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NPC contracts with the Garland County Sheriffs deputy and a private security firm to provide armed security guards and uses an opt-in all-call text/email/phone call system to notify the campus community about threats or violent weather.


ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE

ASU-Beebe has been ranked number one among Safest Colleges and Universities by StateUniversity.com and maintains a University Police Department on all three of its campuses. The police officers are fully certified and authorized to protect the persons and property of students and of the university community.  ASU-Beebe implemented a new alert system to notify students and employees of emergency situations. The alerts are delivered by phone, text, email, social media, website notification, loud speaker announcements and classroom computer screen takeover. Security awareness and crime prevention programs are conducted by University Police throughout the year.

 

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

A-State’s University Police Department was ranked in the top 10 nationally in a recent online survey, and cited by the Associated Press as one of a handful of universities requiring all students to participate in active threat training. Since 2010, more than 10,000 students participated in over 100 active shooter training classes as a part of the A-State First-Year Experience course.  A-State provides training to students on other important safety issues including Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) involving both classroom and practical exercises on preventing assault. UPD also meets with student groups and tests the university’s emergency alert system once a month by sending out safety tips.

Officials have worked to enhance the university’s relationship with the National Weather Service office in Memphis resulting in Arkansas State becoming the first university or college in Arkansas to earn National Weather Service Ambassador status. Arkansas State is partnering with local community leaders to promote new types of training, such as Dr. Spencer Guinn of Jonesboro Orthopedics and Sports Medicine who hosts bleeding control courses, the first of their kind among Arkansas colleges and universities.

 

HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Henderson has implemented several safety measures in service to students, faculty, staff and guests. These include the recent addition of the Alertus Emergency Mass Notification System that includes 26 alert beacons in academic buildings and the ability to scroll emergency messages on computer screens.

The school has also installed 12 outdoor emergency call phones across the campus and an outdoor warning notification system and siren that uses prerecorded messages to alert the campus of an active emergency alert. The Rave Alert emergency mass notification system also sends text messages and emails in the event of active shooter, violent weather or other emergencies. Reddie Rides utilizes golf carts to safely transport students during the evening hours. Henderson police officers are on duty 24 hours a day.

 

JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY

JBU was ranked No. 1 safest college in Arkansas by Niche.com. JBU has security officers on campus 24 hours a day and offers late-night shuttle services for students. JBU’s campus safety staff officers have years of law enforcement and security experience, and are committed to the safety of our students and our campus. The team has excellent working relationships with local police, fire and EMS services in the Siloam Springs area. 

 

LYON COLLEGE

Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Lyon College. Officers secure campus property after business hours, respond to complaints from faculty, staff, and students, enforce campus policies and maintain order on campus. Officers also serve as a liaison to local police and emergency service authorities.

 

NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE

NPC contracts with the Garland County Sheriff’s deputy and a private security firm to provide armed security guards and uses an opt-in “all-call” text/email/phone call system to notify the campus community about threats or violent weather. Also, NPC is equipped with a campus-wide loudspeaker system.

NPC has mandatory orientation for all new students, during which students are briefed on campus safety, Title IX law and the college’s no-tolerance sexual harassment policy. Each semester, workshops in SafeZone LGBTQ awareness are offered to faculty and staff. In fall 2016, these workshops will be offered for student participation. Enhancing the security force is the physical location of National Park College, located on Mid-America Boulevard between a station of the Piney Volunteer Fire Department and the Garland County Department of Emergency Management. 

 

OZARKA COLLEGE 

One of the newest safety features on Ozarka College’s four campuses got a chance to show just how important it was in an emergency situation this spring. When a student with a pre-existing health condition started to feel dizzy, faculty members swung into action, performing CPR and eventually employing the school’s AED defibrillator, avoiding tragedy. 

In 2015, Ozarka College was awarded a $46,909 Blue & You Foundation grant to purchase 30 first aid kits, 16 automated external defibrillators and train up to 11 personnel as CPR/AED instructors who would in turn train all of Ozarka College’s administration, faculty and staff. All employees are certified to administer CPR and use the AED on all four Ozarka campus locations in Mountain View, Mammoth Springs, Melbourne and Ash Flat.

 

PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Matters of campus safety and security fall to the PTC Police and Public Safety Departments. To fulfill its mission, PTC Police has developed and maintains performance standards that ensure the department’s functions are performed in an effective, efficient, consistent and fair manner.  In addition, PTC PD developed its own active shooter protocols as well as detailed procedures for reporting emergencies and what to do and where to go to remain safe until the all-clear. The college utilizes the Rave Alert system to maintain communications during active emergencies.

 

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY

Resident halls and on-campus apartments are monitored 24/7 with a live supervised fire alert system while a new outdoor/indoor camera system monitors all residence facilities and campus proper.  Additionally, residence halls feature desk assistants and card access. Visitors to residence halls are required to provide ID and observe posted visiting hours. Residence halls also have an Adopt-a-Cop program where an officer makes regular visits and mentors the hall, providing support to desk assistants, resident assistants and resident directors who all complete mandatory training at regular intervals.

The university also takes steps to educate students on matters of safe behaviors, including a mandatory freshman/new student orientation class encompassing Title IX training, sexual assault prevention, mandated reporting and safe behaviors, among others. SAU observes Sexual Assault Prevention Week with activities that all freshman are required to attend.  

The full-time University Police Department operates 24/7 to handle issues, escort students and respond to calls through the dispatch center accessible by phones or panic buttons placed around campus. SAU alerts the wider community to emergencies through RAVE, Alertus Express and warning sirens with public address capabilities.   

