City College responds to security questions raised in state audit
Audit: College failed to report 10 of 11 policies
Last Updated: 418 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Questions were raised Friday over the safety of one of San Diego's colleges.
10News discovered an audit which shows the state found San Diego City College either has no clear plan for an emergency or has not made their plan known to students and staff.
School officials told 10News this is not about safety, it is about paperwork.
"The notion that we're not prepared is simply not true," said Richard Dittbenner, the director of public information and government relations for City College. "It is true that we had not reported correctly, but it is not true that we're not prepared."
Dittbenner told 10News they just messed up the paperwork.
Here is how the state sees it: City College missed the mark on how to determine if there is a dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to students, on initiating the notification system, on spreading emergency information to the larger community and on who is responsible for carrying out these actions.
The college failed to report 10 out of 11 required policies for an emergency, according to the audit. Those include properly informing students and employees about campus security procedures.
"Did we do a good job or do the best kind of job we could do communicating thoroughly to students each semester?" said Dittbenner. "We can improve in that area and we're going to."
In a letter to the state, City College said its emergency response and evacuation procedures await administrative approval.
But in an interview with 10News, they insisted the procedures were always there but were not explained correctly to the state.
"We were not perfect in terms of our reporting criteria but in fact when an emergency occurs throughout the district, we have police on the spot," said Dittbenner.
City College officials told 10News there have been changes to the policies for their emergency procedures since the audit came out.
They said the changes were not in direct response to the audit and that they would have made those changes anyway.
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