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Annual Campus Safety & Security, Crime and Fire Statistics

Campus Safety & Security Data

Safety and Security Policies

Compliance Statement

Centralia College complies with the reporting requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of Amendments of 1989 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. The college informs all employees, students and prospective students of this report and provides this report upon request.

The college monitors criminal activity and maintains a three-year report of such activity. The college has a variety of policies and procedures related to campus security and publishes them in this report. The college reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures, or adopt additional polices and procedures, at any time without notice. Such changes will appear in future issues of this report.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

The Emergency Team will meet and establish an Incident Command System whenever there is an emergency incident. An emergency incident is an incident that results or is likely to result in grave harm or death or major damage to facilities or infrastructure. The college will implement its Emergency and Crises Response Plan to confirm that there is a significant emergency, determine who to notify, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system.

The senior administrator on the scene will issue the order to implement the Emergency Team Incident Command System and will serve as Incident Commander (IC) until relieved by the president or the administrator in charge of the campus. The IC will determine the location of the Incident Command Post (ICP).

The team will assemble at the Incident Command Post (FOM) or the alternate Incident Command Post (IT Office, Washington Hall), whichever is safer. Team members will proceed to the Incident Command Post, but only if it is safe to do so. The Incident Command Post shall be made secure. The name of the Incident Command Post will be "Centralia College Command."

The Incident Commander will take emergency action when in his or her judgment at the time there is probable cause to assume an emergency is in progress or is imminent. The IC will base this decision upon information provided by public health, safety, law enforcement, fire, weather, or other emergency officials or agencies or provided by credible statements or eye- witness reports from campus officials, students or the public. The Incident Commander should not necessarily wait for the Emergency Team to convene before initiating the emergency notification system, if waiting for the team to convene will cause unacceptable delay in making such notification.

The Incident Commander will immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus. The Incident Commander will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of the Incident Commander, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

The scope of the emergency notification shall depend on the location and nature of the emergency, and may be stepwise as more information is developed. Under the Incident Command System, the Liaison Officer shall coordinate with responding public agencies dissemination of emergency information to the larger community. The Public Information Officer shall provide the larger community with follow-up information.

The college will use the Lewis County Code Red system and/or the college e2campus communications system for disseminating emergency information to the larger community. Members of the college community should sign up for the e2campus alerting system at:
http://www.centralia.edu/admin/services/it/e2campusinst.html

Signing up for the e2campus system automatically signs people up for the Lewis County Code Red emergency notification system.

The college will test its emergency response and evacuation procedures on at least an annual basis, including publishing its procedures in conjunction with at least one test per calendar year, and documenting a description of the exercise as well as the date and time of the exercise and whether it was announced or unannounced.

Missing Student

For students who reside in on-campus housing, designated college officials are required to notify the Centralia Police Department and the contact person or persons identified by the student in the event that student is known to them as being missing for at least 24 hours. The procedure is as follows:
  • All students living in on-campus housing are accountable for any absence of more than 24 hours.
  • Students living in on-campus housing, who plan to be away for more than 24 hours, must use the mandatory sign-in/sign-out log located in each house.
  • A student is deemed missing, if it is reported or otherwise becomes known to designated college officials (athletic director; international student director; vice president, student services; coordinator of security; or their designees) that the student has been unreachable via personal contact, telephone, e-mail or other means of electronic communication for 24 hours or more and that student has not signed out.
  • These designated college officials immediately shall report the missing student to the Centralia police and the college’s coordinator of security.
  • For any student determined by the police to be missing, these college officials shall notify the student’s designated emergency contact as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours after that determination. The student’s custodial parent or guardian will also be notified by college officials, if that person is not the designated emergency contact and the student is under 18 years of age and not an emancipated individual.
  • Each student living in on-campus housing shall be notified of the requirements of this policy.
  • Each student living in on-campus housing shall register contact information with the housing officials; students under the age of 18 who are not emancipated shall provide housing officials with the contact information for a parent or guardian.
  • Students are encouraged to periodically review and update their emergency contact information with the housing officials.

