Duquesne Announces Enhanced Security Measures
Duquesne University President Charles Dougherty today announced additional campus security measures to ensure that Duquesne continues to offer a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
"Duquesne has been and will continue to be a safe living and learning environment," said Dougherty. "But as we have learned, our college campuses are a microcosm of society and bad things sometimes happen to good people. Despite a very strong history of being a safe campus, it is incumbent that we continue to strengthen security measures."These immediate actions are in addition to the formation of a committee that will examine safety and security on campus.
- Upgrades of existing campus surveillance cameras
- $250,000 allocation for additional permanent state-certified police
officers and certified security guards
- Additional campus bike patrols
- Additional parking garage patrol vehicle
- Two new mobile walk-through metal detectors and five metal
Duquesne University, with an outstanding record of safety, has a
comprehensive security network in place. Key tactics include:
- State-certified police force with 27 armed police officers, 5 security guards, 6 communications operators and several office staff. All campus police officers receive Act 120 certification, which is required for all state-certified officers. Each year, every officer receives 12 hours of mandatory training and firearms qualification training. Also, in-service training classes are offered routinely. New hires receive extra on-site training. Security guards, who are Act 235 certified, receive 40 hours of training at an approved site, as well as on-site training.
- Direct radio contact between the Duquesne University Police, City of Pittsburgh Police and Pittsburgh Paramedics
- Multiple surveillance cameras across campus
- "Code Blue" stations on the grounds that connect directly to campus police dispatch and notifies police of the user's location
The stations are located:
· Bluff Street near Rooney Field· Locust Circle near Gumberg Library· Shingiss Street near Rockwell Hall· Gibbon and Magee Streets, by the rear of FacilitiesManagement
· Locust Street at McAnulty Drive, near Rangos School of Health Sciences· Fisher Hall Skywalk· Forbes surface parking lot
- Emergency communications phones in residence halls, other campus buildings and elevators that connect directly to campus police dispatch
- 24-hour Public Safety Department escort service available anywhere on campus to all members of the University community
- Residence hall securityThe main entrance to each living/learning center is equipped with an electronic card reader system and is monitored by Residence Life personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All other entrances are locked and alarmed. Building security regulations require that students swipe their student ID card and display it to the desk attendant to gain access to the building.
- Safety training
Throughout the academic year, a wide variety of Public Safety programs are offered to the University community. Monthly programs are presented to the residence life staff. Topics include first aid and CPR training, personal safety and self-protection methods, rape awareness and avoidance, drug and alcohol abuse, driving under the influence, vacation safety and personal property protection.
This release was posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2006 at 9:30 am
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.