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Campus Safety & Security

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The Office of Campus Safety & Security consists of a team of staff working with the campus community to promote a safe environment in which to live, learn, and work. Primarily service-oriented, the department exists to meet the specialized safety needs of the University. These needs include the maintenance of public order, incident response and documentation, emergency first-aid treatment, responding to other emergencies, traffic and parking supervision, student room key management, production and maintenance of student ID’s and the Residence Hall access system.


FAQ’s

Does the campus have an emergency "Blue Light" phone system?

Is the campus really safe?

Is the campus patrolled?

Are campus crime statistics readily available?

Is there a close working relationship with local police?

Are freshman allowed to have a vehicle on campus?


Does the campus have an emergency "Blue Light" phone system?

Yes. The University has installed 13 emergency phones, strategically located throughout the campus. The phones provide rapid push button contact with emergency response 24 hours a day.


Is the campus really safe?

Yes. When you compare Clarkson's crime rate to other colleges and universities of similar size, our crime rate is relatively low. This is primarily due to Clarkson's location and the team approach fostered by the department, which empowers every member of the campus community as an active part of the campus safety initiative.


Is the campus patrolled?

Yes. The department employs 9 full-time Campus Safety & Security Officers, each certified by the State of New York as security guards and 1 part-time Campus Safety & Security Officer. Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Are campus crime statistics readily available?


Yes. In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act (formerly the Student Right to Know Act of 1990), the University provides information related to crime statistics and security measures to all members of the campus community. Each year, all matriculated students and all employees are mailed the most current statistics as part of a comprehensive brochure on working together for a safe campus. Prospective students are mailed this information upon request.


Is there a close working relationship with local police?


Yes. The Campus Safety & Security Staff is not empowered to enforce the law. Crimes are referred to the Village of Potsdam police for action. The Campus Safety & Security Officers work closely with local law enforcement agencies in aiding with the investigation of crimes committed on campus.


Are freshman allowed to have a vehicle on campus?


Yes. This privilege is conditioned upon registering the vehicle with the University and remaining in compliance with University policy and governing student use of motor vehicles. Students must present their state motor vehicle registration when registering a vehicle on campus.

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For more information, please visit the Campus Security & Safety page.



Contact Information:

Campus Safety & Security
Suite 1200, Educational Resource Center
PO Box 5640
Potsdam, NY 13699-5640
Phone: 315-268-6666/3867
Fax: 315-268-7710