Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Emergency and Safety Plans

Specific Emergency Response Guidelines

Criminal and Civil Disturbance

Active Shooter

If you are made aware of an active shooter report on campus—but the shooter is not inside your building and a lockdown has not been officially announced—escape via the nearest building exit safely and danger free, if possible.  Please remember these situations are incident specific.  Each individual will have to make a decision based on the available information s/he has access to at the time.  If at all possible, call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) from a safe location to notify emergency officials of the event.

If you hear shots fired:

Get Out.  Move quickly—don’t wait for others to validate your decision. Leave your belongings behind. Survival chances increase if you are not where the shooter is or if you go where the shooter can’t see you.

Call Out.  Once you are in a safe location, call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone).  Advise others in the immediate area to stay away from the shooter’s location.

Hide Out.  If you can’t get out because the shooter is between you and the only exit then hide out, move out of the hallway, and look for a well-hidden and well-protected room. Avoid places that might trap or restrict your movement.

Keep Out.  Try to find a room that can be locked.  If the room cannot be locked, try to barricade or block the door with heavy furniture or other heavy objects. Turn off the lights and other noise-producing devices. Try to stay silent. Call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) if you can do so without alerting the shooter.

Spread Out.  If there are two or more of you, do not huddle together. Spreading out gives you more options and makes it harder for the shooter. Quietly develop a plan of action in the event the shooter enters your room. Remain calm. This can have a contagious effect on others. Stay focused on survival. Keep others focused.

Take Out.  Assume the shooter’s intentions are lethal. Develop a survival mindset that you have what it takes to survive when your life is on the line. You must be prepared to do whatever it takes to neutralize the threat. Throw things, yell, and use improvised weapons. If there are two or more of you, make a plan to overcome the shooter.

Do the best you can—choose to survive!

Bomb and Bomb Threat

A bomb threat may be delivered by various means, but usually it is delivered via telephone. 

The person who receives the threat should obtain as much information as possible from the caller. Use the Bomb Threat Checklist provided on the College’s intranet or appendices. It is good practice to maintain a copy at every phone, workstation and classroom.

  1. Obtain as much information as possible from the person making the threat utilizing the Bomb Threat Checklist as a guide. 
  2. The recipient of a bomb threat should immediately notify emergency responders by calling 911 (9-911 from a campus phone)DO NOT PANIC! The 911 dispatcher will contact Campus Enforcement.
  3. Once the notification has been made with emergency responders and you have ensured your safety, notify administrators. See appendices for after-hour contact numbers. 
  4. Unless directed otherwise by emergency responders, all occupants of the affected building(s) should be notified to evacuate.
  5. Windows should be OPEN if possible and doors should be PROPPED OPEN as the classrooms and offices are evacuated.
  6. If possible, confidential items should be secured.
  7. Occupants will evacuate to an assembly area at least 200 ft. from the building(s). No one should enter the building(s) until emergency responders have given an “all clear” to enter the building.

If You Find a Suspicious Device:

  • Do not touch, move, or disturb any suspicious object you feel might be a bomb.
  • Keep people away from the area where the suspicious object is and call Campus Enforcement Officers at 828-289-5850.
  • Be sure to include the location and description of the device.

Civil Disturbance

Most importantly, the first step is to determine if, in fact, an unlawful civil disturbance exists. A civil disturbance does not exist if there is peaceful picketing or demonstrating as a means of expressing dissent or a point of view. Persons who are involved in peaceful activities of this nature are entitled to the protection provided by the laws of North Carolina.

A civil disturbance does exist if picketing or demonstrating jeopardizes public order or harasses organized meetings in such a manner as to deprive speakers of the right of expression.  Such activity must not interfere with the regular classroom, laboratory, or office activity of the College.

When there is a civil disturbance, contact the executive staff of the College.  The executive staff will address the civil disturbance and notify Campus Enforcement as needed. 

Sexual Assault and Violence

Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX Education Amendments of 1973, 2001, and 2010.  Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  Sexual harassment of a person can deny or limit, on the basis of sex, the student’s ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities in the school’s program (2001 OCR Guidance).

“Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol.  An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability.  A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.  All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment covered under Title IX” (April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter).

