Campus Safety Services

The following information is taken from the University Police website. Please refer to it for more information. You may also call them at 203-392-5375 for any questions or concerns. These safety services are available to SCSU students free of charge.

campus watch

University Police offers an on-campus escort service 24 hours a day for your security. Simply call the University Police Department at 392-5375, state your name, location, and destination, and, as long as your route is on university property, an officer or a student security assistant will accompany you.

rape aggression defense training

rape aggression defense classThe Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual.

The Southern university community has been proud to provide Rape Aggression Defense training.  There are 4 certified instructors and each have varying experiences.  The training is broken up over five or six weeks, and the sessions are about two hours each.  The course we currently teach is for "Women Only."  Many university members and students have been able to take this training and we hope that many more will.  There is no charge for the course. 

To sign up for courses, please contact

Classes fill up fast and the spots are filled according to the date/time emails are received. 


*Students MUST attend ALL of the classes during which ever session they choose. There will be no makeup classes. *

Please wear comfortable workout type clothing, sneakers and no jewelry.

Don't forget to bring a water bottle, this is a physical class, and we take numerous water breaks as needed.

silent witness

This program is designed so that students, faculty and staff can report suspicious activity and crimes via the Internet while remaining anonymous. If you have witnessed a crime, or if you know of a crime that was committed or will be committed, simply fill out and submit the form. A member of the SCSU Police Department will investigate the information provided. You will not be contacted unless you provide your contact information. All tips remain anonymous.

Please keep in mind this program is intended to assist the SCSU Police Department and is not intended for crimes in progress or for emergencies. Dial 911 in those instances. Click here to fill out the form.

Shuttle Bus Services

Because Southern Connecticut State University is located in two municipalities (New Haven and Hamden) a shuttle bus service has been established.

At present, there are seven enclosed bus stops located throughout the university campus. These are located in high pedestrian traffic areas. The shuttle service runs from 7:30 a.m. until midnight, Monday through Thursday, and until 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. After midnight, a student may request a shuttle by calling the university police at 888, provide the dispatcher with your name, location, and destination. This shuttle runs until 3 a.m. Monday through Thursday. There are four 25-passenger buses and one smaller van with a lift platform to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters.


Stuck without a ride? Little or no cash on hand?  Find yourself in an uncomfortable situation and need a way out?  The R.I.D.E.S. program is there for you.

R.I.D.E.S. is a program designed to offer students a safe, responsible mode of transportation when needed.  It can be used for any reason with 'no questions asked.'  Cabs are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week throughout the academic year including the winter and summer sessions.  Students may take a cab to and from any destination within a 50 mile radius of the SCSU campus.

Any student (full or part time, resident or commuter) enrolled in class at SCSU may use the R.I.D.E.S. program.  Call any participating taxi company.  Present your valid SCSU Hoot Loot ID card to the driver upon pick-up.  (Only 4 students may ride in a cab at one time.)  Payment can be made at a later time.

The payment is initially covered by the SCSU Student Government Association.  The student presenting their SCSU Hoot Loot ID card is responsible for the reimbursement of the payment to the Student Government Association within 14 days.  This can be done with their SCSU Hoot Loot ID card.

The taxi companies that are currently participating in the R.I.D.E.S. program are:


Drinking and driving is against the law.  Alcohol has many effects.  It slows down the central nervous system.  It compromises the senses including 'common sense' and lowers one's defense.  The danger and hazard of driving under the influence has the awful potential to cause serious injuries or death.  DON'T BE NEXT !

Make use of this service when you find the need.  Again, R.I.D.E.S. can be used for any reason - 'no questions asked.


Southern Alert Emergency Alert SystemSouthern Connecticut State University uses an emergency notification system, SouthernAlert, in an effort to convey important information to the campus community in the event of an emergency, weather-related closing/delay, or other potentially hazardous situations.

Visit SouthernAlert to learn more about this service.