SNU Department of Public Safety

SNU Department of Public Safety



In an emergency, you may call 911, be sure and tell them your exact location
(Emergency Responders only have the main SNU address when called from an SNU landline)

Bethany is located on the Northwest side of the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Despite being in a suburban setting, and having a history of low crime rates, the campus is not immune to crime. Becoming aware of potential dangers, and taking preventive measures, will protect you, and help us keep SNU a safe and pleasant environment in which to live, work, and pursue an education.

SNU has two other campus locations, Tulsa, and Del City, where undergrad and graduate programs are offered to working adults in a modular format. Most of the evening courses are taught on the main campus in Bethany.

  • Campus Safety & Security

    The SNU Department of Public Safety (DPS) office makes continual efforts to reduce crime on campus, but your help is needed as well. We believe a well-informed community is better served and much safer.

    On the Bethany campus, Southern Nazarene University (DPS) is a campus police department authorized by the SNU Board of Trustees, University  President, and Oklahoma statute O.S. 74-360.17. Under this statute, SNU DPS sworn officers have the authority to make arrests and enforce federal,  state, and local law and regulate SNU rules and regulations. SNU DPS jurisdiction extends to any SNU owned property to include any City of Bethany Street adjacent to the university. SNU Department of Public Safety consists of full-time sworn police officers, part-time sworn reserve police officers, non-sworn security employees, and student workers.

    SNU DPS strives to work closely with other surrounding law enforcement agencies. These agencies include Bethany Police Department, Oklahoma City  Police Department, and Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department. While the university is private property and constitutional protections apply, law enforcement officers may enter the campus to conduct business as needed. Additionally, the officers are invited to patrol the campus to assist SNU  DPS in deterring crime. All law enforcement agencies are expected to check in with SNU DPS when on campus.

    SNU DPS enjoys its strong relationship with the Bethany Police Department (BPD). SNU DPS personnel are police officers with law enforcement and arrest authority on campus. The exercise of that authority is described in a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) between BPD and SNU DPS that outlines which law enforcement agency will have jurisdiction over which types of offenses. However, as a matter of course, serious crimes are reported to BPD for assistance if needed. The university relies on the phone or two-way radio to contact the county or local emergency dispatch center for fire and emergency medical needs.

    Southern Nazarene University in Tulsa, is located in a leased office space in a multi-storied office complex. There are video surveillance cameras inside the Tulsa complex. Classes are held throughout the evening hours. SNU Tulsa has emergency planning in place and access to a place of shelter in case of severe storm within the building.

    SNU Bethany campus is equipped with a 24-hour Safety dispatch center, located at 4217 N Peniel St in the gray house adjacent to the sand volleyball courts. You may contact DPS at 405-491-6309 at any time.

  • Protecting Yourself Against Assault

    Although we cannot guarantee that you will never be a victim of assault or rape, there are several steps you can take to minimize your chances of being a victim.

    The following are suggestions for you to incorporate into your daily living routine:

    On the Street
    •    Do not walk alone unless you absolutely have to.
    •    Be aware of what is happening around you.  Know where you are and where you are going.
    •    If you walk home from work regularly, vary your route.  Do not be predictable!  Walk away from bushes, alleys, and dark entryways.  Stay in well-lighted areas.
    •    Do not be surprised.  Attackers rely on the element of surprise. Do not wear headphones while walking alone.
    •    Trust your instincts. If you think you are being followed, walk towards a busy, lighted area. Scream loudly to attract attention, then tell someone to call the police because you are being followed.
    •    If someone bothers you from a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction. If possible get a license plate number. Then when you are in a safe place, notify the police department.
    •    When you are walking, keep one hand free. Keep your purse close to your body. If you are carrying books or packages, be prepared to drop them. Nothing you are carrying is worth your life. Drop it and run.

    Jogging on the Streets
    •    It is safer to be with a friend or group
    •    Avoid running during the evening hours on the streets away from campus.
    •    When running during the evening hours, run with a friend or group.
    •    The track located in Sawyer Center is available for use many hours of the day and evening.

    In Your Car
    •    Have your keys in your hand as your approach your car. Do not fumble around with your attention focused on something other than what is happening around you.
    •    Always look inside your car to the back seat and the floor before you get in.
    •    Keep your car doors locked and your windows up when you drive.
    •    Do not let the gas run empty. You do not want to have to stop for gas in places where you would not want to walk.

