Public Safety

Public Safety

The Public Safety Department (PSD) at Barry University is committed to working with the community to facilitate the development and maintenance of a safe and secure environment. This commitment supports the continued evolution of the Barry University Mission and the Basic Principles of Service to our Barry community.

The primary purpose of this site is to provide security information, assistance, and service; to aid campus occupants during their stay on our campus.

A safe campus is everyone's responsibility. Do your part to protect yourself and others. Increased awareness by all of us can help prevent crime and keep our community safe. Crime prevention and awareness is not the sole responsibility of the Public Safety department. It is a joint venture with the community which it serves.

Emergency Numbers

  • Campus Security (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)



  • (Campus Nurse)
    (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5 pm)


  • 911

  • 305-759-2468

  • 305-759-2468

  • (Non-Emergency)

  • 305-899-4000

Contact Us

  • John Buhrmaster
    Director of Public Safety
    Emergency Management: 305-899-3336

    Doug Ressler
    Investigations/Training Coordinator

    The Public Safety Department's Investigations/Training Coordinator is located in Landon Student Union, Room 101.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Parking Regulations

All students and employees who bring a vehicle onto the campus at anytime must obtain a Barry University Parking Decal for that vehicle. All employees and students must self register at The following information must be presented to the Student Union Office located in Landon Student Union, Suite 103, during the time of issue or renewal:

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Safety Plans

Barry University’s Campus Safety Plan is intended to assist members of the campus community in preventing injury and illness and promoting their well being. Various topics are covered with recommended health and safety practices outlined in accordance with health and safety legislation. While this manual strives to be comprehensive it is only a relatively brief summary of information.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to contact the Public Safety Office to comment on this plan or for any assistance with a health and safety concern.

All documents are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF).

Crime Prevention

Crime prevention and awareness is everyone’s responsibility. It is a joint venture with the community, which it serves. Barry's Public Safety Department utilizes several programs and systems to inform faculty, staff, and students about campus safety and security:

  1. New Student/Employee Orientation
  2. Campus Publications
  3. Security awareness literature
  4. An informational and educational lecture program
  5. Special Security announcements and information in reference to immediate concerns

In addition to programs offered by the Public Safety Department, additional programs are offered from time to time by the Student Services Division.

The Campus Security Committee serves an advisory role to the Public Safety Department and is active in crime prevention programming and security awareness.

Substance Abuse

Barry University acknowledges the problem of substance abuse in our society and perceives this problem as a serious threat to employees and students. It is the intent of the University to establish and maintain a drug-free work place. It is the University’s further intent to comply in every respect with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-226) as presently constituted, to be amended in the future.


Barry University condemns the possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol and drugs/substance, whether prescriptive or non-prescriptive. Any student or employee found to be in the possession of, using, selling, trading, or offering for sale, illicit drugs on the University’s property or as part of the University’s activities, will be subject to disciplinary action as well as applicable local, state and federal laws.

The complete text of the University’s substance abuse policy including drug and alcohol abuse education programs can be found in the student handbook or the employee handbook.

Sexual Crimes

  • Utilizing community and institutional resources, the Division of Student Services provides programs throughout the year to educate students about their individual responsibilities regarding sexual battery and sexual harassment. The following definitions are in line with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulations on sexual harassment:

    • Toleration of the conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of employment, admission or academic evaluation
    • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for a personal decision or academic evaluation affecting such individuals.
    • The conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.

    Barry University, its officers, employees and students are responsible for maintaining a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment.

  • Sexual battery refers to sexual contact without consent. The following behaviors are violations of university policy:

    1. Ignoring verbal pleas or non-verbal cues indicating an unwillingness to either continue to participate in, or begin to engage in any sexual activity.
    2. Engaging in any sexual activity with someone who is physically helpless and/or unable to communicate his/her unwillingness to participate.
    3. Threatening to use or actually using physical force to coerce an unwilling party to submit to any sexual activity.
    4. Engaging in any sexual activity which is not mutually agreeable.
  • If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual battery the first concern should be one of personal safety. Please notify any official of the university as soon as possible - resident advisor, area coordinator, or staff members of any of the following offices: health services, Public Safety, counseling center, or dean of students. The judicial coordinator will assist in notifying the above authorities if the student so chooses.

    Individuals who feel that they have been sexually battered are encouraged to file charges with law enforcement authorities. To report an assault you should call Miami Shores police at 759-2468 or Metro Dade police at 595-6263. If an assault occurred outside Dade county, you must contact the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in the geographical area where the incident occurred. The judicial coordinator will assist in notifying the above authorities if the student so chooses.

    The following guidelines are recommended as procedures to follow:

    • Do not shower, wash, douche, or change your clothes.
    • Call the local police and report the crime.
    • Preserve any evidence such as bed sheets, clothing, towels, or other items that may be useful in investigation purposes.
    • Seek medical attention immediately.
    • Seek counseling to assist with mental and emotional trauma.

    Everyone is a potential victim of sexual assault. A person is primarily vulnerable when they are alone. Sexual assault is not provoked by a person’s dress or mannerisms.


    Rapists are usually a friend, a date, a relative, co-worker, or a casual acquaintance of the victim.


    Sexual assault can happen anywhere, but the largest grouping of incidents occurs either in the home of the victim or the home of the offender.


    The first concern is for the health and safety of the survivor. If you or someone you know is the survivor of a sexual assault that occurred on campus, contact the Resident Assistant, Area Coordinator, or Public Safety. All these people can be reached by calling (305) 899-3333 or extension 3333.

    If the assault occurred off campus, notify the local police by calling 911.
    The Roxy Bolton Rape Treatment Center is a local resource for counseling, as well as confidential medical treatment after a sexual assault. The number for the center is (305) 585-7273.

    The Barry University Center for Counseling and Psychological Services can provide assistance with seeking help for the survivor. For more information, please visit Landon Student Union, Suite 105 or call (305) 899-3950.

    Every semester, the Division of University Administration conducts educational programs for the Barry community to help better educate all on sexual assault prevention and victim services. For more information, please contact the Student Health Services at (305) 899-3750 or the Office of the Dean of Students at (305) 899-4926.

Campus Sex Crime Prevention ACT

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where they may obtain information provided by the state concerning registered sexual predators and offenders. It also requires sexual predators and offenders to provide notice, as required under State law, of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student at that institution. Barry University Public Safety will notify the Barry community when a registered sexual predator or offender has registered as being on campus per State law.

Any member of the Barry University community who wishes to obtain further information regarding sexual offender/predators in our area may refer to the FDLE website at: or call 1-888-FL-PREDATOR / 1-888-357-7332). The FDLE searchable database may be used to find all registered sex offenders in any city, county, or zip code in the state.

In accordance with Florida State Statute 775.21 ("The Florida Sexual Predators Act”), convicted sex offenders in Florida must register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement ("the FDLE") within 48 hours of establishing permanent or temporary residence. It is then the responsibility of the agency to make required notification to all community members of the presence of predators (only) in any manner deemed appropriate by the agency.

Upon notification of the presence of an offender/predator, it is the responsibility of the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the offender/predator's address to inform the University that the offender/predator has stated that he/she is currently enrolled at the university.

Visit the Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators University Search for more information or use our quick links below.

Barry University has no offender/predator employed at Barry University.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System

  • The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a martial arts program. The courses are taught by certified RAD Instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual.

    This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth. The RAD System of Physical Defense is currently being taught by RAD Certified Barry University Staff Members. The growing, wide-spread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology. The RAD System is dedicated to teaching effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

    We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim (supported by research). We educate women about "The Flight or Fight Syndrome," while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but a necessity if natural resistance is to be effective.

    Safety and survival in today's world requires a definite course of action. We provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.


    Mark Stevenson
    Director of Campus Recreation

    Shiloh Balzer
    Crime Prevention Coordinator

    John Buhrmaster
    Public Safety & Emergency Management Director

Emergency Alerts

In the event of a campus emergency or severe weather, Barry University uses a system of alerts that aim to ensure the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff.

Be prepared! You can be notified of the emergency and receive further instructions in the following ways:

  • Text Message
  • Phone Recording
  • Email
  • On-Campus Alerts

To receive text, voice, and email alerts, be sure to log in to WebAdvisor and update your emergency contact information. Visit and click on “Emergency Contact Information” under the Communication heading.

The University also operates a hotline, with recorded messages on campus closures, emergency procedures, or other urgent information, at 305-899-4000.

The on-campus alert system, Barry Alerts, is a mass notification system that includes an outdoor siren, scrolling LEDdisplays throughout campus, and emergency notices on the TVs in Landon Student Union. Please familiarize yourself with the location of the LED displays in Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library, Andreas Building, Garner Building, Adrian Hall, Wiegand Center, Powers Hall, Fine Arts Quadrangle, and Kolasa Hall.

Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

Armed Intruder

  • Call 911/Then Call #3333

    If a hostile person(s) is actively causing deadly harm or the imminent threat of deadly harm within a building, if possible...

    • Lock yourself in (and the intruder out of) the room you are in at the time of the threatening activity.
    • If communication is available, call 911.
    • Don’t stay in the open hall.
    • Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal the occupants in the rooms to evacuate the building and thus place them in potential harm as they attempted to exit.
    • Barricade yourself in the room with furniture or anything you can push against the door.
    • Lock the window and close blinds or curtains.
    • Stay away from windows.
    • Turn all lights and audio equipment off.
    • Try to stay calm and be as quiet as possible.

    If for some reason, you are caught in an open area such as a hallway or lounge type area, you must decide what action to take.

    1. You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well-hidden space or you may be found as the intruder moves through the building looking for victims.
    2. If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, then do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Keep any objects you can between you and the hostile person(s) while in the building. Once outside, don’t run in a straight line. Use trees, vehicles or any other object to block you from view as you run. When away from the immediate area of danger, summon help any way you can and warn others.
    3. If the person(s) is causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
    4. The last option you have if caught in an open area in the residence hall, may be to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
    5. If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, follow their directions and don’t look the intruder in the eyes.
    6. Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve your being handcuffed or made to put your hands in the air. This is done for safety reasons and once circumstances are evaluated by the police, they will give you further directions to follow.

Bomb Threat

  • Call 911

    If you observe a suspicious object or potential bomb on campus, DO NOT HANDLE THE OBJECT! Clear the area and immediately call Public Safety (x3333) and 911.

    Any person receiving a bomb threat by phone should ask the caller:

    • Exact location of the bomb (building, floor, room, etc.)
    • Time bomb is set to go off
    • Kind of bomb, timing device, etc.

    Keep talking to the caller as long as possible and record the following:

    • Date and time of call
    • Location of alleged bomb
    • Detonation time
    • Type of bomb
    • Speech patterns, accent, lisp, or other distinguishing characteristics
    • Background noises
    • General emotional state of caller – angry, upset, calm, nervous, laughing
    • Critical statements made by caller

    Immediately notify Public Safety (x3333).

    If the threat of an explosion is imminent, evacuate the building by activating the fire alarm.

    Evacuate by the nearest available exit. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. If disabled personnel cannot safely evacuate the building, assist them to the nearest uninvolved stairwell. Alert emergency personnel and Public Safety of their location.

    Once outside, go to the designated rally point. If this location is unavailable, move to a safe area that is at least 1000 feet away from the affected building. Keep driveways and sidewalks clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.

    DO NOT RETURN TO EVACUATED BUILDING until authorized by the Miami Dade Fire Department or Miami Shores Police Department or Barry University Public Safety Department.

    Classroom leaders insure that students evacuate the classroom and should ask students to sign in at rally point to ensure everyone is evacuated.

Civil Disturbance

  • Call Public Safety: x3333

    Keep calm. Resistance may only increase the destruction of property and a threat to bodily harm. Do not confront demonstrators.

    Call Public Safety x3333. Provide the following information:

    • Location (building, floor, room, entrance, etc)
    • Approximate number of leaders
    • Size of group
    • Obvious object or demand of group
    • Describe if group is rational, organized, violent, etc.

    If possible, continue with your normal work schedule until Public Safety or the Police arrive.

    When Public Safety or the Police arrive, provide them with an update. Follow their instructions.


  • Call Public Safety: x3333

    If you are trapped in an elevator, use the emergency phone to notify Central Station. If the phone is inoperable, turn on the emergency alarm which will signal for help. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO EXIT A STALLED ELEVATOR UNLESS DIRECTED TO DO SO BY PUBLIC SAFETY OR FACILITIES MANAGEMENT OR MIAMI DADE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

    If a person is stranded in an elevator, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FORCE OPEN ELEVATOR DOORS. BE PATIENT.

    Notify Public Safety at x3333. Provide the following information:

    • Your name
    • Building
    • Floor
    • Present situation

    A person in an elevator needs to be reassured that his/her alarm has been noticed and help is coming. Keep in contact until help arrives.

    If you find an inoperative elevator without occupants, notify Facilities immediately at x3785.

    If you find an inoperative elevator and you need assistance to go up or down stairs, contact Public Safety for assistance at x3333.


  • Call 911

    In the event of an explosion on campus, take the following actions:

    • Immediately take cover under tables, desks, or under objects which will give protection against falling glass and debris.
    • After the initial effects of the explosion have subsided, call 911. Give your name, tell them if there is a fire, and describe the location and nature of the emergency.
    • Activate the building fire alarm.
    • Evacuate the building by the nearest exit. If disabled individuals cannot safely evacuate the building, assist to the nearest stairwell away from damaged area. Alert emergency personnel of their location
    • Once outside, go to the designated rally point. If this location is unavailable, move to a safe area that is at least 1000 feet away in all directions from the affected building. Keep driveways and sidewalks clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
    • Classroom leaders insure that students evacuate the building and should ask students to sign in at the rally point to ensure everyone is evacuated.
    • DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless authorized by Miami Dade Fire Department or Public Safety Department.


  • Call 911

    In case of fire, activate the nearest fire alarm pull station. Take appropriate precautions to ensure your personal safety.

    Call 911. Give your name and the exact location of the fire (BU, building, floor, room). Be sure to stay on the phone until released by the 911 Emergency Operator.

    Evacuate the building by the nearest exit. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. If individuals with a disability cannot safely evacuate the building, assist them to the nearest uninvolved stairwell. Alert emergency personnel of their location.

    Once outside, go to the designated rally point. If this location is unavailable, go to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected building. Keep driveways and sidewalks clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.

    DO NOT RETURN TO EVACUATED BUILDING until authorized by the Fire Department or Public Safety Department.

    Classroom leaders insure that students evacuate the classroom and should ask students to sign in at rally point to ensure everyone is evacuated.



    Call Facilities: x3785 or Public Safety: x3333

    If the flooding is caused by a pipe break, sink overflow, or other plumbing problem, notify Facilities at x3785. Try to identify the source of water and turn it off, if this can be done safely. Evacuate personnel, as needed, and attempt to protect property and records by removing items from floors or covering with water resistant coverings, if available. After hours, call Public Safety at x3333.

    If the flooding is caused by torrential rain, notify Facilities at x3785. Attempt to close doors and windows to prevent water from entering, if this can be done safely. Also, attempt to protect property and records by removing items from floors, if possible. There may be little that can be done. If electrical circuits appear to be getting wet, leave the area immediately. After hours, call Public Safety at x3333.

Medical Emergency

  • Call 911

    If serious injury or illness occurs on campus, immediately dial 911 for medical assistance. Give your name, describe the nature and severity of the medical problem, and the campus location of the victim. Do not hang up unless released by the emergency operator.

    If victim is conscious and oriented, the individual has the right to determine his/her own health care needs and the response to those needs. Under such circumstances, University staff should refrain from recommending specific health care vendors.

    In circumstances involving a person who is unconscious and/or disoriented, calling 911 is the appropriate response. Keep the victim still and comfortable until help arrives. Do not move the victim.

    In case of a minor injury or illness, BU Student Health Services can be contacted at 3750, or students may go to the Student Health Services or have trained persons provide appropriate first aid.

    Persons with serious or unusual medical problems should be encouraged to notify their supervisors or instructors of the medical problem and the standard emergency treatment related to that problem.

    In the event of an outbreak of highly contagious disease [e.g., meningitis] or other campus wide health situation [e.g., suspected food poisoning, anthrax], the head of the Student Health Services will coordinate campus wide actions and notifications through appropriate channels.

Suspicious Package

  • Call Public Safety:x3333

    If you are suspicious of a mailing and are unable to verify the contents from the envelope or sender:

    • DO NOT OPEN.
    • Call Public Safety at x3333.
    • Do not shake or empty the contents.
    • Do not carry the package or envelope to show others or allow others to examine it.
    • Put the package or envelope down on a stable surface; do not sniff, touch, taste or look closely at it or at any contents which may have spilled.
    • Alert others in the area about the suspicious package or envelope. Leave the area, close any doors, and take actions to prevent others from entering the area. If possible, shut off the ventilation system.
    • WASH hands with soap and water to prevent spreading potentially infectious material to face or skin.
    • If possible, create a list of persons who were in the room or area when this suspicious letter or package was recognized, and a list of persons who also may have handled it.

    Identifying Suspicious Packages and Envelopes

    Some characteristics of suspicious packages and envelopes include the following:

    • Inappropriate or unusual labeling
    • Excessive postage
    • Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
    • Misspellings of common words
    • Strange return address or no return address
    • Incorrect titles or title without a name
    • Not addressed to a specific person
    • Marked with restrictions such as “Personal,” “Confidential,” or “Do not x-ray”
    • Appearance
    • Powdery substance felt through or appearing on the package or envelope
    • Oily stains, discolorations, or odor
    • Lopsided or uneven envelope
    • Excessive packaging material such as masking tape, string, etc.
    • Other suspicious signs
    • Excessive weight
    • Ticking sound
    • Protruding wires or aluminum foil

Suspicious Person

  • Call Public Safety:x3333

    Everyone on campus is asked to assist in providing a safe environment by being alert to suspicious behavior and promptly reporting the situation to Public Safety at x3333.

    Be observant, as the more information you can provide Police, the better.

    If you believe that the person is non-violent, approach in a friendly manner and inquire if you can assist them. For example:

    “May I help you find something?”

    “Professor X is out of his office right now, would you like to leave a note?”

Utility Loss

  • Call Facilities: x3785 or Public Safety: x3333 after hours

    • If possible, determine whether the problem is isolated to your area or involves a larger area.
    • Unplug or turn off any electrical appliances (which can be done so safely) to prevent a power drain when the electricity is restored.
    • Employees are asked to remain calm and try to continue to work, if possible.
  • Call Facilities: x3785 or Public Safety: x3333 after hours

    If you smell gas and suspect a leak, cease all operations.


    Evacuate the building by the nearest exit. Notify other building occupants to do so as well. If disabled individual cannot safely evacuate the building, assist them to the nearest stairwell away from the emergency area. Alert emergency personnel of their location.


    During working hours, after exiting the building immediately notify Facilities at x3785. State the location and extent of involvement of the gas leak. After hours, weekends, or holidays, notify Public Safety at x3333.

    Once outside, move away from the building at least 500 feet. Keep driveways and sidewalks clear for emergency crews.

    DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless authorized to by the Miami Dade Fire Department or Public Safety Department.

  • Call Facilities: x3785 or Public Safety: x3333 after hours

    If possible, determine whether the problem is isolated to your area or involves a larger area.

    Turn off water faucets to prevent a drain when the water is restored.

    Call the Facilities Department (3785) during business hours or Public Safety (3333) after hours.

    Note: Often after a water outage or low water pressure, water may come out of the tap cloudy or rust colored. It is recommended that you allow the water to flow for a short period of time before use.

Emergency Supply Kit

Silent Witness

The Silent Witness program is a confidential way of providing information to Barry University Public Safety if you have witnessed a crime. If you know of a crime that has occurred on campus and would like to report it anonymously, please fill out the form below.


If you are a victim of a crime or have knowledge of a crime that may take place, please contact Public Safety at (305) 899-3335.

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