The purpose of the Criswell College Police Department is to maintain a safe environment for all students, staff members, and visitors on and around our campus, by enforcing state and local laws as well as campus regulations in a manner that is conducive to academic investigation, educational involvement, and extracurricular activity, in cooperation with local and state agencies.
All police officers employed by Criswell College hold active commissions and licenses through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education and are authorized by state law (Texas Education Code 51.212) to arrest those committing offenses in their presence or view. The Criswell College Police Department investigates any unlawful or suspicious activities that occur on campus, and is responsible for the enforcement of all campus parking regulations.
Students and staff should promptly report all emergencies, criminal activity, and suspicious persons and property on and around the campus to Campus Police. If you are unable to reach the Campus Police, immediately contact the Dallas Police by calling 911.
The Campus Police office is located between the receptionist desk and the gym doors on the first floor of the Activities Building. Should an emergency arise during business hours, Campus Police can be reached at 214-818-1333 or by dialing 1333 from any campus phone. Campus Police can also be reached by notifying the first floor receptionist. A red emergency phone is located on the second floor along the south wall and will call Campus Police directly. If there is an emergency requiring medical assistance, students and staff are also directed to call 911.
Campus facilities are unlocked each weekday morning between 6:00am and 7:00am and promptly secured at the end of the business day or following evening classes. During the evenings with classes, the College has contracted with police officers from local agencies to provide on-site security. The officers shall remain on campus, either stationed at the receptionist desk on the first floor of the Activities Building or out patrolling the campus, until all of the students and staff have cleared the parking lot. They can be reached at 214-818-1333 or by dialing 1333 from any campus phone. Again, if there is an emergency requiring medical assistance, students and staff are also directed to call 911.
Students and staff are to call 911 should an emergency arise during an event officially recognized by Criswell College at an off-campus location where Campus Police are not present.
Campus Police can be contacted with non-emergency information, questions, or suggestions either by phone (214-818-1333) or email at Campus_Police@Criswell.edu.
The Criswell College Police Department oversees the reporting and investigation of all criminal incidents on the campus and strongly encourages all victims to make timely reports to Campus Police. Campus Police also facilitates Criswell College’s compliance with all local, state, and federal laws which have a direct bearing on campus security, and may send copies of crime reports to a limited number of campus administrators, which includes the president, vice presidents, and others, to keep them informed of security issues. Unsafe and hazardous conditions are reported to the Facilities Department, which also works toward maintaining the security of the campus by repairing defective lights, locks, doors, gates, and windows in a timely manner.
The Criswell College Police Department also works closely with the Dallas Police Department, the Baylor Hospital Police Department, and the Dallas Theological Seminary Police Department, and by sharing information about crime, crime trends, and suspicious persons with each other, they strive to produce a safe community.
In the event of a crime that occurs on or near campus that constitutes an ongoing threat to the campus, a timely warning will be issued to the campus community. One or more of the following methods will be used: e-mail(s) to students and staff, text messages, postings on the Campus Police website, postings in campus buildings, or notices in campus mailboxes.
Crime prevention literature is made available to the campus community, safety tips are listed on the Campus Police website and in campus emails, and the Campus Police shall be highlighted during the New Student Orientation.
Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by holder of license to carry a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (concealed handgun law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun. The possession of firearms, toy guns, fireworks, explosives of any nature, and any instrument designed as a weapon of aggregation is prohibited on the campus property. The only exceptions to this are for authorized law enforcement. Possession of any of these items can result in disciplinary action and criminal charges being filed. Any student or staff member who observes an individual in possession of any of the above-mentioned items on campus should contact Campus Police immediately.
DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND TOBACCO POLICY
Criswell College is a drug-free, alcohol-free, and tobacco-free campus. The use, possession, consumption, sale, manufacture, or delivery of illicit drugs and narcotics, including marijuana and drug paraphernalia, is prohibited by law and college regulation. The possession, use, and distribution of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are prohibited by college regulation and under-age drinking laws shall be enforced. Possession of any of these items can result in disciplinary action and possibly even criminal charges being filed. School-imposed sanctions are described in the Student Handbook. Any student or staff member who observes an individual in possession of any of the above-mentioned items on campus, in Criswell Housing, or at any Criswell-sponsored event should contact Campus Police immediately.
Various federal, state, and local regulations prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions may include probation, driver’s license suspension, fines, and/or incarceration, and vary depending on the type of violation, the type and amount of the substance(s) involved, and the age of the persons involved (in the case of alcohol).
Dallas City Code:
Chapter 6 – Alcoholic Beverages
Chapter 13 – Courts, Fines and Imprisonments
Chapter 31 – Offenses – Miscellaneous
Texas Penal Code:
Title 3, Chapter 12 – Punishments
Title 10, Chapter 49 – Intoxication and Alcoholic Beverage Offenses
Texas Health and Safety Code:
Title 6, Subtitle C – Substance Abuse Regulation and Crimes
United States Code:
Title 18 – Crimes and Criminal Procedure
Title 21 – Food and Drugs
Title 27 – Intoxicating Liquors
Future revisions, amendments, or additions to these or other applicable codes are incorporated into this policy by this reference. Any student convicted under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs during a period of enrollment will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, or loan, as well as any Criswell Financial Aid. Applicable legal sanctions for the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol are available upon request from the Criswell College Police Department.
The Student Life Office offers referral services to rehabilitation programs or to long-term individual therapy sessions for drug and substance abuse if needed.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT POLICY
The College has a moral, educational, and legal obligation to provide an environment for learning and working free of sexual harassment and assault whether by members of the same or opposite gender. Any form of verbal or physical sexual harassment is not only inconsistent with Christian living but also deemed as illegal gender discrimination according to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
In the event of a sexual assault, victims are strongly encouraged to report the incident and preserve any physical evidence as proof of the assault. It is also recommended that victims seek medical treatment as soon as is reasonably possible. The campus offices authorized to deal with sexual offenses are Student Services and Campus Police, and both will assist the victim if requested. When contacting one of these offices, victims will be given specific information that explains how to bring formal charges against the offender. However, victims should be aware that reporting the incident does not mean that they must make an official police report. Referrals to other community support services will be made when appropriate. The college may change a victim’s academic or living situations if changes are requested and are reasonably available. Campus disciplinary procedures may also be taken against accused individuals, but the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding, and both will be informed of the outcome of any such proceeding. Upon a final determination, accused individuals may be suspended or permanently dismissed from the college.
To find information on registered sex offenders see the website for the Texas Department of Public Safety http://records.txdps.state.tx.us/.
MISSING PERSONS POLICY
Immediately notify Campus Police if a person is believed to be missing, especially if for 24 hours or more. Campus Police will notify the Dallas Police and local agencies once a person is deemed missing, and the college will attempt to notify the person’s parent(s), guardian(s), spouse, and/or next of kin that the person has been reported missing. Immediately contact Campus Police if a reported missing person has been located. If you are unable to reach the Campus Police, contact the Dallas Police Department.
ANNUAL CRIME STATISTICS
The following reports are provided annually by the Criswell College Police Department in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). Public crime statistics covering the occurrence of specific types of crimes that took place on or around the campus over the three previous calendar years can be viewed below.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND EVACUATION PLAN
The Administration of Criswell College has authorized the following policy for the protection of the individuals on and the property of the College campus during an emergency: