Campus Safety Initiatives and Resources:
Crime Prevention Initiatives
In addition to the campus safety programming, The University of Akron employs many additional crime prevention initiatives, including:
- Community Policing: UAPD utilizes a community policing philosophy with the goals of:
- establishing positive contacts with the campus community;
- identifying real and/or perceived problems that exist in the campus community; and
- developing programs that aid in resolution of identified problems.
To assist in its community policing efforts, UAPD uses various modes of transportation, including bicycles, motorcycles, cars and foot patrol.
- Emergency phones: Over 350 emergency phones are located throughout the University campus, which provide a direct line of communication to UAPD for individuals in need of emergency assistance. These phones are strategically positioned along pedestrian walkways, inside parking decks and at many building entrances. UAPD responds to all activated emergency phones even if no words are spoken. Look for the blue lights inside buildings, in parking areas and on campus grounds.
- Student Campus Patrol: Campus Patrol operates seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., for the safety of anyone walking alone on campus. By calling 330-972-7263, an escort will come to your location and accompany you to your local destination. Campus Patrol members are employed and trained by UAPD. They are easily identified by conspicuously marked shirts or jackets. Teams assist UAPD in patrolling the campus, including parking lots and reporting suspicious behavior.
- Sexual assault survivor's rights: UAPD has developed and implemented a "Sexual Assault Survivor's Rights" program, which is designed to protect the rights of survivors of sexual assault and is a road map to empower and inform survivors of sexual assault. Copies of these materials are available at UAPD. (Also see information concerning the reporting of sexual misconduct and sexual assault in this document.)
- Prospective and current student crime awareness and prevention programs: UAPD presents information to prospective students and their parents about University safety programs and general campus safety tips. Safety literature and displays are available during orientation and at move-in. Sexual assault reporting protocol: PDF | web page
- The Department of Residence Life and Housing: About 3,000 students live in the University's 10 residence halls. Access to the University's residence halls is restricted to student occupants, escorted guests and authorized University personnel. Unescorted persons are prohibited in the residence halls. While all residence halls have 24-hour visitation, buildings remain locked at all times and require a University-issued identification for access.
Residence hall staff members receive special training from UAPD about security and safety procedures and the enforcement of residence hall regulations. Safety inspections every semester help students to maintain a safe environment. Department of Residence Life and Housing professional staff conduct programs with resident students to heighten awareness of safety on campus. Sessions cover topics from common sense precautions, (such as walking with a companion or in groups at night), to more difficult issues (such as acquaintance rape).
As a part of crime prevention in the residence halls, UAPD patrols the residence halls during evening hours, Tuesday through Saturday.
- The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards : The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards ' primary focus is to promote and enforce University community standards through the administration of The University of Akron Code of Student Conduct. The office also serves as an information source on student discipline, judicial hearings, appeals and academic misconduct concerns. The purpose of the University discipline system is to promote student development by addressing behaviors that are inconsistent with community standards and expectations, as defined by the Code. The office conducts fair and impartial hearings regarding alleged violations of the Code and, when appropriate, administers proactive and educational sanctions. Student Judicial Affairs often coordinates its services with other campus offices in an effort to serve students to the fullest extent. When appropriate, referrals will be made to other University offices to best serve students.
Whenever persons witness what appears to be a violation of University rules under the Code, they are encouraged to report this to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, which may conduct an investigation or contact UAPD if the reported activity appears to be criminal in nature. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is located at Simmons Hall, Room 302. The Office may be contacted at 330-972-6380. See: Code of Student Conduct.
- Student Health Services: Student Health Services works to assist students in meeting their educational and personal goals by addressing their health concerns during their enrollment. Student Health Services' Health Education section provides health education, wellness promotion and risk reduction programming to students, faculty and staff. Student Health Services continues to maintain the University's strategic vision of "shared responsibility" to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion techniques and continue to be a resource for those in need.
Student Health Services is designed to provide medical care for uncomplicated illnesses and injuries that are of recent onset and short duration. If you have any questions, please call us before your visit. Student Health Services is located in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center Room 260 and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last appointment at 4:30 p.m.) Health Services is closed on weekends and holidays. The office can be reached at 330-972-7808. View Student Health Services' website.
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