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For Safety's Sake

Fall 2013 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Welcome from the Chancellor chancellor

The University of Pittsburgh in Oakland offers the intellectual, cultural, and social advantages of a vibrant urban environment, as well as the added benefits of a traditional Pittsburgh neighborhood. Pitt and its neighbors—residents and businesses housed in the communities contiguous to the University's Pittsburgh campus—work closely together to provide safe and clean surroundings in which to live, work, and learn.

You are a member of the Pitt community, and your safety is one of our prime concerns. Today, we live in a culture of heightened security and safety awareness, and it is essential that we practice safety in all aspects of our daily lives.

Pittsburgh is fortunate. The city has less crime than many other cities. Nevertheless, crime is a reality here, as it is in virtually every community.

Consistent with that reality, we continue to make significant investments in public safety on our campus. In fact, over the course of the past 13 years, the University has spent more than $143 million on security measures designed to create a more accessible and more secure campus. This includes more than $21 million spent in the last fiscal year.

Our state-of-the-art Public Safety Building, which opened in April 2007, sits on Forbes Avenue near the entrance to Oakland and is a visible symbol of our University's broader commitment to its Oakland neighbors and to the members of our own community of students, faculty, and staff. Beyond that, we are proud of the fact that our police department—the third largest in Allegheny County—is recognized as one of the best trained and most professional departments anywhere.

Please keep in mind that safety and crime prevention are shared responsibilities. Use common sense and good judgment as you make your way around the campus and adjacent neighborhoods or travel into other parts of the community. Be watchful and alert, and never hesitate to ask for help. Become familiar with the campus resources outlined in this publication, and use these resources to help ensure your own personal safety and to contribute to the overall safety of every member of the Pitt community.

Thank you for helping to make the Pittsburgh campus a safer place for everyone.

Mark A. Nordenberg

Your University Community*

Full-time undergraduates
Part-time undergraduates
Total, undergraduates
Full-time graduate students
Part-time graduate students
Total, graduate students
Full-time faculty, staff, and associates
Part-time faculty, staff, and associates**
Total, faculty and staff

*All figures are for the Pittsburgh campus, fall 2012.

** Includes research and postdoctoral associates


University of Pittsburgh Police EMERGENCIES 4-2121
or Noncampus Phone
General Assistance 4-4040
or 412-624-4040

Sexual Assault Services

Student Health Service

University Counseling Center

Student Conduct

Environmental Health and Safety

412-648-CALL (2255)


City of Pittsburgh
Police, Fire, Ambulance 911

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
24-hour hotline 1-866-363-7273

Center for Victims of
Violence and Crime

24-hour hotline 412-392-8582

Pennsylvania Department
of Public Welfare
ChildLine for abuse reporting


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