Campus Law enforcement is the responsibility of the City of Fort Morgan Police Department.
The campus security report is required by the Department of Education and is available along with the campus security policy information to all students and employees, as well as for all requests from potential employees and students. A Campus Security Report is to be completed September 1 of each year and left on file with the President’s Office of Morgan Community College and posted on the MCC website at:
Based on current information from the American College Health Association, the National Centers for Disease Control, and the Colorado Department of Health, there are numerous reportable communicable diseases which can represent a public health threat to the campus community. When cases of reportable communicable diseases are known to exist on the MCC campus, the President of the college will appoint a committee to review matters on a case-by-case basis.
The committee will include the following:
The committee will review the issues, consider the guidelines from the above-listed agencies, and provide recommendations to the college President for resolution.
In compliance with the Campus Security Act: Title II of Public Law 101-542, MCC has adopted the following policy for reporting criminal activities:
MCC policy is that all criminal actions or other emergencies are to be reported to the Vice President for Administration and Finance, or his/her designee, whether in person or by telephone.
CRIME CATEGORIES TO BE REPORTED
Murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arrests for liquor law violations (not including drunkenness or driving under the influence of alcohol), drug abuse violations, and weapons violations.
The College will provide a record of violent crimes committed on the MCC campus and make those records available each September to the students and employees of MCC and available on request to those seeking employment or enrollment.
Morgan Community College ("College") is a state system community college governed by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education ("Board").
Board policy requires the College to comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101-226 in Federal Law). In compliance, MCC has adopted and implemented a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program that includes:
i. Student Code of Conduct
ii. Legal sanctions for unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol
iii. Health risks associated with the abuse of alcohol and the use of illicit drugs
iv. Referral Resource - Available counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation program
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Students shall not engage in the unauthorized or unlawful manufacture, distribution, purchase, dispensation, possession, use/abuse of alcohol and/or illicit drugs on College property or as a part of any College activity. This includes the use, distribution, purchase or possession of "medical marijuana" which remains a violation in Federal law.
LEGAL SANCTIONS FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE
There are legal sanctions for violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The possession, sale, and use of any illegal drug are strictly prohibited. The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited except in designated areas, at times and dates approved by MCC Administrators and licensed by the Colorado State Department of Revenue. Any violations will be immediately referred to local law enforcement agencies and are subject to criminal penalties under local, state or federal law. The penalty assessed depends upon the nature and severity of the individual offense.
Students and/or employees who violate the above standards of conduct will be subject to disciplinary action under employee and student policies. The sanctions include, but are not limited to, a requirement to complete an appropriate rehabilitation or re-entry program; expulsion from college or termination of employment; and/or referral to authorities for prosecution.
There are many health risks associated with the use of alcohol and illegal drugs/substances. Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse include, but are not limited to, malnutrition, brain damage, heart disease, pancreatic disease, cirrhosis of the liver, mental illness, death, low birth rate babies, and babies with drug addictions.
Referrals for counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs are available through the community. Consult your local yellow pages for a listing of private and community-based programs.
Morgan Community College has implemented an emergency notification system. The system, called, "MCC Alert", is capable of notifying students, faculty and staff in the case of an emergency on the Fort Morgan campus or at any one of the four centers in Bennett, Burlington, Limon, or Wray. Messages are sent via telephone, e-mail, cell phone, and/or text messaging if it is enabled by the owner.
MCC Alert will send a test message each semester. The message will clearly state that it is only a test and will be sent to currently enrolled semester students, faculty, and staff.
The MCC Alert system will be used to transmit brief, urgent messages related to emergencies or weather related closures to the college’s population as quickly as possible. MCC Alert is not used for general or miscellaneous announcements. Emergency notifications may include but are not limited to:
When on campus follow procedures as detailed in the Emergency Response Guide located in each classroom and office.
MCC has formed an Emergency Response Team (ERT) made up of faculty and staff members to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
The ERT has developed the Emergency Response Guide (ERG) and updates and makes changes to it as needed. The guides are located throughout campus and in each classroom.
In the event of a crime of murder, rape (or attempted rape), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary (or attempted burglary), or motor vehicle theft (or attempted theft) occurring on the Morgan Community College campus, witnesses or victims are advised to contact one of the following people immediately:
If the law enforcement is contacted directly, the information should also be reported to the Vice President for Administration and Finance. The above college personnel will work directly with the individual(s) reporting the incident and in conjunction with the appropriate personnel outside of the college as necessary.
Students are encouraged to travel in pairs or groups when walking to and from the parking lot, particularly in the evenings and at night. As the college becomes aware of potential threats to the college community, students and other members of the college community will be given timely notice regarding violent crimes reported on campus.
The campus buildings will be open:
Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.*
Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
(*Unless special arrangements have been made.)
Anyone who is within the building at closing hours is able to exit the building at various locations due to the type of exterior door latching system in use. Once you have exited, please check that the doors locked behind you.
During periods of inactivity, school closings, and on all major holidays, the buildings will remain locked. Only staff with approved exterior door access and codes may enter the building. MCC utilizes a 24-hour security monitoring system to prevent unauthorized entry. If an unauthorized person gains entry, the security monitoring company automatically notifies the Fort Morgan Police Department to respond and take appropriate action.
The administrative staff can ask for proof of identification from campus occupants unknown to them.
NOTIFICATION OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES
The administrative staff solicits your involvement as to reporting all suspicious or criminal activities which occur on campus.
Information concerning persons who are required by Colorado law to register as sex offenders, including registered sex offenders who are enrolled, employed or volunteering at Morgan Community College, may be obtained from the local police department or county sheriff’s department. The Colorado Convicted Sex Offender website is http://sor.state.co.us
Violent behavior or the threat of violence toward employees, students, the general public, college property or college operated facilities will not be tolerated. Violent behavior is defined as any act or threat of physical, verbal, or psychological aggression or the destruction or abuse of property by any individual.
No person may have on his or her person any unauthorized firearm, ammunition, explosive device, or illegal weapon on campus or any facility used by Morgan Community College. "Weapon" means any of the following which in the manner it is used or intended to be used is capable of producing death or serious bodily injury:
Persons authorized to carry firearms and other equipment defined in the policy are:
Any person(s) in violation of this regulation shall be subject to College disciplinary action, as well as being charged with violation of existing criminal statutes.
In the event of a violent behavior or firearm occurrence, notify the Vice President of Student Success (ext. 3111). If that Vice President is unavailable, notify the office of the President (ext. 3105), Vice President for Administration and Finance (ext. 3127), or the Vice President of Instruction (ext. 3208) who will then initiate the call to 911.