Public Safety Action Plan

La Salle University has announced the launch of a Public Safety Action Plan in response to an unusual uptick in off-campus incidents involving students in recent weeks.

Increased Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Presence

  • The University will add a second PPD officer from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. One officer will patrol on bike, while the second officer will patrol high-activity zones in a police vehicle.
  • PPD officers will have access to a map identifying where students reside off-campus, so they can closely monitor those specific homes.
  • The PPD will be issuing safety flyers to each off-campus residence, which outlines crucial security information.
  • The PPD will partner with La Salle Public Safety during Explorientation (orientation program for first year and freshman students held each August).

La Salle Public Safety Enhancements

  • La Salle will purchase another public safety vehicle to patrol in and around the perimeter of campus.
  • Motion-sensor lighting to be purchased and made available at no cost for the homes of off-campus student residences.
  • Other safety prevention items will also be made available to students (including alert whistles) at no cost.
  • To live off-campus, all students will be required to complete an extensive safety orientation program beginning in 2019-2020. Sessions will be offered in March and April of this year for students who have already committed to living off-campus in Fall 2019.
  • Off-campus applicants also will be required to meet with the 35th Police District before ultimately receiving approval to live off-campus.
  • Public Safety and PPD will now communicate weekly to discuss neighborhood issues with the local community and student residents.
  • La Salle will host the 35th Police District Town Watch meetings on its campus each month.

Local University Comparative Crime Statistics

In recent years, La Salle University has consistently reported the lowest incidence of crime committed on or near campus when compared to the other large city colleges – making it one of the safest universities in the area.

For more detailed crime statistics, see the complete news story on the Billy Penn Blog.

Established Safety Practices and Protocols

  • The installation of more than 250 cameras and surveillance technology equipment designed to cover all facets of campus, including sidewalks contiguous to La Salle property.
  • The incorporation of RAVE and RAVE Guardian notification system/app for students, faculty and staff, which is available on the La Salle mobile platform. This app not only sends a text to our community if there are incidents that need timely notification, but also features:
    • A virtual escort (“Guardian”) that tracks the time it takes for an individual to get from one place to another and alerts friends on current location and estimated arrival time
    • Geo-targeted “panic button” that can be used to indicate a concern directly to La Salle University Public Safety
    • A Confidential Tip submission capacity to report any safety concerns
    • A call directory of important numbers and the ability to contact Public Safety for an escort
  • La Salle Public Safety is stationed in booths and physically patrols areas in and around campus to increase visible presence.
  • A PPD officer is on campus from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.
  • All reported incidents are sent out as timely warnings to the La Salle Community in accordance with the Clery Act.
  • In Fall 2018, La Salle met with school leaders from Central and Girls High along with leadership from the 35th precinct to discuss better communication strategies to ensure all schools are aware of any safety incidents/concerns happening on one of our campuses.
  • The RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Class for Women is a complimentary self-defense class available to students, faculty and staff. It’s being offered multiple times a semester.
  • A Public Safety Advisory Board was created in Fall 2018 to bring La Salle University students together to meet with Dr. Amanda Guthorn, AVP, Public Safety on matters of safety concerns on and around campus.