Campus Safety and Security

Campus Safety and Security

You won't flourish at Clarkson without a safe, secure environment where you can learn, live and grow. Our dedicated team of campus safety professionals works closely with the campus community, as well as local law enforcement agencies, so you can stay focused on the things that matter to you.

For the Potsdam campus, Clarkson's Campus Safety & Security officers are certified as security guards by New York State but are not empowered to enforce the law. We work closely with the Village of Potsdam police department when a law enforcement response is needed

Our Services

In addition to regular foot, car and bicycle patrols of the Potsdam campus, Clarkson's Campus Safety & Security officers provide services such as

  • Assisting motorists with minor problems or calling for service.
  • Conducting crime prevention programs.
  • Hosting the University Lost & Found.
  • Issuing University IDs.
  • Notifying the campus community of emergencies.
  • Providing educational programs to students.
  • Providing night escort services between campus facilities.
  • Providing training for residence hall staff.
  • Providing transportation to and from the local hospital.
  • Registering all vehicles for parking privileges on campus.
  • Rendering emergency first aid and CPR.
  • Traffic and parking supervision.
  • Unlocking room doors (in accordance with University policy guidelines).

Your Concerns Are Ours

If you want to know more about safety and security at Clarkson or want to let us know of an incident, we're here for you all day, every day.

Phone: 315-268-6666 
Emergency? Call 911 

Safety and Security Across Campus


Blue light security phones on campus.


Campus Safety & Security officers patrol the Potsdam campus 

All day, every day.


Campus Safety Officers

Certified full and part-time.

Safe at Home

The crime rate at Clarkson is relatively low, especially when compared to other colleges and universities our size. Our Potsdam location, in a quiet region on the edge of the Adirondacks, is part of the reason for that. But, a larger one is the all-hands approach to safety our department takes.

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.

Read Our Annual Security Reports

Get the KnightWatch App

We need your help to keep our community safe. But, we also understand that you might be uneasy about getting too involved with a situation. The KnightWatch app is an anonymous tip-reporting tool that can be downloaded to your phone, tablet or computer. When you use it to alert us of a crime or another situation, we immediately receive a notification and respond to the incident accordingly.

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