Crime Prevention Memo

This was an email sent to all enrolled students at Kettering University on 4/23/14:

Dear Students:

Springtime and daylight saving time signal longer days and lots of evening activities; a good time to remind ourselves of important safety tips to keep you and the Kettering community safe.  Take a few moments to read this email so you are familiar with our Campus Safety resources and the steps you can take to protect yourself and your belongings.

Safety Information & Tips:

Travel after Dark:  We recommend everyone travel in pairs after nightfall.  Walk and park in well-lit areas and remain alert to your surroundings.  

Personal Safety:  If you feel threatened or observe suspicious activity, call Campus Safety immediately.  Add Campus Safety to your cell phone contacts now so you may call them anytime.  Contact the Service Center by calling (810) 762-9501 [or “0” from any campus phone].  Also, all parking lots feature blue-light emergency call boxes that connect with Campus Safety. 

Safety Escorts:  Campus Safety will escort you from anywhere on campus to any location within a one-mile radius of the University.  Call the Service Center and request an officer meet you at your current location.  Or, stop by the Service Center and request an escort.  An officer will walk or drive you to your next destination.

Kettering Alerts: If you have not already done so, sign up for Kettering Alert, our cell phone and email emergency notification system.  Kettering Alert allows us to communicate with you on a moment’s notice should “imminent danger” threaten your safety.  We use Kettering Alert only in cases where Campus Safety or local law enforcement recommends you take pre-emptive action to protect yourself against things like criminal activity, fire, hazardous spills, and extreme weather conditions.  

To sign up for Kettering Alert, log in to Banner Self Service, click on “Personal Information” and “Kettering Alert.”  Follow the prompts to sign up or change your contact information.  

Emergency Contact Information:  While in Banner Self Service, take a moment to verify or update emergency contact information.  The University uses this information only in cases where you cannot speak for yourself.  We do not share it with anyone except official emergency responders, such as the Flint Police or emergency responders.  

ID Card Access: 

Carry your ID card with you at all times so you have access to buildings when you need it.  All campus buildings are locked 24/7 except the front doors of the Campus Center and the Recreation Center.  

Safety Tips

Follow these safety tips to protect yourself and your possessions. 

  • Stay alert and trust your instincts. 
  • Always use well-lighted roads, sidewalks, and walkways.
  • Don’t leave your personal property unattended, including in your car.
  • Use locks:  on your car, your room in Thompson Hall, or your rental unit.
  • Never travel alone, particularly after dark. If you must be out alone or in a small group after dark, please use our Escort/Shuttle Service, which you may contact 24/7 at (810) 762-9501.  Program this number into your cell phone now so you have it available at all times.
  • Use our Safety Escort/Shuttle Service: Campus Safety officers will escort students, faculty, and staff to any point on campus, or within a mile radius of campus, at any time to ensure their safety.  All you need to do to request the service is call Campus Safety at 762-9501, or press “O” from any campus telephone.  We encourage everyone to take advantage of this service whenever doing so will ensure your comfort and security, particularly after dark.  For example, if you are on campus late into the night, and need to get to your car, call Campus Safety, tell them what door you will be exiting, and they will send a patrol to the lot. Or, alert an existing patrol officer to watch you or accompany you to your car. (Note that Escort/Shuttle Services exists to protect members of our community; it is not a means of local transport for any other reason.) 
  • All Kettering students who live off campus should insist their property owners install and maintain security devices, including an alarm system, outside lights over all potential entry points, tamper-proof locks on all doors and windows, and peepholes in exterior doors.  Shrubs and bushes should be trimmed and maintained so as not to provide cover.  Contact the property owner of your rental unit and insist s/he provide these safety features.  Also, signs advertising rental units should be removed.  They not only advertise where students live, which attracts criminals; the signs also violate City of Flint building codes.

What to Do in Case of an Emergency:  Call 9-1-1 from your phone or a campus phone. Calls to 9-1-1 from your phone will route you to Flint’s central dispatch office. Calls to 9-1-1 from campus telephones are routed to the Campus Safety desk. The Campus Safety desk officer will contact the Flint Police Department or other emergency responders as circumstances warrant. 

File a Report on any Incidents that Occur:  Please report all on- and off-campus personal or property incidents through our Campus Safety Incident Report System.  This page is also available as a link named “Crime and Incident Report Form” on the main “Campus Safety” page or on the “Current Students” page under “Campus Life.”  We follow up on all incidents directly with all individuals making a report and, when appropriate, with local authorities. Reporting all security related incidents is important because these reports make it possible for us to track as well as to anticipate criminal activity. They also help us to connect affected individuals to campus resources that may be of assistance to them, such as the Wellness Center.  

Thanks for reading this long email.  We believe the information here will serve you well and help us create a safe and secure campus; one that reflects our commitment to your personal safety, as well as our desire to promote respect, fairness, and equity among all members of the Kettering community.

Betsy Homsher
Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students

Jim Benford
Director, Campus Safety