Saint Michael's is located in the town of Colchester and falls within the jurisdiction of the Colchester Police Department (CPD). All incidents on campus which qualify as serious crimes are reported or referred to the Colchester Police.
Saint Michael's borders the City of Winooski, and maintains a cooperative arrangement with the Winooski Police Department (WPD) as well.
Public Safety has a strong working relationship with our local law enforcement agencies and routinely exchanges information relative to the security and protection of campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Our objective is to maintain a safe environment and provide on-going support services for the Saint Michael's College community, through respectful, diverse and dignified policy enforcement, education and partnerships, in support of the College's mission.
Uniformed non-sworn Public Safety Officers are on campus along with dispatch staff 24 hours a day. Officer's patrol campus on foot and in cruisers regularly, and are the first responders to all campus requests for service and emergencies. Public Safety Officers will also be seen often assisting the local law-enforcement agencies along the east area of Colchester to include College Parkway.
Public Safety has introduced a new brand of logos in 2016 that represents its operations to include 3 gold stars in the design that symbolizes the departments commitment to the following Service, Community and Respect to the Saint Michael's community.
Telephone and Dispatch Services is the communications center for campus.
Located in the Sutton Fire House, it is staffed 24 hours a day and provides the Saint Michael's community with skilled dispatchers, answering a daily average of 650 calls including all calls for Saint Michael's Fire and Rescue.
Other services include:
- Answering calls from emergency phone boxes
- Coordinating assistance for people with vehicle problems on campus
- Helping students get doors unlocked to their rooms or certain labs
- Providing information about campus events and activities
- Directing calls to community members
- Administering keys to contractors
The numbers we use:
- Campus emergencies: 911 or 654.2911 (x2911)
- Non-emergency calls to Public Safety: 802.654.2374 (x2374)
- Telephone & Dispatch Services direct: 802.654.2000 (or "0" when on campus)
There are 53 emergency phones located on campus, linked directly to College Telephone and Dispatch Services. Dispatchers are on duty 24 hours a day and know the exact location of the caller when the phone handset is removed from the box.
There are different types of emergency phones on campus. Many are easily identified red boxes with an "EMERGENCY" decal. Others are located on handicap lifts and elevators. In dormitories, the phones are located either at the front door activated by a large red button, or outside the Resident Director's apartment in the first floor hallway.
The campus also uses a "blue light" emergency phone system. These phones include a blue light that stays on at all times, and flashes when the phone has been activated. These installations are highly visible and allow emergency responders to quickly locate individuals requesting assistance.
Saint Michael's complies with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Title II, Public Law 101-542), amended most recently on March 7, 2013.
This act requires post secondary institutions to disclose information regarding their campus security policies and statistics of criminal offenses reported to the Campus Security Authority. Saint Michael's Annual Security Report is distributed to all current students and employees, and to any applicants for enrollment or employment upon request The report is posted here and on the campus portal. Statistical data is posted to the Department of Education website as required.
2018 Public Safety Annual Security Report