Washington Street Campus
Durrett Hall 111
Crime prevention is defined as “the anticipation, the recognition, and the appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of action to remove or reduce it.” The first step in crime prevention is to realize that in order to prevent crime or becoming a crime victim we must accept that crime prevention is a shared responsibility. It is not a college problem or a police problem. It is a societal problem that can only be properly addressed by the entire college community. Our community consists of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and neighbors. Therefore, campus safety is truly a shared responsibility.
Three elements must be present for a crime to occur; desire, ability, and opportunity. This is also known as the crime triangle. A person may “want to commit crime, and have the “ability” to commit a crime, but if we deny them the “opportunity,” then no crime can be committed. Historically, the primary goal of crime prevention has been to apprehend criminals. Although this goal is still important, the goal of preventing crime and also reducing the cost of crime will take on a significant importance. Our goal is to help members of the college community prevent crime by helping them make decisions to reduce the opportunity for crime to occur, whether on campus or not.
Here are a few things you can do to get started.
ACPD's goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff members, and visitors. Never hesitate to report suspicious activity and consider putting this number on speed dial in case of emergencies.
Remember property thefts are the number one crime at the college, but many of these crimes can be averted when you eliminate temptation. Make sure to place valuables out of sight, and thus out of the mind of a criminal. In addition, you should always roll up your car windows, lock all your doors, and take your keys with you.
The majority of crimes are crimes of opportunity, in which victims lack general awareness. Sleeping in common areas around campus, such as College Union building, or the Library, provides criminals an opportunity to take advantage of exhausted students. If you must rest your eyes, wrap your arms around your belongings or keep your belongings under your head like a pillow.
A key element in our crime prevention program is to provide as much information as possible to increase awareness.One of the ways the department does this is by providing informational pamphlets located at strategic locations on each of our campuses.The material covers sexual assault, alcohol abuse, cyber-bullying, suicide prevention, family/dating/work place violence, drug abuse, stalking, sexual harassment, and a locally printed crime victims informational pamphlet.
College Union Building "Cafeteria"
Student Service Center
Building D "Cafeteria"
Main hallway for classrooms
Student Activity Center
Community members, students, staff, and faculty are strongly encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the College Police Department in a timely manner. The Amarillo College Police Department operates Monday – Saturday from 7 am to 11pm. There is no college police service on Sundays or on designated college holidays. The non-emergency number is 806-371-5163 and the emergency number is 806-371-5911. Calls for immediate service after business hours or on designated holidays should be made to the City of Amarillo Police Department via 911 or non - emergency 806-378-3038. If not an emergency an answering machine is in place to record your message. All messages are reviewed the next business day.
Although every institution wants its campus community to report criminal incidents to law enforcement, we know that this doesn’t always happen. A student who is a victim of a crime may be more inclined to report it to someone other than the college police. For this reason, the CLERY Act requires all institutions to collect crime reports from a variety of individuals and organizations that CLERY considers to be “campus security authorities.”
If you are a victim or a witness of a crime and do not wish to pursue action within the college system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a voluntary confidential report to a Campus Security Authority. Because police reports are public records under state law the college police cannot hold reports of crime in confidence. Statistics from confidential reports are collected for the purpose of inclusion in the annual disclosure of criminal statistics. With this information; the college can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to a particular danger. Your identity will remain confidential.
The CLERY Act is a federal law that requires the institution to identify individuals that meet the definition of a campus security authority. Under CLERY, a crime is “reported” when it is brought to the attention of a campus security authority or college police personnel by a victim, witness, or other third party or even the offender. If a campus security authority receives the crime information and believes it was provided in good faith he or she must document it as a crime report. In “good faith” means there is a reasonable basis for believing that the information is valid and not simply rumor or hearsay. All CSA’s are over seen by the Vice president Of Student Affairs.
“Campus Security Authorities” is a CLERY specific term that encompasses four groups of individuals or organizations associated with Amarillo College.
