Policies and Procedures
Security at SCCC includes campus safety policies and procedures concerning campus safety and campus crime. The policies and services of Security are designed to provide a basis for a safer environment and set a standard that is most conducive to a safe campus. Their effectiveness is dependent upon the coordinated efforts of the College community. This brochure is for students and employees as well as for parents, prospective students and prospective employees. It describes steps to prevent and respond to crime, and how SCCC students, faculty, staff, and Security can work together to maintain a safe community. A college campus is a great place to learn and grow. But a college campus, like any other community, has its share of accidents, crimes and injuries.
The Campus Safety Committee consists of faculty, staff, and administrators. The goal of the committee is to determine general policy relating to safety concerns in all aspects of campus life throughout the year. Members of the committee identify potential risks, address issues concerning fire safety, lighting, locking systems and emergency telephones. They assist in the development and implementation of the comprehensive Emergency Response Plan for the College community.
The Security Department
In summary, K.S.A. 72-822, as amended by House Bill N. 2426: “The board of education of any school district or the board of trustees of any community college may employ school security officers and may designate any one or more of such school security officers as a law enforcement officer, to aid and supplement law enforcement agencies of this state and of the community in which the schools district or community college is located. The protective function of school security officers and school law enforcement officers shall extend to all school district or community college property and the protection of students, teachers, and other employees together with the property of such persons on or in any school or college property or areas adjacent thereto, or while attending or located at the site of any school or community college-sponsored function. While engaged in the protective functions specified in this section, each school security officer and each school law enforcement officer shall possess and exercise all general law enforcement powers, rights, privileges, and immunities in every county in which there is located any part of the territory of the school district or community college”.
The primary goal of the Security Department is to protect life and property. The Security Department can be reached by calling the Security Office at Ext. 670 or the Security cell phone at 629-0670. The Security Department monitors radio transmissions from all other radios on campus. Non-emergency requests for service or assistance may have to be delayed while officers respond to emergency calls. Officers patrol the College’s buildings and grounds on foot and by automobile. In many cases, they are the first to respond to emergencies on campus. The Town of Liberal provides 9-1-1 emergency services. It can be reached from any campus phone by dialing 9-911 and should be used in any life-threatening situation. Security Officers will provide mutual aid to the local police, ambulance or fire department.
Security Officers enforce College rules and regulations, monitor parking areas, respond to fire alarms, and patrol buildings and grounds as a visible deterrent to crime. They do not discriminate against race, creed, color, religion, or gender. They are here to help protect you, your rights and your property as well as the property of the college. They do not unduly harass anyone, but they do uphold the rules and regulations set by SCCC. They can be your friend and your confidant. Treat them with respect and you will be treated accordingly. Any offenses reported to the Security Department will be duly investigated, turned over to Law Enforcement Agencies, or reported to Administrative authorities for disposition, depending on the type and seriousness of the offense reported. All victims of crime will be dealt with pursuant to K.S.A. 74-7333, as amended, and any and all rights will be protected under that law. (See Section: “Rights for Victims of Crime”). Security also provides many routine services to the campus community. There has been the institution of a program called “Operation ID,” which engraves any property offered by SCCC students for identification; a “Whistle Defense” program where whistles are provided for anyone who requests one as a means to call for help in emergencies; a Crime Stoppers program, a security escort for campus areas, and also has periodic campaigns against crime, alcohol/drug abuse, or sexual abuse.
SCCC and Liberal are relatively safe communities but no community is crime free. To ensure your own safety and that of your friends and colleagues, take care and use common sense. By following the suggestions outlined in the brochure you can substantially reduce the possibility of becoming a victim.
- If you witness or are the victim of a crime, contact Security or 9-911 immediately.
- Report suspicious circumstances or persons to Security. Crimes often occur in clusters. If you report a crime immediately, you might prevent the next crime.
- Anonymous, threatening or harassing telephone calls are ILLEGAL and the College regards them as a serious offense. Immediately report obscene or harassing phone calls to Security.
- Do not walk alone in the evening. Avoid using ATM machines late at night. Walk in a group or contact Security for an escort.
- Call Buildings and Grounds or contact the SLC Manager to report broken locks, lights or phones.
- Do not work alone in secluded areas or use laundry facilities alone at night. Many times a “Whistle Defense” is a deterrent from danger. Security can help you obtain a whistle.
