Campus & Public Safety

The Department of Campus & Public Safety at Washington & Jefferson College is committed to maintaining the safest possible environment for all W&J students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the College community.

The Department of Campus & Public Safety is located on the first floor of Old Main and is open 24 hours daily, seven days a week. Members of the 17-person staff, include certified police officers supplemented by security officers who are focused on security, general safety and fire safety, and who are devoted to the safety of W&J's campus. The officers are empowered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to enforce laws, make arrests, and prosecute violators on property owned or controlled by the College and on adjacent streets and properties.


In addition to regular patrols of campus, the Campus & Public Safety staff, working with the campus Safety Committee, have implemented the following:

  • 24-hour card-only access to all residential buildings

  • Emergency call boxes in easily accessible locations across campus

  • A 24/7 escort system

  • Security cameras

  • Well-maintained exterior lighting around all campus buildings and additional street and sidewalk lighting

  • Low-cut shrubs and hedges

  • Support personnel who work with W&J Security Officers to maintain and inspect the safety of all facilities

For information regarding W&J's policies on campus and student safety, including Alcohol and Drug PoliciesParking and Transportation; Crime Rate Statistics; and the 2014-15 Upperclass Parking Permit Application; First Year Parking Permit ApplicationResidence Hall Safety Regulations; and more, see the Campus & Public Safety wiki.