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College Community Services

 

The Alumni Association

The Alumni Association is part of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation. The mission of the Hudson Valley Community College Alumni Association is to maintain the lifelong bond between the college and its graduates, which currently number more than 65,000. Therefore, the Alumni Association believes it is important to educate alumni on the importance of relationships, philanthropy and heritage.

Alumni can enjoy reconnecting with their alma mater by attending college and alumni events and by reading The Valley View, the college's publication for alumni and friends.

For additional information about the association's programs and services, call (518) 629-8012 or e-mail alumni@hvcc.edu. Additional information is available at www.hvcc.edu/alumni.

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Hudson Valley Community College Foundation

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation exists to support Hudson Valley Community College's institutional goals and objectives by securing private funds to supplement the college's traditional revenue sources. It does so by fostering enduring relationships that build advocacy and support of the college.

Founded in 1983 by a dedicated group of volunteer leaders who understood the need for affordable access to educational opportunities, a proud tradition of commitment and caring began and remains today at the core of the Foundation's mission.

A not-for-profit, independent 501(c)(3) corporation, the Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors composed of community leaders with special connection to the college – many are graduates of Hudson Valley Community College, some are former employees of the college and some are corporate partners of the college or employers of Hudson Valley graduates.

The Foundation secures private resources for student scholarships and to provide support for faculty enrichment programs, new and innovative academic initiatives, student development activities, enhanced student support services, cultural programs, equipment purchases, facility and campus improvements, and technology enhancements. The Foundation has supported many initiatives through the generous support and assistance of the faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and corporate partners in the community.

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Bulmer Telecommunications Center

The college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center is a state-of-the-art facility committed to innovative instructional technology. The center houses the college's TV/audio production studios, a 215-seat interactive auditorium, computer labs, an electronic arts lab with full multi-media production capability, online learning facilities, interactive television, a photography studio, and high-tech classrooms and meeting rooms.

Businesses, government agencies, schools and colleges have used the Bulmer Telecommunications Center to host teleconference downlinks that connect their group with others around the country and the world.

The college's Office of Institutional Services and Events markets the use of this facility for conferences, workshops and business meetings.

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Campus Free Speech and Assembly

Below, please find the resolution outlining the guidelines regarding free speech and assembly on campus.

Resolution

WHEREAS, Hudson Valley Community College is a public college which shall make its facilities available for public discourse, subject to reasonable regulation as to the time, place and manner when its facilities may be used; and

WHEREAS the College wishes to identify a public area of the campus which will be the designated public forum to be used for the communication of ideas ("Designated Public Forum"); and

WHEREAS, the College maintains its right to designate and regulate the persons and activities permitted in areas of the campus that are deemed to be nonpublic ("Nonpublic Forum") for the general well-being of academic, administrative and privacy purposes, it is

RESOLVED as follows:

Regulation of Time:
Black-out days: The College has "blacked-out" certain days on its calendar when the use of the campus and its facilities, including outdoor spaces are reserved exclusively for campus related activities that are at the core of its primary educational mission. During these black-out periods, no third party shall be allowed to use the Designated Public Forum for free speech purposes. The College defines the blackout periods to include the following:

  1. During Spring break and the break between Summer sessions as set forth in the current academic calendar;

  2. During reading periods and examination periods as set forth on the current academic calendar;

  3. During graduation-related activities and events, including commencements;

  4. During major fall or spring campus-wide celebrations, such as speeches, concerts, weekend events, and Homecoming; and

  5. During those days when the College is closed, including, but not limited to seven (7) calendar days prior to the start of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Regulation of Place:
The College designates the Student Pavilion bounded by the parking lot, Hudson Hall, the McDonough Sports Complex and Cross Road as its Designated Public Forum. The President or the Vice President for Administration may change the designation to another area of campus in order to meet the College's operational needs and for the convenience, health, safety, and welfare of the campus community.

Regulation of Manner:
The College requires parties seeking to use the Designated Public Forum to submit an application for each use, three (3) or more business days before the use. The application shall be submitted to and the Vice President for Administration or his designee shall promulgate the form of application which shall not;

(1) Inquire as to the content of the speech;
(2) Charge an application fee or a fee for the use of the Designated Public Forum;
(3) Impose insurance requirements.

