Campus Safety

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MCU’s Department of Public Safety strives to create a safe environment for the entire university community. Our dispatch services are available 24 hours a day to receive reports of suspicious activities, address campus policy violations, and respond to requests for services such as safety reports, parking and room lock-out assistance.

We are also responsible for emergency and disaster management, crime prevention, parking and traffic enforcement, security escort services and property patrol.

Marymount complies with the Jeanne Clery Act and publishes crime statistics for the most recent three-year period. View the full report.

Emergency Alert System

Marymount’s emergency alert system notifies the campus community of emergencies or dangerous situations involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees. We are committed to keeping the campus community as safe as possible through effective communication prior to, during and following emergencies. Registered users of MCU’s emergency alert system will receive emergency notifications via text message, email or voicemail.

You can sign up for MCU’s Emergency Alert System, as well as make changes to your contact information.

Your information is kept confidential and used only in an emergency.

Emergency procedures

1st responder — you

Call Control Point

  • Campus Safety-ext. 7300
  • Direct dial (310) 303-7300
  • Patrol cell (310) 261-6150
  • Contact and inform reception (PBX)
2nd responder — control point
  • Call 911 if necessary.
  • Send somebody to front entrance to direct emergency services to incident.
  • Call Campus Safety to inform them of the situation.
  • Call Counseling Services if psychological in nature at ext. 7243
  • Call Chief of Public Safety at ext. 7288. He will contact campus staff.
3rd responder — control point
  • Administer first aid.
  • Continue administering first aid until help arrives.
  • Maintain contact with control point to relay information.

Basic reminders in an emergency

  • Stay calm.
  • For fire or bomb threats, evacuate the building by following the evacuation procedures posted in each classroom.
  • Don’t forget your roll book.
  • If possible, do not leave anyone alone. Put space between victims/crisis and bystanders.
  • Upper Cecilia Hall: Evacuates to faculty/staff parking lot
  • Lower Cecilia Hall/Library: Evacuates to lower Cecilia parking lot
  • Upper/Lower Oceanside: Evacuates to Oceanside parking lot
  • Administration: Evacuates to Commons parking lot
  • Chapel Building including the Cafe & Naddy: Evacuates to Chapel Circle
  • TDW (Faculty) Building: Evacuates to the front upper parking lot
  • Student Center: Evacuates to the parking lot behind the student center
  • Arts Building/Kings College/Bookstore: Evacuates to the front upper parking lot
  • Maintenance/Athletics: Evacuates to the front upper lot
  • Commons/Peace Center/Auditorium: Evacuates to the Commons parking lot
  • Student Wellness Center: Evacuates to the upper parking lot

In the event of a police action, such as an “active shooter,” it may be necessary to “lockdown” the campus to limit access, protect lives and minimize the overall exposure to danger.

A “lockdown” is a temporary sheltering technique, usually lasting from 30 minutes to several hours, used by law enforcement to limit civilian exposure to an active shooter or a similar incident.

When alerted, occupants of any building within the subject area should lock all doors and windows. Do not allow entry or exit to anyone until the “all clear” has been sounded. This procedure converts any building into a large safe room.

Lockdown instructions

  • Never sound the fire alarm to evacuate the building, as everyone should remain inside. If a fire alarm goes off during a lockdown, do not evacuate unless you smell smoke.
  • Be aware of alternate exits if it becomes necessary to flee. Lock yourself in a classroom, resident room, office, etc., as a means of protection.
  • Stay low and away from windows. Barricade door(s) if possible and use furniture or desks as cover.
  • Cover windows or other openings that allow a direct line of sight into the hallway.
  • Shut the blinds or pull the shades down. Turn the lights off and remain silent. Try to give the impression that the room is empty.
  • Silence cell phones. Turn off the vibrate function.
  • Do not attempt to leave the building until told to do so by security or police personnel.
  • If you are outside when a lockdown is announced, enter the nearest building and follow the lockdown instructions above. If you cannot safely enter a building, hide behind a large heavy object (i.e., vehicle or tree) or run away from the hostile activity.
What to do if a hostile intruder is on campus

The Chief of Public Safety or a designee evaluates the situation and takes immediate action to protect life and property. The Dean of Students and other university officers are notified as soon as the situation allows. Students, faculty and staff are alerted via MCU’s emergency alert system, bullhorns, telephones, in-person notification and/or the university public address system.

If you encounter an intruder who is causing harm or threatening imminent harm to the community, seek cover immediately and call 911 and Campus Safety. Provide as many details as possible, such as location, number of assailants, weapons and any other information you believe will be useful.

Active shooter situation

Get out

  • Move quickly — don’t wait for others to validate your decision.
  • Leave belongings behind.
  • Survival chances increase the farther you are from the shooter.

Call out

  • Inform authorities.
  • Call 911 and give the operator as much information as possible, including the location, a description of the shooter (and name if known) and the number and type of weapons being used. Do not hang up until told to do so.
  • Next call Campus Safety at ext. 7300 from an internal telephone or (310) 261-6150 from an outside telephone.

Hide out

  • If unable to get out because the shooter is between you and the only exit, hide.
  • Try to find a place that is well protected.
  • Avoid places that might trap you or restrict movement.

Keep out

  • Find a room that can be locked with objects to hide behind.
  • Barricade the door with heavy furniture.
  • Turn out lights and remain silent.
  • Silence any device that may create a noise (i.e., cell phones, iPads, etc.).
  • Call 911 (if you can do so without alerting the shooter).

Spread out

  • If there are two or more of you, do not huddle together. It gives you options and makes it harder for the shooter.
  • Quietly develop a plan of action in the event the shooter enters.
  • Remain calm to keep others focused on survival.

Take out — last resort

  • Assume shooter’s intentions are lethal.
  • Attempt only if you believe the shooter will kill or continue killing unless you intervene.
  • Develop a mindset that you have “what it takes” to survive when your life is on the line.
  • Be prepared to do whatever it takes to neutralize the threat.
  • Throw things, create a distraction or use improvised weapons.
  • Make a plan to overcome the shooter if you see it as the only option.

Villas guest and visitation policy

  • All MCU students or guests must present proper government-issued ID and leave it at the Safety and Security office during the duration of their visit at the Villas.
  • All MCU students and guests must retrieve their government-issued ID and check out with Campus Safety officers by midnight.
  • Non-Marymount residents and guests are allowed to visit from the hours of 8 a.m. to midnight.
  • Residents may have up to two guests from 8 a.m. to midnight each day. In addition to the number of residents present, the total amount of residents and guests should not exceed seven individuals.
  • Overnight guests of the same gender are allowed up to six nights per semester with prior completion of an overnight form located at the campus safety office. The overnight form must be completed and approved by 8 p.m. Overnight guests may not stay for more than two consecutive nights. Failure to comply is a direct violation of the visitor and guest policy. Only two overnight guests are allowed in any unit at the same time. Only professional residential staff, campus safety officers and immediate supervisors are allowed to approve overnight guests.

Campus Safety

Oceanview Campus
Security Phone: (310) 303-7300
Receptionist: (310) 377-5501 or “0”
Health Center: (310) 303-7244

The Villas
Guard House Phone: (310) 241-5488
Safe Rides: (310) 241-5488
Security Cell Phone: (310) 803-7472