University of Vermont

Emergency Management

UVM Safety and Security Philosophy

The University of Vermont Safety and Security Philosophy

Maintaining a safe and secure campus at which to learn, work, live, and play is of the highest priority for the University of Vermont. The numbers of people, the size of the campus, and the variety of activities that occur within its facilities and on its grounds cause UVM to function much like a small municipality. As such, the University has adopted and continually refines with constituent input the following measures to complement personal preparedness and good common sense:

Police Department: The University maintains a high-quality, nationally accredited, service-oriented, and institutionally supervised law enforcement presence on the campus in the form of UVM Police Services. Police dispatchers serve as the state-certified 911 answering point for the campus and also dispatch UVM Rescue. The department offers a wide variety of crime prevention training initiatives to the campus.

Blue Light Units: Scattered throughout the campus are either wall-mounted or free-standing Blue Light units that provide instant two-way communications with the Police dispatcher. A blue light identifies their location and a clear strobe flashes when the unit is activated.

Closed Circuit Television: To supplement human patrols and take advantage of developing technology, the University has begun to install closed-circuit recording cameras in parking garages, parking lots, pedestrian circulation areas, and public spaces. Cameras currently exist in the PFG Parking Garage and the Davis Center.  

Emergency Alerting System: The University has licensed a multi-modal alerting system (e-mail, text messaging, phone calls, fax, etc.) to be used to notify the campus community of pending or current emergency situations, and to provide directions (ie. evacuate or shelter-in-place). Campus constituents may sign-up at no cost to be alerted to an emergency via various means.

CATcard Access System: The non-public spaces (sleeping floors) of the residence halls are kept locked on a 24-hour basis and are accessible only via the CATcard Access System (i.e., by using the UVM ID card). All major academic and administrative buildings, the public areas of the residence halls, and some student laboratories are only accessible after hours via the same system.

Campus Area Transportation System (CATS): CATS provides safe and convenient shuttle service to students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Routes accommodate the needs of riders on-campus whenever the University is open and off-campus during the fall and spring semesters. Special routes and shuttle times accommodate the needs of students who visit downtown Burlington and the surrounding neighborhoods on Friday and Saturday nights. UVM affiliates are also provided fare-free access to all CCTA buses with their University ID card.  

Safety and Security Initiatives: A variety of safety and security initiatives have been employed by the Dean of Students office, the Women’s Center, the ALANA Center, the Greek organizations, and various student clubs and organizations to complement police initiatives and security technologies. 

Last modified September 29 2010 01:15 PM