History

Esperanza College was birthed from a tugging at the heart to impact the lives of people beyond the Sunday morning pulpit. It was, and is, a college unique to any other; an institution of redemption, grace and hope. This tug was felt by a group of Hispanic pastors in North Philadelphia in 1982 as they rallied together to serve a community suffering from poverty, unstable housing, low educational attainment, and high crime. The result was the creation of the Hispanic Clergy and in 1987, they developed a non-profit organization, called Nueva Esperanza Inc.

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Security

The Student/Employee Responsibility


The cooperation of all members of the community is absolutely essential to ensure the success of campus safety. Individuals must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal property by taking the following precautions:

  • Exterior doors to the building should never be propped open.
  • Room doors should be locked whenever the individual is away from the room.
  • Keys should not be lent to others.
  • Cars should be locked at all times. Valuables should be concealed. Steering wheel locking devices are recommended.
  • Suspicious-looking individuals should be reported to Security or the Switchboard immediately.
  • Do not walk alone in the surrounding neighborhood at night.
  • Report any damaged lights or doors.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Esperanza College complies with federal, state and local laws including those regulating the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. The following represents the drug and alcohol policies at Esperanza College:

The following are prohibited:

  • The use of illegal drugs
  • The abuse of other drugs (i.e. legal medications)
  • The use of alcohol on campus or public areas of campus
  • The abuse of alcohol in any context on campus

The College’s objective is to take positive corrective action to prevent substance abuse. Students involved with substance abuse are usually required to go through evaluation and counseling programs.

Disciplinary procedures for anyone who violates these policies are outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Drug and alcohol counseling may be obtained from qualified professionals in the local area. A few resources are listed below:

Alcoholics Anonymous..................................(215) 545-1023
Addiction Referral & Intervention ................(215) 744-9796
Narcotics Anonymous....................................(215) 440-8400

Reporting a Crime

Individuals who witness or become the victim of a crime on or near campus are expected to contact Esperanza College’s Security Manager immediately by dialing (215) 791-2305 or by using one of the campus phones and dialing extension 236. The Security Manager will respond and summon police if necessary. The Security Manager will file a written report on all crime incidents. All incident reports are recorded and maintained in the office of the Security Manager.

University policies on sexual assault, sexual harassment, drug and alcohol use, and counseling services are enumerated in detail in the online Student Handbook. Information about any registered sex offenders is available on the Pennsylvania State Police Web site.

To view the most recent report on Esperanza College campus crime, click HERE.  

In addition to providing this information to students and employees, each institution of higher education is required annually to report crime statistics and rates to the State Police for publication in the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Report, “Crime in Pennsylvania.” The Federal Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Federal Higher Education Amendments of 1992 also mandate, along with other requirements, that universities publish statistics regarding campus crime.

This information is provided in compliance with House Bill #1900 (Clery Legislation)

Terrorism Readiness and Response Information

There is no way to fully prepare for every eventuality concerning unknown and unpredictable events that might occur in our area or in another area nearby. In the case of such an event, we ask that each community member use his or her own best judgment as to how to behave safely. In the event of an unsafe situation at Esperanza College, the staff will provide specific guidance to students and faculty. We also recommend that each member of this community take the time to educate himself/herself and his or her family and friends, using the general information that is available. Here are some web sites that you may find helpful. Remember, as always, whenever looking for information on the web, especially about a topic like "Homeland Security," read everything with your best critical thinking tools fully operational!

www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/02/20030207-10.html
www.ready.gov

Below are some pointers concerning preparedness that will apply in many types of circumstances. You should know and practice these on a daily basis so that you will be better prepared in the event an emergency arises.

  • Carry identification with you at all times. Esperanza, Inc. requires that you carry your Eastern University ID with you at all times when you are on the EC campus.
  • Make up a personal emergency contact card and carry it with your license.
  • Set up a contact plan with your relatives and friends. Ask someone who lives well outside of your area to be the contact clearinghouse for you and your relatives.
  • Carry that phone number and address with you on your emergency contact card.
  • In the event an incident occurs out of doors and the building you are in is not affected, stay inside that building and seek further information before exiting.
  • If the building you are in is affected, leave and go to a place of safety.
  • Keep extra prescription medications with you.
  • If you wear contact lenses, carry glasses with you at all times.
  • Keep a supply of water on hand.

Timely Warning

In the event a situation arises either on or off campus that, in the judgment of the Director of Safety and Security for the University, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued through the “E2Campus” emergency alert system. This system allows information to be distributed via cell phone text message and email. Students, Faculty and Staff are urged to subscribe to this service. Details and subscription information can be found HERE. Be sure to select the “Esperanza College at 4261 N. 5th St.” option to receive information about this site. In addition, information will be posted at the Department of Security Website.

Emergency Instructions if Something Occurs at Esperanza College


FIRE

If you discover a fire or smoke:

  1. Sound the building alarm.
  2. Call 911*, Building Manager at (215) 791-2305, and an EC staff member.

All other individuals should:

  1. Close windows and leave doors opened and unlocked.
  2. Evacuate** the building in accordance with the emergency evacuation plan for the area in which you are located at the time of the alarm.
  3. Proceed to primary staging area—Main Parking Lot on side of building (Bristol Street).
  4. Stand by for further instructions.

BOMB THREAT

If you receive a bomb threat:

  1. Record information (on FBI Data card if available; otherwise on a note paper).
  2. Call 911*, Building Manager at (215) 791-2305, and an EC staff member.

All other individuals should:

  1. If directed—search immediate area for suspicious object (voluntary basis only). If package is found, DO NOT TOUCH. Call Bomb Squad 9-1-1. Evacuate area.
  2. If evacuation of the building is required, follow the evacuation plan.
  3. Proceed to primary staging area at Main Parking Lot.
  4. Stand by for further instructions.

CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL THREAT

If you receive a suspicious package/item that contains a powdery substance, has strange
odors, stains, or leaks:

  1. Do not handle.
  2. Isolate the package and cordon off the area, closing all doors leading to the area.
  3. If you handled the item, wash exposed skin areas for at least three minutes with soap and water and rinse for one minute.
  4. Notify Building Manager at (215) 791-2305 and an EC staff member.
  5. Avoid all other individuals.
  6. Wait for Hazmat team for possible decontamination procedure.

All other individuals should:

  1. Stay away from the suspected area and from anyone potentially exposed.
  2. If an evacuation is ordered, follow normal evacuation procedures.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY

If you have, or see someone with, a medical emergency:

  1. Call 911*.
  2. Administer first aid or request assistance.
  3. Call an EC staff member.

EARTHQUAKE

All individuals should:

  1. Take cover under table, desk, or in doorway.
  2. DO NOT run outdoors.

SEVERE WEATHER

All individuals should:

  1. Prepare to move to a place of safety.
  2. Stay away from large windows.
  3. Stand by for further instructions.

* If you are calling from an Esperanza, Inc. phone, you must dial “9” for an outside line.
** In case of evacuation, no beverages, food, or bulky items are to be carried into the stairwells. Under no circumstances should you use the elevator.

First Aid Kits are located in the Front Desk of Esperanza College and the kitchen of Esperanza, Inc.

EMERGENCY ...........................................................9-1-1
Building Manager.......................................................(215) 791-2305
National Response Ctr. (Report Chemical/Biological Terrorism)................(800) 424-8802
Poison Control ............................................................(215) 386-2100
Poison Control Centers Hotline..................................(800) 222-1222