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Dial (509) 475-7040 for immediate assistance - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For general security questions and concerns, dial (509) 533-3555.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 AM- 5:00 PM

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Lost and Found

The central lost and found for the campus is located in the Student Union Building (SUB), Building 17, Room 117 in the Student Funded Programs Office - (509) 533-3553.

Additional Information

More security literature can be obtained from the Office of Campus Safety in the Student Union Building (SUB) Building 17, Room 125.

The Office of Campus Safety is in Building 17, Room 125 (Area 16 on the Student Union Building map). Our office is open Monday - Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During regular business hours we can be reached at (509) 533-3555, or afterhours/weekends at (509) 475-7040.

Vision Statement

The Office of Campus Safety will accomplish our mission though a philosophy that utilizes partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the conditions giving rise to our community’s security/safety issues. We will provide those services in a in a professional and courteous manner, demonstrating dignity, compassion and respect for all. We are committed to:

  • A professional presence that creates a visible deterrent and responsive service
  • Being engaged in the daily operations of our colleges/units
  • Forming effective partnerships with our internal and external community members
  • Seeking to understand our community’s environment/issues/needs through effective scanning, data analysis, observation and professional techniques
  • Proactively solving problems by working with our community stakeholders to prevent security/safety concerns

Mission Statement

The mission of the CCS Office of Safety and Security is to provide a safe and secure education and work environment for our students, faculty and staff through professional, visible, responsive and innovative services; the prevention of crime and unsafe conditions; and the effective management of emergency situations.

Student Conduct Code

It is expected that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the CCS community; that they will observe the standards of conduct, respect the rights, privileges and property of other members of the academic community, and will not interfere with legitimate college business appropriate to the pursuit of academic goals. Please refer to the Washington Administrative Codes website for information about the standards of conduct that students must abide by: WAC 132Q-30 Standards of Conduct for Students.

BIT

It is EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY to report observed student behavior that gives cause for concern. SFCC is committed to the health and safety of its faculty, staff and students and to maintaining a safe environment in which they may work and learn. Therefore, any student behavior that causes concern on campus or in the classroom should be reported to the SFCC Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). Simply complete the BIT Referral Report form and email it to BIT@spokanefalls.edu. For more information about the BIT team, visit the BIT website.

Weapons on Campus

No college personnel, student or guest shall carry, transport within a vehicle or otherwise possess any weapon, explosive device, hazardous chemicals or any other hazardous device such as knives on any college campus or other district property except for use in an authorized college activity with express authorization from the chief executive of the campus or an authorized designee.

Alcohol on Campus

Possession or consumption of alcohol by persons under the age of 21 is not permitted on campus. Selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21 is also not permitted on campus. Campus Alcohol policies and guidelines must be met before any alcohol-related event may be permitted.

Minor in Possession of Alcohol is a misdemeanor offense; if convicted it may have a negative effect on certain job requirements or opportunities.

Drugs on Campus

The use or sale of any illegal or controlled substances is prohibited. SFCC has a zero tolerance policy in regards to any drug-related issue. The following is a partial list of illicit drugs considered to be controlled substances by the state of Washington (CH.69.50):

  • Narcotics (opium and cocaine, and all drugs extracted, derived, or synthesized from opium and cocaine, including crack cocaine and heroin)
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
  • Barbiturates
  • Hallucinogenic substances (LSD, peyote, mescaline, psilocybin, PCP, THC, MDA, STP)

Table of Contents


Sex Offender Notification

The SFCC Security Department, maintains records of sex offenders who have been brought to the attention of the Security Department by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office maintains an online registry of Level 2 and 3 sex offenders who are registered to live in Spokane County. You can search for offenders by Zip Code or by an offender's name.

Using this public information to threaten, intimidate or harass sex/kidnap offenders will not be tolerated. This abuse could potentially terminate our ability to release this important information to the public.

Sex offenders (includes kidnappers), Levels I, II, & III, are required by law to register with the county sheriff in the county where they reside. The law requires that they also inform the county sheriff if they register for school. The county sheriff, in turn, is required to notify the school that the sex offender has registered to attend the school. These notifications are intended to inform rather than create panic.

Notifications of sex offenders enrolling in Community Colleges of Spokane are received from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department and are sent to the campus vice presidents for student services, where they are placed in binders and are available for viewing. Notifications are also published in the campus newspapers.

The campus Vice Presidents make decisions based on the offender’s profile regarding restrictions, if any, which may be imposed on this student.

