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.
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 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:
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:
WAU Crime Logs
To view the Crime Logs, click on the following links:
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
Bomb Threat/Suspicious Package
Bomb Threat over the Phone
Bomb Located on Campus with or without Visible Timer
Detonated Bomb on Campus
Suspicious Package or Mail
If you have touched a suspicious substance:
If contamination of the area is possible:
*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
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:
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 email@example.com.
If you are a student and you need a parking permit, you will need to do the following:
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 $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
WAU-DSS-Occupational Health and Safety DivisionThe 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:
|2013 Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program Strategic Plan|
|2013 Montgomery County Hazard Mitigation Plan2013 Montgomery County Hazard Mitigation Plan|
|Preparing for Emergencies
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
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 –
“Dating violence” means “violence committed by a person –
“Stalking” means “engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to –
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:
OFFICE OF CRIME VICTIM/WITNESS ADVOCATE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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:
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 email@example.com
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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