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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 20. Department of Criminal Justice Services
Chapter 270. Regulations Relating to Campus Security Officers
7/3/2020

6VAC20-270-30. Compulsory Minimum Entry-Level Training and Certification Standards.

A. In addition to meeting all the hiring requirements of the employing college, university, or private security services business supplying campus security services to the college or university, all campus security officers are required to meet the following compulsory minimum entry-level training and certification standards. Such person shall:

1. Be a United States citizen or legal resident eligible under United States law for employment in the United States.

2. Undergo a background investigation to include a criminal history inquiry. Results of such inquiries shall be examined by the employer.

3. Possess a high school diploma, General Education Diploma (GED), or other accepted secondary school credential.

4. Be a minimum of 18 years of age.

5. Possess a valid driver's license issued by his state of residence if required by the duties of office to operate a motor vehicle.

6. Successfully complete first aid training as determined by the employing college or university. The level and substance of such training shall be at the discretion of the employing college or university.

7. Complete the online course Introduction to Incident Command System for Higher Education (IS-100.HE) as provided by the Emergency Management Institute at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

8. Comply with compulsory minimum entry-level training standards approved by the department.

a. Every campus security officer hired before January 31, 2011, is required to comply with the compulsory minimum entry-level training standards within 365 days of the effective date of this regulation. Every campus security officer hired on or after January 31, 2011, is required to comply with the compulsory minimum entry-level training standards within 180 days of the date of hire.

b. The compulsory minimum entry-level training standard shall consist of modules of content developed and approved by the department. Such training shall include but not be limited to:

(1) The role and responsibility of campus security officers;

(2) Relevant state and federal laws;

(3) School and personal liability issues;

(4) Security awareness in the campus environment;

(5) Mediation and conflict resolution;

(6) Disaster and emergency response; and

(7) Behavioral dynamics.

c. The compulsory minimum entry-level training standard shall include a test for each module approved and provided by the department with a minimum passing grade of 70% on each module. Any officer not receiving a minimum grade of 70% on each module shall, at the discretion of the approved instructor, be given remedial training and thereafter the opportunity to be tested again on the questions incorrectly answered on the first attempt. If this option is utilized, the initial test score shall be recorded with an asterisk followed by the signature of the approved instructor who provided the remedial training. The approved instructor's signature shall be accepted as verification that the officer successfully answered enough of the questions missed on the initial test to achieve a passing score of 70%. A second unsuccessful test, subsequent to remedial training, shall result in a grade of "FAIL" after which the officer may, at the discretion of the employing college, university, or PSS business be enrolled in future training for the failed module.

9. Submit to the department a properly completed and signed application for certification from the employing college, university, or PSS business in a format provided by the department.

B. All costs associated with meeting the certification requirements are the responsibility of the employer.

C. The department may grant an extension of the time limit for completion of the compulsory minimum entry-level training and certification standards under the following documented conditions:

1. Illness or injury;

2. Military service;

3. Special duty required and performed in the public interest;

4. Administrative leave, full-time educational leave, or suspension pending investigation or adjudication of a crime; or

5. Any other reasonable situation documented by the employing college, university, or PSS business.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 29, Issue 20, eff. July 3, 2013.

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