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 provide 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 available to WAU students, employees, prospective students and prospective employees as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security policy and Crime Statistics Act.

The Safety and Security Department maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Takoma Park Police Department and the Montgomery County Police Department. However, our Department does not have a MOU with the Takoma Park Police Department. All crime victims and witness are strongly encourage 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.

Reporting Crimes:

WAU community and Visitor should report all crimes in campus immediately to the DSS or law Enforcement agency that has Jurisdiction. All reports are considered confidential.

There are several ways to report a crime: by calling the Security office, by e-mailing security, and by speaking to a Security Officer by coming to the Security Office. You can also report to a Dean, Office Executive, Counselor, or Faculty Member. In the case of reporting non-security personnel, please contact the Security office.

Emergency Takoma Park Police line 911 or non emergency 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.

The University provides this information to all students and employees in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This act requires all higher education institutions to make public their campus security and fire safety policies and reported crime and fire data for the previous three years and disseminates this information to the campus community. The goal of this legislation is to help maintain a safe campus environment by increasing the awareness of crimes committed on campus, the security and fire safety policies in place and crime prevention programs available.

You may view or download a pdf version of the annual security and fire reports below.

For a paper copy, contact the Department of Safety and Security at 301-891-4019  or stop by the Safety and Security Department in General Services building during business hours.

WAU Policies and Procedures

To view the different policies and procedures, click on the following links:

Alert and Notification Policy Campus Lockdown Procedures
Emergency Response Plan General Fire Plan and Policy and Procedures
Missing Student Policy WAU Elevator Entrapment Policy

Annual Security and Fire Reports

Each year, to be in compliance with the Clery Act, the Annual Security Report and the Annual Fire Safety Report are made available to the community. You can view these reports by clicking on the links:

Letter for Clery

2012 Annual Security Report 2015 Annual Fire Safety Report
2013 Annual Security Report (Clery Act) (2014 Calendar Year)

 2012 Annual Fire Safety Report

2015 Annual Security Report (revised edition)

2013 Annual Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)  

 WAU Crime Logs

To view the Crime Logs, click on the following links:

2014 Crime Log

2015 Crime Log

To view the following documents, please click on each link:

Campus Security Authority (CSA)

Clery Act Reportable Crimes

Clery Act Crime Reporting Locations

Outside Crime Reports

To view the Crime Reports from outside agencies, click on the following links:

2013 Annual Report-Takoma Park Police 2013 Fire Death in Maryland
2013 Montgomery County Department of Police Year End Report 2013 Maryland Uniform Crime Report

Montgomery County Police - Annual Pursuit Report

2013 Annual Report - Takoma Park Police Department
2014 Montgomery County Crime Report
2014 Annual Report - Takoma Park Police Department
Metro Transit Police Crime Report 2010-2014
 Metropolitan Police Department 2014 Crime Report

 Crime Prevention

Fire and Smoke Conditions

If a Fire cannot be easily extinguished:

  • Activate fire alarm and call 911 (9-911 from campus extensions) and Campus Police
  • (301-891-4019).
  • Contain fire by closing all doors and windows.
  • Evacuate building and meet at Safe Assembly Location.
  • If able to do so safely, help persons who require assistance to reach the designated Places of Refuge for Evacuation Assistance. Once outside, alert trained emergency responders about the location of those who still need to be evacuated.
  • Do no re-enter building until directed to do so by Campus Police.


If Trapped:

  • If you cannot evacuate, you will need to shelter in place.
  • If able, move to a room with an outside window so rescuers can see you.
  • Call 911 to report your position, number of people with you and their medical conditions.

Building Coordinator:

  • Assist with evacuation.
  • Help others if necessary and as able.
  • Make sure doors and windows are closed.
  • Bring list of building personnel if available.
  • Report to predetermined area.
  • Take a head count. Report missing person to public safety personnel.

Fire Safety Tips:

  • Never enter a smoke-filled room.
  • Feel all doors before entering a room; if hot, do not enter.
  • Stay close to the floor if heavy smoke is present.
  • Never allow the fire to come between you and an exit path.
  • If your clothing is on fire: Stop, drop and roll to put out the flames. Seek immediate medical assistance.


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


Active Shooter Event: Quick Reference Guide

Click on the following link to access the Crime Prevention and Awareness information

Click on the following link to access the Operation ID information.

