The safety and security of all guests and members of our campus community are extremely important to us at the Ashland Theological Seminary. As a department of the Ashland University located one half mile from the main university campus, the Ashland Theological Seminary utilizes the Safety Services department of the university. The Ashland University Safety Services department is committed to our goal of providing a safe and secure environment for students, faculty and staff so that all may work toward their desired objectives. While Ashland Theological Seminary, located in the rural community of Ashland, is fortunate to be in an area that enjoys a relatively low crime rate, we encourage guests and members of the campus community to become involved and take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. As crime can happen anywhere, we encourage those within the campus community to not be complacent with their safety.
Safety Services Department
The Ashland University Safety Services department is a support services department charged with enforcing Ashland University policies and maintaining a safe and secure environment for the campus community. A director, administrative assistant, dispatchers, officers, and interns staff the department, which reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Located on the first floor in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center, the Safety Services department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Around-the-clock service is provided by a dispatcher and at least one uniformed, unarmed officer (or criminal justice intern) patrolling campus. Interns from the Ashland University criminal justice program receive the same training as the Safety Services officers and must pass the same pre-employment background checks and drug screening. During the holiday breaks, the Safety Services department may use Student Affairs staff in place of officers to patrol the residential units and campus.
Safety Services officers are first responders to medical, fire, criminal and other emergencies on campus and are the primary contact for general assistance service calls. Safety Services officers and interns not only enforce university policies, they may aid the Ashland City Police in the enforcement of state and local statutes for incidents that may occur on campus. Safety Services officers and interns do not have arrest authority. Ashland University Safety Services may notify the Ashland City Police Department for any on campus incident as the campus is within the jurisdiction of the Ashland City Police. Persons found to be in violation of University policies and/or state and local laws will be processes thru Safety Services and, if necessary, the Ashland City police. While the department does not have a written memorandum of understanding with the Ashland City Police Department, it does encourage all victims of any crime on campus to report crimes to the city police and will assist in the process. During the academic year Ashland University Safety Services forwards a summary of the weekly incident log to the Ashland City Police Department.