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XV. College Department Of Campus Safety And Police

Mission

The mission of the Richard Bland College Department of Campus Safety & Police is to provide a safe and secure living, learning, and working environment for the students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the College by actively pursuing a positive relationship with the campus community, preserving public order, providing emergency medical response, protecting the life and property of all, and providing education and training to law enforcement personnel and the College community. The Department is staffed by certified police officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Department enforces all traffic, parking, and criminal laws on campus and operates as initial emergency medical responders in medical emergencies. The Department should be the first contact for an emergency and any assistance involving the above-mentioned enforcements. If counseling is needed after an incident, then the police will assist the individual in contacting the necessary counseling service. There are several emergency call boxes located at various sites across campus.

Contact the College Department of Campus Safety & Police @ 804-862-6111 for all fire, medical, and police emergencies. The department is located at 510 Carson Drive, next to the facilities building.

Emergency Call Boxes

Emergency call boxes are located strategically across campus. They are relatively simple to use and may be activated to request assistance. Once a person presses the red button, the call box sends a message to the police officer’s radio from the particular call box that was activated. The officer may communicate with the person via police radio until they arrive at the location.

Press and hold the red button to talk and then release the button to hear the police officer. If a student has any questions concerning the call boxes, please call Campus Safety and Police at (804) 862-6111.

Campus Parking and Traffic Regulations

Purpose

  1. To protect pedestrian traffic.
  2. To ensure access at all times for all emergency vehicles and personnel.
  3. To control vehicular traffic on campus.
  4. To ensure orderly parking.
  5. To facilitate the work of the College by providing for an equitable distribution of parking space with appropriate priorities.

Registration of Vehicles
Richard Bland is a decal-controlled community. As such, all motor vehicles, including motorcycles and scooters, operated on campus by a person associated with the College must be registered for the current academic year with the College’s Department of Campus Safety and Police.

  1. Parking decals will be available at the Campus Safety & Police Department once payment of tuition and fees has been received by the College.
  2. Parking decals will be issued to students once they provide a valid operator’s license and the vehicle registration card of the primary vehicle and secondary vehicle they plan to use on campus. If there are any changes of the vehicles being used on campus, the student must notify the College Department of Campus Safety & Police immediately.
  3. All parking decals must be obtained and displayed in accordance with the subsequent section on general parking regulations by the beginning of the third week of each semester.
  4. Failure to obtain or display a parking decal is a violation of the Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary action.

General Parking Regulations
All students, faculty, and staff must display an RBC parking decal. Decals shall be displayed on the backside of the rear view mirror located inside the vehicle. Students not obtaining or displaying their parking decal will be subject to a parking citation. Penalties and fines are described later in the section on penalties and fines. All parking signs shall be obeyed. It is impossible to mark, with signs, all areas of college property where parking is prohibited. Parking is prohibited on grass plots, tree plots, construction areas, sidewalks, or any place that will mar the landscaping of the campus, create a safety hazard, or interfere with the use of College facilities. Parking is prohibited on all campus roads at all times, at crosswalks, and all fire lanes whether marked by painting in the lane or by signage. A vehicle must be parked in one space only and in designated parking areas, with marked spaces and lanes, leaving clear access to adjacent spaces, and without blocking driving lanes or creating a hazard for other drivers. Any motor vehicle or trailer parked in violation of College parking regulations or abandoned on-campus is subject to removal and impounding at the expense of the owner or operator.

Parking Lots
Parking regulations will be enforced from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session, and citations will be issued to students for parking violations. Parking is provided in the following parking lots as indicated below. Students must not park in unauthorized locations.

All students:

  • East side of Johnson Road at Maze Hall
  • West side of Johnson Road at the Soccer Field

Residential Students:

  • Student Village parking lots at Freedom and Patriot Halls

Faculty/Staff:

  • SSHE parking lot
  • McNeer parking lot
  • Statesman parking lot
  • Commons parking lot
  • Maze parking lot

Visitors:

  • Commons parking lot

Residence Hall Parking
The Student Village provides parking to residential students, Residence Life staff, and approved visitors. Students must display a residential parking decal or proper visitor’s parking pass issued by the Office of Residence Life or the Department of Campus Safety and Police for all parking, including any handicapped parking spaces. Residential students’ who are hosting guests must bring their guest(s) to the ORL Office during normal business hours to obtain a visitor parking pass. After normal business hours, the host may contact the on-duty RD to obtain a visitor parking pass. The visitor pass must be prominently displayed on the front dashboard of the vehicle so that it is visible through the front windshield of the vehicle. Parking citations will be issued for parking without the proper passes and are subject to fines and sanctions for violations. Visitors with approved visitor passes are permitted to park in the spaces designated for visitor parking. Students who are unable to obtain a student decal because it is after hours must contact the on-duty RD to obtain a visitors pass. Failure to have either an RBC decal or residence life visitor pass will constitute a parking violation. Residential students are permitted to use the visitor pass until the next available business day.

Violation Sanctions

  1. All parking violations – $30.
  2. Additional delinquency penalty of $10 for failure to pay fines within two weeks.
  3. Failure to pay fines:
    1. No academic credit.
    2. No transcript or grades issued.
    3. No re-admittance until settlement of the account.
  4. Repeat offenders (three or more violations in a semester) and failure to pay fines (beyond a two-week delinquency period) can result in student discipline hearings.

Appeals
The appeal of a citation for a parking violation must be made in writing within fourteen days of the issuance of the citation, and must be submitted to the Business Office. Appeals must be made by the person to whom the ticket is written. The Student Conduct Board will review and render a decision. Decisions of the board are final.

General Traffic Regulations
All motor vehicles are subject to College traffic regulations and/or Virginia traffic laws while on campus. The College assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to private property. All traffic signs must be obeyed. The operation of any motor vehicle in such a manner as to create excessive noise or smoke, or operation of any vehicle in a parking lot in an unsafe manner, will result in revocation of parking privileges. Pedestrians shall have the right-of-way at all times. The maximum speed for a vehicle on Johnson Road and Carson Drive is 25 miles per hour when classes are in-session.

Campus Safety & Security

Students are urged to be cognizant of their safety and security needs while on and off campus. An escort service is available by contacting RBC Police 804-862-6111.

Students and other authorized personnel must utilize their RBC Identification Card (herein referred to as the “RBC Card”) issued by RBC. The RBC Card is issued to each student during his or her initial registration, and it is valid for his or her entire stay at RBC. The RBC Card provides access to the cafeteria, some sporting events, the bookstore, and the library, as well as to the front door entrance to the residence halls. All cards will be deactivated at the close of each semester to ensure the residents’ safety and security. Carry your RBC Card with you at all times. There is a $20.00 fee for replacing a lost card. Please take note of the following:

  • Though RBC takes all reasonable precautions, our campus is a public area and therefore not immune to the dangers of modern society. Therefore, as RBC cannot absolutely guarantee the safety and security of the premises at all times, the College expects students to take reasonable precautions to protect themselves and their property.
  • Resident’s may not lend their RBC card to anyone; your RBC card is for your use only.

Failure to comply with this requirement will result in immediate disciplinary action as it endangers the safety of all residents.

  • Do not hold the front door open for other people. All authorized residents have an access card.
  • Do not prop exit doors open. For safety and security reasons, exterior, stairwell, and fire doors should not be left propped or intentionally unsecured at any time.
  • Keep your residential room door locked at all times.
  • Immediately report a lost key or lost access card to the Office of Residence Life or the Department of Campus Safety and Police.
  • Do not allow other students to borrow your key or access card.
  • Report doors that do not close and/or lock, lights that do not work, or any other safety or security problem in your academic building or residential building to the Office of Residence Life or the Department of Campus Safety and Police.
  • Report suspicious circumstances (people or events) to the Residence Hall staff or RBC Department of Campus Safety & Police.
  • The roofs, attics, and mechanical equipment rooms of all college buildings are restricted areas and may not be entered.

Bomb Threats
All bomb threats will be considered real. The person receiving the bomb threat call should then immediately call the Department of Campus Safety & Police at 804-862-6111. Suspicious packages, boxes, or other containers containing possible explosive devices or contaminants should not be tampered with or handled by students. In such cases, students should keep the area clear and contact the RBC Police immediately at (804) 862-6111.

Fire Evacuation Procedures
Students are required to know and understand the following procedure for evacuating a campus building when the fire alarm is activated. Richard Bland College will not be held liable for students demonstrating noncompliant evacuation behaviors.

General rules for fire evacuation:

  1. When the fire alarm sounds, all occupants must leave the building immediately.
  2. No one is to return to the building until the RBC College Police or designees give permission.
  3. All persons should proceed to the nearest parking area and must stand at least 50 feet away from the buildings.
  4. All persons must stand clear of roadways to allow firefighting equipment to reach buildings.

In case of an actual fire:

  1. Pull alarm and evacuate the building.
  2. Call Campus Police (804) 862-6111.
  3. Fire alarm pull stations are to be used only for fire and fire drills.

Bicycle Policy:
All bicycle users must adhere to the Virginia laws relating to bicycles. Bicycle racks are provided by the College for students to secure their bikes. Locking or leaning bicycles against poles, buildings, benches, trees, signs, porch railings, and other College property is prohibited.

Skateboard Policy:
Richard Bland College does not authorize activities that have the potential to create excessive noise or inflict damage upon College property or cause physical injury. Students are expected to use good judgment and common sense when riding bicycles, skateboards, longboards, scooters, and rollerblades on campus. Hoverboards are banned from campus due to fire hazards. The College permits the use of skateboards on the campus sidewalks only. Skateboards may not be used on the streets, campus roads, buildings, the building porches, or on the walkway between the campus and the Student Village.

Fire Safety

Richard Bland College places high importance on promoting fire safety and encouraging all students to take leadership in this area. Students will participate in regular fire drills and attend periodic fire safety programs in order to understand how to manage the risks and respond appropriately in case of emergency. Students living on campus must exercise care and caution to prevent fires. All students and visitors must abide by all Fire Safety Regulations. Fire safety equipment is installed in each building on campus. Students or guests are not permitted to tamper with fire safety equipment, including fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinklers, and fire exit doors. Setting off false alarms or discharging fire extinguishers are serious violations. Students and guests are not permitted to have in campus buildings items with open flames, including, but not limited to candles, hot plates, grills, and space heaters. Residential students should review the non-permitted items list for a complete listing. The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to reject any electrical appliance that it considers as potentially hazardous to the safety of students and others. All students are expected to observe the following regulations critical to the prevention of residence hall fires:

  1. The use or possession of any dangerous chemical or explosive material, such as fireworks, gun powder, gasoline, etc., is prohibited within the residence halls.
  2. The integrity of all ceilings, floors, and walls must remain intact and not be disturbed. Light fixtures must have a proper globe or deflector in place.       Any open bulb fixtures are a fire hazard and must be reported to ORL.
  3. The possession or use of halogen lamps is prohibited.
  4. The possession, lighting, or burning of candles, incense, oil lamps, gas lanterns, outdoor grills, or any device capable of producing an open or enclosed flame or odor is prohibited in all student residences.
  5. Students found to be tampering with fire alarms, smoke detectors, or fire extinguishers are subject to RBC disciplinary action and or legal prosecution. The same sanctions apply for calling an ambulance or firefighting apparatus without just cause.
  6. Window decorations other than college furnished shades, drapes, or blinds may be used but must carry a recognized fire rating and be constructed of fire retardant material.
  7. According to the International Fire Code 805.1.2, adopted as law by the Commonwealth of Virginia, no more than 10% of a residence hall room’s wall surface area may be covered by potentially flammable objects. This includes but is not limited to posters, framed pictures, photos, flags, tapestries, or any other decorative object that that is mounted on the wall. Residents in residence hall rooms that approach or surpass this 10% level may be required to remove items as necessary to comply with fire safety requirements. Additional wall coverings (e.g. paneling, wallpaper, tapestries, etc.) may not be installed by occupants. In addition, wall hangings should not come into contact with electrical outlets or come closer than 12 inches to the heating unit. Hanging any object or item from ceilings or fire sprinkler heads is prohibited.
  8. Room doors, corridors, stairways, and building exits must be kept clear of obstructions at all times. Fire doors on corridors and in stairways must be kept closed at all times.
  9. All residents and guests must evacuate any building in which a fire alarm sounds. Persons refusing to evacuate constitute a hazard to fire officials and will be subject to disciplinary action.

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