Campus Security personnel are on duty 24 hours each day at the Haverhill campus and during operating hours at the Lawrence campus. Security services are contracted from independent security companies.
In addition to conducting foot and mobile patrols of the campuses on a regular basis, Campus Security provides assistance in emergency situations, investigates suspicious activities and intercedes in volatile situations. They work closely with local and state police when incidents may require the response of law enforcement officers. Campus Security is responsible for a wide range of safety services including the preparation of crime reports and the preliminary investigation of crimes, medical or fire emergencies and accidents. While security personnel are not sworn law enforcement officers, they do receive regular in-service training in security procedures.
Fire Arms, Drugs, & Alcohol
Firearms, alcohol, drugs and other illegal substances are not permitted on college property. The college’s policy on alcohol, drugs and smoking is printed in the Student Code of Conduct and the NECC Policies and Procedures Publication.
Rape & Other Sex Offenses
The Student Right-to-Know Campus Security Act of 1990 has been amended to require all colleges to develop and distribute to all students their policies and procedures with regard to rape and other sex offenses, both forcible and non-forcible. NECC believes that sexual assault is unacceptable and strongly supports efforts to eliminate it and discipline offenders.
Disciplinary action for sexual offenses by NECC students is conducted by the college’s student grievance process. This process is initiated by a victim’s complaint to the Discipline Officer. After a complaint is lodged, the Discipline Officer will conduct an investigation and hearing to determine appropriate action. Both the accused and the accuser are present during these hearings and both parties are notified of the outcome of such proceedings.
A NECC student who is found to have committed a sexual offense is subject to disciplinary action that may include expulsion from the college. Local officials may also prosecute the student in criminal court. In a on-campus or off-campus setting, sexual assault often occurs when one or both parties are intoxicated from alcohol or other drugs. It is important to understand that sexual activity with a person unable to give free and full consent may constitute sexual assault or rape. The offender’s use of alcohol or drugs does not diminish his or her responsibility for abusive behavior.
Remember that your body belongs only to you. You do not have to do anything with it that you do not want. Only you can decide what’s right for you.
Set your limits, and state them clearly. If sexual attention or advances are not wanted, say “no” assertively.
Trust your instincts. The moment that you feel uncomfortable, act. If saying that you want to stop does not stop the unwanted behavior, do not be afraid to make a scene. Protect yourself.
If your initial “no” and other protests do not stop unwanted advances, yell for help or try to remove yourself from the situation.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault:
- Contact Campus Security, the local police department, the Student Social Services Discipline Officer, a trusted friend, and local rape crisis center. Immediately give security and/or the local police your location.
- While waiting, do not shower, douche or wash in any way because you will be destroying evidence.
- Do not throw away torn clothing or straighten up the area where the assault took place. These may also provide evidence.
- The officer arriving will need information regarding the location of the offense, a description of the suspect and any vehicle involved. The police want to find the assailant as soon as possible.
- Once the information is collected, you will be taken to a hospital where treatment will be given by people trained to deal with sexual assault trauma.
NECC buildings and parking lots are well lit and regularly patrolled, but you should still use precaution to ensure your own security and that of your personal property. Keep these common-sense tips in mind:
- Familiarize yourself with the campus so you can walk confidently and purposefully to your destination.
- Be aware of your surroundings as you return to your car, or the shuttle or bus stop
- Never leave your backpack or pocketbook unattended, even for a moment (for example, while in the restroom, the library, or the cafe).
- Always lock your parked car, keep all personal belongings in the trunk. While anti-theft equipment is not infallible, one or more will foil most amateurs and delay or deter most professionals.
Always report suspicious activities, threatening incidents, or unusual behavior to Campus Security. Even if nothing has actually occurred, Public Safety would prefer to know if there is a potential for concern.