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Campus Safety Information

The Department of Education, the Jeanne Clery Act and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges requires Grays Harbor College to provide information to students and employees about its campus safety and security policies, procedures and statistics on certain crimes. This report is reviewed annually by the College’s Safety Committee.

 

Listed below are crimes reported to the security office and law enforcement that have occurred on campus and the adjoining public property during the most recent calendar year and the two preceding calendar years. These statistics include data received from other law enforcement agencies in response to the College’s annual requests.

REPORTABLE INCIDENTS AND ARRESTS CALENDAR YEARS 2010, 2011 & 2012

 

OFFENSE
(Mandatory Reporting)

YEAR

MAIN CAMPUS

OFF CAMPUS EDUCATION CENTERS*

PUBLIC AREAS**

Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

Sex Offenses, Forcible

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

Sex Offenses, Non-Forcible

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

Robbery

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

Burglary

2012

1

0

0

2011

1

0

0

2010

2

 0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

Arson

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

Liquor Law Arrests and/or Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

Drug Law Arrests and/or Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possession Arrests and/or Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

2010

0

0

0

                            OFFENSE
(Optional Reporting – College Reports)

YEAR

MAIN CAMPUS

OFF CAMPUS EDUCATION CENTERS*

PUBLIC AREAS **

Theft (Including Vehicle Prowls)

2012

8

3

0

2011

13

0

0

2010

16

1

0

*          Off Campus Education Centers include:  Whiteside, Riverview,  and Columbia
**        Public Areasare mainly the city streets and sidewalks (both sides of the street) bordering campus
***      Riverview

 

HATE CRIMES – Every college and university is required to disclose the number of reported occurrences, as described by the Hate Crime Statistics Act (28 US C 534) for the following criminal offenses - murder/non-negligent manslaughter; negligent manslaughter; sex offenses- forcible; sex offenses – non-forcible (incest and statutory rape); robbery; aggravated assault; burglary; motor vehicle theft; arson; larceny-theft; simple assault; vandalism; intimidation; and any other crime involving body injury  
to any person, in which the victim is intentionally selected because of actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability.

Geographical Areas:  Main Campus and Off Campus Education Centers

2012 – There were no reported incidents.
2011 – There were no reported incidents.
2010 – There were no reported incidents.
 

CAMPUS SECURITY
Grays Harbor College employs one full-time person that is responsible for safety and security at the Aberdeen campus and the three off campus sites.  The Coordinator of Campus Safety and Security’s office is located in the 2000 Building, room 2325 and can be contacted at (360) 538-4120 or at ljames@ghc.edu

The Safety and Security Coordinator has the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business on campus, but does not have arrest power. Criminal incidents are referred to law enforcement agencies, which have jurisdiction on the main campus and at off campus sites.

For information about fire safety, assigned assembly areas, earthquakes, evacuation for people with disabilities, hazardous material spills, intruder/active shooters or tsunamis go to www.ghc.edu/security/ or contact the Safety and Security Coordinator.


COOPERATION . . . IS THE KEY

Safety of students, employees and visitors is the primary concern of Grays Harbor College’s Security Office.  Everyone can help keep the campus environment a safe place.  Cooperation among students, faculty, staff and the Security Office is the key to a successful security program.


GRAYS HARBOR COLLEGE 
Campus buildings are locked and unlocked at scheduled times as conditions and usage warrant.  Employees that need access after hours should contact their supervisor to request a key.

For 2011-2012, the headcount was 3311 students.

In addition to the main campus, there are three education centers located in Raymond (Riverview Education Center), downtown Aberdeen (Whiteside Education Center) and Ilwaco (Columbia Education Center).

There are approximately 177 full-time employees and 158 part-time employees.
 
 The college does not have student housing.


STUDENT PRIVACY

GHC complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 concerning the information, which becomes a part of a student’s permanent educational record and governing the conditions of its disclosure.   Procedural guidelines governing compliance with this statute have been developed and are available through the Office of Admission and Records.

GHC allows only a student’s “directory information” – your name, address, gender, dates of attendance, major or field of study, degrees/awards received, extracurricular activities, height and weight of athletic team members, scholarships received, other institutions attended, e-mail address and veteran status – to be made to the public.  Release of other information requires your consent.  If you do not wish to have this directory information made public, a written request must be on file in the Admissions Office (Room 130).


TIMELY WARNINGS

In the event that a situation arises either on or off campus and, in the judgment of the college constitutes an ongoing or continuous threat, a campus “timely warning” will be issued.  Depending on the particular circumstances of the incident, especially in situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the college may employ a number of different mechanisms (posters, flyers, e-mail, Internet and/or article(s), phone, text messages, radio and television) to notify the campus of the threat.  Two primary methods are GHC Alerts and Flashnews.net.

