Annual Security Report 2015-2016
Student Code of Conduct
NICC expects its students to abide by local, tribal, state, federal laws, and college regulations. The college will not tolerate unlawful behavior, which infringes upon or denies the rights and freedoms of others, or disruptive acts, which affect either the academic or the civil operation of the college. NICC standards of conduct clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and the possession, use or sale of alcohol by students on its property or as part of any of its officially recognized activities. If a student becomes disruptive and refuses to leave when asked, law enforcement officials will be contacted. Any student who fails to observe these laws and regulations may be denied the services of the college through due process.
Authority and Jurisdiction
Two of the Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) campuses are located within the Umonhon and Isanti Tribal Boundaries and are policed by the Tribal law enforcement. Both Knox County and Thurston county Sheriffs may also be called as dispatch for 911 is designated to these locations. NICC works diligently to maintain good communications with these departments. NICC’s third campus is urbanely located on Dakota Avenue in down town South Sioux City, Nebraska. The local authority, South Sioux City Police Department is called as security whenever a crime or suspicion of a crime exists at this location.
The administration, staff, and faculty of the Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) are committed to a program of equal opportunity for education, employment, and participation in college activities without regard to race, color, sex, age, religious creed, political ideals, marital status, physical or mental handicap, national origin or ancestry.
The Nebraska Indian Community College complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as applicable federal, state, tribal, and local laws. The person charged with monitoring and coordinating Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action matters, as well as compliance with the aforementioned laws is the Business Office Director.
The College retains the right to follow a policy of Indian preference in employment in line with the Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and any other applicable federal, state and tribal laws.
Campus Safety Services
NICC makes every attempt to make sure that all campuses are monitored by a college employee or volunteer that will follow reporting guidelines and the rules of the college. The college has established cameras at all locations that show the outside and the inside of the common areas of each campus to monitor and verify any activity that is against school policy.
The campuses have overhead lighting in all parking areas. Campuses with more than one building have these same precautionary devices on each building. NICC staff check and lock all structures each night at closing time. Each campus has an Administrator of the College with whom reports can be filed:
Santee Campus Mary Johnson, Academic Dean 402-241-5945
South Sioux City Campus Justin Kocian, Chief Information Officer 402-241-5981
Macy Campus Dawne Price, Dean of Student Services 402-241-5908
All Administration has been instructed to report any incidents to the President as soon as an alleged crime is reported. Most of the NICC employees have completed VAWA, Cleary Act, and Harassment online training through SafeColleges. Annually NICC makes a good-faith effort to collect crime statistics from our local law enforcement and this is documented in the form of written letters mailed to the local authorities. NICC is not required to keep a daily crime log since we do not have any on-campus housing.
Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to report all crimes, emergencies and safety issues to NICC Administration immediately. In the event of an immediate danger of a person 911 should be called for local authorities. Each NICC Campus has a weather alert radio that alerts NICC campus communities of threats of tornado or storms. Administration notifies all building occupants and gives instructions for them to follow. Every campus has a storm shelter area and fire alarms. When you are reporting an emergency you should be prepared to give your location, name, and telephone number to the operator. In the event of unsafe roads, or unsafe services i.e. water outage, NICC has agreed with KCAU Channel 9 out of South Sioux City to post all school closings. NICC has posted at each campus location storm shelter information.
Drug-Free College Community
NICC is committed to providing a healthy, safe, and secure educational environment. It is policy that reasonable measures shall be taken to establish and maintain a drug-free college community as required by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (Public Law 101-226) and Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 101-690) and applicable state and tribal statutes. No person - student, faculty member, staff or visitor - shall be permitted on college premises in a state of intoxication, or under the influence of illegal substances. Neither alcohol nor controlled substances may be carried, consumed, manufactured or distributed at NICC college events, or on NICC premises.
The use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol carry significant social, physical, and emotional health risks. Users may suffer damage to key body organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Drugs can kill the user, and the use of drugs and alcohol during pregnancy may cause birth defects or death of unborn babies. Drugs and alcohol abuse may cause difficulties with concentration and memory that impairs learning. Drugs and alcohol abuse can be instrumental in the deterioration of family units and the breakdown of friendships and other support systems.
