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. G4S, an international security company, currently provides over 20,000 hours per week of permanent security services to a myriad of universities, colleges, and institutions of higher education including Central. 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, International Emergency, and Pandemic Response teams. Emergency communication with community members occurs through the BlackBoard Connect 5 text messaging, email, and phone calling system. Teams are convened through the use of an “electronic bridge.” All students are automatically entered into the Emergency Communication “Black Board Connect 5” 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 that is free of harassment and discrimination of any kind. The Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Policy outlines grievance procedures and identifies confidential reporters, as well as key resources on and off campus. Complaints about harassment or discrimination should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator:
Vice President for Student Development & Title IX Coordinator
Maytag Student Center 225
812 University Avenue
Pella, IA 50219
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 Dean of Students, 641-628-5621.
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.