Cairn University is committed to the provision of a safe campus for all members of the educational community. The University has created a “Safe Campus Initiative” that unifies governing policies and creates a team of trained professionals. This initiative allows Cairn to orient new community members, train students and employees on preventive measures and provide methods of making reports when concerns exist.
The Safe Campus Initiative is focused on three pillars:
- Personal Wellness: Navigating the complexities of university life
- Prevention & Preparation: Taking the steps needed to protect yourself
- Community Care: Looking out for one another
Each year the Safe Campus Team reviews University policy, federal and state law, and best practices in Student Life and Campus Safety. Throughout the time that employees and students are members of the Cairn community, this Safe Campus Initiative will orient members at the onset of their experience and continue to train and raise awareness on a yearly basis.
Eat, Sleep, and Exercise
Personal Wellness starts with the recognition; to be at our best we have to make healthy decisions on a daily basis. It is easy to fall into bad patterns with eating, sleeping and exercise. College students often allow the demands of academic work and a desire for an active social life to cut into consistent and healthy sleep. College is also a time when eating habits can become extreme. Students experience everything from overeating due to cafeteria style meals and late night food runs to struggling with eating disorders. The freshman “Integrated Life” course will remind you of the importance of examining what choices and habits are being developed early in your college experience. The Health Center and Oasis Counseling center are great resources to use if you face any health related struggles. Our Athletic Department oversees the Fitness Center and an Intramural sports programs designed to get you involved and active.
Academic success is an important aspect of personal wellness. Each student enters Cairn as an individual with varied academic experiences and personal strengths and weaknesses. Cairn desires to come alongside students and provide additional academic support as it is needed. The first level of support comes within your academic program where you will be assigned an advisor. This advisor will assist you in the selection of courses and be able to recommend other educational opportunities during your time at Cairn. The second level of support is provided by our Academic Resource Center which exists to serve all students with resources which can supplement the learning experience. The Academic Resource Center has specific resources for ADA qualified students, individualized student success planning for conditionally accepted students, a writing lab for students needing assistance with college writing and conducts seminars and tutorial services throughout the year that can bolster your studies. Cairn also offers advanced educational opportunities through the Center for University Studies.
Alcohol and Drugs
College and University campuses across the country face tremendous challenges in dealing with the excessive behaviors of students using alcohol and drugs. Cairn students are asked to conform to a Community Life Covenant requiring students to refrain from the use of alcohol and illegal drugs. While our students strive to honor the Community Life Covenant there will inevitably be times when students do not honor the code as expected. Cairn recognizes that our best prevention for alcohol and drug abuse is not the covenant, but in raising awareness of the dangers of alcohol and drugs on collegiate campuses. The most common issues on American college campuses related to substance abuse are binge behaviors and the significant risk of sexual assault when students are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Cairn students are educated on these risks beginning at orientation and through a variety of educational tools each year.
Dating and Sexual Assault
College life offers a unique time of making friends and building relationships. Many of those friendships will be with members of the opposite sex and can often develop into dating relationships. Most dating relationships are healthy whether short or long term in length. There are occasions when relationships turn unhealthy. Cairn is dedicated to the promotion of healthy dating relationships and the prevention of abusive behaviors. Multiple resources are available to students if they experience or know about abusive behaviors including stalking, domestic or dating violence, sexual harassment or sexual assault. Cairn University is committed to being a campus free of any form of sexual harassment, intimidation, or exploitation and complies with the requirements of Title IX and the non-discrimination act.
No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Title IX, 20 U.S.C. sec. 1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106
Cairn University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status or other protected status in all programs and activities.