The SFCC Security Department considers the protection of our community from sex offenders to be of significant importance. The objective of the 1990 Community Protection Act was to provide adequate notice to the community concerning sex offenders who are, or will be attending, working or residing on the campus, and to assist our community members in developing constructive plans to prepare themselves and their children for residing near released sex offenders.

Information that is relevant and necessary to protect the public and to counteract the danger created by a particular offender is released pursuant to RCW 4.24.550.

The extent and content of the disclosure of relevant and necessary information shall be related to:

  • The risk posed by the offender to the community
  • The location where the offender resides, intends to reside, is regularly found, or is employed
  • The needs of affected community members for information that is necessary to protect their interests and safety

The manner and mode of dissemination is restricted by the standards set forth by the legislature and interpreted by the Washington State Supreme Court in State v. Ward, 123 Wn. 2d 488, (1994) and its progeny.

Purpose of Notification

An informed public is a safer public. Notification is not intended to increase fear. Unless restricted by a court order, sex/kidnap offenders are constitutionally permitted to live wherever they choose. The legislature has determined that the purpose of the Community Protection Act of 1990 is "to assist law enforcement agency's efforts to protect their communities" by providing relevant and necessary information.

The Department of Corrections, the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, and the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board are required to classify all sex offenders released from their facilities into levels of risk (low, moderate, or high). These agencies then issue to appropriate law enforcement agencies narrative notices regarding the pending release of sex offenders. The narrative notices describe the identity and criminal history behavior of the offender and shall include a risk level classification for the offender. Upon receiving a narrative notice, local law enforcement agencies review all available information and assign risk-level classifications to all sex offenders about whom information will be disseminated for the purpose of community notification.

What Are the Different Sex Offender Levels and What Do They Mean?

Level I

The vast majority of registered sex offenders are classified as Level 1 offenders. They are considered at low risk to re-offend. These individuals may be first time offenders and they are usually known by their victims. They normally have not exhibited predatory type characteristics and most have successfully participated or are participating in approved treatment programs. Level I offenders MAY NOT be the subject of general public notification.

Washington State Law strictly limits public disclosure of all Level I Registered Sex Offender information. Information shall be shared with other law enforcement agencies and, upon request, relevant, necessary and accurate information may be disclosed to any victim or witness to the offense and to any individual community member who lives near the residence where the offender resides, expects to reside, or is regularly found. Level I offenders MAY NOT be the subject of general public notification.

In order to receive specific information about these offenders, you must meet certain criteria. SFCC Security Department will disclose Level I Sex Offender information upon request, to any community member who resides near an offender.

Level II

Level 2 offenders have a moderate risk of re-offending. They generally have more than one victim and the abuse may be long term. These offenders usually groom their victims and may use threats to commit their crimes; they have a higher likelihood of re-offending than the Level 1 offenders. They are considered a higher risk to re-offend, because of the nature of their previous crime(s) and lifestyle (drug and alcohol abuse and other criminal activity). Some have refused to participate or failed to complete approved treatment programs. Typically these individuals do not appreciate the damage they have done to their victims.

Washington State Law Prohibits the Public Disclosure of Level II Registered Sex Offenders except under specific criteria. Level II notifications including relevant, necessary and accurate information may be disclosed to public and private schools, child day care centers, family day care providers, businesses and organizations that serve primarily children, women or vulnerable adults, and neighbors and community groups near the residence where the offender resides, expects to reside, or is regularly found. Level II offenders MAY NOT be the subject of general public notification.

Level III

Level 3 offenders are the greatest risk to the community. Most are predatory, have other violent crime convictions, refused treatment and are known substance abusers. Community notification is the most extensive.

Washington State Law permits notifications about Level III offenders that include relevant, accurate and necessary information. This information MAY BE disclosed to the public at large.

SFCC Smoking Policy

Smoking on SFCC Campus Permitted in Designated Areas Only

SFCC is embracing a student initiative to remove the use of tobacco from the heart of the campus. Smoking shelters and other designated smoking areas have been relocated to the perimeter of the campus. Please join in supporting this campus initiative by utilizing the designated areas.

Beginning January 2, 2013:

  • Individuals observed smoking outside of the designated smoking areas (see map below) are subject to a smoking citation.
  • Tobacco in its non-smoking form, i.e. "chew", is also restricted on campus. (WAC 132Q-30-231)
  • Vapor smoking devices, i.e. "E-Cigarettes" are also included in the initiative. (WAC 132Q-30-231))
  • Marijuana, although now deemed "legal" (I-502) in Washington State, is still prohibited on the SFCC campus. The restrictions on marijuana use, in any form, is similar to the restrictions regarding the use of alcohol. Alcohol consumption and use is legal in the state of Washington, but CCS restricts its use and possession on campus facilities. In addition, the new marijuana law is not consistent with Federal law; therefore SFCC must conform to Federal rules or risk losing Federal financial aid funding. WAC 132Q-30-228 and 230)

A support program is available for students who would like assistance with quitting smoking. Details can be obtained from the Vice President of Student Services office, Building 30, Room 223.

