Public Safety heavily influences campus life. Though some unpleasant incidents are a natural part of college, Public Safety does its absolute best to give the University and its students a safe, secure, and healthy environment in which to live. Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, and the campus shuttle and safety escorts are always available to bring students to and from Main Campus, Loyola Village, Pedro Arrupé, and many close locations, including nearby apartments, within close proximity to campus.
In the past, any burglaries on campus, in classrooms, or in the dorms, have been met with a quick response, mainly due to the emergency phones strategically placed around campus and the 24-hour safety line available to students. Whenever anything occurs on campus, word is always spread through the USFconnect system, either by email or a public announcement. Keeping USF students aware of campus security breaches is one of the ways in which Public Safety maintains a secure environment. ID checks are also required at the entrances of every on-campus residence hall, though people sometimes sneak in, in part because fellow students conduct the ID checks. If any underage student is caught drinking in the dorms, RAs will write a referral. However, if any student (regardless of age) is caught with drugs, Public Safety officers are called immediately to handle the situation.