Security operations are provided by:
- Three Security Supervisors
- Fourteen Security Officers
- Approximately Twenty Student Security
Student Security has three primary responsibilities. The first is to monitor the circulation desks in three of the University’s libraries (Spahr, Watson and Anschutz) during various hours to allow for an open and safe overnight study area for University students. If an issue arises, student security will contact Kansas University Office of Public Safety to assist in a resolution. The second is to monitor the on-campus CCTV system which records activities in certain areas of the main KU campus and the Edwards campus. Student Security monitors watch for suspicious activities and provide information to responding police officers and other emergency services personnel about the nature of an incident. Full-time security officers also monitor the system, as needed. The third is to monitor the Spencer Museum of Art. Their job is to ensure that patrons have a safe and enjoyable experience at the museum.
The KU Office of Public Safety Security unit is responsible for patrolling and securing 124 academic, athletic, business, and research facilities spanning two campuses. All security officers and supervisors are First Aid/CPR/AED trained, and have direct access to the department’s Emergency Communications Center via their portable radios.
Security shares nightly lock-up responsibilities with Facilities Services housekeeping. While patrolling buildings, security officers enforce the University of Kansas buildings' hours policies and remove any unauthorized subjects who might be in the buildings after posted hours. As part of the building lock-ups, Security is also available to respond to lockout calls as per the building lockout policy. To ensure safety, they prepare write-ups reporting various maintenance issues they find in buildings.
In addition, main campus security is responsible for the testing of the campus blue phone system (pdf) to ensure direct connectivity to the Emergency Communications Center. From 10:00 PM – 05:30 AM, Security officers are available for safety escorts from campus facilities to campus parking lots or to on-campus living facilities. To request an escort, call the KUPSO dispatch at 864-5900 (4-5900 from a campus phone) and advise them of your campus location and the campus location to which you need an escort. Dispatch will have a security officer en route as soon as one is available.
Spencer Museum of Art:
University Security patrols the Spencer Museum of Art building and galleries and maintains a satellite office at that location. Both full-time Security Officers and part-time Student Security monitor the galleries to enforce the Spencer Museum of Art’s rules and ensure that all patrons have a safe and enjoyable visit.
Kansas University Athletics Corporation:
The KU Office of Public Safety at the Edwards Campus is responsible for the opening and closing of all academic buildings and classrooms located at the Edwards Campus. The Security Officers at Edwards Campus monitor reserved spaces and provide core security functions. This includes camera monitoring, patrol of all campus areas, responding to possible security concerns, providing emergency first aid, and working with municipal and county emergency responders to resolve campus emergencies. Security Officers respond to lockout requests as well as requests for personal escorts from 6:00am – 10:30pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm – 5pm Sundays. The KU Office of Public Safety at the Edwards Campus can be reached by phone at (913) 897-8700 or by visiting the KU Office of Public Safety at Regents Center, Room 107