Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

When do I call Public Safety and when do I call 9-1-1?
If there is a life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1 (if using a campus phone dial 9-9-1-1). For all other incidents, call the Campus Public Safety Department at (541) 383-7272.

What is the best way to contact the Campus Public Safety Department?
Campus Public Safety is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (541) 383-7272.

Does the Campus Public Safety Department have a "police log" or other publication that could help make community members aware of issues of concern?
The Campus Public Safety Department maintains a Daily Crime Log for the past 60 days. A printed copy of this document is available in the Campus Public Safety Office and is open to public inspection, free of charge, upon request, during normal business hours. Anyone may have access to the log, whether or not they are associated with our institution. This includes the media. Any portion of the log that is older than 60 days is available within two business days of a request for public inspection.

Parking, Traffic, & Citations

How do I appeal a citation?
Please see the Citations and Enforcement page.

When is my citation payment due?
Citation payments are due within seven days of receiving the citation. If paid within seven days, you may qualify for a reduced fine amount. Citations are paid through the Admission and Records Department located in the Boyle Education Center. Unpaid citations are referred to collections. Students with unpaid citations may have holds placed on their accounts preventing registration, graduation, and/or access to transcripts.

Can a Public Safety Officer stop a vehicle and issue a traffic citation?
Yes. Under Oregon state law, Public Safety Officers have limited peace officer authority to conduct traffic enforcement (ORS 341.300). This allows officers to stop vehicles (including bicycles) and issue citations to motorists who have violated college, district, or state traffic laws.

Personal Safety & General Security

What should I do if I see someone yelling at another person?
If you see something that does not look or sound right, please call Campus Public Safety. Don't wait to see if things resolve on their own. If a situation resolves before we arrive on scene, that is fine, but we will still want to document the incident or concern. However, if things get worse, we want to be well on our way by then. For your safety, do not get involved in suspicious or threatening situations.

What if I see someone with a weapon?
Call Campus Public Safety. If the person(s) appears to be an active threat, move away from violence (as far and as fast as you can using cover). Move to a secure location (somewhere that affords distance, cover, and concealment). Take aggressive action if necessary to prevent death or injury. For more information, please see our Active Assailant Situation page.

What if I see a campus policy violation?
Feel free to call Campus Public safety if it appears someone is violating a college policy or a law. 

Where do I go, or who do I contact, when I lose something?
The Lost and Found is located in the Coats Campus Center. All found property is collected, documented, tracked, and released. However, it is worth checking with the people in the area where you lost the item to see if it is still being held there. Lost and Found: (541) 383-7590

Where can I get help with counseling?
If you are a student, please contact CAP Services for assistance in setting something up. If you are an employee, contact the COCC Human Resources Department.

I heard that COCC employees are mandatory reporters. What does this mean?
All college employees are mandatory reporters. This means if an employee witnesses or learns of any behavior that is abusive toward minors (anyone under the age of 18 who is not married); they are required by law to report that directly to the Department of Human Services (DHS) at 541-548-9499. The College also requires any employee who learns of a possible child abuse, through the course of their employment, to report this to the College Risk Manager or Campus Public Safety. As always, if someone is being injured, 9-1-1 should be called first, then Campus Public Safety. Calls to DHS need to be made as soon as possible, but not at the expense of getting emergency responders to the scene. 

What are the red towers with blue lights around campus for?  What happens when the button is pressed?
The red towers on campus are direct phone lines to Campus Public Safety. Push the button and your call will be routed to Campus Public Safety.

Does COCC have security cameras on campus?  Where are they?
Yes. There are a number of security cameras on the COCC campus. They monitor high traffic areas, high value assets, large group areas, critical infrastructure, construction sites, and weather. Security cameras record activity and can be accessed and monitored in real-time by authorized Campus Public Safety authorities. 

