Security & Safety

Campus Security

Security Personnel

Security services at Florida College are provided by the Temple Terrace police department by means of the TTPD Extra Duty program. During the overnight hours, Florida College has arranged for a sworn, armed, uniformed Temple Terrace police officer to patrol our campus in a marked Temple Terrace police department vehicle. This officer has full law enforcement powers, including the authority to make an arrest. The college property is under the formal jurisdiction of the city of Temple Terrace and thus criminal incidents are automatically referred to the Temple Terrace police department. The college and local police have open and frequent communication regarding activities on campus.

Student Criminal Conduct

The college and the Temple Terrace police cooperate if students violate a state or city statute. The police provide information to the dean of students for any action or follow-up that may be required and, when necessary, the college may call upon local law enforcement authorities for help in investigating criminal behavior. Florida College has no off-campus housing or off-campus student organization facilities.

Reporting Crimes & Other Emergencies

In the event of a crime or other emergency, all victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately call 911. Crime on campus, safety or medical emergencies should also be reported to a residence hall supervisor or the dean of students office, so that a “timely warning” may be issued—as necessary—by this office to the campus community. Any suspicious activity or person seen in the parking lots, loitering around vehicles, inside buildings, or around the residence halls should be immediately reported to the police department.

Confidential Reporting Procedures

If a student is the victim of a crime and does not wish to report it to the local police or civil authorities, a confidential report may be given to the dean of students, or a residence hall supervisor. This action will allow confidentiality for a student, as well as help the college track crime trends and alert the campus community, as needed. The information disclosed will also be included in the annual crime statistics for the college. College personnel, when acting as counselors, are encouraged to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into annual crime statistics.

Access to Residence Halls

Residence halls are secured 24 hours a day, with the exception of posted visiting hours in the lobbies, and require either a college-issued key or access fob to enter. Over extended breaks, residence halls are secured by either changing electronic access or by adding an additional physical lock. Other campus buildings are locked either at the close of business hours or by the security guard at curfew. All visitors to the residence halls are required to obtain authorization from the supervisors or the dean of students. Anyone seen inside residence halls without obvious proper authorization should be reported to the supervisor or police immediately.

Campus Curfew

For the security and privacy of students, the campus is officially closed to all visitors during curfew, except for guests who have gained permission from the dean of students office and a residence hall supervisor.

Security Awareness & Crime Prevention Programs

New students are informed about campus security procedures and practices during orientation at the beginning of the semester and by the student handbook, posters, and information disseminated by the dean of students office. Presentations concerning personal safety and residence hall security are presented at the beginning of each year by the Temple Terrace police. A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is the encouragement of students to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.

Warnings of Imminent Danger

In the event that an emergency situation, including weather-related events, arises on or off campus that, in the judgment of the dean of students, constitutes an imminent threat to campus security, an immediate, campus-wide warning will be issued to students, faculty and staff via the Florida College emergency notification system, which will reach all college email, as well as linked cell phone messaging systems. Residence hall supervisors will also cooperate in disseminating information concerning any threat to on-campus students. The emergency notification system is normally tested during the course of the fall semester each academic year. Documentation of this test is kept in the dean of students office.

In all cases of an emergency situation constituting an imminent threat, the dean of students office will immediately contact the Temple Terrace police department. If an evacuation of physical structures is deemed necessary, the fire evacuation plan, posted in each residence hall room, will be followed.

Missing Student Notification

When a resident student is determined to be “missing” for 24 hours, the resident hall supervisor will notify the dean of students, who will then immediately notify the Temple Terrace police to initiate a missing person investigation. While a student, by federal statute, has the option to designate a confidential contact person to be notified by police or college officials if the student is determined to be missing—and a form is available from the dean of students office for this purpose—the college will also contact the student’s parents, unless the student has proven his legal independence. These procedures may be implemented, as circumstances warrant, in less than 24 hours after a student is determined to be missing.

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