2017-2018 Student Guide & Residence Life Handbook 
    
    Jun 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Student Guide & Residence Life Handbook

Safety and Security


EMERGENCIES            DIAL 911
 

POLICE NON-EMERGENCIES

Levelland Campus

Campus Police Department  (806) 891-8883

Levelland Police Department (806) 894-6164

SPC Reese Center

(806) 893-5705 or (806) 767-1441

Plainview Center

(507) 534-2441 or (800) 927-2647

 

 

Campus Police and Security

South Plains College provides professional police services at the Levelland Campus and SPC Reese Center. Professional security personnel are provided at the Lubbock Center and the Plainview Center. All campus police officers are certified Texas Peace Officers with full law enforcement authority.

To report all crimes, accidents, or unsafe conditions, contact the following departments:

Levelland Campus Police (806) 716-2396 or (806) 891-8883

Reese Center Police (806) 716-2923 or (806) 893- 5705

Plainview Center Director (806) 296-9611 ext.4302

Plainview Police Department (806) 296-1100

 

In case of emergencies dial 911.

 

Each member of the faculty and staff of South Plains College is familiar with the procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency. If an emergency does occur, students will follow the directions of faculty and staff.

Parking and Traffic Regulations

All students and employees of SPC are required to register their vehicles and display a current parking permit. Permits and parking regulations are online and brochures may be obtained free of charge in the Dean of Students Office located in the Student Services Building on the Levelland campus, from the Dean of the Reese Center in Building 8 or from the Director of the Plainview Center. Parking permits are valid at all SPC locations. Parking control at SPC is designed to provide safe and orderly parking for as many students as space permits. Please direct all questions regarding parking and traffic to the Dean of Students, the Dean of the Reese Center, the Director of the Plainview Center, or the Chief of Police.

Facilities

The SPC campus and facilities are available for use by all students. Non-students may also have access to the campus by special arrangement. Local groups and community organizations may utilize the facilities if prior arrangements have been made with Great Western the Special Events Coordinator. Campus residence halls are not open to the general public. They are for the use of residents and their guests. Proper security is utilized to ensure a safe environment for the campus residents. Trained supervisors are in charge of all residence halls to monitor safety and security. Supervisors are required to report all crimes and emergencies to the police or to the Dean of Students. All students living on campus are given the Residence Hall Handbook in which they are acquainted with safety procedures and college policies. The use of security cameras and access cards and are incorporated into some residential facilities to provide safety and security for campus residents

Handicap Access

A facility access map for handicapped students is available in the Disability Services Office. The map details all handicap access ramps, rest rooms and other special services.

Crime Prevention

At the beginning of each year, meetings are held with student services personnel and all students living in college housing. At this time, security, safety, and crime reporting are discussed, along with proper procedures to follow when problems occur. Students who do not live in campus housing are familiarized with crime reporting and emergency procedures provided in the Student Handbook during new student orientation. This information is made available to the faculty and staff through new faculty orientation, in-service training sessions, South Plains College Policies and Procedures Manual and the Faculty Handbook. South Plains College staff is required to inventory and mark college property to assist in theft property. Students living in residence halls are also encouraged to inventory and identify personal belongings to discourage theft.

Escort services are available for students and staff by request. If a person wishes to be accompanied by a police officer from a campus building to a vehicle on the Levelland Campus, contact the SPC Levelland Police Department at 716-2396 or 891-8883, the Reese Center Campus at 716-2923 or 893-5705, Plainview at 296-9611 ext.4302. Give your name and location and an officer will provide an escort.

Campus Police maintain constant building security and surveillance while on patrol. These peace officers are highly visible and pay special attention to areas which have been a source of criminal activity. The Campus Police also report any areas or situations which they believe to be unsafe, such as poor lighting, poor building security and traffic hazards. These reports are used by the college administration to make changes in the facilities to make them more safe and secure.

Fire Prevention and Reporting

911 should be called in the event of a fire. Local Emergency Communications will dispatch campus police and/or other officers and fire/ medical personnel as needed. Fire safety is the responsibility of all students, faculty, staff, and community members. Students are provided with an electronic fire safety pamphlet each term. Physical copies are available in the Dean of Students’ Office.

