Public Safety

Emergency Procedures

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS  •  MEDIA CONTACTS

For all emergencies, call the number listed below.
SCC Public Safety: (480) 423-6175

IN ANY LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION, IMMEDIATELY CALL 9-1-1

Emergencies, accidents, injuries and other unexpected events can occur at any time and in any place. Being prepared both mentally and physically for the unexpected is the first and best defense to minimize an incident. Each of us must take a pro-active approach to providing a safe environment and, although no guide can cover all situations, the procedures outlined in this booklet will help prepare you should an emergency arise. Be sure to:

  • Familiarize yourself with your surroundings
  • Know the locations of all exits from your area or building in case fire or debris should block one.
  • Know the location of fire alarm pull stations.
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers and first-aid cabinets.
  • Know where to find the nearest phone or emergency call box to notify Public Safety
  • in case of an emergency.
  • Be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Lock your car and conceal valuable items.
  • Never leave personal property unattended.
  • Keep this guide handy, either close to or under your telephone
  • Don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 immediately if you believe an emergency exists. Then contact Public Safety.

Contact Public Safety at (480) 423-6175 if you have any questions concerning emergency procedures.

Any injury or illness, such as seizures, fainting, heat exhaustion, etc. that occurs on campus should be immediately reported to Public Safety so that the proper emergency or medical response can be made and the incident can be documented. If the incident involves the spilling of blood or other bodily fluids, advise Public Safety at the time of the initial notification along with the exact location and as much information as is known about the nature of the illness or injury. Bleeding should only be attended to if the wound is sufficient to be life threatening. Always wear proper personal protective devices where blood is present to avoid the dangers associated with bloodborne pathogens.

If a person has fallen, struck their head, or hurt their back or neck, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MOVE THEM. The best treatment you can provide while awaiting medical personnel is verbal comfort. IF YOU FEEL THE INJURY OR ILLNESS CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY to hasten the response of paramedics. Do not attempt to administer first aid unless directed to by a 9-1-1 operator. Then contact Public Safety.

If you know the person who is injured and have information concerning existing medical conditions, medications taken or parental information in the case of juveniles, remain available to provide any knowledge you have to paramedics and Public Safety. Do not engage an injured person in unnecessary conversation and never discuss who was at fault or who will be responsible for paying medical bills. If the injured person is an SCC employee, their supervisor must be notified and a report of industrial injury must be prepared and submitted to Public Safety. Initial non-emergency treatment for any work related injury must be obtained at a District approved medical facility. The cause of any accident will be investigated and unsafe conditions will be corrected.

In the unlikely event of a violent incident involving an immediate threat, Public Safety or other college officials may order a lockdown of the campus. Notification of the lockdown may come from several sources including the VoIP telephones, or SMS pages to student and employee cellular phones.

If a lockdown is ordered, all persons on campus should;

  • Locate a safe classroom, office or meeting room
  • Assist others in moving to the safe room
  • Lock the door by pushing in the button on the interior handle
  • Close any window shades in the room
  • Turn off all lights
  • Move away from doors and windows
  • Remain in the safe location and quietly await further instructions

During a lockdown, the Public Safety office should only be contacted in an emergency, such as a serious injury or if you have information on a suspect’s location.

If it should become necessary to evacuate a building, it is important that you remain calm, leave the building immediately, and exit in an orderly manner. The evacuation should be conducted immediately upon hearing a fire alarm or if directed verbally to do so by Public Safety, Fire Department personnel or college faculty or staff. Prior to any emergency, determine exit routes and exit points in your area.

When evacuating, remember to:

  • Assist persons with disabilities who may need help. (Contact Public Safety for assistance.)
  • Exit by a door leading directly outside whenever possible and not by one leading further into the interior of the building.
  • Attempt to account for all persons who were in your area.
  • Check rest rooms adjoining your area.
  • Take personal items with you (at least keys, purses, medications, glasses.)
  • Close doors behind you.
  • Always use stairwells and not elevators when evacuating a multi-storied building.
  • Once clear of the building, move to an area away from the building or into another building.
  • Once outside, do not re-enter the building for any reason until directed to do so by Public Safety or Fire Department personnel.
  • If possible secure college property and records before leaving your work area.

