The Public Safety Department facilitates the college mission of promoting excellence in teaching and learning by providing a safe and secure campus environment. State accredited police officers and civilian security personnel staff Public Safety. The office is open 24 hours seven days per week. All emergency matters should be directed to Public Safety. For assistance in an emergency, call 480-461-7777 at MCC at Southern and Dobson, or 480-654-7444 at MCC at Red Mountain.

Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act

Federal legislation requires the Maricopa Community Colleges to collect and report data related to crimes committed on and near our campuses.

This data and additional information regarding Public Safety policies
can be obtained from the Public Safety Office or by visiting their website at
http://www.mesacc.edu/collegesafety/crime.html

Public Safety personnel are authorized to ask any person on campus for proper identification should the need arise. Persons failing or refusing to identify themselves properly will be asked to leave the campus (if conduct or behavior warrants such action) and reported to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Students, employees and visitors are urged to exercise care in securing personal property, including motor vehicles, bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles. Mesa Community College assumes no responsibility for damage to motor vehicles or for any loss while vehicles are parked or operated on or near the campus.

Motorcycles and mopeds can be parked only on parking lot crossbars or areas marked for motorcycle parking. Bicycles must be parked in existing bike racks only. Mopeds, bicycles, and/or motorcycles that are found chained or affixed to trees, buildings, or light posts are subject to removal. They will be secured in the Public Safety Office. Owners will be responsible for the cost of the lock or chain cut.

Firearms, explosives, knives, or instruments that can be considered dangerous weapons are prohibited on campus. Only certified police officers are permitted to carry firearms on campus. All persons desiring to bring firearms to campus for classroom demonstrations or any other academic reason are required to obtain permission first from the Public Safety Director and bring the firearm to the Public Safety Office for examination prior to the demonstration.

Alcohol and illegal drugs are prohibited on campus.

Emergency Alert Over Telephones and ALERTUS Beacons

When an emergency or suspected emergency exists on campus, an audible announcement will be broadcast to all college telephones. This will be followed by additional announcements or text messages with updates as the Public Safety Office receives them. When the emergency is over, another voice announcement will announce an all clear message.

The college has installed an ALERTUS Emergency Notification System in several locations on the Southern and Dobson campus. These devises provided redundant messaging capability in the event of an emergency. Public Safety will broadcast the emergency announcement by voice on the Voice over IP phones followed by updated text messages on both the phone and ALERTUS system. The all clear message will be broadcast over Voice over IP phones and texted on the ALERTUS system.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Emergencies, accidents, injuries and other unexpected events can occur at any time and in any place. Being prepared both mentally and physically for the unexpected is the first and best defense to minimize an incident. The college phone system can be activated to announce special emergency announcements for the protection of students and employees. Each of us must take a pro-active approach to providing a safe environment and, although no guide can cover all situations, the procedures outlined here will help prepare you should an emergency arise. Be sure to:

  • Familiarize yourself with your surroundings.
  • Know the locations of all exits from your area or building in case fire should block one.
  • Know the location of fire alarm pull stations.
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers and first-aid cabinets.
  • Know where to find the nearest phone or emergency call box to notify Public Safety in case of an emergency.
  • Be aware of what is going on around you.
  • ·Lock your car and conceal valuable items. Never leave personal property unattended.

Don’t hesitate to call Public Safety and 9-1-1 immediately if you believe an emergency exists!
MCC Public Safety at Southern and Dobson 480-461-7777
MCC Public Safety at Red Mountain 480-654-7444

Evacuations

If it should become necessary to evacuate a building, it is important that you remain calm, leave the building immediately, and exit in an orderly manner. The evacuation should be conducted immediately upon hearing a fire alarm or if directed verbally to do so by Public Safety, Fire Department personnel, or college faculty or staff. Prior to any emergency, determine exit routes and exit points in your area.

