Campus Safety

Ripon College holds the safety and well-being of its community members and visitors as one of its highest concerns. While part of Ripon’s charm is it’s relatively safe community, it is certainly not exempt from the same crime problems that exist in surrounding communities. Our goal as a campus is to provide a safe environment, one in which all students, faculty and staff can thrive in their work, learning and life.

All members of campus are asked to abide by accepted behavior standards and to encourage acceptable behavior among their peers. Ripon College is a participating member of Drug-Free Schools and Communities. Please see the Student Handbook for more information on Ripon’s code of conduct and other policies.

Students, faculty and staff are automatically registered in our campus RAVE alert system. This is a non-opt system that will notify students immediately via cell phone and email with any emergencies or potential dangers if they arise on campus.

The Ripon College Physical Plant Department and Per-Mar Security provide consistent radio coverage at 920-748-8703, in addition to the professional staff Residence Hall Directors who are available via that same number from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. each day. Per Mar Security officers do not have arrest powers and do not carry weapons. Escort services from parking lots to the residence halls also are available upon request. Security personnel have the authority to escort students to any campus location. City of Ripon Police provides routine patrol of public areas adjacent to the College and work closely with the Residence Life staff to assist in on campus emergencies and to address student concerns.

Residence halls are guarded with keycard readers enabling the exterior doors to remain locked at all times. Students must use their registered keycards to enter into any residential building. Maintenance contractors are required to register at the Physical Plant Department before entrance to any campus buildings occurs. This reduces the chances of unauthorized or untimely entrance to residence halls.

Ripon College community members are encouraged to report crime and unsafe conditions or acts to appropriate College officials.

Crime Reporting

The Campus Safety Officer is designated and authorized by the College to maintain the safety and security of College surroundings. All community members are urged to report crimes in progress, other criminal activity and suspicious behavior so that investigation and remedial activities can occur in a timely manner. Community members may report emergencies directly to the City of Ripon public safety agencies by using 911 or can report emergencies through the campus emergency extension 8703. It is at the discretion of the caller which number to use. Witnesses of crimes in progress may call 911 to access City Police; 911 also may be used to request an ambulance or the local fire department. Calls reporting incidents or situations not appropriate for public safety but rather campus security or Physical Plant issues would be made through the emergency 8703 extension.

As examples, reports of suspicious people, deficiencies in door locks or windows, problems with building utilities, minor injuries or requests for escort would be appropriate for the 8703 number or the Campus Safety Office 920-748-8164.

Crimes may be reported at the following offices:
These calls may not necessarily remain confidential.

  • Campus Safety Office: 748-8164
  • Dean of Students Office: 748-8111
  • Residence Life Office: 748-8186

Crimes also may be reported to Residence Life staff. These reports may not remain confidential.

Crime Statistics

All crimes reported are based on Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definitions. Sources of reports include the City of Ripon Police, the Campus Safety Office, and the Dean of Students Office. CY refers to Calendar Year. Please contact the Campus Safety Officer 920-748-8164 or joanisj@ripon.edu to learn more as to how the UCR and Department of Education define the categories below or with any questions.

CY13

CY14

CY15

Criminal homicide

0

0

0

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

Sex offenses

1

N/A

N/A

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated assault

0

0

0

Burglary

3

3

4

Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

1

Liquor law violations(arrests)

6

12

9

Drug abuse violations (arrests)

2

2

4

Weapons violations

0

0

0

Violations not listed in the above statistics but referred to the campus system for disciplinary action are listed below.

CY13

CY14

CY15

Liquor law violations

79

78

130

Drug abuse violations

21

7

15

Weapons violations

1

1

0

The Department of Education has changed definitions and requirements for colleges and universities in reporting sexual assault and sexual crimes over the last few years with changes to the Cleary Act and Title IX legislation. Statistics related to sexual assault and crimes are listed below.

CY13

CY14

CY15

Domestic violence

N/A

78

0

Dating violence

N/A

7

0

Stalking

N/A

1

1

Rape

N/A

0

2*

Incest

0

0

0

Fondling

0

0

0

Sex offenses-forcible^

1

N/A

N/A

Sex offenses non-forcible^

0

N/A

N/A

*Ripon College reported 4 sexual assaults on campus in the calendar year 2015, but two of these offences did not fit into the definition of incest, fondling, rape, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking.
^The sex offenses categories were replaced with Rape, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking in CY14

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Email: adminfo@ripon.edu
Phone: 800-947-4766
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