Safety


University Police

It is the desire of the University to provide a safe and peaceful campus, free from fear or concern for one's personal safety. Although this is a challenge in today's society, the campus police are well-equipped to meet this and other challenges.

The Police Department in and of itself cannot guarantee every person's safety. It requires the combined efforts of a professional police team along with the awareness and concern of all members in the University community. One of the major functions of the officers is to patrol the University campus 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Numerous Emergency Call Boxes, which ring directly to the University Police Department, are located around campus.

Another tool which is absolutely essential in order to maintain peace and safety on campus is the personal awareness of every member of the University community. It is essential that you remain aware of your surroundings and report any unusual or suspicious activity. The officers would much rather respond to a call that proved to be a non-incident, than to write an incident report after a situation occurs in which they had no opportunity to intervene.

Functions of the University Police include, but are not limited to:
  • Responding to call boxes
  • Investigating all crimes reported on campus
  • Patrolling
  • Enforcement of local and state laws
  • Crime prevention
  • Parking permits and enforcement
  • After-hours gate access
The officers of the Houston Baptist University Police Department are highly committed to this University and to maintaining the safety of every person. They take a personal interest in each and every person. Please help them help you.

How you can help:
  • Report any suspicious activity by calling the University Police Department at extension 3911 or 281-649-3911, call on the Emergency Call Boxes, or stop by the Police Department.
  • Allow the Police to be of service to you. Please call if you have a concern or desire a police escort to your vehicle or Residence College, especially at night.
  • If you have fears for your personal safety or that of your personal property, talk to the Police Department.
  • Take advantage of the crime prevention presentations given on campus. Call the University Police at 281-649-3314 for the time and location of the next presentation.
  • If there is an emergency, remain as calm as possible, call ext. 3911, and give the dispatcher the facts as completely as possible. Make sure you give your name, location, and the nature of the emergency. Don't hang up when the conversation is over: wait until the dispatcher hangs up. Remain calm and encourage others to remain calm.
  • Report any theft, no matter how minor, to the Police Department.
  • Read, understand, and abide by the parking and vehicle regulations. More than anything, they are written to protect you and your property.
  • Communicate with the Police.

Find more information at www.hbu.edu/UniversityPolice


HBU Alert and Emergency Preparedness

Houston Baptist University strives to create a safe and secure learning and living environment on our campus. It requires the combined efforts of a professional police team along with the awareness and concern of all members in the University community.

The HBU Alert System

HBU has implemented an important communication tool for students, faculty and staff. The HBU Alert System can provide quick voice or text messaging to local or cell phones as well as through HBU email accounts in the event of a campus emergency.  Standard messaging rates may apply.
  • Opting out of notification services - Anyone may opt out of SMS (text) messaging by responding to the text message as directed or by texting "STOP" or "QUIT" to 23177. Students, faculty and staff may not opt out of email notification through your university-hosted email (name@hbu.edu). If you are not associated with HBU in any manner, please notify the Registrar's Office. Include the phone number and/or email address that received the notification that should be removed from our notices.
  • Changing/updating notification settings:
    • Students: Make sure that your contact information is up-to-date and then follow these instructions.
    • Faculty and Staff: Make sure that your contact information is up-to-date then follow these instructions.
    • Alumni, Parents, those no longer attending HBU or are not associated with HBU: Report all address and phone number changes to the Registrar's Office.
  • Campus phones vs. cell phones - The University phone system can only handle a limited number of simultaneous incoming calls. Therefore, cell phones may receive an alert prior to campus phones.
  • Replaying the message - While on the call, you can replay the message by pressing the star (*) key at the end of the message. You may also check your email to locate a link to the message.
  • Caller ID - When HBU sends a call out using the HBU Alert System, it will always display the University's main switchboard number as the Caller ID. Please do not call the main university switchboard when you receive a message. Instead, visit this page at hbu.edu/alert for more information on the situation.
  • Responding to busy signals or no-answer situations - For busy signals, the call will be repeated several times in an attempt to reach you. The same is true for no-answer calls and call waiting. If the call goes to a voicemail box, a message will be left. If after several attempts the call does not successfully go through, the system will stop attempting and report your number to be busy.
  • Emergency contact information will not be published or shared.
  • Send questions and comments to HBUAlert@hbu.edu.

Phone numbers are taken from information provided through HuskyNet, so it is important that students provide the University with up-to-date contact information. To view contact information students should read the directions at www.hbu.edu/alert. In the event of an emergency, the University will also utilize the following communication outlets:
  • The University Portal: Emergency information will also be posted for internal audiences at my.hbu.edu, the University portal.
  • Local news and radio: HBU will communicate with local news outlets in order to quickly disseminate news and information. Key media outlets include KHOU (11), KPRC (2), KTRK (13), KRIV (Fox), Univision (45), and KTRH Radio (740 AM, Houston's official Emergency Broadcasting station), as well as the Houston Chronicle website.
  • www.school-alerts.com: This Houston website carries emergency notifications for all local public and private schools. You may visit their website to receive notifications of school emergencies including school closings, delayed openings, early dismissals, reopening announcements, shelter in place announcements, and other special alerts.



