Crime Awareness and Campus Safety Report

SCC Department of Public Safety

Members of the Department of Public Safety/Campus Police are conservators of the peace on campus. They work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and they seek to protect life and property and to preserve a secure campus environment. The Department of Public Safety/Campus Police station is located in the Campus Services Building on the northwest corner of the St. Charles Community College campus. Department of Public Safety/Campus Police personnel are available 24 hours a day and will respond immediately to your location.

Clery Act Reporting

The purpose of the Clery Act is to provide the campus community accurate, complete and timely information about crime and the safety of the campus environment so that they can make informed decisions to keep themselves safe.

The federal law known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires institutions of higher education, receiving federal student aid, to report specified crime statistics on college campuses and to provide other safety and crime information to members of the campus community.

The Clery Act requires the reporting of campus crime statistics to the Department of Education on an annual bases. At St. Charles Community College, the Department of Public Safety/Campus Police gathers and compiles the information from local law enforcement agencies and Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) for reporting purposes.

A Campus Security Authority (CSA) is a Clery-specific term that encompasses the following groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution whose functions involve significant responsibility for student and campus activities. These may include: police and public safety officers, event security staff, deans or senior administrative personnel, coaches, student organization advisors, and staff involved in student discipline issues.

CSAs have an important role in complying with the Clery Act. Information reported by CSAs are used to fulfill the reporting requirements of the Clery Act and issue timely warnings for Clery crimes that pose a serious or continuing threat to the campus community.

CSA Responsibility

According to the 2011 Department of Education Clery Handbook, “although every institution wants its campus community to report criminal incidents to law enforcement, we know that this doesn’t always happen. Even at institutions with a police department on campus, a student who is the victim of a crime may be more inclined to report it to someone other than the campus police. For this reason, the Clery Act requires all institutions to collect crime reports from a variety of individuals and organizations that Clery considers to be Campus Security Authorities.”

Under Clery, a crime is “reported” when it is brought to the attention of a CSA or local law enforcement personnel by a victim, witness or other third party. It doesn’t matter whether or not the individuals involved in the crime or reporting the crime are associated with the institution. If a CSA receives the crime information and believes it was provided in good faith, they should document it as a crime. The term “good faith” means there is a reasonable bases for believing that the information is not simply rumor or hearsay, that is, there is little or no reason to doubt the validity of the information.

What must be disclosed, therefore, are statistics from reports of alleged criminal incidents. It is not necessary for the crime to have been investigated by the police, nor must a finding of guilt or responsibility be made to disclose the statistic. If you are in doubt as to whether a crime has been reported, rely on the judgment of the Campus Police Department.

If someone tells you about a crime or an incident that may be a crime, you must report the following information to the Department of Public Safety/Campus Police:

  • Type of crime
  • Location of crime
  • Date and time of the incident
  • Date and time the incident was reported
  • Description of the incident

Other information that is helpful when reporting a crime but is not required:

  • Name of victim
  • Identities of suspects or witnesses
  • Descriptions of any weapons used
  • Any injuries involved

You Should Report All Crimes on Campus

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to report any crime or criminal activity to the Department of Public Safety/Campus Police at 636-922-8545 (on campus, dial 8545). The Department of Public Safety/Campus Police will investigate all incidents of crime or criminal activity on campus. The Cottleville Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies may assist St. Charles Community College Police when requested. A crime log is on file in the public safety office located in the Campus Services Building. 

Seminars Available on Safety Issues

The Department of Public Safety/Campus Police offers safety and crime prevention informational seminars during the school year upon request. Topics for these seminars may include campus safety, personal safety, sexual assault prevention, drug and alcohol abuse, and responding to violent intruders on campus. At these seminars, students, faculty and staff are informed about campus safety procedures and encouraged to help with the responsibility of their own safety on campus. 

DPS Is Here for Your Safety and Assistance

The Department of Public Safety/Campus Police is responsible for safety, security and law enforcement on all SCC property. Inside the buildings there are emergency phones located in all hallways, classrooms and elevators. On the outside there are emergency telephones located on parking lots that ring directly to the campus police dispatcher. Blue lights are above each phone to make them more visible from a distance. These phones are answered around the clock, seven days a week by public safety personnel. The Department of Public Safety/Campus Police will provide parking lot escorts day or night for anyone concerned about his/her personal safety. The SCC main campus is located within the City of Cottleville, Missouri. The Cottleville Police Department and the St. Charles Community College Police Department have a mutual aid agreement to assist each other in providing law enforcement services to the college community.

