Reports of homeless people living on campus have students asking how to deal with them.
“The campus is open to the community,” said PCC Police Officer Robert Karch.
“But nobody is allowed on the property after college hours,” he said.
PCC police have received multiple reports of homeless people trespassing, using campus facilities and even living on campus.
One woman was reported to be living on the roof of campus buildings.
Another was sleeping in an elevator overnight, according to Interim Chief of Police Frank Scialdone.
“We get homeless people that go into the gym and shower,” he said, and added “I was shocked how many of those calls we get.”
Since being homeless is not a crime in itself, the PCC Police Department handles each situation individually.
If the transient is disruptive, he or she is asked to leave.
However, if the transient refuses help and is exhibiting some sort of bizarre behavior, PCC police will call for a psychiatric team to determine whether or not the person is mentally stable and can be detained for up to 72 hours, said Chief Scialdone.
“Ninety-nine percent of the time it’s not a law enforcement action we are taking,” said Scialdone. “It’s a social service.”
However, some students believe the homeless on campus are relatively harmless.
Leslie Croaker Jr., radiology, also known as “Beast Mode,” is a freestyle rapper and PCC student who is also admittedly homeless.
He believes that the homeless people on campus should be left alone.
“I would let them be,” he said. “Everybody needs their rest.”
“I think they are looking for security and a place where people won’t mess with them,” said Yvette Hurtado, nursing.
“They’re looking for a place to sleep. They aren’t looking for fights,” she said.