SCSU Safety Services

Campus Watch

University Police offers an on-campus escort service 24 hours a day for your security. Simply call the University Police Department at (203) 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.

Shuttle 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 and providing 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, seven 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 (see below).  Present your valid SCSU Hoot Loot ID card to the driver upon pick-up.  (Only four 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 his or her 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:

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."

For more information about the R.I.D.E.S. program, contact any of the following:

Drug and Alcohol Resource Center: (203) 392-5087
Women's Center: (203) 392-6946
S.A.G.E. Center: (203) 392-8989
Disability Resource Center: (203) 392-6828
Counseling Services: (203) 392-5475
Student Life Office: (203) 392-5782
Department of Residence Life: (203) 392-5870
Department of Athletics: (203) 392-6000
Wellness Center:  (203) 392-6526
Hoot Loot Office: (203) 392-7077
University Police: (203) 392-5375

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System

The 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. The courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. The Southern university community is proud to provide Rape Aggression Defense training.  There are four certified instructors, all with varying experiences.  The training is broken up over five or six weeks, and the sessions are about two hours each.  The course currently taught 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.  For more information, contact the University Police at (203) 392-5375.