CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY
The Towson University Police Department has the authorized strength of 41 sworn police officers and provides a full range of police and security services to the TU community. Its officers, all of whom are police academy graduates with Maryland Police Training Commission certification, have full authority to enforce state and local laws.
TUPD, working in cooperation with other university departments, has developed an active program aimed at preventing crime through awareness and participation in the university community. Students should report suspicious persons, keep doors locked, store valuables in a safe place, avoid walking in areas that look unsafe or poorly lit, utilize the TU escort service and stay alert.
EMERGENCY BLUE LIGHT PHONES
Towson University has installed emergency “blue light” phones around campus should the need arise to contact the police. Callers can immediately reach Towson University Police by simply pressing the emergency button.
UNIVERSITY ESCORT SERVICE
The University Escort Service is maintained through a partnership with Transportation Services and the TUPD. Transportation Services operates campus shuttle buses until 2 a.m., and a RIDEVAN after that. The RIDEVAN is operational from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. and provides transportation from one campus location to another campus location. TUPD supplements these operations by providing walking escort.
RESIDENCE HALL SAFETY
TU residence halls and Towson Run apartments are locked at all times. Residents must present a TU OneCard to gain entry at night; guests must be accompanied by a resident. Uniformed security guards are stationed at the front entrance overnight to ensure that only residents and escorted guests may enter.
POLICE BLOTTER, CRIME ALERTS AND COMMUNICATION
The TU police distribute Crime Alerts through university email whenever a serious threat to the campus occurs either on university property or in the neighboring community. Moreover, the police department maintains a weekly Police Blotter in The Towerlight newspaper to keep students informed of crime trends, safety tips and special programs. A full TUPD crime log is also maintained online at www.towson.edu/police.
The TUPD has partnered with other departments on campus to offer the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System, a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women.
Upon request from departments, student organizations or residence halls, the TUPD provides information seminars on a variety of topics, including the prevention of rape and sexual assault, theft and robbery prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, identity theft, safety issues and personal defense advice.
The Office of Public Safety has developed and distributed the Emergency Resource Guide for use in the event of a criminal or violent act on campus. This guide covers many different situations, including active shooter and shelter-in-place procedures. The university police department has been training officers for the past several years in response methods to an active shooter in a building. The Office of Public Safety is also in the process of training faculty and staff on their response to these situations.
EMERGENCY TEXT MESSAGE ALERT SYSTEM
Towson University utilizes a state-of-the-art emergency notification system for its community that is capable of sending messages instantly and simultaneously to all registered text message capable mobile phones, smart phones, wireless tablets and email addresses. The service will also post these messages on the university’s website. Additionally, you can connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to receive messages.