Crime and Safety Information

Campus Security

Office Phone: (815) 224-0314

Cell Phone: (815) 739-1290

Office: C-103

Tony Piecha - Supervisor

Office phone: 815-224-0558

Campus Security Officers, provided by G4S, are here for the safety and security of all students, staff, and visitors to the college. Students and visitors are expected to comply with directives of Campus Security at all times.

Your safety and security are important to us. IVCC administration strives to make this campus a safe environment.  However, ALL of us play a role in creating a safe environment and it is critical that you are aware of your surroundings and the policies and procedures that are in place in case an emergency does occur. 

Every classroom, meeting room, and office area has an evacuation route map and an Immediate Action Guide hung in the room.  Please take the time to review those documents.  Emergency documents are effective, IF they are reviewed prior to an actual emergency.

Please also review the documents - the Emergency Response Plan and the Campus Violence Protection Plan - found on the Campus Security website (www.ivcc.edu/safety).  These two documents give more detailed information on what to do in an emergency situation. 

Campus Crime Awareness

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College, in accord with Federal Law PL 101-542, to hereby issue to its students and other constituencies its statement on campus security and crime awareness.

IVCC maintains a Campus Security staff whose mission is to secure the campus and to provide assistance to the campus community and the general public who come to the campus.  The Campus Security staff is in communication with local and state law enforcement officials should their assistance be needed. The Campus Security staff are not deputized officers. If there is a problem on campus, please notify Campus Security or other College administrators. Incident reports or complaints should be filed with Campus Security.

Information on arrests for liquor law violations, drug abuse, and weapon possession is maintained, as is information on any serious criminal activity such as motor vehicle theft, burglary, aggravated assault, robbery, rape, or murder. Federal Law requires the College to keep annual records of such serious criminal activity and to publish its report by September 1 for the previous calendar year.

IVCC will endeavor to reach its constituents by providing copies of this policy and the annual report on campus crime by means of its orientation program for new staff and students, by including the official statement in the College catalog, by posting the policy and its annual report on bulletin boards and on the website - www.ivcc.edu, by making copies available on campus, and by publishing it in The IV Leader.

Further copies of the IVCC policy on alcohol and drug abuse can be found in a publication entitled "Substance Abuse: Facts and Resources," available through various College offices, as well as at the Information Desk, the Counseling Center, and during student orientation. All student right to know information is available online as well. This policy is stated in the Student Code of Conduct outlined in the current College catalog.
 

Campus Crime Statistics

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Public Law 101-542, requires that IVCC annually report instances of crime which occurred on campus. The term "on campus" is defined as any property owned or controlled by Illinois Valley Community College District Number 513.

The College is required to report such data, even if there have been no occurrences of crime, as defined by the Act. Furthermore, the College is required to list each category of offenses covered by the Act, again even if there are no offenses to report. Therefore, listed below are IVCC Campus Crime Statistics for the period January 2012 through December 31, 2014, the latest statistics reported for Clery Act purposes:

Part I:

Category Occurrence
Murder0
Sexual Offense0
Robbery0
Aggravated Assault0
Burglary0
Motor Vehicle Theft0

Part II:

Category Occurrence
Liquor Law Violation0
Drug Abuse Violation0
Weapons Violation0

Campus Violence: What IVCC Students and Staff Need to Know

In the event of a campus shooting, please follow these procedures:

  • Seek immediate shelter;
  • Stay out of sight of windows; and,
  • Wait for an "all clear" announcement before opening the door.
     

If an emergency situation arises, call the Oglesby Police Department by dialing 911. IVCC's phone system is set up so that you can simply dial 911. Emergency telephones in the elevators go directly to 911, with two-way communication.
 

Campus Security personnel are on site 24/7/365 and can be reached in a number of ways.

  • By dialing extension 314;
  • By calling (815) 739-1290; or,
  • Through emergency call boxes located in the stairwells and parking lots.


Campus Security has the ability to secure access to rooms by locking down all doors with proximity card readers in a matter of seconds.

IVCC can broadcast a message through our alarm system across the entire campus and/or to specific buildings.

There are over 100 surveillance cameras that are scanning and recording data at all times.
 

Any unusual or suspicious behavior should be reported to Campus Security or a College administrator.
 

Inclement Weather Policy

Illinois Valley Community College will be open each day the college calendar calls for classes. Rare exceptions are made when severe weather makes it impossible to clear campus roads or when driving conditions are life-threatening. A decision will be made to close the college as early as possible and students are encouraged to visit www.ivcc.edu or call the college switchboard at (815) 224-2720 for word on college closings or tune into the local radio stations listed below. All students and staff are automatically included in IVCC's Emergency Alert System if they provide a cell phone number to the Records Office. Information on opting out of the text message alerts can be found at at www.ivcc.edu/alerts. The system provides text message and email alerts of college closings (weather or security related).

  • WLPO - 1220 AM or WAJK - 99.3 FM
  • WBZG - 100.9 FM
  • WAIV - 103.3 FM
  • WGLC - 100.1 FM
  • WALS - 102.1 FM
  • WKOT - 96.5 FM
  • WCMY - 1430 AM or WRKX - 95.3 FM
  • WSPL - 1250 AM or WSTQ - 97.7 FM
  • WZOE - 1490 AM or Z 98 - 98.1 FM
  • WWCT - 106.1
     

Children on Campus

IVCC welcomes children to the campus for cultural and sporting events and educational activities that are structured for them and are age-appropriate. Minors may not attend regular class sessions with their parents or others who are students. Minors on campus must be accompanied by parents or another responsible adult.
 

