The Biola University department of Campus Safety has the responsibility and authority to administer safety and law enforcement for the institution. The function is defined in part as the supervision of all activities that lead to the prevention, apprehension, and investigation of crimes and criminal activity on University property. The Department of Campus Safety enforces a variety of criminal statutes originating from the federal and state municipal levels of government. Campus Safety, along with the Department of Student Development, is also responsible for enforcing several areas of student behavior under the University code of conduct.
Biola University Campus Safety policies and procedures are aimed at safety and welfare. Help maintain safety by following all rules and regulations and by using common sense safety practices. It is the responsibility of each Biola community member to refrain from criminal activities and any other form of behavior that might endanger the safety and welfare of any community member.
Safety Violation Fines
|Disturbance During Quiet Hours||$40.00|
|Giving Unauthorized Access to a Closed Building||$75.00|
|Harassing Telephone Calls||$65.00|
|Misconduct / Failure To Obey A University Official||$100.00|
|Possession of Drug Paraphernalia||$150.00|
|Possession of Firearm/Unauthorized Weapon||$250.00|
|Possession of Fireworks||$50.00|
|Possession or Under the Influence of Alcohol||$150.00|
|Possession or Under the Influence of Narcotics||$150.00|
|Propping Building Door Open||$50.00|
|Refusing to Identify Self to Campus Safety Officer||$65.00|
|Tampering with a Smoke Detector||$150.00|
|Tampering with Fire Alarm||$250.00|
|Throwing Projectile at Pedestrian or Vehicle||$90.00|
Disturbance during Quiet Hours: No one shall create loud or unnecessary noise, as defined in La Mirada Municipal Code section 9.04.010 between 10:00 pm & 7:00 am. This code can be enforceable outside the time range indicated. (Misdemeanor)
Giving Unauthorized Access to a Closed Building: No person shall give access into any closed University building to any unauthorized person.
Harassing Telephone Calls: No one shall make telephone calls with the intent to harass another person. (Section 653m of the California Penal Code; Misdemeanor)
Misconduct / Failure to Obey a University Official: No person shall engage in misconduct as defined in any University Student Handbook, Housing Handbook, University policy & rules, local state, and federal statutes. Examples include, but are not limited to intentionally causing public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm; recklessly causing risk; conduct that disturbs the peace, endangers the morals, health or safety of persons; disrespect of, or refusing direction from University staff or faculty in the performance of their duties. Violators may also be subject to criminal charges, disciplinary referrals, and/or additional fines.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: No person shall be in possession of narcotic paraphernalia as defined in Sections 11364 and 11364.5 of the California Health and Safety Code. (Misdemeanor / Felony)
Possession of Firearm/Unauthorized Weapon: The possession or use of any type of weapon on Biola's campus is prohibited. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, ammunition, air guns, spear guns, blowguns, airsoft guns, paint pellet guns, martial arts weapons, bows and arrows, crossbows, swords, knives, batons, clubs, TASERS, stun guns, and explosives of any type. Anyone found in possession of any unauthorized weapon on campus may be subject to disciplinary or criminal proceedings.
Possession of Fireworks: No person shall possess fireworks, as defined in La Mirada Municipal Code section 16.12.020, on Biola property. (Misdemeanor)
Possession or Under the Influence of Alcohol: No person shall be in possession of alcohol as defined in Section 23004 of the California Alcoholic Beverage and Control Code, nor shall any person be under the influence of alcohol.
Possession or Under the Influence of Narcotics: No person shall possess any controlled substance as defined in Section 113550 of the Health and Safety Code. (Felony) (See also Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.)
Propping Building Door Open: No one, except in an emergency, is allowed to prop open a residence hall door or locked building door.
Refusing to Identify Self to Campus Safety Officer: All persons on campus are required to present identification when asked by a Campus Safety Official to do so.
Tampering with a Smoke Detector: No one shall unlawfully tamper with a smoke detector. (Section 11.302 of the California Fire Code; 148.4 California Penal Code; Misdemeanor)
Tampering with Fire Alarm: No person shall unlawfully tamper with, or unlawfully activate, a fire alarm or fire detector as defined in section 11.302 of the California Fire Code. (Misdemeanor)
Throwing Projectile at Pedestrian or Vehicle: No person shall throw a projectile at a pedestrian (240 and 242 of the California Penal Code; Misdemeanor / Felony). No person shall throw a projectile at a vehicle or occupant thereof while on Biola property. (Section 23110 of the California Vehicle Code; Misdemeanor / Felony)
For instructions and to submit an appeal click here.
Appeals must be submitted within two weeks (14 days) of the date the citation was issued.
Denied appeals may be submitted to the Chief of Campus Safety for further review. Contact the Campus Safety office at (562) 903-4877 for more information.
Safety Regulations FAQs
- What should I do if I receive a citation?
- Students – All fines will be billed to the student’s account.
- Staff/Faculty – All citations must be paid at the Campus Safety Administrative Office within 7 business days or they will be billed to your department.
- Visitors – If you are a visitor, please come to the Campus Safety Administrative Office for further information.If you believe the citation to be in error, you may appeal the citation. Instructions for appeal are on the back of the citation.
- How do I appeal a citation? Citation appeals are to be made in writing within 14 business days of the violation and delivered in person, by mail, or by electronically to the Campus Safety Administrative Office. Citations not appealed within 14 days will be billed.
- How do I pay for a citation that I received? If you are a student, the fine will be billed to your student account and may be paid at the Accounting Office. If you are not a student, you may come to the Campus Safety Administrative Office to pay the fine. Only payments by cash or check are accepted (checks should be made out to Biola University).
- How much is my citation? The fine for each citation varies. See above for more information.
- What is a “Repeat Offense” charge? A repeat offense charge is an administrative fee is assessed on the third citation received in an academic year and every citation thereafter.