Safety & Security Report

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Security and Access to Campus Buildings

Student Residences

Residence hall entrance doors have locking devices that can be opened by specially coded keys issued to residents, and should be kept locked at all times. Exit-only doors cannot be opened from the outside. Most exterior doors have automatic closing devices. Student room doors can be locked or unlocked at the discretion of the occupant, and residents should keep their room doors locked at all times even if you are leaving for just a few minutes. Student Housing Services employees perform routine maintenance throughout the residences and respond to any reports of problems with locks or lighting. Except in apartment-style residences, the Resident Assistant or house officer is responsible for checking the doors each night to ensure all are secured. Students living in apartments lock their own doors. Residents should stop and question any stranger in the house (e.g., "Can I help you with something?") and notify police immediately of any suspicious activity.

Academic Building Security

Most academic and administrative facilities are open from 8:00AM-5:00PM, Monday through Friday, and are closed on weekends. Some buildings or labs are open for longer periods to accommodate evening classes, research, or other special program needs. Each academic and administrative department is responsible for securing its respective area. Community Service Officers randomly check academic buildings to maintain security. Meyer Library, Sweet Hall, Terman Engineering and the Tresidder Computer Lair are all open 24 hours a day.


Report solicitors in dorms and other campus buildings to the police. Although student groups are permitted to go door-to-door in dormitories, solicitation is not allowed by persons not associated with Stanford. If a solicitor or any suspicious-looking person approaches you in the dorm, jot down a description and call 9-911/9-1-1 immediately. Do not confront the person.

Peeping Toms

  • It is usually best not to yell or try to detain the offender. He or she may panic and react in an unpredictable manner.
  • If the offender runs away, note the direction in which he or she traveled. If there is a place from which you can observe safely, watch to see if the offender gets into a car, goes to another dorm, etc. Try to get a good description of the person, and immediately report the incident by calling 9-911/9-1-1.

The above was written in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of
Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.