University is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our
entire campus community, inclusive of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
This is achieved by having a Department of Campus Security in which Security
Officers provide 24-hour, 7-day a week services. Officers with the Jacksonville
Sheriff’s Office provide periodic patrols on campus as well, due to a
partnership with the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, the University hires sworn
deputies from the Sheriff’s Office who are on campus most nights of the week.
These sworn officers have full authority to enforce all state and local laws,
as they work in concert with the JU Campus Security Officers to provide safety
and security services.
While the campus of
Jacksonville University is, overall, a safe environment, this does not mean we
are immune from crime. It is crucial that each individual is cognizant of the
fact that we all play a role in the safety and security arena. Each individual provides
additional eyes and ears, that should be vigilant in the effort of reporting
any criminal acts, suspicious activity, or safety concerns. This function is
everyone’s business, in the interest of safety and security on our campus.
There are a few, simple,
common sense precautions that each individual can take to help ensure your own
safety. Some of these include: keeping rooms, residential hall doors, and
apartment doors locked at all times; keeping vehicle doors locked and all
valuables removed; walking in groups or at least with one other person after
dark; and remaining alert to your surroundings. The Department of Campus
Security maintains a number of safety tip brochures and information available
to all members of the campus community. In addition, the Department publishes
an Annual Security Report and Safety Guide in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act. This report,
published annually, contains a plethora of safety tips and campus security
information inclusive of crime data which everyone should become familiar with.
The report also contains information regarding the State of Florida’s alcohol
and drug laws as
well as information regarding sexual violence/harassment, stalking, dating
violence, and domestic violence. The
following sections are intended to acquaint you with the specific elements of
safety and security at Jacksonville University. We hope it will become a useful
tool in your day-to-day life on campus. If there are ever questions or
concerns, we are here to assist. The Campus Security and other contact numbers
will be denoted in the following sections.
Campus Safety and Security Programs
Jacksonville University employs a
number of methods designed to educate and keep the University community
informed about campus safety and security matters. These services are offered free of charge through the Department of Campus Security and include:
Crime prevention and
(inventory and marking personal property);
Assistance in planning
campus events related to security and/or parking logistics;
Campus patrols; and
Access to Campus and
Buildings or Facilities
All entrances to the
University campus are closed nightly. Once the gates are closed all access to
the University is through the Welcome Center, located at the main entrance of
the campus at Dolphin Dr. and University Blvd. All vehicular, pedestrian and
bicycle traffic must stop and check in at the Welcome Center. Officers will check
all vehicles to ensure a valid University parking decal is displayed and may
request to see valid forms of personal Identification prior to allowing a
vehicle to proceed onto campus. All JU students should carry their issued
Dolphin Card at all times. The Dolphin Card is the simplest way to confirm
identity as a registered student and therefore allowing entry to the campus or
residential areas in an expedient fashion. Vehicles that do not have a valid
parking decal will be required to stop and the driver along with any passengers
will be required to present identification and their purpose for visiting. The
vehicle may be allowed to proceed once a legitimate purpose has been
established (e.g., invited guest of a current student).
The entrances of the Residence Halls are locked with access restricted to
resident students who have been issued the appropriate access instrument (JU
Dolphin Card activated as card reader, key, or other type of proximity card) to
enable access to their assigned hall and room.
Access to classrooms, labs, computer rooms, and other areas of the campus after
regular hours is by Access List only which has been
approved and signed by a University official.
Only those students whose name has been entered on
an approved Access List submitted to Campus Security by their professor will be
admitted into these areas after hours. All students requesting access must
present their student ID. Access will not be permitted to the aforementioned
areas between the hours of 11:00 PM and 8:00 AM.
