The buildings and grounds of Seminole State College are maintained by the Facilities Department in the interest of students, faculty, staff and visitors. Access to administrative and academic facilities is generally limited to students, employees and visitors for the purpose of study, work, teaching and conducting College business. Occasionally, cultural and other events may be held in College facilities that are open to the public.
Due to exigent or emergency circumstances, it may become necessary for Campus Safety and Security to request proper identification from an individual. These requests may be the result of a complaint from a member of the community, or the personal observation of suspicious activity by a security officer on patrol or conducting special security checks.
Requests for identification are not frequent but may be necessary to ensure the safety of everyone on campus. Remember to carry your Seminole State College identification card with you at all times and to cooperate if a security officer asks to see your identification. Requests for identification may occur more frequently during non-business hours and in secluded or isolated locations.
If you return to your office or classroom and find a stranger inside, it is advisable to simply say, “May I help you?” The stranger may offer a cover story, such as: looking for a friend, trying to find employment, etc. Regardless of the story provided, make a mental note of the individual's appearance, age, height, weight and clothing so you can notify the Safety and Security Department as soon as it is safe to do so. Remember: You should not confront suspicious persons or chase them if they flee. Doing so carries a high degree of risk and could result in injury to members of the College community. Typically, the individual will leave once they provide you with a cover story. You should then notify Safety and Security.
Campuses and surrounding areas are frequent targets for thieves. Vigilance is your best defense.
Here are a few suggestions for protecting yourself and others from theft:
Central Florida has a fairly high auto theft rate. Cars are stolen for many reasons, including joyriding. Thieves may also strip a stolen vehicle for parts or use it to commit other crimes.
To reduce your chance of becoming an auto theft victim, take the following precautions:
Identity theft is a crime in which someone obtains and uses another person's personal identification or data in a way that involves fraud or deception, typically for financial gain, and without that person's permission or consent. The personal data can be a Social Security number, bank account information, credit card number or other personal identifier.
Take the following measures to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft:
For additional information on identity theft, see Seminole State's Red Flag Identify Theft Prevention Program – Policy 1.260.
Seminole State College
100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773-6199