SAFETY & SECURITY IS OUR PRIORITY
Safety & Security
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 Ross Vet 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 Ross Vet 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 Ross Vet off-campus security team provides mobile patrol in concentrated areas where students, faculty and staff reside. The Ross Vet 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 Ross Vet 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 Ross Vet Safety & Security Number (869-465-6161) into their phones for quick reference.
SIREN EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM
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 Ross Vet 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 Ross Vet website, social media channels, and St. Kitts Radio stations.
Ross Vet will use a manual system of contacting members of the Ross Vet 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 through 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, Ross Vet utilizes communication via the Web, myRoss, email, and signs posted throughout campus. Individuals must take responsibility to read these alerts when they are communicated.
Do you need to verify or update your contact information in SIREN? Our SIREN System for RUSVM has moved to the Adtalem Staff Portal. SIREN emergency alerts are sent only when there is potential or actual physical danger at your specified work location, or if operations are impacted or compromised by an unforeseen event.
It’s critically important to have your current cell or personal phone and email address up-to-date to ensure you receive the appropriate alerts.
You can verify and update your SIREN contact information through your Staff Portal at my.adtalem.com:
- Select “Adtalem Staff Portal” from the single sign-on application hub
- Select “Resources” from the left navigation or from within the blue header
- Sign in with your D# and network password
- Select “SIREN”
- Follow the instructions to add or remove additional locations or update personal cell phone and personal email.
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
Are you a student and you want your spouse/VIP to receive SIREN Updates? Here's the info you need to know.
- The currently 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.
SAFETY & REPORTING
Ross Vet uses the emergency mass notification system called SIREN which sends alerts by voice, text message, and email to communicate with the Ross Vet 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 Ross Vet portal.
To maintain a well-informed campus community, Ross Vet provides two methods of reporting security and safety incidents:
Annual Statistics Report: (PDF) Ross Vet publishes information about security/safety practices and campus crime statistics annually. Statistics are available for the preceding year, not the current year, and are updated annually. Ross Vet has the authority to report on-campus statistics only.
Incident Report System: Ross Vet provides students and faculty with direct access to its current incident reports through the Incident Reports System. *Ross Vet username and password is required for access.
KEEP YOUR INFORMATION UP TO DATE
Continue to keep your residence information up-to-date with Safety and Security. Students should email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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). Ross Vet 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 Ross Vet 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:
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).
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 Ross Vet 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.
Do not shelter alone! If you live in a low-lying area consider staying with someone in a higher ground location for the duration of the storm.
- Secure all outside items indoors.
- Close storm shutters and windows.
- Fill bathtub full with water for flushing toilets.
- If your freezer is not full, freeze containers of purified water and pack in freezer.
- Stock up on nonperishable food and plenty of water. Items should be foods ready to eat without heating or refrigeration required and enough for 3 days.
- Fill cars with gas and park as high above ground as available and away from trees.
- Top off the phone and keep fully charged while electricity is available.
- Assure flashlights and lanterns have fresh batteries and do not use candles
- Have a battery-operated radio available to monitor local radio news announcements.
- Take photos of all important documents i.e. passport, visa, driver’s license, Ross ID, and store in your phone.
- Pack a bag with a change of clothing, toiletries, and documents: passport, visa, insurance cards, and credit cards. Store papers in a zip lock bag.
- Monitor phone and email for Siren alerts and updates as long as possible.
- DO NOT GO OUTSIDE DURING STORM. Monitor storm advisories and stay inside until advised that it is safe to leave your home. The eye of the storm gives a perception that the storm has passed but it has not and will begin again. When it is safe to leave, do not walk through flooded waters. They contain bacteria and may have live wires down in flooded areas.
- DO NOT USE ALCOHOL. With any emergency, you need to be clear-headed and able to maintain your safety at all times.
- Stay away from windows and doors during the storm. Stay on a floor that has a cement ceiling overhead if possible.
- If your home/apartment floods, seek higher floors and notify Ross Security. Do not attempt to leave unless advised to do so.
- After the storm, do not drive until safe to do so. Then, do not drive through flooded areas.
- All occupants must register with the Shelter Manager upon arrival
- No weapons and other potential safety hazards
- No Smoking in the shelter.
- No alcohol or other recreational drugs
- No loud noises or music
- Respect the rights of other shelter occupants
- Pets must be secured on a leash, cornered off or cages and excreta be cleaned immediately
- Address all questions or concerns to the Shelter Manager or Shelter volunteers
- Food will be distributed at assigned times only
- Shelter floors shall be kept clean of all waste materials
- Restrooms shall be kept clean at all times
- Waste containers shall be disposed of as soon as they are filled
- A daily shelter roll call will be done for all
- All persons with medical needs must inform the shelter manager
- Occupants shall not leave the shelter until it is advised to do so by Ross Security
- Occupants need to “Check out” with Shelter Manager when advised it is safe to do so and inform Manager of a future location
If you are coming to campus to stay during the hurricane bring ONLY the following:
- Pillow, blanket and/or sleeping bag
- Rain gear including closed-toed shoes or boots
- A change of clothing for 2 days
- Personal hygiene toiletries including soap and bath towel
- Flashlight (no candles)
- Fully charged and topped off phone with charger
- Non-electronic items such as cards and books to read
- Personal Medication
- NO ALCOHOL
- Make sure your car is filled up with gas and your home/apartment is secured before you arrive.
- Once on campus do not go outside until you have been advised it is safe to do so by Ross Security. Stay away from windows and doors during the storm.
- After the storm, do not drive until advised it is safe. Then, do not drive through flooded areas.
- Pack a bag with a change of clothing, toiletries and documents: passport, visa, insurance cards, credit cards. Store papers in a ziplock bag.
It is essential that all pet owners consider their pets when preparing for a hurricane. All owners should have in their possession and have easy access to:
- A sturdy, working crate or comparable container for their pet which is appropriate for their size.
- Minimum of three days of food.
- Food and water bowls.
- Clean bedding.
- Collar and leash.
- Vaccination and other associated travel documentation.
- Medication and any other items unique to the pet with explicit instructions.
In the immediate aftermath of a hurricane pet owners should make every attempt to house their pet at their current residence. If that residence is unsafe then the assistance of friends and colleagues should be sought to house the pet elsewhere. In extreme circumstances, RUSVM will attempt to house Ross community pets but only when no alternative is available. After a storm, the Hurricane Committee will assess campus to determine if there are spaces available that can be safely used to accommodate pets. Depending on the degree of damage to buildings and utility supplies there will be limitations on the number of pets that can be housed on campus. The welfare and husbandry of these animals will remain the responsibility of the owners themselves. Delegation of these responsibilities within small groups of pet owners is highly recommended. Any individual bringing their pet to campus must have the minimum requirements listed above. Aggressive dogs will not be permitted to stay on campus. Pets must be contained within crates when housed on campus except when crates are cleaned or when dogs are walked. Pets must remain in their crates between 10pm and 6am and dogs will be allowed 2 walks per day. Whenever pets are outside of their crates they must be on a secure leash. Pet owners must recognize that in the event of large numbers of animals being housed on campus exercise will be limited and owners must accept direction from Hurricane Committee members on how they are managed. For these reasons, housing pets on campus must be considered as a last resort. Housing pets on campus beyond a few days will become challenging. In the case of evacuation efforts will be made to evacuate pets with their owners however this cannot be guaranteed. Again it is highly recommended that if small groups of pets can be housed off-campus and managed by a small number of acquaintances this would be the better solution.