Westminster College is a small, well-lit, residential campus tucked among tree-lined streets in a primarily residential area. Crime on campus or around campus is uncommon. However, whenever anyone or their property is threatened or injured on or around our campus, the college wants to know about it and encourages everyone to report any problems or crimes to the college's Campus Patrol Department at 801.832.2525.
The safety of students, faculty and staff on campus is the responsibility of everyone. Following a few simple suggestions can reduce the possibility of you becoming a victim to a criminal event.
- Remain alert and attentive to your surroundings for potential danger.
- Report any suspicious persons or activity immediately to campus patrol.
- Don't take chances by putting yourself at risk.
- During the evening hours always walk with a companion.
- Tell a roommate or friend who you will be with, where you are going and when you expect to return
- Trust your feelings. If things don't feel right then things are probably not safe. If you feel threatened or coerced into an activity against your will, get away fast.
- Do not use alcohol or drugs, they will dull your senses and make you more vulnerable to becoming a victim.
- Be selective as to whom you date
- Avoid meeting/dating people you don't know.
- When at a party, do not accept anything to eat or drink from someone you do not know.
As required by federal law, the college uses the definitions of crimes as set forth in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting and Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines. Hate crimes are defined as all crimes that are committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by an offender's bias. Bias is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity/national origin. These crimes are required to be reported to the Campus Patrol Department and/or local law enforcement agencies where there is manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator's bias. New crimes have been added to the Hate Crimes. They include the crimes of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction/damage/vandalism of property. These crimes must be reported as Hate Crimes. Historically, our campus has experienced a very low crime rate.
Westminster, like other campuses around the country is not immune from social problems. The responsibility of maintaining this safe environment rests with everyone on campus working with campus patrol to be safety conscious and develop good security habits. The crime report is published to provide the readers with information concerning incidents that have occurred on or near campus. By providing this information we hope that the readers will possibly lessen their chance of becoming a victim of a criminal offense on or off our campus.