Police Department Services

Campus Police Department: Services

The Campus Police Department and its officers provide the campus community with a variety of services.  Whether it is a campus patrol or an informational program in the residence halls, Campus Police is available and visible throughout the campus community.

For more information about any of the services listed here, please contact the Campus Police Department at 276-328-0190.

Campus Patrols

Officers provide patrols of campus grounds and facilities 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Emergency Alerts (Immediate Notification)

In the event of an emergency, the Siren Alert System will be activated by the UVa-Wise Campus Police Department, unless issuing a notification will compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.  The public address information will identify the emergency and will include actions to be taken to ensure personal safety.

The Emergency Alert System provides immediate notifications via telephone and/or email. Multiple phone numbers may be registered.  Sign up for the Emergency Alert System.

Emergency Call Boxes

Emergency call boxes are located on campus and may be activated by pushing a button. The activated call box will automatically notify Campus Police. The caller should give the necessary emergency information to the officer and, if possible, remain at the call box until an officer arrives. Tampering with these units or making false emergency calls is strictly prohibited. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Educational Programming

The Campus Police Department offers a variety of educational programs for the campus community and in the residence halls.  Topics include drug and alcohol awareness, crime prevention and safety, internet awareness and safety, personal safety, travel safety, etc.

Missing Students

UVa-Wise complies with Section 485(j) of the Higher Education Opportunity Act regarding missing residential student notification.  On the Application for Campus Housing, the College provides every student living in campus housing the opportunity to identify an emergency contact, as well as confidential contact person(s) to be contacted whenever the College determines that a residential student is missing.

UVa-Wise will maintain the confidentiality of the registered missing person contacts. This information will only be accessible to authorized campus officials and law enforcement. It will not be disclosed outside of a missing person investigation.

Any person who believes a student living in campus housing may be missing should immediately contact the Office of Housing & Residence Life (Housing Office) or Campus Police. The first office to receive the report will notify the other office of the report. Both offices will attempt to determine whether the student is missing. The Housing Office will try to contact the student through all available means.  Campus Police will investigate the validity of the report and manage the information according to its established investigative standards, may notify the appropriate campus personnel and seek their aid in the investigation, and contact any law enforcement agencies necessary to further the investigation.

If within 24 hours of the report, Campus Police is unable to locate the missing student and the student is not known to have returned to campus, Campus Police will notify the Housing Office, and the Director of Residence Life (DRL) or designee will notify the individual(s) the student designated as confidential missing person contact(s) and document the date and time of notification. If the missing student is under age 18 and not an emancipated individual, the DRL or designee will notify the student’s custodial parent or guardian and  document the date and time of the notification.

Regardless of whether the student has identified a contact person, is above the age of 18, or is an emancipated minor, Campus Police will notify the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction in the area that the student is missing within 24 hours.

Campus Police and the Housing Office will coordinate efforts to locate the missing student. The DRL will notify the Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Life and provide updates on the investigation status.

When the student is located, the DRL or designee will contact the student to offer any appropriate support, as well as the confidential contact(s) and/or parents (minor students) to confirm the student has been located.

If the initial investigation is unsuccessful in locating the student, Campus Police will continue to
investigate using established police procedures. The DRL will decide what further action, if any, should be taken by the Housing Office.

Operation ID

Participants are given the opportunity to label personal property and valuables brought to campus with hand-held engravers.  The Department maintains records of these items.

Timely Warnings

Campus Police is very concerned about providing timely warnings to the entire campus community. In the event that a situation arises that, in the judgment of one or more of the following: Chief of Police or designee or senior administrator constitutes an on-going threat, a campus-wide timely warning will be issued.

Timely Warnings are typically issued for the following Uniformed Crime Reporting Program (UCR)/National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) crime classifications: major incidents of arson, aggravated assault, and criminal homicide, robbery, and sex offenses. Cases of aggravated assault and sex offenses are considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the facts of the case and the information known by Campus Police. For example, if an assault occurs between two students who have a disagreement, there may be no on-going threat to other UVa-Wise community members and a Crime Alert would not be distributed. In cases involving sexual assault, they are often reported long after the incident occurred, thus there is no ability to distribute a “timely” warning notice to the community. Sex offenses will be considered on a case by case basis depending on when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by the UVa-Wise Campus Police Department.

Typically, the Chief of Police or designee will write the warnings which are usually distributed by the Office of College Relations.  Distribution may be accomplished by the use of some or all of the following: press releases, email messages, website, siren, or emergency alert system.

Vehicles & Parking

All employee and student vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the Campus Police Department and display a valid parking decal.  Decals are valid for one year (August 15 to August 15) and are available for purchase in the Campus Police Department. A copy of the current Vehicles Rules & Regulations is provided when you purchase your decal.

Campus Police Department

Cantrell Hall, lower level
276-328-0190 or 276-328-COPS
Weekdays from 8am-5pm
For all after hours police related non emergencies, call 276-328-3756.
For campus emergencies, call 911.