EFSC 2019-20 Student Handbook: Health, Safety and Security Info

Campus Security

The EFSC Security Department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. The Campus Security Office can be reached at the following numbers; however, if there is an injury or extreme emergency - call 911 first, then the Campus Security Office.

Cocoa Campus Security(321) 403-5907, Building 1, Room 100
Melbourne Campus Security(321) 403-5909, Building 1, Room 123
Palm Bay Campus Security, (321) 403-5911, Building 1, Room 101B
Titusville Campus Security(321) 403-4200, Building 1, Room 101A

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has established a toll-free number (1-888-FL-PREDATOR) and operates a website  that allow the public to request information about sexual predators and sex offenders living in their communities and around the state. Eastern Florida State College takes pride in providing safe and secure campuses for its students, faculty, and staff.

Campus Safety

Each year, in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the "Clery Act"), Eastern Florida State College publishes an Annual Security Report containing crime statistics and institutional policies and procedures relating to safety and security, including information about crime reporting, emergency announcements, sexual misconduct, alcohol and drugs, safety awareness, and resources available to the College community. The Annual Security Report can be obtained at any campus Security office, the Campus Security home page, or you can access the security report online.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the Clery Act is asked to visit the Campus Security website or contact any EFSC Security Office. Keeping students, faculty and staff safe is the highest priority of EFSC.

Emergency Notifications

Eastern Florida State College has implemented an emergency notification system known as "Titan Alerts" that delivers reliable text and email messages anytime there is an emergency or potential adverse weather conditions on campus that pose a safety concern for students, faculty or staff.

To enroll in Titan Alerts, log into the myEFSC portal and click the Titan Alerts link. There is no charge from EFSC for using this service, but there may be a nominal fee from your cell phone carrier to receive text messages.

Parking Regulations

Parking and traffic regulations must be maintained for the protection of all. Students must park in student parking lots designated by signs and white lines. Restricted areas are: Disabled (blue), Faculty/Staff (yellow), and Fire Lanes (red).

A 15 mile-per-hour speed limit applies to all EFSC campuses. When driving on Campus, you must obey all traffic laws as you would when driving on city streets, including completely stopping at all STOP signs. Fines are assessed for failure to display a decal and for parking or moving violations. Student records may be placed on hold for unpaid fines.

Students are required to have a parking decal that can be obtained at the following locations:

Cocoa Campus SecurityBuilding 1, Room 100
Melbourne Campus SecurityBuilding 1, Room 123
Palm Bay Campus Security, Building 1, Room 101B
Titusville Campus Security, Building 1, Room 101A

Parking permits are non-refundable and required for all students registered for credit or non-credit courses, including continuing education and leisure courses, who wish to park a vehicle on campus.

The deadline for having a parking permit is by the end of the first week of classes each term. Students who do not have a parking permit after this date will be issued $15 parking citations by EFSC Campus Security for each occurrence. Excessive parking violations by students shall be considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct and may be subject to discipline including, without limitation, loss of privilege to park on the campuses of EFSC, probation, suspension and expulsion from the College.

2019-2020 Parking Permits

All vehicles operated by students and employees in connection with attendance or employment at Eastern Florida State College MUST display a valid and current parking permit. Student permits expire each June 30, and a new permit must be purchased effective July 1.

Parking Permits give the registered holders the privilege of parking on campus, but do not guarantee the holder a desired parking space. The inability to find a desired parking space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of any parking regulation.

Multiple Vehicle Registrations: If multiple vehicles will be used on a frequent and continuous basis, a parking permit must be obtained for each vehicle.

Parking permits are now available through Titan Web Service's parking permit request system. Students registered for who wish to park a vehicle on any of EFSC's four campuses are encouraged to request your parking permit today.

Student Health

The College conforms to the American College Health Association's recommended standards for confidentiality of information pertaining to the medical situation of employees and students as presented in the Recommended Standards for a College Health Program, 4th edition, 1984. These standards include: ". . . no specific detailed information concerning complaints or diagnosis to be provided to faculty, administrators, or even parents without the expressed written permission of the patient in each case. This position with respect to health records is supported by amendment to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974." Although Eastern Florida State College does not REQUIRE vaccination against meningococcal disease or Hepatitis B for students, EFSC strongly encourages everyone attending the College to be aware of the symptoms, risk factors, preventative measures, and treatment for these diseases. Health Sciences students should contact Health Sciences with questions regarding immunization requirements for clinical affiliates within the health sciences programs.

Smoking

Smoking of any tobacco product and electronic cigarettes are strictly prohibited within all College work areas, including conference rooms, classrooms, restrooms, stairwells and hallways. Smoking is not permitted at any of the clinical affiliate locations within the Health Science programs. Smoking is also prohibited in any vehicle (to include golf carts) the College owns, hires, or leases. Smoking on College property will only be allowed at designated smoking areas. Employees, students and visitors may use designated smoking areas only. Proper disposal of smoking material in the ash urns provided is required.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a virus that infects the liver. With this disease, signs and symptoms occur in about 30 to 50 percent of patients infected. Only 30 percent have jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). Children under the age of five rarely have symptoms of hepatitis. When and if symptoms occur, patients may show signs of jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and joint pain. Some patients will become chronically infected with Hepatitis B. This will occur in up to 90 percent of children born to mothers who are infected, 30 percent of children infected at one to five years and six percent of persons infected after age five. Death from chronic liver disease occurs in 15 to 25 percent of chronically infected persons - 1.2 million individuals are chronic carriers of Hepatitis B in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately five percent of the world's populations are chronically infected with Hepatitis B. One million die from Hepatitis B worldwide each year. In the United States, approximately 80,000 become infected and approximately 3,000 die annually from Hepatitis B. Risk factors for Hepatitis B are individuals who have multiple sex partners or diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases, sex contacts of infected persons, injection drug users, household contacts of chronically infected persons, infants born to infected mothers, infants/children of immigrants from areas with high rates of Hepatitis B, some health care workers and hemodialysis patients.

You should not be vaccinated with this vaccine if:

  • You have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to baker's yeast (used to make bread),
  • You have ever had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the hepatitis vaccine, or
  • You are moderately or severely ill at the time of a scheduled vaccine with Hepatitis B (you should wait until you recover from the condition).

Individuals who take these vaccines should have few, if any, side effects. These diseases are always much more severe than the vaccine. A few individuals may experience:

  • Soreness and/or redness where the shot was administered, lasting a day or two
  • Mild to moderate fever, again lasting a day or two. A severe reaction is extremely rare!

Reference: CDC. General Recommendations on Immunization Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)-MMWR February 8, 2002 / 51(RR02); 1-36 Immunization Action Coalition www.immunize.org.

HIV, AIDS and Other Life-Threatening Diseases

When an employee or student becomes aware that he/she has a serious condition, such as HIV, AIDS or another life-threatening communicable disease, the student or employee is encouraged to seek medical assistance and assistance from the College. Specific information relating to HIV or AIDS can be obtained by calling 1-800-FLA-AIDS.

Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease can be classified into two categories: bacterial and viral meningitis. An acute bacterial disease, Meningococcal disease, is characterized by sudden symptoms of fever, intense headache, nausea and often vomiting, stiff neck and frequently a petechial (small, purplish red spots) rash, which may appear pink in color. Symptoms may mimic Influenza. Approximately 2,500 to 3,000 individuals are diagnosed with Meningococcal disease in the United States annually. Most cases seem to occur in the late winter to early spring. Although Meningococcal disease is primarily seen among very small children, this disease occurs commonly in children and young adults. College students — particularly those who reside in dormitories — may be at increased risk for Meningococcal disease. The general population may have an incidence of 1.1 per 100,000, while those students in dormitories have a rate of three to five cases per 100,000. Transmission occurs by direct contact, including droplets from the nose and throat of infected persons.

Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis, an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord. It is often less severe than bacterial meningitis, and most people get better on their own (without treatment).

However, it’s very important for anyone with symptoms of meningitis to see a healthcare provider right away, because some types of meningitis can be very serious, and only a doctor can determine if you have the disease, the type of meningitis and the best treatment, which can sometimes be life-saving. Babies younger than 1 month old and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness from viral meningitis.

The exchange of saliva by kissing, sharing of food utensils and sharing cigarettes is the most common mode of transmission among college students. Before early diagnosis, modern therapy and supportive measures the death rate exceeded 50 percent. The vaccine is administered with one dose for individuals two years of age. The vaccine may be given to pregnant females. You should not be vaccinated with this vaccine if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a previous dose of this vaccine or are mildly ill at the time of scheduled Meningococcal vaccine.

Student Insurance

Insurance coverage with respect to injuries or accidents while enrolled at EFSC is generally effected by private contract between an insurance company of choice and the student or parent and is not a requirement of general admission. EFSC does not provide insurance coverage for student injuries or accidents, except in limited circumstances. Students should check with their campus Admissions and Records office for availability of insurance application forms provided by carriers specializing in college student insurance. Health Sciences students should contact Health Sciences with questions regarding insurance requirements for health sciences programs.

Counseling/EFSCares

EFSCares is a free, confidential student counseling service available to all part- and full-time enrolled students. As part of a College partnership with GEE Resolutions Counseling & Behavioral Health, EFSCares provides support to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Any enrolled EFSC student can access the EFSCares counseling service, also referred to as the Student Assistance Program (SAP), by calling the GEE Resolutions telephone number (321-631-8569) and identifying themselves as an EFSC student. Once you call, the GEE Resolutions staff will connect you to a licensed and/or certified professional who will assess your personal situation and schedule you for additional counseling sessions, if needed. Counseling services are arranged at one of the GEE Resolution offices located within the community. EFSC students are eligible to receive up to six free, individual face-to-face counseling sessions per year. EFSC does not track your individual information. This is a private, confidential service to help you when you need it most. For additional information, contact the GEE Resolutions staff at 321-631-8569, or contact the EFSC Student Assistance Program Liaison, Dr. Laura Sidoran at 321-433-7008 or sidoranl@easternflorida.edu