Safety and Security
NOTE: If you would like paper copies of either the Annual Security Report or the Crime Statistics, they are available in the Office of Safety and Security in Berks Hall, Room 152.
Reading Area Community College (RACC) Safety Committee Mission Statement
The personal safety and health of each employee of RACC is of primary importance. The purpose of a Safety Committee is to regularly bring workers and management together in a cooperative effort to communicate and to promote occupational safety and health in the workplace. It is an opportunity to assist management by making recommendations for improvements regarding safety issues.
In carrying out its mission, the Committee will perform the following functions:
- Identify and prioritize goals and establish action plans to achieve each goal
- Annually assess progress toward goals and the extent to which the committee’s efforts have improved campus safety
- Include representation from across the organization
- Hold regularly scheduled meetings
- Develop methods to increase and maintain safety awareness
- Publish meeting minutes
The Safety and Security Department is led by a Director reporting to the Senior Vice-President for Finance and Administrative Services/College Treasurer. In addition, the Department works very closely with the Dean of Student Affairs and the City of Reading Police Department to create a campus environment that is both safe and secure. The campus Safety and Security Department works to prevent crime, provides highly visible security patrols and responds quickly to the needs of students and staff. Security guards are in constant contact with the Safety and Security Department, the switchboard operator, and each other by business band radio and cell phone.
The College's Safety and Security force is comprised of a Manager, two (2) supervisors, and uniformed guards who report to the Director of Facilities/Safety and Security. Additional security guards are placed into service on an as needed basis. The Safety and Security Department is located in Berks Hall, Room 152.
The Safety and Security Department cooperates with police agencies and maintains an excellent working relationship with the City of Reading Police Department, who assist as needed. All crimes involving violence, major property loss, or any felony are immediately reported by the College's Safety and Security Department to the City of Reading Police Department. All crime statistics are recorded on forms and in the format required by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report any crime or suspicious incidents to the Office of Safety and Security or one of the security guards. A guard will immediately be dispatched to the scene, where he or she will evaluate the situation and contact the necessary authorities. In the event of an emergency or criminal incident, prompt notification is made to the campus community through appropriate administrators.
The College employs several professional counselors who provide information to students on how to appropriately report any crime to the Safety and Security Department. Additionally, campus safety and security issues are discussed at all orientation programs, College Success Strategies courses required of freshmen students, student publications, and the Student Handbook.
Immediate contact/emergency matters during normal day, evening or weekend hours:
SGI at extension 6291 (rings at all security desks) for
Monday-Friday 6:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Manager of Security - Juan Ayala
Weekdays 5:30am - 2:30pm
Evening Supervisor - Keisha Watkins
Weekdays 2:30pm -10:30pm
Weekend Supervisor - Luis Acosta
Weekend hours above
In case of emergency, 911 is the first number you should call.
In the event of an on-campus emergency, students, faculty and staff can contact the Safety and Security Department by dialing extension 6291 from any campus telephone including the red phones located in the hallways throughout campus buildings.
|Important and Emergency Telephone
Numbers at RACC
|Safety & Security Services - Rings at all Security Desks||Ext 6291||610-607-6291|
|Day - Manager of Security||Ext 5098||484-955-9959||610-372-4721||5098|
|Evening & Weekend Security Supervisors||Ext 5098||484-955-2946||610-372-4721||5098|
|Berks Hall Security Office||Ext 5098||610-607-5098||5098|
|Security - Berks Hall Lobby||Ext 6291||610-607-6291|
|Advising Center||Ext 6245||610-607-6245|
|Security - Penn Hall Lobby||Ext 6291||610-607-6291|
|Security - Schuylkill Hall Lobby||Ext 6291||610-607-6291|
|Security - Schmidt TTC Lobby||Ext 6291||610-607-6291|
|Security - Yocum Lobby Security||Ext 6291||610-607-6291|
|Dean of Student Affairs||Ext 5298||610-607-5298||5298|
|Switchboard||Dial "0"||610-372-4721||Dial "0"|
|Exterior yellow emergency call boxes located throughout the campus automatically dial 911|
Emergency Guidelines and Procedures
It is important to become familiar with this information and additional information in the Employee Handbook. You should review it periodically so that you are able to react to emergency situations in an appropriate manner. This information applies to all personnel, buildings, and grounds on the main campus of Reading Area Community College. Procedures for other facilities used by RACC are to be communicated to College site supervisors who will communicate such information to staff and students.
Parking and Security
Students may use the Student Lot B (along Franklin Street marked "RACC Parking"), Student Lot E (northwest side of campus off of Front Street), and the Front and Washington Street parking garage.
Students requiring handicapped parking will find spaces on all lots as well as along Front Street in front of Penn Hall.
For those students who desire an escort to their car, please contact Safety and Security at extension 6291.
Parking permits must be obtained within the first two weeks of the semester in the lobby of Penn Hall. Students should display their parking hang tag any time they are parked on campus or in the parking garage.
Lost and Found
Information regarding lost and found items.Student Identification Cards
All students must obtain a STUDENT ID CARD.
Visit the Security Desk in Penn Hall during the first week of the semester. Hours are listed below.
|Monday - Thursday||8:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
|Friday||8:00 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM - 2:00 PM|
REMEMBER - You must have your RACC student ID card or State ID in order to have your ID card updated or made. A student ID is required for all students. ID pictures are taken at the beginning of each semester at the Safety and Security desk in Penn Hall. Students are required to show their student IDs to access the library, computer labs, testing center, fitness center, all events that are free to students, and other campus resources. Students must also present their student ID to purchase books in the Bookstore.