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Safety & Security

Our areas of responsibility encompass a comprehensive approach to campus security, crime prevention, fire safety, workplace safety, event planning, and providing for an overall atmosphere of a safe community.

The Office of Safety and Security at Marist is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week operation with approximately 78 full- and part-time officers. The campus security staff is trained to respond appropriately to all calls for assistance. Campus safety is a collaborative effort, and at Marist, the entire campus community is involved in making the College safe and secure for everyone. To help prevent any major crimes from occurring, we encourage all students, faculty and staff to "think safety."

Our slogan "If You See Something...Say Something" reflects our philosophy that safety is everyone's responsibility.

Mission Statement

At Marist, the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors are always our number one priority. Marist Security attempts to integrate itself into the overall educational mission of the College by fostering a sense of cooperation, respect, and teamwork among the campus community.

Emergency Numbers

On Campus  
Marist College Safety and Security Ext. 5555 or (845) 471-1822
Emergency Call Boxes Press Button 
Title IX Coordinator (845) 575-3799
Student Affairs (845)-575-3515 
Student Conduct (845)-575-3514 
Residence Life (845)-575-3307 
Marist Counseling Service (8:30 am-5:00 pm, M-F) (845) 575-3314 
Marist Health Services (8:30 am-7:00pm M-F) (845) 575-3270
Off Campus  
Emergency 911 
Fire/Police/Ambulance 911
Town of Poughkeepsie Police (845) 485-3666
New York State Police Sexual Assault 24/7 Hotline (844) 845-7269 
Dutchess County Sheriff (845) 486-3800
Poughkeepsie Domestic Violence 24/7 Hotline (845) 485-5550 
Poughkeepsie Rape Crisis and Crime Victims 24/7 Hotline (845) 452-7272 
Poughkeepsie Grace Smith House for Domestic Violence Victims (845) 452-7155 
SAFE Unit at Hospital through Crime Victims (845) 452-7272 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 784-2433 / (800) 273-8255


Hours and Staffing

The Office of Safety and Security at Marist is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week operation with approximately 78 full- and part-time officers. All Security Officers are certified by the New York State Department of State. The Director, Associate Director of Safety and Assistant Director of Operations oversee the department. All access functions, (key control and electronic card access) are managed by an Access Control Officer and an Assistant Locksmith. The department also has an Investigator who conducts follow-up investigations. The Investigator also works in cooperation with the Office of Housing and Residential Life to conduct crime prevention seminars at residence halls or floor meetings. An Office Manager oversees the clerical functions and supervises student employees. The Security Office issues and maintains all student and staff parking permits and parking ticket records.

There are three patrol shifts per day. A Supervisor is in command of the patrol operation for the shift. He supervises a dispatcher (who logs calls and monitors the fire alarm system) and three to five patrol officers who work either on foot posts or vehicle patrols. In addition, from 7AM to 11PM, a Building Officer staffs each academic building. The McCann Center and Library are staffed until closing. All residence halls (excluding townhouse facilities) are equipped with a swipe access system that allows only authorized residents entry into the building. In addition, a Dormitory Entry Officer staffs the freshman residence halls from 3PM to 7AM.


Annual Security & Fire Safety Report

In compliance with the Department of Education, Marist College publishes an annual “Campus Security & Fire Safety Report”. This report also includes institutional policies related to campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, bias crimes and other crimes. 

While we believe Marist is a safe campus, we continue to strive to make is even safer.  The 2017 Campus Security & Fire Safety Report (published Fall 2018) is available online. To receive a paper copy of the full report and crime statistics, contact the Safety & Security Office, Room 201 in Donnelly Hall or call 845-471-1822.