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Personnel, Procedures and Reporting

The university employs a Director of Campus Safety who reports to the Dean of Student Life. The university also contracts with Allied Barton Security to provide personnel services. Safety Officer training is a joint venture between Allied Barton and William Woods University.

William Woods University Safety Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business on campus. Officers have the authority to issue parking and moving violation tickets, which are billed to financial accounts of student, faculty and staff. Safety Officers do not possess arrest power. Criminal incidents are referred to local police who have jurisdiction on the campus. The Campus Safety Office at William Woods University maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Fulton Police Department. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to report any crime to the Campus Safety Office and the appropriate police agency in an accurate and timely manner. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics. Safety concerns and emergencies should also be reported to Campus Safety.

The safety office is located in the McNutt Campus Center. Safety officers provide campus coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be reached by calling ext. 4357 (HELP). From off campus the number is 573.592.4357.

To Report A Crime:

To report crimes, contact the Campus Safety Office or the Director of Residential Life. If it is an emergency, call 911 for the Fulton Police Department. If the crime or incident is of a nature that privacy is important to you, you may report directly to the Dean of Student Life. Silent Witness is a part of our reporting structure that is designed so that students, faculty and staff can report suspicious activity and crimes via the Internet while remaining anonymous.

Confidential Reporting:

If you are the victim of a crime or a witness and do not want to pursue action within the university system or the local police agency, you are encouraged to consider a confidential report. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Reports filed confidentially are counted and disclosed, without personal information, in the annual crime statistics for William Woods University.

Upon contact with Campus Safety or notification of a safety incidents and/or a campus emergency, Safety Officers investigate situations and contact appropriate support services such as the local police, fire department, ambulance services, and/or campus maintenance staff for assistance. "Incident reports" that outline the issues and identify individuals involved in the incident are written. Copies of all reports are provided to the administrative department responsible for campus safety. In addition, maintenance work requests are submitted for situations identified as as a threat to students, employees and/or campus visitors.

Timely Warning:

The university seeks to notify members of the campus community in a timely manner of the occurrence of crimes that would be a potential threat to students and/or employees. Text messages addressing specific situations serve as a medium for communication. Additionally, in any event creating a danger to the campus community or a threat of imminent danger, a warning will be issued by student email, Woods Alert text messaging, the Alertus desktop interrupt system and if relevant, warnings and information will also be announced by the Office of Campus Safety's mobile public address system.