Thanks for your patience as SFCC makes this transition.

Smoking areas without shelters:

  • Northeast of Building 24 in P7
  • West corner of P14 (east side of campus)
  • West of Building 18

Smoking shelters:

  • East of Building 11
  • Southeast of Building 5
  • Southwest of Building 7
  SFCC Campus Smoking Areas

The Spokane Falls Community College office of Campus Safety employs a variety of safety professionals including campus security officers who have received special commissions from the Spokane Police Department, SFCC Work Study Students who perform additional security and parking duties, as well as contract security personnel who support SFCC campus safety and security as needed.

Select the e-mail link to send an e-mail. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

Web Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
  Daniels, McCall (509) 533-3555 17-125 McCall.Daniels@sfcc.spokane.edu
  DeMello, Kenneth (509) 533-3407 17-127 Kenneth.DeMello@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Dunbar, Jovonna (509) 533-3554 17-125 Jovonna.Dunbar@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Merrill, Jamie (509) 533-3555 17-125 Jamie.Merrill@spokanefalls.edu
  Rowatt, Mitchel (509) 533-3555 17-125 Mitchel.Rowatt@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Waite, Joshua (509) 533-3558 17-127 Joshua.Waite@sfcc.spokane.edu
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Students that qualify for state or federal work study may apply to work directly with the office of campus safety. There are two starting positions for qualified students: Parking Enforcement and Student Security.

Parking Enforcement Officers

Parking Enforcement Officers patrol the campus parking lots and issue citations as necessary.

Student Security Officers

Student security officers provide all aspects of campus security: parking control, incident response, incident reports, traffic control, jump starts and unlocks, safety escorts, and assisting police in the event of an emergency.

Promotion and Advancement

Based on longevity, evaluations, and recommendations, work study students in the Office of Campus Safety can earn promotions, awards, special training opportunities, and advancements.

Safety Escort Service

The program’s intent is to get students, faculty and/or staff safely to their destinations on during the hours of darkness. This escort service is limited to the availability of security officers so it is best to pre-plan your departure after dark. Avoid secluded areas, call home or your destination to let someone know you are leaving and the route you plan to take, and always try to walk in groups or pairs.

Call (509) 475-7040 for assistance.

Jump Starts & Unlock Service

These services are provided free of charge to students, staff, faculty, administration, and guests of SFCC. While our staff is trained on these services, not all vehicles are possible to jump start or unlock, so SFCC cannot claim any service guarantees. SFCC is not responsible for any damage caused during the administration of these services and the owner of the vehicle must sign a liability waiver prior to service. The Campus Safety Office reserves the right to refuse service based on vehicle type, special equipment, weather conditions, or officer unavailability.

Call (509) 475-7040 for assistance.

Building Access

Buildings are open for students, staff, faculty and administration during the week during normal business hours. Specified buildings and rooms will be open after hours or on weekends for special events. Students may not remain in locked areas before or after business hours unless security is notified ahead of time by a faculty, staff, or administrative advisor.

Call (509) 475-7040 for assistance.

Building Hours of Operation
For Campus Event and Bowling Alley scheduling, contact Mike Lynch at (509) 533-4195.

Spokane Community Resource Guide

Phone Numbers
Emergencies 911
24-hour security assistance (509) 475-7040
Security/Parking Enforcement Office (509) 533-3555
Crime Check (509) 456-2233
Spokane Crime Reporting Center (509) 532-9266
Crisis Hotline First Call For Help (Voice) (509) 838-4428
Crisis Hotline First Call For Help (TDD) (509) 624-0004
Crisis Hotline Alternatives to Domestic Violence (509) 326-2255
Spokane Sexual Assault Center (509) 624-7273
Poison Center 1-800-732-6985
Poison Center TDD 1-800-572-0638

Parking Information

The State of Washington requires campus parking operations to be self-supported. Consequently, Community Colleges of Spokane has chosen to fund parking operations through the sale of permits and the collection of fines and forfeitures. This is the most commonly used method for funding parking at community colleges. This transfers the costs of parking lot construction, lighting, maintenance, and enforcement directly to the users, including college personnel and students. Another common method is through a per-credit fee added onto tuition. CCS has elected not to use this method at this time because both users and nonusers of parking lots would be assessed the fee.

Parking Citation Schedule
Disabled Parking Parking without a valid disabled parking permit $250.00
General Infraction Parking in an unauthorized area
Parking against the flow of traffic
Encroaching on the adjacent parking stall
$30.00
Moving Violation Violation of posted speed limit $40.00
Research Fee Registered vehicle owner research fee $20.00

Parking Permit Information
Annual Permit Available to students and employees $79.90
Quarterly Permit Available to students and employees $22.80

Daily permits are available for a fee at the parking lot kiosks in P-3 and P-9 and also in the cashier's office and bookstore.

Metered parking is available in parking lots P-3, P-4, P-6, P-7, P-9, P-15, P-20 and curbside along Elliott and Custer Drives.

Visitor Parking Permits

Campus Map

Anyone parking on campus is required to either park at a paid meter or must have a current permit clearly displayed. Meters are located in lots P-6, P-7, P-9 near Bldg 18, P-20 (Magnuson) and along Elliott street parallel to the Early Learning Center. These meters allow for up to 2 hours of parking, at the rate of $.50/hour. Daily visitor permits are available for purchase in the P-3 or P-9 parking kiosk, the cashier’s office, or the campus bookstore. Day permits are $3.00 and allow the holder to park in Student or Faculty parking spaces.

WAC 132Q-20-040 - Permits required for vehicles on campus

Parking Permits

Parking your vehicle on campus requires the purchase of a parking permit. Permits may be purchased daily, quarterly or annually from the Cashiers, located on the lower concourse of the Student Union Building. Day permits are also available in the bookstore, or from the kiosk machine (cash only) located in lot P-3 or P-9. A parking permit is required for all class days and hours that occur from 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday Consult our Campus Map for lots designated for student parking. Disability parking for permanent or temporary disability is available.

Consult our Campus Map for lots designated for student parking. Disability parking for permanent or temporary disability is available. SFCC enforces its Vehicle and Parking Regulations; violations will incur fines.

Parking Laws and WAC codes

All drivers on CCS property are required to following all applicable Washington Administrative Codes (WAC). Citations are issued to individuals who do not comply.

WAC 132Q-20-010

Pursuant to the authority granted by RCW 28B.50.140(10), the board of trustees of Community Colleges of Spokane can make rules and regulations for pedestrian and vehicular traffic on property owned, operated or maintained by the college district. The rules and regulations contained in this chapter pertain to all students, college personnel, and visitors who use district facilities unless exempted by the chancellor/CEO of the district.

Frequently Asked About WAC Codes

All stop signs, regulatory signs, speed limit signs and any other designated CCS signs must be obeyed at all times.

Parking permit MUST be visible unless in metered parking spaces. Quarterly and annual permits are available for purchase at the cashier's office. Daily permits are available for purchase at the bookstore, cashier's office or the parking kiosk (cash only) located in P-3 or P-9. Permits must be clearly displayed in the vehicle.

Metered parking requires no parking permit, but payment is required.

To park in a disabled space, a disability placard or license plate AND current campus permit or guest permit must be visible.

Students must park between yellow lines.

Faculty parking spaces have white lines.

Do not park in any spots painted with solid hash marks.

Vehicles must be parked WITH the flow of traffic.

Motorcycles and other motorized two- or three-wheeled vehicles must have a valid campus permit or a current day pass and must park in a valid parking space.

No motorized vehicles, bicycles, skateboards, etc. may be driven or ridden on campus sidewalks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do students and/or staff have a grace period the first two weeks of the quarter or is there any grace period to buy their parking permits?

A: No, there is no grace period. Enforcement of parking rules and regulations will begin the first day of Fall quarter and will continue until the start of the following Fall quarter. (WAC 132Q-20-240) As a reminder, quarterly parking permits become available for sale up to six weeks prior to the beginning of any quarter.

Q: Can I park my vehicle at the meters on campus?

A: Yes, metered parking is available to anyone who wishes to park there, as long as the meter is paid.

Q: What should I do if my permit is not in the vehicle I parked on campus?

A: If you have a permit but do not have it with you, the Office of Campus Safety may issue a temporary pass. Otherwise, you can park at a paid meter for up to two hours or purchase a day pass in the Cashier's office, bookstore, or at the parking kiosks in P-3 or P-9.

Q: Is it okay to back into a parking space or park against the flow of traffic?

A: No, all vehicles must follow all traffic markings. In spaces that are marked for diagonal parking, vehicles are to be parked at a 45-degree angle, facing inward. (WAC 132Q-20-140)

Q: Can students ever park in faculty parking?

A: Yes, students may use faculty parking on a first-come basis after 5:00 p.m. (WAC 132Q-20-150)

Q: If I receive a parking citation and want to dispute the citation, what can I do?

A: Students, employees and guests can appeal a citation by going to the website shown in the bottom, right-hand corner of the citation to complete an appeal.

Q: If I have a group of people I am inviting to campus for an event, how do they get a parking pass?

A: All visitors can park at a paid meter for up to two hours or purchase a day pass in the Cashier's office, bookstore, or at the parking kiosks in P-3 or P-9.

Parking Services at SFCC

Vehicle Booting
The community Colleges of Spokane Office of Campus Safety may affix a vehicle immobilization device (commonly known as the "boot") to any vehicle parked on campus found in violation of any of the following criteria:
  • 1 unpaid parking citation on a vehicle with an out-of-state license plate and the owner is unknown
  • 3 unpaid citations on an account or the equal dollar amount of 3 minimum fines
  • 3 citations issued to a vehicle in 5 academic days
  • At the direction of the President of SCC or designee
For the boot to be removed, the following must happen:
  1. A removal fee of $30.00 and all outstanding fines would have to be paid at the Cashier's Office
  2. Proof of payment would then be provided to the Office of Campus Safety and the boot would be removed
    • If the Cashier's Office is closed, the offender may sign a contract agreeing to pay the fee and all fines within one business day
    • If the offender does not pay the fee and fines in full within one business day, the vehicle will again become "boot eligible"
    • If the offender's vehicle is booted a second time prior to paying the fee and fines, an additional $50 fee will be assessed for the second boot removal
If the fees/fines are not paid within 24 hours of receiving the boot, the vehicle may be towed at the owner's expense. For information about the college's rights regarding the use of vehicle boots, please see the following resources:

All college personnel and students should immediately report any crime, suspicious circumstance/person or emergency to the Office of Campus Safety. Other departments or authorities will be notified as necessary.

When to contact security:
  • If you are a victim of a crime that has occurred on campus
  • If you see a suspicious activity or a suspicious vehicle on campus
  • If you have information about a theft of property
  • If you have been involved in an auto accident or have witnessed one
  • If you smell or see smoke/flames or fumes inside a building
  • Self-Defense Demonstration
  • If you have been injured and/or need first aid
  • If you notice any other safety or security related problems
If you are being followed:
  • Change your direction or cross the street
  • Keep looking back so the person knows you can’t be surprised
  • Go to a well-lighted area, such as a classroom, office or library, anywhere there are people
  • Notice and remember as much as possible about the person so you can give a good description
  • At night, walk with someone; there is safety in numbers
  • Report anything suspicious to campus security or the police

Vehicle Safety

Stop the Hate

When parking your vehicle: LOCK – TAKE – HIDE

  • LOCK your car
  • TAKE your keys
  • HIDE your belongings
When returning to your vehicle:
  • Don’t walk alone
  • Check the immediate area around you
  • Watch for traffic
  • Have your keys in your hand
  • Check the front and back of your vehicle before getting inside
  • Once inside, lock your doors

Sexual Assault

Community Colleges of Spokane is aware of the growing occurrence of sexual assault, including acquaintance/date rape. All members of the college community are encouraged to follow standard crime prevention practices such as locking their motor vehicles, parking and walking in well-lighted areas, and being aware of the people and surroundings around them. Students and employees are encouraged to attend educational programs concerning awareness and the prevention of sex offenses, including acquaintance/date rape, both on and off campus. Community Colleges of Spokane offers information and referral for victims of sexual assault. Victims of sexual assault on any district-owned or leased facility are encouraged to report the incident as soon as possible to a college official, through the normal security procedures, as well as to local law enforcement authorities.

What to do if you are Sexually Assaulted

Get to a safe place and call the police (911) immediately, especially if the assailant is nearby.

Get medical attention immediately. The primary purpose of a medical examination is to check for physical injury, the presence of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy as a result of the assault. The secondary purpose of a medical examination is to aid in the police investigation and legal proceedings. Do not bathe or douche until you have a medical examination.

Save your clothing. It is all right to change clothes, however save what you were wearing and place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag and save for the police. Your clothing could be used as evidence for prosecution.

Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to report the incident to the police, seek medical attention and use the resources of the Sexual Assault Center and Lutheran Social Services at (509) 747-8224 or (509) 624-RAPE (24-hour crisis line).