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Crime Prevention

American River College actively supports crime prevention through a number of programs.

Emergency Automobile Assistance

Though they are not mechanics, Los Rios Police officers are equipped and trained to start cars with dead batteries or unlock non-electric car doors. Proper identification is required for the performance of these services.

Unlawful Weapons

California Penal Code Section 626.9 (h) prohibits the possession of a firearm on college grounds.

The California Penal Code Section also prohibits the possession of knives 626.10, switchblade 21510, pepper spray 22810 (e) and Tasers/Stun Gun 626.10.


Consumption of, or being under the influence of, alcohol while on campus is strictly prohibited. Violators are subject to suspension, expulsion, and/or criminal prosecution (per Los Rios Policy P-2443: Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace and College Premises).

Emergency Telephones

Outdoor, emergency telephones have been installed at strategic locations throughout the campuses. These blue phones, when accessed, will automatically connect the caller to the Los Rios Police Department.

Emergency Alerts

In the event of an emergency or disaster, Los Rios will provide critical information to students and employees via an emergency alert system. Emergency alerts are issued via text, phone calls, and email. Update your contact information to make sure you receive emergency alerts.

  1. Log in to eServices.
  2. Click Profile.
  3. Click Emergency Alert Information.
  4. Update your information and click Save.

Illegal Drugs

American River College is committed to being a drug-free campus. Violators will be subject to disciplinary procedures. The use, sale, or possession on campus of, or presence on campus under the influence of, any controlled substance is strictly prohibited. Violators are subject to suspension, expulsion, and/or criminal prosecution (per Los Rios Policy P-2441: Standards of Conduct and Los Rios Policy P-2443: Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace and College Premises).

Children on Campus

It is not appropriate for children to attend classes with their parents. All children on campus must be under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or other authorized adult. Unattended or disruptive children will be reported to the proper authorities.


Vehicles that do not have a valid semester parking decal or daily permit properly displayed will be issued a parking citation. There is a $283 fine for parking in designated disabled spaces (including hatch marks next to disabled spaces) without a state-issued disabled decal or plate.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in any situation is unacceptable and is in violation of state and federal laws and regulations. Corrective action will be taken where evidence of sexual harassment is found (per Los Rios Policy P-2424: Sexual Harassment).

Hate Crimes

Hate crimes include any of the following offenses that are motivated by bias:

  • Murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson
  • Larceny-theft: The unlawful taking carrying, leading or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another
  • Constructive possession: the condition in which a person does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing
  • Simple assault: an unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness
  • Intimidation: To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack
  • Destruction, damage, vandalism: To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, face, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it