Annual security report

Clery Act

A full printable version (PDF document) is accessible here: WSU Vancouver Annual Security Report 2011-2013 (PDF).

A hard copy printout of this report may also be requested by contacting the WSU Vancouver Dept. of Public Safety at wsuvcops@vancouver.wsu.edu or (360) 546-9001.

A Guide to Safety at Washington State University Vancouver

In 1998, the Federal Government passed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, formerly the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. This law requires universities and colleges receiving federal funding to disclose reported instances of criminal activities on campuses. In addition to the disclosure of campus crime statistics, the act requires timely warnings of criminal activity to the campus community, as well as the disclosure of various campus policies. For more information on this legislation, please visit the Jeanne Clery Web Site at http://www.securityoncampus.org/. The act is intended to provide students and their families, as higher education consumers, with accurate, complete, and timely information about safety on campus so that they can make informed decisions.

Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The Department of Public Safety prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies surrounding the WSU Vancouver campus and Student Affairs.

Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety, Campus Security Authority (WSU Officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities, such as the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, the Public Safety Department Head, and the Student Conduct Officer), and local law enforcement agencies. Counselors provided by WSU Vancouver to students inform their clients of the procedures to report crime to the University Police on a voluntary or confidential basis, should they feel it is in the best interest of their client.

Each year, a message notification (through zzusis) is made to all enrolled students and provides the web site to access this report. Faculty and staff receive similar notification through e-mail. Copies of the report may also be obtained at the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety located in the Administration Building (VADM 160) or by calling (360) 546-9001. All prospective employees may obtain a copy from Human Resources, located in the VADM (Administration) building or by calling (360) 546-9587.

Annual Fire Safety Report

WSU Vancouver does not currently maintain any on-campus student housing facilities and, as such, does not prepare an Annual Fire Safety Report.

Emergency Warning

Upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees occurring on the campus, Washington State University Vancouver will determine and employ communication methods appropriate to the situation to notify the affected university community immediately and without delay.  Confirmation of significant emergencies will require direct investigation by appropriate University personnel. Taking into account the safety of the community, Washington State University Vancouver will determine the content of the notification and initiate the appropriate elements of the emergency notification system unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

If the Officer in Charge of the WSU Vancouver Police Department or other campus law enforcement/public safety agent receives and confirms information that is determined to pose a serious or continuing threat to WSU Vancouver students and employees and the event occurred on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property owned by WSU Vancouver, or public property that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to campus, an Emergency Warning will be issued without delay. The Emergency Warning may be issued through the college e-mail system, mass notification system (Everbridge), and zzusis to students, faculty, staff, and local media resources, including the student newspaper (The VanCougar). The warning or announcement may also be issued through campus-wide electronic bulletin on the University home page at www.vancouver.wsu.edu, on the University Police web site at: www.vancouver.wsu.edu/police, and the WSU Vancouver Alerts web site at www.vancouver.wsu.edu/alerts, providing the university community with more immediate notification. In such instances, a copy of the notice may also be placed on bulletin boards around campus.

The WSU Vancouver Police Department will be primarily responsible for confirming a significant emergency or dangerous public safety situation on campus through victim, witness, or officer observations. Upon confirmation, WSU Vancouver Police at the Officer-in-Charge or above level have the primary responsibility to prepare and issue emergency notifications.

The decision to issue an emergency warning and initiate the notification system at WSU Vancouver shall be made on a case by case basis in compliance with the Campus Safety/Clery Act, taking into consideration all available facts surrounding the incident, including the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. The Officer in Charge of the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety or Public Safety designee will determine, based on the facts and the safety of the community, the appropriate segment or segments of the campus community to receive a notification and the content of that notification.

WSU Vancouver will test emergency response and evacuation procedures at least once a year. The procedure for WSU Vancouver’s emergency response and evacuation is publicized in conjunction with tests at least once a year. Tests may be announced or unannounced. Documentation for each test includes a description of the exercise, date and time of the exercise, and whether the test was announced or unannounced. Test documentation is maintained by the commander of the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety.

Anyone with information that might warrant an Emergency Notification Warning should report the circumstances to the Department of Public Safety by phone (360) 546-9001 or in person at the Public Safety office located in the northwest corner of the Administration Building (VADM 160).

Timely Warnings

Timely warnings are intended to communicate prevention strategies for students and employees when an incident has occurred or a pattern of risk is identified. It is not intended to be an emergency warning and will be issued in a timely manner. In serious situations, a timely warning may serve as a follow-up to an emergency notification. 

