Safety at University of Lynchburg: A Shared Responsibility
Safety at the University of Lynchburg is the shared responsibility of students, faculty, and staff. Ours is a close-knit community with an excellent security history. However, no campus or community is free from crime. The degree to which the University of Lynchburg is safe depends on each member of the campus community taking seriously the responsibility to protect himself/herself and others.
To help protect yourself, campus colleagues, and your belongings, take time to think about safety and security on campus, and utilize the suggestions and resources identified in this Security Report. Following the tips provided, by promptly reporting all campus crimes and safety concerns to Campus Safety and Security, and by actively protecting your safety and that of your campus colleagues, so you will be a positive contributor to the quality of life at the University.
University of Lynchburg is located in a quiet but thriving city of approximately 68,000 residents. As in any city, threats can arise from people and circumstances external to the University. Remember that the campus is accessible by foot from any direction at any time. While nearby off-campus areas may seem like extensions of the campus, they may not be as secure – especially at night.
University buildings (except residential facilities) are unlocked and open to students, employees, contractors, visitors, and guests Monday-Friday, including nighttime class and event times. Campus grounds and facilities are frequently and freely accessed by members of the general public attending athletic competitions, presentations, and other events.
In general, University academic buildings and administrative office areas are locked after classes or daily usage hours end. Non-residential facilities may be open for authorized purposes, such as presentations and performances, academic projects, and meetings of campus organizations.
All residence halls (Freer, Hundley, Montgomery, Shackelford, and Tate Halls) and Peaksview Hall apartments are locked 24 hours per day. From 10am to midnight, all undergraduate students’ ID cards allow them access to all residence halls and to Peaksview Hall. After midnight, only residents of a particular building may access that building using their ID cards. University policy stipulates that a visitor who is not a resident of the building must be admitted and escorted by a building resident. During Thanksgiving, winter, spring, and summer breaks, all student ID cards are deactivated, unless special permission for residential access is given by the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
Other campus housing (Courts and Westwood apartments, south side houses, and townhouses) is locked and unlocked by keys issued to the assigned residents.
Members of the University community and guests may visit students in campus housing in accordance with the University visitation policy