Site Emergency Notification Procedures
The Mountain View College Police Chief or designee will notify the college community when a serious crime has occurred or when it has been determined that the incident may pose an ongoing threat to the Mountain View College community. A timely warning will be announced if the incident is reported directly to Mountain View College Police or indirectly through a creditable source (i.e. college counselor, nurse, administrator, faculty, students, and law enforcement agencies).
The department issues/posts crime alerts for the following incidents:
- Murder, Negligent/Non-Negligent Manslaughter
- Aggravated assault—cases involving assaults among known parties, such as two roommates fighting which results in an aggravated injury, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if the individual is believed to be an on-going threat to the larger Mountain View College community.
- Robbery involving force or violence—cases including pick pocketing and purse snatching will typically not result in the issuance of a Crime Alert, but will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- Sexual assault—incidents are considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the facts of the case, when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported and the amount of information known by the Mountain View College Police Department.
- Major incidents of arson
- Drug Violations
- Alcohol related incidents
- Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
- All other crimes or incidents as determined necessary by the Chief of Police or designee.
The Mountain View College Police Chief or designee will draft a timely warning notice containing the proposed crime alert and forward it to the Marketing and Public Relations Office for examination by the Public Information Officer. Upon review, a crime alert will then be sent to the college community via the Blackboard system and/or other social media outlets. The messaging alert system will notify the college community by email, phone, or both. Updates to the college community regarding a crime alert will be distributed in the same manner. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to update their email address and telephone number in “Econnect” at: https://econnect.dcccd.edu/index.jsp.
The Chief of Police or designee will also forward the crime alert information to the Vice President of Business Services, and/or necessary administrator(s), who will then forward the information to the College President.
Crime alerts may also be posted in college buildings when deemed necessary. When a crime alert is posted in college buildings, it shall be printed on colored paper and posted in the lobby/entrance area of the affected building(s) for seven days. A list of the buildings where crime alerts may be posted is maintained by the Mountain View College Police Department.
Crime alerts are filed with the corresponding incident report. Mountain View College Police Department does not issue crime alerts for the above listed crimes if any of the following cases occur:
- The department apprehends the subject(s) and the threat of imminent danger to the college community have been mitigated by the apprehension, or
- If a report was not filed with college police, or
- If college police was not notified of the crime in a reasonable amount of time which would allow the immediate dissemination of the information in a timely manner. The determination to issue a timely warming will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The department also maintains a daily crime log which is normally updated each business day and contains all crimes reported to Mountain View College Police. The crime statistics for the last three years can be found on the Mountain View College website.