Residence Hall Safety

More than 2,000 resident students live on campus, for many it is the first time away from home. Each one brings various items of personal property and can be easy targets for a criminal. The residence halls will quickly feel like home -- but you have to remember to keep your property safe.

Most of the crimes that occur in the residence halls are theft of personal property. In almost every case the victim's room is unlocked and unoccupied at the time of the theft.

The following are some tips to help you reduce the chances of becoming a victim of a crime.

  • Do not prop open any exterior locked residence hall doors. Even though propping the doors makes it easier for you to get back into the residence halls, you also have made it easier for an unauthorized person to enter the building. For the safety of you and others in the residence halls, do not prop open any residence hall doors because you don't know whom you may be letting in.
  • Lock your door when you leave and take your keys with you, no matter how short a time you may be gone - even when you go to the restroom.
  • Lock your door when you and your roommate are sleeping.
  • Do not leave notes on your door stating that no one is home or when you will return, it's an open invitation to a theft.
  • Keep wallets, purses, checkbooks and jewelry out of sight and locked up if possible. Use inexpensive "costume" jewelry if possible. Do not keep large sums of money on hand, and routinely check your checkbook to see if any checks are missing.
  • Keep a record of all your valuable items, noting descriptions, serial numbers, and approximate dollar values of all items. These records should be kept in a secure location.
  • Check with your parents' insurance company to see if your property is covered under their homeowners policy while you are attending school.
  • Do not loan your keys to anyone and do not attach your keys to your University ID.
  • Do not allow strangers into your room.
  • Do not open your door unless you know who is on the other side, especially at night.
  • Do not allow door-to-door salespeople to enter the residence hall or your room. The University of San Diego's policy prohibits soliciting in any building without prior written consent from the University.
  • Your RA's and Community Directors are all excellent sources for advice on problems in your hall.
  • Report any person behaving suspiciously to Public Safety immediately at x7777 or in case of emergency x2222.

More Campus Housing Information:

Each residence hall is supervised by a professional Community Director; in turn they supervise student Resident Assistants who respond directly to student needs. Of the 27 residence halls, 19 have controlled access and are locked during non visitation hours. Eight residence halls have outside entrances and are kept secured by the residents living there. Two of our halls, where many of our freshman women are housed, have card key access only. On campus visitation days and hours when residents may have visitors of the opposite sex in their residence halls are uniform except for University Terrace Apartments which houses graduate students as well as undergraduates.

There are two areas of residential housing owned by the University of San Diego which are located adjacent to the campus. The University Terrace Apartments (UTA) and the Presidio Terrace Apartments house students within easy walking distance of the campus. Residents in both of these areas should keep informed of crime prevention programs to help make themselves and their residential housing as safe as possible. The Department of Public Safety and the San Diego Police Department share concurrent jurisdiction of these areas. 

We make every effort to ensure that residence halls are free from uninvited visitors, however, much of that responsibility rests with the residents themselves. Residents must take an active role by un-propping doors left ajar and reporting to us the presence of any strangers. Programs emphasizing security and what residents can do to help themselves are provided by Residence Life and Public Safety staff.