Below you will find safety and emergency information on situations such as SVSU campus alerts, dating safety, endangerment, bomb threats, fire or explosions, evacuations, fires and tornadoes, security, parking lot safety, weapons, intruder or shelter in place, missing persons and more.
9-911 from an on-campus telephone
911 from a cell phone or off-campus telephone
firstname.lastname@example.org via text or email
The SVSU Police Department is staffed by certified police officers 24/7 and participates in a mutual aid agreement with other local law enforcement agencies. The Police and Parking Services is located at South Campus Complex A just off of Pierce Road and South Entrance Drive, and is available to assist students with emergencies, parking control, vehicle and escort services, safety programs, and Operation ID; the recording of valuable items. For non-emergencies, call (989) 964-4141.
Residents are cautioned of the dangers in developing relationships online and/or inviting unfamiliar persons to their apartment or suite. Both of these types of encounters can jeopardize the safety of yourself and others. Be cautious and don’t take risks.
Students will be held responsible for actions that could lead to potential threats to human life or facilities, including but not limited to, disabling fire alarms or smoke detectors, leaving cooking areas unattended, items left in hallways, etc.
In the event of an accidental fire, restitution for damages will be assessed by the Office of Housing Operations in addition to educational sanctioning by the Office of Residential Life. Malicious fires or arson will be addressed by the University Police, as well as the Code of Student Conduct process.
The use or possession of harmful chemicals, firecrackers or other explosives, candles, candle warmers, incense or other open flames is not permitted in or around University Housing. The indoor storage of gas-powered vehicles such as motorcycles, scooters, etc. is also not permitted.
Evacuation of a classroom or area may be ordered by faculty or staff, University Police or local public safety agencies. The purpose is to move occupants away from potentially threatening situations that do not require full building evacuation.
The evacuation of a building is used to move occupants out of the building by a pre-designated route, if usable, to avoid a potentially threatening situation that involves the entire building.
Orders to evacuate the building may be issued by University Police or local public safety agencies.
When the fire alarm sounds, all students must immediately evacuate their rooms or apartments exiting away from the building. In the event of a fire, do not use the elevators. Follow the instructions of Residential Life staff, University Police Officers or firefighting personnel. Each student will be informed by their RA of the designated gathering location upon evacuation.
Please be advised, it is required by law that all persons exit the building during a fire alarm. Any persons not leaving the building during an alarm will face disciplinary action.
The university regularly holds various drills to acquaint residents with evacuation, designated tornado shelter areas or lock-down procedures. All residents and guests should follow directions during the drills. Failure to evacuate may result in disciplinary action.
Saginaw Valley State University observes the requirement for Missing Persons as mandated in the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 2008. If a member of the university community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify University Police at (989) 964-4141.
Each resident student may confidentially identify, to the Offices of Housing Operations and/or Residential Life, an individual they wish to be contacted in the event they are reported missing for a period of 24 hours.
A student’s confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement in the course of the investigation. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, SVSU will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian within 24 hours. Additionally, the university will invoke a procedure under the direction of the University Police initiating an investigation in response to the missing person report. The University Police will aggressively investigate the incident taking into account such factors as the emotional state of the student, the last known location of the student and any other personal information that may determine the student’s location. The investigation will include notifying University Administrators, the Residential Life Staff and local law enforcement within 24 hours if the student is determined to be missing.
Any fire, including small ones, can get out of control. Also, tampering with fire safety equipment or alarms can jeopardize the safety and security of all residents and may result in disciplinary action. Residents are urged to report false alarms or the tampering of fire safety equipment to a member of the Residential Life Staff or University Police.
Parking lots are equipped with blue light stations. Individuals may push a button to become directly connected to 911 from these stations.
If going out at night, be wary of your surroundings, staying in well-lighted and well-populated areas and if possible, always go with friends. If walking, avoid using electronic devices as they can detract your attention to suspicious people or activities. Additionally, individuals can request a police escort by calling SVSU University Police if they are uncomfortable walking alone to their vehicle or resident facility by calling 9-911 or University Police at extension 4141.
Roommates should inform each other of their destination and time of return. Do not hitchhike or accept rides from unfamiliar persons.
In an effort to provide greater safety and security to residents of the university, several housing complexes are equipped with (video) camera security systems. Any residents who host guests after buildings are secured for the evening must escort their guests to and from the entry and within the building or courtyard area at all times. Security hours have been established for personal privacy, safety and security of residents' belongings. Therefore, it is important that residents never prop open doors, allow other individuals to make use of their keys or access mechanism, or allow unauthorized persons into the buildings. Doing so will jeopardize the safety and security of all residents and may result in disciplinary action. Duplication of keys is prohibited.
In the residential facilities, a locked door offers the best security, especially while sleeping or leaving the room even for short periods of time. When answering the door, ask callers to identify themselves before unlocking the door. Money and valuables should be kept in a safe place. Clothing should never be left in a laundry room unattended.
Thefts, no matter how insignificant the lost item, should be reported to University Police and Residential Life staff immediately.
While on campus, always lock your vehicle and keep valuables out of sight when parked on campus. Residents are encouraged to register their valuables with the University Police Department through the on-line Operation ID and Bike Registration programs.
Residents should familiarize themselves with tornado safety procedures. Notification systems (sirens) on campus are tested regularly and residents will be notified of such tests. In addition, the designated tornado shelter area is posted in each room.
A Tornado Watch is issued when severe weather conditions and possible tornadoes could occur in the area.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has actually been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
Saginaw Valley State University has adopted a Weapons and Dangerous Substances Policy. It is necessary for students to become familiar with the policy.
The possession or use of weapons on university property or any weapons such as, but not limited to firearms, ammunition, pellet guns, air guns, knives, blades, chemicals or explosives, including firecrackers is prohibited on university property unless authorized in writing by the Chief of University Police. A harmless instrument designed to look like a weapon that is used by or is in the possession of a person with the intent to cause fear in or assault to another person is expressly included within the meaning of weapons. All residents must check their weapons with the University Police for storage services.
The university strongly encourages all students to register additional contact information in SVSU Campus Alert (Emergency Notification System). Enrollees receive official notifications via voice, text and email communications in the event of a critical incident or campus closing due to adverse weather. Updating contact information takes just a few minutes and can be completed online by visiting the SVSU Campus Alert Login.
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