A Letter from the Director of Campus Safety Denver is a very fast growing and popular city with a high quality of life. It is diverse in its people and activities, and the city is very welcoming to all. Nevertheless, as in any metropolitan area, the issues of crime, crime prevention and personal safety must be addressed unequivocally. Although the crime rate in the Denver metropolitan area is far below the national average for a city its size, Regis University is not free of crime. Crimes against property, such as theft of personal property, make up the largest percentage of crime on campus. This is true at university campuses all across the nation. Personal property such as laptops, MP3s, books and book bags make up a big portion of thefts. These are generally taken as a “theft of opportunity”. Here in the Department of Campus Safety, we’re committed to ensuring the safety of students, faculty, staff and guests to enhance their experience within our community. Our officers take a proactive approach to crime prevention. Your personal safety is of the utmost priority for our campus safety officers. Our approach to crime prevention and personal safety is to be student- and community-centered. The University provides an array of protective measures for you. Regis University is patrolled by trained and experienced safety officers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our staff meets regularly with University officials as well as with surrounding police agencies to share intelligence and discuss safety concerns for our community. The campus has “blue-light” emergency call boxes at the Northwest Denver Campus. The residences have automatic locking outer doors. The University strictly enforces its visitor and overnight guest policy and rules of conduct. At Regis University, we are all responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment for every member of our community. Each one of us can improve our community’s welfare by paying attention to our own safety, reporting crime and unsafe conditions, and helping others. There are five important things you can do and abide by to avoid being a victim of theft or a more serious crime: Lock your room door when you are asleep or out of the room, even for a few minutes. Don’t leave personal property unattended anywhere that has public access, such as offices, libraries, cafeterias, classrooms and the like. Always be aware of your surroundings, whether on or off campus. If possible, walk with friends when out at night; otherwise, use the Escort Service (303.458.4122). Report any suspicious activity or persons immediately to the Regis Department of Campus Safety. Do not assume they are harmless; trust your feelings. Dial 911 in an emergency if needed. In our continuing effort to foster a safe and secure environment for all of our community members, we continue to evaluate and improve our emergency response plan and communication systems. Emergency messages will be sent through a system known as RU-Alert. In the event of a crisis, such as an active shooter, building fire, chemical leak, bomb threat, weather-related hazard or other potential violence from individuals, the University’s Incident Command Team has the ability to simultaneously notify students, faculty, and employees of an incident through a variety of electronic means and take appropriate actions in response. We take pride in maintaining a safe and secure campus environment for all. Our goal is to minimize the incidence of crime and injury. Please help us by reporting anything that may not seem right to you, no matter how trivial you may feel it is. If you see something, say something. Personal safety does not begin and end with our department. I welcome your comments and suggestions. Director Manny Amado Regis University Department of Campus Safety firstname.lastname@example.org Visit Regis Today to read Manny's monthly column.