Your Right to Know
The Weber State University Police Department (WSUPD), a police force fully accredited by the State of Utah, bears primary responsibility for law enforcement and safety on campus.
Qualifications of Officers
Officers of the WSUPD are trained and accredited by the state. Officers also receive annual in-service and specialized training in crime prevention, first aid, firearms, laws, traffic investigations, and other law enforcement subjects.
WSUPD Enforcement Authority
Officers perform their duties under the police authority of the State of Utah. They are sworn to enforce the law throughout the state. Enforcement activities are usually limited to the campus and other University properties.
Are dedicated the enforcement of state and federal laws without favoritism or bias. No laws are excepted, including those related to substance abuse and alcohol—and the consumption of alcohol by underage drinkers.
Police and Public Safety Services Patrols
Police services are provided around the clock. Department officers, in uniform and plain clothes, conduct frequent patrols, on foot and in marked and unmarked vehicles.
Officers provide a full range of public safety services including investigations of crimes and traffic accidents, medical and fire emergency services, and enforcement of laws-including those related to liquor (e.g. underage drinking).
Cooperation with other Agencies
The WSUPD shares information about crimes on campus with other police agencies having a need to know. For example, the serial numbers and descriptions of vehicles, office equipment, and personal property stolen from campus are reported nationwide through the National Crime information Center (NCIC).
Security of Classrooms and Other campus Facilities
Most University facilities are open to the public during regular business hours, including evenings when classes are in session. When the University if officially closed, buildings are usually locked; only employees and certain students may be admitted. Campus crime statistics can be found on the WSU Police website or directly from the WSUPD and the HEDA Center.
Participate in educational programs publications
Police Beat, a campus newspaper column, appears each week to keep the public informed of the occurrence of sexual and other offenses that occur on campus. In addition, the campus newspaper may publish other new stories and feature articles dealing with a variety of crime prevention topics.
The campus newspaper, special memoranda, the campus radio stations, and safety newsletter ma be used a circumstances warrant to advise personnel and students about crime (including forcible and non-forcible sexual offenses) prevention to solicit aid for law enforcement officers, and to alert campus of special threats or situations.
Crime Awareness/Prevention Brochures and Educational Aids
Free literature and free-for-load videos on a variety of subjects, including sexual offenses, are available from the University Police. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to request these materials and to discuss them with University Police personnel.
Personal Safety and Security
While WSU attempts to provide a safe and secure environment, it is also incumbent on all campus citizens—faculty, staff, and students—to take personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. Often, the best defense against sexual offenses in one’s own personal alertness and awareness. Never place yourself at risk. Report all suspicious incidents to the police immediately. And notify your professor or supervisory when you are concerned about safety and security.
Sex Offense Prevention Program
The University Police Department provides educational programs to promote greater awareness of sexual offenses, especially acquaintance rape. The overall purpose of the program is:
- To education Weber State University’s faculty, staff, and students as to methods and strategies to avoid becoming victims of sexual crimes
- To inform them of their rights and responsibilities if they become victims, and
- To warn potential perpetrators (called actors in the Utah Criminal Code) of the penalties for such crimes.
These educational programs are presented each year in the campus residence halls. Programs area also available for presentation to other members of the University community on request. All members of the campus community are encouraged to participate in the program at least once during their state at the University. A representative of the University Police, at 801-626-6460, can provide available dates and times of the programs.
If you are a victim of rape
Many victims of sexual assault don’t know where to turn for help of what to do after and assault. They may be ashamed to talk to anyone or they may try to act as if nothing has happened. The following steps should serve as a guide:
- Most importantly, get help quickly.
- Call the police at 801-626-6460 or the YCC Women’s Crisis Center at 801-392-7273.
- Next, consider calling a close friend or relative to provide emotional support.
- Do not douche, bathe, or change clothes until you have talked with the police. You may destroy valuable evidence needed by medical personnel.
A person who is raped needs medical attention. The best judge of injuries is a doctor. Even a minimally violet attack can expose the victim to venereal disease, pregnancy, an/or long-lasting physical or emotional trauma.
Therefore, even if you don’t intend to report the rape, it’s still essential that you be examined by a physician as soon as possible.
Any victim of sexual assault may file a complaint and proceed with an on-campus disciplinary hearing. All rules and guidelines for initiating such hearings are covered in policy (IX) of the Weber State Student Code.
Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is unlawful and is contrary to University policy. Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or other sexually degrading verbal or physical conduct may constitute sexual harassment. Courteous, mutually respectful, non-coercive conduct between two people that is acceptable to both parties is not considered to sexual harassment.
University Drug and Alcohol Policy
Weber State University enforces Federal and Utah State laws in regard alcohol & tobacco and the use of illicit drugs, and reserves the right to enforce these laws to their fullest extend and/or has the option to use disciplinary sanctions.
Weber State University is a drug free campus. See WSU code section (IV: C-21,22,23).
Staff and Faculty
Weber State University maintains a drug free work place, reference Policy and Procedures Manual (No. 3-30 A&B, Bo. 3-33 & No. 10).
Procedures For Hearings
The goal of the hearing process is to provide for the prompt and fair resolution of all grievances as they occur to constructive educational and developmental relationships can be maintained at Weber State University. Informal resolution of any dispute should be attempted. If satisfactory resolution is not achieved through informal means, and party involved in the dispute may request access to the hearing process. Formal resolution may be sought from a college or departmental system or from the office designated by the Vice President for Student Services. Appeals from those bodies will be considered only on due process grounds.
A. Weber sate University may impose one or more of the following sanctions:
- Institutional Sanctions – warning, reprimand, probation, suspension from specific privileges or services, interim suspension, prolonged suspension, expulsion;
- Academic Sanctions – grade adjustment, loss of credit;
- Monetary Sanctions – Forfeiture, restitution, fines;
- Personal Development Sanctions – requirement or recommendation for counseling, specific courses, workshops;
- Group Sanctions – warning, reprimand, probation, suspension of privileges, revocation of registered organizations, status, group monetary and/or group personal development sections;
B. When a sanction(s) is imposed, the individual/group will be informed by certified mail of the specific sanction(s) and the appeals processes available within 14 days of the decision.
Where to Go For Help
WSU Health Education/Drug Alcohol (HEDA)
Location: SSC 150A
Telephone: 801-626-7561 Fax: 801-626-7786
Call for an appointment
Services: Alcohol & Drug Education, Referrals, Referrals to community treatment and support groups,
Web Page: www.weber.edu/heda
WSU Counseling/Psychological Services Center
Location: SSC 280
Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm M-Th, 7:30-4:30 F
Services: initial assessment &referral, individual counseling crisis intervention, Psychiatric evaluation and medication management, Referral to community resources.
Ogden Regional Medical Center (ACT)
Location: 5475 S. 500 E., Ogden
Services: Intake and assessment, Inpatient treatment program, Aftercare services and planning
Location: 529 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401
Services: Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Weber County Human Services
Location: 237 26th St., Ogden
Telephone: 801-625-3700 (24 hour service)
To report crimes, hazards and emergency conditions
You may also use any of the brown emergency telephones located outside some campus buildings as indicated on the map in this brochure. You do no need to use coins when you dial 991 from a pay phone.
Report Emergencies From:
Off Campus ............................ 911
On Campus ............................ 9-911
Routine Police Information ..... 801-626-6460
Physical Plant ......................... 801-626-6331
Student Life Maintenance ....... 801-626-6930
Drug & Alcohol Education ....... 801-626-7197