Tyler Junior College

Civility at Tyler Junior College

Civility Task Force

A Civility Task Force representing a cross-section of faculty, staff, administration and students meets regularly to discuss issues related to safety and civility and plans activities designed to improve civility. Recommendations for action are referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs, the President or the Executive Cabinet for approval.

Action Items Implemented as a Result of the Civility Task Force

  • Implemented Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (landscaping)
  • Implemented No Smoking policy (2010)
  • Implemented ID Lanyard requirement for all faculty, staff and students (2010)
  • Added civility expectations to course syllabi
  • Began using garbage cans for “East Texas Friendly” and no-smoking signage campaigns
  • Increased Campus Police staff to 20 Police Officers, 3 Security Guards, 5 Student Worker Cadets and 9 Ambassadors
  • Added to Security Cameras (approximately 400 on Main campus as of December 2013)
  • Implemented Directed Patrols and patrols on foot, bike, Diggler and electric scooters
  • Added video signage in available locations
  • Added a Campus Police substation at Rogers Student Center
  • Extended Campus Police hours for non-traditional students
  • Held numerous different civility workshops at convocations and Professional Development days
  • Improved lighting throughout campus
  • Added crosswalks and flashing crosswalk
  • Took steps to improve student dress and behavior
  • Created a civility statement and, with the help of Student Senate, a college Creed
  • Hosted Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Initiated “Enough is Enough” against violence campaign
  • Conducted emergency planning meetings and training sessions including FEMA Training and a Table Top Training for Executive Cabinet
  • Implemented new Text Messaging/Warning System
  • Updated Building Managers list
  • Made public the Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) and hosted training
  • Presented Civility presentations at various colleges, state and national conferences, including NISOD
  • Hosted Campus Safety Awareness Week
  • Added parking lot signs to match numbering system and created new campus maps detailing their locations and audiences
  • Put in effect a new inter-local agreement with Tyler Police Department
  • Created a Title IX subcommittee, website and complain forms
  • Presented at convocation for Title IX training, attended multiple trainings, created a Camp Staff and Chaperone Handbook and Title IX awareness signage
  • Dealt with misuse of the TJC name on printed materials by area nightclubs
  • Instituted a temporary parking pass system
  • Started U-TIP program to allow individuals to anonymously report crimes or suspicious concerns via mobile text
  • Began a working relationship with the FBI and Joint Terrorist Task Force for training in case of an attack
  • Conducted “Active Shooter” scenarios with FBI
  • Conducted fire drills on main and west campuses
  • Created new crisis management flip charts and placed in each office and classroom
Civility Task Force Membership
Dr. Tom Johnson, Chair
Pamela Rathbun, Secretary
Amber LeBarron (Faculty Senate)
Carmen Suarez (Student Senate)
Kevin Fowler
Nidia Hassan
Dometrius Hill
Caitlin Ibarra-Mullen
Cindy Gaddis
Patti Light
BJ Williams
Juan Mejia
Randy Melton
Rick Besch
Jeremy Strickland
Mike Metke
Andrew Cantey
Fred Peters
Connie Russell
Mark Gartman
Chuck Smith
Lauren Tyler

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How to Report Acts of Intolerance or Incivility

Individuals may report an act of incivility:

  • to any Civility Task Force member
  • to Campus Police by telephone (903-510-2222 if emergency; 903-510-2258 if non-emergency)
  • anonymously by sending a text message to 79516, using the keyword of "tjctip".