Being Safe at Central

What you should know about crime on campus

The safety and welfare of all members of the campus community is a primary goal at Central College. Although the campus and Pella are considered safe places to live and work, they are not exempt from dangers that exist in other areas of the country. Therefore, normal precautions for safety and well-being are encouraged, promoted and, hopefully, exercised.

Crime is a campus-wide concern and everyone on campus plays an important role in preventing and reporting crime. All members of the Central community must cooperate with each other and law enforcement agencies to maintain a safe campus.

As required by the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act, previously the Student Right to Know and Student Safety Act of 1990), the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and the Department of Education’s final regulations (§ 668.46 Institutional security policies and crime statistics., 34 C.F.R. § 668.46) this text is designed to inform current and future members of the Central College campus community about:

Compliance with these provisions does not constitute a violation of section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. 123g), commonly known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). 

Information and an increase in personal awareness are the most powerful weapons you have to protect yourself. We hope that this information will increase your safety awareness, ultimately contributing to fewer crimes on campus.

Incident Reporting

If you are the victim of any crime, we encourage you to report the incident to the proper law enforcement agency as well as to student development staff who are prepared to respond. Consistent reporting by all members of our community can often assist police and college officials to discover patterns of crime. Reporting crime is also an important way of deterring offenders from continued activity that hurts others.

The vice-president for student development and dean of students, Title IX coordinator, deputy Title IX coordinators or assistant deans of students can help you report a crime to the police. Their contact information is provided here. Confidential help is available and discussed in the next section for those who prefer not to report an alleged crime, though all individuals knowledgeable of such occurrences are encouraged to do so.

College administrators also provide the college community with timely warnings of reported crimes that are considered to be an immediate threat to students and employees. Crime alert notices will be posted on the website and sent via email and cell phone text message to all students and those employees who have chosen to use this service. These notices may also be posted in appropriate areas. These notices generally do not include the names of individuals involved, but do describe the crime and circumstances surrounding the crime, to assist the campus community in protecting itself and in apprehending those accused of committing the crimes.

Confidential Reporting

Confidential help is available to those who prefer not to report an alleged crime. Contact information for campus counselors, the college chaplain and mental health providers in the community are provided here. The Central College counselors and chaplain are knowledgeable about referral resources that are necessary when a student’s needs exceed staff qualifications or when students would prefer to work with off-campus professionals.

Faculty, other employees and paraprofessional staff such as student orientation leaders and student resident advisors, are not confidential report takers but are trained regarding referral information and the process of making referrals. Confidentiality is not guaranteed by these professionals and paraprofessionals as they are required to inform non-confidential administrative professional staff when they become aware of criminal activity or victimization on campus.

Training, Prevention and Awareness Programs/Campaigns and Safety Protocols

Central College is committed to providing a safe environment for students and employees. This is an ongoing process that includes training, prevention and awareness programs/campaigns to reduce the risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. 


Current Central employees complete annual training.

Incoming and returning students complete training each summer or fall.

Training for all new employees is an on-going process at the time of hire.

Prevention and Awareness Programs/Campaigns

Safety Protocols

 While the college works to prevent crime on campus, students also share the responsibility for protecting themselves and for ensuring that their environment is safe. Students are reminded to lock doors, walk and study in well-lit and well-traveled areas, store money and other valuables in safe places and avoid the use of intoxicants that may impair judgment.