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  • Department of Campus Safety

    The Department of Campus Safety is a service-driven department committed to providing security and promoting safety for the community of Lee University. The department is under the direct supervision of the Director of Campus Safety and the Vice President for Administration.

    Campus Safety officers patrol the campus on foot and in marked university vehicles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These officers observe and detect crimes and violations of campus policies and act from an information or advisory role, rather than a regulatory agency. They are not sworn or armed police officers, but protect the campus from outside threats by restricting campus access to authorized personnel, students, staff, and faculty or their guests, controlling the security of campus facilities, and maintaining a positive, working relationship with state and local law enforcement and emergency response agencies. Campus Safety has direct radio and telephone communication with local police, fire, and emergency medical services, ensuring that officers can initiate and direct necessary emergency responders to the scene.

    Crime Statistics / Safety Act Information
    The Department of Campus Safety submits a monthly crime report to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Below are statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Lee University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Campus Safety or by clicking below (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

    2011 | 2012 | 2013
    Clery Act Annual Security Report
    HEA Annual Fire Safety Report  

    NOTE: Lee University is required, pursuant to the Federal Student Right to Know and Campus Safety Act of 1990 (20 USCS § 1092), to prepare, publish, and distribute an annual safety report containing information with respect to the campus safety policies and campus crime statistics of the institution. To comply with this Federal requirement, the Lee University Department of Campus Safety publishes various crime awareness and campus safety brochures and reports. To obtain copies of any of these publications, please contact the Department of Campus Safety.

    ID Cards
    The Department of Campus Safety issues ID cards to students, faculty, and staff of Lee University. These cards are used as photo ID, access cards to dorms, to store Meal Plan information, for Library usage, chapel attendance credit and proof of status for merchant discounts. The first ID card issued is free. If a card is lost or intentionally destroyed, the fee for replacement is $5.

    Motor Vehicle Registration & Parking
    Every individual who maintains or operates a motor vehicle on the Lee University campus must register each vehicle with the Department of Campus Safety at the beginning of the semester or within 24 hours of being brought to campus. The parking fee is included in the student’s bill and covers the cost of the first permit. Replacement permits are available for a charge of $30 each. The vehicle's State Registration with license plate number and driver's contact information is required for registration of the vehicle.
    Student vehicles are assigned to an off-the-street parking area but are not assigned to a specific parking space. Students will be assigned a specific parking lot designated by their parking permit tag. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular patrols are made of the parking areas and vehicles illegally parked are ticketed. Being assigned to a public lot does not assure the student of a parking space in that lot. This does not, however, give permission for a student to park in an unauthorized space or parking lot.
    Due to the growing demands for campus parking, freshmen are discouraged from bringing automobiles to the Lee University campus. Those who choose to bring cars will be assigned to auxiliary parking lots, which are not contiguous with residence halls but are within walking distance.

    Reporting Procedures
    Lee University administration, faculty, staff, students, and guests are to report all criminal incidents, threats, injuries, property loss, accidents, safety hazards, etc. to the Department of Campus Safety at 423-303-4444. If a person is in imminent danger or is threatened, he/she should call the Cleveland Police Department (911) then call Campus Safety. Prompt notification helps to facilitate reporting to the necessary authorities and assists in documenting trouble spots where corrective measures can be taken, thereby enhancing crime prevention.

    Safety Ride
    Although Lee University prides itself on safety and security, the need has been known to arise for students to require a "Safety Ride" from place to place. Campus Safety is more than willing to come to the aid of any and all Lee students. With a ten-minute notification (before a "Safety Ride" is needed), students have the ability to be escorted from parking lots to the residence halls.

    Trolley Service
    The free Lee University Trolley operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. It makes a complete loop around the campus every 15 to 20 minutes with stops at various locations.

    Campus Safety
    520 Church Street
    Cleveland, TN 37320-3450
    (423) 303-4444