Campus Safety

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.

Discrimination and Harassment Policy

Wilson Community College does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, or citizenship in matters of admission, employment, or 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.

Any student who feels that he or she has experienced or witnessed discrimination or harassment, other than discrimination or harassment based on sex/gender, should contact the Vice President of Student Development. Discrimination or harassment based on sex/gender should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator. (See Title IX and Sexual Harassment).

Drug and Alcohol Free Campus Policy

In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act, this policy prohibits the unlawful use, possession, manufacture, and/or distribution of any controlled substance on the campuses of Wilson Community College. The term “controlled substance” means any drug listed in 21 CFR Part 1308 and other federal regulations, as well as those listed in Article V, Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Such drugs include, but are not limited to heroin, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, and GHB. They also include legal drugs, which are not prescribed by a licensed health care provider. Furthermore, any substance taken that may cause impairment, including but not limited to bath salts, inhalants, or synthetic herbs are also considered a violation of this policy. The unlawful consumption or possession of alcohol as defined in NC G.S. 18B-101, is prohibited on the campuses of Wilson Community College. The Board of Trustees of Wilson Community College has authorized exceptions for the use of alcohol on WCC campuses for the following purposes:

  • Training and Instructional Purposes
  • Laboratory Experiments
  • Special events where alcohol is served in conjunction with federal, state/local laws, and the North Carolina ABC Commission as outlined in the College’s procedures for Use of Alcohol for Special Events. Alcohol may only be served in the Eagles Center, defined as: G-235, G-237, Kitchen, and Main Lobby.

Any individual found to be in violation of this policy on College property or at a College-sponsored activity will be subject to sanctions ranging from written warnings, mandatory counseling and/or rehabilitation, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion. Appropriate sanctions will be determined by the College administration on a case by case basis. Any infraction, which is also a violation of federal, state, or local law will be reported to law enforcement authorities.

When the College determines that the continued presence of any person charged with violating this policy would constitute a clear and immediate threat to the health and safety of the individual and/or other members of the College community, they may be suspended from enrollment or employment before initiation or completion of disciplinary proceedings.

Each employee and student is required to inform the College in writing within five days after he or she is convicted of violating any federal, state, or local drug or alcoholic beverage control statute where such violation occurred on College property or at a College-sponsored activity. A conviction means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or the imposition of a sentence, or both by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of federal or state criminal drug statutes.

The College maintains information on its drug-free awareness program in the office of the Director of Human Resources and the office of the Vice President of Student Development. This information 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 drug use or alcohol abuse are encouraged to voluntarily seek counseling or treatment programs. Student Development Counselors are available to assist with finding outside treatment options.

Sex Crimes Prevention Act

In compliance with the federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, the campus community may obtain the most recent information received concerning sex offenders who may be employed, enrolled, or volunteering at the College. This information is available from the following sources:

Timely Warnings

If a situation arises that, in the judgment of the Wilson Community College Police Department, constitutes an emergency or threat, a campus wide “timely warning” alert will be issued using the campus-wide emergency messaging system. The alert will be posted on the College’s website and sent to students, faculty, and staff via WCC e-mail accounts and text message. Students and employees are automatically enrolled to receive text message alerts, but may opt out from receiving notifications by text. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Wilson Community College Police Department.

Title IX & Sexual Harassment

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, to direct the College’s compliance efforts and respond to inquiries concerning Title IX. A person may file a complaint regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by contacting the following persons:

Cindy Allen, Director of Human Resources/TIX Coordinator
PO Box 4305, Wilson, NC 27893
Office: C-106
Phone: (252) 246-1263

OR in Ms. Allen’s absence:

Amy Noel, Vice President of Student Development
PO Box 4305, Wilson, NC 27893
Office: F-103e
Phone: (252) 246-1275

Please see the College Title IX/Campus Save Act policy and procedure on the College website, including the full range of reporting options and a complete description of the College’s implementation, investigation, and adjudication process.

A copy of the College Title IX policy and procedure is also available in the offices of the Director of Human Resources (C-106), Vice President of Student Development (F-100), and Dean of Continuing Education (B-106).

Additionally, persons may file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights of the US Department of Education at:

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The College will also assist with connecting victims with community resources including:

  • NC Victim Assistance Network
    Wilson Crisis Center • (252) 237-5156
  • NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault
    Wesley Shelter • (252) 291-2344
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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, conduct investigations, and provide 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 always 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 Human Resources Office and/or the Vice President 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, Title IX Deputy 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.

The College will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence (as that 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.

Weapons on Campus

North Carolina state law prohibits carrying a “weapon” either openly or concealed on community college property. A weapon includes firearms, explosives, BB guns, stun guns, air rifles/pistols, and certain types of knives or other sharp instruments.

The NC legislature provides a limited exception in N.C.G.S. 14-269.2(k), which took effect on October 1, 2013. A handgun may be permitted on a community college campus only under the following limited circumstances:

  • The firearm is a handgun; AND
  • The individual has a valid concealed carry permit or is exempt from the law requiring a permit; AND
  • The handgun remains in either: a closed compartment or container within the permit holder’s locked vehicle; or a locked container securely affixed to the permit holder’s locked vehicle; AND
  • The vehicle is only unlocked when the permit holder is entering or exiting the vehicle; AND
  • The firearm remains in the closed compartment at all times.

Possession of a firearm or weapon on campus outside of these conditions will bring legal and disciplinary action.

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Severe Weather Alert

Due to the threat of severe weather, the college will be closed on Friday, September 7, 2023.