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.
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 SVSU Campus Alert Login.
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 threat to human life or facilities, including but not limited to, disabling fire alarms/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 University Police, as well as the Code of Student Conduct process.
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.
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.
Go immediately, in a calm and orderly manner, to the designated evacuation assembly area.
Consider special-needs occupants that may need assistance evacuating.
When leaving a room, feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it. Do not open any door that feels hot.
If smoke is present, stay low. The best quality of air is near the floor.
If your primary route is blocked or unusable, use your secondary exit route.
Do not take personal items with you.
Close doors behind you while exiting.
Walk, do not run.
Do not go into the restrooms.
Do not use the elevators.
Once you have reached the designated area, assist in accounting for all occupants and immediately report any missing occupant to University Police.
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 R.A. 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.
The decision to lockdown the University rests with the University Police. A Shelter-in-Place consists of getting all staff and students to a secured room/area and locking all interior and exterior doors and windows.
Cancel all outside activities and direct students and staff to get into the building.
Commence the lockdown immediately by closing and locking all interior and exterior doors if possible.
Close all windows and keep all blinds and curtains open.
Keep quiet and stay away from doors and windows.
Maintain a calm environment through calm leadership. Reassure occupants that everything possible is being done to return the situation to normal.
If a gunshot or an explosion is heard, call 9-911 immediately
Conduct frequent roll call of all students and immediately report any missing student to University Police at ext. 4141.
Shelter-In-Place is to remain in effect until canceled by University Police and an All Clear is announced.
Intruder on University Property
If an intruder/unauthorized person enters the building call 9-911 or University Police at ext. 4141.
Prepare to lockdown or start to Shelter-in-Place.
Do not unlock your doors until you hear the All Clear announced.
Hostage Situation Procedures
Call 9-911 immediately.
Move everyone away from the hostage situation as rapidly and quietly as possible.
Listen for instructions to evacuate the area or activate Shelter-In-Place procedures.
Gather all the facts regarding the situation for the police, Gather detailed descriptions of the suspects and victims, including clothing, location and weapons. Keep notes on times, any communication from the person holding the hostages and other witness information.
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 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.
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.
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/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.
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.