Residence Hall Security
Shippensburg University has eight coed residence halls, each with 24-hour visitation. There is no on-campus housing for married students. First-year students are assigned housing on campus. Students have the opportunity to request changes in room assignments, which are accommodated based on available facilities. The University does not provide supervision for any off-campus housing.
Professional resident deans, graduate resident directors, and resident assistants live in the residence halls and alternately are assigned on-call duty. As members of the residence life staff, they undergo thorough training in enforcing residence hall security policies.
Desk assistants are assigned to the desk at the main entrance of each residence hall during selected day and night hours. These desk assistants are in immediate phone contact with university police if necessary. Residence life personnel and campus police also conduct foot and bicycle patrols throughout the residence hall areas.
All residence hall doors are locked 24 hours a day. Electronic alarms warn the staff of unlocked or open exit doors in the residence halls. A card access system permits only students and authorized personnel to enter the hall with an I.D. card through the front entrance. Visitors must sign in at the main desk. Both on-campus and off-campus visitors to the residence halls must be escorted through the residence hall by a resident. Most student rooms have dead bolt locks; rooms in older residence halls have conventional locks. All windows have locking devices.
Special security procedures are in effect for students during low occupancy periods. During holidays and vacations, for example, residence students are consolidated into fewer halls and visitation procedures may be more restrictive.
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The Student's Responsibility
The cooperation and involvement of students is absolutely necessary in a campus safety program. Students must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking simple, common sense precautions. Any student--male or female--may use the university police escort service when returning to the residence halls late at night. The Residence Life Association provides a campus wide escort service. Room doors should be locked at night and when the room is unoccupied.
Valuable items such as stereos, cameras, and televisions should be marked with engraving instruments provided at no charge by the university police. Bicycles must be registered with the university police and should be secured with a sturdy lock. Students must park their cars in assigned areas and keep them locked. Valuables should be locked in the trunk. Students should report any suspicious-looking individuals or any unusual incidents to the residence staff or to university police.
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