2019 Annual Safety and Security Report Now Available

Cypress College’s 2019 Annual Safety and Security Report is now available. The report meets the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act — which is intended to provide students and the public with access to information critical to their safety.

The Campus Safety Department prepares this report annually to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies near our campus.

The report can be viewed at: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/CC-2019-Clery-Report.pdf. Students are notified of the report’s availability via the campus website, the myGateway portal, and the College’s social media properties. If desired, paper copies of the report will be available through the Campus Safety Office.

If you see something, say something

Cypress College takes matters related to personal and campus safety seriously. Suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Providing such information may prevent someone else from becoming a victim. Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387. All members of the campus community are encouraged to program the number into their mobile devices.

As part of our commitment to safety, Cypress College plans and implement drills each semester. When appropriate, Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/administrative/campusSafety.

The Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private post secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are required to comply with it.

The law, originally enacted by Congress in 1990 as the Campus Security Act, was initiated by Howard and Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was tragically murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.

2018 Annual Safety and Security Report Now Available

Cypress College’s 2018 Annual Safety and Security Report is now available. The report meets the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act — which is intended to provide students and the public with access to information critical to their safety.

The Campus Safety Department prepares this report annually to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies near our main campus and the North Orange County Community College District’s Anaheim Campus.

The report can be viewed at: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/CC-2018-Clery-Report.pdf. Students are notified of the report’s availability via the campus website, the myGateway portal, and the College’s social media properties. If desired, paper copies of the report will be available through the Campus Safety Office.

If you see something, say something

Cypress College takes matters related to personal and campus safety seriously. Suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Providing such information may prevent someone else from becoming a victim. Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387. All members of the campus community are encouraged to program the number into their mobile devices.

As part of our commitment to safety, Cypress College plans and implement drills each semester. When appropriate, Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/administrative/campusSafety.

The Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private post secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are required to comply with it.

The law, originally enacted by Congress in 1990 as the Campus Security Act, was initiated by Howard and Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was tragically murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.

Circle Drive Affected Friday for 5K Race

The Cypress College Veterans Organization is holding its 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk in partnership with non-profit veterans organization Save the Brave on Friday, April 27. All of the proceeds will go toward assisting student veterans with scholarships, emergency grants, and camaraderie-building events.

The race will take participants throughout campus, including Circle Drive. Please note:

  • Circle Drive and parking lots will remain open during the event, but entrance and exit closures will begin at 10:30 a.m.;
  • the Valley View entrance will remain open throughout the day;
  • the Holder entrance/exit will be closed until 12:30 p.m.;
  • the Orange entrance will be closed until 12:30 p.m., but vehicles may still use the exit.

Participants will be on Circle Drive for approximately one hour starting at 11 a.m. They will be instructed to remain in the left (inside) lane. Vehicles should drive in the right (outside) lane; there will be signs along Circle Drive reminding drivers of this. Please be mindful of runners and drive carefully on campus.

Volunteers wearing bright green vests will direct traffic and be out to ensure everyone’s safety. Please follow their directions.

2017 Annual Safety and Security Report Now Available

Cypress College’s 2017 Annual Safety and Security Report is now available. The report meets the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act — which is intended to provide students and the public with access to information critical to their safety.

The Campus Safety Department prepares this report annually to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies near our main campus and the North Orange County Community College District Office.

The report can be viewed at: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/CC-2017-Clery-Report.pdf. Students are notified of the report’s availability via the campus website, the myGateway portal, and the College’s social media properties. If desired, paper copies of the report will be available through the Campus Safety Office.

If you see something, say something

Cypress College takes matters related to personal and campus safety seriously. Suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Providing such information may prevent someone else from becoming a victim. Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387. All members of the campus community are encouraged to program the number into their mobile devices.

As part of our commitment to safety, Cypress College plans and implement drills each semester. When appropriate, Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/administrative/campusSafety.

The Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private post secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are required to comply with it.

The law, originally enacted by Congress in 1990 as the Campus Security Act, was initiated by Howard and Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was tragically murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.

2016 Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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This Thursday April 28th, please join us from 11-2pm on: “Peace over Violence” – the Sexual Assault & Awareness Event occurring in the pond/bridge area. This is an important opportunity to raise awareness and start conversations about sexual assault, domestic violence, date rape, bystander intervention and stalking.

The “Clothesline Project” will be featured and is a means of allowing students to show support and share their stories on a T-shirt- that is pinned on a clothesline and draped around the pond area. The colors represent different types of abuse and it is a powerful presentation. This project is presented by CSP-Community Service Programs who provide free victims assistance.

The other community agencies who will be tabling at the event provide amazing support and services to our students/staff. The other agencies attending will be: OC Behavioral Health Services, Didi Hirsch, Action Consultants, and WTLC/Women’s Transitional Living Center. 

Please share this information with students and staff- the agencies love to talk with our campus community members!

Hope to see you there…

Photos of last year’s SAAM activities online here.

Cypress P.D. Hold SWAT Exercise on Campus Today

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As part of Cypress College’s ongoing partnership with the Cypress Police Department, the agency will conduct a SWAT exercise on campus today (January 21, 2016). The training provides opportunity for the officers to familiarize themselves with the College’s buildings. In turn, this facilitates a more-informed response to any incident members of the law enforcement agency attend to on the campus.

The drill will include approximately 100 uniformed officers and will be centered on the north side of campus  and will include the Humanities, which will be completely closed and under the Cypress Police Department’s control. Employees who work in the building have been relocated to the Fine Arts Building for the day. This includes staff of the division offices.

The drill will commence with an 11 a.m. orientation for participants in the drill, including some college employees who have volunteered for assignments.

Members of the campus community, and perhaps the immediate surrounding area, may hear noise simulating either gun fire or explosive devices. Police will use use blanks and diversionary devices, but no live ammunition will be used in the exercise.

Great California ShakeOut Drill on Thursday, October 15

Cypress College is participating in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 15, 2015. All members of the campus community will participate in the drill.

Two drills will be held, one at 10:15 a.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. Nearly 10 million people statewide will participate in the morning drill. There will be no alarm to start the drill. An earthquake video will be synchronized for the campus to watch simultaneously (note: video embedded at top) at the times list above. After watching the video, and reviewing the talking points, all buildings are to be evacuated.

More information, including instructions, evacuation zones, etc., is available on the Emergency Preparation page of this site.

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Cypress College Preparing for ShakeOut Drill, Holding Active-Shooter Training

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Cypress College is participating in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 15, 2015. All members of the campus community will participate in the drill. Two drills will be held, one at 10:15 a.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. Nearly 10 million people statewide will participate in the morning drill. An earthquake video will be synchronized for campus viewing.

More information is available on the Emergency Preparation page. A link to the live video broadcast will be added during the week of the drill.

In light of the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, we have scheduled an active-shooter training on Tuesday, October 20. Cypress Police Department Lead Officer Wintersole will present “What to do in an active-shooter situation?” The presentation will include a question-and-answer session. Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to attend. Because of limited space, an RSVP is required. Should the class fill other sessions will be scheduled following this date.

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2015 Annual Safety and Security Report Released in Compliance with the Clery Act

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Cypress College’s 2015 Annual Safety and Security Report is now available. The report meets the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act — which is intended to provide students and the public with access to information critical to their safety.

The Campus Safety Department prepares this report annually to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies near our main campus and the North Orange County Community College District Office.

The report can be viewed at: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/2015-Annual-Safety-and-Security-Report.pdf. The report is also provided in digital book formats for popular e-reading devices, including Kindle, the iPhone, iPad, and Nook.

Students are notified of the report’s availability via the campus website, the myGateway portal, and the College’s social media properties. If desired, paper copies of the report will be available through the Campus Safety Office.

If you see something, say something

Cypress College takes matters related to personal and campus safety seriously. Suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Providing such information may prevent someone else from becoming a victim. Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387. All members of the campus community are encouraged to program the number into their mobile devices.

As part of our commitment to safety, Cypress College plans and implement drills each semester. When appropriate, Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/administrative/campusSafety.

The Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private post secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are required to comply with it.

The law, originally enacted by Congress in 1990 as the Campus Security Act, was initiated by Howard and Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was tragically murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.

Lost and Found Located in Campus Safety

Cypress College’s Lost and Found Service is operated by the Campus Safety Department. Campus Safety attempts to identify the owner of all recovered items. Found property is retained for a 90-day period, with exceptions including perishable items, hazardous material, credit cards or other items that require special handling.

Service hours for lost and found are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Advance arrangements can be made for after-hour reclamation of specific items. Found items may be turned in to a Campus Safety Officer at any time.

The Campus Safety Office is located on the first floor of the Business Building, facing Lot #1. The office can be reached 24/7 at (714) 484-7387.

Safety on Campus a Top Priority

With more than 16,000 students enrolled — plus hundreds of employees — Cypress College is like a small city. While the campus is a safe environment, the large population makes it important to prioritize personal safety. We’ll maintain a safe environment through vigilance and preparation.

As part of our commitment to safety, we plan and implement drills each semester. For example, in October we’ll be participating in The Great California ShakeOut.

Here are five valuable tips for students:

    1. Program the Campus Safety Department’s phone number — (714) 484-7387 — into your mobile for quick access. It’s also a good idea to add the Cypress Police Department’s number: (714) 229-6600.
    2. Ensure your mobile phone number and email address are up to date in your myGateway account. Our mass-notification system uses this data to text, call, and/or email you in the case of an emergency.
    3. Walk in groups when traveling to and from the parking lot, especially at night. Pay attention to your surroundings while doing so. If you feel unsafe at any time, call Campus Safety for an escort.
    4. Do not provide your personal information, including credit card numbers and student ID to any solicitors on campus. We’ve heard of people impersonating College representatives soliciting for small amounts of money, but actually charging a much higher rate when they bill the credit card. Cypress College programs, clubs, etc. don’t solicit donations in this manner. If you wish to donate to the College or a program, our Foundation will be glad to facilitate the transaction in a safe fashion.
    5. Secure your bicycle with a quality lock, such as a U-lock. These are available in the Bookstore and via their online site.

If you see something, say something. Suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. By doing so, you may provide information that prevents someone else from becoming a victim. Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/administrative/campusSafety

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Weekly Events Scheduled

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April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness month. As part of the national effort to raise awareness, Cypress College scheduled a series of activities on campus throughout April. The goal is to elevate the level of awareness, to prevent sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and to address bystander intervention. The events include panel discussions, community resource representatives, and more. All are invited to participate.

In addition to engaging the campus community in these important topics, the events also meet the goals of the federal  SaVE Act — the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act.

On Tuesday, April 7, “flash mobs” will roam the campus from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to launch Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

A week later, on April 14, community partners will highlight resources available and a panel discussion on Title IX and the SaVE Act will be held in HUM-131, from 2-3:30 p.m. The panel includes participation by Paloma Bustos, Dr. Shirley Smith, and Donna Friess, a nationally recognized victims’ advocate, a retired Cypress College faculty member, and author of “Cry the Darkness.

Wednesday, April 22 is the College’s second “Sex Day” event, an educational event about awareness, respect, and diversity within all aspects of human sexuality. The event, headed by Professor Susan Johnson, takes place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the pond. Adult themes and content will be present, so respect and understanding should be exercised at all times. All members of the campus community are encouraged to wear denim clothing that day as part of “Denim Day.” Participants will gather near the campanile at 11:30 a.m. for a group photograph.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month closes on Thursday, April 30 with the Clothesline project, at the pond, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and a flashlight vigil, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the campus track. The flashlight vigil will be emceed by Professor Virgil Adams and food and music will be featured.

Vouchers for attendance, participation, or class assignments will be provided to participants at the events upon request.

In addition, the Cypress College Health Center has compiled a resource list. It is available at http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/CC-HC-Resource-List-April-2015.pdf.

 

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New Mass-Notification System to be Tested During Tomorrow's Drills

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Tomorrow morning, at 9:30 a.m., and in the evening, at 7 p.m., Cypress College will hold the semester’s emergency drill. We have selected to consider an “active shooter” scenario. You can read more about the drill here: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/wordpress/drills/

Two additional notes:

  1. The Cypress Police Department will participate in the drill. As part of their participation, they will have a SWAT vehicle and regional response unit on display, which the entire community is invited to tour from 8 a.m.-noon. The vehicles will be located in front of the Campus Theater.
  2. The new mass-notification system will be tested as part of the drill. This system sends text notifications to all employees and students. It will also deliver emergency notifications via email and phone. All employees should automatically be enrolled. To ensure delivery, please take a few minutes to verify that your personal contact information is current in myGateway. You can review your contact information under the “Update My Address and Phone” link in the “Personal Information” box in your myGateway account. Additional, detailed instructions are available here: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/wordpress/drills/.

Thank you for your participation in these drills.

Thursday’s Drills Ask Sobering Question: ‘What Would You Do?’

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Active shooter drills take place Thursday, February 26 in the morning and evening; will include Cypress Police Department’s input.

What would you do if at this very moment someone walked into your room with a gun? Could you get out? Hide out? Fight back? Consider your specific environment. What are your escape routes? These will vary from room to room on campus and require preparation and awareness.

This semester’s emergency drills ask us to consider just this scenario. Drills will take place on the morning and evening of Thursday, February 26.

Get Ready

Active Shooter How to Respond” pocket card (download or view)

Verify your personal information in myGateway to facilitate emergency notifications

A shooter on campus is a frightening consideration. it requires contemplation and conversation with each of your students. In the days prior to the drills, faculty are asked to review the talking points in the attached document with students in their classes. This is done to raise consciousness about the drill scenario — an active shooter on campus. Managers are also asked to have these conversations in their areas. Again, this should be done prior to the day of the drill.

The drills, both morning and evening, will commence with an announcement to shelter in place. After practicing this response, each classroom and work area will show the video referenced in the drill information materials.

The morning drill will be observed by members of the Cypress Police Department SWAT team and patrol officers, who will be walking the buildings testing doors, observing drill participants, and answering questions.

In addition, from 8 a.m.-noon, the Regional Disaster Response Mobile Unit will be parked in front of the Theater for an open house.

As part of the drill, the College will be testing a new text-notification system. The integrated system includes all employee and student information as pulled from Banner/myGateway. In advance of the drill, everyone is encouraged to verify their contact information in the “personal information” section of myGateway.

As part of the drill, the campus will watch “Shots Fired on Campus.” This resource is produced by the Center for Personal Protection and Safety, a company known as the leader in workplace violence training and active shooter situations. Unlike previous drills, the video can be played on demand, rather than as a tightly timed broadcast.

The video is available in multiple formats:

More information is available on the drill information page at: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/wordpress/drills/.

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In Advance of 'Active Shooter' Drill Employee Training Opportunities

In consideration of the upcoming February 26 drills (one morning and one evening) on Active Shooter situations, employees are encouraged to consider several upcoming training opportunities. They are listed below. Registration for these options is available via the MyGateway Staff Development Site (see your email for instructions).

#1) Active Shooter Training
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Today they can occur in malls, movie theaters, salons, post office, and schools. All employees and students can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This workshop provides guidance to individuals, including managers, faculty, staff and students, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation.

Date & Time:  Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 12-2 p.m.
Instructor (s):  Cypress Police Department, Lead Officer Wintersole
Location:        CCCPLX 414

#2) If you see something, say something:  A one-hour workshop on Threat Assessment
Cypress College has a Threat Assessment Team who can assist you in determining if a student is a perceived threat versus if a student should be dealt with through the student conduct and discipline process.  A threat reporting process has been developed which will assist workshop participants identify the type of threats.  In addition, the facilitators will provide workshop participants with examples of the type of threats in order to ensure that risks are identified and addressed in an appropriate and timely manner.  Additional topics will include: support services available for students and differentiating between incidents involving student discipline and Campus Safety.

Date & Time:  Wednesday, February 18, 2015 @ 2-3 p.m.
Instructor (s):  Paul de Dios and Threat Assessment Team
Location:         CCCPLX 414

#3) Stryker Evacuation Training
One critical component during an emergency is the evacuation of disabled persons and persons with persons with mobility impairments from multilevel facilities.  Cypress College houses ten Stryker evacuation chairs for this purpose.  This two hour course will provide participants with guidelines on the use of the Stryker Chair, demonstrations, and practical application in the use of the Stryker Evacuation Chair.
Session 1:

Date & Time:  Wednesday, February 18, 2015 @ 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Instructor (s):  Director of Campus Safety, Shirley Smith
Location:        CCCPLX 414

Session 2:
Date & Time:  Wednesday, February 18, 2015 @ 12-2 p.m.
Instructor (s):  Director of Campus Safety, Shirley Smith
Location:        CCCPLX 414

#4) Floor Marshal Training
Floor Marshals serve as a resource to provide safety and security information to other staff and students, during emergency situations. Floor marshals also to facilitate the safe evacuation of campus buildings and assist emergency first responders. This two hour Floor Marshall Training will provide participants with knowledge of their duties and actions to be followed during an emergency.

