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Crime Prevention and Safety Programs

POLICE AND RESIDENCE LIFE PROGRAMMING

The University of Pittsburgh offers a number of crime prevention and security awareness programs for students and employees. A common theme of all programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others. Each term, the Office of Residence Life and members of the Pitt police meet with parents and students to provide information on personal safety and residence hall security. Additional programs include the following:

  • Operation ID allows students to inscribe identifying numbers on valuables such as televisions, stereos, computers, etc.

  • A one-credit personal defense class is offered each term by the University's Department of Health and Physical Activity in which students can learn to become streetwise and acquire observation skills enabling them to escape a potential attacker.

  • Crime Watch programs allow students, staff, and faculty groups to meet at least once per term with police to discuss security and safety concerns.

  • The Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange (SAFE) is a two-hour educational crime awareness, crime victim prevention program that encompasses strategies, techniques, options, and prevention information for students, staff, and faculty. SAFE instructors also address bystander intervention and personal safety involving the use of alcoholic beverages. Police officers who are trained as instructors offer this program a minimum of 10 times per year.

  • Police officers present Active Threat Response Training upon request to students, staff, and faculty. This training is modeled after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security video Run, Hide, Fight, which offers tips to the campus community on how to survive an active shooter or workplace violence incident. The program is offered upon request; officers have conducted this program multiple times per term.

In addition to seminars, safety information is distributed to the campus community through crime alerts and emergency notification messages, and can be found on the Pitt police Web site at police.pitt.edu.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAMS

The University's Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provides guidance and direction to students, faculty, and staff. EH&S identifies hazards and risks, recommends appropriate action to ensure safe conditions, and assists the University in maintaining regulatory compliance. The department provides training on many topics related to safety, fire safety, occupational health, and the environment. EH&S collaborates with the Pitt police in the development of the University's Emergency Management Guidelines.

EH&S coordinates, conducts, and evaluates emergency evacuation exercises in each residence hall twice per year. EH&S also prepares, upon request, individual emergency evacuation plans for students who have impairments that may prevent compliance with University-wide emergency plans. Those in need of an individualized plan should contact EH&S at 412-624-9505.

ehs.pitt.edu

SAFERIDER

Pitt's SafeRider provides point-to-point service for individuals with valid Pitt IDs who are not on one of the campus transportation system's fixed routes, but are within SafeRider service boundaries.

Hours of operation are:

  • 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sunday through Wednesday and on days when the Pitt shuttle system operates on a holiday schedule;
  • 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday through Saturday, except during winter recess and other times as advertised on buses and shuttles; and
  • 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sunday through Saturday during the summer.

Individuals should use the fixed-route system and only request SafeRider service when shuttle service is not available. For service boundaries and to request service, call 412-648-CALL (2255) during SafeRider hours of operation. There is a 20-ride limit per term.

ENVIRONMENT BY THE NUMBERS

SOME FACTS ABOUT YOUR CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT:

More than 250 custodians

20 groundskeepers

32 operating engineers on duty, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,

365 days a year

TO REPORT A MAINTENANCE PROBLEM:

  • Call Facilities Management Division, 412-624-9512

  • Visit facmgmt.pitt.edu

  • Resident students can fill out a Housekeeping Maintenance Request form online at pc.pitt.edu/housing/maintenance.html describing any potential hazard or maintenance problem that needs to be corrected or repaired.

 

UNIVERSITY EMERGENCY
PHONE NUMBERS

University of Pittsburgh Police
EMERGENCIES 4-2121
or Noncampus Phone
412-624-2121

General Assistance 4-4040
or 412-624-4040

Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education (SHARE)
412-648-7930

Student Health Service
412-383-1800

University Counseling Center
412-648-7930
(Phones answered 24 hours a day/seven days a week)

Student Conduct
412-648-7910

Environmental Health and Safety
412-624-9505

SafeRider
412-648-CALL (2255)

Panther Central
412-648-1100

PITTSBURGH EMERGENCY
PHONE NUMBERS
(OFF CAMPUS)

City of Pittsburgh
Police, Fire, Ambulance
911

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
24-hour hotline

1-866-363-7273

Center for Victims
24-hour hotline
1-866-644-2882

Pennsylvania Department
of Public Welfare
ChildLine for abuse reporting

1-800-932-0313

Re:solve Crisis Network
Mental Health Crisis Intervention

1-866-7-YOU CAN or 1-888-796-8226

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