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Bulmer Telecommunications Center

The college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center is a state-of-the-art facility committed to innovative instructional technology. The center houses the college's TV/audio production studios, a 215-seat interactive auditorium, computer labs, an electronic arts lab with full multi-media production capability, online learning facilities, interactive television, a photography studio, and high-tech classrooms and meeting rooms.

Businesses, government agencies, schools and colleges have used the Bulmer Telecommunications Center to host teleconference downlinks that connect their group with others around the country and the world.

The college's Office of Institutional Services and Events markets the use of this facility for conferences, workshops and business meetings.

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Campus Free Speech and Assembly

Below, please find the resolution outlining the guidelines regarding free speech and assembly on campus.


WHEREAS, Hudson Valley Community College is a public college which shall make its facilities available for public discourse, subject to reasonable regulation as to the time, place and manner when its facilities may be used; and

WHEREAS the College wishes to identify a public area of the campus which will be the designated public forum to be used for the communication of ideas ("Designated Public Forum"); and

WHEREAS, the College maintains its right to designate and regulate the persons and activities permitted in areas of the campus that are deemed to be nonpublic ("Nonpublic Forum") for the general well-being of academic, administrative and privacy purposes, it is

RESOLVED as follows:

Regulation of Time:
Black-out days: The College has "blacked-out" certain days on its calendar when the use of the campus and its facilities, including outdoor spaces are reserved exclusively for campus related activities that are at the core of its primary educational mission. During these black-out periods, no third party shall be allowed to use the Designated Public Forum for free speech purposes. The College defines the blackout periods to include the following:

  1. During Spring break and the break between Summer sessions as set forth in the current academic calendar;
  2. During reading periods and examination periods as set forth on the current academic calendar;
  3. During graduation-related activities and events, including commencements;
  4. During major fall or spring campus-wide celebrations, such as speeches, concerts, weekend events, and Homecoming; and
  5. During those days when the College is closed, including, but not limited to seven (7) calendar days prior to the start of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Regulation of Place:
The College designates the Student Pavilion bounded by the parking lot, Hudson Hall, the McDonough Sports Complex and Cross Road as its Designated Public Forum. The President or the Vice President for Administration and Finance may change the designation to another area of campus in order to meet the College's operational needs and for the convenience, health, safety, and welfare of the campus community.

Regulation of Manner:
The College requires parties seeking to use the Designated Public Forum to submit an application for each use, three (3) or more business days before the use. The application shall be submitted to the Vice President for Administration and Finance or his designee shall promulgate the form of application which shall not;

(1) Inquire as to the content of the speech;
(2) Charge an application fee or a fee for the use of the Designated Public Forum;
(3) Impose insurance requirements.

Applicant shall be provided with, at the time of the application, a copy of the rules and regulations governing conduct on campus. Applicant shall be informed whether the application has been granted or denied on or before the morning of the requested use date. The application may be denied, for among others, either of the following reasons:

(i) Space already reserved;
(ii) Request is for a black-out period.

If the application is denied, Applicant shall be informed of the next available date.

Applicant shall:

  1. Park in the Grove lot or another area designated by the Vice President for Administration and Finance or his designee;
  2. Pick up any brochures, leaflets, trash and any other debris brought onto Campus by Applicant or his/her volunteers, agents, servants or employees;
  3. Not use amplification equipment, except that equipment supplied by the College and use it at a volume which will not disturb classes or business and administration functions,
  4. Only occupy the Designated Public Forum between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.;
  5. Be provided with a microphone/sound system, by the College, when requested for on the application, and upon approval of the Application.

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McDonough Sports Complex

Opened in 1992, the McDonough Sports Complex is a 126,000-square-foot health, physical education and recreation complex that houses three regulation basketball courts, a 1/10 mile inside track, a fitness room, a free weight room, three racquetball courts and an ice arena.

The field house of the complex accommodates up to 5,000 spectators and offers substantial flexibility in floor plan and seating arrangements. The sports complex is recognized as one of the premier venues in upstate New York for athletic competition, hosting events such as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Girls State Basketball Tournament. Suited to a wide variety of activities, in addition to athletics, this facility offers opportunities for conferences, trade shows and entertainment events. In fact, the field house has been the site for community events such as garden shows, trade shows, health fairs, craft shows, computer fairs and area graduation ceremonies.

The college's NCAA regulation-size ice rink serves as the home for the Hudson Valley Vikings and neighboring LaSalle Institute hockey teams. It also is used by local youth hockey and figure skating organizations, various local adult hockey leagues, as well as physical education classes, community recreational skating, and other community events during the off-season.

The complex is an outstanding facility that supports the college's efforts to continually improve its physical education offerings, promote health and wellness, and expand the college's role as a valuable and versatile community resource.

