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    Edison State Community College has been persistently safe—but crimes can occur anywhere and college campuses are not exempt. While on campus, individuals must be aware of personal safety along with the safety of personal belongings. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to conduct themselves as law-abiding members of the campus community. 

    Reporting an Incident

    If you are a victim or if you witness a crime, you are encouraged to report the incident immediately. Depending upon the situation, please use one of the phone numbers on this page to contact an official. Please review the Emergency Procedures Manual for details regarding procedures in the event of crisis situations. Click the cover to view the digital publication or click here for a downloadable PDF version. Daily crime logs and incident reports are available to view in the Department of Public Safety Office. 

    Rave Guardian

    Rave Guardian App

    To further ensure your safety, Edison State offers the Rave Guardian mobile app, a safety feature which turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. Download the free Rave Guardian safety app to check in with family, friends, campus security or others you trust to help you stay safe both on and off campus. With the app you can:

    • Call the Edison State Department of Public Safety  You can use text tips, including photos, to contact campus security if you are in trouble or if you want to report something suspicious. To call security, simply press the Rave Guardian panic button. It will provide an Edison State security officer with your name, location and any other pertinent information that you choose to include when setting up your account. This dramatically increases the odds that help will find you quickly.

    NOTE  Your personal information and location is accessible to Edison State Security ONLY if you actively signal for help.

    • Set a Safety Timer  Notify people you trust to check in on you if you are alone or in an unfamiliar place. 
    • Manage and Message Your Guardian  Invite family, friends or others to be your Guardian, and communicate with them within the app as needed.
    • Call local 911.

    To download the Rave Guardian App, go to the App Store on iTunes or Google Play on your smartphone. After downloading, set up a Guardian account using your Edison State email address. For questions regarding the Rave Guardian app, contact the Department of Public Safety.

  • Edison Alerts

    Edison State Community College has partnered with Rave Mobile Safety to provide an emergency alert system called Edison Alerts. All current students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in the program. Upon enrollment, an email notification from Edison Alerts will be sent to your Edison State email account, prompting you to complete the registration process. You must complete the registration process in order to receive Edison Alerts via text, phone and/or personal email.

    Text or Voice Message Alerts  You are highly encouraged to login to the Rave Mobile Safety site to add cell phone numbers and any additional email addresses where you would like to receive Edison Alerts. You will receive Edison Alerts via your Edison email account ONLY if you do not complete the registration process.

    NOTE  Your cell phone provider may charge a per-text message fee for the delivery of emergency notifications to your phone.

    If deemed necessary by the Vice President of Administration and Finance, a campus-wide alert will be issued in the event that a situation arises that may institute a threat—either on or off campus. Students, faculty, staff and other registered users will receive the warning through Edison Alerts. Depending upon the particular circumstances of the situation, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, a notice may also be posted on the College website and social media channels.

    If you have questions or problems setting up your Edison Alerts, please contact the Department of Public Safety for assistance.

    2022 Annual Security Report

    Edison State Community College, in compliance with the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 provides campus crime statistics and information for the 2021 calendar year. A comprehensive annual report of crime-related information is compiled, published and distributed to all students and employees and to any prospective student or employee upon request. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for authoring and distributing this report for the College.

    Faculty, staff and students receive the updated Annual Campus Safety Report via email and are notified that it is available in printed copy and online. Printed copies are available at the  Edison State Piqua campus in Room 165 and are available upon request to any DPS staff member at any regional campus. The College’s statistics, as well as statistics submitted by other colleges and universities, can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s website.

    Edison State Community College contracts with U.S. Security Associates, Inc. to provide security services to our campus. Edison State security officers have the responsibility to provide building and premises security to all property within the limits of the Edison State facility and property, and to protect the lives and safety of employees, students and guests on the property. Security officers have the authority to enforce all Edison State rules and policies that have been established for the protection of our stakeholders. They have the authority to ask persons for identification to determine whether individuals have lawful business on campus. Security officers do not possess arrest power. Criminal incidents at the Piqua campus are referred to the Piqua Police Department and incidents at the Darke County campus are referred to the Greenville Police Department. Because Edison State is a state community college, the Ohio State Highway Patrol has primary jurisdiction over both campuses. Edison State security maintains a highly professional working relationship with all agencies. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to campus security and to the Piqua or Greenville Police Departments. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

    ! Familiarize yourself with the emergency procedures and evacuation routes of classrooms or areas that you frequently use.
    ! Contact security at 937.778.7820 to report anyone who looks suspicious or does not appear to have business on campus.
    ! Be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Awareness is a proven method for increasing personal safety.
    ! Avoid walking around campus alone after dark and normal campus hours. If you must be out after dark:
    • Travel with others whenever possible.
    • Ask a security officer to walk with you.
    • Have your keys in your hand so you don't have to search for them.
    • Don't forget - you have an alarm button on your car key.
    • Be aware of your surroundings. Do not walk and text. Walk confidently and at a steady pace.
    ! Always let someone know where you will be and when you plan on arriving at or returning to your destination. You can alert campus security by using our Rave Guardian app.
    ! Practice caution and common sense not only on campus, but everywhere.

    All Edison State parking lots are patrolled by security personnel and violations will be issued for inappropriate parking.

    Student and General Parking
    General parking is any space not designated for faculty/staff, visitors, disabled/handicapped or childcare drop-off. Anyone may park in general parking. 

    Faculty and Staff Parking 
    Only faculty and staff with valid faculty/staff permits may park in faculty/staff parking spaces. These spaces are limited in number so faculty and staff must also use general parking. 

    Adjunct Parking 
    Only adjunct instructors with valid permits may park in designated adjunct parking spaces.

    Childcare Drop-off Parking
    Several parking spaces in lot 4 are dedicated to those dropping off children who attend the Edison State Childcare Center. Parking in these spaces is limited to 10 minutes. 

    Disabled/Handicapped Parking
    Special parking spaces are set aside to make the campus accessible to people with disabilities. These spaces are marked with a blue disability sign and/or paint. Only those with a disability parking placard or license plate issued by the State of Ohio or another state may use these parking spaces.

    Anyone who is temporarily disabled (e.g. as a result of an injury or surgery), may obtain a temporary disability parking permit by contacting Disability Services in Room 160.

    Visitor Parking
    Visitor parking spaces have been set aside for the convenience and hospitality of those visiting the college. No permit is required for visitors to park in visitor parking spaces on an occasional basis. All visitor spaces are monitored on a daily basis to make sure that they are only being used by visitors, and that faculty, staff and students are not utilizing them.

    Edison State Community College complies the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), which was signed into federal law on March 7, 2014. Please visit the Edison State Title IX page for established policies and procedures. You may also review the Edison State Annual Security Report regarding any VAWA-related offense reporting and policy disclosures. To make our campus as safe as possible, please familiarize yourself with our procedures and feel free to ask any Campus Security Officer or other listed campus official for additional information or to make a report. Reports can be accepted confidentially. You can download documents from our website or you can visit the Security Office (Room 161–D) for a hard-copy version.

    In an effort to keep Edison State employees and students aware of safety information, the following are links to the Darke, Miami and Shelby County Sheriff's websites and the State of Ohio's website where information on sexual predators is posted.

    Darke County Sheriff's Department | Search for Offenders
    Miami County Sheriff's Department | Search for Offenders
    Shelby County Sheriff's Department | Search for Offenders
    Ohio Attorney General's Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification (eSORN) Searchable Database

    Edison State Community College has an Exposure Control Program to minimize the risk of transmission of bloodborne pathogens, in order to provide a safe workplace to the Edison State community and ensure compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHS) Regulations.

    Click below for more information.