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Emergency Reporting Procedures


In the event of an emergency call 911 immediately. An emergency situation can be defined as any event that may pose a significant threat to the life, safety, or health of students and/or employees. After contacting authorities, call or contact any College employee. Then, if the situation allows, call the Emergency Response Team (ERT). Students should follow the directions of College staff and emergency services personnel during an emergency. 

Non-Emergency Contact Numbers

Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT): 715.365.4932
Campus Security: 715.365.4420
Emergency Response Team: 715.365.4999
Facilities: 715.365.4419
Information Technologies Department: 715.365.4478
Minocqua Police Department: 715.356.3234
Oneida County Sheriff’s Department: 715.361.5100
Welcome Center: 715.365.4493


Links to External Websites and Internal Security Related Documents

U.S. Department of Education Crime Statistics for Nicolet College click here.

Nicolet College Safety and Security Documents

Nicolet College Safety and Security Guide (PDF)

Nicolet College Emergency Response Guide (PDF)

Nicolet College Annual Clery Crime Statistics (PDF)

Nicolet College Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program (PDF)

Nicolet College 2012 Biennial Drug and Alcohol Review (PDF)

Nicolet College Crime Log (PDF)

Behavioral Intervention Team

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) receives all reports of behavioral concerns. The BIT provides a collaborative, cross-functional approach to assessing and responding to individuals who might pose a threat to themselves or others. Any behaviors of concern such as individuals who are depressed, making inappropriate comments or threats,or exhibiting disruptive behavior should be reported to the BIT. These reports can remain anonymous.  The BIT can be contacted by calling the number listed above or sending an email message to BITMail@nicoletcollege.edu.The BIT will work closely with the Learner Success Team. 

Crime Reporting Procedures

Prompt crime reporting and the reporting of suspicious behavior will better enable local law enforcement officials to remedy the situation. The College encourages prompt and accurate reporting of all crimes or suspicious behavior to local law enforcement officials, and to Campus Security or the ERT when safe to do so. College employees must also report the crimes and/or suspicious behavior to Campus Security or the ERT. When deemed appropriate, College officials will involve local law enforcement agencies as soon as the information is known.Report all criminal activity to Campus Security. If unable to reach Campus Security, contact the Emergency Response Team. The College does not have pastoral or professional counselors on staff, but can assist students by providing information on various private and public options for such services.

Crimes may be reported anonymously. To report a crime and/or dangerous situation anonymously, contact Campus Security or the ERT and inform them of your wish to remain anonymous. The College will honor an individual’s request to remain anonymous (Campus Security AP 3.01 Page 3 of 9). This same process can also be followed when making reports to local law enforcement. 

Nicolet College complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act and prepares an annual report of crimes that have occurred on campus and at outreach centers. The report can be found on the College website on the security page, or may be obtained from Campus Security. 

The report is also distributed to students each year by October 1st as required by law. Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to local law enforcement and to College officials, including anonymous reports. In an effort to obtain the statistics from local law enforcement, Campus Security makes a written request to each local law enforcement agency to obtain a listing of any crimes they had reported to them and/or they had investigated. The reported crimes are also maintained in a daily crime log, which is also located on the College website on the security page. 

Daily Crime Log 

The purpose of the daily crime log is to record criminal incidents and alleged criminal incidents reported to Campus Security. Crime log entries include all crimes reported to Campus Security for the required geographic locations, not just Clery Act crimes. The crime log discloses specific information about criminal incidents, not crime statistics. The log is designed to disclose crime information on a more timely basis than the annual statistical disclosures. The victims' confidentiality will be protected, including record-keeping that excludes personally identifiable information on victims. A crime is entered into the log as soon as it is reported to Campus Security. This includes crimes that are reported directly to Campus Security, as well as crimes that are initially reported to another campus security authority (BIT, ERT, Learner Success Team, etc.) or to a local law enforcement agency who subsequently reports them to Campus Security. 

An entry, an addition to an entry, or a change in the disposition of a complaint, is recorded within two business days of the receipt of the information to security. Updates to the disposition of a crime log entry will not be made if 60 days have passed from the date of the entry. A business day is Monday through Friday, except for days when the College is closed. The only exceptions to this rule are: 

  • If the disclosure is prohibited by law; or 
  • If the disclosure would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim. 

Campus Security may temporarily withhold information if there is clear and convincing evidence that the release of information would: 

  • Jeopardize an ongoing investigation; 
  • Jeopardize the safety of an individual; 
  • Cause a suspect to flee or evade detection; or 
  • Result in the destruction of evidence. 

However, the information will be added to the daily crime log once the adverse effect is no longer likely to occur.

Disclosure of Student Disciplinary Proceedings for Violent Crimes or Non-Forcible Sex Offenses

The alleged victim of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense may make a written request for disclosure of the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the College against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim in relation to disclosure. The College will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.

