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MPD Crime Mapper

In an effort to help build a safer community, the CBU Safety Office, in conjunction with the Memphis Police Department, offers the link below to access the MPD's "Crime Mapper" Community Safety Information System. This system offers a searchable database of statistical information, documenting various types of crimes committed in particular areas of the city.

Memphis Police Department Real Time Crime Center

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Mr. JOHN LOTRIONTE, Director of Campus Safety
Phone: (901) 321-4210

Ms. CAREY CARTER, Assistant Director
Phone: (901) 321-3550

Support Services

Ms. SHANNON FIELDS, Coordinator of Support Services
Phone: (901) 321-3550


Lieutenant John Wright (Police Officer)

Campus Safety Officers

Patrolman Sanford Cross

Security Officers

Officer Guy Williams
Officer Thomas Misee (Part Time)

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Fire Log

Below you can find CBU's annual Fire Log reports. Please do not hesitate to contact Campus Safety if you have any further questions.

2014 Report
2013 Report
2012 Report
2011 Report
2010 Report
2009 Report

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Clery Act

To all current and prospective students, staff, and faculty:

Christian Brothers University’s Department of Campus Safety is dedicated to ensuring a campus environment that is safe and secure. We are also committed to continually strengthening the professional development of our department and to building strategic working relationships with students, staff, and faculty. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the University’s security measures and procedures. Please review the policies, procedures, and services that help enhance campus safety. This report covers these important items in detail and is provided to you in compliance with state and federal laws. If you have any questions about this report or campus safety operations at Christian Brothers University, please call us at (901) 321-3550 or email the Department at

John Lotrionte
Director, Department of Campus Safety
Christian Brothers University


The Department of Campus Safety, in cooperation with many other departments at Christian Brothers University, prepares and distributes this annual Campus Security Report by October 1st of each year. This report will provide you with information concerning security related services offered by the University in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Tennessee College and University Security Information Act.

Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to the Department of Campus Safety, designated campus officials (including but not limited to residence life staff, Dean of Students, Director of Student Activities, judicial affairs officers, advisors to student organizations, and athletic coaches), and local law enforcement. The Director of Student Counseling informs students of the procedures to report crimes to the Department of Campus Safety on a voluntary basis if it is in the best interest of the client. A procedure is in place to anonymously record pertinent information confidentially during such a session.

Each year, an e-mail notification will be made to all faculty, staff, and students directing them to the Web site where this report is available. Copies of the report may also be obtained at the Department of Campus Safety located in St. Joseph Hall. At Christian Brothers University, we take safety and security seriously. We are committed to provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for our staff, students, faculty, and visitors. Your personal safety is a priority at CBU. To maintain a safe campus requires a partnership between the members of the campus community and Department of Campus Safety. Security is everyone’s responsibility and we need your help to ensure that our campus is a safe place to learn, live, and work.


For emergencies on campus, contact the Department of Campus Safety by dialing 3550 from a campus phone or 321-3550 from a cell phone or off campus.

On campus, you may also dial 9, then 911 for emergencies.

Members of the CBU community, as well as our visitors, are encouraged to actively participate in reporting suspicious behavior, hazardous conditions, criminal activities, or an emergency situation. Any time an immediate response is needed or a person is unsure of whom to call, the Department of Campus Safety may be contacted by phone or in person at St. Joseph Hall. The Department of Campus Safety has officers on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays. The main office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. After 4:30 p.m. an officer may be contacted by phone or by use of a call box located next to the main entrance of the Department of Campus Safety.

Also, crimes may be reported to the following:

Dean of Students 321-3536
Director of Residence Life 321-4102
Director of Health Resources 321-3260
Director of Campus Safety 321-3550
Director of Counseling 321-3527
Director of Human Resources 321-3474
Directors of Campus Ministry 321-3509
Director of Student Services 321-3529


Four Emergency Call Boxes, which have blue lights illuminated at the top for visibility, are located on campus:

  • Two in the Central Parking Lot
  • One between Maurelian and Rozier residence halls
  • One in the courtyard bordered by Nolan Engineering Center, Plough Library, Thomas Center, and the Science Center.

These emergency phones are direct lines to the Department of Campus Safety. When activated, officers have voice contact with each caller.


Residence Life staff are on duty 24 hours a day during regular school sessions. Each residence hall has an assigned Resident Director, as well as Resident Assistants, to help students. A full-time counselor is employed by the University as well as a part-time registered nurse and nurse practitioner. For counseling or health service needs in an emergency which occurs after normal business hours, please call Campus Safety at 3550.

Department of Campus Safety officers handling an incident involving a member of our university community will contact a counselor, Residence Life staff member, or other emergency services if needed or when requested by a victim. Campus Safety Officers also contact emergency services outside of the University if needed.

Staff members associated with Residence Life, Counseling Center, Health Services, Campus Ministry, and other departments may advise persons of procedures involving reporting of pertinent matters to the Department of Campus Safety and local police. Victims of crime, harassment, or any other incident may have someone accompany them when reporting an incident to the Department of Campus Safety or local police.

The Department of Campus Safety will cooperate with and request local police whenever such involvement is appropriate. Local hospitals and other medical facilities may be required to contact campus or local police in some cases where evidence of a crime becomes apparent during treatment of a patient.

