Nov. 8, 2016: Campus Safety Enhancements
The safety and well-being of the campus community is always a priority for me and Creighton’s senior leadership team. As you may know, we have taken proactive steps to safeguard our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We employ 23 Public Safety officers, who patrol campus and provide transportation to students when needed; monitor dozens of blue-light emergency call boxes on campus; and offer a free transportation service on and near campus, just to name a few measures.
Several incidents have occurred this fall where individuals not affiliated with the University confronted students. We take these situations very seriously and are making changes to our shuttle/Jayride programs, launching a new notification service for campus-based students to keep them informed, and immediately initiating an enhanced security presence at Heider and Kenefick Halls.
As of Monday, Nov. 7, two Public Safety officers were assigned to Heider and Kenefick during the hours of 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. This measure is being taken to provide an additional security presence that will be visible to students and the public throughout much of the nighttime hours. Security personnel also will periodically patrol the interstate underpasses while assigned to these halls.
Working closely with the Creighton Students Union, Student Life, Public Safety, and Transportation, the Jayride program will be expanded. Jayride is a free service operated by the University that will take students to requested locations on or near campus.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 28:
- Shuttle routes will operate until 9 p.m.
- Jayride will be expanded to operate from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily with two vehicles dedicated to a larger service area seven days a week that will include apartment buildings near the downtown area (Cuming to Douglas streets, from 24th to 16th, and Dodge to Cuming, from 24th to 38th).
- Students can call directly to the service (402-546-8294) and the driver will establish a pick-up location. Jayride transportation will be staged at the Harper Center and Deglman Circle when awaiting calls for service.
- Using technology associated with the current CreightonAlert™ service, campus-based students will receive a text message with time-sensitive safety information during unforeseen events and incidents on or near campus. Additional information regarding the new Bluejay Safety Alert service will be communicated to students soon.
Students should continue to be aware of their surroundings while walking across campus, utilize transportation options, and walk with others, particularly at night. As I previously mentioned, Public Safety transportation services are also available to students when other options may not be available. If you ever feel threatened or in danger, or are the victim of a crime, please call the Public Safety emergency number, 402.280.2911, immediately.
Also, Creighton’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center) can provide confidential advocacy to students, faculty, and staff regarding sexual/dating violence, stalking, harassment, and discrimination. This includes safety planning, assistance with protective measures, information and referrals for counseling and medical services, assistance with housing, academic extensions and absences, information on legal options, assistance in reporting to the University and/or local law enforcement. For more information, call 402.280.3794 or email vipcenter [at] creighton [dot] edu.
In addition to the measures and resources outlined above, Public Safety continues to partner with the Omaha Police Department regarding ongoing crime prevention programs, and I will take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our campus community.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