While the WSU VANCOUVER ALERTS web page is the most logical primary site for posting timely warnings, additional communication tools such as email, mass notification, VanCougar student newspaper, WSU Today announcements, and press releases may also be appropriate. WSU Vancouver Marketing and Communications will work with Police in crafting these warnings. 

Examples of issues requiring timely warnings could include:

  • Investigations of a series of car thefts in a certain area
  • Unsolved burglaries
  • A pattern of drug dealings or activities that puts students at risk
  • Prevention notices, etc.

Per the Clery Act, timely warnings must be issued for the following crimes, if (1) the crime is reported to campus security authorities, (2) the crime is determined to pose a serious or continuing threat to WSU students and employees, and (3) the crime occurred on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property owned by WSU, or on public property that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to campus: 

  • Sex offenses (includes forcible sex offenses and non-forcible sex offenses)
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arrests or referrals for disciplinary action for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and illegal weapons possession
  • Hate crimes, including the following listed below, if such crime manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, or disability:
    • Any crime listed above, as defined by the Clery Act,
    • Crimes of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction/ damage/ vandalism of property, or
    • Any other crime involving bodily injury.

A timely warning may be issued for any other crime or incident as deemed necessary or appropriate.

Authority and Jurisdiction of Public Safety Department

The Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety has the responsibility to enforce applicable city, county, state and federal criminal laws on the Vancouver branch campus. The Department's police officers also work closely with other local law enforcement agencies. They receive the same training as other law enforcement agencies and are invested with the same powers and authority as other police officers in the state of Washington, including the authority to make arrests. Persons arrested by officers have their cases adjudicated in local courts. The Department's Police Officers investigate all reports of criminal activity that occur within the jurisdiction of the WSU Vancouver campus property.

Department Police Officers are sworn peace officers of the state of Washington. Their authority is derived from state statutes RCW 28B.10.550-Authority and RCW 28B.10.555-Powers. Officers meet state-mandated requirements for selection and training, including completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy conducted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

The Department of Public Safety employs 3 full-time commissioned police officers and 1 full-time campus security officer, consisting of a Lieutenant, two officers, and a campus security officer. A staff of non-commissioned Community Service Officers (CSO's) assist the commissioned and security officers in their duties. CSO’s are part-time security personnel without arrest powers.

Access to Campus Facilities

Public access to Washington State University Vancouver facilities varies. Buildings are open to the public when academic classes are in session. After hours, buildings are secured by Public Safety and only persons assigned exterior door keys (or key card access) are allowed to enter or remain. Contact Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety at (360) 546-9001 for weekly access times. For directions to and a map of the campus, please visit our campus location page at: http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/community/campus-map-directions-and-parking-information

WSU Vancouver has no off-campus facilities and no resident facilities; therefore, no resident facilities are monitored. WSU Vancouver Facilities personnel conduct periodic checks of the grounds to ensure campus facilities are safely maintained. This includes campus lighting and walkway access.

Washington State University Vancouver takes the safety of students, staff, and community members on the campus seriously. All students, staff, and community members are encouraged to report any safety issues concerning Washington State University Vancouver's campus buildings or grounds. To do so, e-mail Plant Services at plant@vancouver.wsu.edu or call (360) 546-9000.

Building hours are posted at the main entrance of each building (current posted hours are listed below).
Public Safety reserves the right to modify building hours with regard to security concerns and campus needs.
Building hours differ during summer sessions.

Buildings remain locked during campus holidays and closures.

VLIB
Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

VMMC
Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday/Sunday: 12 PM - 5 PM

VDEN
Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
No Weekend Hours

VMCB
Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
No Weekend Hours

VFSC
Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
No Weekend Hours

VCLS
Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
No Weekend Hours

VSCI
Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 5:00PM

VECS
Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 5:00PM

VSSC
Mon-Th: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
No Weekend Hours

VUB
Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
No Weekend Hours

VCCW (Clark Center)
Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Facilities (In the Physical Plant building)
Mon-Fri: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
No Business Hours on Weekend

Parking Services (In the Physical Plant building)
Business Office/Parking Sales Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
No Business Hours on Weekend

Public Safety (In the Administration Building - VDEN 160)
Mon-Fri: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
On duty officers available after hours and weekends by pager (360) 690-1527

Unlawful Entry and Trespassing

Illegal or attempted illegal entry of University-owned, controlled property, or University-approved housing is prohibited. Violation of the University's rules for the use of its facilities in WAC 504-32 and WAC 504-34 is also prohibited. (WAC 504-25-065)

Rules and Policies Regarding Possession, Use, and Sale of Alcohol

The possession, sale or the furnishing of alcohol on the WSU Vancouver campus is governed by WSU Vancouver Alcohol Policy and Washington state law. Laws regarding the possession, sale, consumption or furnishing of alcohol is controlled by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). However, the enforcement of alcohol laws on-campus is the primary responsibility of the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety.

