Student Health and Safety


CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY

All crime is serious if you are a victim. Students and employees must assume an active role in their personal safety and the security of their personal property. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for adopting measures to protect themselves and their possessions. Learn to be observant and aware of your surroundings. If you notice suspicious activity or observe a crime, be observant of the circumstances and report the incident. Do not hesitate to call Emergency Assistance 911 or Campus Security. Do not assume someone else has reported the incident.

The following precautions provide guidance:

  1. Report all suspicious activity to Security immediately.
  2. Report unsafe conditions or hazards to campussafety@uhv.edu.
  3. Never take personal safety for granted.
  4. Try to avoid walking alone at night.
  5. Limit your alcohol consumption, and leave social functions that get too loud, too crowded, or that have too many people drinking excessively. Remember to call Security for help at the first sign of trouble..
  6. Carry only small amounts of cash.
  7. Never leave valuables (wallets, purses, books, calculators, etc.) unattended.
  8. Carry your keys at all times and do not lend them to anyone.
  9. Lock up bicycles and motorcycles. Lock car doors and close windows when leaving your car.
  10. Always lock the door to your residence hall room, whether or not you are there. Be certain that your door is locked when you go to sleep, and keep windows closed and locked when you are not at home.
  11. Do not leave valuables in your car, especially if they can be easily noticed.
  12. Engrave serial numbers or owner’s recognized numbers, such as a driver’s license number, on items of value.
  13. Inventory your personal property and insure it appropriately with personal insurance coverage.
  14. Register your bicycle and laptop computer with the Victoria Police Department.
  15. If attending night classes, try to park in lighted areas. Have your car keys out when you return to your vehicle and check the front and back seats before entering. If you feel unsafe walking alone back to your car at night, walk with a group or call Security and ask for an escort to your vehicle.
  16. Be familiar with work safety policies and procedures.
  17. Develop an office alert procedure (a simple signal) with co-workers to let each other know when one is in trouble.
  18. Be very cautious about providing personal information, such as your SSN over the telephone or internet.
  19. Leave your office blinds open so security and others can easily see inside as they make their rounds.

Clery Act Annual Security Report

The University is committed to providing a safe and secure university environment. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics (Clery Act) is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.

Beginning with calendar year 2009, the Campus Fire Safety Right-To-Know Act requires colleges and universities to report specific fire safety information and statistics in residential complexes owned or controlled by the university or college. For ease of reporting, all required elements of both reports have been merged into a single report entitled the “Annual Security & Fire Safety Report.”

The UHV Campus Safety Office compiles and publishes this Annual Security Report on or before October 1. The annual Security and Fire Safety Report can be downloaded at http://www.uhv.edu/business/safety/manual/SFSReport/Security_FireSafety_Report.pdf#view=FitV . You may also call 361-570-4858 or e-mail campussafety@uhv.edu and request a copy of this report.

MySafeCampus

MySafeCampus is a third party incident reporting system. Students may report allegations of fraud, waste or other regulatory compliance issues anonymouslyand confidentially from any computer or phone. Reports may be made either online by visiting the university Institutional Compliance (http://www.uhv.edu/compliance/) website, or the MySafeCampus website at (www.MySafeCampus.com), or by calling 1-800-716-9007. You may also use MySafeCampus to report concerns regarding employee or student behavior under the “Campus Safety/Security Concerns” section. The University will respond to all reports.

Reporting Criminal Activity

The University encourages students, faculty, staff, and community members and guests to report all crimes and public safety-related incidents to UHV in a timely manner. Requests for police assistance or reports of suspected criminal activities and emergencies for on-campus matters may be made 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, as follows:

UH-Victoria Campus

Security officers are assigned to UH-Victoria. Should you need assistance concerning an escort, safety or security matter, contact the security officer on duty by calling 361-570-4830 or by email at securityofficer@uhv.edu. If the security officer is not available during an EMERGENCY situation, you should dial 911. Crime and public safety-related incidents may also be reported to the Campus Safety & Risk Manager by calling 361-570-4245 or by e-mail at campussafety@uhv.edu.

UH System at Cinco Ranch

Security officers are assigned to UHS at Cinco Ranch. Should you need assistance concerning an escort, safety or security matter, contact the security officer on duty by calling 832-842-2877. If the security officer is not available during an EMERGENCY situation, you should dial 911.

UH Sugar Land

Security officers are assigned to UH Sugar Land. Should you need assistance concerning an escort, safety or security matter, contact the police officer or security officer on duty by calling 281-275-3302. If the security officer is not available during an EMERGENCY situation, you should dial 911.

A notification process exists which will permit UHDPS to respond and conduct follow-up investigations of incidents that occur at UHS at Cinco Ranch or UH Sugar Land. You can call UHDPS at 713-743-3333 to initiate this service. Should you desire to schedule crime prevention programs noted within this document please call the Crime Prevention Unit at 713-743-0616.

Campus Incident Report

The combined campus monthly incident report provides employees, students and the public with information about monthly safety and health, environmental, risk management, and security related incidents that occurred on the University of Houston-Victoria campus including Jaguar Hall and Jaguar Court, the University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch, the University of Houston Sugar Land, and The Victoria College campuses. To view these incidents, go to the UHV Campus Safety Incident Log or at: http://www.uhv.edu/business/safety/manual/Incident_Log/Incidlog.aspx .