Public Safety and Emergency

Emergency Notifications (Text Messaging) 

St. Charles Community College employs a text-messaging Emergency Alert System that serves as one means of alerting the campus community about emergencies, warnings, weather-related closings and campus shutdowns. The system will not be used for general announcements. For more information and to sign up for the system, visit the Emergency Alert (Text Messaging) page.

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing 

In the event of inclement weather, the college may adjust campus opening/closing times or close the campus entirely. For inclement weather notices, you may call the college at 636-922-8000, go to the college website at www.stchas.edu or sign up for emergency text alerts at www.stchas.edu/text.

The college also will contact local media with inclement weather announcements as soon as possible but cannot guarantee what times they will appear on radio or television stations. The following media will be notified by 5:30 a.m. for day classes or by 5 p.m. for evening classes (if bad weather develops during the day):

  • KMOX Radio (1120 AM);
  • KWRE (730AM)-KFAV (99FM) Radio;
  • KSDK-TV, Channel 5;
  • KMOV-TV, Channel 4;
  • and KTVI-TV, Channel 2.

Do not call the stations for information, but listen/watch during the scheduled inclement weather announcement periods. Students may also check the SCC Facebook page at stchas.edu/facebook for weather-related closings.

Because area weather conditions may vary, you should use discretion in deciding if travel is safe. Make-up work is the responsibility of the student.

Other emergency announcements will be made through the above local media sources.
See board policy 445-Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing.

Public Safety

SCC complies with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act enacted by Congress in 1990 (Clery Act). Building and parking lot safety services are provided for students throughout the year. To contact a public safety officer, you may inquire at the Welcome Center in the Administration Building, call 636-922-8545, or ask any staff member to call the Department of Public Safety (DPS). In an emergency situation, you should call 8545 or 9-1-1 from the nearest campus phone. DPS will respond immediately. If you are hurt while on campus, call 636-922-8545. DPS officers are trained first responders. Emergency phones are located in building hallways and labeled “Emergency.” A public safety officer will provide an escort to your car if needed. This does not include personal attendant services for vehicular accessibility. The following will provide additional information regarding campus safety in general, crime prevention, crime reporting and student responsibilities.

Campus Safety

The SCC Department of Public Safety is responsible for law enforcement campus safety in general. Student concerns regarding general campus safety should be addressed to the Department of Public Safety.

Building and Grounds Safety

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for safety inside and outside the buildings. There are telephones located on most parking lots that ring directly to the DPS office. The office operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DPS will provide parking lot escort service for people concerned about their safety.

Crime Reporting

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to report crime, criminal activity or suspicious activity to the Department of Public Safety at 636-922-8545 (on campus, dial 8545). DPS is a law enforcement agency and will investigate any crime or criminal activity that occurs on campus. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, firearms and weapons of any type are not permitted on campus. The use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes are also prohibited. Any person violating the law or college rules and regulations regarding any of these items is subject to appropriate disciplinary action and/or criminal charges.

Student Responsibilities

The key to any successful campus safety program is the involvement and cooperation of students. You must assume responsibility for your personal safety and the security of personal possessions. Simple, common-sense safety precautions should be taken at all times. Valuables should be locked in the trunk of personal vehicles. Bicycles should be registered with DPS and secured with strong locks. Personal safety and crime prevention should be the goal of all college patrons. 

For a copy of the annual report on crime awareness and campus safety, including the previous year’s crime statistics for campus, contact the DPS at 636-922-8545 or see Crime Awareness and Campus Safety Report. Visit www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov for a list of registered sex offenders in this area.

See board polies 406-Campus Security, 446-Weapons and 414-Substance Free Environment.

Student Emergency Services Procedure

In the event of an emergency, pick up any emergency phone, dial 8545 or call 9-1-1 from the nearest phone. For all other assistance, the following steps should be taken:

On Campus:

  • Public Safety should be called from the nearest telephone should medical services, crowd control, etc., be required. The number is 636-922-8545 (dial 8545 from campus phones).
  • Medical services will be given, as determined by the student’s condition, by the public safety officer on the scene, who is certified as a “First Responder.”
  • Public Safety will contact the St. Charles County Ambulance District for a sick or injured person in need of medical assistance and DPS is responsible for handling all law enforcement issues that occur on the College campus.

NOTE: Students are responsible for any costs involved in their treatment (i.e., ambulance and emergency room fees).

Student ID 

Two weeks prior to the first day of each semester, students should have a student ID made. This service is located in the Café-Bookstore. Outside of this period, during non-registration times, or for replacement of a lost card, you must go to the Campus Services Building. There is a $3 charge for a replacement ID. The card will be needed to access many campus services, such as academic advising, financial aid, check out books from the college library, for admission to special student activities, for Fitness Center use or if requested by a campus official. Students must have their ID on their person at all times while on campus. Credit students who are unable to show their ID when requested by a campus official may be subject to disciplinary sanctions. An alternate photo ID may be used in some, but not all instances.

Video Surveillance

In order to enhance the security and safety of employees, students and visitors of SCC, as well as its facilities and assets, the college may conduct video surveillance of any portion of its premises at any time, with the specific exception of areas where individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as private areas of restrooms, showers and dressing rooms. Video monitoring will be conducted in a professional, confidential and legal manner.

See board policy 441-VideoSurveillance.

Weapon-Free Campus

Possession or use of firearms – whether concealed or in sight – or any explosives, dangerous chemicals or other weapons are prohibited on college property and at college-sponsored or supervised functions.

See board policy 446-Weapons.