What does the Department of
Public Safety do?
Department of Public Safety, is responsible for safety and security on
campus. The Department of Public Safety is in full operation twenty-four
hours a day, seven days a week. Full time Administrative staff consists of the
Director, Associate Director, Quartermaster, Records Manager, 2 Lieutenants,
and Parking Services Manager.
The department also has uniformed positions for a crime prevention
officer, investigators, sergeants, field officers, dispatchers.
During the academic year, when needed students supplement the
department's staffing, providing escort and clerical support.
responsibility of the Public Safety Department is protection of life and
property. Realistically, no society, community or college campus can be
totally crime free. However, we can take measures to deter criminal
activity on campus. Each member of the University community has a
responsibility to adopt sound safety and security practices both on and
off campus. It is only in partnership with one another that we can
continue to provide a safe environment in which to work, learn, and
engage in social activities.
Can you bust me
Public Safety personnel currently do not
have sworn police powers, and do not carry offensive weapons such as
firearms, but we are required to
enforce all state, local, and federal rules and regulations, ordinances
and laws including those pertaining to alcohol and drug violations on
campus. We also enforce University regulations and conduct routine
parking enforcement. Every effort is made to enforce these regulations
in an equitable and professional manner. Public Safety maintains a
close, professional relationship with the Hartford, West Hartford and
Bloomfield police departments and response from these departments, when
needed, is prompt and very supportive.
That said Public Safety officers can
charge students with offenses as listed in the living document, called
THE SOURCE. Printed once a year and up to date on line at
The Source We also uphold all housing rules set down by the
Office of Residential Life and the University Administration. These
charges are processed in our on-campus legal system process called
Judicial Review. Major crimes and offenses may incur both University
charges and federal, state or local charges requiring the services of a
We can detain you while investigating
crimes and offenses, restrain you if necessary for your own, bystander
or officer safety. We can enter any
location on campus including dorm rooms and apartments, when need arises
for health, well being and general safety issues as this is private property,
and you are guests of the University. These situations
include but are not limited to:
Searching for busted pipes or open
windows in winter.
plumbing, electrical or other utility issues.
Noise complaints where no one responds to
a knock on the door.
O R L, AC, RD, or RA's for suspected drug and alcohol or health and
Smoke and fire detector activations.
Check Welfare Checks of students failing
to respond to phone calls, or missed appointments from concerned parties
as expected or after injuries.
The Judicial office and ORL can issue
search warrants 24 hours a day, seven days a week for Public Safety and
or Local Police to search for drugs, alcohol, weapons or any other
banned items or stolen goods.
as students waved most of your rights under the student conduct, parking
permit and housing contracts that you signed that bind you to follow the
rules and regulations of the University.
What training do
you have as Public Safety Officers?
All Public Safety officers have at least
Connecticut State certification as Medical Response Technicians with
some officers certified at higher levels of medical training. These
individuals are first responders to all medical emergencies on campus
and provide immediate assessment and care. Members of the Public Safety
Department are well trained and maintain certifications in the PR-24
defensive baton, OC a.k.a. pepper spray, handcuffing, and MOAB -
management of aggressive behavior. Staff members are also trained to
properly respond to reports of sexual assaults, group disturbances,
fires, psychological emergencies, and conflicts involving faculty and
staff, students or individuals not formally associated with the
What type of calls
do you respond to?
Routine incidents, emergencies, and calls
for service, such as lockouts of rooms, and jumps for disabled cars in
our parking lots. We also escort students upon request of our
dispatchers. For patrol purposes, the properties owned or controlled by
the University of Hartford are divided into districts that are patrolled
by officers in vehicles, on foot, and on bicycles. Officers are required
to maintain high visibility and department vehicles are well marked and
Why did I get a
motor vehicle violation? I was parked legal wasn't I?
The University of Hartford appreciates the cooperation
and courtesy shown by most students, faculty, staff, and friends who
observe the established parking and traffic regulations. While most
people follow the rules and regulations, a few do not.
All parking rules and regulations are covered in the
Car on Campus publication issued with each parking permit.
CAN ONLY park their vehicle where assigned. If you are assigned
to residential lots you cannot move your car up campus to be closer to a class.
TAKE THE SHUTTLE BUS.
Yikes $100.00 fine
in J lot, I was only at the SASC registering for classes!
J lot is for
Admissions guests while at Bates House or on Campus tours. NO ONE else with
the exception of Public Safety, Operations, Emergency vehicles, or
official university vendors may park in J lot at any time including
weekends. We ticket all
vehicles not displaying a Bates House guest permit.
J lot is
clearly marked as the
Admissions (Bates House) visitors parking lot. These visitors
spaces require a special permit issued only by Bates House. Bates issues
the permits to prospective students and parents who drive often several
hours to get here to see the campus first hand. Many of you did the same
as Juniors in High School.
exception to the rule for J lot is PRIOR permission to park being
granted by Public Safety on a case by case basis. The so called Flasher
rule (see below) DOES NOT APPLY in academic parking lots at any time.
