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Safety Policies & Procedures

Academic and Recreational Facilities

All campus roadways, parking lots, and buildings are regularly patrolled by Public Safety Officers, student officers, and contract officers. All vehicles operated on campus must be registered with the Public Safety Parking Division and each vehicle owner is provided with a Parking Guide which also denotes the locations of the blue-light courtesy call boxes on campus. Many parking lots are also monitored by closed circuit television cameras.

Several campus buildings are equipped with intrusion alarms and access control systems which are monitored by Public Safety's 24-hour central monitoring station. Communication Officers monitor all alarms and incoming telephone emergencies and coordinate the response of all emergency personnel and equipment to campus. Students, faculty and staff at RIT have access to academic, recreational, and administrative facilities on campus during normal hours of business and designated hours on weekends. Deans, directors, and department heads may submit After-Hours Authorization Forms to Public Safety that allow individuals access beyond normal building hours.


Residence Halls

More than 3,000 students and Residence Life staff live in the campus residence halls. Residence Life staff members are trained and instructed in the enforcement of residence hall policies.

Door and elevators leading to residential floors are locked 24 hours a day. Student rooms in the residence halls are equipped with deadbolt locks and all windows have locking devices. Students are provided with individual keys to their rooms and the exterior doors of the residence hall in which they live. The RIT ID card provides access to the main exterior doors of the residence hall in which they live by swiping the card reader.


Apartments and RIT Inn & Conference Center

Public Safety provides regular security patrols in the five RIT operated apartment complexes and the RIT Inn. Public Safety staff also distribute important safety and security notices to inform residents of reported incidents considered by RIT to be a threat. All RIT operated apartments are equipped with deadbolt locks and all windows have locking devices. Exterior lighting surveys are conducted annually in the apartment complexes and lighting issues are immediately reported to Housing Operations for repairs.

RSAs assist in a variety of fire-related matters (evacuations, fire extinguisher inspections, etc.) and assist in distributing important safety and security notices from Public Safety in a timely manner.


Blue Light Call Boxes

Highly visible blue light call boxes are located campus-wide and are not just for reporting emergencies. If you need a vehicle jumpstart, vehicle lockout assistance, or an escort to your car, press the large red button and your call will automatically be connected to the Public Safety dispatcher. After the button is pushed a small red light will appear which means your call is being dialed to Public Safety. The light turns green when your call is answered by the dispatcher. The dispatcher knows your exact location and if you cannot communicate for any reason, an Officer will immediately respond to assist you.