Security Procedures

Campus Patrol Escort Services

Westminster Campus Patrol has officers available on the campus 24 hours per day. Anyone walking on campus will be provided an escort from one campus location to another upon request by calling 801.832.2525. When you are approaching campus and you want an escort call campus patrol in advance of your arrival and they will meet you at the designated location.

Emergency Telephones

Emergency telephones are strategically located throughout the campus. They are marked by blue lights and bold lettering.

In an emergency:

  1. Push the talk button
  2. There will be a short delay while the phone connects to the campus patrol cell phone where you will talk personally to a campus patrol officer.
  3. An officer will see your location and respond immediately.

Emergency phones ring directly to Campus Patrol cell phones. Emergency phones are located in the following areas on Westminster's campus.

  • Athletic Field Parking North East Corner
  • Athletic Field South East Corner
  • Athletic Field South West Corner
  • Parking Structure Lower Level East Wall
  • Parking Structure Main Level East Wall
  • Parking Structure Top Level South East Corner
  • Shaw South West Corner of Building
  • East Side of Parking Nunemaker
  • Women's Locker Room Payne Gym (regular telephone that rings directly to Campus Patrol)

All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to report suspicious behavior and crimes to campus patrol as soon as possible. This will allow a quick response to deal with the problem and take a report.

Emergency Procedures

When a hostile person(s) is actively causing deadly harm or the imminent threat of deadly harm within a building, we recommend the following procedures be followed.

  • Lock yourself in the room you are in at the time of the threatening activity.
  • If communication is available, call 911.
  • Don't stay in the open hall.
  • Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal the occupants in the rooms to evacuate the building and thus place them in potential harm as they attempted to exit.
  • Barricade yourself in the room with furniture or anything you can push against the door.
  • Lock the window and close blinds or curtains.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Turn all lights and audio equipment off.
  • Try to stay calm and be as quiet as possible.
  • If for some reason you are caught in an open area such as a hallway or lounge type area, you must decide what action to take.
    1. You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well hidden space or you may be found as the intruder moves through the building looking for victims.
    2. If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, then do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Keep any objects you can between you and the hostile person(s) while in the building. Use trees, vehicles or any other object to block you from view as you run. When away from the immediate area of danger, summon help any way you can and warn others.
    3. If the person(s) is causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
    4. The last option you have if caught in an open area in the dorm, may be to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
    5. If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, follow their directions and don't look the intruder in the eyes.
    6. Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve your being handcuffed or made to put your hands in the air. This is done for safety reasons and once circumstances are evaluated by the police, they will give you further directions to follow.
Warning Signs

If you have had contact with any individuals who display the following tendencies, that you contact the police, student affairs officials, a Psychological Services administrator or other university official in a timely manner.

  • Threatens harm or talks about killing other students, faculty or staff.
  • Constantly starts or participates in fights.
  • Loses temper and self-control easily.
  • Swears or uses vulgar language most of the time.
  • Possesses or draws artwork that depicts graphic images of death or violence.
  • Assaults others constantly to include immediate family members.
  • Possesses weapons (firearms or edged weapons) or has a preoccupation with them.
  • Becomes frustrated easily and converts frustration into uncontrollable physical violence.

Bomb Threat or Suspicious Packages

If you receive a threatening call

  • Bomb threats usually occur by telephone. Remain calm and attempt to obtain as much information as possible from the caller. Listen for unusual noises or voice characteristics. Use the checklist provided to assist you in recording information obtained from a telephone bomb threat
  • Notify the Salt Lake City Police Department at 911
  • Notify Campus Patrol at 801.832.2525
  • Notify you supervisor
  • Do not activate the building alarm system to evacuate
Identifying Suspicious Packages and Envelopes

Some characteristics of suspicious packages and envelopes include the following.

