UW-W Annual Security Report & Policy Statement

UW-W Annual Security Report & Policy Statement

UW-W Annual Security Report & Policy Statement

Reports of criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on the UW-Whitewater campus shall be made to the University Police Services. The University Police Services shall respond in accordance with established law enforcement procedures.

Conduct on university property is governed by Chapters UWS 18 and UWS 21 Wisconsin Administrative Code and institutional policies on file in the Office of the Chancellor. Security is provided in the maintenance of the University's facilities through a number of mechanisms, including limitations on hours of operation, policies on keys, restricting access to those bearing proper identification as university staff or students, the provision of adequate lighting, key card access control, randomized patrol by Police and Campus Service Officers, and making available telephone call boxes for emergency assistance. Specific security mechanisms may vary with the type of university facility. Security precautions in place for the various types of facilities at UW-Whitewater are on file in respective campus offices. Administrative and academic building security policies are on file in the Office of the Director of Facilities Planning and Management, University Center policies in the University Center Facilities Management Office, and campus residence policies in the individual Residence Hall offices.

The Residence Halls are controlled by 24 hour key card access points.  Sworn Police randomly patrol all Residence Hall buildings, exterior common areas and parking lots, utilizing foot, bicycle and vehicle patrols.  The University Police maintain a sub-station in the Wells Hall complex and provide one (1) full-time officer who specifically engages the Residence Hall community to address its specific needs in programming, information dissemination, and the formulation of mutual trust.  Basic building security measures and expectations are regularly presented by Resident Assistants during floor meetings and additionally discussed by University Housing Staff, Police personnel, and various New Student Seminar classes.

In Accordance with 36.11(2), Wisconsin Statutes, UW-Whitewater University Police Services is staffed by sworn, armed peace (commonly referred to as police) officers who meet the standards of the Wisconsin law enforcement standards board and have the authority to arrest and bring before the proper courts persons violating the law on university property. The University's peace officers cooperate with local, county, state and federal law enforcement authorities in the exercise of their responsibilities as requested.  The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not have formal Memos of Understanding with these agencies.

The University Police are responsible for the overall safety and security of the UW-Whitewater campus.  This includes the campus geography and those streets immediately adjacent to the campus.  The University Police actively patrol the campus jurisdiction through the use of foot, bicycle and vehicle patrol.  The University Police enforce all applicable State and Federal laws, utilizing referral for University disciplinary action, warnings, diversion programs, citations, arrests and referral for prosecution to the appropriate agency.  The University Police are supplemented by a non-sworn Campus Service Officers (CSO), consisting of University students trained by the Police to provide patrol and safety measures to the students, staff and faculty.  The CSOs assist with the patrol of parking lots, building checks, safety escorts and event monitoring.  CSOs do not possess the authority to arrest, but can refer for violations of University policy and have direct radio communications with the University Police to provide directed and immediate response to incidents they may observe.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors who are witness to, or victim of, a crime are encouraged to promptly report all crimes or suspicious activities that occur on UW-Whitewater property to the University Police. Incidents which are not of an emergency nature may be reported to University Police in person at the University Police Department located on the 1st floor of Goodhue Hall, by calling 262-472-4660 or emailing police@uww.edu (email response will be within the next business day). Incidents of an emergency nature may be reported by dialing 911 from any campus or cell phone. Off-campus crimes should be reported to the appropriate local police authorities. Students, staff or faculty living the in the City of Whitewater community can report in person at the City Police Department at 312 W. Whitewater Street, by calling 911 for emergencies or for non-emergency situations dial 262-473-0555.  Victims of sexual assault who do not wish to report the crime to a law enforcement official or to the University are still highly encouraged to get help and support.

The University Police, in conjunction with the Dean of Students and the office of Marketing and Media Relations, will release information and safety suggestions via timely warnings for significant crimes.  The University Police staff will assess crimes and incidents reported to determine if a timely warning or emergency notification is necessary.  Timely warnings are disseminated via email.  All crimes reported to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Police department will be evaluated for inclusion in the campus annual security report statistics. 

Although licensed health and counseling staff acting in that capacity do not report crimes as Campus Security Authorities, they will assist a student in reporting a crime, should a student decide they would like to.  Licensed health and counseling staff are required to submit statistics to the Dean of Students on a yearly basis of any sexual assaults they have learned about in the last year under Wisconsin 36.11(22)(c), but do not include identifying information unless the student wishes to share it.

UW-Whitewater provides information to students and employees about campus security procedures and practices, encourages them to be responsible for their own security and the security of others, and informs them about the prevention of crime through regular programs and literature distribution. Programming is conducted on an "as requested" basis and most classes are normally scheduled 1-2 times per semester.  University Police staff conduct numerous programs throughout the academic year concerning various crime prevention topics such as theft prevention, identity theft, internet scams, drug and narcotics, and "date rape" drugs.  The University Police will tailor programming to the specific needs of the requestor and are not confined to the listed topics.  Scheduled programs are advertised on posters, the UWW Weekly Newsletter, local papers and the uww.edu website.   For scheduling, designing, or information on programming call the University Police at 262-472-4681 or email police@uww.edu

During the 2014-2015 academic year the University Police conducted 137 programs attended by approximately 25,000 students, staff, faculty and community members.

