About West Hills College Lemoore

Campus Safety

Campus and community safety is a major concern for WHCL and the administrative team. Like any community in today's society, no one is completely risk-free of any crime or incident. By working together we can help create a safe environment for learning and working. 

However, we need your cooperation and input by reporting criminal behavior and emergencies to the Lemoore Police Department and or the West Hills College Lemoore administration team. The college does not have a police department, and cooperation is needed from everyone to help prevent crimes on campus.

You can report any crime or emergency by dialing 911 or by  via the Blue Phones located throughout the campus.

ON CAMPUS SECURITY can be reached by calling 925-3333 or  925-3253.

WHCL administration team can be reached at: 925-3127, 925-3317, or after 5 p.m. 925-3250

 

BUILDINGS

Most campus buildings are open Monday through Thursday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm and Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Campus buildings will normally be locked from 5:00 pm Friday to 7:00 am Monday. Facilities personnel will only unlock doors for weekend classes and other events with advance notice and a facility request submitted.

It is the responsibility of those who use rooms or offices to lock access doors, turn off lights, and close windows. College personnel will check many of these areas during off hours, but the primary responsibility for facility use and security rests with the user.

 

KEYS

Keys are provided to individual staff members on a need-to-enter basis, as determined by the college. Lost keys must be reported immediately to the Maintenance and Operations Department. 

 

GROUNDS

Lighting, landscaping, and other safety-related aspects of the campus are continually monitored, maintained, and repaired. Members of the campus community are encouraged to report any lighting deficiencies or other safety issues to college maintenance personnel at extension 3333.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT  

West Hills College Lemoore works closely with local law enforcement departments. Lemoore PD and WHCL share necessary resources and information when needed. The college has agreements with local law enforcement agencies to provide services for incidents that require special resources. One such agreement is the national Clery Act for reporting crime statistics.

 

CRIME PREVENTION

It is the intent of WHCL to use reasonable means to prevent crimes from occurring rather than to react to them after the fact. One of the essential ingredients of any successful crime prevention program is an informed public. It is the intent of the college to inform students and staff in a timely manner of any criminal activity or security problems that may pose a reasonable threat to their  safety. Such information will normally be distributed through publications, special bulletins, email, college’s website, and emergency calls to cell phones of students and staff.

All staff and students are asked to be:

  • ALERT --- be aware of your surroundings
  • SECURITY CONSCIOUS --- report any concerns you have on safety to any Dean
  • AND GET INVOLVED!

Call the Lemoore Police at 924-9574 or 911. For Kings County Sherriff's Department call 584-9278 or 911.

 

OFF CAMPUS CRIME

The police department from the city of Lemoore has been requested to provide the college with crime data for the areas surrounding the facilities operated by WHCL. Currently, WHCL is surrounded by private open land with no buildings on it and with a single road leading onto the campus.

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE & VANDALISM

The possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages by anyone on property controlled by WHCL, except as permitted by law, is a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct. The use, sale, or possession of any illegal drug is a violation of the law and any person found in violation may be subject to arrest by federal, state, or local law enforcement authorities.

Vandalism, which includes graffiti, will not be tolerated at WHCL. Offenders will be subject to arrest by federal, state, or local law enforcement authorities.

Any student violating this policy is subject to disciplinary action as outlined in Standards of Student Conduct. Criminal prosecution is separate from any administrative discipline that may be imposed by the college.

See Board Policy 5500 (Standard of Student Conduct) and Board Policy 5520 (Student Discipline)

Public information regarding sex offenders in California may be obtained via the Internet at -

http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov

 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

 

 

WEAPONS ON CAMPUS

Guns of any type are not allowed on the campus, unless you are a duly appointed peace officer. Knives, daggers, and other weapons will not be allowed on campus.

See Board Policy 3530 and Administrative Policy 3530(Weapons on campus)

 

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR

Any person who disrupts the orderly operation of the campus or classroom may be immediately removed from the campus.  Any person removed for disruptive behavior may not return to the campus until an appropriate hearing or administrative procedure has taken place.

See Board Policy 5530 (Students Rights and Grievances)

See Board Policy3517 and Administrative Policy 3517(Incident Reporting)

See Board Policy 3510 and Administrative Policy 3510 (Workplace Violence Plan)

See Board Policy 5040 and Administrative Policy 5040,5045(Student Records, Directory Information, and Privacy)

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT

West Hills College Lemoore recognizes that sexual assault is a serious issue, and will not tolerate acts of sexual assault. Information on sexual assault prevention and what to do if you become a victim of sexual assault is available the Lemoore Police Department.

The college STAT team will provide appropriate support and assistance to the victim and ensure the victim is aware of the services offered by local crisis and mental health agencies.

Student Services staff may also assist the victim of a sexual assault or domestic violence in changing classes or change the victim's academic situations to separate victim from the suspect, if changes are requested and are reasonably available.

See Board Policy 3540 and Administrative Policy 3540 (Sexual and Other Assaults)

 

HATE CRIME

A “hate crime” in generally defined as "any of intimidation, harassment, physical force, or threat of physical force directed against any person, family, or their property or advocate, motivated either in whole or in part by hostility to their real or perceived race, ethnic background, national origin, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation, with the intention of causing fear or intimidation, or to deter the free exercise or enjoyment of any rights or privileges secured by the constitution or the laws of the United States or the State of California whether or not performed under color of law."

West Hills College does not condone hate crimes or campus violence. Any incidents of hate crimes or violence should be reported to the local police.

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

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