Campus Safety Officer

Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

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Campus Safety Officer

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Full Time


Dean of the College


Campus Safety

Department Statement:

The Office of Campus Safety is responsible for maintaining a safe and secure living and working environment that is conducive to learning and is consistent with the academic goals and policies of the institution in an environment of respect.

Our primary concern is the wellbeing of our students, staff, faculty and visitors. Campus Safety personnel are recognized and authorized with NYS Security Guard status.


Accountable for providing patrol and dispatch (911) services to ensure the safety and security of the university community. Responsible for monitoring all university community members for adherence to the Student Code of Conduct and university policies.

Accountable for:
• Maintaining a safe and secure living and learning environment for the campus community
• A customer-oriented approach to providing the full scope of campus safety services and (3) a team-oriented approach to achieving individual and department goals.

Specific duties include but are not limited to the following:
• Maintain comprehensive knowledge of the university and campus safety department policies and procedures.
• Enforce the Student Code of Conduct and university policies.
• Provide information, directions, and general assistance to university community members both in person and via the phone.
• Receive emergency and non-emergency calls requesting Campus Safety assistance. Determine nature, location, and priority of calls to Campus Safety and dispatch personnel accordingly.
• Send and receive radio communications to / from Campus Safety Officers, other campus partners, and outside agencies.
• Coordinate incident response with 911 dispatch and other outside agencies.
• Conduct timely case investigations and write case reports, following established procedures.
• Provide incident response support.
• Monitor and respond to campus fire alarms. Investigate to determine if outside agency response is warranted.
• Maintain required dispatch logs and records.
• Patrol the campus for suspicious and/or illegal behavior, safety hazards, public assistance opportunities.
• Perform building tours and lock-ups / unlocks.
• Provide vehicular and pedestrian traffic control services.
• Assist motorists with disabled vehicles on campus.
• Enforce university parking regulations and issue citations for violations.
• Conduct special event safety and security risk assessments and walkthroughs.
• Participate in special event safety and security details.
• Provide basic first aid and lay first responder emergency medical care.
• Participate in department community outreach programs.
• Provide safety and security education to university community members.
• May train and/or have oversight of others, such as student employees.

This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA), in accordance with the federal statutory requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act. CSAs are required to and responsible for reporting allegations of crimes they receive from students and employees to the Campus Safety Department.




Demonstrated ability to respond quickly and appropriately during emergency and stressful situations both in person and over the phone, following established protocols. Demonstrated ability to problem solve effectively by evaluating situations and emergencies and using discretion to defuse and resolve issues. Demonstrated ability to file timely and accurate reports of incidents, using computer aided dispatch (CAD) and following departmental procedures.
Ability to understand, interpret and follow University and campus safety policies, procedures and protocols for monitoring and enforcement, as applicable. Demonstrated familiarity with the university property for responding to emergencies and providing assistance.
Ability to meet and maintain all requirements of the New York State Security Guard Act of 1992 in order to be registered as a Security Guard. Ability to become certified and maintain certifications to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator (AED), and Basic First Aid.




Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and visitors on a daily basis. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with Dean of the College staff, faculty and student groups to promote an inclusive campus community culture and participate in outreach and communication efforts, including to women and historically underrepresented groups. Demonstrated ability to actively participate in educational sessions on any university policy and emergency management such as: alcohol consumption, student conduct, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and bias-related conduct. Demonstrates and promotes an understanding of similarities and differences in student populations and diverse cultures in all areas of the university community.


Communication/Customer Service


Demonstrated ability to provide professional communications in all interactions, including face-to-face and by phone or radio. Demonstrated ability to provide efficient and timely responses for services, accuracy of information and speed in relaying information. Demonstrated ability to behave in a professional, helpful and friendly manner to provide quality experiences in all interactions and communications and strive to build confidence in community members. Demonstrated ability to maintain cooperative and collaborative working relationships with outside agencies such as the local, county and state police agencies.


