Safety Programs

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

  • Security and residential hall staff are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Safe Walk/Safe Ride Program: Contact Security at (207) 602-2298 and a staff member will escort you by foot or vehicle to your destination.
  • Residence hall exterior doors are locked 24 hours a day and accessible only by UNE ID cards. Our system can track card usage and turn off a lost or stolen card's access immediately. In the suite-style halls on the Biddeford Campus, card swipe locks control access to the individual 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 strategic locations on campus walk-ways.
  • We offer a national training program called "RAD" that teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.
  • Several educational programs by Student Affairs emphasize good sexual, alcohol and drug decision-making.
  • Annual Clery Notification is communicated to faculty, staff and students. (View report.)
  • Annual Safety and Security meetings take place each September in the residence halls, involving the directors of Safety and Security and Residential Education, and the Biddeford Police Department.
  • 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, and Judicial Process.
  • All new students attend Orientation presentations and participate in small group discussions that cover issues concerning alcohol use and security on campus.
  • We hold regular Monday Morning Incident Meetings. On the Biddeford Campus, these involve Residential Education staff, our Judicial Coordinator, Security Director, Counseling Director, and Associate Dean of Community Life. At these weekly meetings, these University officials review protocols and share information on students and incidents to ensure appropriate response.  On the Portland Campus, Student Affairs staff meet at least bi-weekly or as needed for the same purpose.
  • Student Affairs staff and faculty regularly inform Counseling Services of students about whom there may be concern.
  • We conduct on-going evaluation of lighting at exterior campus areas and make improvements as needed.
  • All College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students, Westbrook College of Health Professions students, and College of Pharmacy students receive student planner books containing campus resources and Conduct Code information; CAS graduate students and College of Osteopathic Medicine students receive online handbooks.
  • 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 to help track student behavior and compile related written communications.
  • A Security Supervisor is on duty in the evening.
  • Security regularly patrols the grounds and campus buildings, including the residence halls.
  • Extra Security staff is assigned to cover shifts at critical times, over weekends, and during special events.
  • UNE Security has excellent relationships with the 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.