The Department of Security, in partnership with all members of the campus community, strives to create and maintain a safe environment conducive to the educational mission of the University. This is achieved through proactive educational and crime prevention programming, intervention, policy enforcement, and emergency response.
General Safety Tips
- Lock rooms, offices, and cars when you leave, if even for a few minutes. Thieves can enter an area, take your property and be gone in a matter of seconds. Keep first floor windows locked and curtains closed when you are not there.
- There is safety in numbers. When possible, travel in groups. When this is not an option, call the campus escort service at 563-333-6104 for a free escort on the main campus. This service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Take the time to avoid potentially dangerous situations or persons. Trusting your instincts and using common sense are your best protective techniques.
- Any time you notice suspicious activity or persons, report it by calling security staff as soon as possible.
On Campus and Health Sciences
Using this phone connects you with the 24/7 security desk. A strobe light activates on top of the phone, directing attention to the caller.
These are elements that Campus Security has put in place to keep all members of the campus community safe and secure and to be proactive about crime prevention.
Suspicious and criminal activity, along with safety concerns, should be reported to the Security Department.
For emergencies, Blue Cap phones are located around campus. Activation of any of these phones opens a direct line between the caller and the 24-hour security desk. A strobe light activates on top of the phone, directing attention to the caller.
Security also can be reached by calling 911 from any campus phone; by using elevator phones; or red emergency phones in the lobbies of Hayes and Lewis Halls; Galvin Fine Arts Center; and the Beehive in Ambrose Hall. The call will ring directly to the security desk and receive an immediate response from the security staff.
If the incident is criminal in nature, the victim/reporting person is encouraged to report the incident to the Davenport Police Department. The Security Department will assist by serving as an advocate for the victim/reporting person as they complete the report filing process.
From time to time, students may find themselves locked out of their residential room. When this occurs, students need to complete an Unlock Form at the Security desk in the Rogalski Center. Once the proper paperwork has been completed, the rounds guard will be available to unlock the student's room at his/her earliest convenience.
The first unlock is without charge, but subsequent lock-outs will cost the student.
Any property found on campus should be brought to the Security office in the Rogalski Center as soon as possible. Reasonable effort will be made to contact the owner. All found/confiscated property will be kept for 30 days from the date it is turned in or two weeks after the close of any semester. In order to assist with recovery, all lost items of value should be reported to the Security office.
Controlling access to campus facilities is the first tier in providing safety and security for the members of the campus community and protecting all property owned by the University.
To that end, it is the responsibility of every campus member to make certain that doors are not propped open and that visitors/guests and residents use only designated entrances and exits while following these guidelines:
- Bechtel, Cosgrove, Davis, Franklin, Hagen, Rohlman, McCarthy, North, and Tiedemann Halls will remain locked 24 hours per day and are monitored through an electronic access control system.
- On campus residents have access to all residence halls from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Beginning at 11 p.m., only the residents of each building will be granted access.
- St. Ambrose students and visitors to the buildings must follow the appropriate procedures as outlined in the Residence Life Visitation Policy. The visitation policy requires all guests to leave the building (except in preferred housing) by 2 a.m., with the exception of properly signed-in, same gender guests. Both host and guest are held responsible for violations of the visitation policy. Residents of the townhouses and individual campus houses are not required to sign in their guests and have a more open visitation policy. All residential facilities are patrolled frequently by Security and Residence Life personnel.
- Academic buildings are generally secured by the Security Department at 10 p.m. and reopened at 7 a.m. Security staff conduct routine patrols of all areas and campus grounds. Students and employees are encouraged to report safety concerns such as inadequate lighting and door/lock problems to the security desk.
Some campus facilities, such as the Wellness and Recreation Center and/or cadaver labs, require additional levels of security to ensure that facilities are being used by authorized individuals. These measures include showing your campus issued picture ID upon entry and/or using an access control device to gain entry.
The University reserves the right to modify access requirements into facilities as necessary to ensure both the safety of users and the smooth, efficient operation of the facility. The University will make reasonable efforts to inform the community of any requirements and changes. Such efforts will include email communication, MySAU Portal announcements, and/or signs at the facility entrance.
Members of the Ambrose community experiencing issues with using their BeeCard (access controlled) doors or entry points should contact BeeCard Services at 563-333-6257, BeeCard@sau.edu or if after business hours, Security at 563-333-6104 for assistance.
Students who have lost their BeeCard are responsible for immediately reporting the loss via the GET app or BeeCard website.
The Security Department is staffed and personnel are available to assist anyone on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The department consists of non-sworn professionals, contract service officers, and student employees, who provide campus patrols and respond to emergencies and requests for assistance. These efforts are supplemented with the use of state certified officers from the Davenport Police Department and Scott County Sheriff's Department. These sworn officers are used during key times and special events. This allows a sworn officer to be present and reduces the response time should response be necessary. It also simplifies the process of reporting crimes for members of the campus community.
In an effort to enhance the protection of the people and property of the St. Ambrose community, closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) are located at various locations around campus. While increasing surveillance is a common tool used to combat crime, maintaining a sense of privacy among community members is also important to maintaining a healthy environment. In order to ensure the privacy of community members, the cameras will only monitor generally accepted public areas, and the images will only be available to law enforcement and University personnel. This system will provide the ability to review images should crimes be reported in these areas, and it may also be used to monitor suspicious behavior reported on the campus grounds.
Students are encouraged to report any student who has been missing for at least 24 hours to Campus Security. You may also report this information to any Resident Advisor (RA), Hall Director or to the Dean of Students Office. All residential students may contact the Campus Security Department to register a confidential contact person in the event they are missing. This information will only be available to authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers investigating the missing persons report. All reports of missing students should be immediately forwarded to the Security Department.
Upon receiving a report of a missing student, every effort will be made to contact the RA, roommates, suitemate, the Hall Director, and professors to ascertain the subject's whereabouts. If the subject has not been seen, the Davenport Police Department will be notified. If the subject is under the age of 18, or when deemed appropriate by the University, parents and guardians will also be notified.
Hover boards/self-balancing scooters are not permitted on campus property. This policy is in response to the danger posed by hover boards/self-balancing scooters (which led to their recall by all major manufacturers) due to fact that the lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hover boards can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire, and/or exploding.
The Security Office offers several programs to raise the security consciousness and overall level of safety for members of the university community. Programs include campus safety and risk reduction, personal protection, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD), travel safety, building security audits, alcohol and drug awareness, and workplace violence. Additional programs can be added as requested by students and staff.
Rape Agression Defense (RAD)
St. Ambrose offers Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) courses several times a year to teach women realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. RAD's objective is "To develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked."
St. Ambrose staff began offering this program to the university community in 1993. RAD training currently is offered as a for-credit Kinesiology class. Check the course schedule or contact the Kinesiology Department regarding class times and availability.
The RAD System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Our courses are taught by nationally certified RAD Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for RAD graduates.
For more information about St. Ambrose's RAD program, contact Robert Christopher at 563/333-6258. Visit the RAD Systems website at www.rad-systems.com.