    Be prepared for emergencies
    •    Carry a flashlight and flares or reflectors and an emergency manual in the car.
    •    Know how to change a tire. Make certain the spare tire is in good condition, and that the proper jack and all its parts are in the car.
    •    If your car breaks down at night, put on your emergency flashers and place a flare about twenty feet behind your car. Remain in your car with the doors locked and the windows closed until police arrive.
    •    If another motorist stops to assist you, roll the window down a crack and ask him/her to call the police or a towing service for you.
    •    Always keep enough money in your car to make an emergency phone call.
    •    Have a cell phone to have with you for emergencies.

    Rape Fact vs. Fiction

    There are many misconceptions about sexual assault. People in every segment of society have developed their own “ideas” about rape and rape victims. The “blame it on the victim” attitude makes it difficult for the victim to seek help and to begin the recovery process. It is through the myths and misconceptions about rape that not only do many women increase their chances of becoming a victim, but many others are allowed to turn the victim into the villain.

    Fiction: Rape will not happen to me or someone I know.

    Fact: One in every six women you know will be a victim of sexual assault. Men, women and children…old people, young people…people from every socioeconomic group, every religion have been victimized. Rape is the most unreported crime in the Untied States. It occurs every five minutes.

    Fiction: Rape does not happen at schools like ours.

    Fact: A rape can occur at any school. The potential is everywhere. The threat can come from people on or off campus.

    Fiction: The rapist is almost always a stranger to the victim.
    Fact: Most women are raped by someone they know – a date, an acquaintance, a neighbor, a relative. These rapes generally go unreported. In fact, almost half of these rapes never get reported. Any woman forced into having sex against her wishes has been victimized by rape. If the rape occurs with a friend or relative, the victim often feels somewhat “responsible” for the act, is unwilling to “confess” it to others, and is discouraged from seeking professional help.

    Fiction: Men rape because they want sex. They are usually frustrated because they have limited opportunities for sex. Many are maniacs or psychopaths.
    Fact: The motivation for rape is the need to have power and to control. Forcing women to have sex against their will is an act of aggression and violence. The rapist is angry, feels the need to dominate and uses sex as his weapon.

    Fiction: Women really want to be raped. They “ask for it” by the way they dress or act.

    Fact: No person ever wants to be a victim of a violent, life-threatening act. Most victims have feelings of terror, humiliation, and degradation.

    What To Do If you Have Been Raped


    Go someplace where you feel safe and can get emotional support.

    Contact DPS. Find a friend and/or your Resident Assistant or Resident Director. They will assist you in getting the appropriate help and support you need. If you want, call a rape-crisis hotline.

    Even though you may feel “dirty”-



    It is important that you get medical attention for treatment of injuries and for other tests, which are for your benefit both physically and legally.


    The decision to report the rape is yours if you are of legal age. Reporting a rape is an important part in the fight to end this type of crime. But you must choose to do what is comfortable for you.


    Counseling is an essential step in the recovery process. Even if you do not report the rape and pursue the legal action against your attacker, you will need the help of a trained counselor. Counselors who are trained in rape-crisis can be found in hospitals, rape-crisis centers or mental health centers. Professional counseling services are available without charge in the Counseling Center (491-6335).

    A Special Word about Date Rape

    No one ever thinks that a dating situation with a friend will ever get out of control…BUT it can. Your best defense for minimizing your chances for a problem is precaution. Here are a few suggestions:

    o    On first dates, enjoy an evening activity in a well-lighted public place.
    o    Go out with another couple or at least let your roommate or friend know where you are going, who you are going with, and what time you expect to return.
    o    Avoid getting into places and situations, which may lead to a compromise (dark “parking” spots, your date’s apartment).
    o    Be aware of non-verbal and verbal cues which may warn you of a potentially dangerous situation.
    o    Trust your instincts. It may not be “just your imagination!”

  • Reporting of Crime & Safety Concerns

    Reporting of Crime & Safety Concerns
    In the event of an emergency where an actual crime is taking place, be
    advised of the following important contact numbers.

    Hit the emergency button on your SafeZone Application. SNU Department of
    Public Safety (DPS)/ Police will be able to tell where you are located based
    upon your phone GPS.

    SNU Department of Public Safety/ Police
    Dispatch Center 405.491-6309

    Bethany Police Department
    405-789-2323 (Non-Emergency).

    Residence Hall Directors
    RD on Duty: 405-717-6279

    Tulsa/Extension Campuses
    SNU-Tulsa Emergency
    SNU- Tulsa Center
    Tulsa Police (Non-Emergency)
    Community members, students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to
    report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the SNU DPS/ Police
    office. The dispatch center for SNU DPS/ Police is located at 4217 N. Peniel
    Avenue, Bethany, OK 73008.