When evacuating, remember to:

  • Assist persons with disabilities who may need help. (Contact Public Safety for assistance.)
  • Exit through a door leading directly outside whenever possible and not by one leading further into the interior of the building.
  • Attempt to account for all persons who were in your area.
  • Check restrooms adjoining your area.
  • Take personal items with you only if time allows as you will not be allowed back into the building until the “all clear” signal is given (e.g., keys, purses, medications, glasses).
  • Close doors behind you.
  • Always use stairwells (not elevators) when evacuating a multi-storied building.
  • Once clear of the building, move to an area away from the building or into another building.
  • Once outside, do not re-enter the building for any reason until directed to do so by Public Safety or Fire Department personnel.
  • If possible, secure college property and records before leaving your work area.

If an emergency exists and you initiate the evacuation, call Public Safety and 9-1-1 after exiting the building and upon reaching a safe location.

Lockdowns

In the unlikely event of a violent incident involving an immediate threat, Public Safety or other college officials may order a lockdown of the campus. Notification of the lockdown may come from several sources including the VoIP telephones, ALERTUS Beacons or SMS pages to student and employee cellular phones.

If a lockdown is ordered, all persons on campus should:

  • Locate a safe classroom, office or meeting room
  • Assist others in moving to the safe room
  • Lock the door by pushing in the button on the interior handle
  • Close any window shades in the room
  • Turn off all lights
  • Move away from doors and windows
  • Remain in the safe location and quietly await further instructions

During a lockdown, the Public Safety office should only be contacted in an emergency, such as a serious injury or if you have information on a suspect’s location.

Injuries and Medical Emergencies

Any injury or illness – such as seizures, fainting, heat exhaustion, etc. – that occurs on campus should be immediately reported to Public Safety so that the proper emergency or medical response can be made and the incident can be documented. If the incident involves the spilling of blood or other bodily fluids, advise Public Safety at the time of the initial notification along with the exact location and as much information as is known about the nature of the illness or injury. Bleeding should be controlled only if it appears to be life threatening. Always wear proper personal protective devices where blood is present to avoid the dangers associated with blood borne pathogens.

If a person has fallen, struck his/her head, or hurt his/her back or neck, do not attempt to move the patient. The best treatment you can provide while awaiting medical personnel is verbal comfort. If you feel the injury or illness constitutes an emergency, call Public Safety immediately to hasten the response of paramedics. Do not attempt to administer first aid unless directed to by a Public Safety or 911operator.

If you know the person who is injured and have information concerning existing medical conditions, medications taken, or parental information (in the case of juveniles), remain available to provide any knowledge you have to Public Safety and paramedics. Do not engage an injured person in unnecessary conversation, and never discuss who was at fault or who will be responsible for paying medical bills. If the injured person is an MCC employee, their supervisor must be notified and a report of industrial injury must be prepared and submitted to MCC Human Resources. Initial nonemergency treatment for any work related injury must be obtained at a district approved medical facility. The cause of any accident will be investigated and unsafe conditions will be corrected.

Suspicious Persons

It is sometimes difficult to determine who does or does not belong on campus. There are occasions, however, when you may observe an individual who does not appear to have a valid reason to be on campus. There are other situations where a person’s actions, such as prowling parking lots and peering into vehicles, or other actions raise suspicion. If you observe an individual or situation that you feel is out of place or suspicious, contact Public Safety immediately and provide a description of the person’s actions and any other pertinent information. Public Safety will attempt to identify the individual to determine if they have a legitimate reason to be on campus.

Civil Unrest

Civil disturbances include riots, demonstrations, threatening individuals, crimes in progress, or assemblies that have become significantly disruptive. If a civil disturbance should occur on campus, contact Public Safety. Stay away from the protest, or take a different route away from the problem. Do not taunt or obstruct demonstrators. Never provoke a confrontation. Continue with normal routines as much as possible unless Public Safety issues alternative instructions. The college respects the right of free speech and will allow nonviolent protests and demonstrations to occur. Public Safety will monitor all large assemblies on campus as necessary.

Court Orders

Any person, who has filed an Order of Protection or Injunction Harassment and believes the named person may attempt to contact him/her on the MCC campus, should notify Public Safety. Public Safety will require a copy of the Civil Court Order and will ask for a physical description of the person named in the order as well as a photo, if possible, and a description of their vehicle. All officers will be made aware of the situation in order to prevent potential problems from occurring. If a violation of the order occurs, Public Safety will assist in filing a report of the incident and will assist the Mesa Police Department in follow-up actions.

