Maricopa Community Colleges

Public SafetyReporting Crime & Emergencies

Reporting a crime or other emergency in progress

Students, employees and others are encouraged to report all criminal activity and emergencies occurring on campus. A report may be filed with a Public Safety Officer, appropriate personnel in the Public Safety Department, or by calling your local College Department of Public Safety. In emergency situations, 9-1-1 may be called first, followed by an immediate notification to Public Safety.

Reports of a past crime or incident may be made to the following law enforcement authorities:

  • The MCCCD Public Safety Department
  • The local Police Department
  • Crimes may also be reported to Campus Security Authorities as defined by the Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. These authorities include officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities such as the Dean of Student Affairs, athletic coaches and various faculty advisors.

Responding to Criminal Activity and Emergencies:

A Public Safety officer will be immediately dispatched to all on-campus incidents. A Public Safety police officer and, if necessary, a Local Police Officer will respond to each report of criminal activity. The Local Fire Department responds to reports of fire or medical emergencies.

The importance of reporting all crime:

The importance of reporting crime, suspected crime and unusual or suspicious activity to the MCC PSD cannot be over emphasized. The reports provide a basis for making timely warnings when a crime may present a threat to other members of the campus community and also assist the college in providing a full disclosure in the annual crime statistics report. In addition, such action by a victim or witness will assist in making the campus environment a safer place for the entire community.

Voluntary confidential reporting:

At Maricopa County Community College District we will take a report that will allow a victim or witness to report crime on a voluntary and confidential basis. Call your campus Department of Public Safety and ask to speak to a certified police officer.

Confidential reporting to a Counselor:

Maricopa County Community College District does not have a policy or procedure that encourages its professional counselors; if and when the counselor deems it appropriate, to inform the person being counseled of any procedures to report crime on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics. Our Counselors provide academic counseling only. Generally, when counselors do not have the permission of the victim, they can only report the occurrence of a number/statistic to the law enforcement authority.

Reporting a Sexual Assault:

Any student, employee or visitor who is the victim of a sex offense, forcible or non-forcible, is encouraged to report the assault to the appropriate MCCCD Public Safety Department or the local Police Department. If a victim so chooses, he/she may be assisted by college authorities in reporting the assault to the proper law enforcement authorities. After making the report, the victim is not obligated to continue with legal or college disciplinary action. The assault may be reported in person at the Public Safety Department in person or by calling your College Public Safety Department or the local police.

Preserving evidence of a sexual assault:

After a sexual assault, it is very important that the victim receive a medical examination for health and evidentiary reasons. A victim should not wash; use the toilet or change clothes before seeing trained medical personnel. If clothes are changed, those worn during the assault should be placed in a paper bag and taken along to the examination. Even if the victim is certain that he/she will not prosecute, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible just in case the victim decides to pursue criminal charges at a later date.

Coping with sexual assault:

Victims of a sexual assault may find it helpful to discuss their experience with a counselor. College counselors are available to meet with victims in an informal and private setting. The counselor can assist by changing a victims academic situation, serve as a source of referral to outside agencies, and provide information about on-and-off campus reporting, prosecution procedures, and the college disciplinary process. College counselors may be contacted by calling your local campus.

Victims of a sexual assault may also receive free, confidential, twenty-four hour, counseling by calling the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) at 1-800-656-4673, extension 1. Trained counselors are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

How to reduce the risk of sexual assault:

(reproduced from the RAINN web site)

  • When you go to a party, go with a group of friends.
  • Arrive together, watch out for each other, and leave together.
  • Don't leave your beverage unattended or accept a drink from an open container.
  • Don't allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don't know or trust.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Think about the level of intimacy you want in a relationship, and clearly state your limits.

Prevention programs:

Public Safety Officers conduct presentations relating to crime prevention and safety policies during orientations and at other times, when requested by staff or students. Crime prevention materials are distributed to all incoming students.

College response to a sexual assault:

Sexual assault is a criminal act which subjects the perpetrator to criminal and civil penalties in state and federal courts. Besides the sanctions that can be imposed in court, Each Community College will respond administratively if a sexual assault or other criminal offense involves a student or employee as the offender. Students and employees are subject to applicable District policies and disciplinary procedures, including policies prohibiting sexual harassment. Sanctions may include suspension or expulsion for student offenders or termination of employment for employees. Victims may commence a disciplinary action by submitting a written, signed statement detailing the incident to your College Vice President of Student Services. The accuser and accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during the disciplinary hearing, and in the case of sexual assault, both the accuser and accused shall be informed of the outcome.