Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act)
Campus Security and Fire Safety Report
FOR A SAFER COMMUNITY
JEANNE CLERY DISCLOSURE OF CAMPUS SECURITY POLICY AND CAMPUS CRIME STATISTICS ACT
The Jeanne Clery Actrequires the annual disclosure of certain crime statistics as well as institutional policies regarding campus security. In addition, disclosure of fire safety information and annual fire statistics for on-campus residence halls is required under the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Iowa Lakes Community College, in compliance with these laws, is providing the following information to all enrolled students and current employees. This report also includes links to additional, helpful information.
CAMPUS SECURITY AWARENESS AND CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS
Iowa Lakes Community College places a high priority on maintaining a safe and secure campus for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Members of the college community have the opportunity to learn about campus security procedures and the prevention of crime, and are encouraged to be responsible for their own security and the security of others, through programs presented by various administrative offices and student clubs and organizations. The local Police Departments, staffed by officers with specialized training, and our Residential and Educational Counseling staff provides security awareness and crime prevention programs that stress both good personal safety habits and the importance of community safety.
DEFINITIONS FROM THE FBI’S UNIFORM CRIME REPORTING HANDBOOK (UCR)
- On-campus—(1) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and (2) Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).
- Murder/Non-negligent Manslaughter—The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
- Negligent Manslaughter—The killing of another person through gross negligence.
- Rape—The carnal knowledge of another forcibly and against his or her will.
- Forcible Fondling—The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against the person's will; or not forcibly and/or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary permanent mental or physical incapacity.
- Statutory Rape—Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
- Incest—Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
- Robbery—The taking, or attempting to take, of anything of value from the care, custody or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
- Aggravated Assault—An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
- Burglary—The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.
- Motor Vehicle Theft—The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
- Arson—Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
- Liquor Law Violations—Violations of state or local laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession or use of alcoholic beverages (with the exception of “driving under the influence” or “drunkenness”).
- Drug Law Violations—Violations of laws prohibiting the production, distribution and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment or devices utilized in their preparation and/or use. The unlawful cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, use, possession, transportation or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance. Arrests for violations of state and local laws, specifically those relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana, synthetic narcotics—manufactured narcotics that can cause true addiction (Demerol, methadone); and dangerous nonnarcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
- Illegal Weapons Possession—Violations of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices or other deadly weapons.
- Hate Crimes—Sufficient objective facts lead a reasonable and prudent person to conclude that an offender’s actions were motivated, in whole or in part, by bias against the victim’s race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin or disability.
- Sexual Abuse/Assault—Any sex act between persons is sexual abuse by either of the participants when the act is performed with the other participant in any of the following circumstances:
1. The act is done by force or against the will of the other. If the consent or acquiescence of the other is procured by threats of violence toward any person or if the act is done while the other is under the influence of a drug inducing sleep or is otherwise in a state of unconsciousness, the act is done against the will of the other.
2. Such other participant is suffering from a mental defect or incapacity that precludes giving consent, or lacks the mental capacity to know the right and wrong of conduct in sexual matters.
3. Such other participant is a child. (Iowa Criminal Code, Chapter 709.1)
- Dating Violence—Violence committed by a person:
1. Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim;
2. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
A. The length of the relationship.
B. The type of relationship.
C. The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. (42 U.S.C. § 13295(a))
- Domestic Violence—Includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under federal, state or local domestic or family violence laws, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under federal, state or local domestic or family violence laws.
- Stalking—Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:
1. Fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or
2. Suffer substantial emotional distress
REPORTING CRIMES AND OTHER EMERGENCIES
All members of the Iowa Lakes Community College community, including all students, faculty and staff and their guests, are encouraged to report all crimes and other public safety concerns to the local Police Department and the campus Dean/Director in a timely manner when the victim of a crime elects to report or is unable to make such a report. Accurate and prompt reporting will facilitate timely initiation of warnings and other appropriate emergency response procedures and will also help ensure the accuracy of crime statistics compiled in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure and Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”). Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation for proof of a criminal offense. Victims are encouraged to immediately visit the local emergency room for evidence collection. Victims should preserve all forms of evidence; thus, it is suggested that victims not change clothing, shower, or use the toilet prior to obtaining a medical exam.
Note that this policy does not limit the obligation of any faculty and staff to notify the Title IX Coordinator about any incident of sexual violence involving a student.
Iowa Lakes accepts voluntary, confidential reports of crimes in cases where the victim or witness of a crime does not wish to pursue either disciplinary action. All such reports are included in the annual disclosure of crime statistics. A confidential report can help determine if there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant and can help alert the campus community to potential danger.
ACADEMIC AND LIVING CONDITIONS
If requested by the victim, Iowa lakes officials will assist the victim in changing academic and living conditions after an alleged sexual assault incident if such changes are reasonably available.
STANDARD OF EVIDENCE
The standard of proof that exists for campus disciplinary proceedings is preponderance of evidence, (i.e., more likely than not the event(s) occurred). If a complainant requests that his or her name not be revealed to the respondent or asks Iowa Lakes not to investigate or seek action against the respondent, Iowa Lakes will be limited in its ability to respond fully to the incident.
DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS FOR SEXUAL OFFENSES
The Student disciplinary policies and procedures are tied to Iowa Lakes’ institutional mission to provide for lifelong learning opportunities for all students and to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment.
Goals of the disciplinary actions process:
- Create and maintain an educational and developmental disciplinary system which promotes a civil, respectful and safe educational environment.
- Encourage the informal resolution of disciplinary incidents.
- Uphold and balance the students’ and the College’s rights while striving to ensure a fair process for all those involved.
The following penalties for a violation of college policy or responsible student behavior may be imposed by the appropriate college official. The severity of the penalty will be in proportion to the gravity of the violation. Penalties will be administered consistently to the extent that students committing the same violation receive similar penalties. A student’s record of previous violations may be considered when determining the student’s penalties.
