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The University Police Department strives to provide the safest environment for students, employees and visitors. We want your environment to be conducive to having a great collegiate experience. We are participants in daily planning and operational decisions across campus. Much of our work is "behind the scenes" -- preventing incidents from occurring. If you become involved in an incident or feel uncomfortable about your safety in any situation, please let us help you. We would rather be involved in prevention than responding after an incident has occurred.
The University and City Of Cape Girardeau are safe communities. Even so, taking usual
safety precautions can reduce your chance of being involved in troublesome situations.
Most crimes are crimes of opportunity, so please consider the following safety rules.
When on campus, always lock your office or residence or vehicle when leaving, never leave computers or electronics unattended, and walk after dark in well-lit areas in groups or with another person.
Emergencies: Crimes in progress or incidents requiring police, fire or medical aid may be reported to University Police University Police at 573-651-2911 or 911 from a University phone. If calling 911 from a cellular you may reach The Cape Girardeau City Police or the Illinois State Police in Ullin IL depending on your location in the City of Cape Girardeau.
Non-emergencies: Calls for service or assistance are directed to University Police at 573-651-2215.
Federal law known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires our university to disclose "statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to local law enforcement agencies or any official of the institution who is defined as a 'Campus Security Authority' (CSA)." Examples of a CSA include:
University Police will send all Campus Security Authorities annual requests for information on crimes which were reported to the CSA for inclusion in yearly campus safety statistical reporting. CSA's who reported an incident to University Police when it occurred have met their reporting requirements for that incident.