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JCC Receives U.S. Department of Justice Grant

Jefferson Community College (JCC), has been selected to receive $300,000 over the next three years to strengthen campus response to crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campuses and enhance collaboration among campus, local law enforcement, and victim advocacy organizations through the Campus Security and Empowerment Program.  Jefferson is one of three community colleges in the nation to receive an U.S. Department of Justice Grant Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) award; fifty-three total grants were awarded.

The proposed program would create a Coordinated Community Response team, implement mandatory prevention and education program for all incoming students, provide training for all campus security and judicial board members, execute universal prevention strategies, extend the Campus Advocate program, and engage in ongoing training and technical assistance.

“Jefferson is very fortunate to be awarded a grant of this magnitude, in a directed effort,” says Dean of Students Rocco R. Cappello. “Sexual assault and sexual crimes on campuses are unfortunately happening across the nation and Jefferson looks forward to putting additional resources in place for our students. The education and coordination are also major components that we look to develop further and create best practices for our campus for years to come.”

The College will continue to work closely with community partners to support students. This includes working with the City of Watertown Police Department to ensure that victims/survivors receive the support needed, and that investigative efforts are coordinated with the Title IX campus investigator and campus security.  The College will continue to work with the Victims Assistance Center to provide students with additional support and 24/7 access to culturally-relevant and confidential services and a campus advocate. Through a partnership with Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York, victims/survivors will have on-campus access to reproductive health exams and a wealth of resources to better serve the campus community.

Jefferson Community College serves a large population of military-affiliated and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) students. The College will direct education, outreach, and resources to meet the needs of these underserved populations. The College will partner with ACR Health’s local Q Center to offer support and receive campus training in meeting the needs of LGBTQ youth.  Jefferson will also work with multiple community organizations to continue our proud tradition of supporting and providing resources for our military-affiliated students.