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Additional Important Information

Campus Crime Statistics

The college compiles annual statistics on crimes occurring on or adjacent to each of our campuses and satellite locations in full compliance with the Clery Act. The college’s annual report can be accessed online from the college’s home page under “Quick Links.” Hard copies of the report may be requested directly from Campus Police.

Closings, Cancellations and Delays

Please note: Parking that prevents snow removal is prohibited

The following radio and television stations and websites will be broadcasting/publishing up-to-date information concerning class cancellations whenever a weather or general emergency exists. These announcements will pertain to all campuses, including our satellite campuses. 

Closings of one or more campuses due to problems specific to each campus also will be announced via the mediums listed below. Announcements also will be placed on the CCRI home page and made through the college’s RAVE emergency notification system. Local media sources where up-to-date storm and emergency closing and delays information will be posted include:

  • FM Radio:        WELH - 88.1, WPRO - 92.3, WHJY - 94.1
  • Television:       WLNE - Channel 6 (ABC), WJAR - Channel 10 (NBC), WPRI - Channel 12 (CBS)
  • Online:             ABC6.com, TurnTo10.com, WPRI.com

I.D. Cards

All students enrolled in CCRI are required to obtain a Knight+ student ID card through the Campus Store. Student IDs are necessary for library, computer lab and field house usage. To receive a student ID, students must present their driver’s license or state ID along with their current CCRI schedule. A detailed schedule can be obtained through MyCCRI bearing the student’s ID number. There is no charge for the first ID card. Reprints for any reason are $15 for students and  faculty and staff.  Students are encouraged to use the Picture upload feature included in the free TouchNet OneCard app in order to receive their ID quickly.  

Lost and Found

Campus Police handles all lost and found property. Students who find any items including textbooks, handbags, clothing, eyeglasses, etc., should bring the items to the Campus Police office on the campus where the item was found so an attempt can be made to locate the owner. Students also are encouraged to go to the Campus Police office to check for their lost items and file a report. Whenever claiming property, students must provide proper identification.

Parking Policy

These regulations have been established for the control of parking on the campuses of the Community College of Rhode Island. These regulations apply to students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus.

 1.  General Provisions

  • Parking on campus throughout the year, including break periods, is only allowed between the hours of 6 am. and 11 pm Monday through Friday, and between 7 am and 9 pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • All vehicles operated and parked on college property by students, faculty and staff must be registered.
  • Faculty and staff must affix parking permits to the lower right of the vehicle’s rear window; they must be
    clearly visible from the rear of the vehicle.
  • The registration of a vehicle on campus does not guarantee a parking place, but affords the registrant an
    opportunity to park in authorized parking areas when parking space is available. To take advantage of campus  parking, students, faculty and staff agree to park in appropriate, designated areas.
  • Campus Police are responsible for the administration and enforcement of these regulations and may impose
     traffic control restrictions as required.
  • Conference parking, special events parking and all temporary parking requirements of the college are to be
    scheduled in writing and approved through Campus Police by the college sponsor or host.
  • All vehicles must display current motor vehicle registration.
  • Infractions of these parking regulations are the responsibility of the owner who registered the vehicle.
  • Faculty and staff with a registered vehicle who need to operate a different vehicle temporarily must secure a    temporary permit at no charge from the Campus Police.
  • The college is not responsible for losses due to theft or damage to vehicles while on college-owned property.
  • Students may only park in the designated student lots. They may not park in visitor spaces or in faculty or staff lots.

 2.  Visitors

Knight Campus

  • One-hour (maximum) parking is provided for anyone needing to access the Student Services area (i.e. Bursar, Enrollment Services, registration, etc.) in the short-term parking located at the north entrance of the building. All other students, faculty and staff are not permitted to use this lot at any time. This lot, however, may be restricted by the Campus Police for officially sanctioned college events with proper notification and reservation with the Campus Police.
  • Visitors will park only in designated areas or the large student lot.

Flanagan Campus

  • Visitors will park in the designated visitor spaces in the faculty/staff lot adjacent to the administrator parking area.

Liston and Newport County campuses  

  • Students and visitors will park in the large designated student parking areas.