Regulations

What about marijuana or if I have a medical marijuana permit?
Since COCC is a federally funded institution, we are required to strictly follow federal laws. Federal law prohibits the possession of marijuana, regardless of a state laws or a issued medicinal marijuana authorization card. Marijuana is not allowed anywhere on campus, under any circumstances. This includes paraphernalia associated with the use of marijuana.

Are pets allowed on campus?
No. Pets are not allowed on any of COCC's campuses, including in vehicles. Students who have an animal that provides a service related to a disability, or have an animal they are requesting to be on campus for other accommodation purposes, will need to contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to receive approval.  Please contact the SSD office by calling (541) 383-7583, or by stopping by their office in the Boyle Education Center.  Animals authorized through the Veterinary Tech program are exempt.

Is smoking alowed on campus?
Yes. However, smoking is only permitted at a distance of 25 feet from all buildings AND while standing in a parking lot. Smoking is not permitted during times of extreme  fire danger. You must be at least 21 years of age to possess tobacco or inhalant delivery systems on COCC property.

Can I skate, snowboard, ski, or sled on campus?
No. Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and skating of any kind is not allowed except during officially sanctioned college events.

I have a valid Oregon Concealed Handgun License (CHL). Can I carry my handgun on campus? 
"No person – including students, employees, vendors, college patrons, or other visitors – may bring, possess, conceal, brandish, use, or be in possession of a firearm, destructive device or other dangerous weapons (cit.ORS 161.015(1)(2), or give the appearance of being in possession, on college-owned or controlled property or at activities under the jurisdiction or sponsorship of the college, except as provided byORS 166.360, 166.370, and federal law."

The college strongly discourages the possession of firearms on campus and enforces this to the fullest extent of the law.  However, we recognize provisions under the Oregon Revised Statutes that create limited exemptions to these prohibitions. Persons who are allowed to carry firearms under the provisions of the Oregon Revised Statutes must understand the responsibility and liability associated with the carry, possession, and/or use of a firearm on campus.

If you are permitted under Oregon Revised Statutes to carry a concealed handgun, please pay close attention to the following information:

The responsibility to properly and lawfully carry and conceal your firearm rests squarely with you. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action from the college.

Improper use, carry, storage, concealment, or behavior related to firearms may be grounds for Campus Public Safety to notify the relevant county Sheriff, or local law enforcement, of such actions. 

The fact that you carry or otherwise possess a firearm on campus may be alarming to some people. Please exercise sound judgment in regard to what you communicate about this topic. Again, disruptive behavior, including communications that cause alarm, may prompt disciplinary action from the college or authorities. 

If a violent situation occurs on campus, best practices established by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and other workplace violence prevention experts include immediately moving away from the threat, moving to a secure location, and, if necessary as a last resort for personal safety – taking physical action against the attacker. If you use a legally carried and possessed firearm to defend yourself, the liability for the use of that weapon rests with you, not the college. College students and employees do not have a duty to engage a violent, aggressive, or suspicious person.

During critical incidents, please seriously consider the impact of any individual actions you take in the larger context of emergency response plans that will be in effect. Campus Public Safety, local law enforcement, and other first responders may be rapidly approaching the scene. 

Please access college resources for help in disputes, altercations, etc. The Campus Public Safety Department, Student Life, CAP Services counselors, and Human Resources are trained, equipped, and available to help facilitate early identification and resolution of conflict. 

Please respect the board-approved authority of Public Safety Officers and law enforcement to provide for safety and security on College property.  This may include immediately complying with officer directives during critical incidents and emergencies, as well as displaying your concealed weapons permit if asked by an officer.  Failure to do so may result in College disciplinary action and/or criminal liability.

The State of Oregon, and Central Oregon Community College, does not honor/recognize concealed weapons permits (nor concealed handgun licenses) issued by ANY other states.

If a firearm of any kind becomes visible on college property for any period of time, regardless of having a valid Oregon Concealed Handgun License, it is considered a violation of college policy and WILL result in suspension, expulsion, eviction, and/or tesspass.

