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Smoke-Free/Tobacco Free Environment

District Policy

4.12 Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Environment

Phoenix College is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and educationally productive environment for students, employees, and visitors. In order to promote a healthy learning and work environment, the Chancellor has directed that the Maricopa County Community College District serve as a total smoke free and tobacco free environment, effective July 1, 2012. Smoking (including the use of “e-cigs”) and all uses of tobacco shall be prohibited from all District owned and leased property and facilities, including but not limited to parking lots, rooftops, courtyards, plazas, entrance and exit ways, vehicles, sidewalks, common areas, grounds, athletic facilities, and libraries.

Continued violations by an employee or student shall be handled through the respective conduct procedures established for employees and students.


Security and Access to College Facilities

Phoenix College strives to maintain a safe and secure campus environment for students, staff and visitors. Offices, laboratories and classrooms are secured when not in use and officers who discover defective doors and locks, interior/exterior lighting problems, or other safety hazards, immediately report the situation to the appropriate college department for action. To further improve safety, the college encourages all campus community members to take an active part and immediately report any observation of a suspected crime, unusual or suspicious activity, emergency situation, or hazardous condition to 602.285.7911, extension 57911 on campus.

The college does not own, maintain or control: a) dormitories or other residential facilities; b) off campus facilities for recognized student organizations; and c) non-campus buildings or properties that are used for educational purposes.

Campus Operational Hours

The campus is open Monday - Saturday 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and is closed on Sunday and designated holidays.

Campus Summer Hours

The campus is open Monday - Thursday 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and designated holidays.

Illicit Drugs and Alcohol

District Policy

The Maricopa Community College District supports the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226, and complies with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to controlled substances, including alcohol. The possession, sale or consumption of an alcoholic beverage in any premises owned and/or leased/rented by the District for approved educational purposes is prohibited.

College Response to Alcohol and Drug Violations

In addition to the sanctions imposed by federal and state courts concerning controlled substance violation(s), the college will respond administratively when the offense involves a student or employee as the offender. Students and employees are subject to applicable District policies and disciplinary procedures. Sanctions may include suspension or expulsion for student offenders or termination of employment for employees.

Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention

A variety of alcohol and other drug abuse prevention efforts occur at the college during each year to educate students regarding the health risks associated with the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Intervention information and services exist both on-campus and off-campus to help students in overcoming dependencies. Additional information about health risks, available programs, the college drug policy and legal sanctions/disciplinary action may be obtained through the Office of the Dean, Student Services, the Counseling Department, the Student Handbook and the class schedule.

Campus community members who may have an alcohol or drug problem can also receive assistance by calling:

  • Al-Anon at 1-800-356-9996
  • American Council on Alcoholism at 1-800-527-5344
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline at 1-800-662-4357
  • DRUGHELP at 1-800-378-4435

Weapons on Campus

District Policy

The possession or use of a firearm on campus is strictly forbidden. The Maricopa Community College District Governing Board promulgated the weapons policy under ARS 13-2911 C. Any one violating the policy is subject to arrest and/or subject to applicable college disciplinary procedures.

Except as noted in paragraph 1 below, all persons who attend classes, are employed by the District/college, are visiting the District/campus or who otherwise have business within MCCCD, are prohibited from carrying concealed weapons on their person or concealed within their immediate control. The above persons are also prohibited from carrying or possessing any type of deadly weapon, edged weapon, dangerous instrument or martial arts weapon, as defined in ARS §§13-105.11, 13-105.13, 13-105.17 and 13-3101.7. Except as noted in paragraph 2 below, pursuant to ARS §12-781, this policy shall not prohibit a person from lawfully transporting or lawfully storing any firearm that is both locked in the person's privately owned vehicle or in a locked compartment on the person's privately owned motorcycle, and not visible from the outside of the motor vehicle or motorcycle.

These items include, but are not limited to: all firearms, sheath knives, boot knives, swords, pocket knives or folding knives with a blade length greater than three (3) inches, crossbows, long bows, compound bows, sling shots, any instrument under the circumstances of use that could cause death or serious injury, nunchaku (numbchucks), throwing stars, darts, throwing knives and related martial arts weapons.

The above listed persons are also prohibited from carrying or possessing any type of explosive or explosive devices as defined in ARS §§13-3101.3 and 13-3101.7a, f through h. This section also prohibits the possession of all ammunition and ammunition components.

  1. Persons excluded from this policy:
    1. Any certified peace officer, currently employed by a law enforcement agency
    2. Upon the approval of the Chancellor/or appropriate college president or president's designee, any person possessing a weapon for the purpose of teaching firearm safety, hunter safety, martial arts, law enforcement procedures or related course
    3. Upon approval of the Chancellor/or appropriate college president or president's designee, any person possessing a weapon for the purpose of demonstrating, for educational purposes, any of the above stated weapons
    4. Any person, otherwise approved by the Chancellor/or appropriate college president or president's designee

Children on Campus

District Policy

2.4.10 Children on Campus

Children, younger than 18 years of age, may not attend a class unless they are officially registered for the class. Children that are not officially registered are not allowed on campus unless participating in an authorized college program or under the immediate supervision of an adult.

Lost and Found

Lost & Found

The Public Safety Department will accept found items 24 hours a day. Items turned in are kept for 90 days and then given to a charitable organization. An owner may claim lost property by signing a release form at the safety office. Property may be claimed between the hours of 7:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.