Safety & Security
The 22 Code Blue devices are for emergency purposes only. Please do not activate them for problems you may be encountering such as a car that won't start, keys locked in your car, information, etc. Public Safety can help you with those issues but not by using the emergency phones.
The phones are there for you to use if you have been a victim of a crime, a witness to a crime, or if you feel threatened by any person(s) while on campus. Please use any emergency phone if you feel an emergency situation exists. After pushing the red button on the device, a blue strobe light will activate, and a call will be placed immediately to Public Safety. Public Safety will establish two-way communication with the caller. The caller can describe the emergency by talking into the device, or if the caller cannot respond for any reason, the Public Safety officer will know the location of the emergency through a preprogrammed message, and will respond accordingly. The blue strobe light will remain on until Public Safety responds to the location.
Improper use of emergency equipment is a violation of State law. Individuals tampering with, or inappropriately using, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, Smoke/Co2 detectors, sprinkler system, AED’s, or video cameras are subject to severe fines and/or disciplinary action. No objects may cover electrical outlets, heat or smoke detectors, fire alarm signaling devices or lighting fixtures.
Vermont State Law requires that all persons must vacate the building each time a fire alarm sounds. This must be done whether there is a fire, a fire drill, or a false alarm. There have been serious fires at other college and universities in recent years and the University is concerned for the welfare of students, faculty, and other building occupants. It is very important to vacate the building quickly once an alarm sounds and to follow the directions of University officials who are assisting with the evacuation. Failure to vacate may result in disciplinary action.
It is the responsibility of all Castleton community members to alert the office of public safety to any active alarm.
Tampering or misuse of any emergency equipment is a serious violation of campus policy and could result in a disciplinary hearing, a $500 fine, and loss of housing on-campus. If a violation occurs in the residence halls and it cannot be determined who is individually responsible, a fine may be levied against the suite, floor or building on which it occurred.
Firearms and Weapons
For purposes of this handbook; “Weapon” means an instrument, article or substance that is designed, used or likely to be used to cause bodily harm or property damage. Weapons include the but are not limited to the following items: firearms, including rifles, shotguns, handguns; bowie, dirks and knives (other than kitchen knives) with blades three inches or longer; swords; nun-chucks, throwing stars and other martial arts weapons; explosive devices or material (including fireworks); crossbows, compound bows, recurve bows, long bows; noxious material , tear gas, pepper spray (except for small dispensers used for personal protection only); BB and airsoft guns, paintball guns, ammunition and non-functioning replicas that could be confused with actual firearms.
The use, display, possession and storage (including in personal vehicles) of weapons is strictly prohibited on the campus of Castleton University. Except as authorized by the following:
- Authorized Storage: Residential students may store appropriate “long-arm” weapons for the purpose of hunting one week prior to and after Vermont’s Big Game hunting seasons at Public Safety. Transportation of such weapons on campus will be unloaded and from the Public Safety Parking Lot to Public Safety Office only.
- Law enforcement: in the course and scope of their employment.
- Replicas: The use of starting pistols at athletic events, replicas in connection with authorized military drills by ROTC carried by cadets only when in uniform and always under the supervision of their instructors or theatrical productions sponsored by the University is permitted.
Your University I.D. is an important basis for identifying yourself and should be in your possession at all times on campus. In response to a request from a University official, students are required to present their I.D. to identify themselves. An I.D. may also carry with it privileges at other colleges and universities. Arrangements for re-issue can be made at the Public Safety Office. The loaning, borrowing, alteration or illegal duplication of a University Identification Card is prohibited. Any infraction of this will result in disciplinary action. Disciplinary action will depend on the severity of the situation as interpreted by the hearing panel or officer. University officials have authority to confiscate the I.D.'s.
There is a charge for replacement cards. I.D. Replacement Fees:
- Students who have not received an I.D. before: FREE
- Students replacing an old style I.D.: FREE
- Students replacing a damaged I.D. (in possession of it): $15; I.D. must be turned in.
- Students replacing a worn, not damaged I.D. (in possession of it): FREE; I.D. must be turned in.
- Students who want a new I.D. (in possession of it): $15; I.D. must be turned in.
- Students who lost I.D.: $35
- Students may choose to charge replacement fees to their accounts in the Financial & Registration Center.
In case of a medical emergency, call Public Safety at (802) 468-1215 and call 911 after calling Public Safety. If, however, it is a life-threatening emergency, you should call 911 directly and notify Public Safety after you have done so.