As part of efforts to bring you responsible care, the University has an Office of Safety and Security (OSS) which patrols all grounds and facilities, and supervises the oversight of video monitoring around campus and within Cairn’s facilities. This security force is made up of several full-time employees who direct the services provided. Students are hired to fill the role of security officers throughout campus. Security officers are prepared to handle most student and campus emergencies or incidental needs. They work in connection with neighboring municipal police and fire officials to provide efficient services and protection.
Officers post at several locations during certain hours and patrol the grounds of the campus 24 hours a day. Their office is located on the Fairview Manor property just north of the intersection of East Fairview Avenue and South Pine Street.
A shuttle service to the Penndel apartments is provided by security throughout the day during times when classes are in session. During breaks, students who remain in the Penndel apartments must plan for their own transportation or walk to campus. A schedule may be obtained in Student Life or from OSS. It is recommended that students not walk alone after dark for their own protection.
Courtesy phones are located throughout each building for dialing an on-campus line. The number to reach the Office of Safety and Security is posted at each location. In the case of an emergency, security call boxes are located at the entrance of Stillman, Memorial and Penndel G residence halls. Additional emergency call boxes are strategically placed in the parking lots on campus.
Fire and Emergency Safety
All educational institutions must practice for fires and other emergencies. The OSS takes the lead in helping prepare for your safety. Regular drills and exercises will be scheduled. Drills are required by law and help us be prepared in case of emergency. These drills will be both announced and unannounced. Although these exercises can be at awkward times and in inconvenient weather, they must be held and all community members must participate. A fine could be issued to anyone who willfully fails to evacuate a building or follow other fire drill instructions.
Any tampering or defacement of fire equipment is a serious offense and will result in a fine or penalty of $150.00. Equipment includes automatic door closers, fire extinguishers, and fire alarms. Violating state and local fire codes, including pulling fire alarms, propping open fire doors (except in cases of emergency), and/or placing false 911 calls from a phone on campus are subject to fines and disciplinary sanctions. Further, students are not to attempt to dismantle or take batteries out of smoke detectors. Additional policies regarding fire safety are located in the handbook's Resident Life section.
Student ID Cards
Each student, faculty, and staff member is issued a photo identification card by the Office of Student Life upon entry into the University. The student's ID card does not have to be visibly displayed at all times throughout the day, but does need to be carried at all times in order to assure access rights to the campus and facilities. Specifically, these cards are required for resident students to gain entrance to their building, as well as for all students to be able to check books out of the Library, scanning attendance at Chapel and some classes, and for the use of the meal plan in the dining commons. As the University's official form of identification, it is important to provide this ID in the event you are requested by any University official. Failure to provide identification to a University official upon request will result in as disciplinary sanction(s) and potentially the immediate removal of campus. In the event that a student loses or damages and ID card (to the point of not operating), they may purchase a replacement within the Student Life office. The replacement cost us as follows: lost ID cards, $20; damaged ID cards, $15; a loss of a temporary ID card, $15.
Vehicle Regulations and Parking
Students are welcome to bring a car onto campus. During your initial orientation and subsequently at the start of every semester, the Business Services Office will facilitate the registration of vehicles. This process is accomplished with the completion of a registration request form. There are set fees for different types or locations of registration as indicated below. You will receive a parking permit decal which must be posted on the driver's side rear window of the vehicle. If you have more than one car that might come on campus, you may obtain a no cost decal for a temporary vehicle.
As you drive on campus please be aware of the following:
- OSS is responsible for enforcing the motor vehicle rules and regulations. Any violation of parking regulations, speeding, recklessness, or other prohibited actions will be enforced by citation from security.
- All motor vehicles on campus must be insured with coverage meeting the requirements of the no-fault law. The name of the insurance company is to be submitted to campus security during registration.
- All fines should be directed to the Business Services Office.
- Any appeals or questions concerning a motor vehicle rules and regulations should be directed to the Office of Safety and Security.
- Parking is limited at the Penndel and Heritage Hall residence halls and is permitted only by the proper color decal granted by campus security.
- The University currently has more than enough parking spaces. Be reminded that you might not be able to park as close to the destination you desire.
- An annual registration fee is charged as listed below; additional or replacement paring permits may be purchased for a $1 fee.
|Parking Permit Type
| Manor Residence Halls
| Heritage Hall
| Penndel Apartments
- Basic Parking Regulations:
- Students may park in lots A, B, C, G, H, I, J, and K.
- Students parked in Lot D (employee lot), Lot E (visitors lot), Lot D visitors spaces, Lot F (employee lot), and/or Lot L (employee lot) between the house of 6am and 5pm will be cited. Students may park in these lots between 5pm and 6am.
- Penndel parking is only for renters and students with a green PD parking permit, between 6pm and 6am. All others will be cited. Students with other than a PD parking permit may park at Penndel between the hours of 6am and 6pm.
- There is no parking allowed on Penndel or Langhorne Manor residential streets. This disrupts our neighbors and inconveniences them, their parking needs, and normal community life. Violators will be cited.
- All student vehicles must be registered with Cairn. Parking permits can be obtained from the Business Services Office. Vehicles parked on campus without a parking permit will be cited.