Violence/Assault

There are numerous types of workplace violence. Acts of physical violence, threats, verbal abuse, intimidation, or harassment, which is committed against a person, or places them in fear for their safety during the course of employment, are common forms. This can also include stalking, continuing domestic violence situations, highly aggressive emotional behavior, sexual harassment, and assault. If a verbal altercation is reported to you, remain calm and maintain a professional and caring attitude. Take the time to listen, regardless of whether or not you agree with the person. Allow “venting” and don’t interrupt. If you can provide a solution, do so, or refer the person to someone who can assist. Your attitude will many times determine the result of the conflict.

If a violent conflict occurs in your area, attempt to summon help. Do not become involved or attempt to handle the situation. Safely and calmly move yourself and others to a safe location. If given the opportunity to exit safely, do so quickly and quietly. Leave the building and area, and move a safe distance away from the building. Once outside, call Public Safety immediately. If the action prevents you from exiting, hide in a closet, under a desk, or behind any barrier you can find between you and the conflict, and remain quiet.

Contact Public Safety immediately if workplace violence is suspected or threatened. If a violent act of any type occurs, call Public Safety immediately.

Persons with Firearms or Weapons

If you observe a person on campus with a firearm or other deadly weapon, contact Public Safety immediately. State law forbids firearms on the grounds of educational institutions, even if the individual has a concealed weapons permit. State law provides for the college district to regulate deadly weapons, including firearms, on campuses. The Maricopa County Community College District does not allow firearms or any deadly weapon on its campuses. Police officers are exempt from these laws. However, you should contact Public Safety so that a campus police officer can determine if an individual has authority to carry a firearm. If a person with a weapon appears dangerous, is acting suspicious or strange, is threatening, or is behaving irrationally, stay away from the individual and call Public Safety immediately.

Suspicious Packages

If you receive or discover a suspicious letter or package, do not handle, move, open, or go near the item until it can be checked.

You should be cautious of unexpected foreign mail, special deliveries, very excessive or insufficient postage, return addresses missing or not matching the postmark, misspellings of common words, excessive taping or sealing, oily stains, powder,
strange odors, metal or foil under the wrapping, protruding wires and rigid, lopsided,
or uneven envelopes.

If you are unsure as to whether or not it is safe to open a piece of mail, contact Public Safety immediately and keep everyone away from the item until they arrive.

Explosions

Explosions can be caused by a variety of reasons, e.g., leaking gas, chemical accidents, bombs, etc. After an explosion, remain calm and, if possible, guard against further personal harm by crawling under a table or desk. Stay away from windows, mirrors, overhead fixtures, filing cabinets, bookcases, and electrical equipment. Open doors carefully, and watch for falling objects. Do not use telephones, elevators, matches, or lighters. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of being injured further by a subsequent fire, building collapse, etc. When safe or instructed to do so, evacuate the building calmly.

Bomb Threats

If you should receive a bomb threat, remain calm. DO NOT hang up until the caller disconnects. Keep the caller on the line as long as possible while attempting to obtain as much information as you can.

Attempt to find out where the bomb is located, when it will explode, what type of device it is, what it looks like, why it was placed, and any other information about the caller he or she might provide. Make mental notes about the caller, such as sex, race, age, accent, speech problems or patterns, and his or her attitude (excited, loud, intoxicated, laughing, etc.). Also, listen for identifying or background noises that may assist in determining where the call originated (street noises, trains, other voices, machinery, PA announcements, etc.).

After the caller disconnects, call Public Safety immediately. Advise of the time and location the call was received and the location for Public Safety to meet you. Begin making written notes about the call while waiting for Safety personnel to arrive, but do not discuss the call with other people.

Do not begin an evacuation of the building or immediately pull the fire alarm. Public Safety will make notification to appropriate administrative personnel who will determine what additional response is required, such as police and fire departments, and whether or not to evacuate.

If you are the recipient of the bomb threat call, it is imperative that you remain available to be interviewed by Public Safety personnel.

