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Public Safety

The Office of Student Life works closely with Public Safety and the Office of Residence Life to ensure a safe and secure campus environment. This office is responsible for collecting and preparing security related reports and incidents to the Federal Government.

  • Emergency Phone Numbers

    IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY, or should criminal activity take place on the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus, take the following steps to ensure a prompt and adequate response: 

    • CALL 911. Confirm 8800 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, as the correct address to the 911 operator, but also give directions to your specific campus location.

    • CALL Public Safety at 414.443.8500 or contact them in person in the Office of Public Safety/Office of Facilities Management, located in the lower level (P) of the Recreation Complex. 

    • After calling 911 and Public Safety, please contact the Front Desk at 414.443.8800 to make them aware of the situation, so they can direct emergency personnel if needed. 

    In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Crisis Management Team constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, the Warrior Alert Emergency Notification System (ENS) will be employed to deliver the “timely warning” to students, faculty, and staff. 

    Police Non-Emergency Numbers

    • Milwaukee Police District #3 Non-Emergency: 414.933.4444
    • Wauwatosa Police Non-Emergency: 414.471.8430

    On-Campus Numbers

    • Public Safety (24 hours a day/7 days a week): 414.443.8500     
    • Adam Volbrecht, Director of Residence Life: 414.443.8689

    Other Important Numbers

    • Froedtert Hospital: 414.805.3000
    • Aurora Sinai Medical Center: 414.219.2000
    • Sexual Assault Treatment Center: 414.219.5555
    • Christian Family Counseling: 414.476.1772
    • 24-hour Crisis Line: 414.671.6140
    • Milwaukee Women’s Center Shelter: 414.272.6199
    • Counseling Center of Milwaukee: 414.271.4610 

    Each year, Wisconsin Lutheran College is required to report all criminal activity to the government. The government also requires that the college make these statistics available to the student body.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College retains crime statistics for the past seven years. If you have any additional questions about campus crime statistics, please contact the Vice President of Student Life at 414.443.8825 or the Office of Student Life at 414.443.8852. 



    The following are the Definitions of Crimes as mandated by the Clery Act:

    Criminal Homicide/ Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter - the willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another.

    Criminal Homicide/Manslaughter by Negligence - The killing of another person through gross negligence.

    Forcible Sex Offenses - Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth). This includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling.

    Non Forcible Sex Offenses - Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse. This includes incest and statutory rape.

    Robbery - The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or putting the victim in fear.

    Aggravated Assault - An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault with a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)

    Burglary - The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

    Arson - Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

    Motor Vehicle Theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle (automobile, truck, bus, motorcycle, motor scooters, snowmobiles, etc.) Includes all cases where motor vehicles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned, including joyriding.

    Hate Crimes - Specific crimes that are identifiable as hate crime, including murder, manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses in which the victim is intentionally selected because of actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim.

    Bias-Motivated Incident - Incidents that are not categorized into one of the listed criminal offenses but may include cases of written or verbal harassment, intimidation, destruction, damage or vandalism of property or graffiti in which the victim is intentionally selected because of actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim. Any student, faculty member or employee who is the victim of a bias-motivated incident or hate crime is encouraged to file a report immediately. 



    Fire Safety Policies

    Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in the Sanctions section of the Student Handbook.

    6. Setting or fueling a fire or causing smoke. NOTE: Campus firepit located to the east of Stimac Hall may be reserved 24 hours in advance through the Director of Residence Life, and use of the firepit in the manner in which it was intended shall not violate this policy.
    7.  Use, distribution, or possession of fireworks, explosives, or hazardous chemicals.
    8. Intentionally initiating or causing any false reports of an emergency.
    9. Intentionally or recklessly damaging or misusing fire safety equipment.
    10. Intentionally or recklessly tampering with any residence hall/campus security system. This includes, but is not limited to, altering or propping open any locked exit doors and propping open any exterior windows other than those in student rooms.
    32.  All cooking appliances with a heating element are prohibited within residence hall rooms with the exception of microwaves provided by the College. This includes but is not limited to hot plates, hot pots, coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens, and grills (coffee makers and toasters are allowed in the common area kitchenettes on each floor in Stimac/Fischer). PLEASE NOTE: Student housing with full kitchens is not under this regulation; however, only appliances with automatic shut-off devices are permitted.
    33. No candles, incense, candle wax melt/warmers, or plug-in air fresheners are allowed in any student residence.
    34. Halogen lamps (light bulbs) are prohibited everywhere.
    35. Natural Christmas trees are prohibited.
    59. College policy and state fire regulations prohibit storing anything in corridors or on resident floors. This includes shoes. Students are expected to maintain clean, neat, and orderly common areas and are subject to fines for leaving trash in these areas. Items left in corridors will be removed.