Campus Call Boxes

HBU's security system includes numerous emergency call boxes located in different areas on campus. They are generally identified by a blue light on top. These call boxes are available in an emergency situation. As soon as the button on the call box is PUSHED, the University Police are alerted and will respond through the speaker on the call box.

To REPORT ALL EMERGENCIES (including medical) CALL EXT. 3911 on a campus telephone, or DIAL (281) 649-3911.
  • Police Non-Emergency Line (281) 649-3314 (ext.3314 on campus)
  • HBU Switchboard (281) 649-3000
  • Emergency Call Boxes are located in lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

 

Medical Emergencies

Should you have any type of medical emergency on campus, call (281-649-3911) ext. 3911 immediately. HBU has trained officers to provide the quickest and most appropriate attention until the paramedics arrive. Contacting the Houston Fire Department or the University Clinic directly will only delay medical attention. Please call 3911 for any emergency.

 

Parking Regulations
 
General Regulations 

Houston Baptist University has adopted a parking and traffic program to create an orderly traffic flow and equitable parking conditions on campus. Your personal safety, the recognition of the needs of others, campus appearance, and applicable laws were considerations in the formulation of these regulations. The program is administered by the Houston Baptist University Police Department. Every vehicle on campus must be registered. Short-term registration is available through the University Police Department. For details on permit fees and registration process click here.

Possession of a parking permit is not a guarantee of a parking place in a specific lot. To park on University property you must have a permit. You may park only where your permit allows. A faculty/staff permit allows you to park in any available, unassigned space. Parking regulations are enforced Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitor parking is available in several locations. Failure to display either a permanent or temporary permit does not allow parking in visitor places. License plate numbers of vehicles parked in visitor parking will be monitored and citations for parking in a visitor space and failure to secure a parking permit will be issued to vehicles belonging to students or their families.

Handicapped parking is available in designated parking spaces. Parking in handicap parking places is not allowed without the handicap permit. A University permit is also required where the vehicle is issued special handicap identification by the state.

No Parking Areas include the loading dock behind the M.D. Anderson Student Center, fire lanes, no parking zones, the grass, sidewalks, along curbs or any spot that would disrupt pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

Emergency Call Boxes are located in lots 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6. You may use Emergency Call Boxes for auto assistance as well as emergencies. For assistance, please call ext. 3314. Only construction personnel may park in construction areas.

Vehicle Registration

Anyone (except visitors) who operates a motor vehicle on Houston Baptist University property must register that vehicle. Motorized wheelchairs and authorized University vehicles and equipment are exempt.

Special Areas

  • Sharp Gym - Parking is restricted to special permits issued by the Athletic Director. All others are subject to towing.
  • Glasscock Center - Parking behind the Glasscock is restricted to maintenance personnel only. All others are subject to towing.
  • Loading Zones -These areas are reserved for loading and unloading objects into and from your vehicle. All loading zones are restricted to a maximum 20-minute time limit. Student or faculty usage requires prior approval from the University Police; call 281-649-3314 to request approval.
  • Bicycles and Motorcycles must be parked in designated areas.


Campus Traffic

  • Sidewalks -Only emergency and University vehicles authorized by the University Police are permitted access to the sidewalks. Policies pertaining to vehicular use of sidewalks are in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Enforcement

University police officers have the authority to issue citations 24 hours per day, seven days per week. You may receive a warning citation or a university citation. Both warning and university citations are recorded in the University Police Office. Citations can be issued for any of the following violations:


Typical Parking and/or Traffic Violations and Associated Fines

Group A - Fine $100 
  • Fire lane zone
  • Handicapped zone

Group B - Fine $30
  • Faculty/staff restriction
  • Proper permit not displayed

Group C - Fine $50 
  • Loading zone
  • No parking zone
  • Blocking traffic way
  • Blocking two spaces
  • Parked on grass, sidewalk

Group D - Moving Violations 

Violation Fine
Unsafe operation $100
Failure to stop at stop sign $50
Driving wrong direction on one-way road $50
Speeding $75
Driving on sidewalk or grass $50

Towing 

University Police Officers are authorized to have a vehicle towed at the owner's expense for the following reasons:
  1. Vehicles which block the access or egress of others
  2. Parking in one location in excess of 7 days
  3. Parking of a non-conventional vehicle without University Police approval
  4. Unauthorized parking in Handicap Zone
  5. Excessive unpaid violations
  6. Parking which creates a hazard

Additional Violations

  1. Changing, damaging, or moving any University traffic sign or signal on HBU property
  2. Removing citations from other vehicles
  3. Providing false information on vehicle registration documents
  4. Disobeying traffic direction given by a police officer
  5. Failure to obey traffic signs or barricades.
     
There is a minimum fine of $25. Fines levied by citations must be paid within ten (10) working days. Failure to do so will result in a doubling of the fine and a charge for the higher amount will be placed on the student or staff member's account. All fines are paid in the Business Office.

Appeal Procedures

Any citation may be appealed by completing an appeal form in writing available from the University Police Department. Appeals must be filed within ten (10) working days of the issuance of the citation. Appeals will be reviewed by the Chief of Police or designee. A grace period of ten (10) working days will be allowed for the payment of citations where the appeal is denied. The University reserves the right to withhold the issuance of grade reports, verification of enrollment, or University transcript until arrangements have been made with the Business Office for the payment of citations.