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Annual Security Reports

The administration and staff of Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and the Department of Public Safety of Barnes-Jewish Hospital have the duty to create and maintain an environment conducive to learning. The Department of Public Safety handles all calls for service, traffic enforcement and accident investigation. The Department of Public Safety officers have full authority as any other police officers. It is important that all crimes occurring on campus be immediately reported to ensure that appropriate action can be taken.

Members of the College community are encouraged to report any suspicious activity and to be alert and aware of their surroundings and exercise good common-sense safety precautions. Campus security and safety information is available throughout the year in order to increase awareness of crime potential, improve campus safety and inform the campus community of major crimes or threats to the campus. Alert bulletins are posted on campus. The security of the building involves patrols 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Department of Public Safety staff.

The College is secured with closed circuit TV monitors and for the interior and exterior of the Building.

Violence and Threat Policy

The College follows the Workplace Violence and Threat Policy adopted by Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Therefore, the following applies to the College policy:

INTRODUCTION (PURPOSE STATEMENT): It is the policy of BJC HealthCare to provide a safe and non-violent environment for its employees, patients, students, guests and visitors that is free of acts of threats of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, physical abuse, verbal abuse and coercion. Such actions taken against any of its employees, students, patients, guests and/or visitors will be promptly responded to, thoroughly investigated, and the appropriate legal and/or disciplinary action taken, up to and including termination, prosecution and/or ejection and removal from the premises.  The complete Workplace Violence and Threat Policy can be reviewed through the office of the vice dean for student affairs and diversity.

Reporting of Crimes and Other Emergencies

If you are the victim of a crime or witness to one, you should:

  1. Call Police Immediately. Dial 9-1-1 for municipal police. You may remain anonymous if you wish. If on campus, call BJC Security (362-0750). BJC Security will respond to any of the following emergencies: medical assistance, fires, suspicious person(s) or activity(ies), crime reports, or other law violations.

  2. Obtain Description - Attempt to obtain a description of the offender(s), including gender, age, race, hair, clothing, and distinguishing features. Also, attempt to obtain a description and license number of any vehicle(s) involved. Note the direction in which the offender(s) or vehicle(s) departed.

  3. Preserve the Crime Scene - Do not touch any items involved in the incident. Close off the area of the incident and do not allow anyone in the crime area until police or BJC Security arrives.

  4. Contact the vice dean for student affairs and diversity (314-362-9155) for assistance, guidance, or emotional support.

  5. Sexual Assault - If you are a victim of a sexual assault, report it to the police or BJC Security immediately. Preserve the physical evidence. Do not bathe, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing. If you have been raped, you should seek medical treatment immediately regardless of whether you report the matter to the police or BJC Security.

  6. Telephone Harassment - Obscene or threatening telephone calls should be reported to the police or BJC Security immediately. Other harassing phone calls should be reported if they persist. If you receive such a call, remain calm and hang up.

  7. Bomb Threats - If you know of a bomb threat, immediately contact BJC Security at 362-0750.

  8. Indecent Exposure - Indecent exposure is a crime in Missouri. If you observe such an act, contact BJC Security at 362-0750 or the police.


  1. Call police immediately at 9-1-1 or BJC Security at 362-0911. Tell them your name, your exact location, and a brief description of the problem.
  2. Meet emergency personnel to guide them to the incident or victim.
  3. If the emergency is of a medical nature:
    1. DO NOT move the victim unless his or her life is in danger in the existing location.
    2. Have someone stay with the victim until help arrives.

Emergency Response and Notification

The college will inform all members of the college community of any emergency or dangerous situation. The college has the RAVE system and uses this to inform all students, faculty and staff of situations that require their immediate attention.

Upon admission to the college every student is required to complete an information sheet that identifies multiple contact numbers. This information will be maintained in the system as long as the student is in active status. Changes to any of the contact numbers should be reported to the college immediately to insure up to date information.

All employees of the college, upon hire, will complete the information sheet. It is the responsibility of the individual to inform the college of any changes to their contact numbers.

The RAVE system, a product of Rave Wireless, Inc, is a notification system that provides multiple methods of communications with students, faculty and staff. Upon activation of the system each individual will receive notice on their cellular telephone, land line telephone, a text message on their cellular telephone and an email message to their identified email account. Specific alerts have been developed for:

  1. CAMPUS LOCKDOWN - A serious situation is occurring or precautionary steps are being taken to restrict access to the college campus.
  2. EMERGENCY ALERT -  A situation is occurring that requires immediate attention by all personnel.
  3. TORNADO WARNING - A tornado or severe thunderstorm warning is in place for the immediate college area.
  4. WEATHER CLOSING - Due to weather conditions the college is closing or will be closed for the next day.
  5. POWER OUTAGE - There is a power outage at the college or medical center.

Specific information related to each of these alerts will be included in the message. There will also be an all clear notice sent for the lockdown, emergency and tornado warnings.

The vice dean for finance and administration is responsible for the safety and security of the college campus. This individual works closely with Barnes-Jewish Hospital Department of Public Safety who is responsible for the security and safety of the medical center. Public Safety informs all medical center departments of any significant emergency in or around the medical center and provides specific directions as necessary. The college will alert Public Safety of any emergency situation on college campus and will ask for specific support from that department. Public Safety will provide the necessary trained officers and/or communicate with the Metropolitan St. Louis Police Department.

If the vice dean for finance and administration is unable to address the emergency situation, then one of the following will be the responsible party for the college:

  • Dean of College
  • Director of Information Services 
  • Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity
  • Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Vice Dean for Finance and Administration

Emergency Procedure

All students, faculty and staff have a responsibility to report any unusual or emergency situations so that it can be investigated and addressed. An officer from the Department of Public Safety is located at the first floor desk from 0700-2200 Monday through Friday. This officer can start the contact procedure. The vice dean for finance and administration should be contacted for unusual or emergency situations so that the emergency contact procedure can be implemented.

  1. Department of Public Safety officer or vice dean for finance and administration will investigate and access the situation. The officer will contact Department of Public Safety if additional officers and/or Police Department assistance is required. Detailed information must be provided to insure proper response.
  2. Department of Public Safety officer will contact vice dean for finance and administration. This person or the assigned backup will promptly activate or will have the RAVE system activated with the appropriate message.
  3. Department of Public Safety and/or the Metropolitan Police Department will assume control of the college campus during any significant emergency or dangerous situation. All students, faculty and staff are to follow directions from these authorized personnel.

The RAVE emergency notification system will be tested at least once per calendar year or more often if it is deemed necessary. This test will include a message that the system is being activated with a test message. A follow-up email message will be sent to each student, faculty and staff informing them a test of the system was conducted on a particular date and time and if the test message was not received, they should contact the vice dean for finance and administration. Anyone stating they did not receive a test message will have their emergency contact numbers confirmed and update in the system if necessary.

Timely Notification of Events

The college will keep the campus community promptly alerted for any incidents that occur on campus. All students, faculty and staff will be informed through an email message when information is received from Department of Public Safety concerning incidents in the medical center or in the immediate surrounding area. This same message will be posted to GUSConnect and posted in individual classrooms if deemed necessary.

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