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Meet The Staff

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Meet Our Staff

Professional Staff

 

Scott MitchellScott Mitchell
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life
M.S.W., University of North Dakota
B.A., Wartburg College
Phone:  815-226-4026
Fax:  815-394-3730
E-mail:  residencelife@rockford.edu

Scott Mitchell is the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life and joined the Rockford University staff in September 2016.  Scott is originally from Nevada, Iowa and received a Bachelor of Arts in social work with a minor in psychology from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA).  He holds a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in health from the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND).  Scott is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University (Lisle, IL).  

Scott brings over twenty years of professional experience in residence life and college student affairs to Rockford University.  Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree, he began his professional career in residence life serving as a hall director and residence life coordinator at multiple institutions:  North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, and the University of Northern Iowa.  Scott went on to serve as an Assistant Director of Education and Development at Missouri State University and most recently as the Director of Campus Student Affairs at Ashford University (Clinton, IA).  These positions also allowed the opportunity to gain experience in academic advising, as well as an instructor of Liberal Arts courses focusing on resident assistants and student development.

Scott is a member of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I); American College Personnel Association (ACPA); Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA); Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO); and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). 

 

John Nicholson
Residence Hall Director – Small Houses Complex
M.S.E., Fort Hays State University
B.S. Truman State University
Phone: 815-394-5028
Fax: 815-394-3730
Email: Jnicholson@rockford.edu

John Nicholson is the Residence Hall Director for the small houses, he joined the Rockford University staff in June of 2017. John is originally from Glenview, Illinois and received a Bachelor of Science in justice systems and a minor in economics from Truman State University (Kirksville, MO). He also holds a Master of Science in Education from Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS).

As a new professional John is actively engaged in multiple associations including Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention (NODA). John is a new member in Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO).

 

Molly HutchcroftMolly Hutchcroft
Residence Hall Director – Cummings Complex and Olson Hall
M.S.W., University of Denver
B.A. Psychology, DePaul University
Phone: 815-226-4094
Fax: 815-394-3730
Email: mhutchcroft@rockford.edu

Molly Hutchcroft is the Residence Hall Director for Cummings Complex and Olson Hall. She joined the Rockford University staff in August 2017 after graduating with her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration on mental health, from the University of Denver. Prior to living in Denver, CO, Molly lived in Chicago for four years while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at DePaul University. She is originally from Hiawatha, IA.

Working with many different populations over the past six years, Molly brings a new perspective to Rockford University. Molly began working with college students when she was at DePaul University by being a Resident Advisor and being on the executive board for Residence Hall Council. When she graduated and moved to Denver, she began working with children 5-17 years of age with behavioral and mental health concerns in a residential setting providing crisis response. She also worked with college students who had experienced interpersonal violence, brought in discussions about interpersonal violence into the classrooms, and assisted with many other events to bring awareness about interpersonal violence to the college environment. Molly has also worked with adults struggling with substance use and mental health. Molly is a recent member of the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) and hopes to become a member of other Student Affairs organizations.

Resident Assistants

Barnes Hall

Sindy

Academic Year: Junior 
Major: Sociology-Criminal Justice
Hometown: Rockford, IL

 

Caster Hall

Vanessa

Academic year: Senior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Dubuque, IA

 

Dayton Hall

 

Madison

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Ekvall Hall

 

Abigail

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Emerson Hall

Damian

Academic Year: Senior
Major: 2-D Fine Art
Hometown: Davis, IL

 

Lathrop Hall

Cris

Academic Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Shreveport, LA

 

Olson Hall

Nate

Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Pre-Med
Hometown: Pecatonica, IL

 

McPhail Hall

Finnley

Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Pre-vet
Hometown: Santa Fe, NM

 

Svenson Hall

 

Haley

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Talcott Hall

McKenna

Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: History
Hometown: Rockford, IL

Department Information

Residence Life
Kent Center--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4026
fax: 815-394-3730
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life
residencelife@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Nonprofit Job Board

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Regional Manager of Major Giving Programs - The Salvation Army USA Central Territory

Position Title: Regional Manager of Major Giving Programs

Organization: The Salvation Army USA Central Territory

Description: KEES has been exclusively retained by The Salvation Army USA Central Territory in its search for two Regional Managers of Major Giving Programs at its Territorial Headquarters in the Chicago suburbs.

The position requires an innovative and skilled manager with superb communication talents and an inherent ability to establish one’s presence and become a highly visible resource. The Regional Managers will participate with other senior leadership to develop major gift strategy, communication plans and donor prospects. The Regional Manager will train, support and coach a team of approximately 15 members, taking a proactive and goal-oriented approach with the right balance of professional supportiveness and healthy accountability. Responsibilities will include ensuring that each DRD has a qualified caseload, understand goals, methods and delivers results and information in a timely manner.

To Apply: To apply, candidates should submit their cover letter and resume and complete the online application at https://alfordexecutivesearch.applicantstack.com/x/openings.
All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. No applications will be accepted via email.
This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, President/CEO and Sue Bultman, Senior Consultant of KEES. Questions may be addressed to sbultman@kees2success.com.

Additional Details: KEES is a retained search and consulting firm dedicated to building transformative teams and leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors.

The Salvation Army is an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army USA Central Territory is one of four national territories and serves as the administrative head of 10 Divisions and 257 corps (program service sites) throughout the central United States.

Posting Date: February 21, 2018

Posting to be Removed: April 15, 2018

Festival Coordinator - The West Side Show Room

Position Title: Festival Coordinator

Organization: The West Side Show Room

Description: The Festival Coordinator assists the Festival Producer and Festival Director in all aspects of pre-production, including event planning, communications, and scheduling. Responsibilities include monitoring the festival email account, managing the submissions database, and facilitating the script review process. We are looking for an individual who is highly organized, flexible, and possesses solid computer skills, including proficiency in Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat is a plus.

This is a temporary position. Duties will be performed as needed from February to August of 2018. Time commitment is an average of 1-2 hours per week. The Festival Coordinator may work remotely, but must be available to attend scheduled production meetings and the staged reading event on August 23, 2018.

For more information visit www.thewssr.org/festival-coordinator

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume or brief description of qualifications to: Beth Edgerton, Theater Manager
contact@thewssr.org


Posting Date: February 8, 2018

Posting to be Removed: February 21, 2018

Registered Nurse - Crusader Community Health

Position Title: Registered Nurse

Organization: Crusader Community Health

Description:

POSITION SUMMARY:
This is a direct service position in Crusader Community Health (CCH). The Registered Professional Nurse (RN) coordinates nursing and medical interventions, patient care planning, education, promotes optimal patient health, and directs the care provided by the Medical Assistant and Certified Nurse Assistant within the scope of the State of Illinois Nurse Practice Act and in accordance with the Code of Ethics for Nurses. For those working on a Patient Centered Medical Home unit, participates in a team approach to patient care by attending and contributing in regular team meetings and education sessions. This position reports to the Medical Unit Manager, the Vice President of Community Relations or the Director of Women’s Health Services. http://www.crusaderhealth.org/womens-health-services-registered-nurse/

To Apply: Send a resume to HR@crusaderhealth.org

Posting Date: February 7, 2018

Posting to be Removed: May 1, 2018

Health Educator - Crusader Community Health

Position Title: Health Educator

Organization: Crusader Community Health

Description:

POSITION SUMMARY: The Health Educator is a member of a team of professionals that support the work of the medical providers by educating patients regarding health promotion, disease prevention, and management of chronic diseases. Health education is provided by one-on-one counseling and group discussion at all clinic locations. The Health Educator also educates the community by participating in health promotion events and initiatives. An individual Health Educator may specialize in the health education needs of a specific population, such as diabetes, or may provide a specific area of health education that requires specialized and advanced training, such as nutritional counseling provided by a Registered Dietician. http://www.crusaderhealth.org/health-educatordiabetic-educator/

To Apply: Send a resume to HR@crusaderhealth.org

Posting Date: February 7, 2018

Posting to be Removed: May 1, 2018

Planned Giving Specialist - Crusader Community Health Foundation

Position Title: Planned Giving Specialist

Organization: Crusader Community Health Foundation

Description:

