Your Right to Know


Campus Security Policies and Statistics

Notice of Collection, Use and Release of Social Security Numbers

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about the number of criminal offenses, hate crimes and arrests on and around their campuses.

By October of each calendar year, Edison State College compiles a campus security report covering the past three consecutive years. Statistics are collated from crime reports on file in the Public Safety offices and the various sheriffs' offices of the counties where are campuses are located.

The Annual Security Report is available on this website in the Campus Safety Guide, additionally, a copy will be mailed upon request.


Crime Prevention

Public Safety officers are assigned to provide a highly visible, proactive patrol on campus property, including parking lots and buildings. The Charlotte, Collier and Lee campuses have sworn law enforcement officers in addition to non-sworn public safety and/or security officers.

The law enforcement officers have full police power on the campuses of Edison State College and the Public Safety officers though they do not have arrest powers they are permitted to use reasonable and necessary force to protect themselves and others from bodily harm.

All of our campus public safety offices enjoy a positive relationship with the respective sheriff's office, which responds to serious criminal incidents on campus. The College has Mutual Aid Agreements with each of the county sheriffs' offices.


Weapons on Campus

The use of, or possession of, firearms, ammunition or other weapons and/or setting off any explosive device, fireworks or flammable liquid or objects on College property are prohibited on campus, except for individuals authorized to do so in their line of work.


How to Report Crimes on Campus and Guidelines That Encourage Accurate Reporting Public Safety

Prompt reporting of criminal actions, suspicious persons or behavior, potentially hazardous situations and emergencies to Public Safety is encouraged to allow the department to respond as quickly as possible.

Evidence should be preserved for use in criminal prosecution. In the event of a crisis, immediate danger, injury or criminal activity, the victim/witness is advised to call 911, then campus public safety.

The phone numbers for the Public Safety offices and local emergency numbers are as follows:


Lee Campus

Off Campus

On Campus

Public Safety

239-489-9203

1203

Local Emergency

911

9911


Charlotte Campus

Off Campus

On Campus

Public Safety

941-637-5608

5608

Local Emergency

911

9911


Collier Campus

Off Campus

On Campus

Public Safety

239-732-3712

3712

Local Emergency

911

9911


Hendry/Glades Campus

Off Campus

On Campus

Public Safety

863-674-6017

6017

Local Emergency

911

9911


Hearing, sight, or speech impaired, who use specialized telephone equipment please call the Florida Relay Service 711 which can communicate with people who use standard telephone equipment. To call Florida Relay, dial 7-1-1. http://www.ftri.org/FloridaRelay

Telephone inquiries may be made to Public Safety twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Visitors may stop by the Lee Campus office between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and any time at our desk in the LightHouse Commons on the Lee Campus.  (Refer to the Internet, current student catalog or schedule of classes for closing dates.)


Informational Programs on Campus Security Procedures and Practices Available to Students and Employees

Public Safety personnel participates in student and staff orientations, which cover topics such as violence in the work place, campus theft, personal safety, and how to report concerns or complaints, injuries or criminal activities.

Other topics addressed are how to report vehicular accidents and campus parking. Special programs covering topics such as date rape, drug and alcohol awareness and Rape Agression Defense (RAD classes) are presented on a scheduled basis by Public Safety.


Edison State College's Policy Regarding Criminal Activity by School-sponsored Student Organizations at Off-campus Locations

Any Edison State College sponsored student activity held off-campus will follow the same rules and regulations as if the event were held on college grounds.

Any violation of municipal, county, state or federal law and subsequent conviction constitutes violation of college policy. The nature of the violation will determine the extent of sanctions that may be invoked by the college.

Depending on the severity of the violation, penalties may range from probation, suspension or expulsion.


Policies Regarding the Manufacture, Possession, Use and/or Sale of Illegal Drugs or Alcoholic Beverages and the Enforcement of State Underage Drinking Laws

It is the policy of Edison State College to promote and maintain a drug-free workplace.  The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances is prohibited on and off College premises.

The possession or use of alcohol under the circumstances described herein is also prohibited. All students and employees are required to abide by the terms of this policy as a condition of initial and continued enrollment and/or employment.

