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    Des Moines Area Community College
  Sep 23, 2017
2017-2018 Student Handbook

Student Safety & Security


No animals, with the exception of service animals, are allowed on campuses or attendance centers or at College-sponsored events. Service animals are allowed to participate in all College activities, classroom activities and visit all College locations. For more information, visit

Cellular Phone Use

Cellular phone users should be respectful of others by following the guidelines outlined below.

  • Turn cellular phone ringer off or set to “silent” upon entering any classroom, computer lab, library, office or auditorium.
  • Short, quiet cellular phone conversations may take place in corridors, away from doorways. Please move extended conversations outside of the building.
  • Move immediately to a hallway when placing or receiving calls.
  • Be courteous to others by keeping a low-volume voice.
  • Cell phones with picture-taking capabilities are not allowed in changing rooms or locker rooms. Individuals wishing to take photos in any recreation facility must first have DMACC permission.
  • Faculty members have the right to limit the use of cell phones in their classrooms.

Clery Act Annual Security Report

In 1991, the U.S. Congress passed the Student Right-to-Know and the Campus Security Act, which requires colleges to report the three previous years of statistics on murder, robbery, sex offenses, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson, and statistics on arrests for drug and alcohol violations and weapons violations. In 1998, Congress passed an amendment renaming the act the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and required that all crimes motivated by hate or bias be included in the statistics. DMACC recognizes the importance of maintaining a safe and secure learning environment. Visit to access the report.

Disciplinary Proceedings Information For Victims of Crime

According to federal law, upon written request, institutions must disclose to alleged victims of certain crimes the results of disciplinary proceedings conducted by the institution. For more information, visit

DMACC Emergency Notification Policy Statement

DMACC has a multilayered emergency notification system in place called DMACC Alert for immediately notifying the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus. Some or all of these layers of communication may be activated in the event of an immediate threat to the DMACC Campus community, depending on the location and type of emergency. Layers include emails, emergency text messages, voice mails and an indoor voice notification system. DMACC will post updates during a critical incident on the DMACC website at Individuals can call the DMACC Recorded Emergency Information telephone line at 515-965-6020 for updates. Members of the larger community (parents, students and employee family members, etc.) who are interested in receiving information about emergencies on campus should sign up for the DMACC Alert Emergency Notification System (call 515-964-6612 for assistance) and should use the DMACC website and emergency phone line for obtaining updates in the event of an emergency on campus.

All members of the DMACC campus community are notified on an annual basis that they are required to notify DMACC Ankeny Security at 515-964-6500 of any situation or incident on campus that involves a significant emergency or dangerous situation that may involve an immediate or ongoing threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus. The DMACC Crisis Management Team (CMT) has the responsibility of responding to, and summoning the necessary resources, to mitigate, investigate and document any situation that may cause a significant emergency or dangerous situation. In addition, the CMT has a responsibility to respond to such incidents to determine if the situation does in fact pose a threat to the community. If that is the case, federal law requires that the institution immediately notify the campus community or the appropriate segments of the community that may be affected by the situation.

The DMACC Crisis Management Team may receive information from other sources as well. If the CMT confirms that there is an emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all members of the campus community, CMT will collaborate to determine the content of the message and will use some or all of the systems described above to communicate the threat to the DMACC campus community, or to the appropriate segment of the community if the threat is limited to a particular building or segment of the population. The DMACC CMT, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, will determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the judgment of the first responders (including, but not limited to: the City Police Department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services) compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

Drug-free Schools & Campuses Act

DMACC strives to provide an educational environment that promotes the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, DMACC complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act (EDGAR Part 86).

Standards of Conduct-Drug-free Workplace

The College shall take appropriate action, to the extent possible, to provide a work environment free of drugs and other illegal substances. The manufacture, possession, use and/or distribution of illegal substances is forbidden on any College property or at any College-sponsored activity. No employee or student may appear on College property if, as a result of the use of drugs or other illegal substances, he/she cannot adequately perform normal functions or if he/she impedes the normal operation of the College (Board Policy 2016, Drug-Free Workplace).

Compliance with this policy shall be a condition of employment. Any workplace-related violation leading to conviction shall be reported to Human Resources. Prior to reinstatement of any employee so convicted, or as a condition of continuing employment, completion of a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program shall be required. Educational information on drug abuse shall be made available to employees and students (Board Policy 2016, Drug-Free Workplace).

DMACC’s Student Conduct, Discipline, and Appeals Procedure, ES 4630 , and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, ES 4635 , state that the following behaviors are prohibited:

  • Using, possessing, misusing or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or other intoxicating beverage on College property or at College-sponsored functions except as authorized by College regulations or College authority.
  • Manufacturing, processing, selling, delivering, providing, using, purchasing, misusing or possessing any narcotic drug, marijuana or other addictive, dangerous or controlled substance on College property or at College-sponsored functions. Drug paraphernalia is also prohibited.
  • The use of tobacco products, which include smokeless or smoking tobacco, is prohibited on all campuses and all attendance facilities in compliance with state law.

