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Safety Tips

At Isothermal Community College, we want your experience with us to be rewarding, enriching, positive and always enjoyable and safe. Please take a moment to read these safety tips and keep safety in mind at all times.

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings
  • Think about and plan your walking and driving routes
  • Avoid walking alone
  • Stay away from dark, vacant, and isolated areas
  • Keep your car locked when parked and while driving
  • In case of emergency, call Campus Enforcement at 828-289-5850 and 911 (Dial 9 for an outside line if using an Isothermal Community College desk phone)
  • Keep your personal belongings in sight at all times
  • Report unauthorized persons and/or suspicious behavior to an Isothermal Community College employee immediately
  • Avoid campus when classes are not in session

Campus Violence

Tips on Prevention and Response

Disruptive behavior interferes with the educational environment or prevents normal work functions or activities. Examples include yelling, using profanity, waving arms or fists, verbally abusing others, and refusing reasonable requests for identification.

Threatening behavior includes physical actions short of actual contact/injury, general verbal or written threats to people or property, (“You 'd better watch your back” or “I'll get you”) as well as implicit threats (“You’ll be sorry” or “This isn't over”).

Violent behavior includes any physical assault, with or without weapons; behavior that a reasonable person would interpret as being potentially violent (e.g., throwing things, pounding on a desk or door, or destroying property), or specific threats to inflict physical harm (e.g., a threat to shoot a named individual).

What are the Warning Signs?

Below is a list of signs and attitudes that may be indicators of disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior. If you observe a pattern or change in behavior and attitude that causes you concern, please report the behavior to an instructor or employee of the College.

  • Challenging or resisting authority
  • Becoming inappropriately upset over recent event(s), e.g., work or personal crisis
  • Withdrawing from normal activities, family, friends, and co-workers
  • Making a major change in lifestyle, demeanor, or appearance
  • Exhibiting signs of substance abuse
  • Blaming others for problems in life or work; being suspicious, holding grudges
  • Isolating from others
  • Expressing feelings of being morally superior, self-righteous
  • Feeling entitled to special rights, e.g., rules don’t apply to him/her
  • Exhibiting a recent fascination with weapons
  • Having a known history of violence

What Behaviors Should I Report Immediately?

The following behaviors should be immediately reported to Campus Enforcement (828-289-5850) and Student Services (Student Center Building and 828-395-1430):

  • Engaging in persistent, obsessive attention to others
  • Intimidating, verbally abusing, harassing or mistreating others
  • Engaging in stalking behavior
  • Making threatening references to other incidents of violence
  • Making threats to harm self, others, or property
  • Detailing specific proposed act(s) of disruption or violence
  • Expressing feelings of revenge, or being wronged, humiliated, or degraded

How do I Report Disruptive, Threatening, or Violent Behavior?

  1. Report all disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior to Campus Enforcement 828-289-5850 and Student Services (Student Center Building and 828-395-1430).
  2. Be prepared to answer the following questions:
    • WHO - Name, description, address, phone number, faculty or staff member, student, or visitor
    • WHAT - The circumstances and sequence of events leading up to the incident
    • WHEN - Time of day
    • WHERE - Location of the incident
    • HOW - Describe how the offense was committed
    • WHY - What was the cause of the incident?

Student Code of Conduct

The Isothermal Student Government Association would like to urge you to Please observe the STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

This means you should refrain from

  • The use of obscene language
  • Lewd or indecent conduct
  • Inappropriate public displays of affection
  • Any actions or language which promote hatred
  • Abusive physical or verbal behavior
  • Distribution of obscene material