Institutional Security Policies
Crime Reporting Procedures 20 U.S.C 1092 A
Working together, public safety at Golden West College is everybody's business. No Community, of course, can be totally risk-free in today's society. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are partners in creating an atmosphere that is safe and conducive for learning.
Golden West College maintains a Public Safety Department with personnel available 24 hours a day. A person may report any criminal action or emergency at any time - day or night - by calling (714) 895-8924 or for emergencies (714) 895-8999, or by coming in person to the Public Safety Office located in the Health Science Building on the west side of campus, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday.
Access to Campus Facilities
20 U.S.C 1092 B Buildings
Most campus buildings are open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. All Golden West College students and staff members have been issued identification cards, which they may be asked to produce if there is a question about their authorization in a specific area.
Members of the public or public groups who want to use campus buildings or other areas must secure a Permit to Use College Facilities for that date and time from the Facilities Office. The Public Safety Department is notified when the facilities use permits are approved.
Campus buildings will normally be locked from 5:30 p.m. Friday to 6:00 a.m. Monday. Public Safety personnel will unlock doors for weekend classes and other events as published in The Weekend Events Calendar prepared by the Facilities Office.
It is the responsibility of those who use rooms, offices and areas to lock access doors, turn off lights and close windows. Facilities services staff and Public Safety staff will check many areas of the campus during off-hours but the primary responsibility for security lies with the user.
Keys are provided to staff members on a need-to-enter basis as determined by the appropriate dean. Lost keys must be reported immediately to one's supervisor and to the College Public Safety Department.
Keys should never be loaned to the other staff members or students. College Public Safety personnel will confiscate any keys which have not been specifically issued to a particular individual. Unauthorized duplication of District keys is a misdemeanor.
No District property may be removed from the campus without expressed written permission from the department chairperson or area supervisor. Unauthorized removal of District property from the campus is a violation of the law and may be prosecuted by the District.
Campus Public Safety
20 U.S.C. 1092 C
Golden West College employs parking / public safety officers with training specific to parking and public safety. Parking and public safety officers are not peace officers. However, all parking / public safety officers are required by the College to successfully complete approximately 85 hours of instruction under California Penal Code Sections 832 (Powers of Arrest) and 832.2 (School Peace Officers Training.) Parking / public safety officers are also trained in basic first aid and CPR, and receive specialized training in campus safety and security operations. Golden West College requests assistance from Huntington Beach Police Department for incidents that require resources not available to Golden West College. Moreover, the College will summon the assistance of other agencies to provide services for incidents that require special resources.
20 U.S.C 1092 D/E
One of the essential ingredients of any successful crime prevention program is an informed public. It is the intent of the Golden West College to inform students and staff, in a timely manner, of any criminal activity or security problems which may pose a reasonable threat to their physical safety. Such information will be distributed to students through this brochure and through student publications. The Western Sun and the Club West Reports are two student publications. Staff are informed through in-house memos or bulletins and regularly published newsletters.
Another critical element of a campus safety program is training. The College Public Safety Department, Student Health Services and Student Activities office sponsor programs on various topics ranging from sexual assault awareness to substance abuse prevention.
Finally, all effective crime prevention programs include some measure of people watching out for one another. All staff and students are asked to be ALERT, SECURITY CONSCIOUS, and INVOLVED. Call Public Safety, 58924 or 58999 for emergencies, whenever you see suspicious behavior.
Off Campus Crime
20 U.S.C 1092 G
The local Police Departments have been requested to provide Golden West College with crime data for the areas surrounding the facilities when a security problem arises.
20 U.S.C 1092 I
In accordance with Public Law 101 - 226, Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, the Board of Trustees of Coast Community College District prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees of Golden West College property as part of any Golden West College sponsored or sanctioned activity.
Any student or employee in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, expulsion from Golden West College, or termination from employment for violations of the standards of conduct as specified in collective bargaining agreements and the California Education Code.
The possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages by anyone on Golden West College controlled property is a misdemeanor as per California Business Code 25608 and a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct. The use, sale or possession of any illegal drug is a violation of state law and any person found in violation may be subject to arrest by federal, state, local or campus law enforcement authorities. Criminal prosecution is separate from any administrative discipline that may be imposed by the District.
Campus Programs To Prevent Sex Offenses
All people who participate in programs and activities of the Coast Community College District have the right to do so under safe conditions without physical or psychological threat. Toward that end, the District, through its three colleges, offers a comprehensive program of education and service to minimize the risk of sexual assault to all citizens who use its facilities.
Accordingly, Golden West College operates a coordinated program dealing with the issue of sexual assault. The areas of emphasis are education, environment and services.
The college coordinates and sponsors educational workshops and classes provided by local community service programs during each semester, which promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses.
Examples of such programs are the Victim/Witness Assistance Program, the Victim/Witness Sexual Assault Services Program, "Stop Gap" theatrical group presentations and programs conducted by the Orange County Sexual Assault Network. Also, the Student Health Center conducts seminars on what women and men should know about date rape in addition to discussion groups focusing on campus sexual assaults and present a mandatory seminar for all athletes during each spring.
The Golden West College Crisis Alert & Safety Committees perform follow-up work to eliminate personal safety hazards. The Public Safety Department provides an escort service from classrooms and offices to the parking lot.
Campus Public Safety officers or other college officials will call local police and paramedics when an incident occurs that might be construed by them to involve sexual assault.
The following referral agencies provide services free of charge.
NATIONAL DOMESTIC ABUSE HOTLINE 24 Hour Hotline 1 (800) 799-SAFE (7233)
VICTIM / WITNESS ASSISTANCE
West Justice Center (Westminster) (714) 896-7188
Central Justice Center (Santa Ana) (714) 834-4350
Harbor Justice Center (Newport Beach) (949) 476-4855
North Justice Center (Fullerton) (714) 773-4575
Lamoreaux Justice Center (Orange) (714) 935-7074
SEXUAL ASSAULT 24 Hour Hotline (714) 957-2737
CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY 24 Hour Hotline (714) 940-1000This document is published in accordance with section 201 P.L 101 - 542 as amended by P.L 102 - 26 the (Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.)