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WAU-Safety and Security Department

The Department of Safety and Security (DSS) is a resource and service for Washington Adventist University. The WAU-DSS at WAU can perform its activities in a safe, secure, healthy and environmentally responsible manner by working with our safety partners. Our mission is to provided leadership and outstanding services that enhance the research and Christian education process by integrating excellent safety, security and sustained practices into WAU campus culture. We provide campus security services including: emergency response, investigations, escorts, building security, as well as fire safety inspections and host a CCTV system. DSS is composed of regular security officers as well as auxiliary student officers. Our staff holds certifications in emergency management, fire and life safety inspections, CCTV Specialist and Evidence Specialist. Washington Adventist University, security officer has the authority to ask any individual/person for WAU identification and to determinate whether the individual has lawful business at WAU. WAU-DSS security officers have the authority to issue parking tickets, which are billed to the financial account of students, faculty and staff. Safety and Security officers do not possess arrest power. Criminal incidents are referred to the local police who have jurisdiction on campus. The Safety and Security Department maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Takoma Park Police Department and the Montgomery County Police Department. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to campus safety and security department and the appropriate police agency. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices and timely disclosure of crime statistics and are avaulable to WAU students, employees, prospective students and prospective employees as required by the Jeaanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security policy and Crime Statistics Act.

Emergency Takoma Park Police line 911 or nonemergency tel. 301-270-1100
Emergency Montgomery County Police and EMS 911
or non emergency tel. 301-565-7744
Emergency WAU-Safety and Security Dept. line
301-891-4019 or 301-300-0342
 The Department of Safety and Security is located in the General Services building #6, office GS 4, ext. 4019. Security officers can be called in case of emergency at any time at ext. 4911. Security officers are on campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Campus Crime Logs are able to been see or copy 24/7 at the DSS officer located at General Services building # 6 GS-4, 7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park Maryland.

2014 Crime Log













  Gym-Room # G8 



TPPD # 14000595 




 Fail to comply 

 Wilkinson Hall -SGPS








Stolen vehiche Recovery 

Power Plant, Parking Lot 



 TPPD # 14001766

01-15-13 Closed 




7715 Geenwood Ave 




01-20-14 Closed 



 Verbal Dispute





 1-20-14 Closed

 1-29-14  14-006 Suspicious Person   Wilkinson Hall  1045  8 & 11  DSS

 1-29-14 Closed

Trespass Arrest
Wilkinson Hall


Verbal Altercation
Health Science

2-7-14   Closed

Health Science



Damage to vehicle
Wilkinson Hall Parking


4-14-14 Closed

2-14-14 14-010 Unauthorized use of door Music Building 1700 18 DSS 2-15-14 Closed
4-14-14 Closed
Sexual Harassment
Richards Hall
2-26-14 Closed
Sexual Harassment
Science Building  1632

DSS & Title IX 

Medical Emergency
Wilkinson Hall 1040
DSS Closed
 Morrison Hall Unknown 1
DSS  Open
Lost Keys
Unknown 0748
DSS 4-14-14 Closed
Sexual Misconduct/Alcohol
Wilkinson Hall Unkown
DSS 4-14-14 Closed
Medical Emergency
Wilkinson Hall
Missing Package
Halcyon Hall
Food Safety Violation
Medical Emergency
Wilkinson Hall
Medical-Vehicle Lockout
Richards Hall Parking Lot


 Crime Prevention


Medical Emergencies/Injuries/Illnesses

Medical Emergency

  • Call 911.

Serious Incident/Injury (e.g., cardiac or respiratory arrest, loss of consciousness, asthma, etc.)

  • Call 911 (9-911 from campus phones) and give them the following:

    • Number of injured/ill and condition.

    • Your name, location, and phone number.

    • Any care being given to the victims.

    • Stay on line until EMS hangs up.

    • Care for the victim(s) to the level of your training. If you are not trained, stay with the victim(s) until help arrives.

    • Contact Campus Police (301-891-4019) if they have not already arrived on the scene.

    • Remain at the scene until victim(s) have been transported and you have answered al l questions from EMS regarding the victim(s).

Alcohol Intoxication/Poisoning

  • Alcohol poisoning can be fatal. Do not allow someone who has drunk too much to “sleep it off.” Stay beside the person and call Campus Police at 301-891-4019, or 911 (9-911 from campus phones) immediately if the person:

    • Cannot be roused

    • Is incoherent and is vomiting

    • Breathes shallowly

    • Has cold, clammy skin

    • Looks bluish or pale

    • Has taken other drugs with alcohol

    • Has a head injury

Work Related Injuries/Illness

Seek medical attention as required. Report the injury/illness to your supervisor, regardless of severity.

  • If you require immediate medical attention:

    • Contact Campus Police (301-891-4019) for escort to Health Services or Emergency Room. Public Safety will decide if EMS needs to be activated.