Date & Time:   Thursday, February 19, 2015 @ 2-4 p.m.
Instructor (s):  Director of Campus Safety, Shirley Smith
Location:        CCCPLX 414

Tips to Help Prevent Bicycle Theft

Bicycle theft has become a notable problem on college campuses, and Cypress College is no exception. Bicycles — and individual bicycle parts such as seats and “quick release” wheels — are in big demand for would be criminals. Every set of bike racks is currently covered by a security camera. These cameras have helped Campus Safety and local police capture suspects in the past. As the college explores additional ways to help reduce theft, we are sharing tips to limit the window of opportunity for would-be bicycle thiefs:

Secure Your Bicycle

➢ It has been found that in the vast majority of bicycle thefts, bicycles were unlocked, improperly locked, or locked with inadequate locking devices, such as lightweight cables or chains, or low-quality U-lock devices.

The following tips may be helpful to deter a perpetrator from committing theft:

✓ You should always lock your bicycle through the frame and both wheels to a bicycle parking rack, preferably a rack with a thicker frame.
✓ Lock all free parts of the bicycle as well, or take them with you. If you lock only the front wheel you may return to find only the front wheel.
✓ You should always carry a secure lock whenever you plan to leave your bicycle unattended.
✓ The “U”-shaped locks have proven to be the most effective; but, like all locks or chains, they can be defeated. Use a high-end “U”- shaped lock to reduce the chances of the lock being defeated. You should also exercise care in where and how you lock your bicycle.
✓ Leave your bicycle in a visible, well-lighted area. Avoid leaving your bicycle locked outside overnight.
✓ Always use designated bike racks rather than light poles, railings, benches, or other unsecured places. Suspects are often creative in their approach; if they are unable to steal the bike, they may try to take any valuable parts.

Report Theft

✓ Report the theft immediately to the Cypress College Campus Safety Department.
✓ Provide campus safety staff with the descriptive information, such as the serial number and license number, to increase the chance of recovery.
✓ Call Cypress College Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387

At this time, the Cypress College Campus Safety Department is seeking information related to recent bicycle thefts. These photographs depict potential suspects. If you have any information, please immediately contact the Cypress College Campus Safety Department at (714) 484-7387.

The Cypress College Campus Safety Department is seeking information related to recent bicycle thefts. These photographs depict potential suspects. If you have any information, please immediately contact the Cypress College Campus Safety Department at (714) 484-7387.

The Cypress College Campus Safety Department is seeking information related to recent bicycle thefts. These photographs depict potential suspects. If you have any information, please immediately contact the Cypress College Campus Safety Department at (714) 484-7387.

OC Register: Cypress College takes campus safety seriously

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The Orange County Register reported on Friday about the release of Cypress College’s 2014 Annual Safety and Security Report. The article, by Louis Casiano Jr. mentions the newly revised sexual assault policy and the campus’ active use of social media to keep students informed about safety-related information.

Casiano wrote:

The school recently released it annual safety report, showing 11 reported incidents on its main and Anaheim campuses last year, following 10 reported in 2012. That’s down considerably from the 20 incidents reported in 2011.

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College officials credit the high level of campus safety to proactive policing and school surroundings.

“We patrol the campuses frequently, and if students have issues and concerns, we try to assess those immediately,” said Shirley Smith, the director of campus safety.

The full OC Register article is available at: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/safety-638861-college-reported.html.

Great California ShakeOut on Thursday with 10 Million Participants

The Great California ShakeOut Drill, October 17, 2013. Cypress College annually participates in the ShakeOut.

The Great California ShakeOut Drill, October 17, 2013. Cypress College annually participates in the ShakeOut.

All members of the College community who are on campus will participate in drills at 10:16 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

More than 10 million Golden State residents — a new record — are participating in the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, October 16. All Cypress College employees and students will be among them, with two mandatory drills taking place on that day. The morning drill will begin at 10:16 a.m. A second drill will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Thirty Orange County colleges, universities and community college districts are registered for the 2014 ShakeOut, with a total of 226,943 participants.

