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Q: What is RSP Walk Service and where they located on campus?
Q: What is the purpose of those Blue Light Phones?
Q: Who do I contact if I lose or misplace my identification card?
Q: What do I do if I lost my room key?
Q: What happens if I lose my ID card?
Q: How do I contact UPD?
Q: How do I keep myself safe on campus?
Q: How do I keep myself safe in case of a fire?
Q: How do we secure our residence halls and apartments?
Q: What is best way I can prevent theft of my items?
Q: What else can I do practice personal safety?
Q: Should I insure my personal items?
Q: How do I report a Broken Light on Campus in an Academic Building?
Q: How do I report a Broken Light on Campus in a Residence Hall?
Q: How Can I Be Safe When Walking on Campus?
Q: How Can I Be Safe When Driving on Campus?


Q: What is RSP Walk Service and where are they located on campus?

A: Residential Safety Program (RSP) provides radio-dispatched escort teams that walk students from one location on campus to another. RSP also checks Identification cards at building entrances and inspects exterior doors for proper operation. RSP is located at Mendelsohn Quad in between O'Neill and Irving.  RSP can be contacted at 632-WALK (9255) and operating hours are 7 days a week from 12pm to 2am. 

Q: What is the purpose of those Blue Light Phones?

A: If a student or guest at Stony Brook University feels the need to contact a constable for any reason, the blue light phones provide a direct line to University Police. Sign up for SB Guardian, "frequently referred to as a "personal blue light phone" in your pocket."


Q: Who do I contact if I lose or misplace my identification card?

A: Visit the Campus Card website at http://stonybrook.edu/campuscard/ or visit the office in room 254 of the Administration Building, whose hours of operation are listed here: http://www.stonybrook.edu/campuscard/contact.shtml#locations


Q: What do I do if I lost my room key?

A: If you have lost or misplaced your room key, contact the quad office as soon as possible.  You will be charged for the cost of replacing the lock and key. Quad Office Locations: http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res/contact_us


Q: What happens if I lose my ID card?

A: Lost cards must be reported immediately to the Campus Card Office, located in room 103 in the Administration Building, by phone, (2-2737) or in person (http://www.stonybrook.edu/campuscard/), the Meal Plan Office in suite 250 of the Stony Brook Union or by phone at 2-6517, or at any cash register in any of the Campus Dining Service locations during business hours.  You must contact Teachers' Federal Credit Union if you are using their banking services.  You can also report your card lost online at www.campusdining.org This site also contains details regarding office hours and phone numbers.

For the location of these or any other areas on campus, please view an online copy of the campus map at:http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/map/newmap.pdf.


Q: How do I contact UPD?

A: Dial 333 from any on-campus phone or 631-632-3333 from a cell phone to contact University Police.


Q: How do I keep myself safe on campus?

A: Listed below are a few tips for maintaining a sense of safety on campus, and measures implemented by Stony Brook to further promote security within the community:

  • All residence halls are locked twenty-four hours per day, and residents must use their campus identification card to gain access to the building.  Problems with these cards can be resolved at the respective quad offices.
  • Students are encouraged to report any suspicious behaviors to University Police by dialing 333 from an on-campus phone or 631-632-3333 from off-campus.  It is advised that cellular telephones be pre-programmed with the University Police phone number.
  • Always lock your bedroom/suite/apartment door.  Most of on-campus thefts are related to unlocked or propped doors.  If your roommate chooses not to lock the door to your room door, inform the building staff and/or quad office so action can be taken to halt the negative practice.  If your door does not lock properly, your key is missing, or there is another problem regarding the functioning of your door, alert the quad office and the building staff to remedy the problem.
  • Each quad area and buildings have blue light phones that can be used to get police assistance immediately.
  • Propped exterior doors may allow unwanted individuals inside the residence halls.  As a resident, unpropping doors should be a common practice, and call the quad office when encountering doors that do not lock.
  • You have the right not to walk alone!  Call the Residential Safety Program (RSP) at 632-WALK for an escort to anywhere on campus.  University Police also offers a ride service called "2-Ride."  The phone number for this program is the same as the name of the service provided.
  • Stony Brook University is not liable for any damages related to personal items that may be caused by:  electronic-based crime; identity theft; burglary; flood; acts of nature; fire, smoke, water, or electrical damage caused by another student; or damage caused by all facility-based equipment.  It is advised that residents check with their homeowner's insurance policy for coverage, or purchase renter's insurance available at quad offices and campus residences' central office.


