The Safety and Security Department provides public safety services to the HACC community. Our goal is to serve with integrity, efficiency and professionalism. Learn about the Safety and Security Department.
What does the department do?
The Safety and Security Department:
What can public safety officers do?
HACC public safety officers can:
What should I do if I witnessed criminal activity on HACC property?
Immediately report any criminal activity you witness on HACC property. You can report it to:
When you promptly report criminal activity, HACC can issue timely warnings on campuses. It also enables us to disclose accurate crime statistics.
You can make a confidential report by:
Authorities will forward your report's information to Public Safety and Security. Public Safety and Security will:
Public Safety and Security uses information in accordance with the federal Clery Act requirements and Pennsylvania UCR requirements. They do not include any information about the reporting party in these disclosures.
Can I make an anonymous criminal report to HACC's Public Safety Department?
You may elect to remain anonymous when you report a crime to HACC's Public Safety and Security Department. Anonymous reporting is available via the Report a Crime form.
Please note that while reports made to security personnel, Campus Security Authorities, or other responsible employees of the college will be held confidential, disclosure of personally identifiable information may be mandated by law in the furtherance of a Title IX investigation. Individuals reporting should also consider that reports which withhold information may affect the ability of the College or outside authorities to conduct a timely and effective investigation of an alleged crime.
How does HACC's Public Safety and Security Department handle criminal reports?
The campus public safety department will report criminal activity to the local police. They will then report the criminal activity to the Pennsylvania State Police as necessary. The HACC Public Safety and Security Department maintains a professional working relationship with the state and local police departments in each of our host municipalities.
If a student has committed a criminal action or policy violation, the department will forward the report to the campus dean of student services. The dean will review the complaint. The dean may initiate student disciplinary action.
Any college disciplinary action will be separate from civil authorities' actions. College AP 592 governs the disciplinary procedure. You can find this procedure via myHACC.
You can request information on the outcome of college disciplinary proceedings against the alleged offender. You must be:
You must make your request in writing.
Victims of sexual assault are notified of disciplinary outcomes in accordance with VAWA requirements. No written request is required in these cases.
What certifications/licenses do public safety and security officers have?
HACC requires all officers to maintain the following certifications/licenses:
Who can I call for public safety and security assistance?
How does the HACC Public Safety Department respond to off-campus criminal activity?
The HACC Public Safety and Security Department does not have jurisdiction over off-campus crimes. HACC does not have any officially-recognized off-campus student organizations or housing facilities. The public safety department can provide assistance in contacting the proper authorities.
If you witness any criminal activity off campus, report it to the local or state law enforcement agency.
How does Safety and Security issue an alert notice?
Safety and Security issues alert notices. We issue these notices when we become aware of a potential safety and/or security risk to HACC community members. Safety risks may be on college property or within our immediate vicinity.
We will issue alerts through:
Safety and Security will advise local and state police agencies of potential risks.
Can I see the campus crime log?
The HACC Public Safety Department maintains a log of all criminal activity. The log includes the nature of offense, date, time, location and disposition of the complaint.
You can view the log at each campus's public safety and security office during campus operating hours. You may not be able to view the information if it:
We may archive logs older than 60 days. We will make them available within two business days of your request per federal requirements.
How can I prevent crime?
Crime is broken down into three elements:
As conscientious citizens, it is our job to remove the element of opportunity. Removing opportunity will lower the likelihood that you will become the victim of a crime.
You can help by:
How does HACC educate the community on crime prevention?
Public safety and security officers provide college‐wide crime prevention presentations during new student orientations and new employee orientations. New student and employee orientations are conducted at least once per academic year at each campus.
Presentations covering crime prevention, emergency procedures, and general security and safety information with question and answer sessions are provided on an open basis at each campus location. These are scheduled twice per calendar year or may be provided in the classroom, at a campus event, or for student organizations upon request.
The student development staff at each campus periodically schedules presentations and informational sessions by outside crime prevention organizations. These presentations may be stand‐alone events or included as part of another campus event. For more information on attending these events, contact your campus student development office.