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Public Safety

Civil Disturbance or Demonstrations

Emergency Contacts

  • Department of Public Safety 9111
  • If Public Safety cannot be reached 911

Most campus demonstrations such as marches, meetings, pickets and rallies will be peaceful and non-obstructive. A student demonstration should not be disrupted unless one or more of the following conditions exists as a result of the demonstration:

  1. Interference with the normal operations of the College.
  2. Prevention of access to offices, buildings or other College facilities.
  3. Threat of physical harm to persons or damage to College facilities.

In any of these conditions exist, the Department of Public Safety should be notified and will be responsible for contacting and informing the President and the Deans. Depending on the nature of the demonstration the appropriate procedures listed below should be followed:

  1. Peaceful, Non-Obstructive Demonstrations
    • Generally demonstrations of this kind should not be interrupted. Demonstrations should not be disrupted or provoked and efforts should be made to conduct College business as normally as possible.
    • If demonstrators are asked to leave but refuse to leave by regular facility closing time:
      • Arrangements will be made by the Manager of the Department of Public Safety to monitor the situation during non-business hours, or
      • Determination will be made to treat the violation of regular closing hours as a disruptive demonstration (see Section 2). 
  2. Non-Violent, Disruptive Demonstrations
    • In the event that a demonstration blocks access to College facilities or interferes with operation of the College:
      • The Vice President of Student and Educational Services or designate will proceed to the area and ask the demonstrators to leave or to discontinue the disruptive activities.
      • The Vice President of Student and Educational Services will consider having a photographer available.
      • Key College personnel and student leaders will be asked by the Vice President of Student to proceed to the area and persuade the demonstrators to desist.
      • If the demonstrators persist in the disruptive activity they will be apprised that failure to discontinue the specified action within a determined length of time may result in disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion or possible intervention by police authorities. Except in extreme emergencies the President will be consulted before such disciplinary actions are taken.
      • Efforts should be made to secure positive identification of demonstrators in violation if deemed advisable.
      • The President, in consultation with the Vice President of Student and Educational Services and the Manager of the Department of Public Safety, will determine the possible need for an injunction and assistance from other police agencies will be determined.
      • If determination is made to seek the assistance of outside police agencies, the demonstrators should be so informed. Upon arrival of outside police agencies, which shall remain under the direct control of the Manager of the Department of Public Safety, the remaining demonstrators will be warned of the intention to arrest.
  3. Violent, Disruptive Demonstrations

    In the event that a violent demonstration in which injury to persons or property occurs or appears imminent, the President and the Vice President of Student and Educational Services will be notified:
    • During Business Hours
      • In coordination with the Vice President of Student and Educational Services, Public Safety will contact outside police agencies as needed.
      • If advisable the Vice President of Student and Educational Services will alert the Senior Vice President who will call a photographer to report to an advantageous location for photographing the demonstrators.
      • The President, in consultation with the Vice President of Student and Educational Services and the Manager of the Department of Public Safety, will determine the possible need for an injunction and assistance from other police agencies will be determined.
      • The Department of Public Safety will be responsible in providing radio communications to outside police agencies and the College as needed. 
    • After Business Hours
      • The Department of Public Safety should be immediately notified of the disturbance.
      • Public Safety will investigate the disruption and report and notify the Manager of the Department of Public Safety and the Vice President of Student and Educational Services.
      • The Vice President of Student and Educational Services will:
        1. Report the circumstances to the President.
        2. Notify key administrators and, if appropriate, the administrator responsible for the building or area.
        3. Notify the Director of Marketing and Public Information.
        4. Arrange for a photographer.
        5. The President or Vice President of Student and Educational Services, in consultation with the Manager of the Department of Public Safety will contact outside police agencies for assistance if necessary.
           

NOTE: The Manager of the Department of Public Safety reserves the right to call for police assistance without counsel from others if it is deemed to be of paramount importance to the safety of persons involved.

 


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