Reporting Crime, Emergencies and Non-Emergencies


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Reporting Crime, Emergencies and Non-Emergencies on Campus and at the Bookstore

The procedure to take when a medical, fire or criminal emergency or non-emergency occurs is as follows: 

Step 1: For any emergency (medical, fire or criminal), immediately call 911.

In case of fire emergencies only: In addition to calling 911, activate the nearest fire alarm pull box by pulling down on the lever to alert others in the building and then exit the building to a safe location. Treatment of serious injuries should begin within three to four minutes of the accident.

Any non-emergency incident should be immediately reported to the Cheltenham Township Police Department by calling 215-885-1600, if on campus, and to the Horsham Township Police Department by calling 215-643-8284, if at the Bookstore.

An emergency is any life-threatening situation—fires, medical emergencies in which an ambulance is needed, and crime situations requiring onsite police response. It would include the following:

  1. Any crime that is in progress or where the offender is still on the scene (or has just left the scene)
  2. All serious violent crimes—homicide, robbery, sexual assault, domestic violence, assault—even if the crime is no longer in progress or the offender has left the scene
  3. All fires and medical emergencies
  4. Building intruders. If you see a door or window forced open, do not go in—call 911 from the nearest phone.
  5. Vehicle crashes involving personal injury, major property damage, or traffic tie-ups
  6. Seeing a criminal you know is wanted by the police

Step 2: Any emergency or non-emergency (medical, fire or criminal) should be reported to the Director of Human Resources, the Associate Dean of Students, the Dean of Students, or the Chief Administrative Officer who will, if necessary, assist in contacting the police and medical authorities. If an emergency or non-emergency is reported to a student or employee other than a person in one of the above-named positions, that person should immediately report it to the Director of Human Resources, Associate Dean of Students, the Dean of Students, or the Chief Administrative Officer.

Step 3: File a written report of the medical, fire or criminal emergency or non-emergency with the seminary within 72 hours of the emergency or non-emergency. The Director of Human Resources, Associate Dean of Students, the Dean of Students, or the Chief Administrative Officer may assist in filing the report.

Procedure to Follow if a Sexual Assault Occurs

Students: Please reference and follow the seminary’s “Sexual Harassment, Assault and Rape” policy in the student handbook.

An employee who is the victim of a sexual offense at the seminary should do the following:

Step 1: Get to a place of safety first!

Step 2: Obtain necessary medical treatment. If emergency medical attention is needed, call 911. Go immediately to a doctor or hospital for treatment of any injuries and for other tests, which can provide important medical evidence. In such situations, individuals should make special effort to preserve evidence which may be necessary to prove criminal conduct. (Ideally, a victim of sexual offense should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical exam.)

Step 3: Contact the Director of Human Resources or the Chief Administrative Officer in a timely manner. If an incident of sexual offense is reported to any other person in the seminary, that person should immediately report to one of the people in the above-named positions. A written report of the sexual offense incident should be filed with the seminary within 72 hours of the incident.

The Director of Human Resources or the Chief Administrative Officer may assist the victim with any of the above steps.

  1. Get necessary medical attention.
  2. Contact Cheltenham or Horsham Township Police or the London Police, if victim requests this assistance.
  3. File a written report with the seminary.

Notifying the police does not obligate the victim to prosecute. Filing a report with the seminary also does not obligate the victim to prosecute.

The seminary community may obtain information concerning registered sex offenders from the PA State Police at http://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/.