• General Safety Information

    Personal Safety Responsibilities

    All members of the Del Mar College community have a responsibility for personal safety. The College actively seeks to maintain a safe environment. Each person must take precautions for his or her own safety. Students should do whatever possible to abide by the College's safety efforts.

    Members of the Del Mar College community have a responsibility to bring to the attention of College authorities any criminal activity or safety hazards on campus. This action assists officials in making Del Mar College a safer place. College officials can determine whether to investigate the matter or to involve the Corpus Christi Police Department. College officials respond to safety needs in an appropriate fashion, such as providing better lighting in dark areas of the campus.

    Drug Free/Weapon Free

    The College has designated itself as a drug free/weapon free institution. Students are reminded that the Texas concealed handgun law prohibits possession of such weapons in any educational institution. College policy prohibits the use, sale, distribution, or possession of alcoholic beverages, drugs, or controlled substances while on College property or at any authorized activity sponsored by or for any College-related organization, whether on or off the campus. The Standards of Student Conduct are found both in the Catalog and in the Student Handbook and Calendar.

    Violators may be expelled from classes and violations reported to the Corpus Christi Police Department.

    The College has designated all its buildings as smoke free. The College's smoking policy applies to all employees, students, and the general public. Del Mar College has policies prohibiting weapons on College property. Violators may be expelled from classes and violations reported to the Corpus Christi Police Department (per Board Policy B7.13.4.13 and B7.13.5.5).

    Common Crimes on Campus

    The most common crimes on campus involve the theft of books or personal items which are unattended or unsecured. Portable items, especially those that are easily sold, are popular targets. Please make every effort to protect your belongings. Be especially careful of securing your automobile.

    Del Mar College is an open, public campus and does not seek to limit public access. As such, the College is not immune to crimes that occur throughout Corpus Christi. The College will provide regular safety seminars for students and employees. These will be announced ahead of time in campus publications.

    Where to Report Crime

    Crimes on the East Campus should be reported to the Campus Security Station (698-1199 for emergencies or 698-1946 for non-emergencies) or to the Office of the Vice President of Student Development (698-1277) located in Room 235 on the second floor of the Harvin Student Center. The College has a 24-hour Campus Security Station at Naples and Kosar streets in the Physical Facilities Office. Crimes in progress must be reported immediately. Students should dial 911 if a major crime is in Numbers reported through Dec. 31, 2009

    Current campus security statistics may also be found for Del Mar College and other institutions at the Web site of the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. Please click here.

    Confidentiality is protected for persons reporting potential criminal acts to the Director of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management at (361) 698-1641.

    Del Mar College employs Guardsmark for campus patrol and enforcement of Del Mar College policies on public safety and security. The College requests that any crimes be reported promptly to the Del Mar College Security Office at 698-1199 (emergency) or 698-1946 (non-emergency). The Security Office will then contact the Corpus Christi Police Department through the appropriate channels. Other appropriate State or Federal law enforcement officials will be contacted when appropriate.

    The College also employs off-duty Corpus Christi Police Officers to assist with issues of a criminal nature, to make arrests, and to maintain a direct link with the Corpus Christi Police Department.

    Fliers are circulated during registration for each semester to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices to encourage responsibility for personal and community safety.

    If student organizations which are officially recognized by the College are involved in activities at off-campus locations, information on criminal activity for those locations will be collected through Del Mar College Security and Corpus Christi Police Department or the jurisdictional police department of locations outside Corpus Christi, Texas.progress and then contact Del Mar College authorities at extension 1199.

    Emergency and Assistance call boxes, mounted on light poles or in free-standing blue pedestals, may be used to request help during an emergency, to request personal escorts, or for any assistance or information needed. The call boxes are located on both the East and West Campuses, as well as the Del Mar College Annex. For current locations in these areas, please call (361) 698-1946 day or night. When using a call box, be prepared to state your name, location and the nature of your emergency.

    At off-campus sites, the local police should be contacted if major incidents arise.

    Security Services

    Del Mar College provides security service 24 hours per day, seven days a week. During working hours, students may approach office personnel to contact campus authorities, or to dial 911 to ask for emergency assistance.

    Officers can assist you with escorts, locating your vehicle, calling a family member, and providing directions on handling theft reports, accident reports, medical situations, and disturbances. Students are encouraged to park in properly marked spaces. In an effort to control parking problems, officers are required to issue tickets for parking violations.

    Statistics

    The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 requires educational institutions to keep and to report statistics of certain crimes occurring on campus which are reported to campus authorities during the immediate past year.

