CAMPUS CRIME AND PREVENTION
Reporting Crimes and Emergencies
University Police, located in the East Campus Complex, is responsible
for personal safety and law enforcement on campus. Officers are on duty
24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
All Salisbury University students, faculty, staff and visitors are
encouraged to make prompt and accurate reports to the University Police if
they are a victim or witness of a crime. To contact University Police dial
410-543-6222 from a public phone, Ext. 36222 from any campus phone or #787
from a Verizon cell phone. Campus extension phones are situated at various
locations in academic buildings and at the main entrances to most of the
residence halls. You may also use "blue light" emergency phones which are
placed at various locations on the grounds. In addition, crimes may
also be reported to the Dean of Students (410-548-2365), Associate Vice
President of Student Affairs (410-543-6084), Vice President of Student
Affairs (410-543-6080), Assistant Director for Residence Life
(410-548-9165), Director of Housing and Residence Life (410-543-6040) or the
Assistant Director for Operations and Judicial Management (410-543-6040).
If you have information about a crime or incident and wish to remain
anonymous, you can utilize the “Silent Witness” program that is available on
the Internet at
www.salisbury.edu/police/Silent_Witness/. If the crime occurred
off campus, University Police will direct you to the appropriate law
enforcement agency. Campus professional and pastoral counselors, when acting
as such, are exempt from reporting requirements. As a matter of policy
they are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons
being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for
inclusion into the annual crime statistics.
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An informed public is better prepared to ensure its own safety. Crimes
and incidents are reported to
The Flyer, the campus newspaper, on a weekly basis. The regular
column "Crime Beat" contains a summary of occurrences from the previous
week. A daily log of incidents is available on the Internet at
www.salisbury.edu/police/crimebeat/. Timely notices are made
to the campus community via electronic bulletin boards and/or e-mail and
other media when serious incidents merit. The weekly campus newsletter,
SU News, is widely distributed on campus. Each edition contains
"personal safety tips" and other relevant information about safety and
well being on campus.
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Residence halls are kept locked 24 hours a day. These facilities are
for use by residents and their bona fide guests only. Access is
controlled electronically by student Gull Card. Residents are encouraged
to keep their doors locked at all times, even if they are only going to
be out for a "few minutes." If exterior doors are propped open, an alarm
will sound. Guests gain access to residence halls by telephoning
residents and having the residents meet them at the door. All students
have phone jacks in their rooms and a phone is located at the front of
most residence halls.
University Park apartment complex,
a public-private partnership on Milford Street, is managed by Allen & O'Hara
Education Services, Inc.
O'Hara Education Services (410-677-0774; is
responsible for the physical security and maintenance of this property.
Residents access their unit by a keyless electronic card access system.
Academic and administrative buildings are normally open from 7:30 a.m. to
10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at other times when events are
scheduled. Blackwell Library is open seven days a week with hours posted in
front. Those needing access at times when buildings are closed may have it
if proper authorization is received by the University Police from a
responsible faculty member or administrator. Key control is maintained by
the University Police.
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Outdoor lighting is surveyed on a monthly basis and repairs are made in
a timely manner. Trees and shrubbery are regularly trimmed so that
exterior lighting is not blocked and walks and entrances are kept clear.
Landscaping is maintained to minimize security risks.
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Police Officers' Authority
University police officers are sworn, certified police officers as
required by Maryland state law. All officers attend the minimum
standards training for police officers as mandated by the Maryland
Police Training Commission; annual in-service training is required.
Enforcement authority of University police is derived from the Annotated
Code of Maryland Education Article 13- 601. University police have
enforcement authority on the jurisdiction of the University. The
Maryland State Police, Wicomico County Sheriff's Department and the
Salisbury Police Department may be called for assistance if requested by
Security officers have the authority to ask persons for identification
and to determine whether individuals have lawful business on campus. These
officers perform routine security activities to protect buildings and
property and safeguard the community during normal operations and special
events. Security officers are not law enforcement officers.
They have no power of arrest. Criminal incidents are referred to
University Police who have jurisdiction on the campus.
Allied Police Support
The Maryland State Police, Wicomico County Sheriff's Office and the
Salisbury Police Department are the primary law enforcement agencies
responsible for providing public safety to the immediate neighborhood and
business areas surrounding campus. These police agencies may be called
for assistance if requested by the University. Likewise, if requested,
University Police can respond and assist the local police agencies with
student-related incidents that occur in close proximity to the campus.
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Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with local,
state and federal laws both on and off campus. The University reserves
the right to take disciplinary action against individuals/groups for
off-campus misconduct detrimental to University interests.
When a Salisbury
University student is involved in an off-campus offense, University police
may assist with the investigation in cooperation with local, state, or
federal law enforcement. The Salisbury Police routinely work and
communicate with University Police on any serious incidents occurring in the
immediate areas surrounding campus. Salisbury University operates no
off-campus housing or off-campus student organization facilities.
However, if requested, University Police will respond and assist the local
police agencies with student-related incidents that occur in close proximity
to the campus.
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