Use of alcoholic beverages or having alcoholic beverages in one's possession, either on campus or at a college-approved function, is strictly prohibited. 
This policy is based on the Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, 41 U.S.C. 70-1 et.seq., as amended and is supplemented by College administrative policies and procedures.

  • The illegal use of, possession, manufacture, dispensation, and distribution of any controlled substance, at any time, whether on or off duty or on or off College premises is strictly prohibited as a matter of College policy.
  • Except as hereinafter provided, use or possession by an employee or student of alcohol in the workplace, or use of alcohol on College property is prohibited. The possession or consumption of alcohol by employees or students of legal age at a College sponsored or approved function where alcoholic beverages are served by the College or sponsor is not a violation of this Section.
  • Any employee or student who reports to work or class or performs his/her duties while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be in violation of this policy.

Violation of this policy can result in referral to appropriate law enforcement authorities, disciplinary action up to and including immediate suspension, expulsion or termination, and/or a requirement of satisfactory participation in a College approved drug or alcohol rehabilitation program. A criminal conviction is not required for sanctions to be imposed upon a student or employee for violation of this policy.


Campus Violence Prevention

Edison State College is committed to preserving the safety and security of students, staff, faculty, and visitors to the College. Breach of the peace and other violations, including threats, intimidation, violence, assault, batteries, sexual batteries, or other disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Such behavior can include oral or written statements, gestures, or expressions that may communicate a direct or indirect threat of physical harm. Edison State College will not tolerate threats, direct or implied: physical conduct that results in harm to people or property; possession of deadly weapons on College property; or intimidating conduct or harassment that disrupts the teaching/learning and/or work environment or results in fear for personal safety. Threats, threatening behavior, or other acts of violence carried out off College-owned or leased property but directed at College employees, students, or visitors while conducting official College business are a violation of this policy. Off-site threats include but are not limited to threats made via telephone, fax, electronic or conventional mail, or any other communication medium.

Generally, the Public Safety office should be the first department contacted after an incident occurs at a campus or College site. Upon preliminary investigation, the appropriate local law enforcement agency may be notified and the incident may be referred to the agency.

NOTE: Threats or assaults that require immediate attention by police should be reported first to the sheriff at 911. The victim or witnesses are encouraged to report the incident as soon as feasible to a Public Safety officer or employee. Evidence should be preserved for use in criminal prosecution. Victim support and assistance is available through various support services, both on and off campus. Medical care and counseling should be pursued as soon as possible by victims of sexual assault or abuse.


Florida Victim Services Directory

http://myfloridalegal.com/vicdirect.nsf/Twentieth%20Judicial%20Circuit!OpenView


Counseling Services

Students experience a great many stresses in their lives-sorting out one’s identify, establishing and maintaining relationships, coping with anxiety and depression , dealing with losses, handling academic demands and financial issues. To help with these tasks, ESC Counseling office provides a variety of free and confidential services including consultation, on campus short term counseling and off campus outreach programs that are designed to help students overcome challenges that occur while trying to meet their intellectual, interpersonal and developmental goals. Personal counseling is a chance for the student to learn how to be more capable at resolving personal and/or academic issues.

Contact information: http://www.edison.edu/counseling/


Sexual Offender and Predators Registry

In accordance with Florida statutes and federal law, individuals designated as Sexual Predators or Sexual Offenders must register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Convicted sex offenders from out of state must register in Florida within 48 hours of establishing residence.

FDLE has established an on-line search function that allows the public to request information about sexual predators and sexual offenders registered as enrolled, employed, or volunteering at an institution of higher education with the Florida Sexual Offender Registry, http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us.

To Search:
Click the red “Offender Search” button
On the gold “University Search” button click “Begin Search”
Select the Institution and campus and submit your search.


Timely Warnings and Crime Alerts

The Clery Act mandates timely warnings for certain crimes that pose a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. To do this the College will use a variety of means to notify the college community, including the Emergency Notification System whereby registered users may receive messages to landline phones, cellular phones, e-mail addresses, and/or text messaging.

To register: https://www.edison.edu/alert


Crime Statistics

Crime Statistics 2008-2010 (PDF)