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EMERGENCY/COURTESY/BLUE LIGHT PHONES

In an Emergency, Dial 911

Telecommunications maintains the system of emergency telephones throughout the campus.  This system is made up of courtesy wall phones located inside and outside campus buildings, phones housed in yellow and black boxes, phones in elevators, and “blue light” phones on stanchions throughout the campus.  In addition, ANY telephone connected to the campus telephone system can be used to make emergency calls.

There are 247 Courtesy or Blue Light phones on the campus of SUNY New Paltz.  The courtesy phones are mostly black wall phones that are enabled for on-campus, New Paltz 255 or 256 numbers, or for toll-free numbers.

BLUE LIGHT PHONES (phones with a blue light over them) are considered “emergency” phones and will dial University Police without the caller having to dial a number.  To reach University Police, press the red button (see below).  These phones also allow on campus dialing.  To make an on-campus call, push the black button and dial the four-digit, on-campus number.

Blue Light Phone Layout
Reporting Emergencies from Campus Phones

RESIDENTIAL TELEPHONE:  Dial 911
FACULTY OR STAFF CAMPUS TELEPHONE:  Dial 911
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE:  Push Red Button

If an emergency telephone is ever found to be out of service or appears to have been vandalized, please report the problem immediately to the Telecommunications Help Line at extension 4357.

To initiate a request for an emergency telephone or for further information, contact Telecommunications at extension 4357.