Security Information

Students and employees are informed about safety and security issues at orientation sessions and throughout the academic year. The Student Handbook and Staff Handbook also provide safety, security, and emergency information and advice. The Department of Campus Safety maintains a Web site accessible through the University web address at ( which contains information concerning safety and security issues. Also, in compliance with the Clery Act, the Department of Campus Safety maintains a written log of incidents which occur on campus and on public property contiguous to the university. This log contains the date, time, general location, classification, and disposition of incidents and is available to the public upon request.

Timely Warnings

To assist in the prevention of similar crimes, timely warnings are posted when certain crimes that are reported to a campus security authority or local police are considered to be a threat to other students, employees, and/or visitors. The Department of Campus Safety issues these crime alerts through the campus email system as well as posting them on the Campus Safety web page and distributing flyers.

Access to Campus Facilities

Residence Halls

Christian Brothers University maintains both residence halls and student apartments. The Office of Residence Life stresses safety prevention and takes measures to assist residents including:

  • Residence Life staff members (Resident Directors and Resident Assistants) live throughout the residence halls to assist with many different matters. A Resident Life staff member is always available or on call if needed.
  • The three Capstone Apartment buildings have built-in security systems in each unit which can be activated by the resident.
  • Student rooms are equipped with security locks and keys that are stamped “Do Not Duplicate”. If a key is lost, the lock is promptly changed after being reported to the Office of Residence Life or a student staff member.
  • Students living in the residence halls are often reminded to lock their doors and secure any valuables.

The Student Handbook provides additional information and details on residence hall policies and procedures.

Non-residential building access

  • Academic buildings are locked following the last classes each day and are reopened by Campus Safety Officers prior to the beginning of classes the next day.
  • A 24 hour computer lab is provided to members of the university community and uses a card access system for entry after normal business hours.
  • Students entering academic buildings after normal business hours must have permission from the appropriate dean or have made prior arrangements with an academic department.
  • Student workers monitor other academic labs during normal hours of operation.

Other security considerations concerning campus facility maintenance

  • Safety and security maintenance requests receive priority over non-safety and non-emergency work orders in the university’s maintenance department.
  • Campus Safety Officers and maintenance personnel are expected to promptly report any safety and security maintenance issues when discovered.
  • The University utilizes strategically placed closed circuit surveillance cameras to supplement patrols provided by Campus Safety Officers.


Enforcement Authority

The Department of Campus Safety (DCS) is comprised of 16 full-time officers who provide security services around the clock every day of the year. The primary objective of DCS officers is the protection of life and property at the university. Some members of DCS are campus police officers. Campus police officers are commissioned by the Memphis Police Department as special police officers and meet at the requirements of the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission. Campus police officers are armed while non-sworn security officers are not. All non-sworn security officers are licensed by the State of Tennessee and received in-service training. Each officer represents the University as an enforcer of regulations and policies as well as state and local laws. DCS maintains a close working relationship with local law enforcement agencies. DCS officers use vehicle, foot, and motorized cart patrols throughout the university.

Safety Escorts

The Department of Campus Safety provides safety escorts on campus at any time for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. These escorts may be by vehicle or on foot.


  • The Department of Campus Safety maintains a web page as part of the Christian Brothers University World Wide Web site. This web page contains crime prevention tips and information concerning crime alerts. The Department of Campus Safety can also be contacted via email at
  • Throughout the year various safety programs are presented by the offices of Campus Safety, Residence Life, Student Activities, Dean of Students, and Student Counseling. Guest speakers are also periodically invited to speak on safety issues.


1. University Policy

The Christian Brothers University Alcohol Policy, developed from the spirit of the University’s Mission statement, is, insofar as possible, educational in nature. The goals of this policy are to create a non-coercive social environment respectful of those who choose not to drink; to promote moderation, safety and individual accountability for those who choose to drink legally; and to establish and maintain an informed community where the effects of alcohol abuse and the behavioral problems associated with it are minimal. Christian Brothers University permits the moderate use of alcohol within the limits of applicable state, city, and county liquor laws and the policies of the University. The use of alcoholic beverages is viewed as a privilege, not a right. All persons within the CBU community are expected to observe the following alcohol policy that prohibits:

  • Drinking at athletic events
  • Public intoxication
  • Providing an alcoholic beverage to an obviously intoxicated person
  • Drunk or disorderly conduct
  • Persons under the age of 21 serving, possessing or consuming alcohol
  • A person over the age of 21 supplying (i.e., selling, giving, getting, etc.) alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age
  • A person under the age of 21 falsifying or possessing any form of identification to attempt to secure any alcoholic beverage
  • Possession of open container(s) (e.g., any bottle, can, mug, etc.) of alcoholic beverages, and/or their consumption except in designated locations which have been specified in accordance with state law and the University policy
  • Alcohol consumption in any room of the residence halls where all occupants are under 21 years of age. Any gathering in a student room in the residence halls, University owned houses and/or apartments that consists of ten or more people where alcohol is present, is considered an illegal party
  • Kegs and/or other multi-liter containers (empty or filled) in the residence halls
  • Students purchasing alcoholic beverages with University-approved student fees or with any student funds which are collected and administered by a University office or agency unless approved to do so by the Vice President for Student Life (i.e., senior-faculty reception)
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages in the hallways of the residence halls, the lounges of the residence halls or any part of campus, except as permitted herein. The lounges of the Thomas Center are available for parties with alcoholic beverages without written consent of the Alcohol Review and Planning Board. In some special cases, the campus grounds are available for parties with alcoholic beverages with written consent of the ARPB
  • Failure to be responsible for the conduct of campus guests or to acquaint them with the University policies and procedures regarding the use of alcoholic beverages
  • Participation in drinking games or other forms of abusive drinking behavior
  • Failure to comply with rules and criteria set forth by the Alcohol Review and Planning Board, and procedures specified in The Compass for the use of alcoholic beverages at University functions will result in one or more of the following sanctions:

a. Parental Notification: Tennessee State Law requires universities to notify the parent or guardian of students under the age of 21 who violate any federal or state law, or any rule of the institution, governing the use of alcohol or drugs. Christian Brothers University, therefore, will notify parents or legal guardians in writing of any such violation.

