Campus Safety & Security

  1. Campus Security

    The Administrative Services Office is responsible for maintaining the campus security program; developing and implementing security policies and procedures; supervising security officers; investigating security incidents; disseminating security related notices and information; maintaining law school facilities and security equipment; providing educational materials to students, faculty and staff; and, working as a liaison between the law school and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). 

    Southwestern has engaged the services of Andrew's International, Inc. Andrew's International security officers are charged with a full range of responsibilities including:  protecting students, faculty, staff, law school property, and facilities; reporting crime, and medical, fire, and other emergencies; reporting suspicious or criminal activities to the Los Angeles Police Department; and managing all other incidents requiring security officer assistance.

    Security officers provide service to the law school 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers employ a variety of crime prevention techniques including area foot patrols and security escorting to insure campus security. Campus Security operates a 24-hour communications center that coordinates and supports the activities of patrolling officers.

    Security officers must pass extensive screening and background checks, and possess prior civilian, military or police experience or training. Additionally, security supervisors and officers receive training from Andrew's International on crime reporting, incident investigation, evidence gathering, arrest procedures, property surveillance, and building emergencies such as earthquakes and fires. Security supervisors and designated officers are also cross-trained on emergency medical procedures to insure effective first aid/CPR response and communication with emergency medical technicians.

    Security communications include the use of two-way radios by all security officers. Additionally, officers monitor two-way radio and telephone transmissions in the Security Office on a 24-hour basis in order to provide information and security service and to coordinate police, fire, and medical emergency response. The Security Office is located on the first floor of the Bullocks Wilshire Building (ext. 5793). 

    All security supervisors and officers have civilian powers of arrest. The primary statutory responsibility for law enforcement both on and off the law school campus rests with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) - Rampart Division. However, LAPD cannot provide 24-hour protection to all areas at all times. As a result, Campus security and LAPD work closely together handling suspicious situations as well as crime reporting, response, and investigation for the law school and the surrounding 

  2. Facility Access

    All parking and building entrances are operated by a computerized card key access system and may be entered by using your identification card during operating hours.

  3. Security Systems

    Southwestern has exterior lighting along the law school buildings and parking lots to keep the campus well-lit. Perimeter security fencing and close circuit cameras with public address systems are located in the parking lots. Additionally, the Bullocks Wilshire Building has emergency intercoms in the library, restrooms and parking areas.

  4. SW-Alert

    Southwestern has integrated a law school emergency announcement service called SW-Alert to enhance the emergency notification system already in place (including email, lobby plasma screen announcements, and website postings). This service is available to students, faculty and staff and allows the law school to send text messages to the personal cellular telephones of participants subscribing to the services.

    Participation in SW-Alert is voluntary, and students, faculty and staff may enroll in this service online. Note: Participants will need to check with their cell phone plan for any fees that might be charged for receiving text messages. Please contact the Administrative Services Office with questions or for additional information.

  5. Facility Maintenance

    Southwestern maintains law school facilities to insure a safe and secure campus. The Building Department:

    • regularly monitors the condition of all law school facilities, paying close attention to safety related items.
    • treats as priority all service requests involving safety and security.
    • regularly monitors and repairs campus lighting, fencing and security systems.

    To report a building maintenance or safety problem, call the Building Department at (213) 738-6741 or the Administrative Services Office at (213) 738-6800.

  6. Firearms and Weapons

    Security officers may carry service revolvers while on duty. These weapons may be used only when there is a serious, imminent, identifiable threat to life or a threat of great bodily harm. No one other than security post commanders or police department personnel may carry or possess firearms or other weapons on campus or at any Southwestern sponsored event.

  7. Law School Access

    Southwestern is a private institution. The law library is open to the following groups upon presentation of proper identification: current students, faculty and staff; alumni; attorneys who have purchased a library membership; and individuals using government documents. The Career Services Office is open to currently enrolled students and recent graduates. The remaining law school property and buildings are open only to students, faculty and staff who are currently enrolled or employed. Any other person who enters the campus and refuses to leave upon the request of the Dean or his agents may be guilty of a misdemeanor (Sec. 602 of the Penal Code of the State of California).

  8. Safety and Security in Los Angeles

    Los Angeles is a large, vibrant, diverse, modern city with all the benefits and challenges of urban life. Being in the heart of a major metropolitan area is exciting, providing many cultural, professional, recreational, historical and educational opportunities. However, you also need to be smart about your safety and security. What can you do to protect yourself from crime? Southwestern is committed to protecting you in every way possible; however, you are ultimately responsible for your personal safety. Take time to do some planning and learn how to keep yourself safe. The following are a few helpful hints to keep in mind.

