Policies and Procedures

Campus Safety


 
Chapter:                      1
Section:                      4.01
Computer Index Code:          C1S04.01
Origination Date:             11/1/82
Inst. Council Approval Date:
 
Subject:  Chapter  1   ADMINISTRATION--PRESIDENT
          Section  4.01        CAMPUS SAFETY PROCEDURES
 
 
 
I.   PURPOSE AND SCOPE
 
     The College Campus Safety Department has two primary areas of 
     responsibility: Security and personal safety activities. The 
     following is a brief outline of both areas of responsibility.
 
     A.   Campus Security shall place emphasis on maintaining 
          security of parking lots and their contents by regular 
          foot patrol or in security vehicles; enforce parking 
          and traffic regulations; issue parking tickets to violators 
          of college parking regulations and on special situations; 
          issue Justice of the Peace citations; direct students, 
          visitors, and motorists to buildings on campus and special 
          activities; provide security of institutional buildings, 
          grounds and warehouses to prevent acts of theft, vandalism, 
          and arson; administer first aid to students, staff, and 
          the general public; report hazards that may endanger 
          public safety.
 
     B.   Campus Safety involves investigating prowls, thefts, 
          burglaries and suspicious circumstances; maintaining liaison 
          with other campus safety departments and police departments; 
          informing the administration of trends relating to crimes 
          on college campuses; maintaining records on all properties 
          reported as stolen and pertinent information transmitted 
          to the property Officer and other state agencies.
 
          It is the responsibility of the Campus Safety Department 
          to maintain a spirit of comradery with college personnel, 
          and local law enforcement officers, and support and comply 
          with policies and procedures implied and/or written by the 
          college's administration and to maintain law and order and 
          to enforce College rules and the laws of the State of Utah.
 
 
II.  AUTHORIZATION FOR CAMPUS SAFETY OPERATIONS
 
     As authorized under state law (Utah Code Annotated 53-45-4) the 
     governing board of the college may establish and maintain a 
     campus safety department. The department shall function under 
     the Director of Facilities as delegated by the President.
 
     All department activities shall be conducted in accordance with 
     state laws and college policies, and with the full knowledge of 
     the Director of Facilities and/or the President or the 
     president's designee.
 
     Activities shall be limited to college property and/or property 
     under its control except when requested to assist outside agencies, 
     or when an officer observes a crime, or there is the possibility 
     of physical harm or life is endangered.
 
 
III. PEACE OFFICER TRAINING
 
     Peace officer training, required for campus safety officers under 
     the Peace Officer's Training Act, may be sponsored by the college.
 
 
IV.  UNIFORMS AND FIREARMS
 
     Campus safety officers shall be uniformed except for the Chief of 
     Campus Safety who may wear street clothes when involved in 
     Administrative matters. Only those officers who have had peace 
     officer training will be permitted to carry firearms on duty.
 
 
V.   MARKED VEHICLES
 
     Campus safety officers will function from appropriately marked 
     vehicles as specified by the Director of Facilities.
 
 
VI.  AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
 
     ARRESTS:  When a campus safety officer has probable cause to 
     believe a crime has been committed in his/her presence, he/she 
     will proceed as follows:
 
     1.   Stop the crime
     2.   Arrests or detain
     3.   Investigate further
     4.   Report to the appropriate prosecuting attorney (city or county).
     5.   Inform the Director of Facilities and/or the President
 
 
VII. INVESTIGATION OF COLLEGE PERSONNEL
     
     Investigation of College personnel by a campus safety officer 
     will be initiated only upon awareness and/or direct observation 
     of a violation of the law. Other requests for investigation may 
     be directed to the President, Vice President and/or Director of 
     Facilities. The President or designee, Director of Facilities, 
     and the appropriate administrator shall be notified immediately 
     of the pending investigation.
 
 
VIII. INVESTIGATION OF POTENTIAL CRIMES
 
     Investigation by a campus safety officer will be initiated only 
     or upon awareness and/or direct observation of a violation of 
     the law or at the request of the Director of Facilities. The 
     Director of Facilities shall be notified of the investigation.
 
