Safety + Security

immediate assistance

If you need immediate assistance from RMCAD Campus Security, call 303-567-7271.

Mission Statement

The Department of Safety + Security supports the RMCAD mission as a partner to ensure a safe and secure environment while improving the quality of life for all customers living, learning, working and visiting within our creative community.

CAMPUS Hours

Monday – Friday, 7:30 A.M. – 10 P.M. MST
Saturday – Sunday, 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. MST

Phone Number

303-567-7271

Location

Texas Building 125 (East Foyer Entrance of Texas, off the roundabout)

CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT

The Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design “2022 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report” is required by federal law. The reports contain policy statements, crime statistics, and safety information compiled by the college.

Campus Safety Resources

Safety Escort Program

Campus Safety Officers provide escorts from one on-campus location to another on-campus location at any time during normal business hours for any safety-related reason. To request one, please contact the Department of Safety and Security at 303-567-7271.

Students may sign up for SMS alerts to notify them about weather delays or other campus closures. All campus emergency notifications are sent via SMS Text, Mobile-App notification, email, broadcasted over the phone system, and displayed on lab computer screens across the campus. Click here for instructions.

RMCAD recognizes that, for academic purposes, students occasionally need to remain on campus, and use campus facilities after established campus hours of operation (Normally: Monday-Friday 8 am to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.) 

A student needing to remain on campus after established campus hours of operation must get approval from RMCAD administration by completing the Extended Hours on Campus Request Form

All requests must be submitted 48 business hours in advance of the requested date. Requests will be reviewed within 24 hours of receipt. Only students with officially approved requests for extended hours on campus may be on campus after established campus hours.

Visitor Access Form

Access to the RMCAD campus and its facilities is granted via valid RMCAD identification cards for currently enrolled students, faculty, and employees. Buildings may require the use of the identification card for entry.

Non-registered students, guests, and visitors are required to sign in at the front desk on the first-floor entrance of the Texas building or register with Security by calling 303-567-7271; present a valid government-issued photo ID and vehicle make, model, and license plate number and provide a legitimate purpose for visiting the campus.

Medical Emergency/Injury Reporting

All injuries or accidents must be reported immediately.

If you think you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency, DIAL 911 IMMEDIATELY. Never be afraid to dial 911 because you are unsure if a real emergency exists. Let the emergency service professionals help you in times of confusion or doubt. Then, contact Safety & Security immediately after. 

In the event of non-emergency injury to self or another, contact the Department of Safety and Security as soon as possible—303-567-7271. Unless certified in FirstAid/CPR/LifeSaving skills, do NOT attempt to provide aid beyond making the injured party as comfortable as possible without adding to harm.

PERSONAL INJURY REPORTING FORM

RMCAD staff, faculty, and students should use this form to document any injury sustained on RMCAD’s campus or in the course of official RMCAD activities at any location. A Personal Injury Report should be submitted for any injury that requires more than a simple bandage.

The Department of Safety and Security will respond to all Personal Injury Reports with further information and next steps.

NOTE: This form should be utilized following the conclusion of an incident. During the event, the Department of Safety and Security should be notified at 303-567-7271 and, if necessary, first responders at 911.

Confidential Report Form

To report any confidential safety-related concerns, use the following form.

Use this form to submit any concerns and/or relevant information regarding incidents, potential incidents, or anything else that may be of interest to the Department of Safety and Security. Click here to access. 

Meet the Safety + Security Team

Warren Lotzbire, Director of Safety + Security

Warren provides executive leadership, strategic planning and administrative direction for the safety and security of the RMCAD community. He ensures the physical safety of all RMCAD students, employees, visitors and facilities. He leads the college’s security functions, including guard and patrol operations, campus operations and daily campus activities.

Tom Knoblock, Security Officer

Tom serves as the senior Security Officer at RMCAD. He assists students, staff and visitors on campus, and is charge of the clearing and securing of campus at closing. He has been a part of the RMCAD family for nearly a decade.

Denis Alire, Security Officer

Dennis serves on weeknights and completes the closing and securing of the full campus. He has been on the team for three years.

David Southwell, Security Officer

David serves as the Weekend Overnight Officer. He conducts patrols of the campus throughout the night.