 

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-FAYETTEVILLE

The first line of defense is the University of Arkansas Police Department (UAPD), the first accredited police department in Arkansas. The department has added campus security patrols separate from the law-enforcement division to provide an extra layer of safety. UAPD pursues a strategy of prevention and education to help students recognize things they can do to increase their own safety and deter crime. 

The university provides emergency notification through RazAlert, sending key messages by text, email and voice to all campus community members whenever an imminent threat is posed. The university also offers the Guardian app for smart phones, which offers several safety features. The Associated Student Government operates a safe-ride program for students and campus escorts are available for any student who is out at night. Along with this are phone kiosks across campus and well-lit pedestrian walkways. Residence halls require card identification to enter. 

The Substance Education and Alcohol Resources Office works collaboratively across many departments, giving presentations to freshmen about alcohol and other drug use, risk reduction strategies, bystander intervention strategies, the signs of alcohol poisoning and how to react to this type of emergency situation. During the school year, Razorback Transit provides free transportation across Fayetteville into the evening hours. The university also offers a Safe Ride program for late night periods. 

U of A also offers information regarding campus resources to handle stress and the transition into college life, as well as recovery services such as SMART Recovery meetings weekly and wellness coaching for individuals who are having difficulty managing college life.

 

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-FORT SMITH

Sexual assault and rape prevention efforts are a shared educational venture of University Police and Student Affairs. The Title IX office coordinates efforts and delivers training during New Student Orientation and has ongoing efforts throughout the year.  The university’s policies are communicated through its web page and training that is fully supported by the administration.

The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Police Department serves the campus community with full-time police services, staffed with state-certified police officers 24/7. The department offers safety escorts, lighting tours and emergency phone locations. The Rave Guardian App provides communication from smart phones for building locks and unlocks while active shooter, severe weather and natural disaster threats are communicated via the Lion’s Alert. This emergency mass alert system allows notification to cell phone via text, home phone, messaging and email. 

New students are educated through New Student Orientation as well as Cub Camp regarding safe behaviors.  Ongoing educational outreach efforts through housing and Greek Life address these concerns as well. Community law enforcement and emergency resources enhance on-campus safety measures. 

 

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK

As violence on campuses across the country has increased, UALR Police and the campus’ Safety Task Force are committed to increasing security measures to keep the campus secure. An emergency alert system has been initiated, which sends notifications to students and employees by text, phone, and email during an emergency or crisis. Campus transit transports students from their apartments and residence halls to and from classrooms and other buildings and emergency “blue light” telephones are placed throughout campus to call Public Safety. 

The UALR Department of Public Safety provides a full range of police services 24/7 including police escort services to and from classrooms at night and personal defense and crime prevention training. Campus Police also participate in active shooter training.

UALR’s Green Dot program is designed to prevent power-based personal violence, such as sexual assault, stalking, bullying and harassment. Students and employees participate in training across campus to become Green Dot ambassadors. All acts of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and sexual misconduct as defined by this policy are prohibited. UALR employees and students participate in online Title IX training each year to gain a better understanding of and to report acts of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and sexual misconduct. 

 

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO

Emergency Blue Light Phones located throughout campus, free Safe Walk escorts by campus police, and numerous video surveillance cameras located in common areas throughout the premises help keep students secure at all times of the day or night.  The University Police Department has primary responsibility for campus safety on campus and areas immediately adjacent to campus, providing a full range of around-the-clock services.

UAM has partnered with Rave Wireless to provide the UAMAlert emergency notification system which can rapidly provide mass notifications during natural disasters or other emergencies. UAMAlert also features Eyewitness, which provides anonymous text-based crime tips, thus enhancing the campus watch by offering faculty, staff and students absolute anonymity.

In addition to providing incoming freshmen and new students training on safety and security issues, Office of Residence Life extends the training into the residence halls with various presentations and materials on maintaining personal safety and residence hall security and promoting a common theme of security awareness and crime prevention. Office of Judicial Affairs provides educational programs for prevention and awareness of rape, domestic and dating violence and stalking; domestic abuse awareness training is conducted every October and sexual assault awareness training is conducted in April. All trainings and educational programs are available for faculty, staff and students.

 

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

University Police and Public Safety provide 24-hour police services which patrol the campus and dorms. They also provide complimentary shuttle services to and from classes. Flashing pedestrian lights have been installed to warn motorists of pedestrian traffic.  Public Safety has a mass notification system that broadcasts campus-wide text messages, emails and voice calls in the event of an emergency. Access control includes a security feature that reads student identification cards and grants them access to their residence hall. 

Campus safety and security information is provided to all new students during orientation that includes where and how to report crime, how to register to receive RAVE notifications and potentially harmful situations to avoid. Training and awareness is also provided to all residence halls. All faculty, staff and residence hall personnel receive training on sexual assault prevention and reporting. 

 

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS

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The UCA Police Department also partners with LeadsOnline LLCs citizen property inventory system ReportIt and participates in their nationwide program Operation ID which demonstrates how to discourage burglary and theft of valuables.

In September, the UCA Police Department hosts the annual National Campus Safety Awareness Month with weekly events designed to promote safety across the university campus. National Campus Safety Awareness Month provides programming on issues including sexual assault, the dangers of alcohol and drugs and pedestrian safety.

The UCA Police Department also partners with LeadsOnline LLC’s citizen property inventory system ReportIt and participates in their nationwide program “Operation ID” which demonstrates how to discourage burglary and theft of valuables. It provides the UCA community with an online service for property registration and inventory, as well as a way for students to easily identify stolen property, and increases law enforcement’s chances of recovery and conviction.

In April, UCA opened a new police substation known as the UCA Police Outreach Center, located near Greek Village. The UCA Police Department will use this new location to train officers and host self-defense classes for students as well as reach out to campus on topics like drug and alcohol awareness and theft prevention.

 

 
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