Safety and Security

The primary responsibility of this department is to ensure the safety and security of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the University.

Pace University security provides a 24-hour day-patrol presence on campus. All security personnel receive mandatory pre-employment training in accordance with federal and state laws. They also receive additional in-service training on a monthly basis. Security officers respond to an array of situations during their tour of duty. These requests for service may include medical emergencies or response to a fire or intrusion alarm. Security officers prepare incident and accident reports, and refer matters to other Pace departments and to outside agencies, as necessary.

The Safety and Security Department also provides the following services to the University community:

*cuts and issues keys for doors and furniture and maintains electronic security systems throughout the university

*provides an escort service between any two points on campus between dusk and dawn *administers the University parking program, including issuing parking decals and enforcing regulations

*jump starts vehicles with dead batteries and provides general assistance to those who are locked out of their cars *maintains a central station where fire and intrusion alarms, emergency telephone systems, and closed circuit TV cameras are monitored

Crime Reporting

Consistent with legal requirements, members of the Pace community will be advised on a timely basis regarding the occurrences of crimes on campus.

Special security notices are prepared and distributed in the event that a crime is committed on campus; they are distributed throughout the University. These notices provide the facts related to the incident and alert members of our community to promote awareness and to help prevent future incidents from occurring. Incidents can be reported to campus security 24-hours a day. The Safety and Security Department also maintains statistics on campus crime and disciplinary referrals relating to violations of the University drug, alcohol, and weapons policy. Statistics are published on the Safety and Security Web site at securityoncampus.org, and on the Department of Education Web site.

Lost and Found

Pace assumes no responsibility for personal property missing from or lost on University premises. You should exercise care for all personal property including apparel, handbags, wallets, briefcases, office articles, books, pictures, and equipment. Missing property should be reported to the Safety and Security Department, which makes every reasonable effort to help recover it. Anyone finding unidentified property should bring it to the campus Security Office immediately.

Parking

All vehicles driven and residing on campus must be registered with the Safety and Security Department. Vehicles must be reregistered at the beginning of each academic year. The Safety and Security Department also issues temporary parking permits. Special permits are available for students with unique needs or disabilities.

Parking is permitted in designated areas only and prohibited in crosswalks, fire lanes (all campus roadways are considered fire lanes), bus stops, unpaved areas, spaces reserved for the disabled, and any other areas designated as "restricted parking." Students will receive a Parking and Traffic Guide at the time of registration.

*Vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed and in some cases towed at the owner's expense. Unauthorized parking in handicap spaces will result in an immediate tow. Chronic violators will be referred to the Dean for Students for appropriate disciplinary action.

*With the exception of designated parking spaces, all parking is on a first come, first served basis. Possession of a parking permit or pass authorizes parking but does not guarantee a parking space.

*Pace University assumes no responsibility for theft or damage to any vehicle. Complete parking and traffic regulations are available in Campus Security offices.

*Parking is not available on the New York City Campus. Limited meter parking and private parking lots are located nearby for a fee.

Fire Safety

Fire/evacuation drills are conducted each semester in all academic, administrative, and residence buildings in accordance with New York State Education Law and New York Dormitory Authority regulations. Drills are conducted to educate occupants on the quickest and safest means for evacuating in the event of an alarm, fire, or other hazardous condition. For your safety, Pace University expects all occupants of buildings in which drills are being conducted at the time, to participate; to comply with instructions to evacuate; and to evacuate in the event of an alarm or hazardous condition. (See also Guiding Principles of Conduct)

If you suspect or see a fire, sound the alarm and evacuate the building by way of the nearest stairwell. Close doors behind you and never use the elevator unless directed to do so by emergency personnel.

*If thick smoke is encountered, crawl low to the floor; this will increase your visibility and help avoid inhalation of toxic chemicals from smoke, which can be deadly.

*Check doors and metal knobs to see if they are hot before you touch them. If they are, do not open the door. If possible, use a wet shirt or towel to cover the crack at the base of the door to prevent smoke penetration.

*If you are trapped, go to the window to signal for help. If there is a phone, call security at 777, and 911 to report your location. Once you are out of the building, report the location of individuals with disabilities or others needing assistance to emergency personnel. Assemble at least 100 feet from the effected building.

*Individuals with disabilities should look for areas of refuge like stairwells with fire doors or safe areas in classroom buildings.

*Take fire alarms seriously; do not ignore them. Don't worry about taking property with you, time is of the essence.

*Take responsibility for prevention; follow all rules relating to fire safety.

Tampering with smoke alarms, pulling false alarms, or misusing fire protection equipment is a criminal act and will be prosecuted. University disciplinary proceedings will also take place, these are dangerous pranks and should be reported immediately.

In case of an emergency dial 777
New York City Campus Security One Pace Plaza, B Level (212) 346–1800
White Plains Security Preston Hall (914) 422–4300
Pleasantville Security Goldstein Center (914) 773–3400

Briarcliff Security Dow Hall (914) 923–2700