Campus Safety

 

LTSP informs students and employees annually about campus security procedures and practices through dissemination of this report. LTSP has a campus safety staff on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This staff, however, has no police or arrest powers.

LTSP urges persons affiliated with the school to make use of the extensive safety resources at the City of Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments. LTSP encourages students and employees to be responsible for their own safety and the security of others. You can do this by informing yourself about safety procedures and crime avoidance tips available from the campus security department..

The campus Security Department provides escorts on campus and to the immediate Germantown Avenue corridor. Should you desire such an escort, contact  the Security office in Wiedemann dormitory, at 215-248-4665 or at campus extension 7502. Notice is helpful in anticipating the need for an escort.

2.1 Access to LTSP Campus and Buildings

Access to all space on the LTSP campus is limited to the official occupant of that space and that occupant's officers, employees, students, guests and/or invitees. Access to the LTSP student housing buildings is limited to residents and their guests. Keys allowing entry to LTSP buildings and offices are issued by the Security Department. The Security Department maintains a list of persons holding keys. Unauthorized copying of keys, or lending them to unauthorized persons is expressly forbidden. Violations of this policy may result in the loss of access privileges.

2.2 Security of LTSP Campus Buildings

Members of the LTSP community are charged with the responsibility of safeguarding the spaces under their control, maintaining custody of the keys to which they have been entrusted, and reporting promptly the loss of any such keys.

2.3 Procedures to Report Criminal Activity and Emergencies

Members of the LTSP community, or any other person authorized to be present on the LTSP campus, should report any suspected criminal activity or other emergency that poses a threat to life or property.

  • If immediate danger to life or property exists, dial 911.
  • If immediate danger is not present, call the Security Department at 215-248-4665.

In all cases, report the incident to the Security Department. It is the policy of the seminary that all crimes be reported. Incidents that may or may not be crimes may also be reported to Campus Security. Such incidents may also be reported to those facilities persons with responsibility for controlling access to buildings or facilities and officials having significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Licensed counselors and campus clergy are exempt from certain reporting requirements. All matters of strictly pastoral concern are treated with confidentiality. The appropriateness of confidentiality in other instances is assessed on a case-by-case basis. LTSP encourages counselors and clergy, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform those they counsel of procedures for reporting crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the Campus Security Department Report. For clarity on issues of confidentiality, please check either with Dean J. Jayakiran Sebastian or the Rev. Rev. Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath, Coordinator of Student Services.

2.4 Information About Registered Sex Offenders

Information about registered sex offenders under section 17010(j) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S. Code 14071(j), may be obtained from the City of Philadelphia Police Department.

Federal law requires persons who must register as sex offenders to provide notice to the state if they are employed by or a student at an institution of higher education. Sex offenders must register with the City of Philadelphia Police Department. They must notify the police department within five days of enrolling in LTSP, or of being convicted of an offense qualifying them as sex offenders. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not prohibit institutions from disclosing information about registered sex offenders.

No employee of LTSP, within the scope of his or her LTSP employment, has police powers or the authority to arrest individuals. Law enforcement is the province of the Philadelphia Police Department.

It is the responsibility of each member of the LTSP community to be alert to the potential for criminal activity on the campus. All students, faculty, staff, administration, and tenants are expected to participate actively in maintaining the best level of security possible and to be aware of security at all times.

2.5  Possession of firearms or dangerous weapons

No individuals shall possess on LTSP property any firearms or dangerous weapons, with the exception of sworn police officers.  Violation of this policy will lead to disciplinary action up to possible discharge and may result in arrest and prosecution for any criminal acts.

2.6  Prohibited behavior

Students and employees are prohibited from making threats or engaging in threatening or violent activities.  The list below, while not all inclusive, provides examples of prohibited conduct:

  1. Causing injury to another person;
  2. Making threats of any kind;
  3. Aggressive, hostile, or violent behavior, such as intimidation of others, attempts to instill fear in others, or subjecting others to emotional distress;
  4. Intentionally damaging seminary property or the property of another employee, student, or member of the public;
  5. Possession of a weapon while on LTSP property, LTSP business, or at an LTSP sponsored event; and/or
  6. Committing an act motivated by, or related to, sexual harassment or domestic violence.

Individuals are responsible to notify the Security Office or Human Resources of any threats they have witnessed and/or received, or any threatening or violent behavior.  If the Security Office or Human Resources is not immediately available, notify the Philadelphia Police Department at 911.