- Clery Act
- Annual fire safety report
- Authority and jurisdiction of Public Safety Department
- Emergency warning
- Timely warnings
- Access to campus facilities
- Unlawful entry and trespassing
- Rules and policies regarding possession, use and sale of alcohol
- Policy on illegal drugs
- Alcohol and substance abuse information
- Off-campus criminal student conduct
- Reporting of criminal offenses
- Firearms and dangerous weapons
- Crime prevention awareness and personal safety education
- Missing student notification policy
- General procedures for reporting a crime or emergency
- Emergency response and evacuation procedures
- Sex offender registration
- Policy statement addressing counselor confidentiality
- Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking prevention and response
- Reporting sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking
- Accommodations and assistance for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking
- Disciplinary action and procedures: including incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking
- Crime statistics
A hard copy printout of this report may also be requested by contacting the WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety at email@example.com 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 Clery Center web site. 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.
The annual security report and 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 myWSU) 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 Classroom Building (VCLS 120) 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.
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 WSU Vancouver campus. The Department's police officers also work closely with other local law enforcement agencies. The WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety is a commissioned police department within the State of Washington and has police power and authority including authority to investigate crimes, enforce laws, and make arrests. Department Police Officers investigate all reports of criminal activity that occur within the jurisdiction of the WSU Vancouver campus.
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 power.
Confirming the existence of a Significant Emergency or Dangerous Situation and Initiating the Emergency Notification System
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 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.
Determining the Appropriate Part or Parts of the campus to Receive an Emergency Notification.
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.
Procedures Used to Notify the Campus Community
The Emergency Warning may be issued through the college e-mail system, mass notification system (Everbridge), and myWSU 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, on the University Police, and the WSU VanCoug Alerts web site, 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.
Determining the Contents of the Emergency Notification
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 Classroom Building (VCLS 160).
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 VANCOUGAR 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 criminal activities that puts students at risk
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:
Criminal Homicide including:
- Non-negligent manslaughter
- Negligent manslaughter
- Sex offenses (includes forcible sex offenses and non-forcible sex offenses)
- Aggravated assault
- 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, disability or national origin:
- 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.
- Domestic violence
- Dating violence
- Sexual assault
A timely warning may be issued for any other crime or incident as deemed necessary or appropriate.
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.
WSU Vancouver has no off-campus facilities and no resident facilities; therefore, no resident facilities are monitored.
Security Considerations for the Maintenance of Campus Facilities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 546-9000.
Building hours are posted at the main entrance of each building (general 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 and break periods.
- Buildings remain locked during campus holidays and closures.
- Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
- Saturday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Multimedia Classroom Building (VMMC)
- Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
- Saturday/Sunday: 12 PM - 5 PM
Dengerink Administration Building (VDEN)
- Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- No Weekend Hours
McClaskey Building (VMCB)
- Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
- No Weekend Hours
Firstenburg Student Commons (VFSC)
- Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
- No Weekend Hours
Classroom Building (VCLS)
- Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
- No Weekend Hours
Science and Engineering Building (VSCI)
- Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Engineering and Computer Science Building (VECS)
- Mon-Th: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Student Services Center (VSSC)
- Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- No Weekend Hours
Undergraduate Classroom Building (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 Classroom Building – (VCLS 120)
- 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 primarily the 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, persons, or groups violating alcohol/substance policies or laws may be subject to sanctions by the University.
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.
Good Samaritan Guide
Washington State University has instituted a “Good Samaritan” guideline to make sure students receive proper assistance for alcohol and drug intoxication promptly and without impediment. This means that the Office of Student Conduct will not impose any formal disciplinary measures when a student voluntarily goes to WSU police, medical professionals, and/or university staff members for alcohol intoxication and/or a drug related medical event. This applies both to the reporter and the intoxicated individual(s).
However, this guideline does not apply to hazing, sexual assault, physical abuse, theft, arson, malicious mischief, disorderly conduct, firearms or dangerous weapons, drug manufacturing or distribution, acts of hate or bias, or any other conduct violation other than drug and alcohol use. This guideline also does not provide immunity from civil lawsuits, criminal charges or any other consequences outside of discipline measures from the Standards of Conduct for Students.
Students and student organizations are expected to summon emergency care immediately for students, staff, and guests in need, or in certain scenarios face disciplinary measures for Reckless Endangerment (WAC 504-26-224).
