individual. Student sanctions including, but not limited to, expulsion, suspension, disciplinary probation, recommended counseling, and/or other educational sanctions may be imposed upon those determined to have violated this policy. Employee sanctions may include written warning, final written warning or suspension, and termination. The LRCCD may implement protective measures following the report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and/or stalking which may include some or all of the following actions: reasonable academic accommodations, a "no contact" order between the accused and the victim, transportation and working conditions, if reasonably available. Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are criminal acts which also may subject the perpetrator to criminal and civil penalties under federal and state law.

Disclosure of Student Discipline

The LRCCD will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the college against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the LRCCD will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.

Assistance for Victims: Rights & Options

Regardless of whether a victim elects to pursue a criminal complaint or whether the offense is alleged to have occurred on or off campus, the LRCCD will assist victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and will provide each victim with a written explanation of their rights and options. A victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking has the following rights:

  • to be informed of and to be present at court proceedings of the accused,
  • to be heard at sentencing of the accused in the manner prescribed by law, and at other times as prescribed by law or deemed appropriate by the court,
  • to receive restitution,
  • to be given information about the crime, how the criminal justice system works, the rights of victims, and the availability of services for victims,
  • to receive information about the conviction or final disposition and sentence of the accused,
  • to receive notification of escape, release, proposed parole or pardon of the accused, or notice of a reprieve or commutation of the accused's sentence,
  • to present their views and concerns to the Governor or agency considering any action that could result in the release of the accused, prior to such action becoming effective,
  • to confer with the prosecution.

Further, the LRCCD complies with California law in recognizing protection orders. Any person who obtains an order of protection from California or any other state should provide a copy to the LRPD and the Title IX Coordinator.

A complainant may then meet with the LRPD and/or the Title IX Coordinator to develop a Safety Action Plan, which is a plan for the victim to reduce risk of harm while on campus or coming and going from campus. This plan may include, but is not limited to: escorts, special parking arrangements, changing classroom location or allowing a student to complete assignments from home, etc. The LRCCD may issue an institutional no contact order to a LRCCD affiliate, if deemed appropriate. To the extent of the victim’s cooperation and consent, LRCCD offices will work cooperatively to ensure that the complainant's health, physical safety, work and academic status are protected, pending the outcome of a formal LRCCD investigation of the complaint. For example, if reasonably available, a complainant may be offered changes to academic or working situations in addition to counseling, health services, visa and immigration assistance and assistance in notifying appropriate local law enforcement. Additionally, personal identifiable information about the victim will be treated as confidential and only shared with persons with a specific need to know who are investigating and/or adjudicating the complaint or delivering resources or support services to the complainant. Further, the institution will maintain as confidential any accommodations or protective measures provided to the victim to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the institution to provide the accommodations or protective measures.

The LRCCD does not publish the name of crime victims nor house identifiable information regarding victims in the LRCCD Police Department’s Daily Crime Log or online. Victims may also request the removal of directory information on file from public sources, and may also request a FERPA block through Admissions and Records.

Resources for victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking

  • LRPD : Ext. 2221 or (916) 558-2221
  • Other Police Departments : 911
  • LRCCPD Counseling Offices
    • American River College (916) 484-8572
    • Cosumnes River College (916) 691-7316
    • Folsom Lake College (916) 608-6510
    • Sacramento City College (916) 558-2204
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line (WEAVE) (916) 920-2952

Additional Employee Resource

Personal Assistance Plan (PAP): offers assessment, short-term counseling, and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work, and family problems. PAS services are available free of charge to LRCCD faculty and staff, and their immediate family members. Contact Human Resources at 916-568-3112 for further information.

Warning Signs of Abusive Behavior and Future Risks

No victim is ever to blame for being assaulted or abused. Unfortunately, a person who is the victim of sexual assault, domestic violence or dating violence is more likely to be re-victimized. Below are some tips to help reduce your risk, recognize warnings signs of abusive behavior and avoid potential attacks.

