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Safe Campus Initiatives

Cape Cod Community College seeks to ensure a safe and secure campus environment for all of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We have established procedures and response systems to maintain a peaceful and productive educational atmosphere in which to learn, teach, and work.

Our Crisis Management Team prepares for each phase of an emergency on campus:

  • Prevention
  • Crisis management
  • Post-crisis management

Crisis situations could include natural or man-made disasters, threats to individuals or facilities, and medical or health emergencies. The team coordinates efforts across departments, communicates with the Cape Cod Community College community and the media, and assists in returning the campus to normal functioning as soon as possible. Further, the team makes arrangements for needed services to be provided to those affected by a disaster.

If you are concerned for the well-being of anyone at any of our Cape Cod Community College facilities, please know that there are resources available to help. You may file a report with the college's behavioral intervention team or consult the posted resources for students and employees listed on this website.

Please make sure your information is updated on the 4Cs Emergency Notification System (Rave).

Familiarize yourself with exits, evacuation route (and alternate), evacuation chairs. Review:

  • Posted emergency response and other College Police flyers in classroom
  • Student Emergency Response Plan
  • If you hear a building alarm, evacuate the building, 4Cs will use RAVE and/or PA systems to disseminate specific instructions.
  • In an emergency follow instructions of the College Police, your instructor, and/or college administrators.
  • Should you become aware of communications, actions, or behaviors that are perceived as inappropriate, please inform the College Poice, faculty or staff immediately.
  • If you have an active Restraining Order, Harassment Protection Order, or any other court order, please file it with the College Police.
  • If you have or develop special needs advise your instructor or the O'Neill Center for Student Access & Support.
  • In an emergency: Call 911
    Non-emergency call the College Police: x4349

According to federal law, specifically the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (re-named the Clery Act in 1998), the public safety department is required to report "statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to the local police agency or any official of the institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities." Additionally, the college must designate employees to serve in the role of Campus Security Authority (CSA).

Who is a Campus Security Authority?

The definition of "Campus Security Authority", according the federal law, is as follows: "An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings." For example, a dean of students who oversees a student center or student extra-curricular activities, has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Similarly, faculty advisor to a student group also have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. A single teaching faculty member is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, except when serving as an advisor to a student group. A list of college CSA's, their annual training, and their reports are maintained by the Cape Cod Community College Police Chief.

What must be reported?

The criminal offenses that we are required to report are murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, liquor law violations, drug violations and/or illegal weapons possession, crimes which involve domestic/intimate partner violence, and stalking.

We are also required to report statistics for hate (bias) related crimes for the following classifications: murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, vandalism, intimidation, simple assault, liquor law violations, drug violations and/or illegal weapons possession.

We are required to report offenses that occur on campus, in non-campus property and on public property adjacent to our properties.

If a serious crime that may cause an ongoing threat to the Cape Cod Community College community is reported to anyone who is defined as a Campus Security Authority, that individual should not wait until the end of the year to report that incident to the police department. The institution has a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes which pose an ongoing threat to the community, and as such, Campus Security Authorities are obligated by law to report crimes immediately to the police department. If there is any question about whether an ongoing threat exists, immediately contact the College Police at x4349.

Domestic Violence (also called Relationship Violence) can be defined as a pattern of behaviors by an intimate partner that may include physical, sexual, economic and/or emotional abuse, for the purpose of establishing or maintaining power and control over the other partner. While domestic violence occurs in all types of relationships and between people of all genders, it is overwhelmingly a problem of violence perpetrated by men against women.

Physical Abuse can include: slapping, punching, kicking, use of weapons, throwing objects, denial of physical needs (food, sleep, medical attention) to control or scare partner.

Sexual Abuse can include: non-consenting sexual acts/behaviors, use of force (including threats/weapons), "guilt-tripping" partner into having sex, degrading or sexually attacking comments aimed at partner, or any touch that is unwanted.

Emotional Abuse can include: blaming partner for everything that goes wrong, controlling what partner does, wears, reads, limiting contact with family and friends, threats of future abuse, telling children, family or friends lies about partner to control or manipulate partner.

Note: Emotional abuse is often the core of an abusive relationship. There are services available whether or not the abuse becomes physical or a crime has occurred. See our Resources link to find out about services and support.

Economic Abuse can include: control of assets, car, credit card, refusal to let partner get a job, puts bills in partner's name, then runs up charges, refusal of access to money, food, clothing and other basic needs.