b. Criminal Sanctions (for your information): Federal Government guidelines state that anyone under 21 years of age receiving Federal Financial Aid (Pell Grants) who is convicted of violating established Federal or State Alcohol Laws may lose his or her financial aid. Court-imposed sanctions for a first offense of the above offenses are listed as follows:

  • Fines of $50 to over $100
  • Jail terms of 30 days to 3 years or more
  • Community service hours

These sanctions can be combined or issued separately depending upon the interpretation of the judge.

c. University Sanctions: Christian Brothers University sanctions may be issued by appropriate disciplinary authorities. Depending upon the severity of the incident, any of the sanctions specified in the Code of Student Conduct may be levied, ranging from reprimand to suspension or expulsion.

d. Alcohol Counseling: If students of Christian Brothers University feel they may be experiencing an alcohol or drug problem, they are encouraged to contact the University Counseling Center located in the Thomas Center. The Director of Counseling is available for confidential consultation on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Confidentiality will not be violated unless authorized by the student or a threat to life occurs. The Director will be able to provide information and testing, or assist in making a referral to a local agency or treatment facility. The Director may be reached at 321-3527.

2. Use of Alcoholic Beverages at University Functions

a. Campus-Wide Socials/Parties: Any campus-wide party or outdoor event held on campus, sponsored by a University club or organization must follow these guidelines if alcohol is being served. Several details of the event will be subject to approval by the Alcohol Review and Planning Board (ARPB).

b. Alcohol Review and Planning Board:

  1. The purpose of the Alcohol Review and Planning Board (ARPB) is to promote the responsible use of alcohol at Christian Brothers University. Its membership is to include the following representation:
    • The Dean of Students (Chairperson)
    • The Director of Student Activities
    • The Director of Campus Safety
  2. The following represents the overall function of the ARPB: * To review the guidelines and procedures when an individual, club or organization requests alcohol be made available at campus-wide socials or parties for the Christian Brothers University campus community. (See Campus-Wide Socials/Parties above). * To review requests to host an event with alcohol which is an exception to the stated conditions for alcohol use on campus or the alcohol policies stated within The Compass. The ARPB will make a final decision on each request. Procedures to follow for the review of your event by the ARPB: o You must submit a CBU Activities Request Form to the Director of Student Activities at least two weeks prior to the event. o This form must be signed by the President of the Club/Organization (if applicable), and Advisor of the sponsoring club or organization, ensuring that the criteria listed below for the use of alcohol at University functions are met.

c. Bus Policy: Any campus-wide party sponsored by a University club or organization must comply with the bus policy. A bus must be provided for any event off campus where alcohol is being served and/or sold. Please refer to the Student Life Bus Policy.

3. Criteria for Sponsored Events with Alcohol

Those individuals or organizations sponsoring events where alcoholic beverages will be served must adhere to the guidelines listed below. The use of any alcoholic beverages must be in accordance with applicable state, city and county laws and the following requirements:

  1. Any student or guest requesting alcoholic beverages will be required to verify his or her age with a driver’s license. A law enforcement official or privately hired security, assisted by a designated club member and/or advisor, will verify identification. Only those students who meet the age requirements of Tennessee State Law will be served or permitted to consume alcoholic beverages. Additional picture identification may be required if the legal age of the presenter is questioned.
  2. Students are responsible for the conduct of their guests, and as such, should take care to acquaint their guests with University policies regarding the use of alcoholic beverages. It is the responsibility of individuals or organizations sponsoring events where alcoholic beverages will be served and of their advisor to ensure that alcoholic beverages served to those meeting Tennessee age requirements (whether students or guests) are not in turn consumed by underage individuals.
  3. Organizations sponsoring events where alcoholic beverages are served must hire additional security guards and/or law enforcement officials. The number of additional guards shall be determined by the ARPB.
  4. Alcoholic beverages shall not be served or consumed by individuals who demonstrate a lack of sobriety. Enforcement of sobriety standards is the responsibility of the individuals or organizations sponsoring the event and their advisor.
  5. The organization’s officers and advisor must assume the responsibility for providing adequate controls for proper dispensation of alcoholic beverages, and for the good order of the participants at the event. Therefore, the advisor must be present during the entire event when alcohol is served on campus. The organization shall review its plans with its advisor and the Alcohol Review and Planning Board. They will be responsible for approving plans prior to the event. The organization has the responsibility for cleaning any University facilities utilized for its sponsored event.
  6. Organizations that sponsor campus-wide events where alcohol is consumed are encouraged to have the appropriate liability insurance to protect themselves and the University.
  7. Nonalcoholic beverages and food shall be provided in adequate amounts determined by the Alcohol Review and Planning Board when alcoholic beverages are served. h. Organizations must abide by the alcohol responsibility guidelines specified in the University Alcohol Policy.

