Timely Warning: Second Report of Person with a Camera in Women’s Restroom

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Timely Warning

February 11, 2015

A female student reported to Campus Safety that someone with a camera entered the women’s restroom on the third floor of the Business Building. Although the incident took place between 4-4:10 p.m., it was reported to Campus Safety at about 5 p.m.

The student said that she observed a camera above the top of the bathroom-stall frame. The person was wearing blue shoes. A similar incident in the same area was reported on February 2. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact Campus Safety.

Campus Safety can be reached at (714) 484-7387. Every member of the campus community should program this number into their mobile phones so it is handy.

Students are reminded that activity that appears to be suspicious should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police.

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.
  • 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 in the Business Building, with an entrance 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 and are identified on the campus map with a phone symbol.
  • If you feel there is an immediate threat, dial 911.

NOTE: View this document in PDF format.

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

Timely Warning: Man with Camera Reported in Women’s Restroom

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OFFICE OF CAMPUS COMMUNICATIONS

Timely Warning

February 2, 2015

A female student reported to Campus Safety that someone attempted to photograph her while she was inside a restroom stall. The incident was reported to have taken place at approximately noon today (February 2, 2015), on the third floor of the Business Building.

The student said that she was using the restroom when someone reached under the stall door holding a black phone with red accents in his hand. The student confronted the unknown male and scared him off. The student composed herself and returned to class before searching the area with two friends. The incident was reported to Campus Safety at about 2:15 p.m.

In addition to the camera phone, suspect was described as fair complected, and reported to be wearing black-and-white Vans shoes and beige jeans. Because no shirt sleeves were seen when the male reached under the door, it is believed he was wearing a short-sleeve shirt. The incident was immediately reported to the Cypress Police Department.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Campus Safety and or Cypress Police immediately.

Campus Safety can be reached at (714) 484-7387. Every member of the campus community should program this number into their mobile phones so it is handy. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Cypress Police Department at (714) 229-6600.

Students are reminded that activity that appears to be suspicious should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police.

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.
  • 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 in the Business Building, with an entrance 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 and are identified on the campus map with a phone symbol.
  • If you feel there is an immediate threat, dial 911.

NOTE: View this document in PDF format.

[Updated] Timely Warning: Student Reports Cab Driver Inappropriately Touched Her

Update: At 6:45 p.m. on January 8, the Cypress Police Department informed Cypress College that an arrest has been made in this case.

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OFFICE OF CAMPUS COMMUNICATIONS

Timely Warning

January 8, 2015

A student of the North Orange County Community College District School of Continuing Education (SCE), located at Cypress College, reported that a taxi cab driver who had brought her to campus 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 said the incident took place in Parking Lot #4 at about 8 a.m. today as she was paying the cab driver. She reported that the man grabbed her breast from outside the clothes and asked her to kiss him. The driver was described as middle eastern, 6’-4”, 200 LBS, approximately 52 years old.

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 crime should immediately contact Campus Safety or the Cypress Police Department.

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.¬

NOTE: A PDF version of this report is also available at: http://news.CypressCollege.edu/Documents/2015-CC-Timely-Warning-20150108.pdf

Timely Warning: Student Reports Lewd Behavior in Library

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PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE

 Timely Warning

 

UPDATE: November 18, 2014 (please see the bottom of this post)

November 14, 2014

On Thursday evening, a female student reported to Campus Safety that a male student apparently engage in lewd behavior in front of her while the two were in the College Library. The suspect, for which no description is available, quickly left the building when confronted.

The female student reported to Campus Safety that the incident took place near the restrooms. She also stated that he had been staring at her and acting strangely during the several hours she was using the library. The behavior was disturbing enough to her that the surreptitiously made a video recording of him.

The incident is being investigated.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to leave any situation that makes them uncomfortable and then immediately report the behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.­ Students are also encouraged to sign up for text messaging notifications in the myGateway portal by logging in at http://mg.nocccd.edu.

View this report as a pdf file.

UPDATE: The situation described in this report has been resolved in a positive manner. While it is reasonably believed that no continuing threat exists, we encourage members of the campus community to remain aware of their surroundings at all times and to immediately report inappropriate behavior.

Timely Warning: Threats Made to Campus Employee

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PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE

Timely Warning

November 14, 2014

 An unknown suspect has left a series of notes threatening the personal safety of a Cypress College employee. The College is asking the campus community to be observant and to report any unusual activity. The notes were left in the employee’s work area, all at times when the office was secured, but unattended.

The Cypress Police Department is investigating three separate incidents in which the threatening notes were left for the employee. The Campus Safety Department is also reviewing surveillance video.

The first note was left on the morning of Friday, November 7. Notes were also left for the employee on the morning of Friday, November 14, and again that afternoon. The notes were directed at the employee, contained a specific threat of harm, and used hate speech.

Students and employees are reminded that suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.­ Students are also encouraged to sign up for text messaging notifications in the myGateway portal by logging in at http://mg.nocccd.edu.

View this report as a pdf file.

 

 

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.