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Blue Ridge Community College is committed to providing an environment conducive to teaching, learning and working. The cooperation and involvement of all members of the College community is necessary for a successful safety and security program. Students and College personnel can assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking a few simple precautions.

  • Park cars in assigned areas and keep vehicles locked;
  • Lock valuables in the trunk;
  • Leave personal valuables at home or monitor such belongings carefully at all times while on campus;
  • Report suspicious-looking individuals to the Public Safety Office (D111) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or to the Safety Officer 540-430-4564 or 540-453-2370.
  • If you are uncomfortable walking to your car at night, the security officer on duty will escort you.

College facilities are normally in use days and evenings six days per week (Monday through Saturday). The College contracts with a licensed security agency for surveillance of buildings, equipment, and grounds to provide protection against breeches of the peace or other disruptive activities as well as damage, vandalism and loss from theft. This service is provided by uniformed, unarmed officers who are on duty 24 hours per day. At 11:00 p.m. Public Safety personnel are authorized to secure exit doors in all buildings. Also, most outdoor and parking lot lighting is extinguished (by automatic timer) at approximately that time.

Exit lights, fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems and panic hardware are all inspected monthly and kept in good repair. Evacuation plans are posted in all rooms and evacuation drills are conducted regularly. Outside lighting is inspected frequently. The grounds are maintained on a regular basis; shrubbery and lawn areas are inspected with safety considerations in mind.

Security personnel maintain a log of all visitors to campus during hours in which the College is officially closed; this log is also used to record any malfunctions of lighting and other equipment, incidences of suspicious behavior and other information that should be communicated to College personnel. The security desk number is (540) 453-2370 and the security cell phone number is 540-430-4564. These logs are reviewed by the site supervisor and the Director of Public Safety each morning and any problems noted are scheduled for correction.

The College reserves the right to exclude persons exhibiting disruptive or inappropriate behavior from the campus. In situations where someone who has been asked to leave by College officials or Public Safety personnel refuses to do so, the Augusta County Sheriff or Virginia State Police will be asked to assist.

Crimes or situations of an emergency nature are to be reported to 9-911 immediately and them to the security officer on duty by dialing (540)430-4564 and providing a description of what has occurred. The Public Safety Office will manage the college response until college or local officials assume control.

Fire and other emergencies can be reported directly to local emergency personnel by dialing 9-911 from campus telephones (911 from cell phones). The telephones located in the hallways of each building and in each classroom may also be used for this purpose.

Incidences of theft should be reported directly to the Director of Public Safety.

If a crime or situation is reported that is considered to be a threat to other students and to employees, the President or his designee will report information about that crime to the campus community. The College will use readily available means of communication such as text messaging, phone announcements, etc. In the event that a crime occurs that presents imminent danger, law enforcement personnel will be contacted and, if appropriate, the President or designee will direct that the premises be locked down or evacuated using evacuation procedures already in place.