Public Safety Policies and Procedures

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Campus Police Authority and Jurisdiction

Campus Police Authority and Jurisdiction

The Office of Public Safety and University Police is here to help all members of the Lock Haven University community. The Lock Haven University Police Department, located in the Glennon Infirmary Building, serves as the administrative office responsible for law enforcement on the Lock Haven University Campus.

  • University Police Officers are on duty 24 hours a day each day of the year.
  • The administrative staff and the police officers are among the best in their field.
  • Our director and commissioned police officers are ready, willing and able to help make Lock Haven University a safe, secure learning environment.
  • Four dispatchers and a supervisor support them.
  • All of our courteous, helpful, and well-trained police officers have completed more than 750 hours of classroom and practical field training.
  • Their extensive training includes courses on criminal justice, investigation, accident reporting, first aid, and criminal law and procedure.
  • All officers have extensive, on going, police training.
  • University Police Officers have full police authority and powers of arrest on the campus and conduct foot and vehicle patrols on a twenty four-hour basis.
  • Lock Haven University Police Officers carry firearms along with other tools to perform their duties.
  • The primary jurisdiction consists of the grounds of the University, which are all lands and buildings owned, controlled, leased or managed. Jurisdiction also includes the roadways adjacent to these areas.
  • The University Police Department maintains excellent relationships with the City of Lock Haven Police as well with the Pennsylvania State Police and other area Law Enforcement agencies.
  • When necessary, physical evidence is processed by the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Laboratory or the FBI Laboratory Division.
  • Lock Haven University Police regularly use the National Crime Information Center to assist in the investigation of criminal offenses, giving them access to more than 20 million files.
  • Lock Haven University is a safe and secure place, but if and when the need arises, all of the techniques and practices of modern law enforcement are available to help our University Police Officers.
  • The Lock Haven University Public Safety Department's goal is to do what we can to make each student's journey to their educational goals be as safe and successful as possible. 
Reporting Crimes and Other Emergencies

Reporting Crimes and Other Emergencies

 The Lock Haven University Police Department encourages anyone who is a victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police. Because police crime reporting are public records under state law, the Lock Haven University Police cannot hold reports of a crime in confidence. Confidential reports for purposes of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can generally be made to other LHU campus security authorities, as identified below.

Interim Provost and Director of Clearfield Branch Campus: 570-484-2121 -Ulmer Hall 314
Vice President of Enrollment Services & Student Affairs: 570-484-2087 - Ulmer Hall 319
Dean for Student & Resident Life: 570-484-2319 - Ulmer Hall 219A
Chief Administration and Finance Officer/Title IX Coordinator: 570-484-2014 - East Campus J204
Associate Director of Human Resources for Compliance/Deputy Title IX Coordinator: 570-484-2153 - East Campus J100
Director, Center for Excellence & Inclusion: 570-484-2598 - Ulmer Hall 135
Assistant Director, Center for Excellence & Inclusion: 570-484-2305 - Ulmer 134
Assistant Director of Student Engagement: 570-484-2499 - Parson's Union Building
Student Health Service: 570-484-2276 - Glennon Infirmary
Director, Athletic: 570-484-2093 - Thomas Field House 213
Director, Student Activities: 570-484-2125 - Parson's Union Building
Athletic Team Coaches
Advisors to Student Organizations
H.O.P.E. Center Outreach Program: 570-484-2111 Ulmer Hall Suite 100
Dixon Center Senior Associate Vice Chancellor
   for Academic and Student Affairs 717-720-4207 Dixon Center
Director of Facility Operation & Maintenance 717-720-4087 Dixon Center
Director of Continuing Education & Conference Services 717-720-4091 Dixon Center
Conference Services Manager 717-720-4081 Dixon Center
Continuing Education Manager 717-720-4083 Dixon Center
Site Supervisor 717-577-4335 Dixon Center
PASSHE Director 267-386-3003 PASSHE
PASSHE AV & IT Tech 267-386-3005 PASSHE

You are strongly encourage to report a crime by contacting Lock Haven University Police at 570-484-2278 or by using the emergency phone located at Residence Halls, Parking lots and by some buildings.  Any suspicious activity or person seen in the parking lots or loitering around vehicles, inside buildings or around the Resident Halls should be reported to Lock Haven University Police.  If you are thinking about reporting suspicious behavior, please make the telephone call to Public Safety; you may hold the missing piece of information needed to solve a crime.  In addition you may report a crime to any Lock Haven University campus security authorities, as identified above.

 

Confidential Crime Reporting Procedures

Confidential Crime Reporting Procedures

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the University System or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Director of Public Safety can file a report of the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

Timely Warnings

Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Director of Public Safety, constitutes an on going or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued by the Public Safety Department through the college e-mail system to students, faculty, staff, notices will be placed on bulletin boards in resident halls, academic and administration buildings and published in the campus student newspaper, The Eagle Eye.

Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Department of Public Safety may also post a notice on the campus website on the Department of Public Safety webpage at LHU Public Safety ; providing the university community with more immediate notification. In such instances, a copy of the notice is posted in each residence hall,  Bentley Hall, and Parson's Union Building. The LHU website is immediately accessible via computer by all faculty, staff and students. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstance to the University police, by phone (570-484-2278) or in person at the dispatch center within Public Safety located in the Glennon Infirmary Building.

Lock Haven University will be notifying students and employees of emergency situations via the mass paging functions of our telecommunication system. Telephones and paging systems in all offices, classrooms and other academic spaces will simultaneously provide an audible notification of the emergency situation as well as any incident-specific instructions provided by the Public Safety staff. Such notifications can be tailored and directed to specific parts of the campus if the situation requires that level of granularity.

Monitoring and Recording Criminal Activity Off-Campus

Monitoring and Recording Criminal Activity Off-Campus

The University relies on its close working relationships with local law enforcement agencies to receive information about incidents involving students on campus. The Department of Public Safety will actively investigate any crime information it receives concerning or involving a member of the campus community. If the University is notified of a situation in which a campus community member is the victim of a crime, the Department may issue a Campus Safety Alert, detailing the incident and providing tips so that other community members may avoid similar incidents. The Department of Public Safety are notified of crime or other serious incidents occurring in the City of Lock Haven. We will forward for disciplinary action any information regarding student misconduct in the City of Lock Haven.

Crime Prevention Programs

Crime Prevention Programs

The Department of Public Safety offers a wide variety of crime prevention and safety awareness programs to the university community. The Department of Public Safety participates in student and parent orientation, new employee orientations, student organizations and community functions in which we explain available services and educational/training programs that is provided. The theme of most crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own safety and the security of others.

The Department of Public Safety in cooperation with other university organization and departments, present crime prevention awareness sessions and educational strategies and tips on sexual assault prevention, underage drinking and illegal drug use, theft prevention, identity theft, residence hall safety tips, vehicle safety tips, how to avoid becoming a crime victim, protecting your credit, reduce risk of book theft, prevent bicycle theft.

The Director of Public Safety also hosts open forums for students to bring items to the attention of The Public Safety Department as well as to answer questions to clear up current issues.

Reporting Annual Disclosure of Crimes

Reporting Annual Disclosure of Crimes

The University Police prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Act Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text for Main Campus can be found at http://www.lockhaven.edu/publicsafety/documents/2019ASR.pdf and Clearfield Campus can be found at http://www.lockhaven.edu/publicsafety/documents/clfd2019ASR.pdf.  This report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding our main and satellite campuses, Student Housing and Life, the Judicial Affairs Office, and the office of Student Affairs. Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act.

Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reports to LHU Police, designated campus officials (including but not limited to directors, deans, department heads, designated staff, judicial affairs, advisors to students/student organizations, athletic coaches), and local law enforcement agencies. Pennsylvania law requires prompt, mandatory reporting to local law enforcement agency by health care practitioners (such as Student Health Services) when they provide medical services to a person they know or reasonably suspects is suffering from wounds inflicted by a firearm or is a result of assaultive or abusive conduct. Department of Counseling and Psychological Service staff informs their clients of the procedures to report a crime to the University Police on a voluntary or confidential basis, should they feel it is in the best interest of the client. A procedure is in place to anonymously capture crime statistics disclosed confidentially during such session.

Each year, an email notification is made to all active students and employees (faculty, staff, coaches, managers, etc.) providing the URL address to access this report.  Hard copies of this report may also be requested by contacting the Department of Public Safety located at Glennon Infirmary Building or by call 570-484-2278.   Prospective employees and students are provided notification of the availability of the annual security report during the application process.

Access to University Facilities

Access to University Facilities

Most University buildings and facilities, other than student residence halls, are accessible to members of the university community, their guests and visitors during normal hours of business, and during designated hours on weekends and holidays, depending on the wide variety of events and activities taking place outside the normal business hours. Academic, administrative and recreational buildings are locked nightly at the conclusion of activities and classes. Unauthorized persons are not permitted in the buildings during these times. Individuals needing access after hours can request special access from the department. University Police maintain a list of individuals who receive permission to be admitted after hours. Proper identification must be presented to the University Police for admittance to closed buildings.

Organizations not affiliated with the University may request use of the facilities by contacting the Vice President for Finance, Administration and Technology office. Public Safety personnel (police/security officers) patrol the grounds and conduct security checks of all University buildings. In addition to checking the security of buildings, Public Safety Officers report physical safety and security hazards, including defective lighting to the Maintenance Department. Hazards that pose a significant risk to health and safety receive priority attention. The Safety Inspector also works closely with the Maintenance Department to identify and eliminate safety hazards in the buildings and on the grounds.