    If you become aware of a crime after it has occurred, it is still very helpful if
    you will report the incident to SNU DPS/ Police – 405-491-6309.

    Confidential Reporting of Crime
    Students or employees who are victims/witnesses to a crime may elect to
    report the crime on a confidential basis. University personnel endeavor to
    investigate crime based on the information provided. Even if the use of the
    information is restricted by a request for confidentiality, the information can be
    very useful in providing timely warnings to others in the community, in addition
    to assisting with an investigation of an incident.

    If you have been a victim or a witness to a crime and desire confidentiality in
    reporting, you should state your desire for submitting a confidential report
    when contacting any of the offices or personnel shown above as campus

    Reporting of Crime by Counselors
    University personnel serving as licensed counselors who work within a
    confidential counseling role are encouraged at the time a crime is reported to
    inform clients of the procedures for reporting crime voluntarily and
    anonymously. This is for the purpose of providing accurate statistics on
    campus crime.

    The University encourages and allows counselors to provide anonymous
    information on crime to a campus authority on a case-by-case voluntary basis.

    Reporting Campus Hazards
    In order to keep personal injuries at a minimum, you are encouraged to report
    observed physical hazards to the Facilities Management, 491-6356; Dispatch,
    491-6309; or Campus Safety and Security, 491-6385, ext. 009.

    SNU-Tulsa: Please contact the SNU-Tulsa Director at 918-664-4100.

    Timely Warning Announcements
    When any of the campus security authorities noted above receive a report of a
    crime or a situation that poses a potential threat to students and/or
    employees, SNU DPS/ Police personnel will publish a warning or an alert to
    the campus, attempting to warn of the potential of criminal activity. SNU DPS
    personnel will utilize one of the following as primary means of notification:
    emergency notification system (SNU Alert!), campus wide e-mails, notification
    via residence life personnel, and voice-mail for staff and faculty as the primary
    means of notification. The Forecast (weekly announcement), Chapel
    announcements, and articles in the student newspaper, The Echo are
    alternate routes of notification.

    Campus Crime Log
    SNU’s DPS/ Police Staff maintain an open record of reported crimes and their
    status. If you would like to review this record, you can find it at the SNU DPS/
    Police Office.

    SNU-Tulsa: The federal regulations do not require a limited-service campus
    site such as SNU-Tulsa to maintain a crime log. However, students and/or
    employees with questions about reported crimes should contact the Director
    of SNU-Tulsa’s office for assistance.

  • Residence Hall Safety

    SNU maintains housing for resident students on the Bethany campus in three residence halls and three apartment complexes. There are no residential facilities at SNU-Tulsa and no off-campus student organizations/facilities such as fraternities or sororities at either Bethany or Tulsa campus locations.

    Access to the residence halls is controlled. Each of these residence facilities is locked 24 hours a day. Access units are located at the front entrance of each hall, with an additional security door unit located in the main lobby of residence halls. This unit is mounted at the entry point into the living area.

    Students are prohibited from allowing other students or guests to use their access to fobs or ID cards. Such use will result in disciplinary action. Students are only permitted in the lobby of the residence halls of the opposite sex. There are scheduled open houses with established hours for open door visitation sponsored by each residence.

    Visitation in the Apartments by members of the opposite sex is limited to the living/dining room areas.

    Each residence hall floor and apartment area has a student Resident Assistant (RA) and each building/area has a Resident Director (RD) who lives in the facility and provides direction and on-site supervision. These students and staff members are trained by the Student Development Office.

    Residents gain access to their rooms through individual keys issued through the Resident Director. The RAs and/or RDs provide accessible contacts in situations where you require assistance or have safety or security concerns.

    It is extremely important that residents do not compromise the security of other residents by propping fire doors or exit doors open, leaving windows open and unattended or doors unlocked. Please report broken locks and windows to Facilities (phone: 491-6356) and/or your Resident Director immediately. Keep your door locked for your own safety and the protection of your belongings. Guard your credit cards as you would your money. Report any suspicious activity immediately to your RA/RD and or SNU DPS.

    Campus Access

    Southern Nazarene University’s facilities (excluding housing facilities) will be open to students, parents, employees, guests, and invitees during normal business hours. All other times entry is limited according to the building schedule. Access to facilities other than posted hours will be by SNU DPS, authorized key-holders, and for residence halls, one may contact a residential life staff member.

    Schedules may be changed or altered according to the needs of different departments.

    SNU DPS, Facilities employees, and Residential Life Staff will report areas of concern such as lighting, locks, and communication needs.

