If you observe a crime or suspicious incident, or if you notice a security problem, notify the Department of Campus Safety immediately at ext. 5111. Also, use ext. 5111 for police, fire, or medical emergencies. From a cell phone, call (562) 777 - 4000. For non-emergency officer assistance, call the switchboard at ext. O. For business calls, please contact the Campus Safety Office at ext. 4877.
Any on-campus crime witnessed by a University student or employee must be reported to the Department of Campus Safety. The Department of Campus Safety is responsible for reporting and follow up investigations when an incident is reported. All University students, employees, and visitors should exercise responsibility for their own safety while on campus.
Reporting to Community
The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act requires that colleges and universities receiving federal funds publish campus security policies, crime prevention programs, and specific campus crime statistics on a yearly basis. This information is available to employees and applicants for employment upon request.
Campus Security Authorities
The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act requires colleges and universities receiving federal funds to notify community members as to whom is considered a "campus security authority." The U.S. Department of Education defines a campus security authority as:
- A campus law enforcement unit;
- An individual or organization specified in an institution's statement of campus security policy as the individual or organization that has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, but does not have significant counseling responsibilities.
Examples of campus security authorities include Campus Safety personnel, Residence Life personnel, Faculty Advisors, Athletic or Academic Team Coaches, Directors, Deans, and Department Heads. Campus Safety authorities are required to report criminal occurrences to the campus law enforcement unit (Department of Campus Safety) under the annual reporting and timely warning requirements of the Act. It shall be the responsibility of the Department of Campus Safety to investigate reports of criminal activity on campus.
When a serious crime occurs on the Biola campus, the campus community will be notified within a reasonable amount of time by one or more of the following methods: Campus Safety Alert Notices, posted at common building entry points; The Chimes; Inside Story; e-mail; or other methods as decided by the Chief of Campus Safety or his designee. In addition, all related policies and statistics are available at the Campus Safety Administrative Office.
The Campus Safety Daily Crime and Fire Safety Log is available for inspection online at www.biola.edu/offices/campus_safety/report/daily/ or at the Campus Safety Administrative Office on a daily basis. The daily log will list all crimes that have occurred on university property during the previous 60 days.
Employees may not possess firearms on their person, property, or vehicle while on campus. A firearm is defined in section 12001 of the California Penal Code. California Penal Code Section 626.9 (h)(i) states, "If any person brings or possesses a loaded or unloaded firearm on public or private university property without permission of the President of the University or his or her designee, they are guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in a state prison for up to three years."
All weapons are prohibited from campus property at all times. This includes, but is not limited to, firearms, airguns, blowguns, paintball guns, bows of any kind, tasers or stun guns, batons, clubs, folding knives with lock blades and fixed knives with blades longer than 2.5" (food preparation knives in work related applications exempted).
Employees may not possess other weapons such as a dirk, dagger, ice pick, or knife having a fixed blade longer than 2 1/2 inches on their person, property, or vehicle while on campus. California Penal Code Section 626.10 (b) states, "If any person without prior permission of the President of the University, or his or her designee, brings or possesses a dirk, dagger, ice pick, or knife having a fixed blade longer than 2 1/2 inches, to a public or private college or university, they are guilty of public offense, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail, or state prison."
Safety tips and emergency preparedness information can be found on the Campus Safety website at: www.biola.edu/offices/campus_safety/