Drug-Free Workplace

Centralia College is committed to providing a drug free work and school environment. Each employee is expected to report to work in an appropriate mental and physical condition to perform his or her assigned duties. The same is true for students. Centralia College recognizes drug use and/or dependency to be a health, safety, and security problem. Employees needing assistance with problems related to drug or alcohol abuse are encouraged to use the State Employee Advisory Service and/or employee medical insurance plans, as appropriate. Students needing assistance are encouraged to use any or the appropriate resources listed under the resource section below. Conscientious efforts to seek such help will not jeopardize employment or student status.

Alcohol and Drug Policy

The college enforces all federal, state and municipal laws, statutes, regulations and codes related to the use, sale, consumption, possession or distribution of alcohol and drugs. This includes all rules related to underage alcohol consumption. Employees and students in violation of any such ordinances may be subject to criminal action that may result in loss of driver's license, fines and/or imprisonment in addition to any campus disciplinary proceedings.

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance in or on Centralia College owned or controlled property, or while conducting Centralia College business is prohibited. Violation of this policy will be reason for taking personnel actions against such employee and/or requiring the employee's participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. Any personnel actions will be processed in accordance with Higher Education Personnel Board rules, bargaining agreements, student disciplinary code or other appropriate policies of the college. Any disciplinary action for employees or students will be decided on a case-by-case basis depending upon specific circumstances. Students may lose federal funding and/or be subject to the student disciplinary process depending on the circumstances of the conviction.

Employees must, as a condition of continued employment abide by the terms of this policy, and must report any conviction under a criminal drug statute for violations occurring in or on property owned or controlled by Centralia College or while conducting Centralia College business. Employees shall report any such conviction to their supervisor within five (5) days after the conviction. Centralia College must report the conviction to the appropriate federal grant/contracting agency with ten (10) days after having received notice that a person employed under a federally sponsored grant or contract has any drug statute conviction or violation occurring in the work place. Students applying for or receiving financial aid must report any drug convictions to the director of financial aid in accordance with the federal regulations governing financial aid. Financial aid may be denied or terminated as a result.

Alcoholic beverages may be served on campus by a recognized student organization, college administrative unit, or community organization when approved by the vice president, finance and administration and the college president. Approval must be secured at least 14 working days prior to he event and service is limited to beer and wine. Requests and application for a permit should be filed with the vice president, finance and administration. For all events, guidelines specified by the Washington State Liquor Control Board must be followed. The college reserves the right to permit the use of alcoholic beverages as deemed appropriate and to require adherence to approved policy.

Sanctions: A proven violation of Centralia College's drug and alcohol policy may result in possible sanctions for employees and students. In addition to referral to appropriate authorities for prosecution under the various criminal codes, employees and students may be subject to disciplinary action. In accordance with various employees' regulations and negotiated contracts, employees may be subject to oral or written reprimands, transfer to other duties, suspension, demotion, or termination. In accordance with the provisions of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code, students may be subject to loss of athletic privileges, oral or written reprimand, referral for evaluation and/or treatment, fines, probation, restriction, suspension or dismissal.

Policy Review and Certification: The director of human resources, in consultation with the vice president, student services, shall review this policy biannually to determine the effectiveness of the policy, to ensure that sanctions are being consistently enforced, and to tabulate the number of employee and student violations. The president shall submit the drug-free campus certification as required by Section 22 of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101-226) to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Problems Associated with Alcohol and Drug Abuse

National studies consistently show alcohol as the drug of choice among college students. The generally accepted figure is that approximately 90% of college students consume alcohol. Binge drinking is a serious problem affecting about 4 out of 10 college students.

Student problems: Substance abuse may be involved in many campus problems such as damage to college property, violent behavior, physical injury and academic failure. Other problems include damaged quality in social relationships, date rape, conflicting demands, and an overall destruction of a campus environment conducive to academic pursuits. Alcohol and other drug use may lead to missing classes or work, poor academic performance, DWIs (driving while intoxicated), arrest and conviction for use or distribution off illegal drugs, dismissal from work or expulsion from school.

Employee problems: Every day, hundreds of thousands of employees jeopardize their health and performance because of substance abuse. Substance abuse causes work injuries. Alcohol and drugs make any job dangerous. Substance abuses can cause impaired eyesight, slower reaction time, lessened concentration, poor judgement, and poor coordination. Impaired skills can cause motor vehicle accidents, injuries from hazardous materials, injuries from improper use of tools or machinery, falls or fires. It affects productivity, quality of work, cooperation of others, motivation and morale.

