2023-2024 Student Guide & Residence Life Handbook 
    Jun 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Student Guide & Residence Life Handbook

Safety and Security

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Levelland Campus

Campus Police Department  (806) 716-2396

Levelland Police Department (806) 894-6164

SPC Reese Center

(806) 893-5705

Lubbock Career & Technical Center

(806) 241-1516

Lubbock Downtown Center

(806) 716-2999

Plainview Center

(806) 716-2911



Campus Police and Security

South Plains College provides professional police services. All campus police officers are certified Texas Peace Officers with full law enforcement authority.  Licensed security guards are also utilized for security and safety purposes.  

To report all crimes, accidents, or unsafe conditions, contact the police non-emergency numbers listed above:

Emergency situations can also be reported with the “emergency” button in the Campus Shield app. Reports and non emergency safety concerns can also be submitted via the Campus Shield app by clicking “submit a tip.”

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. Parking permits are free.  Parking regulations and registration are online.  After completing the online registration, the permit may be picked up in the Dean of Students Office located in the Student Services Building on the Levelland campus, from a Student Support Specialist at the Lubbock Downtown Center, the Lubbock Career & Technical Center or Plainview Center. Parking permits are valid at all SPC locations as long as the student is enrolled at SPC. 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 Lubbock Downtown Center, the Executive Director of the Lubbock Career & Technical Center, the Director of the Plainview Center, or the Chief of Police.

Vehicles may not be left on campus after the semester unless approved by the SPC Police Department and parked in a police approved location.  Abandoned vehicles may be towed after 30 days.

Individuals may not have a mobile car wash perform washes while parked in an SPC parking lot.


Bicycle Parking and Regulations

Students are encouraged to chain and lock bicycles in bicycle racks provided around campus when not in use.  DO NOT attach bicycles to handicap railing, sign posts or trees. Bicycles attached to objects other than bicycle racks may be removed and held by Campus Police until claimed.  Do not block sidewalks and walking paths. Bicycles blocking paths may be moved to a nearby visible area off the walking path. Bicycles must be removed at the end of each semester.  Bicycles left on campus after semesters will be confiscated (the Monday following the end of the semester) and become SPC property.  


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 employees are in charge of all residence halls to monitor safety and security. Employees are required to report all crimes and emergencies to the police or to the Dean of Students. 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 residence halls. 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.  Students are also encouraged to lock their vehicles, bikes and residence hall rooms every time they leave them.

Safewalks and/ or police presence 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 contact the non-emergency numbers listed above. Give your name and location and an officer will provide an escort. This service can also be requested via the Campus Shield app by clicking “Safewalk” on the “Additional Features” page.

Campus Police maintain constant building security and surveillance while on patrol. These 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.  Specific emergency information is available online at https://www.southplainscollege.edu/about/campussafety/emergencyprocedures.php.  

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, email at SPCPD@southplainscollege.edu, or using the Campus Shield app.


Sexual Violence:Risk Reduction Tips

Below are also suggestions to avoid committing a non-consensual sexual act:  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.  An impaired individual can not give informed consent.
  • 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.


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. 

  • 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 an intoxicated 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.

Reporting of Offenses

Students are encouraged to report any 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, they may speak with one of the following:

  • On-campus licensed professional counselors (located in the Department of Health & Wellness)
  • Campus health service providers (located in Student Health)
  • 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, they 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 are encouraged to be submitted online at http://www.southplainscollege.edu/about/campussafety/complaints.php.

The Title IX Coordinator is:

Stan DeMerritt, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Student Services Building


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.