Safety & Security

The safety of the St. Vincent’s College Campus Community is extremely important.  The St. Vincent’s Safety and Security team serve as the College’s campus safety department.  As such they are licensed to provide Security Services by the State of Connecticut. Their collective backgrounds include experience and education in law enforcement, criminal justice, fire fighting, corrections, former and active military, campus security and emergency medical services.

The department responsibilities include the overall security and safety of the Medical Center and College itself as well as off-site locations and parking sites. These services are provided on a continual 24-hour, seven-day per week basis through the integration of security personnel and equipment.

Safety & Security Services provide:

  • Foot and vehicle patrols
  • 24 hour Escort Service
  • Lost and Found

Campus safety and security systems include:

  • Building and parking structure card access system
  • Duress alarms in all classrooms and learning resource areas
  • Closed circuit television system
  • Connect-Ed Emergency Notification system
  • Crime prevention programs such as
    o MOAB (Management of Aggressive Behavior)
    o Disruptive Behavior Training
    o Crisis Prevention Institute

The College has a uniform access policy which requires all employees, students and visitors to wear identification badges at all times while on the St. Vincent’s Campus.  This process allows the College community to limit access to the campus buildings and facilities to those with a legitimate business or educational purpose.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors of St. Vincent’s College should report criminal activity and suspicious events to the Security Department at extension 5543. Emergencies requiring immediate security assistance should be reported internally by immediately dialing ’77’ using internal phones or through the use of security assistance call buttons located throughout the College buildings. To contact the Security Department by outside phone line, please dial (203) 576-5543.

Security Escort Services

Students are encouraged to call the Security Department for an escort to their vehicle after dusk or at any time.

Key Definitions

Crime in our community, as well as events involving violence in colleges and hospitals around the country, has underscored the importance of personal safety in our homes and workplace. Over the past decade, school systems have successfully developed lockdown protocols to protect students and faculty. St. Vincent’s has developed a response to crimes on our campus or in the surrounding area.

An emergency is any event that places St. Vincent’s Medical Center, the college, affiliates, employees, students, and property in direct physical jeopardy, such as a fire, a hazardous material incident, serious accident, or serious criminal act.

Hostile intruder: a person actively causing serious physical injury or death, such as an active shooter or a person who presents the threat of imminent death or serious physical injury to others.

Active shooter: for the purposes of this policy, an “active shooter” is considered to be an assailant or assailants actively engaged in causing death or attempting to cause death through use of a firearm.

A lockdown is a procedure used when there is an immediate threat to building occupants. In the event of a lockdown, building occupants would be instructed to secure themselves in the room they are in and not to leave until the situation has been curtailed.

Shelter-In-Place is a procedure where the entire building population is moved to a single or designated location(s) in a building. Most commonly used during weather emergencies or when an extremely hazardous substance is released into the outside atmosphere.
The code is announced this way: Ex. “Code Silver– Hunting Street”
What does this mean?  It is an emergency announcement / notification that a possible aggressor is active in the Hunting Street area and staff, faculty, and students should avoid the area while taking reasonable precautions, outlined in the policy, for the safety of all, including guests, students, etc.

View the  Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act.

View Parking Information and the Parking Map  for details on where students are to park when on campus.