Safety

Students, faculty and employees of HMC have the right to expect a safe place in which to study and work. It is the responsibility of the community to follow all safety policies established by HMC. The safety of employees, students, the public and College operations is the responsibility of everyone. Safety is to take precedence over expediency and short cuts. Every attempt will be made to reduce the possibility of accident occurrence. The College intends to comply fully with CAL-OSHA and any other applicable laws.

Campus Safety, Pendleton Building, 150 E. Eighth Street
909.621.8170 / Emergency 909.607.2000

Campus Safety website

Campus Safety is responsible for maintaining security and safety for The Claremont Colleges community and for continually educating the community on safety awareness. Campus Safety also offers its services to all 5-College events. Other responsibilities include patrolling, traffic enforcement and vehicle registration. The emergency number is 909.607.2000; the non-emergency number is 909.621.8170.

Student Identification

Please carry your student identification card with you at all times. You must identify yourself to Campus Safety or a college official when asked. Students who run away, give a false name or refuse to identify themselves will be referred to DB/JB.

Suspicious Activities/Persons

Do not hesitate to report a suspicious activity or person to Campus Safety. Officers will immediately respond and investigate the incident. HMC’s greatest defense against crime is the community looking out for itself. If you are a victim of a personal or property crime, immediately call Campus Safety to report the matter. If you see a situation or person that is unusual or suspicious, do the following:

  1. dial the Campus Safety dispatcher at 909.607.2000,
  2. identify yourself as a Harvey Mudd College student,
  3. give a concise description of the situation, and
  4. provide a detailed description of the person(s) and his or her location or direction of travel.

Security Notices

Periodically, an email alert about suspicious incidents and crimes at the College and the surrounding area will be distributed to all faculty, staff and students. In addition, each student will receive an annual report listing crime statistics and tips to prevent crime and stay safe. These will be also posted on the Campus Safety Reports page.

Bicycle Theft

Bicycle theft is a frequent crime at The Claremont Colleges. HMC has responded by installing heavy-duty bike racks throughout the campus. Bike registration is available through Campus Safety (registered bikes are much more likely to be recovered and returned). In addition, discounted, heavy-duty bike U-locks and accessories are available for purchase from the dean of students office for $10. The College also provides students with engravers to etch identification on bikes and other property.

Blue Lights

Emergency phones are located all along the main east/west campus mall. They are easily recognizable with either yellow exteriors and blue light on top or as free-standing columns. These phones serve a dual purpose. They direct-dial Campus Safety to allow individuals to report an emergency or a suspicious incident. The columns also serve as loudspeakers for information and instructions in case of an emergency on campus.

Whistles

The College provides a whistle to all new students. If someone is following you or acting suspicious, blow the whistle loudly. Campus Safety and the 5-College community are trained to respond to whistle alerts. If you hear a whistle blown, call Campus Safety. After describing where you heard the whistle, you may investigate with a group of people. A fine may be levied against anyone abusing the whistle.

Security Tips

  1. There is safety in numbers; travel with a friend.
  2. Always walk in well-lit areas. Avoid wooded, isolated areas, especially at night.
  3. Always look alert and confident.
  4. Always look through your peephole before opening the door to your dorm.
  5. Always look into your car before entering it.
  6. Report any security situation or person that seems suspicious or doesn’t feel right.
  7. Always lock your room and suite doors, and carry your key at all times.
  8. Consider using a locking system to secure your computer to your desk.

Pranks—General Guidelines

(As of December 2009)

Students at Harvey Mudd College have established a history of practical (and not so practical) jokes collectively referred to as “pranks.” Some pranks are onetime events while others traditionally recur every year. Pranks are a regular feature of the HMC culture but not at the other Claremont Colleges. Students run the risk of civil/criminal/campus judicial prosecution if they take or use property owned by the other campuses in the course of a prank.

Students planning a prank must be aware that public art is off-limits for pranking. Also, access to building roofs, fires and explosives is not permitted as the component a of prank.

All pranks should comply with the Fire Code. For example, the following are prohibited:

  • Locking others in rooms
  • Blocking off a courtyard area
  • Any other prank which does not leave at least two unobstructed exits from any area.

Students who plan pranks that involve campus facilities or equipment should let the on-call facilities and maintenance representative and the on-call dean know in advance. As a result, when the prank is discovered, Campus Safety and the College administration can verify the legitimacy of the activity and not disturb the prank. Pranksters should also leave a phone number and name at the site so that those with questions or concerns can direct them effectively.

Individuals will be held responsible for any circumstances that are the result of a prank, including financial, time or academic commitments. Pranks that are deemed unsafe or disrupt the business of the College will be reversed immediately. Pranks must be reversed within 24 hours of notification to do so.

Consent

(The following passages are excerpted from a statement written by Robb Walters ’01 and approved by the Dormitory Affairs Committee of ASHMC, September 2000)

Pranking really has few rules. The most important of these rules is that each prank must be reversible. This rule is widely thought to be a sufficient safeguard against pranks getting out of hand. It does provide a simple way to rule out many bad ideas, but it is not enough to ensure that all pranks will be seen as fun and harmless by all of the involved parties. The problem is that no prank is reversible if someone feels violated or offended. It may be only a small minority that would respond negatively to a given prank, but it is important for the rest of us to respect the right of those students to a non-hostile school environment. Hazing is illegal and cannot (and should not) be tolerated by the College.

The only way to do this is to put more emphasis on consent. This means that we need to establish guidelines to ensure that everyone who is on the receiving end of a prank has given their consent and is comfortable with the activity. The specific pranks of “whirling” and “showering” already have a strict consent arrangement. A person may stop the prank at any time at their discretion. It would be an Honor Code violation to continue against someone’s will. We have extended a similar arrangement to all pranks on campus.

We recognize that many pranks would be ruined if you had to ask those people whom you wished to prank for permission in advance. The element of surprise would disappear, taking the entertainment value of the prank with it. The solution to this problem is to obtain consent in advance. Everyone will implicitly give consent in advance to all pranks. Exceptions to this blanket consent need to be filed with the proctor of the dorm where the person lives. If you want to prank someone, you will be responsible for getting up-to-date information on whether the person you wish to prank has given his or her consent. This information will be available from the proctor of the dorm where the person lives. If you intentionally or unintentionally prank someone who has withdrawn his or her consent, you will be referred to the Judicial or Disciplinary Board Chair for violating the HMC Honor Code. With specific respect to pranks involving unauthorized entry, it is permitted to prank the roommate of a student on the no-prank list unless that person has specified “No entry.”

If you put your name on the no prank list, you must not participate in pranks; if you put your name on the list only for a specific item, you are not completely prohibited from pranking others. You just may not prank that item of others. Participation in a prank when you are on the no prank list is considered an Honor Code violation. You also cannot join the list to avoid retaliation for a prank you participated in.

Faculty and staff will not be participating in this system. If you plan on pulling a prank that will affect one of these HMC community members, it is strongly recommended that you discuss your plans with the dean of students office in advance.