    When Walking on the Street:

    • Pay attention to your surroundings.
    • Avoid walking alone, especially at night.
    • Walk with a friend or use the escort service provided by on-campus security.
    • Avoid dark streets.
    • Walk near the curb and avoid shrubs and dark doorways.
    • Have your keys in your hand, so you can open your car or home immediately.
    • Keep a tight hold on your bag or purse.
    • If a driver asks you for directions, don't get too close to the car.
    • If you feel you are being followed, move away fast, change directions or walk into a well-lit public area, store or building.
    • Protecting your Property:
    • Keep your books, laptop computer or bags with you; don't leave them unattended on campus or other public places.
    • Don't leave books, bags or other valuable items visible in your car.
    • Do not carry large amounts of cash on you.
    • Lock your car or bike.

    Security Assistance

    There are three safety intercoms/buzzers on each floor of the campus parking structure that are directly connected to campus security, as well as one in every campus restroom area; the parking structure is also monitored by surveillance cameras. Report any incidents on campus by using one of these intercoms or calling one of the campus security numbers.

  9. Security Services

    Most crimes can be prevented. At Southwestern, crime prevention is a partnership between you and the law school. You can prevent crime by making safe behavior part of your daily routine.  Southwestern also offers the following services to help keep you safe:

    Security Escort: Security provides escorts for the safety of anyone walking alone on campus. Escorts are available during law school operating hours, seven (7) days a week. To request an escort, contact Campus Security at (213) 738-5793, or go to the Security Office located on the first floor of the Bullocks Wilshire or Westmoreland buildings (ext. 5793).

    Emergency Intercoms: Security Intercoms are located throughout the law school campus. Exterior intercoms are located in the Bullocks Wilshire Building parking structure and are identified by a blue light. Interior intercoms are provided throughout the Bullocks Wilshire Building and are located in bathrooms and the library.

    Lost and Found: The Administrative Services Office (W100) maintains the law school's Lost and Found service. Found items are retained in the office for a period of one semester. If you have lost an item, please call (213) 738-6800 or stop by to check if the item was turned in. Items lost in the Law Library are retained at the circulation desk for a period of one semester.

    Security Inspections: Southwestern reviews on-campus and public property crime statistics and inspects campus grounds and buildings to identify and address security and safety needs.

    SW-Alert: Southwestern's emergency announcement service is available to students, faculty, and staff. It allows the law school to send text messages to participants who have registered their personal cellular telephone. Participation in SW-Alert is voluntary. Click here to sign up.

    Note: Participants will need to check with their cell phone plan for any fees that might be charged for receiving text messages.

  10. Reporting Crimes and Emergencies

    We encourage every member of the law school community to promptly report to Campus Security and/or LAPD any emergency or crime of which they are the victim or which they may witness either on-campus or in the proximity of the law school. Prompt crime reporting improves the chances of solving a crime. Every minute that passes before the crime is reported decreases the opportunity for Campus Security & LAPD to solve the crime and apprehend the suspect. Additionally, reporting crimes helps prevent them from recurring and allows responsible campus officials to direct security resources and programs to reduce crime and promote security awareness.

    Campus Security and the Administrative Services Office respond promptly to any report of criminal activity or campus emergency by conducting an immediate search of the law school campus and surrounding area for suspects and evidence. When a crime is reported, LAPD is called and a security officer is dispatched to the emergency location to take necessary action, conduct a preliminary investigation, prepare a crime report, and relay report information to LAPD for a prompt response.

    Students, faculty and staff should use the following procedure whenever reporting actual or potential criminal activity:

    Immediately go to a safe place and call Campus Security at (213) 738-5793 or (213) 738-6735 or directly contact the security officer located in the lobby of the Bullocks Wilshire Building.

    Call LAPD at 9-1-1.

    If assistance is needed, Campus Security or Administrative Services Office will notify LAPD.