Health Risks

For a chart of DRUGS OF ABUSE/Uses and Effects, visit

Possible Legal Sanctions and Penalties

Iowa Alcohol-Related Laws
  • Underage possession/purchase/consumption: 1st offense-simple misdemeanor $200.00 fine; 2nd offense-simple misdemeanor $500.00 fine + loss of driving privileges not to exceed one year or substance abuse evaluation; subsequent violations-simple misdemeanor $500.00 fine + loss of driving privileges not to exceed one year.
  • OWI: 1st offense 48 hours jail/$1,500 fine; 2nd offense 7 days jail/$1,850 fine; 3rd offense 30 days jail or commitment to prison (5 years maximum)/$3,125 fine.

More information about the legal penalties can be found at the following website:

Federal and State Drug Penalties

Substance Abuse Resources

For a chart of Federal Trafficking Penalties, visit

DMACC counselors provide education and prevention programming and are available on a confidential basis to assist students with substance-abuse assessment, evaluation and referrals for treatment. Additional information and contact information for community resources can be found at

Faculty and staff can access substance-abuse resources and services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by Employee and Family Resources, 515-244-6090 or 1-800-327-4692, or

Disciplinary Sanctions

The unlawful possession, use, distribution or misuse of illicit drugs or alcohol by students may result in sanctions including suspension from DMACC. More information about the DMACC Student Conduct Code and possible sanctions can be found at

DMACC Drug-Free Schools and Campuses information is also available on the DMACC Safety website at

Parking & Traffic Regulations

Parking regulations apply at all DMACC campuses. Registered holders of parking permits, regardless of who drives the vehicle, are responsible for their motor vehicle complying with all regulations. Violating parking regulations results in individuals receiving a ticket and a fine.

Four or more outstanding unpaid tickets result in a letter of denial, which prohibits the vehicle from being parked on campus. Registered holders of parking permits have three (3) days to respond to the letter of denial and make payment on the previous tickets. No response from the owners of the vehicles results in their cars being towed at their expense. Parking tickets may be appealed in writing within ten (10) student contact days from the date of issuance. Appeal forms are available at the Physical Plant Office, Building 12, on the Ankeny Campus, in the Business Offices at all other campuses, or on the Web at

Skateboarding, rollerblading, roller skating, bicycle stunt riding or similar activities are prohibited on all DMACC buildings and grounds, including roads, drives, parking lots and sidewalks. Bikes and rollerblades are permitted on recreational trails at the Ankeny Campus. Exceptions may be allowed for official DMACC-sponsored programs.

Ankeny and Boone Campuses: Parking permits are required for all vehicles driven by daytime students. Stickers and Parking Regulations are available at no charge from the Information Desk in Building 1, the Security Office in Building 12, or the SAC Office in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus, and at the Business Office on the Boone Campus. Evening and Saturday students are not required to register their vehicles unless parked on the campuses during daytime hours, Monday-Friday.

Urban Campus: Parking permits are required for all vehicles driven on the Urban Campus, including evening and Saturday students and staff. Stickers are available at the Registration Desk at the Urban Campus at no charge.

Reporting Crimes

Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to report all criminal incidents and/or suspicious activity to the following:

  • Online Reporting :
  • Ankeny Campus : Security Department-515-964-6500, 24 hours a day (6500 on campus)
  • Boone Campus : Provost-515-432-5020 (or Building and Grounds Supervisor 515-433-5052 or 515-290-0553, cell phone)
  • Carroll Campus : Campus Operator-712-792-1755
  • Newton Campus : Campus Operator-641-791-3622
  • Urban Campus : Security-515-248-7200 (7200 on campus), 7:00am-10:30pm, Monday-Thursday; 7:00am-5:00pm, Friday and Saturday; hours may vary over break periods. Contact Urban Security for a schedule.
  • West Campus : Campus Operator-515-633-2407

In the event of an emergency situation and when calling from a campus phone, dial 9-911 to expedite the appropriate response by authorities.

All reports of criminal and/or suspicious activity will be investigated. The local police department will be immediately notified of all incidents of murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and any theft greater than $150 in value. Timely warnings about crimes considered a threat to students and employees will be disseminated to the College community by methods that may include the DMACC Alert, email, student newspaper, DMACC Daily, DMACC Student Daily, press releases for local newspapers, radio, TV and/or posted notices. Copies of the DMACC Safety and Security Brochure containing Security and Personal Safety information are available in numerous locations on all campuses.

A copy of the Annual Security Report with crime statistic information can be accessed at

Solicitation & Recruitment

Recruiters/organization representatives must contact the Student Activities Office on the Ankeny Campus or the Provosts’ Office (or Provost’s designee) on the Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban and West Campuses at least three College business days prior to the requested activity. Permission will be granted on a space-available basis. During the activity, a copy of the written permission notice must be in the possession of the recruiter/organization representative. Solicitation and Recruitment of Students, Faculty and Staff (ES 4890)