Annual Campus Crime and Fire Report
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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.
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Alcohol and Illegal Drugs
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.
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Sexual Harassment and Assaults
Fire drills are held at least once a year in all residence halls. Policies on portable electrical devices and smoking inside residence halls are found in the Student Handbook.
In the event of a fire, the University expects all campus community members will evacuate by the nearest exit, closing doors and activating the fire alarm system as they leave. Once safely outside the building , it is appropriate to contact 911 and the Department of Campus Safety at 304-243-2486. In the event a fire alarm sounds, University policy is that all occupants must evacuate from the building closing doors as they leave. No training is provided to students or most employees in firefighting or suppression activity. Do not delay in exiting from any building in case of an alarm or fire.
Wheeling Jesuit University is required to annually disclose statistical data on all fires that occur in on-campus housing facilities. Listed below are NON-EMERGENCY numbers to call to report fires already extinguished in on-campus housing;
Director of Campus Safety 304-243-4453
Director of Housing 304-243-2341
Campus Crime Summary
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