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Safety and Security

Current Students

The safety and security of our students and employees is of critical importance to us. Here, you'll find policies, procedures, and resources designed to keep you safe here at Bethel.

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Safety Committee

If you're concerned about your safety or the safety of others for any reason, contact our licensed staff 24/7. 

24/7 Phone: (731) 415-7599
Office Phone: (731) 352-4222
Email: busecurity@bethelu.edu

Main Office: 72 Jordan Avenue (house behind Heritage Hall) - Open 24/7
Satellite Office: Located in the Vera Low Center, 101 Wildcat Lane - Open regular business hours

To notify the Safety Committee made up of faculty and staff of any non-emergency issues of concern regarding the safety of the campus please email safetyconcerns@bethelu.edu

Our Mission

The mission of Bethel’s Department of Safety and Security is to maintain a safe and secure environment for all students, faculty, and staff belonging to the Bethel University community, to help establish and maintain an environment which will allow for the mental, physical, social and spiritual development of all students, and to help provide an atmosphere in which freedom of cultural expression and the continued growth of the whole student is possible within the Bethel Campus Community. 

The Department of Safety and Security is a state-licensed proprietary security service manned by state-licensed armed security officers. As a 24/7 security department on campus, we provide security for the campus in general as well as added security for special events, including all sanctioned athletic events. Through a Mutual Aid agreement, we work closely with local law enforcement agencies as is necessary to provide a campus atmosphere compatible with the overall mission statement of Bethel University.

We believe in and work hard to comply with all state and federal laws pertaining to security and campus crime.

Safety & Security Staff

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The Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy (Clery Act) requires colleges and universities to:

  • Publish an annual report of campus crime and fire safety statistics
  • Disclose crime statistics for the campus and public areas in and around the campus
  • Provide "timely warning" notices of crimes that have occurred and pose an ongoing threat
  • Implement emergency notification procedures
  • Publicly disclose a crime log of any crime within the campus security jurisdiction
  • Maintain a public fire log of any fire within an on-campus student housing facility
  • Disclose reporting procedures and policies for victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking
  • Provide educational awareness programs for the campus community

The Crime Log and Fire Log are available for inspection during normal business hours. Visit the Vera Low Security office or call at 731-352-4222.

To access the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry, click here.

College and University Security Information Act - Arrest Log

The 'College and University Security Information Act', specifically §49-7-2206, requires that the university publish an arrest log. Along with their charges, all crimes against persons or property reported to the department that resulted in an arrest will also include the name and address of the arrested individual(s).

2019-20 Annual Security Report
2018-19 Annual Security Report

Campus Security Authority Regulations

The Campus Security Authority (CSA) is required to report any allegations of crimes that fall within the terms of the Clery Act outlined above.

The CSA is forbidden from the following:

  • Investigating crimes reported
  • Reporting crimes overheard by students talking amongst themselves
  • Reporting crimes a student mentions during an in-class discussion
  • Reporting crimes a victim mentions during a speech
  • Reporting crimes the CSA learns through an indirect manner

The CSA includes the following groups:

  • Campus Security, all those employed by the Security Department
  • Any individual responsible for campus security such as Resident Directors, Resident Assistants, and Hall Monitors.
  • Any individual with significant responsibility for student/campus activities such as the Dean of Student Development, Academic Dean, Housing Director, Coaches, Assistant Coaches, GA's, Athletic Director, Title IX Coordinator, Greek Life Coordinator, Student Activity Director, Faculty Advisors, and Satellite Campus Coordinator.
  • A Professional Counselor
  • The University Chaplain

The CSA does NOT include the following groups:

  • A faculty member who has no responsibility for student/campus activities beyond the classroom
  • Clerical support
  • Cafeteria staff

The Log Student Handbook

In The Log, Bethel University's Student Guide, students can find further information on the following security topics as well as other student residence references.

  • Drug & Alcohol Prevention
  • Self-Harm Protocol
  • Service Animal Policy
  • Support Animal Policy
  • Bullying & Harassment Policy
  • Sexual Misconduct Policy