The annual Campus Security Report is required by the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 2000 and its amendments. The Act requires that the security report be distributed to the students and employees of the University. It contains the following information:
A statement of current University policies regarding procedures for reporting crime and emergencies and the University's response to such reports. This includes a statement of security personnel.
A statement of policies concerning the security of, and the access to, campus facilities.
A statement of policies and procedures concerning sex offenses.
Summaries of the various prevention programs offered by the University regarding personal safety and security, drug and alcohol abuse, and sex offenses.
Statements regarding the University's policies on the possession, use, and sale of alcohol and illegal drugs.
The annual summary of reported incidents.
A list of definitions explaining the various categories of incidents reported in the annual summary. This report has been compiled by the Safety and Security Department and the Student Development Office. Any questions regarding this report should be directed to the Dean for Student Development at 304-243-4422 or to the Director of Safety and Security at 304-243-4453.
Wheeling Jesuit University is concerned about the safety of all members of its community and visitors to its campus. The University provides a year-round 24-hour security patrol. During the academic school year, the female residence halls have a staff member on duty to control access from 8 a.m. through 12 a.m. and are staffed from 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. by a safety and security officer. Each residence hall has on duty Residence Assistants and a Resident Director for the campus. Safety and Security personnel can be reached at 304-243-2486 or at X-2911 at all when dialing from any university phone. The local police, fire, and ambulance services can be reached by dialing 9-911 from any university phone in the event of an emergency. Information on emergency procedures and the reporting of crimes is included in the University's various handbooks. All crimes and emergencies are to be reported to the Safety and Security Department, which is responsible for ensuring proper reporting and follow-up.
Safety and Security personnel are available to assist students, employees, and visitors. Officers do not have law enforcement or arrest authority. Their responsibilities include enforcement of traffic and parking regulations, enforcement of university policies and behavioral expectations, and make rounds to inspect the campus for safety and maintenance concerns. Officers have a mobile telephone to receive calls for their assistance and to contact all outside emergency services. The Safety and Security Department maintains a close and cooperative relationship with the local police and fire authorities.
The University provides information and educational programs to the community in a variety of ways. The Director of Safety and Security meets all incoming students and their parents at each summer orientation. Each year, students are provided with handbooks that include information about security procedures on campus. Residence hall programs also include programs on personal safety and security. The department also utilizes closed-circuit television cameras at the main entrance to campus and gate to secure the rear entrance after hours.
The University also offers a campus escort service. Students are encouraged to call for an escort whenever they would be walking alone on campus at night. The escort is provided by a two-person team of Student Security Assistants equipped with a radio or a Safety and Security Officer. The University's Wellness Program, a requirement for graduation, includes a risk prevention component, which deals in part with personal safety issues. A list of all wellness programs is available on the online calendar.
Employees are welcome to attend any of the Wellness Programs offered on campus. Security issues are discussed at each new personnel orientation coordinated at least once a year by the Human Resource Director and are included in the new employee orientation handbook that is given to all employees when they begin their employment.
No student organizations have off-campus facilities or locations. Safety and Security personnel work cooperatively with local police on any matters which involve University students in off-campus situations.
The university is committed to maintaining a drug-free environment and has a Drug and Alcohol Policy in place. Counseling is readily available for students and employees in need of assistance in dealing with alcohol and other drug issues.
The university enforces the policy which prohibits the possession of alcohol by individuals under the age of 21. The university possesses a beer license and does not sell alcohol to individuals under the age of 21. It is the University policy to comply with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free School and Communities Amendments of 1989.
Individuals who violate these regulations are subject to disciplinary action which may ultimately lead to expulsion, termination of employment and legal prosecution.
The University is committed to a community which respects the dignity and worth of the individual. Sexual harassment or assault of students or employees in any form will not be tolerated. To provide assistance to individuals in resolving complaints of harassment, the University has a neutral third party group. Current members of the neutral third party group are: David Kilroy, assistant professor of history; Donald Watson, manager, video support services at the Center for Educational Technologies; and Margie Cooke, administrative assistant at the Center for Educational Technologies.
Complaints of sexual assault may be directed to one of five offices: the Dean for Student Development, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, Housing and Residence Life, or Safety and Security. The University has a network of area resources for the referral of individuals needing additional assistance. The individual may choose to file charges within the university, exercise legal rights outside the university, or both. The university will change an individual's academic schedule or on-campus housing, if requested and reasonably available. Detailed procedures for complaints are outlined in the Student Handbook under the section Sexual Harassment/Assault Policy and include a description of a mediation process and disciplinary actions.
As part of the University's Wellness Program and through other offices (Counseling Center, Residence Life), programs are offered throughout the academic year to educate the community on issues of sexual harassment and assault. A list of programs offered the previous year is available through the Wellness Office.
Incidents reported here are those which are required by the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 and its amendments. Statistics reported under items A through F are alleged criminal offenses occurring on campus as reported to the Safety and Security Department or the local police. Statistics under items G through J report the number of arrests on campus for these crimes. An "arrest" has occurred when a law enforcement officer has detained an individual with the intention of seeking criminal charges against the person(s) for a specific offense and a record was made of the detention. Statistics under items K through N were compiled by student affairs which include references from safety and security, housing and residence life staff, and other university officials. These are violations of campus policy.