WAU-Department of Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a resource and service for Washington Adventist University (WAU). WAU-DPS 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 the WAU campus culture. We provide campus security services including: emergency response, investigations, escorts, building security, fire safety inspections, as well as host a CCTV system. DPS is composed of Security Officers as well as auxiliary student officers. Our staff holds certifications in emergency management, fire and life safety inspections, Crime Victim Advocate, and Property and Evidence Specialist. WAU Security Officers have the authority to ask any individual/person for WAU identification and to determine whether the individual has lawful business at WAU. WAU-DPS Security Officers have the authority to issue parking tickets which are billed to the financial account of students, faculty and staff. Security Officers do not possess arrest power. Criminal incidents are referred to the local police who have jurisdiction on campus; in the case of WAU that would be the Takoma Park Police Department. WAU-DPS 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 public safety department and the appropriate police agency. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices and timely disclosure of crime statistics. These statistics 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.
WAU community members and visitors should report all crimes on campus immediately to the DPS or Law Enforcement agency that has jurisdiction. All reports are considered confidential.
There are several ways to report a crime: call the Security office, e-mail security (email@example.com), speaking with an Officer at the Security Office. You can also report to a Dean, Office Executive, Counselor, or Faculty Member.
|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
301-891-4019 or 301-300-0342
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 Public Safety at 301-891-4019 or stop by the Department of Public Safety Office in the General Services building during business hours.
Note: Closed for Chapel on Wednesdays (11:00am-12:00pm) and closed everyday for lunch (12:00pm-1:00pm).
Director of Public Safety
Lieutenant of Public Safety
Sergeant of Public Safety
Crime Victim Advocate
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:
Outside Crime Reports
To view the Crime Reports from outside agencies, click on the following links:
Takoma Park Police Department
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland
Tel. 301-270-1100 (Non-Emergency) / 911 (Emergency)
Severe Weather (Tornado/Flood/Earthquake)
- Conditions are right for tornadoes to develop.
- Be prepared to take cover.
- A funnel cloud has been sighted or indicated in the vicinity.
- Take cover.
In a Tornado
- Take shelter in the interior area of the lowest level of the building. Avoid windows and large, open rooms. If possible, get under a sturdy desk or table.
- Protect your head with your arms.
- If caught outside, lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert with hands and arms shielding your head.
- If in an automobile, abandon the vehicle and follow guidelines for outdoor shelter.
- Information on tornado watches and warnings is available from radio WGTS 91.9 or WTOP 103.5 FM Takoma Park, Maryland.
- It is safe to do so, turn off or disconnect electrical devices in the flood area.
- Protect or remove valuable property that is susceptible to water damage.
- Close doors and seal openings to minimize the spread of water.
- Remain in a safe adjacent area to direct response personnel to the site and others away from the site.
- If flooding liquid is contaminated, the area must be secured.
- If in an automobile, do not try to cross a flooded roadway.
- If you are inside:
- Duck under a desk or sturdy table or brace in a doorway.
- Stay away from windows, appliances, and heavy objects that could fall on you (bookcases, file cabinets, heavy mirrors, etc.).
- Do not use elevators.
- Stay indoors until shaking stops, then cautiously move outdoors.
- If you are outside:
- Move into open space away from electrical lines, trees and buildings if possible.
- Or duck into a doorway to avoid falling debris.
- If you are driving:
- Pull over to the side of the road but do not stop on or beneath bridges or near power lines or large highway signs.
Afterward, be prepared for aftershocks and report any gas leaks or electrical problems to Campus Police (301-891-4019), or facility services (301-891-4161).
If gas leaks are possible, do not use open flames, electric switches or appliances.
*Each week a new Crime Prevention procedure will be posted*
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
Click on the following link to access the WAU Crime Prevention Programs
Parking Management Division:
WAU IDs and parking permits are obtained at the Office of Public Safety. The Public Safety 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a student and you need a parking permit, you will need to do the following:
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
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 $50.00 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.
Emergency Alert Notification System:
OUTSIDE AGENCIES EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS
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
WAU-Fire Drill Log
WAU-Fire Watch Log
WAU-Hot Work Permit Log
WAU-DPS Fire Safety Division
The Fire Safety Division (part of the Public Safety 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-DPS 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: Fire Report Logs and 2012 and 2013 Annual Fire Report are available. A copy is available at DPS 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:
Fire Emergency Telephone No:
WAU-DPS Environmental/Occupational Health and Safety Division
The WAU-DPS 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-DPS: Closed Circuit Television (CCTV):
The WAU-DPS, 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 Public Safety personnel is to deter crime and to assist the Public Safety 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 Public Safety and appropriate administrative personnel according to the procedures established.
WAU-DPS-Security Operation Center (future):
WAU-DPS will soon have a Security Operation Center (SOC) to enhance proactive security patrols on and the WAU-DPS 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.
WAU-DPS Emergency Response and Emergency Management Division:
|2013 Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program Strategic Plan||Montgomery County: Home Guide to Emergency Preparedness|
|2013 Montgomery County Hazard Mitigation Plan||Preparing for Emergencies|
Dating and Domestic Violence Information:
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 DPS-Department of Public Safety. 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.
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OFFICE OF CRIME VICTIM/WITNESS ADVOCATE
Our Victim and Witness Advocate is Ms. Melissa Smith, and she is located in the Department of Public Safety, GS-4, General Service Building #6. You can contact her at (301)891-4019 during business hours, or e-mail at email@example.com.
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. Washington Adventist University has recently finalized an MOU with MCASA on September 1, 2016 (MOU between MCASA and WAU).
Click on the following links to access Crime Victim rights and Crime Victim resources information:
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners/Forensic Nurse Examiners (SAFE/FNE) Program
In Maryland, Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs) work within a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) program in a hospital to complete medical forensic examinations, treat victims for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and address pregnancy concerns. When FNEs conduct an exam after a sexual assault, the evidence is collected with accuracy and precision, which leads to an increase in cases that will be prosecuted; therefore, more perpetrators will be held accountable and punished for their crimes.
Where they exist, SAFE programs have made a profound difference in the quality of care provided to sexual assault victims. FNEs offer victims prompt, compassionate care and comprehensive forensic evidence collection. In addition to helping preserve the victim’s dignity and reduce psychological trauma, SAFE programs are enhancing evidence collection for more effective investigations and better prosecution. Particularly in non-stranger sexual assaults, which are the majority of sex crimes, thorough documentation of evidence that helps to corroborate a victim’s account of an assault by establishing lack of consent has led to more successful prosecutions.
Note that the Federal VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) 2005 Reauthorization indicates that a victim of sexual assault may obtain a forensic exam free of charge even if they have not chosen to report the crime to law enforcement or participate in a criminal justice investigation.
Title IX Coordinator (Sexual Misconduct Investigator)
The Title IX Coordinator for the University is:
Dr. Ralph Johnson, Dean of Student Success and Faculty Development.
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.
For more information, visit: www.wau.edu/title-ix-your-rights.
MARYLAND SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY:
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://www.dpscs.state.md.us/sorSearch/.
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: www.socem.info
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 registration:www.alertxpress.com
The National Sex Offender Registry website can be reached at www.nsopr.gov
Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services
Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP)
For immediate assistance, call:
240-777-4357 24-hour crisis line
Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
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, Youth Camp Guidelines and Youth Camp Release of Reliability.
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- THE SCHOOLS -
The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.
The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.
For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.