We are located south of the Middleton Hall of Science and are a 24/7 department employing non-sworn safety officers who patrol campus and respond to emergencies and other service related calls. Additional staff members work in other support positions in the department. Bethel College safety officers meet specified training requirements and maintain specified certifications.
Our staff frequently works with city, county, state and federal law enforcement authorities. Agencies cooperate whenever possible on investigations and crime prevention programs to provide the best possible security and police services to our campus and local community.
The Bethel Campus Safety Department (BCSD) supports the College in its mission by providing services that promote a safe campus environment and experience for our Bethel community.
BCSD is a service organization promoting a safe campus experience. We provide services with professionalism and excellence. We are trained individuals working together as a team. We reflect the values of Bethel while carrying out our assignments, and strive to do so with the utmost respect for the Bethel community.
The Bethel Campus Safety Department provides important services to our campus, but nothing we do can replace your own actions in maintaining security and safety on campus. Take time to learn about crime prevention and safety for yourself and your campus family. Information and awareness are your best weapons against crime and accidents. Visit our department page often for updated information about crime prevention and safety information.
When walking on campus after dark, call Campus Safety and they will escort you to where you are going.
Area Police Agencies (notify police in locale where the incident occurred):
Compilation of information disclosed in accordance with the Clery Act is the responsibility of the Director of Campus Safety. The required data is gathered from records maintained by that department, other College departments and offices, as well as from records from local, county and state law enforcement agencies, if reasonably available.
Campus Safety Officers record all reports of criminal activity investigated by the department. The most commonly reported crime at Bethel is larceny (theft). Frequently, thefts are from unlocked rooms and offices, or the theft is of property left unattended in a common area.
Each year Bethel College publishes an annual report outlining security and safety information and crime statistics for the campus. This report provides suggestions regarding crime prevention strategies and important policy information about emergency procedures, reporting crimes and security services on campus.
Bethel College believes in the intrinsic value of all human beings. Moreover, the college is committed to the full, peaceable participation of all of its members in the educational endeavor it fosters. This includes a committed to maintaining a learning and living environment that is fair and respectful, and will not tolerate any threats or acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence or stalking. Any reports of such behavior or action should be made to the Director of Human Resources, the Vice President for Student Development or the Director of Student Life.
Any crime, emergency, or suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the Campus Safety Department. Anyone may call at any time. You can dial 911 from any phone on campus. Campus Safety’s telephone number is answered 24 hours a day and is 574.807.7500 or ext. 7-7500. College employees are required to report any crime reported to them that occurred at the College. This policy is necessary so the College can comply with federal regulations regarding disclosure of campus crimes.
Anonymous crime reports may be made via the Internet using the “Campus Eyewitness” form. Anonymous reports that contain sufficiently detailed facts for classification of the offense will be included in annual crime report disclosures.
In the event of a serious crime or incident on campus that may pose a threat to others, alerts will be sent over the Emergency Notification System (ENS), through the campus phone system, email, text messages, and posted on Bethel's website.