- Do not allow strangers into the SLC. If you are unsure of anyone’s identity, it is appropriate to ask for a College I.D. or call Security to report a stranger.
- Respect the locking mechanisms on your doors. They can be your best protection against intruders. Do not prop open doors or tamper with the locks in any fashion. Always lock your room door when you sleep and when you leave your room, even if going to the restroom or shower facilities. This may be the single greatest deterrent to crime on campus.
- Lock your car and check the back seat of your car before getting into it.
- Register and engrave your bicycle with Security and always lock your bike to a bike rack.
- Take fire drills seriously and do not tamper with any fire safety equipment. Falsely pulling a fire alarm is a crime under state and federal statutes and punishable by large fines.
- Protect your property: record any identifying marks or serial numbers before someone has a chance to steal it. Security has the equipment to engrave your property and will assist you in inventorying your personal items. Please call them during regular business hours. There is no charge for these services.
All student residence hall doors and room doors have locks. All residents are provided keys. There is not any reason why a resident’s door should remain unlocked when the resident is sleeping or away from the room. It not only protects your belongings, but that of your roommate as well. Deliberate damage to the locks will result in a fine, the cost of repairing the locks, and/or disciplinary action, including suspension.
Only authorized individuals are permitted in these buildings. The guidelines are thoroughly explained in the Resident Handbook. Visitation hours are clearly posted outside the Student Living Center. The student residences are private property and trespassers may be prosecuted. Guests are permitted in the buildings as outlined in the Resident Handbook, with hosts responsible for their guests’ actions. On occasion, Maintenance personnel will need access to your room in order to perform their duties. Room inspections can be conducted in cooperation with the SLC Manager if there is reasonable belief that a crime is being committed or a rule is being broken.
Security cameras are installed throughout the SLC to help protect you and your property. Any crimes or rule infractions will be recorded and can be used against you in disciplinary proceedings. At the same time, the cameras can also help identify intruders or thieves so the College can prosecute those individuals. There may also be crime prevention programs conducted in the Student Living Centers.
Each building is equipped with a fire alarm system and other equipment, such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, for your safety. All fire safety equipment is regularly checked for proper operation. Emergency lights, exit lights and fire extinguishers are also checked on a regular basis. In addition, halls and stairwells are inspected for any clutter that might hinder access or egress. Periodic fire drills may be instituted to check evacuation policies and procedures. Any possible fire hazards should be pointed out to Security or Maintenance for immediate removal. Cooking in an SLC room is prohibited, except as outlined in the Resident Handbook. False fire alarms endanger everyone and increase the costs of fire protection. A false alarm isn't a joke - it's a CRIME!
The cooperation and involvement of individuals in a campus safety program is absolutely necessary. Individuals must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking simple, common sense precautions. Crime prevention largely depends on following sound safety practices, as well as recognizing and immediately reporting all suspicious or criminal activity. The Security Department offers crime prevention services to increase community awareness about the risks of crime. The department promotes programs such as “Operation ID”, through which students can have personal items engraved with identification numbers free of charge. There is also “Whistle Defense” through which the department will help students to obtain a self-defense whistle. The department also offers personal item inventories, bicycle registration, security escort services on campus, and Crime Prevention Alerts.
Crime Prevention Alerts may be posted in various locations on campus for the purpose of making community members aware, in a timely manner, of current criminal activity within our community. The Security Office informs the college community immediately of crimes or incidents reported on or near campus that may pose a security threat. These alerts help in our efforts to curb crime on campus. The Security Office has also instituted a Web Crime Report form. It can be accessed at:
www.sccc.edu/report-crime. Any tips to criminal or suspicious activity will be emailed to SCCC Security with anonymity if desired. All reporters will be given utmost discretion of privacy and at no time will personal names of our tipsters be publicly posted in any fashion. The Security Office at SCCC has taken prudent steps to promote a safe and secure environment, but no institution can guarantee safety against all risks. You and all other members of the College community share responsibility for crime prevention jointly.
Crime Prevention Tips
You may have already heard some of the following, but perhaps repetition will increase your awareness of the importance of safety and security on our campus. We hope every person on this campus will take their safety seriously because their actions may affect others and not just themselves.
- Always be alert and aware of your surroundings and to activity around you. Know that fatigue, alcohol, drugs, and distractions diminish your awareness.
- Walk with others at night or call for a Security Escort.
- Walk in well-lit, well-traveled areas; walk in the middle of sidewalks away from doorways, trees and shrubs. Walk with confidence, erect and with purpose.
- Know your safety resources: telephone locations; open establishments, offices, the Security Office and Officers, and any locations that can provide you with a safe haven.
- If being followed, reverse directions, cross the street, go to a safety resource and contact security.
- If approached for directions, keep a safe distance from the stranger and never enter a vehicle.
- While sleeping, make sure your room door is locked.
- Trust your feelings and instincts.
- Don't hitchhike. There's no way to tell what kind of person will offer you a ride. Getting in a car with a stranger goes against common sense.
- Don't pick up hitchhikers.
- Dress for movement, and don't weigh yourself down with a large purse.
- Like activity or lighting, criminals do not like noise. Carry a noise device and remember to use your voice to call attention to yourself or a situation.
- Do what you must do to survive: escape, negotiate, use force, or submit. Each situation is different and only you can decide what action is best.
- Lock your room door, whether you’re inside sleeping or leaving for a few seconds. This is the single greatest deterrent to theft.
- Draw your drapes, window curtains or shades at night.
- Avoid leaving a note on your door that says you are not in.
- Report broken locks, windows, or lights to the SLC Manager.
- Keep money and jewelry in a safe place, out of sight. Consider using a strongbox.
- Don’t carry a large amount of cash with you and don’t flash money in public view.
- Don’t keep valuables in an unattended backpack or in a locker at the gym (locked or unlocked).
- Respect and ensure the integrity of the door locks. Do not prop open or try to defeat the system by some other method. You not only place your personal safety and valuables in jeopardy, but that of your housemates.
- Inventory and engrave your valuables. This will make recovery easier and makes it easy to prove ownership.
- Always remove the keys from your car and lock it. If you have valuables in your car, place them in the trunk or out of public view. Park as near to a pole light as possible. When returning to your car, have your keys in hand and check the backseat for intruders before you get in. Once inside, re-lock your doors. Don’t put your name, address or phone number on key rings.
- Always lock your bike; using a U-shaped lock if possible, otherwise use at least a 5/8” casehardened steel chain and lock. Put the lock through the wheel and the frame and secure it to an immovable object like a bike stand, but be sure your bike does not block sidewalks or building entrances. Be able to identify your bike, put it on your inventory form, save your sales receipt.
- Register your bike with the Security Department. Over 15,000 bikes are stolen every day, 75% are recovered, but only 2 5% are returned to their owners because of lack of legal evidence of ownership or because the recovered bike cannot be matched to a larceny report. Regarding bikes, we encourage you to wear an approved helmet. Fewer than 20% of adult bicyclists wear helmets while 75% of deaths and disabling injuries could have been prevented if riders wore a proper helmet. Also, obey traffic laws and signals. You are subject to these laws and regulations. For night riding, you are required to have a headlight and a rear light or reflector. Ride with traffic, use hand signals, yield to pedestrians, ride predictably and don’t wear headphones. Bicycling on Main Campus Sidewalks is prohibited.
- Report harassing/ obscene/ or frequent hang-up calls.
- Fire alarms are not an unusual occurrence on campus, but you must evacuate a building upon the sounding of the alarm. Treat any alarm as an actual fire. If you are aware of the cause of the alarm, meet the responding Officers outside the building and relay the information to them.
- If you drive, don’t drink. We don’t want to lose you or see anyone hurt or killed. If you are a first time offender with a clean record and are convicted, besides jail time, count on spending a large sum of money, not to mention insurance surcharges.
- In-line skating is booming. Nationwide many skaters have died - most of head injuries, all not wearing a helmet. Approximately 105,000 skaters required medical attention each year. Wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow and kneepads. Always wear protective gear, yield to pedestrians, stop at red lights and stop signs, skate on the right, and pass on the left. Anticipate the actions of others and don’t wear headphones. Poor navigation results in 40% of all falls. Avoid water, oil, sand, road debris, and sewer drains. Skating on Main Campus sidewalks is prohibited.