The WSU Vancouver campus has been designated “Drug free” and only under certain circumstances is the consumption of alcohol permitted. The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety. Violators are subject to University disciplinary action (WAC 504-25-050), criminal prosecution, fine, and imprisonment. It is unlawful to sell, furnish, or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession and/or consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 years is illegal.

It is also a violation of the WSU Vancouver Alcohol Policy for anyone to consume or possess alcohol in any public or private area of campus without prior University approval (WAC 504-25-050). Organizations or groups violating alcohol/substance policies or laws may be subject to sanctions by the University.
WAC 504-25-050

Washington State University imposes sanctions on students who violate its standards of conduct, including WAC 504-25-050 concerning alcohol:

Intoxicating beverages may not be used in lounges, recreation rooms, conference rooms, and public areas of residence halls and University-owned buildings. In addition, Washington State University will not approve permits for campus events involving alcohol for undergraduate students, regardless of their age.

Policy on Illegal Drugs

The WSU Vancouver campus has been designated “Drug free” and only under certain circumstances is the consumption of alcohol permitted. The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety. Violators are subject to University disciplinary action (WAC 504-25-055), criminal prosecution, fine and imprisonment.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information

Prevention Programs

The University has developed a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The program provides services related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals and college disciplinary actions.

  • Alcohol and Drug Education/Counseling Service Referrals
    • Student Services, Student Resource Center. WSU Employees-contact Human Resources.  
  • College Disciplinary Actions: Student Services, Student Affairs
  • Outside the University-Community Resources
    • Alanon
      (360) 693-5781
    • Alcoholics Anonymous
      (360) 694-3870
    • Chemical Addiction Rehabilitation Service - VA Medical Center
      (360) 690-1841
    • Community Drug & Alcohol Center
      (360) 696-1631
    • Families Anonymous
      (800) 736-9805
    • Recovery Northwest
      (360) 695-1297

Additional resources are available by contacting Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety at (360) 546-9001 or via e-mail at wsuvcops@vancouver.wsu.edu or by contacting the Associate Director or Director of Student Services at (360) 546-9571.

Local, State & Federal Legal Sanctions

  • Legal Sanctions-Laws Governing Alcohol
    The state of Washington sets 21 as the minimum age to purchase, possess, and consume any alcoholic beverage. Specific ordinances regarding violations of alcohol laws, including driving while intoxicated, are available from the office of Public Safety. Some crimes involving alcohol include the following:
  1. Person(s) under age 21 found possessing alcohol may be arrested or referred to the Prosecutor's Office for a “Minor in Possession” charge (gross misdemeanor).
  2. Person(s) furnishing liquor to minors may be arrested or referred to the Prosecutor's Office for a “Furnishing Liquor to Minors” charge (gross misdemeanor).
  3. Person(s) under 21 who purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol may be arrested or referred to the Prosecutor's Office for a “Minor Purchasing or Attempting to Purchase Liquor” charge (misdemeanor).

Off-Campus Criminal Student Conduct

At this time WSU Vancouver has no off-campus housing nor does it have fraternity or sorority organizations. WSU Vancouver police officers maintain a close working relationship with local law enforcement. University police officers will help local law enforcement with WSU Vancouver student issues when requested but University officers do not actively monitor off campus, non-University sponsored activities or individuals conduct.

Reporting of Criminal Offenses

To report a crime on campus contact University Police at (360) 546-9001 (non-emergencies), dial 9-1-1 (emergencies only), or use any of the Emergency Telephone Stanchions located near WSU Vancouver parking lots and pedestrian pathways. Emergency Telephone Stanchions are identified with a blue light mounted at the top. Any suspicious activity or person(s) seen in the parking lots or loitering around vehicles, inside buildings or around campus should be reported to the WSU Vancouver police department.

