Campus Security and Safety
The Campus Security office is located on the Main Campus in the Auxiliary Services Building #300, Room 104, phone 974-7911 and maintains a webpage with detailed information on all aspects of campus security and safety at hilo.hawaii.edu/auxsvc/security/
Services Provided by Security Officers
Security Officers patrol both the UH Hilo Campus and satellite facilities and the Hawaiʻi CC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Along with routine patrol duties and traffic and parking enforcement, other services include conducting investigations, responding to emergencies and alarms, making emergency notifications, and securing rooms and buildings. Routine facility and landscaping assessments are made to minimize hazardous conditions. Exterior lighting, doors, and shrubbery are checked for unsafe conditions and reported to the maintenance department, where repairs are given top priority. Upon request, Campus Security conducts presentations in crime prevention and campus security procedures.
Emergency Operations Plan: The University has an Emergency Operations Plan, which provides guidance to organize and direct the University’s operation in the event of an emergency or civil defense action. Emergencies include natural hazards such as storms, hurricanes, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic activity, as well as human-caused hazards such as unlawful assemblies resulting in riots, labor strikes, utility failures, chemical or radiological accidents, bomb and bioterroristic threats, shooting incidents, fires, and explores. The plan is available online at hilo.hawaii.edu/uhh/vcadmin/documents/UHHandHawCCEOP_001.pdf In the event of emergency, faculty should call Campus Security at 974-7911.
Access to Campus Facilities
Most facilities and programs are open and available to the public during normal hours of operation. To ensure personal safety and facility security, strict key control is maintained. Persons wishing to use facilities after hours need to make prior arrangements, and should carry proper University identification.
Campus Housing facilities are intended for University residents and guests. Visitors to Housing facilities are the responsibility of the resident host and overnight guests must make prior arrangements with the Hall Director.
Emergency Call Boxes and Blue Light Phones
The University has dispersed throughout the campus (yellow) emergency call boxes and blue light telephones for student and faculty use in the event of an emergency and/or the need for assistance.
Utilizing the emergency phone requires depressing the red button on the call box and this will place a call directly to Campus Security. The location of the call will be ascertained and the nature of the emergency or assistance will be addressed immediately.
Campus Security Escort Program
UH Hilo offers a Campus Escort Program seven days a week between the hours of 6:30pm and 11:30pm. The Program is available to ensure the safety of individual students, faculty and staff members. If someone feels uncomfortable about walking across the University Campus for any reason, they may contact the Security Department at (974-7911) and they will be escorted to their requested on-campus destination.
Reporting of Crimes and Emergencies
The University encourages the prompt reporting of all emergencies, violations, and criminal incidents by calling the police (911) or to Campus Security (974-7911). When a call is received by security, an Officer will be immediately dispatched. Often a quick report will aid in the apprehension of the suspect and/ or prevention of a crime. All reported incidents are investigated and recorded. Incidents also can be reported to any University employee.
Silent Witness Program
If you see a crime or incident that you want to report to us without identifying yourself, you can use the "Silent Witness" Form on the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Campus Security web page: hilo.hawaii.edu/auxsvc/security/witness/
Here are common sense precautions recommended by Campus Security:
- Report any suspicious persons or activities; report all incidents no matter how minor; report losses immediately.
- Lock and secure all windows and doors; lock your cars and bikes; store valuables in the trunk.
- Never loan keys to anyone as they are easily lost, stolen, or duplicated).
- Mark or engrave your belongings
- Don't leave belongings and valuables unattended for any amount of time
- At night, travel and park in lighted areas; travel in pairs if possible; be aware of your surroundings.
The possession or use of non-prescription drugs and paraphernalia or lethal weapons on University premises is strictly prohibited. Drugs include anything defined as a dangerous, harmful and/or detrimental substance. Lethal weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, ammunition, spear guns, explosives, and other dangerous items. Any person found in violation is subject to the provisions of Hawaiʻi State Law, University policy and/or the Student Conduct Code.
Sexual Assault Policy
The University has a Student Sexual Assault Policy and will not tolerate acts of sexual assault on members of our campus community. Sexual assault is defined as any form of unwanted sexual contact and includes rape, acquaintance rape, and other sexual acts directed against another person. It does not require the use of physical force and can be the result of a threat, expressed or implied, that places a person in fear of bodily injury.
All sexual assaults should be reported, and can be made to any member of the University's Sexual Assault Response Team, which includes staff from the Women's Center, Counseling Services, Student Medical Services, University Housing, Dean of Students, and Campus Security. Team members will ensure that victims/survivors will be able to access advocacy, medical mental health and other support services in a timely manner; will receive information about options for recourse; and will be presented with reasonable academic and other accommodations.
Any University student or employee found responsible for a sexual assault is subject to the provisions of Hawai'i State Law, University Policy and/or the Student Conduct Code. For more information, visit:
- UH Hilo Sexual Assault Policy & Procedures, hilo.hawaii.edu/uhh/vcsa/documents/UHHiloSexualAssaultPolicy-Jan2010.pdf
- UH System Sexual Assault Executive Policy & Procedural Guidelines
UH Hilo campus procedures stipulate that the accuser and accused are entitled to the same rights at disciplinary proceedings, including having another individual present and notification of disciplinary outcomes.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crimes Statistics Act (formerly Campus Security Act)
UH Hilo complies with the Campus Security Act by publishing, on an annual basis, crimes that occur on-campus, residence halls, non-campus and public property adjacent to the University Campus. These crimes include murder, negligent homicide, forcible and non forcible sex offenses, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson. Additionally, hate crimes, weapons offenses, drug and alcohol use and arrests are reported.
Crime statistics and Annual Report for the UH Hilo campus are posted at hilo.hawaii.edu/auxsvc/security/uhhilo.php
Updated July 2011--WF