Westmont College

Public Safety Annual Security and Fire Safety Report 2015/16

Crime Statistics

This report has been prepared in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crimes Statistics Act (formerly the Campus Security Act of 1990) of 1998 and to implement the requirements of the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act Fire Safety Reporting provisions. These laws require Colleges and Universities to annually distribute information about its campus safety procedures, crime statistics, and campus fire safety procedures and statistics to the Federal Department of Education, as well as to the institution’s current and prospective students, parents, and employees. The URL address for this report is distributed annually to current students and employees thru the campus email system.

Public Safety Services

The Public Safety Department employs one full-time Chief, five full-time 12 month staff, 2 full-time nine month staff, and shared clerical support staff. The Public Safety Department assists in preserving a safe environment, and protects faculty, staff, students, and property from crime and safety hazards. Specific services include but are not limited to 24 hour a day 7 days a week security patrols, the locking and unlocking of buildings, parking regulations enforcement, campus escorts, and dissemination of safety-related information. The Public Safety Department reports to the Vice President of Finance. The Ocean View apartments are serviced by a contracted private security guard company which provides periodic patrols between the hours of 8pm-4am 7 days a week.

The arrest authority of the Public Safety officers is the same as private citizens as specified in the California State Penal Code. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department has the jurisdiction over criminal matters on the Campus. At the Ocean View apartments located in the City of Santa Barbara, the Police department of Santa Barbara has jurisdiction over criminal matters. All officers receive training through the California College and University Police Chiefs Association. All campus buildings are key locked with a removable core system designed to insure the prompt re-keying of locks when keys have been lost. Burglary alarms are located in special areas to protect property. All of the residence halls and major buildings have fire alarm systems in place that are monitored by in house staff and an alarm monitoring company. Many buildings are also protected by fire sprinkler systems. Westmont is committed to a retro-fit program that is installing fire sprinklers in all the residence halls and major buildings. All of the residence halls are locked.

In the event of an emergency, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors should call 911, and then call the Public Safety Department. The Public Safety Department can be reached from any campus phone by dialing ex. 6222 or (805) 565-6222 from an off campus phone. The Public Safety Department is located in the office area of the Physical Plant Department building.

Westmont posts warnings of crimes committed that may impact the safety of staff and students. These postings may take the form of all campus voice mails and or flyers on the bulletin boards through out the campus. These warnings are for the purpose of raising the awareness of staff and students of their surroundings and personal safety.

Cooperation with Local Law Enforcement

Westmont enjoys an open and positive relationship with local law enforcement officials and shares information about criminal activity when it involves the College. We collect statistics of reportable crimes, as required and defined in the Clery Act from the local law enforcement agencies.

Westmont encourages victims of crime to report incidents to Campus Public Safety regardless of how insignificant the crime may appear. To report a crime, a victim or witness need only call extension 6222 or 565-6222. (In all emergencies, always call 911 first.) A Public Safety officer will take the information. The officer will make an official report and send a copy to the victim upon request. College administrators receive reports about crime on a regular basis.

Westmont Public Safety officers will also assist victims who want to report crimes to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

Alcohol Policies


Westmont expects all students to uphold both California state laws and these college policies regarding alcoholic beverages.  For the policies below Ocean View apartments is considered campus housing.

State Law

In the state of California, persons under the age of 21 shall not purchase, consume or possess alcoholic beverages. In addition, it is against California law to sell or furnish alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age.

Possession and Consumption

Westmont prohibits the presence or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus and at off-campus Westmont student-sponsored or related activities. Any student in the presence of alcohol on campus (regardless of who actually owns it or who brought it to campus) will be considered in violation of this policy.

Alcohol Containers

Westmont prohibits the presence of full or empty alcoholic beverage containers anywhere on campus, including vehicles. Students are responsible to ensure that no guest brings full or empty alcohol containers on campus.

Drinking in Moderation

Westmont expects students of legal drinking age who choose to drink alcoholic beverages to be moderate in their consumption. Any consumption of alcoholic beverages by any student that results in impairment or intoxication is a serious violation of community standards.

Off-Campus Hosting Responsibilities

It is a serious violation of both California law and college policy to directly or indirectly provide alcoholic beverages that are consumed by underage visitors. It is also a violation to collect money for admission to events where alcoholic beverages are either directly or indirectly provided. Any off-campus student who lives where a hosting violation of the alcohol policy occurs and is present at such time may also be in violation of this policy. Students who host events off-campus (either at their residence or other venues) and choose to provide alcohol or allow alcohol to be present at the event are responsible to ensure that no underage or excessive consumption of alcohol occurs at the event and must take reasonable steps to ensure this does not occur. At a minimum, hosts must:

Accurately identify guests under the age of 21 (e.g. checking IDs) and clearly designate them in some way (e.g. marking hands, wristbands, etc.).

Clearly communicate to guests under the age of 21 that they are not to consume alcohol at the event even though alcohol may be present (e.g. stated in invitations, visible signage at the event, verbal communication at the event).

Place alcoholic beverages (including any beverages brought by guests) in one location and monitor that location in a way that would ensure guests under the age of 21 do not obtain alcohol or guests who are 21 are not served alcohol in excess. (Competitions involving the consumption of alcoholic beverages are discouraged as they can make it difficult to accurately monitor alcohol consumption).

Provide an adequate supply of appealing non-alcoholic beverages and substantive snacks/food. These should be available to all guests and located in a prominent location.

One of the common reasons hosts lose control of an event is because unknown students arrive. Limiting the attendance to students who are known by the hosts can be accomplished by having a guest list.

Hosts should also ensure that students who have consumed alcohol have a ride with someone who has not consumed alcohol.

For more information regarding responsible hosting, students are encouraged to consult with a staff member in the Student Life Office.

Illegal Drugs

In association with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Westmont has adopted and implemented policies that are intended to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs and the abuse of prescription drugs by students and employees. College policy prohibits the use or presence of all controlled substances and any related paraphernalia. Students and employees are also prohibited from exceeding the dosage of physician prescribed medications. Substance abuse affects the individual, the family, and the community. Violation of college policy with respect to drug use or possession is a serious breach of our behavioral standards, and students who violate this policy are subject to the full range of disciplinary consequences, including expulsion from the college.

If you need help or know someone with a drug-related problem, please know that the counseling center, the health center, our resident directors, deans, faculty, and all other college personnel will provide assistance to those who come forward seeking help. The counseling center provides confidential consultations with trained psychologists and marriage & family therapists, and also makes referrals to outside counseling and treatment services.

Weapons Policies

Possession of firearms, explosives (including firecrackers and dry ice), weapons, (including but not limited to: swords, knives, air soft guns, beebee guns and toys that replicate or could be mistaken for real guns) or dangerous chemicals on college premises is expressly prohibited.

Timely Reporting of Campus Threats and Emergencies

Purpose

In accordance with Federal law and in order to protect members of the campus community, the college establishes the following policy for the timely warning of serious or continuing criminal offenses and other emergencies or dangerous situations that pose a threat to the campus community.

Policy

Upon confirmation of a reportable criminal offense or other emergency considered to be a threat to health or safety, the college will issue a timely warning to the campus community (unless to do so will further jeopardize their health or safety).

Procedures

Upon receipt of information that a reportable offense or other emergency has occurred, the college will take the following actions:

  • A member of the Situation Readiness and Response Team (SRT), Executive Team or Public Safety staff will determine whether the nature of the reportable offense or emergency amounts to a serious or continuing threat to the health and safety of the campus community.
  • A member or designee of the SRT or Executive Team will then prepare an appropriate warning to the campus community that:
      • describes the nature of the threat;
      • provides instructions and/or recommendations on actions to take in light of the nature of the threat; and
      • includes information on evacuation procedures if the threat requires such action.
  • An SRT member or designee will communicate the timely warning to the campus community through any means appropriate including, but not limited to, one or more of the following ways:
      • email alerts
      • phone alerts (Text to Speech [TTS] and/or text messages and/or hotline postings)
      • website announcements
      • posted warnings

Sexual Assault, Stalking, Dating and Domestic Violence

Policies and Procedures

Our Commitment

Westmont is committed to maintaining an environment in which members of its community and its guests may pursue their interests free from sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence.

Westmont is committed to effectively investigating all complaints made under this policy and taking remedial and/or disciplinary action where appropriate in as expeditious a manner as possible. Westmont is deeply concerned about any incidents of sexual assault and strongly encourages the prompt reporting of all allegations covered under this policy to the college and to law enforcement officials. The college will not tolerate retaliation against any individual for making a complaint under this policy and will take strong, corrective action where retaliation is found to have occurred. For purposes of this policy, retaliation means any threat, act intended to cause fear, or exertion of pressure against any person for making a complaint under this policy or for involvement in the procedures under this policy.

Individuals Covered Under This Policy

This policy and the procedures that follow apply to incidents of sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence between students or when the alleged perpetrator is a student. To report a violation of this policy when the alleged perpetrator is a faculty member, contact the provost at 805-565-6007. If the alleged perpetrator is a staff member, contact the director of human resources at 805-565-6101.

Deciding to Make a Complaint

The college encourages victims of sexual assault to make a complaint to the college and law enforcement officials as soon as possible. Reports to the college can be made with any individuals listed in the section below titled, “The College’s Duty to Investigate.” Prompt action under this policy allows for individuals to receive the immediate medical care that may be necessary. Prompt action also allows the college and/or law enforcement to provide individuals with reasonable and necessary protection from any further harm. Preservation of evidence is also critical in the investigation of sexual assault. Individuals making complaints under this policy should take measures to preserve forensic information related to their complaint (e.g., documented communication, photographs of injuries; medical examination results, correspondence such as letters, emails, telephone or text messages, gifts, etc.).

Deciding to make a complaint under this policy to the college and/or filing a complaint with law enforcement officials can be difficult. You do have options, and you do not have to make this decision alone. You can contact counselors at the Westmont College Counseling Center or the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. Counselors with either of these resources will help you think through your options and the information you share with them will not be disclosed to others without your consent. You will find contact information for these resources and others later in this policy.

The College’s Duty to Investigate

While the college does have a responsibility to effectively address all reports of sexual assault, request of the victim to withhold their identity or to not initiate a conduct process will be considered in light of the college’s responsibility to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students.

You can contact the Westmont Counseling Center at 805-565-6063 or the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis. If you are not ready to make an official report, you can talk about your situation without disclosing any identifying information. Sharing information about a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence with any of the following college officials is considered reporting it to the college:

Resident Directors

Resident Assistants

Student life deans

Faculty department chairs

College employee supervisors

Directors of off campus programs

Vice presidents

The College Title IX officer

Confidentiality and Privacy

Confidentiality for the both the complainant and the accused shall be encouraged and maintained as appropriate and to the extent allowed under the circumstances by law. Information received in connection with a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence complaint is private and will be shared with those who need to know the information in order to investigate allegations, impose appropriate disciplinary sanctions and/or take necessary corrective actions to protect individuals and the community from further harm.

Under the Clery Act, the college must disclose statistics of incidents covered under this policy in its Annual Security Reports (ASRs). When the college receives information about an allegation presenting a serious or ongoing threat to the safety of the community, a timely warning may be issued. The college will never disclose the identity of the victim without his or her consent nor otherwise violate privacy rights afforded to students under the Clery or Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts.

Counseling and Support

Whether or not a victim decides to submit a complaint of sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence to the college for investigation and discipline under this policy, the college is committed to providing a safe place to work through the range of emotions and questions that can arise in the event of an incident covered under this policy. The college encourages individuals to take advantage of personal avenues of emotional support as well as one or more of the following resources:

Campus Resources

  • Counseling Center, 805-565-6003, Information and resource referral, Lower Campus
  • Campus Pastor’s Office, 805-565-6170, Pastoral support and counseling, Kerr Student Center, Second Floor
  • *Health Center, 805-565-6164, Medical and information resource, Lower Campus
  • *Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, 805-565-6028, Information about the student conduct process and list of advisers, Kerrwood Hall, Second Floor
  • *Associate Dean of Students, 805-565-6038, Information about the student conduct process and list of advisers, Kerrwood Hall, Second Floor
  • *Associate Dean for Residence Life, 805-565-6029, Information about the student conduct process and list of advisers, Kerrwood Hall, Second Floor
  • *Resident Director on Call, 805-565-7362, Emergency Response, information and referral resource
  • *Public Safety Department, 805-565-6222, Emergency response

*Note: a campus resource with an asterisk appearing next to it indicates that the individual in the position has a duty to report the incident for investigation by the college under this policy and/or, in certain circumstances, to law enforcement officials.

Community Resources

  • Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center Hotline, 805-564-3696, 24-Hour Hotline
  • Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, 805- 963-6832, 433 E. Canon Perdido Street, sbrapecrisiscenter.org
  • Cottage Hospital Trauma Center, 805-569-7451, Pueblo at Bath Street, Medical assistance and evidence collection

Definitions of Prohibited Behaviors

Sexual Assault (Category I) is defined as engaging in sexual intercourse with any person without that person’s consent. Sexual intercourse is the penetration, however slight, of the vagina or anus with any object or body part and of the mouth with a sexual body part or sexual object.