Official Reprimand is a written censure by the college. The reprimand serves to remind the student that further violation of the student conduct code may result in more serious sanctions. A record of the disciplinary action is kept in the student’s disciplinary file.
Disciplinary Probation informs the student that he/she has been found guilty of a more serious violation or repeated violation of college policies governing student conduct.
Disciplinary Probation with Conditions informs the student who is placed on disciplinary probation with conditions that he/she is subject to specified conditions including but not limited to:
- Restitution: Reimbursement for damage to or appropriate of college property. Written notice will be sent to the student requiring restitution when the student has damaged or misappropriated college property. Reimbursement may take the form of appropriate service to repair or compensate for damages.
- Educational Sanctions/Referral: A requirement to participate in a project, class, counseling or other college/community sponsored activity that is relevant to the nature of the offense and appropriate for the violation at the student’s expense.
- Suspension or Termination of the Use of College Property, Resources or Activities: A student loses the privilege of using college property or resources associated with the offense or a student’s participation in activities associated with the offense may be temporarily suspended or permanently terminated.
- Disciplinary Suspension can be from a class, specific number of classes, program or a campus. The privilege of re-admission may depend on the fulfillment of certain conditions imposed by the college and/or the program. A suspended student may be prohibited from appearing on the campus, at off campus classes at cooperating agencies or any activity sponsored by the college.
- Disciplinary Expulsion informs the student that he/she has lost his/her student status and that he/she can never again be a student at the college.
The decision to expel a student must be confirmed by the President of Iowa Lakes Community College and is considered final. The power to suspend a student from the institution is hereby conferred upon the campus dean or supervisor; however, the student may request an appeal before the college president or designee. Reprimands, Disciplinary Probation and Disciplinary Probation with Conditions may be conferred by the campus dean or supervisor or a designee, which would include the director of student housing. Reprimands and statuses of probation may be appealed to the campus dean or supervisor. In the instance of a review of disciplinary expulsion, the decision will be presented to the board of trustees for final action. For additional information on appeals of disciplinary action, see the Review Process section of the Student Handbook. Statuses of probation may be appealed to the campus dean or supervisor. In the instance of a review of disciplinary expulsion, the decision will be presented to the board of trustees for final action.
There are numerous terms used in our policy and procedures.
Consent is not defined in Iowa Code, but Iowa Lakes policy defines consent as it relates to sexual misconduct in the following manner: Consent is knowing, voluntary and clear permission by word or action to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Since individuals may experience the same interaction in different ways, it is the responsibility of each party to make certain that the other has consented before engaging in the activity. For consent to be valid, there must be a clear expression in words or actions that the other individual consented to that specific sexual conduct. Consent to a specific sexual contact (such as kissing or fondling) cannot be presumed to be consent for another specific sexual activity (such as intercourse). A current or previous dating relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent. Silence or the absence of resistance alone is not consent. The existence of consent is based on the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the alleged incident occurred. Individuals can withdraw consent at any time during sexual activity by expressing in words or actions that they no longer want the act to continue, and, if that happens, the other person must stop immediately. A person cannot consent if he or she is incapacitated.
Incapacitation is defined as a state where someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing consent (e.g., to understand the “who, what, when, where, why, or how” of their sexual interaction). This policy also covers a person whose incapacity results from mental disability, involuntary physical restraint, and/or from taking of an incapacitating substance. Under Iowa law, a person is incapacitated if the person is temporarily incapable of apprising or controlling the person’s own conduct due to the influence of a narcotic, anesthetic or intoxicating substance; if a person is unable to communicate an unwillingness to act because the person is unconscious, asleep or is otherwise physically limited; or if the person has a bodily impairment or handicap that substantially limits the person’s ability to resist or flee. An individual who engages in sexual activity when the individual knows, or should know, that the other person is physically or mentally incapacitated has violated this policy. It is not an excuse that the respondent to a claim of sexual misconduct was intoxicated and, therefore, did not realize the other person’s incapacity.
Sexual Assault is an offense classified as a forcible or non-forcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Under the Iowa Code, sexual abuse is defined as: Any sex act between persons is sexual abuse by either of the persons when the act is performed with the other person in any of the following circumstances:
- The act is done by force or against the will of the other. If the consent or acquiescence of the other is procured by threats of violence toward any person or if the act is done while the other is under the influence of a drug inducing sleep or is otherwise in a state of unconsciousness, the act is done against the will of the other.
- Such other person is suffering from a mental defect or incapacity that precludes giving consent, or lacks the mental capacity to know the right and wrong of conduct in sexual matters.
- Such other person is a child.
Domestic Violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction. Iowa Code 236.2 pertains to Domestic Abuse and states the following:
Domestic Abuse means committing assault as defined in section 708.1 under any of the following circumstances:
- The assault is between family or household members who resided together at the time of the assault.
- The assault is between separated spouses or persons divorced from each other and not residing together at the time of the assault.
- The assault is between persons who are parents of the same minor child, regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time.
- The assault is between persons who have been family or household members residing together within the past year and are not residing together at the time of the assault.
- (1) The assault is between persons who are in an intimate relationship or have been in an intimate relationship and have had contact within the past year of the assault. In determining whether persons are or have been in an intimate relationship, the court may consider the following nonexclusive list of factors:
(a) The duration of the relationship.
(b) The frequency of interaction.
(c) Whether the relationship has been terminated.
(d) The nature of the relationship, characterized by either party's expectation of sexual or romantic involvement.
(2) A person may be involved in an intimate relationship with more than one person at a time.
Emergency Shelter Services
Emergency Shelter Services include but are not limited to secure crisis shelters or housing for victims of domestic abuse.
Family or Household Members
a. Means spouses, persons cohabiting, parents or other persons related by consanguinity or affinity.
b. Does not include children under age eighteen of persons listed in paragraph "a."
Intimate Relationship means a significant romantic involvement that need not include sexual involvement. An intimate relationship does not include casual social relationships or associations in a business or professional capacity
Dating Violence is violence committed by a person—(a) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (b) where the existence of such a relationship will be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
(i) The length of the relationship.
(ii) The type of relationship.
(iii) The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
There is no provision in the Iowa Code for Dating Violence. Iowa Lakes will use the Iowa Code's Assault criteria along with relationship factors to determine whether or not an incident constitutes Dating Violence under the Clery Act.
Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to—a) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or b) suffer substantial emotional distress. Iowa Code 708.11 states:
- As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
a. "Accompanying offense" means any public offense committed as part of the course of conduct engaged in while committing the offense of stalking.
b. "Course of conduct" means repeatedly maintaining a visual or physical proximity to a person without legitimate purpose or repeatedly conveying oral or written threats, threats implied by conduct, or a combination thereof, directed at or toward a person.
c. "Immediate family member" means a spouse, parent, child, sibling or any other person who regularly resides in the household of a specific person, or who within the prior six months regularly resided in the household of a specific person.
d. "Repeatedly" means on two or more occasions.
- A person commits stalking when all of the following occur:
a. The person purposefully engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury to, or the death of, that specific person or a member of the specific person's immediate family.
b. The person has knowledge or should have knowledge that the specific person will be placed in reasonable fear of bodily injury to, or the death of, that specific person or a member of the specific person's immediate family by the course of conduct.
c. The person's course of conduct induces fear in the specific person of bodily injury to, or the death of, the specific person or a member of the specific person's immediate family.
- a. A person who commits stalking in violation of this section commits a class "C" felony for a third or subsequent offense.
b. A person who commits stalking in violation of this section commits a class "D" felony if any of the following apply:
(1) The person commits stalking while subject to restrictions contained in a criminal or civil protective order or injunction, or any other court order that prohibits contact between the person and the victim, or while subject to restrictions contained in a criminal or civil protective order or injunction or other court order that prohibits contact between the person and another person against whom the person has committed a public offense.
(2) The person commits stalking while in possession of a dangerous weapon, as defined in section 702.7.
(3) The person commits stalking by directing a course of conduct at a specific person who is under eighteen years of age.
(4) The offense is a second offense.
c. A person who commits stalking in violation of this section commits an aggravated misdemeanor if the offense is a first offense that is not included in paragraph "b."
- Violations of this section and accompanying offenses shall be considered prior offenses for the purpose of determining whether an offense is a second or subsequent offense. A conviction for, deferred judgment for, or plea of guilty to a violation of this section or an accompanying offense that occurred at any time prior to the date of the violation charged shall be considered in determining that the violation charged is a second or subsequent offense. Deferred judgments pursuant to section 907.3 for violations of this section or accompanying offenses and convictions or the equivalent of deferred judgments for violations in any other states under statutes substantially corresponding to this section or accompanying offenses shall be counted as previous offenses. The courts shall judicially notice the statutes of other states that define offenses substantially equivalent to the offenses defined in this section and its accompanying offenses and can therefore be considered corresponding statutes. Each previous violation of this section or an accompanying offense on which conviction or deferral of judgment was entered prior to the date of the violation charged shall be considered and counted as a separate previous offense. In addition, however, accompanying offenses committed as part of the course of conduct engaged in while committing the violation of stalking charged shall be considered prior offenses for the purpose of that violation, even though the accompanying offenses occurred at approximately the same time. An offense shall be considered a second or subsequent offense regardless of whether it was committed upon the same person who was the victim of any other previous offense.
- Notwithstanding section 804.1, rule of criminal procedure 2.7, Iowa court rules, or any other provision of law to the contrary, upon the filing of a complaint and a finding of probable cause to believe an offense has been committed in violation of this section, or after the filing of an indictment or information alleging a violation of this section, the court shall issue an arrest warrant, rather than a citation or summons. A peace officer shall not issue a citation in lieu of arrest for a violation of this section. Notwithstanding section 804.21 or any other provision of law to the contrary, a person arrested for stalking shall be immediately taken into custody and shall not be released pursuant to pretrial release guidelines, a bond schedule, or any similar device, until after the initial appearance before a magistrate. In establishing the conditions of release, the magistrate may consider the defendant's prior criminal history, in addition to the other factors provided in section 811.2.
- For purposes of determining whether or not the person should register as a sex offender pursuant to the provisions of chapter 692A, the fact finder shall make a determination as provided in section 692A.126.
STUDENT CONDUCT AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AT OFF-CAMPUS LOCATIONS
Student Conduct, Discipline and Appeals Procedure applies to conduct that occurs on college property, at Iowa Lakes-sponsored activities, at clinical sites, or any College facility, and off-campus conduct that adversely affects the college community and/or the pursuit of its educational mission. If an adverse student conduct issue arises at an off-campus location that is recognized by the College, Iowa Lakes relies on local police to respond to the situation.
CAMPUS SAFETY NOTIFICATIONS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURES
In the interest of campus safety and security, Iowa Lakes will notify the college community of all crimes considered to pose a threat to its members that are perpetrated on the College campus and reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies. As described below, warnings will be disseminated in a manner that is timely, that aids the prevention of similar occurrences, and that protects the privacy of the victims of such incidents. In addition, Iowa Lakes has adopted policies and procedures to provide immediate notification to the campus community of campus emergencies.
PROCEDURES FOR TIMELY WARNINGS OF CAMPUS CRIME
It shall be the responsibility of the College, when a crime on or near the campus is reported, to promptly assess the potential danger or threat it presents to the campus community, or portions thereof. In the event of an immediate threat, the Police Department shall follow the emergency notification procedure described below. In other cases, if the College Administration believes a serious or ongoing danger or threat exists, the Executive Director of Facilities Management, working with other College officials as appropriate, shall provide a timely warning on the “Iowa Lakes Alert” and college web pages. Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, the College may also use a variety of other means to communicate the timely warning, including the mass notification methods for the dissemination of Emergency Notices described below.
