Public Safety

Public Safety

For emergencies dial 911

For Campus Security dial (269) 294-4312

Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph County Community Health Agency (Health Dept.) (269) 273-2161, ext. 233
Centreville Fire Department (269) 467-4215
Centreville Police Department (269) 467-6871
St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department (269) 467-9045
For security issues after hours or on weekends/holidays
(including transportation or escort services) please call (269) 223-0263.


Our Public Safety Office is staffed by deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriffs department. The office is located in the Maintenance Barn, on the south side of the Gymnasium and is open 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Mission Statement:

To provide a safe, and secure environment for students, staff, faculty, visitors, and those involved in the journey of higher learning.

Emergency Phone box

All Emergency phones are a direct connection to St. Joseph county 911.

There are three (3) Emergency phones located on the Glen Oaks Campus.

Yellow Emergency Phone Boxes –

  • Main Concourse (next to B-Wing stairwell)
  • Front Entrance hallway (near Administrative offices)


Blue Emergency Phone Tower –

  • Student Parking Lot
Emergency Phone tower
Campus Crime Data

The Jeanne Clery Act, a consumer protection law passed in 1990, requires all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety as well as inform the public of crime in or around campus. This information is made publicly accessible through the university’s annual security report.
Support for Victims

Under the Act, institutions must provide survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking with options such as changes to academic, transportation, or living, or working situations, and assistance in notifying local law enforcement, if the student or employee chooses to do so. It also provides both parties in a campus disciplinary process certain rights.
Policies & Procedures

Colleges and universities must outline specific policies and procedures within their annual security reports, including those related to disseminating timely warnings and emergency notifications, options for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and campus crime reporting processes.

In order to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Glen Oaks Community College’s Annual Security Report PDF icon is now available. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus and on the public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security.

The Clery Act
The act received its name in 1990 as an honor to Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her dorm room in 1986.
Sex Offender Registry

In accordance to the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, Glen Oaks Community College is providing a link to the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry. The act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a state concerning registered sexual offenders may be obtained. In Michigan, convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender Registry. The Michigan State Police is responsible for maintaining this registry.

Meet Your Public Safety Officers

Larry Diekman

  • Position: Director of Buildings and Grounds & Public Safety Director
  • Current St. Joseph County Sherrif’s Department Deputy
  • Office Location: Maintenance Barn
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4312
  • Email:
  Larry Diekman

Tom Miller

  • Position: Maintenance Assistant & Public Safety Officer
  • Current St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department Deputy
  • Office Location: Maintenance Barn
  • Phone Number: (269) 294-4227
  • Email:
  Tom Miller

Response Protocol Orientation Video

In partnership with the Koshka Foundation and the Columbine: Wounded Minds Project, The “I Love U Guys” Foundation has produced this training video targeting community college students.

Building Surveillance

The main building of campus has interior and exterior cameras to survey entrances, exits, the concourse, hallways, and parking lots. The Devier Student Suites have additional interior and exterior cameras surveying main entrances, exits, hallways and lobbies.

Children On Campus Policy

Policy 3.55

To protect the safety of young visitors and to avoid disruptive behavior, young children accompanying employees, students or visitors of Glen Oaks Community College must be under the constant supervision of a responsible adult while on Glen Oaks property. This means, specifically, that there must be an unobstructed line-of-sight between the child (or children) and the adult responsible for their care. Children who are taking part in organized, scheduled activities, minors who have been admitted to Glen Oaks Community College, and dual enrolled high school students, may be on campus without adult supervision. In all other cases, minor children, however, must remain under the constant supervision of their parent or adult guardian while on GOCC property. Minor children should not be brought into classrooms, laboratories or other areas of instruction without prior approval. Should the student-parent experience an emergency where there is no other option but to bring the child to campus, classroom faculty or the administrative heads of other units will determine if the child may be allowed to quietly sit in the classroom or with the student-parent in some other location. A child will be removed from the setting if his or her presence is determined to be disruptive to the learning process.

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 the Student Services Office to receive referrals to childcare services in the area.

8/2013, reviewed 9/2014

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act was passed in 1989 as part of the re-authorization of the Higher Education Act and requires institutions of higher education that receive federal funding to execute a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program for its campus community. As part of this, the college is required to notify all members of the campus community on an annual basis about the various prevention and education programs, resources, policies, and laws.

The publication of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Guide provides the campus community with information on standards of conduct, sanctions for violations, prevention programming, health risks associated with alcohol and drug use, and local, state, and federal laws related to drug and alcohol use, and on-campus and community resources that are available
to students, faculty, and staff. Glen Oaks Community College policies related to alcohol and illicit drug use are informed by state and federal laws, such as Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Drug-Free Workplace Act, and Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act.

2020-2021 DFSCA Report PDF icon