4. Violations by Students

Any violation of the Alcohol Policy will subject the student to the following minimum disciplinary sanctions. Other more serious measures may also be taken at the discretion of the Dean of Students where warranted. As required by state law for students under the age of 21, his/her parents or guardians will be notified of any violation.

First Violation of the Academic Year

The student will:

  1. Receive a minimum fine of $50. The fine will be charged to the student and read as an “Alcohol Policy Violation” on his or her bill from the University;
  2. Dispose of all alcoholic beverages in his or her possession or they will be confiscated and disposed of by a University staff member;
  3. Complete an alcohol/drug education class and, if determined necessary by the Dean of Students, complete an alcohol evaluation;
  4. Receive a written or oral warning that current or future alcohol policy violation(s) may result in more severe sanctions and/or administrative action at the discretion of the Dean of Students (e.g., removal from housing, probation, suspension) when:
    1. The violation occurs in conjunction with other University policy or standards violations.
    2. The violation involves offensive or potentially harmful behavior to the student or others, such as fighting, threats or acts of verbal or physical aggression, driving under the influence, unauthorized access and vandalism; and/or
    3. There have been previous violations of University policy or standards and/or incident reports within the current or previous academic year.

Second Violation of the Academic Year

The student will:

  1. Receive a minimum fine of $75. The fine will be charged to the student and read as an “Alcohol Policy Violation” on his or her bill from the University;
  2. Dispose of all alcoholic beverages in his or her possession or they will be confiscated and disposed of by a University staff member;
  3. Complete an alcohol evaluation and any follow-up treatment or assistance programs recommended in the evaluation;
  4. Receive written notification of any further sanctions or administrative action at the discretion of the Dean of Students, (e.g., removal from housing, probation, suspension) especially when other violations are present as listed under ‘First Violation, 4’.

Third Violation of the Academic Year

The student will:

  1. Receive a minimum fine of $100. The fine will be charged to the student and read as an “Alcohol Policy Violation” on his or her bill from the University.
  2. Dispose of all alcoholic beverages in his or her possession or they will be confiscated and disposed of by a University staff member;
  3. Complete an alcohol assessment in addition to any recommended follow-up participation in treatment or assistance programs;
  4. Receive written notification of subsequent sanctions that may include removal from housing, probation, suspension at the discretion of the Dean of Students.

Failure to complete a required alcohol/drug class or an alcohol/drug evaluation within six (6) weeks will result in:

  1. the carry-over of violation for the following year and
  2. the inability to register at enrollment for the following semester until requirements are met.

The penalty for any subsequent violations of this policy is at the discretion of the University. The University reserves the right to remove from the residence halls, suspend or expel at any time any student found in violation of this policy.

5. Drug Policy

Christian Brothers University has a prime concern for the well-being of its students, including their psychological and medical welfare, and recognizes the problems created by the misuse of controlled substances. The University prohibits the possession, distribution, sale or use of controlled substances (i.e., marijuana, narcotics, barbiturates, hallucinogens or amphetamines and all other drugs prohibited by state and federal law). The University also prohibits the possession of drug paraphernalia (i.e., bongs, one hitters, pipes, clips, etc.). Students who violate this policy are liable for disciplinary action by the University and/or criminal prosecution by civil authorities.

  1. Sale: When, in the opinion of the Dean of Students, there is a reasonable basis for believing that a student is or has been trafficking in controlled drugs, or is or has been in possession of such amounts as to make this a reasonable suspicion, the student will be subject to interim suspension pending a judicial hearing.
  2. Use: When, in the opinion of the Dean of Students, there is a reasonable basis for believing that a student has been in possession of prohibited drugs, the student will be subject to judicial action.
  3. The Law: Possession, manufacture, sale and/or distribution of controlled substances are illegal under both state and federal law. Giving marijuana or other drugs free of charge to friends will be interpreted by the University to be the same as sale or distribution.
  4. Student-Athlete:
    1. In observance with N.C.A.A. regulations, each academic year, student-athletes shall sign a form consenting to be tested for the use of drugs prohibited by the Athletic Association. Failure to complete and sign the consent form prior to practice or competition shall result in the student-athlete becoming ineligible for participation (i.e., practice and competition) in all intercollegiate athletics;
    2. All student-athletes will adhere to the Christian Brothers Athletic Alcohol & Drug Policy and shall sign a Christian Brothers University Drug Education Program Statement of Understanding and Consent Form. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the athletic team and loss of any athletic aid;
    3. Use of tobacco products for student-athletes is prohibited during practice and competition. A student-athlete who uses tobacco products during practice or competition shall be disqualified for the remainder of that practice or competition.
  5. Sanctions:
    1. A drug offense under Tennessee or Federal Law can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the charge and the amount of drugs. In either case, a criminal record will very likely hinder a person’s chances of gaining admission to another school or future employment opportunities.
    2. Court-imposed sanctions for a first offense for possession, distribution or use of drugs are as follows: * Fines of $1000 to $200,000 or more. * Jail terms of 30 days to 20 years or more. * Community service hours. These sanctions can be combined or issued separately depending upon the interpretation of the judge.
    3. Christian Brothers University sanctions will be issued by the Dean of Students or the Student Disciplinary Committee. These sanctions are listed in the Code of Student Conduct and range from reprimand to suspension or expulsion.
    4. Federal Government guidelines state that anyone receiving Federal Financial Aid (Pell Grants) who is convicted of violating established Federal or State controlled substance laws may lose his or her financial aid.

