Lehigh is committed to providing a safe living and learning environment for our entire campus community. In addition to an accredited police department, the university follows strict security measures throughout campus, including a 24-hour locked door policy, access cards for entry into residence halls, exterior emergency phones throughout campus, security screens, well-lit walkways and a safety escort service and bus service among residence halls and academic buildings from dusk until dawn. The university also has in place comprehensive plans and a process to respond to emergency situations.
Lehigh recently earned an “A” rating for its campus security programs by Reader’s Digest, which ranked 135 of the nation’s top college campuses. The results of the survey, which placed Lehigh 35th, recognized the university for its efforts to provide a safe and secure campus environment that now includes a text messaging system that could be used to quickly reach members of the campus community in the event of an extreme emergency, as well as a new Emergency Preparedness Web site.
The Lehigh University Police Department is committed to providing a safe and secure environment on and around campus. That commitment is illustrated by a high level of professionalism in the department. It remains one of only five accredited university police departments in the state.
At Lehigh, students, staff, and faculty are partners in creating a safe, secure environment. The university has a full police department, police bike patrols, an extensive campus emergency telephone system, walking escorts, shuttle buses and a magnetic card system to enter residence halls.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act requires that crime information and fire safety is available to the campus community. Please read Lehigh's annual safety report (PDF). The report also provides information on education, prevention, housing safety, policies and safety tips, as well as the TRACS (Take a Ride Around Campus Safely) van service schedule.
Other services that help promote a crime-free community include community police substations on campus and educational programming geared toward student safety.