The TCU Police Department encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police. Because police reports are public records under the state law, the TCU Police Department cannot hold reports of crime in confidence. Confidential reports for purposes of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can generally be made to other TCU campus security authorities.
Campus security authorities are identified as any member of the TCU Police Department, its officers and staff; and any University official who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, the offices of Campus Life, its Deans and Directors; Housing & Residence Life office staff, Hall Directors, and Residential Advisors: the Department of Athletics (coaches): the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellors, and their respective offices and any other University official who has the authority and duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the University. At TCU, all employees are considered mandatory reporters and therefore must report knowledge of any crime or policy violation to the appropriate individual(s).
An informed campus community proactively contributes to the safe and secure environment of Texas Christian University (TCU). Campus Life – Dean’s Office, Sadler Hall 2006, 817-257-7926 and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Sadler Hall 4017, 817-257-7820 also are available to respond to any questions you may have concerning campus safety and security. The following section provides general information regarding safety and security policies, procedures, and issues for the campus of TCU. Please read this material carefully.
What types of security services are provided on the TCU campus?
The TCU Police Department conducts walking, bicycle, and vehicular patrols of the University campus on a 24-hour-a-day basis throughout the year. TCU police officers are fully licensed as peace officers by the State of Texas. Police services at TCU are complemented by security officers and Froggie 5-0 transportation services who provide further surveillance and report problems to police officers for response. The security officers, who are assigned to residential areas during the regular academic year, check buildings and report suspicious activity.
Emergency phones, “hard-wired” to the TCU Police Department, are located in strategic areas on campus and are identified by a blue light on the top of the pole (please see http://www.police.tcu.edu/emergency%20phones.htm for locations). Television surveillance cameras, monitored by the TCU Police, provide extra security in a number of campus parking lots and campus common areas.
What is Froggie Five-0?
Froggie Five-0 is a student escort program that provides security escorts for students from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters. TCU police patrol officers will provide escorts for students during other times or if Froggie Five-0 is unavailable. Call 817-257-7777 if you require an escort for personal safety.
What are the qualifications and powers of TCU police officers?
All sworn (licensed) TCU police officers have the authority to arrest persons on TCU property and provide assistance to other police agencies if needed or requested. Warnings for criminal trespass are issued to persons on TCU property without a legitimate need or purpose unless circumstances warrant a different course of action. If such individuals return to the campus, they may be arrested by TCU police and turned over to the Fort Worth Police Department for transport and booking. Security officers and event/stadium security do not have powers of arrest. All sworn personnel participate in continuing education and certification programs as mandated by the State of Texas.
What special precautions are provided with respect to University Housing and academic buildings?
According to University regulations, all campus residence halls, including fraternity and sorority facilities, are locked 24 hours a day. Persons visiting residents may use a phone, located outside the front door of the residence halls, to contact the individual they wish to visit. Residence halls can only be as secure as residents make them. All exterior doors should remain locked or attended and no exterior doors are to be propped open. Visitation on the floors of the residence halls is regulated and enforced by residence hall staff.
Academic buildings are locked each evening by the TCU Police and remote electronic access systems and are reopened by 7:00 am each day except Saturdays and Sundays. The schedule for closing depends on the building and the use of that facility, but usually occurs between 10 p.m. and midnight. Building access is dictated by building department heads or Deans.
What should I do if I see an area of campus that appears to be unsafe?
Inform a member of the police department or the administrative staff about the concern so that the problem may be assessed. The University attempts to respond in a timely manner to physical problems that may pose safety concerns.
What does the University do to prevent safety and security problems?
As one preventive measure, students and university representatives conduct a periodic “lighting walk”. Through this action and the analysis of police reports, campus lighting needs are assessed. In addition, community members report any malfunctioning lighting so that the problem may be corrected. The TCU Police Department’s Crime Prevention Specialist is responsible for coordinating all on-campus crime prevention activities. Such activities include conducting informational programs in most residence halls, fraternity and sorority houses, and with student organizations; providing campus safety and security information booths in the student center on a regular basis; walking campus buildings to note safety and security problems and making recommendations to correct them; and distributing safety and security literature to students, faculty and staff. The TCU Police Department also lends materials to students, faculty, and staff to mark equipment and other personal articles to deter theft.
How do I report a problem or a crime on campus?
