NMJC CAMPUS PUBLIC SAFETY
Dennis Kelley - Public Safety Director
Ben Alexander Student Center Room 134
For Campus Public Safety Assitance Call 575-399-2033.
The NMJC Department of Public Safety welcomes you to New Mexico Junior (NMJC). The NMJC Department of Public Safety takes an all-inclusive approach to providing preventive and protective services to the NMJC community. We strive to enhance the quality of life on our campus by integrating the best modern practices of public safety, private security, and fire safety to the NMJC campus.
The Department holds itself to the highest professional standards to make you feel safe and welcome. We encourage your feedback to help our services evolve with needs of the NMJC community.
We encourage our students, staff, faculty and our visitors to partner with us to sustain a safe campus environment. We are proud to maintain close partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, thus benefitting the overall safety of the NMJC community. The best protection against campus crime is an aware, informed, alert campus community that involves students, faculty, and staff. The Department of Public Safety operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
It is paramount the Department of Public Safety creates positive relationships with our NMJC community and we are available 24 hours a day to assist your needs and concerns.
REPORTING A CRIME
Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to report any occurrence of a crime immediately. Any criminal activity or emergency can be reported to campus Public Safety personnel, or to the Lea County Sheriff’s Department. Upon receipt of a call, campus Public Safety will respond to the site of the complaint. If a criminal act has been committed, the Sheriff’s Office or the State Police will be notified. These agencies will prepare and submit criminal incident reports along with the New Mexico Junior College Public Safety Department. The Public Safety Department is available for calls 24 hours a day and can be contacted directly by cell phone at (575) 399-2033. The campus Public Safety office is located in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center, room 129 (next to the mailroom and game room). NMJC also has a central switchboard operator available at (575) 392-4510, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays. The switchboard is located in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center. Students and employees of the college are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the Public Safety Department.
ACCESS TO CAMPUS FACILITIES
Students, faculty, and employees of New Mexico Junior College have access to instructional, recreational, and administrative buildings, as well as the public areas of campus housing during normal working hours. Facilities are locked after normal working hours, but may be accessed by contacting Public Safety personnel. Use of facilities after normal working hours is restricted and requires special advance authorization.
Access to resident hall rooms is limited to students and their guests, according to the NMJC dormitory visitation policy. Access to the resident halls by college employees is on an as-needed basis and incorporates key control procedures.
The general public can attend and are encouraged to attend continuing education, cultural, and recreational events on campus, with access limited to the facilities in which events are held.
The cooperation and involvement of all faculty, staff, and students in campus security is absolutely necessary. The campus community must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking simple, common-sense precautions. Doors should be locked at all times, especially when the occupant is not in the room. All valuable items should be marked with an engraver or the serial number stored in a safe place. Students are encouraged to park their vehicles in lighted parking areas adjacent to campus residence halls and to keep them locked at all times. Students should report any suspicious-looking individuals or any unusual incidents in and around their residence halls to the housing staff, Public Safety staff.
In the event a member of the campus community becomes the victim of a crime, he / she should report the incident as prescribed in the above paragraphs.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE
New Mexico Junior College is a drug / alcohol and firearm-free institution. The possession of alcohol, drugs, firearms, or dangerous weapons on campus is prohibited. Any violation of this section may result in the appropriate law enforcement agency being notified for the filing of criminal charges.
Members of the campus community are provided with a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program Handbook, which contains policies and procedures applicable to alcohol and drug usage. Information regarding this subject is also available in the NMJC Student Handbook and can be accessed on the web page
New Mexico Junior College provides programs addressing rape, acquaintance rape, and other forcible or non-forcible sex offenses. Specific programs can be requested through the office of the Vice President for Student Services. The meeting places and times will be posted on public bulletin boards in the student residence halls and through campus mailings.
College officials will not tolerate sexual assault activities of any type, either by staff or students, and will take any and all steps to support the criminal prosecution of persons involved in these types of activities. However, should an incident of sexual assault occur on campus, these procedures should be followed:
- Immediately notify campus Public Safety. The Director of Public Safety will then notify the proper law enforcement agency. If campus Public Safety cannot be reached for any reason, call 911 for immediate response by law enforcement officials. Do not disturb the scene of the crime. Evidence is very fragile and will be collected by trained evidence technicians. Do not change clothing, shower, or bathe following a sexual attack. Valuable evidence can be collected, and its integrity must be maintained. The Director of Public Safety will notify the appropriate members of the New Mexico Junior College administration. The administration at NMJC wants to maintain a safe campus environment and is concerned about the welfare of all members of the campus community. NMJC has an established policy concerning sexual harassment covering all employees and students. The policy can be found in both the Employee Handbook and the NMJC Student Handbook. The handbooks outline the procedures that students and employees should follow should they become the victim of a sexual assault or harassment situation.
- The administration of NMJC will make every reasonable effort to accommodate a change in academic or living arrangements, if requested by the victim. Both the accuser and the accused are afforded the opportunity to due process whether the incident is handled through the court system or through the campus administrative process. Both parties are entitled to have other individuals present during a proceeding. The parties will be notified of the administration’s final determination and imposed sanctions.
- Should a member of the college community become a victim of a sexual assault, every resource will be utilized to insure that the victim receives immediate attention, as well as follow-up counseling and assistance. In Hobbs, counseling can be received through the Guidance Center of Lea County, 920 West Broadway, (575) 393-3168 and through Lea Regional Medical Center, 5419 Lovington Highway, (575) 492-5488.
New Mexico Junior College has an emergency notification system. This system covers the entire campus, including parking areas. In the event of an actual emergency, a message will be given over the emergency system, which provides employees, students, and visitor’s instructions as to the actions that are recommended. In the event of a tornado or other serious incident, on-site shelter locations have also been designated on the campus. The site maps are posted in the hallways of each building on campus.
NMJC has an emergency management plan for critical incidents. This plan is intended to highlight potential areas of risk or vulnerability to campus personnel and facilities. The purpose of the plan is to enable all persons who might be present at NMJC during an emergency to remain calm and aid them in taking action based on known facts. New Mexico Junior College has made the commitment to identify potential building and equipment areas at risk, to analyze those risks, to eliminate or minimize these risks, to actively plan and prepare to respond to emergencies by training response teams, and to prepare restoration of vital services plans for an emergency.
New Mexico Junior College has partnered with Regroup to provide an emergency alert system capable of delivering messages to your NMJC email account and personal email account, as well as your land line and cell phone. We have enrolled you in the program at no expense to you.
CONVICTED SEXUAL OFFENDERS
According to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, all convicted sexual offenders are required to register with the sheriff in the county in which they reside each year. The information concerning the registered sex offenders for Lea County can be obtained by either notifying the Sheriff’s Department in writing or by utilizing their web page
CAMPUS CRIME REPORT
In accordance with the Crime Awareness Act of 1990, New Mexico Junior College provides information relating to crime statistics and security measures to prospective students, matriculated students, and employees. This information is available on the NMJC web page