Any member of the Cairn community desiring to report any incident of sexual assault or discriminatory action to Cairn officials can submit a report online, complete and send a printable report form or contact the Title IV Coordinator:
Scott Cawood, Sr. VP of Student Affairs and Administration
Manor Hall 226
The educational mission of Cairn University includes programs involving contact with minors whether on the Cairn Campus or in the community at large. The protection of minors on the Cairn campus, and when members of our university are serving in the community at large, is accomplished by training and establishment of policies and procedures. These policies ensure programs and employees operating on campus have been trained using guidelines for the safety and protection of minors in compliance with federal, state, and University expectations. As Cairn fulfills its mission to have students and employees serve Christ in the church, society and the world we want them to be well trained on how to protect minors and how to report abuse or suspicious behavior surrounding children. Students who participate in Student Ministry pledge to follow KidSafe protocols and in many occasions are required to follow the expectations of PA Act 153 on background clearances.
- PA Childline, 1.800.932.0313
- Handbook statement on children of students on campus
Prevent and Prepare
Practicing Personal Safety
Cairn University has historically been a safe campus as indicated in our annual Campus Safety Report. The campus is protected by a security force in operation 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The suburban Cairn location is an open campus where the neighboring public is invited to walk our grounds and enjoy the beauty of our property. Students should be mindful that personal safety is more assured when they develop and practice personal safety habits. Our security team reminds students of basic principles they can follow:
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Walk in well- lighted areas
- Avoid walking or jogging alone
- Do not prop open locked doors
- Know the location of campus emergency phones
- Have the OSS number in your cell contact list (215.702.4350)
- Avoid studying alone in buildings or going to isolated parts of the campus late at night
Secure Your Belongings
Living and studying on a Christian University campus sometimes gives students a false sense of security that all of their personal belongings are safe. It is much more prudent to practice personal security at all times and not run the risk of having your personal property stolen. Again there are simple reminders when practiced go far in establishing security.
- Lock doors and windows in your residence hall
- Do not leave books, bags, purses, wallets, or any other possessions unattended.
- Secure your valuables including your electronic devices which are easily taken.
- Do not give your keys to anyone
- Lock your bicycle and car
- Have a lock on your locker room locker
- Report suspicious persons wandering through buildings
- Report missing or stolen property immediately
Prepare for the Unexpected
Recent history has demonstrated the unexpected can occur on school and college campuses. Cairn University actively trains for any number of unexpected incidents from weather related emergencies, to train derailments, to building infrastructure issues to criminal action on campus. Local municipal authorities have trained with the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) at Cairn to ensure campus officials and emergency responders know how to respond if emergency incidents occur. Students are trained on fire safety and critical incident readiness in their initial orientation. In the event an emergency situation arises on or off campus, a campus wide warning will be issued via external public address system and sirens, website, text messaging, email, and person to person notification. Warnings will be appropriate to the circumstances and will be issued to students, faculty, and staff.
Cairn has developed a protocol to provide early warning and care for members of the educational community demonstrating unusual actions, aggressive behavior, or mental health issues. Consequently, faculty, staff, and students should immediately report any behavior that seems out of the ordinary, could result in harm, or may materially disrupt the University community. A team of administrators and staff have been organized into a team which can assess and monitor high risk behaviors by coordinating resources to address the needs of those who are experiencing significant behavioral disturbances. This Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) can recommend collaborative and purposeful interventions aimed at helping individuals achieve success.
Students and employees are urged to be proactive in the reporting of any type of suspicious behavior by individuals or groups of people. Reporting does not have to wait until after an incident has taken place. It is much better to make a report when suspicious or odd behavior is taking place then to wait until someone or something is victimized. To report suspicious behavior or a crime contact the Office of Safety and Security by dialing 4350 from any campus phone or 215.702.4350 from any off-campus phone.
Being a member of an educational community comes with benefits and responsibilities. Community members can create a much safer campus when they look out for one another and are willing to take action when they see something that might not look right or could lead to potential danger. College campuses are urging students to practice bystander intervention whenever they see other students about to participate in risky behavior. Much of this attention has been on the prevention of sexual assault. Cairn endorses the practice of bystander intervention and trains students at orientation events to be willing to intervene when they see risky behavior. Bystander intervention accomplishes strong results when multiple members of the community join together and intervene.
Additional Health and Safety Resources
Cairn Safe Campus Resources
External Crisis Resources
Choice One Pregnancy and Sexual Health Resource Center
2222 Trenton Road
Levittown, PA 19056