Community and Public Safety 2018-08-06T13:08:20+00:00

COMMUNITY & PUBLIC SAFETY

General Information

Williamson College of the Trades is committed to the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Our primary concern is to nurture and sustain a safe environment for you to learn, live and work. Williamson’s campus is monitored by security officers, and a myriad of other electronic devices and means.

For Emergencies: Call 911 first, then notify Security at (610) 566-4881
For non-urgent matters: Contact

To help keep our campus a safe and secure place, we work closely with local law enforcement and first responders. Any criminal incident is reported to state and local police. All such reports are fully investigated in cooperation with police authorities. Security personnel neither carry weapons nor have arrest powers, but work with the police in the event that an arrest is warranted. You can help us keep Williamson a safe environment by:

  • Becoming familiar with the College Community
  • Reading the Student Handbook and the Emergency Action Guide found throughout each facility on campus
  • Taking appropriate precautions to minimize potential risks
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Building Access

All essential academic and administrative buildings are open 6:00 am – 10:00 pm, while the college is in session. Dormitories are accessible through electronic key card for students assigned to specific dormitories and key administrative staff members.

If access to a facility is required after hours, please contact the residency staff or security at (610) 566-4881.

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Crime Statistics – Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act) requires colleges and universities to provide students and employees with information on its security policies and procedures and specific statistics for certain criminal incidents, arrests and disciplinary referrals. The Cleary Act also requires that this information and statistics be made available to prospective students and employees upon request.

It is important to note that the crime classifications for which colleges and universities must provide statistics differ under state and federal law. The crime statistics reported under the Jeanne Clery Act include the following:

  • Criminal Homicide: Murder, Non-negligent manslaughter
  • Sexual Assault (Sex Offenses): Rape, Fondling, Incest, Statutory Rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary, to include Forcible Entry, Unlawful Entry – No Force, Attempted Forcible Entry
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson

  HATE CRIMES  
The law requires the release of statistics by category of prejudice regarding the occurrence of hate crimes both in the crime classifications listed above, and for crimes involving bodily injury to any person in which the victim is selected because of the actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, or disability of the victim.

In August of 2008, The Higher Education Opportunity Act modified the above hate crimes to include the following additional crimes under the hate crime category:

  • Larceny Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession, or constructive possession, of another.
  • Threats: Intimidation (includes stalking) To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack
  • Vandalism: To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it
  • Simple Assault: An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggrieved bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness

The law requires statistics for an expanded area beyond the campus and it requires these statistics to be shown in specific geographic categories. (Note that incidents shown in the On-Campus Residential category are also included in the statistics shown in the Campus* category.)

The following statistics are provided in compliance with the specific time periods, crime classifications, geographic categories and arrest data mandated by federal law.

  MISSING STUDENT NOTIFICATION
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities with housing residencies to provide students with notification procedures if a student has been missing for 24 hours while the College is in session. Students should report a student missing for 24 hours to the Dean of Students, Director of Residential Life, or Dormitory Manager. Upon notification, the College will proceed to:

  • Contact an individual, designated by the student in their Student General Information Form. Information designated by the student within the form is governed by the College’s Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This information will be registered confidentially and will only be accessible to authorized campus officials, and local law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.
  • Register a missing person report with local law enforcement within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing.

  CLERY ACT TERMINOLOGY:  

  • Campus – Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution of higher education within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls or any property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the institution and owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as food or other retail vendor).
  • Non-campus Building or Property – Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization recognized by the College and any building or property (other than a branch campus) owned or controlled by an institution of higher education that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purpose, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably continuous geographic area of the institution. Williamson College of the Trades does not have any Non-Campus Buildings or Property as defined.
  • Public Property – All public property that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to and assessable from the campus, such as a sidewalk, a street, other thoroughfare, or parking facility.
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Pennsylvania College & University Information Act Crime Rates

The Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act requires the release of crime statistics and rates to students and employees. The rate is based on the actual number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) students and employees which is calculated according to the following state mandated formula:

  • Number of students plus the number of FTE employees (which is the sum of full-time employees plus one half the number of part-time employees).
  • The rate is obtained by dividing this figure into 100,000 and multiplying the quotient by the individual statistics to produce the crime rate per 100,000 persons in each category.

Note: “All Other Offenses” listed in the report include harassment, harassment by communication, threats, unlawful restraint, loitering, prowling and trespass.

2018 PA College & University Information Act Crime Rate (PDF)

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Daily Crime and Fire Log

The office of the Dean of Students maintains a combined Daily Crime and Fire Log of all incidents reported. This includes all crimes, fire-related incidents and other serious incidents that occur on campus.

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Fire Statistics

Residence Hall Fire Statistics for Calendar Years 2014 to 2017. The office of the Dean of Students maintains a fire log available upon request.”