Click on the following link to access the Crime Prevention - Adventist Risk Management

 Drug and Alcohol Awareness

Get the Facts Maryland Alcoholic Beverage Laws
Epidemic: Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis USFA-Establishing a Relationship Between Alcohol and Casualties of Fire
CDS laws in Maryland What Colleges Need to Know Now
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Alcohol Alert  

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 soon have 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 recorded 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 provides proactive and reactive service 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 respond to any situation that required the safety and security officer attention. They also are responsible of the maintenance and inspection of all the electronic systems in the department. Our CCTV Specialist reviews and retrieves digital video by request of a safety and security officer investigating a crime or incidents. Based on a combination of proactive and reactive services, CCTV Specialist responsibilities will also monitor all fire alarms on campus buildings.

Parking Management Division:

Parking and Traffic Regulations Brochure

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.

Lost and Found

 The Lost and Found is located in the Department of Public Safety (Building #6, GS-4). Between the hours of 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday thru Thursday and 9:00am to 12:00pm on Friday. Students, Faculty, Staff and Visitors are encouraged to inquire at the Lost and Found about lost or misplaced articles. You may inquire in person or call 301-891-4019 for more information. Correspondence can be sent to

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

Guide to obtaining WAU ID's and Parking Permits brochure

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.

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 the form online, 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 of the 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 is not a government code enforcement power under local and state jurisdictions, but has Certified Fire Inspector and Certified Fire Investigator who applies and enforces the Montgomery County Fire Safety Code and Maryland State Fire Prevention Code. Programs include: monthly fire exit drills (residential halls); fire safety education for students, faculty, and staff; fire inspections of campus buildings; public assembly events; emergency procedure planning and training; fire data analysis; code consultation; general fire safety issue consultation, coordination and issuance of required permits; and fire/arson investigations. Life safety systems (fire alarms, sprinklers, fire extinguishers, and generators) are serviced by WAU-Department of Facility Services (DFS) who manages the operations and maintenance of the Life Safety Systems. To report problems call the DFS Information Desk at (301) 891-4161 or 301-801-7201. Note: Our Fire Report Logs and 2012 and 2013 Annual Fire Report are available. A copy is available at DSS Office General Services building # 6 GS-4, 7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland. Please review and check the following Policies by clicking on each link:

Annual Fire Reports (see under "Annual Security and Fire Reports") WAU General Fire Plan and Policy and Procedure
Hot Work Permit Training Portable Fire Extinguishers
Confined Space Work Permit Confined Space Policy
Fire Watch Procedures and Fire Watch Log form  WAU Chemical Hygiene Plan
A Guide to Environmental Laboratory Services
Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards brochure
Colleges and Universities and the CFATS brochure
Colleges and Universities and the Chemical Facilitiy Anti-Terrorism Standards
 Chemical of Interest List  WAU Fire Plan: Tents
Fire Emergency Telephone No:
Fire Department (Montgomery County Fire and Rescue) Tel. 911
WAU-DSS- Fire Safety Division: Tel. 301-891-4019
Fire Safety Awareness
WAU-Fire Drill Log
Click on the following link to access the 2014 Fire Drill Log
Click on the following link to access the 2015 Fire Drill Log
WAU-Fire Log
Click on the following link to access the 2014 WAU Fire Log
Click on the following link to access the 2015 WAU Fire Log
WAU-Fire Watch Log
 Click on the following link to access the 2015 WAU Fire Watch Log
Click on the following link to access the 2015 Hot Work Permit Log

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.  
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 determine that such an emergency does exist. The highest ranking university department Director on duty is tasked with determining, on a 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.
Campus Lockdown Drills
Click on the following link to access the Campus Special Event Management Plan
Click on the following link to access the Special Events Checklist form
Click on the following link to access the Montgomery County Special Events form
 Below is a link for information about the flu, information and other helpful articles.
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;


 WAU Alert and Notification Policy



To receive up-to-date and live crime alerts, follow the links below and subscribe:

 Montgomery County Alert System

Takoma Park Alert System

Prince George's County Alert System

DC Police Alert System

Dating and Domestic Violence Information:

 Dating Violence Fact Sheet

Dating or domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is a pattern of ongoing power and control by one dating partner over another. Examples of dating or domestic violence include threatening a partner or their family, coercing them into doing something they don’t want to do, constantly belittling them, controlling what they can and cannot do, deciding who they can go out with and when, isolating them from friends and family, controlling their finances and access to resources, or physically hitting, kicking, punching, slapping, or scratching. Dating and domestic violence can also include sexual violence or stalking.

Domestic violence can happen to people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and religions. It occurs in both heterosexual and LGBTQ relationships. While it is important to remember that we all have different cultural practices, beliefs, and experiences that shape our view of what intimate relationships look like, everyone deserves to feel safe and respected.

