Members of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) 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 is located in the Campus Services Building on the northwest corner of the St. Charles Community College campus.
All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to report any crime or criminal activity to the Department of Public Safety 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 will assist SCC Police when requested. A crime log is on file in the public safety office located in the Campus Services Building.
The Department of Public Safety/Campus Police and Student Affairs offer 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 encourages to help with the responsibility of their own safety on campus.
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 into the DPS office. 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. DPS will provide parking lot escorts day or night for anyone concerned about his/her personal safety.
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 will issue "timely warning" crime bulletins to notify the college community about serious crimes against people that occur on campus.
The Department of Public Safety will use several methods to notify the SCC community of emergency situations. Notifications may be by a public address system, text message system, emails, phone calls to each building's team leaders and signage posted outside classroom doors if needed.
The college campus is open from dawn to dusk. However, college buildings are open only during published working hours. During non-working hours, facilities are monitored by patrol and alarms. The campus is closed on holidays. Overnight parking is prohibited without prior approval. All use of the campus grounds and facilities must have college approval.
Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, firearms and dangerous weapons of any type are not permitted on campus. Any person violating the college rules and regulations regarding any of these items is subject to appropriate disciplinary action and/or criminal charges.
Students who have been sexually harassed or victimized in any way are encouraged to report the incident as soon as possible to the Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs (Room 2110 SSB, 636-922-8358), or the Department of Public Safety (636-922-8545).
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.
SCC/Bridgeway offers free counseling services to SCC students. Ms. Tina Hoester is the on-campus counselor and is located in ADM 1204. Students may call 636-288-6533 to set up an appointment on campus.
The Department of Public Safety employs both armed state licensed police officers and unarmed county licensed security officers. SCC Public Safety 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 Security 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 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 security 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.
|Crimes||SCC Campus||Non-Campus||Off Campus Public Property|
|Forcible Sex Offences||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Drug Abuse Violations||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Drug Abuse Violations||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Forcible Sex Offences||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|