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Security Awareness Guide
Safety at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is everyone's business. Students, staff and faculty are partners with the college in creating an atmosphere that is safe and encourages learning.
During the school year the CMC community has over 20,000 students, 100 full-time faculty, over 200 part-time faculty and just under 430 employees working together. Even with this diverseness, the college is very much a part of the communities it shares in Western Colorado.
Colorado Mountain College enjoys good relations with the communities it serves, not only as the educational center but often as a cultural and social center for the towns and surrounding counties. There are no barriers between CMC and its neighbors.
No community can be totally risk free in today's society. CMC strongly believes it has a major role in providing safe learning environment; however, we are realistic enough to recognize that students, staff and faulty must come together in a strong partnership and use common sense precautions to reduce the opportunity for criminal and/or anti-social activities. Crime happens. We have no magic formula to stop it at our locations. Thefts, assaults and other crimes can happen at CMC just as they do at other college campuses or cities.
To reduce the possibility that any student may be exposed to potential hazards, CMC has taken many steps, described in this publication, to reduce whatever risk there may be. All of us can further reduce this risk by thinking about personal safety and taking common sense precautions.
Safety programs at Colorado Mountain College are under the direction of the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs (970-947-8351). We have a proactive approach to campus safety that is best viewed as education, prevention and our ability to respond to questionable events.
Public Safety Report
This report contains information of crimes reported to the college for the 2009-2010 , 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years. If you are interested in individual campus safety reports please select the link above.
Part One: Crime (incidents at any of CMC's 14 locations)
Part Two: Crime (disciplinary actions for on-campus activities in the following areas)
The key to crime prevention is an awareness gained through education. At CMC, the staff, faculty and students work together and take responsibility for their own safety and are ready to help others in time of need. This is a very potent force.
The vast majority of incidents on college campuses can be avoided if the college population recognizes they are potential victims and take basic precautions, such as using the “buddy system” when walking at night, locking car doors and not leaving valuables unattended. The safety committees at our residential campuses are available to review safety concerns and issues. CMC encourages reporting of all crimes, even minor crimes, and any suspicious activity. We would rather have one hundred unfounded calls of suspicious activities than miss one call when a crime is occurring. We do need to know about crimes that occur. If we go uninformed, we can’t advise the student body and we can’t alter our safety strategies to fit the changing needs of our communities. This handout is updated annually and is available to all students, employees and applicants. Additional information is available from the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at 970-947-8351. Any serious or series of crimes are reported through an electronic mail network to staff and faculty.
The college actively supports prevention through a number of programs. These include:
The College actively supports an Alcohol and Other Drug Educational program. An established District Alcohol and Drug Education Committee meets regularly to conduct periodic policy revision, organize educational efforts, and produce material for distribution to students and staff at the various sites.
Disseminated information includes CMC Alcohol and Other Drug Policies and ideas on how to help individuals who have a drug-related problem. Residential sites also have student groups organized for the purpose of conducting on-going programming and education, and advertising information and events relevant to alcohol education. These programs seek to promote health, wellness and responsible decision making.
CMC staff and Student Affairs personnel assist staff and students with concerns and refer individuals to other community agencies when specific services are requested or necessary.