Campus Security Policy Statement
UVa-Wise wants to maintain a safe and secure environment for its students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The UVa-Wise Campus Police Department is assigned a variety of security related functions. At the same time, individual units, for example, schools, colleges, and various non-academic departments have responsibility for the security of facilities assigned for their use. The Department is charged to provide security regulations by which students, faculty, and staff are required to abide. Any building specific regulations, established by units responsible for those buildings, must be consistent with the regulations established by the Department. Members of the faculty, staff, and student body should report all crimes, hazards, emergencies, or dangerous situations to the Campus Police Department.
The UVa-Wise Campus Police Department maintains a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week constant contact with the College community. As police officers, they are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors, students, faculty, and staff. Officers are responsible for a full range of public safety services including all crime reports, investigations, medical and fire emergency response, and traffic control. The Department also enforces laws regulating underage drinking and the use of controlled substances.
The Department maintains an ongoing relationship with the Virginia State Police, Wise County’s Sheriff’s Department, and the Town of Wise Police Department. This includes assistance in criminal investigations in and out of the College jurisdiction, and sharing information.
News releases are made when incidents occur that might endanger students, faculty, staff, or the general public. Any suspected criminal, suspicious persons, or other emergency situations should be reported immediately to the Campus Police so they can dispatch the appropriate emergency personnel.
The mission of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Campus Police Department is to serve and protect the campus community and to enhance the quality of life on campus. This is achieved in conjunction with the campus community through the enforcement of laws, crime prevention activities, education and community awareness, and maintenance of accreditation. The foundation of our Department is community service. All people within our jurisdiction are served with respect and fairness.
We, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Police Department, are committed to the prevention of crime, the investigation of problems and incidents, the preservation of security, and the enforcement of all laws and College rules. Services of the UVa-Wise Police Department are oriented to produce an environment that enables the College to implement its mission of education and public service.
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Police Department consists of nine full-time law enforcement officers. The Department is responsible for the enforcement of all laws within the Commonwealth of Virginia [Code of Virginia § 23-234], with special attention to the statutes regarding underage alcohol consumption and possession of controlled substances, and sex offenses. The officers have jurisdiction in all of Wise County and any location otherwise that the College owns or maintains. Each officer continually undergoes training with the DCJS to maintain state certification and professional skills. The Department also maintains an excellent working relationship with the Virginia State Police, Wise County’s Sheriff’s Office, and the Town of Wise Police Department. This includes, but is not limited to, the agencies assisting one another with criminal investigations, emergency response, and information sharing.
Our Department members are:
- Ronnie Shortt, Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety
- Kevin Yates, Sergeant/Investigator & Clery Officer
- Beau Boggs, Sergeant & Special Events Coordinator
- Mike Mullins, Sergeant
- Mark Harmon, Officer
- Jerry Miniard, Officer
- Jeremy Price, Officer
- Diane Thacker, Secretary
CLERY ACT INFORMATION
Personal safety and the security of our campus is of importance to The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. In order to keep you informed about safety and security issues, the College’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (ASR) is linked below.
In accordance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), codified as 20 U.S.C.§1092(f) in 1989, the ASR contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, campus police authority, crime reporting, fire safety, and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. It also contains information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. Further, the Higher Education Opportunity Act requires institutions that maintain on-campus student housing to publish an annual fire safety report that outlines fire safety practices and standards of the institution.
The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report is available each year by October 1. It is linked here:
2015 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (CY 2012, 2013 & 2014 statistics)
A copy is available upon request by calling Campus Police (276-328-0190) or the Office of Compliance & Conduct (276-376-3451).