The University of Pittsburgh Police Department, in conjunction with Facilities Management, Computing Services and Systems Development, and other departments, works proactively to prepare for and deal with emergencies.
If necessary, the University can electronically lock down 80 percent of the buildings on the Pittsburgh campus from the Communications Center at Pitt's Public Safety Building.
University police also have access to over 1,000 closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras and over 500 emergency phones around campus, which are monitored 24 hours per day.
All bomb threats are treated as a serious event here at the University of Pittsburgh. A checklist and tip sheet is at your disposal to be used should you ever find yourself directly involved with the actual threat.
Campus Security Authority
The Clery Act requires the University of Pittsburgh to collect crime reports from a variety of individuals and organizations that Clery considers to be Campus Security Authorities. These include security and law enforcement officers; deans; coaches; residence hall staff; overseers and advisors to student clubs and organizations; and other campus officials who have "significant responsibility for student and campus activities," such as, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings.
If you have been designated as a Campus Security Authority, you must comply with the Clery Act reporting requirements by viewing a brief 15 minute video and completing a brief quiz following the video. If a crime has been reported to you, fill out the Campus Security Authority Report Form.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
The Pitt Police shares some general safety tips that can help keep pedestrians safe on, or near Oakland streets.
Protecting our Children
The University strives to provide a safe academic and work environment for all members of its community and guests. This is especially important with respect to the safety and welfare of children. The Pitt Police offers a list of frequently asked questions and information about reporting child abuse, sexual misconduct and/or required clearances.
Suspicious Mail and Packages
Learn how to recognize suspicious mail and packages and procedures for handling.
The City of Houston, Texas, Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security also released a video on terrorism prevention. The video's title is "Make the Call" and illustrates what to look for when identifying suspicious people or activity. The video encourages observers to call the appropriate authorities when suspicions are heightened.