The unauthorized possession or use of weapons on Sisseton Wahpeton College owned or controlled property is prohibited without the (written) permission of the President and/or the Executive Committee. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, air rifles or pistols, hunting or fighting knives, martial arts weapons, bows or crossbows, arrows or bolts, and swords. This policy also includes non-functional replicas fashioned with metal or wood, paintball or stun guns, metal tipped darts, explosives, fireworks, and pyrotechnic devices.
Certain items that are not traditionally considered weapons such as, but not limited to, baseball bats, box-cutters, kitchen knives, pocket knives (with blades of three inches or less), or scissors are not subject to this policy unless used to threaten or inflict harm another person. Under these circumstances the object may be confiscated by Campus Security and the user of the item is subject to disciplinary action, in addition to criminal prosecution.
The purpose of this policy is not to prohibit individuals or student organizations from possessing, storing, or using weapons at approved locations for educational purposes, sanctioned sporting activities, research, or other actions supporting the operations of the College that are authorized by the President and/or the Executive Committee. These instances could include, but are not limited to, the firearms and archery equipment used for off-campus hunting or by a sporting team, the use of original and replica weapons in culture or history courses, or the firearms being repaired or constructed in a gunsmith course.
Weapons brought onto SWC property must be pre-authorized and immediately registered with Campus Security. When not being utilized in sanctioned course activities, practices, or events, all weapons and ammunition must be securely stored in officially designated locations or immediately removed from College property.
Any person carrying a concealed weapon must have a valid permit and written authorization by the President and/or the Executive Committee of the Sisseton Wahpeton College, which include participation and training with the Sentinel or other similar program. This authorization must be renewed annually.
xempt from this Policy are sworn law enforcement officers or military personnel in the performance of their official duties.
Students, employees, and visitors found in violation of this policy are subject to disciplinary actions and possible criminal prosecution. Any serious violations of this policy will be referred to the cognizant law enforcement agency and will trigger an immediate Administrative Action.
SWC agrees and abides by the concepts of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Public Law 101-226, December 12, 1989. In compliance, SWC abides by the following policy: “It is prohibited for students or employees of the Sisseton Wahpeton College to engage in the possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol while on college property or in connection with any institutionally sponsored activity.
SWC operates a drug-free workplace. Employees and students who possess, manufacture, use, attempt to possess or use, participate in the illegal transfer, sale, offering, or possession of illegal drugs, other controlled substances, or alcohol while on the job or on SWC property are in violation of this policy and are subject to disciplinary action and/or referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Employees who report to work, along with students attending classes or other activities, while under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or other controlled substances are considered a threat to the general safety, productivity, security, and accountability of the College and are also in violation of the policy.
Students convicted of any offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance are not eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under Title IV during the period from the date of the conviction and through the interval specified by the Department of Education. The period of ineligibility for federal student aid funds varies depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and previous offenses. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information.
SWC recognizes two different situations that require addressing.
2. The effect of illegal drug-related activities (such as possession, sale, offering, or using) on the reputation of the College in general and the denial of the goal of a drug-free workplace. Therefore, in order to strive to treat this second situation, procedures have been implemented for drug testing.
There are five situations that could require an employee to submit to drug testing in order to remain employed at SWC. Those situations are as follows:
Failure of the drug testing protocol occurs after the final lab report determines a positive finding, after eliminating false positives or the presence of legitimate prescription drugs – requiring supporting documentation from a doctor. Failure of a drug test, or refusal to submit to a drug-use screening test, whether on-duty or off-duty, shall be grounds for termination of employment. Failure to appear and take the test is considered a form of refusal, as is appearing but leaving prior to the test being administered. An employee who is terminated from employment under this policy shall not be allowed to re-apply for a position with SWC for a period of one year.
SWC recognizes and acknowledges the importance of campus security and the right of students to be safe and to be informed as to the policies, procedures, and facilities for reporting criminal actions or other emergencies that occur on campus. Therefore, the following procedures have been established:
In the VPAA’s absence, the following chain of command shall be
utilized to report emergencies or criminal actions:
2. Human Resources.