Warning Signs of Abusive Behavior

Domestic and dating abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to violence. And, while physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic and dating violence are also severe. Warning signs of dating and domestic violence include:

  • Being afraid of your partner.
  • Constantly watching what you say to avoid a "blow up."
  • Feelings of low self-worth and helplessness about your relationship.
  • Feeling isolated from family or friends because of your relationship.
  • Hiding bruises or other injuries from family or friends.
  • Being prevented from working, studying, going home, and/or using technology (including your mobile phone).
  • Being monitored by your partner at home, work or school.
  • Being forced or pressured to do anything you don’t want to do.

Help Reduce Your Risk and Avoid Potential Attacks

  • If you are being abused or suspect that someone you know is being abused, speak up or intervene.
  • Get help by seeking information and support services from campus and local.
  • Learn how to look for "red flags" in relationships so you can learn to avoid some of those characteristics in future partners.
  • Consider making a report with LRCCD Police and/or the Title IX Coordinator and ask for a “No Contact Order” from the LRCCD to prevent future contact.
  • Consider getting a protective order or a no contact order from the local court. Call LRPD for more information.
  • Learn more about what behaviors constitute dating and domestic violence, understand it is not your fault, and talk with friends and family members about ways you can be supported.
  • Trust your instincts—if something doesn’t feel right in a relationship, speak up or end it.

Sexual Assault Prevention

  • Be aware of rape drugs.
  • Try not to leave your drink unattended.
  • Only drink from un-opened containers or from drinks you have watched being made and poured.
  • Avoid group drinks like punch bowls.
  • Cover your drink. It is easy to slip in a small pill even while you are holding your drink. Hold a cup with your hand over the top, or choose drinks that are contained in a bottle and keep your thumb over the nozzle.
  • If you feel extremely tired or drunk for no apparent reason, you may have been drugged. Find your friends and ask them to leave with you as soon as possible.
  • If you suspect you have been drugged, go to a hospital and ask to be tested.
  • Keep track of how many drinks you have had.
  • Try to come and leave with a group of people you trust.
  • Avoid giving out your personal information (phone number, where you live, etc.). If someone asks for your number, take his/her number instead of giving out yours.

Walking Around Campus

  • Make sure your cell phone is easily accessible and fully charged.
  • Be familiar with where emergency phones are installed on the campus.
  • Be aware of open buildings where you can use a phone.
  • Take major, public paths rather than less populated shortcuts.
  • Avoid dimly lit places and talk to Campus Operations or Facilities Management if lights need to be installed in an area.
  • Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.
  • Walking very late at night is sometimes unavoidable, so try to walk with a friend.
  • Carry a noisemaker (like a whistle) on your keychain.
  • Carry a small flashlight on your keychain.
  • If walking feels unsafe, contact the LRPD for a safety escort. The service is available 24-hours a day by calling (916) 558-2221.

Megan's Law

Persons convicted of certain sexual offenses are required by law to register with the law enforcement agency where they live. If the person is attending or employed by the LRCCD, they are required to register with the LRPD also. Please visit the Office of the Attorney General’s website at http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov to search for registered sex offenders in your area.

Procedures for Sex Offenders on Campus

Sex offenders MUST register at the LRPD at the time of enrollment AND/OR employment. This must be done by appointment. Sex offenders MUST notify the LRPD upon their decision to not attend AND/OR not to work for the LRCCD. Students and/or Employees required to register MUST contact the College Police Office of EACH campus they will attend classes at.

Health and Safety Policy

Alcohol Policy

The LRCCD complies with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1990 and the Higher Education Act Section 120a. Excessive use of alcohol and other drugs is a serious health problem in itself, but alcohol and drug abuse can also contribute to a host of other physical and mental health problems such as unwanted pregnancy, violent behavior, HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases and psychological depression. Students found in violation of the district’s alcohol, drug and weapons policies may be subject to academic probation suspension or expulsion. Parents or guardians may be notified about any disciplinary violation involving alcohol or a controlled substance which has been committed by a student who is under the age of 21.

