Westminster College Campus Patrol is responsible for preparing an annual security report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of this report can be found on the Campus Security page. This annual report is prepared in cooperation with the Salt Lake City Police Department and includes the Westminster campus, Student Services, Campus Security Authorities, and Campus Patrol. Campus Security Authorities will prepare an incident report for all the Clery act crimes reported to them and immediately send a copy of the incident report to Campus Patrol for inclusion in the crime log and the Campus Patrol's annual report. Crime statistics reported by Salt Lake City Police Department are for those areas immediately adjacent to the campus. Campus Patrol will complete incident reports on all reported crime for inclusion of the statistics in the crime log and the annual report.

At the beginning of each school year an e-mail notification will be sent to all enrolled students, faculty, and staff that provides the website to access this report. Copies of the report may also be obtained at the Campus Patrol office located on the lower level of Stock Hall in room LL6 or by calling 801.832.2527. All prospective employees may obtain a copy from the Campus Security web page or from Campus Patrol.

During business hours, the college will be open to students, parents, faculty, staff, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours access to all college facilities is by a controlled access system, issued keys, or by admittance via Campus Patrol. In case of periods of extended closure, the college will admit only those persons with prior approval.

Residence halls, the Meldrum Science Center, Information Services, and practice rooms in the music department are secured via a controlled access card system. Residence halls also use the Controlled Access card system but are secured 24 hours a day. Each residential student has access only to his or her hall and has an individual door and mailbox key.

For campus residence halls, two resident advisors are on duty each night from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. In addition, there is a hall monitor posted at the locked entrance of each residence hall during evening hours. Resident advisors conduct at least two rounds of each student housing building each night, and are also available by cell phone in case of an emergency. Resident advisors and hall monitors work closely with Campus Patrol to ensure the safety of students and to further control individuals entering residency halls. During extended breaks, the doors of all halls will be secured around the clock, with all key cards deactivated until the students return.

Research and music students have access to research areas or practice rooms via the key card system, but only those that have been given access can use and/or gain entry into those areas. During extended breaks the doors to research areas are secured perpetually and all key cards are deactivated until students return. Access into laboratories or practice rooms is granted via request by the mentor professor on behalf of their research student to the laboratory director, who grants access to laboratory areas, or Campus Patrol for access to music rooms.

It is the intention of Westminster College to expand the key card system to extend to art studios and other areas. This is a priority as controlled access is an efficient way for monitoring use and maintaining secure locations

When the Office of Student Life receives a report from friends, family members, or associates that a student who resides in campus housing may be missing, the director of Campus Patrol and the dean of students will initiate an investigation.

The dean of students will notify the person(s) listed on the student's emergency contact form and the appropriate law enforcement agency regarding the situation within 24 hours once the college declares the student missing. The student is declared missing if both the dean of students and the director of Campus Patrol are in agreement. If a student would like someone other than those listed on his/her emergency contact form to be informed in this instance, he/she must notify the Office of Student Life within two weeks of the start of each semester. If the student is under the age of 18, the dean of students will automatically contact the student's parents/guardian.

Westminster College prohibits the unlawful use, possession, manufacture, transportation, promotion, or distribution (by either sale or gift) of illegal drugs or otherwise legal but illicitly used substances, including prescribed and/or over-the-counter drugs not being used for their intended or authorized purposes on the campus of Westminster College or as part of any of its activities. Possession of paraphernalia (including, but not limited to, hookahs and bongs) associated with the use, possession, or manufacture of a controlled or illegal substance is prohibited on the campus of Westminster College or as part of any of its activities.

Except in those instances when prior approval has been obtained from the Westminster College administration, the use, possession, manufacture, transportation, promotion, or distribution (by sale or gift) of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the campus of Westminster College or as part of any of its activities. Beverage permit applications must be completed by individuals or groups responsible for an event where alcoholic beverages may be served. Westminster College will make a determination for each application, and Westminster College reserves the right to refuse its permission. Beverage permit applications may be obtained from the Office of Risk Management. The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires all grantees or contractors of the federal government to certify that they will maintain a drug-free workplace in accordance with the act.

Whenever there is an incident on or off campus that constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat a timely warning will be given. The warning will be issued through the college e-mail system to students, faculty, and staff. A Threat Assessment Behavior Intervention Committee (TABIC) is responsible for reviewing incidents and issuing timely warnings in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) et seq. Anyone with information that possibly warrants a timely warning should report the circumstances to Campus Patrol immediately.

The decision to issue a timely warning shall be decided on a case-by-case basis in compliance with the act and considering all available facts surrounding the campus community, whether the crime is considered a serious or continuing threat to students or employees, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

Timely warnings are usually issued for the following classifications when they become a threat to the campus community:

  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Criminal homicide
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Sex offenses
  • Any other crimes as deemed necessary

Westminster College is committed to providing a safe environment that will be orderly, civil, and stable for all members of the campus community. Accordingly, violent or harassing behavior of any kind and at any level will not be tolerated. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, threatening or intimidating words or gestures; throwing or directing objects at or near others; refusal to follow the instructions of Campus Patrol; and physical contact such as hitting, punching, or wrestling, unless such behavior occurs within an organized and supervised college activity.

Each member of the campus community has the responsibility and duty to immediately report any violent or threatening behavior. Failure to follow this policy is grounds for immediate suspension and/or expulsion. Westminster College has a Workplace Violence Prevention Policy and everyone in the campus community is expected to adhere to it. Training for this policy is the responsibility of risk management. Anyone that wishes to see the extent of this policy can contact risk management at 801.832.2565 or the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 801.832.2567.

The possession, use, or display of weapons and non-weapon objects to be used for causing harm is strictly prohibited on campus or while conducting college business off campus. The storage of any weapons or non-weapons intended to cause harm in campus facilities or in vehicles parked on campus property is also prohibited. Each member of the campus community has the responsibility and duty to immediately report any knowledge regarding the possession, use, or display of weapons, ammunition, or non-weapons intending to cause harm on campus.

Prohibited weapons include, but are not limited to: firearms, stun guns, BB guns, ammunition for weapons, knives, switchblades, large knives, butterfly knives, hatchets, axes, swords, incendiary devices, explosives, mace, pepper spray, and chemicals.

Prohibited non-weapon objects include, but are not limited to: sledgehammers, tire irons, shovels, fire extinguishers, baseball bats, golf clubs, cricket bats, dumbbells, glass objects (such as beer bottles), 2×4s, pipes, bricks, rocks, and vehicles.

The director of Campus Patrol maintains a daily Campus Crime Log that records all crimes reported to Campus Patrol, including crime reports from the Salt Lake City Police Department and the Salt Lake County Unified Police, as received. This log contains the nature, date, time, and general location of each crime and the disposition of the complaint, if it is known. The log does not contain the names of the victims or the alleged perpetrators. The log also contains pertinent Clery information such as Clery designation, as defined and counts of incidents dictated by the Clery Act.

Whenever the college becomes aware of a crime that constitutes a threat to the college community, such information is disseminated as appropriate via electronic mail to students, faculty, and staff, in addition to being reported in the log, it may be published in The Forum, and included in the annual Crime Statistics Report.

The Campus Crime Log is open to the public within two business days of the initial report being made to Campus Patrol. It can be located on the bulletin board in the lower level of Bamberger Hall next to the human resources office or on the Campus Patrol web site. If disclosure of such information is prohibited by law, would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim, jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual, cause a suspect to flee, or result in the destruction of evidence, the information will be withheld until the possible damage is no longer likely. The decision of when to release Crime Log information to the public is at the sole discretion of the director of Campus Patrol.

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