Annual Security Report

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This information is provided in compliance with federal law, known as the Clery Act.
Statistics from 2014—2016.
Compiled by Norwalk Community College Security.

A Message from the Director of Campus Security

September 30, 2018

Dear Norwalk Community College students, faculty and staff,

The mission of Norwalk Community College Security is to afford our students, faculty and staff an opportunity to learn, teach and succeed in a safe and secure environment. We work every day to improve the quality of campus life for students, faculty and staff, and to promote a working environment which recognizes and is respectful of diversity.

We also work cooperatively with the City of Norwalk Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to actively reduce crime throughout the campus community. We are here to serve you, but the campus will remain safe only if we take our responsibilities to ourselves and others seriously. We encourage the campus community members to take proactive approaches towards your safety and helping others. You can assist by simply reporting unusual or suspicious activities or behaviors, and we will make every effort to protect your confidentiality.

In the spirit of public service, we are pleased to offer the NCC Annual Security Report. This report contains information about crimes reported to NCC Campus Security, statistics are also compiled from law enforcement agencies in jurisdictions where NCC owns property, leases property or those with jurisdiction on adjacent property such as Norwalk Police Department. It provides valuable, standard statistics that afford an accurate picture of safety on campus. Additionally, this report will inform current and prospective students, faculty, staff and visitors about the college’s policy information, safety tips, resource phone numbers and a brief overview of the many services the college provides, as well as information regarding emergency preparedness and planning, and phone numbers of helpful community resources.

Please familiarize yourself with the resources available to assist you. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding campus safety and security, please contact me at 203.857.7219 or visit the Security website.

 

Robert M. Studivant
Director of Security
Norwalk Community College

Norwalk Community College

Policies for Preparing the Annual Security Report

Information in this report is compiled from reports provided by campus officials designated as campus security authorities (CSAs) and the Campus Security Department. Statistics are also compiled from law enforcement agencies in jurisdictions where the College owns property, leases property or those with jurisdiction on adjacent property such as Norwalk Police Department.

Reporting a Crime or Emergency

All students and employees are encouraged to report if they are the victim of a crime, observe a crime in progress, or believe a crime may be in progress. If a life-threatening emergency is taking place, call 9-1-1 first, then call the Department of Security at the appropriate campus.

Confidential Reporting Procedures

Crimes can be reported on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the Annual Security Report. Norwalk Community College encourages anyone who has witnessed, or been a victim of a crime to immediately report the incident by dialing 911, or for a non-emergency you can call Campus Security at 203.857.7223. NCC will protect the confidentiality of victims and other necessary parties. Campus Security has public records available without the inclusion of personally identifying information about the victim. The purpose of a confidential report is to maintain anonymity, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself, and that of others. Confidential reports can be made to the Director of Security in East Campus Room E214, or by dialing 203.857.7219.

About the Annual Security Report

The purpose of this report is to provide information about security on campus for the previous three years, to include:

  • Campus and community crime statistics required by the Clery Act;
  • Inform current and prospective students, faculty, staff and visitors about the college’s policy information, safety tips, resource phone numbers and a brief overview of the many services the college provides;
  • Information regarding emergency preparedness and planning;
  • Phone numbers of helpful community resources;

The Department of Security prepares the College’s Annual Security Report under the supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, in compliance with applicable federal law including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) (Clery Act) require that by October 1st of each year, all employees and all members of the NCC community, are notified by email that this Annual Security Report is available on the NCC website. A copy of this report for your review, can be found in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer and at all Security stations.

Norwalk Community College Resources

Students and employees are encouraged to carry a cell phone to report emergencies and to receive College alerts. In addition, emergency phones are located in all campus elevators and will automatically ring the security monitoring service who then contacts Campus Security. Blue Light Emergency Phones are located externally throughout the West Campus, and these phones will automatically ring the Security Dispatcher.

On-Campus

Resource Full Phone Extension
East Campus Security 203.857.7296 77296
Security Dispatcher / Information Desk 203.857.7223 77223
West Campus Security 203.857.7155 77155
Director of Security 203.857.7219 77219
Chief Operating Officer 203.857.7016 77016
Title IX Coordinators
Laura Mirkov
Wendy Mendes
203.857.7313
203.857.7121
77313
77121
Dean of Student Affairs 203.857.7369 77369
Counseling Office 203.857.7033 77033
Veteran’s Oasis 203.857.7026 77026

Off-Campus Resources

Norwalk Police Department
1 Monroe St, Norwalk, CT 06854
203.854.3000
website

CT Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection CT State Police
Troop G
149 Prospect St, Bridgeport, CT 06604
203.696.2500
website

Hospitals and Medical Services

Location Phone
Norwalk Hospital 203.852.2000
Bridgeport Hospital 203.384.3000
Stamford Hospital 203.276.1000
Poison Control Center 1.800.222.1222
Suicide Prevention 203.358.8500
American Red Cross Fairfield County 1.800.319.9935
Salvation Army 1.860.543.8400
Rape Crisis – YWCA of Eastern Fairfield County 203.334.6154

About the Clery Act

NCC’s Annual Security Report is prepared and distributed in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), and all implementing regulations issued by the US Department of Education (34 C.F.R. Part 668.46). The act is named in memory of Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University freshman who was assaulted and murdered in her residence hall in 1986. This report has been prepared to meet the requirements of this act.

In 1990, Congress enacted the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (Title II of Public Law 101–542), which amended the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). This act required all postsecondary institutions participating in HEA’s Title IX student financial assistance programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information. In 1998, amendments renamed the law the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.”

The Clery Act requires higher education institutions to give timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees and to make public their campus security policies. It also requires that crime data is collected, reported and disseminated to the campus community and is also submitted to the United States Department of Education (www.ed.gov). The Act also mandates that an institution make a reasonable, good-faith effort to obtain the required statistics and may rely on the information supplied by a local police or state police agency. NCC collects the data from Campus Security reports, CSAs, and the City of Norwalk Police Department.

The act is intended to provide students and their families, as higher education consumers, with accurate, complete and timely information about safety on campus so that they can make informed  decisions.

Clery Act Revisions

On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), which, among other provisions, amended sections of the Jeanne Clery Act. Most notably, VAWA amended the Clery Act to require institutions to compile statistics for incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to include certain policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to these incidents in their Annual Security Reports.

The Clery Act now requires universities and colleges to include four general categories of crime statisics:

  • Criminal Offenses
  • Hate Crimes
  • Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) Offenses
  • Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action

Statistics must be disclosed separately for each of these four general categories. This means that when an Incident meets definitions in more than one of these categories, it must be reported in each category.

Sex offenses are no longer classified as whether “forcible” or “non-forcible.”  The Clery Act now requires sex offenses to be addressed in four separate categories:

  • Rape
  • Fondling
  • Incest
  • Statutory Rape

Beginning with reports due in 2015, institutions are required to include the total number of “unfounded” crime reports. A crime is considered unfounded for Clery Act purposes only if sworn or commissioned law enforcement personnel make a formal determination that the report is false or baseless.

Description + Compliance

To be in compliance with Clery Act regulations, NCC follows all applicable state and federal reporting laws to ensure a safe campus required by the Clery Act.

Reportable offenses for Clery Act purposes are:

  • Criminal homicide, including murder and both negligent and non-negligent manslaughter
  • Sexual offenses, including both forcible (rape, fondling) and non-forcible (incest, statutory rape)
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson
  • VAWA offenses (domestic violence, dating violence and stalking)
  • Hate crimes and any associated larceny, simple assault, intimidation, or destruction, damage or vandalism of property
  • Arrests and/or referrals for disciplinary action for weapons law violations, drug abuse violations and liquor law violations
  • Unfounded crimes

Geography of Locations

The Clery Act requires institutions to disclose statistics for reported crimes that occur from three distinct Clery geographical locations. The statistical data from on campus, on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus, and in or on non-campus buildings or property that NCC owns or controls must be included within the Annual Security Report.

Under the Clery Act, the on-campus category includes the following:

  • 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 area identified in paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as food or other retail vendor).

Under the Clery Act, public property encompasses the following:

  • All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Clery Act definition of non-campus buildings or property is:

  • Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or
  • 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 institution.

NCC’s geography consists of two main buildings located on each side of Richards Avenue in Norwalk, CT. Each building is respectively named East and West Campus. Both East and West Campus are surrounded by public and private properties. NCC does not have on-campus dorms or on-campus student housing. View the map of locations.

Overview of Campus Security

Public Safety

NCC strongly encourages students, faculty, staff and guests of NCC, to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the NCC Security Department in a timely manner. NCC is committed to providing the members of the campus community and it’s visitors with a stable and secure environment. All incidents or crimes reported to Campus Security will be reported as necessary, to the College’s Administration and to  State and local authorities.  Campus Security is available during all operational  hours of the College, and are located strategically throughout each building.

To report any criminal or suspicious activities that occur on the grounds of NCC, you should call Security by dialing 203-857-7223, or use extension 77223 from any campus phone; or you may call the Director of Security at 203-857-7219, or extension 77219 from any campus phone. Each faculty and staff member has a silent alarm system on their office phone that they can activate during an emergency, which will immediately alert campus security to a possible threat.

Campus Security

The NCC Security Department consists of 16 highly trained security officers and 1 full time support staff employee. All officers receive training in first aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Security officers conduct security checks, perform investigations and interview witnesses, monitor surveillance, inspect buildings and access points, control access for visitors and outside vendors, supervise parking, direct traffic and answer calls for assistance, such as motorist assists. Guards must remain alert, and look for anything out of the ordinary throughout their shift. They are primarily responsible for ensuring the safety and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors. They are unarmed and do not have authority to make arrests. NCC does not have a memoranda of understanding (MOU) or any other type of written agreement with any law enforcement agencies, however in the event of an emergency, guards may call for assistance from police, fire or EMS. The Norwalk Police Department or the Connecticut State Police have jurisdiction and respond  to incidents on campus.

Security and Access to Campus Facilities

Safety is a core value at NCC, and the College is committed to protecting the health and wellness of all students, faculty and staff. NCC has designed policies and regulations in order to create a safe and secure environment for the members of its community. NCC photo IDs are mandatory for every student, faculty and staff member. Visitors and outside vendors must present a valid (non-expired) photo ID (driver’s license, state issued non-driver ID, military ID or passport), to security in order to be admitted to the building. As a State owned facility, the buildings are open to the public during hours of operation. NCC does not have any campus residences therefore, NCC’s facilities, functions, and hours of operation vary periodically and are posted on our website. Normal business hours are Monday –  Friday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed on Sundays.  As a safety precaution, all north and south entrances to both campuses are locked every day at 10 a.m. At this time, the only way to enter each building is through the main doors. NCC Security officers are posted at each main entrance to ensure the safety and well-being of every student, faculty, staff and visitor of the college.

In the interest of the students, faculty and staff, the campus facilities are maintained and secured by the NCC Security Department and Maintenance personnel. All campus buildings are patrolled daily in order to monitor and inspect the buildings, grounds, devices and systems to ensure that our facilities are fully functional and address any security measures needed.

Emergency Blue Light Telephones

Blue Light phones are devices that are placed around the college campus for students to use in case of an emergency. When the call button is pressed, the phone instantly connects to the dispatcher at the campus security department. NCC has four Blue Light phones all located in the rear of the West Campus.

Emergency Blue Light Telephone Locations
(direct phone link to NCC Security)

Building Location
West Campus Left rear lot near West Cedar Street
West Campus Outside Health/Wellness wing near bike rack
West Campus Middle Rear lot near tea cup
West Campus Right Rear lot

Evacuation Drills and Periodic Testing of Emergency Devices

A pre-announced evacuation drill must be held at least once each year. Drills will be coordinated by Campus Security. Each department is required to participate in the drill. Security will monitor and assist in the coordination of the drill activities. An emphasis shall be placed on evacuating individuals with disabilities. Following the drill, departments are encouraged to perform a self-assessment of their ability to quickly evacuate. Security will be available upon request to assist in departments’ self-assessments.

NCC Security conducts periodic testing of the emergency devices to maintain proper working order and to facilitate repairs as needed. The following emergency devices or systems will be checked on a weekly basis:

  • Elevators
  • Hallway telephones
  • Conference room telephones
  • Classroom telephones
  • Burglar alarm panels
  • Fire panels
  • Fire alarm annunciator panels
  • Library handicap entrance doors
  • Main lobby handicap entrance doors
  • Bathroom alarms – men’s and women’s
  • Bathroom Emergency pull cord – men’s and women’s
  • Refuge call button outside West Campus
  • Blue Light Emergency phones
  • Nursing shower emergency cord

Campus Law Enforcement Policy

NCC exterior

Crime prevention is a top priority at the College. NCC’s Campus Security has a close relationship with both local and State Police departments. Norwalk Police Department and Connecticut State Police have Jurisdiction and respond to all criminal incidents and crimes on campus.

The College contracts with Summit Security, and operates under the guidance of the Chief Operating Officer.  NCC’s campus security personnel are not authorized to arrest or detain individuals, but are authorized to ask for identification and to determine whether individuals have a legitimate reason to access the campus.

NCC’s Department of Security is located on the East Campus in room E214. Security officers are stationed in the lobbies of the East Campus, West Campus, the Center for Information and Technology (C.I.T.) and the Health, Wellness & Science wing. Routine patrols are continuously made throughout the buildings and parking lots.

Crime Prevention and Security Awareness Programs

NCC works closely with the community and state law enforcement, and maintains a zero-tolerance policy for all reported crimes. NCC encourages the campus community members to remain aware of personal safety, and work cooperatively with the campus to ensure the security of all. Our College has an excellent record of safety and security, but the campus will remain safe only if we take our responsibilities to ourselves and others seriously.

NCC and the Department of Security take a proactive approach to preventing crimes. We implement many resources and training programs to students, faculty and staff to increase safety, and safe bystander intervention. Some examples include:

  • New Student Orientation: The Director of Security will inform students and their families about campus security procedures and practices, as well as encourage students to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.
  • Mandatory online training for students titled “Not Anymore.” This training provided critical information about Consent, Bystander Intervention, Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence, Stalking, and much more.
  • Presentations to academic departments.
  • An escort service is provided to all students, faculty and staff. Security officers will provide transportation or a walking escort if this service is needed. Members of the campus community may call security from any phone at 203.857.7223, or use extension 77223 from any campus phone, or visit any of the main entrance security stations.

If you have knowledge of a crime or suspicious circumstance, and would like to report this information anonymously to NCC Security, you can fill out a Crime Stopper Reporting and Tip Line form.

Crime Prevention Tips

  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings
  • Park and walk in well lit, frequently travelled areas
  • Know your campus safety resources: Learn where Campus Security, the Emergency Blue Light phones, open establishments and offices are located on campus
  • Program campus safety numbers into your cell phone
  • Always lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables in plain sight
  • Do not leave personal items unattended at any time

Committee Structure

NCC has five committees that provide crime prevention and personal safety functions to the College community. The Crisis Response Team (CRT), Campus Awareness Resource Team (CART), the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Emergency Medical Response Team.

Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

The Behavioral Intervention Team is a committee appointed by the President of NCC, and the purpose of BIT is preventative. Members include the Chair/Director of Counseling, Academic Dean, Dean of Students, Director of Security, faculty members, counselors and the events coordinator. The President and Chief Operating Officer attend as needed or if requested. The mission of BIT is to help maintain a healthy, safe and secure environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Campus-based teams are responsible for reviewing, investigating and assessing behaviors of concern. They evaluate situations to determine the threat level. BIT is not a first responder group, but with the help of the college community, behaviors of concern can be addressed in an effort to prevent potential incidents.

Those who are concerned about a student’s behavior are encouraged to report the concern through the online Student of Concern form.

All reports are taken seriously, and any concerns include emotional/behavioral concerns, disruptive behaviors, threatening words or actions, academic concerns, personal needs, as well as reports of sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence. Last academic year, over 81 forms were filed and responded to.

Crisis Response Team (CRT)

NCC’s Crisis Response Team is made up of volunteer members who respond, along with security, to reports of a significant behavioral occurrence on campus. A significant behavioral occurrence is defined as a situation where students, faculty, staff or others on campus are reported to be either displaying disruptive and/or threatening behaviors or making threats that will potentially endanger the safety of themselves or others. The crisis responder will provide another person to assess the situation. They will use the skills obtained in the provided training to focus on relevant information, instill hope, convey acceptance and make appropriate suggestions to diffuse the situation. Together, the CRT member and Security can determine the next steps for the situation at hand.

All CRT members attend a mandatory training titled, Mental Health First Aid. This training is a two day interactive course that provides members with the skills to help someone who is experiencing a crisis, or has a mental health problem. Each semester members of the CRT attend a workshop on important behavioral health topics, and reference information that they can carry with them when responding. Members are asked to identify approximately 3 hour time blocks that they will be “on call” for. On call means that they are available to respond to a significant behavioral occurrence if called by security. The CRT member will always respond to a significant behavioral occurrence with a member of the Security staff.

In 2017 the CRT sponsored two major training activities: Safe Talk and Narcan Training. Safe Talk is a four and half hour suicide prevention training.  This training was made by the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  A group of twenty-five faculty, staff and students participated in this certification training.  In addition the CRT sponsored a training on Narcan and opioid abuse.  Participants learned about opioids, signs of an overdose, and how to administer the lifesaving drug, Narcan.  participants were given a Narcan kit courtesy of event co-sponsor Silver Hill Hospital.  The training was attended by twenty-five faculty, staff and students.  Both events were at attendance capacity.

Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT)

In order to provide for an organized response to major emergencies on campus, a Campus Emergency Response Team has been formed to assist NCC in responding to, managing, mitigating and recovering from an emergency. The Team will be responsible for interfacing with off-campus resources and agencies as needed such as local and state governmental agencies and the media. The Team will meet if it has been deemed that a campus emergency has occurred or might occur. The Team works under the direction of the President.

Emergency Medical Response Team

The Emergency Medical Response Team are members of the security staff who are certified by the American Red Cross in first aid, CPR and in the use of NCC’s four AEDs. In the event of a medical emergency on campus, members of the security force are contacted to respond to the situation until first responders arrive on campus.

