Rules and Regulations

The mission of the MCC Police is to provide a safe and secure educational environment to the college’s diverse and dynamic population. This is accomplished by providing professional police service, active crime prevention, and proactive patrol with fairness, responsiveness, integrity and respect.


MCC Police Department Rules and Regulations

Emergencies

The MCC Police should be notified immediately of any emergency or of any situation that might jeopardize the safety of persons or property on campus.

To Report a Police, Fire, or Medical Emergency to MCC Police From Campus Phone: 3111
From Cell Phone: 860-512-3111
Blue Pole Emergency Phone: Push the Call Button

To Report to Town of Manchester 911 Dispatch Center From Campus Phone: 9-911
From Cell Phone: 911

Non-Emergency Calls for Assistance
Call the MCC Police at 860-512-3680 (x3680 from campus phones).

Notification of an Emergency on Campus

There are a variety of methods and tools available to notify the college community about an emergency on campus. These include:

  • the fire alarm horns and public address system;
  • the telephone emergency paging system;
  • text messaging with myCommNet Alert;
  • the college email system;
  • The MCC and MCC Police homepages (www.manchestercc.edu and manchestercc.edu/offices/police);
  • hard-copy postings on doors and bulletin boards;
  • bull horns and cruiser public address system;
  • person-to-person contact by Emergency Response Team members;
  • and various radio and television stations.

Emergency Evacuation

When an alarm or warning is given to evacuate a building:

  • Leave the building immediately by the nearest exit and alert others to do the same.
  • Remain calm and evacuate to a safe location away from the building (e.g. nearest parking lot, another building).
  • Assist others who may need help in evacuating.
  • Do not use the phone system except to sound the alarm or report the location of casualties or people with disabilities who may need assistance.
  • Do not use the elevator.
  • Do not enter or return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by public safety officials.

Non-Evacuation Emergencies

There are emergency situations for which evacuation is not appropriate (ex. chemical spill, weapons incident, severe weather). Notification of a shelter-in-place emergency response may be issued using a variety of methods to provide guidance in the most prudent manner depending upon the incident type.

Shelter-In-Place

When you receive notification to shelter-inplace, you will be advised of the reason for the notification and you may be advised of specific actions you should take.

In the event that the shelter-in-place is because of a fire, the goal is to seal the entryway against smoke to the extent possible and to call attention to yourself.

  • Use clothing (wet, if possible), tape or any other available material to seal an entry way against smoke.
  • Place something (e.g. a piece of cloth or paper) in a window or on a door that would signal your location to rescuers.
  • In the event that the shelter-in-place is because of a hazardous material spill, the goal is to keep the room sealed to the extent possible.
  • Use clothing (wet, if possible), tape or any other available material to seal your location. Await notification that it is safe to evacuate.

Armed Hostile Intruder

Over the past several years, there have been a number of extreme violent acts committed on high school and college campuses across the country. While this Handbook cannot cover every possible situation that might occur, there are emergency procedures and guidelines that may increase one’s chances of survival in a hostile intruder situation. As in any emergency situation, your actions may need to be adapted based on the dynamics of the situation at hand.

What to do if you are exposed to the immediate threat of an armed hostile intruder:

  • You must decide the best course of action for your own immediate safety.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Figure out what’s happening and what you can do to protect yourself.
  • If you think you can safely escape from the threat area, then run.
  • If you cannot safely escape from the threat area, then hide.
  • Alert MCC Police at 860-512-3111 (x3111 from campus phone) as soon as possible and provide as much information as possible on your location, if there are injured, and any details on the situation or description of the threat and its location.

If you decide to run (evacuate):

  • Leave personal items behind.
  • Do not run in a straight line.
  • Use cover, if possible. Try to keep objects between you and the hostile person.
  • Once you have escaped and if you have direct knowledge of the intruder’s description and location, call MCC Police at 860- 512-3111 (x3111 from a campus phone) or Town of Manchester 911 and give that information to the operator.

If you decide to hide (shelter-in-place):

  • Secure (lock and/or barricade) your office, classroom or other place of refuge, if possible.
  • Block the doorway using whatever is available (desks, chairs, table, cabinets, books).
  • Keep the room dark and silent. Turn off the lights, turn off any equipment that makes noise or light (e.g. projectors, radios, computers and monitors), silence cell phones, close any window treatments.
  • Stay quiet and out of sight. Locate yourself and others where there are solid walls or objects to hide behind.
  • Do not leave the room until told to do so by police or emergency services personnel.
  • If you can do so without placing yourself in further danger, call MCC Police at 860- 512-3111 or Town of Manchester 911 and tell the operator where you are and what’s happening.