6. Drug Counseling

If students of Christian Brothers University feel they may be experiencing a drug problem, they are encouraged to contact the University Counseling Center, located in the Thomas Center. The Director of Counseling is available for confidential consultation on a walk-in basis or by appointment.

Confidentiality will not be violated unless authorized by the student or a threat to life occurs. The Director will be able to provide information and testing, or assist in making a referral to a local agency or treatment facility. The Director may be reached at 321-3527.

Additional information on Alcohol and Drug Help Resources is available on the Counseling Center’s section of this website.


It is the policy of Christian Brothers University to ensure, to the fullest extent possible, that any student, faculty or staff member who is a victim of sexual assault committed on the campus or at a university-sponsored event, shall receive treatment, support and information. Victims of sexual assault will be encouraged to make full use of these provisions. Referrals for treatment will be provided, and ongoing support will be offered to victims. To protect the privacy of the victim, confidentiality regarding the name of the victim, except on a need to know basis, will be maintained.

Sexual assault may also be viewed as sexual harassment. If a sexual assault is deemed not to have occurred, under this policy, the events may be considered under the sexual harassment policy above.

Immediate steps to follow in case of sexual assault:

In the event that a Christian Brothers University student becomes a victim of a sexual assault while on campus, the following course of action is highly recommended:

Call Campus Safety immediately (321-3550, available 24/7). If needed, there are four (4) Emergency Phones on campus at these locations:

  • Between Rozier and Maurelian residence halls
  • In Buckman Quad, between the Engineering and Science buildings
  • In the Central Lot: one at the entrance to the lot, and one near the back of the Science Building

In the event of Sexual Assault, Campus Safety will assist you by:

  • Ensuring your immediate safety;
  • Securing medical assistance as needed,
  • Contacting the necessary law enforcement agencies,
  • Preserving any evidence;
  • Calling the support team you request, e.g. friends, family, the Counseling Center (321-3527) or the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center (272-2020, available 24/7), and appropriate University officials and
  • Assisting you in making a written statement about the incident.

Follow-Up Procedures:

After the immediate safety steps have been followed, the student should decide whether or not to bring criminal charges against the perpetrator and/or file sexual assault/harassment charges within the University. If the perpetrator is believed to be on campus, or is a CBU student, Campus Safety will conduct an immediate internal investigation and determine if the accused needs to be removed from campus ending an inquiry.

If the victim wishes to bring internal charges against the perpetrator, she/he should meet with the Dean of Students (321-3536) to determine the course of action the student wishes to follow, as outlined in Section 7 of the Student Code in the Student Handbook.

Off-Campus Incident: The student is advised to call 911 immediately. When returning to campus, we recommend that the student advise Campus Safety and other appropriate University personnel (e.g. Director of Residence Life, Director of Counseling, Vice President for Student Life) of the incident to assist the student in any of the procedures stated above. Campus personnel who have been trained to help students through the proper steps including reporting/counseling/further referrals include the following:

Dean of Students 321-3536
Director of Residence Life 321-4102
Director of Health Resources 321-3260
Director of Campus Safety 321-3550
Director of Counseling 321-3527
Director of Human Resources 321-3474
Directors of Campus Ministry 321-3509
Director of Student Services 321-3529

Resources available:

Christian Brothers University is committed to on-going programs of education to its students about sexual assault, including prevention, safety tips and counseling services for victims. Detailed information can be found on the Campus Safety and Counseling Center websites.


The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act amends the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and requires that institutions of higher education provide the campus community a statement about where information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. For the State of Tennessee, this information can be obtained from the following web address:


Three years’ worth of statistics (2011-2013) are included for Clery Act crimes that were reported on campus, in off-campus buildings or on property owned or controlled by the school, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. (In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act) 

Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS)

TIBRS is an incident based reporting system designed to collect data on every single crime occurrence and on each incident and arrest within the occurrence. 

The goals of TIBRS are to enhance the quantity, quality and timeliness of crime data collection by law enforcement and to improve the methodology used for compiling, analyzing, auditing and publishing crime data. A major advantage of TIBRS is the capability to break down and combine crime offense data into specific information. 

What is Incident Based Reporting?
Incident based reporting views a crime and all of its components as an “incident.” In order to obtain important data, facts about the incident are organized into specific categories or segments. The vehicle used for recording these facts is a “data element.”  Data elements provide information about crime and its involvement with victims, offenders, property, arrestees, etc. 

Who reports?
All law enforcement agencies as well as colleges and universities report their monthly crime statistics to the TBI. The TBI then reports those law enforcement statistics to the FBI.

 (In compliance with the Tennessee College and University Security Act)

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Security Alerts

Christian Brothers University encourages all students, faculty and staff to update their emergency contact number(s) in the mass notification system, the University’s primary emergency notification system. Although college campuses are usually safe places, emergencies and disasters do occur. CBU is committed to keeping the campus community as safe as possible through effective communication prior to, during and following emergencies.