All fires and fire alarms of any kind should be reported to the South Plains College Police Department even if emergency services are not needed. Reports can be made by phone to 806-716-2396 or email at SPCPD@southplainscollege.edu

 

Sexual Violence:Risk Reduction Tips

Risk reduction tips can often take a victim-blaming tone, even unintentionally. With no intention to victim-blame, and with recognition that only those who commit sexual violence are responsible for those actions, these suggestions may nevertheless help you to reduce your risk experiencing a non-consensual sexual act. Below, suggestions to avoid committing a non-consensual sexual act are also offered:

  • If you have limits, make them known as early as possible.
  • Tell a sexual aggressor “NO” clearly and firmly.
  • Try to remove yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
  • Find someone nearby and ask for help.
  • Take affirmative responsibility for your alcohol intake/drug use and acknowledge that alcohol/drugs lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who views a drunk or high person as a sexual opportunity.
  • Take care of your friends and ask that they take care of you. A real friend will challenge you if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them when they do.


If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner. These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:

  • Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
  • Understand and respect personal boundaries.
  • DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS about consent; about someone’s sexual availability; about whether they are attracted to you; about how far you can go or about whether they are physically and/or mentally able to consent. If there are any questions or ambiguity then you DO NOT have consent.
  • Mixed messages from your partner are a clear indication that you should stop, defuse any sexual tension and communicate better. You may be misreading them. They may not have figured out how far they want to go with you yet. You must respect the timeline for sexual behaviors with which they are comfortable.
  • Don’t take advantage of someone’s drunkenness or drugged state, even if they did it to themselves.
  • Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful. You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or size. Don’t abuse that power.
  • Understand that consent to some form of sexual behavior does not automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual behavior.
  • Silence and passivity cannot be interpreted as an indication of consent. Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal communication and body language.

 

Reporting of Offenses

Students are encouraged to report any sex offenses, including stranger rape, acquaintance rape, and other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses to college officials. Students should report possible sex offenses to Campus Police for the investigation and filing of criminal charges. If the student anticipates filing criminal charges, it is important that the offense be reported as soon as possible and that the student take precautions to preserve any physical evidence. With the exception of a few individuals, all SPC employees are required to report actual or suspected incidents of sexual assault or sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator. If an individual would like the details of an incident to be kept confidential, he or she may speak with one of the following:

  • On-campus licensed professional counselors
  • Campus health service providers
  • Campus Victim Advocates (located in the Department of Health & Wellness)

All of the above employees will maintain confidentiality except in extreme cases of immediacy of threat or danger or abuse of a minor. Campus counselors are available to help free of charge and can be seen on an emergency basis during normal business hours. These employees will submit quarterly anonymous statistical information for Clery Act purposes unless they believe it would be harmful to their client or patient.

If a reporting party does not wish for their name to be shared, does not wish for an investigation to take place, or does not want a formal resolution to be pursued, he / she may make such a request to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator, who will evaluate that request in light of the duty to ensure the safety of the campus and comply with federal law.

In cases indicating pattern, predation, threat, weapons and/or violence, SPC will likely be unable to honor a request for confidentiality. In cases where the victim requests confidentiality and the circumstances allow SPC to honor that request, SPC will offer interim supports and remedies to the victim and the community, but will not otherwise pursue formal action. A reporting party has the right, and can expect, to have reports taken seriously by SPC when formally reported, and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through these procedures.

Reports to the Title IX Coordinator can be made via email, phone or in person at the contact information below:

Stan DeMerritt, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Student Services Building
806-716-2360
sdemerritt@southplainscollege.edu

 

Federal Statistical Reporting Obligations (Clery Act)

Certain campus officials have a duty to report campus crimes including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking for federal statistical reporting purposes (Clery Act). All personally identifiable information is kept confidential, but statistical information must be passed along to campus law enforcement regarding the type of incident and its general location for publication in the Annual Security Report. Mandated federal reporters include: student/conduct affairs, campus law enforcement, local police, coaches, athletic directors, residence life staff, student activities staff, human resources staff, advisors to student organizations and any other official with significant responsibility for student and campus activities. The information to be shared includes the date, the location of the incident and the Clery crime category. This reporting protects the identity of the victim and may be done anonymously.

Campus crime reports for South Plains College are available on the U.S. Department of Education’s web site at http://www.ope.ed.gov/Security/search.asp. The reports provide information regarding criminal offenses and hate crimes committed in the following categories: murder/non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, forcible sex offenses, non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, and negligent manslaughter. Information about arrests and disciplinary actions/judicial referrals that involve liquor-law violations, drug abuse violations and weapons possessions is also available in the reports. The College reports the number of incidents of crimes and violations in each of these categories for all campus locations. A paper copy of the most current report is available at no charge upon request. For information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students, South Plains College, 1401 S. College Ave., Levelland, TX 79336, (806) 716-2379 or 2380.

 

Federal Timely Warning Reporting Obligations

Victims of sexual misconduct should also be aware that South Plains College administrators must issue immediate timely warnings for incidents reported to them that are confirmed to pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the campus community. South Plains College will make every effort to ensure that a victim’s name and other identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger.