Frequently Asked Questions
- Is the University safe?
Yes. Sacred Heart University places a high priority on the personal safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors. In support of this commitment, the Department of Public Safety is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment through the timely delivery of a variety of effective and efficient Public Safety services to our entire community.
Sacred Heart University maintains a full time, full service Department of Public Safety. Officers are on duty 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year. Public Safety Officers patrol the entire campus on foot, bicycle or vehicle.
The students definitely perceive Sacred Heart to be a "safe environment." As recently as February 2002, a survey conducted by the University's student newspaper The Spectrum found that 88% of the students surveyed felt that the campus was safe.
- Does the University have an Escort Service?
Yes. The Department of Public Safety provides Personal Safety Escorts from dusk to dawn, from and to any on-campus locations, for anyone on-campus who requests this service.
- What is the most frequently reported crime on campus?
The great majority of the reported crimes on campus are property crimes, usually the theft (larceny) of unattended property from unlocked or unsecured areas. These crimes are “crimes of opportunity” for which precautions could have been taken to prevent or deter the crime from occurring. Examples include the theft of property left at a common area or an incident where a resident has left his or her room unlocked and returned to find property missing.
- What is the most frequently reported incident on campus?
Many, if not most, of the incidents to which Public Safety Officers respond are not crimes at all. The most frequently reported and responded to incidents on campus are fire alarms, medical injuries, medical illnesses, and motor vehicle accidents.
- What is the level of fire safety in the residence facilities?
All on-campus residence halls and apartments have been built since 1992. As such, they have been built with complete fire alarm and suppression systems, including smoke detectors, heat detectors, sprinkler systems, pull stations, horn/siren/voice alert audible warnings, visual strobe lights and full annunciator panels. Fire alarms in these buildings are automatically transmitted to the Department of Public Safety Dispatch Center, from which Officers are dispatched to respond.
Fire drills are conducted in each residence facility.
- Are students allowed to have cars on campus?
First-year students, unless specifically authorized by the Dean of Students, are not allowed to have vehicles on campus. All other resident students may purchase a parking decal that allows them to park in a specific parking lot.
- When should I contact the Department of Public Safety and why?
Public Safety should be contacted to report any suspicious behavior or criminal activity. Public Safety should also be immediately contacted to report any emergencies (such as fire alarms, fires, medical injuries or illnesses), motor vehicle accidents, etc.
Questions concerning parking regulations should also be directed to the Department of Public Safety.
- What type of training do Public Safety Officers receive?
All Officers are trained in CPR and as First Responders; medical bags are in all of our patrol vehicles. Officers are also trained and certified in the use of OCAT (pepper) spray.
Many Officers have attended the Campus Safety/Security Officer's Academy, sponsored by the New Hampshire College and University Chief's Association. Officers who have not yet attended this program are scheduled to participated soon.
Officers also attend specialized courses and in-service training.