Security and Access to Campus Facilities

The College has Campus Security; however, they do not have arrest powers. The security officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the College. College security officers have the authority to issue parking tickets, to issue College tobacco violation tickets, and to enforce College policy.

Campus Security Authorities of the College include the following:

  • Members of the Behavioral Intervention Team
  • Members of the Emergency Response Team
  • Campus Security Staff
  • Student Conduct Committee
  • Human Resources Staff
  • College Administration

 The Executive Dean of Security is a member of these committees and teams, other than Human Resources. The College crime reporting policy requires all staff to report crimes to Campus Security and/or the ERT. Campus Security or the ERT will report crimes to local law enforcement. This crime information (including anonymous reports) is reported to Campus Security and/or ERT, is recorded in the Daily Crime Log, and if they meet the Clery Reportable categories, they are included in the annual Clery report. All crimes and behavioral violations (student and staff) are recorded and maintained in the BIT files, held by the Executive Dean of Security.

 The College uses local law enforcement agencies that have jurisdiction over the Campus and Outreach Centers to investigate and enforce ordinances and criminal laws. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department has jurisdiction over the Rhinelander Campus. The Minocqua Police Department has primary jurisdiction over the Lakeland Outreach Center. These departments periodically patrol both locations.

 The College is a non-residential college and therefore, does not provide 24-hour security coverage. Facilities and security personnel patrol the grounds of the Rhinelander Campus while the campus is open. Facilities personnel also maintain the

Lakeland Outreach Center. College staff regularly check outdoor pathway lighting and egress lighting in hallways and stairwells.

The Rhinelander Campus and the Lakeland Outreach Center are accessible to students, staff, and the general public during normal business hours. However, the campus grounds at both locations are open to vehicular and pedestrian access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The College-controlled buildings are locked when not in use. All buildings on the Rhinelander Campus use a card access system and digital video systems.

 The College does not have any officially recognized student organizations with off-campus locations.

 Timely Warning of Potential Threats

 In the event a significant emergency or an ongoing or continuing threat to personal safety or dangerous situation arises, a timely warning will be issued. The decision to issue a timely warning will be based on information and facts received by the College and if possible verified by outside agencies (law enforcement, Emergency Management, Health Department, National Weather System, etc.). The ERT will determine the content of the notification and initiation time of notification system. Notification may be delayed when professional judgment of outside emergency response agencies indicates immediate notification would compromise safety and security. 

In situations that may pose an immediate physical threat to members of the campus community (e.g., Clery reportable crime, severe weather, fire, gas leak, etc.) the ERT may issue warnings through the College Informacast System and/or email system to students and employees. Depending on the situation, other notification processes may be used (i.e. Blackboard posting, fire alarms, tornado sirens, media releases, etc.).

The ERT may also determine there is a specific segment of students and staff who need notification. This decision will be made in conjunction with the appropriate outside agency. If that is the case, the ERT will make a determination of how to best convey that information to the specific segment.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the ERT immediately.

 Emergency Response Guide and Evacuation Procedures

 Each classroom has an Emergency Response Guide and maps indicating what to do in the event of most emergency situations. This includes shelter locations for severe weather and evacuation routes and staging areas for fire emergencies. The Emergency Response Guide can also be viewed on the College website. The College holds evacuation and/or shelter in place drills at least once in an academic year. The College also conducts safety and security related tabletop exercises in new employee orientation. Please review the Emergency Response Guide regularly to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Crime Prevention and Security Procedures

Crime prevention, security procedures, and practice information is presented during new student and employee orientations, and periodically during in-service training. At new student and employee orientation, the crime prevention and security procedures covered include primary prevention and awareness programs that promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The orientation includes the following information:

  • A statement that the College prohibits these and other criminal offenses
  • The definition of the specific offenses listed above;
  • The definition of consent, with reference to sexual offenses;
  • Safe and positive” options for bystander intervention an individual
    may take to “prevent harm or intervene” in risky  situations;
  • Recognition of signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks; and
  • On-going prevention and awareness campaigns for students and faculty on all of the above.

In addition, facilities and security personnel conduct routine inspections and patrol buildings and grounds to identify and correct deficiencies. Being proactive is preferable to being reactive. Crime prevention is based upon the dual concepts of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities whenever possible and encouraging students and staff to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.

The following is a list of campus crime prevention tactics that may reduce the risk of becoming a victim:

  • Walk on established walkways. At night, walk on lighted walkways.
  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • If on campus in the evening, park close to the building in lighted areas and walk with others.
  • Items of value left in vehicles should be placed out of sight.
  • Never leave items of value unattended.
  • Promptly report any suspicious behavior to Campus Security or the ERT.
  • Do not leave keys, access cards, or valuables unattended.
  • Always lock doors in unattended office areas.
  • Never give out computer passwords.
  • When working during non-business hours, inform family and colleagues of location and schedule.

