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Emergency Procedures



All criminal activity, suspicious behavior, injuries and other emergencies should be reported immediately to Campus Security by calling extension 2400 from a campus phone or from a cell phone call (805) 730-4200 or dial 911 (direct police/fire emergency line). Campus emergency phones map for location of emergency phones are located throughout the campus. On West Campus near Drama/Music Complex, two in the West Campus Parking Structure, on the west side of the campus bridge, near the La Playa Stadium Box Office (lower level), outside the entrance of the Campus Center, in the Student Services Building parking lot, and near the East Campus kiosk.


Santa Barbara City College - AlertU Emergency Messaging System (EMS) Click here to sign up

To enhance the safety of students and visitors to Santa Barbara City College, the college has selected the AlertU platform to implement an emergency messaging system (EMS) to provide students and members of the community cell phone based text messaging in the case of an emergency.

The Santa Barbara City College - AlertU EMS is a web-based system intended for emergency text messaging only, using short message service (SMS) technology. The Santa Barbara City College - AlertU system allows for two-way communication with any subscriber who may be involved or observing an emergency situation, in real-time.

Use of the Santa Barbara City College - AlertU system is open to all students and individuals that attend classes or activities at any of the college's locations. The Santa Barbara City College - AlertU system is completely voluntary and the user is required to Opt-in to enable their personal cell phone to send and receive messages in the case of an emergency. Santa Barbara City College - AlertU Subscribers can Opt-out at any time to discontinue the emergency messaging service.

Test messages will be sent to each user four times per year to insure the integrity of the system and each user will be charged standard text messaging rates by their cell phone service provider.


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(Please note that these are only guidelines. Each situation is different and may call for a different course of action.)


All faculty and staff should be vigilant regarding the risk of violence on campus. Every District employee is urged to take notice of the following:

• Unusually aggressive, odd, or threatening behavior of student(s) or co-worker(s)
• Threats of violence or retribution, whether said seriously or jokingly
• Co-worker(s) or student(s) who are distraught or suicidal
• Student reports of threatening behavior exhibited by another student
• Overheard comments or rumors of some kind of planned or intended violence
• Papers or writings that indicate potential engagement in violence
• Presence of groups that have a history or suggestive behavior of violence
• Fights or other acts of non-lethal violence
• Presence of guns, other weapons, or suspicious objects


If any of the above is noticed, do not confront the threatening individual(s). Notify campus Security of your suspicions or observations.


1. FIRST, GET OUT OF HARM’S WAY. If possible, help others to avoid the threatening situation as well. Use common sense. Do not take foolish risks.

2. CALL FOR HELP – CALL 911 FIRST then Campus Security

FROM A REGULAR CAMPUS TELEPHONE, DIAL 9 AND THEN 911. The call will go directly to the Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) Communications Center (Mesa or Schott) or the County Sherriff’s Office (Wake or Cosmetology). They will know that the call is coming from SBCC but not the exact location on campus. GIVE THEM DETAILS. These would include details on suspects, weapons, injuries, and exact location. Stay on the phone until you are told it is okay to hang up.

FROM A CELL PHONE DIAL 911. NOTE: All 911 calls from cellular telephones go to the CHP Communications Center in Ventura. Tell the operator that you have an emergency and need to speak with SBPD or the County Sherriff’s Office. You will be transferred to the appropriate communications center. Unless asked, do not give details to the CHP as you will have to repeat these for the SBPD operator.



Two or more security officers are on duty most of the time. They will respond to the location of the problem to assist. On the Mesa campus they will also meet any emergency vehicles at the campus entrance to escort them to the exact location of the incident.

It is important to remember that SBCC security staff are not armed. Security staff are instructed to respond, evaluate the situation, and assist in getting police and other help to the scene as quickly as possible. To the extent possible they will assist with evacuation, if necessary, and render aid and comfort to anyone in need.


1. IF YOU HEAR GUNFIRE, DIRECT STUDENTS, FELLOW FACULTY AND STAFF TO TAKE COVER. The best chance to avoid injury is to remove yourselves from sight. This can be done in several ways:

• If in a classroom, keep students in the room and have them immediately fall to the floor, face down, and as flat as possible. If there is a safe place or cover within 15-20 feet, have them duck and run to it.
• If confronted in an office, immediately fall to the floor. Move or crawl away from gunfire, trying to utilize any obstructions between you and the gunfire. (Remember that many objects of cover may conceal you from sight, but may not be bulletproof.)
• Close, and if possible lock and/or barricade doorways; turn off lights.
• If the room has shades or curtains, close them. Hide behind any available cover.
• If walking down a hallway, look for an open room in which to hide.
• If outdoors, get behind a tree, wall or fence, lie down, and wait for rescue.
• If caught in an open parking lot, hide behind the front wheel/engine area.
• When you reach a place of relative safety, stay down and do not move. Do not peek or raise your head in an effort to see what may be happening.
• Wait and listen for directions from the police.

2. CALL 911

• Identify the College and the exact location. Remain calm and answer the police operator's questions. Operators are trained to obtain the necessary and required information for a proper emergency response.
• Call Security.
• Limit calls to emergency calls only.



The District is prepared, and continues to prepare, to provide information to faculty, staff and students in the most expedient manner necessary to protect lives and property. Such information includes emergency notification to warn of an event and recommend a course of action, and long-term notification regarding conditions such as closures or access restrictions.


• Face to Face - Direct contact by SBCC Security staff, police, fire, and EMS
• Runners - Group contact by individuals moving from area to area
• Phone – Mass messages sent to all College phones
• Email – Mass messages sent through College emailing systems
• Web – Postings on College website and social websites (e.g., Facebook)
• Media - Announcements via local radio and television stations
• Flyers - Posted announcements to provide updates


• Loudspeakers - Public address system used to contact large areas
• Information Line - Specific phone number where updates can be obtained
• Web - Specific disaster or emergency designated site
• Text Messaging – Software allowing mass text messages to be sent to students, faculty and staff
• Display Boards - Display signs that provide notices, updates and resources

These warning and information methods will continue to be investigated and reviewed as possible resources to be used in the case of an emergency.



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If a violent incident occurs on campus, certain reporting, investigating and documenting procedures must be followed. In addition, faculty, staff and students should be aware of possible disciplinary processes that may be involved.


After any threat of immediate danger has passed, an employee who has become aware of a violent incident or threat has a duty to report the incident to his or her supervisor. The administrator responsible for the area in which the incident occurred will determine the person to investigate. In many instances this will be the supervisor of the person reporting the incident. The administrator may ask for assistance from the security director or other administrators.


It is very important that the incident be documented in detail, as there could be administrative, civil or criminal proceedings that follow. Documentation should include names, addresses, telephone numbers, places of employment, etc., for everyone involved. Days, weeks or months later, the police, an insurance carrier or a college representative may need to contact these people.

The report should contain facts only. It should not include conclusions, opinions or speculation. At some later date the writer could be examined in court as to why he or she included the conclusion, opinion or speculation.


Authorized staff may suspend a student or any other person who interferes with college activities. However, before utilizing any legal remedies available, consultation must occur among appropriate administrators. Except for instances in which police presence is essential, the responsible administrator will be consulted prior to calling the police. If ever in doubt, call the following:

Student & Non-employee problems:            

Dean, Educational Programs Ext. 2278
Director of Security Ext. 2464

College employee problems:                       

Vice President of Human Resources & Legal Affairs Ext. 2261
Director of Security Ext. 2464


Independent of any charges filed through civil or criminal authorities, the District may take disciplinary measures against a student. Disciplinary procedures will be followed as referenced by College Policy 3231.3 (Student Discipline Procedures). The Dean of Educational Programs, Student Services Division, is responsible for such proceedings.

The Dean will require a copy of all reports on the incident. Reports should include the names, addresses and telephone numbers of witnesses or others who may have information about the incident.


Any incident in which a college employee is accused of threatening or violent behavior is to be reported to one’s supervisor. The supervisor is to ensure that the information is passed on to the Vice President of Human Resources & Legal Affairs. The Vice President of Human Resources & Legal Affairs will determine who will conduct the investigation.


A student who is suspended or dismissed from the college for disciplinary reasons is in violation of California Penal Code section 626.2 if he or she comes on campus during the time of the suspension or dismissal.

The law further provides that District representatives may invoke California Penal Code section 626.4 to direct any person off campus, for no longer than 14 days, if there is reasonable cause to believe that such person is willfully disrupting the orderly operation of the campus.

A person who violates either of these sections is subject to arrest and could be fined up to $500 and/or receive six months in jail.


Students, college employees and others who come onto campus may have obtained a restraining order as the result of an off-campus occurrence. All legal restraining orders do apply on campus.

Whenever a violation of a restraining order is reported on campus, the Security Unit will document the incident and recommend that the person reporting the incident notify the police. The Security Unit does not have the authority to enforce restraining orders, but will remain with the person reporting the restraining order violation until the police have arrived.

When the violation of any restraining order is committed by a student, a copy of the report will be provided to the Dean of Educational Programs, Student Services Division.

When the violation of any restraining order is committed by an employee, a copy of the report will provided to the Vice President of Human Resources & Legal Affairs.


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There are two types of emergency phones.  A yellow box and a tall black pole with a blue light on top.  One has the option of contacting security emergency or 911.  Below is a list of the emergency phone locations. 

Emergency Phone Locations

ID Location Location Description
Main Campus   
PP Pershing Park Next to parking lot bathrooms
MS Montecito St Bottom of stairway at dirt path
SO East Campus Next to Security Office (North/East of Campus
1-A East Campus Lot 1-A (Near Student Services Building)
EE East Campus Passenger drop-off (East Entrance)
CC East Campus Campus Center lobby doors (Outside 2nd floor)
H East Campus Near ECOC 3-4 and H (Smoking area)
1-B East Campus Top of stadium gates (Lot 1-B)
LPS East Campus La Playa Stadium (Lower bathrooms eastside)
SP East Campus Sports Pavilion 1st floor (Inside)
WB West Campus West end of Bridge
L3 West Campus Lot 3
DM West Campus Drama Music Building (Next to ticket office)
5-1 West Campus Lot 5-1 (South end)
5-2 West Campus

Lot 5-2 (Pathway parallel to parking structure)


Continuing Education  
S1              Schott Center   310 W. Padre St.                                           
S2 Schott Center 310 W. Padre St.
W1 Wake Center 300 N. Turnpike Rd
W2 Wake Center 300 N. Turnpike Rd
W3 Wake Center 300 N. Turnpike Rd
W4 Wake Center 300 N. Turnpike Rd


Main Campus, 721 Cliff Dr.

Schott Center, 310 West Padre St.

Wake Center, 300 North Turnpike St.



** Take all bomb threats Seriously**

Call 9-911 immediately

Notify your Supervisor

Notify other building occupants

    • Security Officers will be dispatched to your location.  Follow their instructions precisely.  You may be evacuated from your work area, your floor, or from the building. 
    • If there is a building evacuation, take your belongings and go directly to the evacuation site. 
    • Be patient and wait for further instructions. 

* Know where your evacuation site is before an emergency occurs. 

If you receive a telephoned bomb threat -- Try to stay calm.  Listen carefully to get information from the caller, such as the caller's gender, age, unique speech attributes and any background noises that might be clues to the caller's location. 

Listen also for clues about where the device is, when it is set to go off, what it looks like, why it was placed.  If the threat message was delivered -- describe the messenger or any other suspicious persons in the area to the 9-911 operator. 

If you receive a suspicious package in the mail, or observe an abandoned box, backpack, etc. -- move away from the area and advise others nearby to do the same.  Report situation details to the 9-911 operator. 

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