The Department of
Campus Security provides campus patrols regularly on a 24-hour basis. Officers
use a combination of means by which to move about the grounds to include; golf
carts, bicycles, marked patrol vehicle and by foot. The
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office also patrols the campus. Sworn deputies with the
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office are employed as well, to remain on campus for
regular tours of duty most nights of the week in order to provide an extra
level of security. They patrol the roadways, parking lots and residential
housing areas. Residential Life staff members conduct rounds of the residential
facilities on a nightly basis. On final rounds an officer with Campus Security
may accompany ResLife staff members. Campus Security Officers, Officers of the
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and/or the Jacksonville Fire/Rescue Department
are available to respond to emergencies occurring on campus.
Emergency Phones and
Campus Emergency Notification
For the convenience
and safety of our campus community there are a number of Blue Light Emergency
Phones, located on specially designed columns that are placed around the campus
grounds. In the event of an emergency, the phones can be used to establish a
direct link with the Department of Campus Security Dispatching Center. The
locations of the emergency blue light phones are indicated by a blue star on
the map inside the Parking and Traffic Regulations pamphlet.
In the event of an emergency
criminal act occurring on campus (e.g., active
shooter, full or partial campus evacuation, weather emergency or other crisis)
the University has established an
Emergency Alert Notification System. All members of the University
community (students, parents of students, faculty, and staff) are encouraged to
register to receive these timely warnings/alert
notifications by registering their phone number, e-mail address or other
contact information. In the event of emergency, registered members in the
system will be notified by way of a telephone call, e-mail, and/or text message
that an emergency exists and what actions to take. In addition, there is an
emergency siren located on campus to alert the community of an emergency
Reporting a Campus
In the event of an emergency call 9-1-1. This can
be accomplished by dialing 9-9-1-1
from any telephone on campus, including residence hall room phones or by use of your cell phone (911 only).
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is the local law enforcement agency for
Jacksonville, Duval County. The
Jacksonville Fire/Rescue Department provides fire response and emergency
medical services. You may also call Campus Security at extension 7911 or 7585
for immediate, on-campus assistance. If you are close to one of the “Blue
Light” emergency phones located on campus, simply push the button to notify
Campus Security. Campus Security Officer(s) will respond to your location.
All instances of criminal occurrence
must be reported. In addition to contacting the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office,
you should contact Campus Security at the numbers indicated in the paragraph
above. The non-emergency contact number
for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is 630-0500. The Campus Security
Department maintains a log of crimes reported and records of all incidents that
occur on the campus. The department must provide annual crime statistics, in
accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and
Campus Crime Statistics Act.
As discussed earlier,
crime prevention is everyone’s business. Anyone reporting a criminal act,
suspicious person or activity or other safety and security matter can remain
anonymous. The important issue is to promptly report it, for the safety and
security of the campus community.
continues to invest resources to provide lighting throughout the campus. A
continuous audit of the lighting system, potential safety hazards, and proper
functioning of emergency telephones is conducted by Campus Security. Any
hazards or defects are reported to the appropriate department for repair. In
addition, an annual lighting survey is conducted in order to identify areas of
the campus, which may need additional lighting.
Fire Extinguishers and
housing as well as all buildings on campus are equipped with fire alarm systems
and fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers are regularly inspected by Campus
Security Officers to ensure they are fully charged and operationally ready in
the event of a fire. It is recommended that each student familiarize themselves
with fire extinguisher locations within their residential housing area as well
as evacuation routes in the event of a fire. In the essence of fire safety, any
fire extinguisher damaged or missing should be reported to Campus Security so
that a replacement can be made.
Residential Life has
adopted and issued fire safety practices and rules, which can be found in the
Residential Life Information section of “The Green Pages,” Student Handbook of
Jacksonville University, at www.ju.edu/greenpages.
It should also be
noted that it is unlawful to falsely activate a fire alarm or falsely report a
fire as covered in Florida State Statutes, Chapter 806. It is also unlawful to
tamper, destroy or remove a fire extinguisher or other fire extinguishing
equipment (unless used as intended to extinguish a fire) as covered in Florida
State Statutes, Chapter 806.