The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) was passed by Congress in 1998. This law was originally passed in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act. The bill was named for Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her dorm room in 1986.
In summary, this law mandates that institutions of higher education provide timely warnings of crimes that might represent a threat to members of the campus community. It also requires that these institutions publicize a number of their security policies as well as requiring that they collect and publicly disseminate their crime statistics for a three year period.
This act was promoted and lobbied for by the parents of Jeanne Clery who have also set up a website for information on campus safety called Security on Campus Inc.
Below, you will find a series of JJCPD policies that are required by the Clery Act:
In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, which, in the judgment of the Chief of Campus Police, constitutes an ongoing threat to members of the campus community, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be posted on the JJCPD Web site, issued via the JJC e-mail system, forwarded to the JJC Blazer and posted on bulletin boards or in other relevant places throughout campus.
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Reporting Criminal Offenses
Community members, students, faculty, staff and visitors are strongly encouraged to report all crimes, suspicious activity and other public-safety related matters to the Joliet Junior College Police Department (JJCPD) as soon as possible by calling the appropriate number listed below or by coming to the JJCPD station located in room G-1013 on Main Campus.
JJCPD dispatch center is staffed 24 hours-a-day and police officers are available to respond to all calls for assistance. JJCPD will investigate all reports of criminal or suspicious activity and deal with them appropriately.
All crimes reported will also be included in the required annual crime statistics and timely warning or crime alert notices will be issued when appropriate.
See the Contact Us page for information on reporting a crime.
Additional Reporting Options
Victims or witnesses to crimes may also report the offense to the Dean of Students by calling (815) 280-2309 or through the Silent Witness program accessible through the Campus Police Web site.
Crimes or tips on criminal activity may be reported anonymously. These reports will be investigated by Campus Police, and if found to be legitimate, will be included in the annual crime statistics report.
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Campus Police Authority and Jurisdiction:
Joliet Junior College Police Department (JJCPD) officers have full police powers and authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts. In addition to making arrests and filing criminal charges, JJCPD officers also have the option of referring student offenders to the Student Code of Conduct.
JJCPD works closely with Joliet Police, Illinois State Police and the Will County Sheriff’s Police departments. JJCPD pfficers are also assigned to the Joliet Special Operations Squad (SOS) as well as Region 5 ILEAS.
The prosecution of all state and local criminal and traffic offenses is conducted by the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office through the Will County Circuit Court. Violations of federal statutes will be handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Illinois.
JJCPD also has direct computer access to Illinois Secretary of State’s (SOS) records, Law Enforcement Assistance Data System (LEADS) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for state and national criminal records and warrant information.
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Criminal Activity Off Campus
JJCPD does not have any formal policy to monitor criminal activity by students off campus. However, JJCPD will fully cooperate with surrounding police agencies to investigate off campus criminal activity by students. Additionally, JJCPD may file criminal charges against or refer to the Student Code of Conduct, students who are involved in criminal activity off campus if it is deemed to be in the best interests of the college community.
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Drug and Alcoholic Beverage Policy
The use or possession of alcoholic beverages and drugs on JJC property is governed by State of Illinois and federal laws as well as by JJC board policies.
The possession, sale or furnishing of alcoholic beverages on JJC property is strictly forbidden unless specifically authorized by the president of the college at a college event. Additionally, State of Illinois law expressly prohibits the possession of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21 years. Both state law and college policies will be strictly enforced by JJCPD.
The unlawful sale, possession, use or distribution of any narcotic, drug, marijuana or other controlled substance is strictly forbidden on JJC property. All federal and state laws and local ordinances governing these substances will be strictly enforced. This includes statutes that call for enhanced charges and penalties for incidents on or near school properties.
Violators will be referred to Federal Court, Will County Court and/or referred to the Student Code of Conduct. Violators referred to the Student Code of Conduct will be subject to sanctions including suspension and dismissal.
