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Campus Safety

The motto and goal of Stritch Security is "Prevention, Protection."

Cardinal Stritch University's Department of Security is vitally concerned with and takes an active role in promoting the personal safety, security and well-being of all members of the Stritch community, as well as providing protection of University assets. Campus Safety, within the Department of Security, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition to such routine security functions as patrolling campus facilities and grounds and enforcement of parking regulations, Stritch safety officers act as liaisons with local police and fire agencies, provide information about the University and local areas to both visitors and members of the community and provide escort services to campus parking areas upon request. They also provide myriad services ranging from key control to investigative services for the University.

Campus safety officers maintain safety on the Stritch campus but are not authorized to make arrests. The Department of Security maintains a close working relationship with the police departments of the Village of Fox Point and the City of Glendale, which, in turn, aid the University in all criminal investigations.

We hope all members of the Stritch community read and use the information presented here and in our Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to help foster a safe environment for everyone at Stritch. Additionally, other informative documents on date rape, personal safety, campus safety and other subjects are available upon request from the Department of Security or Student Affairs.

How to report campus crimes and emergencies

To ensure security, Campus Safety operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To report a crime or another on-campus emergency, contact the officer on duty at (414) 410-4220 or secreports@stritch.edu.

The University encourages the Stritch community to report all crimes and/or other emergencies on campus in an accurate and timely manner to the Department of Security and the City of Glendale or Village of Fox Point police departments.  


Reporting emergencies

In the event of an emergency, it is important to report it immediately. If police, fire or rescue personnel are required to respond, they should be called first and then a call should be placed to Campus Safety.

  • Police or Fire: 911 (from campus or any other phone)
  • Campus Safety: ext. 4220 (from campus phone) or (414) 410-4220 (from any other phone)

Campus safety officers have access to key phone numbers for the crisis team and will alert others as appropriate.

Reporting at other classroom sites

To report any criminal activity, call 911 or the police department with legal jurisdiction in that area. Report all incidents, as well as any suspicious activity, to your instructor and the director of academic counseling or site manager at your regional site.

Reporting crime to campus security authorities

Generally, any crime can be reported to a Campus Security Authority (CSA). Stritch specifically recommends reporting to the Department of Security or the Dean of Students, although numerous other positions are designated as CSAs. 

CSAs ensure that criminal activity is reported to the Department of Security which will take the appropriate action (timely warnings, investigation, police referral, etc.) and record the information (excluding publicly identifying information) in the campus crime log. It is important to note that the role of a CSA is distinct from that of the role of a "Responsible Employee" under Title IX. A person may be both a CSA and a Responsible Employee with differing obligations to report.

Responding to crime

Each reported incident is investigated by a member of the Department of Security and/or a police officer, with the exception of confidential reports. Every effort is made to identify and prosecute criminals, recover stolen property and encourage restitution, when possible. In addition, crime that occurs on campus is also a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be addressed using the University's internal investigation (in collaboration with the Department of Security) and disciplinary processes and policies as well.

Emergency notification and timely warnings

Stritch has a crisis communication plan that allows for expeditious communication. In most crisis/emergency situations, both the police and the Department of Security are called to aid in assessing the situation and to provide guidance on appropriate action.

Timely warnings and emergency notifications occur at Stritch through a multimedia approach that uses a notification system (Omnilert) that can send text messages, emails and computer monitor messaging; social media messaging and monitoring; University email and LMS systems; physical alarms (sound and light on campus); and posters/flyers as needed. The specific delivery of the warning is based on the perceived threat to the community and/or level of the emergency.

Emergency notification system

Stritch subscribes to Omnilert, a notification system that alerts registered users via text messaging and email. All students, faculty and staff are registered with this service. Users can adjust their registration by logging onto the Emergency Notifications Portlet on My Stritch and providing the pertinent information. In the event of an emergency requiring rapid communication, this system will be engaged to provide users with important information related to evacuations, closings, sheltering in place or other instructions. While these notifications will be sent with the most immediate knowledge of the situation available, they should not replace personal judgment if the situation changes rapidly.

Timely warnings are used when there is understood to be an ongoing threat of which the community needs to be aware.

Fire and emergency evacuation

In case of fire or other emergency conditions, alarms will sound throughout the University alerting students, faculty and staff to exit the buildings. This should be a quick and orderly process. Unless given specific instructions otherwise, no student should remain in the buildings.

Students with temporary or permanent mobility impairments are asked to work with the Accessibility Services coordinator regarding an evacuation plan in case of an emergency. Individuals needing such assistance are asked to visit with the Accessibility Services coordinator at the beginning of each semester to plan for any changes in schedule and/or health conditions.

Annual fire and emergency evacuation drills

The University conducts a fire drill annually in either September or October, in both residence halls. The test is typically unannounced, however residents are informed about evacuation processes prior to the drill. The test is conducted in conjunction with local authorities (police and firefighters). Alarms are sounded and the residence halls are evacuated. University personnel meet with local authorities immediately upon completion of the drill to assess all aspects of the drill (evacuation times, special needs of occupants, effectiveness of audible and visual alarms, evacuation procedures, etc.). The feedback received from these drills is used to modify and enhance campus-wide emergency preparedness plans in collaboration with University leadership. Documentation on each drill, including a description of the drill, the date of the test, the time the test started and ended and its announcement status, as well as collected feedback and suggested modifications is retained by the Department of Facilities.

In addition to the residence halls, information on the crisis response plan and evacuation procedures are disseminated in the fall of each year via email to all Stritch students, faculty and staff. 

University Security policy and crime statistics

Federal law requires colleges and universities to collect information concerning campus crime statistics, campus security policies, University disciplinary action taken for specified violations and crime prevention programs. Institutions are required to distribute information to current and prospective students and employees through a published Annual Security Report (ASR) each year. In addition, up-to-date information on campus crime statistics (Campus Crime Log) as well as the University's Fire Log are available upon request between periods of publishing. 

Campus Crime Log

A daily log of campus reports is maintained by the Department of Security. Interested parties may view reports by contacting the Department of Security at (414) 410-4220. Recent reports may be read during regular business hours. Archival information will be made available within five business days. Entries may be delayed or withheld if there is clear and convincing evidence that a particular log entry would jeopardize the confidentiality or safety of a victim, jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation, cause a suspect to flee or evade detection, or result in the destruction of evidence.

Annual Security Report

The crime statistics included in the Annual Security Report (ASR) are Clery Act defined crimes, occurring within the campus geography as defined by Clery and are reported to Campus Security Authorities who in turn report them to the Department of Security for recording. Clery crime statistics from the last three calendar years, as well as information on current security policies and practices, are then published in the ASR.  

View the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2019
View the Annual Crime Statistics for Calendar Years 2016 to 2018

Nuwber Ranking

Stritch ranked safest campus in Wisconsin

October 2019: Nuwber ranked Stritch the safest college campus in Wisconsin. See the state-by-state rankings on the Nuwber website.

Nuwber Website

Student University policies

View our Drug and Alcohol, Disability, Missing Student and Sexual Harassment and Misconduct policies.

Fire safety

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, see the following information about residence hall fire safety.

Privacy rights - FERPA

Read information regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act policy (FERPA).

Title IX

Review information regarding Title IX federal legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex and gender in educational programs.