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Safety Procedures

It is the policy of the College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees to provide reasonable protection to the college community using methods that fit within and contribute to the educational philosophy of the institution. This protection extends to both the users of college facilities, and the facilities themselves. Law enforcement for the campus is provided by the Humboldt County Sheriff?s Department who investigates crimes of violence and other felonies. College Public Services/Security provides first response to all crimes reported and investigates minor, or misdemeanor offenses. They report such offenses to the Administration where a determination is made as to possible disciplinary action. Campus Security personnel are not peace officers and do not have the arrest authority of a peace officer. They may perform citizen?s arrests on behalf of the College at the request of law enforcement personnel.

College of the Redwoods has a formal memorandum of understanding with the Humboldt County Sheriff?s Department to provide investigative and response assistance for violent crimes, or those crimes beyond the capabilities of the Public Services/Security personnel. The Sheriff ?s Department is called at any time that an arrest is anticipated.

College of the Redwoods also employs student parking enforcement personnel with local training specific to parking enforcement. They are not peace officers. All college personnel are instructed to promptly report criminal or other suspicious behavior to the Public Services/Security Department for investigation. The public is encouraged to do the same.

Access to Campus Facilities

Most campus buildings are open from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. during periods that classes are in session. Individual rooms may be locked due to sensitive contents such as computers, medical equipment, etc., until the arrival of the specific instructor.

Individuals who need to be in campus buildings or areas other than during regularly scheduled work hours should notify their department chairperson or supervisor as well as the campus Public Safety Officer on duty so that they can be checked on for their safety. Several campus rooms are protected by intrusion alarms. Before entering such areas, the Public Services/Security Department should be called.

Campus buildings are normally locked from 5:30 p.m. Friday until 7:00 a.m. Monday. College Public Safety Officers will unlock doors for weekend classes and other events as published in the Facilities Use Schedules which are prepared by Facilities and Grounds.

It is the responsibility of those who use rooms, offices and areas to lock access doors, turn off lights, and close windows. College Public Services and Custodial staff will check the entire campus during off hours, but the primary responsibility lies with the facility user.

Keys are provided to individual staff members on a need-to-enter basis as determined by the appropriate supervisor. Keys are issued by Facilities and Grounds. Lost keys should be immediately reported to one?s supervisor, Facilities and Grounds and Security. Keys should never be loaned to other staff members or students. College Public Services/ Security personnel will confiscate any keys which have not been specifically issued to a particular individual. Duplication of District keys is a misdemeanor.

Crime Reporting Procedures

Security at College of the Redwoods is everybody?s business. No community can be totally risk free in today?s society. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are partners in creating an environment that is safe and conducive to learning. To that end College of the Redwoods maintains a Public Services/Security Department with personnel available twenty-four hours a day. A person may report any criminal activity or any other emergency at any time, day or night, by dialing extension 4111 from any campus courtesy or office phone. If dialing from a pay phone or off-campus phone, the 476 prefix must be added (476-4111). The Public Services/Security office is located next to the Greenhouse behind the Applied Technology building.

Substance Abuse

In compliance with Public Law 101-226, the ?Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989,? the Board of Trustees of College of the Redwoods prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on College of the Redwoods property and/or as part of any College of the Redwoods sponsored or sanctioned activity.
Any student or employee in violation of this policy is also in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and is subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, expulsion from College of the Redwoods, or termination from District employment.
The possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages by anyone on College of the Redwoods property is a misdemeanor per California Business Code Section 25608 and a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The use, sale or possession of any illegal drug is a violation of state law and any person found in violation may be subject to arrest by federal, state or local law enforcement authorities.

Sexual Assault Programs and Procedures

College of the Redwoods offers a variety of sexual assault prevention programs through the Student Health Center, Counseling and Housing that address assaults including rape, acquaintance rape, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses. The North Coast Rape Crisis Team can be contacted at 707.445.2881, or North County Rape Crisis Sevices at 805.922.2994 if the individual prefers counseling from an off campus source.

In the event that a sexual assault takes place, Campus Public Services/Security recommends that the following procedures be followed:

  1. Campus Security at extension 4111 should be contacted immediately. All campus Public Safety Officers are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT?s), and as such will provide advice on procedures and notifications.
  2. Call the North coast Rape Crisis Team. They can be contacted at 707.445.2881, or North County Rape Crisis Services at 805.922.2994 if the individual requests immediate counseling and advocacy.
  3. Those assaulted should not bathe or shower until after they are seen at an emergency room or by a physician. This is critical to preserving DNA evidence.
  4. Those assaulted may decide to have the assault investigated by the local law enforcement agency (the Humboldt County Sheriff if the assault takes place on campus). The Public Safety Officer on duty, or any other college employee involved at the time the report is made, will assist the student in contacting the appropriate agencies for law enforcement response and/ or counseling.
  5. To facilitate the assailant?s arrest and prosecution, it is important to provide all known information regarding the assault to the law enforcement officer or Public Safety Officer responding, including the name or description of the person responsible, the location of the assault, the circumstances involved and any other details requested.
  6. Students involved in a sexual assault case may request a change in their classroom and/or living situations on when it is determined that it is feasible and reasonable to do so. The student should contact the Vice President for Learning and Student Development or the Campus Vice President to make those arrangements.
  7. Be aware that all parties involved in sexual assault cases are entitled to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding. The parties will be kept informed of the college?s final determination with respect to the sex offense, including any sanction that is imposed against the accused.

Earthquake Safety (from http://www.shakeout.org/dropcoverholdon/)

Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. The ShakeOut is our opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. This page explains what to do-- and what not to do.

Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes and other disasters around the world continue to advocate use of the internationally recognized "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protocol to protect lives during earthquakes:

Advice for people with disabilities or access and functional needs (432 KB PDF) explains what to do when you cannot "Drop, Cover and Hold On", and is now available for download, courtesy of Cal EMA.

If there isn?t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.
These are general guidelines for most situations. Depending on where you are (in bed, driving, in a theater, etc.), you might take other actions, as listed in Step 5 of the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.
The main point is to not try to move but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl; you therefore will most likely be knocked to the ground where you happen to be. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one. You should Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!
In addition, studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes in the U.S. over the last several decades indicate that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects (TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc.) than to die in a collapsed building. Drop, Cover, and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations.

What NOT to do:

DO NOT get in a doorway! An early earthquake image of California is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In modern houses and buildings, doorways are no safer, and they do not protect you from flying or falling objects. Get under a table instead!

DO NOT run outside! Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.

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