An individual calling for help on behalf of an organization is considered a mitigating factor when determining sanctions for alcohol/drug use within the organization. Students and student groups that benefit under the Good Samaritan guideline must participate in alcohol/drug abuse counseling/education to reduce future risk. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary actions under the Office of Student Conduct. Washington State University also reserves the right to sanction repeat offenders and organizations and pursue disciplinary action for any violation deemed sufficiently serious enough.
Alcohol and substance abuse information
Drug Free School & Campuses Act
Washington State University Vancouver aims to eliminate alcohol and drug abuse and to educate the University community on relevant laws and consequences. This policy (PDF) provides consistency and clarity on the permitted use of enforcement of alcohol laws and statutes on all WSU properties statewide.
WSU offers students, faculty and staff a range of services related to substance use—including counseling, groups, workshops, outreach programs, consultation and assessment.
- Alcohol 101
- Drugs 101
- Substance Use & Sleep
- Substance Use & Sexual Assault
- For Parents
- For Faculty & Staff
Education and Self-Assessment
WSU offers online courses and assessment tools that will provide you with personalized feedback regarding your own substance use as well as general information about alcohol and drug use.
Alcohol and Drug Counseling Service Referrals
- Clark County offers alcohol and drug treatment services. Their program directory (PDF) includes contact information for other community resources such as Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
- The Alcohol Abuse & Addictions Abuse Helpline can be reached at 1-800-562-1240 or 1-800-621-1646.
Additional resources are available by contacting Washington State University Vancouver Department of Public Safety at (360) 546-9001 or via e-mail at email@example.com or by contacting WSU Vancouver Counseling Services at (360) 546-9238 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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).
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).
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. 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 an internal report (disclosed only on a need to know basis) 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 University residence halls, apartments, and approved housing.
Crime prevention awareness and personal safety education
Every year, the Washington State University Department of Public Safety staff gives personal safety education at 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 Classroom Building (VCLS 120).
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 domestic violence/dating violence/stalking prevention. 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 email@example.com to request a topic and schedule a class.
Self Defense/Personal Safety Classes
Once 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 with an emphasis on sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking prevention basics.
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, domestic violence/dating violence, stalking, 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.
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.
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.
Emergency response and evacuation procedures
Washington State University provides 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 providing information regarding 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 public address system. This application uses all campus telephones with speakers to make emergency announcements.
The Emergency Notification System (ENS) will provide mass notification during emergencies by communicating directly to students, faculty, and staff via landline 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 email are automatically included in the system, reception of emergency warnings and notifications on personal cell phones, personal land lines, and non-university email will require registration. Registration can be easily accomplished on the myWSU portal site.
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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://communitynotification.com/cap_main.php?office=54462
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 security authorities are required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics.
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.
WSU Vancouver Counseling Services provides students free confidential and private counseling and can offer referrals and options as necessary. They can be contacted at (360) 546-9238.
Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking prevention and response
WSU Vancouver prohibits the crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
The University educates the student community about sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking through new student orientations in the fall and spring. WSU Vancouver Department of Public Safety offers sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking education and information programs to University students, staff, or faculty upon request.
Literature on these issues, including risk reduction, and University response is available through WSU Vancouver Counseling Services, 360-546-9238.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment and report the incident.
What is Consent? (WAC 504-26-221)
Consent to any sexual activity must be clear, knowing, and voluntary. Anything less is equivalent to a "no." Clear, knowing, and voluntary consent to sexual activity requires that, at the time of the act, and throughout the sexual contact, all parties actively express words or conduct that a reasonable person would conclude demonstrates clear permission regarding willingness to engage in sexual activity and the conditions of such activity. Consent is active; silence or passivity is not consent. Even if words or conduct alone seem to imply consent, sexual activity is nonconsensual when:
(a) Force or coercion is threatened or used to procure compliance with the sexual activity.
(i) Force is the use of physical violence, physical force, threat, or intimidation to overcome resistance or gain consent to sexual activity.
(ii) Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. When an individual makes it clear through words or actions that the individual does not want to engage in sexual contact, wants to stop, or does not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point may be coercive. Other examples of coercion may include using blackmail or extortion to overcome resistance or gain consent to sexual activity.