Applicant shall be provided with, at the time of the application, a copy of the rules and regulations governing conduct on campus. Applicant shall be informed whether the application has been granted or denied on or before the morning of the requested use date. The application may be denied, for among others, either of the following reasons:

(i) Space already reserved;
(ii) Request is for a black-out period.

If the application is denied, Applicant shall be informed of the next available date.

Applicant shall:

  1. Park in the Grove lot or another area designated by the Vice President for Administration or his designee;

  2. Pick up any brochures, leaflets, trash and any other debris brought onto Campus by Applicant or his/her volunteers, agents, servants or employees;

  3. Not use amplification equipment, except that equipment supplied by the College and use it at a volume which will not disturb classes or business and administration functions,

  4. Only occupy the Designated Public Forum between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.;

  5. Be provided with a microphone/sound system, by the College, when requested for on the application, and upon approval of the Application.

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McDonough Sports Complex

Opened in 1992, the McDonough Sports Complex is a 126,000-square-foot health, physical education and recreation complex that houses three regulation basketball courts, a 1/10 mile inside track, a fitness room, a free weight room, three racquetball courts and an ice arena.

The field house of the complex accommodates up to 5,000 spectators and offers substantial flexibility in floor plan and seating arrangements. The sports complex is recognized as one of the premier venues in upstate New York for athletic competition, hosting events such as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Girls State Basketball Tournament. Suited to a wide variety of activities, in addition to athletics, this facility offers opportunities for conferences, trade shows and entertainment events. In fact, the field house has been the site for community events such as garden shows, trade shows, health fairs, craft shows, computer fairs and area graduation ceremonies.

The college's NCAA regulation-size ice rink serves as the home for the Hudson Valley Vikings and neighboring LaSalle Institute hockey teams. It also is used by local youth hockey and figure skating organizations, various local adult hockey leagues, as well as physical education classes, community recreational skating, and other community events during the off-season.

The complex is an outstanding facility that supports the college's efforts to continually improve its physical education offerings, promote health and wellness, and expand the college's role as a valuable and versatile community resource.

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Public Safety Department

The Public Safety Department's mission is to provide a safe, secure atmosphere at Hudson Valley Community College, one that is conducive to freedom of expression and movement for people and their property within the constraints of federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

The actions of all students, college personnel and visitors are governed by a code of conduct, which can be found here. Any sanctions that may be imposed for violations of these campus regulations also can be found here.

The Public Safety Department is located in the Siek Campus Center on the first floor and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days of the year.

To contact the Public Safety Department, call 911 from any campus or emergency phone or call (518) 629-7210 from any non-campus or cell phone.

Emergency telephones directly linked to Public Safety and the College Health Service are located on each floor, each hallway and each elevator of each building on campus.

Additional emergency telephones, identified by a blue light, are strategically located across campus, in parking lots and walkways.

Public safety encourages the reporting of all criminal or unusual incidents, no matter how minor they may seem.

A copy of Hudson Valley Community College's campus crime statistics as reported annually to the U.S. Department of Education will be provided upon request. Please direct all such requests to the Public Safety Department at (518) 629-7210. Information also can be obtained from:

Hudson Valley Community College has a Campus Personal Safety subcommittee, which is comprised of equal numbers of faculty, staff, and student representation in compliance with statutory provisions. Although the committee's primary responsibility is to inform and enlighten the college community about sexual assault prevention, it has evolved into a forum on all matters that pertain to personal safety, crime prevention, and victim counseling on campus.

Keeping Safe
Here are some suggestions you can consider to enhance your own safety on campus:

  • When parking on campus in the evening, try to park in a well-lit area near buildings.
  • If you arrive on campus early in the day and have to park a considerable distance from an evening class, go out before dark and move your vehicle to a spot near the building your class is in.
  • Try to leave your classes or buildings with others. Be aware of your surroundings. If it appears that someone is following or observing you, call Public Safety immediate and/or go to an area where other people are present.
  • Report suspicious activities. If something doesn't seem right (for example, if someone is sitting in a vehicle and watching you), report it.
  • If you are a victim of a crime, or if you witness one, report it to Public Safety immediately. Hudson Valley also offers many forms of support including the College Health Service and counseling services.

