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Safety by the Numbers

Some facts about our campus police:

  • 99 commissioned police officers
  • 10 communications room personnel
  • 48 security guards in various campus locations
  • 15 Specialized Emergency Response Team officers
  • 8 detectives within the investigative unit
  • Calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • At least 4 patrol cars on each shift in addition to the officers on foot, bicycle, and motorcycle
  • University police undergo more than 800 hours of initial training for certification, as well as a minimum of 36 hours of annual in-service training.
  • 150 contracted security guards as residence hall desk attendants, building, and parking monitors


More than 500 emergency phones are scattered throughout the campus. Most exterior and
garage phones have blue lights, making them easily visible.



You can visit Pitt Mobile at m.pitt.edu to access emergency contact information on your smart phone or Web-capable mobile device.

How to Report Crime and Emergencies

The University of Pittsburgh encourages everyone in the Pitt community to report crimes and other emergencies promptly to the Pitt police or to other appropriate police agencies if off campus. At sessions conducted for freshmen and their parents, participants are advised to report all information regarding any incident to the Pitt police. University police department seminars and publications offer crime prevention tips and emphasize the importance of reporting crimes.

A student, resident director, University police officer, or any other member of the Pitt community can also refer a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Office of Student Conduct.

REPORTING TO PITT POLICE

You can report criminal activity or other emergencies to Pitt police by calling 4-2121 from a campus phone or 412-624-2121 from a noncampus phone. Crimes may also be reported by:

  • Using the anonymous tips portion of the University of Pittsburgh Police Department Web site at police.pitt.edu.

  • Picking up a campus emergency phone. These phones ring directly to the Pitt police, automatically registering the caller's location.

  • Visiting the University of Pittsburgh Jerome Cochran Public Safety Building (3412 Forbes Avenue) or any of these substations: Sutherland Hall, Forbes Avenue (between the Barco Law Building and Lawrence Hall), Sennott Square, or Bouquet Gardens J.

  • Contacting the resident assistant, assistant hall director, or resident director in the residence halls; guards or desk attendants; or any University official who will then contact the Pitt police, if desired.

Incidents involving sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, and/or dating and domestic violence may also be reported to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 412-648-7860.

Q What should I do if I am a victim of hazing?

A Hazing is absolutely prohibited by the University and by state law (see the anti-hazing policy in the Student Code of Conduct at studentaffairs.pitt.edu/studentconduct). Students who feel they have been victims of hazing should contact the Pitt police (4-2121), the Office of Student Conduct (412-648-7910), or the Department of Athletics (412-648-8230 or 412-648-8218).

Q Can I carry a gun on campus as a means of self-protection?

A No. The carrying or possession of firearms and/or other weapons on campus by anyone other than authorized law enforcement officers, such as Pitt police or city of Pittsburgh police, is absolutely prohibited.

Q How do I report suspected child abuse or sexual misconduct with a child at the University?

A Anyone affiliated with the University who has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse, including but not limited to sexual abuse, shall make an immediate and direct report to ChildLine either electronically at compass.state.pa.us/cwis or by calling 1-800-932-0313. Immediately thereafter, the individual must also make an immediate and direct report to the University police or the Office of General Counsel. Retaliation is strictly prohibited against anyone who makes a good faith report of suspected child abuse or who participates in a related investigation. More information on reporting child abuse is available at http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/.

REPORTING TO OTHER CAMPUS SECURITY AUTHORITIES

While the University prefers that community members promptly report all crimes and other emergencies directly to the Pitt police at 412-624-2121, we also recognize that some may prefer to report to other individuals or University offices. The federal Jeanne Clery Act recognizes certain University officials and offices as Campus Security Authorities (CSA). The act defines these individuals as “officials of an institution who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings.” In addition to the Pitt police, persons within the University who are designated as CSA include housing and residence life staff, the campus student conduct officer, athletic coaches, security guards and desk attendants, and faculty advisors to student groups. University counselors voluntarily provide nonidentifying information on crimes reported to them.

CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING

Q Can my report be confidential?

A Pitt's counseling center includes a confidential reporting system that allows anonymous crime reporting. Campus security authorities will submit a report of any on-campus assault so it is reflected among Pitt's crime statistics in the annual statistical report, and the identity of the victim remains anonymous in the annual statistical report. Confidentiality is explained in further detail at share.pitt.edu/confidentiality.

SPECIFIC PERSONNEL AND LOCATIONS WHERE ONE CAN REPORT CRIME

PITT POLICE
Jerome Cochran Public Safety Building
3412 Forbes Avenue
412-624-2121

OFFICE OF STUDENT CONDUCT
Student Conduct Officer
738 William Pitt Union
3959 Fifth Avenue
412-648-7910

OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE
Director
935 William Pitt Union
3959 Fifth Avenue
412-648-1200

OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Title IX coordinator
(for reporting sexual misconduct)
500 Craig Hall
200 South Craig Street
412-648-7860

UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER (Any counselor)
Mark A. Nordenberg Hall
Wellness Center, Second floor
111 University Place
412-648-7930

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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