The Security Office is committed to working with all members and guests of the college community to resolve all criminal matters in a timely fashion. One of the main responsibilities of the Security Office is to provide an operating force of trained personnel to protect the college community from fire, theft, intrusion and other unlawful acts that disturb the peace or that place life and property in jeopardy. In addition, the Security Office regulates parking and traffic, assists the college community with a variety of public services, provides escorts, jump-starts, keys locked in vehicles, lost and found and assists law enforcement.
The Security Office has six full-time security officers and a full-time office worker. All full-time officers have attended an accredited police academy. Security officers are complemented by part-time and student employees. The Security Office is located in Building 25. The telephone number is (360) 596-5299.
Employees of the Security Office do not have arrest powers and do not carry firearms.
Security officers patrol the campus regularly looking for safety and security concerns. Discrepancies that are noted are reported to the appropriate department. Employees and students that observe any safety or security hazard, should report it to the Security Office.
Campus Security Act
The Department of Education and the Jeanne Clery Act requires all colleges to provide information to students and employees about its campus safety policies, procedures and statistics on certain crimes. Hard copies are available in the Security Office located in Building 25.
Cooperation...is the key
Safety of students, employees and visitors is the primary concern of South Puget Sound Community College's Security Office. Everyone can help keep the campus environment a safe place. Cooperation among students, faculty, staff and the Security Office is the key to a successful security program.
When necessary the Security Office will notify the college community of crimes that may cause a concern for personal safety. The notification could be in the form of posters, flyers, e-mail, and/or articles in the college newspaper.
The Security Office maintains a case log that records all crimes reported to the Security Office, including the nature, date, time, general location, and the disposition of the complaint, if known. These activities are logged and available for public inspection within two days.
All buildings are locked and unlocked at scheduled times as conditions and usage warrant. Employees that need access after hours should contact their appropriate vice president to request a key. Employees working after hours will make sure their area is secured when they leave.
The College does not have student housing.
Alcohol and Illegal Drugs Policy
South Puget Sound Community College is committed to substance abuse prevention, education, and assistance. It is the college's intent to provide a healthful, safe, and secure workplace and environment. The unlawful possession, use and/or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on college grounds or at any college activity is prohibited.
Any violation of these laws may result in prosecution by criminal authorities and are punishable by judgments including community service, fines, and confiscation of property (real or personal) and/or prison sentences. The college will also impose sanctions consistent with local, state and federal laws, which may include completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, expulsion from the college or termination of employment and referral to law enforcement for prosecution.
The college recognizes dependency on alcohol and other drugs as an illness. Available resources include:
- The Counseling Center (Bldg 22) - (360) 596-5306
- Crisis Clinic - (360) 586-2800
- Alcohol/Drug 24 Hour Helpline - 1-800-562-1240
- Alcoholics Anonymous - (360) 352-7344
- Narcotics Anonymous - (360) 754-4433
Employees of the college needing assistance with a drug or alcohol-related issues can contact the Employee Assistance Service at (360) 493-7867 or 1-800-216-7867.
Crime can occur anytime - anyplace. Crime does not know any boundaries. Sometimes people get a false sense of security; they believe they cannot be the victim of crime. People need to be aware of what is going on around them, take precautions and safeguards that reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
- Keep vehicles locked
- Do not walk alone, especially at night
- Request an escort from security
- Do not leave valuables unattended
- Report suspicious activities to security/law enforcement
At the start of the quarter, the Security Office provides safety awareness information during new student orientation.
For more information about crime prevention contact the Security Office. It has numerous brochures on self-protection, personal safety, preventing crime, date rape and reducing campus theft.
Printed copies are available upon request at the Security Office in Building 25.
The Security Office provides many services to the college community. Some of these services are, but are not limited to:
- Escorting individuals to and from their vehicles and buildings.
- Providing emergency first aid. (Call Security at 5299 - If you are unable to contact Security, Call 911)
- Responding to incident, medical, and fire calls.
- Providing jumper cable service for vehicles with dead batteries.
- Assisting motorists whose keys are locked in their vehicles. (Note: If your vehicle has electric door locks and/or side impact airbags, Security will not attempt to unlock your vehicle.)
- Lost and Found. (Located in the Security Office, Bldg. 25)
- Traffic control, accidents and reports.
We want you to ask for our help when you need it!
Contact Security If You:
- Are a victim of a crime that has occurred on campus.
- See a suspicious activity or a suspicious vehicle on campus.
- Have information about a theft of property.
- Have been involved in an auto accident or have witnessed one.
- Smell or see smoke/flames or fumes inside a building.
