Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 20. Department of Criminal Justice Services
8/11/2020

Chapter 270. Regulations Relating to Campus Security Officers

6VAC20-270-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Approved instructor" means a person who has been approved by the department to instruct the Campus Security Officer Training Course.

"Campus security officer" means any person employed by or contracted to a college or university for the sole purpose of maintaining peace and order and who is primarily responsible for ensuring the safety, security, and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Certified law-enforcement officers as defined in § 9.1-101 of the Code of Virginia and campus police officers appointed pursuant to § 23-233 of the Code of Virginia are not included in this definition.

"Campus security point of contact" is the person designated by the college, university, private security services business, or private security services training school to serve as the contact person between the department and the college, university, private security services business, or private security services training school on matters concerning the certification of campus security officers.

"Certification" means that a qualified person has met the compulsory minimum entry-level training standards mandated for a campus security officer.

"College or university" means an institution of higher education created to educate and grant certificates or degrees in a variety of subjects.

"Compulsory minimum entry-level training and certification standards" means the compulsory training modules and other certification requirements, determined by the department, to comprise the necessary training and certification standards required as a basis for initial certification.

"Contracted" means a person employed by a licensed private security services business under contract to perform the functions of a campus security officer.

"Date of hire" means the date an employee is hired to provide campus security officer services for a college, university, or private security services business, and whom the department must regulate.

"Department" means the Department of Criminal Justice Services or any successor agency.

"Director" means the chief administrative officer of the department.

"Employee" means a person providing campus security services hired directly by the employing college or university or a person hired by a licensed private security services business supplying campus security services to the college or university on a contract basis.

"Entry-level training requirement" means the compulsory modules determined by the department to comprise the necessary training required as a basis for certification.

"In-service training requirement" means the compulsory in-service training requirement adopted by the department for campus security officers.

"Private security services business" or "PSS" means any person engaged in the business of providing, or who undertakes to provide, security officers to another person under contract, express, or implied as defined in § 9.1-138 of the Code of Virginia.

"Private security services training school" means any person certified by the department to provide instruction in private security subjects for the training of private security service business personnel in accordance with this chapter.

"Special events" means those events at which large numbers of people gather on campus or at college or university facilities creating a need for additional or specialized security actions.

"This chapter" means the Regulations Relating to Campus Security Officers.

"Training requirement" means any entry-level or in-service training or retraining standard established by this chapter.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

6VAC20-270-20. Exemption from certification.

A. Contracted personnel who hold a valid private security services registration as an unarmed or armed security officer as defined under § 9.1-138 of the Code of Virginia are exempt from these compulsory minimum entry-level training and certification standards provided their duties are limited to security at special events.

B. Part-time officers employed or contracted to any one college or university, or any combination of colleges or universities in Virginia, are exempt from the provisions of this chapter provided that the aggregate hours worked by the officer during the calendar year do not exceed 120 hours.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

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 Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 20, eff. July 3, 2013.

6VAC20-270-40. Certification procedures.

A. The department will notify the applicant for campus security officer certification and the designated campus security point of contact for the employing college, university, or PSS business that the campus security officer is certified in accordance with this chapter after the following conditions are met:

1. Notification to the department by the designated campus security point of contact that the applicant for campus security officer certification has successfully met the following compulsory minimum entry-level training and certification standards:

a. The total of modules that comprise the compulsory minimum entry-level training as required by this chapter;

b. Complete background investigation as required by this chapter;

c. First-aid training consistent with the standard set by the employing college or university; and

d. Completion of 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) and as indicated by the department.

2. Receipt by the department of application for certification signed by the designated point of contact for the employing college, university, or PSS business.

B. If a campus security officer seeking certification is denied by the department, the department will notify the designated campus security point of contact for the employing college, university, or PSS business and the applicant in writing, outlining the basis for the denial and the process for appeal of the decision to deny.

C. The department shall maintain a current database of certified campus security officers as well as relevant training records.

D. Certification shall be for a period not to exceed 24 months.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

6VAC20-270-50. Suspension of certification.

A. Campus security officers will only be certified while employed by a college, university, or a PSS business while assigned to a college or university.

B. Certification of the campus security officer will be suspended upon the termination of the officer's employment with the college, university, or PSS business. For the purposes of this chapter, a previously certified campus security officer's status shall be changed to suspended upon the department receiving notice that the officer is no longer employed by a college, university, or PSS business.

C. Upon obtaining employment at another college, university, or PSS business, a previously certified campus security officer will not be required to repeat the compulsory minimum entry-level training provided the officer's employment starts within the two-year period of the previous certification.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

6VAC20-270-60. Training waiver for experienced officers.

