Personal Safety

MCC Public Safety BadgeMCC employs a Public Safety Department and takes security measures to ensure our students and employees are as free as possible from any threats to their safety or well being. Students and employees must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking simple, common sense precautions. MCC provides campus safety statistics per the Jeanne Clery Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.

  1. While on campus, familiarize yourself with the location of your nearest exits, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and emergency call boxes in every hallway.
  2. Alcohol and other mind-altering drugs can change the way you think, causing you to do things or act ways that you wouldn’t normally. This can put you in risky situations.
  3. While walking on campus, be aware of your surrounding, including the location of “blue” safety lights.
  4. Walk in pairs using the “buddy system” or use a Public Safety escort.
  5. Park under a light if you will be leaving campus after dark.
  6. Trust your gut and pay attention to your intuition.
  7. Learn what you can about date or acquaintance rape and how to protect yourself.
  8. Report suspicious, illegal, or potentially dangerous situations to Public Safety by calling x2911.

Every classroom has Health Services Emergency Guide for medical emergencies. Call 2911 for immediate assistance.

Health Services and Public Safety have several pamphlets about Safety on Campus, acquaintance rape, and abusive relationships.

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Domestic Violence

photo of girlMost people look forward to being in a relationship with another person for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes these reasons lead us to choose partners or relationships that are not healthy or are abusive.  For more information on healthy and unhealthy relationships go to

If you are currently in a relationship where you feel threatened or unsafe, please discuss your situation with Health Services, your health care provider, or call Alternatives for Battered Women at (585) 232-7353. Help is available. MCC's Counseling Center can also provide you with support.

Tattoos and Piercing

pierced tonguePiercing and tattooing skin involve body changes than can carry with it risks of infection to life threatening illnesses. Being well informed of these risks, and choosing a safe well established body artist who practices sterile procedures, are extremely important.

Tattooing and piercing should only be done by licensed artists who use strict sterile technique. This should include:

  • Autoclaved equipment, NOT sterilized in a liquid solution
  • The equipment should be opened in your presence and if the tattooist or piercer touches anything other than the equipment or you with his sterile gloves, they should put on new sterile gloves
  • The tattooist or piercer should provide after care instructions, including the signs of infection and when to seek medical care
  • Piercing other than ears should NOT be done with an ear piercing gun. The equipment cannot be sterilized between clients

Sometimes it is unsafe to have even the most standard piercing or tattoo without first consulting a doctor:

  • An individual with heart valve disease (such as mitral valve prolapse) should consult their physician for prophylactic antibiotics
  • An individual with a heart murmur, diabetes, hemophilia, auto-immune disorder, or other medical condition(s) that may negatively influence the piercing procedure or the healing process
  • There is an obvious skin or tissue abnormality that may include but is not limited to rashes, lumps, bumps, scars, lesions, moles, freckles, and/or abrasions
  • A woman is pregnant or planning to become pregnant before the site will be fully healed.

Most piercing sites and tattoos heal without incident, but infection is a risk and, if not treated, can become severe or life-threatening. Metal allergies can mimic infection and it can be difficult to tell the difference. Please seek medical advice from your health care provider or Health Services if you notice these signs of infection:

  • Redness and swelling that extend beyond the tattoo or piercing
  • Soreness
  • Continued oozing or bleeding
  • Drainage from the wound including pus
  • Area warm and/or red “streaks” coming from area tattooed or pierced
  • Fever

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