Crime On Campus
Panola College policies prohibit disruption and obstruction of College functions and activities, verbal threats, and behavior endangering the health and safety of any individual.
Disruptive behavior interferes with the educational environment or prevents normal work functions or activities. Examples include yelling, using profanity, or refusing reasonable requests for identification.
Threatening behavior includes physical actions short of actual contact or injury (e.g., moving closer aggressively), or oral or written threats to people or property (I'll get you," "I'll break it"), or implicit threats ("this isn't over").
Violent behavior includes any physical assault, with or without weapons; behavior a reasonable person would interpret as being potentially violent (e.g., throwing things, pounding on a desk or door) or specific threats to inflict physical harm (e.g., a threat to shoot or stab someone).
You should report immediately when an individual is:
- Engaging in persistent, obsessive attention to others.
- Intimidating, verbally abusing, harassing or mistreating others.
- Engaging in stalking behavior.
- Making threatening references to other incidents of violence.
- Making threats to harm self, others or property.
- Detailing specific proposed act(s) of disruption or violence.
- Expressing feelings of revenge, or being wronged, humiliated, or degraded.
If you feel threatened or in danger you should:
Find a way to excuse yourself; leave the room or area, and get help. Not mention the police if you fear an angry or violent response. Signal someone for assistance. Not isolate yourself with an individual you believe may be dangerous. Maintain a safe distance, do not turn your back, and stay seated, if possible. Lease a door open, open a closed door, or sit near the door. NEVER try to remove him/her from the area. An agitated individual who may respond with violence towards you may interpret even a gentle push or grabbing an arm as an assault.
Report all disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior to Panola College Campus Police
at 903-693-1100 or call 911.
Be prepared to answer the following:
- Type of emergency
- Your telephone number
- Your name
- Your location and the location of the emergency (if different)
- A description of individuals, if applicable
- A description of vehicles, if applicable
- The responding person will discuss the course of action. If necessary, a follow-up will be conducted at a later time.
- The Panola College Chief of Police will review all reports of campus violence for possible follow-up by the Crisis Management Team.
OTHER AREAS OF CONCERN:
OBSCENE TELEPHONE CALLS
- Hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call. Don't try to find out who the caller is, and don't show any reaction.
- Note the time, what the caller said, a description of the voice and any background noises.
- Advise your resident assistant and resident life coordinator, and make a report with Campus Police.
DATE RAPE DRUGS
- Never leave your drink unattended.
- Don't accept open-container beverages from anyone but a bartender or server.
- Try to attend bars and parties with a group of friends, arranging beforehand to watch each others' drinks.
- Be alert to the behavior of friends. If a friend appears disproportionately inebriated in relation to the amount of alcohol consumed, he or she may be in danger.
- If you suspect that a friend has been drugged, call 911 or get them to the nearest medical attention.
Panola College has established procedures to assist and support victims of rape or
sexual assaults. The Residence Life Coordinator and/or Office of Administrative Services
will assist you in obtaining medical, counseling, and police services.
You are encouraged to report immediately any incidents of this nature by calling Campus Police 903-693-1100 even if you do not wish to pursue the matter further. Keep in mind that an assailant who is allowed to go free is a potential future danger, not only to you but also to other members of the community.
All information that you give will be held in the strictest confidence in accordance with our own policy. If you wish to report information concerning a rape or sexual assault anonymously, you may do so.
When you report a rape or sexual assault, you may choose to file charges through the District Attorney's office or not at all. If you choose to file charges, the Campus Police Department will assist you in every way, but no action will be taken without your expressed consent.
Every situation will be different. Therefore, we cannot provide any specific rules as to what to do or not to do if you are faced with a threat. Only you can make the determination as to the appropriate course of action.
If you think you are being followed, you can call out for assistance and run to a lighted building or residence; enlist the assistance of a passerby or flag down a passing vehicle. Do anything that might attract attention or summon assistance.
If you find yourself confronted by an assailant you must remember that, while screaming and struggling may in some instances frighten off an assailant, in other instances such action may further antagonize an assailant and bring forth a more violent action.
There are many services available to victims of rape and sexual assault, and you are encouraged to use all support services.
PARKING SAFETY TIPS
All Panola College parking lots are well lit and are recorded by security camera coverage. However, it is always wise to practice these tips below.
- Always lock your car and take your keys.
- Close windows and lock storage compartments.
- Do not leave packages and valuables where they can be seen.
- Do not park in isolated locations or behind obstructions that block you from the view of others.
- Consider your return time when choosing a parking location; it may be dark when you return.
- Make a note of where you parked.
- When returning to your car, check all sides before entering. Have your keys in your hand and ready before arriving at your car.
- Once inside your car, lock all doors.
- Be alert to strangers hanging around the parking area.
- Trust your instincts—leave at the first sign of danger and call Campus Police 903-693-1100.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Your involvement is essential to the prevention of crime on campus. Even though Panola College has a very low crime rate, it is important that everyone work together to keep our campuses safe. Disinterest and complacency are the prime contributors to the success of crime. The burden of crime prevention rests not only with the Campus Police Department but also with each member of the Panola College community.
Our police department cannot be everywhere at once and are, therefore, dependent upon everyone to recognize and report incidents of suspicious and criminal activity. The extent of your cooperation will greatly influence our effectiveness in combating crime. Doing your part means:
- Being aware of your vulnerability and following the suggestions outlined on these web pages to protect yourself and your property.
- Being alert of suspicious or criminal activity and conditions that may represent a hazard to the college community.
- Getting involved by becoming more security conscious and by reporting all incidents of suspicious or criminal activity, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to Campus Police.