The Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) Campus Public Safety office is the campus law enforcement division of the college and reports directly to the Vice President of Administrative Services. Campus Public Safety works closely with all college departments to ensure uniform application and clear understanding of LWTech Campus Public Safety policies and procedures. Current staff consists of the Campus Public Safety Manager (unarmed), Campus Safety Technicians (unarmed), contracted Security Officers (unarmed), and contracted armed off-duty Kirkland Police Officers.
The Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) Campus Public Safety office is the campus law enforcement division of the college and reports directly to the Vice President of Administrative Services. Campus Public Safety works closely with all college departments to ensure uniform application and clear understanding of LWTech Campus Public Safety policies and procedures. Current staff consists of the Campus Public Safety Manager (unarmed), Campus Safety Technicians (unarmed), contracted Security Officers (unarmed), and contracted armed off-duty Kirkland Police Officers. Campus Public Safety personnel are on duty 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
Under the direction of the Campus Public Safety Manager, full time college staff and contracted Security and Police Officers uphold applicable local, state, and federal laws as well as LWTech policies and procedures. LWTech Campus Public Safety services include Haz-Mat management, criminal response and investigations, medical emergency response, fire emergency response, personal safety escorts, motor vehicle accident investigations and traffic control, parking enforcement, and college policies including alcohol and drug use, abuse, and weapons violations.
Historically, LWTech has been a relatively safe haven from the busy outside world; however, King County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. It is prudent to be aware that we are no longer isolated from the pressure of an encroaching population. Please understand crime prevention is everyone's responsibility. With that in mind, LWTech takes many common-sense precautions to help ensure the safety of the campus community. The college expects its faculty, staff, students, and guests to do their part to help maintain a safe environment.
Crime does not stop at the campus property line. The key to preventing crime is awareness. While LWTech Campus Public Safety is the primary agency responsible for creating a safe and secure environment, all LWTech employees and students must work together to share this responsibility. LWTech Campus Public Safety is committed to community policing and collaborative problem solving. Many incidents can be avoided if people take basic precautions to prevent their own victimization. If you have any questions about Campus Public Safety at LWTech, please visit our department located in the first floor of the East Building, Room E145.
For criminal and/or medical emergencies, call 911 (on-campus phones call 9-911). For all other non-emergency calls, dial: (425) 739-8224.
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Lost and found items can be turned in and claimed at the Campus Public Safety office,
East building, Room E145. All turned in lost and found items are cataloged via Foundrop.com. Check out the link to see if your items have been found.
In the event anyone needs to immediately contact Security, a wall-mounted phone is now located outside of the Security Office, E145. Users can directly dial on-duty security, on-duty Kirkland Police, custodial staff, or 911.
LWTech recognizes the individual's choice with regard to tobacco use, provided the use is within the scope of the law: Tobacco use is prohibited by those under 18 years of age. Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of doorways, windows, or building air intake ducts.
State Law allows colleges and universities to restrict tobacco use to specific areas as long as those areas do not violate the 25 foot rule. LWTech has elected to regulate tobacco use on the Kirkland Campus as follows: Tobacco use on the LWTech Campus is allowed only in the following approved locations:
Tobacco use is NOT allowed under the Technology Center building, in any fire lane or campus road, and the WANIC and Early Learning Center parking lots.
Fire extinguishers are located throughout the LWTech campus. Need to update your knowledge on how to use a fire extinguisher? Watch the two minute Fire Extinguisher Training video.
An exterior door alarm is now located in the West building, stairwell "A" on the second floor. If the door is opened, the alarm will emit a loud audible sound to prevent staff and students from using this exit door as a smoking area. In the event of an emergency, this door may be used.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) Safety and Security office, East building, E145 Mon. - Fri 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
New pedestrian crossing flags are available and located outside of the main entrance of the college. We encourage pedestrian use them to ensure everyone is safe and visible when crossing the street. If flags are missing or require attention, please contact Security at ext. 8224.
Sign up for emergency notifications and alerts via Omnilert and FlashAlert.
Faculty, staff, students, and guests can report all crimes and public safety-related incidents at LWTech.
Use this form to report behavior that is concerning. Your information is confidential.
WHEN walking at night, try to stay on well-lit walkways, and always walk with others. Remember, there is safety in numbers.
Call Campus Public Safety at (425) 739-8224 for a Personal Safety Escort if you have no one else to walk with.
Report suspicious persons to Kirkland Police (911) and Campus Public Safety (8224) promptly.
When walking at night on campus you may request a Personal Safety Escort if you have no one to walk with.
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted Oct. 28, 2000, effective Oct. 28, 2002, requires institutions of higher education to issue statements advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State about registered sex offenders may be obtained. A sex offender already required to register under state law must also register with the state the name of each institution of higher education at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student.
Washington state convicted sex offenders must register in accordance with: RCW 9A.44.130 Registration of sex offenders and kidnapping offenders--Procedures--Definition--Penalties.
For information about registered sex offenders living in or attending college in King County, contact: the King County Sheriff's Office, Sex Offender Registration, 516 Third Avenue, Room W150, Seattle, WA 98104-2312.
Information provided by law enforcement agencies concerning registered sex offenders attending LWTech may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President of Student Services.
For information about LWTech’s policies and procedures for Registered Sex Offenders who wish to enroll at the college, please refer to chapter 5, section 140 of the college’s policy manual (5.P.140).
Students, faculty, staff and administration support the board policy and the law in having a drug and alcohol-free campus. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted anywhere on campus, including parking lots and cars. Violation of this rule may result in immediate termination or suspension. Anyone consuming, distributing, possessing or under the influence of controlled or illicit substances on the campus is subject to suspension, probation, termination, arrest, and prosecution. Any involvement with drugs may also terminate eligibility for financial aid programs.
