Safety and Security Information
The safety and security of all members of the Pace community and their guests are primary concern of the university. Each campus has its own security staff and a supervisor on duty 24 hours a day. These uniformed personnel are contracted through Winfield Security Corporation of New York City.
In addition to the contracted security officers, there is a full-time cadre of Pace personnel. This staff consists of the Associate Vice President of General Services, Executive Director of Safety and Security , an Associate University Director of Safety and Security, an Assistant Director of Safety and Security, an Assistant Director of Security, five Security Coordinators, an Administrative Assistant, three Locksmiths and a Traffic Coordinator/Office Assistant.
None of the above are police officers, nor have they the power of arrest beyond that of every citizen. The security department does, however, maintain a close relationship with the local police department for each campus. In appropriate cases – where a crime has been committed – we strongly recommend that the victim report the incident to the proper police authority as well as to the university.
You can report a crime or emergency in person at any campus security office or by telephone. When reporting by telephone, call the on-campus extension 777 to be connected to the campus security office.
New York City: (212) 346-1800
Pleasantville: (914) 773-3400
White Plains: (914) 422-4300
Briarcliff: (914) 923-2700
Off-campus crimes should be reported to the local police jurisdiction by dialing 911.
Security as a Cooperative Effort
Although the security department has as its principal function the safety and security of all in the Pace community, no program can be completely successful without the full cooperation of the students, faculty and staff.
As the statistics in this report indicate, incidents of serious crime on campus are rare. However, minor crimes such as crimes of opportunity do occur. Therefore, the following rules are important:
- Upon entering the building on the New York campus and White Plains Graduate Center, the Pace University ID card must be displayed to the security officer.
- Never prop open the doors to residence halls.
- Lock dormitory and office rooms whenever they will be left unattended.
- Ask visitors for identification before allowing them into a building or dorm.
- Do not loan your keys or ID card to other people. Carry them with you at all times.
- Lock your car and park it in a well-lighted area.
- If you see people who look suspicious, report them to the security department.
- Always keep your valuables in sight. This applies particularly to visits to the library, cafeteria or computer lab.
Campus and Residence Hall Measures
Each campus has an individual security system designed to meet its unique needs. In New York City, identification badges must be shown to enter the campus and worn on campus. A separate form of identification must be acquired to enter the residence. In addition, key areas are monitored by a closed-circuit television (CCTV) and alarm system.
Hallway doors on the dormitory floors now have programmable access car readers allowing resident students to use their Pace ID card. Doors that are propped open will be investigated by a uniformed campus security officer.
Dannat Hall in White Plains has a card access system and electromagnetic locks on all building exit doors. These locks allow for immediate emergency egress whenever the building fire alarm is activated. The building entrance lobby is monitored by CCTV cameras and Residential Life personnel. The front doors of all other Westchester dormitories have CCTV cameras that are linked to digital video recorders. If a door is left open for more than 30 seconds, a local siren sounds. All of these systems are monitored at the Pleasantville/Briarcliff campus security office, which dispatches security personnel when necessary.
While cars are allowed on the Pleasantville campus unchallenged during business hours, drivers of all vehicles without Pace parking decals are required to produce identification after hours. Occupants of all vehicles must also show ID's and non-Pace individuals are required to leave their ID's at the booth.
Persons entering the Briarcliff campus are required to produce identification at all times. The front doors to all residence halls are kept locked at all times and there are electromagnetic door locks on side and rear doors of four dormitories.
Blue Light emergency phones have been installed in key locations on the Westchester campuses. These phones offer immediate connection to campus security and activate a blue light on top of the unit to draw attention to the area.
The major portion of the university crime prevention program consists of presentations made to various groups on campus. The presentations are made by Pace University security staff to student groups that express an interest. The parents of incoming freshman are offered the opportunity to attend a parent orientation, which includes a security awareness/crime prevention segment.
Articles in Opportunitas also serve to increase the awareness of the university community to security issues and increase crime prevention activities. As noted, members of the community are notified when certain crimes have been committed in order to heighten awareness of crime prevention measures.
Alcohol and Drug Policy
The use of alcoholic beverages on campus must comply with all applicable New York State laws and Pace University regulations. The use, sale or possession of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited. For a full explanation of the Pace University policy on alcohol and drugs, as well as a description of illegal drugs and the penalties for use or possession of them, see the Pace University Policy on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and a Drug-Free Environment. This booklet, copies of which are available from the Dean for Students and Human Resources offices, states in part:
"It is the policy of Pace University that the use, transfer or possession of controlled substances by faculty, staff or students by prohibited, as well as the unlawful possession, use or distribution of alcohol on university premises or as part of university activities."