The mass notification system allows students, faculty and staff to receive emergency messages on multiple devices. Individuals may identify as many as three telephone numbers and one CBU email address (automatically) for receiving emergency notifications. Both voice and text messages can be sent to cell phones. To register or update your information, a valid CBU email account is required. Registration or updating your information, is simple and straightforward. Simply go to the Registration Page and follow the instructions.

If you do not wish to receive emergency notifications, simply do not fill out this form.

Other than periodic tests, this system will only be used for emergencies requiring immediate action on the part of the CBU community. For other questions, please contact the Department of Campus Safety at or (901) 321-3550.

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Call Boxes

In cooperation with the CBU ITS Department, Campus Safety has installed four (4) emergency call boxes at strategic points on campus. These call boxes are two-way speaker phones that are programmed to dial Campus Safety directly when the button is pushed. To ensure a more prompt response from security, a flashing blue light has been placed at the top of the boxes to signal the place where the call was made. Call boxes are accessible in the following locations:

  • Resident Parking Lot (near Rozier Hall)
  • Buckman Quad (near Nolan Engineering Center)
  • Central Lot (near Science Building)
  • Central Lot (near Guard House)
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In Case of Emergency

Emergency Preparedness and the Emergency Response Plan are great concerns of the entire campus. Staff members should be reminded that it is also a function of this plan to protect and secure University facilities, property and equipment from loss. Below you can find some quick and basic facts about responding to common types of emergencies. We also encourage you to take the time and familiarize yourself with CBU's full Crisis Management Plan.

Severe Weather - Tornado


  • Move quickly to a safe interior area without windows (e.g., hallways, basements, restrooms).
  • Move to the lowest levels using stairways, NOT elevators. If possible, close all doors as you leave an area.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and exterior walls. Do NOT go outdoors.


  • Get inside if possible.
  • Stay away from trees, power lines, utility poles, and other hazards.
  • Curl up in a ditch or low-lying area; stay low to the ground; use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Suspicious Person

  • Do not physically confront the person.
  • Do not let anyone into a locked building/office.
  • Do not block the person’s access to an exit.
  • Call 911 or 3550 from a campus phone or from a cell phone; or if available in the lobby, use the red emergency phone.
  • Provide as much information as possible about the person and their direction of travel.

Suspicious Object

  • Do not touch or disturb the object.
  • Do NOT use a cell phone!
  • Call 911 or 3550 from a campus phone; or use the red emergency phone.
  • Notify your instructor or supervisor.
  • Be prepared to evacuate.


  • “Drop, Cover, and Hold” under a table or desk or against an inside wall, not in a doorway, until the shaking stops.
  • After the shaking stops, check yourself and others for injuries and move toward the nearest exit or alternate exit.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Do not leave the area/ campus without reporting your status to your instructor or supervisor.


  • Remain Calm.
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station and call 911 or 3550 from a campus phone; call 911 from a cell phone.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Do NOT use elevators!
  • Do NOT enter the building until authorized by emergency personnel.

Hazardous Materials Release

  • If an emergency exists or if anyone is in danger, move away from the site of the hazard to a safe location.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel.
  • Alert others to stay clear of the area.
  • Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed or have information about the release.

Power Outage

  • Remain calm; provide assistance to others if necessary.
  • Move cautiously to a lighted area. Exits may be indicated by lighted signs if the emergency power is operating.
  • Turn off and unplug computers and other voltage sensitive equipment.
  • For information about a prolonged outage, call Physical Plant at 321-3395


  • Remain calm.
  • Evacuate using the nearest safe stairs and safe exit.
  • Do NOT use elevators!
  • Gather personal belongings (medication, keys, purses, wallets, etc.), but only if safe to do so.
  • Follow directions given by emergency personnel.
  • Go to identified assembly points at least 500 feet from the affected building.
  • Assist persons with disabilities or injuries without jeopardizing your safety.
  • If you are unable to evacuate due to a physical disability, go to a safe location (e.g., stairwell) and wait for assistance. Ask others to inform emergency personnel of your location.

If there is time:

  • Turn off all electronics including computers (except in cases of leaking gas or other flammable substances).
  • Secure any hazardous materials or equipment before leaving.

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Crime Prevention & Safety

Safety on campus should not be overlooked. Despite what you might think, college campuses often attract crime. No need to worry, though. We'll tell you what you need to know to keep safe and avoid being the victim of crime. Here are the topics we'll cover.

General Tips on Crime Prevention

Prevent Theft
You can make a thief's job significantly more difficult by obeying these guidelines: Lock your bike where there's heavy foot traffic. Always use a kryptonite-type lock. If you set down your purse or backpack, know where it is at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended.

Prevent Burglary
Always keep the door to your apartment or dorm room locked. Dead bolts and other such safety lock devices provide added protection. Never let strangers inside your home. Do not leave spare keys under the door mat or in other obvious hiding places. Inscribe items of value with your driver's license number.

Car Safety
Park in well-lighted areas close to foot traffic. Lock all doors and roll up windows when exiting your car and again after you enter your car. Never leave valuables in plain sight. Have your keys in hand when returning to your car at night and walk with someone if possible. If carjacked, surrender your vehicle immediately.

Some of the Most Common Campus Crimes

This one tops the list. Bicycles, backpacks, purses, and wallets are among the campus thief's favorite items to steal. Fortunately, you can protect your property by taking a few simple precautions.

Breaking into an apartment or dorm room to steal property is less common than straight theft. Still, burglary comprises a sizable chunk of campus crime.

