Safety in University Facilities
READINESS SAVES LIVES
UGAAlert is an emergency notification system to inform the UGA Community when there is an urgent threat requiring immediate action. Examples of emergencies are chemical spills requiring immediate evacuation, tornado warnings, or active shooters. Emergency notifications will be sent by e-mail, text messaging, and/or through a voice phone call. To sign up or change notification options, go to www.ugaalert.uga.edu using UGA MyID.
ACADEMIC BUILDING SAFETY
During academic semesters, academic buildings at the University are open for access by students, faculty, staff, and visitors between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m., Monday through Friday. Outside doors are locked at other times, although faculty and staff who work in a building may be given keys.
The Building Safety and Security Representative (BSSR) program is designed to facilitate emergency planning for the occupants of each building at the University of Georgia. The program focuses on emergency planning at the building level since most emergencies such as fire, flood, tornado, or criminal activity affect the entire building.
Each BSSR leader will help create safety plans, monitor security issues, participate in emergency drills, and work to create a safe environment for the occupants of a specific building. More information on the BSSR program can be found at www.osep.uga.edu/bssr or by calling the Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness at 706-542-5845.
Police officers patrol campus on foot, checking for suspicious persons, suspicious or criminal activity, and safety and security hazards. Malfunctioning outside doors and locks are reported to the Physical Plant Division for immediate attention.
STUDENT RESIDENCE HALL SAFETY
Maintaining a safe living environment is one of the fundamental missions of the Department of University Housing (DUH). All residence hall entrances are equipped with hand geometry readers that control admittance, while room keys control access to the residents’ rooms and apartments. Many exterior doors are equipped with electronic alarms and/or security cameras that are monitored 24 hours per day by DUH personnel. Finally, the DUH employs a team of trained security staff that conducts continuous night walking patrols of all residence hall communities.
In addition to the above measures, it is essential that the DUH have the support and cooperation of all residents to maximize individual and community safety and security. Residents must never prop open doors or let unauthorized persons enter the buildings. Residents should always lock their room doors, and report suspicious persons or activities noted in or around their buildings. For more information, visit the DUH Web site www.uga.edu/housing or call 706-542-1421.
GREEK HOUSING SAFETY
Thirteen fraternity and sorority houses are located directly on campus and are thus under the jurisdiction of University police, who patrol regularly. The remaining sorority and fraternity houses are located off campus and are under the jurisdiction of the Athens-Clarke County police. Fraternities and sororities are not managed by University housing, but by the house corporation for the individual chapters, each of which establishes its own security policies. The Greek Life Office, at 706-542-4612, can provide information about the house corporation for any given house.
OFF CAMPUS SAFETY
When a crime has been committed at an off-campus location of a recognized student organization it should be reported to local law enforcement agencies. The University Police Department does not have jurisdiction off campus, but works with the local law enforcement agency, which will conduct the investigation, to obtain information about any incident as soon as possible after it has occurred. Victims of criminal acts may obtain a copy of the police incident report from the agency of jurisdiction. The Office of Judicial Programs handles student violations of conduct regulations that occur off campus.