Many safety features have been implemented on the Shippensburg campus in order to keep everyone here as safe as possible, including measures for general safety, fire safety, and residential hall security.
General Safety: The campus is well-lighted with high intensity sodium vapor lights. Our Facilities department regularly inspects campus facilities, makes any needed repairs, and responds to reports of potential safety hazards.
Surveillance cameras have been installed in many locations around the campus. Every entrance to each residence hall also has a CCTV (Closed Circuit TV) camera that is monitored by the University Police.
There are over 30 outdoor emergency telephones located across campus, and many more indoor emergency phones, which are directly connected to the University Police Operations Center.
Fire Safety: Every residence hall is equipped with an automatic smoke/heat detection system monitored 24 hours a day by University Police. The system also includes strobe light units to notify students who are hearing impaired. An alarm prompts immediate evacuation of the building. The system also self-tests for tampering and reduces the chance for false alarms. All resident hall room smoke detectors are connected to the buildings fire alarm system. Activation of any room smoke detector activates the building fire alarm system. Fire drills are conducted monthly in all residence halls.
All residence halls are equipped with fire sprinkler systems. Fire extinguishers are also provided in many different areas of all campus buildings and checked monthly. Fire hydrants are located outside each residence hall. The Department of Public Safety conducts monthly building inspections of every campus facility.
Residence Hall Security: 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.