31 2022 ANNUAL SECURITY & ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY REPORT Lehigh’s Weapons Policy Lehigh University police personnel are authorized to possess weapons on campus, and may do so within the scope of their authority. To prevent personal injury, Lehigh prohibits the possession or use of any potentially dangerous weapon or explosive on University property. Such prohibited weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, ammunition, air guns, spring-type weapons, slingshots and firecrackers. Violators of these regulations are subject to disciplinary action and contraband is subject to confiscation. Weapons under the control of the military departments are not subject to these regulations. Missing Student Policy The Lehigh University Police Department (LUPD) will thoroughly investigate all reports of missing persons, whether they reside on or off-campus. To report a missing person, contact Lehigh Police at 610-758-4200, use one of the emergency phones, contact us through HawkWatch, or come to our station at 321 E. Packer Ave. Additionally, if you see a uniformed security guard or police officer on patrol, you can stop them and ask for their assistance in making a report. Lastly, you can always dial 9-1-1. There is no waiting period required for reporting a missing person. Responding officers will carefully record and investigate the factual circumstances surrounding the disappearance in accordance with Departmental directives. Particular care will be exercised in the instances involving those who may be mentally or physically impaired, or others who are insufficiently prepared to care for themselves. Students will have the opportunity to register a confidential emergency contact to be notified within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing if the student has been determined missing by the LUPD or the local law enforcement agency. However, Lehigh is not precluded from contacting a student’s contact person or custodial parent or guardian immediately upon determination that the student is missing. The emergency contact need not be a parent or guardian; it can be anyone. Registration is voluntary, but is strongly encouraged. The information provided is confidential, and will only be used by the Lehigh University Police Department in an emergency situation, including situations in which a student has been reported missing or where disclosure is legally required by a search warrant or subpoena. All students are required to complete a survey before registering for courses each semester. This survey requests that students review their emergency contact information on file to determine accuracy, or to add emergency contact information. Emergency contact information can be updated at any time through the Self-Service Banner, available at this link: If the missing student residing on-campus has been missing for more than 24 hours, LUPD will notify the student’s designated emergency contact, which is maintained in the Banner database. In addition to the contact person provided, if such a student is under the age of 18 and is unemancipated, the University will immediately notify the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian and the student will be entered into the National Crime Information Center. Reports of students missing from off-campus residences will be referred to the police department having jurisdiction over the student’s local residence, if known, or the student’s permanent residence if a local residence cannot be determined. Policies Concerning Students/ Employees with Criminal Records Lehigh does not conduct background investigations on prospective students. If Lehigh receives information concerning a prospective student’s criminal conduct, it is given appropriate consideration as necessary. Currently, enrolled students who are charged with and/ or convicted of criminal offenses are subject to Lehigh’s student judicial system and the full range of available disciplinary sanctions. The Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (CPSL), as amended by Act 153, requires employees, volunteers and other individuals who interact with minors to obtain three different clearances. Act 153 states that all “school employees” who have “direct contact with children” are subject to certain requirements as a matter of state law. This includes undergoing a three-part criminal background check. As the law defines the terms “school employees’ and “direct contact with children” – and in light of the number of Lehigh students who are minors as well as non-Lehigh student minors who frequent our campus, the University has determined that all current employees must undergo the Act 153 background checks. For