The Office of Public Safety (OPS) is located in the Center for Public Safety and General Services on Farm Pond Road and is operational 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, year round. The Communications Center is staffed by an OPS member at all times and can be reached by calling (607) 274-3333 or 3333 from an on campus phone.
OPS is a full service public safety provider with responsibility for campus safety, campus crime awareness and campus crime prevention and education. OPS Officers are a well trained team inclusive of uniformed campus police officers and state-certified security officers. In addition to Patrol and Security operations (to include Investigations), OPS is comprised of Parking Services, Environmental Health and Safety, and Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol (SASP). OPS officers patrol the campus on foot and by vehicle, responding to calls for service received, whether criminal or non-criminal in nature, both on and immediately near the campus. OPS areas of responsibility include:
- Emergency response
- Fire safety
- Crime prevention programming
- Special event staffing
- Providing safety escorts
- Repository for lost and found
- Administering vehicle assistance, and
- Managing vehicular and traffic control on campus.
In compliance with federal requirements mandated by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act [20 USC 1092(f)], OPS is responsible for preparing, publishing and distributing an Annual Security Report by October 1 of each year, for the purpose of disclosing and disseminating certain information regarding campus crime statistics, security policies and campus law enforcement. Information mandated by this Act include statements about:
- Campus law enforcement policies
- Campus security education and prevention programs
- Alcohol and drug policies
- Sexual assault education and prevention programs
- Procedures for reporting sexual assaults, and
- Procedures for handling reports of sexual assault.
You can view the publication electronically, or you may request a hard copy via phone or walk-in to OPS. The crime statistics for Ithaca College (also contained in the annual security report) are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) through a web-based data collection system and can be viewed at http://www.ope.ed.gov/security.