Hazardous Materials Incidents

All MCC campuses comply with OSHA regulations regarding hazardous materials. All required labeling, recording, and protective measures are taken to ensure a safe work environment.

If a hazardous substance, chemical, or blood is spilled in your area, notify Public Safety immediately. If you believe a major hazardous material spill has occurred, call Public Safety immediately. If the substance is toxic or flammable, or a large spill has occurred, evacuate the area immediately, but DO NOT pull the fire alarm. Leave the light switch in the position in which it was found as changing the position may cause a spark that will ignite a flammable gas or other substance that generates flammable vapors. Treat the situation as if it were a natural gas leak. (See “Gas Leaks.”) Secure doors as you evacuate, and make notification from another location. Provide as much information as possible concerning the substances involved.

If blood or other bodily fluid is spilled, practice universal precautions and wear protective equipment before attempting to clean the spill. If you prefer, protect the affected area, then notify maintenance and operations personnel who will use safe methods to clean it. In either case, always remember to contact Public Safety so that the safety of everyone can be protected and the incident can be documented.

Gas Leaks

The college uses natural gas in numerous buildings on campus. If you smell natural gas (rotten egg smell), contact Public Safety.

If the source of the leak is known and easily corrected, such as turning off a Bunsen burner or a kitchen appliance, do so immediately. Public Safety personnel will assist with venting the affected area and in determining if evacuation is necessary. If the leak is not readily apparent or is not easily correctable, evacuate the area immediately.

If evacuation is necessary, do not use the fire alarm, touch any switches or electrical devices, or use the telephone in the affected room. These can cause a spark, which could ignite the gas and cause an explosion.

Notify everyone to evacuate quickly and orderly. Advise Public Safety of the exact location and an estimation of the extent of the leak, and contact Southwest Gas Emergency at 602-271-4277 or 800-271-4277.

Once outside, get away from the building. Do not smoke or use cell phones or other electrical devices in the area of the affected building.

Fire

Be familiar with the location of fire alarm pull stations, as well as the location of every fire extinguisher in your building. Develop a mental plan of what you will do if there is a fire in your area and rehearse it. Know where you will exit, including an alternate in case your first choice is blocked. Know how to use a fire extinguisher. (Pull the safety pin, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the trigger handle and move it from side to side as it discharges at the base of the fire.) The first few seconds of a fire are critical as to whether it spreads or is controlled, but never allow a fire to cut you off from the exit while attempting to control it.

If a fire occurs in your area, pull the fire alarm immediately and evacuate the area, remembering to assist people with special needs and to account for all persons in the area. If the fire is small enough to extinguish, do so with a fire extinguisher and disconnect any electrical devices involved in the fire if safe to do so. Then contact Public Safety immediately.

If the fire is beyond control with an extinguisher, evacuate immediately and activate a fire alarm pull station. Call 9-1-1 immediately from a safe location and notify Public Safety.

Remember the rules of evacuation:

  • Exit directly outside the building, if possible.
  • Close doors behind you.
  • Do not go deeper into the building unless forced to do so by flames.
  • Never return to the building until told to do so by appropriate personnel.

If you should become trapped inside a building by smoke or fire, DO NOT PANIC. Do not open any door until you feel it to make sure it is not hot. If it is hot, there is fire on the other side. Crawl or stay as low as possible as you move through the building. Because heat from a fire and smoke both rise, the air close to the floor is cooler and less dense with smoke. Breathe shallowly through your nose and use clothing, such as a shirt or sweater, as a filter. If you are forced to advance through flames, hold your breath, move quickly, cover your head and hair, and keep your head down and your eyes closed as much as possible. If possible, use a cell phone to call 9-1-1 or Public Safety to advise them of your location and condition so that rescue personnel can be directed to you. Do not open or break a window unless it provides you an immediate avenue of escape, as oxygen will only feed the fire and lessen your chances of survival. Remember: panic is as lethal as the fire. REMAIN CALM.

Power Outages

Power outages can occur at any time, but are most frequent between the months of
June to October.

MCC has emergency lighting to assist in leaving the buildings. If an outage occurs, remain calm and notify Public Safety.

Security Escorts and Additional Services

Security escorts are provided to and from parking lots and locations on campus when requested.