    The crimes listed below were reported to the Del Mar College Safety Office, the Office of the Vice President of Student Development, or the Student Activities Office. It is possible that some crimes were not reported.
     

    Criminal Incidents at Del Mar College, 2003-2008 
      2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010 
    Criminal Homicide 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
    Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Burglary 1 0 1 1 2 5 0 1
    Motor Vehicle Theft 7 2 0 0 1 0 1 0
    Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    The Campus Security Act also requires reporting statistics concerning arrests for the following crimes occurring on campus:

      2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010 
    Liquor law violations 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 4
    Drug law violations 2 0 2 1 8 1 0 0
    Weapons possession 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Numbers reported through Dec. 31, 2009

    Current campus security statistics may also be found for Del Mar College and other institutions at the Web site of the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. Please click here.

    Confidentiality is protected for persons reporting potential criminal acts to the Director of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management at (361) 698-1641.

    Del Mar College employs Guardsmark for campus patrol and enforcement of Del Mar College policies on public safety and security. The College requests that any crimes be reported promptly to the Del Mar College Security Office at 698-1199 (emergency) or 698-1946 (non-emergency). The Security Office will then contact the Corpus Christi Police Department through the appropriate channels. Other appropriate State or Federal law enforcement officials will be contacted when appropriate.

    The College also employs off-duty Corpus Christi Police Officers to assist with issues of a criminal nature, to make arrests, and to maintain a direct link with the Corpus Christi Police Department.

    Fliers are circulated during registration for each semester to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices to encourage responsibility for personal and community safety.

    If student organizations which are officially recognized by the College are involved in activities at off-campus locations, information on criminal activity for those locations will be collected through Del Mar College Security and Corpus Christi Police Department or the jurisdictional police department of locations outside Corpus Christi, Texas.

    Safety Phone Numbers 

    Campus Security 
          Emergencies (361) 698-1199
          Non-emergencies (361) 698-1946
          Corpus Christi Police and Fire Emergency 911
    Campus Services 
          Vice President of Student Development (361) 698-1277
          Physical Facilities (361) 698-1245
          Counseling Office (361) 698-1290
          Lost and Found (361) 698-1281
          Safety Office (361) 698-1641
    Campus Hot Line 
          Campus Events Hot Line (361) 698-1600
    Local Agency Numbers 
          C.C. Women's Shelter (361) 881-8888
          Dept. of Human Services (361) 855-9924
          C.C. Health Dept. (361) 855-0531
          Family Counseling Service (361) 852-9665
          Poison Control 1-800-764-7661

    Sex Offender Information 

    Texas Sex Offender Database http://records.txdps.state.tx.us 
    Corpus Christi Police Department http://www.ccpolice.com 
    Corpus Christi Police Information (361) 886-2600

    Corpus Christi Sex Offender Registrar
    Corpus Christi Police Department
    ID Section
    Attn: Mary Sheppler
    321 John Sartain
    Corpus Christi, TX 78401
    Phone: (361) 886-2635

    24 Hour Hotline
    Attn: John Hornsby
    Phone: (361) 886-2636

    Important Safety Tips 

    • Always lock your automobile. Never leave valuables visible in your car. Be sure windows are up, the trunk is closed, and your keys are with you
    • Always walk to your car with friends. If walking alone, stay with the crowd, walk in well-lighted areas or contact security for an escort. Walk near the curb, avoid shrubbery or other place of concealment.
    • Always be aware of your surroundings. Study the campus with respect to routes between your car and class/activities schedule. Know where emergency call boxes are located on the campus.
    • Be careful when people in a car stop and ask you for directions. Always reply from a distance; never get too close to the car.
    • Always have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle; carry a small flashlight. Check your vehicle before you enter, and lock the doors once safely inside.
    • If your automobile will not start or you have locked your keys inside, contact security. Do not rely on a stranger.
    • If you are confronted by a stranger, use your best judgment. Remember, no property, regardless of its value, is worth risking your personal safety.
    • If you think you are being followed by another car, drive to the nearest police station, fire station, gas station, or well-lighted place and summon help.
    • If you feel you are being harassed while on campus, join another student or a group of students. Ask someone to contact security. If possible, activate the nearest call box and inform security of the situation.
    • Never lose sight of your backpack, books, or personal belongings. Use lockers when available.
    • In the event of an evacuation, please follow the professor's instructions. Depending on the nature of the evacuation, you may be redirected to a safer location. Always take your personal belongings with you unless directed otherwise.