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The Tennessee College of Applied Technology is required to comply with the Tennessee Occupational Safety Health Act, P.L. 91-596 of 1970, Standards, which require all persons to understand the safety and health requirements of their specific area of training/employment as well as any other current safety directives as dictated by local health and state agencies. Each student will receive instruction in safety upon enrolling and is required to comply with all safety requirements of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. No student will be permitted to use any machine or training equipment without permission from the instructor. Safety glasses are required to be worn in certain shops. In some training areas, safety glasses, protective clothing and footwear are required. At all times and in all training areas, students are required to wear proper attire as defined in this policy and by program Instructors. Anyone wishing to report a safety hazard may contact their instructor, the President, or any other member of Tennessee College of Applied Technology staff.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology complies with the Hazardous Communication Standard by making available in each classroom Safety Data Sheets which provide information about hazardous chemicals known to be on campus. Safety Data Sheets also explain the risks, precautions, and potential solutions for exposure(s) to hazardous materials in both normal and emergency situations. Safety instructions will be given during every course, and each student must pass tests to determine comprehension of these instructions. Safety glasses and goggles must be worn in all shops. Violation of safety policies or instructions may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from the College.
Everyone at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology is responsible for fire prevention. Careful compliance with safety regulations is required to prevent fires. Emergency drills (i.e., fire, tornado, etc.) are conducted periodically to keep all College personnel and students alert and responsive in case of emergency and to provide frequent testing and proper use of all emergency equipment. The safety of students and employees is vital to administration. All students should familiarize themselves with the plans, locate emergency exits, tornado shelters, and must actively participate in any drills.
Students are to comply with all directives from College officials and emergency services personnel in the event of an emergency. Once a report of an emergency has been received, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology makes use of an emergency notification system that alerts students and staff through email, phone calls and texts. To ensure receipt of such alerts, students must notify Student Services of any changes and update their contact lists. Periodically, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - sends a test message through its emergency notification system. With all safety related messages, students and employees are encouraged to take responsibility for their own security and the security of others.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology complies with the federal Clery Act concerning campus security, prevention programs and reporting. All students and employees are required to report any criminal offenses or activities which occur on campus to the school administration immediately for appropriate action. The school maintains statistical data regarding certain crimes committed on school-controlled property. This data may be obtained from Student Services upon request and accessed on the Tennessee College of Applied Technology website.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology reserves the right to tow any vehicle that is improperly parked or abandoned. Any fees associated with towing will be the responsibility of the owner/driver of the vehicle.
Each institutional department/program has a copy of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Ripley Emergency Preparedness Response Guide. The plan is distributed to faculty and staff. Included in the Guide are Emergency Response Plans, Emergency Notifications, Medical Emergency Plan, Active Shelter Protocol. Floor Plans, Evacuation Routes, and Safe Places information are posted in public areas and classrooms. Annually TCAT Ripley conducts emergency preparedness drills to prepare faculty, staff, and students in the event of emergency situations.
All students and employees are required to report any criminal offenses or activities that occur on the main campus, extension campus, or instructional service centers. Tennessee College of Applied Technology employees report them to Tennessee College of Applied Technology administration immediately for appropriate action. Tennessee College of Applied Technology students report them to their instructor, Student Services personnel or any Tennessee College of Applied Technology administrator.
The College maintains statistical data regarding certain crimes committed on College-controlled property. The annual Campus Security Report contains offenses reported for the previous year. The Annual Security Report can be found on the TCAT website. Students may request a paper copy of the Report at the Student Services Office. Students may also request to view the campus crime log. Questions or concerns regarding campus security matters may be directed to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology administration.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation maintains information and statistics on crimes reported on all educational campuses in Tennessee. That report can be found at https://www.tn.gov/tbi.html. Printed copies are available in Student Services. The specific crime(s) for TCAT Ripley and the number of incidences that were reported for the 2020 reporting year are as follows:
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TCAT Ripley complies with TBR Policy No. 6.03.00.00 regarding Sexual Misconduct. All other forms of sex discrimination including sexual harassment are also strictly prohibited. Allegations that are not within the scope of this policy are subject to the procedures described in TBR Policies 6.01.00.00 & 6.02.00.00 and TBR Guideline P- 080 located at https://policies.tbr.edu/policies/sexual-discriminationharassmentmisconduct.
Pursuant to T.C.A. Â§Title 40-39-201, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology furnishes its students with a link to the state of Tennessee's sex offender registry: https://www.tn.gov/tbi.html. The information contained in the registry has been provided to registering agencies and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation by the offender and is based upon information provided by the offender. Offenders may have moved without notification. This information may be used to determine whether an individual registered at this site is employed or enrolled as a student at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology only and should not be used in any manner to injure, harass, or commit a criminal act against any person named in the registry. Any such action could subject you to discipline by the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and/or criminal prosecution.