GHC Alerts is a subscriber-based system that will send emails and text messages to cell phones, pagers or devices capable of receiving text messages.  GHC Alerts is free to users.  There may be a fee charged by your service provider for text messaging if it is not already covered in your plan. To sign up for this service, go to http://www.ghc.edu/alerts.

Flashnews.net is used primarily for weather related delays and closures.   Information reported to this website is broadcasted on TV and local radio stations.  You can also check their website (http://www.flashnews.net/puget.html) then “view current info”.  This will show any postings submitted, including Grays Harbor College.


EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES

All members of the Grays Harbor College (GHC) community are urged to notify the Safety and Security Coordinator or designee of any situation or incident on campus that involves a significant emergency or dangerous situation that may involve an immediate or on-going threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus.  The Safety and Security Coordinator or designee has the responsibility of responding to and summoning the necessary resources to investigate, mitigate and document any situation that may cause a significant emergency or dangerous situation.  Further, the Safety and Security Coordinator or designee has the responsibility to respond to such incidents to determine if the situation does in fact pose a threat to the campus community.  If that is the case, Federal Law requires that the institutions immediately notify the campus community or the appropriate segments of the community that may be affected by the situation.

In the event of a serious incident, which poses an immediate threat to members of the GHC community, the College has several systems in place for communicating information quickly to those individuals.  Some or all of these methods of communication may be activated in the event of an immediate threat to the GHC campus community.  These methods of communication include emails, voice messages, fire alarms, FlashAlert (http://flashalert.net), postings on the GHC Website (http://www.ghc.edu) and emergency text messages (individuals can sign up for this service at http://www.ghc.edu/alerts/ ).  The Safety and Security Coordinator or designee is authorized to send out emergency messages. 

Upon receiving information regarding an emergency or dangerous situation, that poses an immediate or on-going threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus, the Safety and Security Coordinator or designee will immediately notify the College President, a Vice President or designee.  If the Safety and Security Coordinator or designee confirms that, an emergency or dangerous situation poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all members of the GHC community; then the College President, Vice President(s), Safety and Security Coordinator or designee will determine the content of the message and use some or all of the communication systems mentioned above to communicate the threat to the GHC community or to the appropriate segment of the community.  Grays Harbor College will determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the judgment of law enforcement agencies, compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

The College provides safety, security and evacuation procedures on the GHC Webpage at http://www.ghc.edu/security, and posters and signage located throughout campus.  The response and evacuation procedures are reviewed annually.  The College also conducts campus emergency drills and exercises and participates in countywide emergency exercises.


WEAPONS POSSESSION

Possession, transportation or storage of any firearm(s), explosives, dangerous chemicals or other weapons, devices or substances that can be used to inflict bodily harm or to damage real or personal property, is strictly forbidden on all college property.  This does not apply to commissioned police officers as prescribed by law.  WAC 132B-120-040 (16)


REPORTING CRIMES AND OTHER EMERGENCIES

All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report crimes, suspicious circumstances/persons and emergencies to the appropriate law enforcement agencies - 911 for Police, Medic or Fire.  

After calling 911 – notify one of the following:

1.         Call (360) 532-9020 GHC Switchboard.  The switchboard has direct radio communications to the Safety and Security Coordinator and Campus Operations Staff.

2.         Call (360) 538-4120, Safety and Security or ljames@ghc.edu.

3.         For off campus sites, reports can be made to the community education center coordinator.

Prompt reporting will ensure timely warning notices and disclosure of crime statistics.
 

CASE LOG
The Safety and Security Coordinator maintains a case log that records all crimes reported to the College, including the nature, date, time, general location, and the disposition of the complaint, if known.   These activities are logged and available for public inspection within two days.

LAW ENFORCEMENT JURISDICTIONS
The Aberdeen Police Department has jurisdiction on the main campus and at the Whiteside Education Center -   Raymond Police Department has jurisdiction at the Riverview Education Center - Long Beach Police Department has jurisdiction at Columbia Education Center - The College maintains an excellent working relationship with these agencies.  These law enforcement agencies are responsible for investigating criminal activities that occur at these locations.


MUTUAL AID AND MOBILIZATION AGREEMENTS

Grays Harbor College has mutual aid and mobilization agreements with the City of Aberdeen, Raymond Fire Department and Raymond Police Department.  The college also has an Interagency Agreement with Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Department and with the American Red Cross for use of the college as a Mass Care Shelter.


DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES

GHC is committed to providing qualified students with a disability an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of college services, programs and activities, in the most integrated setting appropriate to the student’s needs, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and RCW 28B.10.912 (State of Washington Laws of 1994, Chapter 105).

