A safe and secure campus is a high priority at Ferrum College. Community awareness
and cooperation, along with the guidance and support of a well-trained, professional
Campus Police Department, contributes to a positive learning environment. Please read
this report which describes important information about Campus Safety and outlines
your responsibilities as a member, or potential member, of our community.
Compilation and distribution of this report is mandated for all institutions participating
in the financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
To view the most recent Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, click on the link
Ferrum College Police Department (540-365-4444)
The Campus Safety office, located at 10021 Franklin Street, provides 24-hour-a-day
security, law enforcement and safety services to the campus community. Officers have
two-way radio communications and conduct foot, ATV, and vehicle patrols of the campus
grounds, academic and administrative buildings and residence halls. Certain areas
of the campus are "electronically patrolled" or monitored by use of internet protocol
(IP) cameras. Officers are appointed by the Franklin County Circuit Court, and have
arrest powers on the college campus and in the Blue Ridge Magisterial District of
Franklin County, with authority to make arrests on Ferrum College property and beyond.
The College works closely with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, the Virginia
State Police, and other state and state and federal agencies. Ferrum College Police
Officers are fully sworn and receive law enforcement training at the Cardinal Criminal
Justice Regional Academy and comply with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice
Services training standards. Criminal offenses reported to Ferrum Officers are reported
to the national Incident-Based Reporting System, in accordance with federal mandates.
The College maintains records of criminal activity in accordance with definitions
used in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting system (UCR). Statistics (available at the
Ferrum College Police Department Office) represent on campus, in or on non-campus
building/property, on public property frequently used, dorms or residential facilities
for students, and incidents where activities were recognized by Ferrum College. The
Campus Police Department monitors and records data from its campus logs, Franklin
County Sheriff's office, Federal agencies, state agencies, other jurisdictions, and
data from other campus and community security authorities (logs available at the Ferrum
College Police Department Office.)
Students do not have to make a formal police report/investigation to have an incident
counted as a statistic. Victims/witnesses can report crime on a voluntary, confidential
basis. Some crime victims choose not to report offenses to College law enforcement
personnel but, choose to report to other officials. However, all criminal activity
should be reported in a timely manner so that strong measures, including dismissal
from the college, are taken. This includes vandalism and all theft.
Pastoral or professional counselors, employed by the institution, may inform the
person being counseled of the procedures on reporting crimes on a voluntary, confidential
basis for inclusion in the Annual Security Report.
Federal Sex Crimes Prevention Act: Sex Offender Registry
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, went into effect October 28, 2002. The law requires
institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community
where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered
sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to
register in a State to provide notice, as required under State law, of each institution
of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation,
volunteers services or is a student.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. The Registry was established pursuant to §19.2-390.1 of the Commonwealth's Crimes Code. Every person convicted on or after July 1, 1997,
including juveniles tried and convicted in the circuit courts pursuant to §16.1-269.1, whether sentenced as adults or juveniles, of an offense for which registration is
required shall be required as a part of the sentence imposed upon conviction to register
and reregister with the Commonwealth's Department of State Police as provided in this
In addition, all persons convicted of violations under the laws of the United States
or any other state substantially similar to an offense for which registration is required
shall provide to the local agency all necessary information for inclusion in the State
Police Registry within ten days of establishing a residence within the Commonwealth.
Any person required to register shall also be required to reregister within ten days
following any change of residence, whether within or without the Commonwealth.
Nonresident offenders entering the Commonwealth for employment, to carry on a vocation,
volunteer services or as a student attending school who are required to register in
their state of residence or who would be required to register under this section if
a resident of the Commonwealth shall, within ten days of accepting employment or enrolling
in school in the Commonwealth, be required to register and reregister pursuant to
this section. For purposes of this section "student" means a person who is enrolled
on a full-time or part- time basis, in any public or private educational institution,
including any secondary school, trade or professional institution, or institution
of higher education.
Information concerning offenders registered with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry may be disclosed to any person requesting information on a specific individual in
accordance with the law. Information regarding a specific person requested pursuant
to the law shall be disseminated upon receipt of an official request form that may
be submitted directly to the Commonwealth's Department of State Police or to the State
Police through a local law-enforcement agency. The Department of State Police shall
make Registry information available, upon request, to criminal justice agencies including
local law-enforcement agencies through the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN).
Registry information provided under this section shall be used for the purposes of
the administration of criminal justice, for the screening of current or prospective
employees or volunteers or otherwise for the protection of the public in general and
children in particular. Use of the information for purposes not authorized by this section is prohibited and
a willful violation of this section with the intent to harass or intimidate another
shall be punished as a Class 1 misdemeanor.
The Commonwealth's State Police maintains a system for making certain Registry information
on violent sex offenders publicly available by means of the Internet. The information
made available includes the offender's name; all aliases which he has used or under
which he may have been known; the date and locality of the conviction and a brief
description of the offense; his date of birth, current address and photograph; and
such other information as the State Police may from time to time determine is necessary
to preserve public safety. The system is secure and is not capable of being altered
except by or through the State Police. The system is updated each business day with
newly received registrations and re-registrations.
A more detailed explanation and access to registry can be found at the links below:
Important Telephone Numbers
365-4255 or 365-4444
Blue Emergency Telephone"4444" from a campus telephone
Franklin County Sheriff, Fire and EMS
Student Health Center
Office of Student Affairs
Dean of Students: 365-4461
Assistant Director of Residence Life: 365-4617
365-4469 ext. 231