Public Safety Briefs

By Gregory Smith
October 8, 2012

The College’s Public Safety department released their Campus Public Safety and Fire Safety Report on Oct. 1.

As per the Jeanne Clery Campus Security Act and the Pennsylvania College and the University Security Information Act (otherwise known as the Campus Security Act or Clery Act), a federal law, the College has to keep and disclose information about any crime that occurs on campus.

The Cabrini College Public Safety Department is there to provide safety to the college community through educational programs, training, and 24/7 availability to the college community.  Public safety works with other on campus organizations such as Residence Life, Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) and Facilities.  The Public Safety Department also works with Radnor Township, Radnor Police Department, Tredyffrin Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies surrounding campus to ensure the communities safety.

Cabrini College offers a variety of housing, including singles, doubles, triples, quads and apartments. Cabrini also offers coeducational residence halls as well as single-sex halls such as House 5.  All residence halls have Resident Assistants (RA’s) that live in the halls with students to provide a healthy living community to the students by assisting Public Safety and through answering any questions a resident may have.  Public Safety officers also sit in Xavier, Woodcrest, East Residence Hall and West Residence Hall from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and by members of the Residence Life staff from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cabrini College conducts ongoing educational programs to promote awareness and prevention of rape, acquaintance rape and other sex offenses to ensure its students are aware.  These programs utilize lectures, multimedia presentations, brochures and pamphlets.  Cabrini College is also very sensitive to the treatment of the victim, and their confidentiality.  Victims are urged to contact Public Safety in the event of an assault, and will receive a variety of services if they choose to accept them.  Once an assault has been reported, the college will take all steps necessary to apprehend the assailant.  Information regarding registered sex offenders may be obtained here.

The legal drinking age in Pennsylvania is 21, therefore it is illegal and a violation of the Community Standards for students and their guests under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcoholic beverages on campus.  Any student of the legal drinking age (21) will be allowed to have alcohol in their rooms, but in moderation, and only if their roommates or suite mates are of the legal drinking age as well.  Under both state and federal laws, the possession, use or sale of narcotics or unauthorized drugs is illegal. Any student involved in this type of activity on campus are subject to disciplinary action and parental notification, in addition to possible criminal charges. Cabrini complies with the Drug Free School and Communities Act by enforcing policies which include sanctions for illegal alcohol and other drug use and by providing students and employees with information and services to understand those policies.

Unscheduled fire and evacuation drills are conducted in the residence halls approximately every month. The drills are supervised by  Public Safety and Residence Life. Drills are documented and problems are addressed afterward. Students must participate in the fire drills and it is a violation of the College Community Standards not to evacuate during a drill, and Public Safety has the right to enter rooms to ensure compliance and for the safety of the students.
The report breaks down various crimes and situations that have occurred on campus between 2009 and 2011 and came with several highlights. Notably, four forcible sexual offenses have been reported in 2011, however, two of those were have said to occur in 2006. Drug law violations and arrests have decreased from previous years. The report also notes an arrest in 2011 for possession of weapons (which are prohibited on campus) and notes a spike in alcohol violations (28 more violations occurred last year than the year before).

The full report can be accessed here, or a paper copy can be retrieved by contacting Interim Director Diana Pohl at


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