Sexual Assault (Category II) is defined as the act of making sexual contact with the intimate body part of another person without that person’s consent. Intimate body parts include the sexual organs, the anus, the groin or buttocks of any person, or the breasts of a female.

Consent is defined as unambiguous and willing participation or cooperation in an act or as an attitude that is commonly understood to be consistent with the exercise of free will. Consent requires participants who are fully conscious, are equally free to act, have clearly communicated their willingness, cooperation, or permission to participate in a specific sexual activity, are positive and clear in their desires, and are able to cease ongoing consensual activity at any time. Refusal to consent does not have to be verbal; it can be expressed with gestures, body language or attitude. A prior sexual history between the complainant and respondent does not constitute consent. Consent is not freely given if one of the following applies:

1. A reasonable person in the position of the alleged perpetrator at the time the alleged conduct occurred should have known* that the other person was unable to give consent for any of the following reasons:

a. The individual is unable to make an informed decision as a result of alcohol or other drugs (including but not limited to predatory drugs or prescribed medications); or

b. The individual is unconscious, asleep, or suffering from shock; or

c. The individual is under the age of 18 and therefore legally unable to give consent; or

d. The individual has a known mental disorder or developmental or physical disability and therefore legally unable to give consent.

* It is important to note that in the Westmont disciplinary process, use of alcohol does not diminish personal responsibility or act as a mitigating factor in disciplinary sanctions should a violation be found to have occurred.

2. The individual has acted or spoken in a manner which expresses he or she refuses to give consent.

3. It is obtained through the use of force or through the fear of or the threat of force.

Domestic Violence means felonies or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed against one’s current or former cohabitant, spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship or any other person protected under domestic violence law.

Dating Violence means violence by a person who has been in romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether there was such relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.

Stalking means a pattern of actions composed of more than one act over a period of time, however short, demonstrating a continuity of conduct, directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others' safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress. Stalking includes but is not limited to unwanted letters, emails, text and telephone messages; telephone calls; unwanted gifts; following an individual or frequently appearing at locations where the an individual is located.

Sexual Exploitation means taking non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another person for one’s own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited in a manner not covered under other prohibited behaviors as defined in this policy. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to surreptitiously observing another individual's nudity or intimate activity or allowing another to observe consensual intimate activity without the knowledge and consent of all parties involved; non-consensual sharing or streaming of images, photography, video, or audio recording of intimate activity or nudity, or distribution of such without the knowledge and consent of all parties involved; exposing one's genitals or inducing another to expose their own genitals in non-consensual circumstances.

Student Conduct Process

The student conduct process described here applies to alleged violations of this policy (for all other alleged violations of the Community Life Statement or other college policy, refer to the conduct process section of the Student Handbook on page 79). Upon receipt of a report or complaint whether oral or written of an alleged violation, the associate dean for residence life (which, for all purposes described in this policy, includes his or her designee) will begin a preliminary investigation and determine if there is enough information to forward to the Student Conduct Panel for resolution. The associate dean for residence life will meet with the complainant and the respondent separately to explain the student conduct process and obtain from each a written statement and list of witnesses, if any, who have information pertinent to the incident. The college will make every effort to resolve complaints made under this policy no more than sixty (60) calendar days after a complaint is received. However, in some cases, such as insuring the thoroughness of the review or to permit time for students to secure legal counsel, the associate dean for residence life will permit a short delay of the process.

Except for cases involving allegations of sexual assault, the complainant, in consultation with the associate dean for residence life, may agree to resolve the allegation informally but may at any time end an informal process and return to the student conduct process as described under this policy.

The associate dean for residence life will determine whether interim measures should be invoked. The purpose of interim measures is, to the extent possible, to ensure safety of all persons involved, reduce concerns for personal physical and emotional safety and overall prevent creation of a hostile environment for the individual and the community. Interim measures may include, but are not limited to, residence hall relocations; restrictions to campus housing or other campus locations and activities; alternative class assignments or classrooms; interim suspension.

After a prompt, full and effective investigation of the allegation, a determination will be made by the associate dean for residence life whether or not enough evidence exists to forward the matter to the Student Conduct Panel for resolution. If a decision is made that not enough information exists, it is not necessarily or even usually based on the accuracy of the charges but rather on the strength of the information available.

If the associate dean for residence life determines that enough evidence exists to hold a conduct meeting, he or she will forward all relevant information to a Student Conduct Panel for resolution. The complainant and respondent will generally be given at least seventy-two (72) hour advance notice of the scheduled meeting time for the Student Conduct Panel Meeting.

Students are expected to participate in the student conduct process when they are called as a respondent or witness to a meeting. Should a student fail to appear for a meeting when proper notification has been given or should the student fail to provide a statement during the conduct process, the meeting will proceed without benefit of that student’s input. Meetings with the Student Conduct Panel will be scheduled taking into consideration the student’s regular academic schedule only.

Witness Truthfulness

One of the core values of the Westmont community is integrity and truth telling. As such, all individuals participating in the student conduct process are expected to tell the full and complete truth in all disciplinary matters. In order to ensure this is possible, individuals participating in a student conduct meeting regarding an alleged violation of the this policy should expect the Student Conduct Panel to exercise discernment and discretion regarding how to appropriately respond to other violations of the Community Life Statement or college policy that may arise in the conduct meeting process. The college will not consider polygraph examinations in any student conduct proceedings.

Confidentiality/Privacy

Every reasonable and appropriate effort will be taken by the Student Conduct Panel, Student Life office to protect the privacy of all individuals involved in a student conduct meeting. The college will maintain confidentiality regarding the details and content of the student conduct process including, but not limited to, the preliminary investigation, Student Conduct Panel meeting and appeal process. The college will disclose information about this process only when it is necessary for the investigation and resolution of a complaint made under this policy, or to meet an otherwise legitimate educational interest. In no case will the college violate privacy rights afforded to students and other individuals under federal and state law.

