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Public Safety and Security

At Heartland Community College, your safety is our top priority. That’s why our Public Safety Officers maintain a 24/7 security presence, including our desk located at the main entrance of the Student Commons Building.

Contact us at 309-268-8300, or in case of an emergency, call 911. Stop by for a campus map, to make a report, or ask us a question!

Our Public Safety Officers are trained in CPR/AED/First Aid, FEMA Hazardous Materials Awareness, and the FEMA Incident Command System in order to work seamlessly with local emergency response agencies. HCC Public Safety is actively engaged with student government, campus organizations, and the student body.



HCC Public Safety offers the following security capabilities and services:

  • 17 “Code Blue” emergency poles on campus, all equipped with audio and video connected to the Public Safety Desk. (Normal campus only)
  • 21 “Areas of Rescue Assistance” located in stairwells, connected to the Public Safety Desk.
  • A campus-wide tornado warning system. (Normal campus only)
  • AED’s and First Aid kits in every campus building, in the Public Safety vehicle, and at the Public Safety Desk.
  • All elevators are equipped with an emergency phone connected to the Public Safety Desk. (Normal campus only)
  • The Public Safety Desk is equipped with monitors for the over 200 video cameras on campus, as well as modern alarm systems.
  • Public Safety Officers are available to escort students to their destinations upon request. (Call the Public Safety Dest at 309.268.8300)
  • Personal safety and crime prevention presentations are available for all student groups.

Emergency Alerts

The “HCCAlerts” text messaging service sends emergency information to your mobile device to keep you up-to-date of severe weather and safety threats.

To receive emergency messages text “JOIN” to 1-877-200-7477 or “STOP” to opt out. You will receive a confirmation text.

This is a voluntary text messaging service that delivers information about on-campus emergencies. HCC will only send text alerts when there is a serious safety concern affecting campus - including any campus closures due to severe weather.

Access Alerts

You can also text “JOIN ACCESS” to 1-877-200-7477 to receive text notification alerts for temporary interferences to campus access. With access alerts, you will receive texts about concerns such as elevator repairs, blocked stairs, or sidewalks and closed entries or parking areas.

HCC does not charge a fee for this service. Review your particular mobile device's texting or data plan for service details specific to your account. HCC will not share your phone number or mobile information with any other organizations.

To view the College’s policies on emergency messages, view the Clery Emergency Notification Policy (PDF) and the Timely Notice Policy (PDF).

Emergency Response 

Please familiarize yourself with the Immediate Action Guide (PDF) which will help you make decisions in emergency situations.

Planning for emergencies is a constant and ever-evolving process. The latest information will always be available in the Emergency Response Planning (PDF), and you should check back periodically for updates.

You can download the HCC Emergency Information card (PDF) to find additional information and local on-campus and off-campus resources.

The College has established the Emergency Management Planning Committee (EMPC) to coordinate and facilitate emergency planning for the College. In addition, the EMPC is responsible for overseeing the activities of the College Violence Prevention Committee and the Behavioral Intervention Team. See the EMPC policy (PDF) for more information.

Behavioral Intervention

Have you seen or heard something that causes you to be concerned for the personal safety of yourself or others? Call 268-SAFE. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is the College's Threat Assessment Team. They can review information and conduct inquiries to help identify behaviors and will assist anyone who may be on a pathway to violence.

Sexual Misconduct

Learn more about preventing and responding to sexual misconduct and how you can use confidential reporting.

Survivors start here Report a sexual misconduct incident online

Reports and Policies