DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC
Dedicated to Protecting Our Campus Community
Routine Calls: (434) 848-1819 Office
(434) 848-1820 Booth
Saint Paulís College is concerned about the safety and welfare of all
campus members and guests and is committed to providing a safe and
secure environment Because no campus is isolated from crime, Saint
Paul's College has developed a series of Policies and Procedures that
are designed to ensure that every possible precautionary measure is
taken to protect persons on campus. Although we have been fortunate in
not experiencing a significant number of serious crimes, we realize that
crimes of all nature do exist To reasonably prevent such incidents, a
competent and trained Public Safety Department is present. Nevertheless,
faculty, staff and students are responsible for following a number of
measures to ensure that they and their possessions are adequately
The college's landscaped 75-acre campus is located in Lawrenceville,
Virginia, within easy driving distance of population centers in both
Virginia and North Carolina.
Saint Paul's College is "a private, historically black, accredited, four
year Episcopal-related, coeducational liberal arts institution of higher
learning; with strong programs in, humanities, business, the sciences,
mathematics, teacher education, an adult education program called
Extended and Continuing Studies Organizational Management Program and
our Single Parent Support System program.
The Department of Public Safety reports to the Vice President of Student
Affairs. At Saint Paul's College safety is a primary consideration in
the maintenance, grounds-keeping and lighting of the campus. If Public
Safety should discover a broken window or non-functional light, they
inform the Physical Plant Department. The Public Safety Department also
works closely with the Student Affairs Office to ensure that safety
policies and procedures are uniformly executed and conveyed in a clear
and consistent manner to the college's students, faculty and staff.
The Department of Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety is located in The Fine Arts Building.
Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The
Department aids in enforcement of federal, state and local statutes and
Saint Paul's Colleges' regulations.
The Department of Public Safety is responsible for law enforcement,
security and emergency response at Saint Paul's College. It is also
responsible for providing support services such as:
To register and provide parking registration for
students, faculty and staff.
To test and maintain all fire prevention equipment
To assist campus motorists with minor vehicle
To inspect buildings for safety compliance.
Enforcement of state and federal statutes
Enforcement of state traffic violations
To report a crime or
emergency, call the Department of Public Safety at 848-3111 or Ext. 220
or Ext. 296, 24 hours a day.
The Department maintains a close working relationship with all
appropriate law enforcement agencies and elements of the criminal
Numerous efforts are made to advise members or the campus community on a
timely basis about campus crimes and crime-related problems. These
efforts include the following:
Annual Report: A comprehensive annual report of crime-related in
information is compiled, published and widely distributed. This annual
report is available to all members of the college and the community.
Access to Campus Facilities
Most campus buildings and facilities are accessible to members of the
campus community and to guests and visitors during normal business
hours, Monday-Friday, and for limited designated hours on Saturday
during periods of time the college is in normal operation (this includes
Residential Facilities and Policies
Live-in supervisors and, resident assistants serve all facilities. At
least one professional staff member is on duty at all times, 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week.
The varied types of housing available and the policies and procedure for
housing assignments, building and roommate selection and guest access
are described more thoroughly in the Resident Handbook.
Public Safety policies and procedures, especially regarding locking
individual rooms, building entrances and related precautions are
discussed with residents in crime prevention seminars, in routine floor
meetings conducted by the residence staff and in printed materials which
are posted and distributed by the staff. During holidays and other
periods in the academic year when classes are not in session, some or
all of the residence facilities are closed. Those few students
authorized to live on campus during that time are registered with the
Residence Office and Department of Public Safety. Special security
procedures are established for resident facilities during these periods.
Sexual Offense Policy
Saint Paul's College students have a right to live in an environment
free from sexual harassment and/or assault. If a student experiences any
circumstance that can be interpreted as a sexual offense, that student
should report the situation to the campus security authorities. In this
case, campus security authorities may be the Department of Public Safety
or the Student Affairs Office. The student also has the option to notify
the proper law enforcement authorities and the option to be assisted by
campus authorities in notifying such authorities.
Procedures for on-campus disciplinary action in case of an alleged
sexual offense shall include a clear statement of the following: 1) the
accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have
others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding. 2) Both the
accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus
disciplinary proceeding alleging a sexual offense; 3) possible sanctions
for sexual assault include, but are not limited to the following; a)
fines, b) disciplinary probation, c) expulsion.
Counseling is available on campus through the Student Affairs Department
and the Chaplain's Office. Off campus counseling is available at a
number of local agencies through referral from the Student Affairs
The possession, use, or sale of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, major
or minor explosives or any legal weapon is forbidden and subject to
college discipline as well as to criminal sanctions.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
Saint Paul's College complies with federal, state and local laws
including those, which regulated the possession, use and sale of
alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. The following represents
the drug and alcohol policies of Saint Paul's College.
On the college's premises or at college-sponsored activities, the
following are prohibited.
Distribution, possession or use of any illegal drugs or controlled
Providing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 years of age, or
possession of alcoholic beverages by individuals under 21 years of ages;
Illegal possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage, public
intoxication, driving while intoxicated and drinking alcoholic beverages
in an unlicensed public place.
The Student Handbook details offenses and discipline for students
ranging from sanctions under college procedures including probation,
suspension or dismissal from college for such acts.
The Saint Paul's College Counseling Office and Student Health Services
provide assessment and assistance to students. Education programs
addressing alcohol-related and drug-related issues are co-sponsored by
the office of Student Affairs, Security Department, College Counseling
office, Student Health Offices, Chaplain's Office, and by several