Safety Reports, Policies, and Procedures


Calvin Seminary should be a safe and healthy place for all community members. Below are reports that speak to this goal and provide resources for community members to ensure it.

Annual Safety Report

Annual Security & Fire Safety Report

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Calvin University Campus Safety Department provides statistics in the areas of criminal offenses, hate offenses, arrests, and disciplinary actions. These areas are divided further by location. Please note the statistics represent the number of reports in each category.

More crimes may have occurred on campus, but these crimes were not reported. The statistical years are calendar years (January – December) with statistics due in October for the previous calendar year.

A copy of this report is posted here, and can be accessed at any time.

Title IX Resources

Policies and Procedures to Address Discrimination and Harassment

Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation of any form are a violation of a person’s rights, dignity, andintegrity. Such acts debase the integrity of the educational process and are contrary to the mission andvalues of Calvin Seminary. In response to any reported misconduct, the Seminary will take appropriatesteps to eliminate the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. The Seminary willreview and investigate all reports, and provide for fair and impartial evaluation and resolution. Retaliation is prohibited against a person who makes a report of discrimination or harassment.

Campus Safety

Calvin University Campus Safety Office

Calvin Seminary Campus Safety

Calvin Seminary Safety is provided by Calvin University Safety Office. Click here to visit their website.

Drug & Alcohol Policies

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP)

In accordance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, Calvin Seminary provides this report:

Emergency Response Plan

In Case of an Emergency

Below is a document with policies and procedures for the community in the event of an emergency

Inclement Weather Policy

What To Do During Dangerous Weather Conditions

Calvin Theological Seminary may remain open during inclement weather, even when other institutions may be closed. The Seminary’s decision to close depends on several factors, such as local travel advisories and requests from law enforcement agencies, the condition of public and campus roadways, and the closing of other local colleges and universities, especially Calvin University with whom we share many services, including campus safety and the RAVE emergency notification system.

The Seminary President has the responsibility for determining when to close or terminate Seminary activities and Seminary offices. The Seminary President may delegate this responsibility to the Chief Operating Officer and Academic Dean. Whenever possible, a decision affecting morning and afternoon classes and events will be communicated by 6:00am, and a decision affecting classes and events later in the day will be communicated by 2:00pm.

Policy Details

For Faculty and Students

In an inclement weather situation where the Seminary is open but a faculty member cannot get to the campus to teach his or her class, the faculty member should immediately notify the Academic Dean by phone or email, and send an email notification as early as possible to all students in the class. Students must also be wise in their decision whether to travel to campus when conditions are hazardous. Students who decide it would not be prudent for them to travel to campus due to inclement weather will not be penalized when not in class for that reason, but should communicate their decision by email to the professor as soon as possible.

For Employees

Employees must be prudent in their decision whether to travel to campus when conditions are hazardous. Employees who decide not to travel to campus due to inclement weather conditions or who are faced with unexpected family care responsibilities (such as those created by local school closings) or home issues (such as loss of power or flooding), should use his or her judgment and remain at home if that is the most reasonable action. They must communicate their decision by telephone, voicemail, email or text message to their supervisor. Both hourly and salary staff members who do not report to work, or choose not to remain at work, when the Seminary is open may either record the time as vacation time, may request to take the time without pay, or may work additional hours during the remainder of the pay week to make up the hours missed. No academic or administrative departments may close unless the Seminary itself closes.


Emergency Notification: When a decision to terminate Seminary classes and events or to close Seminary offices is made, the senior administrator making the decision will provide the information to the Calvin College Campus Safety dispatcher, who will communicate through the RAVE emergency notification system via Seminary-assigned email addresses.

The monthly test of our RAVE emergency system went out on Friday, November 2nd. If you received a text and/or a voice call, it means that you are in the system correctly. If not, we encourage you to sign up for it now using these instructions:

Students, you are automatically signed up for notifications to your seminary email. If you would like to receive RAVE text alerts, make sure you cell phone number is listed on your on-line profile.

Faculty and Staff, add your cell phone number to receive notification by contacting the IT Office. Your seminary email and telephone number are automatically included

Safety Contacts

Contact Information

Telephone Resources

Emergency contact numbers Note: Area code is 616
Campus Safety Emergency Phone3-3333 (campus phone) 526-3333 (cell or off campus)
Campus Safety non-emergency526-6452
Environmental Health & Safety526-8591
Escort Service – Calvin Campus Safety526-6452
Grand Rapids Police Department911 (emergency) or 456-3400 (non-emergency)
MED-1 Occupational Health Services459-6331
CTS Physical Plant957-7107
Poison Control Center800-222-1222
Silent Observer – Calvin Campus Safety526-8880
Silent Observer – Grand Rapids Police Dept.774-2345