Handbook of Operating Procedures

Campus Security

Policy Number: 2


Campus Security


All members of the university community

Date Reviewed:
June 2015
Responsible Office:
The University of Texas Police - Houston
Responsible Executive:
Chief of Police


The University of Texas Police - Houston (“UTP-H”) is charged with overall security of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (“university”) campus. UTP-H is responsible for maintaining security for all buildings on a 24-hour, seven day a week basis.


A. Security Devices

The university has installed security devices around campus, such as card keys, as part of its overall security efforts. Tampering with or disabling of a security device is cause for arrest and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the university. The conscientious use of security devices such as locks or card keys by all university community members is essential to maintaining a secure environment.

B. Active Participation

The most important element in maintaining a secure environment is the active participation of all members of the university community. All students, employees, volunteers, visitors, observers, vendors and other members of the university community must recognize, appraise and initiate realistic security measures to reduce risks. All members of the university community are required to report crimes and offenses to UTP-H as soon as practicable, unless they are aware that the crime or offense has already been reported to UTP-H.  Information regarding the reporting of threats or incidences of violence can be found in HOOP Policy 39, Violence Free Workplace.  Information on reporting of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, can be found in HOOP 59, Sexual Misconduct.  University community members must display an official identity badge at all times. See HOOP Policy 148 Identification Badges for more information.

C. Reporting by UTP-H

Timely information regarding campus crime and crime-related problems are made available to the university community by UTP-H through various means, including the Crime Alert Bulletins which are updated regularly.

Note: The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center (“UTHCPC”) has additional policies on security. Please consult UTHCPC administration with questions as to security measures and policies at UTHCPC.


ContactTelephoneEmail/Web Address
The University of Texas Police - Houston 713-792-2890 http://www.mdanderson.org/utpd/index.html