The Lock Haven University Public Safety Department has adopted a Community Oriented Policing approach in all campus buildings on all shifts to provide high officer visibility and access. These regular foot patrols and bicycle patrols act as a deterrent to criminal activity and enable students, staff, and visitors to get to know the officers.

Missing Person

Missing Person

The term “missing student” is defined as any Lock Haven University student residing in an on-campus student housing facility who is reported missing from his or her residence.  If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify Lock Haven University Public Safety at 570-484-2278 located at 32 Glenn Road Room 125 Glennon Infirmary Building.  The LHU Coudersport and Harrisburg campuses campus does not maintain on-campus housing facilities. 

Public Safety will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.  After investigating the missing student report, should LHUPD determine that the student is missing for 24 hours, the LHUPD will follow the procedure below:

When a residential student is reported missing, the Public Safety Department will:

  • Immediately notify all law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation, and the Dean of the Student and Residence Life (or designee).
  • Initiate an investigation to determine the validity of the missing person report.
  • Make a determination as to the status of the missing person report initiate proper protocols based upon that determinations the Dean of Student and Residence Life (or designee) will:
  • Notify the missing student’s emergency contact within 24 hours of a determination by Public Safety that the student is missing.
  • If the missing student is under the age of 18 (not emancipated), notify the student's custodial parent or guardian as contained in the records of the University within 24 hours of a determination by the Public Safety Department that the student is missing.
  • Initiate additional action as deemed appropriate under the circumstances.

In addition to registering a general emergency contact, student residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by Public Safety in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours.  If a student has identified such an individual, Public Safety will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.  A student’s confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement in the course of the investigation. 

How to Register a Missing Person Contact

Students are encouraged to identify a contact person as part of the questions in the Housing application. Both an emergency contact person and a missing person contact are required to be identified in order to complete the application to live on campus.  This application is located on myHaven, under the Housing & Dining Self Service tab.  Once submitted, the student’s emergency contact information is kept confidential and is accessible only by authorized and necessary campus officials who may provide it to the LHUPD in furtherance of a missing student investigation.

Access to Registered Sex Offender Database

Access to Registered Sex Offender Database

In accordance with the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Lock Haven University Public Safety Department is providing a link to the Pennsylvania State Police Sex Offender Database.  The Pennsylvania State Police is responsible for maintaining this registry.  To access the Pennsylvania State Police follow this link www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us.   National information about sexual offender registries may be obtained at www.sexualoffenders.com.

Zero Tolerance Policy for Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

Zero Tolerance Policy for Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

The University will not tolerate the use, possession, and/or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs to include medical marijuana. These activities present a danger to the University community and detract from the educational mission of the institution. Students may be denied admittance into University facilities if it is believed they are under the influence of, or in possession of, alcohol or illegal drugs. Negative behavior that results from the use of alcohol and/or other drugs will not be tolerated in the University community. All instances of drug and alcohol usage will be formally adjudicated by the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and, wherever possible, police authorities. LHU provides alcohol and substance abuse counseling on the campus for students, staff and the local community. In addition, the residence hall staff is trained to deal with alcohol and substance abuse situations.

Alcohol

Alcohol

Pennsylvania law states that no one under 21 years of age shall possess, sell, transport, or consume alcoholic beverages. Underage drinking violations are dealt with in accordance with Pennsylvania statutes.

The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the University residence halls or apartments is not permitted by any student or guest including those 21 and older. In addition, students are reminded that intoxication does not excuse offensive behavior and that disciplinary action will be taken against offenders.

Alcohol is not permitted on University property. Violation of this University policy can result in dismissal from the University. Students may be referred to local or state assistance agencies for counseling services for alcohol misuse.

Drugs

Drugs

Federal and state laws prohibit the use of illegal drugs. Students are expected to know about drugs and the law. If you are concerned about drugs or their usage, the Student Affairs staff would be glad to discuss the legal and psychological aspects of drug usage.

Possession, sale, use, transfer, purchase or delivery of illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia on campus is prohibited. This prohibition includes all forms of medical marijuana.  Violations of this University policy can result in dismissal from the University. Students may be referred to county and state assistance agencies for misuse of drugs.

As required by the Federal "Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988," P.L. 100-690, 120 STAT 4304 et seq, the Lock Haven University of the State System of Higher Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, hereby declares as its policy that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited at any work place under the authority of the Board of Governors. Any employee violating the policy will be referred to the Commonwealth's employee assistance program and/or disciplined, in an appropriate manner, up to and including termination. Discipline, when appropriate, shall be taken under relevant provisions of collective bargaining agreements, Civil Service Policy or the System's Merit Principle Policy.

It is a condition of employment to abide by the terms of this policy and to notify Lock Haven University of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the work place no later than five (5) days after such conviction.

Contact Us

Public Safety

Tim Stringer, Director
Glennon Building, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2278
Sherry Herritt, Secretary
Glennon Building, Lock Haven University
 (570) 484-2278
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