GHC will provide reasonable accommodations/academic adjustments, including core services, to qualified students with disabilities.  The purpose of this policy is to identify the rights and responsibilities of students under ADA/504 and to establish clear guidelines for seeking and receiving reasonable accommodations/academic adjustments.

To receive reasonable accommodations/academic adjustments, students are responsible for requesting accommodations and documenting the nature and extent of their disability in a timely manner.  Information is available in the Student Support Center in the 100 building.


SEXUAL ASSAULT

Our campus is committed to providing its students with an environment conducive to the pursuit of knowledge. Admission to the institution on this campus carries with it the presumption that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the community, refraining from actions that would endanger the health, welfare, or safety of others.  Conduct constituting a sexual offense, whether forcible or non-forcible, will not be tolerated. Students committing sexual offenses in any form can be prosecuted under the Washington State criminal statutes and/or subject to disciplinary action under the student rights and responsibilities (WAC 132B-120-120).

The Washington State Criminal Code (RCW 9A) defines rape as engaging in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion; or when the victim is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated (e.g., when the victim has consumed alcohol and/or other drugs, either voluntarily or involuntarily); or when the victim does not consent to sexual intercourse with the perpetrator and such lack of consent was expressed by the victim’s words or conduct.

If you or someone you know is the victim of a sexual assault, report it immediately to the police. There are on and off-campus resources to help you. Trained staff members assist victims in coping with the aftermath of assaults and in exploring available options confidentially.

         Beyond Survival                                           (360) 533-9751 or 888-626-2640
         Rape/Sexual Assault Response Line         (360) 538-2292 or 800-986-1202
         Crisis Clinic                                                   (360) 532-4357 or 800-685-6556
         GHC Counseling Center                              (360) 538-4099
         Family & Friends of Violent Crime Victims             800-346-7555 


VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

If a sexual offense should occur, the victim should take the following actions:

  • Go to a safe place.
  • Call 911. 
  • Police will contact counseling and victim’s advocate services.
  • Contact a friend or family member.
  • Do not shower, bathe, or douche.
  • Do not urinate, if possible.
  • Do not eat, drink liquids, smoke or brush teeth if oral contact took place.
  • Keep the clothes worn during the offense. If clothes are changed, place clothes in paper bag (evidence deteriorates in plastic).
  • Get prompt medical attention.
  • Do not destroy the physical evidence that may be found in the area of the crime. The victim should not clean or straighten until the police have had an opportunity to collect evidence.
  • Write down all details remembered as soon as possible.

Sexual assault and rape awareness materials in the form of flyers and brochures are posted around campus with information about community programs and services.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND STALKING

Relationship or domestic violence may begin with insults, name-calling, shoving, or breaking objects, then proceed to endanger or scare another person, isolation of family members from others, and controlling resources like money, vehicles, and time.  More physically violent behaviors include threats of violence or suicide, or threats to take children from the abused person, hurting pets, kidnapping, stalking, hitting, and strangling/choking.

Abuse is a learned pattern of behavior and, without intervention, becomes more destructive and sometimes lethal.  Abusive individuals may have a need for power or control over someone else to compensate for their own low self-esteem, insecurity, fear, and confusion.

Steps to follow if you are being stalked

  1. Tell the person that the relationship is over.
  2. If the stalker has your phone number, do not change it.  Let it always go to voicemail and get another unlisted number.  If s/he leaves messages this can help your police case.  In addition, if you change your number this may upset the stalker and result in worse behavior.
  3. Report stalking behaviors to the police.  Consider filing a protection order.
  4. Report the situation to the Safety and Security Coordinator.
  5. Alert your friends, family, co-workers and supervisor of the situation.  Give them a detailed description of the stalker and any vehicles they use.  Have them alert you if they see the stalker.
  6. Keep a detailed journal of all incidents and suspicious occurrences.  Keep all e-mails, voice-mails, etc.
  7. If you are being followed, do not go home.  Go to the police station, fire department or an all night convenience store.

                      Beyond Survival                                       (360) 533-9751 or 888-626-2640
                      Rape/Sexual Assault Response Line      (360) 538-2292 or 800-986-1202
                      Crisis Clinic                                                (360) 532-4357 or 800-685-6556
                      GHC Counseling Center                           (360) 538-4099
                      Family & Friends of Violent Crime Victims            800-346-7555 


SEXUAL HARASSMENT

GHC, as a place of work and study, aspires to be maintained free of all forms of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, and exploitation.  Members of the college community should be aware that the college will take action to prevent and correct such behavior and those individuals who engage in such behavior are subject to discipline.  Retaliation against any employee, student, applicant, or volunteer who reports harassment is also subject to discipline.

