Public Safety

The Safety Tips are guidelines that focus on campus safety, however most also are useful in any major city or public area.

  • All suspicious activity should be reported to the Department of Public Safety at ext. 2222.
  • Keep your doors locked (ROOM AND VEHICLE), and do not prop residence hall doors open.

  • Keep your vehicle locked and your windows rolled up when parked.
  • Activate your car alarm, if you have one.
  • Do not leave any valuables in plain sight. This includes handbags, wallets, cellular telephone, loose change and books.
  • Stay alert, and aware of your surroundings.
  • Report all criminal and /or suspicious activity to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Familiarize yourself with the locations of the "blue-light" emergency telephones.
  • The emergency telephone number to Public Safety is 2222 (add prefix 299 when using outside lines).
  • If something seems wrong, it probably is. REPORT IT!!!


Recently there has been growing concern over the threat of biological terrorism in the United States. To date, the Nassau County Department of Health has not received any information suggesting a threat to Nassau County, and we at LIU Post have no reason to believe that our campus would be a target. However, the Department of Health and the U.S. Postal Service have issued safety alerts and we feel that it is prudent to share their recommendations with the Campus community.

It is important to note that all non-interoffice mail is screened at the Greenvale Post Office before it arrives here on campus. In addition, many reports of suspicious packages and threats of biological terrorism prove to be hoaxes. Regardless of this, all suspicious envelopes, packages, and substances must be treated as though they pose a risk.

The U.S. Postal Service suggests that individuals should watch for mail/parcels that:

  • are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you.
  • addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated.
  • have no return address or have one that can't be verified as legitimate.
  • are of unusual weight, given their size or are lopsided or oddly shaped.
  • are marked with restrictive endorsements such as "Personal" or "Confidential"
  • have protruding wires, strange odors or stains.
  • show a city or state in the postmark that doesn't match the return address.

What should I do if I've received a suspicious parcel in the mail?

  • Do not try to open the parcel!
  • Isolate the parcel.
  • Evacuate the immediate area surrounding the parcel.
  • Call Public Safety at ext. 2222 to report that you've received a parcel in the mail that may contain biological or chemical substances.
Other Safety Measures:
  1. If you receive an envelope that appears to be empty:
    • Place the envelope in plastic bag.
    • Do not pass the envelope to others for inspection.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 2222 and notify your supervisor.
    • If you receive an envelope containing powder, and the powder spills out onto surface:
    • Do not clean up the powder. Keep others away.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Do not try to brush the powder off of your clothes.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 2222 and notify your supervisor.
    • If possible, shut down any fans or air ventilation systems.
    • Leave the room and close the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering (i.e., keep others away).
    • Remove clothing and place in a plastic bag as soon as possible.
    • Shower with soap and water as soon as possible. Do not use bleach or other disinfectants.
    • Put on fresh clothing.
    • Make a list of all people who had contact with the powder and give list to Public Safety.
  2. Package marked with threatening message such as "ANTHRAX":
    • Do not open it.
    • Leave it and evacuate the room.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 2222 and notify your supervisor.
    • Do not allow others into the area.
  3. Aerosolization, small explosion, or letter stating "Anthrax in Heating System":
    • Leave the room immediately.
    • Secure the entry way.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 2222 and notify your supervisor.
    • Do not allow others into the area.
    • If possible, shut down any fans or air ventilation systems.
    • Remain on the premises until Public Safety arrives.
    • Make a list of all people who were in the area at the time and give it to Public Safety.
  4. A threat by telephone:
    • Do not argue with or antagonize the caller.
    • Listen carefully so that you can recall the details later. Listen for background noises.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 2222 and notify your supervisor.
Facts about Anthrax:
  • Anthrax organisms can cause skin infection, gastrointestinal infection, or pulmonary (lung) infection.
  • To cause an infection, it must be rubbed into abraded skin, swallowed, or inhaled.
  • Disease can be prevented after exposure to Anthrax spores by early treatment with the appropriate antibiotics.
  • Anthrax is not spread from one person to another.

