At West Virginia University Institute of Technology, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. The entire campus is dedicated to providing a safe and productive college experience.
University Police Officers
University Police provides patrol-protection to all WVU Tech campus property including, classrooms, laboratories, parking lots and residence halls. University Police officers are vested with full police powers and responsibilities identical to the local sheriff in your home community. Our officers are responsible for public safety services including crime reports, investigations, traffic accidents, fire emergencies and enforcement of local, state and federal laws requiring police assistance.
The University Police Department is located in the Old Learning Center Building (Beside COBE Hall).
Safety in the Residence Halls
WVU Tech has coeducational residence halls with 24-hour visitation. Guests in the halls must be accompanied by a resident of the hall at all times. Each student room is equipped with peepholes, window locks, and smoke detectors.
Each residence hall is staffed by a full-time professional Resident Director who is responsible for the overall operation of the hall and is on-call around the clock. Student resident assistants (RAs) live on each floor of the residence hall. All residence life staff members have training in enforcing residence hall rules and university policies. Residence halls are locked 24 hours a day and all guests must be accompanied by a resident of the hall at all times.
Facilities Management staff maintain the campus buildings and grounds with a concern for safety. This department inspects campus facilities regularly and makes repairs accordingly. The University Police Department assists the Facilities Management staff by reporting hazards.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to phone Facilities Management at 304.442.3104 to report campus safety concerns.
The cooperation and involvement of students in a campus safety program is absolutely necessary. Students are encouraged to take commonsense precautions for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings. Although the campus is safe and well-lit, students may phone the University Police at any time for an escort back to their residence hall.
Valuable items such as cell phones, tablets, computers and televisions should be marked by the University Police Operation ID program. Automobiles that are parked on campus must display appropriate parking permits, use assigned areas, and be locked at all times.
UPDATE YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Emergency Contact Registration and Missing Person Protocol
Students are encouraged to update their emergency contact information through STAR when registering for classes each semester. This information will be used in the event that a student is reported missing while at the institution.
If a WVU Tech student living in university-operated housing is suspected to be missing from campus, immediately report it to a residence hall staff member (i.e. residence hall director or resident assistant) or the University Police Department.
If the student resides off-campus, contact the University Police for assistance at 304.442.3101 or call 911.
All reports of missing students made to the residence hall staff and/or the University Police Department will be investigated. If the investigation determines that the student has been missing for over 24 hours, the University will do the following over the next 24 hours:
- Notify the individual identified as your emergency contact person;
- If under 18 years of age, the University will notify a parent or guardian; and
- If you are over 18 years of age and have not provided an emergency contact, the University will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency.