Your Role In Campus Safety

The College encourages everyone in the W&J community to report crimes and other emergencies promptly to the W&J Office of Protections Services, or to other appropriate police agencies if off campus. At sessions conducted for freshmen and their parents, participants are advised to report all information regarding any incident to the W&J Office of Protection Services. The Office of Protections Services presents seminars and publications that offer crime-prevention tips and emphasize the importance of reporting crimes.

A student, Residence Life Coordinator, College Security or Police Officer, or any other member of the W&J community can also refer a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Student Life Office.

Q: How do I report a crime?
A: There are many different ways that you can report a crime, which include:

  • You can report criminal activity or other emergencies to the W&J Office of Protection Services by calling 911 or x6032 from a campus phone or 724-223-6032 from a non-campus phone.

  • Picking up a campus emergency phone. These phones ring directly into the Office of Protection Services, automatically registering the location of the caller.

  • Visiting the Office of Protection Services located next to the Visitor Parking Lot in Old Main.

  • Contacting the Resident Assistant (RA), Residence Life Coordinators, or Assistant Director of Residence Life in the residence halls; Assoc. Dean of Student Life; or other College officials who will then contact the W&J Office of Protection Services.

  • All crimes should be reported promptly so that evidence may be collected and protected.

Q: Can I remain anonymous?
A: Yes. W&J’s counseling services includes a confidential reporting system that allows victims of a crime to report an incident anonymously. W&J counselors and contracted agencies advise student crime victims that the College forwards nonidentifying information regarding that crime to the police for inclusion in the annual statistical report. The identity of the victim remains anonymous.

Q: What should I do if I am a victim of hazing?
A: Hazing is absolutely prohibited on the W&J campus (see the anti hazing policy). Students who feel they have been victims of hazing should contact the Office of Protection Services, or the Office of the Associate Dean of Student Life 724-223-1360.

Q: Can I carry a gun as a means of self-protection?
A: No. The carrying or possession of firearms and/or other weapons on campus by anyone other than Washington City police is absolutely prohibited. You may bring a firearm directly to security and it will be stored for you. Any student wishing to bring a weapon to campus should notify the Office of Protection Services prior to their arrival on campus.

Q: Where can I obtain more information about crime prevention?
A. W&J offers several crime-prevention workshops, seminars, and public safety meetings throughout the year. Programs are sponsored by the Office of Residence Life (for resident students), various student organizations, and other campus departments and organizations.

These programs include:

  • Operation ID, which allows students to inscribe identifying numbers on valuables such as televisions, stereos, computers, etc.

  • Presentations on Identity Theft, Harassment by Communication, and concerns over Facebook and My Space.

  • In hall and organizational presentation on sexual assault prevention.

  • Self-defense seminars sponsored by the Office of Residence Life.

  • Basic safety recommendations are made at the first hall meeting held by residence life staff members. This discussion includes the importance of locking doors and securing personal belongings.

  • A Resident Officer Program to familiarize student life staff and students with police officers assigned to their area. This program enhances communication between police and residents.

  • Programs are presented once a year or upon request by Residence Life Staff, Residents, Student Leaders or any member of the W&J Community.

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