Campus safety: Clery Act

The federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), 20 USC § 1092(f)​, requires colleges and universities, both public and private, participating in federal student aid programs to disclose campus safety information, and imposes certain basic requirements for handling incidents of sexual violence and emergency situations. Disclosures about crime statistics and summaries of security policies are made once a year in an Annual Security Report (ASR), and information about specific crimes and emergencies is made publicly available on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Institutions must annually, no later than October 1st, automatically disseminate an Annual Security Report (ASR) to all current students and employees, as well as make it available to all prospective students and employees upon request.

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In Case of an Emergency

To ensure that students have a safe and secure environment, NWFSC encourages parents and students to monitor updates, through website, radio or email, regarding any closures, postponement or cancellation of classes/campus events, due to any issues that may interfere with the safety of our students.

Emergency Procedures Quick Reference Guide [pdf]

Fire or Explosion

  • If a person is on fire, have them stop, drop and roll
  • Do not attempt to fight fires unless properly trained
  • If you are the first person to observe a fire or explosion, activate the nearest fire alarm and evacuate the area at once.
  • Follow instructions from administrators

Bomb Threat

  • If you are aware of a bomb threat, call 911 and notify the President's Office at 850-729-5360 and the administrative center on campus.
  • Evacuate the building
  • Wait for directions from the President's office.

Severe Weather

  • Move outdoor classes/activities indoors
  • Stay alert through notifications from instructors and administrators.

Hazardous Material Release

  • If you detect or observe a chemical spill or leak please notify the President's office 850-729-5360
  • Do not touch, attempt to collect or spread the chemical.
  • Wait for further instructions from the President's office and if required evacuate the area (there may also be a decision to “shelter in place" which requires you to stay where you are and turn off all heating/ventilation and air-conditioning to prevent the spreading of air particles)

Active Shooter

  • Instructors are given the resources and information on what steps to follow when observing or learning of an active shooter on campus.
  • If students are not in class but are on a campus with an active shooter, they need to access the nearest place of safety and lock doors/windows, if applicable. Do not approach shooter, and do not come out of safety until law enforcement or administration informs the student to do so.

Tornado Warning

  • Move to a safe location and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Remain calm and listen to instructions from administrators/instructors.

Sexual Battery

  • Always call 911 immediately
  • If possible do not “wash up" or use the restroom
  • Report battery to nearest administrator or instructor (if not available, contact the president's office at 850-729-5360)

Suicide Threat/Attempt

  • If a student is informed of a possible suicide threat/attempt, please report to the nearest administrator/instructor.
  • Evacuate immediately if informed of possible weapon possession
  • Do not leave the person alone until administration/instructor arrives
  • Do not disclose any threat or attempt of suicide. Try to remain calm and attempt to get help with this crisis.
  • Students can remain anonymous when learning of a suicide threat by calling the crisis hotline at 850-244-9191

Medical Emergency

  • In observing a medical emergency, try to remain calm and assess the situation. If victim is conscious, ask what has happened. If victim is unconscious, check for breathing and bleeding. Call 911 and the President's office immediately 850-729-5360.
  • Do not administer first aid unless trained.
  • Try to keep victim still and as comfortable as possible.
  • Wait for emergency personnel to arrive and be prepared to give as much information as possible.


  • If a student suspects or observes illegal drug use, possession or dealing (selling or buying), report to an administrator/instructor immediately.
  • If the student does not want to disclose their name for reporting purposes and suspects illegal activity in the classroom or campus, they can call 1-888-654-TIPS.

Emergency Numbers:

  • 911 from a campus phone if observing a crime in progress, reporting a fire, heart attack victim, or any life threatening incident or serious injury.

Public safety non-emergency numbers

  • Niceville Police Department - 850-729-4030
  • Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department - 850-651-7400
  • DeFuniak Springs Police Department - 850-892-8511
  • Walton County Sheriff's Department - 850-892-8111
  • Crestview Police Department - 850-682-2055
  • Fort Walton Beach Police Department - 850-833-9546
  • Florida Poison Information Center - 1-800-222-1222

College Emergency Contact Numbers

  • Niceville Campus Security - ext. 5335 or 850-582-9119
  • Fort Walton Beach Campus Security - ext. 5535 or 850-582-9112
  • Sikes Center Campus Security - ext. 4141 or 850-699-5676
  • Chautauqua Center Security - ext. 4100 or 850-699-5691
  • South Walton Center Security - ext. 4160 or 850-200-4160
  • Vice President's office - ext. 5363 or 850-729-5363
  • President's Office - ext. 5360 or 850-729-5360

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