IX. SECURITY/PERSONAL SAFETY
Security Administrative Offices are located in the:
University Towne House
1325 Mt. Hope Avenue, Suite 1-B
Rochester, New York 14620
Security satellite offices are located at:
Quad Annex Basement
and can be reached at the following telephone numbers:
X13 - Emergencies
X5-3333 - Non-Emergencies
X5-3437 - Administrative
X3-5200 - River Campus Satellite Office
X5-2220 - Medical Center Satellite Office
X5-3333 - Escort Service Arrangements
Emergency Number/Blue Light Emergency Phones
In an emergency, dial "13." You will be immediately connected
to the Security Communication Center. The Bright Blue Lights around the
River Campus and the Medical Center are your outside emergency direct line
to UR Security. When you need assistance, just pick up the phone under the
Blue Light, and you will automatically be in touch with UR Security. Your
location is immediately known without having to dial or speak. Please check
the map at the back of this book for locations of these telephones.
Safety is a Full Time Responsibility
Because the University is not an isolated entity, separate from the surrounding
community, it can be only as safe as an urban environment permits. Although
safety against all risks cannot be guaranteed, there is much that you as
a member of the University community can do to protect yourself and others.
For example, you should familiarize yourself with the emergency and fire
safety procedures for the buildings you use, take fire drills seriously,
help maintain the physical security of campus buildings, promptly report
fire and suspicious circumstances or persons to Security, and report other
hazards, actual or potential.
How to Report an Incident
Whenever you are a witness to or a victim of a crime, you are encouraged
to report the incident to Security immediately by dialing "13"
from service or regular University (Rolm) phones or simply by picking up
the handset on one of over 50 Blue Light Emergency Phones.
By far, the largest category of crime at the University of Rochester involves
the loss of personal property of $100 or less by theft. Ninety percent of
the thefts occur from unlocked or unattended areas. The best precaution
against theft is to lock or secure property. The University is not responsible
for lost or stolen property.
To protect your property, keep a record of identifying marks or serial numbers.
Items without serial numbers may be engraved through Operation Identification,
a program for registering property and equipment. Also, consider insuring
your belongings. The University carries no insurance for the theft of personal
property. Call X5-2220 for more information.
The University has active crime prevention programs, with offices on the
River Campus (Quad Annex basement) and the Medical Center (G-6009). Crime
Prevention Officers are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and are willing to meet with you during these and other
hours. They routinely address new students and employees on personal safety
issues -- including date rape and sexual assault, and drug and alcohol awareness.
They also respond to special requests from groups of employees or students
and will hold workshops on topics of particular concern. Other crime prevention
efforts include the distribution of "Security Alert Bulletins"
(which provide prompt notice of events affecting personal safety), lighting
surveys, new construction design consultation, alarm system design assistance
and office/building safety surveys. Call X3-5200 (River Campus) or X5-2220
(Medical Center) for further information.
If you are a crime victim, Security offers a comprehensive Victim/Witness
Assistance Program. Victims who ask for help receive assistance getting
through the often confusing criminal justice process. Many crime victims
also have medical and/or emotional needs and can be directed to a variety
of University and community services. To find out more about any of the
services our Crime Prevention Office offers, call X5-2220.
Personal Safety Escorts
Using a combination of male/female volunteer teams, student aides and, as
needed, Security Officers, the University makes a conscientious effort to
provide prompt and reliable assistance for safe passage, on request, throughout
the University. These services are intended to compliment established shuttle
bus schedules and each individual's own efforts to coordinate travel plans
You may request a safety escort by picking up a Blue Light Emergency Phone
or by calling X5-3333 from any University phone. All escort volunteers and
employee are in constant radio contact with the Security Communication Center.
Resource groups, in addition to shuttle bus services, include:
- Blue Light Escort Service
- River Campus Safety Escort Service
- Medical Center Safety Escort Service
- Security Escorts
The Security Division will respond to any complaint of illegal drug sales
or trafficking at the University and report violations to the appropriate
law enforcement agencies. If a person needs medical attention as a result
of substance abuse, the health of that individual is our primary concern,
and Security will provide transport to Strong Memorial Hospital's emergency
room or to the University Health Service.
