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Campus Safety Services

Services offered to keep our community safe

The Public Safety Office provides these services to aid in the security of our community members and their property, including a Communication Center, University Switchboard, Safe ride, Safety Escorts, Lost and Found and Building Security.  If you have a question regarding any of the provided services, please call our office at 765-658-5555.

COMMUNICATION CENTER

Our Communication Center is a 24 hour operation that consists of both our police dispatch operation and an information relay center for other offices on campus.

The Communication Center not only receives campus calls but an additional function of the Communication Center is to relay information to the after-hours on call staff member for other campus departments.

Once the Communication Center receives a request or call, a dispatcher will work to facilitate a call to the appropriate staff person. The following departments may be reached by calling the Communication Center after hours at 765-658-5555 or ext. 5555 from any campus phone.

    • Facilities Management (including the need for EMERGENCY facilities repairs)

    • Campus Living & Community Development (Residence Life Coordinator, Resident Assistant and Apartment Manager

    • S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)

    • S.A.S.A. (Sexual Assault Survivor's Advocate)

THE UNIVERSITY SWITCHBOARD 

The main line to the University, 765-658-4800, is answered by our professional Operators. The switchboard operator is responsible for directing calls on campus to the various campus departments in conjunction with their other communication center duties.

SAFE RIDE

  • The DePauw University Safe Ride Program was designed as a safe means of transportation on campus after dark. The Staff are trained to observe occupants for safety concerns, including excessive intoxication. If a rider exhibits signs of excessive intoxication, Public Safety Officers will be called to check on the person's condition and seek medical care if necessary. Public Safety Officers will determine the best resolution to the given situation, which may include finding a sober monitor and/or a referral to Community Standards.

  • Operating hours are 9:00 p.m-2:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 p.m.-3:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Safe Rides may be arranged by calling (765) 658-5961 or x.5961 from any campus phone, which will be answered in the van by the driver or a student worker.

  • Please call after you are ready to depart as you must be ready when Safe Ride arrives to ensure we serve the maximum number of transport requests.Safe Ride

  • Safe Ride cannot take you next door or around the corner and is not designed to transport a large group of people traveling together from one location to another.This type of request hinders the usage by others that want or need to use the shuttle service as a safe ride.

  • Everyone cannot be served at once, creating the need to manage our call volume by limiting our requests to 4 calls at a time. 

  • Please call as needed but do not rapid dial as that function delays incoming calls while we attempt to answer the phone.

Requests from the Safe Ride Staff….

  • Please call for service as we can not stop when being flagged down.

    Should you become ill, immediately inform the driver and allow them the opportunity to take appropriate action.

  • Show proper respect for fellow Safe Ride users and staff.

  • Closed plastic bottles are permitted but please do not bring any other drinks aboard, and please take your trash with you.

SAFETY ESCORTS

In the event that the Safe Ride Van is not running or has a wait time, students always have the option to call upon Public Safety for a Safety Escort. Students may contact the department by utilizing one of the 42 emergency/convenience phones located throughout campus, by dialing (765) 658-5555, or stopping by the office of Public Safety located in the lower level of 101 E. Seminary St. An officer or student security officer will meet and escort you from one location on campus to another. The escort may be either on foot or in a police vehicle.

BUILDING SECURITY

The University Facilities Management staff maintains University buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. Inspection of campus facilities and lighting systems are routinely conducted in an effort to identify and reconcile problems and hazards. Public Safety personnel assist with problem identification while making regular security checks of academic and administrative buildings, including campus residence halls.

Facilities Management personnel are also responsible for locking and unlocking most of the academic and administration facilities on campus at designated times. With the exception of residence halls, most university facilities are open to the public when classes are in session. During the times that the university is officially closed, buildings are locked and only faculty, staff and authorized students with proper identification are admitted. Residence halls are locked 24 hours each day.

Public Safety officers patrol the perimeters and common areas with special emphasis during evening and nighttime hours. Campus Living and Community Development, Information Services and Public Safety maintain electronic access/key control procedures. Access for non-residents is on an as needed basis. Public Safety is committed to working closely with Campus Living and Community Development staff in addressing safety and security issues within the residence halls.

LOST AND FOUND

The Office of Public Safety acts as the central "Lost and Found" for the campus community. Found items should be brought to the Office of Public Safety as soon as possible, our office is located in the lower level of 101 E. Seminary St. Please note any item that is deemed unsanitary will be discarded (ex. water bottles/mugs without names). You can inquire about or report lost items by visiting our office, by phone at (765)658-5555 or by e-mailing police@depauw.edu.  The Office can be reached 24 hours a day.

Please remember to be as precise as possible in your description of the missing item, as well as to provide contact information, as any information about an item that is not in our inventory will be kept on file in an effort to reunite the owner with their property if found.