Danville Area Community College faculty, staff, and administration place a high priority on providing and maintaining a safe campus. Numerous services and practices are in place to insure that DACC students and staff feel comfortable with respect to their personal safety and the security of their possessions when on campus.
Security Personnel are available twenty-four (24) hours a day to respond to emergency situations or to address and investigate any criminal activity or inappropriate conduct reported by a student, staff member, or visitor to campus. Security personnel patrol campus facilities, grounds, and parking lots to monitor activity on campus, assist anyone in need, and to insure that unauthorized persons are not on campus. Additionally, security personnel routinely perform safety/security audits to insure lights, locks, fire extinguishers, and fire and security alarms are operating properly.
Four (4) Emergency Telephones are strategically located on campus for use by students, staff, or visitors which connect directly to the security personnel cell phone.
Surveillance Cameras are strategically located in campus buildings and throughout the grounds which are monitored by security personnel and the telecommunications specialist housed in the Information Office.
Emergency Text/Email Messaging alert system is available to students, faculty, and staff. This service may be used in the event of a potential, developing, or existing on-campus emergency, or advisories about closings and/or class cancellations, possibly due to inclement weather. There is no charge for the service; however, standard text messaging rates form service provider may apply. Students are automatically enrolled into the program, but may “opt-out” by contacting the Vice President of Student Services (firstname.lastname@example.org or LH-108). Students may also sign up online at this link: https://www.campusalerts.com/danvilleareacollege
Emergency Text/Email Messaging is just one of the methods Danville Area Community College will use to communicate emergency information to students, faculty, and staff. We will continue to use a variety of other methods as appropriate, including all-student email, posting on the DACC website, and local radio and television stations.
A 911 Emergency Calling System is in place which enables officials in the Danville Public Safety Building to identify the building and room or area on campus from which an emergency call originates. When placing an emergency call on campus, an individual should dial 9-911.
Should a criminal offense occur on campus which warrants concern with respect to the safety or security of students and staff, the College will make timely reports to the campus community through announcements and publications. Information given will include precautionary measures which should be taken by students and staff to enhance their safety and the security of their property while on campus.
The Danville Police Department and other law enforcement agencies provide law enforcement services on the DACC campus. The DACC Security Office does not have law enforcement authority and the Security Officers are not authorized to carry weapons. However, an armed Danville Police Officer is on campus throughout the academic year. DACC Security also works closely with the city police and the county sheriff's office with respect to sharing information and/or evidence pertinent to any criminal activity associated with the DACC community.
In support of the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1991 (Clery Law), the College provides to students and staff information regarding campus security procedures and practices through various programs and publications. Information shared encourages students and staff to be responsible for their personal safety as well as the safety of others and serves to increase awareness with respect to the prevention of crimes. Publications utilized to disperse security information include, but are not limited to, fliers, the PBR, the Student News, the College Catalog, the Student Handbook, the DACC Telephone Directory, and the DACC Internet Home Page. A minimum of one campus safety and/or crime awareness program is provided per semester, free of charge, for students and staff of the College through the Office of Human Resources/ Affirmative Action, Student Services and the CQI Student Development Team.