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
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
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
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 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
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 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.
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