Campus Police & Safety
Campus Police & Safety
In case of an emergency, dial 911.
HCC has its own Police Department, certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. The officers have full police authority on campus and at off campus locations under the control of HCC. The mission of the HCC Police is to serve and protect the college community and enforce all laws and college policies. The HCC Police Department embraces a community-based philosophy, in which the department strives to prevent crime, provide assistance to victims, investigate reported incidents and provide information to the college community regarding serious crimes or unsafe conditions in areas on campus and off campus but reasonably contiguous to the campus. The HCC Police patrol the campus and enforce all College and Maryland State traffic and parking laws, in addition to all applicable Federal and State criminal laws. They have the authority to make arrests, make traffic stops, and to issue Maryland State traffic citations. The HCC Police maintain a cooperative working relationship with the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the Maryland State Police and other law enforcement agencies.
Location & telephone number
The HCC Police Office is located in the Learning Resource Center (LRC), room 134, which is in the area of the loading dock. The office phone number is 240-500-2312, or dial 2312 from any campus network phone. The emergency number is extension 2308 from any campus network phone.
Title IX & Campus SaVE Act Information
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
The Clery Act of 1990 amended federal financial aid laws to require all post-secondary schools receiving federal financial aid to annually disclose campus crime statistics and security information.
The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 established federal legal definitions of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In 2013, the Campus SaVE (Sexual Violence Elimination) Act amended the Clery Act to mandate extensive "primary prevention and awareness programs" regarding sexual misconduct and related offenses.
More information on Title IX and Campus SaVE Act Information is available.
All registered sex offenders wanting to enroll at HCC must first schedule an in person appointment with the HCC Chief of Police. At this meeting, a copy of standard campus procedures for sex offenders will be reviewed and signed to acknowledge receipt of this information and willingness to comply with these requirements.
After meeting with the HCC Chief of Police and signing the form, an appointment must be made to meet with the Dean of Students, to be scheduled no sooner than 5 business days. At this meeting, a written statement outlining parameters for the prospective student’s enrollment in classes will be reviewed and signed to acknowledge the prospective student’s receipt and willingness to abide by the provisions. Any prior academic, financial, campus life and disciplinary history with HCC will be taken into consideration in preparing the provisions that apply. At the conclusion of this meeting, the Dean of Students will summarize the conditions for enrolling and maintaining an active student status. The Dean will also make clear the next steps in the process involving financial aid, if applicable, advising and registration. This letter of understanding also needs to be signed by the prospective students in order for them to complete the registration process. Depending on the classes in which the prospective student is enrolled, a follow up meeting or meetings may be necessary with the Dean of Students or another student services staff person. The conditions that apply to registered sex offenders expand conditions already listed in the Student Code of Conduct. Because of the high volume of activity in the Dean’s office, prospective students who are registered sex offenders must allow at least ten college business days to complete this process.
Sex offender information can be obtained from the Maryland State Sex Offender Register (SOR). The registry can be found in the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service website.