Campus Safety & Security
The Department of Public Safety is committed to providing a safe, secure, and orderly environment in which learning, working, and administrative operations of the College have the opportunity to excel. The safety of our campuses is a cooperative effort of students, faculty, staff and visitors and all of us must assume responsibility for our own personal safety as well as the protection of our personal and college property.
The Department, with the main office on the Lee Campus, is comprised of both sworn and non-sworn public safety personnel. The Director, sergeants on the Charlotte, Collier and Lee campus and police officers on the Lee campus are sworn law enforcement officers as required by Florida statute. The Collier and Charlotte campuses are also staffed with licensed, uniformed DSI Security Services officers who patrol the campus facilities twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year. Each campus has a public safety office.
Access is provided to campus facilities during normal operating hours. Prior arrangements should be made in writing to the Public Safety office for admittance to campus buildings after hours. Florida SouthWestern State College has residential housing for students in LightHouse Commons, a 405 bed facility on the Lee campus.
Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th and is now upon us and it only takes one storm to change your life and community. As we begin this potentially tumultuous time of year, FSW Public Safety wants you to be aware and prepared.
FSW has put several procedures in place to keep its students, faculty and staff safe. Depending on the anticipated severity of a storm, the college may be required to evacuate its campuses for a hurricane. While this is not a common occurrence, it is imperative that students and employees develop a personal evacuation plan now and be ready to implement that plan if a storm threatens the area. Once an evacuation is ordered, all events and classes will be canceled.
When a Tropical Storm or Hurricane threatens one of our campuses, FSW Public Safety will alert our FSW students and employees through local news media sources, the college’s Facebook, Twitter and FSW homepage as well as utilize the Emergency Notification System, which includes telephone messages, texts, and email notifications. The contact information used for this system is generated by the information you have provided to the college. It is recommended though, that everyone take a moment to review and update your PERSONAL EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION on your FSW Portal Account.
FSW has a Public Health Resources web page that shares various national and community hyperlinks pertaining to your overall health and safety. Two of those links lead to more detailed information about hurricane preparedness. The link that takes you to the National Weather Service page has two important videos listed where one highlights “Getting Ready for Hurricanes” and one highlights “How Prepared Are You For A Hurricane”.
The Campus Public Safety web page has other “Quick Links” that contain other helpful information like: an All Hazards Guide, Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide and other various links to weather and storm tracking sites. Any decision to close campuses and/or cancel classes will be made in a timely manner by the Emergency Management Team receiving regular updates from FSW Public Safety as they monitor storm activity.
LIGHTHOUSE COMMONS RESIDENTS
In the event that a hurricane may impact our immediate area, resident students will be notified to vacate the campus and those without a place to go will be asked to stay at a nearby shelter. Resident students living at Light House Commons are encouraged to review their Housing Residential Living Guide found on the Housing webpage.
Please review this important information to become as aware and prepared as possible for the upcoming season!
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8099 College Parkway
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
Building D, Room 101
7505 Grand Lely Drive
Naples, Florida 34113
Building A, Room 100
26300 Airport Road
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
Building N, Room 105
1092 E. Cowboy Way
LaBelle, FL 33935
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