The College campus is protected by the Wilson Community College Police Department with assistance of officers from the Wilson Police Department through a mutual memorandum of understanding. The College does not allow voluntary, confidential reporting of on-campus criminal activity. All qualified crimes are investigated and reported.
- Timely Warnings & Emergency Notifications
- Crime Awareness and Campus Security
- Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
- Drug and Alcohol Free Campus Policy
- Emergency Procedures
- Weapons on Campus
- Statement on Discrimination and Harassment
- Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, and Retaliation
- Title IX & Campus SaVE Act Statement
Timely Warnings & Emergency Notifications
The College issues warnings and emergency notifications to the entire College community as necessary with emails to College email addresses, text messages to mobile phones, voicemails to home phones, and/or immediate postings to the College website, College Facebook and Twitter pages, and campus message boards. Students can opt-out / unsubscribe to calls and text messages, but not emails. The College uses the Early Alert Referral System (EARS) system.
Crime Awareness and Campus Security
Wilson Community College is required by federal law to collect and report certain information concerning campus and community crime and security. The Clery Report is prepared, published, and made available to all current students and employees and to any applicant for enrollment or employment, upon request.
The Clery Report is also available in hard copy in the Student Development Center. The College will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence (as the term is defined in section 16 of title 18, the United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the College against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for these purposes.
Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
In compliance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, individuals may request information on registered sex offenders at http://sexoffender.ncsbi.gov/ or by calling the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 237-2118.
Drug and Alcohol Free Campus Policy
In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act, it is the policy of this College that the use, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of illicit drugs and alcoholic beverages on College property or as part of any College sponsored activity are prohibited. The term “illicit drugs” can include any drug listed in G.S. 90-89 through G.S. 90-94. The term “alcoholic beverage” can include any beverage listed in G.S. 18B-101.
Any employee or student who engages in any of these prohibited actions on College property or at a College sponsored activity will be subject to sanctions which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Penalties may be imposed ranging from written warnings, mandatory counseling or rehabilitation, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from the College. Any infraction which is also a violation of federal, state, or local law will be reported to local law enforcement authorities. Legal sanctions for violations of federal, state, or local laws can include, but are not limited to, fines and prison sentences. The legal consequences of violating federal and state laws regarding drugs and alcohol can be severe, including imprisonment, fines, court costs, mandatory community service, loss of eligibility for some state licenses, loss of driving privileges, increased insurance premiums, ineligibility for certain jobs, and possible loss of eligibility for financial aid. For more information, see the following websites: www.ncabc.com and www.drugs.health.gov.
Any such person charged with a violation of this policy may be suspended from enrollment or employment before initiation or completion of disciplinary proceedings, if, after an appropriate pre-termination inquiry, the College determines that the continued presence of such person within the College community would constitute a clear and immediate danger to the health or welfare of other members of the community.
The College maintains information on its drug-free awareness program in the office of the Human Resources Manager, the office of the College Police Chief, and the office of the Dean of Student Development. This information, also available on the College website, includes the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol which can include, but are not limited to; sleep disorders, gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, and death. The use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol can also be a danger in the workplace or academic environment creating problems of tardiness, absenteeism, and poor performance.
The College does not have a program of drug counseling, rehabilitation or an employee assistance program. However, people experiencing problems with illicit drugs or alcohol abuse are encouraged to voluntarily seek counseling or treatment programs and may seek information regarding local off-campus services in the Student Development Office.
Wilson Community College will conduct a biennial review of its drug-free awareness program to determine its effectiveness and implement changes as needed. The biennial review will also ensure that sanctions for violations of this policy are consistently enforced.
Each classroom and office has emergency instructions posted and marked “Emergency” telephones are located in all campus classrooms. These emergency phones automatically dial the switchboard operator when lifted off their cradle. These phones should only be used when you witness a crime in progress, medical emergency, or behavior which you believe could result in death or serious bodily harm.
In the event of an emergency, an appropriate course of action and instructions will be announced using the Emergency Broadcast System. The College also has an emergency notification email/text system to alert students and employees in the event of a campus emergency. Such emergency notifications and timely warnings are made in an effort to keep the campus safe.
The College has developed emergency response and campus evacuation procedures and shall disclose such in response to a significant and emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus. Building evacuation plans are posted in each building and Emergency Information Guides are posted is each room where people can gather on campus. The College conducts emergency response exercises each year including tests of campus emergency notification systems. Each College department has developed contingency and business continuity plans for their staff and their area of responsibility.
Weapons on Campus
NC law generally prohibits carrying a “weapon” either openly or concealed on community college property. A weapon includes firearms, explosives, BB guns, stun guns, air rifle or pistol, and certain types of knives or other sharp instruments.
The NC legislature, in N.C.G.S. 14-269.2(k), provided a limited exception which took effect on October 1, 2013. A firearm is permissible on a community college campus only under the following limited circumstances:
- The firearm is a handgun; AND
- The individual has a valid concealed handgun permit or is exempt from the law requiring a permit; AND
- The handgun remains in either: a closed compartment or container within the individual with the permit’s locked vehicle; or a locked container securely affixed to the individual with the permit’s locked vehicle; AND
- The vehicle is only unlocked when the individual with the permit is entering or exiting the vehicle; AND
- The firearm remains in the closed compartment at all times.
Possession of a firearm/weapon on campus otherwise will bring legal and disciplinary action.
Statement on Discrimination and Harassment
Wilson Community College does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of the College community against any individual because of their membership, or perceived membership, in any of the following protected classes: race, color, creed or religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, familial status, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, or citizenship in matters of admission, employment, services, or in the educational programs or activities it operates.
Harassment, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination. This includes harassing conduct affecting tangible job benefits, interfering unreasonably with an individual’s academic work or work performance, or creating what a reasonable person would perceive as an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, and Retaliation
In compliance with federal and state statutes, Wilson Community College is committed to maintaining and ensuring a work and study environment free of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. The College has the ability to address such allegations, investigations, and prompt and effective remedial actions in a non-criminal context. The College’s process is separate and apart from law enforcement and/or the judicial system. If a College official has enough reason to believe a crime has been committed, he or she may be obligated to report the allegation to the police, if they have not yet been contacted. Student safety is the College’s primary concern and retaliation in any way against any individual who reports such conduct is strictly forbidden. Reporting a crime to law enforcement with jurisdiction is also an option.
Sexual harassment is defined as deliberate, unsolicited, and unwelcome verbal and/or physical conduct of a sexual nature or with sexual implications. No official, employee, or student shall exhibit coercion, restraint, or reprisal against anyone complaining of alleged sexual harassment and no personnel or academic decisions shall be made on the basis of the granting or denial of sexual favors. For a complete copy of the College’s sexual harassment policy, contact the HR office and/or the Dean of Student Development.
Anyone who feels they have experienced sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence in violation of this policy may file a grievance with the Title IX Coordinator, or in his or her absence, any senior College administrator who will report all allegations to the appropriate person(s). An individual may also contact the Wilson Community College Police Department. Violation of this policy shall constitute possible disciplinary action up to and including dismissal of employment and or expulsion from the College.
Title IX & Campus SaVE Act Statement
The Campus SaVE Act prohibits sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. SaVE also requires a range of reporting options for those are victims of SaVE crimes, including reporting to the College administration, campus police, local law enforcement, or confidential reporting that seeks information about on and off-campus support services but declining to report otherwise. All new students are expected to complete the College Title IX / SaVE Act online training that is available at https://slate.workplaceanswers.com/wilsonccstudents/.
View The College Title IX/SaVE policy, procedure, and complaint form online or get a hard copy from the Human Resources Office (C-106), Dean of Student Development (F-100), or Dean of Continuing Education, Industrial Technologies, and Sustainability (B-106).
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by the College. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. The College has designated a Title IX Coordinator, listed under “About WCC” on the College website, to coordinate the College’s compliance with and respond to inquiries concerning Title IX. Under the new SAVE Act, the College offers sexual assault prevention and awareness programs to both students and employees, which includes bystander intervention and risk reduction. A person may seek information, ask questions, or file a complaint regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by contacting one of the following persons:
Human Resources Manager
Executive Dean of Student Development
Vice-President for Academic Affairs
See the full range of reporting options in the College’s Title IX / SaVE Act procedure, available on the College website.
Additionally, persons may file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights of the US Department of Education.
The College can also assist any complainant to connect with community resources including:
NC Victim Assistance Network
Wilson Crisis Center
NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Professional Counselors and Mental Health Services