All members of the Central College community are committed to the safety of our students, employees, and guests. We are privileged to learn, live and work in two safe places: Central College and Pella, Iowa.
Central College has a strong relationship with the Pella Police Department. Just two blocks away from campus are 15 full-time officers, five reserve officers and seven additional employees. The Pella police are committed to public safety and serving the citizens of Pella, including Central College students. Additionally, the first-rate Pella Volunteer Fire Department and Pella Community Ambulance team are headquartered two blocks from campus with the Pella Regional Health Center located less than a mile away.
Safety at Central College is primarily focused around student safety. Central has contracted with one of the nation’s leading security services firms, which also provides services to a myriad of other colleges and universities. An officer is on campus Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. – 8 a.m., and 24 hours per day on weekends. Call 641-628-9000 to request assistance at all times. Call 911 in emergencies.
The campus also has trained first responders, staff on call and a one-call number to the information booth for assistance. On campus the one-call assistance number is 4000; off-campus the number is 641-628-9000. For all medical, fire and other emergencies, a call should be made to 911.
Central College has an Emergency Communication and Response Plan that includes a series of emergency teams with on-going training and an emergency communication system. Under the coordination and leadership of the Central Emergency Management Team, teams include the Central Emergency Response, Student Crisis Response, and International Emergency teams. Emergency communication with community members occurs through text messaging, email, and phone calling systems. Team members are convened through the use of an “electronic bridge”. All students are automatically entered into Central’s Emergency Communication system while faculty and staff may elect to join by sending their name and cell phone number to the Dean of Students.
As described in our Welcome Statement: Notice of Nondiscrimination, Central College is committed to sustaining a safe and healthy campus environment where harassment and discrimination are actively discouraged. The Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy outlines grievance procedures and identifies confidential resources, as well as key resources on and off campus.
Callisto is an online support system and tool for identifying repeat offenders of sexual assault that is available to Central students. The website also offers a downloadable report form where students can document what happened for their use.
Complaints about sexual assault, harassment or discrimination should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator:
In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Safety Policies and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Central College is required to disclose crime statistics for the past three years. This information is summarized in the Clery Crime Safety Report. For questions or a copy of the report, contact the Title IX Coordinator, 641-628-5249.
If you see or have knowledge of any crime or suspicious activity that occurred on campus and you would like to report it, please complete a report through Central Sees. If you wish, your information will be kept confidential within the limits of the law.
Deliberate and intentional personal awareness, use of good judgment, and caring for the well-being of others are hallmarks of our Central College community. It’s always appropriate to encourage greater awareness in promoting and ensuring safety for all members of our communities.
The Central College Environmental Health and Safety Committee is dedicated to
promoting a safe environment by assisting the college community in encouraging safe work habits and increasing awareness of environments and potential hazards. The EHS committee:
Membership (standing positions on the committee):
Student worker and employee work-related injuries are reported to Human Resources, 641-628-5300.
College vehicle and property damage are reported to the Business Office, 641-628-5273.
Safety hazards or concerns are reported to the Facilities Department, 641-628-7676.