Timely Warning

In an effort to provide timely notice to the SCC community, and in the event of a crime which may pose a serious on-going threat to our community, the Department of Public Safety/Campus Police will issue "timely warning" crime bulletins to notify the college community about serious crimes against people that occur on campus. Crime alerts are usually distributed for the following Uniformed Crime Reporting Program (UCR)/National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) classifications: arson, criminal homicide and robbery. Cases of aggravated assault and sex offenses are considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the facts of the case and the information known by the Department of Public Safety/Campus Police. Complete definitions of these types of crimes can be found at the end of this report.

The Department of Public Safety/Campus Police will draft the crime bulletin. They will review and revise the text as needed then transmit the email containing the crime bulletin to the college community.

Emergency Notifications and Response

The Department of Public Safety/Campus Police may use several methods to notify the SCC community of emergency situations. Notifications may be made by a public address system, text messaging system, email, phone calls to each building's team leaders and/or signage posted outside classroom doors if needed.

College departments and building team leaders are responsible for developing contingency plans for their staff and areas of responsibility. The college conducts announced and/or unannounced emergency response drills each year; such as table top exercises, functional exercises, and tests of the emergency notification systems on campus. These tests are designed to assess and evaluate the emergency plans and capabilities of the college.

The college has general evacuation guidelines in the event that a segment of the campus needs to be evacuated. This plan can be affected by a myriad of factors including the type of threat, occupancy of buildings and surrounding areas at the time of the incident, etc. Therefore, specific information about a multi-building or area evacuation cannot be shared with the campus community in advance.

When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, the first responders to the scene are usually the St. Charles Community College Police and Public Safety Officers. Surrounding municipalities as well as the St. Charles County Ambulance District and Cottleville Fire Protection District may also respond if their assistance is needed. Depending on the nature of the incident other St. Charles Community College departments as well as other contractors or agencies may be involved in responding to the incident.

 

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Security and Access

Access to campus buildings and grounds is a privilege extended to students, faculty, staff and authorized guests. The college encourages an open environment with limited constraints to ensure reasonable protections of all members of the community. The academic and administrative buildings are open, at a minimum, during normal business hours. Most facilities have individual hours, and the hours may vary at different times of the year. The grounds are generally open from dawn to dusk allowing access to the walking paths and recreational areas on campus. All buildings and grounds are patrolled regularly by the Department of Public Safety/Campus Police. For any questions regarding access or use of the campus contact the Department of Public Safety/Campus Police at 636-922-8545.

Officers with the Department of Public Safety/Campus Police conduct routine checks of the lighting on campus during their regular patrol duties. If they observe lights that are out or an area that is poorly lit they will enter a request for service from the Maintenance Department. We encourage the community to report any deficiency in lighting to the Maintenance Department at 636-922-8000, Ext. 4453, or to the Department of Public Safety/Campus Police.

The Department of Public Safety/Campus Police also conducts scheduled checks of the blue light parking lot phones, building emergency phones, fire extinguishers, panic alarms, CCTV systems, AEDs and first aid supplies. These checks are documented and requests for service entered for any problems found while checking the equipment.

Weapons Prohibited on Campus

The college prohibits the possession of all handguns, knives or other weapons of any kind on campus. This applies to students, employees and members of the public. This does not apply to law enforcement officers or licensed security officers. Any person found to be in possession of a weapon of any kind will be ordered to leave the campus.

Illegal Substances Prohibited on Campus

The college is a drug-free institution and operates within the guidelines set forth in the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

The college prohibits the unlawful manufacture, possession, use or distribution of drugs on campus, college sites, client sites or at any college-sponsored event. The possession, use or distribution of alcoholic beverages on campus, college sites, client sites, instructional activities and at college-sponsored events is prohibited unless specifically approved by the college president.

