Southern State is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for students and employees of the college.
While our campus locations are relatively safe, crime can occur anywhere. Every individual has a responsibility to participate in crime prevention efforts:
- Avoid isolated areas
- Lock your vehicles
- Notify the campus office or maintenance staff if you need an escort to your vehicle
- Secure your personal property
- Walk in groups at night
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The following information will help you prepare for emergencies in the classroom.
Southern State offers workshops on rape prevention, alcohol and drug prevention, alcohol and drug abuse and self-defense on an annual basis. Throughout the year, the college provides informative literature on these topics at each campus. The college provides a directory of off-campus counseling, mental health and recovery service agencies that are available to students and employees through the Vice President of Student Affairs office.
Southern State also offers counseling on every campus through Career & Counseling Services.
All crimes should be reported immediately to the police/sheriff’s department. Victims also need to file an incident report with the Director’s Office on any campuses or with the Vice President of Student Affairs on central campus. Submitted reports will be used to compile the annual campus crime report.
This report will be kept confidential.
For any emergency on or off campus, call 911 immediately.
- Central Campus
- 800.628.7722 x2530
- Hillsboro City Police
- Fayette Campus
- 800.628.7722 x5510
- Fayette County Sheriff
- North Campus
- 800.628.7722 x4510
- Wilmington Police
- South Campus
- 800.628.7722 x3510
- Brown County Sheriff
Crimes reported to counseling centers are confidential by law. Some off-campus reports may also be legally confidential (e.g., to clergy, social agencies and local hospitals). Reports that are confidential by law will not be reported to Southern State for inclusion in our annual crime statistics report.
Alcohol & Drug Policies
Students who drink or use illegal drugs on campus will experience far-reaching effects on their academic and personal lives. Students who abuse alcohol or drugs will suffer from impairment of their decision-making abilities which in turn may result in unintended behavior and consequences such as:
- injuries or death;
- missing classes;
- unintended sexual activity; or
- violence and vandalism.
The laws of the state of Ohio forbid the sale or serving of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age. Persons 21 or older who have a valid Ohio driver’s license may be served. The law also forbids misrepresenting one’s age for the purpose of consuming or purchasing alcoholic beverages. It is the intention of this policy to promote attitudes toward alcohol use that are consistent with the goal of learning to take responsibility for one’s life and learning to work in the thoughtful community with others.
The following general policy statement is designed to: 1) be consistent with the laws of Ohio; 2) stress moderation, safety and individual accountability for those who choose to drink; 3) work towards a college atmosphere that is free of coercion for those who choose to drink; 4) maintain a community where alcohol abuse and its effects are minimal; 5) provide information and education for all students and 6) provide confidential and effective guidance and counseling for those with special needs related to alcohol use and alcoholism.
This policy was developed by the Disciplinary Committee made up of representatives from the student body, faculty, institutional support staff and the administration. It has been reviewed by the Executive Cabinet and approved by the President. All members of the Southern State community are expected to be familiar with and abide by the principles and details of this statement.
The sale, acquisition, possession, transportation and consumption of alcoholic beverages are governed by various statutes of Ohio and regulations of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. In general, some of the pertinent statutes and regulations provide that:
- a. No person or group shall sell, deliver, purchase or otherwise procure alcoholic beverages for consumption by a person under 21 years of age. Violators are subject to arrest, criminal charges, fines and imprisonment.
- b. No person shall use the driver’s license or other identification of another or permit such identification to be used by another, or allow or deface any cards in order to procure alcoholic beverages. Violators are subject to arrest, criminal charges and fines.
- c. No person shall operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Violators are subject to arrest, fines, mandatory court education programs, loss of license and/or imprisonment.
- d. No person who is intoxicated shall be served an alcoholic beverage on licensed premises. Violators are subject to fine and possible disciplinary action from the local licensing authority.
- e. No person under 21 years of age shall transport, purchase, sell, deliver, possess or receive or otherwise procure alcoholic beverages except in the course of employment. Violators are subject to arrest, criminal charges, fines and imprisonment.
In addition to state laws, local ordinances prohibit the possession of open containers of alcohol on county property (buildings, parks, etc.).
The serving of alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited.
The college upholds the federal and state laws prohibiting the use, possession, sale or offering for sale of controlled substances, including but not limited to marijuana, and will not interfere with the legal prosecution of any members of the community who violate such laws. Law enforcement officers, when armed with the proper documents, have a legal right to search any and all buildings on the campus without prior notice.
Guidelines for Implementation of the Alcohol & Drug Policies
outhern State’s policy on alcohol and alcohol related behavior stresses the concept of individual responsibility.
The purpose of these implementation guidelines is to summarize and clarify some institutional strategies to help students assume their responsibilities under the law.
Each individual should be aware of the state and local laws and is responsible for their own decisions and actions and for any consequences of them. The legal requirements, as well as the college alcohol and drug policies, will be communicated to students in the following ways:
- 1. In writing, in the college policy manual and posted in the student center
- 2. Verbally, during orientation
The following types of concerns would warrant intervention by staff or Dean of Students:
- 1. Individuals demonstrating problem drinking patterns (this includes problems leading to or resulting from the irresponsible use of alcohol)
- 2. Individuals making irresponsible choices and decisions that could endanger themselves and others due to the influence of drugs or alcohol
- 3. Individuals whose alcohol and/or drug related behavior infringes on the rights of others
- 4. Individuals possessing or using drugs
Interventions may be made in either or both of the following directions:
- 1. Accountability
- a. The implications of the individual’s or organization’s behavior will be discussed with them by the Dean of Students.
