Campus Safety Resources

Photo ID Cards

Every member of the Albright College community is issued a photo identification card which must be carried at all times. For students, this card allows access to their individual residence hall, the library, the dining hall, and the campus bookstore. It is also a means to ensure that only those with authorization are frequenting the campus. The cost for a lost or inappropriately damaged identification card is $20.00.

Access to Residence Halls

Access to the residence halls can only be accomplished through a photo identification/access card. This security feature is only as good as those who are willing to utilize it. Propping of doors or allowing access to the building to non-registered or unauthorized persons, jeopardizes the safety and integrity of the building and its occupants. Violators who prop doors are subject to a $300.00 fine and/or a disciplinary hearing.

Personal Property

All students should remember that the residence halls are not immune to theft or forced entry. It is, therefore, strongly recommended that students refrain from keeping large amounts of cash or other irreplaceable valuables in their rooms. The College does not assume responsibility for personal property lost or stolen. Room doors should be locked at all times, unless occupied. Replacement cost for lost or broken keys is $25.00.

Fire Safety & Prevention

Throughout the years, Albright College has taken the initiative to update many facility systems in order to provide a safe environment for students and staff.

There are electrical smoke detectors in each student room, which alarm locally.  The smoke detectors in the common areas are connected to the central alarm system (SimplexGrinnell), which in turn, is directly connected to the Reading City and Muhlenberg Township Fire Departments, in addition to the Department of Public Safety.  The local fire departments require two fire drills (evacuations) throughout the academic year.

Each residence hall has an assigned Resident Assistant.  These individuals receive training during the year and are required to conduct inspections of the residence halls, communicate safety concerns to hall residents during regularly scheduled meetings and to participate in scheduled fire drills.

The Reading City and Muhlenberg Township Fire Departments support various campus activities and works closely with the College for the continued improvements in the area of fire prevention.  The College does require the complete evacuation of buildings during any alarm event and will discipline/fine students for noncompliance.

During Orientation, students must participate in presentations on fire safety and prevention.  The presentations cover a variety of topics, including:

1.  Personal safety.

2.  Residence hall fire prevention and quick reporting.

3.  Emergency response.

 

What You Need to Know Ahead of Time …

1.  Several exit routes from your floor/area.

2.  The location of at least 2 pull stations

3.  Individuals in your area that may need assistance in getting to a safe area during an emergency.

 

If You Discover a Fire …

1.  Yell out “FIRE” as you are going to the pull station to alert others in the area.

2.  Call the Albright College Department of Public Safety at x7670 from a safe location.

 

If You Hear the Alarm Sounding in Your Building …

  1. Start evacuation procedures immediately.
  2. If you can do so without putting yourself at risk, rescue any injured individuals who may need assistance.  (Certain individuals in your building may need assistance with evacuation or getting to a safe location.)
  3. Close all doors behind you.  (This action helps to contain the fire to as small of anarea as possible.)  Never prop open fire doors.
  4. Use exit stairwells for evacuations.
  5. Assemble outside of the building in the pre-determined location for your floor/building.      Never go to another location during an evacuation.
  6. Move away and remain a safe distance from the building.  Do not re-enter the building until permitted by the fire department officials.

FIRE LOG

Since Albright College is an institution that maintains on-campus student housing, it must maintain a written, easily understood fire log that records, by the date the fire was reported, any fire that occurred in an on-campus student housing facility.  The fire log must include the nature, date, time and general location of each fire.

Any entry or addition to the fire log must be made within 2 business days of the receipt of the information.

Emergencies

All of the Public Safety Department Officers are CPR, First Aid, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certified. A defibrillator is available in the Public Safety Office, as well as other locations in the Bollman/Schumo Centers.

A member from the Gable Health and Counseling Center and a Public Safety Officer have been certified to teach CPR and AED training. They conduct required re-certification classes to the Public Safety Officers, and others who may require this training.