- Students are urged to read the OSS annual publication on Motor Vehicle Rules and Regulations. This publication is made available each August in preparation for the new undergraduate term. Additional information is also available on the University website.
The Cairn campus is located in the boroughs of Langhorne Manor, Penndel, and Middletown Township. Cairn neighbors include local residents, the Woods School (a facility dedicated to the service of disadvantaged and trauma persons), and Langhorne Gardens Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. It is very important that all members of the Cairn community respect the rights and concerns of those who live in the broader community. Good citizenship for members of the community extends to little acts of kindness. The following are suggested:
- Obey all automobile traffic laws, such as the 25-mph speed limit on adjacent streets and the 15-mph on-campus speed limit, and stop at posted stop signs.
- Refrain from parking vehicles in front of residents’ driveways on Manor and Fairview Avenues, and Park and Pine Streets. Also refrain from parking in the Calvary Church parking lot or on Vine Street or Robbins, Woodland, Madison, and Jefferson Avenues.
Critical Incident Response
Over the past decade Cairn has been actively planning and preparing for any type of critical incident that could cause disruption to the campus or danger to the members of the campus community. Crucial in this planning has been the organization of systems and procedures that would be implemented the moment any type of crisis has been declared. University personnel have been trained to follow a critical incident plan that is constantly evaluated and practiced to ensure that the plan will work.
In the event of any type of emergency, students should immediately contact 911 and the Office of Safety and Security. This will set in motion the proper internal and external emergency responses. In the event that the emergency constitutes a critical incident, the University will immediately implement the Critical Incident Response Team and communication messages will be promptly launched. At the time of a declared critical incident, the students, faculty and staff will need to be prepared to take immediate action, following the orders of those in command, whether they be civil authorities or campus officials.
Resident students are always considered to be part of their respective residence hall community, and as such, whenever a record of student presence needs to be established, the student should attempt to make contact with their resident team to verify safety and presence.
All students are required to have their University issued identification card with them at all times. The ID card does not have to be visibly displayed at all times throughout the day, but does need to be carried at all times in order to assure access rights to Cairn’s campus and facilities.
Cairn utilizes a comprehensive strategy for emergency communication during any type of campus crisis, severe weather event or infrastructure failure. The goal of this emergency system is threefold:
- To notify as many individuals and locations as possible using conventional communication tools in normal situations.
- To notify as many individuals and locations as possible without normal communication systems being operable.
- Have constant updates of emergency information to specific groups.
With these goals in mind, the University uses a combination of phone, text, email, and web-based messages as the first tier of notification. When an emergency message needs to be communicated, a brief audio message will be sent to Cairn office and classroom phones, a written message will be sent to Cairn email clients on computers, a text message will be sent to the cell phones of those who have registered their cell phones and a written alert will appear on the Cairn intranet. The majority of the actions above will take place without any preliminary effort of the student. In order to receive text messages, the student must give the University their cell number and consent to be part of the text notification system. This is done at the beginning of each academic year as part of the initial access rights to Self-Service. The University also utilizes other forms of notification for particular types of emergency and will, if necessary, utilize a campus emergency broadcast system for University wide notifications and alerts.
When an emergency message has been received, the students should quickly obey the message that has been communicated. Further updates will follow by way of conventional means and additional resources. These systems are tested each academic year to ensure their efficiency and effectiveness.
Firearms and Weapons
Students may not have on campus, in their private vehicles, or in the residence halls any weapons (or “toys” which resemble weapons), including but not limited to, registered and unregistered guns, live ammunition, fireworks or other explosive devices, pellet guns, BB guns, airsoft guns, paint ball guns, CO2 guns, bow and arrows, crossbows, wrist rockets, water balloon launchers, swords, martial arts devices, whips, spears, dangerous chemicals, and knives over three inches long. This regulation also includes malicious use of any instrument capable of inflicting bodily harm to any person. Cairn reserves the right to confiscate these or other devices which are deemed dangerous to the students. Confiscated items may be returned at the end of the semester or disposed of at the discretion of the University. Students who have a question about a particular item should ask a member of Student Life before bringing it to campus.
The University cannot assume responsibility for loss due to theft of money, valuables, or personal property left in private rooms or public areas. Students are urged to lock their doors whenever they leave their residence hall room or apartment in order to protect their property. Any and all thefts should be promptly reported to the Office of Safety and Security.
Students should not keep any sizable sum of money in their residence hall room or apartment. Several banks are near the campus for convenient banking and an ATM machine is available in the Student Lounge located in the Smith Administration Building. Information regarding local banks may be obtained from the Business Services Office.
University insurance does not cover the property of students for loss by fire, theft, or other natural disasters. Most family homeowner’s/tenant’s insurance covers students’ property away from home up to a specified limit as written into the policy. Students should check with their insurance company to see that they are adequately covered for the value of their property while living on campus.
Federal Campus Security Act (Clery Act)
Each year the Office of Safety and Security releases a document that is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Published in this document are statements of current campus policies regarding safety and security. The University must publish any incidents in the past 3 years in specific crime statistic categories and violations of substance abuse.