(b) The person is asleep, unconscious, or physically unable to communicate his or her unwillingness to engage in sexual activity; or
(c) A reasonable person would or should know that the other person lacks the mental capacity at the time of the sexual activity to be able to understand the nature or consequences of the act, whether that incapacity is produced by illness, defect, the influence of alcohol or another substance, or some other cause. When alcohol or drugs are involved, a person is considered incapacitated or unable to give valid consent if the individual cannot fully understand the details of the sexual interaction (i.e., who, what, when, where, why, and how), and/or the individual lacks the capacity to reasonably understand the situation and to make rational, reasonable decisions.
Nonconsensual sexual contact is any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object or body part, by one person against another person's intimate parts (or clothing covering any of those areas), or by causing another person to touch his or her own or another person's intimate body parts without consent and/or by force. Sexual contact also can include any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner with another person's nonintimate body parts. It also includes nonconsensual sexual intercourse.
Sexual exploitation occurs when a person takes nonconsensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses explained above. Examples of sexual exploitation may include, but are not limited to:
(a) Causing or attempting to cause the incapacitation of another person to gain sexual advantage over such other person;
(b) Invading another person's sexual privacy;
(c) Prostituting another person;
(d) Engaging in voyeurism. A person commits voyeurism if, for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of any person, he or she knowingly views, photographs, records, or films another person, without that person's knowledge and consent, while the person being viewed, photographed, recorded, or filmed is in a place where he or she has a reasonable expectation of privacy;
(e) Knowingly or recklessly exposing another person to a significant risk of sexually transmitted disease or infection;
(f) Exposing one's intimate parts in nonconsensual circumstances;
(g) Sexually based stalking and/or bullying.
Use of alcohol or other drugs is not a valid defense to a violation of this policy. (WAC 504-26-221)
WSU Vancouver prohibits the above crimes and uses the following definitions taken from the Uniformed Crime Reporting created by the FBI:
Sex Offenses: Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
Rape – The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
Fondling – The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
Incest – Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
Statutory Rape – Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
Domestic Violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed:
By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
By a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred; By any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.
Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.
The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
For the purposes of this definition, dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence. Any incident meeting this definition is considered a crime for the purposes of Clery Act reporting.
Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to;
Fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or
Suffer substantial emotional distress.
For the purposes of this definition: Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.
Reasonable person means a person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim.
Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.
Any incident meeting this definition is considered a crime for the purposes of Clery Act reporting.
Reporting sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking
How and Where to Report on Campus
The University Police Department strongly advocates that a victim of assault or stalking 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 or by calling 911. 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:
Ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary forensic exam and tests, at no expense to the victim.
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.
Preserving evidence (such as: texts, pictures, clothing) may be necessary to the proof of criminal domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking or in obtaining a protection order.
Assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking crisis intervention.
The victim of a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking 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/or 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 WSU Vancouver Counseling Services at 360-546-9238. Counseling and support services (24 hour) outside the University system can be obtained through YWCA at 1-800-695-0501 or (360) 695-0501.
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault are Forms of Harassment
Sexual harassment and sexual assault are forms of discrimination and should be reported. Additionally, sexual assault and all other criminal acts should be reported to the police.
Discrimination at Washington State University on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify/expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical, mental or sensory disability, marital status, genetic information, and/or status as a veteran, is prohibited by federal law, state law and WSU policy.
Anyone who believes they have observed or experienced an act of discrimination or harassment that took place at any WSU Vancouver-affiliated facility or event, or was committed by a WSU Vancouver student, employee or volunteer should contact a supervisor, faculty member/instructor, or administrator as soon as possible. A complaint may be filed locally at any time with Student Affairs, Student Conduct, Human Resources, or Public Safety (contact information below):
- Student Affairs Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-546-9571
- Student Conduct Officer, email@example.com, 360-546-9573
- Human Resource Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-546-9595
- Public Safety, email@example.com, 360-546-9001, pager 360-690-1527
- Student Diversity Center Office, 360-546-9568
University disciplinary proceedings, as well as special proceedings for cases involving 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 or other policies could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the University for the first-offense.
WSU Vancouver campus police are located in Classroom building room 120. The Police Department is open seven days a week from 8AM to 5PM and are available by pager 24/7 (360-690-1527). They can also be contacted by calling 360-546-9001 and emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Campus Police can also be contacted from the Office of Student Involvement or Student Diversity Center both located in the Firstenburg Student Commons, the Counseling Center located in the Classroom Building, rooms 160, 160B or any other safe area on campus.