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Planned Giving Specialist will lead the Planned Giving Committee of the Foundation Board in implementing all aspects of the strategic plan with regard to planned giving. The Planned Giving Specialist will work with the Vice President of Development, Crusader Management, Foundation Board and other key stakeholders to enhance and support the overall mission of the organization to ensure that prospering planned giving continues to enhance the future of the organization. The Planned Giving Specialist is part of the Crusader Community Health Foundation and reports to the Vice President of Development.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
1. Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
2. Proven track record of three to five years of relationship based fundraising and/or relevant work experience
3. Experience managing gifts of $10,000 or more preferred
4. Proven track record of securing donations preferred
5. Previous development of area community relationships preferred
6. Demonstrated ability to solicit and secure planned charitable gifts preferred
7. Detailed knowledge of planned giving strategies and terminology preferred

To Apply: Crusader Community Health serves the Rock River Valley area with quality primary health care for all people in need. CCH provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes: Medical, Dental, Flexible Spending/Health Savings Account, Life Insurance, Accident Coverage, Critical Illness Coverage. Employees enjoy company paid Life Insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability, paid Holidays, Personal Days, accrued Paid Time Off hours (PTO)- 18 days in the first year. Additionally, employees may enroll in the CCH 403(b) Retirement Plan, with employer match after one year of service.

To be considered for this position, please email your Microsoft Word resume and cover letter to hr@crusaderhealth.org. To review a full job description, please visit our website at www.crusaderhealth.org. No phone calls please

Posting Date: February 5, 2018

Posting to be Removed: March 31, 2018

RN Trainer - DD Homes

Position Title: RN Trainer

Organization: DD Homes

Description: DD Homes is seeking a full-time 1st shift RN Trainer. This position is a full time position with flexible scheduling opportunities. The appropriate candidate has at least two years of clinical nursing experience as required by Illinois Department of Human Services.

The RN Trainer coordinates care for 72 clients in seven group homes in Rockford, IL. The ideal candidate will be have a passion for teaching, be compassionate, and communicate well. They must be organized, able to work independently and manage a schedule, and work well as part of a care team including a full time LPN, Part Time RN, Administrator, and facility managers. The RNT will obtain Nurse Trainer certification within 30 days of hire, and must have at least two years clinical/hands on nursing experience within the past five years.

The RNT will help to train authorized employees to safely administer medications to clients, provide guidance and RN decision making in regards to client care, and assist the Administrator in making training and disciplinary decisions. The RNT will also coordinate with the LPN to complete monthly RN notes, as well as quarterly and annual assessments.

Benefits Include: Competitive Salary; On Call rotation for phone calls; First Shift Hours, Weekdays; No mandatory overtime; Nine holidays off with pay; Up to five weeks of paid vacation of per year; Home setting; No direct supervisory requirement;
401k with company match; Health Insurance including options for vision and Dental insurance; Tuition Match available;
Nurse Student Loan Assistance (Up to $5,000); Cell Phone Discount; Flexible Spending Account (Healthcare or Childcare).

To Apply: Please email resume and letter of interest to: bcallahan@ddhomes.net or call 815-912-2207 for more information. We look forward to working with you!

Posting Date: February 1, 2018

Posting to be Removed: February 28, 2018

Fundraising/Event Planning Intern - RAMP

Position Title: Fundraising/Event Planning Intern

Organization: RAMP

Description: ORGANIZATION INFO: RAMP empowers people with disabilities to realize there are no limits to what they can do. We accomplish this by assisting them to live independently, make changes in their own lives, seek peer support, obtain resources and remove barriers that threaten their dreams of independence.

PURPOSE OF INTERN: The Development Intern assists with all aspects and logistics related to special event planning for fundraising purposes. The intern will assist with setting up presentations/meetings with current/potential sponsors, communicate with community partners who are participating in upcoming events, assisting with mailings, securing door prizes and auction items, running errands for the events and working with volunteers.

EXPERIENCE GAINED: The intern will learn how an event is planned from start to finish and how to connect with community partners for event success.

POSITION PARAMETERS: Reports directly to the Marketing and Special Events Coordinator. Mileage and expenses reimbursed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Currently working on a Bachelors Degree in a field related to the positions job activities, or,
equivalent education and work experience;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to present information in a clear, concise manner;
• Literacy in computer applications including word processing, excel, and database management;
• Ability to handle multiple tasks while maintaining deadlines;
• Professional manner in dress and when interacting with others both inside and outside of the organization;
• Reliable transportation;
• Good team working skills;
• Self-motivated;
• Personal experience and/or an intimate knowledge of disabilities;
• Strong desire to see the Independent Living Philosophy carried out in the community.

To Apply: Send resume and letter of interest to HR via email at mspain@rampcil.org or fax 815-968-7612.