    As accurately as possible, tell Campus Security or LAPD everything you can remember about the suspect and incident, including:

    Location of the incident you are reporting

    Suspect description: Descriptive information (sex, age, weight, height, hair color, clothing including color and style, complexion, speech mannerism, accent, and other distinguishing features such as tattoos, scars, or marks)

    Suspect escape route and mode of travel

    Description of any vehicles involved in the incident, especially license plate number and vehicle color and make and model

    All reports will be investigated. Southwestern does not have procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crime statistics. Violations of the law will be referred to LAPD. When a potentially dangerous threat to the Southwestern community arises, timely warnings will be issued through email announcements, the posting of flyers, in-class announcements, or other appropriate means.

    Anonymous Tip Line (213) 243-9832: Students, faculty and staff may leave any crime tip as to who, what, where, when, why, how much, or with what. You do not need to leave your name or how you came across the information. The crime tip line is monitored by the Administrative Services Office, is completely anonymous, and helps you take an active role in keeping your campus crime-free.

  11. Security Reports

    Southwestern provides timely reporting of crimes occurring either on or near the campus as follows:

    Security Roundups: This weekly notice is posted throughout the law school and includes a listing of criminal activity occurring either on-campus or in the area immediately surrounding the law school. This notice is available for public inspection in the Administrative Services Office during regular business hours.

    Security Incident Log: The log contains a three-year record of on-campus and public property crimes and includes incident, date, time, location, description, and Campus Security/LAPD response. The log is available for review by students, faculty and staff in the Administrative Services Office.

    Timely Warnings

    Emergency Security Notification: An emergency notification will be issued via PA system, email, SW-Alert (text messaging) or other method when it is determined that there is a significant dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, faculty or staff occurring on-campus.

    Neighborhood Alert:  This flyer is posted in the building lobbies whenever a crime occurs in the area surrounding the campus.

    Security Alert: This flyer is posted in the building lobbies whenever suspicious activity or crime occurs on the law school campus.

    Additionally, periodic security announcements regarding area crime, security procedures, crime prevention and campus watch alerts are provided through law school memorandum and other printed information in an effort to reduce campus crime.

    Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Administrative Services Office, by phone (213) 738-6800 or in person at the W100 office located in the Westmoreland Building. Information can also be reported to the Campus Security at (213) 738-5793, (213) 738-6735, or directly contact the officer in the Wilshire Building Security Office.

  12. Monitoring Criminal Activity

    While LAPD may have primary jurisdiction in all areas off campus, Campus Security officers can and do respond to student-related incidents that occur in closer proximity to campus. Campus Security communicates with the LAPD, fire department, and ambulance services to facilitate rapid response in any emergency situation. When a Southwestern student is involved in an off-campus offense, Campus Security officers may assist with the investigation in cooperating with local, state, or federal officers. Southwestern does not operate off-campus housing or off-campus student organization facilities.

  13. Preparation and Distribution of Annual Crime Reports

    The preparation of Southwestern's annual security report is a continual process. Statistics are compiled in accordance with the Uniform Crime Reporting of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of investigation. Statistics for the annual crime report are based upon data provided from Campus Security and LAPD. To comply with the Clery Act, we collect relevant online crime statistics from LAPD for locations that are contiguous to, or adjacent to the property of Southwestern.

    Each year, an email notification is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students that provides web site to access this report. Copies of the report may also be obtained at the Administrative Services Office.

  14. Crime Prevention Techniques

    Make Crime Prevention part of your daily routine by using these tips:

    At Home:

    • Get to know your neighbors.
    • Do not prop outside doors open.
    • Keep your doors locked, even if you are just going out for a minute.
    • Do not let strangers into your building, apartment or home, even if they look harmless.
    • Lock your windows and secure sliding doors with a pole in the bottom track.
    • Record serial numbers and keep videos, photos or descriptions of your valuables.
    • If you receive an obscene phone call, hang up. If calls continue, report them to your local law enforcement agency.

    In the City:

    • There is safety in numbers. Always go places with a friend or group.
    • Be alert and pay attention to your surroundings.
    • Look confident when you walk and keep a firm grip on your book bag, purse or briefcase.
    • Avoid dark streets when parking or walking.
    • Do not use ATM machines at night.
    • Walk near the curb and avoid passing close to shrubs, dark doorways and other hiding places.
    • Carry your keys in your hand to allow quick entry into your car or home.
    • Carry enough change for a phone call. Keep cellular telephones fully charged and ready for use.
    • If you suspect trouble, leave the area immediately.

