JWU Denver Campus Safety & Security FAQs
Q. How safe is the JWU Denver Campus?
A. JWU Denver has received strong feedback from student life surveys over the last six years indicating that students feel very safe on campus. The university has also conducted annual program reviews specifically of the Campus Safety & Security department, and it has consistently scored high marks, to the end that it has reached a state of readiness by Department of Education and international accreditation standards.
The JWU Denver campus incorporates a combination of trained security staff with other physical and electronic security measures. These measures include a network based access control and badging system. All university doors (with the exception of the Welcome Center) are locked at all times; students and employees must have their ID to gain access, and all visitors must be vetted by Campus Safety & Security or accompanied/sponsored by someone with an ID.
JWU Denver students and employees have a reputation for taking ownership in the overall security of our campus. We are proud that our students participate in security related programming and emergency drills; that they take our code of conduct and other university policies and regulations seriously, and that they feel confident to report concerns, even when based solely on their suspicion.
Q. What are the neighborhoods around campus like? Is my student safe to walk by themselves?
A. JWU Denver is located very close to the center of the city of Denver. Like any other urban university campus, we deal with many of the same problems in our surrounding neighborhoods. The university encourages its Denver students to use the buddy system when transiting through the areas close to campus, especially after dark.
Denver crime statistics can be viewed online by visiting: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/police-department.html
Q. Who are the first responders on campus?
A. Johnson & Wales employs proprietary security professionals that make up its Campus Safety & Security staff. The department administrators are military and law enforcement veterans, and the entire staff of CSS officers are trained to provide the highest level of security. Our officers have received advanced and up to date training in criminal investigations, emergency response, crime prevention, threat assessments, and crisis intervention/de-escalation.
The Campus Safety & Security program operates similarly to a police department, but they are not police officers. They respond to all calls for service, whether the call is a routine request or an emergency. They investigate incidents and document them in incident reports. They conduct
preventative patrols of the campus, on foot, on bicycle, and in a vehicle. There are always at least two Campus Safety & Security officers on campus, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The foundation of our successful security program is the relationship between the campus community and the officers who protect them.
Q. Where can my student find safety and security resources to help them feel safe on campus?
A. Our Campus Safety & Security office is easy to find and is staffed 24 hours a day. It is located in our main classroom building, the Academic Center, on the ground floor of the main classroom hallway. Students can come to request resources or ask for information. They receive their university ID there. And they often simply stop by to say hello. Come in or call 303-256-9500.
Students can find online safety and security resources by visiting the main Campus Safety & Security page at https://safety.jwu.edu/denver/.
Q. What happens if my student is injured or becomes ill?
A. Campus Safety & Security are trained medical first responders as well. We encourage community members to call 911 in any emergency, but to also call Campus Safety & Security. They can respond very quickly, triage the situation, and get advanced medical attention to the exact location should a student need it.
It is not uncommon for students to suffer minor injuries and illnesses while living on campus. Once Campus Safety & Security has an opportunity to respond, they can escort students to the Health & Counseling center to receive additional treatment and services.
Q. Are my student’s belongings safe on campus?
A. Theft of property is not completely uncommon. We encourage students to lock away their valuables in a secure location of their room. We ask them to lock their rooms behind them; to never prop open doors and make sure they always carry their keys and ID with them so they can get back in. We also recommend students keep their vehicles locked, and any valuable items they may keep in their cars hidden out of sight, even while parked on campus underneath the lights and cameras. Finally, bicycle theft is a significant problem in the Denver area. Campus Safety & Security recommends the use of U Locks to lock bicycles to designated bike racks.
Of the several crime prevention programs Campus Safety & Security offers, PROJECT I.D. is one that helps the students to keep track of their most precious items such as computers and devices, bicycles, and anything else with a serial number they can record. Stop by Campus Safety & Security to obtain more details.
Q. What kinds of educational programs are available to help teach my student how to stay safe?
A. Campus Safety & Security offers crime prevention and awareness programs to its students to include PROJECT I.D., Safewalk escorts, self-defense courses, and Silent Witness discrete reporting. CSS also coordinates with other departments to deliver awareness and prevention programs specific to sexual assault, alcohol and drug abuse, bystander intervention, bullying and harassment, mental health concerns and suicide prevention, information and online safety, and many others.
The university endorses and/or implements safety, health, and awareness initiatives such as Green DOT, Alcohol EDU, Haven, and Student Health 101 Magazine.
Q. How can my student contact Campus Safety & Security to make a report?
A. Students can come directly to the Campus Safety & Security office located at the Academic Center, or they can call 303-256-9500.
Students can also flag down officers as they see them on patrol.
Q. Can my student make reports anonymously?
A. The university utilizes a discrete method of reporting concerns, problems, and criminal activity. It is an online submission portal called Silent Witness, which utilizes an editable, template form, that students can fill out (anonymously or not) and submit using a general university e-mail inbox.
The Silent Witness reporting system can be found online at https://safety.jwu.edu/denver/
Q. Are there other groups or officials my student can report concerns or threats to?
A. Students are encouraged to report concerns or problems to Campus Safety & Security. However, they may feel that speaking to other university officials may be more appropriate depending on the circumstances. Students can report their concerns to resident advisors, orientation leaders, Student Affairs officials, athletic coaches, faculty or professional advisors to student groups, Title IX coordinators, local law enforcement or victim advocacy professionals, CARE Team members, and professional members of Health & Counseling Services.
Students should call 911 and Campus Safety & Security to report all emergencies.
Q. What does the CARE Team do for the campus?
A. The CARE team is the university’s behavioral intervention body. Any concerns about student behavior that may indicate a harm to themselves or others, should be reported to this body. While Campus Safety & Security is the main repository for these kinds of reports, students can contact any university employee to report student behavioral concerns. They are ultimately sent to the CARE team to determine and coordinate proper early intervention actions, care plans, or other outreach and assistance strategies.
Q. What is the working relationship like between Campus Safety & Security and the Denver Police or other emergency services?
A. Campus Safety & Security works closely with the Denver Police Department, the Denver Fire Department, Denver Paramedics, the FBI, and other emergency response agencies within the state. They rely on those agencies to respond to our campus for emergency situations, but outside agencies also will coordinate their response with Campus Safety & Security’s. They have conducted training programs and emergency exercises together, and the 24-hour on-campus dispatch center has the ability to communicate directly with the Denver Police by radio.
Q. What electronic security systems are in use at JWU Denver?
A. Johnson & Wales University utilizes electronic security systems to include network based access control at all buildings, intrusion and panic alarms, CCTV security cameras, and blue light emergency phones.
Q. What is the Clery Act?
A. The Clery Act, began as an amendment to the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. Essentially, it requires all postsecondary institutions who participate in federal financial assistance programs to disclose and publish campus crime statistics and security information to the public. It also mandates certain minimum requirements for colleges and universities specific to security programs and components. The specific 1998 amendment was renamed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, in memory of a college student who was slain in her dormitory room in 1986.