In accordance with the Federal Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security/Clery Act (S.580) of 1990 as amended in 1998, each institution of higher education is required to annually prepare an Annual Security Report (ASR) consistent with FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting System. The report reflects the crime statistics on the property of the institution for the proceeding calendar year. The statistical crime categories to be reported are listed below, along with the number of incidents that occurred on Castleton's campus in the given year.
The following statistics and more information on campus safety are available as a PDF.
There were no reported hate crimes in 2012 or 2014. In 2013, there was one report of simple assault, based upon the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, which occurred off campus on public property adjacent to the University.
Beginning in 1998, new reporting requirements mandated the inclusion of reportable campus disciplinary actions involving alcohol/drugs plus campus alcohol/drug arrests by police authorities.
Observing the Fire Code is a given at Castleton. Not only does our Facilities Staff conduct routine inspections, our Public Safety Office does also. This check-and-balance system ensures that our fire alarms, sprinklers, smoke detectors, horns, and strobes are operating properly.
Fire drills are conducted the first week of classes of the fall, spring, and summer semesters; and after the October Break. If we observe a problem with a residence hall not following proper evacuation procedures, we conduct - after passing the information to the students through the Resident Life Staff - an additional drill or drills until the students evacuate properly.
Any time a fire alarm activates, a report is generated addressing the date, time, building, cause, who responded, and any equipment failures or malfunctions. This pertains to drills, tests, as well as false activations.
Please be aware that tampering with any fire equipment is not only hazardous to the occupants of a building but a federal offense as well.
More information on campus fire safety is available as a PDF.
No, weapons are not allowed on campus. This includes guns, slingshots, ammunition, long knives. etc. Weapons must be brought to Public Safety for safe-keeping.
No pets (with the exception of fish in the residence halls and support animals for people with disabilities) are allowed in the College buildings. Dogs MUST be kept on a leash at all times, and may not be left unattended.
The Department of Public Safety is open Monday through Friday from 8 am-4pm However, officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
New student IDs are free. Students who have lost their ID will be charged $35 for a new ID. Students who want a new ID and are returning an old style ID, or replacing a damaged ID, will be charged $10. Students replacing a worn (not damaged) ID will be given a new ID for free.
If the College is closed for the day due to inclement weather, there will be a campus-wide announcement over voicemail and email. Various radio and television stations will also be notified. You may also check the snow cancellation phone line at 802-468-6043 (ext. 6043 if on campus).
Yes, Public Safety provides escorts. Call 802-468-1215 (ext. 1215 if on campus) if you wish to have an escort from an officer on campus.
Public Safety may choose to attempt to unlock your locked vehicle. If the officer chooses to attempt an unlock, the vehicle owner must sign a waiver releasing the College from liability due to possible damage resulting from the attempt to unlock your vehicle.
Public Safety cannot jump start your vehicle. However, the department does have jumper cables which you may use. If you wish to borrow the cables, you must leave your Castleton ID with Public Safety.
Public Safety welcomes and encourages community members to report suspicious or possible criminal activity, as well as tips on known crimes. You can report a crime online (NEED LINK), call 802-468-1215 (ext. 1215 or ext. 1399 during office hours) to meet with an officer or give the information over the phone, or you can e-mail the Director of Public Safety.
Yes, you need a pass to gain access to a building after it is locked (or to a locked room inside a building). A photo ID may be required. Passes may be obtained from your professor. There are no exceptions to this policy.
The blue phones alert Public Safety to an emergency. There are 17 blue phones throughout campus. Once a phone is activated by pressing the button, a phone call is immediately made to Public Safety, alerting officers of the location of the activated phone. The blue light on the phone is activated as well.
In order to drive a University vehicle, you must obtain a fleet license. Fleet license examinations are held Fridays all day 8 am - 4 pm at Public Safety. A Public Safety Officer administers the road test. Those applying for a fleet license must also attend a defensive driving workshop held by the University, be at least 21 years of age, and have a motor vehicle records check completed by the University. Once all of these conditions are successfully met, the fleet license will be issued. Fleet licenses may be revoked at any time (i.e. if caught speeding, driving carelessly, etc.).