The maintenance of a safe and secure residence hall environment
is everyone's responsibility. To this end, the admittance of
unauthorized persons to residence halls is prohibited. Residents
should always lock their room and apartment doors to ensure
personal safety and security of their property. To enhance the
safety and security of all hall residents, residents' property as
well as University property, Butler University police will conduct
patrols of the residence halls/university apartment buildings on a
periodic basis. Officers are fully commissioned and have the same
authority as other law enforcement officers. For emergency
situations requiring police, medical or firefight response, call
9-1-1. For non-emergency assistance, call University police at
940-2873. Additionally the following safety tips should be
- Never prop residence hall/University apartment building or
Greek house doors open or let others prop them open. Close and
latch any door you find propped.
- Always carry your key and ID card with you and make sure doors
lock after they enter.
- Do not let others in through a door you have opened. Residence
hall/University apartment students should immediately report to
their RA, ACA, RLC or hall office staff if they see anyone propping
a door or letting strangers into a stairwell.
- Never walk alone on campus after dark. Organize your travel so
you can walk with a group of friends. Choose a well-lit pathway for
travel. For a safety transportation escort on campus contact the
University police at ext. 2873.
- Report suspicious persons or activities to the University
police at ext. 2873. If you suspect you are being followed or if
you fear a suspicious person, move to a brightly lit area or toward
- If you are a victim of a crime, immediately report the incident
to the University police at ext. 2873 and to your RA/ACA/RLC. Your
immediate report may be instrumental in apprehending the individual
and/or recovering your loss.
- Residence hall/university apartment students should never leave
their rooms/apartments without locking their doors.
- Never leave your keys and possessions unattended in a lounge,
hallway, laundry room or other common space. Secure valuables in a
- Check your family insurance to see if your possessions are
covered while you have them on campus. If you are not adequately
covered, consider personal property insurance.
- Write down brand names, purchase prices and dates, and serial
numbers of all valuables and name, account number and expiration
date of all credit cards. This information should be kept separate
from other valuables and in a safe location.
- Report immediately any theft or loss to University police. You
may also register your electronics
Abuse of safety equipment
Safety and security equipment is placed in the residence
halls/university apartment buildings for your protection. Tampering
with such equipment (exit signage, standard/emergency lighting,
fire alarm horns/strobes) will endanger not only your life but also
the life of everyone in the building. Participating in any activity
that may compromise building security or safety will result in
student conduct action and/or criminal charges.
If there is a fire:
- If you see a fire or smell smoke, pull the nearest building
- Leave the building.
- Call the University police at 940-9999.
At the beginning of the semester, familiarize yourself with the
emergency and evacuation procedures, and the locations of exit
stairwells and doors.
- Plan more than one exit route.
- If you hear a fire alarm, you are required to immediately exit
- Never use an elevator in a fire emergency.
If you get trapped in a room when there is a fire, close the
doors and seal cracks and vents. Hang an object in front of the
window (bed sheet, jacket) and/or telephone for help. If above the
first floor do not open the window until instructed by rescue
When notified of severe weather, proceed quickly and calmly to
the inner most area on the lower levels of the building, away from