Campus Security & Safety

Campus Security Policies and Procedures

Students are to report criminal actions and emergencies to the following entities in the following order of priority:

  1. 911 (if emergency)
  2. Campus Security Officer
  3. Vice President for Student Development (Al Depoutot)
  4. Resident Assistants (if in college residences)

An Incident Report Form will be completed by the student and the Vice President for Student Development.  This form details the incident, all involved parties, and follow-up actions.  It also includes any police reports related to the incident.

Warnings of criminal activity are carried out according to the college’s Emergency Response plan.  This plan includes using the college phone system for all-page functionality, using Resident Assistants to warn resident students, and following previously established routines for response.

All campus crime reports can be made to the Student Development office.  Al Depoutot, Vice President for Student Development, and Kathryn O'Farrell, Assistant to the VP for Student Development, may be contacted for reporting.  Immediate concerns can be reported to campus security officers.

Anonymous reporting can be made by leaving a voice message with Kathryn O'Farrell in the Student Development office, extension 317.

Campus Facilities

Campus security officers patrol grounds and inspect buildings between 4:00 pm and 5:00 am.  Access to buildings is locked down after 1:00 am.  Residence Halls have a dual-lock system that engages one lock at all times for keyed access to the floors and a second lock that can only be opened by security or from the inside after 1:00 am.

Maintenance of facilities includes maintaining functioning lock systems, adequate lighting and alarm systems.  Concerns over these issues can be addressed to Dave MacIntosh, Maintenance, and Al Depoutot, VP for Student Development.

Campus Law Enforcement

Campus security officers report all criminal activity and violations of campus rules and student life policies.  They can report vehicles for towing and question any and all individuals on campus as to their intent and purpose.  Campus security officers cannot make arrests and are not instructed to confront dangerous individuals or situations.  They are to call 911 immediately, as are individual students.  Campus security officers have contact information for all local emergency services and law enforcement agencies.

Campus Crime Awareness

Resident Assistants instruct students as to the emergency response and crime reporting procedures each semester.  Commuter students are directed to this document for a summary of procedures and contact persons.

Alcohol and Drug Use Policies

All college personnel (full- and part-time) and students are subject to local, state, and federal laws, as well as, regulations set forth by Trinity College of Florida pertaining to the use and distribution of drugs and alcohol.  Violation of these laws and regulations may result in suspension or permanent dismissal.

Trinity College of Florida prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances including drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as party to any of their activities.  Unlawful possession or distribution of such materials will result in fines and imprisonment, as determined by local, state, and federal laws, as well as disciplinary action by the College.

Any student or employee found to be taking part in any of the activities described above can expect disciplinary action, including possible expulsion or termination of employment and referral for legal prosecution. Other disciplinary action can include loss of privileges, suspension, and the requirement of a rehabilitation plan, as described in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Information on rehabilitation programs is available through the counseling office.  Upon completion of a rehabilitation program, the employee or student’s future with the College will be determined by the administration of Trinity College of Florida.

Trinity College will also provide, upon request, a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol plus information on drug or alcohol counseling, treatment or rehabilitation, or re-entry programs that are available to employees or students.

Any student engaged in these illegal activities will be ineligible for the Federal Pell Grant program.

All employees, as a condition of employment at Trinity College of Florida, will abide by the terms of the above statement and notify the employer in writing of his or her conviction for a violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace no later than 5 days after such a conviction.

Trinity College of Florida will notify the appropriate agency, in writing, within 10 calendar days of receiving notice from an employee or receiving actual notice of such a conviction.

Drug and alcohol abuse programs are available through campus counselors and are required for students who violate campus rules involving alcohol and drug use.

Sexual Assault

In the event of a sexual assault or crime, students should immediately contact law enforcement and the Vice President for Student Development or the Vice President for Business and Finance.  If a female staff member is desired, the Assistant to the VP for Student Development may be contacted.  Staff will assist the student in reporting to law enforcement, if desired.  All attempts to preserve physical and crime scene evidence should be made.  Counseling services are available through the office of Student Development with contracted counselors.  If requested, the College will change the victim's academic and living situation if reasonable.

Campus disciplinary processes will be followed in the event of a sexual offense.  The process, as detailed in the Student Handbook, allows for accused and accuser to have others present at all disciplinary proceedings and for both the accuser and accused to receive written notification of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding concerning alleged sex offenses.

Upon determination that a situation involved rape, acquaintance rape, or other forcible or non forcible sex offenses, the involved student may be expelled and will be referred to authorities for relevant legal proceedings, if applicable.

Sex Offender Database

Details on sexual offenders can be obtained from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website. 

Additional Information

Questions regarding campus crime and safety may be directed to Al Depoutot, Vice President for Student Development, or Rich Henricksen, Vice President for Business and Finance.

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