The Department of Campus & Public Safety takes the lead in promoting a safe and secure environment for everyone who works at, attends, or visits W&J College. 24 hours a day, 7 days, a week, 365 days a year, we are your partners in and guardians of public safety.
Safety is Our Priority
With ethics of respect, integrity, and fairness, we work in support of the larger mission of W&J College, creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment for your experience here. As an integral part of the W&J College community, Campus & Public Safety staff, our sworn police officers, and our security officers provide the services to maintain the safety and security of everyone on and around campus. You'll see us on regular patrols of campus, providing CPS escorts, or offering safety seminars. We also maintain emergency call boxes in accessible locations across campus, install and monitor security cameras, and keep well maintained grounds and facilities with adequate exterior, street, and sidewalk lighting. We work with the Safety Committee to continuously review, design, and implement the best practices and policies for our campus.
Policies and Services
W&J College policies and services are designed with your safety as a top priority and with the intent of protecting our community. Services include a CPS Safety Escort Service, available all day, every day, regular campus patrols, safety seminars and workshops, and the regular inspection and maintenance of facilities.
We all play a role in campus safety. Keep yourself and others safe by understanding and abiding by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the W&J College Student Code of Conduct, attending crime-prevention workshops and seminars on campus, using the CPS escort service, and, when necessary, reporting crimes and other emergencies promptly to the Department of Campus & Public Safety.
CPS Escort Service
Students, staff, and faculty may request a Safety Escort through the CPS Escort Service. In general, the CPS Escort Service is a walking service, though there are situations where you may request a ride.
On-campus escort walking services
In instances where you feel uncomfortable traveling from point to point on campus, perhaps because you are walking alone or after dark, you can request a Safety Escort. Groups of three or more people going to the same location on campus will be offered a walking escort. While the on-campus escort service is intended to be a walking service, exceptions can be made if you are using crutches, in a medical boot or have a leg cast, or in a wheelchair.
Off-campus medical escorts
If you need transportation for routine medical services at locations within five miles of the main campus, you can request an escort for travel to doctor's office appointments, emergency room visits, Med-Express visits, hospital visits for testing, or trips to a pharmacy. You must schedule escorts for these types of appointments in advance.
RETURNING TO CAMPUS
If you are within five miles of the main campus and feel unsafe, you can request an officer to assist you with transportation back to campus. An available officer will be dispatched. If you are off campus and in danger or have an emergency, call 911.
Safety escorts are not to be used for your routine transportation needs, for travel during inclement weather, or for travel to and from restaurants and bars, sports practices and games, shopping locations, and off-campus jobs.
Annual Security Reports
Commited to open and transparent communication, the Office of Campus & Public Safety publishes an annual report with statistics for the last three years.