- b. If the situation persists, the individual or organization may be referred to the Disciplinary Committee and/or the Dean of Students.
- c. Serious problems can be referred immediately to the Disciplinary Committee.
- d. The Dean of Students retains the general authority in dealing with students.
- 2. Help/Support
- a. The individual may be referred to Career & Counseling Services.
- b. The individual may be referred to support groups such as AA, Al-Anon, etc.
- c. The individual may be referred to any other appropriate resource in the community.
An educational program will be developed, implemented and coordinated by the Student Services Office.
The unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs and/or alcohol by students or employees on college property or as a part of any college activity is prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted in accordance with applicable laws and ordinances and will be subject to disciplinary actions by the college, in conformance with Southern State’s Student Code of Conduct, Alcohol Policy and/or Drug Policy. Sanctions for violations may include suspension, and/or termination/dismissal, as well as compulsory attendance at drug/alcohol education programs or other appropriate disciplinary measures.
Sexual Harrassment Policy
It is the policy of Southern State to provide employees and students with an environment free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a violation of both state and federal law, and the college will not tolerate any employee or student, male or female, sexually harassing another individual, whether employee or student, in any way.
Any student or employee who believes that they have been sexually harassed or believes that another student or employee has been sexually harassed should report the situation immediately to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinators for SSCC are:
- Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
- 800.628.7722 x2510
- Director of Human Resources
- 800.628.7722 x2550
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, by either a male or female toward either a male or female or group, when:
- 1. submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment or status in a course, program, or activity;
- 2. submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or educational decisions affecting an individual; or
- 3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working/learning environment.
Sexual harassment refers to behavior that is not welcome, that is personally offensive, that fails to respect the rights of others and that, therefore, interferes with the individual’s work/learning effectiveness. Sexual harassment may take different forms, which may include but are not limited to:
- Verbal — comments of a sexual nature, including innuendoes, suggestive comments, jokes, propositions, threats and degrading or discriminating/stereotypical words; comments directed primarily at one sex
- Nonverbal — sexually suggestive objects or pictures, graphics commentaries, suggestive or insulting sounds, leering, whistling, obscene gestures
- Physical — unwanted physical contact, including touching, pinching, brushing the body, pushing
Sexual harassment is insulting and demeaning to the recipient and will not be tolerated at Southern State. All employees (administrators, faculty and staff) are responsible for maintaining an environment that is free from sexual harassment. Students, as well, are expected to comply with this policy and to take appropriate measures to ensure that such conduct does not occur. Employees or students who violate this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion.
Any employee who believes that they have been sexually harassed by a supervisor or coworkers, or by anyone else associated with the college, or who believes that another employee is being subjected to sexual harassment, should report the matter immediately to the Title IX Coordinator so that appropriate corrective action may be taken. An employee who, because of their specific circumstances, does not feel free to report to the Title IX Coordinator may report the situation instead to the President.
Any student who believes that they have been the subject of sexual harassment or who believes that another student is being sexually harassed, should report the situation immediately to the Title IX Coordinator so that appropriate corrective action can be taken. A student who, because of their specific circumstances, does not feel free to report to the Title IX Coordinator may report the situation instead to an alternate staff member designated by the President, or to the President.
Following a complaint of sexual harassment, an investigation will be undertaken by the college. The college will, to the extent possible, maintain the confidentiality of all complaints on a need-to-know basis. However, an adequate investigation of such complaints generally will require disclosure to the accused party and other witnesses in order to gather pertinent facts.
No retaliatory measure will be taken against any student or any employee who complains of sexual harassment. Likewise, no retaliatory actions will be taken against any individual who assists or cooperates with the college in the investigation of sexual harassment complaints.
Any employee or student who has reported a violation but does not feel that appropriate corrective action has been taken should set forth in writing: 1) a description of the incident or incidents of sexual harassment; 2) the response, if any, taken by the Title IX Coordinator, President, or alternate staff member designated by the President; 3) the response the employee or student believes would be appropriate. They should forward the information to the Title IX Coordinator for a hearing by a Sexual Harassment Panel appointed by the President.
Southern State complies with the Jacob Wetterling Crime Against Children and Sexual Abuse act.
Unless otherwise authorized by law, no person shall knowingly possess, have under the person’s control, convey or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance onto the premises of any Southern State campus.
Southern State will make every attempt to distribute timely warnings. Warnings will be issued in the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus that, in the judgment of the Vice President of Student Affairs, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to the campus community.
Timely warnings are distributed through a network of on-campus offices and posted on Southern State’s homepage.
Southern State offers preventative workshops for sexual offenses to promote awareness and prevention of sexual assault. In addition, printed literature is available at each campus location.
In the event a sexual offense should occur, victims are strongly encouraged to report the incident to the police/sheriff’s department. College personnel will assist students as requested in notifying the proper authorities. The victim should not change clothes or otherwise cleanse her/himself before going to a hospital in order to preserve physical evidence that may be needed for investigation and prosecution. If the victim is reluctant to contact the police/sheriff’s department initially, she/he should still seek treatment at a hospital to preserve evidence and address any health concerns.
In cases of alleged sexual offenses, Southern State will follow the Student Code of Conduct.
Victims that want to request a change in their academic situation may do so by contacting the Vice President of Academic Affairs.