Westfield State University is committed to enhancing the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors to its campus. As part of this commitment, the university has prepared this Campus Safety Overview, containing an introduction to university systems and information relating to campus safety, emergency management and the health and welfare of the campus community.
The following sections summarize important information you should know now about campus safety and security:
Westfield State has developed many resources and tools for crisis communications with the Westfield State web site serving as the primary source of emergency and other critical information for the campus.
One of our greatest strengths is our caring, connected community. Many different departments and committees play a role in ensuring individuals feel safe, informed and prepared.
Department of Public Safety is a professional police department certified by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program. Administratively, campus safety and security is the primary responsibility of the Department of Public Safety, overseen by the Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police, who is responsible to the university’s vice president of student affairs.
The office is staffed by 13 commissioned officers with police powers, plus 2 full-time and 9 part-time institutional safety officers (ISO’s). The department is the lead agency in providing personal safety training to the campus and offers general crime prevention programs. Training classes include Active Shooter/Workplace Violence, Clery Reporting, RAD (Rape Aggression Defense), and Crime Prevention. Presentations are made to campus throughout the year and can also be made upon request.
The Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a command structure established to enhance efficiency and communication in the event of an emergency. The ERT meets monthly to plan and review campus safety procedures.
STAT (Student Threat Assessment Team) reviews concerns and reports on students who may pose a threat to campus. STAT meets monthly to review any concerns referred by the campus community and provide intervention as needed. Concerns may be reported by contacting the Dean of Students at x5425.
The Counseling Center offers a range of services – including individual counseling; substance abuse prevention and education; crisis intervention; consultation services for parents, staff, and faculty; workshops and outreach programs; online mental health screenings; and a resource library. The Counseling Center also has an On-Call Counselor available during day and nighttime hours (see specifics listed below).
Faculty As A Helping Resource
Faculty are in a unique position to help students in distress. Students hold professors in high esteem and therefore, faculty are in the position to offer them the kind of advice and direction that they will consider carefully. If you have a question regarding the college's policy on student conduct in the classroom, please refer to the Classroom Student Conduct Policy.
Health Services provides coordinated health care, wellness education and disease prevention with the goal of enabling students to achieve their academic goals. Health Services directly managed efforts around the 2009 H1N1 Flu pandemic.
Health Services is located in the Scanlon Hall Annex and can be reached at x5415.
Westfield State University Department of Public Safety has statutory law enforcement jurisdiction over the Westfield State campus. It has mutual aid agreements with local, state and federal agencies including Massachusetts State Police, City of Westfield police and fire departments, the City of Westfield Emergency Management Agency (WEMA), Western Massachusetts MEMA office, Gateway Regional High School, Stanley Park and other agencies. These agreements outline the authority, liability, financial obligations and equipment used by each agency.
The City of Westfield provides fire, emergency medical services and major HAZMAT response to the Westfield State campus.
The mutual aid agreements are reviewed annually and updated as needed.