3.  Regulations and Violations

The following constitute parking violations:

  • Parking in fire lanes
  • Parking in handicapped, reserved, loading or visitors’ spaces without a proper permit
  • Parking in a lot without a proper and current permit
  • Parking on the grass, unless authorized by Campus Police
  • Parking in violation of a posted sign
  • Obstructing other vehicles or traffic
  • Taking more than one parking space or failure to park within lines and designated spaces
  • Parking against yellow curbing
  • Other violations as promulgated by the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education

Students may park only in the designated student lots. Faculty and staff must display a current parking permit properly and park in their designated lots. Campus Police officers enforce all parking and traffic laws as well as all other laws as permitted in the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island.

 4.  Tow and Parking Penalties

The following are penalties:

  • Parking in fire lanes: $100 plus towing at owner’s expense
  • Parking in handicapped spaces: Penalty for the first offense is $100, which increases with each subsequent violation.
  • Misuse of handicap passes/placards: $125
  • Parking in reserved areas, loading areas or the short-term lot: $85
  • Obstructing other vehicles or traffic: $85 plus towing at owner’s expense
  • Parking in a lot without proper permit: $85
  • Parking on the grass: $85
  • Parking in violation of a posted sign: $85
  • Taking more than one parking space: $85
  • Right of way in cross walks: $85

Payments should be made as instructed on the parking ticket. Failure by students, faculty and staff to remit fines or the repeated violation of parking regulations may result in the loss of parking privileges. Failure to remit fines will result in the loss of the vehicle owner’s registration and suspension of driver’s license as mandated in the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island.

 Unauthorized vehicles parked on campus, vehicles parked in fire lanes, vehicles illegally parked in handicapped, reserved, loading, short-term parking or visitors’ spaces, vehicles that are immobilized, obstruct traffic or impede the normal functions of the college are subject to towing at the owner’s or operator’s expense. Notify Campus Police immediately if your vehicle is disabled on campus.

 Students, faculty and staff with two unpaid parking fines who incur a fine for a third parking violation are subject to revocation of their parking privileges, towing or other penalty.

 5.  Appeals

Tickets for parking violations may be appealed by checking “Not Guilty” on the ticket and mailing the document to the indicated address.  You must then appear on the court date on the violation.

 All questions regarding parking regulations should be addressed to the chief of Campus Police.

Recognition of Student Organizations

Groups of students may come together around a common purpose or activity under the auspices of the community college. These student groups must be recognized by the college in order to operate on campus and use the name Community College of Rhode Island or CCRI. Student groups may be sponsored by Student Government or, if appropriate, chartered with the Dean of Students Office if determined to be a necessary component of campus life. Participation in student groups requires active enrollment status and leadership in a student group also requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Student groups may establish additional participation requirements; however, they may not establish requirements that violate existing college policy or the college’s nondiscrimination policy.

Recognition is a privilege granted by the college. Recognition confers the following privileges:

  • Use of “Community College of Rhode Island” in the group’s name and materials.
  • The opportunity to request funding from Student Activities Fees.
  • The ability to reserve campus facilities and hold events and activities on campus.

Recognition can be revoked if the group does not conduct itself according to college policies and the Student Code of Conduct.

To apply for recognition, a group must:

  • Have a purpose and identity that is not duplicative of other groups on that campus. Groups that wish to establish a presence on a campus that is similar or identical to that of a group on a different campus must work with that group as part of the application process.
  • Secure the commitment of a full-time faculty member or staff member who agrees to serve as the group’s adviser, observe and enforce college policies and procedures and to participate in regular adviser training.
  • Establish the group’s initial leadership, minimally a president and treasurer, who have the minimum student leader required GPA of 2.5 and who are not on academic or disciplinary probation.
  • Compile a roster of at least six (6) additional students who are committed to being members of the group for a total of ten (10) founding members.
  • Develop a constitution for your group using the templates available from the Office of Student Life and submit for review.
  • Once all of the above is done, petition your campus Student Senate for its support.

If your campus Student Senate supports your recognition, the president of your campus Student Government will present your request for formal recognition as a club to the dean of students after a period of no less than one semester and no greater than two semesters. During this conditional period, the student group is supported by its campus Student Government as it establishes itself, organizes and holds initial events, though it will lack a vote in the campus Student Senate.

Faculty- or staff-driven organizations for students that do not qualify for status as a club, but believe that they have a compelling purpose that would contribute to the quality of student life may petition the dean of students for recognition as a sponsored program. Athletic and academic organizations that are managed by a department or carry a considerable co-curricular component may not be sponsored by Student Government and must be organized through the Dean of Students Office. This carries most of the privileges of becoming a recognized club, less a reserved seat in the campus Student Senate.