Inclement weather, especially winter ice and snow, occasionally make it difficult for students to attend school. The faculty and staff of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Ripley are concerned with the safety of each student during inclement weather. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Ripley will take one of three steps during inclement conditions.
In the event of snow, ice, or other severe weather conditions, students should use their own judgment in deciding whether to travel to school. It will be the responsibility of the student to provide documentation for unusual and extenuating circumstances.
When weather conditions are severe, information regarding College closing will be provided for announcement to the following at the earliest possible:
Do not confuse announcements regarding the TCAT Ripley with Community Colleges, Universities, or Public Schools. A cancellation of day classes does not mean that night classes will also be canceled, or vice versa. Any instructional time, which is lost due to College closures, may be made-up at the end of the term in which the closure occurs.
All students enrolling in Tennessee College of Applied Technology are encouraged to complete a Medical Record form. This information will be treated as a confidential educational record and will only be utilized if a student requires immediate assistance due to an illness or injury on the College campus or training work site. Adherence to sound safety practices should prevent accidents. However, in the event of an injury or illness, the following procedures will be observed:
It is important that the medical information provided by students file be complete and that medical and contact information is up to date. Students with special health conditions should include that information when completing the medical information form and may inform the faculty about those special conditions if they believe it to be necessary.
TBR Institutions will comply with all Federal and State laws, Executive Orders, Rules, Regulations, and Guidance from Public Health Agencies/Authorities applicable to outbreaks of infectious and/or communicable diseases. This policy authorizes TBR institutions to enact policies, procedures, and/or plans to facilitate compliance with such laws, orders, and guidance, for the purpose of making best efforts to prevent the spread of infectious/communicable diseases within the campus community.
College employees, students, and other persons entering the premises of any TBR institution shall be required to comply with all policies, procedures, and/or plans established relating to the control of an outbreak of infectious/communicable diseases. Implementation and enforcement of policies, procedures, and/or plans promulgated in response to an outbreak of an infectious or communicable disease shall be enforced with the primary goal of achieving compliance with the applicable policy or plan. Removal from campus or discipline of individuals who are not compliant with the institution's policy or plan is authorized as necessary after efforts at obtaining compliance have been exhausted or as health, safety, and security require.
A. During certain communicable disease outbreaks such as a large epidemic or pandemic, TBR institutions may be required, or may find it appropriate, to develop and implement a plan or procedure to comply with laws, orders or directives issued by government or public health officials to address and/or curtail such outbreaks. In developing such plans/procedures, TBR institutions shall do so in a manner that is consistent with applicable lawful orders issued by government authorities and guidance from public health authorities including, but not limited to, the CDC , federal, state and local public health agencies. When creating such plan/procedure, TBR institutions shall also take care to comply with all applicable state and federal laws, including but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and/or all laws governing/prohibiting unlawful discrimination. TBR institutions shall consult with the TBR Office of General Counsel (OGC) to ensure that any policy or plan promulgated in response to an outbreak of an infectious or communicable disease is compliant with such laws.
B. During an outbreak of an infectious/communicable disease, and consistent with guidance from appropriate health authorities, TBR institutions may take steps to identify and address potential actions or protocols that are appropriate given, the nature and circumstances associated with a particular outbreak/disease, including but not limited to the following:
C. The primary focus of an institution's infectious/communicable disease plan shall be maintain and protect the health and safety of the campus community.
D. An institution's infectious/communicable disease plan should permit, to the extent reasonably possible, students who are impacted by an infectious/communicable disease to continue to participate in an educational program. An institution's infectious/communicable disease plan should permit, to the extent reasonably possible, employees who are impacted by an infectious/communicable disease to continue to work, as long as an employee is able to perform the essential functions of the job satisfactorily. The College will consider making reasonable accommodations for impacted students and employees consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws as well as guidance from public health authorities. Discrimination against and/or harassment of employees and/or students impacted by an infectious/communicable disease is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action.
E. Health care workers, personal service workers, and food service workers employed by the College will be expected to follow guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and protocols at Affiliate sites for the prevention of transmission of infectious/communicable diseases. The College will make educational materials on infectious, communicable diseases available for students and employees.
a. Health and Safety of the Campus and Surrounding Community,
b. Continuity of Education Mission for Students,
c. Minimized Disruption of Employment for Faculty & Staff
B. Environmental Health & Safety
C. Internal Communication of Procedures
D. Response to Notifications
E. External Communications