2016 Annual Crime/Security Report

Crime and Security Information (Clery Act)

In 1998, the Federal Government passed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This law requires that universities and colleges receiving federal funding disclose reported instances of criminal activities on campuses. In addition to the disclosure of campus crime statistics the act requires timely warnings of criminal activity to the campus community as well as the disclosure of various campus policies. For more information on this legislation, please visit the Clery Web Site at http://www.clerycenter.org under Public Policy. Any questions should be directed to the Clark College Security Department.

A hard copy printout of this report may be requested by contacting the Clark College Security Department at (360) 992-2133.

Mission Statement

The Clark College Security/Safety staff works to ensure a safe and orderly environment in which members of the college community can pursue their educational goals. We provide service and assistance to students, staff and community members and assure compliance with college regulations.

Authority and Jurisdiction of the Clark College Security Department

The principal responsibilities and objectives of the Clark College Security/Safety Department staff include ensuring public and employee safety; preventing crime; providing information; enforcing parking and traffic regulations; lending assistance, and maximizing efforts to preserve a safe environment for the College community. Campus Security Officers have citizens' arrest powers only. Security officers do not carry weapons and their authority is limited to the geographical boundaries of Clark College property. Security officers have the authority to ask individuals on campus to provide identification. Students who fail to provide identification can be subject to a student code of conduct violation. Non-students and visitors may be asked to leave campus.

All significant crimes committed on campus are referred to the Vancouver Police Department. Clark College Security officers are responsible for providing protection for campus buildings, grounds, and related property as well as persons on campus. Clark College Clark College Security works closely and in cooperation with the Vancouver Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, requesting assistance in emergency, dangerous, or suspected emergency situations which are altering or may alter normal campus operations.

The Clark College Security/Safety Department maintains a positive working relationship with the Washington State Patrol, the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Washington Department of Corrections and the Vancouver Police Department for information sharing, report transferring and staff training. During special events on campus and during graduation ceremonies, the College has utilized off-duty law enforcement officers to provide additional security.

The Clark College Security/Safety Department is staffed on main campus by a Director of Security/Safety, seven full time Campus Security Officers; and part-time Campus Security Officers. Main campus security is available twenty fours a day/365 days a year. Columbia Tech Center (CTC) has a security officer assigned Mon-Thurs from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm and on Fridays 7 am to 4 pm, Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. CTC is closed on Sundays. Clark Continuing Education at the Columbia Bank Building (CCE) has no security officers assigned to its location. Non-emergency security related matters at CCE can be referred to main campus security (992-2133) and requests for emergency and crime matters should be referred to 911. The Washington State University-Vancouver Department of Public Safety is contracted to provide security at Clark College @WSU-V (CCW).

On main campus, the Security and Safety Department is located in Gaiser Hall alongside the Clark College Bookstore. At the Columbia Tech Center, the Security office is located to the right as one enters the north doors and is adjacent to the Student Services Information desk. At CCW, the WSU-V Department of Public Safety is located in the Administration Building -VAM 160.

Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA) has imposed new reporting requirements: The Clery Act requires annual reporting of statistics for various criminal offenses, including forcible and non-forcible sex offenses and aggravated assault. The VAWA provision adds domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to the categories. If the incident was reported to a campus security authority or local police agency, it must be reported under Clery.

The offenses are the following:
1. "Domestic violence" includes violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim's current or former spouse, current or former co-habitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law. No one deserves to be abused. Washington laws provide protection to people who are subjected to abuse. Washington law defines domestic violence as: Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, including sexual assault, stalking, OR the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault.

This includes a wide variety of abusive behavior. Pushing, shoving, hitting, slapping, biting, choking or other conduct which causes harm or puts you in fear of being hurt can be domestic violence. These actions must occur between family or household members.

Under the domestic violence law, this includes:
• spouses
• former spouses
• persons who have a child in common--whether or not they have been married or have lived together at any time
• adult persons related by blood or marriage
• adult persons residing together now or who have resided together in the past who reside together now or have in the past
• persons 16 years of age or older who are residing together now or have resided together in the past and who have or had a dating relationship
• persons 16 years of age or older who have or had a dating relationship
• persons who have a biological or legal parent-child relationship, including stepparents and stepchildren and grandparents and grandchildren

2. "Dating violence" means violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether there was such a relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction. The court will consider how long the relationship existed, the nature of the relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the parties.

3.) "Stalking" means a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others' safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress. Stalking is the intentional and repeated following of another person, which places that person in reasonable fear that the perpetrator intends to injure, intimidate, or harass that person. Stalking also includes instances where the perpetrator knows or reasonably should know that the person is frightened, intimidated, or harassed, even if the perpetrator lacks such an intent.

Clark College's student code of conduct prohibits the above and includes "Assault, physical abuse, verbal abuse, threat(s), intimidation, harassment, bullying, or other conduct which harms, threatens, or is reasonably perceived as threatening the health or safety of another person or another person's property.

Restraining Order (Clark County, Washington)

There are restraining orders, domestic violence protection orders, no-contact orders, and civil anti-harassment protection orders. In Clark County, domestic violence protection orders are processed by the Court Facilitator's office on the 1st floor of the Clark County courthouse. Anti- harassment protection orders are processed by the Clark County District Court on the ground floor of the courthouse. The first step to obtain a protection order is to contact the clerk in the Court Facilitator's Office as they have the forms available to the public that need to be filled out to begin the process. The clerk can also review your situation to determine if an anti-harassment protection order would be more appropriate, and you will be referred to District Court in that instance.

If you have questions about the general process involved in obtaining a protection order there is a guide to the process at the web site of the Administrator of the Courts, "Domestic Violence Protection Order Process." There is also a video at the following web page http://www.clark.wa.gov/courts/dvvidio.html . You may also call the Clark County Clerk at (360) 397-2292 for additional information on domestic violence and anti-harassment protection orders.
Comparison of Court Orders can be found at http://www.clark.wa.gov/courts/clerk/documents/ComparisonCourtOrdersRevisedMay2010-FINAL.pdf

Domestic Violence Order for Protection

This is the most commonly requested order. It is a civil order from the court telling the family or household member who threatened or assaulted you not to harm you again.

A protection order CAN:

1. order the Respondent not to threaten or hurt you.
2. order the Respondent not to enter your residence.
3. give one parent temporary custody of children.
4. set a schedule for visitation with minor children.
5. order the Respondent to leave a shared residence.
6. grant you possession of essential personal effects.
7. grant you use of a vehicle.
8. order the Respondent to attend counseling.

A protection order CANNOT:

1. order child support.
2. order maintenance (alimony).
3. assign most property to either party.
4. establish permanent child custody or use of the shared residence.
Ask the Court Clerk for the forms to request an order for protection. After the forms are filled out, you will speak to a judge about your case. If there is an emergency, a temporary order that is good for up to 14 days will be issued. A hearing will be set within 14 days and the Respondent will be given notice of that hearing. At the hearing the court will decide if the order should be made effective for one year or longer.

Restraining Order

A restraining order is broader than a domestic violence protection order, since it can deal with property issues, child support, spousal support, as well as domestic violence and temporary custody issues. A restraining order is filed as part of a divorce case, a paternity case, or other family law case. If you are concerned about preventing the Respondent from disposing of assets during your separation, you might contact an attorney to see about getting a restraining order.

