B-Safe: An Overview Of Safety At Binghamton University

Posted by Jennifer D'Onofrio on December 1, 2015

Is Binghamton safe? Concerned about downtown Binghamton safety? The safety of students and the entire campus community is of the highest priority at Binghamton University. Here are some of the ways the University aims to keep students, staff and faculty safe, both on and off campus.

Police

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The New York State University Police at Binghamton University is a fully empowered state law enforcement agency. University officers receive additional, on-going training to fit the needs of the campus environment. 

"Our department consists of sworn police officers, building guards, student employees and civilian staff. We operate 24 hours a day from our station, which is located in the basement of the Couper Administration Building," said Police Chief Timothy Faughnan.

Binghamton Police Officer Dan Flanders serves as a liasion between the Binghamton Police Department and off-campus students. Flanders focuses on alcohol and drug abuse awareness, civic responsibility and crime prevention. He also performs patrol duty in the areas of the city with the highest concentation of off-campus students. Flanders has an office located at the Downtown Center. He is always open to questions from students and parents via phone call or e-mail, and during his walk-in office hours. 

Emergency communications systems

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Binghamton University has installed numerous forms of fast and efficient communication to alert students and police of emergency situations. 

There are 82 highly visible blue-light phones placed around the University's main campus, as well as additional blue lights at the ITC campus and Downtown Center. These blue-light phones connect users directly to the University police dispatcher. Wherever you're walking on campus, you're never too far from a blue light.

Binghamton has also collaborated with Rave Mobile System to create B-alert, which provides an emergency alert to students and faculty via text and e-mail. Other forms of communication during an emergency include the University web page alert, University cable channel 42, e-mail listservs (B-Line and Dateline) and an outdoor siren. There are also panic alarm buttons in several locations on campus, which allow for immediate communication with University Police. 

After-dark programs

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From midnight to 5 a.m., all gates, besides the main entrance, are closed to vehicular traffic. Vehicles that enter campus in this time frame must display a University decal or have a member of the University community in the car. 

As soon as it gets dark, students don't have to worry about walking around campus alone. The University Police have launched a Safe Ride Program that utilizes student drivers under University Police supervision to provide a means for safe transportation.

If you're stuck at the library late at night and you're worried about walking back to your residence hall in the dark, use Safe Ride. The Safe Ride Van provides a 25-minute predetermined route to give students safe transportation around campus after dark. It's available from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Just wait at any of its stops, located on the map.

University Police also offer a walking escort program that can be utilized both on and off campus. Whether you're walking from the Marketplace to Dickinson or the Downtown Center to your car, a student escort will walk with you. The program operates from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., and you can request an escort at any blue light. 

Residence halls

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Binghamton's residence halls are locked 24 hours a day and require key card access. Each living community maintains a campus watch program to make sure everyone is protected and safe.    

Residential assistants are trained to help solve issues between roommates, floormates, friends and classmates. They work closely with residential directors to ensure safety in residence halls. 

Health and wellness

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Harpur's Ferry is an award-winning student-volunteer ambulance service that works as a collegiate EMS agency out of Binghamton's campus. With both student and local volunteers on staff, Harpur's Ferry provides medical assistance and ambulance transportation for medical emergencies. 

Students who are struggling with mental health can visit the University Counseling Center to get help. The center serves as a haven for students who need help coping with stress, and promotes the psychological well-being of all students. 

Downtown Binghamton alert system

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Students that reside off campus can also register for a free community notification system, which delivers text message and e-mail alerts, to stay informed of public safety. These alerts include real-time public safety information, traffic updates and emergency notifications. 

"Strengthening the lines of communication will help enhance the off-campus experience for our students," said Milton Chester, assistant dean for Off Campus Programs and Services.

Binghamton University has many programs and procedures to help ensure student and faculty safety. Remember to utilize these resources if you ever feel in danger. Stay safe, Bearcats. 

For more information, contact the University Police by phone at 607-777-2393, or e-mail police@binghamton.edu.  

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