Safety & Security
Asbury University is a relatively safe and secure campus community; however, crimes do occur on and near campus. The following information is provided regarding personal safety and the security of possessions on campus.
Asbury University employs and trains its own security staff who function as service providers to the Asbury community. Security staff members have several specializations including safety and threat assessment, first aid and CPR, law enforcement, criminal justice/safety research and criminal investigations. Most of the full-time staff has graduate degrees and/or experience in law enforcement.
Security staff is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year. Additionally, the Director of Campus Safety & Security is on-duty during the week and on-call 24/7 as needed. If information or assistance is needed the University Switchboard/dispatcher may be contacted at (859) 858-3511, extension 0.
Campus security officers remain in radio contact with the Switchboard operator/dispatcher throughout their shift. Additionally, should an urgent situation arise, the officer on duty may also contact Jessamine County 911 for fire, ambulance or police assistance.
Security officers report all crimes to the Director of Campus Safety & Security for inclusion on the University website daily log, and subsequent state and federal reports in accordance with the Minger and Clery Acts. All victims of violations of law are strongly encouraged to report criminal acts to the Wilmore Police Department, and Safety & Security officers are available to meet with students and employees to assist in reporting incidents to the police. Campus Safety & Security will provide assistance to the police during investigations.
In general, campus buildings are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Many of the buildings and classrooms are not open weekends except for special events. The Switchboard/dispatcher may be contacted 24 hours a day at (859) 858-3511, extension 0.
Residence halls are secured 24/7. A registered resident student, with an approved electronically coded I.D. card, may enter their residence hall by using their I.D. card. Should the card reader malfunction or a card be misplaced, access for current students living in the residence hall may be gained by going to the Switchboard in the Hager Administration Building.
Crime on campus
Any known or observed crime must be reported to the Switchboard operator or to the Campus Director of Safety & Security as soon as possible. Asbury University promotes a “See Something Say Something” philosophy on campus in alignment with the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to keep communities safe. Students, employees, and visitors should report incidents which are concerning to the University Switchboard at (859) 858-3511, extension 0, so Safety & Security can respond to the incident. In any emergency a person should dial 911 to reach Jessamine County 911. After speaking with the 911 dispatcher, the University Switchboard should also be called so Safety & Security officers may assist outside first responders on campus.
All theft or vandalism complaints in the residence halls must be reported at once to the appropriate RA or RD. Each resident has the responsibility for safeguarding possessions by locking residence hall rooms, and documenting the make, model, and serial numbers of personal possessions.
Prohibited items on campus
No student or employee is allowed to bring any tobacco products, alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs to the campus. Confirmation of possession, use or sale of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will result in disciplinary action, which may include dismissal. Firearms or other weapons are not permitted on campus by anyone except as provided for within the Kentucky Revised Statutes. Questions regarding firearms should be directed to the Director of Safety & Security (859) 858-3511, extension 0.
Campus safety & security orientation
Safety and security information is provided to students during student orientation and at various times throughout the year such as resident assistant training, desk worker training, and other safety educational opportunities. New employees are provided safety and security information during new employee orientation. Students and employees with safety and security questions may call the Switchboard/dispatcher to be placed in contact with the on-duty Safety & Security officer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (859) 858-3511, extension 0.
Emergency response information and communication
The Live Safe mass communication and safety app is available to all students and employees, and in part, has the following capabilities:
- Emergency texting
- Reporting non-emergency concerns/hazards to security staff
- Requesting after-hours transport/escort (on campus only)
- Viewing emergency response plan excerpts
Timely Warnings: If an event occurs on or near campus, which may constitute an ongoing or continuing threat, a university-wide emergency text will be issued. The warning will be issued via emergency text messaging, email, and/or other means deemed appropriate. Students are automatically signed up for emergency texting during financial registration when they provide a cell phone number. Employees are given instruction for emergency texting signup during employee orientation and via email during each semester. Internally, notices may be posted in each residential facility and within academic buildings in an effort to enhance communication.
All external communications will be handled through the University’s Office of Strategic Communications. Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime or threat, the university website, or other university media may be used to communicate with stakeholders and the public.
Reporting of fire and crime statistics
The daily crime and fire logs are available for viewing on the university website at:
The Annual Personal Safety Plan and the Campus Fire and Safety Reports, which provide crime statistics in accordance with state and federal law, are available for viewing on the university website at https://www.asbury.edu/about/offices/campus-services/security/reports-personal-safety-plan/