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Student Right to Know & Campus Security

Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, (Title I of Public law 101-542) is a federal law that requires institutions of higher education receiving federal assistance to make available several key points of information. Those points include:

1.The college’s graduation and/or completion rate for its full-time degree seeking students. Otero College Graduation Rate - The rate for first-time, degree-seeking students who enrolled at Otero College in the Fall of 2014 and who graduated or transferred to a Colorado 2-year or 4-year institution by the Fall of 2016 is 34.0 percent. This does not include students who continue to be enrolled at Otero College.

2.The college’s retention rate for its degree-seeking students. Otero College Retention Rate: The retention rate for the 2016 cohorts are as follows: Full-time 52%, Part-time 44%.

3.The college’s financial aid rates for athletes and other students at institutions that award athletically-related student aid.

Otero College Financial Aid Rates:

• $3,450 is the average federal grant received by Otero College students.

• $1,276 is the average state and local grants received by Otero College students.

• $4,302 is the average institutional grant received by Otero College students.

• $5,136 is the average loan amount taken out by Otero College students.

4.The college’s crime statistics and security policy information.

Otero College Crime Awareness and Campus Security Policies and Information:

Otero College Campus Security is responsible for monitoring and recording criminal activities occurring on campus and/or to college property. In addition to traditional law enforcement responsibilities, Campus Security enforces parking regulations, maintains building security, conducts fire safety inspections, and makes frequent security checks at the residence hall. Safety and security information is provided to students and college staff through bulletins, crime alerts, posters, and brochures.

Campus Security does not have police jurisdiction over public or private property. Department staff work in close association with the La Junta Police Department, Otero County Sheriff’s Department, and other federal, state, and local agencies. Arrests and apprehensions are referred to the La Junta Police Department; community fire and ambulance personnel are notified as necessary. All criminal incidents occurring on campus must be reported to Campus Security as soon as possible.

Colorado law prohibits the possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol and controlled substances on campus.


The following information is provided in accordance with Title II of Public Law 101-542, the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The full report is available in the Office of Student Affairs, printed for distribution in the Campus Safety & Security brochure.


Criminal Offenses On Campus On Campus Residential Public Property Non Campus
  16 17 18 16 17 18 16 17 18 16 17 18
Murder and Non Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 2 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 4 2 1 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


The above statistics include Otero College students and non-students.
Otero College’s policy is for the immediate arrest for any Liquor Law related violations.
For more information on the Otero College Campus Crime Statistics, Contact:
David Girard, Director of Physical Plant
Otero College
1802 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050
719 384-6818


Alcohol and Drug Policy

Colorado law prohibits the possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol and controlled substances on campus. In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101-226 in Federal Law), Otero College has developed a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program.

Policy Statement - Students, whether full-time or part-time, shall not engage in the unauthorized or unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use/abuse of alcohol and/or illicit drugs on college property or use as a part of any college activities.

Legal Sanctions for Violation of the Policy - Any student who is convicted of the above violations is subject to criminal penalties under local, state and federal law. These penalties may range in severity from a fine of up to $100.00 to life imprisonment and/or a fine of $8,000,000. The exact penalty assessed depends upon the nature and severity of the individual offense.

College Sanctions for Violation of the Policy - Since observation of the policy is a condition of enrollment, any violation may subject the student to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including suspension from the institution. Students may also be required to complete an appropriate rehabilitation or re-entry program as a condition for re-enrollment or continued enrollment in the college.

Associated Health Risks - Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse include, but are not limited to: malnutrition, brain damage, heart disease, pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, mental illness, death, low birth weight babies, and babies with drug addictions.

Drug-Free Awareness Program - Although there are no alcohol/drug counseling programs on campus, the college does have referral agreements with the Southeast Mental Health Services and Region Six Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center. Referrals are made through the counseling staff working in the Office of Student Affairs in McBride Hall or the student may contact the Colorado Department of Health directly.

Possession or Use of Marijuana - Although possession and use of marijuana consistent with the requirements of the Colorado Constitution is no longer a crime in the State of Colorado, the possession or use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Consistent with federal law, including the Controlled Substance Act and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the use and/or possession of marijuana continues to be prohibited while a student is on college owned or college controlled property, and/or any function authorized or supervised by the college and/or in state-owned or leased vehicles.


Medical Amnesty Policy

Student health and safety are of primary concern at Otero College. As such, in cases of significant intoxication as a result of alcohol or other substances, the College encourages individuals to seek medical assistance for themselves or others.

If medical assistance is sought, the Vice President of Student Affairs will not pursue conduct charges against the following individuals for violations of the College’s alcohol or drug policies:

 - The intoxicated student and

 - Student(s) actively assisting the intoxicated student.

Actively assisting requires that an individual:

- Call La Junta Police Department (719-384-2525 or 911) or seek another individual qualified to assess the student’s condition such as a Resident Hall Director or other Resident Hall professional and

 - Monitor the intoxicated student’s condition.

The following are not covered by the Medical Amnesty Policy:

- Students waiting until the police or other authority arrive before seeking assistance

- Action by police or other law enforcement personnel

- Violations of the Code of Conduct other than the alcohol/drugs policy

- Possession with the intent to distribute drugs

Actions by the Student Conduct Officer:

- The intoxicated student (and possibly those who were attending to/assisting the student) will be required to meet with the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee who may issue educational requirements that may include, but are not limited to, alcohol and/or drug education, counseling, and/or a substance abuse assessment.

- Serious or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of concern/response.

- Failure to complete the educational assignments or treatment recommendations normally will result in disciplinary action.

- The student will be responsible for any costs associated with drug or alcohol education interventions.

No individual may receive amnesty under this section more than once in a two year period. Records of all requests for assistance under this policy shall be maintained by the Vice President of Student Affairs. Participation in any program as a result of this policy shall not be noted on the student's judicial record. In the event an individual who previously utilized the Medical Amnesty Policy is involved in a subsequent alcohol-related incident, this incident and any resulting charges shall be treated as an alleged second offense.

The Medical Amnesty Policy is not intended to shield or protect those students or organizations that repeatedly violate the Code of Student Conduct. In cases where repeated violations of the Code of Student Conduct occur, the College reserves the right to take disciplinary action on a case-by-case basis regardless of the manner in which the incident was reported.

Medical amnesty applies only to alcohol or other drug-related emergencies but does not apply to other conduct violations such as assault, property damage, or distribution of illicit substances. If other violations occur, then a student will face disciplinary charges for those violations. The use/or abuse of alcohol or drugs is never considered a mitigating circumstance for any other violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
For more information, go to: Medical Amnesty Policy