Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions
Our department gets many calls ranging from safety on campus to emergency messages that need to be delivered to students. The following list has been compiled from the most frequently asked questions of New Paltz family members.
#10 When is the department open, and how do I get in touch with the police?
The University Police Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you need to get in touch with our department the number is (845) 257-2222. You can also reach us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. All emergency calls can dial 911 from any campus phone.
#9 Where can I call to leave a message for a student living on campus?
The University Police Department cannot deliver messages to students unless it is a severe emergency and you must have the information to help us! Make sure you know the student's social security number and address. Have them give you a detailed list of their classes each semester, including classroom location, meeting day, and time.
#8 Does the Police Department offer any kind of escort service?
Yes! The department has a student employed walking and van escort service which runs between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.
#7 Tell me about parking on campus, is there a fee to have a car parked on campus?
There is no freshman parking on campus. Students with 30 credits or more must have a valid parking permit which can be purchased through the Parking Office which is located in HAB 35B. The hours are between 9-3:30 and the phone number is 257-3347. The current cost is $60.00 for the year. Please visit the Parking Web site for more information.
#6 Is it safe for students to bring cash, credit cards, stereos, TV etc... with them?
No campus is completely safe and students need to take some precautions. With a 24 hour ATM machine in the Student Union Building, and many banks in town (under a mile walk from campus) there is no reason for students to carry large sums of money at any time. Make sure students have credit card #'s in a safe place (other than wallets) and check with your insurance company to see if the items your student takes to campus are covered under your home policy, you may want to consider obtaining renter's coverage.
#5 What is the lighting like on campus?
The New Paltz campus is well lit, and each semester a committee does regular checks of all areas to ensure students safety. During the summer of 2011 a large scale renovation on campus included adding additional lighting on our walking paths.
#4 If I need some information regarding my student who do I call?
Your student. It is college policy for offices not to provide information regarding your student. This is to ensure their safety. (More information regarding this college policy can be obtained by calling our University Police at 845-257-2222.)
#3 I've seen blue light phones around campus, what are they?
The phone system aids in expediting calls concerning criminal incidents or emergencies. These phones are located in areas of high pedestrian traffic throughout campus. In addition, each campus building has an exterior telephone. Each campus residence hall has a direct-ring emergency telephone in the entrance of each building.
#2 How accessible are the resident halls to non-students?
The entrance doors to student resident halls remain locked 24 hours a day. Unlimited access is available to residents only. Telephones are located in the foyer of each residence hall and visitors should call for admission to the building.
#1 How safe is the campus? Are crime statistics published?
SUNY New Paltz is a relatively safe campus when students use the services provided. We believe that an informed public is a safety conscious public. For campus crime statistics please see the Annual Security report published yearly by our department. You can obtain this on our Web site at: www.newpaltz.edu/police/securityact.
Should you have an additional questions or concerns or want to add to our top ten list please feel free to call us. Here's to a safe and successful year for all of us!
Important Numbers to Remember
(all are area code 845)
University Police 257-2222
Town of New Paltz Police (off campus): 255-1313
Parking Office 257-3347
Student Affairs 257-3260
Residence Life 257-4444
Office of Student Accounts 257-3150
College Post Office 257-3122
Counseling Center 257-2920
Health Center 257-3400
Student Activities & Union Services 257-3025