It takes a community effort to make sure our campus is a safe place to be. You should feel safe here, but we do our part to take precautions for your benefit.


  • We position blue light emergency phones across campus in case you have an emergency. Courtesy phones are stationed at residence halls' primary entrances.
  • Our text messaging and email alert system is provided through Roam Secure, a national company with servers on both coasts in the event of a regional disaster.
  • Fire Protection Systems (fire alarms, sprinklers,…) are tested and maintained so that you can be sure that they will work if you ever need them.
  • We conduct two fire drills every semester to ensure that you and your friends know what to do and where to go should a real fire occur.
  • Designated smoking areas are provided for individuals who wish to smoke or vape.
  • Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are provided on the main floor of every Longwood building.
  • An escort service is usually available to walk with a student back to his or her residence hall, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Areas of Rescue in Longwood buildings provide a haven where a mobility impaired individual can communicate with Longwood dispatchers while awaiting rescue during a fire event.

Residence Halls

  • Our sworn and trained campus police force monitors electronic access doors and fire systems 24/7.
  • Students enter their residence hall with their University Issued photo ID, referred to as their Lancer Card, via an electronic card reader. Lost Lancer Cards are disabled immediately after being reported missing. Replacements are available from the Lancer Card office, a replacement fee is charged. Loaner Cards can be issued by Campus Police with no charge as long as the loaner card is turned into the Lancer Card office as directed when issued, be aware that such loaner cards only function as door access cards and generally are issued for up to three days.
  • Lancer Cards are also used for entry into the dining hall and for use of the library.
  • For student rooms and suites, coded keys are stamped with "State of VA Do Not Duplicate." If you lose your room key, we replace the lock for a fee.
  • Residence hall doors have peepholes for personal surveillance.
  • The State Fire Marshall inspects approximately 20% of residence hall rooms each year to ensure that room occupants are living safely.

Programs and Services

  • SAFE is a student organization that works within Longwood to educate the community about sexual assault, for more safety programs click here.
  • Rape Aggression Defense Training (RAD) teaches women to recognize dangerous situations, and learn when to use defensive measures.
  • Residence and Commuter Life (RCL) organizes an Annual Campus Safety Walk as part of a continuous safety improvement process for the University.
  • Free bicycle and valuable registration for all students.

See more of an overview on campus security operations