If you are in an open area:

  • Seek protection.
  • Consider trying to escape if you know where the intruder is and you think you have an escape route available.
  • If you don’t think you can escape, hide. Find the safest place available and secure it the best way you can.
  • If at all possible, do not put yourself in a room with no alternate means of escape or method of securing the door.

If you are caught by the intruder or are in close proximity to the intruder, you must decide if you are going to fight back or not.

If you are not going to fight back:

  • Obey all the intruder’s commands.
  • Avoid eye contact with the intruder.
  • Be patient.
  • Avoid drastic action.
  • Follow instructions and be alert.
  • Wait for law enforcement to resolve the situation.

If you choose to fight back:

  • Do whatever is necessary to defeat the intruder.
  • If you are with others: spread out, make a plan, act as a team and take action.

What to do when the police arrive:

  • Do not expect officers to assist you immediately. Responding officers’ primary job is to locate the hostile intruder and to neutralize the threat. Medical assistance will follow once the threat is neutralized.
  • Law enforcement personnel must assume everyone is a threat to their safety. When they enter your area, do not present a threat to them.
  • Do not point at them or the shooter.
  • Do not make quick movements.
  • Do not run towards them or attempt to hug them.
  • Do not scream or yell.
  • Do not have anything in your hands.
  • You should be quiet and compliant and do exactly as the officers say. Remember that officers have no way of immediately knowing if you are one of the shooters.

Evacuation from the area:

  • Remain in secure areas until instructed otherwise by law enforcement personnel.
  • Know that evacuation may be time consuming.
  • You may be escorted out of the building and you may be taken to a staging or holding area for medical care, interviewing, counseling, etc.
  • Once you have been evacuated, you will not be permitted to retrieve items or access the area until law enforcement releases the crime scene.

Crime Alerts and Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, which is judged by the Police Chief, to constitute an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued.

  • Depending upon the situation, the media used may include: “All Points” email to faculty and staff; Blackboard Learn messages to students; the MCC and MCC Police websites (www.manchestercc.edu and www.manchestercc.edu/offices/police); written notices on campus monitors; and in-person warnings from police personnel.
  • Anyone with information warranting a timely warning or campus alert should report the circumstances to the MCC Police by calling 860-512-3680 or in person at L170.

Crime Prevention

Report any suspicious activities, persons, or vehicles on campus to the MCC Police immediately. Crime prevention is a community effort and the police would always prefer checking on something that turned out to be nothing rather than not learning about a situation that turned out to be serious. If in doubt, call the MCC Police non-emergency number, 860-512-3680.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is located at the MCC Police Department (L174). Any found item should be turned in. If an item has been lost, its loss should be reported with enough descriptive information that it can be returned to its owner if found.

College Building Hours

The college buildings are normally open at the following times during the Fall and Spring semesters. (See the MCC website for holidays and scheduled closings.)

Monday 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

College Rules and Regulations

Alcoholic Beverages

The consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited and is subject to college
disciplinary action. The only time alcoholic beverages may be served on campus is during a college-sponsored program with prior approval of the college president or his/her expressly designated agent. All state laws pertaining to the sale and consumption of alcohol will be strictly enforced. The unlicensed sale of alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited by state law. Therefore, no financial arrangements between the sponsor of an event and guests are permitted
whenever alcohol is to be served (i.e. no admission fees can be charged, donations accepted
nor tickets sold).

Drugs

The use, sale or possession of any controlled substance, narcotic substance or drug paraphernalia, as defined by Section 21a of the Connecticut General Statutes, is prohibited by applicable state and federal laws. Additionally, MCC students may be disciplined under the college’s Student Conduct Code for “knowingly possessing, using, transmitting, selling or being under the influence of any dependency-producing drug on the college campus or off the college campus at a college-sponsored activity.”

Gambling

Gambling and/or “games of chance” for money are strictly prohibited on campus. Violators shall be subject to college disciplinary action.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted within campus buildings, or on the grounds surrounding those
buildings. Smoking is permitted ONLY in the college parking lots and in specifically designated
areas. Signage will alert students, faculty and staff, and campus visitors to this policy. Appropriate containers for disposing of smoking material are provided in those designated areas.

