Safety & Security
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) is committed to the safety and security of its faculty, staff and students.
The Safety & Security Department is staffed with 24-hour coverage by a team of dedicated officers. The team provides services both on and off campus, and maintains current safety and security reporting through the RUSVM Incident Report System (login required).
The cooperation of students, faculty, and staff is essential to a safe campus. Every member of the campus community is encouraged to report any possible crime, suspicious activity or emergency on campus to the security department. EthicsPoint allows for online (non-emergency) anonymous reporting of incidents
On Campus Services
The RUSVM on-campus security team ensures the safety of the campus community. Officers respond to on-campus security and safety incidents, and manage the adherence to safety policies and procedures. Officers are available for on-campus escort services to campus buildings and parking areas.
The RUSVM off-campus security team provides mobile patrol in concentrated areas where students, faculty and staff reside. The RUSVM mobile patrol does not have local police jurisdiction off-campus, but serve only as a liaison to the St. Kitts police force and provide quick response when members of the RUSVM community report an incident. Students, faculty and staff are required to maintain current residence information with the University. Community members are encouraged to program the 24-hour RUSVM Safety & Security Number (869-465-6161) into their phones for quick reference.
SIREN is our official emergency messaging system for communicating emergencies including serious weather incidents to public safety alerts. In addition to SIREN, we will make every effort in communicating emergency situations through various communication outlets such as RUSVM email accounts, voice and text messages.
Our ability to use each of these channels will depend upon the factors surrounding the emergency situation. It is unreasonable to depend upon each and all of these channels for any given event—especially an event that disrupts power, mobile phone towers, or Internet connections—and the University makes no guarantees that various channels will be accessible during a given event. The University’s intent is to have as many options as possible and to have redundancy rather than relying on only one system or channel. These include the RUSVM website, social media channels and St. Kitts Radio stations.
RUSVM will use a manual system of contacting members of the RUSVM community through a tiered notification plan, used only when conventional methods of communication are inoperable. The plan consists of direct visits of individual persons in the area, confirming their safety and the message to be delivered and then, finally, forwarding the message though the tiered communication chain. The Manual Emergency Notification Plan is used only when conventional methods of communication are inoperable.
For situations that require awareness across campus but are not known as immediate threats to life safety, RUSVM utilizes communication via the Web, myRoss, email, and signs posted throughout campus. Individuals must take responsibility to read these alerts when they are communicated.
Student Information Update for myRoss SIREN mapping
Demonstration videos and instructions for inputting key information into your myRoss account for mapping to SIREN.
Faculty Information Update for SIREN
Faculty may update their contact information for SIREN emergency alert notifications by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be certain to include your email address and cell phone number in the communication. If you would like to add your spouse or significant other, please use the same email address and provide the following:
- Faculty Member's Full Name
- Spouse/Faculty VIP First and Last Name
- Spouse/Faculty VIP Cell Phone (for receiving SMS text messages)
- Spouse/Faculty VIP Email Address
Student Spouse/VIP Information for SIREN Updates
Are you a student and you want your spouse/VIP to receive SIREN Updates? Here's the info you need to know.
- The current enrolled student must contact Ms. Colleen Govia for inclusion in the Student VIP/Spouse Listing.
- Provide the following information to Ms. Govia in the email:
- Your Full Student Name
- Your Current Semester
- Spouse/VIP First and Last Name
- Spouse/VIP Cell Phone (for receiving SMS text messages)
- Spouse/VIP Email Address
The information will be uploaded into the SIREN system on Wednesdays.
Hurricanes are powerful storms that form at sea with wind speeds of 74 mph or greater. They are tracked by satellites from the moment they begin to form, so there is usually a warning before a storm strikes. A hurricane covers a circular area between 200 and 480 miles in diameter. In the storm, strong winds and rain surround a central, calm "eye" which is about 15 miles across. These winds can sometimes reach 200 mph; however, the greatest damage to life and property is not from the wind, but from tidal surges and flash flooding. Because of the destructive power of a hurricane, you should never ignore an evacuation order.
RUSVM uses the emergency mass notification system called SIREN which sends alerts by voice, text message, and email to communicate with the RUSVM community. This system is only used in times of emergency and students are reminded to ensure that their contact information is up to date on the RUSVM portal.
The campus has a Hurricane Committee which tracks potential storms, provides advice to the dean on potential threats, and activates the Hurricane Plan and/or Evacuation Plan as needed.
For complete information on how to prepare for a hurricane, view the Hurricane Preparedness (PDF) document.
Reporting and Statistics
To maintain a well-informed campus community, RUSVM provides two methods of reporting security and safety incidents:
Annual Statistics Report: (PDF) RUSVM publishes information about security/safety practices and campus crime statistics annually. Statistics are available for the preceeding year, not the current year, and are updated annually. RUSVM has the authority to report on-campus statistics only.
Incident Report System: RUSVM provides students and faculty with direct access to its current incident reports through the Incident Reports System. *RUSVM username and password is required for access.
RUSVM encourages all members of the RUSVM community to enroll with their home embassy.
Safety and Security Tips
Keep Your Information Up to Date
Continue to keep your residence information up-to-date with Safety and Security. Students should email email@example.com and be certain their myRoss information is current (local cell phone and residence location). Colleagues should send residence updates to the Department of Safety & Security at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make this a priority when you move.
Our Campus Security team is available for your assistance. If you experience any incidents of theft, crime or other matters requiring security assistance, please report this to our office immediately by using our 24-Hour Emergency Number (869-465-6161). RUSVM Security does not have local police jurisdiction, however, we can serve as a liaison to the St. Kitts police force.
Incidents reported to Campus Security are summarized on the online Incident Report System. Stay up-to-date by visiting the site frequently. To view the Incident Reporting System, visit the Safety and Security Page on the RUSVM Portal.
A LoJack ® device installed by RUSVM IT may help police recover your computer if lost or stolen.
For Driving and Vehicle Information please see Preparing to Move to St. Kitts.
All RUSVM community members must register their vehicle, display the parking permit hang tag and park in their assigned zone. Zone parking is enforced Monday-Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please see the special note under Parking Zones for information on moving vehicles after 3 p.m.
Registering Your Vehicle
All vehicles to be parked on campus must be registered with the Department of Safety and Security to enable identification of vehicle owners. You can fill out, and submit the registration form to Ms. Iris Lake, Safety and Security Project Assistant 869-465-4161 x401-1169), in Security Services Center next to Rituals. Vehicle Registration Form (PDF)
Once you have registered your vehicle you will not need to do so again, unless there is a change in ownership.
Permits are only issued after the completion of a vehicle registration form. A valid parking permit must be displayed for vehicle(s) to be permitted to park on campus.
Parking Permits for Students:
VetPrep, Semesters 1-6: Will NOT be issued a parking permit as they will be parking in Zone 1 (Eastern Lot)
Semester 7 will be issued with green "Parking Permit" hang tags which will expire at the end of each semester.
Parking Permits for Employees:
Employees with assigned reserved spaces will be issued purple "Employee Parking Permit" hang tags.Employees without assigned reserved spaces will NOT be issued parking permits.
Zones are to be used only by the semester or faculty/staff assigned to that zone. Please review the campus zone map for further details. Zone parking will be enforced Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Parking outside of these hours is open (except for disability/no parking zones).
Zone 1- Eastern Parking Lot - VetPrep, Semesters 1-6 and employees without a reserved numerical space.
Zone 2- Central Parking Area between Frontier Ghaut (gully) and Classroom 1 (upper triangle area-35 spaces) AND the area of land between roadway and auditorium - Employees with assigned reserved parking spaces will park here.
Zone 3- Administrative Parking Area below Main Entrance to Campus -Employees with assigned reserved parking spaces will park here.
Zone 4- Western Parking Lot - Closed for construction of the new research building.
Preparatory School Parking Lot is reserved for employees affiliated with the RUSVM Preparatory School only.
OVERFLOW PARKING—If a zone becomes full, additional overflow parking is available in the Eastern Parking Lot (Zone 1).
SPECIAL NOTE - After 3 p.m., Zones 2 and 4 (only unreserved spaces) are open to all students.
No Parking Zones
Disability parking spaces are marked with signage, and are designated for those with blue disability hang tags. All yellow painted lines indicate no-stop or no-parking zones. Reserved parking spaces are to be used only by the person it is assigned. Visitor parking lots are designated strictly for use by visitors.
Permanent or temporary disability parking is assigned by the Director of Safety and Security based on the proper notification from the Health Services Office or Accommodations Liaison. Disability parking permits (blue hang tag) must be displayed on the applicable vehicle’s rear view mirror. Disability parking spaces are each assigned with a designated number, which will reflect on the disability parking permit.
Failure to comply with parking rules/procedures will result in the following fines:
Parking Fine Policy (PDF)
A $100 EC fine (white copy) will be issued and fitted on the windshield of the vehicle.The security officer will verify the identity of the owner by means of the parking permit or vehicle registration number.
If the vehicle is not fitted with a parking permit and/or is not registered with the Department of Safety & Security for owner identification, a wheel boot will be placed on the vehicle violating the parking regulation
A parking fine will be issued as soon as the owner of the vehicle being booted, reports to security. The wheel boot will be removed only after the parking fine has been issued.
Department of Safety and Security will submit a copy of the parking fine (yellow copy) to the Accounts Department to be kept on record.
Vehicles will be towed based on the violation level which will result an additional ($150 EC) tow fine.
NO PARKING ZONES/DISABILITY PARKING FINES: Disability parking spaces are reserved 24/7 without exceptions. An automatic towing ($150 EC) and fining ($150 EC) system will be strictly enforced for anyone blocking or parking in these spaces or in “no stop zones” (indicated with yellow lines).