Campus Awareness Resource Team (CART)

The NCC, Campus Awareness Resource Team (CART), is dedicated to promoting and supporting various mental health and wellness initiatives on the College campus. CART is comprised of NCC faculty, staff and student members along with professionals from the community who are collaborating to educate and reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders as well as increase awareness and access to care and services. CART’s goal is to encourage an atmosphere of cultural inclusion through the dissemination of information and the facilitation of campus activities and outreach services.

CART was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative Opioid Education and Awareness Grant. CART was awarded a total of $11,000.00 to conduct opioid Education and Trainings on campus.  Some of the activities included campus presentations with Lt. James Walsh, Norwalk Police Department on drugs in our community.  CART was able to collect data via the Southern Illinois Core Institute Survey on Drug Attitudes and Behavior of Community College Students.  The grant also allowed CART to purchase 60 Narcan kits to facilitate Narcan Trainings for faculty, staff and students this Fall.

Employee Training at NCC - Educational Programs + Campaigns

The Department of Human Resources is responsible for the training and educational efforts for employees at NCC. Training is conducted via either an in person seminar or through the online employee training center. NCC Faculty and staff completed the following training courses in 2016:

  • Ethics Online
  • Active Shooter Safety Training: online and in person

NCC regularly hosts a broad range of events, activities and training seminars to promote the education, awareness and other crime prevention functions to students, faculty and staff. Educational programs aimed at enhancing safety and wellness throughout the college community are continued throughout the year. Examples include mandatory new student orientation, distribution of safety flyers, ongoing table displays, educational posters and brochures, presentations to academic departments, and keynote speakers.

NCC hosts Fresh Check Day “Checking in with College Students,” which is an annual event focused on LGBTQ and Suicide Awareness and Prevention. It engages the NCC community to come out for a day of free food, fun, entertainment, games, prizes, arts and crafts and tons of giveaways.

NCC also hosts the annual Health and Wellness Fair, which has over 20 booths staffed by representatives from area hospitals, agencies, clinics, individual practices and related NCC student club and organizations including The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education. All students and employees are encouraged to attend.

Campus Security Authority (CSA)

Campus Security Authority is a Clery Act-specific term that encompasses four groups of Individuals and organizations associated with an institution.

  • A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution.
  • Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for a campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department (e.g., an individual who is responsible for monitoring the entrance into institutional property).
  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
  • An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. An official is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.

If someone has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, he or she is a campus security authority.

NCC encourages the reporting of criminal activity that occurs within the geographic area as defined by the Clery Act directly to the Department of Security, however The Clery Act requires that institutions disclose the statistics for crimes reported to local police agencies and crimes reported to CSAs as well. The intent of including non-law enforcement personnel (CSAs), is to acknowledge that in some instances members of the security team can be perceived as intimidating to the person in distress and a CSA can provide another perspective to the situation. In any case, the victim and the campus-affiliated individual who is acting as a CSA, must know their responsibilities under the Clery Act crime reporting so that no crime will be ignored. CSA’s should immediately report the criminal activity to the Department of Security who will prepare an incident report. CSA’s are not responsible for determining whether a crime has taken place, or for trying to convince any alleged victims to contact law enforcement authorities.

CSAs include the Chief Operating Officer, Director of Security and all security staff, the Dean of Academics, the Dean of Students, the Title IX Coordinators, the Director of the Counseling Center, the Director of Student Activities, the Phi Theta Kappa Coordinator and all faculty advisors to student groups and organizations.

Norwalk Community College Crime Statistics

Daily Crime Log – Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The Clery Act requires institutions to maintain a record of all  incidents and crimes in a Daily Crime Log. The Log is available to the public for review at the Information Desk in the East Campus and is maintained by Campus Security. Entries older than 60 days will be made available within two business days of a request for public inspection. A crime is entered into the Log when it is reported to the Campus Security Department. If a crime is initially reported to a CSA other than the Security Department, it is not recorded in the Crime Log until it is subsequently brought to the attention of Campus Security  personnel. Crime Log entries include all crimes reported to the Campus Security Department, not only Clery Act crimes. In addition to recording reported crimes that occurred on campus, crimes that occur  in or on non-campus buildings or property, or on public property within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus can also be found in the Crime Log. NCC has no officially recognized student organizations with non-campus locations.

Collecting the Data

Crime statistics are reported annually to the US Department of Education. The Clery Act requires that an institution make a reasonable, good-faith effort to obtain the required statistics and may rely on the information supplied by a local or state police agency. The information found in the Annual Security Report consists of data that is collected from the following sources: Campus Incident Reports, CSAs, and the City of Norwalk Police Department. Individuals filing reports are kept confidential unless required by law for the health and safety of the reporter or public at large. This report is available on the NCC website no later than October 1st annually.

2015 2016 2017
On-Campus Public Property Non-Campus Unfounded Total On-Campus Public Property Non-Campus Unfounded Total On-Campus Public Property Non-Campus Unfounded Total
CRIMINAL OFFENSES
Criminal Homicide
Murder/Non-negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses
Rape 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fondling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Incest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Statutory Rape 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
HATE CRIMES
Criminal Homicide
Murder/Non-negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses
Rape 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fondling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Incest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Statutory Rape 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Larceny-Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Simple Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Intimidation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
VAWA OFFENSES
Domestic Violence 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dating Violence 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stalking 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ARRESTS AND REFERRALS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION
Illegal Weapons Law Arrests 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illegal Weapons Law Referred 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations Arrests 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations Referred 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations Arrests 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations Referred 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Emergency Response + Evacuation

Timely Warnings

Timely warnings are provided in the event of a reported crime, either on campus or off, that in the judgment of the C.O.O. and the Director of Security, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to the College community. The C.O.O. and Director of Security will alert the campus community of crimes in a manner that is timely and that will aid in the prevention of similar crimes. They will decide on a case by case basis if a situation calls for a timely warning. Warnings can be issued for threats to persons, as well as threats to property. Notification to the campus community will be made by these same procedures upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, faculty and staff on campus. The warning will be issued to all students, faculty, and staff via one or more of the following means:

  • Text Message Alerts through myCommNet Alert notification system
  • NCC phone message – main external telephone number
  • E-mails
  • Internal College – Voicemail message
  • NCC website – Homepage message
  • Electronic Information Screens
  • Posted Flyers

Emergency Action Plan

NCC has developed a comprehensive Emergency Action Plan to prepare for a significant emergency or dangerous situation, involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the students or employees occurring on campus. The purpose of this plan is to provide guidelines, assign responsibilities, and increase awareness in responding to emergencies that may impact the College community. The President and/or the Chief Operating Officer will initiate the emergency response procedure in accordance with NCC’s Emergency Action Plan. At the same time, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, the President and C.O.O will determine the content of the notification, and initiate the emergency procedures. View the Emergency Action Plan.

Emergency Alert System

NCC’s emergency alert system is one of the many notification tools that the College will use to alert the college community of an emergency situation and of closings and delays due to inclement weather. In order to register, simply log into myCommNet, and click on the myCommnNet Alert box in the middle of the page. You will be prompted to enter your name, phone and email to receive alerts. NCC will send urgent text messages and emails to those who are registered in their system.

Building Evacuation, Shelter in Place, and Lockdown Procedures

The President and/or the C.O.O. and the Director of Security, will determine if there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation on campus. When the decision has been made to either evacuate the building, go to shelter in place or put a building or buildings on lockdown, you will hear the announcement through the use of the Simplex Fire Alarm voice system and the NCC phone system. Become familiar with the emergency procedures listed below, and know in advance the specific procedures to follow. The safety and protection of students, faculty and staff is always the primary concern.

Shelter in Place

Gunfire or sniper actions are unpredictable and fluid situations, which do not allow for set methods of response. The shooter(s) may have random or selected targets and be motivated by criminal or political convictions or stimulated by mental, emotional or substance abuse problems.

In the event of an emergency necessitating shelter in place due to violent criminal actions such as firearms and other weapons incidents and barricaded persons and hostage situations, Campus Security will:

  • Alert and request the services of any support agencies deemed necessary to provide a response to the incident. The Connecticut State Police is the primary support agency for NCC in reference to major crimes or criminal incidents;
  • Working with support agencies, Campus Security will take measures to isolate and neutralize the perpetrator(s), assist and give aid to victims and provide safety for the remaining personnel on campus;
  • Make all attempts to alert the campus population to the incident and provide directions and give warning. The use of the Simplex Fire Alarm voice system and the telephone systems will be used as to minimize the effects on the perpetrators of the incident. The physical location, emotional state and the plight of any victims or hostages may be altered or affected in some way by an audible alarm. A verbal CODE RED warning initiated through the Simplex (loudspeaker) or telephone system will be intended to have all faculty, staff, students and others clear the hallways and seek concealment in the nearest office, classroom or enclosure;
  • If possible, laboratories, offices and classrooms shall be secured or locked from the inside. All persons are urged to secure these locations in any manner possible and to avoid doors and windows. DO NOT attempt to move from any location unless grave danger is imminent or some representative of an emergency response agency directs such action;
  • Victims are urged to remain as calm as possible and make all attempts possible to notify or have others notify the Campus Security Department of their location, condition, etc. Emergency medical aid will respond as soon as safely possible;
  • If necessary and if physically able, seek cover and concealment from further harm. DO NOT hide in any manner that will prohibit emergency responders from finding your location;
  • Retain as much information as possible regarding the assailant(s);
  • Witnesses should call Campus Security via the emergency phone system by dialing ext. 77223, and notify security personnel of the location and condition of victims, numbers and descriptions of any perpetrators as well as the type of weapons and the direction of flight or the location of concealment;
  • Witnesses should (must) not confront any armed person or make attempts to disarm or otherwise neutralize any suspect or assailants(s);
  • Witnesses should seek cover and concealment. Assist others and obey any directives of emergency response officials.