    In the Car:

    • Keep windows rolled up and doors locked.
    • Keep possessions out of sight and locked in the trunk. Keep your purse either under the front seat or in your car trunk while driving.
    • Check around your car and in the back seat before you get in.
    • Make sure your car runs well and has plenty of gas.
    • If your car breaks down, stay inside your car and wait. Never go with anyone who offers help. Instead, ask them to call for assistance.
    • Park in an area that is well lit.
    • Never pick up strangers.
    • Do not allow another vehicle to force you off the road; drive to a busy location to get away from a dangerous driving situation.

    At Southwestern:

    • Use the security officer escort service when walking to your car.
    • Walk in groups. Do not walk alone.
    • Never leave personal property or other valuables unattended on-campus or visible in your vehicle.
    • At night, place all office equipment and personal property in a locked desk or cabinet.
    • Store money in a cash box and keep it in a locked cabinet.
    • Immediately report suspicious individuals to Campus Security.


  15. Crime Prevention Security Awareness Program

    Crime prevention at Southwestern is a community-based program. Representatives of the Administrative Services Office meet with police officers as needed to discuss area crime prevention in order to increase neighborhood safety. Involvement by all members of the law school and the community is essential to the success of the program. By taking an active role in crime prevention, the quality of life for students, faculty, staff and the neighborhood is greatly improved.

    Southwestern's crime prevention program increases awareness and campus safety through the dissemination of materials and presentations geared towards reducing criminal opportunity. A variety of programs are utilized to encourage security-conscious behavior:

    Orientation Program: Security and LAPD officers provide information and advice to new students to familiarize them with personal safety techniques and to respond to concerns and questions.

    Property Identification: Theft of unattended property such as book bags, laptop computers, purses, briefcases, books or cellular telephones occasionally occurs on the law school campus. To assist you in protecting your valuables, Southwestern encourages everyone to engrave personal property and keep a record of the property in the event it is stolen (e.g. make, model, serial number). Marking valuables not only deters theft but also can lead to the recovery of the item. Anyone wishing to mark their property may borrow an engraver or permanent marking pen from Campus Security in the Security Office (ext. 5793).

    Self-Defense and Safety Training: Southwestern encourages all students, faculty, and staff to attend the Self Defense and Pepper Spray Training class offered annually at the beginning of the fall semester.  The course provides the Southwestern community safety awareness tips, pepper spray training, and simple defense techniques.

    The LAPD Olympic Division Senior Lead Officer comes to campus every fall to speak with students, faculty, and staff about current neighborhood conditions while providing safety and self defense tips.

    Security Tips: Crime prevention brochures and posters highlighting different security topics each month are posted throughout the law school to familiarize students, faculty and staff with specific crime prevention strategies. The crime prevention topics include: Street Smarts and Personal Safety, Vehicle Safety, Sexual Assault Prevention, Holiday Safety, Online Shopping and ATM Safety, Residential Safety, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Emergency Preparedness, Travel/Tourist Safety, Keeping Kids Safe, Fraud Prevention, and Campus Safety Awareness.

  16. Sexual Offense Program

    Southwestern's sexual offense program includes educating the law school community on rape awareness, acquaintance rape, and other sexual assault through presentations and publications in order to prevent sexual offenses. The Administrative Services Office may be contacted for publications and other information about sexual offenses. The investigation of a sexual offense is dependent upon accurate and complete information. The procedure a victim should follow when a sexual offense occurs is:

    Immediately report the incident to Campus Security and the LAPD; 

    Preserve evidence as it may be necessary proof of sexual assault; and

    Provide detailed information such as suspect description, suspect escape route, incident location, time incident occurred, and description of any vehicle used in the incident. Campus Security will assist victims in notifying law enforcement authorities.

    While the law school recognizes that a sexual offense victim may wish to preserve his or her privacy after a traumatic experience, it should also be understood that the Southwestern has a responsibility to maintain the integrity and safety of the campus as a whole and that certain information may therefore be made public. Where circumstances exist that are deemed a danger to the law school community at large, pertinent details about a sexual offense will be publicly released immediately. Further, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act mandate the annual disclosure of statistics of sexual offenses known to have occurred within the law school's jurisdiction. The victim's name will not be disclosed, however, in any such reporting.

    Sexual offense violations occurring between members of the law school community will be regarded as a basis for Southwestern disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from school or termination of employment. Where a report is made alleging that a sexual offense has been perpetrated by a member of the law school community against another member, the law school is committed to providing a fair and appropriate adjudication. Reports of sexual offense will be handled according to procedures set forth in the documents regulating student, faculty and staff behavior (i.e., Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, and the Employee Handbook). Disciplinary procedures shall provide that 1) the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during disciplinary procedures, and 2) both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual offense.