Posting Date: January 26, 2018

Posting to be Removed: February 28, 2018

Assistant VP, Strategic Development & Events - Outreach Community Ministries

Position Title: Assistant VP, Strategic Development & Events

Organization: Outreach Community Ministries

Description: As a key member of the Outreach Community Ministries Resource Development team, and reporting to the Vice President of Resource Development, the Assistant Vice President (AVP) will be responsible for creating and implementing strategy as it relates to deeper engagement of donors and sponsors through fundraising events. The successful candidate will be relationship-focused and a strategic thinker. The AVP will create plans and structures to maximize donor participation with regard to events and major sponsorships. View the full job description.

To Apply: Candidates must complete the online application at http://alfordexecutivesearch.applicantstack.com/x/openings and thereon submit their cover letter and resume. To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE. This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, President/CEO, and Sue Bultman, Senior Consultant of KEES. Questions may be addressed to sbultman@kees2success.com.

Posting Date: January 31, 2018

Posting to be Removed: March 30, 2018

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Past Rock Solid Regents

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Past Rock Solid Regents

A Rock Solid Regent is a student that truly exemplifies what it means to be Rock Solid. Rock Solid Regents are recognized for a variety of reasons, including for academic achievements, extracurricular involvement and campus leadership. Students are nominated by faculty and staff members that recognize that these students’ contributions to Rockford University go above and beyond expectations.  Learn more about any of the Rock Solid Regents by selecting their name.

Sarah Combs

05/03/2016
Sarah Combs from Roscoe Illinois is the final Rock Solid Regent for the spring 2016 semester. Sarah is a senior early childhood education major and was nominated by Elisa Bott, Assistant Professor of Education.

Jennifer Caterina

04/22/2016
Jennifer Caterina is the Rock Solid Regent for the week of April 17. She is a sophomore math and theater major from Huntingdon, Tennessee. She was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik and Dr. Filiz Dik.

Aaron Pearson

04/12/2016
Aaron Pearson, from Belvidere, Illinois is the Rock Solid Regent for the week of April 11. Aaron is a senior in the Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS) program and was nominated by Donna Harvey, Director for the BSMS Program.

Hanqing (Tracy) Wang

04/04/2016
The Rock Solid Regent for the week of April 4 is freshman Hanqing (Tracy) Wang. Tracy is a political science major from Jiangsu, China. She was nominated by Maria Diemer, Assistant Director of the Office of Global Affairs.

Morgan Bell

03/21/2016
Morgan Bell, from Rockford, Illinois is the Rock Solid Regent for the week of March 21. Morgan is a junior criminal justice and psychology major. She was nominated by Stacy Simms, Assistant Director of SAS.

Lewis Bochette

03/14/2016
Freshman Lewis Bochette is the Rock Solid Regent for the week of March 14. Lewis is a nursing major from Harvard, Illinois.

Lauren Spitznas

02/29/2016
Lauren Spitznas, from Rockford, Illinois is the Rock Solid Regent for the week of February 29. Lauren, is a junior nursing major and was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik.

Samantha Hodson

02/15/2016
Samantha is a senior theater major with a concentration in design/tech from Flower Mound, Texas. She has a special interest in stage management and scenic design for theater. She was nominated by Mariah Harris, Residence Hall Director.

John Finley

02/09/2016
John Finley, from Rockford, Illinois is a junior political science major and was nominated by Rebecca Wallgren, Box Office Manager for Maddox Theatre.

Sintheyah Siyarath

02/03/2016
Sintheyah is a freshman criminal justice major from Rockford, Illinois. She was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik, ‌Professor and Chair Department of Mathematics, Computer Science & Physics.

Vanessa Ostrander

02/03/2016
Vanessa is a biology major from Dubuque, Iowa. She was nominated by Jennifer Nordstrom, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Admission. Jennifer shared that Vanessa is a fantastic representative of RU.

Brett Ott

12/01/2015
Brett is from, South Beloit, Illinois and was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik and Dr. Filiz Dik. He is a math major, and this is his first semester at RU.

Mayra Rodriguez

12/01/2015
Mayra is a senior Elementary Education major from LaSalle-Peru, Illinois. She is a Golden Apple Scholar and is also pursuing teaching endorsements in Bilingual and Special Education. Mayra was nominated by Professor Lynn Stafford, Associate Professor in the Education Department.