Campus Evacuation

In the event of an emergency necessitating the evacuation of a building; i.e., fire, explosion, smoke, fumes, or other factors:

  • upon notification of an evacuation, do not attempt to gather belongings,
  • do not use the elevators,
  • Security personal and Faculty/Staff or their designees are responsible for assisting persons with disabilities to exit the building or wait in the area of refuge and direct all students to the safe areas outside the building. Parking lots are designated safe areas, and can be reached simply by following the evacuation instructions posted in every room.
  • Proceed to the nearest exit in an orderly fashion
  • If the door to your office, lab, classroom, etc. is blocked or you feel heat DO NOT open the door. Place any items available under the door to stop any airflow and yell, scream or place something in a window to attract attention.

Campus Lockdown

In the event of a police  emergency it may become necessary to “Lockdown,” a building or buildings on campus to protect occupants and minimize the overall exposure to danger.

A “Lockdown” is the temporary sheltering technique, e.g. 30 minutes to several hours, utilized to limit civilian exposure to an “Active Shooter,” or similar incident. Occupants within the subject area will lock all doors and windows not allowing entry or exit to anyone until the all clear has been sounded. This procedure converts any building into a large “Safe Room.”

If the Director of Security gives the order to “Lockdown” specific areas or the entire campus, take the following action:

  • Follow instructions;
  • Try to remain calm;
  • Remain indoors, e.g. your office or classroom. Once in “Lockdown,” you will be allowed to move about to facilitate certain needs, e.g. bathroom, water, but you are not allowed to leave the building unless an “All Clear,” has been given;
  • Do not shelter in open areas such as hallways or corridors. Go to the nearest classroom, lecture hall or office that can be locked. Place a sign on the entrance indicating the “Lockdown” is in effect;
  • Close and lock all doors;
  • Turn off all lights;
  • Occupants should be seated below window level, toward the middle of the room, away from windows and doors;
  • Remain silent – turn off all radios or other devices that emit sound, silence all cell phones;
  • If gunshots are heard lay on the floor using heavy objects e.g. tables, filing cabinets for shelter;
  • If safe to do so, turn off gas and electric appliances, e.g. heater, fan, coffee maker, gas valves, lights and locally controlled ventilation systems, e.g. air conditioner. Use phones only for emergency notification to the Police Department;
  • If outdoors, seek nearby shelter, e.g. large trees, walls, mail boxes, and wait for additional instructions from the Police Department;
  • Do not unlock doors or attempt to leave until instructed to do so by Campus Security or the Police Department. The “All Clear,” will be announced when it is considered safe.

Policies

College policies exist to ensure a safe, secure and healthy campus environment. Serving, possessing and consuming drugs and/or alcoholic beverages is prohibited on campus and at college-sponsored events or activities. Campus Security will document all reported violations as required by the Clery Act.

Click on a link to the right to view NCC’s policies regarding that topic.

Sex Offender Registration Policy

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement where one can find information provided by the State of Connecticut with regard to registered sex offenders. That information can be found online here.

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 also requires sex offenders, who are registered already within a State, to provide notice to each institution of higher education in that State, at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student.

In the State of Connecticut, convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender Registry maintained by the Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police, Sex Offender Registry Unit, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 54-250.

The Sex Offender Registry information provided under this law is intended to be used for such purposes as the administration of criminal justice, screening of current or prospective employees and volunteers or otherwise for the protection of the public in general and children in particular. Unlawful use of the information for the purposes of intimidating or harassing another is prohibited and a willful violation shall be punishable as provided by law.

Tobacco Policy

On October 1, 2014 NCC implemented a tobacco and smoke-free campus policy to provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment for our staff, faculty, and students. Tobacco is defined as all tobacco derived or contained products, including but not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes and oral tobacco (smokeless, chew, snuff). It also includes any product intended to mimic tobacco products or containing tobacco flavoring.

Public Act No. 93-304 (An Act Prohibiting Smoking in Public Buildings) became a law on October 1, 1993. It provides, in relevant part, that smoking is prohibited in any building or portion thereof that is owned, leased and/or operated by the State of Connecticut.

The findings of the Surgeon General of the United States indicate, that passive exposure to cigarette smoke (second hand or passive smoke), is linked to a variety of negative consequences. With that said, the success of this policy depends on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of tobacco users and non-tobacco users. All members of the college community are responsible for respectfully communicating the policy to students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Drugs + Alcohol

The possession, use, manufacture, sale, and/or distribution of illegal drugs and other controlled substances by students, faculty, or staff at NCC will not be tolerated. All actions consistent with the law and individual privacy will be taken by the College to eliminate drugs on the campuses and to deal fairly with individuals found in violation of both Connecticut’s statutes, and federal laws pertaining to such substances. All community members are expected to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities pursuant to NCC policy as well as federal, state, and local laws. Possession, use, manufacture, sale and distribution of illegal substances are crimes. NCC will cooperate with law enforcement authorities to enforce current statutes. Students, faculty, and staff may be subject to prosecution by civil authorities for violations of these laws.

Policy

The Board of Regents (BOR) for Higher Education governs Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), and are committed to the elimination of drug and alcohol abuse, which is based on the following  premise:

American society is harmed in many ways by the abuse of alcohol and other drugs: decreased productivity, serious health problems, breakdown of the family structure, and strained social resources. Problems of illicit use and abuse of substances have a pervasive effect upon many segments of society– all socio- economic groups, age levels and even the unborn. Education and learning are especially impaired by alcohol abuse and illicit drug use.*

*The preceding is a statement of the Network of Colleges and Universities Committed to the Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The BOR recognizes that education regarding alcohol and substance abuse is an appropriate and necessary part of contemporary college life. Since the unauthorized use of controlled substances is contrary to state and federal law and regulation, it must be prohibited in any college activity, on or off the college campus. The conditions of alcohol and drug dependency  may be considered disabilities/handicaps under state and federal laws and regulations, as well as under the BOR’s policy. Employees and students will not be discriminated against because they have these disabilities. However, all students and employees are considered to be responsible for their actions and their conduct.

These provisions shall apply to all colleges under the jurisdiction of the BOR:

  1. No student or employee shall knowingly possess, use, distribute, transmit, sell or be under the influence of any controlled substance on the college campus or off the college campus at a college-sponsored activity, function or Use or possession of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be in violation of this  provision.
  2. All colleges shall develop and enforce policies regarding the sale, distribution, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus, subject to state and federal Consistent with previous Board policy, the consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus may be authorized by the President subject to the following conditions, as appropriate:
    • When a temporary permit for the sale of alcoholic beverages has been obtained and Dram Shop Act insurance has been purchased;
    • When a college permit has been obtained;
    • When students bring their own beverages; and
    • When alcoholic beverages are provided by a student organization and no fee is charged for attendance or for said beverages.
  3. All colleges shall provide educational programs on the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and a referral for assistance for students and employees who seek Colleges are encouraged to establish campus-wide committees to assist in the development of these programs in response to particular campus needs and identification of referral resources in their respective service planning regions.
  4. This policy shall be published in all college catalogs, faculty and staff manuals and other appropriate literature.
  5. Failure to comply with this policy will result in invocation of the appropriate disciplinary procedure and may result in separation for the college and referral to the appropriate authorities for (Adopted, November 20, 1989) NCC adheres to the above cited BOR policy regarding alcohol and drugs.

Substance Abuse Education

Students, faculty, and staff should recognize that substance abuse interferes with their abilities to succeed academically and professionally. Substance abuse poses numerous threats to human health and can kill. It is also contrary to what institutions of higher learning strive to attain. The development of individual character; attainment of human potential; informed and responsible citizenry; and respect for the laws and norms governing society.

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver. Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and cognitive deficits. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.

Substance Abuse Prevention for Students

NCC provides students with individual counseling services and treatment referrals. Lisa M. Slade, MS, NCC, LPC, a mental health counselor at NCC, has been trained in the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students: A Harm Reduction Approach (BASICS), which is a preventive intervention program for college students 18 to 24 years old. It is aimed at students who drink heavily, and have experienced or are at risk for alcohol-related problems such as poor class attendance, missed assignments, accidents, sexual assault and violence. NCC partners with several mental health and substance abuse agencies who provide outreach and psycho-educational programming on campus throughout the year. In addition, Student Services offers literature regarding substance abuse. Individuals who seek assistance with substance abuse problems are provided information as to where professional help is available . In 2016, The Campus Awareness Resource Team and the Substance Abuse Collation and Triangle Community Center hosted an event to raise awareness and discuss alcohol abuse.