    • If on-site medical attention is needed, call 911 (9-911 from campus phones) and request emergency services.

    • If exposure to blood-borne pathogens is possible, person should be taken to the Emergency Room.

Mental Health/Emotional Distress

We all experience stress as a natural part of life, but mental distress is a serious condition that requires help from professionals.

  • Signs of Serious Mental Distress may include:

    • Severe listlessness, lack of energy or sleepiness

    • Marked change in personal hygiene, appearance or behavior

    • Isolation from others

    • Impaired speech, disjointed thoughts

    • Threats of harming self or others

    • Creates artwork that depicts graphic images of death or violence

    • Possesses weapons on campus or is preoccupied with weapons

    • High levels of irritability, easily frustrated

    • Alcohol or other drugs abuse

    • Dramatic weight loss or gain

    • Bizarre behavior for the situation

    • Prolonged or intense emotions such as fearfulness, tearfulness or nervousness

    • Onset of uncharacteristic poor performance or extreme procrastination

Suicide Intervention

Typical warning signs of someone contemplating suicide include:

  • Overly suicidal statements (“I won’t be around next week.”) or expressions of despair (“I just can’t go on.”)

  • Ambivalence about the future

  • Giving away or destroying prized possessions

  • Anxiety and/or depression

  • Radical change in behavior

If you have concerns about a student or coworker’s well-being, contact Campus Police (301-891-4019). If the threat of suicide or violence seems immediate, call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) and, if possible, alert Campus Police (301-891-4019).

*Each week a new Crime Prevention procedure will be posted*



WAU-DSS: Closed Circuit Television (CCTV):

The WAU-DSS, under the support of the DFS, is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the campus community by integrating the best practices of private Public Safety with state-of-the-art technology.  A critical component of a comprehensive security plan using state-of-the-art technology is closed circuit television (CCTV). The purpose of CCTV monitoring of public areas by Safety and Security personnel is to deter crime and to assist the Safety and Security Department in protecting the safety and property of the University community.  Any diversion of security technologies and personnel for other purposes (e.g., CCTV monitoring of political or religious activities, or employee and/or student evaluations) would undermine the acceptability of these resources for critical safety goals and is therefore prohibited by this program. Video monitoring for security purposes will be conducted in a professional, ethical and legal manner.  Personnel involved in video monitoring will be appropriately trained and continuously supervised in the responsible use of this technology.  Violations of the Code of Procedures for video policy referenced in this policy will result in disciplinary action consistent with the rules and regulations governing employees of the University. Information obtained through video monitoring will be used exclusively for security and law enforcement purposes.  Information obtained through video monitoring will only be released when authorized by the Director of Safety and Security and appropriate administrative personnel according to the procedures established.

WAU-DSS-Security Operation Center (future):

WAU-DSS will have soon a Security Operation Center (SOC) to enhance proactive security patrols on and the WAU-DSS CCTV security and security communication systems (Pelco System and Andover Continuum software program), door monitoring status, access control, motion monitoring, fire alarm monitoring, glass break monitoring, security central intercom system, wireless communication and its staff: CCTV Specialist actively monitor live and recorded digital video from more than 100 CCTV cameras strategically placed on the campus. All cameras which are monitored and record 24/7, are in common areas. While the majority of cameras are in exterior locations a number are installed in interior spaces. Our Security Specialist provided proactive and reactive services designs to both prevent crime and respond to crimes that occurred in our campus jurisdiction, they have the capability to communicate with our security patrol to responded to any situation that required the safety and security officer attention, they also are responsible of maintain maintenance and inspection of the all electronic system in the department, our CCTV specialist review and retrieved digital video by requested of a safety and security officer investigating a crime or incidents. Based on a combination of proactive and reactive services in addition CCTV Specialist CCTV responsibilities also will monitor all fire alarms in campus buildings.


Parking Management Division:

WAU IDs and parking permits are obtained at the Office of Safety and Security. The Safety and Security department, also operates a lost and found service; distributes free pamphlets about campus parking, security, fire and safety; and provides security escort services on campus.

Vehicles and Parking@WAU:

Students, faculty and staff must register their vehicles with the Office of Safety and Security in order to park on the WAU campus. Fill out form then proceed to the Office of Safety and Security, GS 4 to pick up your permit. There is a $35.00 annual fee for students. You must obey all traffic laws and parking signs. Vehicles must be in operable condition with current state registration and insurance. A permit does not guarantee parking space. Vehicles found in violation of any of the above requirements are subject to ticketing, booting and or towing and impoundment or any of the previous combinations, at the owner’s expense. A brochure about WAU parking and traffic regulations is available from the Office of Safety and Security. The Office of Safety and Security hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, however campus security is available 7 days a week 24 hours a day, to respond to emergencies, and other inquiries: 301-891-4019.