    Smoking and Tobacco: Each person has the right to choose whether or not to use tobacco products. While the choice NOT to use these products is the healthiest one, WLC recognizes the individual's rights to use tobacco in a manner which complies with the College's regulations. It is the responsibility of the College to ensure a healthy living environment for all students, staff, and faculty. In view of health issues associated with this,

    WLC DOES NOT ALLOW the use of tobacco products including, but not limited to, chewing tobacco products, hookahs, or other such smoking paraphernalia, inside or near any of the buildings, or on residence hall patios. Smoking paraphernalia is not allowed on WLC property at any time. Individuals who choose to use tobacco products should:

    • Do so outside.
    • Be conscious and considerate of where your smoke is traveling.
    • Refrain from smoking within 20 feet of main campus walkways, doorways, open windows, etc… (20 feet is 10 reasonable steps).
    • Be responsible for the litter created by tobacco use.

    WLC DOES NOT ALLOW the use of tobacco products within 20 feet of any campus building or on residence hall patios.

    In the event of a fire, the College expects that all campus community members will evacuate by the nearest exit and activate the fire alarm system (if it has yet to be activated) as they leave. Once safely outside a building, it is appropriate to contact 911 and Public Safety. Placards showing evacuation routes are posted throughout the campus. In the event fire alarms sound, College policy is that all occupants must evacuate from the building.

    Fire safety education programs for all students living in on-campus student housing and all employees that have any association with on-campus student housing are held at the floor/building meeting at the beginning of each semester. These programs are designed to: familiarize everyone with the fire safety system in each housing facility, train everyone on the procedures to be followed in case there is a fire and to make all aware of the posted evacuation routes. Each student is made aware at that meeting of the college's policies regarding fire safety. Each student room has a placard posted that illustrates evacuation routes. During these programs, trainers emphasize that participating in fire drills is mandatory. Students with disabilities are accommodated according to the requirements of their disability.

    Fire safety education is provided to student and professional staff with responsibilities in student housing and is taught by local fire authorities as well as the director of Residence Life who is experienced in fire safety matters.

    If a fire occurs, students are instructed to immediately leave hazardous areas per the evacuation routes and get to a predetermined location before calling 911 for help. They are to remain in that location so that Residence Life staff has the opportunity to document that the student has left the building.

    The information provided during the fire safety programs is also available from the Office of Residence Life at any time.

    Per federal law, Wisconsin Lutheran College is required to annually disclose statistical data on all fires that occur in on-campus student housing facilities. Listed below are the non-emergency numbers to call to report fires that have already been extinguished in on-campus student housing. These are fires for which you are unsure whether the Wisconsin Lutheran College Office of Public Safety and Office of Residence Life may already be aware.

    If you find evidence of such a fire or if you hear about such a fire, please contact one of the following: Public Safety, 414.443.8500 and/or Office of  Residence Life, 414.443.8689. When calling, please provide as much information as possible about the location, date, time and cause of the fire.


    Personal Safety

    How to Avoid Attacks

    • Avoid walking alone; there is safety in numbers.
    • Stay in well-lit areas, and stay away from isolated areas.
    • Protect your valuables. Hold your purse or bag tightly.

    If You are Being Followed

    • Change directions and/or cross the street.
    • Keep looking back so the person knows you cannot be surprised.
    • Go to a well-lit, populated building or location.
    • Call 911 as soon as you can.

    If You are Attacked

    • Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
    • Yelling, hitting, and biting may give you a chance to escape, but it could also lead to further harm.
    • Your goals are to escape safely and call 911. Cooperate with the attacker if your life is in danger.

    If You are Held Up

    • Do not resist. No amount of money is worth taking chances with your life.
    • Do not take risks. You can never tell if a robber is armed.
    • Call 911 immediately. Try to give an accurate description of the person and their vehicle (if applicable).

    Preventing Sexual Assault

    • Keep your doors locked.
    • Do not let strangers in.
    • Do not prop doors or leave them unlocked for guests.

    In Your Car

    • Keep doors locked while driving.
    • Park in well-lit areas if possible.
    • Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.

    If You See a Suspicious Person

    • Do not approach the person yourself.
    • Call Public Safety (414.443.8500) immediately.

    Room Safety

    • Never prop doors open because anyone could walk in for any reason.
    • Report any broken locks to Facilities Management immediately.
    • Avoid leaving a note on your door that says you are not in.
    • Use a peephole to see who is at your door. If there is no peephole, ask who is there before opening the door. Never let strangers in; ask for identification before letting a repair person, security guards, etc., into your room.
    • Keep windows and doors locked, even if you are sleeping or only leaving for a few minutes.
    • Do NOT hide a spare key outside your room or leave your key unattended.
    • Close blinds or curtains at night, whether you are home or away, to prevent thieves from seeing in.
    • Take your valuables with you or lock them in a safe place when you leave for vacation or for the weekend.