Department of Public Safety
Many parents are concerned about the safety of their daughter or son on a University campus far from home. At Shippensburg University, we understand that concern and accept our responsibility to enforce security policies to ensure our students enjoy their years at Shippensburg as free as possible from threats to their safety or well-being.
Campus safety and security are coordinated by the Department of Public Safety.
University police conduct foot, bicycle, and vehicular patrols of the campus and residence hall areas 24 hours a day. The University Police enforce all regulations and laws -- both of the University and the Commonwealth. They also work cooperatively with the Shippensburg Borough Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police to record incidents that may occur off campus.
University police strictly enforce laws regulating underage drinking, the use of controlled substances, and weapons. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus. Illegal drugs are not permitted on campus. Drug and alcohol abuse education programs are provided to employees through the Employee Assistance Program. Students seeking counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation can contact the campus coordinator of our drug and alcohol program. Our Drug-Free Campus Policy requires all employees and students receive literature stating the University's standards of conduct related to drugs and alcohol, and the applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law.
Potential criminal actions and police emergencies should be reported directly by any student, faculty, or employee to the University Police by dialing campus extension 1444. University Police are then dispatched immediately to the site of the complaint and will make arrests if necessary.
Anyone on campus needing assistance in a medical or fire emergency should dial 911. They will be connected directly with personnel at county control and the appropriate emergency personnel will be dispatched. University Police personnel will respond to the scene as well.
More reporting information.
Buildings and Grounds
The Facilities department maintains the University buildings and grounds. It regularly inspects campus facilities, makes repairs affecting safety and security, and responds to reports of potential safety and security hazards, such as broken windows and locks.
The University campus is well lighted. High intensity sodium vapor lights are placed on buildings, in parking lot areas, in areas with heavy landscaping and trees, and along pathways frequently traveled by students.
Surveillance cameras have been installed in most of the parking lots and many other locations across campus. Every entrance to each residence hall also has a CCTV (Closed Circuit TV) camera that is also monitored by the University Police. There are over 30 outdoor emergency telephones located across campus, which are directly connected to the University Police Operations Center. Emergency telephones are also installed in the women's locker rooms in Heiges Field House, Henderson Gymnasium, in the sound modules in the residence halls and many other areas. Additional sites are always being considered for more telephones and cameras to increase campus safety.
The campus tour map displays all emergency phone locations.