PROCEDURES FOR IMMEDIATE NOTIFICATION OF CAMPUS EMERGENCIES
In the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on campus, local police shall, without delay, make an initial determination as whether the situation presents an immediate threat to the health or safety of students and employees. If the police conclude that such a threat exists, the police shall immediately notify the appropriate College Administrator, unless issuing an immediate notification would, in the professional judgment of the police, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
The Executive Director of Facilities Management shall also promptly consult with other senior college officials regarding any significant emergency or dangerous situation to determine what follow-up information the campus community may need and how best to disseminate follow-up notices.
CONTENT OF EMERGENCY NOTICES
Emergency notices shall describe the emergency or dangerous situation, outline immediate steps to be taken (including, if necessary, shelter and evacuation procedures), and indicate where additional information may be found. Emergency updates and further information will be provided by postings to the listed websites, emails and texts to the College community and other methods as needed.
If the situation requires evacuation, the College will provide members of the community with evacuation instructions. In the event that an extended evacuation is necessary, people will be directed to other buildings/areas on campus for support (information, food, shelter, medical attention, etc.). Specific details about the sites will be included in the emergency notices.
Iowa Lakes Community College maintains a comprehensive emergency management plan on the Iowa Lakes Emergency website www.iowalakes.edu/policy-library that describes in more detail the College’s emergency protocols, including the College’s shelter and evacuation procedures.
DISSEMINATION OF EMERGENCY NOTICES
Depending on the incident and nature of the threat, the College will use mass notification methods to provide emergency notifications to the campus community. These methods include:
- Emails to iowalakes.edu accounts;
- Text alerts to cell phones;
- Posting information to the Iowa Lakes Emergency website www.iowalakes.edu/policy-library, the Iowa Lakes website home page (www.iowalakes.edu);
- Other methods as appropriate (media, social media, handouts, phone calls, etc.).
To ensure receipt of the College’s emergency notices, all members of the college community are encouraged to provide the College with up-to-date contact information, including a cell phone number, through the My Iowa Lakes website portal. The Police Department will work with the Executive Director of Facilities Management to ensure that emergency information is timely shared with local first responders and the local community as appropriate.
The Executive Director of Facilities Management will oversee regular tests of the college’s emergency notification system and evacuation procedures (at least annually). These tests may be announced or unannounced. The Executive Director will publicize the College’s emergency response and evacuation procedures in conjunction with at least one test per calendar year. The Executive Director shall document each test, including a description of the exercise, the date and time, and whether the test was announced or unannounced.
MISSING STUDENT NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES
Included in the Iowa Lakes Student Handbook
Any member of the College community who has reason to believe a student residing in on-campus housing has been missing for more than 24 hours should immediately contact the local Police Department and Executive Dean of Students. Upon notification, they will initiate an investigation. If they are unable to locate the student through its normal contact network and determine that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, they will notify the student’s Confidential Contact within 24 hours of the official determination that the student is missing. If the missing student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, they will notify a custodial parent or guardian in addition to the student’s emergency contact.
CAMPUS FACILITIES: SECURITY, ACCESS, AND MAINTENANCE
Iowa Lakes Community College is committed to maintaining a safe environment which includes the security, access, and maintenance of its campus facilities. Residence halls and certain buildings and facilities throughout campus are posted with notices that identify them as College property. Facilities staff coordinates efforts with respect to maintenance issues affecting the security of campus facilities.
In addition to the rules and regulations of the College, students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors are subject to all local, state, and federal laws. In or upon lands or structures owned, used, or occupied by the College, the local Police Departments are responsible for enforcing those laws and, although they have no formal written memoranda of understanding, they maintain a cooperative working relationship with local, state, and federal police agencies.
CAMPUS SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESPONSE AND PREVENTION PROGRAM
Iowa Lakes Community College attempts at all times to maintain a safe environment that supports its educational mission and is free from exploitation and intimidation, as well as discrimination based upon gender, including sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. Sexual violence or sexual misconduct of any kind is antithetical to the mission of the College and the values it espouses and will be responded to accordingly. The College strives to eliminate sexual violence on campus, prevent its occurrence, and address its effects.
The purpose of this notice, provided in accordance with the Clery Act, is to summarize some of the College’s efforts with respect to preventing sex offenses, to direct members of the College community to the College’s policies and resources regarding sexual violence, and to inform victims of sexual violence about procedures to follow after a sex offense has occurred. In this notice, the terms “sex offenses” and “sexual violence” are deemed to include sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. The College also maintains a comprehensive Sexual Misconduct Policy and Resources website that includes detailed descriptions of the College’s policy, resources, and reporting options for students.
COMPLAINT PROCESS – SEXUAL HARASSMENT/SEXUAL VIOLENCE POLICY
It is the policy of Iowa It is the policy of Iowa Lakes Community College, in keeping with efforts to establish an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the collegewide community are respected, that sexual harassment/sexual violence of students and employees at Iowa Lakes Community College is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment/sexual violence may involve the behavior of a person of either gender against a person of the opposite or same gender, when that behavior falls within the definition outlined below:
Definition: Sexual harassment/sexual violence of employees and students at Iowa Lakes Community College is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s academic evaluation or employment.
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic decisions or employment affecting that individual.
- Acts of domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking.
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational experience or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or work environment.
Examples of sexual harassment:
- VERBAL: sexual innuendo, suggestive comments, insults, threats, jokes or derogatory comments based on gender; sexual propositions or advances; pressure for sexual favors.
- NONVERBAL: posting of sexually suggestive or derogatory pictures, cartoons or drawings, making suggestive or insulting noises, leering, whistling or making obscene gestures.
- PHYSICAL: touching, pinching, squeezing, patting, brushing against body; impeding or blocking normal work or movement; coercing sexual intercourse; stalking or assault.