Grant Anliker

11/04/2015
Grant is a freshman mathematics major from Belvidere, Illinois. He was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik, Professor and Chair Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics.

Tessa Rhodes

10/26/2015
Tessa is from, Belvidere, Illinois and was nominated by Dr. Tara Wood. She is a junior special education major, and this is her first semester at Rockford University.

Megan Miller

10/19/2015
Megan is a senior elementary education major from Lanark, Illinois. She is working towards earning a teacher license with an additional endorsement in special education. She was nominated by Assistant Professor of Education, Dr. Lydia Gerzel-Short.‌‌‌

Joshua Cooper

10/12/2015
Josh is senior physical education major, from Yorkville, Illinois. He was nominted by Professor Tammy Schiek.

Andrew Miller

10/05/2015
Andrew is a senior special education major from Rockford, Illinois. He was nominated by Professor Lynn Stafford.

Haley Taylor

09/28/2015
Haley is a sophomore nursing major from Roscoe, Illinois. She was nominated by Mariah Harris, Residence Hall Director. Haley currently serves as the Resident Assistant (RA) for Emerson Hall and she excels in this leadership role.

Samantha Riffle

09/14/2015
Samantha was nominated by Dr. Robin Miller Young. She is a senior early childhood major from originally from Rockford, Illinois who is going to get her Professional Educator License (PEL) in early childhood and early childhood special education.

Department Information

Office of Student Success and Retention
Nelson Hall--1st floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4004
fax: 815-226-2822
Karen Walker, Ed.D., Director
KWalker@rockford.edu

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Rock Solid Regents

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Rock Solid Regent

A Rock Solid Regent is a student that truly exemplifies what it means to be Rock Solid. Rock Solid Regents are recognized for a variety of reasons, including for academic achievements, extracurricular involvement and campus leadership. Students are nominated by faculty and staff members that recognize that these students’ contributions to Rockford University go above and beyond expectations.  Learn more about any of the Rock Solid Regents by selecting their name.

 

Activities 2014-2015

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ACTIVITIES 2014-2015

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Department Information

Young Women & Girls in Illinois
Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

YoungWomenGirlsIllinois@rockford.edu

Project Contacts:
Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D., French and Gender Studies
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D., Classical Studies
Mary Weaks-Baxter, Ph.D., English
Belinda Wholeben, Ph.D., Psychology

Resources

12/09/2016 5:00 pm

RESOURCES

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Department Information

Young Women & Girls in Illinois
Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

YoungWomenGirlsIllinois@rockford.edu

Project Contacts:
Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D., French and Gender Studies
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D., Classical Studies
Mary Weaks-Baxter, Ph.D., English
Belinda Wholeben, Ph.D., Psychology

Upcoming Events

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Department Information

Young Women & Girls in Illinois
Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

YoungWomenGirlsIllinois@rockford.edu

Project Contacts:
Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D., French and Gender Studies
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D., Classical Studies
Mary Weaks-Baxter, Ph.D., English
Belinda Wholeben, Ph.D., Psychology

Research

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RESEARCH

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Department Information

Young Women & Girls in Illinois
Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

YoungWomenGirlsIllinois@rockford.edu

Project Contacts:
Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D., French and Gender Studies
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D., Classical Studies
Mary Weaks-Baxter, Ph.D., English
Belinda Wholeben, Ph.D., Psychology

Drugs and Alcohol Policy

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DRUGS AND ALCOHOL POLICY

Alcohol and Other Drugs on Campus – Policy and Information

It is the policy of Rockford University to promote a campus environment that is free of drug and alcohol abuse. In order to ensure a safe, secure and healthy environment for its community and to comply with its obligations under the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Rockford University prohibits students from unlawfully possessing, using, consuming, purchasing, distributing, manufacturing, dispensing, or selling on the University’s premises or as a part of any of the University’s activities: 1) illicit substances; 2) drug paraphernalia; 3) lawful controlled substances, except as medically authorized and used in accordance with their prescriptions; and 4) alcohol.
Both State law and Rockford University policies prohibit the purchase, possession and/or consumption of alcohol by any person under the age of 21 (twenty-one). Under strict supervision, alcohol may be served at approved events. Any individual or recognized group sponsoring an event associated with Rockford University must obtain approval before an event when alcohol will be available.