A. Subject to the approval of the department, a compulsory minimum entry-level training waiver may be obtained for experienced campus security officers with a minimum of five years of experience who successfully complete the module tests with a minimum score of 70% on each test. The application for a waiver shall be submitted on the form prescribed by the department and must contain the signature of the designated campus security point of contact.

B. If any module test grade is less than 70%, the experienced officer shall be required to complete the prescribed compulsory minimum entry-level training standards as outlined in this chapter.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

6VAC20-270-70. Educational requirement waiver for experienced officers.

Subject to the approval of the department, an educational requirement waiver may be obtained for campus security officers who have been continuously employed in that capacity at a college, university, or PSS business under contract to a college or university for a minimum of five years prior to January 31, 2011.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

6VAC20-270-80. Standards of conduct.

A campus security officer shall:

1. Conform to all requirements pursuant to the Code of Virginia and this chapter;

2. Maintain a valid mailing address with the employing college, university, or PSS business at all times. Written notification of any address change shall be submitted to the campus security point of contact for the employing college, university, or PSS business no later than 10 days after the effective date of the change;

3. Inform the designated campus security point of contact for the employing college, university, or PSS business in writing within 72 hours or the beginning of the next work day, whichever comes first, after an arrest for any felony or misdemeanor;

4. Inform the designated campus security point of contact for the employing college, university, or PSS business in writing within 72 hours or the beginning of the next work day, whichever comes first, after having been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor; and

5. Inform the designated campus security point of contact for the employing college, university, or PSS business in writing within 10 days after having been found guilty by any court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to have violated the statutes or regulations of that jurisdiction.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

6VAC20-270-90. Recertification requirements.

A. Applications for recertification must be received by the department prior to certification expiration. It is the responsibility of the campus security officer employer to ensure recertification applications are filed with the department. A valid certification as a campus security officer is required in order to remain eligible for employment as a campus security officer. If the campus security officer has met the required in-service training requirements and the required in-service training documents and recertification application are on file with the department prior to expiration, the campus security officer is deemed recertified and may continue to operate in the campus security officer capacity.

B. Applicants for recertification must have completed 16 hours of in-service training during each two-year period after initial certification. The in-service training must be directly related to the duties of the campus security officer, to include a legal update and other relevant topics approved by the department.

C. Individuals whose certification is expired shall comply with the compulsory minimum entry-level training and certification standards set forth in this chapter.

D. The department, subject to its discretion, retains the right to grant an extension of the recertification time limit and requirements under the following conditions:

1. Illness or injury;

2. Military service;

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

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

E. Request for extensions shall:

1. Be submitted in writing and signed by the designated campus security point of contact for the employing college, university, or PSS business prior to the expiration date of the time limit for completion of the requirement; and

2. Indicate the projected date for the completion of the requirement.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

6VAC20-270-100. Decertification and appeal procedure.

A. The department may decertify a campus security officer who has:

1. Been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Virginia;

2. Failed to comply with or maintain compliance with compulsory minimum entry-level training and certification standards;

3. Refused to submit to a drug screening or has produced a positive result on a drug screening reported to the employer where the positive result cannot be explained to the employer's satisfaction;

4. Lied on or failed to provide required information on an employment application for the current position; or

5. Been terminated for just cause by the employing college, university, or PSS business.

B. Such campus security officer shall not have the right to serve as a campus security officer within this Commonwealth until the department has reinstated the certification.

C. The findings and the decision of the department may be appealed to the board provided that written notification is given to the attention of the Director, Department of Criminal Justice Services, within 30 days following the date notification of the decision was served or the date it was mailed to the respondent, whichever occurs first. In the event the hearing decision is served by mail, three days shall be added to that period. (Rule 2A:2 of Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court.)

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

6VAC20-270-110. Instructor approval.

A. The department may approve instructors to deliver the compulsory minimum entry-level training for campus security officers and may revoke such approval for cause.

B. Each person applying for instructor approval shall:

1. Submit an instructor application, signed by the designated point of contact of the employing college, university, PSS business, or private security services training school on the form prescribed by the department;

2. Have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) or have passed the National External Diploma Program;

3. Have a minimum of:

a. Two years of management or supervisory experience as a campus security officer or supervisory experience with any federal, state, county, or municipal law-enforcement agency in a related field; or

b. Three years of general experience as a campus security officer or with a federal, state, or local law-enforcement agency in a related field; and

4. One year experience and demonstrated success as an instructor or teacher in an accredited educational institution or law-enforcement or security agency.