- Use a crosswalk if there is one within three hundred feet of you (it’s a law). Approximately 20% of all motor vehicle related fatalities were pedestrian versus a motor vehicle with approximately 2,000 pedestrians being injured. The most frequent cause of these accidents is pedestrian error. Drivers are required to yield at intersections without traffic lights to pedestrians within a marked crosswalk within their immediate path of travel; not to pedestrians at the curb, not to pedestrians approaching the crosswalk, not even to pedestrians in the crosswalk in the on-coming lane. Stop at the corner, curb, or parked car. Look left, right, left again, and if it is clear, begin to cross. Continue checking traffic in all directions, make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they see you. Always use sidewalks. In areas without sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. Watch for cars backing out of spaces and driveways. Limit alcohol consumption when walking and wear retro-reflective stripes on your clothing and shoes if you are walking or jogging at night.
- Don’t talk on a cellular phone while you are driving. You would be surprised at how distracting it is from your driving. Thousands of people are killed every year because of their inattention due to the use of a cell phone while driving.
- Watch for suspicious behavior. Contact Security immediately if you see or hear suspicious or strange vehicles or people, screams, shattering glass, or loud, unusual noises.
- Be aware and be alert. You can prevent criminal opportunity. Take responsibility for your own protection and that of your neighbors and utilize the crime prevention services offered by the Security Department.
A current list of crimes occurring on campus can be obtained from the Security Department during regular office hours. A compiled list for the past three years may be obtained from the Student Services Office. The statistics represent alleged criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies. Therefore, the data collected do not necessarily reflect prosecutions or convictions for the crime. Because non-police authorities provide some statistics, the data are not directly comparable to data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting System, which only collects statistics from police authorities. In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act you can also see what crimes have recently occurred in the Liberal community. This information can be accessed at: www.liberalpd.com/dailynews/index.html
SCCC Crime Stoppers is a non-profit program depending on cooperation between the Security Department, the College, and all students on our campus. Crime Stoppers encourages students to call the Security Department during weekday regular hours with information to solve crimes already committed and/or those to occur.
How it works:
* A crime is committed on or related to our campus.
* You know who is responsible or have information about the crime.
* Call Security.
* Your information will be taken down in strict confidence.
* Your name will be kept confidential.
* You will be given a caller ID # and you must keep this number a secret. After two or three weeks, call Security, refer to your Caller ID # and you will be updated as to the progress of your tip.
* If your tip leads to the apprehension of the person(s) responsible, you qualify for a cash reward if desired.
SCCC prohibits the use or possession of alcohol on campus property and expects members of the college community to abide by federal, state, and local regulations concerning the possession and use, purchase, and distribution of alcohol. Local, state and federal laws prohibit the unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of alcohol or illegal drugs, or the unauthorized use of prescription drugs. Kansas State law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from possessing alcohol if they intend to consume it. The law makes no distinction between consumption in public versus private areas. The college does not protect students (who are regarded as adults), faculty, or staff from these laws. Because intoxication implies consumption, violators on campus may be referred to the Administration for disciplinary actions. Violators may also be referred for disciplinary actions if their intoxication generates disorder, creates a disturbance, damages property, or presents a danger to themselves and/or others. Furthermore, SCCC expects all actions within the community to be respectful of the rights of others and to contribute to an environment conducive to education and personal growth.
The negative physical and mental effects of the abuse of alcohol are well documented. Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increases the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including sexual violence and spouse and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol can cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening. Long-term consumption of large amounts of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.
The use of drugs can lead to changes in personality and behavior including depression and over activity, mood swings, and a general lack of motivation. For narcotics such as heroin, the physical and mental effects include euphoria, drowsiness, and respiratory depression. For stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines, the effects include an increase in pulse rate and blood pressure, insomnia, and loss of appetite. LSD and other hallucinogens produce illusions and hallucinations. With all of these drugs, overdose or accidental overdose can cause death.
If you think it is safe to engage in "recreational" drug use or "social" drinking, you could be dead wrong. Too often, students don't realize the tragic effects of alcohol and other drug use until it's too late. The fact is that drugs and alcohol are toxic to your body and if abused can have catastrophic consequences on your health. Some drugs, such as crack, are so toxic that even one experimental use can be fatal. When it comes to drugs and alcohol, what you don't know cannot only hurt you it can kill you.
For help with alcohol and/or other drug problems, contact your SLC Manager, the Student Services office, Security, or in Liberal you can contact ADCS 504 N. Kansas Ave. 626-4500.
