Department of Campus Safety and Security
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The Department of Campus Safety and Security’s overall mission is to ensure that the students, faculty, staff and guests at Trinity Christian College enjoy all of the educational, spiritual and social opportunities that occur on campus every day. We provide safety, security and other forms of assistance in a variety of ways, but we need everyone to understand that it is through their own responsibility and cooperation that everyone can take advantage of everything the college offers. We ensure each other’s safety by taking reasonable precautions and using a common sense approach to personal security.
The Campus Safety and Security Department promotes: a safe campus environment, detection of fire and safety hazards, regulations and enforcement of parking and traffic on campus, coordination of local police support, and the implementation of emergency/alert plans.
Students are encouraged to report any crime, incidents of misconduct, discrimination, harassment, abuse, hazing, initiation or bullying. Trinity Christian College’s Department of Campus Safety and Security has the responsibility for reporting crimes, incidents involving fires in the residence halls and other violations of the law involving alcohol, drugs or weapons to the United States Department of Education. For additional details regarding the reporting of these types of incidents and how they will be addressed, see the Student Handbook and Trinity Christian College’s Annual Security Report.
The security staff is directed by the Director of Campus Safety and Security. A professionally trained director provides leadership to full and part-time supervisory staff and part-time student guards and dispatchers. Training for all full and part-time security officers includes state certification, CPR/AED certification and on the job training.
Trinity campus safety officers are not sworn police officers and do not possess arrest powers but are authorized to issue parking and traffic tickets which may be billed to the financial accounts of students. The campus safety department maintains a close professional working relationship with local law enforcement agencies which are the primary agencies responsible for the investigation of campus crimes, and has Memorandums of Understanding regarding the investigation of criminal incidents.
Campus Safety and Security provides services on campus twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Additional information concerning the Department of Campus Safety and Security, Title IX and Clery Act compliance, crime prevention and personal safety information, parking regulations, and vehicle registration information can be found on this site, in the Student Handbook and in the Annual Security Report.
The cooperation and involvement of students themselves in a campus safety program is absolutely necessary. Students must assume responsibility for their own personal belongings and safety by taking simple, common sense precautions such as locking their doors in the residence hall, being aware of their surroundings when a pedestrian on campus, not propping open exterior doors of residence halls, and not disseminating personal information to others.
Help for Crime Victims
Trinity Christian College Campus Safety & Security assists victims of crime by acting as a liaison with local police agencies, arranging transportation for medical attention, and offering free counseling on campus through the Trinity Counseling Services located in the Molenhouse Student Center. Any student that has been the victim of a crime or believes that they have been the victim of discrimination, harassment, abuse, hazing, initiation or bullying will be provided support, counselling and protection from retaliation (including interim interventions) for reporting the incident. For additional details regarding this process see the Student Handbook.
Despite the relatively low crime rate in its surrounding communities, Trinity Christian College regards the safety and welfare of its students, faculty and staff as one of its highest concerns. The College has implemented many policies and programs to maintain and increase campus security, but individuals are reminded that they must assume responsibility for their own safety and the safety others. This means that a student witnesses a crime or an act of discrimination, harassment, abuse, hazing, and initiation or bullying, the student is obligated to report it.