WAU-DSS-Fire Safety Division

The Fire Safety Division (part of the Safety and Security Department) is responsible for managing the University's compliance with the County and State Fire Prevention Codes and other applicable fire safety laws and standards; providing fire safety education and training; investigating all fires that occur on WAU property; and performing fire and life safety inspections. Life safety is the primary objective of the fire safety program. WAU-DSS are not government code enforcement power under local and state jurisdictions but have Certified Fire Inspector and Certified Fire Investigator who applied and enforced the Montgomery County Fire Safety Code and Maryland State Fire Prevention Code. Programs include: fire exit drills; fire safety education f or students, faculty, and staff; fire inspections of campus buildings and public assembly events, emergency procedure planning and training, fire data analysis, code consultation, general fire safety issue consultation, coordination and issuance of required permits, fire/arson investigations. Life safety systems (fire alarms, sprinklers, fire extinguishers, and generators) are serviced by WAU-Department of Facility Services (DFS) who managed the operations and maintenance Life Safety Systems. To report problems call the DFS Helper Desk at (301) 891-4161 or 301-801-7201. Note: Our Fire report logs and 2012 Annual Fire Report are able to be obtained copy 24/7 at DSS office General Services building # 6 GS-4, 7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland. Please review and check the following Policies: Annual Fire Reports, WAU Fire Safety Policy , Hot Work Permit, Training Portable Fire ExtinguishersConfined Space Work Permit, and Confined Space Policy. 

Fire Emergency Telephone No:
Fire Department (Montgomery County Fire and Rescue) Tel. 911
WAU-DSS- Fire Safety Division: Tel. 301-891-4019
WAU-Fire Log






Property damage



















WAU-DSS-Occupational Health and Safety Division

The WAU-DSS-Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Division promotes and supports a safe and healthy work environment at the WAU campus by providing leadership, program development, and training and compliance assistance for faculty, staff and employees. Our services include outreach and consultation services for hazard identification, assessment and control; training; development of safe work practices; PPE recommendations; project planning review and accident and injury prevention. Our staff includes professionals with expertise in the areas of Laboratory Safety, Occupational Safety, Indoor Air Quality, and Regulatory Requirements. Please review and check the following Policies: Facility Asbestos Management Plan, and Facility Lead Management Plan, and Air Quality Complaint Program.  

WAU-DSS Emergency Response and Emergency Management Division:

The WAU has adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for all of its emergency and non-emergency events. The adoptions of NIMS will improve the WAU response to emergencies and Hazards. In cases of significant emergency or danger situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of any member of WAU community on campus. WAU policies and procedures provide for WAU-DSS to notify the campus community. Notification will be made for immediate threats to the health or safety when such an emergency is confirmed. WAU-DSS will first determinate that such an emergency does exist. The Departments Director of highest ranking university on duty is tasked with determining, on case by case basis, whether a situation exists that requires an emergency notification. This determination is based on the size, scope facts and serious of the incident and the threat of life, health or safety of the circumstances. All segments of the campus community are alerts as appropriate warning. Notification are sent without delay, unless such a message will, in the university Public Communication Officer judgment of WAU, compromise the effort to deal with the emergency or assist a victim. A follow up information will be issued thereafter.WAU Emergency Response Plan (ERP) / Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) identify the campus emergency planning, organization and response policies and procedures. The ERP/EOP is available under (click) WAU-Emergency Response Plan. WAU-DSS officers and the University Administrators use the ERP/EOP to address emergencies and critical incidents that affect WAU Campus.
Emergency Alert Notification System:  
It is the policy of Washington Adventist University Safety and Security Department and Campus Information Technology to alert the campus community to certain crimes and safety/security issues occurring on campus, or in the immediate vicinity of the campus. Generally, this area will include the streets adjacent and/or adjoining campus property. However, nothing in this policy is intended to prevent notifications about incidents occurring outside of this area when they are likely to have a significant impact on members of the university community.
Campus (ITS) Alert* is an emergency notification system that utilizes automatic technology to call phones, send text messages and/or emails to individuals who have registered for the service through the University portal or through a proxy procedure;




Dating and Domestic Violence Information:

Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services

Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP)

For immediate assistance, call:

240-777-1355 weekdays
240-777-4357 24-hour crisis line
240-777-1347 TTY
240-777-1329 FAX

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WAU Protection of Minors on Campus

Washington Adventist University (“WAU”) is committed to the safety of all individuals in its community. Particularly, though, WAU has concern for those who are potentially vulnerable, including, but not limited to, minor children, who require special attention and protection. This Protection of Minors on Campus Policy establishes guidelines for those in the WAU community who may work or interact with individuals under eighteen (18) years of age, with the goal of promoting the safety and well-being of minors. Please check the following Policies and Guidelines: Protection of Minors on Campus, Code of Conduct for Interaction with Minors, Safety and Security Protection of Minors, Youth Camp Guidelines and MD For Release of Information/Background Clearance Request.