Patrols, Call Boxes, and Procedures
A combination of campus-wide foot and cruiser patrols are routinely conducted, as well as interior foot patrols of all residence halls.
Emergency call boxes are positioned at key locations on campus. Upgrading and improving existing lighting is a priority.
The Department of Safety and Security works very closely with Student Affairs in addressing all areas of safety related to residential and commuter students. All crimes are investigated and adjudicated quickly, and special effort is made to safeguard each student’s rights, dignity, and confidentiality. All Student Affairs issues are governed by a comprehensive student handbook made available to each student.
Radio Links to 911 and Campus Facilities
Our department is linked by radio to local Metro 911 operators and local police agencies to coordinate quick and effective responses to fire, EMS, and police emergencies. The Safety & Security Departments participates in a mutual-aid agreement with all local law enforcement agencies. Additionally, campus patrol officers are equipped with radio communications linked to the residence hall RAs, RDs, maintenance staff, and other support services on campus.
Officers are on duty 24 hours a day and can be reached by phone, radio, 911 operators, and voice pagers.
The campus Department of Safety and Security maintains state-of-the-art digital cameras linked to our IT system, and can monitor all exits and entrances to each residence hall. Cameras are also positioned at other high-risk areas throughout the campus, as well as PTZ cameras on the parking lots. The camera system is continually being improved as the campus expands.
All residence halls and other high-risk areas are further protected by card access control.
Emergency Notification Systems
In the event of a serious emergency, the university maintains both an audible and a text-messaging system to quickly notify students and staff. Department of Safety & Security staff members have the unique capability of sending out “live” audible messages through loud speakers across the campus directly from their mobile radio. These announcements allow the officers to provide ongoing and accurate information as situations quickly develop and change.
Students and staff members are strongly encouraged to go on line and sign up to participate in the text messaging system.