Jason Skaggs, Security Officer

As RMCAD’s Weekend Day Officer, Jason patrols the campus during open hours, supports weekend events and helps respond to any safety or security calls.

Sallie Myers, Transportation Coordinator

Sallie coordinates RMCAD’s transportation program. She ensures RMCAD’s vehicles are properly maintained and provides safe and timely pick up/drop off for students.

Terry Griffis, Campus Resource Specialist

Terry helps ensure a great first experience for visitors with a friendly, professional welcome. He supports an efficient flow of operations for the Resource Center, provides informative and engaging tours, and assists with other operational tasks. He has been with RMCAD for more than seven years.

Mitchell Keiffer, Campus Resource Specialist

Mitchell also helps to ensure a positive visitor experience. He serves as a point of contact for campus inquiries, guests, as well as a tour guide. 

CARE TEAM

The mission of the RMCAD CARE (Communication, Assessment, Response and Evaluation) Team is awareness and proactive intervention of issues relating to the safety, physical and mental health, and well-being of its campus communities

The CARE Team has adopted a caring and confidential program of identification, intervention, and response in order to provide students and staff with the greatest opportunity for success and the RMCAD community with the greatest level of protection.

Click here to learn more about the RMCAD CARE Team in the Safety section of our Catalog.

If you have concerns regarding the behavior of a community member, please complete the form below. If the individual of concern is in a critical or emergency situation, immediately call 911.

Policies

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination on the basis of sex. People are protected from being excluded from participation in, being denied the benefits of, or being subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design College is committed to providing equal access to educational and employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, familial status, spousal affiliation, medical condition, military veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including admissions and employment, as required by Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106.

The College will promptly respond to and equitably investigate complaints regarding prohibited conduct that may violate this policy in order to eliminate, prevent, and remedy the adverse effects of such conduct within College-related programs or activities.

The following grievance procedures will apply to all complaints of sexual harassment including, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, and related retaliation in order to take action to address and prevent sex-based discrimination.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design strictly prohibits retaliation against any individual who brings a good faith complaint under this policy or participates in any portion of an investigation.

Retaliatory conduct violates not only College policy and Title IX but may also violate state and federal law. While Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design will not tolerate making an intentionally false complaint, simply because the complaint is found to not be a violation of this policy does not necessarily mean the complaint was made in bad faith.

Individuals that believe they have been the victim of retaliation should promptly report the misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.

Prohibited conduct defined in the Sexual Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedures can be committed by any individual, regardless of their gender. Prohibited conduct can occur between individuals of the same gender or different genders. It can occur between strangers or acquaintances, as well as people involved in intimate or sexual relationships. When the College determines whether alleged conduct violates this policy, it will consider all of the facts and circumstances involved in the incident, including the nature of the alleged conduct and the context in which it occurred.

• Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is a violation of Title IX and will not be tolerated at the College.

Sexual harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  1. An employee of the College conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the College on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
  2. Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the College’s education program or activity. An example, may include, but is not limited to, unwelcome sex or gender-based jokes or comments, which are made in-person or conveyed electronically.

Sexual Harassment is deemed especially serious when submission to or rejection of such conduct is made implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in any College program or activity; or submission to or rejection of these behaviors by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions. 

  • Sexual assault/rape, which means a forcible or non-forcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
  • Dating violence, which means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social romantic relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the Complainant. The existence of such relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors; the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship;
  • Domestic violence, which means felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the Complainant by a person with whom the Complainant shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the Complainant as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the Complainant under the domestic violence or family violence laws of the state of Colorado or by any other person against an adult or youth Complainant who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the state of Colorado.
  • Stalking, which means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.

The Sexual Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedures governs the conduct of students, faculty, and staff, who are members of the College community. Sexual harassment complaints must include conduct that occurred within the context of the College’s educational programs or activities and within the United States. This may extend to certain off-campus locations, where the College has substantial control over the parties, such as College-recognized activities and College-sponsored academic conferences. The College has an obligation to dismiss sexual harassment claims under this policy when the claim does not meet the definition of sexual harassment provided herein, or in circumstances where no formal, written complaint is made, or when the conduct occurred outside of this policy’s stated jurisdiction. However, this does not prevent the College from taking action to address sex discrimination conduct. The College will take all complaints of misconduct and discrimination seriously and investigate the matter, which may occur through the College’s Discrimination Grievance/Complaint Procedures.

The College’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Compliance serves as the institution’s Title IX Coordinator and coordinates the College’s compliance with Title IX. All reports of potential violations of this policy should be made to the College’s Title IX Coordinator.

The Title IX Coordinator’s contact information is as follows:
Neely Patton
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Title IX Coordinator
1600 Pierce St.
Lakewood, CO 80214
720-556-0438

All members of the Title IX Team receive Title IX training, including information on this policy, the definition of sexual harassment, the investigation and grievance process, and how to serve as an impartial member in the Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedures.

Inquiries regarding the application of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design College’s Title IX Policy may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ contact information is as follows: 

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Department of Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100

OCR Email: OCR@ed.gov
OCR Hotline: (800) 421-3481

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design’s Title IX Coordinator(s) and those involved in the Sexual Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedures have received training for their roles. The training materials are provided here.

The Blue Bench (Formerly RAAP)

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
1330 Fox Street, Suite 2
PO Box 40350
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-839-9999

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE
www.rainn.org

Start Your Recovery: Substance Abuse Resources & Support
startyourrecovery.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-799-7233
www.thehotline.org 

Employee Assistance Program
(for employees of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design College)
ACI Specialty Benefits
Toll Free: 855-RSL-HELP (855-775-4357)
Email: rsli@acieap.com

Campus Save Campus SaVE Act
http://campussaveact.org/

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-799-7233
www.thehotline.org

Employee Assistance Program (for employees of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design)
ComPsych 
Call: 888.628.4824 or visit www.GuidanceResources.com
(username: LFGsupport password: LFGsupport1)

Detox Local
Phone: 1-866-640-2212
detoxlocal.com

Southeast Addiction Center
Phone: 615-326-6449
southeastaddictiontn.com
For additional resources, please read 50 Addiction & Mental Health Resources for Black Men.

Live Another Day
Phone: 1-877-596-6866
liveanotherday.org

Louisville Addiction Center
Phone: 502-586-4554
louisvilleaddictioncenter.com
For additional resources, please read 32 Addiction & Mental Health Resources for BIPOC Parents.

Prevail Recovery Center
Phone: 1-866-441-2455
prevailrecoverycenter.com
For additional resources, please read Black LGBTQ+ Addiction and Mental Health Support.

Centric Behavioral Health
Phone: (844) 233-8205
centricbh.com
For additional resources, pleas read AAPI LGBTQ+ Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Support.

Service dogs are allowed as long as they have their documentation on file with the Safety + Security Office. At this time, ESA animals are not allowed on campus. Click here for the full policy.

RMCAD forbids and will not tolerate or condone any threatening, intimidating, coercive, or reckless conduct by members of the RMCAD community.

Possession and/or use of firearms, explosives, illegal weapons as defined under state law, air or pellet guns, paintball guns, slingshots, firecrackers, fireworks, or any other object, chemical, or weapon designed or intended to inflict a wound or cause injury (or imitations or replicas of any such item) is prohibited on RMCAD property, including parking lots. This includes concealed weapons for which a permit has been obtained. View the full policy here.

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

As of March 2022

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) maintains a policy of inclusiveness that recognizes, values, and reflects the diversity of the community it serves. RMCAD is, and will continue to be, even in these uncertain times, a community of individuals who act with care and responsibility. To that end, RMCAD has developed a set of policies and protocols for the RMCAD community to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.

  • Masks are optional.
  • Vaccinations are highly recommended.
  • COVID-19 symptoms and positive test results must be reported via a self disclosure form.
  • Sick? Stay home and keep our community safe.

For more information, please visit our COVID-19 page.

FBI AND DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

“ACTIVE SHOOTER AWARENESS – OPTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION”

We strive to keep our campus as safe and secure as possible. However, it is important for individuals to be prepared for emergency situations. In the event of an active shooter, the “Run, Fight, Hide” method is suggested by the Department of Homeland Security. Watch the video here to familiarize yourself with this method and prepare.

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