Annual Security Report

  • PRINCE GEORGE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    2010-2011 Annual Report of Campus Security Policy and Procedures
    Campus Police  

    The compilation and distribution of this report is mandated under the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990.


    Campus Police

    The Prince George’s Community College Campus Police, located in the Facilities Management Building, provides 24-hour security, law enforcement and safety services to the campus community. Officers are linked to a campus police dispatcher and each other by two-way radios. The officers conduct foot, bicycle and vehicle patrols of the campus grounds, academic and administrative buildings. Officers are commissioned as Special Police Officers under the provisions of Article 41, Sections 60 through 70 of the Annotated Code of Maryland and are certified through the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. As judicially appointed police officers, they have the authority to provide protection and to enforce the laws of the State of Maryland on all campus property and adjacent streets. The Prince George's Community College Campus Police maintains a close working relationship with the Prince George's County Police and Sheriff's Departments, Maryland State Police and all appropriate elements of the criminal justice system.

    Safety and Security Guidelines

    We encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to take an active role in their own safety and security while on campus. By following these guidelines, you can help maintain a safe environment for everyone at the College. 

      

    • Walk in well-lighted and well-traveled areas after dark.
    • Walk with a friend, or call the Campus Police for an escort.
    • Immediately report all suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities to the Campus Police.
    • Immediately report all crimes, security problems, or hazardous conditions to the Campus Police.
    • Keep yourself informed. Check e-mail, bulletin boards, and "The Owl" (the student newspaper) for “Campus Safety Alert” notices that pertain to specific security conditions on campus. Take advantage of informational programs sponsored at all college locations.
    • Do not prop open any locked exterior doors or leave ground-floor windows open.  
    • Never study alone in an isolated area of a campus building.
    • Lock your car and secure valuables when using parking facilities.
    • Become familiar with the “Student Code of Conduct” of Prince George’s Community College. Abide by it and encourage others to do so.
    • Become familiar with emergency exits and locations of fire alarm pull stations and extinguishers in your building.
    • Lock offices whenever you are not present.
    • Keep office and building keys with you, and do not loan them to unauthorized persons.
    Escort Service

    The Campus Police provides escort service to students, faculty, staff, and guests who want to be accompanied when walking across campus. This complimentary service can be obtained by calling the campus police dispatcher on ext. 0666.

    Safety and Security Awareness

    Security procedures, crime prevention, substance use and abuse, fire safety and sexual assault are topics covered during new student orientation and in various programs throughout the academic year. Through partnerships between the Campus Police and the Health Center, the college sponsors a variety of workshops focused on these topics. College Life Services and Student Organizations also sponsor programs on related topics. Such programs are offered with the goal of helping members of the college community make responsible decisions concerning their safety and well-being.

    A representative from the Campus Police is present at each of the orientation programs sponsored by the Office of College Life Services. New students are given an overview of the role of the Campus Police and the services that are available to them.

    The Safety Committee, Classified Staff Organization, and Faculty Senate meet on a monthly basis and a representative from the Campus Police is in attendance. These forums give its members a direct link to our office to discuss safety and security issues and promote our Community Policing Philosophy.

    Timely Warning Reports

    Members of the college community are notified in a timely manner about security situations and crimes that are considered to represent a threat to students and employees. The primary method of notification is by use of the “Owl Alert” Emergency Text Messaging and E-mail Notification System, and the college wide e-mail system, in the form of “Safety Alerts”. As appropriate, notices are also made through the college voice-mail system and posted on bulletin boards. The college community is strongly encouraged to register their mobile phones, wireless PDAs, pagers and/or preferred email addresses with the “Owl Alert” Emergency Messaging System at the following link: Owl Alert


    Courtesy/Emergency Telephones on Campus

    Courtesy telephones are located throughout all college buildings. These phones can be used to call any on-campus number including the Campus Police. The emergency number for the Campus Police (0111) has been posted near each telephone. These phones can be used for emergencies, or to request a Campus Police escort.

    How to get Help, Report an Emergency, Report a Crime

    All on campus emergencies, criminal acts, or questionable behavior should be reported immediately to the Campus Police, either in person or by telephone. The Campus Police can be reached by dialing 0111 or 0666 on a courtesy telephone, or any college telephone. Public telephones are also located in all buildings and parking lots of the campus. These phones can be used to dial 911 (Prince George’s County Police, Fire, and Rescue).

    Prince George’s Community College also offers courses of study at extension centers located throughout Prince George’s County, Maryland. The physical security of these locations is provided by off duty uniform police officers. All emergencies, criminal acts, or questionable behavior at these locations should be reported in person to the security personnel on duty, or by dialing 911. The extension center facility directors are to report all criminal incidents to the Chief of Prince George’s Community College Campus Police.

    Building Security

    Campus Police Officers patrol campus buildings on a regular basis. All exterior doors are locked at 11:00 p.m. and unlocked at 6:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, no exterior doors are opened unless there is a planned special event or class. In these cases, the doors near the event are opened ½ hour prior to the scheduled starting time and secured ½ hour after its conclusion. During special events, the only doors opened are those needed to provide access to the event and as emergency fire exits.

