Public Safety

Public Safety & Emergency Information

The primary role of Public Safety is to provide assistance and campus protection to students, employees and visitors. Other responsibilities include:

  • Protecting district and personal property
  • Providing assistance with disabled vehicles
  • Managing lost and found property
  • Identifying safety hazards
  • Giving presentations about safety and crime prevention

Public Safety has established relationships with neighboring businesses and works closely with the Phoenix Police Department to ensure campus safety. Community members are encouraged to report all suspected crimes and unusual or suspicious activities and emergencies.

Security & Access to College Facilities

Identification cards are issued to enrolled students. Public Safety encourages students to carry these cards at all times while on campus. The identification card indicates that the bearer is a member of the student population.

GateWay students can go to Enrollment Services, located in the IE Building on the GateWay campus. Maricopa Skill Center students can go to Student Services at the MSC campus.

Reporting Crimes & Other Emergencies

Students, employees and others are encouraged to report any criminal activity or emergencies that occur on campus to Public Safety. In emergency situations,
Dial 480-784-0911.

Responding to Criminal Activity & Emergencies

  • Public Safety or a Phoenix police officer will respond to each report of criminal activity.
  • The Phoenix fire department will respond to reports of fire or medical emergencies.
  • GateWay Public Safety responds administratively if any reported sexual assault or other criminal offense involves a student or employee as the alleged offender.
  • Victims may submit a written, signed statement detailing an incident to the Dean of Student Services.

Evacuation

In the event of an evacuation, it is critical that all people exit the buildings in a safe and orderly manner. The signal to evacuate is normally given by fire alarm. During a natural/propane gas emergency, the signal will be given verbally. View the following links for more details:

Clery Act Crime Statistics

The Clery Act Crime Statistics information represents a general description of GateWay Community College’s security and safety policies and programs, and the crime statistics for the most recent calendar year and the two preceding calendar years.

Weapons

Possession or use of firearms on campus is strictly forbidden.

Escorts

Escorts are available to students, faculty and staff. Requests may be made to Public Safety by phone at (602) 286-8911.

Motor Vehicle Registration

All students and employees operating a motor vehicle on campus must register their vehicles with Public Safety. Upon issue, parking decals should be placed on the lower left side of the front windshield.

Drug & Alcohol Policy

GateWay complies with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and all state laws. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited.

Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act (Arizona sex offender notification law)

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act mandates that convicted sex offenders, required to register under state law, must also disclose their association with institutions of higher education when applicable. Specifically affected are those registered sex offenders who attend as students, are employed by or employed at, or volunteer at institutions of higher education. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) has established the Arizona Sex Offender Information Center according to the requirements of ARS 13-3827. Arizona DPS is responsible for the maintaining the site and annually verifying the addresses of all registered sex offenders. For more information visit: www.azdps.gov/Services/Sex_Offender.

GateWay Community College Public Safety may notify the campus community of a registered sex offender as required by law. The notification process could be through safety alerts on the GateWay Public Safety web page and/or safety alerts posted on campus.

Prospective GateWay students (at all campuses) who are registered sex offenders are expected to self-disclose their status to the college’s Public Safety office prior to the start of the term. In addition, a mandatory meeting with the Dean of Enrollment Services will occur prior to the start of classes or program.