From University Police Department
September 2, 2022
To our campus community,
Your safety and wellbeing are our top priorities. Now that the fall semester has begun, we ask that you take a few moments to learn how you can help protect yourself and your fellow Vikings.

The CSU Police Department is here to help you!
  • Sign up for the free the RAVE Guardian app.
  • Report on-campus crimes or suspicious behavior to Cleveland State University Police Department (CSUPD) at 216-687-2020.
  • Call 911 for emergencies immediately. If calling from a cell phone, ask the dispatcher to connect you with Cleveland State University Police.
  • Look for and be familiar with the locations of “blue light” emergency phones on campus. 
  • When outdoors, walk in well-lit areas, walk with a friend or call for a Viking Safety Escort. Viking Safety Escorts are provided 24 hours day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for on-campus locations and nearby off-campus student housing locations. Request a safety escort at 216-687-2020.
  • When meeting someone you don’t know to purchase or sell something, meet at the safe transaction zone in the public lobby of the CSUPD, 1840 Chester Ave.

Be aware of your surroundings
  • Practice situational awareness and be familiar with your surroundings as much as possible. If you feel unsafe, go back to where it was safe and re-evaluate (call police, or for a safety escort).
  • Use the Innerlink to travel across campus indoors. The innerlink is a series of interconnected hallways connecting buildings from Urban Affairs on E. 17th street to the Rec Center on E. 24th. 
  • Walk with confidence and purpose keeping your eyes on what’s around you.
  • Do not use your cellphone or earbuds/headphones while walking in public. Focus your attention on your personal safety.
  • Keep your distance from strangers. Cross the street or enter a safe location like a store or public building, if approaching a suspicious situation.
  • Do not let anyone use your phone or give them money.
  • If threatened with violence, give the perpetrator your property and call 9-1-1 immediately with a description of the perpetrator and direction of travel.

Make sure you’re signed up for CSU Alert

CSU Alert provides students, faculty and staff with emergency notifications via phone calls, text messages, and email. If you would like to receive notifications on your mobile phone, you must “opt-in” by providing us with your number. To ensure you receive our emergency messages, please review and update your emergency contact information located in CampusNet under CSU Alert.

If you become a victim of a crime, on or near campus, contact CSUPD right away. They will respond and/or connect you with additional help including on campus support like CARE.

Please know that confidential support is also available at the CSU Counseling Center, 24/7 by calling 216-687- 2277. Faculty and Staff may receive support from Impact Solutions.

Visit us on the web for more crime prevention tips.

Stay safe and be well,
CSU Police Department

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