Personal Accountability for Results


Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.


Effective Communication


Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.


Change Management


Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.


Leadership and Teamwork


Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.


Creativity and Innovation


Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.


Diversity and Inclusion


Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.




Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications:

- Excellent oral and written communication skills required along with the ability to interact effectively in a diverse community.
- Ability to multitask and perform in a busy and stressful environment is essential.
- Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Ability to complete assigned tasks and follow up efficiently and promptly is essential.
- An understanding of the constraints and legal/ethical requirements of confidentiality and privilege of information required.
- Must be able to successfully complete the five day Security Officer Academy or demonstrate successful completion of the NYS Police Officer Basic Academy.
- Must be able to successfully complete the department’s Campus Safety Officer Field Training program for both components of patrol and dispatch.
- As a designated “essential employee”, must be able to remain on duty beyond normal shift or report to duty without advance notice; must be able to work any time of day, day of the week and holiday. Ability to work a rotating schedule.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, enough to enter data, and familiarity with CAD or Banner desired.
- Experience with access control, closed-circuit television (CCTV) or two way radios desired.
- Previous related work experience as a campus safety/security officer or police officer, and/or prior experience working in a college or university public safety environment is preferred.
- Experience in recognizing and resolving and/or referring to emergency and stressful situations highly desired.
- Knowledge of local and state laws desired.


High school diploma or equivalent required.

Associate’s degree in criminal justice or related field or equivalent military experience preferred.


Must be able to meet all requirements of the New York State Security Guard Act of 1992 in order to be registered and maintain registration as a Security Guard. Must be able to attain CPR, AED, and First Aid certification.

A current valid driver’s license, in accordance with the University’s Driver Safety and Motor Vehicle Use Policy is required.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to physically respond to all incidents and emergencies throughout the entire campus and be able to perform all duties in a safe and timely manner. This includes the ability to climb stairs, patrol on foot, stand for long periods, sit for long periods and to drive a radio equipped motor vehicle and use the radio for communication purposes.

Requisition Number:




Work Schedule:

This position works a 4/3 then 3/4 rotation. The shift will be 6:00am – 6:00pm or 6:00pm – 6:00am (this has not yet been determined).

The shift is subject to change based on the needs of the University.

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act:

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:


Colgate is a nationally recognized liberal arts college set on a beautiful campus in central New York.

Some 2,900 undergraduates are enrolled in 54 programs, taking advantage of the university's award-winning curriculumoff-campus study program, and numerous research opportunities.

Students enjoy small class sizes taught by expert faculty members -- not teaching assistants.

The university’s strategic plan offers a blueprint for turning today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, joining the scores of alumni already playing major roles in a variety of fields. The Center for Career Services is a key player as students make this transition.

Colgate hums with activity. It is a place where the arts thrive. Student-athletes compete at the very highest level of NCAA Division I sports. There are dozens of club and intramural sports programs, and the college’s outdoor education program is second to none.

Above all, Colgate is about academic excellence. It is a tradition forged in 1819 and honed through the years by each class of select students.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

The Office of Equity and Diversity at Colgate is charged with fostering a diverse and collaborative community by increasing understanding, respect and inclusion. It is the mission of the office to support campus diversity initiatives with the goal of increasing understanding, respect and inclusion, and to ensure compliance with policies relating to affirmative action, discrimination, and harassment.  The university’s strong commitment to equal opportunity and inclusivity is clearly articulated in the diversity mission statement found here.  The university strives to provide an environment where everyone in our community can learn about, appreciate, and celebrate our diverse cultures and gain understanding, knowledge and skills to be engaged citizens locally as well as globally.

Colgate University fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Colgate will not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. This nondiscrimination policy covers both employment and access to educational opportunities.  It is the policy of the university to provide equal opportunity in employment and not to discriminate against any individuals with disabilities who are qualified for employment in the positions for which they apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

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