Procedure for filing & investigating a formal complaint of harassment or violence:
The following procedure is established for processing and investigating formal complaints of harassment or violence by a student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or other College employee because of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, identity, sex stereotyping, marital status, socioeconomic status, military service, national origin, age, disability, and/or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law, including but not limited to cases of alleged domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and for determining appropriate disciplinary action.
It is the College’s intent that this procedure will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution process; will treat the complainant with sensitivity and fairness; will be conducted by College officials who receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and how to conduct an investigation process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability; and will provide due process to the accused individual if any disciplinary action is to be imposed. In situations where an accused individual faces a relating criminal charge, the College reserves the right to proceed with this procedure as to a formal complaint, including any disciplinary action that may be imposed, at the same time that a criminal process may be proceeding.
We will investigate all formal complaints and take appropriate action based on the weight of the totality of the evidence against any student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or other College employee when it is determined that it is more probably true than not that harassment or violence in violation of this policy has occurred. Effective July 1, 2007, the Iowa Civil Rights Act (Iowa Code Chapter 216) was expanded to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes. It is ILLEGAL in Iowa to discriminate against a person because of his/her sexual orientation or gender identity.
Reports or complaints of harassment or violence may be made to any Iowa Lakes staff and will be directed to the appropriate authority. For more information, see the full Title IX procedures here: https://www.iowalakes.edu/current-students/title-ix/
You may make a report by phone, in writing, by e-mail, or through the anonymous reporting link provided here: https://www.iowalakes.edu/anonymous-reporting/anonymous-report/
The Title IX Coordinator is Kathy Muller, Executive Director of Human Resources.
Does the law prohibit gender-segregated restrooms?
No. It is still legal in Iowa for businesses to maintain gender-segregated restrooms. The 2007 revision to the law does require that individuals are permitted to access those restrooms in accordance with their gender identity rather than their assigned gender at birth. And, just as non-transgender individuals are entitled to use a restroom appropriate to their gender identity without having to provide documentation and/or response to invasive requests, transgender individuals must also be allowed to use a gender-identity restroom without being harassed or questioned.
Does the law prohibit gender-segregated locker rooms and living facilities?
No. Iowa law does not prohibit places of public accommodation from maintaining separate facilities for the different sexes so long as they are comparable. The law does require that individuals be permitted to access those facilities in accordance with their gender identity rather than their assigned gender at birth without being harassed or questioned.
As the College’s procedure for handling formal complaints is initiated and completed, all involved parties will be expected to respect the sensitive nature of the matter and to protect, to the extent possible consistent with the College’s legal obligations, the confidentiality of the complainant, the person accused, and all those involved in the investigation. The College will respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the College’s legal obligation to investigate and to take appropriate action. Unless otherwise required pursuant to a legal obligation, only people who need to know will be told and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, the complainant, the accused individual, witnesses, appropriate Administrators, and the Title IX Coordinator.
COMPLAINT INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE
It is the College’s intent that this procedure will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution process. The College recognizes that time is of the essence in the investigation, decision making, and appeal process. The College will make every reasonable effort to conclude its full investigation of a formal complaint, decision by the College’s Title IX Coordinator, and processing of any appeal within sixty (60) calendar days from its receipt of a complaint. The College’s Title IX Coordinator will document the reason for extending any specified time period and will provide to the complainant and to the person accused (respondent) periodic written notice of any extension of a specified time period and of the status of the investigation.
The College’s Title IX Coordinator may appoint an assistant to act in her absence and/or to facilitate the timely resolution of a formal complaint.
- a. Within two (2) calendar days (excluding weekends and federal holidays) of the receipt of the formal complaint, the College’s Title IX Coordinator shall designate the incident investigating official or officials who will investigate the formal complaint. Such individuals shall not be the party charged with having committed the alleged harassment and/or violence. If the College’s investigator determines to interview the complainant and/or the accused individual, the person so interviewed may elect to have another person present during the interview, including the opportunity to be accompanied by an advisor of his or her choice and at his or her expense. But in no event may such advisor interfere with the interview or disrupt the complaint procedure process provided herein.
- A written statement from the complainant shall be obtained by the designated investigating official(s) within two (2) calendar days (excluding weekends and federal holidays) of their designation and request complainant have no contact with the respondent pending the investigation. The investigating official will then contact the respondent, inform the person of the basis of the complaint and provide the person an opportunity to respond with a written statement. The investigating official shall specifically request that the respondent have no contact with the complainant pending the investigation. The respondent will then have two (2) calendar days (excluding weekends and federal holidays) from the date of notification to make a written response to the investigating official.
- Upon receipt of the response(s), the investigating official shall report in writing to the Title IX Coordinator the fact findings of the investigation and shall in writing notify the complainant and the respondent of said written fact finding report within fourteen (14) calendar days (excluding weekends and federal holidays). The College’s Title IX Coordinator shall review the written fact finding report to determine, by the weight of evidence, taking into account the totality of all reported evidence, if it is more probably true than not that harassment or violence in violation of this policy has occurred. Upon completion of the review and determination by the College’s Title IX Coordinator, both the complainant and the respondent shall be notified separately in person and in writing by the College’s Title IX Coordinator of her decision within seven (7) calendar days (excluding weekends and federal holidays) of receiving the investigating officer’s written report. The complainant and the respondent shall be notified if the College’s Title IX Coordinator is unable to meet with them in person within seven (7) calendar days (excluding weekends and federal holidays) and a meeting will be scheduled as soon as possible. The College’s Title IX Coordinator will meet separately with the complainant and with the respondent and will address any questions concerning the determination or resolution with each individual during the respective meeting.
- If it is determined it is more probably true than not that a violation of College policy has occurred, the College’s Title IX Coordinator will forward her written decision to the administrator with authority to discipline or to make recommendations concerning discipline and who will take or recommend appropriate disciplinary action.
The individual, in accordance with Board Policy, the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Student Handbook, or Employee Handbook, whichever applies, may appeal any disciplinary action resulting from this procedure.
