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General Information

This informational report is in compliance with the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.” The information is being provided to you as part of Orange Coast College’s commitment to safety and security on our campus. OCC’s Campus Public Safety Department provides many services to ensure individual safety. Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day and are in direct radio communication with the Costa Mesa Police Department.

Criminal activity and other campus emergencies can be reported directly to the Campus Public Safety Department by using the many emergency telephones on campus and in the parking lots. The phones are easily identified by bright blue lights overhead.  The Campus Public Safety Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Dial (714) 432-5017 for routine calls and (714) 432-5555 for emergencies. On weekends or after regular business hours, contact the on-duty officers at (714) 412-0582 or (714) 412-2733.

OCC’s Campus Public Safety Department publishes pamphlets and fliers on various topics relating to crime prevention on campus. These brochures are available to all students, faculty and staff. The Chief of Campus Public Safety regularly presents workshops on such topics as: Campus Public Safety Department Services, General Crime Prevention, Bicycle Safety, Rape and Sexual Assault Awareness, and Prevention of Vehicle Theft and Burglary. The workshops are offered free of charge.

Crime alerts are broadcast to the campus community on an as-needed basis with bulletins, fliers, posters and articles in the student newspaper. An escort service is provided 24 hours a day on a one-time or on-going basis. Each night after sunset, OCC’s Campus Public Safety vehicles patrol the parking lots with their lights flashing in order to maintain a visible presence to discourage criminal activity.

For detailed information about the services provided by OCC’s Campus Public Safety Department, phone (714) 432-5017.

Access to academic, recreational, and administrative facilities on campus will be restricted to students, faculty, and employees of the District. Some outdoor athletic facilities on campus, unless locked, are open for unrestricted use to the general public as long as the public’s activities do not conflict with authorized college activities. Access to cultural and recreational events on campus by the general public will be limited to only the facilities in which the events occur. Most campus buildings are open from 6:30a.m. to 10:30p.m.

Individuals who need to be in campus buildings or areas other than during regularly scheduled work hours must complete a Use of Facility form to use college facilities for that date and time. The Campus Public Safety Department is notified when such facility use permits are approved.

Many campus rooms and buildings are protected by intrusion alarms. Before entering such areas, the Campus Public Safety Department should be notified.

Campus buildings will normally be locked from 5:30p.m. Friday to 6:00a.m. Monday. College personnel will unlock doors for weekend classes and other events as published in the facility use schedule.
It is the responsibility of those who use rooms, offices and areas to lock access doors, turn off lights, and close windows.

Keys are provided to staff members on a need-to-enter basis as determined by the appropriate supervisor. Lost keys must be reported immediately to one’s supervisor and the Campus Public Safety Department.

No District property may be removed from the campus without express written permission from the department chairperson or area supervisor. Unauthorized removal of District property from the campus is a violation of the law and violators may be prosecuted by the District.

Orange Coast College Campus Public Safety Officers are non-sworn and do not possess peace officer status. They are authorized to make arrests by provision of Section 837 of the penal code. Safety officers are authorized to enforce traffic and parking regulations on campus. All officers are trained in Basic First Aid and CPR and receive specialized training in Campus Public Safety operations.

The Campus Public Safety Department maintains a close working relationship with Costa Mesa Police Department and has a written agreement to share information relating to criminal activity occurring on campus or in the immediate areas.

The goal of the Campus Public Safety Department is to anticipate and prevent crimes and property damage as well as to respond to all incidents on the campus and apprehend perpetrators whenever possible. This enforcement saves the college money in property damage and protects the college community from the losses and suffering associated with crime.

Taking a proactive approach, the OCC Campus Public Safety Department has established a comprehensive training program to augment the expertise and confidence of the individual safety department staff member in the performance of his or her duties. The training program includes self-defense tactics classes and post certified courses for the officers, as well as on-going video training films for officers, student assistants, and desk personnel.

It is the intention of the Coast Community College District to provide an environment that maximizes academic achievement and personal growth. The District recognizes that alcohol and other drug use or abuse pose a significant threat to the health, safety, and well-being of users and the people around them. Substance abuse also interferes with academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular interests and can lead to health, personal, social, economic, and legal problems.

OCC offers several classes that focus on alcohol and drugs.

  • Health Education 100 – Introduction to Health
  • Health Education 122 – Drugs, Health, and Society
  • Health Education 138 – Drugs and Sports

You can meet with a professional alcohol counselor at the Student Health Center if you have questions or concerns. Call the center at (714) 432-5808 to schedule an appointment.

OCC is committed to a drug-free campus so that students and staff can work in a drug-free environment. There are state laws and the College Code of Conduct which specifically prohibit the use and possession, distribution or sale of drugs or alcohol on college property or at any college-sponsored activity or event. These rules also describe the penalties and disciplinary actions which may come into play when violations occur for those who abuse or do not take positive steps to get help.

Information on the laws and Code of Conduct is available at the Dean of Students Office, (714) 432-5741.

The District policy is that all use of alcohol and other drugs is prohibited on District property and at any college-sponsored activity regardless of its location. Furthermore, the use of tobacco is prohibited in all District buildings and vehicles.

Orange Coast College has implemented stiff penalties and a “Zero Tolerance” policy for persons bringing dangerous weapons to campus, which is a felony. OCC students will be expelled for bringing firearms, knives, brass knuckles, slingshots, air rifles or any other type of weapon capable of inflicting grave bodily harm. Expulsion is a more severe punishment than suspension. Expulsion is for an indefinite time.​

Commencing October 2002, every person required to register as a sex offender who is enrolled as a student of any community college or is, with or without compensation, a full-time or part-time employee of that community college shall, in addition to registering as a sex offender, register with the campus police department within five working days of commencing enrollment or employment and must also notify the campus police department within five working days of ceasing to be enrolled or employed. A registration receipt card for persons contacting the Orange Coast College Public Safety Department pursuant to this law is completed, which includes the registrant's signature and thumbprint. A file of the registration receipts is maintained at the Campus Public Safety Department.

T​here is NO waiting period for reporting a person missing.  All California police and sheriff's departments must accept any report, including a report by telephone, of a missing person, including runaways, without delay and will give priority to the handling of the report.  Orange Coast College Campus Safety will direct the reporting party to contact the appropriate police agency to file a missing person's report.