CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY

Campus Crime Disclosure Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of post-secondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to this act.

The SCCC/ATS annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years; reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SCCC/ATS; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus, are contained in this security report. The report also includes information concerning campus security, the enforcement authority of campus law enforcement and their working relationship with State and local police agencies, access to campus facilities, college policies concerning alcohol, drug, and weapons, crime prevention, the prompt reporting of crimes, sexual assault, description of prevention and awareness programs, and other safety and security matters.

In complying with the statistical reporting requirements of the Clery Act, the college obtains the required statistics for campus crimes, through actual reported crimes both in person, through confidential reporting, and through contact with local law enforcement agencies.

The college has initiated a silent witness program for anonymously or confidentially reporting crimes via the Internet. The program may be accessed at: http://www.sccc.edu/report-crime

Every reasonable effort is made to identify all reported crimes and to present the statistics in the annual report. You can obtain a copy of the report by contacting the SCCC/ATS Safety and Security Department on campus, the Dean of Administrative Services, or the Dean of Student Services.

In addition, the Clery Act requires that all current and prospective students and employees be given the necessary instructions to locate the following pertinent information:

  • A Daily Crime Log that is updated regularly. You may see the report anytime at the SCCC/ATS Security Office, or contact Security for a paper copy.
  • Information for local crimes
  • Timely Alert Warnings
  • The Kansas Sexual offender Registration Act of 1996
  • Information concerning Campus Security and College policies concerning alcohol, drugs, weapons, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, building access, sexual assault, safety awareness programs, and other security matters.
  • Information on the Kansas Bill of Rights for Victims of Crime, pursuant to KSA 74-7333

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."

Members of the community are strongly encouraged to report all crimes and suspicious activity to the Security Department or the Liberal Police Department in a prompt and timely manner.

The Security Department is located in the Activities Building on campus at SCCC/ATS. This department plays a significant role in developing and maintaining a safe campus. SCCC/ATS Security has developed and implemented crime prevention services and programs to better serve and protect the campus community. Security is responsible for the Crime Stoppers of SCCC/ATS program, security escorts, and Operation I. D.

Security officers enforce SCCC/ATS rules and regulations, monitor parking lots, respond to fire alarms, and patrol buildings and grounds. The policies and services of the Security Department are designed to provide a basis for a safer environment and set a standard that is most conducive to a safe campus. The department maintains close liaison with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in implementing and coordinating campus security and law enforcement operations.

SCCC/ATS Safety Programs

  • Crime Stoppers: ANy tips on criminal activity that leads to a solution of a criminal act will be rewarded monetarily by SCCC/ATS.
  • Report Crime Form Via the Web
  • Operation ID: Students may have personal property engraved with identification numbers, free of charge.
  • Security Escorts: Students wishing to have protective escorts to and from class should contact SCCC/ATS Security.

Campus Security Reporting Authority

All post secondary institutions, both public and private, that participate in federal Title IV student aid programs are required to comply with the Clery Act regulations. Although Clery Act compliance is an institutional responsibility, full compliance is a campus-wide effort, and concerns all members of the campus community. Policy statements must be developed and crime reports must be collected from a wide variety of campus security authorities. These authorities are defined and include:

  • A member of a campus police department or a campus security department of an institution;
  • Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department (e.g., an individual who is responsible for monitoring the entrance into institutional property;
  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses; and
  • An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings, athletic directors, team coaches, faculty sponsor to a student group, student advisor, and in some cases, students serving as resident advisors/assistants, or students who monitor access to dormitories.

Recent amendments to the Campus Security Act, a federal law that requires colleges and universities to annually compile and publish crime statistics for their campuses and certain other areas, require that “campus security authorities” report crime statistics for inclusion in the college’s Annual Security Report. Because of the law’s complex reporting requirements, the most reasonable and effective way to manage the reporting is as follows. If you observe any crime listed below, or if any person reveals to you that he/she learned of or were the victim of, perpetrator of, or witness to any crime listed below, immediately complete an Incident Report form and, as indicated on the bottom of the form, send a copy to the SCCC/ATS Security Office. This applies to crimes on any part of the main campus (including the Area Technical School), Epworth Allied Health, Colvin Adult Learning Center or public property adjacent to each of those campuses and locations at which other college activities are taking place. Please ensure that you complete all information on the form based on the information you possess. Please do not investigate the crime or attempt to determine whether a crime, in fact, took place. Simply complete the report form. Appropriate college personnel may later contact you or others to gather additional information. A copy of the Incident Report can be obtained from the Security Department. Additional forms may be copied from the blank form or can be obtained from the SCCC/ATS Security Office (SW109, ext. 1181).

