Jan 20, 2021  
Student Handbook 
Student Handbook

Security and Safety Services


The Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a Federal law that requires colleges to report criminal activity and statistics on their campuses to the federal and state governments. This information is reported annually by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College along with statistics documented by local law enforcement agencies.

Click here to view a summary of criminal activity reported during the past year at all Penn Highlands’ facilities.  A more detailed report may be found on the College’s website at www.pennhighlands.edu.

Additional information regarding College Security and Safety may be obtained by contacting the Richland Campus Security Office at 814-262-6427.

Reporting Suspicious or Criminal Activity

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College strives to provide a safe environment for all students, employees, and visitors. Students are encouraged to report any activity that appears to be suspicious in nature to a staff member or Security at the Richland Campus. Security Officers are available to assist students with reporting crimes or suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities, as well with obtaining their assistance for emergency situations. Pennsylvania Highlands does not tolerate behavior, either threatened or overt, which is forbidden by law. Such acts, and the resulting disciplinary action, are outlined in the College’s Student Code of Conduct.

Children on Campus

To protect the safety of young visitors and to avoid disruptive behavior, minor children accompanying students or visitors of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College must be under the constant supervision of a parent, guardian, or parent designee while on campus.

Children who are taking part in organized, scheduled activities, minors who have been admitted to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, and dual enrolled high school students, may be on campus without parent/guardian supervision. Minor children must meet the criteria above to be permitted in classrooms, laboratories, or other areas of instruction.

A child and his or her parent will be asked to leave if the child’s presence is determined to be disruptive to the college environment. Finally, it is not appropriate to bring children to campus who are unable to attend school or daycare due to illness.

The College does not allow children to be left unattended on our property due to security and child welfare concerns. Parents who have problems with childcare should visit or contact the Student Success Center.

College Closing and Delay Procedure for Inclement Weather

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is a commuter institution and recognizes the commitments that its employees and students make to attend work, classes, and events at the College’s locations. In that regard, Penn Highlands will remain open and operational unless extreme weather conditions or other emergencies do not permit it to do so.

In consultation with key administrative staff, the responsibility for the decision to close the College rests with the College President. In the case of severe weather which limits the College from safely opening campus buildings, the College will close as a unit. In a localized emergency or weather condition, a campus or center may be closed individually at the direction of the Center Director in consultation with the College President.

It is not the College’s intention to place any student or employee into a perilous situation. Therefore individuals must exercise discretion in determining what actions they wish to take in weather or other college-related emergency situations. Employees may use paid leave time to avoid unsafe travel and the College has asked our faculty to provide for a liberal leave policy for students who are unable to travel due to inclement weather. The College does not strictly follow the delays and cancellations of local school districts.

This communication outlines the procedures that will be followed for inclement weather conditions and serves as an official notice for all members of the college community.

  1. The College will make every effort to announce delays or cancellations at least two hours prior to the scheduled start of class.
  2. Messages will appear on the College’s website, Facebook, and Twitter and will be broadcasted on local radio and television stations as well as through the emergency text message notification system.
  3. Only classes scheduled to begin at or after a delayed opening time will meet.

Drug-Free College Environment

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of drugs and alcohol is prohibited at any College facility or activity under the authority of Pennsylvania Highlands. Any student violating the policy will be disciplined under relevant provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Policy for a Drug-Free Campus is as follows:

  1. The consumption, possession, or sale of any alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs at any College facility is prohibited.
  2. Appearing at a College facility or at an off-campus event under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs is prohibited.
  3. The consumption, possession, or sale of any alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs at College-sponsored or College recognized events is prohibited by the College.
  4. The procedures for the enforcement of the Drug-Free Campus Policy are as follows: Any College employee who is responsible for monitoring behavior at both College and off-campus events will also be responsible for reporting policy violations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services. Students or other individuals witnessing policy violations will report those violations to either the College employee in charge of the event or to the Vice  President for Academic Affairs and Student Services.
  5. Students who violate the Drug-Free Campus Policies will be subject to the Student Code of Conduct sanctions.

More detailed information about College Policies regarding a Drug-Free College Environment can be found on the College’s website.

Tobacco Regulations

The use of tobacco and all related products, including vaping and electronic cigarettes, is prohibited inside all College facilities. Designated smoking areas are located outside all College campus locations. At the Richland Campus the smoking area is located in parking lot D on the west side of the building. Tobacco and related products may only be used in the area by “smoking permitted” sign and inside personal vehicles. Violation of the tobacco policy may result in disciplinary action.

Emergency Situations

All emergency situations should be reported to the proper authorities by contacting 911 directly or through Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Security at the Richland facility. To contact Safety and Security in emergency situations, dial x5555 from any campus phone.

Lost and Found

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. The Office of Security and Safety documents and holds found items for a period of 60 days. The staff in Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, and Somerset will hold found items for the proper owner.

Student Health Services

Students who become ill or need emergency treatment will be directed to a local facility for care and treatment. The College assumes no responsibility for the medical treatment of students or for costs associated with services rendered or medical transportation.

Student Identification Cards

All students are required to obtain a student identification (ID) card prior to the beginning of their first semester of attendance. ID cards may be obtained from the Office of Security and Safety at the Richland Campus. ID cards for other facilities may be obtained from the respective staff for that location. Students must carry their IDs with them and are responsible for presenting them to any College employee upon request. ID cards are also required to access library services. There is a $5 fee for replacement identification cards.

Student Parking

Students are authorized to park in designated areas only. At the Richland Campus students must park in lot D, located on the west side of the building or lot E which is located on the north side of the building. Parking in Visitor and Handicapped spaces is prohibited as is parking in the Employee Parking Lot at the Richland Campus. Fire department regulations prohibit parking in fire lanes.

The Office of Security and Safety at the Richland Campus, is authorized to enforce parking regulations and may issue tickets and fines for parking violations at the Richland Campus. Security may also have a vehicle towed at the owner’s expense.


The Richland Campus has no parking areas. No person shall park a vehicle attended or unattended at any time in any of the following places:

  1. In a loading zone, unless a vehicle is being loaded or unloaded and warning flashers are operating.
  2. In any area other than those regularly designated as parking spaces and which are marked by lines, markings, or signs.
  3. On a sidewalk.
  4. In a crosswalk.
  5. Within fifteen feet of either side of a fire hydrant or in fire lanes.
  6. In intersections or within thirty feet of an intersection.
  7. In such a manner as to impede the flow traffic.
  8. In restricted areas (posted by signs, yellow curb, or hash lines).
  9. In any reserved space.
  10. In any disabled/handicapped parking space, unless the vehicle is designated “disabled” by permit, placard, or registration plate.
  11. On or across lines that denote a legal parking space.


Violations of disabled/handicapped parking will result in a fine of $50, and the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense. All other parking violations will result in a ticket with a $15 fine and/or the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.


Requests for review of a parking ticket must be made in writing by email to the Director of Security and Safety (security@pennhighlands.edu).  When a parking ticket is appealed, payment must be made at the time of appeal. The Vice President of Finance and Administration will review the ticket and will make a decision as to the outcome of the review.  If a ticket is dismissed, a refund payment will be made through the Student Accounts Office to the person making the appeal.

Expenses incurred concerning the removal (tow) of a vehicle are the responsibility of the owner.  Those costs are non-refundable and the removal of the vehicle cannot be appealed.


All College parking tickets issued shall be paid at the Student Accounts Office, located at the Richland Campus, within fourteen (14) days of issue date. Tickets not paid within the fourteen (14) days, will increase by $5, making the total due $20. Failure to pay a fine or report to the Office of Security and Safety may result in a hold being placed on student transcripts.