Campus Emergency Procedures

Washington State University Tri-Cities is committed to maintaining the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus. As part of this commitment this Campus Safety Plan contains a comprehensive listing of policies, procedures, statistics and information relating to campus safety, emergency management and the health and welfare of the campus community.

Principal administrative responsibility for campus safety and security lies with the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. The Division of Student Services also has significant responsibilities in this area.

Many WSU units collaborate to address campus safety issues and needs through their programs. Together, these programs comprise the plan for maintaining a safe campus for all. Links to the web pages for each of these units can be found in the left sidebar for this page.

Calendar Year 2015 Annual Security Report
Calendar Year 2014 Annual Security Report
Calendar Year 2013 Annual Security Report
Calendar Year 2012 Annual Security Report

Security Patrols

Private uniformed security patrols the WSU Tri-Cities campus from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, enhancing the safety and security of our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Guards are available to provide after-dark escorts to students and employees upon request, by calling the campus emergency line at 2-7234.

Because WSU Tri-Cities shares campus facilities with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Department of Energy (DOE), regular patrols of campus are also conducted by PNNL and DOE security. Police services are provided by the City of Richland Police Department.

Blue Emergency Phones

Three emergency phones are located on campus, providing a direct connection to the campus emergency operator. These are located in the “blue poles” in row 7 of the south parking lot, in the center of the CIC parking lot, and on the walkway between CIC and the West building.

To use the emergency phones, simply press the large red button on the phone panel. This will immediately dial the campus emergency operator, who can dispatch the appropriate emergency services.

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Crime Statistics

Washington State University maintains records of crime statistics for the last three academic years in accordance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (originally the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990). It is a federal law that requires institutions of higher education in the United States to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas, maintenance of a daily crime log as well as providing timely notification and warnings of certain types of crimes in the university community. For more information on the Jeanne Clery Act, click HERE.

Crimes on or immediately adjacent to WSU Tri-Cities that are related or unrelated to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act are found here:

Reporting an Emergency

To report an emergency on campus:

  1. For any emergency posing a threat to life or property (such as fire, medical emergency, or crime in progress): CALL 911. After calling 911, call 2-7234 to notify campus responders of the incident.
  2. For emergencies which do not threaten life or property, report it by dialing 2-7234. The dispatcher will then forward the information to campus responders.

When reporting an emergency, be specific about which building and room you are in so responders go to the correct location. If someone is available to help you, send them out to the building entrance to guide the emergency responders to your location.

  • The West and East buildings are at 2710 Crimson Way
  • The Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) address is 2720 Crimson Way
  • The Consolidated Information Center (CIC) address is 2770 Crimson Way
Emergency Communications for the Campus and Public

WSU Tri-Cities has developed multiple tools for crisis communications. The primary tools are:

  1. the building public address system, mounted on all campus buildings;
  2. the CougAlert Crisis Communication System, which contacts registered members of the university community directly via voice, text, and e-mail messaging with emergency warnings and notifications;
  3. the WSU ALERT web site

CougAlert is an opt-in system. Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to sign up to receive emergency messages through this system. Follow these instructions to register:

  1. Connect to myWSU
  2. In the “WSU Tri-Cities Emergency Info” box, click on “Update Now!”
  3. Enter your contact information on the registration form. Entering multiple contact methods will increase the likelihood you will receive messaging, even off campus.

Please note, any information you enter in this form will not be shared outside of WSU Emergency Management, and you will not receive spam messages as a result of registration.
A test of the CougAlert system is conducted once per semester.

During emergencies, the primary resource for information on the current status of WSU for the university community as well as the general public will be the WSU ALERT web site. The site is available to anyone with access to the internet and will be updated as conditions warrant with current information during a crisis affecting the university. Additional communications will come from the internal communications resources of the Office of University Relations

The Office of University Relations also provides communications to the public and media through the WSU News Service.

Campus Safety Plan Oversight
Title IX
Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking

Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking

Sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking will not be excused or tolerated at Washington State University. The University is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act to adopt policies and programs aimed at prevention and response. Washington State criminal and civil laws and WSU’s Standards of Conduct for Students are enforced.

Sexual assault in any form, including acquaintance rape, violates criminal laws and WSU’s standards of conduct and will not be tolerated. WSU has instituted procedures to respond to violations of these laws and standards, programs aimed at the prevention of such conduct, and intervention on behalf of the victims.

WSU will not tolerate domestic violence or stalking in the workplace, residence halls, apartments, or elsewhere on campus. The University is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe work and living environment.

WSU officials will treat victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking with respect and dignity. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and WSU officials will assist by providing resources to victims.  In addition to coordinating with local law enforcement efforts regarding sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking, WSU will refer victims to the appropriate university and/or local community counseling and other resources devoted to assisting victims.

All employees, students, and visitors should immediately report threats, acts of aggression, or acts of violence at the University. Students and visitors should report incidents to the Richland Police Department . Employees should report such incidents to their supervisor, Richland Police Department, or Human Resource Services.

Contacts for Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response

Anyone who has been, or has a friend who has been sexual assaulted or raped, may contact the University’s Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, at 509-335-4511 (or 509-335-2159 after hours). They will receive assistance with:
• Accessing medical needs, counseling and advocacy
• Filing an anonymous report or reporting to the Police or to the Office of Student Conduct
• Addressing housing or academic concerns

Local support is also available from:

Sexual Assault Response Center
24-Hour Hot Line Number: 374-5391
Provides information, education, assistance, advocacy, support groups, crisis intervention, and referrals to victims of sexual assault.

Click here, to go to the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Task Force web site.

Counseling Services

509-372-7153 (WSU Tri-Cities)
509-335-4511 (WSU Pullman)
ADCAPS / Counseling Services
509-335-8784

Domestic Violence Information

Domestic Violence Services 509-582-9841 (24 hour hotline)
• HRS website: Employee Assistance Program
• HRS website: Domestic Violence Guidelines

Stalking Information
Stalking Resource Center

Student Counseling Services