Campus Safety

Saint Augustine’s University Campus Police Department

About Us

The Saint Augustine’s University Campus Police Department (SAUCPD) is committed to the safety and well-being of the University community. Saint Augustine’s University Police Officers have the same powers and responsibilities as the local police and sheriff’s departments. The police officers are complimented by full-time security officers. The Department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Uniformed police officers and security officers patrol campus in vehicles and on foot. The SAUCPD enforces North Carolina law, investigate crimes, respond to emergencies, patrol university property and provide safety education to the campus community.


Saint Augustine’s University uses the Rave System which provides an immediate, easy and effective way to send timely warnings, emergency notifications and other important announcements via text messages, email and/or recorded voice messages. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the need for Rave System initiation, the Director of Information Technology and the Chief of Campus Police will share responsibilities for Rave System initiation. To ensure the efficiency of the Rave System communication, each student must provide the University with his/her cell phone number, email address, and landline phone number for emergency notifications. SAU also utilizes an emergency alert line, Facebook and Twitter for wide focus alerts. The system is tested at least once a year.

University Policies Related to Alcohol and Drugs

Saint Augustine’s University is fully committed to achieving a drug and alcohol-free environment for its students. The University has a zero tolerance for illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. Saint Augustine’s University students are expected to comply with campus rules and regulations. Those rules prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on university property or as part of any Saint Augustine’s University activities. Violators will be referred to the Dean of Residential Life. For the full policies, see the Saint Augustine’s University Student Handbook.

Crime Prevention Tips:

The Saint Augustine’s University Campus Police Department is committed to protecting life and property of the University and its members. The responsibility of protecting property while on campus is shared among students, faculty and staff. The SAUCPD suggests SAU community members follow these crime prevention tips to reduce and/or eliminate the chance of becoming a victim.

1. Secure your Residence Hall room at all times to prevent access to your personal valuables by intruders.
2. Follow University and Resident Hall policies and Log In any guests you have visiting the campus at the Information Center and at the front desk of Resident Halls.
3. Take pictures of electronics (laptops, televisions, radios, etc) also take pictures and document the Serial Number and Model of electronics to aid in their recovery.
4. Don’t leave personal valuable unattended. While studying in the University library or other public areas keep your valuables within reach.
5. DON’T WALK ALONE. Saint Augustine’s University students frequent several local businesses that operate late at night. The SAUCPD patrols neighboring city streets but still advises students to walk in groups of three or more to deter criminals. Students are also welcome to request an on campus walking escort from Campus Police and Security.
6. Lock your vehicles and keep any valuables left in the vehicle out of sight. Also remove any mounts you may have for GPS devices and place them in the glove box or under your seat.
7. Do not place objects in doorways to brace them open. All University members are supplied with a key or FalconCard to access their respective Residence Hall. Leaving doors braced open allows for unauthorized persons to access student and university property creating damage or theft.