Minor assistance is rendered to motorists with disabled cars, such as jumpstarts and changing flat a tire.

The campuses are normally closed between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM daily. The Public Safety office should be notified of any planned activity during those hours. Faculty members must call Public Safety if they are present on campus during off hours.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is located in the Public Safety Office. Lost and found items and inquiries should be directed to this office. We are located at the west end of the Social/Cultural Science Building at MCC at Southern and Dobson, and in the Ironwood Building at MCC at Red Mountain.

The campuses are normally closed between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM daily. The Public Safety office should be notified of any planned activity during these hours.

Parking and Traffic

The administration of college regulations governing motor vehicles operated by students, staff, and visitors of MCC shall be under the jurisdiction of the college administration. Regulations apply to all members of the college community.

For more information on MCC parking and traffic policies, visit
http://www.maricopa.edu/publicstewardship/governance/adminregs/students/2_10.php

  • Maximum speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour.
  • Faculty, and staff members who operate motor vehicles on campus must register their vehicles with the College Safety Office and display the decal in accordance with current regulations. Registration is free of charge. Decals remain in effect for five years from the semester of their issue.
  • Stop signs, pavement arrows, right-turn-only signs, and other traffic control devices must be observed and complied with. Vehicles must stop at marked crosswalks and yield to pedestrian traffic within the crosswalks.
  • Persons driving on campus must follow directions given by Public Safety officers and furnish student or other identification when so required.
  • Vehicles may be parked only in those spaces designated for their particular type
    of sticker.

    • Students may park in any marked parking space except those marked Employee, Handicapped, Maintenance, No Parking, or with a yellow or red curb.
    • Faculty and staff may park in any marked space including those marked Employee, but not in those marked Handicapped, No Parking, Maintenance, or with a red or yellow curb.
    • Persons having a Handicapped sticker on their vehicle may use any marked space on the campus, including those marked Handicapped. Vehicles having a Handicapped permit may not park on red curbs.
    • No vehicle other than an emergency vehicle may be parked along red curbs or in striped areas. These are fire hazard and safety zones, and violators may be towed away without warning.
    • No vehicle may be parked in driveways where signs indicate No Parking or in a place not specifically marked for parking.
    • Visitors may use visitor parking or any student parking space on a
      temporary basis.
    • Backing into angled parking spaces is not permitted.
    • Skateboards, bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, and other similar devices shall not be ridden on the interior of the campus.
    • Vehicles parked on campus for longer than 72 hours will be towed at the
      owner’s expense unless special permission is requested through the Public Safety office.

Vehicle Registration

During registration, everyone who owns or drives a motor vehicle on campus is required to register it and any others that may be parked on campus. Those who purchase or trade a vehicle after the regular registration period must register the new vehicle immediately, obtain a new decal, and notify Public Safety of the sale of the former vehicle.

Temporary parking decals are available in the Public Safety Office for rented or borrowed vehicles.

Violation of the regulations may result in a citation and fine. In the case of unsafe and/or repeated parking violations, vehicles may be towed away at the owner’s expense.

All monetary fines shall be paid to the college cashier in the Fiscal office. Payment may be made in person or by mail. Failure to pay or adjudicate a citation within 15 working days of issue date will result in the fine being doubled. In order to insure due process, fines may be appealed to the hearing officer in the Public Safety Office at MCC at Southern and Dobson.

Unpaid fines may be collected via the Arizona Department of Revenue Debt Setoff Program and/or sent to a collection agency. Citations will be enforced for both students and employees. MCC assumes no responsibility for damages to a motor vehicle, or for any loss while vehicles are parked or operated on or near the college campus. See
www.mesacc.edu/other/collegesafety/

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped parking spaces are available and designated in all parking lots on campus. In addition, wider spaces for loading and unloading from vans are available in several parking lots.

Please note that persons with disabilities with a properly identified vehicle may park in any faculty or staff space as well as in those designated as handicapped areas. Special parking decals and information on location of special parking areas are available through Disability Resources and Services. Persons whose impairments are not obvious may be required to provide substantiation from a physician of the need for disabled parking privileges. See www.mesacc.edu/students/disability/