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Past Rock Solid Regents

01/05/2017 1:55 pm

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

01/05/2017 1:29 pm

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

12/09/2016 5:03 pm

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

12/09/2016 4:58 pm

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

12/09/2016 4:56 pm

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

11/28/2016 11:48 am

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

Campus Safety and Security
Marland Physical Plant
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4060
fax: 815-394-5293
Jeff Boatwright, Interim Director
SafetyandSecurity@rockford.edu

Safety Precautions

11/28/2016 11:43 am

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Personal safety begins with you! You are responsible for your own actions and behaviors. Exercise common sense in your daily life. Statistics show theft is the most common crime on the university campuses today. These crimes are mainly due to carelessness. Most thefts on campus occur when rooms are left unlocked and personal property is left unattended.

Safety Suggestions:

  • Use well-traveled and well-lit routes.
  • Do not walk alone; walk in pairs or small groups. Call the campus operator and ask for assistance from Student Patrol or the on-duty Campus Safety & Security Officer.
  • Have your keys or door access card out. Be prepared to enter your vehicle, residence hall or academic building when you arrive.
  • Report any burned-out lights to Campus Safety & Security.
  • Report any suspicious individuals or activity to Campus Safety & Security.
  • Protect your personal belongings; lock your door at all times.
  • If followed on to campus, walk or drive directly to the Campus Safety & Security Office and seek assistance.
  • Remember you are responsible for your own behavior. Alcohol and other drugs may severely impair your judgment and ability to communicate.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation makes you uncomfortable, leave or ask the other person to leave. Be assertive. Use common sense.
  • Do not give your name, address or telephone numbers to people you do not know.
  • Never help someone you do not know unless you have a “buddy” to assist you. You never know what that person calling for help may do!
  • Familiarize yourself with the campus and community resources.
  • Keep all valuables out of sight in your parked vehicle.
  • Use locks at all times.
  • Do not prop open doors.
  • Do not give out any personal or financial information over the Internet, e-mail account or by telephone without first verifying with the firm requesting the information that the request is genuine.
  • If you observe an unescorted visitor in your residence hall, notify your RA immediately.
  • If your ID card is lost or stolen, notify Campus Safety & Security immediately.
  • When you are out for the evening, let someone on campus know where you are and who you are with, and to report it to security authorities if you do not return when you have indicated that you would return to campus.

The above safety tips are provided by your Campus Safety & Security Department and are intended to help ensure your safety while a member of our campus community.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Campus Safety and Security
Marland Physical Plant
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4060
fax: 815-394-5293
Jeff Boatwright, Interim Director
SafetyandSecurity@rockford.edu

Vehicle & Driving Policy

11/28/2016 11:31 am

VEHICLE & DRIVING POLICY

Owned, Leased & Rental Vehicles

Vehicles owned by Rockford University or leased/rented on behalf of Rockford University can be driven by any member of the University’s faculty, staff or student body as long as the individual:

  • Is 21 years of age
  • Has provided proof of a valid driver’s license to Campus Security
  • Has provided proof of personal automobile insurance coverage to Campus Security, and Campus Security has verified a satisfactory driving record

Students are not allowed to rent vehicles on behalf of Rockford University.

Students may drive an owned, leased, or rental vehicle only if they are part of a sponsoring organization (i.e. athletic team, student club, classroom group, etc.), have advisor approval, and have at least one member of faculty or staff accompanying the group. A member of faculty or staff must ensure the student meets the above requirements.

The VanTerras leased by Rockford University are available to the general campus and, whenever possible, should be used when there are five or more individuals traveling together and as an alternative to renting vehicles. The buses can be reserved through Athletics Administration office at 815-226-4085.

Rockford University partners with Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Rockford office on State Street for vehicle rentals. Please see the University’s rental guide on my.rockford.edu for further details.

Owned, leased and rental vehicles are covered under the Rockford University automobile insurance policy (separate insurance should not be purchased for rental vehicles). A Certificate of Insurance is available from the Business Office. Individuals who drive these vehicles for University business are covered under this policy, provided they meet the above requirements. However, personal automobile insurance is required as a condition of driving on behalf of Rockford University.

Drivers of any owned or leased vehicle may pay for fuel purchases with the GE Fleet fuel card issued for the vehicle or with a Rockford University credit card or cash. Drivers of rental vehicles may pay for fuel purchases with a Rockford University credit card, personal credit card, or cash. Fuel purchases with a GE Fleet fuel card are billed direct to the University; no expense is needed. Receipts for fuel purchases whether by credit card or cash are to be submitted on an expense report to the Business Office.

Roadside assistance for the vehicles that are owned or leased by Rockford University is available by calling GE Fleet Services at 800-328-6363. This service is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. Each owned or leased vehicle that is covered by the GE Fleet program has a driver’s guide in the vehicle which contains the GE Fleet program information necessary to obtain this service.

Roadside assistance for vehicles rented through the local office of Enterprise Rent-A-Car is available by calling the local office at 815, 397-1400 during business hours or 800, 307-6666 during non-business house.

Accidents that occur while using a vehicle owned, leased or rented by Rockford University are to be reported to Security and to the Business Office immediately so Security can file the necessary internal reports and the Business Office can contact the insurance carrier. In the case of a vehicle rented from Enterprise, the driver is also responsible to notify their local office at 815, 397-1400.

Accidents that occur while using a vehicle owned, leased or rented by Rockford University outside of the scope of business will be the responsibility of the driver and will fall within the parameters of that individual’s personal automobile insurance, not the University’s automobile policy.

Any tickets, toll violations, etc. incurred by a member of faculty, staff or the student body while using a vehicle owned, leased or rented by Rockford University are the responsibility of the driver. They are to be reported and reimbursed to the Business Office immediately.

 

Personal Vehicles

Members of Rockford University’s faculty and staff as well as students may drive their personal vehicles to conduct University business, to participate in University sponsored activities or events off-campus, and/or to transport students for emergency or non-emergency reasons. However, Rockford University’s automobile insurance policy would not provide coverage in case of injury or accident; liability would fall under the driver’s personal automobile insurance. Members of faculty and staff who have occasion to transport students for emergency or non-emergency reasons may want to consider increasing their personal automobile insurance coverage to cover this liability. Faculty and staff who choose not to provide transportation in their personal vehicle should offer alternative options to the student as appropriate.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Campus Safety and Security
Marland Physical Plant
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4060
fax: 815-394-5293
Jeff Boatwright, Interim Director
SafetyandSecurity@rockford.edu

Student Handbook and Policies

11/28/2016 11:19 am