University of Delaware

Safety in the Residence Halls

The safety of our residents is of the highest priority to Residence Life & Housing. Residence halls at the University of Delaware are equipped with a variety of security and fire safety devices. Access fobs, door alarms, door locks, ground level security screens, smoke detectors and sprinklers all provide a high level of safety for our residents. However, the most important safety asset at the University is our students who utilize the tools they are provided to keep themselves and their belongings safe.

Students should keep in mind they are no longer living in a single-family home or apartment building – their actions affect not only themselves but also all the other residents in their building. By making the following safety and security procedures part of their daily routine, our residents improve the safety of their building and the entire University.

  • Students should not carry their room key, Fob/Access Card and ID in the same case. Students should immediately report all lost or stolen keys and fobs to University Police or Residence Life & Housing staff.
  • Students should lock the door to their room when they leave, even briefly; or when they are sleeping. Belongings should not be left unattended in a public space or in unlocked rooms. Nearly all reported burglaries of residence hall rooms involve unsecured items and spaces.
  • Students should immediately report all thefts and any suspicious activity to Residence Life & Housing staff and University Police (911).
  • Students should always be alert and aware of their surroundings.  Students should avoid being overly absorbed in cell phone conversation or music and show a confident attitude.
  • Students should not allow strangers to enter the building with them. If an unauthorized person pushes past you or follows you in the door, immediately inform a Residence Life & Housing staff member or University police (911).
  • If students see an unfamiliar face in their residence hall, ask for identification and information about their business or contact a Residence Life & Housing staff member or University police (911). If necessary, ask another student to accompany you when speaking to an unescorted visitor.
  • As students travel around campus it is important to follow all highway safety and railroad crossing regulations.
  • Students should be aware of campus crime trends. Read all UD-alerts related to crime activity on or near campus, read the "Police Report" in The Review and check Public Safety's Daily Crime Update.  If you are not already registered to receive crime alerts you can subscribe here.
  • Students should immediately report all security-related maintenance problems to the Facilities Operations Center (302-831-1141). Security repairs include locks, doors, windows, outside lights or fire extinguishers that need repair or replacement, as well as shrubbery that needs trimming.

Many additional resources exist on campus to provide a safe and secure environment. For additional information about safety on campus, please see the University of Delaware Police Department website.

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