Pets

With the exception of guide and assistance dogs, pets are not permitted in college buildings.
All dogs brought on campus must be under control. The best way to control a dog is with a leash. Remember, dogs are personal property and the owner/handler is responsible for any
damage caused by their dog (see C.G.S. 22- 364 re: Dogs Roaming At Large).

Firearms and Other Weapons

All firearms (as defined by C.G.S. section 53a-3) and other weapons (as defined by C.G.S. section 53-206) are prohibited from college property (see C.G.S. 29-28(e)). Any faculty member or student required or permitted to carry a firearm because of employment with a local, state or federal law enforcement agency, as well as retired law enforcement officers who are in compliance wih the Patriot Act, must report to the MCC Police Department Commanding Officer. Permitted firearms are to be kept concealed at all times. If you see a gun or other weapon on campus, please alert the police immediately at 860-512-3680.

Motor Vehicle Laws

All Connecticut motor vehicle laws are applicable on college property and will be enforced.

  • Speed Limit: The speed limit on all campus roads is 25 mph.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: Any motor vehicle or pedestrian accident, no matter how minor, should be reported to the MCC Police. Failing to report an accident that causes physical injury or property damage could result in a charge of Evading Responsibility (C.G.S. 14-224(b))

Parking Regulations

Proper Parking

It is the responsibility of the vehicle operator to find a valid and lawful parking space.

  • All parked motor vehicles must be in such a position as to be within the marked
    boundaries of the parking spaces and vehicles may not occupy more than one parking space.
  • Vehicles may not be parked on the grass, sidewalks, walkways or unpaved areas. (The only exception is when the police open temporary overflow parking areas and direct vehicles into these spaces.)
Hazardous Parking

Vehicles may not be parked in such a manner as to constitute a hazard or impede the
smooth flow of traffic.

 

  • Parked vehicles presenting a hazard, impeding vehicular or pedestrian traffic, interfering
    with the operation of emergency vehicles, or in a restricted area will be tagged and towed, without notice, at the owner’s expense. Owners are responsible for costs for towing, impounding and storage of their vehicles.

 

Handicapped Parking

There are parking spaces designated for handicapped parking in all the campus parking lots. These spaces are clearly marked with the International Symbol of Access. Vehicles with a disability permit can park in any lot.

  • Section 14-253 (d) of the Connecticut General Statutes prohibits the use of
    designated handicapped parking spaces, unless a vehicle displays a valid State
    Disability or Temporary Disability Parking Permit.
  • Section 14-253 (c) stipulates that the permit may only be used for special parking privileges when the vehicle is being operated by, or carrying as a passenger, the handicapped person to whom such permit has been issued.
  • Violation of section 14-253 is a State infraction, and will result in a fine.
 
Faculty/Staff Parking

There are parking lots and parking spaces designated for faculty/staff members’ use only.
An MCC parking permit is required for these areas and students and visitors are prohibited
from parking in these spaces. Vehicles with a disability permit can park in handicapped parking
spaces in any lot.

Reserved Parking

There are a number of “Reserved Parking” spaces on campus. These reserved spaces
are assigned to specific individuals and are designated by blue signs with accompanying
permit numbers. Only the individual assigned to the space is permitted to use that space

Parking Violation Fines

All parking violations are subject to fines in accordance with the following schedule:

Not displaying permit $10
Improper parking $10
Parking on campus roads/ sidewalks $10
Overnight parking $10
Parking in fire lane $25
Parking in restricted area $25
Other $25
Tow zone $25
 
Payment of Fines

Fines must be paid within six days or the fine will double. Fines may be paid at the Bursar’s office (Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) or by mail (MCC, P.O. Box 1046, Great Path, Manchester, CT 06045-1046, Attn: Bursar’s Office, Traffic Fine) DO NOT MAIL CASH. Make checks payable to MCC Scholarship Fund. Students who do not pay their fines will not be allowed to register or graduate for the next semester. Penalties for Connecticut State parking and moving violations are determined according to state ordinances. Depending upon the severity of the violation, the owner/operator of the vehicle may be issued an Infraction Notice instead of an MCC parking ticket. The fines on an infraction are pre-determined by state law and are not discretionary.

Bicycles

Bicycle operators are reminded that while riding on roads or highways, they are to keep to
the right side of the roadway and that they are subject to the same traffic regulations governing
the operation of vehicles (e.g. stop signs, traffic lights, and one-way street designations). Bicycle operators on college property must ride or operate bicycles in a prudent and careful manner with reasonable regard for the safety of the operator and other persons.

