Student Handbook - Campus Safety Rules

Crime Prevention

Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Interested members of the College community can contact the Department for further information, or to schedule presentations. Steps that can be taken to help reduce crime include:

  1. Identifying all personal property and turning in an inventory to the Campus Safety Department.
  2. Being alert to dangerous situations or suspicious activities. Report them as soon as possible to Campus Safety at 518-388-6911.
  3. When calling Campus Safety with a complaint, giving as much information as possible.
  4. Keeping residence halls, rooms, and office doors locked.

As with crime prevention, fire prevention is a community responsibility. The Department will make presentations on request. Many residence hall fire safety regulations are listed under the section on the Life Safety Regulations. However, below are a few additional steps that can be taken to prevent fires and fire-related injuries:

  1. Immediately evacuate, in an orderly manner, any building you are in when the fire alarm sounds. If you are in your residence hall room, make sure you turn off any lights and lock your door. If there is a fire in your room, make sure you shut your door upon leaving to prevent further fire spread into the hallway.
  2. Keep a clear path to your room exit door. A cluttered floor can slow down evacuation and cause injury.
  3. Do not burn candles or other decorative devices that contain an open flame. These items are prohibited within residence halls.
  4. Do not leave televisions, stereos, electric fans or coffee pots on when your room is unattended.
  5. Never tamper with any fire-safety equipment. This equipment is there to protect your life. Report any abuse or malfunctioning equipment to Campus Safety at any time, day or night. Do not attempt to repair safety equipment yourself, especially bedroom smoke detectors.
  6. Never overload electrical circuits. The use of extension cords and multiple outlets plugs is prohibited in residence halls. UL rated power strips with a circuit breaker are permitted.
  7. Report any suspicious activity or fire safety concerns to Campus Safety and/or your Residential Life Student Staff Member, House Manager, or fraternity/sorority/society fire safety officer.
  8. Do not prop open stairway or hallway fire doors. These doors are here to protect you. A propped door can help a fire travel faster, blocking your path of exit. Please help protect your building by not propping fire doors and reporting these incidents to your Residential Life Student Staff Member. Your action may help save a life!

Operation ID

This program is part of the department’s overall crime prevention program. To prevent thefts and help in the recovery of stolen property, the Campus Safety Department urges that you engrave all your valuables and keep an inventory of your property; stickers can be removed but it is much more difficult to obliterate engraved marks that have been located on an obscure place. Note the serial, model, and engraved numbers on the security inventory sheet.


It is recommended that all bicycles that are brought on campus be registered with the Campus Safety Department. There is no fee required. The Department has bicycle safety and lock information available that can be picked up at the office during business hours. (See Housing Policies and General Information)

Violent Felony Offense Investigations

As required by New York State law, upon receipt of a complaint or report that a violent felony has occurred on campus, the Campus Safety Department will immediately respond, thoroughly investigate, and document a report of their findings. The responding officers will verify the nature of the incident and determine if the incident occurred on the Union College campus or during an off-campus event sponsored by the College. The Campus Safety Department will notify and coordinate further investigation of the criminal incident with the Schenectady Police Department. Victims of crimes, especially violent felony crimes, will be assisted, if requested, in making a report of the incident to the Schenectady Police Department.

Weapons on Campus

Possession or use of any type of firearm or any other potentially dangerous weapon is prohibited. Weapons of any kind are dangerous and have no place in a college community. All instruments which can be construed as weapons including, but not limited to, Airsoft guns, BB guns, pellet guns, handguns, rifles, pistols, knives (blade length over 3”), bows and arrows, swords, brass knuckles, night sticks, and handcuffs may not be brought onto College property. Students wishing to bring any such property to campus for sporting purposes must register the weapon or firearm with Campus Safety and store it in the Campus Safety Office.

Student Right-to-Know Information (Crime Statistics)

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.

The Union College Campus Safety Department has been a contributor to the Uniform Crime Reporting System since 1991. A copy of Union College's Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Union College; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a print copy of this report by contacting the Department of Campus Safety. Three year statistics found at: