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Preventing Crime

Crime on Campus:
LSCS policies prohibit disruption and obstruction of LSCS functions and activities, verbal threats, and behavior endangering the health or safety of any individual.

Disruptive behavior interferes with the educational environment or prevents normal work functions or activities. Examples include yelling, using profanity, or refusing reasonable requests for identification.

Threatening behavior includes physical actions short of actual contact or injury (e.g., moving closer aggressively), or oral or written threats to people or property (“I’ll get you,” “I’ll break it”), or implicit threats (“this isn’t over”).

Violent behavior includes any physical assault, with or without weapons; behavior a reasonable person would interpret as being potentially violent (e.g., throwing things, pounding on a desk or door) or specific threats to inflict physical harm (e.g., a threat to shoot someone).

You should report immediately when an individual is:
• Engaging in persistent, obsessive attention to others
• Intimidating, verbally abusing, harassing or mistreating others
• Engaging in stalking behavior
• Making threatening references to other incidents of violence
• Making threats to harm self, others or property
• Detailing specific proposed act(s) of disruption or violence
• Expressing feelings of revenge, or being wronged, humiliated, or degraded.

If you feel threatened or in danger you should:
• Find a way to excuse yourself; leave the room or area, and get help.
• Not mention the police if you fear an angry or violent response.
• Signal for assistance.
• Not isolate yourself with an individual you believe may be dangerous. Maintain a safe distance, do not turn your back, and stay seated, if possible. Leave a door open, open a closed door, or sit near the door.
• NEVER try to remove him/her from the area. An agitated individual who may respond with violence towards you may interpret even a gentle push or grabbing an arm as an assault.

Report all disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior to LSCS Police at X5911 or 281.290.5911 at any time or other campus representatives.

Be prepared to answer:
• Type of emergency
• Your telephone number
• Your name
• Your location and the location of the emergency (if different)
• A description of individuals, if applicable
• A description of vehicles, if applicable
• The responding person will discuss the course of action. If necessary, a follow-up will be conducted later.
• The LSCS Chief of Police will review all reports of campus violence for possible follow-up by the Campus Threat Assessment Team.

Crime prevention...ensuring the safety of the LSCS community is a group effort – we all must do our part. Be informed and get involved. When working, visiting, or attending classes on campus, keep in mind the following:

• Report any suspicious persons or activities to the Police Department X5911 or 281.290.5911.
• Do not prop open entrances to buildings or rooms.
• Clear your desk and computer of sensitive information and lock your work areas every time you leave.
• Report all maintenance problems to your campus Facilities.
• Use the escort services rather than walk alone at night.
• Be mindful of your surroundings.
• Report lost keys and access cards immediately.

Important Things That Can be Done to Reduce the Effects of an Emergency: 


• Make sure you have a support system in place. Create a “buddy system” that can help you prepare for a disaster, as well as during and after a disaster. Members of your support system, or “buddies”, can be classmates, staff, faculty, friends, and co-workers. They should be people you trust to determine if you need assistance. Your support-system members should know your capabilities and needs, and be able to help in a matter of minutes.

• Prepare your individual emergency plan. Create an emergency contact list (contact information for your doctors, emergency out-of-town contacts, and your support system) and a medical information list (name of medical provider, list of medications, allergies, and copies of health insurance card). Keep this information handy.

• Gather the supplies you will need before, during, and after an emergency. Your emergency supply kit should also include supplies specific to your disability (writing or hearing devices, additional medication, wheelchair, walker, etc.).

• Make sure your area is as safe as possible in the event of an emergency. One of the best ways to avoid possible injuries and stay safe, is to prepare your work area while on campus before an emergency (move furniture or other items that may block your escape route, keep a small flash light near you in case of power outage, and know where your personal belongings are at all times).

Reminder to Students and Faculty:
• DO NOT go to the campus unless told it is okay by school officials after an emergency. If you go to the campus, you may be putting yourself and others in danger.
• DO check your local TV or radio station (KTRH 740 AM), on the Internet at LoneStar.edu, or by calling 832.813.6500. If there is an emergency, the phone lines may become busy or needed for official business.
• DO listen and watch for announcement when on campus to ensure it is safe to move around.

BE READY!

Knowing what to do protects you and your family!

Campus Police Department Website


 


 

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