C. Each person applying for instructor approval shall file with the department a properly completed application provided by the department. The department maintains the right to require additional documentation of instructor qualifications.

D. The department will evaluate qualifications based upon the justification provided.

E. Upon completion of the instructor application requirements, the department may approve the instructor for an indefinite period.

F. Each instructor shall conduct himself in a professional manner and the department may revoke instructor approval for cause.

G. The department has the authority to accept a waiver application with supporting documentation demonstrating related training or experience that meets or exceeds standards established by the department within the three years immediately preceding the date of the instructor application.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

6VAC20-270-120. Instructor standards of conduct.

An instructor shall:

1. Conform to all requirements pursuant to the Code of Virginia and this chapter;

2. Maintain a current mailing address, phone number, and email address with the department. Written notification of any address, phone number, or email change shall be received by the department no later than 30 days after the effective date of the change;

3. Inform the department in writing within 72 hours or the beginning of the next work day, whichever comes first, after an arrest for any felony or misdemeanor;

4. Inform the department in writing within 72 hours or the beginning of the next work day, whichever comes first, after having been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor;

5. Inform the department in writing within 10 days after having been found guilty by any court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to have violated the statutes or regulations of that jurisdiction;

6. Conduct compulsory minimum entry-level trainings pursuant to requirements established in this chapter;

7. Notify the department within 10 calendar days following termination of employment; and

8. Be professional in conduct.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

6VAC20-270-130. Instructor administrative requirements.

A. Campus security officer instructors shall ensure that compulsory minimum entry-level trainings are conducted in accordance with requirements established in this chapter. Adherence to the administrative requirements, attendance, and standards of conduct are the responsibility of the instructor.

B. Administrative requirements.

1. An approved instructor must submit a notification to conduct a compulsory minimum entry-level training in a manner approved by the department. All notifications shall be received by the department no less than 30 calendar days before the beginning of each compulsory minimum entry-level. The department may waive the 30-day notification at its discretion.

2. The instructor must submit notification of any changes to the date, time, location, or cancellation of a future training to the department. This notice must be received by the department at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled starting time of the training. In the event that a session must be cancelled on the scheduled date, the department must be notified as soon as practical.

3. A test approved by the department shall be administered at the conclusion of each module of the compulsory minimum entry-level training. The student must attain a grade of 70% on each module. All test documents must be returned to the department with an accompanying training roster in a manner approved by the department.

4. The instructor shall submit tests and training rosters to the department. These shall be received by the department within seven calendar days, or if mailed, postmarked no later than five business days following the training completion date.

5. Instructors will conduct trainings utilizing the curriculum developed or approved by the department, including, at a minimum, any compulsory minimum entry-level trainings modules established pursuant to this chapter. Instructors must maintain accurate and current information on relevant laws and make necessary changes to the curriculum. It is the instructor's responsibility to assure they have the most recent curriculum supplied or approved by the department.

6. The instructor shall permit the department to inspect and observe any training.

7. Compulsory minimum entry-level trainings conducted not in accordance with the Code of Virginia and this chapter are invalid.

C. Attendance.

1. Campus security officers enrolled in an approved training are required to be present for the modules required for each training.

2. Tardiness and absenteeism will not be permitted. Individuals violating these provisions will be required to make up any training missed. Such training must be completed by the certification process deadline and cannot be used to extend that deadline. Individuals not completing the compulsory minimum entry-level training within this period may not be certified or recertified and may be required to complete the entire training.

3. Each individual attending an approved training shall comply with the regulations promulgated by the department and any other rules applicable to the training. If the instructor considers a violation of the rules detrimental to the training of other students or to involve cheating on tests, the instructor may expel the individual from the training. The instructor shall immediately report such action to the designated campus security point of contact for the employing college, university, PSS business, or private security services training school and the department.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

Forms (6VAC20-270)

Campus Security Officer Certification Application (1/13).

Campus Security Officer Training Class Request (1/13).

Campus Security Officer Application for Re-Certification (1/13).

Campus Security Officer Certification Program - Permission for Extension (1/13).

Campus Security Officer Instructor Application (1/13).

Campus Security Officer Request for Waiver of Instructor Approval Qualifications (1/13).

Campus Security Officer Basic Training Roster (1/13).

Campus Security Officer Educational Requirement Waiver Application (1/13).

Campus Security Officer Partial In-Service Credit Course Approval Form (1/13).

Campus Security Officer Certification: Classroom Testing - Standard Operating Procedure (1/13).



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