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A safety newsletter for the Illinois Wesleyan campus community

October 2018

A safety newsletter for Illinois Wesleyan students, faculty and staff
Safety Pin

In addition to your academic success, your health and safety are among our top priorities as a campus. Although we are generally perceived as a safe campus, we always want you to be aware of reasonable safety precautions and preventative measures to ensure your personal safety and that of your property. This newsletter is intended to provide you with an overview of safety information at Illinois Wesleyan University. We hope you take a few minutes to read this resource to keep yourself informed about our emergency preparedness and resources. As always, if you see anything that creates a campus safety concern, please contact the Office of Campus Safety (556-1111) or in situations of imminent danger 911, followed by a call to Campus Safety.

Campus Safety Department Updates


Campus Safety Equipment

In fall 2016, we conducted a Campus Safety external review of our operations. There were many recommendations that we adopted in the 2017-18 academic year, including adding 24/7 dispatch when students are on campus, relocating Campus Safety to a more visible location in the Memorial Center, rebranding the department from “Security” to “Campus Safety” to better reflect our commitment to people, adding significant officer training and support, and implementing educational outreach programs like SAFE training and Campus Safety Week. We hope you’ve seen the greater visibility and support from our Campus Safety staff. 


One of the recommendations from the review in 2016 was also to add personal protective equipment (mace or a baton) to the officers' tools. Campus Safety used to carry handcuffs and batons in the late '90s. At no time has IWU considered arming officers with firearms. The drivers behind this recommendation were the increase in crime in our surrounding community, the increasing concern about campus violence nationwide, the porousness of campus, and the personal vulnerability of unarmed officers. Please note that student behavior was not a concern in this decision as the issue is entirely about visitors to campus. 


We wanted to take some time to review this recommendation as this is not a decision we make easily. After studying the community crime index and similar institutions of higher education, University Cabinet reviewed a proposal in January and endorsed a final plan in April to allow officers to carry foam spray mace and handcuffs. Training and protocols were developed in summer 2018 and implemented for this fall. Our protocols are very clear that this is for extreme danger situations only. Extreme situations would include interpersonal violence and other instances where community safety is at imminent risk. 


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Aarron Cook, Director of Campus Safety, or Karla Carney-Hall, Vice President for Student Affairs.  


Outreach Programs

The Office of Campus Safety will be conducting S.A.F.E. Training courses throughout the year. Certified S.A.F.E. Training Campus Safety Officers will conduct the training. This training is an introductory self-defense course for women on campus. The 2-hour training will teach personal safety and self-defense tactics to remove yourself from an attack and be able to get help. Watch for advertisement at the Campus Safety office, emails and flyers around campus.


Titan Transport

Don’t want to walk along across campus? Studying late at Ames Library? The purpose of Titan Transport is to support students attending campus activities or studying late who may want a safe escort back to their apartment or residence hall. Although it’s tempting to think of this as a designated driver program, that is not the purpose of Titan Transport. This service is staffed by IWU students. Please be respectful of drivers at all times and do not ask drives to take you to parties or bars-off campus. The transport will run from Sunday-Thursday, 10pm-2am. If you are calling from a cell phone, call 309-660-2237 or if you are calling from a campus phone, dial 309-556-2637.


Personal Safety


Personal Safety and Protect Your Belongings

Please remember to protect your belongings at all times. Do not leave your items unattended. Keep your purse, backpacks, books, etc. with you. If you must leave them, please secure your belongings in a locker, in the trunk of your car or in your room. When you leave your room, always lock the door.


The Shirk Center can be a frequent target by opportunistic thieves because students, faculty and staff leave their backpacks, wallets, phones, iPods and other personal belongings unattended while exercising. Locks are available at the Shirk Center for your use with the lockers in the Shirk locker rooms. You can also use your own lock.


If you must walk across campus at night, walk with a group or even one other person; do not walk alone. If you have nobody to walk with, call the Titan Transport. Even when you walk with people, do not walk and text at the same time. Be aware of your surroundings while walking. If you are walking alone, call someone and talk with them while you are walking. Keep your car keys clinched between your fingers for safety while walking.


When entering your residence hall, do not allow “tailgating or piggybacking” through the doors. Everyone should swipe in by using their card. While we want to promote a friendly atmosphere around campus, we also need to be safe and be conscious of who is entering the residence halls.


Please report any suspicious activities or people you think seem out of place on campus. The Office of Campus Safety wants to help keep everyone on campus safe and healthy. We cannot stop what we don’t know. Let’s have a great semester and keep safe!

Phishing Schemes

Phishing is a form of social engineering. Phishing attacks use email, malicious websites, social network sites, or phone calls to solicit personal information by posing as a trustworthy organization, friend, co-worker, etc. For example, the latest phishing attempt on our campus has an attacker posing as an IWU alum that is seeking to employ an IWU student, but this person is actually trying to obtain your personal information and money.


