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.

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.

Reporting

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.