Campus Ban/Trespass Information
What is a Trespass Notice?
Owners of private property, such as Mills College, have the authority through California Criminal “Trespass and Trespassing Laws,” Penal Code 602, to issue trespass notices to individuals to prevent their return to the owner's property. The Department of Public Safety has been given the authority by the College to issue such a notice.
A trespass notice is a verbal or written notice issued to someone by Public Safety, Security or Student Affairs staff to stay off the Mills College campus. Violation of a trespass notice may result in arrest or in criminal prosecution.
Who can be issued a Ban/Trespass Notice?
A trespass notice can be issued to any person for whom the College has received a complaint or who has been observed doing any of the following:
• causing harm or inflicting injury to college community members
• threatening or intimidating members of the community
• disrupting academic and administrative business of the college
• causing damage to college or personal property
• violating college policy
• acting and/or making statements (written or verbal) that are deemed unacceptable by the College.
How can I request that a Ban/Trespass Notice be issued?
Come in to the Department of Public Safety or the Dean of Students office and speak with a representative. Trespass notices can only be issued after an incident report is filed with the Department of Public Safety Office. The Department of Public Safety will then determine if the incident meets the above criteria. Trespass notices can be issued for your protection for incidents which occur off campus or that have occurred before a student was enrolled at the College.
How long is a Ban/Trespass Notice issued for?
A trespass notice is generally valid indefinitely. However, trespass notices are reviewed upon the request of the person who was given the notice. The Public Safety Department generally consults with the person who originally requested that the trespass notice be issued and/or with the Deans to evaluate a trespass notice appeal.
What are the boundaries covered by a Ban/Trespass Notice?
Mills College Department of Public Safety trespass notices are valid only for Mills College property.
How is a Ban/Trespass Notice issued?
Generally, trespass notices are given verbally to individuals that the Department of Public Safety receives complaints about or observes violating the above criteria. Notices are also mailed to individuals when an address is known. Once the individual receives the trespass notice, or in the case of mailed notices, once the certified receipt is returned to the Department of Public Safety, the trespass notice is active and enforceable. Copies of all written notices are kept on file with the Department of Public Safety.
If notifying an individual of the filing of a trespass notice could endanger the requesting parties(s) safety, then an exception to notification would be made. These cases include, but are not limited to, the following: sexual assault cases pending; domestic violence cases pending or abuse cases pending
Photographs of individuals who have received Ban/Trespass Notices
Photographs of individuals banned from campus will be posted on the Mills Portal in the “Campus Safety Info, Reports and Alerts” area, if photographs are available and if they have been approved by the requesting party or the Department coordinator.
I have received a Ban/Trespass Notice, however, I was invited to come on campus. Can I come?
No one other than the Director of Public Safety, Legal Counsel, Employee Services or the Dean of Students can give permission for someone who has received a trespass notice to come on to campus for any purpose. The Director of Public Safety reserves the right to deny any appeal based on the needs of the community.
What is the appeals process?
Each notice that is issued includes information about the appeals process. Appeals are usually done in writing and are reviewed by the Director of Public Safety. The criteria used for the appeals review include, but are not limited to: a determination of the threat posed by the individual to the community, a review of the individual's need to be present on campus, and a review of the incident or supporting documentation that resulted in the trespass notice being issued.
What information will a victim get if a Ban/Trespass Notice is modified or rescinded?
If the Director of Public Safety considers modifying or rescinding a trespass notice as a result of an appeal, the director will contact the person who originally requested the trespass notice or their representative and discuss the appeal. However, if the original requester is no longer a member of the Mills College community, she or he will not be contacted. The director may consult with other college personnel as part of the appeal review process, such as the Dean of Students or the Director of Human Resources. If the original requesting party is still a member of the Mills College community, she or he will be informed of the outcome of the review prior to any modification or revocation of the trespass notice.