Reporting Criminal Incidents and Other Emergencies
Any crime reported to Public Safety that meets the requirements of New York State Penal Law, Section 70.02 “Violent Felony Crimes,” will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Upon receipt of a report of a crime or serious incident, Public Safety or emergency personnel will be dispatched to the scene. All matters reported to Public Safety are entered in the security log, a thorough investigation is conducted, investigative reports are completed, and appropriate action is taken.

Campus Facility Access and Security Policies
Hudson Valley provides 24-hour-a-day vehicle and foot patrol protection to campus personnel, visitors, and properties.

Security on campus is maintained with a key control system whereby only authorized persons have access to their particular area. In addition, college buildings are monitored through electronic security and fire alarms connected to Public Safety. At night and during times when the campus is officially closed, campus buildings are locked. Persons wishing access when the buildings are locked must report to Public Safety.

In addition, campus buildings and grounds are inspected daily by security officers and monthly by a Public Safety officer. Any problems discovered during inspections are immediately submitted to the Physical Plant for corrective action.

Enforcement Authority of Public Safety Officers
Hudson Valley Community College employs Peace Officers as well as other Officers and Guards. As per section 2.10-78 and 2.20 of the New York Criminal Procedure Law, Campus Peace Officers may make arrests and have other enforcement powers. In matters which Hudson Valley security officers lack authority or where a police report is necessary, the services of the Troy Police Department, North Greenbush Police Department, Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department or the New YorkState Police are contacted. The Public Safety Office enjoys a good working relationship with area law enforcement agencies through the mutual sharing of information and investigations, personal contacts, and the patrol of our roadways by area police agencies.

Self-propelled Vehicles on Campus
Skateboarding, roller skating, rollerblading and the use of foot-operated recreational scooters is prohibited on Hudson Valley Community College campus grounds. Bicycles are permitted on campus. Bicycling is allowed on college roadways and parking areas. Bicycles are to be walked on college walkways and sidewalks. The college reserves the right to determine the use of other devices or self-propelled vehicles on campus grounds.

Tobacco Use on Campus
Commencing the first day of the Fall 2013 semester, Hudson Valley Community College will become Tobacco Free. The use of all tobacco products or similar devices such as pipes, cigars or cigarettes or personal vaporizers on campus grounds, in campus facilities, college owned vehicles and in all vehicles on campus will be prohibited. "College premises" is defined as all buildings, grounds or vehicles owned, leased, operated, controlled or supervised by the college including any buildings or grounds that are located off campus.

Policies Regarding Alcohol, Drugs, and Drug/Alcohol Education Programs
Possession, transportation, or use of any illegal drugs on campus is prohibited. The president of the college is the only individual who can approve events at which alcoholic beverages can be consumed on campus. With the exception of the president's approval, alcoholic beverages may not be brought, possessed, or consumed on campus. Students and staff are regularly educated on the risks associated with alcohol and other drug use through brochures, orientation programs, class presentations, the student newspaper, and special awareness activities scheduled throughout the year.

The college's referral/intervention specialist, a credentialed addictions counselor, provides counseling for students experiencing problems from their own or someone else's drinking or drug use. Information on various treatment programs and self-help groups is available in the Center for Counseling and Transfer in the Siek Campus Center at (518) 629-7320.

Hudson Valley also provides an Employee Assistance Program where counseling can be obtained free of charge. This service can be reached at (518) 462-6531.

Crime Prevention and Security Awareness Program
Protection of life and property is the ultimate goal of the Public Safety Department. To achieve this goal, Public Safety concentrates considerable energy on crime prevention and security awareness.

The electronic alarm system, the key control system, security patrols, emergency telephones, and closed-circuit cameras focus on crime prevention. Timely notice of serious crimes on campus is made by means of e-mail, crime alert posters, campus security personnel, the campus newspaper, employee newsletter, and Web posting.