Students, faculty, and staff are urged to report any crime or safety related problem to the TCU Police by calling 817-257-7777. You may also visit the TCU Police Department at 3025 Lubbock or use one of the many (blue light) emergency phones. The TCU Police Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year to respond to requests for assistance. If you wish to report a crime but want to remain anonymous, you may use the “Anonymous Tips” page on the police department’s website at http://www.police.tcu.edu/annontips.htm, or call 817-257-5833.
How does TCU respond to a crime report?
All incidents reported to the TCU Police are investigated by the TCU Police and may be followed up by University administrative officials. Police reports are reviewed daily by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his/her designee.
Student behavior is governed by The Code of Student Conduct, which outlines the expected behavioral standards on the TCU campus. The Code of Student Conduct is available to all students, and may be accessed online at http://www.studenthandbook.tcu.edu. Violations of The Code of Student Conduct, and actions by members of this community that threaten the safety and security of the campus, are taken very seriously. Disciplinary sanctions will be imposed if the facts warrant such action. The University also reserves the right to file civil and/or criminal charges when it is deemed appropriate.
Campus Life – Dean’s Office coordinates the campus discipline process and is the responsible agency for implementing disciplinary procedures for major violations of the Code of Student Conduct. The Office of Housing and Residence Life and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life also are involved in investigating inappropriate student behavior. Crimes should be reported to the TCU Police Department for inclusion in the annual statistical disclosure of crimes, if appropriate, and for assessment for Timely Warning notifications.
What is the relationship between the Fort Worth Police Department and the TCU Police Department?
The relationship with the Fort Worth Police Department is a cooperative one. A Fort Worth Neighborhood Patrol Officer (NPO) is assigned to the TCU campus and coordinates activities with the TCU Police Department. The Fort Worth NPO is available to answer questions or provide programs for students. The TCU Police Department responds to all crimes on campus and may utilize the assistance of Fort Worth Police Department during the course of investigations. Victims of on-campus crime at TCU who have made a report to TCUPD may also report the offense to Fort Worth Police Department if circumstances dictate.
Does the University intervene in behavior of students off campus?
When the University becomes aware of off-campus student behavior that may negatively impact the university community, Campus Life – Dean’s Office may conduct an investigation. Based on the results of the investigation, disciplinary action may be taken by the University. Recognized student organizations at TCU are not permitted to own or rent houses off campus. If incidents caused by student organizations do occur off campus, the Fort Worth Police Department may report such problems to the TCU police. If TCU students are implicated in criminal activity occurring off-campus, including non-campus locations of student organizations officially recognized by TCU (activities off-campus recognized by university authority), the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction may notify the TCU Police Department; however, there is no official policy requiring such notification. Students in these cases may be subject both to arrest by the law enforcement officers and to the University’s Student Code of Conduct.
How will I know if a crime presents a safety threat to me?
In the case of crime that may be a threat to students and employees of the campus, an email alert will be sent to all students, faculty and staff. Under certain circumstances, we may also utilize the TCU Alert system, as well as posters and flyers in residence halls and other strategic campus locations. The campus radio station will also be requested to make periodic announcements regarding the danger or threat if such actions are warranted.
What is the policy of the University concerning alcohol and other drugs?
The Alcohol and Drug Policy is published annually in the Student Handbook, the Faculty/University Staff Handbook, and is an integral part of the official personnel policies of the institution. Except for certain specified areas outlined in the Student Handbook, and for specified events authorized by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the consumption, sale or use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the campus. The University will uphold and enforce all applicable local, state and federal laws governing the sale, distribution, possession, and consumption of alcohol.
Persons may sell, serve, and consume alcoholic beverages only at specified events in accordance with applicable law. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs must approve in advance all sales or consumption of alcoholic beverages at specified events.
All illegal substances and paraphernalia are prohibited on the property of TCU. The Alcohol and Drug Policy outlines specific consequences for non-compliance with these regulations. For additional information, see http://www.ade.tcu.edu.
The University’s Alcohol and Drug Education program provides information regarding alcohol and other drugs, prevention programming and educational sessions related to policy violations. In addition, assessment and referral for individual students, faculty, and staff in need of assistance in confronting a substance abuse problem are offered confidentiality and without charge.
If a student who lives on campus is determined by TCU Police to be missing TCU will notify the student’s emergency contact. If the student is under 18, the student’s parents will be notified. If a missing student is over 18 and an emergency contact has not been given to TCU, the Fort Worth PD (or other appropriate law enforcement agency) and the student’s parents will be notified. TCU will register their contact information confidentially, and this information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials, and TCU may not disclose it, except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.
Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking are crimes. Any sexual misconduct, which could include sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, all nonconsensual sexual contact, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and any other conduct of a sexual nature, undertaken without mutual consent or which has the purpose or effect of threatening or intimidating a person is a violation of the TCU Code of Student Conduct. It is also a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.
What to do in case of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking
Find Someone You Trust
As soon as you are out of the situation, find someone you trust, a roommate, a good friend, a Hall Director or RA, a Campus Life Dean, a University minister, health center personnel, a psychologist, or a sexual assault crisis volunteer, someone who can provide emotional support and help identify courses of action.
Notify the Police
If you are on campus, call the TCU Police at 817-257-7777. If you are off campus, call 911 to reach the police in your area or 817-257-7777 to reach TCU Police.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Even if you decide not to contact police, medical attention is important. At John Peter Smith Hospital (817-702-3431) or Texas Health Resources – Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth (817-250-2000), a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner can provide care and an exam that preserves evidence. TCU Police and/or a victim advocate from the TCU Campus Life-Dean’s Office can accompany you.
Preserve Evidence Before the Exam
Do not bathe, shower or use toothpaste or mouthwash; do not wash clothing, bed sheets, pillows or other potential evidence.
For support and assistance, contact:
- TCU Campus Life – Dean’s Office and Victim Advocate Program, 817-257-7926
- TCU Counseling & Mental Health Center, 817-257-7863, 817-257-SAFE (7233) 24 Hour Hotline
- TCU Religious & Spiritual Life, 817-257-7830
- Community resources including The Women’s Center, 817-927-2737 (24-hour hotline) , also provide counseling and support services.
Know Your Rights
If you have experienced sexual misconduct, you should fully understand your rights as a victim.
Students who report being a victim of sexual misconduct, including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, will be provided written notification for options and requesting assistance in changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations or protective measures. If reasonably available, TCU will make requested accommodations, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to TCU Police Department or the Fort Worth Police Department. The University will maintain as confidential any accommodations or protective measures provided, to the extent maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the institution to provide accommodations or protective measures.
You have the right to:
- Seek medical care and/or counseling on-campus or off-campus whether or not you report sexual violence.
- Choose to report the incident to TCU Police (817) 257- 7777, the Fort Worth Police Department 911 or (817) 335-4222, and/or Campus Life (817) 257-7926.
- Pursue criminal charges through the district attorney’s office and/or implement the TCU Discipline Process at the same time.
- Request a no-contact order and/or changes in academic and living situations after an alleged sexual assault.
- Change your mind and choose to report an incident at a later date if you desire.
- Confidentiality – Licensed counselors of the University are privileged and are not bound to report information you disclose, except as state law requires. Any other TCU employee informed of an allegation of sexual misconduct is required to file a report with Campus Life, TCU Title IX Compliance Officer, or the TCU Police Department.
- Whether or not a student reports to law enforcement and/or pursues any formal action, if they report an incident of sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking), TCU is committed to providing them a safe learning or working environment as possible. Upon request, TCU will make any reasonably available change to a victim’s academic, living, transportation, and or working situation.
- If a victim reports to law enforcement, including the TCU Police Department or the Fort Worth Police Department, they may assist in obtaining a temporary or permanent restraining order from a criminal court. TCU is committed to ensuring that any such order is fully on all property owned or controlled by TCU.
- Institution will provide the victim with written notification about legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid and other services for victims, both within the institution and in the community.
Upon receipt of a report of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, TCU will provide written notification to the student and/or employee victim about existing assistance with and/or information about obtaining resources and services including counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other available resources and services on campus and in the community. Written notification will also be provided about the victim’s options for the involvement of appropriate local law enforcement.
Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking are complex and painful experiences requiring a combination of legal, medical, psychological, religious, family and personal responses. They can disrupt a person’s life in many ways. Some of these ways may not be apparent for days, weeks, months, or even years. Support groups and personal counseling have proven to be very helpful and can hasten your recovery. A representative from the Campus Life – Dean’s Office will meet with you to review your rights and resources as you go through this traumatic process. The following resources and services are available to provide support and assistance to any student involved in a sexual misconduct case:
Texas Christian University Resources
*TCU Police 817-257-7777
Title IX Office 817-257-8228
Campus Advocate 817-257-5225
Campus Life Dean’s Office 817-257-7926
Counseling Center 817-257-7863
Health Center 817-257-7940
Religious and Spiritual Life 817-257-7830
International Student Services 817-257-7292
Financial Services 817-257-5016
*TCU Counseling Helpline 817-257-7233
*TCU Non-Emergency Support 817-257-4000
Fort Worth Agencies
*Rape Crisis and Victim Services 817-927-2737
*Fort Worth Police 817-392-4222
*John Peter Smith Hospital 817-702-3431
*Texas Health Resources – Harris Methodist Hospital 817-250-2000
Tarrant County District Attorney 817-884-1400
(* denotes 24-hour services)
Any TCU employee informed of an allegation of sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking) involving a member of the TCU community is required to file a report with the Campus Life – Dean’s Office, the Title IX Coordinator or the TCU Police Department. University officials who are serving in a professional role in which communication is privileged under Texas law are not bound by this requirement, except as the law requires. TCU Police are informed of all allegations of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking although the victim may choose blind reporting – i.e. the victim’s name is not attached to the report. Allegations of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking received by the TCU Police Department are reported to the Fort Worth Police Department.