Warning Signs

Even though every relationship is different, these common warning signs are often part of a relationship that is abusive. Many abusive relationships include some of these warning signs but may not include all of them. If you think your relationship might be unhealthy or abusive, there is help available. See our Resources link to find out about services and support.

Does your partner:

  • Say that you are responsible for your partner's problems, feelings, or behavior?
  • Tease you in a hurtful way in private or in public?
  • Call you names?
  • Refuse to listen to your opinion while insisting that you see things from his/her perspective?
  • Act jealous of your friends, family, or co-workers or try to isolate you from them?
  • Try to control what you wear or how you style your hair?
  • Check-up on what you're doing by calling, driving by, or getting someone else to?
  • Read your mail or e-mail, check your cell phone log, or go through your personal belongings?
  • Act very different when you are alone together than when you are around other people?
  • Hit walls, drive dangerously, or do other things that scare you?
  • Try to control the money in the relationship (e.g. keeping you financially dependent or being dependent on you and then messing up your credit)?
  • Threaten to hurt you, your children, family, friends, or pets?
  • Force you to have sex when you do not want to or in ways that you don't feel comfortable with?
  • Threaten to commit suicide if you leave?

Do you:

  • Feel like you're "walking on eggshells" around your partner?
  • Feel worse about yourself now than when you started the relationship?
  • Feel emotionally or physically unsafe with your partner?
  • Have trouble ending the relationship, even though you know inside it's the right thing to do?

See also:

The abuse of alcohol and other drugs is a serious problem for many people. Alcohol and drug abuse can damage body organs, impair brain activity, and harm mental and emotional health. The illnesses, accidents, and violence caused by alcohol and drug abuse can result in death.

To address the problem of alcohol and other drug use at Cape Cod Community College and to comply with federal laws governing drug use and abuse in schools and the workplace, Cape Cod Community College has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees.

Community Resources

These community agencies and/or groups are available to provide assistance to persons with substance abuse problems.

Massachusetts Hate Crime Law
Hate crimes are against the law. It is the policy of the Cape Cod Community College Police Department to safeguard the State and Federal rights of all individuals irrespective of their race, religion, ethnicity, handicap, sexual orientation, and gender and to treat seriously any acts or threats of violence, property damage, harassment, intimidation, or other crimes that infringe upon these rights. Hate crimes are viewed seriously by our Police Department and will be given high priority. The Department will use every necessary resource rapidly and decisively to ensure your safety, identify the perpetrators, arrest them and take vigorous enforcement action.

MGL Chapter 265 Section 39 states: "(a) Whoever commits an assault or a battery upon a person or damages the real or personal property of a person with the intent to intimidate such person because of such person's race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability shall be punished by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than two and one-half years, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The court may also order restitution to the victim in any amount up to three times the value of property damage sustained by the owners of such property. For the purposes of this section, the term "disability" shall have the same meaning as "handicap" as defined in subsection 17 of section one of chapter one hundred and fifty-one B; provided, however, that for purposes of this section, the term "disability" shall not include any condition primarily resulting from the use of alcohol or a controlled substance as defined in section one of chapter ninety-four C.

(b) Whoever commits a battery in violation of this section and which results in bodily injury shall be punished by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Whoever commits any offense described in this subsection while armed with a firearm, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or assault weapon shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than ten years or in the house of correction for not more than two and one-half years. For purposes of this section, "bodily injury" shall mean substantial impairment of the physical condition, including, but not limited to, any burn, fracture of any bone, subdural hematoma, injury to any internal organ, or any injury which occurs as the result of repeated harm to any bodily function or organ, including human skin.

There shall be a surcharge of one hundred dollars on a fine assessed against a defendant convicted of a violation of this section; provided, however, that moneys from such surcharge shall be delivered forthwith to the treasurer of the commonwealth and deposited in the Diversity Awareness Education Trust Fund established under the provisions of section thirty-nine Q of chapter ten. In the case of convictions for multiple offenses, said surcharge shall be assessed for each such conviction.

A person convicted under the provisions of this section shall complete a diversity awareness program designed by the secretary of the executive office of public safety in consultation with the Massachusetts commission against discrimination and approved by the chief justice for administration and management of the trial court. A person so convicted shall complete such program prior to release from incarceration or prior to completion of the terms of probation, whichever is applicable."

