Campus Security Policy

Keeping our campuses safe for our students, faculty and staff and visitors is one of our top priorities at Quest College. This page includes information on our policies to increase your personal security on campus, emergency response/evacuation procedures, and a summary/disclosure of crimes occurring on or near our campus locations.

Annual Campus Security Report

The College’s Campus Security Report Web Page and the associated links constitute the Annual Campus Security Report for Quest College. Additionally, notices of this Report and the direct URL address of this page are published in the College Catalog, Student Handbook, and Employee Handbook. Further, an email notice including the direct URL address for this web page is sent to all students and employees annually.

The crime statistics include the following:

  • Murder and non-negligent homicide
  • Negligent manslaughter
  • Sex offense
  • Forcible sex offense
  • Non-forcible sex offense
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson
  • Hate crime
  • Arrests or campus discipline for liquor/drug law violations, or for weapons possession/law violations

The College must also report, by category of prejudice, any of the above listed crime statistics that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability. Additionally, “hate crimes” must be reported in two additional categories as follows:

  • Larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction/ vandalism of property
  • Any other crime involving bodily injury.

The statistics for Quest College are published individually for each campus location and can be found at these specific URL addresses:

Quest College

The data used in the reports is compiled and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education annually by the School Directors’ Office. Data from internal Incident Report Forms is cross-referenced and combined with external public-record data requested from local law enforcement authorities in the creation of the crime statistics.

Be Aware, Stay Alert!

Since crime can occur anywhere and at any time, it is our sincere hope that you will read this policy and follow the included guidelines. If you suspect a crime has been committed, notify the School Director (or designee) or a member of the faculty or staff. If you witness a crime or other emergency in-progress, call 911 to alert local law enforcement agencies, and then notify the School Director (or designee) or a member of the faculty or staff.

While the School employs electronic security systems, there is no such thing as a fail-safe security system. Even the most elaborate security precautions are not a guarantee against crime. The best safety measures are the ones you perform using common sense. You should always remain alert and aware of your surroundings. Secure your vehicles and do not leave valuables in your car. Do not leave your personal items unattended. Avoid walking alone, particularly at night. Again, be cautious, use good sense, and look after your friends and classmates.

Definitions

Quest College operates one main campus and an extension campus in San Antonio. Campus Security Statistics shall be published individually for each campus location. For purposes of Campus Security data collection and reporting, the following definitions apply:

  • Campus – Buildings or areas of buildings which are leased, owned or controlled by Quest College, including any classrooms, administrative offices, faculty offices, along with any hallways, lavatories, storage areas, other area(s) under the control of Quest College and used by students and/or employees.
  • Non-Campus Property – Quest College’s campuses do not include any areas which would be defined as non-campus property.
  • Public Property – All other areas of campus buildings that are not otherwise included in the definition of “campus” (above), including any lobbies, elevators, outdoor areas, parking lots, private roads, and green space areas owned or controlled by the building owners and routinely used by Quest College’s students, along with any public thoroughfares, streets, and/or sidewalks that are immediately adjacent to, and accessible from, the campus.
  • Incident – A crime or illegal activity, serious accident, injury requiring immediate medical attention, occurrence requiring the response of EMS and/or law enforcement personnel, or any
    other event for which reporting is mandated under the Clery Act (see “Annual Campus Security Report”, above).
  • Campus Security Authority – The College does not maintain a security or police force. The Campus Security Authority for the entire College is the School Director. At each location, the person to whom emergencies (Location Emergency Coordinator – LEC) should be reported are as follows: School Director (main campus), Director of Nursing (Nursing extension site), and the Beauty Health and Wellness Center Coordinator (B, H, &W Center). Each of these individuals is responsible for training and appointing other employees to respond appropriately to emergencies (serve as the LEC) in their absence, and for assigning that responsibility prior to any such absence. The School Director (or designee) is responsible for oversight and enforcement of this policy, each Director, Department Manager, and senior faculty member shall be properly trained and able to serve as the LEC at any campus.

Emergency Response Procedures

If a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurs, students and employees will be notified through the Quest College text message alert system, via building fire alarm systems, and/or other situationally-appropriate means to best protect the health and safety of students and employees. The fire alarm system will be used to order an emergency evacuation of the building. All students, instructors, and staff must immediately evacuate the building whenever the fire alarm sounds. The Quest College text message alert system or an alternate Public Address (PA) system may be used to order a “lockdown”. A lockdown order requires all students and employees to quickly enter a classroom, office of other room which can be locked, lock the door and attempt to hide from view of the hallways. Students or employees in large, unsecured areas (such as the salon area at the Beauty, Health, and Wellness Center) should either find a secure area or quickly evacuate and proceed to a safe distance away from the building.

Prior to initiating the Emergency Response system, the LEC will confirm that a bona fide emergency exists, determine the appropriate method(s) of communication, and determine the message content (if applicable). The College will take these actions without delay, and promptly make an announcement via the Quest College text message alert system and/or PA system, unless in the judgment of the LEC, such notice would compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

The Emergency Response Procedures will be tested at least once each year. Emergency Response Procedure Tests (other than fire drills) will be announced in advance to prevent the creation of unnecessary anxiety or false 9-1-1 calls.

Timely Notification of Security Issues

In addition to emergency warnings, the College will provide a timely warning to the campus community of any known occurrences of crime in the immediate campus vicinity that are reported to campus officials or local police agencies and are considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. If the College is aware of such a crime or pattern of crimes, the College will make an announcement via the Quest College text message alert system and post paper notices in various locations throughout the affected locations, including student and employee bulletin boards. These bulletin board notices will remain in place for ten days, or longer if College management feels a continuing threat remains.

Incident Reporting

Any employee or student observing or having knowledge of a criminal act or other emergency situation should first contact appropriate local emergency response personnel by calling 9-1-1. Students witnessing any such event should also report it immediately to the LEC or any senior instructor or staff member. For non-emergency events, students may submit an Incident Report Form to (or designee). Blank forms can be obtained from School Director’s Office. Students wishing to maintain confidentiality may submit an Incident Report Form anonymously, or may request a private, confidential meeting with the School Director (or designee).

Employees of the College are required to report any incident (see definition above) in which they have been involved or which they have witnessed on the campus or on the public areas adjoining the campus. Incidents will be reported on an Incident Report Form and forwarded immediately to the School Director (or other available senior official as appropriate).

Copies of all Incident Report Forms will be maintained by the School Director (or designee) for use in data compilation for the Annual Campus Security Report. Forms for the previous five calendar years will be archived for audit purposes.

Security of, and Access to, Campus Facilities

Students should only be on the campus (see definition above) during scheduled college hours, or while attending to other legitimate academic or administrative functions at Quest College. All visitors are required to sign in with the front desk. Students and visitors are discouraged from socializing, loitering, or gathering in the building, in the non-campus areas, or in the adjacent public areas after the end of their class day. Further, students are prohibited from being on the campus at any time when the College is not open and staff are not present.

Security is an ongoing concern of all staff and instructors. Each staff member and instructor is expected to be security-conscious and vigilant at all times. All security violations, including unauthorized visitors, should immediately be reported to the School Director or other senior official (see “Incident Reporting”, above).

Law Enforcement and Security Personnel

Quest College does not maintain a law enforcement department (although the building owners at each campus may at times employ security personnel). All requests for security assistance are handled by law enforcement agencies. The School Director (or designee) is responsible for ensuring that all crimes occurring on campus are reported to the appropriate local law enforcement agency.

Informational Programs

This policy and College security procedures are reviewed during new student and new employee orientations. These brief sessions promote awareness of crime and crime prevention, along with promoting awareness of rape, sexual assault, and acquaintance rape. During these orientations, students and employees are also told about good practices in crime prevention (including securing their autos and other personal property) and how to report a crime, emergency, or other incident.

Other Safety Policies and Related Topics
The Quest College Drug and Alcohol Policy prohibits the possession or use of illegal controlled substances on the College’s premises or at any school-related activity. In that regard, the Drug and Alcohol Policy is considered part of this Campus Security Policy. The Drug and Alcohol Policy is posted to the Quest College website and includes: policies regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs; enforcement of State laws regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs; and a description of available drug- and alcohol-abuse education programs.

Fighting, gambling, or any other behaviors that are illegal and/or interfere with the ability of other students to learn are forbidden on College property or at any College-related activity.

Under the Texas Concealed Handgun License Law (Texas and State 4413/29EE), possession of a handgun is prohibited on College premises. Further, possession of ammunition, long blade knives (blades over 3.5″ long), or any other type of weapon without written permission is not allowed on the Campus or at any other location when participating in a College-sponsored activity or otherwise representing the school as an employee or student.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness

Quest College is concerned about the safety of its students, instructors and staff. With regard to sexual assault, good sense safety practices are your best defense. There are sufficient instructors, staff, and students present in the building at all times during business hours to make a sexual assault on campus unlikely, but not impossible. Remember to remain aware of your surroundings, do not walk alone outdoors (especially at night), do not enter areas of the building to which you are not authorized, and do not feel compelled to enter any secluded location or any situation which makes you uncomfortable.

Whether an assault occurs on- or off-campus, victims are strongly encouraged to report sexual assaults to the appropriate authorities. It is important to preserve evidence whenever possible for the police to use in pursuing a criminal investigation.

In the unlikely event that a sexual assault occurs on campus, students should immediately notify their LEC, or any available staff or instructor in whom they are comfortable confiding. Upon being notified, College personnel will notify the School Director and will assist the student in contacting the appropriate authorities if the alleged victim chooses to do so. College personnel will, to the best of their ability, attempt to secure any affected area of the campus and to otherwise prevent the compromise of evidence until law enforcement officials arrive. If a sexual assault occurs to a student off-campus, the College will assist an alleged victim with notification to the appropriate law enforcement agency having police jurisdiction where the crime occurred (upon request of the student).

Sexual Assault is a crime under Texas law. This link will take you to a document with the current text of the Texas Sexual Assault Statute.

Quest College does not provide counseling services directly to victims of sexual assault, but will attempt to provide referral to local agencies that provide counseling and other support services. One such agency is The Rape Crisis Center. They can be contacted at:

Rape Crisis Center
7500 U.S. 90
San Antonio, TX 78227

24 Hour Hotline: (210) 349-7273

It is important for persons who have been sexually assaulted to seek prompt medical attention, and to attempt to preserve any evidence on the victim’s body by not bathing or washing before receiving medical attention.

If an alleged victim of sexual assault on-campus elects not to file criminal charges, but still wishes to proceed with formal administrative charges, an investigation will be conducted, and the case referred to the School Director. Disciplinary actions assessed in a particular case will be dependent upon the nature of the conduct involved, the circumstances and conditions which existed at the time the student engaged in such conduct and the results which followed as a consequence of such conduct. Sanctions, up to and including permanent expulsion from the College/termination or employment, will be carried out by the President.

The following principles apply to any such internal investigation/disciplinary process:

  • Accuser shall be informed of their options to notify law enforcement;
  • Accuser shall be notified of available counseling services;
  • Both parties will have the same opportunity to have others present at any disciplinary hearing;
  • Accuser shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding; and
  • Accuser may request a change of academic schedule / circumstances, and the School will attempt to accommodate reasonable requests.

San Antonio Registered Sex Offender Information

The State of Texas maintains a database of registered sex offenders in the state. The information is available through the Texas Department of Public Safety – Public Sex Offender Registry website.

Security Regulations/Procedures Which Are Not Applicable at Quest College

Quest College does not maintain a law enforcement department, although some campuses may employ a security person to manage entrance to the building and thus does not maintain a “Crime Log”. Hence, such a log is not available for public inspection.

Quest College does not maintain dormitories or other student housing facilities, and hence does not have a policy regarding the disappearance of students in-residence (missing student notification).

Quest College does not recognize any fraternities, sororities or other off-campus student clubs or organizations. Hence the College does not have a policy for monitoring and recording criminal activity at such locations.

Quest College does not employ professional counselors, psychologists, or pastoral counselors. College staff may assist students and fellow employees in locating such services within the local community.