Rights of the Individual Alleging the Violation (Complainant)

  • The right to make a complaint which will initiate the student discipline process.
  • The right to a timely student conduct meeting after filing a complaint (cases reported just prior to the end of a semester may be delayed by the semester break).
  • The right to an adviser of her or his choice who will support the individual through the student conduct process.
  • The right to receive timely notice of meetings that occur in which only the respondent will be present.
  • The right not to have his or her irrelevant past sexual history discussed during the student conduct meeting.
  • The right to confront opposing information*.
  • The right to identify potential witnesses and submit information pertaining to the case.
  • The right to be informed as soon as possible of the result of the hearing.
  • The right to confidentiality of the student discipline process to the extent possible (see above).
  • The right to request academic schedule adjustments or other academic assistance for missed classes or exams or help with rearranging coursework.
  • The right to request a change of on-campus residence if both you and the accused live in residential housing, or you may request that the accused be moved pending a student conduct process resolution.
  • The right to request a no-contact order for the respondent as an interim measure through the student conduct process.
  • The right to on-campus emergency counseling sessions with a member of the Counseling Center staff.
  • The right to seek off-campus medical and counseling services.
  • The right to seek assistance from a member of the Counseling Center staff in a client relationship or the campus pastor in a confessor relationship.
  • The right to file a police report and take legal action separate from and/or in addition to student conduct process.
  • The right to have legal counsel present. In no case may counsel speak or take an advocacy role during the process.
  • The right to not be subject to student conduct sanctions for alcohol or drug use where an alleged sexual assault involves consumption of alcohol or drugs in a manner that violates college policy.

Rights of the Individual Accused (Respondent)

  • The right to receive written notice of the allegations.
  • The right to a timely student conduct meeting after being notified of the complaint (cases reported just prior to the end of a semester may be delayed by the semester break).
  • The right to an adviser of her or his choice who will support the individual through the student conduct process.
  • The right to receive timely notice of meetings that occur in which only the complainant will be present.
  • The right to pursue his or her educational experience while the student conduct process is still pending free from harassment by the complainant or individuals connected to the complainant. Anyone who feels they have been inappropriately contacted by the complainant or individuals connected to the complainant should immediately contact the associate dean for residence life.
  • The right not to have his or her irrelevant past sexual history discussed during the student conduct meeting.
  • The right to not be required to give incriminating evidence (the college may make negative inferences from the accused student’s decision to not give testimony).
  • The right to confront opposing information*.
  • The right to identify potential witnesses and submit information pertaining to the case.
  • The right to be informed as soon as possible of the result of the student conduct meeting.
  • The right to confidentiality of the student conduct process to the extent possible (see above).
  • The right to on-campus emergency counseling sessions with a member of the Counseling Center staff. The right to seek confidential assistance from a member of the Counseling Center staff in a client relationship or the campus pastor in a confessor relationship.
  • The right to seek outside counseling support.
  • The right to have legal counsel present. In no case may counsel speak or take an advocacy role during the process.
  • The right to not be subject to student conduct sanctions for alcohol or drug use where an alleged sexual assault involves consumption of alcohol or drugs in a manner that violates college policy.

*The Right To Confront Opposing Information

The right to confront opposing information does not mean that students have the right to directly confront, question or speak to witnesses. The right to confront opposing information means that the respondent and the complainant (when applicable) have the right:

  • To view one another’s written statements submitted to the investigator prior to the conduct meeting.
  • To view prior to the conduct meeting documents or material discovered or developed by the investigator during the course of the investigation that was provided to the Student Conduct Panel as part of the conduct process. To be verbally informed during the conduct meeting of relevant and material, opposing information communicated by any witness during the conduct meeting. Relevant and material information is information directly related to the merits of the violation alleged that, in the opinion of the panel Chair, when considered may influence the decision maker(s) in reaching a decision.

Adviser

Choosing an adviser

Students are strongly encouraged but not required to choose an adviser to support them during any meetings conducted under this policy. Many students choose a faculty or staff member. While students are not restricted in their choice of an adviser, they are encouraged to choose an individual they believe understands the scope of the adviser’s role and who will respect students’ privacy and the confidential nature of information disclosed during the proceedings. The adviser may be present with a student during any meeting he or she attends. Meetings are scheduled so as not to conflict with the student’s regular academic schedule. While reasonable requests to reschedule meetings due to a conflict with the adviser’s schedule will be considered, advisers are expected to make adjustments to accommodate the student’s scheduled meeting.

Adviser’s Role

The role of the adviser is to support the student as she or he prepares to participate in proceedings under this policy, and to provide a supportive presence in any meetings the student attends. An adviser may assist the student in reviewing and confirming their understanding of procedures; or reminding the student of available resources referred to in this policy or by any college official administering this policy.

The adviser chosen may be present with the student at any time but is not an advocate for the student and may not address the Student Conduct Panel directly or speak on behalf of the student. The student’s chosen adviser may be his or her legal counsel. However, in no case may an adviser, even if the person is the student’s legal counsel, speak or take on an advocacy role during any portion of the proceedings. The adviser chosen may speak with the student privately and in a manner that is not disruptive. The Student Conduct Panel chair will remove or dismiss advisers who become disruptive or who do not abide by these restrictions on their participation.

Student Conduct Panel

The Student Conduct Panel is comprised of a minimum of three student life staff who have been trained to investigate and resolve allegations made under this policy. One of the panel members will be the staff member who conducted the initial investigation. The associate dean for residence life serves as the chair of the Student Conduct Panel. The chair’s role is to facilitate the Student Conduct Panel meeting and ensure compliance with the process and procedures outlined below. A staff member from the student life office (who does not serve on the panel) may also be present to take notes during the Student Conduct Panel’s meetings with any witnesses.

It is expected that Student Conduct Panel members will exhibit the highest ethical standards and disqualify themselves if they believe they cannot be impartial or fulfill their obligation to maintain the confidentiality of the process and the dignity and privacy of the respondent, the complainant and any witnesses before, during and after the conduct meeting. Both the respondent and complainant may raise issues of concern about the impartiality of a member of the Student Conduct Panel convened for a particular case. The vice president for student life has the sole discretion to decide whether a Student Conduct Panel member can be impartial and will remove anyone whom he/she determines is unable to be impartial and/or respectful of the confidentiality of the process and privacy of the individuals involved.

Before the Student Conduct Panel Meeting

Submission of Documentary Information

Prior to any Student Conduct Panel meeting, the complainant and respondent may offer documentary information in support or defense of the complaint. The Student Conduct Panel Chair will inform the complainant and respondent of the deadline for the submission of such information. Information submitted after the deadline will generally not be accepted unless prior permission from the Chair is received. It is within the discretion of the Chair to determine whether extenuating circumstances warrant an exception to the deadline communicated. The Student Conduct Panel Chair will review all information submitted and return all documents that are not relevant or material to the complaint or that are submitted after the deadline when no exception to timely submission is warranted.