 
IX.  RELEASE OF CRIMINAL HISTORIES
 
     Criminal histories of student, faculty and staff maintained 
     by the Safety Department for violation of College rules and 
     regulations or the laws of Utah may be released to authorized 
     persons in accordance with College policies, laws of the state, 
     (Utah Code Annotated 77-59-9 and 77-59-14), the Freedom of 
     Information Act, and the Privacy Act. Final determination to 
     release such information will be made by the Director of 
     Facilities or the President or designee.
 
 
X.   WARRANTS
 
     Requests for warrants may be initiated by college safety 
     officers but only with the approval of the Chief of Campus 
     Safety, in accordance with procedures established by College 
     administration, and the laws of the State of Utah.
 
 
XI.  EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN OF FACILITY AND
 
     The Campus Safety Office shall have emergency authority to 
     prevent the use of facilities or equipment where life safety 
     dangers exist until administrative action is implemented and 
     the danger no longer exists.
 
 
XII. SECURITY OPERATIONS
 
     A.   Monitor Security and Fire Alarm Systems: The Campus 
          Safety Office will operate and assure the efficient 
          function of the electronic security and fire alarm 
          systems of the college.
 
     B.   Monitor Mechanical and Electrical Systems: A check 
          system for all mechanical and electrical security and 
          alarm systems will be maintained after regular college 
          hours, and malfunctions reported to the maintenance and 
          engineering departments as well as the Director of 
          Facilities.
 
     C.   Patrol: The Campus Safety Office will provide patrol on 
          a scheduled basis for all college buildings, parking lots, 
          and other college property.
 
     D.   Keying System: The Campus Safety Office will manage and 
          maintain a master keying system and key records for all 
          college property.
 
 
XIII. TRAFFIC AND PARKING REGULATION ENFORCEMENT
 
     A.   Parking and Traffic Regulations: The Chief of Campus 
          Safety will recommend changes in parking and traffic 
          regulation to the Director of Facilities, parking 
          committee, and the College administrative council.
 
     B.   Printing of Pamphlets and Decals: The Chief of Campus 
          Safety will be responsible for printing and distribution 
          of approved traffic and parking regulation pamphlets and 
          parking decals.
 
     C.   Monitoring and Enforcement of Traffic and Parking Regulations: 
          The Campus Safety Office will be responsible for monitoring 
          approved traffic and parking regulations with full 
          enforcement authority. Traffic and parking violation 
          records will be maintained.
 
     D.   Appeal Process: The appeal process will be through the 
          Justice of the Peace.
 
     E.   Parking Exception: Certain approved exceptions to the 
          parking regulations may be granted in order to maintain 
          good public relations with the college community and 
          general public. These guidelines are outlined in a 
          separate document "Parking Exception Guidelines."
 
 
XIV. REPORTING
 
     A.   Reporting Violations of College Police: Violations of 
          college safety and security policies will be reported to 
          the appropriate administrator and/or the Director of 
          Facilities, and/or the President or the President's designee.
     
     B.   Reporting Criminal Details to a Prosecutor: The campus 
          safety officer is bound by law to give a prosecutor all 
          the facts. The Chief of Campus Safety will notify the 
          appropriate college administrator of his findings only 
          with the specific approval of the College Director of 
          Facilities and or the President or the President's 
          designee, and only when such notification does not 
          jeopardized the case.
 
     C.   Reporting Crimes to the Utah State Bureau of Criminal 
          Identification: The Campus Safety Officer shall provide 
          only, as required by law, a monthly statistical report 
          of crimes to the Utah State Bureau of Criminal 
          Identification (Utah Code Annotated 77-59-9 and 77-59-14).
 
     D.   Reporting Accidents and Injuries: A record of ALL visitor, 
          employee and student accidents shall be maintained by the 
          Campus Safety Department. Accidents which have caused 
          injury will be investigated and reported to the Director 
          of Facilities.
 
     E.   Reporting Loss of Property: A record of loss of college 
          property shall be maintained and immediately coordinated 
          with the college inventory officer and the Director of 
          Facilities.
 
 
 
 
For More Information, Contact: 
Nancy Sanchez 
Director of Risk Management
(801) 957-4041
E-mail:  nancy.sanchez@slcc.edu
http://web.slcc.edu
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