Safety + Security

Keeping You—and Our Campus—Safe

Case Western Reserve University is committed to the safety of our students, faculty and staff. You can find safety tips and resources on the CWRU Police and Security Services website at case.edu/police.

Though CWRU is generally safe, it is an open, urban campus, so crime is a risk.

For your safety and protection, it is important that you know what to do in case of an emergency and what resources are available to you:

Sexual Conduct & Relationships

CWRU is dedicated to fostering a positive learning and working environment for its community members and has established policies on sexual conduct that address assault, harassment, consensual relationships, and drug and alcohol use. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that violates university policy as well as state and federal laws.

CWRU’s Sexual Misconduct policy is available on the Sexual Misconduct and Title IX website.

CWRU is a diverse community and recognizes that cultural differences can impact behavior; what is acceptable in one culture may not be acceptable in others. The university’s goal is to be a welcoming, safe place and to ensure that all members of CWRU are empowered by education and provided the appropriate resources. Understanding the definitions associated with sexual conduct and sexual violence is critical to being well-educated about CWRU’s policies.

The university strongly encourages persons who experience sexual misconduct to report the misconduct, to seek assistance, and to pursue university action for their own protection and that of the entire campus community. For more information about reporting procedures and your rights, please visit the Sexual Misconduct Policy’s Reporting Section for a list of Confidential Support resources. Information about supporting an individual who has been affected by sexual misconduct is also available.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a crime that occurs when your personal information (your name, date of birth, social security number, etc.) is stolen and used without your permission and knowledge. To learn more about identity theft and how to protect yourself, visit the CWRU Police Crime Prevention Tips and the Federal Trade Commission’s website.

Immigration Scams

One of the most common scams students experience is an individual calling them on the phone, identifying themselves as an officer or agent, and then requesting money. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will NEVER do this by phone. They will also never request payment by email. If you receive such a call or email, NEVER provide any bank information or personal details.

Tax Scams

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), like USCIS, will NEVER request payment by phone or email. If you receive such a call or email, NEVER provide any bank information or personal details.

The IRS offers helpful tips to help protect you from tax scams and schemes as well as information on how to report a scam.

If you feel you’ve been the target or victim of a scam, contact International Student Services at 216.368.2517 or international@case.edu so we can assist you in getting the proper resources—and also caution the rest of our international student population about what’s happening.

You may also wish to report your experience to the Federal Trade Commission at http://1.usa.gov/1suOHSS. If you are not sure if it is a scam, forward the suspicious email to the USCIS Webmaster at uscis.webmaster@uscis.dhs.gov. USCIS will review the emails received and share with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.

Visit the Avoid Scams Initiative at uscis.gov/avoidscams for more information on common scams and other important tips.

Other Scams and Social Media

Today it’s possible to find almost anything that you’re looking for on the internet or through social media.   It’s extremely important that you never post or share any information, pictures, or videos that are intimate, revealing, embarrassing, incriminating, etc.

This may sound like obvious advice, but remember, once something is digital and on the internet, it’s no longer private; anyone can access it. If you wouldn’t want your family, friends, colleagues, or future employers to know or see something about you, keep it off the internet and don’t share it with others!

If you’re ever in the position of having compromising information, images, or videos posted on the internet, contact the police immediately.