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Safety Measures in Place at Worcester State University

October 6, 2015
By: Worcester State University News

In the wake of the recent tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, we wanted to remind the community of some ways police and others keep our campus as safe as possible.

– Policing at Worcester State University is provided 24 hours a day throughout the calendar year by a full-time staff of 18 sworn police officers, 3 residence hall security officers, a full-time Emergency Coordinator, 3 full-time dispatchers, and a full-time Parking & Transportation Manager. University police officers enforce the rules and regulations of Worcester State University in conjunction with applicable state and federal laws.

– WSU Police use an Emergency Response Plan that is based on the national standard. Police take every threat seriously. Depending on the situation, they may call in state police, the FBI, and/or the Worcester Police Department to assist. Those reinforcements are always available to us, and have been used. We also take false threats seriously. Those falsifying threats can face serious academic and/or legal consequences.

– The university uses the WSU Alert system to notify the community when there is an emergency. When an email from police or other University official is the method of communication, rather than a WSU Alert, then police have determined that no immediate danger or public safety concern exists on campus. Those with email addresses automatically receive emailed WSU Alerts. Students, faculty, and staff can also sign up to receive text message WSU Alerts at logging in with a WSU user name and password.

– In addition, the university recently acquired the Rave Guardian application that renders a mobile phone an emergency notification device. The WSU community can download the app here.

– Counseling and police are resources in a crisis. We encourage students who are anxious or emotionally impacted by a crisis to contact Counseling Services at 508-929-8072. University Police may be contacted anytime of night or day about a public safety matter, at 508-929-8911, or go to the website at (click the purple bar on left side of page) to submit an anonymous tip.

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