Substance Abuse Prevention for Employees

NCC’s Human Resource office provides employees with an Employee & Family Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP can help employees and their families with a wide range of concerns that include:

  • Stress, Anxiety, & Depression
  • Marital & Divorce
  • Family & Parenting Problems
  • Alcohol & other Drug Dependencies
  • Budget & Debt Problems
  • Bereavement & other Losses
  • Change in the Workplace
  • Child and Elder Care
  • Compulsive Gambling
  • Layoff Solutions
  • Other problems include: legal, eating disorders, family violence, and traumatic incidents

Procedure for requests of the service of alcoholic beverages on campus

Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed on college premises except by those over 21 years of age at approved college social functions. Such functions are held in compliance with State Law and the BOR Policy.

  • Any request to serve alcoholic beverages must be consistent with the Board of Regents for Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU)
  • The request must be submitted in writing to the Dean of Students at least four (4) weeks in advance of the event.
  • If the sale of alcohol is being solicited, the request must demonstrate that a temporary permit for the sale of alcoholic beverages will be obtained and Dram Shop Act insurance will be purchased.
  • A paragraph in the request must describe how alcohol will only be made available to legal age students and/or This includes students bringing their own alcoholic beverages, or beverages being provided free when purchased by a student organization or other group.
  • The request must include a plan for a visible education program display or presentation urging responsible drinking of alcoholic beverages during the event.
  • Once the Dean of Students has reviewed the request for all necessary compliance, the request will be forwarded to the President for final Final approval can only be granted by the President.

Weapons Policy

The BOR Policy states, the use or possession of weapons, as defined in Section 53-206 of the Connecticut General Statutes, is prohibited on college campuses. All reported incidents of violence will be taken seriously and will be dealt with appropriately, including prompt evaluation, investigation and response. Any weapon or dangerous instrument will be confiscated and turned over to appropriate law enforcement/public safety authorities. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to such items on campus. Violations of this policy may lead to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from employment or expulsion from NCC. Violations may also result in criminal penalties.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Norwalk Community  College Statement
NCC strives to maintain a safe and welcoming environment free from acts of sexual misconduct and relationship violence. NCC will not tolerate sexual misconduct against students, faculty, staff or visitors, whether it comes in the form of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation or sexual harassment, as defined in the BOR policy.

In an ongoing effort to prevent sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence on the NCC campus, the College provides education and prevention programs for the NCC community and pursues all criminal and administrative remedies for complaints of sexual misconduct.

NCC is a community dependent upon trust and respect for its students, faculty, staff and those visiting or under temporary contract. Members of the college community have the right to a safe and welcoming campus environment. Acts of sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence threaten personal safety and violate the standards of conduct expected of community members.

Individuals and Entities Affected by this Policy
This policy applies to anyone on the property of NCC as well as anyone present at NCC‐sponsored programs or events. This policy extends to off‐campus violations of both students and employees in limited circumstances as noted below:

Students: Off‐campus misconduct may be subject to the jurisdiction of the College and addressed through its disciplinary procedures if one of the following conditions is met: (I) a student engages in prohibited conduct at an official College event, at a College‐sanctioned event, or at an event sponsored by a recognized student organization; or (II) a student engages in prohibited conduct under such circumstances that reasonable grounds exist for believing that the accused student poses a threat to the life, health or safety of any member of the College community or to the property of the College.

Employees: The decision of whether to  investigate and discipline employees for off‐campus misconduct will be made by the appropriate College administrator on a case‐by‐case basis in accordance with collective bargaining agreements, NCC/College policies, and state regulations.

Statement of Policy
The Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) in conjunction with the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) is committed to insuring that each member of every BOR governed college and College community has the opportunity to participate fully in the process of education and development. The BOR and CSCU strive to maintain a safe and welcoming environment free from acts of sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence. It is the intent of the BOR and each of its colleges or universities to provide safety, privacy and support to victims of sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence.

The BOR strongly encourages victims to report any instance of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking   and intimate partner violence, as an effective means of taking action by reporting such acts to the appropriate officials and pursuing criminal or disciplinary remedies, or both. The only way that action can be taken against anyone who violates  another in such a manner is through reporting. Each and every BOR governed college and university shall provide those who report sexual misconduct with many supportive options, including referral to agencies that provide medical attention, counseling, legal services, advocacy, referrals and general information regarding sexual misconduct. Each and every BOR governed college and university will preserve the confidentiality of those who report sexual misconduct to the fullest extent possible and allowed by law. All BOR and CSCU employees, victim support persons and community victim advocates being consulted will make any limits of confidentiality clear before any disclosure of facts takes place. Other  than confidential resources as defined above, in addition to employees who qualify as Campus Security Authorities  under the Jeanne Clery Act, all BOR and CSCU employees are required to immediately communicate to the institution’s designated recipient any disclosure or report of sexual misconduct received from a student as well as communicate any disclosure or report of sexual misconduct the employee received from another employee when misconduct is related to the business of the institution.

Affirmative consent must be given by all parties before engaging in sexual activity. Affirmative consent means an active, clear and voluntary agreement by a person to engage in sexual activity with another person. Sexual misconduct, as defined herein, is a violation of BOR policies and, in addition, may subject an accused student or employee to criminal penalties. The BOR and each of its governed colleges and universities are committed to providing an environment free of personal offenses. Sexual relationships of any kind between staff, faculty and students are discouraged pursuant to BOR policy.

The Board of Regents for Higher Education hereby directs the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities to implement the Policy stated above pursuant to the following provisions:

Terms and Usage
Consent must be affirmed and given freely, willingly, and knowingly of each participant to desired sexual involvement. Consent is a mutually affirmative, conscious decision – indicated clearly by words or actions – to engage in mutually accepted sexual contact. Consent may be revoked at any time during the sexual activity by any person engaged in the activity.

Affirmative consent may never be assumed because there is no physical resistance or other negative response. A person who initially consents to sexual activity shall be deemed not to have affirmatively consented to any such activity which occurs after that consent is withdrawn. It is the responsibility of each person to assure that he or she has the affirmative consent of all persons engaged in the sexual activity to engage in the sexual activity and that affirmative consent is sustained throughout the sexual activity. It shall not be a valid excuse to an alleged lack of affirmative consent that the student or employee responding to the alleged violation believed that the student reporting or disclosing the alleged violation consented to the activity (i) because the responding student or employee was intoxicated or reckless or failed to take reasonable steps to ascertain whether the student or employee reporting or disclosing the alleged violation affirmatively consented, or (ii) if the responding student or employee knew or should have known that the student or employee reporting or disclosing the alleged violation was unable to consent because the student or employee was unconscious, asleep, unable to communicate due to a mental or physical condition, or incapacitated due to the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication. The existence of a past or current dating or sexual relationship between the persons involved in the alleged violation shall not be determinative of a finding of affirmative consent.

Report of sexual misconduct is the receipt of a communication of an incident of sexual misconduct accompanied by a request for an investigation or adjudication by the institution.

Disclosure is the receipt of any communication of an incident of sexual misconduct that is not accompanied by a request for an investigation or adjudication by the institution.

Sexual misconduct includes engaging in any of the following behaviors:

(a) Sexual harassment, which can include any unwelcome sexual advance or request for sexual favors, or any conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s education or employment; submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting the individual; or such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or employment environment.

Examples of conduct which may constitute sexual harassment include but are not limited to:

  • Sexual flirtation, touching, advances or propositions
  • Verbal abuse of a sexual nature
  • Pressure to engage in sexual activity
  • Graphic or suggestive comments about an individual’s dress or appearance
  • Use of sexually degrading words to describe an individual
  • Display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures or photographs
  • Sexual jokes
  • Stereotypic comments based upon gender
  • Threats, demands or suggestions that retention of one’s educational status is contingent upon toleration of or acquiescence in sexual advances.

Retaliation is prohibited and occurs when a person is subjected to an adverse employment or educational action because he or she made a complaint under this policy or assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation.

(b) Sexual assault shall include but is not limited to a sexual act directed against another person without the consent (as defined herein) of the other person or when that person is not capable of giving such consent. Sexual assault is further defined in sections 53a‐70, 53a‐70a, 53a‐70b, 53a‐71, 53a‐72a, 53a‐72b and 53a‐73a of the Connecticut General Statutes.

(c) Sexual exploitation occurs when a person takes non‐consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for anyone’s advantage or benefit other than the person being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the preceding sexual misconduct offenses.

Examples of behavior that could rise to the level of sexual exploitation include:

  • Prostituting another person;
  • Non‐consensual visual (e.g., video, photograph) or audio‐recording of sexual activity;
  • Non‐consensual distribution of photos, other images, or information of an individual’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nakedness, with the intent to or having the effect of embarrassing an individual who is the subject of such images or information;
  • Going beyond the bounds of consent (for example, an individual who allows friends to hide in the closet to watch him or her having consensual sex);
  • Engaging in non‐consensual voyeurism;
  • Knowingly transmitting an STI, such as HIV to another without disclosing your STI status;
  • Exposing one’s genitals in non‐consensual circumstances, or inducing another to expose his or her genitals; or
  • Possessing, distributing, viewing or forcing others to view illegal pornography.

Sexual exploitation is further defined as a crime in Connecticut State Law.