Federal and state laws, and Rockford University policy, prohibit the sale, re-sale, possession, use or distribution of any controlled substances or prescription medication. The sole exceptions to this policy are (1) the use of prescribed medications by the patient for whom the medication was prescribed where such medication is used only as directed by the physician who prescribed the medication; and (2) the sale and/or dispensing of prescription medications by healthcare professionals within the scope of their licenses to do so and in accordance with the law.

Students found in violation of this policy are subject to serious University disciplinary action (suspension or dismissal) and arrests under the state and federal laws.

 Medications used at the University must be taken and/or disposed of properly and according to safe and acceptable medical practices. The University will facilitate counseling and referral to treatment as appropriate.

The University has the authority to enter and search any room or area of the campus where there is reason to believe that established standards of conduct or health and safety regulations are being violated, or when there is reason to believe that illegal drugs/substances may be stored, used, sold or otherwise distributed.

Finally, Rockford University reserves the right to notify the Rockford City Police Department whenever drugs or drug-paraphernalia are found on campus. Therefore, in addition to College-related disciplinary action, students violating drug policies risk arrest and prosecution for violations of drug-related laws by city, state, or federal offices. Therefore, in addition to College-related disciplinary action, students violating drug policies risk arrest and prosecution for violations of drug-related laws by city, state, or federal offices.

Violations of this policy will be processed through the Student Code.

 

Alcohol and Other Drugs – Policy Review

 
The Chief Student Life Officer is that person designated by the University to be responsible for the administration of University policies concerning drugs and alcohol. Working closely with representatives from various departments, the Vice President will conduct a review of Rockford University’s policies on alcohol and other drugs every two years to ensure that the University is in compliance with federal and state laws and that policies effectively address conditions regarding students, University organizations, student activity policies, and University employment issues.
 
 