If you have any non-emergency questions related to this Safety Advisory, please feel free to call Public Safety at ext. 2214. If you have any health-related questions, call the LIU Post Student Health & Counseling Center at ext. 2345.

To help prevent such occurrences please adhere to the following tips:

  • Lock your door-even when going out for a short period.

  • Always secure and/or conceal valuable items when leaving your room.

  • Never give out your room access code number.

  • Always lock your windows when leaving your room.
  • Do not prop open doors.

  • Be aware of happenings and persons in your building.
  • Report any suspicious persons and/or activity to Public Safety IMMEDIATELY at ext. 2222.
  • Escort your guest(s) to and from the main entrance of the residence halls.

  • Record serial number of any valuable items when available.

  • For items without serial numbers, take a photo and record a written description.

  • During prolonged breaks such as winter and spring recesses assure that all valuable items are properly secured and remove non-securable items.

Information for Commuter Students

"To Protect and Educate"

Michael Fevola
Director of Public Safety

In response to the most recent bomb threats directed at eight colleges and universities throughout the country, the LIU Post Department of Public Safety is issuing this Crime/Safety Alert and reminding the LIU Post Community of the Bomb Threat Procedures in place at our Campus.

Information has been provided to the Department of Public Safety that eight (8) universities across the country have received anonymous e-mail bomb threats. Searches at the affected institutions were conducted and no evidence of a bomb was found. Currently, these threats are under investigation by the FBI. It is important to note that to date none of the targeted institutions are located in New York State. Again, no explosive devices have been found and law enforcement officials said there was no evidence at this time linking the college bomb threats with the recent telephone threats directed at grocery and discount stores.

Should a member of the LIU Post community receive an e-mail or telephone threat, it is imperative that his or she follow the procedure below and notify the Department of Public Safety IMMEDIATELY.

Bomb Threat Procedure

In the event a bomb threat is received by telephone, the call taker will attempt to ascertain as much information as possible from the caller and contact Public Safety immediately at extension 2222.

If a bomb threat is received by e-mail, the receiver will first print a copy of the e-mail, call Public Safety and then forward the e-mail threat to the Director of Public Safety at Under no circumstance should the receiver delete the e-mail threat.

Upon receipt of information of a bomb threat to the LIU Post Campus, the Department of Public Safety will take all action steps as outlined in the Emergency Management Procedure Manual and the Department of Public Safety Standards of Operation Manual to ensure the safety and security of the effected area and campus community.

Local law enforcement authorities will be notified by the Department of Public Safety of all threats against the Campus. The Director of Public Safety or his/her designee will issue an "ALL-CLEAR" message after consulting with law enforcement and applicable campus officials, and only when all officials are in agreement that there is not an active threat to the Campus and the area is safe for students, faculty, staff and/or visitors.

What Is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying is when the Internet or other devices such as cell phones are used to send or post messages or images that are meant to hurt or embarrass another person. It can be done through e-mail, instant messaging, text messages, web pages, chat rooms, or even interactive game sites.

Cyber Bullying includes:
  • Sending mean, threatening or harassing messages to another person through texts, e-mail, web pages, or instant messaging.
  • Spreading lies and rumors about victims through the internet or text messages.
  • Posting pictures without the consent of the individual.
  • Tricking someone into revealing their personal information and sending it to others.
  • Creating websites, polls, or blogs about the individual that are meant to embarrass or hurt the person.
  • Recording conversations or videos without the individual’s consent and then posting it online.
Tips for Protecting Yourself:
  • Be alert to all of the different forms of cyber bullying.
  • Do not post or share any personal information online about yourself which includes your phone number, address, school, credit card information, or your Social Security number.
  • Keep all of your usernames and passwords secret.
  • Do your best to safely block all communication with the cyber bully.
  • Inform Public Safety, Resident Life staff members, family, friends, supervisors, and co-workers about the situation.
  • Keep a record of all e-mails, text messages and instant messages that you have received from the cyber bully.
  • Contact your internet service provider or IT services and report what has happened.
  • If the messages are threatening you should get in touch with Public Safety or the police.
  • Do not reply to the bullying messages; often if you do not reply, they will leave you alone.
  • Change your username or e-mail address so the cyber bully can no longer contact you.