In order to facilitate reporting, CSA should use the Campus Security Authorities Crime & Incident Report form. CSA’s will then immediately forward the reports of crimes to the Amarillo College Police Department. This is because the a CSA crime report may be the basis for determining if there is a serious or continuing threat to the safety of the campus community which would require an alert (i.e., a timely warning). All reports received will be entered onto the department’s daily crime log. All documentation will remain on file in the Police department with reports.
Campus Security Authorities do not investigate nor are they responsible for determining authoritatively whether a crime took place – that is the function of the college police. A campus security authority should not try to apprehend the alleged perpetrator of a crime. That too, is the responsibility of the college police. It is also not a CSA’s responsibility to try to convince a victim to contact law enforcement if the victim chooses not to do so.
Campus Security Authorities (CSA)
Student Service Centers of each campus
ARC – Advocacy Resource Center
1st floor Ware Student Commons Building – Washington Campus
Basement – College Union Building – Washington Campus
Title IX Coordinator/Investigator
Student Service Center – EOD/HR – Washington Campus
The Amarillo College Police may temporally withhold information if there is clear and convincing evidence that the release of information would:
A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias. Bias is a performed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity/national origin. An offense can be, but is not limited to the following, and does not include bias incidents (incidents not involving violence or threat of violence): stalking, harassment, graffiti, vandalism, assault and arson. Anyone committing such acts can face criminal prosecution or be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs for disciplinary action.
Amarillo College is committed to protecting its students, employees, and the college community as a whole from Bullying. All students and employees are entitled to a safe, equitable, and harassment free college experience. Bullying, Harassment, or Discrimination will not be tolerated.
“Bullying” means systematically and chronically inflicting physical harm or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. It is further defined as: unwanted purposeful written, verbal or non-verbal action that unreasonably interferes with the individual’s college performance or participation is carried out repeatedly and is often characterized by an imbalance of power. Bullying may involve, but is not limited to:
Any student who believes he/she is a victim of bullying or harassment should as soon as possible after the incident takes place report the incident to college officials.
In accordance to the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000 and, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children’s and Sexually Violent Offender registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act, and the Family Educational Rights and privacy Act of 1974, Amarillo College provides a link listed on the front of the Annual Security Report so that you can access the Texas State Sex Offender Registry. The “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000 is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at, or employed at, institutions of higher learning. All offenders attending or employed by Amarillo College are required to comply with this law. All sex offenders are required to register with the Amarillo College Police Department in addition to any other agency. Amarillo College Police will maintain a current list of registered sex offenders attending or working for Amarillo College. This list is maintained at the College Police Department located in Durrett Hall.
Amarillo College is not prohibited from disclosing information provided to the institution concerning registered sex offenders. Registry information is provided for general public safety. A person is authorized to use this information only to protect him/herself or a child who may be at risk. The release of this information to the public is meant to assure public protection, not to punish the offender. It is illegal to use information obtained through the web site or from the College Police Department to commit a crime against an offender or to engage in discrimination or harassment against a registered sex offender. Anyone who uses this information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution and or civil action.
The Amarillo College Police Department conducts crime prevention programs on personal safety and theft prevention upon request and in conjunction with college organizations. The college police facilitate programs for students, parents, and employees. College police in addition, conduct programs upon request at local elementary schools in the college neighborhood. The Amarillo College Police supply numerous pamphlets on safety and crime prevention at these programs and at the request of members of the college community.
During student orientation students are informed of services offered by the Amarillo College Police Department, in cooperation with other college organizations and departments, and present crime prevention awareness sessions on sexual assault (rape and acquaintance rape). A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.
In addition, to classes, information is disseminated to students and employees through crime prevention awareness packets, security alert posters, displays, videos, and articles and advertisements in the college news paper.