No-Contact Order

A no-contact order does not require you to fill out a petition, because it is part of a criminal action. The court will decide whether to issue this order when it decides if the Respondent is to be released on bail or personal recognizance, or when the Respondent is arraigned (formally charged) or being sentenced. Generally this order does not last as long as a protection order, and it does not award custody, establish visitation, or order counseling. This order is intended to protect you while the criminal case is going on.

Domestic Violence Prosecution Center
(Clark County, Washington)

Phone: (360) 487-8530

The Domestic Violence Unit is composed of experienced prosecutors from the City of Vancouver, and Clark County Prosecutor's office. All prosecutors are cross deputized and handle City and County cases. Victim advocates, as well as dedicated support staff, round out the team to provide a comprehensive, victim supportive environment.

Domestic Violence victim advocates work with victims of domestic violence. All of the advocates work with prosecutors to give victims the best possible assistance and representation in both arrest and non-arrest incidents of domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behavior that consists of physical, sexual and/or psychological assaults. It is primarily a learned behavior whose effects, without intervention, become more dangerous over time.

The Domestic Violence Prosecution Center prosecutes all crimes of Domestic Violence, including misdemeanors and felonies that occur in the City of Vancouver and the unincorporated Clark County Area.
Domestic violence transcends gender, age, ethnicity and sexual orientation. The Domestic Violence Prosecutor Center provides support and resources for all domestic violence victims: women, men, children and the elderly.

The Unit's mission is "to deter the serious crime of domestic violence in Clark County. We will achieve our mission through aggressive prosecution, increased domestic violence offender accountability, advocacy for victims, and education to the community."

Anti-Retaliation

No officer, employee, or agent of Clark College shall retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce or otherwise discriminate against any individual for exercising their rights and responsibilities under the Clery Act or Title IX.

Annual Fire Safety Report

Clark College does not currently maintain any on-campus student housing facilities and does not prepare an Annual Fire Safety Report. 

Off-Campus Criminal Student Conduct

At this time Clark College has no off-campus housing nor does it have fraternity or sorority organizations. Clark College Security and Safety Department maintain a close working relationship with local law enforcement. Clark College Security will assist local law enforcement with Clark College student issues when requested but Clark College Security officers do not actively monitor off campus, non-college sponsored activities or individuals conduct. 

Missing Student Notification Policy

Clark College does not maintain on-student housing facilities and, therefore, is not required to have a missing student notification policy. If a Clark College student is reported missing, the Clark College Security Department will assist the investigating law enforcement agency in any way possible. This includes posting notifications on the agency website as well as posting notifications physically on campus. 

Crime Prevention Education and Security Awareness

The Security/Safety Director participates in special and general Student Orientations each quarter to present to incoming students information on personal safety, crime prevention, reporting, and campus regulations. The Security/Safety Director and/or designee, meets with particular campus departments and personnel to assist with planning related to crime prevention, safety, and security. The Security/Safety Director is available upon request to discuss similar issues with interested campus groups or student organizations, and meets with participants in off-campus student programs. The Security Department also arranges for the Vancouver Police, Clark County Sheriff's Office and Department of Corrections to provide presentations to the college community.

Crime prevention information can also be obtained by accessing the Vancouver Police Department web site at http:///www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/crime-prevention.

A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware and responsible for their own security and the security of others. Students and employees must also be aware of their responsibility to protect their personal property and property belonging to the college. Information is disseminated to students and employees through crime prevention awareness pamphlets, e mails, security alert posters, displays and articles in the student newspaper. When time is of the essence, information is released to the college community through emergency notifications, timely warnings, and security alerts posted prominently throughout campus and communications methods. 

The Clark College Security Department maintains a bulletin board on main campus. On the bulletin board, one can obtain a hard copy of the crime statistics for main campus, CTC and WSU-Vancouver for the past 3 years.

Daily Crime Log

The Clark College Security and Safety Department maintains a daily case log that lists crimes that are reported to the Security Department and the Vancouver Police Department. The log lists the type of offense, date, case number, general location and disposition of the complaint if known. The log can be accessed on the Clark College Security web site @ http://www.clark.edu/student_services/security/daily_crime_log.php Individuals can also obtain neighborhood crime information that occurs in the city of Vancouver by accessing the Vancouver Police Department web site at: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/crime-map

Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (BITA)

The Clark College Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (BITA) team, under the authority of the Clark College President, exists to provide a proactive approach to distressed student behavior that balances the individual needs of the student, faculty or staff and those of the greater college community. By formalizing an information sharing system, conducting threat assessments, and intervening with students at risk, the BITA team meets regularly to maximize early detection and engagement opportunities. BITA seeks to identify patterns of behavior that indicate possible risk or threat. Through training and education about effective referrals, BITA ensures that services, support, and resources are deployed effectively.

The BITA team consists of representatives from the following areas: Student Affairs, Office for Equity and Diversity, Security and Safety, Student Conduct, Disability Support Services and Mental Health Counseling. Employees and students should report concerns about unusual or threatening behavior by students to BITA by submitting a referral form, even if such behavior is not perceived as a direct threat or an immediate danger. If the person shows evidence of immediate harm or self to others call 911 and then Security at 992-2133.

Employees and students with concerns regarding serious threats, violence or acts of intimidation by a college employee should refer to the Clark College Threat and Violence policy. 

Threat and Violence Policy

Serious threats, violence or acts of intimidation, with or without the presence of a weapon, will not be tolerated at Clark College. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action in accordance with collective bargaining agreements or Code of Student Conduct and including but not limited to possible suspension, termination, expulsion and/or the filing of criminal charges.

This policy applies to all situations involving acts of harassment or abusive behavior, assaults, serious threats, or acts of violence engaged in by any guests or volunteers, all college employees or students (full or part time). This policy applies to any acts of violence or threats made on Clark College property or locations, at Clark college classes and events, or under other circumstances that affect the College's ability to operate.

Clark College is committed to providing faculty, staff, and students with an environment that is safe, secure and free from threats of violence or intimidation. The safety of employees and students is important both to enhance the educational environment that Clark College strives to provide, and to promote a supportive working atmosphere for faculty and staff. The purpose of this policy is to establish a framework for responding to situations involving serious threats, harassment or acts of violence against employees and students in order to minimize the possibility of dangerous situations.

Individuals found engaging in behavior in violation of this policy will be subject to corrective action up to and including termination or expulsion. Conduct or behavior not tolerated by Clark College includes but is not limited to:

1. Physical conduct that results in harm to people or property.

2. Acts or threats in any manner made directly or indirectly to intimidate, coerce, or cause fear or harm.

3. Violation of the weapons policy. (Weapons on Campus, 527.020)

4. Intimidating conduct or harassment that disrupts the work environment, educational process, or results in fear of personal safety.

Definitions

Abuse, RCW 74.34.020
Assault, RCW 9A.36.011, 9A.36.021, 9A.36.031, 9A.36.041
Coercion, RCW 9A.36.070
Domestic Violence, RCW 10.99.020, 26.52.010
Harassment, RCW 9A.46.060
Intimidation RCW 28A.300.285
Malicious Harassment, RCW 9A.36.080
Mental Abuse, RCW 74.34.020
Sexual Assault, RCW 7.90.010
Workplace Bullying, http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Research/Files/Bullying.pdf

Immediate Action

All Clark College employees shall immediately report acts of violence and/or any serious threats made against them or witnessed by them to 911 and Security at 360-992-2133. Nothing in this policy relieves a college employee from taking immediate action when the safety or security of employees, students, or members of the general public is threatened and time is critical.

