Department of Public Safety

On behalf of the DTC Department of Public Safety, welcome to our webpage and thank you for taking the time to learn about our department. I am honored to have the privilege of serving the DTC community and as the police chief, I invite you to browse our webpage and familiarize yourself with our department. My hope is that these pages provide useful information about the police department and the services we currently provide.

As your chief of police, I will always listen to your needs and strive to be open and honest with community members. I believe maintaining a high level of professionalism and integrity within the police department serves to build trust and respect from our campus community and the community at large. We are committed to delivering quality services, maintaining high ethical standards, and fostering an atmosphere of P.A.N.T.H.E.R pride to provide the highest quality of campus law enforcement.

Our policing philosophy balances a foundation of traditional policing concepts with community-oriented policing.  We know everyone is a valued member of our campus community and problem solving is a shared responsibility.  Community problems are often best addressed by working in partnerships that will improve public relations and increase public confidence.  We will continually develop interactive partnerships to assist in finding solutions to our community problems.

I look forward to an exciting and fulfilling year at Denmark Technical College!

Rodney Bond
Chief of Police

Mission

The Department of Public Safety serves, protects, and engages the campus community through quality services, education, partnerships, and proactive law enforcement strategies to ensure the optimal college experience.

Vision

To accomplish our mission, Public Safety Officer’s will utilize crime reduction strategies and community policing initiatives that focus on the safety and welfare of the campus community through shared responsibility.  We are committed to delivering quality services, maintaining high ethical standards, and fostering an atmosphere of P.A.N.T.H.E.R pride to provide the highest quality of campus law enforcement.

Law Enforcement Goals and Objectives

  • To provide the highest level of law enforcement services.
  • Continue advance training to keep with current best practices
  • Enforce South Carolina state laws and campus policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Provide a resource for responding to emergencies.
  • Continue to monitor the community’s safety and security concerns through surveys and committee involvement and to implement programs to address these concerns.
  • Improve relationships with local, state, and federal agencies through professional organizations, task forces, and information sharing.
  • Increase the use of current technology.
  • Create and maintain a documented history of challenges faced and met through articles, memos, photographs, and ceremonies to increase pride within our Division and the campus community.
  • Improve the level and focus of training for the department and in support of career development throughout our profession.  The administration will seek out opportunities to allow the Department to become the host agency for training classes.
  • Seek grant funding to improve our efficiency and operations while minimizing reliance on the operating budget for improvements.
  • Increase the number of safety and security training sessions for student, faculty, and staff; monitor the value of these sessions through participant evaluations; and make adjustments when necessary to achieve the greatest level of effectiveness.

Regulations

The Department of Public Safety (located in Building 022) enforces federal, state, county, and municipal laws, rules and regulations to ensure the protection and security of persons and property in the Denmark Technical College (DTC) campus community. The College’s Public Safety Officers are Certified Class I Law Enforcement officers; and commissioned by the Governor as state constables with full police powers and state-wide jurisdiction. All South Carolina State Statutes are enforced in accordance with the law on the campus of Denmark Technical College. Students are requested to adhere to the laws, rules, and regulations provided to promote public safety and security in the Denmark Tech Community.

  1. C. Code of Law (16-11-510), Malicious Injury to Property makes it a misdemeanor for anyone to willfully damage, destroy, or change in any manner the property of another, in this case, your fellow students, faculty/staff or property of Denmark Technical College. (Malicious injury to real property – damage less than $2,000 (misdemeanor), more than $2,000 (Felony).

S.C Code of Law (16-11-770) Illegal Graffiti Vandalism

Any inscription, writing, drawing, marking or design that is painted, sprayed, etched, scratched, or otherwise placed on structures, buildings, dwellings, statues, monuments, fences, vehicles or other similar materials that are on public or private property and that are publicly viewable without the consent of the owner, manager, or agent in charge of the property.

Misdemeanor –

1st offense – fined not less than $1,000.00 or imprisoned not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days.

2nd offense – within 10 years, fined not more $2500.00 than 1 year.

3rd offense – within 10 years if 1st offense, fined not more than $3,000.00 or imprisoned not more than 3 years in addition to removal of the illegal graffiti, pay the cost of the removal, or make further restitution in the discretion of the court.

Law Enforcement Officers will conduct periodic surveillance. Violators will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

Speeding or Failing to Stop for Stop Sign

The speed limit on campus is 15 mph. Violators will be issued a uniform traffic ticket and a summons to magistrate court. Violators will be fined not less than $155 or 30 days in jail and/or two or more points will be assessed on their driver’s license.

S.C. Code of Law (16-17-53) Public Disorderly Conduct – A person who is: (1) found on any highway or at any public place or public gathering in a grossly intoxicated condition or otherwise conducts himself in a disorderly or boisterous manner; (2) uses obscene or profane language on any highway or at any public place or gathering or in hearing distance of any schoolhouse or church; or (3) while under the influence or feigning to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor, without just cause or excuse, discharges any gun, pistol, or other firearm while upon or within fifty yards of any public road or highway, except upon his own premises, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one hundred dollars or be imprisoned for not more than thirty days. Disorderly conduct laws apply on the campus of Denmark Technical College.

Alcohol and Drug Use on Campus

It is against DTC’s Policy to have in your possession or use any alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs.  Student found in violation of this policy are subject to DTC sanctions and/or criminal prosecution.

Loitering on Campus

Loitering on campus at night after visiting hours is strictly prohibited. Students are requested to either be in dormitories or leave the campus. Students may be stopped DTC Public Safety personnel and asked to present a student ID card to determine status. 

Students are required to produce identification upon request by any law enforcement officer or security officer on the campus of Denmark Technical College.

Students are requested to adhere to the laws, rules, and regulations provided to promote safety and security at the college.

S.C. Code of Law (16-23-420). Possession of firearm on school property.

(A) It is unlawful for a person to possess a firearm of any kind on any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, other post-secondary institution, or in any publicly owned building, without the express permission of the authorities in charge of the premises or property. The provisions of this subsection related to any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, or other post-secondary institution, do not apply to a person who is authorized to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 31, Title 23 when the weapon remains inside an attended or locked motor vehicle and is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.

(B) It is unlawful for a person to enter the premises or property described in subsection (A) and to display, brandish, or threaten others with a firearm.

(C) A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.  Possession of any kind of weapon, i.e., handguns, fireworks or explosives is prohibited on any property owned or operated by Denmark Technical College.

NOTE: Penalty for possession of firearms or other dangerous weapons on or off Denmark Technical College Property: ANY STUDENT WHO IS FOUND TO BE IN THE POSSESSION OF A FIREARM OR OTHER DANGEROUS WEAPONS WHILE ON OR OFF DENMARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE PROPERTY WILL BE EXPELLED FROM THE COLLEGE AND REMOVED FROM THE CAMPUS IMMEDIATELY.

PLEASE NOTE: Denmark Technical College expressly prohibits the possession of alcohol and drugs; firearms or other dangerous weapons; and fighting (on campus and/or off campus). The penalty for violation of this regulation is suspension and/or expulsion from the college.

General

All South Carolina State laws and Bamberg County laws apply on the Denmark Technical College campus unless specifically superseded by Denmark Technical College’s regulations.

The Bamberg County Court has jurisdiction over all traffic and parking offenses.

Drivers must obey the instructions of designated traffic controllers.

All posted traffic signs and signals must be obeyed.

Uniform state and Denmark Technical College citations will be issued to violators.

Traffic, parking and registration violation fines must be paid to the Business Office. Failure to pay at the Business Office will result in a summons to magistrate’s court and additional fines imposed.

Denmark Technical College assumes no responsibility for any vehicle or its contents.

Vehicle traffic on campus between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. is restricted.

Vehicle accidents on campus must be reported to the Office of Public Safety immediately.

Pedestrians always have the right of way.

Vehicle Registration/Liability Insurance

Temporary parking permits are issued for any reasonable need by the Denmark Technical College Department of Public Safety.

All vehicles of faculty/staff and students regularly or occasionally driven on campus must be registered with the Denmark Technical College Department of Public Safety.

  Identification decals or visitor’s passes must be displayed as directed on all vehicles while on the campus of Denmark Technical College.

  Vehicle registrants are responsible for all non-moving and parking violations.

Proof of liability insurance and driver’s license must be shown to any Public Safety or Security Officer upon request.

All vehicles must stop at the security booth before entering the campus.

Traffic Controls

Parking, standing, loading and unloading are prohibited on yellow curbs and where posted.

Parking on grass in front of shop buildings or doorways is prohibited at any time.

Fast take-offs, loud mufflers, or loud radios are not allowed on campus.

Vehicles are not allowed to park or be parked or sitting in a lane of traffic except to avoid an accident.

Towing and Impoundment

Vehicles may be towed and impounded at owner’s risk and expense if:

The vehicle is blocking a fire lane.

The vehicle is blocking another vehicle’s traffic lane, driveway, or service entrance.

The vehicle is parked in a restricted area. (This includes Faculty and Staff parking areas).

