Hillsborough Community College takes extensive steps to provide a healthy, safe, and secure environment for all members of our College community. The HCC Emergency Response Plan, HCC Employee Safety Handbook, HCC Security Manual* address safety, security, and environmental health procedures for the College. Provision of a safe and secure environment is also assured through compliance with the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the HCC Security Manual*.
The College Director of Risk Management, Safety, and Auxiliary Services is the College’s Risk Management Coordinator and is responsible for providing campus security and ensuring safety. The HCC Security Department handles duties with respect to public safety and security, and each campus' Facilities Managers perform duties pertaining to public health and the safety of the physical plant.
Hillsborough Community College has developed and implemented an Employee Safety Handbook which is defined by College policies and is evaluated at regularly scheduled facilities meetings. This handbook gives special attention to the adequate provision and use of safety equipment in laboratories and other potentially hazardous situations. The HCC Emergency Response Plan and campus-specific Emergency Procedures address egress in the event of fire or other emergencies and informs building occupants of emergency evacuation procedures.
In support of the Safety and Crime Prevention Programs, HCC complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations including, but not limited to, the following:
SREF mandates an annual Fire Safety, Casualty, and Sanitation Inspection (SREF, 1999, Section 5.5 ). Reports must be submitted to the Board of Trustees by June 30 of each year. HCC's deficiencies noted in these reports have decreased from a high of 750 in 1999 to 34 in 2004. (SREF Inspections Reports 2002 -2005).
Hillsborough Community College conducts Facilities Meetings on an as-needed basis to address potential safety issues, communicate upcoming projects and events, and coordinate areas of responsibility and problem resolution. Representatives from the following College offices are invited to submit agenda items for discussion and attend Facilities meetings:
- College Security
- Director of Risk Management, Safety, & Auxiliary Services
- Facilities Managers
- Facilities Planning and Construction
- Information Technology
- Vice President for Administration/ CFO
Hillsborough Community College provides emergency assistance to students and staff members who become ill or suffer accidental injury. Students and staff members may obtain assistance by contacting College Security.
The HCC Security Department is charged with the protection and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. College Security Officers must meet the minimum standards established by the Police Standards and Training Commission of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Florida Statutes for law enforcement officers (Florida Statutes Chapter 493).
The HCC College Security Department provides a variety of programs and services to the College community, including the following:
- Escort service
- Personal Safety Program
- Identity Theft Program
- Hurricane Awareness and Preparation
- Emergency Phones in classrooms and laboratories
- Crime Prevention notes
- Disabled vehicle assists
Hillsborough Community College employs non-sworn Public Safety Officers (PSO). These officers perform an auxiliary role for the department. PSOs provide safety escorts for all persons on the College campuses, maintain the security of buildings and classrooms, and patrol parking lots and the perimeters of campuses to increase the amount of visual deterrence to criminal activity. PSOs are equipped with radios that allow them to communicate with the sworn officers and provide them with assistance in cases of medical emergencies. PSOs are also certified in CPR and assist with the duties of dispatch when needed (HCC Security Officers Minimum Qualifications for Employment; HCC Security Manual*).
The College Security Department maintains a log of all calls. Once calls have been investigated and verified, they are made available on the College Security website. The College maintains and makes available statistics on homicide, arson, battery, robbery, motor vehicle theft, hate offenses, sex offenses, burglary, disciplinary actions/ judicial referrals and arrests. These statistics show an increase from 16 offences in 2002 to 21 offences in 2004.
The College Security Department produces annual and monthly publications detailing its mission, HCC crime statistics, crime prevention tips, and programs. This information is disseminated through various means, including newsletters distributed through HCC's intranet and posted on the HCC Security website.