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Skidmore College Employee Handbook for Staff

Safety & Security

All members of the Skidmore community are responsible for helping to maintain a safe and secure campus environment. Although Skidmore is a very safe place to work and obtain a quality education, we are not immune from issues that affect our personal safety and belongings.  However, there are many simple precautions you can take to minimize the chances of becoming a victim of crime.

  • Become familiar with your workplace. Keep your doors locked when you leave your work site, don't lend out your keys or ID cards, and learn the fire escape routes.
  • Secure valuables and other important materials to reduce the possibility of theft. Report any theft immediately to the Department of Campus Safety.
  • Be aware of safety regulations in the workplace and wear appropriate safety equipment as dictated by your supervisor for your work environment. Report any unsafe conditions to your Supervisor.
  • Be alert for suspicious activity or persons and report them immediately to the Department of Campus Safety.
  • As you travel on the campus familiarize yourself with the location of the blue light emergency phones, which put you in direct contact with the Campus Safety Department.

The Department of Campus Safety, which is located in the basement of Jonsson Tower, provides security and services twenty-four hours a day year around. The officers are state certified security guards that have extensive training in first aid, investigation and fire safety procedures.  The department also provides many services to members of the Skidmore community including:

  • Personal escorts
  • Battery jump start service
  • Operation ID - serial number for items such as computers
  • Bike registration
  • Confidential TIPS line (X8477)
  • SNOW line (X7669) - for snow plowing schedule

Campus Safety and Security Report (Clery Act)

The Department of Campus Safety compiles an annual Campus Safety and Security Report that follows the guidelines of Public Law 101-542, the “Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act,” renamed the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,” or more simply, the “Clery Act.” In accordance with this law, the annual crime statistics provided in this report cover the period of January 1-December 31 and the two previous years. Skidmore makes this information available to all current students and employees, and makes it available upon request to anyone applying for admission or employment at the College, and to the general public.

The Campus Safety and Security Report is available online and in hard copy (call Campus Safety at 518-580-5567).             

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act became effective on October 28, 2002. Under this act, designated sex offenders must register with the state where an institution of higher education is located (even if they do not reside in the state) once they become enrolled or work at an institution of higher education. The law requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. Additional information regarding this act is available online.


If you have questions or require additional information with respect to any Handbook content, please contact Human Resources (extension 5800).

Section 6 - Updated August 2015