Campus Security is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment for work, study and research. Their purpose is to deter crimes against persons and property, and to assist the university community in planning for and responding to emergencies.
Campus Security Officers work to provide a positive, friendly, and safe environment that encourages students, employees, and the community to attend and enjoy the campus and University events. They patrol the walking corridors of the campus, promoting a safe environment and providing assistance to those who are in need. Officers observe and report crimes in progress, safety hazards, and perform building security checks, provide security for major events; security escort service; and maintain a visible presence around campus.
All security officers on campus are trained professionals, however the city of Richland police and fire officials are the first responders in the event of an emergency.
To report any emergency involving immediate danger to life or property (fire or smoke, medical issue, or crimes in progress), call 911. For incidents which do not require an external response, call the campus emergency line at (509) 372-7234.
You can help by reporting any suspicious activity or crime you may witness. It is also the responsibility of each member of the community to become educated about our emergency procedures and the steps you can take to help protect yourself and others. The campus security office is located in Floyd 147, and can be reached at (509) 372-7698.
Campus Security Officers are available on campus during all operating hours (Monday-Friday, 7AM-10PM, Saturday 8:30AM-4PM). Officers are available to assist with office lockouts, after-dark escorts, or to respond to emergencies by calling the security office at 509-372-7698. During non-operating hours, including Sundays and holidays, private uniformed security patrols the WSU Tri-Cities campus.
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.
Periodic Police patrols, and all police services, are provided by the City of Richland Police Department.
Six emergency phones are located on campus, providing a direct connection to emergency services. The phones are located in the “blue poles” spread across campus in the following locations:
The emergency phones can be used in two ways:
To report an emergency on campus:
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.
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.
Annual Security Reports for WSU Tri-Cities (Clery Reports):
Following are daily logs for crimes reported on or immediately adjacent to WSU Tri-Cities campus properties. All crimes are reported, included those not related to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Beginning with calendar year 2018, fires reported in on-campus housing facilities (the Vineyard apartments) are also included in the logs.
WSU Tri-Cities has developed multiple tools for crisis communications. The primary tools are:
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:
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.