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Safety at Franklin & Marshall

Lost and Found

In any college community, many items are found on or around the college campus. This is true at Franklin & Marshall. Just as often, good Samaritans attempt to turn in found property in the hope that it can be returned to itsowner.

Due to Accreditation Standards imposed by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, the Department of Public Safety must treat every piece of property it takes into its possession as if it was evidence. Therefore, many items of little monetary value are not accepted by the Department of Public Safety.

Those that cannot be accepted at the Department of Public Safety can be deposited at the Steinman College Center information desk. Items that can be turned into the Department of Public Safety 24/7 include:

1. Wallets or purses, 2. Jewelry, 3. Cell Phones, 4. Electronic devices or equipment, 5. Pharmaceuticals, 6. Weapons, 7. Money, 8. Credit cards, 9. Identification cards and/or driver’s licenses 10. Eye glasses 11. Bicycles

The following items can be turned into the Lost and Information Desk at the Steinman College Center: 1. Backpacks, 2. Luggage, 3. Umbrellas, 4. Clothing, 5. Sports equipment 6. Other bulky items

Director Department of Public Safety

Associate Dean of the College and Director of the Klehr Center for Jewish Life

Franklin & Marshall Identification Cards

Franklin & Marshall ID Cards are issued to all students, both full- and part-time, for the regular academic year. The card serves 1) as a photo ID card (which is required to be shown for various purposes on campus), 2) for admission to the dining halls under the College meal plan, 3) to borrow Library books and, 4) as a declining balance account card.

Students are required to carry their cards at all times and to present them at the request of a College official or security officer. Only the person whose name appears on the card may use it; lending or altering a card may subject the owner to disciplinary action.

Loss of the card must be reported immediately both to Public Safety and to Auxiliary Services so that lost cards can be deactivated to prevent unauthorized use. New cards are issued from the Auxiliary Services office located in the Steinman College Center, Monday-Friday. There is a $15 charge for a new card.

When a student withdraws from the College for any reason during a semester, the card must be left with the Director of the Department of Public Safety.

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Motor Vehicle Registration

Note: The following motor vehicle and parking regulations are available in a downloadable, tri-fold brochure, in PDF format.

General Statement

Bringing a car to campus is a privilege, not a right. Like many colleges, Franklin & Marshall excludes first-year students from bringing vehicles to campus or surrounding neighborhoods. However, operation of a personal car is not a requirement of any College program and students bring and operate cars at their own risk. The College attempts to assist vehicle owners by furnishing appropriate parking regulations and parking spaces, but assumes no responsibility for theft or vandalism to vehicles parked on College property.

Fire Safety

Note: The following information on "Fire Safety" is available in a downloadable, tri-fold brochure, in PDF format.

Other Public Safety Information


A student will be assisted by a staff member from the Department of Public Safety who will unlock the student's residence hall room, after identification is verified. A student will be allowed one such unlock by the staff of the Department of Public Safety each academic year free of charge. A $10 fee will be levied for each subsequent room unlock by the Department of Public Safety during the academic year.

Escort Service

The Department of Public Safety provides a walking escort service seven days a week. All students, faculty, staff, and administrators may request the service by calling 717-291-3939. Walking Escorts are provided seven days a week, 24 hours per day to and from on-campus and off-campus buildings, within a stipulated radius of the College.

Weapons Policy

Weapons are inconsistent with the educational purposes of the College, and have no place in the College community. Consequently, Franklin & Marshall College strictly prohibits the possession, use, or introduction of weapons everywhere on campus.

It shall be a violation of College policy for any student, faculty member, employee, or visitor to have in his or her possession any weapon or to introduce any weapon into the College community without the express prior written permission of the Director of the Department of Public Safety.

For the purpose of this policy, the following definitions shall apply:

Weapons include, but are not limited to:

  • Handguns, rifles, shotguns, and other firearms of all types, air guns, pellet guns, and BB guns;
  • Axes, swords and knives of any kind other than eating utensils;
  • Bows and arrows, cross bows, and any archery equipment (except equipment owned by the College when possessed or used in the course of instructional programs);
  • Fireworks or ammunition of any kind;
  • Any martial arts or security equipment of a dangerous nature, including Chinese stars, nunchakues, brass knuckles, and spiked gloves.

Possession means:

  • Physical possession on the person or placing or keeping a weapon at any location on the College campus, including an individual's living quarters or workplace, in any vehicle, or in an individual's container (including,but not limited to, backpacks, briefcases, purses, wallets, bags, and luggage).

Introduce shall mean:

  • To bring any weapon onto College property; or
  • To assist anyone in bringing any weapon onto College property.

Students found in possession of weapons on campus, or found in any college building, will be found in violation of the student conduct code, and will be disciplined up to expulsion from the college.

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RAD (Rape Aggression Defense)

What is the RAD System?

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified RAD instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth. The RAD System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many Colleges and Universities. The growing, wide spread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and unique teaching methodology. The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense / martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist, on the part of the victim (supported by research). We educate women about "The Flight or Fight Syndrome", while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but a necessity if natural resistance is to be effective.

Safety and survival in today's world requires a definite course of action. We provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being.

Ten Reasons Why RAD System is on the Cutting Edge of Self-Defense Training

  • Has established the standard for female self-defense programs.

  • Offers no-nonsense, practical techniques of defense.

  • Researched the effects of "The Fight or Flight Syndrome".

  • Offers advanced self-defense courses that build upon the physical defense system.

  • Provides realistic and dynamic hands-on training.

  • Provides students with a comprehensive Reference Manual.

  • Certified instructors from the community.

  • Has a litigation defense policy.

  • Offers state of the art programs at reasonable rates.

  • Every student receives a lifetime membership policy.

Register online or stop by the Department of Public Safety for a form.

Factoids: 1 out of every 4 college women polled was sexually assaulted during four years at college (Ms. Magazine Study on Sexual Assault and Rape). Between 1973 and 1987 (14 years), over 2.3 million women reported sexual assaults in the United States. 71% of these victims avoided being raped by taking self-protective measures ( United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics). In 1988, rape victims took self-protective measures in 86.7% of the cases. "Rape victims were more likely to defend themselves than assault or robbery victims." (Criminal Victimization in the United States, 1988). "In fact, the most often used strategy for avoiders (of rape) appears to have been a combination of screaming and use of physical resistance." (Bart, P. and O'Brien, P., © 1985, Stopping Rape: Successful Survival Strategies, Pergamon Press, New York, NY).

For More Information and Scheduling Please Contact:

Officer Curtis Galbreath-

Department of Public Safety


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