The Police Department is a part of Norfolk State University’s Department of Finance and Administration. The department performs a variety of law enforcement tasks, including but not limited to, investigation of criminal activity, apprehension of criminals, traffic enforcement, emergency response, and special security assignments.
As needed, the department coordinates criminal investigations with the Virginia State Police Department and the City of Norfolk Police Department. As part of its crime prevention efforts, Norfolk State University Police Department provides seminars on a variety of topics, as well as promote safety measures, which include: Operation Identification/Bookmark, Survey and Statistical information on critical safety and security measures, Click It or Ticket Highway Safety Enforcement (National Campaign), Distracted Driving Awareness Program, Child Safety Seat Awareness Program, and Take Back the Night March & Rally (National Night Out Campaign).
The residence halls are designed to meet the housing needs of students who desire to live on campus. Dormitories provide important educational and social benefits for students’ personal development. Policies and guidelines for residential living have been instituted to facilitate an atmosphere conducive to academics, safety, welfare and comfort of all residents and visitors in the residence halls. The housing program is built on trust and cooperation.
The residence hall lounges are open to visitors only during scheduled hours. The visitation hours are posted at the main desk. Residence Life and Housing
Reporting Criminal Activities and Other Emergencies
Norfolk State University Police Department’s policy is to protect the rights, the safety and the welfare of the students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. The Norfolk State University community must note that it is extremely important that each person has the right to be free from acts and threats of violence. Everyone is expected, as well as required, to comply with all state, local and federal laws.
Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to report all suspicious persons, activities, or crimes that are witnessed on campus and in the surrounding communities to the University Police Department immediately.
Any person living, studying, working and/or visiting the University campus that is victimized by, or has knowledge of a criminal incident/offense or other emergency should immediately report such incident, offense or emergency to the Norfolk State University Police Department or to any University official who is defined as a “Campus Security Authority.
” The definition of “Campus Security Authority” is: An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings. For example, a director who oversees student housing, the student center, and/or student extra-curricular activities, have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Similarly, a director of athletics, a team coach, and/or faculty advisors to a student group also have significant responsibility for student and campus activities.
The following individuals and organizations within the University are designated as “Campus Security Authorities:”
- Director of Student Affairs and Judicial Affairs
- Director of Parking and Transportation and Staff
- NSU Law Enforcement Officers • NSU Security Officers
- Athletic Administration and Coaches • Student Activities Coordinators, Supervisors and Activity Staff
- Residential Life Director, Assistant Director, Coordinators, Staff, and Resident Assistants
- Student Organization Advisors
- Military Service (ROTC, NROTC), Active Duty Military Personnel
- Director of Student Services and Staff
- Director of New Student Orientation and Staff
- Band Director and Staff
- Faculty Advisors
Voluntary and Confidential Reporting of Crime and Other Serious Incidents
Norfolk State University has two methods for individuals to voluntarily and confidentially report crimes and other severe incidents, as indicated below.
The Norfolk State University Police Department works very closely with the University’s counseling center staff and counselors. This connection has allowed the two departments to develop a procedure that encourages all counselors to avail their clients to the opportunity to voluntarily and confidentially report crimes or other serious incidents to the police department. The Norfolk State University Police Department uses this information to better inform the community of the crime picture on campus. The Confidential Sexual Assault Report Form allows victims or witnesses to report an incident of sexual assault. It supports the police department in determining whether a Campus Crime Alert should be issued and in collecting pertinent information about sexual assaults that are not at first reported to the police. It is a valuable tool that is available to any member of the community. The form can be obtained by contacting the Norfolk State University Police Department, Norfolk State University Counseling Center or Residence Hall Coordinators.
Also, you can utilize the departments Anonymous Phone Line @ 757-823-2148.