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Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Emergency: 366 from any campus phone
Non-Emergency: (207) 602-2298

Mission

Assisting in the protection of life and property, parking, and coordination of emergency services on campus, this office operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Uniformed officers patrol on foot, bicycle, and in cars. Members of the security staff do not have law enforcement power and are not armed. However, they are in radio contact with local authorities and can summon assistance at a moment's notice.

Campus Safety

The University's top priority is the well-being of its students. We continually evaluate current programs as well as review, develop and implement new policies, protocol, staffing and technologies that will improve the University of New England and the Safety of its members.

In addition to the general services offered by the Department of Safety and Security listed below, the University has several programs and processes in place to improve the safety of its community:

  • Security and Residential Hall staff on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year
  • Safe Walk/Safe Ride Program:  Contact Security at 602-2298 and a staff member will escort you by foot or drive you to your destination.
  • Residence Hall exterior doors are locked 24 hours a day and access by UNE ID cards.  Our System can track card usage and turn off a lost or stolen card's access immediately.  In the three, suite-style residence halls on the University Campus, card swipe locks control access to the suites.
  • On-duty Resident Advisors and Campus Center Staff have radios that link them directly to Security Officers.
  • Blue lights identify yellow, security call boxes (telephones) at residence hall entrances, parking lot entrances, and at strategic locations on campus walk-ways.
  • Security offers a national training program "RAD".  This  is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.
  • Several educational program efforts by Student Affairs departments with an emphasis on sexual decision-making and alcohol and drugs during September.
  • Annual Clery Notification is communicated to Faculty, Staff and Students. (Click here to view report.)
  • Annual Safety and Security Meetings in Residence Halls with Directors of Safety and Security and Residential Education, and Biddeford Police Officer take place in September
  • All new students and residential students receive brochures and/or other printed publications including:Safety and Security, Fire Safety, Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy, Student Support Services (Counseling etc...), and Judicial Process.
  • All new students attend Orientation presentations and participate in small group discussions that cover issues around alcohol use and security on campus.
  • Monday morning Incident Meetings:  BC-Residenctial Education staff, Judicial Coordinator, Security Director, Counseling Director, and Associate Dean of Community Life meet weekly to review protocols, share information on students and incidents to ensure appropriate response.  PC -  Student Affairs Staff meet at least bi-weekly or as needed for the same purpose.
  • Student Affairs Staff and Faculty regularly inform Counseling Services staff of students about whom there may be concern.
  • On-going evaluation of lighting at exterior campus areas- improvements made as needed.
  • All CAS undergraduate students, WCHP and COP students receive student planner books containing campus resources and Conduct Code information; CAS Graduate and COM students receive online handbook.
  • All students are notified of the University Student Handbook located online
  • Incident Reports are circulated and shared between Security, Residential Education, and Judicial Affairs
  • There is a central electronic judicial database system to help track student behavior and related written communications.
  • A Security Supervisor is on duty in the evening.
  • Security regularly patrols the grounds and campus buildings, INCLUDING residence halls.
  • Extra Security staff are assigned to cover shifts at critical times, weekends, and special events.
  • UNE Security has excellent relationships with Biddeford and Portland Police departments.
  • Student Affairs staff AND many student organizations sponsor alcohol-free events and programs that support non-drinking students and provide safer activities.
  • UNE's track record, as noted in the annual Clery Crime Report, is exceptional with few criminal incidents noted except for alcohol violations indicating adherence to the law

General Services

  • Security officers on duty 24 hrs/7 days a week
  • Crime prevention programs (e.g., Rape Aggression Defense program)
  • Student Advisory Board
  • Monitor parking lots and provide security escorts
  • Unlock buildings/rooms (if authorized)
  • University ID card
  • Lost and found
  • Tips on auto purchasing