Health Risks:

Alcohol: Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses impair judgement and coordination and increase the incidence of aggressive behavior. Very high doses impair judgement and cause death. Alcohol intoxication is equivalent to a drug overdose. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, the effects of alcohol are multiplied. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to changes in tolerance and dependence. Cessation of alcohol intake can produce withdrawal symptoms including tremors, hallucinations, convulsions and death. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol can lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver. Women who drink even small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. Children of alcoholic parents have a 40 percent greater risk of developing alcoholism than those whose parents are not alcoholic.

Cannabis: The mood-altering effects of marijuana are the results of chemical delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is fat-soluble and remains in the body up to three weeks after smoking one marijuana cigarette. Consequently, even occasional use can be detected through urinalysis. Research indicates that regular use may have long-term effects on the user's brain, heart, and reproductive organs. The numerous carcinogenic chemicals found in marijuana smoke may make it particularly harmful to the lungs. Loss of memory, lack of motivation, and diminished attention span are some of the effects of regular marijuana use. Long-term use may result in psychological dependence and change in tolerance.

Depressants: The use of depressants can result in a change in tolerance and in physical, as well as psychological dependency. The combining of several depressants (e.g., Valium and alcohol) will potentially increase the depressive effects, multiplying health hazards. Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, vomiting, acute psychotic episodes, seizures, and death.

Stimulants: High does of stimulant drugs result in intense personality disturbances including visual and auditory hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. Tolerance develops rapidly. Cross-tolerance does develop among stimulant drugs (e.g., methamphetimines and cocaine). The use of cocaine can cause death be cardiac arrest or respiratory failure. Stimulants are addictive and while withdrawal from stimulants is less dangerous that with depressants, depression can make the person vulnerable to suicide.

Narcotics: Tolerance, especially to the euphoric effects or narcotics, and physical dependence develop rapidly. In order to avoid the abstinence syndrome, the addict becomes preoccupied with acquiring the drug. Withdrawal symptoms are extremely uncomfortable, however, they are seldom life threatening.

Hallucinogens Phencyclidine (PCP). Large does of PCP may result in convulsive seizure, coma, and death. Mood disorders occur and the user may become violent, irrational, and potentially harmful to self and others. Lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline, and psilocybin cause sensations and feelings to change rapidly. The user may experience panic, confusion, anxiety, depersonalization, and loss of control. While relatively rare, flashbacks-the spontaneous reappearance of the drug experience after use has ceased-may occur.

Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids. Steroid users can experience serious cardiovascular, liver, central nervous system, gastrointestinal, and reproductive disorders. In males, use can result in testicular atrophy, sterility, impotence, and arrested growth. Irreversible masculinization and sterility can result when women use steroids. Psychological impairments include mood swings, depression and very aggressive behavior.

Prescription Medication: Prescription medication is contraindicated if other chemical substances, including legal (alcohol, caffeine, nicotine), and/or illicit drugs (cocaine, LSD, marijuana), are used at the same time. When medications are needed and prescribed, whether for acute or chronic conditions, individuals should ask their doctor or pharmacist about the associated risks of alcohol and other drug usage. The potentiation effect of multiple substances is especially dangerous as it tends to more than double the effects, and most people are unaware of the risk. Compromised or unusual drug tolerance due to medication use may lead to inadvertent substance abuse. According to some medical experts, prescription drugs can provide us with symptomatic relief, comfort, and sometimes cure, but only if they are used with caution and prudence.

(Centralia College is indebted to Wright State University for providing the above information on health risks).

Recognizing an Alcohol or Drug Problem

Probably the easiest way to determine if your use of alcohol or other drugs has become a problem is by using this simple rule of thumb: If alcohol or other drug use is causing difficulties or if you are using them to avoid your problems, then you probably have a problem. There are many ways to define causing a problem, such as: missing time at work or school, fighting with relatives, spouse or friends, social conflicts, accidents or injuries, poor health, violence, damaged reputation, financial difficulties, legal problems, etc. In short, if there are difficulties arising in your life that exist because of your alcohol or drug use, or that of someone you know, you might decide to take a closer look at the situation.

Common Signs of Abuse:
Physical Signs - Bloodshot eyes, sudden weight loss, coughing or chest pain. Irregular menstruation, fatigue, frequent intoxication or hangovers.

Behavioral Signs - Constantly late, work not completed, frequently absent from school or work, secretiveness, withdrawing from friends and family, changes in sleep or eating habits, frequent job or school changes, missing money or possessions, dramatic change in personal hygiene.

Personality Changes - Severe mood swings, depressed feelings much of the time, irresponsibility toward appointments and every day tasks, decreased interest in activities, tendency towards dishonesty.

Assessment: If you come to the conclusion that you might have a problem, an assessment of your drug or alcohol use may answer your questions about the severity of the problem. Centralia College's counseling center has professional counselors who can assist students with assessment and problems arising out of drug or alcohol use or abuse by families and friends. Employees may use the Employee Advisory Service, which also provides assessment and counseling services. There are numerous community resources that also provide assistance.

Resources for Alcohol and Drug Abuse

The following is a list of organizations that provide counseling and other services related to drug and alcohol abuse. The Counseling Center has resource information for people with drug and alcohol problems. Wellness information is located in the west hallway of the Student Center Building is another excellent source of information regarding all the following service providers. In addition you will find resource material and a list of additional resource materials available from the Timberland Regional Library. The Associated Students of Centralia College also provide other brochures and pamphlets in the Student Center Building.

Organization Phone Number
Addictions Recovery Center @ Providence Hospital 360-748-4357
Alanon/Alateen 360-736-4357
WA State 24 Hour Alcohol/Drug Helpline 800-562-1240
Alcoholics Anonymous 360-748-1113
Alcoholics Victorious NW 360-782-0588
American Council on Alcoholism Helpline 800-527-5344
Bureau of Alcohol & Substance Abuse 360-753-5866
Cocaine Anonymous 800-347-8998
Cocaine Hotline 800 COCAINE
DARE 360-748-9286
Health & Safety Through Education 360-284-3215
Just Say No Hotline 800-624-0100
Lewis County Department Of Social Services 360-748-9121, ext. 145
Lewis County Referral Hotline 800-244-7414
MADD Lewis County (sate-wide hotline) 360-983-3414
Narcotics Anonymous 360-736-2389
National center for Alcohol & Drug Information 800-729-6686
National Council on Alcoholism 800-622-2255
National Institute on Drug Abuse Information 800-662-HELP
Recovery NW 360-748-9204
Salvation Army 360-736-4339
Second Chance Youth Services 360-748-3926
Starting Point 360-748-7268
Twelve Step Club 360-736-4813
WA State Substance Abuse Coalition 800-662-9111
WE TIP 800-782-7463
Youth Crisis Hotline 800-HIT-HOME

Policies Concerning Law Enforcement

Centralia College security is provided by a contracted agency that is coordinated through the coordinator of security (director of maintenance and construction projects) in the facilities Operations and Maintenance Office. The security service staff routinely patrol the campus every evening from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM Monday through Saturday and approximately 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Sunday evening. In addition, they are also contracted on a case-by-case basis to provide additional coverage for special events or emphasis patrols (smoking, skateboarding, dances, etc.) and when security is required to be present due to large amounts of money (during registration, surplus sales, etc.). The security patrol staff are not routinely on campus during the day and do not have arrest authority nor do they provide investigative services. If you are involved in a situation where you believe police action may be required, NOTIFY THE POLICE AT ONCE. FROM ON-CAMPUS DIAL 9-911. After the police are called please notify the campus security coordinator at extension 218.

Crime Reporting Policy

FOR EMERGENCIES IMMEDIATELY CALL THE LOCAL POLICE. FROM ON-CAMPUS, DIAL 9-911. Report any criminal or suspected criminal behavior to Facilities Operations and Maintenance Office (ext. 218). All college employees who either witness or hear about criminal or suspected criminal behavior are encouraged to make immediate reports. In addition, any college official who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities is required to make such reports. Although professional counselors are exempted from this requirement, they may on a case-by-case basis voluntarily report anonymous crime statistics to the coordinator of security, in a manner that will protect the identity of their source. The Facilities Operations and Maintenance Office is responsible for compiling crime statistics from both on campus and police sources for the purposes of the annual crime statistics report. The coordinator of security shall poll appropriate local police agencies and campus offices to include, but not necessarily limited to, the vice president, student services, student programs, and counseling center. Since Centralia College does not recognize any off campus student groups or organizations, no monitoring or reporting is required. As of October 1 of each year, the college will publish its annual crime statistics report for the past three calendar years. These crime statistics reports will be included as part of this total report.