No one deserves to be abused. Abuse is never the victim’s fault! If you have been the victim of dating or domestic violence, you are not alone. Help is available. Please see the links to the right for resources and for more information about dating and domestic violence.

The HEA defines the new crime categories of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in accordance with section 40002(a) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 as follows:

“Domestic violence” means a “felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by –

  • A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim,
  • A person with whom the victim shares a child in common,
  • A person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner,
  • A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies [under VAWA], or
  • Any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.”

“Dating violence” means “violence committed by a person –

  • Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
  • Where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
    • The length of the relationship;
    • The type of relationship; and
    • The frequency of interaction between persons involved in the relationship.”

“Stalking” means “engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to –

  • Fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or
  • Suffer substantial emotional distress.”

An additional service is provided by DSS-Department of Safety and Security. We have services of a Victim Advocate (Support Operations Specialist), and the description is as follows:

    • Manage all services and personnel working under the department's Support Operations section to include but not limited to Evidence Collection and Victim's and Witness Advocating
    • Providing information on reporting procedures to both on and off campus agencies,
    • Processing reactions to the crime and listening to feeling and concerns
    • Addressing specific issues related to personal safety on and off campus
    • Coordinate with outside resources concerning a change in living arrangements
    • Attending appointment and/or hearing meetings with the victim
    • Contacting others on behalf of the victim with their permission (Dept. Liaison Services)
    • Provide assistance to Command Staff with above listed Support Operations services
    • Manage property room, the collection and storage of evidence
    • Receive lost/found items and manage the storage, follow up, and return of those items
    • Coordinate with campus Mental Health/Counseling departments to provide assistance, information, and counseling for victims and witness of crime or traumatic events.
    • Manage any other services or personnel assigned by the Director to be under the supervision of the Support Operations section.


Our Victim and Witness Advocate is Ms. Melissa Smith, and she is located in the Department of Safety and Security, GS-4, General Service Building #6. You can contact her at (301)891-4019 during business hours, or e-mail at 

The policy of the WAU-Public Safety Department (DPS) is to treat all victims/witnesses in a respectful, responsive, and compassionate manner that reflects the Department’s recognition of the trauma of victimization. A member’s interaction with the victim/witness of a crime shall not contribute additional and full confidentiality.

WAU-DPS Victim Assistance Package - the WAU-DPS Victim Assistance Package permits DPS to meet its legal obligation to provide notification of the financial assistance available to victims/witnesses of violent crime. The package includes a CVCP brochure and application, and is delivered to the crime victim.

The Crime Victim Advocate coordinates with non-profit organizations, such as MCASA (Marland Coalition Against Sexual Assault), and with government agencies to provide additional outside resources available to the victim/witness.

Click on the following links to access Crime Victim rights and Crime Victim resources information:

Victims Rights in Maryland  What to do After a Sexual Assault
Crime Victim Resources in Maryland  What you can do if you are a Victim of Crime
Reporting Sexual Assault Misconduct Male Survivors of Sexual Assault
Identifying Legal Issues for Victims of Sexual Assault Why Should Men Care About Rape?

Title IX Coordinator (Sexual Misconduct Investigator)

The Title IX Coordinator for the University is:

Dr. Ralph Johnson, Dean of Student Success and Faculty Development.

Phone: 301-891-4106


 Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.

A student should contact the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s) in order to:

- seek information or training about students’ rights and courses of action available to resolve reports or complaints that involve potential sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct,

- file a complaint or make a report of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct,

- notify the College of an incident or policy or procedure that may raise potential Title IX concerns,

- get information about available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, and

- ask questions about the College’s policies and procedures related to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.

 Title IX: Know Your Rights


1. The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 (CSPA) provides for the tracking of convicted sex offender at, or employed by, higher education institution. This act is an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against and Sexually Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act.

2. Under the law, state and local law enforcement agencies must provide college and universities in their jurisdiction with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated that they are enrolled, employed by or working at the institution. A list of all registered sex offenders in Maryland, including registrants employed or enrolled at Maryland Institution of Higher Education, is available from the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services at hhtp://

3. The Maryland State Sex Offender Registry website offers several methods of searching for registered sex offenders, including a mapping system to find offenders within a specified distance from any address. Offender information, including a photograph and address is posted on the website.

To access the Sex Offender Registry go to:

Register your phone number and zip code and you will receive an automated notification call when an offender moves into your zip code.

Maryland Sex Offender Alert Line: 866-559-8017

Register on the web to be notified by e-mail, telephone or fax when a registered sex offender moves into your zip code area.

From the web site, click on “MD” and follow instructions for 

The National Sex Offender Registry website can be reached at

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. 

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