The safety of our students and the entire campus community are of the highest priority at Binghamton University, and we have developed comprehensive programs and procedures to help every member of the University community remain safe. Our safety efforts touch all facets of our students' daily lives, whether in a residence hall, classroom, dining facility, office or out and about on campus.
The Department of Public Safety oversees our safety initiatives, including Environmental Health and Safety and University Police programs, as well as emergency communications. These groups work hard to maintain a safe environment; they also continually review all our emergency and safety procedures.
Campus Safety Measures
Safety in residence halls
- All residence hall doors are locked on a 24-hour basis, requiring key-card access.
- Security access telephones are located outside the main entrance of each residence hall for guests, visitors, or delivery persons to call students to let them know they are waiting outside. Residents are responsible for meeting callers and escorting them while they are in the building.
- A campus watch program operates in the residence halls, similar to community "neighborhood watch" programs.
- Resident assistants are trained to identify and seek solutions to safety and security issues between roommates, floor mates, friends, classmates, etc., as well as to properly respond to emergency situations. They work closely with residential directors and our Office of Residential Life, the University Counseling Center, University Police, emergency medical services and local first-responders including Harpur's Ferry, our award-winning student volunteer ambulance service.
Safety on our campus
- From midnight until 5 a.m., all gates except the main entrance to campus are closed to vehicular traffic and vehicles admitted to campus during this time must display a current University parking decal or the occupants of the vehicle must be hosted by a member of the University community.
- 82 highly visible, blue-light phones are located outdoors all over campus; these phones connect users directly to the University Police.
- Several areas across campus, including women's locker rooms, are equipped with panic alarm buttons that permit direct, immediate communication with University Police.
Safety crossing campus
- On-campus escorts are available to all members of the University community each night during the academic year.
- A student escort van provides escort transportation via a predetermined route on campus. Students may utilize the van by waiting for it along the escort van route.
Safety communications in emergency situations
Binghamton uses an alert system (B-Alert) that sends text messages to cell phones. To register, login to BUBrain or go to https://www.getrave.com/login/binghamton and click the "Register Now" button. Your username is your current Binghamton University e-mail address. This system will only be used for emergency purposes and you will never receive any messages other than official Binghamton University communications. Additional information may be found at http://www.binghamton.edu/emergency/emergency-notification/text-alerts.html.
- Key entrances to the campus, as well as dining facilities, are equipped with electronic message boards that can display emergency messages to students.
- Messages can also be sent on the student listserv, B-Line, posted to the University's home page, and sent via voicemail to campus telephones.
- The BU-Alert Line at 607-777-7700 is used to communicate emergency messages.
- The campus cable channel 42 is also used to communicate emergency messages.
- Additionally, in an emergency, toll-free phone lines are dedicated to keeping external audiences updated, and the external media is contacted and kept up to date.
Safety programs for students
- The University offers a three-hour self-defense workshop for women that includes the practice of self-defense techniques.
- Many campus offices offer educational programs on issues including alcohol and other substance abuse, fire safety, other dimensions of personal safety, and related topics.
- Personal property can be engraved and registered with University Police through our Operation I.D. program.
Safety support services
- University Police are fully empowered, state law enforcement officers trained to address the unique needs of the University campus. They work with faculty, staff and students in residential colleges and across campus to promote understanding and to educate about crime prevention.
- Several University offices, including the University Counseling Center, offer student support services to assist students with conflict management, stressors and personal issues with other students.