Campus Safety

Alcohol and Illegal Drug Policies

The possession, and sale, of alcoholic beverages on BTC premises is strictly prohibited. In addition, the possession, use, and sale of alcohol are further regulated in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and Wisconsin Administrative codes. BTC cooperates with local police agencies to enforce underage drinking laws and other violations related to the possession, use, and sale of alcohol. As a BTC student you are expected to comply with all laws and District policies regarding the use of alcoholic beverages. Depending on the nature of the violation, you may face legal prosecution and/or corrective action in accordance with applicable laws and BTC procedures.

Campus Safety

It is the intent of BTC to provide a safe, secure, and appropriate environment in which students can learn and employees can work. However, like all segments of society, situations may occur which threaten the security and safety of property and people.

If you feel threatened, see criminal actions, or observe behavior which jeopardizes the safety and security of property and/or persons at BTC, you should report the incident immediately to the Security Office or BTC staff. BTC security or a staff member will assess the situation and determine if an emergency response is necessary. If the situation warrants emergency intervention, local law enforcement will be contacted to resolve the problem and investigate the incident. Any non-emergency incident of property damage, theft, burglary, or other criminal actions should be reported to the Security Office and local law enforcement for investigation and disposition.

Behavior Intervention Team (BIT)

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) has been established to serve as a central network focused on prevention and early intervention in college situations involving students showing signs of serious distress or engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors. The Team develops strategies for, and provides referrals or consultations to, college resources when concerns arise about students' well-being or when there is behavior that seems potentially harmful to self and/or others or may be disruptive or threatening. This Team will regularly assess situations in the college community, monitor students for an appropriate period of time, and will recommend actions in accordance with existing college policies.

To reach a BIT Team member, please contact (608) 757-7660.

Security of and Access to BTC Facilities

The college has Campus Security; however, they do not have arrest powers. Security officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the college. College security officers have the authority to enforce college and administrative policies as well as the Student Code of Conduct.

The college uses local law enforcement agencies that have jurisdiction over the campuses and center to investigate and enforce ordinances and criminal laws.

Access to and use of BTC facilities is governed by institutional policies and local statutes. Access to facilities is limited to BTC students, faculty, and staff for work, education, or other related purposes. Outside groups may use the facilities with special permission in accordance with district policy. Loitering or wandering through the facilities for unapproved reasons is prohibited.

Criminal Offense Statistics at BTC Facilities

Blackhawk Technical College prepares an Annual Security Report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, as well as Wisconsin state statutes. A copy of this report may be found at www.blackhawk.edu/safety. A copy can also be obtained in the Safety and Security Office.

Sex Offender Registry

Federal law requires BTC to provide details on where students can obtain information about registered sex offenders in the state or community. The Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry is maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Information is available on the department’s website: http://www.widocoffenders.org.

Consensual Relations

Positive relationships between students and staff at BTC enrich the college environment and are encouraged. It is natural that interaction between individuals in an academic setting may lead to personal friendships. Personal friendships do not pose problems as long as they do not interfere with academic decisions. However, a consensual romantic or sexual relationship between a student and a staff member may be exploitative and create the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Therefore, students and staff are discouraged from entering into a consensual romantic or sexual relationship while the student is currently enrolled in the staff person’s class or when the student is receiving guidance from the person.

As a student you are urged, for your own protection, to refrain from developing a relationship of a sexual or romantic nature with BTC staff. If you become involved in such a relationship, you are encouraged to contact the BTC Title IX Officer located on Central Campus. (See policy below for contact information)

Discrimination and Harassment Policies

BTC, through its commitment, will affirmatively attempt to provide an environment free of harassment for all employees and students. Harassment of students and employees of BTC is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. BTC deplores such conduct as an abuse of authority.

BTC, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as amended, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, prohibits harassment by supervisors, co-workers, students, and non-employees on the basis of sex, race, national origin, disability, or other protected status person.

BTC has no tolerance for discriminatory, harassing, or racist behaviors. Specifically, the Blackhawk Technical College District Board actively complies with all state and federal equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, rules, executive orders, and policies. It is the policy of BTC not to discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, handicap, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, arrest record, conviction record, sexual orientation, or membership in the National Guard, state defense force, or any reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. BTC does not discriminate against students on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, or parental status. Discrimination means the difference in treatment in any service, program, course, or facility of BTC on the basis of these protected statuses.

Inquiries regarding equal opportunity and possible discrimination may be directed to one of the following individuals. Their area of expertise, office location at the Central Campus, and telephone number are noted:

Brian Gohlke, Affirmative Action Officer, Administration Center 
Phone: (608) 757-7773

Lynn Neitzel, Title IX Officer
Phone: (608) 743-4508

Renea Ranguette, ADA Officer, Administration Center
Phone: (608) 757-7700

Your written concerns can be sent to any of these individuals at:

Blackhawk Technical College
6004 South County Road G
P.O. Box 5009
Janesville, WI 53547-5009

Harassment is unwanted, deliberate, or repeated unsolicited comments, slurs, demeaning references, gestures, graphic materials, physical contacts, solicitation of favors, advances, or other adverse treatment based on a protected group status when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, student status, or academic participation.
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting an individual.
  3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment which tangibly affects or interferes with an individual’s job performance or other employment or academic opportunities.

Alleged acts of harassment and discrimination may be violations of equal employment or educational opportunity policies under which BTC operates. Discipline may be imposed for violations of this policy in accordance with the procedures outlined in The Student Disciplinary Procedure.

Accident or Illness Emergency Procedures

BTC uses the professional medical treatment system available in the community to respond to injuries and illness. BTC will provide basic medical first aid but will not treat any illness or injury. Rather, you will be referred to an appropriate medical treatment facility. If you refuse to seek follow-up medical treatment after it has been recommended by a staff member, you will be asked to sign a waiver corroborating this decision.

You will be responsible for your own transportation to a medical facility. However, should the injury or illness be considered an emergency an ambulance will be requested. You will be responsible for the cost of the ambulance. Under no circumstances will BTC staff transport you for treatment. All accidents, regardless of the seriousness, should be reported to a staff member.

Clean-up after an accident or illness should be left to the BTC maintenance and custodial staff. You should not attempt to clean up blood, vomit, or other body fluids without proper safety equipment. If clean-up is necessary, you should go to the Welcome Center (information desk) at the main entrance and request maintenance/custodial staff to clean up the area.

In the case of emergency, dial 911. Classroom and hallway assistance phones can be used to report an emergency by following the posted instructions. Dial 9-911. .