8024 - Public Safety and Emergency Management


Policy Statement

The Department of Public Safety at Washtenaw Community College is responsible for ensuring a safe and secure environment conducive to a quality educational experience.  WCC is committed to the safety and welfare of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus.

General Guidelines

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for campus law enforcement, safety and emergency management. The department is a fully functioning law enforcement agency with arrest powers and is comprised of Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certified campus resource officers and unarmed public safety service officers.

The Public Safety Department serves the College community in its efforts to prepare for, protect against, respond to and recover from the broad range of emergencies that may adversely impact our people, operations and environment. The College's Chief of Public Safety and Emergency Management meets the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommended requirements for an Emergency Manager.

In order to ensure the safety and security of the campus, the College strictly prohibits violent behavior.

Notwithstanding any other Board of Trustees policy to the contrary, no person, with the exception of duly authorized campus resource officers and duly authorized federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, may possess or store any weapon on property owned, leased, or controlled by the College. A weapon is defined as a knife, firearm, firework, explosive, or other lethal object. The President may grant exceptions to this rule under special circumstances, such as, but no limited to, the use of a weapon for instructional purposes for educational programming.

Adopted: September  2017

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