Our Department of Public Safety works 24 hours a day, seven days a week to promote a secure environment for the University of Hartford community to learn, live, work, and grow. The Department prides itself on partnering with, educating, and collaborating with students, faculty, and staff.
The headquarters for Public Safety is located on the northeast side of campus adjacent to parking lot E and across from the parking lot for Konover Campus Center and Lincoln Theater.
Routine calls can be made around the clock at 860.768.7985. Our 24-hour emergency number is 860.768.7777 or simply 7777 from any campus phone. Blue light emergency phones with a direct connection to public safety are strategically located on campus.
Clery Act Compliance Officer & Investigator
First Shift Sergeant
Second Shift Sergeant
Third Shift Sergeant
First Shift Corporal
Second Shift Corporal
Third Shift Corporal
Investigations & Crime Prevention:
Fire Prevention Specialist
Logistics & Systems Integration Administrative Officer
Records & Parking Services:
Smith, Ann E.
Records Division Manager
Records Division Clerk
phone: 860.768.7985 (all officers)
Go here to view a complete guide to emergency preparedness.
Off Campus Housing Fire Safety
If you’re a student planning on living off campus this year or a parent that has a student looking to move off campus……then take 60 seconds to watch this video. It may save a life!
This video is in memory of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students Lauren Peterson and Lacy Siddall who lost their lives in an off-campus housing fire on April 22, 2012.
Read on to help prevent these tragedies from continuing.
Fire Safety Tips for off campus housing.
- Make sure there is a working smoke detector in each room and on each level. Make sure the batteries are changed every six months (Change them when you change clocks). (Available at most home improvement centers)
- Make sure you have a small fire extinguisher, fully charged and easy to access within the kitchen. (Available at most home improvement centers)
- Make sure there are two exits from the home or apartment.
- Be cautious of apartments that appear to have been modified, are in the basement level, or in the attic. Some landlords make illegal modifications or living arrangements to capitalize on profit. If find a place that doesn’t look safe, it probably isn’t. if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is.
- DON’T Cover smoke detectors or remove them. They are there for a reason….to save your life!
- If you smoke, smoke outside and dispose of the materials properly,
- Minimize the use of candles and be cautious when you do. Keep them away from pets, curtains or other combustible items.
For more information, visit campusfiresafety.org or NFPA.org
"After the Fire"
an on-campus presentation by Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simon, survivors from the fire at Seton Hall University.
Fire Safety Standards
All buildings on campus are equipped with fire alarm systems including pull stations, smoke detectors, fire doors, and/or fire warning alarms. These systems report directly to the Public Safety dispatch center located in the Facilities Building above parking lot E.
Halogen lamps & candles are not allowed in residence halls or apartments.
Do not overload electrical outlets.
Electrical heaters are not allowed unless approved by administration.
The University has a no smoking policy in all University buildings including residence halls and apartments.
To report a fire, call the Public Safety emergency number 7777. When a fire alarm is activated, the affected building(s) will be evacuated. This evacuation is not optional.
Familiarize yourself with the evacuation plan established for your building and know the locations of:
- In the event of smoke or fire, contact Public Safety immediately.
- Feel the door handle; if it is hot, do not open the door. Go to the window and call for help
- If the door handle is not hot, open the door cautiously.
- Check for smoke or fire before leaving.
Using a fire extinguisher
To use a fire extinguisher without jeopardizing your own safety, follow these steps:
P = Pull the pin. Some units require releasing a lock or stop latch by
pressing a lever.
A = Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the source of the fire.
S = Squeeze or pull/press the handle.
S = Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the fire until it is
out. If it does not extinguish immediately, leave the area and call
All fires, even if burned out prior to discovery, must be reported to Public Safety and all fire extinguishers that have been used must be reported to Public Safety in order that they may be refilled.
View this video on Halloween fire prevention.
Flooding Tips and Precautions
Be prepared and listen to all warnings issued for your area. Rising water can overtake a vehicle in seconds. Here are some tips about floodwaters could save you or your loved ones in the event of an emergency.
Do not walk or drive across flood waters.
Avoid recreational contact with flood waters due to the unknown amount of raw sewage, waste chemicals and the risk of drowning.
Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
Do not go floating, boating, swimming or rowing in flood-waters; streams or the river.
Use special caution at night because flood danger is more difficult to recognize in darkness
Stay Away From Power Lines and Electrical Wires. Electrocution is also a major killer in floods. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to Public Safety at 860.768.7777.
Stay Alert for email and text alerts from campus officials about issues and conditions that may affect you and campus.
Go here to learn more about infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases from the Connecticut State Department of Public Health.
Bomb threats are assumed to be real and considered a threat to the university and its operations. If an explosion occurs at any time, immediately report the explosion by dialing 7777 on a campus landline or use a campus emergency blue lighted phone or dial 860.768.7777 on your cell phone.
What to do IF YOU RECEIVE A THREAT
Incident bomb threats are usually received by telephone, sometimes by note or letter. Most bomb threats are made by callers who want simply to create an atmosphere of anxiety and panic—but all calls must be taken seriously. If you receive a threat of any kind, immediately call the Department of Public Safety. If possible, get a coworker to do this while you continue talking with the caller. Permit the caller to say as much as possible without interruption. THEN ask a lot of questions:
- Where is the bomb?
- When is the bomb going to go off?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What does the bomb look like?
- What will cause the bomb to go off?
Record what you hear. Take notes on everything said and on your observations about background noise, voice characteristics, caller’s emotional state, etc.
Use the Bomb Threat checklist below. Write down the caller’s exact words. Also record the exact time that the call was received as well as the following information about the caller:
- The perceived sex, age, accent, and education of the caller.
- The location of the caller and any background noises that you hear.
- A description of the caller’s attitude.
- A description of the caller’s style of speech, speech impediments, or speech traits.
Trained emergency personnel will advise you if evacuation is necessary. Follow instructions given by emergency personnel.
What to do if you see a SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE
If there has been a threat, and you see a package or foreign object, DO NOT touch it. From a landline phone, immediately dial 7777 on a campus landline or use a campus emergency blue lighted to report any unusual objects or items. Note: Building Evacuations will be based upon available information and the evaluation of the responding professional.
BOMB THREAT CHECK LIST
Time Call Received:
Time Call Terminated:
Number where call was received
Who received the call?
Exact Wording of the Threat
WHEN POSSIBLE, ASK THE CALLER THE FOLLOW ING QUESTIONS:
“When is the bomb going to go off?”
“Where is the bomb right now?”
“What does it look like?”
“What kind of bomb is it?”
“What will cause it to explode?”
“What is your name?”
“Did you place the bomb?”
“Why “What is your address?”
“Is there a special way to identify the bomb?”
Other: Describe the caller’s voice (check how he/she sounds) ____Calm ____Angry ____Excited ____Slow ____Ragged/Raspy ____Laughter ____Crying ____Normal ____Distinct ____Deep Breathing____ Stutter ____Lisp ____Fast ____Familiar ____Clearing Throat____ Nasal ____Deep ____Disguised ____Accent ____Cracked Voice ____Soft ____Slurred ____Loud ____Other:_________________________________________
Describe the caller’s language ____Well Spoken ____Incoherent ____Irrational ____Message Read by Threat Maker ____Taped Message ____Foul Language
Describe the background sounds (check the sounds you hear) ____Street Noises ____Animal Noises ____Office Machinery ____Voices ____Music ____Motor ____House Noises ____Factory Machinery ____Clear ____Static: PA System or Local?
Shelter-in-place events are usually WEATHER related emergencies. When it is necessary to shelter in place, you will be safest by moving inside to a building space that protects you from the danger. DO NOT lock doors behind you as others may also need to shelter in place.
How Do I Shelter in Place?
- Immediately seek shelter inside the closest sturdy building.
- Do not wait until you physically see a tornado or severe weather event to react.
- Resist the temptation to go outside and check the weather conditions yourself.
- Once inside, stay away from windows, glass, and unsecured objects that may fall.
- Seek shelter in interior rooms and corridors.
- Avoid large free-standing expanses such as auditoriums and gymnasiums.
- DO NOT use elevators.
- Await further instruction from e2campus Text Alerts and emergency personnel.
- DO NOT leave until an “All Clear” is received.
- During a tornado, seek shelter on the lowest level possible. If warranted, consider crouching near the floor and seeking additional shelter under a sturdy desk or table, or cover your head with your hands.
Remember, always use common sense. There are exceptions to all guidance and prescribed directions.
Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Closely monitor the situation in case it gets worse.
Warning: Severe weather has actually been observed. Listen closely to instructions provided by weather radios/emergency officials.
