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Workplace Safety Resources for
Staff and Faculty

The Department of Public Safety is committed to maintaining a workplace environment at Brown that is free of violence and intimidation. Working collaboratively with Human Resources and the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, DPS strives to assist the University in taking the steps to enhance its emergency preparedness and prevention efforts.DPS firmly believes that success in achieving greater safety and security on campus is dependent upon the involvement and active participation of many individuals and departments. Below you will find information that is geared towards improving staff and faculty's knowledge of best practices and strategies to promote personal and physical safety on campus.

Human Resources Workplace Violence Policy
Brown Building Security Initiative
How to Respond to a Hostile Situation
Recognizing and Reporting Warning Signs
Reporting Suspicious Circumstances
Brown Building Security Initiative Information Session
Home Burglary Prevention Workshop
"Know More!" Personal Safety and Crime Awareness Workshop
Women's Self-Defense Training Options
Victim Advocacy and Support
Rave Guardian at Brown
Guidelines for Interacting with Law Enforcement
General Safety Tips

Brown Building Security Initiative (BBSI)

The Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce an exciting new campus security program, the Brown Building Security Initiative for staff and faculty. This program is being generated to promote voluntary efforts to enhance workplace security by developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with various academic and non-academic department chairs. It is our hope that through these partnerships we can enhance our ability to assess the security of university buildings, and address possible factors that may compromise the safety of the Brown Community and our facilities.

The objectives we have identified for this new initiative include:

  • Promote the assessment of the security of academic departments and physical spaces.
  • Offer a mechanism to efficiently address issues that may potentially compromise the security of university facilities.
  • Develop and enhance partnerships within the community and further advance the department's community policing and crime prevention efforts into various academic and non-academic spaces across campus.
  • Streamline communications with staff and faculty about safety awareness and security issues.

As a proactive measure to assess the safety and security of our facilities at Brown, the DPS Building Security and Crime Prevention Units collaboratively conduct Building Security Assessments of academic and administrative spaces. To request a building security assessment of your department, please contact the DPS Crime Prevention Unit at 863-1438.

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Quick Guidelines on How to Respond to a Hostile Situation

When faced with a hostile intruder situation, quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Students and others are likely to follow the lead of staff and faculty during an active shooter situation.


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind. If applicable, utilize and review your buildings Emergency Action Plan
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Keep your hands visible

Hide Out

  • Hide in an area out of the hostile intruder's view
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors

Take Action (only as a last resort)

  • Only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the hostile intruder
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter

  • Remain calm, and follow officers' instructions
  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements towards officers
  • Avoid pointing, screaming, and/or yelling
  • Provide as much information about the hostile intruder as you can to include a physical description, location, and number and type of weapons used


For more detailed information, please visit the Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Preparedness Website.

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Recognizing and Reporting Warning Signs

A hostile intruder may be a current or former employee. Alert the Human Resources and Department of Public Safety departments if you believe an employee exhibits potentially violent behavior. Indicators of potentially violent behavior may include one or more of the following warning signs:

  • Threatens harm or talks about killing other staff, faculty or students
  • Constantly starts or participates in fights
  • Loses temper and self-control easily
  • Swears or uses vulgar language most of the time
  • Possesses or draws artwork that depicts graphic images of death or violence
  • Assaults others constantly including immediate family members or pets
  • Possesses weapons (firearms or edged weapons) or has a preoccupation with them
  • Becomes frustrated easily and converts frustration into uncontrollable physical violence
  • Unexplained increase in absenteeism, and/or vague physical complaints
  • Depression/Withdrawal
  • Increased severe mood swings, and noticeably unstable or emotional responses


Report all suspicious persons and circumstances to the Department of Public Safety immediately by calling (401)863-3322. All emergencies should be reported to DPS by calling 4111 from any campus phone.

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Brown Building Security Initiative Information Sessions are offered periodically during the semester. Sessions may also be scheduled for administrative and academic departments. The contents of the BBSI Information Session include:

  • Understanding the process of building security assessments
  • Overview of security enhancements to include information about card access, alarms, and camera systems
  • Understanding your role in crime prevention (front desk safety, reporting of suspicious circumstances, etc.)
  • Hostile Intruder awareness information
  • Overview of related campus resources to include DPS victim advocacy and support services

Please call the Department of Public Safety at 863-2542 or 863-1438 to schedule a BBSI Information Session for your department. Sessions are typically customized to meet a departments needs and usually last for approximately one-hour.

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Home Burglary Prevention Workshop

Do you own your own home or rent property? If you answered, yes, this workshop is for you! Equip yourself with a basic understanding of how to prevent your home from being targeted for theft. In this session, our Crime Prevention Officer will offer burglary prevention tips that focus on enhancing the security and environmental design of your residence.

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"Know More!" Personal Safety and Crime Awareness Workshop

Take charge of your personal safety! This inclusive workshop focuses on practical and applicable risk reduction strategies that can be employed by any member of the community both at Brown and beyond. Come into this session with some "what-if" scenarios for us to explore and we are confident that participants will leave this one-hour workshop with a better understanding of what role they play in crime prevention and how to effectively plan to maximize their personal safety.


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Women's Self-Defense Training Options

Staff and faculty may also take advantage of our women's self-defense training programs to include the 12-hour Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Basic Self-Defense Course and our 1.5 hour Safety Awareness Familiarization Exchange (SAFE) Programs for women. SAFE is 2-hour educational awareness, crime-victim prevention program encompassing Strategies, Techniques, Options, and Prevention that provides women of all ages and abilities with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense. All trainings are free and offered during evening hours.


All workshop and training events listed above are often promoted on the website and may also be scheduled for departments. Please call Public Safety at 863-2542 for additional information, or to schedule a workshop for your department.


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