(d) Intimate partner, domestic and/or dating violence means any physical or sexual harm against an individual by a current or former spouse of or person in a dating or cohabitating relationship with such individual that results from any action by such spouse or such person that may be classified as a sexual assault under section 53a‐70, 53a‐70a, 53a‐70b, 53a‐71, 53a‐72a, 53a‐72b or 53a‐73a of the general statutes, stalking under section 53a‐181c, 53a‐181d or 53a‐181e of the general statutes, or domestic or family violence as designated under section 46b‐38h of the general statutes. This includes any physical or sexual harm against an individual by a current or former spouse or by a partner in a dating relationship that results from (1) sexual assault (2) sexual assault in a spousal or cohabiting relationship; (3) domestic violence; (4) sexual harassment (5) sexual exploitation, as such terms are defined in this policy.

Offenses that are designated as “domestic violence” are against family or household members or persons in dating or cohabitating relationships and include assaults, sexual assaults, stalking, and violations of protective or restraining orders issued by a Court. Intimate partner violence may also include physical abuse, threat of abuse, and emotional abuse.

  • Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, slapping, pulling hair or punching.
  • Threat of abuse includes but is not limited to, threatening to hit, harm or use a weapon on another (whether victim or acquaintance, friend or family member of the victim) or other forms of verbal threat.
  • Emotional abuse includes but is not limited to, damage to one’s property, driving recklessly to scare someone, name calling, threatening to hurt one’s family members or pets and humiliating another person.
  • Cohabitation occurs when two individuals dwell together in the same place as if married.
  • The determination of whether a “dating relationship” existed is to be based upon the following factors: the reporting victim’s statement as to whether such a relationship existed, the length of the relationship, the type of the relationship and the frequency of the interaction between the persons reported to be involved in the relationship.

(e) Stalking, which is defined as repeatedly contacting another person when contacting person knows or should know that the contact is unwanted by the other person; and the contact causes the other person reasonable apprehension of imminent physical harm or the contacting person knows or should know that the contact causes substantial impairment of the other person’s ability to perform the activities of daily life. As used in this definition, the term “contacting” includes, but is not limited to, communicating with (including internet communication via e‐mail, instant message, on‐ line community or any other internet communication) or remaining in the physical presence of the other person.

Confidentiality
When a BOR governed college or university receives a report of sexual misconduct all reasonable steps will be taken by the appropriate CSCU officials to preserve the privacy of the reported victim while promptly investigating and responding to the report. While the institution will strive to maintain the confidentiality of personally identifiable student information reported, which information is subject to privacy requirements of the Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), the institution also must fulfill its duty to protect the campus community.

Confidential resources are defined as follows: For the Universities, entities with statutory privilege, which include campus based counseling center, health center and pastoral counseling staff members whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the University community as well as off campus counseling and psychological services, health services providers, member(s) of the clergy, and the local Sexual Assault Crisis Center and Domestic Violence Center. For the Colleges, confidential resources are limited to entities with statutory privilege, such as off campus counseling and psychological services, health services providers, member(s) of the clergy, and the local Sexual Assault Crisis Center and Domestic Violence Center. The personnel of these centers and agencies are bound by state statutes and professional ethics from disclosing information about reports without written releases.

Information provided to a confidential resource by a victim of a sexual misconduct or the person reported to have been the victim of sexual misconduct cannot be disclosed legally to any other person without consent, except under very limited circumstances, such as an imminent threat of danger to self or others or if the reported victim is a minor. Therefore, for those who wish to obtain the fullest legal protections and disclose in full confidentiality, she/he must speak with a confidential resource. Each BOR governed college and university will provide a list of such confidential resources in the College or University’s geographic region to victims of sexual misconduct as well as publish these resources on‐line and in various publications.

Where it is deemed necessary for the institution to take steps to protect the safety of the reported victim and/or other members of the campus community, the institution will seek to act in a manner so as not to compromise the privacy or confidentiality of the reported victim of sexual misconduct to the extent reasonably possible.

Mandated Reporting by College and College Employees
Other than confidential resources as defined above, in addition to employees who qualify as Campus Security Authorities under the Jeanne Clery Act, all employees are required to immediately communicate to the institution’s designated recipient (e.g., Title IX Coordinator) any disclosure or report of sexual misconduct received from a student regardless of the age of the reported victim. All employees are also required to communicate to the institution’s designated recipient (e.g., Title IX Coordinator) any disclosure or report of sexual misconduct received from an employee that impacts employment with the institution or is otherwise related to the business of the institution.

Upon receiving a disclosure or a report of sexual misconduct, employees are expected to supportively, compassionately and professionally offer academic and other accommodations and to provide a referral for support and other services.

Further, in accordance with Connecticut State law, with the exception of student employees, any paid administrator, faculty, staff, athletic director, athletic coach or athletic trainer who, in the ordinary course of their employment, has a reasonable cause to suspect or believe that a person under the age of 18 years has been abused or neglected, has been placed in imminent harm or has had a non‐accidental injury is required by law and Board policy to report the incident within twelve hours to their immediate supervisor and to the Department of Children and Families.

Rights of Parties
Those who report any type of sexual misconduct to any BOR governed college or university employee will be informed in a timely manner of all their rights and options, including the necessary steps and potential outcomes of each option. When choosing a reporting resource the following information should be considered:

  • All reports of sexual misconduct will be treated seriously and with dignity by the institution.
  • Referrals to off‐campus counseling and medical services that are available immediately and confidential, whether or not those who report feel ready to make any decisions about reporting to police, a college or university employee or the campus’s Title IX Coordinator.
  • Those who have been the victim of sexual misconduct have the right to take both criminal and civil legal action against the individual allegedly responsible.
  • Those who seek confidentiality may contact a clergy member(s), a University counseling center psychologist, a University health center care provider, the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Connecticut and/or the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence − all of whom are bound by state statutes and professional ethics to maintain confidentiality without written releases.

Options for Changing Academic, Housing, Transportation and Working Arrangements
The President and C.O.O. will provide assistance to those involved in a report of sexual misconduct, including but not limited to, reasonably available options for changing academic, campus transportation, housing or working situations as well as honoring lawful protective or temporary restraining orders. Each and every BOR governed college and university shall create and provide information specific to its campus detailing the procedures to follow after the commission of such violence, including people or agencies to contact for reporting purposes or to request assistance, and information on the importance of preserving physical evidence, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the sexual misconduct to Campus Security or local law enforcement.

Support Services
It is BOR policy that whenever a college or university Title IX Coordinator or other employee receives a report that a student, faculty or staff member has been subjected to sexual misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator or other employee shall immediately provide the student, faculty or staff member with contact information for and, if requested, professional assistance in accessing and using any appropriate campus resources, or local advocacy, counseling, health, and mental health services. All CSCU campuses shall develop and distribute contact information for this purpose as well as provide such information on‐line.

Right to Notify Law Enforcement & Seek Protective and Other Orders
Those who report being subjected to sexual misconduct shall be provided written information about her/his right to:

  • notify law enforcement and receive assistance from campus authorities in making the notification;
  • obtain a protective order, apply for a temporary restraining order or seek enforcement of an existing Such orders include:
    • standing criminal protective orders;
    • protective orders issued in cases of stalking, harassment, sexual assault, or risk of injury to or impairing the morals of a child;
    • temporary restraining orders or protective orders prohibiting the harassment of a witness;
    • family violence protective

How to Apply for Relief from Abuse
NCC does not issue orders of protection. NCC will comply with State Law in recognizing orders of protection, restraining orders and no contact orders. In order to file an order of protection you must file your petition in family court in the county where you live. You must fill out an Application for Relief From Abuse form and an Affidavit Relief From Abuse Form. You must give the filled out forms to the court clerk. The forms must be signed in front of a clerk, notary public or lawyer. The forms will be reviewed by a Judge. The court will order your hearing to be held within 14 days from the date of the order. If the Judge grants your request for a restraining order, the clerk’s office will process the papers and give you the proper documentation. Provide a copy of a protective order to the NCC Campus Security Department, and they will in turn develop a plan to reduce the risk of harm while on campus.

 

Family Services Directory
Norwalk
Family Services Office
17 Belden Avenue, Norwalk CT 06850
203.847.5825
Bridgeport
Family Services Office
1061 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
203.579.6513
Stamford
Family Services Office
123 Hoyt Street, Stamford, CT 06905
203.965.5282
New Haven
Family Services Office
235 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510
203.503.6820

Employee Conduct Procedures
Employees who are reported to have engaged in sexual misconduct are subject to discipline in accordance with the procedures applicable to the employee’s classification of employment.

Student Conduct Procedures
The Student Code of Conduct provides the procedures for the investigation, definitions of terms, and resolution of complaints regarding student conduct, including those involving sexual misconduct, as defined herein.

The Title IX Coordinator can assist in explaining the student conduct process. The Student Code of Conduct provides an equal, fair, and timely process (informal administrative resolution or a formal adjudication) for reported victims and accused students.

Reported victims of sexual misconduct shall have the opportunity to request that an investigation or disciplinary proceedings begin promptly; that such disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted by an official trained annually in issues relating to sexual misconduct and shall use the preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) standard in making a determination concerning the alleged sexual misconduct.