No firearms are permitted in or around any campus residence hall at any time. A valid Oregon Concealed Handgun License IS NOT an exemption to this policy.

A Oregon Concealed Handgun License only permits the concealed carrying of a pistol. Possesion of illigally concealed or openly carried knives, rifles, shotguns, or other dangerous weapons will result in college disiplinary action and/or arrest.

You MUST carry your CHL on your person whenever you carry a concealed handgun. Failure to do so could result in a charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, a Class A Misdemeanor.



Emergency Preparedness

What do I do if there is an earthquake?
The best immediate response to an earthquake is to DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON.  Follow emergency notification messages for information and instructions. For additional information, please see Emergency Preparation at COCC

What do I do if there is a fire?
If there is a fire, or if the fire alarms activates, move immediately out of the building via the shortest path to an exit. Avoid elevators. Alert others to get out. Do not try to fight a fire. Once you are out of the building, attempt to move to an evacuation assembly area. To see where these areas are located, please see COCC Evacuation Map (pdf).

What do I do if there is a shooting on campus?

Please see our Active Assailant Situations page.



How do I know what is going on when I am not on campus?

During emergency situations, do not call Campus Public Safety unless you have key information related to an emergency or you have a new emergency. 

The best way to stay informed about incidents on campus is to sign up for the college Emergency Notification System. Please see the Emergency Notification System page for more information. Additionally, during a critical incident, the college will post emergency status updates on this page. School closures will always be posted on the COCC website home page and reported to local media outlets. 



How do I sign up for the College Emergency Notification System?
Please visit the Bobcat Web and log in, or create, a Bobcat account. From there you will be able to select emergency notification system (ENS) preferences. 

Can I get a copy of an incident or traffic accident report?
The department will generally release copies of theft reports to victims for insurance purposes as well as copies of traffic accident reports to involved persons. To obtain a copy of report, contact Campus Public Safety.

What do I do if there is a Campus Public Safety emergency vehicle with lights/sirens activated?
College policy and state law requires that you pull to the RIGHT side of the road and come to a complete stop. Keep in mind, what they are going to is serious and may be a life-and-death situation where every minute counts.

I'm interested in job in Campus Public Safety!
The Campus Public Safety Department hires for a variety of positions including: Public Safety Officer, Part-time Public Safety Officer, Dispatcher, Student Dispatcher, Student Parking Enforcement Officer, and Public Safety Cadet. Visit COCC's Employment website for available positions. Feel free to contact us for more information.

I am interested in learning more about Public Safety and would like to go on a ride-along!
Campus Public Safety offers ride-along opportunities for community members. During a ride-along you will have the opportunity to view first-hand the daily duties of a Public Safety Officer.  You will ride in a marked patrol vehicle, observe and respond to incidents, and have an informative and entertaining experience. For more information, contact Campus Public Safety.

Someone has made me uncomfortable or feeling unsafe, is there anything Public Safety can do to help stop their behavior?
Public Safety Officers have the authority to issue no-contact and trespass orders. For more information, please contact Campus Public Safety.

Can I have my Unmanned Aerial System on Campus?

Use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or systems (UAS) from, on, or above COCC college property is prohibited without prior, written approval from the President or his or her designee. Unmanned aerial vehicles can create safety and privacy risks that are disruptive to the campus environment. These procedures should be followed to ensure compliance with the policy:

All requests to use or operate unmanned aerial vehicles or systems from, on, or above COCC college property should be directed in advance to the Campus Public Safety Department at (541) 383-7272. Campus Public Safety will respond to and investigate incidents involving the use of UAV's or UAS's and may refer cases to local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies on a case by case basis. Monetary fines or disciplinary action may be imposed by the college. Downed UAV's may be recovered by campus public safety and held as found property or turned over to law enforcement agencies if there is evidence of criminal activity, including unlawful audio or video recording. Commercial UAS services on campus must also be pre-approved through Campus Public Safety.