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.

 Crime Prevention 

Threats of Violence/Active Shooter

Non-Specific Threats of Violence

Alert Campus Police (301-891-4019). Do not hesitate to report a non-specific threat just because there has been no actual harm to a person or property.

Direct Threats of Violence

  • Get out of immediate danger if possible.
  • Call Campus Police (301-891-4019) or 911 (9-911 from campus extensions). Stay on the line until you are told to hang up.

Armed Gunman on Campus or Other Direct Threat

  • Get out of immediate danger if possible.
  • Alert Campus Police (301-891-4019) or 911 (9-911 from campus phones) and provide the following information: Reported location of the suspect, identity and physical description of suspect, and the number and type of weapons reportedly held by the suspect.
  • Remain in a room with doors locked and windows secured. Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Listen for additional information over the WEBES towers for WAU Alerts.

Active Shooter on Campus

  • Get out of immediate danger if possible.
  • Alert Campus Police (301-891-4019) or dial 911 (9-911 from campus phones) with the following information: Location of the active shooter(s), physical description, number and type of weapons held by the shooter(s), the number of potential victims at the location.
  • If you see the shooter at a distance, run away when possible. Do not run in a straight line; use objects to block you from view when possible.
  • If you cannot evacuate safely shelter in place. Lock doors, close blinds, turn out lights, stay away from doors and windows, silence cell phones.


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



Crime Prevention and Awareness presents the following programs to all faculty, staff and students upon request, and at the request of resident assistants, in the residence halls. They address specific needs of the audience and focus on individuals taking personal responsibility for their safety, avoiding unsafe situations, and using Department of Safety and Security services. The sessions (unless otherwise noted) last one to one-and-a-half hours.

  • Who is Public Safety. Introduces students to the functions, purpose, and services of WAU-Department of Safety and Security (DSSS). Offers important phone numbers and educates students on the training, credentials, and authority of Public Safety officers, on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods. Also includes descriptions of Public WAU-DSS role in the campus emergency plan.

  • Safety in the City: Educates students about living in an urban setting and using crime prevention skills. Typically customized for the specific audience.

  • Be Safe At Home: Provides students with safety tips and tools for use in their campus residence and around campus. Encourages safe living on campus; tells how to avoid becoming a victim and how to enhance safety during unexpected emergencies.

  • Alcohol and Drug Awareness: Illustrates the effects of alcohol and the dangerous consequences of underage drinking. Additional programs educate students on the hazards of drug use, including, not only the danger to an individual’s and well-being, but the legal ramifications, financial hardships, and social difficulties to which drug use or experimentation can lead.

Dating Violence Awareness: Educates individuals, primarily women, on acquaintance rape and preventive strategies to avoid dangerous dating situations. Educates students on forms of dating violence, such as emotional and sexual abuse.


Crime Prevention and Security Awareness Programs

At any time during the year, the WAU-Department of Safety and Security and Residence Life Services are able and willing to offer student programs concerning personal safety and crime prevention. These programs include safety in the residence halls, safety at parties (off-campus or on-campus), and safety while on the WAU campus. Also, WAU works with various local agencies and the local police department to present various programs for the benefit of the students, faculty, and staff at the university community.

The WAU Safety and Security Department, at all times, stresses the fact that safety starts with the student, faculty, and staff member during the year and during the various programs.

When times is of the essence, information may be sent via the Washington Adventist Univeristy Electronic Notification System, campus e-mail, and/or signs posted around campus.

If anyone would like to schedule a program for their group, they are encouraged to contact the Safety and Security Department at 301-891-4019, or send an e-mail to


Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) security assessments are available free to the University community by appointment through the Safety and Security Department's Crime Prevention Officers.


Crime Prevention Officers have had extensive training and are certified to conduct CPTED security evaluations. There are four important CPTED design concepts which are used when conducting a security evaluation of your property or business. Assessments are available for residences, apartment communities, churches, schools, businesses, and other facilities. Below is a brief overview of the four main CPTED design guidelines that our Specialist will utilize in conjunction with other survey elements while conducting your security review:

CPTED Principle #1: Natural Surveillance

Two-way visibility is the overall goal when it comes to CPTED and natural surveillance. A person is less likely to commit a crime if they think someone will see them do it. Appropriate use of lighting, fencing, and landscaping all play an important role in CPTED.


CPTED Principle #2: Natural Access Control

Natural Access Control is more than a high block wall topped with barbed wire. CPTED utilizes the use of walkways, fences, lighting, signs, and landscape to clearly guide people and vehicles to and from the proper entrances. The goal with this CPTED principle is not necessarily to keep intruders out, but to direct the flow of people while decreasing the opportunity for crime.


CPTED Principle #3: Territorial Reinforcement

Creating or extending a "sphere of influence" by utilizing physical designs such as pavement treatments, landscaping, and the use of signs enables users of an area to develop a sense of ownership, and it is also the goal of this CPTED principle. Public areas are clearly distinguished from private ones. Potential trespassers perceive this control and are discouraged.


CPTED Principle #4: Maintenance

CPTED and the "Broken Window Theory" suggests that one "broken window" or nuisance, if allowed to exist, will lead to others and ultimately to the decline of an entire neighborhood. Neglected and poorly maintained properties are breeding grounds for criminal activity. Officers will work with you to develop a CPTED-based maintenance plan to help you preserve your property value and make it a safer place.


For more information on CPTED, please contact the WAU-Safety and Security Department at 301-891-4019, or visit our office located on the WAU campus, Building #6 (General Services), Office GS-4, and ask for the CPTED Specialist.


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.

Parking Permits:

If you are a student and you need a parking permit, you will need to do the following:

  1. Make sure you have registered the car online first (at the myWAU website: log in, click on My Registration, then Vehicle Registration, fill out the information, then click "Save."
  2. When you come in to the Security Office to get your parking permit, you need to bring your car registration, car insurance card, financial clearance papers, your driver's license, and your WAU ID.
  3. If you are missing any of the above items, you will not be able to get your WAU parking sticker.

WAU Student/Faculty/Staff ID's

If you are a student, before you can get your WAU ID, you need to have been financially cleared first. Then you need to bring the clearance papers to the Security Office when you want to get your ID.


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


Morrison Hall 

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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. Here is a link for the Emergency Response Plan Overview Sheet.
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

Contact us by email at


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.