Prior to the start of the fall semester, all resident educators, which consists of Assistant Directors of Housing, are trained and certified in CPR.

The Public Safety Department will transport any student in need of emergency treatment to the hospital or to a physician’s office. The charge for this service is $25.00.

All emergencies, criminal acts, and various disciplinary issues are reported to and investigated by the Public Safety Department. On occasion, depending upon the severity of the situation, the Reading Police Department or the Muhlenberg Township Police Department are notified and become involved in campus related criminal activity. Both departments have an excellent response time to campus.

Emergency Response Short List

For ANY Emergency – generally,

  • Try to remain CALM.  Do not panic others.
  • Contact the Department of Public Safety immediately – 7670
  • Assist in the evacuation of students.  Public Safety will advise relocation site.
  • Remember that in a crisis cell phones can be unusable due to the cell system becoming overwhelmed.
  • At relocation site, assist in student accountability.

BOMB THREAT

  • If you receive the call, keep caller on phone.  Gain as much information as possible; use official bomb threat form if possible.  Ask caller for the LOCATION of the bomb.
  • Remain CALM.
  • Immediately notify Public Safety – 7670 – do NOT use cellular phones.
  • Instruct others not to use cellular phones.
  • Public Safety will advise in person the location of evacuation.
  • Avoid evacuation locations where a secondary device could be deployed (trash cans, cars, etc.)

EVACUATION

  • If need to evacuate is apparent, DO SO IMMEDIATELY. Earthquakes – avoid buildings; Tornadoes – seek basements.
  • Contact Public Safety – 7670
  • Public Safety will direct occupants to pre-determined location, as per master Emergency Response Plan.
  • IF PERSONAL EFFECTS( briefcase, purse, etc.) ARE NOT WITH YOU, DO NOT RETURN FOR THEM.
  • Caution those evacuating – not to run.
  • Assist, if possible, with handicapped.
  • Assist with student accountability.

FIRE

  • If a fire is observed– pull fire alarm, if able.
  • Close all windows and doors upon exiting.
  • Direct persons out of building immediately – advise “Do not run.”
  • If possible, assist handicapped or advise emergency responders to help.
  • Public Safety will be on scene and will announce, via bull horns, the evacuation location. Proceed to a safe designated location, remain so that all can be accounted for.
  • Do not allow persons back into building.
  • When fire department arrives on scene, they are in charge.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

  • If observed, notify Public Safety – 7670.
  • Advise exact location of spill.
  • If the substance is known – provide to Public Safety.
  • Avoid contact or contamination and advise others to avoid area.
  • Determine if evacuation is necessary – instruct others to leave building. When in doubt evacuate.
  • If necessary, Public Safety will advise of evacuation locations.
  • If outdoors, stay 300 feet from concentration until it can be identified.
  • Stay upwind of any possible contamination. When the fire department/HAZMAT arrive on scene, they are in charge.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

  • Call Public Safety immediately – 7670 – if Victim is:
    • Unconscious
    • Having difficulty breathing or not breathing
    • Bleeding profusely
    • Complaining of chest pains
    • Having a seizure
  • Attempt to comfort Victim. Is the scene safe for you?
  • If you are certified and can apply First Aid or AED – proceed as needed.
  • If applying medical attention, use protective equipment.

MISSING PERSON

  • Periodically, students have been reported missing to Public Safety – 7670.
  • Public Safety may contact Professors to determine the last time the student was in class.
  • If you have observed unusual behavior from a student and the student has not been in class for several days, contact Public Safety immediately – 7670.  A discrete check will be made to determine if the student is safe.
  • Whenever the health or safety of a student is in jeopardy, FERPA regulations do not restrict the passing of information.

THREAT FROM PERSON

  • Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your life, evacuate – have an escape route and plan in mind;  hide out– hide in an area outside of the active shooter’s view; take action – only as a last resort and when your life is in imminent danger.
  • Contact Public Safety immediately – 7670, give specific locations – building, office, room number, CALL BACK NUMBER.
  • If hiding out close and barricade, if possible, classroom door.

