Campus Safety & Security
Suncoast Technical College (STC) is an integral part of the community it serves. As such, STC shares many of the same interests and issues including a concern about safety. STC and its other sites experience many of the same risks and threats as the communities in which they are located. We are vitally concerned about the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and visitors who participate in the many activities that STC sponsors.
Although STC has not experienced a significant number of criminal acts or safety concerns, everyone should be aware of their surroundings. We encourage you to join the effort to make STC a safe and secure environment for everyone.
EMERGENCY CONTACTSSARASOTA CAMPUS
School Resource Officer
Dan Bidwell, Ext. 62039
Darby Larkin, Ext. 62326
Merlin Schenk, Ext. 62494
Tiffany Cantrell, Ext. 62361
Shauna Donahue, Ext. 62423
Danelle Gilberti, Ext. 62049
Dr. Nakia Liggins, Ext. 62110
Melissa Wareham, Ext. 62233
Julie Schreiber, Ext. 62417
NORTH PORT BRANCH
School Resource Officer
Miguel Torres, Ext. 20406
Mike Endee, Ext. 20401
If you are the victim of a sexual assault, notify law enforcement and a school official immediately. STC participates as a referral agency to SPARCC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center) 941-365-0208 and complies with School Board due process regarding sexual harassment.
Do not engage in any activity that might cause you harm or endanger another person or school property.
If you are a victim, intended victim or a witness to a crime, report it immediately to an STC administrator (LISTED ABOVE). Be alert to your surroundings at all times, and if you see anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, notify an administrator immediately at 941-924-1365.
If you witness a crime or are a victim and you call an administrator, please be prepared to provide the following information:
- Your name;
- Brief description of any injury;
- The location of the incident you are reporting;
- Description of the scene;
- A description of any possible suspects and;
- A description of the vehicles involved (if any) and a license plate number.
Policies & Procedures
All reasonable measures are taken to protect students, employees and visitors. It is expected that all faculty, staff and students will act in a safe manner and report any unsafe condition or dangerous situation. STC will not tolerate any type of disruptive or inappropriate behavior that interferes with the primary educational mission of STC or creates a threat to any person or property. We take a proactive stance on safety and security and encourage an awareness of possible issues on campus.
STC complies with state and federal laws that prohibit the sale, use or possession of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or weapons on campus. We cooperate fully with authorities in the enforcement of civil and criminal laws.
Safety & Security
Cooperation and involvement of every STC student, staff, and visitor is absolutely necessary to ensure maximum safety and security. All persons must assume responsibility for their own safety and security of personal belongings. No security plan can attain maximum effectiveness unless everyone contributes to its success.
The following is a list of a few common sense precautions for your safety and security:
- Never leave your purse or valuables unattended, even for a brief moment. Do not leave belongings unattended and secure valuables whenever possible.
- Always lock your car. Place valuables in the trunk.
- Be patient when leaving the parking lots after class. Accidents can occur in the parking lot or in the intersections of main streets surrounding STC.
- Be sure to mark or label all property. Keep your books with you or properly secured at all times.
- If you are on campus at night, take the following precautions:
- Always walk in a group or with at least one other person to your class, parking lot or remote campus location.
- Avoid working in a classroom or isolated location after 9:00pm.
- Never walk through unlighted areas of the campus. Choose the most lighted pathways and stay on the sidewalks.
- Park in a location closest to your last class.
YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW
The 1990 Federal Campus Security Act requires that all postsecondary institutions provide crime statistics and security measures. In addition to the information contained in this publication, the following criminal statistics have been compiled for the time period of January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.
Become an involved and alert student. Your ideas, comments and contribution to our safety and security efforts are encouraged and welcomed. Remember, we are always looking for ways to ensure Suncoast Technical College is a safe, secure and healthy place to work and study. We challenge you to make this a personal objective while you are on campus.
Sex Crime Prevention & Cleary Act
The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions of higher education to inform the campus community where to obtain law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders.
This information is available on: www.fdle.state.fl.us
The public can request information by calling toll free: 1-888-357-7332