UPDATED — Timely Warning: Tech Ed 2 Evacuated, No Other Areas on Campus Affected

UPDATED FEB. 21, 1:05 PM

UPDATE: Members of the Cypress Police Department have completed their inspection of Cypress College’s Tech Ed 2 Building and determined that no threat exists. The building will re-open for students at 4 p.m. and classes will resume after that time. Classes in the building include Cypress College physical education and athletics courses as well as classes offered by the School of Continuing Education. Employees may re-enter the building at this time. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during the evacuation.

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Timely Warning

February 21, 2017

The Cypress College Tech Ed 2 building has been evacuated to evaluate a specific threat to the area. A College employee discovered a note this morning in the men’s locker room located in Tech Ed 2 specifying a threat to that building.

Officers from the Cypress Police Department and Campus Safety are conducting a sweep of the building. We anticipate Tech Ed 2 will be closed until 4 p.m. No other areas of campus are affected. Further notice regarding evening classes scheduled in Tech Ed 2 will be sent once we have more information.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

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

Timely Warning: Man Gropes, Attempts to Kiss Student

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February 6, 2017

UPDATE — RESOLUTION NOTICE: The suspect in the incident described below has been identified and in no longer a threat to the campus community. (Updated February 8, 2017.)

A female student reported that a man attempted to kiss her and then grabbed her breast while she was on the phone on the piazza level above the Student Activities Center late Monday morning.

The student described the suspect as a male in his late 30s, possibly 40s, of average height and possibly on the heavy side. He was wearing blue jeans and had brown, balding hair. Notably, the suspect was wearing a black jacket with red lining.

The student said she pushed the suspect away. She reported that he apologized and walked away with a limp.

Officers from Campus Safety and the Cypress Police Department conducted a search and were unable to locate anyone matching the description.

Campus Safety is continuing their investigation. Anyone with information about the incident or about the suspect should contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

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

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.

Timely Warning: Man Aggressively Attempts to Engage Student

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OFFICE OF CAMPUS COMMUNICATIONS

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November 30, 2015

A female student reported that a man aggressively attempted to engage her after he approached her asking for a donation to his organization. When she declined, he followed her around the pond as she attempted to walk away. The incident took place at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Monday.

The male followed the student from the area in front of Associated Students around the pond to the front of the Science, Engineering, and Math Building. During this time, he went from seeking a donation to telling the student how beautiful she was, and then escalating to cursing and calling her a liar, according to Campus Safety.

Campus Safety was unable to locate the suspect. He was described as African-American, approximately 5-foot-4, wearing a blue sweatshirt or jacket, grey pants, a black Jansport backpack, and a red-and-white baseball-style cap with writing on it.

The student was not harmed and she reported the incident to Campus Safety immediately. After follow-up investigation, the Campus Safety Department determined that the campus community would benefit knowing the details of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

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

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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Timely Warning: SCE Student at Cypress College Touched Inappropriately

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October 1, 2015

A female student of the North Orange County Community College District School of Continuing Education (SCE), located at Cypress College, reported that a male suspect touched her inappropriately.

The student immediately reported the incident to SCE and Cypress College Campus Safety as well as to the Cypress Police Department. She reported that the incident took place at the tables just east of the Technical Education III building at about 11 a.m. today. She reported that she was among a group of students who were discussing food when the conversation became sexually charged. Over the course of the conversation, the suspect grabbed the victim inappropriately on the buttocks three different times, even after the victim asked him to stop. The victim then hit him with a water bottle and walked away, immediately reporting the incident.

The suspect was described as an African American male, in his 20s, 5′ 7″, short hair.

This incident is now under the investigation of the Cypress Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call 714.229.6631. While this is believed to be an isolated incident, anyone who believes they are a victim of a similar incident should immediately contact Campus Safety or the Cypress Police Department.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 714.484.7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Timely Warning: Man Aggressively Grabs Female Student’s Arm

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September 30, 2015

A female student reported that a male aggressively grabbed her arm and yanked her as she walked across campus on Tuesday evening. The student pulled away and was able to leave the area unharmed. She reported the incident to Campus Safety and Cypress Police were immediately notified. After follow-up investigation, the Campus Safety Department determined that the campus community would benefit knowing the details if the incident.

This series of images shows the person believed to be involved in an incident in which a female student was forcefully grabbed.
This series of images shows the person believed to be involved in an incident in which a female student was forcefully grabbed.

On September 29, 2015, at approximately 5:35 p.m., the victim stated that she was walking from the L/LRC, through the Student Center, near the Campanile. She reported that as she entered Tech Ed 1, she heard a male voice in her right ear near.  She stated that the subject had approached her quickly from behind, but she did not observe him prior to opening the door at Tech Ed I.  The victim stated that the subject began to ask her questions such as “what is your name? Where are you going?” and then he stated “your hair is beautiful.”

The victim stated, she continued up the stairs then the subject sped up alongside her and continued asking her, “where are you going?”  The victim stated the subject then grabbed her left arm in the stairwell and tried to pull her towards him,  but she jerked away quickly and commanded him: “let me go.” She said she then continued up the stairs and pretended to go into the first classroom.  The victim stated the subject went downstairs and she observed him on South-side of the lobby of Tech Ed 1. The victim stated when the suspect was on the south side of the building she quickly went down the stairwell and out the north doors.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

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

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: http://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.