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Campus Safety

Security at Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville Community College is concerned with the safety and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors to all of our locations and strives to provide a safe and secure environment. Assistance is available in reporting criminal activity or accidents on campus or surounding the campus.

In Case of Emergency

Call 911 immediately then contact the HCC Safety Office once it is safe to do so.

Contact information for HCC Safety and Security 

HCC Safety and Security: (270) 707-3795 
John R. Braun Jr., Operations Manager Safety and Security
Office: Hopkinsville Campus, Academic Building, Room 169
Office Phone:  (270) 707-3795
Cell Phone: (270) 498-9150

Parking at HCC

Parking at all campus locations is on a first-come basis for students, visitors, faculty, and staff. Each location has designated parking for those with handicapped parking designation tags or license plates issued by their state of residence. These tags or license plates MUST be up to date, and properly displayed. These reserved places are for the person with the disability and not for any other person operating the vehicle.

Parking in roadways or fire lanes and blocking loading docks is strictly prohibited.  Violators may be towed at their own expense.


Fines for illegal parking may be issued by the Hopkinsville Police Department or the Kentucky State Police.  Fines will vary depending on the severity of the violation.

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What are SNAP text alerts? 

Text messages to mobile phones regarding campus emergencies.

Why would I want  to get SNAP?

So you can stay alert to campus danger or inclement weather information (i.e. gunman on campus, bomb threats, terror threats, severe weather).

Who can get SNAP?

All students, faculty and staff.

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Higher Education Safety and Security Laws

Hopkinsville Community College complies with federal and state laws regarding higher education safety and security. We encourage the prompt and accurate reporting of ALL criminal matters occurring on campus. These incidents should be reported to the Safety Officer, who will then contact the local police if necessary.

The Campus Security Guard is available all hours of the college operation and can be reached by dialing (270) 707-3795.

Incidents of on-campus crimes must be reported in compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Minger Act.

Safety and Crisis Management Plan

Spouse and Child Abuse

Do you know that in Kentucky the law requires mandatory reporting of spouse abuse, child abuse, and abuse of those adults unable to protect themselves, such as the elderly or perhaps a person with a disability?  Learn more by visiting the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association.  

Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to it.

The Clery Act, originally enacted by the Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, was championed by Howard & Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. They also founded the non-profit Security On Campus, Inc. in 1987. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.

Annual Report

As part of the college's Campus Crime Reporting Policy, schools must publish an annual report every year by October 1st that contains 3 years worth of campus crime statistics and certain security policy statements including sexual assault policies which assure basic victims' rights, the law enforcement authority of campus police and where students should go to report crimes. The report is to be made available automatically to all current students and employees while prospective students and employees are to be notified of its existence and afforded an opportunity to request a copy.  A copy of the statistics must also be provided to the U.S. Department of Education.

Crime Statistics

Each school must disclose crime statistics for the campus, unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities.  The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement, and other school officials who have "significant responsibility for student and campus activities" such as student judicial affairs directors. 

Crimes are reported in the following 7 major categories, with several sub-categories: 1.) Criminal Homicide broken down by a.) Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter and b.) Negligent manslaughter; 2.) Sex Offenses broken down by a.) Forcible Sex Offenses (includes rape) and b.) Nonforcible Sex Offenses; 3.) Robbery; 4.) Aggravated Assault; 5.) Burglary; 6.) Motor Vehicle Theft; and 7.) Arson. Schools are also required to report all hate crimes involving bodily injury.  In addition, schools are required to report the following three types of incidents if they result in either an arrest or disciplinary referral: 1.) Liquor Law Violations; 2.) Drug Law Violations; and 3.) Illegal Weapons Possession. If both an arrest and referral are made only the arrest is counted.

Michael Minger Act

The Michael Minger Act is a Kentucky state law that requires public colleges and universities as well as private institutions licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to report campus crimes to their employees, students and the public on a timely basis.

The Minger Act requires a public crime log, to be available on-line, recording incidents known to campus police and other campus officials, as well as special reports when there is an ongoing threat to the safety of students and employees. Schools must also report their crime statistics annually to the CPE which has responsibility for developing formats for reporting crime statistics and for ensuring that annual reports are received from the institutions.