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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Joliet Junior College provides sexual assault and rape prevention awareness information to its students. Literature on these topics is available at JJCPD, the Student Center in Room D-1010 and at information kiosks around campus. JJCPD also provides periodic Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) and Women's Self Defense training classes for students and staff.
If you are the victim of a sexual assault on campus, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety followed by medical treatment. JJCPD encourage victims to report any incidents of sexual assault, immediately to the JJC Police Department at (815) 280-2911. Time is a critical factor in collecting and preserving evidence that would be vital to any prosecution.
Filing a police report will not:
- obligate a victim to prosecute or pursue the incident in court or,
- subject a victim to judgmental opinions from officers.
Filing a police report will:
- ensure that a victim receives necessary medical treatment and tests at no cost to them;
- provide the opportunity for collection of vital evidence which would be lost if reporting was delayed (ideally a victim should not wash, use the bathroom, douche, or change clothes prior to a medical exam or the collection of evidence);
- ensure that a victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in sexual assault counseling (Y-Cares and Guardian Angel) and crisis intervention.
The victim of a sexual assault has the choice of pursuing the matter through the criminal justice system as well as the JJC Student Code of Conduct. Members of the JJCPD will work with the victim and guide them through their options and support them through the ensuing process. Joliet Junior College also will work with victims to make necessary changes in their academic situation.
If a case of sexual assault is referred to the Student Code of Conduct:
- Both the accused and the accuser are entitled to the same opportunities and to have one person, who has no legal training, to accompany them through the judicial process.
- Both the accused and the accuser are entitled to be informed of the outcome of the judicial process.
- Accused persons found in violation of the Code of Conduct for a case of sexual assault may be suspended or expelled from JJC on the first offense.
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Sex Offender Registration Policy
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act(CSCPA) of 2000 is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education. The law requires the Illinois State Police to provide JJC Police Department with a list of registered sex offenders who indicated that they are either enrolled or work at JJC.
JJCPD is required to provide the campus community with information that will direct them to the State of Illinois Sex Offender Registry if they wish to review the listed information.
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Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
The Joliet Junior College Police Department is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 USC 1092(f). This is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about campus crimes. The Joliet Junior College Police Department serves as the Clery Act compliance office. The full text of this report can be located on our Web site at Campus Police. This report is prepared by collecting data on students referred to the JJC Dean of Students for code of conduct violations. Incidents involving violations of the law are also collected from local law enforcement agencies such as the City of Joliet Police, the City of Romeoville Police and the City of Morris Police who surround our Main Campus, City Center Campus, Romeoville Campus and Morris Campus.
Campus crime arrest and referral statistics include those reported to JJC Police, designated campus officials and local law enforcement agencies. These statistics may also include incidents that occurred in areas adjacent to JJC campuses. Illinois law requires prompt, mandatory reporting to the local law enforcement agency by health care practitioners when they provide medical services to a person they know or reasonably suspect is suffering from wounds inflicted by a firearm or as a result of battery or physical abuse. Counselors inform their clients of the procedures to report crime to the Joliet Junior College Police on a voluntary or confidential basis should they feel it is in the best interest of the client. A procedure is in place to anonymously capture crime statistics displayed confidentially during such a session.
Each year, notification of crime statistics is made to students, faculty and staff through the JJC Student Handbook and the JJCPD informational booklet. Copies of the report may also be obtained on the JJCPD Web site, at the JJCPD headquarters located at G-Building room G-1013 or by calling (815) 729-9030. A partial version of this report is also located in the JJC Catalog.
Police/Crime Log Access
Any person has the right to request to view the Daily Crime Log, which contains summary reports of all incidents reported to and/or responded to, by the JJC Police Department. To view this log, interested parties can come to the Campus Police Department located in Room G1013 and they will be provided access to the log.
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Campus buildings and facilities are accessible to the public during normal hours of business from Monday through Friday, and during designated hours on Saturday and Sunday. Some facilities may have individual hours, which may vary at different times of the year. In these cases, the facilities will be secured according to schedules developed by the vice president or designee responsible for the facility. The college is officially closed on Board of Trustee-designated holidays. Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules.
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