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Public Safety Department

The Public Safety Department's mission is to provide a safe, secure atmosphere at Hudson Valley Community College, one that is conducive to freedom of expression and movement for people and their property within the constraints of federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

The actions of all students, college personnel and visitors are governed by a code of conduct, which can be found under the Code of Conduct sections in the Judicial System Section of the Catalog. Any sanctions that may be imposed for violations of these campus regulations also can be found there.

The Public Safety Department is located in the Siek Campus Center on the first floor and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days of the year.

To contact the Public Safety Department, call 911 from any campus or emergency phone or call (518) 629-7210 from any non-campus or cell phone.

Emergency telephones directly linked to Public Safety and Health Services are located on each floor, each hallway and each elevator of each building on campus.

Additional emergency telephones, identified by a blue light, are strategically located across campus, in parking lots and walkways.

Public safety encourages the reporting of all criminal or unusual incidents, no matter how minor they may seem.

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Crime Statistics Act (20 USC ยง 1092(f)) a copy of Hudson Valley Community College's campus crime statistics as reported annually to the U.S. Department of Education will be provided upon request. Please direct all such requests to the Public Safety Department at (518) 629-7210. Information also can be obtained from:

Hudson Valley Community College has a Campus Personal Safety subcommittee, which is comprised of equal numbers of faculty, staff, and student representation in compliance with statutory provisions. Although the committee's primary responsibility is to inform and enlighten the college community about sexual assault prevention, it has evolved into a forum on all matters that pertain to personal safety, crime prevention, and victim counseling on campus.

Keeping Safe
Here are some suggestions you can consider to enhance your own safety on campus:

  • When parking on campus in the evening, try to park in a well-lit area near buildings.
  • If you arrive on campus early in the day and have to park a considerable distance from an evening class, go out before dark and move your vehicle to a spot near the building your class is in.
  • Try to leave your classes or buildings with others. Be aware of your surroundings. If it appears that someone is following or observing you, call Public Safety immediate and/or go to an area where other people are present.
  • Report suspicious activities. If something doesn't seem right (for example, if someone is sitting in a vehicle and watching you), report it.
  • If you are a victim of a crime, or if you witness one, report it to Public Safety immediately. Hudson Valley also offers many forms of support including Health Services and Counseling Services.

Reporting Criminal Incidents and Other Emergencies
Any crime reported to Public Safety that meets the requirements of New York State Penal Law, Section 70.02 "Violent Felony Crimes," will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Upon receipt of a report of a crime or serious incident, Public Safety or emergency personnel will be dispatched to the scene. All matters reported to Public Safety are entered in the security log, a thorough investigation is conducted, investigative reports are completed, and appropriate action is taken.

Campus Facility Access and Security Policies
Hudson Valley provides 24-hour-a-day vehicle and foot patrol protection to campus personnel, visitors, and properties.

Security on campus is maintained with a key control system whereby only authorized persons have access to their particular area. In addition, college buildings are monitored through electronic security and fire alarms connected to Public Safety. At night and during times when the campus is officially closed, campus buildings are locked. Persons wishing access when the buildings are locked must report to Public Safety.

In addition, campus buildings and grounds are inspected daily by security officers and monthly by a Public Safety officer. Any problems discovered during inspections are immediately submitted to the Physical Plant for corrective action.

Enforcement Authority of Public Safety Officers
Hudson Valley Community College employs Peace Officers as well as other Officers and Guards. As per section 2.10-78 and 2.20 of the New York Criminal Procedure Law, Campus Peace Officers may make arrests and have other enforcement powers. In matters which Hudson Valley security officers lack authority or where a police report is necessary, the services of the Troy Police Department, North Greenbush Police Department, Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department or the New York State Police are contacted. The Public Safety Office enjoys a good working relationship with area law enforcement agencies through the mutual sharing of information and investigations, personal contacts, and the patrol of our roadways by area police agencies.

Policies Regarding Alcohol, Drugs, and Drug/Alcohol Education Programs
Students and staff are regularly educated on the risks associated with alcohol and other drug use through brochures, orientation programs, class presentations, the student newspaper, and special awareness activities scheduled throughout the year.

The college's referral/intervention specialist, a credentialed addictions counselor, provides counseling for students experiencing problems from their own or someone else's drinking or drug use. Information on various treatment programs and self-help groups is available in the Wellness Center in the Siek Campus Center at (518) 629-7320.

Hudson Valley also provides an Employee Assistance Program where counseling can be obtained free of charge. This service can be reached at (518) 462-6531.

Crime Prevention and Security Awareness Program
Protection of life and property is the ultimate goal of the Public Safety Department. To achieve this goal, Public Safety concentrates considerable energy on crime prevention and security awareness.

The electronic alarm system, the key control system, security patrols, emergency telephones, and closed-circuit cameras focus on crime prevention. Timely notice of serious crimes on campus is made by means of email, crime alert posters, campus security personnel, the campus newspaper, employee newsletter, and Web posting.

Escort Service
Public Safety provides a 24-hour-a-day escort service for students and staff anywhere on campus.

Vehicle Lock-out and Jump-Start Service
Public Safety will assist students, faculty, staff and visitors if they lock their keys in their vehicles, or need a jump-start because their vehicle battery is dead.

Missing Students
A missing student means any student of an institution who resides in a facility owned or operated by such institution and who is reported to such institution as missing from his or her residence.

Hudson Valley Community College does not own or operate resident facilities. In the event a missing student is reported to the Public Safety Department, the following procedures will be followed:

  • All information will be obtained as to the identity of the student, the person reporting the incident and the relationship of the person reporting as well as the circumstances that caused the reporting person to file the report.
  • A case report will be initiated and the report will be investigated and information documented.
  • The reporting person will be advised that missing person reports must be filed with the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where the student resides.
  • Information sharing with police on missing persons will follow guidelines established under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Timely Warning Policy for Certain Crimes Considered to be a Threat to the Campus Community
Hudson Valley Community College will prepare and issue a timely warning to students, faculty and staff whenever a report is received of a serious crime that represents a continuing threat to the campus community. The types of serious crimes that may warrant a timely warning include:

  1. Murder;
  2. Sex offenses, forcible and non-forcible;
  3. Robbery;
  4. Aggravated assault;
  5. Burglary;
  6. Motor vehicle theft;
  7. Manslaughter;
  8. Arson;
  9. Arrests or person referred for campus disciplinary action for liquor law violations, drug-related violations and weapons possession.

The College will make the decision whether to issue a timely warning on a case-by-case basis considering the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Information for timely warnings may come from reports made to the campus security or from local law enforcement agencies. Timely warnings may be issued to the campus community as soon as pertinent information about the crime is available.

Timely warnings of serious crimes and the publication of the college's security procedures are made by means of the campus electronic email, "security alert" posters, campus security officers, the campus newspaper, the employee newsletter and any other means of communication chosen by the college to communicate any security-related information.

Members of the college community should be aware that if they are the victim of sexual assault, hate crime or bias related incident, or any other crime, that many counseling services are available.

Assistance can be obtained through the Health Services and Counseling Services in the Wellness Center at the college. To ensure that the victims of crime in Rensselaer County are appropriately served, the Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office provides a Crime Victim Assistance Program.

Additionally, if you are the victim of a sexual assault, assistance may be sought from the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program at Samaritan Hospital. Public Safety personnel will assist in understanding options available to the victim of a crime.

Motor Vehicle and Parking Regulations
All rules and regulations shall be in effect at all times.

  1. All Hudson Valley Community College students, faculty and staff using the college's parking facilities must register each vehicle and accept the responsibilities for observing campus traffic regulations as set forth here.
  2. Vehicle Registration
    1. Every student who operates a motor vehicle on the Hudson Valley campus must register that vehicle with the Cashier's Office, either by mail or in person.
    2. A vehicle registration fee will be assessed per semester as follows:
      1. Full-time student (12 credit hours or more) $86.40
      2. Part-time student (less than 12 credit hours) $7.20 per credit hour
    3. After a student has paid a vehicle registration fee, a numbered parking detail will be provided. This decal must be displayed on the left rear side window of the vehicle being registered.
    4. Multiple Vehicles - If a student should have an occasion to park different vehicle(s) on campus, that student must complete a parking registration form for each additional vehicle and obtain decals (at no additional charge) for each vehicle they want to register (limit 2 plus the original vehicle).
      A valid Hudson Valley Community College decal must be displayed in the vehicle's left rear side window to be properly parked on campus!
    5. Lost or Stolen Decals
      If a vehicle is registered with the college and for any reason that vehicle is sold, stolen or damaged in an accident, an effort to return the original decal to the Cashier's Office should be made.
      In any event, the student should report this or the theft of a decal to the Cashier's Office immediately. The student will then be required to sign a statement as to the reason for the loss of the decal; a new decal will then be issued.
    6. College registration decals will be color coded by semester.
    7. Reproducing, defacing, altering or unauthorized transferring of a parking permit or falsification of any information given during vehicle registration procedures subjects the violator to a $ 25 fine and/or revocation of driving privileges on campus.
  3. Traffic Regulations
    1. All New York State Motor Vehicle regulations will be applicable on campus.
    2. No vehicle shall be operated:
      1. At a speed in excess of 15 MPH or in a reckless or careless manner or at a speed that is not reasonable and prudent under the conditions and have regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.
      2. With disregard to any traffic sign, signal and/or pavement marking and/or.
      3. On any sidewalk, pedestrian walkway or lawn.
    3. It is prohibited to park:
      1. Without a valid parking permit.
      2. In No Parking areas.
      3. In handicap areas without a handicap permit.
      4. Blocking fire lanes or fire hydrants on grass areas*, sidewalks, crosswalks or parking lot driveways.
      5. On or over painted lines in parking areas.
      6. In faculty/staff parking areas.
      * Parking on grass areas permitted when authorized by Public Safety.
    4. Students needing disabled parking on campus are required to submit an application with the Center for Access and Assistive Technology (Campus Center 130). Temporary disabled parking authorization will be issued by Health Services.

