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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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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