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Campus Safety exists on campus to keep the entire campus community safe—for faculty, staff and students to live, work and thrive in a welcoming environment. Campus Safety strives to promote biblical and Christ-centered practices in its safety and service duties, to be proactive rather than reactive and use tools such as education and solid public relations relationships.
In Case of Emergency
If contact with the Campus Safety staff is needed outside of normal business hours, call our 24/7 switchboard and dispatch for additional assistance. For an on-campus emergency, call 9-1-1 and Campus Safety at 0 (zero) from an on-campus phone or at 616.949.5300 from any other phone.
Campus safety strives to create an environment free of crime on campus. That’s why 24/7 protection is important to us, but we provide more than just safety. We also provide other services like vehicle battery jumps, issue photo IDs and provide special services for events on campus, including:
- General and specific foot and vehicle patrols 24/7.
- Monitor campus-wide fire alarm system.
- Oversee campus-wide emergency door alarm system.
- Receive and handle all incoming campus phone calls.
- Vehicle battery boosts.*
- Vehicle lockout assists for most vehicles.*
- Portable air units are available to check out for the purpose of inflating low-pressure motor vehicle tires.*
- Parking, traffic and security planning assistance for special events.
- Special need safety and security watches.
- Daily building lock and nightly unlock services.
- Special event unlock and lock services.
- Conduct residence hall fire drills once per semester.
- Respond to various calls for service.
- Respond to medical incidents and coordinate medical matters with the GRFD, local ambulance service and/or the CU Health Department (Cornerstone Campus Safety Officers and the Switchboard/Dispatcher Manager are medical first-aid, CPR, and AED trained and certified to serve our campus community).
- Investigate incidents.
- Issue photo ID cards.
- Process building access permissions to students, staff and faculty.
- Assist with the distribution of University vehicle use record books, credit cards and keys
- Work in conjunction with other University departments in the interest of pro-active safety and security for all.
- Promote a safe, secure, and harmonious campus environment through information, education and public relations.
*Cornerstone and its Campus Safety Office and personnel are not liable for damages that may be caused by assisting with vehicle lockouts, battery boosts, inflating tires or vehicle push-offs.
Federal law requires Cornerstone to submit a Clery report each fall, reporting on crime and incidents that occurred on campus and at off-campus, university-owned facilities and housing in the previous year. The U.S. Department of Education also provides Clery statistical data.
Campus safety is committed to providing a safe, welcoming environment for all students, faculty and staff. As such, we have several policies in place to help maintain that. Our current policies are as follows:
- Cornerstone complies with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989. In addition to the policies outlined in the student handbook, municipal, state, and federal laws strictly outline penalties for the illegal use, possession, or distribution of alcohol and drugs. Specific references to the laws are available in the office of Student Development.
- Weapons of any kind are prohibited on Cornerstone’s campus, including buildings, grounds and vehicles on campus property.
- Cornerstone will not tolerate hate crimes or prejudices.
- Cornerstone will not tolerate unwanted sexual advances and/or sexual assaults of any type, and victims are encouraged to report all incidents immediately to campus safety, health services, counseling services, student development and/or law enforcement.
- Students, staff and/or faculty are encouraged to report all crimes, possible crimes and any or all suspicious and/or concerning situations to campus safety or law enforcement immediately upon observation or upon receiving said information.
- Campus Safety will issue safety warning reports whenever circumstances warrant.
- Annual Calendar Year Campus Safety Department reports will be issued on or about Feb. 1 for the preceding year.
- All crimes and/or concerns must be addressed to the director of campus safety and/or his/her designee as soon as possible. This contact can be made in person or through contact with the campus safety switchboard (Dial 0 from on-campus or 616.949.5300 from off-campus).
- The Student Development Office/Campus Safety produces and makes available policy statements regarding a variety of campus safety procedures for general on-campus and residence hall situations.
- Campus Safety personnel are authorized to approach students, staff and faculty for the purposes of establishing identification and/or investigating on-campus safety and/or criminal, traffic, and parking matters.
- The Campus Safety Office does not possess general arrest power.
- The Campus Safety Office does work closely and in conjunction with law enforcement and fire service authorities and does report criminal incidents.