Voluntary Confidential Reporting

If you are the victim of a crime on campus and do not want to pursue action within the University System or the criminal justice system, you may still consider making a confidential report. With your permission, an officer with the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity to the public. 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 accurate records 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.

Firearms and Dangerous Weapons

Illegal possession, carrying, or discharge of any explosive, firearm, or other weapon (including shotguns, rifles, pistols, air guns, and pellet guns), is prohibited at Washington State University. No student may possess any firearm, explosive, dangerous chemical, or dangerous weapon while on the campus or in other University residence halls, apartments, and approved housing except in transit to approved storage (currently located in the WSU Vancouver Department of Parking Services in the Physical Plant building) or to leave campus.

Crime Prevention Awareness and Personal Safety Education

Every year, the Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety gives personal safety education at the new student orientation in the fall and spring semesters. The Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety has specific programs that its officers participate in on campus and in the community. Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety offers several safety programs and services to the Washington State University Vancouver and outlying community. Among these are the Campus Safety Escort Program and the Whistle Safety Program. Below is a partial list of the safety services and programs offered.

Safety Services and Programs

  • Campus Safety Escort Program
    Safety escorts are provided by Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety employees and can be requested by calling (360) 546-9001 or paging an officer at (360) 690-1527. Escorts are available weekdays until 11:30 p.m. and weekends until 7:00 p.m.
  • Whistle Safety Program
    Any community member can request a free flat whistle with an elastic key ring and arm band. The whistles are especially beneficial for persons who occasionally walk to their cars alone. If a whistle is heard, the person who hears it should call 911 and notify them of their location and where they heard the whistle. Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety will immediately respond.
  • Crime Prevention Handbooks
    The Public Safety Department offers a wide range of materials concerning public safety issues. Among them is the "Do It Yourself, Crime Prevention Handbook." This handbook includes safety checklists for the home, personal safety, child safety, and personal property. Booklets can be picked up in the Public Safety office located in the Administration building (VADM 160).
  • Property Engraving
    The Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety offers free property engraving. If a community member wishes to have their valuables (such as car stereo face plates) engraved, call the Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety office at (360) 546-9001 for an appointment.
  • Crime Prevention Awareness and Safety Presentations
    Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety sponsors and participates in panel discussions and safety lectures to interested academic classes, student organizations, and community members. Topics can include: personal safety, theft prevention, and child safety. Other topics can also be specifically requested. Please contact the Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety at (360) 546-9001 or via e-mail at wsuvcops@vancouver.wsu.edu to request a topic and schedule a class.
  • Self defense and sexual assault prevention classes - Two to three times a year, the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety sponsors self defense classes free of charge to the campus community. This class covers self defense and sexual assault prevention basics.

Missing Student Notification Policy

WSU Vancouver does not currently maintain on-student housing facilities and, therefore, is not required to have a missing student notification policy. If a WSU Vancouver student becomes missing, the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety will assist the investigating agency in any way possible. This includes posting notifications on the agency website as well as posting notifications physically on campus.

General Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency

Community members, students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the Department of Public Safety in a timely manner.

  • To report a crime or an emergency at the WSU Vancouver campus call 9-1-1.
  • To report a non-emergency security or public safety related matter, call Public Safety at (360) 546-9001.

In response to an emergency call or criminal incident, police officers from the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety or Clark County Sheriff’s Office will be dispatched, investigate crimes, and complete police reports if necessary.

Reports involving a student's criminal or Student Code of Conduct issues on campus will be forwarded to Student Services for potential Code of Conduct action.

Crimes should be reported to the Department of Public Safety to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community, when appropriate.

Policy Statement Addressing Counselor Confidentiality

As a result of the negotiated rulemaking process which followed the signing into law, the 1998 amendments to 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), clarification was given to those considered to be campus security authorities. Campus “Pastoral Counselors” and Campus “Professional Counselors”, when acting as such, are not considered to be a campus security authority and are not required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

Counselors are encouraged, if and when they deem appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the annual crime statistics.

The rulemaking committee defines counselors as:

  • Pastoral Counselor - An employee of an institution associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.
  • Professional Counselor - An employee of an institution whose official responsibilities include providing psychological counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification.

Security Awareness Programs

During orientation in August, students are informed of services offered by the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety. In addition, students are told about crime on-campus and in surrounding neighborhoods. Similar information is provided to new employees by Human Resources.

