Substance Abuse and Student Right To Know

Consumer Information: Student Right-To-Know and Crime Statistics

Illinois Valley Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, 1-312-263-0456, http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

The Student Services Office is pleased to provide you a full list of information on the topics listed below at the Student Right to Know Website.

  • General Information
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Accident Insurance
  • Campus Shootings
  • Emergency Alert System
  • Contact Information

Illinois Valley Community College must disseminate under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.  Listed below is the type of information IVCC is required to provide and the College offices or materials where the information can be found.  Please refer to these “information sources” if you need more information.

Access to Student Records

Inquiries regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 or the Illinois Student School Records Act should be directed to the Admissions and Records Office.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, all students have the right to inspect and review official college records in accordance with the provisions of the aforementioned Act and within guidelines of the college implementing that Act.

IVCC reserves the right to work with third parties to utilize student directory information for the purpose of locating students and alumni. Students should contact the Admissions and Records Office to either place a nondisclosure hold or to remove a nondisclosure hold. Furthermore, with regard to any such utilization, students may inspect, upon request, instruments used to collect personal information from students for any marketing or distribution purposes.

More information can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html 

Illinois Valley Substance Abuse Policies

For a full description of the resources available in our community, as well as information regarding substance abuse warning signs and treatment resources, please utilize our webpage.

Smoking/Tobacco Use Policy

To promote a safe, clean and healthy learning environment, and in compliance with the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act (110 ILCS 64/1), Illinois Valley Community College prohibits the use of tobacco products inside College facilities, College vehicles and on all College property.  Smoking is permitted in private vehicles.  This includes the burning of any type of cigar, cigarette, pipe, electronic cigarette, or any other smoking equipment.  The use of smokeless/chewing tobacco is also prohibited.  It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, students and visitors to comply with this policy. Refusal to comply with this policy will be met with increasingly severe penalties.

Illinois Valley Community College Drug-Free Workplace

To promote a healthy and safe learning environment and in compliance with existing state and federal law, the College complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.  This Act prohibits the use, sale, distribution, manufacture and/or possession of drugs including controlled substances.  While the use of medical marijuana (cannabis) is allowed in Illinois under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, no person shall use medical cannabis or possess any cannabis product while on any College property or while participating in any College-sponsored programs or events, whether on or off campus.

1. Notice of Conviction:
As a condition of employment, IVCC employees are required to comply fully with this policy, to include agreeing to notify the employer, no later than five (5) days after each conviction, of any criminal drug conviction resulting from a violation occurring at the workplace.

Notification of any employee’s drug conviction will be given to the Federal Agency by the employee’s supervisor within ten (10) days.

Within thirty (30) days of receiving notice of a conviction in the workplace, the convicted employee:

                a. will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action by the employer, which may be up to and including termination;

                b. may be required to participate in an approved drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.

2. Student Violation and Discipline:
Students convicted of drug use, possession, or delivery of controlled substances risk losing student financial aid for one year or longer. Other penalties upon conviction for drug and/or alcohol abuse are covered in detail in the IVCC Student Code of Conduct found in the Student Handbook and the college catalog.

3. Rights of Due Process:
Rights of due process for employees and/or students are covered in detail in appropriate contracts and manuals.

4. Policy Review:
This policy and the program of implementation will be reviewed biennially. The policy is subject to change without notice, however, as Federal regulations or court orders require. Policy program coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Student Services, located in E-201 or can be contacted by calling (815) 224-0393.

Illinois Valley Community College is committed to providing a healthy, drug-free atmosphere for students and employees to work and learn in.

IVCC’s staff and students’ physical, mental and emotional wellness is essential in maintaining this environment. Substance abuse and related problems become issues of concern for everyone, not just the abuser. It has a negative impact on productivity, absenteeism, accidents, morale, job performance, ability to learn, health costs and reputation. Early identification and referral for assistance is necessary for rehabilitation and maintaining the integrity of the college environment. This booklet is designed to help IVCC’s students and employees identify warning signs of abuse, the effects of alcohol and drugs, legal sanctions imposed upon offenders, treatment resources and IVCC’s policy regarding drugs and alcohol on campus.