Reporting to Police Outside of Campus
Victims of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking have the right to notify both on campus and local police. WSU Vancouver will assist any willing victim when reporting to local law enforcement. If a victim does not want to it is not required that they press charges or follow through with the Office of Student Conduct. In either situation a victim still has the right to access services to aid in their recovery while having their identity remain confidential outside of those working directly with the victim or investigating.
Orders of Protection, “No-Contact” Orders, Restraining Orders or Similar Lawful Orders
WSU Vancouver police and WSU Vancouver as an institution will respond to and comply with orders of protection, “no-contact” orders, restraining orders or similar lawful orders issued by criminal, civil or tribal court or by the institution itself.
The personal identity of any victim will be kept confidential with the exception of those that have a direct need to know such as counselors, advocates, and other aid workers. Investigators will also know a victim's identity but for the purpose of recording crime statistics, including the disclosures within this report, identifying information is not used.
Any accommodations and protective measures will also be kept confidential to the extent that maintaining confidentiality would not impair WSU Vancouver’s ability to provide them.
Medical Awareness and Preserving Evidence
Following sexual assault it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. In the state of Washington sexual assault exams as well as emergency contraceptives are provided at no cost to victims. Victims are urged to go to a hospital immediately if possible or within 72 hours to best preserve evidence. Prior to this it is important not to bathe, douche, eat, drink or urinate if possible for the purpose of collecting evidence.
Victims of stalking and domestic violence are advised to save emails, text messages, social networking pages and other communications using preservations, logs, pictures and other means.
Bystander Intervention and Risk Reduction
One of the key components to preventing violence is awareness. Students, staff and visitors on campus are urged to be actively engaged with their surroundings and look for signs of trouble. Witnesses to any incident should approach with caution and immediately alert campus police (911). When directly confronting someone it’s best to intervene early before the situation escalates. If possible, get others involved and always keep safety in mind.
In incidents of long term abuse and stalking there are signs to look out for including the following:
- Being afraid of a partner
- Hiding bruises, cuts, other injuries
- Avoiding confrontation to avoid a “blow up”
- Being monitored by a partner at school or work
- Isolation from family and friends
Victims and concerned parties are encouraged to contact the Counselling Center on campus, local YWCA and other resources for information on warning signs and precautions.
Resources for Victims
In most instances, service providers from the following resources can speak with you confidentially about your concerns:
WSU Counseling Services
WSU Counseling Services offers individual, couples, and group counseling, psychological testing, workshops, and crisis and consultation services. We also help by referring students to other services on campus and to community resources that can offer more specialized or longer-term assistance. 360-546-9238.
Clark County Crisis Line
Mental health crisis line. 360-696-9560.
Clark County YWCA
The Clark County YWCA offers a wide range of services for victims and survivors of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault, including advocacy, support groups and shelter. 360-695-0501 or 800-695-0167.
Clark County Crime Victim Services
SAFeT provides victim-centered services to survivors of sexual violence, including 24-hour crisis line, medical and legal advocacy, information and referral, counseling, support groups, and education and prevention. 1-888-425-1176.
These offices share information only on a need-to-know basis but cannot guarantee confidentiality. Unless designated as a confidential resource, WSU employees are required to report incidents of sexual harassment and misconduct to OEO or the WSU Title IX Coordinator.
Office of Student Conduct
As part of the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Conduct addresses any disciplinary action, as appropriate, after the preliminary investigation is complete. The Office of Student Conduct administers the student conduct system, and addresses potential violations of WSU’s Standards of Conduct for Students. Additionally, The Office of Student Conduct can assist you in coordinating resources and support, such as making changes in classes or your schedule. This office also can help you notify faculty if you will be leaving campus for a short time, and assist you with other challenges you may encounter. 360-546-9573.
Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs houses the Title IX Liaison. The Title IX Liaison works closely with OEO on student conduct cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. The Title IX Liaison participates in preliminary investigative meetings and helps make findings of fact, and determine whether the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct (Executive Policy 15) was violated. 360-546-9571.
Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO)
OEO works closely with the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) on student matters or HRS on employee matters involving discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. OEO conducts investigations, makes findings of fact, determines whether the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct (Executive Policy 15) was violated. OEO also provides trainings about discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. Interpretive services available. 509-335-8288.
