Clery Act Compliance 

Policy: Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
Campus Security prepares a Campus Crime Statistics Report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.   Click here to view current crime statistics data or you may access current crime statistics for Westminter College at the web site of the Office of Postsecondary Education www.ope.ed.gov/security/search.asp .  Campus Security is the reporting authority to the Office of Postsecondary Education for the annual disclosure of crime statistics.  Campus Security collects statistics from the Fulton Police Department, Office of Student Life, Counseling & Health Services, and any other campus security authority as defined under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Campus Security also collects statistical information from the Fulton Police Department for all public and privately held properties adjacent or contiguous to the campus as defined by federal law.  Counseling & Health Services has a procedure in place to anonymously capture crime statistics disclosed during confidential sessions.

Westminster College reports crime using the definitions as described in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook as required by Clery Act regulations.  Officials of the College that meet this definition are required by federal law to notify Campus Security of crime that is defined under the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Campus Crime Statistics Act".

Crime may be reported to the following titles and organizations:
Dean of Student Life 573-592-5240
Counseling & Health Services 573-592-5361
Campus Security 573-592-5555
Fulton Police Department 573-592-3100

Each year e-mail notification is sent to all enrolled students with a link to online campus crime statistics campus crime statistics.  Crime statistics may also be obtained at the Office of Student Life or by contacting the Director of Campus Security at 573-592-5555.

Policy: Reporting Crime
Contact Campus Security at 573-592-5555 (non-emergencies), dial 9-1-1 (emergencies only), or by using the Emergency Phone Towers located on the Westminster College Campus ( see campus map ).  Any suspicious activity or person seen in the parking lots or loitering around vehicles, inside buildings or around the residential halls or houses should be promptly reported to Campus Security.  In addition, you may report a crime to the following areas:

Dean of Student Life
573-592-5241 or 573-592-5240

Director of Counseling & Health Services
573-592-5361 or 573-592-5362

Director of Residential & Greek Life
573-592-5242 or 573-592-5307

To report a crime or an emergency on the Westminster College campus property, call Campus Security at 573-592-5555.  Community members, students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents in a timely manner.  Security Officers are on duty 24/7 to answer your call.

In response to a call, Campus Security will take the required action, respond to the scene, contact the Fulton Police Department for assistance or ask the victim to file an incident report.  All incident reports are forwarded to the Dean of Student Life office for review and potential action.  If a sexual assault or rape should occur, Counseling and Health Services is on-call and counselors will be summoned by Campus Security to offer appropriate services.

All crimes should be reported to Campus Security to ensure inclusion in the Annual Crime Statistics Report and to aid in providing Timely Warning Notices to the community when appropriate.

Policy: Timely Warning
When a situation occurs, on or near campus, that the Director of Campus Security perceives to be a threat to the Westminster campus community, a "Timely Warning" will be issued.  The warning will be issued through the college e-mail system to students, faculty and staff.  If time permits, posters or notices will be prepared and placed on bulletin boards in the various buildings on campus.

Policy: Voluntary Confidential Reporting
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the Westminster College or the Criminal Justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report.  With your permission, the Director of Campus Security or an administrator of Westminster College can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity.  The purpose of a 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 accurate records of the number of incidents involving students; determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard 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 crime statistics for the institution.

Policy: Facility Security and Access
During business hours, College facilities are open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests and invites.  During non-business hours, access to College facilities is by key or via a Campus Security officer or member of Residential Life.  During breaks and holidays, the college will admit only those with prior approval.

Residence Halls are secured 24 hours a day.  Admittance is gained either by code or key.  Some facilities may have individual hours, which may vary throughout the year.  Examples are the Coulter Science Center, Reeves/Hazel Library and Hunter Activity Center which are secured according to schedules developed by the department responsible for the facility.

Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules.  If any areas become problematic a site security audit will be conducted.  Additionally, the Plant Operations & Campus Security Leadership Team meet weekly to discuss and develop action plans on any issues of concern.

Policy: Campus Law Enforcement
Campus Security Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Westminster College.  Campus Security has the authority to issue parking tickets which are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty and staff.  Campus Security does not possess arrest power, though they may conduct searches of campus dorms and residences.  Criminal incidents are referred to the local police department who has jurisdiction at Westminster College.  Campus Security maintains a highly professional working relationship with the City of Fulton Police Department and the Callaway County Sheriff?s Department.  All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report any crime to Campus Security and the Fulton Police Department.  Prompt reporting will assure Timely Warning Notices for the campus community and the accurate disclosure of crime statistics.

Policy: Accurate and Prompt Crime Reporting
Community members, students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to Campus Security in a timely manner.

To report a crime or an emergency on the Westminster College campus property, call Campus Security at 573-592-5555.

Security Officers are on duty 24/7 to answer your call.  In response to a call, Campus Security will take the required action, respond to the scene, contact the Fulton Police Department for assistance or ask the victim to file an incident report with Campus Security.  All incident reports are forwarded to the Dean of Student Life office for review and potential action.  If a sexual assault or rape should occur, Counseling and Health Services has 24/7 on-call counselors who will be summoned by Security to offer the victim a wide variety of services.

All crimes should be reported to Campus Security to ensure inclusion in the Annual Crime Statistics Report and to aid in providing Timely Warning Notices to the community when appropriate.

Policy: Counseling Services
As a result of the negotiated rule making process which followed the 1998 amendments to 20 U.C.S. Section 1092(f), clarification was given to those considered to be campus security authorities, "Pastoral Counselors" and "Professional Counselors", when acting as such are not considered to be a campus security authority and are not required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics.  As a matter of policy, they are encouraged; if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the annual crime statistics.

The rule making committee defines counselors as:
Pastoral -An employee of an institution, who is associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.
Professional -An employee of an institution whose official responsibilities include psychological counseling for members of the institution's community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification.

Policy: Security Awareness Programs
During orientation, students are informed of services offered by Westminster College Campus Security and the Fulton Police Department.  Video and slide presentations outline ways to maintain personal safety and residence hall security.

Periodically during the academic year Westminster Campus Security and the College Safety Committee, as well as other organizations and departments, present seminars and crime prevention awareness sessions.  In addition, information is disseminated to students, faculty, and staff through crime prevention awareness packets, security alert posters, and emails generated by various community groups and organizations.

Policy: Crime Prevention Programs
Crime prevention programs for personal safety and crime prevention are sponsored by various campus organizations throughout the year.  Campus Security and Safety Committee personnel facilitate programs for individual students and student organizations as well as faculty and staff.  In addition, the Department of Greek & Residential Life educates students about how to protect themselves from sexual assault, theft and other crime.

Policy: Off-Campus Crime
When a Westminster College student is involved in an off-campus offense, Campus Security may assist with the investigation in cooperation with the local police department.  Fulton Police Department routinely works and communicates with Campus Security on incidents occurring on-campus, in the immediate neighborhood and business areas surrounding campus.  Campus Security can and do respond to student-related incidents that occur in close proximity to campus.  Campus Security has direct radio communication with the city police, fire department, and ambulance service to facilitate rapid response in any emergency situation.

Policy: Drug & Alcohol Abuse
The policy for alcohol and drug abuse is located in the Student Handbook.  The Student Handbook can be obtained through the Office of Student Life at 573-592-5240 or online.

Policy: Addressing Sex Offenses
Westminster College educates the student community about sexual assault and date rape through mandatory freshman orientation.  Each fall, the Fulton Police Department offers sexual assault education and information programs to college students and employees.  Literature on sexual assault risk reduction is also available through Westminster College Counseling & Health Services.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety and obtain necessary medical treatment.  Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation.  Campus Security strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner.  An assault should be reported to a Campus Security officer and/or Resident Advisor.  Filing an incident report with a Campus Security Officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgment. 

Any victim of sexual assault has the right to request a change in living areas or academic situations.  If an immediate threat is felt by a person, they can and will be assigned a room on a temporary basis until such time as the threat is removed or eliminated.  Arrangements should be made by contacting the Residential and Greek Life office.  Academic changes can also be made and should be requested by contacting the Dean of Faculty.

Filing a police report will:
1. Ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests at no expense to the victim.
2. Provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam).
3. Assure that the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention. 

Policy:  On-Campus Disciplinary Action
Accuser and accused will have the same rights to have others present at the disciplinary proceedings according to the College disciplinary process.  Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding when the charge is a violent act.  Victims must be informed of their option to notify proper law enforcement authorities, and their option to be assisted in doing so.

Policy: Sex Offender Registration
In accordance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, the Campus Security webpage provides a link to the Callaway County Registered Offender List www.callawaycountysheriff.org/offender/view.php    This act amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where information about registered sex offenders may be obtained.  It also requires sex offenders to provide notice to each institution of higher education at which the person is employed, carries a vocation or is a student.

As required by the Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 589.400, the Callaway County Sheriff's Department maintains a list of convicted offenders residing in Callaway County who are registered under section 589.400 RsMo. 

Policy: Annual Security Report
Westminster College Campus Security compiles an Annual Security Report.  This report contains statistics of crime which occurs on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Westminster College; and public property within, or immediately adjacent to or accessible from the campus.  This report includes institutional policy regarding campus security, crime prevention and reporting.  You can obtain a copy of the Annual Security Report by contacting Campus Security Director at 573-592-5342 or the Director of Plant Operations at 573-592-5282.