*Any emergency could be criminal in nature.  Therefore, it is imperative to remember that an emergency location could become a crime scene.  Attempts must be made to prevent contamination of the scene of an incident. (revised 08/10/2012)

Parking Regulations

Download the parking regulations here.

Student Parking Permit Registration

Register for a Student Parking Permit here.

Employee Parking Permit Registration

Register for an Employee Parking Permit here.

Parking Lot Reservation Request

Request a parking lot reservation here.

Tailgating Policy

Eugene L. Shirk Stadium Tailgating Policy

Below are the Albright College policies governing tailgates hosted by parents, alumni and other athletically affiliated groups.  Tailgating can be a fun family-friendly event.  In the spirit of this exciting experience, we ask all those consuming alcohol to drink responsibly.  To provide for the safety of our students and guests, please follow the tailgating policies detailed below.  Adherence to these policies will ensure a safe and enjoyable tailgating experience for everyone.

General

  • Tailgating is allowed in conjunction with Saturday or Sunday outdoor varsity contests in the designated tailgate areas in the fenced-in lot located at 12th and Bern Streets or the fenced-in area under the Turtle Dome.
  • Tailgating may begin 2 hours prior to the start of the game and closes 60 minutes following the contest, with the exception of Homecoming.
    • Homecoming hours are posted prior to the event.
  • The sale of alcohol is prohibited on Albright College’s campus.

Tailgate Set-up

  • No oversized vehicles are allowed; passenger vehicles only.
  • Open flames are prohibited, including fire pits, as well as the use of portable fire places and Tiki torches.  Propane grills are allowed.
  • Tailgaters are responsible for cleaning their tailgating area and properly disposing of their trash and other items.
  • Tailgaters are responsible for bringing their own tents, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Only small portable radio/stereo units will be allowed.

Conduct

  • ALCOHOL:  Please be respectful of other tailgaters around you and remember that all students are subject to the alcohol policies stated in the Compass Student Handbook.  As defined in this policy, tailgating may involve the consumption of alcohol in the designated areas.  Albright College does not sanction the violation of federal, state or local laws, including the consumption/possession of alcoholic beverages by underage persons.  Individuals participating in tailgating activities are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner, as well as following the directives of event staff and Campus Public Safety officials.
      • Students currently enrolled at Albright College are not permitted to host a tailgate that includes the use of alcohol.
      • Tailgate hosts are responsible for the comportment of their guests and compliance with College policies.  Should Public Safety or other College officials observe behavior in not keeping with institutional policies or expectations of behavior, they are authorized to end the event and remove participants from the premises.
      • Drinking games (included but not limited to beer pong) and the use of devices intended to accelerate the consumption of alcohol (including but not limited to funnels or beer bongs) are prohibited.
      • Serving alcohol to or consumption of alcohol by minors (those under the age of 21) is a violation of state and federal law as well as College policy.  Individuals consuming alcohol may be asked to provide identification and proof of age at any time by Public Safety.
      • Beverages, including alcohol, are limited to those contained in plastic or aluminum cans.  Glass bottles, kegs, beer balls or other common source containers are not permitted.  Also, the amount of alcohol brought in must be proportionate to the number of people attending the tailgate.
      • Alcohol may not be consumed outside the designated tailgate areas and is prohibited elsewhere in the parking lot within the athletic complex.
  • Public Safety reserves the right to monitor tailgating activities and remove or restrict individuals who display inappropriate behavior.  In addition, Public Safety officers may verify the legal age of any persons consuming alcohol and to take whatever actions necessary, up to and including notifying the City of Reading Police Department.
  • Anyone violating these directives or other College policies during the course of the tailgate will be barred from hosting such an event in the future.
  • In case of an emergency, please contact the Albright College Public Safety Office by calling 601-921-7670 or dial 911.