The following list highlights some of the past and currently available programs for personal safety and crime prevention.  Any student, staff, faculty or community member may attend unless specifically stated otherwise in the scheduled course information or if sign up is necessary through my.uww.edu; all courses are taught by UW-Whitewater Police Officers.  Programming is available any time of day, or day of the week.  If you are seeking information on a topic you don't see listed, the University Police will tailor a program to your needs or provide you information on where to receive it on campus.  For more information contact University Police Services between 8:00 am & 4:30 pm at 262-472-4660 or email police@uww.edu.

·         Sexual Assault Awareness - Straightforward discussions on the prevention, recovery, investigation and potential effects of sexual assault on victims, offenders, families and friends.

·         Alcohol Awareness - An informative and interactive workshop on the potential negative effects and consequences of inappropriate alcohol use.

·         Drug Awareness - an informative and interactive workshop on the potential negative effects and consequences of inappropriate drug use, and current trends in the usage of drugs and narcotics such as prescription drug abuse, molly, marijuana, heroin and others.

·         Traffic Safety-OWI, Seat Belt Safety - Discussions on driving behaviors, operating while intoxicated consequences, and positive outcomes of seat belt use. The workshop can include individual use of technologies to physically demonstrate the effectiveness of seat belts, the physiological outcomes of intoxication and driving, and a hands-on driving simulation using golf carts, traffic cones and intoxication simulation goggles.

·         Basic Crime Prevention - Discussion on the basics of crime prevention including everything from locking your door to being aware of your surroundings.

·         HawkWatch - Training on how to be a good witness, community advocate, and how to work in a cooperative, proactive partnership with police.

·         Spring Break and Travel Safety - Provides information on the unique challenges and concerns surrounding spring break and travel activities, not just to protect the individual and property, but to ensure a good time is had in a safe manner.

·         Working with the Police Department - Offers opportunities and information on how to work with the police when an individual is involved as a victim or witness to a crime or incident. The emphasis of this experience is to take the fear out of the unknown, to explain the systems involved, and to help people understand why some things are done the way they are.

·         Identity Theft and Computer Website Safety - Offers advice and information on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.  Topics such as phishing and scams are discussed and how to avoid being fooled by people trying to access your system for inappropriate reasons.

·         New Student Seminar - This presentation provides an overview of the current trends and safety concerns on campus.  The presentation provides information on contacting and utilizing services generally related to incidents common with police interactions, such as University Health and Counseling, as well as Title IX and sexual assault issues.  The student's responsibilities as a community member and the potential long term consequences of inappropriate actions are discussed.  Students are challenged to provide solutions to scenarios related to these topics.  They are further provided information on the campus' emergency messaging systems and encouraged to develop plans for their personal response to extreme incidents. All incoming students are encouraged to attend the New Student Seminar presentation.  The New Student Seminar Police presentation occurs at various day and evening hours, to accommodate varying student schedules, during the 3rd and 4th weeks of the fall semester. Further information on the New Student Seminar can be found at uww.edu/fye.

This table of data represents the campus crime statistics reported during the past three years. This data has been collected from university and local police, as well as Campus Security Authorities.

Statistics concerning the number of arrests and/or disciplinary referrals for the following crimes: Liquor Laws, Drugs, Weapons. This information is collected from police agencies and campus offices.

UW-Whitewater encourages cooperation with local police authorities to monitor and record information concerning criminal activity occurring away from the campus, but involving University recognized student organizations.

University Police may issue citations or provide diversion opportunities to those persons found in violation of State  Law, specifically Wisconsin State Statute 125.07(4)(b), for possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages while underage. With each new violation, the fine is increased and the loss of a driver's license may also occur.

1ST Offense = $263.50 (max fine = $389.50) and a possible 90 day Driver's License suspension (Illinois residents WILL BE SUSPENDED for at least 6 months MANDATORY under Illinois law and reciprocity agreements).

2nd Offense= $389.50 (max fine = $515.50) and up to a 1 year Driver's License suspension

3rd Offense= $515.50 (max fine = $830.50) and up to 2 year Driver's License suspension

4th and subsequent =$767.50 (max fine= $1397.50) and 2 year Driver's License suspension

 In addition to law enforcement action or court sanctions, students may be held accountable for violations of university rules.

 University Police may issue citations or provide diversion opportunities to those persons found in violation of State Law. With each new violation, the fine and consequences increase, which can include the loss of State and Federal financial aid.  