Escort Service
Public Safety provides a 24-hour-a-day escort service for students and staff anywhere on campus.

Vehicle Lock-out and Jump-Start Service
Public Safety will assist students, faculty, staff and visitors if they lock their keys in their vehicles, or need a jump-start because their vehicle battery is dead.

Missing Students
A missing student means any student of an institution who resides in a facility owned or operated by such institution and who is reported to such institution as missing from his or her residence.

Hudson Valley Community College does not own or operate resident facilities. In the event a missing student is reported to the Public Safety Department, the following procedures will be followed:

  • All information will be obtained as to the identity of the student, the person reporting the incident and the relationship of the person reporting as well as the circumstances that caused the reporting person to file the report.
  • A case report will be initiated and the report will be investigated and information documented.
  • The reporting person will be advised that missing person reports must be filed with the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where the student resides.
  • Information sharing with police on missing persons will follow guidelines established under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

The Prevention of Sexual Offenses

Hudson Valley Community College Policy:
Sexual misconduct is not tolerated at Hudson Valley Community College. Any form of sexual misconduct listed in this catalog is a violation of the New York State Penal Law.

A conviction of any of the sexual crimes listed may result in incarceration and/or monetary fine to the perpetrator. Persons who have a complaint filed against them for an incident involving sexual misconduct occurring on campus will be processed in accordance with the adjudication procedures contained in the college's regulations. Copies of these regulations are available in the Public Safety Department.

Procedures to Prevent Sex Offenses

Education Programs
The college is continually updating its education programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses. This is done through orientation, media presentations, lectures by county rape crisis personnel, posters, counseling services provided on campus, and distribution of educational material.

What is a Sexual Crime?
Article 130 of the New York State Law contains the following legal provisions defining crimes related to sexual assault. A copy of Article 130 is available in the Public Safety Department, located on the first floor of the Siek Campus Center.

Section 130.20 - Sexual Misconduct. This offense includes sexual intercourse without consent and deviate sexual intercourse without consent. The penalty for violation of this section includes imprisonment for a definite period to be fixed by the court up to one year.

Section 130.25/.30/.35 - Rape. This series of offenses includes sexual intercourse with a person incapable of consent because of the use of forcible compulsion or because the person is incapable of consent due to a mental defect, mental incapacity or physical helplessness. This series of offenses further includes sexual intercourse with a person under the age of consent. The penalties for violation of these sections range from imprisonment for a period not to exceed four years up to imprisonment for a period not to exceed 25 years.

Section 130.40/.45/.50 - Criminal Sexual Act. This series of offenses includes oral or anal sexual conduct with a person incapable of consent because of the use of forcible compulsion or because the person is incapable of consent due to a mental defect, mental incapacity or physical helplessness. This series of offenses further includes oral or anal conduct with a person under the age of consent. The penalties for violation of these sections range from imprisonment for a period not to exceed four years up to imprisonment for a period not to exceed 25 years.

Section 130.52 - Forcible Touching. This offense involves the forcible touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person; or for the purpose of gratifying the actor's sexual desires. Forcible touching includes the squeezing, grabbing, or pinching of another person's sexual or other intimate parts. The penalty for violation of this section includes imprisonment for a period of up to one year in jail.

Section 130.55/.60/.65 - Sexual Abuse. This series of offenses includes sexual contact with a person by forcible compulsion, or with a person who is incapable of consent due to physical helplessness, or due to a person being under the age of consent. The penalties for violation of these sections range from imprisonment for a period not to exceed three months up to imprisonment for a period not to exceed seven years.

Section 130.65-a/.66/.67/.70 - Aggravated Sexual Abuse. This series of offenses occurs when a person inserts a finger or foreign object in the vagina, urethra, penis or rectum of anther person by forcible compulsion, when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless, or when the other person is under the age of consent. The level of this offense is enhanced if the insertion of a finger or foreign object causes injury to the other person. The penalties for violation of these sections range from imprisonment for a period not to exceed seven years up to imprisonment for a period not to exceed 25 years.

Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and as such is specifically prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose of effect of interfering with an individual's performance or which creates a hostile or intimidating environment. Examples of sexual harassment range from remarks and joking to actual sexual relations.

For information about Hudson Valley's Sexual Harassment Policy, click here.

Access to the New York State Sex Offender Registry
The Sexual Offender Registration Act (SORA) of New York State established a Sex Offender Registry within the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. As part of the Registry, the SORA requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services to maintain a Subdirectory of High-Risk (Level 3) Sex Offenders. The Registry also contains information on low-risk (Level 1) and moderate-risk (Level 2) sex offenders.

The referenced site provides free public access to the database of Level 3 sexual offenders only. You may however, access information on Level 1 and Level 2 offenders for a fee. To access the New York State Sexual Offender registry, visit: http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/index.htm.

Prevention
Most sexual assaults are not committed by strangers. College students are in greater danger of being sexually assaulted by a friend or a fellow student than by a stranger.

With its high number of dating and social activities, the campus setting can offer opportunities for date rape to occur. When the relationship with the offender or when the circumstances that are involved make a victim hesitant to report a sexual crime, the term “date rape” or “acquaintance rape” is frequently used.

In date rape, the offender may be a friend or an acquaintance. Also, the victim may have consumed drugs or alcohol. Regardless of the circumstances, when sexual activity beyond a mutually agreed upon point is forced on a partner, date rape occurs.

What to do if you are attacked:

  1. After an attack, it is extremely important that the victim take appropriate action promptly.
  2. Try to be as calm as possible.
  3. Get to a safe place.
  4. Call for help. Call the police, a friend, or a rape crisis service. If the attack occurs on campus, immediately contact the Public Safety Office or the College Health Office, where there is a nurse on duty.
  5. Remain in the same condition as when the attacker left. Do not change, wash, or destroy any clothing. Do not wash yourself, douche, or comb your hair.
  6. Seek medical aid promptly. Not only can internal and external injuries be treated, but measures can be taken to combat the possibilities of disease. It is also an opportunity to collect evidence.
  7. Leave the crime scene exactly as it is. Do not touch anything. Do not clean up or throw anything away.

As soon as possible, write down every detail about the incident; who, what, when, where, how.

  • What the offender looked like.
  • Where the assault occurred.
  • What kind of force or coercion was used.
  • Make and model of vehicle used.
  • Any objects touched or taken by the rapist.
  • Any noticeable speech patterns used by the rapist - particular words, grammar, accents, or speech defects.
  • Any possible witnesses - who or where they might be.

Counseling and Support Services

At Hudson Valley Community College, we are concerned for every student's safety and security. If you have been the victim of a sexual crime, please contact one or more of the following on-campus and off-campus agencies:

Public Safety: 911 from any campus phone or (518) 629-7210 from any cell or non campus telephone
College Health Services: (518) 629-7468
The Center for Counseling and Transfer: (518) 629-7320
Rensselaer County Rape Crisis Center, Samaritan Hospital, Troy, 24-hour hotline: (518) 271-3257

Procedures for On-Campus Discipline
Procedures for on-campus disciplinary actions in cases of alleged sexual assault include an allowance for an advisor to meet with both the complainant and the respondent throughout the grievance process. An advisor might be a member of the Hudson Valley Community College sexual harassment advisor's group, the college's affirmative action coordinator, a member of the faculty, or any responsible member of the campus community.

Also, a formal written statement of the outcome of the grievance process will be provided to both parties and their designated advisors. The entire procedure, from filing an initial complaint to the decision of the review board, is explained in this publication.

Hate Crime / Bias Related Incidents
General Policy:
Many individuals become targets of hateful acts because others are unable to accept differences based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ethnicity, or disability.
Hudson Valley Community College condemns such acts. At Hudson Valley Community College, a hateful incident directed at an individual or group, owing to their difference, is viewed as an attack on the entire college community and such acts simply will not be tolerated.

