Security Awareness Programs

Policy #: 3002.8 K

PURPOSE

The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) Department of Public Safety discloses to the University community how they will be advised of security awareness programs that take place on University campuses. The UDM Department of Public safety is committed to hosting security awareness programs throughout the academic year.

SCOPE

This policy applies to employees, contractors, consultants, temporary help and other workers at the UDM, including all personnel affiliated with third parties.

POLICY

During orientation in August and September, students are informed of services offered by the Department of Public safety.  Students are told about crime on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods.  Similar information is presented to new employees and to the parents of newly enrolled students during parent orientation sessions held throughout the school term. Crime Prevention Programs and Sexual Assault Prevention Programs are offered on a continual basis.

Periodically during the academic year the UDM Department of Public Safety, in cooperation with other local law enforcement agencies, university organizations and departments, present crime prevention awareness sessions on sexual assault (rape and acquaintance rape), physical abuse, theft, and vandalism, as well as educational sessions on personal safety and residence hall security.

The UDM Department of Public safety has identified several agencies that offer educational programs to identify techniques to avoid sexual assault and date rape. Information on these agencies are located on the Department of Public Safety web site www.udmercy.edu/publicsafety and in the Student Handbook and Calendar.

The University’s Public Safety Department in cooperation with the University’s Emergency Response Planning Committee hosted the first annual Safety Awareness Day in October 2005. The purpose of the Awareness Day was to provide the University community with safety prevention information across a broad spectrum to empower individuals with the ability to make the best safety choices. Participants in the awareness day were be the UDM Department of Public Safety, Department of Residence Life, Department of Athletics, Sodexho Food Services, University Health Center, Office of Student Affairs, LUMA Clean and Safe community outreach committee, The Women’s Commission, Facilities Operations, IT Department and the Student Senate.

A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.

In addition to seminars, information is disseminated to students and employees through crime prevention awareness packets, security alert notices, displays, electronic marquee,  articles and advertisements in university student newspaper, the Varsity News.

When time is of the essence, information is released to the university community through “safety warnings” posted prominently throughout campus, on the Department of Public Safety web site www.udmercy.edu/publicsafety and through computer memos sent over the University electronic mail system.


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