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Public Law 101-542, also known as Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, requires education institutions to compile information and publish and distribute the crime and security statistics for its campus.
In accordance with this law, the Security Office of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico was created on April 2005. This office’s objective is to promote and provide for a safe academic and working environment, and to advise and keep the campus community informed about how to act in the event of criminal activity within the facilities and surrounding areas. It is the PUPR’s policy to protect the rights of all individuals and guarantee a safe environment for all students, prospective students, employees and campus visitors. As a preventive measure, it is established that all members of the campus community should conduct themselves with the utmost respect for each other and protect their belongings.
Our policy responds to the specifications included in the Code of Federal Regulations, 34 CFR 668.46 (Institutional Security Policies and Crime Statistics) of the Department of Education of the United States. Each individual in the institution has the right to be free from threats and violent acts, and has the responsibility to comply with all local, state and federal laws. Any person that has witnessed or been victim to a crime or any other emergency should immediately submit a complaint or report at the Security Office.
The Security Office of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico has the charge and responsibility of promoting an environment free of violence where a peaceful coexistence can be established among all areas of the academic community, thus fostering a healthy ambience for teaching and learning. As per our commitment with students and employees, we keep you informed of all activities, council meetings, and security policies, among others, in the following ways:
The Security Office seeks to be recognized as a model of excellence among our visitors, students and employees by contributing to the educational process by providing a safe environment.
Criminal activities reported to the Security Office of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, according to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistic Act, and to Public Law 101-542, also known as the Student-Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act. The Security Office has is tasked with keeping a statistical record and keeping the campus community informed of every incident that occurs inside and outside the campus. For this reason, we provide you below with the data collected for the Campus Safety Act 2013.Download table on criminal activities 2011-2013 Download table on criminal activities 2012-2014 Download table on criminal activities 2013-2015 Download table on criminal activities 2014-2016 Download table on criminal activities 2015-2017 Download table on criminal activities 2017-2019
1. Notify the Security Office of any unusual incident, person or situation witnessed inside the campus.
2. Avoid walking alone in desolate or poorly lit areas.
3. Avoid parking your car outside the campus.
4. If you exit your car, even if it is for a minute, turn off the ignition and lock the doors.
5. When walking to your car, bring the keys in your hand.
6. During low traffic hours, bring a companion to isolated places such as bathrooms, stairwells and parking lots.
7. Park in well-lit places where there are other people.
8. Avoid carrying valuable jewels and other conspicuous items.
9. Do not leave valuable objects in plain sight, but do not wait until you get to your destination to put them in the trunk either.
10. Make sure you have your ID with you.
11. Get to know the emergency exits.
Fires occur mostly due to people’s carelessness or negligence. Fires usually spread because people do not remain calm, fail to have extinguishers on hand, have no idea how to use them, or do not have basic training about fires.
The best way to avoid fires is through prevention. We can achieve this by following these general rules:
1. Do not smoke, nor allow others to smoke, near flammable material, such as stored paper, fluids, gases or any other easily ignitable material. Do not smoke either in poorly ventilated areas. Smoking in our premises is prohibited under Law 40, as amended.
2. If you have not been trained and are not capable of taking action, abandon the area and notify the Security Office immediately. (Ext. 111)
3. If the fire is in its initial phase and you are trained and capable to use the extinguisher, you may take action. Once the fire has been controlled, please notify the Security Office.
Remember that every case is different in its risks. Each area should have been assessed with a risk analysis, and the proper extinguisher must be accessible. In Annex V you will find recommendations and information on types of fires and the classification of extinguishers, their use and management.
Of all natural disasters, the most feared ones are earthquakes. A catastrophe of this kind may happen at any moment, which is why we must take caution in all possible scenarios: home, workplace, school, etc. Earthquakes, apart from causing damages due to the earth’s movements, also cause fires, gas leaks, a rise in water levels for rivers and oceans, tsunamis, and fallen live electricity wires, which pose a risk of electrocution.
We receive numerous calls on a daily basis, so we are exposed to receiving a threat or alarm of explosive devices at any moment. This is why it is important to be aware of the details we should watch out for.
PUPR keeps an adequate control of access by following these steps as a policy:
During working hours and special events, we will allow the following to enter the university and its premises: visitors, students, employees, faculty members, suppliers, and service personnel to provide services within our facilities. They should comply with the following rules:
The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico has established a program to notify students about the risks posed by substance abuse in study areas and/or any other areas within the university through a printed edition of the policy, available at:
Law-enforcement officials studying in our university should:
The usage of security cameras provides, to an extent, a continuous watch over the order and security of the university. This is why we would like to inform you that the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico has adopted a policy on CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) surveillance in all common areas, including all hallways in all buildings, entrances, exits, access areas, all computer classrooms, Library, Multipurpose Building, 24-hours classroom, Architecture, Finance, Integrated Services, classrooms in the Educational Technology Center, photocopier rooms, and the areas or the Plaza del Quinto Centenario.
Any incident, crime or violation to the Transit Rules, criminal acts in the premises and parking areas of our university, be it by action, inaction, or emergency situation that merits it, must be reported to security personnel as soon as possible.
The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico guarantees absolute confidentiality in the investigation process. The report submitted to the Security Office does not compel nor prohibit the aggravated part(s) to take any additional actions.
In case the reported incident is a crime, the Head of Security will notify the PR Police so they will assume responsibility and carry out the investigation on the incident.
|Mr. Miguel Albarrán||Head of Security Office||(787) 622-8000 ext.476|
|Mr. Rafael Rosado||Security Coordinator||(787) 622-8000 ext.662|
|Miss Aimée Vega Delgado||Secretary||(787) 622-8000 ext. 216|
|SURVEILLANCE AND MONITORING CENTER||(787) 622-8000 ext. 111|
|MAIN BOOTH||(787) 622-8000 ext. 263|