Consumer Information: Student Right-To-Know and Crime Statistics

Illinois Valley Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, 1-312-263-0456, http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

The Student Services Office is pleased to provide you this list of information Illinois Valley Community College must disseminate under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.  Listed below is the type of information IVCC is required to provide and the College offices or materials where the information can be found.  Please refer to these “information sources” if you need more information.

Domestic Violence and Stalking

Illinois Valley Community College
Domestic Violence and Stalking Position Statement
Illinois Valley Community College is committed to providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for all students and staff members. IVCC Campus Security will assist local police with enforcing Restraining Orders, Orders of Protection, Civil No Contact Orders, and Stalking No Contact Orders. Any student found to be in violation of one of these orders will be subject to the Code of Conduct and may face suspension or expulsion from the college.
Illinois Valley Community College
Domestic Violence and Stalking Administrative Procedures
IVCC is committed to protecting and supporting victims of domestic violence and stalking through the appropriate provision of safety and support services. Stalking and domestic violence are occurring on college campuses. These are crimes that happen to men and women of all races/ethnicities, religions, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, and sexual identities. These are crimes in Illinois and subject to criminal prosecution. Students perpetuating these acts on IVCC’s campus will be subject to the Student Code of Conduct and will face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
 
Students with any type of order of protection at the main campus or at an extension site should contact Campus Security at extension 314, at 815-224-0314, or at 815-739-1290 to discuss the enforcement of these orders. Campus Security will work with local police or Human Resources as needed. Students with these orders at the Ottawa Center should report to the Ottawa Center Coordinator, who will facilitate communication with Campus Security, Human Resources, or the local police as needed.
Definitions:
Domestic violence: Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior that is used by an intimate partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone (US Department of Justice definition).
 
Stalking: Stalking can be defined as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear (US Department of Justice definition).
 
Following are examples of behaviors that the college views as stalking:
·Repeated, unwanted, intrusive, and frightening communications from the perpetrator by phone, mail, and/or email.
·Repeatedly leaving or sending to a victim unwanted items, presents, or flowers.
·Following or laying in wait for the victim at places such as home, school, work, or recreation place.
·Making direct or indirect threats to harm the victim, the victim's children, relatives, friends, or pets.
·Damaging or threatening to damage the victim's property.
·Harassing victim through the internet.
·Posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
·Obtaining personal information about the victim by accessing public records, using internet search services, hiring private investigators, going through the victim's garbage, following the victim, contacting victim's friends, family work, or neighbors, etc.
Source: Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime
 
Reporting:
IVCC encourages reporting of all incidents of stalking or domestic violence to law enforcement authorities and respects that whether or not to report to the police is a decision the victim must make. Advocates including ADV/SAS are available on campus in the Counseling Center and in their home offices to inform victims of the reporting procedures and offer appropriate referrals. In situations where the incident occurs on campus or at a high school extension site, it should be reported to Campus Security. Incidents involving an employee of the college should be reported to Campus Security or the Office of Human Resources. In certain incidents, IVCC may be required to report an incident to the local law enforcement authorities when necessary for the safety of an individual or the campus community.
Incidents that occur at the Ottawa Center should be reported to the Ottawa Center Coordinator, who will facilitate communication with Campus Security, Human Resources, or the local police. Incidents that occur at extension sites should be reported directly to Campus Security on the main campus at extension 314, at 815-224-0314, or at 815-739-1290, or to 911 as the situation dictates.
Safety for Victims:
IVCC is committed to supporting victims of domestic violence and stalking by providing the necessary safety and support services. Student victims are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Due to the complex nature of this problem, the student victim may need additional assistance in obtaining one or more of the following:
·No-contact order or enforcement of an order of protection
·Witness impact statement
·Change in an academic schedule
·Privacy hold on student information
·Resources for medical or psychological support.
 
Campus Security will assist with documenting non-emergency situations that occur on the main campus, at the Ottawa Center, and at extension sites. The Ottawa Center Coordinator serves as the primary point of contact at the Ottawa Center to facilitate communication for the student. Campus Security and/or the Ottawa Center Coordinator will serve as a liaison with the police for the enforcement of restraining orders or other orders of protection as necessary.
Employees who are victims of domestic or sexual violence are entitled to leave under the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act. For additional information, contact the Office of Human Resources. For assistance in obtaining safety accommodations, contact Campus Security in C103, at extension 314, at 815-224-0314, or at 815-739-1290. In emergency situations, contact 911 for assistance.