Timely Warning

TIMELY WARNING: COVID-19 | July 6, 2020 – A member of the Odessa College community has tested positive for COVID-19. The case involves a employee who was active in the Physical Plant.  The employee is in isolation and receiving care following protocols from the Ector County Health Department.  The College was notified on the morning of July 6, 2020.  The employee has not been on the Odessa College campus since, Monday June 29th.

The Physical Plant has been sanitized and cleaned according to protocol.   

Please continue taking recommended precautions to protect yourself and others while on campus: avoid close contact with others; cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are not feeling well, call 68-NURSE.


TIMELY WARNING: COVID-19 | June 26, 2020 – A member of the Odessa College community has tested positive for COVID-19. The case involves a student who lives off campus and attends clinicals at Midland Memorial Hospital. The student is in isolation and receiving care following protocols from the Ector County Health Department.

The student notified the college today. We do not anticipate any changes to your courses or clinicals at this time; however, we encourage you to continue taking recommended precautions to protect yourself and others while on campus and at the clinical site: avoid close contact with others; cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are not feeling well, call 68-NURSE.

Should you have any questions or need additional information regarding this temporary transition, please contact your instructor.


TIMELY WARNING: COVID-19 | June 18, 2020 – A member of the Odessa College community has tested positive for COVID-19. The case involves a student who lives off campus and attends classes in the Cosmetology Building. The student is in isolation and receiving care following protocols from the Ector County Health Department. 

The student notified the college on Thursday, and the college is working to sanitize the affected learning spaces. Out of an abundance of caution, your course/program will not resume until Tuesday, June 23. All Friday courses in the building have been cancelled. Saturday classes will meet as scheduled.  Should you have any questions or need additional information regarding your course(s), please contact your instructor. 

Please continue taking recommended precautions to protect yourself and others while on campus: avoid close contact with others; cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are not feeling well, call 68-NURSE.


TIMELY WARNING: COVID-19 | June 18, 2020 – A member of the Odessa College community has tested positive for COVID-19. The case involves an employee who was active in the Fire Technology Training Center.  The employee is in isolation and receiving care following protocols from the Ector County Health Department.  The College was notified on the evening of June 17th, 2020. The employee has not been on the Odessa College campus since, Monday June 15th.

The Fire Technology Training Center has been sanitized and cleaned according to protocol.   

Please continue taking recommended precautions to protect yourself and others while on campus: avoid close contact with others; cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are not feeling well, call 68-NURSE.


TIMELY WARNING: COVID-19 | June 15, 2020 – A member of the Odessa College community has tested positive for COVID-19. The case involves a student who lives off campus and attends classes in the Health Sciences Building. The student is in isolation and receiving care following protocols from the Ector County Health Department. 

The student notified the college over the weekend, and the college immediately sanitized the affected learning spaces. Out of an abundance of caution, your course will transition to online instruction this week: June 15 – 19. In person classes will resume the week of June 22nd. Should you have any questions or need additional information regarding this temporary transition, please contact your instructor.

Please continue taking recommended precautions to protect yourself and others while on campus: avoid close contact with others; cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are not feeling well, call 68-NURSE.


Timely Warning: Search for Suspects Involved in Drive By Shooting Near Campus

Update Timely Warning: suspects involved in drive by shooting in custody

OCPD has been made aware that suspects are now in custody and OPD is no longer securing the search area. The suspects have not been identified at this time. More details are expected to be released in the near future.

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Odessa, TX – Today at approximately 1 pm, OPD made Odessa College Police Department aware of an investigation and ongoing search for suspects in drive by shooting incidents this morning.  The search for suspects is active and just northwest of campus. There is an active police presence on this side of town, and our officers are monitoring campus entrances and exits.  

While a threat to campus does not appear to be imminent, nor ongoing, it is incumbent on us to ensure the campus community is aware, updated, and reminded to practice situational awareness at all times.  Because the possible threat included references to gun-related violence, OCPD and Odessa College  want to remind all students and employees of the key behavior in any possible or real Active Shooter situation: Run, Hide, Fight. To learn more about this policy, go to: Run. Hide. Fight.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event

OCPD and Odessa College remind all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to:

  • Report suspicious activity or suspicious people immediately.
  • Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. Be aware and prepared.
  • Trust your instincts, and if you do not feel comfortable in place or situation, leave.
  • Use caution when walking alone at all times, and travel in groups whenever possible. 
  • If you suspect any situation as potentially threatening to your personal safety or are victimized yourself, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The OC Police Department has escorts available on campus 24 hours a day for any student, faculty, staff or visitor. Contact the OCPD via phone at 432-335-6666 to request a campus escort.  Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors can also text the on-call police officer at 432-238-6334 with any information about suspicious activity on campus.​

This message is posted for the Odessa College community in compliance with the Timely Notice provisions of the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Do not forward this message to individuals or mailing lists within Odessa College.


Timely Warning: update | suspect in custody in connection to shootings in Ector County

ECTOR CO., Tx (KOSA) --

UPDATE: The Ector County Sheriff's Office says that a suspect is now in custody. 

The suspect has not been identified at this time.

More details are expected to be released in the near future.

https://www.cbs7.com/content/news/FIRST-ON-CBS7--Ector-County-Sheriffs-Office-searching-for-serial-shooter-561531181.html

This message is posted for the Odessa College community in compliance with the Timely Notice provisions of the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Do not forward this message to individuals or mailing lists within Odessa College.


Timely Warning: Update | investigation ongoing

Odessa TX, -- OCPD has received no new information regarding the serial shooting investigation in Ector County. Please stay tuned to local media for further updates. 
This morning’s timely warning was sent as a precaution. While a threat to campus did not appear to be imminent, nor ongoing, it is incumbent on us to ensure the campus community is aware, updated, and reminded to practice situational awareness at all times. 
Because the possible threat included references to gun-related violence, OCPD and Odessa College  want to remind all students and employees of the key behavior in any possible or real Active Shooter situation: Run, Hide, Fight. To learn more about this policy, go to: Run. Hide. Fight.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event
 
OCPD and Odessa College remind all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to:
  • Report suspicious activity or suspicious people immediately.
  • Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. Be aware and prepared.
  • Trust your instincts, and if you do not feel comfortable in place or situation, leave. 
  • Use caution when walking alone at all times, and travel in groups whenever possible.  
  • If you suspect any situation as potentially threatening to your personal safety or are victimized yourself, call 9-1-1 immediately.
 
The OC Police Department has escorts available on campus 24 hours a day for any student, faculty, staff or visitor. Contact the OCPD via phone at 432-335-6666 to request a campus escort.  Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors can also text the on-call police officer at 432-238-6334 with any information about suspicious activity on campus.
 
 
This message is posted for the Odessa College community in compliance with the Timely Notice provisions of the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Do not forward this message to individuals or mailing lists within Odessa College.

Timely Warning: Ector County Sheriff's Office searching for serial shooter; Shooter fires at drivers of broken down vehicles 

Odessa TX, -- Today, Friday, September 27, 2019, at approximately 10 am CST, Odessa College Police Department was made aware of an Ector County Sheriff's Office investigation regarding a possible serial shooter. Per the CBS 7 (KOSA) news release:  
Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis tells CBS7 two people have been shot in four separate instances since Tuesday, and he believes the same person is doing the shooting.
He says two people were shot and at least one died.
THE SHERIFF SAYS IN ALL OF THE CASES, THE SHOOTER PULLED UP TO HELP A BROKEN DOWN VEHICLE AND SHOT THE DRIVER. 
The latest was last night around 10:30 p.m. on Business 20 between Highway 1936 and the I-20 overpass.
The shooter used a handgun in all four shootings. The identity of the shooter varies in all of the instances.
Investigators say the suspect is driving a white pickup truck, possibly a 4-door. They can't confirm the make or model yet.
The times and locations include:
#1) Tuesday morning at 12:45 a.m. at 8th and Grant
#2) Then at 7:36 a.m. at I-20 and Highway 866
#3) That afternoon at Meteor Crater Road and I-20 near the Pilot truck stop
#4) Then last night on Business 20​
Updates to this investigation will be sent via email and posted on the college website at https://www.odessa.edu/future-students/campus-life/safety/Timely%20Warning/index.html​.  
 
OCPD and Odessa College remind all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to:
  • Report suspicious activity or suspicious people immediately.
  • Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. Be aware and prepared.
  • Trust your instincts, and if you do not feel comfortable in place or situation, leave. 
  • Use caution when walking alone at all times, and travel in groups whenever possible.  
  • If you suspect any situation as potentially threatening to your personal safety or are victimized yourself, call 9-1-1 immediately.
The OC Police Department has escorts available on campus 24 hours a day for any student, faculty, staff or visitor. Contact the OCPD via phone at 432-335-6666 to request a campus escort.  Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors can also text the on-call police officer at 432-238-6334 with any information about suspicious activity on campus.
 
This message is posted for the Odessa College community in compliance with the Timely Notice provisions of the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Do not forward this message to individuals or mailing lists within Odessa College.

Timely Warning: report of gunfire near campus

ODESSA, TX – Today, Saturday,  August 31, 2019, at approximately 7:10 CST, an automobile rammed an ECISD Police Department car near campus. Reports of gunfire were received immediately following the incident. The suspect has been detained and there is no ongoing threat to the campus or campus community. 

OCPD and Odessa College remind all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to:

  • Report suspicious activity or suspicious people immediately.
  • Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. Be aware and prepared.
  • Trust your instincts, and if you do not feel comfortable in place or situation, leave. 
  • Use caution when walking alone at all times, and travel in groups whenever possible.  
  • If you suspect any situation as potentially threatening to your personal safety or are victimized yourself, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The OC Police Department has escorts available on campus 24 hours a day for any student, faculty, staff or visitor. Contact the OCPD via phone at 432-335-6666 to request a campus escort.  Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors can also text the on-call police officer at 432-238-6334 with any information about suspicious activity on campus.​


ODESSA, TX – Today, Saturday,  August 31, 2019, at approximately 6:30 pm CST. 
Please be advised: reports indicate that the campus is no longer under threat from the active shooter situation in Odessa. As such, the residence hall lock down has been lifted. Campus residents will be updated regarding evening meal service via the Remind App. 
The Odessa College Sports Center will close for the evening and reopen tomorrow at the regular time. 
Additional updates, including grief counseling for students will be sent via email. 
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Timely Warning: OCPD reports active shooter within city limits. 
 
ODESSA, TX – Today, Saturday,  August 31, 2019, at approximately 4:05 pm CST, Odessa College Police Department (OCPD) were made aware of an active shooter situation within the city limits - approximately one mile from campus. As a precaution, the residence halls have been put on lockdown and all others on campus, or in campus buildings, are urged to use the college’s active shooter protocol: run, hide, fight. Additional directions and updates will be sent via email. 
 
OCPD and Odessa College remind all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to:
  • Report suspicious activity or suspicious people immediately.
  • Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. Be aware and prepared.
  • Trust your instincts, and if you do not feel comfortable in place or situation, leave. 
  • Use caution when walking alone at all times, and travel in groups whenever possible.  
  • If you suspect any situation as potentially threatening to your personal safety or are victimized yourself, call 9-1-1 immediately.
The OC Police Department has escorts available on campus 24 hours a day for any student, faculty, staff or visitor. Contact the OCPD via phone at 432-335-6666 to request a campus escort.  Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors can also text the on-call police officer at 432-238-6334 with any information about suspicious activity on campus.​
 
 
This message is posted for the Odessa College community in compliance with the Timely Notice provisions of the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Do not forward this message to individuals or mailing lists within Odessa College.