All crimes that occur on Colorado Christian University campuses will be reported. Federal guidelines require reports on murder, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. Additionally, the University is required to report the number of arrests on campus for liquor law violations, drug abuse violations, and weapons possessions. Reports on all crimes must be made to the CCU Campus Safety and Security Department, and the Lakewood Police are advised of any crimes on the Lakewood campus. The Campus Safety and Security Department Officers contact the Police or Sheriff’s Department if an arrest needs to be made on any of the CCU campuses.
Colorado Christian University has a drug-free policy and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Liquor laws and drug abuse laws are strictly enforced on CCU campuses. For policies on liquor and drugs, refer to the Policies of Student Conduct section of the Student Handbook (PDF).
Students are notified if a major crime occurs on campus by notices posted around campus. The Student Life Office is also given information on crime activity so residential advisers can inform students living on campus. Notification is made by the end of the next weekday after a major crime has been committed on campus.
Campus Security guards do not have arrest authority; in the event that a police presence is needed on campus, the Lakewood Police Department is notified. Furthermore, victims of crime are told to report crimes to the Lakewood Police Department. University officials have coordinated with the Lakewood Police Department concerning possible emergencies that could occur on campus.
Colorado Christian University utilizes the Rave Emergency Broadcast Alert System to notify students via text message and e-mail of significant emergencies or dangerous situations involving an immediate threat to health and safety on campus. Students register their cell phone numbers with the University in order to be notified.
Once it is determined by staff the threat is immediate, the system can be activated by the appropriate staff member(s), and an emergency message is sent to the each student stating what the emergency is and what must be done to be safe. The Rave System is tested at Chapel at the beginning of each semester and at different times throughout the academic year.
Students missing for 24 hours will be reported to the security guard on duty who will then notify the Dean of Students, Director of Campus Security, and the Director of Resident Life. Students living on campus have the option of registering a confidential contact person to be notified in case that student is determined to be missing. Law Enforcement will be contacted immediately if the student is determined to be missing after the contact person has been notified or the missing student has not registered a contact person with the University. If the student is less than 18 years of age, the parent or guardian of that student will be notified. Only University officials and law enforcement may have access to this contact information.
Students living on campus are encouraged to lock their doors when not in their rooms and should pull drapes or other window coverings to reduce criminal opportunity. All public CCU buildings are locked at night starting at 10:00 p.m. Students and employees must be out of the buildings at the time they are locked. Only cleaning crews and security officers are to be in the CCU buildings past lock-up time as alarms protect some of the critical property areas of the University.
The Campus Safety and Security Department recognizes that although students reside on a Christian university campus, we live in a world with very real dangers. Campus Safety and Security Department personnel have several specific tasks to perform on each tour of duty, and because of this, students are encouraged to think about the well-being of other students whenever possible, while being aware of their surroundings and avoiding unnecessary risks. Should students need a Campus Safety and Security Department escort, they are encouraged to call the officer on duty. Department personnel are available to serve and assist with students’ safety. Students may request that an officer to escort them to their destination rather than walking alone after dark (or anytime there may be a safety concern).
To promote safety and security on campus, the department often holds training sessions that address topics related to student safety. All topics of general interest will be posted and may be attended by any student or employee of CCU. Rape prevention seminars are also conducted at the beginning of each semester.