Threat on Campus Video
Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life:
- Have an escape route plan in mind. Leave your belongings.
- Keep your hands visible.
OR HIDE OUT
- Hide in an area out of the suspect’s view. Block entry to your hiding place and lock all doors.
OR TAKE ACTION
- Only as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
- Attempt to incapacitate the suspect.
- Act withphysical aggression and throw items at the suspect.
Hostile Intruder Inside a Building:
- DO NOT pull a fire alarm.
- Lock and barricade the doors to the room and turn off the lights.
- Close or lower blinds, if possible.
- Silence cell phones and other electronic devices and turn off radios and computer monitors.
- Stay out of sight of windows and doors.
BE QUIET AND STAY CALM.
- Stay in hiding until a police officer gives an “All Clear” notification.
Hostile Intruder Observed Outside a Building:
- Run away from the threat as fast as you can. Do not run in a straight line.
- Keep objects or buildings between you and the threatening individual.
- If you can, get away from the area of immediate danger and warn others not to enter.
- If the hostile intruder is near you and causing great harm, hide if at all possible.
DIAL 7777 AND REPORT WHEN SAFE TO DO SO:
If not safe to speak, Dial 7777 and leave the line open so the dispatcher can listen to what is taking place. Remain calm and if it is safe to speak, be prepared to provide the following information:
- Your location, name and contact information.
- The number of gunmen/hostile intruders and their description, if possible.
- The type of weapons involved (knife, handgun, long gun, etc )
- Thelocationof thegunmen/hostile intruders and their direction of movement The number of potential victims
WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES
Your attention to Law Enforcement officers is vital for survival, so it is important to remain calm and follow their instructions.
After putting down any handhelditems such as bags, backpacks, jackets, etc., immediately raise your hands and spread your fingers. Keep your hands visible at all times and avoid making quick movements towards officers, grabbing onto them or pointing, screaming or yelling at them.
DO NOT stop and ask officers for directions or help when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which the officers are entering the scene.
Arriving officers will not stop to help injured persons, as their response is to stop the active shooter, so be cognizant of this. Rescue teams comprised of additional officers and other emergency medical personnel will treat and remove any injured persons. They may call upon able-bodied individuals to assist them in removing the wounded from the premises.
Once you have reached a safe location or an assembly point, you will likely be detained in that area by Law Enforcement until the situation is secure and all witnesses have been identified an questioned.
DO NOT leave until released by law enforcement authorities.
Sexual Assault Awareness
The University of Hartford strives to provide an environment free from Sexual Violence and Other Sexual Misconduct, including without limitation sexual assault, intimate partner violence – including without limitation domestic violence and dating violence – and stalking. Further, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination based on gender, including gender-based sexual violence and misconduct, in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits discrimination in employment based on sex, among other protected classifications; Section 304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, codified at 20 U.S.C. Section 1092(f), requires institutions of higher education to develop policies regarding the prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking; and Section 10a-55m of the Connecticut General Statutes (“CGS”) requires institutions of higher education to develop a policy applicable to all students and employees addressing sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence.
The University’s operational policies and procedures shall include a definition of “consent,” for purposes of determining whether or not Prohibited Behavior has occurred, which requires an active, knowing and voluntary exchange of affirmative words and/or actions, which indicate and effectively communicate a willingness to participate in a particular sexual activity; and which establishes that the initiator of sexual activity is responsible for obtaining clear and affirmative responses indicating consent at each stage of sexual involvement, without incapacitation, force or coercion.
Be a Good Bystander
The University of Hartford encourages all community members to educate themselves about interpersonal violence and share this info with friends. Confront friends who make excuses for other peoples abusive behavior, speak up against racist, sexist, and homophobic jokes or remarks. A good is bystander someone who models pro-social behaviors and intervenes when a potentially dangerous situation occurs.
To combat sexual assault on campus, the most powerful tool is your conveying your concern. The best way bystanders can assist in creating an empowering climate free of interpersonal violence is to diffuse the problem behaviors before they escalate.
Often people don't intervene because they may assume the situation isn't a problem, or feel it is none of their business. They may assume that someone else will do something, or believe that other people weren't bothered by the problem. In some cases, a person might feel their personal safety is at risk.
When people do intervene in a situation, they often say that it was the right thing to do, and that they would want someone to intervene if the roles were reversed.
Bystander Intervention Keys
- Notice the Incident. Bystanders first must notice the incident taking place. Obviously, if they don't take note of the situation there is no reason to help.
- Interpret Incident as Emergency. Bystanders also need to evaluate the situation and determine whether it is an emergency, or at least one in which someone needs assistance. Again, if people do not interpret a situation as one in which someone needs assistance, then there is no need to provide help
- Assume Responsibility. Another decision bystanders make is whether they should assume responsibility for giving help. One repeated finding in research studies on helping is that a bystander is less likely to help if there are other bystanders present. When other bystanders are present responsibility for helping is diffused. If a lone bystander is present he or she is more likely to assume responsibility.
- Attempt to Help. Whether this is to help the person leave the situation, confront a behavior, diffuse a situation, or call for other support/security.
In a situation potentially involving sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking:
- Approach everyone as a friend
- Do not be antagonistic
- Avoid using violence
- Be honest and direct whenever possible
- Recruit help if necessary
- Keep yourself safe
- Keep your phone handy, call for help or document when you can safely do so.
- If things get out of hand or become too serious, contact the Public Safety or the police.
The College of William and Mary put together a playbook of advice for bystander intervention. These tips may be useful.
- Defensive Split Step in and separate two people. Let them know your concerns and reasons for intervening. Be a friend and let them know you are acting in their best interest. Make sure each person makes it home safely
- Pick and Roll Use a distraction to redirect the focus somewhere else: “Hey, I need to talk to you.” or “Hey, this party is lame. Let’s go somewhere else.”
- The Option Evaluate the situation and people involved to determine your best move. You could directly intervene yourself, or alert friends of each person to come in and help. If the person reacts badly, try a different approach.
- Full Court Press Recruit the help of friends of both people to step in as a group.
- Fumblerooski Divert the attention of one person away from the other person. Have someone standing by to redirect the other person’s focus (see Pick and Roll). Commit a party foul (i.e. spilling your drink) if you need to.
Please remember.. If you see something, say something.
Date Rape Drugs
Most students forget that alcohol is the number one date rape drug on college campuses. Approximately 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (Hingson et al., 2005). Although it is important to protect yourself against other date rape drugs, alcohol is by far the most widely used.
How can I Protect Myself From Being a Victim?
- Remember Alcohol is the number one date rape drug.
Don't accept drinks from other people.
Open containers yourself.
Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.
Don't share drinks.
Don't drink from punch bowls or other open containers. They may already have drugs in them.
If someone offers to get you a drink from a bar or at a party, go with the person to order your drink. Watch the drink being poured and carry it yourself.
Don't drink anything that tastes or smells strange. Sometimes GHB (date rape drug) can taste salty.
Have a nondrinking friend with you to make sure nothing happens.
If you realize you left your drink unattended, pour it out.
If you feel drunk and haven't been drinking -- or, if you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual -- get help right away.
Information about other "Date Rape Drugs"
MDMA, with street alias, Ecstasy, is a designer drug usually found at raves. MDMA is an amphetamine derivative and it is considered to be a strong stimulant. Its chemical structure is similar to two other synthetic drugs, methamphetamine and MDA. It is generally sold in the pill/tablet form for about $20 to $30 a pill.
Effects of Ecstasy
MDMA stimulates the release of the serotonin from brain neurons, producing a high that lasts from several minutes to an hour. The drug’s rewarding effects vary with the individual taking it, the dose and purity, and the environment in which it is taken. MDMA can produce stimulant effects such as an enhanced sense of pleasure and self-confidence and increased energy. Its psychedelic effects include feelings of peacefulness, acceptance, and empathy. Users claim they experience feelings of closeness with others and a desire to touch them.
With regular and frequent use, tolerance builds to the effects of the drug, while dangerous results increase with continued use. The drug effects are unpredictable among different individuals even if given the same dosage.
Users experience confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, severe anxiety, and paranoia-during and sometimes weeks after use (even psychotic episodes have been reported), muscle tension, involuntary teeth-clenching, nausea, blurred vision, rapid eye movements, faintness, and chills or sweating; increases in heart rate and blood pressure (a special risk for people with circulatory or heart disease).
The Rohypnol pill looks like aspirin. Rohypnol is usually sold in its original bubble packaging just as most prescription drugs are. This unfortunately assists in creating the misperception that this “medicine” is safe or legal. Generic and illegally manufactured versions exist. Cost ranges from $0.50 to $5 a pill.Why “Date Rape Drug”?
