Welcome to the Department of Campus Safety

The Department of Campus Safety (DCS) is committed to serving students, faculty, and staff at the highest possible level of safety and security. DCS is proactive in maintaining a safe and secure campus, which is critical to helping promote student academic success. DCS works with every sector of the B-CU community to strengthen investigative processes needed to solve crime and prevent repeat offenses.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Campus Safety (DCS) is to support the mission and Core Values of Bethune-Cookman University by promoting a safe and secure higher education environment, and building partnerships to identify and recommend solutions for improving the quality of life on campus.

Vision

DCS will become a premier campus safety department by utilizing industry-level best practices security strategies.  This will be accomplished by implementing safe campus initiatives, developing strategic partnerships, and increasing professional development opportunities to service students, faculty, and staff through the use of the best systems, practices, and networks in order to achieve the highest quality of safety standards.

Values and Priorities

  • Integrity and ethical behavior of Department leadership and staff 
  • Respect for the Rule of Law and the dignity of all human being
  • Acceptance of full responsibility and accountability for our actions
  • Empathy and compassion for others
  • Commitment to communicate in ways that encourage and promote
  • Positive responses to disagreements
  • Commitment to resolve differences in positive and mutually supportive ways
  • Commitment to using a team approach to address prevention issues and campus crime
  • Commitment to provide exceptional and equal and quality service to all constituency groups 
  • Commitment to continuous personal and professional growth
  • Commitment to employ best practices in the management of Departmental resource
  • Commitment to continuous improvement in all we do

Investigations

The Department of Campus Safety has established an effective investigative process for solving crimes and preventing repeat offenses. 

  • The process is used when alleged violations of law or the Student Honor Code occur on University property or within its statutory jurisdiction. 
  • Investigations are done in cooperation with other local and, if necessary, state agencies as well as the University’s Honor Code Board.
  • The process involves both administrative and, if necessary, criminal components.

Questions about investigations can be emailed to: dpsinvestigations@cookman.edu


Safety in Private Spaces Act Policy Statement:

Bethune-Cookman University, in compliance with Florida’s Safety in Private Spaces Act, provides students, faculty, and staff members designated restrooms (toilet or urinal) and changing facilities (dressing room, fitting room, locker room, changing room, or shower room) for their exclusive use, respective to their biological sex at birth, in order to maintain public safety, decency, decorum, and privacy.

This policy applies to students, faculty, staff and third parties while present on University Property.  Individuals or groups using University Property must follow all federal, state, and local laws, as well as University policies, procedures, and practices.