Campus Security Act / Right to Know
"The Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990," also known as the "Clery Bill."
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Your Mountain View College Police Officers are commissioned officers and by Texas State Law may affect arrests and carry firearms. The College Police Department has jurisdiction on the Mountain View College campus along with the City of Dallas Police. The Dallas Police Department will respond to Mountain View College campus upon request for assistance from the college police. The goal of the Mountain View College Police Department is to maintain a safe and suitable learning environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Patrols of college buildings and grounds by College Police Officers quicken responses for assistance requested. The College Police Department conducts Crime Prevention Programs for staff and faculty members on request, for student orientation, and staff development programs.
The police department at Mountain View College can provide faculty, staff and students with information on other services offered by our officers. Escort to vehicles or providing a battery jump are examples of such services. A crime prevention officer is available on request, subject to availability, to provide presentations on various crime-related issues such as date rape, domestic violence, workplace violence, road rage, and personal safety. Crime prevention brochures are available at the police department.
The Mountain View College has a Crime Watch Program which encourages involvement by the college community. The program educates people on crime prevention, observation techniques, and promotes better communication between the police department and the Mountain View College community. Contact the police department at 972-860-4290 or come by W-135 for additional information.
In the event a situation arises on campus that could pose an immediate threat, the Chief of Police and the college Public Information Officer will issue a “timely warning” through the Blackboard System. This system sends out electronic e-mail and/or telephone warnings to students, faculty and staff. Alert bulletins may also be posted in public areas of the college and the front entrance to each building.
All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to make sure their e-mail address and telephone number is kept current in “eConnect” at https://econnect.dcccd.edu/index.jsp .
SEXUAL ASSAULT - generally defined as attempted or actual unwanted sexual activity (Sandler, 1993).
"FORCIBLE" and "NON-FORCIBLE" SEX OFFENSES - forcible sex offenses are "any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent. This includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling." NONFORCIBLE sex offenses are acts of "unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse and includes incest and statutory rape." Depending on circumstances, rape could be in either category.
Procedures for Reporting Sexual Assault
In those instances where a sexual assault is alleged, the victim is strongly encouraged to report the incident. Care should be taken to preserve all items of potential evidentiary value, including clothing, bedding, and any items that may have been touched by the assailant and/or used in the assault. The college offices that are authorized to deal with sex crimes are the College Police Department, Human Resource Center, College Counselors, and the Health Center.
By contacting these offices, the victim will be given specific information as to how to go about bringing formal charges against the accused. College personnel will provide the victim with assistance in contacting the appropriate authorities. The procedures for an on-campus disciplinary action would be the same as those outlined in the Student Code of Conduct for any alleged violation. Students are hereby advised that they have the options of pursuing their allegations through either or both the Student Code of Conduct and/or the Criminal Justice system. Ultimately it is the student's option as to whether or not he/she wishes to pursue allegations through either or both authorities. In addition to criminal prosecution, the college may pose sanctions on the violator under the Student Code of Conduct to protect the victim and the college community.
Counseling Services for Victims of a Sexual Assault or Violent Crime
Those students who have become victims of violent or sex related crimes are eligible for and encouraged to take advantage of the services offered by the Human Resource Center, Health Center or Dean’s Office located on campus. Referrals to other community support or counseling services may be made when appropriate.
The victim of such crimes has the right to request a change in their academic schedule. The victim may contact the Vice President of Student Support Services to arrange the change in schedule.
Mountain View College Counseling Center: 214-860-3640 (Room S-2071)
Dallas County Rape Crisis Center: 214-590-0430
Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
Sale or Use of Dangerous Drugs on Campus
Mountain View College complies with federal and state laws, which prohibit the use, possession, and sale of illegal drugs. This includes the federal "drug free schools and communities act." The sale or use of dangerous drugs is not permitted on campus. Prosecution by law enforcement authorities may result from drug violations.
Sale or Use of Alcoholic Beverages on Campus
Mountain View College complies with all federal and state laws as well as the rules and regulations promulgated by the Board of Trustees of the Dallas County Community College District. The possession and use of alcoholic beverages on college property may result in the prosecution of any individual found in violation of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and/or policies of the DCCCD.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs
Mountain View College complies with the requirements of Section 1213 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, by annually distributing to students and employees written documentation regarding the availability of Drug and Alcohol Awareness Programs. In addition, the College Health Center provides related programs, health fairs, and special events during the course of each semester to promote further awareness of these issues.
National Substance/Alcohol Abuse Hotline: 800-662-4357
Smoking In College Buildings
Mountain View College is a smoke free campus. Smoking inside the college buildings is prohibited and applies to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Individuals observed by College Police officers smoking in areas where it is prohibited will be informed of the policy and voluntary compliance will be requested of the violator prior to further enforcement action by the officer(s).
Weapons on Campus
No student, faculty, staff member, or visitor is allowed to carry a lethal weapon on College property. This includes storage or transportation of weapons in vehicles and possession of lethal weapons for purpose of classroom projects or demonstration. Any weapons used for class room experience must be checked in with the College Police. College Police Officers are exempt in accordance with laws of the state of Texas and DCCCD Policies. The DCCCD policy regarding weapons and the Student Code of Conduct can be found here: https://www1.dcccd.edu/catalog/ss/code.cfm?view=org