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Safety on Campus

Your safety and well-being is our number one priority.

Campus Safety

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Safety Force

Our campus is patrolled 24/7 by a highly-trained Safety Force. While 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.

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Campus Surveillance & Call Boxes

Our campus is home to a closed-circuit surveillance camera system monitored by safety officers. There are also 71 blue emergency call boxes across campus for alerting officers.

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Campus Shuttles

Our campus shuttles will transport you daily to stops on campus and off. Individual escort service is also available, as is emergency transportation to nearby medical facilities if needed.

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Safe Space Ally Program

Our Safe Space Ally program offers numerous safe places on campus for you to come if you're experiencing any difficulties concerning bullying or harassment, the coming out process, gender identity, or related issues. These are judgment-free zones where trained allies will listen, assist you in working through an issue, and offer additional resources as needed. More than 150 faculty and staff members have been recognized as safe space allies. Faculty in our well-regarded human sexuality studies  program help facilitate.

Campus Safety Duties & Policies

Our Campus Safety Officers:

  • Monitor and respond to criminal activity
  • Monitor residence hall security
  • Activate crisis management and provide timely warnings
  • Direct emergency response and evacuation procedures
  • Supervise fire safety

The unapproved possession or use of ammunition, chemicals, flammable liquids, items that constitute a fire hazard, fireworks, offensive weapons, or explosives of any kind are strictly forbidden on campus. Offensive weapons include, without limitation, firearms of any kind, guns, pellet guns, B.B. guns, paintball guns, dart guns, bows and arrows, pepper spray and mace, any instrument that can hurl a projectile, brass knuckles, knives, hunting knives, and any other cutting instruments as determined within the sole discretion of the university, except those whose purpose is related to the preparation or consumption of food, as well as ammunition that can cause bodily harm. In addition, items that are not generally considered to be a weapon but could be used or viewed as a weapon are prohibited. Such items will be confiscated immediately.

Students violating these guidelines will be severely sanctioned up to and including expulsion. The university will report such violations to civil authorities if warranted.

Any of the above mentioned implements that are needed for a student’s activities or involvement on or off campus must be registered with the Office of Campus Safety and the Student Affairs Office; control and storage of these items shall be at the discretion of the Director of Campus Safety.

The university may permit exceptions to this procedure regarding items for the ROTC detachment, in which case control of these items shall be coordinated between the Director of Campus Safety and the military science professor. All such weapons must be placed in the secured arms area on campus.

The Widener Emergency Preparedness Plan is the primary source for guiding university administrators in preparing for and when confronting emergency situations. Current emergency procedures shall continue to remain in place as long as they do not conflict with the basic procedures and policies contained on this site.

Emergency On A Widener Campus

  • Main Campus: Call Campus Safety at 610-499-4200.
  • Delaware Campus: Call Campus Safety at 302-477-2200.
  • Harrisburg Campus: Call 9-911 and Campus Safety at 717-541-3948.

Regional and National Emergencies

In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will provide a coordinated, comprehensive federal response and mount a swift and effective recovery effort.

To protect yourself and others during a large-scale emergency, you should:

  • Keep your keys with you at all times; report lost keys to building manager/department head.
  • Protect access codes, combinations, and cards, change codes regularly; report compromised codes to the person in charge.
  • Familiarize yourself with building exits and emergency exit routes.
  • Report suspicious tampering with physical security (doors, locks, etc.).
  • Talk with co-workers; know what is out-of-place (unclaimed or unfamiliar items, etc.).
  • Account for and secure all sensitive material/information when you are not able to attend to it.
  • Account for and secure sensitive deliveries in a timely manner.

During a heightened state of security alert, report any of the following to Campus Safety:

  • People in buildings or areas who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business.
  • People monitoring areas, buildings, or entrances.
  • Unauthorized people in restricted, sensitive, or private areas.
  • People requesting information with no apparent need for that information.
  • People wearing clothing not consistent with the weather conditions at mass population events (bulky coat in warm weather etc.).
  • Abandoned parcels or other items in unusual locations or high traffic areas.
  • Individuals attempting to access utility locations (water, electrical, petroleum, telecommunications, information systems).
  • Multiple persons who appear to be working in unison, committing the above.
  • Propped open building/residence hall entrance doors/windows.