Student Government

The Community College of Rhode Island recognizes the right of students to associate and form an autonomous student government association under the umbrella of the Community College of Rhode Island. To that end, the community college grants the following limited privileges to student government that are subject to, and under the supervision of, the Vice President of Student Affairs and/or her designees.

 The right and responsibility to negotiate and adhere to a constitution which, upon approval of the vice president of Student Affairs, shall serve as an agreement between the community college and Student Government on how Student Government will operate and that will delineate the boundaries of Student Government’s authority within the community college.

  • The right and responsibility to elect officers on each campus to officially represent the students of the community college.
  • The right and responsibility to appoint students to college committees and boards where students have seats.
  • The right and responsibility to prudently manage and allocate appropriated student activities fees for the benefit of all students regardless of class, status, program or any other categorization in accordance with state accounting and purchasing guidelines and in collaboration with Student Affairs.
  • The right and responsibility to advocate on behalf of students for the improvement of the student experience in and out of the classroom.

 The rights and responsibilities delegated to the student government association may be revoked by the community college if rights are abused, responsibilities are not met, or college policies are violated. The community college has established staff positions through the Dean of Students Office to facilitate the activities and operations of Student Government and other student groups.  

Sex Offender Registry

The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information is provided by the state concerning registered sex offenders and where it may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders to register with the state and to provide notice, as required under state law, to each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation or is a student.

In Rhode Island, convicted sex offenders must register with the local police department in their municipality AS WELL AS the local police department in the town or city in which they take classes. Every person convicted on or after July 1, 1997, including juveniles sentenced as adults of an offense for which registration is required as part of the sentence imposed upon conviction, to register and reregister with the local police agencies.

 In addition, all persons convicted of violations under United States law or any other state law substantially similar to an offense for which registration is required shall provide to the local agency all necessary information within 10 days of establishing a residence and reregistering within ten 10 days of any change.

 The Community College of Rhode Island requires that sexual offenders register as such with Campus Police before the first day of every semester in which they will be enrolled. Failure to comply with any part of this policy will result in administrative withdrawal from all registered courses and possible disciplinary action.

 Offenders may be restricted from registering for courses in certain locations or at certain times depending on the type of activities that may occur in said place or at said time.  And, depending on the terms of their registration, prevented from registering in course in which minors are enrolled.  In order to ensure that minors are protected and that offenders are not unknowingly violating the terms of their registration, offenders will have an administrative hold placed on their account and must register through the Dean of Students Office.

 It is the practice of the community college to make the following notifications when a level II or III sexual offender registers with the college:

  • The faculty members for the offender’s classes for the current semester
  • The Vice President of Student Affairs Office
  • The dean of students
  • Campus Police
  • Managers of open-access centers on the campuses in which the offender is taking classes, including
    • The library
    • Computer labs
    • Success Centers
    • Fitness Centers
    • Advising and Counseling

Notifications are not subject to announcement, but can be shared with staff working in an open-access center. The community college does not make notifications for level I sexual offenders pursuant to state law.

 To Obtain Information on Sex Offenders

Any person wanting information on registered sex offenders or related information should contact the local municipal police agency with jurisdiction for the location of our campuses. The State of Rhode Island Parole Board maintains the following website: www.paroleboard.ri.gov/sexoffender/agree.php

Textbooks

To assist Campus Police in returning lost textbooks, students should record some identification or contact information or in the book. Please note: Students should confirm they have purchased the correct textbooks before recording any information in the book.

Traffic Accidents

All traffic accidents that occur on campus must be reported to the Campus Police as soon as possible 401-825-2000. Police officers patrol the campus on foot and with patrol vehicles and should be summoned to the scene of any accident. A report to police will allow the officers to call for the assistance of rescue, fire and additional police personnel. Any person who leaves the scene and fails to report an accident will be subject to the same penalties under Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Laws and will be referred to the Dean of Students Office.

 

 Closing Note:

At the time of its publication, the information contained in this handbook was accurate and complete to the best of the knowledge of CCRI faculty and staff. Please be advised, however, that the college reserves the right to make changes it deems necessary at any time to the policies included herein, without notice or obligation. Students should check this site for regular updates.

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