Campus Security Policies

Section VII: General Security Information

A. Campus Security at Franciscan University

Annual Security Report
The annual security report is made available here yearly. Students, staff, and faculty are notified via e-mail of the availability of the report. Prospective students may request a copy of the report from Admissions. Prospective employees may request a copy of the report from Human Resources.

This report is prepared by Campus Security in cooperation with the Student Life Office and local authorities. Crimes may be reported to Campus Security, any University official, or by submitting an incident report form to the Campus Security Office. These forms are located on the security page of the Web Site.

Security Brochure
Resident students receive a campus security brochure at the beginning of the fall semester in their student mail box. Off-campus students may obtain a copy of the brochure from the JCWC Information Desk, the Campus Security Office, or by downloading it here.

Timely Warning Policy
In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that in the judgment of the vice president of Student Life or designee constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning normally will be issued through the university e-mail system and as a voice message to all University VOIP phones using the Connect ED system. Students, staff, and faculty who register their cell phone number with Enrollment Services will also receive a text message via the Connect ED system. Anyone with information regarding an ongoing or continuing threat should report the circumstances to the dispatch center at 740-283-6911.

B. Security Policies

Access to Campus Buildings
Access to campus buildings is restricted to students, faculty, staff and their invited guests and those persons on official business. Other visitors should register with campus officials upon arrival.

Campus buildings have various hours of operation depending upon scheduled classes and activities within the building. Outside doors to campus buildings are locked each night once scheduled activity in the building has ended and they are opened again in the morning in time for the first activity.

Residence Halls are locked 24/7. Any non-resident (of that hall) must use the call-box to gain entrance to the building. Keys are issued only to authorized faculty, staff and students on an "as needed" basis.

All students, employees and visitors are prohibited from propping open doors to any building.

For your safety, stay off all bridges. It is extremely dangerous and is considered criminal tresspassing (fourth degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to $250 fine) to walk on the Veteran's Memorial Bridge or the railroad bridge south of the Veteran's Memorial Bridge. Students who walk on either of these bridges are in violation of University policy and may be subject to suspension from the University. Jumping from the bridges is not permitted. It is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and may result in suspension or dismissal from the University.

A portion of the University campus borders steep cliffs. This area runs from Trinity Hall and extends northwest to the end of the University’s grounds. This area is protected by fencing and caution signage. Under no circumstances should anyone venture beyond this fence.

Cooperation with Security Officials

Franciscan University of Steubenville staff, students and visitors are expected to cooperate with University and law enforcement officials in regard to security and safety issues.

Escort Service
Students may request a security guard to escort them from a campus parking lot or building to another parking lot or building. Students should contact the Security Office at 283-6333 to request a security escort

All members of the University community are required to present proper identification upon the request of University officials including uniformed security guards. This policy applies anytime an individual is present on University property or attending a University sponsored event.

Students are not permitted to have pets in the residence halls. Any pet brought to campus must be on a leash at all times. Pets are not permitted on the athletic fields. Stray animals should be reported to security immediately.

Walking Path
The walking path on the former golf course may only be used as posted: Daytime use only. Only walking or running on the path is permitted. No other use of the property is permitted including, but not limited to, camping, bonfires, ATVs, etc.

The possession of all firearms, pellet or BB guns, and knives having over three-inch blades is not permitted on campus. Any student found in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal and may be in violation of state and federal law.

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