No student or employee will suffer retaliation for reporting alleged instances of sexual harassment at Iowa Lakes Community College.
Iowa Lakes Community College will not tolerate the sexual abuse/violence of students, faculty and/or staff at any of its campuses, facilities and/or activities. It is the policy at Iowa Lakes to provide education to help prevent, facilitate the reporting of and provide information on counseling concerning sexual abuse.
The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1989 defines sexual abuse as follows:
Sexual abuse is an act of sexual conduct by the use of force or threat of force or where the victim was unable to understand the nature of the act or otherwise unable to give knowing consent. (This definition will vary as this crime is defined in state law.)
What are some prevention methods?
- Remember that only “yes” means “yes”
- Be aware of what’s going on around you
- Stick to well-lighted, populated areas when walking
- Avoid walking alone or in isolated areas
- Lock cars and living areas
- Check the floors and the rear seat area before entering your car
- Communicate your sexual limits firmly and directly to the other person in your relationship
- Follow your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave it and go to a safe place
- Think in advance how you might react to sexual abuse. Remember everyone has the right to say no to sexual activity.
During normal business hours, the alleged crime should be reported to the Business Office which will be responsible for notification of law enforcement officials, if appropriate, and for completion of an incident report. Reports after business hours and for emergencies should be made directly to local law enforcement officials. The office of the Campus Dean, or Supervisor, or Title IX Coordinator shall be responsible for responding to these reports and taking appropriate action.
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
Referral and advocacy services are available for any member of the Iowa Lakes student body, staff or faculty, who believes he/she has been the victim of sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. Some of the referral and advocacy services are:
- COUNCIL FOR THE PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS/DAY, 365 DAYS/YEAR – 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3244 (TTY)
- IOWA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND VICTIM SERVICE CALL CENTER AVAILABLE 24 HOURS/DAY, 365 DAYS/YEAR – 1-800-770-1650
- Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Abuse 1-800-942-0333
- National Victim Center’s Info Link 1-800-FYI-CALL (394-2255)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-333-SAFE (7233)
o Domestic Violence 1-641-424-9133 or 1-855-424-9133
o Sexual Assault 1-641-424-9071 or 1-800-479-9071
o Algona Outreach for Survivors of Domestic and/or Sexual Assault: Office 1-515-265-8646 or 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-877-295-6958
- Emmetsburg 1-712-262-4612 or 1-877-362-4612
- Estherville 1-712-362-3200 or 1-877-362-4612
- Spencer 1-712-262-4612 or 1-877-362-4612
- Spirit Lake 1-712-362-3200 or 1-877-362-4612
- Domestic Sexual Assault Outreach Center, Fort Dodge 1-515-955-5456 1-800-356-200
For a complete list of Sex Offenders, go to https://www.nsopw.gov/
ANNUAL DISCLOSURE OF CRIME STATISTICS
The following Crime Statistics are provided in accordance with the Clery Act:
Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics can also be found in the Student Handbook. The Executive Dean of Students compiles the annual crime statistics from the police logs, reports of Campus Security Authorities, responses from public police agencies, and the reports from Residential Life. Iowa Lakes Community College makes available, upon request, to an applicant, student, or employee of the institution, a copy of the Annual Crime Report; such individuals may obtain a copy of the report from the Executive Dean of Students
DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICIES
Iowa Lakes Community College prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on College premises or property or as part of its activities. The College expects its students and employees to comply with local, state, and federal laws relating to the possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol when they are on College property or taking part in College activities. Please reference the DRUG-FREE CAMPUS AND WORKPLACE at https://goo.gl/3ckNA6 for a more detailed description of the College’s drug and alcohol policies. For a description of the College's drug and alcohol abuse education programs, see the Iowa Lakes Community College Student Handbook.
Annual Fire Safety Report
The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act is an amendment to the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This amendment serves to increase campus fire safety awareness across the nation, providing students and their families with the fire safety records of colleges and universities. Signed into law on August 14, 2008, this amendment requires post-secondary institutions to publish fire safety information and statistics, much as is already done with other crime statistics, such as campus theft and assault.
Additionally, the National Student Loan Program requires all eligible Title IV institutions that maintain on-campus student housing facilities to publish an annual fire safety report that contains information about campus fire safety practices and standards of the institution. The statistics include the number, cause, related injuries and deaths, and property damages associated with each fire. In addition, each institution is required to report fire safety information to the U.S. Department of Education.
Collectively, this information provides prospective and current students information regarding the policies, concerns, and fire safety conditions that are present at Iowa Lakes Community College.
Iowa Lakes Community College maintains a public log of fires reported in on-campus housing facilities. The log includes information regarding the nature, date, time and general location of each reported fire. The most recent 60-day period of this log is open for public inspection in the Facilities Management Office during normal business hours.
FIRE SAFETY SYSTEMS
The College maintains a variety of fire safety systems (such as alarm systems, fire and smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems) in its on-campus housing facilities, in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. For the specific systems for each housing facility, please refer to: Fire Protection/Detection Systems in Residence Halls at https://www.iowalakes.edu/policy-library/annual-fire-safety-report.
The Maintenance Department works with the Office of Residential Life (Housing) and local fire departments to conduct at least two fire drills during each year in each of the residence halls. Fire drills are also conducted on a quarterly basis at the Campus.
RESIDENTIAL FIRE SAFETY RESTRICTIONS
The Residential Life contract includes a number of rules and restrictions designed to enhance fire safety in student housing facilities, including rules governing portable electrical appliances, smoking and open flames. Any source of open flame (e.g., candles and incense), as well as smoking in any residence hall is strictly prohibited.
The College also prohibits the use of certain portable electrical appliances, including: certain kinds of lights and lamps; non-UL approved power strips; extension cords without surge protection; grills (except in modular housing); and space heaters and heating blankets.
Only buildings with kitchens or kitchenette areas may have any heat producing kitchen appliance (e.g., toasters, coffee-makers). Students living in a residence hall with a kitchen or a kitchenette should consult with their building’s Residence Hall Director to get a complete list of permitted kitchen appliances.