Physical assault, one person inflicting bodily injury on another, is the least frequent of common campus crime. But statistics on sexual assault, including rape and acquaintance rape, are hard to interpret since these crimes go largely unreported. This suggests sexual assault is more frequent than police reports show.

Understanding Sex Crimes

What Is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is defined as any sexual activity forced upon one person by another. Many victims fail to report sexual assault because they are not sure an "assault" has actually taken place, or they feel they are to blame. "No" means "No." If a person won't take "No" for an answer then sexual assault has occurred.

Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment differs from sexual assault in that no one is physically abused. Depending on the circumstances, examples of harassment include: repeated and unwanted romantic advances, discussions of a sexual nature, abusive language aimed at a particular sex, the telling of lewd jokes, unwanted touching. You do not need to put up with anything that makes you uncomfortable.

Acquaintance Rape
The overwhelming majority of rapes are perpetrated by someone the victim knows. Sexual abuse is never the victim's fault. But you can take steps to avoid being victimized. Clearly communicate what you want and don't want. Set your limits before you go on a date. Be aware of signals you may be sending.

What You Can Do to Prevent Sex Crimes

If you have questions
If you think you may be the victim of sexual assault or sexual harassment but are unsure, talk to a counselor who deals with such cases. Your campus medical facility or local hospital has trained professionals on staff who can help you understand what has happened.

Defuse a bad situation
If you find yourself in a situation where there is potential for sexual assault, you can use several tactics to dissuade your attacker:
Tell your attacker he is committing sexual harassment or sexual assault.

In more intense situations you should:

  • Scream and draw attention to yourself
  • Yell "No!" or "Stop!" or even "Fire!"
  • Run away if possible
  • Fight back using any means at your disposal

Be Aware, Keep Smart and Stay Safe

Common sense 
This is perhaps your best protection against crime. Follow these basic rules: Don't walk alone at night and stick to well-lighted streets. Be aware of your surroundings. If you are being followed, walk fast to a populated area. Don't give your phone number or address to strangers. Avoid dangerous parts of town.

Prevent sexual assault
In addition to exercising the common sense rules mentioned above, you should always exercise caution when drinking. In most cases of sexual assault, especially acquaintance rape, drugs and/or alcohol were used by one or both people involved. If you drink, drink responsibly.

Be aware
Contact your local police department to locate high crime areas on campus and in town. Learn what crimes are most prevalent in your neighborhood. You'll know what precautions to take once you've identified the most prevalent types of crime and where they occur.

Report suspicious behavior
Call the police if you suspect someone is committing or attempting to commit a crime. Your involvement makes a safer environment for everyone. Give the police a good description of the suspect. Do not try apprehending the person yourself.

Precautions You Can Take

Self-defense classes
Many college campuses offer training in self-defense through the gymnasium or police department for a small fee. Mace and pepper spray training may also be available. Inquire at your campus police headquarters or the city police department. Private self-defense instruction is also available in most cities.

Make use of campus safety services
With a quick call to your campus police department or local police station, you can find out what safety resources are available to you. The police department usually offers some kind of instruction in crime prevention. And many colleges offer night walk and night shuttle services.

What to Do if You Are the Victim of Crime

Report the crime immediately
If the police aren't aware of the crime, there's nothing they can do about it. Be prepared to tell the police: what happened exactly, where the crime happened, when it happened, who you are and where you're calling from. Do not disturb any evidence at the crime scene while waiting for police to arrive.

Reporting sexual assault
Tell someone you trust what has happened. Whether you report sexual assault to the police or not, you should seek medical treatment and counseling immediately. Do not bathe, change clothes, or otherwise destroy evidence before seeing a doctor. Your physician will be able to refer you to a counselor.

Summer Precautions
At the end of each school year in May, most people are looking forward to a well deserved and relaxing vacation away from school. Here are some helpful safety tips to consider:

  • During Move Out:  If you are moving out of a residence hall, do not leave your valuables sitting on the sidewalk or by your vehicle. Either have someone watch your valuables or lock them in your vehicle. It only takes a few seconds for someone steal your property. If possible, do not load your vehicle until the day you intend to leave. Vehicles that are loaded and left overnight are often targeted by car burglars.
  • Leaving Your Residence Hall, Apartment, or Home:  If you have roommates - COMMUNICATE WITH THEM! The last person to leave should make sure that all windows are properly secured. All window shades and curtains should be drawn closed to prevent a burglar from "window shopping" in your apartment or home. Make sure all exterior doors are properly closed and secured. All exterior doors should have dead bolt locks with a one inch throw bar.
  • A programmable light timer is very useful. These can be found at a hardware or appliance store. They are relatively inexpensive (approximately $10 - $15) and easy to operate. Simply adjust the timer, plug a lamp into the timer, and plug the entire timer into a electrical outlet. Your lamp will automatically turn on and off at predetermined times. It gives the appearance that you are home.
  • Identify all valuable personal property by marking or engraving your driver's license number on the property. Examples would be stereos, computers, printers, cameras, televisions, and VCRs.
  • If something is stolen, the police need to be able to identify the property. Any police officer in the United States can run a driver's license number. An example would be - TN 12345678. (Be sure and designate which state your license is from) There are products on the market which enable a person to mark their property without having to engrave into the property. This would be used on items such as antiques, pictures, or band instruments.
  • If you are a student and plan to visit your parents, take all your valuable property with you, including expensive jewelry. While traveling, lock them in the trunk of your vehicle or cover them up in the back seat.
  • If you live in a residence hall and own a bicycle, please take it home with you during the summer as you would with any other valuable property.
  • If you have an answering machine, do not record, "I'm not home" or "We're gone for the summer." Record a message which will leave doubt in someone's mind if you are home or not. An example would be, "We can't come to the phone right now, simply leave your name and phone number and we'll get back with you."
  • Let a trusted neighbor know exactly where you are going and when you plan on coming back. Let the neighbor watch after your apartment or home.
  • Temporarily cancel your newspaper if you plan to be away. Also, you might consider having the Post Office forward your mail to your summer address.
  • Take all pets with you or allow a trustworthy neighbor to properly look after the pets.