Residence Hall Fire Cause Injuries/Death Cost Drills
Byers II 0 0 0 6
Byers III 0 0 0 6
C Cottage 0 0 0 6
Derrickson 0 0 0 6
Eyre (Renovation) 0 0 0 6
George 0 0 0 6
Jenks 0 0 0 6
Longstreth 0 0 0 6
Smith 0 0 0 6
Stell 0 0 0 6
Townsend 0 0 0 6
Watson 0 0 0 6

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Emergency Action Plan

To ensure that the campus is prepared for all types of emergencies, the office of the Vice President for Plans & Operations has created a comprehensive plan. The college Emergency Action Guide, accessible throughout the campus, outlines the various policies and procedures the college will follow in case of an emergency.

Timely Warnings
The office of the Vice President for Plans & Operations, or the Senior Vice President/Chief of Staff in his absence, is responsible for sending out a warning notice in response to a potential threat to the campus community. The notice will be in the form of an email, One Call alert, or through the campus alarm notification system.

Fire Safety
As a member of the Williamson community, you will need to take precautions at all times to prevent a tragedy due to fire and smoke. Whenever a fire alarm sounds, whether it’s in a residence hall complex or an academic building, evacuate immediately. All residents should know the exit routes from their rooms.

  PLEASE BE FAMILIAR WITH THE FOLLOWING COLLEGE FIRE EVACUATION PROCEDURES:  

  • Know at least two ways out of the building from your room
  • Sound the building fire alarm if you discover fire or smell smoke
  • Leave immediately. Close all doors behind you. Proceed to the primary fire exit nearest to your location. Upon leaving the building, do not reenter until you are told you can do so by college administrative personnel.
  • Do not use the elevator
  • If it is hot or smoke is seeping in, do not open the door. If you become trapped and cannot reach the fire exit keep the door closed and seal off any cracks. If you have a telephone in your room use it to call 911 and give the name and location of the building, the floor you are on and the room number. If you do not have a phone, go to the window and signal for help.
  • Do Not Jump. The Fire Department will be in the building within minutes to assist you.
  • If the door feels cool, open it cautiously. Be prepared to slam it shut if the hall is full of smoke or if you feel heat or pressure against the door. If the hall is clear, proceed to the nearest fire exit and move away from the building.
  • If caught in smoke or heat, stay low where the air is better, take short breaths, (through your nose) until you reach the fire exit.
  • Know the numbers of doors from your room to the fire exit. This will prevent you from passing the fire exit.
  • Comply with any directions from the fire department and maintain a clear area to allow them to complete their work
  • Be sure fire exit doors and hallway doors are kept closed at all times. These doors prevent the spread of noxious smoke and heat should a fire occur.

Regulations established by the University and Pennsylvania State law will be strictly enforced. Fire drills, usually unannounced, are conducted periodically.

  THE FOLLOWING ARE SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF WILLIAMSON POLICY AND ARE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION:  

  • Failing to evacuate a residence hall during an alarm or reentering without permission
  • Tampering with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinklers or other safety equipment
  • Pulling a fire alarm or activating a smoke detector with no evidence of fire
  • Starting a fire or causing an explosion in or around the residence hall complex
  • Interfering with authorities as they respond to a fire or other type of emergency
  • Smoking anywhere on campus. Williamson is a tobacco-free college
  • Possession or use of the following items in residence hall rooms are prohibited, and will result in confiscation and disciplinary action:
    • High wattage appliances, particularly those with open or closed hearing elements (i.e. toasters, grills, microwaves, coffee makers, etc.), halogen lamps, fireworks or chemicals that are explosive or flammable in nature, candles or incense, extension cords or power strips not regulated by a circuit breaking device
  • Leaving cooking items unattended in kitchen while in use
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Sexual Misconduct Policy – Title IX

Williamson College of the Trades is committed to providing an educational and employment environment conducive to its mission and one that is free from sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual discrimination. We are dedicated to ensuring a safe campus climate for our students, residents, and employees. Through a comprehensive compliance, investigative, and adjudication program, we promote fundamental rights, individual, and institutional integrity in alignment with our institutional mission, core values, and Title IX legislation.

Any member of the community who is a victim of sexual violence is encouraged to seek support and assistance and to report the incident. When a victim of a sex offense contacts the College Counselor or Title IX Coordinator, the individual will be advised of health, legal and other support services available and will be assisted in accessing these services.

Students are encouraged to contact the Counseling office at (610) 566-1776 ext. 255 in order to report an incident confidentially. Williamson’s Title IX Policy (PDF) outlines the College’s procedures, services, and sanctions in regard to sexual violence. Williamson’s Title IX Coordinator is Dr. Todd Zachary, who can be reached at (610) 566-1776 ext. 252.

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Whistleblower Policy

Williamson’s Whistleblower Policy is available under the Consumer Information page.

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