Security Awareness & Crime Prevention

Galveston College Campus Security and Safety

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs

It is the philosophy of Galveston College to prevent crimes from occurring than react to them after the fact. A primary vehicle for accomplishing this goal is the campus comprehensive crime prevention program. The campus crime prevention program is based on the dual concepts of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities whenever possible and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.  The following is a listing of the crime prevention programs and projects employed by the Campus Security Department:

College ID Badges

Students and staff are required to have their ID badge in their possession at all times when on Galveston College campus. Security asks that you wear your badge so the Security staff can recognize any visitors or anyone who is not a student or staff.

Escort Program

Campus Security provides an escort service, particularly during the hours of darkness, for persons walking on campus to their vehicles and to staff who work in security sensitive areas.  Please dial extension 361 while on campus or 409.944.1361 for the Security Department.

Lost & Found

A lost and found locker is maintained by the Security Department at N-102.

Motorist Assistance

The Campus Security Department provides a program which assists motorists by jump-starting and locating vehicles. This eliminates people from standing in the parking lots for long periods of time with no means of transportation and also eliminates unwanted assistance from strangers. Vehicles cannot be left on campus overnight to become potential targets; prior permission is required for exceptions.

Shuttle Service

This program is provided to 39th Street and satellite parking lots during inclement weather. Students can call Security to find out if the service is in operation and may wait in the atrium for this service.

Key Assistance

The College is unlocked and secured on a daily basis by the officers of the Security Department. Any request to unlock a secured area must be researched by the Security Department and authorization must be granted by personnel in the appropriate area.

Security Surveys

Security surveys or audits are made periodically for a number of campus facilities

Facility Surveys

Surveys of exterior lighting, doors and grounds are periodically conducted by Security Department employees.

Operation Identification

The engraving of serial numbers or owner recognized numbers on items of value is strongly encouraged.

Crime Prevention Publicity

Crime prevention articles and materials are routinely published in College publications.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Galveston College is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is illegal. Galveston College will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment. The College is committed to providing training to educate the staff and faculty about sexual harassment issues

Smoking Policies

Galveston College is a smoke-free campus. Anyone violating the smoking policy is subject to disciplinary sanctions under College procedures including administrative fines or suspension from the College.

Drug and Alcohol Policies

The following summarizes the drug and alcohol policies.

• Distribution, possession, or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance without legal authorization is prohibited.

• It is illegal to possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage on campus. Public intoxication, driving while intoxicated and drinking alcoholic beverages in an unlicensed public place are prohibited

Weapons Policy

The following is the legal summation of weapons on campus:

• A person commits an offense if, with a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon, he intentionally, knowingly, or
recklessly goes:

• On the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution.

• If you see anyone with a firearm on Galveston College campus, dial 911 immediately.

The Galveston College Security Department may be reached at extension 361 while on campus or at 409.944.1361.