2019-2020 College Policies, Rules, & Regulations by Santa Monica Community College

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384 santa monica college catalog 2019–2020 campus and community safety the board of trustees of the santa monica community college district has established a “community college police department” — known as the smc police department and generally referred to as campus police — to protect the members of the college community and the property of the district santa monica college is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment for students faculty staff and visitors college facilities are regularly patrolled 24 hours a day seven days a week by members of the smc police department smc students are employed to work as police aides and during evening hours to accompany students and staff who request an escort to and from on-campus facilities abundant lighting is provided at all santa monica college campuses and parking lots the college also employs parking enforcement officers with training specific to parking enforcement and emergencies parking enforcement officers are not peace officers if you spot anyone suspicious call campus police at 310-434-4300 or dial ext 4300 from campus phones or use a campus emergency phone to seek help santa monica college works closely with local law enforcement agencies having dual jurisdiction for criminal matters the college can request assistance for incidents that require resources not available to the smc police department smc police department campus police college policies rules and regulations under the general direction of the chief of police the smc police department ensures that reasonable protection is provided to members of the college community and the property of the santa monica community college district by using methods that fit within and contribute to the educational philosophy and process of the college the smc police department and its officers comply with the selection and training requirements of california penal code §13522 campus police officers receive the same training as municipal police officers or county deputy sheriffs and they have peace officer authority under california penal code §830.32a and california education code §72330 the smc police department receives reports for all incidents occurring on smc campuses and is responsible for investigating all campus crime for services the smc police department provides see the campus police listing in the programs and services section of this catalog or visit the smc police department website smc.edu/police campus police would like to remind all students faculty staff and visitors at santa monica college that — no matter where you are — common sense goes a long way in preventing the possibility of becoming a crime victim the following safety tips should be kept in mind at all times protecting your personal property • always secure your purse or backpack never leave belongings unattended • park in well-lighted areas away from shrubbery and other obstructions lock your vehicle and take your keys with you make sure your car’s window vents are secure put valuables in the trunk or out of sight • always have your keys ready before reaching your car before you enter your car check the back seat if you spot anyone suspicious call campus police at 310-434-4300 or use a campus emergency phone to seek help • to prevent car theft consider using an ignition bypass switch or a steering wheel locking device car alarms are not recommended because they are often activated accidentally if an unattended alarm goes off while your car is in a campus parking area your car can be towed and impounded immediately on the city streets your car can be towed within 15 minutes if your car is towed you will have to pay a fee to reclaim it making yourself less vulnerable • attackers prefer passive victims project a positive assertive body language know where you are going and walk confidently take a good look at people around you and passing alongside you be alert • at night walk with a friend or in a group or use the campus escort service to request an escort call campus police • choose well-lighted well-traveled streets and walkways if followed walk or run to a safe place avoid isolated and poorly lighted areas if you must walk alone be alert and aware of your surroundings if you sense a dangerous situation avoid it or leave it • never hitchhike or accept a ride from a stranger never give a ride to a stranger or casual acquaintance if you use a bus sit near the driver know your schedule in advance use well-lighted and well-used bus stops • if you walk or bike regularly to campus choose welllighted and populated areas vary your routes so that you are not predictable be aware of businesses that are open and other potentially safe places bicycles motorcycles mopeds skateboards and skates in the interests of campus security safety and noise control 1 bicycles motorcycles and mopeds must be parked in designated areas 2 bicycles parked outside the designated areas may not be parked in any area that would interfere with pedestrian safety handicapped access or the performance of duties by the college’s gardeners and/or custodians 3 bicycles motorcycles and mopeds may not be taken inside of buildings bicycles secured improperly are subject to impound by campus police 4 riding motorcycles mopeds and bicycles on pedestrian walkways is strictly prohibited 5 the use of skateboards roller skates and roller blades is prohibited on campus.