In accordance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 (“Act”), the College is providing to its campus community a link to the National Sex Offender Public Website and North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry (“Registry”). The Act requires the College to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by North Carolina concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. The Act also requires sex offenders already required to register in North Carolina to provide notice of each institution of higher education in North Carolina at which the person is employed, carries a vocation or is a student. North Carolina law requires sex offenders who have been convicted of certain offenses to register with their county’s sheriff. Information about sex offenders is then entered into the Registry database by the sheriff’s office and transmitted to the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation collects information submitted by sheriffs in all one hundred (100) counties in the state and makes it available to the public via the Registry.
If a person is a required to provide notice to MCC, please contact the Dean of Student at 828-766-1262.
Registered sex offenders are prohibited from entering College buildings, or sections of buildings, during times intended for the teaching, use, or supervision of minors. In addition, sex offenders are prohibited from enrolling in a course or course of study that requires attending class with a minor. The President may designate which buildings, sections of buildings, days and times, are intended for the teaching, use or supervision of minors.
MCC has a large number of minors in attendance on the Mitchell Campus, Avery Learning Center, and Yancey Learning Center, in all educational programs. Opportunities where a student will not be in an area with minors or attending class with minors are few, with the exception of online learning options.
Any sex offender enrolled in an online course or program with a need to come to an MCC campus for legitimate business that cannot be completed from a distance must make prior arrangements by phone with the Dean of Students to be present on campus.
Members of the MCC community can seek information about registered sex offenders in the region by contacting the local Sheriff’s Department or by visiting the following websites.