Nature of Bias-related Crimes/Incidents on College Campuses:
While physical attacks and vandalism are rare on college campuses across the nation, demeaning jokes or harassing or threatening phone calls or e-mails are not uncommon. Bias incidents that do not violate criminal law may violate Hudson Valley Community College’s policy prohibiting harassment and discrimination, Hudson Valley Community College’s code of conduct for students, or federal or state civil law.

Definitions:

Hate Crime - In general, a hate crime is a crime of violence, property damage, or threat that is motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability or sexual orientation.

Hate or Bias Incidents - Hate or bias incidents involve behavior that is motivated by bias based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. Unlike hate crimes, these incidents do not involve criminal conduct such as assault, threat, or property damage. Bias-motivated degrading comments often are considered to be bias incidents. Hate or bias incidents may also be violations of other prohibited conduct set forth in this code such as harassment, disorderly conduct or sexual harassment.

Applicable Laws and Criminal Penalties: The federal government and more than 40 states, including New York, have hate crime statutes.

1.) Federal Laws
a.) 18 U.S.C. 245 Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1999 – This act prohibits persons from interfering with an individual’s Federal right (e.g. voting or employment) by violence or threat of violence due to his or her race, color, religion, or national origin. This act allows for more authority for the Federal government to investigate and prosecute hate crime offenders who committed their crime because of perceived sexual orientation, gender or disability of the victim. It also permits the Federal government to prosecute without having to prove that the victim was attacked because he or she was performing a federally protected activity.
b.) Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 – As part of the 1994 Crime Act, the Hate Crimes Sentencing Enhancement Act provides for longer sentences where the offense is determined to be a hate crime. A longer sentence may be imposed if it is proven that a crime against a person or property was motivated by “race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.”
c.) 28 U.S.C. 534 Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990 – This act requires the Department of Justice to collect data on hate crimes. Hate crimes are defined as “manifest prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.” These statistics are compiled by the FBI using the Uniform Crime Reporting system. The Crime Act of 1994 also requires the FBI to collect data on hate crimes involving disability.

2.) New York State Law
a.) Hate Crimes Act of 2000, Penal Law Art. 485 – This law enhances criminal penalties for a long list of enumerated crimes when perpetrators intentionally select a target based on the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation. The law also requires the state to collect, analyze, and annually report on data regarding hate crime throughout the state.

b.) N.Y. Civil Rights Law § 40-c – Prohibits discrimination or harassment based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, or disability. Violation of this provision shall constitute a class A misdemeanor and subjects the perpetrator to a civil action brought by the victim for damages.

c.) New York Penal Law §240.30 – Covers aggravated harassment against a person “because of a belief or perception regarding person’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.”

d.) N.Y. Penal Law §240.31 – Enhances penalty for aggravated harassment.

Availability of Counseling:
College community members should be aware that if they are the victim of a hate crime or other related incident, counseling services and referrals are available through the College Health Service Office.

Timely Warning Policy for Certain Crimes Considered to be a Threat to the Campus Community
Hudson Valley Community College will prepare and issue a timely warning to students, faculty and staff whenever a report is received of a serious crime that represents a continuing threat to the campus community. The types of serious crimes that may warrant a timely warning include:

  1. Murder;
  2. Sex offenses, forcible and non-forcible;
  3. Robbery;
  4. Aggravated assault;
  5. Burglary;
  6. Motor vehicle theft;
  7. Manslaughter;
  8. Arson;
  9. Arrests or person referred for campus disciplinary action for liquor law violations, drug-related violations and weapons possession.

The College will make the decision whether to issue a timely warning on a case-by-case basis considering the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Information for timely warnings may come from reports made to the campus security or from local law enforcement agencies. Timely warnings may be issued to the campus community as soon as pertinent information about the crime is available.

Timely warnings of serious crimes and the publication of the college’s security procedures are made by means of the campus electronic e-mail, “security alert” posters, campus security officers, the campus newspaper, the employee newsletter and any other means of communication chosen by the college to communicate any security-related information.

Counseling
Members of the college community should be aware that if they are the victim of sexual assault, hate crime or bias related incident, or any other crime, that many counseling services are available.