Although Security does not normally conduct extensive drug investigations,
city, county and state law enforcement agencies do, and may investigate
cases on University property independently. New York State narcotics laws
apply to the University, and the University will cooperate fully with appropriate
law enforcement agencies.
Security's Power of Arrest or Detention
Officers are not armed and are not police officers or peace officers. They
serve as representatives of the University in assuring that persons and
property are protected and that University operations are not disrupted.
Officers work closely with area law enforcement agencies.
When Police Agencies are Called by Security
- when a crime against a person is committed and the individual requests
that the police be notified
- when a serious crime is committed against the University, involving
major property damage or loss
- to calm a disturbance that might disrupt University activities
- when there has been a motor vehicle accident with personal injury or
apparent property damage over $400
- assistance to motorists (limited)
- door openings for people who are locked out and have already exhausted
other building/departmental resources
- routine building and area checks
- landscaping and exterior lighting evaluations
- lost and found property storage A Few Tips for Preventing Crime
- be aware of your surroundings and any signs that something appears to
be wrong or out of place
- stay in well-lit areas and walk mid-point between curbs and buildings
and away from alleys and bushes when possible · do not carry extra
credit cards or money
- walk with someone whenever possible
- take the bus, or request an escort when traveling alone at night
- if your wallet, book bag, or purse is forcibly taken, don't fight back
-- turn it over rather than risk personal injury
- do not attach your ID to your key chain or mark your keys with your
name or address
- get to know your neighbors and share information about suspicious activities
- when working late, make sure doors are locked -- let someone know of
your location and expected leave time
- never prop doors open, especially fire doors, even for a short time
- do not loan your office keys or allow them to be copied
- keep your purse, wallet, or other valuables in a locked cabinet or drawer
-- never leave them on or beneath a desk Car Safety
- lock all doors after parking
- keep a copy of your registration, title, and Vehicle Identification
Number in a safe place (separate from your car)
- store valuables -- such as tape cases and radar detectors -- out of
- if you park your car at the University but do not use it regularly,
check on it daily
- report thefts -- as well as suspicious activity in parking lots or near
parked cars -- to the Security Division
- secure your car with the CLUB , an anti-theft device that attaches to
the steering wheel of any vehicle, making it impossible to drive
- ride defensively and with traffic
- perform routine bike maintenance
- register your bike (call X5-2220 for registration times and locations;
the City of Rochester required fee is $1)
- use bicycle racks and a high-security U-shaped lock
- bikes may be stored in designated storage rooms and the residence hall
room of the bike owner - riding bikes in buildings is prohibited
- bikes are not to be chained or otherwise attached to trees, handrails,
light poles, fire hydrants or other devices or structures that constitute
a safety or property damage potential
In addition to criminal sanctions for forcible and non-forcible rape, acquaintance
rape and other sexual offenses, the University's corrective disciplinary
procedures allow for a range of sanctions up to and including expulsion
from residential living areas, expulsion from the institution, and termination
of employment status. In any disciplinary action alleging a sexual assault,
the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have
persons present and must be informed of the outcome.
- If you are the victim of a sexual offense, you have the right to:
- report the incident to University Security
- report the incident to the appropriate law enforcement agency and pursue
- seek medical treatment -- as soon as possible -- including the collection
and preservation of evidence which is crucial to pursuing criminal action
(By law, evidence is maintained for a specified period of time to allow
for this option should a victim not wish to pursue criminal charges immediately)
- access the wide range of support services provided by the University
and the Rochester community, including the Sexual Assault Hotline, 275-9000.
No weapons of any type (firearms, BB guns, pellet guns, double-edged knives,
etc.) are allowed on University property. If a weapon is discovered, Security
will confiscate it and turn it over to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Possession could result in arrest and University sanctions.
Help Us Help You
We take pride in the many services offered to the University community.
Your input can help us improve our performance. Should you wish to inquire
about security procedures, or give feedback about a specific service or
employee, you have at least four options:
- call X5-3333 and ask to speak with the shift supervisor
- send a written inquiry/complaint (via intramural mail) to the Director
of Security, c/o Towne House, Suite 1-B · send an e-mail to:
- visit or call the director or other senior administrative staff, X5-3340
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