Safety and Security
The South Florida State College Office of Safety and Security cultivates a safe atmosphere that supports the educational process and promotes academic and personnel achievement for those who use college campuses. Security guards are charged with protecting life and property, preserving peace, preventing crime and continually improving the professional operations of the office.
Campus Security Guards
Campus security guards are not law enforcement officers and do not have the authority to arrest individuals. Security guards have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether the individuals have lawful business at the College. Security officers may issue parking violations to students, faculty and staff. Criminal incidents are referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies that have jurisdiction for the individual campus or center. Security guards are responsible for the safety of personnel and the safety of buildings and their contents. On the Highlands Campus, security guards are on call year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may reach them from campus call boxes or by calling 863-453-0806 (you may want to save this number to your cellphone contacts). Security is available at the DeSoto and Hardee campuses along with the Hotel Jacaranda.
SFSC schedules classes 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday. Normal operating hours for most office functions on all campuses are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Classrooms, labs, and other educational facilities are restricted to students, faculty, and staff who have a legitimate need to be there. For safety reasons, classrooms and labs are locked when not in use and are considered restricted from general public access. Except for special events, the College is closed to students and visitors during other hours.