College students must be aware that criminal acts can and do occur on a college campus. Students should be mindful of their personal safety. Students should never walk alone if they have concerns regarding their safety. All residents are encouraged to utilize the Safety & Security Education Officers (SSEO), shuttle buses, or friends to avoid walking alone.
Keep in mind these three rules:
- Be aware of your surroundings. Look to see who's in front of and behind you. If you're concerned about crime, ask a friend to accompany you or call an SSEO. Do not allow strangers or non-residents into your community – visitors should use the call boxes located at the main entrance to each community to gain access to the building. Never prop doors which lead to residential areas and rooms, and never share your ID card with anyone; these actions defeat the measures Baylor has taken to keep our residential communities safe.
- Communicate the message that you're calm, confident, and know where you're going. Stand tall, walk with purpose, and make quick eye contact with anyone you meet. You will be better able to avoid potential danger if you are aware that it exists in your surroundings.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave! If you witness any suspicious individuals or behavior, go to a safe place, and then notify the Baylor University Police Department at (254) 710-2222 or your SSEO of what you saw.
Card Access System
Access to all of our residence halls is gained by swiping your Baylor University ID Card through readers adjacent to the entry doors. In our buildings with Dining Services, there is an additional card reader swipe necessary before entering the residential areas of the building. This allows all of our buildings to be secured 24 hours a day.
Each community has a customer service desk which is staffed from 7:00 AM through midnight daily. These staff members are resources for our residents to gain access to their communities in the event of a lock-out and to report suspicious persons or activities.
Safety & Security Education Officers
Safety & Security Education Officers (SSEOs) move freely in and around residential communities between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM seven days a week, interacting and building relationships with students, confronting and reporting unacceptable behavior, checking that all exit doors are secure, reporting lighting and other safety issues, and alerting the Baylor Police Department about any suspicious behavior.
The SSEOs also operate a shuttle service that provides residents the opportunity to be escorted from one point on campus to their residence hall from 11:00 PM until 7:00 AM nightly. Call (254) 265-0690 to request assistance.
In an effort to better serve the safety needs of our students, telephones are placed at the main entrance to all of our residence halls. Next to each telephone is a sign which outlines the necessary steps to contact the front desk for assistance, as well as contact information for residents to gain entry to their building after hours in the event of a lost ID card. These telephones have a one-touch dialing ability to reach the Baylor Police Department. There are also emergency call boxes located throughout campus. These emergency phones are easily identifiable by their yellow color and blue light.