Staying Safe on Campus
Visit Safety on Campus or Federal Citizen Information Center for invaluable information on how to stay safe.
Campus Safety Awareness and Precautions
Common sense is the most valuable tool for most safety situations. To promote a safer, more secure campus, the campus community should remember:
Carry your Notre Dame College ID while on campus.
Be alert to any unusual or suspicious individuals or circumstances on campus and report it to the Campus Police/Security Department at x5212.
Remember that Campus Police/Security patrol the grounds, parking lots, residence halls and all academic buildings.
Despite recent growth, Notre Dame is still a small community. If you notice a situation or individual that seems unusual or out of place, please report it to the Campus Police/Security.
Traffic Control Signage
Traffic control signs (e.g. stop signs, directional signs and crosswalk signs) are placed around campus to safely direct ingress/egress traffic from the main entrance and the Regina Lot.
Important information for all to be aware of:
- INGRESS: If you are entering the campus from the main entrance, you will see that the STOP SIGN has been removed and new PEDESTRIAN crosswalk signs have been erected. This change will allow for greater ‘free flow’ of traffic coming into campus, but with CAUTION! You must stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks. Please watch your speed and follow speed limit and caution signs posted.
- EGRESS from Regina Lot: Prohibited Left Turn: ALL traffic flow from the Regina lot must TURN RIGHT after stopping completely at the newly erected STOP SIGNS. Drivers who wish to travel to other areas of the campus, from the Regina Lot, must travel (West) towards the main entrance as if they were exiting the campus, yield to all other traffic, make a safe U-TURN and merge back in to the normal traffic pattern flow to the college campus. While this may appear inconvenient, this traffic flow pattern will maximize the effectiveness of the unrestricted ‘ingress’ lane to the main campus and allow for greater safety for all vehicles/pedestrians traveling in this intersection/area.
- CROSSWALKS: New PEDESTRIAN crosswalk signs have been erected throughout campus. Please STOP for all Pedestrians within the crosswalks, as they have the right-of-way.
- CELL PHONES: New “No Dialing-No Texting While Driving” Signs have been erected throughout campus. Please adhere to this policy/law and maintain your full concentration and attention to driving safely while on the Notre Dame Campus. Other drivers and pedestrians are counting on you to be alert and not distracted. ALSO, please note, if you are walking around campus and reading/texting from your mobile device, please adhere to the same rules as drivers to maintain your situational awareness and avoid the risk of injury to yourself and others.
Letter from the Chief of Police
On behalf of the dedicated staff, police officers, security services team, welcome to the many resources and information we have to describe our commitment to keep the Notre Dame College campus safe, and a great place to work, learn and play. The Notre Dame College Police Department will strive to pursue excellence in our service to the college, its students, staff, faculty and visitors.
As our campus continues to grow, our agency is committed to a proactive approach to enforcement, including community engagement initiatives, relationship building, networking and collaborating both internally and with our external partners in law enforcement partners. In 2017, we added a new crime fighting iniative with the addition of our Community Engagement and CLERY Training Compliance Officer. Officer Jack Clair, a seasoned veteran of law enforcement, leads this effort and has been busy working with the campus community to address crime prevention, engagement with our students on a wide variety of safety issues, and works hard with multiple offices around campus to complete the mandatory CLERY education requirements.
The Notre Dame College Police Department has also completed the rigorous evaluation and proof filing of our nationally recognized best practices for police operations, by achieving the Ohio Collaborative Community Police Advisory Board Certification. The Ohio Collaborative Community Policing Advisory Board is a subsidiary of the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice. Notre Dame College Police Department utilizes LEXIPOL Knowledge Management System, a leading provider of risk management policy and resources for training police officers, as well as other nationally recognized platforms for 21st century law enforcement operations including: AXON Body Cameras ; Virtual Academy ; DART ; PMI Evidence Tracker ; and Guardian Tracking , just to name a few.
Our agency and its staff also will continuously evaluate ourselves, develop strategies that meet the security and safety needs of the campus, and maintain a high degree of competency by an on-going effort of continuing education and training. We will be ready to respond with precision, professionalism and excellence to any situation, and be effective in our resolve to provide a safe, secure campus.
Always feel welcome to call upon myself or my staff. And never hesitate: ‘if you see something, say something.’ We are here to serve with excellence, and it is my hope we will exceed your expectations and stand true to our mission, vision and core values of service.
Joseph Grecol, Chief of Police