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Housing and Residence Life

Student Affairs

Security & Safety

It is the goal of the Department of Housing and Residence Life to partner with residents and other campus officials to provide a safe and secure environment for residents to live and learn. There are many measures/strategies in place that offer residents ways to be and stay safe while on campus; however, it is the responsibility of each resident to do their part by practicing safety measures and reporting any suspicious activities.


1. The most effective strategies for a safe campus are education and prevention. Crime prevention programs are conducted in all residence halls each semester; and tables, booths, flyers, bulletin boards, and the Residence Life Channel are utilized throughout the year to remind residents of the importance of being alert, cautious, and to report any type of suspicious behavior. Residents are informed of policies and procedures and are held accountable through the judicial system for any action that breeches the health, safety, and security of others. 

2. Housing and Residence Life partners with Public Safety and Student Affairs to provide a Night Patrol service that patrols around and in the residence halls and parking lots, checking lights and doors, and provides a walking escort to students. 

3. State-of-the-art Code Blue emergency/courtesy phones are installed near the entrance of the residence halls.

4. The entrance to all residence halls with exterior doors (with the exception of Centennial 2nd floor lobby entrance) are locked 24/7, except at selected times, such as  move-in, move-out, Open House, Orientations, and other special occasions.  All building exterior entrances are accessed by the student ID card.  Many of our halls offer ID access to the student room as well.

5. A system of e-watch cameras have been installed in the interior and exterior of many of the housing facilities. The cameras are for recording purposes.

6. The residence halls/apartments are managed by live-in staff, such as Resident Advisors, Resident Directors, Assistant Resident Directors, and full-time Area Coordinators who are on-duty/call 24/7, including breaks and holidays. All staff is trained in the response protocol for emergencies, such as fire, tornado, pandemic, and crisis.

7. The housing facilities are equipped with fire safety systems, and residents are educated as to proper procedures in case of emergencies. Regular inspections and drills are conducted for staff and residents.


ETSU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (AS&FSR)

In order for individuals to make informed decisions about their personal safety, ETSU makes available to current and prospective students and employees the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This annual publication includes information on crime reporting procedures, policies, safety tips, prevention programs, and fire and crime statistics for the last three years. The report is available online at the Department of Public Safety website, where it can be downloaded for viewing or printing. Hard copies may also be obtained via US mail at no cost by calling Public Safety at (423) 439-6900, by writing to ETSU Dept. of Public Safety, Box 70646, Johnson City, TN 37614, or by emailing .


For additional information concerning safety at ETSU, contact Public Safety, (423) 439-6900, Office of Student Affairs, (423) 439-4210, or Housing and Residence Life, (423) 439- 4446.

Be sure and visit the Campus Safety Page to learn more about safety at ETSU.

Fire Safety Information

Please view this presentation and this brochure for information on fire safety in the residence halls.

Safe Voyage Shuttle / Escort

Call 423-914-5940 8 PM-12 AM (Mon-Fri) for Johnson City Transit on campus shuttle [Fall/Spring Semesters] or visit the BUCSHOT Web site

Call 423-439-4480 during all other times for escorted walk by campus security personnel

Missing Student Procedure

Please view our Missing Student Procedure here

OASIS (Outreach & Awareness: Sexuality Information for Students)

Click here for more information.

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