Security of Facilities
Safety and Security of the College facilities is the responsibility of the Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety. College security is provided by campus Police and security personnel. Campus Police personnel are trained in law enforcement practices in compliance with state and federal laws and policy and with city and county codes and regulations.
The reporting of criminal actions or other emergency conditions is the responsibility of all members of the College community. Code Blue emergency Call devices have been installed in various locations on campus for security purposes. These call devices are connected directly to the Campus Police. When reporting an emergency, press the call button and wait to be connected to the officer on duty. State your name, location and the nature of the emergency. Employees should be familiar with the location of the nearest call device. When a criminal act or an emergency condition is witnessed or recognized, the college employee should dial 911 or 9-911 from a campus phone, or go immediately to the nearest emergency call box or dial X-7700 from a campus phone or dial 434.832.7700 from any other phone and report the condition, location, and any pertinent information to the Campus Police. The Campus Police will investigate the situation and determine the proper action according to the degree of the emergency:
- In a criminal act involving (i) murder, (ii) rape (iii) robbery, (iv) aggravated assault, the Campus Police will respond appropriately and then request assistance from the Lynchburg City Police as appropriate or the Virginia State Police. When and where possible, the Campus Police will apprehend and charge the perpetrator of a crime.
- In a misdemeanor or violation of college regulations i.e. trespassing, destruction of state property, etc., the Campus Police will take the required action. In addition, if the perpetrator is a current student, Campus Police may report the student to the Dean of Student Services for further disciplinary actions in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
- Accidents: The degree and type of any accident will determine the action taken by the Campus Police on duty including the application of first aid or calling for emergency medical assistance.
- Fire emergency: When a college employee recognizes a fire condition, he/she will immediately go to the nearest fire alarm pull station and pull the alarm, and or dial 9-911 from a campus phone or 911 from any other phone and evacuate the building.
Security and safety in the college facilities, including campus grounds, is the responsibility of the Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety. Campus Police who are sworn law enforcement officers and trained security staff provide college security.
- The College buildings scheduled for instruction are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Student Services, located in the Amherst Hall, is open until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 p.m. on Friday to provide information and assistance in registering for classes. Some buildings maybe open on weekends for classes and or laboratory studies regularly scheduled during an academic semester. Otherwise, usage of the college facilities must be handled by special arrangement with the Facilities Management Department.
- Normal hours for administrative offices are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Access to College Facilities:
The Student Activities Director and Student Services must authorize non-routine student activities, such as dances, special meetings, and use of outdoor campus facilities.
Non-Student special activities, such as dances, special meetings, and use of outdoor campus facilities must be authorized by Facilities
Campus Police maintain scheduled patrolling and inspections of campus grounds and facilities to insure a safe and secure environment for the college community.
- General; College facilities are available for all scheduled classes and activities. Refer to Facilities Use Procedures for detailed information.
- College Employees not including Adjuncts and student workers: Current college employees have unlimited access to campus buildings via the card reader system.
- Students: College buildings are normally open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. These lock and unlock times may vary when classes are not in session. Supervised laboratories may also be open on the weekends. Currently enrolled students may have access to College classroom and laboratory facilities during these times as long as there is no conflict with previously scheduled events; access is subject to the availability of appropriate supervision. Instructors may request campus police and security to allow access to students on holidays, weekends or other times the buildings are officially closed. This request must be in writing and include relevant details, (class/lab location, and student names); due to security concerns, the request for access will only be honored between 9a.m.-9p.m. The request can be directed to Campussafety@centralvirginia.edu. Deans, Vice Presidents, and the President of the College have the authority to approve or deny the use of class and laboratory facilities to individuals at any time. Normally, non-CVCC students do not have access to college classrooms and laboratories. Any individual using college facilities in an inappropriate manner will be asked to vacate the premises and or other action as appropriate.
Threat Assessment Team
The TAT is coordinated by the Department of Public Safety as established by Va. Code § 23.1-805 and is charged with evaluating, monitoring and/or take appropriate actions. Faculty, Staff and Students should contact the TAT whenever a student, employee, vendor or visitor on campus displays conduct that appears to be disruptive or behavior of concern regarding the safety of the individual and/or the safety of others. Additional TAT information can be found here.