Policies & Procedures

In recent years, security issues on college campuses became a subject of national interest. Harcum College continues to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of people on campus.

Most recently, the following actions have been taken to make the campus reasonably secure, increasing the number of campus safety personnel, installing a residence hall card access system, improving lighting and signage, and installing emergency telephones and security cameras throughout the campus.

Since the campus is open, access to the grounds is generally not limited, therefore the possibility of a criminal act occurring will always exist. As part of a larger community, Harcum is also not immune from the criminal activity that occurs in our society.

The Campus Safety mission is to protect both life and property and perform the duties required to ensure the protection and safety of each individual and the community. Campus Safety officers patrol the campus, including each building, 24 hours a day. There are always at least two officers on duty. Officers are trained and updated annually in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, use of the AED, conflict and crisis resolution, patrol procedures, fire safety, and more.

Campus Safety officers conduct foot and vehicular patrols of the campus and assist in monitoring residence hall access. When required, Campus Safety works with Lower Merion Township or Pennsylvania State Police to respond to possible violations of local or state laws. Significant criminal incidents and suspicious criminal activity are reported to Lower Merion Police as they are discovered.

The College reserves the right to deny admission or employment to any individual who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and who, in the opinion of the College, poses a threat to the safety of the campus.

Reporting Crime on Campus
Individuals who witness or become the victim of a crime on campus are expected to contact Campus Safety immediately at 610-526-6099 or, in extremely urgent situations, to contact the Lower Merion Township Police directly at 911. Individuals are also asked to complete an Incident Report, that will be filed in the Campus Safety office.

In accord with Pennsylvania's College and University Security Information Act of 1988, Harcum College submits an annual report of campus crimes to the State Police. In accord with the federal Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, Harcum shall submit, upon request, a copy of this report to the Secretary of the US Department of Education. Offenses for the most recent three-year period are listed under crime stats.

Residence Hall Safety and Security
Campus Safety, the Department of Residence Life and the residents themselves share responsibility for the security and safety of the residence halls. Residence Life staff reside in the dorms and oversee the student resident assistants. They monitor residence hall safety conditions. They are trained in safety and security issues during pre-semester workshops.

The main entrances of each residence hall are accessed electronically through the College's identification card system. The buildings are locked 24 hours a day, and Campus Safety Officers and Residence Life staff members check residence halls periodically during their shifts.

Identification Cards
Identification cards for residential and commuter students are available through Campus Safety. Students are expected to carry their IDs with them at all times on campus, and to identify themselves to Campus Safety Officers or other College officials when requested.

Other Facilities
Other College facilities, including the Academic Center and Melville Hall are locked after classes end during evening hours. When the College is in session the Library closes at 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday,  5 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sunday.  Authorization to utilize instructional facilities after hours must be obtained from the appropriate instructor.

Student and Staff Responsibility
The cooperation and involvement of all members of the Harcum community is vital to the maintenance of a safe campus.  Students and staff who see suspicious-looking or unauthorized visitors on campus should notify Campus Safety. Students and staff should assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking simple, common sense precautions.

All drivers must register their vehicles with Campus Safety by purchasing a vehicle permit. Residents should lock their room doors when the room is unoccupied—even for a minute—and at night. Valuable items such as stereos, cameras, and televisions should be marked with engraving instruments. By working hand-in-hand with the Campus Safety staff, students can make a real difference in the security of the campus.

Campus Safety Summary

  • Criminal actions and emergencies should be reported immediately to Campus Safety at 610-526-6099.
  • Campus Safety Officers are on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week.
  • Specific crime statistics are available from Harcum’s Director of Campus Safety. For information, call 610-525-4600.

Weapons Policy
The possession of air rifles or pistols, firearms, ammunition, gunpowder or other dangerous articles or substances is strictly prohibited on Harcum College property and at College-sponsored events.

This information has been compiled to comply with the College and University Information Act (ACT 73) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. No warranty, guarantee, or representation is made by Harcum College as to the absolute security and safety of the campus. The College reserves the right to change these policies. Please refer to the Student Handbook for further details on policies and procedures.  

 Contact Campus Safety 610-526-6099