The College has taken a proactive stance for safety and security by designating a Title IX Coordinator to investigate complaints, oversee the complaints (grievance) procedure, and keep certain records.  Title IX Deputy Coordinators assist the Title IX Coordinator and may be responsible for investigating a specified population.  The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is also available to assist those reporting sexual violence as well as the Title IX Coordinator and Deputies.  SART has developed procedures for responding to persons who report they are victims of sexual assault or harassment.   Any representative of SART as well as counseling staff may provide students with information regarding community assistance programs that supplement college services in areas such as personal safety, domestic violence, sexual assault, etc.  Also, educational programs and materials are made available to assist students in managing personal safety and sexual assault prevention. For more information, contact Student Services and/or Campus Enforcement.

Campus Notification: 

Reports of sexual violence at the College will be handled by the Sexual Assault Response Team, consisting of the Vice President of Administrative Services, Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Coordinators and representatives of Campus Enforcement and counseling departments, as appropriate.  These people are the primary resources for the Campus Community.  An incident report will be filed by one of the members of the team.  This incident will be included in the annual crime report and disclosed in compliance with federal guidelines.  The complainant will be informed of his or her option to notify law enforcement to pursue criminal charges.  Campus authorities and/or other appropriate agencies may assist in this process.  The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators may take action from a campus judicial standpoint if the accused is a current student, and the complainant is willing to file a formal complaint; however, whether or not the complainant files a formal complaint, an investigation and intermittent measures may be pursued to enable the complainant to have equal access to his or her educational program.  Campus Enforcement will then be notified, and actions to increase safety on campus may be taken.



Population Served

Contact Information

Amy Harper, Title IX Coordinator

Employees, Community Members, and Coordinates all Title IX Issues


Sandra Lackner, Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Curriculum Students


Donna Hood, Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Continuing Education Students


Jeremiah McCluney, Title IX Deputy Coordinator

REaCH Students



Helpful Resources:

Path Shelter
Rutherford County

Steps to Hope Shelter
Polk County

NC SAVAN:  North Carolina Statewide Automated
Victim Assistance and Notification
877- NC SAVAN, 877-627-2826

National Sexual Assault Hotline
800-656-HOPE, 800-656-4673

North Carolina Coalition against Sexual Assault

Violent Crime/Criminal Activity

The Campus Community and Community members are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety-related incidents to law enforcement.  Immediately call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) if there is an imminent, life-threatening incident.  Please stay on the phone as long as you can or until told to hang up by the 911 dispatcher or responding officer.  For all other incidents or if you observe suspicious behavior, contact Campus Enforcement at 828-289-5850 in a timely manner.

When reporting a criminal activity or violent crime, stay as calm as possible and include the following information:  nature of incident, location on campus by building name, description of person(s) involved.

Campus Enforcement has complete law enforcement authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on campus and areas immediately adjacent to the campus. Campus Enforcement may work jointly with local, state, federal, and other agencies.  If minor offenses involving college rules and regulations are committed by a student or employee, Campus Enforcement Officers may also refer the individual respectfully to the Dean of Students, Dean of Continuing Education, REaCH Principal, and/or Director of Human Resources.  Major offenses such as rape, murder, aggravated assault, robbery, and auto theft are reported to the Campus Enforcement to solve these serious felony crimes. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted at Municipal, General Sessions, or Federal Court of Rutherford and Polk Counties.

Campus Enforcement utilizes the National Crime Information Computer System and other resources for accessing criminal history data, nationwide police records, driver/vehicle identification information, as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement information. Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department has mutual aid agreements with all surrounding jurisdictions.  

If a crime or emergency occurs, Campus Enforcement Officers will take the required action and file an incident report as appropriate with the College and Sheriff’s Office officials.  College officials will review incident reports and investigate the report as deemed appropriate.

All crimes should be reported to Campus Enforcement to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community, when appropriate.

Anonymous tips may be submitted electronically and anonymously using the “Report a Concern” form located on the College’s website or to Crime Stoppers by calling 828-286-TIPS (8477).  Cash awards may be available for tips leading to arrest according to Crime Stoppers’ regulations.