Cedar Crest College’s excellent safety and security record is attributable to the location of the college in a low crime area, its efforts to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff, and to the cooperation of the entire campus community. The annual security report is available to all students, faculty, and staff online here.
The annual security report is a comprehensive report of campus safety which includes the last three years of statistics, a list of all reported crimes on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned/controlled by Cedar Crest College, and crimes that occurred on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also provides information about institutional policies concerning campus security. All information in the annual security report has been prepared in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.
The primary function of the Cedar Crest College Campus Police is to provide for the safety and welfare of all members of the College community. The Campus Police force currently consists of 13 full- and part-time officers. Officers are trained and certified in Act 235 (Lethal Weapons Training Act). Officers are qualified to use and to carry firearms and other defensive tools. Officers are also trained in CPR, First Aid, the use of emergency oxygen and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Additional courses in police related topics such as procedure, crime prevention, criminal investigation, and narcotics are provided whenever possible.
Campus Police is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to 13 officers, three staff members are utilized for dispatch duty and act as the main switchboard operators for the College. In the event of an emergency, members of the College community can contact the Campus Police by pressing “0” on any campus telephone or by calling 610-437-4471 from any off-campus telephone. There are also 15 emergency two-way communication call boxes placed throughout the campus. When an emergency call box is activated, the blue light flashes which helps to identify the location of a call for assistance.
Patrols are maintained with two readily identifiable Ford Escape SUVs. The patrol vehicles contain basic medical and first-aid equipment, fire extinguishers, and traffic cones. The College uses a marked all-terrain vehicle for patrol in areas not easily accessible with a full-size street vehicle. Bicycle patrols with officers in distinctive uniforms also patrol campus. These environmentally friendly patrols provide visibility and community oriented policing throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons.
Foot patrol is encouraged on campus and inside buildings. Officers on foot are more visible which results in one-on-one contact and encourages a working rapport with the College community. Buildings and grounds are patrolled to determine the presence of unauthorized persons, observe any safety violations and the general condition of the College facilities. Roadways and parking areas are patrolled to ensure compliance with the College Traffic and Parking Regulations. Buildings are locked and unlocked according to College schedules. Violations of College regulations, as well as the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, are dealt with in accordance with College policies, as well as local, state and federal statutes.
"e2Campus" Mass Notification
In the event of an emergency, the College uses the “e2Campus” mass notification system. When necessary, the College will send notifications to all registered mobile phones, to the College’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, and email addresses. "e2Campus" is also used to notify the campus community in the event of delays or closure of the College due to severe weather conditions. All members of the Cedar Crest community are encouraged to keep their information current for this program. Students are automatically enrolled, while Faculty and Staff have the option to do so.