Idaho State Code Title 18 Chapter 83 specifies sexual offender registration notification and the community right to know. A registered sex offender is defined as a person who exhibits characteristics showing a tendency to victimize or injure others and has been convicted of a sex crime listed in Idaho State Code 18-8301-8329, has been convicted of attempting to commit one of those crimes, or has been found guilty except for insanity of one of those crimes.
Under certain circumstances, community corrections personnel are required to engage in a notification process related to the registered sexual offender. This policy exists to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the campus community and to address how CWI will respond when notified that a registered sex offender is present on campus.
A. Notice of Enrollment
At times, community corrections personnel may notify the college that a registered sex offender is enrolled or plans to enroll. In such cases, college staff may choose to follow and/or modify the procedure below to meet the needs of the situation.
Not all students who are sex offenders may be on the Idaho State Policy list. To this end, we require that any applicant or current student at CWI who is also a registered sex offender notify the Dean of Students immediately. Notification is done via the Sex Offender Form.
The Idaho State Police will notify CWI in writing when an applicant is identified as a registered sex offender currently on supervision.
Upon such notification, the Dean of Students or their designee will consult with the Parole and Probation Officer to ascertain the level of risk posed by the student to the campus community, and to develop an appropriate plan to manage such risk. The Parole and Probation Officer is responsible for providing the college with accurate information related to risk level, and for recommending notification strategies.
In developing the college’s response to the individual and the level of risk, the Dean of Students or their designee shall consider the following issues:
Primary consideration is to the risk assessment and recommendations of the Parole and Probation Officer.
The interests of individuals in the campus community in having a safe learning and/or employment environment versus the privacy needs of the individual.
The educational context of the student’s intended enrollment (e.g., whether the registered sex offender, currently on supervision, is required by the college to have close contact with individual(s) in a private setting).
Other factors appropriate to the individual sex offender, and the work or academic environment setting.
The student may be required to meet with the Dean of Students or their designee to discuss College of Western Idaho policies and procedures. The student may be required to enter into a behavior contract with the institution. The contract will be reviewed annually.
If notification is deemed necessary, the Dean of Students or their designee may work with other appropriate departments on campus. Notification includes, but is not limited to: the person’s name and address; a physical description; vehicle; any conditions or restrictions placed upon the person’s probation, parole, post-prison supervision or conditional release; a description of the person’s method of offense; a current photograph of the person; and the name and telephone number of the person’s parole and probation officer.
The Parole and Probation Officer shall notify the Dean of Students or their designee prior to the first term during which a registered sexual offender plans to enroll. The Dean of Students or their designee may consult as necessary to assess if modifications to the college’s intervention plan are necessary, and/or to notify parties based on changes in the student’s course schedule or college status.
The appropriate Parole and Probation Officer will receive a copy of the Behavior Contract.
All students that enter into a Behavior Contract are bound by all institutional rules and regulations, including the Student Code of Conduct. Therefore, those who do not cooperate will be subject to student conduct action and/or emergency action upon the College’s directive.
Priority registration is given to a student who is a minor who enrolls in a class with a student who is a known sex offender. The college will make reasonable efforts to register the non-minor whether in an online platform, a different day/time, etc.
For additional information, contact the Dean of Students at 208.562.2106. If you have any questions or problems, please contact our office, between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, for further assistance.