The possession, consumption or transportation of alcoholic beverages on LRCCD campuses or in district owned facilities is generally prohibited as a matter of institutional policy. LRCCD and the LRPD are very concerned about the abuse and over consumption of alcoholic beverages by students. It is the belief of the LRPD that education as well as strict enforcement of local, state, and federal laws will help to control the abuse of alcohol on campus. Education regarding the dangers of alcohol abuse will provide students the opportunity to make informed choices regarding its use, while strict enforcement will help to ensure the safety and security of the campus community. It is important to note that the LRPD will investigate and prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, any violation of local, state, or federal laws pertaining to the use, possession, or sale of alcohol. Successful prosecution can lead to fines, incarceration in county jail, or incarceration in state prison, depending on the violation that was committed.

The use of alcoholic beverages must be in compliance with state law and is strictly limited to those persons 21 years of age or older. The possession, transportation, and/or consumption of alcohol by individuals less than 21 years of age is strictly prohibited and enforced. Alcoholic beverages may not be transported or consumed on district property. This is formalized in District Policies and Regulations.

Controlled Substances Policy

The LRCCD complies with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1990 and the Higher Education Act Section 120a. The LRPD strictly enforces state and federal laws, as well as the District’s zero tolerance policy, for the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of illegal drugs on district property or at any district sponsored event off campus. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution and/or disciplinary action. This is formalized in District Policies and Regulations.

Biennial Review

The LRCCD will conduct biennial reviews of alcohol violations, controlled substances violations, and related fatalities as required by section 485(f)(6) of the Higher education Opportunity Act. This will include the number of violations and related fatalities reported to campus officials that occurred on the LRCCD property or at LRCCD activities as well as the number and type of sanctions imposed by the LRCCD.

Alcohol and Controlled Substances Abuse Assistance and Education Programs

Visit the campus health and/or counseling office for referral to alcohol abuse prevention programs. The health and/or counseling office provides culturally sensitive information about alcohol and other drugs to our diverse campus community. For information, confidential assistance and referral for alcohol or substance abuse issues, contact the following:

On Campus Counseling Centers:

  • American River College (916) 484-8572
  • Cosumnes River College (916) 691-7316
  • Folsom Lake College (916) 608-6510
  • Sacramento City College (916) 558-2204

On Campus Health Offices:

  • American River College (916) 484-8383
  • Cosumnes River College (916) 691-7254
  • Folsom Lake College (916) 608-6782
  • Sacramento City College (916) 558-2367

Community Services:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (212) 870-3400
  • Narcotics Anonymous (818) 773-9999

Weapons Possession

State law prohibits the possession of weapons, all firearms, fireworks, explosives or any dangerous weapons on campus. Refer to Penal Code sections 12020, 626.9 and 626.10. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution and/or district discipline. The LRCCD supports the federal guideline (37.007.1Ed.Code) that prohibits handguns on campus. The possession of a firearm on district property is prohibited and strictly enforced. The only exception is for persons legally authorized to possess firearms on district property. Persons in violation of this regulation will be subject to criminal and/or disciplinary action. This is formalized in District Policies and Regulations. If you observe a firearm or other weapon on campus, contact the campus police immediately at (916) 558-2221 or Ext. 2221, press zero, or dial 9-911.

Workplace Violence

The District is committed to creating and maintaining a working, learning and social environment for all employees that is free from violence. The District has zero tolerance for violence against any member of the workforce, other persons in the workplace, or property. This is formalized in Policies and Regulations.

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Emergency Response and Evacuation

Emergency Response

The LRCCD has a comprehensive emergency management program that includes a formal emergency operations plan for preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies. The LRCCD uses an emergency operations center staffed with trained personnel to coordinate responses to major emergencies. The LRCCD conducts training and practical emergency exercises on a regular basis (at least once per calendar year). The LRCCD is part of a regional emergency management system and is in compliance with state and federal standards for managing emergencies. For additional information, visit the LRCCD Disaster Preparedness Website.

