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The department works to provide a professional response and quality of service, in concert with developing community partnerships that foster mutual trust, respect, accountability and cooperation.

Emergency Medical Response

All patrol officers are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and first aid. All primary patrol vehicles are equipped with first aid equipment and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The Campus Safety Department also enjoys a cooperative working relationship with faculty, staff, and student volunteers of the Southern Madison County Ambulance Corps (SOMAC). In case of a medical emergency, dial 911By cell phone, dial 315-228-7911.

First-Year Orientation Program

The Campus Safety staff provides a presentation to all incoming first-year students during orientation providing them with crime prevention tips and to acquaint them with programs and services offered by the department. The orientation program is an opportunity for incoming students to learn more about the functions of the department through an up-close and personal presentation conducted by officers of the department.

Adopt-A-Greek Program

This is an interactive program between Campus Safety officers and Greek organizations designed to promote a greater understanding of each other. The program begins with each Greek organization having one or more officers assigned to spend time in their house to get to know the residents and staff residing there. The main objective of the program is to make it easier for the various parties to approach each other with any questions or concerns they may have while continuing to expand upon the out-of-classroom learning experiences.

Fire Safety Awareness

Fire safety presentations are provided to all new students each fall, and are offered to fraternity and sorority residents as well as faculty and staff. Fire safety programs are conducted in resident halls addressing awareness issues of fire prevention, fire extinguishments, and the dangers and consequences of false (malicious) fire alarms. The department conducts fire drills in all university buildings as part of this program. All campus buildings are inspected annually according to regulation set forth by the New York State Education Department and local codes set forth by the New York State Fire Prevention and Construction Code.

Personal Safety Escorts

From dusk to dawn, walking personal safety escorts from and to any on-campus location are provided to members of the campus community.

Motor Vehicle Assistance

Upon request, the Campus Safety Department assists motorists  on campus with disabled vehicles by providing battery jump-starts.  Each patrol vehicle is equipped to provide jump-starts in addition to a portable battery pack, which can be loaned (in exchange for a valid form of identification). The department is also available to assist those who have locked their keys in their vehicle.

Park Smart

Park Smart is a crime prevention program that heightens motor vehicle operators' awareness when they are in parking areas. The program provides personal safety tips and recommends all valuables be placed out of sight and vehicles be locked. The program utilizes passive programming as well as active participation of student organizations in checking vehicles, noting if valuables are left in plain sight or if a vehicle is left unlocked. A Campus Safety officer then contacts the vehicle’s owner and reminds them of the importance of parking lot safety.

Operation ID

The department offers Operation Identification as a program designed to create a greater sense of understanding of safety and security issues and to foster good community relations. This program is offered as a free service to the Colgate community and consists of officers scheduling visitations to residence halls, encouraging students to engrave an identification number on personal property (e.g., computers, stereos, televisions, and video equipment) and recording the student’s equipment information.

The recorded information is then stored at the Campus Safety Department. By participating in this program, community members deter thieves from stealing their property and increase their chances of recovering their stolen property. The program also aids the criminal justice system in successfully prosecuting criminals.

Parking Permits

All vehicles on campus must be registered with the Campus Safety Department. Parking permits are free and may be obtained at the department office 24 hours a day. Visitors may obtain short-term parking permits for parking privileges on campus. For a more complete listing of university parking regulations, see the Colgate University Motor Vehicle Handbook.

Photo-Identification Cards

The Campus Safety Department issues and maintains official Colgate identification cards. The card is issued free of charge, but a fee is assessed to replace lost, mutilated, or stolen cards. Community members may be required by university officials to produce their ID cards to verify personal identification, and should carry their ID cards at all times.

Student Room Lockouts

To help ensure the safety and security of our students, Campus Safety will assist students who have locked themselves out of their residence room. Verification of housing assignment and a person’s identity will be made by campus safety. This service is provided free once per year and students are charged for subsequent lockouts.

Weapons Storage

Numerous weapons are prohibited by law in New York state (refer to the Colgate Student Handbook and State Law for specifics). Firearms of all types are strictly prohibited on campus. While rifles and shotguns are not permitted on campus or in university buildings, there is a provision for their secure storage at the Campus Safety Department for those students utilizing them for sporting or hunting purposes at off-campus locations.

Emergency Telephones

The Blue Light Emergency Telephone System is a series of telephone boxes strategically located throughout campus to provide assistance to anyone in distress.

Overhead blue lights identify the telephones. When the receiver is lifted, they automatically dial into the Campus Safety Department office, where an officer will be dispatched to provide assistance.

Lost and Found

The department maintains a lost and found service. If you find any property, please take it to the department office. If you have lost any property, contact Campus Safety to determine if it has been turned in.

Medical Transportation

The department provides non-emergency transportation to and from the University Student Health Center, the hospital emergency room, classes, and students' on campus residences. A medical transport detail officer, who is on duty weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., utilizes a vehicle designated for these transports.

Student Employment

Each semester the Campus Safety Department employs 30-40 students to assist the department in providing services. Some of these positions include student patrols of campus, residence hall lockout services, and office assistance. Students interested in employment should contact the Student Aid Office or file an application on line. Go to (the university portal system), click on the "Student Services" tab, then on the "Student Employment" sub tab. The Campus Safety Department also employs 180 students on first-year student arrival day in August. An email will be sent out at the end of the spring semester to apply online.

Operation Lock Down

This is an interactive program designed to make the Colgate community more aware of the possibilities of theft within all university-owned buildings as a result of unlocked and unattended rooms or offices. The program begins with Campus Safety officers spending extra time within residence halls (e.g., Adopt-a-Hall program) and academic buildings, noting and documenting unlocked and unattended rooms or offices. The officers will secure the area and leave a door hanger to alert the community member of the unsecured area.

CUBIT (Bike Registration)

Colgate University Bicycle Identification Tag program allows Colgate community members to register their bicycle with us. The make, model, color, serial number, speeds, extra equipment, etc. is recorded and then a CUBIT sticker is placed on the bicycle. In the event the bicycle may be lost or stolen; the Campus Safety Department as well as other law enforcement agencies will be able to return the bicycle to the rightful owner. Campus Safety officers also hang a tag on all bicycles found unlocked reminding everyone of the importance to secure their bicycle and/or register it with us.

Van Training Information and Road Tests

General Requirements: 
  1. Students must be at least eighteen years old. 
  2. Students must actively be licensed to drive in any of the United States or the District of Columbia, and such license must have been valid for a minimum of one year. 
  3. To be authorized, drivers shall not have exceeded two “at-fault” accidents or violations within the last eighteen months, had any violation in the past thirty-six months for driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by alcohol and/or drug, or reckless driving, had a license suspension or revocation in the past thirty-six months, or have violated this policy more than once in the past twelve months. 
Procedure for acquiring University License:
  1. Students and their sponsor must complete a Colgate University Driver Authorization Form
  2. The completed Driver Authorization Form, a photocopy of the student’s state driver’s license and Gate card needs to be turned in at the Campus Safety Department. 
  3. Students will then be provided an email from the HireRight Company and the student will be required to fill out the information within the email and submit it back to HireRight within 30 days for a Motor Vehicle Report to be completed for the Campus Safety Department.
  4. Students are required to complete the mandatory online Defensive Driver Training courses and post-tests. These can be accessed at Driver Safety Training Courses 
  5. After successfully completing the above driver safety courses, students will be sent an email containing a link to schedule a date and time for the vehicle road test provided by Campus Safety. 
  6. Road tests are given on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  
  7. Once the road test is successfully completed you will be issued a university license.