Skateboards

Skateboarding in areas with high volumes of pedestrian traffic poses a safety risk to both skateboard riders and pedestrians. Therefore, skateboarders on college property are asked
not to ride in the Quad and Village areas. Some skateboarding activity relies on interacting
with physical structures such as steps, benches and railings. This interaction can significantly
damage college property. Such activity is not allowed on campus.

Pedestrians

Pedestrians have the right-of-way on sidewalks, parking lots and all other areas of the campus. However, pedestrians shall grant the right of way to emergency vehicles. Pedestrians shall be responsible for using sidewalks and marked crosswalks wherever possible and shall abide by the Connecticut General Statutes regarding use of the sidewalks and roadways.

Sexual Assault Investigation and Prevention

Sexual assault continues to be a great concern on college campuses throughout the U.S. It also continues to be an under-reported crime with many rapes and sexual assaults never reported
to the police. The college and its MCC Police Department urges anyone who is the victim of such an assault to report the incident to the police. The police will vigorously investigate all reported
sexual assault cases and will work closely with victims, other law enforcement agencies and
the courts.

If you are the victim of a sexual assault:

  • Whether or not you choose to report the sexual assault to the police, you should seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not feel you have been seriously injured.
  • A medical exam is important to check for sexually transmitted diseases or other infection/injuries and for pregnancy.
  • Medical evidence needs to be collected with 72 hours of an assault in case you decide now or later to pursue a police complaint.
  • To preserve evidence, you should not wash, bathe, douche, brush your teeth or use mouthwash, comb your hair, change your clothes, or take other action to clean up before going to the hospital.
  • If you may have been given drugs to facilitate an assault (“date rape drug”), it is best to wait to urinate until you reach the hospital and a urine sample can be collected.
  • If you are a sexual assault victim, the police will not reveal your name to others except as provided by law. Even court records are afforded some degree of protection. Similarly, if you choose to report your victimization to a faculty or staff member, they will not reveal your identity
    to the police or others without your permission. The police and staff may share some demographic data for purposes of crime statistics, but this does not include a sexual assault victim’s identity.

There are victim services available to assist a victim in dealing with a sexual assault.

  • Office of Victim Services (OVS) – 1-800- 822-8428 http://www.jud.ct.gov/crimevictim/ . The Office of Victim Services, Connecticut Judicial Branch, is the state’s lead agency established to provide services to victims of violent crime. OVS is located in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
  • CONNSACS – Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. is a state-wide coalition of individual sexual assault crisis programs that work to end sexual violence through victim assistance, community education and public policy advocacy. It provides a statewide 24-hour, toll-free hotline (1-888-999-5545, English, 1-888-568- 8332, Español). Its programs offer crisis intervention, short term counseling and support groups, and are available to work within the court setting to provide support, information and referrals.
  • Sex Offender Registration: The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement at the start of each semester, advising the campus community that law enforcement information provided by the State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained from the MCC Police. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in the State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation or is a student. In the State of Connecticut, convicted sex offenders must register with the State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Safety-Connecticut Sex Offender Registry Unit.

Crime Statistics

The MCC Police Department is responsible for collecting statistics, identifying reportable crimes, reporting crimes to the FBI and the Department of Education, and publishing statistics to the public. Under law, these statistics must be reported in the categories specified by each agency.

 

  • FBI’s Uniform Campus Crime Report statistics include ONLY crimes occurring on the campus that are reported to the police.
  • The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990, also known as the “Clery Act” is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses and to provide the institution’s policies concerning campus security. MCC’s Annual Security Report, prepared to meet the requirements of this, can be accessed on the MCC website (www.manchestercc edu/officers/police/reports.php). A copy of this report is available, upon request, at the MCC Police Department office (Lowe Student Services Center L174).

Other Police Services

Escort

Officers are available to escort faculty, staff, students and visitors to and from campus parking areas upon request. You may call x3680 or come to the MCC Police Department to request an escort.

Message for a Student

MCC Police cannot deliver messages to students except in the case of an extreme emergency. If it is an immediate emergency, the MCC Police will attempt to locate a student in class. Students
should provide family and friends with their exact schedule and locations on campus so they could be readily contacted if necessary.

Jumpstart

MCC Police do not jumpstart vehicle batteries. They can provide a Power Pak for a motorist to use.

Vehicle Unlock

MCC Police do not provide vehicle unlocks. The MCC Police will contact a towing service that does provide the service at a cost to the motorist.

Last Update: April 11 2014 For additional information, contact: Tricia Baustien