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Safety & Security Office


Safety Policies

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The Department of Security, in partnership with all members of the campus community, strives to create and maintain a safe environment conducive to the educational mission of the University. This is achieved through proactive educational and crime prevention programming, intervention, policy enforcement, and emergency response.

General Safety Tips

  • Lock rooms, offices, and cars when you leave, if even for a few minutes. Thieves can enter an area, take your property and be gone in a matter of seconds. Keep first floor windows locked and curtains closed when you are not there.
  • There is safety in numbers. When possible, travel in groups. When this is not an option, call the campus escort service at 563/333-6104 for an escort to any place on campus. This service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Take the time to avoid potentially dangerous situations or persons. Trusting your instincts and using common sense are your best protective techniques.
  • Any time you notice suspicious activity or persons, report it by calling security staff as soon as possible.

Incident Reporting

Suspicious and criminal activity, along with safety concerns, should be reported to the Security Department. For emergencies, Blue Cap phones are located around campus. Activation of any of these phones opens a direct line between the caller and the 24-hour security desk. A strobe light activates on top of the phone, directing attention to the caller.

Security also can be reached by calling 911 from any campus phone; by using elevator phones; or red emergency phones in the lobbies of Hayes and Lewis Halls; Galvin Fine Arts Center; and the Beehive in Ambrose Hall. The call will ring directly to the security desk and receive an immediate response from the security staff.

If the incident is criminal in nature, the victim/reporting person is encouraged to report the incident to the Davenport Police Department. The Security Department will assist by serving as an advocate for the victim/reporting person as they complete the report filing process.

Access To Campus Facilities

Controlling access to campus facilities is the first tier in providing safety and security for the members of the campus community and protecting all property owned by the University.

To that end, it is the responsibility of every campus member to make certain that doors are not propped open and that visitors/guests and residents use only designated entrances and exits while following these guidelines:

• Bechtel, Cosgrove, Davis, Franklin, Hagen, Rohlman, McCarthy, North, and Tiedemann Halls will remain locked 24 hours per day and are monitored through an electronic access control system.
• On campus residents have access to all residence halls from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
• Beginning at 11 p.m., only the residents of each building will be granted access.
• St. Ambrose students and visitors to the buildings must follow the appropriate procedures as outlined in the Residence Life Visitation Policy. The visitation policy requires all guests to leave the building (except in preferred housing) by 2 a.m., with the exception of properly signed-in, same gender guests. Both host and guest are held responsible for violations of the visitation policy. Residents of the townhouses and individual campus houses are not required to sign in their guests and have a more open visitation policy. All residential facilities are patrolled frequently by Security and Residence Life personnel.

Academic buildings are generally secured by the Security Department at 10 p.m. and reopened at 7 a.m. Security staff conduct routine patrols of all areas and campus grounds. Students and employees are encouraged to report safety concerns such as inadequate lighting and door/lock problems to the security desk.

Some campus facilities, such as the Wellness and Recreation Center and/or cadaver labs, require additional levels of security to ensure that facilities are being used by authorized individuals. These measures include showing your campus issued picture ID upon entry and/or using an access control device to gain entry. The University reserves the right to modify access requirements into facilities as necessary to ensure both the safety of users and the smooth, efficient operation of the facility. The University will make reasonable efforts to inform the community of any requirements and changes. Such efforts will include email communication, MySAU Portal announcements, and/or signs at the facility entrance.

Members of the Ambrose community experiencing issues with using their BeeCard (access controlled) doors or entry points should contact BeeCard Services at 563-333-6257, or if after business hours, Security at 563-333-6104 for assistance.

Students who have lost their BeeCard are responsible for immediately reporting the loss via the GET app or BeeCard website.

Campus Law Enforcement

The Security Department is staffed and personnel are available to assist anyone on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The department consists of non-sworn professionals, contract service officers, and student employees, who provide campus patrols and respond to emergencies and requests for assistance. These efforts are supplemented with the use of state certified officers from the Davenport Police Department and Scott County Sheriff's Department. These sworn officers are used during key times and special events. This allows a sworn officer to be present and reduces the response time should response be necessary. It also simplifies the process of reporting crimes for members of the campus community.

Closed Circuit Television Cameras

In an effort to enhance the protection of the people and property of the St. Ambrose community, closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) are located at various locations around campus. While increasing surveillance is a common tool used to combat crime, maintaining a sense of privacy among community members is also important to maintaining a healthy environment. In order to ensure the privacy of community members, the cameras will only monitor generally accepted public areas, and the images will only be available to law enforcement and University personnel. This system will provide the ability to review images should crimes be reported in these areas, and it may also be used to monitor suspicious behavior reported on the campus grounds.

Reporting a Missing Student

Students are encouraged to report any student who has been missing for at least 24 hours to Campus Security. You may also report this information to any Resident Advisor (RA), Hall Director or to the Dean of Students Office. All residential students may contact the Campus Security Department to register a confidential contact person in the event they are missing. This information will only be available to authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers investigating the missing persons report. All reports of missing students should be immediately forwarded to the Security Department.

Upon receiving a report of a missing student, every effort will be made to contact the RA, roommates, suitemate, the Hall Director, and professors to ascertain the subject's whereabouts. If the subject has not been seen, the Davenport Police Department will be notified. If the subject is under the age of 18, or when deemed appropriate by the University, parents and guardians will also be notified.