1st Offense Citation for Possession of Marijuana = $389.50 (max fine= $767.50)

1st Offense Citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia = $326.50 (max fine =$767.50)

2nd and subsequent offenses related to Marijuana and Paraphernalia can result in criminal charges.  All other statutory drug offenses can result in immediate criminal charges.  All criminal drug related charges can result in the suspension of State and Federal financial aid.

In addition to law enforcement action or court sanctions, students may be held accountable for violations of university rules.

In addition to drug and alcohol abuse programs offered in classrooms and residence halls, the following programs are typically conducted:

  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Safety Campaign related to spring break and other high-risk times.

UW-Whitewater takes a proactive stand against underage alcohol possession or consumption on campus. Various informational programs on this issue are presented throughout the academic year. Institutional and Residence Hall policies have been established to deal with alcohol situations. University Police may issue citations to those persons found in violation of State Law. With each new violation, the fine is increased and the loss of a driver's license may also occur. In addition to law enforcement action or court sanctions, students may be held accountable for violations of university rules.

UW-Whitewater is very concerned about sexual assault and has many programs and policies in place to prevent and deal with sexual assaults (see Sexual Assault).

The University Police provide information on known registered sex offenders who reside or work on the campus in compliance with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.  The University Police receive a list of individuals known to be associated with campus from the Department of Corrections each semester.  Information on individuals is located on the University Police website at www.uwwpolice.org under the Sex Offender Information tab.  More detailed information can be provided in person at the University Police Department.  The State of Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry can be found at http://doc.wi.gov/community-resources/wi-sex-offender-registry.  The United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website can be accessed at http://www.nsopw.gov/.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is fully committed to the safety and security of our students, staff and faculty. The University has an emergency response guide for all students, staff and faculty available at http://emergency.uww.edu/Topics The guide provides information on who to contact and what actions to take during emergency events.

In the event Police Services confirms an occurrence to be a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees occurring on campus, notification is made to the campus or affected populations through the use of mass email, University website, IP phones and loud speaker systems on campus.  All personally identifying information or personal information of victims will be held confidential when providing warnings.  This determination is made by evaluation of the information received from citizens, officers and other sources. Content of the notification is determined by the needs of the occurrence. For example, in the event of a tornado, a prerecorded message can be sounded advising individuals to seek shelter. In the event of a chemical spill or active shooter, individuals are advised to shelter in place and stay where they are. Notification of incidents is the responsibility of Police Services. Notification of an event may not be made if it would significantly compromise the assistance of a victim or the containing, responding to or mitigation of an incident. It is always the intent of the University to make emergency notification of appropriate incidents without undue delay.  The content of any notification is determined utilizing the professional judgment of responsible authorities.  This may include Chief Matt Kiederlen, MMR Director Sara Kuhl, or their appropriate designee.

University Police utilize various means to confirm an emergency, such as community reports, personal observation or environmental factors.  Once confirmed, the determination is made of the potential effects or dangers to the campus community.  Alerts, evacuations and notifications are then appropriately disseminated.  As an example, a gas line rupture may pose a threat to several campus buildings and require people to evacuate those building but not the entire campus.  Utilization of fire alarms, email and available public address systems could be utilized to provide information on where to go and how receive up to date information.

The Chief/Director of Police Services, Matt Kiederlen (262-472-4660) is ultimately responsible for ensuring the dissemination of emergency information to the University community. Dissemination of emergency information to the larger community is the joint responsibility of these staff and the Director of Marketing and Media Relations, Sara Kuhl (262-472-1194). The dissemination of information to the general public is primarily done through the University website and area media outlets.  Additionally, the University and City Police share a joint dispatch center and the same radio frequency, events occurring on campus are immediately known to the surrounding community's emergency services.  Individuals who may authorize dissemination of emergency information in the absence of the Chief or Director include:

Lt. Faye Schouten, University Police 262-472-4660

Sgt. Matt Schwartz, University Police 262-472-4660

Sgt. Jason Burt, University Police 262-472-4660

Jeff Angilera, Assistant Director, Marketing and Media Relations, 262-472-1195

Nadia Bidwell, Project Manager, Marketing and Media Relations, 262-472-1200

The most current emergency information is updated on the University website and distributed through campus email throughout any event.  Information remains posted until the event is mitigated.  Notifications are maintained in an electronic archive managed by Marketing and Media Services. 

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Police Services conducts tests of the campus emergency notification systems. This is done during each semester. In addition to those tests, a fire drill is conducted within every building on campus on an annual basis. This assists in not only training our students, staff and faculty to the presence of alarms, but it also provides for additional testing of the University's emergency systems.  Information on emergency procedures is provided with testing notifications, usually through the campus email system.  Each test is documented and archived within the University's Incident Archive of the Emergency Notification website.  The University Police do not do unannounced tests.

This is the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Annual Security Report. Click here to view the Annual Fire Safety report.


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