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Campus Safety Goals
The Campus Safety Department has established and achieved four protection/security goals: 1) Offer protection for the physical well-being of students, faculty, and staff; 2) Enforce the community policies that pertain to the safety of all members of the campus community; 3) Provide physical protection of the campus facilities; and 4) Regularly publish information about campus security and safety. The implementation strategies for these goals are:
- 1. Offer protection for the physical well-being of the students, faculty, and staff.
- Provide campus-wide observation and protection. Uniformed Campus Safety officers are provided on a 24-hour basis (X-4000) to respond to activities that could threaten the safety of students, faculty, staff, and guests. Persons can use the campus telephone system to contact Campus Safety on their portable phones carried in vehicles and by officers on foot. They also have the responsibility for securing/protecting buildings and property during curfew hours.
- Enforce traffic regulations: The 20 mph speed limits are necessary because of the many pedestrians in the campus area.
- Enforce auto registration: The Campus Safety Department manages all campus parking. In order to enable Campus Safety to quickly recognize vehicles that are not a part of the campus community, parking decals are required to be visibly displayed.
- Enforce curfew: Curfew commences at midnight, Monday through Thursday night; at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings; and at 1:00 a.m. on Monday morning. All persons moving about after these hours are questioned.
- Maintain a Campus Safety escort service from dusk until curfew: Any student requesting this service will be accompanied by an officer when walking from classrooms to residence halls or automobiles.
- Make emergency contacts of parents, University nurse, University officials, etc.
- Provide assistance with stalled automobiles.
- Work with the Mount Vernon Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff's Department. The Campus Safety Department of MVNU enjoys a working relationship of cooperation and communication with the Mount Vernon Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff's Department. The telephone radios enable Campus Safety to make immediate contact with the Police and Sheriff's Departments. This is an important service because the greatest threats to our campus generally originate from off-campus locations.
- 2. Enforce the community policies that pertain to the safety of all members of the campus community.
- The Campus Safety Department works closely with the Office of Student Development to identify any violations of the community guidelines that would hinder the safety of the students. b) The Campus Safety Department works closely with the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Management to identify any violations of the community guidelines that would hinder the safety of the faculty and staff. c) The Campus Safety Department monitors and enforces the campus policy of a smoke-, alcohol-, and drug-free environment.
- 3. Provide physical protection of the campus facilities.
The constant patrol of the buildings is to provide a routine check for electrical, heating, or plumbing malfunctions and assure that all doors are locked on or before curfew. The patrol is increased during hours when the buildings are not occupied. Building patrol also protects from breaking and entering.
- 4. Regularly publish information about campus safety.
Publish relevant safety information in Lakeholm Viewer, Student Life Handbook, and have safety "spots" on WNZR. Posters around campus remind the MVNU community that campus security is everyone's responsibility. A safety manual of policies and procedures (gas leak, explosion, severe storms, etc.) has been published by the Campus Safety Committee and is available to all campus students.