Call Public Safety at 516-299-2222 for emergencies
or 516-299-2214 for non-emergencies

To help prevent such occurrences please adhere to the following tips:

  • Lock your door-even when going out for a short period.

  • Always secure and/or conceal valuable items when leaving your room.

  • Never give out your room access code number.

  • Always lock your windows when leaving your room.

  • Do not prop open doors.

  • Be aware of happenings and persons in your building.

  • Escort your guest(s) to and from the main entrance of the residence halls.

  • Record serial number of any valuable items when available.

  • For items without serial numbers, take a photo and record a written description.

  • During prolonged breaks such as winter and spring recesses ensure that all valuable items are properly secured and remove non-securable items.

Recently this campus was inspected by representatives of the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, a branch of the Department of State for the State of New York. This annual inspection (and subsequent re-inspection) is mandated by law to insure safety from fires on all college campuses. The main cause of violations for our campus was the blocking open or obstruction of fire doors and smoke doors. The NY State Fire Code states "Fire doors and smoke door barrier doors shall not be blocked or obstructed or otherwise made inoperable. Fire door assemblies shall not be modified." Fire doors are to remain closed at all times unless held open by 'approved hold-open devices' connected to the fire alarm system. In consideration of these regulations, the following tips are submitted:

  1. Fire doors are separating doors from hallway to hallway, opening protective doors to all stairways, protective doors to mechanical rooms and heating rooms, and doors protecting residential areas. They are to remain closed at all times.

  2. Remove all material used to block open fire and smoke barrier doors. This may take some diligence as door chocks keep returning.

  3. Remove all mechanical devices (door stops) installed on the door to keep it open. This may involve reporting the door to facilities to have the door stops removed.

  4. Remind all personnel that fire doors are to remain closed at all times and blocking them open is a violation of the fire codes.

Another major violation witnessed is the use of extension cords in lieu of permanent wiring. The NY State fire code states: "Extension cords and flexible cords shall not be a substitute for permanent wiring. Extension cords shall not be affixed to structures, extended through walls, ceilings or floors, or under doors or floor coverings, not shall such cords be subjected to environmental damage or physical impact." If your area or office is using extension cords, please:

  1. Remove all extension cords from the area.

  2. Contact facilities and report the use of extension cords for future planning of electrical wiring.

  3. Never use extension cords with multi-plug adapters.

  4. Remember, extension cords are for 'daily' use of electrical appliances such as audio/visual devices, projectors and similar devices. They are not to be used in place of permanent wiring.

We all have to help to reduce and remove fire code violations. Your help is greatly appreciated.

On this page, you will find the statistics, policies, and practices regarding fire safety maintained by the Department of Public Safety at LIU Post. Included below you will also find a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of regular mandated supervised fire drills, policies and rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking and open flame, procedures for evacuation, policies regarding fire safety education and training programs for students, faculty and staff, and plans for future improvements in fire safety.

Campus Fire Emergencies

If a fire occurs in a campus building, everyone should quickly exit the building, using available stairways and fire escapes. The emergency signal for a fire is a continuous sounding alarm. After reaching safety, call the Department of Public Safety at 516-299-2222 or dial 911 for assistance.

Emergency Telephone and Campus Numbers

516-299-2222, 516-299-2214, or 911

How to Report a Fire

If a burning odor or smoke is present, call the Department of Public Safety at 516-299-2222 or dial 911. Report the exact location of the fire and, if known, what is burning. If a fire is detected, sound the building alarm by pulling a nearby fire alarm.

Fire Safety Procedures

The act of discharging a fire extinguisher, lighting a fire, and misuse or tampering with the alarm or sprinkler systems is considered irresponsible behavior and endangers the lives of others and can result in immediate judicial or criminal action. LIU Post reserves the right to pursue criminal charges through the appropriate authorities.

