Public Safety Division

Public Safety Division Responsibilities

Northwest Nazarene University Campus Safety, Public Safety Division is committed to strong programs of accident and injury prevention and to complying with all environmental, health and safety laws and regulations.  Good health and safety practices are a responsibility of each faculty member, staff member, and student.  Line responsibility for good health and safety practice begins with the supervisor in the workplace, laboratory or classroom and proceeds upward through the levels of management.


Public Safety Division makes all reasonable efforts to:

  • protect the health and safety of faculty, staff and students;
  • provide safe workplaces - for faculty, staff and students;
  • provide information and training to faculty, staff, and students about safety hazards and emergency procedures;
  • identify and recommend corrective measures to correct health and safety hazards and encourage faculty, staff and students to report hazards;
  • provide emergency planning and preparedness plans in compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • provide information and safeguards for those on campus regarding environmental hazards.

The Public Safety Division is responsible for recommending university wide safety policies; ensuring overall institutional compliance with policies, statutes and regulations; monitoring the effectiveness of the safety programs; and providing safety services to all areas of the University.  Safety audits with recommendations for best practices are conducted on a regular basis.

The Public Safety Division provides safety education through workshops, seminars, printed informational literature, and online training through the University Canvas network.

Emergency planning and preparedness is addressed through several different venues including seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises, drills, and full scale field training exercises. Cooperation and collaboration with other emergency response agencies is fostered to develop and assist with the emergency response effort at the University. Emergency Operations Plans will parallel the National Response Plan, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines. Emergency planning will be in compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).