Campus Safety, Policies and Procedures

At Schenectady County Community College, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is a high priority. Historically, SCCC has been a safe campus with few major incidents; however, a safe and secure environment can only be maintained through the cooperation of all members of the campus community.

All individuals must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking common sense precautions. Providing this information is part of our effort to ensure that this collaborative endeavor is effective. We hope that you will read it carefully and use the information to help foster a safe environment for yourself and others.

Description of Campus Security

Security may be reached at 381-1308.
Security Desk (main location): Lobby of Elston Hall

SCCC maintains a contract with a private security firm to provide security services on a 24-hour basis. Security officers are the first responders to an emergency. Officers who are assigned to the College are empowered by the College to enforce the institution’s rules and regulations. One of their primary responsibilities is the prevention of all forms of loss. Security officers serve as escorts from campus buildings to the parking lots in the evening hours. Another primary responsibility of security officers is to serve as campus resource persons, providing information to the College community. Security officers are knowledgeable about the campus and are able to relay information in a courteous and professional manner.

The campus security force works closely with the College administration and local law enforcement agencies both in the investigation of crimes and in crime prevention. Campus security has the authority to take whatever steps are necessary to resolve situations and ensure the safety and security of all involved. Security officers may investigate incidents, question victims and witnesses, ask persons for identification, ask persons to explain their actions, and acquire as much information as necessary to provide the College with a complete report of the situation.

A security officer has the authority to contact local law enforcement agencies, EMT services, or the fire department, if warranted. If an individual refuses to present identification, the security officer has the authority to ask that person to immediately leave the College campus.

Security officers are required to complete an incident report upon receiving a complaint or a report of a criminal act or emergency. All incident reports are delivered to the Office of the Dean of Administration for review, appropriate action, and compilation of statistical reports. According to the Student Code of Conduct, failure to respond to the directions of a security officer constitutes grounds for disciplinary action.

Click here for an SCCC Incident Report Form.

All security officers are certified in first response aid. During peak hours, SCCC provides one security officer trained as an emergency medical technician (EMT).

THE CAMPUS SAFETY COUNCIL

The SCCC Annual Security Report 2013 (per the Clery Act)

The SCCC Annual Security Report 2012 (per the Clery Act)

The SCCC Annual Security Report 2011 (per the Clery Act)

The SCCC Annual Security Report 2010 (per the Clery Act)

Click here to view the April 2010 report from the Campus Safety Council.

Click here to view the March 2010 report from the Campus Safety Council.

Click here to view the January 2010 report from the Campus Safety Council.

Click here to view the November 2009 report from the Campus Safety Council.

Click here to view the October 2009 report from the Campus Safety Council.

Click here to view the September 2009 report from the Campus Safety Council.

The Campus Safety Council meets regularly throughout the academic year to review safety and security concerns and issues. Recommendations to improve and strengthen the safety and security of the campus are submitted by the Committee to the President of the College. If you have any concerns or ideas regarding campus safety and security, please contact:

Martha Asselin, Campus Safety Council Chairperson,
Student Services Office, Elston Hall, Room 222,
telephone 381-1336; e-mail: asselimj@sunysccc.edu

College Response Team (CRT)

The College Response Team (CRT) meets regularly to address situations in an organized, forthright and professional manner. Although it may be impossible to be prepared to address every situation which is unknown, it is prudent to develop a process and response strategy enabling the College’s leadership to take the necessary steps to deal with any unfamiliar, novel or emergency situation. On an annual basis, at least, the CRT guidelines are updated, revised and distributed. Additional copies of “Responding to Campus Life and Safety Issues” (the College’s guidelines for addressing various critical incidents) can be requested by contacting the Student Services Office, Elston Hall, Room 222.

AWARENESS PROGRAMS

The Division of Student Affairs presents several programs concerning sexual assault and information about campus safety during each academic year. All new students receive information about campus safety at orientation, and returning students obtain the information at registration and in the Office of Student Affairs during the year. Safety programming for students includes presentations on crime prevention, personal safety and self-defense. These programs are designed to help develop assertiveness skills and to enhance logical thinking during emergencies. Look for notices of upcoming programs and workshops on campus.

ACCESS TO CAMPUS FACILITIES

Schenectady County Community College is a public institution with an “open access” campus. College buildings and grounds are open to the public for individual use during College business hours. Building entrance doors are opened on a varying schedule depending on the activities occurring on campus. At night and during the times that the campus is officially closed, College buildings are locked and only authorized faculty and staff are admitted.
For more specific information, please refer to these topic areas below. Clicking on the topic will bring you directly to information regarding that subject.

Policies, Procedures and Information
Affirmative Action Statement
Alcohol and Drug: Substance Abuse
Basic Emergency Procedures For Safety And Medical Purposes
Bias Crime Prevention Statement
Campus Safety
Campus Security Escort Service (How to Access)
Child Safety Procedures
Code of Conduct
Commitment to Cultural Diversity
Computer Usage Policy
Crime Statistics Availability Statement (CLERY Act)
Emergency Closing Procedure
Equity in Athletics
FERPA
Food and Beverage Policy
Immunization Procedure
Parking/Ticket Appeal
Poster Policy
Procedure for Resolving Complaints of Disability and Gender Discrimination
Procedure for Resolving Complaints of Sexual Harassment
Reporting an Emergency, Suspicious Activity or Threat
Reporting a Fire or other Facility Emergency
Reporting a Medical Emergency
Response to an Emergency, Criminal or Threatening Incident
Tobacco-Free Policy
Workplace Violence Policy

Notification Procedures in the event of:
            Building Evacuation
            Concern or Threat of Suicide
            Disruption on Campus

Health Information and Maintaining Confidentiality
            HIPAA Notice
            Student Insurance
            Student Code of Conduct

Read All About It!

Interested in possibly applying to SCCC? See our Viewbook. Want to know more about academics and being a student? Try our Catalog. These publications and more are on our Publications Page.