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Emergency Blue Light Phones
There are approximately 130 outdoor Emergency Blue Light Phones located on or near the exterior of residence halls and university buildings. They are also located on the campus walkways and at the parking garage. Additionally there are approximately 55 elevator phones (equipped for emergency calls) in various campus buildings. Outdoor emergency phones are housed in gray or yellow cases, are mounted directly to buildings or stanchions, and have a blue light above them. These phones can be used for calling within the university phone system and have a direct speed calling button (marked in red) that will connect you directly with a Brown Police Department Communication Officer. In an emergency, calls made through the direct speed calling button also contain a feature that will identify your location to the communications officer answering the call. When getting acquainted with the campus, please take the time to note the location of these phones. The phones also provide Brown students, faculty, and staff with the option to request escort or safewalk services, and these calls receive priority assistance.
Access to most university facilities is intended to be restricted to students, staff, and faculty of Brown or those with legitimate business with the University. Any person on university property must be able to show proper identification upon request. During evening and weekend hours, most university facilities are kept locked, and both key and card access is restricted to individuals who obtain authorization through proper administrative channels.
Security of both persons and property in residence halls relies greatly on the precautions taken by student residents. Room doors, exterior doors, basements, adjacent fire escapes, and fire doors on every floor should be kept locked at all times. Fire doors should be closed. Alarms will be generated within the security system for any exterior doors propped open where the door is controlled by card access. Do not prop doors open. Close any doors you find propped open. Report immediately to Public Safety any thefts or attempted thefts as well as suspicious activity so that officers may be dispatched to investigate.
A Campus-Wide Card Access System has been installed in all residential dorms and in several administrative buildings on campus. There is a 24 hour monitoring of the system and an officer is dispatched if a door is propped or held open too long, or forced open. As with all technology, the system is not infallible and all students are advised to remain vigilant with regard to security matters.
Students are not encouraged to bring cars to the University. Parking is extremely limited on the East Side (of Providence) in the vicinity of the campus. Additionally, the City of Providence does not allow overnight parking on the streets. Due to limitations of space and zoning restrictions, the University cannot provide parking space for all faculty, staff, and students. Use of University parking lots is restricted to individuals who have obtained a valid parking permit from the University. These lots are not continuously patrolled by University Public Safety personnel and should be accessed at night with extreme caution. The rate of incidence of car theft and vandalism is high in Providence.
The following suggestions are offered regarding the use of any University parking lot facility at any time: do not leave items in plain view, check for loiterers before leaving and returning to your car; do not leave your car running unattended at any time; lock your car doors; have keys ready when returning to your car; and check the back seat before getting in your automobile. Please report immediately any suspicious activity in University parking areas to the Public Safety Department so that an officer can be dispatched to investigate. Vehicles are operated or parked on campus at the owners risk. The University is not responsible for fire, theft, or damage to, or loss of such vehicles or any articles left therein.
safeRIDE is a cooperative transportation service offered to the students, faculty, and staff of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design and the hospitals affiliated with the Brown Medical School. The services offered through safeRIDE are as follows.
Public Safety sponsors a Safewalk program. Safewalk is a volunteer organization and the operation of this service is subject to the availability of volunteers. When in operation, Safewalk provides point-to-point walking escorts to members of the Brown community going walkable distances which may or may not be on the Shuttle route. Volunteers travel in pairs and are equipped with two-way radios. The service is available Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., and is subject to availability of volunteers. To request Safewalk Services, call 863-1778. When Safewalk volunteer are not available, members of the community may request a walking escort by calling 3-3322. (TDD number is the same.) To become a Safewalk volunteer call 863-1079.