The Office of Campus Security’s goal is to provide a safe environment for the educational mission of the University to take place through safety & security programs, service, support, emergency response, and high visibility patrol. We are first and foremost a service organization here to assist and support our campus community and keep our students safe. We strive to engage the community. We focus on building a rapport with members of the campus, establishing mutual trust and respect, and treating all people fairly.
About Campus Security
Emergency number: 615-460-6911
Non-emergency number: 615-460-6617
Located on the first floor of the Gabhart Student Center, the Office of Campus Security (OCS) takes pride in serving the needs of Belmont University. The OCS is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all holidays and weekends to patrol, provide support, and respond to incidents and calls for service to the campus. The emergency telephone number (615) 460-6911 is available for immediate contact in any emergency situation.
In addition to uniformed patrol and response to calls, Campus Security is responsible for issuing Belmont ID cards, vehicle and bicycle registration and guidance including the issuing of decals, managing the access control and video surveillance systems, and overseeing lost and found.
Campus Security provides many services to the Belmont community. Services include security escorts 24 hours a day, vehicle lockouts, vehicle jumpstarts, investigation and reporting, community policing, educational programming and training, and designated victim advocacy and confidential advising.
The staff is comprised of qualified personnel - many who have college degrees, prior police experience, and/or military backgrounds - who use their skills and talents to enhance their performance as employees of the Office of Campus Security. There are 26 uniformed officers who attend in-service training, as well as regular recertification training in CPR/First Aid/AED. All of the patrol officers have successfully completed testing for state certification as security officers.
Belmont Alerts is a mass notification system comprised of e-mail, voice and text messaging that is designed to send emergency messages to thousands of individuals in minutes. Everyone who has a Belmont University e-mail address will automatically receive emergency alerts to their campus e-mail address. In order to also receive text and voice message alerts, members of the campus community will be asked to provide phone contact information.
While participation in the text and voice messaging notification is optional, enrollment is strongly encouraged. You will only be contacted through the system for communications related to campus emergencies, closures or delays. Members of the Belmont community can provide a primary cell phone number for receipt of text messages, as well as additional cell or landline numbers for receipt of emergency text and voice messages—students and employees can also include numbers for family members on their account.
To enter or update information in Belmont Alerts, students will need to sign in to their MyBelmont account and select the “Belmont Alerts Sign Up” link from the “Campus Security and Safety” folder on the left side of the page.
Security and Safety Awareness Education and Crime Prevention
The Office of Campus Security is dedicated to educating the Belmont community about crime prevention, security and safety, and wellness. The Coordinator of Security Programs and security personnel focus on developing and coordinating campus programming and educational resources. The department collaborates with campus partners and students to advance education and foster partnerships. Belmont is committed to educating the community on how they can all be a part of keeping the community safe.
Programs are offered throughout the year and by request on personal and community safety, crime and violence prevention, bystander intervention, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, emergency preparedness, etc.
Confidential Advising and Victim Advocacy
The Coordinator of Security Programs, Kayla Jerome, serves as a confidential advisor and victim advocate to provide support, assistance, and knowledge of resources, rights, and referrals to victims of crimes such as sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, harassment, and stalking. The Coordinator of Security Programs’ office is located in Two Oaks Hall and she may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-460-5661 (office) / 615-584-9011 (mobile.)
Safety and Security Tips
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Trust your instincts
- Lock your doors and valuables
- Use the buddy system or the security escorts
- Do not prop doors or allow others to piggyback
- Properly secure your vehicle and bicycles and do not leave valuables visible
- Keep others informed of your whereabouts
- Walk with purpose
- Make plans and practice emergency preparedness
- If you see something say something
- Ask for help when you or others need it
Before Orientation Checklist:
Add these important numbers into your phone
- Belmont Emergency: 615-460-6911
- Belmont Non-Emergency: 615-460-6617
- Metro Nashville Police Emergency: 911
- Metro Nashville Police Non-Emergency: 615-862-8600
- Sign up for Belmont Alerts through your MyBelmont account, available after June 1
- Review the Annual Security Report which provides information on campus security policies and crime statistics for the previous three years http://www.belmont.edu/ocs/annual-security-fire-safety.html
Before Move-In Checklist:
- Register your vehicle and/or bicycle through your MyBelmont account
- If you plan to have a bicycle on campus, have a high quality lock - a U-lock or 12 mm chain (or larger) that is sturdy enough to deter theft
- Familiarize yourself with Campus Security support services
- Familiarize yourself with the campus layout (including emergency phone and AED locations) and parking rules and regulations