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Campus Safety & Security

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The Office of Campus Safety & Security consists of a team of people working with the campus community to promote a reasonably safe environment in which to live, learn, and work. Primarily service-oriented, the department exists to meet the specialized safety needs of the University. These needs include the maintenance of public order, incident response and documentation, emergency first-aid treatment, responding to other emergencies, traffic, parking supervision, and other related activities.

Campus Safety & Security Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day. They are responsible for the enforcement of University rules and regulations. While each Officer is certified by the State of New York as a Security Guard, they are not empowered to enforce the law. Violations of law are referred to the Village of Potsdam police for action. Campus Safety & Security works closely with local law enforcement agencies in aiding investigations of crimes committed on the campus and in off-campus areas as required by the Jeanne Clery Act, specifically off-campus fraternities and sororities. The campus communications system has direct access to village police, allowing Campus Safety & Security Officers ready access to law enforcement officials when needed.

The department's ability to function as an independent agency enables it to preserve the Clarkson tradition, in which security and safety are both an individual responsibility and a collective behavior. In the event of serious crime or large-scale emergency, village police are either called as a first-line response or as backup support.

The primary mission of the Office of Campus Safety & Security is to promote a reasonably safe campus environment. It is recognized that the accomplishment of this mission can only be realized with the support and cooperation of the campus community. It is incumbent upon every member of the University to be alert to situations that require the attention of Campus Safety & Security.

Important Numbers
Campus Safety & Security 268-6666 (x6666) Anonymous Tips
911 9-911
Fire Department 265-3311
Potsdam Police and Rescue Squad 265-2121
Canton-Potsdam Hospital 265-3300
Health Center 268-6633 (x6633)
Counseling Center 268-2327 (x2327)
Maintenance 268-6439 (x6439)
On campus dial '9' first to make outside calls.
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