Crimes that should be reported are:

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter

Negligent manslaughter

Forcible sex offenses

Non-forcible sex offenses

Robbery

Aggravated assault

Burglary

Motor vehicle theft

Arson

All hate crimes involving bodily injury

All liquor, drug or weapons law violations, including those resulting in an arrest

Crime Statistics Information and Reporting

A current list of crimes occurring on campus can be obtained from the Security Department during regular office hours. This information is also posted on bulletin boards in campus buildings. The Daily Crime Log details the nature, the date, time, location, and disposition of the crimes that occur on all SCCC/ATS property. SCCC/ATS Security also provides, in every campus building, a compiled list for the past three years may be obtained at the Security office. THe statistics represent alleged criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies. Therefore, the data collected does not necessarily reflect prosecutions or convictions for the crime.

Sexual Assault Policy

Behavior which causes the sexual abuse and/or assault of another person will not be tolerated at SCCC/ATS. It is a violation of the Student Handbook and of SCCC/ATS Policy. This conduct may result in disciplinary action ranging from probation to expulsion. Both the victim and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during disciplinary proceedings and both will be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings alleging a sex offense. Confidentiality is the utmost of importance in these situations.

Security personnel are more than willing to assist any person that feels they have been sexually assaulted. Should a victim request it, campus authorities will provide prompt assistance in notifying the police or other law enforcement agencies. It is up to the victim to decide whether or not to contact local authorities. SCCC/ATS encourages all those involved to speak with a knowledgeable counselor.

The City of Liberal has a Rape/Domestic Violence Crisis Center and can also assist any person in need of victim support.

What to do if you are Sexually Assaulted

  • Get to a safe place
  • Call Security or local law enforcement IMMEDIATELY
  • Call a friend or family member for support
  • Get medical attention IMMEDIATELY
  • Don't bathe yourself
  • Save your clothes

Liberal Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Service:
On Campus: 9-624-8818
Off Campus: 620-624-8818
Liberal Police Department: 9-911

Kansas Bill of Rights for Victims of Crime

Pursuant to K.S.A. 74-7333, as amended, a crime victim has the following rights in Kansas:

  1. Victims should be treated with courtesy, compassion, and with respect for the dignity and privacy and should suffer the minimum of necessary inconvenience from their involvement with the criminal justice system.
  2. Victims should receive, through formal and informal procedures, prompt and fair redress for the harm, which they suffered.
  3. Information regarding the availability of criminal restitution, recovery of damages in a civil cause of action, the crime victims’ compensation fund and other remedies and the mechanisms to obtain such remedies should be made to victims.
  4. Information should be made available to victims about their participation in criminal proceedings and the scheduling, progress and ultimate disposition of the proceedings.
  5. The views and concerns of victims should be ascertained and the appropriate assistance provided throughout the criminal process.
  6. When the personal interests of the victim are affected, the views or concerns of the victim should, when appropriate and consistent with criminal law and the procedure, be brought to the attention of the court.
  7. Measures may be taken when necessary to provide for the safety of victims and their families and to protect them from intimidation and retaliation.
  8. Enhanced training should be made available to sensitize criminal justice personnel to the needs and concerns of victims and guidelines should be developed for this purpose.
  9. Victims should be informed of the availability of health and social services and other relevant assistance that they might continue to receive the necessary medical, psychological, and social assistance through existing programs and services.

Victims should report the crime and cooperate with law enforcement authorities.

Officials will assist victims in obtaining appropriate medical and mental health care.

Physical or sexual assault on faculty, staff, or another student or visitor is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. No student, faculty, staff member or visitor shall force or threaten to force another student, faculty, staff member or visitor to have sexual contact against any persons will. Any student charged with sexual assault on or off campus may be prosecuted under criminal statutes and disciplined under the campus Student Code of Conduct. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the college reserves the right to pursue disciplinary action.

Students or employees who feel they have been the victim of sexual assault should contact the Security Department. Victims may also contact the Dean of Student Services.

Definition of Crimes

Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter: The will full (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's 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 Offenses: 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 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 often accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft.

Arson: To unlawfully and intentionally damage, or attempt to damage, any real or personal property by fire or incendiary device.

Motor Vehicle Theft The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Liquor Law Violations: The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possessing or use of intoxicating alcoholic beverages.

Drug Related Violations: The unlawful cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, or importation, of any controlled drug or narcotic substance. Or, the unlawful manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, or transportation of equipment or devices used for preparing and/or taking drugs or narcotics (drug paraphernalia).

Weapon Law Violations: The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices, or other deadly weapons

Sexual Offender Registration Act

The Kansas Sexual Offender Registration Act of 1996 allows public access to a list of convicted registered Kansas sexual offenders. This information may be viewed on the Internet.

Alcohol and Illegal Drugs Policy

The possession of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs on SCCC/ATS property is a violation of college regulations, state, and federal laws. Violators are subject to disciplinary actions by college authorities and charges being filed by local law enforcement.

Firearms/Weapons Policy

No student, employee, or visitor shall possess, use, or threat to use any weapon described and defined in K.S.A 21-4201. This includes, but is not limited to, firearms, pistols, rifles, and pellet guns. The use of explosives including, but not limited to, dynamite, nitroglycerin, blasting caps, fireworks, fire-bombs, grenades, and any other similar devices.

All weapons used for the purpose of hunting must be checked into the Student Living Center Manager for safe storage. Failure to check in a weapon into the SLC Manager is a violation of college policy and is subject to disciplinary action.

Timely Alert Policy

SCCC/ATS Security will issue timely alerts to be posted in every campus building or in areas possibly affected or at risk of future criminal activity. These timely alerts are for warning the campus population of previous criminal activity to try to prevent any further incidents.

Building Access Policy

Regular operating hours of SCCC/ATS offices are 7:45 am to 4:45 pm. Some buildings will be open on Saturday and Sunday for classes or special events. Only employees who have been issued keys to the areas being entered are allowed access to those areas. Should an individual be found with SCCC/ATS keys, without proper authority, that individual will be asked to relinquish the keys. If they chose not to abide by the request, local law enforcement will be notified immediately.

General Campus Rules

  • Smoking is permitted outside of SCCC/ATS buildings.
  • Skate Boarding, rollerblading, and skating are prohibited on main campus sidewalks.
  • parking lots are one-way. Please respect other drivers and traffic laws.
  • Campus speed limit is 20 mph. The Area Technical School speed limit is 10 mph. Reckless driving will be reported to the Security Department and fines may be issued.
  • Parking permits are required for the Epworth/Allied Health parking lot and all Student Living Center parking lots.

Safety Tips

A safe and secure campus environment is a high priority of the SCCC/ATS staff and administration. Student policies have been written to ensure that safety is reinforced by responsible student behavior. A campus a surveillance camera system is utilized in various areas of campus including the Student Living Center. Please note that security officers and surveillance cameras do not replace responsible behavior by students, nor do they totally prevent crime from occurring. Reasonable precautions that students should practice include, but are not limited to:

  • Always be alert and aware of surroundings.
  • Walk with others at night or call Security for an escort.
  • Walk in well-lit, traveled areas.
  • If being followed, reverse directions.
  • If approached for directions, keep a safe distance from the stranger and never enter the vehicle.
  • Keep money and jewelry in a safe place, out of sight. Don't carry a large amount of cash.
  • Inventory and engrave valuables.
  • Report harassing/obscene/or frequent hang-up calls.
  • Use the crosswalks.
  • Adhere to local and state traffic laws and violations.
  • Please don't drink and drive.
  • Report any suspicious behavior to Security immediately.
  • Lock vehicles/dorm rooms and keep personal articles out of sight.
  • Observe published student guidlines and safety practices.
  • If you witness or are the victim of a crime, contact Security or 9-911 immediately.
  • 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.
  • Call Buildings and Grounds Department or contact the SLC Manager to report broken locks, lights, or phones.
  • 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.
  • Utilize 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.

 

Annual Crime Statistics