Crime prevention and Sexual Assault Prevention Programs (Self Defense courses, etc.) are offered on a continual basis. Periodically, and upon request, the University Police, in cooperation with other university organizations and departments, present crime prevention awareness sessions on sexual assault (rape, and acquaintance rape), Rohypnol abuse, theft, and vandalism, as well as educational sessions on personal safety.

A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others. In addition to seminars, information is disseminated to students and employees through crime prevention awareness pamphlets, security alert posters, displays and articles in the student newspaper.

When time is of the essence, information is released to the university community through emergency notifications, timely warnings, and security alerts posted prominently throughout campus and listed communications methods.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

The University educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through freshman orientation each fall. WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety offers sexual assault education and information programs to University students, staff, or faculty upon request. Literature on date rape, risk reduction, and University response is available through the Student Resource Center.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The University Police Department strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a university officer. Filing a report with a University officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgment opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:

  1. Ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim.
  2. Provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam).
  3. Assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.

The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the University Conduct Board, or only the latter. A University representative from the police department and the office of Student Services will guide the victim through available options, provide assistance with notifying law enforcement authorities if requested by the victim, and support the victim in his or her decision. Various counseling options are available through the Student Resource Center. Counseling and support services (24 hour) outside the University system can be obtained through YWCA at 1-800-695-0501 or (360) 696-0167.

University disciplinary proceedings, as well as special proceedings for cases involving sexual misconduct, are detailed in the Student Handbook. The Student Handbook provides information concerning Code of Conduct Violations. A student found guilty of violating the University sexual misconduct policy (or policies) could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the University for the first offense. Student victims have the option to change their academic situations after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available. During a disciplinary hearing, both the accused and the accuser are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present. In addition, both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the final determination/outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense.

Sex Offender Registration

In accordance to 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 WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety is providing a link to the Clark County (WA) Sex Offender Registry. This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In Washington state sex offenders who are enrolled in a public or private institution of higher education must also notify the local county sheriff immediately (RCW 9A.44.145).

Pursuant to the Community Protection Act of 1990, the Clark County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency for compiling and maintaining information on sex offenders residing in this county. Registry information provided under this section shall be used for the purposes of the administration of justice, screening of current or prospective employees and volunteers, or otherwise for the protection of the public in general and children in particular.
Using this public information to threaten, intimidate or harass sex/kidnap offenders will not be tolerated by the law enforcement agencies of Clark County. This abuse could potentially terminate our ability to release this important information to the public.

The Clark County (WA) Sheriff’s Office is responsible for maintaining this registry. Follow the link below to access the Clark County (WA) Sheriff's website: http://www.co.clark.wa.us/sheriff/community/offenders.html

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Washington State University continues to improve warning and notification of dangerous situations and significant emergencies involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on campus. WSU Vancouver employs both an Outdoor Warning System (OWS) and an Indoor Warning System (IWS). The OWS consists of siren capable public address (PA) units mounted on the exterior of campus buildings that provide warnings and voice announcements giving information on what stakeholders should do as an emergency situation develops. This system is primarily focused on those outdoors, moving about the campus. The IWS consists of speakers associated with campus building fire alarm speakers. Emergency announcements may be conducted using these speakers in all campus buildings. An addition to the IWS is the "Informacast" telephone anoouncing system. This application uses all campus telephones with speakers to make emergency announcements.

The second key addition to the Vancouver campus emergency warning and notification capability is the Emergency Notification System (ENS) that will connect directly to students, faculty, and staff via land line or cell phones, using voice and text messaging and e-mail to provide warning of the emergency and basic directions on what steps people should take in response. While institutional phones and e-mail are automatically included in the system, reception of emergency warnings and notifications on personal cell phones, personal land lines, and non-university e-mail will require registration. Registration can be easily accomplished on the zzusis portal site.

See sections of this report titled:

  • Emergency Warning
  • Timely Warnings

Crime Statistics

The Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety, in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act prepares and distributes statistics annually on all the reported occurrences of the offenses below. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act), 20 U.S.C. 1092(f), requires the annual publication of crime statistics for the previous three calendar years.

The crime statistics include reports of, arrests for, and disciplinary actions arising from selected crimes. Effective with the 1999 calendar year, the Clery Act requires an expanded reporting that includes crimes and arrests occurring in certain off-campus locations. This page is part of Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver’s annual report, which we encourage you to read in full. Other sections of the report include institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning crime prevention and the reporting of crimes, together with important information concerning WSU Vancouver's policies regarding alcohol and drug use, and Washington State University’s sexual assault prevention programs.