TCU prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in its educational programs and activities. Prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation and stalking. Such behaviors are against the law and are unacceptable behaviors under TCU policy.
Pursuing Complaints of Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking
Victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking are strongly urged to report such incidents to the TCU Police Department, Campus Life – Dean’s Office, the University Title IX Coordinator, or the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Each of these departments can assist the student in obtaining needed physical, medical and emotional assistance. If there is a need to change academic and/or living situations after a sexual assault incident, the Campus Life – Dean’s Office may coordinate such arrangements. If the alleged assailant is a TCU student, the victim may pursue criminal charges against the alleged assailant, seek disciplinary action within the university discipline process under the Code of Student Conduct, or both. The university disciplinary process can include, but is not limited to, giving a statement to a university official. TCU prohibits retaliation for making a complaint of sexual misconduct.
Federal regulations require all incidents reported to the University be appropriately investigated and accurately reported in TCU’s Annual Crime Statistics. This information is reported and disseminated in statistical format only. While the complainant may request confidentiality or ask that the complaint not be pursued, TCU may proceed with the discipline process and take appropriate action without the complainant’s cooperation.
A student found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct will be subject to disciplinary sanctions. For more information about how to pursue a complaint and possible sanctions against a student, please review the Code of Student Conduct.
Safety tips while driving
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- Keep car doors locked at all times.
- Before entering your car, check the back seat for intruders.
- Always have your keys ready to unlock the car door and enter without delay.
- Never walk across the parking lot digging in your purse or backpack for keys; have them in your hand before leaving the building.
- Make certain you have enough gas to get where you are going and always keep your vehicle in good running condition.
- If possible, travel on well-lighted, busy streets; avoid isolated back roads and short cuts.
- If you are being followed, drive to the nearest open business for help, or drive to a police or fire station.
- Park in areas that will be well lighted when you return.
- If you have car trouble, raise the hood and stay in your vehicle. When someone offers assistance, roll the window down just enough to talk to them. Ask them to stop at the first phone to call a relative, friend, garage or the police for you. Never get into a stranger’s car.
Safety tips while walking or jogging
- Avoid walking or jogging alone at night.
- Use designated areas only. Do not jog in the street. Wear some type of reflective material for visibility while jogging.
- If you are harassed by the occupant(s) of a car, simply turn and walk the other direction. The driver will have to turn around to follow you.
- Above all, be aware of the people around you. Stay alert to your surroundings and the total environment.
- Make it a point to know where emergency telephones are located throughout the campus and do not hesitate to use them should you feel at risk or witness a crime.
In Case of On-Campus Emergency
From on-campus telephone, call x7777
From any other phone, call 817-257-7777
In the event of life-threatening emergencies such as severe bleeding or heart attack, if on-campus immediately call TCU Police (817-257-7777) for an emergency ambulance. If off campus, dial 911. Make sure you give clear directions about where the victim is located. Remember the ambulance driver will not be as familiar with your surroundings as you may be. For non-emergency situations on campus, call the TCU Police at 817-257-7777.
In Case of Fire
If you see flames or smell smoke in University housing or any other building, activate the fire alarm (pull station) on your way OUT of the building.
Call TCU Police (817-257-7777) who will notify the Fort Worth Fire Department and lead them to the correct location on campus.
If a fire alarm sounds:
- Take a towel, pillowcase or jacket to cover your head in case of smoke if you are in your residence hall.
- Leave the room lights on; close door.
- Proceed to nearest exit. If there is smoke, cover your head. Stoop or crawl along the corridor to the nearest exit.
(Note: Smoke, not heat or flame, is the major cause of fire casualties. Do not take chances).