Actions to Take
  • Remain calm.
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm, if not already activated.
  • Only attempt to use a fire extinguish if you have been formally trained.
  • Remove anyone from immediate danger.
  • Notify Public Safety from a safe location.
  • Close all doors to confine smoke and fire.
  • Unless otherwise directed, follow your Building Evacuation Plan and proceed to the designated evacuation rally point outside the building.
  • Do not delay evacuation for the purpose of retrieving personal belongings.
  • Walk without delay, but do not run. Do not use elevators.
  • Feel exit doors for heat, stay low and close to walls while evacuating.
  • If smoke is present, stay low. The best quality of air is near the floor.
  • Consider persons with disabilities who may need assistance evacuating.
  • Never allow the fire to come between you and an exit.
  • Try to account for everyone when you reach the evacuation rally point.
  • Notify Public Safety if anyone is missing or injured.
  • Everyone should remain at the evacuation rally point until directed otherwise by Public Safety or the Fire Department.
Response to Audible Fire Alarms
  • If the audible alarm sounds for more than 30 seconds or starts to sound for a second time, evacuate the building immediately.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • If requested, accompany and assist persons with disabilities who appear to need assistance.
  • Leave all parcels and personal property inside.
  • Remain approximately 100 feet from the exits to help facilitate clear access to the building for the fire department.
  • Return to the building only when instructed to do so by Campus Public Safety officers, police, or fire department officials.
Never Use an Elevator
  • If smoke is present in a stairwell, avoid it. Choose another route.
  • If your clothes catch fire . . . stop, drop, and roll to extinguish the flames.
  • If you are in the room where the fire starts, leave quickly. Close the door and call Public Safety at ext. 2222.
  • Upon exiting, move at least 70 yards from the building. Make yourself or a group designee available to the Public Safety Officers or Firefighters in order to give as much information about the fire situation as possible. Be factual and be calm.
If You are Trapped in a Room
  • Seal door/window cracks and ventilation grills with tape (preferably duct tape) or towels and clothing (preferably wet) to keep the smoke out. If there is smoke in the room, open the window to let it out. Hang an article of clothing, large enough for rescuers to see, out of a corner of the window. Then close the window and keep closed to prevent outside smoke from entering.
  • Do not break the window unless the room has been heavily invaded by smoke and you must get air to survive. Remember, stay close to the floor for air. Call Public Safety at ext. 2222, report the fire location and your situation. Tie a towel or clothing (preferably wet) around your nose and mouth if necessary to filter smoke. Do not jump.
Always Remember

You must believe that every fire alarm is real. Failure to exit the building when an alarm sounds may put you and others in danger.

Description of the fire safety system for all residence housing on campus:

  • Full sprinkler system with stand pipe system
  • ABC and H20 extinguishers throughout building
  • Addressable fire alarm systems with smoke and heat detectors and pull stations throughout building
  • Self closing and magnetic door releases throughout building
  • Generator backup system in each residence hall building for emergency lighting and alarm systems in case of power failure
  • Fire alarm systems are monitored 24 hours per day, 365 days a year by the Department of Public Safety. In the event of an activation of fire alarm systems, the Department of Public Safety dispatcher will immediately notify the local fire department and police.

Number of fire drills held in residence halls: Two drills are held per semester (a total of 4 annually) by Fire Safety Officer in conjunction with Public Safety officers and Residence Life staff members.

Rules and policies concerning portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in resident housing are published in the Student Handbook under “Campus Fire Safety Procedures” and are found in the housing contract.

Procedures for evacuations, fire safety education and training:

Fire safety procedures can be found under “Campus Fire Safety Procedures” in the Student Handbook, as well as the Emergency and Safety Procedures Guide, which outlines evacuations, fire/explosion and gas leaks producers.

