About the Office of Public Safety
The College complies with all federal, state and township laws regulating the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, and weapons. Also prohibited are the possession, distribution, sale or use of narcotics, hallucinogens, and dangerous drugs, and the possession of paraphernalia related to the use of alcohol or illegal drugs.
The Lebanon Valley College office of Public safety staff includes a director, 2 supervisors, 5 full-time officers, and several part-time officers. The staff works twenty-four hours a day 365 days per year. None of the officers have arrest authority in this capacity; however several members have experience from different law enforcement careers. Officers do not carry firearms but have radios capable of interconnecting with the telephone system and Lebanon County Emergency Dispatch and the Annville Township Police Department.
College policy prohibits any member of the campus community, including public safety personnel, from using or carrying firearms, explosives (including firecrackers) or other dangerous articles or substances on campus property.
Routine reference checks are made on all candidates for employment. More extensive investigation is made for positions involving security and financial trust. The College does not knowingly employ individuals who have been involved in serious criminal offenses. Criminal conduct by either students or employees is grounds for disciplinary action and/or dismissal.
Though there is no memorandum of understanding, the Office of Public Safety cooperates with federal, state, county, and local police authorities. Officers meet on a routine basis with the Annville Township Police Department to discuss campus incidents and share information.
If assistance is needed with a major campus incident, the Annville Township Police and/or the Lebanon County Detective Bureau are asked to assist. All crime statistics are reported as required by law.
The campus community is encouraged to report any crime or safety and security concern to the Office of Public Safety, 148 North College Avenue, Annville, Pennsylvania 17003 (717) 867-6111 (on-campus Ext. 6111).
All emergencies are immediately communicated to the college community through the appropriate college officers. Additional information is made available through resident assistants in the residence halls, e-mail, the campus newspaper, memoranda and posted notices.
Access to Campus Facilities
Most campus buildings and facilities are accessible to the campus community and to escorted guests and visitors during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, and for limited designated hours on Saturdays and Sundays during the academic year (this excludes most holidays).
Facilities Services personnel are available during normal business hours and are on-call 24 hours a day (after 4 p.m. call the Office of Public Safety at Ext. 6111) to respond to emergency maintenance calls. They are responsible for inspections of campus facilities and for repairs. Public Safety personnel assists the maintenance department by reporting potential problems such as broken doors, locks, and lights. Campus landscaping and outdoor lighting are regularly evaluated for safety and security.
Fire and Safety Procedures
Fire and safety procedures are explained and reviewed with students at the beginning of each academic year.
All campus buildings are locked and unlocked on a scheduled basis. Keys are issued only to those individuals authorized to enter a building. Residence hall windows are equipped with standard locking devices and all student rooms have approved locks.
Emergency Telephone Blue Lights
Emergency telephone blue lights have been strategically placed on campus for your safety and convenience. Some of the telephones have blue lights mounted for easy identification. By pushing the red button, these phones will function as a normal campus extension. The telephone connects you with a campus public safety officer or dispatcher. Even if you cannot speak into the phone, a campus public safety officer will be dispatched to your location.
Use these phones for security assistance, medical assistance, fire alert, emergency information, and the reporting of crimes or suspicious persons.
On-campus housing includes single, double and triple rooms. The College does not control any housing spaces beyond the campus boundaries.
During the school year, there are approximately 48 resident assistants and professional residential life staff who administer the policies of the College and oversee the day-to-day operation of the residence halls.
The professional residential life staff works closely with student resident assistants. All resident assistants are required to participate in workshops that include housing, security and enforcement procedures. The resident assistants, in turn, inform students about these procedures. The Residential Life Guidelines, found in the Student Life Handbook and Academic Planner, emphasize the role of individual responsibility for living on the LVC campus. A copy of the Residential Life Policies may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs.
During holidays and vacation periods entry door locks may be replaced and new keys issued. During regular sessions, public safety personnel checks entry doors at regular intervals, including periods of no occupancy or low occupancy.
Residents are instructed to carry their keys and to keep the residence halls locked at all times. Locking your dorm room every time you leave your room (no matter how briefly) can prevent thefts from occurring.
Public Safety officers do random foot patrols of residence halls on campus.
Lost and Found
The Office of Public Safety administers a lost and found program. Articles found on campus should be turned in to the office where they will be recorded and secured. Individuals who have lost an article should check with the office to see if the property has been recovered.
The Pennsylvania Worker and Community Right to Know Act became fully implemented on August 2, 1988. This legislation is intended to ensure that employees receive information about chemical hazards in the workplace and that the health and safety of workers are protected by greater awareness of the hazards of exposure and the proper and safe handling procedures.
The Right to Know Act requires the employer to:
- provide notice to workers of their rights under the law
- provide regular training and information regarding hazardous substances
- maintain a list of hazardous substances found in the workplace
- maintain proper labeling on containers of hazardous substances, mixtures, and chemicals.
Students and employees may request information regarding hazardous materials to which they may be exposed. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS forms) are maintained in the Office of Public Safety, Facilities Services, and Garber Science Center.
Campus Escort Service is available for personal safety reasons or concerns. Please contact the Public Safety Office at x6111 or use the Campus Emergency Blue Light telephones. If you desire a pre-arranged escort on campus, please contact the Public Safety Office to schedule a time.
Camera Surveillance Recorded Area
The Freshman Parking Lot and Walkway, northeast area of campus are equipped with camera surveillance. Cameras are not monitored under normal operating conditions but may be monitored periodically for legitimate safety and security purposes. Additional camera surveillance includes Red Lots A & B parking and in the Lebegern Learning Commons.
Information regarding convicted and registered sex offenders may be obtained in the Public Safety Office on campus, (campus phone extension 6111, off-campus 867-6111) or in the Annville Township Police Department (867-2711) or Pennsylvania State Police web site (psp.state.pa.us) or 1-866-771-3170.
Skateboarding/Rollerblading and like devices
Lebanon Valley College has an obligation to provide a safe environment and protect the college property. For the safety of all members of the College, the use of skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades and human-powered cycles (bicycles, unicycles, etc.) is prohibited within all buildings upon the campus. The use of these devices is permitted on walkways and paths as long as the right of way is granted to pedestrians. Riding such devices on walls, benches and the like is prohibited.
Due to safety concerns regarding fire safety and operator safety, hoverboards are not permitted anywhere on the Lebanon Valley College campus. The term "hoverboards" includes but is not limited to self-balancing scooters, battery or gas-operated scooters, hands-free Segways & electric powered skateboards. Service-related devices such as mobile scooters are permitted.