The College Residence staff and Maintenance staff conducts random health and safety inspections each semester to enforce these fire safety rules. Any violation will be recorded and students in violation may be subject to disciplinary action.
During freshman orientation, incoming students are informed generally about the College’s evacuation procedures and how to obtain a copy of an Emergency Evacuation Plan (“EEP”). Each on-campus student housing facility has a site specific EEP, which is maintained by the Executive Director of Facilities Management Office. Copies are held by the Resident Hall Director and made available, upon request, to occupants of each housing facility.
FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION AND TRAINING
In the event of a fire or fire alarm, all employees and students are instructed to promptly evacuate in accordance with the plans for the building in which the fire occurs and to follow the instructions of the designated building safety contact, housing staff, and police and fire department, as applicable.
REVIEW OF THE FIRE SAFETY PROGRAM
The Executive Director of Facilities Management reviews the College’s fire safety programs at least once annually to determine if any changes or improvements are warranted.
ANNUAL DISCLOSURE OF FIRE STATISTICS
The Iowa Lakes Residential Life (Housing) Team is committed to providing safe code compliant facilities for our students, staff and guests. The Team has a life safety program that includes working with students and staff and also involves partnering with Iowa Lakes Facilities Management, Community Police, Iowa State Fire Marshal's office and the Community Fire Departments. All of these entities contribute to and play a significant role in the success and implementation of our fire and life safety programs. Please carefully review the following information:
In the event that a fire alarm sounds in your building, please don't panic. Calmly do the do the following:
- Exit your room, closing and locking your room door behind you.
- Leave the building immediately. Use the stairs if you are on the upper floor.
- If there is smoke in the air, keep low. Smoke heat and toxic gases normally rise to the ceiling.
- Once outside, assemble a safe distance from the building (at least 150 feet).
- Make certain that emergency response personnel and equipment have access to enter the building.
- Try to account for students and staff known to have been in the building.
- Provide fire and rescue personnel information and location of the fire.
- Do not re-enter the building until the fire department has declared the building safe.
EMERGENCY EVACUATION OF MOBILITY IMPAIRED PERSONS
Some members of the housing community may need help in evacuating the building. We ask that you provide assistance, to the extent you are able, to get these individuals to a safe location.
- Assist the person by helping them move to the nearest marked exit.
- If the person's disability prevents them for exiting the building, they should be left in a stairwell. Stairwell landings will provide temporary shelter from fire and smoke.
- Upon exiting the building, immediately inform fire and rescue personnel of the exact location of a non-ambulatory person that was left in a stairwell or student room. Firefighters will assist persons unable to evacuate.
- Do not re-enter the building until the fire department has declared the building safe.
EMERGENCY EVACUATION MAPS
Evacuation maps are posted throughout the housing units near entrances and exits. Housing students are expected to learn the location of the exit stairwells and doors and plan more than one exit route.
FIRE ALARMS AND DRILLS
Alarm pull stations and fire bells or horns are located in hallways and other common areas throughout the Housing Units. A building's fire alarm will sound when an alarm station is pulled. Automatic fire alarms are similar in their procedure for emergency response. When a heat or smoke detector is activated automatically the alarms will sound. Evacuate the building and call 911. Alarm systems are inspected and tested twice annually by a certified fire alarm inspection company.
Designated rooms in the Housing Units are equipped with assistive devices such as strobe lights for students with a disability or physical impairment. These devices are wired into the fire alarm system and will activate when the building goes into alarm.
The Iowa Lakes Housing Team conducts a fire drill at the beginning of each semester for each Housing Unit. Fire drills are announced through postings and at house meetings. The Housing policy handbook states the following:
"You and your guests are required to evacuate the building when a fire alarm is sounded, and re-enter the building only when fire department staff gives permission to do so. If you (or your guests) do not evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds, or if you (or your guests) re-enter before permission has been granted, you will be held accountable through the judicial system."
FIRE EQUIPMENT ABUSE
The fire alarm system, fire extinguishers, fire department standpipes, sprinklers, and exit lights are installed for your protection. Report immediately to the Housing Team (362-7916 Estherville, 852-5210 Emmetsburg, 580-8620 Spencer) any apparent defects in fire safety equipment. Tampering with fire equipment, including the removal of batteries in smoke alarms, the removal of glass box hammers, or tampering with smoke doors and Knox boxes (small boxes attached to the exterior of buildings), is a violation of state law and will lead to college disciplinary action. In the event of any fire extinguisher being used, call maintenance for recharging and checking and replacing if appropriate.
Fire extinguishers are located throughout the housing units and are inspected and maintained monthly by Iowa Lakes Maintenance or Housing personnel.
Because of the safety hazards they represent, the use or storage of flammable/toxic fluids and chemicals is prohibited.
For safety reasons, candles (with or without wicks) are not permitted in the housing units.
For safety reasons, open flame devices are not permitted in the housing units.
Appliances and Electrical Cords
- Due to fire and sanitation hazards, space heaters, and sun lamps may not be used in student rooms.
- No lights, ceiling fans or other electrical appliances are to be hung on ceilings or interior walls.
- Extension cords with built-in circuit breakers may be used in rooms. The use of extension cords as permanent wiring is not permitted. Multiple receptacle plates that fit into wall outlets are not recommended.
- Smoke or fog machines may not be used anywhere within the housing units.
RESPONDERS TO FIRE EMERGENCY
Emergency response is provided by the local fire departments. Call 911 and report the fire location by address and room number.
SMOKE AND HEAT DETECTORS
Single station smoke detectors are located in every student room. Some of the smoke detectors in student rooms are hard wired into the fire alarm system while others are battery operated. Batteries are changed twice a year (at the start of each semester) by housing or maintenance staff.
Heat and smoke detectors are located throughout all of the housing units.