Assistance can be obtained through the College Health Service and Center for Counseling and Transfer at the college. To ensure that the victims of crime in Rensselaer County are appropriately served, the Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office provides a Crime Victim Assistance Program.

Additionally, if you are the victim of a sexual assault, assistance may be sought from the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program at Samaritan Hospital. Public Safety personnel will assist in understanding options available to the victim of a crime.

Policies for Visitors
All visitors to Hudson Valley Community College are required to request temporary visitors' identification cards and temporary parking permits at the Public Safety Department. Visitors having legitimate business on Hudson Valley's campus must present personal identification and car registration when applying for visitors' credentials. Visitors' cars must be parked in the designated area.

Violations of campus regulations by any organization authorized to be on campus may result in immediate ejection from the campus and the organization may be subject to any sanctions provided under applicable law.

ID Cards
All students, faculty, administration and staff are required to obtain and carry Hudson Valley Community College identification cards at all times and to present them upon request to any security officer or faculty or staff member. Other identification must be shown if such a request is made and the person questioned does not have a Hudson Valley ID card in his/her possession. Hudson Valley ID cards are to be surrendered upon termination for any reason. Loss of an ID card must be reported to the registrar immediately.

Motor Vehicle and Parking Regulations
All rules and regulations shall be in effect at all times.

