Living on campus is like living in a city, with nearly 9,000 students residing on campus and thousands of individuals taking classes, working at and using the services of the University every day. As in any community, it’s important for all of us to remember that safety and security is everyone’s responsibility. There are things you can do to stay safe on campus:

  • Use your access card to enter your residence hall. Don’t prop exterior doors, which can provide access to unwanted individuals.
  • Keep your bedroom, suite or apartment door locked at all times even while you’re home or when you leave your room for a short time.
  • Lock ground floor windows.
  • Don’t walk alone at night. Walk in groups, use the bus service, call the Residential Safety Program (632-WALK) for an escorted walk to any destination on campus.
  • Be alert and report something unusual to University Police by calling 333 from any campus phone or 911 from any phone. For more information about safety on campus, visit our Campus Safety Page.

University Police Officers:

  • are a part of the New York State Police Department
  • patrol the campus, including residential areas, 24 hours a day
  • close the campus to unauthorized individuals at midnight daily
  • check ID at the main entrance (the one open entrance) after midnight

The Residential Safety Program (RSP):

The mission of the Residential Safety Program at Stony Brook University is to promote safety in our community by providing various services to enhance the safety experience and educate residents and the university community about their responsibility in our community as a whole. The program:

  • works with University Police, students, and staff to ensure a safe environment;
  • has implemented the Walk Service Program, to escort students around the campus at night;
  • provides Building Monitors, who sit in each resident hall to check the ID of all visitors nightly.

For a free escort, dial 2-WALK(9255) from any campus phone. Or dial 631-632-WALK.

Subject: Missing Student Notification

A recent amendment to the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act requires that campuses provide residential students with the ability to designate an individual for the University to contact if a student is reported missing for more than twenty-four hours. To further this requirement, Stony Brook University has decided to offer all students the opportunity to provide missing student contact information. If a student is reported missing for more than twenty-four hours, emergency contact procedures will be implemented by University officials. It should be noted the University is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian for all missing residential students under eighteen years of age.

To register this confidential contact information, please log into SOLAR, input the requested data under "Security and Personal Data" - "Whom to contact if I'm missing".

Other Safety Measures at SBU:

Environmental Enhancements:

The University is committed to maintaining a safe campus for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. As appropriate, University Police will send alerts to inform the campus community about unusual incidents. The University has recently implemented several initiatives to enhance personal safety.

  • Since May 2007, Campus Residences has added 19 card access points in the residence halls, and is adding 6 more card access entrances. Upgraded locking devices have been installed in 22 locations.
  • Based on reports from residents and from maintenance staff, as well as daily reports from Residential Safety Program (RSP), Campus Residences repairs exterior doors, windows, lighting, and other safety related issues on a daily basis.
  • Video recording devices have been installed in some residential areas, and others will be added as warranted. In addition to the devices in the residence halls, the campus has cameras monitoring multiple exterior areas and buildings.
  • Additional exterior lighting has been installed at many locations throughout campus, and more blue light phones and pole lights at many pathways are also being installed.

Personal Safety Education: The University is committed to keeping members of the campus community informed. Specifically:

  • The Residential Safety Program(RSP)along with the Campus Residences RA staff  conduct safety programs in the Residence Halls.
  • A Campus Safety page has been added to the University website and is accessible from the SBU home page. This page has numerous resources about safe practices and crime prevention.

University Police and the Center for Prevention & Outreach provide additional information on safety issues.