The possession, sale or the furnishing of alcohol on any campus of Amarillo College is governed by Texas State Law and controlled by the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission. However, the enforcement of alcohol laws on-campus is the primary responsibility of the Amarillo College Police. All campuses of Amarillo College are designated as “Drug/Alcohol Free” and only under certain circumstances is the consumption of alcohol permitted. The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both federal and state laws. Violators are subject to college disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and imprisonment. It is unlawful to sell, furnish or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone less than 21 years of age in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal. It is also a violation of Amarillo College policy for anyone to consume or possess alcohol in any public or private area of any Amarillo College campus without prior College approval. Organizations or groups violating alcohol/substance policies or laws may be subject to criminal prosecution and sanctions by Amarillo College.
The Amarillo College Police offers programs to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The program provides services related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of information materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals and college disciplinary procedures and criminal prosecution.
Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking
All forms of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking are strictly prohibited and will be investigate d by the police department and/or the Amarillo College Student Affairs Office or Title IX Coordinator.
It is the policy of Amarillo College to provide a campus environment free of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other behaviors of a sexual nature that are hostile, unwelcoming or intimidating.
The college prohibits a wide range of verbal and physical behaviors, ranging from unwanted sexual comments to rape and acquaintance rape. Consent is a critical factor that distinguishes acceptable sexual behavior from unacceptable sexual behavi or. Consent is a clear, knowing and voluntary permission by words or action to engage in mutually-agreed upon sexual activity. Consent is communicated through mutually-understandable words or actions that indicate willingness by all of the involved parties to engage in the same sexual activity, at the same time and in the same way. Clear and open communication is an essential element to conveying and understanding consent. Ideally, consent is given verbally; however, consent (or lack of consent) also may be expressed through gestures and body language. Consent cannot be freely given if the person’s ability to understand and give consent is impaired. Examples of those who cannot give consent include but are not limited to:
1. The individual is under the age of 17 and is not the spouse of the actor;
2. The individual is unconscious;
3. The individual is impaired due to ingestion of a substance such as drugs or alcohol;
4. The actor compels another to submit to or participate in a sexual act by using physical force or violence against the other person or by threatening to use force or violence against another person;
5. The other person has not consented to the sexual act with the actor and the actor knows the other person is unaware
that the sexual act is occurring;
6. The other person is mentally impaired or has a mental disability; or
7. The actor has misrepresented or concealed his or her true identity to the individual.
Silence does not equal consent. Additionally, consent to one form of sexual activity does not necessarily imply consent to ot her forms of sexual activity. Similarly, a prior sexual history or dating history between the participants does not constitute consent. Consent may be given for specific activities and not for others. Once consent is withdrawn, the sexual activity occurring mus t cease.
Victims of sexual assault, are strongly encouraged to report the incident to the Amarillo College Police Department immediately. It is the policy of the department to conduct investigations of all sexual assault complaints with sensitivity, compassion, patience, and respect for the victim. Investigations are conducted in accordance with guidelines established by the Texas Penal Code, and the Code of Criminal Procedure.
All information and reports of sexual assault are kept strictly confidential. In accordance with the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures, Art. 57, victims may use a pseudonym to protect their identities. A pseudonym is a set of initials or fictitious name, chosen by the victim to be used in all public files and records concerning the sexual assault. The victims of sexual assault are not required to file criminal charges or seek judicial actions through the college’s disciplinary process. However, victims are encouraged to report the assault in order to provide the victim with physical and emotional assistance.
Amarillo College Police Department officers are available to all victims to provide information about personal safety, Texas Crime Victims’ Rights, Texas Crime Victims Compensation Fund, and other information upon request. The office of Vice President of Student Affairs, the Title IX Coordinator, and the Advocacy Resource Center of Amarillo College can assist victim of sexual assault, sexual violence, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, or other crimes with accessing medical or counseling services, advocacy services, social support services, legal service, and police services. Even in the absence of a formal complaint, the college may be able to provide assistance to the complainant with respect to his or her academic, living, transportation, or working situations.
STUDENT CONDUCT AND RESPONSIBILITY
For further information regarding Amarillo College’s response to these types of situations follow the link to read the student’s rights and responsibilities.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY
For further information regarding the Amarillo College Sexual Misconduct policy follow the link provide below.