Personal safety is an important issue for WNCC
We encourage every member of our campus — students, faculty and staff — to take an appropriate active role in crime prevention and reporting of incidents that occur on campus. We provide this information for you and encourage you to review it carefully.
Western Nebraska Community College engages in educational efforts to enhance security. We are committed to an integrated philosophy of awareness, education, prevention and service. We seek internal and external partnerships to promote and maintain a safe, secure environment conducive to learning, living and working at WNCC.
Programs WNCC coordinates include:
• Campus-wide e-mails, text messages and voice mails sent in extreme threat circumstances
• Daily crime logs available for public review
• Distribution of information to campus publications such as the student newspaper, staff newsletters and other sources; printed material, such as brochures and fliers, displayed in public places and distributed at meetings and other events
• Outreach services and informational programs for residence halls, and other student organizations that provide crime awareness and prevention education, information and guidance on personal safety, as well as an opportunity to promote an open dialogue about various safety and security issues
• Tallying of pertinent statistical data gathered as the result of confidential crime reports
• Crime alerts and crime notices posted in conspicuous locations to provide timely warnings to the community about criminal incidents considered a potential threat to students and employees
In case of a life-threatening emergency, make the following calls:
2. Or 9-911 from a campus phone (except for Conestoga Hall, use 911)
The 911 operator will assist in directing the necessary response from emergency services, i.e., police, fire and paramedics. Be prepared to give the operator information about the emergency, including:
• Your name, address, and phone number for verification
• Description of suspicious person(s) or vehicle(s) involved (if applicable)
• On a first aid call, determine if the victim is conscious and breathing
College community members are strongly encouraged to report all criminal incidents, suspicious activities and emergency situations immediately to their local police department by calling 911 or 9-911. Crimes of a non-emergent nature may be reported by calling 308-632-7176 in Scottsbluff, 308-762-4955 in Alliance, 308-254-5515 in Sidney, or by telling any campus official.
WNCC security personnel routinely patrol the campus area in vehicles and on foot. On the Scottsbluff campus, security can be reached after business-hours at 308-641-0351. In certain situations, a campus-wide alert is sent. Additionally, the Vice President of Student Services maintains a daily crime log that is available for review.
Campus security authorities are directed to formally report to Vice President of Student Services specified criminal incidents that are reported to them or that have occurred at, or in association with, officially sanctioned events and/or activities. A “campus security authority” is defined as “an official of the institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities.”
Members of the WNCC community are strongly encouraged to report all criminal activity immediately to their local police department. Formal reports of this nature are documented, investigated and referred for disposition. However, we recognize that in certain situations, individuals who are victims of crime may not wish to disclose certain details of crimes or their identities. The person with whom you may discuss all of this with complete confidentiality is the licensed counselor at the Counseling Center. If you wish only for support and counseling services, please contact the counselor at 308-635-6050.
Keep in mind that victims of offenses committed by WNCC students have several reporting options. These include: 1) reporting to the police for criminal action, 2) filing a civil lawsuit against the suspect and 3) reporting to campus officials. For college sanctions to be considered, you may pursue these options simultaneously, or any one of them separately.
For example, reporting a crime and cooperating with a law enforcement investigation are necessary for criminal prosecution of a sexual assault case, but are not required for college sanctions to be brought against a student found responsible. Please see the Judicial Code in the student handbook.
Additional Reporting Options
WNCC does not tolerate any form of sexual assault. Non-stranger rapes account for over 85 percent of sexual assaults committed on college campuses. These include situations in which a person is without the physical or mental capacity to consent, often due to being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Students are encouraged to report sexual misconduct to college officials.
Anyone who reports an incident of sexual misconduct retains the right to notify proper law enforcement, and college officials will assist in notifying local police if the student so chooses. Students may also request changes in their academic and/or living situations. Such changes will be granted provided appropriate arrangements are reasonably available. The Counseling Center Director can assist you with these requests.
Regardless of whether formal criminal charges are filed, WNCC reserves the right to pursue disciplinary action as deemed appropriate. The college will consider the concerns and rights of both the person making the charge and the accused student. These rights include, among others, the right to have an adviser present during any disciplinary proceeding, and the right to notification of the outcome of any disciplinary action taken.
Emergency Notification System
WNCC has implemented a First Response through which we can communicate urgent messages to students/faculty/staff via text messages, automated voice communication and e-mail. To enable this system, you must inform us of your notification preferences. You may identify a wireless device such as a cell phone on which you can receive up to 1 text message. If you have a wired ‘land-line’ on which you wish to receive voice notifications, tell us that and identify it as land-line. To update your notification information, log-on to your WNCC portal and click on the Emergency Notification Update link.
In compliance with The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, WNCC annually provides its Campus Safety Report.
Data for this document can be found at the U.S. Department of Education website.