  • Public Safety / Police Publications

  • SafeZone App

    SafeZone is a free app for all Southern Nazarene University faculty, staff, and students.  The app connects you directly to SNU DPS when you need help on campus.

    The SafeZone smart phone app (byCriticalArc) connects faculty staff and students directly to the SNU DPS team or emergency services for on-campus first-aid or emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


    Safe Zone Screenshot

    The SafeZone app will make it easier for SNU DPS officers to respond to emergency situations through GPS. The app allows DPS staff to become aware of someone’s location, talk to them directly, and arrange immediate assistance. The system also has the capability of conducting push notification messages to specific groups on campus such as Residential Directors, custodial, and Facility personnel.

    Everyone is encouraged to register for SafeZone on their mobile device.

    With SafeZone on your phone, you’re connected to DPS whenever you need it. 24/7. SafeZone provides all faculty, staff, students and approved visitors with peace of mind. The app will run on Apple, Android & Windows phones and tablets.


    The SafeZone App allows SNU faculty, staff & students to obtain assistance from SNU DPS with a simple tap on their SmartPhone (once the App is opened).


    • Emergency Alert
    • SNU Safety Call
    • First Aid Call

    When any of the icons are used, e.g. Emergency Alert, SNU Safety or First Aid, your phone location will be shown on a map display for DPS Officers to see where you are.   If you are in a building, DPS will still get a location, but it may not be precise, so you still need to keep an eye out for the DPS Officers responding.

    * If you raise an alarm, you must talk to a DPS Officer – even if you have accidentally raised an alarm.  It is important that we know you are safe.


    Emergency Alert

    If you or another person find themselves in a situation where their personal safety is threatened or they are injured, tap the red button to raise an Emergency Alert.  (Tap again to cancel).

    When should I use the Emergency button?

    • If you or someone else feels threatened, or in danger.
    • If you or someone else is severely injured.
    • If you witness a crime in progress.


    SNU Safety

    Choose the SNU Safety button to be connected to an SNU Dispatcher for general help. You can cancel the call by tapping again while the timer is winding down.

    When you tap the SNU Safety button, you will be connected to a Dispatcher.  Your location will be displayed to them on a map while you are making the call. If you need to cancel the call you may tap the button again.

    When should I use SNU Safety button?

    • If you want a safety escort.
    • If you want to report suspicious activity.
    • Any other scenario where you would use a help phone if one was available or for contacting DPS.


    First Aid Alert

    If you or another person nearby needs medical assistance, tap First Aid to be connected to the Dispatcher. (Tap again to cancel).

    When should I use First Aid button?

    • If you or someone near you is injured.
    • If you are not sure whether you need an Ambulance, tap the First Aid Alert button and ask the Dispatcher for assistance.


  • Download the SafeZone App

    Download the SafeZone app now, wherever you get your apps.




  • SNU Alert

    “SNU Alert” is the emergency notification system that allows authorized SNU officials to send news and instructions simultaneously to individuals through landline phones, cellular phones, text messaging and email. The benefits of this system are its immediacy and direct access to individual campus members through multiple points of contact.

    “SNU Alert” is a great addition to tools the university has in place for emergency response, such as weather-related closings, environmental health crises, public safety incidents, and other unique emergency situations. In the event of an actual emergency, the university will continue to relay critical information using the most appropriate option of notification: SNU Alert, SNU website announcements, university email, door-to-door notifications, posters, local radio/TV stations, and the university’s main phone line.

    All faculty, staff, and students, are encouraged to update their contact information through the emergency notification system on the SNU Portal. After logging on, go to WebAdvisor, then Communication tab, and then SNU Alert Form.  Each person can enter preferred contact information for phone messages, SMS text messages and email.

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  • Information on Obtaining a Parking Permit

    SNU Department of Public Safety/ Police (DPS) has transitioned to a new parking permit/sticker for students and employees of the university at the Bethany campus. Here is what you need to know:

    You are no longer required to register your vehicle with the university.

    You are, however, required to have an SNU parking sticker/permit on your vehicle to park at SNU. If you have an existing parking sticker/permit, you don’t have to have a new one. If you don’t have one, you must get one of the new permits.

    Parking stickers are free!

    Come to the DPS office and pick up a sticker. (4217 N Peniel, building directly north of the sand volleyball courts)

    Email SNU DPS and request a sticker ( Include your office/mail stop location so we know where to send it.

    Every vehicle that parks on campus needs to have a sticker on it. Not obtaining a sticker for your vehicle may result in loss of parking privileges on campus and your vehicle being impounded.

    For further information, please see a copy of the approved SNU Vehicle Code in the Public Safety/ Police Publications tab

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