Sexual Assault

 Victims of sexual assault on a College-controlled premise or during a College-sponsored event should report the crime immediately to local law enforcement. Contact information for the Rhinelander Campus and the Lakeland Outreach Center is listed in the Emergency Response Guide. When safe to do so, report crimes to Campus Security or the ERT. If reporting the crime to College staff, they can assist in reporting the crime and/or contacting support services. All evidence is important to assist in investigation and arrest of the perpetrator. Victims should preserve as much evidence of the crime as possible. Do not shower, change clothes, or wash away evidence. Victims uncomfortable with calling the police should call the 24-hour crisis hotline at 800-236-1222 or 715-362-6800.

 As soon as possible, report the assault to the ERT. The ERT will take action and issue a timely warning if the perpetrator remains at large. Victims are encouraged to seek help from the agencies listed below for follow-up counseling and support. If needed, the College will assist the victim with changes in schedules and current course accommodations.

 Alleged student sex offenders (sexual assault, acquaintance/date rape, or other forcible or non-forcible sex offenses) on College-controlled premises or at College-sponsored events will be subject to the Student Code of Conduct and disciplinary action. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunity to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding. The accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary action taken. Sanctions could include suspension or expulsion from the College. Sanctions may be imposed for these violations whether or not criminal or civil sanctions are pursued. The student conduct process is outlined in the Student Standards of Conduct Policy AP 1.06. All decisions made by the Student Conduct Committee can be appealed through the formal College Grievance Procedure.

 Information and resources related to sexual assault can be found in the College Catalog and the College Safety and Security Resource Guide.

 Information related to sexual assault victim information and resource information can be found in the College Safety and Security Resource Guide.

 Sexual Assault Prevention

 The College offers the following guidelines to aid in preventing sexual assault. Additional guidance and specific training information can be obtained from the agencies listed in the College Safety and Security Resource Guide.

The following information can also be referenced at The Wisconsin Coalition against Sexual Assault at wcasa.org

Rohypnol and GHB are the most commonly referred to as “club drugs” and are the most frequently used in drug-facilitated rapes. The chemicals are often colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and as a result, the victim often unknowingly ingests the chemical after a perpetrator has mixed it into an unattended drink. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that you do not accept beverages that have already been opened. Accept drinks only from service workers such as bartenders, and do not leave your drink unattended.

Please keep in mind that nearly 7 in 10 (70%) of sexual assault victims knew their attacker. It is reported that drugs and alcohol are an important influencing factor in non-stranger (date/acquaintance) rape.

You may be able to reduce your risk by following these recommendations:

  • Park/walk in well-lighted areas and follow the other pertinent crime prevention strategies listed under Crime Prevention above.
  • Trust your instincts. If the situation feels uncomfortable, leave immediately.
  • Be assertive. Expect respect.
  • Stay sober and be aware of date-rape drugs. Don’t leave your drink unattended.
  • Do not accept food or drinks that are opened or not directly from the server.
  • Be cautious when inviting someone into your home or going to someone else’s home.
  • Use a buddy system. Always make sure that someone else knows who you are with, where you will be, and when you    are expected to return.
  • Carry a cell-phone and/or have money available for a phone call or transportation to get away if necessary.

Sex Offender Information

In 1997, the State of Wisconsin enacted the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law. The Law was created to monitor and track people convicted of sex crimes and to provide access to this information for police, victims, and the general public. Information on registered sex offenders since 1995 in this state can be obtained on the web at :

http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/ or you may call
608-240-5830 between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.

Stalking Laws

 Individuals being stalked on College-controlled premises or at College-sponsored events should notify Campus Security or the ERT. If this action is taking place at an off-site location, it is strongly suggested you involve law enforcement immediately. Stalking is defined in Ch. 940.32, Wis. Stats.

 Individuals who have been a victim of stalking and/or have a restraining order against another individual should inform Campus Security. This is especially important if the person who is the object of the restraining order is a student or employee at the College.

Harassment

Harassment and sexual harassment is defined in Board Policy 4.02. The College does not tolerate harassment. Victims of harassment or sexual harassment on College-controlled premises or at College-sponsored events should notify Campus Security. Employees who engage in harassment will be subject to disciplinary action and/or termination. Students who engage in harassment are subject to the Standards of Conduct and will face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Community members engaging in harassment will be turned over to local law enforcement.

Possession, Use, and Sale of Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

As outlined in Alcohol and Drug Use AP 4.05, the College prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances, including but not limited to alcohol, prescription, and illicit drugs on any College-controlled premise or College-sponsored event. Information on alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers and clinics is available in the College Safety and Security Resource Guide. Sanctions for individuals who violate College policies may include expulsion and/or termination from the College, with referral to local law enforcement for violations of local ordinances and criminal laws.

Possession and Use of Weapons

 The College is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment for all members of the College community including visitors. To that end, the College exercises its rights to prohibit the possession of weapons as allowed under Wisconsin State Law. Details of the policy regarding possession and use of weapons is outlined in Board Policy 5.02. The policy is available to students from the Human Resources Office or the College website.