Public Safety Department
Washington and Lee University Public Safety is staffed by 19 full-time and 13 part-time staff members - a Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director, Technology Manager, 2 Sergeants, 2 Investigators, 8 Officers, 3 full-time Dispatchers, 3 part-time Dispatchers, and 10 part-time Officers and Shuttle Drivers. Public Safety officers, while responsible for the enforcement of rules and regulations prescribed by the University are not empowered with arrest authority. These officers protect and serve the community 24 hours daily. Public Safety officers present an open and helping attitude that creates a trusting relationship with students and other members of the community. Public Safety personnel are always available to answer questions and deal with the problems young people encounter during their careers at Washington and Lee. The relationship with the Lexington Police Department, Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office, and Virginia State Police is excellent and the departments hold regular meetings to discuss common problems.
Members of Public Safety patrol the campus grounds 24 hours daily and provide various support services for members of the community. Escorts are provided to more distant parking areas, resident halls are patrolled with extra emphasis on major weekends, and the officers maintain a high degree of visibility. An electronic access control system was first installed in most campus residence halls in 1995-1996, and over the years has been expanded to include most campus buildings. There are currently 82 emergency phones (48 "Blue Light"/emergency phones and 34 elevator emergency phones) located at various places on campus to allow contact with Public Safety personnel at all times. In 2015, the University also implemented the LiveSafe App, which can also be used to contact Public Safety at any time. LiveSafe App is a mobile safety technology that can be used to share information and make reports to Public Safety, as well as access emergency information and lots of other useful information and resources.
Individuals are encouraged to report all criminal activity to Public Safety. Public Safety can assist students or employees in reporting criminal activity to appropriate law enforcement authorities, including the Lexington Police, Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office, or Virginia State Police. A Crime Log is maintained in the Public Safety Office and can be reviewed upon request at the Public Safety Dispatch Desk, which is staffed 24/7 every day of the year.
Public Safety will provide Campus-Wide Alerts to the University community in cases of crimes and other emergency situations that occur in or near the W&L campus, are reported to either Public Safety or local law enforcement, and are considered to represent a serious and continuing threat to students, faculty and staff members or their property. These notices will be posted at various locations on campus and will be sent by campus wide e-mail. Public Safety also meets regularly with members of the student newspaper staffs to discuss and release timely information concerning safety and security.
In accordance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained from the Virginia State Police online.