Fostering a Safe, Secure Learning Environment
At the University of Bridgeport, we take the safety of our students very seriously. In fact, the University has received the prestigious Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award for adopting technology and other initiatives to safeguard our students 24 hours a day.
When they first come to campus, all of our students receive National Protective Systems' Personal Alarm Locator (PAL). When pressed, these monitored, personal-alarm devices pinpoint a student’s location on campus and has campus security on site within minutes. The PAL also provides critical health information about our students in the event of a medical emergency. UB’s effective use of this technology helped it win the Clery Award.
How Does Campus Security Ensure Safety?
We Maintain Adequate Security Staffing
Security services on the campus of the University of Bridgeport are supplied under contract by Securitas Security Services Inc. USA. The Campus Security Department is staffed by 40 personnel and provides security services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Campus Security reports to the Vice President of Administration and Finance.
A uniformed dispatcher staffs the campus security office. The dispatcher takes complaints and requests for service from the community, dispatches personnel to handle them and records the information for such request. In addition, they monitor intrusion; fire and boiler alarms for campus property and the campus secure system computers.
Regular Patrols and High Visibility
The patrol unit of the campus security department consists of a uniformed, armed supervisor on patrol in a high visibility vehicle 24 hours a day, along with varying numbers of uniformed patrol officers on foot and bicycle patrol. They maintain a high visibility security presence on campus; respond to requests for service and reports of suspicious or criminal activity. In addition, they conduct building safety inspections on a regular basis and conduct investigations. The shift supervisors are trained in first aid, CPR and AED and serve as the designated first responders for the campus.
In addition, we maintain access control and security presence during the weekends in the Student Center, when many social events are held. Our department supplies security on a demand basis, for numerous special events such as dances, athletics, visiting dignitaries etc. and assist other campus departments as needed.
Ongoing Incident Reporting
A report system is maintained and statistics on crime are compiled and disseminated by the department. Our department also acts as a clearinghouse for informational crime in the neighborhood supplied by the local police.
The Campus Security Department is also responsible for providing the following support services:
- Issuing ID access cards to students. Also, providing faculty and staff with ID cards. This is done from Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. If a person cannot make it during this time, they can schedule another time by placing a call to Campus Security.
- Issuing PAL’s (Personal Alarm Locators) to all students, faculty and staff.
- Providing personal safety (walking) escorts on campus.
- Maintaining a lost and found department
- Registering motor vehicles and issuing parking decals.
- Assisting on-campus motorists with vehicle jump starts and vehicle unlocks.
- Providing University community with crime prevention information.
Proposed University of Bridgeport “Timely Warning” Policy
In the event that a situation arises that in the judgment of the Director of Campus Security constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to the safety of members of the University community, a “timely warning” will be issued.
A warning will be posted appropriately on campus, generally by placing a copy in a suitable location in each residence hall, Knights’ End and Marina Cafeterias, and all principal academic buildings at the involved campus.
Depending on the particular circumstances of an incident, especially in situations that could pose a significant and immediate threat to the community or individuals, The Office of the Dean of Students may also transmit the warning through the University’s e-mail system to students, faculty, and staff, and/or post a notice on the University of Bridgeport web site to enhance the speed and distribution of such information to the University community.
In incidents where the alleged or known perpetrator has been identified and the threat of future incidents has been minimized or eliminated by the person(s) being banned from campus, the residence halls, and/or incarcerated, community notices may not need to be published or may be published only in certain locations. Anyone with information warranting a timely safety warning should report the circumstances to Campus Security by telephone (203) 576-4913 or in person at Campus Security in Norseman Hall.
221 University Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Telephone Information 203-576-4913
Telephone Emergency 203-576-4911/4912
Emergency Notification Line 203-576-4159
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