Like alcohol, the drug is considered a date rape drug of choice; attackers slip the drug into victims’ drinks to promote disinhibition. The drug is given to unwary victims (male or female) without their consent. The victim is physically incapacitated and has impaired judgment. This makes victims more vulnerable to assault and rape. Because of the memory loss and confusion under the influence of this drug, rape cases are difficult to prosecute. Recently, screening for Rohypnol has improved.
One trend is termed synthetic speedballing. This involves combining Ecstasy and Rohypnol to induce a stronger effect. To produce a “floating effect,” Rohypnol is also used in combination with marijuana, cocaine, or heroin. College students typically use alcohol in combination with Rohypnol to create an enhanced feeling of drunkenness. High school students use the drug as a “cheap drunk” without the smell of alcohol. In some areas, it is associated with gangs and is known as a club drug. It is also popular in raves. Warning – when used in combination with other drugs including alcohol, Rohypnol presents great risk of overdose. Results are fatal because breathing stops. Combining Rohypnol with MDMA (Ecstasy) can lead to heart failure, coma, and death.
Effects of the Drug
Rohypnol produces sedative effects, amnesia, muscle relaxation, and the slowing of psychomotor performance. Sedation occurs within 15 to 30 minutes after ingestion of a 2-mg tablet, and lasts for approximately 8 hours. Peak effect takes place after approximately 2 hours causing most victims to lose consciousness. Those who ingest the Rohypnol become extremely relaxed, can lose bodily control. They are uninhibited and appear to be very drunk. Greatest physiological risk occurs when Rohypnol is used in with other drugs.
Rohypnol is 10 times more potent than Valium and enters the bloodstream as quickly as 15 minutes after ingestion. A single 2-milligram pill has the same potency as a 6-pack of beer, but the effects differ slightly. Users can experience extreme sedation, dizziness, and loss of bodily control. Rohypnol causes an intoxication where users don’t care about what they do or cannot stop what happens to them. Users have great difficulty remembering what happened while they were under the influence of the drug; it wipes the memory clean.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine was developed in the 1960’s as an anesthetic for surgeries. Today it is used mostly by veterinarians. Ketamine causes unconsciousness, hallucinations, loss of body control and numbing. Overdose can be fatal. Ketamine is found in a white powder or a liquid and has a horrible, strong bitter flavor. Ketamine works very quickly, so if you tasted it in your drink you would only have a few seconds before losing consciousness.
What is GHB?
GHB is a depressant that is chemically similar to a substance that is found in every cell of the human body. GHB was used in the past to treat childbirth problems and anxiety. It was made illegal in the 90’s as GHB slows the brain and body and is easy to overdose and cause addiction. In small doses it produces mild sedation, slowed heart and breathing rates. In large doses it can cause seizures, coma, or death.
Are there ways to tell if I might have been drugged and raped?
It is often hard to tell. Most victims don't remember being drugged or assaulted. The victim might not be aware of the attack until 8 or 12 hours after it occurred. These drugs also leave the body very quickly. Once a victim gets help, there might be no proof that drugs were involved in the attack. But there are some signs that you might have been drugged:
- You feel drunk and haven't drunk any alcohol — or, you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual.
- You wake up feeling very hung over and disoriented or having no memory of a period of time.
- You remember having a drink, but cannot recall anything after that.
- You find that your clothes are torn or not on right.
- You feel like you had sex, but you cannot remember it.
- Call Public Safety 860.768.7777 or 7777 from any campus phone, they will assist you in getting medical care as needed. Have a trusted friend stay with you at least until you receive help. Tell the Public Safety exactly what you remember. Be honest about all your activities. Remember, nothing you did — including drinking alcohol or doing drugs — can justify rape.
- If you seek medical attention on your own, ask the hospital to take a urine (pee) sample that can be used to test for date rape drugs. The drugs leave your system quickly. Rohypnol stays in the body for several hours, and can be detected in the urine up to 72 hours after taking it. GHB leaves the body in 12 hours. Don't urinate before going to the hospital.
- Don't pick up or clean up where you think the assault might have occurred. There could be evidence left behind — such as on a drinking glass or bed sheets.
- Get counseling and treatment. Feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and shock are normal. A counselor can help you work through these emotions and begin the healing process.
- Call Counseling and Psychological Services at 860.768.4482 or Health Services 860.768.6601