According to KRS 164.9481, 164.9483 and 164.9485, "Campus" means all property owned, managed, or controlled by an institution of postsecondary education including but not limited to academic buildings; student housing and recreational facilities operated by any officially recognized student organization; all sections of public property such as streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities immediately contiguous to campus buildings; and remote facilities leased for use as classroom space or student living.  Beginning 2009 it was deemed not necessary to complete reports for any other location other than the Hopkinsville and Ft. Campbell campuses.

See below HCC’s Michael Minger Act Reports for calendar years 2009 and 2010:  Note: Minger reports require Adobe Reader to view. Adobe Reader is required to view these links.

 Main Campus     2009 2010
 Ft. Campbell Campus 2009 2010

KCTCS/HCC Weapons on Campus Policy

Weapons, including concealed weapons, are not permitted on the Hopkinsville Community College campus.  The concealed weapon bill, passed by the Kentucky legislature, grants colleges the right to prohibit possession of deadly weapons on campus.  For more information on this policy read the KCTCS Policy on Deadly Weapons PDF icon in its entirety.

KCTCS/HCC Substance Abuse Policy

KCTCS is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for its students, faculty, and staff. KCTCS has defined conduct in relation to the unlawful possession, use, dispensation, distribution, or manufacture of alcohol or illicit drugs. Conduct which is in violation of this definition poses unacceptable risks and disregard for the health, safety, and welfare of members of the KCTCS community and shall result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or termination.

As a recipient of federal grants and contracts, KCTCS gives this notice to students, faculty, and staff that it is in compliance with, and shall continue to be in compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989. Students, faculty and staff are herein notified of the standards of conduct which shall be applicable while on KCTCS property, on KCTCS business, and/or at KCTCS sponsored activities.

Training and Counseling Resources

Continuous efforts are made to make students, faculty, and staff aware of the off-campus programs which provide information and professional services on matters related to the abuse of alcohol and drugs.

Other counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation services are available in the communities throughout the state in which KCTCS employees are located.  

Many other services are available and may be located by looking in the local phone directory yellow pages under "Social Services" or "Alcoholism" or in the "Community Service Guide" section at the front of the telephone directory.

For more information on the KCTCS policies referenced above you may read them in their entirety at the links below.

Non-emergency numbers

  • Hopkinsville Police Department (270) 890-1300
  • Hopkinsville Fire Department (270) 890-1400
  • Christian County Sheriff’s Office (270) 887-4142
  • Kentucky State Police Emergency Hotline (800) 222-5555
  • Fort Campbell Police (270) 798-7111/12/13
  • Poison Control (800) 722-5725

Abuse and Family Violence Shelter and Treatment Services

  • Abuse Hotline (800) 752-6200
  • Center for Missing & Exploited Children (800) 843-5678
  • Child Abuse Hotline (800) 422-4453
  • Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233
  • Runaway Hotline (800) 621-4000
  • Rape Victim Services (800) 226-7273
  • Spouse Abuse Center (270) 685-0260

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Services

  • 800-Alcohol (800) 252-6465
  • Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services Nationwide (800) 559-9503
  • MADD Kentucky (800) 944-6233
  • Narcotics Anonymous (800) 766-4442

Counseling Services

  • 800-Therapist (800) 843-7274
  • Crisis Pregnancy Helpline (800) 942-6466
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255

Emergency Relief Services

  • American Red Cross (270) 885-5328

Lost and Found

The college maintains Lost and Found items at the Hopkinsville campus switchboard. To verify if your lost item has been received, please call the HCC Switchboard at: (270) 707-3700. Lost and Found items can be retrieved from or returned to the Switchboard located at 720 North Drive in the Administration Building, First Floor. Operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sex Offender Notification

In compliance with the federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, KCTCS, through the Kentucky State Police, makes information available to the campus community concerning registered sex offenders who may be employees or students at your college.

The Kentucky State Police provides sex crime offender registration information to the public through the Sex Offender Registry. In addition, names supplied to the college by the Kentucky State Police may be obtained by contacting the Chief Student Affairs Officer at HCC.

According to the Kentucky State Police, this website is for public safety and awareness. Pursuant to  KRS 525.070 PDF icon and  525.080 PDF icon, use of information from this website to harass a sex offender is a criminal offense punishable by up to 90 days in the county jail. More severe penalties apply for more severe crimes committed against a sex offender. KCTCS, through the Kentucky State Police, makes information available to the campus community concerning registered sex offenders who may be employees or students at the college.