While Traveling

  • Make sure your vehicle is "road worthy." Inspect all belts, tire inflation, fluids, and maintenance items. If you are unsure, ask a professional mechanic to check your vehicle.
  • Keep an eye on the gauges! If your oil pressure or water temperature light comes on, pull into a service station or other nearby location as quickly and safety as possible.
  • A portable or cellular telephone is great to have while on the road. If your vehicle breaks down or a roadside emergency occurs, you will be able to notify the proper authorities.
  • Some people choose to carry pepper spray as a means of personal protection. If you choose to carry it, be sure and keep it in a handy location. If it dangles from the end of your keys, it will do you no good if the keys are in the ignition.
  • Before you leave on a trip, let someone know exactly when you are leaving, the route you plan on taking, and the time you expect to arrive.
  • If you stop at a roadside convenience store for a short break, DO NOT leave the car running. Take your keys with you while you go inside the store. Also, lock all doors. It only takes a thief a few seconds to steal your car or property inside the car.
  • There are products on the market which will enable you to temporarily fix a flat tire. (Commonly called, "Fix-A-Flat") You may be in a position where you cannot change a flat tire. These products come in a pressurized canister with a small nozzle which you connect to the tire's valve stem. It will shoot a chemical inside the tire which will temporarily seal the tire. At the same time, it will inflate your tire. This is only a temporary solution. Some people have said that they have traveled approximately sixty miles before the tire went flat again. As soon as possible, have the punctured tire fixed properly.
  • TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS! Allow yourself enough time in your traveling schedule to rest and stretch.

While On Vacation

  • Keep your wits about you! The best way to do this is to limit your intake of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol will dull your senses, reflexes, and judgment.
  • Beware of con-artists! Con-artists love to prey on young college students. Beware of a stranger who wants to be "your friend."
  • Travel with a friend. There's "safety in numbers."
  • Let someone know where you are going! Also, give them an emergency contact number and the time you expect to arrive and leave.
  • Leave all expensive jewelry at a secured location, such as your parent's home.

CAUTION!!! An illegal drug called Rohypnol is increasingly being used on college campuses and among young adults. Street names include Roachies, Roches, Rocha, Rophies, Roofies, Ruffies, or Ropes. Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless drug that causes sedation or euphoria in approximately 15 minutes. The drug is from the same family as Valium, but is approximately 10 times more potent. Rohypnol is manufactured in sixteen countries including Mexico, but it is illegal in the United States. The tablets manufactured in Mexico are round, white, and slightly smaller than an aspirin.

People under the influence seem to be awake and functioning, but may not remember what they did some of the time they were active. Because of the "amnesia" effect and the blackout period, the drug is being used for date rape situations. A rapist will simply drop the pill into a female's drink.

Side effects include drowsiness, headaches, memory impairment, dizziness, decreased blood pressure, visual disturbances, and urinary retention. A person intoxicated by Rohypnol will appear as someone intoxicated by alcohol.


  • Rohypnol is illegal in the United States. Mere possession can get a person incarcerated.
  • Rohypnol does have severe side effects.
  • If you are female and go out on a date, do not leave your drink unattended. Either take the drink with you or order a new one.

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From the Director

On behalf of the officers and staff of the Christian Brothers University Department of Campus Safety, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you. We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Department of Campus Safety (DCS) employs well-trained officers who provide many services, including crime prevention, law enforcement, security services, parking control, and emergency management.

The Department of Campus Safety is comprised of sworn Campus Police Officers and non-sworn Campus Security Officers. Both complement each other in enforcing laws and regulations and providing for the overall protection of our campus. All Campus Police Officers are graduates of the police academy and are compliant with all requirements of the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. Furthermore, they are armed and empowered to make arrests. All Campus Security Officers are licensed by the State of Tennessee and attend in-service training but are not armed.

While we consider our campus to be very safe, we do from time to time experience criminal acts like any other university located within an urban setting. We work to ensure safety by providing proper lighting for the grounds, establishing proactive patrols, and maintaining a network of surveillance cameras but we must still encourage the members of our community to take interest in providing for their own personal safety.

DCS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Readily accessible emergency phones are placed strategically around the campus and connect directly with DCS. Escorts are offered in the evening hours for members of our community by simply calling DCS. Escorts may be on foot or by vehicle. DCS also provides resources of information on a variety of crime prevention topics. A member of our department is always available to answer questions and can attend group meetings to discuss prevention techniques.

I welcome your suggestions, ideas and participation as we strive to provide the best in campus safety and related services.


John Lotrionte
Director of Campus Safety