The fine for
parking in J lot is $100.00 as clearly marked on a sign at the entrance.
What is the flasher
allowances clause of Your Car On Campus as defined in the General
Conditions, section 11 allows for the loading and unloading of vehicle contents
to and from your residence in any residential area in any NON RESERVED
legal parking space for up o 15 minutes as long as you park with your four way hazard lights on.
Again you may park in any open LEGAL
non-reserved space FOR FIFTEEN minutes ONLY! After 15
minutes you are liable for citation at the locations fee schedule as
defines in Your Car On Campus.
can never park in a State Permit Handicap space (fine is $150.00 for
the first offense, $250.00 after the first)
unless your vehicles registering state has issued you a valid handicap
parking hang tag, and the hang tag is displayed, or your state has
issued your vehicle handicap plates.|
never park in any yellow painted NO PARKING spaces or Fire Lanes or
beside yellow painted curbs. |
No parking in front of dumpsters and fire hydrants|
on the academic side of campus.|
officers will electronically "Chalk your tires" to record the time and
duration of your parking. At sixteen minutes a violation shall be
issued in an amount corresponding to the place and posted limits of the
space your parked in. In addition a
tow order may occur to your vehicle, at owners expense.
Hey my car is in
the shop where can I park my loaner?
The process is
called Posting your Vehicle. Just call or Come to the Public Safety Dispatcher
window with registration of the loaner (or rental agreement) and fill out a
posting form. It's that easy and two minutes will save you ticketing
heartache. The posting process should go online sometime in early 2010.
Why was my car
immobilized with a boot, or towed away?
All cars on
campus MUST show a valid parking sticker, hanging tag or temporary pass.
All others are trespassing on private property and will be subject to
fines, fees and or be towed.
not parked in a legal spot, or parked after legal hours posted may be
towed off campus at owners expense.
When an owner/operator
accumulates five (5) or more tickets (paid or unpaid) in one academic
year - Sept 1 to Aug 31, his or her
parking privileges will automatically be revoked for the remainder of
that academic year.
The offending operator
may not operate or park any vehicle on campus, and no one may operate a
vehicle belonging to or operated by the offending operator. Such
vehicles are considered banned from campus and will be immobilized
and/or towed if found operating or parked on campus. Failure to adhere
to this policy may result in administrative disciplinary action. Appeals
of this revocation may be made to the Director of Public Safety or
designee. Please call for an appointment if you wish to make an appeal
Why did I loose my
parking privileges for speeding on campus?
The three most common reasons you can loose you parking and driving
accumulations of parking citations in a given academic year. 5 or more
citations or warnings, paid or unpaid will get you banned. This is the
case for all University members including Faculty & Staff.|
violations including running Stop Signs or crossing the yellow line,
failing to stop for a pedestrian, speeding etc.|
violation in which you were found to be traveling 41 miles per hour or
limit is 15 miles per hours on all campus roads and in all parking lots.
If you are found speeding a scale of fines includes:
|20 to 30 mph
|31 to 40 mph
|41 and over
$75.00 and loss of all parking privileges.|
Anyone who receives
two moving violations in an academic year will have all parking
privileges revoked for the remainder of that year.
We use Laser to
track your speed, so slow down. You never know where we will be
running traps, as the laser has so much more of a range then radar does.
We see you before you see us.
Why did I get a
$100.00 ticket for failing to yield?
The campus is a
pedestrian zone and YOU MUST YIELD to any pedestrian who is on the road
walking, or running. You MUST stop for anyone crossing the road EVEN if
they are not in a crosswalk.
How do I prevent
myself from loosing my privileges?
Read Your Car On
Campus which is located at
http://publicsafety.hartford.edu/ycoc.pdf This living University
Document is updated and is the Official Rules & Regulations you agreed
to follow when you e-signed your parking permit agreement.
How do I appeal my
appeals are made on line in the University of Hartford's Self Service
Portal. You only have 14 days from time of the citations issuance in
order to request and appeal. See Your Car On Campus for details of which
violations are appealable through the Appeals Process Team or through
the Traffic Appeals Board at an offical hearing date. Once on line
either state you want an hearing date by following the online
directions, or simply enter your reason for appeal request for the
process team to review your appeal request.
Remember all moving
and handicap violations are not subject to appeal through the team or
the boards. These violations can only be appealed by the Director of
Public Safety or his designee.
How do I remove my
old permit from my rearview mirror?
I find the best
way to remove and old parking permit is to use a rectangle of packing
tape or duct tape. Having the surface of the mirror warm also help so in
winter using the defroster will help warm the decal. The permit
decal is designed to shred to prevent its reuse on another vehicle.
Think of removing
a band-aid. Sometime slow and steady does it, sometime a quick rip does
it. Your vehicle will be one or the other.