      Use of a New York State Disabled Parking Permit without registering at the Center for Access and Assistive Technology may be cause for enforcement action. You must register for disabled parking on campus. Due to the limited number of spaces for individuals with disabilities, this registration requirement is necessary to ensure safety and fairness for all students.
    5. Students and staff who are on trips, away for athletic events or abandon a vehicle, especially due to hazardous driving or vehicle breakdown, must contact the Public Safety office for parking instructions. Failure to do so could result in the vehicle being removed from the campus at the owner's expense.
      All vehicles not displaying a valid Hudson Valley Community College parking permit will be ticketed.
  4. Emergency Procedures
    1. In case of motor vehicle accidents, loss by theft or vehicle breakdown, call or visit Public Safety.
    2. All accidents and thefts must be reported to Public Safety.
    3. The Public Safety Department will provide emergency notification on campus, when necessary.
  5. Violations and Fines
    1. Owners of vehicles found to be in violation of the college's regulations shall be subject to a fine. Fines for the following violations will be $10 for each violation:
           End of lane
           On grass
           On sidewalk
           Improper area
           No parking area.
    2. Fines for the following violations will be $25:
      1. Parking in fire lane.
      2. Obstructing a fire hydrant.
      3. Parking in designated handicap areas.
      4. Violations of not registering or displaying parking permit.
      5. Any violation or altering or falsifying college registration decals.
    3. The Public Safety Department is authorized to immobilize or remove vehicles from college property under the following circumstances:
      1. Vehicles in violation of fire lanes or fire hydrants.
      2. Abandoned vehicles.
      3. For safety reasons, including snow removal.
      4. Scofflaw violators.
    4. Violations of these regulations may result in additional charges being brought against a violator under the “Campus Regulations for Students, Visitors and College Personnel and Organizations”. (Published in College Catalog and Student Handbook/Calendar).
    5. Payment of Fines
      Fines are payable within five (5) calendar days of issuance of the ticket at the Cashier's Office located in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center, first floor. Fines may be paid by mail addressed to:
      Hudson Valley Community College
      80 Vandenburgh Avenue
      Troy, NY 12180
      Attention: Cashier's office.
      Failure to pay will result in the withholding of final grades, transcripts, graduation diploma and future registrations.
    6. Appeals
      Appeals for violations must be made in writing within 72 hours of issuance. Appeal forms may be obtained from Public Safety. Appeals will be presented to the Traffic Appeals Board; those submitting appeals will be notified by mail of their decision.
  6. Driver Responsibility
    1. Finding authorized space - Drivers are responsible for finding an authorized parking space. Mechanical problems, inclement weather or tardiness do not justify parking violations.
    2. Space availability - A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space, but only an opportunity to park within a specified area or areas.
    3. Permit Ownership - A parking permit signifies that an individual has been granted the privilege of parking on campus property. Ownership of parking permit remains with the college.
    4. Permit Display - Parking decals must be displayed on the left rear side of window.
    5. Special permits for visitors attending one-day classes may be obtained from Public Safety and should be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle.
    6. Public Safety is authorized to restrict use of parking spaces on a temporary basis to accommodate special meetings, activities or construction.
    7. Hudson Valley Community College is in no way liable for personal injury, damage or loss of parts or contents of any vehicle parked on our campus.
      Traffic regulations for Hudson Valley Community College have been approved by the president in accordance with the Board of Trustees resolution adopted on January 22, 1998.
  7. Restricted Parking Areas
    1. Visitor Lot – Faculty/Staff/Visitors:
      Temporary until new garage is built - F lot, southwest, front of campus.
    2. BTC/Holiday Drive - Handicapped
    3. Behind Siek Campus Center - Employees only
    4. South side of Williams Hall:
      a. 1st Lot: Employees only.
      b. Handicapped students when applicable.
    5. Between Hudson Hall and Field House – Employees only

Work-student students are not considered employees and will not be issued employee parking permits.

Protect your valuables - lock your car!

The college cannot be responsible for your personal property. Conceal all books, supplies, etc., in the car when possible. All valuable articles should be locked in the trunk. All serial numbered items, for example, tape players, record players, calculators, should have numbers recorded and carried with you.

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