2013 Security Report
Crime reporting policy, procedures and responses: Students and college employees may report criminal activity directly to the college's Police Department, which is the primary law enforcement agency on campus. Emergencies may also be reported by dialing 911. The Police Department investigates all reports of criminal activity, maintains documentation of such reports, and takes the appropriate action based on the level of evidence obtained. Students and employees may report criminal activity confidentially to the Police Department. If the victim of any crime does not wish to pursue prosecution or other law enforcement response, the alleged crime will still be reported in the annual crime report assuming it falls into one of the categories of reportable offenses.
If criminal activity is reported confidentially to other college officials to include athletic staff, counselors, and health services these professionals should relay the information to the Police Department for documentation. The identity of the reporting person will remain confidential.
Access to campus facilities: Students and employees are allowed access to campus facilities during times when the facilities are open for business or educational purposes. The entrances to campus buildings are locked when not in use for classes or business. During times when buildings are locked, police officers are available to permit access to authorized persons who do not have a key. Employees accessing campus facilities after hours must call the Police Department when they arrive on campus, and when they leave, per board policy. Students using campus facilities after hours must be supervised by a college employee except in those cases as may be exempt per board policy.
Security considerations used in maintenance: The college's maintenance department keeps security of persons in mind when implementing various projects. Maintenance of sidewalks and parking surfaces to minimize the likelihood of injury, monitoring and adding lighting in key areas, and maintaining reliable backup sources of power are just a few examples of the college's commitment to security through maintenance.
Enforcement and arrest authority of campus police: Lake Land College police officers are on duty twenty four hours a day, 365 days per year. All officers are state certified sworn police officers with arrest authority. The Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for campus. Off campus sites are under the jurisdiction of the local police department.
Working relationship with state and local police: The Lake Land College Police Department has a signed mutual aid agreement with the Mattoon Police Department and the Coles County Sheriff's Department. The Police Department is proud of the fact that we maintain an excellent working relationship with all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Encouragement of prompt reporting of crimes: All persons with knowledge of criminal activity are encouraged to immediately make a report to the Police Department.
Sex offense procedures: If a sex offense occurs on campus, the Police Department should be notified immediately. Officers will follow the Department policy regarding investigation of sex offenses. This policy regulates the collection of evidence, coordination of off campus law enforcement personnel if appropriate, and victim assistance. Priority is given to the interests and needs of the victim, and all means available to ensure the victim's privacy and to minimize his or her emotional trauma will be utilized. The victim's academic situation will be changed upon request if reasonably possible.
In addition to initiating a criminal investigation, the Police Department will forward all information to the office of the Vice President for Student Services for possible disciplinary action. Both the accuser and the accused have the same right (if any) to have others present during disciplinary hearings or proceedings and both parties will be notified of the outcome of any such hearings or proceedings.
Possession, use, and sale of alcohol and drugs: Possession, use, and sale of alcohol and illegal drugs are prohibited on the Lake Land College campus. Violations are reported to the office of the Vice President for student services. In addition, the Police Department has adopted a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal drug and alcohol use, and arrests are made for all such violations.Statistical Information
To report a crime or suspicious activity, call the Department of Public Safety at 234-5432 (ext. 5432 from campus phones). After hours, or if no answer, call 232-1908.