The coordinator of security also keeps and maintains a daily log that records all crimes reported to the police or the coordinator of security reporting. The log contains information about the nature, date, time and general location of each crime and the disposition of the complaint, if known. This information is reviewed by the Facilities/Safety Committee, published in the campus newspaper, and distributed as an elective e-mail to all campus computers on a regular basis. Except where such disclosure is prohibited by law or where such disclosure would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim, the information in the log will be open to public inspection within two business days of the initial report being made to the coordinator of security or a campus security authority. If there is clear and convincing evidence that the release of such information would jeopardize an on-going criminal investigation or the safety of an individual, cause a suspect to flee or evade detection, or result in the destruction of evidence, such information may be withheld until that damage is no longer likely to occur from the release of such information.

The coordinator of security will assist any victim or third party in completing criminal reports. The college will request the appropriate police agency to investigate any reported crime. The coordinator of security shall classify reports using the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting definitions.

When alleged perpetrators are identified as students, with the cooperation of the victim, the case will be processed according to the disciplinary procedures outlined in the Centralia College Student Rights and Responsibilities Code, WAC 132L-120. Criminal investigations and proceedings can occur independently, before, during, or after, college disciplinary proceedings.

Report as much detail as possible. After a crime, write down as much information as you can. Try to note such things as gender, age, height, weight, color of hair, hairstyle, eye color, dress or clothing, facial hair, glasses, distinguishing marks such as scars, distinguishing walk, manner or voice.

The coordinator of security will accept third party reports in cases such as sex offenses in which the victim wishes to remain anonymous. However, the college prefers to receive reports directly from the victim because the victim will usually be able to provide greater detail to assist in any investigation.

Preserve all physical evidence of any crime or suspected crime. Do not wash off of destroy evidence that may be critical to any investigation. Preserve the crime scene. Do not touch anything. Attempt to close off the area and not allow anyone to enter until the police arrive.

Timely Warning:

The college is committed to providing the campus community a timely warning when it becomes aware of potential threats to students or employees. Whenever any campus security authority becomes aware of any on campus event, whether involving students or not, that poses a potential threat to students or employees they shall immediately notify the vice-president, student services. The vice president, students services, in consultation with the coordinator of security will make the decision to disclose any such incident on a case-by-case basis in light of the facts surrounding a crime, including such factors as of the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

Registered Sex Offenders

The vice president for students maintains a current list of sex offenders who are registered with the Lewis and Thruston County Sheriff Offices. The vice president makes timely and appropriated notification to the campus community of students and non-students who appear on this list and whose presence or proximity to the campus may be of interest. In addition to these notifications, the vice president provides information on request to concerned parties within the parameters specified by federal and state statutes and regulations.

Policy and Procedures Regarding Sexual Assault

Centralia College condemns sexual violence, be it stranger rape, date, rape, acquaintance rape or sexual assault. It is the goal of the college to be a community free from sexual violence.

The college provides educational information in brochure form to students and the campus community about sexual violence. This information is available at the Student Life and Involvement Center. In addition, as part of the new student orientation class, CC 101, the Human Response network provides a presentation on sexual conduct including a section on what constitutes consent.

Whenever sexual violence occurs, whether it is on or off campus, the college strongly encourages that the victim report the incident to the police, the coordinator of security and the College's Counseling center. The College will assist any victim and will support them in reporting the incident to the police. Whether or not criminal charges are files depends upon the wishes of the victim and upon the decision of the city or county attorney as to whether there are sufficient grounds to prosecute. If the alleged crime occurs within the jurisdiction of the college, the victim is strongly encouraged to report the crime to the vice president, student services. With the consent of the victim, the college will initiate appropriate disciplinary action against the accused, even in cases also being handled by civil authorities. The college will also, at the victim's request, shield her or him from unwanted contact with the alleged assailant by providing, if available and feasible, alternative housing or classes.

The college's decision to initiate disciplinary action will be influenced by the wishes of the victim and the results of an investigation. The disciplinary process will be explained to the victim and possible outcomes of the proceedings will be discussed with the victim prior to proceeding. Victims ordinarily will need to participate in the disciplinary hearing and will be provided a support person if so desired by the victim. Both victim and accused have the right to have a support person present during a disciplinary proceeding. The victim will be notified of the final results of any disciplinary proceeding.

Definitions: Sexual violence is any sexual behavior between two or more people in which one person does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes penetration, no matter how slight or any physical contact or touching of another person's sexual areas without consent. Acquaintance rape in nonconsensual sex between adults who know each other. Acquaintances include platonic, dating, marital, professional, academic or familial relationships. Date rape is a narrower term referring to nonconsensual sex between two adults who are dating or on a date. Date rape is one form of acquaintance rape.

Acquaintance rape, especially date rape is often not understood as rape by the victim. This is unfortunate. Because the victim recognizes her or his attacker, she or he may be confused and have feelings of self-doubt or betrayal. The victim may feel that she or he will be blamed for what has happened or that no one will believe her or him. Make no mistake; acquaintance rape is still rape. It is a violent act and can be prosecuted.

Rape occurs anytime a victim is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual intercourse against her or his will. It is still rape even if the victim had sex with her or his attacker in the past, the victim engaged in kissing or sexual touching with the assailant, there was no weapon, or the victim was unable to say "no."

If you are a victim of sexual assault:

  • Go immediately to a safe place.
  • Call the police even if you don't want to press charges. They will help you get immediate and critical medical attention. Regardless of whether you choose to contact authorities, seek immediate medical assistance.
  • Go to a hospital. Do not shower or douche. Do not urinate or have a bowel movement.
  • Do not eat or smoke. While at the hospital you will be checked for physical injuries, and evidence will be collected in case you wish to press charges. Going to the hospital does not mean you need to press charges. You can decide that later.
  • Contact the Lewis County Human Resource Network (748-6601 or 1-800 244-7414) for crisis intervention and support services.
  • Protect yourself from possible pregnancy. Talk immediately with a health care provider or pharmacist about the "morning-after" pill. This may reduce the chances for pregnancy but needs to be done within 72 hours-the earlier, the better chance of preventing pregnancy.
  • Consider talking with someone you trust, relative, counselor, teacher, pastor for the much needed support you deserve
  • Explore legal avenues for criminal and or civil action as well as using on-campus-reporting procedures, including the college's disciplinary system.
  • Allow yourself time to heal. Seek counseling services at the Lewis County Human Response Network, private counseling, or at the College's counseling center.

To minimize the danger of sexual assault, the college provides nightly security patrols and regularly inspects the campus for potentially unsafe areas. The Facilities/Safety Committee regularly reviews reports related to lighting and shrubbery. Further information about sexual assault may be obtained from the counseling center and the student programs office.

College Disciplinary Proceedings:
The college disciplinary process is an option for any person to report a case of student misconduct. These proceedings are conducted in accordance with the Centralia College Student Rights and Responsibilities Code, WAC 132L-120. In order for the college to proceed, a complaint (whether by a victim, third party, or college employee) must be filed with the vice president, student services. If the complaint is criminal in nature, it will be forwarded to the coordinator of security and law enforcement.

Because the standard of proof for a college disciplinary proceeding is less than the standard of proof for criminal conviction, the college disciplinary process is a viable option for victims. The college has jurisdiction, not only for on-campus or college related actions, but also for off-campus actions in which the college can show that it's interests are involved. The college encourages any victim of sexual assault to proceed with the college disciplinary process. Criminal investigations and proceedings can occur independently, before, during, or after, college disciplinary proceedings.

During the disciplinary process, both the accuser and the accused are entitled to have others present for support during the hearing. Both have the right to call a reasonable number of witnesses to testify on their behalf. Both have the right to cross-examine and the Judicial Board may ask both. Both shall be provided with the final outcome of the proceeding, with the proviso that this information shall not be disclosed to the public. The alleged assailant may be found responsible or not responsible depending on the facts and strength of the case. If the accused is found responsible, there are a wide variety of sanctions that may result in a disciplinary proceeding including, warning, restrictions, fines, restitution, probation, suspension and dismissal.

For a complete information about proceedings and sanctions ask for a copy of the Centralia College Student Rights and Responsibilities Code, WAC 132L-120 from the Office of the Vice President, Student Services.

Hate Crime

The College will consider as an aggravating factor in determining sanctions any violation of law or of the student code in which it can be shown that the accused intentionally selected the person or target of the violation based upon race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, and therefore may impose harsher or additional sanctions and penalties.

Access to College Facilities and Safety

College buildings and facilities are for the use of students, faculty, staff and their invited guests and those on official business. College buildings and facilities are open during normal business hours, including evening hours, and sometimes during the weekend. Buildings and facilities will be closed and locked after normal operating hours. The main campus is closed to the public after evening classes and events are over. Any person in a building or facility after closure shall be required to have permission and shall have identification that identifies them as a college employee or student on appropriate business. Identification must be presented when asked by the Merchant Patrol, police or college administration. However, these precautions cannot prevent all potential intruders from entering or remaining in buildings. Therefore, all employees and students should practice good personal safety.
  • Any person who notices suspicious persons or activity is encouraged to the coordinator of security or the police immediately.
  • Only authorized staff or students shall be issued keys to buildings and facilities.
  • Locked outside doors must never be propped open.
  • Building evacuation is mandatory for all fire alarms. Re-entry shall be only with permission of designated facilities personnel, police or fire department authority.
  • Employees who are the last one out of a building or facility shall ask all unauthorized people to leave. Problems should be directed to the coordinator of security or the police. The building should be locked when the last person leaves. Outside windows should be closed and locked prior to leaving.

Personal Security Recommendations

Although the college has taken precautions to deuce risks, only you can protect yourself by being aware of your surroundings and taking appropriate steps to prevent crime.
  • Lock your office door. It only takes eight seconds for someone to enter your room and take your valuables.
  • Store your handbags, wallets and other valuables in locked cabinets or drawers, even when you are in your office or room.
  • Do not prop open locked doors.
  • Do not loan your keys to anyone, including colleagues, classmates or friends.
  • Do not leave your keys in public places or in your jacket pocket when you are not wearing it.
  • Do not put your name or address on your keys; do not put room or building identification on your keys.
  • Do not leave personal property unattended. Take purses, briefcases, books and calculators with you when leaving a room, office, or classroom. Do not leave valuables in plain view.
  • Do not carry large sums of money.
  • Park your bike where you can keep an eye on it when possible. Always lock your bike. Casehardened or kryptonite heavy locks and 3/8 inch chains provide the good protection. A U-bolt locking device provides the best protection. Secure each wheel.
  • Always lock your car doors and never leave your keys in the car.
  • Park in well lit areas.
  • Avoid leaving valuables in your car.
  • Always have your key ready when you approach your car, Scan the area. If you are not comfortable leave the area.
  • Don't walk alone at night.
  • Walk assertively without daydreaming; be alert to everything around you.
  • Some people choose to carry whistles or other loud devices to alert others in case of emergency.
  • Police advise saying, "No," to requests for money from street people and avoid confrontations by not saying or doing anything else.
  • Engrave your driver's license number on valuables.
  • Dress for movement; wear low-heeled shoes and don't carry too many bulky packages.
  • Don't take shortcuts. Always walk where there is plenty of light and traffic.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you think you are being followed, go in a different direction or the other side of the street and yell for help. Quickly go to a lighted area or to a group of people.
  • Watch for suspicious people in and around buildings and parking lots. Do not pursue them. Notify the coordinator of security or call the police.

Safety and Security Educational Programs

The coordinator of security can make arrangements for presentations on security and safety, crime prevention, sexual assault awareness, personal safety, and fire prevention. The coordinator of security has brochures and pamphlets available at no cost relating to safety and security issues. (Centralia College is indebted to Concordia College, Luther College, and Wright State University for providing information used in developing this report.)

Compiling the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The vice president, student services, is responsible for submitting the annual report to the U.S. Department of Education, for updating the annual security report and crime statistics on the college website and for notifying the campus community how to get the annual report and crime statistics.

The director of maintenance and constructor projects, shall compile data from local law enforcement and the campus crime log; the vice president, student services shall compile data from the student discipline system and shall poll the campus security authorities. By October 1 of each year, the vice president shall notify employees via e-mail and students via postcard about the location of the final report.

Fire Safety Procedures and Report

Student Housing Fire Safety:
Centralia College has limited student housing. Student housing is generally reserved for international students and student athletes. Listed below is a description of the fire safety system in each house. All smoke detector batteries are changed twice per year during daylight savings time and the fire extinguishers are checked every year in December.

226 S. Rock Street: Smoke detectors are located in the entry, the hallway, and each bedroom. There is a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

209 S. Iron Street: Smoke detectors are located in the entry, the hallway, and each bedroom. There is a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

210 S. Iron Street: There is a heat-activated sprinkler system throughout the entire house, smoke detectors in each room, and a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

910 W. Pear Street: One smoke detector just inside the front door. One or two more smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher will be installed.

401 S. Rock Street: currently being remodeled – will have a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors in the two bedrooms and common area.

403 S. Rock Street: currently being remodeled – will have a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors in the two bedrooms and common area.

Fire Drills:
The college does not hold fire drills for residents of student housing. Students should make themselves aware of all escape exits from the house, including windows.

Appliances in Bedrooms:
Although cooking is not permitted in student rooms, coffee pots, popcorn poppers, and irons that are Underwriter's Laboratory approved, in good repair, and have thermostatic control may be used. Due to fire hazard, hot plates are not permitted and will be confiscated if used.

Candles & Open Flames:
As a means of fire prevention, the use of candles, incense, potpourri burners, or any other open flame is prohibited. Such items will be confiscated if used.

Fire Equipment:
Extinguishers and alarms are for your use, should a real emergency arise. However, the cost of refilling, replacing, and repairing any equipment or damage resulting from improper use, will be charged to whoever is responsible or to all residents. Each house has a smoke detector. These are in the house for your protection and are not to be removed or tampered with. Misuse of any fire safety system is cause for serious disciplinary action in accordance with the student conduct code, WAC 132L-120. Sanctions may include removal from student housing and suspension or dismissal from the college.

Fireworks, Explosives, & Firearms:
Possession or use of firearms, dangerous chemicals, or other dangerous weapons or instruments are not permitted in student housing.

No flammable or combustible substances including, but not limited to, those as defined in Washington State Explosives Act Chapter 70.74 REC and Washington State Fireworks Law Chapter 70.77 REC are permitted in student housing.

Violation of any of these rules is cause for serious disciplinary action in accordance with the student conduct code, WAC 132L-120. Sanctions may include removal from student housing and suspension or dismissal from the college.

Fire Safety Procedures for Emergency Evacuation of Student Housing:
Students should exit the house and then call 911 to report a fire. After notifying the fire department, they should call their housing manager, which is either the International Student Advisor or sports coach.

Fire Safety Procedures for Emergency Evacuation of College Buildings:
  1. Sound the fire alarm bell and evacuate immediately. Do not attempt to put out the fire, no matter how small, until after sounding the building fire alarm and notifying the Fire Department (911 or 9-911 from a campus phone).
  2. Maintain control of students and staff at a safe distance away from the fire building and any fire equipment.
  3. Notify the switchboard (extension 0) and Facilities, Operations and Maintenance (extension 218).
  4. Treat all fire alarms as the real thing until you are told that it is a false alarm by a knowledgeable staff person. Evacuate to your staging areas and account for your group.
  5. Help persons with disabilities.
  6. Do not use building elevators.

Fire Safety Education:
When checking into student housing, the student is issued a Student Housing Handbook that outlines the fire safety policies above. The college employee checking in the student also goes over this information which is on the housing contract that the student signs. Emergency contact phone numbers are posted by the telephone in each house including the fire department and the student-housing manager. In the case of a fire, the student-housing manager should notify the Vice President of Student Services and the Business Office Director.

Notification of Fire:
After a fire has occurred in student housing, and students have notified the housing manager, the housing manager should then contact the Vice President of Student Services and the Business Office Director.
Vice President of Student Services: 360-736-9391 x 267
Business Office Director: 360-736-9391 x 486

Plans for Future Improvement:
Before students move into student housing at 910 W. Pear Street, 401 S. Rock Street, and 403 S. Rock Street, all houses will be equipped with one fire extinguisher and smoke detectors in each bedroom and common area.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act