Campus Safety

Safety & Security

Campus Safety requires the help of the campus community.

Each of us should be familiar with our surroundings, pay attention to strange or disruptive behavior and have the strength to report any concerns that you sense could become larger issues.  However, sometimes you aren't in a position to rely on others for safety. During those times, there are certain actions you can take to help arm yourself with the ability to reduce the risk of harm or eliminate it completely. 

These simple, but effective, campus safety techniques could be the difference:

  • If you are taking a night course, park your car in a well-lit area as close to the building your course is in as possible.  When leaving class, use the most direct, well-lit path available back to your vehicle.

  • Avoid shortcuts that don't have as much traffic and could potentially put you in a place by yourself.

  • When driving to campus, survey the building in your car before parking and walking in.  Be just as diligent to look out the windows before going back outside to your vehicle.

  • Walk with confidence - the act of sexual assault is about power rather than sexual gratification.  Maybe you should consider purchasing non-lethal self-defense and personal protection devices like pepper spray or attach a personal alarm to your key chain.

  • Keep your cell phone charged, have someone on the phone with you as you walk, have 911 programmed as a speed dial on your phone.

  • Stay alert (don't have too much in your hands, don't have your ear phones in, etc.)

  • Have your keys ready before you reach your vehicle.

  • If you feel you are being followed - head to a safe place, scream for help and make a scene.

  • When you are in your car, keep windows up and doors locked.

  • Park near buildings and in well-lit areas.

  • Lock your car in the parking lot and don't have valuables out in the open on your seats.

  • Look in your back seat before getting into your car.

During the fall and winter semesters, the WSCC Law Enforcement Club offers an escort to your car – or just a watchful eye while you navigate on your own. You will find them, garbed in reflective vests that say, “WSCC Police Academy.” They are stationed at the doors nearest the parking lots - Tech Center west door, and Arts & Sciences Center south door.  They are “on duty” between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Remember, these individuals are volunteers and are not equipped to handle emergencies or mechanical issues with cars.  In case of an emergency, contact 911.

Your campus experience is extremely important to us. Feeling safe and comfortable are two aspects that can assist in creating a positive college experience. Let us know if you ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable and we will do our best to assist you with that issue.

Remember, you play a huge role in your safety and success, so please share any concerns for yourself or others to one of our caring campus staff members that you trust. Be sure to check out some other services the College provides to assist with your safety on campus.Visit Campus Safety.