Security Services Policies

Prevent and Report Crime | To Report a Crime | Building Safety | Building Access | Solicitors | Firearms, Munitions, Explosives

Prevent and Report Crime

The key to a safe university begins with everyone educating themselves, taking precautions, and becoming aware of prevention methods. At George Fox, Security Services, staff, faculty, and students continue to work together and take responsibility for their own safety and are ready to assist others in time of need. This strategy is effective and it works.

Most incidents on campus can be avoided if we recognize we are potential victims and take basic precautions such as walking in pairs when out at night or high-risk periods, locking offices and car doors, and not leaving personal valuables unattended. Security Services is always available to meet with individuals, groups, clubs, etc., to discuss safety, crime-prevention methods and related issues.

George Fox encourages the reporting of all crimes you witness or have information about, even minor crimes, incidents, and/or suspicious activity. It is your observation and willingness to help that make a difference. Security Services views a false alarm much more valuable than missing a real crime because someone didn't think it was important to report. WE NEED YOUR HELP. If we don't know or aren't informed about crime, we can't inform the university community and shift our resources and/or patrols to high-risk areas.

Please Report All Crimes

There is no charge to dial 911

Report Suspicious Activities

24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling ext. 2090

To Report a Crime

To report a crime or an emergency, members of the campus community should call the Newberg Police Department at 911. When 911 is dialed on campus, FROM A CAMPUS PHONE, Security Services is simultaneously signaled and will confirm the emergency by return call. IF 911 IS CALLED FROM A CELL PHONE, SECURITY SERVICES MUST BE CALLED AS THE CALL DOES NOT SIMULTANEOUS SIGNAL SECURITY SERVICES.

Phones -- In the event you do not have immediate access to an office phone, several phones are located around campus. There are phones located in the lobbies of the residence halls.

Emergency Phones -- These phones are call boxes and are located in the Le Shana, Lewis Apartments, VAC, and Ross-Bauman parking lots, as well as in the South Canyon by the Pavilion.

Pay Phones -- There are pay phones outside of Bauman & Heacock Commons.

Report the following activities:

  • A scream or call for help
  • The sound of a whistle or loud horn
  • Someone you don't know or recognize entering your neighbor's room or home, or an office or lab with no apparent business or transaction, or someone loitering in a parking area or at a bike rack near your home, dorm, or work
Remember, Security Services cannot be everywhere at once and they depend on individuals in the community to assist in crime prevention by reporting suspicious activities.

How to describe a Suspect and Automobile

Try to note the following characteristics of suspicious persons and automobiles and report these to Security Services:

Person: sex * race * age * height * weight * teeth * hair * eye color * hat * glasses * complexion * shirt * mustache/beard * sideburns * speech * style * gait or limp * tattoos * scars * amputations * necklaces * earrings * bracelets.

Automobile: make * plate * color * year * license * plate number * identifying marks or scratches.

Building Safety

Unauthorized entry to, or use of, the university facilities, including buildings and grounds, is prohibited. Each building on campus property has a designated building monitor. Use of any building and/or access for special use during non-business hours requires the building monitor's approval. Both Event Services and Security Services have a list of current building monitors.

Building Access

All students living in university-owned housing are issued keys to their specific residences. This allows students easy access to their residence while maintaining building security.

Residence halls and student housing are not open to the public. Access to housing can be obtained only through the presence of a sponsoring resident. Residence halls are locked at all times. Security Services routinely checks all residence hall entry doors to make sure they are locked. Students living in campus-owned apartments or houses are responsible for securing their own residences. DO NOT PROP OR BLOCK DOORS OPEN.

Access to academic buildings and classrooms is made possible only by authorized personnel or the building monitors for after-hours access.

Keys

Members of the university community are issued, through Plant Services, keys to help access their place of business on campus. If an issued key is lost, misplaced, or stolen, you are required to report it to Security Services (ext. 2090) and Plant Services (ext. 2010) immediately. This is for everyone's safety. University keys may not be duplicated, transferred, or loaned to others and should be regarded as the highest level of university-wide security. Report all key issues immediately.

Solicitors

Report solicitors in the residence halls to Security Services (ext. 2090). Although student groups are permitted to go door-to-door in the residence halls, solicitation is not allowed by people not associated with George Fox. If a solicitor or any suspicious-looking person approaches you in the halls, jot down a description and call ext. 2090 immediately. Do not confront the person.

Skates, Blades, and Boards

George Fox University does not allow "skateboarding" on campus. You will be asked to carry your skates or board while you are on the campus.

Timely Warnings

Current information pertaining to security issues will be posted in E-nnouncements. Students and staff need to subscribe to E-nnouncements and check their e-mail daily to be informed of campus happenings and news. These "Timely Notices" will pertain to suspected or continuing activity that is considered potentially harmful.

Firearms, Munitions, Explosives

Possession, use, or threatened use of firearms, fireworks, ammunition, explosives, chemicals, or any other objects as weapons on university property or at university-sponsored or supervised activities, except as expressly authorized by law or university regulation, are prohibited. Professional law enforcement officers are the only persons permitted to possess firearms while on campus. Concealed weapons are prohibited.

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