The Catholic University of America

Department of Public Safety (DPS)

120 Leahy Hall / 202-319-5111 / TTY 202-319-5736 /

The Department of Public Safety provides comprehensive programs, including security patrol and safety escorts, to maintain a safe and secure campus environment that is conducive to learning, working, living and visiting. A staff of trained professionals, including commissioned special police officers, focuses on crime prevention and investigation, safety education, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Services are coordinated closely with federal and local law enforcement agencies. Safety education and awareness programs are conducted for students throughout the academic year. The department works closely with other student life services to implement initiatives to support healthy individual and community living and learning.

The Department has the primary responsibility for the personal and property safety program for the campus, but may extend services to Theological College, investment properties and leased facilities as determined and approved by executive management.

Public Safety Customer Service Center

This office is responsible for providing customer service for the Department of Public Safety. Members assigned to the Customer Service Center handle all lost and found property for the University. Often individuals will visit the Customer Service Center to make reports, request information, or seek assitance.

"Safety First, Safety Always" Campaign
At The Catholic University of America, the safety and well being of students, faculty, staff and visitors is the number one priority for the Department of Public Safety. However, the campus is not a sanctuary and like most communities in urban America, crime does not stop at the campus border. Education and awareness are key factors in the ability to maintain the safety of our campus and every individual should take an active role to ensure his or her own safety. The administration is committed, to creating the safest possible environment for the CUA community.

Frequently Occurring Crimes on Campus
Opportunity theft is the most frequently occurring crime on campus and yet the most preventable. Crimes of opportunity occur as a direct result of property being left unsecured and unattended. Regular meetings are held to advise members of the campus community about the problem of opportunity theft. At these meetings, public safety personnel provide instructions on protecting personal property and steps to take in the event that they are victimized. The Campus Watch Program plays a major role in addressing opportunity theft. Faculty, staff and students participate as watch captains. Watch captains are located in every residence hall and administrative building on campus. Crime alerts and safety information are transmitted to watch captains, who then disseminate the information to individuals in their area.

Campus Crime Statistics
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act) is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. This information can be found in The Catholic University of America, Department of Public Safety Annual Report. The Annual Report is available on the DPS Website, or a hard copy can be obtained at Leahy Hall, room 121.

Department of Public Safety Services

  • Security / Personal Safety Meetings
  • Rape Aggression Defense System
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Campus Watch Program
  • Crime Alerts
  • Emergency Telephones
  • Public Safety Customer Service Center
  • Lost and Found

Safety Awareness

  • Never take your personal safety for granted.
  • Never prop open exterior doors of residence halls and buildings.
  • Lock room doors, offices and other student and employee workspaces when leaving for a short period.
  • Carry keys and your CUA identification card at all times and never lend them to anyone.
  • Use the university shuttle, loop bus and escort service during evening hours and particularly when traveling alone.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area and keep locked at all times.
  • Never leave valuables in plan view inside a vehicle.
  • Report suspicious persons and activities immediately to the Department of Public Safety by calling 202 319-5111 or by using the emergency telephone system.
  • Never leave keys and other valuables visible in rooms, offices, labs and study areas.
  • Never remain alone in isolated or unoccupied areas, including classrooms, libraries and other buildings. When such use is required, special arrangements must be made with the Department of Public Safety.