Crime Awareness and Prevention Activities
Programs sponsored by community/campus organizations, housing residence life, college staff and local law enforcement personnel provide sessions each academic year on topics including personal safety awareness and security, domestic violence/sexual assault, the prevention of theft and vandalism, and alcohol and drug abuse. Information on safety and security issues is provided to students and employees regularly through bulletins, crime alerts, posters, brochures, and college and community newspapers.
During business hours, DCC (excluding the student living complex) will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours access to all DCC facilities is by key, if issued, or by admittance via the Physical Plant staff. Over extended breaks, the doors of all halls will be secured around the clock. Some facilities may have individual hours which may vary at different times of the year. Examples are the Student Success Center, the Library, and the computer labs. In these cases, the facilities will be secured according to schedules developed by the departments responsible.
DCC does not employ a police staff; The Physical Plant and Housing staff members, who work past regular business hours, have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at DCC. Criminal incidents (in/around the student living complex) are referred to the Housing Director and/or the local police department who have jurisdiction on the campus. Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to local law enforcement, the Assistant Vice President for Instruction & Student Services, and/or the Physical Plant staff in a timely manner.
Crime Prevention Programs:
Crime prevention programs and sexual assault prevention programs are offered on a continual basis. Specific programs designed to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices, and to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others include:
- Summer Pre-Registration programs for parents (2 times annually)
- Orientation activities (1 time annually)
- Student Living Complex educational programming (bi-weekly during academic year)
- Learning & Engagement and Student Success educational programming (3 to 4 times each semester) Week of Welcome (one time per semester).
A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibilities for their own security and the security of others. In addition to seminars, information is disseminated to students and employees through crime prevention awareness packets, security alert posters, electronic displays, videos, and articles in college newspapers. When time is of the essence, information is released to the college community through security alerts posted prominently throughout campus, through e-mail messages to employees and through website notifications.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response:
Dawson Community College educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through first-year student orientations each fall. The Dawson County Domestic Violence Program (DCDV – Web site: http://www.dcdv.org CRISIS Line: 406-989-1318) offers sexual assault awareness information and programs to college students and employees upon request. Educational programming and literature on date rape education, risk reduction and DCC response is available through Learning & Engagement programs, Student Success programming, and various other Student Services offices. If you are a victim of a sexual assault while on DCC’s grounds or anywhere in our community, the absolute first priority should be to get to a place of safety. Next, obtain the necessary medical treatment. Instruction and Student Services strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault in/on the student living complex should be reported directly to a Housing Staff member; filing a report will not obligate the victim to prosecute nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from DCC employees. Filing a sexual assault report will:
- Ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests.
- Provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam).
- Assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
When a sexual assault victim contacts any Dawson Community College representative, the Glendive Police Department or Dawson County Sheriff’s Office will be notified as well. Employees or volunteers who receive an allegation of sexual assault related to a member of the DCC community (faculty, staff or student) must report the alleged sexual assault to the Glendive Police Department and the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Student Services (AVP) at DCC. The Glendive Police Department will process the matter criminally and the AVP will process the matter under DCC policy. The only employees who may honor a request for confidentiality from an adult victim of sexual assault are those whose conversations are protected by a legally recognized privilege. The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system, and Dawson Community College Judicial procedures, or only the latter. A college employee (normally the Assistant Vice President for Instruction & Student Services, or his designee) will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim with her/his decision. Counseling options are available from the Glendive Medical Center, and the Eastern Montana Mental Health Center; other referrals and options may be available through the Student Advocate and/or the Assistant Vice President for Instruction & Student Services. Dawson Community College ‘s Student Code of Conduct prohibits “Participating in any actual or threatened non-consensual sexual act” and outlines disciplinary proceedings, and guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct. The accused and the victim will each be allowed to choose one person who has had no formal legal training to accompany them throughout the formal grievance procedure. Both the victim and accused will be informed of the outcome of the grievance procedure. A student found guilty of violating the DCC Student Code of Conduct could be criminally prosecuted in the Montana State courts and may be suspended or expelled from DCC for the first offense, entirely independent of any legal action pending or final. Student victims have the option to change their academic and/or on-campus living situations after an alleged sexual assault if such changes are reasonably available.
In an emergency, contact the Glendive Police Department at 911, then contact DCC Title IX Coordinator Dr. Vincent Nix at 406-377-8132 (DCC Main Building, room 122). A student who wishes to report a sexual assault or misconduct or file a complaint against another student or College employee should notify the Title IX Coordinator; the Title IX Coordinator, Director of Student Learning & Engagement, Housing Director, and Student Advocate can explain support options, investigative steps, and hearing procedures. Complaints will be handled in a timely and confidential manner to the extent reasonably possible. The alleged victim has the option to notify law enforcement authorities including on-campus and local police, be assisted by campus authorities in notifying law enforcement authorities (if the victim so chooses), and decline to notify such authorities. It is important to preserve evidence as may be necessary to prove domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or sexual harassment, or to obtain a court order. It is imperative for sexual assault victims to have an examination at the local emergency facility as quickly as possible, and to not shower prior to having a forensic examination. The longer an individual waits to pursue this option, the more difficult it becomes to collect forensic evidence. The Title IX Coordinator, a sexual assault advocate, or local police can assist a victim in obtaining an exam.
The Dawson Community College (DCC) crime statistics may be found on our website. In accordance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994, the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act of 1994, the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, DCC is providing a link to the information regarding registered sex offenders in Dawson County available through http://www.dawsoncountysheriff.org/#!sex-offenders and in Montana available through the https://app.doj.mt.gov/apps/svow/