Campus Safety

The responsibilities of the campus safety office at Widener include:

  • Monitoring criminal activity and maintaining a daily crime log.
  • Activating crisis management.
  • Providing timely warnings.
  • Directing emergency response and evacuation procedures.
  • Monitoring residence hall security.
  • Supervising fire safety.

Campus Safety, as required by U.S. federal law (commonly known as the Clery Act), is also responsible for compiling, reporting, and publishing crime statistics, arrests, and other disciplinary actions, in an Annual Security Report for all of Widener’s campuses and related areas.

Campus Safety on the Main Campus

Open 24 hours per day, seven days a week, on the ground level of Old Main on the Main (Chester) Campus, we provide:

  • Closed circuit surveillance cameras and 58 emergency call boxes across campus.
  • Escort service for individual protection.
  • Emergency transportation to nearby medical facilities.
  • Shuttle buses circulate around the main campus, four times per hour from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on weekdays and until 2:00 a.m. on weekends.

Our safety force is composed of a director, deputy director, assistant director, fire marshall, locksmith, secretary, and 59 full-time campus safety officers; 8 part-time officers expand the force during evening hours.

While the Main Campus is under the primary jurisdiction of the Chester Police Department, our safety officers are designated “special officers" with the power to detain and arrest on the immediate and adjacent vicinity of university property. Main Campus safety officers do not carry weapons.

Campus Safety on the Delaware Campus (School of Law)

Open 24 hours per day, seven days a week, in the lobby of the Concord residence hall on the Delaware Campus, campus safety officers respond to alarm violations as well as walk-ins.

In addition to the director and chief, 21 full-time safety officers, including on-duty shift supervisors, comprise the authorized force. While the Delaware Campus is under the jurisdiction of the Delaware State Police, our safety officers operate as proprietary agents, who do not have the power to arrest; they do not carry weapons.

Campus Safety on the Harrisburg Campus (School of Law)

Located in the lobby of the ground floor of the library, the Campus Safety Desk in Harrisburg provides safety services for the Harrisburg campus, responding to alarm violations as well as walk-in and telephone requests. All matters are investigated; victims of possible crimes are offered the opportunity to report the incident to the Susquehanna Township police, which has primary jurisdiction for the Harrisburg Campus.

Campus Safety on the Exton Campus (University College)

The Exton police provide the safety and security of the Exton campus.