Working Together for Safety

A continuing partnership between the Department of Public Safety and everyone who lives, works and studies at Earlham is the key to a safe campus.

We encourage students, faculty and staff to be responsible for their own safety and the safety of others. Alertness, common sense precautions and concern for others are keys to preventing crime and helping us ensure the safety of our campus. Earlham's Department of Public Safety urges you to be aware of your environment and to maintain the highest possible level of safety within the Earlham Community.

Reporting Criminal Acts or Emergencies on Campus

Phone 911 for any emergencies needing an ambulance, fire or police departments, then phone 765-983-1400 to reach the Department of Public Safety.

At the first opportunity, phone or come to the Department of Public Safety to report a crime or suspicious incident. During the academic year, reports of crimes or requests for services may be made in person at the Department of Public Safety from 8:00 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week.

It is important that all reports be made with the Department of Public Safety first. This allows the department to conduct an initial investigation and contact the proper authorities if necessary.

Any emergency involving a threat to personal safety or property should be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety. The caller should stay on the line until the security dispatcher terminates the call - do not hang up. Each incident is documented by a written report. Follow-up counseling services will be arranged by Student Development as needed for the victim.

Crime Prevention and Community Education

New students are introduced to learning safe personal habits during New Student Week when the Director of Public Safety discusses safety issues. All new students receive brochures on personal safety, rape prevention and crime prevention. Although the possibility of crime exists, educational programs and precautionary measures can make a difference. Since rape crimes often go unreported, special New Student Week programs encourage first-year students to recognize "date rape" and overcome their fears of reporting such crimes.

Working with Residential Life, the Department of Public Safety sponsors annual educational sessions on topics including personal safety awareness and security, rape prevention, and the prevention of burglary and vandalism. Emphasis is placed on teaching students to be responsible for one another to ensure the safety of the Earlham community. The Director of Public Safety helps train residential staff on how to recognize crimes when they occur, informs them about drug use, and helps the residential staff develop a sense of social responsibility toward others in the campus community.

Crime and Safety Alerts

Crime or Safety Alerts are issued by the Department of Public Safety for potentially dangerous situations. Posted in prominent places on campus, these alerts may be emailed and/or placed in mailboxes of students and faculty.

The Department of Public Safety provides information on safety and security to students and employees through seminars, films, bulletins, crime alerts, posters, brochures and the weekly faculty/staff newsletter. In addition, the Director of Public Safety assists with a weekly column for The Word, Earlham's student newspaper. This column identifies the type, location and time of each incident reported to the Department of Public Safety as well as relevant crime prevention information.

Medical Emergencies

If you are on campus, dial extension 1400 to speak with an officer immediately.If you are off campus, dial 911 for immediate assistance.

Accurate information about the injured or ill person and the exact location must be given to the Department of Public Safety dispatcher for an appropriate emergency response. The College relies on Reid Hospital and Rural/Metro Ambulance for emergency medical first-aid treatment and transportation to the hospital.

Access to College Facilities

The general public is welcome to attend cultural and recreational events on campus, with their access limited to the particular event's facilities. Community Groups may be granted the use of College facilities upon application to the Conference Office. Such groups are subject to all College policies.

Campus Housing Safety Tips

Personal safety is everyone's responsibility. You must assume responsibility for your own personal safety and the security of your personal belongings by taking simple, common sense precautions. Many crimes occur simply because an opportunity permitted them to happen. If each student takes a few reasonable precautions to enhance personal safety, student-to-student crime will be greatly reduced.

Steps to Help Prevent Room Thefts

  1. Lock your residence hall room. Open doors are invitations. Most incidents of theft from residence halls occur when a room is unlocked. Keep your residence hall room locked at all times even if you will be out for just a minute. Lock your door even if you're only going to the bathroom or the room next door. Be sure to lock your door when leaving a roommate asleep inside.
  2. Put billfolds, purses, jewelry and other valuables in a safe place in your room. Leaving them out and unattended makes them an easy mark.
  3. Never loan out your room key or have your room key duplicated.
  4. Engrave all valuable items with your driver's license number and keep a record of all valuables with descriptions and serial numbers.
  5. Report to the area director all doors, locks and windows needing repair.
  6. Report all thefts to the Department of Public Safety immediately.

Access to Residence Halls

All residence halls have a card access system that helps increase the security for student residents. Students, teaching faculty and administrative faculty with encoded ID cards are afforded access to specific doors from 7:00 a.m. until midnight every day. From midnight until 7:00 a.m. only the ID cards issued to those students assigned as building residents permit access to that residence hall.

Doors not providing ID card access allow egress only. An alarm sounds if one of these doors is propped open. Residents are encouraged to help keep all doors closed.

Campus phones outside each residence hall provide access to residents or to the Department of Public Safety in case of an emergency.

Unknown Visitors in the Residence Hall

  1. Do not prop exterior residence hall doors.
  2. Make it a point to get to know the staff in your residence hall, especially your area director.
  3. Report any suspicious-looking individuals who you do not feel belong in your residence hall or any unusual incidents in and around the residence hall to the Department of Public Safety.
  4. Do not allow door-to-door sales people to enter your room. College policy prohibits anyone from soliciting on campus.
  5. Do not take in an overnight guest whom you do not know.
  6. Be careful what you write on your message board. Memo boards on your door are great for communicating with friends but you should avoid announcing where you will be or when you will return.
  7. Carry a whistle with you at all times; use it if you find yourself in trouble.
  8. Try to take showers only when there are other residents on your hall.
  9. If a stranger calling on the phone asks "Who is this?", do not give your name. Ask instead, "Who are you calling?" or "What number are you calling?" If you receive nuisance, obscene or prank phone calls, do not engage in conversation. Calmly hang up and immediately notify the Department of Public Safety.
  10. Attend Campus Security-sponsored programs on personal safety and property protection.The most important thing to remember about safety and security is to use common sense.
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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Richmond, Indiana
47374-4095
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