Sex Offender Notification

In accordance to the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Bates Technical College provides information on Registered Level III Offenders that are currently attending classes. This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In Washington state sex offenders who are enrolled in a public or private institution of higher education must also notify the local county sheriff immediately (RCW 9A.44.145).

Using this public information to threaten, intimidate or harass sex/kidnap offenders will not be tolerated. This abuse could potentially terminate our ability to release this important information to the public.

Sex Offender Notification Policy
The Board of Trustees authorizes the President to develop procedures for making appropriate notifications to the College community concerning known registered sex offenders whose presence may be reasonably expected on or near the College campus, according to RCW 9A.44.130 and RCW 4.24.550.

The extent of the disclosure of relevant and necessary information will be related to:

  1. The level of risk posed by the offender to the college community;
  2. The course/program locations of the College where the offender is regularly expected to be found; and
  3. The needs of the affected college community members for information to enhance their individual and collective safety.

Sex Offender Notification Procedures

The College is notified.
Upon notification by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Tacoma Police Department, or other persons that a registered sex offender may be reasonably expected to be on or near the campus, the Chief Student Services Officer (CSSO), will determine if the offender has completed an admissions form and/or has registered for a course. If the offender is projected to be enrolled at the College, and is not currently enrolled, the offender will have a student identification created within the College’s registration department and a block will be placed on the offender’s student account until they meet with the CSSO.

Sex offender student meets with Chief Student Services Officer
As soon as possible, the offender will be contacted to meet with the CSSO and Sergeant of Campus Public Safety, or Health and Safety Manager to discuss the offender’s career goals, support services needed, notification requirements, coping with possible reactions of College community, and student rights and responsibilities that can be found in the Student Handbook.

Notification of the College Community when the potential student decides to enroll.
When the potential student decides to enroll, the CSSO provides written notification to the College Community accordingly with Level I, Level II, and Level III:

Level I-Low Risk to Re-offend
Notify: Chief Academic Officer (CAO), Chief Administrative Services Officer (CASO), Deans/Associate Deans, Campus Public Safety, Director of Daycare Center, Financial Aid staff, Library staff, and other affected faculty and staff.

  • No others are notified without consulting first with the CSSO.

Level II-Medium Risk to Re-offend
Notify: CAO, CASO, Deans/Associate Deans, Campus Public Safety, Director of Daycare Center, Financial Aid staff, Library staff, and other affected faculty and staff.  No others are notified without consulting first with the CSSO.

  • In addition, details of the issues and photo (if available) of the offender will be sent to Campus Public Safety Office with details and photo posted.
  • No others are notified without consulting first with the CSSO.

Level III-High Risk to Re-offend
Notify: CAO, CASO, Deans/Associate Deans, Campus Public Safety, Director of Daycare Center, Financial Aid staff, Library staff, and other affected faculty and staff.  No others are notified without consulting first with the CSSO.

  • In addition, details of the issues and photo (if available) of the offender will be sent to Campus Public Safety Office with details and photo posted.
  • No others are notified without consulting first with the CSSO.

Any Sex Offender discovered to be currently enrolled without undergoing these procedures must be immediately referred to the CSSO so that the procedures become immediately implemented.  The offender should not attend class until they have met with the CSSO.

Bates Technical College officials and employees are immune from civil liability for damages for any release of relevant and necessary information unless acting with gross negligence or in bad faith, in accordance with RCW 4.24.550.  All students are expected to abide by standards set forth in the Student Code of Conduct. (Student Handbook and College Catalog)

Using this public information to threaten, intimidate or harass sex/kidnap offenders will not be tolerated. This abuse could potentially terminate our ability to release this important information to the public. 

 

Sex Offender policy and procedure was last updated February 2018.