At the University, our foremost concern is the safety and well-being of the students, faculty, staff and visitors.
The University at Albany has more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, with approximately 4,000 faculty and staff. There are 115 buildings and 12 miles of public roadways within the campus boundaries. And the Campus keeps growing!
The University provides an extensive array of programs designed to enhance the safety and security of our community. Our continuing effort to improve safety has led us to implement several initiatives - including creation of the Committee on University & Community Relations, an uptown campus bicycle patrol, a Ride Along Program, regular foot and bicycle patrols on the academic podium and an uptown campus shuttle, beginning in the late afternoon and continuing until midnight. We also meet regularly with local police, government officials, neighborhood association and community leaders, and landlords, seeking ways to make on-campus and off-campus living safer for our students. While this report is updated annually, we encourage you to check on the University's website for periodic updates on campus security, and safety and victim support programs offered by UPD, Student Success, Residential Life, the Counseling Center, the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC), Employee Assistance Program ("EAP") and other campus offices and departments.
While we have developed procedures and policies to ensure that students and their possessions are protected as much as possible, it is primarily the responsibility of the student, faculty or staff member to provide for his or her own safety and security by taking simple, common sense precautions, and by reporting information to UPD or other campus security authorities, including the Office of the Vice President for Student Success, the Department of Residential Life and the Office of Personal Safety and Office Campus Affairs.
All campus crime and incident reports are posted promptly on the University's website and are distributed to the student newspaper and other offices across campus. In cases where a reported crime appears to threaten the safety of the campus community, the University takes additional steps, such as leaflets delivered to every student room, email notifications, telephone alerts and television notices, to notify the campus community of what has occurred and the steps that are being taken.
UPD provides 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year mobile and foot patrol protection to all University campus properties as well as nearby facilities rented or leased by the University.
The University and UPD strive to promote and maintain a campus environment conducive to academic achievement. A truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of the entire campus community. With your help and participation and our commitment, we are confident that the time you spend with us will be safe and productive.