    Assistance may be available in changing academic arrangements precipitated by the sexual offense, if requested by the victim and if the change is reasonably available.

    Any conduct which is a violation of local, state or federal law and which occurs on the law school campus will be referred to the appropriate authorities for criminal prosecution. Southwestern will assist any student, faculty or staff member with notifying the LAPD.

    Students, faculty or staff who have been a victim of a sexual offense should also seek assistance from the following community assistance and counseling centers:

    • Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center: (310) 319-4503
    • LA County USC Medical Center Sexual Assault Team (24-Hour):  (323) 226-3961
    • AVANCE/East Los Angeles Rape Hotline: (800) 585-6231
    • Center for Pacific Asian Family Shelter and Hotline: (323) 653-4042
    • Los Angeles Rape and Battering Hotline:
    • (213) 626-3393

    In addition, counseling services may be used through the HelpNet Assistance Program (1-800-HELPNET), an independent counseling group coordinated by Southwestern.

    Sexual offenses which occur off campus should be reported immediately to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction.

    The Jeanne Clery Disclosure Security Act Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires sex offender information be available to law school students, faculty and staff. This information is available three ways: 1) Police and Sheriff's Departments may notify residents businesses or of a nearby "high risk" or "serious" sex offender; 2) individuals may view the information at most local law enforcement agencies (there are 18 LAPD locations where the information may be viewed 24 hours/day by calling (213) 485-3281; or 3) individuals may call (900) 448-3000. In addition, the Megan's Law website is an excellent resource for registered sex offender information in California.

  17. Substance Abuse

    Alcohol and drug abuse in the law school community is detrimental to an effective academic program, quality academic performance, and institutional reputation. Further, such abuse is detrimental to the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus. Southwestern, as a recipient of federal funds, is subject to the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act (34CFR Part 86) which requires the adoption and implementation of a program to prevent the use and abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs by students, faculty and staff. Southwestern's substance abuse program includes educating the law school community on substance abuse through presentations and publications. The Administrative Services Office may be contacted for publications and other information about substance abuse.

    Treatment and Counseling: Southwestern recognizes that alcohol and substance dependencies are complex illnesses, which under most circumstances, can be successfully treated. Students, faculty and staff who have a problem which they feel may affect academic or job performance should seek assistance from one of the many treatment programs available in the community (see "Important Telephone Numbers"). In addition, counseling services may be used through the HelpNet assistance program (1-800-HELPNET).

    Rules Governing the Possession, Use or Sale of Alcohol and Illegal Drugs on Southwestern Premises or at Sponsored Events: Southwestern has established the following rules governing the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs on the law school campus or at Southwestern activities:

    Any unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol or drugs on Southwestern premises or at any Southwestern sponsored activity is prohibited.

    According to the student policy on alcohol and other drugs, alcoholic beverages may not be served at student functions held on Southwestern premises or at Southwestern sponsored off-campus events unless approval and permission is obtained.

    Southwestern will not provide funds for the purchase of alcoholic beverages at off-campus student events.

    All students, faculty and staff are prohibited from being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on campus.

    Infractions of this policy will be regarded as a basis for Southwestern disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from school or termination of employment. Violations will be handled according to procedures set forth in the documents regulating student, faculty and staff behavior (i.e., Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, and Employee Handbook). In addition, any violation of this policy which is a violation of local, state or federal law and which occurs on the law school campus will be referred to the appropriate authorities for criminal prosecution.

Information compiled by the Administrative Services Office in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.


Southwestern is committed to providing a safe campus environment for students, faculty and staff. The law school's security program is supported by numerous individuals on a daily basis; however, the complete success of the program can only be achieved through the cooperation and participation of all members of the law school community. This page is part of Southwestern's on-going effort to insure that this collaborative endeavor is effective. Information required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is provided to assist you in establishing personal safety and contributing to a secure campus.

Southwestern is located in the heart of one of the largest and most exciting cities in the country.  A variety of cultural, entertainment, educational, and professional opportunities exist in the area for you to enjoy. To make the most of this dynamic urban environment, it is important to develop your own personal safety awareness. Additionally, by participating in Southwestern's security program you will not only increase your own safety but the safety of those around you. Your involvement in Southwestern's security program and services will insure that the law school continues to be a safe learning and  working.

See also: Emergency Operations Plan