No Retaliation

No one shall be singled out, penalized, or retaliated against in any way for reporting concerns. Clark College will not tolerate retaliation against individuals making good faith reports as provided for in this policy even where the concerns prove ultimately to have been in error. Retaliation may be grounds for disciplinary action.

Notification Procedures

Acts of harassment or abusive behavior, assaults, serious threats, or acts of violence by students shall be reported to the Behavioral Intervention Team via electronic submission at

https://apps.clark.edu/BITA

Acts of harassment or abusive behavior, assaults, serious threats, or acts of violence by employees shall be reported to the appropriate supervisor or Human Resources.

Discrimination and Harassment Grievances

Clark College affirms a commitment to freedom from discrimination for all members of the College community. The College expressly prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person on the basis of: race, national origin, sex, age, creed, presence of physical, sensory or mental disability, religion, color, disabled veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender identity, political affiliation, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam-era veteran status and/or marital status.

The responsibility for, and the protection of, this commitment extends to students, faculty, administration, staff, contractors and those who develop or participate in College programs. It encompasses every aspect of employment, and every student and community activity.

Any person who believes she or he has been discriminated against or harassed by Clark College or its employee(s) or agent(s) on the basis of any status listed above, may request informal assistance and/or lodge a formal grievance.

The college president delegates investigation of grievances on the basis of race, sex, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation and/or marital status to:

Human Resources
Baird Administration Building, BRD 124
360-992-2105

The college president delegates investigation of grievances on the basis of any physical, sensory or mental disability, or status as a disabled, honorably discharged or Vietnam-era veteran to the:

Director of Student Health
ADA Compliance Officer
360-992-2580

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy

The College maintains a drug-free environment and campus in accordance with Federal and State policies. Prohibited acts include, but are not limited to:

1. Furnishing, purchasing, sale, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages (as defined by federal or state law) on College-owned or controlled property, or at a College or student organization supervised function. When these acts occur with the prior permission of the Board of Trustees or its authorized designee and under a permit issued by the State of Washington Liquor Control Board or its designee, they shall not constitute a violation of this provision. Being demonstrably under the influence of alcoholic beverages is a violation in any case. Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 132 N 121-060 (10) prohibits the "Use, possession, delivering, selling or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages, (except at sanctioned events approved by the college president or designee and in compliance with state law) or public intoxication".

2. Possession, consumption, or furnishing of any narcotic or dangerous drug, or being demonstrably under the influence of drugs as defined in Chapter 69.41 RCW as now law or hereinafter amended, except when use or possession is prescribed by an authorized individual under that statute. The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and/or federal laws. Student discipline can be imposed for violation of WAC 132 N-121-060 (11) Use, possession, delivering, selling or being under the influence of legend drugs, including anabolic steroids, narcotic or any other controlled substance, except upon valid prescription by a licensed health care professional or practitioner.

Student discipline can be imposed for violation of the above alcohol policy. The state of Washington sets 21 as the minimum age to purchase, possess and consume any alcoholic beverage. Clark College Security has no law enforcement authority and violations of the law would be addressed by the appropriate law enforcement agency. Students violating the Student Code of Conduct regarding alcohol use or possession will be referred to the Student Conduct Officer.

Policy on Illegal Drugs

Clark College has been designated "Drug Free". The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and/or federal laws. Student discipline can be imposed for violation of WAC 132 N-121-060 (11) Use, possession, delivering, selling or being under the influence of legend drugs, including anabolic steroids, narcotic or any other controlled substance, except upon valid prescription by a licensed health care professional or practitioner.

Violators are subject to college disciplinary action from the Student Conduct office and criminal prosecution fines and imprisonment through local, state or federal law enforcement agencies. 

Alcohol and Drug Education/Counseling Service Referrals

Outside the College Community Resources

Incident Reporting

Posted in each college building and on campus exterior location maps are lists of essential telephone numbers to call in case of specific emergencies. If a crime is in progress, the Vancouver Police Department can be immediately summoned by calling Emergency 911 (campus phones will dial 9-1-1 direct). From College phones, Security is extension 2133 on main campus and 6133 at CTC. From off-campus or cell phones, the number is (360) 992-2133 main campus and (360) 992-6133 at CTC. From college desk phones, Security can be contacted by pressing the Security button. Officers are on duty 24 hours a day on main campus. CCSS will accept anonymous reports of crimes and will respond appropriately.

CTC has four (4) blue emergency phones located in the parking lot.

When a security incident is reported to the Security/Safety Department, a written record may be generated; copies of case reports are provided to appropriate campus departments and law enforcement agencies. Public records requests must be arranged through the Vice President of Administrative Services' office. Information and procedures are provided at the Security/Information Desk. Notices dealing with special concerns are periodically printed in the College newspaper, the campus staff newsletter 24/7, and posted at the Security office and on campus bulletin boards. Bulletins are distributed campus-wide through e-mail when emergency situations require immediate notification.

Community members, students, faculty staff and visitors are encouraged to report all crimes to local law enforcement and/or the Security Department in a timely and accurate manner. If the victim is unable to make a report to law enforcement, if notified, Clark College security will commence the notification process.

Reports of a student's criminal conduct or violations of the Student Code of Conduct will be forwarded to the Student Conduct officer in Student Affairs. Crimes should be reported to the Security Department to ensure that they are included in the annual crime statistics and to assist in preparing and forwarding Timely Warnings to the College community.

Voluntary Confidential Reporting

If you are the victim of a crime on campus and do not want to pursue action within the Clark College System or the criminal justice system, you may still consider making a confidential report. With your permission, an officer with the Clark College Security Department will file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity to the public. 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 accurate records of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

Policy Statement Addressing Counselor Confidentiality

Clark College presently has no procedures that encourage both pastoral and professional counselors, at their discretion, to inform those they counsel of procedures for reporting crimes voluntarily and confidentially for inclusion in the institution's annual security report and Web based report to the Department of Education. This includes verbal or written encouragement.

Campus Safety Authority

A campus security authority is described as 1) individuals who have responsibility for campus security 2) any individual specified by the college as an individual to which students should report criminal offenses 3) an official of the college who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities including but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings. 

Clark College Campus Security Authorities

Vice President of Student Affairs
Vice President of Administrative Services
Vice President of Instruction
Special Adviser to the President on Diversity and Equity
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Security 
Dean of Student Success and Retention
Director of Disability Support Services
Director of Athletics
Director of Student Life
Assistant Director of Student Care and Community Standards/Student Conduct Officer

Emergency Response and Notification

Emergencies or disasters can happen any time and usually occur with little or no warning. When an emergency occurs at Clark College, our safety and speedy recovery depend on existing levels of preparedness and coordinated response from students, faculty and staff. Everyone should be aware of what to do in an emergency. During a time of emergency, Clark College Security and Safety and/or a designated College administrator, (Executive Cabinet or Emergency Management Planning Committee (EMPC) member), shall immediately implement the appropriate emergency procedures necessary to protect life-safety and College assets/functions.

Upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors occurring on any of the campuses, Clark College will determine and employ the appropriate communication methods to notify the affected college community immediately and without delay. Confirmation of significant emergencies will require direct investigation by appropriate college personnel. Taking into account the safety of the community, Clark College will determine the content of the notification and initiate the appropriate elements of the emergency notification system unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. The College mass notification system (Informacast) is designed to send emergency notifications through phones, computers and common area speakers. Employees must familiarize themselves with the College emergency response protocols to effectively respond to emergency notifications. Clark College may also utilize "Rave" as a secondary means to notify students, faculty and staff of emergency situations. "Rave" can send out emergency alerts via e-mail, home and cell phones and text messages. "Rave" is an opt-in notification system where individual users are required to register to receive notifications.

Faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to sign up for the college's emergency text message alert system. Go to www.getrave.com, click on the "Register" button, and log in with your Clark College network username and password. Follow instructions to set up your mobile phone to receive emergency text messages.

Situations that may warrant a message being sent via Rave or Informacast are school closings, weather emergencies and crimes occurring on or around campuses, etc.

College Administration will issue and re-issue campus-wide emergency lockdown messages via the mass notification system.

  1. Information will be given in clear language.
  2. Information will include all known information that answers the basic questions of Who, What, Where, When, and How.
  3. Information will be provided when possible via mass notification and Rave.
  4. College Administration shall continue to inform the college community through constant real-time updates of the activity, both College-wide and to responding emergency agencies.

Clark College Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

Keeping you safe is a priority at Clark College.

Since the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007 - like other colleges and universities across the country - Clark College has taken concrete actions to increase security. Examples: New classroom door locks, enhanced signage and a new phone system that allows emergency alerts to be broadcast instantly across the college.

The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) document lays out a detailed and carefully-crafted plan that will be set in motion whenever an emergency reaches proportions that cannot be handled by standard operating procedures. To request a copy, contact the Emergency Manager.

Local Vancouver partners in law enforcement, firefighting, emergency dispatch and public health took a proactive role in customizing Clark College's EOP. The plan addresses the main campus and satellite sites. Order of priorities:

• Preservation of life
• Preservation of the environment
• Preservation of Clark College property
• Restoration of academic programs and all operations

Clark College's EOP delivers guidance to college personnel and local authorities. It covers management and coordination about any unplanned emergency event. Procedures are flexible to accommodate contingencies of all types and magnitudes. It is a living document that will be evaluated and updated as necessary.

The plan conforms to the National Incident Management System (NIMS), falls under the Washington State Plan, and incorporates guidelines for the Incident Command System.

Depending on the type of emergency or event circumstances, employees and students of the college may be ordered to lockdown, evacuate or shelter in place.

In 2010 the college succeeded in securing a $744,402 Emergency Management for Higher Education grant, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The award furnished the college with the resources to research, develop and implement an all-hazard Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).

The EOP is maintained and updated as necessary by Clark College's Administrative Services unit. Expertise and advice is contributed by the Environmental Health and Safety Committee and the Emergency Management Planning Committee (EMPC), which also responds in emergencies. The plan is available by contacting the College's emergency manager.

Special Safety Teams at Clark College

Clark College has several special teams focused on safety: Emergency Building Coordinators (EBCs), Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); and the Crisis Intervention Management Team (CIMT).

Emergency Building Coordinators (EBCs)
• Over 65 members strong, the EBC team has learned the college's basic emergency protocols. They are outfitted with vests, emergency kits, and walkie-talkies at each building. EBCs are strategically located in every college building, including satellite sites. They can explain emergency protocols and deliver on-the-ground direction during an incident.

Campus CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
• Working alongside EBCs are members of the College's rejuvenated Campus CERT team with over 50 members. CERT members have received training from local fire service agencies, carry Clark County Volunteer Emergency Worker Certificates, and are qualified to assist with basic emergency response. Examples include safety awareness, basic medical triage and light search and rescue. Those skills are useful in any setting - at home, at work or at play.

Crisis Intervention Management Team (CIMT)
• The Crisis Intervention Management Team (CIMT) is comprised of approximately 20 volunteer members from the Clark College faculty and staff community. Each person has received initial training from a mental health consultant on psychological first aid. Their skills would be useful in circumstances where there is a need for support from compassionate and caring mental health volunteers in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Establishing human connections and providing practical short-term help to survivors can make a big difference in people's lives.

Clark College is committed to creating and maintaining a safe learning environment for students, faculty, staff and guests. This is accomplished through deliberate planning and collaboration within the College community, and in close cooperation with local police, fire, emergency medical and public health agencies. Emergency preparedness requires broad-based involvement throughout the College Community.

Emergency Management Partnership Agreement

Clark College and the Vancouver Police Department have signed an emergency management partnership agreement which reads:
"Vancouver Police Department supports Clark College's efforts to secure federal funding to review, improve, and fully integrate a comprehensive, all-hazards plan for its main campus and three off-site locations. Clark County will:

• Provide support and encourage participation and assist in the facilitation of practice, drills and exercises in coordination with Clark College personnel and local partners.
• Provide support in researching the hazards surrounding Clark College's campus areas.
• Provide assistance and support in the review, improvement and implementation of Clark's comprehensive, all hazards, NIMS-compliant emergency operations plan and emergency management efforts to include:
  1. The four phases of emergency management
  2. Coordination with local and state government emergency management efforts
  3. Provide any reasonable assistance to support the College in meeting grant requirements".

Physical Security–Facilities Hours of Use

All main campus buildings shall be closed to students and the public before 6:30 a.m. and after 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and before 6:30 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, except as approved by the president or designee. Notwithstanding these hours, certain College buildings may be closed to students and the public earlier. Individuals violating the building use rules adopted by the College may be subject to disciplinary proceedings or criminal prosecution.

CTC hours are 7 am to 10 pm Monday through Thursday, Friday from 7 am to 4 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 5 p:m.

Clark College has no resident facilities and buildings are locked by Security when the campus and grounds are closed and/or when the building is not used.

Clark Center at WSU-V (CCW) hours are Mon-Thursday from 7 am to 9:30 pm, Friday 7 am to 6 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 6 pm.

The Security/Safety Director or designee remains in close contact with the Director of Facilities on maintenance requests with regard to security/safety issues for grounds, parking lots and campus buildings. Lighting problems are specifically noted. 

Harassment Prohibited

Harassment is defined in the student code of conduct as unwelcome and offensive conduct including verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct, that is directed at a person because of such person's protected status and that is sufficiently serious as to deny or limit, and that does deny or limit, the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the college's educational program or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for other campus community members. Protected status includes a person's race; color; national origin; sensory, mental or physical disability; use of a service animal; gender, including pregnancy; marital status; age (40+); religion; creed; genetic information; sexual orientation; gender identity; veteran's status; or any other legally protected classification. Harassing conduct may include, but is not limited to, physical conduct, verbal, written, social media, and electronic communications.

Incident Response Team (IRT)

Clark College is committed to providing a safe and bias-free environment for all of our staff, students and visitors.

A bias based incident involves conduct (including words, slurs, graffiti, or actions, explicit, implied or perceived) that violates Clark College's policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in its programs and activities. In accordance with established policy, bias-based incidents are not tolerated at Clark College.

Any persons, Clark College students, faculty, staff, and visitors, who see, become aware of, or are subject to bias based expression should immediately notify 1) Director of Security or the Security Department (360-992-2133) and/or the 2) Special Advisor for Diversity and Equity (360-992-2355)

Trespass Situations

When faced with a situation that is disrupting to the order of the College, impeding the movement of persons or vehicles, or interfering with the ingress and/or egress of persons from College buildings, the president or designee shall have the authority to: advise individuals or groups of the specific nature of any violation; request such individuals leave College premises; prohibit the entry or withdraw the license, privilege, or permit of any individual or group to enter on or remain upon any portion of a College building. Individuals who persist in disruptive conduct, violate College policies and procedures, or remain upon College premises, may be subject to arrest under Chapter 9.52 RCW (Criminal Trespass) or expelled or excluded from the campus. College personnel and students involved in disruptive or unlawful conduct shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary sanctions provided by law and College policy.

Security/Safety may exclude/trespass from the Clark College campus and other College facilities any person determined to be in violation of Washington Administrative Code (WAC), Revised Code of Washington (RCW), Clark College Board Policies and Administrative Procedures, or any person determined to be a disturbance or otherwise violating the Code of Student Conduct. Persons excluded will be given a written trespass warning informing them that they must leave the property and not return, and that any return to Clark College facilities will subject them to arrest for criminal trespass under RCW 9A.52.070 and 080 and WAC 132N-120-065. Security/Safety can provide copies of exclusion notices to the Vancouver Police Department on a regular basis to facilitate such prosecution. 

Safety Escort Service

Clark College Security Officers are available to provide escorts to buildings and to parking lots on main campus and CTC. Please call 360-992-2133 (main campus) and 992-6133 at CTC. Appointments cannot be arranged.

At CCW, students can obtain escorts by contacting the Washington State University Department of Public Safety at 360 546-9001 or paging an officer at (360) 690-1527. Escorts at CCW are available weekdays until 1130 pm and weekends until 7 pm.

There is no security escort service at CCE.

Safety Concerns

Individuals concerned about safety and security issues can make suggestions or recommendations through the College's Environmental Health and Safety Committee, the College's Security/Parking Advisory Committee or by contacting the Director of Security or any Campus Security Officer. These suggestions and recommendations are strongly encouraged.

Sexual Misconduct Prohibited

The term “sexual misconduct” includes sexual harassment, sexual intimidation, and sexual violence, as defined by Clark College Code of Student Conduct (WAC 132N-125-035 (14)).

Sexual misconduct. The term "sexual misconduct" includes sexual harassment, sexual intimidation, and sexual violence.

(a) Sexual harassment. The term "sexual harassment" means unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently serious as to deny or limit, and that does deny or limit, based on sex, the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the college's educational program or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for other campus community members.

(b) Sexual intimidation. The term "sexual intimidation" incorporates the definition of "sexual harassment" and means threatening or emotionally distressing conduct based on sex including but not limited to, nonconsensual recording of sexual activity or the distribution of such recording.

(c) Sexual violence. “Sexual violence” is a type of sexual discrimination and harassment.  Nonconsensual sexual intercourse, nonconsensual sexual contact, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are all types of sexual violence.

(i) Nonconsensual sexual intercourse is any sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any object, by a person upon another person, that is without consent and/or by force. Sexual intercourse includes anal or vaginal penetration by a penis, tongue, finger, or object, or oral copulation by mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact.

(ii) Nonconsensual sexual contact is any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by a person upon another person that is without consent and/or by force. Sexual touching includes any bodily contact with the breasts, groin, mouth, or other bodily orifice of another individual, or any other bodily contact in a sexual manner.

(iii) Domestic violence includes asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim’s current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.

(iv) Dating violence means violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether there was such a relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.

(v) Stalking means intentional and repeated harassment or following of another person, which places that person in reasonable fear that the perpetrator intended to injure, intimidate, or harass that person. Stalking also includes instances where the perpetrator knows or reasonable should know that the person is frightened, intimidated, or harassed, even if the perpetrator lacks such intent.

(vi) Consent: knowing, voluntary and clear permission by word or action, to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Each party has the responsibility to make certain that the other has consented before engaging in the activity. For consent to be valid, there must be at the time of the act of sexual intercourse or sexual contact actual words or conduct indicating freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact.

 

A person cannot consent if he or she is unable to understand what is happening or is disoriented, helpless, asleep or unconscious for any reason, including due to alcohol or other drugs. An individual who engages in sexual activity when the individual knows, or should know, that the other person is physically or mentally incapacitated has engaged in nonconsensual conduct.

Intoxication is not a defense against allegations that an individual has engaged in nonconsensual sexual conduct.

Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking Policy and Procedures

Sexual assault means an offense classified as a forcible or non-forcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Victims of a sex offense, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking at Clark College's first priority should be to seek a place of safety. They should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The Security Department strongly encourages a victim to report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for the collection and preservation of evidence. Victims should contact local law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1 immediately and/or contacting the Clark College Security Department at 992-2133 (from campus phones extension 2133; 992-6133 at CTC). If the victim contacts Campus Security first, Security will immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement agency. Filing a police report does not obligate the victim to prosecute. Clark College has no law enforcement authority and criminal prosecution is the responsibility of local law enforcement.

Victims should not attempt to clean themselves or tamper with any evidence until the proper law enforcement agency can be contacted. Victims should not take showers, use a tampon, or change clothing until the appropriate law enforcement agency is contacted and an incident report and medical examination are completed. The clothing and examination by a qualified physician are important evidence that should be preserved to prove that a sexual assault has occurred and to help with the successful prosecution of the offender. Victims should also keep any text messages, emails, voice mail messages etc. as evidence to provide law enforcement and/or campus security. This evidence can also assist victims in obtaining the appropriate protection order. Victims have the option of contacting the Vancouver Police Department and/or the College Security Department. If the Security Department is contacted first, they will assist in notifying the proper law enforcement and medical authorities.

Victims of the above offenses may decide to have the incident investigated through the criminal justice system and/or the Student Conduct process. The victim also has the right to decline to notify local authorities or have the incident investigated. If the victim does not want the incident investigated it will be documented and added to the yearly crime statistics as required by the Clery Act. A college representative (such as Security, Student Services, Title IX Coordinator etc.) can guide the victim through the various options and provide assistance if requested by the victim. Various counseling options are available through the college's counseling office. Counseling and support services (24 hours) outside the college can be obtained through the YWCA at 1-800-695-0501 or 360-696-0167.

Sex offense educational materials are available in Health Services, Security and Student Services. After an alleged sex offense, academic change options may be discussed with the college's counseling staff. Disciplinary procedures and sanctions for sex offenses are prescribed in the Code of Student Conduct or employee contracts/personnel rules, as applicable. The college's Health Services (campus extension x2264 and pager 735-6137) is located in Health Sciences (HSC), room 124. Counseling services and/or referrals are available in these offices.

Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking Policy and Response

Clark College will not tolerate sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking in the workplace or on campus. The College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe work and educational environment.

Clark College is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act to adopt policies and programs aimed at prevention and response to these attacks. Clark College Security does not have law enforcement authority so local law enforcement would have any arrest and legal investigative responsibilities. Clark College will address the incidents as violations of the Student Code of Conduct and Title IX. Sexual assault in any form, including acquaintance rape, violates criminal laws and Clark College's standards of conduct and will not be tolerated. Clark College has instituted procedures to respond to violations of these laws and standards, programs aimed at the prevention of such conduct, and intervention on behalf of the victims.

Clark College Security will treat victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking with respect and dignity. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and Clark College Security will assist by providing resources to victims. Clark College Security refer victims to the appropriate college and/or local community counseling and other resources devoted to assisting victims. Clark College will assist victims in notifying local law enforcement.

All employees, students, and visitors should immediately report threats, acts of violence that occur at Clark College. Students and visitors should report incidents to the Clark College Security and/or local law enforcement agencies. Employees may also report such incidents to their supervisor, Clark College Security, local law enforcement agencies or Human Resources.

Bystander Intervention

The Clery Act defines bystander intervention as, "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." (34 CFR 668.46(j)(2)(ii))

We all have a responsibility to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive Clark College community. Bystander Intervention involves taking action in a situation when someone needs assistance. This should also include someone who is at medical risk due to using drugs or alcohol, or vulnerable to sexual or domestic/dating partner violence. To actively intervene:

  1. Pay attention to those around you
  2. Be aware that someone is taken advantage of, vulnerable, or in danger – Trust your feelings and react
  3. Take personal responsibility to intervene
  4. Make a decision how to respond appropriately –You don't have to put yourself at risk or make the situation worse
  5. Decide to intervene – take action and intervene at the earliest possible point – this may include:

If you are not able to actively intervene in a situation, consider responding by asking the victim if they need help or assistance, contacting the police/security or seeking out others for help. Most importantly, "If you see something, say/do something!"

Clark College Disciplinary Procedures for Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

WAC 132N-125-200 Supplemental sexual misconduct procedures.

Both the respondent and the complainant in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct shall be provided the same procedural rights to participate in student discipline matters, including the right to participate in the initial disciplinary decision-making process and to appeal any disciplinary decision.

Application of the following procedures is limited to code of student conduct proceedings involving allegations of sexual misconduct by a student. In such cases, these procedures shall supplement the student disciplinary procedures in WAC 132N-125-005 through 132N-125-145. In the event of conflict between the sexual misconduct procedures and the student disciplinary procedures, the sexual misconduct procedures shall prevail.

WAC 132N-125-205 Supplemental definitions.

The following supplemental definitions shall apply for purposes of code of student conduct proceedings involving allegations of sexual misconduct by a student:

(1) A "complainant" is an alleged victim of sexual misconduct, as defined in subsection (2) of this section.

(2) “Sexual misconduct” has the meaning ascribed to this term in WAC 132N-125-035(14).

WAC 132N-125-210 Supplemental complaint process.

The following supplemental procedures shall apply with respect to complaints or other reports of alleged sexual misconduct by a student:

(1) The college's Title IX coordinator or designee shall investigate complaints or other reports of alleged sexual misconduct by a student. Investigations will be completed in a timely manner and the results of the investigation shall be referred to the student conduct officer for disciplinary action.

(2) Informal dispute resolution shall not be used to resolve sexual misconduct complaints without written permission from both the complainant and the respondent. If the parties elect to mediate a dispute, either party shall be free to discontinue mediation at any time. In no event shall mediation be used to resolve complaints involving allegations of sexual violence.

(3) College personnel will honor requests to keep sexual misconduct complaints confidential to the extent this can be done without unreasonably risking the health, safety, and welfare of the complainant or other members of the college community or compromising the college's duty to investigate and process sexual harassment and sexual violence complaints.

(4) The student conduct officer, prior to initiating disciplinary action, will make a reasonable effort to contact the complainant to discuss the results of the investigation and possible disciplinary sanctions and/or conditions, if any, that may be imposed upon the respondent if the allegations of sexual misconduct are found to have merit.

(5) The student conduct officer, on the same date that a disciplinary decision is served on the respondent, will serve a written notice informing the complainant whether the allegations of sexual misconduct were found to have merit and describing any disciplinary sanctions and/or conditions imposed upon the respondent for the complainant's protection, including disciplinary suspension or dismissal of the respondent. The notice will also inform the complainant and respondent of their appeal rights. If protective sanctions and/or conditions are imposed, the student conduct officer shall make a reasonable effort to contact the complainant to ensure prompt notice of the protective disciplinary sanctions and/or conditions imposed upon the respondent for the complainant's protection is given.

WAC 132N-125-045 Disciplinary sanctions—Terms—Conditions.

The following disciplinary sanctions may be imposed upon students found to have violated the code of student conduct. Depending upon the misconduct, more than one sanction may be required. Other than college expulsion or revocation or withholding of a degree, disciplinary sanctions are not made part of the student's academic record, but are part of the student's disciplinary record. Violation of any term or condition of any disciplinary sanction constitutes a new violation and may subject the student to additional sanctions.

(1) Disciplinary warning. A verbal statement to a student that there is a violation and that continued violation may be cause for further disciplinary action.

(2) Written reprimand. Notice in writing that the student has violated one or more terms of this code of conduct and that continuation of the same or similar behavior may result in more severe disciplinary action.

(3) Disciplinary probation. Formal action placing specific conditions and restrictions upon the student's continued attendance depending upon the seriousness of the violation and which may include a deferred disciplinary sanction. If the student subject to a deferred disciplinary sanction is found in violation of any college rule during the time of disciplinary probation, the deferred disciplinary sanction, which may include, but is not limited to, a suspension or a dismissal from the college, shall take effect immediately without further review. Any such sanction shall be in addition to any sanction or conditions arising from the new violation. Probation may be for a limited period of time or may be for the duration of the student's attendance at the college.

(4) Disciplinary suspension. Dismissal from the college and from the student status for a stated period of time. There will be no refund of tuition or fees for the quarter in which the action is taken.

(5) Dismissal. The revocation of all rights and privileges of membership in the college community and exclusion from the campus and college-owned or controlled facilities without any possibility of return. There will be no refund of tuition or fees for the quarter in which the action is taken.

 Disciplinary terms and conditions that may be imposed in conjunction with the imposition of a disciplinary sanction include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Educational sanction. The college may require the student to complete an educational activity or experience directly related to the violation committed, at the student's expense.

(2) Professional evaluation. Referral for drug, alcohol, psychological, or medical evaluation by an appropriately certified or licensed professional may be required. The student may choose the professional within the scope of practice and with the professional credentials as defined by the college. The student will sign all necessary releases to allow the college access to any such evaluation. The student's return to college may be conditioned upon compliance with recommendations set forth in such a professional evaluation. If the evaluation indicates that the student is not capable of functioning within the college community, the student will remain suspended until future evaluation recommends that the student is capable of reentering the college and complying with the rules of conduct.

(3) Not in good standing. A student may be deemed "not in good standing" with the college. If so, the student shall be subject to the following restrictions:

(a) Ineligible to hold an office in any student organization recognized by the college or to hold any elected or appointed office of the college.

(b) Ineligible to represent the college to anyone outside the college community in any way, including representing the college at any official function, or any forms of intercollegiate competition or representation.

(4) Restitution or monetary fine. Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property, or for injury to persons, or for reasonable costs incurred by the college in pursuing an investigation or disciplinary proceeding. This may take the form of monetary reimbursement, appropriate service, monetary fine, or other compensation.

(5) Hold on transcript or registration. This is a temporary measure restricting release of a student's transcript or access to registration. Upon satisfactory completion of the conditions of the sanction, the hold is released.

(6) Revocation of admission or degree. Admission to or a degree awarded from the college may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of standards of conduct for students in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.

(7) Withholding degree. The college may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in this chapter, including the completion of all sanctions imposed.

(8) No trespass order. A student may be restricted from college property based on his/her misconduct.

(9) No contact order. A prohibition of direct or indirect physical, verbal, or written contact (including electronic communication) with another individual or group.

Standard of Proof

The standard of proof in student sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking investigations is a preponderance of the evidence where it is determined more likely than not that the allegation did occur.

Risk Reduction

The Clery Act defines "risk reduction" as, "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." (34 CFR 668.46(j)(2)(v))

If you become a victim of a crime, it is not your fault. Perpetrators, not victims, are responsible for dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, bullying and other crimes.
You CAN take some actions that may increase your safety and decrease the chances you will be targeted or victimized.

With regard to relationships:

More general safety tips:

Level 3 Sex Offender Registration

The Clark College Security and Safety Department considers the protection of our campus community from sex offenders to be of the utmost importance. The 1990 Community Protection Act attempts to provide adequate notice to the community regarding sex offenders attending or working on campus.

In accordance with the "Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act" of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Clark College Security Department provides a link to the Clark County Sheriff's Office Registry. This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the college community where law enforcement information regarding registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires a registered sex offender to notify each institution of higher education in the state that they are employed, carries a vocation, or are a student. In the state of Washington, sex offenders who are enrolled in a public or private institution of higher education must also notify the local county sheriff immediately. Pursuant to the Community Protection Act of 1990, the Clark County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency for compiling and maintaining information on sex offenders residing in Clark County. Using this public information to threaten, intimidate or harass sex/kidnap offenders will not be tolerated by law enforcement agencies of Clark County. In addition any student violating this provision could be subject to the Clark College Student Code of Conduct.

In addition, Clark College Security and Safety provides information on any Level 3 sex offenders who are registered students or employees. This information can be obtained at http://www.clark.edu/student_services/security/offender.php. (Additional information on the Clark College Level 3 Sex Offender Administrative Policy 527.055). This information is updated on a quarterly bais.

Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Director of Security and Safety, or their designee, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through the college e-mail system to students, faculty and staff and the campus' student newspaper "The Independent", and student bulletin boards. The information will also be posted at the Information Desk of the Security and Safety Department.

Per the Clery Act, timely warnings can be issued for the following crimes, if (1) the crime is reported to campus security authorities, (2) the crime is determined to pose a serious or continuing threat to Clark College students, faculty and employees, and (3) the crime occurred on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property owned by Clark College or on public property that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to campus:

A timely warning may be issued for any other crime or incident as deemed necessary or appropriate.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the college's Campus Safety office by phone or in person.

Such warnings and reports shall be provided to students and employees in a manner that is timely, that withholds the names of victims as confidential, and that will aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.

Weapons on Campus

Administrative policy 527.020 WEAPONS ON CAMPUS Possession or use of firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals or other dangerous weapons which can be used to inflict bodily harm or to damage real or personal property is prohibited on the college campus, at any other facilities leased or operated by the college, or at any activity under the administration or sponsorship of the college. Exceptions to this policy are permitted when the weapon is used in conjunction with an approved college instructional program, is carried by a duly constituted law officer, or is otherwise permitted by law. 

Programs to Prevent Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

According to the VAWA Amendments to the Clery Act, these programs are defined as “comprehensive, intentional, and integrated programming, initiatives, strategies, and campaigns intended to end dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and staking that are culturally relevant, inclusive of divers communities and identities, sustainable, responsive to community needs, and informed by research or assessed for value, effectiveness, or outcome; and consider environmental risk and protective factors as they occur on the individual, relationship, institutional, community, and societal levels” (Clery Center for Security on Campus, 2013). 

Awareness Programs are defined as “community-wide or audience specific programming, initiatives and strategies that increase audience knowledge and share information and resources to prevent violence, promote safety, and reduce perpetrations” (Clery Center for Security on Campus, 2013).

Ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns are defined as “programming, initiatives, and strategies that are sustained over time and focus on increasing understanding of topics relevant to and skills for addressing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, using a range of strategies with audiences throughout the institution” (Clery Center for Security on Campus, 2013).

Primary prevention programs are defined as “programming, initiatives, and strategies informed by research or assessed for value, effectiveness, or outcome that are intended to stop dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking before they occur through the promotion of positive and healthy behaviors that foster health, mutually respectful relationships and sexuality, encourage safe bystander intervention, and seek to change behavior and social norms in health and safe direction” (Clery Center for Security on Campus, 2013).

Clark College is committed to providing these prevention programs and awareness campaigns to all members of our community.  Clark College is a community that values each individual, fosters inclusion, and cares about the well-being, health, and safety of each member.  As such, beginning in Fall 2015, Clark implemented online courses that provide education for all of our members (faculty, staff, and students alike) on the important issues surrounding sexual misconduct, VAWA, and Title IX.  The employee course, Bridges: Building a Supportive Community, focuses on Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act and provides information on consent, relationship violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, protecting students, and employee’s role as a responsible employee.  The student online course, Think About It: Campus SaVE, focuses on sexual misconduct including consent, sexual assault, and domestic/dating violence, along with information on bystander intervention, how to help a friend, and campus and community resources. 

Clark College also offers on and off campus resources to student who may be impacted by sexual misconduct; please visit the Title IX webpage @ http://www.clark.edu/clark-and-community/about/policies-procedures/title-IX/index.php) and the Resource Guide for Survivors of Sexual Misconduct.

Annual Crime Report Crime Statistics

Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
The Clark College Security and Safety, in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act prepares and distributes statistics annually on all the reported occurrences of the offenses below. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act), 20 U.S.C. 1092(f), requires the annual publication of crime statistics for the previous three calendar years.

The crime statistics include reports of, arrests for, and disciplinary actions arising from selected crimes. Effective with the 1999 calendar year, the Clery Act requires an expanded reporting that includes crimes and arrests occurring in certain off campus locations. This page is part of Clark College annual report, which we encourage you to read in full. The annual crime statistics are compiled from data provided by: the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Vancouver Police Department and campus authorities. Clark College has no off campus and resident facilities; therefore, no statistics are recorded for these locations. If you have questions regarding the statistics published in this report, please contact the Clark College Security Department.

The Security report contains statistics concerning the occurrence of crimes on campus, in or on non-campus buildings/ property, and on public property during the most recent calendar year (2013) and during the two preceding calendar years 2011 and 2012 for which data is available-of the following criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies:

Criminal Offenses:

1) Criminal Homicide, (including Murder and Non-negligent and Negligent Manslaughter);
2) Sex Offenses (a) Forcible, and b) Non-forcible);
3) Robbery;
4) Aggravated Assault;
5) Burglary;
6) Motor Vehicle Theft;
7) Arson

Arrests and Campus Referrals for Disciplinary Action
Weapons (carrying, possession etc.),
Controlled Substance (Drug use/possession violations)
Liquor Law Violations

Hate Crimes
Any of the above-mentioned offenses, and any incidents of Larceny-Theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property and other crimes involving bodily injury to any person, in which the victim is intentionally selected because of the actual or perceived race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, or disability of the victim that are reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies;

In addition effective this most recent calendar year (2013), Clark College lists the domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking incidents that were reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies.

