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Compliance Document for Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Clery Act)

Red Rocks Community College Safety and Security Information Report 2009 Pursuant to 34 CFR 668.46

This information is being provided to you as part of Red Rocks Community College's commitment to safety and security on campus, and is in compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.

Red Rocks Community College is a comprehensive, two-year institution founded in 1969 and fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Lakewood campus at 13300 West Sixth Avenue is only 15 minutes from downtown Denver via Sixth Avenue. Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the campus includes 140 naturally landscaped acres offering compelling views of the mountains, plains, and the Denver skyline. A second facility, the Arvada Education and Training Center, is located at 5420 Miller Street in Arvada. 

Red Rocks is a comprehensive, state-supported community college under the auspices of the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System (CCCOES), which awards two-year associate degrees in Arts, Science, General Studies, and Applied Science; and offers courses and certificate programs in numerous occupational areas.

More than 9,000 students are enrolled annually at Red Rocks Community College; approximately 650 faculty and staff are employed by the college.

Reporting of Criminal Activities or Emergencies

The RRCC Campus Police is responsible for law enforcement, security and emergency response at Red Rocks Community College. The primary office of the RRCC Campus Police is located at the Lakewood campus, room number 1453.  The hours of operation are:

Mon - Thursday   7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday     7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday    8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Arvada campus is patrolled from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday when there are weekend classes. The department is staffed by four trained and certified professional police officers.

To report a crime or emergency, members of the campus community should call the Campus Police Department at ext. 6394 or “911” or use the phone outside the Police Department office to connect to the officer’s cellular phone. These numbers are attended full-time by police officers and communications personnel.

The RRCC Campus Police Department maintains both direct telephone and two-way radio communication with the Lakewood Police Department, West Metro Fire/Rescue Services, and the college’s Physical Plant department. Assistance and support from these departments can be obtained immediately.

Access to Campus Facilities

Most campus buildings and facilities are accessible to members of the college community and visitors during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, and for designated hours on Saturdays and Sundays when the college is in normal operation (this excludes holidays.)

Maintenance and Security of Campus Facilities

The college maintains a strong commitment to campus security and safety. Exterior lighting is an important part of this commitment. Motor vehicle parking lots, pedestrian walkways and building exteriors are well lit. Surveys of exterior lighting on campus are conducted by officers of the Campus Police Department on a quarterly basis. A comprehensive survey of all exterior lighting is conducted by Campus Police and Physical Plant Department representatives at least once a year. Members of the college community are encouraged to report any exterior deficiencies to the Campus Police Department at ext. 6394 or the Facilities Department at ext. 6220.

Exterior doors on campus buildings are locked and secure each evening by police officers assigned to this department. Doors and security hardware operating with deficiencies are reported by the officers on a daily basis.

Law Enforcement Authority and Inter-Agency Relationships

The law enforcement officers of Red Rocks Community College Campus Police Department receive their police authority via the provisions of the Colorado Revised Statutes 24-7-101, 24-7-103 and 16-2-5-101 & 102.

Police officers of the RRCC Campus Police Department have full law enforcement authority on all property owned or controlled by the college, including streets contiguous to and running through the college’s campus.

The RRCC Campus Police Department maintains a close working relationship with the Lakewood Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and other appropriate elements of the criminal justice system. Regular meetings are held; both on a formal and informal basis, and reports and statistics are routinely exchanged. The department has direct computer access to the Colorado Crime Information System (CCIS) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs

It is the philosophy of Red Rocks Community College to plan proactively for the prevention of crimes. A primary vehicle for accomplishing this goal is the college’s comprehensive crime prevention program.

The college’s crime prevention program is based upon the dual concepts of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities whenever possible and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.

The following is a list of the crime prevention programs and projects employed by Red Rocks Community College:

  1. Safety Escort Program: Provide an escort, particularly during hours of darkness, for persons walking out to their vehicles. Call ext. 6394 or stop by the Police Department.
  1. New Student Orientation: A crime prevention presentation accompanied by brochures and other printed material.
  1. New Employee Orientation: Crime prevention presentations accompanied by brochures and other printed material are made available to new employees throughout the year.
  1. Printed Crime Prevention Materials: Printed crime prevention brochures, posters and bookmarks related to motor vehicle security, bicycle security, the escort program and employee security are widely distributed at various locations throughout the college campus.
  1. Security Surveys: Comprehensive security surveys or audits are made for a number of control security sections of the campus facilities each year.
  1. Facilities Surveys: Comprehensive surveys of exterior lighting, exterior doors and grounds are conducted by the Campus Police crime prevention team semi-annually.
  1. Crime Prevention Publicity: Articles and materials are routinely published in the student/employee newspaper and T.V. monitors.
  1. Victim Advocacy: A referral service operating out of the Campus Police Department to aid crime victims in coping with the after-effects of their victimization.
  1. Restraining Order Enforcement: The Campus Police Department keeps a file of current restraining orders for students and staff.
  1. Emergency Telephones: Phones are located throughout the college. If there is an emergency, dial “911” and a police dispatcher will answer the line. If outside business hours, the line will be automatically connected with Lakewood Police Department.

Crime Reporting

Many efforts are made to advise members of the campus community on a timely basis about campus crimes and crime-related problems. These efforts include the following:

  1. Annual Report: A comprehensive annual report of crime-related information is compiled, published and widely distributed. This report is available to the media and any member of the campus community. To see the Campus Police stats, please click here.
  1. Special Alerts: If circumstances warrant it, special printed crime alerts can be prepared and distributed selectively throughout the campus via the website or CONNECT ED.

  1. Crime Statistics: These are available for review in the Police Dispatch Office upon public request. The statistics are archived for seven years. Below are the statistics for previous years.

Crime Statistics

Campus Security Act of 1990 is for your information. It is our intent to be honest and consistent with the reporting of safety policies and crime statistics so that students, parents, employees, and community members may research and compare the safety of their community college. If you have any questions, contact the Red Rocks Community College Campus Police Department at 303.914.6498.

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2013
Murder   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Criminally Negligent Homicide 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offense 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Simple Assault 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Burglary 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
Motor Vehicle Thefts 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Weapons Possessions 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations 11 2 3 9 23 0 26 11
Liquor Law Violations 0 1 0 2 4 6 18 0
Hate Crime 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

DEFINITIONS TAKEN FROM UCR HANDBOOK - NIBRS EDITION 1992

Drug and Alcohol Policies

The following represents the drug and alcohol policies of the Red Rocks Community College:

  1. Students and employees shall not engage in the unauthorized or unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use or abuse of alcohol and/or illicit drugs on college property, or as part of college activities.
  1. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited from being served, sold or consumed in any area, building or on the grounds of Red Rocks Community College.
  1. Illegal possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage, public intoxication, driving while intoxicated and drinking alcoholic beverages in an unlicensed public place are prohibited.
  1. Any student or employee who is convicted of the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol, is subject to criminal penalties under local, state and federal law. The exact penalty assessed depends upon the nature and severity of the individual offense.

Students and/or employees who violate the above standard of conduct will be subject to disciplinary action under SBCCOE and RRCC policies or the State of Colorado Classified Personnel Handbook. The guidelines include, but are not limited to, a requirement to complete an appropriate rehabilitation or re-entry program, expulsion from the college or termination of employment, and/or referral to authorities for prosecution.

Information on available counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and re-entry programs is available in the Office of Human Resources at Red Rocks Community College or the Colorado Department of Health. For further information about these programs, please call 303-914-6297.

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