Q: How do I keep myself safe in case of a fire?

A: Fire Safety - Plan Ahead and Be Safe.

WHAT IS HAPPENING AT OTHER COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES?
Every year, there are over 1700 fires in campus facilities throughout the United States, with too many of these resulting in injury or death to students.  Fortunately, Stony Brook University has had no fire-related injuries or deaths and we intend to keep preventing tragedies. The leading causes of fires are:
Cooking
Smoking
Candles
 
Fire safety consists of planning, prevention, and response.  Everyone on campus, including students, faculty, and staff members, have a responsibility to plan for emergencies, prevent fires by following fire safety procedures, and by appropriately responding to all fires and fire alarms. IN CASE OF FIRE OR SMOKE …Call University Police at x333 (632-3333 from an off-campus location), and/or activate a Fire Alarm Pull Box.  ALWAYS EVACUATE THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY!

IF THE FIRE ALARM SOUNDS:

  • Stay low and crawl to the door.
  • Feel the door to see if it is hot.
  • Kneel against the door and open it slightly.
  • If there is smoke in the hall, stay low and crawl to the nearest exit.
  • Take your room key and close all doors behind you.
  • Use the stairs.  Do not use elevators.
  • Leave the building and stay out until fire or police personnel advise that it is safe to return.
  • Keep your door closed and place a wet towel under your door. 


Q: How do we secure our residence halls and apartments?

A: Buildings are locked 24 hours. All residents must carry their ID for access into the buildings. Problems with your access card or keys can be resolved at the Quad office: http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res/contact_us


Q: What is best way I can prevent theft of my items?

A: Always LOCK your bedroom door and suite/apartment door.  The majority the thefts on campus are thefts related to unlocked doors.  Safety starts with a positive habit to lock all doors.  If your roommate chooses not to lock your door inform the building staff and/or the Quad office so action can be taken to stop the negative practice. If your door does not lock properly and/or your key is missing, alert the Quad office or the building staff to change the lock.  Students are also encouraged to carry personal property insurance. http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res_risk/residence_hall_safety/insurance .html


Q: What else can I do to practice personal safety?

A: 

  • Unprop all exterior doors and do not prop doors.
  • You have the choice at night not to walk alone.  Call the Residential Safety Program (RSP) for an escort for anywhere on-campus.  University Police (UP) also offers a ride service.  RSP phone number is 2-WALK.
  • Avoid leaving personal items on tables in public areas without supervision.
  • Call University Police when you see suspicious behavior or individuals that do not belong in your living area


Q: Should I insure my personal items?

A: The University does not cover damage to students' personal property.  It is highly recommended that students insure their own personal property via their parent’s homeowners insurance or a renters/tenants insurance policy. It is important to confirm with your homeowners insurance carrier that student’s property (including computers and other electronics) will be fully covered for loss while housed outside of the family dwelling. 

As stated in your TERMS OF OCCUPANCY, the University assumes no legal obligation to pay for loss of or damage to items of student’s personal property occurring on campus or in its buildings or storage areas. http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res_risk/residence_hall_safety/insurance .html

 

Q: How do I report a Broken Light on Campus in an Academic Building?

A: Call 2-6400 if the light is on a pole or in an academic building.  Please make sure to note the number listed on the light.


Q: How do I report a Broken Light on Campus in a Residence Hall?

A: If the light is inside a residence hall building, and there are other working lights without any exposed wires or sparks, enter a work request at the Campus Residences Work Request page http://www.stonybrook.edu/fixit/

If there are no other working lights in the room, or the fixture is hanging or sparking, contact the EMERGENCY DESK at 2-9585 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.  Between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. and on weekends, contact your RA on duty.

 

Q: How Can I Be Safe When Walking on Campus?

A:

  • Use a marked crosswalk when one is available.
  • Stop before proceeding across a roadway.
  • Use sidewalks when they are available.
  • On roads without sidewalks, walk on the left, facing traffic.
  • When walking at night, wear something reflective or carry a flashlight.
  • Do not use cell phones, iPods, and other handheld devices at intersection.
  • Contact RSP Walk Service. 

 

Q: How Can I Be Safe When Driving on Campus?

A:

  • Obey all posted traffic signs on campus.
  • Be sure to come to a full stop at every STOP sign.
  • Remember to slow down when driving on campus.
  • Don’t forget to watch for and yield to pedestrians.
  • Don’t pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
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