Campus Security Officer works with a student wearing googles in an alcohol effects exercise

Campus Safety & Security

Belmont University is committed to the safety and security of all members of our campus community--students, faculty and staff.

Belmont is focused on ensuring our community is safe across our campus and beyond. Our Campus Security Team provides a variety of touchpoints - from programming to 24/7 car, bike and on-foot patrolling - with all community members to support safety efforts.

Campus Security

A campus security officer poses with two orientation leaders with a sign that says You're doing great!The Office of Campus Security is located on the lower level of the Gabhart Student Center.

Our staff, under the charge of the EVP for External Engagement & University Counsel, includes 30 people who address patrolling, communications, crime prevention, traffic/parking and investigations related to the safety and security needs of the Belmont community.

Our qualified personnel - including team members with college degrees, prior police experience and military backgrounds - use their skills and talents to enhance their performance and the safety of our community.

We have 26 uniformed officers who attend in-service training, as well as regular recertification training in CPR and First Aid. All our patrol officers have successfully completed testing for state certification as security officers.


Sign up for Belmont Alerts

For the most significant and urgent threats, Belmont uses an emergency alert system to quickly notify our entire community through emails, text messages and/or voice calls. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for this system to receive important news updates quickly in the event of an emergency.

Safety and Security Programming

Campus Security Officers and trained facilitators provide key programs throughout the year and on request on a variety of topics including: crime and violence prevention, personal safety, prevention and awareness of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, emergency preparedness, bystander intervention programs.

Being an active bystander means actively noticing and interpreting the need for intervention in a potentially dangerous situation, and being empowered to act. Though being an active bystander is important in any potential crime, this approach is most commonly used to combat sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence. A key university focus in crime and violence prevention this year, the bystander intervention program will work towards educating and changing a culture to empower individuals to act and reach out for help.

A small taste of self-defense tactics, this program reviews several basic tactical releases and defensive strikes that can be incredibly effective. This program helps explain the philosophy and basic premise of self-defense and gives an interactive opportunity to rehearse with trained facilitators feedback.

This work is rooted in the Foundation's belief that relationship violence is an epidemic that can be stopped. A powerful video and facilitated discussion, Escalation is a great tool to educate about the importance of healthy relationships, awareness of disturbing signs, and inspiration to act when needed.

This presentation seeks to improve awareness about active shooting situations, pre-incident indicators and responses, and what to do if one occurs. This presentation also includes a practical exercise to help participants understand and review the steps to take in the event of a lockdown on campus.

This program provides a general overview in statistics and discussion about sexual violence prevention. Topics covered include statistics in the LGBTQIA community, the correlation between alcohol and sexual assaults, and what is rape-prone culture and the impact of bystander intervention. This program highlights some Belmont statistics and efforts Belmont is working on to continue to make the community more safe.

This session introduces de-escalation skills and teaches techniques on listening and responding to individuals in crisis. It also covers QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), a technique where people recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.