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Safety and Security Facts [2006]

What safety and security measures are in place at Duquesne?
The University utilizes its own state-certified police force, security cameras, emergency phones, secure entry into residence halls, safety escorts and other measures to maintain a safe living and learning environment.

Have security measures been increased since the Sept. 17 shooting?
Yes. Immediately after the incident, Public Safety personnel were posted at each residence hall and overnight patrols were increased. The overnight shift continues to be more heavily staffed.  Additionally, President Dougherty has authorized the following new security enhancements that will augment our existing security measures. These immediate actions are in addition to the formation of a committee that will examine safety and security on campus.

  • Upgrades of existing campus surveillance cameras
  • $250,000 allocation for additional permanent state-certified police officers and certified security guards
  • Additional campus bike patrols
  • Additional parking garage patrol vehicle
  • Two new mobile walk-through metal detectors and five metal detector wands

Are the police officers "real" police officers? How many are there?
Yes. Duquesne's police department, known as the Department of Public Safety, includes 27 state-certified police officers, 5 security guards, 6 communications operators and several office staff. Additionally, the president has authorized $250,000 for additional permanent state-certified police officers and certified security guards.

Is the Public Safety staff trained?
Yes. All campus police officers receive Act 120 certification, which is required for all state-certified officers. Each year, every officer receives 12 hours of mandatory training and firearms qualification training. Also, in-service training classes are offered routinely. New hires receive extra on-site training.Security guards, who are Act 235 certified, receive 40 hours of training at an approved site, as well as on-site training.

When are the police on duty?
Police officers and security guards are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

What areas fall within the University's jurisdiction?
The Duquesne University Police Department is responsible for safety and security on the 50-acre campus. Campus boundaries are Forbes Avenue from Shingiss Street near Rockwell Hall east to Stevenson Street, near the Public Safety Building and Des Places Hall, and Bluff Street.

How does the Public Safety Department patrol campus?
The staff drives marked and unmarked cars and completes foot patrols in buildings and on the grounds. Starting in mid-October, a bicycle patrol will be instituted.

Does the Duquesne Public Safety Department work with the City of Pittsburgh Police Department?
Yes. The departments collaborate regularly to ensure safety and security is maintained. Duquesne University Police have direct radio contact with the City of Pittsburgh Police and Pittsburgh Paramedics.

What equipment do the officers and guards carry?
All officers carry a firearm, a baton and pepper spray. Security guards are similarly equipped, except for the firearm.

Are emergency communications available on campus?
Yes.  Emergency phones that connect directly to campus police dispatch are available in residence halls, academic buildings and other buildings on campus.  Additionally, the university has seven "Code Blue" stations on the ground that connect automatically to campus police dispatch. The system also automatically notifies police of the user's location.The stations are:

  • Bluff Street near Rooney Field
  • Locust Circle near Gumberg Library
  • Shingiss Street near Rockwell Hall
  • Gibbon and Magee streets, by the rear of Facilities Management
  • Locust Street at McAnulty Drive, near Rangos School of Health Sciences
  • Fisher Hall skywalk
  • Forbes surface parking lot

What security equipment is in the residence halls?
Phones that dial campus police directly are found at the front desks of traditional residence halls. Security cameras are installed in the public areas of the residences and in the elevators of each building. Residence Life personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Does the campus have security cameras?
Yes. Numerous cameras record activities on campus. The university is also in the process of upgrading the cameras.

Are safety escorts available?
Yes. The department provides a 24-hour safety escort service anywhere on campus to all members of the University community. To arrange a safety escort with an officer or guard, call 412.396.6002.

How are campus events secured?
Any student-run event advertised as open to those outside the University is required to have at least two officers present. Officers are provided by campus police and are supplemented, as necessary, by the City of Pittsburgh police. Officers are available, upon request, for staffing other campus activities.

Is security awareness training available to students and employees?
Throughout the academic year, a wide variety of Public Safety programs are offered to the University community. Monthly programs are presented to the residence life staff. Topics include first aid and CPR training, personal safety and self-protection methods, rape awareness and avoidance, drug and alcohol abuse, driving under the influence, vacation safety and personal property protection.

How do students access residence halls?
The main entrance to each living/learning center is equipped with an electronic card reader system and is monitored by Residence Life personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  All other entrances are locked and alarmed.  Building security regulations require that students swipe their student ID card and display it to the desk attendant to gain access to the building.

Do student ID cards provide access to all of the residence halls?
No. Student ID Cards are coded to permit access only to the building in which the student lives.

Are students permitted to have guests?
Yes, residents may sign in guests (Duquesne and non-Duquesne students) prior to midnight at the front desks. All guests are required to provide photo ID and must be accompanied by the resident student at all times. Our visitation policy requires guests of the opposite sex to be signed out of the residence halls by 2 a.m. Overnight guests of the same sex must obtain a guest pass.Resident students must surrender their ID to the desk attendant until their guests are signed out.  In the Towers Hall, residents must keep their ID to gain access to their suites and guest IDs are kept by the desk attendant.

Can I see Duquesne's campus crime statistics?
Yes. The University complies with the Clery Act, a law requiring the university to notify staff, parents, students and others when campus crime statistics are available. The statistics for Duquesne's Pittsburgh campus, as well as campuses near Harrisburg and in Rome, are available online at www.duq.edu/public-safety.

This release was posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2006 at 9:19 am

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