  • Excessive postage
  • Handwritten or poorly typed address
  • Incorrect titles
  • Titles but no names
  • Misspellings of common words
  • Oily stains or discolorations
  • No return address
  • Excessive weight
  • Rigid envelope
  • Lopsided or uneven envelope
  • Protruding wires or tin foil
  • Excessive securing materials such as masking tape or string
If You Are Asked to Evacuate
  • Call the Salt Lake City Police Department at 911
  • Move people in the immediate area away, but do not activate the fire alarm system
  • Do not move or open the package
  • Do not investigate too closely
  • Do not cover or insulate the package
  • Check your work area for unfamiliar items
  • Do not touch suspicious items. Report them to Campus Patrol or other campus authorities on the scene.
  • Take personal belongings with you, such as keys, bags, etc
  • Leave doors and windows open
  • Do not turn light switches on or off
  • Do not make cell phone calls
  • Use stairs only; do not use elevators
  • Move well away from the building and proceed to the emergency assembly point at Dumke Field
  • Do not reenter until authorization to do so is issued by Campus Patrol or other campus authorities
Bomb Threat Checklist
  • Exact time and date of call
  • Exact words of caller: Ask the caller to repeat the message, if necessary, and write as much as possible
  • Keep Calm
  • Keep talking
  • Don't hang up
  • Signal a coworker to get on an extension to call 911
  • Notify Campus Patrol at 801.832.2525
  • Notify your supervisor
Questions to Ask
  • When and where is the bomb going to explode?
  • What does the bomb look like?
  • What type of bomb is it?
  • What will cause it to detonate?
  • Why are you doing this?
  • Where are you calling from?
  • Try to get the caller's full name
  • Try to get caller's exact location and phone number
  • Listern Carefully to the voice. Not whether it is a man of women; listen to the pitch; listen to the accent
  • Note if the voice was a stutter, disguised, lisp, sincere, rapid

What to Do During an Earthquake

Drop, cover, and hold on.

  • Drop to the ground; take cover by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and hold on until the shaking stops. If there isn't a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
  • Do not use the elevators.
If Outdoors
  • Stay there
  • Move away from buildings, streetlight, and utility wires. Be aware of the potential danger from gas leaks, downed power lines, broken glass, and other hazards caused by the earthquake.
  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits, and alongside exterior walls.
If in a Moving Vehicle
  • Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpass, and utility wires.
  • Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.
If Trapped Under Debris
  • Do not light a match
  • Do not move about or kick up dust
  • Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

Westminster College maintains a College Emergency Operations Plan. The Emergency Operations Plan provides directions and procedures as they relate to responding to campus emergencies such as fire, weather disturbances, bomb threats, and acts of violence. The plan is evaluated and updated every 5 years. The current plan is under evaluation and is going through revision.

When communicating a disaster or significant emergency involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors on or off campus, the campus community will be immediately notified. The announcement may include, but is not limited to, the following information: type of situation, location of occurrence, and any other available information. An outdoor siren with voice messaging capability that can be heard over the entire campus may be employed depending on the situation. This system provides crisis or time sensitive events, pertinent information, breaking developments, instructions, and appropriate response measures.

The Emergency Notification System can be employed for emergency response as well as a warning system. The Emergency Notification System includes a campus email, text messaging faculty, staff and students.

The Campus Safety Director in conjunction with the Director of Campus Patrol will conduct emergency evacuation tests at least once each calendar year. The results of the evacuation test will be tracked and recorded by the Director of Campus Safety.


If a fire occurs, individuals are instructed to sound the building fire alarm by pulling the red alarm pull box and, if possible, call 911 and/or Campus Security at (801) 832-2525.

Once a fire alarm has been sounded, individuals should evacuate immediately using the nearest fire exit door or stairwell. Individuals should not use elevators because they may become inoperative due to the fire. If possible, abled persons should assist disabled persons in exiting the building. Disabled persons who cannot use stairs should wait in the stairwell until Campus Security or firefighters arrive. Individuals should notify Campus Security or fire authorities of the location of any disabled persons remaining in the building. Individuals should also notify Campus Security or firefighters if they suspect that someone may be trapped inside.

Even if the alarm stops, individuals should continue the evacuation. Warn others who may enter the building after the alarm stops. Individuals should evacuate to the emergency assembly point, elevated playing field or if otherwise instructed a distance of at least 500 feet from the building and out of the way of emergency personnel. Individuals should not return to the building until instructed to do so by Campus Security or other authorized personnel.

When a fire alarm has been sounded or a fire otherwise reported to Campus Security, the Security Department will initiate the notification procedures for contacting appropriate personnel.

In Case of Fire or Fire Alarm
  • If a fire alarm is heard or seen, immediately begin evacuation of the building
  • Close all windows and doors behind you
  • If a fire or smoke is discovered, sound the building alarm
  • Notify Campus Security and/or dial 911
  • Close the window to your room
  • Proceed quickly to the nearest exit, closing room and stairwell doors as you leave do not lock doors. (Closing doors helps to confine the fire by reducing oxygen flow).
  • Alert others as you leave
  • Do not use elevators
  • Activate the fire alarm as you leave the building
  • If you encounter smoke, stay near the floor and below the smoke
  • Exit the building and assemble in the area established by your Residence Hall Staff (Emergency assembly point- elevated playing field). Do not leave the area as you must be accounted for. If you don't know where your designated area is located, contact your RA.
  • If unable to leave your room due to heat, smoke or fire, call Campus Security and/or call 911 to give your location so firefighters may find you. If possible, hang a brightly colored towel or article of clothing out your window to signal for assistance.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told so by an authorized college official
If You Discover a Fire
  1. Stay Calm and above all do not jeopardize your personal safety
  2. Activate the nearest fire alarm and alert faculty, staff, and students in the immediate area about the fire
  3. Call 911 if applicable
  4. Call Campus Patrol at 801.832.2525 if applicable
  5. Remove anyone in immediate danger
  6. Confine the fire by closing windows and doors, as much as possible
  7. Very small fires (incipient stage) can be put out with a fire extinguisher (ABC)
Evacuation Due to Fire
  1. If the fire cannot be immediately contained, evacuate the facility. Consider the possibility of toxic fumes or explosions from burning materials and especially from compressed gas.
  2. Stay low when moving through smoke
  3. When passing through an exit, move as quickly away from the exit to avoid creating a bottleneck that slows the escape of others
  4. If you are trapped inside a room, keep the doors closed and seal any cracks with wet towels, if possible
  5. Open a window for air and call for help. Do not break the glass unless absolutely necessary (outside smoke could be drawn into the room).
  6. Do not panic or jump
  7. Close as many doors between you and the fire as possible
  8. Do not re-enter the building after you have exited, but proceed directly to the designated assembly area at the Dumke Field
  9. Follow the directions of the supervisors present and the emergency personnel at the scene
  10. If someone is missing, do not attempt to re-enter the building. Notify the firefighters or emergency personnel at the scene, and describe where the person was last seen.
How to Report a Fire Has Occured

Students, faculty and staff are instructed to call 911 to report fires occurring in, on, or around College's buildings. In addition, if feasible, also report fires to Campus Security 801.832.2525.

For purposes of counting and disclosing fires in the College's annual fire statistics, individuals should report fires to either of positions listed below:

Campus Security at 801.832.2525 and/or Campus Fire Marshal at (801) 832-2567 that a fire has occurred.

General Fire Safety

Be aware of the possible primary and secondary emergency exit routes, fire alarm pull stations, and emergency procedures of your place of residence. Those with physical disabilities should notify Residence Life, in advance, to plan for an evacuation. If you become temporarily disabled due to an injury or illness, Residence Life should be informed. Become familiar with the fire exits nearest your room and the evacuation plans on each floor of your building. Generally speaking, you should use the closest stairwell to your room; but you should be aware of a secondary exit in the event your primary exit becomes unusable.

Fire Drills

In compliance with state regulations, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, in conjunction with Student Life/Housing, conducts fire drills (evacuations) a minimum of two times annually. Each semester, the Environmental Health and Safety Department also conducts one fire drill in academic and administrative buildings. Drills shall be held at random and are conducted during all hours of the day to avoid distinction between drills and actual fires. Westminster College requires all occupants to evacuate the buildings during the fire drills. Individuals who ignore fire alarms and required evacuations may face disciplinary charges. Fire drill documentation is maintained by the Safety Department.

Use of Fire Extinguisher

Properly trained residence hall staff may attempt to put out a fire using fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers are not meant to fight large or spreading fires. Apply the following guidelines when using a fire extinguisher.

  • Only trained personnel should use a fire extinguisher
  • Activate a fire alarm prior to using a fire extinguisher
  • Always position yourself with an exit or means of escape at your back before using a fire extinguisher to put out a fire
  • If the fire is producing large amounts of smoke that you may inhale it, do not try to extinguish it

Serious water damage may result from a variety of causes -- heavy rainstorms, broken pipes, clogged drains, leaky roofs, broken windows or skylights, sprinklers, etc.

If a water leak or flood occurs

  1. Remain calm
  2. If there is any threat of personal injury, dial 911 from all campus locations to summon assistance.
  3. Call Plant Operations 801.832.2515 during regular business hours (M–F 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) or Campus Patrol 801.832.2525 at all other times. In particular, indicate if any valuable objects, art collections, books, or equipment are affected or are in imminent danger.
  4. Notify your supervisor, co-workers, and/or housemates
  5. If there are electrical appliances or electrical outlets near the flood/leak, use extreme caution. If there is any potential danger, evacuate the area.
  6. If you know the source of the water and are confident of your ability to stop it (i.e. unclog a drain, turn off water, etc.), do so cautiously
  7. Report incident to the Risk Management office

  1. Report it: If a medical emergency exists, call for an ambulance. Dial 911 from all campus locations. If you can, dial Campus Patrol at 801.832.2525.

  2. Don't touch: Do not move the victim if you don't have to. Keep the victim comfortable. Be cautious—it's better to call emergency medical personnel and find out later that it wasn't an emergency.

  3. First Aid or CPR: Apply First Aid or begin CPR only if trained and qualified. Attempt to find a person trained in First Aid/CPR if it is possible for you to leave the injured person.

  4. Drug overdose: Dial 911 from all campus locations. Give the dispatcher all the information you have. Contact Campus Patrol at 801.832.2525.

  5. Report the incident to the Risk Management office. Remember that all injuries, minor or serious, must be reported and submitted to Risk Management following the occurrence.

Report all utility interruptions or outages to Plant Operations 801.832.2515 during regular business hours (M–F 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.). Call Campus Patrol 801.832.2525 at all other times.

Other Procedures

Report all utility interruptions or outages to Plant Operations 801.832.2515 during regular business hours (M–F 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.). Call Campus Patrol 801.832.2525 at all other times.If you are a victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within Westminster College's system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission the Director of Campus Patrol or a designee of Campus Patrol can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of the confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the college can keep an accurate record of the of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regards to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.

Once Westminster becomes aware that such an assault has occurred, an investigation will begin. If a hearing is held, both the accuser and the accused shall have the right to have others present during the disciplinary proceedings and both the accused and the accuser will be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought by alleging a sexual assault. A finding that the allegations are justified may result in probation, suspension, or dismissal for the assailant. A complete description of disciplinary procedures can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of the student handbook.

Disciplinary Sanctions for Violations

Students violating Westminster College's substance and alcohol abuse policy will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct set forth in the Student Handbook. In addition to any of the sanctions set forth in this policy, Westminster College reserves the right to refer all matters in violation of its substance and alcohol policy to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. It is the responsibility of each individual to seek assistance before alcohol and drug problems lead to disciplinary action. A student's decision to seek assistance with an alcohol or substance abuse problem may be considered a mitigating factor in connection with any Westminster College disciplinary sanctions. Depending upon the nature or severity of the violation, a student may be required to be assessed/evaluated by the prevention program coordinator.

When a student is believed to be missing for a period of 24 hours a report should be made to one of the following individuals.

  • Mark Ferne, Dean of Students, 801.832.2233
  • Blake Smith, Director of Campus Patrol, 801.832.2527
  • Aimee Frost, Director of Residence Life, 801.832.5303
  • Any Campus Patrol officer on duty, 801.832.2525

The person receiving the report will immediately notify the other individuals and an investigation will begin to determine if in fact the student is missing. Once it has been determined that the student is missing the local law enforcement agency and emergency contact person will be notified.

Sexual Assault

Although many victims are reluctant to report sexual assaults to campus or local law enforcement authorities, prompt notification is very helpful. Filing a report does not commit you to pressing charges against an assailant, but the information you provide about an incident or individual may be critical to security and to the police in preventing further violence. If you are unsure about whether or not you want to report an assault, talk with a member of the Counseling Center at 801.832.2237 or call the Rape Recovery Center at 801-467-7273 for more information about your options. Additionally you may talk to Westminster's Title IX Coordinator, Jason Schwartz-Johnson 801.832.2262, or Westminster's Title IX Deputy Coordinators, Scott Gust 801.832.2449 or Julie Freestone 801.832.2573. Some options you have include the following.

  1. 1. Completing a formal police report aimed at prosecuting a suspect.
  2. 2. Completing an anonymous police report that gives the police information only. No action is taken, and the suspect is not contacted.
  3. 3. Taking action through the college disciplinary. Westminster College reserves the right to pursue enforcement of its own rules, regardless of whether or not legal proceedings are underway or in progress. An individual who chooses not to file a criminal complaint does not relinquish the right to an institutional investigation.
  4. 4. If disciplinary procedures are initiated, both the accused and the accuser are entitled to have others present during investigatory proceedings, and both will be informed of the outcome. Possible disciplinary sanctions for sexual assault include suspension or dismissal from the college.

If you are raped by someone you know (Date Rape/Acquaintance Rape)

Most rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. In fact a better way to state this is that persons that commit such acts know the victims. This is probably the most frequent kind of rape that occurs on college campuses. Rape victims who know their assailants often experience more guilt and self-blame, and are less likely to report the assault. It is very important to remember that if it occurs against your will, it is a crime. It is still rape even if you know the attacker and even if you had been intimate with him (98 percent of rapes are committed by men) before. A person has the right to say they do not want any further sexual contact, no matter how much sexual interaction has already taken place. Furthermore, even if the person had earlier agreed to more sexual interaction,they have the right to change their mind. Any further contact is considered to be without the person's consent and therefore against the law. If you have been assaulted by someone you know, follow the guidelines given above. It is especially important to find someone to talk to about the assault. Remember, it is not your fault—you are the victim. Survivors/victims of threatened or actual sexual assault by strangers or acquaintances may experience one or more common, but highly stressful, reactions. These may include depression, self-blame, intense anxiety, confusion, a feeling of loss of control, and recurring nightmares. These reactions may continue for some time after the assault. Regardless of how recently the assault occurred, or of how severe the reaction, discussing the experience with a trained professional can be very helpful.

The following campus and community resources are available:

  • Counseling Services, 801.832.2237 or 801.832.2246
  • Dean of Students, 801.832.2233
  • Your Resident Advisor (see campus telephone directory)
  • Rape Crisis Center 24-Hour Crisis Line, 801.467.7273
  • Rape Recovery Center, 801-467-7273
  • Spiritual Life, 801.832.2232
  • Utah Rape and Sexual Assault Crisis/Information Line, 888.421.1100

If You are a Victim of Sexual Assault, You Should
  1. Go to a safe place
  2. Preserve all physical evidence. Do not bathe, douche, brush teeth, wash hands, or change your clothing, or remove anything from the crime scene until you have talked with a campus patrol officer and/or the police.
  3. Incidents that occur on campus should be reported to campus patrol immediately 801.832.2525. If you desire campus patrol officers will assist you in filing a complaint with the Salt Lake City Police Department. Incidents that occur off campus should be reported to the Salt Lake City Police Department. 801.799.3000.

Whether the incident happens on campus or off as a community we will assist in any way possible and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 801.832.2525.

Emotional Support

One of the most important actions to take following a sexual assault is to find someone who can provide you with emotional support. Once you feel that you are being listened to and supported, other decisions are easier to make. Choose someone who will support and respect your decisions.

Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Prompt medical attention may prevent unwanted pregnancy, potential diseases and detect hidden injuries. Additionally, evidence can be gathered at this time for use in the future should you decide to press charges. Do not bathe or shower prior to seeking medical attention. It is also helpful to maintain any articles that could be used as evidence, i.e. clothing, by placing them in separate bags.


Report sexual assaults to any of the following

  • Police—911 from any campus location
  • Campus Patrol—801.832.2525
  • Salt Lake Rape Recovery Center—801-467-7273
  • Counseling Center—801.832.2237
  • Risk Management Director—801.832.2565
  • Dean of Students—801.832.2233

Many victims of sexual assault are unsure of what to do. They may be ashamed to talk to anyone or be afraid that no one will believe them. Sometimes, victims feel that the assault is somehow their fault. Our primary concern is that the victim receives proper medical attention and counseling. Assistance is also available related to changes in one's academic schedule and living arrangements.