Emergency Notification

The LRCCD has implemented an emergency mass notification system called Los Rios ALERT. The system can send simultaneous messages to the affected community by e-mail, telephone, cell phone or text messaging. The system can be used to notify employees and students under the following conditions:

Urgent Situations

Events, expected or unexpected, that threaten life or safety and require immediate action. Some examples are:

  • Natural disasters that place the campus in immediate danger.
  • Chemical spills or accidents that require evacuation of a campus.
  • Hostage or violent situations requiring evacuation, lockdown, or campus closure.
  • Natural disasters that do not pose an immediate danger but pose a potential future danger to the campus.
  • Local emergencies or events that could eventually lead to evacuation, lockdown, closure, or major disruption on or off campus or other District locations that could affect normal operations.

Important Communications

  • Local emergencies or events that do not directly affect normal operations but will likely be visible to the community and external audiences (i.e. media).
  • Local emergencies or events that have concluded.

Confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to health and safety on campus may come from many sources, but includes LRPD, local law enforcement, local fire agencies, local utilities districts, and news outlets. Which campus(es) or part(s) thereof that will be notified will primarily depend on the nature and scope of the emergency or dangerous situation. The content of the message will be formatted to include all pertinent warnings and/or instructions necessary as related to scope of the emergency or dangerous situation. Once the significant emergency or dangerous situation has been confirmed, the scope has been identified, and the message created, the Los Rios ALERT system may be activated and the affected students and employees will be sent the message.

LRCCD will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the Los Rios ALERT system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. When necessary, information about the significant emergency or dangerous situation may be released to the larger community at the discretion of the responsible authorities. Responsible authorities include the President, Vice President of Administration, and the Public Information Officer at each campus, as well as designated officials at District Office, and Facility Management.

When the students register for classes, they will receive a pop up page asking for emergency contact information. This information may be updated by logging into e-services and following the link “Los Rios ALERT Sign-Up Page.” Employees may register and update information by logging into the Employee Self-Service (ESS) system. Once logged in, look for the “Los Rios ALERT Sign-Up Page” on the menu.

Evacuation

The LRCCD has instituted the Action Coordinators for Emergency Survival (ACES) program. Key staff and other volunteers are identified and trained on building evacuation, first aid, fire suppression, and search and rescue. In the event a significant emergency or dangerous situation, responsible authorities may activate the ACES members to assist with this activity.

Drills

Drills are held at various locations and encompass a wide variety of scenarios. Some past scenarios have included active shooter events, explosions, chemical spills, facility flooding, earthquakes, and pandemic illness. Recent drills have required the activation of both the Los Rios ALERT system and ACES. These drills may be announced or unannounced. Each drill includes a date, time, location, comprehensive written scenario plan, a post event debriefing, and a comprehensive after action report. The LRCCD publicizes the emergency response and evacuation procedures in conjunction with at least one drill each calendar year.

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Crime Alerts (Timely Warnings)

The LRCCD has established a policy for providing timely warnings to address threats to the LRCCD community. The campus crime alert is designed to give students, staff, and faculty a timely notification of crimes to heighten safety awareness, and to seek information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of perpetrators who commit violent crimes against persons or major crimes against property. The LRCCD will issue a Crime Alert Bulletin when a crime is reported to the LRPD) or a local police jurisdiction notifies the LRPD of a crime that represents a serious or continuing threat to the safety of the campus community. View current crime alert bulletins.

The campus crime alert is designed to give students, staff, and faculty a timely notification of crimes, to heighten safety awareness, and to seek information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of perpetrators who commit violent crimes against persons or major crimes against property. The Los Rios Community College District will issue a Crime Alert Bulletin when a crime is reported to the Los Rios Police Department or local police jurisdiction that represents a serious or continuing threat to the safety of the campus community.

A threat is defined as any act or potential act that places the campus community in continuing risk or peril, as a result of a crime(s) against persons or serious felony (i.e. threats with a firearm, a bomb threat with specific information, sexual assault, kidnapping, or other egregious acts).

Crime Alerts will be distributed to the campus community using various mediums of communication. The Los Rios Police Department and the Public Information Officer in coordination with campus and District administrators are responsible for assessing the need for and the distribution of the Crime Alerts. Situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, with great weight given to the Los Rios Police Department's assessment of the total situation, including the best use of resources. The type of event or situation will be reviewed by the Los Rios Police Department and the Public Information Officer to determine the most effective method to distribute the crime alert information.

When there is a possible public safety related "threat" to faculty, staff, and students on campus, the Los Rios Police Department and the Public Information Officer will make reasonable efforts to notify the faculty, staff and students via one or more of the following methods:

  • Crime Alert Bulletins (timely warnings) may be sent to faculty, staff, and students via e-mail.
  • Crime Alert Bulletins may be posted on the Los Rios Police Department's Web site.
  • To notify students, faculty may be asked to make announcements in their classes.
  • Crime Alert Bulletins may be put at the entrances to major student-gathering places(i.e., Library, Learning Resource Center, Student Services, Cafeteria etc.), and/or on buildings that are directly impacted by the event.
  • The Los Rios Police Department and the Public Information Officer will determine whether the notice of threat will be made on campus only or disseminated to off campus sources.
  • The Public Information Officer may notify the media, as appropriate, in order to inform the campus community.

Crime Alert Bulletins will be posted/distributed as soon as practical or within 48 hours of the event, depending on the severity of the event, resources, and the factual information gathered. Crime Alert Bulletins will be removed in a timely fashion after the event has subsided or the potential for danger is gone.

Crime Alert Bulletins will contain:

  • A succinct statement of the incident (who, what, when, where, how, time reported etc.)
  • Any bias motive
  • Any connection to previous incidents
  • Physical description of the suspect
  • If relevant, gender of the victim and student/non student status
  • Date and time the bulletin was released
  • Safety tips related to the prevention of similar crimes
  • Campus/site identifier and associated report number if applicable

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Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs

The reason crime happens is well known. Crime happens because there is a CRIMINAL to commit the crime, a VICTIM who can be victimized by the criminal, and the LOCATION or OPPORTUNITY for a crime to occur.

You can reduce the likelihood of being the victim of criminal activity if you take away the OPPORTUNITY for the criminal to make you his victim.

Students, staff, and visitors need to take responsibility for the safety of their persons and property. Everyone should also do their best to help others with this responsibility. The LRPD has several ways to help you learn more about safety.

Crime prevention pamphlets are available in the LRPD lobby at no charge. The LRPD has officers available for the orientation programs, to inform prospective students and their parents of available police services and programs. Similar presentations are available for new employees and international students as well. Safety talks are provided upon request for any office, organization or classroom as needed on campus, based on the availability of a police presenter. The intranet as well as printed material is used by the LRPD for the dissemination of crime prevention tips and newsworthy information.

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Security and Access

The LRPD provides 24 hour patrols of campus buildings, property, and parking lots. Officers investigate crimes, alarms and suspicious incidents and persons, and provide responses to medical and fire incidents on the premises. Campus facilities and buildings are generally open to the campus community, visitors and guests Monday Friday from 7AM-11 PM and as certain special events dictate. Staff is encouraged to lock any doors not in use. Custodial and LRPD staff regularly checks the security of the buildings. Afterhours access is via issued keys or contact the LRPD.

Campus shrubbery, trees and other vegetation are routinely trimmed and artificial lighting is maintained with safety issues in mind. The campus community is encouraged to report unsafe conditions, safety concerns, exterior lighting issues or telephone malfunctions to Campus Operations, Facilities Management or the LRPD. The LRCCD does not have campus or off campus student housing facilities, nor off campus student organization facilities.

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Pastoral and Professional Counselors

The LRCCD does not employ pastoral or professional counselors.

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Missing Student Policy

The LRCCD does not have on campus student housing facilities.

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Fire Safety Policy

The LRCCD does not have on campus student housing facilities.

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Fire Log

The LRCCD does not have on campus student housing facilities.

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Daily Access to Crime Logs

The LRPD maintains a daily crime log for the most recent 60 day period. The log is available for public inspection during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday) .Log entries older than 60 days can be obtained by request within two business days. The crime log is also available online.

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Crime Statistics Data

Note:The statistics provided here may be subject to change pending further review. For the most accurate accounting, please refer to our Crime Statistics page.

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