Collection of Statistics: The Office of Student Services and the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety coordinate the preparation of the annual report, including the gathering of crime statistics. The annual crime statistics are compiled from data provided by: the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety, the Clark County Sheriff's Office, and Campus Security Authorities (University officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities). WSU Vancouver has no off-campus facilities and no resident facilities; therefore, no statistics are recorded. If you have questions regarding the statistics published here, please contact the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety.

WSU Vancouver Campus Security Authorities:

  • Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
  • Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations
    • Public Safety and Police Services
  • Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
    • Assistant Director of Student Diversity
    • Disability Services Coordinator
    • Student Resource Center Manager
    • Student Involvement Manager
    • Every person listed as an adviser for any student club or registered student organization on campus
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Marketing and Communications

Crime Definitions: The crime definitions used to collate the statistics in this report conform to the requirements of the implementing regulations of the Clery Act (ref. 34 CFR 668.46(c)(7)).

REPORTED INCIDENTS ON OR NEAR COLLEGE FACILITIES 
  2011 2012 2013
  ONC
(1)
OCC
(2)
NON
(3)
ONC
(1)
OCC
(2)
NON
(3)
ONC
(1)
OCC
(2)
NON
(3)
Part I - Reported
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offense
(Forcible)(a)
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offense
(Non-Forcible)(b)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Hate Crimes by Category               
[Hate Crimes are defined and listed under the Timely Warnings section of this report]   
Race 1*** 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gender 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
National Origin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disability 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sexual Orientation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PART ONE CRIME TOTALS 4 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
Part II - Reported
Liquor Law Violation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Law Violation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illegal Weapons Violation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PART TWO CRIME TOTALS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NUMBER OF ARRESTS AND CAMPUS DISCIPLINE REFERRALS  
ARRESTS
18 Yrs. and Over 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
17 Yrs. and Under 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ARRESTS OR REFERRALS FOR CAMPUS DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR:
Alcohol Abuse Violations(c)
Arrests 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Referrals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations(c)
Arrests 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Referrals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Possessions/Violations(c)
Arrests 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Referrals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

***Malicious Mischief III. Hate crime with racial motivation. An individual's vehicle was targeted due to the owner's race. The vehicle was vandalized and racial epithets were written on the vehicle.

TABLE NOTES

(1) ONC: On Campus: This category includes incidents that occurred on the main campus.

(2) OCC: Off-campus contiguous. This category includes incidents that occurred on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The information in this category is provided by the Clark County Sheriff's Department. For additional information on crime statistics in Clark County, please contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Department at: (360) 397-2211.

(3) NON: Non-campus facilities. This category includes incidents that occurred on property other than the main campus owned or controlled by the university and used in support of our educational purposes. WSU has no Non-campus facilities at this time.

a) The F.B.I. defines forcible sex offenses as: rape and attempted rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling.

b) The F.B.I. defines non-forcible sex offenses as: incest and statutory rape.

c) The number of persons referred for disciplinary action does not include persons arrested and reported in the arrest categories above.

Effective from the 1999 calendar year, the Clery Act requires the reporting of crime statistics for an expanded area beyond WSU Vancouver’s campus. The law and accompanying regulations also require these statistics to be shown in specific geographic categories (or venues) as defined below.

Federal regulations define On Campus as any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the said area and is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor) 34 CFR 668.46(a).

On campus - residential facilities only is a sub-category of On Campus showing the number of on-campus crimes that took place in dormitories or other residential facilities for students on campus 34 CFR 668.46(c)(4)(ii). NOTE: WSU Vancouver does not have residential facilities or a residential population.
On adjacent public property is defined as all public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that are within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus 34 CFR 668.46(a).

In or on a non-campus building or property is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution and any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution 34 CFR 668.46(a). NOTE: WSU Vancouver has no property meeting this definition.

Hate Crimes: The Clery Act requires the separate reporting, by category of prejudice, of any crime reported in the classifications above and any other crime involving bodily injury that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability. No hate crimes were reported in the crime classifications in the above table at Washington State University Vancouver from 1998 to 2004.

The University does not record statistics for crimes involving students or student organizations that occur in other law enforcement jurisdictions as part of the Uniform Crime Report. However, the Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety does maintain good communication with local law enforcement and tries to monitor incidents involving students that do occur in other jurisdictions.