Frequently Asked 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)
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?
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?
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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?
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
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.