Inspection and Review of Documentary Information

The Student Conduct Panel Chair will assemble for the complainant, respondent and Student Conduct Panel’s review, all documentary information related to the allegations. Documentary information will generally consist of, but is not limited to:

  • A statement of the specific allegations to be resolved by the Student Conduct Panel
  • A written summary of the investigation conducted
  • All relevant and material statements and documents collected by the investigator
  • All relevant and material statements and documents submitted by the complainant and respondent

Notification of Student Conduct Panel Meetings

Within seven days of the Student Conduct Panel’s review of documentary information, the Student Life office will notify the complainant and the respondent of the time and date of its first witness meeting.  Generally the complainant and respondent will receive seventy-two (72) hours advance notice of the scheduled meeting time for their respective meetings with the Student Conduct Panel. While participation in the Student Conduct process is voluntary, students are expected to participate in the student conduct process upon request. .. Should a student fail to appear for a meeting when proper notification has been given or should the student fail to provide a statement during the conduct process, the meeting will proceed without benefit of that student’s input. Meetings with the Student Conduct Panel will be scheduled taking into consideration students’ regular academic schedules only.

A complainant or respondent who believes a member of the Student Conduct Panel presents a conflict of interest or who in some way is incapable of making an impartial decision in the case before the Student Conduct Panel should report the information to the associate dean for residence life who will inform the vice president for student life and dean of students of the potential conflict. The vice president for student life and dean of students will make the decision as to whether recusal is appropriate.

Student Life is committed to prompt resolution of all student conduct meetings. However, in some cases, such as insuring the thoroughness of the review or to permit time for students to secure legal counsel, the associate dean for residence life will permit a short delay.

Student Conduct Panel Meeting

Once convened by the Chair, the Student Conduct Panel may conduct several meetings as part of its proceedings under this policy. In addition to its meetings with the complainant and respondent, the Student Conduct panel may meet with all, some or none of the witnesses identified in the documentary information it receives.

The respondent and the complainant will not have the right to directly question one another or any other witnesses (if applicable), but will have the opportunity to confront opposing information (see previous section titled “Confronting Opposing Information”). If a student refuses to answer questions at the meeting on grounds of the Fifth Amendment privilege, or if they choose not to attend the meeting, the meeting can still take place, and the panel may draw negative inferences that may result in sanctions. Student Conduct Panel meetings are closed to all parties except the individual student(s), the Student Conduct Panel members, witnesses and the respective student’s designated adviser. As a general rule, the Student Conduct Panel will meet with the following individuals over the course of one or more days:

1. The Complainant

2. The Respondent

3. Any witnesses requested by the Student Conduct Panel

Prior to the Student Conduct Panel deliberations the Chair will give members of the panel the opportunity to ask follow up questions of the complainant, the respondent and any witnesses previously met. Therefore, all participants should remain available for recall prior the Student Conduct Panel’s deliberations.

Deliberation

At the conclusion of its meetings, the Student Conduct Panel will deliberate in private, and, weighing all of the available information, the Student Conduct Panel will determine whether it is more likely than not that a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence occurred. This level of proof is commonly referred to as a “preponderance of the evidence.” This level is a lesser level than that used in the criminal justice system, which requires that a case be established “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The Student Conduct Panel will determine one of the following appropriate findings by majority vote:

a. It is more likely than not that the alleged violation occurred, and the respondent is responsible; the Student Conduct Panel will impose sanctions, as appropriate; or

b. It is more likely than not that the alleged violation did not occur and the respondent is not responsible; or

c. There is not sufficient information available to make a determination.

Note: In the event of a finding of (b) or (c) is reached by the panel, the finding is not necessarily based on the accuracy of the charges but rather on the strength of the information available.

Outcome

The chair of the Student Conduct Panel will communicate the outcome of the Student Conduct Panel to the respondent and the complainant in writing generally within seven (7) business days. Unavoidable delay in providing notice of result shall not constitute an appealable procedural error. Results will include the name of the student, the findings of the student conduct panel meeting, any sanctions imposed by the student conduct panel, and the rationale for the findings and sanctions. Disclosure of the result in this manner does not violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and is consistent with the college’s obligations under the Clery Act.

Sanctions

Students found responsible for having committed a sexual assault (category I) will be suspended for a minimum of one (1) semester. In addition to this mandatory minimum, students found responsible for any violation under this policy are also subject to the following sanctions:

Active Sanctions: In keeping with our goal of making the student conduct process a redemptive and learning experience, students are often required to complete an assignment that is designed to offer opportunities to develop new knowledge or skills, reflect on their experiences, and contribute to the community in some way. Some examples of these opportunities are written reflection papers, community service, mentoring, educational programs, and counseling.

Sanctions may also include, but are not limited to one or more of the following:

      • Formal apology. A written and/or verbal apology to the offended party/parties.
      • Restitution. Compensation for loss, damages or injury. This may take the form of completing appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
      • Parental Notification. Parental notification may be required as a sanction through the student conduct process, and is generally required as a result of violations of the alcohol or drug policy. Parental notification will occur if a student is claimed as a dependent and is either found responsible for any Level III violation, placed on deferred suspension, suspended or expelled.
      • Loss of privileges. Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time. Loss of privileges includes, but is not limited to, open hours, vehicle permit, living in residence halls or off-campus, entering the dining commons, withholding transcripts, and attending or participating in college programs or activities (such as athletic events, intramurals, music performances, drama productions, intercollegiate athletics, graduation exercises, student leadership positions, club activities, off-campus study programs, summer travel programs, etc.).
      • Student Life probation. A period of review during which the student must demonstrate the ability to comply with the Community Life Statement and other college policies or requirements. Probation status takes away the privilege of holding certain student leadership positions. Probation may, but does not always, restrict a student’s ability to participate in activities such as study abroad programs, or other activities in which the student is representing the college. Students are typically placed on Student Life probation for 15 or 30 weeks of the academic calendar. Violations that occur during the probation period may lead to further restrictions such as, but not limited to, extension of the probationary period, deferred suspension, or suspension from the college.
      • Deferred suspension. Deferred suspension is a period of review during which the student must demonstrate an ability to comply with the Community Life Statement and other college policies or requirements. If, during the period of deferred suspension, the student is found responsible for a similar or more serious violation, the student will be suspended from the college (the suspension may be imposed immediately with the loss of the current semester). Deferred suspension status takes away the privilege of holding certain student leadership positions. Deferred suspension may, but does not always, restrict a student’s ability to participate in activities such as study abroad programs, or other programs in which the student is representing the college. Students are placed on deferred suspension for 15 or 30 weeks of the academic calendar. If, during the period of the deferred suspension, a student is found responsible for a Level I violation, the period of the deferred suspension for the student will be extended.
      • College suspension. Separation of the student from the campus for a specified period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. While suspended, students may not be on campus or participate in any college related event. Length of suspensions may vary from one or more days to one or more semesters. The timing of the suspension will not occur at the convenience of the student. The Academic Policies and Procedures state, “Faculty are not permitted to provide make-up opportunities or alter established class schedules for suspended students. Where this creates a hardship for students, they are to be referred to the dean of students.” Conditions for the student’s return to campus may be specified. If a student is suspended for the remainder of a semester or the entire semester, they must re-apply for admission to the college.
      • College expulsion. Permanent separation of the student from the college.

Other Remedial Efforts

In addition to the imposition of sanctions, the college may develop and/or distribute additional education and training for students and other members of the college community on prevention and awareness of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence; provide increased supervision, monitoring and/or public safety presence in locations where violations under this policy are found to have occurred; revise and publicize procedures; or conduct climate surveys.

Appeals

This process applies to an appeal of sanctions received from a violation of this policy only. For appeal of sanctions received from a violation of other college policies, refer to the Appeals section of the Student Conduct Process. Both the complainant and the respondent may seek review of a decision made under this policy by making an appeal. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the vice president for student life during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) within three calendar days of the decision. If the third day falls on a non-business day, submit appeals via email to stulife@westmont.edu. Appeals will be reviewed by the vice president for student life (or designee). Any requests for extension must be made in writing to the vice president for student life within the original three day appeal time period. Extensions for appeals are rarely granted, and will only be granted in extremely unusual circumstances. The decision to grant or deny an extension is within the sole discretion of the vice president for student life.

If an appeal is received from either the complainant or the respondent, the associate dean for residence life will notify, in writing, the non-appealing student within two business days of receipt of the appeal that an appeal has been filed.

Only one request for an appeal may be submitted by either the complainant and/or the respondent.

Appeal Criteria

An appeal must be in writing and consist of:

  • A completed Appeal Request form (available in the Student Life office), and
  • A statement outlining and supporting the specific grounds on which the student is appealing.

The appeal is not a rehearing of the original case and the role of the vice president for student life is not to substitute his or her own judgment for the judgment of the Student Conduct Panel. The role of the vice president for student life is to determine whether a new decision should be considered due to a procedural error, the availability of new information or the imposition of excessive sanctions. Therefore, a student’s appeal must be based on one or more of the following grounds:

  • A process or procedural error was made that was significantly prejudicial to the result of the student conduct meeting as it affects the student appealing.
  • New information that was not available or known to the student appealing at the time of the student conduct meeting has arisen which, when considered, may materially alter the result. Note: Information that the appealing student chose not to present at the time of the hearing is not considered new information.
  • The sanctions imposed are so severe —considering the nature of the violation, student attitude, previous history, impact of the student’s behavior on the community and other specific circumstances —that they demonstrate an abuse of discretion by the Student Conduct Panel. (Note: the complainant may use the same grounds to appeal that sanctions imposed are not severe enough.)

It is not enough to simply assert one of the grounds for appeal. The written statement accompanying the appeal form must provide information that supports grounds upon which the student bases the appeal. For example: If the student asserts that a procedural error occurred, he or she must name the procedure with specificity and explain how the error affected the decision made. If an appeal does not contain sufficient information to support the grounds upon which the student bases the appeal, review of the appeal will be denied.

During the appeal process, the vice president for student life may choose to set aside sanctions as appropriate.

Preliminary Review of Appeal

The vice president for student life will grant or deny review of decisions rendered by a Student Conduct Panel based on the student’s written appeal. The decision to grant or deny review of the original decision will be made within three business days following receipt of appeal.

  1. Review Denied: Vice president for student life will not review an original decision based on an appeal that fails to meet the criteria outlined above. In such cases, the vice president for student life will make no inquiry beyond the written material submitted and the original decision and any sanctions imposed will stand.
  2. Review Granted: If the student’s written appeal satisfies the appeal criteria, the vice president for student life will grant a review of the original decision.

If the vice president for student life grants a review of the appeal, the vice president will communicate to the non-appealing student this decision and provide the non-appealing student an opportunity to view a copy of the appeal. Within three calendar days of such notification, the non-appealing student may submit a written statement to the vice president for student life that he/she wishes to be considered by the vice president for student life.

Appeal Review

The vice president for student life has two options regarding who will make a decision on the appeal:

  • The vice president for student life will make a decision on the appeal; or
  • The vice president for student life will refer the appeal back to the Student Conduct Panel for a decision on the appeal. If the vice president for student life refers the appeal to the Student Conduct Panel for a decision, the vice president for student life will give instructions to the Student Conduct Panel to review the original decision in light of the information contained in the appeal.

The choice between these two review bodies is in the sole discretion of the vice president for student life. The vice president for student life will communicate to the appealing student whether the vice president for student life or the Student Conduct Panel will be the reviewing body for the appeal.

As part of the appeal review process, the reviewing body will consider material and/or testimony previously presented or a written summary of the previous student conduct panel meeting. The review body may, but is not required to, meet with the complainant, respondent, any witnesses and/or members of the Student Conduct Panel (if reviewed by the vice president for student life) prior to making a decision regarding the appeal.

Appeal Decision

Following a prompt and effective review, the vice president for student life or Student Conduct Panel chair (as appropriate) will communicate a decision on the student’s appeal no later than ten business days following the decision to grant a review of the original decision. The decision will be communicated in writing to both the appealing and non-appealing student. The decision will be in one of the two following forms:

  • Original Decision Upheld: Where review of the original decision does not demonstrate a different decision is warranted, the original decision will be upheld.
  • Original Decision Modified: Where review of the original decision demonstrates support for the appeal and a different decision is warranted, the review body will modify the original decision. This decision may include sanctions being decreased, modified, or revoked. Only in instances when the complainant appeals the decision may sanctions be increased.

The decision on the appeal is final, and no other office will accept or review appeals following the decision.

Registered Sex Offenders

Individuals who have been defined as Registered Sex Offenders are required to notify the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department if they are enrolled or employed at Westmont. This requirement includes contractors and vendors on the campus. Information regarding Registered Sex Offenders can be obtained at the Sheriff’s Department.

Crime Statistics

In accordance with the requirements of the Clery Act, Westmont collects and publishes crime statistics. The statistics are reviewed and prepared by the office of the Vice-President for Student Life and the Public Safety Office. College employees who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities report these statistics. They include non-professional counselors, athletic directors, faculty advisors to student organizations, team coaches, residence life personnel, other student life staff, and the officers of the Public Safety Department. Attached is a list of crimes and disciplinary referrals that have been committed as reported to College officials for the past three years.

Campus Crime Log

The Public Safety department maintains a campus crime log that is posted at the public safety office. This log contains a list all the crimes reported to the public safety department within the past 60 days. Also included is the location of where the crime occurred, the date and time of the occurrence, and the status of the incident.

Missing Student Notification Procedures

I. Purpose

In accordance with Federal law and to assist in guarding student safety, Westmont College establishes the following missing student notification policy and investigation procedures.

II.Definitions

A.Residential Student – For purposes of this policy a residential student is enrolled in the academic program and resides in on-campus housing.

B.Missing – For purposes of this policy, a Residential Student is presumed missing if he or she is more than 24 hours late in reaching their expected destination. A Residential Student may also be considered missing if 1) he or she is overdue in reaching home, campus or another specific location past their expected arrival; 2) additional factors lead College staff to believe he or she is missing, and 3) a check of their dormitory room supports that determination.

C.Confidential Contact- For purposes of this policy a confidential contact is the individual named by the residential student, to be contacted not later than 24 hours after the College determines the student is missing.

III.Notification to Residential Students

A.Residential Students are informed that they have the option to identify an individual to be contacted by the institution not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined missing.

B. Residential Students, who are under 18 years of age and not emancipated individuals, are informed that the College is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian if it is determined that the is missing. Residential Students who are 18 years of age or older are notified that the college will contact their parents if they do not identify an alternative confidential contact.1 In both cases, the college will contact students’ parent/guardian or other identified contact not later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined missing.

C.Residential Students are informed that the College will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency within 24 hours after the time that the student is determined missing.

D.The Office for Student Life will collect and maintain confidential contact information. The student is responsible for ensuring that the contact information is up-to-date and accurate.

IV.Procedures for Reporting and for Investigating Missing Students

  • Any College employee who receives a report that a student is missing, or has independent information that a student is missing, must immediately report the information or evidence to the Office for Student Life and to Public Safety. If Public Safety is initially contacted, they will notify the Office for Student Life, whose staff will determine whether the student is a Residential Student. If the Office for Student Life is initially contacted, they will notify Public Safety.
  • If the student is a Residential Student, the staff of the Office of Student Life will conduct a preliminary investigation in order to verify the situation and to determine the circumstances which exist relating to the reported missing student.

1.A staff member will attempt to contact the student using his or her cell phone number on file with the College.

2.If the student cannot be reached by cell phone, two staff members will visit the student’s room to verify their location and/or wellness, and, in some cases, when appropriate, deliver a message to contact a parent or other person who is searching for them.

3.If the Residential Student is not at the room, but it is occupied, the residence life staff will attempt to gain information on the student’s location and/or wellness from questioning the student’s roommates.

4.If there is no response when the staff members knock on the door of the room or there are occupants who do not know of the subject student’s location, the residence life staff will enter into the room in question, by key if necessary, to perform a health and safety inspection. The staff members will take note of the condition of the room and look for visible personal property (wallet, keys, cell phone, clothing, etc.) which might provide signs as to whether the subject student has taken an extended trip or leave from the residence hall.

5.If the student is not found in the room, the residence life staff will attempt to gain information on the student’s location from roommates, other members of the residential community, or other friends. The residence life staff will also attempt to acquire additional phone numbers for the subject student (if not already on file) and use them to initiate contact.

6.At any step in the process, staff members will immediately report any suspicious findings to Public Safety.

7.If all of these steps do not provide residential staff with an opportunity to speak with the missing resident or to learn his or her location, Public Safety will be contacted to investigate further.

8.If the missing student is determined to be under the age of eighteen, Residence Life staff will notify the Dean of Students, (or his/her designee), so that contact will be made with the student’s parents or guardians; or other identified contact within 24 hours of determining that the student is missing.

9. If these steps provide residential staff with an opportunity to speak with the missing Residential Student, verification of the student’s state of health and intention of returning to campus is made. If needed, a referral will be made to the college Health Center and/or the college Counseling Center. Residence Life shall contact Public Safety to document that a missing student investigation was begun and apprise them of the student’s state of health and well-being.


If the student is not a Residential Student, the Public Safety department will conduct a preliminary investigation in order to verify the situation and to determine the circumstances which exist relating to the reported missing student. If the Public Safety department determines that the student should be considered missing, it will contact the Student Life office who will contact the relevant outside law enforcement authority and provide the relevant information. If Public Safety determines that the student should be considered missing, the person making the initial report will be encouraged to make an official missing person report to local police.

Safety Tips and Crime Prevention

  • Report suspicious people to Public Safety at extension 6222 or 565-6222.
  • Avoid getting into places where you are vulnerable and there are no exits.
  • Do not hesitate to call 911 or Public Safety when strangers confront you.
  • Lock your office or residence hall room when you leave at night or when you are sleeping.
  • At night, walk in groups of two or more or call Public Safety for an escort.
  • Walk only on lighted footpaths after dark.
  • When parking, remove valuables from plain view and lock your vehicle.
  • Record the serial numbers of your valuables.
  • Make a record of your credit card numbers and other valuables in your wallet.
  • Write your name and ID number in several places in your textbooks.
  • Lock your bicycle in your room or a bicycle rack with a high-quality U shaped lock.
  • Report all criminal incidents and losses to Public Safety immediately.
  • Enroll in the self defense for women class taught by the PE department.
  • Review the written safety plans posted throughout the residence halls.

Fire Safety

Fire Safety Systems

Westmont College operates 5 separate residential complexes on campus and an apartment complex in the City of Santa Barbara. Each of these housing units contains fire protection systems that vary by building. Listed below are the units and their systems.

Armington Halls

  • Fire sprinklers in all the rooms
  • Smoke detectors in all the rooms
  • Heat detectors in the mechanical rooms
  • Fire alarm pull stations throughout the buildings
  • Fire horns and strobe alarm lights throughout the buildings
  • Fire doors on all the suites and stairwells
  • Fire extinguishers throughout the buildings
  • Digital fire alarm panels monitored by Cosco Alarm Company

Van Kampen Hall

  • Fire sprinklers in all the rooms
  • Smoke detectors in all the rooms
  • Heat detectors in the mechanical rooms
  • Fire alarm pull stations throughout the buildings
  • Fire horns and strobe alarm lights throughout the buildings
  • Fire extinguishers throughout the buildings
  • Digital fire alarm panels monitored by Cosco Alarm Company

Clark Halls

  • Fire sprinklers in A, C, D, F, M, and S buildings
  • Smoke detectors in all the rooms
  • Fire alarm pull stations throughout the buildings
  • Fire horns and strobe alarm lights throughout the buildings
  • Fire extinguishers throughout the buildings
  • Digital fire alarm panels monitored by Cosco Alarm Company

Emerson Hall

  • Fire Sprinklers in all the rooms
  • Smoke detectors in all the rooms
  • Fire alarm pull stations throughout the building
  • Fire horns throughout the building
  • Fire extinguishers throughout the building
  • Digital fire alarm panel monitored by Cosco Alarm Company

Page Hall

  • Fire sprinklers in all the rooms
  • Smoke detectors in all the rooms
  • Fire alarm pull stations throughout the building
  • Fire horns and strobe alarm lights throughout the building
  • Fire doors on all of the stairwells
  • Fire extinguishers throughout the building
  • Digital alarm panel monitored by Cosco Alarm Company

Ocean View Apartments

  • Smoke detectors in all the rooms
  • Fire alarm pull stations throughout the buildings
  • Fire horns and strobe alarm lights throughout the buildings
  • Fire extinguishers throughout the buildings
  • Digital alarm panel monitored by Cosco alarm company

Fires in 2015

There were no fires that occurred on campus during the year of 2015.

Fire Drills in 2015

It is the College practice to conduct one or more supervised fire drills in each of the residence halls each year. Whenever the alarms are active (planned or unplanned), a mandatory evacuation of the buildings is required. In 2015 the College conducted separate fire drills in all residence halls and the Ocean View apartments during the month of September.

Residence Life Fire Safety Policies

Appliances and Cooking

You may use hot air corn poppers which do not use oil and hot pots that do not have exposed heating coils in your room. Residence halls have kitchens for occasional, recreational cooking. The students in each residence hall are responsible to keep their kitchen clean, as Westmont does not provide regular cleaning service for them. Fire and safety regulations prohibit the use of appliances with exposed heating coils, microwave ovens, and toaster ovens in student rooms.

Bunk Beds/Trading Beds

In order to keep your sleeping surface below the wall-mounted smoke detector and prevent injury or damage from striking the ceiling, your mattress must be at least 36 inches from the ceiling. Your resident director has bunk bed connectors and he/she must approve any trading of beds between rooms.

Candles, Fires, and Oil Lamps

Safety codes prohibit your burning open flames or incense in any college building except Ocean View at any time. Violations are subject to a $100 fine per incident.

Electrical Cords

You may use UL-rated power strips with built-in circuit breakers as extension cords in your room. However, regular extension cords may fail at the outlet during a power surge and cause an electrical spark, representing a safety hazard. Therefore, these are prohibited.

Fire Equipment

County fire regulations make it illegal to tamper with fire equipment. Tampering with fire extinguishers, hoses, or alarms will result in a minimum $100 fine, and damaged equipment or emptied fire extinguishers will result in additional charges.

Firearms and Fireworks

As the possession of fireworks and firearms is illegal, and for safety reasons, you may not possess weapons, firearms, or fireworks on campus at any time. This includes air soft guns and pellet guns. Violators of this policy are subject to suspension.

Lighting

Westmont provides ceiling-mounted fluorescent fixtures in each room. The college recommends that you bring your own desk lamp. Westmont allows the use of new fluorescent torchieres bearing the Energy Star label. These cost more to purchase but provide a safer, more efficient torchiere.

Halogen floor lamps (torchieres) are prohibited. Though inexpensive to purchase, they present serious safety concerns because the bulbs burn at extremely high temperatures (1,000°F). They can easily ignite flammable and combustible materials. Halogens also require a large amount of electricity to operate. You should place personal light fixtures away from flammable materials such as draperies, mattresses, carpet, bed linens, and clothing.

Smoke Detectors

Each residence hall room is supplied with a working smoke detector. Please do not remove or tamper with the smoke detectors. If you are experiencing any problems with your smoke detector, contact a residence life staff member immediately. Campus safety personnel check smoke detectors in rooms during Christmas break to insure they are in working condition. Any smoke detectors that have been removed or damaged will be replaced, and the residents of the room will be charged.

Smoking

Westmont College sits in a wild land interface with the Los Padres National Forest. We are subject extreme fire danger situations at various times throughout the year. As a result the College has a no smoking policy everywhere on the campus including within all buildings.

Emergency Response Procedures

  • [The following reflects the content of our Emergency Info page as of the date of this Clery Report. It may have been updated since then.]

We are thankful to not currently be facing an emergency situation. We will update this page as information develops that may be helpful to you. We will also use various other means to reach our students, staff and faculty, including text message, automated voice calls, emails, and word of mouth.

You may also wish to keep in some convenient location our Crisis Hotline number: 888/565-7911. It will be refreshed with updates that are as current as possible if our website is down.

Students should add a contact in their cell phone titled "Westmont Emergency" and showing the number "281-207-4890". This is the number that will show up on caller ID in case Westmont broadcasts an emergency announcement by cell phone or text message. (Click here to view Westmont's Timely Warning policy, in compliance with the federal Clery Act requirements.)

Students are reminded periodically that we will only be able to reach them (or someone about them) in an emergency if they have updated their contact information on the Student Profile page. Depending upon the circumstance, we may route emergency notifications via cell phone, email and/or text message.

Emergency Response - Immediate Actions

Wildfire
  • Go to the gym
    If it's safer to leave campus, we'll coordinate departure from there.
    If it's safer to shelter at the gym, that's what we'll do.
    Bring backpack, meds, empty bladder
  • Do not leave the campus solo
    Wait for official word about whether to stay or go.
    We may need to use the seats in your car.
  • If time is short you're safer here
    Gym has housed us safety before
    Leaving late can be dangerous
Dorm Fire
  • If door HOT, stay in room
    or exit thru window if possible
  • If door COOL, open slightly
    to check for smoke
  • If SMOKE, stay in room
    and use towels, etc to cover openings
  • If no smoke, close door behind you and go to assembly area
    (pull alarm en route)
Power Loss
  • Never use candles
    Use flashlights instead
  • Turn off computer
    to prevent surge when power restored
  • Minimize movement in the dark
    Library, DC and Gym may have backup power in case it's safe to find your way there
Earthquake
  • Duck & Cover
    away from windows, falling objects, power lines, building perimeters
  • Hold on
  • Check in at dorm assembly area, then go to Lovik Field
    and if safe to get them, bring your meds
  • Food, shelter, medical
    The very basics will be available ASAP
  • If trapped, BANG on something
    That sound travels better, and you won't get worn out shouting
  • To the extent possible, HELP OUT
    those around you with needs
Dorm Assembly Areas

Armington
Clark
Emerson

Deane Lawn
Front Lawn
Front Parking Lot

Ocean View
Page
Van Kampen

Parking Lot
Parking Lot
Front Parking Lot

Reporting a Fire

In all occurrences of a fire immediately call 911. For the purposes of including a fire in the statistics in the annual fire safety report, report the fire to the public safety department at (805) 565-6222. The officer on-duty will investigate and file a report.

Future Fire Safety Improvements

The College plans to improve campus fire safety by retrofitting the remaining residence hall areas that do not have a fire sprinkler system in place. The College also plans to upgrade all of the fire alarm panels to digital systems to improve the identification of alarm activations and lessen the response time.