Three or more outstanding traffic and/or parking citations have been issued against the vehicle.

The vehicle is creating a safety hazard as determined by a DTC Public Safety Officer.

Vehicles are repaired in parking lots or traffic lanes at any time for any reason.

Vehicle(s) left on campus during college breaks.

Parking Decals

Parking decals can be obtained from The Office of Public Safety located in building 022.

All decals must be displayed on the bottom left side of the front windshield.

Vehicle decals should be removed upon expiration or when a student’s or employee’s status changes. 

Fees for Decals

Faculty/Staff Reserve -$160.00

Faculty/Staff Non-Reserve -$80.00

Student  -$25.00 per semester

 

Campus Parking Fines

Handicapped Parking – $150.00

Not Registered or Failure to Display Sticker – $30.00

Faculty/Staff/Visitor Parking Space – $30.00

No Parking Zone/Loading Zone/Grassy Area – $30.00

Blocking Vehicles/Roadway/Walkway  – $30.00

Parking in Fire Lane  – $30.00

Occupying Two Spaces – $30.00

Other – Noise Violation, Curfew Violation, etc. -$50.00/$25.00

-Fines double if not paid or appealed within 10 days.

-Written appeals must be filed within 5 days from date listed on the ticket.

– Payment may be made in person at the Cashiers Office and no personal checks are accepted.

Animal Regulations

  • No animals are allowed on the campus of Denmark Technical College.
  • All animals will be brought to the attention of Animal Control and subsequently picked up for loitering on the campus of Denmark Technical College.

Cafeteria Regulations

The Thomas N. Rhoad Hall is the main cafeteria on campus. All student, faculty and staff meals are prepared and served in this building during academic sessions. Students are required to adhere to the following policies while using the cafeteria:

  • Male students are required to remove hats, caps or any head wear.
  • Large containers, jars, jugs, etc. are not allowed in the cafeteria.
  • Boom boxes (large stereos) are not allowed in the cafeteria.
  • It is unlawful to remove dishes, glasses, and silverware from the cafeteria.
  • Loud noise and the use of profanity is prohibited in the cafeteria.
  • Cutting the serving line is prohibited. Those persons found in violation of cutting the line will not be served.
  • Students must present a valid student I.D. card with the proper sticker affixed in order to be served during all meals.
  • Students are not allowed behind the serving line or in the kitchen.
  • Students are required to remove trays from the table after each meal.
  • Smoking and vaping is prohibited.

Student Center Regulations

The Student Center is provided for the use of current students enrolled at Denmark Technical College, faculty, staff, and their guests. A valid Denmark Technical College I.D. card should always be kept in your possession to verify your status. Please adhere to the following rules while visiting the Student Center:

  • Shirts and shoes are required at all times.
  • Profanity is not allowed.
  • No alcoholic beverages, weapons, or drugs are allowed.
  • Sitting on pool tables or any other tables is prohibited.
  • Chairs are not to be moved from their position or from one room to another.
  • Keep the center clean by throwing trash and other garbage in the trash containers provided, especially after eating and drinking in the canteen food area.
  • Please do not beat on the pool tables or video games.
  • Radios may be played on low volume in the game area only.

Failure to comply with these rules will result in the suspension of your privilege to use of this facility.

Gym Regulations

Please adhere to the following rules and regulations while visiting the gym:

  • Proper gym attire must always be worn (tennis shoes, warm-ups, or shorts, shirt, etc.).
  • Good conduct must be maintained. (No Profanity Allowed).
  • You must have approval to be in the gym (persons turning on the lights and playing without approval will be charged with trespassing).
  • Lights are to be turned on by a Denmark Technical College staff member.
  • No alcoholic beverages, weapons, or drugs are allowed.
  • Keep gym floor and bleacher area clean. Always throw trash in the proper container.

This facility is for the use of current Denmark Technical College’s students, faculty, staff, and/or authorized guests of the College.

Regulations for Outdoor Sports Facilities

Please adhere to the following regulations while using the outdoor courts:

  • Proper tennis attire must be worn while playing on tennis courts (shorts, tops, and tennis shoes).
  • Tennis shoes must be worn on basketball courts.
  • No skates, hover boards, skateboards, bicycles, or toys are allowed on the courts.
  • Good conduct and courtesy is expected.
  • No profanity is allowed on or near the courts.
  • Persons involved in vandalism will be prosecuted.
  • No alcoholic beverages, weapons, or drugs are allowed.
  • No food or drink is allowed inside the fence.
  • No loitering.
  • Keep courts and area clean and orderly.
  • Turn lights off when not in use.

