When life-threatening emergencies occur, call 911 and then follow-up with us.
Campus Community Safety Office
Our goal is to promote a safe and welcoming environment to improve the quality of campus life for everyone learning and working at Western Technical College. We do this by working in partnership with the campus community to provide the most professional and effective safety services possible. Our dedicated staff work 24/7, actively patrolling the La Crosse Campus.
The Campus Community Safety Office can be reached anytime by calling or texting 608-785-9191. You can also call 59191 on a campus phone. In addition, you can visit our office in Coleman Center Room 131 during regular business hours.
How can we help?
We’re here for you! Just look for our blue shirts with the Campus Community Safety emblem. You’ll see us all across the La Crosse campus. If you would like a safety escort to your vehicle, witness a concerning situation, or simply have a question, let us know. Your security on campus is our priority.
Western’s Campus Community Safety Team consists of professionals who monitor and patrol our La Crosse campus locations. Team members have extensive experience in many safety areas, including Cyber-Security, Military, Law Enforcement, Medical, Students, and Management/Leadership.
Our Mission is to serve Western Technical College and its community by maintaining a safe, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment.
Our Vision is to provide exceptional services that foster a safe environment for everyone through effective collaboration of campus and community resources.
Our Core Values are:
This report provides information regarding compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The "Clery Bill" (H.R.3344, S.1925, S.1930) was introduced in Congress on September 6, 1989, and was signed into law on November 8, 1990 by President George Bush as Title 2 of the "Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act." The bill was named for Jeanne Clery who was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University in 1986. It took effect September 1, 1991 and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) was charged with enforcing the law. The law required all institutions of higher education to release campus crime statistics and security policies to their current and prospective students or employees. Congress enacted this law, which was originally known as the "Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990."
Parking permits are required for the lots on the La Crosse main campus. There are a variety of permit options available. Learn more about parking permits at Western.
If you receive a parking citation in a Western parking lot, you can pay it online at www.westerntc.edu/pay-ticket. Citations issued on the streets by the City of La Crosse need to be paid to the City.
If you feel you have received a parking citation (ticket) in error, you may have grounds to appeal the citation to the Parking Appeals Board. To appeal a parking citation, you must submit an online appeal form within 15 calendar days of the date the citation was issued. View our parking appeals page for more information.
How to Avoid Employment Scams
Students across the country have also fallen victim to fraudulent employment scams which have resulted in financial loss. Past cases have shown criminal actors posing as professors or employees of reputable organizations. The criminals have contacted students and offered employment opportunities. The fraudulent employment scheme can leave students who are seeking employment and/or career-enhancing opportunities vulnerable to financial loss. It is important to be wary of unsolicited job opportunities. If a job offer comes from a college employee via email, the student should contact that college employee through official channels.
Additional tips can be found on the Federal Trade Commission’s website at https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/job-scams.
How To Avoid Financial Scams
Campus Community Safety and the Student Life, Equity, and Engagement Office would like to remind the campus community of fraudulent attempts used by criminals in order to obtain personal or financial information from individuals.
The criminals use phone spoofing equipment to make the number appear as it is coming from a legitimate organization. Often it will appear as a number from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or a local police department number.
The criminals will use scare tactics such as:
- Stating you have a warrant for your arrest
- Vulgar language
- Not to contact anyone
- Will scare you from hanging up
- Attempt to keep you on the phone for the duration of the scam (sometimes lasting hours)
While it may be a frightening encounter, if any of this happens to you, hang up immediately, and YOU call the non-emergency number for your local police department.
There are a few things to remember that can help protect you:
- Hang up
- Call your local police department; if on the Western campus: 608-782-7575
- Governmental organization’s contact to you will be preceded by a formal letter with agency letterhead
- Governmental organizations will never ask for payment over the phone
- Payment will never be asked for via cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Etherium, Z-Cash) or prepaid cash cards (iTunes, Amazon, Green Dot).
If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact the Department of Campus Community Safety at 608-785-9191 or the City of La Crosse Police Department at 608-789-7200.
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 (CSCPA) is an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act. The CSCPA requires sex offenders, who must register under state law, to provide notice of enrollment or employment at any institution of higher education (IHE) in that state where the offender resides, as well as notice of each change of enrollment or employment status at the IHE. This information will then be made available by the state authorities to the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where the IHE is located.
Sex offender information in the State of Wisconsin is compiled by the Department of Corrections (DOC). The DOC website allows you to search their sex offender database online. To learn the identity of registered sex offenders on or near campus, or anywhere in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry. This site can be searched by zip code or by name.
Here's some helpful zip code information for conducting your search:
- Western's zip code is 54601
- La Crosse's zip codes are 54601, 54602, or 54603
- Holmen's zip code is 54636
- Onalaska's zip code is 54650
- West Salem's zip code is 54669
- Sparta’s zip code is 54656
- Tomah’s zip code is 54660
- Viroqua’s zip code is 54665
- Mauston’s zip code is 53948
- Black River Falls zip code is 54615
- Independence’s zip code is 54747
For more information on crime statistics, view Western’s Annual Security Report.