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Crime Prevention

Campus safety and security is everyone’s responsibility. Students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the College Police share a partnership to create a safe and conducive learning environment. 

One essential ingredient of any successful crime prevention program is an informed public. Southwestern Community College District seeks to inform students, faculty, and staff members in a timely manner of any criminal activity or security problem that may pose a reasonable threat to their safety. Such information will be distributed to students through this report, newsletters, posted notices, District email, student publications, the District’s website, and through emergency and timely warning notification. The College Police Department posts crime alerts and other safety-related information on its website.

All students, faculty, and staff members are encouraged to remain alert and security conscious. Be mindful of your surroundings. Take precautions to lock and secure your vehicle and do not leave valuables unattended. Call for an Escort Service at (619) 482-6380 if you have safety concerns as you traverse the campus or parking lots.

Notify the College Police of any crime or suspicious activity by calling (619) 482-6380. You can also access the College Police directly be utilizing an Emergency Blue Pole, which are located throughout the District's campuses.

Emergency Blue Poles

Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking

The Southwestern Community College District prohibits crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and reaffirms its commitment to maintaining a campus environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of all members of the college community.

Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are encouraged to immediately report the incident to College Police at (619) 482-6380, District Administration or local law enforcement. College Police will immediately initiate a criminal investigation into on-campus sexual assaults and utilize investigation services and resources of partner agencies. Although strongly encouraged to report, victims have the right not to report crimes to law enforcement and decline any of all involvement with the police.

College Police will undertake immediate steps to ensure the safety of the victim and others on and off campus, begin the collection of evidence which could include obtaining physical evidence and statements from the victim, witnesses, and suspect(s), and meeting the legal requirement of criminal investigations and prosecutions. College Police will also notify Student Services for potential administrative action and victim accommodation.

Victims should make every attempt to preserve any physical evidence of sexual assault. This may include not showering or bathing, not cleaning the scene of the incident, and not disposing of any damaged clothing or other items. Other indirect evidence items that should be preserved include text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, other communications, photographs, logs or other documents. Victims may opt that forensic evidence not be collected. Health care providers can still treat injuries and take steps to address concerns of pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted disease.

Victims will be given information on counseling and support groups. If a change of academic schedule is desired, appropriate steps will be taken to accommodate the victim to the full extent possible. San Diego County also offers counseling for victims of crimes. The Center for Community Solutions for 24-hour Sexual Assaults and may be reached at (888) 272-1767. The Victim/Witness Assistance Center in San Diego also provides off-campus services and may be reached at (619) 531-4041.

Southwestern Community College District is sensitive to those who report domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including informing individuals about their right to file criminal charges as well as the availability of counseling, health, mental health and other services on and/or off campus as well as additional remedies to prevent contact between a plaintiff and an accused party, such as academic, living, transportation and working accommodations and protective orders, if reasonably available. The District will make such accommodations, if the victim requests them and if they are reasonably available, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to College Police or local law enforcement.

Upon receipt of a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, the Southwestern Community College District will provide written notification to students and employees about accommodations available to them, including academic, living, transportation, protective orders and working situations. The written notification will include information regarding the accommodation options, available assistance in requesting accommodations, and how to request accommodations and protective measures (i.e., the notification will include the name and contact information for the individual or office that should be contacted to request the accommodations).

To request accommodations to academic schedules and other academic accommodations, contact the Dean of Student Services, Rachel Fischer, Room 68-109A, Cesar Chavez Student Services Center, phone 619-482-6369, email rfischer@swccd.edu. To request accommodations to working situations, contact Janene McIntyre, the Title IX Administrator at (619) 482-6329, email jmcintyre@swccd.edu.

To request assistance with protective measures or transportation to include campus escorts, contact the Chief of Police, Davis Nighswonger, College Police Department, Building 22, phone (619) 482-6585, email dnighswonger@swccd.edu or the College Police Dispatch Center at (619) 482-6380.

The Southwestern Community College District will protect the identity of persons who report having been victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to the fullest extent of the law.