Sexual harassment complaints should be referred to the Vice President for Student Services (Room 110) involving student(s) or the Human Resources Office (Room 2307) involving employees.

Complete copies of GHC’s Sexual Harassment Operational Policy may be obtained in the Office of Student Services (Room 110). 


SEX OFFENDERS
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act went into effect October 28, 2002. This law requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by Washington State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.

Sex offender information may be found by contacting the following:

Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office
- www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/sheriff/Offenders/index.html
1-800-562-8714

Pacific County Sheriff’s Office
- www.co.pacific.wa.us/sheriff/sex_offenders/index.html    
(360) 875-9395


Sex Offender Levels and What They Mean:


Level I

The majority of sex offenders are classified as Level I offenders. They are considered at low risk to re-offend. Washington Sate Law strictly prohibits public disclosure of Level I Registered Sex Offender information.

Level II

Level II offenders have a moderate risk of re-offending because of the nature of their previous crime(s) and lifestyle (drug and alcohol abuse and other criminal activity). Some have refused to participate or failed to complete approved treatment programs. Washington State Law prohibits public disclosure of Level II Registered Sex Offenders except under specific criteria.

Level III

Level III offenders are the greatest risk to the community. Most are predatory, have other violent crime convictions, may have refused treatment, and are known substance abusers. Community notification is the most extensive. Washington State Law permits notifications regarding Level III offenders that include relevant, accurate, and necessary information. This information may be disclosed to the public at large.


ALCOHOL AND DRUGS POLICY

The possession, use, sale or distribution of any intoxicant or illegal drug on the college campus is prohibited.  The use of illegal drugs by any Grays Harbor student attending a college-sponsored event is also prohibited, even though the event does not take place at the college.  The use of alcohol by students attending such events shall conform to State law.  Violation or abuse of the above rules will subject the wrongdoer to college disciplinary procedures.

Any violation of these laws may result in prosecution by criminal authorities and are punishable by judgments including community service, fines, confiscation of property (real or personal) and/or prison sentences.  The college will also impose sanctions consistent with local, state and federal laws, which may include completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, expulsion from the college or termination of employment and referral to law enforcement for prosecution.

The college recognizes dependency on alcohol and other drugs as an illness.  Available resources include:

         GHC Counseling Center (Room 140)                                 (360) 538-4099
         Crisis Clinic                                         (360) 532-4357  or   800-685-6556
         Alcohol/Drug 24 Hour Helpline                                            800-996-DRUG
         Alcoholic’s Anonymous                                                        (360) 532-2691
         ALANO Club of Aberdeen                                                    (360) 532-5971
         Grays Harbor Community Hospital                                      (360) 532-8330

For more information abut the College’s alcohol/substance abuse prevention program go to: www.ghc.edu/Handbook or contact Student Services Office (Room 110) for a copy of the student handbook.


MENTAL HEALTH

GHC Counseling services (Room 140) provides academic counseling, career/vocational counseling, and personal counseling.  Appointments are recommended; however, drop-in hours are available.  For more information contact the following:

         GHC Counseling                                                        (360) 538-4099
         Crisis Clinic                                                     (360) 532-4357 or 800-685-6556
         Behavioral Health Counseling Center                   (360) 532-8629
         Family & Friends of Violent Crime Victims            800-346-7555
         WA Advocates for the Mentally Ill                            800-782-9264


ESCORTS

Contact the campus switchboard by dialing “0” from an on campus phone or 532-9020 to request an escort. 


CRIME PREVENTION

Crime can occur anytime - anywhere.  Crime does not know any boundaries.  Sometimes people get a false sense of security because they believe they cannot be the victims of crime.  People need to be aware of what is going on around them.  They should take precautions and safeguards that reduce the risk of becoming a victim. 

Simple Safety Suggestions:

*                           Keep vehicles locked
*                           Do not walk alone, especially at night
*                           Request an escort from security
*                           Do not leave valuables unattended
*                           Report suspicious activities to security/law enforcement

Every quarter the Safety and Security office provides safety awareness information during the Student Success Conference

For more information about crime prevention, contact the Safety and Security Coordinator at (360) 538-4120 or ljames@ghc.edu.

 

Grays Harbor College
GRAYS HARBOR COLLEGE
1620 Edward P. Smith Drive
Aberdeen, WA 98520

(360) 532-9020 or toll-free (in WA state) 1-(800) 562-4830
Fax: (360) 538-4299

Off-Campus Locations

Riverview Education Center, Raymond: (360) 875-9466
Columbia Education Center, Ilwaco: (360) 642-9433
Whiteside Education Center, Aberdeen: (360) 533-9733