The exhibition of intoxication or drug impairment on Campus locations will result in the student being escorted out of the campus facilities. If the student does not have a ride the authorities should be called. Repeated offenses will result in expulsion from school.
Any alcohol or drug related incident that involves harassing or threatening statements that potentially endangers any student, staff, Faculty or Administrator will automatically result in the college calling the authorities and will result in expulsion from school.
Offenses that are managed internally may result in the loss of travel privileges and/or loss of Institutionally managed scholarships.
If a student under the age of 21 is involved in any of the above actions their parent or guardian will be notified. Any expulsion or termination related to alcohol abuse or drug use will result in the student or employee being required to complete a licensed treatment program and show proof prior to their review for reinstatement.
The Nebraska Indian Community College has zero tolerance for physical or verbal violence of any kind. Anyone causing a situation which threatens the physical or emotional well-being of any NICC student, staff, faculty, administrator, or visitor will be removed, barred or dismissed from enrollment or employment from the campus. Any situation involving violence could also result in criminal prosecution. Local law enforcement will be summoned if the problem becomes persistent or if there appears to be an immediate threat to a person’s physical or emotional well-being. Campus Crime and Security Report will be compiled and distributed annually.
Riots and Civil Disturbances
A. Procedures: In the event of a riot or civil disturbance remove all students and visitors from the area most immediate to the disturbance. The Person in Charge or representative will notify the following:
a. Police at 911
b. The Federal Bureau of Investigation at the Sioux City Office (712) 258-1920 or at the Omaha Office (402) 493-8688
c. The Tribal Business Manager, if on Tribal land.
d. Any Member of the Tribal Council, if on Tribal land.
The Person in Charge or representative are to act in the best interest of all concerned and solve the problem at its lowest level. For the safety of all concerned the NICC employees are not to attempt to mediate.
A. Report: Only those reports specifically required will be authorized as indicated
a. The Person in Charge will (verbally report the results of the incident to the College President.
b. The Person in Charge will prepare a written report to the College President, the NICC Board of Director Chair, and the Tribal Councils if applicable. The report will outline the incident as follows: how the emergency was received, action taken, authorities contacted and response. Findings and decisions made conjointly between the Person in Charge and the assisting agencies should be part of this report.
Sexual and Gender Harassment
NICC is pledged to maintain an environment that is conducive to work and study for staff and students. That environment must be free of sexual and gender harassment and all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. Such behavior includes but is not limited to suggestions that academic reprisals or rewards will follow refusal or granting of sexual favors or behavior which creates an intimidating or a hostile academic environment. This constitutes gross misconduct and will not be tolerated. Complaints regarding sexual and gender harassment will be directed to the Human Resource Manager or Academic Dean. The Human Resource Manager is the designated Title IX Coordinator.
Fair, prompt, and impartial consideration of complaints involving discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, Tribal affiliation, or disability will be provided to students and staff without fear of reprisal. Full cooperation will be provided to an individual who files a complaint of discrimination. Matters of discrimination can be directed to the Human Resources Manager or Academic Dean.
Dating, Domestic, Sexual Assault and Stalking.
Sexual misconduct, in reference to this policy, shall be defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Sexual Misconduct against any member of the Nebraska Indian Community College will be turned over to local authorities for investigation since NICC does not have any on campus housing or will be handled through the NICC grievance policy as stated below. Reporting persons are the Administrative Personnel listed in the Introduction and the Title IX Coordinator, HR Manager as previously stated. NICC is continuing to develop our educational plans for students and is currently in the process of establishing an outside entity for online education for NICC students.
Students are to maintain orderly conduct that is consistent with an educational environment. An instructor may remove a student from the classroom for disciplinary reasons. The violation is then reported to the Academic Dean for review and action. Discipline is the responsibility of the Academic Dean who has the authority to act on any violation and take whatever action is deemed appropriate. The Academic Dean will review all complaints and may dismiss the allegations, make an administrative disposition, or conduct a formal hearing in conjunction with the grievance committee. Possible disciplinary actions can be found in the Student Rights section of this catalog. Students dissatisfied with findings of the Academic Dean should follow the Grievance Procedure.
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