Appropriate provisions regulate the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages in Federal/State laws, Chapter 495D of the Washington Administrative Code (opens new window) and campus policies. Illegal drug possession, use or sale is prohibited in accordance with federal and state laws, including Chapter 495D of the Washington Administrative Code (opens new window).
Kirkland Police Department officers have the authority to enforce laws concerning the possession, sale, or use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs through criminal arrest or civil citation. The Lake Washington Institute of Technology Student Conduct Code (opens new window) may also apply to infractions of these laws.
Community Helpline numbers for drug and alcohol abuse include:
24-hour Crisis Clinic: (206) 461-3222
Drug and Alcohol Hot-Line: (206) 722-3700 or 1-800-562-1240
Teen-Line: (206) 722-4222 or 1-800-562-1240
For additional resources and contact information, please visit the LWTech Counseling page.
Hazing, including any method of initiation on or off campus into a student organization, living group, or team is prohibited. Hazing is defined as any activity that causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger or physical harm; personal degradation or disgrace; or serious mental or emotional harm. For an individual or group to engage in or conspire to engage in any such activities are grounds for disciplinary action. If any club or organization engages in hazing, that group risks losing any and all College-related privileges. State law also provides that a person who participates in hazing of another shall forfeit any entitlement to state-funded grants, scholarships, or awards.
Activities that could be described as hazing include, but are not limited to:
Compelled ingestion, forced consumption, or vomit-inducing exercises of alcohol, drugs, or foods
Encouraging the rapid consumption of alcohol in a short period of time; drinking games
Paddling, striking, or branding of an individual
Causing an individual to be indecently exposed; total or substantial nudity
Activities which are physically burdensome or threaten the health of the individual
Activities that expose personal values to compromise or ridicule
Transportation and abandonment
Confinement of an individual to an unreasonably small, unventilated, unsanitary or unlighted areas
Assignments of pranks to be performed
Compelled personal servitude
Any activities that interfere with academic pursuits or with normal life functions
This policy contains the official notification procedures of Lake Washington Institute of Technology for missing students. The purpose of this policy is to promote the safety and welfare of the LWTech community and assist in locating members of the LWTech community who, to the best of our knowledge, are missing. If a member of the LWTech community believes a student is missing, he or she should immediately notify LWTech Campus Public Safety at (425) 739-8224 (East Building, Room E145).
Once the determination is made by Campus Public Safety, a Missing Person Report (MPR) will be generated and LWTech will initiate an investigation and attempt to locate the missing person. If the missing person is under the age of 18 and not emancipated, LWTech will notify the custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours after that determination is made. Students have the option of identifying a confidential emergency contact person in place of their parents and registering that name with Campus Public Safety.
After having gone missing for 24 hours, LWTech Campus Public Safety will notify the Kirkland Police Department (KPD) and the student's emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.
The LWTech Missing Person Procedure is as follows:
Report missing persons directly to Campus Public Safety; however, if another College student or employee takes the report, that person will immediately notify Campus Public Safety. Once the report is received, Campus Public Safety will obtain the missing person's photo ID, class schedule, and attempt to locate via a search of the missing person's vehicle (if on campus), checking into appropriate classes, and in contacts with instructors, classmates, and other known friends.
No later than 24 hours after the person is determined to be missing, contact will be made with the missing person's parents or emergency contact. Local Law enforcement will be notified.
If LWTech Campus Public Safety, at any time after receiving the missing person report, finds indications of foul play, Kirkland Police Department will be notified immediately. Report Missing Persons to LWTech Campus Public Safety at East Building, Room E-145; (425) 739-8224, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any act of terrorism on a LWTech Campus will most assuredly have a negative impact on the psyches and the physical aspects of our every-day community life. Acts of terrorism include, but are not limited to chemical and biological threats, conventional and radiological explosive events, and nuclear blast events. While none of these situations are desirable, they are survivable. It should be noted here that in the event of a catastrophic terrorist event we may need to "shelter in place" for up to 72 hours to allow time for County, State, and Federal emergency officials to render aid. In the event of use of any weapon of mass destruction (WMD) on our campus, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will have complete operational control of the situation. Upon transfer to the clean-up and recovery stage, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will assume operational control until the event is concluded.
The essence of any effective response to terrorist attack is to remain calm and as clear-headed as possible; such situations call for the utmost in common sense. With that in mind, prepare to survive should you be faced with a catastrophic event.
Of the events listed above, it is important to note that only chemical, conventional explosive, and nuclear blast events are readily detectable; it is abundantly clear when these events take place. What may not be clear is the difference between a conventional and a radiological explosion as the external appearance is the same; a radiological explosion uses a conventional explosive event as a vehicle to disperse radiological agents (also known as a "dirty bomb"). Depending on the material used in a "dirty bomb," the negative effects of radiation exposure may take hours or days to manifest themselves upon humans exposed to the event. The explosion itself is obvious; the unknown part is if it is a "conventional" or "dirty" event. It is best to treat conventional explosions as potential radiation threat.
The first responder to a terrorist act will:
Call 911 then LWTech Campus Public Safety (425-739-8224).
Determine, if possible, the type of event at hand.
Initiate the appropriate emergency response.
Assist in establishing a quarantine perimeter.
Assist responding police and fire personnel.
Contamination considerations preclude a first responder's return to the general population until examined and released by health officials. Additional information may be obtained from the homeland security website to reach local, state, and federal agencies and other, valuable, anti-terrorism and emergency response information.
Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mon-Thurs, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Closed to the public