See also: National Crime Prevention

Be aware, be safe on campus

  • Take advantage of our 24-hour Campus Escort Service. Call: 774.330.4349
  • At night, walk in groups of at least two and stay on main walkways.
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of emergency phones.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you.
  • Do not hesitate to report suspicious individuals or activity.

Preventing Sexual Assault

Sexual assault does not always happen in dark alleys like it does in the movies. Rape can occur anywhere and anytime of the day.

Acquaintance or Date Rape
Although date rape is becoming more common due to availability of "date rape" drugs, there are many things you can do to protect yourself. The following strategies are simple and should become common practice to avoid dangerous and violent situations:

  • Take a self-defense class.
  • Avoid drinking – alcohol will hinder your ability to make good decisions. If you do choose to drink, do so responsibly.
  • Trust your gut – this is something that many people ignore, but your intuition is rarely wrong.
  • Talk to your dates before going out to make sure there is no doubt or question of their intentions.
  • If going out with a person for the first time, tell friends who you are going to be with and where.
  • Never put your drink down and leave it unattended ("date rape" drugs can be slipped into drinks easily).
  • If you don't want to do something, then don't do it. It is your right, so assert your right and make your feelings known, even if it causes a scene.
  • Do not invite someone into your home or go home with someone you do not trust; most date rapes occur in these common places.

The biggest deterrent to sexual assault is to never put yourself in a position where you do not feel safe. Listen to your instincts and if things do not feel right, leave immediately and go to a safe place.

Being aware of your own capabilities, strengths, and limitations is very important and could be your best weapon for survival. Remember to always, above all else, remain alert and aware of your surroundings.

What is Stalking?

Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.

Stalking can include:

  • Repeated, unwanted, intrusive, and frightening communications from the perpetrator by phone, mail, and/or e-mail.
  • Repeatedly leaving or sending victim unwanted items, presents, or flowers.
  • Following or laying in wait for the victim at places such as home, school, work, or recreation place.
  • Making direct or indirect threats to harm the victim, the victim's children, relatives, friends, or pets.
  • Damaging or threatening to damage the victim's property.
  • Harassing victim through the internet.
  • Posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
  • Obtaining personal information about the victim by accessing public records, using internet search services, hiring private investigators, going through the victim's garbage, following the victim, contacting victim's friends, family work, or neighbors, etc.

What to Do If You Are Being Stalked:

  1. Trust your instincts. Victims of stalking often feel pressured by friends or family to downplay the stalker's behavior, but stalking poses a real threat of harm. Your safety is paramount.
  2. Call the police if you feel you are in any immediate danger. Explain why even some actions that seem harmless—like leaving you a gift—are causing you fear.
  3. Keep a record or log of each contact with the stalker. Be sure to also document any police reports.
  4. Stalkers often use technology to contact their victims. Save all e-mails, text messages, photos, and postings on social networking sites as evidence of the stalking behavior.
  5. Get connected with a local victim advocate to talk through your options and discuss safety planning. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.SAFE

See also: Stalking Resource CenterStaking Awareness Month


Bullying is preventable.

Everyone deserves the right to feel safe in their community and their school. It is important that schools/communities are pro-active in creating and maintaining safety for all. For more information on creating more safety in your school or community, a list of additional resources was compiled with useful lesson plans, curricula, and other ideas to address bullying and harassment in your community:

Sexual assault takes many forms, including attacks such as rape or attempted rape as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person's body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person's consent. Attackers commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure, or tricks.

Acquaintance rape," "date rape," "silent rape," and "social rape" are all different names used to describe sexual violence against a person by someone that the victim knows. Studies have shown that 84% of rape victims knew their attackers, and 57% of the rapes happened while on a date. One-third of young adults between ages 16 and 24 have reported being involved in at least one dating situation that has involved dating violence.

Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.

In the event you are assaulted:

  • First and foremost, get to a safe place and call for help: 911
  • Second, remember that you are not at fault. What has happened to you is a crime. You are the survivor, and you need help.
  • Third, do NOT bathe, shower, use shampoo or soap, or even change your clothing. There are many things that the rapist has left behind that you may not be able to see that can be used as evidence against them.
  • Lastly, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Whether you decide to contact the police or not is up to you, but you should seek medical and emotional help as soon as possible to assist you in the healing process.

Victims of sex-related crimes on campus should call 911 or go the College Police immediately. We work with outside agencies, to offer victim advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and to provide educational programs about sexual assault.

See also: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) locations