Reporting Crime & Emergencies
The Security Department believes that the dissemination of information is the key to educating our college community about the occurrence of crime on campus. Students and employees are encouraged to report all incidents of crime.
Students and employees are reminded that our multi-campus operation involves several legal jurisdictions. However, when reporting all emergencies, dial 9-1-1.
In addition, Campus Security needs to be notified in an effort to support and assist the responding emergency personnel. Our assistance can be critical when time is important and the responding emergency team is having difficulty locating the reported emergency.
Students and employees may wish to contact the Campus Security Office and request an emergency response, at which time this information will be relayed to the appropriate emergency response team.
Reporting Emergencies/Crime on Campus
All emergency situations involving:
- A crime in progress
- A medical emergency
- A fire
should be immediately reported to 9-1-1. All phones, both on and off campus, and including pay phones may be used to dial 9-1-1 at no charge. While on campus, persons should be aware that different telephone systems might require you to dial for an "outside line" before dialing 9-1-1.
As an added security measure, there are "Blue Light" non-dial outdoor emergency telephones located at strategic points on campus. These phones are easily identified by their columns topped with blue lights. When the red button is pushed the callers is in immediate contact with the campus Security Department. In addition to providing voice contact with security, the dispatcher is also able to pinpoint the caller's location. These phones are for emergency use only.
"Blue Light" non-dial outdoor emergency telephones
All elevators in educational buildings have emergency phones with direct contact to the monitoring station.
When calling for either emergency or non-emergency service, be prepared to:
- Clearly identify yourself.
- State where you are calling from.
- State briefly, the nature of your call .
If possible, the caller should stay on the line unless otherwise advised by the dispatcher. The dispatcher will summon the appropriate police, fire, and/or medical service.
Confidential Reporting Procedures
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue actions within the College System, you may still want to consider making a condifential report. With your permission, the Managing Director of Safety and Security or a designee of the Valencia Security Department can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the College can keep an accurate record of the number of such incidents involving students, determine whether there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.