Campus Public Safety

Office location: Lower Lewis Hall (near the College Inn)

911 (emergency)

262-245-8509 (on-campus emergency)
262-245-8520 (non-emergency)
George Williams College provides 24-hour coverage with Campus Public Safety officers

The Campus Public Safety department exists to provide a quality service derived from the expectations of our community and our own dedication to excellence. The officers apply specialized knowledge and skills in providing a caring response to the security and safety needs of our community.

GWC employs its own uniformed Campus Public Safety officers to meet the safety and security needs of the college. The Director of Campus Public Safety supervises the campus. Members of the Campus Public Safety department patrol campus facilities and maintain a high-profile visibility. Officers perform routine checks of buildings, vehicles, and property and will often introduce themselves to campus visitors. Though the majority of the security officers are not police officers with the power of arrest, they do have the authorization to make searches of individuals, belongings, and rooms as well as detain persons when policy violations are suspected or when life or property is in danger.

In December of 2003, the Board of Trustees passed the Illinois Private College Campus Police Act. This allows the University access to vital intelligence information that affects Homeland Security for both campuses. The Director of Campus Safety along with the Campus Safety Operation Supervisor is sworn police officers as described in the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

Safety and Security Services

At George Williams College, the safety and well being of students, guests, faculty, and staff are a top priority. A number of people are involved in this effort but a truly safe campus can only be achieved with the help and cooperation of everyone. In addition to the Campus Public Safety staff, the college maintains a close working relationship with the Williams Bay Police and Fire Departments.

The Facilities and Maintenance department also plays a key role in ensuring a safe and secure environment. This department is responsible for maintaining the college’s buildings and grounds and making routine inspections of campus facilities. Facilities and maintenance is dedicated to providing the best possible service to the college. To that end, it places highest priority on work required for the health, safety and security of its students, guests, faculty and staff.

Campus Safety - A Shared Responsibility

As an educational community, we expect Aurora University to provide a safe and secure environment for learning. Creating and maintaining such an environment, however, is a shared responsibility among all members of the community. George Williams College seeks to minimize criminal opportunities and encourages students, guests and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.

In addition to all scheduled responsibilities, the Campus Public Safety Department responds to emergencies and alarms, helps campus residents and visitors with directions and information, provides assistance for room lock-outs, makes referrals to local agencies and assistance resources, provides and distributes educational/informational material on campus and personal safety, makes presentations to campus groups, and serves as the central location for campus safety information.

The George Williams College Safety and Security Committee represents various constituencies on campus. The members review, evaluate and make recommendations regarding current safety/security policies, procedures and priorities. Their initial charter promotes personal safety; reduction of personal and college liability; preservation of resources; protection of personal and college property; involvement, responsibility and accountability; and constant and continual education regarding safety, security, health, protection and wellness.