Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Fredonia approaches safety in many ways and offers Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members resources and information through a variety of sources. 

University Police provides:
Emergency Response
Campus Safety via routine patrols
24/7 monitored emergency phone line
Escort bus service
Blue light emergency phones
Silent Witness Program

Marketing and Communication provides:
Access to the Emergency Message Service NYAlert
News and regular updates via e-mail and social media during and after emergencies

Environmental Health & Safety & Sustainability provides:
Emergency Planning and Preparedness
OSHA and other workplace safety programs
Campus Safety Committee leadership

    Your safety net on campus

    The Fredonia University Police Department is a close partner with local, county, and state law enforcement agencies, ensuring a safety net that stretches far outside the perimeters of our campus.

    Within this campus perimeter, safety and security is strengthened in a variety of ways:

    • Emergency/Disaster Response Plan: Fredonia has a detailed Emergency/Disaster Response Plan, which is continuously monitored and re-examined by a committee of essential college officials and department heads. The plan coordinates a network of strategies and responses that have been tested by past experience, as well as possibilities and scenarios based on events that have occurred elsewhere, or could occur.
    • International Education Center: Our International Education Center coordinates services and resources that would be essential during emergencies to students from other countries who are studying at Fredonia. It provides the same services to Fredonia students who are studying overseas.
    • Professional Policing: Our fulltime University Police department is armed and trained in many specialized areas including active shooter response and sexual assault investigations. Officers patrol the campus and monitor closed circuit television cameras 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • Upgraded fire alarms: Electronic fire alarms in our residence halls allow the local fire department and university police to pinpoint the exact location of a fire inside a building.
    • A well-lit campus: High intensity sodium vapor lights are mounted on buildings, in parking lot areas, in areas with heavy landscaping and trees, and along pathways frequently traveled by students.
    • Outdoor emergency telephones: This map shows where the blue light emergency telephones are strategically located throughout the campus, which are connected directly to the university police. We also provide indoor emergency telephones in several locations for use when offices are closed.
    • Residence halls locked 24 hours: All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Residents get in by using their card access "key." Visitors can only gain entry by calling in using the courtesy telephones at the main entrances of the halls. All outside doors are alarmed and will sound if someone exits at an inappropriate location.
    • Security cameras: Video cameras are posted at the entrance of every residence hall, and are monitored by University Police. They are also posted in selected academic buildings and parking lots around the campus, connected to a bank of monitors within the University Police department, which are viewed 24 hours a day.
    • Extra night security in residence halls: Students staff the residence hall main desks nightly from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., checking the ID's of visiting students, registering guests and visitors, and making sure visitors have a host or hostess accompanying them. They report anything unusual to University Police.
    • Trained staff: A Residence Hall Director is a professional who lives in the hall with the students, is trained to handle many crises, including emergencies and security hazards. On almost every floor of a residence hall, a Resident Assistant enforces safety and security policies and keeps an eye on the health and safety of the residents, as well as visitor activity.
    • Knowing what chemicals are on campus: The Department of Environmental Health & Safety is staffed with professionals whose goal is to protect the campus and community from dangers posed by the natural presence of hazardous or combustive materials. Their procedures involve regular inspections, providing extensive education and training to campus citizens, labeling, keeping records, and working with federal, state, and local environmental and safety authorities.

    Your safety net in the community

    • Chautauqua County Counter-Terrorism Task Force: Fredonia is a member of the Chautauqua County Counter-Terrorism Task Force and was the site of the first terrorism defense drill this summer, a comprehensive, practical test that involved every hospital, fire department, emergency response crew, and law enforcement agency in the county. This enactment improved our preparedness in responding to any terrorist incident. Afederal grant has helped equip Chautauqua County to respond to an attack.
    • The Chautauqua County Hazardous Response Team: This dedicated group protects 145,000 people living in an area of 1,069 square miles, which includes Fredonia and the village. It operates out of four stations, one in Village of Fredonia, that can respond immediately to any request of University Police. Its services include: fire management, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials management, Search and Rescue, and Extrication.
    • Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department
    • Chautauqua County Emergency Services Department: Chautauqua County Executive Mark W. Thomas appointed Fredonia resident, Julius J. Leone Jr., to head this department after the September 11th attacks. "The United States experienced one of the most catastrophic attacks on its safety and security this past September," said County Executive Mark Thomas. "Julius Leone has the experience to continue the counter-terrorism efforts we have begun in Chautauqua County and further our safety efforts."

    Suspicious? Report!

    The people in our community can and do make a difference. You can be instrumental in the fight against terrorism.

    If you notice something suspicious, call University Police at (716) 673-3333.

    To provide the most useful information to law enforcement, record and report:

    • Who did you observe?
    • What did you see? Be specific.
    • Where did you see it?
    • When did you see it?
    • Why is it suspicious?

    NY Alert Emergency Message Service

    Emergency Alerts and other Campus Information

    Sign up for text messages, voice messages or e-mail to be sent to your phone, text, or email. This is a free service provided by Fredonia. Please check your wireless plan for any fees you might be charged for receiving text messages.

    Campus Resources


    Disaster Kit

    Emergency Telephones

    Env. Health & Safety & Sustainability

    Marketing & Communication Department

    University Police

    Your Health

    Additional Links


    U.S. Gov't on Preparedness

    Dept. of State Travel Warnings

    Homeland Security

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