The Department of Campus Safety & Security is committed to your safety, and success, at Florida Southern College.

Our dedicated, responsive staff helps to ensure the well-being of the entire College community. Florida Southern’s stable, safe environment enhances the quality of student life and makes FSC an outstanding place to learn and work.

In addition to regular duties such as bike, vehicle, and foot patrols—24 hours a day and 365 days per year, the Department of Safety and Security is a full service law enforcement agency providing safety, security, enforcement, and parking services to the College community.

Florida Southern uses text messaging for conveying time sensitive or emergency information direct to your cell phone. For example you will receive notification of:

  • Weather cancellations & delays
  • Emergency conditions on or around campus

All students who provide the college with their cell phone number will be automatically enrolled in this service. The College does not recommend it, however, any student wishing to opt out of this service may do so by following the opt-out instructions received in any text received through Omnilert.

IN AN EMERGENCY CALL – Ext. 3555

As fully explained in the Student Handbook, campus safety officers handle everything from lost or stolen property reports to emergency response. They are trained in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), fire and hazardous-material emergencies, traffic enforcement, security patrol, and sensitivity issues, including the handling of incidents related to tolerance on a multicultural campus. Our mission is to promote a safe environment through student and staff interaction with emphasis on integrity, fairness, and professionalism.

Though it's the primary concern of FSC’s Department of Campus Safety and Security, our entire community works hard to promote and support a safe environment for our students.


Current Advisories

There are currently no weather or safety advisories in effect.

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Parking on Campus

If you work or attend classes at Florida Southern College you are required to register your vehicle. An application form needs to be filled out and submitted to the Department of Safety & Security.

Parking on campus

Emergency Preparedness

In the event of an emergency, the College has a plan to address the situation in an expedient manner, and this plan is reviewed at regularly scheduled intervals by the administration and campus safety personnel. Review our policies by accessing the PDF documents below.

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Safety Statistics

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of the Higher Education Amendment of 1992 requires institutions to publish campus policies and statistics relating to campus safety and security.

Campus Crime Statistics  

Additional information on these statistics can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-Secondary Education website.

Other Services

Safety Escort

Safety Escort Service is available at all times. To request an escort, call 863.680.4125, particularly after dark when walking from the parking area or another location on campus.

Safety Transmitters provide instant access to safety personnel for emergency situations. Members of the FSC community may purchase a transmitter for $50 annually. (All-first year student are required to purchase a device.)

Lost and Found

Lost & Found. All lost and found items are catalogued and held in the Safety Office in a secured area. Items not claimed within 90 days are disposed of.

Safety Tips. Going to college is an exciting time in a student’s life. Having fun and spending time with friends is less likely to turn into an unsettling situation if you follow some simple rules and use common sense.

See Safety Guide  

Tropical Storms

During Florida's Hurricane Season, June 1-November 30, Florida Southern's Emergency Management Team will carefully monitor tropical storms which could effect Polk County. 

If there is any significant change that impacts normal College operations and activities, the community will be alerted via the Web site and the text message system.  The community may also call the emergency hotline at 863.680.4101 for updates.

As a preparedness measure, students and parents are encouraged to formulate a communication plan for use during an emergency. This plan should include a course of action to be taken should telephone and/or electronic service be disrupted.

For your convenience, here are some links that provide safety tips and storm tracking before, during and after a hurricane:

Questions regarding the Florida Southern College emergency plan should be directed to: Robert Tate at 863.680.4347 (rtate@flsouthern.edu) or Terry Dennis at 863.680.4148 (vdennis@flsouthern.edu).

Other Helpful Resources

Additionally, information about FSC cancellations, closings, and openings are broadcast on TV channels WFLA 8, Bay News 9, WTSP 10, and WTVT 13; and radio stations WPCV 97.5 FM, WWRZ 98.3 FM, WONN 1230 AM, and WLKF 1430 AM.

Additional Emergency Contacts

Local law enforcement agencies

Lakeland Police Department 863.834.6900
Polk County Sheriff's Department 863.534.0344
Florida Highway Patrol (non-emergency) 863.834.2300
Florida Highway Patrol (to dispatch trooper) 863.834.2303

Local fire department, paramedic units, and hospitals

Lakeland Fire Department (non-emergency) 863.834.8200
Lakeland Fire Department (to dispatch engine) 911
Polk County E.M.S. 863.534.0360
Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC) 863.687.1100
LRMC Emergency Room 863.687.1132
County Law Enforcement / Mutual Aid System 863.534.0360
County Board of Commissioners 863.534.6000
County and State Engineers 863.534.6500
State/County Highway Departments 863.533.8161

Local television, radio stations, and weather service

Channel 8 1.800.228.8888
Channel 13 1.800.334.9888
WONN 863.682.3452
WLKF 863.682.3142
National Weather Service 813.645.2506

State Offices

National Guard 863.648.3232
Office of Emergency Management (FEMA) 904.487.4918
Governor's Office 904.488.4441

Other Emergency Resources

The American Red Cross 863.683.5716 / 863.294.5941
Salvation Army 863.682.8179
U.S. Coast Guard 863.288.2187
The Division of Mines and Geology Department of Natural Resource 863.534.7370 / 863.534.7371
Federal Small Business Association 863.646.7989