• Reporting Crime at CBC 

    Campus Security and Safety Measures   

    Coastal Bend College is an open campus. Students, faculty, staff, and citizens at large have access to the campus grounds, and when open to college facilities. The college does have a Department of Public Safety, but no District Police Department.  All CBC sites rely on local police departments and sheriff’s offices for law enforcement services.  Campus security may occasionally be available, but criminal acts that occur on CBC property must be reported to the local law enforcement authorities.

    As a community of concerned and caring people who want to study or work in an atmosphere that is enjoyable and rewarding, every student and employee must take responsibility for security and safety, both personally and collectively. For security measures to be effective, everyone’s support and awareness is needed.

    The following provide information on key processes to help maintain a safe environment.

    Reporting Campus Crime and Institutional Response 

    All faculty, staff, and students are to report any campus crimes to the local police via 911 if it an emergency or the telephone number for the police department if the problem or issue is not an emergency. Once police have been notified, the reporting party should make reasonable effort to contact The CBC Director of Public Safety or the CBC Site Director. If and when a person is or persons are identified and charged with the crime and those persons are CBC students, the Executive Dean of Student Services or designate, will initiate appropriate suspension when appropriate for the crime committed. All persons subjected to disciplinary proceedings shall be allowed the benefits of the due process procedure outlined in the Coastal Bend College Policy Manual. Victims of any crime of violence will have access to the institutional disciplinary proceedings against an alleged perpetrator of the crime if the accused party is a CBC student.

    Anonymous Reporting of Criminal Activity on Campus 

    Any student may anonymously report Campus crime by calling (361) 354-2338 and leave a message detailing the suspected criminal activity.   This information will then be provided to local law enforcement agencies for investigation.

    Reporting Unusual or Concerning Behaviors – Mental Health Issues 

    In a response to national concerns regarding at-risk behavior Coastal Bend College created  a  Behavior  Intervention  Team  (BIT)  designed  to  pro-actively  provide  early identification,  support,  and  intervention  for  CBC  students  and  employees  who  are deemed at-risk, with the goal of ensuring a safe environment for an optimal educational experience. If you are concerned about someone’s behavior please complete and submit a BIT reporting form. The form may be used by CBC faculty, staff, and students. Many times concerns are minor and may not amount to anything; however a series of small concerns reported by different people may require attention. Information on the BIT and on completing the form is at http://www.coastalbend.edu/bit/. In the case of an emergency, contact emergency personnel, campus directors, or the on-call BIT representative: Lupe Ganceres at lupegg@coastalbend.edu or 361-354-2712 as the situation permits.

    Emergency Notification System 

    Students are encouraged to participate in the college’s emergency notification system, so they may be advised in the event of an emergency or an important event. To receive notification by e-mail, telephone communication and/or   other methods such as text messaging, students may:

    go  to  the  CBC  website   www.coastalbend.edu  and

     login to  Campus  Connect  then   

    click  “Student  Information,”  then

    “Update  Demographic”  and

    “Emergency Notification Survey.”

    Emergency Procedures/Safety Plan 

    For emergency procedures, students may refer to the Coastal Bend College Safety Plan which is available on the CBC website at  www.coastalbend.edu under Public Safety.  The CBC Multi- Hazard Emergency Operations Plan is comprised of many individual safety plans. The following are some of the topics found covered by the CBC Safety Plan: Active Shooter Protocol; Aggressive or Violent Behavior; Emergency Action Plan; Emergency First Aid; Evacuation for Person with Disabilities; Explosive Devise Threat Procedures; Fire Drill Procedures; Fire Protection Plan; Hurricane Plan and Building Evacuation Routes.

    Crime Statistics 

    The Student-Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, as amended, requires colleges to share information concerning crime policies and statistics with students and employees. The complete set of crime statistics for Coastal Bend College can be viewed at the following web address: http://ope.ed.gov/security or on the CBC website.

    Institutional Response to Crime 

    CBC, in compliance with the Crime Awareness and Security Act of 1990, continuously collects statistics on campus/site crimes. An annual report is available to students and employees and is disseminated via the CBC Department of Public Safety and found on the Public Service link on the CBC website.