Safety and Security

Personal Safety & Security

Asbury University is a relatively safe and secure campus and community environment in which to attend classes and work. However, crimes do occur and it is necessary to provide the following policies, recommendations and information regarding personal safety and the security of possessions on our campus.

Asbury University employs and trains its own security officers. Security Officers are on duty Monday through Thursday nights from 5:00 pm to 7:30 am, as well as around-the-clock coverage on weekends (Friday 5:00 pm through Monday 7:00 am). Additionally, on staff is the Campus Security Director who is available Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Should information or assistance be needed, in any manner, regarding personal safety and security, contact the Security Director or the Security Officer on duty by calling the University switchboard, or by talking with the Security Officer or Director in person.

Asbury University Campus Security Officers are officially “Officers of the Peace,” and as such carry no weapons. However, they are authorized to make a Citizens Arrest if need be. Campus Security Officers are in radio contact with the Switchboard operator at all times. Additionally, should an urgent situation arise, the officer on duty can also contact the Wilmore Police Department for assistance at (859) 858-8955. Security officers are required to report all crimes of which they have knowledge to the local police department.

In general, Campus Buildings are open for use Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. Many of the buildings and classrooms are not open on Saturdays and Sundays except for special events. The Switchboard and information center in the Hager Administration Building is always open and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Residence Halls are open until curfew as detailed in the Handbook for Residence Life and Community Life. For access after curfew, the dormitories are equipped with I.D. card readers. A registered resident student, with an approved electronically coded I.D. card, may enter the dormitory by using his/her card. Should the reader malfunction or a card be misplaced, access may be gained by going to the Switchboard in the Hager Administration Building and contacting a Security Officer. Proof of identity will be required.

Any Crime which is observed or of which a person has knowledge, must be reported immediately to the Security Officer on duty, to the Switchboard operator, or to the Campus Security Director on extension 2168. In the event the director is out of the office, he can be reached via the University Switchboard.

All Theft or vandalism in the dormitory or dormitory room must be reported at once to the appropriate RD, RLC or RA. The resident staff will make a concerted effort to assist as they are able. However, each individual person has the main responsibility for the safeguarding of possessions by keeping them locked up, by locking of dorm rooms, by labeling items for identification, and recording serial numbers, etc. The RDs, as well as the Security Director, have engraving tools which may be checked out for identification of belongings.

No student or employee is to bring any tobacco product, alcoholic beverage or illegal drug to the campus. Confirmation of possession, use or sale of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will result in almost certain dismissal from the University. Firearms or other weapons are not permitted on campus. Individuals who have weapons for hunting, etc., must store them off campus.

University policy regarding Safety and Security is explained to students during student orientation and to new employees during employee orientation. The Security personnel are available to answer questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Timely Warnings: In the event a situation arises, either on or off the university campus that, in the judgment of the Director of Security, the VP of Student Development, or designee, (after consultation with the Crisis Response Team if time and availability permit), constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a university-wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued via the university web site, "asbury.edu", email, text messaging and/or other means deemed appropriate. Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime or threat, additional notices may be posted in each residential facility and within academic buildings.

The following table lists crimes that have been reported showing category and the calendar year in which they occurred:


2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Murder 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offense 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Forcible Sex Offense 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary/Theft 5 7 4 8 11
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0
Bias-Race 0 0 0 0 0
Vandalism 1 1 2 1 0
Number of on-campus arrests for:
Liquor Law Violations 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Violations 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0