As the department with primary responsibility for security on campus, the University of Pittsburgh police are dedicated to serving the needs of the University community. You can reach the department by calling 4-2121 from a campus phone or 412-624-2121 from a noncampus phone.
University Police Authority
Pitt police carry firearms and have the authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on campus and within 500 yards of any University-owned or leased facility. If a University student commits the offense, the Pitt police also will refer the individual to the Office of Student Conduct. Pitt police law enforcement authority is derived from Act 57 of the 1997 Campus Police Powers and Duties and by Title 42 Pa. C.S.A. Chapter 89, relating to the Municipal Police Jurisdiction Act.
Working Relationship with City of Pittsburgh Police
Pitt police work closely with city of Pittsburgh police officers and have direct radio communication with city police, fire, and emergency medical personnel.
Crimes Involving Off-campus Student Organizations
Pitt police monitor criminal activity occurring at noncampus locations of student organizations officially recognized by the institution via radio communications and/or personal contact with city of Pittsburgh police. Memoranda of understanding with Pittsburgh police, other nearby educational institutions, and federal agencies enhance the safety of the campus community and further the investigation of alleged criminal offenses.
Environmental Health and Safety
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provides guidance and direction to students, faculty, and staff at the University. EH&S identifies hazards and risks, recommends appropriate action to help to ensure safe conditions, and assists the University in maintaining regulatory compliance.
The Facilities Management Division has installed and maintains exterior lighting around all of its buildings, as well as additional sidewalk and street lighting. Ground crews keep shrubs and hedges low for safety reasons, especially in places such as bus stops. On any normal work day, there are scores of Pitt support personnel whose jobs include providing inspection of the entire campus and its buildings to discover and correct health, safety, and maintenance problems. They report any safety-related problems to facilities management, whose staff respond to correct these problems promptly.
U.S. Security is the University’s contracted security provider who provides desk welcome attendants for residence halls and in some apartment buildings as well as guards in parking garages.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
UPMC hospitals have their own separate security/safety departments. When Pitt students and staff work within these settings, they are responsible for acquainting themselves with the security policies and procedures of these facilities.
Criminal incidents occurring within these facilities under the required reporting geography of the University of Pittsburgh are reported to the Pitt police and are included within Pitt’s statistical report. For more information about safety and security at UPMC, contact UPMC Presbyterian (412-647-3191), UPMC Montefiore (412-648-2555), or Forbes Tower (412-647-3191).
For more information about safety, visit the University of Pittsburgh Police Department.
Radiation Safety Office
The University of Pittsburgh Radiation Safety Office is responsible for ensuring that all sources of licensed radioactive material and ionizing radiation-producing equipment, which fall under its responsibility, are used optimally and safely. The office also ensures that these sources of ionizing radiation are used in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and with institutional licenses. The Pitt Radiation Safety Program covers all of the Pittsburgh and regional campuses in addition to UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. For more information, please visit the Radiation Satefy Office.
Integrated Security Department
The Integrated Security Department (ISD) is responsible for all physical security components on the Pittsburgh campus. It maintains a sophisticated infrastructure that insures that proper safety and security applications are provided to the entire University community. ISD has installed more than 4,000 access points and more than 1,000 closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras on the Pittsburgh campus. All of the ISD-installed equipment also is analyzed and serviced by the department. The Pitt Police Department, as well as ISD, monitors the operations of CCTV and access control points. For more information, visit the Integrated Security Department.