This section of the Public Safety web site is intended to provide information related to campus security and safety including crime statistics, policies and procedures, and other information designed to inform students, employees and visitors about prevention of crimes and how to respond if a crime occurs.
The "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" (Public Law 101-542) mandates that certain information, including selected crime statistics, be reported to students, employees and prospective students and employees.
Departments reporting to the Dean of Students as well as the Department of Public Safety record crime statistics throughout the calendar year. In preparation of this report, all recorded statistics are forwarded to, and compiled by, the Department of Public Safety. This brochure is published in compliance with the law and provides information that is of importance and interest to those who work and study at Roger Williams University.
We at the Roger Williams University Department of Public Safety are concerned about the welfare, security and safety of every individual at Roger Williams University. However, maintaining a secure and safe campus environment can only be achieved through a cooperative effort of the entire University community.
The Roger Williams University Department of Public Safety is organized under the Division of Student Affairs. The Department consists of a Director, Associate Director, uniformed officers who offer services at the Bristol and Providence campuses, emergency medical technicians, as well as, shuttle drivers. Additionally, students are employed to augment security operations.
The Department strives to provide high quality security, safety and crime prevention services that meet the needs and standards of a progressive academic institution. The Department is responsible for providing security and safety for the entire University community. Public Safety Officers provide a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week security service for access control, vehicular patrol, bike patrol and foot patrol.
Officers do not carry firearms nor do they have police powers of arrest. However, the Department of Public Safety has close and highly effective working relationships with state and local police, who can provide these services to the campus in a timely fashion, if required.
The Department of Public Safety also has close and highly effective working relationships with other organizations, on and off campus. Working closely with the Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Student Life, the Directors of Housing and Residence Life, Department of Student Programs and Leadership, Department of Health Services, Office of Facilities Management, and the Student Senate, the Department of Public Safety endeavors to meet the needs of the student population. Additionally, well-established relationships with local, state and federal agencies enhance campus security and law enforcement operations.
As previously noted, maintaining a safe and secure campus is not the sole responsibility of the Department of Public Safety. We encourage all individuals who are on this beautiful campus to be conscious of their surroundings and assist in making security and safety a matter of routine in their activities.