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Safety for the College Community
- Crime Reporting Procedures
- Access to Campus Facilities
- College Property
- Campus Police Services
- Sexual Assaults
- Crime Prevention
- Off-Campus Crime
The following information is published in accordance with Public Law 101.542 (§201), as amended by Public Law 102.26, the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.
Working together, security at Solano Community College is everybody's business. No community, of course, can be totally risk-free in today's society. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are partners in creating an atmosphere that is safe and conducive to learning.
Solano Community College maintains a campus police department. The department is located in building 1109. A person may report any criminal action or other emergency by calling extension 355. The non-emergency number is extension 369 or (707) 864-7131. Off campus dial 911 to report any emergency.
Most campus buildings are open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. If there is a question about authorization to be in a specific area or building, staff, students and visitors may be asked to produce identification to Campus Police.
The main campus is closed to the public from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m., unless specifically authorized events are scheduled during that time. Individuals who need to be in campus buildings or areas other than during regularly scheduled work hours should obtain prior permission for that date and time from the departmental supervisor and notify the Campus Police Department of both their presence and the length of time they will be at that location.
Unless scheduled for authorized use, campus buildings will be locked from 5 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday and on all holidays. Campus Police will unlock doors and buildings for weekend classes and other events as published in the "Facilities Use Schedule" and the current "Schedule of Classes."
It is the responsibility of those who use rooms, offices and areas to lock access doors, turn off lights, and close windows. College staff (police or maintenance personnel) will check many of the areas of the campus during off hours, but the primary responsibility for security lies with the user.
Keys are provided to individual staff members on a need-to-enter basis, as determined by the appropriate supervisor. Lost keys must be reported immediately to one's supervisor and to the Maintenance Department and the Campus Police.
Keys should never be loaned to other staff members or students. Campus Police personnel will confiscate any keys which have not been specifically issued to a par-ticular individual. Unauthorized duplication of Solano College District keys is a misdemeanor.
Solano Community College property may not be removed from the campus without expressed, written permission from the division dean or area supervisor. Unauthorized removal of College property from the campus is a violation of the law and may be prosecuted by the College.
It is the policy of the Solano Community College Board of Trustees to protect the members of the total College community and to protect the property of the District (Board Policy §3410 & §3800). Under the general direction of the Vice President of Administrative and Business Services, the Campus Police Department shall insure that reasonable protection is provided by using methods that fit within and contribute to the educational philosophy and process of the institution.
Campus Police Officers have peace-officer authority while making arrests, pursuant to California Penal Code (§830.32A) and Education Code (§72330). They have peace-officer training, as prescribed by the California Penal Code (§832). They have the same authority on or about the campus as a municipal police officer or a county deputy sheriff. The Campus Police Department receives reports for all incidents occurring on campus and is responsible for investigating all campus crime. Drivers should be aware that Campus Police Officers are authorized to enforce all provisions of the California Vehicle Code relative to both moving and non-moving violations on campus.
Solano Community College Police work closely with the local law enforcement agencies that have dual jurisdiction for criminal matters and may request assistance for major incidents that require resources not available to Solano Community College Police Department.
Sexual assaults including rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses should be reported to campus police immediately. Campus police can be contacted in room 1109 or emergency phone extension 355. The non-emergency number for campus police is extension 369 or (707) 864-7131. If the crime occurred off campus, call the 911 police emergency number.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault, do not touch or change anything at the scene. Do not wash, take a shower, or change your clothing, you may destroy important evidence. Sexual assault victims will be transported to the nearest hospital for examination and collection of important evidence by trained medical personnel.
Services available on campus include a police officer trained in sexual assault investigation, and during the Fall and Spring semesters, a nurse and an abuse counselor are located in Building 1400. The rape crisis hotline for Solano County is (707) 422-RAPE or (707) 644-RAPE.
Possible sanctions for a perpetrator of a sexual assault include: criminal prosecution, official warning, reprimand, social probation, restitution, suspension by teacher, emergency summary suspension, disciplinary suspension, disciplinary probation, and expulsion.
One of the essential ingredients of any successful crime prevention program is an informed public. It is the intent of Solano Community College to inform students and staff, in a timely manner, of any criminal activity or security problems that may pose a reasonable threat to their physical safety. Another critical element of a campus safety program is training. The Campus Police Department, the ASSC, and the Office of Student Services sponsor on-going training programs on various topics, ranging from sexual assault awareness to the prevention of substance abuse.
Finally, all effective crime prevention programs include some measure of people watching out for one another. All staff and students are asked to be ALERT, SECURITY-CONSCIOUS, and INVOLVED. Call the Campus Police, via the Campus Emergency Extension 355, whenever you see suspicious behavior or activity.
The local police departments have been requested to provide Solano Community College with crime data for the areas surrounding the facilities operated by the College. When a security problem arises, the Campus Police will notify persons using these facilities.