Transportation

Albright Shuttle Service – FREE SERVICE

  • Daytime On-campus Shuttle Schedule: 7:35 a.m – 4 p.m.
  • Extended Shuttle Schedule: 8 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
  • Mall Monday, Target Tuesday and Walmart Wednesday
    • We offer FREE shuttle transportation for Mall Mondays, Target Tuesdays and Walmart Wednesday
    • Please arrive at the Public Safety Office at 5:15 p.m. on these days to sign up for the shuttle service
    • The shuttle will then depart to these locations at 5:30 p.m.

Medical Transports

  • All requests must come through the Gable Health Center
  • Please make request at least 24 hours in advance, except for an emergency situation
  • Cost per transport:
    • Local trips =   $25.00 for round trip
    • Over 10 miles: charge will be at the discretion of the Director of Public Safety and/or  the Transportation Coordinator
  • All charges will be submitted to the student ’s account

Faculty, Staff and Administrators

  • Transportation is available for emergency situations
  • All employees are taken to Med Express for work-related emergencies; free of charge for emergencies
  • A charge for transportation will be submitted to the respective department for any follow up appointment requests

Educational Trips

  • Please submit request at least 2 weeks in advance
  • Appropriate form must be submitted to Transportation Coordinator
    • Trip registration form for SGA Van can be downloaded at here
  • Charges may apply for any trip out of the local area.

Club Trips

  • Please submit request at least 2 weeks in advance
  • Appropriate form must be submitted to Transportation Coordinator
    • Trip registration form for Academic Affairs Van can be downloaded at here
    • Trip registration form for SGA Van can be downloaded at here
  • Cost per trip:
    • $25.00 per hour for each driver needed
    • 43.5 cents per mile
  • Requests submitted that do not meet all above guidelines may be denied

Reading Bus Terminal Transportation

  • Transportation is available to the Reading Bus Terminal before Fall, Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks, at the end of the semester, and as needed.
  • Please submit a request at least two weeks in advance.
  • Students must submit requests through email or the  online request form.
  • The cost per transport is  $25.00 round trip.
  • All charges will be submitted to the student ’s account.
  • http://www.greyhound.com/
    20 North 3rd StreetReading(610) 374-3182
  • http://www.biebertourways.com/Home.aspx
    P.O. Box 180Kutztown PA 19530610-683-7333

Airport Transportation

  • Transportation is available anytime during the semester with appropriate notice
  • Please submit request at least 2 weeks in advance
  • Student must submit request through email or our online request form
  • All transportation fees will be charged to student’s account   *  The fees listed below are for a one-way trip *
    • Philadelphia Airport – $ 110.00 each way
    • Newark Airport – $170.00 each way
    • Allentown (ABE) – $90.00 each way
    • BWI – $170.00 each way
    • 30th Street Station – $90.00 each way
    • Lancaster Train Station – $70.00 each way

* PLEASE NOTE: If inclement winter weather is pending and an AWD or four wheel drive vehicle rental is required, there will be an extra $ 25.00 surcharge added to the above rates.*


Approval Process

  • All requests submitted will be reviewed by Transportation Coordinator
  • We cannot guarantee that all requests will be approved
  • Approval is subject to availability of officers and other scheduling commitments

Cancellation Policy

  • Please notify the Transportation Coordinator immediately in the event that you have to cancel a trip
  • Please notify our department at least 48 hours in advance from the time of your departure
  • If we do not receive adequate notice, you will be charged for ½ of the total amount of trip

Other Transportation Options

  • Barta Bus Schedule– http://www.bartabus.com/
  • Limo Service Information
  • Taxi Cabs in Berks County
    • Grab a Cab- 160 Water Street, Reading, PA 19605 (610) 478-1111
    • Reading Metro Taxi- 615 Elm Street, Reading, PA 19601 (610) 374- 5111

Contact Information

John McCormackJohn McCormack,
Transportation Coordinator
jmccormack@albright.edu

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