The Hierarchy Rule
When counting multiple of offenses, Clark College uses the FBI's Uniform Crime Report
Hierarchy Rule. This rule requires the college to count only the most serious offense
when more than one offense was committed during a single incident. A single incident means
that the offenses were committed at the same time and place. That is, the time interval between the offenses and the distance between the locations where they occurred were insignificant.
Beginning with the most serious offense, the following list shows the hierarchy for Clery Act
reporting:

Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter
Negligent Manslaughter
Forcible Sex Offenses
Non-forcible Sex Offenses
Robbery
Aggravated Assault
Burglary
Motor Vehicle Theft
Arrests
Referrals for Disciplinary Action

Reported Incidents On or Near College Main Campus Facilities (1)
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 Criminal Offenses   (Count by Occurrence) (2)
Murder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Sex Offense, Forcible 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Sex Offense, Non-forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 11 0 0 10 0 0 12 1 1
Robbery 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
 Arrests for Violations
(Count by Individual)
Liquor Laws 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Drug Laws 0 0 0 2 1 0 7 8 0
Illegal Weapons 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
 Disciplinary Referrals for Violations
Liquor Laws 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 1 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Drug Laws 1 0 0 11 0 0 15 0 0
Illegal Weapons  0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
 Relationship Violence and Stalking
Domestic Violence 0 0 0   1 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Dating Violence 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stalking 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
 Hate Related Crimes
(Count by Occurrence and Category)
Race 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 1 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Ethnicity 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gender 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disability 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religion 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sexual Orientation 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
  1. Includes incidents reported to College authorities and to the local law enforcement (Vancouver Police Department).
  2. A change to federal law requires that the incident count for certain crimes be reported by geographic category beginning in 1999. Counts for other classifications not required by federal law include only incidents on college facilities unless otherwise designated.
  3. ONC: On-Campus.) This category includes incidents that occurred on the main campus of the College.
  4. OCC: Off-Campus Contiguous. This category includes incidents that occurred on property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. This includes incidents that have occurred in Water Works Park (City of Vancouver Parks Department) and reported to the Vancouver Police Department.
  5. NON: Non-Campus Facilities. This category includes incidents that occurred on property other than the main campus, was owned or controlled by the College

 

Reported Incidents On or Near Columbia Tech Center (CTC) (1)

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 Criminal Offenses
(Count by Occurrence)
(2)
Murder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offense, Forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offense, Non-forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Arrests for Violations
(Count by Individual)
Liquor Laws 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Drug Laws 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illegal Weapons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Disciplinary Referrals for Violations
Liquor Laws 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Drug Laws 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illegal Weapons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Relationship Violence and Stalking
Domestic Violence 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Dating Violence 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stalking 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Hate Related Crimes
(Count by Occurrence and Category)
Race 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Ethnicity 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gender 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disability 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sexual Orientation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Notes to crime statistics:

  1. NON: Non-Campus Facilities. This category includes incidents that occurred on property other than the main campus, was owned or controlled by the College
  2. Includes incidents reported to College authorities and to the local law enforcement (Vancouver Police Department).
  3. A change to federal law requires that the incident count for certain crimes be reported by geographic category beginning in 1999. Counts for other classifications not required by federal law include only incidents on college facilities unless otherwise designated.
  4. ONC: On-Campus.) This category includes incidents that occurred on the main campus of the College and Columbia Tech Center.
  5. OCC: Off-Campus Contiguous. This category includes incidents that occurred on property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. This includes incidents that have occurred in Water Works Park (City of Vancouver Parks Department) and reported to the Vancouver Police Department.


WSU-V Department of Public Safety is contracted to provide Facilities and Security Coverage at Clark College at WSU-Vancouver (CCW). The below crimes statistics have been taken from the Washington State University-Vancouver Annual Crime Report. Any Clark College student discipline referrals (drugs, alcohol, weapons) would be listed in the Clark College Main Campus statistics in the Non Campus section.

Reported Incidents On or Near College Facilities (1)

  2015 Pixel Shim 2014 Pixel Shim 2013
   ONC
(1)
OCC
(2)
NON
(3)
Pixel Shim ONC
(1)
OCC
(2)
NON
(3)
Pixel Shim ONC
(1)
OCC
(2)
NON
(3)
 Part I–Reported
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offense (Forcible)a 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Sex Offense (Non-forcible)a 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
 Relationship Violence and Stalking
Domestic Violence 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Dating Violence 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stalking 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Hate Crimes by Category
[Hate Crimes are defined and listed under the Timely Warnings section of this report]
Race 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Religion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gender 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
National Origin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disability 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sexual Orientation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 PART ONE CRIME TOTALS 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
 Part II–Reported
Liquor Law Violation 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Law Violation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illegal Weapons Violation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 PART TWO CRIME TOTALS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 NUMBER OF ARRESTS AND CAMPUS DISCIPLINE REFERRALS
 ARRESTS
18 Yrs. and Over 2 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
17 Yrs. and Under 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
 ARRESTS OR REFERRALS FOR CAMPUS DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR:
 Alcohol Abuse Violationsc
Arrests 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Referrals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Drug Abuse Violationscc
Arrests 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Referrals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Weapons Possessions/Violationsc
Arrests 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0 Pixel Shim 0 0 0
Referrals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 
TABLE NOTES

  1. ONC: On Campus: This category includes incidents that occurred on the main campus.
  2. OCC: Off-campus contiguous. This category includes incidents that occurred on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The information in this category is provided by the Clark County Sheriff's Department. For additional information on crime statistics in Clark County, please contact the Clark County Sheriff's Department at: (360) 397-2211.
  3. NON: Non-campus facilities. This category includes incidents that occurred on property other than the main campus owned or controlled by the university and used in support of our educational purposes. WSU has no Non-campus facilities at this time.
  1. The F.B.I. defines forcible sex offenses as: rape and attempted rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling.
  2. The F.B.I. defines non-forcible sex offenses as: incest and statutory rape.
  3. The number of persons referred for disciplinary action does not include persons arrested and reported in the arrest categories above.

Effective from the 1999 calendar year, the Clery Act requires the reporting of crime statistics for an expanded area beyond WSU Vancouver's campus. The law and accompanying regulations also require these statistics to be shown in specific geographic categories (or venues) as defined below.

Federal regulations define On Campus as any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls; and any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the said area and is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor) 34 CFR 668.46(a).

On campus–residential facilities only is a sub-category of On Campus showing the number of on-campus crimes that took place in dormitories or other residential facilities for students on campus 34 CFR 668.46(c)(4)(ii). NOTE: WSU Vancouver does not have residential facilities or a residential population. On adjacent public property is defined as all public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that are within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus 34 CFR 668.46(a). In or on a non-campus building or property is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution and any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution 34 CFR 668.46(a). NOTE: WSU Vancouver has no property meeting this definition.

Hate Crimes: The Clery Act requires the separate reporting, by category of prejudice, of any crime reported in the classifications above and any other crime involving bodily injury that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability. No hate crimes were reported in the crime classifications in the above table at Washington State University Vancouver from 1998 to 2004.

The University does not record statistics for crimes involving students or student organizations that occur in other law enforcement jurisdictions as part of the Uniform Crime Report. However, the Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety does maintain good communication with local law enforcement and tries to monitor incidents involving students that do occur in other jurisdictions.