- Have been injured and/or need first aid.
- Notice any other safety or security related problems.
Personal Safety Information:
If you are being followed:
- Change your direction, cross the street.
- Keep looking back so the person knows you can't be surprised.
- Go to a well-lighted area, such as a classroom, office or library; anywhere there are people.
- Notice and remember as much as possible about the person so you can give a good description.
- At night walk with someone; there is safety in numbers.
- Report anything suspicious to campus security or the police.
- Park in well-lighted areas if possible.
- Valuables should be locked in the trunk or taken with you.
- Lock your vehicle.
Returning To Your Vehicle
- If possible, don't walk alone.
- Check the immediate area around you.
- Have your keys in your hand.
- Check the front and back of your vehicle before getting inside.
- Once inside, lock your doors.
Reporting A Crime
All employees and students should immediately report any crime, suspicious circumstance/person or emergency to the Security Office or 911 Dispatch Center.
Emergency telephones are located on campus:
- Front of Building 25
- North and South ends of building 22
- Near main entrance to building 16
- Lot G, near Child Care Center entrance
- In Lot J
- Next to Building 21, across from Lot A
Law Enforcement Jurisdictions
The Olympia Police Department has jurisdiction on the main campus and at St. Peter Hospital; Lacey Police Department has jurisdiction at the Hawks Prairie Center and Saint Martin's College; The Yelm Police Department has jurisdiction at Yelm Community Center; Tumwater Police Department has jurisdiction in areas of the Mottman Road campus that are in Tumwater; and the Thurston County Sheriff's Office at McLane Fire Station. These law enforcement agencies are responsible for investigating criminal activities that occur at these locations.
South Puget Sound Community College is committed to providing a learning environment free from all forms of abuse, assault, harassment, and coercive conduct. The college wants to send a clear message that, sexual assault in any form will not be tolerated on this campus. The college seeks to protect the rights of all members of the college community and to foster respect and dignity. A student charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under the Washington Criminal Code and under the college judicial system. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, any member of the college community may be subject to disciplinary action. The judicial action includes the possibility of expulsion from the college.
What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted
Get to a safe place and for your protection; call the police (911) immediately, especially if the assailant is nearby.
Get medical attention immediately. The primary purpose of a medical examination is to check for physical injury, the presence of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy as a result of the assault. The secondary purpose of a medical examination is to aid in the police investigation and legal proceedings. Do not bathe or douche until you have a medical examination.
Save your clothing, it is all right to change clothes. Save what you were wearing and place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag and save for the police. Your clothing could be used as evidence for prosecution.
Report the incident to the police, however if you decide not to notify the police, make sure to get medical attention and contact one of the victim support resources listed below. The college's counseling center offers a woman's support group.
- South Puget Sound Community College Counseling Center - (360) 596-5261
- Safeplace (Rape Relief/Women's Shelter Services) 24 Hours - (360) 754-6300
- Crisis Clinic (24 Hours) - (360) 586-2800
The Vice President for Student Services is responsible for changing the academic situation, after an alleged sexual assault, if so requested by the victim and if such changes are reasonably available.
FEDERAL CAMPUS SEX CRIMES PREVENTION ACT
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, went into effect October 28, 2002. The law requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student.
In the State of Washington (Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 9A.44.130) any adult or juvenile residing whether or not the person has a fixed residence, or who is a student, is employed, or carries on a vocation in this state who has been found to have committed or has been convicted of any sex offense or kidnapping offense, or who has been found not guilty by reason of insanity under chapter 10.77 (RCW) of committing any sex offense or kidnapping offense, shall register with the county sheriff for the county of the person's residence, or if the person is not a resident of Washington, the county of the person's school, or place of employment or vocation, or as otherwise specified in this section. Where a person required to register under this section is in custody of the state department of corrections, the state department of social and health services, a local division of youth services, or a local jail or juvenile detention facility as a result of a sex offense or kidnapping offense, the person shall also register at the time of release from custody with an official designated by the agency that has jurisdiction over the person. In addition, any such adult or juvenile who is admitted to a public or private institution of higher education shall, within ten days of enrolling or by the first business day after arriving at the institution, whichever is earlier, notify the sheriff of the county of the person's residence of the person's intent to attend the institution. The sheriff shall notify the institution's department of public safety and shall provide that department with the person's: name; address; date and place of birth; place of employment; crime for which convicted; date and place of conviction; aliases used; social security number; photograph; and fingerprints.
Information concerning registered sex offenders in Thurston County may be obtained by contacting the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, calling (360) 754-2894 or at http://www.thurstonsheriff.org.