Sexual assault is a violent act of aggression. Studies show that between 19- 27 percent of female college students are victims of rape or attempted rape and between 85-90 percent know their attacker. Victims of sexual assault are urged to report the crime.  Persons who commit this crime are known to repeat the act and cannot be caught or stopped without the victim’s assistance. The following applies to all members of the Denmark Technical College community:  students, faculty, administrators, staff, contract employees and visitors.

Denmark Technical College (DTC) is committed to providing an institutional environment where all persons may pursue their studies, careers, duties and activities in an atmosphere free of all threat of unwelcome and unwanted sexual actions. DTC strongly condemns sexual offenses and will not tolerate sexual offenders and supports those who have been victimized.

Denmark Technical College urges all students and personnel to exercise sound judgment when moving about the campus. Dormitory students are always informed during student orientation to lock their doors and windows. They should let someone know where they are going and should not walk alone, particularly at night.

If a sexual assault occurs on campus, The Department of Public Safety should be notified immediately. If the responding officer is not a female, a female officer or female authority figure may be requested. The main objectives are to get medical assistance for the victim and preserve the crime scene. The College Nurse, the President, the Chief Student Services Officer and Academic Support and the Chief of Public Safety should be notified immediately. Every effort will be made by College personnel to handle sexual assault with the utmost discretion.

Sexual assault is committed against a person’s will, as well as evidenced by refusal of consent or the use of force, threat or intimidation, or against a person who by virtue of mental incapacity or physical helplessness, is unable to give or withhold consent. This includes, but is not limited to, incapacity or helplessness caused by alcohol or other drugs. 

Intoxication of the assailant shall not diminish the assailant’s responsibility for sexual assault.

If sexual assault occurs off-campus, the police officers from the proper jurisdiction should be notified immediately. Emergency Medical Services should be notified. In order to preserve the evidence needed for the investigation, the victim should avoid douching, showering, changing clothes, brushing teeth, drinking or disturbing the crime scene in any way.

Denmark Technical College personnel will respond promptly, fairly and decisively to all reports of sexual assault. Members of the college community accused of these actions will be subject to college disciplinary procedures when the alleged incident has occurred on campus or when the action has occurred off campus and materially affects the learning environment or operations of DTC.

Sexual assaults are serious violations of DTC’s student code, (DTC’s) faculty standards and employee policies.  They are crimes under state law and are punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.  In addition, these actions are subject to civil suit for damages. 

Any student or employee who experiences sexual harassment (including sexual misconduct, sexual assault or sexual violence), harassment or discrimination based on sex is encouraged to contact the DTC Title IX Coordinator. The office is located on the Main Campus in Bldg. 029, (Academic Support Center) and she may be reached at (803) 793-5241. Students and employees are also encouraged to contact the DTC Campus Police at (803) 793-5170 or email bondr@denmarktech.edu to report alleged sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, or sexual assault or any other criminal behavior based upon their sex.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act)

This Act is a federal law that requires colleges to report crimes that occur “on campus” and school safety policies. This information is available each year in an Annual Security Report (ASR), which can be found on your school’s website. The Clery Act also requires schools to send timely warnings to the school community when there are known risks to public safety on campus.

Campus Security Authority (CSA) is an individual, who by virtue of their university responsibilities and under the Clery Act, is designated to receive and report criminal incidents to the Department of Public Safety so that they may be included and published in the university’s Annual Security Report.

Clery Act regulations define “campus security authorities” as: 

  1. An institution’s campus police or security department
  2. Other individuals with security responsibilities, such as those monitoring access to campus property (e.g., parking lots, residence halls, and athletic venues
  3. Individuals or organizations designated in the institution’s security policy as those to whom students and employees should report crimes
  4. Officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities, such as student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings

**For more information about The Jeanne Clery Act please visit The Department of Education:  https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/campus.html

Title IX Reporting

Any administrator or supervisor, including a department chair, or other administrator, or person in a position with power over a student or employee who receives notice of a student’s or employee’s complaint of alleged prohibited harassment, including sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual assault or any other criminal behavior based upon sex or discrimination, must immediately contact the DTC Title IX Coordinator. Failure to immediately report any Title IX matter may result in disciplinary action against any person, (administrators, faculty or staff member) in a position of power over a student or employee. The Title IX Coordinator will work in coordination with Student Development Services administrators in cases involving students and with the Office of Human Resources in cases involving DTC employees.

For more information about Title IX please visit The Department of Education:  https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html

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Rodney Bond

Chief of Public Safety