When alcohol use is approved by the president, all faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to observe and obey Missouri State Liquor Control Law (Sec. 311.325 RSMo) stating that any person under the age of 21 cannot purchase, attempt to purchase, possess or be served any intoxicating beverage.

The use of alcoholic beverages at a campus event shall be subject to approval and supervision by the college.  Requests for the president’s approval must be made at least 60 days prior to the date of the event. After approval is granted by the college president, notification shall be given to the vice president for administrative services and the director of the Department of Public Safety that alcohol will be present at an event.

The organizer of the event is responsible for obtaining all applicable government liquor licenses. The event organizer will pay the cost of all such licenses.

There is no intent to encourage the use of alcoholic beverages or to force its consumption upon those who object to the use of alcohol on moral, ethical or religious grounds. This policy is designed to promote legal and responsible behavior regarding alcohol use.

The college is committed to providing an environment that is safe and healthy. Consistent with this policy, the college became a tobacco-free campus as of Jan. 1, 2007. The use of tobacco, smoking and simulated smoking products are prohibited on all college property and in all college vehicles.

Compliance with this policy is the shared responsibility of all college personnel. Employees are encouraged to communicate this policy with courtesy, respect and diplomacy. If difficulties arise with compliance, the Department of Public Safety should be notified.

Students and visitors who persist in violation of the policy will be required to meet with the public safety supervisor. The public safety supervisor may discuss the policy, issue a warning, a fine or require the violator to attend a workshop sponsored on campus, or a combination thereof.

Students who repeatedly violate the policy may be referred to the dean of student success, and may be disciplined under the student code of conduct as appropriate.

Violation of this policy by an employee should be reported to the employee’s supervisor. Employees who violate this policy and have already been verbally counseled will be subject to the Disciplinary Action policy (Pol. 593.0).

Prohibited usage of products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes, E-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

Sex Offenses

SCC provides free mental health counseling. If a student is alleging that he or she is a victim of sexual assault, that student should contact the mental health counselor at 636-922-8571. The mental health counselor will assist a student with contacting the dean of student success at 636-922-8259 and/or Department of Public Safety at 636-922-8545, who can assist the student by discussing options for and assistance in notifying law enforcement agencies and accessing services for victims.

The dean of student success (636-922-8259) will assist the student with needed class schedule changes if the accused perpetrator is another SCC student. The dean of student success will also discuss options for campus disciplinary action, including sanctions the college may impose. The dean will share that both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during disciplinary proceedings, and that both must be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings.

If an employee is alleging that he or she is a victim of sexual assault, the employee should contact Department of Public Safety at 636-922-8545, who can assist by discussing options for and assistance in notifying law enforcement agencies and accessing services for victims; should contact the vice president for human resources at 636-922-8300, ADM 1123, or any administrative officer; and may contact the employee assistance program at 1-800-356-0845 for counseling assistance.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) SaVE Act

On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed a bill that strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. Included in the bill was Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE), which amends the Jeanne Clery Act and affords additional rights to campus victims of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. Domestic violence, dating violence and stalking are defined as follows:

Domestic Violence: Includes asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim's current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarity situated under domestic or family violence law or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.

Dating Violence: Means violence by a person who has be in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether there was such a relationship will be gauged by its length, type and frequency of interaction. 

Stalking: Means a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his or others' safety or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Mental Health Counseling Services

The college years can be a time of growth and development as well as a time of challenges and stress. Students may experience that stress in many different ways.

St. Charles Community College offers the opportunity to address your concerns with a FREE mental health counselor on campus. SCC has a well-trained professional to help with a wide range of concerns common to college students including anxiety, eating concerns, alcohol/drug issues, relationship concerns, academic stress, suicidal thoughts, sexual and LGBT concerns.

We are committed to providing high quality care guided by the SCC mission of serving our community by focusing on academic excellence, student success, workforce advancement, and life-long learning within a global society. We celebrate diversity and we enrich the economic and cultural vitality of the region by providing an accessible, comprehensive and supportive environment for teaching and learning.

Our mental health counselor will offer short-term counseling, community support and referrals. Sometimes a student may require care beyond the scope of our counseling center and in these situations students will be assisted with establishing care off campus.

Length of counseling varies. Some problems are resolved within one or two sessions. Other problems may require meeting more often. This will be determined by you and your counselor.

To set an appointment, contact the mental health counselor, Christy Jackson, at 636-922-8571 or cjackson@stchas.edu. Appointments may also be made by calling Teresa Drury at 636-922-8536 or tdrury@stchas.edu.

Any faculty, staff or student may submit a report to the Behavioral Intervention Team by calling 636-922-8111. Any serious concerns of immediate response should be directed to the SCC Department of Public Safety/Campus Police at 636-922-8545.

Authority of the St. Charles Community College 
Department of Public Safety/Campus Police

The Department of Public Safety/Campus Police employs both armed state licensed police officers and unarmed county licensed security officers. SCC police officers must possess a “Class A” license from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST). SCC public safety officers must possess a security license issued by the Eastern Missouri Police Academy under the authority of the St. Charles County Sheriff.

SCC Campus Police officers are authorized by the State of Missouri under RSMO 178.862 which states that the trustees of any junior college district of this state may appoint and employ as many college police officers as they may deem necessary to protect persons, property and to preserve peace and good order in the public buildings, properties, grounds and other facilities and locations over which they have charge or control.

The college police officers are empowered with the same authority to maintain order, preserve peace and make arrests as held by other certified peace officers in the State of Missouri. College police officers may, in addition, expel from the public buildings, campuses and grounds, persons violating the rules and regulations that may be prescribed by the SCC Board of Trustees.  

SCC public safety officers are authorized by the Board of Trustees and are licensed by the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department to enforce all college rules, regulations and policies as well as enforce state and local laws on all property owned or leased by the college. Security officers have the authority to detain and make arrest for violations of law until the arrival of a police officer.

UCR/NIBRS Crime Definitions

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.

Criminal Homicide (Negligent): The killing of another person through gross negligence.

Criminal Homicide (Non-Negligent): The willful killing of one human being by another.

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 usually 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 the 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 intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Motor Vehicle Theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases that automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned, and including joyriding.)

Weapon Law Violations: The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minor; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Drug Abuse Violations: Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadones); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).

Liquor Law Violations:  The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle or illegal transportation or liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. (Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.)

Pocket-Picking: The theft of articles from another person’s physical possession by stealth where the victim usually does not become immediately aware of the theft.

Purse-Snatching: The grabbing or snatching of a purse, handbag, etc., from the physical possession of another person.

Shoplifting: The theft, by someone other than an employee of the victim, of goods or merchandise exposed for sale.

Theft From Building: A theft from within a building which is either open to the general public or where the offender has legal access.

Theft From Coin-Operated Machine or Device: A theft from a machine or device which is operated or activated by the use of coins.

Theft From Motor Vehicle: The theft of articles from a motor vehicle, whether locked or unlocked.

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts or Accessories: The theft of any part or accessory affixed to the interior or exterior of a motor vehicle in a manner which would make the item an attachment of the vehicle, or necessary for its operation.

All Other Larceny: All other thefts which do not fit any of the definitions of the specific subcategories of Larceny/Theft listed above.

Simple Assault: An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious sever or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration or loss of consciousness.

Intimidation: To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.

Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property: To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner of the person having custody or control of it.

UCR/NIBRS Forcible Sex Offense Definitions

Forcible Rape: The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth).

Forcible Sodomy: Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Sexual Assault With an Object: The use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Forcible Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.

UCR/NIBRS Non-Forcible Sex Offense Definitions

Incest: Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

Hate Crime Definition

Hate Crimes: Crimes involving bodily injury to any person in which the victim is intentionally selected because of the actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability of the victim.

SCC Campus Crime Report

Campus Crime Statistics (Clery Act Report)
 CrimesSCC CampusNon-CampusOff Campus Public Property
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Murder/Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Incest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Statutory Rape 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Simple Assault 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arrests for:
Liquor Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Weapons Possession 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Referrals for:
Liquor Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Hate Crimes on Campus by Prejudice
 Crimes:RaceGenderReligionSexual OrientationEthnicityDisability
201020112012201020112012201020112012201020112012201020112012201020112012
Murder/ Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Incest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Statutory Rape 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Simple Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Larceny/Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Intimidation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Destruction/ Damage/ Vandalism of Property 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0