If an emergency exists and you initiate the evacuation, call 9-1-1 and notify Public Safety after exiting the building and upon reaching a safe location.

Civil disturbances include riots, demonstrations, threatening individuals, crime in progress, or assemblies that have become significantly disruptive. If a civil disturbance should occur on campus, avoid it and contact Public Safety. Stay away from the protest, or take a different route away from the problem. Do not taunt or obstruct demonstrators. Never provoke a confrontation. Continue with normal routines as much as possible unless alternative directions are issued by Public Safety.

The college respects the right of free speech and will allow non-violent protests and demonstrations to occur. Public Safety will be notified of all large assemblies on campus to monitor the crowd as necessary.

Any person who has filed an Order of Protection or Injunction Harassment and believes the named person may attempt to contact them on the SCC campus, should notify Public Safety. Public Safety will require a copy of the Civil Court Order and will ask you to provide a physical description of the person named in the order as well as a photo, if possible, and a description of their vehicle. All officers will be made aware of the situation in order to avoid potential problems from occurring. If a violation of the order occurs, Public Safety will assist in filing a report of the incident and will also assist the Police Department in follow-up actions.

There are numerous types of workplace violence. Acts of physical violence, threats, verbal abuse, intimidation or harassment which are committed against a person, or places them in fear for their safety during the course of employment, are common forms. This can also include stalking, continuing domestic violence situations, highly aggressive emotional behavior, sexual harassment and assault.

If a verbal altercation is reported to you, remain calm and maintain a professional and caring attitude. Take the time to listen regardless of whether or not you agree with the person. Allow “venting” and don’t interrupt. If you can provide a solution, do so, or refer the person to someone who can assist. Your attitude will many times determine the result of the conflict.

If a violent conflict occurs in your area, attempt to summon help. Do not become involved or attempt to handle the situation. Attempt to safely and calmly move yourself and others to a safe location. If given the opportunity to exit safely, do so quickly and quietly. Leave the building and area and move a safe distance away from the building. Once outside, call 9-1-1 immediately. If the action prevents you from exiting, hide in a closet, under a desk, or behind any barrier you can find between you and the conflict and remain quiet.

Public Safety and the Dean of Students should be contacted immediately if workplace violence is suspected or threatened. If a violent act of any type occurs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you observe a person on campus with a firearm or other deadly weapon, contact Public Safety immediately. If a person is threatening someone, call 9-1-1 immediately.

State law forbids firearms on grounds of educational institutions even if the individual has a concealed weapons permit. State law provides for the college district to regulate deadly weapons, which includes firearms, on campuses. The Maricopa County Community College District does not allow firearms or any deadly weapon on its campuses. Peace officers do have exemptions from these laws. However, contact Public Safety to ascertain that the individual has authority to carry a firearm if you observe someone with one. If a person having a weapon appears dangerous, is acting suspicious or strange, is threatening, or is behaving irrationally, stay away from the individual and call 9-1-1 immediately.

Because we are a diverse community, it is sometimes difficult to determine who does or does not belong on the college campus. There are occasions, however, when we encounter an individual who does not appear to have a valid reason to be on campus. There are other situations where a person’s actions, such as prowling parking lots and peering into vehicles, or their verbal comments, may raise suspicion. If you encounter an individual or situation you feel is out of place or suspicious, contact Public Safety immediately and provide a description, an explanation of the person’s actions and any other pertinent information. Public Safety will attempt to identify the individual to determine if they have a legitimate reason to be on campus.

If you receive or discover a suspicious letter or package, do not handle, move, open or go near the item until it can be checked.

You should be cautious of unexpected foreign mail, special deliveries, very excessive or insufficient postage, return addresses missing or not matching the postmark, misspellings of common words, excessive taping or sealing, oily stains, powder, strange odors, metal or foil under the wrapping, protruding wires and rigid, lopsided or uneven envelopes.

If you are unsure as to whether or not it is safe to open a piece of mail, contact Public Safety immediately and keep everyone away from the item until they arrive.