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Safety at ESF

Immediate Danger, call 911

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you are on-campus, you can also call ESF Police at 315-470-6666.

Safety is a Campus Community Responsibility

Our goal at ESF is to provide a safe and secure learning and social environment for all members of our community. To help us achieve this, we have compiled a variety of information for your reference.

On Campus Resources

  • ESF University Police Department—Staffed by sworn police officers whose duties include foot & mobile patrol, law enforcement, criminal investigations, medical emergency coordinator, and community relations. Their jurisdiction includes ESF campus.
    • They can provide a safety escort on ESF campus; students can reach out to them at 315-470-6666.
  • Shuttle & Bus Information – ESF students are able to utilize SU’s comprehensive shuttle service, which includes locations on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods. There is Trolley Tracker that allows students to track shuttles in real time, with a convenient drop-off at Barnes Center.  
    • Safety Escort Shuttles are available from 8pm-6am. There is a trolley from campus that operates on a fixed route through the East Neighborhoods
  • ESF Counseling Center—offers free counseling services to all students
    • You can reach a licensed mental health professional 24/7 by calling 315-470-4716.
    • Crisis hours are offered every weekday at 10am and 2pm.

General Safety Strategies

  • Use the campus transportation services and security escorts.
  • Always lock your windows and doors, even if you are only going to be away for a short period of time.
  • At night, always walk with a friend and use lighted pathways.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and maintain your personal space. Try not to walk alone or appear distracted by wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone.
  • Never leave cell phones, laptops, wallets, or other valuables behind – it only takes a few seconds for someone to walk away with them!
  • Identify visitors through a window or peephole before opening the door.
  • Report lost or stolen ID cards to ID card services and to the police.
  • Never hesitate to contact the police if you have been a victim of a crime.
  • Rideshare safely, remember SAMI: Stop, Ask, Match, Inform.

Mass Emergency Notifications

Used to alert the campus community to an imminent threat which could be related to facilities, weather, or personal safety.

  • Notifications will appear on your e-mail, and your cell phone as text message and a voice call.
  • Please keep your e-mail addresses and phone numbers up to date to receive notifications.
  • School closings due to weather will NOT be made on this system.

Manage Your Notification Settings

  • Log in to MyESF
  • Select ESF Checklist, then Emergency Alert Verification.

Bike Safety

  • Lock both your bike frame and tire to the bike rack. Consider double locks. U bolts are effective and popular.
  • Park and lock your bike in a “bike heavy” location and high traffic area.
  • Don’t leave your bike unlocked in front of your house or apartment. Keep it inside or locked behind a gate or fence.
  • Register your bike with ESF University Police Department.

Reporting an Incident

  • ESF Anonymous Crime Report—a tool to anonymously provide University Police Department with information regarding suspicious or criminal activity both on and off campus.
  • Bias Incident Reporting—an avenue to report incidents of bias, bigotry, or hate that occur on our campus or in off-campus settings that impact ESF.
  • Call 911
  • If you are on campus call ESF University Police Department at 315-470-6666.

Additional Resources