Alcohol at University-Sponsored/Hosted Events

  • Alcohol at University-Sponsored/Hosted Events
  • Permits are required for events in residence hall rooms that involve 10 or more individuals. Permits are also required for any event that involves alcohol. Permits at Rockford University are commonly referred to as an SOR (Statement of Responsibility).
  • If a student wishes to host a party and wants to serve alcohol, s/he must be 21 or older and first attend an alcohol education program. (A non-alcohol SOR does not require this program.)
  • Alcohol Permits will not be issued during Orientation Week, exam weeks, or during times when children are invited to campus.
  • The event host(ess) must meet with the Director of Student Development or designee at least two weeks prior to the event. An Alcohol Permit will be reviewed and completed by the sponsor, indicating responsibility for the event.
  • Completed permits must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the event.
  • The event host(ess) must be at least 21 years of age. To obtain a permit for the consumption of alcohol, the host(ess) must agree not to consume alcohol prior to or during the event he/she is hosting. The host(ess) is responsible for the compliance with the alcohol policy and will be held accountable for any violation of the policy.
  • The host/ess must agree not to consume alcohol at least eight hours before or during the event. S/he also agrees to be responsible for making sure that guests comply with all campus regulations and the alcohol policy. Violations may result in the immediate closing of the party.
  • An effective means for ID checking must be implemented and students who are less than 21 years old as well as intoxicated persons may not be served.
  • A bartender will be hired through Chartwell’s Food Service and Campus Security will be contacted to monitor the event (one officer attending the event if attendance is expected to exceed 50).
  • The use of University or organizational funds to purchase alcohol is prohibited.
  • Approval of an Alcohol Permit implies institutional registration of the event, but does not imply that Rockford University is responsible for the event.
  • Be advised that leaders of campus organizations and departments sponsoring campus events at which alcohol is served could be held liable for any damages and injuries caused by intoxicated guests during or following the event.
  • The club advisor must be present at club-sponsored events where alcohol is served.
  • Times for Events – In Residence Halls an event may be held on days prior to non-class days and other special occasions with approval from the Director of Student Development. In other areas an event may be held with the approval of the Director of Student Development, with the exception of the following: No more than two campus events where alcohol is served can be held in a 24 hour period; Alcohol Permits will not be issued during orientation weeks, exam weeks, or on weekends where children are invited to campus.
  • Events at which alcohol is served on a Friday or Saturday may not extend past 2 A.M.
  • Events which serve alcohol on weekdays prior to classes will not extend past midnight.
  • Attendance at Campus Events with Alcohol – Campus events at which alcohol is served are open only to Rockford University students, faculty, staff, alumni, ELSC students and their invited guests. Each member of the Rockford University community is responsible for the behavior of his/her guest. Rockford University students must present a valid Rockford University ID for admittance to campus events. Valid proof of legal age must be presented to purchase alcohol.
  • Types of Alcohol Allowed – The only alcohol allowed is beer, wine, and wine coolers. These may not be served for a time period of more than four hours.
  • Food and Other Beverages – Nonalcoholic beverages must be featured as prominently as alcohol and available in sufficient quantity to serve the anticipated number of persons under the age of 21 and half of the anticipated persons over the age of 21. All beverages must be served in clear plastic cups. Food must be available in sufficient quantity to last the duration of the event and served free to guests. The serving of alcohol must end one hour prior to the end of the event or when the food runs out, whichever comes first.
  • Intoxicated Students and Driving – Anyone driving on campus who is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be stopped and detained by the Rockford University Security Officers. If a student is determined to be unable to safely drive a vehicle, a security officer will park the student’s vehicle and retain the keys until the student is sober. The incident will be reported to the Chief Student Life Officer and appropriate action will occur. The City of Rockford Police may also be called if deemed necessary. If the student is found to be intoxicated while driving the vehicle by the Rockford Police, the student will be arrested. It is expected that the legal use of alcohol on campus will conform to the laws of the State of Illinois and to the health and welfare of self and others. Anyone who chooses to use alcohol will be held fully responsible for his/her behavior while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Intoxicated commuter students or guests (non-students) on campus, under age 21 or otherwise, will be asked to leave campus. If they arrived in their own transportation, their keys will be confiscated by a security officer and they will need to find other transportation. They may return the following day for vehicles and keys.
  • Event Locations
    • Burpee Center: Regents Hall, Grace Roper Lounge, Grace Roper Patio, Forrest Cool Lounge
    • Clark Arts Center: Multipurpose Room, Courtyard, Lobby, Loggia, Art Gallery, Cheek Theater
    • Library: Patio
    • Lion’s Den: (Chartwell’s Food Service has a liquor license to serve from Lion’s Den Snack Bar)
    • Other Areas (Indoors): With special approval from the Chief Student Life Officer or Director of Student Development.
    • Grounds: Alcohol is not permitted at outdoor events, except as approved on Grace Roper Patio and the Library Patio unless special permission is obtained from the Chief Student Life Officer or Director of Student Development. Alcohol which is consumed on University grounds without a permit or in a hallway will be disposed of regardless of the person’s age. The individual will be documented and sanctioned for policy violation.

Alcohol Use in the Residence Halls

Students must be at least 21 years old to possess/consume alcohol in rooms and anywhere else on campus. Furthermore,

  1. Alcohol is permitted in residence hall rooms/suites (except for Emerson and Dayton residence halls) where at least one of the occupants is of legal drinking age. Those consuming alcohol must be at least 21 years old. Residents of these rooms/suites are responsible for ensuring that appropriate laws, ordinances, and University policies are upheld.
  2. Beer, wine, and wine coolers are the only forms of alcohol permitted in the residence halls. Rockford University prohibits all other kinds of alcohol in the residence halls. Kegs and any other shared containers that dispense alcohol are also prohibited.
  3. Emerson and Dayton residence halls are alcohol-free. No alcohol is permitted at any time, by anyone, of any age in these halls.
  4. Alcohol is not allowed in common areas (hallways, lounges, restrooms, outside, etc.) without an approved permit. (Statement of Responsibility, SOR). If alcohol is present in a common area without a permit, it will be disposed of immediately regardless of the age of the individual in possession.
  5. If all roommates who occupy a room/suite are below the age of 21, the room/suite must remain alcohol-free at all times.
  6. If a Rockford University student or guest is below the age of 21 and is found possessing and/or consuming alcohol, the alcohol will be disposed of immediately and the student in possession will be charged with a violation of the Rockford University alcohol policy.
  7. If a Rockford University student or guest is below the age of 21 and found possessing or consuming alcohol in a room/suite that is occupied by residents of legal age, the legal age residents/occupants of the room will be held responsible for allowing individuals under the age of 21 to consume alcohol.
  8. A Statement of Responsibility (SOR) is required for any event in a residence hall room/suite (or on the Rockford University property) that involves ten (10) or more individuals where alcohol is present. Failure to complete an SOR prior to an event with ten or more individuals is an alcohol violation and will result in the event being shut down.
  9. In the event that a room/suite is being confronted for policy violations, an Incident Report will be completed. For accuracy of reports, names of all individuals present will be gathered by an authorized staff member of the University. This does not mean that all individuals will be charged with a policy violation.

Alcohol and Other Drugs – State and Federal Laws

 

The following criminal penalties are applicable to the identified categories of offenses:

Illinois Law
In Illinois, it is against the law to sell or deliver alcohol to anyone under 21 (twenty-one), or to any intoxicated person [235 ILCS 5/6-16]. Violations can result in fines of up to $1,000 and one year in jail.

It is also illegal for a person under 21 to present false identification in an attempt to purchase alcohol, to purchase, accept delivery or have possession of alcohol, or to consume alcohol. [235 ILCS 5/6-20] Violation of the law is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.

Recent legislation signed by the Governor provides further penalties: (1) The Secretary of State is authorized to suspend or revoke without a hearing the driver’s license or instruction permit of a person under 21 who has purchased or attempted to purchase alcohol from a duly licensed establishment or who has consumed alcohol on licensed premises. (2) Local liquor commissioners have the duty to report to the Secretary of State any conviction for a violation of the Liquor Control Act, or a similar provision of a local ordinance, prohibiting a person under 21 from purchasing, accepting, possessing, or consuming alcohol and prohibiting the transfer or alteration of identification cards, the use of the identification card of another or a false or forged identification card, or the use of false information to obtain an identification card. (3) The Secretary of State is authorized to suspend or revoke the driver’s license or learner’s permit of any person convicted of violating any of the prohibitions listed above in “(2)” or similar provisions of local ordinances.

Substantial penalties exist in Illinois for the operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with a blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08 or greater. Arrests are also possible at lower alcohol levels if driving is impaired. The first offense can result in a $1,000 fine, incarceration for up to one year, and suspension or revocation of the offender’s driver’s license. Subsequent offenses entail penalties of significantly greater severity. Transporting open alcohol containers in a motor vehicle is also punishable under Illinois law.



Possession and delivery of illicit drugs are prohibited in Illinois through the Cannabis Control Act [740 ILCS 40/0.01 et seq.] and the Controlled Substances Act [720 ILCS 570/100 et seq. and 720 ILCS 570/401 et seq.]. Penalties vary with the amount of the drug confiscated; the type of drug found; the number of previous offenses by the individual; and whether the individual intended to manufacture, sell, or use the drug. A first-time conviction of possession of a controlled substance can result in a one- to three-year prison sentence, plus a fine of up to $15,000. More severe penalties may be imposed for conviction of class 2, 3, or 4 felonies involving manufacture or delivery to a minor.

Vehicles used with knowledge of the owner in the commission of any offense prohibited by the Cannabis Control Act or Controlled Substances Act can be seized by the government; all ownership rights are forfeited.

Federal Law
Under the revised federal sentencing guidelines, federal courts can sentence simple-possession first offenders to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Penalties for subsequent convictions are significantly greater [21 U.S.C. 844(a)]. A sentence of life imprisonment can result from a conviction for possession of a controlled substance that results in death or bodily injury. Possession of more than five grams of cocaine can trigger an intent-to-distribute penalty of ten to sixteen years in prison [U.S.S.G.S. 2D2.1(b)(1)].

Excerpt used with permission of University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign, Division of Public Safety

 

Rockford University: A Commitment to Help

A problem exists when one’s use of alcohol causes physical or emotional harm, impairs one’s judgment, infringes upon the rights of others, or interferes with one’s work, relationships, or daily life. Rockford University regards an alcohol problem as it does other behavioral/medical ones and does not attach a moral or social stigma to such personal difficulties. Alcohol and other chemical dependency problems can be treated successfully if they are identified as early as possible and if appropriate treatment programs are promptly instituted. Rockford University is committed to providing resources for prevention programs and referral for treatment as needed.

Department Information

RU  Police & Department of Public Safety
Marland Physical Plant
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4060
fax: 815-394-5293
Tim Trevier, Chief of Police
Jeff Boatwright, Deputy Chief of Police 
SafetyandSecurity@rockford.edu