How do you avoid being a victim?

  • Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking for personal information. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company or trusted resources.

  • Look closely at return email addresses and hover over website links to verify who you are actually responding to, or where a website link is actually taking you. Does the sender's name match the email address? If not, be skeptical!

  • Typos and grammatical errors indicate the message may be a phishing attempt.

  • Never give out personal information over the phone if you did not initiate the call.

  • Do not provide personal information or information about yourself or your organization unless you are certain of a person’s authority to have the information.

  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.

  • If you are unsure whether a request for your personal information is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly or by asking for contact information of the person requesting, so you can call and verify they are who they say they are.

  • Never provide your email password to anyone!

What do you do if you think you are a victim?

  • Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed. If you used the same password for multiple resources, make sure to change it for each account, and do not use that password in the future.

  • Report any email messages you feel may be phishing schemes to Information Technology Services.

  • If you believe you might have revealed sensitive information, please contact Information Technology Services or Campus Safety.


Prevention, Preparedness and Reporting


Dogs on Campus

With the beautiful campus of Illinois Wesleyan University, landscaping, accessibility to walking paths around campus and the surrounding residential neighborhoods, people love to walk their dogs around and through our campus. IWU follows the city ordinance when it comes to a dog that is being walked on our campus. According to the Bloomington city ordinance, it is the responsibility of every dog owner or anyone having a dog in their possession or custody to ensure the dog is kept under restraint at all times. It is illegal for the owner of any dog or anyone having a dog in their possession to allow the dog to run at large and not keep the dog under a restraint.


People who see a stray dog on campus should not approach the dog, even if the dog seems friendly. If you notice a stray dog that does not appear to have an owner, but running loose, report the incident to Campus Safety at 309-556-1111. Even if you know a dog is friendly, always approach the dog from the front, so as to not startle the dog.


Driver Safety

A reminder that any faculty, staff or students who are driving in a personal vehicle, University vehicle, or rented vehicle on University business must have a Department of Motor Vehicle review conducted by IWU Campus Safety in order to be covered by University liability insurance during your travel. Please contact IWU Campus Safety to complete this authorization at least two weeks prior to travel. For more detailed information, please see the policy statement in your staff or faculty handbook or go to this link:

Campus Safety will be working with other outside agencies, such as Bloomington Police, State Police and other first responders and other agencies to bring the campus community other educational programs to promote safety during the year.

Active Shooter Preparedness

We will continue to collaborate with BPD in the event that our campus would have a shooter on campus. We would also like to take this opportunity to share a video regarding safety responses to an active shooter recommended by Homeland Security. This video was produced by Ohio State and outlines university-centered strategies in the event of an active shooter. Our campus protocol is as follows:

  1. If an active shooter is present, you will be notified by IWU Alert message of the issue and area of concern. In accordance with the guidance in the video, you should either evacuate (if that can be done safely) or secure your location.    

  2. Bloomington Police will be responsible for all instructions once they arrive on the scene.  Any additional updates will be provided via IWU Alert and email.

  3. An IWU Alert will notify the campus community when the crisis is under control.  A notice will also be posted on our homepage.

Sexual Misconduct Reporting

As a campus community, we are committed to providing an educational and social experience free of sexual violence. There are many sexual assault educational opportunities throughout the year, and we would highly encourage you to participate in our Step Up Bystander Education program. Bystander Education is the educational commitment of our community to stand up for one another and help prevent crime or crisis. Your role as a member of this community is critical in establishing the norm that safety is a priority and sexual assault and harassment will not be endorsed, even passively.


Additionally, please remember that reporting incidents is critical to our ability to address this campus safety concern. If you’re experiencing yourself or you’ve been talking with a friend who has experienced or is experiencing sexual or relationship abuse, please contact Darcy L. Greder (Student Affairs/Interim Title IX Coordinator – 309-556-3111), Campus Safety (309-556-1111) or Bloomington Police dispatch (309-820-8888) to discuss options and resources and/or to make a formal report. All reports are taken seriously. Students found responsible for sexual assault may face sanctions, including separation or expulsion.


You may also contact any of our confidential support offices – Counseling and Consultation Services, Health Services or the Chaplain – to get confidential support and guidance. You may also choose to contact Stepping Stones, our local rape crisis center, for confidential off-campus support (309-662-0461). If you share that you’ve been assaulted, all other faculty and staff are mandatory reporters, which means they must report to Darcy Greder. However, this does not change your ability to remain active in decisions about any next steps. Additional resources can be found at

The IWU Safety Pin is an electronic newsletter from Aarron Cook, Director of Campus Safety.

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