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Every university has a campus - ours happens to be an entire city. Our Department of Public Safety is responsible for providing all members of the University community with a safe and secure environment to live, learn and work. The Department of Public Safety maintains a close working relationship with the Pittsburgh Police Department.

The department includes:

  • Police officers
  • A 24-hour dispatch center
  • An emergency services division
  • A security division

Security for residence halls, suites and apartments

  • All residence halls have controlled access.
  • A security desk is on the first floor of every building and is staffed during evening hours.
  • All guests must be accompanied by their host and must sign in (and sign out) with a valid photo ID at the building's security desk.
  • Each room has a fire alarm and smoke detector.
  • All residence halls are equipped with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
  • Residence hall common spaces and entrances are equipped with security cameras that are monitored by Public Safety.

On campus

There is round-the-clock police protection on campus as well as police officers on bikes and on foot patrols, including on the perimeters of campus.

At your request, a police officer will accompany you to your destination on campus. Police officers do not provide an escort service to off-campus locations.

Dial these extensions on the phones in every hallway:

  • Emergency: x2222 (from a campus phone)
  • Public safety (no emergency): x3960
  • 24 hour dispatch center: 412-392-3960 (from a campus phone)