These are inspected annually by a certified building sprinkler inspection company. Students are reminded to not hang items from sprinkler heads in their rooms. The following table illustrates the sprinkler status of the residential buildings:
|Building(s)||Total Sq. Ft.||Sq. Ft. Sprinkled|
The Iowa State Fire Marshal's office is the delegated authority for life safety inspections and compliance for the Iowa Lakes Housing. Facility inspections occur annually.
STATISTICS AND RELATED INFORMATION REGARDING FIRE SYSTEMS IN RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
|Address||Campus||Fire Alarm System-ADA compliant||Full Sprinkler System||Smoke Detection||Fire Extinguisher Devices||Evacuation Plans and placards||Number of evacuation drills each fiscal year|
|East Dorm||217 N. Superior St.||Emmetsburg||x||x||x||x||2|
|West Dorm||3108 Jackman Dr.||Emmetsburg||x||x||x||x||2|
|EB 4-plex||217 N. Wallace St.||Emmetsburg||x||x||x||x||2|
|Laker I||2102 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||x||x||x||x||2|
|Laker II||2103 Murray Rd.||Estherville||x||x||x||x||2|
|4plex A||1938 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||x||x||x||x||2|
|4plex B||1932 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||x||x||x||x||2|
|4plex C||1926 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||x||x||x||x||2|
|4plex D||1920 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||x||x||x||x||2|
|4plex E||2003 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||x||x||x||x||2|
|4plex F||2003 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||x||x||x||x||2|
|6plex G||2003 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||x||x||x||x||x||2|
|Spencer Dorm 10||10 East 21st St. #2||Spencer||x||x||x||x||2|
|Spencer Dorm 14||14 East 21st St. #1||Spencer||x||x||x||x||2|
STATISTICS AND RELATED INFORMATION REGARDING FIRES IN RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
|Address||Campus||Total fires in each building||Fire number||Cause of fire||# of Injuries that require treatment at a medical facility||Number of deaths related to a fire||Value of property damage caused by fire|
|East Dorm||217 N. Superior St.||Emmetsburg||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|West Dorm||3108 Jackman Dr.||Emmetsburg||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|EB 4-plex||217 N. Wallace St.||Emmetsburg||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|Laker I||2102 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|Laker II||2103 Murray Rd.||Estherville||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|4plex A||1938 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|4plex B||1932 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|4plex C||1926 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|4plex D||1920 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|4plex E||2003 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|4plex F||2003 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|6plex G||2003 3rd Ave S.||Estherville||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|Spencer Dorm 10||10 East 21st St. #2||Spencer||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
|Spencer Dorm 14||14 East 21st St. #1||Spencer||0||0||N/A||0||0||0|
State Building Code requires that every campus building contain fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers are installed in Iowa Lakes facilities to meet regulatory requirements and to allow trained employees to attempt to extinguish small fires. Facilities Management conducts periodic training sessions.
Fire extinguishers shall only be used for their intended purpose: to extinguish small fires. Any extinguisher found to be faulty, discharged or missing must be reported to Housing or EH&S.
In the event of a fire, only trained individuals may attempt to use fire extinguishers. Fire extinguisher training is required on an annual basis.
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION, RESPONSE AND EVACUATION
Iowa Lakes Community College is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires institutions to disclose emergency response policies and evacuation procedures that will be implemented whenever a significant emergency or dangerous situation exists on campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, staff or visitors.
REPORTING AN EMERGENCY
All members of the Iowa Lakes community are urged to report a dangerous situation on campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, staff or visitors by calling 911.
Should an emergency or dangerous situation pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of campus members, they shall be notified without unreasonable delay, unless local police determine that an immediate notification would place the Iowa Lakes community or a victim at greater risk or would compromise efforts to contain, respond to or mitigate the emergency. It is the responsibility of local police, with the assistance of Iowa Lakes personnel, as necessary, to:
- Determine the content of any notification
- Initiate the appropriate notification system
- Continue to update the Iowa Lakes community during the emergency
METHODS OF COMMUNICATION
Iowa Lakes has several systems in place for communicating emergency information to members of the Iowa Lakes community. Any or all of the following methods of emergency notification may be used depending on the type and nature of the emergency:
- Iowa Lakes Alert
- College web site
- Emergency telephone voice recording
Iowa Lakes Alert
Iowa Lakes Alert is an electronic system for quickly delivering emergency messages to Iowa Lakes Community College students, faculty and staff. Notifications will be sent via landline phones, cell phones, text messages and e-mail. The Iowa Lakes Alert system will be used only for emergencies that pose an immediate danger to the college community. Examples may include, but are not limited to:
* Bomb threats or other imminent violent threats
* Building evacuations and lock downs affecting the entire campus
* Natural disasters
* Weather closures
Updated information following a message notifying the campus of an emergency will be found on the college website, available for the college and general communities and media outlets, if warranted. In cases of extreme emergency, the college has the ability to replace the regular website with a website designed for emergency communications only. Regular website functionality can be obtained from a link on the emergency website.
A variety of signage may be created to help provide direction in the event of an emergency. Each building on campus is assigned to the campus dean or supervisor, who may be asked to assist in the case of an emergency. Campus deans or supervisors can create signage to provide information and direction to members of our campus community. Occupants of buildings are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the nearest evacuation route.
Each building on campus has a designated evacuation plan in the event of an emergency that would require such action. These plans are posted in each room of each building. Other than fire alarms, Iowa Lakes deans or supervisors are responsible for determining if the emergency or dangerous situation is such that a building evacuation is necessary and if so, notifying the occupants of the building or buildings of the decision to evacuate.
Campus Climate Survey Results
The summary of the Education Advisory Board’s Campus Climate Survey results can be reviewed at https://bit.ly/2Kli2wL
Request a Paper Copy
To request a paper copy of this document, please call the Facilities Management Office at 712-362-0428, or send your request in writing to:
Iowa Lakes Community College
19 South 7th Street
Estherville, Iowa 51334