In Kansas, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase or possess alcohol. It is illegal for anyone to present false evidence of age to purchase any alcoholic beverage. It is illegal to sell or give away alcoholic beverages to a person who is, actually or apparently, under 21 or intoxicated. Kansas has drunk driving laws, which stipulate major penalties for operating motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol. Nationwide, and in Kansas, any driver with an alcohol level greater that .08 will result in automatic suspension of the driving license. In Kansas, persons under age 21 with an alcohol level greater than .02 will have their license revoked for one year. After the one year, only a restricted license will be issued. Other penalties include hefty fines and up to one year in prison. Any person under age 21 years of age who transports or carries alcoholic beverages is guilty of violating the state law and is subject to monetary fines. A police officer may arrest such a person WITHOUT A WARRANT. A host of a party may be liable for the injuries suffered by a third person if the Host knew or should have known that his or her guest was drunk, and nevertheless gave or permitted the guest to take an alcoholic drink and thereafter, because of his or her intoxication, the guest negligently operated a car, causing injury to the third person. If the guest whose drunk driving causes an accident is a minor, the host who served the alcohol to the minor might be held liable to the injured third person even if the minor was not intoxicated when the host served the minor alcohol.
The college cautions everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving. Avoiding this combination could save your life and the lives of your friends or others on the road; as well as help you to avoid possible prosecution. The college affirms the right of individuals to choose not to drink alcoholic beverages, and the right to be socially supported by the college community in that choice.
SCCC is committed to the development and maintenance of a drug-free environment and, in accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, will not tolerate the unlawful possession and use of drugs on its premises. Members of the community charged with violations of the standards of conduct are subject to disciplinary action through the established disciplinary procedures of the College. When violations are determined to have occurred, the College will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees, consistent with local, state, and federal law. Common examples of controlled substances, as defined by law, are cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, LSD, and other hallucinations. Federal law makes the distribution of drugs to persons under age 21 punishable by twice the normal penalty with a mandatory one year in prison. If death or serious injury results from use of the substance, the prison sentence could be lengthened. Possession of drugs without valid authorization is illegal. While penalties for possession are generally not as great as for manufacture and distribution, the possession of relatively large quantities may be considered as intent to distribute. Under federal and state laws, penalties for possession, manufacture, or distribution are greater for second and subsequent convictions. Persons convicted of drug possession under state and federal laws are ineligible for federal student grants and loans for five years following the first conviction, ten years after the second, and permanently after the third conviction. In general, narcotic, addictive, and drugs with greater potential for abuse carry higher penalties. It is also illegal to be in a place where heroin is kept and to be "in the company" of a person known to possess heroin. Anyone in the presence of heroin at a private party risks a serious drug conviction. In addition, the sale or possession of drug paraphernalia is illegal. Members of the community who have drug-related concerns are encouraged to use the professional services available in the Liberal community.
If you suspect that you might have a substance abuse problem or are concerned about the substance abuse of a friend, you can talk to in confidence to your Dorm Manager, Security, the Dean of Student Services, or contact one of the following local agencies:
ADCS 504 N. Kansas Ave. (620) 626-4500
FAADS 316 W. 7th (620) 626-4508
Definitions of Crimes - Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act)
Murder/Non-negligent Manslaughter - The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
Manslaughter (by Negligence) - The killing of another person through gross negligence.
Forcible Sex Offenses - Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person will; not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent. (Forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling)
Non-Forcible Sex Offense - Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse. (Incest, statutory rape)
Robbery - The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
Aggravated Assault - An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if a crime were successfully completed)
Burglary - The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with the intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with the intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
Arson - Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
Motor Vehicle Theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle (automobile, truck, bus, motorcycle, motor scooters, snowmobiles, etc.) Includes all cases where motor vehicles are taken by persons not having lawful access, even though the vehicles are later abandoned; this includes joyriding.
Larceny - The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. (Motor vehicle theft is not included here and is counted separately).
Hate Crimes - Specific crimes that are identifiable as a hate crime, including murder, manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses in which the victim is intentionally selected because of actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim.
Bias- motivated Incident Incidents that are not categorized into one of the listed criminal offenses but may include cases of written or verbal harassment, intimidation, destruction, damage, or vandalism of property or graffiti in which the victim is intentionally selected because of actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim.