Safety and Security
Trenholm State Community College is committed to promoting safety via a proactive, multidisciplinary, coordinated, and objective approach to the prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, and management of situations that pose, or may pose a threat to the safety and wellbeing of our most important asset – PEOPLE (i.e., students, faculty, staff, and visitors).
Trenholm State is an institution entrusted to provide a safe, secure, and healthy learning environment for visitors, students, faculty, and staff who work and study on campus. TrenCAST (Crisis Assessment and Support Team) helps to achieve this environment for all. TrenCAST helps students experiencing academic, social and crisis situations including mental health concerns find resources on- and off- campus to success. This program allows members of the college community to report a concern for students who may benefit from services available on- and off- campus.
TrenCAST is dedicated to the success of students by stepping in to connect students to relevant resources and outside agencies. The team may have to communicate with the reporting party to accurately assess the needs of the student. The team may reach out to the student to understand his/her needs and develop a plan of action for his/her success.
When contacting Campus Security, provide the officer with the following information:
- Your location (In case you are disconnected)
- Your Name
- Phone Number
- Description of what is happening
- Is anyone injured?
- Physical description of offender
- Is offender is armed?
- If offender leaves - what direction?
Victim of Sexual Assault
In the event you or another person is the victim of sexual assault, it is important to remember details, follow procedures and notify the proper departments. The single most important thing a victim of rape or sexual assault can do is tell someone - the police, a friend, a medical professional, etc. Rape or sexual assault, whether by a stranger or someone you know, is a violation of your body, your trust and your right to choose. The following are recommended procedures to follow:
- Do not shower, wash or change your clothes.
- Do not brush your teeth.
- Preserve any evidence such as clothing, used condoms, towels, tissue or other items which may be useful for investigation purposes.
- If the incident occurs on campus, contact the Campus Security at Trenholm Campus (334) 604-9597, Patterson Campus (334) 604-8563, Library Tower (334) 604-9579. If the incident occurs off campus, contact 911.
- Victims may also contact other college officials such as the Student Services or the Dean to get assistance in notifying appropriate law enforcement and medical personnel.
- Seek medical attention immediately. Campus Security can assist in seeking medical attention. Also, local emergency medical services can be contacted by dialing 911.
- Seek counseling to assist with mental and emotional trauma. Information concerning counseling services available through various agencies can be obtained at Student Services.
- Family Sunshine Center is available for victims of sexual abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All services are free and confidential. Phone number: 334-263-0218 or 800-650-6522
Sexual Assault Violence Elimination Act
Victim Bill of Rights
- Complainants have the right to assistance by all faculty and staff inreporting allegations of harassment, abuse, physical violence, sexualviolence or intimidation.
- Complainants have the right in choosing the manner in which thecomplaint is filed.
- The complainant may report the crime to law enforcement.
- The complainant may request a school disciplinary inquiry.
- The complainant may choose both options.
- The complainant may choose not to report the incident.
- Complainants have the right to confidentiality when reportingallegations of harassment, abuse, physical violence, sexual abuse or intimidation.
- Complainants have the right to a thorough and professionalinvestigation that protects the rights of both the accused and the accuser.
- Complainants have the right to know that criminal sanctions include probation, fines,imprisonment or counseling.
- Victims have the right to know that school disciplinary sanctionsinclude probation, suspension, expulsion, counseling, termination of employment andban from college property.
- Complainants have the right to assistance in obtaining orders ofprotection, no contact orders and restraining orders concerning offenses that occur oncampus, when requested and when probable cause exists.
- Complainants have the right to know that there will not be a monetary charge for fillingcriminal or school disciplinary complaints.
- Complainants have the right to a prompt, fair, and impartialinvestigation, conducted by properly trained individuals conducted by officials whoreceive annual training.
- Accusers and accused have the right to simultaneous writtennotification of outcome at each stage in the process.
- Accusers and the accused both have the right to appeal code of conduct decisions.
- Complainants have the right to assistance with accommodationsregarding academic and work scheduling when requested andreasonably available; whether or not the offense was reported to law enforcement. Thelocation of the offense does not affect this right.
- Trenholm State Community College will not allow any form ofretaliation against a complainant for making an allegation ofharassment, abuse, physical violence, or intimidation.