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Personal Safety

Although there are many resources and services available to help support your safety, it is up to you to take necessary precautions to stay safe.

DU Alert Information

How does the system work?

In an emergency, the DU Alert system sends alerts to your mobile phone, and other designated contact methods, so you can receive these important messages. Notices about class cancellations and office closings due to weather will be sent via DU Alert and other methods.

When you are sent an alert, you must confirm that you received it. If you do not respond, the system will send a message to the next land-line phone number or an office phone, followed by an alert to your Duquesne e-mail address.

If you do not respond, the alerts will continue for about five cycles. Once you respond, it will stop.

How do I subscribe?

Current students can subscribe when they sign up for or change their MultiPass.

Please provide the number for your mobile device and an additional "land line" phone number. (Only one mobile phone number is accepted by the system.)

Add or change numbers even when you are not changing your MultiPass.

There is no charge. However, you are responsible for any charges from your phone company associated with receiving an alert voice or text message.

What if my phone number changes?

You can update your contact information when you change your MultiPass. You are responsible for making sure your contact information remains accurate. Duquesne will not update it from other University sources.

Will you share my cell phone number?

No. The contact data you provide will go only to the third party vendor that operates DU Alert. It will not be used to update any other Duquesne systems and will not be sold or disclosed to anyone else.

When required by law (e.g. in compliance with a subpoena or court order), your contact information may be disclosed.

When is my subscription deactivated?

• When you leave the University.
• If your University affiliation changes; you will not be notified.
• If it has been determined (after due process) that you have intentionally abused or harmed the system.

Crime Prevention Unit

The Duquesne University Department of Public Safety offers a variety of ongoing programs designed to educate and sensitize members of the community to crime prevention and safety issues, particularly the recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and the most effective protective measures. These are offered for Residence Hall groups, new student orientations, student interest groups and employee training programs.

The mission of the Crime Prevention Unit is to reduce the incidence of crimes against persons and property on the Duquesne University campus through public education. In an effort to promote community awareness, it is the desire of the Department of Public Safety to establish a working relationship with the Duquesne University community. We hope to accomplish this through making public education programs available to students, faculty and staff. The following programs are offered, and a description of each program can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Any individual or group interested in attending or scheduling a program is invited to contact Deputy Chief Lee Speer at 412.396.4935 or speer@duq.edu.

• Workplace Violence
• Look Up, Walk Smart and Be Aware
• Rape Awareness and Prevention
• Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness
• Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD)
• Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange Program (SAFE)
• Traveling Alone Safety
• Operation Identification
• First Aid/CPR/AED
• Vacation Safety
• Child Safety & Child Safety Seat Inspection
• Relationship Violence