The Norwich University Department of Public Safety works every day to uphold a safe and secure environment for learning, living, and working.
The Department of Public Safety utilizes a community policing model to support our university’s vision, mission, and guiding values. As public-safety professionals, we are sworn to support and uphold the university’s policies, regulations, and state and federal laws. As the face of Norwich University, the Department of Public Safety has the objective to be helpful and responsive, and serve as an important community resource.
The Norwich University Department of Public Safety provides a 24-hour physical security presence, 365 days a year. We are located in the southwest end of the Hayden Building. From an off-campus phone, public-safety personnel can be contacted by dialing 1 (802) 485-2525 or 1 (802) 485-2499. On-campus callers can reach Security by dialing ext. 2525 or 2499.
Safe Rides Back (updated) and On-Campus Escorts
WE DON’T JUDGE—WE PROTECT. Whatever the problem is, get back safely first, then figure out the rest.
SAFE RIDE BACK TO CAMPUS
Friday & Saturday Nights
10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
1 (802) 864-2424 (newly updated)
For Students (must show ID)
Norwich will endeavor to provide a Safe Rides Program whereby any NU student within a thirty-mile driving radius of the University may arrange a ride back to campus on Friday and Saturday nights. This service is designed to promote the safety of all students, provide for good decision making, and to aid in preventing a student from driving in an impaired state. Students who are off campus (within 20 miles of Norwich) and feeling unsafe, for whatever reason, may arrange for cab transportation back to the Norwich University campus. Students will be required to pay at the time of service but will be reimbursed through the Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Information Technology after submitting a copy of the receipt. The receipt must indicate the date of service and the location where the student(s) was picked up.
24 Hours a Day
1 (802) 485-2525
For Students and Employees
Norwich Public Safety offers shuttles and escorts 24 hours a day on campus for students and employees, whether you need assistance because of a medical condition or you do not feel safe walking across campus alone. These shuttles are conducted by selected students and Public Safety Officers. If you are in need of a ride or are concerned for your safety walking alone, please call us, and we'll get you there safely.
Safety On Campus
Timely Warnings Policy
What are Timely Warnings? In compliance with the “Timely Warning” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998, Norwich University issues timely warnings to the entire campus community when there is information that a Clery Act Crime has occurred on or near the University that is considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to campus safety.
The Chief of Public Safety or designee, in consultation with University senior leadership, makes the decision whether to issue a timely warning on a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding the incident. Timely warnings are issued as soon as possible after the Department of Public Safety is notified; however, the release of the warning is subject to the availability of accurate facts concerning the incident.
Criteria to be evaluated may include:
- The nature of the crime
- The continuing danger to the campus community
- The possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts
Timely warnings include information that promote safety and would aid in the prevention of similar crimes, including, but not limited to:
- Brief description of the crime(s) that occurred
- Date and time when the crime(s) occurred
- Location of the crime(s)
- Possible connections between incidents (if applicable)
- Description of suspect(s) and/or any available information to aid in the apprehension of the offender(s) (if applicable)
- Recommended actions
- Precautions for the campus community to protect itself
- Description of crime reporting options at the University
Timely warnings are issued to the University community through one or more electronic communications, including, but not limited to: my.norwich.edu, university e-mail with the assistance of the Director of Communications or designee, the Department of Public Safety’s webpage, and/or social media outlets.
Every effort is made to prevent identifying victims of crime.