Chronic Communicable Diseases

Illinois Valley Community College is dedicated to promoting and maintaining a healthy environment for students and employees. The College places a high priority on the need to prevent the spread of chronic communicable diseases on its campus. Chronic communicable diseases include those diseases and conditions which have been declared by the Center for Disease Control to be contagious, infectious, communicable and dangerous to the public health. The College is committed to educating students, employees, and the community-at-large about chronic communicable diseases.

The College will not engage in screening activities for the purpose of identifying prospective students or employees with chronic communicable diseases. When an IVCC class is offered in conjunction or in agreement with an outside agency, IVCC students and employees must abide by the policies and procedures of the outside agency relating to chronic communicable diseases.
 

Students with Chronic Communicable Diseases

Students who know they have a chronic communicable disease have the obligation to inform the Associate Vice President for Student Services of their condition. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College that students with chronic communicable diseases may attend classes in the regular classroom setting whenever, through reasonable accommodation, the risk of transmission of the disease, or the risk of further injury to the student, is sufficiently remote in such a setting.

The determination of whether a student with a chronic communicable disease may attend classes shall be made on an individual basis, according to procedures implemented by the College, in consultation with the Associate Vice President for Student Services, other appropriate College personnel, and such others as a physician or consultant selected by the Associate Vice President or his/her designee, the student's physician, public health personnel and the student.

The student's placement shall be determined in accordance with the above standards and upon the following risk factors: The risk of transmission of disease to others; the health risk to the particular student; and reasonable accommodations which can be made without undue hardship to reduce the health risk to the student and others.

The student shall be re-evaluated periodically, at least once a year, to determine whether the student's placement continues to be appropriate. The student's medical condition will be disclosed only to the extent necessary to minimize the health risks to the student, employees or others. Persons deemed to have a "direct need to know" will be provided with appropriate information; however, these persons shall not further disclose such information. The College will strictly observe public health reporting requirements for all chronic communicable diseases and will provide referral services to students who request assistance.

The Associate Vice President for Student Services may establish additional rules and regulations designed to implement this policy.
 

Employees with Chronic Communicable Diseases

Employees who know that they have a chronic communicable disease have the obligation to inform the Director of Human Resources of their condition.

Employees with identified chronic communicable diseases shall retain their positions whenever, through reasonable accommodation of the employee's physical condition and without undue hardship to the employer, there is no reasonable risk of transmission of the disease to others. Such employees shall remain subject to the Board's employment policies, including but not limited to current collective bargaining agreements in effect, sick leave, physical examinations, temporary and permanent disability and termination.

Employment decision will be made utilizing the general legal standard in conjunction with current, available public health department guidelines concerning the particular disease in question. Individual cases will not be prejudged.  Decisions will be made based upon the facts of the particular case. The determination of an employee's continued employment status will be made in accordance with procedures implemented by the College.

The College shall respect the right to privacy of any employee who has a chronic communicable disease. The employee's medical condition shall be disclosed only to the extent necessary to minimize the health risks to the employee and others. The number of personnel aware of the employee's medical condition will be kept at the minimum needed to detect situations in which the potential for transmission may increase. Persons deemed to have "a direct need to know" will be provided with the appropriate information; however, these persons shall not further disclose such information.

The Director of Human Resources may establish additional rules and regulations designed to implement this policy.
 

Preventive Measures

Laboratories used in a teaching context, such as biology, dental assisting, nursing, and child care should be safe experiences. Given the fact that the existence and identity of persons with chronic communicable diseases may not be known, procedures for the decontamination of environmental surfaces and objects soiled by blood or body fluids will be adopted and implemented for each laboratory.

College personnel who may be exposed to blood or body fluids, such as those giving first-aid or handling contaminated wastes, shall follow the appropriate guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control.

Drug-Free Workplace

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College to provide, in accordance with Public Law 100-690, The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, sanctions or rehabilitation programs for all workers at IVCC who engage in the unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance or alcohol on campus or the work site. Also, as a condition for receiving a Pell Grant, students must certify that they will not do any of the activities mentioned. If they do and are convicted, a court could suspend financial aid (Title IV Funds). This policy is stated under the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook and is noted in the current College catalog.
 

Search and Seizure

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College that the College recognizes its responsibility to maintain and provide a safe environment. An individual's person, personal property or vehicle and any locker or other depository located on College premises may be searched when there is reasonable suspicion to do so and in accordance with the provision of this policy. Search of the person may include testing designed to reveal whether the person is under the influence of illegal substances or alcohol.  As used here, "reasonable suspicion for a search" means circumstances which would cause a reasonable person to believe that a search of a particular person, place or thing will lead to the discovery of:

  1. evidence of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct; or

  2. evidence of illegal activity on campus or in connection with any College activity; or

  3. anything which because of its presence presents an immediate danger to the well-being of persons or property. 
     

Sex Offenses On Campus

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College to provide an educational and employment environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct, sexual and other harassment of employees, students and other individuals at any College facilities or in connection with any College activities.  Additionally, this policy will also apply to misconduct that occurs off-campus insomuch as it materially and substantially interferes with the college's operational and educational programs or the safety and welfare of the college community.  Finally, retaliation for making a good faith complaint of harassment or for participating in a harassment investigation is also prohibited.  Link to Board Policy.