Safety

This page is designed to share information about news and events pertaining to campus safety and security. Additional information about campus safety including safety protocols and procedures can be found linked below. Please take some time to review this important information.

As we begin the semester, we want to remind you of some important safety information. 

  • Do not prop exterior doors to campus buildings.
  • Keep your room door locked when you are not present.
  • Do not leave open windows unattended and lock your windows when you leave.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car for long periods of time or overnight.
  • Do not let anyone into the residence halls who does not belong in the hall.
  • After dark, walk in groups and stay on lighted pathways and/or contact Protection Services for a Security Escort.
  • Protection Services officers are patrolling campus constantly. Please contact Protection Services immediately if you believe that your safety is in jeopardy, or simply see something suspicious. The phone number for Protection Services is 724-223-6032. They can be reached 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. You may also text protection services at 724-255-3968. Program these numbers into your mobile phone.
  • If you have not signed up to receive emergency texts from W&J, please do so here.

Information on How to Use Emergency Blue Light Phones:

  • To activate the phone, press and hold red button for 1-2 seconds, phone will automatically make call to Protection Services.  Protection Services will be able to identify your location via the phone you called from.
  • The blue light will flash to more easily identify your location as long as the phone is in use.
Online Safety Tips
  • Install security software and keep it up to date.  Keep all of your software up to date.  If you’re not sure, don’t install it – check the software for nasty surprises using a search engine before installing.
  • Don’t open unexpected attachments.
  • Avoid dangerous websites and be careful where you click.
  • If it’s being advertised to you in a pop-up window, you should usually avoid it.

Tips for Keeping your Identity Safe Online:

  • An email from a legitimate vendor or financial institution will not ask for passwords, personal information, or account information through emails.
  • Don't provide User IDs or passwords in an e-mail.
  • Don't respond to e-mails that ask you to enter personal information directly into the e-mail.
  • Don't respond to e-mails threatening to close your account if you do not take the immediate action of providing personal information.
  • Don't click financial or e-commerce based links in emails; type the web address in the browser address bar for the financial institution or call the institution if you are concerned.
  • Install and use the most recent available version of a modern browser such as IE, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome with anti-phishing features built in.

For more information about online safety, please visit Washington & Jefferson's IT wiki page.

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Additional Information:

Your Role in Campus Safety

Information about Campus Safety and Protection Services