Materials related to the drill are included on the Cypress College Emergency Preparation section of this site and in the October 10 edition of the @Cypress newsletter. These include instructions for viewing the synchronized drill video and talking points to be shared with students or staff in work areas at the time of the drills.

Unlike previous years, there will be no evacuations. Faculty are asked instead to play the earthquake video and to review with students the provided talking points. Managers are also expected to play the video and to review the materials with the staff and students in their areas of responsibility.

The campus will be testing multiple communication methods during the drills including: text, calling, social media (such as Facebook and Twitter), and broadcasts via radio, speaker phone, speakers, etc.

All employees on campus at the time of the drills are expected to participate in the drill exercise.

Your active participation helps the Cypress College community to be prepared for future incidents.

While no amount of preparedness can ensure a successful outcome in an emergency situation, not taking these steps almost certainly guarantees failure. Not only is emergency preparation our responsibility, but it is also mandated.

FINDING THE VIDEO
Visit the campus website and click on the “ShakeOut” icon or the link on the front page or visit http://news.cypresscollege.edu/wordpress/drills/ directly.
PLAYING THE VIDEO
On the drill page, you will see the heading “Live ShakeOut Broadcast” with a video box right below it. Click on the play button below the picture window.

Live ShakeOut Broadcast

Click to visit the Cypress College page on Ustream. This link is also ideal for mobile browsers.

Cypress College Releases Annual Safety and Security Report

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Cypress College’s 2014 Annual Security and Safety report is now available. The report meets the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act — which is intended to provide students and the public with access to information critical to their safety.

This year, the report contains a new section: Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment Guidelines. The change was made in response to new legislation.

The Campus Safety Department prepares this report annually to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies near our main campus and the North Orange County Community College District Office.

The report can be viewed at: http://news.CypressCollege.edu/Documents/2014-Annual-Safety-and-Security-Report.pdf. This year, the report is also being provided in digital book formats for popular devices, including Kindle, the iPhone, iPad, and Nook. Students were notified of its availability via the campus website, the myGateway portal, and the College’s social media properties.

If desired, paper copies of the report will be available through the Campus Safety Office.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private post secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are required to comply with it.

The law, originally enacted by Congress in 1990 as the Campus Security Act, was initiated by Howard and Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was tragically murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.

Great California ShakeOut on October 16

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Cypress College will be participating in the California Great Shakeout on October 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.  There will also be an evening earthquake exercise at 7:30 p.m.  This fall the drill will not include evacuation of buildings.

Participation is not optional for anyone on campus during the drill. Please mark your calendar and do not schedule tests, or interviews during the drill.

Currently, 9.4 million people are enrolled to participate in The Great California ShakeOut, the largest emergency-preparedness drill in the world.

The spring emergency drill is being planned for and coordinated with Cypress Police Department for Thursday February 26, 2015.

College Shares Safety Tips Following Suspicious Activity in Vacant Restroom

Safety Advisory

July 9, 2014

Earlier today a man was observed with a camera in a vacant women’s restroom on campus. While the incident itself is not a crime, it is a reminder that it is highly important to keep our personal safety at the front of our minds.

If you observe any suspicious activity, please contact Campus Safety immediately. Campus Safety can be reached at (714) 484-7387. It is advised to program this number into your cell phone so that it is readily available.

Here are some personal safety tips that are important to follow so that we can continue to maintain a safe campus:

  • Exercise caution when approaching or being approached by someone you don’t know.
  • Guard your identification, personal information and possessions.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Travel in groups or pairs, and in well-lit areas at night.
  • Report suspicious activity if you observe it.
  • Report incidents immediately.
  • Campus Safety is located on the first floor of the Business Building, with a well-marked entrance visible from Parking Lot #1.
  • Escorts to and from your vehicle are available by contacting Campus Safety.
  • Emergency phones are located in a number of places on campus; they ring directly to Campus Safety. Red emergency phones are located inside the buildings. Other “Code Blue” phones are outside and are identified with large blue lights (and on the campus map with a phone symbol).
  • If you feel there is an immediate threat, dial 911.

Non-emergency contact may be made via e-mail to ssmith@CypressCollege.edu.

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