Safety and Security
Campus Safety Brochure - PDF 185 KB
The Office of Safety and Security is led by a director reporting to the Senior Vice President of Business Services. In addition, the office works very closely with the Vice President for Enrollment Management/Student Services and the Reading City Police Department to create a campus environment that is both safe and secure. Campus Security works to prevent crime, provides highly visible security patrols and responds quickly to the needs of students and staff. Security officers are in constant contact with the Office of Safety and Security, the switchboard operator, and each other by business band radio and cell phone.
The College security force is comprised of a supervisor and uniformed officers who report to the Director of Safety and Security. Additional security officers are placed into service on an as needed basis. The Office of Safety and Security is located in the lobby of Penn Hall.
The Office of Security cooperates with police agencies and maintains an excellent working relationship with the City of Reading Police, who assist as needed. All crimes involving violence, major property loss, or any felony are immediately reported by the Office of Safety and Security to the City Police. All crime statistics are recorded on forms and in the format required by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report any crime or suspicious incidents to the Office of Safety and Security or one of the security officers. A officer will immediately be dispatched to the scene, where he or she will evaluate the situation and contact the necessary authorities. In the event of an emergency or criminal incident, prompt notification is made to the campus community through appropriate administrators.
The College employs several professional counselors who provide information to students on how to appropriately report any crime to the Office of Safety and Security. Additionally, campus safety and security issues are discussed at all orientation programs, College Success Strategies courses required of freshmen students, student publications and the Student Handbook.
Director of Safety and Security
James W. Surgeoner
Berks Hall Room 159
610-607-6236 - office
484-955-5741 - cell
Mr. Surgeoner joined RACC in the Spring of 2013 with 29 years of experience as a police officer for Spring Township. The last 11 years of his career were spent assigned to the Wilson School District as the School Resource Officer. Mr. Surgeoner is a graduate of Shippensburg University, holding a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with an emphasis on law enforcement and graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in 1984.
In the event of an on-campus emergency, students and staff can contact the Office of Safety and Security by dialing extension 6291 from any campus telephone including the red phones located in the hallways throughout campus buildings.
|Important and Emergency Telephone
Numbers at RACC
|Security Services||Ext 6291||484-955-2946|
|Counseling Center||Ext 6245||610-607-6245|
|Vice President for Student Affairs||Ext 5298||610-372-4721|
|Exterior yellow emergency call boxes located throughout the campus automatically dial 911|
PLEASE NOTE: Students will need a student ID card in order to enter and park in the parking garage.
Students may use the Student Lot A (along Franklin St. marked “RACC Parking”), Student Lot B (located at the Orange Car) and the parking garage. Additional student parking is also available on the surface lot behind the Gateway building at Second and Washington Street.
Students requiring handicapped parking will find spaces on all lots as well as along Front Street in front of Penn Hall.
For those students who desire an escort to their car, please contact the Security Officer in the lobby of the building in which you have your classes and request an escort to your car.
Parking permits must be obtained within the first two weeks of the semester in the lobby of Penn Hall. If you plan to park in the Parking Garage, you must use your Student Identification Card (ID) to gain access to the garage.
All students must obtain a STUDENT ID CARD.
Visit the Security Desk in Penn Hall during the first week of the semester anytime from 8:30-11 a.m. or 4-7 p.m.. Also, the desk will be open from 8:30 a.m. until noon for the first Saturday of each semester.
|Monday through Thursday||8:30AM - 11:00AM|
|Monday through Thursday||4:00PM - 7:00PM|
REMEMBER - You must have your RACC student ID card or state ID in order to have your ID card updated or made. Also, to use the Computer Labs, Testing Center, Fitness Center, and to access the Parking Garage you must have a current ID card.