  • Fire safety training is conducted annually by a Campus fire safety officer with all housing staff and RA’s.
  • During fire drills, a Campus fire safety officer issues fire safety tips to students.
  • Public Safety supervisors address safety issues and fire safety tips during floor meetings in Campus residence halls in conjunction with RA’s (Resident Assistants).
  • Every September, the Department of Public Safety conducts a live burn of a mock dorm room on the Great Lawn to promote fire safety awareness and prevention.
Fire Log

The LIU Post Fire Log is maintained at the Department of Public Safety and is available for inspections at the Office of Public Safety, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call Michael Conklin, our Fire Safety Officer at (516) 299-4033 and/or contact the Department of Public Safety at (516) 299-2222 (emergencies) or (516) 299-2214 (general inquiries).

If you have any non-emergency questions related to this Safety Advisory, please feel free to call Public Safety at ext. 2214. If you have any health-related questions, call LIU Post Student Health & Counseling Center at ext. 2345.

All resident students will be required to provide and file a Missing Student Contact Information Form which provides a contact person who will be notified in the event that the resident is determined to be missing. This contact will remain confidential, but the record of their information will be maintained by the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Residence Life, and the Department of Public Safety. Students under the age of 18 are required to list their parent or legal guardian as their emergency contact. Students are responsible for updating this contact information should there be any changes. In the event that a resident student is determined missing, a University administrator can notify the confidential contact not more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. The university will also notify local law enforcement if the student is determined to be missing for 24 hours.

The term "missing student" would be defined for any LIU Post student residing in an on-campus residence hall. Reports of missing students should be made to representatives of any the following: the Department of Public Safety or the Office of Residence Life, including RAs, Residence Hall Directors, Associate Director or Director of Residence Life. Whenever a LIU Post resident student is believed missing, the Department of Public Safety and Residence Life will initiate steps to locate him or her or determine why it is believed that the student is missing. If the circumstances indicate that an investigation is warranted, a full investigation will be conducted. The Department of Public Safety will notify local police, who will make a determination that the student should be classified as a missing person; and they will initiate their own investigation. The Department of Public Safety and Residence Life will support the police investigation with whatever technical support that is required.

Missing Person Contact Information Form

General Safety Recommendations Regarding Suspected Terrorist Activities

Heightened Security is not intended to induce fear and panic. People should go about their normal business while paying particular attention to their surroundings.

Suspicious Behavior/Circumstances:

Be aware of and report to Public Safety the following conditions at (516) 299-2222 or if off-campus notify outside law enforcement at 911:

  • People in buildings or areas who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business.
  • People monitoring areas, buildings or entrances.
  • Unauthorized people in restricted, sensitive or private areas.
  • Persons taking photographs of critical facilities.
  • Persons asking detailed information about physical security and/or information with no apparent need for that information.
  • People wearing clothing not consistent with the weather conditions (bulky coat in warm weather etc.)
  • Abandoned parcels or other items in unusual locations or high traffic areas.
  • Individual attempting to access utility locations (water, electrical, petroleum, telecommunications, information systems).
  • Multiple persons who appear to be working in unison, committing the above.
Be Alert to:
  • Abandoned Vehicles
  • Vehicles Parked Near Buildings or Public and Common Areas
  • Unexpected/Unfamiliar Delivery Trucks
  • Unfamiliar Vehicles Parked For Long Periods
  • Vehicles Containing Unusual/Suspicious Parcels or Material
  • Vehicles Arriving and Being Left Behind at Odd Hours
  • Substances Leaking or Spilling from Vehicles
Building/Office Security:
  • Don’t prop open building/residence hall entrance doors/windows. Rectify these situations when you observe them.
  • Account for and secure keys. Don’t leave them unattended or give to unauthorized persons. Report lost keys to building manager/department head.
  • Account for and secure all sensitive material/information when not able to attend to it.
  • Account for and secure sensitive deliveries in a timely manner.
  • Secure all areas when not attended.
  • Be aware of unfamiliar persons in or visitors to your office/lab etc.
  • Protect access codes, combinations and cards, change codes regularly. Report compromised codes to the person in charge of area.
  • Be Prepared: Take time out to familiarize yourself with building evacuation plans/routes.
  • Report suspicious tampering with physical security (doors, locks etc.)
  • Talk with co-workers; know what is out-of-place (unclaimed items etc.)
Additional Safety Recommendations:
  • Closely monitor news reports and Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio/TV stations.
  • Expect delays, searches of purses and bags, and restricted access to public buildings.
  • Expect traffic delays and restrictions.
  • Take personal security precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime or terrorist attack.
  • Avoid crowded public areas and gatherings.
  • Do not travel into areas affected by the attack or is an expected terrorist target.
  • Keep emergency supplies accessible and automobile fuel tank full.
  • Be prepared to evacuate your home or shelter in place on order of local authorities.
  • Develop and review family emergency plans.
  • Be prepared for disasters and family emergencies.
  • Increase family emergency preparedness by purchasing supplies, food, and storing water.
  • Assist neighbors who may need help.
  • Avoid passing unsubstantiated information and rumors.
  • Continue normal activities but be watchful for suspicious activities. Report criminal and suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Continue to enjoy individual freedom. Participate freely in travel, work, and recreational activities.
  • Take a first aid and CPR classes.
  • Become active in Campus Watch and/or your local Neighborhood Crime Watch program.
  • Network with your family, neighbors, and community for mutual support during a disaster or terrorist attack.
  • Learn what critical facilities are located in your community and report suspicious activities at or near these sites.
  • Contact local officials to learn about specific hazards in your community.
  • Increase individual or family emergency preparedness through training, maintaining good physical fitness and health, and storing food, water, and emergency supplies.
  • Be familiar with local natural and technological (man made) hazards in your community and what measures you can take to protect your family.
  • Keep recommended immunizations up-to-date.
  • Know how to turn off your power, gas, and water service to your house.
  • Know what hazardous materials are stored in your home and how to properly dispose of unneeded chemicals.
  • Support the efforts of your local emergency responders (public safety, fire fighters, law enforcement and emergency medical service).
  • Volunteer to assist and support the community emergency response agencies.

For further information visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website.

If you have any non-emergency questions related to this Safety Advisory, please feel free to call Public Safety at ext. 2214. If you have any health-related questions, call LIU Post Student Health & Counseling Center at ext. 2345.

As students, faculty and staff make arrangements to travel abroad during Spring Break, staying abreast of international affairs remains a vital first step in planning. In order to assist our students and employees in their travel plans, the following safety tips are advised:

  1. Research the country, state or city that you will be visiting; since you are subject to the laws of the country you are visiting, we advise that you familiarize yourself with local laws. Find out if there has been any recent gang or drug-related issues for visitors/tourists.
  2. Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visas, if required. Before you go on your trip, fill-out the emergency information page of your passport.
  3. Read the Consular Information Sheets, which can be found on the U.S. Department of State website (listed below). Consular Information Sheets provide up-to-date travel information on every country in the world. The Consular Information Sheets are a wealth of information, covering topics such as entry regulations, crime and security situations, as well as the location of the U.S. Embassy, consulates and consular agencies.
  4. Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family members at home, so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency. If you have no intention of informing your family of your travel plans, it is strongly advised that you leave itinerary information with a close friend who can reach you or your family.
  5. Make sure you have insurance that will cover your emergency medical needs while you are visiting another state or country.
  6. While traveling, avoid using illicit drugs or drinking excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages and associating with people who do. Do not become a target for thieves by carrying excessive cash or wearing expensive jewelry. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  7. Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas and never accept packages from strangers.
  8. Make copies of your passport data page and visas; keep them with you, but separate from the originals, at all times.
  9. In today’s world climate, avoid demonstrations and other situations that may become unruly or where anti- American sentiments may be expressed.


More detailed safety tips can be found on the U.S. Department of State website:

Call Public Safety at 516-299-2222 for emergencies or at 516-299-2214 for non-emergencies.

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