Both the reported victim of sexual misconduct and the accused student are entitled to be accompanied to any meeting or proceeding relating to the allegation of sexual misconduct by an advisor or support person of their choice, provided the involvement of such advisor or support person does not result in the postponement or delay of such meeting as scheduled and provided such an advisor or support person may not directly address the Hearing Body, question witnesses or otherwise actively participate in the hearing process or other meeting pertaining to a report of sexual misconduct and each student shall have the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses on her/his behalf during any disciplinary proceeding.

Both the reported victim and accused student are entitled to be provided at the same time written notice of the results of any disciplinary proceeding, normally within one (1) business day after the conclusion of such proceeding, which notice shall include the following: the name of the accused student, the violation committed, if any, and any sanction imposed upon the accused student. Sanctions may range from a warning to expulsion, depending upon the behavior and its severity of the violation(s). The reported victim shall have the same right to request a review of the decision of any disciplinary proceeding in the same manner and on the same basis as shall the accused student; however, in such cases, if a review by any reported victim is granted, among the other actions that may be taken, the sanction of the disciplinary proceeding may also be increased. The reported victim and the accused student are entitled to be simultaneously provided written notice of any change in the results of any disciplinary proceeding prior to the time when the results become final as well as to be notified when such results become final.

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the accused student and the reported victim have the right to keep their identities confidential.

Dissemination of this Policy
Upon adoption by the Board all CSCU institutions shall, upon receipt, immediately post and maintain this policy at all times in an easily accessible manner on each institution’s website. This policy shall thereafter be annually provided to all Title IX Coordinators, campus law enforcement officers and security personnel, and other campus personnel. Further, this policy shall be presented at student orientation and at student awareness and prevention trainings, and made broadly available at each campus. The policy shall be expanded upon by each institution to provide resources and contact information specific to their institution and geographic area as set forth above.

Professional and Pastoral Counselors
NCC protects the rights of survivors and witnesses of crimes and provides a wide variety of services to students in terms of counseling, mental health, addiction referrals, family support groups, sexual assault services and external local agencies. The NCC Security Department encourages all licensed mental health professionals to refer persons they are counseling to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis by contacting the Director of Campus Security, if and when they deem appropriate. There are no pastoral services on campus, however detailed information on the providers list can be found at the Counseling Center, located in the East Campus, room E104.

Sanctions and Protective Actions

How to File a Disciplinary Complaint
Any person who wants to file a disciplinary complaint must fill out a student or employee complaint form, and schedule an appointment with the Title IX Officer. At the time of the appointment, The Title IX Officer will discuss the allegations and determine if the allegations fall under her jurisdiction, or if the case need be referred to the Dean of Students or the Human Resource Department. If It falls under Title IX jurisdiction, the Title IX Officer will begin the process of gathering information and evidence that the complainant may have. The Title IX Officer will contact the alleged perpetrator to inform them of the complaint filed against him/her, and schedule an appointment to discuss the allegations. At this time, the perpetrator will have the opportunity to present their side and any evidence they might have. If either side wishes to provide witnesses to help support their case, the Title IX Officer will schedule appointments to meet with the witnesses and determine if they have information pertinent to the investigation. The process can take between 1-3 weeks depending on the actual complaint as well as the participation of the complainant, the alleged and the witnesses (if any).

Disciplinary Policies and Procedures
The submission of an application for admission to NCC represents a voluntary decision to participate in the programs and courses offered by the Institution according to the policies, rules and regulations of the College and the BOR. Each student is guaranteed the privilege of exercising his or her rights without fear of prejudice. Conduct by any student that adversely affects the NCC community’s pursuit of its educational objectives or represents a threat to its students, faculty or staff, will result in disciplinary action. The BOR/CSCU Student Code of Conduct and the student disciplinary policies and procedures can be found on online. The Dean of Students is responsible for the administration of all student disciplinary procedures. According to the BOR Student Code of Conduct, The Dean of Students may immediately place restrictions on or suspend a student on an interim basis if, in the judgement of the Dean, the continued presence of the student at the College or continued participation in full range of college activities poses a danger to persons or property or constitutes an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process.

The College’s disciplinary process includes a prompt, fair and impartial investigation and resolution process.

The Title IX Officer will determine on a case by case basis if a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct as it pertains to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The Title IX Officer will make a recommendation based on the type of allegation, and forward her recommendation to the Dean of Students for disciplinary actions. A student can be expelled, put on probation, and/or required to attend awareness/prevention trainings. If the Title IX Officer is unable to substantiate a complaint of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, she will reach out to the parties involved, and inform them of her decision. The Title IX Officer may suggest they attend awareness/prevention training and provide them with helpful resources on and off campus. For employees, if the Title IX Officer has determined that an employee has violated any policies as it pertains to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, she will make a recommendation based on the type of allegation, and forward her recommendation to the Director of Human Resources for disciplinary action. An employee may be put on paid or unpaid leave while the investigation is ongoing if it is determined that they pose a risk or danger to anyone. If it is determined they are not a risk or danger, they will be asked to avoid contact or communication with the complainant while the investigation is taking place.

Members of the College community may contact the Title IX coordinator in order to seek information about courses of action available to resolve reports or complaints that involve sexual misconduct; to file a complaint or otherwise make a report of sexual misconduct; to get information about available resources and support services available to victims of sexual misconduct, and; to ask any questions concerning the College’s policies and procedures relating to sexual misconduct. NCC recognizes that allegations of sexual misconduct are a sensitive subject for all parties involved and is committed to maintaining the privacy of the parties involved to the fullest extent possible, consistent with applicable law and the need for investigation and resolution. NCC, through the Title IX coordinator, may investigate and take reasonable action even when the individual making a report of sexual misconduct requests anonymity or requests that no action be taken. Thus, absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. In all cases, the College will take care to protect the identity of the parties through processes that provide for discussion of the allegations only among those who have a legitimate administrative, investigative, or legal need to know.

All reports of sexual misconduct will be taken seriously and investigated as appropriate. For any hearing conducted involving allegations of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking and intimate partner violence, the reported victim and the accused student shall each have the following rights:

  1. At any meeting or proceeding, both the reported victim and accused student may be accompanied by an advisor or support person of the student’s choice provided the advisor or support person does not cause a scheduled meeting or hearing to be delayed or postponed and provided an advisor or support person may not directly address the Hearing Body, question witnesses, or otherwise actively participate in the hearing process (or other proceeding or pertaining to a report of sexual misconduct);
  2. The reported victim of sexual misconduct is entitled to request that disciplinary proceedings begin promptly;
  3. Any hearing regarding an accusation of sexual misconduct shall (i) be fair, prompt and impartial; (ii) be conducted by a Hearing Body annually trained in issues relating to sexual misconduct (iii) use the preponderance of evidence (more likely than not ) standard; (iv) shall allow both the accused student and reported victim the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses on their behalf during any disciplinary proceeding; (v) shall provide both the accused student and the reported victim with equal access to any information that will be used during meetings and hearings; and (vi) invoke the standard of “affirmative consent1” in determining whether consent to engage in sexual activity was given by all persons who engaged in sexual activity .
  4. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the accused student     and the reported victim have the right to keep their identities confidential;
  5. Any reported victim shall be provided written notice of the decision of the Hearing Body at the same time as the accused student, normally within one (1) business day after the conclusion of the Hearing. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) the notice to any reported victim of sexual misconduct shall contain only the following: the name of the accused student, the violation committed, if any, and any sanction imposed against the accused student.
  6. The reported victim shall have the same right to request a review of the decision of the Hearing Body (appeal rights) in the same manner and on the same basis as shall the accused student; however, if a request for review by a reported victim is determined to be properly made and if the review determines there is sufficient grounds for altering the decision of the Hearing Body, among the other actions that may be taken as set forth above, the sanction of the hearing may also be increased. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in any hearing pertaining to sexual misconduct both the reported victim and the accused student are entitled to be simultaneously provided notice of any change in the results of the hearing prior to the time when the results become final as well as to be notified when such results become final.

Sanctions
According to the BOR Student Code of Conduct, the prior conduct record of a Student shall be considered in determining the appropriate sanction for a Student who has been found to have violated any part of Section I.D. of this Code. Sanctions shall be progressive in nature that is, more serious sanctions may be imposed if warranted by the prior conduct record of the Student.

A “Sanction” may be any action affecting the status of an individual as a Student taken by the College in response to a violation of this Policy, and for the purposes of this Section III of the Code include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Expulsion is a permanent separation from the College that involves denial of all Student privileges, including entrance to College premises;
  2. Suspension is a temporary separation from the College that involves denial of all Student privileges, including entrance to college premises for the duration of the suspension, and may include conditions for reinstatement;
  3. Removal of College Privileges involves restrictions on Student access to certain locations, functions and/or activities but does not preclude the Student from continuing to pursue his/her academic program;
  4. Probation is a status that indicates either (a) serious misconduct not warranting expulsion, suspension, or removal of College privileges , or (b) repetition of misconduct after a warning has been imposed;
  5. A Warning is a written notice to the Student indicating that he or she has engaged in conduct that is in violation of Section I.D. of this Code and that any repetition of such conduct or other conduct that violates this Code is likely to result in more serious sanctions;
  6. Community Restitution requires a Student to perform a number of hours of service on the campus or in the community at large.