  1. All Hudson Valley Community College students, faculty and staff using the college's parking facilities must register each vehicle and accept the responsibilities for observing campus traffic regulations as set forth here.
  2. Vehicle Registration
    1. Every student who operates a motor vehicle on the Hudson Valley campus must register that vehicle with the Cashier's Office, either by mail or in person.
    2. A vehicle registration fee will be assessed per semester as follows:
      1. Full-time student (12 credit hours or more) $86.40
      2. Part-time student (less than 12 credit hours) $7.20 per credit hour
    3. After a student has paid a vehicle registration fee, a numbered parking detail will be provided. This decal must be displayed on the left rear side window of the vehicle being registered.
    4. Multiple Vehicles - If a student should have an occasion to park different vehicle(s) on campus, that student must complete a parking registration form for each additional vehicle and obtain decals (at no additional charge) for each vehicle they want to register (limit 2 plus the original vehicle).
      A valid Hudson Valley Community College decal must be displayed in the vehicle's left rear side window to be properly parked on campus!
    5. Lost or Stolen Decals
      If a vehicle is registered with the college and for any reason that vehicle is sold, stolen or damaged in an accident, an effort to return the original decal to the Cashier's Office should be made.
      In any event, the student should report this or the theft of a decal to the Cashier's Office immediately. The student will then be required to sign a statement as to the reason for the loss of the decal; a new decal will then be issued.
    6. College registration decals will be color coded by semester.
    7. Reproducing, defacing, altering or unauthorized transferring of a parking permit or falsification of any information given during vehicle registration procedures subjects the violator to a $ 25 fine and/or revocation of driving privileges on campus.
  3. Traffic Regulations
    1. All New York State Motor Vehicle regulations will be applicable on campus.
    2. No vehicle shall be operated:
      1. At a speed in excess of 15 mph or in a reckless or careless manner or at a speed that is not reasonable and prudent under the conditions and have regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.
      2. With disregard to any traffic sign, signal and/or pavement marking and/or.
      3. On any sidewalk, pedestrian walkway or lawn.
    3. It is prohibited to park:
      1. Without a valid parking permit.
      2. In No Parking areas.
      3. In handicap areas without a handicap permit.
      4. Blocking fire lanes or fire hydrants on grass areas*, sidewalks, crosswalks or parking lot driveways.
      5. On or over painted lines in parking areas.
      6. In faculty/staff parking areas.
      * Parking on grass areas permitted when authorized by Public Safety.
    4. Parking for disabled students needed disabled parking on campus are required to submit an application with the Center for Access and Assistive Technology (Campus Center 112). Temporary disabled parking authorization will be issued by the College Health Service.
      Use of a NY State Disabled Parking Permit without registering at the Center for Access and Assistive Technology may be cause for enforcement action. You must register for disabled parking on campus. Due to the limited number of spaces for individuals with disabilities, this registration requirement is necessary to ensure safety and fairness for all students.
    5. Students and staff who are on trips, away for athletic events or abandon a vehicle, especially due to hazardous driving or vehicle breakdown, must contact the Public Safety office for parking instructions. Failure to do so could result in the vehicle being removed from the campus at the owner's expense.
      All vehicles not displaying a valid Hudson Valley Community College parking permit will be ticketed.
  4. Emergency Procedures
    1. In case of motor vehicle accidents, loss by theft or vehicle breakdown, call or visit Public Safety.
    2. All accidents and thefts must be reported to Public Safety.
    3. The Public Safety Department will provide emergency notification on campus, when necessary.
  5. Violations and Fines
    1. Owners of vehicles found to be in violation of the college's regulations shall be subject to a fine. Fines for the following violations will be $10 for each violation:
      Obstructing:
           Traffic
           Entrance
           Sidewalk/Crosswalk
      Parking:
           Roadway
           End of lane
           On grass
           On sidewalk
           Improper area
           No parking area.
    2. Fines for the following violations will be $25:
      1. Parking in fire lane.
      2. Obstructing a fire hydrant.
      3. Parking in designated handicap areas.
      4. Violations of not registering or displaying parking permit.
      5. Any violation or altering or falsifying college registration decals.
    3. The Public Safety Department is authorized to immobilize or remove vehicles from college property under the following circumstances:
      1. Vehicles in violation of fire lanes or fire hydrants.
      2. Abandoned vehicles.
      3. For safety reasons, including snow removal.
      4. Scofflaw violators.
    4. Violations of these regulations may result in additional charges being brought against a violator under the “Campus Regulations for Students, Visitors and College Personnel and Organizations”. (Published in College Catalog and Student Handbook/Calendar).
    5. Payment of Fines
      Fines are payable within five (5) calendar days of issuance of the ticket at the Cashier's Office located in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center, first floor. Fines may be paid by mail addressed to:
      Hudson Valley Community College
      80 Vandenburgh Avenue
      Troy, NY 12180
      Attention: Cashier's office.
      Failure to pay will result in the withholding of final grades, transcripts, graduation diploma and future registrations.
    6. Appeals
      Appeals for violations must be made in writing within 72 hours of issuance. Appeal forms may be obtained from Public Safety. Appeals will be presented to the Traffic Appeals Board; those submitting appeals will be notified by mail of their decision.
  6. Driver Responsibility
    1. Finding authorized space - Drivers are responsible for finding an authorized parking space. Mechanical problems, inclement weather or tardiness do not justify parking violations.
    2. Space availability - A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space, but only an opportunity to park within a specified area or areas.
    3. Permit Ownership - A parking permit signifies that an individual has been granted the privilege of parking on campus property. Ownership of parking permit remains with the college.
    4. Permit Display - Parking decals must be displayed on the left rear side of window.
    5. Special permits for visitors attending one-day classes may be obtained from Public Safety and should be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle.
    6. Public Safety is authorized to restrict use of parking spaces on a temporary basis to accommodate special meetings, activities or construction.
    7. Hudson Valley Community College is in no way liable for personal injury, damage or loss of parts or contents of any vehicle parked on our campus.
      Traffic regulations for Hudson Valley Community College have been approved by the president in accordance with the Board of Trustees resolution adopted on January 22, 1998.
  7. Restricted Parking Areas
    1. Visitor Lot – Faculty/Staff/Visitors:
      Temporary until new garage is built - F lot, southwest, front of campus.

    2. BTC/Holiday Drive - Handicapped

    3. Behind Siek Campus Center - Employees only

    4. South side of Williams Hall:
      a. 1st Lot: Employees only.
      b. Handicapped students when applicable.

    5. Between Hudson Hall and Field House – Employees only

Work-student students are not considered employees and will not be issued employee parking permits.

Protect your valuables - lock your car!

The college cannot be responsible for your personal property. Conceal all books, supplies, etc., in the car when possible. All valuable articles should be locked in the trunk. All serial numbered items, for example, tape players, record players, calculators, should have numbers recorded and carried with you.

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