    Prince George’s Community College requires that students have in his/her possession their student identification card at all times, while on campus. This requirement is outlined in the Prince George’s Community College Student Handbook, “Student Code of Conduct”. This requirement is an aid to the Campus Police; giving them a quick and effective way of identifying person(s) that are not authorized access to college facilities.

    The college has procedures to ensure that repairs and maintenance related safety and security are completed in a timely fashion. Request for repairs such as burned-out lights, damaged windows, or broken locks should be reported through a ‘Work Order Request” to the Facilities Management Maintenance Staff. Facilities Management personnel are on-call for emergency repairs after normal business hours, including weekends. They can be reached after normal business hours by calling the Campus Police.

    Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program

    Prince George’s Community College’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program is part of a nationwide effort to prevent the illegal use of drugs and alcohol and to keep drugs off campuses and out of schools, neighborhoods, and the workplace. The college prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol by students, employees, and visitors in functions of the college, or as part of any college activity. Any member of the campus community found violating this policy is subject to severe disciplinary action, including dismissal from the college. In addition, individuals are subject to criminal prosecution.

    The college expects all members of the college community to comply with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to the possession, use, manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of alcohol and drugs. For more information regarding the College’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program, contact the College’s Health Center located in Bladen Hall, room 125. Telephone: 301-322-0845.


    Sexual Misconduct Policy


    Incidents of sexual misconduct, including rape and other forcible or non-forcible offenses may be subject to criminal prosecution, and are violations of the Student Code of Conduct of Prince George’s Community College. Information for the prevention of sexual assault is available through the Campus Police and the College Health Center. The topic is covered during new student orientation.

    Victims of sexual offenses are strongly encouraged to examine all options available to them. These include reporting and filing disciplinary charges through the college, as well as reporting and filing criminal charges through the judicial system. College personnel will assist a student in notifying authorities if requested. Offenses can be reported to the Campus Police, the College Health Center, the College Counseling Services, a member of the staff, or the Prince George’s County Police Department. Victim’s wishing to confidentially report an offense for inclusion in the annual security report should contact the College Counseling Services at 301-322-0093, or the College Health Center at 301-322-0845.

    Should disciplinary action be initiated as a result of an alleged offense, the accuser and the accused are entitled to have other members of the campus community present during a disciplinary hearing. The accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding that results from an alleged sex offense. Institutional sanctions for a student found responsible for committing a sexual offense can range up to suspension or expulsion from the college.

    Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

    Prince George’s Community College will immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus. Based on the nature of the emergency, the responsibility for assessing the severity of the threat begins with Campus Police. Upon a determination by Campus Police that a major emergency or disaster exists, the Campus Police Chief will immediately notify the President, Vice President for Administrative Services, Vice President for Student Services, and the Dean of Human Resources who will promptly make a decision regarding emergency notification.

    PGCC will, without delay, initiate the college notification system through text messaging, web site, mass email, and/or the college’s television station, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

    The emergency notification process involves the receipt of information, the verification of this information, and the evaluation of the information, which then sets into motion the following actions:
    • Determination if the entire campus community, or just an affected portion, will receive the emergency alert notification.
    • Activation of the PGCC Emergency Alert Notification System.
    The President or his/her designee will serve as the Emergency Director during any major emergency or disaster and will declare a state of emergency throughout the campus or a portion of the campus as necessary. The Vice President for Administrative Services serves as the designee. In the absence of the Vice President, he/she will establish a specific line of emergency authority, composed of designated senior administrators, to act as alternate Emergency Director in his/her absence.

    The Chief of Campus Police will serve as the Emergency Coordinator and coordinate all emergency operations and be responsible for operational control of major emergencies or disasters. The Emergency Coordinator will activate the Emergency Resource Team and coordinate all emergency operations as directed by the Emergency Director.

    Building Evacuation/Procedure
     

    Depending on the circumstances, buildings may be either partially or totally evacuated. Under partial evacuation, occupants may be simply asked to relocate to another portion of the building deemed safe.

    Complete evacuation will result in all persons leaving the building and moving to a designated assembly area outside. The Building Director will determine the best assembly areas located near their buildings. They are also responsible for making sure everyone clearly understands that all occupants are to evacuate to the same area for accountability reasons.
    General guidelines for managing a safe and orderly evacuation: 

    1.  Keep yourself and others calm.
    2. Announce the situation loudly and clearly to all people.
    3. Give clear instructions, direct persons to the nearest exits and stairwells.
    4. Remind personnel not to use the elevators during an evacuation.
    5. Keep existing groups together. Faculty should lead their classroom students out of academic buildings.
    6. Assist persons with disabilities.
    7. Account for all evacuees. Key personnel from each group should quickly ascertain that all individuals have safely reached the assembly area.
    8. Wait for instructions. Do not re-enter the building until an announcement
      has been made that it is safe to do so.

    The college conducts emergency response and evacuation exercises in the form of tabletop drills and scheduled and unscheduled fire drills.



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