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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

 

DATE

IR#

INCIDENT TYPE

LOCATION

TIME

OFFICER

REF

STATUS

 01-04-14

 14-001

 Theft 

  Gym-Room # G8 

 2003

 15 

TPPD # 14000595 

 Open 

 01-06-14

 14-002

 Fail to comply 

 Wilkinson Hall -SGPS

 1306

 

 DSS 

01-06-13 

Closed

 01-15-14

 14-003

Stolen vehiche Recovery 

Power Plant, Parking Lot 

 1535

 8

 TPPD # 14001766

01-15-13 Closed 

 01-20-14

 14-004

Trespassing 

7715 Geenwood Ave 

0130 

 15

 DSS

01-20-14 Closed 

 1-20-14

 14-005

 Verbal Dispute

 Cafeteria

 1555

 11

 DSS

 1-20-14 Closed

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

 1-29-14 Closed

 2-25-14
14-006b
Trespass Arrest
Wilkinson Hall
1548
8
TPPD#14008796

Open

1-31-14
14-007
Verbal Altercation
Health Science
1100
8
DSS

2-7-14   Closed

2-4-14
14-008
Theft
Health Science
1230
8

TPPD#14005547

Open

2-13-14
14-009
Damage to vehicle
Wilkinson Hall Parking
2010
18

DSS

4-14-14 Closed

2-14-14 14-010 Unauthorized use of door Music Building 1700 18 DSS 2-15-14 Closed
2-20-14
14-011
BOLO
Security
1630
8
DSS
4-14-14 Closed
2-26-14
14-012
Sexual Harassment
Richards Hall
1027
11
DSS
2-26-14 Closed
3-12-14
14-013
Sexual Harassment
Science Building  1632
1

DSS & Title IX 

Open
3-19-14
14-014
Medical Emergency
Wilkinson Hall 1040
11/8
DSS Closed
3-20-14
14-015
Theft
 Morrison Hall Unknown 1
DSS  Open
3-26-14
14-016
Lost Keys
Unknown 0748
2
DSS 4-14-14 Closed
4-4-14
14-017
Sexual Misconduct/Alcohol
Wilkinson Hall Unkown
1
DSS 4-14-14 Closed
4-7-14
14-018
Medical Emergency
Wilkinson Hall
1220
8/11
DSS
Closed
4-10-14
14-019
Missing Package
Halcyon Hall
1030
8
DSS
Open
4-13-14
14-020
Food Safety Violation
Commons
1411
11
DSS
Closed
4-13-14
14-021
Medical Emergency
Commons
1510
1
DSS
Closed
4-13-14
14-022
Misconduct-Vandalism
Wilkinson Hall
1600
10
TPPD#140112192
Open
4-13-14
14-023
Medical-Vehicle Lockout
Richards Hall Parking Lot
1130
1/8
DSS
Closed

 

 Crime Prevention

Gas/Water Leaks

SAFETY TIP: Never use gas generators indoors. To do so creates the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Unconfirmed Propane Leak

  • Inform Facility services (301-891-4161) and Campus Police (301-891-4019).

  • Ventilate area.

Confirmed Propane Leak Requiring Immediate Repair

  • Vacate the immediate area.

  • Do NOT turn any electrical switches on or off.

  • Do NOT activate fire alarm.

  • Do NOT use cell phones, radios, pagers, flashlights or anything capable of producing static electricity, sparks, electric arcs or open flame.

  • Meet at Safe Assembly Location.

  • Notify Campus Police.

  • Do not re-enter until cleared to do so.

Water Leaks

  • Notify buildings and grounds during normal working hours or Public Safety after hours. Let them know the exact location of the leak and if any objects are in imminent danger.

  • Avoid standing in floodwaters due to threat of electrocution.

  • Evacuate if there are submerged electrical appliances or outlets in the vicinity of the water.

  • Alert occupants on floors beneath the leak. 

*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

Date

Location

Cause

Injury

Death

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 my.wau.edu portal or through a proxy procedure;

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 EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATION

 

 

Dating and Domestic Violence Information:

Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services

Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP)

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/BHCS/VASAP/VASAPIndex.html

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.