Employees who are reported to have engaged in sexual misconduct are subject to discipline in accordance with the procedures applicable to the employee’s classification of employment.

Policy Disclosure to the Alleged Victim
NCC 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, NCC will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, if requested.

Sexual and Domestic Violence Procedures

Anyone who has experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking should do the following:

  • Safely find a place away from harm.
  • Call 911 or if on campus, contact Campus Security at 203-857-7223.
  • Call a friend, a family member or someone else you trust and ask her or him to stay with you.
  • Go to the nearest medical facility/emergency room. It is important to seek appropriate medical attention to ensure your health and well-being, as well as to preserve any physical evidence.
  • If you suspect that you may have been given a drug, ask the hospital or clinic where you receive medical care to take a urine sample. The urine sample should be preserved as evidence. “Rape drugs,” such as Rohypnol and GHB, are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood.
  • For professional and confidential counseling support, you can call The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education at 203-348-9346, or you can call RAINN, the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.
  • You should take steps to preserve any physical evidence because it will be necessary to prove criminal domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or to obtain a protective order.
  • Do not wash your hands, bathe, or douche. Do not urinate, if possible.
  • Do not eat, blow your nose, drink liquids, smoke, or brush your teeth if oral contact took place.
  • Keep the clothing worn when the incident occurred. If you change clothing, place the worn clothing in a paper bag.
  • Do not destroy any physical evidence that may be found in the vicinity of the incident by cleaning or straightening the location of the crime. Do not clean or straighten the location of the crime until law enforcement officials have had an opportunity to collect evidence.
  • Tell someone all the details you remember or write them down as soon as possible.
  • Maintain text messages, pictures, online postings, video and other documentary or electronic evidence that may corroborate a complaint.

Staying informed About Safety

NCC offers various safety and security training and information through various media and in-person which includes:

  • New Student Orientation.
  • Literature that is available to students regarding measures that can be taken to guard against sexual assaults and date rape in the monthly Campus Security  Newsletter.
  • Related literature is available in the Counseling Center, East campus room E104.
  • Posters and handouts throughout the college that list available assistance for students who have experienced sexual misconduct.
  • College student conduct proceedings, as well as the BOR’s guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct, are detailed in the Student Handbook.
  • Diversity & Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for employees.
  • “Not Anymore,” Mandatory Online training for students which provides critical information about Consent, Bystander Intervention, Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence, Stalking, and much more.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. provides in part:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

NCC Security Admin Laura Mirkov (203.857.7313) and Counselor Wendy Mendes (203.857.7121) serve as the College’s Title IX Coordinators. A Title IX Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all sexual misconduct complaints, and must address any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. In addition, a Title IX Coordinator shall:

  • Act as a liaison between the parties and the NCC
  • Review all evidence in a sexual misconduct case brought before NCC’s Hearing Committee to determine whether the complainant is entitled to a remedy under Title IX that was not available through the Hearing
  • Organize the Activities of the Hearing
  • Communicate regularly with law enforcement and other campus officials investigating cases, and provide information to law enforcement unit personnel regarding Title IX
  • Determine if law enforcement must be notified of reports of sexual harassment or violence.

More information on Title IX

On Campus Resources

Name Title / Department Location Phone
Andrea Arnold M.S.W. Family & Child Agency (FCA) East – Student Success Center 203.857.7022
Laura Mirkov NCC Security Admin / Title IX Officer East – Room E214 203.857.7313
Wendy Mendes Counselor / Title IX Officer East – Room E104 203.857.7121

Local Community and State Resources

Name Phone
The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education 203.348.9346
Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut, Inc. 860.456.2789
Women & Families Center See Below
Meriden office 203.235.9297
Middletown office 860.344.1474
New Haven office 203.389.5010
The Center for Family Justice, Sexual Assault Hotline 203.333.2233
Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury, Inc. Local Hotline 203.753.36131.888.999.5545
Embrace Hope Expect Change, Center for Family Justice: Crisis Counseling / A Path to Healing Group 203.256.3130 / Hotline 1.888.568.8332
National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Connecticut Alliance to end Sexual Violence, Inc. 1.860.282.9881
Rape Crisis Center of Milford 1.888.999.5545
New Haven Vet Center Sexual Trauma Program 203.932.9899

Medical Attention

Members of the campus community who believe they have been subjected to a sexual assault, should obtain a forensic examination. Completing a forensic examination does not require you to file a police report. You can receive an examination at any of the area hospitals.

Location Phone
Norwalk Hospital Emergency Room 203.852.2000
Stamford Hospital Emergency Room 203.276.7777
Bridgeport Hospital Emergency Room 203.384.3566
Milford Hospital Emergency Room 203.876.4100
Yale Hospital Emergency Room 203.688.2222

Reference Information - Crime Data

Classifying and Defining Clery Act Crimes

The Clery Act requires institutions to disclose four general categories of crime statistics:

Types of Offenses:

There are seven Uniform Crime Report offenses, including:

  • Criminal Homicide
    • Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter
    • Manslaughter by Negligence
  • Sex Offenses
    • Rape
    • Fondling
    • Incest
    • Statutory Rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson

The definition of the above mentioned crimes that the Clery Act mandates to report will help the NCC community be aware of the gravity of each crime.

Criminal Offenses

Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter is defined as the willful (non- negligent) killing of one human being by As a general rule, any death caused by injuries received in a fight, argument, quarrel, assault or commission of a crime is classified as Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter.

Negligent Manslaughter is defined as the killing of another person through gross As a general rule, any death caused by the gross negligence of another. In other words, it’s something that a reasonable and prudent person would not do.

Sexual Assault (Sex Offenses) is defined as any sexual act directed against another person, without consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

Rape is the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus, with any body part or object or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. This offense includes the rape of both males and females.

Fondling is the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental capacity.

Incest is sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Statutory Rape is sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

Robbery is the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or  by putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated Assault is an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

Burglary: Burglary is the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a Felony or a  For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or a felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Motor Vehicle Theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle (classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access, even though the vehicles are later abandoned – including joy riding)

Arson: Arson is any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

VAWA Offenses

Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is defined as a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed:

  • By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
  • By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
  • By a person who is cohabitation with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
  • By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred;
  • By any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.

Dating Violence: Dating violence is defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between persons involved in the relationship.

For the purpose of this definition:

  • Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
  • Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.

Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:

  • Fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or
  • Suffer substantial emotional

For the purpose of this definition –       

Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.

Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim.

Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

Hate Crimes

The hate crimes must be reported by category of prejudice. The following crimes reported to local police agencies or to a Campus Security Authority that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability. The following definitions on these crimes apply:

Race: A preformed negative attitude toward a group of persons  who possess common physical characteristics (e.g., color of skin, eyes, and/or hair; facial features, ) genetically transmitted by descent and heredity which distinguish them as a distinct division of humankind (e.g., Asians, blacks, whites).

Gender: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a person or a group of persons based on their actual or perceived gender, e.g. male or female.

Gender Identity: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a person or group of persons based on their actual or perceived gender itentity, e.g. bias against transgender or gender non-conforming individuals.

Religion: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons who share the same religious beliefs regarding the origin and purpose of the universe and the existence or nonexistence of a supreme being (e.g., Catholics, Jews, Protestants,  atheists).

Sexual orientation: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their actual or perceived sexual

Ethnicity: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of people whose members identify with each other, through a common heritage, often

consisting of a common language, common culture (often including a shared religion) and/or ideology that stresses common ancestry.

National Origin: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of people based on their actual or perceived country of birth.

Disability: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their physical or mental impairments, whether such disability is temporary or permanent, congenital or acquired by heredity, accident, injury, advanced age or illness.

Arrests + Referrals for Disciplinary Action

For illegal weapons possession and violation of drug and liquor laws.

Arrest: is defined as persons processed by arrest, citation or summons.

Referred for disciplinary action: is defined as the referral of any person to any official who initiates a disciplinary action of which a record is established which may result in the imposition of a

Illegal Weapons Possession: is defined as the violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices or other deadly This classification encompasses weapons offenses that are regulatory in nature. Include in this classification: manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; using, manufacturing, etc., of silencers ; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and attempts to commit any of the  above.

Drug Abuse Violations: are defined as the violation of laws prohibiting the production, distribution and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment or devices utilized in their preparation and/or The unlawful cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, use, possession, transportation or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance. Arrests for violations of state and local laws, specifically those relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics— manufactured narcotics which can cause true addiction (Demerol, methadone); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).

Liquor Law Violations: are defined as the violation of state or local laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages, not including driving under the influence and Include in this classification: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing, etc., of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; underage possession; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on train or public conveyance; and attempts to commit any of the above.

Site Map

Norwalk Community College’s property line will be a reportable area under on campus property category for Clery Act reporting of crimes. Magrath Park and Five Mile River are public properties and will be considered for Clery Act reporting of crimes under public property category. The portion of Richards Avenue that is directly accessible from both East and West Campus will be considered under Clery Act reporting of crimes as well. All cemeteries shown in the map are private properties and will not be considered for Clery Act reporting of crimes.

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