Also be aware of:

  • Abandoned vehicles.
  • Vehicles parked near buildings or public and common areas for an extended period of time.
  • Unexpected/unfamiliar delivery trucks.
  • Unfamiliar vehicles parked for long periods of time.
  • Vehicles containing unusual/suspicious parcels or material.
  • Vehicles arriving and being left behind at unusual hours.

Local and Regional Contacts:

  • Homeland Security
    PA 717-651-2715
    DE 302-744-4101
    DE 302-659-3362 DEMA
  • State Police
    PA 484-840-1000 Chester
    PA 717-671-7500 Harrisburg
    DE 302-761-6677
  • Water Company
    PA 610-876-8181 Chester
    PA 717-238-8725 Harrisburg
    DE 302-366-7055
  • Electric/Gas Company
    PA 800-841-4141 Chester
    PA 800-841-4141 Harrisburg
    DE 302-366-7050
  • Mayor's Office
    PA 610-477-7723 Chester
    PA 717-255-3040 Harrisburg
    DE 302-571-4100 Wilmington

Hazing is a serious cultural and public health problem that causes physical and mental harm to students nationwide. In continued support of hazing prevention and awareness, Widener University continues to prohibit all acts of hazing and adheres to the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, which defines hazing to include Hazing, Aggravated Hazing, and Organizational Hazing.

The Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law (18 PA C.S. § 2801, et seq.), known as Act 80 of 2018 or Senate Bill 1090, was signed into law on October 19, 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf and amends Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to provide far reaching prevention, enforcement, and transparency strategies around hazing prevention. The bill increases penalties for all of those involved in hazing and requires schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing and inform students and parents of what is happening on campus.

The Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law (18 PA C.S. § 2802, et seq.) requires the following provisions:

  • Adopt a written policy against hazing and rules prohibiting students or others associated with a sanctioned organization from engaging in hazing.
  • Provide a copy of the policy, including the rules, to all organizations within the institution or secondary school, and post them to their publicly accessible website.
  • Have a program for enforcing the policy and penalties for violations of the policy such as invoking fines; withholding diplomas or transcripts; revoking recognition of the organization; imposing probation, suspension, dismissal or expulsion.
  • Maintain a report of all violations of the institution’s antihazing policy or applicable laws related to hazing.
  • Establishes safe-harbor criteria that will protect someone from prosecution for involvement in a hazing incident if they are seeking assistance for someone in need of help.

ANTIHAZING POLICY

Widener University’s updated hazing policy is located in the Widener University Student Handbook.

REPORTING VIOLATIONS OF THE ANTIHAZING POLICY

Any violation of this Policy shall be deemed a violation of the Widener University Student Code of Conduct and may also constitute a violation of the Widener University Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy. Widener University encourages all members of the campus community who believe that they have witnessed, experienced, or are aware of conduct that constitutes Hazing, Aggravated Hazing, or Organizational Hazing in violation of this Policy to report the violation to the Office of Student Conduct. Incidents can be reported in person or by dialing 610-499-4391 for the Office of Student Conduct. In an emergency, dial (610) 499-4200 to reach the Department of Campus Safety or dial 911. Incidents of hazing can also be reported online by using the online Hazing Incident Report Form. All reports of hazing will be investigated promptly and shared with the appropriate University Departments.

Report an Incident

ACT 80 OF 2018 INSTITUTIONAL REPORTING

The Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law (18 PA C.S. § 2808) requires an institution to disclose and maintain a report of all violations of the institution’s antihazing policy or applicable laws starting in August 2013. The report shall be updated biannually on January 1 and August 1 of each calendar year. Widener University will retain and post all reports for five years. The initial report and subsequent reports are provided below.

ACT 80 OF 2018 REPORT – Initial Report (8/1/13 – 1/1/19)
ACT 80 OF 2018 REPORT – Report (1/1/19 – 8/1/19)

Campus Safety on the Law School Campuses

Widener Delaware Law School
Wilmington, Del.
302-477-2200

Widener Commonwealth Law School
Harrisburg, Pa.
717-541-3948

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