WSU Vancouver Police Department
Main Line: 360-546-9001
Pager number: 360-690-1527
Clark County Sheriff
Main Line: 360-397-2211
City of Vancouver Police Department
Main Line: 360-487-7400
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 911
Northwest Justice Project Free Legal Hotline (CLEAR)
CLEAR is Washington State’s publicly funded legal aid program. CLEAR provides free legal assistance and representation to those who qualify on the basis of income. 1-888-201-1014.
Ongoing Campus Prevention and Awareness Campaigns
Prevention and awareness campaigns are community wide or audience specific programming, initiatives, and strategies that increase audience knowledge and share information and resources to prevent violence, promote safety, and reduce perpetration.
Employees undergo training (upon the request or mandatory) on the prevention, recognition and response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. For students there is a self-defense class scheduled during fall semester by the campus police.
The Student Diversity Center also holds regular events to educate everyone on campus about gender/race/sexual orientation based issues and violence. For a comprehensive list of current events on campus events calendar located on the WSU Vancouver website.
Accomodations and assistance for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking
All of the following and above services and notifications are provided to victims regardless of if they chose to report the crime to campus or local law enforcement so long as they are reasonably available.
WSU Vancouver will provide written notice about services and protective measures available to victims (students and employees) of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The services and protective measures will be provided by WSU Vancouver whether the offense occurred on or off-campus.
These services include mental and physical health providers, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid and other services within WSU Vancouver and in the surrounding community.
These notifications will also include how to request changes to academic, living, transport, working situations and protective measures.
WSU Vancouver will provide the student or employee a written explanation of the student’s or employee’s rights and options.
Disciplinary action and procedures: including incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking
Disciplinary Proceedings and Timeline Used by WSU Vancouver
The Office of Student Standards and Accountability is where all disciplinary complaints are filed and processed. This includes disciplinary complaints of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The disciplinary proceedings process will be prompt, fair, and impartial from the initial investigation to the final result.
To file a complaint contact the current Student Conduct Officer at email@example.com, 360-546-9573 or fill out the form provided at by standards.wsu.edu http://standards.wsu.edu/file-complaint/sexual-misconduct-incident-report/
After the report is filed the following steps occur:
A student conduct officer reviews the complaint and investigates whether it is valid. The student conduct officer will notify the student of the basis for the alleged violations of the Standards and a time for a conference with the student and the conduct
officer. This notice will come to the student by personal delivery or US mail.
The conduct officer conference is informal, and the student will be informed of the potential sanctions at the conference.
3. Student Conduct Officer Actions.
The conduct officer will review all of the information before him/her and interview the students involved in the matter.
If the conduct officer determines the claim has merit, the matter is resolved through an informal hearing with the conduct officer or as a hearing in front of the University Conduct Board.
The conduct officer will then either (1) terminate the proceeding; (2) dismiss the matter; (3) impose appropriate sanctions; or (4) refer the matter to the University Conduct Board.
In the case of allegations of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking misconduct the investigator/hearing officer will be someone who has received training in issues related to sexual/dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as well as how to handle such a case in a professional, accountable manner that protects the safety of the victim and students and/or staff involved.
If the complaint is valid, the conduct officer determines whether the matter might be resolved through an agreement or alternative dispute resolution. There are some serious matters (e.g., sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking) that cannot be resolved by agreement or alternative dispute resolution.
4. Notification of Decision.
The student will be notified of the student conduct officer’s decision within 10 business days of the informal hearing. The student has the right to appeal this determination under WAC 504-26-407. The student conduct officer refers the matter to the University Conduct Board at his/her discretion.
The conduct officer makes the determination of whether or not to refer the conduct matter to the University Conduct Board. This decision is not subject to appeal. The conduct officer must refer the matter to the University Conduct Board if the complaint involves a matter that could result in expulsion or suspension. This is especially the case for any type of sexual or violent misconduct.
5. Notice of Referral.
A student that will be asked to come before the Conduct Board will be provided notice of the referral by personal delivery or US mail. The written notice will come from a student conduct officer, and will include the nature of the complaint and specific Standards alleged violated, approximate time or place of the events that led to the complaint, and a time and place for the University Conduct Board hearing. The notice will also include a list of witnesses that may be called at the hearing and all information that will be used at the hearing, to the extent it is known at that time.
6. University Conduct Board Hearing Process.
University Conduct Board hearings are Brief Adjudicative Proceedings (BAPs) under the Washington Administrative Procedure Act and the Washington Administrative Code. RCW 34.05.485; WAC 504-04-010(1). BAPs are not formal adjudicative proceedings under the APA, and are not civil or criminal court hearings; therefore, they have fewer procedural requirements.
University Conduct Board hearings are conducted privately, but the complainant, accused student, and his or her advisor are allowed to attend. The Conduct Board will be present at the hearing, as will a student conduct officer. Others may attend at the discretion of the Conduct Board Chair or student conduct officer.
University Conduct Board hearings are not adversarial and are educational in nature. Attendees are expected to act appropriately, but may be dismissed.
Witness/Information at Hearings
The conduct officer will try to arrange that witnesses identified by the complainant attend the hearing. These witnesses must provide statements, if any, at least two weekdays before the hearing.
The accused student is responsible to arrange for his/her own witnesses to attend the hearing. The accused student’s witnesses must provide written statements, if any, at least two days before the hearing.
The accused student may choose not to attend the hearing, but the conduct board will proceed in his or her absence.
Although questions may be suggested by anyone attending the hearing, only the conduct board members may ask witnesses questions. The chair of the conduct board determines what information may be presented at the hearings.
Overview of WSU’s Student Conduct Process (Page 2) Conduct Board decisions (including incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking) are determined on the basis of preponderance of the evidence and by majority vote.
The Conduct Board’s written decision will be provided to the accused student and the accuser simultaneously by personal delivery or US mail within 10 calendar days of the date of the hearing.
The accused student or complainant may appeal the Conduct Board’s decision.
A student conduct officer or University Conduct Board’s decision may be appealed by the complainant or accused to the University Appeals Board in the manner described in the decision letter. This appeal must be made within 21 days of the date of the decision letter.
The University Appeals Board Process. Appeals are not re-hearings—they are limited to the record of the conduct officer or Conduct Board hearing and any supporting documents. Thus, witnesses and testimony will not be presented to the Appeals Board.
Appeals are limited to determine whether the initial hearings were procedurally fair, the decision was based on substantial information, the sanctions imposed were appropriate, or to consider new information not available or known at the initial hearing.
The complainant, accused, or student conduct officer may explain their view of the matter to the University Appeal Board in writing.
- Decision. The University Appeals Board decision will be mailed or delivered to the student (s) (accused and accuser) within 20 days from the day the appeal was submitted. If the Appeals Board does not provide the response within 20 days, the request for appeal is deemed denied.
The decision is effective as soon as it is signed, except in cases of expulsion or loss of recognition. In those cases, the decision is effective 10 days from the date the order is signed.
- Presidential Review. WSU’s President may only review a decision in cases of expulsion or loss of recognition. The President may convene the Appeals Board without notice to the parties, and the Appeals Board will provide notice to the accused student and the opportunity to explain the matter if the Appeals Board considers taking an action less favorable to a student.
Sanctions are imposed on students to educate, deter future misconduct, and attempt to ensure the Student’s success at WSU. They are not punitive in nature. Sanctions are listed in WAC 504-26-405 http://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=504-26-405 and range from probation, mandatory counseling/education, to expulsion and other measures.
The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the standards of conduct for students: warning, probation, loss of privileges, restitution, education, community service, residence hall suspension, residence hall expulsion, University suspension, University expulsion, revocation of admission and/or degree, withholding degree, trespass, loss of recognition, hold on transcript and/or registration and no contact order. More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.
During a disciplinary hearing, both the accused and the accuser are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present. This includes being accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by the advisor of their choice.
The standard of proof in University disciplinary hearings is based on a “preponderance of the evidence” (more likely than not).
Both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the final determination/outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought. This includes allegations of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking offense. This notification will be given to both parties simultaneously and in writing. The same right applies to both parties being notified of appeals being filed and any changes to the result of the investigation brought by appeal.
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 reported occurrences of the offenses listed 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 from those categories 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
- University officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities
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|
|Part I - Reported|
|Sex Offense (Forcible) (a)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sex Offense (Non-Forcible) (b)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||0||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)
|Relationship Violence and Stalking|
|Part one crime totals||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||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|
|18 Yrs. and Over||2||0||0||1||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)|
|Drug Abuse Violations (c)|
|Weapons Possessions/Violations (c)|
(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 larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction, damage or vandalism of property that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin or disability.
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.